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Uniko Challenge Reminder #68 – Celebrate + Optional Twist Reds & Greens

Hey & Happy Friday!

I’m back today to remind you that there is still time to join in on our current challenge…

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 😉

We’re delighted to welcome back Vicky as our Guest Designer and she has cleverly remembered that New Year is also an upcoming celebration.

How beautiful is her card featuring Floral Vines! I really hope you have time to pop over to her blog and leave her a lovely comment – HERE.

I’m still in full on Christmas mode, I need to sit down this weekend and write my cards and get some in the mail! As usual I think I am super organised, when really I am not – haha!

I dusted off Rustic Christmas for my card today. I can’t believe this is my first time inking it up this festive season.

I kept my design super simple as I might just need another quick mass produceable card for those last minute makes 😉 I added some little red heart embellishments and a sentiment from Christmas Sentiments.

Be sure to check out all the Brand Ambassador inspiration HERE. You will also find the link up to the challenge and all the prize details.

Crafty Hugs

Uniko Challenge #68 – Celebrate + Optional Twist Reds & Greens

Hello & Happy Friday!

Welcome to the November/December 2021 Uniko Challenge. This time we have the super simple theme of Celebrate, with an Optional Twist of using Reds & Greens.

For this challenge we are delighted to welcome Vicky as our Guest Designer.  

How awesome do Vicky’s reds and greens look? Be sure to pop over to her blog and tell her how much you love her card – HERE.

As usual the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have an inspirational selection of creations to show you. And albeit late to the party, I have a couple of cards to share too…

I’ve been wanting to ink up the Stencil – Christmas Pop for a while now and it seemed perfect to ink it up for this challenge. I started with a simple design and opted to use the stripe Christmas tree design.

I started with a set of 4 shades of green ink to create an ombre effect. I then applied Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel through the stencil to add some sparkle. My chosen sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks.

For my second card today I opted for another simple design to create a square card…

This time I opted for the solid Christmas tree and created a focal point using three shades of green and altering the level of the tree to create some interest.

This time I added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas which I have adhered using foam adhesive.

So, are you ready to play?

Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes

THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £15 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £5 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 eGift Certificate
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

There is plenty of time to join and play along with this challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 31st December 2021.
Crafty Hugs,

Uniko Sponsors the Fall/Winter 2021 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello & Happy Friday!

Friday 12 – 19th November 2021


The winner of the Uniko prize will be able to choose an in stock clear stamp set (any value) from the Uniko Website. There is also a Flash Prize up for grabs AND for the duration of the hop ALL coffee & tea themed products are 10% off on the SALE page 😊


Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Spring/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 Carmakers Blog HERE.


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

I’ve been off my creative game this week, so I opted for some sketch inspiration from the girls over at Freshly Made Sketches for my layout. You can it below and HERE.

I used Block Party Coffee Love stamp for my background sentiment focus which I trimmed and framed with a die cut. I then simply embellished the frame with the coffee cup from I LOVE Coffee.

As you can see I opted for some fresh muted tones of Mango Root, Espresso, Kraft and White.

This is always such a fun event in blog land and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful creations.

Before I go I have one more GIVEAWAY for a lucky commenter on this post! The lucky person will WIN a Uniko Coffee / Tea and Winter product bundle! Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) 19th November 2021, to be in the chance of winning!

Crafty Hugs 

NEW Month, NEW Stencils, Giveaway AND an Offer!

Hello! 

Happy Monday and happy November 😊 What a lovely end to October at the weekend with the Stamping Together Festival. It was strange, but super lovely to be back at the show after two years. Seeing new and familiar faces and sharing our love and passion for paper crafts and stamping.

On Saturday I shared this peek on Instagram of two NEW stencil designs I took to the show. I was intending on releasing them yesterday on the website, but exhaustion from the weekend caught up with me. AND the Beans were super excited about Halloween 😂

Anyway, I am excited they are now available on the website HERE. So let’s have a look at the newness with a formal introduction and some samples…

First up is the next addition to the Flower Power series of stencils and Flower Power #5. I am loving the larger size of these modern florals and they definitely breathe new life into the stamps too. 

Then we have Mid Century Modern Shapes. This stencil is the next product in my love for all things Mid Century Modern. I have more up my sleeve that will be coming soon 😉 but for now this is a fun addition to the previously released Mid Century Modern stencils and stamps.

So, now I have done the ‘formal’ introduction to these two beauties, how about some creative inspiration as to how I have used them…
First up some flower power…

For this first card I kept things really simple. I love offsetting these larger blooms off the edge of a standard size card. I love how it draws focus. 

I used Concord & 9th inks in Buttercup, Marmalade and Honeysuckle to blend through the stencil and added a simple sentiment from Simply Said Blocks and Simply Said Blocks III.

For my second card using this stencil I revisited a technique I’ve used before. Creating a ghost outline by inking through with white pigment ink first. Then removing the stencil and offsetting before inking with your chosen colours. 

It creates this lovely shadow effect. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry. Added a sentiment from Floral Vines (back in stock 22nd November) and some clear Nuvo Drops.

Then I had some fun with the Mid Century Modern Shapes and combined it with a few stamps from the collection, that will be back in stock 22nd November.

For this first card I layered two of the same shape to create a base for my focal point using two shades of pink from Altenew, Pink Diamond and Pinkalicious.

I then created a mask of the smaller shape I had used, rotated the stencil and placed the mask inside the large shape to create a framed image. I accented this with some explosions from Mid Century Modern Florals and a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks. 

Lastly for today I created a super CAS masculine congrats card. Again I used a masking technique with another of the shapes to create this fun design.

I love this starburst / explosion image, which you can also find in Kindness Blooms 😉 and again added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

So what do you think? Which is your favourite?


I do hope you like these two new additions to the Uniko Stencil line up 😊  So how about a GIVEAWAY?! 


Simply leave a comment on this post or HERE on the Uniko Blogspot post (or both) for your chance to win these two new stencils plus 1 of your choice from the store. You have until midnight GMT Sunday 7th November 2021 to comment. 


Now, that’s not all for today. I have a Stencil Offer from NOW until 5pm Friday 5th November.

Visit the Stencil section on the website HERE 😊 

Crafty Hugs 

September/October 2021 Reveal, Release & Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Yay 🎉 it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!

Finally I have introduced you to the 3 new stamp sets and the new stencil in their entirety. They are all available to purchase HERE on the website now. AND we have our usual Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where I have formally done the above and you will find the full hop list.

So let’s get to the fun stuff and see what I have created for today!

First up is another card using yesterdays introduction, Pattern Building Christmas Tree. As you can see I couldn’t resist pairing it with the previously released Background Blocks Scandinavian Christmas .

A little more busy than my usual CAS style, but I think these products pair nicely together. Lots of fussy cutting on this card, but I think the results are totally worth it.

Next today I have another card using Pattern Building Christmas Tree, but I used one of the stamps to create a fun frame.

Unfortunately I can’t say that I came up with this idea though. It was Sam Squires from the Funky Fossil Design Team who inspired me to create a frame. Sam used this stamp set for our Instahop collaboration HERE. BTW, there is still time to hop along and be in the chance of winning.

For my card I added a sentiment from Christmas Wishes and embellished with some holly leaves and berries from Winter Foliage.

I have one last card to share today and again I have used Pattern Building Christmas Tree! This time I decided to pair it with another old favourite, Peace On Earth.

I created a similar card for the Funky Fossil Instahop collaboration and I used their birds to hold the string. So I couldn’t resist remaking the card, but with Uniko birds.

That’s all I have to share for now, but I will be back with more this week. Have fun on the hop, don’t forget to comment along the way to be in the chance of winning. You have until Midnight BST Sunday 10th October.

Thank you for all your comments and support of the release this week.

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Pattern Building Christmas Tree

Hello!

Happy Saturday and Happy World Card Making Day 😊 

I am so glad you come back today as we introduce the last of the September / October 2021 Release product. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing another new and super fun stamp set, Pattern Building Christmas Tree.

I am delighted to be bringing you this fun concept stamp set which incorporates my love of pattern. Fingers crosse you love it as much as I do!

Lets have a look at it in action…

The idea behind this stamp set is that you can ‘build’ your Christmas Tree using all or a variety of the patterns and toppers contained in the set. There is of course the option of using and combining previously released Uniko sentiments and pattern style stamps.

Here I have used just a selection of the building strips to create this fun pattern Christmas Tree with incorporated sentiment. The colours, the combinations and ways of stamping add to the variety and fun of this set.

I added a little bit of glitter in places to bring a little more festivity to the card.

For my next card today I went for a similar stamping style, but instead I decided to stamp and emboss my tree white onto Navy card stock.

I also added some snowfall from Background Builders: Winter Wonderland above and below my Christmas Tree.

For my last card today using this clear stamp set I wanted to show how it could possibly be used all year round and not just for Christmas.

A fun rainbow birthday card! Honestly I had so much fun stamping this rainbow of pattern. I’ve then simply added it to my card base on a angle for added interest and finished with a sentiment from Floral Vines and some Nuvo Drops.

I had so much fun creating with this stamp set and all the release for that matter, but I will be sharing more tomorrow in our traditional Reveal, Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

I do hop you will stop by tomorrow and join in on the fun.

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Stencil – Flower Power #1

Welcome Back to day 3 of the Sept/Oct 2021 Release product introductions. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing a new stencil, Flower Power #1.

I am delighted to be adding to the Flower Power Stencil line up. The ways the Brand Ambassadors have used this stencil is genius and inspiring, so be sure to hop along with us.

All the products will be available for purchase on Sunday 3rd October at 9am BST. 

Okay, lets get to the good stuff…

This flower has always reminded me of a Poinsettia, so it was only right that I created a modern poinsettia Christmas card.

It took a bit of time to mask the petals in order to be able to add the bottom green layer, but the results were totally worth it!

For the small dots in the centre of the flower I used a stamp from Flower Power #5. You could easily draw them in with a fine liner if you don’t have the stamp. The sentiment is from the new Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set we introduced yesterday.

For my second card today I had to go rainbow…

The masking for this was easier! And doesn’t it look delightful in a rainbow of colours? I used my Concord & 9th inks for this. Again I added the same stamped dots to the centre.

The sentiment is from Floral Vines and I finished off with a trio of Gloss White Nuvo Drops.

If you’ve not seen my earlier post for the Uniko Challenge reminder, be sure to check it out HERE. I have made a third card using this stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the lovely comments.

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Challenge Reminder #67 – Anything Goes + optional twist Autumn Colours

Hello & Happy Friday!

Today I am popping in first with a reminder card that there is still time to join in on the current Uniko Challenge. Though my card ties into my next blog post shortly with the next of the Sept/Oct 2021 Release product introductions 😉

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 😉

Here’s what I was inspired to make…

I opted for some beautiful warm autumnal colours for my card and using a kraft card base really helps to radiate the warmth. I couldn’t resist using our new Stencil – Flower Power #1 which we are introducing on the blog today.

`It’s fun having these large scale modern flowers and they really do make for a quick card with impact. I used Distress Oxide inks as I think they keep their colour lovely on kraft and coloured card stock. The colours of the flower are Fossilised Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo.

The sentiment I have chosen is from Floral Vines and embossed in white onto a block of brown card. I added a strip of the same colour down the edge of my stencilled mat layer too. I think this adds a little more interest to the overall design.

Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.

THE PRIZES

Main Winner Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors – £15 eGift CertificateRandom Twist Winner – £5 eGift CertificateRandom Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 eGift CertificateTop 3 Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

There is plenty of time to join and play along with this challenge.The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 22nd October 2021. I look forward to seeing you in the gallery HERE.


Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Christmas Sentiments

Hello & Happy Thursday! 

I am so glad you come back today as we continue the September / October 2021 Release product introductions. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing Christmas Sentiments. 

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where you will find all the links to the Brand Ambassador blogs.

It’s no secret that I have had a crush on this font style for some time now – haha! So it was necessary to use it for a festive sentiment set, because lets face it, you can never have too many sentiment clear stamp sets!

It’s always a bit of a challenge to showcase a sentiment set, but it is also a good opportunity to use the sentiments and combine them with some of your favourite festive products.

As you can see, for my first card I have paired 4 of the mix and match sentiments with the Stencil – Winter Foliage.

For this I have simply applied white embossing paste through the stencil onto a white card base. I have then stamped and embossed the sentiments in white onto small scraps of coloured card. So fun and pretty quick to make.

For my second card today I decided to use the ‘Let it Snow’ sentiment and paired it with a long time favourite, Stunning Snowflakes.

Some simple repeat stamping of the sentiment and some sparkly embossed snowflakes – be still my snowflake loving heart!

That’s all I have to share with you today using these sentiment, but you will see more of them this week and this festive season.

Thanks for stopping by. Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Background Builders Winter Wonderland

Hello & Happy Wednesday! 

I am so glad you have popped by today as it is the first of the September / October 2021 Release product introductions. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have an inspiring blog hop and we are introducing Background Builders: Winter Wonderland.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the hop and you will find all the links to the Brand Ambassador blogs.

Here is what I’ve created using this new stamp set…

For my first card using this set I wanted to create a wintery night time scene. I started with a circle stencil mask I created from copy paper. I then ink blended Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire with a little Black Soot around the top edges.

I then stamped the winter stag & tree image in black and the snowfall image in white. I added a few more snow drops using a white gel pen. The sentiment is from another new set we will be introducing this week. I finished the card off with a trio of tiny snowflakes from the Winter Wonderland set and added some gems.

For my second card today I went clean and simple with a modern and non traditional colour way. Spot my mistake of a back to front rainbow!

For this card I created template to cut the sentiment mat layer with a matching curve. I then followed the curve of the scene stamp to place and selectively stamp the sentiment.

I added the snowflake detail stamp to the top in a light grey ink to finish the card off.

Lastly today I went with a rustic Scandi feel and created an all over pattern using 3 of the 4 building stamps.

I added all 3 stamps to a large block, inked and stamped with VersaMark so that I could emboss with WOW! Opaque Bright White EP. I foam mounted the panel onto a matching Kraft card base.

A fairly quick and mass produceable design.

That’s all from me today, be sure to pop back tomorrow for the next of the product introductions.
Crafty Hugs 

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