Thursday, 23 February 2017

Uniko February Release - Introducing Explosion! Additions

Such a fun stamp set from Uniko's new release to introduce to you today - BAM! Awesome and Fabulous!

A real comic book style to this set and that's really influenced my colour choices. Here's my card:

I started by stamping the halftone splat in black and then stamped right over it in yellow moving the stamp slightly to the right. The BAM! demanded a bold red - in my opinion - and I handcut around it, mounted it onto pads and placed it over the background splat.

I then added two more words from this set and added to that diagonal movement by using the smaller splats. The whole thing was matted on two sides in turquoise. Quite in your face wouldn't you say?

Stamps: Uniko, Explosions! Additions
Inks: SU, tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, real red; Memento, tuxedo black

Want to see what the rest of the Uniko DT has done with this stamp set? Check it all out here.

Well BAM! You're all my heroes for visiting my blog today, so THANKS! And keep crafting!

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Uniko February Release - Introducing Background Blocks Halftone

I'm so excited to introduce you to today's stamp from Uniko's February release. It's one of those how did I ever manage without it sort of stamps and is going to be so so brilliant for creating backgrounds for cards and scrapbook pages.

So I gave this one a lot of thought and although as I mentioned it really lends itself to background stamping I wanted to use it as the main element on my card. Here's what I came up with:

And I'm really pleased with how this one turned out! I stamped the halftone twice, once in black onto white card and the second stamping in a mix of sparkly embossing powders onto black cardstock.

I die cut a stitched square from black cardstock and adhered the white card stamping to it. I then sliced up the sparkly stamping and turned each strip as I added it to the white card stamping.

I finished off the card with a simple white die cut word. And I don't often big myself up, but I'm a bit smitten with this card!

Stamps: Uniko, Background Blocks Halftone
Inks: Memento,tuxedo black; Versamark, clear
Embossing: Hony Doo Crafts, mix of rose gold, silver sparkle & copper classic 
Die: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables; Clearly Besotted, hello

So another stamp on your wishlist? Yep I'm sure it is and still another two introductions to go. Find the rest of the DT creations using the halftone block here

Are you saving up your pennies? The next two are just as yummy, desirable and very different! So thanks for dropping by today and be sure to come back again tomorrow.  And keep crafting! 

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - #211

Another trio of colours for you at CAS Colours & Sketches this week. Pretty and with a hint of Spring just around the corner was what I was hoping for when I chose them.

So, of course, my card had to have some flowers!

I'm still a bit smitten with this over large sentiment stamp from Stampin Up, love the brush stroke font! And as often happens in card making there are some threes involved too - three words, three flowers, three colours, three enamel dots - so lovely and tidy.

Stamps: SU, Botanicals For You, Blooms & Wishes
Inks: SU, peekaboo peach, watermelon wonder; Memto, tuxedo black
Cardstock: SU, cucumner crush
Embellishments: SU, cucumber crush enamel dots

How will you see these colours? Always amazing to see the variety of cards you all come up with given that we all started out from the same inspiration point.  Go see what the rest of the CC&S DT have imagined here.

Huge thanks for visiting my blog today, I'm always thrilled to see you.  and keep crafting!

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Uniko February Release - Introducing Originally Organic Additions

So are you ready for the next Uniko new release introduction? You're going to fall in love with this one!

And I did mean to have a little play on words with that 'fall in love' statement, because this stamp set really lends itself to making love themed cards, think weddings or anniversaries or engagements or just because type cards.

Here's my card:

This is a build your own sort of stamp, so I started with the basic leaf heart shape and then added the flowers and smaller elements.  I also added one flower from the previously released Originally Organic which matches up and adds an extra bit of versatility to this new set.

The sentiments that come with this set are themed around friendship, but could easily be switched up with other Uniko sentiments to change the feel of the card.

Stamps: Uniko, Originally Organic Additions & Originally Organic
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; SU, old olive
Colours: Spectrum Noir Colorista, denim, pearl blue, cobalt, cerilea, cyan, pear green, forest green
Die: Lawn Fawn, large stitched square stackables

If you haven't already I'd recommend popping over to check out the rest of the Uniko DT creations - here - but be warned this stamp set is definitely going to be jumping into your basket on Saturday!

Thanks for your time today, it's been great having you visit.  And keep crafting!

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Uniko February Release - Introducing Block Party Birthday

Time to introduce the first of Uniko's February new release. So exciting and well worth the wait!

I've actually got two cards to share, although I only really set out to make one - all will become clear!

First I inked up the stamp in dark blue and then made a second stamping on another piece of card in the turquoise.

I then die cut two circles from each card, using the words on the stamp to ensure they weer both in the same place and swapped out the larger circle to alternate the colours. Here's the second bonus card you get by using this technique:

And I'm thinking these colours will be perfect for the men in my family, but I'm already planning a pink/purple version.

I matted the stamped blocks and added a couple of trios of enamel dots to finish off my cards.

Stamps: Uniko, Block Party Birthday
Inks: SU, night of navy, tempting turquoise
Die: Spellbinders, standard circles small
Embellishments: Bling Bling, enamel dots

One for your wish list today and four more sets to go - going to be a busy Uniko week! The rest of the DT have cards to show the versatility of this stamp set too, find all the links here.

Thanks for looking today, your visit has been much appreciated. And keep crafting!

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Uniko February Release - Sneak Peeks 2

I'm back today with a sneak peek at the other three sets in Uniko's February release. Are you ready? Here goes:

A wonderful new background stamp - so cool and modern.

Another up to the minute and oh so trendy set. I expect you can already picture how to use it!

And then there is this one! Bet that's got you wondering, believe me it's absolutely fabulous!

OK, so having got your curiosity roused please come back tomorrow for the first introduction and a card to tease you even more.

Thanks for looking today.  And keep crafting!

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AAA Cards - #84 Watercolour

We're getting our watercolours out this fortnight at AAA Cards and loving all the different ways they can be used.

I chose the apply ink to an acrylic block and use it to stamp a background method for my card, currently my favourite technique.

I stamped and embossed the beautiful Uniko chrysanthemum using white embossing powder on top of the background colours. I then used a brush to add more of the same colours to the flower head to increase the intensity.

Stamps: Uniko, Pure Florals Chrysanthemum
Inks: Memento, tuxedo black; Versafine; Ranger distress, mustard seed, picked raspberry, spiced marmalade
Embossing: Ranger Superfine white mixed with WOW! sparkling snow

So how will you use water colours? Love seeing and learning all your clever ways with them, go see what the AAA Cards DT have created here.  We also have two fabulous Guest Designers joining us for this challenge - Bev from Uniko who is our sponsor and Michelle Bala from passionatecrafter.

Thanks for dropping by my blog today, I'm so pleased to have your company.  And keep crafting!

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