Tuesday, 16 October 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #294 - Colours & DT Call


This month at CAS Colours & Sketches we have another multiple hostess month. This week Patricia is our hostess and has this weeks colours for you HERE ...

CC&S are looking for some new members
to add to our Design Team!

Our blog is dedicated to creating greeting cards in the Clean and Simple style of crafting, alternating between colour challenges and sketch challenges. Design Team responsibilities include designing cards for our challenges and sharing them on your own blog, commenting on challenge entries and voting for our Weekly Winners each week, and acting as our host and creating challenge ideas for at least one month during the year.

If you would like to be considered for a position on our team, you must participate in this week's colour challenge and next week's sketch challenge so that we can see your work in both types of challenges. Please add the letters "DT" after your name when you link your cards for the two challenges, and make sure that your cards follow our Challenge Rules. Applicants will be contacted during the month of November.  Our new members will join us as our Guest Designers in December and start on the team full-time in January 2019.

Anyway, I hope you join in on this weeks challenge & the DT call, but here is my inspiration using this weeks colours...

With the pinks in this weeks colours I had already decided that I needed to make a floral card. I then just needed to think how to incorporate the Soft Suede, which I have by stamping the flower outlines and sentiment.

A pretty quick CAS card with some Prismacolor Pencil colouring and simple layering of the flowers.  I used the recently released Beautiful clear stamp set and the sentiment is from Simply Said.

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!

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Uniko Studio Snowflake Projects...Inspired by "Turnaround" Stamping


Carol here, sharing a discovery made while wandering through the blog-iverse: 'home made' Turnaround Stamping.  Most of us are well aware that Turnabout Stamps are a new, popular, trend in stamping, involving a variety of stamps that are attached to one another and designed to be inked up and rotated to create fabulous - and in many cases, intricate - backgrounds.

Did you know, however, that we can create our own version of this type of stamping, using a bunch of little images already in our collections and a grid system? I didn't...until I found Allison Cope's video/post at Inspire Me Monday:Turnaround Stamping.

I was completely enthralled and *had* to give it a try, using a variety of Uniko snowflake stamps from Stunning SnowflakesBig & Bold: Snow and Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions.

What follows are photos of my 'grid', my stamp arrangement and the cards/bookmarks that emerged from 1 thru 4 turns of my 'design.'  I 'should'  have included photos of the panels before I transformed them, but...completely forgot!  My initial layout is somewhat visible in my Misti photo and/or the first card.

Allison's video is absolutely instructive and easy-to-follow (which I pretty much did to a 't'), so I'll leave you to watch her and just get on with sharing my little offerings. I'm sure nothing here is 'new under the sun', but for me, the exercise of playing/creating was pure joy!

My grid and initial stamp placement (used 6 X 6" paper for everything):


One 'turn' stamped...and the CAS card created...

Two turns stamped...divided into two bookmarks...(need to add embellishments/twine...on my to-do list).

Three "turns"' stamped...and the  two cards created.

Four 'turns' stamped...and another two cards.

Once you fiddle about with your image placement (practice on scrap paper to be sure the 'turns' work...trust me...this is well worth your time), this is a TON of fun...and oh, the possibilities!  You don't even need an engineering degree to figure this out! If I can do it, so can you!

I inked up another panel (inspired by Allison's version), using several Uniko sentiments from various sets and a couple of snowflakes...and yes...it took a bit of "put this here, put that there, nope...back to the drawing board" to figure out (plenty of scrap paper used *grin*), but once done, the inking/stamping was quick (each image inked/stamped and rotated four times to get the colour variation).  Not sure what I'll do with this yet, but once I figure out my designs, I'll be sure to share...

Hope you enjoyed my projects and maybe give this technique a try with the Uniko 'littles' in your collection. I'll definitely be using this grid system again, although by no stretch will my efforts be as fantastic as the 'professional' Turnabout stamps on the market. Still, this is a fabulous way to stretch our stamps and our creativity, right? Right!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Foiled Chrysanthemum

Hi there, Sarah G here.  

I wanted to drop in to share some experimenting that I have been doing recently with stencils and the Heidi Swapp Minc Reactive Paint.  I wanted to use it to create foiled designs and decided to use the beautiful chrysanthemum stencil.

I simply dabbed through the stencil with the paint on cut and dry foam, allowing it to dry before putting it through the minc machine with rose gold foil.  It gives a shiny but slightly distressed look which looks lovely in real life!  Of course this involved a bit of trial and error to get right and my top tips would be to lay the stencil down with repositionable adhesive spray to minimise any bleed underneath and to dab the paint on sparingly.

However, the waste from the foil sheet was as pretty as the foiled image so I stuck it down on to a piece of double sided adhesive and cut round the flower.  I removed the back of the adhesive and rubbed a clear iridescent glitter across the back of the flower.  I added some paint splatters in pale mint to enhance the artsy look.

I hope you like these designs.  Hopefully it gives you some more ideas for using your stencils in new ways!

See you again soon x

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #293 - Sketch


This month at CAS Colours & Sketches we have another multiple hostess month. This week Jeanne is our hostess and has this weeks sketch for you HERE ...

Still way behind on my Christmas card making I had already decided that todays card needed to be festive!

I've been wanting to combine the Large Background: Scattered Polka Dots with the Designer Die Snowflake Trio for an age and todays sketch seemed the perfect time to do this. So here is what I came up with...

I decided to dust off my 'festive' embossing powders and my favourite Star Dust powder by Stampendous! (this stuff is probably about 15 years old - Lol!) I partially stamped the Large Background: Scattered Polka Dots in Encore Silver pigment ink and then embossed with the Star Dust EP. 

The snowflake is die cut from Stampin' Up! Costal Cabana card and I used my glue pen to add glitter around the edges. The sentiment is from BIG & BOLD - Snow.

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!

Fooling the eye with Christmas Pop

Good morning folks.
Julie here, popping by to share a one layer card made using the fab Christmas Pop set I picked up at Port Sunlight on Saturday. It was lovely to meet up with Bev some of the DT, as well as some of our customers, new and old. The stall was really busy so I hope you managed to say hi if you were there.

I made this in my guise as a designer for  a challenge DT, on the theme of TRIANGLES. 

Our brains are fantastic things, able to fill in gaps that aren't even there. These are just triangles but our brain recognises the shape together with the star atop and instantly says we are looking at Christmas trees! 
As it is meant to be a masculine card, I chose bold colours and shapes from the set and used other texture stamps from my stash to create interest on the solid trees by kiss stamping. Kiss stamping, is when you tap another stamp onto another inked, usually solid stamp to create a pattern in the ink, which when stamped creates texture and pattern in the final stamping. Sometimes you can add a darker pattern to a lighter background but this time it just breaks up the solid triangle. 
The inks used were a mixture of Altenew Ruby Red, Olive, Fresh Lemon and Maple Yellow and Memento Bahama Blue and Grape Jelly. My sentiment, from the fab Pure Florals Poinsettia was stamped in Altenew Pure Graphite, a v dark grey which I'm coming to prefer over a stark black. 
So a simple one layer card, perfect for a quick last minute make or for batch card making.

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, 5 October 2018

Uniko Challenge #49 Reminder - Wonderful World, Optional Twist THANKS


The Design Team and Guest Designer are here today to remind you about the September/October 2018 Uniko challenge.

We have another fun and easy challenge at the moment and we hope the Wonderful World around us will inspire you to play along. If you'd like even more of a challenge then please twist with us and create a card to say THANKS.

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 bev@uniko.co.uk 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 ;)

We have the very talented Hannelie joining us again as our Guest Designer for this challenge. Her card is an absolute delight and so very creative. It's sure to inspire you to play along.

And here's some more ideas from the Uniko DT to help kickstart your creativity.


Now, if you need 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 26th October 2018 (7.00pm EDT).

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #292 - Colours

Hello October!

This month at CAS Colours & Sketches we have another multiple hostess month and this week Samantha is our hostess.  As usual we are starting the month off with a colour challenge and HERE are this weeks colours...

Such a pretty pallete, but it had me stumped at first! I then looked through my favourite sketch challenges for inspiration and came across the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge layout seen HERE and below.

This helped me decide on the stamps to use and I combined the challenges to create my card...

Kindness Blooms clear stamp set was perfect for the overlapping circular images in the sketch and as they are quirky fun blooms they look great stamped in all colours! The sentiment is from Simply Said Blocks II, one of my current 'go to' sentiment sets!

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!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Four designs from one piece of stamped card

Happy Thursday ......

Good morning ... it's Linda here.  I hope you're having a great week.

I've got a technique for you today which is my take on a Jennifer McGuire video which she called the Edge Stamping Trick. 
The difference is, I did my stamping onto one piece of cardstock and then cut it into separate pieces to make four cards.  Jennifer created two cards stamping two pieces of card together.

Here's what I mean ......

The finished cards are 6 x 4 inches, great size for note cards, or little Thank Yous.
This technique is great for using those larger stamps but as you can see, you can also get great results using your smaller stamps too.

I started out by cutting a piece of white card stock to 6 x 8.5 inches and I drew pencil lines down the middle, both top to bottom and side to side, to find the centre
I then stamped my image across where my pencil lines meet, and over all four corners.  This pretty floral is from the So Much stamp set

I quite like having my designs on the diagonal, on opposite corners, but if you wanted to you could also stamp your image across the pencil lines on the edges and create more of a frame.

I then cut the card into four pieces ..... and coloured in the flowers using ZIG markers
I now have the start of four cards ..... all the same, but each one different if you know what I mean

Next, I stamped and embossed my sentiments/greetings in the centre of each piece.
There's lots of fabulous words and greetings in the Uniko range. 
I've used stamps from All Occasions Sentiments #6 (one of my favourites)

teamed with Simply Said Blocks

The next one is from Spring Botanicals Daffodil ...... love this saying

The Thank You is from the So Much set .......

And the last one comes from Happy Succulents  ...... I love how all the stamps just go together so well

I added a few ink splatters here and there .......

and a few dots of glitter glue to add some sparkle.

I created a bit more interest to the backgrounds by adding a little bit of stenciling using the Broken Lines stencil across the bottom half of each card

It's nice to use your stencils as little accents on your cards, you don't always have to use the whole of the design.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #291 - Sketch


I'm back from my family vacation and almost back on UK time! I'm here today with my CAS Colours & Sketches DT card. This month Samantha is our hostess and has hosted some fabulous challenges this month, along with this weeks sketch HERE and seen below...

I was sitting at my desk wondering what stamps to use and then it came to me that Christmas is fast approaching and I've hardly given it a thought! So, I reached for my Stunning Snowflakes clear stamp set and put it to good use! 

I've used a trio of Altenew inks to stamp the snowflake trio, which I have then fussy cut and adhered to a white mat layer using 1mm thick foam adhesive. This layer is also adhered using foam adhesive to a Coastal Cabana card stock base. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and I added some little sparkly rhinestones to finish the design off.

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!

Monday, 24 September 2018

Winners WINNERS!


I am back from my family vacation, just about back on UK time and almost recovered from the jet lag! Now is the task of catching up on all my outstanding jobs, including announcing lots of WINNERS!! 

Apologies that this has taken me so long :( 

Anyway, first up I have the WINNER of the August 2018 Release Blog Hop. With the help of random.org the lucky comment is...

Wonderful cards, Izzy. I love what you did with the Framed Florals and your last card is absolutely stunning!
Congratulations Marianne! Please send me an email to bev@uniko.co.uk no later than 15th October 2018, along with your postal address and I will get your prize in the mail to you!

Next I have the WINNER of the September 2018 Design Team Blog Hop. With the help of random.org the lucky comment is...

Karthikha said...
Wonderful work :) So colorful :)

Congratulations Karthika! Please send an email to bev@uniko.co.uk no later than 15th October 2018 and I will email you your £20 eGift Certificate.
Thank you to everyone that joined in on both the blog hops and left such lovely comments. I will be having more giveaways soon on Social Media, so keep an eye out!!