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To BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop

Hey!

Today I am super excited to have been invited and to take part in a wonderful blog hop organised by Milka from Crafty Milka.

The purpose of the blog hope is to support Bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products. It is also in support of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association that May 20th be declared as World Bee Day by the United Nations (UN).

There are 14 fantastic companies and artists supporting the blog hop with their incredible generosity, which includes myself Uniko :)

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All the prize information can be found HERE at the start of the hop and to be in with a chance of winning one of the 14 prizes, simply comment along each stop of the hop!

Now for some creative inspiration…

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With not owning any bee stamps :( I knew I had to BEE creative with my card! The recently released Background Block Horizontal Stripe was perfect for the idea I had envisioned and the result is what you see above.

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I selectively inked alternate stripes first in black ink and then in yellow ink, using my MISTI tool to keep the stamp and card stock all lined up. The bee is a free hand drawing I did myself, which I fussy cut out and adhered to the card using foam adhesive. I also gave the bee a lovely coating of clear Wink Of Stella.

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The sentiment is from the recently released Happy Succulents clear stamp set and fussy cut out and adhered with foam adhesive too. I then drew in some little lines to give the bee some movement and as I couldn’t find a white gel pen to draw the lines in over the black stripes I improvised and added some mini sparkly rhinestones!

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I hope you have enjoyed my little creative offering for the hop?! If you have missed the start of the hop you can begin HERE at Milka’s blog. If you are on track your next stop is Amy Tsuruta HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by and HAPPY HOPPING!

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Uniko Challenge #41

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Welcome to the May/June 2017 Uniko challenge, this month HERE we have the following challenge…

Cards for men are always a bit tricky and there’s Father’s Day coming very soon so we thought this theme would be a good opportunity to get some male themed cards into your stash.

 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 #39 the awesomely talented Hannelie joining us as our Guest Designer.

Here’s her amazing card:

Fabulous isn’t it? Love how she’s used Uniko stamps in such a unique way. Be sure to pop on over to her blog HERE and leave her some love.

This is what I came up with…

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Uniko Explosion! and Explosion! Additions clear stamp sets are perfect for creating Masculine cards and with the images and bold sentiments making a card with them is a breeze. Even more so when your creative energy and motivation in general has disappeared like mine seems to have!

As I knew what stamps I was wanting to use I turned to one of my favourite sketch challenges to help spark a little more creativity, Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

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My colour scheme was fairly easy to come up with, as I had recently purchased some blue shades of Altenew inks and they needed a test drive! I started out by stamping the halftone explosion in Ocean Waves and then sliced the stamped layer as seen in the sketch.

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Then I stamped the explosion onto a separate piece of white card using Altenew Dusk ink and fussy cut it out. I added a little dimension to both the explosion and the BAM! sentiment and added a little bit of clear Wink of Stella for a little interest and subtle sparkle.

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That’s all from me, I hope I have inspired you to join in?! If you need a little more inspiration please hop on over HERE to see what the Design Team have created.

 

AND just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes. As I said at the beginning of the post, 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 23rd June 2017 (7.00pm EDT).

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May 2017 Release, Reveal & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Welcome to the Uniko May 2017 Reveal, Release & GIVEAWAY!

What a week huh?! Are you ready for the finale? I sure am and I am raring to go and set at Happy Stampers Festival too!

Anyway, today I am here with the help of the awesome design team to introduce you to the FOUR clear stamp sets available to purchase HERE now!

Let’s have a look at them…

Background Blocks Doodle Flower £4 / £4.95

Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe £4 / £4.95

Happy Succulents £9 / £9.95

Pure Florals: Lily £15 / £15.95

Now I have done all the formal introductions, the Design Team and I have an AMAZING blog hop for you to enjoy.

Here is my tiny bit of inspiration…

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First up I have a zesty green Happy Succulent card to share! I started out by using my four new mini Altenew inks and Clarity Stencil Brushes to create an ombre background. The smaller images from the clear stamp set are then stamped and heat embossed in Cosmic Shimmer White EP.

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I’ve one last card to share with you before I had you over to the AMAZING design team who have out done themselves and me again with the superb quality and workmanship with their creations!

I decided to use Happy Succulents again and this time I paired it with Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe. I went for a much softer pastel colour palette to create a wedding card.

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My colours were inspired by the current Color Throwdown challenge colours seen HERE and below, so soft and pretty.

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Again I used Altenew inks, using my MISTI to stamp the images. The main succulent bouquet is fussy cut and doused lovingly with clear Wink Of Stella!

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That’s all from me just now, be sure to hop along the links below and be sure to leave a comment along the way for your chance to WIN the ENTIRE release, plus a couple of extras! A winner will be picked at random from all the comments left along the hop before Midnight Saturday 14th May GMT.

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

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 G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

I really hope you have enjoyed all the wonderful inspiration this week. Thank you for all the lovely comments, they are all appreciated.

Happy hopping & shopping!!

Introducing… Pure Florals: Lily

YAY!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the May product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks at the 4 clear stamp sets being released and NOW it is time for the Design Team and I to introduce them to you.

On Wednesday HERE we introduced 2 new Background Block clear stamps and yesterday HERE we introduced a new clear stamp set called Happy Succulents. Be sure to pop by and hop along with the team!

Today we are introducing an addition to the Pure Florals clear stamp set range, Pure Florals: Lily and I have shared a little bit about the designing of this set over HERE at the start of the hop.

With that I have a couple of cards to share using the set…

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For this first card I wanted a bright, cheery rainbow background! I started by stamping and masking off the 3 lilies and then used my distress inks and Clarity Stencil Brushes to create the background. I then added a sentiment from Originally Organic and used my PrismaColour Pencils to add a little colour and depth to the flowers.
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I’ve one more card to share before I hand you over to the design team and prepare to be WOWed by them, they really have worked wonders with this set and I am jealous of all their colouring skills!
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Again I reached for my ink blending tools, something I didn’t think I would do very often and here we are two cards in a row! This time I used Altenew inks and applied them ink a circular motion so the colours radiated from the centre of the Lily.
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I stamped the same full Lily onto my base card and created a mat layer using a MFT stitched die. The sentiment is a mix from Pure Florals: Lily and Simply Said.
Ok, that’s all from me, but be sure to hop along the rest of the design team via the links below…

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

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 G

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 have introduced this week will be available HERE for you to purchase TOMORROW Saturday 6th May at 9am GMT.

They will also be available to purchase at Happy Stampers Festival if you are attending! I look forward to seeing you if you are and I will also be demoing the new release along with some of my favourites 😉

Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 1 & 2nd May, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store.
Introducing 3rd -5th May, 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 6th May 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 this new clear stamp set :)

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Introducing… Happy Succulents

YAY!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by again today, as here at Uniko preparations for the May product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks at the 4 clear stamp sets being released and NOW it is time for the Design Team and I to introduce them to you.

Yesterday HERE we introduced 2 new Background Block clear stamps, be sure to pop by and hop along with the team!

Today we are introducing a clear stamp set called Happy Succulents and I have begun the introductions over HERE at the start of the hop!

I’ve one more card to share with you today using this set…

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This time I stamped the succulent bouquet in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then heat embossed it in Stardust EP. I then used my Copic markers to colour the outline succulent and foliage.

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I then die cut a rectangular frame from black CS and adhered it to the card base before stamping the ‘happy’ three times using my MISTI tool for perfect placement. The ‘Sending You Lots Of’ sentiment is also from the set. I adhered the fussy cut bouquet with foam adhesive and then finished the card off with more enamel dots. Can you tell they are a favourite of mine at the moment?!

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That’s all I have to share today using the set, but be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs below 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 Jane
CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey
CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat
CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

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 6th May at 9am GMT.
Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 1 & 2nd May, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store.
Introducing 3rd -5th May, 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 6th May 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 Doodle Flower & Horizontal Stripe

YAY!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the May product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks at the 4 clear stamp sets being released and NOW it is time for the Design Team and I to introduce them to you.

Starting over HERE, myself and my AWESOME Design Team are introducing TWO clear stamp sets, Background Blocks Doodle Flower & Horizontal Stripe. These two sets have so many fun possibilities and can be used and paired with all sorts of stamps and paper crafting goodies.
With doing an individual card for each stamp over at the start of the hop, I decided to show how these two background stamps can be combined…

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First up a rainbow card, who doesn’t love a colourful rainbow?!  Now, I have to say that the MISTI tool comes in very VERY handy for multi coloured stamping AND for perfect placement of the doodle flower stamp over the top!
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The rainbow of stripes is stamped using Lawn Fawn inks and the doodle flower is stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I added a sentiment from Simply Said and some Stampin’ Up! heart shape enamel embellishments to 3 of the larger flowers.
I’ve one more card to share using both the stamps, both in a selective stamping way…
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Again I used my MISTI tool to stamp the horizontal stripes and this time I selectively inked just 3 of the stripes in VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with Gold EP.
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The stripes are then embellished with Lawn Fawn Merman doodle flowers, Stampin’ Up! Enamel dots and a sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #6.
Ok, that’s all I have to share today using these two new stamps and hopefully I have inspired you a little as to how they can be used! Now I am handing you over to the Design Team and you WILL be inspired with how they have all used the stamps. Be sure to comment along the hop, as you might just be chosen for a random release day prize!

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

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 G

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 6th May at 9am GMT.
Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 1 & 2nd May, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store.
Introducing 3rd -5th May, 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 6th May 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 :)

Hugs

May 2017 Sneak Peeks Day 2!

Welcome back to day 2 of the May 2017 Release Sneak Peeks! I hope you enjoyed the 2 peeks that I shared HERE yesterday and thank you to those who left such lovely comments :)

Let’s see what I have today…

First up I have a peek at a trending themed clear stamp set, which is also designed in a similar style to the Originally Organic clear stamps 😉

Lastly I have a peek at a new addition to the Pure Florals range…

That’s all of the peeks I have to share with you for this release, you will get to see more of this set in use by the DT and myself in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Myself and the Design Team will be back tomorrow with our first introductions  – YAY!

Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 1 & 2nd May, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store.
Introducing 3rd -5th May, 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 6th May 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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May 2017 Sneak Peeks!

WhooHoo!

Not only is today Hubby’s birthday and a Bank Holiday here in the UK, it is also the day I get to show you a couple of the ‘official’ sneak peeks for the May 2017 Release.

Thank you for your patience in waiting for this release, I know many of you have been waiting for it! I decided to time it to coincide with Happy Stampers Festival, which is on Saturday – YAY!

With the popularity of the Background Blocks Halftone clear stamp released in February, I have another two joining the series! These are todays peeks…

Both of these are SO fun and I can’t wait to show you some of the possibilities they hold. Be sure to pop back on Wednesday 3rd May, when myself and the DT get to introduce you to these two stamps :)

You will get to see more of this set in use by the DT and myself in the coming days, so stay tuned! I will be back tomorrow with more Sneak Peeks to share with you, hope to see you then :)

Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 1 & 2nd May, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!
Introducing 3rd -5th May, 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 6th May 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

HAPPY Shadows

Hey & Happy Holiday Weekend!

Yep, it’s May Day weekend here in the UK, which means we get tomorrow as an extra day to our weekend! As it is hubby’s birthday tomorrow too, we have come away for a little family getaway and our first taking the beans anywhere overnight!

We are staying in Wrexham ‘just’ in North Wales (also hubby & the beans first time to Wales) and then we are off to Chester Zoo tomorrow, I can’t wait and it’s already been a wonderful adventure with memories to treasure :)

Anyway, last night I had a little time to create and made this card to share with you…

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This is an idea I have been wanting to get on to a card for ages now, but never got round to actually doing. That was until I saw the new challenge HERE over at “Less is More”.

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This week the challenge is shadow and it was the perfect time to test out my shadow stamping with the large HAPPY from All Occasion Sentiments #2.

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Having a MISTI tool is perfect for this technique and makes lining up & stamping the sentiment and images a breeze! I started by stamping the HAPPY in Altenew Parrot Ink and then off setting the HAPPY slightly and stamping in VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

I repeated the process with the solid square from Background Builders: Squared which will be back in stock on Tuesday – YAY!

Ok, that’s all I have to share for today, I must make the most of an early night away and get some much needed beauty sleep 😉 I will be back tomorrow though with the first of the Uniko May Release Sneak Peeks!

Until then, thanks for stopping by!

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Uniko Sponsors CASology!

Hey!

Wow… I made it back, second evening in a row! Plus, as you can see by the title of the post I have some happy news to share, in that Uniko is super proud to be sponsoring the challenge over at CASology HERE this week.

Week 246 - Season

The theme for this weeks challenge is Season and there lots of different ways you can interpret this cue word.

This is how I was inspired…

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Another of the recent restocks in the Uniko store is Decorative Doilies The Hands Of Time, an oldie set but definitely a goodie! So I decided to literally dust my set off and give it some fresh inky love.

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I had Spring in mind for my chosen season and so I chose some soft pastel colours to stamp the four smallest doilies from the set. I used Altenew Buttercream, Mountain Mist and Rose Quartz along with Lawn Fawn Manatee. I added a couple of stamped doilies in VersaFine Onyx Black to balance the sentiment from Originally Organic. The stamped trio of dots is from Balloon Bash and I added a trio of Stampin’ Up! enamel dots to add a little subtle dimension and interest.

I hope I have inspired you to join in on the fun? If you need a little more incentive the CASology Design Team have a wonderful array of seasonal inspiration over HERE too. You will also find the link up and prize info over there too 😉

I hope to see you in the gallery!

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