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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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7th Birthday February 2019 Reveal, Blog Hop & Giveaway Treasure Hunt!

Happy Birthday Uniko & Woohoo!

Finally the day has arrived and the 7th Birthday February 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 shared a look at all the products & their prices! Did you see this though…?

This little gem is a Release Day FREEBIE Clear Stamp Set, we introduced it in the blog hop yesterday HERE.

This clear stamp set will be automatically added to release day orders of £25 or more up until Sunday 17th Feb 9pm GMT or while stock lasts.

After 9pm GMT Sunday 17th February, if there is stock remaining it will be made available for purchase at £5.

As it is our 7th Birthday Blog Hop I wanted to add a little more FUN to the blog hop and I have incorporated a Treasure Hunt!

Hidden in photos along the blog hop are these letter balloon icons.

The ‘Rules’ of The Treasure Hunt are simple…

1. Comment along the Blog Hop & find the icons

2. Email bev@uniko.co.uk with the following information

– Design Team Members Name & Balloon Letter Found

– What the Balloons spell out

Entries need to be emailed no later than Thursday 28th February 2019, for the winner to be announced Friday 1st March 2019 (winner will be randomly chosen from all the correct entries).

Prize…

The ENTIRE 7th Birthday February Release! (6 clear stamp sets, 2 co-ordinating designer die collections & 1 stencil design).

PLUS… I will still randomly select another winner! Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win ALL SIX Clear Stamp Sets!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Thursday 28th February 2019 to comment and the winner will be announced with ALL the 7th Birthday February 2019 Winners.

Okay, so now I have mentioned all the ‘formal’ stuff! How about a couple more cards using the new release…

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First up I decided to go for a more feminine card & opted to use Pantone’s colour of the year. I am partial to a bit of Coral and feel I haven’t embraced this years colour as much as I have wanted to !

I have used Background Blocks Pinstripe and heat embossed it in white across my card base. The sentiment in from Birthday Wishes and is also heat embossed. I added some white bakers twine and gloss white Nuvo Drops to finish.

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And lastly for today is another BIG & BOLD Happy card…

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This is the ‘other’ two for the price of one technique cards, where I shared the first HERE on Day 1 of the introductions! On this card I have done inlay die cutting with the ‘happy’ word die. I created a striped panel of coloured card (great way of using up all those scraps) on a thin piece of white card.

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I then die cut the ‘happy’ word die into this panel. As I was going through a couple of layers of card I went through my cutting machine a couple of times. I set the striped happy aside and kept the inner parts of the a, p & p for this card. I then die cut another happy from a white card panel the same size of the striped panel (which was used to create the card I shared on Day 1) and inlayed it into this striped panel.

Finally the word Birthday is stamped and heat embossed white and again I added my favourite gloss white Nuvo Drops to finish!

That’s all I have to share today using these products, but I know Ruth our Guest Designer this month along with the Design Team have SO much more to share with you.

Hop on by to see what Ruth has created HERE and this is the order of the hop following Ruth…

Also, don’t forget the enter the HUGE giveaway over HERE to WIN Stamps For A Year! If you need help entering the giveaway as you don’t have a blog or social media to link, send me an email and I will assist you :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by & joining in on the 7th Birthday February Release fun :)

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Introducing… Background Blocks Pinstripe & You Are, Yes You

Hey!

Welcome to the LAST day of our 7th Birthday & February 2019 Release product introductions. The last four days have been so fun and colourful. If you have missed any of them you can catch up HEREHEREHERE and HERE.

I’m back again today with my guest designer and the design team to show you LOTS of inspiration! This time we are introducing a new Background Blocks Pinstripe & Yes, You  clear stamps. Hopefully you have hopped on over from the start HERE where I have introduced these 2 new products a little.

How about a closer look at the cards I have made using them…

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This first card shows the pinstripe background perfectly! I’ve stamped it in Altenew Pink Diamond ink a couple of times using my stamping tool. The flower from You Are, Yes You is then stamped directly over the top in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and coloured with one colour of Prismacolor pencil. I added one of the leaves from the same set and a sentiment from Simply Said. Again finishing the design with Nuvo Drops 😉

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The colours for the card were again inspired by this weeks CAS Colours & Sketches challenge seen HERE and below. I rather like this colour combo, as I am quite a sucker for Grey!

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For my next card I decided to use the flowers & leaves from You Are, Yes You to embellish the corners of a die cut sentiment window frame.

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The sentiment is from Birthday Wishes, which was introduced on Day 2 and it fits perfectly inside the Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 4. The flowers and leaves are coloured with Stampin’ Up! stamping blends, fussy cut out and adhered to the card with double sided tape.

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Lastly, I wanted to try my hand at stamping a wreath using a self made wreath builder template and one of the leaves from You Are, Yes You…
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Oh my! This was so much fun to do! I stamped and masked the leaf as I went round to create a lovely leaf wreath. The sentiment is from You Are, Yes You and I stamped, fussy cut and coloured the flower from the set to add to where the wreath began and ended to make it look neat.
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That’s all I have to share today using these products, but I know Ruth our Guest Designer this month along with the Design Team have SO much more to share with you.

Hop on by to see what Ruth has created HERE and this is the order of the hop following Ruth…

Also, don’t forget the enter the HUGE giveaway over HERE to WIN Stamps For A Year! If you need help entering the giveaway as you don’t have a blog or social media to link, send me an email and I will assist you :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by & joining in on the 7th Birthday February Release fun :)

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Introducing… Passiflora & Designer Dies

Hey!

Welcome to Day 4 of our 7th Birthday & February 2019 Release product introductions. The last three days have been so fun and inspiring. If you have missed any of them you can catch up HEREHERE and HERE.

I’m back again today with my guest designer and the design team to show you LOTS of inspiration! This time we are introducing a new Passiflora Clear Stamp Set & Designer Dies. Hopefully you have hopped on over from the start HERE where I have introduced these 2 new products a little.

How about a closer look at the cards I have made using them…

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My first card pairs the solid Passion Flower and leaf contained in the set with one of tomorrows introductions, another addition to the Background Block series. I’ve used my MISTI tool to stamp and layer the flower details, apart from the upper stamen of the flower, which is die cut and adhered with foam adhesive.

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The darker shading on both the flower and the leaves was done by after stamping the image in a lighter shade. I used an ink dauber to apply the darker ink to selected areas of my stamp before stamping. I’ve found that using an ink dauber to apply the ink to the stamp results in a more even blended look. I’ve embossed the pinstripe background in gold, added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II and some Nuvo Drops too!

Continuing with the purple colour theme for the Passion Flower I opted for another clean and simple design…

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Again I used the solid flower from the set (there is an outline flower too), but this time I white heat embossed the circular line detail of the flower and added the swirly foliage detail.

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I’m loving the trend of embossed scoring lines, so tried my hand at it. It is quite subtle in the photo and more noticeable in real life. The sentiment is from Just Because clear stamp set and again I added my favourite Nuvo Drops!

Lastly it had to be a shaker card (apologies on my iffy photo, I’m still trying to get the hang of my new set up)…

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There is something about new dies and my *need* to make a shaker card with them 😉 This time I went for some lovely bright pinks for the flowers and you can see that I have used the outline flower inside the shaker part of the card. I’ve also added a small circular detail stamp to the middle of that flower.

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With the upper most solid flower I have used both of the stamen images, stamping, die cutting and layering them. If you look at some Passiflora flowers and the one I designed my stamp set from, they have a five stem stamen and then a 3 stem stamen. The sentiment is also from the set and again, more Nuvo Drops! I just love these too much! The shaker mix is from Little Things From Lucy’s Cards, Blush mix.

That’s all I have to share today using these products, but I know Ruth our Guest Designer this month along with the Design Team have SO much more to share with you.

Hop on by to see what Ruth has created HERE and this is the order of the hop following Ruth…

Also, don’t forget the enter the HUGE giveaway over HERE to WIN Stamps For A Year! If you need help entering the giveaway as you don’t have a blog or social media to link, send me an email and I will assist you :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by & joining in on the 7th Birthday February Release fun :)

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Introducing… Background Blocks Graffiti Texture

Hey!

Welcome to Day 3 of our 7th Birthday & February 2019 Release product introductions. The last two days have been so fun and colourful. If you have missed any of them you can catch up HERE and HERE.

I’m back again today with my guest designer and the design team to show you LOTS of inspiration! This time we are introducing a new Background Blocks Graffiti Texture clear stamp Hopefully you have hopped on over from the start HERE where I have introduced these 2 new products a little.

How about a closer look at the cards I have made using it…

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This stamp to me speaks masculine and the randomness of the design appears as if it would be difficult to achieve a seamless pattern. However, with a tiny bit of masking I was able to stamp the block down one edge of a Smokey Slate card stock base.

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I added a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks I which is layered with a piece of red card and adhered using foam adhesive. I finished the design with a trio of Nuvo Drops.

For my next card I decided to continue with the masculine theme and the grey colour scheme…

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For this card I stamped the block in Altenew Silver Slate ink. I then stamped a trio of the stars from Background Builders: Seeing Stars in Aqualicious, Fresh Lemon and Orange Cream added the same sentiment from Simply Said Blocks I and some enamel stars.

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Lastly I wanted to show how this background block can be used for a feminine card…

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I was inspired by a couple of my favourite card challenges to create this card. First up the colour combo is from CAS Colours & Sketches seen HERE and below. Then the layout of my card is from Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

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To make this card I stamped the graffiti block in Rubellite and Pink Diamond ink. I then die cut a two sizes of Sizzix Framelits hearts. The sentiment is from the ‘secret’ clear stamp set being introduced on the 10th 😉

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Once I had arranged the die cuts how I wanted them, I went in and added some stamped hearts from Flower Power #3. I also added some White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops to the smaller stamped hearts to add a little sparkle.

That’s all I have to share today using these products, but I know Ruth our Guest Designer this month along with the Design Team have SO much more to share with you.

Hop on by to see what Ruth has created HERE and this is the order of the hop following Ruth…

Also, don’t forget the enter the HUGE giveaway over HERE to WIN Stamps For A Year! If you need help entering the giveaway as you don’t have a blog or social media to link, send me an email and I will assist you :)

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Thanks so much for stopping by & joining in on the 7th Birthday February Release fun :)

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Introducing… Stencil Abstract Triangles & Birthday Wishes

Hey!

Welcome to Day 2 of our 7th Birthday & February 2019 Release product introductions. How fun & colourful was yesterday? It sure brightened up my Wednesday! If you missed it, you can catch up HERE.

I’m back again today with my guest designer and the design team to show you LOTS of inspiration! This time we are introducing a new Stencil Abstract Triangles & Birthday Wishes Clear Stamp Set. Hopefully you have hopped on over from the start HERE where I have introduced these 2 new products a little.

How about a closer look at the cards I have made using them…

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I had this crazy idea to rainbow the Abstract Triangle stencil and I am glad I did as the results are FAB! I used my Altenew Inks for this as I have more colours to choose from and I didn’t want to repeat the colours too much. It was just a matter of masking off each triangle to apply the colour and move onto the next.

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I trimmed my card to exactly 6 x 6 ” and place my stencil central, this left a nice border around the edge. I layered it onto a black card base and added the BIG & BOLD Happy die cuts & clear stamp sentiment to finish the design.

Next I used the same technique of placing my stencil to create a border down the vertical sides. This time I used Distress Oxide Inks and I trimmed my panel horizontal to create a slightly raised panel when adhered to my base card.

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I added a slight sprite of water to the ink blending, added another of the sentiments from Birthday Wishes and a trio of Nuvo Gloss White Drops.

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Lastly I have one more card using Birthday Wishes and to continue the rainbow theme I created a watercolour rainbow block panel for my sentiment to be stamped onto.

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I used smooth watercolour card, an acrylic block & Zig Clean Color Brush Pens. I coloured my acrylic block with the Zigs in a rainbow format, spritzed them and also my panel of watercolored card and stamped it in place. I had a little ink movement as I lifted, but still the results were good.

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I used my MISTI tool to stamp the sentiment as even though the watercolour card is smooth, it still took a couple of stamps to get a crisp image. The trio of circle stamps are from yesterdays BIG & BOLD Happy clear stamp set and I also added some colourful Nuvo Drops to their centres.

That’s all I have to share today using these products, but I know Ruth our Guest Designer this month along with the Design Team have SO much more to share with you.

Hop on by to see what Ruth has created HERE and this is the order of the hop following Ruth…

Also, don’t forget the enter the HUGE giveaway over HERE to WIN Stamps For A Year! If you need help entering the giveaway as you don’t have a blog or social media to link, send me an email and I will assist you :)

WINstampsforayear

Thanks so much for stopping by & joining in on the 7th Birthday February Release fun :)

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Lots of Happy!

Hey!

LOTS of happy arrived at Uniko HQ this week, which included a few clear stamp restocks Simply Said Blocks, Simply Said Blocks II, Sweet Baby, Reach For The Stars & Happy Succulents. When restocks arrive they always inspire me to ink them up again, so I set aside some time to create!

Today I thought I would share the card I made using Happy Succulents

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I’ve used the large succulent corner spray image for my main focal point and added one of the sentiment options contained in the set. Apart from the colouring, which didn’t take too long with my Prismacolor Pencils, this card came together pretty quick.

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I used my MISTI tool to stamp the main image, as it is quite large it often takes a couple of stamps to get a crisp image.

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I used one pink and three greens to colour the image and added some of my favourite Gloss White Nuvo Drops as an embellishment accent.

This clear stamp set is available on the website along with the others I listed at the top of the post. I hope this has added some cheer to your Sunday afternoon :)

Thanks for stopping by.

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Thyroid Awareness Month Blog Hop!

Hey & welcome to the next stop on the…

Thyroid Awareness Month Blog Hop

I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful hop organised by the lovely Milka Gubo from Crafty Milka. January is Thyroid Awareness Month. 26 designers from all over the World joined together in this special blog hop which will last from January 5th until January 30th.

The aim of the hop is to support Thyroid Awareness Month and to raise public awareness of the importance of a Thyroid Gland and problems it can cause when not working properly.

We will be sharing our handmade projects featuring butterfly, butterflies and/or blue paisley pattern. Thyroid looks like butterfly and blue paisley patterned ribbon is a new symbol of Thyroid Awareness month, so it was our choice to incorporate these elements in our handmade projects.

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I felt this was a blog hop I really wanted to be part of for many reasons. Firstly I was a registered nurse for over 10 years. When I moved to the North East of the UK, I began a new path of looking after surgical patients and one of the surgical patients I looked after were those who had had Thyroid Surgery. I won’t go into detail, but they were a high level observation patient post operation, with many complications to look out for.

My second reason for wanting to take part is because a few of my close friends suffer from thyroid problems. This hop is just a small way of raising awareness and showing a little bit of love to those affected by it.

Here is the card I made to share with you all…

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I decided to incorporate both the Paisley Pattern and the Butterfly elements, using Uniko’s Marvellous Mehndi and English Country Garden Butterflies clear stamps.

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The layout of my card is from the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge seen HERE and below. The sketch made it easy for me to combine all the colours and elements – love it when this happens!

I used Altenew inks for my shades of blue a the card stock is the new Stampin’ Up! In Colour Blueberry Bushel. I also used Stampin’ Up! Stitched Framelits dies to die cut the 2 sizes of squares.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope I have inspired you with my card. Be sure that you catch up on all the blog hop stops (if you haven’t already) that are listed at the end of this post.

Before I go I have a little GIVEAWAY…

Simply leave a comment on this blog post & I will choose a randomly selected winner to receive a £30 Uniko Prize Package! Winner will be announced the 10th February to give you plenty of time to share this giveaway with your crafty friends 😉

BLOG HOP LIST:

Milka Gubo(5th)

Imke Ludwig(6th)

Jane Taylor(7th)

Kaja Vezenšek(8th)

Samantha Mann(9th)

Andreja Lampe(10th)

Анна Коссаковская (Anna Kossakovskaya)(11th)

Ksenija Rizova(12th)

Valentina Bizjak(13th)

Ale Suta(14th)

Kristina Pavlović(15th)

Tanja Kabel(16th)

Željka Jurkovic-Grizic(17th)

Donna Mikasa(18th)

Sabrina Lamarina(19th)

Darnell Knauss(20th)

Nonni Niskanen(21st)

Larissa Walgemoed(22nd)

Dunja Trautmann(23rd)

Neha Bhatt(24th)

Beverley Brown(25th)

Ishani(26th)

Maja Macura Sakač(27th)

Naz Sasayakiglitter(28th)

Sue Hastead(29th)

Preeti Datta (aka Dutt Preety)(30th)

A little note about GIVEAWAYS… This blog hop is not sponsored by any artist or company. Instead, there will be couple giveaways on some of the blogs along the hop. Be sure to visit each designer to find out if they are offering a prize, details about prizes and how those can be won.

Thanks again for stopping by! Hugs

Guest Designer – Faye Wynn-Jones

Happy Hump Day!

I am super happy this Wednesday morning as I have the lovely Faye Wynn-Jones from Stamping Fluffnstuff, my amazing Guest Designer for January back on the blog with some more Copic coloured Pure Florals: Peony inspiration.

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I am sure many if not all of you know Faye, but without further ado, I will hand you over to Faye to introduce herself and her beautiful cards she has made to share with you today.

“Hi Everyone, I’m Faye and I’m addicted to Copics. (Choklit too, but ssshh, that’s a secret, we’ll keep it between us!) I’m the Copic endorsed Instructor for the UK and I also work closely with the European Copic Distributor and Instructors.

I’m wife, Mum and HuMummy to three (demanding) cats too. With all that going on, it’s not often I get to colour something for fun. So I was delighted when Bev asked me to Guest Design for her. I first came across Bev’s gor-geous stamps at a show last year and I have to tell you it was love at first sight. If you get to any of the shows Uniko exhibit at, you must stop by. The girls are so friendly and the stall is a real feast of inspiration and yummy goodies. You might even spot me in a corner drooling!”

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I love colouring an image in monotone. It can be really easy to get caught up in what colours work with what. When you work only in grey, you take that away and can really focus on smooth blending and the light source. Once these things start to fall into place, it is much easier to work with colours and that’s what I did for my final card.

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Copics Used…
Grey; C0, C1, C3, C5
Peach; R000, R30, R21, E70
Green; YG61, G82, G24, E70
Supplies…
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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day