Hi, Thanks for dropping by.

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, 25 July 2011


I'm back!  Thanks for your messages and for dropping by so often, I really do appreciate your support.  You have been asking where I've been so.....well, various happenings have interupted my postings - I was recently diagonized with an underactive tyroid, not too serious but explaining why I was not feeling very well.  The treatment unfortunately has also had adverse affects, like not sleeping for more than a couple of hours!  Being so tired certainly affects one's motoviation  and I found for the first time in five years that I was facing a blank canvas as far as crafting was concerned.

A holiday was needed!  So I packed our bags and off we went to Canada.  What an experience!  Beautiful country - wonderful sights and memories.  On return, guess what - yes, my sleep pattern was badly affected by jetlag!  So it was back to the sleeping pills!

If you are a regular visitor to the Cupboard you will know that I'm on the Design Team of the very exciting stamp company Chocolate Baroque, so on returning I had to dig deep and get designing!  I'm unable to show you any of this month's artwork as we have been working with new stamps yet to be released, but over on the DT blog you will be able to view some great designs on (well, only 6 months to go and we crafters have to get organized!) Christmas stamps from past EI leases.  This is one from me.....

You will find the material list over on the CBDT blog

My fellow DT mates have producted some fab work to get you thinking of your own Christmas cards so do pop over and join us, you will not be disappointed!


Jackie said...

It's good to see you back Ikki. I, too, was diagnosed with underactive thyroid last November so I know just how it feels, but in my case I have no ill effects from the medication, in fact I am sleeping a little bit better!
Your card is stunning :o)
Jackie xx

Aquarius said...

I've already commented on your lovely card and it is good to see you back. Sleep deprivation can be awful so hope it gets sorted soon. Take care

Canonbury creations said...

Lovely to see you back Ilki and hope you are on for a speedy recovery. Glad you had a great holiday, Canada is stunning and the people are wonderful. We have been to Nova Scotia and PEI twice and absolutely love it:)
Val x

Elizabeth said...

Hello Ikki, nice to see you back - I've missed you :) And sorry to hear that you have been having health problems - hope your medication gets sorted out soon and everything settles down again for you. The Canada trip sounds fabulous. Lovely card - look forward to seeing more. Elizabeth x

Glennis F said...

Lovely to see you back, I wondered where you had got to.

deschana said...

Great card! i love the colors and the awesome details....hope you will get better soon!
best wishes

Andrea said...

Your card is stunning - I love the wire and bead work, and the idea of using a glue stick to add embossing around the edge!
I hope you get your medication sorted soon so that you are able to get the sleep you need, and feel better very soon.
Love, Andrea xx

Joy said...

I have checked your site everyday hoping to find you there and afraid you had stopped your wonderful designs. I am overly delighted to see you back. As one with the same medical problem I would suggest you keep working with your doctor till you find a dose of medication that works for you, as I had to do

Merry said...

Great to see a post from you. How exciting a trip to Canada....lucky lady. I hope all settles with your sleeping soon. This is a lovely creation, I like the way you have added the wire.

Julie said...

Sorry to hear about the problems with your thyroid. An underactive thyroid runs in my family (luckily I haven't been affected as yet, have enough health problems as it is)and it's just a case of getting the medication right which unfortunately can take a while. Hope you feel better soon.
I would love to go to Canada, it's been on my wish list for years.

Your card is fabulous, I bought this sheet of rubber stamps a few days ago so must find time to have a play.

Julie W x

Auntie Em said...

Your card is so pretty! I love the beaded wire along the top of the diamonds.
Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Canada!
Thanks for sharing! :)