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 - - 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.