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!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Hi, back again with how the clouds were created.....a stencil.....

This is the stencil  
 (the outer comes in one piece - but I have cut mine cause I've been playing and will show you why later)

The inner part of the stencil with which you can use inks or chalks to create layers of  "clouds" or moons, or stars

This A6 image was made by Phyllis from Diamond Card Crafts who produce the stencil.
Good, don't you agree?

Me being me(!)wanted to play to see if the outer piece could be used in the Bug and the answer is YES! 
You can emboss or deboss an A6 without the outer lines marking your card.
Here you can see that I have cut into the stencil.
Without cutting the stencil, on a larger card the lines show, but without the outer edges.....    

a 6" square card embossed

and the effect of debossing. 
So now you have two shapes with which to make your clouds!

 Sandwich for the Bug
Embossing:  A plate, stencil, card right face down, tan mat, 1/2 shims, 2 B plates
Debossing:  A plate, stencil, card face up, tan mat, 1/2 shims, 2 B plates

The stencil costs £2.75 plus postage from Diamond Card Crafts
Nice one Phyllis! 


Lana Clarke said...

Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into tutorials and tips for us Ikki I really appreciate it xxx

Annie said...

Really love the effects you've got with this stencil Ikki. You are so clever :-)
A x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh, how awesome is that Ikki love it - thanks for sharing - oh and today my blog is one year old!! on 1.1.11:D - have special post to celebrate.
Thanks for all the blessing your blog has been tome over the time of following, you have been a tremendous help and encouragement to me! God bless, Shaz in Oz.x

Kathryn said...

Hey that very cool ..... thanks for sharing, my bug hasnt arrived yet so im in sulky mode ha ha
Kath x

Crafty Loops said...

Wow, what a great idea and the results are outstanding. Lee x

Aquarius said...

That is a really ingenious way of using that stencil and its frame which presumably would be thrown away in the normal way of things. thanks so much for sharing

chrissy xx said...

What a Brilliant idea! Can't wait to see what else you do with your 'parts'.
Just bought one!!!!! lol.

jordiegirl said...

Brilliant idea - well done - very informative.

Jackie said...

Wonderful effect Ikki, thank you for showing us how :o)
Jackie xx

Unknown said...

I have a stencil very simular to this. It was one of my first craft purchases. I have had it a very long time. Yesterday I cleaned out the drawer I keep it in and I just couldn't throw it away. I am so glad I didn't.

lynnie003 said...

Thank you so much ikki for all your wonderful ideas I ordered the stencil straight away and can't wait to play with it

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Unknown said...

I am your newest follower. I really enjoy the new things I can do with my CuttleBug because of the things you share. I would like to participate in your Why Weight Facebook group, please.

Bev said...

Just to let you know there is a free cloud template on my blog that I published in June 2011 http://bevscrafts.blogspot.com/2011/06/clouds-template.html

khushifairy said...

great job Ikki. that is a wonderful idea. do let me know when you come up with some other unique ideas.
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