Saturday, 1 October 2016

Uniko New Release & Blog Hop

WOO HOO! Today's the day!

Yep that's right it's release day for the new Uniko stamp collections.

Here a complete look at all the sets:



And here's some cards to get you into the mood:

 My first card, using Originally Organic, is monochromatic. Elegant was what I was aiming to achieve - what do you think?

Stamps: Uniko, Originally Organic
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Promarkers, cool grey 1, 3 & 4
Die: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sprinkles, beetle black asst.

My second card uses that set I can't keep my hands off - Marvellous Mehndi. I heat embossed the large stamp onto vellum and coloured it on the back - so easy no need to worry about going outside the lines!

I die cut the vellum and a shiny rectangular mat and added a sentiment from Simply Said II.

Stamps: Uniko, Marvellous Mehndi, Simply Said II
Ink: Versamark + WOW! sparkling snow embossing powder; Memento, tuxedo black
Dies: Lawn Fawn, large stitched circle stackables; Lil'inker stitched mats rectangles
Pens: Spectrum Noir Colorista, lipstick, nectarine

My final card for the release uses Winter Foliage and an older sentiment stamp.  And I went right back to my roots and kept it very CAS.

I do love a bit of razzmatazz and sparkle, but there's something about a simple CAS card that relies only on the beauty of the stamps that really appeals to my heart.

Stamps: Uniko, Winter Foilage, Simply Said Christmas
Inks: SU, garden green, real red, sahara sand, tip top taupe

Now for the bit you've all been waiting for - the blog hop and chance to win the entire release! Check out all the details here.

I'm including the blog hop order, but the links to some are only to the DT blogs and not the specific posts about the Uniko release. As I'm away when this post goes live I've had to schedule it and some of the DT links weren't ready before I left home - but I know you won't let that stop you!

Good luck my friends!
Jane - that's me

Thanks for your time today, I'm thrilled you spent some of it looking at my blog.  And keep crafting! 

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Uniko New Release - Introducing Christmas Sparkle & Winter Foliage

The last two Uniko new release stamp sets are being introduced today and I'm here to share a couple of cards to whet your appetite.

Ok I'm guessing you've picked up on the theme - Christmas! Well what could be more timely than that - only 86 days left after today!

My first card uses elements from both sets plus the addition of an older sentiment set.

I chose some traditional Christmas colours  and stamped a border down the left hand side and slightly round the bottom of my card. I nestled the sentiment in the bottom corner to complete the swerve.

Stamps: Uniko, Winter foliage, Christmas Sparkle, All Occasion Sentiments #4
Ink: SU, real red, pear pizzazz, old olive

My second card uses stamps from just the Christmas Sparkle set. 

Well you knew it had to happen! When do I ever pass up the chance to include some purple? And this card is very sparkly too. Not only is the purple mat all shiny and glittery, but the stamped bauble has been treated to a liberal helping of Wink of Stella and really lives up to its name.

Stamps: Uniko, Christmas Sparkle
Ink: Memento, grape jelly
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles
Wink of Stella, clear

Have you already seen the rest of the Uniko DT cards? Really something aren't they? 

And now all you have to wait is one sleep and all the new release sets can jump happily into your shopping basket. Be sure to come back tomorrow when they'll be more DT inspiration and a chance to win the whole release - so exciting!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, it's made my day.  And keep crafting! 

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

CAS Colours & Sketches #193

Five Thursdays in September, so the last CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge this month is THE DELIGHTFUL DOUBLE!

So you need to use BOTH the colours AND the sketch. But that's not a problem when they're as fabulous as this!

First up I tackled the left hand strip and used a stencil to get that ragged edge. I then stamped the grungy spots over it and added a ribbon using the third colour.

I stamped the large Happy Birthday on another piece of card so that I could add it on top of the ribbon to make it narrower. The rest of the stamping was done with second generation ink to enhance but not overpower the main sentiment.

Stamps: Uniko, All Occasion Sentiments #2, Classic Numbers,; SU, Touches of Texture
Inks: SU, rich razzleberry, mint macaron, tangerine tango
Ribbon: SU, rich razzleberry
Stencil: Prima Marketing

How will you use the sketch and colours? Go see what the CC&S DT have done -  here - and be INSPIRED!

So pleased to have you drop by today, your visits make my day.  So please keep visiting and of course crafting!

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Uniko New Release - Introducing Marvellous Mehndi & Simply Said II

Oh my! You're so going to love today's introduction of two new Uniko stamp sets.

I'm so besotted with them I made three cards for today's post - and I'm really short of time this week getting organised for a family holiday, so that's an indicator of how much I love these sets!

My first card is actually the last card I made, but it's my favourite so I'm sharing it first.

I was really get comfortable with the stamps and had fun creating my own pattern. And it's just so relaxing to sit and colour - perfectly peaceful.

Stamps: Uniko, Marvellous Mehndi, Simply Said II
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Spectrum Noir Colorista, rose red, sandstone, maple 

 My next card uses the largest stamp from the first set and a couple of sentiments from the second set.

I stamped and heat embossed the stamps - I thought this would help keep the colouring inside the lines, but it also gives the stamp a wonderful shiny look in real life.

I hand cut the curved corner - I used a saucer to draw the curve - and then curved the sentiments on the stamp block to fit round it.

Stamps: Uniko, Marvellous Mehndi, Simply Said II
Inks: Versamark + Ranger superfine black embossing powder
Pens: Spectrum Noir Colorista, lipstick, gold, cyan
Ppaer: Lawn Fawn, Beachside 6x6 pad

My last card today was inspired by the idea of sharing the colouring with the recipient. I'm thinking it would be a cool thing to include some uncoloured cards in the envelope anyway.

I randomly stamped the smaller stamps from the set and then put a strip of washi about a third of the way down the die cut card. I then coloured just the top third of the stamps.

I'm wishing now that I had also heat embossed this card because I did just smudge a little bit of the ink - lesson learnt for another time. I added a corner mat to lift the uncoloured portion of the card before adhering it all to a card base.

Stamps: Uniko, Marvellous Mehndi, Simply Said II
Ink: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Spectrum Noir Colorista, denim, cyan
Die: MFT Die-namics, double stitched rectangles
Embellishment: Washi from my stash - think it's SU 

Another introduction to the Uniko new release all completed - but yes there's two more sets to make their debut tomorrow, so please come back.  

And of course the rest of the Uniko DT have been busy making intoductory cards for today's two stamp sets, check them all out here.

Huge thanks for dropping by today, I really appreciate you taking the time.  And keep crafting! 

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Uniko New Release - Introducing Originally Organic

Yay! The day to really start to get a better look at the Uniko new release has finally arrived! And you're so going to love today's stamp set!

I've made a couple of cards which both reveal a bit more of the stamp set - full reveal comes on Saturday 1st October.

For my first card I took inspiration from Ceal, a fellow teamie at AAA Cards. I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and leaves and then added patches of watercolour.

I sliced the card diagonally and adhered it to a base card. Then I stamped and heat embossed one of the sentiments from the same set and coloured the tiny dots with a pen.

Stamps: Uniko, Originally Organic
Inks: Ranger distress, wilted violet, picked raspberry, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, shaded violet, evergreen bough; SU, pear pizzazz; Versamark
Embossing: Ranger superfine, black 
Pen: Spectrum Noir Colorista, magenta

My second card also uses one of the sentiment stamps from the set - in total there are four to choose from!

I stamped and coloured the seed heads and leaves in the top left corner. I then placed a strip of washi and the sentiment at the bottom right to balance everything out. I picked up on the pink to mat the whole thing.

Stamps: Uniko, Originally Organic
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black
Pens: Spectrum Noir Colorista, orchid, nectarine, pear green; Promarker, marsh green
Embellishments: Washi from my stash

Well that's the first of the introductions to Uniko's new release all wrapped up. More cards and reveals can be found by visiting the rest of the Uniko DT - find their links here.

Come back tomorrow for a big peep at the next two sets - they're totally amazing and you're going to have such a long wish list!

Thanks for your time today. And keep crafting

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The Male Room - #45 Leaves And Or Trees

A really topical and easy theme at The Male Room for the next fortnight - what's not to love?

And it had to be amazing Autumn colours for my card. Autumn is just so awesome colourwise and definitely my favourite season of the year. I love the idea of getting all cosy again and wearing boots before it really gets too chilly.

So I got out my brushos - can't be beaten for intense colour - and had some messy fun creating an Autumn coloured backdrop.  I then sprayed it with sparkle to add a lovely warm glow.

The wonderful tree is from Visible Image and looking at the photos I'm wishing I'd embossed it to make it pop more - in real life it looks far better.

Stamps: Visible Image, Four Every Season
Inks: Brusho, crimson, brilliant red, orange, yellow; SU, early espresso
Die: lil'inker, stitched mats rectangles
Embellishments: Crafters companion, Spray & Sparkle iridescent

Ok, so go gather your leaves and have fun making something to fit this theme. The rest of tMR DT cards can be seen here - glorious aren't they?

Huge thanks for taking a look at my blog today, as always your time is really appreciated.  And keep crafting!

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Uniko New Release - Sneak Peeks 4 & 5

The last of those, oh so teasing, sneaky peeks at Uniko's new release on Saturday 1st October.

Two must haves for your Christmas stash!

Tomorrow sees the reveal of the first DT sample cards using the new Uniko stamps, so be sure to call in again.

Thanks for looking and keep crafting!

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