Making Layered Elements With Scraps

by Lesley Oman on 7 January, 2014

I keep most offcuts in a little box, and every so often I challenge myself to make cards using only those scraps.

One weekend I was half heartedly watching a movie on the iPad in the craft room whilst making a layout and the layout finished before the movie. I grabbed my scrap box and started pulling pieces and building little self assembled embellishments. I didn’t dwell too much on matching colours or worrying about what they would be used for, I just kept going until the movie finished.

As the credits rolled I looked at my desk and I kind of surprised myself. There were loads, and it wasn’t long until inspiration took flight. I grabbed a photo and used a grid type design to build a layout about Piper and her cousin Jack.

Because the elements were already assembled, it took no time at all to put this layout together. Once again I didn’t get caught up in the colours or styles, I just went with it. I love that the layers give lots of interest and dimension too!

What a great way to use up those scraps and transform them into beautiful elements that quite frankly could cost a lot of money in the shops.

See ya later alligators!


Personalised Cards Using The Silhouette Cameo

by Lesley Oman on 5 January, 2014


I don’t think I have shared these three cards yet even though they were made earlier last year.  Forgive me if I have shared them and forgotten about it. Stranger things have happened before! :-)

I am really loving using my silhouette to personalise cards. You know when you are little and you go into a garden centre, or a touristy place and there are pens and keyrings and other such wonderful things with names on them- well, I loved looking through to see if I could find my name. It almost never was there, or if it was, it was spelt incorrectly as Leslie (which in the UK is actually more commonly used as the masculine form!).

When we were having our own bambino we wanted a name that was unusual. I didn’t want our child to be just another Joanne, or Emily or Andrea. I want to teach her that its okay to be different. In fact, that its wonderful to be different! That she is unique and wonderful and she doesn’t have to do what everyone else is doing just because everyone else is doing it.  We went with the name Piper, and even two and a half years in, when people hear it they usually exclaim “oh, thats an unusual name!“. {Sometimes you can tell that they are really saying “OMG how weird!” LOL.}

Did we stop to think about those pesonalised keychains and pencils? In fact we did, but choosing an unusual name does not exclude personalised paraphernalia when there is a crafty mom in the house!

And I think that most people get a little kick out of seeing their name on a card or a gift. I guess its an another way to make a connection with them, in the same way as you would use favourite colours or a suitable theme.

And so I’ll say it again, I LOVE using my silhouette to make personalised cards! Lets take a look at three that I have made:

The first card up the top there is for Ankita and Vivek to congratulation them on their lovely new house. A basic application of using the type tool in the silhouette software.

Next up is Sarah’s birthday card. I decided to put a fun spin on the traditional greeting and say Happy Sarah Day instead of Happy Birthday. Just cos i could!

For this one I made the text in photoshop elements, flattened the image and then imported it to the silhouette software. I love this effect- will definitely be doing this one again!

And can you guess who this engagement card was for? haha! For this one I used my wacom to draw the design in photoshop before importing into the silhouette software.

This is lots of fun. I think I will be doing this more and more and more…




Handwritten Words & Greetings Cut On The Silhouette

by Lesley Oman on 16 December, 2013

Hey there

I have been experimenting more with my silhouette and one of the things that i really love about it is being able to cut out greetings and words in my own handwriting. I have been sketching words every now and again and managed to get a few imported into the silhouette software to cut out. I LOVE IT! I cut them in white so I could colour and ink them to match any project. Here is some examples of how i used them.




Notes: chipboard heart inked with chalk ink, baby word- cut with silhouette and inked with spun sugar and worn lipstick distress ink. Swiss dots embossing folder, cuttlebug and washi tape.




Notes: stamps: butterfly from making memories, happy words from Paula Pascual, grey ink shadow ink from Hero Arts, birthday greeting- my own handwriting cut with silhouette, inked with distress ink and spritzed with water


Want to know how I did these little beauties?

Having a kiddywink in the house means that we have several drawing and painting apps on my iPhone and iPad- but I found this one to be the bestest, i love it so – “Drawing with Carl“. You do have to pay for it, but its so awesome you probably wont care. There are lots of brushes, a colour picker and slider function so you can get the perfect colour, and you can save to your camera roll or email. I would use my finger or a stylus to write a word, then I would email to my inbox, import into the Silhouette software, trace and cut. simples. love it!




Creating a Bokeh Background For Cards

by Lesley Oman on 6 December, 2013

Hey there,

Loving the bokeh look in photos?

I thought i would try to create something similar in a card, inspired by this beautiful card by Nichol Magouirk. Here’s the end result! I used some circle stamps with distress ink and stamped onto watercolour paper. I wanted to create a multi-tonal look so i didn’t ink the stamp every time, sometimes i used stamped it twice or three times before reinking (this is sometimes called second / third generation stamping).

To create a sparkle, I misted the whole background with some perfect pearls water mix – you can hopefully see a slight shimmer in the close up photo below.

The feathers on top are made using the silhouette and I used the same ink pads to colour them – i love how this gives a cohesive look to the project. The tip of the feather however is a silver ink pad.

I wanted to add another touch of silver so triple embossed a button and then tied the feathers together with twine. Pretty!

Have a great day!