Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Uniko Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY Blog Hop - February 2018

Hi there and thanks for visiting me again today! 

We've made it through all those days of Sneaky Peeks and Introductions to bring you the BIG Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY of this month's new products from Uniko and here's a few more of my creations showcasing these fabulous sets, which are now available in the shop HERE and waiting for you to buy!

I've gone all out rainbows on these first 2 using Zig Clear Brush pens to create a watery background! The first one uses the Kindness Blooms with a sentiment from the Birthday Sentiments and the second one uses the Background Blocks Party Confetti with a small sentiment from one of the older sets: Simply Said I




How about an inky blast featuring another sample from the Life is a Song set. I found this pre-prepared brusho inky panel and simple stamped it with the images then die-cut a heart using WPlus9 Heart stack then popping it back into the panel on fun foam. One of my sisters is a musician and I saw her for the first time in almost 18 months at the weekend so made a bumper pack of musical cards for her as a treat.


Next up, using the Kindness Blooms in a tone on tone style, stamped with Versamark ink then shimmered with a Tonic Nuvo Shimmer pen. The sentiment is from the freebie set from last month plus 'Thanks' from the Kindess Blooms set. For added interest I've used a Gerbera die from MFT, popped up on 3d foam to highlight my sentiment circle.


All that's left for me to do is set you off on the traditional Design Team Blog Hop and wish you luck.

Details about prizes and rules are over on the Uniko blog HERE so if you get lost along the way just head back there.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what you've seen these last few days 
and here's the FULL images of the sets we've been showcasing!

     

     

     

We also have 5 new stencils to add to the range and here's the images ...




Sarah

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Uniko - Introducing Kindness Blooms

Hi friends,

Here we go with the final day of our introductions to this month's release of new goodies from Uniko and we've a simple floral beauty to share today called Kindness Blooms. 

Having researched colour combos I came up with this one that I liked and just start stamping away. Some panels were rejects and ended up tossed in the bin and others made it onto a card so here goes 

The images are stamped using various Altenew Inks and although the set itself has some sentiments, I used some from the Spring Botanicals Daffodil plus the new Birthday sentiments sets; which I think is going to be a firm favourite with me as it's so versatile and full of gorgeous curly and typed fonts.

It's not evident in the photos but there's a bit shimmer and shine from Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella and Glamour Dust on these cards.



As you can see this set is perfect to create your own backgrounds as you can mix and match colours and use some or all of the images in the set as I've shown here and below. I think this card should fit in perfectly over at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge this week as it's all about backgrounds so I'm dashing over there with this one before the challenge closes!


Okay! We've made it through 3 days of Sneaky Peeks, 5 days of Introductions and tomorrow is the BIG reveal, release and giveaway so I hope you'll be back to join me! The release schedule can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll visit me again tomorrow.


Sarah

Monday, 26 February 2018

Uniko - Introducing Life is a song, Background Blocks Equaliser

Hi There,

I'm back with Day 4 of our introductions to this month's release of new goodies from Uniko and we're adding a little musical note or two to your day. I've a little trio going on and having googled graphic equalisers for ideas I hope you like my colour combos!



These first 2 are coloured using the Zig Clear brush Markers having stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black, which works ok providing you don't add water. 


For this next one I heat embossed the Background Block with WOW Gold embossing powder then coloured the 'LED' lights with Polychromos and added a 'You Rock' sentiment from the previously released Simply Said Block Sentiments
 


There's one more day of introductions tomorrow before the BIG reveal, release and giveaway on Wednesday so I hope you'll be back to join me! The release schedule can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the next introduction.


Sarah

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Uniko - Introducing Pure Florals Chrysanthemum Stencil

Hi There,

I'm muscling in on the Stencil introductions today for Uniko because I couldn't resist bagging this stunner that coordinates with the gorgeous Pure Florals Chrysanthemum stamp set and dies.

I've three examples to share, each using Distress Inks through the stencil onto pearlised cardstock with sentiments from the new Birthday Sentiments set for the first two cards and one from the Spring Botanicals: Daffodil set on the third one.  




This week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp -Wednesday Challenge is to 'Create your own background' so I'm heading across there to pop this one into the challenge.

Hopefully you'll join me again for some more introductions tomorrow and Tuesday before the BIG reveal, release and giveaway on Wednesday! 

The release schedule can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the next introduction.


Sarah

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Uniko - Introducing Spring Botanicals Daffodil

Hi There,

I'm back with some more introductions for you today as we showcase another beautiful floral set from Uniko, featuring that springtime favourite; daffodils. 

I've also teamed it with sentiments from the Birthday Sentiments set introduced yesterday as it was my Mum's birthday this week so the card worked a treat to celebrate the occasion. It certainly was a BIG birthday but I didn't want to spoil the elegance of the blooms by adding a '70' on it!


Firstly I stamped the images on Bristol watercolour cardstock then heat embossed the daffodils in white before watercolouring with Zig Clear Brush Pens. I fuzzy cut the blooms and stems to create this little bouquet along a stitched curved border by MFT. The dotty yellow patterned paper is by Lawn Fawn. 


As the set includes a Mother's Day sentiment I couldn't resist creating a card on that theme too although I think this one will have to go to my M-I-L to avoid the 'deja vu' experience for my own Mum!


I'll be back with some more introductions tomorrow before the BIG reveal, release and giveaway on Wednesday! The release schedule can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the next introduction.

Sarah

Friday, 23 February 2018

Uniko - Introducing Birthday Sentiments & Background Blocks Party Confetti

Hi There,

We've had 3 days of Sneaky Peeks from Uniko to tease you with this week and now let's get down to the serious business of Introductions as we get ready for this month's release of new stamps on 28th!

You may have noticed we introduced the new Stencil Design Team at the weekend so you'll find various new goodies showcased from the extended team. 

Today I'm sharing some introductions to the Birthday Sentiments, which is on a similar theme to the Festive Sentiments set released last year plus another one for the Background Blocks range; this one is Party Confetti!


First up let's go all out vivid and bold multi-colours using an old Kaleidoscope ink pad I found in my stash. As it's a pigment ink and stays wet for a little while I managed to throw some clear embossing powder over the top to give a glossy sheen. The sentiment is from the new sentiment set and the balloons are fuzzy cut from the older Balloon Bash set!



Who says it's got to be a birthday party celebration with this confetti set? So 2 baby cards where the confetti background was stamped with Versamark, heat embossed with white EP then Distress Inked in Salty Ocean (for the Boys) and Worn Lipstick (for the Girls)! I've teamed it with more sentiments from the new set plus a 'New Baby' one from the Simply Said range and that super cute teddy bear from Sweet Baby 




I hope this has whet your appetite for more!

The release schedule can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow for the next introduction.


Sarah

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Uniko Sneak Peeks Day 3 - February 2018

Hi Friends, I'm back with the last 4 Sneaky Peeks from Uniko in readiness for this month's release of Birthday / Celebration / Spring themed goodies. It wouldn't be a Uniko release without a few floral beauties so today there's 2 new stamp sets and 2 new stencils, which will all be available to purchase on the 28th. 








If you head on over to the Uniko blog HERE you'll find all you need to know about the schedule, dates for introductions and the BIG reveal, release with traditional blog hop GIVEAWAY! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back tomorrow when we start to introduce the products.


Sarah

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Uniko Sneak Peeks Day 2 - February 2018

Hi Friends, I'm back with Day 2 of our Sneaky Peeks in preparation for the new release of stamps and stencils from Uniko this month. Here goes with the next 4 which include 2 stamps sets and 2 new stencils. Why not spread a little musical cheer to your life... 

The new goodies will be available on the 28th. 







If you head on over to the Uniko blog HERE you'll find all you need to know about the schedule, dates for introductions and the BIG reveal, release with traditional blog hop GIVEAWAY! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll keep visiting me this week as we reveal and introduce the sets.



Sarah

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Uniko Sneak Peeks Day 1 - February 2018

Hi Friends, it's time for a little excitement with the latest Birthday and Spring themed stamp and stencil releases from Uniko this month. Here goes with the first 3 birthday / celebration themed Sneaky Peeks, which will be available on the 28th. The first two are stamp sets and the last one a stencil. 







If you head on over to the Uniko blog HERE you'll find all you need to know about the schedule, dates for introductions and the BIG reveal, release with traditional blog hop GIVEAWAY! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll keep visiting me this week as we reveal and introduce the sets.

Sarah

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Less is More #365

Hi there friends, it's time to announce our second BIRTHDAY challenge over at Less is More to celebrate our 7th Birthay and we've got more delightful designs from some of our past Design Team members. 

We're also delighted to have Seven Hills Crafts kindly sponsoring the challenge and Tara (owner) is joining us as a Guest Designer too.

So let's get down to the latest Clean and Simple challenge for the next fortnight and here's the cue card
 

There's often lots of debate in Blogland around the use of dry-embossing and how it can be used as a Clean and Simple element of a card so I can't wait to see what you come up with and I've 3 ideas to share with you today.

You'll find our guidelines and requirements for this technique over on the main Less is More blog HERE along with some superb ideas and inspiration from my talented teamies.


First up I've used a faux letterpress technique, as featured in an older video by Jennifer McGuire HERE which uses a detailed Tilda Flower die from Memory Box with a little ink to the edges then run through my Big Shot to 'emboss' the image onto watercolour card. 

Other Supplies Used:
Dies: Lil'Inkers: HI word die / Stamps: Avery Elle: Sentimental / Ink: Altenew

There's 2 challenges I'd like to pop this one into ... Addicted to Stamps and More, where they are looking for Clean and Simple Cards and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the requirement is to add a die-cut.


This card features a very subtle linear embossing technique where regular score lines have been marked using a folding board. I started out by inking up a beautiful stencil, which I received as a gift from my buddy and ex-DT member at Less is More, Sarah G of Funky Fossil Designs. Since stepping down from our challenge blog she's certainly not been sitting around but has set to work making various stencils, laser-cut MDF shapes and home decor/gifts. The stencil here, called Beautiful Mandala is available to purchase in Sarah's Folksy store HERE and she's also kindly offered 2 stencils as a gift to one of our birthday winners at Less is More this month. Why not head over HERE and look at what else is in store!

Other Supplies Used:
Dies: The Works: Stitched Square & Waffle Flower: Sentiment Strips
Stamps: Avery Elle: Sentimental / Ink: Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio 
 

Last but not least an underwater little scene using a circular die-cut piece of brusho-coloured card, which I then ran through a 'wave-effect' embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers. I've also used my 3 circular dies to create a de-bossed element to frame my focal image.

Other Supplies Used:
Dies: The Works: Stitched Squares & Sizzix Framelit Circles
Stamps: Paper Smooches: Briny Blue plus coordinating die & Create a Smile: Underwater Love

I'd like to pop this card in at Timeout Challenges where the theme is 'Hobbies' - Fishing is a popular hobby I believe although not one of mine!!! Hope it counts - sadly it's not twisted with a one layer.

I hope you've enjoyed my inspiration for this challenge and don't forget we've extra prizes this month with it being our Birthday. Our sponsor for the challenge is Seven Hills Crafts as well as a random mystery prize and Sarah's kind stencil for this month only so do play along for a chance, and we'll announce our winners at the start of next month. 

Seven Hills Crafts Logo

I hope you'll play along in our birthday challenges this month and have some fun with us.



Thanks for calling by today!

Sarah