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Introducing… Mid Century Modern Wreath Builder

Welcome to Day 1 of the product introductions for our July/August Release. 

Today myself and the Brand Ambassadors are showcasing one of the new additions to the Mid Century Modern series with this fun wreath builder clear stamp set. 

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 products in this series. Plus, on Release Day I will be showing more uses for this set, than just festive cards!

But first, let’s have a look at this stamp set in action…

For my first card I’ve gone for a 14 x 14 cm card base. The wreath is approximately 8.5 x 9 cm, so it doesn’t get ‘lost’ on a big card, but also fits nicely on a standard size card, as you will see.

The wreath comes in separate solid and outline stamps, but they are not the same. This is so they can be stamped layered like I have easily. Plus I think it creates interest and options with them being different.

I’ve added one of the sentiment options from the set, which I have fussy cut. Then I have embellished with some berries and the holly leaves also from the set.

For my next card I wanted to pair the wreath with some older, but much loved and ever popular Mid Century Modern products.

As you know I am a clean and simple card maker, but I love pattern too. Often it can be tricky getting balance of incorporating lots of white space and adding pattern. So to keep the balance the trick is to think about the card layout and techniques you can use to achieve the clean & simple style.

‘Some’ would say that this isn’t clean & simple. But we all have our own interpretations of the word and style and to me this fits on the upper end!

As you can see I used just the solid wheat for this card and overlapped them in Concord & 9th Sprout & Parsley inks. I then used a pencil to lightly draw a line where I wanted to cut straight and then around the wreath to reveal my base card.

I used Concord & 9th Cranberry card for the base and stamped the Background Block Mid Century Modern in Cranberry ink for a tone on tone effect. Again I have embellished with a fussy cut sentiment, holly leaves and berries.

Lastly for today I have another card pairing previously released Mid Century Modern products…

This card is sentiment heavy! I’ve used 5 of the 6 sentiments from the set on this one card! I wanted the sentiment to be the focus and the holly leaves to be the accent.

But I also wanted some Mid Century Modern pattern so opted for this layout and used Background Blocks Mid Century Modern II.

Fun, right?

These 3 cards only scratch the surface of the potential this clear stamp set holds. I know the Brand Ambassadors have worked their creative magic with this stamp set too, so be sure to head HERE and hop along.

I can’t wait to show you more of this set later in the week and coming weeks! Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs

Simply Cards & Papercraft Feature Plus FREE Digital Downloads.

Hello & Happy FriYAY 🎉

Earlier this week I was delighted to receive my copy of Simply Cards & Papercraft issue #244 in the mail. I am always excited to see Uniko in print and again I have designed a fabulous collection of FREE digital images for you all to use.

If you love Uniko’s Paradise Collection as much as me, then I think you will enjoy this Tropical Bouquets digital collection too.

Here is a peek at the feature in the magazine and a full look at one of the cards I have made for the feature using the images. 

The FREE Digital Collection can be downloaded by visiting CraftWorld HERE.

I hope you enjoy using them and if you are on social media, please tag @unikoltd so I can see them or why not join Uniko’s Facebook Group Uniko Ltd and share your makes in there. 

And how about a little Giveaway. 

I’ve an extra copy of the magazine to give to one lucky comment left on any of Uniko’s posts across all social media, sharing the news about this collection. So if you follow Uniko on Instagram and Facebook as well as the blogs, you have even more chances to win! 

Simply leave a comment before midnight Friday 19th May 2023 and I will randomly select a winner and announce Monday 22nd May 2023.

Crafty Hugs 

Uniko’s 11th Birthday Reveal, Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Woohoo 🎉 🙌 🥳 

The day is *finally* here and our 11th Birthday Release is now available HERE on the Uniko Website! Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where I have formally introduced the new products and you will also find the Brand Ambassador blog hop. There is a £30 eGift certificate up for grabs, so be sure to hop along and comment.

Now let’s see some of the new products in action…

For my first card today I wanted to create a Spring flower garden. I started by stamping and masking the Spring Botanicals Snowdrop, then the new Spring Botanicals Crocus and then Spring Botanicals Daffodil.

I stamped on Kraft card as I knew I wanted to colour with Prismacolor Pencils and use white and light grey for the snowdrops. I finished the card off with the Mother’s Day sentiment from Everyday Love Sentiments and Everyday Spring Sentiments.

Next up I decided to make a welcome baby card using the bunny from Hoppy Easter.

I started by stamping the Large Background Scattered Polka Hearts in Ballet Slipper ink. I then stamped the outline bunny and bunny tail before fussy cutting them out.

I created the background with a bit of masking and soft ink blending. You might notice a little black ink smudge which I covered with some white Nuvo Drops! The sentiment is another from Everyday Spring Sentiments.

Lastly for today it was only right that I showcased Up & Away and Stencil – Cloud 9.

I already had these balloons stamped, coloured and fussy cut, so apart from waiting for the sparkly clouds to dry, this card was pretty quick to make.

The hot air balloons are adhered using foam adhesive for a little dimension and don’t you just love the sparkle of the clouds.

I hope you like the new products and have enjoyed the fun over the past few days. Be sure to stick around over the coming week/s as I have so much more to share! 

Until then, happy shopping 😉
Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Spring Botanicals Crocus

Welcome to Day 1 of the product introductions for our 11th Birthday Release. 

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, the start of the Brand Ambassador inspirational blog hop. Today myself and the Brand Ambassadors are showcasing the newest addition to the Spring Botanicals Collection, Spring Botanicals Crocus. 

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

I started with my usual clean & simple style. I stamped and coloured the crocus with Prismacolor Pencils and then fussy cut the image out. I started cutting the two wispy leaves first and then followed the flower round.

I’ve then adhered the flower to a white card base using foam adhesive. My sentiment choice is from another clear stamp set we are introducing later this week! I finished off with a few enamel dots from my stash.

For my second card today I went with a ‘quicker’ colouring option. I highlight ‘quicker’ as in reality it took me a while to mask & ink each of the horizontal stripes!

I’d used these colours on another card I am sharing later this week and I really liked them, hence why I chose to use them with the Background Blocks Horizontal Stripes. I used my MISTI stamping tool and plenty of masking paper to achieve the look.

I then stamped the crocus over the top in black ink. This time I opted for one of the sentiments from the set.

Lastly for today I put my ink blending to the test. I was going for a rainy spring morning sky with the sun just rising. I used Concord & 9th Dove, Midnight, Grapefruit, Buttercup and Sprout.

I then heat embossed the crocus in white before colouring with Copic Markers and again opting for a sentiment from the same set as my first card.

That’s all for my inspiration today using this clear stamp set. But be sure to hop along the Brand Ambassadors to see what they have come up with.

We will be back tomorrow with more to share. This clear stamp set, along with all we are introducing this week will be available on Saturday 4th March 9am GMT. 

Crafty Hugs 

Let The Celebrations Begin 🎉

Hello & Happy February! 

Welcome to a fun month of celebrations, giveaways, LOTS of inspiration and a NEW Release at the end of the month.

Although January felt like the longest month, it doesn’t seem a year since our 10th Birthday celebrations! Last year was a big milestone and probably another year to add to one of the hardest. However, with your support and custom, Uniko is here to celebrate another year.


It wouldn’t be a birthday month without a party. So as tradition holds we have our usual Birthday Card Link Party! The party started over HERE, so be sure to head on over for all the details, the PRIZE and link up!

Here is what I was inspired to create for the occasion…

My usual CAS style and a one layer wonder too! Like Julie HERE, I was inspired to use the smaller elements from the Stencil – MOD Circles Background Builder. I’ve had this sketched out since I designed the stencil, I just needed a little time and mojo to create it!

With it being Uniko’s 11th Birthday, I felt I needed to pay homage to our brand colours, I think they worked well.

The sentiment is from Floral Vines, I simply masked to ink and stamp it stacked inside the white rectangle. And of course, I added some Nuvo Drops!

I hope you join in on the fun and look forward to seeing the gallery brimming with birthday cards.

Crafty Hugs

Stencil Release Day & GIVEAWAY!

Hello & Happy Thursday! 

I am delighted that you have stopped by today and thank you if you have been following along with us this week. I know its been a while since I last had a release and I apologise for that. I design all the products myself and inspiration went a little wayward for a spell, but I had these stencil designs up my sleeve, so thought I would release these until the next stamps come out.

If you want a recap on what the stencils look like, please hop on over HERE and you’ll also find the links to the Brand Ambassador blogs for even more inspiration.

Be sure to leave a comment on their blogs or social media posts. I will be randomly selecting one lucky winner to receive all of the stencils being released today. You have until Midnight Wednesday 9th November to leave comments and I will announce the winner Thursday 10th November 2022. 

And here is what I have made today using them…

For my first card today I decided to go for some colourful Flower Power #6 Roses. I started with the lower left purple rose inking through the solid shape and then adding the detail with a darker shade of purple. I applied the corresponding mask and repeated for the orange rose.

I then moved over to the right hand side of my card and repeated the process again. I purposefully left a gap to add a small inked and fussy cut rose and leaves which also framed the congratulations sentiment from Everyday Sentiments.

For my second card I reached for MOD Background Builder to create another colourful card…

I started by using masking tape along the angle. I then placed the stencil and inked through a rainbow (ish) selection of colours. I then moved the stencil as necessary to make sure the design filled my card.

I added a sentiment from Sentiments Outlined and finished with a few black Nuvo Drops.

Lastly for today I used Large Snowflake One.

I used the same shadow layering technique for the snowflake again, this time using white pigment ink through the snowflakes first and then moving slightly to then ink with Chipped Sapphire.

I finished with some white gold splatters and heat embossed the Let it Snow sentiment from Christmas Sentiments.

I hope you have enjoyed these past few days as much as I have. Thank you for all the support and comments here and across social media, they are all valued and appreciated.
Don’t forget the giveaway 😉 
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… 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 

September/October 2021 Reveal, Release & Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Yay 🎉 it’s the day we’ve all been waiting for!

Finally I have introduced you to the 3 new stamp sets and the new stencil in their entirety. They are all available to purchase HERE on the website now. AND we have our usual Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE where I have formally done the above and you will find the full hop list.

So let’s get to the fun stuff and see what I have created for today!

First up is another card using yesterdays introduction, Pattern Building Christmas Tree. As you can see I couldn’t resist pairing it with the previously released Background Blocks Scandinavian Christmas .

A little more busy than my usual CAS style, but I think these products pair nicely together. Lots of fussy cutting on this card, but I think the results are totally worth it.

Next today I have another card using Pattern Building Christmas Tree, but I used one of the stamps to create a fun frame.

Unfortunately I can’t say that I came up with this idea though. It was Sam Squires from the Funky Fossil Design Team who inspired me to create a frame. Sam used this stamp set for our Instahop collaboration HERE. BTW, there is still time to hop along and be in the chance of winning.

For my card I added a sentiment from Christmas Wishes and embellished with some holly leaves and berries from Winter Foliage.

I have one last card to share today and again I have used Pattern Building Christmas Tree! This time I decided to pair it with another old favourite, Peace On Earth.

I created a similar card for the Funky Fossil Instahop collaboration and I used their birds to hold the string. So I couldn’t resist remaking the card, but with Uniko birds.

That’s all I have to share for now, but I will be back with more this week. Have fun on the hop, don’t forget to comment along the way to be in the chance of winning. You have until Midnight BST Sunday 10th October.

Thank you for all your comments and support of the release this week.

Crafty Hugs 

Introducing… Christmas Sentiments

Hello & Happy Thursday! 

I am so glad you come back today as we continue the September / October 2021 Release product introductions. Today myself and my awesome Brand Ambassadors have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing Christmas Sentiments. 

Hopefully you have hopped on over from HERE, where you will find all the links to the Brand Ambassador blogs.

It’s no secret that I have had a crush on this font style for some time now – haha! So it was necessary to use it for a festive sentiment set, because lets face it, you can never have too many sentiment clear stamp sets!

It’s always a bit of a challenge to showcase a sentiment set, but it is also a good opportunity to use the sentiments and combine them with some of your favourite festive products.

As you can see, for my first card I have paired 4 of the mix and match sentiments with the Stencil – Winter Foliage.

For this I have simply applied white embossing paste through the stencil onto a white card base. I have then stamped and embossed the sentiments in white onto small scraps of coloured card. So fun and pretty quick to make.

For my second card today I decided to use the ‘Let it Snow’ sentiment and paired it with a long time favourite, Stunning Snowflakes.

Some simple repeat stamping of the sentiment and some sparkly embossed snowflakes – be still my snowflake loving heart!

That’s all I have to share with you today using these sentiment, but you will see more of them this week and this festive season.

Thanks for stopping by. Crafty Hugs