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Life In Colour: An Arty Scrapbook Layout about ME

by Lesley Oman on 8 June, 2014

An artsy fartsy layout to share today, one that was inspired by Wilna furstenburg. ♥ This is a ‘me’ layout, one with lots of colour and lots of fun. It was a lovely way to play with colours but also a way for me to document the fact that I have synesthesia. I am not going to explain it here…google it if you’re not sure, but in a nutshell, I can see and I can feel colours. In dreams, in sleep, at times of heightened emotions etc. It makes for an interesting life for sure. ♥

Wilna has been inspiring me to play with mixed media, bright colours and the silhouette cameo, and so this layout is really a mix of all these things. Its not usually my typical style, but i always enjoy breaking the mould every now and again.

To start I wanted an ombré effect so I used watercolour to create horizontal lines of pinky colour and I wanted to put the Polaroid frame on top.
I was also playing around with the print and cut function on the silhouettes using a freebie from Jessica Sprague. I think those hexagons are lush! I have been hunting around to find a link but i simply cannot get my hands on it so if you find it please leave a comment so i can add the link. 

When making the print and cut file, I just threw on a few other things to cut out- no rhyme or reason- but pretty much used them all on the layout. I like the way the ‘My name is : Lesley’ tag turned out.

Once I had popped out the hexagons from the printed card, I really liked the negative which was perfect to use as a mask- a little bit of distress ink later and I had a bright yellow funky design as the start of my background. Next I added some watercolour pink flicks and dribbles. I also used black ink and a blending tool to create the word happy using the negative of a silhouette cut.

This is the my crazy, colourful life of me.

 

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Colourful Repeat Stamping On Cards

by Lesley Oman on 19 October, 2013

Todays project takes two stamps, a few ink pads, a baby wipe and not much more.

There is something about 1 layer cards that make them s beautiful to me. Perhaps its the gentle reminder that a pretty card does not have to be a complicated card. One of the easiest and most effective ways to use a stamp on a card is by repetition. You can repeat a stamp to create a background- these often end up looking like a piece of pattern paper, but you can also make a stamp really pop with multiple colours. On this card i have used three key colours to stamp the ‘smile’ speech bubble vertically on the card, but interrupted the flow of this design with a greeting in black. Simple yet effective!

 

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Gold Tipped Feather Card

by Lesley Oman on 2 October, 2013

Hello my little flowers!

Todays card was a result of a Cameo play session.  :-) i swear the more i play with my silhouette cameo the more i love it. And in fact, the more i play the better i get at using it, so it means that i feel like i am actually getting the results that i want now, which is fab!

I made a cut file which was a scatter of stars and then i ran a piece of acetate through the cameo to create a mask. It was an experiment, and it turned our great. i was really surprised at how easy the acetate cut. Next I used distress inks and the blender tool to pop colour through the mask to create a starry background. I purposefully chose softer colours- i didn’t want the card to appear too pre-schooly.

For the feathers I cut them in white and used the same ink pads to carry the colour into the main focal element. I love doing this, its a great way to create cohesion throughout your project. To add dimension I also used my scoring tool to create a score up through each feather- it resulted in a slight bend upwards as you can see in the photo.

Next up was some sparkle. I cut a thin strip of gold glitter paper and adhered it to the card along with blue washi tape, and then dipped the feathers in glue and gold glitter -just so the tip was a little glittery and sparkly. I think next time I will use glitter embossing powder to get a more even coverage, but this still worked well.  Add a printed greeting, some twine and random Jack Wills button, chomp some corners and i call that done!

 

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Love Letter Ephemera Mini Book: (Facing The Giant!)

October 10, 2012

Ever have a project which has been lurking in your house for years? A forgotten project, once started, never finished? This was one of mine. When I spent a year in France as part of my Uni degree Craig and I wrote letters to each other every week. I kept these all in a box […]

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