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Uniko Challenge #51 – Anything Goes, optional twist Love

Hey! 

Welcome to the January/February 2019 Uniko Challenge. 

This is our first challenge of 2019 and we’ve chosen a really simple theme to ease you back in – Anything Goes. But for those of you that are already into the swing of 2019 challenges and would like more to get your teeth into we’ve added the optional twist of LOVE.

We have the amazingly talented and super creative Trina P joining us as out Guest Designer for this challenge. I’m sure you all know of her and are just as impressed by her cards as we are, but it’s always worth a visit to her blog to check out what’s she’s been up to.

Guest Designer – Trina P

Too cute!

I decided to go with the ‘Anything Goes’ part of the challenge, I’m not quite in the Valentine’s frame of mind! Plus, I treated myself to some new crafty goodies and wanted to give them a whirl with the idea I had formed in my head…

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One of the crafty products I bought was Nuvo Expanding Mousse. Wow, this stuff is fun! I tested out with the Pure Florals Chrysanthemum Stencil too & shared over on my Instagram stories.

For this card I have used it with the Scattered Polka Dot Stencil and this time I didn’t heat expand it. I love the flat shimmer finish it has just aired dried too. I bought the Mustard Seed colour and it is more like a vintage gold colour. I’ve used it on some Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet card stock.

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I’ve paired it with Pure Florals Peony and a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks (back in stock next week). I wanted the stencil design to be seen, so I stamped and embossed the smaller Peony bloom onto vellum. I only have copper and gold embossing powders (ancient) and neither matched perfectly with the Nuvo Mousse, so I decided to go with more of a contrast and used the copper.

The layout of my card is based on this weeks Freshly Made Sketches layout seen HERE and below…

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My talented team have some inspiration for you too, so be sure to head on over to their blogs and see what they’ve been up to.

Linda

Wiebke 

 
Are you ready to play?

Well, 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 – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You’ve got plenty of time to play along with this challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 22nd February 2019 (7.00pm EDT).

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Introducing… Uniko Stencils – In The Forest and Let it Snow

Hey!

Welcome to Day 1 of the December 2018 Release product introductions.

This is the fun part where you get to see the sneak peeks I shared yesterday in action on cards & projects. As December is a super busy time for everyone, it is just me doing the product introductions for this release. Though the Uniko DT will be joining me on Release Day for our traditional blog hop :)
So I have a couple more cards to share using the 2 new stencils…
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For this first card I couldn’t resist using the white stencil medium again! I just love the glossy finish it gives and also the subtle dimension to designs.
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I kept the design simple by framing my stencilled panel, adding a little ribbon loop to the edge & a sentiment from the popular Simply Said Blocks Christmas clear stamp set released back in October.
Lastly I have one more card to share using the Let it Snow stencil…
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I decided to pair it with another older and popular favourite, BIG & BOLD Snow clear stamps. After inking the stencil with Altenew Ocean Waves & Dusk inks I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the snowflakes & some Simply White Gloss Nuvo Drops, slightly off centre to the dots in the design.
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I used my MISTI tool to stamp the large ‘snow’ sentiment in Desert Night ink and then again in VersaMark ink to heat emboss with Stardust EP. Some therapeutic fussy cutting & my favourite 1mm thick foam adhesive to assemble the card 😉
That’s all I have to share today using these new stencils. I do have a card HERE using them, so be sure to check it out! I will be back tomorrow with another product introduction and lots more inspiration.
As it is the season of giving, each day of the introductions I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment from either this blog post, the Uniko website blog post, Facebook or Instagram to receive an eGift Certificate code to the value of £10! So be sure to leave a lovely comment 😉 Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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October 2018 Reveal, Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Woohoo!

Finally the day has arrived and the October 2018 Reveal, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY is here! The Release will be available to purchase HERE at a NEW time of 9pm GMT tonight.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where I have formally introduced all the NEW products. Now I have a couple more cards to share using some of the new stamps & stencils.

First up I have a card using Winter Botanicals: Sweet Broom…

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I thought I’d try my hand at some more no line colouring, using my trusty Prismacolor pencils. This card took me about 3 nights to finish! Considering I only get from around 8/8:30 pm – 10:30/11:30 pm to work, that wasn’t bad for me. Plus, I usually loose patience and ditch what I am colouring!!

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Once I had finished colouring I let it be and simply mounted it onto my card base using foam adhesive and kept it clear of a sentiment so I can use it for any occasion, not just Christmas.

Lastly for today (unfortunately my creative time is limited this week with The Beans off nursery for half term) I reached for one of my new favourite stencils, Quilted…

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I wanted to try some tone on tone ink blending and thought it would pair nicely with Organic Wishes, which I did for this card.

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After assembling my card I went in and added some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops to the Dandelion ends and to the centres of all the flowers of the inked stencil.

That’s all I have to share with you for today, but I know that the team have an abundance of inspiration to show you using the new products.

Carol 

Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Friday 9th November 2018 to comment and the winner will be announced soon after.

Happy Hopping!

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Introducing… Stencils Scandinavian Christmas & Christmas Folk Snowflake AND Simply Said Blocks Christmas

Hey!

Welcome back to day 2 of the October 2018 Release product introductions.

This is the fun part, you now get to see all the sneak peeks in action. The Design Team have worked their socks off and created an abundance of inspiration to share with you over the coming days :)

Thank you for all the comment love yesterday here and on social media. If you missed yesterday, you can catch up HERE where myself and the Design Team re-introduced Background Builders: Christmas and Jolly Christmas clear stamp sets.

Today we are introducing 2 new stencil designs Scandinavian Christmas & Christmas Folk Snowflake AND 1 new clear Stamp Set, Simply Said Blocks Christmas! Hopefully you have hopped on over from the beginning of the hop HERE. Be sure to pop over if not to have a look at how I used the Christmas Folk Snowflake Stencil.

Here are a couple more cards using todays products…

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This stencil features lots of motifs that are from previously released clear stamp sets, such a Peace On Earth, Rustic Christmas & Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions.

 

I kept my card pretty simple when it came to inking through the stencil, I feel as though I am still a beginner when it comes to using them in my card making! Again I used Candid Apple DI and left off the sparkle this time, as I knew I wanted a sparkly dove from Peace On Earth. The sentiment is also from Peace On Earth and the die cut polaroid frame is Lawn Fawn.

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Next up I had an idea to use Simply Said Blocks Christmas on it’s own, to form a bright and modern looking Christmas tree…

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I did ‘cheat’ a little as the HAPPY sentiment & tree stump is from Simply Said Blocks and the star is from Jolly Christmas! I kept the rest of the card super white & simple so that the bright colours, sentiments and design took centre stage.

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All the tree elements are adhered to the card using foam adhesive and I added a little Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to the star.

I hope I have inspired you a little, but I know my AWESOME Design Team will with what they have created. Be sure to hop along, commenting along the way. You never know, I might just pick some random comments to WIN some prizes this release 😉

Sarah P

WOW! That was another inspirational hop, so many new ideas of how to use these new stencils and sentiment stamps. I hope you enjoyed the hop & will come back tomorrow for the next product introductions.

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Surprise Stencil Release!

Hello!

Today at Uniko we have a surprise stencil release!

Earlier this month Uniko was at Stamp Magic in Doncaster and I had 3 NEW stencil designs available to purchase at the show and I am super pleased they are NOW available HERE on the website.

Let’s have a look at the 3 new designs…

Uniko Stencil Bright Butterflies £4.50, Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018, www.uniko.co.uk

Uniko Stencil Scattered Polka Hexagons £4.50, Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018, www.uniko.co.uk

Uniko Stencil Mehndi Mandala £4.50, Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018, www.uniko.co.uk

Like with any new release here at Uniko we have a blog hop to celebrate and show you beautiful inspiration using the new products. I am super duper pleased to have a wonderful, talented and all round lovely crafter joining me and the Uniko Stencil DT us as our Guest Designer…. Ruth from Crafting While The Baby Naps. Hopefully you have hopped along from Ruth’s blog, but if not be sure to check out Ruth’s amazing inspiration HERE.

And as with all the Uniko Blog Hops we have a GIVEAWAY too! Simply comment along the hop for your chance to win one of the three stencil designs being released and as there are 3 new designs, I will randomly pick 3 lucky winners!!

Ok, how about some inspiration from myself using the new designs…

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First up is the card in my sneak photo over on the Uniko Blogspot blog! I wanted to show how the Mehndi Mandala stencil can be paired with the large mandala clear stamp from Marvellous Mehndi.

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I started by inking my Mehndi Mandala with Distress Oxide Inks, in Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers. I then stamped the mandala from Marvellous Mehndi, fussy cutting it out and adding some Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter to various sections. I’ve adhered it to my stencilled layer using 1mm thick foam adhesive.

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I’ve used the Mehndi Mandala stencil for my next card too, this time showing you more of the design…

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Again I used Distress Oxide Inks, this time Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers. I offset mounted my stencilled layer with some black card and onto a white card base. The sentiment is from Simply Said and I added an old Stampin’ Up! embellishment.

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As I was on a roll with the colour combo of Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers I decided to use if for my Bright Butterflies card…

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I’d had the SU! Crumb Cake card stencilled with the design since Stamp Magic, but I didn’t know how I wanted to use it, until I saw this weeks Freshly Made Sketches sketch seen HERE and below!

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I layered my stencilled section with some scrap turquoise card from my stash and paired it with a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II.

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Lastly, but by no means least I inked up the Scatted Polka Hexagons stencil…

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This is a fun geometric stencil and it pairs beautifully with the recently released Bee Happy clear stamp set. This time I used my new Catherine Pooler inks to blend through the stencil.

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I used Tiara, Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti from top to bottom. I then moved the position of the stencil slightly and used a fine liner to draw inside the polka hexagons to create a fun pattern.

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To finish the design I trimmed my stencilled panel on the diagonal, die cut a large hexagon, big enough for my chosen sentiment from Bee Happy, which is stamped onto my base card. I’ve then embellished the card with a trio of fussy cut bees.

That’s all the inspiration I have to share with you today, but be sure to hop around the Stencil Design Team blogs below for even more. Don’t forget to comment too, to be in the chance of being a lucky winner!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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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.

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 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

Linda

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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Guest Designer Inspiration with Anna Uhras

Hi Dear Friends!

Anna here today sharing one of my Guest Designer pages with you. I am so happy, proud and very grateful to Bev for inviting me to be a guest here at Uniko, thanks so much!

This layout I have made using the gorgeous Uniko Equaliser stencil together with some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and the lovely and versatile Simply Said II Clear Stamps.

The papers are by one of the new Bo Bunny collections, Summer Mood, and the title are by Thickers, both from my own stash.

I started up my page making my background using the stencil together with pink and yellow Nuvo Mousse. After drying I builded up my page using a few papers, thread, Thickers and finished my page of with stamping a few words in black.
Sometimes the simple is enough and I think the cool equaliser pattern needs some space without too much embellishments around.
 
Oh, of course, I made a few stitches with my sewing machine as well :)
 

 

That’s all for now, see you again for my second and last Guest Designer Inspiration post here May 26th.
 
Thanks for stopping by today! 
 
Anna xo
 

 

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… 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

One Layer Stencil Fun!

Hey & Happy Monday!

I do hope your week has begun well? Mine started well, but then took an unplanned turn when Bean no.2 came out in the chicken pox spots. Second time round and it still surprised me as to how suddenly and quickly they begin to appear from nowhere! Luckily my in laws are back from their holiday this week and were able to help look after him while I took Bean no.1 to nursery. It still meant little time for work and what not, but it meant that we were not all stuck inside again.

I am happy that yesterday I managed to make a couple of cards, the first of which I am sharing today…

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I still had my Fun Flowers Stencil out on my desk from when I made my cards for the Uniko March 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway HERE. And I had been wanting to join in on the current “Less is More” one layer challenge HERE, which is to use stencils, perfect combo!

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I needed a little more of a mojo boost and mooched around my ‘go to’ challenges for a colour combo and thought the Color Throwdown challenge HERE looked fun, so gave it a whirl too!

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Plus to mix it up a little and as 3 is my favourite number I decided to join in on the AAA cards challenge fun HERE too, which is to use 1/3 of your card.

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With all that I managed to keep it all clean & simple! I used Altenew Rouge ink as my closest match to a peach colour, applied it through my Fun Flowers Stencil which I kept to the lower third of my one layer card. Then added the Simply Said Blocks happy birthday sentiment.

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Ok, that’s all from me today. I think it’ll be another early night for this mummy after the Spring forward with the clocks and a poorly bean, it could be a night of little sleep, fingers crossed it isn’t! Until later in the week, thanks for stopping by today :)

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