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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.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Christmas at Easter

Evening Peeps. Just wanted to get this evening's card uploaded before the computer decides to bed down for the night, lol.

I'm back to my Christmas cards and this time I've used the 'Spotlight' or 'Hotspot' technique to fit in with the current ABC Christmas Challenge. The image, sentiment and papers are all Henbury Lane by Papermania. I stamped the image twice, cutting out the full image with a nesties scalloped circle. Then using a smaller circle I cut out a part of the main image and coloured it with copics in RV34, YG63, 67. Finally I edged both circles in black.

The curly gardenia (not very Christmassy but the colour matched) is from Crafty Emma's Store and the leaves I've punched using a Martha Stewart border punch. The pearls are from The Hobby House.

Hope you like it and I'm entering it into the following challenges:-

ABC Christmas Challenge - 'H' for Hotspot
Cupcake Crafts #138 - Lots of Layers
Allsorts #99 - Sketch


  1. Beautiful card, Alison! Perfect image for the spotlight technique and gorgeosu papers! Thanks for joining us at ABC Chrsitmas Challenge and Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

  2. Fab card love the highlighted area...

    Thanks for doing such a great job with the sketch this week and for playing at Allsorts

    Emma xxx

  3. Gorgeous work, I love all the layers. Thanks for joining us this week at CCC.

    Liza x

  4. This is a great Christmas card Alison.
    Like you, I am also making Christmas cards, first time I have started so early.

  5. Flippen heck Alison you are early with the C cards. Love it mind

  6. This looks really effective - the 'hotspot' card is still of my 'to do' list but I'm not sure I'll get it done before the challenge ends!

    Helen x

  7. Wonderful hotspot card you have made, the colours are so pretty.Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck.

  8. lovely card, thanks for joining in with us on the ABC Christmas Challenge this time, hope to see you on the next challenge too! hugs Samantha :0)

  9. A beautiful card Alison, gorgeous colours and details.
    Happy easter, hugs Emma x

  10. Love the image you have used and the chosen 'Hot Spot'.

    Well done on your take on our challenge over on ABC Christmas.

    Jayne xx

  11. Beautiful card - love the soft tones in the papers!
    Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  12. Lovely card. The image is very pretty and perfect for spotlighting. Thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge. Carissa


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