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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

Hello Sunshine

Happy Monday!

I thought I would pop by and share a Spring themed card to brighten up your day, put a spring in your step and start the week off on a positive note.

This is one of the cards I made over the weekend, when I found some creativity 🙂 I was totally inspired by the comments left on my Sending Hugs post HERE and it got me to thinking about ‘enjoying what we have’ and not what we don’t or want.

So, I took that on board and looked through my favourite challenges online and then to my stash for something I haven’t used for a while. One of the challenges I love to join in on is Freshly Made Sketches. So I decided to join in with the sketch seen HERE and below.

As you can see I was inspired to ink up the heart wreath from Originally Organic Additions. I love this set for Spring & Summer themed cards and I chose to use some yummy The Stamp Market inks, Leafy, Bubble Gum & Melon.

The ‘Hello Sunshine’ sentiment is from Spring Botanicals Tulips and I added some of my favourite Nuvo Drop embellishment to finish my card off. I stocked up on some stamps prior to lockdown & we have a post box just around the corner, so I hope to send some happy mail out this week to spread some cheer.

I hope you have a lovely day & thank you for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs

Sending Hugs

Hello!

How are you? I do hope you are well and tucked up safe at home. I thought I would pop by today with some virtual hugs and to check in with you all.

I feel I ‘up and left’ abruptly and I didn’t give any warning about suspending ordering on the website. I apologise for that, especially as I had started a sale and extended the discount code.

Last Saturday I was feeling optimistic and hopeful. That I could ‘carry on as normal’ through this weird and crazy time. But then, as the weekend continued, we watched the news and maybe I read too much on social media.

My optimism dwindled and the reality of it all came flooding in. From Monday I would be doing home learning with The Beans. I would be responsible for making sure that a form of education continued. That they both continue to progress with their speech. AND on top of that, I have a home to keep in check, meals to prepare & cleaning to keep on top of.

I talked it all through with hubby and with the uncertainty of his work, people scaling back on non-essentials and not wanting to risk bringing the virus home on going out when we don’t really need to, we took the decision to suspend orders on the website on Monday morning.

We had a feeling that the news that evening would be a ‘lockdown’. To only leave the house for essential shopping. We were right and since posting my last few orders (thank you) and buying a few essential items from the supermarket, we haven’t left our property.

So here I am, almost a week into not leaving the house & garden and having survived a week of home learning! As much as it has been a joy to have my boys home, to spend time seeing how much they have learn’t since they started school. It’s been stressful and exhausting! But they have thrived on the 1-2 learning environment, I’ve seen so much progress in such a short time with their speech and we’ve even done some fun tasks like drawing & painting, pizza making & junk model making!

I had envisioned that I would just go back to my once working on a night once they are in bed and continue with daily creating, blogging & working on new designs. Oh how wrong I was! This week I have simply been too tired once I have got them tucked up and settled and just collapsed in a heap on the sofa or in bed!

I am hoping that as we all adjust to the new routine, I will find the energy to do more of what I love and sharing it with you 🙂

Like today, I have spent most of the day Spring cleaning my studio space, organising and I actually sat down to make the card I am sharing with you. It’s funny how you come across things to put aside to use at a later date.

I came across an ink blended piece of card I had stamped with Background Blocks Graffiti Texture. Part of it had not stamped well, so I had put it aside to use for a different purpose. Like most times, these get ‘buried’ and forgotten about. Until today when I came across it and decided to die cut the largest loopy flower from Designer Dies Kindness Blooms.

I was even inspired to play along with a card challenge! I used the current sketch over at CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below.

The website will be back once some form of ‘normality’ resumes in the UK and we are no longer in a lockdown situation. You never know, I might even have a shiny new website to reopen with and a bunch of new products ready and waiting! I will however have a discount code & a sale on. So there is something to look forward to!

Sorry for such a LONG post. I didn’t think I had that much to say! I do hope you are all well, safe and finding things to keep yourself busy. I will do my best to check in & share more creativity this week.

Take Care & Crafty Hugs

Uniko Challenge #58 Spots & Stripes with Optional Twist to use a Stencil

Welcome to the March/April 2020 Uniko Challenge.

For this, our second challenge of the year we’re asking for spots and stripes on your cards and an optional twist of using a stencil.

This month we’re delighted to have Mac Mable as our Guest Designer. She is well known for her creative use of techniques and you’re going to love her interpretation of the theme.

Isn’t that just an awesome use of spots and stripes? If you get time please pop over to her blog and tell her how very impressed you are – HERE.

Today I opted for a clean & simple design with a rainbow of colours. I chose not to use a stencil this time but mixed up a few Uniko clear stamp sets to create my card.

I recently saw someone use some colourful striped and spotty designer paper and I wrote the idea down to have a go at recreating it with stamps. I used Background Builders Classics to stamp the stripes in a rainbow of Altenew ink colours. I then went in and used the Santa nose stamp from Jolly Santa to stamp the dots in-between, colouring them with a black fine liner to make them solid.

I ‘ve then combined the flower from Flower Power #5 with the leaves from Flower Power #6 and added the bee and sentiment from Bee Happy.

I love how colourful and cheerful this card turned out, it is more than ever needed at this time of uncertainty and worry around the world.

As usual the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have been creative and have inspiration for you too. Be sure to head on over to the Uniko blogspot blog HERE for links to their blogs & also the prize and link up for the challenge.

I hope that you find some creative time to join in on the fun & look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Crafty Hugs,

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

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

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

Uniko Sponsors “Less is More” 9th Birthday

Happy Weekend!

It’s birthday month for one of my favourite challenges, the wonderful “Less is More”. They are celebrating 9 years, so a massive Happy Birthday to them and a HUGE congratulations too.

Uniko is proud to be sponsoring them this month and today they kick off with a new challenge HERE. “Less” is the cue meaning tiny and few.

I also joined in as a Guest Designer and made a card for the challenge to hopefully inspire you!

I don’t think I have ever made a card that is as clean and simple as this one! With birthdays on the brain (keep reading to find out more), and also thinking about tiny stamps in the Uniko range, I remembered the tiny balloon in Balloon Bash clear stamp set.

I then thought about all the sentiment sets and most of the Uniko sentiments bar a few are quite small. I had this layout idea in my head, so I wanted small over tiny. I opted for this one from Birthday Sentiments clear stamp set.

Don’t those tiny balloons look cute? I added the strings with a fine liner. The colours of ink are my usual go to Altenew inks and the sentiment stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black.

That’s all I have to share with you for the “Less is More” challenge, but be sure to pop back again soon & over HERE as February is Uniko’s 8th Birthday month and we have a month full of celebrations, challenges, competitions and a NEW Release!

I look forward to seeing you in the “Less is More” gallery and hope you will join in on the fun at Uniko too 😉

Crafty Hugs