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Love You, Always & Forever

Happy Weekend!

I thought I’d pop by and share a quick Valentine’s card I made the other night using Always & Forever and Background Blocks Scattered Hearts.

Yep, I’m still on that rainbow kick! But don’t these scattered hearts down the edge of the card look so pretty in a rainbow colours?

Currently I am using Catherine Pooler Midnight ink to stamp images that I know I am going to colour with Copic Markers, so this is what I did with the hearts. The Always & Forever sentiment is stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black ink as this is my go to for sentiments, especially fine lined ones like this.

No major plans here this weekend, just downtime with The Beans and hopefully a little time in the studio to create 😉

Have a wonderful day.

Crafty Hugs

Feature Friday – Pure Florals Gerbera

Happy Friday!

I thought I would pop by today and share a card I was inspired to make after the restock of Pure Florals Gerbera arrived in the studio earlier this week. It’s taken me a couple of days to finish it in-between work as I am very slow at colouring!

I’ve said it before, but I really do get inspired to use older stash when a restock of them arrives, it’s like getting new stamps all over again.

This clear stamp set was launched way back in July 2012 and even though styles, trends and fonts have changed over the years since, this set is timeless with the realistic style it is drawn in.

With a goal this year to use more colour in my creations, I seem to be stuck on the rainbow colour train right now!

I have so many boxes of coloured card scraps, that I am trying to use as much as I can from them and not break out any more new sheets. So I created a rainbow of coloured strips down the edge of my card. I have to say, it seems like I used a lot here, but it has hardly made a dent!

The Gerber flower is the outline full face flower stamped and embossed with WOW! Opaque Bright White and I have coloured it using Prismacolor Pencils.

I decided to add a sentiment from the newly released Hello Lovely clear stamp set and my usual Nuvo Drops, this time in White Blizzard.

It was a refreshing change to use this older stamp set again & I hope to share more new creations with much loved and previously released Uniko clear stamp sets with you this year.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs

Rainbow Hearts

Happy Hump Day!

How’s your week going? Mine didn’t start well with no hot water Monday morning and the house alarm going off at 5am for no reason. To then having the plumbers round and taking off all the radiators in the house. It was chaos!

I am so glad I did essential work like packing orders (thank you 🙂 )before they arrived as I had to move one side of my studio to the other (it’s not a big room either) so they could get to the radiator. It took me all evening when they had gone to get the house straight and sort The Beans out too!

Things have improved slightly but I’ve been hitting minor problems each day and it’s frustrating. So today after I had finished my essential jobs, I set to making a card to cheer myself up.

This week at school The Beans are reading a book called ‘Rainbow Fish’, so it inspired me to make a rainbow card. All these colourful hearts make me happy 🙂

I’ve used some of my favourite Altenew colours to stamp the striped heart from BIG & BOLD Love from the NEW Uniko release. Instead of making a Valentine’s card I decided to add a congratulations sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II. This way the card can be used for a Wedding, Anniversary or engagement card to name a few occasions.

In the photo above you can see how I have used my favourite 1mm thick foam adhesive to adhere all the hearts and sentiment.

I hope this card has added some cheer to your day like it has mine 🙂 Thanks so much for popping by today & I hope to be back tomorrow with another card to share.

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.

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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

Hey!

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

Uniko Challenge #57 Anything Goes & Optional Twist Cool Winter Colours

Hey!

Welcome to the January/February 2020 Uniko Challenge.

We’re kicking off 2020 with an Anything Goes theme and have added in the optional twist of Cool Winter Colours for those of you that like to challenge yourselves even more.


We’ve the amazingly awesome Trina P joining us as our Guest Designer and I know you’ll adore her awesome card.

How fabulous is that! Do pop over to her blog and let her know how clever she is – HERE

In January & February I have a few male birthdays & so I thought with the cool winter colours twist of the challenge I would make a masculine birthday card.

For my blues I chose the Altenew Sweet Dreams colour collection of inks and blended them onto my card base using my Taylored Expressions blender brushes. I do love how handy the blender brushes are and seem to be able to control them a little better than the standard foam pad tool!

I kept my design simple by using the Background Block Graffiti Texture and stamping it in Teal Cave ink and the sentiment from Simply Said Blocks stamped in the darkest shade Galactic Stream. The sentiment is adhered to the card using foam adhesive.

Be sure to check out all the inspiration from the Brand Ambassadors HERE on the challenge post & you will also find the link up to the challenge there too.

Need a little more incentive to join in? How about some prizes!

THE PRIZES

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT – £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner – £5 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT – 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You’ve got plenty of time to play along with this challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 21st February 2020.

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

January 2020 Release Sneak Peeks!

Woohoo!

It’s finally time to share the July 2019 Release Sneak Peeks. This is a LOVELY release with a nod to Valentine’s Day, but all of the stamp sets can be used for a variety of occasions throughout the year.

This month there are four new clear stamp sets and one returning clear stamp set.

Here are the peeks at the new & returning products…

First up, how about a new addition to the Background Blocks, with some scattered hearts.

Next we have an addition to the BIG & BOLD series with BIG & BOLD Love. This one has been designed for a while & awaiting the right time to be released 😉

Next I have some more Sentiments Outlined, this time with a ‘You Are’ theme to them. I’m excited for these to be added to the sentiment line up for sure.

Lastly for the new clear stamps, how about a floral and I think my new favourite 😉

This stamp set is called So Lovely and you might just recognise those Peonies! These are smaller than Pure Florals Peony and there is something a little different to this set too.

Lastly for this release I am bring back an old favourite…

Those who have been long time followers might remember this set. If you do, why not leave a comment telling me the name of the stamp set in the comments and I will draw a random winner from the correct comments to win a prize!

That is all the sneak peeks for this release, I will be back tomorrow with the first of the 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

A Stitch In Time – Craft Stamper Magazine

Happy Friday!

Today I am super happy to share with you a few sneak peeks from the latest issue of Craft Stamper magazine, which hit the stores today.

My feature in the magazine is a series of four projects that are inspired by my love for the 1950s & 1960s that incorporate the trendy technique of pairing stitch with papercraft & stamping supplies.

Below are a few sneak peeks of the projects and I have linked to all the Uniko clear stamps I have used at the end of the post too.

Mixed Media is not a style I would say I am comfortable with, it pushes me out of my comfort zone, BIG time!

I have a love for stitch, though it is not a craft I have done for a while and you know I have a passion for card making and paper crafts, so by chance when making my first project for the feature I combined the two and continued the theme of stitch for all of the projects.

It is definitely something I will be having a go of again in the near future and sharing here on the blog.

I will share a few more photos from the feature on social media once my copy of the magazine has arrived. If you would like to get a copy of the magazine, head on over HERE to find out where and how you can buy it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs

Happy New Year!

Hello & Happy 2020!

I do hope you all had a lovely and safe New Years Eve and have enjoyed a wonderful New Years Day. I have been soaking up the last of the family time, as hubby heads back to work tomorrow 🙁 The Beans still have a few days left of the school holidays and lucky for me are off out tomorrow afternoon to the pantomime!

I managed to sneak in the studio yesterday morning to make this quick ‘Happy New Year’ card. The doily I have used from Decorative Doilies – The Hands of Time reminds me of fireworks and it is nice to have it currently in stock to showcase and use on my card today!

I’m not setting any resolutions or words for the year, as I find I forget so easily and they always seem to go astray as the year progresses. One thing I will be doing is setting myself some monthly goals to achieve throughout the year, some personal and some to grow Uniko and myself as a small business/business owner.

One of my goals for January is to create brighter cards! I was surprised at how little the bright colours were in my ‘Year of Colour’. The muted and neutral tones really took centre stage, with the brights so small around the edge.

So for my ‘Happy New Year’ card I selected some bright Copic colours to create rainbow fireworks! The sentiment is from Festive Sentiments Outlined and I coloured it with a black fine liner to stand out against the rainbow.

That’s all I have to share with you today, it’s almost time for The Beans to go to bed – yay! This mummy is worn out – LOL!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.

Crafty Hugs!

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