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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Colour Create, Sketch Saturday and Lots To Do Challenges

Yayy! I've managed to combine 3 challenges this time. I've noticed some bloggers can combine 20+ challenges, can't see me ever doing that. Too much multi-tasking, lol.

Anyway the sketch was provided by Sketch Saturday; the colours of Red, White/Off White, Chocolate and Pink by Colour Create Challenge; and the Lots to Do Challenge was to make a background.

The background I created from firstly glueing old dictionary pages to card with PVA glue and then covering with Gesso. Using Claudine Helmuth's paints in Traditional Tan, Painterly Pink, Modern Red and Sable Brown I blended until I had the desired effect. I then used a TH Ideo-ology mask and sponged the brown and red again to give some depth and create a pattern.

The circle of paper is from K & Co Classic K Bailey Range. The circle border and the 'New Home' mount are chipboard, the circle being coloured in the Sable Brown. Stamp by PaperArtsy.

Hope you like it, x





  1. This is fabulous...I love the crown and the papers...thanks for joining in with the Colour Create challenge and my CC candy too good luck with it
    Mina xxx

  2. Oh I really like this a lot!!! So artsy!! I have never used gesso. Such a neat card!
    Thanks for joining Colour Create and good luck on all the prizes!!
    Hugs, Dena

  3. Alison I love the way you've created and explained your background

    Thanks for joining the Lotstodo Challenge again this week xx Hilda

  4. How lovely, you've put these colours together beautifully! And thanks for your kind comments on my blog - it would be great to see you if you are down this way, Penny x

  5. Those colours look wonderful, Alison. Pity we can't see closer cos I can't see any evidence of dictionary pages at all - the file isn't big enough.

  6. Aw Cath, I'll just have to use some of the scraps on the KC Challenge then...ho! hum!

  7. Lovely Alison, really like the way you have done it

  8. Great card , i love how you have created the background paper
    Lisa ;)

  9. Lovely card and I do like those Paperartsy stamps. I like how you have done it in a circle too.


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