Have a WHALE of a time! Awesome Lawn Fawn Goodness!

by Lesley Oman on 9 January, 2015

Say hello to my little friend, mister whale!

Some of my friends are divers, so this cute critters of the sea stamp set from Lawn Fawn was an essential buy for me, and i keep coming back to them.

Im in the process of digging out all my cards that i made last year, but never really got round to photographing and sharing, so looks like you might get to see some more of my craftiness for a little bit! YEAY!

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I really must get round to posting this card. At work Stef celebrated her work birthday before Christmas- that’s the anniversary of when she joined us at Regus.

I wanted something fun and bright and cute. I started with the balloons- i used some solid stamps to create the balloons and used some post it notes to mask off any overlaps. It didn’t work very well, as you can see some bleed at the top right, but i still think it looks cute, so i don’t mind. :-)

This dog stamp set has been on my stash for many years but it’s still a winner! (Its from Woodware), and then i ravaged my stash to find some accessories to give my little puppy – and this party hat and gift boxes were the perfect accompaniment to this lil’ guy. I used a faber Castell brush marker to blacken the edges of these fussy cut images which make them look like they are supposed to be there.

and today, is actually the (actual) birthday of Matthew – one of our other team members, or as i say, part of our work family. I love ‘em all. They are like my work kids! Happy Birthday mate!

Here’s the card i made for him – with this sweet Avery Elle Party Animal stamp set. I picked this up at my local scrapbook store, which was having a 50% off sale -so i managed to pick up a stash full of goodies, and also told them they need to stock more Avery Elle, Paper Smooches, Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant. Hee hee!

For the balloons in the first card i used a dye ink, but had to stamp a few times to get a more even result, so for the balloon animal i used pigment ink – it worked better for me.

I cut a polaroid from white cardstock and backed this with vellum to create a soft background. I used the lawn fawn stitched rectangle die to cut out a rectangle of blue cardstock and then also cut out some stars from this panel. The stars i stamped with a grid design in white pigment ink, and the rest i stamped with blue ink to create a tone on tone effect. Of course a few sequins were necessary, even though this is for a boy. HEEHEE!

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Deer Shaker Valentines Card

by Lesley Oman on 6 January, 2015

Hello crafty friends!

I have another video for you today – and its a shaker style valentines card. For this video, i used a technique with funky foam (also called fun foam or craft foam) to help build up the layering around the aperture, as the die i used was quite intricate. This is a technique that the awesome Jennifer Maguire used in this Inked Shaker Card video – check it out. It was a fun guest blog for Kristina Werner’s site. You should definitely pop on over to check out both of these crafty ladies.

I also have a tip for any UK crafters who are interested in shaker cards – i picked up 10 bottles of seed beads for £4 at a local Tiger store, and they come in the cutest little glass corked bottles! So Cute!

Here’s the video:

(did you notice the new intro and music! YEAY!) <3

If you are interested in making shaker cards, you should also check out the blog and YouTube Channel of Nichol Maguouirk, who is the shaker card queen!

The best tip for shaker cards that i picked up from Nichol, is to use the rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn to create the elements for your card. This makes the whole process so much easier, especially assembly. I have both the large stitched rectangles and small stitched rectangles – they are probably my must used dies! They are the best for creating framed shaker cards!

Thanks for joining me, and i have another video coming soon, this time using GELATOS! oooohhhh!
x

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A New Look ( and few Cards)

by Lesley Oman on 4 January, 2015

Have you noticed? A new header! Yeay!

I am thrilled to be making progress on the blog makeover! I have been crafting more in the last four weeks than i have all last year, so i have been looking for a way to commemorate this new start – and what better way than a little cosmetic change!

I have been off work due to surgery on my back, and all this free time has allowed me to do the things i have been wanting to do for a loooong time.

Check out the new header! I am loving the new clean look! (major thanks to Mark my Techie who managed to kick out a few bugs in the system during the changeover! xoxo).

I have also been working on a new intro for videos, so watch this space, hopefully i will get that ready for the next video.

I also have been fighting with YouTube, and finally have some Art for the Channel. WooHOO! You can find me at www.youtube.com/hungryheffy – go and check it out!

I am also cruising on Instagram now www.instagram.com/hungryheffy

lots more things to do….and excited that i am actually able to do them. I might never go back to work! ;-)

Here are a few cards that i had on my computer from last year but never got round to sharing:

First up, creating a candy cane background with one small but cute stamp:

This one is inspired by a pinterest pin. Check out my ‘crafty paper’ board for more cool card making pins.

More stamping to create a focal element on a card – with an arrow stamp. This one has a great masculine feel perfect for dad.

And another Fathers’ day card – with this whale, who is one of my fave stamps!

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