Thursday, 14 December 2017

Uniko December Release - Introducing BIG & BOLD Hugs & Scattered Polka Hearts Large Background

YAY! I'm back home at last! Although it did take take the pilot two attempts to land the plan - not the best experience I've ever had!

But anyway how are you enjoying the Uniko introductions to the new December release? Are you ready for the next one? Well today’s is going to get you all loved up!


For my first card I used some favourite colours and a favourite layout. I masked off a diagonal section and stamped the polka hearts. I removed the mask and stamped the large hugs - love this stamp - then die cut it all and matted the two sections onto bright pink card.

Loving the way the polka hearts tumble down the card.

Stamps: Uniko, Scattered Polka Hearts Large Background, BIG & BOLD Hugs
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Berry Blaze
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched basic edges

My second card is a coffee coloured shaker. I stamped the polka hearts using shades of brown and found some matching sequins in my stash and the shaker idea was sown.

I die cut a frame for my shaker window and used the same pearlescent brown card stock for my base card.

Stamps: Uniko, Scattered Polka Dots Large Background, BIG & BOLD Hugs
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Cappuccino Delight
Dies: Lil'inker, stitched mats rctagles; Lawn Fawn, stitched recatangle frames 

The name of the Kaleidacolor ink pad kickstarted this last card featuring the polka hearts and broken lines stencil from this new release combined with the I Love Coffee stamp set.

I stamped the polka hearts first and then the coffee stamps on top and then handcut it.  I added the stencil lines using distress oxide and then used one section of the Kaleidacolor pad to stamp the sentiment onto the card base..

Stamps: Uniko, Scattered Polka Hearts Large Background, I Love Coffee
Stencil: Uniko, Broken Lines
Inks: Ranger Distress Oxide, wild honey, fossilized ambe; Kaleidacolor, Cappuccino Delight

Well that's all my introductions completed for today. Do be sure to come back tomorrow for the last of the introductions - you are so going to be smitten! Also remember to hop on over to the rest of the Uniko DT introductions - HERE - to get even more of a feel for this new release - it totally rocks!

Enormous thanks for your time today, you're the best!  And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Uniko December Release - Introducing Stencils: Doodle Flower & Broken Lines

Hopefully when you’re reading this I’ll be on my way home after being stuck in Amsterdam for three days because of the snow! So apologies if this post seems a bit disjointed but I’m using my iPad and it doesn’t seem to like blogger that much and apart from the pics I added before I left home there won’t be any extra.

 My first card uses the new flower stencil and is, as Sarah always says, a twofer. I used brushos through the stencil and then took a print of the negative which I’ve used for this and the next card.

I die cut the panel and used one part for this card and one part for the next card. The sentiment is from two older Uniko sets.

Stamps: Uniko, Simply Said Blocks, Happy Succulents
Inks: SU rich razzleberry; Brusho, purple & crimson
Stencil: Uniko, Doodle Flower
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched basic edges 

And this is the twofer using the other bit of the die cut:

Once again I used a sentiment from another Uniko set.

Stamps: UnikoPure Florals Lily
Inks: SU rich razzleberry; Brusho, purple & crimson
Stencil: Uniko, Doodle Flower
Die: MFT Die-namics, stitched basic edges

My last card uses the broken lines stencil placed once with brushos and then turned and embossing paste used through the stencil. 

A simple die cut greeting finished off my card.

Stencil: Uniko, Broken Lines
Embossing: Dreamweaver paste
Inks: Brusho, yellow & turquoise 
Die: Lil'inker, HI

Well I’ve struggled to the end of my post, hope it’s not too disjointed. Do go visit the Uniko blog for a much more detailed and sane description of today’s introduction. Thanks for bearing with me today.

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Uniko December Release - Introducing Spring Botanicals: Snowdrop & Scattered Polka Dots Large Background

Welcome to my blog today and have I got gorgeousness to share with you! Today the Uniko DT are introducing the first two new stamps sets from the upcoming December Release.


My first sample card uses the very beautiful snowdrop stamp set. I decided to keep things nice and understated and simply stamped the snowdrop and then highlighted it by inking up a couple of circles around it.

I chose icy blues as the snowdrop tends to be the very first flower that appears in my garden and often has ice, frost and sometimes even snow to contend with.

Stamps: Uniko, Spring Botanicals: Snowdrop
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, soft sky; Ranger Distress, faded jeans 

My next card uses both the stamp sets being introduced today and uses a little warmer colour tones.

I stamped the polka dots using a kaleidacolor ink set in baby pastels and then stamped the snowdrop on top.  I coloured both the snowdrop and the entiment strip in a pale grey. Then I matted it all onto a bright pink card base to brighten everything up.

Stamps: Uniko, Spring Botanicals: Snowdrop, Scattered Polka Dots Large Background
Inks: Mememnto, tuxedo black; Kaleidacolor, Baby Powder
Pens: Copic, N1, B02 

My final share for today uses one of the sentiments from the snowdrop stamp set and those polka dots all jazzed up in hot sunshiny colours.

The bright orange cardstock is a bit of a daring colour for me, but I thought it matched in with the rest of the card really well.

Stamps: Uniko, Scattered Polka Dots Large Background, Spring Botanicals: Snowdrop
Inks: Kaleidacolor, Desert Heat; Versafine, onyx black
Dies: MFT Die-namics, Stitched Fishtail Flags, Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner

Thanks so much for looking today and be sure to come back tomorrow for the next introductions. In the meantime I know you'll be having fun visiting and admiring the talent of the rest of the Uniko DT whilst you swoon over the brilliance of Bev's artistry in designing these new stamp sets.

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Uniko December Release - Sneak Peeks

And here's the next four sneak peeks at Uniko's December release.


Can you see a bit of a Spring theme going on here?


Mmmm! You'll love these sets!

Be sure to call back tomorrow when it will be time to introduce the first two new stamp sets and you'll get more of an idea about them. You won't be disappointed!

Thanks for dropping by today.  And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Happy Little Stampers - ATC December Challenge

Bet you can't guess the theme for this month's Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge?

Mmm, thought you might! All the stamps on my atcs this month are from the HLS Christmas Joy stamp set.

And I've had a bit of a return to my more usual CAS style this month and not let the small size of atcs encourage me to keep adding more like they usually do.  So a little bit of washi and some relaxing colouring and wink of stella glisten are the only additions to the stamping.

Stamps: HLS, Christmas Joy
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copic, YG11, YG13, YG17, E57, E59, Y18, R22, R24, R29, G24, G28, N1; Gelly roll, white
Embellishments: SU, washi tape; Wink of Stella, clear

Here's hoping I may have inspired you to play along. Remember there's a $20 HLS gift certificate for one winner and as this challenge is fairly new and doesn't get that many entries at the moment you're in with a great chance.

Thaks for visiting today, it's been so much fun having your company. 

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Uniko December Release - Sneak Peeks

I'm so pleased you've dropped by today as I've some sneak peeks at the new December release from Uniko.


These two are stamp sets - yummy delicious!



And these three are new stencils - inky fingers time!

There will be a peek at another four sets tomorrow, then on Tuesday we begin introducing each set individually followed by the full reveal and release on Saturday 16th December. Time to treat yourself to an early Christmas present I'm thinking.

Thanks for looking today. And keep crafting!

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AAA Cards - Challenge #105 Sparkle

It's the last challenge for 2017 at AAA Cards. And extra time to play along too. Time to put a little sparkle into your life.

So I chose some very sparkly silver holographic card and almost equally sparkly purple pearlised card as my starting point.

I haven't used balloons for ages and they are a particular favourite of mine, so I die cut a trio from the silver card. And then it sort of evolved as a New Year celebration card. Strange how particular colours evoke different occasions and for me silver and purple is always New Year.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Winter Scripty Sayings
Inks: Versamark, clear; WOW! embossing powder, sparkling snow
Die: Claerly Besotted, Make A Wish
Card: silver holographic from my stash

All the other AAA Cards DT have ideas to sparkle up your creativity, so do go take a peek - HERE. And there's a $20 Happy Little Stampers gift certificate up for grabs too - but you need to play along to be in with a chance.

Thanks for looking today. Hope your Christmas preparations are taking shape and you've not reached that overwhelmed by it all phase. That's pretty much where I'm at at the moment, boxes everywhere and no lovely clean and empty surfaces - sigh! I keep telling myself it will pass - a glass of something helps too!

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Uniko Challenge Reminder - #44 Christmas

I'm here today to remind you about the Christmas Challenge that is going on at Uniko at the moment.

My card is another of my experiments with non-traditional colours and embraces my love of pink.

I created a background card using the Uniko Wonky Stripes stencil with pink and green oxide inks. I then used the largest and smallest of the Uniko snowflake dies with this card and cut the middle sized snowflake from pink cardstock. All were layered up and attached to white card.

The greeting is from Uniko's Festive Sentiments - such a fabulous stamp set that has been my go-to for Christmas cards this year.

Stamps: Uniko, Festive Sentiments 
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Ranger distress oxide, twisted citron, picked raspberry
Stencil: Uniko, Wonky Stripes
Dies: Uniko Designer Dies, Snowflake Trio

Don't forget if you play along there's the chance to win a fabulous prize. Check out all the details at Uniko - HERE. There's also loads of brilliant inspiration from the Uniko DT to be found there too.

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today, come back again soon.  And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wednesday Words

I'm playing along with a new to me challenge today - MUSE. And what could be more inspiring than the lovely Anita's awesome card.

The Muse is run a little differently from other challenges I've participated in and more input is expected from players e.g. an explanation of how you've used the inspiration card, leaving comments on three other players blogs and taking part in the voting system. So it's called a 'club' and I thought I'd give it a go.

I think you can probably see that I took inspiration from Anita's layout and echoed her dark right hand strip and use of florals, but changed up the colours.  My lily was handcut and coloured using copics.

I also liked her simple sentiment which contained two fonts so I chose one from my stash that I thought was a good match. 

And although this has nothing to do with the actual card it's been Anita that has inspired me to try to dress the background of my photos a bit more, hers are always so beautifully arranged and displayed.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Lily; sentiment from Clearly Besotted, Pretty Petals
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Copics, RV63, RV66, RV69, G99

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, it's been fun having your company for a while.  

And keep (Christmas) crafting!

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