Sunday, 21 January 2018

Stencil Sunday


Sarah G on the Uniko blog today to share some cards that I have made featuring the lattice stencil from Uniko's latest release which is.....awesome :)

On this card I inked through the stencil with versamark and embossed it in a combination of white and gold embossing powder to create a variegated and slightly distressed look. I then inked with a range of distress inks in shades of blue.  I gold embossed the mandala from Marvellous Mendhi in gold on navy cardstock and fussy cut it out and popped a sentiment from Block Sentiments over the top.  I think this card has a Moroccan feel to it :)

Here, I found a piece of watercoloured cardstock spritzed through the stencil with a range of blue inks.  The beautiful snowdrop is stamped on acetate and I painted on the back with acrylic paints.  When I fussy cut it out, it looked lovely against the vibrant blues.

On my third card I inked through the stencil with a range of distress oxides in blues and greens and then die cut a square from the centre to create a raised panel.  I combined it with the striking gerbera which is large enough to stand out against the patterned background.

Finally for today, I inked through the lattice stencil lightly with Antique Linen distress ink.  I wanted to create quite a distressed look with a subtle fade out.  I then inked through a leaf stencil with some rich browns and oranges and combined with a dragonfly (free with a magazine) which has been gold embossed on vellum.  A few splatters and a sentiment from Originally Organic complete the design.

I hope you like the different looks that the lattice stencil can create.  Whether bold and vibrant or subtle and distressed, it provides a lovely backdrop for lots of stamps and sentiments.  

See you again soon for another stencil sunday x

Friday, 19 January 2018

Uniko Challenge #45 - Something Old, Something New, optional twist LOVE


Welcome to the January/February, 2018 Uniko challenge - the first challenge of this New Year. As last year each challenge will be FIVE weeks long, giving a total of SIX challenges again this year.

This month we have the following challenge...

Challenge Guidelines:
* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do ;)
* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!
* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible ;)

This month we have the winner of Challenge #44 the awesomely talented Anita joining us as our Guest Designer.

Here's her amazing card:

Just too delicious and totally awesome! Be sure to pop on over to her blog HERE and leave her some love.

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 ;)

 CLICK HERE to see more from Beverley

 CLICK HERE to see more from Carol

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

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

 CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy 

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey 

CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

Such a wonderful bunch of inspiration for you all! 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 23rd February 2017 (7.00pm EDT).


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

DT Inspiration - Stamp and Go

Hi! Today I'm here today to share some simple quick and easy to recreate cards. 

Although it's fun to try out different techniques, use die cuts and multi media with Uniko stamps we don't always have the time and Uniko stamps look just as stunning when simply stamped. So that's why I'm calling this post 'Stamp and Go!' Because sometimes that's just what you want!

A fun way to say hello to someone and brighten their day using just three colours of ink and two Uniko stamp sets - what could be simpler than that? Stamping off the edge is a great way to add extra stamping without spoiling the CAS look of a card.

Stamps: Uniko, Fun Flowers & Simply Said Blocks
Inks: SU, daffodil delight, tempting turquoise, melon mambo

Well how about two ink colours and two Uniko stamp sets?

By using an ink pad with multiple colours it's easy to achieve a hand coloured look. And doesn't that Pure Florals Gerbera look totally amazing showcased on its own?

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Gerbera & Simply Said Blocks
Inks:  Kaleidacolor, desert heat; Memento, tuxedo black

Keeping a similar theme going my last card uses two ink pads and two Uniko stamp sets again. The multi coloured stripes are so easy to achieve using a Kaleidacolor pad, but a similar look could be achieved by using two ink pads and overlapping them in the middle. The Simply Said Blocks were simply stamped on top - bit of a favourite go to greeting set.

I'm thinking this card could be used for Valentines Day and as it's so quick to create you could be a big tease and send several!

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Horizontal Stripe & Simply Said Blocks
Inks: Kaleidacolor, baby powder; Memento, tuxedo black

Thank you so much for looking at my ideas for Stamp and Go cards using Uniko stamps. I hope I may have sparked an idea to get you in the creating mood. And as always keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #255 - Colour


I am back THIS week and again your hostess for the January challenges over at CAS Colours & Sketches. I loved seeing how you were all inspired using last weeks sketch. This week is colour week and I have this combination to inspire you (hopefully)...

I should really be super organised and create my cards way back when I come up with the colour combos, as I had so many ideas when I did, but when it came to making my card recently I couldn't think of what to do! 

It was only whilst commenting around blogs I realised that I needed to send a friend a hug in an envelope and this is what I made...

I love the boldness of this hugs sentiment from BIG & BOLD Hugs and I really should do more bold focal sentiment stamps ;) This time I decided to pair it with the heart wreath from Originally Organic Additions and a smaller 'Sending You' sentiment from Simply Said II.

As I don't have the SU! inks for Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder I used my SU! Markers and MISTI tool to ink the stamp and repeatedly stamp it using the MISIT until I had a image I was happy with! The hugs sentiment is stamped in Perfect Plum, fussy cut out and adhered to the card using foam adhesive. 

Short an sweet today from me, I've not much time before one Bean goes to nursery and on stays home with me! No rest for this mummy today or tomorrow and I've a HUGE list of things I need to do as well as keeping him busy. Nothing like multitasking at its best! 

I hope thatI 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, 14 January 2018

January 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 however, I decided to give the Design Team a HUGE choice and to choose their favourite from any of the 5 releases we had. That's a choice from 24 clear stamp sets, 5 stencil designs and 2 designer die collections. That might not sound a lot compared to other companies out there, but that is a HUGE inventory for me and Uniko ;)

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) Sunday 21st January 2018 to comment.

Happy Hopping!



CLICK HERE to see more from Beverley

CLICK HERE to see more from Carol
Happy Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems
CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah



CLICK HERE to see more from Izzy

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane


CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey
CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P




Friday, 12 January 2018

Uniko Challenge #44 Winners


I'm here today to announce the WINNERS of Challenge #44 Christmas. It already seems ages ago I know, but we were thrilled by the number of entries and delighted by the wonderful array of awesome cards in the challenge gallery.

First we have our overall WINNER chosen by the Design Team...

Congratulations Anita, you really lit up our gallery!

Here is your winner's badge:

You have won a £25 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store. Please contact me at by the 26th January 2018.

We would also love to have you join us as our Guest Designer for a future challenge. If you are interested please contact Jane at by the 19th January 2018.

Next we have our randomly selected winner who used Uniko products on their creation...

Congratulations Felicity!

You have won an in stock £4 clear stamp set from the Uniko store. Please contact me at by the 26th January 2018, with your choice of stamp set and your postal address.

Here is your winners badge:

Now for our Top 3 chosen by the DT and in entry order:

Congratulations to you all & here is your Top 3 badge:

You have all won 150 loyalty reward points.

Please contact me at
Congratulations to ALL the winners & EVERYONE who joined in on the fun!

The next Uniko Challenge starts on Friday 19th January 2018

Hope to see you come back and join in on the fun :)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #254 - Sketch


Welcome back to another fun year of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches. I look forward to seeing you join in on the fun and seeing your creativity in the gallery each week. 

Yay! I am your hostess for January, and as we are already into the second week of January we are starting things off HERE with a sketch...

This time I was hostess, I really wanted to keep my sketches as CAS as possible and open for interpretation. Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch as desired. 

Here's how I decided to use the sketch...

I've been having some fun recently using the Uniko Stencils that I released towards the end of 2017, as I feel I've not given them as much love as my Uniko Clear Stamps! As you can see today I decided to give the Scattered Polka Dot stencil so more love.

This time instead of blending a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks, I decided to do some clever masking and ink each individual dot with a different colour. Good job it was only a small section, as it was a little time consuming! 

I added a trimmed sentiment from Simply Said Blocks for my rectangle element and the 'you' is from the December Release Freebie (still a few available to add to purchases of £20 or more, before shipping costs and after any discounts have been applied). I then adhered the panel to a Lemon Lime Twist card base.

There are so many people that are inspiring me in my life right now, it'll be a tough decision as to who I send it to. I think I'll have to make a few more of this design and use some of the other stencil designs ;)

That's all from me today, I hope thatI 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!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Doodle Flower Mix!

Hey & Happy Friday!

Today I've a new post over on the website blog HERE. I have made a card combining both the Doodle Flower Stencil released in December and Background Blocks: Doodle Flower. Here is a peek at my card...

I've also used a sentiment from the December Release Freebie. There are still a few of these freebie stamps left to add to purchases of £20 or more (before postage and after any discounts have been applied). 

Be sure to head on over HERE to the website blog for all the details on how I made the card and for more photos of it!


Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year!


Happy 2018!

I LOVE New Year, a blank page and a fresh start for the year ahead is so exciting. With all the festivities of Christmas and the New Year I enjoyed some much needed downtime and family time. Hence the quietness on the blogs and website. I am feeling refreshed, relaxed and super excited for the year ahead.

I managed to squeeze in a little creative time to make this Happy New Year card...

I have more photos of it over HERE on the website blog, where I am also sharing the Top 5 products of 2017. 

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Day and I look forward to sharing more with you in  the coming days.