Thursday, 13 December 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #302 - Seasonal Sketch

Hey!

Oh my! I am running terribly behind this week on all areas of life :( I'm finally here with my final DT card for CAS Colours & Sketches. It's been a blast being on the DT and I will miss being part of a wonderful team. However, my life is so busy at the moment, something had to give.

Anyway, the countdown to Christmas has begun and over at CAS Colours & Sketches the Design Team are getting into the festive spirit too. This week the challenge HERE is to choose a sketch from 2018 and make it seasonal.




I chose to use the colours from challenge #295 seen HERE and below...




And here is how it festive...





I LOVE snowflakes! With all the talk of the possibility of snow this weekend and having recently purchased The Stamp Market Snowflake Die, I had to put it to use! 




I die cut the snowflake from some left over sparkly card (Stampin' Up! I think) and paired it with some heat embossed snowflakes from Background Builders: Christmas and the 'Let it Snow' sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Christmas. For good measure and simply because I love the stuff, I added some Simply White Gloss Nuvo Drops!

There is still time to join in on this last CC&S challenge for 2018 and there is more inspiration from the CC&S Design Team over HERE. Be sure to check out which colour combo they've all chosen to make seasonal :) I look forward to seeing you in the gallery and happy festive CAS card making! 

Hugs


A Cracker of a Card

Hi, it's Lindsey here from the Uniko DT with a little "upcycling" inspiration for you!


I've used the card leftover from 2 Christmas crackers for my cards. 
The patterned glittery card was too good to throw away!
 I'm sure I'm not alone in the crafting community of hoarding lovely snippets of paper and card ...



My first card uses the upcycled card die-cut to provide a background for my the Uniko snowflake die set.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Simply Said Blocks set.



Quick, easy and simple is what I'm after for making a batch of Christmas cards!




For my second card, I stamped the bauble from the Christmas Sparkle stamp set onto the upcycled card and then "fussy cut" it out.




These cards would be perfect for the current Uniko challenge; we're looking for celebratory cards, with the optional twist of gold - and what better occasion to celebrate than Christmas?!


If you'd like to enter a card in this month's challenge, and why wouldn't you?  There's prizes to be had! You can link your card up HERE.  The challenge finishes on 21 December and winners will be announced on 4 January.

I look forward to seeing your cards in the gallery!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

December 2018 Release eGift Certificate Winners!

Yay!

It is finally Release Day & all the new products you have been seeing will be going live in an hour over on the website HERE.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has left such wonderful comments across Social Media this week, you have kept me going and smiling :) I appreciate each and everyone and sorry I don't get time to respond/reply to them all. 

Anyway, as promised I have 5 lucky winners for a £10 eGift Certificate to spend in store. These were all chosen randomly and I have made sure there is a winner from all of my social media / blogs...

Day 1 - Rizwana
Day 2 - Carole Dixon
Day 3 - Rosali 
Day 4 - Jackie Elliott
Day 5 - Tracey A

Congratulations to you all! 

If you were not a winner this time, there is still time to join in on the December 2018 Reveal, Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway HERE! Just comment along the hop to be in the chance of winning the ENTIRE Release! 

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December 2018 Reveal, Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Woohoo! 

Finally the day has arrived and the December 2018 Reveal, Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY is here! The Release will be available to purchase HERE at a NEW time of 9pm GMT tonight. 

Ok, so how about a look at the three new clear stamp sets AND the two new stencil designs!



Wonderful Day £9 
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018



Snowflake Serenade £9
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018



Pure Florals Peony £15
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018



Stencil In The Forest £3.50 
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018



Stencil Let it Snow £3.50 
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2018

For RELEASE DAY ONLY*, I am offering the full December 2018 Release as a BUNDLE OFFER, saving you 10%. 

PLUS...

FREE Worldwide Shipping is available on orders of £30 or more (reduced from the normal £50 minimum spend).

*offer will end at 9pm Wednesday 12th December 2018 & or until stocks of clear stamps last. Stencils will be available in the offer, even if they are available on backorder. 

Now I have formally introduced all the NEW products and mentioned the RELEASE DAY ONLY offers, how about a FUN blog hop and a ton of inspiration from the Design Team.

Be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win the ENTIRE Release!! You have until Midnight (GMT) Friday 14th December 2018 to comment and the winner will be announced soon after.

Happy Hopping!

Hugs

Monday, 10 December 2018

Introducing... Pure Florals Peony Clear Stamp Set

Hey!

Welcome to Day 4 of the December 2018 Release product introductions. 

I am so happy you have decided to pop by again. Today is the last of the December production introductions and I have saved a new favourite till last! 

As December is a super busy time for everyone, it is just me doing the product introductions for this release. Though the Uniko DT will be joining me on Release Day for our traditional blog hop :)

This clear stamp set is similar to Pure Florals Lily, in that it only contains outline images. The first 2 florals in the series, Gerbera and Chrysanthemum contain both solid & outline stamps for a 2 step stamping flower.

My reason for 'changing' things up when I designed the Lily and the Peony is that I wanted to create a flower that can be 'built' together with individual stamps to create a bouquet of flowers or that they could be stamped alone individually. Therefore I didn't have room in the set for solid stamps.

This picture below shows how all of the images in the set can be used to build a complete bouquet.




And here is how I have used Pure Florals Peony...




Here I have stamped just the 2 main peony blooms in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. There is so much lovely detail to these stamps that adding colour to the flowers themselves isn't always necessary. I decided to keep the focal images with no colour and I was inspired to add just the Coral colour to the mat layer and part of the sentiment. 




I was totally inspired by Pantone's colour of 2019 - Living Coral :) 

That's all I have to share with you here today, but I do have one more card HERE on the website blog!

As it is the season of giving, each day of the introductions I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment from either this blog post, the Uniko website blog post, Facebook or Instagram to receive an eGift Certificate code to the value of £10! So be sure to leave a lovely comment ;) Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release at 9pm GMT!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hugs

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Introducing... Snowflake Serenade Clear Stamps

Hey!

Welcome to Day 3 of the December 2018 Release product introductions. 

I am so happy you have decided to pop by again. The countdown to the December Release is in full swing and this is the fun part where you get to see the sneak peeks in action. Be sure to catch up and comment on days 1 & 2 HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. I have a little giveaway each day, see details at the end of the post! 

As December is a super busy time for everyone, it is just me doing the product introductions for this release. Though the Uniko DT will be joining me on Release Day for our traditional blog hop :)

Anyway, let's have a look at another new product Snowflake Serenade clear stamp set. This stamp set plays on the wintery side of the season, making it versatile and not just for the Christmas & Holiday period. The clear stamp set features a lovely main large swirling design comprising of snowflakes & holly leaves. There is a trio of sentiments and a trio of accent snowflakes in varying size.

Here's how I have used the stamps for my showcase today...




I've stamped the large swirling design in Encore Silver ink & heat embossed it in Stardust EP for added sparkle. I changed the orientation of the stamp, repeating the above to fill in other sections of my card layer.




I used one of the sentiments from the set & decided to embellish the design with the smallest  die cut snowflake from Designer Dies Snowflake Trio. I've die cut this from a silver shimmer card stock scrap I had in my stash.

Just the one card from me today using this set, I was thrown off track mid week with hubby being involved in a little car accident. He managed to stop his car from hitting the one in front, but was then hit from behind, squishing our car into the one in front. He's fine apart from a gash to his head and a few aches and pains. Though I spent the majority of the afternoon in A&E with him to get him checked over. AND crazily I plan a release for the day after a little family weekend away!!

Anyway, as it is the season of giving, each day of the introductions I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment from either this blog post, the Uniko website blog post, Facebook or Instagram to receive an eGift Certificate code to the value of £10! So be sure to leave a lovely comment ;) Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hugs

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Introducing... Wonderful Day Clear Stamp Set

Hey!

Welcome to Day 2 of the December 2018 Release product introductions. 

I am so happy you have decided to pop by again. The countdown to the December Release is in full swing and this is the fun part where you get to see the sneak peeks I shared HERE in action on cards & projects. 

Yesterday I introduced 2 NEW Uniko Stencils called In The Forest and Let it Snow. You can catch up HERE and HERE

As December is a super busy time for everyone, it is just me doing the product introductions for this release. Though the Uniko DT will be joining me on Release Day for our traditional blog hop :)

Anyway, let's have a look at the second product and new clear stamp set called Wonderful Day. This new clear stamp set is a fun modern & trendy floral building set. It features both solid & outline stamps, leaves, foliage and 4 lovely sentiments.




I've packed nearly all of the images contained in the set on this bright & cheerful one layer card! The main bloom (yellow) and bloom detail stamps (orange) can be used as 2 step stamps and lined up perfectly. However, I wanted to have a more quirky design and have the layers offset. 




I used Altenew Fresh Lemon, Orange Cream & Olive inks. Then pairing Dandelion Yellow and Ripened Pumpkin Gloss Crystal Nuvo Drops to create the coloured dots & centre of the flowers. I'm still getting to grips with my new photo/lighting, so there is a bit f a reflection/shine to the Nuvo Drops (sorry!). 

I have another one layer card to share, which is a CASE of the lovely Deepti. You can check out Deepti's card HERE on Instagram and over HERE on Deepti's blog.




I was so inspired by Deepti's layout and 'quick' colour adding technique that I had to give it a go and the Wonderful Day clear stamps seemed the perfect fit too! 




The squares of colour were created by simply stamping the mini ink cubes directly to my card. Such a fun thing to do and each time they come out slightly different depending on the pressure you apply.  The colours I used were Aqualicious, Coral Berry & Warm Sunshine.

For the floral design I have used the flower outline images and added in leaves and foliage. I've also used another of the sentiments contained in the set.

That's all I am sharing here today using this new floral set, however I do have one more card to share over HERE ;)

As it is the season of giving, each day of the introductions I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment from either this blog post, the Uniko website blog post, Facebook or Instagram to receive an eGift Certificate code to the value of £10! So be sure to leave a lovely comment ;) Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th December before the release!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Hugs