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Hey everyone.

I’ve had four days of illness, and I was only really able to get up and about yesterday evening. I was thankful that I was able to have the energy to make a Miss You Monday card for today. After all that time in a dark, germ-infested room, I wanted light and summery-ness. Well, I wasn’t going to get it outside, so I made my own little piece of happiness with this card.

Sometimes I just love Hero arts stamps so much that it hurts! I picked up this fab background stamp a little while ago, and I wanted to use it, but in a slightly different way – a background with a difference. Of course my distress inks were my first craft-comfort after a week of non-crafting, and I turned to my two favourite colours: shabby shutters and broken china. Yum yum.

I’ve been wanting chipboard flourishes lately, and as this was my last Bisous chipboard swirl, i really must buy some when I next see ones that I like.

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Products used
background stamp – hero arts
embossing powder clear gloss
distress ink: shabby shutters, peeled paint, broken china, shattered straw
decorative edge scissors
black ribbon
foam tape
pink cardstock
quickutz butterfly die
bisous chipboard swirl
Liquid Pearls

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Miss You Monday – Scooter Side Step Card

by Lesley Oman on 12 July, 2010

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Hey everyone! It’s Miss You Monday time! And great news, I had a message from Sarah this week, and the end is in sight so we are all very excited that baby will be here soon ( she is due early September). Although Sarah is still very ill, her spirits seem to have picked up a little, which is great! Yeay!

I had lots of fun with this card – can’t you tell?

This quirky little card takes a little bit of mathematics to start with, but once the measurements bit has been done, and the creases are in place, its simply a case of decorating the panels. Apparently, this is called a Side Step card (I don’t know who comes up with these names!?)

I always loved this scooter stamp, but hadn’t gotten round to using it on a card yet. so I thought i’d give it a whirl. One thing I particularly love is that the pieces are really easy to cut out, so as I stamped the image on different paper, it was really easy peasy to cut out the different panels and re-assemble. I am loving the finished design.

The papers are from the ‘Quite Contrary’ line from My Minds Eye’. A 6×6 stack came free with a card making magazine, and knowing the fantastic quality of MME products and the fact that i’ve always been drawn to their designs, it was a no-brainer when I saw the magazine. I can’t wait to use some more of the pages to make a little mini book or two.

Lets talk chipboard! I’ve used two chipboard pieces, (from The Paper Mill shop I believe) one of which i have covered with pink pearlescent embossing powder, and the other I sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer spray. This gives one a pearl glassy sheen, and the other a flatter, pearlescent look. The brad in the middle is a fabric brad from Trimcraft, I believe its the Laura Ashley range.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Monday!

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Lucky Clover

by Lesley Oman on 11 July, 2010

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Hey everyone, Thank goodness its Sunday. It’s been a crazy week at work and i’ve not had as much time to play in my craft room this week. I even had to work yesterday, so only a one day weekend for me! Pooh!

But it’s okay, cos i’m spending the rest of my evening playing with paper!

So here’s a card to share for today…

Feeling lucky?!

I just love this stamp from the Unity June KOTM, cos it reminds me of my Irish roots. Doesn’t it look like little clover leaves?! I thought it would be perfect for good luck cards or maybe even for projects about playing poker, because with a little imagination it looks like a ‘club’. I wish I had this stamp when I was making this Pokerface layout about my hubby!

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Teacher Thank You Cards – The Big Apple!

by Lesley Oman on 26 May, 2010

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Todays Thank You card for teachers is so very simple, and a fantastic way to use up some scraps.

To make the base of this card, I stamped a woodgrain stamp from Heroarts using walnut stain distress ink. Next, to create some faux stitching i placed the card on a foam mat and used a paper piercer to push holes through the paper to create a border. When I had holes all around the four edges, I used a marker pen and a ruler to draw lines between the holes, creating the impression of stitching. This is a great way of adding a little extra to a project – it is simple and looks fab!

The red paper is from my scrap stash, and is from a DCWV stack. I loved the bright colour, and the way the pattern added a little bit of interest. I simply cut this into an apple shape by sketching in pencil on the reverse before cutting it out. I used Fired Brick distress ink and a foam applicator to ink the edges, this gives the impression of a shadow around the edge, making the apple look rounder. Next, to add real dimension, I pulled a pencil underneath it to curl the paper over, then stuck this to the card using foam squares. I actually built up two layers of foam pads in the middle of the apple, but just one around the edge, once again this gives a 3D impression to the focal image.

The leaf and stalk – yip, you guessed it, raided from the scrap stash, green paper is from MME Bloom and Grow and the brown is DCWV adhesive stack – once again folded or curled to add shape, rather than just sticking these down flat onto the paper. I found a little tag, and stamped it with a stamp from this Heroarts Classic messages stamp set – i love how dinky they are, but they always come out crystal clear!

So there you have it. Todays Teacher Thank You card, as part of Hungry Heffy Crafts Teacher Appreciation week. Simple. Bold. and certainly makes an impact!

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