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Uniko 10th Birthday February 2022 Reveal, Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Happy Sunday AND Happy Uniko 10th Birthday February 2022 Reveal, Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & Giveaway Day! 


The day we have all been waiting for. I do hope you have enjoyed all the celebrations this month and you have found time to join in on the quests. 
So without further ado, let’s have a look at all the new products available at 10am GMT over on the website HERE.

There is a formal introduction to all of the new products over on the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE and a link to all the Brand Ambassador blogs.

Here is what I created for today…

For my first card today I couldn’t resist using the Fun Flowers Spray Mask again. I think I may have just fallen in love with this just a little bit!

My usual 3 colours blended to create this rainbow effect. Again I used Concord & 9th Buttercup, Honeysuckle and Oceanside. The sentiment is another from Everyday Sentiments.

For my second card today I used the sentiment and gift stamps from Framed – Balloons to create a Uniko Logo colours inspired birthday card.

Next I went back to using another of the stencils, Fun Flowers Stencil & Mask and for this I started off with using the masks.

I placed the masks on my 13 x 13 cm with removable adhesive and then ink blended Concord & 9th Mushroom ink softly over the top to create some lighter and softer areas.

Once I was happy I removed the masks and then added the colourful flowers to the insides using the stencil. The circle centres are from the Fun Flowers clear stamp set and the BIG & BOLD You sentiment was perfect to add to the card.

Lastly for today I used Background Blocks Splatter with Fun Flowers clear stamp set to create this fun thank you card.

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut a selection of flowers and leaves from the stamp set and arranged them onto a Mushroom ink splatter background.

That’s all from me today, enjoy the rest of the hop 😊

Don’t forget to use the 10% discount code on your orders today, it is only valid until the end of the month! 

There is one last GIVEAWAY today, simply leave a comment on all of the stops along the hop for your chance to win £10 eGift Code* to spend in store. You have until Midnight Sunday 6th March 2022 to leave your comments.

Due to an unprecedented amount of entries during the month long celebrations and quests, it will take us a little longer to check all of them and randomly select the winners. ALL winners including this GIVEAWAY will be announced here on the blog Monday 7th March 2022.Crafty Hugs 

Introducing…Framed Balloons

Hello & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the final day of the 10th Birthday February 2022 Release product introductions. Be sure to check out the other introductions, you can find the links in the right hand side bar.

Today myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have more creative inspiration to share as we introduce the final new clear stamp set, Framed – Balloons. This series of stamp sets is growing, are so fun and popular amongst the Uniko fans and customers. 

The frames are great for making instant focal points and like you will see today there are SO many creative options.

All the products will be available for purchase tomorrow at 10am GMT, Sunday 28th February 2022.

Anyway, let’s take a look at Framed Balloons…

For my first card today I chose to use two of the smaller stamps from the set paired with the round balloon from Balloon Bash. It’s a nod to all my Animal Crossing lovers out there!

The confetti background was time consuming to stamp and colour, but I think it turned out pretty cool.

For my second card today I used the balloon frame and created another colourful card.

I simply stamped, coloured with Copic Markers, added the sentiment from the set and coloured the sentiment with a black fine liner. I then cut the frame out and adhered it to a white card base using foam adhesive.

That’s all I have to share using this stamp set today, but I know you are going to be WOWED by the Brand Ambassadors!

All of the products will be available to purchase on the website and we will have our traditional release day blog hop. I will also be going LIVE over on the Uniko Ltd Facebook Group sharing some release cards & chatting about the New Release.
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing and Re-introducing… Fun Flowers Stencil & Mask, Fun Flowers Spray Mask AND Fun Flowers Clear Stamps!

 Hello & Friday!

Welcome to Day 3 of the 10th Birthday February 2022 Release product introductions. If you missed day 1 and 2 you can catch up HERE and HERE.

Today myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have more creative inspiration to share as we introduce and re-introduce Fun Flowers Stencil & Mask, Fun Flowers Spray Mask AND Fun Flowers Clear Stamps!

Fun Flowers clear stamp set was introduced in April 2016 and ‘retired’ a few years ago, mainly as it needed that something else to bring it to life, some new Fun Flower Stencils! 

All the products will be available for purchase at 10am GMT Sunday 28th February 2022.

Okay, let’s get to the pretty stuff.

First up is a card using the Fun Flowers Spray Stencil & Mask. This was a design that looked super pretty and I was excited about when designing, but just couldn’t imagine what it would look like inked up!

There is no surprise I am delighted as it wouldn’t be here in the line up if I wasn’t! I started by using the stencil, which creates on this card the colourful inked blended base.

Then I placed the intricate mask inside and inked through using black ink to achieve the detail. A Simple sentiment from Everyday Sentiments and a few Nuvo Drops finished the card off.

For my second card I used the Fun Flowers Stencil & Mask, this really does breathe new life into the Fun Flowers Stamp Set.

For todays card I used just the stencil. I inked the different sizes to create an all over pattern. I then used my stamping tool to place and stamp the larger outline flower in black inside the large pink flowers.

Finishing off with lots of dimension. I stamped and fussy cut lots of the smaller Fun Flowers, adding little bits of colour and adhering them using foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks and I used some clear enamel dots. A busier card then my normal CAS style, but it’s vibrant and so cheerful.

That’s all from me today, you will see more of these products and the other products in the release on release day! Just one more introduction to go 😊

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… BIG & BOLD You & Stencil Flower Power #7

 Hello & Thursday!

Welcome to Day 2 of the 10th Birthday February 2022 Release product introductions. If you missed day 1 you can catch up HERE. 

Today myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have more creative inspiration to share as we introduce BIG & BOLD You & Stencil Flower Power #7.

The BIG & BOLD series of stamps has been slowly growing over the years and I am delighted it remains popular. There are lots of words coming to this series over the course of 2022, but today we see YOU being the focus. Personally I think this is a powerful word and great for encouragement cards and not just seasonal ones. I also think it pairs beautiful with the new Stencil – Flower Power #7 😉 

All the products will be available for purchase at 10am GMT Sunday 28th February 2022.

Today I have three cards to share with you. First up is a card using BIG & BOLD You.

Who doesn’t love a clean and simple rainbow card? This was pretty quick to make and I didn’t use my stamping platform. I simply used a pencil and ruler to mark out where to stamp the ‘Just For’ sentiment. Then repeatedly stamped it using my current favourite Concord & 9th inks.

You must know by now I love fussy cutting! So I stamped and fussy cut the ‘you’ (sorry no dies, yet) and adhered it using foam adhesive. The stamp set comes with some small accent stamps, I love dots so I added those for a little something else.

Next I had a play with the Stencil – Flower Power #7

I’ve created this Flower Power stencil a little different from #1, #5 and #8 that have been released so far. This flower shape is a little more simple, but SO much fun. This time there are 3 sizes of the flower on the one stencil and you get the masks too, which I have used to create this first card.

I used temporary adhesive to secure each of the 3 sizes of flower onto my card base. I then ink blended my 3 favourite colours, Buttercup, Honeysuckle & Oceanside, to create this cheerful background. The card is finished with a sentiment from Everyday Sentiment and some Nuvo Gloss Drops in Ebony.

For my final card for today I used the Flower Power #7 stencil to create the opposite of this first card.

Along with the flowers on the stencil, I’ve included a trio of circles to use for the centres. I finished my card slightly different, mounting the panel onto a white card base and adding a different sentiment from Everyday Sentiments.

There is so much fun to be had with this stencil, just wait till you see what the Brand Ambassadors have created 😉

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to pop back tomorrow for the next of the product introductions.
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing…Background Blocks Cogs, Background Blocks Splatters and Everyday Sentiments

 Hello & Happy Hump Day!

Welcome to Day 1 of the 10th Birthday February 2022 Release product introductions. Myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are here to cheer up your mid week with some fabulous creative inspiration.

Today we are introducing three new stamp sets that I am sure you will want to add to your Uniko collection, Background Blocks Cogs, Background Blocks Splatters and Everyday Sentiments.

I am delighted to be adding to this growing series of Background Blocks and especially ones that lend themselves to masculine makes. The addition of these sentiments open up so many options too. The ways the Brand Ambassadors have used these are genius and inspiring, so be sure to hop along with us. You can find the start of the hop HERE.

All the products will be available for purchase at 10am GMT Sunday 27th February 2022.

Okay, lets get to the good stuff!

My first card today uses Background Builders Cogs and I built my sentiment using Everyday Sentiments.

I started by stamping the cog block onto my Concord & 9th Mushroom card stock base in VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. I then stamped it again onto white card and fussy cut a few of the cogs out.

The mix of sentiments are heat embossed embossed onto a strip of PTI Smokey Slate card and adhered using foam adhesive. I’ve then scattered the fussy cut cogs and added some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Ebony.

For my second card I used Background Blocks Splatter. I started by inking the background with a mix of Concord & 9th Sorbet and Honeysuckle.

I then accented my card with the two balloons from Balloon Bash and another sentiment from Everyday Sentiments. This time some White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops to finish.

Next I wanted to show how both these ‘masculine’ orientated backgrounds can be feminised. So I created two matching cards, just switching out the background.

It’s been ages since I last inked up Beautiful Blooms III, so I chose this as my floral. I used the same Concord & 9th ink colours for both cards, Ballet Slipper, Sorbet & Honeysuckle for the flower. Sprout, Parsley, Clover & Evergreen for the backgrounds & foliage.

After fussy cutting the stamped floral I adhered it to my card using foam adhesive. I added then stamped the Thank You sentiment from Everyday Sentiments and a few enamel dots to finish.

I then repeated everything for this second card, though I did switch up the sentiment layout and enamel dot placement.

I can’t decide which I like best as they both turned out really pretty! That’s all from me today using these three products. I will be back tomorrow with more to share.

Crafty Hugs

HAPPY February and HAPPY 10th Birthday Month Celebrations – Quest 1 The Linky Party

Hello, Happy Tuesday, Happy February

AND 

HAPPY 10th Birthday Month Uniko! 

This month is all about celebrating 10 years of Uniko and I’m excited for all of the fun we have planned. Part of our celebrations we have ten quests for you to complete. Each quest will give you the opportunity to win a prize. And if you complete all ten quests correctly there will one random draw special prize of a £100 eGift Code to spend in store. 

Today sees the beginning of the first quest. Simply create a birthday card using Uniko products and share it using the linky at the bottom of THIS post over on the Uniko Blogspot Blog. 

Need some inspiration? The Uniko Brand Ambassadors have you covered, so be sure to check it all out over in the post too!

I had grand plans of having a variety of birthday cards to share with you today, as to be honest it was hard deciding what Uniko products to showcase for this special occasion.

All of the clear stamps, designer dies and stencils I have designed over the years hold that something special. A reason for being and a connection to a memory. It felt like I was choosing a favourite child and neglecting the other!

So what did I choose?

Inspiration took over and this was the end result! A mix of geometrics, florals and current favourite sentiment! Originally Organic, Background Builders: Delightful Diamonds and Floral Vines.

What do you think?

Are you surprised by my choice of stamps?

I do hope you will join in on the fun. There is plenty of time to join in on this first quest. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Sunday 27th February 2022.


Quest 1 Prize – A Uniko Birthday Themed Product Bundle 
Quest 1 RulesUse Uniko Products Only*.No back linking. Linked cards/projects must be new.Maximum Enteries 3 Per Person.
*If you don’t own any physical Uniko products you are welcome to use THESE FREE Uniko Digital images to create your card.  

Crafty Hugs

Uniko Challenge Reminder #68 – Celebrate + Optional Twist Reds & Greens

Hey & Happy Friday!

I’m back today to remind you that there is still time to join in on our current challenge…

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 😉

We’re delighted to welcome back Vicky as our Guest Designer and she has cleverly remembered that New Year is also an upcoming celebration.

How beautiful is her card featuring Floral Vines! I really hope you have time to pop over to her blog and leave her a lovely comment – HERE.

I’m still in full on Christmas mode, I need to sit down this weekend and write my cards and get some in the mail! As usual I think I am super organised, when really I am not – haha!

I dusted off Rustic Christmas for my card today. I can’t believe this is my first time inking it up this festive season.

I kept my design super simple as I might just need another quick mass produceable card for those last minute makes 😉 I added some little red heart embellishments and a sentiment from Christmas Sentiments.

Be sure to check out all the Brand Ambassador inspiration HERE. You will also find the link up to the challenge and all the prize details.

Crafty Hugs

Uniko Challenge #68 – Celebrate + Optional Twist Reds & Greens

Hello & Happy Friday!

Welcome to the November/December 2021 Uniko Challenge. This time we have the super simple theme of Celebrate, with an Optional Twist of using Reds & Greens.

For this challenge we are delighted to welcome Vicky as our Guest Designer.  

How awesome do Vicky’s reds and greens look? Be sure to pop over to her blog and tell her how much you love her card – HERE.

As usual the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have an inspirational selection of creations to show you. And albeit late to the party, I have a couple of cards to share too…

I’ve been wanting to ink up the Stencil – Christmas Pop for a while now and it seemed perfect to ink it up for this challenge. I started with a simple design and opted to use the stripe Christmas tree design.

I started with a set of 4 shades of green ink to create an ombre effect. I then applied Gina K Glitz Glitter Gel through the stencil to add some sparkle. My chosen sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks.

For my second card today I opted for another simple design to create a square card…

This time I opted for the solid Christmas tree and created a focal point using three shades of green and altering the level of the tree to create some interest.

This time I added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas which I have adhered using foam adhesive.

So, are you ready to play?

Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes

THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £15 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £5 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 eGift Certificate
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

There is plenty of time to join and play along with this challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 31st December 2021.
Crafty Hugs,

Uniko Sponsors the Fall/Winter 2021 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello & Happy Friday!

Friday 12 – 19th November 2021


The winner of the Uniko prize will be able to choose an in stock clear stamp set (any value) from the Uniko Website. There is also a Flash Prize up for grabs AND for the duration of the hop ALL coffee & tea themed products are 10% off on the SALE page 😊


Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Spring/Summer Themed Coffee, Tea & or Cocoa project, no back-linkng please. Random.org will be used to draw the winners.


To link up your projects and more details about the hop and Super Sponsors pop on over to the Coffee Loving Carmakers Blog HERE.


To kick this FABulous hop off I’ve created my own Autumn themed coffee card…

I’ve been off my creative game this week, so I opted for some sketch inspiration from the girls over at Freshly Made Sketches for my layout. You can it below and HERE.

I used Block Party Coffee Love stamp for my background sentiment focus which I trimmed and framed with a die cut. I then simply embellished the frame with the coffee cup from I LOVE Coffee.

As you can see I opted for some fresh muted tones of Mango Root, Espresso, Kraft and White.

This is always such a fun event in blog land and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful creations.

Before I go I have one more GIVEAWAY for a lucky commenter on this post! The lucky person will WIN a Uniko Coffee / Tea and Winter product bundle! Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) 19th November 2021, to be in the chance of winning!

Crafty Hugs 

NEW Month, NEW Stencils, Giveaway AND an Offer!

Hello! 

Happy Monday and happy November 😊 What a lovely end to October at the weekend with the Stamping Together Festival. It was strange, but super lovely to be back at the show after two years. Seeing new and familiar faces and sharing our love and passion for paper crafts and stamping.

On Saturday I shared this peek on Instagram of two NEW stencil designs I took to the show. I was intending on releasing them yesterday on the website, but exhaustion from the weekend caught up with me. AND the Beans were super excited about Halloween 😂

Anyway, I am excited they are now available on the website HERE. So let’s have a look at the newness with a formal introduction and some samples…

First up is the next addition to the Flower Power series of stencils and Flower Power #5. I am loving the larger size of these modern florals and they definitely breathe new life into the stamps too. 

Then we have Mid Century Modern Shapes. This stencil is the next product in my love for all things Mid Century Modern. I have more up my sleeve that will be coming soon 😉 but for now this is a fun addition to the previously released Mid Century Modern stencils and stamps.

So, now I have done the ‘formal’ introduction to these two beauties, how about some creative inspiration as to how I have used them…
First up some flower power…

For this first card I kept things really simple. I love offsetting these larger blooms off the edge of a standard size card. I love how it draws focus. 

I used Concord & 9th inks in Buttercup, Marmalade and Honeysuckle to blend through the stencil and added a simple sentiment from Simply Said Blocks and Simply Said Blocks III.

For my second card using this stencil I revisited a technique I’ve used before. Creating a ghost outline by inking through with white pigment ink first. Then removing the stencil and offsetting before inking with your chosen colours. 

It creates this lovely shadow effect. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry. Added a sentiment from Floral Vines (back in stock 22nd November) and some clear Nuvo Drops.

Then I had some fun with the Mid Century Modern Shapes and combined it with a few stamps from the collection, that will be back in stock 22nd November.

For this first card I layered two of the same shape to create a base for my focal point using two shades of pink from Altenew, Pink Diamond and Pinkalicious.

I then created a mask of the smaller shape I had used, rotated the stencil and placed the mask inside the large shape to create a framed image. I accented this with some explosions from Mid Century Modern Florals and a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks. 

Lastly for today I created a super CAS masculine congrats card. Again I used a masking technique with another of the shapes to create this fun design.

I love this starburst / explosion image, which you can also find in Kindness Blooms 😉 and again added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

So what do you think? Which is your favourite?


I do hope you like these two new additions to the Uniko Stencil line up 😊  So how about a GIVEAWAY?! 


Simply leave a comment on this post or HERE on the Uniko Blogspot post (or both) for your chance to win these two new stencils plus 1 of your choice from the store. You have until midnight GMT Sunday 7th November 2021 to comment. 


Now, that’s not all for today. I have a Stencil Offer from NOW until 5pm Friday 5th November.

Visit the Stencil section on the website HERE 😊 

Crafty Hugs 

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