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January 2020 Reveal, Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the first release of 2020. Hopefully you have hopped over from HERE, where I have formally introduced the 4 brand new clear stamp sets and re-introduce one returning from retirement.

New releases are an exciting time, but I always get a little nervous when it comes to putting a bit of myself ‘out there’. Every product I design is a part of me and they are all designed with love.

Anyway, enough of the mushy talk, how about some ‘loved up’ mushy inspiration using these new stamps!

For this first card I was totally inspired by THIS card that Brand Ambassador Hannelie shared on her blog the other week. As soon as I saw it I knew the Hello Lovely peony spray would work beautifully with the ‘Love You’ heart from Always & Forever.

This card then set the tone & colour scheme of all of my cards today! I couldn’t resist using Hello Lovely again for my next card.

This time the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below was perfect.

For the stripes down the edge of the base card I used Background Blocks Nautical Stripes. I absolutely love how this turned out.

Lastly I combined Background Blocks Scattered Hearts, BIG & BOLD Love and You Are… Sentiments Outlined all on one card.

Again another sketch challenge inspired my card. This time I used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below.

I used Altenew Grey Denim to stamp the scattered hearts background as I wanted the ‘Happy Heart Day’ sentiment stamped in black to stand out when partially stamped over it. The striped heart from BIG & BOLD Love is stamped in my favourite Ruby Red and adhered using foam adhesive.

That’s all I have to share with you today using the new products, but I know my awesome Brand Ambassadors have stunning inspiration to share with you too. Be sure to hop on by and comment on all the Brand Ambassador posts to be in the chance of winning the ENTRIE release.

Carol 

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Linda

Rahmat

Sarah P

Wiebke 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Background Blocks Scattered Hearts & Re-introducing Always & Forever

Hey!

I’m back today with one new product introduction and one re-introduction of a previously retired clear stamp set. It’s always nice when older stamp sets can make a return as trends change & they fit in nicely with new products.

I have a trio of cards to share with you today using these stamp sets and I’ve also combined another popular stamp set which coordinates beautifully with Always & Forever.

First up I have used Background Blocks Scattered Hearts combined with the ‘Happy Heart Day’ sentiment from You Are… Sentiments Outlined, which I introduced yesterday HERE.

For this card I have stamped the block as a focal image and overlaid the sentiment stamped on a simple panel raised with foam adhesive. I use 1mm thick foam adhesive as it still gives dimension, but is still mail friendly!

The layout of my card is from this weeks CAS Colours & Sketches challenge seen HERE and below, such a fun sketch to join in on 🙂

I used Catherine Pooler Midnight ink to stamp both the heart background and the sentiment, as this ink is alcohol marker friendly & I knew I wanted to try out some of my new Altenew Artist Markers.

I used all four markers from the Rose Petal collection to randomly colour the hearts and then I used the darkest shade Cosmic Berry to colour the ‘heart’ in the sentiment. The ‘happy’ and ‘day’ are coloured with a black fine liner. I also added some clear Wink of Stella to some of the uncoloured for some subtle sparkle.

Next I decided to combine both Background Blocks Scattered Hearts with Always & Forever.

This card layout was inspired by the new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week seen HERE and below.

When stamping the Background Blocks Scattered Hearts, it is possible to stamp it so that you can fill a larger area, like I have on this card.

I’ve used a stitched border die (MFT, I think) to die cut the curved panel and I have stamped the ‘Always & Forever’ sentiment in black ink. The ‘Love You’ heart is stamped, fussy cut and adhered using 1mm thick foam adhesive.

Lastly for today I wanted to create a card using Always & Forever and a stamp set it coordinates with, Beautiful Blooms I.

As you can see the floral heart from Always & Forever features the Beautiful Blooms I flower.

From the very beginning of Uniko, I have always tried to design Uniko stamps so that they can be used together for more creative options.

On this card I have stamped the largest Beautiful Bloom onto my base card with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. I’ve then ink blended a pink over the top. The red Beautiful Bloom heart is stamped, fussy cut & adhered with foam adhesive. I’ve added a small line of glitter around the edge of the heart using a quickie glue pen and fine glitter.

That is all the cards I have to share with you today, I will be back tomorrow with one more product introduction. All of the new stamps will be available on Saturday 18th January at 9am GMT.

Thank you so much for stopping by today & I do hope you will come back tomorrow.

Crafty Hugs

Uniko Challenge #57 Anything Goes & Optional Twist Cool Winter Colours

Hey!

Welcome to the January/February 2020 Uniko Challenge.

We’re kicking off 2020 with an Anything Goes theme and have added in the optional twist of Cool Winter Colours for those of you that like to challenge yourselves even more.


We’ve the amazingly awesome Trina P joining us as our Guest Designer and I know you’ll adore her awesome card.

How fabulous is that! Do pop over to her blog and let her know how clever she is – HERE

In January & February I have a few male birthdays & so I thought with the cool winter colours twist of the challenge I would make a masculine birthday card.

For my blues I chose the Altenew Sweet Dreams colour collection of inks and blended them onto my card base using my Taylored Expressions blender brushes. I do love how handy the blender brushes are and seem to be able to control them a little better than the standard foam pad tool!

I kept my design simple by using the Background Block Graffiti Texture and stamping it in Teal Cave ink and the sentiment from Simply Said Blocks stamped in the darkest shade Galactic Stream. The sentiment is adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

Be sure to check out all the inspiration from the Brand Ambassadors HERE on the challenge post & you will also find the link up to the challenge there too.

Need a little more incentive to join in? How about some prizes!

THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You’ve got plenty of time to play along with this challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 21st February 2020.

Crafty Hugs,

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends & customers in the USA and to those who celebrate the holiday. I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family.

It seemed appropriate to pop by today and share a thank you card I was inspired to create using the Season of Beauty clear stamp set.

Even though this set was initially designed for Christmas, it really is versatile for a number of different occasions. Like this Thanksgiving inspired thank you card using the current Freshly Made Sketches layout seen HERE and below.

I’ve used both sizes of the leaf sprigs on this card. I started out by stamping the largest one onto the white card stock panel and then stamping it again & fussy cutting it out.

I adhered the largest fussy cut sprig to the card using liquid glue and then the smaller stamped fussy cut sprig using foam adhesive. The sentiment is one of my favourites from Simply Said Blocks II, again stamped, fussy cut and adhered to the card using foam adhesive. I finished the design off with a trio of Nuvo Drops.

That’s all the cards I have to share with you today, but I do have one more thing to share with you…

The BIGGEST Uniko SALE of the year is LIVE over HERE in store. There are lots of bargains to be had and you can save up to 50% on selected clear stamps, designer dies and stencils. The sale is for a LIMITED time only and will end at 9pm GMT Monday 2nd December 2019.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Sponsors AAA Cards

Happy Weekend!

I hope your weekend has been lovely so far and you have had some creative time. If you need a little inspiration, why not join in on the new challenge over at AAA Cards.

This fortnight I am super happy to let you know that Uniko is the sponsor for the challenge. You could win an in stock clear stamp set (any value) from the Uniko website – how good does that sound?

The challenge this fortnight the challenge is ‘Made in Minutes’, with an optional twist of ‘Ink Blending’. You can find the challenge HERE and link up.

And here is what I have made in minutes, just over 7 to be exact & I’ve posted a photo of my timer too below!

The key to making a card in minutes is to have an idea of the layout you want to use, you need all the stamps, colours of ink and card cut to size and ready on your desk.

This is often the hardest part of card making, knowing what to use. I don’t know about you, but the more choice of supplies you have, the harder it is to know what to use or make!

When I find myself in a situation like this, I look at my stamps and see what I haven’t used or inked up for a while. Background Builders: Seeing Stars is a stamp set I’ve not inked up in a long time and I thought it would pair nicely with a sentiment from Birthday Sentiments.

Here is how long my card took me to make once I had everything figured out and ready to go…

I hope I have given you a little inspiration to join in on the fun over at AAA Cards. Until next time, thanks for stopping by & I look forward to seeing you in the AAA Cards Challenge Gallery!

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Merry Monday & Winners

Hey!

I’m alive, kicking and back in the studio this week, after what seems forever in recovering from the flu and sinusitis – ugh! It’s been a rough few weeks, but I think my mojo has returned along with my (almost) good health – yay!

I usually have my Merry Monday post over on the Uniko blogspot blog, but I am also here to tell you about the newest Uniko Challenge which started on Friday HERE.

I am *so* behind on my Christmas card making with being ill and I have *so* many Uniko stamps that I have not used in such a long time, including Background Builders: Christmas 2018.

This clear stamp set features a fun outline Christmas Tree building stamp and when I saw the current sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! seen HERE and below, I was inspired to use it to follow the sketch.

I selected a trio of Comic Markers to colour the trees and then added some much need clear Wink of Stella sparkle and some teeny tiny Nuvo Drops to represent Christmas lights. My sentiment choice is from the popular Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

Okay, how about some LONG awaited winners?!

Firstly I have the winner of the Uniko October 2019 Post Release Blog Hop HERE. Random.org has helped me select the lucky comment left along the hop and the winner is…

Greta27 October 2019 at 00:29

Great variety of cards! I especially love the first & fourth ones!

Congratulations Greta! Please send an email to bev@uniko.co.uk along with your postal address.

Lastly for today I have the winner of the Fall/Winter Coffee Lover Blog Hop extra giveaway I had HERE.

Verna Angerhofer Edit Reply

I love all the pretty designs. Thanks for being a sponsor too.

Congratulations Verna! Please send an email to bev@uniko.co.uk along with your postal address.

That’s all I have to share with you today. I hope you all have a wonderful day and find some time to be creative.

Crafty Hugs 

25 Days of Christmas Tags Day 4 2019

Welcome to Day 4 of 2019’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags!

Uniko is super excited 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.

How about some inspiration from myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors and be sure to checkout Tracey’s Blog HERE for more inspiration from the 25 Days of Christmas Tags team.

I seem to have a yearly theme when it comes to creating a tag for this event and unintentionally reach for the same but ever popular Uniko clear stamp set, Winter Foliage! 

I do have a good reason though this year, as I recently released coordinating Designer Dies for this stamp set and I have been really enjoying using them!
I'd planned on having more tags made to share with you, but the flu at the weekend put a stop to that and I have spent most of the week in-between looking after The Beans resting and recuperating in bed! 

Fear not though as I have my awesome Brand Ambassadors joining me today and they have FABulous tags to share with you too. Be sure to stop by each of their blogs (link below the photo of their tags) and leave a comment. I will select a lucky comment to win another prize separate from the Uniko Sponsor prize for the event!

Crafty Hugs 

Winter Foliage Inspiration

Happy Sunday!

Last night was daylight savings here in the UK, so I decided to put it to good use once The Beans were settled in bed last night and made a whole bunch of Christmas cards!

Did you see yesterday’s post HERE? The October 2019 Post Release Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY is in full swing. And just by commenting along the hop you have the chance of winning the ENTIRE release 😉

I was a little sad that I didn’t get time to make all the cards before my post went live, so last night I set to making a couple of those I intended to make. First up a card using the new Stencil – Winter Foliage

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I had an idea to do a lot of masking and ink up the stencil with a couple of shades of brown, green and red to create this beautiful background. The layout of my card was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches layout seen HERE and below.

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To finish the card I added one of the Festive Sentiments Outlined sentiments and added some Nuvo Drops in Autumn Red to the single berries in the design. The card was pretty time consuming, but I really like the results.

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Lastly for today I have a card using the Designer Die Winter Foliage Collection. This card was a little quicker to make, but again I’m loving the end result.

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I decided to use the same sentiment and this time coloured it with a black fine liner instead of red. I then die cut the berries and holly leaves from my panel. To stamp the coordinating images from Winter Foliage clear stamp set, I temporarily adhered the panel to my base card and placed this inside my MISTI.

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I was then able to position the stamps to stamp perfectly inside the die cuts. Once stamped I then adhered the panel permanently with foam adhesive.

That’s all I have to share for today, but I will be back during the week with more! Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs


October 2019 Post Release Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the October 2019 Post Release Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where I have introduced todays blog hop and given you a little refresh of the October Release  which went live on the website HERE a couple of weeks ago.

Today I have a few more cards to share with you using some of the new products. I was hoping to have more to share, but the ideas in my head will have to wait until I have some more creative time 😉

First up I couldn’t resist using Season Of Beauty, this large clear stamp set has so many creative possibilities and one idea I had when designing it was to build my own Poinsettia flowers using the leaves in the set.

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I used two shades of pink/red Altenew inks to stamp each flower, starting with a light shade for four leaves opposite each other and then a dark shade to fill in the gaps. The largest flower is fussy cut and adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

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My apologies for my terrible photos of this card, I need more practise (still) with my light set up and my iPhone always struggles with these bright pinks!

Next I wanted to use the Background Blocks Scandinavian Christmas to execute a white on kraft idea I have had in my head for some time now.

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For this card I used my MISTI to stamp the background block purposefully off centre in Unicorn White Pigment Ink and then heat embossed with WOW! Opaque White EP.

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Then onto some small strips of kraft card I have stamped the peace, love, joy sentiments from Festive Sentiments Outlined with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then I have coloured the sentiments with a white gel pen. I love the result and the sentiments look fab adhered over the edge of the stamped background using foam adhesive.

Next was time for a shaker card as I haven’t made one for ages and the new stand alone Designer Die Sparkling Snowflake was calling to be used!

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I love making shaker cards, though they are quite time consuming! The results however out weigh the time taken to add all the foam adhesive around a fussy design 😉 Plus, the sparkly sequins are such a happy sight too!

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One thing I must try harder on is thinking about sentiments and sentiment placement prior to assembling cards. Especially cards that take as much time as this! I could have left it sentiment free, but I felt it needed one when complete. I’ve added the ‘Let it Snow’ from Festive Sentiments Outlined, which is stamped onto a light scrap of Pool Party card and again adhered using foam adhesive.

Lastly for today I have used Festive Sentiments Outlined to create a reasonably quick CAS card…

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Again, my iPhone really doesn’t like photographing red with lots of white, so it seems to have a pink shade to the white card 🙁 Anyway, the current sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! seen HERE and below was perfect.

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I used my larger MISTI to stamp the sentiments and then simply coloured them in with marker pens and adhered the panel with foam adhesive to a red card base.

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That’s all I had time to create this week for the hop, but I have so many more ideas and cards I want to make and share using these new products, that you’ll see more in the coming days and lead up to Christmas!

Now it’s time for some inspiration and a fabulous blog hop with my awesome Brand Ambassadors. Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release! You have until Midnight GMT 2nd November 2019 to leave a comment and a winner will be announced shortly after.

Sarah P

That was one fabulous and inspirational hop! I hope you all enjoyed it too and don’t forget to comment along the way to be in the chance to win all the NEW goodies!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs

Stamp Focus… Season Of Beauty Part 1

Happy Friday!

I thought I’d pop in today with a trio of cards I have made using the NEW Season Of Beauty clear stamp set and show you a little more of how the foliage stamps in the set can be used. This set is so fun and has so many possibilities all year round.

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First up I was inspired to use some non-traditional foliage colours and really wanted to join in on the current colour challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below my card.

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I love a bit of colour blocking and foliage silhouettes, the result is a simple one layer card. I paired the large foliage silhouette with one of my favourite sentiments from Originally Organic clear stamp set.

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Next I decided to go for something more ‘foliage traditional’ with a trio of Altenew greens…

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This card was inspired by another challenge, this time the current sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

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I felt the foliage silhouettes suited the movement of the elements of the sketch. Some simple stamping and fussy cutting with sentiment stripe adhered with foam adhesive. Plus my favourite Nuvo Drops accents to finish the card.

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Lastly for today, a rainbow…

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Who doesn’t love a rainbow and how cute do the small foliage silhouettes look in a rainbow of colour? I used a selection of Catherine Pooler inks for this card and I just love how the colours look together. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II.

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I hope my cards have shown you how this clear stamp set isn’t just for Christmas and can be used all year round. If not, I have some more cards to share in part 2 coming in the next few days!

Until then, thank you for stopping by & have a wonderful Friday.

Crafty Hugs