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September 2017 Sneak Peeks Day 1

WhooHoo!

I know that many of you have been anxiously awaiting this release & apologies for the delay. It’s been a busy Summer for this mummy keeping the beans occupied, potty training in preparation for nursery in 9 days time! Plus we have been doing lots in the garden so the beans could play out and enjoy the nice weather when we have had some!

Anyway, back to why I am here and onto the first 2 of 5 sneak peeks. With the popularity of the Background Blocks Halftone clear stamp released in February and Background Blocks Doodle Flower & Horizontal Stripe in May I have this FUN Background Block joining the series…

I am having SO much fun designing these stamps and this one has tons of possibilities for all types of seasons and occasions. I can’t wait to show you how I have used it!

Todays second peek is of an addition to the Simply Said series, with a twist…

Ok, that’s all the peeks I have to share with you today, but I will be back tomorrow with sneak peek 3.

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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Un Accueil Chaleureux (A Warm Welcome)…

Hello & Happy Weekend!

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 “Less is More” Challenges!

So without further ado I would like you all to give Izzy from Izzy Scrap a warm welcome :)

Hi, I’m Izzy. For those who already know me, you know how much I love the Uniko stamps so when I received Bev’s email asking me if I’d like to join the DT, I was just over the moon and I am still now. I’m so proud and so very delighted to be joining the wonderful and creative Uniko Design Team. I live in Le Mans in France with my amazing lovely hubby and our two teenagers (16 and 13) plus our two cats. They are my first fervent supporters (the cats too !). I bought my first crafting supplies (1 rubber stamp, 3 embossing pens and 1 embossing powder, using my halogen lamp to heat emboss !) about 20 years ago to make my own Christmas cards ! But I really started to craft in 2010 when we were abroad. I started with scrapbooking but I rapidly switched to cards. When we came back to France, my husband and children urged me to make my own blog, that’s what I did in May 2016. Since then I enjoy making cards and visiting blogs where I find my inspiration. I’d like to think that my style is rather CAS and I try to find my own style. I’m so happy to belong to this community so rich of wonderful people, full of artists and I’m very thankful to be part of it. It’s a nice way to meet new friends and it’s a great experience !

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

Background Blocks – Horizontal Stripe & Fun Flowers

Pure Florals: Gerbera (Back In Stock Tuesday) and Happy Succulents

Pure Florals: Poinsettia & Background Builders: Christmas (Retired, but may make a reappearance this upcoming festive season!)

How fabulous are these? I am sure you’ll be as excited as myself to have Izzy 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 Izzy’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…

Welcome1Having seen one of the cards Izzy made, I was inspired to ink up Fun Flowers. I was also inspired by the current CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch seen HERE and below, specifically Hannelie’s card HERE too.

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To stamp the stripes I used both the ‘official’ side of the line stamp from Background Builders: Squared and the ‘unofficial’ reverse side of the stamp to achieve a thicker line. The ‘welcome’ sentiment is from Sweet Baby and I accentuated the flower with some Stampin’ Up! Enamel Dots.Welcome1aI also used the colours from this weeks CAS C0lours & Sketches challenge seen HERE and below.

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Thank you & welcome Izzy

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September 2017 Craft Stamper Magazine!

Hey!

Have you got your copy yet?! The September issue of Craft Stamper magazine went on sale yesterday. I was lucky enough to receive a copy in the mail earlier in the week and eager to see the Uniko feature. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed as I had already seen some of the Design Team projects. However, seeing them in print is a whole new perspective and DELIGHT :)

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Anyway, I shared some sneak peeks HERE the other day of the projects featured in the magazine and today I am back to share a few more sneak peeks at the projects featured over HERE on the Craft Stamper blog today!

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Head on over HERE to the Craft Stamper magazine blog for the full photos and details on all of the projects featured above!

If you would like to get a copy of the magazine, here’s some of the places you can get the magazine from August 4th…www.craftstamper.com to buy subscriptions, www.mags-uk.com for single print copies, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk Overseas subscriptions are available too!

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by :)

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Have You Joined Us?

Hey!

I’m here today with the Design Team and our two Guest Designers to remind you that there is still time to join in on the July/August 2017 Uniko challenge. I have changed the frequency and length of the challenges this year to hopefully give you a little more time to join in on the fun.

So this month we have the following challenge…

 This should be a really easy and popular theme and we’re so looking forward to seeing all your wonderful cards popping up in the gallery.

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 two Guest Designers – Cornelia the winner of Challenge #40 and Elaine the winner of Challenge #41. Both awesomely talented ladies who we are proud to have joining us for this new challenge.

Here are their wonderful creations…

Click HERE to see more from Cornelia

Click HERE to see more from Elaine

 

And here is some more inspiration from me…

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I’ve seen so many wonderful cards around social media using the Happy Succulents clear stamps AND it has been super popular in sales this past week, that I was inspired to ink my set up. On my card I have done some fussy cutting of the succulent flowers as I wanted the foliage to be stamped peeking from behind the stitched circle die cut.

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I used a combination of Prismacolor pencils and Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils (mainly because I only have 24 polychromos) to colour the flower and foliage. I added a tiny bit of sparkle and some enamel dots to finish the card off.

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 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 25th August 2017 (7.00pm EDT).

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Excited for Septembers Craft Stamper Magazine!

Hey!

I am super duper excited to share some sneaky peeks of some projects the Design Team and I have in a Uniko feature in the September issue of Craft Stamper magazine – whoop!

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I was beyond thrilled when Trish Latimer the Editor of Craft Stamper emailed me to see if Uniko along with the Design Team would be interested in making some projects for a feature in the magazine. As you can see, I did and my Design Team have been amazing and created SO many mixed media projects using Uniko products, that they couldn’t fit them all in the magazine feature! Fear not the extra ones will be on their blog 😉

Subscribers to the magazine will have probably received their copy through the mail by now, but those who want to grab a copy they will go on sale on Friday 4th August. I’ve attached some info as to how to purchase a copy online or get a subscription at the end of the post.

Anyway, how about a few sneaky peek photos at a few of the projects featured…

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These first two photos are of projects I created. I had a little bit of a theme going and I was also inspired by the current trend of pairing florals with geometrics. Can you spot my signature colour combo too?!

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This beautiful blue and turquoise card is by Jane, again bang on trend with pairing geometrics, this time with the butterfly from English Country Garden Butterflies.

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This project peek is one of Lindsey’s. Just look at the layering of stamped images and pretty colours. Can you name some of the sets Lindsey has used on the background?! If you can, tell me in the comments and I’ll pick a winner to receive one of the sets featured 😉

Next is another pretty English Country Garden Butterfly project, this time by Rahmat…

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Another beautiful pairing of the butterfly, this time with Pure Florals: Lily. Such pretty shades of pink, beautiful ink splatters and shiny sequins :)

There is a bit of a trend appearing, with another project featuring English Country Garden Butterflies. A firm favourite among the DT 😉 This is one of the projects by Sarah G. I love how Sarah has used the sentiment from the set in the background and the blues, turquoise and greens. Such fresh and happy colours.

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Lastly, but by no means least is this fabulous sneak peek by Sarah P…

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Another firm favourite of the myself and the DT is Originally Organic. It also seems pretty popular in store as again it is sold out! I will be getting a restock of this set along with others in the next couple of weeks 😉

I hope you have enjoyed this sneaky peek post and are now itching to get your hands on the magazine?! You definitely want to get a copy either physical or digital as there is a giveaway of some kind in the magazine, where you can win some Uniko clear stamps!

Here’s some of the places you can get the magazine from August 4th…www.craftstamper.com to buy subscriptions, www.mags-uk.com for single print copies, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk Overseas subscriptions are available too!

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by :)

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a BIG Thank You & Farewell…

Hey!

It’s another of those posts that I find hard to write and put all my feelings into. It is with sadness that  we at Uniko are saying farewell to another of our FABulous Design Team members Sarah Gray from Funky Fossil Designs.

Sarah has been a member of the Uniko DT since March 2015. For over 2 years I have had the honour and pleasure of having Sarah as part of the Uniko family. It seems longer than 2 years as before Sarah was a member of the DT, she was a regular customer too! Seeing the inspiration and creativity flow when Sarah works her magic with Uniko products is simply amazing.
A BIG thank you will never be enough to resonate my gratitude for all that Sarah has done for me and Uniko, she has truly been an inspiration to me and I am sure to all the Uniko customers old and new alike.

Over HERE is the start of the farewell hop & I have also shared a small selection of my favourite cards Sarah has made  whilst being on the DT. This was SO hard as I love each and every one that Sarah has made!!

So, we couldn’t let Sarah leave without giving her a little farewell send off, so the Design Team & I each made a card to share. This is what I have created…

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I opted for one of the Pure Florals: Gerbera flowers, as Sarah’s use of this clear stamp set WOWs me every time and decided to go ‘Rainbow’ style too and give my new Faber-Castell Polychromos another use!

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I’ve kept the design of my card pretty simple, using just the Background Blocks: Horizontal Stripe (vertically). I stamped it in Altenew Limestone ink, to let the colourful Gerbera take centre stage. I was wanting to add the ‘perfect’ thanks sentiment, but I really need to design the ‘perfect’ thank you set 😉 Instead I opted for a sentiment from Originally Organic Additions. I chose this particular sentiment as Sarah is a blessing and a wonderful friend.

I’m going to enter this in to the challenge over at AAA Cards too, as their current challenge HERE is rainbow.

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 That’s all I have to share creatively today, but be sure to follow the links below to see what the Design Team created.

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

THANK YOU Sarah for everything! You had been a blessing to Uniko and you WILL be truly missed by us all.

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CASology 5-Year Anniversary Celebration & Blog Hop!

Hey!

Today CASology is celebrating their 5 year Anniversary with a super FUN Blog Hop & Challenge, with PRIZES too! Uniko is super proud to be sponsoring the blog hop, along with many other fabulous companies & creative individuals. Thank you to Melissa at Inked Regards for running CASology & organising this wonderful event.

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Hopefully you have arrived from Maureen Merritt’s Blog Mama Mo Stamps, but if you’ve just popped by my blog you can start the Blog Hop HERE over at CASology, where the full list of participants can be found. Details & prize information is at the end of the post 😉

The theme of the Blog Hop and Challenge this week is Balloon…

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How about some inspiration using the cue word…
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Appropriately I reached for Uniko Balloon Bash clear stamp set and I always like to pair the balloons with some kind of background. For this card I decided upon Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe and a sentiment from Happy Succulents.
Having browsed a trend magazine last week, the ombré trend is sticking around a little longer and is such a fun technique/colour way for this striped background. Altenew cube inks are perfect in achieving an ombré colour effect too. I’ve had the blue collection for a while but it’s not one I reach for often, so decided to use them for this card.
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I used my MISTI tool for placement & stamping of the background, so I was able to achieve good solid lines by repeatedly inking and stamping. I then stamped the ‘happy’ sentiment and partial balloon string, so that my balloon would be anchored.
The balloon is stamped & fussy cut out, with a rather good covering of Clear Wink Of Stella. I opened a new pen and it kinda flowed out a little quick & too much! Oh well, you can never have too much sparkle! I added a few SU! Glitter Enamel Dots to finish the design off.
That’s all I have to share with you today and your next stop on the hop is Hannelie Bester from Desert Diva, who is sure to WOW you with her card!
Here are the details of the Blog Hop, Challenge & PRIZES!…

  • To be eligible for the sponsor prizes, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop list.  Winners will be selected randomly using random.org.
  • To be eligible for the CASology prize, participants must comment on all stops included on the hop + link up a BALLOON themed card to the gallery.  Winner will be selected randomly using random.org.
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 1.
Prizes:
CASology – $50 gift certificate to the online craft store of winner’s choice
Altenew – $30 gift certificate to the online store
Sprinkle Berry – details coming…
Avery Elle – $20 gift certificate to the online store
Cindy B Designs – $25 gift certificate to online craft store of winner’s choice
Concord & 9th – $25 gift certificate to the online store
DeNami Designs – $20 gift certificate to the online store
Lawn Fawn – $35 gift certificate to the online store
Neat & Tangled – $25 gift certificate to the online store
Poppystamps – $20 gift certificate to the online store
Precious Remembrance Shop – stamp set of winner’s choice
7 Kids College Fund – $20 store credit
STAMPlorations – $15 gift certificate to the online store
Sunny Studio – Color Me Happy set + matching Color Word Die
The Ton – $20 gift certificate (for The Ton brand stamps, dies, inks & gilding products)
Uniko Studio – and in stock clear stamp set of winner’s choice
Waffle Flower – $25 gift certificate to the online store
Your Next Stamp – $20 gift certificate to the online store
Thanks so much for stopping by & commenting, your comments are truly appreciated.
Happy Hopping!
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Uniko Challenge #42

Hey!

Welcome to the July/August 2017 Uniko challenge. I have changed the frequency and length of the challenges this year to hopefully give you a little more time to join in on the fun.

So this month we have the following challenge…

 This should be a really easy and popular theme and we’re so looking forward to seeing all your wonderful cards popping up in the gallery.

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 two Guest Designers – Cornelia the winner of Challenge #40 and Elaine the winner of Challenge #41. Both awesomely talented ladies who we are proud to have joining us for this new challenge.

Here’s Cornelia’s amazing card:

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

And here’s Elaine’s superb card:

 So gorgeous! You’ll be wanting to pop over to her blog HERE to leave her some love too.

This is what I came up with…

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I’d not used Beautiful Blooms II for a while, so I decided to ink the flowers & leaves up from that set, using some summery Altenew ink colours. I used all three of the flowers contained in the set for my little bouquet. When I had stamped & fussy cut the flowers and laid them onto my card I decided they needed a little ‘backdrop’ to sit against. So I reached for the recently restocked and popular Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe, using it as a vertical stripe instead across my landscape card. The sentiment is from Happy Succulents (also NOW back in stock) and I added more interest by stamping the ‘birthday’ part on a small strip of white card and adhering with foam adhesive. A trio of Stampin’ Up! enamel dots finished it off nicely!

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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 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 25th August 2017 (7.00pm EDT).

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July 2017 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey!

It’s time for another Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

I know theoretically July should be a release month, but earlier in the year I mentioned that I was aiming to take some of the stress of releases away a little, I have delayed it until August, it’ll be a good one – promise!  Anyway, the Design Team and I are here today to revisit and give some fresh inky love to a previously released clear stamp set.

This month I decided to dust off and revisit the previously released Marvellous Mehndi

As usual I have picked a couple of my ‘old’ favourites using this set and I am sharing them over HERE at the start of the hop. I’ve had so much fun creating cards using this set, it really does have a wealth of possibilities. Here’s how I used it today…

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I’ve had these Gansai Tambi Starry Watercolours for AGES and I think I’ve only used them once since I got them nearly year ago *hangs head in shame*.  Anyway, I had the idea of using them with the large mandala from the set for a couple of weeks now and I really wanted to try them out on some black card stock too. So that’s how this card came about!

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I stamped the mandala in VersaMark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. I then used all of the colours from the Gansai Tambi Starry Watercolours collection to colour them in. This was seriously therapeutic and I just LOVE the sparkle! I added a die cut congrats sentiment from Stampin’ Up! and some gold nail heads to finish the card off.

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I have a little sneaky peek of another card I will be sharing HERE (at 1pm GMT) for this weeks CAS Colour & Sketches DT post. I had so much fun I couldn’t resist using almost all the same supplies!

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I hope I have inspired you with my project today, but now it’s time to hand you over to the Uniko Design Team….

AND don’t forget to comment along the Design Team blogs to be in the chance of winning the Marvellous Mehndi Or a £10 eGift Certificate if you already own the prize! You have until Midnight GMT 18th July to get your comments in.

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 P

Thank you for stopping by and hopping along with us today.

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Uniko Sponsors the 2017 Summer 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 23rd June – Friday 30th June

The winner of the Uniko prize will receive an £15 eGift Certificate to spend in store.

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 Summer themed tea card…

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When I think of Summer at the moment I instantly think of Tropical beaches, florals and colours. Hence my pairing of I LOVE Tea with Paradise.

I was inspired by the current challenge over at AAA cardsHERE, which is to use the emboss resist technique. I used the outline Hibiscus flower and solid leaves from Paradise clear stamp set, stamping them in VersaMark ink and heat embossing in clear EP. I then applied my favourite distress inks.

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The tea cup was stamped with the solid Hibiscus flower and leaves before I fussy cut it out. The sentiment is also from I LOVE Tea and I added some Stampin’ Up! Glitter Enamel Dots to finish the design off :)

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That’s all I have to share here, but I have another project that I am entering into the challenge HERE! I’d love you to check it out 😉

Anyway, before I go today, how about another PRIZE?! 

Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) June 30th and I will select one lucky comment to receive the Uniko I LOVE Tea AND Paradise clear stamp sets. If the winner owns any of the products above an alternative choice of an in stock stamp set to the same value will be offered.

*Edited to Add the WINNER of my Blog Candy… Malini C.  Congratulations!

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