Pattern Paper & Stamping in Valentine Cards

by Lesley Oman on 11 April, 2015

Hey there

I have been tidying the craft room- yes, it happens every now and again, and this is usually when i realise that i have made lots of cards and not yet shared them with you guys. So i thought i would share them with you now. It turns out these three have something in common- they all incorporate some pattern paper mixed with stamping to create valentines cards. Take a look —>

First up is this Valentines card featuring the elephant from HeroArts Elephant stamps -i always use the big fat chubby elephant, but rarely let this little guy out to play. I thought it was his time to shine. Its a simple peek-a-boo design incorporating some pattern paper as well.

You can’t really see in the photo above, but the yellow paper has a woodgrain effect. It is such a sweet yellow colour- perfect for Springtime! I also added a few hearts stuck along the fold to create a 3d heart embellishment. The best thing is that it folds flat for mailing!

Here is another Valentine’s card made with pattern paper. I used an envelope stamp (from a set that came free with a magazine) to create a design with lots of envelopes.  The ‘i love you’ sentiment is from a MyFavoriteThings stamp set – its is sweet, simple and perfect for the finishing touch.

I think the music paper and paper doily create a sweet romantic feel to the card.


Just one more to share – with this little guy! HELLO FOXY! He was bought at a craft fair and was unbranded – i think the stamps also came from a magazine once.  I simply couldn’t resist his cute face!

It also came with the chevron stamp that i embossed below mister fox – i didn’t quite line it up perfectly but never mind. It was the first time i used it so i was still trying to master it.

I used the sakura glaze pen to give him a cute shiny nose. And of course the grass and sky is made using distress ink.

Time to go and package all these guys up, and get crafting some more!

have a lovely day!





Sending Love – Envelope Background Stamping

by Lesley Oman on 5 April, 2015


Another video to share today – and another play round with using stamps to create backgrounds for cards. For this card I was experimenting using the envelope stamps from the SimonSaysStamp Happy Mail stamp set. I think this stamp set is so versatile!

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I am really loving the text as well as the other images! Here’s a video walkthrough of how i made the card. Enjoy!


One Stamp – Lots of Coloured Ink

by Lesley Oman on 31 March, 2015

I picked up some cheap-as-chips pigment inks at hobbycrafts when they had them half price – selling at a bargain price of £1. I just really wanted to play with them. I usually default to Distress inks, or more recently the Simon Says Stamp Dye ink pads, but its been ages since i have been playing with pigment inks.

I forgot how easy they are. The ink sits on the top so above all, the stamps are so easy to clean. I wasn’t expecting these ink pads to be very good, but i was reasonably happy with the result. For £2 full price, i think they are a great introductory ink pad for new stampers at the very least. The only super annoying thing is that EVERY freaking time i go to hobbycrafts they never have the full range – always missing most of the stock. Its hard to see the whole range of colours, but even from those i have seen its clear that some colours are very similar, whilst there are huge colour palates that are missing.

This was a playtime card – just the by product of an experimental crafty session, but it shows how you can get quite a bit of milage from a stamp.

This bug stamp is from Unity Stamps – its a cutie! After stamping, i cut a stitched rectangular panel using the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies. I also die cut some purple/pink cardstock to lay behind the white panel- it gives a subtle pop of colour that coordinates with the rest of the card.

For the text, i simply hunted through my stash to create a pick-n-mix greeting, and finished off the card with some sequins.

It was originally supposed to be a valentines card i think, but i guess it could be used as a generic greeting card either. BONUS!

thanks for stopping by,



Sometimes its nice to send a card for no reason at all. Its always nice to get a little surprise in the post when you aren’t expecting it. I am going to be sending a batch of cards to some colleagues who work for the same company, but are based all over the place, so i will be making some generic, non-greeting specific cards over the next few weeks.

Here’s the video of how i made the card, but apologies if i sound a bit odd -i am still recovering from a cold so my throat and sinuses are still not back to normality.

For the card i used the Sending and Wishing release from SimonSaysStamp- in particular the Sending Happy Thoughts Clear stamp set. I love that there are so many great images in these stamp sets that can be used on generic cards, or can be added to a sentiment to make an even more interesting theme specific card.

One of my favourite stamps is the hello circle – great for background stamping, especially in the SSS fog dye ink- it fades into the background beautifully.

The little girl in her yellow jacket is a Darcie’s Dancing in the Rain cling stamp, coloured with Spectrum Noir colouring pencils and using blending solution. She reminds me of Princess Pi, who just loves jumping in muddy puddles!

Enjoy the video and come back soon,