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Uniko Sponsors Freshly Made Sketches 200th Sketch Challenge!

Hey & Happy Wednesday!

Today Uniko is celebrating along with the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, as they have reached an awesome milestone with their 200th sketch! Normally their challenge is sponsor free, but as it is a special occasion they have asked a few companies to sponsor and offer prizes to the winners.

As you know I love playing along with their challenge, so when Jennifer Timko emailed me and asked if Uniko would sponsor I was honoured. Before I get to the prize Uniko is offering how about a look at the sketch & some samples from me & some of the DT…

Such a simple sketch with so many possibilities, this is what I came up with…

I don’t normally buy the kits from the SU! catalogue or anywhere really, but in the new one they have a few which come with nice objects like the Tin of Cards kit which has a gorgeous striped tin & filing system to keep your cards in and I couldn’t resist the Hello Life Simply Created Kit either as it comes with a wire frame to hang on the wall and clip creations & inspiration to. Anything to make the new studio pretty 🙂 More on these & a look see another day!

Anyway, the reason I have waffled on is because I have used a few elements from both the kits on my card! From the Tin of Cards I cut into one of the note cards which has a diagonal stripe to it in Bermuda Bay, I then die cut the scalloped edge using my Mama Elephant dies. I then tied some Basic Black Bakers Twine around, securing with a bow also from the kit. This is adhered to the card base using foam adhesive.

I then stamped the outline bloom & leaves from Beautiful Blooms II & fussy cut them out, adhering them with DST. To finish the card off I added the sentiment from A Gift For You and 3 little die cut hearts from the Hello Life Simply Created Kit.
A few of the DT were able to join in on the fun & created a project using the sketch, be sure to pop by their blogs for a closer look and inspiration…

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

So, to be in the chance of winning any of the sponsor prizes & the Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum clear stamp set AND matching Designer Dies that Uniko are offering be sure to create a card & link it up HERE on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge post.

That’s all from me today, but I will be back later this evening to announce the August Blog Hop Winner & tomorrow with a TIME OUT Challenge card.

Supplies: Uniko Clear Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II & A Gift For YouInk: VersaFine Onyx Black, Card: White, Accessories: SU! Tin of Cards & Hello Life Kits, Foam Adhesive,

August 2015 Design Team Blog Hop, GIVEAWAY!

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I’m SO happy you’ve stopped by the blog today as today is the August 2015 Design Team Blog Hop. Along with the hop and GIVEAWAY! So be sure to grab a drink, get comfy, relax and enjoy!

As we’ve quite a few new followers here, (“Hello & Thank you”) I will explain what’s going on! Here at Uniko I *USUALLY* only release new products every other month. Keep your eyes peeled this week for a NEW set of dies lining the shelf this week at Uniko HQ!! This is for a number of reasons, firstly, being an avid paper crafter myself and knowing the current economic climate I know ‘some’ are on a limited budget when it comes to buying new stash, so this way you’re not tempted to splurge too much every month.

The second reason is that it is just me here at Uniko HQ. I currently run this little business single handedly, designing, blogging, demoing, classes, packing. Alongside that I am a full time mum to 11  month old twin boys! So releasing every other month gives me chance to keep my head above water, well…just about!

 So, on the in-between release months the Design Team & I take a look back at a previously released product, dust it off and give it some love! This month I decided to dust off TWO products, the previously released Beautiful Blooms I and II…

I chose these two sets as it’s Summer here (well, it’s supposed to be Summer!) and I do love a flower or two. When I released both these sets HERE and HERE they were firm favourites and hardly left my desk. Though I still LOVE them I don’t always reach for them so it was time to give them some more love.

As always I like to share a couple of my ‘old faves’ using the sets…

And here are a couple of new projects using them…

I started out with Beautiful Blooms I, vellum and detail white embossing powder. I simply stamped the blooms in VersaMark ink before heat embossing them white. I then used the matching Designer Dies to cut them out (these will be back in stock soon) before adhering them to a Melon Mambo card base. The sentiment from Simply Said Birthday is also heat embossed gold. I also added a few gold gems to finish the card off.

The current challenge over at “Just Us Girls”HERE is a Trend Week, the trend being vellum, so I thought I’d link it up there too 😉

Next I have a card I made for Saturday’s class at The Paperlane. It’s another card coloured with the Zig Clean Color Brush Pens…

I’m still getting to grips with the pens, but I am rather liking the results and how ‘easy’ they are to use. I especially like the spectrum of colours & shading you can achieve with just a few pens.

That’s all I had time to create, but now for some AWESOME projects from the Design Team using Beautiful Blooms I & or II.

Don’t forget the GIVEAWAY… Simply comment along the hop for your chance to win the featured sets or a eGift Certificate code to the same value if you already own them.

CLICK HERE to see more from Gillian

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

I think that is all for today, THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and your continued support and custom which makes my little dream and business stay alive.

Peachy Pink Watercolour Bloom

Hey & Happy Weekend!

This morning I am at The Paperlane running a class, it’s lovely to catch up with my local customers once a month, being creative & getting some me time! Today we are doing a mixture of Christmas (Yep, I said the C word!) cards and floral cards. Adding in some watercolours and smooshing!

The card I am sharing today is one of the cards the class will be making…

I am still practising and getting to grips with my Zig Clean Color Brush pens, but I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I only have 4 colours of the pens, but it is amazing the spectrum of colours you can achieve with just those.

I was making my samples for the class kits and saw the new CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below and knew I had to make a card for the challenge, so I incorporated it into my class prep!

I started out by stamping the bloom from Beautiful Blooms II in VersaMark ink and heat embossing it with detail white embossing powder onto smooth WC card. I then set about using just 2 colours of the Zig pens Dark Pink and Yellow to colour the bloom, achieving a lovely peachy pink spectrum. This then determined the card stock base colour (Papertrey Ink Melon Berry).

In the not too distant past if I was following this sketch I would have reached for Bakers Twine or ribbon for the line above the sentiment. But as the current trend is to use a die to create a break in the mat layer panel, I reached for my current favourite the Mama Elephant curved die!

That’s all from me today, I will be sharing another of the class cards later next week. Until the next time thank you for stopping by today.

TIME OUT Challenges – Inspired By Words

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It’s time for challenge #37 over at TIME OUT Challenges and we are back to being inspired by words, the phrase for this fortnights challenge is…

Friendship is Golden

What do these words inspire you to create? I was inspired by the whole phrase, which resulted in this card…

I’ve been wanting to try THIS ‘Fussy Cutting’ technique, I saw over on the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge for some time now and the ‘Fabulous’ sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #3 is kinda perfect for the technique.

The layout of my card & paring stamps instantly jumped into my creative mind and I am fairly pleased with how it translated on to the card itself. Believe me it doesn’t always happen that way!

As you can see from this close up both the sentiment and the star banners from Garlands Galore are heat embossed gold.

This fortnight we have a lovely guest designer joining us, Cornelia, be sure to stop by Cornelia’s blog HERE to see how she was inspired by the photo and of course the FABulous TIME OUT Challenges Design Team.

 For all the info and to link up your challenge be sure to stop by the TIME OUT Challenges blog. I look forward to seeing your creations 🙂

As the current challenge over at Addicted to CAS HERE and seen below is banners, I thought I would enter my card there too, I do love playing along with challenges 😉 Be sure to check it out and join in!

I’ll be back again later in the week with more to share & until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Let it SNOW…in July!

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It’s a super rainy Monday here at Uniko HQ. So I am spending the beans nap time getting a little creative in the studio! It certainly adds a little cheer to my day 🙂

I decided to play along with the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge HERE and seen below and created another Christmas card.

With a few clear stamp restocks expected tomorrow HERE in store, but are also available for pre order now, I decided to reach for my Stunning Snowflakes and BIG & BOLD – Snow stamp sets to create my card. I combined them with the SU! Little Letter dies which I have had in my stash for a while but not used – Oops!

Let it SNOW in July, well it feels pretty Autumn like here today and I actually turned the heating on for an hour, so if it did snow it wouldn’t shock me! Haha!

 There is still time to use the 10% discount code SUMMER10 which expires at midnight tonight. Be sure to take advantage of this little offer 🙂 All our offers, re stocks and more are always announced via our newsletters, sign up HERE at the bottom of the website.
 Ok, that’s all from me today, but I will be back later in the week with more to share. Until then thank you for stopping by today 🙂

Have YOU joined us yet?

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I’m here today to remind you that there is still time to join in on the current Uniko Challenge HERE. This fortnight we have another easy challenge for you…

‘Black & White with an optional twist – a splash of colour

We have two lovely guest designers joining us Anita & Julie B, be sure to stop on by their blogs as well as the Uniko Design Team. We have prizes up for grabs too, all links to the team and their creations along with the prizes can be found HERE on the other Uniko blog!

Again, I went with the optional twist of colour and AGAIN I reached for the hot pink!

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I decided to use the new Freshly Made Sketches layout seen HERE and below for the layout of my card, which was also the starting point for my choice of stamps, the polaroid frame from Strike a Pose!

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As you can see I rotated the sketch so that the polaroid frame would fit nicely. I need a few cards to send to friends I haven’t been in touch with for a while and so I decided to use the HEY! sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #2 and added a layered small butterfly from English Country Garden Butterflies.

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That’s all from me today, be sure to stop on by and enter the challenge HERE, I’d love you to join in 🙂

Uniko Challenge #23

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Today a new challenge starts over HERE on the Uniko Blog. This month we have another fun challenge for you to try with another optional twist too.

 Black & White with an optional twist – splash of colour
 You can use any stamps/products to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko goodies and if you do there is an extra chance to win a prize!
Along with the Design Team inspiration, this fortnight we have 2 lovely an awesomely talented Guest Designers joining us, be sure to stop on by their blogs and have a look around at their creations. You won’t be disappointed, I know that for sure.

I went for a über CAS card as I was limited on time to create today…

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I can’t seem to stop using the new Pure Florals: Cosmos! I don’t think it has left my acrylic block since I was making samples for the release! I opted for the ‘splash’ of colour by stamping the sentiment from Simply Said Birthday in WPlus 9 Cranberry Crush ink.

I used the new CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch seen HERE and below for the layout of my card. I decided to round the lower left corners on both the stamped panel and the base card for an added bit of interest.

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I added a small bit of glitter to the centre of the flowers for a bit of sparkle and a little more interest along with adhering the panel using foam adhesive.

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Ok, that’s all from me today, be sure to stop by the blog HERE to see all the inspiration and link up your creations. There are prizes to be had too!

Still TIME to join in at TIME OUT Challenges

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There is still TIME to join in on the challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges & this fortnight we have a theme challenge with an optional twist & there is a prize up for grabs too for the winner of this challenge!

 The theme this time is…
Nature with the optional twist of animals (butterflies & insects can be used)
This time I decided not to twist like my card HERE, instead I decided to use the recently released Pure Florals: Cosmos to create a card for my bestie Kerry as it is her birthday today… HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kerry!

I decided to use a few crafting items that I haven’t used yet, firstly my new purchase of 4 Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I bought my favourite trio of colours along with a green and I have to say I am really pleased with my purchase. I’ve not added water to the for this card, I simply did flat colouring and the results are really nice.

I also used my SU! Chalk Talk dies which I have had for a while now. I used the large tag die in the collection to die cut a negative frame into my CS layer and after stamping my partial sentiment from the Pure Florals: Cosmos set I foam mounted it onto my card base. The flowers are fussy cut out and mounted with foam adhesive too.

The photo above shows the sparkle of Wink of Stella I added to the flowers after colouring them. Ok, that’s all from me today but be sure to stop by the guest designer joining us at TIME OUT Challenges, Barb, be sure to stop by Barb’s blog HERE to see how she was inspired by the photo and of course the FABulous TIME OUT Challenges Design Team.

Until my next post, thank you for stopping by today 🙂

July 2015 Reveal, Release & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & SUPER Happy Weekend!

Today is officially release day here at Uniko Studio and hopefully the three sets lining the shelves here at Uniko HQ will take your fancy!

Now grab a drink & let’s get to the fun and see these new clear stamp sets in full…

Garlands Galore £9.95

Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

This is my simple version of a garland or banner building set, complete with finished banners and mini alphabet. I can see myself reaching for elements in this set time & time again.

Home Sweet Home £4.95

Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

This set needs little introductions as you can see it is a home themed set! With a simple focal house sized at 6.5 x 6.5cm with a variety of mix and match sentiments.

Lastly but my no means least we have the next floral in the Pure Florals series and the first mini set…

Pure Florals: Cosmos £4.95

Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

Pure Florals: Cosmos, a sweet mini flower building set with some lovely sentiments in a gorgeous modern font mix 🙂 This is a new favourite of mine and you can be sure to see it being used a lot over the coming weeks!!

Now I have done all the formal introductions, how about some projects showcasing these new sets. I wasn’t having a successful creative day yesterday and all my ideas just wouldn’t come out how I wanted them to, so my efforts are lacking compared to those of the DT that you will see!

Anyway, first up is a super CAS card using Pure Florals: Cosmos…

Apologies for my photo too, the sun was so bright yesterday I just couldn’t get a good pic either!!

I started out with a purple piece of CS I think it could be SU! Retired Lavender Lace, I then stamped the Cosmos in VersaMark and heat embossed it with detail white embossing powder. I then used my ‘go to’ Mama Elephant die to die cut the curve and then added a piece of white card to remake the front of the card to the size of the back.

Next I have a card which combines Garlands Galore with Balloon Bash…

I started out by stamping the star garland across my white CS layer, coloured the stars in with At You Spica pens so they have a little sparkle. I stamped the balloon string and added the small bows from Garlands Galore. The balloon is fussy cut out and mounted with foam adhesive and then I finished it off with a sentiment from Pure Florals: Cosmos.

That’s all from me, but as tradition holds we have our release day blog hop, simply visit & comment along the hop by midnight Saturday 18th July, to be in the chance of winning the ENTIRE release! If you have already purchased any or all of the release a refund will be given.

So, lets see what the AWESOME Design Team have created…

CLICK HERE to see more from Gillian

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today & joining in on all the fun and also for all the visits, comments and support over the last few days with Sneak Peeks & Introducing posts. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as me!

All the new products are available HERE on the website, hope to see you there 😉

Introducing…Pure Florals: Cosmos

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Thank you for all your lovely comments yesterday and for joining in on the countdown to the release 🙂 Today the DT and I are introducing the last of the products being released this month, which means tomorrow is release day – YAY!

Anyway, let me remind you of the sneak peek I shared a few days ago…

This has to be my favourite set of the release, I do love florals (which you can probably tell from all the floral sets in the Uniko product line up!) Again this is a flower originally designed back in my Uni days, but has since had a lot of editing and been given new life.

Here is my card to share with you using this set…

I’ve been seeing a lot of colour ‘smooshing’ in blog land over the past few weeks and decided I needed to have a go myself. I used one of my acrylic blocks and coloured it with my favourite trio of SU! markers and spritzed it quite heavily with water before ‘smooshing’ it onto my card base. I had originally planned to have the panel straight, but I dropped the block and it landed at that angle and so I just went with it!

Again the DT have done an outstanding job showcasing this set, so be sure to hop along to each of their blogs and leave them some love too.

CLICK HERE to see more from Gillian

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

Ok, that’s all from the DT and myself today, and all the products have now been introduced which means that tomorrow is the day that you will see all the new sets in their entirety and be able to purchase them on the website. Be sure to stop by the blog to see the reveal, more samples from myself and the DT and our traditional Release Day Blog Hop with a GIVEAWAY!

Until then, thank you for visiting and joining in on the fun!