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,


Hap-bee birthday!

by Lesley Oman on 27 March, 2015

I’ve said it before and i will say it again- I am a SUCKER for a good pun!

So of course i was overjoyed to see a cute stamp set with critters and pun sentiments at my local Caroles Crafts store. Here are a few cards i made using them.
I am starting to feel a bit better so hopefully will have a video for you soon.

I coloured the images using colouring pencils and then added some wink of stella to add the iridescent sparkle.

Look how much it SPARKLES! COOL!

For this little froggy fellow i cut a frame using the circle nestabilities dies and then, well…framed him. :-)

Thanks for stopping by, i hope your day is lots of PUN!

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Birthday Boy Lion Card

by Lesley Oman on 25 March, 2015

Hello everyone,

Im feeling under the weather this week,just a head cold, with sneezes and sniffles, but i wasn’t feeling up to finishing the audio for my latest video, so when i am feeling a bit better, there will be a video coming your way. Until then, i thought i would share a few cards that i have made over the last month or so.

This was my first play with the Lawn Fawn tags die – i am loving these – i think they will be brilliant for presents as well as a fun for cards. It was also my first use of this cute lion stamp that i picked up at hobby crafts for £1. To be honest, the material is flimsy and i think the back will lose its sticky easily, but he’s pretty cute and he was inexpensive so i don’t really mind. Plus i think he is great for boy cards!

For the stars i used some khaki simon says stamp dye ink- i love that it is very similar to the kraft cardstock colour. I never even noticed this before. LOVE IT!

I have a few more cards coming over the next few days, so be sure to come back to see me in a day or two!

thanks for stopping by. xx