Tuesday 11 December 2018

Uniko - Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY Blog Hop - December 2018

Hi there friends and thanks for visiting today!

No doubt you've been following the Uniko blog over the last week and noticed a slight change to the usual build up to a new release, in that Bev alone has been presenting and introducing the new goodies! I think being so close to Christmas she took pity on the Design Team, however I still managed to make rather a lot of cards with this release, which helped tremendously in my frantic Christmas card production line!!!

So you've had the Sneaky Peeks and Introductions, courtesy of Bev and now we have the BIG Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY of this month's new stamp sets and stencils from Uniko

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

If you follow my blog (not that there's been much happening in the last few months) I do have a tendency to get 'fixated' on colour schemes ... especially when working towards a release day of new sets so here goes with some examples from my colour combo for this one and I'll share more on my Instagram page over the week. 

First up with Snowflake Serenade: 

Next up the Pure Florals Peony and I do hope to manage some coloured examples with this one as and when I've more time but I think it looks equally stunning in black and white. I thought a set like this would be great as a gift:

Following on with the same colour combo I've a few examples with the Wonderful Day stamp set although I've still to try out the 'wonderful' sentiments included in the set!

Lastly here's a couple of examples with the festive stencils; 'In the Forest' and 'Let it Snow' - you'll notice I've switched the colour scheme for these ... when you're in a rush, as I was, with Christmas card creations then stencils are definitely a quick and easy go-to solution! 

Most of these were made in batches using Distress Oxide inks through the stencils in 'Blueprint Sketch' 'Peacock Feathers' 'Mermaid Lagoon' and 'Wilted Violet'. Once I'd cleaned the stencil I used Tonic Glimmer paste over the top to add extra texture and sparkle.

In total I think I made 5 panels using each stencil and if you check Instagram over the week I guess I was having a competition with myself to see how many cards I could make from each panel! 


All that's left for me to do now 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.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what you've seen these last few days. I'm not sure whether I'll have chance to post anything else on my blog before Christmas so just in case...

I'd like to wish all my faithful followers and blog buddies a very festive Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Finally, here's the FULL images of the sets we've been showcasing!




Friday 30 November 2018

Uniko Challenge #50 - Reminder

Hi there friends.

We're half way through this last challenge of 2018 over at Uniko and I'm here with a little reminder. 

The theme is CELEBRATE, with the optional twist to add some gold. I've made a couple of cards - although only the first one includes the celebrate requirement but I ended up on a roll of stencilling and die-cutting snowflakes so thought I'd share them with you.

For all of these cards I used the Wonky Stripes Stencil with Gold Delicata ink then added multiple die-cut snowflakes cut from various gold and glitter cardstocks. The big snowflake on this one is 4 layers adhered together. The 'Celebrate' sentiment is from the Birthday Sentiments set and 'the magic of Christmas' from Most Wonderful.

The following ones use sentiments from Stunning Snowflakes and Simply Said Christmas.

As always there's plenty of fantastic creations by my fellow teamies, so why not head over to the Uniko blog HERE to check out the links and pay them a visit! I'm sure they'd appreciate it!

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Mugda of Craftomania, do pop along and visit her blog and leave a friendly word if you have a minute.

You have until Midnight on Friday, 21st December to link up to the challenge and all the details you need about prizes and how to play can be found over at Uniko HERE

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


Saturday 24 November 2018

Less is More #385

Hello my crafty friends, it's time to announce our latest challenge at Less is More - it's actually the last challenge of 2018 as we're taking a break through December. On a personal note I'm feeling quite emotional about this one as I'll be stepping down from the Design Team after this challenge. Sadly lack of time in recent months has meant that I haven't been able to fully commit to the challenge blog hence my decision. 

I've definitely had an absolute blast though and enjoyed every minute on this Design Team. I've also made some awesome friends here and hope they'll remain life-long buddies. Thanks to all of my fellow teamies at Less is More for being fun and fabulous and I wish you every success and hope Less is More goes from strength to strength - see you in Blogland! 

So back to the challenge; and here's the cue card to get you started

You'll find all the details on the main challenge blog HERE as well as links to the fantastic inspiration from the rest of the Design Team  as well as Katrina of Katrina's Crafting Blog, winner of our September challenges who is Guest Designing for this one. 

I'm sure you'll love this challenge despite it being that dreaded ONE LAYER week! The theme is holiday, so simple and adaptable for creating lots of occasions as well as a few extra Christmas cards, as I've done!

Both cards use images from Uniko with the first one using the recently released Background Builders: Christmas 2018 as well as some older sentiments. The fairy lights are coloured with Promarkers and sparkled with a Tonic Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents.

This one uses some older images; Rustic Christmas, Background Blocks - Horizontal Stripes and Simply Said Christmas. I've also added some delicate crystal gems to the tree for added sparkle and interest.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Happy Little Stampers so do play along for a chance of a prize, which we'll announce at the start of next month.


I hope you'll feel inspired to play along with us and have a little crafty fun. Thanks for calling by my blog today and I'd like to thank all the many supporters of the Less is More Challenge - we couldn't do it without you and I hope you'll continue to enjoy the challenges ahead. 

Sunday 11 November 2018

12 Days of Christmas with Kylie

Hello Friends 

I'm delighted to be joining in on the last day of the lovely Kylie's 12 Days of Christmas with Kylie and Friends again this year. I'm a bit out of practice with crafting and blogging in recent months due to lack of time and mojo but Kylie's email definitely spurred me on into action (of sorts) and I hope you'll join in too.

I've created this card using the 'Merry Kissmas' set by Happy Little stampers 

I basically stamped the images then coloured the little details with Promarkers before adding a sentiment from the set on a die-cut circle before popping it up on fun foam. I've matted the panel with some coordinating Glitter Card and that's it. Quick and Simple!

I hope you'll play along with Kylie and friends! All the details you need are on her blog HERE as well as the linky and details of the prizes that are up for grabs. 

As always thanks for calling by and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas


Saturday 10 November 2018

Less is More #384

Hello my crafty friends, 

Firstly apologies for my absence at Less is More but sadly life has become extremely busy in the last 6 months and due to lack of time and mojo I've been struggling to take part in DT work and challenges of any sort, hence my recent break from the Design Team.

Unfortunately, despite the break I've still found it difficult to get back into crafting and I have made the tough decision to step down from the Less is More Design Team following this month's challenges.

I'm thrilled that fellow teamie Sharon has agreed to take on the task of running the challenge and I will be forever grateful to her and the rest of the team, of course, for continuing with Less is More. I'd also like to thank everyone who has supported and entered the challenge. I have enjoyed every week of the 4 years on the team and made lots of wonderful crafty friends in that time. 

So let's get down to the serious business of announcing this week's challenge which is a COLOUR one and here's the cue card to get you started

I've 2 cards to share with you and for this one I used a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers from a retired Christmas sentiments set and I found this die-cut nativity scene in my stash, conveniently die-cut using silver mirror card which I decided would work perfectly for this colour challenge. 

Secondly, a string of silver snowflakes using a die from the Works with a 'Merry Christmas' sentiment die from CAS-ual Fridays against an ink blended background.

All the details are on the main challenge blog HERE along with links to my fellow teamies and their fantastic designs to inspire you and as mentioned above, our sponsor for this month is Happy Little Stampers.


I hope you'll feel inspired to play along with and have some crafty fun along the way.

Thanks for calling by today and catch up soon.


Tuesday 30 October 2018

Uniko - Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY Blog Hop - October 2018

Hi there and thanks for visiting me again today!

So you've had the Sneaky Peeks and Introductions and today I'm delighted to reveal the full array of sets although we've a new time when these will be available HERE ... it's 9pm. 

In the meantime have a look at a few more examples I've created and join in our traditional Design Team Blog Hop! All the details are over on the Uniko blog HERE so if you get lost along the way just head back there.

Here's my cards showcasing these fabulous sets

... and here's the order for the Blog Hop - I'm sure you'll agree my teamies have worked their little socks off to make magic with these new goodies. 

Sarah - that's me!

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

These 2 clear stamp sets below are being re-released from retirement! 


Monday 29 October 2018

Uniko - Introducing BIG & BOLD Merry & BG Builders: Christmas 2018

Hey there it's our final day of introductions, showcasing the new products due for release by Uniko on Tuesday.

Today we are introducing ... BIG & BOLD Merry & Background Builders: Christmas 2018 and if you are familiar with the Uniko sets then you'll have an idea of what both the BIG & BOLD and Background Builders sets involve. Lots more festive fun in store, that's for sure, with these 2 additions to the range.

Here's my examples in completely un-natural and non-traditional Christmas colour combos!

So you've had the sneaky peeks and all the introductions so all that's left if the BIG Reveal, Release and GIVEAWAY that happens tomorrow! I do hope you'll join me again for that and thanks for popping by today.

All the details about the Release time and Giveaway can be found over on the Uniko blog HERE as well as links and peeks at how my fellow teamies have worked their magic!


Sunday 28 October 2018

Uniko - Introducing Sweet Broom

Hi there

I'm back with Day 3 of introductions, showcasing another stamp set from the new products due for release by Uniko on Tuesday. This one is called Sweet Broom and it's super versatile as it can be used for general floral cards or Christmas too as I've shown below.

I stamped one of the images from the set 3 times in Altenew Evergreen Ink followed by the detailed layer in Forest Fern ink. I added some additional coloured detail with Promarkers and adhered a festive sentiment from the simply said blocks Christmas set, introduced yesterday. The red panel has some tone on tone images from the Sweet Broom stamp set too. 

This time shown as a birthday example using the other bloom from the set and stamped with more Altenew inks in Greys and Yellows with another of the Simply Said blocks sentiments from the original set in this range. I've added some dotty details using a grey Promarker pen and some teeny gems and silver pearls.

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 join me for one more day of introductions tomorrow.