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Uniko Sponsors the Fall / Winter 2018 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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Friday Nov 30th – Friday 7th Dec

For this Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop there is a record number of 87 Super Sponsors!! Uniko is super proud to be one of them :)

The winner of the Uniko prize will receive an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from the website. PLUS Uniko is a Flash Sponsor with 2 chances to win an in-stock £4 clear stamp set of their choice from the website.

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Winter Themed 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 Winter Holiday themed coffee card…

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When it is cold and snowy outside there is nothing more warming than a hot drink! I am surprisingly not a coffee or tea drinker (*enter shocked face*), however I do LOVE a hot chocolate 😉 So this inspired my card today. I’ve combined the Uniko I LOVE Coffee clear stamp set with a NEW Uniko Stencil ‘Let it Snow’, which will be released on December 11th along with some other NEW goodies!

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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 1st June 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!

Hugs

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Uniko Challenge #50 – Celebrate with Optional Twist Gold

Hey! 

Welcome to the November/December 2018 Uniko Challenge.  This month we have a brilliant theme for you – Celebrate, with the optional twist of GOLD.

Although Christmas may be the immediate thing that comes to mind at this time of the year, Celebrate encompasses many other festivals or occasions, so we hope you’ll find it a really easy theme to play along with.

We’ve the wonderfully talented and awesome Mugdha from craftomania joining us as our Guest Designer for this challenge. If you’ve never visited her blog before you’re in for a real treat, her cards are amazing!

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Here is how I was inspired by the theme…

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I decided to make a celebratory birthday card and ‘tried’ to keep it masculine! I combine Balloon Bash with the recently restocked Birthday Sentiments clear stamp sets.

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I stamped and embossed the large celebrate with gold embossing powder and then stamped the smaller sentiments in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. The balloons are stamped in Altenew Aqualicious and Teal Cave ink and I added some stamped stars which I have also embossed in gold. I fussy cut the balloons, adhered the circle balloon with foam adhesive and used a fine liner to draw in the strings.
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I hope I have inspired you to join in on the challenge! If you need a few more ideas the DT have some wonderful inspiration too…

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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

You’ve got plenty of time to play along with this challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 21st December 2018 (7.00pm EDT).

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Jolly Christmas is Back!!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

I do hope your weekend has got off to a better start than mine!

I think I tired myself out last night painting The Beans room while they slept over at their Grandparents and then when that was done we had 2 BIG boy single beds to assemble. I think we finished up at about 11:30 pm !!

Then today I feel like I have spent the day doing errands, only to find frustrating obstacles everywhere I went. To top the day off I have just discovered a leak from our en-suite toilet and it dripping through the ceiling into the playroom. This calls for some R&R and GIN!

On a positive note, The Beans LOVE their new BIG boy beds and are tucked up fast asleep. My FIL has been round and hopefully fixed the leak too – fingers crossed all stays well overnight!

ANYWAY… enough of all my woes! I am SUPER excited that Jolly Christmas is now back in stock – YAY! He was the only sell out from the October Release and now he is back I am itching to share more using him, like I have on the card…

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On Thursday I took a trip out to our local Crafters Companion store with a friend and I was super happy to finally get my hands on some Simply White Gloss Nuvo Drops :) plus a few other colours! I’d seen Yana Smakula’s card HERE using them as a snowy background and had to give it a go.

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I’ve used Prismacolor Pencils to colour my Jolly Santa in and added Stampin’ Up! Glitter to the bobble & brim of his hat, along with the cuffs of his coat. The sentiment is a favourite of mine from Simply Said Christmas. I used the current Freshly Made Sketches layout for my card seen HERE and below.

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I had a lovely crafternoon on Thursday making cards to share with all the restocks that arrived in the studio this week. Lots of popular clear stamps are back in store including, Background Builders: Seeing Stars, Birthday Sentiments, I LOVE Coffee, Kindness Blooms and So Much. I will be sharing my cards over the coming days :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

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25 Days Of Christmas Tags – Uniko Day 8!

Hey!

I’m super happy you’ve popped by today as here at Uniko we are super excited to be part of a wonderful festive event…

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This is the 8th year the lovely and creative Tracey McNeely  from In My Creative Opinion has organised this fun and festive event to spread Christmas Cheer.

Uniko are honoured to be one of the 26 sponsors of the event and to be taking part :)

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Myself and the some of the Uniko Design Team have got our festive on and created some Christmas Tags to share with you, so let’s get to the inspiration!

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I wanted to go ‘Classic Christmas’ with a modern look, so I decided upon a holly theme for my tag duo :)

For my first tag on the right I wanted to use Background Builders: Christmas 2018 and a Lawn Fawn ‘joy’ die I have had for over a year now, but not used :(

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I started by stamping the stripes from Background Builders: Christmas 2018 in Altenew Industrial Diamond ink. The joy is die cut 5 times from Stampin’ Up! Real Red card and layered to give it dimension. I also added some fine glitter using a glue pen. The holly sprig is from Winter Foliage and the Christmas sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

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I used some Papertrey Ink Smokey Shadow Satin Ribbon and some Stampin’ Up! Basic Grey Bakers Twine for the bow. The tag shape is also from Papertrey Ink.

Next I decided to use Background Builders: Christmas and my favourite 2 step holly background stamps to create an all over background on my tag.

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I used Altenew Moss & Ruby Red inks to stamp the holly background and this time I added a vellum overlay tag, which I added a sentiment from Jolly Christmas & Simply Said II, with some more holly from Winter Foliage to accent it.

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Again the ribbon is from Papertrey Ink & this time it is Simply Chartreuse and the Bakers Twine is Cherry Cobbler from Stampin’ Up! The tag shape is Clearly Besotted.

I hope I have inspired you to join in on this fun event and I would love to see someone inspired by a Uniko tag in the gallery!

How about some more festive inspiration from the Uniko Design Team. Be sure to stop by their blogs (links below) and leave some love!

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CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

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CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

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CLICK HERE to see more from Julie

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CLICK HERE to see more from Linda

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CLICK HERE to see more from Wiebke

All the details about the event and link up can be found HERE. Today’s Uniko post on Tracey’s blog can be found HERE.

Enjoy!

25 Days Of Christmas Tags – Day 2 Inspired

Hey & Happy Monday!

I am back tonight with another tag to share. I am so inspired by all the beautiful tags that I have seen around social media, I’ve finally got myself organised and actually join in on Tracey McNeeley’s 25 Days Of Christmas Tags event AND not just as a sponsor!

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Yep, you read that right, Uniko is one of the 26 sponsors of the 8th 25 Days Of Christmas Tags – YAY! Below is a graphic showing all of the wonderful sponsors of this event…

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So I am joining in on the fun and made this tag to share…
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My inspiration for this tag came from Tracey’s tag HERE on Day 2. I love the fresh green’s of the berry sprig with pops of red that Tracey had used along with the gold embossing. It made me think of the bough from Peace On Earth, so I dusted my set off and got it inky!

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As the bough image is just one single stamp, after I had stamped it in Altenew Moss ink, I went in with a dark green Prismacolor pencil and added some details to the leaves. The berries from Winter Foliage are stamped in Ruby Red ink and fussy cut out. The gold embossed sentiment is a mix of Simply Said II and Simply Said Christmas.

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I love ribbon and I am a total hoarder of it! I have so many pretty Papertrey Ink ribbons that rarely see daylight and it is fun to be adding them to tags :) This one is Bitty Polka Dot in New Leaf. The tag shape is Clearly Besotted Rounded Tag.

That’s all I have to share with you today, but I hope to be back tomorrow with more and I hope I have inspired you a little to join in on this fun event?!

Thanks for stopping by :)

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25 Days Of Christmas Tags – Day 1 Inspired

Hey!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend? And those in the UK have had a warm and safe Bonfire Night.

We’ve just got back from taking The Beans to the fireworks show at the riverside in town. When we told them tonight that it was time to get ready, they both rushed to get their Disney Magic Bands. They thought we were going to The Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks there!!  Oh how I wish we were still in Florida 😉

Anyway, today I have a tag to share. I thought it was about time I  got myself organised and actually join in on Tracey McNeeley’s 25 Days Of Christmas Tags event AND not just as a sponsor!

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Yep, you read that right, Uniko is one of the 26 sponsors of the 8th 25 Days Of Christmas Tags – YAY! Below is a graphic showing all of the wonderful sponsors of this event…

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So I am joining in on the fun and made this tag to share…

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My inspiration for this tag came from Jo Nevill’s tag HERE on Day 1 of the event. As soon as I saw Jo’s card I instantly thought of the NEW Background Builders: Christmas 2018 clear stamp set. Plus I do love this colour combo red, kraft and white.

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Along with using Background Builders: Christmas 2018 on the kraft die cut tag (Papertrey Ink), I used the smallest snowflake die from the Designer Die Snowflake Trio, the solid flower stamped in red is from Flower Power #1 and the sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

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It’s hard to see in the photo, but I added clear Wink of Stella to the snowflake for a little bit of sparkle. The 3 black dots in the flower centre were added using a fine liner to make the flower resemble a poinsettia.

That’s all I have to share with you today, but I hope to be back tomorrow with more and I hope I have inspired you a little to join in on this fun event?!

Thanks for stopping by :)

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Re-Introducing… Background Builders: Christmas AND Jolly Christmas

Hey!

Welcome to the first day 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 :)
Today we are re-introducing Background Builders: Christmas AND Jolly Christmas clear stamp sets. These two clear stamp sets were first introduced WAY back in October 2013 HERE and HERE. You can also find more ‘old’ inspiration using the clear stamps HERE and HERE on Pinterest.

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE at the start of the hop. I have shared a couple of new cards there using these 2 re-released clear stamp sets.

I’ve made a couple more cards to hopefully inspire you…

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Firstly I wanted to pair the snowflake builder stamp with the Designer Dies Snowflake Trio. I tried my hand at some partial die cutting too!

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After stamping the snowflake background I added tiny drops of Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to all the snowflake centres for a little bit of subtle sparkle. The sentiment is a new one from another clear stamp set we will be introducing later this week. The pearls are from Little Things By Lucy’s Crystal Collection – Sweet Pea.

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I was having so much fun getting reacquainted with Background Builders: Christmas, that I used it for my second card to share with you today too!

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Even though I absolutely LOVE snowflakes, I think the 2 step stamp holly in this set trumps the snowflakes! It is beautifully festive and pairs with other Uniko clear stamps, such as this sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #4.

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After a busy few weeks I was feeling a little tired and ‘meh’ so I treated myself to some more Altenew inks and this little ‘Lil Inker Bow Die. It is too darn cute and pairing it with some old Papertrey Ink polka dot paper was the perfect finish to this clean and simple card.

As usual my AWESOME Design Team have created projects to share with you all too. 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 😉

I hope you enjoyed the hop & will come back tomorrow for the next product introductions!

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Uniko Sponsors AAA Cards

Hello & Happy Sunday!

I do hope you are having a good weekend so far? It’s been a busy one here as Uniko is super happy to be back at Stamp Magic. Be sure to pop and say ‘Hi’ if you’re attending the show today.

Anyway, Uniko is super duper happy to be sponsoring one of my favourite challenges this fortnight, AAA Cards.

This fortnight the challenge HERE at AAA Cards is moonlight. I have to admit I struggled with this theme at first and had to mull it over. But then, after thinking about it, there are quite a few directions you can go in!

This is what I came up with…

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With Christmas on the brain and only 11 weeks to the big day, I thought I would take the opportunity to make another card for the stash!

I dusted off Rustic Christmas and a sentiment from Most Wonderful to pair with an ink blended background using Altenew inks. I added lots of droplets of Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to represent falling snow in the moonlight.

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I hope you’re inspired to join in on the challenge & I look forward to seeing you in the gallery too!

Until then, thanks for stopping by!

Hugs

 

August 2018 Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Woohoo!

Finally the day has arrived and the August 2018 Release is NOW available to purchase HERE on the website. We have our traditional Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! Hopefully you have hoped on over from the start of the hop HERE.

I managed to squeeze in a little more creative time in between admin jobs and created a ‘twofer’ using the new Background Builders: Happy Hexagons clear stamp set…

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First up is this funky design!

I used one of the larger single hexagons to create this background. I didn’t use my stamping tool this time, I just eyeballed it and there is no particular sequence, it is totally random. I then used my Stampin’ Up! markers in bright colours to create the stripes.

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I trimmed and adhered the panel to some black card before adhering to my white card base. The ‘hello’ sentiment is from BIG & BOLD Hello, stamped, embossed in white & fussy cut out. I really *need* some dies to match these BIG & BOLD sentiments 😉
Next, I went for another brightly stamped masculine design using the hexagons, but with a softer overall feel to the card…
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I used my favourite Altenew ink colours to again stamp the larger single hexagons, just by eyeballing it. I layered the panel with some Basic Grey card and added the ‘You Rock’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.
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The current challenge over at Twofer Card Challenge HERE and seen below is ‘Geometrics’, hence me making a twofer with Background Builders: Happy Hexagons!
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Unfortunately, I only had time to finish these two cards :(
I did start making some watercolored cards very late last night, but ran out of energy to finish them, so I will be back tomorrow with those to share :)

I know the Design Team have been much more organised and have prepared lots of wonderful cards to inspire you using the new products, so be sure to hop along their blogs below…

Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release!! You have until Midnight (BST) 2nd  September 2018 to comment and the winner will be announced soon after.

Happy Hopping!

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Introducing… BIG & BOLD Hello and Framed Florals

Hey!

Welcome back to day three of the August 2018 Release product introductions. Thank you for all the lovely comments and support around social media for yesterdays introductions, I do love reading them all :)

Today we are introducing another 2 new clear stamp sets, BIG & BOLD Hello and Framed Florals. Hopefully you have hopped on by from the Uniko Blogspot blog HERE, where I have shared cards using the new stamps.

Here are a couple more I have made. First up, BIG & BOLD Hello…

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This was another one of the card designs I created for the Uniko Summer Stamping Retreat, however, this is a different colour way from the original as I actually mailed that card out!!

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The bold sentiments in the BIG & BOLD series are so fun to create ombre shadow effects like I have on this card. Plus, the beauty of having a stamping tool like the MISTI makes it a breeze! Again, I have used Altenew inks as they really do take the thinking out of matching colours 😉 I’ve used the Sweet Dreams collection on this card.

Next up is a card using Framed Florals…

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This time I have used the ‘no line’ colouring technique using Prismacolor Pencils and I was a little unsure as to how it would turn out when I started, but I am rather pleased with the result.

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I started out by stamping the image onto white card using Altenew Limestone ink. I then simply coloured over the stamped image with my pencils.

The layout of my card is inspired by the current sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch! seen HERE and below. I had to turn the orientation of my card for the image to fit with the sketch.

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Ok, that’s all I have to share with you today using these new sets, but why not grab a cup of your favourite beverage and hop along with myself and the team…?

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed that hop and I am all inspired to get inky! I’d love to know your thoughts on these clear stamp sets and which is your favourite of the two, that is if you can decide?!

That’s all from myself and the Design Team today and all 5 of the new clear stamp sets have been introduced, which means…. TOMORROW is RELEASE DAY!!

Hope to see you then for the full reveal, release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!!

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