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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.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The Craft Barn Calendar Challenge Week 10 - October

Good Evening Peeps, hope you're managing to keep warm in this dull and damp November weather.

I can't believe I have managed to keep up with The Craft Barn's Calendar challenge. Only 2 more to go and then I'll have a full calendar. Yippee!.

This week the challenge was autumn colours and leaves. I started off stamping a complete sheet of paper to use as a background but by the time I'd trimmed it and straightened it and then trimmed it some more and then....you know how it is....I ended up with the piece you see, lol. The large leaf stamp is by Personal Impressions and all the colours are shades of Brilliance.

So having ended up with a smaller piece I decided to matt it onto some copper mirri card which I first embossed with a maple leaf and then overlaid a smaller die cut maple leaf.

I hope you like it and here is the challenge link:-



  1. Your BG looks very interesting. Wish I could see more of it.

  2. Yeah i do know how something can suddenly shrink in size!But you know the saying beautiful things come in small packages - and think your calendar proves it!x

  3. Your stamping is lovely, even if it doesn't stretch to the wholepage, and I like the mirri board embossing idea.

  4. Bit like at the hairdressers when they are trying to get both sides of your hair even!!! Love , love, love your large leaf image. I'm still drooling. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. Even if it's different from your original idea , you still made a beautiful page!

  6. Great background and calendar page! Well done

  7. Gorgeous, great idea to emboss on mirri, love it, Gay xxx


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