Christmas

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

25 Days of Christmas Tags 2020 Day 7

Welcome to Day 7 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2020!

Uniko is super excited again 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.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE. If not, be sure to pop on over and see all the inspiration from the Uniko Brand Ambassadors joining in on the event.

I made a couple of tags for today & I am sure I will be back to share some more over the coming days too 😉

For my first tag I was inspired to use a non-Christmas Uniko clear stamp paired with the holly & berries from Winter Foliage. I used Background Blocks Wonky Stripes.

This is such a fun and versatile stamp, I’ve used it for so many different occasions and it is easy and fun to colour too. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Festive Sentiments and my tag shape is the All The Merrys from Concord & 9th.

This week Brand Ambassador Jane shared some Christmas card inspiration HERE using Jolly Christmas, which inspired me to dust off my Jolly Christmas Santa and make a tag!

Another CAS design! This time the HO HO HO sentiment is from Background Builders Christmas 2018. I’ve just inked and stamped just a section of the stamp.

The tag shape is an older die from Papertrey Ink, as is the polka dot ribbon. I think this is the only time of year I currently reach for and use ribbon and twine these days!

I look forward to seeing you join in on the event & if you share your tags on social media using Uniko products, be sure to mention @unikoltd and or hashtag #unikostamps #unikoltd 🙂

How about an extra Christmas themed GIVEAWAY?! Simply leave a comment on this post by November 30th 2020 and I will randomly select a lucky comment to win a Christmas bundle of Uniko goodies 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a lovely creative weekend.

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Edited to add the lucky comment WINNER for the Uniko Christmas Bundle..

Gail Scott

These are marvelous tag creations – first I want to thank you for sponsoring the 25 Days of Christmas Tag Hop – I just love those holly leaves on tag one and who can resist a Santa – love him on that double tag creation – which is becoming one of my favorite ways to create a tag – use 2 tags! TFS have a blessed day!

Congratulations Gail!

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

Uniko 2019 Christmas Party!

Welcome to the Uniko Christmas Party!

As I didn’t have a release this month or last month and was undecided upon a revisit, I thought it would be nice to have one last celebration in 2019 with a Uniko Christmas Party. Everyone LOVES a party, right?

This is a crafty party of course! Join in the party by sharing your Christmas cards, tags, projects or scrapbook pages using Uniko Clear Stamps, Stencils or Designer Dies. See the Party Rules at the end of the post to be eligible to win one of the three prizes on offer.

How about an incentive to join in & some PRIZES!

  • First Prize £25 eGift Certificate
  • Second & Third Prize Winners Choice of £10 In-Stock Clear Stamp Set
  • Random Lucky Comment £5 In-Stock Clear Stamp Set

It wouldn’t be a party without some crafty inspiration, so I have a Christmas card to share with you…

How about some Christmas party lights all ‘Merry & Bright’ to start things off?! This string of lights is from Background Builders: Christmas 2018 and I just LOVE adding my favourite Nuvo Drops to the lights to give them dimension and a beautiful colour POP!

The layout of my card was totally inspired by the current challenge over at AAA Cards HERE, which is ‘Along the Edge & Optional Twist Time Travel’.

How about some more awesome inspiration from my talented Brand Ambassadors…

Bev

Carol 

Hannelie

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Linda

Rahmat

Sarah P

Wiebke 

The LINK UP to join in on the Uniko 2019 Christmas Party can be found HERE.

I do have a few rules for this party….

Party Rules


* The party is open to everyone, everywhere in the world

* Anything Christmas Goes (Cards, Tags, Projects, Scrapbook Layouts Etc)

* Your entry MUST include at least ONE Uniko product (clear stamp, stencil, designer die or digital freebie) as the MAIN focus of your entry.

* Join in as many times as you like, as long as your entry ticks the rule above!

* Link Up will CLOSE on 8pm 31st December 2019

*WINNERS will be announced 6th January 2020

*The first prize winner will be chosen from a vote by the Uniko Brand Ambassadors and the last two winners will be chosen randomly from all the entries that have adhered to the rules. The lucky comment winner will be selected randomly from all the comments left on the Uniko & Brand Ambassador Blogs.

Enjoy the party!

Crafty Hugs

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

Happy Thursday.

The serious countdown is on now, with less than two weeks till Christmas Day!

As usual I am still making Christmas cards and added a little more pressure to myself when I committed to sending some to a residential home. I wanted to pay it forward and spread Christmas cheer to those who need it and some who don’t have family and friends.

Today I decided to dust off Jolly Christmas, this Santa puts a smile on my face when I see him, so I am hoping it will be the same for others.

I’ve paired him with the ‘Ho Ho Ho’ background builder from Background Builders Christmas 2018 and a Merry Christmas sentiment from Festive Sentiments.

How are your Christmas preparations and plans coming along? Apart from Christmas cards and the fresh food shop, I think I am just about sorted.

Before I go today, I have one more thing to tell you about…

I hope you will join Uniko on Saturday 14th December at 9am GMT for a Christmas Party with inspiration & prizes!

Warm Crafty Hugs!

The Holly & The Ivy

Happy Friday!

Oh my, the days are just flying by and the last Christmas posting dates are fast approaching. I feel like I still have a mountain of Christmas cards to make and post – ack!

With no new release here until January 2020, I thought I would do some much needed restocks. This week a HUGE batch of clear stamps arrived in the studio – YAY!

As you know, I love a good restock. It inspires me to dust off stamps I’ve not used for a while and give them some fresh inky love. One of the clear stamp sets that came back in stock this week is Background Builders: Vines, and this is how I was inspired to use it today, along with Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions…

These stamp sets were designed to be used independently, but also together. I just LOVE how this card turned out. I used the vine boughs from Background Builders: Vines and embellished them with the ivy leaf, holly leaf and berries.

The sentiment is from Festive Sentiments and I popped it up on the card with some foam adhesive.

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 

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

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