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Introducing… BIG & BOLD Wish Designer Dies

Hey!

Welcome to the last day of the April / May 2019 Release product introductions. If you missed Day 1, 2 and 3you can catch up HEREHERE and HERE, they’re not to be missed 😉

Today we have another set of matching Designer Dies to introduce to you. This time to coordinate with the previously released BIG & BOLD Wish clear stamp set. This set of dies have been requested by so many customers, that with the success of the BIG & BOLD Happy Designer Dies released in February, it was a must!

How about a look at these dies in action…

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How about a yellow and grey number with some smooth WOW Metallic Silver embossing?! This was such a quick CAS card to make and it could be easily changed to suit a recipients favourite colours.

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Next I decided to go rainbow style…

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I’m hooked on this die! It’s so easy to use and create quick clean and simple cards with colourful impact. I’ve layered and offset the ‘wish’ word die, using a variety of SU! bright card stock colours. I’ve added the ‘big’ sentiment from the coordinating clear stamp set and embellished the design with sparkly clear Nuvo Drops and some clear Wink of Stella.

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That’s all from me today using these new coordinating Designer Dies. However, it wouldn’t be a release without a daily blog hop full of inspiration!  As usual my AWESOME Design Team have worked their magic with todays products, so be sure to hop along & see them…

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WOW!

That was so much fun! I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the new products in action? Tomorrow is release day – yay! I do hope you will join us for our traditional reveal and Design Team Blog Hop :)

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Uniko Sponsors the Spring / Summer 2019 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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The winner of the Uniko prize will receive a eGift Certificate code to the value of £25 to spend over on the website. PLUS Uniko is a Flash Sponsor with 2 chances to win an in-stock £5 clear stamp set of their choice from the website.

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Spring / SummerThemed 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 Spring / Summer themed coffee card…

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Here at Uniko we have a new release on Sunday 5th May at 9pm GMT and I couldn’t resist pairing one of the new Background Blocks Mid Century Modern which we introduced HERE the other day, with the coffee cup from I LOVE Coffee clear stamps.

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I stamped and embossed the background with Altenew Silver Stone ink, VersaMark & WOW clear gloss embossing powder. I’ve then used Stampin’ Blends in some bright summery colours and lovely Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Drops!

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 10th May 2019 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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Introducing… Stencil Mid Century Modern

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Welcome to Day 3 of the April / May 2019 Release product introductions. If you missed Day 1 and 2, you can catch up HERE and HERE, they’re not to be missed 😉

Today we are heading back to the Mid Century Modern era to introduce a new Stencil, Mid Century Modern. This stencil is a  much larger scale compared to the Background Block Mid Century Modern  we introduced on day 1 and it is great for all occasions and projects.

I’ve two cards to share with you today using this new stencil and I have gone for some fun clean lined, graphic, almost futuristic and more masculine styled cards…

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As the stencil is my usual 6 x 6 inches in size I opted to make a 14 cm square card for my first card. This size card is a perfect fit for the stencils.

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I started by inking through the stencil with VersaMark ink onto a white card panel and heat embossed with WOW Opaque White EP. I then used Distress Oxides in my favourite colours and blended over the top.

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I’ve finished the card off with tomorrows product introduction, BIG & BOLD Wish Designer Dies :) and also some Ebony Black Nuvo Drops.

For my next card I decided to use my Oxides through the stencil onto some black card stock…

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I used the same colours as my first card, but they haven’t shown up as bright as I was expecting. That might be because I was lazy and didn’t clean my stencil from the VersaMark on my first card :( I still like the result though!

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This time I have finished the card off with the BIG & BOLD Happy Designer Dies and a sentiment from the coordinating clear stamp set. Oh, and some Gloss White Nuvo Drops 😉

It wouldn’t be a release without a daily blog hop full of inspiration! As usual my AWESOME Design Team and our Guest Designer this month have worked their magic with todays products, so be sure to hop along & see them…

Sarah P

Wiebke 

WOW!

That was so much fun! I hope you enjoyed it and you will join us again tomorrow for the last of the product introduction and LOTS more inspiration :)

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Introducing… English Country Garden Butterflies Designer Dies & Large Background Sketched Foliage

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Welcome to Day 2 of the April / May 2019 Release product introductions. If you missed Day 1, you can catch up HERE, it is one not to be missed 😉

Today we are introducing English Country Garden Designer Dies & Large Background Sketched Foliage Clear Stamp. Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of todays introduction blog hop. I have shared a little bit about todays designs and where my inspiration for them came from.

Here is a look at todays products in action…

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First up is English Country Garden Butterflies Designer Dies. This set of coordinating dies have been on my wish list forever! Usually my first make with coordinating dies would be a shaker card, but I resisted the urge and kept my card clean and simple and used the largest butterfly die to create a raised die cut aperture!

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Next I have a card using the Large Background Sketched Foliage…

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I wanted to have a little fun with this background stamp as it has a little more detail than the other 2 large background stamps I have in the Uniko line up. I’ve not long had the Avery Elle Focal Point Stripes Die and I thought it would be fun to use it as a focal point of this card to create a fun two tone green spotlighted image.

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It looks complicated, but it is really quite a simple card to make & you can actually make 2 cards from the effort of one quite easily too! I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the background in 2 shades of green Altenew Ink (I used Fresh Leaf & Lime) onto panels of white card trimmed to the same size.

Then I simply die cut the Avery Elle Focal Point Stripes from the lighter (Lime) panel and adhered it to the darker panel using foam adhesive, making sure that the design matched up nicely. I then adhered it to my card base & stamped a sentiment from Simply Said.

That’s all I have to share with you today using these new products, but I will have more on release day. I know my awesome Guest Designer and Design Team have lots of inspiration to share with you, so be sure to hop on by to each of them…

Jenny

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I hope you enjoyed the hop and that you will join us again tomorrow for another product introduction and LOTS more inspiration :)
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Introducing… Mid Century Modern Florals & Mid Century Modern Background Blocks I & II

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Welcome to Day 1 of the April / May 2019 Release product introductions.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of todays introduction blog hop. I have shared a little bit about todays designs and where my inspiration for them came from.

I’ve 4 cards to share with you today using the 3 clear stamp sets…

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Let’s have a look at them individually in more detail…

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First up is this pink & grey number. I’ve used Background Blocks Mid Century Modern on base card, stamping it in Altenew Silver Stone ink. This stamp is super easy to use to create an all over background, with no worries of having to line things up to match 😉

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For the focal point panel I have combined 6 of the flower building stamps from Mid Century Modern Florals to create my flower. I used Altenew Coral Berry for the oval and I heat embossed the white detailing with Opaque Bright White WOW embossing powder. 

I added the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from Simply Said (available on backorder & due in stock 3rd May) and added my usual favourite, Nuvo Drops!

Next I decided to up my colour game and went for some bright orange & yellows…

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This time I have used Background Blocks Mid Century Modern II as my backdrop for another flower built with the stamps contained in Mid Century Modern Florals.

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This time I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the background. First I stamped it in Altenew Silver Stone ink and then I stamped over in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Clear Gloss WOW embossing powder. The dome shapes are coloured with the lighter shades of Daffodil Delight & Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends and the detail on the flower with the brights.

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This time I have added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks and more of my favourite Nuvo Drops – just love these!

Continuing the orange colour scheme I was inspired by Orla Kiely for this card design…

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I’ve used the flower stem and largest double leaf stamps to create the repeated liner design down the right hand side of my top folding card. I used VersaMark ink and again heat embossed with Opaque Bright White WOW embossing powder.

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The sentiment is from Birthday Wishes, which was released last month and I’ve die cut the square using Sizzix Stiched Frames. More Nuvo Drops to finish the design off too!

Lastly for today I wanted to create a bright overlapped design to show how the Mid Century Modern Floral stamps can be used in a different way.

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The sentiment from Birthday Wishes is stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Metallic Silver WOW embossing powder. I’ve then used Altenew inks in Aqualicious, Fuchsia, Fresh Lemon, Volcano Lake, Silver Stone & Industrial Diamond to stamp and overlap various images from the Mid Century Modern Florals set. This time I added Nuvo Drops in Ripened Pumpkin add a finishing touch.

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That’s all I have to share today using these 3 stamp sets, but I will have more to share using them on release day!

For this release we have another inspiring Guest Designer joining us to help introduce all of the products. Please give a warm welcome to Jenny from Crafting in the Country.

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Hi I’m Jenny and I’m a crafter from the UK. I’ve always loved to colour, draw and make things but my addiction to card-making started when I discovered stamps, inks and dies. I love a Clean and Simple style with lots of white space but I’m one of those crafters that has to sit on her hands when I finish a card to keep that space empty!!.. Lol. I just want to say thank you to Beverley for inviting me join herself and the Uniko Design Team for the May Release… I’ve had fun creating with these great new products :)

Be sure to pop by Jenny’s blog HERE for your next stop on todays blog hop.It wouldn’t be a release without a daily blog hop full of inspiration! 

As usual my AWESOME Design Team have worked their magic with todays products, so be sure to hop along & see them…

Sarah P

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I hope you enjoyed todays hop and you will join us again tomorrow for another product introduction and LOTS more inspiration :)

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Uniko Challenge #52 – Spring with Optional Twist Easter

Hey! 

Welcome to the March/April 2019 Uniko Challenge.

Well the days are getting longer here in the UK and we look forward to warmer weather and more sunshine so our theme for this new challenge reflects that. We’d like your cards to be themed around Spring and if you celebrate Easter why not add our twist to your creations? 

We have the very talented Monika from Tinker Cards joining us as our Guest Designer for this challenge. Her card is just amazing, so fresh and clean and beautiful!

Awesome isn’t it? Be sure to go visit Monika’s blog HERE and tell her!

Here is what I was inspired to make…

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I was inspired to dust off Flower Power #2 and a sentiment from Flower Power #4, they are currently in the sale over HERE 😉

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I’ve used Distress Oxide Inks to create my little rectangle background & before removing my masks I used the Scattered Polka Hexagon Stencil to add some Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste. The ‘cherry blossom’ flower from Flower Power #2 is coloured with Copic Markers and I’ve used the coordinating Flower Power Designer Dies to cut the flower & stem out.

The design team have some wonderful inspiration too, so be sure to visit them too & leave some love :)

I hope you will join us and play along. 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 – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 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 (BST) Friday 19th April 2019 (7.00pm EDT)

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March 2019 Non Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the March 2019 Non-Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

For those of you who are new around these parts I will explain what this post is all about…

Here at Uniko HQ it is just myself behind the screen, blogging, designing, packaging stamps & orders through the Uniko online shop, customer service and all the things in between. I *usually* release new product every other month for a number of reasons, but mainly so I can keep up with everything!

On non – release months like this month I like to set myself and the Design Team a challenge to look back at a previously released product and give it some more love.

With Spring just around the corner here in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought it would be nice to give some fresh inky love to Spring Botanicals Daffodil, Spring Botanicals Snowdrop and Stencil Bright Butterflies.

As usual we have our GIVEAWAY, so be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win Spring Botanicals Daffodil and Stencil Bright Butterflies (an alternative prize to the same value will be offered if the winner already owns these). You have until Midnight (GMT) Saturday 16th March 2019 to comment, winner will be announced shortly after.

I’ve created a trio of cards to share with you today using all 3 products and some different techniques on each of them.

First up I have used Spring Botanicals Daffodil

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I’d created this scored Basic Grey (Stampin’ Up!) card base probably more than a week ago. I’ve been loving the trend I have been seeing around social media of adding embossed scored lines to cards. After purchasing a new Fiskars mini paper trimmer with interchangeable blades, I had to give it a go!

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I decided to do some partial fussy cutting of the daffodil, which is stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detail white EP. I used Prismacolor Pencils to colour the daffodil and adhered the panel to the scored card base using foam adhesive. The sentiment is also from Spring Botanicals Daffodil and heat embossed.

Next I thought I would try my hand at some more no line colouring…

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This time I used Spring Botanicals Snowdrop. I’ve stamped the snowdrops on to Crumb Cake card using VersaMark ink. I then used my Prismacolor Pencils to colour the image in. Stamping on the kraft card base made it easier to colour the white flowers 😉

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The sentiment is from Spring Botanicals Daffodil and again is heat embossed.

Lastly I was inspired to use the Stencil Bright Butterflies

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Earlier in the week I’d seen the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! seen HERE and blelow, and thought it would be perfect for some stencilling!

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I used my ink daubers to selectively ink the butterflies and flowers and I simply chose some bright Altenew ink colours (Fresh Lemon, Orange Cream, Aqualicious and Rubellite). I then went over the top with Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste – love this stuff! I finished the card off with a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II.

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That’s all I have to share with you today, but be sure to hop along with the DT and comment for your chance to win 😉

What an inspirational hop, so many new ideas, I hope you all enjoyed it too :)

Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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Thyroid Awareness Uniko Winner!

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Did you all enjoy the Thyroid Awareness Month Blog Hop? I sure did and it was a great way of learning and getting to know more about the condition in a fun and creative way. If you missed it and want to catch up on the inspiration shared you can see my original post HERE.

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My apologies for taking so long to announce the winner of the Uniko £30 prize package I was offering to one lucky commenter on my post. With the Uniko 7th Birthday & February Release celebrations I was super busy and it slipped my mind. Then at the end of last week I was poorly with a tooth abscess, went to see the dentist and ended up having an extraction the following day. I am really phobic of the dentist, cried like a baby just being examined and then I have to be sedated for any treatment. I am almost recovered, my mouth is still a little sore, but I feel loads better and in less pain!!

Anyway, enough of my sob story! How about that winner, randomly chosen…

Lucy E.

Your butterfly card is
lovely. The Marvelous Mehndi
background panel is so amazing!
I need to look at that stamp set!
Thanks for the inspiration.

Congratulations Lucy! Please email me at bev@uniko.co.uk along with your mailing address and I will get your prize in the mail to you.

Now, as it has taken me SO long to announce the winner I have randomly selected another lucky comment to win a small clear stamp prize…

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Beautiful sparkly butterfly card. I like how you used paisley too.

Congratulations Sue! Please email me at bev@uniko.co.uk along with your mailing address and I will get your prize in the mail to you.

Thank you to everyone that joined in on the blog hop and for the continued support & interest in Uniko :) Just a little FYI, there is still time to enter my HUGE Giveaway over HERE to win stamps for a year!

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7th Birthday February 2019 Reveal, Blog Hop & Giveaway Treasure Hunt!

Happy Birthday Uniko & Woohoo!

Finally the day has arrived and the 7th Birthday February 2019 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 shared a look at all the products & their prices! Did you see this though…?

This little gem is a Release Day FREEBIE Clear Stamp Set, we introduced it in the blog hop yesterday HERE.

This clear stamp set will be automatically added to release day orders of £25 or more up until Sunday 17th Feb 9pm GMT or while stock lasts.

After 9pm GMT Sunday 17th February, if there is stock remaining it will be made available for purchase at £5.

As it is our 7th Birthday Blog Hop I wanted to add a little more FUN to the blog hop and I have incorporated a Treasure Hunt!

Hidden in photos along the blog hop are these letter balloon icons.

The ‘Rules’ of The Treasure Hunt are simple…

1. Comment along the Blog Hop & find the icons

2. Email bev@uniko.co.uk with the following information

– Design Team Members Name & Balloon Letter Found

– What the Balloons spell out

Entries need to be emailed no later than Thursday 28th February 2019, for the winner to be announced Friday 1st March 2019 (winner will be randomly chosen from all the correct entries).

Prize…

The ENTIRE 7th Birthday February Release! (6 clear stamp sets, 2 co-ordinating designer die collections & 1 stencil design).

PLUS… I will still randomly select another winner! Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win ALL SIX Clear Stamp Sets!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Thursday 28th February 2019 to comment and the winner will be announced with ALL the 7th Birthday February 2019 Winners.

Okay, so now I have mentioned all the ‘formal’ stuff! How about a couple more cards using the new release…

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First up I decided to go for a more feminine card & opted to use Pantone’s colour of the year. I am partial to a bit of Coral and feel I haven’t embraced this years colour as much as I have wanted to !

I have used Background Blocks Pinstripe and heat embossed it in white across my card base. The sentiment in from Birthday Wishes and is also heat embossed. I added some white bakers twine and gloss white Nuvo Drops to finish.

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And lastly for today is another BIG & BOLD Happy card…

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This is the ‘other’ two for the price of one technique cards, where I shared the first HERE on Day 1 of the introductions! On this card I have done inlay die cutting with the ‘happy’ word die. I created a striped panel of coloured card (great way of using up all those scraps) on a thin piece of white card.

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I then die cut the ‘happy’ word die into this panel. As I was going through a couple of layers of card I went through my cutting machine a couple of times. I set the striped happy aside and kept the inner parts of the a, p & p for this card. I then die cut another happy from a white card panel the same size of the striped panel (which was used to create the card I shared on Day 1) and inlayed it into this striped panel.

Finally the word Birthday is stamped and heat embossed white and again I added my favourite gloss white Nuvo Drops to finish!

That’s all I have to share today using these products, but I know Ruth our Guest Designer this month along with the Design Team have SO much more to share with you.

Hop on by to see what Ruth has created HERE and this is the order of the hop following Ruth…

Also, don’t forget the enter the HUGE giveaway over HERE to WIN Stamps For A Year! If you need help entering the giveaway as you don’t have a blog or social media to link, send me an email and I will assist you :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by & joining in on the 7th Birthday February Release fun :)

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Introducing… Background Blocks Pinstripe & You Are, Yes You

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Welcome to the LAST day of our 7th Birthday & February 2019 Release product introductions. The last four days have been so fun and colourful. If you have missed any of them you can catch up HEREHEREHERE and HERE.

I’m back again today with my guest designer and the design team to show you LOTS of inspiration! This time we are introducing a new Background Blocks Pinstripe & Yes, You  clear stamps. Hopefully you have hopped on over from the start HERE where I have introduced these 2 new products a little.

How about a closer look at the cards I have made using them…

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This first card shows the pinstripe background perfectly! I’ve stamped it in Altenew Pink Diamond ink a couple of times using my stamping tool. The flower from You Are, Yes You is then stamped directly over the top in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and coloured with one colour of Prismacolor pencil. I added one of the leaves from the same set and a sentiment from Simply Said. Again finishing the design with Nuvo Drops 😉

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The colours for the card were again inspired by this weeks CAS Colours & Sketches challenge seen HERE and below. I rather like this colour combo, as I am quite a sucker for Grey!

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For my next card I decided to use the flowers & leaves from You Are, Yes You to embellish the corners of a die cut sentiment window frame.

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The sentiment is from Birthday Wishes, which was introduced on Day 2 and it fits perfectly inside the Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 4. The flowers and leaves are coloured with Stampin’ Up! stamping blends, fussy cut out and adhered to the card with double sided tape.

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Lastly, I wanted to try my hand at stamping a wreath using a self made wreath builder template and one of the leaves from You Are, Yes You…
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Oh my! This was so much fun to do! I stamped and masked the leaf as I went round to create a lovely leaf wreath. The sentiment is from You Are, Yes You and I stamped, fussy cut and coloured the flower from the set to add to where the wreath began and ended to make it look neat.
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That’s all I have to share today using these products, but I know Ruth our Guest Designer this month along with the Design Team have SO much more to share with you.

Hop on by to see what Ruth has created HERE and this is the order of the hop following Ruth…

Also, don’t forget the enter the HUGE giveaway over HERE to WIN Stamps For A Year! If you need help entering the giveaway as you don’t have a blog or social media to link, send me an email and I will assist you :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by & joining in on the 7th Birthday February Release fun :)

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