Thursday, 14 December 2017

Uniko - Introducing BIG & BOLD Hugs & Scattered Hearts Background

Hello again, here we go with Day 3 of our introductions over at Uniko as we get ready for this month's release and today I'm sharing ideas using 2 of the new stamps, BIG & BOLD Hugs plus Scattered Hearts Large Background.  

I've 2 very similar takes using these sets and first up I'm using my Distress Oxide inks for the first time, even though I bought them about 9 months ago!!! How can I have resisted using them for so long? They really are delicious and I think I'll have to buy some more colours! 

To create this one I heat embossed the scattered heart background with Versamark ink before embossing with WOW White Pearl. I like this colour of embossing powder when using watercolour card (as I've done here) because it's slightly creamy and tones better with the cardstock.

A quick easy blend of the colours here, using Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers ... isn't that purple hue just gorgeous when you mix the the Raspberry with Peacock Feathers?

I stamped the 'Hugs' sentiment from the BIG and BOLD set and fuzzy cut (Bev, I think we could do with a matching die for this one!!). Once adhered to the inky panel I added some coordinating and clear sparkle sequins for extra interest.

Very similar design here using the Altenew Inks in different tones of teal to ink the scattered heart background. This time the 'Hugs' sentiment was heat embossed on to vellum with an additional sentiment from the set beneath. Once again I couldn't resist those sequins while they were scattered around my desk!

It's really hotting up now to release day and the schedule, with all the information you need, can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the final day of introductions.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Uniko - Introducing New Uniko Stencils

Hello again, I'm back with Day 2 of our introductions over at Uniko as we get ready for this month's release of new stamps!

Today we are sharing examples of 3 new stencils which will be released alongside the new stamp sets on Saturday. 

As you can see from the background above the stencil features lots of lines, narrow, wide and dashed. I think it'll be one of my go-to stencils for an easy backdrop and it's so versatile it would work with many occasions. Here I've teamed it with Balloon Bash and the Simply Said Birthday sentiments from Uniko to create a fun birthday card. 

... and I did say at the start of the week that the sets didn't include any Christmas images BUT I couldn't help myself! I'm so behind on Christmas card makes that I used the same stencil as a backdrop to the pretty Christmas Sparkle bauble also from Uniko. 

I hope you like how I've played with the stencils and if you'd like the release schedule please head over to the Uniko blog HERE, where you'll find all you need to know as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the final day of introductions.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Uniko - Introducing Snowdrops with Dotty Background

Hello there friends, we've got those Sneaky Peeks out of the way in the last 2 days and it's time for some Introductions over at Uniko as we get ready for this month's release of new stamps!

Today we are introducing you to the Spring Botanicals: Snowdrop and Scattered Polka Dots Large Background sets and here's how I've been playing!

Two fairly similar examples. First up I decided to twist these snowdrops into crocuses by colouring them in shades of purple with a touch of yellow in the centre. The image is stamped directly onto the card panel, coloured with Promarkers with a sentiment from the set sneaked in at the bottom. I used part of the background stamp to create the base of the card, adding a little extra interest by popping the top up on fun foam and the little strip of black card separates the 2 sections. 

This one, I hope, shows true Snowdrop style colouring with just a little hint of grey tones using Promarkers to the flower heads. I stamped the background on a separate panel then die-cut an oval window to showcase the blooms. The background dotty panel is popped up on fun foam with another classy sentiment from the set heat embossed on a coordinating piece of grey cardstock. 

I hope this has whet your appetite for more!

The release schedule can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the next introduction.


Monday, 11 December 2017

Uniko Sneak Peeks Day 2 - December 2017

Hi there friends, I'm back and it's Day 2 of our Sneaky Peeks, soon to be released from Uniko and if you haven't decided what you'd like to fill your Christmas stocking then look no further

Not a Christmas image in sight and full of Spring time inspirations. 

Today we'd like to tease you with the remaining 4 sets of stamps and if you head over to the main Uniko blog HERE you'll find all the information you need about when these goodies will be available to order - or WIN in fact if you take part in our Blog Hop on RELEASE Day you might be in with a chance of winning the lot!

Thanks for stopping by today and we'll be introducing the sets with examples from tomorrow so do pop back and I hope you'll keep visiting me for the rest of the week too.


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Uniko Sneak Peeks Day 1 - December 2017

Hello it's time for another stamp release this month over at Uniko so if you haven't quite finished off your letter to Santa, you may well want to hang fire for a few days as check out the goodies we'd like to tease you with! Not a Christmas image in sight and full of Spring time inspirations. 

Today we've 5 whopping Sneaky Peeks to share; 2 stamp sets and 3 brand new stencils!

If you head on over to the Uniko blog HERE you'll find all you need to know about the schedule, dates for introductions and the BIG reveal, release and traditional blog hop GIVEAWAY! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll keep visiting me this week as we reveal and introduce the sets.


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Less is More #358

Morning friends!

Oh my goodness we really are getting extremely close to Christmas and I feel so disorganised and lacking in handmade Christmas cards that I feel a shop bought pack may be required this year to bolster my stock! 

It's time to announce the latest challenge from Less is More and in true festive style we've a challenge that could be 'twisted' towards that Christmas theme if, like me, you're struggling with cards.

Sadly I've only the one today as there's one more stamp release from Uniko to sneak in before Christmas so that has also kept me out of mischief and away from my Christmas card production line! I feel my hand delivered ones will be still wet with glue when I deliver them on Christmas Eve!!!

Anyway here's this week's CUE CARD and it's that dreaded ONE layer week too!

... and here's my card using a cheap and cheerful stamp I picked up from The Works (UK book / stationary / craft shop). It's a little living room scene in itself featuring a roaring toasty fire and lights on a Christmas Tree so as soon as I saw it I knew which challenge it would be heading towards!

I stamped the image in black then heat embossed with clear embossing powder over the top before colouring the images with Promarkers. There's a little wink of stella and glossy accents on those stockings and a sentiment from Uniko to finish. Oh and I hand drew the border to frame the image. 

It's an Anything Goes week over at Addicted to Stamps and More so I'd like to pop this one in there, plus over at Timeout Challenges there's a photo inspiration and I couldn't resist not joining in when I saw the cute little stockings against the wood background. 

These were perfect for our family's Christmas stockings since we don't have a fireplace!

As always there'll be loads of fabulous designs from my fellow teamies over on the main blog HERE and no doubt a few extras on their own blogs so do pay them a visit this week.

Our fantastic sponsor for this month is Happy Little Stampers and if you want to be in with a chance of a prize, then do play along each week, We'll announce our monthly winner at the start of next month.

Hope you'll play along and have some fun and thanks for calling by. 


Friday, 8 December 2017

Uniko Challenge #44 - Reminder

Hi there, I'm back with a little reminder about our current challenge over at Uniko and in true Festive Fashion the theme for this one is Christmas and if you visited my blog when we announced the challenge on 24th November then you'll know that my reminder card is the other 'half' of a 2-FER! 

Both cards are very similar and use the Winter Foliage set by Uniko with a die-cut Christmas sentiment from MFT die-namics teamed with a Uniko one too! The images are stamped using Altenew Inks and I've also used the Basic Stitched Border edge dies from MFT too. 

I also have a non-traditional extra card to share which I created for the recent Happy Little Stampers Retreat in Manchester for the 'Christmas Challenge' It uses the recently released Wonky Stripe Stencils, inked through with Distress Inks and the Designer Dies: Snowflakes which were also inked with the same coloured inks, dowsed in Versamark ink before heat embossing with some Hero Arts Clear Sparkle embossing powder. The sentiments are from the recently released Festive Sentiments set from Uniko. 

As always there's plenty of fantastic creations by my fellow teamies, so why not head over to the Uniko blog HERE to check out the links and pay them a visit! I'm sure they'd appreciate it!

Here's the cue card which we'd love to see you use in your own blog posts and I hope you feel inspired and will play along with us!

You have until Friday, 29th December to link up to the challenge so no excuses for not taking part!

The details you need about prizes and how to play can be found over at Uniko HERE and as always thanks for calling by my blog today.


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Uniko - Design Team Inspiration December 2017

Hi friends, I'm zipping in with a little sneak preview of a Design Team Inspiration post I've created for Uniko and it's a whopping 15 card collection of Uniko inspired mini treats.

You can check out all the details HERE but here's just one of my bundle of cards and I hope you'll pop across to the main blog to find out the thinking and creation behind these cards.

The cards use a whole range of Uniko sets, featured below,
Background Blocks: Wonky Stripes, Scattered Polka Dots, Horizontal Stripes and Doodle Flower
Flower Power Series, Originally Organics, Pure Florals: Gerbera - Stamps & Dies
 Uniko Style - Stamps
Sentiments from: Simply Said Range, Pure Florals: Lily & Festive Sentiments

Thanks as always for calling by and I hope you have a fun and creative day.