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Uniko Challenge #41


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 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.


  • 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).



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!



Block Party Birthday Fusion!

Hey & Happy Sunday!

Yesterday evening the beans went for their second sleepover at their Grandparents, so in true fashion I indulged in some much needed creative time in the studio! It feels like ages since I was able to just sit & play, choosing a challenge to join in on and selecting whatever stamps and supplies I fancied using.

I saw the new Fusion Card Challenge HERE and seen below and I was inspired to pull out the recently release Blocky Party Birthday clear stamp.

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I’ve also recently had a Stampin’ Up! order delivered, which contained much needed card stock in Smokey Slate, Basic Grey and Black all of which feature in the inspiration photo. So this is how I combined everything onto my card…


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It is a *really* simple card and didn’t take long at all to make. I started out by stamping the block party stamp in VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto Smokey Slate CS using my MISTI tool, so I could repeat stamp to get a good image.


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I then used 4 Prismacolour Pencils to selectively colour the image and I tried to replicate the watery ombre effect on the ‘birthday’ part of the stamp. I am pretty pleased how the card turned out and I think it represents both parts of the Fusion Card Challenge nicely.

That’s all from me today, but if you want some more creative inspiration , be sure to head on over HERE when Lindsey has some wonderful one layer CAS masculine inspiration to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by.



Introducing… Block Party Birthday


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 😉

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!


{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


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 – 19th Feb, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!
Introducing 20th – 24th 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 :)


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.


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.


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!



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.

NBUS #8 Theme Colour On Kraft


I’ve a little card to share today, which happens to be perfect for Darnell’s NBUS #8 Challenge HERE. The lovely Darnell is celebrating 46 years of marriage AND 5 years of blogging, congratulations Darnell!

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So to celebrate these momentous occasions Darnell has a trio of NBUS Challenges, each with a different optional theme. This week is Colouring on Kraft…


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Though technically I haven’t coloured on Kraft card stock, I have used Papertrey Ink Soft Stone instead. I have used my Prismacolor pencils to colour in the image stamped on the rectangle die cut using my NBUS Rectangle dies from Crafters Companion.

The layout of my card was inspired by the current TIME OUT Challenges challenge HERE, which is to CASE with your own twist the lovely Ksenija from Sweet Kobylkin. Below is Ksenija’s card to CASE…

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Hopefully you will see that I reversed the card stock colours that Ksenija used on her card and instead of stamping an all over pattern on the base card I decided to use my MISTI and do this spotlight stamping technique.


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I added a sentiment from Simply Said and a few tiny rhinestones to finish the card off. And, I actually got round to sending this card out too, something I am ‘trying’ much harder to do this year and mail out more of the cards I make 😉

That’s all I have to share with you today, I am hoping to find a little creative time tonight and maybe squeeze in another card for the challenge. I have plenty of NBUS to use 😉

Thanks for stopping by & BIG thanks to Darnell for hosting such an awesome challenge.



Supplies: Uniko Originally Organic & Simply Said Clear Stamps, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White CS, Papertrey Ink Soft Stone CS, Prismacolor Pencils, Foam Adhesive, MISTI Stamping Tool, Crafters Companion Rectangle Dies and Rhinestones.

A Look Back At 2016!


Welcome back to another ‘Look Back At 2016! This year has been an amazing year for myself personally, but it has been a fantastic year for Uniko. We have had 5 fabulous releases, with 16 new clear stamps sets lining the Uniko HQ shelves.

I don’t know about you, but to me this year has almost passed by in a blur! With that in mind I thought it would be nice now the main seasonal festivities are over and as 2016 draws to a close, to take a look back at Uniko’s 2016.

Today, I am taking a look back at the April 2016 Release and giving some fresh inky love to Celebrate With Cake and Fun Flowers clear stamp sets.

First up I have a shaker card using Celebrate With Cake

I seem to have a ‘thing’ for shaker cards when I use this set 😉 I had some Stampin’ Up! Designer Paper on my desk, left over from my CAS Christmas cards HERE. I decided to put some more of it to good use, instead of sitting and admiring it!

I used my MISTI tool again to line up and stamp the top and bottom of the cupcake and used Copic Markers to colour it in. The sequins are a mix of Stampin’ Up! collections and the the ‘happy’ die cut is from the Hello You Thinlits Collection also from Stampin’ Up! which has a good smothering of Clear Wink Of Stella. I then used the Papertrey Ink Banner Die to stamp the birthday sentiment onto, which is from Simply Said.

Next, I was inspired by THIS card created by Jennifer McGuire to create my next card using Fun Flowers.

Again I put my MISTI tool to good use to stamp the layers of the flowers. I still require a little practice for the flower centres!

I used my Zig Clean Colour Brush pens to colour the flower which is fussy cut and adhered flat to the card. I love the vibrancy of the Zigs just used as a marker and I now have another thank you card to send :)
So, that’s a quick look back at the April 2016 Release, I hope I have given you a little inspiration to dust off these sets if you have them 😉 There is a small amount of 3 of the sets in stock on the website and I have planned some restocks to arrive in January.

I hope you will join me again tomorrow, when I will be taking a look back at the 2016 June Release. Until then, thank you for stopping by.


Happy Birthday Mum


Here we are at the beginning of another week, I really don’t know where these days and weeks are going! This past weekend seemed to fly by even though I spent another long 24hrs in bed from Friday evening until Saturday evening suffering from yet another stomach sickness bug :( The beans were ill on Thursday with it and luckily we are all over it now, fingers crossed it stays away!

Anyway, I did find a little creative energy last night to create a birthday card. This is for my mum and in remembrance of my mum who passed away suddenly in April 2008.


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My mum would have been 69 years old today and as I have always done I made a card to celebrate her life. She taught me so much and showed me so much love during the time we had together and is truly missed. Like most mums she liked flowers and Chrysanthemums were one of her favourites.

I decided to have a little ‘play’ along with the current challenge over at ColourQ HERE and seen below. The colours were perfect for me to use Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum.


I kept my card pretty simple, masking and stamping the smallest outline flower and leaf inside a circle die cut onto a white CS base layer, I then over-stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink. The circle die cut panel is adhered to the card using foam adhesive and I finished the card off with a trio of enamel dots.


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That’s all I have to share right now, but this week is a BUSY BUSY one, with a few clear stamp restocks HERE and we have our November Release, which is also our final release for 2016. The fun begins on Wednesday 23rd November 9am GMT! I do hope you will join us?!

Thanks for stopping by today.



Stamp Of The Week – BIG & BOLD Wish


This week I have decided to dust off BIG & BOLD Wish as this weeks SOTW…


It is a small clear stamp set with BIG possibilities, it is great used on its own and also to pair with other recently released clear stamp sets. It is also a set that I have neglected for a while :( time to give it some inky LOVE :)

Here is todays card…


A quick CAS one layer rainbow candle card! I simply stamped the polka dot candle across my white card base in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and coloured them using my SU! Brights Markers. The candle flame is stamp and then coloured with a gold Wink Of Stella pen. The sentiment is from Pure Florals: Cosmos.


All the supplies I have used are listed below AND don’t forget that the LIMITED time only SALE ends tonight at Midnight BST.


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

Until tomorrow, thanks for stopping by :)



Uniko Clear Stamps:- BIG & BOLD Wish and Pure Florals: Cosmos

Ink:- VersaFine Onyx Black

Card Stock:- SU! Thick and Normal Whisper White

Accessories: Gold Wink Of Stella and SU! Brights Markers

Stamp Of The Week – Natures Treasures II


This week I have decided to dust off Natures Treasures II as this weeks SOTW…

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I seem to be on a inspirational roll this week with Natures Treasures II, the ideas and challenges out in blog land are free flowing! Long may it continue 😉

So here is todays card…


Another quick CAS card with a fun ombre green leaf and ombre green sentiment! this was so fun to make and was kind of inspired by Mondays card HERE.


Not a huge amount to say about my card tonight! All the supplies are listed below AND before I go I have a LIMITED time only SALE!


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

Until tomorrow, thanks for stopping by :)



Uniko Clear Stamps:- Natures Treasures IISimply Said Birthday

Ink:- VersaMagic Tea Leaves, Hint Of Pesto and Spanish Olive

Card Stock:- SU! Thick Whisper White

Accessories: Wink Of Stella