Friday 26 June 2020

Uniko Challenge #59 Winners


I'm here today to announce the WINNERS of Challenge #59 Anything Goes, optional twist Bright & Happy

A huge thank you to everyone who played along with this challenge.

All prizes will be Egift Certificates that can be spent once the Uniko store re-opens on 1st July.

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

Congratulations Anushree!

Here's your winner's badge

You have won a £15 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store. Please contact me at by 10th July 2020

We would also love to have you join us as our Guest Designer for our next challenge. If you are interested please contact Jane at by 3rd July 2020.

 Next up is the random winner who twisted with us....

Congratulations Darnell

You have won a £5 Egift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store. Please contact me at by the 10th July 2020 to claim your prize.

Here is your winners badge:

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

Congratulations Cat

You have won an £5 Egift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store. Please contact me at by 10th July 2020 to claim your prize.

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 with the challenge!

The next Uniko Challenge starts on Friday 17th July.

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

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - English Country Garden

Good morning friends, Julie here with a little bit of Uniko summer inspiration.
I needed to make a card for my daughter's birthday, so decided to use the English Country Garden stamps and matching dies to create a floating frame design. I also ended up with an extra card from the left overs, definitely a win win!

So grab yourself a cuppa and settle down to a photo heavy post!

To start I die cut a stack of blanks of both the large and small butterflies before stamping them and colouring with Copics.
I find the best way to batch stamp is to use my MISTI and the waste from the first die cut to create a jig, so that I can place the blanks back in and then stamp away, replacing the blank after each stamping. I saved my jig from a previous project.
Once I had enough butterflies, I arranged them over a panel of copy paper trimmed to 41/2" by 61/2", not worrying if they hung over the edges. 
Using some Press n Seal, I overlaid the butterflies and pressed down especially between gaps. The Press n Seal allows you to lift the project up and then trim away the over hanging elements. 
This is how it looks part way.

This is it fully trimmed.

Without removing the Press n Seal, I cut a rectangle from the center with a die, it will cut through all layers if you take it steady!

Put the center to one side and flip the frame over and carefully remove the white copy paper, adding foam tape to the different elements.

After removing the backing from the tape, place on a 5 x 7 base card and press firmly once in position. Then very carefully remove the Press n Seal. You can stamp a sentiment directly into the center of the card but I chose to add a layered one to add some extra interest and bling. The sentiment is made up of bits from three different sets, You Are, Yes You, Birthday Sentiments and Festive Sentiments and heat embossed with platinum EP. A few holographic gems were added to complete.

Now back to the middle we put to one side. To frame the central panel, I decided to cut a thin frame using a rectangle of matching card and a slightly smaller rectangle die. I found that its easier that way than cutting the center out and trying trim down to size. If you do need to trim then I found replacing the die cut center works well in keeping the frame from distorting too much.

Instead of popping these butterflies up on foam, I simply glued them down flat onto a 5 x 7 card base, adding the frame and a simple sentiment strip from Simply Said. 

Here are the two finished cards together.

I do apologise for the photo heavy post but I hope it has inspired you to have a go yourself, its such an effective technique and you don't need to use butterflies, any die cut images will work.

So that's all from me, keep safe and sane 'til next time.

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Hello, Hey, Hi!


Oh my, what a strange couple of months it has been! I am so out of the loop with everything as we start to come out of lockdown or hibernation here in the UK. 

The majority of my time these past 2 1/2 months has been spent doing home learning with The Beans, doing the tasks the school set out and then speech practice. Then it has been keeping the home life ticking over, washing, cooking and cleaning. With everyone home 24/7 it has felt like an endless task. Then as bedtime for The Beans rolls around I collapse in a tired heap and no mojo to create :(

BUT.... finally I got the spark back to be creative when my husband finally uttered the words... 'you can open up for orders again on 1st July'. This is what I had been waiting for and it has injected a bit of life back into me! 

Life is still crazy, I am still doing home learning with The Beans as we decided not to send them back to school in this time of uncertainty. BUT I am being a bit better at giving myself some time during the day to do something for myself. 

Like today, I finished the card I started making yesterday....

I thought some cheery flowers would be best to kick start my creativity and I decided to ink up the peony cluster from Hello Lovely. 

I kept things simple and used some Stampin' Up! markers to colour the blooms and leaves. I used just one colour for each of the flowers, but went over areas with the same colour to achieve a darker shade. I did however use two greens for the leaves.

I trimmed through the image and fussy cut around the edge so it would be a border along the edge of my card and I popped it up with foam adhesive for some dimension. The sentiment is one of the mix and match options from the set.

I will be back again in the next few days with more to share, but for now I will just recap...

The website will open for orders Wednesday 1st July 2020. Orders will be posted out once or twice a week. I will confirm what days I will be posting orders once I have done a little research into the less busy times at my local branch. More details coming soon :)

Thank you to my awesome Brand Ambassadors for keeping the inspiration flowing during this time AND thank YOU for hanging in there with Uniko during these uncertain times. Your emails and messages have been much appreciated.

Crafty Hugs