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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 😉

Julie

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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 Explosion Collection

Hey!

Welcome to day 7 and the last of the May 2018 Release product introductions. That means tomorrow IS Release Day – Whoohoo!

Anyway, I am super excited about today as the product we are introducing is some NEW matching Designer Dies to previously released and popular Uniko clear stamp sets. As I mentioned yesterday too, 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 sets they match…

Hopefully you can see that I have created this designer die collection in a way that it mainly matched the Explosion! Additions clear stamp set. It does feature a die to match the explosion stamp in the original Explosion! set, but as you will see from my card below you don’t need to use the stamps with the explosions!

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I started by stamping the halftone explosion onto my white square layer in Altenew Aqualicious ink. I then die cut the 2nd largest explosion that matches the original Explosion! clear stamp. I thought it would be fun to add an inner explosion die cut so that the halftone could be seen through when layered.

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The black die cut explosion is adhered to the card using foam adhesive. I added a die cut, stamped and raised WOW! to the card adding the sentiment ‘You Did It’ and some stamped yellow tiny explosions.

I hope I have shown some of the possibilities these dies add to the stamps?! As always the Design Team have amazed me with their creativity, be sure to hop around for even more inspiration using these new Designer Dies…

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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… 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… Party Confetti & Stylised Floral Stencils

Hey!

Are you still with us?! I didn’t think this was a big release until I started scheduling it on the blog 😉 Welcome back to day four of the product introductions!

Today the Design Team and myself are here to introduce two new Uniko Stencil Designs, Party Confetti and Stylised Floral. Hopefully you have hopped along with the Design Team, I’ve struggled to keep up with work over the long holiday weekend here in the UK. The lovely sunny weather has distracted me to spend time with the Beans and hubby!

Anyway, I am finally here to share a couple of cards using 2 more Uniko Stencils being released on Saturday 12th May.

First up is a card using the new Stylised Floral Stencil…

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It just called for me to ink it up with my very small collection of Distress Oxide inks! I think I will be treating myself at Happy Stampers Festival for some more colours 😉

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As you can see I kept my card really simple as I wanted the Stylised Floral design to take centre stage. This is another design way back from my Uni days and I can’t even remember how it came about! I just stubbled across it in my disorganised archive of designs!

Next is another simple card using the Party Confetti Stencil…

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If you like the Background Blocks Party Confetti clear stamp, then you might just like this stencil too 😉 This stencil is a larger version of the design with just a few little tweaks to make it work for a stencil! Again I used my Distress Oxide inks to colour through the stencil before trimming and die cutting a curved edge.

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One fun thing about clear sentiment stamps is their ability to bend and shape them to fit in with a design. I’ve not tried this with the Simply Said Blocks stamps before (that I can remember), so I thought I would give it a go with the Congratulations sentiment. With it being the longest of the stamps in the clear stamp set I thought it the best stamp to use. I am rather pleased with how it turned out :) I added a trio of my favourite enamel dots to finish the design off too.

That’s all I have to share with you today. Fingers crossed I am more organised and not so late tomorrow! Be sure to hop along with the Design Team (links below) for more FAB inspiration…

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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

Introducing… Bee Happy Clear Stamp Set & Honeycomb Pattern Stencil

Hey!

Welcome to back to the second day of the May 2018 Release product introductions. Did you enjoy yesterdays introductions? I sure did, the Design Team and our Guest Designer Anna did an amazing job of showcasing them. If you missed the fun be sure to catch up HERE.

Today we are introducing 2 more products. Bee Happy Clear Stamp Set and Honeycomb Pattern Stencil. Hopefully you have hopped on over from the start of the Blog Hop HERE, I’ve shared a card there too and you will find all the Design Team links too 😉

I’ve a couple more cards to share with you using the Bee Happy clear stamp set.

First up I have this clean and simple love themed card. The Bee Happy clear stamp set contains this hexagon heart stamp and a couple of smaller hexagons which fit nicely inside the hexagons in the heart. I started by stamping the heart in VersaFine Onyx Black and then stamping the solid small hexagon in Altenew Ruby Red ink. I then fussy cut the heart out.

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The bee is stamped, fussy cut out, coloured with Copic marker and clear Wink Of Stella added to the wings. Usually I would simply die cut the stitched die shape, stamped the sentiment and mounted the heart and bee. However, I thought I would try by hand at embossing with the die instead and I have to say I rather like the technique!

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I wanted there to be a little subtle dimension having embossed the stitched square, so that is my reasoning for fussy cutting the heart and bee. The bee is adhered with 1 mm thick foam adhesive.

Lastly I have one more super CAS card to share…

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I wanted to create a fun pattern using the trio of hexagon stamps, so I set the stamp in my MISTI tool and stamped away 😉 I used the acetate sheet the stamps come on for placement of my next stamped image. It was a little fiddly and time consuming, but I am pleased with the results.

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I then repeated what I did with the card above and the small solid hexagon. This time I only stamped inside a few of the hexagons, randomly. It was almost a one layer card, but with it being so clean and simple I decided it needed a subtle white on white border and layered onto a white card base.

That’s all I have to share with you today using this clear stamp set, but be sure to hop along with the Design Team for even more inspiration…

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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… Simply Said Blocks II and Natures Treasures II Stencil & Mask

Hey!

Welcome to the first day of the May 2018 Release product introductions. This is the fun part, you now get to see all the sneak peeks in action. The Design Team and our Guest Designer for May Anna have worked their socks off and created an abundance of inspiration to share with you over the coming days :)

Today we are introducing 2 products. Simply Said Blocks II a mini clear stamp set with additional popular sentiments in the same style as Simply Said Blocks. And we are ‘officially’ introducing Natures Treasures II Stencil. This stencil was part of the Uniko Stamping Retreat goody bag in Dec 2017. It has proven popular with those that attended, myself and some of the DT, that it was time it was made available to everyone :)

Hopefully you have hopped on by from our lovely Guest Designer, Anna’s blog HERE.

How about a bit more inspiration?! I’ve a couple of cards to share using a combination of the Natures Treasures II Stencil and sentiments from Simply Said Blocks II and a sneak peek of some others from another clear stamp set we will be introducing next week 😉

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I thought I’d start off with a super CAS card and a bit of partial fussy cutting! For this card I began with a 10.5 x 12 cm piece of white card. I stamped the sentiment from a clear stamp set we are introducing in a couple of days called Just Because first, so that I could then position and ink the leaf.

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I used a trio of Distress Oxides to do this, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry. I then drew a soft pencil line where I wanted to cut straight and then went ahead and fussy cut it out. This panel is then adhered to my base card using 1mm thick foam adhesive.

For my next card I channeled my inner Laura Bassen, to create this rainbow card.

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Again I used Distress Oxides and simply worked across from Picked Raspberry down to Wilted Violet. The sentiment is a combination from Simply Said Blocks II and Just Because.

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That’s all I have to share with you for today, but there is LOADS more inspiration from my awesome Design Team. Be sure to hop along and leave some love along the way :)

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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

May 2018 Release Sneak Peeks Day 3

Welcome Back!

So far we have had 2 days of sneak peeks and I am back today with a few more! Not only are we counting down to the May 2018 Release, it is also countdown to Happy Stampers Festival.

May is my birthday month too and there are a few giveaways around Social Media happening and planned to celebrate! So you might want to check out Sneak Peeks Day 1 HERE 😉

Anyway, lets see some more peeks…

Here we have another Uniko Stencil and again you might recognise the design from the February Release. Plus I have one more Stylised Floral Stencil design below coming your way!

The last peek today is of the last clear stamp set being released this month, the next addition to the Flower Power series…

That’s all the sneak peeks that I have to share with you all today! We have one more day of peeks to share tomorrow. If we’ve seen all the peeks at Uniko Clear Stamps and Uniko Stencils being released, it must be some NEW matching Designer Dies 😉

I do hope you have enjoyed the peeks so far and I’d love to know what is on your wish list! Until tomorrow…

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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

May 2018 Release Sneak Peeks Day 2

Welcome Back!

Yesterday saw the start of the countdown to May 2018 Release! It is also countdown to Happy Stampers Festival and May is my birthday month, so I am going to be having a few giveaways around Social Media to celebrate!

Today I am sharing a couple more sneak peeks at the new products being released on the 12th May…

Who doesn’t love a silhouette and a floral one? Silhouettes have been around in the paper crafting and stamping world, probably from the get go! However, there seems to be a revival of this trend and I thought I’d put a little of my style out there too 😉

Next, I have a fun new background sneak peek.

That’s all the sneak peeks that I have to share with you all today! I do hope you have enjoyed the peeks and I’d love to know what you like the look of so far :)

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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 Friday 11th on the Winners Page HERE.