Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Busy two weeks and blog goes to pot.

Hi everyone thought I had better post something on my blog as you all may think I have deserted it! I have had a very busy couple of weeks. 17th of September saw my elder son and I taking younger daughter Lindsay back to Lincoln to start 2nd year of Law at University, then we dashed over to Stoke on Trent to pick some furniture up at my other daughters Arline, so we had a day and half on that Saturday. 19th saw me return to work after 14 weeks off sick due to operation on neck/face and have never stopped since. Considering my occupational health dept said I could only go back on the understanding that I went out to visit patients when I felt ready, they may have been speaking a foreign language, only back five days and had to do calls Mon/Tues and today and when I told the Matron this morning that neck was really sore off driving I was told well it is going to hurt sometimes, so what can you do, just get on  with it. I would much rather be out visiting than sitting in the office doing all the crappy jobs they can find for you to do but they have ignored what we were told as regards me going back to work, so hey ho. On a more positive note had a really good appraisal from my team lead which made me feel lot better having just returned from sickness. Well onwards and upwards am going to do some Xmas shopping tomorrow, some of you will be thinking is she crazy but this year my daughter and son in law are with his family for Xmas and they will be coming up in October so have to have their pressies ready for then. Hopefully will be able to craft all day on Saturday and do some blog hopping on Sunday. Thanks for dropping by. Arlinex

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Lincoln Bound This Weekend

Hi everyone so sorry I haven't had chance to blog hop this week have had a busy week and its only Wednesday. I have been trying to get youngest daughter sorted out ready to go back to university this weekend after 14 weeks at home, not easy I can tell you. So Monday I had to go to Occupational Health to get the all clear to back to work next Monday after 12 weeks due to surgery on neck/face, so that sorted and given green light. Tuesday it was shopping trip for bedding, crockery etc for daughters new house in Lincoln she will be sharing with four other girls. Now just keep having to tell her to get boxes packed ready for Saturday morning as it will be a long day for myself and her elder brother as once we have dropped her off in Lincoln it is over to Stoke on Trent, to pick up bed from my other daughter for her younger brother phew shattered just thinking about it and I won't even be driving. Will try to get back to some routine Sunday or Monday. Arlinex

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Good Morning More Challenges

Good morning everyone and welcome back to my blog, I have a crafting weekend and caught up with all challenges this week after being unable to do any at the start of the week. So here is my first card and its for a couple of Challenges and they are Penny Black Challenge and it was delicious on your card and also the sketch I have used is for Sketch Saturday. I seem to have been in a pink mood this weekend and have used lots of pinks here. My image is cute one from Penny Black of the little mice eating their tiny birthday cake. I have added some ribbons, flowers and candi dots to show my take on this sketch.
Next is my card for Just Magnolia and  this week was the sketch I have used. So I have used mainly pink as my theme and used this cute image from Hanglar and Stanglar.  I have added some lace and braiding, a couple of gingham bows and a sentiment. I think this is one of my faves this week. 
Another challenge and this is for a couple of challenges and they are Allsorts which was flowers and swirls and Totally Papercraft which was cute with buttons. So here I have used a cute image from the Humphrey range and used lovely bright summery colours yellow's,greens, orange's etc. The swirls are pale green and sorry but you can hardly see them due to the flash on the camera but they are there. I have added a sentiment some orange roses and some lovely green buttons.
This is my last card today and its for the last ever Spoonful of Sugar Challenge and that was to make a card with the theme of party. So I have used this cute Humphrey image of them all doing the Conga at their party. The backing paper is Papermania with lots of lovely balloons on it, added a sentiment, some candi dots and finished it off with some matching flowers. Thanks for dropping by today and leaving your lovely comments. Arlinex

Well Here are My First lot for Blog Challenges.

My first card today is for two challenges and they are Charisma Cardz and Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and they both were to make a card inspired by a song, so here is mine and its A Spoonful Of Sugar Makes the Medicine Goes Down from Mary Poppins and of course I have made it into a get well card. I have used masily pinks nad browns for this one. The image is Sarah Kay with her little friend.
Here is my card for another couple of challenges Cupcake Challenge which was to have patchwork some where on your card and also Dutch Dare Challenge and theirs was a recipe of 1 ribbon, 2 images, 3 patterened papers and four embellishments either 4 the same or 4 types. So my image of the lady doing her patchwork quilt is a High Hopes stamp and I stamped a little cat image to sit on the bottom of the quilt. I have used three papers picking up the colours from the quilt and added four star brads as the embellishment part of the recipe. Hope you like my take on these challenges.
This card is for a three challenges and they are I Love Promarkers, which was to use a metal charm or embellishments, Winter Wonderland which was to feature Santa Claus on your card and  Christmas Challenge with sketches.So I have used this stamp of Santa checking his naughty or nice list and used the sketch to create the layout. I have added some metal charm snowflakes to the two corners of my card. The colours I have used were Ice Grey 1 and 2, Warm Grey 1, Slate, Mango, Vanilla, Sandstone, Tan, Forest Green and Poppy.
This is my card for Papertake Weekly Challenge which was anything goes and this is my card. I have used this image which I won from a previous challenge and he is from Stamping Dragon Designs and he is so cute with his box of popcorn. I have used red card for my base and some red striped paper. I have added some red candi dots, a sentiment and a red ribbon. Well thats my lot for now be bcak soon, thanks for popping by and leaving your lovely comments. Arlinex

ATC'S For Christmas Challenge Blog

Well everyone haven't been able to much crafting this week due to gas men being in doing new central heating system and not being able to get stuff out and as usual they left a mess behind them. They scratched my new PVC front door which has only been on three weeks and they broke the cupboard door off the hinge where the new boiler has gone so we had to remove the door as they had also broken the surround for the door, I was not impressed, so had to have the gaffer back yesterday to sort out what they are going to do about it. So have been busy last couple of days catching up on things blog wise. Here is my first batch of crafting this weekend and its for the new blog Christmas Crafting and its some ATC's for the swap they are doing as well as the card challenges, why not have a go they are fun to make but rather addictive once you start. If you would like to have a bash the link is on my side bar and it explains everything on there. Will be back soon with some more creations. Arlinex

Friday, 2 September 2011

Now Printer not Printing

Evening, well kids both out, great I thought will do some crafting, but first thought I would treat myself to a few new digi stamps after receiving some money I was not expecting. So shopping done tried to upload to my PC and that's where the trouble started even though my daughter's had written down what to do couldn't get them to download. From that last remark, you will now have guessed I am not PC literate, even though my lovely kids bought me a laptop last Christmas. I think the thing is I am frightened of what I may do if I press something wrong and lose everything. So after two hours of messing around on it managed to download them, hurrah I thought, but no my PC had a mind of its own and  decided the printer wouldn't work, so after another 90 mins of trying to get that to work I have given up for the night. So instead of crafting and looking forward to using my new digi images I have spent the entire evening trying to sort out piece of equipment I do not understand and quite frankly feel like throwing out of the window at this point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hoping for a better day tomorrow Arlinex

Thursday, 1 September 2011

DT Member How Exciting

Hi everyone well have had to keep this news under wraps until today. I know many of you may think this is favouritism but I have been picked as a DT member for my elder daughters new blog but I can assure you it is not I had to submit my interest like everyone else! So was quite surprised that I actually got picked? Her new  blog which is a monthly challenge blog is called Christmas Crafting as she is mad on Christmas and I feel that is my fault really because I too am mad on Christmas and ever since my kids were little my house has always looked like Santa's Grotto and they may be all grown up now but I still have it the same every year, much to my elder sons annoyance when he has to come around every year and put up 100 icicle lights(he keeps praying secretly that they will not be working every time but I keep telling him I can probably find replacements on Ebay hehe) So I have published my first cards I have made for the challenge on here today but if you click on the link on my side bar it will take you to her new blog so go over, have a look and maybe you would like to have a go this month,as there is a great prize to start her off this month and its from Sassy Studios who also gave us these digi images for our first challenge which was very kind of the DT there. Arlinex