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Mothers Day Card for Granny

by Lesley Oman on 3 April, 2011

Happy Mothers Day everyone!

I can’t believe its my first Mothers Day! wow, its so crazy! This morning I got treated to homemade oven scones by Craigy (on Piper’s behalf of course). They were delish! NOM! I also got a few crafty mags with freebie stamps to play with. :-) yeay!

Today’s card is actually for granny, or Mummy’s mummy – because if mummies are great then grannies must be super great!

Given the limited time on my hands, i only had a very limited craft stash in the house to play with, but im still happy with the finished card. The teddy bear stamp is from a set of clear stamps I bought in Prague on our honeymoon, but unfortunately have no idea what make it is. I thought this little bear holding a flower would be perfect for Granny Coalter.

I hope all you yummy mummies out there have a really wonderful mothers day. Enjoy being spoilt rotten!

Oh, and i must also shout out a BIG happy birthday to little Lewis, my youngest nephew who turns one today. I’ll get a piccy of his card up on the site in the next day or two. Happy birthday my little darling. xx

Products Used

bear stamps
Aquarelle stamps
Archival Ink Black
Watercolour brush pen
Tim holtz
distresser tool
kaisercraft ‘
thinking of you’ stamp set
Pattern Paper – Toga (french brand)
Pigment pen 0.5mm – (to hand write Granny)

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Baby Shower Gift Bags

by Lesley Oman on 1 February, 2011

So a month or two ago, my friend Sarah called me. She had to confess. She had been in secret cahoots with Craig, planning, conspiring, organising…a baby shower! I was THRILLED, and definitely bemused by her waning ability to keep it a secret from me. BUT, after about a minute, she knew it was the right thing to do, because I was SOOO excited.

Knowing about the baby shower meant that I could help with planning and preparations, it meant that we could arrange ‘baby shower committee meetings’ {aka, an excuse to meet up and chat}, and of course it meant that I had the opportunity to craft a little!

Sarah had already organised games to play, and being a dear friend, she knew that I would want to decorate the prize bags rather than buy pre-made ones! PAH! oh, no, no, no! pre-made wouldnt be acceptable at all!

When this months Scrapbook magazine popped through the door with a selection of freebie papers, my eyes nearly popped out of my head, as the colours looked fresh, yet subtle – perfect for this little project! I’ve used most of them for this project, and I’m really happy with how the bags turned out.

The Process
I wanted a simple but pretty design, so i made a quick sketch in my notebook, and decided to add a few digital elements to give it a professional, elegant edge. I quickly threw these digital elements together on my wacom and printed them out on white and green cardstock.

During my packing and unpacking, I rediscovered some foam stamps in my stash and felt inspired to use these onto this project. The line of kisses on the green cardstock is a foam stamp image, stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Once I adhered the paper, I added a flourish to the top edge, once again using a foam stamp and some embossing powder – this time in a blue glossy powder.

The main focal element was a circular, digital element that I made myself, so I cut these out using my nesties and my cuttlebug. I love the embossed edge, which I accented with a little green distress ink. Next I pulled out my pink cosmic shimmer embossing powder and a cute heart foam stamp. The photos do not do this justice as in real life it looks really shiny and pearlescent – ooohhhhh!

The finishing touches – a flower, a brad and of course….RIBBON!!

Thanks for popping by and checking out these prize gift bags that i’ve made…and as for the prize, well, i just can’t reveal that secret now can i?

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Rossanowlagh Beach – Summery Memories!

by Lesley Oman on 28 July, 2010

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Hey everyone,
Today I have a scrapbook layout to share. It’s funny how a single photo can bring back so many memories.

When we were growing up, summer holidays were full of fond memories of Rossanowlagh Beach. Every year we would go, with either friends or family. When we were very young, the beach meant jumping the waves with mummy, or building sandcastles. As we grew up, the beach meant playing with velcro-catch and digging massive dad-sized holes, and eventually it meant playing frisbee and catching the rays. No matter what we were doing, the beach always meant fun!

So the last time I was home in Northern Ireland, and Mum and Dad mentioned a trip to the beach, I jumped at the chance of re-living my childhood memories. I couldn’t help but take a photo through the car window of the ‘wee house’ that is the iconic feature of Rossanowlagh beach. All those memories came flooding back with just one glance of that stone structure. It makes me happy!

And so, it needed to be scrapped! With happy, bright summery colours, perfect for the beach! It was fun putting it all together.

Love it!!

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(p.s. just figured out that Rossnowlagh doesn’t have an ‘a’ in the middle. Whoopsies! ah, well, it did in my memories, so i’m not bothered’. hee heee!)

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Miss You Monday – Scooter Side Step Card

by Lesley Oman on 12 July, 2010

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Hey everyone! It’s Miss You Monday time! And great news, I had a message from Sarah this week, and the end is in sight so we are all very excited that baby will be here soon ( she is due early September). Although Sarah is still very ill, her spirits seem to have picked up a little, which is great! Yeay!

I had lots of fun with this card – can’t you tell?

This quirky little card takes a little bit of mathematics to start with, but once the measurements bit has been done, and the creases are in place, its simply a case of decorating the panels. Apparently, this is called a Side Step card (I don’t know who comes up with these names!?)

I always loved this scooter stamp, but hadn’t gotten round to using it on a card yet. so I thought i’d give it a whirl. One thing I particularly love is that the pieces are really easy to cut out, so as I stamped the image on different paper, it was really easy peasy to cut out the different panels and re-assemble. I am loving the finished design.

The papers are from the ‘Quite Contrary’ line from My Minds Eye’. A 6×6 stack came free with a card making magazine, and knowing the fantastic quality of MME products and the fact that i’ve always been drawn to their designs, it was a no-brainer when I saw the magazine. I can’t wait to use some more of the pages to make a little mini book or two.

Lets talk chipboard! I’ve used two chipboard pieces, (from The Paper Mill shop I believe) one of which i have covered with pink pearlescent embossing powder, and the other I sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer spray. This gives one a pearl glassy sheen, and the other a flatter, pearlescent look. The brad in the middle is a fabric brad from Trimcraft, I believe its the Laura Ashley range.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Monday!

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