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CASology 5-Year Anniversary Celebration & Blog Hop!

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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 ūüėČ

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

Week 259 - Balloon

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 ombr√© 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 ombr√© 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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Introducing… Block Party Birthday

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I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the February & 5th Birthday 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 starting over HERE we are introducing a new to Uniko style of stamp called Block Party. The first stamp in this series is appropriately named Block Party Birthday.
I was having a ball with this stamp set over the weekend and made a few cards to share with you. I seem to have gone down more of a masculine route too with the colours and styles. This stamp also lent itself to me stepping away from my usual CAS style for more of a mix media styled cards…
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First up I decided to go for a chalkboard effect (looks like I wasn’t the only one). I started by stamping the image twice (using the MISTI tool) with VersaMark ink. I then heat embossed it with Cosmic Shimmer Detail True White EP. I then ran my white ink pad down all four sides of the one layer card and I also brushed some white ink across the panel to achieve a dustier/slightly distress look.

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Next I was inspired by DT member Deborah’s inspiration post HERE and FINALLY dusted off my Brusho’s! These have been stored away for over 6 years, I last used them at Uni! Anyway, this is the result…

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I started with an A5 piece of watercolour card and I used a large brush to cover the paper with water. I then chose a selection of Brusho colours, Lime Green, Ost. Blue, Crimson and Violet and using a smaller brush I simply lightly flicked the colour onto the paper and let the water work the magic. After I added all the colours I did go back a flick some more water randomly to make some of the colours mix better.

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After leaving it to completely dry I again used my MISTI to stamp the image in VersaFine Onyx Black ink a few times to get a crisp image. I am super pleased with how this turned out and will definitely be using them again soon ūüėČ

Lastly I decided to go for another rainbow card…

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For this one I dusted off my Mini Distress Inks and simply inked the stamp up yellow to turquoise and letting the colours overlap. So quick, easy and a multitude of colour options!

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{CLICK Photo for a Closer Look}Now, be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs via the links 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 Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

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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 four others we are introducing this week will be available HERE for you to purchase on Saturday 25th February at 9am GMT.
Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 18th Р19th Feb, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!
Introducing 20th Р24th Feb, 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 25th February 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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Happy 5th Birthday Uniko!

Happy Birthday Uniko!

Today we are celebrating Uniko’s 5th Birthday.¬†I can’t quite believe that Uniko has made it this far! What an amazing 5 years it has been…¬†

Since I began this adventure back in 2012 awesome life events have taken place. From getting married in Hawaii in Sept 2013 to having twins in Sept 2014 and moving house in Feb 2015! Many of you have been with me since the beginning and have been a part of these along with being truly valued customers and supporters of myself and Uniko.

THANK YOU

Without you Uniko wouldn’t be celebrating today, so to show my appreciation I am¬†offering¬†FREE Worldwide Shipping, this weekend!

Usually by now, I would have shared sneak peeks, introduced new products and had a release blog hop today and every other 11th of the month.


This year I have decided to take the pressure off¬†myself¬†a little bit by not having a ‘set’ schedule for new releases. Being a full time mummy to 2 two and a half year olds has enough stresses of it’s own!¬†


So, instead we have a Birthday Linky Party! 


All you need to do is create a birthday card and link it up HERE via the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post.  

The Design Team and I have got the party started and created some birthday cards to inspire you. Be sure to stop on by the blogs via the links and leave some LOVE :)

Here is what I created…

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I decided to break out some NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff), some mini distress inks that I bought a few weeks ago to create a ink blended panel. The layout of my card was inspired by the new CAS(E) this Sketch! seen HERE and below.

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I then dusted off a trio of Uniko clear stamps, All Occasion Sentiments #2 for the large HAPPY. Simply Said Birthday for the small BIRTHDAY and Balloon Bash for the balloon and string.

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I used my MISTI for placement of the sentiment and also the balloon string. The balloon is stamped in Hero Arts Mint to Green ombre ink and dusted with clear Wink Of Stella for some added sparkle :)

Be sure to hop on over to the Design Team Blogs for lots more birthday 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

Now, it wouldn’t be a party without prizes, right?¬†
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – FULL Feb 2017 Release Stamps
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner –¬†¬£25 eGift Certificate¬†
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – In¬†Stock ¬£4 Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
You’ve got plenty of time to join in, the deadline for submission is Midnight GMT Friday 10th March 2017. Winners will be announced Friday 17th March 2017.
Thank you for stopping by today and for joining in on the Uniko Birthday Celebrations!

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Supplies:-

Uniko Clear Stamps All Occasion Sentiments #2, Balloon Bash and Simply Said Birthday

Ink: Mini Distress Inks Scatted Straw, Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Evergreen Bough and VersaFine Onyx Black

Card: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White

Accessories: MISTI, Clear Wink Of Stella and Foam Adhesive.

Uniko Challenge #32 Reminder

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I’m back today (rather late than the rest of the DT, sorry) to remind you that there is still time to join in on the Uniko May¬†challenge¬†HERE.¬†¬†This month to spark your creativity we have a masculine challenge with the option of Fathers Day…

¬†You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. ¬†And, if you do use Uniko, there’s an extra chance to win a prize. There is also an extra chance to win if you TWIST with us too ūüėČ

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!

This month we have another super Guest Designer joining us this month, Tanja from Little Art Cottage.

Hi there,¬†my name is Tanja and I live in Germany with my wonderful husband, two children and three cats. I am addicted to stamping and paper crafting for a while now and I decided to start my own blog¬†www.littleartcottage.blogspot.com¬†in February 2014. I love to find new ways to use my supplies and try new techniques. Coloring and the design of little scenes are my favorite things to do. I love to make people happy with my projects and I sure hope that you will be one of them. I am super excited that I got the chance to be a guest designer at the Uniko Challenge and I can’t wait to see your creations in the gallery.

Tanja was the lucky winner from Challenge #30 and has created this beauty to inspire you…

CLICK HERE to see more from Tanja and leave some love :)

Please checkout the challenge post HERE too, to see all the inspiration from the awesome Uniko Design Team too.

Ok, so onto my card…

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Today I decided to make a birthday card as it is AAA Cards challenge 2nd Birthday and they have a fun celebration HERE with lots of prizes, including one from Uniko :) So I thought I’d join in on the fun too!

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The layout of my card was inspired by the new Freshly Made Sketches sketch seen HERE and below, such a fun CAS sketch.

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Lastly the colours of my card were inspired by the new Fusion Card Challenge seen HERE and below.

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On my card I have used Balloon Bash, a popular favourite for masculine cards and I have combined it with the grunge circles from Background Builders: Circles and a sentiment from Simply Said Birthday.

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Ok, that’s all from me today, but I am busy working on a couple of cards to share over the weekend ūüėČ ¬†Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.

THE PRIZES

  • The DT will choose a winner who will get a ¬£20 gift voucher.
  • The DT choose a Top 3 who will each get 50 Loyalty Rewards Points added to their Uniko customer account.
  • We will do a random draw for all those who use A UNIKO stamp. This winner will get 150 Loyalty Reward Points added to their Uniko customer account.
  • We will do a random draw for all those who twist with us and create a Fathers Day creation. This winner will get 100 Loyalty Reward Points added to their Uniko customer account.

You’ve got plenty of time to play along with this month’s challenge. ¬†The deadline for submission is midnight (BST) on Friday 10th June (7.00pm EDT).

Hope to see you in the gallery :)

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Stamp Of The Week – Balloon Bash

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Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW).¬†This week I am dusting off…¬†Balloon Bash

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What a busy couple of days, yesterday I had a bean free day and had planned at least an hour or so in the studio. However, I underestimated how much housework I had to catch up on after the February Release and being ill!

Anyway, hopefully I will make up for it today with the two cards I have to share with you…

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2016SOTW30As you can see they are nearly identical with slight differences. I wanted to showcase the confetti stamps contained in the mini set and I started by making the card with the circle confetti. I really quite enjoyed stamping the rainbow garland and decided to do the star one too!

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The balloons are stamped in Encore silver ink and heat embossed with Stardust EP for a lovely sparkly finish and the sentiments are both from the new Simply Said clear stamp set.

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Ok, that’s all from me today using this set, this mummy is tired after a fun filled day taking the beans to the seaside at Whitby with daddy. We had a lot of fun but it is oh so crazy and tiring venturing out locally, but to go for most of the day I’m wrecked now!

I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Don’t forget that this set is discounted in store¬†HERE¬†this week too.

Until tomorrow, thank you for stopping by today.

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Stamp Of The Week – Balloon Bash

Hey!

Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW).¬†This week I am dusting off…¬†Balloon Bash

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My apologies for being MIA with SOTW last week and I was planning on sharing more of the Uniko February and 4th Birthday celebrations over here too, but due to a sudden onset of a chest infection and sinusitis last Monday I was only able to keep up with the essentials over on the blogspot blog. You can catch up with all the fun and release day blog hop & giveaway HERE, there is still time to enter too.

Anyway, back to this weeks SOTW and my card for today…

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I’ve had this card idea for a while now, but I sold the cloud dies I had a long time ago and I don’t think I have any cloud stamps in my stash either. Hence I had been putting this card off as I’d have to make my own stencil and to me far too time consuming for the little craft time I get ūüėČ

But… last night I had a lucky find. I was searching through so DP scraps and came across a piece that I had die cut clouds from! How random is that?! So I used the die cut negative as a stencil and sponged white clouds randomly onto my pale blue CS.

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The balloon & string are stamped and fussy cut out and adhered to the card using foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Pure Florals: Cosmos. I added a good covering of Wink Of Stella to the balloon for added shimmer, but it is hard to see in the photos.

Ok, that’s all from me today using this set, but I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Don’t forget that this set is discounted in store¬†HERE¬†this week too.

Until tomorrow, thank you for stopping by today.

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Stamp Of The Week – Balloon Bash

Hey!

Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW).¬†This week I am dusting off…¬†Balloon Bash

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My apologies for being MIA with SOTW last week and I was planning on sharing more of the Uniko February and 4th Birthday celebrations over here too, but due to a sudden onset of a chest infection and sinusitis last Monday I was only able to keep up with the essentials over on the blogspot blog. You can catch up with all the fun and release day blog hop & giveaway HERE, there is still time to enter too.

Anyway, back to this weeks SOTW and my card for today…

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Another bright & cheery CAS card, this time I used just the larger of the 2 balloons in the set stamping it in a rainbow of colours and fussy cutting them out. I added a good layer of Wink Of Stella to them too for good measure.

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I then added bakers twine strings to them before adhering them to the card, the strings are tied together and secured with a little piece of DST. I then added a few circle confetti, stamped in light grey ink and a sentiment from the new Simply Said set.

Ok, that’s all from me today using this set, but I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Don’t forget that this set is discounted in store¬†HERE¬†this week too.

Until tomorrow, thank you for stopping by today.

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Stamp Of The Week – Balloon Bash

Hey!

Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW).¬†This week I am dusting off… Balloon Bash

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My apologies for being MIA with SOTW last week and I was planning on sharing more of the Uniko February and 4th Birthday celebrations over here too, but due to a sudden onset of a chest infection and sinusitis last Monday I was only able to keep up with the essentials over on the blogspot blog. You can catch up with all the fun and release day blog hop & giveaway HERE, there is still time to enter too.

Anyway, back to this weeks SOTW and my card for today…

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Today I have started off CAS and bright with a sprinkling of sequins! Perfect for a wintery code day with a dusting of snow we had this morning.

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I started by stamping and fussy cutting the balloons, the pink one is adhered flat to the card with the turquoise one foam mounted. The sentiment is from the new Simply Said sentiment set and the sequins are Pretty Pink Posh.

The new challenge over HERE at AAA Cards is sequins, so my card is perfect for that challenge! I seem to struggle with adding sequins to my cards, I always think that I’ve just plopped them rather than placing them nicely! Oh well, think I need more practice ūüėČ

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That’s all from me here today, but I’ve used Balloon Bash with one of the new February Release stamp sets over HERE today too, for a bonus of inspiration using this set ūüėČ

Ok, that’s all from me today using this set, but I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Don’t forget that this set is discounted in store HERE this week too.

Until tomorrow, thank you for stopping by today.

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July 2015 Reveal, Release & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & SUPER Happy Weekend!

Today is officially release day here at Uniko Studio and hopefully the three sets lining the shelves here at Uniko HQ will take your fancy!

Now grab a drink & let’s get to the fun and see these new clear stamp sets in full…

Garlands Galore £9.95

Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

This is my simple version of a garland or banner building set, complete with finished banners and mini alphabet. I can see myself reaching for elements in this set time & time again.

Home Sweet Home £4.95

Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

This set needs little introductions as you can see it is a home themed set! With a simple focal house sized at 6.5 x 6.5cm with a variety of mix and match sentiments.

Lastly but my no means least we have the next floral in the Pure Florals series and the first mini set…

Pure Florals: Cosmos £4.95

Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

Pure Florals: Cosmos, a sweet mini flower building set with some lovely sentiments in a gorgeous modern font mix :) This is a new favourite of mine and you can be sure to see it being used a lot over the coming weeks!!

Now I have done all the formal introductions, how about some projects showcasing these new sets. I wasn’t having a successful creative day yesterday and all my ideas just wouldn’t come out how I wanted them to, so my efforts are lacking compared to those of the DT that you will see!

Anyway, first up is a super CAS card using Pure Florals: Cosmos…

Apologies for my photo too, the sun was so bright yesterday I just couldn’t get a good pic either!!

I started out with a purple piece of CS I think it could be SU! Retired Lavender Lace, I then stamped the Cosmos in VersaMark and heat embossed it with detail white embossing powder. I then used my ‘go to’ Mama Elephant die to die cut the curve and then added a piece of white card to remake the front of the card to the size of the back.

Next I have a card which combines Garlands Galore with Balloon Bash…

I started out by stamping the star garland across my white CS layer, coloured the stars in with At You Spica pens so they have a little sparkle. I stamped the balloon string and added the small bows from Garlands Galore. The balloon is fussy cut out and mounted with foam adhesive and then I finished it off with a sentiment from Pure Florals: Cosmos.

That’s all from me, but as tradition holds we have our release day blog hop, simply visit & comment along the hop by midnight Saturday 18th July, to be in the chance of winning the¬†ENTIRE¬†release! If you have already purchased any or all of the release a refund will be given.

So, lets see what the AWESOME Design Team have created…

CLICK HERE to see more from Gillian

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today & joining in on all the fun and also for all the visits, comments and support over the last few days with Sneak Peeks & Introducing posts. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as me!

All the new products are available¬†HERE¬†on the website, hope to see you there ūüėČ

Negatives, Positives & Balloons!

Hey!

What a scorcher here in the NE of the UK! Summer has finally arrived :) I am not a sun worshipper as I burn easily, but I do love it when the sun is out. Then a good thunderstorm to go with it is just as good.

The beans & I took a lovely sunny walk this morning into our local market town – Yarm. Then this afternoon after the thunderstorm had cooled things down for a while at least, the new paddling pool was christened…

The beans LOVE bath time and even cry when it is time to get out so they thought it was fabulous when they were stripped naked and plopped into the pool!

Anyway, now they are fast asleep in bed I have snuck off to the studio office for a little creative time :) I had this idea in my head for another card for¬†CAS Colours & Sketches¬†before the challenge closes tonight…

My idea took a little creative turn and instead of using the positive die cut which I had planned on I decided to use the negative instead.¬†HERE¬†and below is the sketch as a reminder…

I placed the string bow of the balloon where the ribbon bow is on the sketch and stamped the word happy to complete the line of the sketch. I also used the current colours over at The Card Concept HERE and below for my card.

Balloon Bash was the top seller on the website last month and it was the perfect set to use for my card along with a partial sentiment from A Gift For You.

Now I have caught up and got my creative fix I am going to go flop with hubby in front of the TV and watch an episode or two! Thanks for stopping by today & I will be back tomorrow with more to share :)