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October 2023 NEW Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hello, Happy Saturday, Happy World Card Making Day AND Happy New Release Day!

Wow! Could the weekend be any better? 

I hope you have enjoyed my introductions this week and I’m super excited to share these new products with you. They will be available to purchase at 9pm BST tonight HERE on the website.

Hopefully you have hopped over from HERE where I have formally introduced the NEW products and you will find links to all the Brand Ambassador blogs.

And now I have some more inspiration for you using them in order of introduction.

First up, BIG & BOLD thank/s/ful.

On Tuesday when I introduced this clear stamp set, I mentioned another sentiment combination this set would provide and here it is. Though, there is a tiny catch, you do need to have the previously released BIG & BOLD You clear stamp for this one.

I’ve gone for soft pastel shades for this card, using Pebble for the sentiment. I used my stamping tool to stamp this, so I could get a really crisp and even stamped image.

For the flowers which are the poppy heads from Remembrance, fussy cut out I ink blended Grapefruit and Sorbet onto some scrap white card and stamped them in black.

The leaves are from BIG & BOLD Thanks and I did the same, ink blended some Aqua Sky onto scrap card before cutting out.

You might need sunglasses 😎 for this next card the green is quite bright.

I created a DL card to showcase Autumn Serenade this time and I have stamped the falling leaves 4 times around my card to fill the space.

I added glitter to the open leaves for that frosty sparkle and chose the Fall Breeze and Autumn Leaves sentiment this time.

Next we have Remembrance and this time I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below for my layout.

I loved the overlapping circles on the sketch and I instantly pictured overlapping poppy flowers.

I used a trio of Stampin’ Blends to colour the poppies before fussy cutting them out.

I used foam adhesive to give them a little lift off the card and added the Thinking Of You sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II.

Lastly, and by no means least we have Framed Snowflakes. This time I wanted to give the smaller stamps a whirl, quite literally!

I’ve not used my Altenew Stamp Wheel for a bit, so dusted it off for this card. It made stamping the mandala of snowflakes really easy.

That’s all I have to share for today, I hope you have enjoyed this release 😊 Don’t forget the products will be available on the website tonight at 9pm.
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Ink & Flip Stencil – Christmas Star

Welcome to Day 3 of the product introductions for our July/August Release. 

Hopefully you didn’t miss day 1 and day 2 product introductions, but if you did you can catch up HERE and HERE

Today myself and the Brand Ambassadors are showcasing a fun and in my opinion another innovative Uniko stencil. This stencil has a fun ink & flip feature and this design creates a Christmas Star.  

Enough talk, let’s have a look at the creativity and join me around Midday (BST) Live on Facebook as I demo this new stencil.

First, here is a look at the stencil…

As you can see from the product picture, it doesn’t look like much. Just 4 angled rectangles. Which, I am sure you could get creative with.

However, the concept of this stencil is to ink through, clean and then flip the stencil vertically, so what was once on the left, is now on the right. This will then reveal a star.

For my first card, I wanted to go rainbow. The sentiment I had in mind from Reach For The stars being my inspiration.

This took a little brain work to work the ink colours out. So Ideally line up your 8 colours and then start with colour 1, missing out 1 colour until you get to the point to clean your stencil & flip.

Then start with the first colour you skipped and repeat, missing the colours you’ve used. Ta dah! You then have a rainbow background and beautiful star.

My second card for today was an experiment. I wanted to see what the result would be if I inked through the stencil with my card rotated 45 degrees. And then inked again with it straight.

This is the result. It created an almost kaleidoscope effect. I only used two shades of aqua ink and I think if I were to do it again I would use 4 shades.

I also think you would get a fun result if you used a standard size card, like 10.5 x 14 cm.

I finished off may card with some Gansi Tambi gold ink splats and sentiments from Simply Said Blocks III.

If you are a visual learner, like me. I think this stencil needs to be seen in action to understand how it works. So I will be going live on Facebook around Midday (BST) today to demo the stencil.

Like before I will share the live recording on You Tube and share a link from all social platforms. I will edit and add a link to this post too!

YouTube Link HERE

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Mid Century Modern Christmas

Welcome to Day 2 of the product introductions for our July/August Release. 

Hopefully you didn’t miss yesterdays product introduction, but if you did you can catch up HERE. Today myself and the Brand Ambassadors are showcasing another of the new additions to the Mid Century Modern series with Mid Century Modern Christmas.

If you love the Mid Century Modern series as much as I do, I think you will love this new addition and I am sure you will have fun pairing it with lots of the current and new products in this series. 

Thos who know me well, know I get smitten with fonts and this is one that I have uniquely adapted to have a Mid Century Modern look to it is one I have added to my list.

Here, on this first card I have used the smaller version from yesterdays introduction. But you will see further along today the larger version of two sentiments contained in this small A7 clear stamp set. Along with this fun Christmas tree design.

I love a geometric too! So although this has a Christmas tree intention to it, there are lots of other uses for this stamp!

My second card shows the size difference of the sentiments. The Merry is from todays set and the Christmas is from yesterdays set.

I created a colourful cascade of the Merry and added a fussy cut Christmas in black. Then added a trio of Christmas stars.

Lastly for today I used the full large sentiment. Apologies from the get go, it appears I had my wonky eyes on when adhering the sentiment with foam tape!

The diamond square accent I have used on the background is from another clear stamp set we are introducing later this week. But I couldn’t resist pairing it with the sentiment and Christmas tree.

Another fun set to add to the Mid Century Modern collection and I am excited to see the combinations the Brand Ambassadors have come up with and even more so what YOU come up with!

Don’t forget to hop along with the Brand Ambassadors HERE.

Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Mid Century Modern Purrfect Day and Stencil – MOD Background Builders Circles

Hello & Happy Thursday,

Welcome to Day 3 and the final day of the January 2023 Release Introductions.

Today I have two products to introduce. First, a mini clear stamp set called Mid Century Modern Purrfect Day. And a Stencil – MOD Background Builders Circles. Now if you watched me on How To Craft Network back in November 2022, you might recognise the stencil from my show then. 

Let’s have a look at them in action.

The Stencil – MOD Background Builder Circles is designed just like the previously released Stencil – MOD Background Builder. In that it can be a single focal point, or it can easily be repositioned to fill an entire background.

As you can see for this first card I have used it as a focal point backdrop for my Mid Century Modern kitty from Purrfect Day.

I decided to colour the outline kitty with a dark grey Copic Marker and matched his eyes to the sorbet colour of my background. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks.

For my second card I used both the stencil and stamp set again to create a little scene.

This took a bit of patience and masking to stack the bowls and then mask again to stamp the cat and stencil the mat underneath. But I think it turned out pretty well.

As you know I like to pack in little elements that will provide creative opportunities and the stencil has 4 individual elements in the corners. Of which I used to create the stacked bowls. The detail stamped on the bowls is from Mid Century Modern Florals. The brown mat is created using a partial ink of one of the shapes from the Stencil Mid Century Modern Shapes.

I kept my card sentiment free and added to the wonky stacking by adding a dark grey die cut behind the focal image and then foam mounted to my base card.

That’s all the purrfect inspiration from me today!

Be sure to check out each of the Brand Ambassador blogs or social media for more inspiration and leave some love. You can find links HERE.

That’s all the introductions, which means tomorrow is Release Day! Myself and the Brand Ambassadors will be back tomorrow with more to share and all the products will be available at 10am GMT on the website.

Hope to see you!
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Stencil Flower Power #6

Happy Tuesday!

Welcome Back to Day 2 of the introductions. If you’ve missed anything or you are wondering what is going, please check out this post HERE. Also, we had a fun stencil introduction yesterday HERE

Today I am delighted to formally introduce you to the next flower in the Flower Power series of stencils, Flower Power #6.

I wanted this flower power stencil to be a little bit different from the others and not just a supersized version. The flowers are a lot larger than their counterpart clear stamp version. This stencil comes with the mask for the solid flowers and leaves, providing more creative options.

Let’s have a look at the stencil in action…

I am one for fussy cutting, but I think these flowers are nice and easy to cut out. I kept things pretty simple for this card and paired the flowers and leaves with a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II.

For my second card today I used the masks, layering them and inking the background with Distress Oxide Speckled Egg and Chipped Sapphire. I did have to create two small leaf masks for the smaller rose.

Once I was happy with my background I removed the masks and inked the roses with Villainous Potion and Saltwater Taffy. I used Forest Moss for the leaves.

I added a sentiment from Everyday Sentiments and then splattered the card with some gold Gansi Tambi Starry Colours.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to hop along with the Brand Ambassadors for more amazing and creative inspiration. You can find the links HERE.

I do hope you will pop back tomorrow for the last two stencil introductions. They will all be available to purchase 9am GMT Thursday 3rd November 2022.
Until tomorrow, Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Stencil MOD Background Builder

Hello, Happy Monday & No Tricks, Just Treats, I Promise! 

Welcome to the first of the introductions for this mini stencil release. I am super excited about this first stencil for a few reasons.

Firstly the design, it is a fun modern design that when I designed it, I had our Mid Century Modern Collection in mind. But as you will see from the all the inspiration today, it pairs with so many products wonderfully.

Let’s have a look at this stencil in action…

For my first card today I wanted to use the stencil as part of my focal point paired with a flower built using Mid Century Modern Florals.

I love this colour combo, shades of black, grey and a splash of orange. I finished the card off with a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II and some orange Nuvo Drops.

For my second card I wanted to use just the stencil and show you how it can fill a whole background.

The stencil is designed to easily move and fill your space. I will share a video on how to use it, but simply I started with the stencil centred on my card and then moved it up, down and side to side until it was fully covered.

I then added a sentiment & accent from the stencil which I have inked & fussy cut. The sentiment is from Everyday Sentiments and adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

So what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? Want to see more inspiration, be sure to check out the Brand Ambassador Blog Hop HERE.

This stencil along with the others we will be introducing over the next few days will be available on the website 9am GMT Thursday 3rd November.

As it’s Halloween, I am giving one lucky comment left across social media a chance to win their choice of stencil from the website. You have until midnight Thursday 10th November 2022 to comment.

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Background Builders Hearts

Happy Wednesday!

Welcome back to day 3 of the June 2022 Release product introductions. There is no mid week hump day as today we are bringing you all the love with the next addition to the Background Builders series, Background Builders Hearts ♥️ 

Like the previously released geometric background builders, this set contains both single image stamps and building strip stamps. This is perfect for all those love occasions from Valentine’s to anniversaries, to weddings and those times when you just want to tell someone you are sending them love. 

And how appropriate to release this stamp set during Pride month, which inspired my cards today…

I couldn’t resist stamping a rainbow of texture hearts along the edge of my card. The size of these hearts is the same as the ones in the previously released BIG & BOLD Love, which I have used to stamp the smaller solid and outline hearts.

For the LOVE U heart I used sentiments from Festive Sentiments Outlined stamped inside another of the hearts from this new background building set. I finished the card off with some glossy Nuvo Drops and some enamel hearts from my stash.

For my second card to day I went super CAS. This time pairing another of the individual hearts with the LVE from Alphabet Outlined. As you can see I used a fine liner to fill in the outlined letters and alcohol markers to colour the heart.

That’s all from me today. I do hope you will stop back tomorrow for the last of the product introductions.

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Hello Lovely

Happy Friday & welcome to the last of the January 2020 Release product introductions. Today I have saved the new floral addition to the Uniko clear stamp set line up till last.

So I introduce to you, Hello Lovely.

This on trend floral stamp set features a large spray of peony blooms that takes centre stage on your paper craft projects. You probably recognise the peony bloom from the previously released Pure Florals Peony. I have a little comparison to show you of the two stamp sets together side by side…

As you can see from the photo above there is quite a difference in the size of the blooms.

How about a look at Hello Lovely in action…

On this first card I have stamped them in Lawn Fawn River Rock ink and coloured the blooms with my Prismacolour pencils.

The sentiment is one of the mix and match options contained in the set and I am just loving these fonts.

Next I wanted to create a card to show how you don’t need to be a fan of colouring to use this stamp set.

I’ve not used or touched on the Pantone colour of 2020 much yet, so I was inspired to use Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy. I stamped the peony spray with VersaMark ink and embossed with WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular embossing powder.

Before fussy cutting the stamped image out, I did add a few lowlights to the blooms using my B99 Agate Copic marker and using the colourless blender to remove any colour that went onto the embossed lines.


That is all the cards I have to share with you today, I hope you have enjoyed all the product introductions this week?

I will be back tomorrow with the Uniko Brand Ambassadors at 9am GMT for the January 2020 Reveal, Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! I hope you will join us and comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE release! All the products will be available to purchase in the store HERE too 😉

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs

Introducing… Background Blocks Scattered Hearts & Re-introducing Always & Forever


I’m back today with one new product introduction and one re-introduction of a previously retired clear stamp set. It’s always nice when older stamp sets can make a return as trends change & they fit in nicely with new products.

I have a trio of cards to share with you today using these stamp sets and I’ve also combined another popular stamp set which coordinates beautifully with Always & Forever.

First up I have used Background Blocks Scattered Hearts combined with the ‘Happy Heart Day’ sentiment from You Are… Sentiments Outlined, which I introduced yesterday HERE.

For this card I have stamped the block as a focal image and overlaid the sentiment stamped on a simple panel raised with foam adhesive. I use 1mm thick foam adhesive as it still gives dimension, but is still mail friendly!

The layout of my card is from this weeks CAS Colours & Sketches challenge seen HERE and below, such a fun sketch to join in on 🙂

I used Catherine Pooler Midnight ink to stamp both the heart background and the sentiment, as this ink is alcohol marker friendly & I knew I wanted to try out some of my new Altenew Artist Markers.

I used all four markers from the Rose Petal collection to randomly colour the hearts and then I used the darkest shade Cosmic Berry to colour the ‘heart’ in the sentiment. The ‘happy’ and ‘day’ are coloured with a black fine liner. I also added some clear Wink of Stella to some of the uncoloured for some subtle sparkle.

Next I decided to combine both Background Blocks Scattered Hearts with Always & Forever.

This card layout was inspired by the new sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week seen HERE and below.

When stamping the Background Blocks Scattered Hearts, it is possible to stamp it so that you can fill a larger area, like I have on this card.

I’ve used a stitched border die (MFT, I think) to die cut the curved panel and I have stamped the ‘Always & Forever’ sentiment in black ink. The ‘Love You’ heart is stamped, fussy cut and adhered using 1mm thick foam adhesive.

Lastly for today I wanted to create a card using Always & Forever and a stamp set it coordinates with, Beautiful Blooms I.

As you can see the floral heart from Always & Forever features the Beautiful Blooms I flower.

From the very beginning of Uniko, I have always tried to design Uniko stamps so that they can be used together for more creative options.

On this card I have stamped the largest Beautiful Bloom onto my base card with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. I’ve then ink blended a pink over the top. The red Beautiful Bloom heart is stamped, fussy cut & adhered with foam adhesive. I’ve added a small line of glitter around the edge of the heart using a quickie glue pen and fine glitter.

That is all the cards I have to share with you today, I will be back tomorrow with one more product introduction. All of the new stamps will be available on Saturday 18th January at 9am GMT.

Thank you so much for stopping by today & I do hope you will come back tomorrow.

Crafty Hugs

Introducing… BIG & BOLD Love & You Are… Sentiments Outlined

Hey & Happy Hump Day!

I’m here to brighten your Wednesday with the first of the January 2020 Release introductions – yay! Today I have two mini clear stamp sets to introduce, BIG & BOLD Love and You Are… Sentiments Outlined. Both these sets are new additions to the popular BIG & BOLD series and the Sentiments Outlined series.

How about some inspiration using these new stamps. First up I got all rainbow inky with BIG & BOLD Love…

Like all of the BIG & BOLD stamp sets, the set features a beautiful bold word, smaller accompanying sentiments and accent image stamps. For this first card I wanted to go for a rainbow theme to really show off the fun striped heart image.

I’ve used a variety of Altenew inks to stamp the hearts before fussy cutting them out and adhering them to the card. I used two depths of foam adhesive to adhere the orange heart and just one to add the lime green heart.

Next I went for a one layer card with a more muted colour palette…

This time I used the graffiti style heart image and used three new Altenew colours Amethyst, Pumpkin Pie and Nimbus. I used all 3 sizes of the smaller hearts, colouring in the largest small heart once stamped with a fine liner. The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II.

The second stamp set I am introducing today is You Are… Sentiments Outlined. I love this style of focal sentiment and having had requests for one of the sentiments contained in the set it was a no brainer to release another set 😉

As you can see from the photo, there are three sentiments in the set. For this first card I have used ‘Happy Heart Day’. This is such a good sentiment for Valentine’s Day to make loved themed cards for friends & family without it being a ‘traditional’ Valentine’s card.

On this design I have stamped the sentiment in black ink and then coloured it in with a black fine liner. In hindsight I wished I had coloured the word heart in red ink. I’ve used the striped heart and the two small solid hearts from BIG & BOLD Love to accent the sentiment to create a super CAS design.

Lastly for today I had to make my ‘signature’ card for this style of sentiment. AND yes, I am a Grey’s Anatomy fan and I have been watching them far to much again and from season one – LOL!

As you can see I have repeat stamped the sentiment to create a fun background. I have coloured all but the top centre sentiment in black fine liner and used an Altenew alcohol marker in Emerald to colour the focal sentiment.

My thinking behind it all is that the coloured sentiment represents the person you are sending the card to, highlighting them from all the ‘people’ around them represented by the black coloured sentiments! That’s just where my creativity comes from sometimes – ha!

With the shape of the sentiment layout, the repeated design left some gaps which I have filled with some stamped accent hearts from BIG & BOLD Love. I also added some clear Nuvo Drops to the coloured sentiment to make it stand out a little more.

That is all the cards I have to share with you today, I will be back tomorrow with more product introductions. All of the new stamps will be available on Saturday 18th January at 9am GMT.

Thank you so much for stopping by today & I do hope you will come back tomorrow.

Crafty Hugs