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Alicante, Spain
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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Friday 31 July 2015

Happy Birthday Hollie

Good Morning All
Wow, have you seen Johns Next Doors new stamp sets?, They are gorgeous and there are paper packs too to match.  Julia Watts has them for sale on her blog HERE.
He has done so well since moving back to UK, so pleased for him.
Today is Hollies 3rd Birthday and I am waiting for a Skype call from her.  She is visiting  her Dads Aunty in Devon for the weekend so Lorien has taken her presents from me with her and she will open them whilst we Skype. I cant wait.

Here is the card I made for her.

She, and probably along with loads of other kids, is a Frozen fan.  She sings along to the songs, and when I was there last December I watched the film with her. 
 On her breakup day at Playschool, they arranged for Ailsa and Anna (I think they are the names)
to visit, and Lorien said 'excited' was not a good enough word for how Hollie reacted when she saw them.

Anyway, I digress, this is the card I made for her, Frozen characters attached to acetate in this box card.

I,m very pleased how his turned out.

I am counting the weeks now until their visit, 5 and 1/2. !!!

This is a pic of her with them, it was a 'Pirates and Princess' day, hence the tiara!!!!! 

Wendy L

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Book Fold 'Love' and '21'

Good Morning All

It is still so very hot here so I h ave not been doing much in the craft  room, preferring to stay in the living room with AC on.
So I have been doing more book folding, just going in craft room to decorate them and then I have to put fan on full blast.

I showed this fold HERE first and this is how I have decorated it.

Another one I have tested for a lady on Face Book.

You can see the difference here, when you squash the book together more.

And this is it decorated .

Hope you like them.
I have got quite afew more ready to decorate.

Wendy L

Saturday 25 July 2015

Add a Butterfly - Allsorts

Good Morning All
As it is sooo hot here I have hardly been in my craft room as far too hot, so I have been staying in the living room with OH and AC on.  So I have finished another quiet book for Noah or Aurora, I will show it in afew day when I have taken pics.
'Add A Butterfly' is the theme this week for Allsorts Challenge hosted by Tracy Mouse.

I used a Tonic die for this one which incorporates the butterfly and is very pretty.
I mounted it onto a diamond embossed card and added afew pearls.

Sponsors this week are 


Happy Weekend Everyone. 
Wendy L

Thursday 23 July 2015

Book Folding

Good Morning All
My it is so hot here, I dont think I will be posting as often as usual, it is too hot to sit with laptop n my lap!!!!!
I am 'Book Folding' addicted !!!! 
Here are afew more from a lady on Facebook.  There is a site on there that is dedicated to Book Folding and some of the ladies design patterns and want people to test them out.

This is the 'Awareness Ribbon'

This is baby feet which I bought from Etsy
Patterns for Pages site.  I decorated this one, hopefully it will sell.

This is a train, not too sure about it, but sometimes I cannot see the shape in the pages. 

Wendy L

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Anything Goes Creative Craft Cottage

Good Morning All
Wow it is so hot here, some of the sites are saying it is the hottest summer for 90 years.  Dreading the leccy bill, we are having the AC on 24 hours a day!!!!!!
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge this week is Anything Goes, so a nice easy one.

This is an image form our sponsor Kayleigh Sue and I thought suitable for a boy or girl.
I kept it fairly simple, hope you like it.
Wendy L

Saturday 18 July 2015

Add a Banner/Flag

Good Morning All

Today is a special day for me as it is it in memory of my Fiance who died on this day 9 years ago, (pancreatic cancer).  In a way he got me into crafting as he bought some hand made Christmas cards from a lady I worked with, and I thought I would have a go too.
Allsorts Challenge this week has been set by Susan and she would like to see a Banner or Flag on your creations.

I made this Engagement card.

I made the banner from acetate and put the sentiment on it, cut two hearts with a Nellie Snellen die and added silk roses, ribbon and heart gem.

Sponsor this week is Nicecrane

Wendy L

Friday 17 July 2015

Delicate Parchment

Good Morning All
I made this parchment card ages ago and thought I would show it to you as I thought it was quite pretty. 

It took quit a while to do as the lantern is very delicate.
Sorry about the reflection but it was kept in a wrapper for protection.
Wendy L

Thursday 16 July 2015

Book Folding Sister

Good Morning All
Hope you are having a good week.
I have been Book Folding again, I have joined a group on Facebook, dedicated to this art, and some of the ladies design patterns and ask for volunteers to try them out, and this one of them.

The pattern was designed by Hayley Whytock and her Etsy shop is HERE

I inked the edges of the pages first.

Then I covered the front and back with
 My Minds Eye paper and stuck pink Glitter paper on inside covers.

Some of the books I have have a red line across the pages as they are bought from the local card shop, and they will exchange them, so they mark them. So I had t think of a way of covering the red line.

 I bought this pretty pink leafy ribbon at local China store for 95 cents a roll, very pretty isn't it?  It sort of holds the book together.  I added a couple of parchment flowers and a butterfly on the top.  All stuck on with glue gun.

I,m really pleased with how this has turned out and now the problem I have, is which Sister to give it to !!!!!!

Watch out as I have volunteered for another pattern of a TRAIN, part done as I write this, so will post when complete.  I have also decorated the book 'Love' I showed yesterday, so I will show that another day.  And the heart within a heart I showed yesterday, I decorated up and gave it to my friend here in Spain, she posted it on Facebook HERE.

                                              Wendy L

A little bit of news ---
I have been published HERE on The Quiet Book Blog.

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Inverted Heart Book Fold

Good Morning All
Finally getting back to normal after OH kids were here, a busy week and far too much food and drink.

I have bought afew patterns  from a lovely lady that sells on Etsy, her shop is called Patterns for Pages HERE and she is very helpful and will design patterns for you for just 2.50 GBP.
She has done Hollie for me and I am going to do it, obviously, for Hollie for her bedroom.  Trouble is, I need a big book over 580 pages, I found a Jilly Cooper one at the charity shop, but not quite suitable, alot of 'f' words and 'sex', if you have ever read any of hers !!!!!
I have just completed 'Mum' which I will show another day.
You Tube HERE is a good tutorial too.
These are both her patterns. What do you think?
Wendy L

Monday 13 July 2015

More Quiet Book and Finished

Good Morning All
A Few more pages.

This one is teaching numbers, under each flap is the corresponding number of buttons to count.

This is the very back page, with a little notebook and some colouring pencils.

To teach how to tie a bow or fasten different types of fasteners.

Finished front page now all done.

I hope you  have enjoyed my first experience of making a 'Quiet Book', I have had so much fun making it, I am now, making another one !!!!!
Wendy L

Saturday 11 July 2015

Strawberries & Cream

Good Morning All

We had a great craft meet yesterday, I showed some of the girls Book Folding and I think they may be hooked too. Some of you may want to know where I bought the patterns from.  A lovely lady on Etsy called Patterns for Pages and she will make a pattern for you too.
Mervi has set the theme this week over at Allsorts Challenge and it is 'Strawberries & Cream'.

I was trying to find an image with Strawberries on but couldn't so I went for the colour theme instead.
Paper is from LOTV pad and matches the decoupage perfectly.  The card blank is one Linda gave me and I stuck some of the same paper behind the apertures.

Sponosrs this week are --


Wendy L

Thursday 9 July 2015

More Quiet Book Pages

Good Morning All
A couple more pages from my Quiet Book.  HERE  and HERE.

This one is , obviously 'weaving',
I sewed buttons on the ends of each piece just for abit of extra interest.

Could teach colours too.

This is a farm Barn, needs abit more embellishments, maybe a fence or buttons.

Finger puppets inside the doors.  I think I need some practice on these though.

Obviously this one is the Alphabet, just lift each one up to reveal, in full, the next letter.

More pages to come. 

Wendy L

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Layer It Up

Good Morning All
Creative Craft Cottage Challenge this week is 'Layer It Up'.

I used an  image from Ppinky Dolls, our sponsor for this week, coloured with Promarkers.  I used a scalloped card blank, matted and layered the image onto 'My Minds Eye' paper and card inked on the edges.  The flower is made with a die I got  free with my Cut N Boss, Die'sire Pretty Petal.  Everything else is from my stash, ribbon gems, charms  lace etc.

Wendy L

Monday 6 July 2015

More Quiet Book

Good Morning All
I want to welcome my latest follower 'kfranciola', I,m not sure you have a blog so I cant visit you, if you do leave me a link .

Afew more pages from my Quiet Book. HERE.

This one is to teach counting and how to fasten snaps or press studs.

All the apples come off and go in the pocket at the bottom, then pull them out and match the numbers.

This one has all the Alphabet and I have spelt words out on one string and put pictures on to match.
House, Cat, bike

Ladybug page with a Zipper.

Baby ladybugs inside.

This one is wool hair, teaching how to plait or braid, lots of hair clips, slides etc.

Wendy L

Sunday 5 July 2015

Book Folding 3 Hearts

Good Morning All
An extra post from me as I usually post every other day.  I was so pleased with my first completed Book Folding I just had to show it off.

This was one I made for a practice yesterday when I came home from craft meet, I used a paperback..  We were talking about the books and dvd's available on C&C and I said I would Google it to see if I could find a free pattern just to try it.
HERE is the link of the pattern I used for free from a very kind lady.

I was so pleased with the result, I went upstairs to my bookcase to see if I could find a hardback book to use.
I found a Sharron Osbourne Biography I have already read, so decided to use that,
I worked out how many pages I needed and it worked out very close to 5 hearts, just had to cut a afew pages from the back.

         I inked all the edges with  purple.

I covered the back and front with My Minds Eye paper.  Cut a cereal box up for the base and covered that too.

Then onto embellishments, a big bow from my birthday flowers, with some brown ribbon John Next Door gave me and a big dazzler in the middle.

Lots of flowers from my stash, paper, ceramic and fabric.

Ribbon with Lace across the bottom.

I ties some of the brown ribbon around the top and decorated with flowers and a bow, then stuck a gem butterfly on the edge of the pages.

I secured the book onto the base by cutting an 'L' shape piece of card and glueing it on before I covered with paper, then put the upstanding bit of the 'L' up the spine of the book.  I didn't glue it down but it will help secure abit.

When I showed OH, he said, whats that for ? !!!
It now adorns my hall table and I like it so there.
I have to keep it as being Sharron Osbournes book there is lots of 'F' words, so I cant really give it to anyone !!!!!
Now I am on the hunt for more patterns, found afew but want to make words or letters, there is tutorials for 'photoshop' but I have downloaded a free trial but cannot figure out how to use, not technically minded at all. 
I will have to buy the book or DVD's.
Wendy L

Recycle, Re-Purpose Re-Invent - AG
Ends end July
Crafty Ribbons - AG  Made Top 3

Saturday 4 July 2015

Crafty Friends Challenge is Back

Good Morning Again
I,m back with my 2nd post today to announce that Crafty Friends Challenge is up and running again.
Diane and Tanya have decided to re-open as Diane is feeling better after her illness.

The first challenge is running with both teams and is Anything Goes, so I suspect it will be a very busy week.

The papers are from Docrafts and the digi from our sponsor A Day For Daisies
Wendy L

How Does Your Garden Grow

Good Morning All
The Allsorts Challenge this week is 'How Does Your Garden Grow' chosen by Brenda, our team leader.

I made a lovely box card with lots of flowers.

Some made from parchment using various punches shown HERE, some using Cheery Lynn Roses die (on the front) and the ones on the side are Cheery Lynn Chrysanthemum.

Some have gems in the centres and others I have used Liquid pearls.

The leaf die cut on the back is borrowed from my friend Val.

Papers used are My Minds Eye.

We have 2 sponsors this week.


Wendy L


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