Monday, 5 September 2022

AAA Birthday Challenge #41 - Moodboard

 Hello!

So as we sweep into September there's a new challenge at AAA Birthday with a beautiful moodboard to inspire.


The idea is to pick and choose whatever catches your eye from the images. Plenty to look at in this board!

For my card I used the colours of the wool, the wall and the flowers from the moodboard as my starting point.

I stamped the flowers using a very old, but much loved Stampin' Up stamp set called Blooms & Wishes.



I then placed the Cobblestones stencil from Funky Fossil over and lightly inked it up to frame the flowers.


The final element was the greeting from Uniko's Birthday Sentiments.

How will you be inspired by the moodboard? Be sure to go take a look at what the rest of the AAA Birthday DT have created - HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate you taking the time.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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Sunday, 4 September 2022

Uniko BA Inspiration

 Hello!

Today I'm up on the Uniko blog with three cards using a heat embossing technique that's really cool! 


Pop on over to Uniko for some simple instructions and a closer look at each card.

Thanks for looking.

Stay safe and keep crafting!
Jane
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Thursday, 4 August 2022

Uniko BA Inspiration

 Hello!

How are you enjoying the last two releases from Uniko?

Today I have a couple of cards to share using the Sunshine & Rainbows and Background Blocks Rays stamp sets.



I've really been getting into doodling this summer and both my cards have this incorporated.


Once the stamping was complete I used black and white gel pens to add some extra detail.


What do you think? Is this something you might give a try? Be sure to share on social media if you do using #unikoltd.

Thanks for looking today.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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Monday, 1 August 2022

AAA Birthday Challenge #40 - Anything Birthday Goes

 Hello!

It's time for the August challenge at AAA Birthday. And it's a really easy one at this busy vacation time of year.


Couldn't be any simpler!

I made this fun and vibrant card for my grandson's 18th birthday.


 The zip is a stencil from Funky Fossil, Zip It, and I used some texture paste to add dimension. I then cut round the top curve of the zip and placed some of the awesome Urban Vibes paper behind it.


The guy is from the Zip It Gang stamp set and I popped him onto a piece of folded card so that he wobbles.

I also used the same stencil and stamp set to add the greeting to the inside of the card.


You'll really want to pop over to the AAA Birthday blog to see what the rest of the DT and guest designer Nance have been up to with this free rein theme. Find it HERE.

Thanks so much for your time today, it's been fun to have you visit my blog.

Stay safe & keep crafting!

Jane
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Friday, 29 July 2022

Uniko July Release

. Hello

Today's the day when you get to pop those fabulous new goodies from Uniko's mini July release into your shopping basket!

I've a couple of cards to share today.

First up is the Pawprints Hearts stamp set and the Scattered Hearts stencil.


And a vibrant use of the Tropical Leaf #2 stencil paired up with BIG & BOLD Hugs stamps.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your shopping!

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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Thursday, 28 July 2022

Uniko July Release - Introducing Paw Prints Hearts & Stencil Scattered Polka Hearts

 Hello

Today's introduction to Uniko's mini July release is one for all you animal lovers.



  
I used the stencil in a rainbow of colours to create a background - I'm told animals go to the rainbow bridge when they pass. Then I used the same colours to stamps the pawprint to add as the focal image.


Having applied all that ink colour to the stencil I didn't want to waste any so I spritzed it with water and took a mono print.

I then die cut two hearts from the centre and used the rest as a base layer. I love the more subtle look this technique gives and is perfect for a bereavement card.


But this stamp set and stencil is not just for sad occasions. I know lots of owners like to celebrate their pets by showing their love with a card.  I used BIG & BOLD You for the sentiment.


Well that's a wrap for the introductions. Do you have a favourite?

Everything will be in the store tomorrow at 9.00am for you to purchase. I'll have a few more cards to share too, so I hope to see you then.

Thanks for your time today.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Uniko July Release - Introducing Stencil Tropical Leaf #2

 Hello

Today I'm introducing the most awesome stencil that is part of the Uniko mini July release.


How glorious is that?

I got a bit creative with my first card and inked up a tropical sun and background inside the the stencil. I then added in the hummingbird from Paradise Hummingbird. I created the mix of colours using a wet wipe and ink refills.


Still on the paradise theme I triple inked around the mask that comes with this stencil and popped the toucan from Paradise on top of a stamped leaf cluster.


One more day of introductions left then all the products from this mini release will be in the store at 9.00am on Friday.

Thanks for looking.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Uniko July Release - Introducing Background Blocks Rays

 Hello

It's time for the first day of introductions to Uniko's July release.


And with all the sunshine we've been having recently this stamp couldn't be more timely!


Although my first card above showcases how it can be used not as sunshine. I've paired it up with Just Because and a vibrant red.

My second card makes a perfect pairing with the recently released Sunshine & Rainbows stamp set. 


My final card uses an older stamp set - Bee Happy. Well the bees have certainly been happily buzzing around all the clover in my back lawn recently.


Be sure to drop by again tomorrow when I'll be introducing another product from this mini release.

Thanks for looking.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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Monday, 4 July 2022

Merry Monday - Uniko BA Inspiration

Hello!

And welcome to a Merry Monday Christmas post featuring the BIG & BOLD Merry stamp set combined with the In The Forest stencil.

My first card uses a technique from Jennifer McGuire and uses both distress and distress oxide inks.


Lucky clover distress ink was applied straight from the pad to the background, then the stencil was placed over. Water was used to lift some of the ink and then once dry twisted citron and cracked pistachio distress oxide was added through the stencil.

My second card uses the exact same layout but this time the greeting was stamped onto a white die cut square. I then masked off parts of the stencil so that only three or one tree was inked.


Have you started your Christmas cards yet? Maybe one of these ideas might inspire you to get creating. Remember to share anything you make in the facebook group Uniko Ltd or on instagram using #unikoltd. We love to see your creativity.

Thanks so much for looking today.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane

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AAA Birthday Challenge #39 - Where In The world

 Hello!

It's time for the July Challenge at AAA Birthday.

Your card can be inspired by where you live or somewhere specific like London, New York etc where you'd like to spend your birthday or just a general place you'd like to spend your birthday like snowy, hot, on a cruise, a picnic in the countryside, on a mountain ..... 

So for my card I went with the UK as we've recently celebrated the 70th Jubilee of the queen.

The image is a digi from Jen Hadfield and perfectly illustrates the UK with the British bulldog and Union Jack flag.


The greeting is from Uniko and I coloured it up in the red, white and blue of the flag.

It's going to be such a fun challenge - a bit like a virtual tour of the world I'm thinking. Go see where the AAA Birthday DT and guest designer Sarah R have visited with their birthday cards - HERE.

Thanks for stopping by at my destination today!

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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Friday, 10 June 2022

Uniko June Release

 Hello!

So today's the day! All the new release wonderment is available to purchase at 9.00pm this evening.

I've a few quick cards to share, just in case you're still pondering the release and not to sure which are your favourites - as if!!!!

For this first card using the Organically Zesty stamp set I prepared a water coloured stripy background card and a smooshed card to cut the orange from. I also added in some extra colour using pencils and added a shine to the flowers with glossy accents.


My next two cards also use ready prepared water colour backgrounds. This first one has square splotches of colours in blues. I then stamped a heart on top of each and added in a sentiment from Simply Said Blocks Blocks II.


And my final card has a watery coloured smooshed background with some added raindrops from the co-ordinating stencil. I then stamped the rainbow in the rainbow colours sharing the yellow arch with green and the indigo arch with violet to accommodate all seven colours.


Ok time to go write your shopping list now. 

Be sure to share your makes in the UnikoLtd facebook group or on instagram.

Stay safe and keep crafting!
Jane
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Thursday, 9 June 2022

Uniko June Release - Introducing Sunshine & Rainbows

 Hello!

Welcome to the final day of introductions to the Uniko June release. 

Everywhere you look around blogland and in everyday life life there seem to be rainbows. So why not get in on the action and stamp up a riot of colour with this awesome new stamp set?

My first card started with some rainbow stripes of water colour and an inked up background mat. I then stamped the rainbow, clouds and greeting in contrasting black and added in a hand drawn sunshine of my own.

And since I had all the rainbow colours out on my desk I inked up a couple of background strips to frame the the stamped rainbow and clouds.

And then for something completely different! Why not try a monochromatic effect? Of course I chose my favourite purples, but I'm thinking it would look good in almost any colour way.

I added in a strip of raindrops along the bottom using the co-ordinating stencil and matching purple ink colours.


I'm loving this set and have so many more ideas I want to try out. Maybe if this is not a sell out - which I'm sure it may well be -  a future BA Inspiration post might just be on the way.

OK, so all you have to do now is make your mind up, write a wish list and then wait just a little while for all the new goodies to go into the shop tomorrow 10th June at 9.00am UK time.

Thanks for looking. Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane

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Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Uniko June Release - Introducing Background Builders Hearts

 Hello!

It's day 3 of the introductions to Uniko's June release.

Today sees a new addition to the popular Background Builders series of stamp sets - Hearts.

Whenever I see hearts I always associate them with flowers and that's how my first card was influenced. The little droplets are a sneaky peek at part of tomorrow's introduction.

Another favourite of mine is using balloons on card, so I couldn't resit turning the hearts into prettily coloured floating balloons. 

My final card today uses some of the vertical strip elements that are included in all of the Background Builder sets. they make for a quick, easy and eye catching card.


Just one more day of introductions to go now. Tomorrow is a really useful stamp set following an incredibly popular current theme - you'll be wanting to add this one to your stash!

Thanks for stopping by today. Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane

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Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Uniko June Release - Introducing Layering Stencils Zesty

 Hello!

Today's introduction to the Uniko June release sees the introduction of a fabulous set of layering stencils that co-ordinate perfectly with yesterday's Organically Zesty stamps.

The stencils are so easy to use and place, just make sure the Uniko label is always at the top left of your card and you're good to go.

For the above card I paired the stencils up with BIG & BOLD Wish stamps and dies.

My next card uses three of the layering stencils, but this time in shades of blue and teamed up with BIG & BOLD Happy. I'm thinking it looks just as good in non- citrus colours -  how about you?


My last share today reverts back to citrus colours and is a very CAS styled card. These stencils are certainly very versatile. the sentiment is from the Organically Zesty set from yesterday.


Thanks so much for looking today. Be sure to drop by tomorrow when I'll be sharing some cards with the next addition to the Background Blocks series of stamps.

Stay safe and keep crafting1

Jane

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Monday, 6 June 2022

Uniko June Release - Introducing Organically Zesty

 Hello!

Welcome to the first day of introductions to Uniko's June release.

And we're feeling a bit fruity today!

For my first card I chose some citrus colours and inked up a central band before stamping the lemon image straight on top.


My next two cards are both paper pieced. I looked up the colour of orange and lemon blossom and chose a lightly scripted paper for the flowers.


This stamp set also includes some lovely sentiments.


Tomorrow there is an awesome set of co-ordinating stencils being introduced. hope to see you then.

Thanks for looking today. Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane

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AAA Birthday Challenge #38 - Flowers

 Hello!

It's time for the June challenge at AAA Birthday.


A super popular and really easy theme again this month - Flowers.

And whenever I think of flower cards I nearly always reach for my Uniko stamps.

I used the glorious Uniko Pure Florals Gerbera stamp set and its matching stencil too. In fact I started with the stencil in three complimentary shades and then stamped the outline image from the stamp set straight on top. 


Supplies:
Stencil: Uniko, Pure Florals Gerbera
Inks: memento, tuxedo black, new sprout, bamboo leaves, lulu lavender

Now I'm sure you have flower stamps in your crafty stash, so why not get creating and link up a card at AAA Birthday? There are loads of awesome cards designed by the DT and Guest Designer Libeeti to inspire you and flood your brain with ideas. Find them all HERE.

Many thanks for spending some time looking at my blog today, I love having some company!

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane

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Friday, 3 June 2022

Uniko BA Inspiration

 Hello!

Today my Uniko BA inspiration post uses a well loved stamp set, English Country Garden Butterflies, with a newer stencil, Pure Florals Chrysanthemum combined  with Nuvo Shimmer Powders.


I used watercolour card and placed the Pure Florals Chrysanthemum stencil over it. I then sprinkled on three colours of Nuvo Shimmer Powder - cherry bomb, blue blitz & sunray crossette - and spritzed it with water.

This was my first try with the powders and I was excited to see the result. I wasn't disappointed and the colours look even more special in real life as they really do shimmer and catch the light.


Once everything had dried out I stamped the English Country Garden Butterflies and greeting on top using Versafine Clair nocturne ink. 

I'm thinking now it would have been even more special if I had heat embossed the butterflies, but I wasn't sure how the powders would react to the heat. Maybe if you know you could leave me a comment below?

Thanks so much for looking today, I really appreciate your time.

Stay safe and keep crafting!

Jane
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