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January 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Sunday!

It’s time for another Uniko Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY – Whoohoo!! As it is non release month here at Uniko, the Design Team and myself challenge ourselves to dust off and give some fresh inky love to a previously released product. Usually I choose the product and challenge the DT to come up with something new.

This month I gave the DT a BIG task of choosing their favourite product from ALL of the ones released in 2017! That’s a choice from 24 clear stamp sets, 5 stencil designs and 2 designer die collections. That might not sound a lot compared to other companies out there, but that is a HUGE inventory for me and Uniko 😉

Having said that I really had a hard time choosing a product to focus on for todays hop, I love all the products I design and ‘yes’, I often say how one is a particular favourite, maybe because the inspiration using it continues to flow easily?

Anyway, I ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhhd’ for a while and then remembered that Uniko was being featured in a magazine this month! So I searched my emails for the information and whilst doing the weekly food shop, stopped by the magazine section and picked myself up a copy of Quick Cards Made Easy!

Here are a few peeks at the feature…




So, after seeing this it inspired me to dust off Reach For The Stars and make my card for today!


I was also influenced by THIS card by Design Team Member Carol, who is on the DT for the “Just Us Girls” challenge HERE and prompted me to join in on the fun over there too!

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I used a mixture of Distress Oxide inks, Altenew Desert Night and VersaFine Onyx Black inks to create my galaxy/night sky background. The ‘thankful’ sentiment is also from Reach For The Stars and is heat embossed in Cosmic Shimmer Detail White EP.


I opted for a ‘thankful’ sentiment so that I could join in on the fun over at Time Out Challenges, with their 100th challenge HERE too AND you can never have too many thank you cards!


Forever the CASness will remain and I simply opted to adhere the panel to a white card base with foam adhesive. Before which I did ‘bravely’ splatter some water over the panel for a oxide effect!

That’s all I have to share for today, I was hoping to have created more using this set and others, but my creativity is being hampered by day to day running of Uniko and being a mummy to 2 cheeky Beans!!

Anyway, be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win a £15 eGift Certificate to spend in store. You have until Midnight (GMT) Sunday 21st January 2018 to comment.

Happy Hopping!

CLICK HERE to see more from Carol

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

Hey & Happy Friday!

I thought I would pop by today and share a super quick card I have made whilst the beans are at nursery. I realised on dropping them off today that it is their nursery assistant’s last day and is leaving for maternity leave.

Unprepared as ever, I thought about what I was going to make for a mummy to be who I don’t know that well and who has decided not to find out the gender of their baby to be.

Here’s what I cam up with…


I still had Background Builders: Seeing Stars on my desk from making my CAS Colours & Sketches DT card HERE yesterday, so I decided to pair the smaller stars in the set with the ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ sentiment from Reach For The Stars.


I kept the layout really simple and having treat myself to the Altenew Warm & Cozy ink collection earlier in the week, I decided to use those and a yellow card base for a gender neutral colour scheme.

That’s all I have to share for today, I had better dash and go collect The Beans from nursery. Thank goodness it’s Friday and hopefully I will find some time to create and relax over the weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!


I Thank My Lucky Stars…

Hello & Happy Monday!

Today I am delighted to be introducing you to the newest member of the Design Team. I am sure that this person will not be a stranger to the majority of Uniko followers and to those who join in on the Uniko and many of the challenges around blog land!

So without further ado I would like you all to give Carol from justme: c a warm welcome 🙂



Hello, I’m Carol from *justme: c*.  I’m incredibly honoured and delighted to be joining Bev and her talented designers as a new member of the design team. Indeed, my feet haven’t touched the ground since receiving her invitation; still on Cloud 9 at this dream-come true opportunity to showcase, even more, my love for Uniko products. 

My card-making journey began when I decided to make and send Happy *Month Old* cards to my niece, who was 2 ½ at the time. She’s now 7, my nephew is 5 – and yes, the monthly card ‘tradition’ continues. The ‘epic messes’ of my first attempts sent me searching the internet for ideas and WOW! Did I find them! The discoveries revealed sparked a passion, and here I am, thoroughly immersed in playing with paper, stamps, dies and ink. Of course, the friendships made through this warm, encouraging community are treasured immensely; the inspiration from the many artists I’ve come to know, appreciated deeply. 

My style is predominately CAS (although eclectic is more apt) and oh, how I love my stamps and dies. I’ve recently embarked on coloured pencil online classes; hopefully, what I learn in these lessons will translate into breathing colourful, vibrant life into my Uniko stamps.

When I’m not crafting, you’re most likely to find me at our province’s road bike and cyclo-cross races – clipboard and stop watch in hand – in my role as a racing official.  Even though I don’t race (no way!), I love the thrill of the competitions and being part of the cycling community.

Thank you, Bev and the team, for your warm welcome and for embracing my creativity. I’m looking forward to creating and designing alongside you.

If you are unfamiliar with Carol’s style, here are a selection of cards Carol has made to inspire you using a variety of Uniko clear stamps…

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These two beauties feature Beautiful Blooms I and matching dies, All Occasion Sentiments #6 and the top card Background Blocks: Halftone.

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This card features Originally Organic and matching dies and I am just digging the watercolour brush background on this card. 

How about a fabulous masculine creation to inspire you?! This card uses Explosion! Explosion Additions and Background Blocks: Halftone.

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Lastly and by no means least, how about Carol’s cute side…

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How fabulous are these? I am sure you’ll be as excited as myself to have Carol part of the team and are looking forward to seeing the inspiration she has to offer. For more details on these creations and to see more of Carol’s work be sure to head on over HERE.

I thought I would make a card for the occasion too and this is what I came up with…



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I decided to create a different kind of welcome card for Carol, I love Carol’s sparkle and shine she leaves with her enthusiasm, support and kind words, not just for me but around blog land. I am truly thankful to have Carol joining the Uniko Design Team.

I was inspired by the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch, seen HERE and below for my card. I had so many ideas for this sketch, but settled upon using the recently released Reach For The Stars clear stamp set.

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I kept the design very CAS, as I wanted the sentiment to take full centre stage. I heat embossed the gold ‘stars’ sentiment and trio of stars to the diagonal corners. I added some Stampin’ Up! glitter card to emphasise the sparkle too.


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Not only is this card for Carol, but for all of my Design Team Members current and Alumni, in that I thank my lucky stars for all of them. Plus, for all of the people, customers, friends I have made since starting this little business. With out YOU all, my dream wouldn’t be here and where it is today.

Thank you & welcome Carol 🙂


Introducing… Reach For The Stars


I’m SO happy that you have stopped by today, as here at Uniko preparations for the September product release are well underway. We have had all the sneak peeks at the 5 clear stamp sets being released and NOW it is time for the Design Team and I to introduce them to you.

Today, myself and my AWESOME Design Team are introducing a STELLA clear stamp set, Reach For The Stars. This stamp set is bang on trend and has so many fun possibilities.
Hopefully you should have arrived here from the Uniko Blogspot Blog HERE, if not be sure to start there and see my first introduction card 😉
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Yesterday was our 4th Wedding Anniversary and this clear stamp set seemed the perfect choice to make him a card. I decided upon a shaker card as it was a special occasion!
For this card I decided to dust off my watercolour paints and painted a night sky. I added the sparkly galaxy stamp, which was stamped in Encore silver and heat embossed with Stardust EP (quite hard to see in the photo). I added some star enamels and a few sequins too.
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The ‘I Thank My Lucky’ part of the sentiment is stamped onto a snippet of the watercolour background and the ‘Stars’ is again stamped in Encore Silver and heat embossed with Stardust EP.
That’s all from me here, but be sure to hop along all the Design Team blogs and leave a comment along the way, as you never know you might just win a random prize! I know for sure that you won’t be disappointed the Design Team have created a bountiful wealth of inspiration 🙂
Next on the hop is Deborah… CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

 I do hope you have enjoyed the hop and seeing the possibilities this clear stamp set has? This set along with the four others we are introducing this week will be available HERE for you to purchase on Saturday 9th September at 9am GMT.
Release Schedule…
Sneak Peeks 3rd – 5th September, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing 6th – 8th September, here you will see a closer look at the clear stamp sets being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 9th September 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for stopping by today and I’d LOVE to hear your initial thoughts on these new clear stamp sets 🙂