Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Our Creative Corner Challenge

This week's challenge was to use something clear.

Thinking cap on - decided to use acetate tags with stamped
with silver images

Paper - Basis Grey Sultry (just love it)
Acetate from old stash - Dawn B design

Please leave me a comment if you like this card so I can return the visit. It's always interesting to see other crafters work. Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Thank you card

After a lovely evening out with family, I just had to make a card. No pressure, like the last few Chriss cards (note to self - must start earlier) so I really enjoyed making this.

Papers from Papermania - Simply Elegant

bits and pieces from stash

Thanks for dropping by, hope you too are relaxed after the hectic days pre Christmas.
Best wishes for 2009.
ikki xx

Friday, 26 December 2008

New Challenge and Candy

Sketch and Stash Challenge

NEW CHALLENGE starts Monday 5th January - check it out! Should be a CRACKER! Blog candy - enter by 3rd January.

This is a real good idea - something many of us need to make us use our STASHES!!!!

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

2 challenges in 1

Since I have finished my Christmas cards, I thought I'd have a go at a couple of challenges.

Basic Grey's remit - Going Green - was to use old bits and pieces.
I have used: Sultry Papers and Brown ribbon from a chocolate box (sadly empty)
and pink gems retrieved from a last year's CC. Thrift or not!

The other challenge was from CCC - Love theme to celebrate Julee's 11th anniversary. Congratulations Julee.

Stamp from Hero Arts that I purchased ages ago and have not used before.
Paper from Sultry range of BasicGrey
Ribbon and gems from green collection
CB - Textile folder

Thursday, 18 December 2008


Barbara has nominated me for this great award. Many thanks Barbara, I feel honoured to be thought of by a fellow crafter. Check out her blog - you'll be impressed.
At the moment I'm unable to pass on this award, but I hope to soon.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Daring Card Challenge

A 10 minute card! This actually took 11, because I couldn't

find where I'd put the stickers! My filing system is.........!?!?!
Sorry about pics - it's very dark and dismal here today.
Unfortunately, the double score lines don't show up very well.


Great colour challenge this week. I bought this

paper in America a few months ago. I have looked

at it - touched it - and put it back in the box until now.

Thanks TYI for the inspiration and chance to use it!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Candy Alert

Dawny is celebrating her coming ....... birthday with a super candy offer. You have until the 20th December to visit her blog.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Candy alert!!!!!

To celebrate being chosen as a new DT member of BasicGrey Challenges,
Ricas is offering some great candy.
You have until 23rd December to entry - so dash on over there. Her blog is great and even if you don't win (because I'm hoping it will be me) you'll love Heather's creative work.

Another 1 for 2

BasicGrey Challenge - Sultry paper and charm & Penny Black Challenge sketch with image
I made this card and surprised myself again because I managed another one for two challenges.
I found a Pennny Black image that looked good on BasicGrey Sultry paper, and added a charm that was the required element.
Paper from BasicGrey Sultry range
Stamp PB
Thanks for visiting, ikki


This week's challenge was a bit of a tester for me.
But, not to be defeatist, I had a go. AND, in doing so
went a bit over the tree so to speak. Reminded me
also, our tree is in the loft and it's very cold up there!

Paper by k-ology Hannah range - embossed with CB Texture folder
various bit and pieces from various boxes

Sorry about the poor colour- don't know what went wrong!

Friday, 5 December 2008

l for 2 challenges

Since my friend, Rica has recently become a DT Member of Basic Grey thought I'd buy some papers and supporting her. This week's challenge was for a aperture card.

I will also enter this on the Cute Card Thursday since they wanted a heart.

Quite pleased with myself for doing a 1 for 2. Thanks for stopping by, I do appreciated it. ikki

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Paper Craft Planet

I saw this challenge and thought -I have a go at that.
The remit was for a black and white card, that could
have a hint of colour. I added a touch of pink purely
because these are my fav colours.

Paper from DCWV Hint of Pink

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

A commissioned card

I was asked to make a 60th Birthday card for my friend's sister.

The outline of the original stamped image (sent to me by Viv) was trim down and then coloured with prisma's. The white background was inked with blue, green and yellow chalk, blended, and then lacquered. I was really pleased with how this mottled effect turned out - something I had not tried before, but will again.

Cream linen cardstock
Papers from HOTP , CB Swiss Dots, Nesties and corners
Ribbon and gems from stash

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

This should have been for the PB Challenge, but...

I started this card for the PB challenge where the remit was to use NO patterned paper.

I began experimenting with my CB bells folder and at last managed to emboss three patterns without the folder's edge marking the card. Hooray! I achieved this by making a slightly smaller shape than the folder and adding extra thickness until it would emboss without using the top B plate. I then tape the numerous shims together to give me a permenant template, which I have written on in the hope that I will not lose it! This done, I decided to chalk the white linen card with red, gold and white glimmer.
I was so carried away by my sucess at embossing that at this point I forgot what
the card was for and so added a delightful funny porcelain image that a friend had salvaged from her last year's Chrissy cards. I thought I would return it to her reborn so to speak. But, alas it should have been a Penny Black image!!!!
Never mind, I have until Saturday to tried again and will try to remember what I'm supposed to be doing!
Thanks for dropping by.

Monday, 1 December 2008


I just love the challenges and DT cards on OCC. This is my take on this week's challenge.
Tag was made for this week's TYI challenge. I like to make tags and find a use for them - this fitted well and made a card for my granddaughter Megan aged 2. It's cheerful, glittery,textured and she really enjoyed making a snowman when it last snowed. Living in Edinburgh she won't have to wait long!
CB folder Snowflakes - Torn card in three layers - added stickles for texture.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Sketch Saturday

This week's challenge was for a sketch that I thought was interesting. So I had a go, and made this.

I used papers from HOTP
A stamped image that was sent to me in a swap, if anyone knows the make I would be interested to know. The flower so coloured with prisma pencils and given more dimension with glossy accents. The background was coloured with 3 shades of chalk.
I finished off with a bow and a few beads.

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Tag You're It

I just love making tags!
This week's challenge
was for a SNOW theme.
Let it snow - my happy
Mr. Snowman just loves it!
Sssnow, we are both happy.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

And, another x 2

I have received this fab award from the sooo talented
Alex and
Kate. Thank you both for thinking of me. Check out their blogs - you won't be disappointed!

The rules for the Kreativ Blogger Award are: 1. The winner may put the logo on their blog. 2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award. 3. Nominate 5 blogs. 4. Put links to their blogs. 5. Leave a message for your nominees.

So I'm going to pass this on to 5 very talented ladies whose work always inspires me:


Wow, another award

This lovely award was given to me by
Vickie my new USA SBS26 sister. Her blog is a delight to follow - pop in and have a peek. Thank you, Vickie so much for thinking of me. I'm so pleased that we have made contact, just like this award.

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!

Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I hereby pass this on to great bloggers who so well fit this award, and I'm saving 3 for those I'm yet to met!


Wow an award

I have been given the fabulous "I love your blog" award from the very talented

The rules for this award are to nominate 7 blogs and so I pass it on to the following very talented ladies whose blogs I love visiting. They are so creative and inspirational that I urge you to visit them.
Thanks again Heather, I'm real chuffed. Ikki

Wednesday, 26 November 2008


This week's challenge was a set layout - I came up with this

I used my CB and swirl stamps to give a backgroung effect.
CD's Floral stamp for image and stamped and layed extra flower

Enjoyed this challenge! Ikki

I've had a lovely time

I have just returned from visiting my daughter and two beautiful granddaughters. Caitlin is 5 and Megan is 2, and guess what they both love crafting!

Watching big sis and waiting for her turn

Nan being told just where to cut the ribbon

Megan likes scrunching paper and lots of glue

Caitlin's drawing of a rocket on it way to planet Eye.

You can see why I enjoyed myself!

Need a laugh and a warning - read on....

Hi, I'm back on line and thought I'd give you all a laugh and also a warning. Just before my pc went 'funny' I was on the lookout for a particular Penny Black sentiment stamp. Wanting, as crafters do, a good buy I googled Penny Black and found numerous sites. I clicked on several and had a look round but couldn't find what I wanted. On the next site I found something I definitely didn't want....It was a porn site under the PB name and it was very graphic. I quickly closed it down and my pc went berserk....warnings flashed, I was asked if I wanted to download some programme to stop the Trojan....I had picked up. I have to say I was panicked and started to download but then realised I didn't recognise the programme's name so stopped the procedure. I then ran my own check and found I had indeed picked up this so called trojan horse. It's now safely deal with, but from then on my pc began acting strangely. No wonder the shock it had! So, the moral of this tale is -beware when google PB - or like me you'll get quite a lot more than a stamp!

Ikki x

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Tuesday 25th November

Hi Friends, just popped in on a very old computer usually in the shed to say hello - it's a very slow process to do anything but it least it's not as poorly as my own pc. I'm hoping (everything crossed) to be back to full speed soon. Really feel at a loss - I never realised just how much I relied on surfing. Hope to catch up with you all very soon. Ikki

Monday, 17 November 2008

Red and Green theme

Having made a tag for TYI, Cute card Thusday's challenge was for a Red and Green card - so I have used my tag on a quick cuttlebug creation. Up the bug, what would I do without it!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Sunday's candy alert

Sally is offering Day 7 candy - you have until midnight to enter - go man, go!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Candy Alerts

Some great candy offers about

Ria is celebrating over 17000 hits since March 2008. WOW, some achievement Ria! Well done.

AND check this out before midnight - a one day candy offer by Sally who is offering a great stamp.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Tag, you're it

Another tag challenge - this time the theme is Red and Green.

Felt Christmas is approaching fast and I've lots to do - so changed my layout in the hope of encouraging me to work faster...faster... and I made this for a start.
Hope you're getting in the festive mood too!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Penny Black Challenge

This weeks challenge was to make a card using a sentiment and no image.

I used this sentiment which I really like, and it was a gift from a fellow crafter, Viv.

Thanks for dropping by, Ikki

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Cuttlebug Challenge

I thought I couldn't manage this week's challenge because I don't have many dies suitable for embossing. BUT, I found a postage stamp die that came free with the bug and that I have never used, and ...... I came up with this....for a friend who loves black cards...

Black c/s embossed with snowflake folder and scored with eazi board

Tag in red hammer c/s embossed with snowflake with edges heat embossed in silver
Eyelet also heat embossed in silver (take care doing this not only when heating but also when closing eyelet.)

Embellishment for tag cut with postage stamp die and embossed with Wedding bell folder and then heat embossed in silver.
Silver double bow and peeloff to finish.

Unfortunately being black the picture doesn't show up very well.


Monday, 10 November 2008

More candy!!!

Craft Stamper Magazine - http://craftstamper.blogspot.com/ - have started their own blog and to celebrate are offering a set of 12 Penny Black Christmas stamps. Check it out!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Sketch challenge

I coundn't resist this sketch challenge.

Cream Linen cardstock
Stamp: Solidago Sprig by Rubber Stamped
on Cream C/S with chalk to colour
Papers HOTP matted on pearlised card

Thanks for looking, Ikki

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Tagged. you're it

This week's theme was time.
Sounded easy, but....not as easy as I thought! In the end after hunting high and low for things I thought I had but couldn't find, I designed this.
CD's and Tapestry stamps. Sentiment from a friend make unknown
Tag coloured with three different shades of chalk
Thanks for dropping by. Ikki

Friday, 7 November 2008

Blog Candy

Carlz has an absolutely super candy offer. Closing date 30th November. Why not take a look - you'll not regret it! Ikki

Thursday, 6 November 2008

A trio of Cuttlebug Christmas cards

I love messing about with my Cuttlebug and I came up with these designs. I've had the Nestie scalloped circles for ages and never found a use for them before. I was pleased with the results on these cards. They are simple, easy to do and a bit different.
I'm making cards this year for the North Staffs Breast Cancer Unit and hopefully these will sell. Hope you like them, thanks for looking. Ikki

CB folders: Devine Swirls, Swiss Dots, Winter &Snowflakes

Nesties large scalloped circle

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Tried something different for Kate

I will send this card to Kate for her G.O.S.H. appeal.
Stamps from Inkadinkado
used Nesties for frame and window for the first time (also cut the acetate which worked well)

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Sketch Saturday

I just loved this sketch, but it was certainly a challenge!
My new Inkadinkado snowman stamp
Papers from HOTP

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Two challenges in one!

I have entered this card in two challenges. Not bad for me!

Arty Girlz Challenge required fabric and this is a fabric picture


Cute Card Thursday theme was something drinkable. Well it had to be tea after the Friday night I just experienced!



I have recent joined SBS#26 and one of my adopted sisters
Kate is hosting an appeal as follows:-

Great Ormond Street Hospital card appeal
One of the reasons why I think we love to craft is, not just for the pleasure we get from doing it, but also from the pleasure of giving something handmade to someone.As we come up to Christmas it's nice to think not only about our nearest and dearest that we are going to create for but also about those who may not be able to give a card to someone because they are in hospital, are sick, in the forces abroad or do not have the means.I'm setting up a scheme that I hope might grow and I'd love it if you could join me!

If you are interesting in helping Kate - you will find more info on her blog Yours Truly on the above link. She is so right in what she says about the pleasure we get from crafting and giving something handmade to someone.


Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Challenge Card

I have used the sketch from oh-la-la challenge.
It lacks something?!?!?!?

Red hammer cardstock, paper from HOTP matted on red card
Inkadinkado stamp coloured with prisma pencils and blended with sanador
gems and flowers from stash

I struggle to tear paper,
so in an effort to distress the card which I felt being an old santa suited the theme,
I have used a metal ruler on the edges and inked with black. Perhaps this is why it
didn't work? Or, is it the gems? They were a required element, but I'm not sure. Ikki
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Sunday, 26 October 2008

Gosh, another award

I have received this award from a very, very creative crafter
and I'm delighted. I love your blog too, Rica you are a great source of information and inspiration to all to visit. As my know how of blogs increases I will defo pass this on. Thanks Ikki.

Christmas Tree Tag Challenge

I have just discovered this blog
and since I love tags.....
its suits me fine.