Double the fun: Mum & Nanny Birthday cards

by Lesley Oman on 29 September, 2011

Happy Sunday everyone. Sorry i’ve been absent for a while, my body is still trying to adjust to this new working mom lifestyle and as such i’ve been hitting the sack early feeling pretty exhausted. But time is a healer of all things, and with every passing day I am adjusting better and better-er!

So lets share some crafting! :-)

It was mums birthday on a few weeks back, and one of the awesome things about being a mummy is that I get to make two cards for occasions such as these- one for mum, one for Nanny. Double the fun!

This card was inspired by a card posted on twitter which was made using a gorgeous grey tone, and as I was leafing through my 6×6 pack of SEI papers (6×6 Poppy paper stack) this pretty grey striped paper caught my eye. To make the grey panel, I rubbed some pumice stone distress ink straight onto card, and I also used the same ink pad when stamping. The letters are from the hero arts monogram clear stamps. I love this set – it’s so useful.

To add some colour I cut some flowers from pattern paper from the same SEI paper pad and embellished using Enamel Accents.

For the Nanny card I wanted brighter colours to add a more playful element. Here I took papers from the togetherness paper pad by cosmo cricket- I love that mustard yellow colour- it reminds me of my own Nannie who always added a little scoop of English mustard to the edge of her plate every Sunday.

Once again I’ve turned to the Trimcraft ‘relatives’ stamp set for the word Nanny- what a great set! And not expensive either!

And dont worry, i didnt forget (merely delayed)…the Scrapbook Magazine goes to LISA WILLIAMS. Congrats Lisa -send me your address { lez (at) }.

Also, can I please take a moment to have a huge shout out to Heidi from Simon Says Stamps! Thank you sooooo much, you know the reason why! {its because she is awesome!) :-)



Welcome Evie Mary Leach

by Lesley Oman on 12 July, 2011

Two of my work colleagues were blessed with a new arrival in their family a few weeks ago, and although I haven’t been chatting to Dan & Aimee as much as I normally would have done whenever I was working full time, I still keep in touch through the wonders of Facebook. And so I was thrilled to hear that their second child had arrived safe and well (all be it with a bit of reluctancy from what I hear)

To celebrate and congratulate, of course we needed a card. And of course it had to be pink!!

I mentioned last week that I was making Piper a little hat. It turned out so darn cute that I thought I would make one for Evie as well. This is a piccy of Piper’s. But Evies is the same but itty-bitty. (awww)

Piper showcasing a handmade hat. Made by mum.

And because their first adorable girl has just became a big sister, this needed celebrating too. For Holly I made this little door plaque/ wall hanging. I sure hope those flowers survive the post.

Congratulations you guys!

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

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Pearlescent Paint on Sticky Back Canvas – A Note Card with Appeal!

February 15, 2011

I never realised how much fun it is to work with sticky back canvas! So many times I just reach for a piece of cardstock, but for some reason it popped into my mind to use the canvas for this note card. And I love it!! Lots of people who use the canvas tear it, […]

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