Friday, 24 January 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - BIG & BOLD Happy

Good morning ...... Happy Friday!

It's Linda here with my first Uniko Brand Ambassador post of 2020.  I can't believe that we're heading towards the end of January already!

It's been a busy start to the year though.  Did you enjoy the new release from Uniko last weekend?  As always, Bev has designed some fabulous new stamps to add to the Uniko collection ...... did you have a favourite?
If you can't decide and you just want the lot, there's still time to join in the fun with the New Release Blog Hop and Giveaway ...... you could be the lucky winner of the ENTIRE new collection!

I've got a little bit of inspiration for you today using one of my favourite sets from the BIG & BOLD series ...... BIG & BOLD Happy
January for me, means birthdays.  Female and male, old, young and everything in between.  The girlie ones I've usually got covered, but it's the ones for the boys in our lives that prove troublesome.
This stamp set is perfect and if you have the matching dies well, the possibilites are endless.

Here's a couple of designs that could be for just about anyone, and any age ......

First up is a really cool all over design using just the large 'happy' stamp.  Just think of all the colour combinations you could use for this.  For the guys it could be masculine tones, or go for a more vintage look.  Use the colours of their favourite sports team perhaps. 
For a more feminie look try pastel shades or create a pretty ombre effect.

I went for a bright, rainbow of colour using Distress Oxides.  I also used my MISTI, so that I could repeat stamp and build up the depth of colour

A simple sentiment, stamped in black, die cut, and then attached onto the front of my card using foam pads

You can find another version of this over on my blog this morning.  Our son Chris is the big 30! today so I used this design to make his birthday card! .......

If you really don't fancy doing all that stamping, then let the matching dies to the stamp set do all the work .......

Using the acetate smooshing technique I applied Distress Ink onto a piece of white cardstock.
In case you're not familiar, simply swipe your Distress Ink pad onto a craft mat, spritz with water and then use a piece of acetate to pick up the ink and smoosh it onto your card .... easy!

I added a few splatters of red on top for a bit more interest.

I used both the word die and the shadow die, cutting them both from plain white cardstock ...... the actual word I cut twice.
I coloured one of the words with Distress Oxide ink and then layered everything together.

I stamped the rest of my sentiment directly onto the card, and attached the die cut word in the centre using a mini wobbler.  These are my thing at the moment .... they add dimension to your cards and of course whatever you use them on wobbles so you get movement as well ..... so much fun!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day, and have a fabulous weekend.

Cheerio until next time .......

Products used:
Card 1
Stamps: BIG & BOLD Happy (Uniko)
Inks: Distress Oxide inks - Twisted Citron, Candid Apple, Mustard Seed, Blueprint Sketch, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Vioet; Versafine Clair - Nocturne (for the sentiment)
Other: Small stitched oval die from my stash

Card 2
Stamps: BIG & BOLD Happy (Uniko)
Inks: Versafine Clair - Nocturne; Distress Oxide ink - Candid Apple; Distress Ink - Salty Ocean
Other: BIG & BOLD matching dies (Uniko); small wobbler

Saturday, 18 January 2020

January 2020 Reveal, Release, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Welcome to the first release of 2020, I have so many fun products in store for you this year and I am excited to share these 4 brand new clear stamp sets and re-introduce one returning from retirement.

*PLEASE NOTE:- To protect my designs and discourage the blatant theft of them, there is a watermark over the top of the product image. This makes the image appear that the lines are not solid. I apologise for the inconvenience and ensure you that this is not part of the design or physical stamps you will receive. To see what the stamp/s look like when stamped, please have a look at the samples in the product gallery. Thank you for your understanding*

First up we have the newest addition to the Background Blocks series. This is an ever growing series of patterned stamps as they are just so versatile and I just keep coming up with more and more ideas!

This month I introduce to you, Background Blocks Scattered Hearts, a fun outline scattered heart pattern, perfect for Valentine's, Weddings, Anniversaries and more.

Background Blocks Scattered Hearts £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2020

Next we have BIG & BOLD Love, the newest addition to the BIG & BOLD series. This one has been designed for some time now and I've just been waiting for the right time to release it! It features the large bold sentiment, accompanying sentiments and accent heart stamps. What's not to love about this set?!

BIG & BOLD Love £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2020

Next up a new, but also not so new floral stamp set! Hello Lovely. This clear stamp set features the Peony design from the popular Pure Florals Peony clear stamp set. 

Instead of the large single peony blooms that are in the Pure Florals set, I have scaled them down and clustered them together to form this beautiful bouquet stamp. I have shared a comparison of the Pure Florals Peony stamps against this new stamp HERE on yesterdays introducing post.

This set is perfect for so many occasions and it's not just for those who love to colour too ;)

Hello Lovely £10
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2020

Next is the newest addition to the Sentiments Outlined series, You Are... Sentiments Outlined. A trio of sentiments for those special people in your life. Not just for Valentine's Day either, these sentiments are perfect for cards & projects to lift people up and spread some cheer all year long.

You Are... Sentiments Outlined £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2020

Lastly, but by no means least I re-introduce to you the previously retired, Always & Forever clear stamp set. This clear stamp set first debuted back in December 2013 HERE. This set was designed to coordinate with Beautiful Blooms I and now has so many more creative possibilities with the Uniko products that have launched since it retired! 

Always & Forever £5
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2020

All the heart eyes for this line up of clear stamps :) Now how about some inspiration and a fabulous blog hop.

Be sure to comment on all the Brand Ambassador blogs for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release! You have until Midnight GMT Saturday 25th January 2020 to leave a comment and a winner will be announced Sunday 26th January.

That was one fabulous and inspirational hop! I hope you all enjoyed it too and don't forget to comment along the way to be in the chance to win all the NEW goodies!

Thanks for stopping by today.
Crafty Hugs

Friday, 17 January 2020

Uniko Challenge #57 Anything Goes + optional twist Cool Winter Colours


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

And of course the Uniko Brand Ambassadors have also created spectacular inspiration cards to kick start your creativity and get you in the mood to play along.

Are you ready to play?

Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of 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,

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Brand ambassador inspiration : Seeing stars - Background Builders

Hi there!

Hannelie here today sharing three cards I made using the Background-builders : Seeing Stars set!

It works for so many occasions, depending on the sentiment you decide to add and of course the colours you use !

Today I decided to go for a more masculine look :

Card #1

For this card I combined the set with a two layer die cut sentiment from Designer-dies : Big and Bold collection. The "birthday" sentiment is from Simply-said-blocks stamp set.

The background was randomly stamped with one of the stars in distress oxide inks as shown in the photo above. I popped up the sentiment with foam dots and finally added the small sentiment strip.

Card #2

For this card I used the smaller stars to stamp the background on the card base. I added a second popped up panel, stamped with three of the larger stars from the set and once again a sentiment from Simply-said-blocks stamp set.

Card #3

Last but not least... a clean and simple birthday card. Larger stars cut out and popped up over a background strip. Another sentiment from Simply-said-blocks stamp set. Finished off with some of the smaller solid and outline stars.

I hope you found some inspiration today!


Sunday, 12 January 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Originally Organic Additions

Sarah here with my first Brand Ambassador Inspiration post of 2020! 
Firstly, I'd like to wish you all a Very Happy New Year. I hope you've all enjoyed the festive season and ready to move on to a little 'spring time' theme. I certainly am with all the dark and miserable early mornings we're experiencing of late in the UK!
With Spring in mind I'm featuring the beautiful Originally Organic Additions Collection. The set has coordinating dies and easily teams up with lots of other Uniko sets; as I've done here using a sentiment from the Wonderful Day set plus a die-cut butterfly from English Country Garden: Butterfly collection.

For the first one I stamped the 'heart' image directly onto my cardbase using the Misti to line up a second panel to use for the negative die-cut areas of the card and for the image on the second card. The images are coloured using Promarkers with some added detail using Polychromo pencils plus a touch of glamour dust. 

The first card shows the focal 'heart' image slightly off-set and tilted to the left whereas this one has the image straight on the cardbase and popped up on 3d foam. I die-cut the centre section in turquoise cardstock to coordinate with my colour scheme and having heat-embossed the sentiment in-laid it inside the 'heart'

I hope you feel inspired by these ideas. Personally I find this set brilliant for many occasions; due to the 'heart' style image. It works well for weddings, anniversaries, mothers day as well as general birthday / every day cards. Adding the dies into the mix opens up loads more opportunities for shaker cards and other techniques making it super versatile. 

Thanks for calling by and I hope you too have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Organic Wishes

Bonjour !

Izzy here and first of all I wish you a very Happy New Year ! Today I share with you some cards I made with the Organic Wishes stamp set.

I took advantage of this time of year to use one of the dandelion stamps to illustrate fireworks ...


... to celebrate the New Year ! I almost used the same design for both cards, with a few small modifications.

For the following card I used the dandelion whose ends are shaped like a heart to make a birthday card...

I stamped the image on three die cut squares in rainbow colours and I foam mounted them on the card. I used the Sentiments Outlined set for the sentiment.

For my last card, I used three of the dandelion stamps, including the biggest one that sows its seeds in the wind...

I made the background with new pearlescent watercolours that I received for Christmas then I stamped and white heat embossed the dandelions. I cut the edges with notched scissors.

Well that's all for me today and I hope I inspired you with this versatile and so beautiful stamp.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous crafty week !