Tuesday 11 August 2015

August 2015 Design Team Blog Hop, GIVEAWAY!


I'm SO happy you've stopped by the blog today as today is the August 2015 Design Team Blog Hop. Along with the hop and GIVEAWAY! So be sure to grab a drink, get comfy, relax and enjoy!

As we've quite a few new followers here, ("Hello & Thank you") I will explain what's going on! Here at Uniko I *USUALLY* only release new products every other month. Keep your eyes peeled this week for a NEW set of dies lining the shelf this week at Uniko HQ!! This is for a number of reasons, firstly, being an avid paper crafter myself and knowing the current economic climate I know 'some' are on a limited budget when it comes to buying new stash, so this way you're not tempted to splurge too much every month.

The second reason is that it is just me here at Uniko HQ. I currently run this little business single handedly, designing, blogging, demoing, classes, packing. Alongside that I am a full time mum to 11  month old twin boys! So releasing every other month gives me chance to keep my head above water, well...just about!

So, on the in-between release months the Design Team & I take a look back at a previously released product, dust it off and give it some love! This month I decided to dust off TWO products, the previously released Beautiful Blooms I and II...

I chose these two sets as it's Summer here (well, it's supposed to be Summer!) and I do love a flower or two. When I released both these sets HERE and HERE they were firm favourites and hardly left my desk. Though I still LOVE them I don't always reach for them so it was time to give them some more love.

As always I like to share a couple of my 'old faves' using the sets...

And here are a couple of new projects using them...

I started out with Beautiful Blooms I, vellum and detail white embossing powder. I simply stamped the blooms in VersaMark ink before heat embossing them white. I then used the matching Designer Dies to cut them out (these will be back in stock soon) before adhering them to a Melon Mambo card base. The sentiment from Simply Said Birthday is also heat embossed gold. I also added a few gold gems to finish the card off.

The current challenge over at "Just Us Girls" HERE is a Trend Week, the trend being vellum, so I thought I'd link it up there too ;)

Next I have a card I made for Saturday's class at The Paperlane. It's another card coloured with the Zig Clean Color Brush Pens...

I'm still getting to grips with the pens, but I am rather liking the results and how 'easy' they are to use. I especially like the spectrum of colours & shading you can achieve with just a few pens.

That's all I had time to create, but now for some AWESOME projects from the Design Team using Beautiful Blooms I & or II. 

Don't forget the GIVEAWAY... Simply comment along the hop for your chance to win the featured sets or a eGift Certificate code to the same value if you already own them.

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Gillian

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

One last bit of NEWS, Uniko is sponsoring CASology this week so be sure to check out & join in on the challenge for your chance to win a £15 eGift Certificate to spend in store!

I think that is all for today, THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and your continued support and custom which makes my little dream and business stay alive.


  1. Wow Ms. Beverley.. u r doing really a great job. I know how r the things with kids at home that too 11 month old twins.
    Cards are simply fabulous. I just fell in love with the 1st card i.e black and white with splash of colors and sparkles.
    Thank you for sharing your cards and offering a giveaway too.

  2. How to highlight your stamps, just beautiful. I love your use of the old stamp set on the now card, beautiful. And your new ones just perfect. Love the use of vellum

  3. Absolutely beautiful, Bev! The vellum is fantastic!!!

  4. BEAUTIFUL "new" release! I was going to order those Beautiful Blooms earlier but they were out of stock, so I'm so happy to see them back again! The cards and designs are just amazing! Very pretty!

  5. Dear Bev. Thank you for your story. It made me feel proud of myself. I actually go out of my way to seek out mom and pop shops. They are the backbone of America. When people ask me why I use other people's art at a craft show, (selling my cards) I like to say that I am supporting other artists. It is a win win. Thank you for being such a wonderful shop owner, and putting out beautiful stamps, etc.

  6. You're showcasing two of my favourite sets and oh my...you've done so beautifully! The vellum flowers are so gorgeous (vellum and I do not play well together at all); incentive to give this a try! And did you say "dies"? Excited!

  7. Hi Bev, yours CAS are wonderful, love the delicate blended colours and the embossed vellum... stunning makes! Thanks for the chance to win... I love your product, I won the last giveway and the stamps are just fabulous!! So I can't hope to win another prize, but... I try however :) These new stamps and dies are amazing!!

  8. Wow Bev! Stunning cards but the first using embossing on vellum is exquisite - I had to enlarge it to get a good look!! Simply beautiful.

  9. Stunning cards Bev and such great inspiration from all the team...time to dust off beautiful Blooms! Hugs xx

  10. Such pretty cards! And it's always a good idea to go back and give some previously new stamps some love! Who wants one-and-done stamps?!? :-)

  11. I love these two sets! Gorgeous cards and such pretty colors! Beautiful Blooms II is definitely on my wish list, as I just got a set of the Zig markers also and am anxious to try them out... this set would be perfect!

  12. Love these sets. The cards are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Beautiful cards Beverly and such gorgeous stamps both set 1 and 2.
    And hopping around to the teams blogs made clear how versatile these stamps are, just great. Thank you so much for the chance of winning one of these sets.
    Greetings, Veerle

  14. Your floral stamps are all beautiful Beverley it's good to take another look. Love the black background with sparkle and your 'bang up to date' watercolour look is mega pretty!

  15. Your cards are soooo pretty Bev! Love the bold pink card with the white embossed flowers, and my FAV is the birthday one!! The flowers are gorgeous, great colors, and love the layout! It's been so fun to play with these again!

  16. Love the white embossed onto vellum. Creates a stunning card.

  17. What beautiful cards! I love the versatility of the stamps. xx

  18. Absolutely beautiful cards and such beautiful flowers!!

  19. All of these creations are absolutely amazing!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  20. Whether they are new or old they are all terrific Beverly!! Honestly so enjoyed looking through your post! The reason I stopped by was to take a closer look at your pink Vellum card you made for Just Us Girls! This is so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls this week and hope to see more of your fabulous work in our gallery soon!

  21. Beeeeeeeutiful card Beverly. Love how you used the vellum with that beautiful stamp. Such gorgeous colours.Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Just Us Girls. I too hope you will pop back in sometime with your beautiful creations.

  22. Looks like a lot of vellum madness going on between the DT!!!!
    Love your eye-popping takes with the sets Bev, so inspirational and gorgeous every time. Sarah x

  23. Those white embossed flowers are stunning! I really like the way the Mambo Melon really makes those flowers pop. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  24. Wooww Bev I love this new set
    and the embossing velum is a STAR on all your design card
    so great for wedding card too
    love the one in black too and Pink and grey is adorable too
    hope I am the lucky one to get your lovely set
    if you need new designer team I am ready...I still learn making flowers card but looking at your cards I got many inspiration
    thanks for sharing Bev

  25. Gorgeous cards. The beautiful blooms are Beautiful, lol. I love the stunning card with the white embossed vellum on the bright pink card - Amazing.

  26. Gorgeous new cards with these loved sets, Bev ... I'm so taken with those watercoloured blooms, they're beautiful! Anita :)

  27. Wow, what a beautiful showcase of an amazing Stamp set and what glorious creations you have made with it!! I am in awe and cannot wait to see what others have created with this!! You have certainly set a precedent for excellence with your cards!! Thank you for the awesome eye candy!!!

  28. These are beautiful! I love these floral stamps!!!


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