Sunday 11 October 2015

October 2015 Design Team Blog Hop, GIVEAWAY!


I'm SO happy you've stopped by the blog today as today is the October 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. 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 13  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 as we are approaching Christmas I decided to dust off the previously released Pure Florals: Poinsettia...

As you can see this set features a reasonable sized Poinsettia and an array of mix and match Christmas themed sentiments.

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

And here is a new project featuring the set...

My card today was inspired by the current CAS - Colours & Sketches sketch challenge seen HERE and below. 

As you can see I decided upon a different colour than the usual reds for my poinsettia, opting for magenta and a light pink. I also turned to my trusty Prismacolor pencils and gamsol to blend them. I was thinking back and I started using these way back in 2008 when I first came across the awesome Jennifer McGuire when she worked with Hero Arts! 

Anyway, after colouring my partial stamped poinsettia on the tag I layered it up with a plain tag, added some white ribbon tied on with gold embroidery floss and finished it with some more gold embroidery floss swirled underneath. The sentiment is a partial stamped sentiment from the set.

Now, I do have some more cards to share using this set, but I am saving them to share with you this coming week on the Uniko Website Blog HERE. I am starting a new weekly feature over there called 'Stamp of the Week'

Each week I will have a series of blog posts featuring the 'Stamp of the Week' and fingers crossed videos in the future too!! Along with this, the 'featured' stamp set will be available on the website for a discounted price for that week only.

I do hope you will join me over there this week ;) Anyway, enough chatter, how about some more inspiration from the awesome DT.

AND don't forget the GIVEAWAY... Simply comment along the hop by midnight Sunday 18th October (BST) for your chance to win the featured set 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 Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

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. Love your gold and magenta take with the poinsettia Bev! So perfect and right on trend. Brilliant design too can't wait to see more this week. X

  2. Great ideas for using this stamp set - amazing variety of designs created by your team.

  3. I own this set and forgot just how beautiful it looks and it can be used in so many ways! I love your magenta version, Bev. Such a rich and opulent card with the gold accents. I'm off on the hop :) x

  4. LOVE all of these beautiful poinsettia cards! I love how unique each one looks in different colors too!
    Take Care!

  5. Great new release, this poinsettia is very pretty! Love all the DT inspirations and your tag looks fabulous on the card!

  6. These are stylish :0)

  7. Love the richness of the magenta and gold! The partial poinsettia stamping looks so artful and elegant with the coloring and shading.

  8. OH my, I am absolutely in love with this poinsetta! Brilliant way to showcase this loveliness in so many different colors and textures - gorgeousness! TFS! ♥

  9. Bev, I am so pleased you re-visited this set as I have never known how to use it. The DT and you have come up with some truly inspiring ideas. Thank you all so much x

  10. I love these poinsettia stamps - I think I missed them the first time around so I'm glad to see them showcased again. I really enjoyed the hop! Your DT is amazingly talented!

  11. All beautiful. The white on kraft paper is my fav.

  12. What a beautiful poinsettia stamp Bev and the different ways it has been used are fantastic! I love the fragility of the white and the boldness of the red and the pink is so pretty whilst the black and gold is reminiscent of Art Deco. x

  13. I adore poinsettias & this is such a great set! Going on my wishlist! Your cards are beautiful showing lots of colors can be used!

  14. My goodness these are so lovely. I especially love the white vellum.

  15. In a class of its own Bev! Love how you've stamped the poinsettia off the edge, classy! Thanks for using the sketch from CC&S.

  16. Can you believe that I have zero poinsettia images in my collection! Yours here certainly rates as #1 in the most beautiful I've seen - and your showcases only add to my perspective! So incredibly stunning...Looking forward to your Stamp of the Week features and videos? Excellent!

  17. Bev - I love this poinsettia and it's so versatile. Your tag card is really beautiful. And I love seeing the ones you've made before. xxx

  18. With your samples and the DTs wonderful work, there is so much inspiration here - what a lot of wonderful ways to use the same stamp!

  19. Beautiful cards...and a beautiful stamp set. Off to check out the offerings on the blog hop.

  20. I really like how you've filled the tag with that lovely poinsettia. Thanks so much for joining in our sketch challenge at CC&S! :)

  21. I adore your poinsettia image!!! This is so pretty done up in the pink and magenta.
    <3 J

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  22. Thanks for joining us at CC&S again Bev, your partial pink poinsettia is very pretty! I also love the simplicity of the vellum card further up. Stef x

  23. Great inspirationcards! Love the pinki-red colour of your poinsetta! Hugs, Gerrina


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