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Happy 6th Birthday Uniko!

Welcome to The Uniko 6th Birthday Treasure Hunt!

Over 6 years Uniko has produced 104 (not including 2018s) clear stamp sets and I am delighted that some of these early clear stamp sets are still popular today!
Today the Design Team and a couple of ‘special guests’ have created a FUN clear stamp set treasure hunt blog hop for you to join in on.
The aim of the treasure hunt is for you not only to be inspired by each of projects the DT and our guests are sharing, but also to find a NAME of a clear stamp set from each of the 6 years Uniko has been going, from 2012 – 2017.
Each person along the hop will have created a project using a clear stamp set from the year they were allocated. They will also mention the year that the clear stamp set was released somewhere in their blog post.
There are 11 amazing and inspirational designers in the hop and one Design Team Member has created 2 projects using 2 clear stamp sets from the six years. So there are 2 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years to be found. Easy peasy!
Jot these answers down in an email like this for example:
2012 Pure Florals: Poinsettia / Pure Florals: Gerbera
2013 Background Builders: Round In Circles
2014 Explosion!
2015 Balloon Bash
2016 Originally Organic
2017 Reach For The Stars
Then email your answers to bev@uniko.co.uk by 9am GMT Sunday 18th February 2018. You will then be entered into a prize draw. Keep reading to find out what the prizes are!
So which clear stamp set was I allocated from the 104 I have designed over 6 years?
Yep, you might have guessed correctly from the sneak peek you saw over at the start of the hop, Uniko Style!
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This little clear stamp set was released back in February 2017 during our 5th Birthday celebrations and it only seems fitting to revisit it and give it some more inky love.
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I decided to make a two cards using the set with a colour scheme inspired by the Uniko brand colours. The first card I made is my usual clean and simple style.
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I started out by masking the top section of my white mat layer with post it notes and then proceeded to stamp the outline flower in the trio of colours, adding the large circular enters in the same colour and then the smaller oval black. The sentiment is a mix from Happy Succulents and Simply Said Blocks, two other clear stamp sets that debuted in 2017.
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My next card was created organically and I had no layout planned out before I started stamping. The only idea I had as my starting point, was to use the two small solid circular stamps from the set.
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I decided to stamp these randomly in the pink and aqua colours. I then decided to use the outline flower shape, stamping it in black so that the aqua circles were inside. I then went in and added the oval black centres a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks and some Altenew enamel dots. Having not used the turquoise colour from the Uniko brand, I decided to trim my stamped panel and add a small strip of Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores card to the lower section.
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That’s all I have to share using this clear stamp set today. Be sure to make a note of the name and year and hop along to the lovely Carol, to find the next clear stamp set and year in the Treasure Hunt!
If you get lost along the way here is the list of the Uniko DT and Special Guests taking part…
Now with any kind of celebration and hop there are prizes and this is what you could win by joining in on the Treasure Hunt. Yep, there is more fun and prizes to be won in the next couple of weeks leading up until Release Day February 28th!

Treasure Hunt Prizes!

I will randomly select THREE winners from all the correct entries that name 6 clear stamp sets from each year (2012-2017), to receive an in stock clear stamp set of their choosing.

I will also randomly select ONE lucky winner to receive a £60 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store to those who name and email all 12 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years!

Happy Hopping & Hunting!

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Uniko Challenge #45 – Something Old, Something New, with Optional Twist LOVE

Hey!

Welcome to the January/February, 2018 Uniko challenge – the first challenge of this New Year. As last year each challenge will be FIVE weeks long, giving a total of SIX challenges again this year.

This month we have the following challenge…

Challenge Guidelines:

* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do 😉

* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!

* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible 😉

 

This month we have the winner of Challenge #44 Christmas, the awesomely talented Anita joining us as our Guest Designer.

Here’s her amazing card:

So clean and perfectly CAS. Be sure to pop on over to her blog HERE and leave her some love.

Here is how I was inspired by the challenge theme…

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I had a basic idea of the supplies I wanted to use and a rough layout planned  and went with the flow on that side of things! I needed to be inspired with my colours and turned to the current challenge over at Global Design Project, seen HERE and below.

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I feel like its been ages since I joined in on a challenge and even longer since I joined in on one over there! I was OK with the Sweet Sugarplum and Bermuda Bay colours, but Peekaboo Peach threw me a little! I decided to use it as my base card colour and only have a small amount showing.

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Whist creating my card I was quite pleased as how it came together. Now that it is finished and photographed I am not entirely keen on it! I feel I should have used the Large Background Polka Hearts instead of the Scattered Polka Dot Stencil and the sentiment could have done with being stamped a little higher!

I think it is good sometimes to make and share cards that you are not completely happy with, it shows that I don’t get it right every time and it gives you something to learn and build on from the next time you create.

That’s all from me, but the Uniko Design team also have some LOVELY inspiration to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs below to find out more and I am sure they’d love a nice comment too 😉

 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

Such a wonderful bunch of inspiration for you all! Are you ready to play along?

Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.

THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £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 month’s challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 23rd February 2017 (7.00pm EDT).

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Ultraviolet Hugs!

Hello!

I’m back today with a card inspired by Pantone’s colour of 2018 Ultraviolet. Taken from the Pantone website,  this years colours is…

‘A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future’.

They continue to talk about how the colour suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, with intrigue of what lies ahead. The vast night sky is symbolic of what is possible and how it can inspire.

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A future trend for Autumn/Winter 2018/19 is Celestial and we are already seeing this emerge within the paper crafting community with night sky/outer space background along with stars, constellations and star signs. So Pantone’s Ultraviolet colour of the year pairs wonderfully with this and I am sure you will be seeing LOTS of shades of purple around blog land in the coming weeks and months.

Though Uniko has a small ‘celestial’ inspired range of stamps (Background Blocks Stars, Background Builders: Seeing Stars and Reach For The Stars) however, I wanted to use shades of purple in a different way and for today’s card I decided to combine 3 of the clear stamp sets from the recent December Release. Pure Florals: Rose, BIG & BOLD Hugs and Large Background Scattered Polka Dots.

I’ve not really set any New Years resolutions this year, because when I do I always seem to fail within a day or so, as they are simply unrealistic. Such as trying to make a card and blog everyday. As much as I want to be able to do this, my life with being a housewife, full time mum to The Beans, running Uniko and all that is involved with a small business, is simply unachievable.

I’ve seen others choose #onelittleword to live by for the year, but I can’t seem to decide upon just one word! So this year I am going to be ME. To aim high, to do my best and improve in all aspects of my life, to be kind, spread kindness and cheer. Most of all teaching The Beans all these things.

One of things I want to improve on is actually sending more of the cards I make. It is quite sad that many of the cards I have made in the past that don’t make it onto a sample board, sit and collect dust or hide away in a box :( I was proactive towards the end of 2017 and donated quite a few cards to a customer to sell for charity.

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So this card was made for a purpose, to cheer someone up and to send a hug in an envelope as they are too far away to hug in person. Hopefully the recipient will share this card on social media when they receive it?!

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Anyway, back to my card! I’ve stamped the roses and leaves, masking in-between and colouring with Prismacolor Pencils. I then masked them all to stamp the Large Background Scattered Polka Dots in Altenew Limestone ink. The ‘hugs’ sentiment is stamped in Altenew Deep Iris ink, fussy cut out and adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

That’s all I have to share with you today, thank you for stopping by & I hope to be back tomorrow (I’ve a Bean Free Day) with more to share.

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BIG Thanks!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

The Beans have made it through their first full week of afternoons at school nursery – yay! They both have settled in really well and I have had no tears or tantrums leaving them :) With that I have been settling into my new routine and realising how quick the time goes whilst they are there!

Amongst the chaos of prepping for the October Release, Happy Stampers Festival, Stamp Magic paper craft show, a HUGE restock delivery and flurry of lovely orders (thank you), I managed to squeeze in a little time to stamp!

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I required another thank you card and with the recent restocks, which included All Occasion Sentiments #6, I was inspired to dust off my set and ink it up. I still had my September Release stamps to hand and decided to pair the BIG thanks with Background Builders: Seeing Stars and the ‘You Rock’ sentiment from Simply Said Blocks.

Using the BIG thanks is perfect for me to join in on one of my many favourite card challenges this week, CASology. This week the cue card HERE is BIG!

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I used my favourite trio of colours to stamp the panel of stars and used a black strip of card slightly bigger to mat it with. The BIG thanks is stamped and simply flat coloured with Copic markers and a good layer of clear Wink of Stella applied.

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I added foam adhesive to the thanks panel and also the ‘You Rock’ sentiment and added a few Stampin’ Up! star enamels to finish the design. Hopefully this card will reach it’s destination in a few days. It feels good to be finally sending out more of the cards I make :)

That’s all from me today, I hope to squeeze in some more creative time this weekend along with other exciting tasks like planning NEW Uniko Classes! I am super excited to have ‘found’ the perfect venue to hold them here in Stockton-On-Tees in the North East of the UK and I am now working on the finer details. So as soon as I have, I will be letting you all know!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs

Uniko Challenge #43 Autumn

Hey!

Welcome to this month’s Uniko challenge. Here in the northern hemisphere the season is changing and Autumn (Fall) is approaching. So, it seemed appropriate to make it this months inspiration.

Don’t you just love the glorious Autumn/Fall colours? What could be more inspiring than their beauty? So we would love to see all your wonderful autumnal creations popping up in our gallery. And if you’d like to twist with us and add Halloween into your creativity that would be fabulous too!

Challenge Guidelines:

* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do 😉

* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!

* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible 😉

 

This month we have the winner of Challenge #43 the superbly talented Vijaylaxmi joining us as our Guest Designer.

Here’s her amazing card:

 Brilliant isn’t it? Be sure to pop on over to her blog HERE and leave her some love.

The Uniko Design Team also have some autumnal inspiration to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs, which you can find over HERE and also the link up to the challenge.

How about some inspiration from me…

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With restocks arriving in the studio this week and because I saw this jaw dropping creation by Hannelie HERE using Beautiful Blooms III, I was inspired to dust my set off and give it some fresh inky love!

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I used my Altenew inks for all my stamping and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more at Happy Stampers Festival (hopefully)! They really do ink nicely AND they take the hard work out of matching shades for layered stamping.

I’ve added some dimension with the flowers using two depths of foam adhesive and added some clear Wink Of Stella to just the detail on the blooms. The sentiment is from the recently released Simply Said Blocks and I added some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.

So are you all fired up and ready to get crafting?

Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.  I have changed the length and frequency of the challenge. The challenges are FIVE weeks long, giving us a total of SIX challenges this year.

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 month’s challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 27th October 2017 (7.00pm EDT).

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Uniko Sponsors the 2017 Fall 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 15th September ’17 – Friday 22nd September ’17

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 a chance to win both

I LOVE Coffee AND I LOVE Tea

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Summer 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 Fall themed coffee card…

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The weather here in the UK is certainly getting cooler and signs of Autumn (Fall) are appearing with leaves on the floor. I’m not a tea or coffee drinker, but I do like a hot chocolate (cocoa) and sometimes you just need to drink a hot beverage out of a fancy tea cup!

As you can see I was inspired to use the I LOVE Tea clear stamp set, combined with a sentiment and coffee bean trio from I LOVE Coffee and a leaf from Natures Treasures. I was also inspired by this weeks sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch!HERE and seen below…

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That’s all I have to share here, but I’ll be back with more before the end of the blog hop! Anyway, before I go today, how about another PRIZE?! 

Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) September 22nd 2017 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!

Un Accueil Chaleureux (A Warm Welcome)…

Hello & Happy Weekend!

Today I am delighted to be introducing you to the newest member of the Design Team. I am sure that this person will not be a stranger to the majority of Uniko followers and to those who join in on the Uniko and “Less is More” Challenges!

So without further ado I would like you all to give Izzy from Izzy Scrap a warm welcome :)

Hi, I’m Izzy. For those who already know me, you know how much I love the Uniko stamps so when I received Bev’s email asking me if I’d like to join the DT, I was just over the moon and I am still now. I’m so proud and so very delighted to be joining the wonderful and creative Uniko Design Team. I live in Le Mans in France with my amazing lovely hubby and our two teenagers (16 and 13) plus our two cats. They are my first fervent supporters (the cats too !). I bought my first crafting supplies (1 rubber stamp, 3 embossing pens and 1 embossing powder, using my halogen lamp to heat emboss !) about 20 years ago to make my own Christmas cards ! But I really started to craft in 2010 when we were abroad. I started with scrapbooking but I rapidly switched to cards. When we came back to France, my husband and children urged me to make my own blog, that’s what I did in May 2016. Since then I enjoy making cards and visiting blogs where I find my inspiration. I’d like to think that my style is rather CAS and I try to find my own style. I’m so happy to belong to this community so rich of wonderful people, full of artists and I’m very thankful to be part of it. It’s a nice way to meet new friends and it’s a great experience !

If you are unfamiliar with Izzy’s style, here are a trio of cards Izzy has made to inspire you using a variety of Uniko clear stamps…

Background Blocks – Horizontal Stripe & Fun Flowers

Pure Florals: Gerbera (Back In Stock Tuesday) and Happy Succulents

Pure Florals: Poinsettia & Background Builders: Christmas (Retired, but may make a reappearance this upcoming festive season!)

How fabulous are these? I am sure you’ll be as excited as myself to have Izzy part of the team and are looking forward to seeing the inspiration she has to offer. For more details on these creations and to see more of Izzy’s work be sure to head on over HERE.

I thought I would make a card for the occasion too and this is what I came up with…

Welcome1Having seen one of the cards Izzy made, I was inspired to ink up Fun Flowers. I was also inspired by the current CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch seen HERE and below, specifically Hannelie’s card HERE too.

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To stamp the stripes I used both the ‘official’ side of the line stamp from Background Builders: Squared and the ‘unofficial’ reverse side of the stamp to achieve a thicker line. The ‘welcome’ sentiment is from Sweet Baby and I accentuated the flower with some Stampin’ Up! Enamel Dots.Welcome1aI also used the colours from this weeks CAS C0lours & Sketches challenge seen HERE and below.

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Thank you & welcome Izzy

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a BIG Thank You & Farewell…

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It’s another of those posts that I find hard to write and put all my feelings into. It is with sadness that  we at Uniko are saying farewell to another of our FABulous Design Team members Sarah Gray from Funky Fossil Designs.

Sarah has been a member of the Uniko DT since March 2015. For over 2 years I have had the honour and pleasure of having Sarah as part of the Uniko family. It seems longer than 2 years as before Sarah was a member of the DT, she was a regular customer too! Seeing the inspiration and creativity flow when Sarah works her magic with Uniko products is simply amazing.
A BIG thank you will never be enough to resonate my gratitude for all that Sarah has done for me and Uniko, she has truly been an inspiration to me and I am sure to all the Uniko customers old and new alike.

Over HERE is the start of the farewell hop & I have also shared a small selection of my favourite cards Sarah has made  whilst being on the DT. This was SO hard as I love each and every one that Sarah has made!!

So, we couldn’t let Sarah leave without giving her a little farewell send off, so the Design Team & I each made a card to share. This is what I have created…

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I opted for one of the Pure Florals: Gerbera flowers, as Sarah’s use of this clear stamp set WOWs me every time and decided to go ‘Rainbow’ style too and give my new Faber-Castell Polychromos another use!

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I’ve kept the design of my card pretty simple, using just the Background Blocks: Horizontal Stripe (vertically). I stamped it in Altenew Limestone ink, to let the colourful Gerbera take centre stage. I was wanting to add the ‘perfect’ thanks sentiment, but I really need to design the ‘perfect’ thank you set 😉 Instead I opted for a sentiment from Originally Organic Additions. I chose this particular sentiment as Sarah is a blessing and a wonderful friend.

I’m going to enter this in to the challenge over at AAA Cards too, as their current challenge HERE is rainbow.

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 That’s all I have to share creatively today, but be sure to follow the links below to see what the Design Team created.

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

THANK YOU Sarah for everything! You had been a blessing to Uniko and you WILL be truly missed by us all.

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Back In Action!

Hey!

Apologies for being absent for such a long time, my mojo seemed to have a min break and Oh my, what a busy couple of weeks! We are now settling back into our ‘normal’ routine after Easter Break. Thankfully today has worn the beans out and they were flat out in five minutes of going to bed – whooohooo!

That meant I had a little ‘extra’ time to sit, create and get my mojo back into action to create a card to share with you…

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Uniko Style, which I’ve used on the card is finally back in stock – YAY! Background Blocks Halftone, Decorative Doilies The Hands of Time, Flower Power #3 AND Natures Treasures II are also back in stock – YAY! Plus I have more restocks arriving early next week too AND I’ve the May Release to play with this week too 😉 keep your eyes peeled for some sneaky sneak peeks!

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Anyway, back to my card. I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below as a jumping point and used my ‘go to’ Altenew ink colours as they are so good for layering and take away the hard thinking work!

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The sentiment is from Simply Said and I added a few Stampin’ Up! enamel dots to embellish. The sentiment strip is raised on foam pads and these are Stix2 Anything and they come in a hand 1mm thickness which I have used as well as the standard 2mm thickness.

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Ok, that’s all I have to share with you all tonight, but I will be back tomorrow with more to share. Until then, why not check out the Design Team Inspiration Rahmat is sharing over HERE, you’re sure to be inspired :)

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Block Party Birthday Fusion!

Hey & Happy Sunday!

Yesterday evening the beans went for their second sleepover at their Grandparents, so in true fashion I indulged in some much needed creative time in the studio! It feels like ages since I was able to just sit & play, choosing a challenge to join in on and selecting whatever stamps and supplies I fancied using.

I saw the new Fusion Card Challenge HERE and seen below and I was inspired to pull out the recently release Blocky Party Birthday clear stamp.

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I’ve also recently had a Stampin’ Up! order delivered, which contained much needed card stock in Smokey Slate, Basic Grey and Black all of which feature in the inspiration photo. So this is how I combined everything onto my card…

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It is a *really* simple card and didn’t take long at all to make. I started out by stamping the block party stamp in VersaFine Onyx Black ink onto Smokey Slate CS using my MISTI tool, so I could repeat stamp to get a good image.

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I then used 4 Prismacolour Pencils to selectively colour the image and I tried to replicate the watery ombre effect on the ‘birthday’ part of the stamp. I am pretty pleased how the card turned out and I think it represents both parts of the Fusion Card Challenge nicely.

That’s all from me today, but if you want some more creative inspiration , be sure to head on over HERE when Lindsey has some wonderful one layer CAS masculine inspiration to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by.

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