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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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, but I wasn’t feeling particularly strong so I just cut out a rectangle to use for the main design panel. Next I stamped a Hero Arts flower stamp onto the canvas using Archival ink. I knew I was going to colour in the image and so wanted to use a permanent ink, but I found the archival ink to be very faded – it could just be my ink pad, i know i have had it for quite some time. SO…to rescue the project, I stamped over the top using Black Soot distress ink. Because the stamp was a clear polymer stamp, i could stamp the image exactly over the first attempt, without the tell tale sign of a shadow. Before moving on to the colouring part, I heat set the image with a heat gun. This makes the ink set so it won’t bleed – an essential step for this technique!

I first thought of using markers, as I know Jennifer McGuire has used copic markers on canvas before with fantastic results, but as it seemed to be a day of bright ideas, I listened to my heart when it told me to pull out the ArtQuest Pearlescent paints!! Oh, aren’t they lush! I love the perfect shimmery feel it gives to the card, and seeing all those glimmery bits sit on top of the canvas reflecting the light is just way too cool!

The trick with using the paints was to remember not to paint all the way up to the line. The canvas is absorbent and as such you don’t need to bring the colour up to touch the image, but just stop slightly before – this way the canvas will do the rest itself.

After stamping the image and colouring it in, I decided to see if I could get a frayed edge just to give the whole thing a bit more texture. Using a piercing tool, I inserted the needle tip between the fibres at the edge and gently eased the last couple of fibres away. I found this was a super easy way to get a uniform look all the way around the canvas edge.

As the canvas is self adhesive, it was easy to mount unto some cardstock, and then all i had to do was create a base for the card. The feminine flowers and girly glitz made me reach for my flourish label die from spellbinders and a flourish stamp from Impression Obsession. And the ink….Mustard seed distress ink of course!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope maybe you’ll try stamping on canvas soon too.

Products Used

Card – white, red
Sticky back canvas (Claudine Hellmuth)
Stamps – Hero arts
Distress ink – black soot, mustard seed
Impression Obsession 6 inch flourish stamp
labels nestabilities & oval nestabilites
Sharpie Markers (to colour the clear gems to coordinate with the colour scheme)
Yellow Brad
Grosgrain ribbon
ArtQuest Pearlescent paint (stargazer)
Glossy Accents (adhering gems)

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