A Shaker Card Thank You

by Lesley Oman on 25 January, 2015

Last week i shared the card that i made for the consultant/ surgeon that did my spinal surgery last month and i promised to share the other card that i made for the staff at the hospital. I have never experienced anything like it- they were all marvellous, funny, supportive, and just an absolute delight. They really did make the whole thing much easier to deal with, so i wanted to show them my appreciation.

I thought a cute little shaker card would amuse them all, so i created a scene using LawnFawn Joy to the woods stamps & dies to make the birch trees, and then used some bird stamps from my stash to create a flock of birdies. Can you see that i added little nurse hats to them with a copic multi-liner! LOL

I coloured the images using colouring pencils for the birds, and some distress inks and a watercolour brush for the trees – i wanted the birds to pop, and stand out against a muted background.

For the message i just printed this using the computer, but left a space so i could stamp the word ‘wonderful’. I like the way this make the image personal, yet still has a stamped look.

I used some seed needs for the shaker elements – i picked up a 10 bottles at Tiger for £4, so they will last me a long time for sure!

Thanks for stopping by,

 

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Be Mine Valentine’s Card- Distress Ink Masking

by Lesley Oman on 24 January, 2015

For valentines day i would like…THE NEW DISTRESS INK cracked pistachio! I love that we are getting treated to some new colours!

Here’s a little V day card to share with you today using some inkylicious distress ink colours – salty ocean, worn lipstick, spun sugar, evergreen bough, festive berries, picked raspberry…i kinda went all out!

I didn’t have any heart dies so i handout a heart from card and used repositionable glue runner to hold it in place, then used the blending tool to add the colour. i just love the way it turned out. so pretty.

i wanted the colour to be the focal point, so i cut the panel out with a lawn fawn stitched rectangle die, and added some chipboard thickers for the ‘Be Mine’. It needed a little something extra so i hunted through my stamps to fine some pick-and-mix sentiments and used Adirondack espresso dye ink pad – the brown tones coordinated well with the brown thickers.

And to finish, some glitzy sequins.

Good enough to eat! yum!

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Back To Normal -Saying Thank You To An Awesome Doctor!

by Lesley Oman on 16 January, 2015

So heres the low down: had a ski accident in February, got sciatica in August, and thanks to a particularly nasty spinal disc herniation, i had to have emergency spinal surgery at the start of December. So i am still in recovery mode, but happy to be on the mend. Of course, it was all thanks to Mr Chatakondu- the best surgeon specialist EVER! Before the surgery, i couldn’t even stand up  (that means no crafting!) and straight afterwards, it was amazing how better i felt!

After I got home there were a few cards that I had already sketched out in my mind – a thank you card for Mr. Chatakondu, and a thank you card for the staff at Woking Nuffield hospital – who really were AMAZING! I will be sharing the second one with you soon – its a shaker card!

And, well, if you know me, i can’t resist a good pun, so what do i write on a thank you card for an osteopathic consultant?- ‘thanks for helping me get BACK to normal!’. (had-har-hahh!)

For the doctor i used a boy stamp from October Afternoon, – this little guy..

but after inking i removed some of the ink with my fingernail wrapped in a baby wipe. This enabled me to draw in the doctors coat with a fine liner copic multiliner.

I used the stitched rectangles die from Lawn Fawn to create the panel, and used some stars from Wplus9 to add some colour. I like using stars for boy cards, i think it looks really cute and adds more interest to the card. After stamping, and then transforming the guy into a doctor, i used distress inks to colour him in using the technique i show in this video: How to colour with distress inks.

For the greeting, i inset the word thanks using a paper smooches die, and added a little shimmer with my touch of stella clear glitter brush pen. its the perfect touch, even for a boy card!

I had a follow up appointment on Tuesday and i got discharged! yeay! Good that i am on the mend, but BOOOO to going back to work. I won’t get to craft all day anymore.

I hope he liked his card! It was only fair that i gave him a little of my handiwork seeing as he brought his A -game when sorting out my back!

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Gelato Emboss Resist Valentine’s Card

by Lesley Oman on 11 January, 2015

I’m in the mood for Valentine’s cards, so be warned, there will be a few lovey dovey cards coming on HHC soon.

This card was my first play with gelatos. I haven’t quite figured them out completely yet, but i am looking forward to playing with them more. I wanted to use them a bit like watercolours, and used embossing powder to create a resist. Its a shame that the photos don’t really show the pearlescent sheen off the finished card.

Heres the video. Enjoy!

I wish you could see this card in real life- the photos don’t really show the true pearlescent sheen.

I can’t wait to play with these little guys some more!

 

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