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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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A clean and simple Valentine’s card

by Lesley Oman on 17 January, 2011

Hey everyone,

Less than a month until V day! Do you celebrate it? Will you be posting any mysterious love notes this year?

We don’t normally send each other Valentines cards, but that certainly doesn’t stop me from making them! There’s always someone who asks for one at some stage so it’s handy having a few stashed away.

When I saw this greeting in one of the Unity Stamps kit of the month sets late last year, I thought it was very sweet, and would be perfect for Valentines day cards, anniversary cards and all sorts. It was begging to be used, so how could i refuse?! I teamed it up with some heart stamps from the August KOTM, stamped with chalk ink for a soft look, and then to make the text stand out, I used black embossing powder.

The card really couldn’t be much simpler, but I totally love it.

I hope you like it too
Have a great day


Enjoy a Moment

by Lesley Oman on 1 November, 2010

Hi everyone,

I’ve had a super weekend, but boy am I exhausted! Mum, Dad and my niece Bethany were over for a visit, and although the weekend was action packed, unfortunately I didn’t get to spend much time the craft room. So instead I’ve pulled out a photo of a card that I made a little while ago but still hadn’t gotten round to showing you yet. This isn’t my usual kinda bright and colourful style, but hey, we all need a break from the norm every now and again!

For this card I went for a more arty-farty kinda look, as I started by inking a page from an old french novel. Next I painted it with gesso to create a light background to stamp on. I purposely painted the gesso roughly, as I wanted a grungy look. Next I stamped a music background onto the paper, along with some flowers using distress ink. The torn edges give a more rustic feel, and I thought the gingham/ plaid paper worked really well as a vintage style background to use for matting and layering. No surprises that the text stamp is from Unity stamps, one of my many Kit of the Months. I just love how versatile these stamp kits are as they push the boundaries of my creative imagination in all sorts of directions.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Memories of Musical Chairs

October 26, 2010

I LOVE party games!! – pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey, and of course, musical chairs! And when I saw this chairs stamp in Unity Stamps September KOTM, it instantly reminded me of the local Church hall, lined with chairs whilst the musical notes stopped and started, resulting in an inevitable pile-up […]

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