Saturday 25 February 2017

Uniko - Reveal, Release & GIVEAWAY February 2017

IF Mr Blogger hasn't dropped off this should be my 3rd post this morning!

Hi again and thanks for visiting me today as it's time for the...

   BIG 5th Birthday Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY 
of this month's new stamp sets from


Here's my cards showcasing these fabulous sets and they are now 
available in the shop HERE and waiting for you to buy!

Above, a little 'no line' colouring using Distress inks, a camouflage die-cut 
sentiment from Sweat Pea Designs with the stamped images from Uniko

... and another trip for me over to Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
where it's Anything Goes so it's perfect ... anything fits!

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This one uses the Block Party Birthday stamped directly on to a brusho and water-
blended base with the addition of a sparkly die-cut balloon, with twine string too!

So let the party roll and all that's left for me to do is set you off on the traditional 
Design Team Blog Hop and wish you luck. All the details are over on the Uniko 
blog HERE so if you get lost along the way just head back there.

Bev (Uniko)
Sarah G
Sarah P - that's me!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what you've seen these last few days 
and here's those all important images of the sets for you to study and 
hopefully you've been inspired this week.


Less is More #317

WOW! What a month we've had over at 

Less is More

and today is the last week of our birthday challenges and
we'll be announcing all of our winners of each week in one post
 once this challenge has ended so keep watching the blog!

For this week we've got a 

... and in our new colours. Feel free to flip, rotate and change the circle
to a different shape so long as we can identify the elements of the sketch.

I've two cards for you today, both using products from Uniko, our
sponsor for this week ... read on for more details!

It's also the BIG 5th Birthday REVEAL, RELEASE and GIVEAWAY over at
Uniko in an hour's time so I hope you'll pop back but here's a little sneak at some
of the products on offer from the Explosion!Additions set which I've teamed
with a BG Builders Square set and the original Explosion stamps.

I'm taking another trip over to Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
with this one where it's 'Anything Goes'!

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Another card, using a flower instead of the circle and switching it
to the left of the card instead of the right

This one uses products by Uniko and inks by Altenew.
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms I with matching dies
Simply Said I and Background Builders Circles

You may have guessed that our wonderfully talented sponsor
and guest designer for this challenge is Bev from Uniko 

There's loads more stunning inspiration from my fellow teamies and
you'll find the links to their blogs over on the main LIM blog HERE

Please pop along and visit both Bev and the Design Team with some 
love and friendly feedback, I'm sure they'd love it! We've even
roped in some of the Uniko DT to join in for this one and their cards
are over at the Uniko blog HERE

I hope you've enjoyed all the fun challenges throughout our
6th birthday month at Less is More and please join us in this one too!
Thanks for calling by and I'll be back soon!


Honey I Shrunk The Kit #10

Hey there friends, I'm here on another day out with my fellow Honey Babes for
another HISTK post! What's more we've another 'babe' joining us this year ...
drum roll please for my super duper buddie and fellow teamie at 
Less is More and HLS CAS Challenge

Anita of Neet & Crafty

Honey I Shrunk the Kit logo

Our host for this outing was another fellow teamie at Less is More and Uniko;
Sarah G and she was certainly feeling all loved up and romantic when she
put this beautiful kit together, which she's named 'Heartfelt'
I couldn't wait to get playing with all these yummy goodies and today
 I simply can't wait to zip around the other blogs to see what's been created!

Here's the line up

Hazel Hodgkins: Hazel's Paper Designs
Sarah Gray: Funky Fossil Designs
Shona Chambers: Twine Around
Sandie Munroe: London Days
Anita Bowden: Neet & Crafty
Sarah Platt: Sazzle Dazzle Crafts ... that's ME!

... and here's a picture of Sarah's goody bag and the list of contents 
Image may contain: text

"There are a range of images in the kit including Mama Elephant, Winnie & Walter, 
Paper Smooches and Neat and Tangled. 
The die cuts are from Simon Says Stamp, Avery Elle & Tonic. "

and here's my cards but once again I struggle to keep these HISTK cards CAS.
In trying to use every little element I end up forgetting that white space! 

So most CAS to begin with 

Using one of my WeR Memory Keepers embossing folders I've created
a 'wave' texture to some black card stock ... no idea why this goes with
hearts but I liked it! So using the chipboard hearts, sending word die and
I snipped the 'U' off the Love sentiment, added a strip of glitter paper beneath
and a couple of sequins ... DONE!

I stuck with the flowers but skipped the hearts here! 
I fuzzy cut the floral bouquets (over snipped actually - ooops!)
Coloured with Promarkers and mounted on 3d foam along with the
die-cut 'You' on top of one of the paper doilies. I then heat-embossed
the 'Thank' from Winnie & Walter in white onto black card.

I'd like to pop this one in at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge
where it's Anything Goes this week! 

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Totally OTT with love and hearts here! There were so many 
heart die cuts in the kit that I couldn't resist layering them up here.
I've fuzzy cut the 'love' sentiment and added a die-cut 'You' from
WPlus9 then once again mounted on 3d foam onto another doily.
To add a little interest to the pink cardstock from the kit I've added a 
stitched border to one edge.

Yikes I have this faceted Heart die but not the stamp so I 
was grinning from ear to ear when this dropped out of the little
packet. The patterned paper has such delicate pink and green tones
with a dash of lime green so I decided to watercolour the heart
with distress inks in Tattered Rose, Hickory Smoke, Cracked Pistachio
and Twisted Citron. I even inked the edges of my card base in the
Cracked Pistachio and added a couple of coordinating enamel dots by Doodlebug.

Last but not least and these bits were simply shouting 'Shake me!'

Using the flower power #1 set by Uniko I've stamped a 
tone on tone floral print on the heart frame, added all the
teeny die-cut hearts inside the shaker with some seed beads. The
second piece of patterned paper is behind with lots of heartfelt words.
I've fuzzy cut those adorable bunnies and coloured them with zig clear
brush pens then added the 'bunny' sentiment below.

Thanks for this adorable pack of goodies Sarah and thankfully I've
a few months to think out how I'm going to compete!!!

As always thanks for calling by and I'm off to check out what the 
rest of my teamies have made with this fantastic bundle. 


Friday 24 February 2017

Uniko - Introducing Uniko Style

Hello there friends, thanks for coming back again today as we share
the last of our introductions over at 


for the 5th Birthday release sets and the name of this beauty is
Uniko Style and Bev certainly knows how to work those florals!

I've used mainly images from the Uniko Style set here but pinched a 
couple from the Originally Organic Additions, featured earlier this week, plus 
sentiments from the All Occasion Sentiments #6 and Celebrate with Cake sets.
To highlight those black centres of the flowers I've winked them with Stella
and glossed them with accents for shine too!

I googled the Marimekko designs, which this set is based on and found
some gorgeous blue coloured blooms - this hasn't appeared as dark as I'd 
have liked but I still love the bold design, again I've pinched another
of those wonderful friendship sentiments from Originally Organic Additions!

so I'm heading over there with this one! 

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And that's it ... Sneak Peeks DONE!
Introductions DONE!

All that's left is the BIG 5th Birthday FULL reveal, release and GIVEAWAY
which you'll need to pop back tomorrow for! The release schedule and all the details 
you need 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!
Amazingly I've got 3 posts going live tomorrow morning which is
a first in a long time! I'm just hoping Mr Blogger works some magic too
with scheduling as I'm away in the North East for a few days!

Thursday 23 February 2017

Uniko - Introducing Explosion! Additions

Hello there friends, it's time for some more Introductions over at 


and today we have the next set in our 5th birthday release, called
 Explosion! Additions set. If you've been a customer and follower of Uniko 
for much of the last 5 years you'll see this set is a perfect accompaniment to the
previously released Explosion set and great for those kids and guys!

For this one I've heat-embossed the bold sentiment and some of the images
from both the original Explosion set and this new one in WOW Metallic Silver
sparkle EP over the top of some of the new images stamped directly on the
card panel in a subtle grey shade. The sentiment is fuzzy cut and popped up on
3d foam and I've added some additional starts from the Balloon Bash set!

This time I created a cartoon style collage of bold sentiments and images to
create a BG for my front panel. The stars were die-cut from a heat-embossed
 panel of the half-tone BG stamp we introduced yesterday.

So we've just got one more day of intros before the BIG 5th birthday release and 
you'll find schedule and all other details 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 pop back again tomorrow!


Wednesday 22 February 2017

Uniko - Introducing Background Blocks Halftone

Hello there friends, it's time for Day 3 of Introductions over at 


as we get ready for this month's 5th Birthday release of new stamps!

Today we are introducing you to the Background Blocks Halftone
set and here's how I've been playing!

Having stamped the background onto cardstock I've die-cut the panel
with various sizes of circles. Popped them randomly on the card behind
the foam-mounted sentiment panel. This bold Happy Birthday sentiment
is also Uniko and from the very first All Occasion Sentiments set #1

Here's a naughty little peek at another set that'll be featured later in the
week - you'll just have to keep calling by to see more! This card shows
how the half-tone panel stamps and I couldn't resist trying it out in 
trademark Uniko colours! The sentiments are also from various Uniko
sets and the flower head .... well you'll just have to wait and see!!!

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 more!


Tuesday 21 February 2017

Uniko - Introducing Originally Organics Additions

Hello there friends, it's time for some more Introductions over at 


and here's day 2 of the birthday release intros, called Originally Organics 
Additions set. You may have seen something similar recently as a digital image 
but there's lots of added extras in this set to create elegant and feminine cards.
Here's how I've been playing and as luck would have it I needed a card for my 
Mum's birthday yesterday ...

The flower heads are stamped using Altenew inks with the foliage coloured using 
Promarkers. I've added a die-cut 'sending' sentiment by Simon Says Stamp;
 the other sentiments are by Uniko from the Simply Said and Garlands Galore sets

This week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday is
Fantastic Florals so I think these deserve a little trip over there!

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Same colourway but a slightly different layout here with the main image
stamped twice and just off the panel at the top and bottom. The set has
some gorgeous friendship sentiments and this is one of them.

Ok I hope you'll pop back for Day 3 tomorrow and in the meantime
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


Monday 20 February 2017

Uniko - Introducing Block Party Birthday

Hello there friends, it's time for some Introductions over at 


as we get ready for this month's release of new stamps to 
celebrate Uniko's 5th Birthday! Woo-Hoo!

First up, we are introducing you to the Block Party Birthday set and  here's how 
I've played. I hope this has whet your appetite for more!

For this one it's a little inky blending with Distress inks over the heat-embossed
 stamped image. The colours are Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon 
and Peacock Feathers.

I made this one and was all ready to feature it over on the Uniko post but noticed a couple
 of the teamies had done similar so it's hidden away here! It's great for a one layer
 card as I've done here; simply inked in Memento Tuxedo black then coloured with
Promarkers. I couldn't bring myself to crop the panel but there's lots of possibilities. 

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
we roll out the other birthday sets!


Sunday 19 February 2017

Uniko 5th Birthday Sneak Peeks 2 - February 2017

Hi I'm back with day 2 of those sneaky peeks to celebrate the 5th Birthday of


Today we have the next three sets which will be released during the week.
Read on for all the details ...

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 birthday full reveal and release! 

Hope you'll keep visiting and thanks for calling by today.


AAA CAS Cards Challenge #84

Hello there friends, it's time for another challenge over at 

The theme for this one is 'watercolour' and here's my card followed by a
little photo inspiration for you too ...

Our sponsor for this one is Uniko and I couldn't resist playing with the
Beautiful Blooms III set here. The flowers are watercoloured using
distress inks then fuzzy cut and mounted on 3d foam. The sentiment
is from the Simply Said II set, also by Uniko

It's a Clean and Simple week over at Addicted to Stamps and More so
I'm heading over there with this card plus at Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday
Challenge it's all about fabulous florals so I can't resist an outing there too.

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As always there's plenty more super CAS creations by my fellow teamies, 
with links to their blogs on the AAA Cards blog HERE

We are also joined by Michelle Bala, a previous winner of our challenges, 
who is Guest Designing for this one. 

Do pop along and visit her blog and leave a friendly word and some love - 
I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

As always thanks for calling by my blog today and I hope 
you feel inspired and will play along with us!