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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.

Monday, 7 November 2011

The Craft Barn Calendar Challenge Week 9 & Update on The Hole

Good Evening Peeps. Hope you're well. My poor hubby only got home at 8pm having got stuck on a train that was stuck behind a broken down goods train. He's now snoozing in front of the TV, lol.

This week's challenge over at the Craft Barn was to use old paper colour and red lines. I knew immediately I had the papers in my stash as I'd just used them on my spindle challenge (more on that to come). I'm not sure of the company but the paper stack is called 'Printery'. The image is by PaperArtsy and I've used a red pen to underline the numbers and letters.

Co-incidentally the challenge this week over at the Cupcakes is to use text so I'm also going to enter it into that one.

Not sure where I was up to in the tale of the hole but it is now all repaired, garden put back together and paving and drive jet washed. Three Managers from different departments came over Friday afternoon to meet with hubby and myself. It was clear that there are flaws in their communication skills and there are training issues that need to be addressed. I'm not going to say much more on here as its likely that someone will lose their job over this and as you never know who's reading its better for me to keep it brief. We have been promised a full explanation once all their investigations have been carried out. Hubby and I are waiting for their written explanation before we decide on whether we are taking it further. Watch this space.

Anyway, here are the challenge links:-

The Craft Barn Calendar Challenge Week 9
Cupcake Challenge #167 - Textalicious


  1. Gorgeous calendar page CB, I love that stamp. Glad you've got your garden put back together at last
    Claire xx

  2. What a great page Alison! You do vintage brilliantly!

  3. I love the aged look you got it! Add the stamp is so cute!

  4. Such a lovely page for your calender.

  5. Wonderful calender page Alison. I'm glad your garden has been sorted out.
    xxx Hazel.

  6. This is great! Love that image.

  7. wonderful calendar and beautiful stamp

  8. Absolutely gorgeous Alison, great use of the text paper and fabulous stamp.

    Many thanks for playing with us at Cupcake Craft Challenges this week!

    Warm hugs

  9. A great vintage page, lovely image and like your sparkly lines! xx

  10. Gorgeous papers and stamp, well done !

  11. Love the underlinning using the red pen. Just been back in your posts to get up to speed with 'The Hole' That is totally unbelievable to leave you with a gas leak around bonfire night. Hope it is sorted now. hugs Mrs A.

  12. Fantastic card and great use of text for this weeks challenge! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake :) Donna x

  13. beautiful vintage entry, well done
    thanks for playing


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