Introducing

Introducing…Framed Balloons

Hello & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the final day of the 10th Birthday February 2022 Release product introductions. Be sure to check out the other introductions, you can find the links in the right hand side bar.

Today myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have more creative inspiration to share as we introduce the final new clear stamp set, Framed – Balloons. This series of stamp sets is growing, are so fun and popular amongst the Uniko fans and customers. 

The frames are great for making instant focal points and like you will see today there are SO many creative options.

All the products will be available for purchase tomorrow at 10am GMT, Sunday 28th February 2022.

Anyway, let’s take a look at Framed Balloons…

For my first card today I chose to use two of the smaller stamps from the set paired with the round balloon from Balloon Bash. It’s a nod to all my Animal Crossing lovers out there!

The confetti background was time consuming to stamp and colour, but I think it turned out pretty cool.

For my second card today I used the balloon frame and created another colourful card.

I simply stamped, coloured with Copic Markers, added the sentiment from the set and coloured the sentiment with a black fine liner. I then cut the frame out and adhered it to a white card base using foam adhesive.

That’s all I have to share using this stamp set today, but I know you are going to be WOWED by the Brand Ambassadors!

All of the products will be available to purchase on the website and we will have our traditional release day blog hop. I will also be going LIVE over on the Uniko Ltd Facebook Group sharing some release cards & chatting about the New Release.
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing and Re-introducing… Fun Flowers Stencil & Mask, Fun Flowers Spray Mask AND Fun Flowers Clear Stamps!

 Hello & Friday!

Welcome to Day 3 of the 10th Birthday February 2022 Release product introductions. If you missed day 1 and 2 you can catch up HERE and HERE.

Today myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have more creative inspiration to share as we introduce and re-introduce Fun Flowers Stencil & Mask, Fun Flowers Spray Mask AND Fun Flowers Clear Stamps!

Fun Flowers clear stamp set was introduced in April 2016 and ‘retired’ a few years ago, mainly as it needed that something else to bring it to life, some new Fun Flower Stencils! 

All the products will be available for purchase at 10am GMT Sunday 28th February 2022.

Okay, let’s get to the pretty stuff.

First up is a card using the Fun Flowers Spray Stencil & Mask. This was a design that looked super pretty and I was excited about when designing, but just couldn’t imagine what it would look like inked up!

There is no surprise I am delighted as it wouldn’t be here in the line up if I wasn’t! I started by using the stencil, which creates on this card the colourful inked blended base.

Then I placed the intricate mask inside and inked through using black ink to achieve the detail. A Simple sentiment from Everyday Sentiments and a few Nuvo Drops finished the card off.

For my second card I used the Fun Flowers Stencil & Mask, this really does breathe new life into the Fun Flowers Stamp Set.

For todays card I used just the stencil. I inked the different sizes to create an all over pattern. I then used my stamping tool to place and stamp the larger outline flower in black inside the large pink flowers.

Finishing off with lots of dimension. I stamped and fussy cut lots of the smaller Fun Flowers, adding little bits of colour and adhering them using foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks and I used some clear enamel dots. A busier card then my normal CAS style, but it’s vibrant and so cheerful.

That’s all from me today, you will see more of these products and the other products in the release on release day! Just one more introduction to go 😊

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… BIG & BOLD You & Stencil Flower Power #7

 Hello & Thursday!

Welcome to Day 2 of the 10th Birthday February 2022 Release product introductions. If you missed day 1 you can catch up HERE. 

Today myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have more creative inspiration to share as we introduce BIG & BOLD You & Stencil Flower Power #7.

The BIG & BOLD series of stamps has been slowly growing over the years and I am delighted it remains popular. There are lots of words coming to this series over the course of 2022, but today we see YOU being the focus. Personally I think this is a powerful word and great for encouragement cards and not just seasonal ones. I also think it pairs beautiful with the new Stencil – Flower Power #7 😉 

All the products will be available for purchase at 10am GMT Sunday 28th February 2022.

Today I have three cards to share with you. First up is a card using BIG & BOLD You.

Who doesn’t love a clean and simple rainbow card? This was pretty quick to make and I didn’t use my stamping platform. I simply used a pencil and ruler to mark out where to stamp the ‘Just For’ sentiment. Then repeatedly stamped it using my current favourite Concord & 9th inks.

You must know by now I love fussy cutting! So I stamped and fussy cut the ‘you’ (sorry no dies, yet) and adhered it using foam adhesive. The stamp set comes with some small accent stamps, I love dots so I added those for a little something else.

Next I had a play with the Stencil – Flower Power #7

I’ve created this Flower Power stencil a little different from #1, #5 and #8 that have been released so far. This flower shape is a little more simple, but SO much fun. This time there are 3 sizes of the flower on the one stencil and you get the masks too, which I have used to create this first card.

I used temporary adhesive to secure each of the 3 sizes of flower onto my card base. I then ink blended my 3 favourite colours, Buttercup, Honeysuckle & Oceanside, to create this cheerful background. The card is finished with a sentiment from Everyday Sentiment and some Nuvo Gloss Drops in Ebony.

For my final card for today I used the Flower Power #7 stencil to create the opposite of this first card.

Along with the flowers on the stencil, I’ve included a trio of circles to use for the centres. I finished my card slightly different, mounting the panel onto a white card base and adding a different sentiment from Everyday Sentiments.

There is so much fun to be had with this stencil, just wait till you see what the Brand Ambassadors have created 😉

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to pop back tomorrow for the next of the product introductions.
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing…Background Blocks Cogs, Background Blocks Splatters and Everyday Sentiments

 Hello & Happy Hump Day!

Welcome to Day 1 of the 10th Birthday February 2022 Release product introductions. Myself and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are here to cheer up your mid week with some fabulous creative inspiration.

Today we are introducing three new stamp sets that I am sure you will want to add to your Uniko collection, Background Blocks Cogs, Background Blocks Splatters and Everyday Sentiments.

I am delighted to be adding to this growing series of Background Blocks and especially ones that lend themselves to masculine makes. The addition of these sentiments open up so many options too. The ways the Brand Ambassadors have used these are genius and inspiring, so be sure to hop along with us. You can find the start of the hop HERE.

All the products will be available for purchase at 10am GMT Sunday 27th February 2022.

Okay, lets get to the good stuff!

My first card today uses Background Builders Cogs and I built my sentiment using Everyday Sentiments.

I started by stamping the cog block onto my Concord & 9th Mushroom card stock base in VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. I then stamped it again onto white card and fussy cut a few of the cogs out.

The mix of sentiments are heat embossed embossed onto a strip of PTI Smokey Slate card and adhered using foam adhesive. I’ve then scattered the fussy cut cogs and added some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Ebony.

For my second card I used Background Blocks Splatter. I started by inking the background with a mix of Concord & 9th Sorbet and Honeysuckle.

I then accented my card with the two balloons from Balloon Bash and another sentiment from Everyday Sentiments. This time some White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops to finish.

Next I wanted to show how both these ‘masculine’ orientated backgrounds can be feminised. So I created two matching cards, just switching out the background.

It’s been ages since I last inked up Beautiful Blooms III, so I chose this as my floral. I used the same Concord & 9th ink colours for both cards, Ballet Slipper, Sorbet & Honeysuckle for the flower. Sprout, Parsley, Clover & Evergreen for the backgrounds & foliage.

After fussy cutting the stamped floral I adhered it to my card using foam adhesive. I added then stamped the Thank You sentiment from Everyday Sentiments and a few enamel dots to finish.

I then repeated everything for this second card, though I did switch up the sentiment layout and enamel dot placement.

I can’t decide which I like best as they both turned out really pretty! That’s all from me today using these three products. I will be back tomorrow with more to share.

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 

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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