Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Double Trouble & A Dynamic Duo!


It's been a long day here today, I had another scan of the babies this morning which turned into another 3 hours spent at the hospital. All is good and they are growing well...

Both of them together in this first photo. The bottom baby is laying on his side with his face turned away. They were both very active and were pushing each other in the face quite a bit. It is so fascinating to see them on a scan.

And a separate photo of them individually.

After a long morning at the hospital I had a much needed rest and a little down time and indulged in making a couple of cards! 

Flower Power #2 was still out on my desk from yesterdays card so featured again today! This time I paired it with a leaf from Natures Treasures I and a ditsy flower from Background Builders: Vines.

The layout for my card was an inspired by Maile Belles and the colour combo is the current Dynamic Duos challenge colours seen HERE and below.

That's all from me today, time to chill out! I will be back again on Thursday with more to share. Until then thank you for stopping by today :)

Card Stock: White (Boyes) SU! Smokey Slate
Ink: SU! Going Grey. PTI Summer Sunrise & VersaMagic Aquatic Splash
Accessories: SU! Candy Dots

Monday, 28 April 2014

Monday Blues...?


I'm still hanging in here and getting bigger by the day! I will share a 'bump' photo tomorrow, hopefully the weather will be a little brighter and less gloomy so I can get a decent picture. I'm back at the hospital tomorrow for another scan and they're going to be every two weeks, so I'll be practically living there! Plus, time is flying by at the moment with SO much to do, think of and fit in, can't it slow down just a little?!

Anyway, I found some time this evening to squeeze in a little crafting and make a card...

I decided to 'play' along with a couple of challenges. First I decided to use the current 'Less is More' challenge HERE and seen below which is a sketch challenge.

I then saw Taheerah's new Cure For The Monday Blues challenge HERE and seen below and was inspired by a few of the bright colours.

As you can see I kept it really simple. I used the solid bloom from Flower Power #2 and combined it with a label from Label Love: Thank you and two sentiments from A Gift For You. I was pleased to discover that the 'Just For You' sentiment fit perfectly inside the label. I love making discoveries like that :)

Don't forget there is still time to hop along & comment HERE to be in the chance of winning a prize! That's all from me today, I hope to stop by again tomorrow with another card. Until then, thank you for stopping by today & I hope you are all well :)

Card Stock: White (Boyes)
Ink: Papertrey Ink Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores & Smokey Shadow
Stamps: Uniko Studio Flower Power #2, Label Love: Thank you & A Gift For You
Accessories: Papertrey Ink Doily Die, Foam Adhesive & SU! Candy Dots.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

April 2014 BONUS Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


Welcome to the April 2014 Release BONUS Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! If you've been following events here at Uniko Studio you may remember that there were a few hiccups along the way for the April Release & my fabulous design team didn't get their goodies in time :( So, I thought it would be nice to have another Design Team Blog Hop to celebrate the release AND also welcome our newest addition to the team... N@ Ali.

So how about a couple of cards (I apologise in advance for the poor quality photos, the weather here has been so dull, rainy & overcast I had to resort to the false light in the bathroom!)...

I decided to focus my attention onto Flower Power #4 as it has been some what out shadowed here on the blog by Background Builders: Vines! Also I know that the Design Team have an array of FABulous creations to show you using the Background Builders: Vines set. For both my cards I needed a mojo spark and decided to use the current Color Throwdown colours seen HERE and below. A trio of colours I wouldn't normal grab from my supplies.

And another giving the same set some love...

And seeing as it's a Design Team Blog Hop how about some inspiration from the FABulous Design Team:

How about a GIVEAWAY...? 

Simply comment along the hop for the chance to win the April Release (Background Builders: Vines & Flower Power #4) or a Gift Certificate to the same value if you already own them. If you comment on each of the blogs listed that'll give you 8 entries & chances to win. You have until Midnight Wednesday 30th April to comment and I will announce the winner here on the blog Thursday 1st May.

Happy Hopping!
Card Stock: White (Boyes) SU! Blushing Bride
Ink: SU! Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum & Kiwi Kiss
Stamps: Uniko Studio All Occasion Sentiments #2, Background Builders: Squared and Flower Power #4
Accessories: Buttons & Ribbon PTI, Foam Adhesive & Embroidery Floss

Thursday, 24 April 2014

TIME OUT challenge - CASE with your own twist!


Apologies for leaving you hanging yesterday, my get up an go seemed to have got up and left, therefore it resulted in me not having a lot of energy to sit and craft.

Anyway, I'm back today with the 4th TIME OUT Challenge and this time it's a CASE challenge. The aim of this challenge is to use the designer inspiration card & CASE it adding your own twist. 

This month we have a super duper talented paper crafting expert for you to CASE... Virginia from Yes Virginia and this is the inspiration card...

And this is how I was inspired...

I took inspiration from the overall layout of Virginia's card as it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and overall CAS. I like the single focal element & twine detail and decided to place my twine under the heart motif. 

As I'm not a huge fan of using patterned paper I decided to stamp my strip of pattern in VersaMark & heat emboss it in white. Which is what I did for the sentiment too.

I was also inspired by the colours Virginia used but scaled down the intensity and kept them a softer shade. All the supplies for this card are listed below and I hope I have given you some inspiration to join in on the challenge.

For all the challenge details pop on over HERE and be wowed by all the TIME OUT Design Team inspiration too! 

That's all from me today, I sure hope you will join in on the challenge & I look forward to seeing your creations. Until next time, thank you for stopping by today :)

Card Stock: White (Boyes) Blue from stash
Ink: Versamark & SU! Cameo Coral (Retired)
Stamps: Uniko Studio All Occasion Sentiments #5, Always & Forever & Background Builders: Flower Power
Accessories: Stampendous! White Detail EP, Adhesive Pearls, Embroidery Floss & Foam Adhesive.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Mary, Mary...


Well I am finally back after a lovely 4 day Easter break :) I hope you all had a lovely Easter too. I didn't go anywhere, I just spent some lovely downtime with my husband. Oh, and ate 'some' chocolate! 

Anyway, I'm a little late with sharing today's card, things seem to be taking me twice as long to do these days!

I've had this card idea in my head since my last class at The Paperlane! It just so happens it is perfect for the new CASology challenge seen HERE and below.

Here's a close up of the detail...

I used one of the ditsy flowers from Background Builders: Vines to create a clustered bloom similar to THIS card I shared for the current Uniko Studio Challenge. This time I paired it with the stem & leaves from Flower Power #4 and a sentiment from Flower Power #1.

If you'd like a little more inspiration DT member Nicki has a FAB card on her blog today HERE. That's all I have to share with you all today, I will be back again tomorrow with more. Until then, thank you for stopping by :) 

Card Stock: White (Boyes) SU! Orchid Opulence (Retired)
Ink: VersaMagic Spring Pansy, PTI Summer Sunrise & VersaFine Onyx Black
Stamps: Uniko Studio Flower Power #1 & #4 and Background Builders: Vines

Friday, 18 April 2014

[Uniko Studio Challenge] No. 9 - Easter

Hello Uniko Fans - so we're into the third challenge with our new formats. Do you like it? Do you hate it? What would you love to see changed? Leave us a quick feedback in the comments section and we will draw a random winner to win a  £5 Gift Certificate.

This months color inspiration is some back to basics spring colors. These are fun and earthy and with the many bright yellow daffodils sprouting out, we thought this is perfect for this time of the season. Feel free to use some or all the colors. After all, this is just suppose to be an inspiration starting point to creating something fun.

Photo Credit: Design Seed

And complementary to the colors, the theme this month is an obvious one "Easter". If you don't celebrate Easter, feel free to pop in another sentiment or a spring one. We aren't sticklers when it comes to our rules, and again we want this to be a starting point for inspiration.


I decided upon a trio of the colours from the inspiration colour pallet and I used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge layout seen HERE and below for my card.

I started out my stamping 8 of the ditsy florals from Background Builders: Vines and fussy cut them out. I then adhered them to the card in a large circular bloom shape, stamping the leaves & vines around the bloom to add interest. The sentiment is from Flower Power #4.

Here is how the design team faired:

by Gillian
by Ren-Yi
by N@ Ali

by Erika

by Nicki

The Challenge Rules:
  • You have until May 14th 09:00 UK time, to link your card up below
  • Winners will be announced by May 17th
  • Please add the Uniko Studio Challenge badge & link back to the challenge 
  • If you don't have a blog to link back to the challenge, don't worry. Just use "USC"+<challenge number> as your tag. For example, for the second challenge "USC2" and upload it to a gallery. Or send Beverley an email (beverley@unikostudio.com) and she will add your entry for you.
  • Showcase any Uniko Studio product: clear stamps, dies, digital pattern paper, digital cut files, or digital stamps. If you haven't purchased any Uniko Studio products, fear not. Plenty of freebies here.
The Prizes:
  • A £10 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight
We can't wait to see your creations. Come play along!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Throwback Thursday & TO Challenge Reminder!

* The 3rd post of three today, click HERE for the April Release Winner & HERE for the USC no.8 Winner *


Today I have combined my Throwback Thursday card with a reminder card for the current TIME OUT Challenge HERE.

I opted out of the TO Challenge twist and made another feminine birthday card...

Sorry, I just HAD to use Background Builders: Vines again! This time I have paired them with the BRIGHT Butterflies clear stamp set and matching Designer Dies. (A restock of both Background Builders: Vines, BRIGHT Butterflies, Background Builders: Lattice & more clear stamps are expected on the 6th May).

I added some dimension to the butterflies using my usual style of overlaid vellum and added some rhinestones to the centre of them to hide the adhesive. This card is based on a previous card which I made HERE way back in May 2013.

Ok, that's all from me today, we will be back tomorrow on the blog for Uniko Studio Challenge No.9. I'd LOVE you to pop by and join in on the fun :) Until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Supplies: Card Stock: White (Boyes)
Ink: VersaMagic Tea Leaves, Aquatic Splash & Spring Pansy. SU! Cameo Coral. PTI Summer Sunrise.
Stamps: Uniko Studio Background Builders: Vines, Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum & BRIGHT Butterflies.
Accessories: Uniko Studio Designer Dies BRIGHT Butterflies, Rhinestones & SU! Vellum

[Uniko Studio Challenge] No. 8 Winners

Hello there - you really made our jobs hard picking just a few, when we wanted to pick all of you. So many great entries, and we hope that even if you weren't picked this time, you will continue to play along.

Here the winners for this challenge are...

The winner of the Uniko Studio Challenge #8 is....

by Poppaea Cards
Congrats, ChristineWhat a great stunning look with the white embossing and the fun little soft chevron backgrounds. And we really love your flowers. Please contact [beverley at unikostudio.com] to claim your £10 Gift Certificate and please contact [renyi.lo at gmail.com] to arrange for your Guest Design Spot! :)
And as always, we have our top 3 honourable mentions.

by Lyndal

by Camilla

by shirley-bee
Thanks so much for playing along. Come back on April 18 for a new challenge. We have another fun color palette and a new prompt to get you started.

April 2014 Release WINNER

* This is the first of 3 posts today, stop by for the others at 9am & 10am *


Sorry for being MIA for a couple of days, it's been a busy one here at Uniko Studio HQ. I went for my 17 week Ultrasound Scan on Tuesday and everything is progressing nicely :) The babies weren't on their best behaviour and the scan pics aren't great but I thought I'd share them here with you all. 

The sonographer saw the genitals of one baby fairly clearly and said it was a little boy, so I am saying we are 70% certain that we are having boys! My next scan is in 2 weeks so I don't have long to wait for another look!

Anyway, I'm here really to announce the WINNER of the April Release GIVEAWAY. Random.org chose number 27 from the comments and the winning comment is...

These look like beautiful sets and I just love all your cards.

Congratulations Alanna! Send me an email to beverley@unikostudio.com along with your mailing address and I will get your goodies on their way to you! 

Ok, that's all from me just now. Ren-Yi has a post coming up at 9am with another WINNER, this time the winner of the Uniko Studio Challenge No.8 so be sure to stop by then. Also later this morning I will be back with a Throwback Thursday card and TO Challenge reminder. Until then, thank you for everyone who took the time to stop by for the April Release & for those who left such lovely comments I read each & everyone and appreciate them all so much.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Ditsy Florals

Hey & Happy Monday!

Well you've all done a good job at keeping me busy in the studio today with all your lovely orders - thank you SO much :) Your custom & support is truly appreciated.

Seeing as Background Builders: Vines is currently now out of stock I can safely say it's been a hit! I certainly can't stop using it & neither can Gillian! If you missed the announcements I put on Facebook over the weekend sharing Gillian's creations be sure to stop on by her BLOG for more inspiration. 

For those of you that missed out on ordering the set has been re-ordered and is due back in stock in 2-3 weeks. Don't forget there is still chance to win a set HERE just by commenting on the post. I will be drawing the winner tomorrow evening and announcing the winner on Wednesday.

Ok, so how about a card...

Yep, it's Background Builders: Vines again! I did warn you that you'd be seeing a lot of this set! This time I paired it with one of the sentiments from Flower Power #4.

I guess I should get back to packing orders to post this afternoon! I'm looking forward to a lovely walk there too as the sun is shining today :) I hope you all have a great day & thank you for stopping by.

Card Stock: White (Boyes) SU! Orchid Opulence (Retired)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMagic Spring Pansy, Aquatic Splash, Turquoise Gem & Tea Leaves, SU! Cameo Coral (Retired)
Accessories: Embroidery Floss

Saturday, 12 April 2014

More Background Builders: Vines!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

WOW! What a release that was, you certainly kept me busy in the studio yesterday and it sure looks to me like Background Builders: Vines is a hit! There are a few left in store so if you've been thinking about purchasing them HERE I wouldn't hang around too long! If you missed the release you can catch up with it HERE and there is still time to comment & be in the chance of winning the giveaway.

How about some inspiration using the popular NEW set...

This is one of the cards that they will be making during the class at The Paperlane today. It features a little bit of reverse masking & lots of ditsy florals paired with some leaves from Natures Treasures I and a heat embossed vellum sentiment.

Ok, that's all from me today, I'll be back tomorrow though with more to share, until then, thank you for stopping by today, for all your support, custom & lovely comments. 

Card Stock: White from stash
Ink: A Selection of colours from VersaMagic, Papertrey Ink & SU! 
Accessories: Sizzix Framelits Square Dies, Stampendous Detail White EP, SU! Vellum