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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.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Elephants on Parade (well almost) for Wednesday Stamper and Corrosive Challenge

Ooo, I hadn't done a canvas for ages but have had 3 primed with the emulsion colour from our newly painted spare bedroom ready to make into mini works of art for about a month. So when I saw the challenge for Wednesday Stamper was for Trees and then Corrosive Challenge for texture I thought how about combine the 2.

As I said the canvas was originally coated with a layer of a peachy emulsion (my own mixture from white and a match pot). I made a moon mask from a 1" punch and then using Adirondack dabbers and a wet wipe swooshed sailboat blue, red pepper and cranberry to make up the sky. A bit of butterscotch was swooshed across the lower half of the canvas and then lettuce dabbed along the bottom edge.

I can't remember where the elephant scene came from but I stamped it with Stazon onto tissue and then tore around it and using gel medium stuck it to the canvas. The edging is from stamping Hero Arts 'woodland branches' in Adirondack lettuce dabber along the bottom third and with black stazon around the rest. Finally I used a peach dabber to frame the complete canvas.

Then I wasn't happy.......

So I set up my melt pot.....actually its a pan and an enamel bowl, over the hob and melted some beeswax and applied and melted and applied and scraped until I was happy with the finished product. It looks much more blended now and the beeswax adds to the texture of the finished piece.

I hope you like it and the challenge links are below, x




  1. Your canvas is stunning...gives me wanderlust!
    I adore elephants too!

  2. Love it!! wonderful colours and such a peaceful scene!! thanks for sharing the process of making it!!


  3. One of my fav stamps Alision, very nice my dear

  4. Gorgeous! Love your background! My SIL collects elephants and would love this card! You did a fantastic job!

  5. Beautiful canvas, and the beeswax is a great finishing touch. Love your meltpot idea too
    Claire xx

  6. Looks very effective and a great colour combination.

    Helen x

  7. Wonderful canvas - I love the colours - and so nice to elephants in art

  8. This is so beautiful. The blending of the colours and how you used a mask. Love to see you do even more artwork like this. Lynne x

  9. A lovely card thanks for playing with us at Corrosive Challenges


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