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Uniko Sponsors AAA Cards

Hello & Happy Sunday!

I do hope you are having a good weekend so far? It’s been a busy one here as Uniko is super happy to be back at Stamp Magic. Be sure to pop and say ‘Hi’ if you’re attending the show today.

Anyway, Uniko is super duper happy to be sponsoring one of my favourite challenges this fortnight, AAA Cards.

This fortnight the challenge HERE at AAA Cards is moonlight. I have to admit I struggled with this theme at first and had to mull it over. But then, after thinking about it, there are quite a few directions you can go in!

This is what I came up with…

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With Christmas on the brain and only 11 weeks to the big day, I thought I would take the opportunity to make another card for the stash!

I dusted off Rustic Christmas and a sentiment from Most Wonderful to pair with an ink blended background using Altenew inks. I added lots of droplets of Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to represent falling snow in the moonlight.

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I hope you’re inspired to join in on the challenge & I look forward to seeing you in the gallery too!

Until then, thanks for stopping by!

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Uniko Challenge #49 – Wonderful World with Optional Twist THANKS

Hey!

The current Uniko Challenge is in full swing and today The Design Team and Guest Designer are here to remind you that there is still time to join in on the fun.

We have another fun and easy challenge at the moment and we hope the Wonderful World around us will inspire you to play along. If you’d like even more of a challenge then please twist with us and create a card to say 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 ūüėČ

* 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 ūüėČ

We have the very talented Hannelie joining us again as our Guest Designer for this challenge. Her card is an absolute delight and so very creative. It’s sure to inspire you to play along.

And here’s what I made a while back but never shared…

I made this for the last Uniko Stamping Retreat back in the Summer. The technique station was all about playing with Brusho’s and I created this fun background using the Natures Treasures II Mask.

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I’d normal avoid all this messy, as I like clean and simple! However, sometimes messy can be kept clean & simple by not adding too much fuss and layers to a design. I have done this by letting the leaves & ink take the limelight and just added a simple sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

That’s all I have to inspire you, but some of The Design Team have more inspiration to share with you…

 Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.  

THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – ¬£25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – ¬£4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner –¬†¬£4 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 month’s challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 26th October 2018 (7.00pm EDT).

Introducing… BIG & BOLD Hello and Framed Florals

Hey!

Welcome back to day three of the August 2018 Release product introductions. Thank you for all the lovely comments and support around social media for yesterdays introductions, I do love reading them all :)

Today we are introducing another 2 new clear stamp sets, BIG & BOLD Hello and Framed Florals. Hopefully you have hopped on by from the Uniko Blogspot blog HERE, where I have shared cards using the new stamps.

Here are a couple more I have made. First up, BIG & BOLD Hello…

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This was another one of the card designs I created for the Uniko Summer Stamping Retreat, however, this is a different colour way from the original as I actually mailed that card out!!

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The bold sentiments in the BIG & BOLD series are so fun to create ombre shadow effects like I have on this card. Plus, the beauty of having a stamping tool like the MISTI makes it a breeze! Again, I have used Altenew inks as they really do take the thinking out of matching colours ūüėČ I’ve used the Sweet Dreams collection on this card.

Next up is a card using Framed Florals…

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This time I have used the ‘no line’ colouring technique using Prismacolor Pencils and I was a little unsure as to how it would turn out when I started, but I am rather pleased with the result.

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I started out by stamping the image onto white card using Altenew Limestone ink. I then simply coloured over the stamped image with my pencils.

The layout of my card is inspired by the current sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! seen HERE and below. I had to turn the orientation of my card for the image to fit with the sketch.

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Ok, that’s all I have to share with you today using these new sets, but why not grab a cup of your favourite beverage and hop along with myself and the team…?

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed that hop and I am all inspired to get inky! I’d love to know your thoughts on these clear stamp sets and which is your favourite of the two, that is if you can decide?!

That’s all from myself and the Design Team today and all 5 of the new clear stamp sets have been introduced, which means…. TOMORROW is RELEASE DAY!!

Hope to see you then for the full reveal, release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!!

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Uniko Challenge #48 – Inspired By a Quote with Optional Twist

Hey!

Apologies for the long absence in blogging over here on the website blog :(  After all the paper crafting shows in May & June, the releases and life in general, I think I burnt myself out a little and lost my mojo. Life with The Beans got a little hectic too and then the Summer Holidays began & they finished their first year at nursery!

Anyway, enough of that!

I am here to tell you about the current Uniko Challenge HEREJuly-2

This month we have chosen an inspirational quote, “It’s so much more friendly with two”. A.A. Milne, with an optional twist of making a card for a child.

From the initial outlook it seems quite challenging, but with a little thinking and picking out words in the quote like ‘two’ or ‘friendly’ there are more inspirational possibilities. Here is how I was inspired…

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The words ‘two’ and ‘friendly’ finally jumped out at me and inspired ¬†me to make this card! With Background Blocks Wonky Stripes coming back in stock recently, it inspired me to ink mine up.

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When my mojo is running low I have a ‘go to’ colour combo, and so I turned to that for this card. I think the wonky stripes look FAB in this combo and the added duo of loopy blooms from Kindness Blooms are the perfect touch.

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I used Copic Markers to colour the wonky stripes in after stamping & heat embossing them. I added Nuvo Drops in Dandelion Yellow to the bloom centres and a ‘Hello Friend’ sentiment from Simply Said.

That’s all from me, but be sure to check out Trina’s blog My Crafting Closet,¬†HERE and HERE. Trina is our wonderful Guest Designer for this challenge and has created beautiful cards to inspire you, as has the Uniko Design Team :) All the details and link up for the challenge can be found HERE.

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I will be back later this week with more to share, as we start the countdown to the August Release – woohoo! Until then, thank you for stopping by & hanging on in there with me :)

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Uniko Sponsors “Less is More”

Hello & Happy Weekend!

I am here bright and early this morning to tell you that Uniko is super happy and proud to be sponsoring “Less is More” again.

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As you can see, this week the theme is ‘friendship’ and for my Guest Designer card I thought I would dust off Reach For The Stars and Background Builders: Seeing Stars

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I recently had a little Stampin’ Up! splurge as I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of the new and returning colours! One of the colours I couldn’t wait to use was Grey Granite, those who know me, know that I LOVE grey. I think love might be an understatement, lets say obsessed!

Just yesterday I was talking to my husband about painting some rooms in the house and I said I had picked up some paint chips on the way past the DIY store. He knew before he even looked that the majority would be shades of grey – LOL! I love it as a base colour to accessorise with other colours, like I have with my card today…

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I was super happy to see that Altenew Silver Stone ink is a really good match to the Grey Granite card, which I used to stamp my sentiment. The star in the middle from Background Builders: Seeing Stars is stamped in a slightly darker shade, Altenew Industrial Diamond ink. I then used my Prismacolor Pencils in Light & Dark Aquamarine to colour it. The 2 smaller stars are stamped in Altenew Aqualicious and Teal Cave. I finished the stars off with some clear Wink Of Stella too for that subtle sparkle.

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The layout of my card is from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge seen HERE and below.

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I’ve so many friends I could send this card to, so I think I will be replicating this design with other colours & the Grey Granite!

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OK, that’s all from me today, I’ll be spending time with The Beans and hubby today, before a little night out with some of my old nursing friends, celebrating ones retirement. It’ll be nice to catch up with them :)

Anyway, be sure to head on over to the “Less is More” blog here and join in on the fun.

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Uniko Sponsors The 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Friday!

I am super happy you have stopped by the blog today as, Uniko is honoured to have been invited again by the lovely Amy from¬†Tsuruta Designs¬†to sponsoring another fun blog hop and challenge…

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The winner of the Uniko prize will receive an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from the website. PLUS Uniko is a Flash Sponsor with 2 chances to win an in-stock £4 clear stamp set of their choice from the website.

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created 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 Cardmakers Blog HERE.

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

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I was inspired to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketch challenge seen HERE and below. I also used a couple of the Uniko branding colours for my card as they are 2 of my favourites ūüėČ

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I started by randomly stamping the coffee cup from I LOVE Coffee in VersaFine Onyx Black ink over my base card. I then went in an embellished the coffee cups with the small Uniko flower, stamping them in Altenew Puffy Heart ink. The trio of white card strips are adhered using 1mm foam adhesive and the ‘I Love Coffee’ sentiment is stamped in Altenew Aqualicious ink.

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Ok, that’s all I have to share with you today, but how about another PRIZE?!¬†Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) Friday 1st June¬†and I will select one lucky comment to receive a surprise package of Uniko goodies!
I look forward to hopping by and seeing all your wonderful creations, have fun!

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BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop!

Hey!

Welcome to the 2018 BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop!

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.

This is an amazing blog hop with 18 amazing prizes to be won from fantastic artists, designers, companies and retail shops.

 

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For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop. After commenting, return back to Milka‚Äôsblog and add your nameto 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 tomorrow, May 21st2018, 11:00 PM CEST. Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog next day.

Hopefully you have arrived from Barbara Sproatmeyer‘s¬†blog.

In celebration of the hop I’ve made a couple of cards using Uniko’s recently released Bee Happy clear stamp set…

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I was inspired to create a semi random patten using the honeycomb trio. I stamped it using Altenew Warm Sunshine ink and then infilled some of the honeycombs using the tiny hexagon stamped in Altenew Buttercream ink.¬†I added the ‘Happy Bee Day’ sentiment and a stamped & fussy cut bee flying away.

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This card layout was inspired by the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below. Just too fun not to join in ūüėČ

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My next card is a reminder to ‘Bee Yourself’. I have had so much fun creating stories using this sentiment and the bee image…

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I used my MISTI tool to space and stamp the bees in trio of lines using VersaFine Black ink. I purposefully left a gap for my colourful bee flying away from them, to represent YOU to BEE yourself.

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I hope you have enjoyed my cards today and that I have inspired you too! Your next stop on the hop is the wonderful Birka Reinitz.

Thanks for stopping by today & joining in on the fun.

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Uniko Challenge #47 – Photo Inspiration & Optional Twist Birthday

Hey!

Welcome to the May/June, 2018 Uniko challenge. 

This month we have a beautiful photo that we hope will inspire you to play along. Lots of ways to be inspired by the photo – the colours, the flowers, the grasses, the gorgeous vase or maybe the suitcase will give you a vacation vibe. Any way this photo talks to you is ok by us, but if you’d like an extra challenge then play along with our super simple twist of BIRTHDAY.

As you’ve probably noticed the Uniko DT has grown this year with the addition of four talented ladies onto our Stencil Team. So of course there’s going to be even more DT inspiration to get your creativity flowing and we also have the most wonderful Guest Designer – Sue¬†– joining in with us for this challenge.

Her winning card from the¬†last challenge¬†really caught our eye here at Uniko and if you go visit her blog you’ll find oodles more fabulous inspiration.

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 Loving her use of Uniko goodies on this deliciously pretty card.
And here is what I came up with to hopefully inspire you…
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I was particularly inspired by the flower blooms in the vase and wanted to give Flower Power #8 from the May 2018 Release a little more inky love. I used a recent purchase of the Altenew Tea Party ink collection to stamp the trio of flowers. I then fussy cut the blooms out and adhered them to a die cut panel using double sided and foam adhesive. The die I used is the Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Borders 1 collection.
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I also stamped the individual leaves from Flower Power #8 to create a duo of leave and again fussy cut them out. The sentiment is from Birthday Sentiments & I added some Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Drops to embellish the flowers and panel.
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I was also inspired by the pattern on the pretty suitcase, so I replicated the idea using the Stylised Floral Stencil, also from the May 2018 Release. I used Crushed Olive Distress Ink. The layout of my card is from this weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge seen HERE and below.
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That’s all from me today, but the Uniko Design team also have some inspiring card ideas to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs to find out more and I am sure they’d love a nice comment too ūüėČ

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Just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.

 THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – ¬£25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – ¬£4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner –¬†¬£4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points
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You’ve got plenty of time to play along with this month’s challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday¬†22nd June¬†2018¬†(7.00pm EDT).

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Uniko Sponsors TIME OUT Challenge – Spring with Optional Twist

Hello & Happy Thursday!

I do hope you are having a good week so far? It’s been a mixed week here at Uniko HQ, but with some exciting new products on their way soon all is good!

Anyway, enough with that, Uniko is super duper happy to be sponsoring my very first Design Team challenge, TIME OUT Challenges.

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This fortnight the challenge HERE at TIME OUT Challenges is appropriately Spring with an Optional Twist of a One Layer Card. With Spring being so late for many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, there is still plenty of time to send them out!

I decided to use the more recent released Spring Botanicals Daffodil clear stamp set and created this one layer card…


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I started by drawing out a rectangle with a pencil and then going over with a black fine liner, to create a frame for my daffodil. This helps create more interest to a flat one layer card. I then masked the outsides of the rectangle to be able to stamp the daffodil.

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I’ve then selected 3 Prismacolor Pencils to match the current Color Throwdown challenge seen HERE and below to colour my daffodil. The sentiment is from Spring Botanicals Snowdrop and is stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

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I hope you’re inspired to join in on the challenge & I look forward to seeing you in the gallery too! Be sure to check out all the wonderful TIME OUT Challenge Design Team inspiration over HERE, they have used Uniko stamps too :)

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Thanks for stopping by!

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One Layer Stencil Fun!

Hey & Happy Monday!

I do hope your week has begun well? Mine started well, but then took an unplanned turn when Bean no.2 came out in the chicken pox spots. Second time round and it still surprised me as to how suddenly and quickly they begin to appear from nowhere! Luckily my in laws are back from their holiday this week and were able to help look after him while I took Bean no.1 to nursery. It still meant little time for work and what not, but it meant that we were not all stuck inside again.

I am happy that yesterday I managed to make a couple of cards, the first of which I am sharing today…

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I still had my Fun Flowers Stencil out on my desk from when I made my cards for the Uniko March 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway HERE. And I had been wanting to join in on the current “Less is More” one layer challenge HERE, which is to use stencils, perfect combo!

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I needed a little more of a mojo boost and mooched around my ‘go to’ challenges for a colour combo and thought the Color Throwdown challenge HERE looked fun, so gave it a whirl too!

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Plus to mix it up a little and as 3 is my favourite number I decided to join in on the AAA cards challenge fun HERE too, which is to use 1/3 of your card.

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With all that I managed to keep it all clean & simple! I used Altenew Rouge ink as my closest match to a peach colour, applied it through my Fun Flowers Stencil which I kept to the lower third of my one layer card. Then added the Simply Said Blocks happy birthday sentiment.

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Ok, that’s all from me today. I think it’ll be another early night for this mummy after the Spring forward with the clocks and a poorly bean, it could be a night of little sleep, fingers crossed it isn’t! Until later in the week, thanks for stopping by today :)

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