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Happy 9th Birthday Uniko!

HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY UNIKO!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Uniko Birthday Celebrations 🎉  This month Uniko turns NINE and I am amazed after 2020, that I am still here! We have a month full of celebrations and a NEW release coming at the end of the month. 


Today is party time 🥳 it wouldn’t be a celebration without a Party, right?! It has become a bit of a tradition to hold a linky party.


Simply create a birthday card, any theme, any style and using any product you like and link it up via the linky below. You don’t have to have a blog to enter, you can link your card from your Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or like with ALL Challenges you can email me your entry to add.


You don’t have to use Uniko products, but I’d LOVE to see you using your Uniko stash (including Uniko Digital Freebies via the link above or ones from Magazine Features) AND there is an extra opportunity to win a prize if you do 😉

Hopefully you have hopped over from HERE, but if not be sure to pop on over and see the inspiration from the Uniko Brand Ambassadors. You will also find the link up for your entries 😉

Of course I made sure I got a little inky time in to create a card and made a super CAS design, inspired by a fave card challenge…

It’s a party so confetti was required! I inked up the Uniko Stencil – Party Confetti and I had to use Uniko colours too 😉

As I was inspired by the current challenge over at AAA Cards HERE, I used a balloon from Balloon Bash for my silhouette. The sentiment is from Birthday Sentiments and one of my favourite simple sentiment combinations.

Be sure to check out all the Brand Ambassadors inspiration HERE and don’t forget to leave a comment, there are prizes up for grabs!

Have an awesome Tuesday, Crafty Hugs


Uniko Super Sunday Guest Brand Ambassador – Anita from Neet & Crafty

Happy Sunday & Happy End of January!

I don’t know about you, but January has been the longest YEAR ever! But we are going out of January and heading into February (our birthday month) in style at Uniko.

Today on the blog we have a new monthly feature, Super Sunday Guest Brand Ambassador. Kicking off this fun feature is a super creative, talented, valued friend and customer of Uniko, Anita from Neat & Crafty

Be sure to head on over to the Uniko blogspot blog HERE to see ALL the amazing cards Anita has made and of course to leave some comment love.

Tomorrow we start the Uniko 9th Birthday celebrations, there will be lots of fun happening for the whole month, so be sure to pop in regularly!

Crafty Hugs Bev x

January 2021 Non-Release Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!


Welcome to the January 2021 Non-Release Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! With a New Year in full swing I thought it would be a good time to bring back some of the fun and inspiration that has slipped away in recent months.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where, if you are new I share a bit about todays post. Be sure to pop on over and leave a comment as you got to comment to be in the chance of winning 😉

I am super happy to be bringing these regular post back and I am delighted to be kicking things off by revisiting this beautiful floral set, Hello Lovely.

Hello Lovely was a follow on set from the popular Pure Florals Peony. The blooms featured in this spray are smaller versions of the Peony clustered together to create this beautiful spray.

Below are a couple of cards made when this stamp set first came out.

I was undecided as to what I wanted to create, but after a busy week of juggling what seems like chaos, it was nice to actually sit & colour.

There is a lot of detail in this stamp, which sometimes can be a little scary when it comes to colouring. As you know I can be a little impatient when it comes to colouring, but I actually find this one fairly quick and I use just two shades of one colour. The detailing on the petals and leaves really helps to adding the darker shades.

It can also be used with no colour added, just embossed or even just a section used. My wonderful Brand Ambassadors have SO much beautiful inspiration to share using this set. Be sure to click on the links below, admire the inspiration and leave some comment love along the way.

Carol 

Izzy 

Jane 

Julie

Rahmat

Sarah P

Wiebke 

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop today and feel inspired to get stamping & making. I know I certainly am and I am looking forward to some much needed downtime & spend some time in the studio this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Uniko Challenge #63 – Anything Goes + Optional Twist Use A Stencil

 Hey!

Welcome to the January/February 2021 Uniko Challenge.


We’re kicking off the year with a simple main theme of Anything Goes and have added in a popular twist of Use A Stencil(s).

I love an anything goes challenge, but sometimes you still need a starting point to get going!

My starting point, one which I use quite often is dusting off stamps I haven’t used for a while that have just come back in stock. AND now as I type this post, I could have been subconsciously influenced by the challenge graphic!

Marvellous Mehndi is a stamp set that features this large focal mandala along with smaller accent stamps inspired by Mehndi, a form of body art and temporary skin decoration originating in ancient India. The set also has a flavour of Paisley patterns, which were also influenced by Indian imports back in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

As you can see I decided to use the optional twist and combined the Stencil – Mehndi Mandala with the Marvellous Mehndi mandala.

I started out with a piece of white card 10.5 x 14 cm and I used ink daubers to bad through my chosen Concord & 9th ink colours, Midnight, Eggplant, Honeysuckle, Marmalade and Buttercup. I purposefully off centred the design for a little interest and to possibly add a sentiment.

I’ve then stamped and coloured the mandala in similar Copic colours, fussy cut the mandala out and layered it over the stencilled design, again off centre. I adhered it using 1mm thick foam adhesive for added interest and depth.

I’m really please how this turned out and I feel it conveys the beauty, depth and detail that can be seen in Mehndi.

Okay, enough prattling on from me. As you can tell I am in my element when talking about pattern and design 😉

Be sure to head on over to the Uniko blogspot blog HERE to see all the stunning Brand Ambassador inspiration. You will also find the link up for the challenge at the end of the post!

Need a little more inspiration to join in…?

THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £15 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £5 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 eGift Certificate
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 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 19th February 2021.

Thank you for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing you in the gallery!

Crafty Hugs Bev x

January Restocks with a Throwback Thursday thrown in!

Hello & Happy Thursday!

I thought I would pop by and let you know about a few clear stamp restocks that are currently available on backorder and will (with all being well) land in the studio on Tuesday 12th January.

Let’s have a look and see what’s been top of the restock request list…

The Mid Century Modern range of clear stamp sets continue to be popular and highly requested. They are one of my favourites and it makes me happy to see Mid Century Modern Florals back next to the background blocks in this range lining the shelves again in the studio.

I’ve another floral in the restocks this month and another in the modern florals, Uniko Style.

This clear stamp set looks a little daunting and uninspiring from the product picture. But when you stamp, layer the flowers and start creating patterns it really comes to life.

Marvellous Mehndi has been out of stock for a while now, apologies to those who have been waiting patiently for it. Having to close during lockdown 1 put quite a delay on everything really and I just about feel as though I am catching up!

Looking back through the gallery on the website I was surprised to see that it was October 2016 when this clear stamp set was launched. How time flies, but still patterns and fun designs like this remain timeless.

With Uniko’s 9th Birthday coming up next month I wanted to get this popular stamp back in stock, Block Party Birthday.

This all in one stamp makes making birthday cards a breeze! Use it as a backdrop, the main focus or even use sections of the design to accentuate other birthday elements.

Lastly and by no means least for this batch of restocks we have the ever popular Background Blocks Wonky Stripes.

Such a fun and eye catching pattern to use as a backdrop for all kinds of elements and occasions. I personally love geometric style stamps like this for masculine cards. But it looks pretty awesome with florals too 😉

Unfortunately that is all the clear stamp set restocks at the moment. I am planning on some more towards the end of January / beginning of February. So if there is something you’ve been waiting for, please leave a comment or send me an email and I will do my best to add that to the HOT list!

Thank you for your patience, understanding & continued support 🙂

Crafty Hugs Bev x

Happy New Year!

Hello & Happy 2021!

I hope you all had fun welcoming in the New Year, although it may have been different from other years. I won’t waffle on too much over here, as I did that on this post HERE just now – haha!

I did however want to pop in here and share another Happy New Year card I made today 🙂

Again, I was inspired by Pantone’s colours of 2021, yellow and grey. So I used these as my colour combo.

The layout is similar to another card I have made in the past using Balloon Bash. As I already had Background Builders Arts Decoratifs on my desk I used that down the side of my card. The sentiment is from BIG & BOLD Happy.

If you didn’t hop on over from the Uniko blogspot blog, be sure to check out my post HERE for even more Happy New Year wishes and to read a little about my NYE and NYD 🙂

AND in case you missed it yesterday…

Wishing you all a wonderfully happy, healthy and creative 2021.

Crafty Hugs Bev x

See Ya 2020!

 Happy New Years Eve!

My apologies for my disappearance just before & over Christmas. I simply took on too much and got totally overwhelmed before Christmas with how much I needed to get done and then Christmas Day came & went! I have since been enjoying some much needed downtime with The Beans & my husband.

This is a little snapshot of our Christmas Day!

I hope you all had a lovely day even though it may have looked different this year under the circumstances. 


As 2020 draws to a close, one of the strangest and another of the hardest years in my 41 years of life, I am looking not to what was bad or hard, but to all that I am grateful for. 


I am grateful for…


 good health

my family

 to have a roof over my head

for my business 


FOR YOU ALL HERE 

Thank you for your continued support & custom at Uniko and sticking with me during one of the toughest years. This card is for YOU ALL.

Today after clearing a walk way and an area on my desk, I made time for me in the studio to create this simple one layer thank you card. Apart from the smaller thank you stamps and one which is on the retired shelf, I think I *need* to design some larger thank you sentiment stamps 😉

Though having Alphabet Outlined is proving to be very useful to spell out larger words, which is what I did for todays card. I paired it with the flower from You Are, Yes You and simply coloured with Copic Markers.
That’s all my creativity I have to share with you today, but before I go and maybe pour myself a large glass of gin, I have a little discount code for you to use on the Uniko website.

THANK YOU once again for all your support & custom. Cheers to a New Year with LOTS more exciting Uniko products to come your way. Nothing, not even Covid 19 is going to stop me from bringing you more FUN and inspiration.


Crafty Hugs Bev x

Countdown to Christmas Day 12 – Uniko 2020 Christmas Party!

Welcome to the Uniko Christmas Party!

With 2020 being the way it has, I thought it would be nice to have one last celebration in 2020 with a Uniko Christmas Party. 

Everyone LOVES a party, right?

This is a crafty party of course! Join in the party by sharing your Christmas cards, tags, projects or scrapbook pages using Uniko Clear Stamps, Stencils or Designer Dies. See the Party Rules at the end of the post to be eligible to win one of the three prizes on offer.


How about an incentive to join in & some PRIZES!
First Prize £25 eGift CertificateSecond & Third Prize Winners Choice of £10 In-Stock Clear Stamp Set
Random Lucky Comment £5 In-Stock Clear Stamp Set

Some of the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are joining in on the party fun and have some inspiration for you over HERE. This is also the post where you can find the party link up!

Apologies for being ‘fashionably’ late to the party this year, yesterday evening did not go as plan with yet another kitchen appliance giving up on me, slap bang on tea time – the oven! Luckily, it was just hubby and I to feed, but we didn’t end up eating till around 7pm and then I was too tired to get creative! Only bonus is (fingers crossed) I will get a shiny new oven & hob next week in time for Christmas 🙂

Anyway, here’s what I made this morning to share with you…

I decided to ink up Cracking Christmas again as I am determined to have a Cracking Christmas this year! This time I used the little bows that come in the set to decorated my crackers.

I’ve also used one of the Stencil – Explosion! masks to create the inked background with the white explosion. This adds a whole lot more fun and options to this stencil design.

Super simple from me today, but another Christmas card made & soon to be on it’s way to someone.

I hope you find time to link up a Christmas card & join in the fun. The party rules are over on the link up post too.

Thanks for stopping by today & Crafty Hugs Bev x

Countdown to Christmas Day 4 – Festive Friday!

Hey!

Welcome to Day 4 of Uniko’s Countdown to Christmas 🙂

I am over here today, because we have our Uniko Challenge #62 Reminder post up on the Uniko blogspot blog HERE. So be sure to have a look at all the FAB inspiration from the Brand Ambassadors and our Guest Designer this month, Sathya.

I have another festive card to share with you today using the popular Stencil, Winter Foliage paired with another of the Christmas Wishes sentiments.

It’s been a while since I inked up this stencil, so it was lovely to use it again. I started by using Altenew Hunter Green ink and then selectively went over areas with Evergreen & Espresso.

I then used an old Papertrey Ink die to die cut my window to stamp the sentiment. I’ve also added some of my favourite Autumn Red Nuvo Drops to the berries to make them pop!

That’s all I have to share with you today! I hope you have a wonderful Festive Friday. What are your festive plans for the weekend?

Until tomorrow, Crafty Hugs Bev x

Black Friday Bargains AND Nov/Dec 2020 Sneak Peeks!

Happy Friday!


What better way to start the weekend than with a SALE?! There are LOTS of bargains to be had over on the Uniko Sale Page HERE. Some are low in stock, so if there is something you’ve been after be sure to get in quick! I have also reduced the FREE Worldwide Shipping minimum order amount from £50 to £30.


The SALE and FREE Worldwide Shipping Offer will end 9pm GMT Sunday 29th November 2020.

AND it gets better… who’s excited for a NEW Release?!

It’s been a while coming thanks to the crazy of Covid, but I am pleased to have a mini Festive Release for all your last minute or early 2021 festive crafting!
Here are the Sneak Peeks to whet your crafting appetite 😉

This first peek is of a Pop Art inspired clear stamp set with a Christmas twist. Those who are long time Uniko fans might recognise the style from Explosion! and Explosion! Additions clear stamp sets and Designer Dies.

My next peek is of the first in a NEW series of ‘framed’ stamps. This set has an Originally Organic style to it, but as you can see it’s beautifully festive. 

Lastly for the FESTIVE clear stamps I have an awesome new sentiment set for you…

I’ve included ‘complete’ sentiments perfect for inside & outside of your Christmas cards, along with some ‘mix & match’ sentiments. Excited to show you these paired with some Uniko Christmas firm favourites!

AND if you read my Fall / Winter 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Post HERE, you might have noticed the BIG hint I dropped to the last clear stamp being released 😉

As much as a do love a digital stamp, sometimes you are a little limited in the techniques you can use with them. So I am super excited to introduce another stamp to the Block Party series for all you coffee lovers out there. Block Party Coffee Love. This pairs beautifully with the previously released I LOVE Coffee clear stamp set.


AND that’s not all! I have a couple of NEW stencil designs too…

This first stencil design will add even MORE possibilities to the first sneak peek I shared today AND to the previously released Explosion! and Explosion! Additions clear stamps! 
AND FINALLY…

I couldn’t resist adding a festive design to the repertoire! Again, those long time fans of Uniko might have a hint to a currently but soon to come back clear stamp set 😉


That’s all the sneak peeks I have to share for this release and I am excited to be sharing some projects over the weekend using these new products! 
They will be available to purchase on the website at 8pm GMT Monday 30th November – woohoo! 


Thanks for stopping by today & I would LOVE to know what you are most excited about and can’t wait to see more of 🙂


Crafty Hugs Bev x