Hello everyone,

I know its been a little while, sorry about that. Work + 3 year old = one tired mumma – not to mention that i have been suffering from a slipped disc for the last four months, which has severely limited my crafty mojo.

But heres the good news, i have had some spinal surgery and feel brilliant now! – obviously i am in recovery mode, but it does also mean that i have been more motivated to craft, and have some projects to share. We also had a little incident with the lights in the craft room which now has been resolved thanks to our good friends Mark and Helen who installed some new ones for me. And to mark the joyous occasion of me being back on my feet, standing and crafting in a well lit craft room, i wanted this card to be the first one i share – a Christmas card for Mark and Heli.

This is also the first card i have made with my new purchase – the Joy to the Woods stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I also bought the dies, and i am LOVING these little dudes. I think i want to buy matching dies for every stamp set from now on (but I’m not sure my bank balance would exactly reach to that!).

I also cracked out the video camera to share this card in a little video!

You can watch it here, or over on YouTube, and please give the video a Thumbs Up if you enjoy it, and hit subscribe for more videos – i hope to get back into the swing of recording videos for sharing.

have a great weekend,


warm wishes chip CU1 HHC


A Card for the Boys

by Lesley Oman on 19 June, 2011

Happy Fathers’ Day to all our Daddies out there! Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Sorry its been quiet this week, Piper and I flew back from N.Ireland on Tuesday, and after an extensive wait for luggage which meant we didn’t get back home until late, the rest of the week has been exhausting. Piper caught her first cold (to be expected with all the rainy Irish weather) so all she has wanted to do is cuddle, bless her!

So poor Craig had to celebrate his first fathers’ day with shop bought cards (G-A-S-P!!)! How shocking! He did get some cool pressies though – this book by Jamie Oliver (love the frangipane tarts), this genuinely drip free travel coffee mug – an essential for any coffee lover (he had a red one before but it got lost/stolen), and a cool thingy-me-bob which apparently makes wine taste very nommy – a wine aerator.

So with it being Fathers Day, i thought I would share a boys card with you. It was actually a birthday card for my Bro, but it could be adapted for any occasion i reckon. And even though it was for my thirty-something brother, I think it could work for nearly any age, boy or man.

On the video, I also share a tip on how to make your own faux-bakers twine. Check it out!

Just a little funny side note – I was wearing a fleecy and rolled up the sleeves so it wouldn’t be in the video….{fail}. I can already see Craig rolling his eyes at me when he watches it. heehee!

Oh by the way, I haven’t forgotten, winners will be announced soon!


Home decor – Papercraft Canvas

by Lesley Oman on 9 June, 2011

Another project that will likely end up in Piper’s room! Soon there won’t be an inch of free wall space!

When I started this project I thought I was making a kinda scrapbook layout… but then it sort of evolved! Does that ever happen to you?

This is a clean and simple project that makes good use of your punches. I took a piece of card and started sticking down punched squares of pattern paper. I’ve used the Quite Contrary paper from My Minds Eye – i love their bright, colourful style – I think it creates a happy mood! I decided to add some variety by dry embossing one square and heat embossing on another, and then I also swapped out some squares for buttons and punched flowers. But the show stopper must be the little cupcake charm!

After I had put everything together on the pink cardstock background, I came across this blank canvas. So i simply attached the card to the canvas using the two brads. Best thing is – If i want to reuse the canvas all i need to do is take out the brads and the front will just pop right off!

Products Used

Quite contrary papers MME
square punch
Flower punches
Circle punch
Gems & pearls (
Charm from
swiss dots embossing folder
heroarts houndstooth stamp
distress ink embossing ink pad
white embossing powder
glossy accents
Ribbon from
brads – trimcraft
Stamps – Unity Stamps
Broken china distress ink


Using Flower Sequins to accent a design

by Lesley Oman on 17 May, 2011

Some times the best things come in small packages, and the same is sure true about these flower sequins from Meiflower. One of the items in the goodie bag that you can win in our current competition is these flower sequins. They are tiny and sweet and already my head is packed full of different ways to use them.

Today I want to share how i have used them to accent a design. As they are little flowers, i thought that they would look lovely with a flourish stamp, to create the impression of flowers on a vine. I started to look through my stamp collection but then this cuttlebug embossing folder came to mind -perfect!

First I made my own background paper using distress inks in broken china, faded jeans and chipped sapphire. I love using distress inks to cover a piece of white card as this gives a great multi-tonal effect, rather than using a plain monocolour piece of cardstock.

Instead of using the folder to emboss the card, I used the folder the other way around to deboss the image. OKAY, so the next bit was time consuming…but SO worth it! To create a faux letterpress look, I took a white gel pen and drew along all the debossed image. All that remained was to add a few finishing touches – first I stamped a greeting and mounted onto die cut card and mounted onto the card along with some of this adorable scalloped edge ribbon from Meiflower. All that remained was to add some flower sequins and seed beads to the design, and what a difference that made!

Tiny little embellishments that give a big WOW effect, don’t ya think?

Don’t forget to enter the Meiflower giveaway competition, before you head off!

Products Used

distress ink
kraft cardstock
white cardstock
blending tool
cuttlebug embossing folder
white gel pen
flower sequins
seed beads
personal impressions clear stamp
Archival ink
Scallop edge ribbon
tacky glue
gluedots continous strip