Make Your Own Gems – Video Tutorial

by Lesley Oman on 2 October, 2010

Make your own gems for cards: Lesley Oman

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I am really excited to be sharing a video with you today.

I know, I know…it has been far too long, and I hope that it won’t be months before the next one….Actually, I promise it won’t be….

I made this card a few months back for a lady at Craig’s work, and I have been saving it because I knew that I would eventually share a tutorial on how I made my own gems to embellish the card. It’s so easy, and a great way to save those pennies but still have pretty glamorous projects!


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Products Used
Stamps: Gaia hearts, Whispers bear, Unity stamps, Hero arts
Paper: sizzlits watercolour pack,
Ink: Archival ink: black, Distress Ink; Tumbled glass, Vintage Photo, Shabby shutters
Embossing powder: black, white
Embossing folder: swiss dots
Paint: Twinkling H2Os & Stargazers pearl paint
Sewing Machine & thread
Eyelet, We R Memory keepers Crop-a-dile
Metal charm: Meiflower
Scalloped edge scissor
Glue: Glossy Accents


MYM- Live By The Sun, Love By The Moon

by Lesley Oman on 28 June, 2010

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Happy Monday everybody! And its time for another Miss You Monday card.

My Unity Stamps June Kit of the Month arrived last week, and I was so excited to start playing with them. There are so many really cool, versatile stamps this month. Check them out:

My favourites are: the flying bird, the owls, the large arc stamp and the ‘today’ stamp. They are yummy scrummy.

So lets talk about todays card.

I started by making a coloured wash background. To do this, simply tap the distress ink pads onto a craft sheet and then spritz with water. When you lay the card on top, the ink and the water transfer over to the card, creating a nice watercolour effect. I did this once with ‘tumbled glass‘ distress ink, then I used some ‘stormy sky‘ colour and tapped the edge onto the craft sheet, creating an asterix shape, misted with water and laid my card on top of it again. This gives the great dark blue definition in the sky.

Next I stamped the horizon stamp onto the card and then before cleaning the stamp, i pressed the image into a post it note. I did this to create a mask so that I could ink the ground in ‘shabby shutters‘ green. I also used the arcs stamp from the kit above to add some detail. I think it kinda looks like pattern paper – don’t you?!

The clouds are coloured using a white opaque pen from the Inkssentials line form Ranger. I’ve tried a couple of white pens over the years, and I think this one is by far the best.

I had some pre-stamped card left over from an earlier project, which I used to create a sun, by simply punching a circle using a paper punch. The design is a stamp from Heroarts and the ink is ‘mustard seed‘ distress ink. {No surprise there, I’m a distress ink junkie!}

The background for the card – of course, its that raindrop stamp from Heroarts again. You must think i’d addicted to that stamp …(you’d kinda be right!)

I didn’t really have a vision for this card when I started out making it, it just came together of its own accord, but i really like it, and find it very optimistic – yes, optimistic is the right word! So here’s hoping it will have the desired effect when it reaches Sarah’s door all the way in Oregon.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful Monday.


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MYM – Just saying hello

by Lesley Oman on 7 June, 2010

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Hi everyone, Just popping in to say hello and share this weeks Miss You Monday card

Life’s been pretty busy at the mo.
Learning to drive means that I have lessons a couple of times a week plus I need to get out and practise my manoeuvres as much as possible. The fantastic weather is great, but means that most of our days have been spent with friends by the Barbecue rather than in my craft room. Plus we’re undertaking a maSSive project at work, which means that i’m pretty exhausted by the time I get home and sometimes just want to chill. Good thing is that we’ve started a rental subscription to Blockbusters, so i’m enjoying at least one movie night a week which makes me a happy bunny. :0)

With the sun in the sky, how could i resist a lovely bright, summery card for todays Miss You Monday feature!? And i looove how it turned out.

And yes, that is a little greeting from the ‘Classic Sayings’ stamp set from Hero Arts! ♥♥♥

Products used
Polka dot paper: MME Bloom and Grow 6×6 paper pack
Flowers stamp: Unity Stamps KOTM Feb 2010 (♥ this stamp)
Watering can stamp: Unity Stamps KOTM April 2010
Embossing folder: swiss dots, cuttlebug
Nestabilities: circle and scallop circle
Distress ink: tumbled glass, barn door, shabby shutters, mustard seed
Archival ink: black
Greeting stamp: Hero Arts Classic sayings ♥
To make a mask: copy paper & repositionable adhesive (2 way glue pen)
Inkssentials Blending tool by Ranger
Scallop scissors
Cuttlebug ♥

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Squirrels or Monkeys?

May 23, 2010

See larger image I promised you a video, but unfortunately i am having issues with YouTube. I have decided to stop fighting against machines for now, and try again later. Sorry about the suspenseful delay! But instead, I’m sharing a card I made last week. Let me tell you a cute story that always makes […]

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