Friday, 20 January 2017

Uniko Challenge #39 - Anything Goes with an Optional Twist of Love


Welcome to the January 2017 Uniko challenge and our first challenge for 2017. We have another fun and easy challenge this month to spark your creativity and I have changed the frequency and length of the challenges this year to hopefully give you a little more time to join in on the fun.

So this month we have the following challenge...

Anything goes! Don't you just love these kinds of challenges, I sure do. I love seeing everyones creativity and individuality shine through their creations.

Challenge Guidelines:

* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do ;)

* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!

* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible ;)

This month we have another awesome Guest Designer joining us, Izzy from Izzy Scrap. Izzy has been a regular participant in the Uniko Challenges and was the lucky winner of Challenge #37. Now check out this stunner Izzy has created...

Isn't this just amazing? I love the embossed circle frame around the stamped heart using a selection of tiny Uniko clear stamps. Be sure to hop on over to Izzy's blog HERE to find out more and leave some love.

As always the Uniko Design Team have some FABulous inspiration for you too, be sure to follow the links to their blogs to find out more and I am sure they'd love a nice comment too ;)

CLICK HERE to see more from Beverley

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

Aren't these just super! Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes. as I said at the beginning of the post, I have changed the length and frequency of the challenge. The challenges are FIVE weeks long, giving us a total of SIX challenges this year.

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £4 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 month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 24th February (7.00pm EDT).

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Hello Friend


Today was a much needed bean free day! I took some time to myself this morning to catch up on a little sleep and a couple of my favourite TV shows. The beans are finally getting their last 4 back teeth and as much as they have not suffered with pain, it seems the norm for Josh to wake at least once during the night. Only mummy can sit with him until he falls back to sleep and then we get the 6 am wake up call! Overall they are really good, but boy I needed a rest this morning.

Anyway, this afternoon I have been catching up on work and designing and I decided I needed a little break and set to making this card...

I had been perusing Pinterest this week and was inspired by THIS card by Yana Smakula, I loved the ombre stripes and the bold black sentiment. So had ago using my Altenew inks, Mama Elephant die  and paired them with Beautiful Blooms III and a sentiment from Simply Said.

It's also been an age since I joined in with a card challenge, so decided on a 'Hello Friend' card so that I can join in over at AAA Cards HERE. Their current 'Hello' challenge ends on Saturday.

That's all from me tonight, I had better finish up a couple of things before bed. The design team and I will be back in the morning to inspire you with the first Uniko Challenge of 2017 - yay!

Ok, until then, thank you for stopping by :)

Uniko Clear Stamps: Beautiful Blooms III and Simply Said
Inks: Altenew
Card: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Accessories: Mama Elephant Die, Clarity Stencil Brushes, Wink Of Stella, MISTI & Stampin' Up! Enamel Dots

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Design Team Inspiration - a mix of 4 Uniko sets

Hello all this is Rahmat.
I am up with another inspiration for you all.

This is the card I made.

The color inspiration was from a picture from my another challenge post.

I have used these 4 sets below to create this card.

I started with the background buiders -  round in cirlces set, and stamped the stringed circles in a bright pink pigment.

Followed by stamping the flowers from Flower Power #6, and background  builders - winter vines addition set. The ink is SU - calypso coral.
Finally stamping the sentiment from the Pure Florals -cosmos set, on a white strip.

I hope I have provided some inspiration to mix and used some of the Uniko stamps you have in your stash.

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate your kind feedback :) Have a great day!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #206


It's Tuesday, which means it is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Don't these weeks go fast?! Anyway, Karen is our hostess for the January challenges and has another fun colour challenge HERE and seen below. 

We've used Stampin' Up colour names for reference; however, you may use any companies' products for your cards as long as you match our colours as closely as possible. You may also use neutral colours (white, cream, kraft, brown, grey, or black) for card layers, sentiments, and image outlines. However, in order to be considered for our weekly winners, you must not use any other colours.

Don't forget to create a CAS 'Clean & Simple' card for the challenge to be considered as a winner for the challenge!

This is what I came up with using the colours...

With two pinky colours I opted for a floral card and Beautiful Blooms I clear stamp set was still on my desk. This set is getting a whole lotta love at the minute as the Uniko Design Team & I have revisited it HERE. There is a blog hop and GIVEAWAY too, so be sure to check it out ;)

I used my MISTI tool to stamp the smaller of the blooms in Watermelon Wonder onto the matching die cut. The sentiment is from the Uniko retired clear stamp set Strike A Pose! and I added a couple of Stampin' Up! Flirty Flamingo enamel dots to accentuate the finished design. The layout of my card is using the CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch seen HERE and below. 

Be sure to check out all the Design Team inspiration HERE on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog and I hope to see you in the gallery :) Challenge End Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, January 23, 2017


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Bursting with colour

Hi, Sarah G here! 

I have been playing with colour bursts and wanted to try out these vibrant colours with some Uniko designs.

I white embossed the beautiful butterfly from English Country Garden and combined it with colour bursts in blue and purple:

The embossing resists the colours - I love the way that they swirl and mix when sprayed with water!  Unfortunately, I didn't have time to flatten the card after it had got wet so it looks wavy here.  It really needed a night under something heavy but you get the idea :)

I tried the same technique with the chrysanthemum stamp.  The oranges, reds and yellows give the image definition.  I combined it with a sentiment from Originally Organic.
I hope you like the combination of bright colours with the white embossing.  It makes the images pop!
Thanks for stopping by :)
Sarah x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Uniko Challenge #38 Winners!


I'm am here today and LONG overdue, to announce the WINNERS of our Christmas Challenge. WOW! A fabulous collection of Christmas inspiration, thank you to all who joined in :)

Firstly we have our overall WINNERS chosen by the Design Team. Yep, there are two winners as we have a tie and I will be awarding both of them with the prize. In order entry they are...

Congratulations Marianne AND Milka! 

Here is your winners badge:

You have both won a £15 eGift Certificate to spend in Uniko store here-please contact me at by the 20th January 2017

We would also love to have you both join us as our Guest Designer for a future challenge. If you are interested please contact me at by the 

Next, we have our randomly selected winner who used Uniko products on their creation...

Congratulations! Please contact Bev at by the 20th January 2017
along with the email address associated with your Uniko Website Account.
I will then add 200 loyalty points to your account.

Now for our Top 4 (as we had another tie) chosen by the DT and in entry order: 

Congratulations to you all & here is you Top 3 badge:

You have all won 100 loyalty reward points.
Please contact me at
by the 20th January 2017 to claim your prize.

Congratulations to ALL the winners & EVERYONE who joined in on the fun!

The 2017 Uniko Challenge starts on Friday 20th January.

Hope to see you come back and join in on the fun :)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

January 2017 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Hump Day!

It's the 11th of the month, which means as it is not a release month (sorry, I promise it'll be worth the wait till next month) the Design Team and I are here today with the usual Design Team Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

This month we have decided to dust off and revisit the previously released Beautiful Blooms I clear stamp set AND matching Designer Dies.

This clear stamp set was released way back in June 2013 but is still a firm favourite of mine and many ;) The set also has a Pinterest page HERE, in which you can find lots of inspiration using it.

As usual I have picked a couple of my 'old' favourites using these products...

Now, how about some fresh new inspiration using this set AND don't forget to comment along the Design Team blogs to be in the chance of winning BOTH the Beautiful Blooms I clear stamp set and the matching Designer Dies. Or a Gift Certificate to the same value if you already own them. You have until Midnight GMT Friday 20th january to get your comments in.

CLICK HERE to see more from Bev 

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

Thank you for stopping by and hopping along with us today.