Saturday, 28 April 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Experiments

A few more experiments whilst watching Mr Holtz do his thang.

My favourite...

I just love that stamp girl.

As you can see I am still not creating as often as I would like. Thank you for all the comments on my last post. Very thoughtful indeed. Hugs C xxx

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Baking fun

Happy weekend fun. I thought I would share some baking today as it is my Grandma's birthday today and so we have had a family day eating and drinking.

Part of the nibbles were chocolate ganache tartlets and hazelnut meringue cupcakes. I enjoyed making both of these.

having gone back to work last week you can see the creative production has decreased, again! I guess this is just how it goes. I am determined to craft this week, even if it is just ten minutes. I have been keeping up my daily journal for Kate Crane's monthly calendar page but not much else. I did make a card for my grandma but didn't photograph it - doh.

How do any of you do creativity, family and work balance? I would love to know, really if you have the time to share.

Have a good week C XXX

Monday, 16 April 2012

Thank you Candy Winner

The winner was picked randomly, DH shouted out a number and the post that corresponded with the number won. That was number 4 which corresponded to Shary. Congratulations Shary. Drop me a line and I will pop it in the post ASAP.

Thanks to my followers again.

Hugs C X

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Day 3 of Creative Chemistry 101

I found a little time this afternoon between work and mowing the lawn to take Day 3 of Mr Holtz's class. Great fun with alcohol inks, texture fades and distress inks. I had one mishap where I managed to spray the kitchen in purple alcohol ink - don't ask me how! Thank goodness for blending ink.

After cleaning up I did manage to make the three tags.

I have also started to alter a chocolate box to keep all my tags in. One layer of Gesso and one layer of acrylic paints so far.

Hope you have had a good time, minus the spillage! C xxx

Sketch Challenge April 14th on Craft Mad & Loving It

I am the lucky GDT over on CM &LI Forum this morning and I thought I would challenge people with my Rory's Story Cubes and a sketch.

The lovely Kathy ( Purple Princess Diaries) has created this beautiful card.


Mine is...

I am looking forward to seeing what the others make of this.

Lauren went with this lovely tavel theme...

Rosie was all sophisticated with the vino theme...
Karen went for such a cute ellie card - adorable.
Have a good week. Hugs C XXX

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Days 1&2

I have decided to sign up for Mr Holtz's online class, inspired by my friend Clare, and her journey. Of course, I am behind as the class actually finished but because of the way the course has been set up you can enjoy it now and at your leisure.

I have really enjoyed watching Day 1 and Day 2 this afternoon, amongst other things, LO even enjoyed it too, especially the magic chemistry sounds. Doing it now takes the pressure off keeping up - which is very good.

I love the PDFs and the labels to adhere to the tags you make, as well as the sheer brilliance of Mr Holtz and his techniques. If you haven't signed up and were not sure then I would say give it a go.

Distress Inks:

LO also did some decorating of gingerbread people for her friends who are coming to play tomorrow.

Hope you have had a good day too. Cherry X

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Follower Candy

The latest Art Journalling Journal popped into my shopping basket twice. One for me and one for one of my followers. If you fancy owning this leave me a comment on this post by April 15th. A big thank you from me to my followers. Cherry X

Happy Easter

Rosie has set the challenge over on Craft Mad & Loving It Forum with a photo inspiration. Lots of lovely mini eggs - mmmmmmmm. It is torture for me as I have given up chocolate for Lent. Having a limited supply of equipment with me I have entered into the spirit of it by using an Easter egg wrapper (not mine!) to make the foil flower heads and leaf. The dies are Paperartsy ones.


I have made the stems out of a Darkroom Door wordplate stamp cut up. I have added a few buttons and liquid pearls.

Last Sunday Kathy set the themed challenge 'household items'. Finally, I have had a play and made two cards by just using Papermania paper and one of their new stamp sets, inks and the same wordplate stamp.

Have a great weekend. I will be offering a little follower 'thank you' candy as I really do value you and your comments and I am not always the best blogger or commenter. Thank you Cherry xxxx

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Being Good Enough

I struggle with this concept all of the time. If it is not perfect/right/best then it is not good enough. This is something I only seem to apply to me. I value the different approaches used by everyone else and love seeing those around me following their paths without placing the same rules on them.

I was reading Violette's journalling book and loved her Gremlin page idea (draw the inner gremlin on the page and have a dialogue with it then start journalling), that is what started me thinking about the struggle I have on a daily basis with should/could/ought. Often it is these that place me in my sterile box of non-activity or domestic pre-occupation. Having returned to work in September, I have noticed they have got louder and the ability to be and enjoy have got less.

This is my answer today, the focus on the colours and dream-like qualities of being on the journey where it is the journey that allows the daily miracles to occur within oneself. The journey is the allowable activity for me that the other words stop if I let them.

What gets you facing those gremlins?

I enjoyed creating with the Dylusions inks, Distress Ink Markers, Sharpie Markers, Caron D'Ache pastels, liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents. Thanks to Louise for the image. Also used tissue paper and book pages. The quote is from Violette's book and is credited to Saki.

Thanks for visiting on Maundy Thursday. C XxX


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

April journal page

The Kathryn Wheel is the lovely Kate Crane's blog where she hosts Art Journal Calendar 2012 pages.

My April pages are a combination of some happy hours playing with Dylusions Ink, oil pastels and stencils. I have a new date stamp too. I think I will enjoy filling these in. I have used discreet shaded squares to write in rather than cut out shapes to write on.

I really like the Satsuma colour.

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs Cherry x

Sun In Skye

We have had another lovely day in Skye, the sun even came out this afternoon so we headed to Glenbrittel beach. On the way back I stopped to take some pics. The first two are for my friend Kathy who has a pen-friend who lives in Carbost on Skye and we passed there today.


The third is a lovely view close to my Mum's house - Loch Bracadale.

I have even managed to get some art journaling done. Not ready to show yet. Hope you have had a good day too. We are back at Mum's sat in front of a roaring fire. Cherry x


Skye snow and chickiwicks

Had a lovely day on Skye, visiting Armadale Castle in Sleat and a lovely pier with a photographer's shop called Grumpy George. There is also a great clothing shop called Ragamuffin.

The scenery was stunning with snow yesterday. We ended the day with a lovely meal at The Three Chimneys Restaurant in Colbost. A real treat.

We also fed Granny's chickens too.

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by today, as you can tell I am on holiday and have some time to blog and craft - hooray.

Monday, 2 April 2012

My work desk this week.

Think I am getting there just need to re-size pictures. Lol.

Hopefully found an answer

I am trying out a new way of posting my projects. Hopefully here are my feb and March journal pages. Do go and have a look at the innovative Kate Cranes Blog The Kathryn Wheel to look at the other creations.

Thank you for being patient as I try and work out what I am doing.

And another, told you I was having trouble!


Inks - mmmmmm


Card for a belated birthday


I am struggling with Blogger and multiple images.

Untitled I have been doing some crafting but haven't been able to post. I sit down today to post and now I can't because I can't get my head round blogger and adding my pictures. I am mightily frustrated and fed up. Any advice? Hugs C XXx

Way behind journal pages!

Here is my late March page. I have continued to enlarge my page by adding a sheet.

I love watching the creativity appear over on The Kathryn Wheel. Kate Crane's blog.

Thanks for stopping by.