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Festive Friday!

Happy Friday!

Here at Uniko HQ I am finally caught up with the fun and chaos of Happy Stampers Festival! I absolutely LOVE doing the show, but it does bring a lot of extra work pre and post show. Especially when I am prepping for the release of NEW products too 😉

Those lucky enough to be able to come to Happy Stampers got the chance to buy the new products (bar one) and if you caught my Instagram stories on Saturday you will have seen a BIG peek at the products!

If you missed both, fear not, I have a whole bunch of festive cards to share with you today using the New Release, which will be available on the website tomorrow – yay! I’m working my little socks off to have it ready to go for 8 or 9pm BST.

In this release there is three new clear stamp sets, two coordinating designer die collections, a stand alone die which does coordinate with a previously released clear stamp set AND there is one new stencil design.

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On this first card I have used Season Of Beauty clear stamp set combined with a sentiment from Festive Sentiments Outlined.

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Season Of Beauty is a large £16 clear stamp set which features this beautiful modern layering poinsettia styled flower, along with wintery foliage and accents, plus a trio of festive sentiments.

Even though I have ‘themed’ the stamp set to be festive, the style of this flower and the foliage can easily be used all year round in all seasons, by changing up the colours. You will see this in more of the samples I have to share tomorrow.

The next clear stamp set being released is Festive Sentiments Outlined. With the popularity of Sentiments Outlined released in July, it was a no brainer to bring out a festive version!

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Unlike Sentiments Outlined, I have designed this stamp set to be a little more flexible in building your own sentiments. Plus, some can be used all year round and not just for your holiday cards. Though some, like the ‘Let it Snow’ I have used on this card come as one sentiment.

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I couldn’t resist doing this all over design again like I did HERE with Sentiments Outlined. It is fairly time consuming, especially the colouring in of the sentiments in black, but I love the look! I used some blue tones to colour the focal ‘Let it Snow’ sentiment and I also added some clear gloss Nuvo Drops to that sentiment. This time I decided to add a little embellishment of some sparkly stamped and die cut snowflakes from BIG & BOLD Snow.

The last of the clear stamps for this release is an addition to the Background Blocks series. I love this series of single stamps as they are great for creating a quick cards for all sorts of occasions.

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Here I introduce you to Background Blocks Scandinavian Christmas. As you can see it is a very similar design to the previously released Stencil Scandinavian Christmas.

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This card was so quick and easily mass producible, if needed! I simply stamped the block in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with my favourite ‘go to’ embossing powder for festive makes, Stardust! I’ve then adhered the stamped panel to my card base using foam adhesive and added a simple sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas.

Okay, that’s all the stamps for this release, but how about a look at the Designer Dies and Stencil design!

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First up is Designer Dies Winter Foliage Collection to match the previously released and ever popular Winter Foliage clear stamp set. To say I am excited about these dies is an understatement! They have been a long awaited addition and I can’t wait to really sit down and play with them!

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Here I have used all but one of the coordinating dies and just look at this background. This photo really doesn’t show how sparkly this stencil design is. I’ve used the new Stencil Winter Foliage and the last of my Nuvo Moonstone embossing paste. You will recognise quite a few of the images in this stencil design, taken from a mixture of Uniko clear stamp sets, such as Background Builders Vines Winter Additions.

Next I have another set of coordinating designer dies, this time to match another of the BIG & BOLD clear stamps, BIG & BOLD Snow, which leads me onto my next card!

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Here I have reached for some lovely Pool Party card stock and stamped & embossed the Large Scattered Polka Dot Background with WOW! Clear Sparkle embossing powder. I then die cut the Snow and Snow shadow and added lots of glittery loveliness to the die cut snow *huge heart eyes*.

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AND lastly, but by no means least I introduce the last of the designer dies and a beautiful stand alone one at that, Designer Die Sparkling Snowflake.

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Just look at this beauty! Do you recognise the design of the snowflake? Yep, that’s right, it’s my favourite design from the previously released and much loved Stunning Snowflakes. You can see the stamped snowflakes behind this sparkly snowflake and again the sentiment from Festive Sentiments Outlined.

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So that concludes the October Release! What do you think? I’d love to know and which is your favourite, I think mine has to be the Designer Die Sparkling Snowflake, I am a sucker for snowflakes after all 😉

Okay, now I am off to finish adding all these lovely products to the website and now that I have an unexpected Bean free night AND the football is on to keep hubby occupied, they might be up early!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs


Merry Christmas 2016!

Merry Christmas!

I thought I would pop by to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and share one of my last minute CAS Christmas cards I made this week…

The ‘merry’ die cut is Stampin’ Up! and die cut from black and gold metallic paper. The foliage is a mix of stamps from Rustic Wreath and Background Builders: Winter Vines and the sentiment is from Simply Said II.

I hope you all have a wonderful day spent with family, friends and loved ones, whether you celebrate the occasion or not.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

LOVE THE BROWNS!

YAY…CHRISTMAS!

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So…. it’s been a crazy week or so here at Uniko HQ, with all the normal Christmas preparations, it took me longer than expected to recover from the bugs that hit our household 🙁

However, I can say now that I am feeling at least 95% better, I think I will feel 100% when I’ve finished all the little finishing touches for Christmas, like make the neighbour cards & close family cards! Yep, I STILL have cards to make!

I did find a little energy at the weekend to create a few Christmas cards that will most likely arrive late as I missed the ‘official’ last posting dates…doh! Anyway, this is one of the CAS designs I came up with…

I decided to use the recently released Jingle Bells clear stamp set as the main focus and added a sentiment from the retiring Label Love: Christmas clear stamp set.

Even though it was time consuming I decided to stamp all 4 layers of the poinsettia, fussy cutting one and also stamping, embossing and fussy cutting the bell. I added some clear Wink Of Stella to the bell for a little subtle shimmer and some gold pearls finished the design off. I am quite pleased with the design & hope the recipients do too (when they get them)!

Anyway, best dash, these cards are not going to make themselves and I hope to share them here too with you all. If I don’t make it back to wish you all a Merry Christmas I will now!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Stamp Of The Week – Flower Power #1

Hey!

Stamp of the Week is a new feature here at Uniko.

It is one I have been wanting to do for some time & with the results of the recent survey I did it is something 69% of you wanted too. Even though every other month the DT and I revisit a previously released set, there are MANY more clear stamp sets that deserve some LOVE!

So, what is stamp of the week? 

Well, each week I will be focusing on a different stamp set on this the Uniko website blog, I will be featuring a variety of cards, tags, projects and hopefully videos. The stamp of the week will be the main focus but I will also be showing how it pairs with other products from Uniko & other reputable companies. Along with all that the featured stamp set will be available in store at a discounted price for that week only.

This weeks stamp of the week – Flower Power #1

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Today I have one card two ways and they are the designs I originally had planned to share yesterday which wouldn’t work for me but today, no problem!

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I decided to continue with my Christmas theme for my first card and combined Flower Power #1 with tiny stamps from two other Uniko clear stamp sets, Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions and Label Love: Christmas.

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I started out by drawing a faint pencil circle & then stamped the two sizes of outline holly leaves from Label Love: Christmas around the circle, then filling in gaps with the single solid holly leaf from Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions. The flowers are the largest of the trio of flowers stamped & fussy cut out. Again like yesterdays card HERE I used the holly berry stamp to add the flower detail to make them resemble poinsettias. The sentiment is from Simply Said Christmas & heat embossed in gold.

My next card is the same design but uses different colours & leaf stamps to create a more autumnal card…

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I followed the same steps for this card as I did for the first, I simply used the two matching but mirrored leaves from Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions. My colours were inspired by the current CAS – Colours & Sketches challenge colours seen HERE and below.

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This time instead of making the flowers to look like poinsettias I left them as flowers and added rhinestones to the centres for sparkle. I also added a few randomly around the wreath.

Ok, that’s all from me today, I hope I have inspired you a little more this evening. I will be back again tomorrow with more to share. Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Stamp Of The Week – Flower Power #1

Hey!

Stamp of the Week is a new feature here at Uniko.

It is one I have been wanting to do for some time & with the results of the recent survey I did it is something 69% of you wanted too. Even though every other month the DT and I revisit a previously released set, there are MANY more clear stamp sets that deserve some LOVE!

So, what is stamp of the week? 

Well, each week I will be focusing on a different stamp set on this the Uniko website blog, I will be featuring a variety of cards, tags, projects and hopefully videos. The stamp of the week will be the main focus but I will also be showing how it pairs with other products from Uniko & other reputable companies. Along with all that the featured stamp set will be available in store at a discounted price for that week only.

This weeks stamp of the week – Flower Power #1

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Do you ever have THOSE days? Those where everything you do or touch goes drastically wrong? Well, I have been having one of THOSE Mondays!

I was quite pleased with myself this morning, things seemed to be going well, beans fed, nappies changed, dressed & all set for playgroup & even not much fuss when I put their new shoes on (they’re not quite sure about shoes yet!) Grandma arrives and off we set for playgroup, then the THOSE starts, slow puncture on one of the pram tyres as we almost get to the playgroup venue, Grandma carries on & I run back to the house, only 10 minutes away to fetch a new inner tube & pump. To cut a not so long but possibly boring story short I got it fixed, the beans enjoyed playgroup & that was that. THEN from that incident things just didn’t go as planned, hence my lateness in posting today, poor quality photos and a project that I didn’t plan on!!

Anyway, here is my card for today…

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Hopefully you can see that I have used the large solid flower from Flower Power #1 as a poinsettia. Yep, I am on a poinsettia kick at the minute! I also masked and stamped the larger flower from the trio contained in the set, stamping it in Pink Grapefruit for a little contrast…

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For the poinsettia centres I used the holly berry trio from Label Love: Christmas & Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions. The stamped sentiment is from Pure Florals: Poinsettia & I paired it with the SU! Christmas Greetings peace die.

I wanted to show you that just because the stamp set features a graphic flower & non Christmas themed sentiments it can still be used for a holiday card. However, with a simple colour & sentiment change it could be an everyday card too.

I hope I have inspired you a little this evening & I haven’t put you off with my ramblings and woes! I will be back tomorrow in a more timely fashion with my next project and post featuring this set. Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Stamp Of The Week – Pure Florals Poinsettia

Hey!

Stamp of the Week is a new feature here at Uniko.

It is one I have been wanting to do for some time & with the results of the recent survey I did it is something 69% of you wanted too. Even though every other month the DT and I revisit a previously released set, there are MANY more clear stamp sets that deserve some LOVE!

So, what is stamp of the week? 

Well, each week I will be focusing on a different stamp set on this the Uniko website blog, I will be featuring a variety of cards, tags, projects and hopefully videos. The stamp of the week will be the main focus but I will also be showing how it pairs with other products from Uniko & other reputable companies. Along with all that the featured stamp set will be available in store at a discounted price for that week only.

This weeks stamp of the week – Pure Florals: Poinsettia

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Today is my last post using this stamp set as the Stamp Of The Week, I have had so much fun giving this set some love and showing you some of the many possibilities using it.

We started off the week HERE with the October Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY. You still have a few hours to comment along the hop to be in the chance of winning this set or a eGift Certificate to the same value.

Anyway, back to my project…
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Today I dusted off a trio of Copic markers and did a spot of colouring. I found it very relaxing last night and enjoyed the time my head got to think and wander in the peacefulness!

I was inspired by a card I pinned recently HERE and HERE by the awesome Julia Altermann who is Guest Designing with us for our October challenge HERE. I simply LOVE the layout of Julia’s card & the fun tag flap, so I had a go myself! Another detail I adore and CASED is how Julia added the twine to the card front. Instead of embellishing sequins, as I didn’t quite have what I wanted (looks like a #PPP shopping spree is required!) I used SU! candy dots and tiny rhinestones. Also I haven’t quite mastered Julia’s dot effect, she is a pro at that.

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After colouring the poinsettia with my Copic markers I gave it a good douse of Wink Of Stella for that added sparkle & shine. I wish I had the patience to colour like this more as I really like the results.

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One last photo showing you the sentiment inside. I stamped it so that it can be seen when the flap is opened up…

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There are two challenges currently going that this card is perfect for. First up is the Happy Little Stampers challenge HERE which is to use a poinsettia & the second challenge is HERE with Addicted to CAS which is Sparkle! Be sure to check them both out.

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Don’t forget the discounted price for the Poinsettia set expires tonight at midnight BST, so be sure to order tonight HERE! I will be back tomorrow with a my next stamp of the week, until then, thank you for stopping by & joining in on the fun 🙂

Stamp Of The Week – Pure Florals Poinsettia

Hey!

Stamp of the Week is a new feature here at Uniko.

It is one I have been wanting to do for some time & with the results of the recent survey I did it is something 69% of you wanted too. Even though every other month the DT and I revisit a previously released set, there are MANY more clear stamp sets that deserve some LOVE!

So, what is stamp of the week? 

Well, each week I will be focusing on a different stamp set on this the Uniko website blog, I will be featuring a variety of cards, tags, projects and hopefully videos. The stamp of the week will be the main focus but I will also be showing how it pairs with other products from Uniko & other reputable companies. Along with all that the featured stamp set will be available in store at a discounted price for that week only.

This weeks stamp of the week – Pure Florals: Poinsettia

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As we are nearing the end of the week I have 2 cards to share with you using this set, both of which were really quick to make. Today I have focused on a couple of the sentiments in the set along with using only a section of the poinsettia. Just because it is a large outline flower, which may daunt you if you are not one for colouring, you can just use a small section of the flower.

For my first card I focused on the sentiment, PEACE * LOVE * JOY and paired it with one of my new Pretty Pink Posh mini tags & some NBUS Stampin’ Up! Christmas Greetings dies.

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The current sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch! seen HERE and below was perfect for showcasing a sentiment from the set & a small section of the poinsettia. I wanted the sentiment to be the focus of the card and using the peace die cut in sparkle  card emphasises this.

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I am LOVING the mini tags from Pretty Pink Posh, I especially like the size and the stitching detail. I decided not to add any further embellishment to the card, as I feel the sparkle of the die cut is enough impact.

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My next card is a little out of my comfort zone, in the fact that I have used designer paper! I very rarely use patterned papers even though I love pattern and colour. I think the reason is they daunt my love of CAS and I find it hard to keep the card CAS when I use them.

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However, I was inspired by current sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches seen HERE and below and I was especially inspired by Jennifer Timko’s card HERE.

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With using such a bright colour of DP with the polka dot pattern, plus the poinsettia flower being detailed too I kept my use of colour to a minimum, stamping the sentiment & poinsettia in black & adding a small splash of gold. As you can see I only cut a small section of the poinsettia out, but it still keeps its form nicely. The sentiment is 2 stamps, but I masked & stamped ‘The Magic Of Christmas’ part to create a 3 lined sentiment.

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That’s all I have today, but I will be back tomorrow with the last of my projects using this set as Stamp Of The Week. This also means that if you want to purchase the set at the discounted price HERE you have until midnight 18th October BST to do so!

Enjoy your weekend!

Stamp Of The Week – Pure Florals Poinsettia

Hey!

Stamp of the Week is a new feature here at Uniko.

It is one I have been wanting to do for some time & with the results of the recent survey I did it is something 69% of you wanted too. Even though every other month the DT and I revisit a previously released set, there are MANY more clear stamp sets that deserve some LOVE!

So, what is stamp of the week? 

Well, each week I will be focusing on a different stamp set on this the Uniko website blog, I will be featuring a variety of cards, tags, projects and hopefully videos. The stamp of the week will be the main focus but I will also be showing how it pairs with other products from Uniko & other reputable companies. Along with all that the featured stamp set will be available in store at a discounted price for that week only.

This weeks stamp of the week – Pure Florals: Poinsettia

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I’m back a little later than planned today, but that’s kinda the story of my life at the moment with the beans. With one walking inside & one almost walking I need eyes in the back of my head & I could do with 10 pairs of hands!! To say life is crazy & the days zooming by is an understatement, but hey, it’s all good fun and I am enjoying it.

Anyway, back to business. Whilst the beans were napping this afternoon I got to making todays card…

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It’s an idea I have had for a while & seen around blog land, but I haven’t had the right tools until this week when my Pretty Pink Posh order arrived 🙂 I couldn’t resist the mini tags die collection Paulina designed and of course some sequins made it into my basket too!

I wasn’t so sure about my card at first once it was assembled, it looked a bit ‘messy’. But now I have photographed it I am kinda liking it – LOL!

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I started out by stamping & embossing the poinsettia in white on some Real Red SU! card stock. I then placed my tag dies altogether on the embossed image & die cut them in one swoop! I then used the negative of my die to help me place, position and stamp the poinsettia on my base card in black ink.

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I then adhered the tags using foam adhesive to create this almost jigsaw like effect, with added dimension. A simple sentiment and a few sequins finished the card off.

Ok, that’s all from me today using this set, but I will be back again tomorrow with more to share. Before I go however, we have our monthly challenge HERE. This month it is all about geometrics and we have 2 awesome Guest Designers along with inspiration from the Design Team. Be sure to check it out & join in, there are prizes up for grabs!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamp Of The Week – Pure Florals Poinsettia

Hey!

Stamp of the Week is a new feature here at Uniko.

It is one I have been wanting to do for some time & with the results of the recent survey I did it is something 69% of you wanted too. Even though every other month the DT and I revisit a previously released set, there are MANY more clear stamp sets that deserve some LOVE!

So, what is stamp of the week? 

Well, each week I will be focusing on a different stamp set on this the Uniko website blog, I will be featuring a variety of cards, tags, projects and hopefully videos. The stamp of the week will be the main focus but I will also be showing how it pairs with other products from Uniko & other reputable companies. Along with all that the featured stamp set will be available in store at a discounted price for that week only.

This weeks stamp of the week – Pure Florals: Poinsettia

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Wow, we are up to day 3 of my first ‘Stamp of the Week’, this week is flying by for sure! Anyway, I hope you are enjoying this new feature here on the Uniko website blog and I am back today with another card featuring this set…

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Today I have gone with more traditional Christmas colours though with a modern edge, the popular trio kraft, white & red. I started out by stamping and embossing the poinsettia in white onto a red circle die cut and mounted it onto a scalloped edge circle die. (These are Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers Dies). I then looped white sating ribbon & overlaid thinner red satin ribbon to peek from either side of the focal image.

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It isn’t normal for me to double mat layer or use so many layers on a card, but with keeping the design layout, colours and stamps used to a minimum you can still achieve a CAS look to your card. It is also very rare that I finish up the inside of my card, very lazy of me really and I was inspired by Deborah from the DT to change this as Deborah ALWAYS finishes the inside of her cards! So today I have…

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I kept it very simple and simply embossed the poinsettia in white on to a kraft CS layer, matted with white and added a simple sentiment stamped in black. I left plenty of room for my own message inside too.

Well that is all I have to share with you for today, I will be back again later in the week with more using this set 🙂 Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Stamp Of The Week – Pure Florals Poinsettia

Hey!

Stamp of the Week is a new feature here at Uniko.

It is one I have been wanting to do for some time & with the results of the recent survey I did it is something 69% of you wanted too. Even though every other month the DT and I revisit a previously released set, there are MANY more clear stamp sets that deserve some LOVE!

So, what is stamp of the week? 

Well, each week I will be focusing on a different stamp set on this the Uniko website blog, I will be featuring a variety of cards, tags, projects and hopefully videos. The stamp of the week will be the main focus but I will also be showing how it pairs with other products from Uniko & other reputable companies. Along with all that the featured stamp set will be available in store at a discounted price for that week only.

This weeks stamp of the week – Pure Florals: Poinsettia

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I’m back today with another card using the Pure Florals: Poinsettia clear stamp set. This time I have opted for a non traditional colour scheme for my card…

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I am loving the current trend of gold embossing and decided I wanted to do that on todays card but I didn’t want it paired with traditional Christmas colours. So out cam my Zig Clean Color Brush Pens, a large acrylic block and a mini mister. To create the background I simply coloured my acrylic black with the trio of pens, misted and then applied it straight  onto my watercolour paper.

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After leaving it to dry I then gold embossed the poinsettia & my chosen sentiment. I then placed it under a heavy book overnight and flat mounted it onto a white card base.

This would be a really quick & easy, last minute Christmas card idea & you could easily switch the background colours to more traditional ones if desired.

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Ok, that’s all I have to share with you today, but I will be back again tomorrow with more to share using this clear stamp set. I hope you are enjoying the feature here & what I am creating! Don’t forget we have the October DT Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY going on HERE and you could win this set!

Thank you for stopping by today.

Due to the challenging times we’re all experiencing, Uniko will be suspending website orders until further notice. Thank you.