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June 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey!

It’s time for another Uniko Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY – Whoohoo!! For those of you who are new around these parts I will explain what this post is all about…

Here at Uniko HQ it is just myself behind the screen, blogging, designing, packaging stamps & orders through the Uniko online shop, customer service and all the things in between. I *usually* release new product every other month for a number of reasons, but mainly so I can keep up with everything!

On non – release months like this month I like to set myself and the Design Team a challenge to look back at a previously released product and give it some more love.

Usually I choose just one product that was released the previous year or a once favourite that hasn’t seen much air time. However, this time I couldn’t choose between the clear stamps in the Beautiful Blooms range, so I challenged the Uniko DT to use all 3 OR their favourite!

Beautiful Blooms I Clear Stamp Set

Beautiful Blooms I Designer Dies

Beautiful Blooms I can be bought as a clear stamp set and designer die bundle HERE.

Beautiful Blooms II

Beautiful Blooms III

My thinking / reasoning of designing the Beautiful Blooms series was to have some modern blooms that didn’t necessarily reflect a particular flower. They are open for interpretation as to what YOU the stamper believes the flower to represent. I feel this allows for more creativity and individuality to stampers projects.

Now I had to be fair, so I made one card using each of the clear stamps…

First up is Beautiful Blooms I and I decided to use both the clear stamps and matching designer dies. My card is heavily inspired by some of  Jennifer McGuire’s recent makes.

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I started by die cutting the largest bloom, largest stem and 2 small leaves from a piece of white card. I then temporarily adhered it to my card base whilst I stamped the coordinating images to the die cuts. I used my MISTI tool to stamp too.

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I used Altenew inks to stamp and the sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II. Once I had completed all my stamping the die cut panel was adhered using foam adhesive.

Next, I decided to have a play with Beautiful Blooms II and created a super CAS card…

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I started by stamping the outline blooms in Altenew inks, then I ‘off stamped’ the bloom centre details before stamping inside the outline, as I wanted a fairly light shade to the blooms. I then used Lawn Fawn rectangle dies to die cut the layer before adding my sentiment from Just Because. The pane is adhered to a Stampin’ Up! Grey Granite card base using foam adhesive.

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Lastly, I dusted off Beautiful Blooms III to create a similar style card to my CC&S card last week HERE.

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I used my MISTI tool again for this card, because there is quite a bit of masking and layering of stamps. I used Altenew inks again, as they really do take the hard work out of choosing colours to layer! I tried to show a few of the different layering options with the blooms on this card too.

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That’s all from me, but lets see how the design team have been inspired to use the products and be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win your choice from the 3 clear stamp sets being featured. You have until Midnight (GMT) Monday 18th June 2018 to comment.

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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.

Guest Designer – Sue

 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 😉

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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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Introducing… Designer Dies Originally Organic Additions Collection

Hey & My Apologies For My Lateness!

Welcome to day 6 of the May 2018 Release product introductions!

I am super excited about today as the product we are introducing is some NEW matching Designer Dies to a previously released and popular Uniko clear stamp set. I love matching dies, they provide so many more techniques and ways to stretch your stamps.

OK, so let’s see these dies and the clear stamp set they match…

So many fun possibilities with these dies and clear stamp set now 😉 And one of my favourite cards to make is shaker cards!

Hopefully you have hopped along with the design team and seen the shaker card I shared HERE yesterday. Thank you for all your lovely comments too. I would just like to give a shout out to Sarah P, as it was Sarah who suggested a separate die for the inside and outside of the heart wreath :)

Ok, so I have one more card which (hopefully) shows the delicacy of the heart wreath when cut with both the inside and outside dies…

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I adhered the wreath using glue, so it was flat to my black card base. I then die cut and stamped some colourful flowers adhering them with foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II and the enamel dots are Stampin’ Up!

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That’s all I have to share here, but there is plenty of inspiration from our Guest Designer & Design Team.

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Release Schedule…

Sneak Peeks 1st – 4th May 2018, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing… 5th – 11th May 2018, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 12th May 2018 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


Extra PRIZE Info! Alternative prizes will be offered to those that may already own the prize offered. Winners will be announced on Saturday 11th on the Winners Page HERE

 

Introducing… Flower Power #8

Hey!

Welcome to day 5 of the May 2018 Release product introductions!

Today we are introducing the next clear stamp set in the Flower Power series. It’s been an age since I added to this series and when I stumbled upon another floral in my archive of designs it seemed perfect to add to the Flower Powers :)

Hopefully you have hopped on over from our AMAZING Guest Designer Anna’s blog. If not, be sure to have a look at Anna’s colourful and cheerful scrapbook layout HERE.

I’ve one more card to share today using this clear stamp set…

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I’ve been seeing Lime Green with Black & White a lot recently and I thought it would be fun to use the colour combo for my card.

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I’ve also been seeing a lot of partial stencilled backgrounds behind images, so I thought I would try my hand at it! I used the Scattered Polka Dot stencil and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink. I still need a little practice with my faded blending technique, but I was pleased with the results.

Ok, that is all I’ve had time to make so far using this set :( So many ideas, not enough time! Luckily I have a FAB design team who’ve made amazing projects to share with you. Be sure to hop on round and leave some LOVE.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! As this is a Kindness themed clear stamp set, I will be giving one away to one lucky commenter!

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Release Schedule…

Sneak Peeks 1st – 4th May 2018, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing… 5th – 11th May 2018, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 12th May 2018 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


Extra PRIZE Info! Alternative prizes will be offered to those that may already own the prize offered. Winners will be announced on Saturday 11th on the Winners Page HERE

 

Introducing… Just Because & Large French Script Background Clear Stamps

Hey & Happy Monday!

Welcome to back to day three of the May 2018 Release product introductions. What a BEEautiful showcase of inspiration HERE on the blog hop yesterday. I sure do LOVE seeing how the Design Team are inspired to use the new products. They were certainly busy bees too with all that they created!

Today we are introducing 2 more products. Just Because Clear Stamp Set and Large French Background Clear Stamp and I have created a couple more cards using the Just Because set to inspire you…

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I decided to make another rainbow inspired card, they really do make me happy! This time I went for a one layer card too. I simply stamped the silhouette from Just Because in a rainbow of Altenew ink colours. I started with the Olive Green and ended with the Puffy Heart. The sentiment is just one of the options contained in the set.
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With clean and simple on the go I whipped up this next super CAS and mass produceable card…

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I used both my medium and small MISTI tools to stamp this card. I had the silhouette stamp in one and the sentiment in the other. I recently purchased a new set of Altenew inks from Seven Hills Crafts HERE and I just can’t seem to stop using the Aqualicious colour 😉 I’ve paired it with some Stampin’ Up! Berry Burst card stock for my card base.

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Unfortunately that’s all I had time to create :( I was having so much fun but time to create slipped away. I hope to share more using this set on release day & we will also being having a Release in Review week starting Monday 21st May :)

Anyway, I know the Design Team have created SO much more to inspire you, so hop on round and leave some love!

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Release Schedule…

Sneak Peeks 1st – 4th May 2018, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing… 5th – 11th May 2018, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 12th May 2018 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


Extra PRIZE Info! Alternative prizes will be offered to those that may already own the prize offered. Winners will be announced on Saturday 11th on the Winners Page HERE

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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March 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey!

It’s time for another Uniko Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY – Whoohoo!! For those of you who are new around these parts I will explain what this post is all about…

Here at Uniko HQ it is just myself behind the screen, blogging, designing, packaging stamps & orders through the Uniko online shop, customer service and all the things in between. I *usually* release new product every other month for a number of reasons, but mainly so I can keep up with everything!
On non – release months like this month I like to set myself and the Design Team a challenge to look back at a previously released product and give it some more love.
Usually I choose just one product that was released the previous year or a once favourite that hasn’t seen much air time. This month with the recent additions to the Design Team, The Stencil Design Team and having released last month a co-ordinating stencil to the previously released Fun Flowers clear stamp set. I thought it would be nice to showcase both the stencil and clear stamp set.

I managed to find a little creative time and mojo and created a ‘twofer’ to share with you! I’ve been wanting to join in on the Twofer Challenge HERE since it first launched, but time hasn’t been on mind side :(

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For my first card I used just the Fun Flowers clear stamp set. Reaching for the CAS Colour & Sketches challenge colours HERE, that I still had on my desk! Some simple ‘off stamping’ to create a slightly muted cascade of flowers and embellishing with one of the large Fun Flower possibilities. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks.

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Next I decided to pair some monochrome Fun Flowers with a colourful stencilled die cut using the coordinating Fun Flowers Stencil and this time the CAS Colour & Sketches challenge colours in Distress Oxide Inks!

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I over embellished the flowers with some Altenew and Stampin’ Up! enamel dots, I just can’t resist using them! This time I chose the ‘HAPPY’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks, which I will then add a sentiment inside such as ‘birthday’, ‘belated birthday’, etc etc.

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Ok, so I am entering my ‘twofer’ over HERE and I hope that I have inspired you to join in on that fun challenge and this weeks CAS Colours & Sketches challenge too 😉

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Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win a £15 eGift Certificate to spend in store. You have until Midnight (GMT) Saturday 7th April 2018 to comment.

Blooming Congrats!

Hey!

Apologies for the long time no posting here on the website blog, you guys have so wonderfully kept me busy with all the wonderful release day & post release day orders! You are all simply amazing and I can’t thank you enough.

Also, I apologise that so many of the February Release products have sold out, I have had restocks of all the NEW Stencils and I have a restock of the NEW clear stamps and others arriving on the 12th March. I will be updating the website to allow backorders on all of the items due in this afternoon.

Anyway, as I haven’t had much creative time, I thought I would share this card that I never got round to sharing! This card I made a while back and it is one that we created at the recent Uniko 6th Birthday Stamping Retreat.

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I’ve used the new Kindness Blooms clear stamp set, paired with a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks and at the time the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends were a new toy!

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I stamped the smallest of the loopy flowers from the Kindness Blooms clear stamp set onto some Stampin’ Up! vellum in VersaMark ink, then heat embossed them with detail white embossing powder. I then used the Stampin’ Blends to colour on the reverse of the flowers. I fussy cut the vellum panel out adhered it with glue, added the sentiment and some enamel dots to finish.

That’s all I have to share for today, hopefully I will find a little creative time during my Bean free day today 😉 Thank you for stopping by.

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Uniko’s 6th Birthday & February 2018 Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Woohoo!

Apologies for my lateness to the Release Day Party :( It’s been a crazy few days here in the NE of the UK as we have been battered by the worst snow storms in years, plus life goes on with 2 snow Beans too! Luckily today I’ve still managed to have them looked after by the in-laws – yay!

Anyway, the day arrived and Uniko’s 6th Birthday & February 2018 Release is NOW available to purchase HERE on the website. We have our traditional Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY starting over HERE.

Along with the SIX new clear stamp sets and FIVE new stencil designs I am also offering…

Release Day

FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

on orders of £25 or more!

* This offer has been extended and is valid until Midday GMT 3rd March 2018 on qualifying orders of £25 or more.

WINNERS of the Birthday Treasure Hunt, Random Prizes & more have been announced HERE.

How about some inspiration using a few of the new products…

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It probably isn’t a surprise to anyone that has been following the release celebrations that the new Kindness Blooms clear stamp set is a new favourite of mine 😉 The ideas using this new loopy bloom have been free flowing!
For this first card I decided to pair both sizes of the loopy bloom with the Large Background Scattered Polka Dots, which I have stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in detail white embossing powder.
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The sentiment is just one of the mix and match possibilities contained in the mini clear stamp set and I have stamped it onto a strip of white card and adhered it to the card base using foam adhesive. I’ve finished the design off with some new Stampin’ Up! self adhesive sequins.
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For my next card I decided to create a more masculine style card using Kindness Blooms paired with the new Birthday Sentiments clear stamp set…
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As you can see I used the stamen burst stamp and the small polka dot from Kindness Blooms and simply by using primary colours and keeping the design CAS I have achieved a masculine look.
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I wish I had more to share using the other new products being released, but creative time has been limited :( I will be sharing more over the coming days though using all of the new products.
However, I know that the Design Team have been super busy and much more creative than me and have a wealth of inspiration using all of the new products to share with you!

Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Saturday 10th March 2018 to comment and the winner will be announced Sunday 11th March 2018.

Happy Hopping!

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