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“Less is More” Birthday Challenge Guest Designer

Hello & Happy Weekend!

I am here bright and early this morning to tell you that Uniko is super happy and proud to be sponsoring “Less is More” again. This month they are also celebrating their 8th Birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY “Less is More”!

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This fortnight the theme is…

388 Colour Navy Yellow

As you may be aware, February is also Uniko’s Birthday month and we have an upcoming release (Feb 11th) too! I’ve had my hands on the release goodies for a few weeks now and I can’t stop playing with them 😉

I couldn’t resist using one of the NEW products on my card…

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This is a HUGE peek at a NEW clear stamp set & coordinating Designer Die collection, that we will officially be introducing on 6th February & will be available to purchase on 11th February 9pm GMT.

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Those who know Uniko products well, will know that this is the next in the BIG & BOLD series, BIG & BOLD Happy! Honestly, you won’t believe the fun I have had with the dies alone 😉

However, on my card today for “Less is More” I have combined both the stamps and just one of the dies in the collection. I used Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy and So Saffron for my colours to match the theme of Navy & Yellow. I thought some nice colour blocking was a good idea and also created a more masculine style card.

Here is one more view…

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Okay, that is all from me over here today, BUT be sure to check out a HUGE announcement over HERE at 9am AND be sure to head on over to the “Less is More” blog HERE and join in on the fun.

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Uniko’s 7th Birthday Linky Party!

Woohoo!

It’s time for some celebrating! This month at Uniko we are celebrating our 7th Birthday and I am kicking the celebrations off today with a party!

It wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without a PARTY, right?

Now, the party starts over HERE and you can find LOTS of inspiration from my awesome team, the link up to add your entry AND of course all the prize info. There are SEVEN ways to win 😉

All you have to do is create a birthday card and add it to the linky! You don’t have to have a blog to enter, you can link your card from your Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or like with ALL Uniko 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) AND there is an extra opportunity to win a prize if you do 😉

Okay, enough chit chat, how about some inspiration…

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I dusted off a couple of sets for this card, Background Builders: Seeing Stars and Balloon Bash. I used my MISTI tool to stamp both the diagonal ombre star stripes and the ombre balloon. I drew the ballon string with a fine liner as I wanted a nice crisp string! The sentiment is from Simply Said.

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The layout of my card was is from this weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge seen HERE and below. This is one of my favourite challenges to join in on when I can :)

Next I wanted to try out a new glimmer paste that arrived in the post, Nuvo Glimmer Paste – Moonstone. My goodness, this stuff is lush! Just look at the shine…

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This time as I wanted to use the paste through a Uniko Stencil I used the Balloon Bash stencil. I started out with the round pink balloon and used Altenew Cherry Blossom collection inks to achieve the ombre effect.

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I then masked off the pink balloon to layer the larger balloon behind inked up in Altenew Sweet Dreams collection. I then went back and placed the stencil over the smaller round balloon to

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This time I was inspired to join in on another favourite challenge, AAA Cards HERE and seen below. For this challenge they want you to use a third of your card (so leaving a third of your card with white space) & an optional twist of masking.#132

That’s all I have to share with you today, thanks for stopping by and joining in on the fun!

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Lots of Happy!

Hey!

LOTS of happy arrived at Uniko HQ this week, which included a few clear stamp restocks Simply Said Blocks, Simply Said Blocks II, Sweet Baby, Reach For The Stars & Happy Succulents. When restocks arrive they always inspire me to ink them up again, so I set aside some time to create!

Today I thought I would share the card I made using Happy Succulents

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I’ve used the large succulent corner spray image for my main focal point and added one of the sentiment options contained in the set. Apart from the colouring, which didn’t take too long with my Prismacolor Pencils, this card came together pretty quick.

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I used my MISTI tool to stamp the main image, as it is quite large it often takes a couple of stamps to get a crisp image.

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I used one pink and three greens to colour the image and added some of my favourite Gloss White Nuvo Drops as an embellishment accent.

This clear stamp set is available on the website along with the others I listed at the top of the post. I hope this has added some cheer to your Sunday afternoon :)

Thanks for stopping by.

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Thyroid Awareness Month Blog Hop!

Hey & welcome to the next stop on the…

Thyroid Awareness Month Blog Hop

I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful hop organised by the lovely Milka Gubo from Crafty Milka. January is Thyroid Awareness Month. 26 designers from all over the World joined together in this special blog hop which will last from January 5th until January 30th.

The aim of the hop is to support Thyroid Awareness Month and to raise public awareness of the importance of a Thyroid Gland and problems it can cause when not working properly.

We will be sharing our handmade projects featuring butterfly, butterflies and/or blue paisley pattern. Thyroid looks like butterfly and blue paisley patterned ribbon is a new symbol of Thyroid Awareness month, so it was our choice to incorporate these elements in our handmade projects.

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I felt this was a blog hop I really wanted to be part of for many reasons. Firstly I was a registered nurse for over 10 years. When I moved to the North East of the UK, I began a new path of looking after surgical patients and one of the surgical patients I looked after were those who had had Thyroid Surgery. I won’t go into detail, but they were a high level observation patient post operation, with many complications to look out for.

My second reason for wanting to take part is because a few of my close friends suffer from thyroid problems. This hop is just a small way of raising awareness and showing a little bit of love to those affected by it.

Here is the card I made to share with you all…

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I decided to incorporate both the Paisley Pattern and the Butterfly elements, using Uniko’s Marvellous Mehndi and English Country Garden Butterflies clear stamps.

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The layout of my card is from the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge seen HERE and below. The sketch made it easy for me to combine all the colours and elements – love it when this happens!

I used Altenew inks for my shades of blue a the card stock is the new Stampin’ Up! In Colour Blueberry Bushel. I also used Stampin’ Up! Stitched Framelits dies to die cut the 2 sizes of squares.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope I have inspired you with my card. Be sure that you catch up on all the blog hop stops (if you haven’t already) that are listed at the end of this post.

Before I go I have a little GIVEAWAY…

Simply leave a comment on this blog post & I will choose a randomly selected winner to receive a £30 Uniko Prize Package! Winner will be announced the 10th February to give you plenty of time to share this giveaway with your crafty friends 😉

BLOG HOP LIST:

Milka Gubo(5th)

Imke Ludwig(6th)

Jane Taylor(7th)

Kaja Vezenšek(8th)

Samantha Mann(9th)

Andreja Lampe(10th)

Анна Коссаковская (Anna Kossakovskaya)(11th)

Ksenija Rizova(12th)

Valentina Bizjak(13th)

Ale Suta(14th)

Kristina Pavlović(15th)

Tanja Kabel(16th)

Željka Jurkovic-Grizic(17th)

Donna Mikasa(18th)

Sabrina Lamarina(19th)

Darnell Knauss(20th)

Nonni Niskanen(21st)

Larissa Walgemoed(22nd)

Dunja Trautmann(23rd)

Neha Bhatt(24th)

Beverley Brown(25th)

Ishani(26th)

Maja Macura Sakač(27th)

Naz Sasayakiglitter(28th)

Sue Hastead(29th)

Preeti Datta (aka Dutt Preety)(30th)

A little note about GIVEAWAYS… This blog hop is not sponsored by any artist or company. Instead, there will be couple giveaways on some of the blogs along the hop. Be sure to visit each designer to find out if they are offering a prize, details about prizes and how those can be won.

Thanks again for stopping by! Hugs

Guest Designer – Faye Wynn-Jones

Happy Hump Day!

I am super happy this Wednesday morning as I have the lovely Faye Wynn-Jones from Stamping Fluffnstuff, my amazing Guest Designer for January back on the blog with some more Copic coloured Pure Florals: Peony inspiration.

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I am sure many if not all of you know Faye, but without further ado, I will hand you over to Faye to introduce herself and her beautiful cards she has made to share with you today.

“Hi Everyone, I’m Faye and I’m addicted to Copics. (Choklit too, but ssshh, that’s a secret, we’ll keep it between us!) I’m the Copic endorsed Instructor for the UK and I also work closely with the European Copic Distributor and Instructors.

I’m wife, Mum and HuMummy to three (demanding) cats too. With all that going on, it’s not often I get to colour something for fun. So I was delighted when Bev asked me to Guest Design for her. I first came across Bev’s gor-geous stamps at a show last year and I have to tell you it was love at first sight. If you get to any of the shows Uniko exhibit at, you must stop by. The girls are so friendly and the stall is a real feast of inspiration and yummy goodies. You might even spot me in a corner drooling!”

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I love colouring an image in monotone. It can be really easy to get caught up in what colours work with what. When you work only in grey, you take that away and can really focus on smooth blending and the light source. Once these things start to fall into place, it is much easier to work with colours and that’s what I did for my final card.

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Copics Used…
Grey; C0, C1, C3, C5
Peach; R000, R30, R21, E70
Green; YG61, G82, G24, E70
Supplies…
Make it Colour Blending Card
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day

Uniko Challenge #51 – Anything Goes, optional twist Love

Hey! 

Welcome to the January/February 2019 Uniko Challenge. 

This is our first challenge of 2019 and we’ve chosen a really simple theme to ease you back in – Anything Goes. But for those of you that are already into the swing of 2019 challenges and would like more to get your teeth into we’ve added the optional twist of LOVE.

We have the amazingly talented and super creative Trina P joining us as out Guest Designer for this challenge. I’m sure you all know of her and are just as impressed by her cards as we are, but it’s always worth a visit to her blog to check out what’s she’s been up to.

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Too cute!

I decided to go with the ‘Anything Goes’ part of the challenge, I’m not quite in the Valentine’s frame of mind! Plus, I treated myself to some new crafty goodies and wanted to give them a whirl with the idea I had formed in my head…

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One of the crafty products I bought was Nuvo Expanding Mousse. Wow, this stuff is fun! I tested out with the Pure Florals Chrysanthemum Stencil too & shared over on my Instagram stories.

For this card I have used it with the Scattered Polka Dot Stencil and this time I didn’t heat expand it. I love the flat shimmer finish it has just aired dried too. I bought the Mustard Seed colour and it is more like a vintage gold colour. I’ve used it on some Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet card stock.

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I’ve paired it with Pure Florals Peony and a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks (back in stock next week). I wanted the stencil design to be seen, so I stamped and embossed the smaller Peony bloom onto vellum. I only have copper and gold embossing powders (ancient) and neither matched perfectly with the Nuvo Mousse, so I decided to go with more of a contrast and used the copper.

The layout of my card is based on this weeks Freshly Made Sketches layout seen HERE and below…

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My talented team have some inspiration for you too, so be sure to head on over to their blogs and see what they’ve been up to.

Linda

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Are you ready to play?

Well, 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 (GMT) on Friday 22nd February 2019 (7.00pm EDT).

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January Non Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the first Non-Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY of 2019 – Whoohoo!! 

Just like last January, I have given the Design Team a huge task of choosing to use their favourites from those released in 2018. Thats a total of 23 new clear stamp sets, 2 re-introduced clear stamp set, 14 stencil designs and 2 new designer die collections to choose from!

Even for me that is a tough task, singling out just one product. However, with my newest publication and feature in Making Cards & Papercraft magazine, I was drawn to Wonderful Day. Here’s how I used it…

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Clean & Simple (CAS)  is my go to style and a challenge that enhances that style is a must to join in on. I Just love this weeks sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

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I opted for a one layer card, this makes for easy mailing but also keeps things CAS too. The Wonderful Day clear stamp set has fabulous sentiments, but I decided to use one from Pure Florals: Peony. Once this was stamped I added in the floral detailing reflecting the sketch and added some simple marker colouring for that pop of rainbow. I also added my favourite White Blizzard Nuvo Drops to the centre of the flowers.

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Before I hand you over to my amazing team, I thought I would share a few photos of snippets from the magazine feature.

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This is my first feature with this magazine and so they asked for a little bit about me. A lovely write up and always delighted for people to get to know me a little better.

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I think my love of Nuvo Drops came across in this feature and also my love of rainbow and favourite trio of colours 😉 If you want to get your mitts on the magazine it is available in UK leading supermarkets and can also be purchased via this link. You might just want to get a copy as their is a Uniko GIVEAWAY inside too!!

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Okay, let’s see what the design team favourites are and how they have been inspired to use the products. Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win a Uniko £25 eGift Certificate. You have until Midnight (GMT) Saturday 19th January 2019 to comment, winner will be announced Sunday 20th 2019.

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WOW! Wasn’t that a fun hop. It certainly looks like all the florals were a BIG hit with the Design Team.

I’d LOVE to know what your favourite product released in 2018 was, be sure to add it to the comments, I might just pick a random winner to win their favourite 😉
Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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Guest Designer – Faye Wynn-Jones

Happy Monday!

I am super happy this Monday morning to introduce you to Faye Wynn-Jones from Stamping Fluffnstuff, my amazing Guest Designer for January :)

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I am sure many if not all of you know Faye, but without further ado, I will hand you over to Faye to introduce herself and her beautiful cards she has made to share with you today.

“Hi Everyone, I’m Faye and I’m addicted to Copics. (Choklit too, but ssshh, that’s a secret, we’ll keep it between us!) I’m the Copic endorsed Instructor for the UK and I also work closely with the European Copic Distributor and Instructors.

I’m wife, Mum and HuMummy to three (demanding) cats too. With all that going on, it’s not often I get to colour something for fun. So I was delighted when Bev asked me to Guest Design for her. I first came across Bev’s gor-geous stamps at a show last year and I have to tell you it was love at first sight. If you get to any of the shows Uniko exhibit at, you must stop by. The girls are so friendly and the stall is a real feast of inspiration and yummy goodies. You might even spot me in a corner drooling!”

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I got to thinking about how I spend time colouring an image, sometimes, but not always, I create a background too. I wanted to see how it looked if I created a background and left the image ‘naked’. My plan was that the coloured background would make the image ‘pop’.

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On these two cards, I have coloured the backgrounds with Copics. For the pink card I added texture by applying Colourless Blender Various ink with a natural sponge. On the green card, I used the same process but I applied the Colourless Blender Various Ink with an old face cloth. After that, I splatted some ink across the backgrounds by flicking the Copic nib on the edge of the lid. You might want to think about putting something on your desk before you do that part!

Copics Used…
Pink; R81, R83, R83
Green; YG00, YG01, YG03
Supplies…
Make it Colour Blending Card
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to another fun year here at Uniko. I am super excited to share another year of what I love… my designs, products and creations with you.

Tonight I am sharing the first part of a project that was made at the last Uniko Stamping Retreat back in November, A desk top CD Calendar…

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These are so fun to make and are totally customisable, today I am sharing the front cover & January. For the front cover I couldn’t resist using the recently released Pure Florals: Peony. It is such a beautiful statement flower and as I have shown previously it looks stunning even when it is left uncoloured.

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The die cut numbers I have used are the Concord & 9th Double Cut Numbers. They are such fun dies and the perfect size for this calendar and cards.

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Obviously it is only correct to start in month order, so here I have paired the front cover with January. As the November Uniko Stamping Retreat’s main focus was the upcoming December Release products, I ‘had’ to use Snowflake Serenade!

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Here I have stamped the main large image from Snowflake Serenade is stamped in Encore Silver ink and heat embossed with my favourite Stardust EP. I’ve then added a sentiment from the set and some of the small individual snowflakes using Altenew inks. I couldn’t resist adding a few drops of Gloss White Nuvo Drops to the snowflake centres too 😉

That’s all I have to share today of this 2019 Desk Top Calendar, I will be back tomorrow with more months to share and at the end of the feature I will share a link for you to download and print the pages I created myself in Photoshop.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and Happy 2019!

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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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