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Uniko Challenge #41

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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 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 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.

THE PRIZES

  • 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).

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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!

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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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Uniko Sponsors “Less is More” and Birthday Celebrations!

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I’m super duper pleased you have popped by today as again we have LOTS more fun to share with you! Not only is it the Uniko February & 5th Birthday Release Day, but we are celebrating along with “Less is More” and their birthday celebrations!

This post is simply awesome! As myself and Uniko are proud to be sponsoring the challenge  over at “Less is More” this week. This week the challenge HERE is a sketch…

The Uniko Design Team and myself have joined in on the fun and created some cards using the sketch to inspire you to join in and this is what I created…

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As you can see I couldn’t resist using the NEW Explosion! Additions set, the sketch just lent itself to it perfectly. I used my MISTI tool to stamp both the halftone explosion in Lawn Fawn Sunflower and the explosion from the original Explosion! set in VersaFine Onyx Black onto white two card panels.

I then used my new Stampin’ Up! Stitched Framelits dies to die cut the circle and adhere it using foam adhesive. The WOW! is coloured with markers and fussy cut out and the small trio of horizontal lines are from the original Explosion! clear stamp set.

As it is Release Day here at Uniko, I decided to make one more card using the NEW Originally Organic Additions clear stamp set.

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Again I have used my new stitched dies and I layered it with an old Papertrey Ink doily die. The flower is stamping in Memento and coloured with Copic Markers and I added some Bakers Twine to follow the sketch.

Ok, that’s all from me, but be sure to follow the links below to see what some of the Uniko Design Team created…

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

That’s all from the Uniko DT and myself for now, but be sure to head on over HERE to see what the “Less is More” Design Team have created to inspire you and to join in on the fun too. I hope to see you in the gallery!

I’ll be back AGAIN soon with the traditional February 2017 & 5th Birthday Release, Reveal, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

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Introducing… Explosion! Additions

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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’ve only one more product to introduce after today! Yesterday the Design Team and I introduced Background Blocks Halftone. If you missed it and the previous products on and Tuesday and Monday you can catch up HEREHERE and HERE.

Today we are back to introduce you to Explosion! Additions. Like yesterday this set came about due to the Modern Pop Art trend that is set to make a reappearance this year. I’ve always had a LOVE for Pop Art and especially the work of Roy Litchenstein. Hence the launch of Explosion! clear stamp set a few years ago.

I’ve been wanting to breath new life into Explosion! and what better way than to do so when it’s going to be trendy again?! So I introduce you too Explosion! Additions…

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The new Freshly Made Sketch seen HERE and below was just perfect for this card! Again I have paired both Explosion! and Explosion! Additions clear stamp sets.

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I’ve utilised my MISTI tool again to position and stamp the large explosion on both the base card and the layer down the middle of the card. The WOW! is also stamped using the MISTI and I used my Mini Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers to achieve the ombre mix of colours. I added a smothering of Clear Wink of Stella too!

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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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February 2017 & 5th Birthday Sneak Peeks Day 1

WhooHoo!

The Uniko 5th Birthday Celebrations are now in FULL swing, as today I get to show you a couple of the ‘official’ sneak peeks for the February 2017 Release.

Thank you for your patience in waiting for this release. I treasure your patronage and support for Uniko, whether you’ve been here since the beginning or just a few days :)

Ok, lets get to these peeks…

First up we have a peek at a tiny section of a new ‘style’ of stamp, part of a collection that I am introducing to the line up of Uniko clear stamps called Block Party. I can’t wait to show you the possibilities of this stamp on Monday 20th Feb 😉

Now, if you LOVE Originally Organic clear stamp set AND the FREE Digital Stamp Set featured in Simply Cards & Papercrafts back in September 2016 (available for download HERE), then I think you might just LOVE this additional clear stamp set!

 The possibilities of this set on its own are fabulous, but pair it with Originally Organic and you will be set for endless possibilities!

You will get to see more of this set in use by the DT and myself in the coming days, so stay tuned! I will be back tomorrow with more Sneak Peeks to share with you, hope to see you then :)

Release Schedule…

Sneak Peeks 18th – 19th Sept, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 20th – 24th Sept, 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 the Sneak Peeks!

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November 2016 Reveal, Release & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Welcome to the Uniko November 2016 Reveal, Release & GIVEAWAY!

As we’ve quite a few new followers here, (“Hello & Thank you”) I will explain what’s going on! Here at Uniko I *USUALLY* only release new products every other month. This is for a number of reasons, firstly, being an avid paper crafter myself and knowing the current economic climate I know ‘some’ are on a limited budget when it comes to buying new stash, so this way you’re not tempted to splurge too much every month.

The second reason is that it is just me here at Uniko HQ. I currently run this little business single handedly, designing, blogging, demoing, classes, packing. Alongside that I am a full time mum to 2 year old twin boys. So releasing every other month gives me chance to keep my head above water, well…just about! However, with having a break over the Summer with releases I wanted to squeeze one last release in before the end of the year!

So I am back today, with the help of the awesome design team to introduce you to the three clear stamp sets available to purchase HERE now!

If you missed any of the product introductions, you can catch up HERE and HERE.

Let’s have a look at the three clear stamp sets…

First up is Christmas Pop, this is a FUN geometric styled Christmas Tree building stamp set. Along with the obvious Christmas theme it is also suitable for other occasions and stylised creations.

Christmas Pop £9 / £9.95 Copyright Uniko Ltd 2016 www.uniko.co.uk

Next we have a mini Christmas Sentiment clear stamp set called Most Wonderful. This set contains two full mixed font sentiments and then a multitude of mix font sentiment building stamps.

Most Wonderful £4 / £4.95 Copyright Uniko Ltd 2016 www.uniko.co.uk

Lastly but by no means least we have a fun addition to the ‘Rustic’ collection! This fun mini set has so many possibilities on its own, but pair it with sentiments and images from Rustic Christmas and Background Builders: Vines and Vines Winter Additions for even MORE possibilities!

Rustic Wreath £4 / £4.95 Copyright Uniko Ltd 2016 www.uniko.co.uk

Now I have done all the formal introductions, how about some more cards using these sets to inspire you…

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First up I have used Christmas Pop in a non Christmas way. This set contains some fun geometric triangles and I couldn’t resit using them to create a funky background for a birthday card.

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I used two of the triangles to create my BG and then I coloured sections of the decreasing triangle one using my Stampin’ Up! bright marker collection. I then stamped a sentiment from Simply Said Birthday onto a banner die cut (Project Life) and adhered it to the card using foam adhesive.

Next I decided to go Christmassy, I really need to build up my stash of Christmas cards ready to send out 😉 This time I opted for a reasonably quick CAS card using the outline tree and some Papertrey Ink Bitty Dot Designer Paper.

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After fussy cutting the Christmas Trees, which too the longest! I stacked/layered them one on top of the other leaving a small border to create taller elongated tree. The sentiment is from Most Wonderful and I finished the card off with a few sparkly star embellishments.

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My last card for today uses Rustic Wreath. This time I used the wreath to make a garland along the edge of my card. I embellished the garland with a couple of the smaller stamps from the set to fill it out and add interest.

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I then stamped the ‘deck the halls’ sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink, to tie in with the berry sprig stamped in the garland. To finish the card off I stamped a cluster of the smaller images from the set to embellish the sentiment as it needed a little something to balance the card out.

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That’s all I have to share with you, but we also have an awesome Design Team Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY! Simply hop along the links below and be sure to leave a comment along the way for your chance to WIN the ENTIRE release! A winner will be picked at random from all the comments left along the hop before Midnight Friday 2nd December GMT.

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 really hope you have enjoyed all the wonderful inspiration this week. Thank you for all the lovely comments, they are all appreciated.

Happy hopping & shopping!!

Stamp Of The Week – Natures Treasures II

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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…

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Todays card is inspired by the new CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below. So many FUN possibilities with this sketch.

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I love how quick this card came together. The ombre of greens I used for the BG were already on my desk from previous cards this week and all I needed was a stamp to use for the BG and so I reached for my hardly inked SU! Timeless Textures stamp set. This set pairs with SO many stamps and styles, yet I have hardly used it (*blush*).

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A quick CAS card and post from me tonight as I have SO much to do in SO little time! These beans have worn me out this week too, but they are so much fun too 😉

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 :)

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Supplies:-

Uniko Clear Stamps:- Natures Treasures IISimply Said Birthday

Ink:- SU! Certainly Celery, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive & Chocolate Chip.

Card Stock:- SU! Thick Whisper White and PTI Fine Linen

Other Stamps: SU! Timeless Textures

Stamp Of The Week – Background Builders: Triangulate

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Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW). This week I am dusting off… Background Builders: Triangulate

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I’m FINALLY back this week dusting off another clear stamp set that is an awesome ‘go to’ set for those pesky men in our lives 😉

So, with Father’s Day this Sunday here in the UK, I set about making another card for the occasion. You can never have too many cards to choose from 😉

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This time I went for the ColourQ challenge colours seen HERE and below. Another mix of colours I wouldn’t have chosen myself, but work really well together.

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I started by masking off a section at the bottom of my card to stamp the liner triangles. I then worked out where my sentiment panel and navy strip of card would sit, so that I knew where to stamp my selection of single triangles. I wanted to keep that all important white space to keep it a CAS card.

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As it is CAS I thought I would enter my card into this weeks CASology challenge seen HERE, which this week is masculine.

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AND, I’m entering over HERE too at The Male Room, who’s current challenge is Father’s Day!

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Ok, that’s all from me just now. I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Don’t forget that this set is discounted HERE on the website this week.

Thanks for stopping by :)

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Stamp Of The Week – Background Builders: Triangulate

Hey!

Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW). This week I am dusting off… Background Builders: Triangulate

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I’m FINALLY back this week dusting off another clear stamp set that is an awesome ‘go to’ set for those pesky men in our lives 😉

Background Builders: Triangulate came about due to the geometric and tribal trends and was also a follow on set from Background Builders: Circles and Background Builders: Squared.

Anyway, I was browsing Pinterest and came across THIS card by Maile Belles. I loved the layout and simplicity of the design and I had to CASE it using these stamps.

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This is my CASE…

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My colours were inspired by a NEW challenge I came across last week called The Heart Desires. Their current challenge HERE is an inspiration photo, with three options including a colour palette, seen below.

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As you can see I opted for the geometrics and also the colours. I combined two sentiments with the triangles, All Occasion Sentiments #2 and Simply Said, creating another Father’s Day card.

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Ok, that’s all from me just now. I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Don’t forget that this set is discounted HERE on the website this week.

Thanks for stopping by :)

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