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BIG Thanks!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

The Beans have made it through their first full week of afternoons at school nursery – yay! They both have settled in really well and I have had no tears or tantrums leaving them :) With that I have been settling into my new routine and realising how quick the time goes whilst they are there!

Amongst the chaos of prepping for the October Release, Happy Stampers Festival, Stamp Magic paper craft show, a HUGE restock delivery and flurry of lovely orders (thank you), I managed to squeeze in a little time to stamp!

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I required another thank you card and with the recent restocks, which included All Occasion Sentiments #6, I was inspired to dust off my set and ink it up. I still had my September Release stamps to hand and decided to pair the BIG thanks with Background Builders: Seeing Stars and the ‘You Rock’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

Using the BIG thanks is perfect for me to join in on one of my many favourite card challenges this week, CASology. This week the cue card HERE is BIG!

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I used my favourite trio of colours to stamp the panel of stars and used a black strip of card slightly bigger to mat it with. The BIG thanks is stamped and simply flat coloured with Copic markers and a good layer of clear Wink of Stella applied.

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I added foam adhesive to the thanks panel and also the ‘You Rock’ sentiment and added a few Stampin’ Up! star enamels to finish the design. Hopefully this card will reach it’s destination in a few days. It feels good to be finally sending out more of the cards I make :)

That’s all from me today, I hope to squeeze in some more creative time this weekend along with other exciting tasks like planning NEW Uniko Classes! I am super excited to have ‘found’ the perfect venue to hold them here in Stockton-On-Tees in the North East of the UK and I am now working on the finer details. So as soon as I have, I will be letting you all know!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs

Uniko Challenge #43 Autumn

Hey!

Welcome to this month’s Uniko challenge. Here in the northern hemisphere the season is changing and Autumn (Fall) is approaching. So, it seemed appropriate to make it this months inspiration.

Don’t you just love the glorious Autumn/Fall colours? What could be more inspiring than their beauty? So we would love to see all your wonderful autumnal creations popping up in our gallery. And if you’d like to twist with us and add Halloween into your creativity that would be fabulous too!

Challenge Guidelines:

* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do 😉

* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!

* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible 😉

 

This month we have the winner of Challenge #43 the superbly talented Vijaylaxmi joining us as our Guest Designer.

Here’s her amazing card:

 Brilliant isn’t it? Be sure to pop on over to her blog HERE and leave her some love.

The Uniko Design Team also have some autumnal inspiration to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs, which you can find over HERE and also the link up to the challenge.

How about some inspiration from me…

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With restocks arriving in the studio this week and because I saw this jaw dropping creation by Hannelie HERE using Beautiful Blooms III, I was inspired to dust my set off and give it some fresh inky love!

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I used my Altenew inks for all my stamping and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more at Happy Stampers Festival (hopefully)! They really do ink nicely AND they take the hard work out of matching shades for layered stamping.

I’ve added some dimension with the flowers using two depths of foam adhesive and added some clear Wink Of Stella to just the detail on the blooms. The sentiment is from the recently released Simply Said Blocks and I added some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.

So are you all fired up and ready to get crafting?

Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.  I have changed the length and frequency of the challenge. The challenges are FIVE weeks long, giving us a total of SIX challenges this year.

THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You’ve got plenty of time to play along with this month’s challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 27th October 2017 (7.00pm EDT).

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I Thank My Lucky Stars…

Hello & Happy Monday!

Today I am delighted to be introducing you to the newest member of the Design Team. I am sure that this person will not be a stranger to the majority of Uniko followers and to those who join in on the Uniko and many of the challenges around blog land!

So without further ado I would like you all to give Carol from justme: c a warm welcome :)

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Hello, I’m Carol from *justme: c*.  I’m incredibly honoured and delighted to be joining Bev and her talented designers as a new member of the design team. Indeed, my feet haven’t touched the ground since receiving her invitation; still on Cloud 9 at this dream-come true opportunity to showcase, even more, my love for Uniko products. 

My card-making journey began when I decided to make and send Happy *Month Old* cards to my niece, who was 2 ½ at the time. She’s now 7, my nephew is 5 – and yes, the monthly card ‘tradition’ continues. The ‘epic messes’ of my first attempts sent me searching the internet for ideas and WOW! Did I find them! The discoveries revealed sparked a passion, and here I am, thoroughly immersed in playing with paper, stamps, dies and ink. Of course, the friendships made through this warm, encouraging community are treasured immensely; the inspiration from the many artists I’ve come to know, appreciated deeply. 

My style is predominately CAS (although eclectic is more apt) and oh, how I love my stamps and dies. I’ve recently embarked on coloured pencil online classes; hopefully, what I learn in these lessons will translate into breathing colourful, vibrant life into my Uniko stamps.

When I’m not crafting, you’re most likely to find me at our province’s road bike and cyclo-cross races – clipboard and stop watch in hand – in my role as a racing official.  Even though I don’t race (no way!), I love the thrill of the competitions and being part of the cycling community.

Thank you, Bev and the team, for your warm welcome and for embracing my creativity. I’m looking forward to creating and designing alongside you.

If you are unfamiliar with Carol’s style, here are a selection of cards Carol has made to inspire you using a variety of Uniko clear stamps…

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These two beauties feature Beautiful Blooms I and matching dies, All Occasion Sentiments #6 and the top card Background Blocks: Halftone.

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This card features Originally Organic and matching dies and I am just digging the watercolour brush background on this card. 

How about a fabulous masculine creation to inspire you?! This card uses Explosion! Explosion Additions and Background Blocks: Halftone.

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Lastly and by no means least, how about Carol’s cute side…

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How fabulous are these? I am sure you’ll be as excited as myself to have Carol part of the team and are looking forward to seeing the inspiration she has to offer. For more details on these creations and to see more of Carol’s work be sure to head on over HERE.

I thought I would make a card for the occasion too and this is what I came up with…

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I decided to create a different kind of welcome card for Carol, I love Carol’s sparkle and shine she leaves with her enthusiasm, support and kind words, not just for me but around blog land. I am truly thankful to have Carol joining the Uniko Design Team.

I was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch, seen HERE and below for my card. I had so many ideas for this sketch, but settled upon using the recently released Reach For The Stars clear stamp set.

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I kept the design very CAS, as I wanted the sentiment to take full centre stage. I heat embossed the gold ‘stars’ sentiment and trio of stars to the diagonal corners. I added some Stampin’ Up! glitter card to emphasise the sparkle too.

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Not only is this card for Carol, but for all of my Design Team Members current and Alumni, in that I thank my lucky stars for all of them. Plus, for all of the people, customers, friends I have made since starting this little business. With out YOU all, my dream wouldn’t be here and where it is today.

Thank you & welcome Carol :)

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Uniko Sponsors the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Friday!

I am super happy you have stopped by the blog today as, Uniko is honoured to have been invited again by the lovely Amy from Tsuruta Designs to sponsoring another fun blog hop and challenge…

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Friday 15th September ’17 – Friday 22nd September ’17

The winner of the Uniko prize will receive an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from the website.

PLUS Uniko is a Flash Sponsor with a chance to win both

I LOVE Coffee AND I LOVE Tea

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Summer Themed Coffee, Tea & or Cocoa project, no back-linkng please. Random.org will be used to draw the winners.

To link up your projects and more details about the hop and Super Sponsors pop on over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog HERE.

To kick this FABulous hop off I’ve created my own Fall themed coffee card…

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The weather here in the UK is certainly getting cooler and signs of Autumn (Fall) are appearing with leaves on the floor. I’m not a tea or coffee drinker, but I do like a hot chocolate (cocoa) and sometimes you just need to drink a hot beverage out of a fancy tea cup!

As you can see I was inspired to use the I LOVE Tea clear stamp set, combined with a sentiment and coffee bean trio from I LOVE Coffee and a leaf from Natures Treasures. I was also inspired by this weeks sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch!HERE and seen below…

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That’s all I have to share here, but I’ll be back with more before the end of the blog hop! Anyway, before I go today, how about another PRIZE?! 

Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) September 22nd 2017 and I will select one lucky comment to receive a surprise package of Uniko goodies!

I look forward to hopping by and seeing all your wonderful creations, have fun!

September 2017 Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

WhooHoo!

Happy Weekend & Happy September 2017 Release Day!

The day is finally here and FIVE clear stamp sets have been revealed HERE in their entirety and they are NOW available to purchase HERE on the website!

For this months release I am trialling a NEW Limited Time Only* Release Bundle Offer HERE. You will save 5% if you purchase all FIVE of the new clear stamp sets. Depending on popularity I will offer this on all future releases with an increase of saving too!  *Offer will end Midnight (BST) Monday 11th September 2017 or until stocks last.

We have our usual inspirational Blog Hop with the Design Team and a GIVEAWAY! Simply comment along each stop on the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE September 2017 Release.

I’ve made 3 cards to share with you today using the new release.
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First up is this festive card using Background Blocks: Scattered Polka Dots. When I was designing this stamp it reminded me of a snow flurry. So I was inspired to pair it with Stunning Snowflakes, one of my favourite colours and my favourite snowflake trio!
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I heat embossed the scattered polka dot background with VersaMark and Cosmic Shimmer Detail White EP. I masked off a section before doing so, to create a space for my sentiment. The snow flakes are stamped in Altenew ink and fussy cut out. I added a tin bit of bling to each snowflake to finish them off.
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Next I was inspired by the current challenge over at Seize the Birthday HERE. Their current challenge is a seize the toppings challenge…
 
    Our “Toppings” option this time is…
“Ocean Colors”
(Blue, Green and or Aqua)
Neutrals are always welcome too!

I pulled out Background Builders: Seeing Stars and a trio of Altenew inks to match the ‘Ocean Colours’ theme. I decided to make a masculine card too, so added some neutral grey’s to the combo.

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It was almost a one layer card, but I went back and trimmed a small slither off the bottom of the panel to add some neutral grey strips of card. This helped to tie in the grey of the stamped sentiment and small stars.
Lastly, I decided to ink up Reach For The Stars…
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My Design Team have inspired me so much this week with their colourful rainbow cards using this set, I decided I should join in! Super CAS and simple. An ink blended die cut square and some sparkly embossing on the base layer!
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That’s all from me here, but be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, you are going to be ‘STAR bursting’ with inspiration 😉

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah
CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy
CLICK HERE to see more from Jane
CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey
CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat
CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P
I do hope you have enjoyed the release countdown, blog hop and seeing the possibilities these clear stamp sets have? Don’t forget to comment along the hop for your chance to win. You have until midnight Saturday 16th September 2017 and the winner will be announced Sunday 17th September 2017.

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Introducing… Background Blocks Stars and Background Builders: Seeing Stars

YAY!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the September product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks at the 5 clear stamp sets being released and NOW it is time for the Design Team and I to introduce them to you.

Yesterday we introduced Reach For The Stars and today, myself and my AWESOME Design Team are introducing TWO more clear stamp sets, Background Blocks Stars and Background Builders Seeing Stars. These two sets have so many fun possibilities and can be used and paired with all sorts of stamps and paper crafting goodies, including yesterdays clear stamp set!

Hopefully you have arrived from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE, where I shared two cards using the new clear stamp sets. I’ve two more cards to share with you, both with a slightly softer tone. First up is another card using Background Blocks Stars…

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This time I opted for a grey ombré look and I paired the background with some Simply Said Blocks sentiments stamped in pastel shades of Altenew ink.

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The sentiments are mounted with foam adhesive and I went in and added some silver enamel stars too, for that extra interest and bling.

Lastly I have one more Background Builders: Seeing Stars card to share…

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This card was inspired by this weeks Freshly Made Sketches sketch seen HERE and below, the stripe across the sketch was calling for some ombré stars and the circle element of the sketch a layered star!

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I used my MISTI tool to stamp the solid ombré stars stripes, going from light to dark, as this saves having to clean your stamp between each colour 😉 The die cut star is a Sizzix Framelits star die and I have stamped and off centred one of the larger single stars from the clear stamp set. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks and I again finished the design off with some Stampin’ Up! enamel stars!

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That’s all from me here, but be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, as you never know you might just win a random prize! I know for sure that you won’t be disappointed the Design Team have created a bountiful wealth of inspiration :)

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah
CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy
CLICK HERE to see more from Jane
CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey
CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat
CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P
I do hope you have enjoyed the hop and seeing the possibilities these clear stamp sets have? These sets along with the three others we have introduced this week will be available HERE for you to purchase TOMORROW, Saturday 9th September at 9am GMT.

Release Schedule…

Sneak Peeks 3rd – 5th September, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 6th – 8th September, here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 9th September 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on these new clear stamp sets and I hope to see you tomorrow for the full reveal!!

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Introducing… Reach For The Stars

YAY!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the September product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks at the 5 clear stamp sets being released and NOW it is time for the Design Team and I to introduce them to you.

Today, myself and my AWESOME Design Team are introducing a STELLA clear stamp set, Reach For The Stars. This stamp set is bang on trend and has so many fun possibilities.
Hopefully you should have arrived here from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE, if not be sure to start there and see my first introduction card 😉
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Yesterday was our 4th Wedding Anniversary and this clear stamp set seemed the perfect choice to make him a card. I decided upon a shaker card as it was a special occasion!
For this card I decided to dust off my watercolour paints and painted a night sky. I added the sparkly galaxy stamp, which was stamped in Encore silver and heat embossed with Stardust EP (quite hard to see in the photo). I added some star enamels and a few sequins too.
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The ‘I Thank My Lucky’ part of the sentiment is stamped onto a snippet of the watercolour background and the ‘Stars’ is again stamped in Encore Silver and heat embossed with Stardust EP.
That’s all from me here, but be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, as you never know you might just win a random prize! I know for sure that you won’t be disappointed the Design Team have created a bountiful wealth of inspiration :)
Next on the hop is Deborah… CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

 I do hope you have enjoyed the hop and seeing the possibilities this clear stamp set has? This set along with the four others we are introducing this week will be available HERE for you to purchase on Saturday 9th September at 9am GMT.
Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 3rd – 5th September, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 6th – 8th September, here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 9th September 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on these new clear stamp sets :)

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Introducing… Background Blocks Scattered Polka Dots and Simply Said Blocks

YAY!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the September product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks at the 5 clear stamp sets being released and NOW it is time for the Design Team and I to introduce them to you.

Today, myself and my AWESOME Design Team are introducing TWO clear stamp sets, Background Blocks Scattered Polka Dots and Simply Said Blocks. These two sets have so many fun possibilities and can be used and paired with all sorts of stamps and paper crafting goodies.
Hopefully you should have arrived here from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE, if not be sure to start there and see my first couple of introduction cards 😉
First up a card using Simply Said Blocks, paired with Uniko Style. Again I have another rainbow card, perfect for the current challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges HERE. Uniko is the sponsor for the challenge AND I am your CASE muse too 😉
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I used the ‘blank’ block and my MISTI tool to stamp the striped BG using my 3 favourite colours and two shades from my Altenew ink collection.
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The ‘Thanks’ sentiment also from the set is stamped in black, fussy cut out and mounted onto the card using foam adhesive. I added a few of my favourite SU! Enamel Dots too 😉
Next I had to have another go at the multicoloured polka dot background, but this time I used a softer colour palette and paired the background with Celebrate With Cake.
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Again I used my MISTI tool and a Stampin’ Up! In Colour collection of markers to individually and randomly colour the dots. It’s a little time consuming (though therapeutic if you like colouring), but totally worth the result! After colouring the dots and before stamping, be sure to ‘huff’ over the stamp to moisten the ink.
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Hopefully you can see the dimension of the die cut polka dot background and cupcake, along with the sparkly frosting – yum!
That’s all from me today using these sets and I hope I have inspired you?! If not, be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, as you never know you might just win a random prize! I know for sure that you won’t be disappointed the Design Team have created a bountiful wealth of inspiration :)
Next on the hop is Deborah and below is the list in case you get lost or find a missing link!

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

I do hope you have enjoyed the hop and seeing the possibilities this clear stamp set has? This set along with the three others we are introducing this week will be available HERE for you to purchase on Saturday 9th September at 9am GMT.
Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 3rd – 5th September, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 6th – 8th September, here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 9th September 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!
Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on these new clear stamp sets :)

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September 2017 Sneak Peeks Day3

Yay!

Thank you for coming back today & for all your lovely comments yesterday :) Today I have the last 2  sneak peeks of two new stamp sets available on Saturday 9th September…

If you are loving the Background Block series as much as me, then you’e going to love this new addition!

Lastly, but by no means least is a new addition to the Background Builders series…

These 2 clear stamp sets are again BANG on trend like yesterday’s peek AND all of the peeks together make for a stellar release!

That’s all of the sneak peeks, which means tomorrow the Design Team and I will be back with the first of 3 introduction blog hops.

Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 3rd – 5th September, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 6th – 8th September, here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 9th September 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on the Sneak Peeks!

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September 2017 Sneak Peeks Day 2

Yay!

Thank you for coming back today & for all your lovely comments yesterday :) Today I have another sneak peek of a new stamp set…

This clear stamp set is BANG on trend! Can you guess the theme/trend? Just the one peek today, but I will be back tomorrow with the last 2 sneak peeks!

Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 3rd – 5th September, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 6th – 8th September, here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 9th September 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on the Sneak Peeks!

Hugs