Saturday, 24 March 2018

March 2018 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


It's time for another Uniko Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY - Whoohoo!! For those of you who are new around these parts I will explain what this post is all about...

Here at Uniko HQ it is just myself behind the screen, blogging, designing, packaging stamps & orders through the Uniko online shop, customer service and all the things in between. I *usually* release new product every other month for a number of reasons, but mainly so I can keep up with everything!

On non - release months like this month I like to set myself and the Design Team a challenge to look back at a previously released product and give it some more love. 

Usually I choose just one product that was released the previous year or a once favourite that hasn't seen much air time. This month with the recent additions to the Design Team, The Stencil Design Team and having released last month a co-ordinating stencil to the previously released Fun Flowers clear stamp set. I thought it would be nice to showcase both the stencil and clear stamp set.

Anyway, be sure to comment along the hop for your chance to win a £15 eGift Certificate to spend in store. You have until Midnight (GMT) Saturday 7th April 2018 to comment.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

DT inspiration - The gardener's notebook

Bonjour !

Izzy here. Now that spring is here, gardening desires germinate in our minds. At least, that's the case with my husband.

Two years ago, he decided to make a small vegetable garden. The first year we had the pleasure of savouring tasty tomatoes, last year, in addition, we had beautiful squashes and this year he plans to add beans and zucchinis !

This is a very good idea but every year he wonders when he has planted, what varieties he has planted ... in short, all the questions of the Sunday's gardener ! That's why I thought that a notebook, in which he could note all this information, would be very useful.

I had in my stash this all new notebook but on which liquid soap had spread. So I decided to make a new cover. And that's what I did with it...

I cut a Kraft cardstock to the size of the notebook cover to make this project. The longest thing to do was to stamp the title, but I preferred to start with that because in case of a mistake, I would not have to start all over again !

I first stamped the title on an acrylic panel so that I was sure to place the letters correctly on the kraft cover. All the images have been stamped first with Distress ink and then with Versamark to be able to emboss them with clear powder.

To make this cover I used several stamps sets. I started with the yellow flower on the left from the Flower Power #2 set. I masked it then I stamped the two wonderful pink cosmos from the Pure Florals: Cosmos set. I also masked it and I followed with the Uniko flower from the Flower Power #3 set and a second flower of the Flower Power #2 set. Always playing with masks, I stamped the Spring Botanicals Snowdrop and I finished with another pair of Cosmos. 

The fun part was to colouring them with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. As the top part of the cover was too nude, I decided to stamp randomly some fluttering butterflies from the English Country Garden Butterflies set. Then I adhered the panel over the notebook with double sided tape.

I love how this panel looks, the colours are very bright even over the kraft paper ! 

I hope I inspired you to use your stamp for something else than a card ! And the good news is that my husband used his notebook this weekend !

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day ! 

Izzy xx

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #264 - Colours


Our hostess this month over at CAS Colours & Sketches is Fiona and we've already had two wonderful inspiration sparking challenges. This weeks colour combo HERE is no exception and is so bright and cheerful...

Due to a poorly bean with chicken pox and one without, both of them off nursery and throw in some sleepless nights and work deadlines, I've not had a whole lot of creative time :( 

Anyway, here's what I came up with though using this weeks colours...

Yep, I still have the Kindness Blooms clear stamp set within arms reach! I had a look around my favourite challenges and saw the current CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch seen HERE and below and knew the set and colours would work.

I started by stamping both sizes of bloom in Stampin' Up! Rose Red, fussy cut them out and layered them with 1mm thick foam adhesive. 

I then stamped my sentiment and adorned it with colourful polka dots stamped in all of the CC&S challenge colours using the small circle stamp from the Kindness Blooms clear stamp set too. 

Super simple from me today, but I hope I have inspired you to join in on the challenge?! If you need a little more inspiration, pop on over HERE to see what the CC&S Design Team have created.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

DT Inspiration - Glowing Stars with Stencil and Stamps

Good morning to everybody on a happy sunday!

I'm Wiebke, one of the four girls from the new Stencil-DT and I'm so happy to be part of this great team now!
Since I discovered stencils some years ago I love to play with pastes! Great reason to let out my muddy-me! For a really long time I hadn't recognized it's also possible to use stencils also with other mediums like  inks or pencils... For today I used different stuff - pasts, ink and more.

I wanted to show you something different that hopefully is new to most of you!
Have you ever worked with Glow-in-the-Dark products yet?
What's a perfect shape for glowing products? - Yes! Stars!
Great there are several star stamp sets and also the new star stencil available in the Uniko Store!

In my supplies I have two different  mediums I want to show you here: a "Glow-in-the-Dark Embossing Powder" from Wow! and a "Glow Glitter" from Advantus, which I combined with a translucent embossing paste.

For the first card  I used the new Seeing Stars Stencil with a mix of clear embossing paste and glow glitter. 

It's so easy to combine embossing pasts with colours, glitter or other medias - if you never did it, you should give it a try! Just be brave! The results are even more individual and you can create almost every effect you can imagine!

I started with a small portion of paste and added always a bit of glitter, mixed it in with my palette knife and repeated this several times until I recognized a good, still soft consistency (important: it shouldn't be not too dry - then it might fall of the paper after drying). To get a really good glowing effect I added some more of the glitter on top of every wet star. Some of them I coated with Glossy Accents after their drying time to get different optical dephts for this starry sky (and also to avoid falling off glitter).

When everything was dried I used some Gelatos, a brush and water to colour the background in a watercolour look. I used a lighter and a darker blue and violet (they have no special names, but I have took them out of a set with 12 bright Gelato colours).

I heat embossed my sentiments out of the Set "Reach for the Stars" - the text in white on dark blue cardstock and the Stars in gold on vellum. The vellum I fussycut out, adhered it also on the blue cardstock and fussycut it out again with a visible small blue edge. The starry background is also framed with the blue paper - I adhered both flat on my cardbase. Both sentiment-elements wer adhered with a thin 1 mm foam tape.

On the inside of the card I completed the sentiment in VersaMark - onyx black ink and embellished it with the star trail of the "Reach for the Stars" set in Distress Oxide Ink - fossilized amber .

For my second card I used the "Background Block - Stars" Stamp twice on one paper with Versamark Ink,  and covered it with the "Wow! - Glow-in-the-Dark" regular Embossing Powder and melted it.
You can see the glow in every aggregare state.
My blue paper was blended with blue, black and purple Distress Oxides before I stamped the stars - the embossing powder needn't be used only on white paper.

To create my card I decided to cover the border of my cardbase with a silver hologram  tape - so it's sparkling always - in daylight with the tape, in the dark with the stars!

The Star paper is adhered with a 2 mm 3D-tape on the card base.
To cover the line between the two times stamped BG block I created a banner with the same inks and a sentiment of the "Reach for the Stars" stamp set. After framing it with the holo tape I adhered it flat on the raised background.

To finish the card I used some punched white stars in the left bottom corner and one directly beside my sentiment. This one is also heat embossed with the glow-powder.

Great hologram sparkling

The only problem was, to get good and sharp pictures of the cards when they glow in the dark - also with a tripod! I'm so sorry for this! But they both really do glow beautyfully!
(I'm thankful for every idea about taking better pics in the dark!)

Hope I could inspire you to give this special stuff a try!
On the creativation  2018 were new glowing products released so it might be easier to get them now - hopefully all around the world! (I bought mine one or two years ago and it took a while to find them here in a German online shop without the super-expensive US shipment costs. But it was woth the searching time!)

You will see me again soon with my Reminder Post for the new Uniko Spring Challenge and also with a planned Uniko Blog Hop (pssst - that's a peek right now). - Stay creative!

Greetings from  *Wiebke*

Friday, 16 March 2018

Uniko Challenge #46 - Colours, optional twist Easter

Hey! Welcome to the March/April, 2018 Uniko challenge. 

This month we have a really pretty palette of colours for you to choose from and with Easter looming that's our optional twist.

As you've probably noticed the Uniko DT has grown this year with the addition of four talented ladies onto our Stencil Team. So of course there's going to be even more DT inspiration to get your creativity flowing and we also have the most wonderful Guest Designer - Michele - joining in with us for this challenge.

Her winning card from the last challenge had us all swooning here at Uniko and if you go take a peek at her blog you'll discover loads more innovative ideas that are just that little bit different.

Guest Designer - Michele
Isn't this the most amazingly creative use of Uniko stamps and dies?! Do go visit her blog - HERE - and tell her how gorgeous this is!

The Uniko Design team also have some inspiring card ideas to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs to find out more and I am sure they'd love a nice comment too ;)


Happy Easter - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems 

The eagle eyed of you will have noticed that this is only half of the Uniko DT, but never fear the other half will be here with ideas to inspire you on 30th March with the reminder post.

So are you ready to play along?
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 - £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 20th April 2018 (7.00pm EDT).


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

DT Inspiration - Wonky Stripes stencil

Happy Wednesday to you ......

Is it really the middle of the week already! 
It's Linda here, with my first Stencil DT Inspiration post for you.  I'm thrilled to be part of the Uniko Team and it's a pleasure to be posting on the blog today.

I've got a really quick and easy design for you, using the fabulous Wonky Stripes stencil along with some Distress Oxide inks

This design is so much fun to use .... creates great backgrounds but, I think it's also a fab design to be the focal point on your cards too.  Change the colours of the inks and you'll get a totally different look each time. Kids will love the bright colours, but go more neutral and you could use it for all those 'hard to make cards for' men!

I've gone with  rainbow colours for my card .... bright and cheery.   Brushed straight through the whole of the stencil, which by the way is a great size ..... 6x6 inches.  I've used the whole design here on a 7x7 card, but you could easily cut it down if you wanted it smaller .... save the poeces for something else!

 I simply added a die cut word to the front, layered a couple of times for dimension

And finished off by adding in a few dots of the Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.  I love how the different colours of the stripes show through the glitter drops, making them match the stripes that they're on perfectly

For the inside I've used the rainbow colours again to ink up the 'birthday' from the brand new Birthday Sentiments

and completed my greeting using some of the smaller words from the same stamp set.

I hope you've enjoyed my first DT post and that you feel inspired to use your stencils.
Thanks for stopping by .... have a great day