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Introducing… Life is a Song, Background Blocks Equaliser & Uniko Stencil Equaliser

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Welcome back to day four of the product introductions. This is the exciting bit, where you get to see the sneak peeks in action!

So far we have had 3 wonderful days of inspiration and creativity introducing 4 of the new products being released. If you missed the fun you can catch up HERE, HERE and HERE.

Today the Design Team and I are here to introduce 2 more clear stamp sets and 1 more of the new Uniko Stencils coming on the 28th February. The products today all have a music theme.

I’ve been stretched for time and hampered by bugs and a migraine yesterday, so only have the one sample to show you (sorry to those at The Stamping Retreat who’ve seen this) today & my apologies for being late too :(

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I’ve used the Background Block Equaliser to create this rainbow card :) I used my MISTI tool to stamp the block in Versamark ink and then rotated my card round and stamped the image again to achieve a reflected image. I then heat embossed with detail white embossing powder.

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I then used my Copic markers in a rainbow of colours to colour each of the equaliser blocks. It was quite time consuming, but the results are totally worth the effort! The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks and adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

That’s all I have to share with you today, but we have a hop full of wonderful inspiration and techniques, I can’t wait to read how they’ve created all their samples! So get comfy, grab a drink and be sure to hop around all the Design Team blogs for a TON of inspiration and leave comments along your way to be in the chance of winning some random prizes! 

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Such a rainbow of colour today, I think that is what drew me to designing an equaliser! So many colour and fun possibilities :)

Release Schedule…

Sneak Peeks 20th – 22nd February, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 23rd – 27th, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Wednesday 28th February 9am GMT 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!

That’s all for today, but be sure to pop back tomorrow for the last product introductions and LOTS more inspiration.

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Introducing… Birthday Sentiments, Background Blocks Party Confetti & Balloon Bash Stencil

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Welcome to the first day of the product introductions. This is the exciting bit, where you get to see the sneak peeks in action!

Today myself and the Design Teams are introducing 3 of the February / 6th Birthday Release products, Birthday Sentiments, Background Blocks Party Confetti & Balloon Bash Stencil. As you can see by the titles, they all have a birthday / celebratory theme to them.
To start the hop and find all the Design Team links (in case you get lost along the way, as the DT has grown) click HERE.
Now how about a look at these stamps in action…
First up I thought I would share a card using the Balloon Bash Stencil and just one of the mix and match sentiments from Birthday Sentiments. If you like the previously released Festive Sentiments, then I think you might just LOVE this sentiment set too 😉
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I started out with some smooth watercolour card, I use The Langton Hot Pressed (Smooth) Grain Satiné. I selected 5 colours of Distress Oxide in to form a rainbow effect. I then simply applied the colour through one of the balloon images in the stencil starting from Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers & Wilted Violet. I then spritzed the card with some water and dabbed the excess to achieve the mottled oxide effect on the balloons.
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The balloon strings are stamped from the previously released Balloon Bash clear stamp set and then I used my MISTI tool to stamp the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black ink a couple of times to get a nice smooth, solid impression.
Next I decided to ink up Background Blocks Party Confetti as I wanted to give my new go to technique a whirl on it! I simply love the direct to stamp colouring with water based markers. And this stamp simply calls for a rainbow of colours, don’t you think?!
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For this card I placed the Background Block inside my small MISTI stamping tool and chose to colour the block with my Stampin’ Up! Brights marker collection. I simply started with a colour and just randomly coloured the elements in the design and simply repeated this for each colour until the block was all coloured.
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I then ‘huff’ over the stamp to moisten the ink. As The process is quite time consuming, the ink can dry onto the stamp, so you need to do this before you stamp or you will get a dull stamped image. But I think the results are worth the effort! After I had stamped the image I trimmed it down and adhered it to a Tempting Turquoise card base. I added sentiments from Birthday Sentiments and embellished with a yummy cupcake from Celebrate With Cake.
Before I removed the Background Blocks Party Confetti from the MISTI tool, I decided to spritz the image with some water and stamped the design onto some watercolour card, this formed the base for my next card design…
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Again, such a cool effect and the colours are a little more muted this time, with being watered down. This time I embellished the card with a duo of stamped balloons from the Balloon Bash clear stamp set and another mix and match sentiment from Birthday Sentiments.
That’s all I have created to share with you today! Be sure to hop on over to sweet Carol to see the creativity there. If you get lost along the way here is the list of Design Team Blog Links…

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Thank you for stopping by today!

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Design Team Inspiration – Stamp and Go!

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Jane has some fabulous and cheerful Design Team Inspiration for you over HERE on the blogspot blog. It is all about simple quick and easy to recreate cards.

Although it’s fun to try out different techniques, use die cuts and multi media with Uniko stamps we don’t always have the time and Uniko stamps look just as stunning when simply stamped. So that’s why Jane is calling her post ‘Stamp and Go!’

Here is a peek at one of the project Jane is sharing, be sure to head on over HERE for the full post and more wonderful inspiration.

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Doodle Flower Mix!

Whooohoo for Friday!

The first working week of the New Year is nearly over and The Beans return to nursery on Monday. Not that I haven’t enjoyed having them home and taking them out places, but it has cost a small fortune to keep them entertained and they like routine 😉

I seem to be able to make a card and blog every other day so far this year, wondering if I can keep it up! Todays card is one that I have wanted to make since the December Release, when I introduced the new Stencil Doodle Flower. I wanted to show an example of how it could be combined with the previously released Background Blocks: Doodle Flower.

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The new sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! HERE and seen below seemed to be the perfect fit for using the stencil and 3 of the doodle flowers from the Background Blocks: Doodle Flower.

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I started by using the lower section of the 6″ x 6″ Doodle Flower Stencil and applying Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers. I then stamped the Background Blocks: Doodle Flower and fussy cut 3 of the flowers before colouring them with Prismacolor pencils.

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The sentiment is from the December Release Freebie, So Much. There are still a few of these freebies left, which are added to qualifying orders of £20 or more before postage costs and after any discounts have been applied!

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The fussy cut flowers are adhered to the one layer card using double sided tape and I added a Stampin’ Up! enamel heart and dots to the centres for a little added interest.

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That’s all I have to share for today, but I hope I have inspired you a little?! If you want some more inspiration using the Doodle Flower Stencil, be sure to head on over to DT Member Rahmat’s blog HERE and HERE. Rahmat has been having fun with the December Release goodies now she has her hands on them!!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

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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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Introducing… Spring Botanicals Snowdrop & Large Background Scattered Polka Dots

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Apologies for my lateness today and the poor photos, (I will update them in the morning!)

I was feeling poorly last night, heading to bed straight after the beans and currently my Tuesday & Wednesday schedules are all to pot at the moment. We are trialling The Beans on their own at nursery for a day each a week, that means I don’t get any free time during the day! As much as I love my Bean free time, it is also nice to spend time with each of them individually. Hopefully this will improve their choice to not talking 😉

Anyway, countdown to the Uniko December Release is well underway and today we have  the first of the product introductions. This is the exciting bit where you get to see the sneak peeks in action!

Today myself and my awesome Design Team  are introducing a couple of clear stamp sets, first up is Spring Botanicals Snowdrop. This is the first spring flower in a mini series of stamps contained in this collection. This clear stamp set contains a beautiful Snowdrop image and some beautiful  quotes and sentiment stamps. The second product we are introducing today came about due to my love of the series of mini Background Blocks that I added to the Uniko clear stamp line up this year. This time I decided to go BIG and enlarge one of my favourite versatile stamps, Scattered Polka Dots!
If you missed the start of the Design Team blog hop & the first 2 cards I have made using these stamps, hop on over HERE.
For my card to share here, I decided to combine both Spring Botanicals Snowdrop & Large Background: Scattered Polka Dots…

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I started by stamping the snowdrops in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, creating a mask and then I over stamped the one layer card with the Large Background: Scattered Polka Dots in a trio of Altenew yellow inks to create an ombre effect. When I designed the background stamp, I made sure that it could be moved and lined up to easily stamp a larger background, which is what I did to cover the whole of my base card.

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After all the stamping I simply coloured the snowdrops with Prismacolor pencils and added a sentiment which is also from Spring Botanicals Snowdrop.

That’s all from me here today, but be sure to hop around the Design Team blogs and leave comments along your way to be in the chance of winning some random prizes!

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 Sarah P

I hope you enjoyed the hop and getting to see these two new clear stamp sets in action? That’s all for today, but be sure to pop back tomorrow for more product introductions and inspiration.

Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 10th – 11th December, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 12th – 15th December, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 16th December 9am GMT 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!

Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on these clear stamps!

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Feeling Festive!

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I can’t believe how quickly these days, weeks and months are passing by! My apologies for my lack in creativity and inspiration these past couple of weeks, it took me a little to catch up on everything post Stamping Shows and October Release!

Plus last week the beans were on half term from nursery and I spent some quality time with them and we had some fun muddy adventures :) In the short space of time they have been going to nursery, I had forgotten how little time and energy have, once they are in bed! Lol!

Anyway, I am back tonight to share a couple more cards using the recent October Release…

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I love angled panels and this is a card layout I have used a few times over the years and funnily one that I’ve used for a few previous Christmas designs!

I couldn’t resist using the layout to show off the Background Blocks: Falling Snowflakes, stamped and heat embossed in white onto Stampin’ Up! Old Olive card. The sentiment from Festive Sentiments is stamped in matching Old Olive ink and I have used my MISTI tool to then stamp the ‘Christmas’ in VersaMark ink to be able to heat emboss with Crystal EP.

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Next I decided to focus primarily on the Festive Sentiments clear stamp set and paired it with some fun watercolour splattering…

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This was so quick and fun to make, that I can see myself using this design as a mass produceable one for this years Christmas cards! The sentiment is simply heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Detail True White EP onto a stitched square die cut.

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After adhering the sentiment panel to the card base using half thickness foam adhesive I then got to splattering the card with my Gansai Tambi Starry Watercolours.

That’s all I have to share tonight, but I will be back again tomorrow with another card to share. Until then, thank you for stopping by :)

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October 2017 Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

WhooHoo!

It might be Monday, but it is a HAPPY Monday here at Uniko HQ, as it is FINALLY release day! All the products and sneak peeks at brand spanking NEW products are now available HERE to purchase.

Hopefully you have hopped over from the Uniko Blogspot blog HERE, where I have formally introduced all NINE new products lining the shelves! We have 5 new clear stamp sets, 2 new Designer Dies AND 2 NEW Uniko Stencil Designs!!

How about a little bit of inspiration using the new products…

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First up is this wintery snowflake window card. I’ve used Background Blocks Falling Snowflakes, stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in white behind a window die cut using a tag shaped die. I’ve then added a sentiment from Festive Sentiments and embellished the design with the small Designer Die Snowflake.

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My next are samples I created whilst demoing at Stamp Magic yesterday. I couldn’t resist giving the NEW Uniko Stencils a whirl with my recently purchased and growing collection of Distress Oxide Inks and then doing some simple stamping using Block Party Christmas and Organic Wishes.

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Here I have used Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry to blend together using a ‘pouncing’ motion with my ink blending tool over the Wonky Stripes Stencil. I have then stamped the heart ended seed heads, double stem and sentiment from Organic Wishes.

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While I was using the Wonky Stripes Stencil I sent ahead and created another panel using the same colours. This time I decided to over stamp Block Party Christmas.

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It is a really fun and unique way of adding colour and interest to these subway art style stamps! Plus each time you blend the colours you can achieve a different colour way, blend mix and look of the stencil design.

Lastly I decided to give some more love to the Scattered Polka Dots Stencil and again paired it with Block Party Christmas.

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Hopefully I have inspired you a little more using the new products available today, but I know that the Design Team have some fabulous inspiration too, so be sure to hop along the links below and to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE October 2017 Release!! You have until Midnight (BST) Monday 23rd October to comment and the winner will be announced Tuesday 24th October.

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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Introducing… Background Blocks Wonky Stripes

Hey & Happy Weekend!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the October 2017 product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks and we are now onto day 4 of the product introductions. You can catch up HERE, HERE and HERE with day 1, 2 and 3.

Today the Design Team and I are introducing the next stamp in the Background Blocks series called Wonky Stripes. Like the other Background Blocks clear stamps, this is a fun block of pattern that can be used for so many different occasions as you will see from the inspiration from the DT.

I had so many ideas for this stamp, but limited time to make my samples this week, hence my lateness today. My apologies for that, I was up late packaging a restock of stamps that cam yesterday for Stamp Magic tomorrow!

Anyway, how about a look at my first card…

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I decided I needed to give my Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers an outing and quickly watercolored this background and then heat embossed the Background Blocks Wonky Stripes in white. I then used a Stampin’ Up! Stitched Square Framelit die to die cut it and added a small Uniko Designer Die Snowflake. This feature element is mounted on foam adhesive. The sentiment is from Simply Said Christmas and stamped in Lawn Fawn Manatee ink.

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Next up I decided to use the wonky stripes like a patterned paper panel, like I did on my Festive Sentiments sample HERE.

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I simply used my MISTI tool to stamp the stripes along the edge using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I then added another shorter panel stamped with a sentiment from Festive Sentiments and the holly berries and leaves from Winter Foliage. The two panels are divided by a small strip of red card.

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That’s all from me here, but be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, as you never know you might just win a random prize! I know for sure that you won’t be disappointed the Design Team have created a bountiful wealth of inspiration :)

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

I do hope you have enjoyed the hop and seeing the possibilities this clear stamp set has? This set along with the four others we are introducing this week will be available HERE for you to purchase on Monday 16th October at 9am GMT.
Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 7th – 10th October, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 11th – 15th October, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Monday 16th October 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!

Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on this new clear stamp :)

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Introducing… Background Blocks Falling Snowflakes

YAY!

I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the October 2017 product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks and we are now onto day 3 of the product introductions. You can catch up HERE and HERE with day 1 and 2.

Today the Design Team and I are introducing the next stamp in the Background Blocks series, called Falling  Snowflakes. If you’ve been a long time follower, you will know that I love, love LOVE snowflakes :) so this stamp just had to be done!

Plus I am reintroducing the Designer Dies Snowflake Trio – YAY! This set of dies was originally launched back in October 2013 and due to various reasons that I won’t bore you with, I scaled back on restocking dies. Anyway, I am super duper pleased to have this set back in and available to purchase again with the October Release!!

So, how about some inspiration using these products…

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This card shows the design in it’s entirety, a lovely cascade of simple snowflakes! Here I have embossed them in white onto Stampin’ Up! Night Of Navy card along with an embossed sentiment from BIG & BOLD Snow. I added a few baby blue tiny rhinestone for a little sparkle too!

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I used my MISTI to position both the sentiment and the background block, as I knew I would want to do another card using this layout and this is how…

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I simply reversed the colours and this time added a medium snowflake from the Designer Die Snowflake Trio, which is smothered in Stampin’ Up! glitter!

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Hopefully you can see the sparkle in the photo above, it sure makes my heart happy to see sparkly Uniko snowflakes again!

That’s all from me here, but be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, as you never know you might just win a random prize! I know for sure that you won’t be disappointed the Design Team have created a bountiful wealth of inspiration :)

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

I do hope you have enjoyed the hop and seeing the possibilities this clear stamp set has? This set along with the four others we are introducing this week will be available HERE for you to purchase on Monday 16th October at 9am GMT.

Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 7th – 10th October, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 11th – 15th October, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Monday 16th October 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!
Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on this new clear stamp :)

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