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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!

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Framed ‘Watercolour’ Florals

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Welcome to the day after release and I am back with a couple more cards I finished last night using Framed Florals. If you missed the release blog hop yesterday, you can catch up HERE. There is still time to comment along the hop to be in the chance of winning the ENTIRE release!

Anyway, here is my first card…

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I recently treated myself to the Altenew Watercolours :) and thought I would give them a little whirl. I picked a couple of my favourites, Mountain Mist & Lagoon to create this simple background. I then simply used my MISTI tool to stamp the Framed Florals image over the top using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I trimmed the image and adhered it to a panel of white card for a small border and then onto a Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay card base.

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I was feeling a little braver next and decided to some proper watercoloring and create a softer looking card…

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I am pleased with how I coloured the flowers, but still need lots of practice when it comes to the background. I seem to have lost some of the patience I once had and so I find it hard to wait for layers to dry before adding more!

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To make things easier I heart embossed the image in white before colouring. The finished panel is adhered onto some Stampin’ Up! Balmy Blue card and then onto a white card case. The sentiment is from Simply Said and stamped in Altenew Silver Stone ink.

I hope I have inspired you to get out your watercolours! I will definitely be getting mine out again and practicing more :) I will be back again tomorrow with more to share using the new release products.

Until then, thank you for stopping by.

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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… Background Builders: Happy Hexagons & Beautiful

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Welcome back to day 2 of the August 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 :)

Yesterday myself and the Design Team re-introduced the ‘So Much’ mini clear stamp set HERE, be sure to check out all the inspiration and comment along the hop 😉

Today we are introducing 2 new clear stamp sets, Background Builders: Happy Hexagons & Beautiful. Hopefully you have hopped on from the start HERE, where I have shared a couple of projects using the new stamps.

Now I have some more inspiration to share using Background Builders: Happy Hexagons…

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Have you noticed the stamp design in the Background Builders Geometric collection that appears in each set? I’ve used it on this first card, if not! I love the garland style of this stamp and as I want all the sets to work as a collection, apart from the correlation of them being geometrics I wanted something to flow between them and this stamp design works perfectly.

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On this first card I started by die cutting a square window mask to stamp the hexagon garland. It is such a fun stamp and with it being long and thin, it can be easily manipulated on a stamping block or in a stamping tool to be curved or made into a wavy design. Again, I used Altenew inks and paired it with a sentiment from Birthday Sentiments.

Next, I was inspired by the current challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below.

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I used the open hexagon strip stamp across my base card, stamping it in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I then used my Diamond Press Hexagon Dies (purchased from Crafters Companion) to die cut 2 hexagons, one from Lemon Lime Twist and one from Berry Burst, I just love this colour pairing!

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I stamped one of the larger hexagons onto the Lemon Lime Twist die cut and layered it slightly onto the Berry Burst die cut. The sentiment is one of my faves from Simply Said Blocks.

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Lastly, but by no means least I have a card to share with you using Beautiful…

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This is another card from the Uniko Summer Stamping Retreat and I think my favourite! I love the juicy bright colours and added little leaf sprig from a clear stamp set being introduced tomorrow 😉 The sentiment is another of the mix and match options in the set and I have added some Bakers Twine & Nuvo Drops to embellish the sentiment strip.

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That’s all I have to share with you today using these new clear stamp sets, but I know the Design Team have created even more fabulous inspiration to showcase them, be sure to hop along!

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, but be sure to come by tomorrow for even more product introductions :)

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Introducing… So Much

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Welcome to the first day of the August 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 introducing So Much a mini clear stamp set, which was the limited edition December 2017 Release Freebie. From Sunday 19th August, it will officially be available to purchase for those that didn’t get their inky mitts on the limited supply back then!

Hopefully you have hopped on over from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE, I’ve shared a previous card using this set over there.

Here is a couple of new cards using this little set…

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This little set features a lovely floral bouquet and you will recognise the flowers as a version from Flower Power #6 and the leaves & foliage are from Originally Organic. Along with the main floral image there are a couple of mix & match sentiments.

For this first card I decided to create a fun ink blended colour block section. I was inspired by Pantone’s colour of 2018, Ultraviolet and I opted for a sentiment from another new clear stamp set being introduced tomorrow 😉

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I used Post-it Notes to mask off the bottom section of my one layer card and to keep it interesting I angled the section too. I then randomly sectioned off each block, also at an angle and simply applied each of the Altenew Purple ink colours.

The floral bouquet and sentiment are stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and I added some Altenew enamel dots to finish the design off.

Next, I decided on a little colouring and fussy cutting…

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I started out by stamping the floral bouquet onto Stampin’ Up! Whisper White card in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I then used some Copic Markers to colour the image in. I then decided to fussy cut the image out, it is a fussy cut, but it is something I find quite therapeutic on a night once The Beans are asleep in bed!

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The sentiment is one of the mix and match options from the set and I still prefer to stamp my sentiments in VersaFine Onyx Black ink as I think it gives such a nice crisp finish. The floral bouquet is adhered to the card using foam adhesive and I trimmed the left hand side edge that overhung the card base.

Ok, that’s all from me, but how about some more inspiration, why not grab a cup of your favourite beverage and hop along with the team…?

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed that hop and I am all inspired to give the set even more inky love! I’d love to know your thoughts on this clear stamp set AND if you own it already I’d love you to share some of your projects with me using it!

That’s all from myself and the Design Team today, but be sure to come by tomorrow for even more product introductions :)

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Uniko Challenge #48 – Inspired By a Quote with Optional Twist

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Apologies for the long absence in blogging over here on the website blog :(  After all the paper crafting shows in May & June, the releases and life in general, I think I burnt myself out a little and lost my mojo. Life with The Beans got a little hectic too and then the Summer Holidays began & they finished their first year at nursery!

Anyway, enough of that!

I am here to tell you about the current Uniko Challenge HEREJuly-2

This month we have chosen an inspirational quote, “It’s so much more friendly with two”. A.A. Milne, with an optional twist of making a card for a child.

From the initial outlook it seems quite challenging, but with a little thinking and picking out words in the quote like ‘two’ or ‘friendly’ there are more inspirational possibilities. Here is how I was inspired…

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The words ‘two’ and ‘friendly’ finally jumped out at me and inspired  me to make this card! With Background Blocks Wonky Stripes coming back in stock recently, it inspired me to ink mine up.

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When my mojo is running low I have a ‘go to’ colour combo, and so I turned to that for this card. I think the wonky stripes look FAB in this combo and the added duo of loopy blooms from Kindness Blooms are the perfect touch.

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I used Copic Markers to colour the wonky stripes in after stamping & heat embossing them. I added Nuvo Drops in Dandelion Yellow to the bloom centres and a ‘Hello Friend’ sentiment from Simply Said.

That’s all from me, but be sure to check out Trina’s blog My Crafting ClosetHERE and HERE. Trina is our wonderful Guest Designer for this challenge and has created beautiful cards to inspire you, as has the Uniko Design Team :) All the details and link up for the challenge can be found HERE.

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I will be back later this week with more to share, as we start the countdown to the August Release – woohoo! Until then, thank you for stopping by & hanging on in there with me :)

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Surprise Stencil Release!

Hello!

Today at Uniko we have a surprise stencil release!

Earlier this month Uniko was at Stamp Magic in Doncaster and I had 3 NEW stencil designs available to purchase at the show and I am super pleased they are NOW available HERE on the website.

Let’s have a look at the 3 new designs…

Uniko Stencil Bright Butterflies £4.50, Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018, www.uniko.co.uk

Uniko Stencil Scattered Polka Hexagons £4.50, Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018, www.uniko.co.uk

Uniko Stencil Mehndi Mandala £4.50, Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018, www.uniko.co.uk

Like with any new release here at Uniko we have a blog hop to celebrate and show you beautiful inspiration using the new products. I am super duper pleased to have a wonderful, talented and all round lovely crafter joining me and the Uniko Stencil DT us as our Guest Designer…. Ruth from Crafting While The Baby Naps. Hopefully you have hopped along from Ruth’s blog, but if not be sure to check out Ruth’s amazing inspiration HERE.

And as with all the Uniko Blog Hops we have a GIVEAWAY too! Simply comment along the hop for your chance to win one of the three stencil designs being released and as there are 3 new designs, I will randomly pick 3 lucky winners!!

Ok, how about some inspiration from myself using the new designs…

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First up is the card in my sneak photo over on the Uniko Blogspot blog! I wanted to show how the Mehndi Mandala stencil can be paired with the large mandala clear stamp from Marvellous Mehndi.

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I started by inking my Mehndi Mandala with Distress Oxide Inks, in Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers. I then stamped the mandala from Marvellous Mehndi, fussy cutting it out and adding some Stampin’ Up! Dazzling Diamonds glitter to various sections. I’ve adhered it to my stencilled layer using 1mm thick foam adhesive.

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I’ve used the Mehndi Mandala stencil for my next card too, this time showing you more of the design…

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Again I used Distress Oxide Inks, this time Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers. I offset mounted my stencilled layer with some black card and onto a white card base. The sentiment is from Simply Said and I added an old Stampin’ Up! embellishment.

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As I was on a roll with the colour combo of Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers I decided to use if for my Bright Butterflies card…

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I’d had the SU! Crumb Cake card stencilled with the design since Stamp Magic, but I didn’t know how I wanted to use it, until I saw this weeks Freshly Made Sketches sketch seen HERE and below!

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I layered my stencilled section with some scrap turquoise card from my stash and paired it with a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II.

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Lastly, but by no means least I inked up the Scatted Polka Hexagons stencil…

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This is a fun geometric stencil and it pairs beautifully with the recently released Bee Happy clear stamp set. This time I used my new Catherine Pooler inks to blend through the stencil.

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I used Tiara, Tiki Torch and Tutti Frutti from top to bottom. I then moved the position of the stencil slightly and used a fine liner to draw inside the polka hexagons to create a fun pattern.

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To finish the design I trimmed my stencilled panel on the diagonal, die cut a large hexagon, big enough for my chosen sentiment from Bee Happy, which is stamped onto my base card. I’ve then embellished the card with a trio of fussy cut bees.

That’s all the inspiration I have to share with you today, but be sure to hop around the Stencil Design Team blogs below for even more. Don’t forget to comment too, to be in the chance of being a lucky winner!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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June 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

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It’s time for another Uniko Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY – Whoohoo!! 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.

Usually I choose just one product that was released the previous year or a once favourite that hasn’t seen much air time. However, this time I couldn’t choose between the clear stamps in the Beautiful Blooms range, so I challenged the Uniko DT to use all 3 OR their favourite!

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Beautiful Blooms I can be bought as a clear stamp set and designer die bundle HERE.

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My thinking / reasoning of designing the Beautiful Blooms series was to have some modern blooms that didn’t necessarily reflect a particular flower. They are open for interpretation as to what YOU the stamper believes the flower to represent. I feel this allows for more creativity and individuality to stampers projects.

Now I had to be fair, so I made one card using each of the clear stamps…

First up is Beautiful Blooms I and I decided to use both the clear stamps and matching designer dies. My card is heavily inspired by some of  Jennifer McGuire’s recent makes.

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I started by die cutting the largest bloom, largest stem and 2 small leaves from a piece of white card. I then temporarily adhered it to my card base whilst I stamped the coordinating images to the die cuts. I used my MISTI tool to stamp too.

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I used Altenew inks to stamp and the sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II. Once I had completed all my stamping the die cut panel was adhered using foam adhesive.

Next, I decided to have a play with Beautiful Blooms II and created a super CAS card…

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I started by stamping the outline blooms in Altenew inks, then I ‘off stamped’ the bloom centre details before stamping inside the outline, as I wanted a fairly light shade to the blooms. I then used Lawn Fawn rectangle dies to die cut the layer before adding my sentiment from Just Because. The pane is adhered to a Stampin’ Up! Grey Granite card base using foam adhesive.

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Lastly, I dusted off Beautiful Blooms III to create a similar style card to my CC&S card last week HERE.

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I used my MISTI tool again for this card, because there is quite a bit of masking and layering of stamps. I used Altenew inks again, as they really do take the hard work out of choosing colours to layer! I tried to show a few of the different layering options with the blooms on this card too.

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That’s all from me, but lets see how the design team have been inspired to use the products and be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win your choice from the 3 clear stamp sets being featured. You have until Midnight (GMT) Monday 18th June 2018 to comment.

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Guest Designer Inspiration with Anna Uhras

Hi Dear Uniko Friends! 

Anna here again today bringing you my last (but not least) page made for my GDT spot here at Uniko. I’ve had a blast playing with all the gorgeous stamps, stencils and dies Bev sent to me to create with.

Thank you so much sweet Bev <3

For this layout I’ve made my own background papers using the Paradise Leaves Clear Stamps.  The word “kindness” you can find in the Simply Said II Clear Stamp set. The papers in my layers under my photo are by Heidi Swapp Pineapple Crush collection and my title is also by Heidi Swapp  but from my hoarded stash :)

I fussy cut some of the leafs and mounted them with 3d tape to get some dimension. Lastly, I finished my page off with some stitches my by sewing machine and some dots of Nuvo Jewel Drops. I do really love these leafs, they are absolutely gorgeous.

I hope that you have got some new ideas and some inspiration from my creations.

Thanks so much for stopping by here today! See you out in the scrappy world​ <3

Take care! Hugs Anna xo

Uniko Sponsors The 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Friday!

I am super happy you have stopped by the blog today as, Uniko is honoured to have been invited again by the lovely Amy from Tsuruta Designs to sponsoring another fun blog hop and challenge…

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The winner of the Uniko prize will receive 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 Spring/Summer themed coffee card…

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I was inspired to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketch challenge seen HERE and below. I also used a couple of the Uniko branding colours for my card as they are 2 of my favourites 😉

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I started by randomly stamping the coffee cup from I LOVE Coffee in VersaFine Onyx Black ink over my base card. I then went in an embellished the coffee cups with the small Uniko flower, stamping them in Altenew Puffy Heart ink. The trio of white card strips are adhered using 1mm foam adhesive and the ‘I Love Coffee’ sentiment is stamped in Altenew Aqualicious ink.

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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!

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