Wednesday 17 April 2024

You're Going to Flip, Ink and Flip Snowflake Revisit

Good morning. 
Today the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are revisiting the Snowflake Ink and Flip stencil.
Here's my card using a mix of the ink n flip large snowflake stencil and the Let it Snow stencil.

For this weeks revisits and intro, I'm mainly focused on the technique Jennifer McGuire's daughter refers to as the magic reveal.
For this panel, I inked through the Let it Snow stencil onto a panel of white card with white pigment ink then when completely dry I used the Ink n Flip stencil to create a snowflake over the top. I used Salty Ocean DI with a light touch and magically the white snowflakes are revealed!
If you look very closely you can just about see the white snowflakes in the center.

For a change I cut the panel down to a square added it to my base card, added a strip of sparkly silver and a sentiment stamped in Memento Gray Flannel.

That's all for today but here are a few more ideas using the Ink n Flip Snowflake stencil.

Why not pop over to see what the rest of the team have been up to?

I'll be here same time tomorrow for another revisit and some more Flippin Fun!

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Color Hues #85

As we are are over half way through the month of April its time for a new colour combo from Color Hues. This time Hannelie has chosen a bright and cheerful pairing and this is what I came up with.

While looking through my stamps for inspiration, I came across this Stampingbella tennis player that I got as a Christmas pressie from one of the kids. The yellow in the pairing reminded me of the yellow tennis balls and so I was off and running!
I found a circle of yellow card in my stash and using a wide, white chalk marker, drew the lines to make it look like a tennis ball. These are created when the two yellow felt pieces of the ball are glued together, they used to be made at the Slazenger factory not far from where we used to live. The net was created using an old Chery Lynn burlap border die, the excess trimmed away to leave a smooth net top.
After stamping Curvy Girl Plays Tennis, I coloured with Copics, then fussy cut her out. My front panel was cut with a slightly smaller circle than the one for the ball and I made a matching A6 note card from the same card.
To assemble, I glued the ball die cut onto my base card, added the girl to my slightly smaller die cut panel, then added the net. I stamped my sentiment, Uniko, then added a few homemade dots. I found some ancient Craftwork Cards confetti in a drawer, coloured them with a yellow Copic marker, then cut out some smaller dots, shaping them before adding to my front panel. Finally I added the panel to the base using foam pads.
So where will this new combo take you? As always there's lots of inspiration from the team here. Looking forward to seeing your take in our gallery!

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Flippin Marvelous, Ink and Flip Star Stencil Revisit

Good morning. All this week the Uniko Brand Ambassadors are revisiting the older Ink and Flip stencils on the run up to the new release on Saturday.
Today we are focusing on the Ink n Flip Star.
Here is my take.

I did a similar card for the initial release but for this I tried a new technique using a stamp to create a background that is revealed only when colour is added. For this I used the background stamp from Bev's collaboration with Craft Stash and Versamark ink.
You have to look carefully but there is a very subtle image hiding under the coloured panels!! Not sure why it didn't work as well as the Jennifer McGuire video but it could be the card or not enough ink.
After using the stencil with a rainbow of inks to reveal the star, I added a a circle sentiment, using Sending Rainbows and Organically Zesty, a larger black circle and an off cut from another project using similar colours. Knew it would come in at some point!! 
The final panel was cut down and then added to an A6 black base card.

Here are a couple more ideas using the stencil I've made before.

If you've never seen the Ink & Flip Christmas Star in action before, or you need a reminder, be sure to check out Bev's video HERE on Uniko's YouTube channel.

Now how about seeing what the rest of the team have been up to?

Julie -that's me

See you back for some more Flippin Fun tomorrow!

ATCAS meets The Male Room

Good morning.
It's a busy week on the blog with lots going on, especially today, but here's a card I made for the latest challenge at Cardz4Guyz where our challenge is:-

(Clean and Simple)

Well you would think I was in seventh heaven with that theme BUT with such a free brief I was assailed by so many ideas I couldn't settle on one until I saw the challenges at The Male Room and Addicted to CAS. This is a fusion of all three themes, CAS, embossing and monochrome!!

Simply, one single imaged from LOTV stamped and embossed with white EP on a panel of kraft card inked with Vintage Photo DI.
All the shades, except a little bit of shadow on the bench, was created by lifting the DI with water and a fine paint brush. A simple Uniko sentiment stamped with Vintage Photo completes.

For more masculine, CAS inspiration, please check out the rest of the team here then why not join in?

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Monday 15 April 2024

Uniko April Release Sneak Peek, You're Going to Flip!

Good morning.

The Brand Ambassadors and Bev are doing things a little different this week. 

On the blog leading up to Saturday when the NEW Ink & Flip layering stencil is available, we will be revisiting all the previously released Ink & Flip Stencils in turn. Each day there will be lots of inspiration on how to use these stencils. 

Hence, the naming of this week, You're Going to Flip Week! 

So let'set's have a look at the sneak peek.

Hope you will join us for the rest of the week for all the fun and don't worry, there are some new stamps on the way for May! 

Sunday 14 April 2024

Christmas Cuties

Good morning. Today the sun is shining and I spotted TWO swallows flying over the tractor shed this morning when we took the dog out for a walk, so hopefully this beastly wet weather is coming to an end and I can finally get in the veg patch! The first swallow arrived on Friday but today it had a friend!! 

Anyway, I've been meaning to share this card all week and kept forgetting so here it is now. 

It's perfect for a few challenges out there at the moment, two or more papers at the Christmas Cuties, H for Hats I for Inky at ABC Christmas Passion for Promarkers use a die and Cute or floral at AYLI.
This LOTV digi was printed then coloured with Copic markers, does that count as inky, in the football colours of my Son and soon to be Daughter in Law and pink for our granddaughter. I fussy cut the penguin family and then moved onto the rest of the card.
A new printer enabled me to print off the NitWits DP for the base but I found a smaller panel in the bits box for the central one. A circle aperture was cut into a square of white card and the image slipped behind, securing with tape. This is a larger square card 8 x 8 that was in my stash, Craftwork cards I think, with the background panel and central one added flat then the frame with the penguin family on pads. A simple Uniko sentiment strip completes. This is the extent of my layering, still relatively CAS with no embellishments.
That's it from me but here is a pic of the glorious English countryside to prove that summer can't be that far away at at least the grass has enjoyed the rain!

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Use 2 or more papers

Use a Die

H is for Hats
I is for Inky

Cute or Floral
I do love a floral card but on this occasion who could resist this cute penguin family, perfect for my Son's Christmas card and coloured in the appropriate football colours too!

Tuesday 2 April 2024

Elbow Grease

Morning all. Hope you all had a fab Easter weekend. It was our Granddaughter's 2nd birthday yesterday, so we headed off across the moors to visit, I can't believe it's two years since she was born.
Anyway it's also time for a new challenge at Cardz4Guyz. This time we have a colour challenge for you:-


Here's my take using LOTV's Elbow Grease digi.

When I first saw the colours, I was going to go down the nautical route but that would have been a little cliche I think, so used this image instead.
No kraft card used but I incorporated the kraft colour into my pic with the cap, chamois and upholstery. Working with DTs from all over the world over the years, I've come to realise that kraft to Americans is not what I would call kraft. I think it's a washed out brown, a neutral shade where as they take it as more of a tan colour. 
I fussy cut him out after colouring with Copics, then added him to a die cut, textured, pale cream card panel. As I'd fussy cut the image, some of the details were lost, so I added them back with a black fine liner and a little bit more Copic colouring. 
I realised that there wasn't that much navy in my image, just the little chaps trousers and the folding roof, so I found some navy NitWits DP and stamped my sentiment, Uniko, with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP, adding it to my base before the die cut panel over the top on foam pads.

So where will these colours take you? If you're lacking ideas then pop over and check out the rest of the team here. As always we love to see your takes in the gallery.

Monday 1 April 2024

Color Hues #84

Good afternoon.
As it's 1st April I hope you haven't been pranked too severely and if it's still not 12 o'clock where you are, you escape prank free!!
On the subject of dates, it's my Grand daughter's 2nd birthday today so there will be no pranking there, as there wont be at Color Hues for our new challenge. Here's my take on the new colour duo.

Peach is a tricky colour to capture so just do your best and have fun with it!

I looked at my inks and came up with Memento Cantaloupe which was the peachiest of my inks and inked up Woodland Wishes stencil and stamp from Altenew.
I first stamped the outline with a v pale ink then filled in the stencil with layers of Cantaloupe ink, the darkest was a little bit of Tangelo for the blooms, followed by shades of Green, Bamboo, Olive and Moss from Altenew. I did re stamp the leaves and flower centers with the pale ink but ended up adding detail with a fine liner and gel pen.
To frame the cluster of blooms, I cut a panel of peachy card with a rounded rectangle die and embossed it with a Spellbinders EF, adding it to an off white card base followed by the spray. A simple foiled sentiment completes.

Hope these fresh new colours inspire you to join in, but if you need more colourful inspiration, then please check out the rest of the DT and our GD here
Looking forward to seeing your makes in the gallery!

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Saturday 23 March 2024

More Spring Botanical Inspiration

Good morning.
Today I'm up on the Uniko blog with a couple of cards I made using the fab Spring Botanicals - Tulips.
I had a few challenges in mind when I designed them but I also wanted to share my makes with this seasonal set over on the Uniko blog.
Here are my cards, which use watercolours to colour and my favourite use of a frame to focus the eye.

This card was inspired by the colours at Color Throwdown, pink, yellow and green, cue word Bloom at ATCAS and the theme of Easter at CAS on Friday.

This next card uses the same set but in a square format to please the ladies over at The Flower Challenge, as well as AAA Colourful.

All details on the makes can be found over at Uniko here.

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Tuesday 19 March 2024

A quick CAS make

Good morning, time for a new theme at Cardz4Guyz.
This week we would like to see your masculine cards on the theme of:-


I've had a busy few days what with shopping for my mother of the groom outfit for my son's summer wedding, a visit from the pension guy and a weekend visit from both the kids, their partners and offspring, including supervising art homework for the eldest, I totally forgot to make my card for this challenge. So on Sunday afternoon I was scrabbling around for inspiration. I thought I had a few things printed off that just needed a bit of colour but whilst I was looking I found this ready to use image that came with a Making Cards mag more years ago than I care to remember!! I thought it was perfect for a quick CAS card.

The image was from a sheet of 4 which I cut out using a stitched rectangle die, mounted on some kraft packaging and then onto a white base card. The sentiment, Uniko, was stamped in the space above the little boys head. I do love those beagle pups with their soulful eyes and doleful expressions.

Simple really, not much else needed. If you would like more inspiration, please check out the rest of the DT here and then why not share your take in our gallery.

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Fur or Feather

Saturday 16 March 2024

Color Hues #83

Good afternoon. 
We are halfway through March so it's time for a new colour combo from Color Hues.
We've a full house today so I hope the auto publish is working! It's lambing time here, so everyone wants to see the cute new lambs, especially our granddaughter!
Here is my take using the new pairing.

When I was deciding what to make using these two colours, I saw a card using these two sweet girls and remembered I had them in my stash and never used them, so here is their first outing. I thought the colours worked really well with their faintly Victorian attire. To be honest my starting point was a selection of blue and cream DP that my friend gave me years ago, so not even sure of the make. Anyway, I decided to use one of the DPs in the background, only a snippet but just enough to create a background behind the MFT, square frame. The Copics used for the blue element are not quite what I had in mind but overall they worked. As always neutrals are welcome along with our challenge colours.

So after colouring, fussy cutting the girls out, I attached them to my frame and glued the snippet of DP onto my pale cream coloured card. I stamped the Uniko greeting with Altenew Mangrove Root, I thought that black would be too much of a contrast on the pale cream card. I chose the square frame as the original image had the girls sitting on a wall, but I cut it off to better fit with the design.

Well that's all from me but for more cream and blue inspiration why not check out the rest of the Color Hues DT here along with our GD here

Monday 11 March 2024

Revisiting Spring Botanicals

Good morning and welcome.
Today the Uniko team are revisiting a previously released stamp set, well a series actually!
There are 4 stamps in the Spring Botanicals set, Daffodil, Snowdrop, Tulip and Crocus. In my card I've used 2 of them, Crocus and Snowdrop.

My inspiration was the flowers that were blooming at the time I made it. The snowdrops were in full bloom at the top of the drive and the crocus were adding some welcome colour to the long grass in the back garden. I chose the purple ones as the birds have decimated the white and yellow ones!! Still they do look fab pocking up in the longer grass. I did think of adding some daffodils but thought it would be too busy. This uses the same technique as this card, I really like how it focuses the eye but I used a slightly larger pair of dies to accommodate the flowers.

On a panel of white card, I stamped and masked the crocus and snowdrops to create a pleasing arrangement, then coloured the flowers and leaves with Copic markers. I was tempted to colour the background but left it white in the end. I took two nesting circle dies and lined them up evenly to create a frame die, securing with tape so they didn't move whilst cutting. Once cut, I removed the dies and cut a frame from fun foam, gluing the foam behind the coloured, die cut frame.
Using the largest circle, I die cut a circle from scrap paper and glued the frame onto it and then the center was placed back and glued too, matching the pattern of flowers. The finished panel was then added to a 5 x 7 base card and the simple white on black sentiment, Pure Florals-Peony, added on pads.

Well that's what I came up with but what about the rest of the team?
Just follow the links to see what the rest of the BAs and Bev have made using this great group of stamp sets.

Don't forget to leave a comment as you hop along because as usual Bev is offering a prize to one lucky comment left along the hop. Simply leave some comment love before Midnight GMT Monday 18th March 2024 and she will select a lucky winner to receive a £15 eGift Code to spend in the store!

Before I go, how about some March Madness from Bev?

Happy Hopping!

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First signs of Spring                                                      

Tuesday 5 March 2024

Namesake Day

 Good morning. We've got a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz today, something of a new one to me, we are celebrating Namesake Day, always the 1st Sunday in March. Namesake Day is all about the origins of surnames and given names or who or what they were named after. While you share your name or surname with many other people, there is always a reason why your parents gave you that name!


My given name is just Julie, no middle name but if my Mum had had her way it would have been MYRA! Thanks Dad for standing up for me, and apologies to any Myras out there but I do prefer Julie!! There were a lot of Julies born around the same time as me, there was even a Julie with the same birthdate as mine at school. No idea why that was, must have been someone in the news. My married name is self explanatory, BEECH, of or near the Beech tree but my maiden name was Hilton, meaning of the farmstead on the hill. I do love a bit of family history so surnames have always had a fascination for me.

So here's my card using another LOTV image, a Judo Boy, using my initials, JB, as inspiration as well as B for birthday! It will be another card for the Grandson stash, the youngest has a really busy social calendar!!

After printing him off, I coloured with Copics and fussy cut him out and then put him to one side.
I printed off some NitWits DP, when the computer deigned to work and cut my white panel with an MFT border die. I repeated the cut and coloured the second one with a green Copic to match my DP. 
DP was added to an A6 side fold card and the panels added, then the Uniko sentiment was added to one side. Finally the 'Judo Boy' was added on pads and some of the marks from the original image lost when it was fussy cut replaced using a black fine liner.

So where will your name take you? We'd love to see your takes in the gallery.
Check out what the DT have come up with here if you need more ideas.

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Masculine or Feminine

I know a lot of people struggle with masculine cards but I love making cards for my Grandsons and their friends. I'm not really a girly girl and flowery embellishments just look wrong on my makes, with masculine makes I don't need to worry!

Friday 1 March 2024

Color Hues #82

Is it really March? Well it must be as there's a brand new challenge at Color Hues.
This time we've got a lovely fresh, springlike combo. Here's my take.

My teamie Carol has made some fab cards using Concord & 9th's turnabout stamps over the years, so I was tempted to treat myself to their Blooms Turnabout set a while ago and this colour combo was the perfect time to ink it up.
I don't have the jig but by making sure my base card panel was the same size as the placement sheet, it worked out fine. I chose a couple of Altenew mini cube sets for the inking, Tropical Forest and Sweet Dreams. There are four turns so I used all 4 of each set, makes it so easy!!
Once the panel was stamped, I stared at it for quite awhile trying to decide what to do with it! Loved the panel and didn't want to mask all those pretty blooms, so simply added a sentiment roundel, Uniko, from my stash, white embossing on pale grey. Trimmed and mounted on a simple matching white A6 base card to complete.

So where will these new colours take you? As always we love to see your makes in the gallery. For more inspiration check out the rest of the team here, along with our GD.

Tuesday 20 February 2024

More than one fold

It's Tuesday and time for a new challenge from Cardz4Guyz.
This week we would like to see masculine cards made using:-

(more than 1 fold)

Now as many will know this isn't my style but I had a bit of head scratch and came up with this card using a mix of ancient free DP and an LOTV image.

To start I made my base by scoring a panel of white card 4 times to create the mountain and valley format. On a separate piece of matching card I die cut the background panel and then used the same die to draw around the die on the inside over some DP of a crowd, that came in a Making Cards Cards for Men mag over 10 years ago!! When cut out freehand and glued to the panel, it creates a neat border.
In the same mag was some grass DP which I edged with a grass punch, MS, and then glued to the front of the valley sides. The crowd was then added to the back and a scrap panel of card was added as an easel to give extra stability.

You can see a little better what I mean here.
The cute footballer, LOTV, was coloured with Copics then fussy cut and placed on the middle mountain fold. A sentiment, hot foiled in gold, was added to complete.

So where will this challenge take you?
For more inspiration please check out the rest of the DT here.

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Digi or Physical stamp
They both have their place, you can do different things with both, horses for courses. Here I've used Digi as I enlarged the image to fit the scene. That's the real advantage, sizing up or down, oh and mirror stamping is soo much easier, not that I've done that!

Seeing Red