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25 Days of Christmas Tags 2020 Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2020!

Uniko is super excited again to be a part of this wonderful festive event organised by Tracey McNeely from In My Creative Opinion. If this is your first year joining in and finding out about the fun you can read all about it HERE.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE. If not, be sure to pop on over and see all the inspiration from the Uniko Brand Ambassadors joining in on the event.

I made a couple of tags for today & I am sure I will be back to share some more over the coming days too 😉

For my first tag I was inspired to use a non-Christmas Uniko clear stamp paired with the holly & berries from Winter Foliage. I used Background Blocks Wonky Stripes.

This is such a fun and versatile stamp, I’ve used it for so many different occasions and it is easy and fun to colour too. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Festive Sentiments and my tag shape is the All The Merrys from Concord & 9th.

This week Brand Ambassador Jane shared some Christmas card inspiration HERE using Jolly Christmas, which inspired me to dust off my Jolly Christmas Santa and make a tag!

Another CAS design! This time the HO HO HO sentiment is from Background Builders Christmas 2018. I’ve just inked and stamped just a section of the stamp.

The tag shape is an older die from Papertrey Ink, as is the polka dot ribbon. I think this is the only time of year I currently reach for and use ribbon and twine these days!

I look forward to seeing you join in on the event & if you share your tags on social media using Uniko products, be sure to mention @unikoltd and or hashtag #unikostamps #unikoltd 🙂

How about an extra Christmas themed GIVEAWAY?! Simply leave a comment on this post by November 30th 2020 and I will randomly select a lucky comment to win a Christmas bundle of Uniko goodies 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a lovely creative weekend.

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Edited to add the lucky comment WINNER for the Uniko Christmas Bundle..

Gail Scott

These are marvelous tag creations – first I want to thank you for sponsoring the 25 Days of Christmas Tag Hop – I just love those holly leaves on tag one and who can resist a Santa – love him on that double tag creation – which is becoming one of my favorite ways to create a tag – use 2 tags! TFS have a blessed day!

Congratulations Gail!

Uniko Sponsors the 2020 Fall / Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Friday!

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

Friday 6th-13th November 2020


The winner of the Uniko prize will be eligible to choose an in stock clear stamp set (any value) from the Uniko Website. There are also TWO Flash Prize up for grabs 🙂


Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Fall/Winter Themed Coffee, Tea & or Cocoa project, no back-linkng please. Random.org will be used to draw the winners.


To link up your projects and more details about the hop and Super Sponsors pop on over to the Coffee Loving Carmakers Blog HERE.


To kick this FABulous hop off I’ve created my own Fall/Winter themed coffee card…

For my card today I have used the FREE Uniko Digital Stamps Coffee & Friends, that I designed for Simply Cards & Papercrafts Magazine in the Nov 2019 issue.

To keep it fall / winter themed I decided to pair the digital stamp with the Uniko Let it Snow Stencil. If you know me, you know I would get a snowflake incorporated somewhere on my card 😉

There are TWO Uniko coffee themed FREE Digital Stamp Collections available to download. You can find the details and links HERE.

Some of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have joined me for this hop and have some more inspiration using the FREE Uniko Digital Coffee Themed Stamps…

Izzy Scrap

Jane Taylor

Rahmat Gouse

Before I go I have one more GIVEAWAY for a lucky commenter on this post! The lucky person will WIN the Block Party Coffee LOVE clear stamp hot off the press for our late November / early December 2020 release!! Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) November 13th 2020, to be in the chance of winning!


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

EDITED to add the lucky comment WINNER for the Block Party Coffee Love clear stamp:-

Sue Hall

My lush Uniko stamps arrived this morning….I was well chuffed at the speed of service as well as the quality of stamps. Thank you🥰 (I’ve tweeted my joy too, as I’m not on FB or Instagram)
Love the beautiful inspiration, very lovely. I’m now off to discover digital stamps….
Take care, hugs from Sue H. x

Congratulations Sue!

Uniko Challenge #61 Reminder – Anything Goes + optional twist Thanks

Myself, the Uniko Brand Ambassadors and our Guest Designer are here today to remind you about the September/October 2020 Uniko challenge.
We have a super easy theme of Anything Goes with the optional twist of Thanks.

Challenge Guidelines:
* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do 😉
* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!
* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible 😉

We’re super delighted to welcome back Ishani as our Guest Designer and she has created another incredibly beautiful card to inspire you to play along. 

Guest Designer – Ishani

Isn’t that just the most incredible use of Uniko goodies?

Don’t forget to check out all the Brand Ambassador inspiration over HERE and you will also find the link up for challenge entries.

I was inspired to get creative and dusted off the Kindness Blooms clear stamps and Designer Dies. (Bundle Offer available HERE).

I chose Altenew’s Warm & Cozy ink collection to stamp the dotted background. I then selected some card scraps that matched for my mat layer and to die cut the largest Kindness Blooms bloom.

The layout of my card was inspired by the current challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

I popped the die cut up with some foam adhesive & added the stamen image and some Nuvo Simply White Crystal Drops – love how the colour of these change when you add them over dye ink. It kinda sucks up some of the colour! The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks.

Today seems bittersweet. Normally I would have the studio packed up and I would be well on my way to Port Sunlight for Happy Stampers Festival. This October show would have been the last organised by Liz.

I remember clearly how Liz spent many years trying to get me to exhibit at Happy Stampers & looking back in hindsight I regret not doing it sooner! This show in May & October was my favourite event in my yearly calendar.

A night away with a friend with a glass or two of Prosecco and as ALWAYS I would be finishing off display boards. My perfectionism kicking in big time with a mix of pre show nerves and excitement.

I will miss seeing all your wonderful faces at the show, catching up with you all and giving you all a big hug. So I am sending virtual hugs your way.

However, tomorrow is World Card Making Day! A day in the card makers calendar we all look forward to and with the show landing on this day I usually miss/forget organising something fun.

So tomorrow, be sure to check out Uniko’s social media (Instagram & Facebook) for a GIVEAWAY and more!!

Until then, have a wonderful Friday.

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

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.

Hugs

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