Monday, 3 August 2015

Watercolours & a Butterfly

Hey!

Happy Monday to you all, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and your week has begun well. My weekend was jam packed but full of love and FUN :) Surprisingly my Monday has been good so far, I usually don't do Mondays well! 

I even found a few spare minutes in between washing whilst the beans were napping to make the card I am sharing today...




Last week I finally bought myself some decent smooth watercolour paper to use with my Clean Color Zig Real Brush Pens which I treated myself to last month. I've been itching to get going with them after seeing all the buzz with them in blog land. 

So here is my first attempt! I chose the large butterfly from English Country Garden Butterflies to colour as I knew I'd be able to be 'creative' with my colouring! I am pleased with how easy they are to use and the results. I began by stamping the butterfly in VersaMark ink onto the watercolour paper and heat embossing it in detail white. 




I started out by colouring the centre of the butterfly in the Dark Pink, I then added the Turquoise Green to the edges and Bright Yellow to the bottom section of the butterfly centre. I then used my water brush to mix the colours until I achieved a result I was happy with. I finished the butterfly off with a layer of Wink Of Stella to add a bit of a shimmer. It's really subtle so doesn't show up well in the photos.

The layout of my card is based on this Freshly Made Sketch layout seen HERE and below. I decided to keep my card base and elements white and minimal so that the butterfly would really take centre stage.




Before I go I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has taken the time to fill out my survey in THIS post. I am truly overwhelmed with the response and positive feedback I have received along with the comments and suggestions which I am taking on board. Once I have evaluated and collated the results I will share some of them with you ;)

I will be keeping the survey OPEN until this coming weekend, so you still have time to fill it in and help me improve Uniko!

Ok, that's all from me today, the beans are demanding their tea! I will be back tomorrow with more to share & until then THANK YOU for stopping by.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Tell Uniko What You Think!

Hey!

Here at Uniko I am always thinking of ways to improve, develop and evolve the company and it resulted in me realising that the best way to do this was by asking YOU! My dear friends, blog readers, followers and truly appreciated customers.





That's all from me today, I am hoping to squeeze in a little creative time tonight, some energy is required first!

It's been a crazy Saturday here with the beans, Ben refused to go for a nap this afternoon and in doing so woke Josh up and we had them both crying and not settling. So out we popped in the car for a random family drive just so they would nap! It did work, but it meant we got nothing in the house or any jobs done. 

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to help me, until next time :)


Monday, 27 July 2015

Let it SNOW...in July!

Hey!

It's a super rainy Monday here at Uniko HQ. So I am spending the beans nap time getting a little creative in the studio! It certainly adds a little cheer to my day :)

I decided to play along with the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge HERE and seen below and created another Christmas card.




With a few clear stamp restocks expected tomorrow HERE in store, but are also available for pre order now, I decided to reach for my Stunning Snowflakes and BIG & BOLD - Snow stamp sets to create my card. I combined them with the SU! Little Letter dies which I have had in my stash for a while but not used - Oops! 




Let it SNOW in July, well it feels pretty Autumn like here today and I actually turned the heating on for an hour, so if it did snow it wouldn't shock me! Haha! 




There is still time to use the 10% discount code SUMMER10 which expires at midnight tonight. Be sure to take advantage of this little offer :) All our offers, re stocks and more are always announced via our newsletters, sign up HERE at the bottom of the website.

Ok, that's all from me today, but I will be back later in the week with more to share. Until then thank you for stopping by today :)


Friday, 24 July 2015

Have you joined us yet?

Hey!

I'm back today to remind you that you still have time to join in our current challenge:


Black & White with an optional twist  - Splash of Colour


We have 2 fabulous Guest Designers joining us for this challenge:


&



And we have some more FABulous samples from our Guest Designers and Design Team to inspire you...
Aren't these all fabulous!

Need a little more incentive to join in the fun? Will some prizes help?

The Prizes:

Our DT will choose a winner who will get a £10 gift voucher

Our DT will choose a top 3 who will get 50 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

We will do a random draw for those who used a Uniko stamp and this winner will get 150 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

We will do a random draw for those who twist with us (splash of colour) and they will receive 100 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

This challenge runs for 2 weeks, closing on July 24th 8am BST.


Now it is your turn to join in the fun:

Thursday, 23 July 2015

TIME OUT Challenges - CASE with your own twist

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It's time for the next challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges. This fortnight is a CASE challenge, with your own twist. This month we have an awesome muse, Alice from Alice's {Little} Wonderland and this is the FABULOUS creation we are CASEing...




Here's my take...




I was mainly inspired by the layout of Alice's card and also the cute little cactus Alice used, but as I don't own any type of stamp that is or resembles a cactus I opted for my Uniko Rustic Christmas Tree instead. It is kinda prickly, right?

Instead of layering washi tape/papers and fussy cutting out the tree I simply stamp the Grunge Grid from SU! in Crumb Cake ink also from SU! onto my card base, but I stamped it off lightly first so the colour didn't come out too dark. I then over stamped the Rustic tree in Hint of Pesto VersaMagic ink.




I did however fussy cut out a tiny red bird from the same set and just adhered it to the card using double sided tape, but having it cut out just added a bit more dimension than just stamping it onto the card. It also replicates the red flower on Alice's cactus. The sentiment is also from the set and the set will be back in stock this weekend, along with some highly requested sets! 

Ok, that's all from me today, but there is much more inspiration over at TIME OUT Challenges. This fortnight we have a lovely guest designer joining us, Rema, be sure to stop by Rema's Blog HERE to see how she was inspired by the photo and of course the FABulous TIME OUT Challenges Design Team...




For all the info and to link up your challenge be sure to stop by the TIME OUT Challenges blog. I look forward to seeing your creations :) I'll be back soon with more to share, until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

July 2015 Release Day Blog Hop WINNER!

Hey!

My apologies for being so late in posting the winner of the July 2015 Release Day Blog Hop, my days just seem to fly by at the moment as I try and squeeze all my 'things to do' into a few hours in the day when the beans are napping or have gone to bed!

Anyway, without further ado Random.org has picked a winner...




Number 68 in order of the hop is...

Wow, wonderful card with this background and the white flowers! So vibrant!
Thanks for the chance to win these fabulous new stamps, they are so versatile! Fingers crossed! :D

Congratulations! Send me an email to beverley@unikostudio.com along with your mailing address no later than the 4th August 2015 and I will get your prize on it's way to you.

THANK YOU to everyone who joined in an commented along the hop, brought the sets and made the July Release a fabulous one!

I will be back soon to share a card, until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Uniko Challenge #23

Hey!

Welcome back for our July challenge. This month we have another fun challenge for you to try with another optional twist too.


Black & White with an optional twist - splash of colour


You can use any stamps/products to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko goodies and if you do there is an extra chance to win a prize! 

This fortnight we have 2 lovely an awesomely talented Guest Designers joining us, be sure to stop on by their blogs and have a look around at their creations. You won't be disappointed, I know that for sure.





How about some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing...


























Aren't these all fabulous!

Need a little more incentive to join in the fun? Will some prizes help?

The Prizes:

Our DT will choose a winner who will get a £10 gift voucher

Our DT will choose a top 3 who will get 50 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

We will do a random draw for those who used a Uniko stamp and this winner will get 150 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

We will do a random draw for those who twist with us (splash of colour) and they will receive 100 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

This challenge runs for 2 weeks, closing on July 24th 8am BST.


Now it is your turn to join in the fun: