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My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

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Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Cuttlebug Folder, Square Nestabilities and Pierceabilitie Border

Well I'm back, but still not trouble free. I have got a new monitor, in fact two monitors, and they are both 19" wide screen. This is the problem, when you adjust the screen to make the pictures look normal, the screen (although bigger than my old 17"), shrinks down to a 15". Back to the catalogues!! and back to the shop with the other two!!! My photography is not the best, but it is better than whats showing on the new screen.   Your pictures look out of proportion. Can anyone tell me if this is always the case????

I have managed in between messing about to make a card!

My first of the year for you to ponder on.

To make the card;
6" x 6" White Linen Card
patterned paper
Nestabilitie Square
Pierceabilitie Scalloped Border
Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Folder
Stamped image,sentiments, ribbon, flowers

First emboss your base card.  Any folder would be okay if you can emboss the pattern twice and make the pattern match up because this is a larger card than the folder.  The HB folders works, as does Swiss Dots, Distressed strips, Traffic Jam, and a few others. Crafts-for-you folders Star, Daisy and Snowflake also work.  When buying new folders, this is something to bear in mind so you get more mileage from your folders.

The next task was to cut a scalloped edge to the base card.  To do this, work from the back side of the card so that the embossing doesn't show on the front.  This border was not intended to be used this way, but again it makes more use of your die.  Next to match the bottom of the card, I have cut a scalloped border for the top edge. 
If you fold this and carry over to the back of the card you have a nice front edge and also detail on the back of your card.  Ribbon, flower and sentiment finish the job of nicely.
The image for my card is a Penny Black - I love these little Hedgies!  The image sits well in a Nestie square, and the embossing has been done with an embossing pen (my Top Tip for 2009).
Cut 2 more squares of the same size and emboss the edges.
I layered the squares to give an interesting corner.

And, here is the finished card.

Today is very cold and snowy, with more bad weather forecast for the North Staffordshire area.  This summery card cheered me with thoughts of better things to come, because for sure I will not be sitting out today!  As the sentiment says "Have a Great Day and Enjoy yourself".


Andrea, said...

beautiful card Eileen, he is one of my favourites and I love the swirly paper. Sorry I can't help with the PC monitors, I'm useless with computers!
We have had a fair old load of snow here as well so no class tonight! Hope to see you soon.

Unknown said...

Lovely card Eileen, and pink, my fave colour! We are snowed in too, I am going stir crazy, its like being in a siege! Oh well, plenty of time for colouring!

Take care

Unknown said...

Hello Eileen - I'm relatively new to blogging but have recently subscribed to your blog for inspiration after purchasing a cuttlebug last week. I followed a link posted by Hunnybunny (Barbara) from the Do Crafts gallery (her cards are brill). I love the stuff you have created too and this lovely card is no exception.

I've had to postpone going into work today because of the weather so have been happily crafting and blogging for most of the day at home!! Well done on the card!


Bernice Hopper said...

I think that the wider screens are not in the same proportions as the photos eg 4:3, 16:9 but I could be wrong. All my photos look weird on wide screen. My computer superhero is coming round on Thursday and I will ask him because I'm sure he told me there is a way to show the photos in the right proportions but I can't remember what he said to do.

Merry said...

Such a wonderful card Eileen. I really like how you offset the two squares behind the image. Sending you lots of warmth...we have plenty to share.

Penny Wessenauer (d0npen) said...

i think it depends on the monitor..my old flat screen monitor stretched things sideways a bit.. sure didn't like to look at photos of myself on that one! LOL!! But the new monitor, which is even larger, has a perfect aspect ratio..squares are square, not rectangular.. so, depends on the monitor I'm afraid.. Incidentally, I don't know if I've commented on your work before, but I sure do like what you do!! Many thanks for sharing all your terrific ideas!!
xxooxx penny

Nanabugaboo said...

Great card! I need a little spring too. No snow, but our high tomorrow is only forcast for single digits. Spring sounds great.


Pinklady50 said...

oh my, what a totally beautiful card! Just love the colors against the bright white and the layers are perfect. Great job on this!

Chrissie said...

I like your colouring Eileen! Another great card full of lovely detail.
Roll on the warmer weather, your garden looks most picturesque in the snow. Keep warm.

Unknown said...

Very beautiful card!!!!

Luv Jane XX

Cardsbycheryl said...

Your cards are gorgeous and cant wait for my dies to arrive to get playing with my bug. Loving your blogs too. Keep up the good work xxxxx