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I Thank My Lucky Stars…

Hello & Happy Monday!

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 many of the challenges around blog land!

So without further ado I would like you all to give Carol from justme: c a warm welcome :)

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Hello, I’m Carol from *justme: c*.  I’m incredibly honoured and delighted to be joining Bev and her talented designers as a new member of the design team. Indeed, my feet haven’t touched the ground since receiving her invitation; still on Cloud 9 at this dream-come true opportunity to showcase, even more, my love for Uniko products. 

My card-making journey began when I decided to make and send Happy *Month Old* cards to my niece, who was 2 ½ at the time. She’s now 7, my nephew is 5 – and yes, the monthly card ‘tradition’ continues. The ‘epic messes’ of my first attempts sent me searching the internet for ideas and WOW! Did I find them! The discoveries revealed sparked a passion, and here I am, thoroughly immersed in playing with paper, stamps, dies and ink. Of course, the friendships made through this warm, encouraging community are treasured immensely; the inspiration from the many artists I’ve come to know, appreciated deeply. 

My style is predominately CAS (although eclectic is more apt) and oh, how I love my stamps and dies. I’ve recently embarked on coloured pencil online classes; hopefully, what I learn in these lessons will translate into breathing colourful, vibrant life into my Uniko stamps.

When I’m not crafting, you’re most likely to find me at our province’s road bike and cyclo-cross races – clipboard and stop watch in hand – in my role as a racing official.  Even though I don’t race (no way!), I love the thrill of the competitions and being part of the cycling community.

Thank you, Bev and the team, for your warm welcome and for embracing my creativity. I’m looking forward to creating and designing alongside you.

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

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These two beauties feature Beautiful Blooms I and matching dies, All Occasion Sentiments #6 and the top card Background Blocks: Halftone.

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This card features Originally Organic and matching dies and I am just digging the watercolour brush background on this card. 

How about a fabulous masculine creation to inspire you?! This card uses Explosion! Explosion Additions and Background Blocks: Halftone.

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Lastly and by no means least, how about Carol’s cute side…

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

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I decided to create a different kind of welcome card for Carol, I love Carol’s sparkle and shine she leaves with her enthusiasm, support and kind words, not just for me but around blog land. I am truly thankful to have Carol joining the Uniko Design Team.

I was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch, seen HERE and below for my card. I had so many ideas for this sketch, but settled upon using the recently released Reach For The Stars clear stamp set.

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I kept the design very CAS, as I wanted the sentiment to take full centre stage. I heat embossed the gold ‘stars’ sentiment and trio of stars to the diagonal corners. I added some Stampin’ Up! glitter card to emphasise the sparkle too.

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Not only is this card for Carol, but for all of my Design Team Members current and Alumni, in that I thank my lucky stars for all of them. Plus, for all of the people, customers, friends I have made since starting this little business. With out YOU all, my dream wouldn’t be here and where it is today.

Thank you & welcome Carol :)

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September 2017 Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

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Happy Weekend & Happy September 2017 Release Day!

The day is finally here and FIVE clear stamp sets have been revealed HERE in their entirety and they are NOW available to purchase HERE on the website!

For this months release I am trialling a NEW Limited Time Only* Release Bundle Offer HERE. You will save 5% if you purchase all FIVE of the new clear stamp sets. Depending on popularity I will offer this on all future releases with an increase of saving too!  *Offer will end Midnight (BST) Monday 11th September 2017 or until stocks last.

We have our usual inspirational Blog Hop with the Design Team and a GIVEAWAY! Simply comment along each stop on the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE September 2017 Release.

I’ve made 3 cards to share with you today using the new release.
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First up is this festive card using Background Blocks: Scattered Polka Dots. When I was designing this stamp it reminded me of a snow flurry. So I was inspired to pair it with Stunning Snowflakes, one of my favourite colours and my favourite snowflake trio!
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I heat embossed the scattered polka dot background with VersaMark and Cosmic Shimmer Detail White EP. I masked off a section before doing so, to create a space for my sentiment. The snow flakes are stamped in Altenew ink and fussy cut out. I added a tin bit of bling to each snowflake to finish them off.
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Next I was inspired by the current challenge over at Seize the Birthday HERE. Their current challenge is a seize the toppings challenge…
 
    Our “Toppings” option this time is…
“Ocean Colors”
(Blue, Green and or Aqua)
Neutrals are always welcome too!

I pulled out Background Builders: Seeing Stars and a trio of Altenew inks to match the ‘Ocean Colours’ theme. I decided to make a masculine card too, so added some neutral grey’s to the combo.

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It was almost a one layer card, but I went back and trimmed a small slither off the bottom of the panel to add some neutral grey strips of card. This helped to tie in the grey of the stamped sentiment and small stars.
Lastly, I decided to ink up Reach For The Stars…
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My Design Team have inspired me so much this week with their colourful rainbow cards using this set, I decided I should join in! Super CAS and simple. An ink blended die cut square and some sparkly embossing on the base layer!
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That’s all from me here, but be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, you are going to be ‘STAR bursting’ with inspiration 😉

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah
CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy
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
I do hope you have enjoyed the release countdown, blog hop and seeing the possibilities these clear stamp sets have? Don’t forget to comment along the hop for your chance to win. You have until midnight Saturday 16th September 2017 and the winner will be announced Sunday 17th September 2017.

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Introducing… Reach For The Stars

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I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the September 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, myself and my AWESOME Design Team are introducing a STELLA clear stamp set, Reach For The Stars. This stamp set is bang on trend and has so many fun possibilities.
Hopefully you should have arrived here from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE, if not be sure to start there and see my first introduction card 😉
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Yesterday was our 4th Wedding Anniversary and this clear stamp set seemed the perfect choice to make him a card. I decided upon a shaker card as it was a special occasion!
For this card I decided to dust off my watercolour paints and painted a night sky. I added the sparkly galaxy stamp, which was stamped in Encore silver and heat embossed with Stardust EP (quite hard to see in the photo). I added some star enamels and a few sequins too.
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The ‘I Thank My Lucky’ part of the sentiment is stamped onto a snippet of the watercolour background and the ‘Stars’ is again stamped in Encore Silver and heat embossed with Stardust EP.
That’s all from me here, but 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 :)
Next on the hop is Deborah… CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

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

 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 9th September at 9am GMT.
Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 3rd – 5th September, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 6th – 8th September, here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 9th September 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on these new clear stamp sets :)

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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 – Celebrate With Cake

It’s the weekend, time for CAKE!

This week I am dusting off… Celebrate With Cake for SOTW…

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Not much small talk tonight, as it is getting late! Here is my card for you today using this set…

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This is what I have used to colour the frosting of the cupcake. I started by stamping the frosting in VersaMagic Turquoise Gem ink and then used 2 shades of aqua to colour. I used some Gamsol to blend the colouring and added some Wink Of Stella over the top.

Some stamped gold stars, star enamels and a SU! piece of hardware finished the card off. All the supplies are listed below.

Ok, that’s all from me tonight, I will be back tomorrow with more inspiration featuring this set and don’t forget that this set is discounted HERE on the website this week.

Thanks for stopping by :)

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Supplies:

Stamps: Uniko Celebrate With Cake

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMagic Turquoise Gem. Encore Gold

Cardstock: SU! Whisper White, Costal Cabana and Smokey Slate

Accessories: Wink Of Stella, Foam Adhesive, SU! Hardware, Star Enamel Adhesives.

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Anyone for CAKE?!

Time for a NEW Stamp Of The Week (SOTW) and this week I am dusting off… Celebrate With CakeCelebrateWithCakepp

Now I could really do with some cake right now and after finishing this card up just now, even more so. The last hour before bed was a ‘terrible (nearly) twos’ tantrum TIMES TWO! It is a good job we live in a detached house – LOL!

Anyway, here is my card for today…

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I’ve only used the Celebrate With Cake clear stamp set on my card today, using the star sprinkles stamp to create the background, which was really quite therapeutic and relaxing to stamp! The layout of my card is again inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketch seen HERE and below, though I am a tad late to add it :(

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I did actually created two frostings for my cupcake, one with glitter and one with Wink Of Stella. I opted for the subtle frosting this time round.

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As you can’t have a party without CAKE, I am entering my card into the challenge over at Gobal Design Project. Their challenge HERE is a theme…

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A pretty quick card and post from me tonight I am going to do a work out in our garage gym to work off some toddler stress and avoid going and buying cake!

I will be back tomorrow with more inspiration featuring this set.Don’t forget that this set is discounted HERE on the website this week.

Plus there is still time to use this little discount code. Apply the code summer15 during the checkout process, code expires midnight 4th July 2016.

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Thanks for stopping by :)

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Supplies:

Stamps: Uniko Celebrate With Cake

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMagic Turquoise Gem, Mango Madness, Pink Grapefruit and Red Magic

Cardstock: SU! Whisper White and Pool Party

Accessories: Wink Of Stella. Foam Adhesive

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 – All Occasion Sentiments #2

Hey!

Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW). This week I am dusting off… All Occasion Sentiments #2

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Today I decided to focus on the large ‘birthday’ sentiment and wanted to create a colourful young masculine card, this is what I came up with…

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I’d been looking at Papertrey Inks Make it Monday videos for technique inspiration and I came across THIS one by Lizzy Jones, which she calls Confetti Cluster Stamping. So I gave it a go using my favourite trio of colours adding in some light grey.

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I used 6 little stars from Essentially Christmas to stamp randomly inside the stars which I had drawn in pencil around my Sizzix Framelit Dies. Even though I have stamped quite a few of the stars in Raspberry Fizz I think this card still works for a masculine card. This is helped by using a neutral base card and added turquoise blue layer to matt the stamped focal panel.

I don’t think I have entered a card at The Male Room, if I have I’ve not done so for a very long time. Anyway, the current challenge HERE is a theme challenge which is ‘Anything Goes’, so I am entering my card over there.

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OK, that’s all from me today, I have a bean free day and LOTS to accomplish in my 9hrs!! Don’t forget that this set is 20% off this week HERE in store. Plus we still have a CRAZY January Sale on for a limited time only, so be sure to grab a bargain while you can & retiring clear stamps or dies before they are gone for good.

Until tomorrow, thank you for stopping by today :)

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Stamp Of The Week – All Occasion Sentiments #2

Hey!

Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW). This week I am dusting off… All Occasion Sentiments #2

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Todays card was made recently when I received a nice surprise on Christmas Day! I’d been such a good girl in 2015, that Santa brought me a Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine – YAY! Unfortunately the Mini Minc played up and stopped working completely so I had to send it back (via Santa), after waiting a few days I got an upgrade to a full size Minc Machine *GRIN*.

Anyway, I had to give it a test run and played with the usual freebies you get with it and then I remembered I have some foils I used a Uni, way back probably 5+ years ago. So up into the loft I went and I eventually dug them out and found a BEAUTIFUL multi coloured foil which resulted in this card…

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As the ‘AWESOME’ is fairly small only 2 colours from the rainbow picked up. However I have a super CAS card HERE today which shows the full rainbow effect.

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Not to take too much shine away from the foiled sentiment & in keeping with the star for the ‘O’, I stamped the star background strips from Background Builders: Christmas in VersaMark ink onto a black panel of CS and then dusted Perfect Pearls over the stamping to make them shimmer & shine. This is a little more subtle than using heat embossing. The result a quick & simple card to congratulate someone on how awesome they are.

OK, that’s all from me today, don’t forget that this set is 20% off this week HERE in store. Plus we still have a CRAZY January Sale on for a limited time only, so be sure to grab a bargain while you can & retiring clear stamps or dies before they are gone for good.

Until tomorrow, thank you for stopping by today :)

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Stamp Of The Week – All Occasion Sentiments #2

Hey!

Welcome back to the NEW feature here at Uniko, Stamp Of The Week (SOTW). This week I am dusting off… All Occasion Sentiments #2

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I am pleased to have started the New Year on a HAPPY note :) So much so that I can’t seem to stop using the large HAPPY contained in this weeks SOTW clear stamp set!

This set is perfect for those harder to create masculine cards and todays card is an example of a super CAS card suitable for both genders and all ages…

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Another thing I am trying to do this year whilst creating, is to step away from my usual ‘go to’ colours and reach for those that I neglect. Like most crafters I have a HUGE selection of ink pads from different manufacturers and HUGE selection of card colours, but I always reach for the same ones and so before I buy more I am making myself use what I have.  I have done this on my card today, reaching for green and pairing it with a trio of yellow, purple and blue.

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On my card today I have paired the HAPPY with a trio of stars from Essentially Christmas and the BIRTHDAY from Simply Said Birthday. I added a trio of tiny rhinestones to the centre of the smallest star and adhered the stamped panel to my card base using foam adhesive.

OK, that’s enough waffle from me today, don’t forget that this set is 20% off this week HERE in store. Plus we still have a CRAZY January Sale on for a limited time only, so be sure to grab a bargain while you can & retiring clear stamps or dies before they are gone for good.

Until tomorrow, thank you for stopping by today :)

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