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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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Monday, 23 January 2012

Shaped Cards with Nestabilities Grand Labels 4

Hi, at last I hear you say - where have you been?  Well I do have to say sorry for being away for soooooo long - a number of events have been going on in my life - illness, reaction to medicines, a wedding commission, DT work, Christmas, New Year and to top it all a family funeral.    I have had to make a few changes and I will tell you about some of them over the week, but for now I would like to show you the new stamps that have been released this week by Chocolate Baroque.  Florals!  Always a favourite and so useful for so many occasions.  The DT have produced some stunning artwork and you will be able to view thier samples over the next couple of weeks.  You will find the link on my sidebar and I really do hope you pop over there for some fab inspirational ideas. 
 Rose Tree

I have been working with the stamps and this is one of my designs......

I have used stamps from the Wisteria and Rose plates.  I love the way the butterfly seems to be hovering and the shape of the flower lends itself to a vertical sentiment. The Grand Nestabilities Labels 4 are great for making shaped cards.  If this is a new technique for you check out this link from way back in March 2009!

To make this card you would need:

Cardstock: A4 white texture
Decorative paper: CB Essence of Italy
Nestabilities: Grand labels 4 (3# and 4#)
Mega rectangle (3#)
CB Stamps: Wisteria Lane, Rose Tree
CB Sentiment: Birthday words
Inkpads : DI dusty concord
Clear embossing powder
Ribbon, foam pads

Thank you all for your support whilst I've been away - I'm hoping to get back to a more structured blogging and catching up with visits to your blogs.   Although we are now way into January and it's a little late to wish you a NHY, but I'm going to say it anyway - I hope you are all well and that 2012 will be a good, health and prosperous year for you.

Back soon.


Bea said...

good to see you back blogging - love the stamps you have used for this card

Aquarius said...

Good to 'see' you - these stamps are gorgeous and I'm so tempted. Love what you did with some of them. Take care

judith@poppy cottage said...

Love this card Ikki, the colour is my favourite. The vertical sentiment goes so well with that elegant flower, Judith xx

Cheryl W. said...

So good to see your post on my reader list! I hope 2012 holds all kinds of good things in your life. Beautiful card! Great stamp sets!

Glennis F said...

Nice to see you back - this is a lovely card

Wendy L said...

Lovely card and I love the colour. Stamps look really good. xxx

Unknown said...

Great to see you back Ikki - love these new stamps....the honeysuckle is definitely on my wishlist. You did make me laugh......and I probably shouldn't point it out.............but the thought of a butterfly hoovering gave me the giggles!!!!! Lol

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Ikki do love those stamps - and how you have used them too! and so agree with the sentiment vertically, thanks for sharing, Shaz in oz.x

Paula (PEP) said...

Take care of yourself - reactions to meds can take some time to recover from. I love the way you have used that particular shape for your card as it really picks up the shape of that central flower beautifully. I've been ogling your Nature Tag/Brown creation in the newsletter for I too love using tone on tone techniques. As your example above shows heat embossing really makes a huge difference & I love the way it picks up the shiny glittery parts of your ribbon here.
Paula (PEP)

Toni said...

Welcome back, sorry to hear things haven't been too good for you but hopefully 2012 will be better. Just love the card and the colours. Really lovely stamps.
Toni xx

Heather said...

Hi! Please email me, I have a question for you :)


Unknown said...

Great to see you back Ikki. Love what you've done with these stamps. The embossing on the main image looks gorgeous. Must admit I have hankerings for the honeysuckle set.