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September/October 2021 Reveal, Release & Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Yay 🎉 it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!

Finally I have introduced you to the 3 new stamp sets and the new stencil in their entirety. They are all available to purchase HERE on the website now. AND we have our usual Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where I have formally done the above and you will find the full hop list.

So let’s get to the fun stuff and see what I have created for today!

First up is another card using yesterdays introduction, Pattern Building Christmas Tree. As you can see I couldn’t resist pairing it with the previously released Background Blocks Scandinavian Christmas .

A little more busy than my usual CAS style, but I think these products pair nicely together. Lots of fussy cutting on this card, but I think the results are totally worth it.

Next today I have another card using Pattern Building Christmas Tree, but I used one of the stamps to create a fun frame.

Unfortunately I can’t say that I came up with this idea though. It was Sam Squires from the Funky Fossil Design Team who inspired me to create a frame. Sam used this stamp set for our Instahop collaboration HERE. BTW, there is still time to hop along and be in the chance of winning.

For my card I added a sentiment from Christmas Wishes and embellished with some holly leaves and berries from Winter Foliage.

I have one last card to share today and again I have used Pattern Building Christmas Tree! This time I decided to pair it with another old favourite, Peace On Earth.

I created a similar card for the Funky Fossil Instahop collaboration and I used their birds to hold the string. So I couldn’t resist remaking the card, but with Uniko birds.

That’s all I have to share for now, but I will be back with more this week. Have fun on the hop, don’t forget to comment along the way to be in the chance of winning. You have until Midnight BST Sunday 10th October.

Thank you for all your comments and support of the release this week.

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Pattern Building Christmas Tree

Hello!

Happy Saturday and Happy World Card Making Day 😊 

I am so glad you come back today as we introduce the last of the September / October 2021 Release product. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing another new and super fun stamp set, Pattern Building Christmas Tree.

I am delighted to be bringing you this fun concept stamp set which incorporates my love of pattern. Fingers crosse you love it as much as I do!

Lets have a look at it in action…

The idea behind this stamp set is that you can ‘build’ your Christmas Tree using all or a variety of the patterns and toppers contained in the set. There is of course the option of using and combining previously released Uniko sentiments and pattern style stamps.

Here I have used just a selection of the building strips to create this fun pattern Christmas Tree with incorporated sentiment. The colours, the combinations and ways of stamping add to the variety and fun of this set.

I added a little bit of glitter in places to bring a little more festivity to the card.

For my next card today I went for a similar stamping style, but instead I decided to stamp and emboss my tree white onto Navy card stock.

I also added some snowfall from Background Builders: Winter Wonderland above and below my Christmas Tree.

For my last card today using this clear stamp set I wanted to show how it could possibly be used all year round and not just for Christmas.

A fun rainbow birthday card! Honestly I had so much fun stamping this rainbow of pattern. I’ve then simply added it to my card base on a angle for added interest and finished with a sentiment from Floral Vines and some Nuvo Drops.

I had so much fun creating with this stamp set and all the release for that matter, but I will be sharing more tomorrow in our traditional Reveal, Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

I do hop you will stop by tomorrow and join in on the fun.

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Stencil – Flower Power #1

Welcome Back to day 3 of the Sept/Oct 2021 Release product introductions. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing a new stencil, Flower Power #1.

I am delighted to be adding to the Flower Power Stencil line up. The ways the Brand Ambassadors have used this stencil is genius and inspiring, so be sure to hop along with us.

All the products will be available for purchase on Sunday 3rd October at 9am BST. 

Okay, lets get to the good stuff…

This flower has always reminded me of a Poinsettia, so it was only right that I created a modern poinsettia Christmas card.

It took a bit of time to mask the petals in order to be able to add the bottom green layer, but the results were totally worth it!

For the small dots in the centre of the flower I used a stamp from Flower Power #5. You could easily draw them in with a fine liner if you don’t have the stamp. The sentiment is from the new Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set we introduced yesterday.

For my second card today I had to go rainbow…

The masking for this was easier! And doesn’t it look delightful in a rainbow of colours? I used my Concord & 9th inks for this. Again I added the same stamped dots to the centre.

The sentiment is from Floral Vines and I finished off with a trio of Gloss White Nuvo Drops.

If you’ve not seen my earlier post for the Uniko Challenge reminder, be sure to check it out HERE. I have made a third card using this stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the lovely comments.

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko Challenge Reminder #67 – Anything Goes + optional twist Autumn Colours

Hello & Happy Friday!

Today I am popping in first with a reminder card that there is still time to join in on the current Uniko Challenge. Though my card ties into my next blog post shortly with the next of the Sept/Oct 2021 Release product introductions 😉

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 😉
* 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 😉

Here’s what I was inspired to make…

I opted for some beautiful warm autumnal colours for my card and using a kraft card base really helps to radiate the warmth. I couldn’t resist using our new Stencil – Flower Power #1 which we are introducing on the blog today.

`It’s fun having these large scale modern flowers and they really do make for a quick card with impact. I used Distress Oxide inks as I think they keep their colour lovely on kraft and coloured card stock. The colours of the flower are Fossilised Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo.

The sentiment I have chosen is from Floral Vines and embossed in white onto a block of brown card. I added a strip of the same colour down the edge of my stencilled mat layer too. I think this adds a little more interest to the overall design.

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 Brand Ambassadors – £15 eGift CertificateRandom Twist Winner – £5 eGift CertificateRandom Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 eGift CertificateTop 3 Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

There is plenty of time to join and play along with this challenge.The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 22nd October 2021. I look forward to seeing you in the gallery HERE.


Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Christmas Sentiments

Hello & Happy Thursday! 

I am so glad you come back today as we continue the September / October 2021 Release product introductions. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing Christmas Sentiments. 

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where you will find all the links to the Brand Ambassador blogs.

It’s no secret that I have had a crush on this font style for some time now – haha! So it was necessary to use it for a festive sentiment set, because lets face it, you can never have too many sentiment clear stamp sets!

It’s always a bit of a challenge to showcase a sentiment set, but it is also a good opportunity to use the sentiments and combine them with some of your favourite festive products.

As you can see, for my first card I have paired 4 of the mix and match sentiments with the Stencil – Winter Foliage.

For this I have simply applied white embossing paste through the stencil onto a white card base. I have then stamped and embossed the sentiments in white onto small scraps of coloured card. So fun and pretty quick to make.

For my second card today I decided to use the ‘Let it Snow’ sentiment and paired it with a long time favourite, Stunning Snowflakes.

Some simple repeat stamping of the sentiment and some sparkly embossed snowflakes – be still my snowflake loving heart!

That’s all I have to share with you today using these sentiment, but you will see more of them this week and this festive season.

Thanks for stopping by. Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Background Builders Winter Wonderland

Hello & Happy Wednesday! 

I am so glad you have popped by today as it is the first of the September / October 2021 Release product introductions. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have an inspiring blog hop and we are introducing Background Builders: Winter Wonderland.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the hop and you will find all the links to the Brand Ambassador blogs.

Here is what I’ve created using this new stamp set…

For my first card using this set I wanted to create a wintery night time scene. I started with a circle stencil mask I created from copy paper. I then ink blended Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire with a little Black Soot around the top edges.

I then stamped the winter stag & tree image in black and the snowfall image in white. I added a few more snow drops using a white gel pen. The sentiment is from another new set we will be introducing this week. I finished the card off with a trio of tiny snowflakes from the Winter Wonderland set and added some gems.

For my second card today I went clean and simple with a modern and non traditional colour way. Spot my mistake of a back to front rainbow!

For this card I created template to cut the sentiment mat layer with a matching curve. I then followed the curve of the scene stamp to place and selectively stamp the sentiment.

I added the snowflake detail stamp to the top in a light grey ink to finish the card off.

Lastly today I went with a rustic Scandi feel and created an all over pattern using 3 of the 4 building stamps.

I added all 3 stamps to a large block, inked and stamped with VersaMark so that I could emboss with WOW! Opaque Bright White EP. I foam mounted the panel onto a matching Kraft card base.

A fairly quick and mass produceable design.

That’s all from me today, be sure to pop back tomorrow for the next of the product introductions.
Crafty Hugs 

July 2021 Release in Review Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Did you see our recent release HERE? With it being a big one for us here at Uniko and not all the Brand Ambassadors got to play with all their goodies straight away, I thought it would be fun to have another Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY 🎉 

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the hop and if you want to check the products out, they are all still available to purchase HERE on the website.

I’ve made a couple cards to share with you today…

For this first card I combined three of the six clear stamp sets released. I started by partially inking the Background Block Grid and heat embossing with WOW Clear Gloss EP. I wanted a unfinished look so that when I inked blended over the top I could fade it out slightly.

I used Altenew Moss, Olive & Parrot ink colours. Fading out from the bottom left corner with the darkest Moss colour. I’ve then embellished with a trio of Doodle Flowers and a double Simply Said Blocks I and III sentiment and some adhesive gems.

For my second card today I reached for the Stencil Rainbow & Clouds again. I’ve had this card idea stuck in my head and wanted to get it made, so today was the perfect time.

I started by inking up the largest rainbow and die cut it using a Sizzix Heart Die from my stash. I then used white pigment ink to dab the clouds onto my blue mat layer.

I then added a double sentiment from Simply Said Blocks III and finished off with some heart and circle domed embellishments.

Just the two cards from me today. But be sure to check out the rest of the Brand Ambassador blogs for more inspiration using the release.

Don’t forget to comment along the way, I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment winner to win a £20 eGift Certificate. Commenting to be able to win will close at Midnight BST my Sunday 22nd August 2021. The winner will be announced on the blog before the end of August.

Crafty Hugs

Uniko Challenge Reminder #66 – Flowers + Optional Twist Slimline

 Hey!

Myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are here today to remind you about the July/ August 2021 Uniko challenge.


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 😉
* 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 😉


We’re delighted to welcome back Dhruvika as our Guest Designer for this reminder post.

How stunning is Dhruvika’s card! If you pop over to her Instagram feed you can see all her other awesome cards too – HERE.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have shared inspiration and you will also find the link up and prize information.

Here’s what I was inspired to create…

Not a slimline card this time, but a modern floral one using the newly released Doodle Flowers. I’ve also put in a trio of smaller flowers from the Background Blocks Doodle Flower for a little bit of variety and interest.

I started by stamping the flowers in a trio of Concord & 9th ink colours, Honeysuckle, Buttercup and Oceanside. I then indulged in some relaxing fussy cutting.

To assemble the card I first stamped the sentiment from Floral Vines and then arranged the flowers. I adhered some flat using DST and some with foam adhesive. I then finished off with a few clear rhinestones.

That’s all from me today, but I will be back soon with more to share using the July Release. Until then, thank you for stopping by & I look forward to seeing you in the gallery.

Crafty Hugs

July 2021 Reveal, Release Day, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hello & Happy Sunday! 

Yay 🎉 it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for! Finally I will introduce you to all 6 stamp sets and all 4 stencils in their entirety. They are all available to purchase HERE on the website now. AND we have our usual Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

I have formally introduced all the new products over HERE on the Uniko Blogspot Blog and you will also find the hop list too. But how about some more inspiration I’ve made using some of the products.

First up is another card using the Doodle Flowers clear stamp set.

I didn’t have a layout for this card, I just started stamping and kinda went with the flow. My only starting point was the colours, which are from the current challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches HERE.

I thought it was a little different and fun to choose these colours and I think it’s turned out pretty nicely. I thought about the sentiments in the set and wanted there to be lots of mix and match choices, just like I have used here.

Next I had a play with the Background Block Layered Modern Floral as I wanted to use it not as a block or pattern, but rather use elements to create a card.

For this card I stamped the floral section of the block in different colours & then set to fussy cutting a selection out. I then used the smaller accent stamps from the set to create a border in black along the right edge of a card panel.

I adhered some of the flowers with double sided tape and some with foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Floral Vines.

Lastly for today I wanted to use the Stencil – Tropical Leaf I and again opted for a slimline card.

With the size of the leaf it lends itself well to a slimline card. Here I have simply layered the leaf and inked with various shades of green. The sentiment is from Doodle Flowers clear stamp set.

That’s all from me today, I will be sharing more with the new release over the coming days/weeks on the blog as there are so many ideas buzzing round my head with them still!

Don’t forget to hop along and to leave a comment on all the stops along the way. I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment winner to win the ENTIRE* release. Commenting to be able to win will close at Midnight BST Sunday 1st August 2021. The winner will be announced on the blog during the first week of August.


Thank you SO much to the Brand Ambassadors and everyone who has joined in on the fun. You really do make these releases so much fun.
Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Doodle Flowers

Welcome to Day 5 and the last of the July 2021 Release Product Introductions. I can’t believe we are introducing the final product. Which means tomorrow is Release Day and all the goodies will be available to purchase on the website.

Today we have another inspiring blog hop and I saved the final floral, Doodle Flowers. You might recognise this flower from the previously released Background Blocks Doodle Flower and the Uniko Stencil Doodle Flowers. With the addition to this set in the mix, it provides even more mix and match options AND I’ve included some mix and match sentiments in a current favourite font!

So let’s get to what I’ve made today…

First up I decided to pair the stamps with the previously released stencil. Here I have used texture paste through the stencil to create the background. I have then added the outline doodle flowers which are stamped, coloured and fussy cut out.

I added one of the mix & match sentiments from the set that I have embossed in white onto scraps of black card. I finished the design off with some black Nuvo Drops.

Next I wanted to use the stamp set by itself and make a one layer card. I like these on hand as they’re mail friendly!

I already had my embossing supplies out on my desk, so I masked a section of my card off, stamped the flowers & leaves from the set & heat embossed white. I then used Distress Oxide Inks in Salvaged Patina and Wilted Violet to blend over the top.

Once I was happy I stamped another of the mix and match sentiments from the set and embellished with a few enamel dots from my stash.

Lastly for today I wanted to pair the set with the Background Block Doodle Flower.

For this I kept it simple. I stamped the block pattern in black and added some colour using Copic Markers. I stamped and fussy cut both the solid doodle flower and leaves from the set, placing them so I knew where to stamp the sentiment from the set.

This set really is good fun and has even more options when paired with the other coordinating products. Be sure to checkout the Brand Ambassador blogs for more inspiration and don’t forget to leave a comment along the way. I will be randomly selecting comments left in the lead up to Release Day on 25th July to win Uniko goodies! 

Until tomorrow, Crafty Hugs 

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