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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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Saturday 30 November 2019

Christmas Gifts for Allsorts

Good Morning All

It is my turn to host the Allsorts Challenge and I chose a theme of

Christmas Gifts.
I altered some plain Brown carrier bags for all my gifts this year, as I did last year too,
instead of using non recyclable  paper.

I have more of these to show you next week for Crafty Ribbons DT.

These are also a great way of recycling last years Christmas cards as I have used  on some.
Some are 12 x 12 paper that I have had for years and not known what to do with as they had 4 images on, so I cut them up and used them too.
Random stamping of snowflakes and Christmas trees, ribbon added across the top and tied odd embellishments to it.

I had great fun doing these and I used quite afew bits that I have had in my Christmas box for years.

Prize on offer
Christmas Cracker Kits from Stix 2

Wendy L

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Good Morning Hochanda

Good Morning All

Exciting day today as I am going to Hochanda to meet up with John Next Door.
As most of you know, that is where his name comes from as I used to call him
John next door as my partners name is John too.
I,m glad he kept the name when fame beckoned him!!!!
I  am going upto Sheffield to stay with him and Sam and, hopefully, we will go to his local Craft shop and I can fill my suitcase for my return journey on Friday.

Todays card is for my Johns sons birthday, I had to make it early as he is going to work in Melbourne for at least 6 months, so made it early in November when he came to stay with us before his trip.
A typical 'man' card, holding the TV control !!!!

Wendy L

Monday 25 November 2019

Cute Dinosaur

Good Morning All

I,m still in the UK at my sons and loving every minute with my Granddaughters, Hollie & Tess.
Except, I have horrible toothache, I had to go to emergency dentist on Friday and I thought it had settled, but bad again today on and off.
I dont make many children's cards other than for my grand kids but this is one I made a while ago.
The Dinosaur is from LOTV I think.
Mounted onto Embossed card and the side panel is a scrap left over from a Pixie Powder sheet covered with acetate.

See you soon.

Wendy L

Saturday 23 November 2019

Thank you or New Year for Allsorts

Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge this week is either
Thank You or New Year
I used two pieces of pretty paper I had left over from backing a book fold, matted them onto white card and then onto Mirri card.
An acetate Thank You sentiment which I had to use gems to hide the glue.
A couple of flowers and ribbon with a charm.

Prize on offer

Wendy L

Thursday 21 November 2019

Steampunk for MAWTT

Good Morning All

Moving Along With The Times Challenge is hosted by Jackie Reader this week and her theme is


Now I dont really do this type of card but luckily, I found some papers in a used pad that I bought on a declutter site.
One of my craft club ladies, Jen, lent me her cog dies, so I cut a few in both gold Mirri and black and layered them up.

Tied the sentiment on with twine wrapped around the mat.

That's as good as it's gonna get!!!!

I,m winging my way to Corby to my younger sons today.
Really looking forward to seeing them all, especially Hollie and Tess.
Then I am meeting up with John Next Door at Hochanda studios as they are quite near to Corby.
Really excited about seeing John again as it has been a while.

Wendy L

Tuesday 19 November 2019


Good Morning All

I made this card back in June and just found it in my files.
It is using a scrap of paper from a paper pad I bought from the Declutter site.
All bits and bobs.
I think the toppers are Hunkydory.
I love that piece of paper, so pretty.

Just a couple of days to go before I go to Ricks to see them all and meeting up with John and Sam.
Wendy L

Sunday 17 November 2019

Happy Sunday & challenge

Good Morning All

This is my last Sunday post for a couple of weeks as I am going to my sons on Thursday so the challenge for my Craft Club ladies will run for 3 weeks.
It is a sketch and if you would like to join in just email me a pic.
This is my card following the sketch below.
CE Tree die onto silver corrugated card and green glitter card.
3 candy buttons and a scrap of patterned paper.


The gifts I gave out to the ladies on Friday were a chocolate treat - Rocky biscuit bars.
I decorated the boxes with organza ribbon and a dangle charm for them to use on their cards.

Onto last weeks challenge which was Use a Mouse.
I gave them each a page from a Joanna Sheen decoupage book.

 My card

Christine - She was back from UK for a couple of weeks, not been here since last Spring so lovely to see her again.






The name drawn was Pat and the raffle was won by Jen.
Wendy L

Saturday 16 November 2019

Christmas for Crafty Friends

Good Morning All

Our sponsor is All Dressed Up and they provided some lovely images for us to work with.
This one  is called Little Star.

The colours dont show very well but her face is more beige/skin colour and her wings are pinks.
I used Polychromos to colour
and scraps for the backing.
Wrapped gold twine around it with two cute jingle bells

I am going to give this to one of my Grand children.

Pop over and see what Team 1 have been upto with the images they have been given.

Wendy L

Christmas Flowers for Allsorts.

Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge time again and Mervi has picked a theme of

Christmas Flowers

I think this card looks quite opulent with the gold Mirri.
the Border die is from Crafters Companion I think.
I hid the join with some lovely sentiment ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.
I used Johns Poinsettia dies and stamps from last year and added a lovely gold centre to each one.

                                       The Paperbox £15 store voucher is the prize on offer this week.

Wendy L

Thursday 14 November 2019

Grandaughters Christmas card for Crafty Ribbons

Good Morning All

I made this card for  3 of  my Grandaughters , Arabella, Aurora and Arianna,  for Christmas

All the girls seem to like Unicorns although Arianna is abit young.
I used a sweet topper from LOTV and added a Stocking charm.
A love the three heart shaped buttons from Crafty Ribbons too and tied them with fluffy twine.
Shop for the ribbon HERE.

Wendy L

Tuesday 12 November 2019

My Groovi Club

Good Morning All

As some of you know I have been running a Groovi workshop at my local craft shop.
It is going very well indeed and the nice thing is, quite afew of the ladies are totally knew to parchment craft.
Here is a pic of some of the group .

On Tuesday last week we were making Christmas cards.
Here are some very quick samples I made to show them.

This one was to show them that you can use all your small pieces of parchment.
I added JND Ivy leaf die and Poinsettias

And this is one that one of the ladies,  Linda made.

They are all doing very well and I had a knew lady last week too so now I have nine.
Two new ones due next week too.

Great news.

Wendy L

Sunday 10 November 2019

Happy Sunday

Good Morning All

Happy Sunday to you all.
My challenge for my craft club ladies on Friday was to take a sheet from this Topper book I got from Joanna Sheen.

Here is the card I made.

Lets see what they come up with next week.
Last week, well, 2 weeks ago, was this sketch challenge.

My card featuring Snowman ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

Eve went Square.

Val J





And the name drawn was Eve and Denise won the raffle.
Well done ladies.

The gifts I gave out at Craft club on Friday were the second part to the ones I gave out 2 weeks ago.
They are in unusual style box wrapped with Organza ribbon and a couple of gems positioned to make them look like Treasure Chests.

A sort of house shape.

And inside, a scrub bag for the soap to go in that I gave out last time.

Did you catch Johns shows on Hochanda last Tuesday?
The Two Jay stamps were gorgeous and I gave in to a couple and also Johns Tags and corner Dies.
Cant wait to get them when I go to my sons  in a couple of weeks.

Wendy L

Saturday 9 November 2019

White on White for Allsorts

Good Morning All

Allsorts challenge this week is hosted by Brenda .

White on White

The paper is snow but it does look blue on the photo but I assure you it is white.
Who knew there were that many shades of white.

I used afew of Johns (JND) Snowflake dies cut from Pearlised white card.

Added white gems to the centres.

White organza ribbon around the card and a bow added too.

Wendy L

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