Posts tagged “Flowers”

One Layer Stencil Fun!

Hey & Happy Monday!

I do hope your week has begun well? Mine started well, but then took an unplanned turn when Bean no.2 came out in the chicken pox spots. Second time round and it still surprised me as to how suddenly and quickly they begin to appear from nowhere! Luckily my in laws are back from their holiday this week and were able to help look after him while I took Bean no.1 to nursery. It still meant little time for work and what not, but it meant that we were not all stuck inside again.

I am happy that yesterday I managed to make a couple of cards, the first of which I am sharing today…

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I still had my Fun Flowers Stencil out on my desk from when I made my cards for the Uniko March 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway HERE. And I had been wanting to join in on the current “Less is More” one layer challenge HERE, which is to use stencils, perfect combo!

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I needed a little more of a mojo boost and mooched around my ‘go to’ challenges for a colour combo and thought the Color Throwdown challenge HERE looked fun, so gave it a whirl too!

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Plus to mix it up a little and as 3 is my favourite number I decided to join in on the AAA cards challenge fun HERE too, which is to use 1/3 of your card.

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With all that I managed to keep it all clean & simple! I used Altenew Rouge ink as my closest match to a peach colour, applied it through my Fun Flowers Stencil which I kept to the lower third of my one layer card. Then added the Simply Said Blocks happy birthday sentiment.

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Ok, that’s all from me today. I think it’ll be another early night for this mummy after the Spring forward with the clocks and a poorly bean, it could be a night of little sleep, fingers crossed it isn’t! Until later in the week, thanks for stopping by today :)

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Uniko Challenge #46 Colour & Optional Twist Easter

Hey!

Welcome to the March/April, 2018 Uniko challenge. This month we have a really pretty palette of colours for you to choose from and with Easter looming that’s our optional twist.

As you’ve probably noticed the Uniko DT has grown this year with the addition of four talented ladies onto our Stencil Team. So of course there’s going to be even more DT inspiration to get your creativity flowing and we also have the most wonderful Guest Designer – Michele – joining in with us for this challenge.

Her winning card from the last challenge had us all swooning here at Uniko and if you go take a peek at her blog you’ll discover loads more innovative ideas that are just that little bit different.

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Isn’t this the most amazingly creative use of Uniko stamps and dies?! Do go visit her blog – HERE – and tell her how gorgeous this is!

Here’s how I decided to use the colours…

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Firstly, my apologies to those that attended the Uniko Birthday Stamping Retreat as you have already seen this card! I was hoping to have made something new and an Easter card to share using the challenge colours, but due to the unforeseen happenings of Josh Bean getting the Chicken Pox on Tuesday, my week has got to pot. Yesterday I played catch up. Well, to some degree, as I spent the morning catching up on sleep due to being up all night nursing a sick bean :(

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Luckily I had this card in my archive to share and amazingly I had used most of the challenge colours! Again I have used Kindness Blooms, still a firm ‘go to’ fave at the moment and there are still a few left in stock since the restock this week! I’ve paired the loopy blooms with a sentiment from Birthday Sentiments, added enamel embellishments and adhered the stamped panel using foam adhesive.

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That’s all I have to share with you for today, but the Uniko Design team also have some inspiring card ideas to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs to find out more and I am sure they’d love a nice comment too ūüėČ

The eagle eyed of you will have noticed that this is only half of the Uniko DT, but never fear the other half will be here with ideas to inspire you on 30th March with the reminder post.

So 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 20th April 2018 (7.00pm EDT).

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Blooming Congrats!

Hey!

Apologies for the long time no posting here on the website blog, you guys have so wonderfully kept me busy with all the wonderful release day & post release day orders! You are all simply amazing and I can’t thank you enough.

Also, I apologise that so many of the February Release products have sold out, I have had restocks of all the NEW Stencils and I have a restock of the NEW clear stamps and others arriving on the 12th March. I will be updating the website to allow backorders on all of the items due in this afternoon.

Anyway, as I haven’t had much creative time, I thought I would share this card that I never got round to sharing! This card I made a while back and it is one that we created at the recent Uniko 6th Birthday Stamping Retreat.

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I’ve used the new Kindness Blooms clear stamp set, paired with a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks and at the time the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends were a new toy!

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I stamped the smallest of the loopy flowers from the Kindness Blooms clear stamp set onto some Stampin’ Up! vellum in VersaMark ink, then heat embossed them with detail white embossing powder. I then used the Stampin’ Blends to colour on the reverse of the flowers. I fussy cut the vellum panel out adhered it with glue, added the sentiment and some enamel dots to finish.

That’s all I have to share for today, hopefully I will find a little creative time during my Bean free day today ūüėČ Thank you for stopping by.

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Uniko’s 6th Birthday & February 2018 Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Woohoo!

Apologies for my lateness to the Release Day Party :( It’s been a crazy few days here in the NE of the UK as we have been battered by the worst snow storms in years, plus life goes on with 2 snow Beans too! Luckily today I’ve still managed to have them looked after by the in-laws – yay!

Anyway,¬†the day arrived and Uniko’s 6th Birthday & February 2018¬†Release is NOW available to purchase¬†HERE¬†on the website. We have our traditional¬†Reveal, Release, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY starting over HERE.

Along with the SIX new clear stamp sets and FIVE new stencil designs I am also offering…

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FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

on orders of £25 or more!

* This offer has been extended and is valid until Midday GMT 3rd March 2018 on qualifying orders of £25 or more.

WINNERS of the Birthday Treasure Hunt, Random Prizes & more have been announced HERE.

How about some inspiration using a few of the new products…

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It probably isn’t a surprise to anyone that has been following the release celebrations that the new Kindness Blooms clear stamp set is a new favourite of mine ūüėČ The ideas using this new loopy bloom have been free flowing!
For this first card I decided to pair both sizes of the loopy bloom with the Large Background Scattered Polka Dots, which I have stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in detail white embossing powder.
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The sentiment is just one of the mix and match possibilities contained in the mini clear stamp set and I have stamped it onto a strip of white card and adhered it to the card base using foam adhesive. I’ve finished the design off with some new Stampin’ Up! self adhesive sequins.
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For my next card I decided to create a more masculine style card using Kindness Blooms paired with the new Birthday Sentiments clear stamp set…
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As you can see I used the stamen burst stamp and the small polka dot from Kindness Blooms and simply by using primary colours and keeping the design CAS I have achieved a masculine look.
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I wish I had more to share using the other new products being released, but creative time has been limited :( I will be sharing more over the coming days though using all of the new products.
However, I know that the Design Team have been super busy and much more creative than me and have a wealth of inspiration using all of the new products to share with you!

Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Saturday 10th March 2018 to comment and the winner will be announced Sunday 11th March 2018.

Happy Hopping!

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Introducing… Spring Botanicals Daffodil

Hey!

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

WOW! Wasn’t yesterday FUN?! If you missed the product introduction and blog hop, you can catch up HERE.

Today myself and the Design Team are introducing the next flower in the Spring Botanical series, Spring Botanicals Daffodil.
How about a look at this clear stamp set in action…
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I’ve gone super clean and simple for my first card as I wanted the Spring yellows and greens to shine against the crisp white background.
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I’ve used my trusty Prismacolor pencils to colour the daffodil, which I fussy cut out and adhered to the card base using foam adhesive. The sentiment is just one from the clear stamp set and I added some simple glittered enamel dot embellishments to finish.
Lastly I went super quick creative due to minimal time to create these days…
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I started with a large stamp block, big enough to cover my card size (10.5 x 14 cm) and I roughly coloured over it with 2 Zig Clean Color Brush Pens. I then heavily spritzed with water and then stamped it onto some smooth watercolour card stock.
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Once my panel was dry, I simply stamped the Daffodil in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, added another of the sentiments from the clear stamp set, which has a couple of mix and match options and embellished with some clear sequins.
That’s all I have to share with you using this clear stamp set, but we have our usual design team blog hop too! It’s 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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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 Sponsors AAA Cards – All You Need Is Love

Hello & Happy Sunday!

I do hope you are having a good weekend so far? It’s been a sick one here at Uniko HQ as I currently type my post on my laptop from bed! Urgh, the joys of 3 years olds and the germs they bring home from nursery!

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

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This fortnight the challenge HERE at AAA Cards is appropriately All You Need is LOVE, good if you’re like me and haven’t made your significant other a Valentine’s card yet!

But what if you don’t need or send Valentine’s cards? Well, I always remember when I visited Finland with my mum around that time and my mums friend who we stayed with said that they celebrated friendship on Valentine’s Day. I think I have remembered correctly, but it’s a nice idea anyway!

I’ve opted more for a Wedding Day LOVE card…

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I used Pure Florals: Cosmos to stamp inside a die cut heart mask using a trio of Altenew inks. I added a mix and match of sentiments from Simply said II and Simply Said Blocks. I then finished the design off using some enamel shapes.

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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!

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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 ūüėČ

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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Ultraviolet Hugs!

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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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