Saturday, 17 August 2019

Revisiting Big n Bold Wish, Blog Hop and Giveaway at Uniko

Good morning Uniko fans, its time to give a little love to a previously released stamp set.
This month the set we are revisiting is the Big and Bold stamp set and matching dies.
Here's my inspiration for you.


I've used the candles, 'Make a' and 'wish' stamps together with both the matching wish dies.
It's another idea sparked by too much You Tube watching earlier in the year!
Always on the look out for a different card idea I stumbled on this idea by the very creative Jennifer McGuire, a double Z fold card

So apologies for the next few paragraphs, hope you can follow all the instructions!

To start I cut a panel of bright blue card measuring 5"x 10" and scored it at 21/2" and 5", followed by
a second piece of white card cut at 4" x 9", scored at 4" and 61/2".
The blue panel was then stencilled using the Confetti stencil using a contrasting blue ink and put to one side to dry.
On the white panel a line of candles was stamped along the bottom of the large square section in Versamark and embossed with white EP, before colouring with my Zig water brush pens.

When dry, I stamped this greeting from Birthday Wishes in black on the middle panel, the last panel was kept blank for a handwritten greeting.


From a scrap of vellum I cut the largest of the wish dies and from a scrap the same blue card as the background, I cut out the second size wish. Placing the leftover outer from the blue in my MISTI, I positioned the 'wish' stamp in the space and then closed the MISTI door. The blue wish die cut was then placed back into the outer and stamped with Versamark and embossed with white EP. I find this the best way to ensure that the stamping is centred on the die cut. 
After gluing the two layers together I attached them above the candles and stamped the 'Make a' in black.

To complete, 2 panels of silver mirror card were cut measuring 41/4" by 21/8" and 4/1/4" square.
The small panel was glued to the top small blue section and the larger to the large blue square section.
The white section was attached, large square section to small silver one and small white to large silver.
If you struggled to follow this and you would prefer more visual instructions, check out the video here.

So for the chance to win the complete Big and Bold Wishes stamp set and matching dies, just leave a comment here then hop along leaving comments as you go. You have until Saturday 24th August at midnight BST to leave your comments

Julie - that'll be me

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

If Tha Want Sumat Doin, Then Do It Thi Sen!

So for all you non Yorkshire readers, the title of this post is, If you want something doing then do it for yourself! A perfect thought for the new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz which is -


I did a dialect quiz on Yorkshire day to see if they could guess which bit of Yorkshire I come from, the result said West Yorkshire, probably because I lived there longer than my birth county of South Yorkshire! Still it was only a bit of fun.
This fun digi from LOTV was perfect for the latest challenge at Cardz4Guyz and probably also for my OH's birthday in a couple of months!

He has a man cave attached to the house which on a good day looks very like this image. I'll leave you to imagine what it's like on a bad one!

Having printed the DIYer out, I coloured it using Copics, before using an MFT scalloped edge die along the bottom edge.
A  panel of DP from the bits box was placed under the illustrated panel and the sentiment from Uniko added. The edged panel was then added permanently with a panel of fun foam to raise it up. I left a border around my 5" x 7" base card but I'm not sure whether I should have taken the design to the edge, still too late now!

Although the colouring took quite a while, the design is quite simple.
There's even more inspiration over on the Cardz4Guyz blog, so why not check it out.

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Friday, 2 August 2019

Daisy, Daisy ......

..... give me your answer do, as the song says.
Daisies are one of my favourite summer flowers.
I love the wild ox eye daisies that spring up in my wild flower area year after year, their flowers are so cheerful, the white petals shimmering in the sun as they dance in the breeze.
So, they are just the thing to use for August's challenge at HLS CAS -


Here's how I used them

It's much easier to design a CAS card when you stick to keeping your design to just 1/3rd of the front panel.
I simply die cut a panel of white card, inked some Salty Ocean DOx in the bottom third then added some die cut and watercoloured daisies by Joy, to it. My sentiment, STAMPlorations Balloons and Banners, was stamped on a white die cut banner and placed within the bottom third, leaving 2/3rds as lovely 'white' space. The finished panel was added with pads to a white base card. 

So for more inspiration check out the rest of the team here, then why not join in.

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Favourite flower

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Life is a Song

Good morning folks.
Cardz4Guyz have got a brand new challenge for you starting today with the theme of -


So what will inspire you, musical instruments, a favourite song, a quote from Shakespeare or as in my case the actual sheet music and notes.

I've use the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and the Life is a Song  set from Uniko.
A simple card, perfect for the musical man in your life, just a strip of musical score inked with Old Paper DI popped behind a couple of black edged panels and the sentiment from the Life is a song stamp set.
The actual 1st line should read Life is a song, love is the ... but I masked that part out when I stamped it, then added the large music text and the finishing phrase. A few tiny notes from the set stamped in the spaces complete. Just a bit of Old Paper DI to match the score and a black mount to 3 sides and jobs a good 'un!

For more music inspiration check out the rest of the DT here.
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Friday, 26 July 2019

Release Day @ Uniko

Good morning all.
The day has finally arrived when you can get your hands on the latest release from Uniko.
This release will be available to purchase HERE at a NEW time of 9pm GMT tonight.

In time honoured fashion we will be having a blog hop with GIVEAWAYS!

So without further ado here are a few cards made with the July release. Some with a little twist and some showing how you can mix them in with stamps you already have.

Remember the simple lifebuoy card from day 3? Well how about adding in a character to create something different such as this. 

I've use the same anchor stencil background and life buoy but replaced the sentiment with one from Simply Said Sentiments and added this cute character, coloured with Copics and fussy cut.

My second card uses the Giraffe stencil but with a bovine twist!

How about instead of a giraffe you saw the patches as part of a Holstein Friesian cow? Well there are quite a few of them around these parts,  award winning Cheshire cheese is made not far away so plenty of inspiration!
My bovine beauty was made with some of the same die cuts as the giraffe I made yesterday, with a background made from a couple of scraps from the bits box.
I cut an oval from the stencilled panel and added a banner greeting, stamped using the Big n Bold Happy set.

Finally this card uses quite a few different sets, including Paradise, Large Tropical Background, Background Builders Classic and Outlined Sentiments.

This design owes a lot to Jennifer McGuire and my enforced time out earlier in the year. Check her video out here.
The interior panel was stamped with the Large Tropical Background stamp on hot pink card with Versamark and embossed with clear gloss EP, then the sentiment was added with black ink and coloured with a fine liner. I attached the triangular flaps as per the video and added a backing panel in the same pink.

My band was made from a strip of white paper stamped with the 'stave' stamp from the Background Builders Classic set and some vellum. The roundel includes various elements from the Paradise set, coloured with Copics and fussy cut. The small sentiment is also from the Paradise set.

So that's it from me for this release, what do you think, have we inspired you?
Here are all the stamp sets and stencils that are released today at 9pm GMT.



as well as the re-released Nautical Treasures stamp set.

All details can be found on the Uniko website.

Now it's time for a blog hop and GIVEAWAY!!!
To be in the chance of winning The ENTIRE July 2019 Release! (5 clear stamp sets, 1 previously released clear stamp sets and 5 stencil designs). Simply comment along the blog hop, it's as easy as that! You have until Midnight 3rd August 2019. Winner will be announced a few days after. 

So check out the rest of the DT and our talented GD Karen Baker for a chance to win.

Julie - that'll be me

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Summer colours

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Introducing Wild Sentiment stamp and Animal Print Stencils

Well hello and welcome to day 4 of the new release from Uniko.
Today we are showcasing the three wild themed stencils and the Wild stamp set.

This card uses the Tiger stencil and the Wild sentiment stamp set. The baby tiger was drawn freehand and coloured with Copics before fussy cutting.
To start, I took a panel of flesh coloured card and secured the stencil over the top before inking with a mix of Black Soot, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade DOx. Once the stencil was removed, I added a few hi lights with a white gel pen and cut it with a stitched rectangle die. 
The large Wild sentiment was stamped in black then coloured as the tiger cub with Copics  and black fine liner then fussy cut.
My die cut panel was stuck to an off white card blank adding the letters in an arc above the cub. The original stamp was a little too big to fit my panel. guess I should have checked first before cutting! Anyway, I rather like the arched lettering and completed the sentiment with a black heat embossed 'THING' from the same set.

My second card uses the Giraffe stencil, so of course it features a giraffe!

This cute chap was made from various die cuts which I then inked with Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot and Fossilised Amber DOx., some through the stencil, some not.

After assembling, I added some punch cut strips of grass to a panel of white card, placed the giraffe on top stamping happy birthday in black, a die cut black 2 and wrote today freehand with a black fine liner. The panel was then popped up on fun foam over a 5 x7 white base card.

My final card uses the zebra stencil and one of the Sentiment Outlined stamps plus a bit of ribbon and DP from the stash.

The stencilled panel was created by inking through the stencil with Black DOx ink, the DP added, followed by a length of black ribbon. My sentiment was embossed with WOW black glitter EP a few sequins added and finally my panel was added to a white base card, simples.

So that's it from me for today but I'll be back tomorrow morning with a complete run through of the whole July release and the introduction of the release blog hop.

Whilst you wait, why not check out the rest of the DT and our talented GD Karen Baker.

Julie - that'll be me

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Re-introducing Nautical Treasures AND Introducing... Background Blocks Nautical Stripes, Fleur De Lis & Anchors stencils

Hello and welcome.
Today sees the first of the introducing posts for this month's Uniko release.
Today we are going all nautical!

This card uses the Anchor stencil and the Nautical Treasures stamp set.
I created the background by inking through the stencil with Versamark onto royal blue card and embossing with a clear semi dull EP.
My life belt was simple to make, just a ring of white card cut with two stacking dies and a bit of red Copic colouring and string added to the back!
My banner was stamped in matching blue using the sentiment from Nautical Treasures.

My second card uses the Fleur de Lis stencil and Background Blocks Nautical Stripes.

The stencil was used with white embossing paste over white card and the block stamp inked in blue across the bottom of my base card.
I trimmed the finished stencilled panel when dry and added some gold mirror across the bottom and a die cut oval sentiment using Outline Sentiments in matching blue ink.

That's all from me for today, but check out what the rest of the team have been inspired to create

We are also joined for this release by the talented Karen Baker .

Julie - that'll be me

Come back tomorrow for some more fab new release inspiration.

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