Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hey!

I thought I would pop by now that the beans are on their way to Grandma's and Grandad's house for a sleepover to share a couple of photos I took of them today. With it being Halloween I just couldn't resist saving these vests that we bought for the occasion...



Mickey Mouse Josh & Donald Duck Ben!






I had a quite a chuckle dressing them and taking photos of them this afternoon! They didn't find it quite as funny and there were a few cries, it had to be done though.

With them being away overnight I hope to squeeze in a little crafting time in the studio in the morning after a FULL unbroken nights sleep! 

Some last little bits of information are that there is still a few hours to take advantage of the Autumn SALE over on the website HERE. Be sure to grab a bargain while you can. ALSO I am having a clear out of a lot of crafting stash HERE, the page will be updated often as I add more as I sort through it!

I hope you are all well, until the next time, thanks for stopping by :)


Thursday, 23 October 2014

TIME OUT Challenge - Inspired By Words

Hey!

YAY, I finally found a spare few minutes to be creative and make a couple of cards! The little beans love their pram and going for walks so after they've been fed either in the morning or afternoon, I pop them in their snow bear suits, into the pram and take them for a walk to get them to sleep. Once we are back I leave them snuggled in their pram just outside the studio door and get creative! It doesn't work like that everyday, but now we are getting more into a routine I think it might become a regular way of me finding 'time' in the studio.

Anyway, today is challenge #17 over at TIME OUT Challenges and we are back to being inspired by words, the phrase for this fortnights challenge is...


Birds of a feather flock together


What do these words inspire you to create? I was inspired by the words music and love, which resulted in this card...





Inspired by the words 'feather' out came the Paradise - Hummingbird clear stamp set! I kept my card super CAS, mainly to save on time so I could create a few more cards!! 

I was also inspired by THESE cards by Maile Belles, I really love the cutting technique. With keeping the hummingbird black I added a good dose of glitter to the white areas of the bird...





This fortnight we have a lovely guest designer joining us, Jill, be sure to stop by Jill's blog HERE to see how she was inspired by the photo and of course the FABulous TIME OUT Challenges Design Team...




For all the info and to link up your challenge be sure to stop by the TIME OUT Challenges blog. I look forward to seeing your creations :) I'll be back soon with more to share, until then, thank you for stopping by today.



Supplies:
Card Stock: White from stash. PTI Berry Sorbet
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black. 
Stamps: Uniko Studio Paradise - Hummingbird
Accessories: Hero Arts Prisma Glitter & Foam Adhesive

Saturday, 18 October 2014

[Uniko Studio Challenge] No. 15 - Texture

Hello Uniko Fans - we are back with a new challenge.


We ALL loved seeing your entries we had for our last challenge & we look forward to seeing your entries for this one :) To help get your mojo flowing & increase the number of entries I have 'bumped' up the prizes.

The Prizes:
  • A £20 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight & £5 Gift Certificate 

Guest Designers are still welcome to join in on the current challenge too :) 




For the Challenge this month we are back to a 'theme' and colour pallet:

'Texture'

Plus




YAY! I finally found a spare few minutes while the beans were sleeping in their pram to create a card for today's challenge. 

The theme of 'Texture' maybe a daunting theme to you like it was me, but there are lots of ways to add texture to your creations. For example it could be embossing, be it with an embossing folder or heat embossing, or you might be into the current trend of embossing paste with a stencil. It could be that you add texture to your card in a 'faux' way by using a texture stamp or using designer paper that has a texture to it. The possibilities are endless!

Anyway, this is how I interpreted the challenge...




Amazingly I have used all the colours from the pallet and my interpretation of the texture theme was to use a textured card base. For the layout of my card I have used the current Freshly Made Sketches layout seen HERE and below.




Stamps wise I have used a combination of Background Builders: Vines and All Occasion Sentiments #3. Below is a close up of the detail...




Let's see how the Design Team faired with this challenge...






You have until November 14th 09:00 UK time, to link your card up below. 

The Challenge Rules:
  • Winners will be announced by November 17th
  • Please add the Uniko Studio Challenge badge & link back to the challenge 
  • If you don't have a blog to link back to the challenge, don't worry. Just use "USC"+<challenge number> as your tag. For example, for the second challenge "USC2" and upload it to a gallery. Or send Beverley an email (beverley@unikostudio.com) and she will add your entry for you.
  • Showcase any Uniko Studio product: clear stamps, dies, digital pattern paper, digital cut files, or digital stamps. If you haven't purchased any Uniko Studio products, fear not. Plenty of freebies here.
  • You can enter more than once as long as it is a new project each time! 
The Prizes:
  • A £20 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight & £5 Gift Certificate 
We can't wait to see your creations. Come play along!



Friday, 17 October 2014

[Uniko Studio Challenge] No. 14 Winners

Hey!

We might not have had as many entries for this last challenge but the creations submitted are all FABulous. The DT and I loved seeing your wonderful creations & you make it hard for us to pick the winner & top 3! If you didn't win or make the top 3 this time we have another challenge for you tomorrow to join in on :)

Anyway, lets get to this round's winners...







Congrats Melissa! What an awesome creation, I love how you have used just one little Uniko Studio stamp set (All Occasion Sentiments #2) for this creation & how you used the challenge colours. Please contact [beverley at unikostudio dot com] to claim your £20 Gift Certificate and to arrange for your Guest Design Spot! :)

Now there were SO many wonderful entries the DT had a hard time voting for the top 3 for this challenge, but in no particular order they are...











Congratulations ladies, send me an email to [beverley at unikostudio dot com] to claim your £5 Gift Certificate.

Thank you to everyone for playing along, we really love seeing you use your Uniko Studio products  :) Be sure to come back tomorrow as we have another fun challenge and the same prizes are up for grabs! 

Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

[Uniko Studio Challenge] #14 Revisited - Guest Designer

Hello everyone & Happy world Card Making Day!

Today we have our winner of Challenge #13 and Guest Designer Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts with us to share a reminder project for Challenge #14. Now, you will want to keep reading as Jane has wonderful piece inspiration for you.





Jane here, I was so thrilled to win the last challenge and have to keep pinching myself to believe I've won a guest spot on Bev's blog.

This challenge is right up my street as I'm definitely in the CAS camp.  I adore the All Occasion Sentiments series - hoping there will be more in the pipeline - so I couldn't miss out on an opportunity to use one for this challenge. Also Flower Power #3 is a go to favourite, I love how it looks in all colours.

I think CAS is a style that some find tricky, so I hope my card shows just how easy it can be and maybe even inspire you to enter one of your own.




For the Challenge this month we are back to a 'theme' and colour pallet:

'Clean & Simple'

Plus




You have until October 14th 09:00 UK time, to link your card up below. 

The Challenge Rules:
  • Winners will be announced by October 17th
  • Please add the Uniko Studio Challenge badge & link back to the challenge 
  • If you don't have a blog to link back to the challenge, don't worry. Just use "USC"+<challenge number> as your tag. For example, for the second challenge "USC2" and upload it to a gallery. Or send Beverley an email (beverley@unikostudio.com) and she will add your entry for you.
  • Showcase any Uniko Studio product: clear stamps, dies, digital pattern paper, digital cut files, or digital stamps. If you haven't purchased any Uniko Studio products, fear not. Plenty of freebies here.
  • You can enter more than once as long as it is a new project each time! 
The Prizes:
  • A £20 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight & £5 Gift Certificate 
We can't wait to see your creations. Come play along!


Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Saturday Show!

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It's been a while since I did a Saturday Show feature and seeing as I have had little time to be creative myself and wasn't as organised as I'd have hoped to be prior to the beans arriving, I thought I'd share a few customer creations I have spotted around blogland whilst breastfeeding! It's handy having an iPhone to browse the internet at all hours of the day/night to help keep myself awake :)

Anyway, enough chat how about some projects...




This first card is by Sue from A Consuming Passion, isn't the 'wing' treatment of the hummingbird just genius? It's so creative, adds depth to the card and a real life feel to the bird - FAB! Be sure to stop on by Sue's blog HERE for more wonderful inspiration.

Next up are a couple of cards by Sarah from Sazzle Dazzle Crafts...




This first card features the newest Flower Power stamp, which happens to be my current FAVE! I love the cluster of blooms and the colours are so fresh and vibrant :) 

This next card was a wonderful surprise to come across, not only because it is truly stunning, but also because it was created with love and as part of a surprise challenge over at the TIME OUT Challenges blog in honour of the birth of Josh & Ben :)




Isn't this card just stunning? The colours and layout are just FABulous and so striking. Be sure to stop on by Sarah's blog HERE for more wonderful inspiration and why not join in on the challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges HERE for your chance to win a £20 Gift Certificate to spend in store at Uniko Studio! 

Next up are a few cards by my fellow TIME OUT Challenges DT member Sandie over at London Days...




Another STUNNING creation using the Paradise - Hummingbird stamp set. Isn't the layered stamp masking just FABulous? I love the monochrome colour scheme Sandie has used too as it really lets the birds take the focus.

Continuing the bird theme, Sandie has created a couple of cards using this months revisited stamp set Peace On Earth...




This ├╝ber CAS glittery card really is stunning, the pop of red with the heart really draws focus to the dove. This next card is so soft & beautiful, it uses a modern Christmas colour scheme which works perfectly.




Be sure to stop on by Sandie's blog HERE for more wonderful inspiration. 

Lastly but no means least I have a couple of cards by Jane over at Purplejet Loves Crafts...




This first card is another wonderfully thoughtful card and uses a selection of Uniko Studio stamp sets in a genius way. Firstly Jane has used Background Builders: Christmas on the stockings and the tiny bears and 'Double the Joy' sentiment from Sweet Baby. 

I feel honoured to have inspired Jane for this next card, which uses the baby wipe stamping technique...




The All Occasion Sentiments #3 works perfectly with not only the technique but the starburst stamp Jane has used. Be sure to stop on by Jane's blog HERE for more wonderful inspiration.

Ok, that's all I have to share with you today, I am sure there are many more wonderful creations out there using Uniko Studio products and I would LOVE you to share them with me & point me in the direction of your blog or online gallery. You can even email me photos to beverley@unikostudio.com

Until the next time, thank you for stopping by today :)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

[Uniko Studio Challenge] No. 14 - Clean & Simple

Hello Uniko Fans - we are back with a new challenge.


We ALL loved seeing your entries we had for our last challenge & we look forward to seeing your entries for this one :) To help get your mojo flowing & increase the number of entries I have 'bumped' up the prizes.

The Prizes:
  • A £20 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight & £5 Gift Certificate 

Guest Designers are still welcome to join in on the current challenge too :) 




For the Challenge this month we are back to a 'theme' and colour pallet:

'Clean & Simple'

Plus




This months colour inspiration contains a trio of my FAVE colours! Hopefully there is something in this color palette that will get your crafting mojo going. Feel free to use any or all of the colours.

Complimenting the colours this month, the theme is "Clean & Simple', which is a design of card which has clean lines, minimal elements and embellishments and areas of 'white' space. White space is an area of the card with no element or embellishment and doesn't necessarily have to be white! 

This is what I've come up with for the challenge...




I found a little time to sneak into the studio and play along with the new Freshly Made Sketches layout seen HERE and below as the starting point for my card. It was lovely to grab a broken half hour to make a card, I had the bat call half way through as the beans had woken for a feed, they must have known I had snuck off into the studio!




Let's see how the Design Team faired with this challenge...



You have until October 14th 09:00 UK time, to link your card up below. 

The Challenge Rules:
  • Winners will be announced by October 17th
  • Please add the Uniko Studio Challenge badge & link back to the challenge 
  • If you don't have a blog to link back to the challenge, don't worry. Just use "USC"+<challenge number> as your tag. For example, for the second challenge "USC2" and upload it to a gallery. Or send Beverley an email (beverley@unikostudio.com) and she will add your entry for you.
  • Showcase any Uniko Studio product: clear stamps, dies, digital pattern paper, digital cut files, or digital stamps. If you haven't purchased any Uniko Studio products, fear not. Plenty of freebies here.
  • You can enter more than once as long as it is a new project each time! 
The Prizes:
  • A £20 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight & £5 Gift Certificate 
We can't wait to see your creations. Come play along!