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Stunning Snowflakes

Hello & Happy Thursday!

I am finally back with a card to share! It feels like it has been forever since I had a good creative session. I am just squeezing something in here and there and most times it takes me more than a day to make one card!

I also just feel as though I am getting on top of things and then something happens and causes me to be constantly chasing my tail or just seriously lack mojo to sit and create 🙁

Last week I was feeling miserable as I pulled a muscle in my neck exercising. Apart from feeling sorry for myself, I found it extremely painful to sit at my desk for any longer than a few minutes. So that hindered my creativity.

This week I have the unexpected company of The Beans for two weeks, all thanks to Covid and someone in their class bubble testing positive. So, from Tuesday this week it was back to mummy home school. Luckily it is half term next week, but the boys still have to self isolate until the end of Monday 2nd Nov – it’s been a long few days already!

BUT, last night I had some energy and was inspired to make a card – yay! I’ve been itching to ink up the Stunning Snowflakes clear stamps since they came back in stock.

Even though my creativity has lacked a little, it hasn’t stopped me purchasing new goodies – haha! Including the NEW Concord & 9th ink cube collection!

You must know how I love ink and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these beauties when they arrived back in stock at Seven Hills Crafts!

Last night I set to testing their ink blending capabilities. The pads are the same foam style as the Catherine Pooler inks and The Stamp Market inks and having tried ink blending with those in the past, I was sure the results would be good.

They didn’t disappoint. I use blending brushes and the inks went on nice and smooth. I used Aqua Sky and Oceanside for the background and the same colours to stamp the snowflakes.

I die cut the Designer Die Stunning Snowflake and added some ink blending to that before adding it to my card with foam adhesive and smothering it with Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter drops! I love the natural curl to the snowflake points that happened as it dried. To finish the card off I added the ‘Let it Snow’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

Hopefully it won’t be as long until I share more creativity! I’m keen to try out more of the Concord & 9th ink colours, so I am sure I will be back soon.

Until then, thank you for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs Bev

Uniko Challenge #61 Reminder – Anything Goes + optional twist Thanks

Myself, the Uniko Brand Ambassadors and our Guest Designer are here today to remind you about the September/October 2020 Uniko challenge.
We have a super easy theme of Anything Goes with the optional twist of Thanks.

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 super delighted to welcome back Ishani as our Guest Designer and she has created another incredibly beautiful card to inspire you to play along. 

Guest Designer – Ishani

Isn’t that just the most incredible use of Uniko goodies?

Don’t forget to check out all the Brand Ambassador inspiration over HERE and you will also find the link up for challenge entries.

I was inspired to get creative and dusted off the Kindness Blooms clear stamps and Designer Dies. (Bundle Offer available HERE).

I chose Altenew’s Warm & Cozy ink collection to stamp the dotted background. I then selected some card scraps that matched for my mat layer and to die cut the largest Kindness Blooms bloom.

The layout of my card was inspired by the current challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

I popped the die cut up with some foam adhesive & added the stamen image and some Nuvo Simply White Crystal Drops – love how the colour of these change when you add them over dye ink. It kinda sucks up some of the colour! The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks.

Today seems bittersweet. Normally I would have the studio packed up and I would be well on my way to Port Sunlight for Happy Stampers Festival. This October show would have been the last organised by Liz.

I remember clearly how Liz spent many years trying to get me to exhibit at Happy Stampers & looking back in hindsight I regret not doing it sooner! This show in May & October was my favourite event in my yearly calendar.

A night away with a friend with a glass or two of Prosecco and as ALWAYS I would be finishing off display boards. My perfectionism kicking in big time with a mix of pre show nerves and excitement.

I will miss seeing all your wonderful faces at the show, catching up with you all and giving you all a big hug. So I am sending virtual hugs your way.

However, tomorrow is World Card Making Day! A day in the card makers calendar we all look forward to and with the show landing on this day I usually miss/forget organising something fun.

So tomorrow, be sure to check out Uniko’s social media (Instagram & Facebook) for a GIVEAWAY and more!!

Until then, have a wonderful Friday.

Crafty Hugs Bev

Wednesday Wishes!

Hey & Happy Hump Day!

Today’s cards were meant for yesterday, but due to technical issues last night, I wasn’t able to get onto my website to type my post. Them when hubby had sorted the issue out, I was already tucked up in bed and had called it a night!

Anyway, I’m here today with two Wednesday Wishes instead. With it being the first day of Autumn yesterday I was inspired to dust off Organic Wishes. It’s been a while since I used this set and it was nice to have a play 😉

For this first card I used some Autumnal colours and blended the background with Altenew Sand Dunes ink and then stamped the dandelion heads in Espresso. I hand drew in the stems and added the leaves.

The marker pen I used for the stems was a slightly darker shade of Espresso and so it didn’t stand out like a sore thumb, I went in and added some hand drawn details to the dandelions. Super simple but I think it adds depth and interest.

For my second card I loosely followed the sketch over at CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below.

I started by stamping the stems in Altenew Cloudy Night ink and added the dandelion heads afterwards. I added a little bit of sparkle to the dandelion heads with some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.

It’s a really wet and windy one here today, so lovely excuse to stay tucked up inside! I’ve a batch of restocks due in the studio this week, so lots to keep me busy too 😉

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Uniko Challenge #61 – Anything Goes With Optional Twist Thanks

Hey & Happy Friday!


Welcome to the September/October 2020 Uniko Challenge.


This month we have the always popular Anything Goes theme for this challenge and as it’s the time of year when we says thanks for the harvest of Summer and start to think about Thanksgiving we’ve added in the optional twist of Thanks.

We are delighted to welcome Ishani the winner of Uniko Challenge #60 as our Guest Designer. Her card is an autumnal delight of pretty colours and leaves.

I don’t think I have a favourite season, as I always find something I like about each of them! Autumn is the changing of the colours in nature and the low Autumn sun that shines through the tress on an afternoon. So try and picture this in your mind as this is where the inspiration for my card came from.

Like many of the Brand Ambassadors I reached for the Stencil – Natures Treasures II. I inked it up using a Autumn inspired colour combination and to make the background a little less stark white, I blended over the top with Distress Oxide Pumice Stone.

I’ve then stamped the word ‘thank you’ using Alphabet Outlined and then my favourite, fussy cut the letters! I do find fussy cutting relaxing. I’ve then popped each letter up onto the card using 1mm thick foam adhesive.

I’m thankful and blessed with an amazing team of Brand Ambassadors who have hung in there with me & Uniko these past few difficult months and as always they’ve an abundance of inspiration over HERE on the challenge post.

Be Sure to head on over for all beautiful inspiration, details, PRIZES and link up to join in on the fun!

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery 🙂

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Two For Tuesday – Beautiful Blooms II

Happy Tuesday!

I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things with The Beans back at school, a new health & fitness regime (more about this in a bit), Uniko open for business again – woohoo! and the usual mum/houeswife life juggle!

One thing I am making sure to do is, making time to be creative and at least make or at least start a card or project every day 🙂

Today I was inspired to dust off Beautiful Blooms II, it certainly has been a while since I used this cute little floral stamp set!

My inspiration for my cards today came from my friend Rebecca, who is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and has a September challenge over on her Facebook Page HERE.

It was so fun to stamp these flowers again and very therapeutic fussy cutting them out! The grid background I have used is an old one from Stampin’ Up! I like it because of its grungy style. The sentiment is from Birthday Sentiments.

The top flower is adhered to the card flat using double sided tape and the middle and lower flower adhered using 1mm thick foam adhesive for a tiny bit of dimension.

And as it is Tuesday, I couldn’t stop at one card! I went on to make this second card.

The layout of my card was loosely based on a card I made previously with this clear stamp set. You can check out previous makes HERE on Pinterest.

The coral flower was stamped first and then I masked it to stamp the leaves and then all masked to stamp the grid pattern. The blue flower is adhered using foam adhesive again and the leaves tucked in at the side.

It’s been a glorious sunny day and the hours have flown by! It’s certainly good to be back in a groove and all being well I will have some NEW products to share soon 😉

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by!

Crafty Hugs Bev

Two for Tuesday – Masculine Rainbow Stripes!

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a wild, wet and windy day here in the North East of the UK and feels like summer has been and gone 🙁

We’ve only a week left of the school holidays too, which leaves me with a mix of emotions. As much as I want The Beans to go back and get back into some form of normal routine, I am going to miss having them around again!

Today they have been playing nicely with Lego and gadgets in their playroom, which meant I had a little time in between housework to finish these two cards!

From a recent poll over on Instagram, asking if you wanted to see masculine or feminine cards, masculine came out on top, so that’s what I have started with. Though they do have a little bit of a feminine flair ‘maybe’ with my rainbow colour scheme.

I have a few ‘go to’ clear stamps when it comes to making masculine cards these are the Background Blocks and Background Builder stamps that are often more geometric in theme.

For this first card I have used a favourite of mine which recently came back in stock, Background Builders Wonky Stripes. This is such a fun and focal point stamp that all it needs is a little simple accessorising. Like I have done here with the balloons from Balloon Bash and the Celebrate sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

I have a ‘thing’ for rainbow colours at the moment and I couldn’t resist using them, even though I knew I was making a masculine card. I do have a few male friends that love a rainbow!

I continued my theme of rainbows and stripes for my second card. This time I used the Background Block Wonky Stripes to create an angled strip up the side of my card.

For this I decided to accent with the striped stars from Background Builders Seeing Stars and the Happy Birthday sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

That’s all from me today. Hopefully I will find some more creative time this week, I need to make two 6th Birthday cards for The Beans! Can you believe they turn 6 next week?? Where have those 6 years gone?!

Thanks for stopping by & stay safe.

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Happy Birthday, HB2U

Hey & Happy Thursday!

I hope everyone is well and getting some creative time in. I am managing to get a little crafty time here and there 😉 and had time Monday to start making this card which I finished yesterday, but only got time to properly photograph today! The joys of working from home and being a mummy 😉

With a restock of the popular Art Deco theme stamps I released back in February arriving in the studio the other week, I have been itching to ink up the Background Block Arts Dècoratifs again.

This is such a fun stamp and suitable for so many occasions and for feminine and masculine cards alike. I actually enjoy making masculine cards if I have the supplies to do them and I find geometric styled products lend themselves perfectly for masculine cards.

I set to stamping the background block to cover my base card and then used a selection of cool grey Copic markers to colour in a random selection of the geometric shapes in the design.

I then used the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from our very popular Simply Said Blocks clear stamp set and the Alphabet Outlined clear stamp set to create the HB2U, which I added some bright colours to, so that they stand out from the background.

I hope I have given you some more inspiration for making those pesky masculine cards!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs Bev

Aloha!

Happy Monday 🙂

I finally got round to making a card at the weekend after surviving week 1 of the school holidays & rubbish weather. I think by the theme of my card, I am hoping that tropical weather is on its way to the NE of the UK soon!

It has been a while since I inked up the Large Background Topical Paradise and even though I am the slowest at colouring, it was nice to sit and relax a while and dream of being back in Hawaii all those years ago!

I used the hibiscus flower and Aloha sentiment from Paradise clear stamp set to embellish the card and adhered using my usual 1mm thick foam adhesive.

It’s a busy week here in the studio as the restocks I order will be arriving tomorrow – yay! I am also finalising the next release for the beginning of September, all being well.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and the weather improves here in the UK so we can enjoy getting out a bit more!

Thanks for stopping by & Crafty Hugs

Bev x

Uniko Challenge #60 – In My Garden + optional twist Hot Summer Colours

Hey!

Welcome to the July/August 2020 Uniko Challenge.

We are delighted to welcome Anushree as our Guest Designer for this challenge. Her card is an absolutely magical mix of Uniko products and is an total stunner!

Guest Designer – Anushree

Thank you so much Anushree for being such an amazing Guest Designer!

And here is what I was inspired to create for this months challenge…

With a bunch of clear stamp restocks due in the studio 27th July (all restocks are available on backorder), including ones from the February Birthday 2020 Release, I was inspired to dust off the Happy Days clear stamp set for my card today.

In the past I was never a lover of green, but as I have gotten older the colour is more appealing to me! As you can see I went with all the greens for my card and I used the Altenew Tropical Forest collection to make matching shades easier.

My garden is pretty green this summer with not many flowers as with lockdown I didn’t take my usual trip to the garden centre for bedding plants. So this card also pretty much sums up what’s in my garden!

As usual the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are sharing such beautiful, creative inspiration. Be sure to hop on over HERE to the challenge post and find links to each of the Brand Ambassador blogs and also the link up to the challenge.

I look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Crafty Hugs, Bev

Restocks & a Card!

Hey!

Happy Tuesday, I hope your week has begun well. I’ve been busy here at Uniko HQ getting a lot of the requested restocks ordered and at the weekend the stencil restocks arrived, YAY!

The following stencils are back in stock… Mid Century Modern, Mid Century Modern Squares, Natures Treasures II, Party Confetti, Winter Foliage, Seeing Stars and Abstract Triangles.

AND I am happy that a bunch of clear stamp restocks will be arriving in the studio on 28th July. These include the following… Alphabet Outlined, Anniversaire Arts Décoratifs, Background Blocks Arts Décoratifs, Background Builders Arts Décoratifs, Happy Days, Just Because, Explosion! Explosion Additions, Background Blocks Mid Century Modern, Background Blocks Wonky Stripes and Kindness Blooms. They are all NOW available on backorder for those who want to get their orders in 😉

So with all these happy restocks arriving and arriving soon, I was inspired to create…

For the layout of my card I was inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

It has been a while since I’ve inked up the Mid Century Modern Squares stencil, so I decided to give it an outing and thought mixing the squares with the triangle layout would give a fun eye catching impact.

I used masking tape to mask the triangle sections one at a time and then simply inked through the stencil with Altenew Aqualicious ink. I then added the HB2U sentiment using the Alphabet Outlined clear stamp set. Which is available on backorder! I stamped the letters using Catherine Pooler Midnight ink, coloured with Copic Markers and fussy cut the letters out.

A fairly quick but fun design that is perfectly suited for those men in our lives!

Thank you for all the lovely orders, it’s Post Office run day this afternoon! I hope I have given you some crafty inspo to dust off those stencils and have fun!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs Bev x