Sunday, 11 October 2015

October 2015 Design Team Blog Hop, GIVEAWAY!


I'm SO happy you've stopped by the blog today as today is the October 2015 Design Team Blog Hop. Along with the hop and GIVEAWAY! So be sure to grab a drink, get comfy, relax and enjoy!

As we've quite a few new followers here, ("Hello & Thank you") I will explain what's going on! Here at Uniko I *USUALLY* only release new products every other month. This is for a number of reasons, firstly, being an avid paper crafter myself and knowing the current economic climate I know 'some' are on a limited budget when it comes to buying new stash, so this way you're not tempted to splurge too much every month.

The second reason is that it is just me here at Uniko HQ. I currently run this little business single handedly, designing, blogging, demoing, classes, packing. Alongside that I am a full time mum to 13  month old twin boys! So releasing every other month gives me chance to keep my head above water, well...just about!

So, on the in-between release months the Design Team & I take a look back at a previously released product, dust it off and give it some love! This month as we are approaching Christmas I decided to dust off the previously released Pure Florals: Poinsettia...

As you can see this set features a reasonable sized Poinsettia and an array of mix and match Christmas themed sentiments.

As always I like to share a couple of my 'old faves' using the sets...

And here is a new project featuring the set...

My card today was inspired by the current CAS - Colours & Sketches sketch challenge seen HERE and below. 

As you can see I decided upon a different colour than the usual reds for my poinsettia, opting for magenta and a light pink. I also turned to my trusty Prismacolor pencils and gamsol to blend them. I was thinking back and I started using these way back in 2008 when I first came across the awesome Jennifer McGuire when she worked with Hero Arts! 

Anyway, after colouring my partial stamped poinsettia on the tag I layered it up with a plain tag, added some white ribbon tied on with gold embroidery floss and finished it with some more gold embroidery floss swirled underneath. The sentiment is a partial stamped sentiment from the set.

Now, I do have some more cards to share using this set, but I am saving them to share with you this coming week on the Uniko Website Blog HERE. I am starting a new weekly feature over there called 'Stamp of the Week'

Each week I will have a series of blog posts featuring the 'Stamp of the Week' and fingers crossed videos in the future too!! Along with this, the 'featured' stamp set will be available on the website for a discounted price for that week only.

I do hope you will join me over there this week ;) Anyway, enough chatter, how about some more inspiration from the awesome DT.

AND don't forget the GIVEAWAY... Simply comment along the hop by midnight Sunday 18th October (BST) for your chance to win the featured set or a eGift Certificate code to the same value if you already own them...

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

I think that is all for today, THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and your continued support and custom which makes my little dream and business stay alive.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop WINNER!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

I popping in real quick this evening to announce the winner of the GIVEAWAY I did on my Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post HERE. The winner will receive the Coffee themed stamp set that Uniko is releasing next month!!

So, without further ado chose the lucky comment...

Who is...

Your card is perfection! Thank you for being a sponsor!

Congratulations Sheryl! Please send an email to along with your postal address and I will send you a set once they are in my possession! 

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the hop & stopped by the Uniko Blog and left such lovely comments.

No card today I'm afraid, I am feeling a little under the weather :( I will be back tomorrow though for the October 2015 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!! I hope you will stop by the blog then :)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Uniko Challenge #25 WINNERS!


I'm here this evening to announce the winners of our 'Autumn' with optional twist of thanks challenge.

The Design Team & I loved seeing your amazing creations and I throughly enjoy stopping by all of your blogs :)

Anyway, firstly we have a randomly selected winner who used Uniko products on their entry and that winner is:

Please contact Bev at by the 20th October 2015 
to claim your 150 reward points.

Next up is our random winner who twisted with us:

Please contact Bev at by the 20th October 2015 
to claim your 100 loyalty reward points.

Next we have our winner chosen by the DT:

Congratulations and here is your winners badge:

You have won a £20 eGift Certificate to spend in Uniko store here-please contact me at by the 20th October 2015

We would also love to have you join us as our Guest Designer for a future challenge. If you are interested please contact me at by the 20th October 2015.

Now for our Top 3 chosen by the DT and in no particular order: 

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

You have all won 50 loyalty reward points.
Please contact me at 
by the 20th October 2015 to claim your prize.

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

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hey & Happy World Card Making Day!

I do hope you are all having a lovely weekend & finding time this day of the year where we can celebrate as a creative community & enjoy our passion for making cards. I found a spare 30 minutes again today, thanks to hubby being home to make a card. I did tell him it was #WCMD2015 and it was essential! Lol! 

This is what I came up with...

I'm excited to have Label Love: Thank you back in stock over on the website next week (available for pre-order from today & will ship Wednesday 7th Oct) that I had to show it some inky love. I'm still  on a roll making thank you cards and today I am thankful of quite a few things.

Today I am thankful for all of you who take the time to stop by the blog to see my creativity, for those who leave such thoughtful comments too, for those who purchase my products and those who follow me on social media. I could go on, but you get the picture, without ALL of you my dream job wouldn't be what it is and I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I do. So, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

A small token to show my thanks to all of you I am doing a little stamp set giveaway over on Facebook & Instagram. Simply comment on either or both of the posts for your chance to win one of two Label Love: Thank you clear stamp sets. 

As usual I had a play along with a challenge, it really does help spark my creativity when I only have limited time to create. This time I joined in with the Fusion Card Challenge seen HERE and below. I decided to use both the inspiration photo and the sketch. I combined 3 Uniko clear stamp sets on my card along with some Mama Elephant dies. All the products I've used are listed at the end of the post.

One last thing... as it is #WCMD2015 how about a 15% discount code?! The code #WCMD2015 is valid until midday (BST)  tomorrow Sunday 4th October 2015. Simply apply the code to the coupon box during checkout.

That's all I have for today, but as the beans are now tucked up in their cots asleep AND hubby is watching England in the rugby I will now sneak off to the studio and make a couple more cards!! It is #WCMD2015 after all! 

Until the next time, thanks for stopping by today.

Ink: Memento Luxe Morocco, VersaMagic Mango Madness, Tea Leaves & Sahara Sand
Card Stock: White & PTI Vintage Cream
Accessories: Mama Elephant Landscape Trio Dies & Foam Adhesive

Thursday, 1 October 2015



What do you do when you have an unexpected 30 minutes to yourself during daylight hours? Me...? Well, I literally whizzed round the house with the vacuum and then snuck in the studio to make a super quick CAS card! 

This is what I came up with...

Light was just beginning to fade as I took my photos, I really must sort some space for my light tent (added to the long list of 'to do's). 

Anyway, I spotted a few new challenges and couldn't wait to play along! First up is the CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below. 

Next, I need a colour combo. So without spending too much of my limited valuable creating time I turned to the new ColourQ challenge colours seen HERE and below, a lovely Autumn mix :)

I started out by curving the large THANKS sentiment from All Occasion Sentiments #6 and stamping it in Red Magic VersaMagic ink. I then used 3 stamps from Natures Treasures II & used the other 3 SU! ink colours in the inspiration photo. 

I decided after mounting the stamped panel onto my Riding Hood Red card base that it needed a little something...GLITTER! 

One final challenge this card fits into is the new TIME OUT Challenge, which is an inspired by words challenge HERE and the sentence...

 'Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile'

That's all I had time to make, 30 minutes certainly goes quick when you're on the clock! Don't forget there is still time to join in on the Uniko Challenge HERE too ;) Fingers crossed I will be back tomorrow with more to share :) Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Uniko classes, re-stocks AND a card!


How did we get to Wednesday already?? My days are zooming by like nobodies business - LOL!  The beans are FULL on during their awake time, luckily they nap and sleep well, but I am struggling to keep on going during these times!! 

Anyway, today I have a mixed bag of a post with some news on the Uniko Classes some restocks coming next week and to make it a little sweeter I've made a card to share with you all too!

Uniko Classes 

I have updated the CLASSES page HERE which is located below the logo banner at the top of the blog. More dates will be added soon, including the date & info for the FULL Day crafting retreat in 2016.

I have 2 classes in October, the 2nd class being at the NEW venue close to the market town of Yarm - YAY! You can book your place on the NEW Class HERE on the website. 

Stamp Restocks

I have 4 stamp restocks due in next week (approx 6th October) which are...

Now, how about a card...

I had an unexpected 30 minutes this evening to myself whilst the beans went to the swings with Grandad. After seeing the new Freshly Made Sketch pop up on my Instagram earlier I reached for two of the restock sets to create my card, English Country Garden - Butterflies & Label Love - Thank you. I still have a TON of thank you cards to make & send!

Below is the FMS and you can find it HERE too...

With only having 30 minutes I kept it super CAS! I started out by stamping the large butterfly directly onto my white CS base & selectively coloured it with my Prisma Color pencils & used gamsol to blend the colouring. The smaller outline butterflies are stamped in Turquoise Gem & Pink Grapefruit VersaMagic and adhered to the card with DST just down the centres. The sentiment is from Label Love - Thank you & one I reach for often.

To finish it off I smothered the butterflies in Wink Of Stella, which you can just about see in the photo above! 

Ok, that's all from me today, I will be back this week with more to share! Until then, thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, 27 September 2015



I hope you are all having a lovely weekend, we have been catching up on various jobs around the house and me in the studio too, designing some new goodies and preparing some fun posts on the Uniko blogs! Anyway, I am here today to announce a couple of WINNERS, so let's get to it! 

First up we have the winner from the September Release Day Blog Hop HERE. chose the lucky comment #48...

Such stunning cards! I love the clean lines of both of your cards and the colors you used. So clean and fresh!

Congratulations ChristyQ! Please send me an email to with your mailing address no later than October 11th 2015 & I will get your prize in the post to you! 

Next up we have the winner from my NBUS Sponsor post HERE. chose the lucky comment #16...

Your florals look beautiful against the soft grey!

Congratulations Julia Aston! Please send me an email to with your mailing address no later than October 11th 2015 & I will get your prize in the post to you! 

Thank you to everyone that joined in on both the events & left such lovely comments for me & the Uniko DT, it means so much to us all. Don't forget & if you missed the news Uniko is sponsoring the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE and HERE. There is a chance to win more Uniko goodies!! 

That's all from me today, I am out tomorrow as my husband has a day off work, but hope to find some time to create later in the day, until the next time, thank you for stopping by :)