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May 2021 NEWS & Restocks!

 Happy Friday!

It’s always a good day in The Studio when a bunch of restocks arrive 😊 and today is that day! A few of these clear stamp sets have been out of stock for a while – my apologies for that. 

I feel like things are getting back to ‘normality’ and I am able to spend more of my day in The Studio now  that The Beans are back at school, I finally have more time to start investing and restocking again. However, I am taking things slowly and at a speed I can manage, it’s just me here in The Studio! Plus I always want to bring you new stuff too!! 

I’ve had a few emails about when Designer Dies will be restocked, so to hopefully answer some future emails I will post here! I will be restocking dies, but I don’t currently have a date as to when this will be, my apologies for this I know you love dies and it’s frustrating when they’re out of stock. 

Uniko dies are manufactured in the US, so along with this factor and the pandemic, they are also a BIG investment for a small business like Uniko. With not attending any craft shows since October 2019, plus being closed to orders during lockdown in 2020 due to the pandemic, I have had to decide what to feed Uniko funds into and currently my decision is for restocking stamps, stencils and new releases of these products. I hope you understand my decision and believe me, it isn’t easy making them. 

Anyway, lets have a look and see what clear stamp loveliness is lining the Uniko shelves again…

Background Blocks Graffiti Texture

Background Blocks Halftone

Background Builders Squared

Pure Florals Gerbera

I’m excited for these stamps to be back, a selection perfect for those masculine cards needed for Fathers’s Day and the Gerbera Daisy perfect for all those Summery cards! 
I hope there is something back in stock that you’ve been waiting for. If you have emailed me about a particular restock, they’re on the list for the next batch in June. 

Before I go today, it’s my BIRTHDAY and I’m 21 again – haha! So in celebration I have a discount code AND a selection of birthday products are on SALE

Ok, it must be time for cake now! Have a lovely day and weekend 😊 

Crafty Hugs 

Art Deco Inspired Cosmos

Happy FRI-YAY!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the Spring sunshine today 🙂 I’ve been pottering in the studio today and now that I am all caught up on packing lovely orders and emails, I have a couple of cards to share with you.

With a bunch of clear stamp sets arriving in the studio this week, this card idea popped into my head while packing orders and I had to make it! I shared a peek at the first card over on Instagram yesterday.

I wanted to make a colourful card and without thinking what colours to use I just randomly selected a rainbow of colours. I used these to colour the Background Block Art Decoratifs.

I’ve also been seeing a lot of monochrome florals around social media and so I decided to keep the Pure Florals Cosmos like this. I fussy cut them out and popped them onto my card using 1mm thick foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Floral Vines.

This card then lead to this next idea where I have simply reversed my colouring.

I’ve kept the layout, stamps and sentiment all the same and just coloured the Pure Florals Cosmos in the rainbow of colours and I really like how it turned out.

As I said at the beginning of my post, lots of lovely and popular restocks arrived in the studio. These include the three stamp sets I have used today, along with Background Blocks Mid Century Modern, Background Builders Seeing Stars, Just Because and Simply Said Blocks II.

Thank you for popping by today.

Crafty Hugs 

Passiflora… Just For You

Happy Easter Monday!

I hope you have had a lovely holiday weekend, no matter how you celebrate. We have had a lovely relaxed one, enjoying the sunshine, getting some jobs done AND of course eating some chocolate!

Today, while everyone was busy playing and watching football, I snuck off to the studio to have a little creative time 😉

This weekend the Passiflora Clear Stamp set & Designer Die Bundle has been a super popular purchase. With the Spring discount code, it is a pretty good deal to pass up! This inspired me to get inky and creative and this is what I came up with.

I’ve wanted to pair up this beautiful Passion flower with the recently released Background Builders Delightful Diamonds for a while now. I have used the open diamond to create a trellis on my base card. The sentiment is from the popular Floral Vines clear stamp set, which should be back in stock again in the next week or so!

Before I go today and maybe squeeze in making one more card 😉 there is still time to take advantage of this discount code & offer! I’ve added a few upcoming restocks available on backorder too.

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Challenge Reminder #64 – Signs of Spring + optional twist Easter

Hey & Happy Good Friday!

Myself & the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are here today to remind you about the March/April 2021 Uniko challenge. It’s a super easy theme of Signs of Spring with an optional twist of Easter.

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 😉

Don’t forget to check HERE to see the inspiration from The Uniko Brand Ambassadors AND you will find the link up to the challenge 🙂

Here is my Spring inspired card…

I was inspired to dust off the So Much clear stamp set as it recently came back in stock. I would love to adorn my front door every season and Spring with a floral spray like this. But for today I am adorning this card!

As you can see I have gone for my usual CAS style and I wanted the soft base card colour too peek through a little more, so I simply fussy cut away the corner following the design of the image.

After colouring the image with Prismacolor pencils I added a sentiment from You Are, Yes You.

Super simple, but hopefully inspiring from me today! I will be back over the Easter weekend to announce some winners from various giveaways I have had on the blogs recently, so keep an eye out.

As it is long Easter Weekend here in the UK, I have a discount code & special loyalty points offer for you too.

Have a wonderful weekend & stay safe.

Crafty Hugs 

9th Birthday February 2021 Release in Review Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Happy Weekend!

I couldn’t help but stretch our 9th Birthday February 2021 Release celebrations on for a little longer! Now the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have their goodies we can have one last party and showcase these new clear stamps and stencil with a Release in Review Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where I have introduced the hop and shared a little info. So how about I share a few cards that I have made using some of the new clear stamps…

First up is this card using Background Builders Delightful Diamonds paired with the silhouette from Happy Days. Originally I had planned to stamp the diamonds direct onto my base card, but I was having an off day with my stamping and it went array. So instead I fussy cut them out and adhered them to my card base with double sided tape instead!

Once I had created this trellis design I wanted to use a silhouette image. I have a couple in stamp sets, Just Because and Happy Days. I chose the one from Happy Days, but you will notice on my card the silhouette is taller.

I decided to get creative and tried stamping it on top of the first to make it taller and it worked. I love it when some ideas I have come off first time! I have then fussy cut the silhouette out, adhered with foam adhesive and added a simple ‘Hello’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

This lead onto my next card, another using Background Builders Delightful Diamonds and another card I had planned out in my head.

This time I wanted to create a band of diamonds across the top of my card. I selected the outline style diamonds to stamp so that I could add some colour.

I’ve finished the card off by layering with black and raspberry pink card and also with a sentiment from Floral Vines. Two very different looking cards using the same stamp set.

Lastly for today I have a card using the popular Floral Vines stamp set which is now back in stock, though be quick as the stock level has dropped since they arrived back in!

I decided to jump on the slimline card band waggon, though the initial trend might be not as hot as it was, I don’t know! The design would have easily fit on a standard size card, but I do love the extra white space.

Here I have simply stamped the main image from Floral Vines, coloured with alcohol markers and added the birthday sentiment from the set. A really quick and simple card.

That’s all I have to share today using the stamps, but be sure to hop on along the Brand Ambassadors blogs to be inspired and WOWed by all the creativity.

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Rahmat

I hope you have enjoyed this release in review as much as I did. Don’t forget to comment to win & be sure to check out the winners post HERE from the 9th Birthday February 2021 Release celebrations as I am still waiting to hear from a few winners!! 

Crafty Hugs 

2021 Spring / Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Friday!

I’m super happy you have stopped by today, Uniko is yet again honoured to be invited by the lovely Amy from Tsuruta Designs and proudly sponsoring another fun blog hop and challenge…

Friday 19 – 26th March 2021


The winner of the Uniko prize will receive a £20 eGift Code to spend on Uniko Website. There is also a Flash Prize up for grabs AND for the duration of the hop you can use the code COFFEE10 to receive 10% off your order.


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 Spring / Summer themed coffee card…

I started with a super quick card using a selection of Spring green inks to blend a background and the Block Party Coffee Love stamp.

The Block Party Coffee Love stamp is then simply heat embossed over the top in white. With the detail in this stamp I think it makes a wonderful impact with minimal embellishment.

For my second card today I wanted to use the recently released Framed – Floral Vines clear stamp.

I am all for quick colouring at the moment and for this card I decided I wanted to keep my ink blending inside the frame. To do this I stamped the Framed – Floral Vines onto my card base and heat set to avoid bleeding of the black ink.

I then masked around the edges so that I could blend a selection of Spring green inks with a pop of pink for the flowers. I embellished the card with the coffee cup from I LOVE Coffee also stamped with a flower from Framed – Floral Vines. The sentiment is a mix and match from I LOVE Tea and the coffee part masked from the main sentiment in I LOVE Coffee.

A few of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are joining me too and have created beautiful cards to inspire you…

Hannelie

Izzy Scrap

Jane Taylor

Before I go I have one more GIVEAWAY for a lucky commenter on this post! The lucky person will WIN a Uniko Coffee / Tea stamp bundle! Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) 26th March 2021, to be in the chance of winning!


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

Crafty Hugs 


Uniko Challenge #64 Signs of Spring with Optional Twist Easter

 Hey!

Welcome to the March/April 2021 Uniko Challenge.


Here in the UK the days are getting lighter and even if the weather is not catching up that well we are seeing signs of Spring. So that’s the theme for our new challenge.

We’re delighted to welcome Stephanie as our guest Designer for this challenge. I’m sure many of you will know her well and been inspired by her wonderful cards. A visit to her blog is always a pleasure, find it HERE.

WOW! what a stunning card using those Uniko Originally Organic stamps on vellum and subtle French Script background.

I’ve been loving the signs of Spring on my daily walks to and from the school and The Beans have been learning about the seasons, so it is a hot topic of conversation.

I decided to give some fresh inky love to one of the Flower Power stamp sets, Flower Power #6 in particular with a sentiment from Flower Power #4.

I love using stamps I haven’t used for a while and it was a delight to use these roses and create this climbing frame.

That’s all I have to share, but be sure to hop on over HERE and see what the Brand Ambassadors have created. You will also find the link up to the challenge and all the prize details 🙂

Crafty Hugs 

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Blog Hop

Happy International Women’s Day

As a business owned and run by myself a woman, Uniko is super proud to be one of the many sponsors of this event celebrating creative women around the world.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE the start of the hop and event on the Women BeYoutifully You blog. If not be sure to head on over and read all about the hop and all the places/chances of winning one of the many sponsor prizes.

To celebrate the hop myself and a couple of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have created some inspiration to share with you…

For my first card I couldn’t resist using the recently released Floral Vines clear stamp set to create this super CAS card with a Spring feel.

I stamped the floral vines along the edge of my card & coloured with Prismacolor pencils. I added a sentiment from Beautiful clear stamp set and added some Nuvo Drops to finish the design.

For my second card today I kept to the same colour scheme, but this time I decided to use Framed – Floral Vines.

I’m not sure if my ‘shading’ attempt ruined it a little bit, trying to step out of my comfort zone and experiment more with colouring!

This time I added a sentiment from Just Because and I masked the ‘you are amazing’ to be able to stamp it either side of the ‘s’ in because.

Now I have some inspiration from a couple of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors. Be sure to head on over to their blogs for all the details and leave some comment love.

Loving this colourful creation Jane has made using the recently released Background Blocks Solid Wonky Stripes paired with the popular silhouette and sentiment from Just Because.

Izzy has used our beautiful Pure Florals Gerbera for this stunning card and it looks like we have a unintentional colour theme of purple going on today 🙂

Be sure to follow the links to both Brand Ambassador blogs and leave some comment love. I will be randomly selecting a comment at the end of the hop on the 16th March to win an extra Uniko prize from the comments left on the Uniko blogs.

Thank you for stopping by today & joining in on the celebrations.

Crafty Hugs 

Happy 9th Birthday Uniko!

HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY UNIKO!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Uniko Birthday Celebrations 🎉  This month Uniko turns NINE and I am amazed after 2020, that I am still here! We have a month full of celebrations and a NEW release coming at the end of the month. 


Today is party time 🥳 it wouldn’t be a celebration without a Party, right?! It has become a bit of a tradition to hold a linky party.


Simply create a birthday card, any theme, any style and using any product you like and link it up via the linky below. You don’t have to have a blog to enter, you can link your card from your Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or like with ALL Challenges you can email me your entry to add.


You don’t have to use Uniko products, but I’d LOVE to see you using your Uniko stash (including Uniko Digital Freebies via the link above or ones from Magazine Features) AND there is an extra opportunity to win a prize if you do 😉

Hopefully you have hopped over from HERE, but if not be sure to pop on over and see the inspiration from the Uniko Brand Ambassadors. You will also find the link up for your entries 😉

Of course I made sure I got a little inky time in to create a card and made a super CAS design, inspired by a fave card challenge…

It’s a party so confetti was required! I inked up the Uniko Stencil – Party Confetti and I had to use Uniko colours too 😉

As I was inspired by the current challenge over at AAA Cards HERE, I used a balloon from Balloon Bash for my silhouette. The sentiment is from Birthday Sentiments and one of my favourite simple sentiment combinations.

Be sure to check out all the Brand Ambassadors inspiration HERE and don’t forget to leave a comment, there are prizes up for grabs!

Have an awesome Tuesday, Crafty Hugs


Uniko Super Sunday Guest Brand Ambassador – Anita from Neet & Crafty

Happy Sunday & Happy End of January!

I don’t know about you, but January has been the longest YEAR ever! But we are going out of January and heading into February (our birthday month) in style at Uniko.

Today on the blog we have a new monthly feature, Super Sunday Guest Brand Ambassador. Kicking off this fun feature is a super creative, talented, valued friend and customer of Uniko, Anita from Neat & Crafty

Be sure to head on over to the Uniko blogspot blog HERE to see ALL the amazing cards Anita has made and of course to leave some comment love.

Tomorrow we start the Uniko 9th Birthday celebrations, there will be lots of fun happening for the whole month, so be sure to pop in regularly!

Crafty Hugs Bev x