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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!

In the Cupboard you will find ideas, news, tips and techniques to help you get more from this fab little machine. So come in - join the fun and Cuttle with me!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Favourite dies of 2010

Although there are lots (!!) of shapes of dies on sale, I have a tendancy to go for basic shapes.  I find my large classic squares really useful, and these match up well the square scallops and big scallops sets.  And, following yesterdays post - will also make rectangles!    Tip - if you are only buying  one set of squares (or any of the basic set shapes) take note of the No. and Size (ie large or small) so that you can later buy the corresponding dies to use with them, because if you get the wrong size - oh dear, they don't layer so well!

I love my squares and Label 4 dies, but this year have added to my favourites the Octagon dies - I have this in the plain and scalloped edge.

Finding a shape to fit your stamp can sometimes cause you a problem, but I found that this shape adapts well to many of my stamps.  Perhaps I was fortunate!   

This shape also makes great  little cards and I found it useful for quick Christmas cards.     Embossing the plain octagon with my old embossing Winter Scene folder  made the card looked fresh and totally different. 

This card I made for a challenge and I was really pleased with the result.  It looks complicated but in fact was quite easy.  The stamped image is part of a large 6 x 4 stamp by Anna Griffin, triple embossed and mounted on foam pads.  The leaves were made with a fern punch.

from a different angle you can see the join!

If you are interested in seeing more of these examples, you will find tutorials....yes you guessed right ... in the labels section.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by.


Elaina said...

Hi Ikki

I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your posts over the past few days. You have given me so many ideas that I think my Cuttlebug is going to be busy for quite a while.

jordiegirl said...

Thanks, I'm really enjoying your tips on using dies as I am a bit of a novice at the moment.

Scrapcat 1 said...

I love my basic shapes but don't have the octogon yet will have to add them to my list

Merry said...

Happy New Year to you Eileen wishing you a good one.....keep those wonderful tips and ideas coming

Unknown said...

Of all the dies I have (and are on order as I comment here), i haven't had or ordered any hexagonal spellbinders dies. I didn't think i would use them so much, but coming here and seeing this post has not got me thinking... hmm - maybe my next purchase???

Great cards by the way.

Paula x x x