Hello there crafty friends!

It was a bank holiday weekend with us this weekend, and unfortunately we had a poorly pickle, so i never got to post a video on Sunday as i had originally planned. But better late than never, huh?!

This is a Get Well Soon card for my Uncle Robin, who had some much awaited surgery last week. We visited him when Piper and I were in Ireland last month, and we all sat on his bed and looked thorough his sketchbooks and art stash – Piper even drew a picture inside a sketchbook and used his polychromos pencils to colour it in – (I’m not jealous!!! :-S ok, maybe i am!!)

I didn’t really want to put Get Well Soon on the card, but thought that it would look better with a greeting saying “wishing you a speedy recovery”. Of course, i didn’t have any perfect stamps with exactly that greeting, but in the video you can see how i made it work with the supplies that i do have! :-)

The card also features some die cutting combos! Once again, i knew what i wanted to do, so i played around with what i already have in order to make it work! I think it turned out pretty cute!

Enjoy the Video!

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More Than Cats Love Boxes {video}

by Lesley Oman on 24 April, 2016

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you have had a crafty week!
I have a card to share which features some delicious ink smooching!! This technique is so much fun, and i love the way it looks- not sure why i don’t do it more often!

I have teamed up my distress ink smooching with a Simon Says Stamp kitty stamp from the You Are Pawesome set, and Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABCs, and an ‘i love you’ stamp from Technique Tuesday.

I also used the Mama Elephant All Prettied Up die set to create the box and scalloped panel.

Here’s the video, have fun! and please hit that thumbs up button if you like it! YEAY!! :-)

Have a great weeeeeeeekkkk!

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Hey everyone… a bonus video to share with you today. And, for a change, it isn’t a card! :-)

Last year we ordered a fancy schmancy birthday cake for Piper’s birthday, and although it was pretty and delicious, it was rather pricey. This year, because i was doing waaaaaayy more planning for the party, i decided to simply pick up a store bought cake. After all, there was one that perfectly matched the colour scheme of the party :-)

but i wanted to spice it up a bit, so i got my crafty hat on and decided to make a personalised cake topper and a custom decorated birthday candle.

Both these items were a huge hit at the party, and the great thing is that they weren’t really difficult to make either! :-)

For the candle, it was all about glitter glue and buttons! YUMMY!

I even managed to pass the candle on to my friend Alexia for her daughter’s birthday cake the following week – why not, huh?!

And for the cake topper, i used some paper straws mixed with some crochet twine, and stamped some cute images from the SimonSaysStamp Mini Party Animals stamp set, coloured with copics.

Here’s a video tutorial, walking you through how i made these fun items, and below are a few more piccys of the projects and also some from the party.

A huge thank you to my friend Elizabeth for bringing her candle and taking some photos on the big day of the party. I was far to busy scurrying around with a microphone running party games, and making sure that DJ Craig was working hard, and interacting with parents and being chased by little munchkins! It was a great day, and i am very thankful that i have some photos of the occasion. Thanks Elizabeth! xx

Enjoy the video! Still another video this weekend as usual :-)

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‘Happy Carebearth Day’ Shaker Card {video}

by Lesley Oman on 17 April, 2016

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you are ready for a little visit to Nostalgia Central, as the card that i have to share today features a super cute CAREBEAR!!

Ever since i picked up the Bear Necessaties stamp set from SimonSaysStamp, i have been planning to make a card with a carebear, and then i realised yesterday that one of the bears has a moon and star on it’s belly and the stamps in the Mama Elephant Unicorns and Rainbows set prettied much matched the design completely! How cool is that?

I used some of the cloudy stamps from this Unicorns and Rainbows stamp set to build up a background on some watercolour cardstock, and used a masking technique to cover these images when i inked the background with distress inks. I purposely kept the colours soft to create a ethereal and whimsical background! I think it turned out super cute!

If you have seen the SSS Bear Necessities stamp, you might realise that this little guys face looks different. Thats because i used a heart stamp from Wplus9 to give him his trademark heart nose, and i added different eyes from a stamp in the Lawn Fawn Critters of the Sea stamp set. I think it made him much more friendly and cheery! aww. cute little bedtime bear!

At the last minute i decided to make this card into a shaker card, and the greeting was a little too big to fit on to the cloud die cut, so instead i stamped the greeting onto some heat proof acetate – i love how it turned out! But i don’t think i could have stamped it so perfectly without the mist – stamping on a slick surface is tricky, especially with versa mark ink – but it all worked out! Maybe it was because i was away for work this week and hadn’t been able to craft much, and so the crafting gods were smiling down upon me! Either that, or i was just plain lucky!! :-)

Enjoy the video and see you soon.

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