Thursday, 28 October 2010

Any Celebration and G is for Glitter

Hello again - me posting two days on the trot - not often that happens? LOL!

Anyway, my cousin got married last Saturday, so I made a card for that special occasion.

The image was from Digistamp Boutique, and I re-used the sketch from Friday Sketchers a couple of weeks ago - I love that sketch. The tag comes out and has got the date of the wedding on it. I added my current favourite stickles - diamond!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

One Stitch at a Time - any celebration
ABC Challenge - G is for glitter

My Mum had some lovely photos from the wedding - I saw them on her camera on Sunday. Unfortunately, before my Dad downloaded them to the computer, he decided to delete some old photos and managed to corrupt the memory card - oopsie!! At least my Mum has three brothers and three sisters who were taking photos too - so she's going to ask for copies of some of theirs! Aaaww, things do go wrong for my Dad quite often!

I went to see my MIL in hospital again today - she is still very breathless, and is fed up with it now - she had an x-ray yesterday which shows that the fluid level hasn't changed on her lung so, at last, the doctor has said they will drain the fluid - not sure if that means just syringing some off or actually fitting a drain. I hope they manage to get all the fluid from there pretty quick - I really don't want her to have to go through what my Mum has been going through for the last year or so. On the plus side though, you can see she's got ankles now - I don't think I've seen them before! - it's all the weeing she's been doing because of the water tablets they've given her - she says she would have filled their water tank at home and could even have flooded Wales ROFL!

That's enough from me for now.

Love, Andrea xx

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

A Bookmark

Hello Peoples!

I've just spotted a challenge for a bookmark so I'm going to show the one I made as part of my sister's birthday present. The image is from Whiff of Joy, and I coloured her with Promarkers.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Your Next Stamp - Bookmark It
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Anything but a card
A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge - Diecuts and punches - I hope my one lonely punched flower counts!
Creative Card Crew - Lets Punch It - hope my flower counts!

Just to update you re. my mother in law - she's still in hospital, but improving (although I didn't see any improvement when I saw her on Monday - worried me actually!). She is waiting for the results of one test, and all the ones that have come back so far have been OK. Her oxygen levels are improving, but she is still on oxygen continually at the moment. We did take the children in to see her on Monday and she was so pleased to see them, I think they were very daunted by it though. Hopefully, she is on the road to recovery.

My Mum had her pre-op yesterday, and is hoping to go into hospital next Monday for an operation on her lung on Tuesday. My Uncle went into hospital this morning and was supposed to have an operation on his lung today, but it had to be cancelled because an urgent case came in, so he's down to have his operation on Friday now. Oh I don't know - what's happening to my family and their lungs??

See you again soon I hope.

Love, Andrea xx

Saturday, 23 October 2010

I Feel So Mad and Sad, and I Really Want to Throttle Someone ...

... but thought I would be better off coming on here to blog a rant instead!! LOL!

So, why am I so mad and sad - well, it's the little girl next door who is my daughter's so called 8 year old friend! She has started telling Eleri (who is 5!) that Santa's not real (again! - she did it last year too when Eleri was only 4!). I feel so sad because Eleri desperately wants to still believe in Santa - we were going to be doing the letter to Santa this week in the school holidays. Andrew (who's 9) doesn't believe any more - which is fair enough I think - but I've had the conversation with him that he must not say anything to younger children and spoil Christmas for them. I've told him that if I hear him or hear of him saying anything, then he won't get any extra presents.

I just don't know what to do! Should I try and catch her on her own and ask her not to say anything to Eleri again (but she doesn't like being in a room on her own with me - I think I scare her too much!), or should I have a word with her Mum? I just think she is being very cruel, spoiling Christmas for younger children.

When is it right for children to stop believing in Santa? - OK they probably shouldn't be going to High School still believing! But, as parents, we want to keep Christmas as magical as possible for as long as possible don't we?

Anyway, enough ranting - I feel better now - think I must be hormonal today LOL!

The other day, Andrew asked me if I was the Tooth Fairy! But I told him I wasn't, and I said I was trying to get hold of a fairy door so that the Tooth Fairy could always get in. I've only recently discovered that fairy doors exist - from Maddy at madimaginations - but now I've discovered them, I think every home should have a fairy door LOL! My husband thinks I'm mad!!!

An update re. my mother-in-law - she is still in hospital - has got to stay in until at least next Wednesday. They are having trouble getting the oxygen levels in her blood correct or something. I'm hoping to be able to pop in to see her in the next couple of days - she wants us to take the children to see her, but I'm not sure that's a good idea really. Richard's Dad is supposed to be checking with the ward whether they will allow it, and letting us know. Poor thing - he's asked us not to ring him to find out how things are - he says he panics when the phone rings - he thinks the worst!

Anyway, that's enough from me - I need to go and clean the kitchen up a bit before starting on our evening meal!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Love, Andrea xx

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Aren't Parents a Worry??!!

Hello Everyone - I hope you are enjoying a good week.

Well, never mind worrying about children - parents can be a worry too can't they? My mother in law was taken into hospital yesterday, with fluid on her lung - Richard has gone to see her this evening, so I should know how she is soon! My own Mum has fluid on her lung at the moment too - has been ill since August last year actually - she is about to go back into hospital for a repeat of the operation she had last October - but, on the up side, she said at the weekend that she does think she is getting better! I really do hope they will both be back to good health soon.

Anyway, this is the get well card I made for my mother in law.

The image is from Whiff of Joy - I stamped it 3 times, so was able to paper piece the elephant and the bunch of flowers she's holding. The papers are My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow. I think the card is a bit over the top flowery really, but I am fairly pleased with it. I added some gems onto the flowers in the bouquet and stickles around the image. The die I used to cut the mat and layer for the image is Nellie Snellen.

I loved using this sketch which is this week's Friday Sketchers challenge

I'm also entering it in the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions Challenge - Anything Goes

That's it from me for now. Thanks for looking.

Love, Andrea xx

Thursday, 7 October 2010

My Very First Blog Award

Hello - I'm back with my second post this evening (please take a look at my card in the post below).

Wooo hooooo! I have received my very first Blog Award, from the very lovely Monica, who makes her own handmade flowers for her cards, and also donates many cards to charity. Please take a look at Monica's blog. And Thank You So Much Monica, you really did make my day today (especially as I'm not feeling 100%!)

And here's my award:

Now I'm not sure if I should pass this award on to someone else, but there is someone I would like to pass it to - the wonderful Mina who not only makes absolutely gorgeous cards, but she usually has something in her posts which really makes me giggle. Mina, thank you for your inspiration and for making me giggle so often!

That really is it from me for tonight - I'm going to have a cup of tea with some paracetamol and then go to bed!

Love, Andrea xx

Oh Flip! Too Late!

Well hello everyone - I hope you are all well - I'm not feeling 100% - had a sore throat for over a week, then developed a headache to go along with it, and now have a blocked nose, which suddenly surprises me and starts to run (yeuch!!!). I should be thankful that I've not had the same as my friend from work, who has a nasty bout of flu at the moment - get well soon Liz!

Anyway, enough moaning - let me show what I made last night.

It's only the second easel card I've made - I don't think I showed the first one as it was for my husband and I wasn't that impressed with it! They're not easy to photograph though are they?

Anyway, back to this one - this card is going to be for someone special. The image is from Di's Digi Downloads, called Party Time, and I've coloured her with Promarkers and Sakura Stardust pens. The shapes have been cut with a Nellie Snellen die. The papers are from a Kate Knight pad. The ribbon was from a gift box my Mum received sometime ago, so I've done a bit of recycling here. And I made the flowers - they are just punched from layers of tissue paper, with some pearl brads through the centre, and then I've curled them a bit by pulling the petals gently between my fingers (hope you understand what I mean!). And I've added some pearly heart shaped ribbon sliders, and used diamond stickles around the image mat. I haven't decided what sentiment to use yet, so that white panel has not been stuck down yet and I will stickle the edge of it when it is finished.

OOwwwwwww! I've just had a bout of sneezing and pulled a muscle in my neck! Actually, I'm starting to feel really rotten :(

And here's a picture which shows the image better I hope - doesn't show the sparkle though! - the crown and beads are quite glittery IRL.

Oh, I forgot to explain my post title - I followed this week's sketch on Fridays Sketchers, but was too late to enter the challenge - flip!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Easel Card
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Sparkle and Shine (lots of sparkle on the image from the Sakura Stardust pens, the stickles, pearly brads and pearly ribbon sliders)
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Punch It Out (punched flowers)
Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

I'm gonna go now - I need to listen to my son reading!

Love, Andrea xx

Friday, 1 October 2010

Mojo Monday, OSAAT, Wild Orchid

Well, it's the end of the working week for me - thank goodness! Another weekend has come round so quickly - I hope you all have a good one!

My card today is one for three challenges, and it was made for my sister-in-law. I hope she liked it.

The image is another digi from Pollycrafts, called Retro Melody - isn't she so pretty? I coloured her hair and skin with Promarkers, and then paper pieced her dress with the same paper as I've used in the background. The bp is from a Kate Knight pad which was free with a magazine a while ago - there are some gorgeous papers in the pad. I found some scraps of the organza ribbon in a box, so used one piece to make a bow and placed the other piece around the layer. The gems are Papermania, and the sentiment is Hot Off the Press.

The challenges I'm entering are:

Mojo Monday - the sketch I followed
One Stitch At a Time - Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Challenge - Ribbons and Bows

Tomorrow, I'm taking my daughter shopping for a new outfit for her nanny and grandad's golden wedding party - I hope we manage to find something lovely but that can also be worn at other times. And, guess what? - yep, she's had a late invitation to a friend's birthday party on Sunday!! So I have another present to find!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Love, Andrea xx