Posts tagged “Card”

To Bee or Not to Bee Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Monday!

Welcome to the 2019 BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop!

Hopefully you have hopped on over from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE, where I have shared all the information about the hop & you can see all the Uniko DT inspiration. The official start of the hop begins on Milka‘s blog and all the participants can be found at the end of this post.

The purpose of this blog hop is to celebrate World Bee Day, to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.

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And this is what I have created for the occasion…

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I’ve combined Uniko’s Bee Happy clear stamp set with some die cut hexagons using the Sizzix Framelits Hexagon Hive die. I also used the die to ink blend the coloured hexagons on the hexagon heart.

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Happy BEE Day!

This year the Uniko Design Team have joined me with creating inspiration to share with you all and we have a mini hop contained inside the BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop!

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Jane 

Linda

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BEE sure to hop along all the Uniko Design Team and leave a comment, as I will randomly select a lucky comment from those left on the Uniko DT blogs to win a BEE themed Uniko prize :) You have until 31st May to comment!

ALSO…

For your 1 in 19 chance to win one of the sponsor prizes seen in the graphic above, hop along blogs of the participating designers and sponsors listed in blog hop list below and leave comment on each blog hop stop.

Milka Gubo

Alexandra Suta

Alice Huang

Amy Tsuruta

Donna Mikasa    

Kathy Curry

Larissa Walgemoed          

Neha Bhatt

Nonni Niskanen

Samantha Mann

Sonja Kerkhoffs

Tina Pavlovic                        

Valentina Bizjak

Gerda Steiner Designs

Honey Bee Stamps

Lawn Fawn

Newton’s Nook Designs

Paper Smooches

Pretty Pink Posh

Uniko

Your Next Stamp

After commenting, return back to Milka’s blog and add your name to InLinkz, but prior you do, please read Blog Hop details, terms, giveaway rules and privacy policy which are shared in Milka’s blog post below InLinkz.

InLinkz closes on May 31st2019, 11:59 PM CEST. Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog on June 3rd2019 during the day.

There will be couple additional giveaways along the hop. Details about additional prizes and giveaway rules can be found on blogs that offers additional prizes.

Giveaway is opened Worldwide (+18) only. 

Happy Hopping!

Uniko Challenge #53 – Anything Goes + Optional Twist Masculine

Hey! 

Welcome to the May/June 2019 Uniko Challenge.

We’ve that great favourite theme of Anything Goes for this new challenge, but if you’d like to challenge yourself a bit more then go with our twist of Masculine.

This month we have another wonderful Guest Designer for this challenge, Radhika. How super cool is her card! And what a fabulous idea for a masculine card.

As usual the Uniko DT have awesome inspiration to share with you too. Be sure to check out the post HERE with all the links to their blogs AND the prize info and link up for the challenge at the end of the post.

I also got my creative on and made a card for the challenge…

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Background Blocks Graffiti Texture was a firm favourite (along with all of the Uniko Background Blocks clear stamps) at Happy Stampers Festival this past weekend. I was inspired by this to give it some fresh inky love and more so when I saw this weeks CAS(E) this Sketch! seen HERE and below. The sketch is pretty perfect for using a background block!

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For this card I did mask off a smaller rectangle as I wanted my chosen sentiment to sit nicely across the top without too much white either side. I used my small MISTI to stamp the Background Blocks Graffiti Texture, which was inked using Distress Inks. As you can see I also opted to use the ‘twist’ of this challenge.

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A super quick CAS card for Father’s Day, which isn’t too far away here in the UK. That’s all I have to share with you today, but I will be back tomorrow with LOTS of winners to announce!

Until then, thank you for stopping by & I hope you find some inspiration and creativity to join in on the challenge :)

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April / May 2019 Reveal, Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey!

Finally the day has arrived and the April / May 2019 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 the 4 new Clear Stamp Set designs, 2 coordinating Designer Die collections AND 1 Stencil Design being released.

I’ve made a couple more cards using the new products, not as many as I had hoped to make, but I do feel I am getting back into the creative groove again…

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My first card uses the Designer Dies English Country Garden Butterflies. I’ve been wanting to pair the butterfly with the Large French Script Background for ages and it seemed the perfect time now I had the dies to match. They give such a love clean cut edge compared to fussy cutting!

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I still have a thing for shades of grey! Hence my colour scheme, though I did add in a little hint of aqua for the butterfly body and some Nuvo Drop detail. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Birthday Sentiments, which is now back in stock.

My last card today was inspired by a couple of things. Firstly the Double Challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below.

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And secondly by Jenny’s card HERE our Guest Designer for this release. I just loved how Jenny thought to cut up the Background Block Mid Century Modern II. So I did the same, this time using it for the top and bottom border in the sketch.

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I simply stamped the Background Block Mid Century Modern II in black and coloured the outline sections with the closest colours to the challenge as I had. I then got to fussy cutting the sections out and adhered them to my card base using some new Gina K Connect Glue – LOVE! Thanks for the recommendation Lynda 😉

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The sentiment is another from Birthday Sentiments and I’ve accented it with a flower from Mid Century Modern Florals and some of my favourite Gloss White Nuvo Drops!

That’s all from me today, but as usual we have our traditional Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway. To be in the chance of winning The ENTIRE April / May 2019 Release! (4 clear stamp sets, 2 previously released clear stamp sets, 2 co-ordinating designer die collections & 1 stencil design).

Simply comment along the blog hop, it’s as easy as that! You have until Midnight Sunday 12th May 2019. Winner will be announced a few days after.

Happy Hopping!

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Introducing… BIG & BOLD Wish Designer Dies

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Welcome to the last day of the April / May 2019 Release product introductions. If you missed Day 1, 2 and 3you can catch up HEREHERE and HERE, they’re not to be missed 😉

Today we have another set of matching Designer Dies to introduce to you. This time to coordinate with the previously released BIG & BOLD Wish clear stamp set. This set of dies have been requested by so many customers, that with the success of the BIG & BOLD Happy Designer Dies released in February, it was a must!

How about a look at these dies in action…

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How about a yellow and grey number with some smooth WOW Metallic Silver embossing?! This was such a quick CAS card to make and it could be easily changed to suit a recipients favourite colours.

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Next I decided to go rainbow style…

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I’m hooked on this die! It’s so easy to use and create quick clean and simple cards with colourful impact. I’ve layered and offset the ‘wish’ word die, using a variety of SU! bright card stock colours. I’ve added the ‘big’ sentiment from the coordinating clear stamp set and embellished the design with sparkly clear Nuvo Drops and some clear Wink of Stella.

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That’s all from me today using these new coordinating Designer Dies. However, it wouldn’t be a release without a daily blog hop full of inspiration!  As usual my AWESOME Design Team have worked their magic with todays products, so be sure to hop along & see them…

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WOW!

That was so much fun! I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the new products in action? Tomorrow is release day – yay! I do hope you will join us for our traditional reveal and Design Team Blog Hop :)

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Uniko Sponsors the Spring / Summer 2019 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Friday!

I am super happy you have stopped by the blog today as, Uniko is honoured to have been invited again by the lovely Amy from Tsuruta Designs to sponsoring another fun blog hop and challenge…
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The winner of the Uniko prize will receive a eGift Certificate code to the value of £25 to spend over on the website. PLUS Uniko is a Flash Sponsor with 2 chances to win an in-stock £5 clear stamp set of their choice from the website.

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Spring / SummerThemed Coffee, Tea & or Cocoa project, no back-linkng please. Random.org will be used to draw the winners.

To link up your projects and more details about the hop and Super Sponsors pop on over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog HERE.

To kick this FABulous hop off I’ve created my own Spring / Summer themed coffee card…

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Here at Uniko we have a new release on Sunday 5th May at 9pm GMT and I couldn’t resist pairing one of the new Background Blocks Mid Century Modern which we introduced HERE the other day, with the coffee cup from I LOVE Coffee clear stamps.

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I stamped and embossed the background with Altenew Silver Stone ink, VersaMark & WOW clear gloss embossing powder. I’ve then used Stampin’ Blends in some bright summery colours and lovely Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Drops!

Ok, that’s all I have to share with you today, but how about another PRIZE?!

Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) Friday 10th May 2019 and I will select one lucky comment to receive a surprise package of Uniko goodies!

I look forward to hopping by and seeing all your wonderful creations, have fun!

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Introducing… Stencil Mid Century Modern

Hey!

Welcome to Day 3 of the April / May 2019 Release product introductions. If you missed Day 1 and 2, you can catch up HERE and HERE, they’re not to be missed 😉

Today we are heading back to the Mid Century Modern era to introduce a new Stencil, Mid Century Modern. This stencil is a  much larger scale compared to the Background Block Mid Century Modern  we introduced on day 1 and it is great for all occasions and projects.

I’ve two cards to share with you today using this new stencil and I have gone for some fun clean lined, graphic, almost futuristic and more masculine styled cards…

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As the stencil is my usual 6 x 6 inches in size I opted to make a 14 cm square card for my first card. This size card is a perfect fit for the stencils.

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I started by inking through the stencil with VersaMark ink onto a white card panel and heat embossed with WOW Opaque White EP. I then used Distress Oxides in my favourite colours and blended over the top.

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I’ve finished the card off with tomorrows product introduction, BIG & BOLD Wish Designer Dies :) and also some Ebony Black Nuvo Drops.

For my next card I decided to use my Oxides through the stencil onto some black card stock…

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I used the same colours as my first card, but they haven’t shown up as bright as I was expecting. That might be because I was lazy and didn’t clean my stencil from the VersaMark on my first card :( I still like the result though!

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This time I have finished the card off with the BIG & BOLD Happy Designer Dies and a sentiment from the coordinating clear stamp set. Oh, and some Gloss White Nuvo Drops 😉

It wouldn’t be a release without a daily blog hop full of inspiration! As usual my AWESOME Design Team and our Guest Designer this month have worked their magic with todays products, so be sure to hop along & see them…

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WOW!

That was so much fun! I hope you enjoyed it and you will join us again tomorrow for the last of the product introduction and LOTS more inspiration :)

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Introducing… English Country Garden Butterflies Designer Dies & Large Background Sketched Foliage

Hey!

Welcome to Day 2 of the April / May 2019 Release product introductions. If you missed Day 1, you can catch up HERE, it is one not to be missed 😉

Today we are introducing English Country Garden Designer Dies & Large Background Sketched Foliage Clear Stamp. Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of todays introduction blog hop. I have shared a little bit about todays designs and where my inspiration for them came from.

Here is a look at todays products in action…

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First up is English Country Garden Butterflies Designer Dies. This set of coordinating dies have been on my wish list forever! Usually my first make with coordinating dies would be a shaker card, but I resisted the urge and kept my card clean and simple and used the largest butterfly die to create a raised die cut aperture!

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Next I have a card using the Large Background Sketched Foliage…

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I wanted to have a little fun with this background stamp as it has a little more detail than the other 2 large background stamps I have in the Uniko line up. I’ve not long had the Avery Elle Focal Point Stripes Die and I thought it would be fun to use it as a focal point of this card to create a fun two tone green spotlighted image.

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It looks complicated, but it is really quite a simple card to make & you can actually make 2 cards from the effort of one quite easily too! I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the background in 2 shades of green Altenew Ink (I used Fresh Leaf & Lime) onto panels of white card trimmed to the same size.

Then I simply die cut the Avery Elle Focal Point Stripes from the lighter (Lime) panel and adhered it to the darker panel using foam adhesive, making sure that the design matched up nicely. I then adhered it to my card base & stamped a sentiment from Simply Said.

That’s all I have to share with you today using these new products, but I will have more on release day. I know my awesome Guest Designer and Design Team have lots of inspiration to share with you, so be sure to hop on by to each of them…

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I hope you enjoyed the hop and that you will join us again tomorrow for another product introduction and LOTS more inspiration :)
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Introducing… Mid Century Modern Florals & Mid Century Modern Background Blocks I & II

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Welcome to Day 1 of the April / May 2019 Release product introductions.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of todays introduction blog hop. I have shared a little bit about todays designs and where my inspiration for them came from.

I’ve 4 cards to share with you today using the 3 clear stamp sets…

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Let’s have a look at them individually in more detail…

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First up is this pink & grey number. I’ve used Background Blocks Mid Century Modern on base card, stamping it in Altenew Silver Stone ink. This stamp is super easy to use to create an all over background, with no worries of having to line things up to match 😉

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For the focal point panel I have combined 6 of the flower building stamps from Mid Century Modern Florals to create my flower. I used Altenew Coral Berry for the oval and I heat embossed the white detailing with Opaque Bright White WOW embossing powder. 

I added the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from Simply Said (available on backorder & due in stock 3rd May) and added my usual favourite, Nuvo Drops!

Next I decided to up my colour game and went for some bright orange & yellows…

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This time I have used Background Blocks Mid Century Modern II as my backdrop for another flower built with the stamps contained in Mid Century Modern Florals.

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This time I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp the background. First I stamped it in Altenew Silver Stone ink and then I stamped over in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Clear Gloss WOW embossing powder. The dome shapes are coloured with the lighter shades of Daffodil Delight & Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends and the detail on the flower with the brights.

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This time I have added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks and more of my favourite Nuvo Drops – just love these!

Continuing the orange colour scheme I was inspired by Orla Kiely for this card design…

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I’ve used the flower stem and largest double leaf stamps to create the repeated liner design down the right hand side of my top folding card. I used VersaMark ink and again heat embossed with Opaque Bright White WOW embossing powder.

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The sentiment is from Birthday Wishes, which was released last month and I’ve die cut the square using Sizzix Stiched Frames. More Nuvo Drops to finish the design off too!

Lastly for today I wanted to create a bright overlapped design to show how the Mid Century Modern Floral stamps can be used in a different way.

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The sentiment from Birthday Wishes is stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Metallic Silver WOW embossing powder. I’ve then used Altenew inks in Aqualicious, Fuchsia, Fresh Lemon, Volcano Lake, Silver Stone & Industrial Diamond to stamp and overlap various images from the Mid Century Modern Florals set. This time I added Nuvo Drops in Ripened Pumpkin add a finishing touch.

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That’s all I have to share today using these 3 stamp sets, but I will have more to share using them on release day!

For this release we have another inspiring Guest Designer joining us to help introduce all of the products. Please give a warm welcome to Jenny from Crafting in the Country.

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Hi I’m Jenny and I’m a crafter from the UK. I’ve always loved to colour, draw and make things but my addiction to card-making started when I discovered stamps, inks and dies. I love a Clean and Simple style with lots of white space but I’m one of those crafters that has to sit on her hands when I finish a card to keep that space empty!!.. Lol. I just want to say thank you to Beverley for inviting me join herself and the Uniko Design Team for the May Release… I’ve had fun creating with these great new products :)

Be sure to pop by Jenny’s blog HERE for your next stop on todays blog hop.It wouldn’t be a release without a daily blog hop full of inspiration! 

As usual my AWESOME Design Team have worked their magic with todays products, so be sure to hop along & see them…

Sarah P

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I hope you enjoyed todays hop and you will join us again tomorrow for another product introduction and LOTS more inspiration :)

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Uniko Challenge #52 – Spring with Optional Twist Easter

Hey! 

Welcome to the March/April 2019 Uniko Challenge.

Well the days are getting longer here in the UK and we look forward to warmer weather and more sunshine so our theme for this new challenge reflects that. We’d like your cards to be themed around Spring and if you celebrate Easter why not add our twist to your creations? 

We have the very talented Monika from Tinker Cards joining us as our Guest Designer for this challenge. Her card is just amazing, so fresh and clean and beautiful!

Awesome isn’t it? Be sure to go visit Monika’s blog HERE and tell her!

Here is what I was inspired to make…

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I was inspired to dust off Flower Power #2 and a sentiment from Flower Power #4, they are currently in the sale over HERE 😉

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I’ve used Distress Oxide Inks to create my little rectangle background & before removing my masks I used the Scattered Polka Hexagon Stencil to add some Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste. The ‘cherry blossom’ flower from Flower Power #2 is coloured with Copic Markers and I’ve used the coordinating Flower Power Designer Dies to cut the flower & stem out.

The design team have some wonderful inspiration too, so be sure to visit them too & leave some love :)

I hope you will join us and play along. 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 (BST) Friday 19th April 2019 (7.00pm EDT)

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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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