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


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
Quite Contrary paper pack – My Minds Eye
Red cardstock
glue dot strips

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