Saturday, 25 May 2019

DT Inspiration - Rainbow Birthdays

Hello there, it's Sarah P here with my May DT Inspiration post and in honour of Bev's BIG birthday month I've gone all out with some rainbow birthday creations.

Having been inspired by the cards Kristina Werner created HERE with their gorgeous inky colours and fun birthday ideas, I wanted to incorporate the previously released Block Party Birthday stamp from Uniko as well as the newly released 'BIG & BOLD Wish' die.

So here goes ... the first 3 using the Block Party stamp in various ways

The rainbow background for this one was created using Zig Clear Brush pens, blending the painted stripes with water. Once dried the Block stamp was stamped with Versamark ink and simply heat embossed in white.

A very similar card but this time the rainbow is on a diagonal and created by blending Distress Oxides before heat embossing the image in white.

Who knew that Distress Oxides could stamp so well...a little trickier than the first 2 cards but fun to create. Once all the coloured stamping was dry I stamped the whole image with Versamark ink before heat embossing in clear embossing powder. 

... and last but not least featuring a Cover plate die from Avery Elle with the 'BIG & BOLD Wish' dies and stamp set. Keeping with the rainbow theme I've smeared Distress Oxides around the oval  then kept the sentiment very simple inside. The 'You Are Amazing' sentiment is from the Just Because set.

I hope you've enjoyed my rainbow birthday cards and thank you for stopping by the blog today.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Featured In... Die Cutting Essentials


Happy Friday & HAPPY long Bank Holiday weekend to all in the UK, you've got to love an extra day to the weekend! 

Today I am back to share a little more about the Uniko feature in Die Cutting Essentials, which I shared on social media yesterday. 

I am always truly honoured to be approached by editors to work to a brief and have my cards featured :)

For this feature Kirstie the editor of DCE chose Originally Organic & Originally Organic Additions clear stamps & designer dies to be featured. I had a gorgeous colour scheme perfect for them and here is a couple of the cards I made for the feature...

This is probably my favourite stamp from Originally Organic, I just love the swirly features. On this card I have stamped & embossed the image in white onto a grey card base & coloured using Prismacolor Pencils. I've then used a negative die cut panel to add interest and dimension. Such a fun technique to do with coordinating dies. 

I stepped right out of my comfort zone for this next card and created a shaped card! I hardly ever choose to make a shaped card, but the curved floral stem was screaming to be layered around a curved edge. 

More details about these cards and more can be found in the magazine AND there is a bonus card over on the Die Cutting Essential blog HERE.

AND if that's not enough, both of the Originally Organic & Originally Organic Additions are available as stamp & die bundles HERE and HERE on the website. Saving you 15% if you bought the stamps and dies separately.

That's all from me today, but the DT will be back tomorrow with more inspiration to share with you :)


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

DT Inspiration: Mid Century Modern Backgrounds

It's Lindsey here with some DT inspiration for you.

I LOVE the newly released Mid Century Modern Floral stamp set!

As well as being perfect for creating a huge bouquet of retro styled flowers, the stamps are just as lovely when used randomly to create fun backgrounds.

Once you've found a layout you like, why not continue and make a couple of cards, just changing your ink colours to ring the changes?

If you haven't already, I urge you to take a look at the brand spanking-new "Mid Century Modern Florals" stamp set.
It's absolutely smashing!

This set is available on backorder, restocks are due in on 4th June & backorders will ship 5th June.

Thank you for your visit today.

Monday, 20 May 2019

To Bee or Not to Bee Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Monday!

Welcome to the 2019 BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop!

Hopefully you have hopped on over from Pretty Pink Posh the hop starts on Milka's blog and all the participants can be found at the end of this post.

The purpose of this blog hop is to celebrate World Bee Day, to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.


This year the Uniko Design Team have joined me with creating inspiration to share with you all and we have a mini hop contained inside the BEE or not to BEE Blog Hop! 

BEE sure to hop along all the Uniko Design Team and leave a comment, as I will randomly select a lucky comment from those left on the Uniko DT blogs to win a BEE themed Uniko prize :) You have until 31st May to comment.
For your 1 in 19 chance to win one of the sponsor prizes seen in the graphic above, hop along blogs of the participating designers and sponsors listed in blog hop list below and leave comment on each blog hop stop.
Donna Mikasa    
Larissa Walgemoed          
Tina Pavlovic                        

After commenting, return back to Milka’s blog and add your name to InLinkz, but prior you do, please read Blog Hop details, terms, giveaway rules and privacy policy which are shared in Milka's blog post below InLinkz.

InLinkz closes on May 31st2019, 11:59 PM CEST. Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog on June 3rd2019 during the day.

There will be couple additional giveaways along the hop. Details about additional prizes and giveaway rules can be found on blogs that offers additional prizes.
Giveaway is opened Worldwide (+18) only. 

Happy Hopping!

Sunday, 19 May 2019


Happy Sunday!

I'm here today to announce WINNERS of various prizes I have offered on the blogs the past few weeks, sorry that it has  taken me so long to get round to announcing them, it's been a busy time here at Uniko HQ.

First up I have the WINNER of the April/May 2019 Release Blog Hop. With the help of the lucky comment is...

super cards - the colors and designs are fabulous!!!

Congratulations Dee! Please send me an email no later than 31st May 2019 to along with your postal address. I will then get your prize on it's way to you!

Next up I have 3 lucky winners from the Spring / Summer Coffee Lovers Uniko Sponsor post HERE. I was offering just one prize to a lucky comment, but the Uniko Flash Prizes during the hop were missed out, so I have allocated the prizes to two more lucky comments left on my blog post!


Congratulations! Please send me an email no later than 31st May 2019 to along with your postal address. I will then get your prize on it's way to you!

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to hop & comment along both these hops, it means a lot to me and the Uniko DT :)

BEE sure to stop by again tomorrow for another FUN hop & chance to win Uniko goodies & other sponsor prizes! 

Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend or start to the week!

Friday, 17 May 2019

Uniko Challenge #53 - Anything Goes + Optional Twist Masculine


Welcome to the May/June 2019 Uniko Challenge. 

We've that great favourite theme of Anything Goes for this new challenge, but if you'd like to challenge yourself a bit more then go with our twist of Masculine.

We're really delighted to have Radhika as our Guest Designer for this challenge. How super cool is her card! And what a fabulous idea for a masculine card.

The Uniko DT have also been busy and have created some awesome cards to get your creative juices flowing.

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 June 2019 (7.00pm EDT).


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Surprise Surprise

Shh! Can you keep a secret?

No! Well neither can the Uniko DT!

We're here today with a HUGE SURPRISE for Bev - our wonderfully talented and brilliant boss lady - because it's her BIRTHDAY.

And not just any old birthday but one of those milestone ones that end with a zero! So of course we couldn't let that pass without a bit of a celebration and we're having a surprise DT blog hop and linky party for Bev here on this blog because we knew you'd all want to join in too!


We hope you'll enjoy our cards - and a little apology for letting that number slip onto some of them. 

We really hope you'll have a wonderful day with loads of pressies and hugs and kisses from all your lovely family.  

And if YOU, Uniko's lovely customers and fans would like to join in please add your birthday cards to the link up below, which will remain open until the end of May, and maybe leave some delightful birthday wishes in the comments too.

Thanks so much

Uniko Design Team