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Hey everyone,

Today’s project was fun to make but also a little emotionally painful for me! Okay…Im being over dramatic, but i’m pretty sure i’m allowed to be.

I have always loved tea. I’m irish, and if you have ever been to Ireland or visited an Irish family you will know that you aren’t in your seat for 2 minutes before the kettle is put on and the tea and biscuits come out! And, there seems to be some sort of unspoken social etiquette which means that if you refuse a cup of tea, its almost verging on the height of rudeness! It’s so very true, to the point that I find it very funny!

Nevertheless, tea has always been something that I found great comfort in. It was a little cup of home, warm and inviting, and would never fail to pick me up no matter what time of the day it was. Even whenever we would have a new person start at work, or someone in for training or work experience, the very first thing they learnt would be the most important element of a happy workplace- knowing how everyone liked their tea. I even had the team so well trained that the moment I would arrive through the doors at 8.30am, there would be a cuppa sitting waiting for me, ready to start the day (i guess they all knew how to butter me up!).

But then it happened. As soon as I fell pregnant I was repulsed by tea. I still wanted it, but it did not agree with my body. I guess at the start its your body’s way of irradicating nasties that might affect baby’s development, like caffeine. I actually had to tell them pretty much immediately that i was pregnant because the team noticed very quickly that my cups of tea were never getting drunk.

As the months progressed, I was able to withstand tea again, but with the repercussion of serious indigestion. I have tried decaf tea, fruit tea, rosbos tea… a multitude of varieties, but still after every cup I seem to suffer.

And yet, still, sometimes, I really really want a cup of tea, when I am having a little biscuit or with my breakfast in the morning. I sometimes make a cup of decaf and take about three sips, just so i can have the experience of drinking tea, but then I have to abandon the remainder, feeling defeated every time.

So, making this card was a bitter sweet experience. I couldn’t help but reach for this teacup stamp from my December Unity Stamps Kit of the month, probably an urge stemmed from a mix of nostalgia and self pity. And although I have added the greeting ‘Thinking of you’, i think really, deep down I was thinking about myself, and thinking…{yearning}…for a cup of tea!

Products Used

Pattern Paper – Quite Contrary
Stamps: Unity stamps Dec KOTM, not sure who makes the greeting (but i’ll find out and post it here)
Ink: Distress ink; Shabby shutters, peeled paint, spun sugar, worn lipstick, black soot, embossing ink
Embossing powder: black
Corner punch – carl craft
Liquid pearls: white opal
Ribbon: stampin’ up

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Hayley’s New Home

by Lesley Oman on 5 September, 2010

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Hi ya,

A HuGe BiG Thank you to everyone who has been sending us their congratulations on our big news. We are so excited to be joining the ‘Mummy & Daddy Club’. The last few weeks have been rough, but I am thankful that I am now beginning to feel much better, and my diet has expanded from mashed potato and soup! I know I’m Irish, but mashed spuds and soup were starting to get a little tiresome!

And guess what else – I even got to play in my craft room this weekend! That is a sure sign that I am getting back on track! Yippppeeeeee!!

Here’s a sneaky peeky of a layout that i’m going to be sharing with you real soon…

But for today – a card to share. This has been in my box of cards for about three weeks now and for some reason it always manages to escape the photo shoots! I confessed to Hayley and Glenn that they definitely are getting a card, so the pressure is on to get it in the post to them! Ha ha! They must be in their new home about 2-3 months now – whooops!

This was my first play with my new Spellbinders scallop border die. I actually accidently bought the bigger one when I fully intended to buy the small one, but never mind. Of course I realised my mistake before opening the package, but I simply just cant hold something crafty and not play with it. I figured I would eventually buy this one too so I’d just keep it. heehee! Because i’ve been so sick, Craig is spoiling me rotten, so he was just glad that I was able to do a little crafting, even though this card to days to make because of the nausea.

The beautiful background paper is from the Quite Contrary line by My Minds Eye! I simply love this paper pad – so summery and bright, and definitely very girly, perfect for cousin Hayley. The greeny blue paper is also from MME, but is from the Bloom and Grow paper pack, which is getting rather thin im sad to say – but I guess thats a sign of a good purchase! I’m sure theres a few paper packs on my shelf that haven’t ever been opened! EEk!

The ‘New Home’ greeting I actually printed out on the computer – although I was so sure I had a New Home stamp in my stash – but I couldn’t find it, so i’ll just need to keep my eyes open incase I see a good one for sale. If you know of any, please let me know.

Oh, and the stamp is Unity Stamp Co…of course!

Thanks again for popping in.

Have a great day.

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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!

Thanks for stopping by.

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