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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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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Simplicity and a New Blog called "Less is more"

 On a grey day - a cheerful card to lift my mood.....
This stamped panel was another of the "bits" I had lying around, so being in my messing about mood, I decided to do something with it.  Again, not a good day for photography! 

The stamps are one of my favourite sets from EI. The main panel : stamped in black stazon, coloured with various distress inks and then triple embossed.  I went for a (bold for me) straight stamping onto card for the background again with distress inks.

There was a reason why I when for a simple, clean card today, and that was to practice for a forthcoming venture by my cuttling mate Chrissie, who along with her friend Mandi are setting up a NEW weekly challenge blog called "Less is more".  This is a technique which I like and so I hope to join in with their first challenge on Saturday 5th February.  If you also like this style of artwork, why not pop over to their new blog and join in - you will be find some very interesting and talented crafters at work, and Chrissie and Mandi would be real chuffed to see you.

To everyone who has left comment over the last week, you have cheered up me no end!  Thank you soooo much, I really do appreciate your support.  Today has been a much more positive day, although my desk has yet to be glued!  I have even had a thought or two outside the box - it must be your encouragement!


Julie said...

Oh Ikki,I love this card,the image is gorgeous and I love the delicate approach on the back ground is out of this world. I added a link to you yesterday on my post,thankyou so much for sending so many of your followers to me to browse my little offerings,I even gained a couple of new followers myself . Have a good week , Julie x

Shoshi said...

That's a gorgeous card, Ikki - extremely stylish. I love the design on the background, echoing the card itself, and the colour is lovely too. Excellent job.

Glad things are better for you today!

Sally H said...

Oh wow, Ikki! This is just stunning! The colours you used are beautiful. I too love this set of stamps. I'm off to look at the new challenge blog because I do prefer a clean and simple style to the 'pile it on' trend.

Valerie said...

What a beautiful card, love the colour palette!

themessycraftroom said...

Beautiful card love it. Glad your feeling brighter. Hugs x ChrisB

Miranda said...

Hi Ikki, really love this style, beautiful! I will pop over to that blog and see more of 'less is more', greetz Miranda

Debbie said...

Hi Ikki. I love what you've done with the stamp, it looks so classy. I make a collection of cards for a friend at work. The church group send cards to people when they're not well etc. You've given me an idea to start the cards early.
Hope you're well

Mandi said...

Stunning card Eileen
Thank you for the 'shout' and your kind encouraging comments

mandi x

SherylH said...


Gina said...

A great card. Eastern grasses is one of my all time favourite stamp sets too - its just so versatile.
I like the sound of the new challenge, so thank you for the link. I'll pop on over to have a look and hopefully take part.
Gina x

Unknown said...

Now - this is the Ikki that i've got to know and love... you've bounced back from your last post with a stunning card - I knew when you started stamping and first picked up those distress inks - i just knew you had something going and i think i told you so in my comment.

Hope this means that you are on the up and up and that your blues are only because its miserable January - but then we can turn it into being a great January - one that will set the positive and vibrant tone for the year ahead - one has to live and hope LOL

big hugs

Paula x x x

p.s. can't wait to see what this 'outside the box' work will transpire to be!!! x x x

Merry said...

Oh Ikki.....this is such a beautiful card....love the colour and the images you have used.

Scrapcat 1 said...

Love the card Ikki, glad to see things have been inproving for you, will pop over to the other blog in a mo.

deschana said...

great! love the colors !
greetings deschana

Aquarius said...

Love the simplicity of this card and brave to stamp direct onto the card - I usually chicken out and use a separate piece of card!! Thanks for the link will check it out.

Lynne K said...

Beautiful card, Eileen! Those warm colours are lovely.

PepPop said...

What a lovely card - I love the warm colours.
Thank you for the link to the new challenge blog - I've added it to my list.
Jaqui x