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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 a daughter, Aurora, born March 2015. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy my makes. Please leave a comment so that I know you have visited me. xxxx

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year

Good Morning All
I wanted to show you this box I made for my DIL to put in her Christmas stocking





I love these cards I was given by Linda (Animal Aid)
they are sort of vintage images in sepia tones with just a tiny hint of colour as in the rose.

It is about  A5 size and tied together with ribbon to close it.











 Here is another one I made to put as a raffle prize for my Slimming Club.



I also made one for my other DIL to use as Noahs keepsake box.  ie putting his hospital band in, his first tooth, lock of hair etc.  I did not take a picture of it before I took it to the UK in December.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Craft-Dee-Bowz - December Challenge
Crafty Bloggers Network - Girly
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Little Claires Designs # 40 - Make a Gift
   

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Birdie in a Box

Good Morning All
Got back home on Friday afternoon after a great Christmas in Benidorm, we had a great time and will be tempted to do the same next year,it takes all the hassle out of it, no cooking, no housework etc.

The card I am showing you today is made from some blanks that Linda (Animal Aid) gave me and this one I made before I realised how they should be assembled.




This is the whole thing assembled and inside a box I made too.





This is the card, which I made into a box shape before realising it should be glued at the sides so that it will fold flat.  Durhhhh.  As shown HERE on this post.



This shows the card and the box with an acetate window.




Top view.

The papers were free in a  magazine and the flowers are Marianne Creatables.  I think the bird cage is Tim Holtz given to my by John Next Door.




xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -------

4 Krafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts # 17 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday 301  - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations # 253 - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Anything Goes








Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas gifts from Crafty Friends

Good Morning All
The Allsorts Challenge is carrying through for a fortnight, until 4th Jan, so no new challenge this morning.

I  wanted to show you these lovely gifts I received from  my crafty friends here in Spain.

 From Val -



A gorgeous hand made box.





            Inside a beautiful easel card.



Val does not have blog but she visits me every post I make and we have met through blogland and now has become a good friend here in Spain. 

The drawer revealed a load of gorgeous shaped buttons.










Alot of you know John from his blog HERE .  I dont know how he managed to make all these goodies as he is so busy leading up to Christmas.






These were inside the box, a home made box and cracker which had chocs inside.




There were home made  biccys all tied up with pretty ribbon ( going into my craft box LOL)



The biccys were different shapes and the some were iced too. 

Thank you John and Val, see you both soon.

xxxxx
Wendy L


Thursday, 26 December 2013

Top 5 Christmas Cards


     

Good Boxing Day morning to you all
Hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas day.




There is a challenge going at A Scrapjourney HERE to choose your top 5 Christmas creations so here goes - just click on picture to go to original post.






I love this one I made for one of  my sisters. She is doing well with her battle.


       Hollies Christmas Card - so special.

   Very pleased with the way this one turned out.


       I love colouring this image of a Poinsettia.


Have a wonderful Boxing Day.

xxxx
Wendy L




Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas


Good Morning All

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you all have a wonderful festive season.





It is a hinged style card with an acetate window.

There is a Dufex decoupage butterfly image behind the window.



The flowers are Cheery Lynn Roses dies cut from shades of yellow card
and
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms cut from the pages of an old book and inked on the edges.


The green leaf is from a pack of die cuts I bought on Ebay.






This shows the inside, I stuck the borders from the decoupage pack onto the inside folds.




And, finally, a satin ribbon tied into a bow and stuck down with heart shaped pearl.

CHALLENGES ---
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew # 52 - Anything Goes
 




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We walked down to the village square last night to view the Nativity Scene they put up each year.  It is a working scene about 8ft x 8ft and is lit inside, by this I mean the fires are lights and the water wheel goes round and the shepherd  moves his spade etc etc.



It is all behind mesh to protect it.





They have done away with alot of the lights through the village this year because of cut backs, but I'm so glad they have kept the Nativity Scene.

In the square where this is, they have the New Year Celebrations at midnight on 31st.  There is a Spanish tradition of 12 grapes. ------

When it is midnight in Spain on New Years Eve, each time the clock chimes, all the people put a grape in their mouth. By the time the clock has finished chiming for the twelfth time, everybody has to have finished their grapes and the New Year starts. 

Eating the grapes is very funny because everybody starts the New Year with a full mouthful of grapes. It's almost impossible to finish eating the grapes by the time the clock finishes chiming and quite often people still have all the grapes in their mouths, and they start looking at each other and have to laugh. 
If you manage to eat the 12 grapes then you will have 12 months good luck.

xxxxx
Wendy L

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Green Green

Good Sunday Morning All

Very nearly the BIG day and we are off to Benidorm tomorrow to celebrate there.

I made this very simple card last week.  The flower is made the same way as the tutorial  HERE.


Sentiment is from Jak Heath and is a freebie, she has some gorgeous papers too.
Joanna Sheen ribbon
Homemade beadpin
LeCrea Multi Die for flower No. 45.8510 inked on the edges
Embossing folder is Craft Concepts 'Budding Vine'
Paper is 'Me To You' called 'Spring Chic'

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Hobby Cutz - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenge - Clean and Simple


Saturday, 21 December 2013

Brown & Aqua

Good Morning All

Allsorts Challenge this week is 'Brown & Aqua' chosen by Brenda.  It runs for 2 weeks as it is Christmas time and we will all be busy.
I used
Spellbinders scalloped Octagon and circle
Cheery Lynn Roses die with liquid pearl centres
Image coloured with Promarkers
Brown card and textured aqua pearly paper


I chose an image from Digi Darla who is one of the sponsors this week.

Digi Darla                      will give 5 images of choice.



                          Crimson Cloud will give  a stamp set.
                    Whiff of Joy will give a stamp of winners choice.

Also there is a nice FREEBIE for all entrants, see challenge blog for details.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Brown Sugar # 73 - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles # 51 - Anything Goes - B,day/ Christmas
Passion for Promarkers - Include Sentiment
Crafty Bloggers Challenge - Girly
Stamp & Create Challenge - Anything Goes


Friday, 20 December 2013

Birthday for a Friend

Good Morning All

I was asked to make a birthday card for one of the ladies at my slimming club.   (Did I tell you that I was awarded 'Slimmer of the Year' for losing the most weight?)    I wanted to do something really pretty and this is what I came up with, I hope you like it and I hope she does too.






I used ---
A5 size pink card
Cut corners with Heartfelt Creations die
Memory box Border die
Homemade beadpin
Pearls and satin ribbon
Paper flowers
Darker pink paper insert to show through


xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Colour Theme

Good Morning All

Well it is nearly Christmas.  We are going to Benidorm for the festive period over 4 nights.  We have never done it before and   neighbours enjoyed it last year, so we thought we would give it a try.  I,ll let you know how it goes.

Moving Along With The Times Challenge is a colour theme this week so pop over to the blog to see the piccy and what colours are required.

This is my take on the colours.


I used -
Sticky Pearls
Skeleton leaves
Happy Birthday die cut bought on Ebay
All flowers from stash

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Delightful Challenge - Celebrate
Emergency Crafters - Anything but Christmas
Crafty Creations 253 - Anything Goes 
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
   

Anything Goes - Wall Hanger

Good Morning All

It is Charisma Cardz Challenge time again and a nice easy one leading upto Christmas - 'Anything Goes'



I made one of these a while ago HERE but I have been making them to use as 'Birthday' or 'Get Well' cards, then, hopefully, they wont get thrown away but used as a wall hanger decoration.



Flowers made with Cheery Lynn Roses dies

Black satin ribbon with a charm added.


Stamped with a Hobby Art stamp 'Friends' 
then  heat embossed in gold.

Stick on Pearls added at corners.

Pop over to the challenge blog and have some fun with this one.

3 Sponsors this week --


xxxx
Wendy L

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Saturated Canary

Good Morning All
Getting back into the swing of things and getting ready now, for our trip to Benidorm for Christmas.  We go on Monday for 4 nights and have a Gala Christmas Dinner in the evening so it should be fun.
                                                                      *******
I love this Saturated Canary image, it can be used for any occasion.


Coloured with Promarkers
Spellbinders Bitty Blossm flowers
Bits from stash.

CHALLENGES --
Challenges 4 Everybody  35 - Anything Goes


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Here they are -------




                                       With Nanna (me)





Just trying Nannas glasses for size - Do they suit me?



Noah fast asleep, such a good boy.  A little smile playing on his lips.




xxxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Snowflakes

Good Morning All

Time for Allsorts Challenge again and the theme has been set by Helene and it is 'Snowflakes'.

I used
Spellbinders  Snowflakes die  cut from Centura pearl card
Stamped sentiment
Sticky glitter paper
'Seasons Greetings' sentiment in stash for years

We have our lovely Ruth sponsoring us this week at Passion for Stamps.

         Winner will receive 4 images of choice.

Have fun
xxxx
Wendy L

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Still here

Good Morning All
Just a quick post to let you know I,m still in the land of the living but so busy running around here in the UK.
Mums op was cancelled again for the 3rd time yesterday due to an infection, so I am now running round to get her to the Doctors and trying to get appointments for specialists etc.

Noah is gorgeous but has his days and nights back to front, sleeps in the day and keeps Mum and Dad awake all night.  I,m sure he will settle down soon.

Hollie was a pleasure, so into everything and learning so much.  Pictures to follow next week when I get home of both of them.

So this is just a quick explanation as to why I have not been visiting you all as much as usual, I,m missing you.

No pics or cards as this notebook is soooooo slow.
xxxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Anything But Christmas

Good Morning All

The Allsorts Challenge this week is set by Jo and she must be fed up of Christmas as she has chosen the theme of 'Anything But Christmas'  LOL.

I have gone back to my loved decoupage.  Used my Heartfelt Creations from Spellbinders to decorate a gate fold card.  Decorated the band that  holds the card shut with ribbon and bling.




The sentiment is a freebie from Nettys blog HERE.

I just matted and layered the decoupage flowers on cream and yellow card.

Pearl butterflies and square gems added, these have been in my stash for years and need to be used.




Sponsors  -----
Digi Stamp    
will give 6 images.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ----
Crafts Too Challenge You - Dec Natural and add a flower
Crafty Catz - Two or more dies
Crafty Creations - Anything but Christmas
Pennys Paper Crafty Challenge - Tic Tac Toe  Ribbon, Pearl, Bow
Rhedd & Rosie Challenge - Use old stash


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