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!

Saturday 25 June 2011

A video to watch!

Want to learn how to make a background for your stamping?  Pop over to Glenda's blog and watch her video.  This is not to be missed! 

Friday 24 June 2011

May each day....by ikki

My post today is over on the CBDT blog  and illustrates using the new stamps launched this week by CB - the link is on my sidebar.  I think for a difficult occasion card the new Nature Swirl stamps and the Words of comfort are ideal! 

Hope you are enjoying seeing the artwork from my team mates - they are indeed a very inspiring group of crafters.

Wednesday 22 June 2011

A winner!

Congratulations Jean Straw on winning the set of 4 stamp plates from Chocolate Baroque - you will be soooo pleased with them!

Unfortunately we cannot all be winners, but over the next few days on the CB DT blog you will be able to  view the artwork created with these stamps by Glenda and the Design Team .  The link is on my side bar, and you will be amazed at what these talented crafters have done with these fab stamps. 

Enjoy your day!

Sunday 19 June 2011

Chocolate Baroque - New Stamps GIVEAWAY

Here's some great news for you - Glenda of Chocolate Baroque is launching new stamps this weekend and as a gift to one lucky visitor to the Chocolate Baroque Design Team Blog who leaves a comment, she is giving away 4 stamp plates!!!!  Go peeps and have a look - you could be that lucky visitor....the link to CB is here. 

Friday 17 June 2011

Wedding Belle Stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Like many peeps, I watched the royal wedding and was touched with the love and understanding that the couple shared. It was a beautiful and memorable day that we were allowed to share with them. 

At the time I was  working with a new stamp theme plate called Wedding Belle from Chocolate Baroque so I couldn't resist using their initials. 

Materials used:
Cardstock: Lilac hammer card
Silver mirri
   Paper from Essence of Nature CD
Stamps: Wedding Bell
Alphabet: Provocraft Harmony
Hearts: Marianne Creatables
Gems, feathers, flowers, ribbon

Friday 10 June 2011

Friday Followers Gallery

Hi here, you will remember that recently, Phyllis from Diamond Card Crafts generously donated a Mandala Board for one of my readers.  The winner of the gift was Cheryl  and the other day I received this lovely message.....

"Hi, Eileen - I have finally found some time to play with the Mandala Reflections Board and I am having so much fun with it! The first thing that came to mind was to use it to make some quick thank you notes to use next Christmas. I always get a little tired of crafting after making nearly 100 Christmas cards plus dozens of gift tags. So, here's a picture of the quick thank you notes I made - so easy, and the Mandala Board gave them a little extra pizzaz!

The next card I made was a baby card. I debossed a strip of paper and then swiped the strip with a pink inkpad. Then I made an envelope and used the Mandala Board to give it that exta special touch. Here's a couple of photos

I made the decorative strip for the baby card out of a left over strip of white cardstock. What a great way to use up scraps!! Also, after I embossed the envelope, I gently rubbed the embossing with a little shimmery pink chalk for emphasis. I love the way it turned out.

Thanks again. The board is great and I know I will use it often. I don't have a ton of crafting tools so it will be a prized possession! Please pass my emails along to your contact at Diamond Crafts if you wish. I'd actually like them to know how grateful I am and how much I like the board.   I think that I will have a lot of fun thinking of other ways to use the board. If I come up with anything I think is out of the ordinary, I'll send you a photo. Thanks again for all your wonderful advice and inspiration. Cheryl"

Thanks Cheryl, I'm so pleased you are enjoying using this great aid to crafting and I know Phyllis will be delighted to see you are using her board and coming up with some fab ideas.  Since today is Friday, I'm going to enter both cards in my FFG. 

Thursday 9 June 2011

70th birthday

I was asked to make a card for a special 70th birthday and this is what I came up with.....

  On cream hammer card, I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with a silver pearl powder.  The leaf dies are Marianne, the butterfly is from NS and the sentiment was PC generated and then cut out with a Nestie Label 4. 

I like to use a heavyweight textured card and have found that to add more texture and interest I can use stamps - Glenda's in particular are good because of their large swirly nature which can be twisted this way and that and end up looking like you've used a number of different ones instead of one!  

I thought you would like to see the insert of the card.  The verse is lovely and really useful - feel free to use it.

Sorry I have been such a bad blogger - life, pc problems and internet connections are causing me somewhat of a headache!