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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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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Happy Groovi

 Good Morning All

I treated myself to a new Groovi plate when Clarity had a sale on last month.

I do have to be careful what I order now since Brexit as we have to pay import tax on certain items.

I had this brought over with a courier company so wasn't too expensive as they charge by weight.

This plate came about when Barbara Gray started her doodling online when the pandemic started, then the company made it into a Groovi plate.

I thought it would be useful for Birthdays, Anniversary's and anything HAPPY.

This one I made into a 5x7 card, using black parchment.

I did need to use a light panel to work on black though.


This, I made into a 6x6 card, white parchment backed onto blue designer paper.
Both very simple and easy to make as no snipping or embossing, well a tiny bit on the blue one - white dots.


So two fairly quick cards for the box.
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Wendy L


Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Double Notebook Folder

 Good Morning All

Here are a couple of notebooks I made following a tutorial by Treasure Books on You Tube

I gave these as gifts when I did my Junk Journal class at the end of April and the ladies loved them.

Here are the fronts and I made closures with ribbon and lace from Crafty Ribbons (link in sidebar)


This shows the notebooks, you could add a 3rd.


The reverse side has numerous pockets in which I added little journal cards from Antique Paperie on Etsy







Natasia from Treasure Books calls these an Accordian Pocket book.
I enjoyed making them and they do make a lovely, useful gift.
xxx
Wendy L


Sunday, 9 May 2021

Happy Sunday Challenge

 Good Morning All

Happy Sunday to you.

An easy challenge this  for the Craft Club and you too if you would like to join in.

Use two or more butterflies

There is no sentiment on this as I will be using it to send with a swap and I dont write in them either so that the recipient can use.


Onto last weeks challenge which was a sketch.

My card using an LOTV topper

Eve

Denise

Dawn

Christine

The name drawn was Dawn.
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Here are a few pics of the sky at night one night last week when I was walking Rico.
This is the style of houses they are building at the back of us, not my cuppa but probably cheaper than traditional houses with tiled roof.





Dont forget the new challenge at River of Creativity




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Wendy L











Saturday, 8 May 2021

Landscape Scene for Allsorts

 Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge time again and Lynn has chosen the theme this week

Make a Landscape / Scene

So I got my Groovi plates out and came up with this cute cottage (from a monthly subscribers plate) and a landscape plate from the Groovi starter kit.

The border pattern is made with the Border Platemate that was released in March.

All backed onto Clarity Designer paper.


Prize on offer this week is Rare Earth Beautiful Blooms


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Here are a couple of pics from my walks this week.
The first one is another tiny flower, very similar to the blue one I showed the other day.

They are tiny flowers, about 1cm

We have a TV ariel on the community and this is a Hoopi bird sat at the top.
He has a curly crest on top of his head which looks like it is pointed backwards on this pic, but we were fortunate to see one land the other day with it spread out right across the top of his head, very beautiful.
I think they must be mating and nesting as I see quite afew at this time of year. 




XXXXX
Wendy L


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Sunshine for River of Creativity

 Good Morning All

The first challenge for River of Creativity is

Sunshine

I played around with my Oxide inks, which I should do more often as I enjoyed it.

Then, very simply, stamped using a wood mount Penny Black 3602K Dotted Petals.

The words are stickers from Clarity which I bought in the members sale, I had always wanted them so treated myself when they were half price.

I added afew of Johns (JND) tiny butterflies and dragonflies from  his early sets.

I painted the flower after stamping with Distress inks, never done this before but really happy with how it turned out.



There are some wonderful makes by the DT and we all have very different ways of crafting, very diverse - Stamping, Mixed Media etc.
So do pop over and take a look.
xxxx
Wendy L


Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Italian Groovi

 Good Morning All

I hope you all had a good May day weekend, it was also Mothers day here in Spain on Sunday aswell as Labour day on Saturday  1st.

I made this card last month and it is using a Grid from the Italian collection by Josie Davies, Clarity.

I do love using these grid plates, alot of work but worth it.


On my daily walks with Rico I see quite afew wild flowers and these caught my eye, such a brigh blue and so tiny, about 1cm.


I will see you tomorrow with my first DT make for River of Creativity.

XXXX
Wendy L




Sunday, 2 May 2021

Happy Sunday Challenge

 Good Morning All

This weeks challenge for the Craft Club is a Sketch

 and this is my card using LOTV topper which I love and use them alot for Man cards.


Sketch to follow

I am back to giving gifts out at Craft Club and these are ones I gave out on Friday - Notebooks which I decorated and made covers for.


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Last weeks challenge was a Tic Tac To

My card - Blue Pink Square



Dawn -  Blue Twine Circle

Denise - Blue Pink Circle

Eve made 3  - Blue Pink Circle



 - Blue Pink Circle

Circle Ribbon Green


Sharon  - Blue Pink Circle

Val C made two - Star Green Blue


Christine - Blue Pink Square

And the name drawn was Eve, as she wasn't on the list for attending Craft on Friday, she will receive her gift next week.

XXXXX
WEndy L








Saturday, 1 May 2021

Allsorts & Crafty Friends & MAWTT Challenges

 Good Morning All


Some sad news and some good news today, but first,

all three of  challenges that I am on the Design teams for start today.

I have found, that instead of doing separate posts for each one, it is better to do one post as people don't generally visit all three, just one post, so I am putting all on one post.

Ok first is Moving Along With The Times. and the theme has been chosen by Jenny.

A Bouquet of Flowers.

As you will have read on many previous posts, I really am trying to use some of my old stuff and this topper is very old and was from a company called Nicecrane.

I have had a look around and cannot see that they are still in business but I have afew of the coloured digis.

All bits used from my stash, all precut, ready to go.


Pop along to the challenge blog to check out the rest of the makes by the DT.
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Ellie has chosen a theme of
Spring Blossoms
Again, I found this Nicecrane image in my stash (trying to get old stuff used up)
Now I count Tulips as a spring flowers even though the seed packet says Autumn, which  means they are planted in Autumn.
I matched the backing paper with the colours of the tulips and kept it very geometrical.
I love how it turned out.

Our Sponsor is Chocolate Baroque and they have shows on Hochanda  this week.

Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England and is owned and run by Lesley and David Wharton. 

We design our own range of natural rubber art stamps from hand drawn originals, complemented by typography from Lesley.  The rubber stamps are made in house, by David, to our very exacting quality standards. And nothing gets past his eagle eye!


Two prizes on offer today  -  Chocolate Baroque limited edition Fragrant Honeysuckle and Butterfly Tree


Lesley will be back on our screens on Friday 7th May with two shows at 9am and 1pm, there will be different stamps in both shows so make a note in your diaries.


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Now, finally,  onto Crafty Friends Challenge where we have a sketch to follow

Our sponsor this week is All Dressed Up


I went Pink - I used a decoupage flower that I bought from Create & Craft when I first started crafting about 15  years ago.
I used am embossed butterfly background and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons
I added 3 parchment punched flowers to match the sketch.


Sadly, this will be the last challenge for Crafty friends as Diane is taking a break.
But the good news is, I have been accepted onto the Design Team for



The first challenge goes live on 5th May.
It is a very diverse challenge  covers all types of crafts, so quite exciting.

xxxx
Wendy L





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