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One way to scrapbook a canvas! Official unofficial how to…

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Upon arriving to our last ever scrapbooking class we all recieved a specially made treat from our tutor Carla!

Yummmmmm! Soft, squishy and full of sugar! Kinda looks like a rose, don’t you think?

This, our last lesson, we were asked to each bring a canvas! Anna picked us up THREE for £6 from Book Works, bargain right?

Sooooo, this canvas and frame (above), I think, is 8″ x 8″ and this is how it looked at the end:

We (mummy smurf, papa smurf, three dogs, cat and myself) live across from the green belt, that itself is a pretty sight- either verdant, muddy or ochre, but then the sun sets and so many times a year it makes photographs that make me gasp and swooooooon! I thought that one small picture of our sunset on a 12 X 12 inch scrapbook layout would leave the page a bit sparse and I’d much rather have the picture on display!

So, how to?

You need:

  • a canvas
  • two sided sticky tape
  • your embellishments
  • photo
  • your cardstock
  • sizzix doodah and plates
  • heart punch (scalloped edge!)

My newly decorated room (when I eventually get round to buying paint and decorating) will be in teal or a minty green so I feel a bit bad for this photo/ background… yellow, orange and reds…  where will it go?! But photo I love you so!


  • Right then *ahem* the card I used to cover this 8×8 canvas is 12 x 12 inches and, as advised by tutor Carla, I measured where to cut the card just by putting the canvas in the centre of the card (measured by eye) and folding the card around the canvas as if I were wrapping it up, as you do with birthday prezzies!
  • After doing this, I decided not to cut the card very much- so that the card would cover the sides! But still, if you fold it as far as you can then you know where to trim the excess cardstock =)
  • If you would like to stamp on to the card or embellish it with brads (known to me as “split pins”) and anything that would pierce the card then you should do so before sticking the card to the canvas
  • Fold the card neatly on the corners, but then open the flaps and fold the corners under– much neater, oui?
  • I stuck the card, sides and corners down, at first, using pritt stick (thinking it would be faster than using wetter glues), but using two sided sticky tape squares on the front, sides and corners worked loads better!
  • Matting my photo helped make it stand out better by having a plainer base!
  • The letters for my title were cut out using a sizzix doodah and plates for a font called “round table”- they were also cut out by my friend and fellow classmate Zara (not available in shops) – because I’m a slow poke and had other bits to finish.
  • The flowers were made using pritt stick, card, and a scalloped heart punch and a tutorial from Zara! I made two of them and she made the pretty copper one!  ❤

Happy happy joy joy!

While I volunteered at The Art Org on Station Street (or Hopkinson Bar or The Canteen) there was a peice of work put up that was a huuuuuuuge collage of pictures of sunsets, arranged by colour… I would happily have stolen that… except it would taken a long while nicking and hiding each individual photograph… I think the customers would have noticed and stopped me =P

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February 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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Productive day! / About me

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This song makes me happy, bouncy and sing in american!

After a few days of moping and feeling down I had an ultra productive day yesterday! Facebook:

“Didn’t mope today =D walked dogs, did beading, make a fajita for me and curry for parents (three pans, two hobs? tricky), made bed, uploaded photos. GOOD DAY!”

AND I bought some rainbow crayons- I used to find them here and there in childhood days and so I bought a box of five from ebay! One for me, one to send to my friend Lucy on the Isle of Man (she’s never heard of them!) one for each of my grand nieces (not for the grand-nephew, he can’t even hold his head up yet!) and one spare =)

not my picture crayon is muuuuch smaller.

After my three hours walk on the “ranges” (I call it the embankment) with the dogs and pictures taken of the Lord Byron sculpture up there and pictures of the butterflies and bugs, I then identified them using a website (yes I’m a moth /butterfly nerd) which I’ll try to find and share on here soon.

Lucy told me the one on the left is a six-spotted burnet, I found out that the one on the other side is a Cinnabar Moth!

THIS is a Cinnabar Caterpillar! I love them. They feel lovely to stroke. I saw possibly a hundred of these moths as they really love the meadow flowers, but only saw one patercillar! Odd? Not sure. Saw an old chrysalis too!!! First time finding one outside of a butterfly farm.

Also while we were out we saw a butterfly called a “common blue” (google him) he was  as violet/lilac coloured as the flowers the moths are sitting on above and possibly not as common as the say because this was the first time I remembered seeing him!

Here’s the great user of puns, reader of magazines, watcher of telly soaps and perferred cushion to dogs *drum roll…* mum of the house and mamma/great grandma:

She (understandably) had to sit for a lot of the walk and the monkey dogs and I would go back to her before moving on to the next section of embankment. So there she is in the butterfly meadow and then here she is trying to walk Boatswain:

Boatswain is the sculpture of Lord Byron’s dog. Here’s the whole sculpture:

The monkey dogs were very excited about this and spent time running around and yapping to someone or other… either to us or the sculpture…


a bit more about me me me and family… told by circular plaques at the base of the Byron sculpture….

As a baby I was christened here:

and my mum’s dad worked here:

Mum and the dogs were becoming increasingly knackered (sorry!) but before we could go home we stopped to let some Lean Mills school kiddies (hiiiiiiiiiiiii!) play with play with the monkey dogs!

Also, at home I made curry for the first time EVER and it was yummmmmy! I’m sure I didn’t make ‘true’ curry- I didn’t add salt and there wasnt much oil used. And we always add apple, sultanas, carrots and celery to ours… but it was curry flavoured! Num num num.

And what can I say about today so dar that will fit in a Facebook Status?

“Counselling was brill today! Dad singing tonight, the group will all be wearing african colours, singing african songs and raising money for charity!”

That’s all for now! Ta ta!

Written by Cherise

July 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm

WHAT iz youz bin doin’ blud?

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WELL! I had a couple of days with the Pretty and Thirfty Dee! Read about it here. Yup yup, great time cackling and laughing with my Queens of magical creativity! and DAMN that was good hot chocolate! Also, I have this little piece of lapis lazuli….

Beautiful! and with golden flecks

from the nice man Mick Lawlor at the crystal shop on Canning Circus. Luminosa? WHEN I know how to make silver jewelery with silversmithery techniques I will buy FUCK LOADS LOTS of such stones and other pretty things and set them how they deserve to be displayed *sigh* one day…

Here’s another blue stone I love (but a cheeky man-made stone)

It has me thinking of starry nights, the universe and icey pavements.


What might I have been up to recently?

MaKiNg PeNdAnTs! & Sitting with flowers & taking pictures!

Orange with blue and orange with puple makes my eyes happy and my heart swoon…

AND… STARFISHY! Made at my cool brother in law’s birthday bbq!

Last but not least… today the weather is:

Written by Cherise

July 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm

We’re all going on a summer holiday!

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… but just a day late….

YES, I had my suitcase all packed and then waited an extra day in England for the volcanic ash clouds to move on. I was very calm but family were fretting!

So, on 17th of March, a day late, we ran away to Southern Spain, in a Ryanair Plane.

swooooooooooooooon at the pretty greens and the spectacular clouds

shadow of the clouds against the water and reflection of the sun =)
are these the alps?
my DVD Monster chilling out and high cinco the DVD left for us at the villa.

Bythe pool and in the pool:

AZUL! (bluuuue). Icy cold!

Water Taxi- even better when she’s on his back and i’m on hers! Kyla and I are too weak to cary two people though, we just sink.

the golf course next door and our view


Pond- the bridge

WheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeJust keep swimming, just keep swimming…


Outside gym!

PURPLE HOUSES! made for me and kyla. and no one else.
me and my sis, Kyla, and then Michaela and Mick:

i went down there where the river met the sea!

Drunk Trees!

Our sand castle (no bucket or spades used!) with shell decoration and stone pathway. Dream on you sand sculpturers- one day you may rival me, kyla and michael.
This flower felt like leaves, was HUGE and was very smelly but nice smelly =)


Mr or Ms Birdy- who I love dearly. I fed birdy a tuk-style biscuit containing sesame seads. I watched her fly wayyyy beyond the beach, beyond the tees and roads to the houses, just to come back, to go forth and come back again for more =D


SALI DALI (is it too rude to write his name so informally?)

ANDDDD for my greek myth-loving self (WAY better than coronation street or eastenders!)

and each had a title plate like this:

Spain has fantastic tiles…

more pretty pungent flowers like leaves!

Next? GIBBY! (ahem. sorry. Gibraltar)

Can hardly see over the wheel and never had a driving lesson- can see why mick wouldnt trust me to get us there…

I went in this/up this castle! It belonged to a princess or queen charlotte. Wasn’t very big on the inside!

APE! There was a 500pound fine for feeding the apes but we just prayed that they couldnt eat the car!

Baby ape! We gave little ape a lift up the mountain- tourists and ourselves laughed so hard!

Up at the castle…

Ants outside the castle- very organised but could do better- maybe if we had painted a white line between them they’d have stopped bumping in to each other.

I love these two buildings and the scooters most people use to get around without having to wear bike leathers. Bike leathers in 39degree weather, can you imagine? No thanks!

Evacuees that haven’t moved much.

MORRISONS INSIDE BRITAIN INSIDE SPAIN! odd. that’s Gibby rock behind there.

I loved this sun dial with the zodiac on it XD

This is Mr Gibraltar Rock, as Kyla named him.


We didn’t go in the bull ring, just took this picture for tourists sake =P we don’t like such things.

See the little blue and pink squares? these are fabric pictures of Mary and her babby- in the morning there was a festival type celebration going down the street and these fabric pictures hung from balconies and buildings anywhere in Ronda.

Lovely views =)

Cheeky sister! This is a museum. How pretty…

As tiiimmmeee goess byyy, so slowlyy… ahem. sorry.

i fight depression but i'm feeling better than this greek god.

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part two



This is a Fiesta- Kyla and Micks Magnums cost 2 euro each, my fiesta was SO full of food colouring and flavourings and bad things that it only cost 50 cents =P But it was SO damn tasty and strong, almost bitter… like cherry and bubblegum.

Puente Nuevo

Postcard to home:
To mum, dad etc. & zoo, Today we have been to Ronda- we walked over this birdge! Ronda was a BIG drive away but it’s one of Spains oldest cities, has lots of museums and is situated in the mountains! A PROPPER CITY! HUGE! The Puente Nuevo was started in 1751 and completed in 1793 but the architect of didn’t survied it’s completion because he DIED falling out of a basket when looking over his work… The Puente nuevo is 96 metres tall! Which is 315 feet!!! And we picked oranges and nispero from trees- well, mostly Michael did… we couldnt reach…

The view:

On the bridge:


Water at the base of the bridge. Doesn;t that just look like the most beautiful thing in the world in this hot weather? It did back then too =) No diving though, it's 96m down.


can’t quite reach! Mick did though. Hours later back at the villa we peeled the orange and found it was as bitter as a lemon or orange. It was also GIANT sized and the ppel was lovely, fragrant and yummy smelling. In the end we made orange rice pudding with loads of sugar, normal rice, milk, orange peel and juice… and out tongues tingled lots from the zing!

this was a museum! but you’re allowed to take pictures! so here they are (still in Ronda- we got around!):

I love these tiles

the view!

this man looks like a character! ❤


umm, this might be the end of Ronda!

Other things in Spain in wanted to bring back in my suitcase:
PURPLE TREEEEES! I saw many of gthem and you’d kind of think them bare to not be green and leafy but…

*siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh*swooooon* I miss you purple trees! why do you never write to me?
and red trees!


where we almost always ate breakfast, tea and supper, looking out in to the garden


living room, breakfast bar

dining room with a... PIANO!? hmm.

um... snake! i like snakes...

i especially liked this snake until he ate…

one of these fishies.

ms terry (tarapin) scared snakey away

ummmm, this might be the end of my holiday snaps (i say that but there are 600 plus of them) but i fear i might have bombarded you >.<



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June 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

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