Cards

Art Deco Inspired Cosmos

Happy FRI-YAY!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the Spring sunshine today 🙂 I’ve been pottering in the studio today and now that I am all caught up on packing lovely orders and emails, I have a couple of cards to share with you.

With a bunch of clear stamp sets arriving in the studio this week, this card idea popped into my head while packing orders and I had to make it! I shared a peek at the first card over on Instagram yesterday.

I wanted to make a colourful card and without thinking what colours to use I just randomly selected a rainbow of colours. I used these to colour the Background Block Art Decoratifs.

I’ve also been seeing a lot of monochrome florals around social media and so I decided to keep the Pure Florals Cosmos like this. I fussy cut them out and popped them onto my card using 1mm thick foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Floral Vines.

This card then lead to this next idea where I have simply reversed my colouring.

I’ve kept the layout, stamps and sentiment all the same and just coloured the Pure Florals Cosmos in the rainbow of colours and I really like how it turned out.

As I said at the beginning of my post, lots of lovely and popular restocks arrived in the studio. These include the three stamp sets I have used today, along with Background Blocks Mid Century Modern, Background Builders Seeing Stars, Just Because and Simply Said Blocks II.

Thank you for popping by today.

Crafty Hugs 

Passiflora… Just For You

Happy Easter Monday!

I hope you have had a lovely holiday weekend, no matter how you celebrate. We have had a lovely relaxed one, enjoying the sunshine, getting some jobs done AND of course eating some chocolate!

Today, while everyone was busy playing and watching football, I snuck off to the studio to have a little creative time 😉

This weekend the Passiflora Clear Stamp set & Designer Die Bundle has been a super popular purchase. With the Spring discount code, it is a pretty good deal to pass up! This inspired me to get inky and creative and this is what I came up with.

I’ve wanted to pair up this beautiful Passion flower with the recently released Background Builders Delightful Diamonds for a while now. I have used the open diamond to create a trellis on my base card. The sentiment is from the popular Floral Vines clear stamp set, which should be back in stock again in the next week or so!

Before I go today and maybe squeeze in making one more card 😉 there is still time to take advantage of this discount code & offer! I’ve added a few upcoming restocks available on backorder too.

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Challenge Reminder #64 – Signs of Spring + optional twist Easter

Hey & Happy Good Friday!

Myself & the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are here today to remind you about the March/April 2021 Uniko challenge. It’s a super easy theme of Signs of Spring with an optional twist of Easter.

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 😉

Don’t forget to check HERE to see the inspiration from The Uniko Brand Ambassadors AND you will find the link up to the challenge 🙂

Here is my Spring inspired card…

I was inspired to dust off the So Much clear stamp set as it recently came back in stock. I would love to adorn my front door every season and Spring with a floral spray like this. But for today I am adorning this card!

As you can see I have gone for my usual CAS style and I wanted the soft base card colour too peek through a little more, so I simply fussy cut away the corner following the design of the image.

After colouring the image with Prismacolor pencils I added a sentiment from You Are, Yes You.

Super simple, but hopefully inspiring from me today! I will be back over the Easter weekend to announce some winners from various giveaways I have had on the blogs recently, so keep an eye out.

As it is long Easter Weekend here in the UK, I have a discount code & special loyalty points offer for you too.

Have a wonderful weekend & stay safe.

Crafty Hugs 

9th Birthday February 2021 Release in Review Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Happy Weekend!

I couldn’t help but stretch our 9th Birthday February 2021 Release celebrations on for a little longer! Now the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have their goodies we can have one last party and showcase these new clear stamps and stencil with a Release in Review Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where I have introduced the hop and shared a little info. So how about I share a few cards that I have made using some of the new clear stamps…

First up is this card using Background Builders Delightful Diamonds paired with the silhouette from Happy Days. Originally I had planned to stamp the diamonds direct onto my base card, but I was having an off day with my stamping and it went array. So instead I fussy cut them out and adhered them to my card base with double sided tape instead!

Once I had created this trellis design I wanted to use a silhouette image. I have a couple in stamp sets, Just Because and Happy Days. I chose the one from Happy Days, but you will notice on my card the silhouette is taller.

I decided to get creative and tried stamping it on top of the first to make it taller and it worked. I love it when some ideas I have come off first time! I have then fussy cut the silhouette out, adhered with foam adhesive and added a simple ‘Hello’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

This lead onto my next card, another using Background Builders Delightful Diamonds and another card I had planned out in my head.

This time I wanted to create a band of diamonds across the top of my card. I selected the outline style diamonds to stamp so that I could add some colour.

I’ve finished the card off by layering with black and raspberry pink card and also with a sentiment from Floral Vines. Two very different looking cards using the same stamp set.

Lastly for today I have a card using the popular Floral Vines stamp set which is now back in stock, though be quick as the stock level has dropped since they arrived back in!

I decided to jump on the slimline card band waggon, though the initial trend might be not as hot as it was, I don’t know! The design would have easily fit on a standard size card, but I do love the extra white space.

Here I have simply stamped the main image from Floral Vines, coloured with alcohol markers and added the birthday sentiment from the set. A really quick and simple card.

That’s all I have to share today using the stamps, but be sure to hop on along the Brand Ambassadors blogs to be inspired and WOWed by all the creativity.

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Rahmat

I hope you have enjoyed this release in review as much as I did. Don’t forget to comment to win & be sure to check out the winners post HERE from the 9th Birthday February 2021 Release celebrations as I am still waiting to hear from a few winners!! 

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Challenge #64 Signs of Spring with Optional Twist Easter

 Hey!

Welcome to the March/April 2021 Uniko Challenge.


Here in the UK the days are getting lighter and even if the weather is not catching up that well we are seeing signs of Spring. So that’s the theme for our new challenge.

We’re delighted to welcome Stephanie as our guest Designer for this challenge. I’m sure many of you will know her well and been inspired by her wonderful cards. A visit to her blog is always a pleasure, find it HERE.

WOW! what a stunning card using those Uniko Originally Organic stamps on vellum and subtle French Script background.

I’ve been loving the signs of Spring on my daily walks to and from the school and The Beans have been learning about the seasons, so it is a hot topic of conversation.

I decided to give some fresh inky love to one of the Flower Power stamp sets, Flower Power #6 in particular with a sentiment from Flower Power #4.

I love using stamps I haven’t used for a while and it was a delight to use these roses and create this climbing frame.

That’s all I have to share, but be sure to hop on over HERE and see what the Brand Ambassadors have created. You will also find the link up to the challenge and all the prize details 🙂

Crafty Hugs 

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Blog Hop

Happy International Women’s Day

As a business owned and run by myself a woman, Uniko is super proud to be one of the many sponsors of this event celebrating creative women around the world.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE the start of the hop and event on the Women BeYoutifully You blog. If not be sure to head on over and read all about the hop and all the places/chances of winning one of the many sponsor prizes.

To celebrate the hop myself and a couple of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have created some inspiration to share with you…

For my first card I couldn’t resist using the recently released Floral Vines clear stamp set to create this super CAS card with a Spring feel.

I stamped the floral vines along the edge of my card & coloured with Prismacolor pencils. I added a sentiment from Beautiful clear stamp set and added some Nuvo Drops to finish the design.

For my second card today I kept to the same colour scheme, but this time I decided to use Framed – Floral Vines.

I’m not sure if my ‘shading’ attempt ruined it a little bit, trying to step out of my comfort zone and experiment more with colouring!

This time I added a sentiment from Just Because and I masked the ‘you are amazing’ to be able to stamp it either side of the ‘s’ in because.

Now I have some inspiration from a couple of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors. Be sure to head on over to their blogs for all the details and leave some comment love.

Loving this colourful creation Jane has made using the recently released Background Blocks Solid Wonky Stripes paired with the popular silhouette and sentiment from Just Because.

Izzy has used our beautiful Pure Florals Gerbera for this stunning card and it looks like we have a unintentional colour theme of purple going on today 🙂

Be sure to follow the links to both Brand Ambassador blogs and leave some comment love. I will be randomly selecting a comment at the end of the hop on the 16th March to win an extra Uniko prize from the comments left on the Uniko blogs.

Thank you for stopping by today & joining in on the celebrations.

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Sponsors AAA Cards – Along the Edge with Optional Twist Snowflakes

Happy Sunday!

I’m here today to let you know about the new challenge over at AAA Cards AND Uniko is also the proud sponsor of the challenge, so another opportunity to get yourself some Uniko goodies!

This time they want to see the detail along the edge of your card & there is an optional twist of using snowflakes! Who doesn’t love snowflakes?!

If you know me, I love a snowflake or two, or three! So I had to choose the optional twist and add them to my card today.

I’ve combined a couple of Uniko snowflake goodies along the bottom edge of my card. First, I used the Stencil Let it Snow and then I added some snowflake embellishments using the Stunning Snowflakes clear stamp set. The sentiment is also from this set.

Such a fun challenge! Be sure to head on over HERE to AAA Cards post for all the details and the link up. I look forward to seeing you have some fun with this one and don’t forget to tag Uniko if you share your entry on social media 🙂

Crafty Hugs Bev x

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!

No Tricks, Just Treats, Happy BOO Day!

Happy Weekend & Happy Halloween!

I know not everyone celebrates the occasion, but with the way 2020 has panned out so far we all deserve some treats. So to celebrate the occasion I have a couple of offers this weekend 🙂

FREE Worldwide Shipping is usually only on orders of £50 or more, so I’ve reduced the minimum spend by half. Also, if you spend over £30 you can choose an in stock Uniko Stencil for FREE! 


What’s not to love about these treats?! 


Be quick as they end tomorrow Sunday 1st November 2020 at Midday GMT.

I’ve been lucky and inspired to get creative and as I don’t own any spooky or Halloween stamps I had to put my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with…

I was linking up Simply Said Blocks over HERE on the Uniko Blogspot blog earlier today and one of the samples I made for this set when it was first released peeked into view. It was one of my favourite cards as I loved making the fun background.

So I thought I would replicate it in some fun Halloween inspired colours. As I was stamping it my brain was ticking as to how I could decorate the card with a spooky sentiment. That’s when using Alphabet Outlined to spell the word BOO came to mind and the HAPPY and DAY sentiments from Birthday Sentiments were the perfect accompaniment to finish the sentiment.

I am still crushing on the Concord & 9th inks and these fun colours and I finished the card off with some star enamel dots.

I hope you have a SPOOKTACULAR sweet filled day!

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Stunning Snowflakes

Hello & Happy Thursday!

I am finally back with a card to share! It feels like it has been forever since I had a good creative session. I am just squeezing something in here and there and most times it takes me more than a day to make one card!

I also just feel as though I am getting on top of things and then something happens and causes me to be constantly chasing my tail or just seriously lack mojo to sit and create 🙁

Last week I was feeling miserable as I pulled a muscle in my neck exercising. Apart from feeling sorry for myself, I found it extremely painful to sit at my desk for any longer than a few minutes. So that hindered my creativity.

This week I have the unexpected company of The Beans for two weeks, all thanks to Covid and someone in their class bubble testing positive. So, from Tuesday this week it was back to mummy home school. Luckily it is half term next week, but the boys still have to self isolate until the end of Monday 2nd Nov – it’s been a long few days already!

BUT, last night I had some energy and was inspired to make a card – yay! I’ve been itching to ink up the Stunning Snowflakes clear stamps since they came back in stock.

Even though my creativity has lacked a little, it hasn’t stopped me purchasing new goodies – haha! Including the NEW Concord & 9th ink cube collection!

You must know how I love ink and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these beauties when they arrived back in stock at Seven Hills Crafts!

Last night I set to testing their ink blending capabilities. The pads are the same foam style as the Catherine Pooler inks and The Stamp Market inks and having tried ink blending with those in the past, I was sure the results would be good.

They didn’t disappoint. I use blending brushes and the inks went on nice and smooth. I used Aqua Sky and Oceanside for the background and the same colours to stamp the snowflakes.

I die cut the Designer Die Stunning Snowflake and added some ink blending to that before adding it to my card with foam adhesive and smothering it with Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter drops! I love the natural curl to the snowflake points that happened as it dried. To finish the card off I added the ‘Let it Snow’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

Hopefully it won’t be as long until I share more creativity! I’m keen to try out more of the Concord & 9th ink colours, so I am sure I will be back soon.

Until then, thank you for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs Bev