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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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Monday, 29 April 2013

Good Bye

Good Morning All
I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Ours was mixed as we received the very sad news that one of our quiz team members, Pat, who we see on Sunday nights, passed away on Thursday, very suddenly.  We could not go to the quiz as it would have been so very strange sat there without Pat.
Anyway, onto more pleasurable things - crafting.  Also a little bit sad because this is my last challenge for Love to Create,  I have really enjoyed my time with them but I feel that I would like to move onto new pastures.  Love to Create was one of my very first DT positions.

The theme this week is Dies/Punches and the sponsor  is Dr. Digi House of Stamps.

I used my X Cut Large dies to make an easel card and used one of the sponsors images 'Genie'



Paper  was going cheap in a craft shop when I was in Kettering, I think it came from a magazine.



The 'Just for You' tag has been in my stash for ages, years in fact.

Then I just added a stamped sentiment, afew gems and a home-made bead pin.



Have fun with this challenge.

xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
Artistic Inspirations - Lots of Layers
Stamp and Create April - Use at least one die cut
Alphabet Challenge - F for Fantasy

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sunday Mojo No. 8

Good Morning All
It was my turn to present John Next Door with the challenge goodies for this week and I was thinking 'Black & White'.
I thought I would try something different than a card so I recovered a glass jar from the recycling bag.  I recycle as much as possible and here in Spain there are bins for paper, glass and plastic / cartons / tins, and even used cooking oil, on nearly every road, so that is great.

 
 I used PVA glue and covered it with torn pieces from a novel used in a previous Sunday Mojo (used here).  Then I really just decided to cover it with all the bits, I used alot more flowers besides cutting one out from the paper - the big black one.  For the lid I cut a scalloped circle from the grey coloured paper, then cut into it so that it would curve down the lid sides and tied the black ribbon around it.  I used a hot glue gun to stick everything onto it for a more secure finish.  I inked the flowers on the lid with memento ink pad and added some pearls.

I think I will make more of these for gifts and fill them with bath salts or sweets.

CHALLENGES -----
Joanna Sheen - Recycle
That Craft Place - Altered Item
Crafty Ribbons # 44 - Anything with ribbon








This is my second item and back to a card again.


CHALLENGES -----
Pile it On # 17 - April showers bring May Flowers








This is the pack I gave John, oops I have just realised I did not use the buttons, but then again, we don't have to use everything and we can add to it.

Have a lovely Sunday, we will probably be out having a walk and then stopping for a bacon butty by the time this post goes out.  Mmmm yum yum.
xxxxx
Wendy L

PS.  Sorry,  picture quality is not great - memo to OH - possible new camera for my birthday in May!!!!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Anything But Not A Card

Good Morning All
Allsorts time again and the theme this week is Anything But Not A Card so get your thinking caps on and away you go.

I chose a Digidarla Sentiment and decided to make another book, a sort of diary/ reminder book for birthdays, appointments etc.




This is a brilliant way of using all your bits - short pieces of ribbon or twine, any odd flowers and any odd embellishments, see further down on this post.


I made a mistake by cutting two holes in the wrong side of the front, so I cut corresponding holes in the back and put some rope through to use as ties for keeping closed.  These were very, very white so I rubbed some ink on them to tone them down, the same colour ink as I used for the edges of the sentiment and the front and some embellishments.

Inside this book I put quite afew leaves,  folded and glued to make pockets to store any bits and bobs - photos, appointment cards or any other stuff.




 This is the inside of the first cover.  I used a sheet from Astrid Artistic Efforts HERE and I made a book mark and slotted it on the inside.    

Then a full year of monthly diary  sheets from Cuddly Buddly HERE.

 I use these for my birthday reminders.



I only stuck these down at one edge so that they can be removed at the end of the year and fresh ones glued in without making too much mess.
I glued the remainder of Astrids sheet on different pages.

Odd bits of waste peel-offs to make the pouch stand out.


I tied strips of webbing on coloured paper clips, both to use and for decoration.



I stuck envelopes on some pages, and on others, I glued triangles of card  to make a little pouch for storing photos or cards.




 I cut tags that could be used as a title card for what is stored in that pouch.  I cut these from pieces of birthday / Christmas cards that people give me to recycle.



I carried on decorating the pages with odd bits that I had on my desk and in my scrappy box (which is getting very full again, I will have to have a splurge again soon).



A different envelope.



Another piece from Astrids sheet.



On the back sleeve I had a larger print of the sentiment so I made another pocket with it and put a tag in it.



This piccy show the top edge of the book and the bits of  web / ribbon tied around the page clips.



An odd scrunched paper flower and a felt flower stuck to the middle of it.


I loved making this book and could probably have used alot more bits.

Back to the Challenge -------
                                          Digidarla Designs will give the winner 5 images of choice.
And Pin & Tack who are giving a  $10 voucher
                                                             

Here is another example of a book using the same sentiment.

                                                                          Front Cover
Not as many embellishments though.

Inside
At my slimming club we have a raffle every week. We all take a piece of fruit or a tin of something, I took this book and a lovely lady won it whose hubby had passed last year (I think) and she said she would use it to keep memories of him in - snippets from newspaper, cards and notes etc etc, which I thought was a lovely                                  
                                                                idea.

  As a result of that I got orders for four others too.


Have fun with this challenge and I look forward to visiting your blogs to what you have created.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----
By The Cute & Girly - Vintage
Joanna Sheen - Recycle  Odd pieces ribbon and old birthday cards for tags
4 Crafty Chicks # 139 - Felt
Crafty Ribbons # 44 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Paper Crafting Journey - Use a Sentiment
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Fave Colour Combo
Bearly Mine # 83 - Digi Days
   

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Baby Blue

Good Morning All
Lovely and sunny here today, weather is getting much warmer now.
My card today is made with a stamp given to me by Linda (Animal Aid Charity), it was in box she gave me a while ago with loads of stuff in, paper, card, stickers and some rubber stamps.  I thought this one was rather sweet.
The checked paper was also in the box and I cut the shape with Marianne Creatables Nest Shape LR0236
The hearts are cut with Cheery Lynn DL128.
Sentiment oval using Spellbinders Beaded Ovals
Buttons with twine tied through from my Mums old button tin
Homemade crochet circle with twirly bits
Stick on pearls
Blue ribbon

xxxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES -----------------
Tando Creative Challenge - New Beginnings
Joanna Sheen - Recycle Buttons from my Mums tin must be 50 years old at least
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Monochromatic
Here Come The Boys # 50 - Monochromatic
ABC Challenge # 25 - Recycle  Mums buttons

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Very CAS

Good Evening All
A very plain and simple card today.  I,m making quite afew cards for the charities here as they are selling quite alot so I want to keep them supplied.
I love this cute elephant stamp which I coloured with my Pro's.


Just added buttons, a charm and some twine, couldn,t be simpler!
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ------
Passion for Promarkers # 195 - Animals
Celebrate the Occasion - CAS
Cards for Men -# 8 - Anything Goes
 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Bingo

Good Afternoon All
It,s bingo time at Love to Create this week and one of our sponsors is Whoopsi Daisy, I just llove their designs.   I used this pre-coloured one, sheet 425, I thought she looked so cute, crouched on her mushroom.



I made an easel card using my X Cut large shape dies.
Sissix sentiment die 'For You' and a swirl.
Cheery Lynn Roses die and Spellbinders Little Blossoms.
Crochet heart, butterfly and flower.
Martha Stewart  'Circle'  edge punch.
Satin Ribbon with homemade bead pin.
Pale green leaves on the edge were sent to me by a Docrafts buddy.



                                          Here is a close up of the image.


This is the BINGO board to follow either up, down or diagonally.  Mine is Flowers - Die Cuts - Ribbon


Sponsors this week are  ----
Whoopsi Daisy

Meljens Designs

xxxxxx
Wendy L


CHALLENGES -------
Whoopsi Daisy - Circles (crochet circle and edge border of circles) Or Anything Goes with Whoopsi image
Challenges 4 Everybody # 18 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge # 55 - Things with Wings
One Stop Craft Challenge # 225 - Not Square
Speey Fox and Friends # 156 - Punch or diecut border
Paula Holifields Crafts - Anything Goes 
The Ribbon Girl - April colour challenge
Cheery Lynn Challenge # 77 - Mothers Day
Country View Crafts - # 2 April - Butterflies
 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sunday Mojo No. 7

Good Morning All
The challenge from John Next Door only arrived on my window ledge yesterday morning, I did not think he was going to supply any goodies this week as he has, and will be very busy for the next few weeks as he is appearing in out local Am Dram production called 'Bewitched' so he is in training so to speak.
This was the package
 It is a pack of card blanks, a sheet of toppers, 4 sheets of coloured card, a length of material, a mirri oval and 3 chip board buttons.  The toppers were so gorgeous I had to make more than 1 card so here they are.
   This is the first four.






 This is an A4 made with the yellow card.  I was not sure about putting the yellow, green and cream with lilac but one of the toppers has lilac flowers on so I thought I would try it.






This one is very plain and simple, just one of the toppers cut into a scalloped circle, inked the edges and a sentiment added.
 




I cut the aperture from this one and cut a fancy circle and stuck one of the toppers to it.  Added a butterfly and a sentiment. and gems.
I think I  like this one best.  I used the cream card and folded into an easel but added acetate over the last two folds and put one of the toppers inside and mounted another one onto the mirri oval and stuck on the outside.  Tied some ribbon through the chipboard buttons as shown.
CHALLENGES-----
One Stop Crafts # 225 Not Square       
Nutcrafters Anything Goes  
Dream Valley Challenges # 55 - Things with Wings
This the final one I made last night.  I stitched some of the fabric into a flower and it was a bit lopsided so I stuck a bow over it , added afew butterflies and bits and bobs.


xxxxx
Wendy L

Saturday, 20 April 2013

A Passion For Flowers

Good Morning All
The Allsorts challenge this week is a little different for us DT members because Brenda sent us all the same kit to design a card with.  I thought this was a brilliant idea, to see what different creations we all came up with.  This is mine - the theme is Flowers.
I have to admit that I did make a mistake, I messed up the flowers that Brenda sent me and had to substitute some quilled ones made with some of the paper that was left over.  All the tags are garden / house  related messages - 'I,m in the Shed'   'I,m in the Garden'   'Open House'

We are sponsored this week by
 The Ribbon Girl
10 GBP voucher

And
Passion for Stamps
4 images of winners choice

So there are some great prizes on offer and I,m sure there will be some great creations for us to look at.  The crafting world is your oyster, as they say, flowers, flowers and more flowers, go ahead and make the most of this great challenge.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES ---------------
Creative Corner # 15 - Unusual Shape
Crafting for all Seasons # 50 - No Stamps Allowed
Paper Shelter # 108 - Make it Bloom
Shelly's Images # TTT - April Showers bring May Flowers
 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Pretty Pearl



Good Morning All
I made this card a little while ago for a commission, someone referred to me by Linda from Animal Aid.  She wanted a 'Pearl Anniversary' card but very pretty.  I always think that when we buy or make an anniversary card we aim for the lady more than the man, therefore, pretty and feminine.


I used pearlised card in a slightly off white shade.  Marianne LR0236 die for the gorgeous trellis shape and an embellishment from stash (years old, bought in USA).
Marianne  flowers LR0106 and Spellbinders Bitty Blossom and I put pearls in the centres.
I printed a sentiment on the computer and added ribbon and butterfly.

I made a box/ envelope using my Crafters Companion board and decorated it with a homemade crochet heart with a pearl centre.

CHALLENGES -----
Marianne's Design Divas - Going Girly
Card Mania # 18 - Dies/Punches
Carfty Bloggers # 10 - Anything Goes 
Challenges 4 Everybody # 18 - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel # 80 - Showers and Flowers
Card Makin Mamas - Time for Ribbon


Change of Subject ------------

I got these last night
                                           



 I just LOVE this one.  The look on her face-'If you DARE to pinch my chocolate'
I know it wasn't the choccy I took her as I bought white chocolate!!!!!!

Another change of subject -------------
  A couple of pics I took yesterday when we went for a walk at La Mata beach, people swimming on this one.
   
 And sunbathing here on the lovely beach.
     This is a beautiful beach and gets extremely busy in July and August.  We love going for a walk along here as there is a board walk all the way along.

Monday, 15 April 2013

For The Guys

Good Day to you All
Monday means Love to Create time again and the theme this week is 'For The Guys' and I am really looking forward to seeing all your creations this week as alot of us find it more difficult to do 'man' cards.
I used  one of our sponsors images  - Rick St. Dennis - and this one is called 'Feel Better Soon'.

Coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs and kept to different shades of blue with it being for a guy.

We have three great sponsors this week ------------
Fresh Brewed

 Di's Digis 
           
 Rick St. Dennis                                                                       

Looking forward to your creations and have fun.
xxxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES --------
Di's Digis Designs - All About Bears
Brown Sugar # 37 - Step or Easel Card
Nutcrafters - Shaped Card
Eureka Stamps # 35 - For the Boys 
Gingerloft - GL for the Guys
  

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Sunday Mojo No. 6

Good Sunday Morning All
I have made two cards for my challenge with John Next Door.  He is getting afew more visitors to his blog and he is made up, he does make some wonderful creations.


This is what I gave him -











                                                     This is the first one I made - used the foils to do some T-bag folding and mounted onto a scalloped hexagon with the flower button in the middle.  I was given the gorgeous cream corner swirl whilst in the UK from one of my Docraft buddies - Chris Lee, she sent me loads and I love her for her kindness.                   
            This is my second one using the vellum to make a sleeve over a brown base card, cut an aperture in the vellum and the same shape in a different shade of brown card for the inside.
  I crocheted a gorgeous butterfly from the instructions on this lovely lady's blog, they are very quick and easy to do if you can crochet basic stitches.
 As I wanted to use most of the stuff chosen, I decided to put and extra insert inside using a different shade of brown card, and I decided to use the piece of vellum that had been cut out from the front.
I just quickly wanted to show you afew more of the butterflies I have made in different colours.
I wonder what John will come up with for next weeks mojo challenge.  Hope you are all having a great weekend.
xxxx
Wendy L

CHALLENGES --------
Rhedd & Rosie # 4 - Mono
 

Paper Piecing

Good Morning All
We are half way through this months Forever Friends Challenge and the theme is 'Paper Piecing'. 

My card shows a Pink Gem digi
 I cut out his shirt and boots in yellow paper to match my colour scheme of orange and yellow and brown.



Dies used---
Sissix Framelits Scallop Square

This shows how I folded my 12 x 36cm card - scored at 12cm, 24cm, 28cm, 32cm and 34cm.
My Forever Friends paper piecing is this one and I pieced the checked shawl.
 Crochet a little blanket and a heart.


My Mistake------------------------
 
This is the first card I have made is a 'Pink Gem' image which I think is so cute.   I have made corners with parchment and pierced and embossed them. I made this card thinking that the challenge was 'Paper Piercing' not 'Paper Piecing'.  A senior moment, not reading correctly, but I wanted to show you this one as I thought the image was so cute.
Winner Sponsor is The Ribbon Girl
and Forever Friends Favourite it Pink Gem Designs




Have fun this month.
xxxx
Wendy L

I would like to welcome my newest followers too - Thank you for joining me.

CHALLENGES ----
Sarah Hurley # 79 - Projects with a Character  1st card - footballer
Inky Impressions # 105- Paper Piecing
Paper Pretties # 253 - Buttons
Bearly Mine # 81 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown # 142 - Fancy Fold

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