Thursday, 27 August 2015

Still Time to Join in at TIME OUT Challenges!


Ahh, all good things come to an end at some point, but I am still sad to leave TIME OUT Challenges.  I'm sure you will see me from TIME to TIME over there either as a sponsor or playing along!

Anyway, I am here with my last reminder card as part of the DT for the current challenge, which is inspired by this FABulous photo...

For my last card HERE, I went with the nautical theme, this time I was inspired by the circles and stripes. 

This is the result...

I'm LOVING the sketch over at 'Less is More' HERE and seen bike, so I couldn't resist playing along again, so I used it for my layout. 

I started by stamping the striped circles from Background Builders: Round In Circles on my white base layer in Ocean Depth ink. I then die cut a panel of white CS using my Mama Elephant hello & edge dies. After adhering the die cut layer to my base card using DST I die cut the 'hello' again in red CS and inlayed it into the pre die cut 'hello' on the panel.

That's all from me, but we have a lovely Guest Designer joining us this fortnight, Anni, be sure to stop by Anni'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 again later in the week with more to share & until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Hello Roses

Hey & Happy Monday!

Well my 3 and 1/2 day weekend with hubby and the beans went WAY too fast! We had some fun as a family including our first swim session with the beans. It actually went well considering I thought we would have to abort the mission before we even entered the pool! 

Anyway, I squeezed in a little crafty 'me' time on Saturday night and made todays card...

I was inspired to use a few new crafty supplies along with the current 'Less is More' challenge which this week is a sketch seen HERE and below.

So I treated myself to some new goodies, including these lush Pretty Pink Posh sequins :) I chose the Spring Mix as it contains my favourite colours. I've used the pink flowers & yellow cups on my card...

I combined 2 Mama Elephant dies on my card too along with the roses from Flower Power #6 and Background Builders: Vines. I was inspired by the Colour Me....! Challenge colours seen HERE and below, but I am a little too late to enter the challenge :( 

That's all from me today, I hope to be back tomorrow with more to share as I plan on a couple of hours in the studio tonight whilst hubby is watching the football! Until the next time, thank you for stopping by today.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

August 2015 Revisited Blog Hop Winner!


Sorry, I am a little late with announcing the winner of the August Revisited Blog Hop. I certainly enjoyed all the inspiration from the DT, they really brought both the Beautiful Blooms clear stamps to life again.

Anyway, after adding up all the comments in order of the hop chose the winner for me...

Winning comment 172 left the comment on Sarah P's blog & is...

What a stunning card, Sarah! I love the the colours - just beautiful. xx

Congratulations Liz! Send me an email to along with your postal address & I will get your prizes on their way to you. If you already own the 2 clear stamp sets featured in the hop let me know and I will send you an eGift Certificate for the same value as a replacement prize.

Please contact me no later than Friday September 4th 2015 to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who hopped along with us and left comments, we all truly appreciate the time it takes. Until next time, thanks for stopping by today :)

Friday, 21 August 2015

Uniko Challenge #24


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

with an optional twist of being inspired by the photo

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! Also you can do a card in any style, it doesn't have to be CAS.

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...


New Home - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Aren't these all fabulous!

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


Our DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 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 (inspired by the photo) and they will receive 100 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

This challenge runs for 2 weeks, closing on Friday September 4th 8am BST.

Now it is your turn to join in the fun:

Thursday, 20 August 2015

TIME OUT Challenges - Home Sweet Home


Today is the start of the next fortnightly challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges and this time it is a Home Sweet Home challenge inspired by this photo below...

A lovely nautical themed inspiration photo which lead to this creation below, as you can see I went with the nautical theme & was inspired heavily by all the stripes!! 

I started out by using the reverse of one of my background builder stamps to stamp the wide stripes on the base card in VersaMagic Ocean Depth ink. I love the fluffy edges it created which I think has a ocean like feel to them. The boat is stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black and I masked each sail separately to stamp the red stripes using the line stamp from Background Builders: Squared.

Before adhering the boat onto the card using foam adhesive, I stamped & embossed the sentiment in detail white embossing powder staggered/stepped on the stripes to add a little more interest. 

That's all from me today & unfortunately this will be my last fortnight here at TIME OUT Challenges as a DT member :( I took the tough decision to step down from the team to concentrate my extra TIME here at Uniko. I'm sure you will see me playing along with the challenges though from time to time ;)

Anyway, this fortnight we have a lovely guest designer joining us, Anni, be sure to stop by Anni'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 again later in the week with more to share & until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Uniko Sponsors Freshly Made Sketches 200th Sketch Challenge!

Hey & Happy Wednesday!

Today Uniko is celebrating along with the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge, as they have reached an awesome milestone with their 200th sketch! Normally their challenge is sponsor free, but as it is a special occasion they have asked a few companies to sponsor and offer prizes to the winners.

As you know I love playing along with their challenge, so when Jennifer Timko emailed me and asked if Uniko would sponsor I was honoured. Before I get to the prize Uniko is offering how about a look at the sketch & some samples from me & some of the DT...

Such a simple sketch with so many possibilities, this is what I came up with...

I don't normally buy the kits from the SU! catalogue or anywhere really, but in the new one they have a few which come with nice objects like the Tin of Cards kit which has a gorgeous striped tin & filing system to keep your cards in and I couldn't resist the Hello Life Simply Created Kit either as it comes with a wire frame to hang on the wall and clip creations & inspiration to. Anything to make the new studio pretty :) More on these & a look see another day! 

Anyway, the reason I have waffled on is because I have used a few elements from both the kits on my card! From the Tin of Cards I cut into one of the note cards which has a diagonal stripe to it in Bermuda Bay, I then die cut the scalloped edge using my Mama Elephant dies. I then tied some Basic Black Bakers Twine around, securing with a bow also from the kit. This is adhered to the card base using foam adhesive. 

I then stamped the outline bloom & leaves from Beautiful Blooms II & fussy cut them out, adhering them with DST. To finish the card off I added the sentiment from A Gift For You and 3 little die cut hearts from the Hello Life Simply Created Kit.

A few of the DT were able to join in on the fun & created a project using the sketch, be sure to pop by their blogs for a closer look and inspiration...

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

So, to be in the chance of winning any of the sponsor prizes & the Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum clear stamp set AND matching Designer Dies that Uniko are offering be sure to create a card & link it up HERE on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge post.

That's all from me today, but I will be back later this evening to announce the August Blog Hop Winner & tomorrow with a TIME OUT Challenge card.

Uniko Clear Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II & A Gift For You
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Card: White 
Accessories: SU! Tin of Cards & Hello Life Kits, Foam Adhesive,

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Introducing...Pure Florals: Gerbera Designer Dies

Hey & Happy Weekend!

I've been wanting to do this post ever since the dies went live on the website on Tuesday, but my time to create & blog just seemed to slip away from me this week. My husband took a couple of half days and a day off work for some much needed family time this week :) it was lovely to have him at home.

Anyway, I here today to share a closer look at the matching designer dies for the Pure Florals: Gerbera clear stamp set. Now I 'seem' to have a better schedule & routine with the beans I decided it was time to get back on track with getting matching dies for previously released stamps. 

Pure Florals: Gerbera is the all time TOP seller here at Uniko and along with that I have had numerous requests for them so HERE they are...

As you can see by the photo above they are different from our dies in the fact they are see through, this makes stamping and die cutting a breeze. 

Today I have a little step by step photo tutorial (I'm not quite set up for videos yet) for you, hopefully showing you how quick and easy it was to make this card...

As usual I decided to use a challenge to jump start my creativity, I was recently made aware of a new to me challenge called {Cupcake Inspirations} and decided to check it out. The current inspiration (ending soon) HERE and seen below was perfect. I have just treat myself to a few new VersaMagic colours!

I started out by stamping the outline gerbera in Pink Grapefruit, a lovely coral pink...

This next photo shows how easy it is to line the die with the stamped image...

And here it is die cut...

I repeated the same process for the leaves, this time I chose the small solid leaf & stamped it in Oasis Green ink...

Before stamping my sentiment and assembling the card, I always lay the pieces of my card out how I want them to make sure I am happy with it...

Including photos (which aren't the best) this card took me half an hour! So having a die really does 'cut' the making process down! And lastly I have a little close up of the finished card...

Ok, that's all I have time for today, as the beans are just waking up from their nap! I hope to find some creative time this evening once they are in bed to make a few more cards using these new dies :) 

Until the next time, thank you for stopping by today.