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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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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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Back In Action!

Hey!

Apologies for being absent for such a long time, my mojo seemed to have a min break and Oh my, what a busy couple of weeks! We are now settling back into our ‘normal’ routine after Easter Break. Thankfully today has worn the beans out and they were flat out in five minutes of going to bed – whooohooo!

That meant I had a little ‘extra’ time to sit, create and get my mojo back into action to create a card to share with you…

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Uniko Style, which I’ve used on the card is finally back in stock – YAY! Background Blocks Halftone, Decorative Doilies The Hands of Time, Flower Power #3 AND Natures Treasures II are also back in stock – YAY! Plus I have more restocks arriving early next week too AND I’ve the May Release to play with this week too 😉 keep your eyes peeled for some sneaky sneak peeks!

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Anyway, back to my card. I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below as a jumping point and used my ‘go to’ Altenew ink colours as they are so good for layering and take away the hard thinking work!

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The sentiment is from Simply Said and I added a few Stampin’ Up! enamel dots to embellish. The sentiment strip is raised on foam pads and these are Stix2 Anything and they come in a hand 1mm thickness which I have used as well as the standard 2mm thickness.

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Ok, that’s all I have to share with you all tonight, but I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Until then, why not check out the Design Team Inspiration Rahmat is sharing over HERE, you’re sure to be inspired :)

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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.

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Introducing… Uniko Style

YAY!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the February & 5th Birthday product release are almost over, we’ve only todays product to introduce, which means tomorrow is release day!

Yesterday the Design Team and I introduced Explosion! Additions. If you missed it and the previous products on Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday you can catch up HEREHEREHERE and HERE.

Today we are back to introduce you to Uniko Style. Now, those of you who know me and my love for Marimekko and the origin of Uniko then this set will be no surprise to you. Those who have requested it I introduce…Uniko Style, a Scandinavian inspired floral building set and I am in LOVE! I really got to sit and ‘play’ with this set properly yesterday and it is better than I imagined it to be 😉

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This first card was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketch layout seen HERE and below. I had used it on yesterdays card HERE and whilst making that this idea came to me. The set contains a small stamp which can be repeatedly stamped in the round to create a dandelion design. I have done this down the right hand side of my base card in Lawn Fawn Manatee ink.

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However, I didn’t want the overall design to be too busy, so instead of repeating the stamped design on the left hand side, I decided to add a strip of Papertrey Ink Soft Stone card. The Uniko Style flower is stamped in Altenew ink and the sentiment is from Originally Organic Additions.

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My last card for today is inspired by the new CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below.

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And this is the result…

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It was quite a time consuming design to stamp using my MISTI, but WOW, the results were even better than I could have imagined 😉

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Now, be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, as you never know you might just win a random prize! I know for sure that you won’t be disappointed the Design Team have created a bountiful wealth of inspiration :)

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

 

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

 I do hope you have enjoyed the hop and seeing the possibilities this clear stamp set has? Release Day! TOMORROW… 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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Introducing… Originally Organic Additions

YAY!

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. Yesterday the Design Team and I introduced Block Party Birthday. If you missed it you can catch up HERE.

Today, we are back with the introduction of Originally Organic Additions – YAY! Originally Organic was introduced back in Sept/Oct last year HERE and I also had a feature and digital stamp collection in Simply Cards & Papercrafts HERE.

As both the clear stamps and digital stamps were so popular I decided to turn a few of the digital stamps into physical ones. Plus both sets can be mixed to create more possibilities, which I am sure you will see over the coming days/weeks 😉

Today I have focused on two of the smaller stamps in the set to create my own simple stamped background.

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I’ve used another of the sentiments from the new set, again they are friendship and encouragement themed and have the same font mix that appears to be very popular.

I had a little trip out with the beans and a couple of crafty friends yesterday afternoon to the local Crafters Companion store. They have a lovely cafe too! So after a quick look round we sat, ate and decided what out purchases would be 😉

Anyway, I chose to try some lovely Lawn Fawn inks. The small outline flower and flower stem, which are two separate stamps are stamped in Manatee ink, a lovely soft grey. I was really pleased to discover that these inks withhold alcohol marker bleeding, so I coloured parts of the flower in with 3 different markers.

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Now, be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, as you never know you might just win a random prize! I know for sure that you won’t be disappointed the Design Team have created a bountiful wealth of inspiration :)

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

 CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

 CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

 CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P
I do hope you have enjoyed the hop and seeing the possibilities this clear stamp set has? This set along with the 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 :)

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Introducing… Block Party Birthday

YAY!

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!

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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 – 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 :)

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Happy Birthday Mum

Hey!

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.

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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.

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Uniko Challenge #38

Hey!

Welcome to the November Uniko challenge and our last challenge for 2016. We have another fun and easy challenge this month to spark your creativity…

You may or may not be ready for this, but everywhere you look there are BIG signs that Christmas is just around the corner! This month we are giving you a helping hand on getting a fabulous start to your Christmas creativity, whether you choose to make cards, tags or even gifts for the BIG day.

You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products.
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!

We have another awesome Guest Designer joining us this month, Sue from Sue’s Card Craft. Sue is a regular participant in the Uniko Challenges and was the lucky winner of Challenge #36. Now check out this stunner Sue has created using Pure Florals: Poinsettia…

Isn’t this just amazing? I love white on white and the splash of elegance with the gold is exquisite and simply stunning. Be sure to pop on by to Sue’s blog HERE and leave some love.

As always the Uniko Design Team have some festive inspiration for you too, over HERE on the Uniko blogspot blog. If you look closely you might just see some sneaky peeks of the November Release 😉 Celebrations for the November Release begin next week.

This is what I was inspired to make…

This is my first card of a trio I made for the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge HERE. I talked about my creative woes HERE. This week is colour week at CC&S and our hostess Patricia has chosen a monochromatic trio of blues.
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When I saw the blues I immediately thought of a white Christmas. The falling snow against a bright blue crisp sky.
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I started by creating a rectangle window mask to apply a trio of Stampin’ Up! inks using my Clarity Stencil Brushes. I then stamped and heat embossed a trio of snowflakes from Stunning Snowflakes. The sentiment is a sneaky peek from a NEW clear stamp set being released next Sunday 😉
Along with a NEW Uniko clear stamp set release next week AND prizes up for grabs over at CC&S this week. As usual we have prizes up for grabs for the Uniko Challenge.

THE PRIZES

  • The DT will choose a winner who will get a £15 gift voucher and opportunity to Guest Design.
  • The DT choose a Top 3 who will each get 100 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 200 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 (GMT) on Friday 16th December (7.00pm EDT).

Have you joined us yet?

Hey!

The Uniko Design Team and our Guest Designer are here today with a reminder and a little more inspiration for October Uniko challenge. This month we have another fun challenge to spark your creativity…

Who doesn’t LOVE rainbows?!

You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products.

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!

We have an awesome Guest Designer for this months challenge, Hannelie from Desert Diva. Hannelie was also the winner from the Uniko Challenge #35 and she has created another stunner to inspire you…

Isn’t this just amazing? The simplicity and monochrome stamping with splash of rainbow hearts is such a unique and fun way to approach the challenge. Please pop on by Hannelie’s blog HERE and leave some love and find out more about this creation.

This is what I came up with…

As I am revisiting Rustic Christmas this week as Stamp Of The Week, I thought I’d use it for my challenge reminder too 😉

The tiny baubles in this set are perfect for colourful Christmas cards. To create this card I simply traced round a circle die for a template, stamped the sentiment and then randomly stamped the baubles in a variety of bright and cheerful Stampin’ Up! inks.

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After I had finished stamping, I went over the baubles with my clear Wink of Stella pen for a little subtle sparkle. That’s all from me today, but be sure to pop on over HERE to see what the Uniko Design Team have created to inspire you. The link up for the challenge can also be found there.
Now, if you need a little more incentive to join in, how about some prizes?

THE PRIZES

  • The DT will choose a winner who will get a £15 gift voucher and opportunity to Guest Design.
  • The DT choose a Top 3 who will each get 100 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 200 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 (GMT) on Friday 11th November (7.00pm EDT).

That’s all I have to share today, I will be back tomorrow with more using this weeks Stamp Of The Week set. Don’t forget that the set is discounted HERE for this week only.

Until tomorrow, thanks for stopping by :)

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Supplies:-

Uniko Clear Stamps:- Rustic Christmas 

Ink:- VersaFine Onyx Black. Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade and Melon Mambo

Card Stock:- Stampin’ Up! White and Melon Mambo. Black from stash.

Accessories: Wink Of Stella