Revisited Clear Stamp Sets

June 2019 Non-Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the June 2019 Non-Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the beginning of the hop & where I have introduced everything!

So, with Father’s Day just next weekend, I thought it would be useful for some masculine card inspiration! So I set the Design Team & myself the challenge to use the previously released Explosion! Explosion! Additions & Designer Dies Explosion Collection for this months revisited hop!

This collection of Uniko products are perfect for those hard to create masculine cards! The comic book and Pop Art trends are still going strong in the paper crafting world too 😉

As usual we have our GIVEAWAY, so be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win a £25 eGift Certificate code to spend over on the Uniko website. You have until midnight BST Saturday 15th June 2019 to comment along the hop.

And here’s what I created…

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I was totally inspired by the current sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below. The rectangle feature of the sketch screamed to have the halftone explosion ‘spotlight’ stamped. AND it looks like great minds think alike, as I wasn’t the only one. Be sure to check out DT Julies card 😉

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I absolutely LOVED the Catherine Pooler ink colours I used for THIS card using the Explosion! collection, that I decided to use them again! I’ve used Rockin’ Red, Suede Shoes and Limoncello.

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I’ve used Copic Makers Y35, YR09 and YR16 to colour the BAM! and the Happy Father’s Day sentiment is from Simply Said.

That’s all I have to share with you today using this collection of Uniko products, but be sure to visit my awesome Design Team for even more inspiration. Don’t forget to leave some comment love, which will also put you in the chance of winning a £25 eGift Certificate!

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What an inspirational hop, so many new ideas, I hope you all enjoyed it too :)

Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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March 2019 Non Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the March 2019 Non-Release Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

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.

With Spring just around the corner here in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought it would be nice to give some fresh inky love to Spring Botanicals Daffodil, Spring Botanicals Snowdrop and Stencil Bright Butterflies.

As usual we have our GIVEAWAY, so be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win Spring Botanicals Daffodil and Stencil Bright Butterflies (an alternative prize to the same value will be offered if the winner already owns these). You have until Midnight (GMT) Saturday 16th March 2019 to comment, winner will be announced shortly after.

I’ve created a trio of cards to share with you today using all 3 products and some different techniques on each of them.

First up I have used Spring Botanicals Daffodil

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I’d created this scored Basic Grey (Stampin’ Up!) card base probably more than a week ago. I’ve been loving the trend I have been seeing around social media of adding embossed scored lines to cards. After purchasing a new Fiskars mini paper trimmer with interchangeable blades, I had to give it a go!

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I decided to do some partial fussy cutting of the daffodil, which is stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detail white EP. I used Prismacolor Pencils to colour the daffodil and adhered the panel to the scored card base using foam adhesive. The sentiment is also from Spring Botanicals Daffodil and heat embossed.

Next I thought I would try my hand at some more no line colouring…

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This time I used Spring Botanicals Snowdrop. I’ve stamped the snowdrops on to Crumb Cake card using VersaMark ink. I then used my Prismacolor Pencils to colour the image in. Stamping on the kraft card base made it easier to colour the white flowers 😉

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The sentiment is from Spring Botanicals Daffodil and again is heat embossed.

Lastly I was inspired to use the Stencil Bright Butterflies

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Earlier in the week I’d seen the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! seen HERE and blelow, and thought it would be perfect for some stencilling!

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I used my ink daubers to selectively ink the butterflies and flowers and I simply chose some bright Altenew ink colours (Fresh Lemon, Orange Cream, Aqualicious and Rubellite). I then went over the top with Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste – love this stuff! I finished the card off with a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II.

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That’s all I have to share with you today, but be sure to hop along with the DT and comment for your chance to win 😉

What an inspirational hop, so many new ideas, I hope you all enjoyed it too :)

Thanks for joining in on the fun.

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Lots of Happy!

Hey!

LOTS of happy arrived at Uniko HQ this week, which included a few clear stamp restocks Simply Said Blocks, Simply Said Blocks II, Sweet Baby, Reach For The Stars & Happy Succulents. When restocks arrive they always inspire me to ink them up again, so I set aside some time to create!

Today I thought I would share the card I made using Happy Succulents

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I’ve used the large succulent corner spray image for my main focal point and added one of the sentiment options contained in the set. Apart from the colouring, which didn’t take too long with my Prismacolor Pencils, this card came together pretty quick.

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I used my MISTI tool to stamp the main image, as it is quite large it often takes a couple of stamps to get a crisp image.

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I used one pink and three greens to colour the image and added some of my favourite Gloss White Nuvo Drops as an embellishment accent.

This clear stamp set is available on the website along with the others I listed at the top of the post. I hope this has added some cheer to your Sunday afternoon :)

Thanks for stopping by.

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September 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

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It’s time for another Uniko Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY – Whoohoo!! Apologies for my lateness in posting, I simply ran out of time before vacation to prep and didn’t have the energy on a night whilst away to work!

 Anyway, this month I couldn’t decide on the product and as a team we randomly selected a stamp set and then I went a little polka crazy and added in some popular sentiment sets too…

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These clear stamp sets and stencils are perfect for all sorts of backgrounds for all sorts of occasions that the Design Team will show you. They are a perfect addition to anyones crafting arsenal!

Here is what I decided to make…

I was inspired to use the Large Background Scattered Polka Dots and Large Background Scattered Polka Hearts to create a couple of cards to look like wrapped presents.

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I started with the Large Background Scattered Polka Dots, stamping it in VersaMark ink and embossing in white onto my favourite Coastal Cabana card stock. I then wrapped white bakers twine around as you would with string around a present and secured it in a bow. I’ve then mounted the panel to a matching card base using foam adhesive. The sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II is stamped onto a Pretty Pink Posh die cut tag and adhered to the card.

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I used the same design process for my next card using the Large Background Scattered Polka Hearts, but this time I changed the orientation to portrait.

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This time I stamped the polka hearts in Altenew Coral Berry ink and again the sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II.

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That’s all from me, but let’s 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 a Uniko £20 eGift Certificate. You have until Midnight (GMT) until midnight BST Saturday 22nd Sept 2018 to comment.

Happy Hopping!

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Guest Designer Inspiration with Anna Uhras

Hi Dear Uniko Friends! 

Anna here again today bringing you my last (but not least) page made for my GDT spot here at Uniko. I’ve had a blast playing with all the gorgeous stamps, stencils and dies Bev sent to me to create with.

Thank you so much sweet Bev <3

For this layout I’ve made my own background papers using the Paradise Leaves Clear Stamps.  The word “kindness” you can find in the Simply Said II Clear Stamp set. The papers in my layers under my photo are by Heidi Swapp Pineapple Crush collection and my title is also by Heidi Swapp  but from my hoarded stash :)

I fussy cut some of the leafs and mounted them with 3d tape to get some dimension. Lastly, I finished my page off with some stitches my by sewing machine and some dots of Nuvo Jewel Drops. I do really love these leafs, they are absolutely gorgeous.

I hope that you have got some new ideas and some inspiration from my creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by here today! See you out in the scrappy world​ <3

Take care! Hugs Anna xo

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.

Happy 6th Birthday Uniko!

Welcome to The Uniko 6th Birthday Treasure Hunt!

Over 6 years Uniko has produced 104 (not including 2018s) clear stamp sets and I am delighted that some of these early clear stamp sets are still popular today!
Today the Design Team and a couple of ‘special guests’ have created a FUN clear stamp set treasure hunt blog hop for you to join in on.
The aim of the treasure hunt is for you not only to be inspired by each of projects the DT and our guests are sharing, but also to find a NAME of a clear stamp set from each of the 6 years Uniko has been going, from 2012 – 2017.
Each person along the hop will have created a project using a clear stamp set from the year they were allocated. They will also mention the year that the clear stamp set was released somewhere in their blog post.
There are 11 amazing and inspirational designers in the hop and one Design Team Member has created 2 projects using 2 clear stamp sets from the six years. So there are 2 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years to be found. Easy peasy!
Jot these answers down in an email like this for example:
2012 Pure Florals: Poinsettia / Pure Florals: Gerbera
2013 Background Builders: Round In Circles
2014 Explosion!
2015 Balloon Bash
2016 Originally Organic
2017 Reach For The Stars
Then email your answers to bev@uniko.co.uk by 9am GMT Sunday 18th February 2018. You will then be entered into a prize draw. Keep reading to find out what the prizes are!
So which clear stamp set was I allocated from the 104 I have designed over 6 years?
Yep, you might have guessed correctly from the sneak peek you saw over at the start of the hop, Uniko Style!
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This little clear stamp set was released back in February 2017 during our 5th Birthday celebrations and it only seems fitting to revisit it and give it some more inky love.
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I decided to make a two cards using the set with a colour scheme inspired by the Uniko brand colours. The first card I made is my usual clean and simple style.
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I started out by masking the top section of my white mat layer with post it notes and then proceeded to stamp the outline flower in the trio of colours, adding the large circular enters in the same colour and then the smaller oval black. The sentiment is a mix from Happy Succulents and Simply Said Blocks, two other clear stamp sets that debuted in 2017.
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My next card was created organically and I had no layout planned out before I started stamping. The only idea I had as my starting point, was to use the two small solid circular stamps from the set.
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I decided to stamp these randomly in the pink and aqua colours. I then decided to use the outline flower shape, stamping it in black so that the aqua circles were inside. I then went in and added the oval black centres a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks and some Altenew enamel dots. Having not used the turquoise colour from the Uniko brand, I decided to trim my stamped panel and add a small strip of Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores card to the lower section.
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That’s all I have to share using this clear stamp set today. Be sure to make a note of the name and year and hop along to the lovely Carol, to find the next clear stamp set and year in the Treasure Hunt!
If you get lost along the way here is the list of the Uniko DT and Special Guests taking part…
Now with any kind of celebration and hop there are prizes and this is what you could win by joining in on the Treasure Hunt. Yep, there is more fun and prizes to be won in the next couple of weeks leading up until Release Day February 28th!

Treasure Hunt Prizes!

I will randomly select THREE winners from all the correct entries that name 6 clear stamp sets from each year (2012-2017), to receive an in stock clear stamp set of their choosing.

I will also randomly select ONE lucky winner to receive a £60 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store to those who name and email all 12 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years!

Happy Hopping & Hunting!

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January 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Sunday!

It’s time for another Uniko Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY – Whoohoo!! As it is non release month here at Uniko, the Design Team and myself challenge ourselves to dust off and give some fresh inky love to a previously released product. Usually I choose the product and challenge the DT to come up with something new.

This month I gave the DT a BIG task of choosing their favourite product from ALL of the ones released in 2017! That’s a choice from 24 clear stamp sets, 5 stencil designs and 2 designer die collections. That might not sound a lot compared to other companies out there, but that is a HUGE inventory for me and Uniko 😉

Having said that I really had a hard time choosing a product to focus on for todays hop, I love all the products I design and ‘yes’, I often say how one is a particular favourite, maybe because the inspiration using it continues to flow easily?

Anyway, I ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhhd’ for a while and then remembered that Uniko was being featured in a magazine this month! So I searched my emails for the information and whilst doing the weekly food shop, stopped by the magazine section and picked myself up a copy of Quick Cards Made Easy!

Here are a few peeks at the feature…

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So, after seeing this it inspired me to dust off Reach For The Stars and make my card for today!

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I was also influenced by THIS card by Design Team Member Carol, who is on the DT for the “Just Us Girls” challenge HERE and prompted me to join in on the fun over there too!

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I used a mixture of Distress Oxide inks, Altenew Desert Night and VersaFine Onyx Black inks to create my galaxy/night sky background. The ‘thankful’ sentiment is also from Reach For The Stars and is heat embossed in Cosmic Shimmer Detail White EP.

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I opted for a ‘thankful’ sentiment so that I could join in on the fun over at Time Out Challenges, with their 100th challenge HERE too AND you can never have too many thank you cards!

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Forever the CASness will remain and I simply opted to adhere the panel to a white card base with foam adhesive. Before which I did ‘bravely’ splatter some water over the panel for a oxide effect!

That’s all I have to share for today, I was hoping to have created more using this set and others, but my creativity is being hampered by day to day running of Uniko and being a mummy to 2 cheeky Beans!!

Anyway, 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) Sunday 21st January 2018 to comment.

Happy Hopping!

CLICK HERE to see more from Carol

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

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Ultraviolet Succulents!

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Well, it looks like I tempted fate a little bit with saying how well I was doing with making a card and blogging every other day! It’s been quite a few days since I posted and mainly because I was hit with a chesty cold again, zero energy and two CRAZY beans back at nursery and ‘structured’ routine.

Anyway, I am back today with a card I’ve been making for a few days and finally finished today.

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I was inspired by a couple of challenges when starting this card. Firstly the current challenge over at “Less is More” seen HERE and below. This fortnight their challenge is a colour challenge and they want to see purples. Which fits in wonderfully with Pantone’s colour of the year, Ultraviolet!

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I have to say I am rather enjoying this years Pantone colour and it suits so many different styles and themes. I decided to use Happy Succulents as it was one of the Top 5 popular clear stamp sets in 2017 and I feel I didn’t give it as much love as it should have had 😉

The second challenge I was inspired by was the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below. I really like the clean lines and open space of the sketch, which lent itself wonderfully to using the large succulent cluster.

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I used my trusty Prismacolor pencils to colour the succulents and I have to say it was very therapeutic colouring in and I did a little reverse dark to light shading on the succulent too, which I think has turned out pretty good!

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The sentiment is from my current ‘go to’ set, Simply Said Blocks and both the succulent cluster and sentiment block are fussy cut and adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

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That’s all I have to share for today, I had best be off as The Beans are due home any moment from Grandma & Grandad’s house fingers crossed they’ll have fallen asleep on the way! I’ll be back again before the week is over with more to share. Until then, thank you for stopping by.

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Happy New Year!

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Happy 2018!

I love New Year, a blank page and a fresh start for the year ahead is so exciting.

With all the festivities of Christmas and New Year I enjoyed some much needed downtime and family time. Hence the quietness here on the blogs and website. I am feeling  refreshed, relaxed and super excited for the year ahead.

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As you can see I did squeeze in a little bit of creativity before the end of 2017! I decided to recreate THIS Happy Birthday card I have sitting on my desk awaiting posting this year. I thought it suited a New Years celebration card too, just by switching the ‘birthday’ sentiment for New Year.

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I also wanted to use a few of my favourite products from 2017 too! Which leads me on nicely to looking back at how FABulous 2017 was and thanks to you how much Uniko has grown :)

I thought I would share the TOP 5 products of 2017 with you and my favourite card using that product…

1. Background Blocks Halftone

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It didn’t surprise me to see this little popular stamp in the Top 5 of 2017, it was a hit from the get go when it was release back in February for Uniko’s 5th Birthday celebrations. It lends itself to so many different occasions, but is ultimately great for those hard to make masculine cards!

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2. Originally Organic Additions

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This clear stamp set appearing in the Top 5 of 2017 did surprise me a little, but I was super pleased to see it make the top 5 though 😉 Another clear stamp set from the February & 5th Birthday Release and one that lends itself to a variety of occasions. From Valentines, to Weddings and Anniversaries to Friendships and Kindness.

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It’s also an awesome addition to number 3 in the Top 5 of 2017!

3. Originally Organic

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This clear stamp set continues to fly off the Uniko shelves since it’s release back in October 2016. I absolutely LOVED designing this clear stamp set, hence the clear stamp sets that have followed in a similar style, such as Happy Succulents and the sell out Organic Wishes.

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This clear stamp set also saw the addition of matching Designer Dies in May 2017, which created a whole new range of creative possibilities.

4. Happy Succulents

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With Originally Organic Additions and Originally Organic clear stamps making the Top 5 of 2017, it really didn’t surprise me to see Happy Succulents up there with them! Designed in a similar style and a popular trend of 2017, it’s hard not to love it!

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5. Most Wonderful

Lastly and by no means least and by no means forgetting ALL the other FABulous clear stamps in the Uniko line up, Most Wonderful clear stamps rounds off the Top 5 of 2017.

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This little Festive sentiment clear stamp set has been a popular seller since its release back in November 2016 and it’s been a hard one to keep in stock 😉

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This set features some wonderful festive sentiments, with ready to go sentiments and mix and match ones too. It provides a lot of options for both the outside and inside of cards, projects and more.

If you are inspired and want to snag some of these Top 5 products a few of them are on offer HERE in our Goodbye 2017 SALE!

That’s all I have to share with you today, I hope you have enjoyed taking a look back at the Top 5 Uniko products of 2017 as much as I did?!

Thanks for popping by & have a wonderful New Years Day!

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