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Flag Ribbon Bunting – Another Nursery decoration idea

by Lesley Oman on 19 October, 2011

It took about 5 minutes, but looks so darn cute hanging on her wall. All you need is some string, a stapler (i used Tim Holtz tiny attacher for that added cuteness effect) and some ribbon. Oh, and I put a button on either end, but thats not a necessary part.

Thank goodness I had Miya to help me pull the string out of the box. Not sure I could have managed on my own!! :-)

I measured the ribbon into a variety of lengths so that the finished piece was a bit quirky, but i did measure 7 cm of string between each ribbon. I stuck a little piece of double sided tape on the ribbon, folded it over upon itself, trapping the string inside, and then secured it in place with one tiny staple from the tiny attacher. Then I used my scissors to cut a triangle from the bottom of the ribbon to create the flag arrow-point look. An easy way of doing this is to fold the ribbon in half lengthways and then snip from the fold out to the edge in a diagonal snip. This way your arrowhead will be even on both sides.

I am sure that when Miya saunters into Piper’s room she looks up at the bunting and smugly thinks to herself, ‘I helped make that!!’.

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‘Just One Squeak’ – Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 10 September, 2011

Hey everyone,

I’ve reached the final countdown. One more week at home and then i’m back to work. w O R K. Ugh! The dreaded W -word. Piper has been doing her settling in days at nursery, and i am so pleased to say that she is doing really well. This week however she has the cold, so my snotty little dottie has needed lots of snuggles, especially in the evening which means not a lot of crafting for mummsy. :-( Never mind. I just hope she gets better soon.

But lucky for you I have found a project that i never got round to sharing with you before now. A scrapbook layout featuring the princess. This is actually the first layout i made after Piper came along. I don’t know why i haven’t shared it before now. I remember making it on the living room table whilst my little smoosh slept in her carry cot beside me. She was so tiny then.

Craig’s parents came down the week after Pi was born. It was awesome. They cleaned, stocked up our fridge, ran trips to the shop, and basically helped with everything. But every little squeak from Piper made Granny and Granda come rushing. It was adorable.





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A Bath to Remember Scrapbook Layout

by Lesley Oman on 25 May, 2011

Finally a scrapbook layout! I love making layouts, but the truth is that i am incredibly s-l-o-w at making them! ….and as a result it takes me about a week to complete them, stealing a few minutes here and there. SO every now and again I swing towards making cards and other crafty projects which are a bit quicker for me, that way i get some instant gratification.

But ever since Piper came along, every day that passes creates more memories that I want to capture, so hopefully this means that there’ll be layouts to share more frequently in the future, and who knows, maybe with practise I might even get faster at it!

I will always remember Piper’s first bath, not just because it’s one of the many typical milestones, but because it’s a funny story to tell.

Journaling reads: Granny & Granda Oman were here when we were giving you your first bath, as we had to wait until your cord fell off before we could give you a dip. Granny jumped at the chance of sharing one of your first experiences. So we all piled into the bathroom, Daddy was in charge of the bath, Mummy had the camera and Granny & Granda had towels at the ready. As the warm water covered your teeny, tiny body you seemed to love it. It was one of the first times when you were bright eyed and looking at everyone around you. After a good swoosh around, we took you out and Granny rushed forward with a towel. Daddy placed you on top and Granda patted you dry with another towel – the two of them fussing over you, determined not to let you get cold. All of a sudden there was a loud raspberry noise – all eyes turned to you, with mouths wide open in shock! A moment later we were al overcome with laughter. You had left a present in Granny’s towel! Daddy took the plunge, unwrapped you and dipped you back into the bath to clean you up whilst the rest of us hurried around to find more towels. I loved the fact that your first bath will always be so memorable!

Products used
Dcwv nana’s kids stack
Spellbinders nestabilities: circles
Quickutz dies: tabs
October afternoon Rub on
Chipboard- k&co, making memories
Sticky ribbon: do craft
Blue scallop ribbon: meiflower
Adhesive pearls : meiflower
Border sticker
We R Memory Keepers corner chomper
Buttons
Waxed cord
Bird stickers: paperchase
Brads
Flower sequins: meiflower
Alphabet stickers- making memories, doodlebug
Heidi swapp sheer (remember element)

Thanks for swinging by.

{Meiflower giveaway still open}

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My Favourite Flowers On A Card: Tulips!

by Lesley Oman on 21 February, 2011

Yes, my favourite flowers are tulips. I don’t know why, but they are just so pretty. I’ve got a lovely bunch of yellow beauties last week that are currently standing proud in my living room.

I was thrilled that last months Unity Kit of the Month had a lovely tulip stamp in it, and finally yesterday I got to play with it. I love the way it is encased in a beautiful oval design with a little butterfly – isn’t it sweet!?

Today’s card would be perfect for mums, grannies or mates, with bright colours combined with more subtle hues – a play on the bright red tulip flowers and the mix of greens in the flower stems.

In case you are wondering, I have coloured in the image using distress inks. Such an easy way to add a pop of life to a stamped image. If you want to see more on this, check out my video tutorial which shows you how to colour with distress inks.

Products Used

Unity stamp – tulips. Kit of the month Jan 2011
embossing ink
black embossing powder
distress inks: bundled sage, crushed olive, barn door, dusty concord, broken china, tumbled glass, mustard seed, dried marigold
nestabilities – labels 9, labels 4
Hero arts – friend definition stamp
ribbon – stampin up
cuttlebug
Quite Contrary paper pack – My Minds Eye
Red cardstock
glue dot strips
buttons
string

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