Card Making

A Thank You Jelly Bean Card

by Lesley Oman on 6 June, 2014

Hi there everyone,

Here’s a little bright and cheery card to bring some sunshine into your life just now! Full of jellybeans! <3

Inspired by the greeting sticker, i wanted to create a little jar of sweeties, so I fussy cut a bunch of coloured jellybeans using some jellybean soup staples paper – i just love these little white polkadots. To create the jar i used the Spellinders label 9 die – but cut off the pointy end to create more of a jam-jar look.


I cut the shape in both white card and acetate, and stuck the beans haphazardly with some on foam pads to create dimension. Then i used a little bit of glossy accents to stick the acetate to the raised beans. For a lid, I cut a rectangle of paper and used an embossing tool to make indented lines to resemble grip marks on the lid.

Another fun thing about this card is the greeting (Hero Arts Stamp) is in a peek-a-book strip. This is when you use pattern paper to cover the card but leave a strip of the card uncovered. This is a great little sneaky cheat if the paper you want to use isn’t quite tall enough to cover the whole project. :-)  I took the striped paper and cut off a thin pink strip to use at the top and bottom of this peek-a-boo strip. I love the way this looks on the final card.

have fun my little jellybeans. x



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.