Friday, 25 May 2012

No Crafting for me this week!

Hi everyone out there in blogland. Well I haven't had time to do any crafting this week, do not know where time has gone this week. Been really busy at work this week and the weather has been beautiful, so have been walking along beach couple of times this week. I joined Weight Watchers 11 weeks ago and the weight is still coming off I have 5lbs to lose to my 2 stone sticker, so am really thrilled. Uniforms are starting to look baggy on me now, not that makes much difference, as they are a horrid grey colour. I still cannot believe some HCA's actually picked that colour, what were they thinking of. Anyway my daughter Lindsay is coming home at the weekend and I can't wait to see her and give her big hug, after all the things that have been going on at Lincoln. She has now finished her second year of Law and can't believe where the time has gone. I still remember leaving her the first time and cried all the way home to Sunderland in the car, I still cry but just for about 10 mins now. Tonight we are off to my other daughters in Stoke, as her hubby is 30 tomorrow and he dosen't know we are going to surprise him as there are couple of things planned for him over the weekend and I have had a special cake made for him-picture below not quite what I had in mind when I placed the order as I wanted 8in square with car on the top and who ever wrote in their book, wrote car cake and not as I had requested! Well it's done now and not a lot I could do about it as we need it to take away with us tonight. So I hope he will like it, she has assured me it will cut into 40 pieces, I have my doubts? but hey ho. I know daughter will look at this and think why has she put it on her blog already but I think I can safetly say my son in law is not into crafting, so won't be looking at my blog!!!!!
Well what ever you are doing this weekend have a lovely one and don't get too burned with the sun. Loove and hugs Arlinexx

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bye Bye to Bullies!

Hi everyone I have great news yesterday my daughter at Lincoln University signed a new rental contract at a new house and she will have the keys 1st of July so I now might at last, get some sleep tonight as since last week and her news I have been unable to sleep for worrying about her. She seems a lot happier in herself when I spoke to her yesterday on the phone so now mum has been asked to get some boxes together for her, as some of her stuff will have to return home in July, as her new room is only a single, but I would rather have her stuff home and her happy than unhappy. I will be seeing her next week when all her exams are over, and she comes home for a while. So that will be lovely and I will be able to give her a big hug then and make sure she is really okay. So today I have been to work and made a few cards for a couple of challenges when I got home. My first card today is for Penny Black Challenge and also Papertake Weekly Challenge and their challenges were both the same and that was In the Garden. So using a Penny Black image of the hedgehog in a plant pot and I added some ribbon through the die cut and made a bow, added a sentiment and some roses from Wild Orchid crafts.
My next card today is for Sketch Saturday and Allsorts. Allsorts challenge was a card for a man/boy. So this time I have used a Crafters Companion image of this little dog asleep in the baseball boot cut or what? I have used mainly blues in this sketch, added a sentiment also from Crafters Companion and added some silver stars to complete the sketch.
Finally today is my card for Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge which was I Love You Mum and also for Promarkers Challenge this week which is Anything Goes. So I have used a cute Humphrey stamp with this little flower in his trunk. I have used a small round card and used blues and reds for this card. Because it is only a small card I had to find a wee sentiment to fit on it. I have added some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts to finish it off. Promarkers used Cool Grey 1 and 2, Denim Blue, Berry Red, Green, Yellow and Tan.
That's it for now. Thanks for dropping by. Love and hugs Arlinexx

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Bullies at Lincoln!

Morning everyone, hope you are all fine. I have had a couple of upsetting days due to events happening to youngest daughter at University in Lincoln. She had been getting bullied by two of the girls she shares a house with, and so has been spending all night in the library or sleeping on a sofa at another girls house up the street! We have had tears on the telephone and she is very low at the moment so has spent the last week unbeknown to me until Friday looking for somewhere else to live before her contract on this house need renewing next week. I know she is my daughter but Lindsay is a very nice person and mixes well with everyone she meets and is always there for her friends so I cannot understand why they are being so awful to her. I told her I think it is jealousy because she is into everything at Uni and does spend little time in the house but that is her nature she is always into everything- she is President of the Law Society Group at Uni and she is only in her second year, she is Vice President of another law group, and she is on the football team for Uni and they keep moaning to her that she dosen't spend any time with them at the house?, but it has gone further than just snide remarks and since Easter have made the bairn's life unbearable! My son and I were going to go down on Saturday but she said as much as she wanted to see us, she will be in the library all weekend studying for her second year end of term exams which start on Monday. She may be 19 but she is my baby still and I am very worried about her and Lincoln is a good three hours from here, so feel a bit out of the way for her just now. I hope these two girls realise just how miserable they have made Lindsay's life and I hope they are proud of themselves. Anyway on to a card I have made for a few challenges this week, this is the only one I have done so far but I am going out later so wanted to get my blog done.
This card I would lkie to enter into Lili of the Valley which was favourite tool-Cricut, Cute Card Thursday which was food or drink and finally Promarkers Challenge which was to add hat pins or charms. So I have used this LOTV and image of a little girl making tea and used a die cut to print her image onto, I have used some lovely papers with teacups and teapots on and a sentiment which I got free on some recent magazine. I have added a little teapot charm to my red bow, and the Promarker colours I have used are Blush, Orchid, Green, Denim Blue, Blue Pearl, Berry Red, Tan, Cinnamon and Warm Grey 2. Hope you like it, have a good day this lovely Sunday morning and thanks for dropping by. Love and hugs Arlinexx

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Its a Night of Richard Armitage for me!

Hi everyone, hope you are okay today and have a nice day whatever you have done. Well I was up at 7.30 and through to Durham for 9am for physio, where I had my last session of accupuncture on my hip, seems to have helped too. Once back home I cleaned the house from top to bottom. My son works every Wednesday at the local cinema as its Orange Wendesday so it is always really busy so it's a day when I have the house to myself and do what I want. So I have had my bath and done my nails and shortly will be having my tea but wanted to do my blog first before I settle down for the evening to watch the gorgeous one(Richard Armitage) in North and South swoon. So I hope I get no visitors or phone calls just me and my dvd lush!(plus I am in my pj's now). So here is my first card and its for House Mouse Challenge 119 and this week it is humour and also for Joanna Sheen's Challenge which is flowers. So I have used a decoupage for this card of this little mouse stuck in the bird feeder and I have taken the colours from the decoupage for my combo. I have made this on a 8x8 card so have kept it quite simple.
My next offering is for Penny Black Challenge and their theme this week was a Case It Challenge so I hope this meets the criteria. I have used a cute image of theirs and used pinks and blues as the main colour combo. Added some flowers, a sentiment and a double ribbon bow using the two colours.
My final card today is for the Papertake Weekly Challenge and that was a cutie, so here is my cutie and its Humphrey dressed as a clown, such fun, So I have used here pinks, blues and green. I have kept this card quite simple too but still fun. I love this little elephant he is so adorable.
Well that's all from me at this time, I hope you have enjoyed my creations and thanks for taking the time to drop by. I am off now to put my feet up and watch the gorgeous one. Love and hugs Arlinex

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Old People and their Seats at Bingo!

Bank Holiday Monday was here so had lie in until 9.30 which is unusual for me so had had breakfast and decided I was going to craft for the day so had all my bits on table in lounge, when I got a phone call from my mum to ask why I wasn't at her house picking her up to take her out for the day???????????? Must explain at this point I always take her to bingo on a Monday evening, so thought I was losing the plot as remember telling her on Sunday I would see her Monday at 5.30, so was thinking had I missed something here. She told me as it was BH she was expecting a run out, news to me! So needless to say I had to get ready and pick her up at 11am. Anyway off we went up the coast to Northumberland and it was blustery to say the least but the world and his wife were also on the coast as it was BH Monday. Anyway there was method in her madness as we ended up in Blyth and at the Mecca for afternoon bingo, surprise surprise. Once that was over at 3pm-she then said to me why don't we just sit in the hall and wait for the eveing session(which didn't start until7pm!)I explained I didn't mind taking her back for then but there was no way on earth I was sitting in an empty hall until 7pm looking like some saddo! So I got her back in the car and we went up the coast a little further and ended up at a place called Newbiggin by the Sea, a place I had never been to before and was quite surprised by it. We parked right near the beach in a free car park, unusual too not to have to pay at the coast. So I braved the wind and I mean wind, it was freezing but had a walk along the prom and took some photos and left mum in the car eating her crisps, and she was quite happy. When we got back to Blyth it was only 5.20 but she had to get out of the car because she wanted to sit in a certain seat? I have this debate with her when I take her at home on a Monday she has to be in the hall by 5.30 in case someone takes her seat and she is usually the 2nd one in there every time! These people who play bingo have to be in a certain seat all the time and I tell you what god help you if you sit in a seat where they usually sit they keep saying thing so you will hear them and even say to you, you are in my seat! I have actually seen a fight break out because of it and the thing that amazes me is there are about 1000 seats in the place!! So by the time we got home it was after 10pm so not crafting done, but I have put some photos on for you to see.
On this last photo this is called The Couple, interesting it's a huge sculpture of a couple stuck in the sea on a huge platform, what do you think? Anyway thats all for now folks, have a good day love and hugs Arlinexx

Monday, 7 May 2012

Trapped in doors due to Road Closure!

Good morning everyone, hope you are all well and enjoying your Bank Holiday Monday. Yesterday was glorious here but unfortunately most roads in our city were closed due to 10km Road Race, so was really not possible to venture out towards the coast as you just couldn't get anywhere near it. I have to say felt so sorry for those who live on our coast as the roads were closed there from 8am until 5pm and those people were virtually prisoners in their own homes all day and it was such a lovely day, needless to say you can imagine the uproar it has caused here. I did the best thing and just satyed indoors and crafted what else can one do? I have only a couple of cards to blog this morning but will have probably a few more tomorrow, as not going anywhere today either and as usual typical Bank Holiday on TV, nothing worth watching, so what can one do but craft. So here is my first card and it is for Promarkers Challenge and that was to use a fairy on your creation. So I have used this cute LOTV image and used yellows as my theme, I love the sentiment on this image as it says " Never too old for a hug" how true. Colours I have used are blush, pastel beige, sandstone, caramel, yellow, tulip yellow, gold, and vanilla. I have added a nice bow and to finish her off have added some glitter to her wings and the stars on her dress.
My second card today is for Allsorts challenge which was black and white and also the sketch is this weeks challenge from Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. So I have used one of my all time fave stamps and used the monochrome effect hope you like how I have done it.
So that's it for now. Hope you have a lovely day whatever you are doing. Love and hugs Arlinexx

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Another Try at Blogging!

Hi everyone well I hope I have better luck today trying to do my blog and enter my cards for some challenges. So I am not going to waffle on today just going to upload pictures and link them if I can, so wiosh me luck! Here is my first card today and this is for Penny Black Challenge which was May Day-Spring and the sketch is the challenge from Sketch Saturday. So I have used this cute little hedgehog image asleep in the walnut shell under the Daisy and kept much to the sketch really and used nice bright colours.
My next card is for Cupcake Challenge and that was anything British and you don't get more British than a cup of tea! Lollipop Challenge Anything Goes, Papertake Challenge also Anything Goes and finally Lili Of the Valley whose Challenge was also Anything Goes so I have used one of their images and used pastel colours Lemons, peach and turquoise. Added some ribbon, flowers and an appropriate sentiment, this I have made for a friend whose birthday is at the weekend.
That is all for today and I hope blogger has worked thanks for dropping by love and hugs Arlinex

Blogger Trouble!

Well this is my fifth attempt at trying to do my blog this week-there seems to be a big bug around here somewhere as my daughter was also having trouble last night when I spoke to her, doing her blog too. Well the last week has seen me go off to the dentist to have a broken front tooth removed so I have lived on soup all week due to the pain and the fact that the new pallette didn't fit my mouth properly. So revisited dentist yesterday to have it altered but shall have to visit again tomorrow as now it is cutting into top lip underneath and it is so sore when I try to bite anything. The weather here like everywhere has been pretty dreadful but Friday of last week I took mum out for the day as it was beautiful here and the sun was actually shining so off we went up the coast from Sunderland via Tyne Tunnel, Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and onto Blyth. The coast was gorgeous and looked beautiful from what I could see being the driver. We had lunch in Blyth and later in the afternoon travelled back down the coast road and into South Shields for a 99cornet for my mum to end her day out at Minchellas Ice Cream Parlour on the coast road. And when I dropped her home she told me she was worn out- brilliant I thought, all you have done is sit in the car and look out of the window at the view? Oh well at least she enjoyed herself that was the main thing.
So above is my card which I made for Christmas Crafting whose theme for May was The Night Before Christmas and as a DT member I would like to say if you enjoy making Christmas cards why not join in this months challenge and you never know you might just win! You can link to the blog if you click on my link on my sidebar on the logo and this month we are sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads, so go on why not have a go? This card I would also like to enter into the House Mouse Challenge 118, The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge which is Cute n Fluffy. Well that's it for now hopefully I will get some more cards on tomorrow if this thing is working properly, we will have to see. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your lovely comments. Love and hugs Arlinex