Tuesday 16 July 2024

Color Hues #91

Afternoon, as we are mid way through July it's time for a new colour combo from Color Hues.
This time we are going slightly festive with this bold colour duo. Here's my inspiration for you.

It just had to be a Christmas card for me with these colours, in fact I made two because I couldn't decide which to make!
This first card is pretty straightforward, white heat embossed script on white card, stencilled through a holly stencil and mounted on a red base card with just that little bit of sparkle in the strip of glitter paper and a gold sentiment. 
The two tone leaves were made by inking first with Mowed Lawn DI then again with Evergreen Bough towards the end of the leaves. Festive Berries DI, what else, for the berries.

This second card was done freehand with some watercolour paint and a some white dimensional accents, framed with an Avery Elle die cut frame and Woodware sentiment.

 I made a card using the same technique here if you are interested in the details of my method.

So will you go down the Christmas route or use the colours in your own way, we'd love to see what you do use by linking up into the Color Hues gallery.
Should you need more inspiration why not check out the rest of the DT and our GD here.

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Stencil- STAMPlorations
Text stamp - Indigo Blu
Sentiment - Uniko

AG - no blue option for me


Tuesday 9 July 2024

It's Your Birth-Yay

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


I still had my MFT Picture Perfect stamp set in my head when I saw the the latest theme so here's what I made.

I made my polaroid frame from a scrap of white card and a couple of dies then stamped the greeting from another MFT set. On another panel I stamped these two cheeky creatures, colouring them with Copics and adding some more for the background.
On an A6 white base card, I inked lightly with a mix of Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers DI before inking through a Uniko stencil with the same colours. To complete, I simply added the pic and frame to my base card.
So where will you go with this theme? As usual we love seeing your makes in the Cardz4Guyz gallery and if you you need more inspiration then why not check out the rest of the team's ideas here.

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Monday 1 July 2024

Color Hues #90

Good afternoon
I can't quite believe it's July already. In the Beech household we've been working up to a big day next week, my son's wedding! Hopefully I've got everything together and there will be no last minute surprises and the weather behaves, looking forward to the lovely Alex joining the Beech clan.

Anyway, amongst all the prep I still have some DT responsibilities and today marks the beginning of a new colour combo from Color Hues. This new pairing reminded me of winter and that although it is July, those Christmas cards need to be made and I have yet to make good my pledge to get my Christmas stash done in good time. So here is one card that will be making it into that stash!

This card is a really simple make, a die cut and a Brusho panel and a sentiment.
The scene was created using a fave Memory Box die and the panel was made with MM paper, Turquoise Brusho Sprinkle it and some cling film. I made lots last year but my only piece left was too blue so I made another but only needed half to go behind the opening so I can use for another project!
I wet the MM paper, added the Brusho and Sprinkle It, then placed some cling film over the top, scrunched it up over the panel and left it to dry overnight.

The Sprinkle It adds sparkle and the cling film pools the Brusho and the end result is a fab textured panel. This pic shows the sparkle a little better.

On a panel of white card, I die cut with the MB die, Calm Countryside, added another snowdrift with a freehand cut piece of white card glued behind, then the Brusho panel was then added behind, the Funky Fossil sentiment stamped in Altenew Aqualicious completes the top panel. To complete I trimmed the panel down and mounted it onto a base card with foam pads.
So where will our new colours take you? The rest of the team have come up with some fab inspiration should you need it.
Looking forward to see your makes in the Color Hues gallery.

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#168 CAS


Saturday 29 June 2024

Uniko June Release Day Blog hop and Giveaway

Good morning.
It's release day at Uniko so as is tradition we are having a Blog Hop and Giveaway!!!
First of all though I have a few more ideas for the new stamps and stencil.

My first uses the Ink and Flip Hexagon combined with an old Scattered Polka Hexagons stencil, Flower Power #9, Bee Happy and Organically Zesty stamps.

In my intro card, I used the magic reveal technique but this time I tried the double stencil technique.
On my A6 panel, I used Mustard Seed DI to ink through the background part of the ink n flip stencil then whilst the stencil was still in place, I inked through the polka hexagon one with Wild Honey DI. I removed both stencils, cleaned them then flipped the hexagon background over and inked through with the Mustard Seed DI, then with the Polka Hexagon stencil with Wild Honey.
This gave a white central hexagon in the center of the panel which I then filled with the 2nd part of the stencil set. I used the same inks, inking and then flipping to create a central hexagon. I also went back and inked a 3rd and 4th time, turning the stencil 90' before inking and flipping.
On a die cut brown hexagon, I stamped the sentiment from Organically Zesty with Versamark and heat embossed with gold EP. More of my no line bees were added to complete.

This second card uses the same technique for the inner hexagon but I omitted the background stencil.

The stem and 2 flower heads from Flower Power #9 were stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa, along with the sentiment.

I was really into the yellow and black theme when I made this next card using Flower Power #10.

I simply stamped and masked a row of blooms in black on white card, added it to a panel of yellow card, stamping the sentiment from Flower Power #2 and adding a strip of black card to finish.

Finally, this a card made by rescuing a disaster!!

I tried to stamp a rainbow by masking and stamping with DIs, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean, the overlaps create the green, purple and orange! Well all was going well when instead of removing the masking paper I closed the MISTI and stamped, transferring ink to the pristine white card where I didn't want it!!! So I chucked the failed project to one side and went to do something in the garden instead! 
When I returned, I was staring at the failed panel when I thought I could resurrect it by trimming the inky mess away. When I laid it onto some black card I liked the look so this is the end result, stamped with a simple sentiment from Flower Power #5 and heat embossed with white EP.

So now to the blog hop and GIVEAWAY. Hop along to each of the team, leave a comment before midnight Sunday 7th July 2024 and Bev will randomly select a winner to receive the WHOLE release.


Julie -that's me

Happy Hopping!

All the products the Uniko Brand Ambassadors and Bev have been showcasing this week are now available HERE on the BRAND NEW Uniko website.

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Friday 28 June 2024

Introducing Flower Power #10

Hi, it's day 4 of the Uniko release introductions. 
Today we are looking at another set from the Flower Power series, Flower Power #10.

In this card I've used just the bloom and stem which have been stamped in an all over pattern with Memento Black Onyx and colored with Copic markers. A simple sentiment from my stash using Doodle Flowers completes this card. I kept the design fairly flat as I knew I would be posting this to Canada for the fab Loll Thompson's birthday. I can share it now because I know she's received it!

So that's the last of the intros for this release but why not check out what the rest of the BAs have been up to with their stash!


Julie -that's me

Tomorrow is release day and you can finally get hold of the release for yourselves. 
Come back tomorrow as we will have a BA Blog Hop and a GIVEAWAY for you!!

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Thursday 27 June 2024

Introducing Background Blocks Offset Stripes

Welcome to day 3 of the Uniko June release intros.
Today our focus is another in the ever useful Background Blocks series, Offset Stripes.

This was inspired by a poster I found online with a simple Sentiment Block sentiment in black.

Using my Misti, I stamped first with Altenew's Dew Drops, then masked off the first stripe and stamped again. I repeated this using a darker ink each time. Altenew's mini ink cube sets make this super easy.
Once dry, I trimmed the panel down and added to a kraft base card on pads. A simple quite masculine card.

So there you have it, that's all from me today but please check out the rest of the team to see what ideas they've had. I'll see you back here tomorrow for the final introduction.

Wednesday 26 June 2024

Introducing Flower Power #9

Morning all, back for day 2 of the introductions for the new Uniko release.
Today we are focusing on an addition to the Flower Power series. 

Flower Power but where are the flowers?! 
Well for my card I used the flower of hexagons to create a background panel which I die cut with a hexagon nesting die set. The flower heads were stamped onto a panel of white card with Versamark, heat embossed with Banana WOW EP before adding some Wild Honey DI. The tiny bee was stamped with Altenew's Limestone ink, coloured with Copics and fussy cut. 
To complete, I stamped the bee trail and sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa.
My panel was trimmed to leave a small border before adding to an A6 white base card.

That's all for today but why not check out what the rest of the Brand Ambassadors have been up to. I'll be back tomorrow with another intro.

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Tuesday 25 June 2024

Happy Birthday for a Teen

Morning all.
As well as the Uniko release today also sees the start of a brand new challenge over at Cardz4Guyz. This time our theme is:-


Pretty free range then. As usual when it's and AG challenge I had far too many ideas and struggled to narrow it down to one card. In the end with challenges not helping me, I decided to share this teenage card.

I used a LOTV image That I customised by lengthening the hair with a few deft strokes of my Copics.
I used an old Sizzix EF to create the background and used up some scraps of DP from my stash to brighten up the design. My teen, Oliver Cool, was coloured with Copics, then fussy cut and added over the background. Nothing fancy just a simple idea for a teen.
For more inspiration please check out the rest of the team here

See you in the gallery!

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Add a Number

Introducing Ink n Flip Hexagon Stencil

Good morning. It's day 1 of the introductions for the June release from Uniko!
Today we are sharing our ideas using another from the Ink n Flip stencil range, here's my take.

I've combined a couple of the older hexagon themed sets, Bee Happy and Background Builders Happy  Hexagons to use with the new stencil.
First on a panel of white card, I stamped a repeat pattern in white pigment ink using the outline hexagon strips from Happy Hexagons and left it overnight to dry before using the stencil over the top with a mix of Mustard Seed and Wild Honey DI with the first part of the stencil. The white ink traps the colour and magically appears! On some scrap white I inked the second inner stencil with the same colours and cut it out, adding it to my base with foam pads. 
The sentiment is a hexagon cut from brown/black card and heat embossed with the sentiment from Bee Happy in white before adding a fussy cut bee from the same set. I stamped quite a few of these for use later, with Altenew limestone ink for a no line effect, colouring with Copics.

So that's all from me for today but I'll be back tomorrow with an other introduction, but why not check out the rest of the BAs to see what they've been up to.

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Blooms, Bees and Butterflies

Monday 24 June 2024

Uniko June Release Sneak Peeks

 Good morning all.

This week sees the launch of the June release from Uniko. There's a stencil, a new Background Block and two new Flower Power sets, not a big release but one that will mix and match with stash you may already have.

So let's have a sneak peek at what Bev has in store for you.

First up is a peek at another of Uniko's unique and innovative Ink & Flip Stencils. This new addition is just as fun as the previously released designs and I can also see it being used with previously released ones as well as so many other Uniko images and sentiments.

You know Bev loves a stripe and you probably thought there were no more ways stripes could be done! I think this one will be a fun addition to your crafting stash.

Next we have a couple of sets to extend the Flower Power series as well as enhance previously released sets!

We think this one might cause a BUZZ and keep you busy as you not only create with this new clear stamp set, but have fun pairing it with others in the Uniko product line.

Last, but by no means least for this release, we have another fun Flower Power addition. 

So there you have them, four peeks of this June Release. Tomorrow, Bev and the Uniko Brand Ambassadors will be back with the first of the inspiration posts.

We're so excited for you to see these products in action. I do hope you will stop by and join in on the fun. All the newness will be available for purchase Saturday 29th June at 9am BST. 

Friday 21 June 2024

Music is the Word

 Good evening.
Just popping by to share a couple of cards I made for my daughter who wanted some music themed ones to give to her choir leaders when she leaves. It should be on a high as her last performance is at the Edinburgh Fringe in August! 
I had plenty of ideas and I thought plenty of time but as she is here tomorrow and the challenge at ATCAS is closing I thought I should better get a wriggle on!
A few years ago I got a sheet of stamps in a mag that were music themed so that was my first port of call and here are the cards.

I hope they fit the bill or I will be frantically make some more tomorrow!

Not sure about which colours to use so I went for a rainbow, I know that Nich loves a rainbow.
For the first card, I stamped the mic then heat embossed it. Then I cut a mask and placed it over it before stamping a circle of treble clefs and notes with DIs, first 1/3rd with Salty Ocean, then overlapping with Picked Raspberry and finally with Mustard Seed to create my rainbow. The sentiment is from the same set simply stamped in black, definitely a OLC!

The second card uses the same rainbow of colours but this time I used some STAMPlorations stash and Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron DIs as well. The keyboard was stamped on scrap and fussy cut, glued over the rainbow and a few extra notes and sentiment stamped in black.

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Sunday 16 June 2024

Color Hues #89

Good afternoon. My Granddaughter and Son have just gone home after a brief stay whilst mum was on a hen do, lovely to see them both. As usual we ended up playing 'Nanny hide', in other words come with me Nanny and wait in the walk in wardrobe upstairs for Gandad to find us! 

Anyway it's now time to share my inspiration for the new Color Hues challenge.

I've used the sketch over at The Flower Challenge, I do love a good sketch, amongst other challenges and these Altenew Rose Flurry die cuts fit the the bill. As usual, rather that struggle to find enough graduated coloured card, I die cut all my elements from white card and coloured with Copic Markers, RV10, 11, 13 and 14 for the pink blooms and G94 and 96 for the leaves. You may recognise the net die cut from my tennis girl card from a couple of months back but this time I just added it to a plain white A6 base card in it's entirety. I've finally succumbed and got a Glimmer machine, for Christmas from the OH, and this is one of the sentiments I got with at the same time, made using some gold foil. It's a bit tricky to photograph, hence it's laid down on the windowsill to prevent the sun from making the camera and me very unhappy!
So that's it from me but please check out the rest of the DT and our guest here and then join in, we always love to see how you use the colours.

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no option

Tuesday 11 June 2024

You Are The Best

Good morning.
It's time for a brand new challenge at Cardz4Guyz and as it's almost Father's Day, how appropriate that the new theme is -


Here's my inspiration for you.

This is a CASE of a card I made a couple of years ago here, my youngest Grandson loved it so I made him another to give to his dad! I changed the sentiments around, used slightly different ones in the background as well as some different coloured card. 
Not all the sentiments are from masculine sets, I just picked an assortment that felt right. 

After choosing the sentiments, I stamped the base card using Memento Grey Flannel ink, making sure I covered the whole A6 panel, then rifled through my bits for some coloured card strips which I arranged into a rainbow. I then chose the most appropriate sentiment for each strip, some cut using dies, others just with the paper cutter. DAD was cut from black card using dies, as were the stars. My sentiment on the navy strip had to be heat embossed with white EP so that it showed up but all the others were stamped with black ink. All strips were glued flat onto the background.

So that's it from me, looking forward to your Father's Day cards in our gallery. For lots more inspiration check out the rest of the team here.