Shaker Cards: The Easy Way – Video Tutorial

by Lesley Oman on 20 April, 2014

Whilst tidying, I accidentally stumbled upon a new technique for making shaker cards – so easy that you won’t believe your eyes! I am definitely going to be using this again and again and again. Check it out!


Washi Tape & Die Cuts – Technique Video Tutorial

by Lesley Oman on 1 February, 2014

Hello everyone,

I am sharing a video today and yes, I am very aware that this is a Christmas card, but guess what, thats just the way I roll sometimes!


This was my first video with my new camcorder and microphone, so hopefully I can make some adjustments over time to make sure the videos look their best! Any feedback is appreciated in the comments below.

This video may be to showcase a Christmas card, but the technique can be used for any kind of card, or even integrated into a scrapbook page. I hope you enjoy it.


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A Birthday (H)Air Balloon Card

by Lesley Oman on 26 January, 2014

You may be wondering about the random ‘H’ in the title of the post… :-) Its a bit of a running joke in our household. When Piper was smaller she would get a little confused when we said Hot Air Balloon. She would slur together the first two words to make Hair balloon. No matter how many times we tried to explain it, she would insist in calling them Hair Balloons! It was so cute that we just decided to roll with it!

This card is a bright a funky card using pattern paper and a free silhouette cut file from 2ps as the focal feature. The hot air balloon is adorable – you can find it right here. I cut it out in white cardstock then inked it with some Distress Ink. I covered the basket with a post it note before inking and then once the pink bit was done, I used a woodgrain stamp in brown ink to decorate the basket. LOVE IT!

The clouds are a MFT die, ran through the cuttlebug with a little bit of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the edges, and the sunshine was yellow pattern paper cut with a punch and inked with yellow Distress Ink. I just love getting inky, and I adore the way it can add more dimension to your finished piece.

The blue panel looked a little stark on the background, so I lay down a few strips of pink and white washi tape and added a little line of stitching, just to bring some darker colours into the design.

At this stage the card looks almost there, but not quite! So i added a stamped greeting and folded the panel to create a banner shape. It reminds me of banner flags flying behind retro airplanes! A few gems and pearl dots and I call that done.






New Baby Card : Ella The Elephant (Cake Pop Style!)

by Lesley Oman on 13 January, 2014


I think baby cards are the most exciting to make! Probably because of the excitement that a newborn brings I guess. Todays card is one that I made (a little while back admittedly) for my cousin Hayley when she had her daughter Ella. When you know about the craft industry its pretty hard to hear the name Ella without thinking immediately about Ella Publishing, and seeing that sweet elephant logo in your mind. So, without really thinking about it, I reached for one of my favourite stamp sets… the Elephants one from Hero Arts.

 This is by far my favourite stamp for baby cards- gender neutral and so easy to cut out. I stamped onto pink card and cut out. For his ear I put grey washi tape onto light pink card, cut out and stuck onto the elephant with a foam pad.

For the background I used some papers from my stash, not sure who they are made by I’m afraid to say, but I loved the pinks and browns so decided to carry this colour combo through the rest of the card along with a touch of grey. To frame my elephant I picked out a piece of pattern paper with flourished circular shapes, I inked the edges and lay the elephant on top. It looked lost and didn’t look right at all so I grabbed by circle nestsabililtes. The brown looked too stark on its own so I added a layer of vellum over the top. This made the brown more muted and tied in well with the greys as well.

I liked this look but then had the idea to make it look like a cake topper. (hmm, cake!) At first I grabbed cocktail sticks, then paper straws, but neither looked quite right so in the end I just went to the kitchen and grabbed a cake pop stick from the baking drawer! To embellish the stick I added some washi tape along with a little flag stamped with the name Ella.

I hadn’t planned on going much further but the card looked really top heavy. After a bit of border punch action mixed with washi tape and a stamped greeting the card was complete!

Thanks for stopping by!