Monkey In The Clouds {video}

by Lesley Oman on 8 August, 2015

Firstly, THANK YOU to everyone who has shown love on Instagram. You all make me smile!

When i finally jumped onto the copic marker bandwagon, i was desperate to try them out on the Mama Elephant stamps – i am in love with their critters! This little guy was my first attempt- it took me ages, because i was so cautious and pernickety, but i think he was worth it in the end. I love how he turned out!

I made a quick video to showcase how i made the card for this little guy – its a bit short, and rather fast paced, pretty much because Piper and Craig came into the craft room and started chatting so i had to edit some bits out. Watch out for the sudden appearance of a Piper picked gift on the desk!

Enjoy the video, and please give me a thumbs up if you like it.

I used a selection of stamps from hero arts, wplus9 and mama elephant for this card, as well as dies from mama elephant and lawn fawn. These two companies are by far my most favourite manufacturers at the moment! LOVE ‘EM!

Thanks for stopping by – Have a great day!


Using Glossy Accents As A Mask

by Lesley Oman on 1 August, 2015

I have been wanting to get my greedy paws on some masking fluid, so i went online, ordered it, got so excited about the possibilities that i started planning a card, and THEN, totally found a work around!

With Masking fluid, you don’t have to cut around post it notes, or teeny images if you want to stamp or ink on top- you simply ‘paint’ on a liquid, let it dry and then stamp on top. The top surface is rubbery, and can be simply erased or peeled off when you are done. When mine arrives in the post, i am sure i will share some projects with you.

However, i decided that i would try to use glossy accents to ‘mask’ an image, then ink the background.

The little girl is from My Favorite Things, i stamped and coloured her using colouring pencils. When i was happy with her, i covered her in glossy accents and left her to dry overnight.
I am the WORST person when it comes to sticking your finger into half dry glossy accents – i have learnt the hard way to move on to something else, then go back the next day.

After she was dry, i secured the panel to a craft sheet, and added some Distress Ink in Cracked pistachio colour and a little Everygreen Bough, using a mini ink blending foam tool. To add some texture, i spritzed the ink with some water to get some cool water droplet effects.

The ink did go over the glossy accents, but because it is a non-porous surface, i simply took a paper towel and wiped it away. Good as new.

To finish the card, i simply added an embossed greeting to the top.

I like how this turned out, but the girl still has a glossy sheen. With masking fluid, you would not get this in the final product, but i don’t think that really matters. The glossy sheen just makes the girl stand out even more on the final card.

I hope you might give it a try too!


‘Wishing You Both Joy In Your New Home’ Card

by Lesley Oman on 29 July, 2015

Bonjour! The little one picked up a stamp at hobby crafts for Mothers day, from Craft Asylum, called Home Sweet Home. I thought it was cute!

I was instantly drawn to the houses and wanted to create a new home card. I cut some panels using the lawn fawn stitched rectangle dies, and then created a stitched curve using the Paper Smooches border dies. Then, using SSS slate ink, i stamped the houses and fussy cut them out, using a craft knife. For the greeting, i used some SSS stamps, from the Sending and Wishing stamp set – also using the SSS slate ink. I love using this grey tone instead of black – it gives a great impression, but it isn’t as harsh as a black line.

I wanted to give the back panel more interest, so i used some of the other stamps in the set to create a fun, colourful background. I added a few vellum die cut hearts and some gems as a final embellishment. I wanted these clouds to have the same dimension as the front panel (which is adhered by foam tape), so i used little circle foam pads to raise up the clouds – you might not have noticed because i hid the foam with the gems! heeheee!

Thanks for stopping by.


Hello everyone.

Its been a while since i have blogged- a little since we have been on two trips, but mostly because my full time job has become super busy, so evenings leave little energy for creating. But it looks like we might be seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Yippeeee!

I have a video to share today, with copic markers. I am always SO VERY late to jump onto the trendy bandwagon, but never mind. :-) I have been having fun playing around, and love the final blended result. I am still a beginner, so not an expert by any stretch of the imagination- all tips gracefully welcome!

This card is bright, cute, and not overly girly – a perfect one for a boy i think. I didn’t have a polaroid die (although you can buy them) so i simply used the rectangle and square dies i already have to create a similar effect.

The dino stamps are from Woodware and are called Dino Friends, and i uses Milo’s ABCs stamps from Lawn Fawn to create the word Dinomite. For the rest of the greeting i used Double Sayings, Paula Pascual stamps by Personal Impressions.

Here’s the video – enjoy. And please don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you like it. thaaaaanks!