Sunday, 1 August 2021

Stencil Sunday - Rainbows & Clouds

 Hello August & Happy Sunday! 


I'm here today with a couple of cards I've made using the Stencil - Rainbow & Clouds from the July Release. If you missed it you can catch up HERE and there is still just time to comment along the hop to win too ;)

I had LOTS of ideas with how to use this stencil, but end of school chaos, start of the holidays and release prep stopped me from getting them made. However, I had a few hours to myself on Friday evening and got to playing & getting a couple of them made to share with you. 




When I first started using stencils I kept very basic and rarely used anything other than ink or embossing paste and embossing paste was very sporadic too! It wasn't until I saw Brand Ambassador Wiebke use pencils and fine liners with stencils, that I started to think outside of the box and use them like I would stamps to create cards. 



So for this card I used Concord & 9th Aqua Sky card for my base and drew inside the clouds using a Bermuda Bay marker from Stampin' Up! I then inked through the largest rainbow using a variety of C9 ink colours. It was a little time consuming, but fun to do.  A sentiment from Simply Said Blocks II, some twine, foam adhesive and some Nuvo Drops finished my card off.


For my second card today I couldn't resist going back to using Gina K Designs Pastillage Texture Paste. This stuff is SO much fun! Last time I used it for my card HERE, I used a white background. But the beauty is you can apply it onto a coloured card base and add colour, like I have today.



I just love how vibrant the ink colours remain when applied over the texture paste. This little panel of rainbow sure made me happy on a dull rainy day! 




I couldn't resist using this sentiment from Reach For The Stars, it was just made to be combined with the rainbow and the little trio of stars from the set.


So many more ideas floating in my head, but I will save those for another day ;) Until next time, thank you for stopping by today.

Crafty Hugs

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Christmas in July

Hello

It's Wiebke here with a new Brand Ambassador Inspiration for you!
Time for "Christmas in July"!


For this card I masked a tree shape with masking tape, coloured the area with Distress Crayons and blended them with a bit of water. I carefully removed the tape directly after the blending process.
It depends on which paper and which tape and how much water you use if it's better to remove it immediatelly or if you should wait until it is dried completely! Please try out the fitting technique for your supplies!

The colours I used were: lucky clover, peacock feather, mermaid lagoon, salty ocean, broken china and tumbled glass.

When everything was dry I added a glitter halo around the tree shape with Wink of Stella Brush and also seven sparkling circles of white glitter paper which I fixed with little metal brads.
I tried to find brads fitting to the colours of the tree in the area where I placed them.


The sentiemnt is from the Simply Said - Christmas Set.
I'm so sorry I just recognized too late I used a set which isn't available any more, but Beverly designed also several other great sets with Christmas sentiments so you can simply replace this beautiful sentiment with another one you like!

I stamped the text with Distress Ink in lucky clover and traced the lines with a sparkling roller ball pencil from Sakura in the colour clear star.

To add a bit of sparkle I like both - the Sakura Gelly Roll clear Star and the Kuretake/Zig Wink of Stella brush in clear. The brush is great for bigger areas and the Pencil is perfect for smaller stuff like tracing lines of sentiments!


To finish the card I cut the panel a bit smaller than my cardbase.
I embellished the cardbase on both sides with a striped washi tape in clear + turquoise and then placed the tree layer with dimensional tape.

I like this technique, cause it's quick and easy to make.
You can individualize your cards so easy with

  • different colour schemes, 
  • different embellishments on the tree like rhinestones, sequins, stars, ...
  • different stripes on the side - washi tape, patterned paper, simple colored paper, ...
  • different sentiments
    Uniko has a big variety of christmas greetings in many different fonts and sizes!
  • different possibilities of sentiment-styles - just stamp it, make it sparkle, heat emboss it, ...

For a smaller tree, you can use the Christmas Pop Trio Stencil insted of the masked tree shape.

Hope I was able to inspire you to get some ideas for your Christmas Cards!

Stay crafty!
Greetings from Wiebke

Friday, 30 July 2021

Uniko Challenge Reminder #66 - Flowers + optional twist Slimline

 Hey!

The Uniko Brand Ambassadors are here today to remind you about the July/ August 2021 Uniko 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 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're delighted to welcome back Dhruvika as our Guest Designer for this reminder post.


How stunning is Dhruvika's card! If you pop over to her Instagram feed you can see all her other awesome cards too - HERE.




Hannelie











Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.  

THE PRIZES
  • Main Winner Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors - £15 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £5 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £5 eGift Certificate
  • Top 3 Chosen By The Brand Ambassadors - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

There is plenty of time to join and play along with this challenge. 
The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 20th August 2021.

Crafty Hugs


Monday, 26 July 2021

Mixed Media Monday - Guest Brand Ambassador Sally Holmes

 Happy Monday & Shiny New Week! 


Today I am back with another Mixed Media Monday and I am delighted to have our guest Sally Holmes joining us again. If you missed Sally's first projects, be sure to hop on over HERE.



Sally


Hello Everyone, today I have a couple of mixed media projects to share with you using Uniko's Background Builders: Seeing Stars and Reach For the Stars clear stamp sets and Stencil Wonky Stripes.



Journal page

For the background I used distress oxide sprays in Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Wilted Violet. I used the same colours in oxide inks for stencilling down each edge of the page. I used the same inks and some Versafine Clair Twilight ink to stamp the stars and borders. I stamped the words and three more stars onto snippets of black card and embossed with fine detail white embossing powder and gold embossing powder. I stuck these on with matte medium. Finally, I splattered a small amount of water and a little of each spray across the whole page.





Card

For the background I sprayed a piece of mixed media paper (180gsm) with Distress oxide sprays in Peacock Feathers and Brushed corduroy. When this was dry, I stamped the star strings in Versafine Clair Acorn. 


I mixed about a teaspoonful of Pretty Gets Gritty Clear Get Crackled gel with a few shakes of Mars Pretty Gets Gritty explosion powder. I applied it with a palette knife through the stencil and left it to dry.





I stamped and embossed the sentiment into the space and the star onto a scrap of card sprayed with the oxide sprays. I used Versamark ink and copper embossing powder. Finally, I added a few extra stars in the Acorn ink and cut out and stuck on the star with some 3d glue.


I hope you have enjoyed my projects today? I look forward to sharing more with you later this month. 


Sally



Star Struck! 

I am so inspired to have a go at a journal page, it is something I've never done myself. Such beautiful colours and placements of images & stencils. So many new ways to use Uniko products.

I hope you have enjoyed todays feature and a big THANK YOU to Sally for inspiring us all. 


Crafty Hugs
 

Sunday, 25 July 2021

July 2021 Reveal, Release Day, Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hello & Happy Sunday! 


Yay 🎉 it's the day we've all been waiting for! Finally I will introduce you to all 6 stamp sets and all 4 stencils in their entirety. They are all available to purchase HERE on the website now. AND we have our usual Brand Ambassador Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Let's get to it...



Background Blocks Diagonal Stripes £5.00
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Background Blocks Grid £5.00
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Block Party Summer £10.00
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Background Blocks Layered Modern Floral £10.00
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Doodle Flowers £5.00
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Simply Said Blocks III £5.00
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Stencil Flower Power #8 £3.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Stencil Rainbow & Clouds £3.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Stencil Squared £3.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date



Stencil Tropical Leaf 1 £3.50
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2012 - To Date

What a big release! I'm sure there is something for everyone here today! What do you most like the look of or that will be jumping into your basket? 

Well, just in case you need a little more persuasion or inspiration, we have our traditional blog hop. Enjoy!




Bev


















How awesome was that? Such a fun and inspirational hop. It really does delight me to see how everyone is inspired to use the products. The techniques, colours and previously released products they pair them with. 

Did you remember to leave a comment on all the stops along the hop? I will be randomly selecting one lucky comment winner to win the ENTIRE* release. Commenting to be able to win will close at Midnight BST Sunday 1st August 2021. The winner will be announced on the blog during the first week of August.

Thank you SO much to the Brand Ambassadors and everyone who has joined in on the fun. You really do make these releases so much fun.

Crafty Hugs


*An alternative prize will be offered to the winner if they have purchased anything from the release. The prize and all prizes are open worldwide, including Europe. Prizes are all posted as gifts from myself personally.

July 2021 Countdown to Release Winners!

 Happy Sunday!


I just wanted to pop by before the Release Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY and the Release goes live to announce a few random comment winners. Thank you to everyone that joins in, comments and supports Uniko and a BIG thank you to the Brand Ambassadors for bringing so much wonderful inspiration.


I have THREE prizes and THREE lucky randomly selected winners...


First Prize is the NEW Background Blocks Layered Modern Floral clear stamp set & the lucky comment is...

Marianne 

Love your samples, Bev. I especially like how the red pops on your first card.
Marianne x


Second Prize is the NEW Simply Said Blocks III clear stamp set & the lucky comment is...



Third Prize is the NEW Stencil - Squared & the lucky comment is...

WOW - 4 great new stencils by the looks of things. I'm plumping for the mixed squares one as my fave!

Hugs, Sarn xxx


Winners, please send an email to bev@uniko.co.uk with your postal address by Monday 2nd August 2021 to claim your prize.

I hope you join in on the hop HERE shortly!

Crafty Hugs

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Introducing... Doodle Flowers

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Welcome to Day 5 and the last of the July 2021 Release Product Introductions. I can't believe we are introducing the final product. Which means tomorrow is Release Day and all the goodies will be available to purchase on the website.

Today we have another inspiring blog hop and I saved the final floral, Doodle Flowers. You might recognise this flower from the previously released Background Blocks Doodle Flower and the Uniko Stencil Doodle Flowers. With the addition to this set in the mix, it provides even more mix and match options AND I've included some mix and match sentiments in a current favourite font!

Let's hop and be inspired, don't forget to  leave comments along the way. I will be randomly selecting comments left in the lead up to Release Day on 25th July to win Uniko goodies! 













Such a fun mini stamp set, don't you think? I do love me a modern floral and this just expands the possibilities with the previously released products that coordinate with it. The Brand Ambassadors have done a superb job of showcasing this set, along with all the other products this week, so a BIG thank you to all of them for making this release so inspiring. 

Tomorrow is the BIG day! I hope you will join us at 9am BST for the Release Day Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! Plus all the new products will be available to purchase on the website 🎉

Until then, Crafty Hugs

Friday, 23 July 2021

Introducing... Stencils Flower Power #8, Rainbow & Clouds, Squared & Tropical Leaf I

Hello & Happy Friday!

Welcome to Day 4 of the July 2021 Release Product Introductions. I can't believe how quickly this week has gone, maybe its down to all the fun here on the blog?! 

Today we have another inspiring blog hop and we are introducing FOUR new stencil designs. A bit of a mix with hopefully something for everyone.

Don't forget to  leave comments along the way. I will be randomly selecting comments left in the lead up to Release Day on 25th July to win Uniko goodies! 

Okay, lets get to the good stuff... 



Bev





















WOW! 

So which stencil is your favourite? I simply can't decide - haha! These four stencils, along with all the stamps we have been introducing over the last few days will be available for purchase HERE on the website Sunday 25th July at 9am BST. 

Be sure to pop back tomorrow for the last of the product introductions. 

Crafty Hugs