Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Birthday Celebrations

Birthday celebrations you say?! 

Why yes! You may have noticed that it’s Uniko’s 11th Birthday this month so my Brand Ambassador Inspiration post is all about birthdays and Uniko (I have used the Uniko colours as well as products). 

So firstly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNIKO! 

Make sure you haven’t missed the Birthday Linky Party from the 1st of the month. And check back here on the Uniko blog for the next two Saturdays to be in with a chance of winning some Uniko goodies! 

So for my first card today I used Uniko Balloon Bash and Uniko Background Blocks Party Confetti stamp sets.

Secondly I have used Uniko Big and Bold Happy stamp and die set, stamping and die cutting the large ‘happy’ sentiment. 


Finally I have used Uniko Balloon Bash stencil teamed with Uniko Big & Bold Happy stamp and die set. This time just die cutting the sentiment without stamping it.


Hopefully these have put you in a party mood! There have been already been lots of birthday celebrations on the Uniko blog but make sure you keep checking back as Bev and the Brand Ambassadors have lots more lovely birthday celebrations to come. 

Much love
Steph x




Saturday, 4 February 2023

Keep it Simple Saturday

 



Happy Weekend!

Today I am keeping it simple with a birthday card and giving some inky love to Balloon Bash and Stencil - Party Confetti. Plus, giving you a little reminder about the Linky Party 😉




Trying my hand at some soft ink blending today. I am definitely prone to being heavy handed when I am trying to be soft. So today instead of applying fresh ink to my blending brush, I simply used what was left on the brush.




I felt the design needed a little grounding, so reached for Background Builders Classics. I've definitely not given this stamp set much love, so it was nice to ink it up again. My sentiment choice is from Floral Vines.

Absolutely loving the comments and stamp set favourites on my post HERE yesterday. I'm definitely feeling a little guilt towards not choosing some of your faves! 




Hope you find time for some creativity today.

Crafty Hugs



Friday, 3 February 2023

My Top 11 Uniko Products ❤️

 



Hello & Happy Friday! 

Today I thought I would share my Top 11 makes/products from the last 11 years. Which when I came up with the idea, didn't sound as difficult as it actually was 😂

Obviously I love all of the products I have designed over the past 11 years, but as I have honed my style there are some that I often reach for more over others. So, I thought it (might) be interesting for you to know. 

Some of my choices might be obvious to you, especially if you have been a follower here for a long time. Others, might surprise you and then you could be thinking, but you missed off.......! 

First off I'm heading back to 2014 and English Country Garden ButterfliesFor me this detailed but simple illustration has stood the test of time as paper crafting and card making evolves. It is still a clear stamp set I reach for over and over again. The addition of coordinating Designer Dies in 2019 added to the versatility of this little stamp set too.







I love butterflies. I know they're not to everyones liking, but to me they're delicate fluttering is mesmerising. The patterns and colours inspire me a lot. 

Next up is another small stamp set that has withheld the test of time and remains a firm favourite of mine, Natures Treasures II







This is one of my most recent makes using just one of the leaves from the set, even though it surprised me it is from August 2021 😮 I find fussy cutting the leaves therapeutic, but glad there is something coming soon to breathe new life into this set 😉


My next favourite is Originally Organic.




When I think of a product which shows off my style, what cemented my style of drawing and the one I look to when feeling stuck, this is the one I think of. 




Uniko Style is another that, although I don't reach for as often as others. It has a special place in my heart. I think because it is inspired by my favourite pattern design & has ties to my brand name!






Sticking with Florals and combining my love of paper crafting with surface pattern design & design styles. I had to choose Mid Century Modern Florals.




Now, this was really hard, because IMO can you really do this stamp set, without combining it with Background Blocks Mid Century Modern or Background Blocks Mid Century Modern II? They just go together like bread & butter!




Next, I chose Background Blocks Cogs & Everyday Sentiments.





Background Blocks Cogs pays homage to Uniko's original launch clear stamp sets. Today, Tomorrow & Always Time and Extra Time.




Along with bring unique designs, I was and still am on a mission to provide modern masculine paper crafting supplies. I think less is more when it comes to masculine makes, so a fun background and simple sentiment set are perfect choices. 


Talking of fun backgrounds I move onto my next product choice, Stencil - Wonky Stripes. This was one of the first two stencil designs I launched at Uniko, back in October 2017. 

Seriously, how has it been 5 years?!  




Stencils were common place in the paper crafting industry and I was certainly late to jump on the bandwagon with my designs. But, I am so glad that I expanded as they really are a fun addition and not just for the mixed media, layering loving crafters!




From fun geometric to classic patterned stencils, I moved on to super sizing popular Uniko florals and the next in my Top 11, Stencil - Pure Florals Gerbera.

 



I don't think much has to be said about this, do you?! 

Next, I chose Simply Said Blocks, another of my 'go to' sentiment sets. And two of my favourite makes using it. I simply couldn't decide between the cards! 






Lastly, I chose Winter Foliage.




I don't think there are many years since this clear stamp set was released in 2016, that I've not used it for the festive season.





And that concludes my Top 11 Uniko Products, with a couple sneaked in on the side 😂

I'd LOVE to know what surprised you, is there a product you thought I would choose, that I haven't? Is one of your top favourites on the list? 

I'm going to choose one lucky comment from those left across all social media platforms to win another FLASH prize at the end of the 11th Birthday Celebrations! 


Crafty Hugs






Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Let The Celebrations Begin 🎉

 

Hello & Happy February! 

Welcome to a fun month of celebrations, giveaways, LOTS of inspiration and a NEW Release at the end of the month.

Although January felt like the longest month, it doesn't seem a year since our 10th Birthday celebrations! Last year was a big milestone and probably another year to add to one of the hardest. However, with your support and custom, Uniko is here to celebrate another year.

THANK YOU ❤️


It wouldn't be a birthday month without a party. So as tradition holds we have our usual Birthday Card Link Party! 

Simply create a birthday card using Uniko products and share it using the linky at the bottom of this post. 

Need some inspiration?

Let's take a look at what the Brand Ambassadors have created:

WOW! What an inspirational party that was. Now I can't wait to see what the gallery looks like. 

There is plenty of time to join in on the fun.
The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 28th February 2023.

 Prize - £25 eGift Certificate 

Party Rules
Use Uniko Products Only*.
No back linking. Linked cards/projects must be new.
Maximum Enteries 3 Per Person.

*If you don't own any physical Uniko products you are welcome to use THESE FREE Uniko Digital images to create your card. 
Don't use social media or have a blog to upload your card & link from? 
No worries. Just drop me an email bev@uniko.co.uk titled Uniko 11th Birthday with a photo and I will upload for you.

Crafty Hugs


Tuesday, 31 January 2023

A Warm Welcome ❤️

Hello & Happy Tuesday.

I am delighted you have stopped by here on this final day of January. As today I get to give a warm welcome to our newest Brand Ambassador, Vinita Jain

Vinita has been a long supporter, follower and customer at Uniko. So I am delighted to hand you over for a brief introduction from Vinita herself.





Hello! 
My name is Vinita Jain and I am from India. I am 54 years old. I came to crafting in 2013 when I took early retirement from Kindergarten teaching in 2012. It changed my whole life! Since then I'm addicted and spent my whole time ( and money) crafting as a hobby. I love to experiment with different techniques and colouring mediums. With Uniko Brand Products when I worked for the first time, I noticed their excellent quality, so many universal designs, fun and interesting. To create with them is a pleasure! 
I am honoured to be part of this exciting adventure and hope to inspire you with my creations!

Have a wonderful day!

And here are a few of Vinita's favourite Uniko creations to date...




Beautiful Blooms II, Stencil Scattered Polka Dots & Sentiment from Pure Florals Cosmos.




Stencil - Pure Florals Gerbera & Sentiment from Pure Florals Cosmos.




Marvellous Mehndi 




Stencil - Stylised Floral & Sentiment from You Are, Yes You.


I think you will agree with me how beautiful and colourful Vinita's creations are. I can't wait to see what Vinita creates to share with us here on the blog.

So welcome Vinita!

Crafty Hugs
 


Monday, 30 January 2023

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - One Layer Love

Good morning

Anita here and today I have a trio of clean and simple, one layer cards, all with a love theme and using a selection of products.  Valentine's Day is just around the corner so I hope I can inspire you with these.

Ok, here's my first card...


I began by stamping the heart from the Always and Forever clear stamp set and then I stamped the same heart on a mask and covered up the image.  I then blended two shades of pink ink through the Scattered Polka Hearts stencil, fading it out.  To finished I stamped the sentiment in black, also from the Always and Forever stamp set, manipulating the stamp slightly to follow the curve of the heart.


My second card...


I chose a hammered card base for this one and began by stamping a selection of hearts from the Always and Forever and Big & Bold - Love stamp sets in Versamark before heat embossing in white.  I then used a technique I've not used in years, I blended the pink background against a piece of torn paper.  I then stamped more hearts in red, pink and grey and the sentiment in black, which is from the Always and Forever set.



And my final make...


I stamped the floral heart from the Always and Forever stamp set in black and then masked it off with the same mask I used for the first card.  Next I positioned the Background Blocks Scattered Hearts stamp to the top right but masked off a few of the hearts before inking and stamping.  I then repeated this in the bottom left so the hearts flowed down across the card diagonally.  The card was finished with a sentiment from the Always and Forever set.


So the above are all completely flat with just a little masking involved to create them.  Thanks for taking a look, Happy Monday and I hope you have a wonderful week!