About Me

My photo
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.

Friday, 2 September 2011

I hate sewing!!!

Evening Peeps. I HATE SEWING!!! Yep. Anyone who knows me knows that I'd rather buy DH a new shirt than sew a button on. So why oh why did I decide on buttons for my embellishments??? All I can say in my defence is that I'd been up since 5am and my brain clearly wasn't firing on all cylinders, lol.

Anyhow, this is a plain white t-shirt that had a stain. Why is it you only ever spill stuff on white t-shirts??? Using a techinique I'd learnt at a workshop a while ago I used a foam jigsaw piece and lumiere paints to create the basic pattern. I then overstamped with a Hero Arts leaf and a Dawn Bibby Personal Impressions swirl, again using lumiere.
Here is a closer view of the neckline pattern with the randomly placed buttons.

Below is a not very good close-up of the unusual button. I have to confess that I hadn't planned the bottom jigsaw shape but butter fingers dropped it and made another stain.....so therefore had to overstamp it. A happy mistake I think.

I hope you like it. I intend modelling it tomorrow at our Victoria Stampers at Padgate workshop. We are having an open morning at Padgate Community Centre, Warrington, Cheshire from 10 - 1pm if you want to pop along.

I'd also like to enter this into the following challenges:-

Cupcake Crafts #157 - Alter It
The Shabby Tea Room #77 - Birthstones (mine is emerald)
Charisma #35 - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts #82 - Not a Card

I'm also having a try at the Design Team Call for the Lets Ink It Up Challenge Blog. This is a returning challenge which I am pleased to say is coming back to us very soon. Check out the link to see what its all about.


  1. It's brilliant, Alison - love your take on the technique - it really does look fab. You're right about white t-shirts, though - why do I stain them every time I wear them? I always have two or three at a time cos I know I'm bound to ruin at least one, if not all x

  2. Thankyou for your interest in our brand new DT at LIIU. Fabulous project, I would never have thought of it. Hugs Suzanne x

  3. This is fabulous, why wait for a stain you can just buy plain tee shirts and customize them!!
    Thanks for joining our challenge this week at Charisma.
    xx Vee

  4. Awesome creation! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely creation with the Shabby Tea Room this week!

  5. Lovely creation thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week
    Love Jan

  6. Hi Alison, what a gorgeous altered t-shirt. I love the colours and pretty details. Thank you for sharing with us at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x

  7. Brilliant idea and lovely colours too.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Charisma this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  8. And i can vouch for this being a very eye-catching t-shirt that I would wear to any do I was invited to. I saw it for real today and it is FAB!!

  9. Fantastic T-shirt Alison, the stamping is beautifully made, love the details and the colours.

    Many thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Crafts this week.


  10. This is fabulous Alison, my stained t-shirts usually end up as rags in the garage.
    xxx Hazel.

  11. It looks even better in the flesh. Great to see you yesterday.

    Carol C

  12. Beautifully altered t-shirt Alison, such a clever idea and a brilliant end result! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Cupcake this week :) ♥ Donna x

  13. This is absolutely wonderful, Alison! Original and striking but still very wearable. I get stains on all my clothes, not just the white ones. Normally glossy accents,

    Lucy x

  14. What a brilliant idea - it looks fabulous! :)

    Thanks so much for playing at Charisma Cardz this week,




Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Your comments are really appreciated