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December 2018 Reveal, Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Woohoo!

Finally the day has arrived and the December 2018 Reveal, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY is here! The Release will be available to purchase HERE at a NEW time of 9pm GMT tonight.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where I have formally introduced all the NEW products. Now I have a couple more cards to share using some of the new stamps & stencils.

First up I have a card using Wonderful Day…

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I thought I’d start with a bright and cheerful card :) When I made my previous Wonderful Day cards I shared HERE, I stamped a bunch of the layered solid flower blooms in a variety of colours. These were 3 that were leftover and perfect to pop on a card.

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I kept the card really simple with the Wonderful Day sentiment, embellishing the flowers with a leaf & foliage sprig and some Glossy Simply White Nuvo Drops. I added dimension to just the one pink flower and whole panel is adhered to the card base using foam adhesive too.

Next I had to use Pure Florals: Peony…

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This time I stamped and embossed the smaller Peony bloom with VersaMark & Detail White EP onto watercolour card. I then used my Altenew watercolours to colour the blooms. Again, I am no expert at colouring or watercoloring, but having embossed the flowers, it gives you a line to keep inside. Plus with Peony flowers being so ‘fluffy’ and full you can get away with a more free style and artistic approach to colouring. Well, that’s my thinking anyway 😉

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The sentiment is just one of the options from the stamp set and again I fussy cut and layered the blooms, with just the top left adhered with foam adhesive for a little dimension.

Lastly, I went Christmassy and used the Stencil In The Forest…

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To create this card I used Distress Oxide Inks in Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive and Forest Moss. I secured my card layer and stencil in place and then loosely masked around each tree to selectively colour it with one of the trio of greens. It was quite a timely process, but the result is pretty cool.

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I tied some red bakers twine with a bell bow to make the card resemble a Christmas gift and added the Jingle Bells sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

That’s all I have to share with you for today, but I know that the team have an abundance of inspiration to show you using the new products.

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Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Friday 14th December 2018 to comment and the winner will be announced soon after.

Happy Hopping!

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Introducing… Pure Florals Peony Clear Stamp Set

Hey!

Welcome to Day 4 of the December 2018 Release product introductions.

I am so happy you have decided to pop by again. Today is the last of the December production introductions and I have saved a new favourite till last. Pure Florals: Peony :)

I have one more bonus card to share with you today using the smaller bloom from the clear stamp set…

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How about some classic colouring on kraft card stock with pencils? I wouldn’t class myself no where near an expert at colouring and I think this is a perfect choice and combination of mediums to get lovely results. I used 3 shades of pink Prismacolor Pencils plus white for the bloom and 3 greens for the leaves.

Once I had stamped the flower in VersaMark ink and heat embossed in white EP I started colouring. I always start with adding shading with the darkest colours and finish with the lightest and white to blend them together.

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To finish the card, I added some simple white bakers twine, a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II and some of my favourite Gloss Simply White Nuvo Drops!

As it is the season of giving, each day of the introductions I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment from either this blog post, the Uniko website blog post, Facebook or Instagram to receive an eGift Certificate code to the value of £10! So be sure to leave a lovely comment 😉 Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Winners will be announced tomorrow Tuesday 11th December before the release at 9pm GMT!
Thanks for stopping by today!

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Introducing… Wonderful Day Clear Stamp Set

Hey!

Welcome to Day 2 of the December 2018 Release product introductions.

I am so happy you have decided to pop by again. The countdown to the December Release is in full swing and this is the fun part where you get to see the sneak peeks I shared HERE in action on cards & projects.

Yesterday I introduced 2 NEW Uniko Stencils called In The Forest and Let it Snow. You can catch up HERE and HERE.

As December is a super busy time for everyone, it is just me doing the product introductions for this release. Though the Uniko DT will be joining me on Release Day for our traditional blog hop :)
Anyway, I have one more card to share using this new clear stamp set called Wonderful Day…
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For this card I focused on using the solid flower images and used 2 shades of Altenew inks for my stamp layering. I love these inks for their colours & their ease in not having to match colours for stamp layering! This card was pretty quick to make 😉
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I used Dew Drops & Aqualicious, Soft Lilac & Lavender Fields and Frosty Pink & Coral Berry for my colours. I stamped another of the sentiments from the set onto a small piece of Papertrey Ink Soft Stone card and also added just the small leaf stem to the flowers. I am in love with Simply White Gloss Nuvo Drops and I can’t stop using them on all my cards!

That’s all I am sharing here today using this new clear stamp set, but if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the cards I shared over HERE 😉

As it is the season of giving, each day of the introductions I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment from either this blog post, the Uniko website blog post, Facebook or Instagram to receive an eGift Certificate code to the value of £10! So be sure to leave a lovely comment 😉 Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!
Thanks for stopping by today!

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Introducing… Uniko Stencils – In The Forest and Let it Snow

Hey!

Welcome to Day 1 of the December 2018 Release product introductions.

This is the fun part where you get to see the sneak peeks I shared yesterday in action on cards & projects. As December is a super busy time for everyone, it is just me doing the product introductions for this release. Though the Uniko DT will be joining me on Release Day for our traditional blog hop :)
So I have a couple more cards to share using the 2 new stencils…
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For this first card I couldn’t resist using the white stencil medium again! I just love the glossy finish it gives and also the subtle dimension to designs.
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I kept the design simple by framing my stencilled panel, adding a little ribbon loop to the edge & a sentiment from the popular Simply Said Blocks Christmas clear stamp set released back in October.
Lastly I have one more card to share using the Let it Snow stencil…
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I decided to pair it with another older and popular favourite, BIG & BOLD Snow clear stamps. After inking the stencil with Altenew Ocean Waves & Dusk inks I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the snowflakes & some Simply White Gloss Nuvo Drops, slightly off centre to the dots in the design.
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I used my MISTI tool to stamp the large ‘snow’ sentiment in Desert Night ink and then again in VersaMark ink to heat emboss with Stardust EP. Some therapeutic fussy cutting & my favourite 1mm thick foam adhesive to assemble the card 😉
That’s all I have to share today using these new stencils. I do have a card HERE using them, so be sure to check it out! I will be back tomorrow with another product introduction and lots more inspiration.
As it is the season of giving, each day of the introductions I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment from either this blog post, the Uniko website blog post, Facebook or Instagram to receive an eGift Certificate code to the value of £10! So be sure to leave a lovely comment 😉 Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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December 2018 Release Sneak Peeks!

Hey!

Yep, I must be a little crazy, but I thought I would squeeze in one more release before 2018 is over 😉 So, I am super happy to share the December 2018 Release Sneak Peeks with you…

This month I am releasing 3 NEW clear stamp sets…

This first peek you might have seen on Social Media over the past couple of weeks 😉 It is the latest Pure Florals flower and one that has been highly requested for some time now.

This second peek is of a new Winter themed set, with my favourite, snowflakes!! And lastly, but by no means least the last clear stamp set for this release is another fun modern flower builder clear stamp set.

And how about a couple more Uniko Stencils to add into the mix?!

Just a ‘little’ release this month 😉 I will be back tomorrow with the first product introduction, I do hope you will join me and I look forward to hearing what you think about these Sneak Peeks :)

* Release Day is Tuesday 11th December and all the products will be available to purchase at 9pm GMT *

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Uniko Sponsors the Fall / Winter 2018 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Friday!

I am super happy you have stopped by the blog today as, Uniko is honoured to have been invited again by the lovely Amy from Tsuruta Designs to sponsoring another fun blog hop and challenge…

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Friday Nov 30th – Friday 7th Dec

For this Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop there is a record number of 87 Super Sponsors!! Uniko is super proud to be one of them :)

The winner of the Uniko prize will receive an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from the website. PLUS Uniko is a Flash Sponsor with 2 chances to win an in-stock £4 clear stamp set of their choice from the website.

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Winter 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 Cardmakers Blog HERE.

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

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When it is cold and snowy outside there is nothing more warming than a hot drink! I am surprisingly not a coffee or tea drinker (*enter shocked face*), however I do LOVE a hot chocolate 😉 So this inspired my card today. I’ve combined the Uniko I LOVE Coffee clear stamp set with a NEW Uniko Stencil ‘Let it Snow’, which will be released on December 11th along with some other NEW goodies!

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Ok, that’s all I have to share with you today, but how about another PRIZE?!

Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) Friday 1st June and I will select one lucky comment to receive a surprise package of Uniko goodies!

I look forward to hopping by and seeing all your wonderful creations, have fun!

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Uniko Challenge #50 – Celebrate with Optional Twist Gold

Hey! 

Welcome to the November/December 2018 Uniko Challenge.  This month we have a brilliant theme for you – Celebrate, with the optional twist of GOLD.

Although Christmas may be the immediate thing that comes to mind at this time of the year, Celebrate encompasses many other festivals or occasions, so we hope you’ll find it a really easy theme to play along with.

We’ve the wonderfully talented and awesome Mugdha from craftomania joining us as our Guest Designer for this challenge. If you’ve never visited her blog before you’re in for a real treat, her cards are amazing!

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Here is how I was inspired by the theme…

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I decided to make a celebratory birthday card and ‘tried’ to keep it masculine! I combine Balloon Bash with the recently restocked Birthday Sentiments clear stamp sets.

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I stamped and embossed the large celebrate with gold embossing powder and then stamped the smaller sentiments in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. The balloons are stamped in Altenew Aqualicious and Teal Cave ink and I added some stamped stars which I have also embossed in gold. I fussy cut the balloons, adhered the circle balloon with foam adhesive and used a fine liner to draw in the strings.
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I hope I have inspired you to join in on the challenge! If you need a few more ideas the DT have some wonderful inspiration too…

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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 – £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 challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 21st December 2018 (7.00pm EDT).

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Lest We Forget…

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

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A simple, yet poignant symbol of remembering. I have used Uniko Style to stamp my poppy and added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II.

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I was inspired by this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch seen HERE and below…

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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Jolly Christmas is Back!!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

I do hope your weekend has got off to a better start than mine!

I think I tired myself out last night painting The Beans room while they slept over at their Grandparents and then when that was done we had 2 BIG boy single beds to assemble. I think we finished up at about 11:30 pm !!

Then today I feel like I have spent the day doing errands, only to find frustrating obstacles everywhere I went. To top the day off I have just discovered a leak from our en-suite toilet and it dripping through the ceiling into the playroom. This calls for some R&R and GIN!

On a positive note, The Beans LOVE their new BIG boy beds and are tucked up fast asleep. My FIL has been round and hopefully fixed the leak too – fingers crossed all stays well overnight!

ANYWAY… enough of all my woes! I am SUPER excited that Jolly Christmas is now back in stock – YAY! He was the only sell out from the October Release and now he is back I am itching to share more using him, like I have on the card…

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On Thursday I took a trip out to our local Crafters Companion store with a friend and I was super happy to finally get my hands on some Simply White Gloss Nuvo Drops :) plus a few other colours! I’d seen Yana Smakula’s card HERE using them as a snowy background and had to give it a go.

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I’ve used Prismacolor Pencils to colour my Jolly Santa in and added Stampin’ Up! Glitter to the bobble & brim of his hat, along with the cuffs of his coat. The sentiment is a favourite of mine from Simply Said Christmas. I used the current Freshly Made Sketches layout for my card seen HERE and below.

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I had a lovely crafternoon on Thursday making cards to share with all the restocks that arrived in the studio this week. Lots of popular clear stamps are back in store including, Background Builders: Seeing Stars, Birthday Sentiments, I LOVE Coffee, Kindness Blooms and So Much. I will be sharing my cards over the coming days :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

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25 Days Of Christmas Tags – Uniko Day 8!

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I’m super happy you’ve popped by today as here at Uniko we are super excited to be part of a wonderful festive event…

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This is the 8th year the lovely and creative Tracey McNeely  from In My Creative Opinion has organised this fun and festive event to spread Christmas Cheer.

Uniko are honoured to be one of the 26 sponsors of the event and to be taking part :)

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Myself and the some of the Uniko Design Team have got our festive on and created some Christmas Tags to share with you, so let’s get to the inspiration!

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I wanted to go ‘Classic Christmas’ with a modern look, so I decided upon a holly theme for my tag duo :)

For my first tag on the right I wanted to use Background Builders: Christmas 2018 and a Lawn Fawn ‘joy’ die I have had for over a year now, but not used :(

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I started by stamping the stripes from Background Builders: Christmas 2018 in Altenew Industrial Diamond ink. The joy is die cut 5 times from Stampin’ Up! Real Red card and layered to give it dimension. I also added some fine glitter using a glue pen. The holly sprig is from Winter Foliage and the Christmas sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

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I used some Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow Satin Ribbon and some Stampin’ Up! Basic Grey Bakers Twine for the bow. The tag shape is also from Papertrey Ink.

Next I decided to use Background Builders: Christmas and my favourite 2 step holly background stamps to create an all over background on my tag.

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I used Altenew Moss & Ruby Red inks to stamp the holly background and this time I added a vellum overlay tag, which I added a sentiment from Jolly Christmas & Simply Said II, with some more holly from Winter Foliage to accent it.

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Again the ribbon is from Papertrey Ink & this time it is Simply Chartreuse and the Bakers Twine is Cherry Cobbler from Stampin’ Up! The tag shape is Clearly Besotted.

I hope I have inspired you to join in on this fun event and I would love to see someone inspired by a Uniko tag in the gallery!

How about some more festive inspiration from the Uniko Design Team. Be sure to stop by their blogs (links below) and leave some love!

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CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

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CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

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CLICK HERE to see more from Julie

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CLICK HERE to see more from Linda

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CLICK HERE to see more from Wiebke

All the details about the event and link up can be found HERE. Today’s Uniko post on Tracey’s blog can be found HERE.

Enjoy!