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MAN-day Monday : Mackenzie’s First Birthday

by Lesley Oman on 4 March, 2012

Good morning, good morning! Did you have a wonderful weekend? Ours was fun, we went to soft play to celebrate Mackenzie’s first birthday. Pam and I were due on the same date, but as fate would have it, Mackenzie arrived early and Piper arrived late so there are three weeks between Mac and Pi. Here’s my little bear and big bear having lots of fun! For today’s MAN-day Monday card I want to share the birthday card I made for Mackenzie’s first birthday. We also have a video tutorial of how i made this card which is available for our members to watch. If you haven’t signed up to be a member yet, click on the sign up tab at the top right. This is how you access all the downloadable content such as this video and other digital elements which you can use for your crafty projects. {note this is different from becoming a newsletter subscriber, but whilst you’re at it, you might as well do that too!} So here it is, Happy Birthday Mac! And thanks for the invite to the party I had lots of fun, errr, i mean, Piper had lots of fun! Thanks for popping by and don’t forget to check out the video. Products Used


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MAN-day Monday – Alfie’s mini canvas

by Lesley Oman on 20 February, 2012

Hi everyone, it’s time for another MAN-day Monday, and today it’s a home decor item for all those little princes out there.

I made this little canvas hanging for little Alfie. He is at Piper’s nursery and is usually there in the same room when I collect P in the evenings. He is always hanging around P, playing with her or watching her from a distance. He even comes up to me with toys so I play with him or read him a book for a few minutes whilst the team get Piper’s day sheet organised. He is a sweetheart, and because of that I always say that he is Piper’s boyfriend.

You can pick up these mini canvases at some art shops- these ones I got in France yeaaars ago.

To decorate the canvas, first I cut a heart out of red scrapbook paper. Next I stamped the Friend Definition stamp from Hero Arts onto white card stock using the grey Pumice Stone distress ink. I stuck the heart to the stamped card and cut around it, leaving a border. I used wet glue to stick the paper together- Anita’s tacky glue, as I wanted to ensure that it had a firm hold and that it would withstand time. Next I popped a brad through the two layers, and stuck the whole thing onto the canvas.

The next bit was the tough bit- choosing which letter stickers to use. I decided to go with these doodlebug ones as they had a childlike, whimsical feel.

I thought about adding twine, but ribbon would secure better- i lay the canvas face down and placed the ribbon on top, securing to the back of the canvas with staples. I had to hammer the staples in a little bit (I didn’t have a staple gun, just an office stapler) but they were 100% secure.

Why not make a cute little wall hanging for your little princes and princesses!!?

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MAN-day Monday – ‘How Old?’

by Lesley Oman on 28 November, 2011

Happy Monday everyone

Only a few more sleeps until it’s December and I am able to openly sing Christmas songs with out getting the stink eye. My grinch husband worked too long in retail when at University, and insists that the Christmas season shouldn’t start until Dec 1st. Well, what he doesn’t know is that i am actually listening to Christmas songs on the music channel just now…. mwuahahaha!

But enough about Christmas, its MAN-day Monday, so its time to share a masculine card.

This one is for a man, perhaps a dad or an uncle, who has a sense of humour. This paper is from the Cosmo Cricket 6×6 pack called Joy Ride, and i thought it had an awesome colour mix that would lend itself to a masculine card- the purples and greens mixed with the orange gives a playful tone and the mismatched size of numbers make the pattern really eye-catching. I also love the way that the letters are a font that almost look a little scrawly. (It kinda reminds me of my otherhalf’s writing , heehee)

The circle was a journaling sprout form jillibean soup. It actually had the number 1 on it, but i covered this with the question mark sticker. To add some cohesion I mounted this on a piece of purple cardstock cut using my circle nestabilities, this also made the circular element stand out a little more. A few squeezes of the corner chomper and i was done.

Because this was a 6×6 pad and i covered a 4×6 card, i had a 2×6 strip left over so i threw together another quick card. I love these little stickers from paperchase – they look so cute!

 

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MAN-day Monday – Birthday Nutter!

by Lesley Oman on 24 October, 2011

{btw, check out the post below to see my most recent video tutorial}

One way to make a card look more striking is to incorporate a black base into the design, and these black cards and envelopes are perfect for todays MAN-day Monday card. I didnt want the black to be overpowering or depressing, so i’ve teamed it up with some bright, vibrant cardstock.

Isn’t that little squirrel so cute! He was scurrying around on a piece of scrapbook paper, and I decided to give him pride of place on his own little card. For the text, i simply printed this out using my computer and home printer, and I thought the term ‘nutter’ would be perfect for boys, as they are always calling each other names, or making up unflattering nick names for each other!

The design is simple, so it goes to prove that you don’t have to make a complicated card for the guys, and of course you can use the same design to make other cards- Proof? – just look below…

Same design, different look. I had originally thought that this would be a ‘Hoppy Anniversary’ card, but someone wanted it as a birthday card instead.



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