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Hi. I live in Spain with my partner. I am retired and LOVE it. I love life here but I do miss my family back in the UK, two sons and three sisters and my Mum. Crafting is my life, I do something every single day. In the past it has helped me get through some bad times in my life. One such bad time was when my first grandson died aged just 14 months. He had been born 8 weeks prem but was very healthy and was growing into a beautiful, bonny boy. It was such a shock when the call came. A day never passes when I dont think of him. I am now Nanna again to grand daughter, Hollie, born July 2012, and Tess born March 2016. This is my younger son and his partner. I now have another Grandson, Noah, born Nov 2013 to my elder Son and they have 3 daughters Aurora, born March 2015 and Arabella, born August 2017 and Arianna born 2019. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy my makes. Please leave a comment so that I know you have visited me. I love reading them all. xxxx


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Thursday 31 May 2012

Red White Blue

Good Afternoon All
I,ve been busy today, not doing HW but crafting all day.  I need to make  quite afew cards as my stocks are low.  As I told you  in an earlier post, I gave a bag full to Animal Aid Linda who gave me a little bag of goodies.  So I have no doubt that another lady will call soon to request some more and I dont want to let anyone down.

This one is using a decoupage that I cut out while in the UK (got lots more to go yet)
5 x 5" card blank
Red card from stash
I cut blue squares then cut them in half to make corners
Metal twirls
Peeloff sentiment
Dots in corners are waste from peeloffs

Cute Card Thursday #219 - Planes Trains & Automobiles
MAWTT - Cool Britannia
Delightful Challenges - Red White Blue
Tuesday Throwdown # 100 - Masculine
Creative Craft Challenge - Patriotic colour change
Craft Your Days Away # 46 - Red White & Blue

Twisted Easel

Good Morning All

So lazy today as we went out with neighbours for a lovely Korean Wok meal.  We walked down to the next village to the restaurant where they cook your meat/fish as you watch them, so it is all very fresh.  It was yummy too.  Then we came back here for afew drinks!!!!!  It was a belated birthday meal for me.

Todays card is a twisted easel, which I think looks very effective.
Deckled edge A6 card blank
Lilac bow aper from Papertole
Lilac and pink card from stash (I buy A2 sheets of this from local gift shop for 60cents)
Sarah Kay decoupage
Spellbinders Blossom 1 die
Punched flowers
Pin made from my jewelery stash
Wide spotty organza ribbon
Square gems
Sarah Kay sentiments
Peeloff waste (I try not to waste anything)

Challenges ---------
Hooked on craft # 21  - All that Glitters
Whimsey Stamps Challenge # 41 - Bingo  White pins flowers

Wednesday 30 May 2012

Heart & Flowers

Good Morning All

A quickie this morning as lots to do.

I made this one for a neighbour to give to his wife on their anniversary and her birthday,

6 x 6" card balnk
Gold mirri card
Red card from stash
Heart cut with Nellie Snellen MFD022
Flowers Spellbinders Spiral Blossoms 1
Large butterfly I think is Martha Stewart punch (from a friend)
Small butterflies punche from waste (never waste any paper)
Red satin ribbon
Peeloff sentiment

Die CuttinDivas # 67 - Anything goes
Anything Goes Challenge # 68 - Anniversaries
Fab n Funky # 123 - Celebrations
Sentimental Sundays # 104 - Pocket full of Posies
Divas by Design # 37 - Anything Goes

Tuesday 29 May 2012


Good Morning All

What a gorgeous one it is too.

Todays card is one I have just finished and the glue is hardly dry.

I used another piece of the cream card given to me by my friend in UK
36cm x 12cm, scored at 6,12,24 and 30cm intervals and folded as shown.
Shades of lilac, pink and purple card from stash.
Forever Friends stamped and heat embossed in gold powder.
Shaded the image and the sentiment with lilac chalks so they were not too harsh (white).
Paper strips on inside were offcuts from Kate Knight 'Totally Tropical' papers.
Pink borders - Martha Stewart punch.
Butterflies and flowers a gift (see below).
Lilac organza ribbon
Purple satin ribbon
Buttons - pink with left overs from punch.
Charm  with butterfly on  was recycled from a bracelet.
Little swirls are left overs from butterfly punch
Yesterday I had a phone call from one of the ladies who runs a  charity that I supply cards to..  She said she had a bag of bits for me - Wow - What a selection of stash and all gorgeous.

She was given them by a lady asking if she new anyone that could use them (she runs a stall to raise funds for Animal Aid ) and she immediately thought of me.

Challenges ---------------
LEJ Designs # 5 - Ribbons Galore
Bearly Mine challenge # 37 - Animal Kingdom
Crafty Boots - Bowtastic/Anything Goes
Love to Creat Challenge # 17 - Add a Sentiment
Cutie Pie Challenge # 19 - Diecuts & Punches

Monday 28 May 2012

Bird House

Good Evening All

First swim of this year in the pool today and it was lovely.  Very warm here now and getting warmer by the day, and so hot at night.

I made this card for a male recipient.  I dont do enough ·man· cards because I love doing pretty pastels.
I know its got gems and a bow but I still think you could give it to a man.

Lemon A6 card blank
Stamp was free on a craft mag and coloured with Promarkers
Charm recycled from  a bracelet
Paper and card from stash
Lemon satin ribbon
White and parchment swirls are bits left over from a butterfly punch
Leaf diecut
Sentiment - peeloff

Challenges ---------

Here come the boys # 28 - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers # 118 - Use Diecut
Incy Wincy Designs - Vintage
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards 13 - For the boys

Saturday 26 May 2012

Happy Birthday

Good Morning All

First BBQ of the year tonight with neighbours and friends.  It,s my birthday tomorrow so that is the excuse for it.  Lots of food and afew drinkies, great company and great weather.  John bought me  a new laptop so that is what I,m using now - it,s like having a TV instead of using my notebook.  When I won the My Memories Suite for Scrapbook designing, I longed for a bigger screen, and the sweetie that he is, bought this for me but let me have it early.  Love him to bits.xxxxxxx
I also got my candy by special delivery yesterday from TONIC STUDIOS which I was lucky enough to win, so that was like another birthday pressy!!!!!!!

Todays card is another easel
A6 card blank folded to make easel with silver mirri card with rounded corners
Decoupage image of bouquet of flowers (there will be lots of decoupage as I cut loads while in the UK)
Loads of punched flowers, inked with shades of pink, and pearls in the center of some and spots in others
Pink doily
Organza ribbon 2 different widths
Scraps of pink card and stripey paper
Pink/gold embossed paper on base

Challenges -----

Allsorts challenge 156 - It,s our Birthday
Truly Scrumptious # 81 - Pretty in Pink
Paper Sundaes - Pretty in Pink Final Challenge
Pennys Paper Craft Challenge # 80 - Anything Goes

Friday 25 May 2012

Wedding Day

Good Morning All

Busy day today, been awake since some unearthly hour, so got up at 7.30 and decided I must do some housework (I find it hard to say that word) haha.  So I have now, swept and mopped all downstairs and hoovered and put rugs away for the summer.  Now I can craft away without feeling guilty at not doing any HW.  That is after we have been for a walk by the sea and done the supermarket shopping on the way homebefore lunch, then after lunch I can craft craft craft.

Now onto todays card.

This card I am using is some a friend gave me in the UK, she has given up card making so passed alot of stash onto me and there were loads of this card 12 x 36cm so you will be seeing alot of it in the future posts.

Scored and folded at 6, 12,  24 & 30  cm intervals
Matted congratulations paper onto gold card for outer edges and front
Dufex decoupage image of Wedding Bells
Peeloffs for inside folds of wedding suits and swans
Tag with Celebrate on tied with white satin ribbon to two wedding rings
Banner made from pearl card and printed sentiment - To a Special Couple- two diamond gems added
Two pink heart shaped buttons in bottom corners
Tiny peeloff wedding rings in other corners

Cardz TV # 9 - Say I Do
MAWTT - No Birthdays
Allsorts Challenge #115 - Buttons and Bows
Die Cuttin Divas # 166 - Buttons, Banners and /or B,days
Sarah Hurley - New Beginnings
Crazy Challenge # 120 - 3D
Pennys Paper crafty challenge # 80 - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations # 164 - Anything Goes

Thursday 24 May 2012


Good Morning all

Wow, the weather is getting hot here in in Spain.  So warm at night we are having to get a ceiling fan installed ASAP.  I believe the Uk is getting some good weather too,  inevitable once we left.

Todays card is another gorgeous Tilda--

I used -
6" card blank and folded another 7" piece so that  it would make a sort of easel stand (as shown in 2nd pic)
Paper is Kate Knights Totally Tropical (kindly given to me by a Docrafts member
Tilda coloured with Promarkers
Circle die cut  with image on
Punched flowers with gems in centres
Flourishes die cut
Pink corners from Papermania
Maroon ribbon from stash
·Happy Birthday· Peeloff

Divas by Design # 36 - Fabulous Flourishes
Crafty Catz # 133 - Lets here it for the girls
I Love Promarkers #118 - Die cuts
Creative Inspirations #164 - Anything Goes
Cute card Thursday # 218 - Pink & Green

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Prem Babies

Hi all
Just a quickie before I go to Spanish class


A lady on the Docrafts forum asked if anyone could make some hats for a charity (above) so when I had finished crocheting the shawl (shown in an earlier post) I used the left over wool to make some.  They are so easy and quick to make.  The link above gives details and pattern links too.  As some of you know my grandson was prem so I have a feeling for this.

Wendy L

A New Fold

Good Morning All

I just want to show you this one I have made this morning.  I.m trying to think of something abit different fold wise.

I dont know if little is enough or if it needs more embellishments on.

I used a blank piece of card 36cm x 12cm and scored at 12, 24 and 30cm intervals. Then folded the front corners back just to make it abit different.  I cut some embossed swirly gold & green paper  to fit.  Decoupaged image of wine and glasses.  Sentiment from magazine freebie.  Two tiny buttons from Papermania with a thin claret coloured twine (to match the wine bottle) tied through holes and two glass pearls in top corners.  I,m not sure if it needs more or it that is enough.  Please tell me what you think.

Wendy L

Challenges -------------

MAWTT - Keep It Real (A pun on the word breath (let the wine breath)LOL )
Tuesday Throwdown 99 - 3D

Tuesday 22 May 2012


Good Evening All
Back home last night and getting back to normal now.  Washing done,  food shopping  done and put all my craft buys away but it has made me realise that I need, really need, to sort out my drawer that is full of papers and card.  I do need to organise them all and put some away upstairs in my stash box.
I will be posting a card tomorrow but I have to catch up on my Spanish before my lesson tomorrow afternoon.

Here is a couple of pics that I took on the one nice day that we had while we were in Devon.  We went to Bude for the afternoon and this is the estuary.  It is a lovely place and we ended up staying there for our dinner that night.  And yesterday was the best day of all the time we were there, it was gorgeous, lovely blue skies.
Anyway, we are home and it was nice to be in our own bed last night.

Lots of ideas buzzing round in my head and I was sent two lovely boxes of crafting goodies by two lovely ladies on the Docrafts forum, so I cant wait to get started with those.

Hugs to all

Sunday 20 May 2012

Last Day

Good Afternoon All
This is our last full day in the UK and we are really looking forward to going home.  As much as we love our families, we long for our own house and most of all, our own bed.
It has been lovely seeing everyone, especially my DIL who now only has 10 weeks left.  It seems so strange to think that next time I see her and my son they will be Mummy and Daddy!!!

The first pic is the shawl I have just finished whilst over here and the border is the colour that Lorien wanted.  She chose pale beiges for the nursery so she wanted the same on this shawl.  The other pic is a shawl that I must have started crocheting over 10 years ago and I finally finished it last year when we moved to Spain.  I have given them both to Lorien and Rick.  She has already got so many clothes etc for the baby (girl).  I have taken her shopping for afew more things!!!!!

Please let me know what you think.  And welcome to my new followers and everyone who leaves me comments. 

Love and hugs to you all.

Wendy L

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Wedding Easel

Good Afternoon All

I am having a great time in the UK.  Been craft shopping with my sister today and she went off to her craft class and made a lovely card with unusual folds so I have taken a pic and will try to replicate it when I get home.

Today I want to show you this one, i have used this image before but this one has more flowers and more bling.
Easel card made from 5 x 7" card blank
                                                 Tilda wedding image
Punched flowers with pearl centres
Spellbinder flowers
Folded flowers with glitter
Flourishes and leaves diecuts
Mirri card with `Wedding` paper layered on
Heart corner punch
Diecuts for image and label

Challenges ------------------
I Love Promarkers # 117 - Anything Goes
Whimsey Stamps challenge # 39 - Anything Goes
Crafty boots challenge - Good Luck
Tuesday Alchemy # 14 - Happy Wedding
Truly Scrumptious # 80 - Anything Goes
Die Cutting Divas # 65 - Flowers

Monday 14 May 2012

Sarah Kay Image

Good Morning All

Todays card I have decided to show is a lovely Sarah Kay image

This one contains a bit of everything-
5 x 7" card blank folded to an easel
Pink card embossed on Cuttlebug
Tags cut with CB
Flourishes cut with CB
Punched flowers
Quilled flowers
Folded flowers
Homemade hat pin with pearls and a bead
Embossed mirri gold/silver flowery card
Wide organza ribbon
Sarah Kay sentiment
Border punch
Image coloured with Promarkers

Joanna Sheen Fortnightly - Birthday
I Love Promarkers # 116 - Hatpin & Charms
Papertake Weekly - Cute cute cute
Cute Card Thursday # 216 - Food or Drink
Crafting for all Seassons # 26 - Hand made Flowers
Cuttlebug Challenge blog - Flowers

Sunday 13 May 2012

With Love

Hi again
I have just finished this one with the help of my sisters stash. This one will suit my son for his birthday in June as he loves Strawberry cake and champagne!!!!

Doubel easel card
Forever Friends decoupage
Gold mirri
Forever Friends spotty paper
Gems and sentiments form sisters stash


Here Come the Boys # 27 - Birthday

Cute Card Thursday 216 - Food or Drink

Koala Bear Tilda

Good Afternoon all

A quick post today as we are just about to go out for a walk and visit a friend of mine.

I think this is so cute-

I cut green card to make a 5.5" square and cut to a criss cross
Pale green and embossed gold paper
Tilda image coloured with Promarkers and cut out with Spellbinder oval die
Green ribbon from Joanna Sheen
Green flower gems
Punched and quilled flowers with gem centres
Wire and pearls from stash
Corner peeloffs


Ready Teddy Go #10 - Bingo  flower, ribbon, emboss
I Love Promarkers - Hat pins & Charms
Papertake Weekly - Cute cute cute
Crafty Ribbons Challenge # 19 - Flowers

Saturday 12 May 2012

Labrador decoupage

Good Evening all
Just blogging and watching Britains got Talent. 

While I have been here in the UK I have been cutting out my decoupage and I put this one together while I was staying at my SIL.

I just love this image, he looks so sad.  I make cards for two animal charities in Spain and I think this image is so apt for them because he says to me `Pease help me`.  People treat animals so badly, they just throw them out when they no longer want them or cant afford to look after them anymore..

A6 card blank
Blue card stock
Sentiments were a freebie

Challenges ---------------

Craft Your Days Away # 45 - All Creatures Great and Small
Allsorts Challenge Week 154 - Men & boys
Divas by Design  # 34 - One for the boys

Wednesday 9 May 2012


Good Morning All

It is raining here in Devon today. Though we have been lucky since we got here last Friday and yesterday was gorgeous weather.

I have been colouring again and finished this card last week before we left.
5 x 7 card blank
Mat and layered onto lilac card
Lovely Tilda with little bridesmaid
Punched flowers, inked and glitter glue centres
Large Quilled flower
Heart charm
Hatpin wire and beads from stash
Gold mirri card flourishes
Heart peeloffs
Lilac sentiment

Challenges -------
Papertake Weekly - Cute cute cute
I Love Promarkers # 116 - Hatpins & Charms

Sunday 6 May 2012

In the UK

Good Morning All

We arrived in the UK on Friday afternoon and the weather was avercast but not raining.
The village where my sister in law lives is lovely and quite quaint.  We went out to watch the footy final last night and then had dinner in the same pub, it was very nice.  Today I think we are going to Bude today for a walk round.  My SIL wants to do some crafting later too so no doubt I will have a card to post.

Wendy L

Friday 4 May 2012


Good Morning all

Back to the UK to day but I will still be posting as I will be taking my Notebook with me and camera and got lots of photos loaded of cards made this week to post.  I will still be making cards too because my SIL crafts and so does my sister and we will be staying with both and by the sound of the weather  I will be doing quite alot!!!!!

Todays card is abit different - not a digi or a stamp but alot of cutting out.

5 x 7" white card blank
I printed letters using Crafters Companion cd and cut them out
Stuck onto mirri card and cut out again
Used the negative from cutting a border on the X Cut border system
Blue card in the middle
Sentiment stuck onto blue card
Challenges --------------------
Fab & Funky # 119 - Celebrating Male-ness
Divas by Design # 33 - Monochromatic

Thursday 3 May 2012

Puppy & Kitten

Good Morning All

Abit of a rush this morning.  We couldn,t stay at the bar for dinner last night after Spanish as they had a function on so we went  somewhere else and said we would go there for lunch today, but I have to meet one of my Charity ladies with some cards.  So just got up and had my yoghurt and a cuppa.
Todays card is a cutie (I think anyway), I do make a lot with animals on as they are going to animal charities.
5 x 7" card blank white
Decoupage image mounted onto lemon card
Lemon doily
Punched flowers inked in lemon and blue with gem centres
Flowers made with Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Blossom 1
Peeloff border

Challenges -------------

Tuesday Throwdown # 96 - In the Garden
Always Creating, Creative Mondays # 7 - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations # 161 - Animal Antics
Forever Friends Monthly - Spring
Crafting for all Seasons # 26 - Hand made Flowers
Crafty Boots Challenge - Yellow

Wednesday 2 May 2012


Good Morning All

Spanish lesson this afternoon so will have to revise last weeks lesson before we go. 
We are going to stay on at the bar for something to eat as we came 2nd in the quiz on Sunday and won a 10euro food voucher to spend there, so that will save me thinking of what to cook for dinner tonight.!!!!

Todays card is white on white.  I look at other peoples creations and they are stunning.  I dont have many Spellbinder dies (which I will have to rectify soon) so I cant cut out all the gorgeous, intricate patterns some people use, but  here it is.
A6 white card blank
Embossed white card matted and layed onto gold card
Flourish diecut
Butterfly is Marianne die ( that I won on Joanna Sheen candy)
The small white flourishes are the pop out from butterfly wings (dont waste anything)
Large and small gems - Forever Friends pack
Sentiment - Forever Friends pack
Silver flower made with Spellbinders Shapeabilities blossom 1 die

Challenges -------

Divas by Design # 33 - Monochromatic
Joanna Sheen - Flower Power
Always Creating, Creative Mondays #7 - Anything goes
Anything Goes Challenge # 66 - Things with wings

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Paris in Green

Good Evening All

A quick post tonight

I have used another lovely tag from Astirds Artistic Efforts of the Eiffel Tower.
A6 White card blank
Green card embossed with Cuttlebug
3 types of quilled flowers
Joanna Sheen ribbon
Green pearls ribbon around image
Pearls and wire from stash
Lace edge from doily
Tag was a freebie

Challenges -------------------

Paper Sundaes # 118 - Pearls and Lace
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Always Crafting Creative Mondays # 7- Anything Goes

Teddy opening gift box

Good Afternoon All.

  Bad nights sleep with niggling pains in my knees and hip, just a flipping nuisance, so I got up at seven and came into my craft room to distract myself.

Todays card is a Forever Friend decoupage.  Fairly simple - not too cluttered with lots of embellishments - not too much bling!!!!!
6" white card blank
Pearlised pale brown card corner punched
Pink doily
Teddy opening a gift box (gorgeous)
Punched flowers inked, glitter glue added to centres
Pink & burgudy pearls on pink wire
Label diecut for sentiment peeloff `With Love`
Forever Friends sentiment `Happy Birthday`

Challenges -------------
Forever Friends Fortnight Challenge - Flowers
Craft Your Days Away # 44 - Just for Children
LEJ Designs Challenge # 1 - Anything Goes


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