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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

Website Open For Orders – Uniko Style!

Hello. 

Happy July & HAPPY re-opening for orders day! 

I’ve been waiting for this day for months and finally, it is here and I am a bag of nerves waiting to see if the orders will roll in. It certainly has been and still is strange times, but it feels good to be getting back to some kind of normality. 

The website is back open to accepting orders and I have decided to start with a twice week Post Office run to post your lovely orders. The days for posting orders will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. 

All orders will continue to be sent via First Class Mail in the UK and standard Airmail for Europe & International orders. Orders are not sent with tracking unless they are of £50 value or more. Please allow extra time for your order to reach you and you will receive an order complete email once your order has left the studio.

Please be assured that I am and have been taking the Covid 19 pandemic seriously here at Uniko HQ which is also our home. My work area is kept clean and regularly wiped down and I have been undertaking regular hand washing. We have adhered to all the lockdown regulations and have remained symptom free and have had no contact with anyone who has had symptoms of the virus.

To celebrate the reopening I made a card to share with you and it seemed apt to use my much loved Uniko Style clear stamp set. 

I sought inspiration from the Uniko branding colours for my card and also the card I am sharing over HERE on the Uniko Blogspot Blog!

I started by stamping the small elements from the Uniko Style stamp set to create a border effect. I then stamped and fussy cut the Uniko Style layered blooms.

I’ve used the Altenew Sweet Dreams and Cherry Blossom ink collections for my colours and the sentiment is a current favourite from Hello Lovely and I finished the card off with some Nuvo Stone Drops in Lady Liberty. 

It’s lovely to be back in business and I am looking forward to sharing more creativity with you soon! Be sure to hop on over to the WEBSITE and check out the SALE page for awesome all the awesome bargains I had on prior to lockdown!

Crafty Hugs

Hello, Hey, Hi!

Hello!

Oh my, what a strange couple of months it has been! I am so out of the loop with everything as we start to come out of lockdown or hibernation here in the UK. 

The majority of my time these past 2 1/2 months has been spent doing home learning with The Beans, doing the tasks the school set out and then speech practice. Then it has been keeping the home life ticking over, washing, cooking and cleaning. With everyone home 24/7 it has felt like an endless task. Then as bedtime for The Beans rolls around I collapse in a tired heap and no mojo to create 🙁

BUT…. finally I got the spark back to be creative when my husband finally uttered the words… ‘you can open up for orders again on 1st July’. This is what I had been waiting for and it has injected a bit of life back into me! 

Life is still crazy, I am still doing home learning with The Beans as we decided not to send them back to school in this time of uncertainty. BUT I am being a bit better at giving myself some time during the day to do something for myself. 

Like today, I finished the card I started making yesterday….

I thought some cheery flowers would be best to kick start my creativity and I decided to ink up the peony cluster from Hello Lovely. 

I kept things simple and used some Stampin’ Up! markers to colour the blooms and leaves. I used just one colour for each of the flowers, but went over areas with the same colour to achieve a darker shade. I did however use two greens for the leaves.

I trimmed through the image and fussy cut around the edge so it would be a border along the edge of my card and I popped it up with foam adhesive for some dimension. The sentiment is one of the mix and match options from the set.

I will be back again in the next few days with more to share, but for now I will just recap…

The website will open for orders Wednesday 1st July 2020. Orders will be posted out once or twice a week. I will confirm what days I will be posting orders once I have done a little research into the less busy times at my local branch. More details coming soon 🙂

Thank you to my awesome Brand Ambassadors for keeping the inspiration flowing during this time AND thank YOU for hanging in there with Uniko during these uncertain times. Your emails and messages have been much appreciated.

Crafty Hugs 

Bev 

World Bee Day – To BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop!

Hey & Happy HOT Hump Day! It’s a scorcher here in the UK today and up North we are recording temperatures of 27 degrees celsius!

Welcome to the 2020 BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop!

Hopefully you have hopped on over from the official start of the hop on Milka‘s blog and all the participants can be found at the end of this post.

The purpose of this blog hop is to celebrate World Bee Day, to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.

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Source: https://www.worldbeeday.org/en/

And this is what I have created for the occasion…

My creative mojo and time has been seriously lacking these past 5/6 weeks in lockdown here in the UK, but I managed to whip this card up using some AAA Cards challenge inspiration! You can check their challenge out HERE and below is the challenge cue.

I have gone over up to one third of my card slightly 🙁 I should have overlapped the bees onto the yellow and black stripes a little more perhaps. It was the inspiration I needed to create though! Oh, and BTW Uniko is the current sponsor!!

As it’s World Bee Day, the Uniko BEE Happy clear stamp set had to be featured and I have paired it with the Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe.

I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out considering my lack of stamping recently!

Happy BEE Day!

ALSO…

For your 1 in 19 chance to win one of the sponsor prizes seen in the graphic above, hop along blogs of the participating designers and sponsors listed in blog hop list below and leave comment on each blog hop stop.

  1. Milka Gubo
  2. Alice Huang
  3. Amy Tsuruta
  4. Anushree Vaish
  5. Beverley Brown
  6. Ishani Sai
  7. Julie Elak
  8. Kaja Vezenšek
  9. Kathleen Curry
  10. Larissa Walgemoed
  11. Laura Volpes
  12. Linda van Wely
  13. Melissa Chipperfield
  14. Neha Bhatt
  15. Nonni Niskanen
  16. Samantha Mann
  17. Sue Hastead
  18. Tanja Kabel
  19. Valentina Bizjak

After commenting, return back to Milka’s blog and add your name to InLinkz, but prior you do, please read Blog Hop details, terms, giveaway rules and privacy policy which are shared in Milka’s blog post below InLinkz.

InLinkz closes on May 27th 2020, 11:59 PM CEST. Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog on May 31st 2020 during the day.

There will be couple additional giveaways along the hop. Details about additional prizes and giveaway rules can be found on blogs that offers additional prizes.

Giveaway is opened Worldwide (+18) only. 

Happy Hopping & Crafty Hugs!

Bev x

Hello Sunshine

Happy Monday!

I thought I would pop by and share a Spring themed card to brighten up your day, put a spring in your step and start the week off on a positive note.

This is one of the cards I made over the weekend, when I found some creativity 🙂 I was totally inspired by the comments left on my Sending Hugs post HERE and it got me to thinking about ‘enjoying what we have’ and not what we don’t or want.

So, I took that on board and looked through my favourite challenges online and then to my stash for something I haven’t used for a while. One of the challenges I love to join in on is Freshly Made Sketches. So I decided to join in with the sketch seen HERE and below.

As you can see I was inspired to ink up the heart wreath from Originally Organic Additions. I love this set for Spring & Summer themed cards and I chose to use some yummy The Stamp Market inks, Leafy, Bubble Gum & Melon.

The ‘Hello Sunshine’ sentiment is from Spring Botanicals Tulips and I added some of my favourite Nuvo Drop embellishment to finish my card off. I stocked up on some stamps prior to lockdown & we have a post box just around the corner, so I hope to send some happy mail out this week to spread some cheer.

I hope you have a lovely day & thank you for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs

Sending Hugs

Hello!

How are you? I do hope you are well and tucked up safe at home. I thought I would pop by today with some virtual hugs and to check in with you all.

I feel I ‘up and left’ abruptly and I didn’t give any warning about suspending ordering on the website. I apologise for that, especially as I had started a sale and extended the discount code.

Last Saturday I was feeling optimistic and hopeful. That I could ‘carry on as normal’ through this weird and crazy time. But then, as the weekend continued, we watched the news and maybe I read too much on social media.

My optimism dwindled and the reality of it all came flooding in. From Monday I would be doing home learning with The Beans. I would be responsible for making sure that a form of education continued. That they both continue to progress with their speech. AND on top of that, I have a home to keep in check, meals to prepare & cleaning to keep on top of.

I talked it all through with hubby and with the uncertainty of his work, people scaling back on non-essentials and not wanting to risk bringing the virus home on going out when we don’t really need to, we took the decision to suspend orders on the website on Monday morning.

We had a feeling that the news that evening would be a ‘lockdown’. To only leave the house for essential shopping. We were right and since posting my last few orders (thank you) and buying a few essential items from the supermarket, we haven’t left our property.

So here I am, almost a week into not leaving the house & garden and having survived a week of home learning! As much as it has been a joy to have my boys home, to spend time seeing how much they have learn’t since they started school. It’s been stressful and exhausting! But they have thrived on the 1-2 learning environment, I’ve seen so much progress in such a short time with their speech and we’ve even done some fun tasks like drawing & painting, pizza making & junk model making!

I had envisioned that I would just go back to my once working on a night once they are in bed and continue with daily creating, blogging & working on new designs. Oh how wrong I was! This week I have simply been too tired once I have got them tucked up and settled and just collapsed in a heap on the sofa or in bed!

I am hoping that as we all adjust to the new routine, I will find the energy to do more of what I love and sharing it with you 🙂

Like today, I have spent most of the day Spring cleaning my studio space, organising and I actually sat down to make the card I am sharing with you. It’s funny how you come across things to put aside to use at a later date.

I came across an ink blended piece of card I had stamped with Background Blocks Graffiti Texture. Part of it had not stamped well, so I had put it aside to use for a different purpose. Like most times, these get ‘buried’ and forgotten about. Until today when I came across it and decided to die cut the largest loopy flower from Designer Dies Kindness Blooms.

I was even inspired to play along with a card challenge! I used the current sketch over at CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below.

The website will be back once some form of ‘normality’ resumes in the UK and we are no longer in a lockdown situation. You never know, I might even have a shiny new website to reopen with and a bunch of new products ready and waiting! I will however have a discount code & a sale on. So there is something to look forward to!

Sorry for such a LONG post. I didn’t think I had that much to say! I do hope you are all well, safe and finding things to keep yourself busy. I will do my best to check in & share more creativity this week.

Take Care & Crafty Hugs

Uniko Challenge #58 Spots & Stripes with Optional Twist to use a Stencil

Welcome to the March/April 2020 Uniko Challenge.

For this, our second challenge of the year we’re asking for spots and stripes on your cards and an optional twist of using a stencil.

This month we’re delighted to have Mac Mable as our Guest Designer. She is well known for her creative use of techniques and you’re going to love her interpretation of the theme.

Isn’t that just an awesome use of spots and stripes? If you get time please pop over to her blog and tell her how very impressed you are – HERE.

Today I opted for a clean & simple design with a rainbow of colours. I chose not to use a stencil this time but mixed up a few Uniko clear stamp sets to create my card.

I recently saw someone use some colourful striped and spotty designer paper and I wrote the idea down to have a go at recreating it with stamps. I used Background Builders Classics to stamp the stripes in a rainbow of Altenew ink colours. I then went in and used the Santa nose stamp from Jolly Santa to stamp the dots in-between, colouring them with a black fine liner to make them solid.

I ‘ve then combined the flower from Flower Power #5 with the leaves from Flower Power #6 and added the bee and sentiment from Bee Happy.

I love how colourful and cheerful this card turned out, it is more than ever needed at this time of uncertainty and worry around the world.

As usual the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have been creative and have inspiration for you too. Be sure to head on over to the Uniko blogspot blog HERE for links to their blogs & also the prize and link up for the challenge.

I hope that you find some creative time to join in on the fun & look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Crafty Hugs,