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March 2020 Non Release Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hello & Happy Weekend.

This month is non-release month at Uniko and on non-release months myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors revisit a previously released clear stamp set. 

This month we are revisiting Pure Florals Gerbera and giving it some fresh inky creativity.

As usual we have our GIVEAWAY, so be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win both the Pure Florals Gerbera Clear Stamp Set.  An alternative prize will be offered if the winner already owns this.

You have until midnight Sunday 22nd March 2020 to comment along the hop.

I thought I would start with a pretty pink card and use a quick colouring technique. It’s a good one if you’re not one for spending ages on colouring, but you can achieve colour depth and shading.

I started out by stamping the solid Gerbera stamp onto a panel of card stock using The Stamp Market Fresh ink to create an all over background.

I then stamped a single image onto a small scrap of card using the same colour of pink. Selecting a slightly darker colour of pink I shaded in areas of the petals to create depth and make it look realistic.

I repeated my process for the leaf using The Stamp Market Leafy and a slightly darker shade of pencil.

The flower is adhered to the card using foam adhesive and then I have tucked the leaf in and adhered using double sided tape.

Lastly for today I have a simple Copic coloured bloom. I have been getting some practice in with my Copic markers (still have a long way to go), and I had some Coral pinks I wanted to play with.

The layout of my card is from this weeks Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

As you can see from my photo I have coloured around the edge of my bloom. The matching dies are currently out of stock (sorry) and so I didn’t cheat and went back to basics with some fussy cutting. I have seen this technique used a few times around social media and I love the effect it gives.

Apart from my base card, this card was made from scraps I had left over from other projects. Having a coloured block like the navy card is a great way of using up pieces, as it the piece I have used for the sentiment. The sentiment is from Birthday Sentiments.

That’s all I have to share with you today, but be sure to stop by all the Uniko Brand Ambassador blogs and comment along the way for your chance to win.

Carol 

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Linda

Rahmat

Sarah

Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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International Women’s Day Blog Hop

Happy International Women’s Day.

Today crafters have come together around the world to celebrate YOU and all the amazing women in this wonderful community around the world, with an inspirational blog and Insta Hop.

Uniko is proud to be a sponsor of this inspiring event, along with 25 amazing companies.

All the details about the Blog Hop & Insta Hop can be found HERE at the beginning of the hop.

In honour of the day, it was only right that I created a card to mark the occasion and bring a little inspiration back to those that inspire me

I stood for a while looking through all my Uniko clear stamps and products, before choosing the Beautiful clear stamp set to use. Along with the sentiments in the stamp set, the little Geranium style flowers can be coloured in bright, cheerful and inspiring colours.

As you can see I opted for my usual clean and simple style for my card today.

I stamped the flowers in VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and coloured them with Copic markers. I seem to be on a roll with colouring with Copics at the moment and enjoying this colouring medium again! I still choose to stamp sentiments in VersaFine Onyx Black and clustered the flowers around the sentiment.

I do hope you will join in on the fun and celebrate today and how amazing & beautiful YOU are.

The next stop on the hop is Your Next Stamp and you can find the full list of sponsors, hop participants and organisers HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Crafty Hugs

February 2020 & 8th Birthday Reveal, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Sunday!

Welcome to the February & 8th Birthday product reveal, blog hop & GIVEAWAY! Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where I have formally introduced all the products available for purchase at 9pm GMT.

I have a trio of cards to share with you today. First up a super CAS card using Happy Days.

I can see this little set being a ‘go to’ for quick cards. Here I started with a panel of white card as big as my card base. I drew a faint pencil line a few centimetres from the bottom, making sure to leave enough space for my sentiment.

I then inked the silhouette foliage in Limeade, Lime & Fresh Leaf Altenew inks and stamped onto my card. I made sure to stamp part of the stem under the line as I wanted to cut along the line and around the image. This is then popped up onto my card base using foam adhesive.

For my next card I used Happy Days again, but this time I had an idea to combine it with Organic Wishes.

My idea was to capture new fresh spring leaves amongst the winter foliage and I used the ‘Bloom & Grow’ sentiment from Spring Botanicals Tulip.

Another quick stamped and CAS card. This time I added the stamped panel to a lime green card base using foam adhesive & tied some linen thread around the bottom section to add a rustic touch.

Lastly for today & continuing the Spring garden theme I decided to ink up and colour Spring Botanicals Tulip.

I decided to stamp & emboss the tulips in white onto a panel of kraft card. I then coloured the tulips using Prismacolor Pencils. I find colouring on kraft really forgiving when you don’t want to spend a huge amount of time colouring!

I used a trio of red/pink for the flowers and a trio of green for the leaves & stem. I used a little bit of blending solution to achieve a nice smooth finish. I decided not to add a sentiment on the front of the card & will add one inside if I choose to send the card.

That’s all I have to share with you today, but I know my Brand Ambassadors have so much wonderful creativity to share with you too.

Carol 

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Linda

Rahmat

Sarah

Wiebke 

Be sure to comment on all the Brand Ambassador blogs for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release! You have until Midnight GMT Saturday 29th February 2020 to leave a comment. The winner will be announced Sunday 8th March 2020 along with all the other 8th Birthday Celebration Winners 😉

Thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Happy Days and Background Blocks Pinstripe II

Hey!
Welcome to Day 5 and the last of the product introductions for the February 2020 & 8th Birthday Releas. If you missed day 1, be sure to catch up HERE , for Day 2, HERE,  Day 3 HERE and Day 4 HERE.

Today we have two more clear stamp sets to introduce to you, Happy Days and Background Blocks Pinstripe II. I’ve combined them both on my first card.

I love stripes and silhouettes and combining them both on this card was so easy. I used my MISTI to position and stamp the background, and I used a lovely Sunshine yellow.

I decided to stamp & fussy cut the silhouette foliage & adhere it to the card using foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Spring Botanicals Tulip, which we introduced yesterday.

For my second card I was inspired by two challenges. Firstly CAS(E) this Sketch! HERE for the layout and for the colours Color Throwdown HERE.

Such a simple design, but I really like how the colours work together and the foliage looks so pretty.

I’ve added one of my favourite and ‘go to’ sentiments from Simply Said Blocks and also some of my favourite embellishment, Nuvo Drops to finish the card.

I hope you enjoyed all the inspiration and the hops & left some comment love along the way. I will be randomly selecting some comments left on the Introducing hops to win prizes!

Thank you for stopping by today & I hope you will come back tomorrow for the full reveal, blog hop & GIVEAWAY! All the products you have seen over the past few days will be available to purchase at 9pm GMT.

Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Spring Botanicals Tulip


Hey!
Welcome to Day 4 of the February 2020 & 8th Birthday Release product introductions. If you missed day 1, be sure to catch up HERE , for Day 2, HERE and for Day 3 HERE.

Today I am introducing the newest addition to the Spring Botanicals clear stamp set series and this time I have Tulips. This stamp set doesn’t need much of an introduction. The set follows the same format as Spring Botanicals Snowdrop & Spring Botanicals Daffodil. It features a main floral image of Tulips and some Spring time & happy sentiments in the same fonts.

I’ve just the one card today 🙁 My mojo has been on a wander & my lack of time with it being half term and The Beans off school has not helped it! I did however find some inspiration over at CAS Colours & Sketches HERE with their colour challenge this week for my card!

I created a rectangle mask for my one layer card & blended the colours (as close as I could match) using my Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes. Then I decided to stamp the Tulips inside (using my MISTI) before removing the mask. The sentiment is also from the set and I masked & stamped it twice to break the sentiment so it would fit inside the inked section.

That’s all I have to share with you today. Be sure to hop along to Carol’s blog HERE and the rest of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors to see all their wonderful inspiration. Please leave some comment love along the way. I will be randomly selecting some comments left on the Introducing hops to win prizes!

Thank you for stopping by today & I hope you will come back tomorrow for more inspiration and the last of the product introductions.

Crafty Hugs


Introducing… Designer Dies Kindness Blooms

Hey!

Welcome to Day 3 of the February 2020 & 8th Birthday Release product introductions. If you missed day 1, be sure to catch up HERE and for Day 2, HERE.


Today we are back to introduce a collection of Designer Dies which coordinate with the previously released Kindness Blooms clear stamp set. I know I am biased, but this is such a fun stamp set, the loopy flowers are cute and adding the dies just adds to the possibilities.

Today I have a couple of cards to share with you, both are super clean & simple and I also tried to follow the challenge over at AAA Cards HERE, which Uniko is sponsoring!

For both of my cards today I have focused on the dies which coordinate with the loopy flowers. The collection of dies contains a total of 9 dies, four of which cut the flowers out. One cuts the whole flower with no detail cuts and the other cuts out the loopy details.

This first card uses the small loopy flower & it was a left over from a project for an upcoming magazine feature on the 12th March! I’ve stamped the flower and then used the detail die to cut it out.

I’ve used tiny squares of foam adhesive to attach the flower close to the corner of my card, stamped the sentiment from the set and added some of my favourite Nuvo Drops.

Next I wanted to show you how the flower dies can be used without the stamps.

Here I have used the largest flower dies. The black is die cut using the die which doesn’t cut any detail & then I have used the outline die to cut a bright pink flower to layer over the top.

Again I have used small foam adhesive to adhere the die cuts together. This time I added the stamen detail stamp to the middle, which also has its own die. I’m looking forward to playing with this as and individual die & stamp to create an awesome background!

The leaf stamped to the side is from the Kindness Blooms clear stamp set & the sentiment is from another clear stamp set we will be introducing on Saturday.

That’s all I have to share today using these new Designer Dies. I hope that you will hop on by to Carol’s blog (if you haven’t already). Don’t forget to leave some comment love, I will be randomly selecting winners to receive Uniko goodies!

Thank you for stopping by today & I hope you will come back tomorrow for more inspiration.

Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Anniversaire Arts Décoratifs & B. Builders Arts Décoratifs

Hey!
Welcome to Day 2 of the February 2020 & 8th Birthday Release product introductions. If you missed day 1, be sure to catch up HERE.


Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors are back to introduce two more clear stamp sets which continue the Art Deco theme. Anniversaire Arts Décoratifs & Background Builders Arts Décoratifs. If you head on over HERE to the start of the hop I have introduced the stamp sets a little more & you will find links to all the Brand Ambassador inspiration too.

This is what I was inspired to make…

I love this scalloped design & I couldn’t wait to stamp it and create a bright & cheerful rainbow background. AND I didn’t use a stamping tool to stamp it either!

When it comes to background building strips like this, I often find it easier to use my grid block & my grid paper to stamp. I could also see the edge of the stamp when inked to line it up.

There are so many fun ways you can colour this design, I had all sorts running through my mind as I was colouring this! As you can see I finished the card off with a sentiment from Anniversaire Arts Décoratifs.

Lastly for today I wanted to make a card using just Anniversaire Arts Décoratifs. This mini clear stamp set features mainly sentiments, but I have included two accent stamp as well.

Keeping with the gold embossed look like yesterday, but switching it up to stamping on a regal purple instead of blue. The results look just as elegant too.

I love this sentiment, I think it really shouts to the recipient to enjoy & let loose on the occasion you are sending the card for. I have quite a few friends that would appreciate this sentiment & some that might take it literal too 😉

This time I added a little distress style gold embossed edges to just add a little more to the overall CAS design.

Crafty Hugs

That’s all I have to share with you today using these new stamp sets, but I know my Brand Ambassadors have so much more to show you! Next on the hop is Carol, be sure to hop along and comment along the way. I will be randomly selecting comments left this week to win some prizes!

Introducing… Alphabet Outlined & Background Blocks Arts Décoratifs

Hey!
Welcome to Day 1 of the February 2020 & 8th Birthday Release product introductions.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where I have shared a little bit more about todays clear stamp sets & you will also find the links to all the Uniko Brand Ambassador blogs.

Today we are introducing two new clear stamp sets, Alphabet Outlined AND Background Blocks Arts Décoratifs. So how about some inspiration using these new stamps.

Alphabet Outlined features such a fun modern font and I wanted to create a fun and colourful first card using the alphabet. This is what I came up with.

I’ve seen similar cards on Pinterest using alphabet stamps as flowers and I thought I would create my own version using the stem from Flower Power #6.

I love how colourful the letters spelling ‘Hello’ turned out. I used Catherine Pooler Midnight ink to stamp the letters and used Copic markers to colour them in. I have then fussy cut them out.

I stamped the stem from Flower Power #6 onto my white card base and I altered the height of them so that I could fit 5 across my 10.5 cm wide card. As some of the stems at the bottom needed to be slightly longer, I used the top part of the stem on the stamp to stamp a second time to make it longer.

I trimmed the top of my white card and adhered it to a Lime Green card base and it looks like the flowers are growing out of the grass. The letters are adhered using foam adhesive and the ‘sunshine’ sentiment is from a stamp set we are introducing later this week.

Lastly for today I have a card using Background Blocks Arts Décoratifs. This is such a fun stamp to use for a focal point, but it also works for an all over design.

One of the things I love about the Art Deco style is the gold lines, angles and geometric designs. The image below from the Collins English Dictionary, is an example of the design which inspired my stamp design and also my card using it.

I decided to create a one layer card and instead of using black, which is common in Art Deco, I reached for a Denim Blue.

I used VersaMark ink to stamp the block onto my card base & it was fairly easy to line up and create equal spaces between stamping the blocks to fill the card. I then heat embossed with WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Regular EP.

The ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment is from a stamp set that we will be introducing tomorrow! It is designed to work with this stamp as much as the ones you will see tomorrow.

Crafty Hugs

That’s all I have to share with you today using these new stamp sets, but I know my Brand Ambassadors have so much more to show you! Next on the hop is Carol, be sure to hop along and comment along the way. I will be randomly selecting comments left this week to win some prizes!

Uniko’s 8th Birthday Linky Party!

Hey!

This month Uniko turns EIGHT and we have a month full of celebrations in store, with a NEW release at the end of the month and LOTS of inspiration from myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors along the way.


Today we are kicking the celebrations off today with a linky party! It wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without a PARTY, right? And the Party starts over HERE on the Uniko blogspot blog.

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 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 via the link above or ones from Magazine Features) AND there is an extra opportunity to win a prize if you do 😉

Before I get to those, how about some creative birthday inspiration from me…

I’ve had this card idea in my head for a while and today seemed the perfect occasion to make it for. I used BIG & BOLD Wish clear stamps and Designer Dies BIG & BOLD Wish to stamp and cut the rainbow of 8 candles.

I used my usual go to Altenew inks for the rainbow of colours and I love how pretty they look lined up across the card. I’ve adhered the die cuts using 1mm thick foam adhesive.

Instead of a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment on the front I decided to use ‘Make a Wish’ from Birthday Sentiments clear stamp set. One because when you blow out candles the tradition is to make a wish.

But also because ten years ago I made a wish and the wish was to run my own stamping & paper craft business and here I am celebrating EIGHT years of my little business.

Thank you for making my wish come true and for keeping my wish alive. Now before I get all soppy, how about you check out the birthday inspiration from my awesome Brand Ambassadors. There might even be the odd sneak peek at some new stamps coming at the end of the month 😉

Carol 

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Linda

Rahmat

Sarah

Wiebke

Need a little more incentive to join in on the fun? How about some prizes…

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing (any value)
  • Top 5 Chosen By DT – In Stock £5 Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Randomly Selected comment from the Design Team Hop In Stock £5 Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing

Thats a total of EIGHT chances to win! 


Winners will be announced Sunday 8th March 2020 along with all the other 8th Birthday Celebration Winners 😉

ALSO… why not take advantage of this fabulous discount code too! The code celebrate8 is valid for the whole month of February 2020 and can be used on any order placed, even if you place multiple orders during the month!

Crafty Hugs

January 2020 Release in Review Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Thursday!

Welcome to the January 2020 Release in Review Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where I have explained why another blog hop so soon!

Anyway, how about some more inspiration. I couldn’t resist using the Hello Lovely clear stamp set again and this time I broke out my watercolours.

You might know this already, but I am not the best at colouring. I used to have a lot of patience to sit and colour, but these days I get fidgety and want to get onto my next project!

I don’t know about you, but when I put myself ‘out there’ with my creativity and creations, there is always this thought in the back of my mind that worries about the judgement and comparison of my cards to others. This can sometimes stop me from just going with the flow and ‘playing’.

When I started this card I decided I was going to play, not worry about if my colouring was perfect and just be messy! I have to say I really like the results and apart from using my Altenew water colours, a basic water colour brush and Catherine Pooler Midnight ink, I didn’t use any specialist paper or supplies.

Catherine Pooler Midnight ink works wonderfully with alcohol markers, so I knew it would work with watercolour too. I opted to use my normal Whisper White smooth card over watercolour card, but with doing this I knew my colouring wouldn’t blend or be as moveable on the paper.

I had a piece of scrap card next to my project to blot and test the colours as I went and just stared from light to dark. I then just kept the idea of ‘messy’ colouring as my end result.

Once I had finished this more time consuming card I went on to make this super quick one layer CAS card.

I used some low tack masking tape to mask the sentiment section and then stamped the Peony spray twice top and bottom. The ‘Love You’ sentiment is from Festive Sentiments Outlined and simply coloured with a red Copic marker.

Lastly for today I wanted to create a card I had in my head combing Background Blocks Scattered Hearts & Pure Florals Cosmos.

I stamped and masked the Cosmos flowers and then stamped the heart background over the top. As I already had my water colours out I did more ‘messy’ colouring for the flowers.

I added some clear Wink of Stella to the hearts and a simple ‘Love’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

That’s all the inspiration I have to share with you today, but I know my awesome Brand Ambassadors have more stunning projects to share with you.

Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win. You have until Midnight Thursday 6th February 2020 to leave a comment and the random winner will be announced Friday 7th February 2020.

Carol 

Hannelie

Izzy

Jane 

Julie

Linda

Sarah

Wiebke

Thank you for hopping along with us.

Crafty Hugs

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