Tuesday, 31 July 2012

July's Calendar Page

I have finished my page for July and I have to say I am pleased with it even though it has been quite a hard month.


I have tried a colour I don't normally use - green. I added some yellow too, both were Dylusions' spray inks, on Gesso. I then added my journalling which I have been doing on torn paper as it mirrored my frayed feelings, to be honest.


I just love Lisa's Altered Art images. So I picked suitable ones and added them in. I added doodles with Sharpie pens, Pitt pens and Inkessential white pen. Letters were added from TH die cut. I also stamped some banners onto green and yellow tissue paper. I liked the translucent effect of these.


Do visit The Kathryn Wheel to see the host, Kate Crane, and all those gorgeous entries that appear every month. I am already on to August. Here's hoping for sun and many good days to come. Hugs C X

Monday, 30 July 2012

Reading focus : What's yours?

Have just read this as my first summer read. Had read Book of Dead Days a while back and thought it was interesting.
These are not for pleasure but to keep abreast of adolescent fiction for work. Having said that they are quite good reading if you want fast, slightly dark material for entertainment, minus vampires!

I am savouring Neil Macgregor's The History of the World in a Hundred Objects as my book at bedtime at the moment too.
That is purely for me and pleasure.In the pipeline are a re-read of Private Peaceful and The Hobbit. I'm hoping to have a browse of the book shop this week too.

What are you reading at the moment?

Huge Cherry XXX

Sunday, 22 July 2012


I have spent some time today playing with DIs.


The Indigo Blue butterfly from Craft Stamper Mag is really lovely.


Almost as lovely as this girly from Stampotique, don't you think?


I don't think I've mentioned Tim H's background stamps either - simply fab.


Lastly, Played with stencil, DIs and embossing powder and Stickles. A little silicone glue to add dimension.



I really have had a relax in between jobs. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs C XXX

Maze Books

Thanks to the Purple Princess (Kathy) for the idea and speed tutorial for this idea and concept. I love it.



Have fun playing. Cherry XxX

Sunday, 8 July 2012

A Good Day

With fab friends


With new things.


With lots of chat about making things.

Perfect. Thanks girls.


Saturday, 7 July 2012

My elastic Band Journal

This is part of my online course for using sketchbooks in classrooms. We had to choose a word and images and start documenting thoughts.

I chose 'cork'. Lots of reasons but I like the sound the word makes too - lol.

It has been fascinating using a word as a theme. It is something I will try again.

This is the cover so far. It is a complete work in progress, but I am buzzing with ideas of how to use this next year with my students.


We are moving on to sketching this week. I am a bit nervous about this. Hugs C X

June Page 2012

I am quite proud of myself that I am keeping up with this journal Calendar. I really like capturing each day on a made page. I really liked starting with such a blank page and doodling quite a bit.

I went over the whole thing with a Pan Pastel to bring it all together. I added a little Glossy Accents to the bee's wings and coloured a few parts with comics in oranges/pinks.

The quiet end of each day to fill this page in was very therapeutic.

I am doing July differently! I am filling in torn bits of paper for each couple of days but I am not sure where this is going yet. It will be interesting to see what happens. Do pop over to Kate's awesome blog to see her and the other participants of the calendar challenge.

Thanks for stopping by. I am off to Newbury with Kathy and Lauren tomorrow. We will be meeting up with Debs too. Happy Sunday all. Cherry X