MAN-day Monday – Daddy’s Christmas Card

by Lesley Oman on 19 December, 2011

It’s the last Monday before Christmas so it’s only fitting that for todays MANday Monday I share the card which I made for my hubs from Piper. (Sorry for the iPhone photos, the cable that connects my camera to the computer is unwell at the moment, it’s been a bit cooperative for a while, so i think its finally time to buy a new one)

I love making backgrounds with distress inks, and to add a little pazzazz I stamped a flourish backgound first and heat embossed the image using white embossing powder. Then using the ink blending tool i rubbed distress ink over the top. This is sometimes called the resist technique as the embossed image resists the ink. Its pretty cool!

To make the rolling snowy hills, I cut waves into white cardstock and then added a little touch of blue ink using the tumbled glass distress ink and a blending tool. Next I smeared Rock Candy distress stickles all over the card with my fingertip and blasted it with a heat tool. I have had this rock candy stickles for ages but havent really used it a lot, but i have fallen back in love with it! It adds lurverlay texture but its not very glittery and girly – perfect for these mens card.

Mister Snowman is from a Penny Black stamp, and he is so very cute. I embossed him in black and then coloured him in with twinkling H2Os.

The star i hand cut by folding a piece of scratch paper and cutting triangles on the fold, then I used this as a template to cut the shape out of some cardstock which I had embossed and coloured using silver ink. I mounted the whole star onto silver card to make it more robust as I knew I wanted to let it overhang the edge of the card slightly.

Do you see that little North Pole? Cute, huh? Just a strip of white cardstock with some ribbon twisted around it, and sandwiched between two red chucky buttons, stuck together with glue dots.

For the greeting I pulled out my embossing pen and simply hand wrote ‘daddy’ onto some scrap pieces of cardstock and embossed the text using white embossing powder. Once again I went to town with some distress ink and a blending tool, but this time festive berries was my colour of choice.

Thanks for stopping by. x


Personalised Christmas Tree Decorations (& a winner)

by Lesley Oman on 16 December, 2011

Hey everyone, I’m back, and feeling a little more refreshed and ready for the holidays. Only 9 more days until Christmas, yipppeeeeeee!

Last week was my last Baby Sensory class <sniff>. I have enjoyed this class sooo much, and would really, really recommend it to anyone out there who has a little one. We have learnt lots of songs, had extra interaction with other babies and mommies and learnt lots of sign language. Best of all I love thinking about how much P has developed throughout the term. She can now sit upright unaided, can clap her hands, dances when music plays, can understand basic sign language and can even sign back to me. Its AmAzINg!

As i will be back at work full time next year, we wont be able to attend next terms sensory class, so i wanted to make a little something for the three class leaders to say thank you.

I spotted some wooden hearts on ebay for a great price so i bought 20. My original idea was to make one for every baby in the class, but people came and went and there was no way i could be 100% certain that i hadnt missed someone (that would be awful) – so i stuck to the three class leaders. maybe i’ll make these for Piper’s nursery teachers as well

I used my paint dabbers on the wooden heart and used my heat tool to speed up the drying process. I did two coats on each side, and didn’t bother about the edges. I quite liked the edges showing through. Next I tied a ribbon bow using a bow maker – this way you can get uniform bows which are perfect every time. I find this tool fantastic for making teeny bows that are sometimes hard to secure tightly.

I wanted to personalise the hearts so using a sharpie i wrote the leaders name onto shrink plastic, punched a hole and shrunk it using the heat tool.

Next I threaded some bakers twine through the hole, popped on the name tag and tied a knot on the end. To make sure that the bow was secure i simply added a few stitches using red thread. Simples.

Rather than just hand these over as they were, I made them into a sort of card thingy. I pulled out my corrugated red cardstock, added kraft and decorated the front with stamps and nesties.

They loved them.

Forget about the teachers, I might even make some for myself .


p.s the winner of the craft giveaway is Christina Greier. congratulations! Email me with your address —> ( lez {at} )



MAN-day Monday – Hello Mister Snowman

by Lesley Oman on 5 December, 2011

Hey guys

Sorry i’ve been kinda MIA. I really needed some time to let life catch up with me, or maybe it was me catching up with life. (thats also why i must apologise for the iPhone photo – my big camera needs to be charged at some stage when i get a moment)

Today’s MAN-day Monday takes on a Christmas theme – look at this cute little mister snowman! So its not a very manly card, but it could definitely be used for a dude.

This is a stamp from a Unity Stamps kit of the month, and he is so easy to cut out, i think i will be using him A LOT. To make the card manly, I chose to use this fabulous grid stamp from Hero Arts. This is a great stamp for backgrounds, as a lot of my other background stamps are full of girly elements like flourishes and hearts. Mixed with a little kraft and some brown ink also made the colour palate a little a more masculine. I was tempted to use glitter or rock candy distress stickles for snow, but was afraid that this would make it too girly. Mister snowman looked too isolated sitting there on his own so i added a little piece of white felt for him to sit on.

Thanks for stopping by, and tomorrow I am going to be giving away some craft supplies so be sure to come back to see me.


I’m alive!

December 12, 2010

{warning – looooong post!, sorry} Hey everyone, Just popping in to confirm that I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth! We moved house on Friday, and up until then I have been living in a world of boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap. Then, of course, came the extensive cleaning session, where every […]

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