Friday, 18 May 2018

Uniko Challenge, Meadow Birthday

Morning all. 
It was a busy week for the Uniko DT last week but after a bit of a chill session and a 'bit' of housework, I'm back with a card to announce the new challenge over at Uniko.

The design was based on this rather appropriate photo.

I started by creating a background to echo the pattern on the suitcase with the Stylised Flower stencil and some Twisted Citron DOx on a die cut panel of white card.
The next step was to cut an oval of black card and stamp and emboss the greeting from Birthday Sentiments. To frame it I stamped and cut out two of the small sprays from Originally Organic Additions and some of the flowers. I wanted to create an even spray so not satisfied with using the same image I mirror stamped two more onto previously die cut sprays.
If you are not familiar with mirror stamping, all it is is stamping first onto a larger stamp then use this image to create a mirror image by stamping the image onto card. The resultant image is a little paler than the original but a fine liner soon sorts that out! There's lots of videos around such as herehere and here that explain the process.
I coloured the sprays with Copics using the colours from The Paper Players as close as possible and completed the wreath around the oval.

So are you ready to play along?
Well, just in case you need some more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes.
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points
You've got plenty of time to play along with this month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 22nd June 2018 (7.00pm EDT).

OK, that's about it from me but check out the rest of the team for more inspiration here.
Julie - that's me

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

It's release day at Uniko

As it says at the top of this post it's time for the full May release at Uniko.
All the stamps the DT have previewed over the last few days are now available on the website and in person at today's Happy Stampers Festival in Port Sunlight until 4pm. So if have a ticket ( sorry no tickets available on the door) and you want to meet some of the DT, why not pop over and say hello and treat yourself to some of the release.
I'm heading over there too but wont be on the stand other than to say hi to Bev and the girls, as my bestie is staying with us and coming with me for a bit of a girly day out.

So first card off the rank is this one using a leftover strip from my card here.

I teamed it with some of the die cut flowers from here, a fussy cut leaf from the Nature's Treasure's II stamp set and a sentiment from the Birthday Celebrations set. The leaf was inked with Twisted Citron DOx and the flowers were coloured with Copics. The composition reminds me of the fresh green of new shoots in the garden with the addition of pretty flowers.

My second card again uses the leftover from an earlier card and the same Birthday Sentiment repeatedly stamped and embossed with white EP on a strip of black card and mounted on matching pink card stock. A few sequins complete.

This third card also uses the rotating stencil technique, this time with the Honeycomb stencil.

Using the blue card and ink gives a more masculine look to this card than the pink of the flower one above. I used an old Spellbinders oval to cut the scalloped edge. The stamped and embossed Simply Said Blocks II and a few dots of Glossy Accents complete.

When I made the first card with the Organic Additions stamps and dies I thought that the aperture would make a good shaker element when filled with acetate so here is one in purple and gold.

My base is purple and I coloured the gold embossed pattern with a deep violet Zig pen.

My final card shows that you don't need to use the dies simply to cut out the stamps but can be used on their own. The large explosion stamp is simply stamped onto the base card before the addition of the die cut ones.

So have we tempted you this week? Hope so and should you have tickets for today's Happy Stampers Festival don't forget to say hello to us on the Uniko stand.
If you can't make it then simply check out the rest of the DT along with our GD Anna.

Introducing... 5th - 11th May 2018, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 12th May 2018 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Channeling Roy Lichtenstein

Hi and welcome to the last of the introducing posts from Uniko's May release.
Tomorrow sees the launch of the full range of stamps, stencils and dies that we have been showcasing all week. They will be available on the web from 9 o'clock and in person from the Uniko stand at the Happy Stampers Festival at Port Sunlight but only if you already have a ticket. If you do go pop by the stand and say hi to Bev and some of the DT.

Here is my card using the second set of dies to go with previously released stamp sets, Explosions and Explosions Additions.

The first thing that came into my head when I saw the stamps was Roy Lichtenstein, a Pop Art artist specialising in comic strip style paintings. When I taught Y6 many years ago, we did a whole series of graphic images based on his style.
To start, I planned the layout and cut some squares and rectangle of white card and stamped them in red, blue or yellow using the shaded dots stamp. Secondly I cut a couple of die cut cityscapes one in black and one in thin yellow card. From the black one I pushed out a few of the windows, then glued the yellow one behind. A strip of double sided tape secures the little bits when you take it carefully out of the die. This was then stuck onto one of the panels. The rest of the images were stamped onto the die cuts using my jig mention here, before arranging them on a panel of black card. then a red base card.

Fo more explosive ideas, check out the rest of the DT here.

Julie - that's me

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Introducing Originally Organic Additions dies

Morning, I'm back with another fab new release from Uniko.
This time it's a brand new set of matching dies for the Originally Organic Additions stamp set.

I'm not usually a great fan of these sort of dies but I must admit that for this tricky wreath style stamp it really works. On a square panel of white card I stamped the wreath then cut away the middle, then cut a piece of fun foam slightly smaller than the card and repeated the die cut.This allowed me to pop the whole panel up and stamp my greeting on the base card. There is a larger die that allows you to cut the whole wreath from a piece of card but for this I decided to just cut the center away.
I wasn't sure how I was going to do the flower elements, stamp then cut or visa versa but in the end I went with cut first then stamp as a little trick I was shown works a treat.
Using a scrap of card die cut the tiny flowers then place the leftover card in a MISTI over a sheet of copy paper. Place the stamps into the spaces and then close the MISTI and stamp through the template onto the scrap. When happy with the position of the stamps, place the die cuts in the template and away you go!
The images were coloured with Copics in the colours from the photo at Inspired by the little things.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

You are just my cup of tea

Hi and welcome to a post to announce the start of a brand new challenge over at ATSM.
Here's my card.

Although it's a pretty CAS card our theme this week is -

This is always a tricky challenge for me to come up with ideas, so I took inspiration from the challenges at Addicted to CAS and The Paper Players.

I simply stamped the stacked teacups, free from a mag, with Versamark before heat embossing with gold EP, mounted this on a scrap of gold mirror card and then a plain white base card. The sentiment, also free from a mag, was stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle. Simples.
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Tuesday, 8 May 2018


Morning, it's going to be a busy week here on the blog. 
Just like London buses, nothing for ages then two or more in quick succession!
This time it's time for a new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz where our theme is -


Lots to get your teeth into here. I went through my stash and chose this LOTV golfer for the focus of my card. Now golf is a serious hobby for some men!

I used the layout from Sketch Saturday and the theme from CAS on Friday, Cute, as my jumping off point.
To keep it CAS, I went with an embossed main panel, an Argyll one from Sizzix to match the image, cutting a circle out before hand. I cut a frame from the same die and a slightly larger one from matching white card and glued it to the edge of the opening, trimming off the overhang. 
My cute LOTV golfer was stamped then coloured with Copics before fussy cutting and slipping him into the opening. A scrap piece of NitWits DP was attached to the base card and the top panel added with foam pads. The sentiment from Uniko was stamped on a strip and then slipped under his golf bag. Job done!
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Even More Stencil Fun

Morning, a very busy week here in the craft room with more inspiration using the new May release from Uniko.
First off the rank is this pink delight.

This uses the new Stylized Floral stencil and Simply Said Blocks II plus the older but goody Pure Florals Cosmos.
I channelled my inner Jennifer McGuire again for this card using the Rotating Stencil Technique.
I started with a panel of pink card inked with Picked Raspberry DOx, then rotated and the process repeated. Placing the stencil over the inked panel again, I inked through with white pigment ink.
Using an Avery Elle die, I cut the angled panel of white linen effect card and popped it over the inked panel. The sentiment was stamped with the same DOx on a strip of white card and glued in place. I decided it looked a little too spartan so added the blooms, coloured with Copics and fussy cut.

My second card uses the Confetti stencil, bigger brother to the stamp released last year. Just to prove that stencils are just as useful as stamps, if not more so I made this.

On a panel of white card, I attached the stencil with masking tape and using a small Versamark pad, I inked through it, then after carefully removing the stencil heat embossed the card with white EP.
Using diluted DI in a rainbow of colours, I washed in the rainbow effect. When completely dry I die cut a rectangle from the panel and buffed up the surface with a dry babywipe.
I didn't want to detract from the panel so added some white die cut balloons and another sentiment form Simply Said blocks II, I can see this getting a lot of use, this time heat embossed in silver. I used the layout from the girls at Less is More to place them.
So that's it from me for the moment, back tomorrow with more inspiration.

There's even more  inspiration from the rest of the team.
GD - Anna
Julie - that's me

Introducing... 5th - 11th May 2018, here you will see a closer look at the products being released with a daily blog hop with the Uniko DT.

Release Day! Saturday 12th May 2018 9am BST you will get to see the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As usual there will be a Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Extra PRIZE Info! Alternative prizes will be offered to those that may already own the prize offered. Winners will be announced on Saturday 11th on the Winners Page HERE

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