Friday, 10 June 2022

Uniko June Release


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!

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Uniko June Release - Introducing Sunshine & Rainbows


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!



Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Uniko June Release - Introducing Background Builders Hearts


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!



Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Uniko June Release - Introducing Layering Stencils Zesty


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



Monday, 6 June 2022

Uniko June Release - Introducing Organically Zesty


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!



AAA Birthday Challenge #38 - Flowers


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. 

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!



Friday, 3 June 2022

Uniko BA Inspiration


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!


Friday, 13 May 2022

Funky Fossil May Release

 YAY! It's release day!

So what will be jumping into your basket?

I've a few cards to share in case you're still sitting on the fence, have fun choosing your favourite products.

My first uses the must have Ditsy Dinos  popped up on a Forest Foliage stencil leafy background.

Next it's those adorable Lovebirds partnered up with Doodle Bloom diesEdges diesUrban Vibes paper and Shibori Enamel dots.

Still on a roll with those gorgeous Making Waves collage papers and one of the irresistible Making Waves mermaids.

The sentiment just had to be used with the Speak Up die set

Now a couple for the teenagers. this ne uses the Urban Vibes stamps.

And this one is a version of mixed media and many products including the Cityscape stamp, the Making Waves collage papers, a Zip It Gang character and the Bubbles stencil.

Phew! A bit of a creative workout today!

So off you go now over to the Funky Fossil shop and get those products that are calling to you into your basket!

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


Thursday, 12 May 2022

Funky Fossil May Release - Introducing Making Waves Stamps & Papers & Ocean Frame Die


So pleased you stopped by today to take a peep at the final day of introductions to Funky Fossil's May release.


Well these papers along with the Urban Vibes papers are just to die for aren't they? So gorgeous I've already been using them in earlier introductions.

I'm kicking off with a card that uses the mermaid, fish and starfish images from Making Waves. The stone that the mermaid is sitting on is from Ditsy Dinos.

First I stamped the images and then masked them off before creating some little circles of background colour suspended from the top of the card to look like baubles. I added just a little grey colour to define the images.

My next card uses the Urban Vibes paper pad and the gorgeous Ocean Frame die - just so awesome!

I added some fish to the card using the Fish Background stencil before attaching the wreath and popped up the hand cut mermaid on pads to sit on the left hand side - isn't she glam?

This next card couldn't be more simple. I found a piece of the Making Waves Collage paper that I loved and just trimmed it to size before adding a sentiment cut using the Ransom Notes dies and a stamped sentiment from Coral Reef.

My next card also uses the Urban Vibes paper cut into wavy edges using the Edges die set.

I then added a title using the negative left over pieces from the last card and chose the cheeky flirty mermaid as she sort of matched the saucy sentiment.

My final card is very CAS and I've stamped the cute little boat from Making Waves onto a scrap of the Urban Vibes paper. I then created some waves for it to sit on using the Scenic Borders stencil.

That completes all the introductions to the May release. 

Once again Sarah has put together a complete mix of wonderful products so I'm sure there's been something amongst them to appeal to everyone of you. Or are you like me and just love them all?

Everything will be in the Funky Fossil online store from tomorrow at 9.00am UK time. I've a few more samples to share then too, so if you've not quite made your mind up yet maybe I'll see you then.

Thanks so much for your time today.

Stay safe and keep crafting!


Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Funky Fossil May Release - Introducing Coral Reef & Coral Reef Dies


Just two more days of introductions to Funky Fossil's May release left. And both days have a sea theme, but in very different styles.

So today the stamp set and dies are more mainstream and absolutely gorgeous for building scenes.


My first card uses an inky background and the new A7 Sea Life stamp from this release.

I then stamped the turtle, sea horses and shoal of fish from Coral Reef on top and added in some seaweed using the Coral Reef dies.

A bit of white highlighting and some clear gems completed this card.

My next card started with the large Coral Reef stamp embossed in some sparkling embossing powder Cloud 9 from WOW!

I then inked up the background colours and added in some extra coral at the top and bottom using just parts of the large stamp.

One of the sea horses and the shoals of fish completed the scene.

My last card for today is a bit more funky and contemporary. It uses some waves and an image from the Making Waves paper pad being introduced properly tomorrow. I also stamped the turtle onto this paper and had cut it - just love the multi coloured effect this gives.

I've added in some background interest using the A7 Sea Life stamp and the Coral Reef dies. the greeting was cut using the Ransom Notes dies.

So that's today all wrapped up. More sea life coming up tomorrow, but with a more cute take on the theme. Hope to see you then.

Thanks for dropping by and stay safe and keep crafting!


Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Funky Fossil May Release - Introducing Ditsy Dinos


Today's introduction to Funky fossil's May release is a super cute dinosaur stamp set. One of donna's absolute treasures for sure!

For my first card I created a tropical background using some left over strips of the Making Waves collage paper - introducing this pad tomorrow - and then die cutting it into a hill placed at the bottom of a sky coloured card front.

The dinos are coloured up in bright fun shades inspired by the paper.

Next I created an interactive card - just thought dinos need to move a bit! I used orange card stock and an Urban Vibes paper and added the rawr using the Ransom Notes dies.

My final card for today is a really sweet welcome to the world baby card. How versatile are the Ditsy Dinos stamps?!

Are you smitten? Thought you might be!

Be sure to check back in tomorrow for the next introduction. A stamp set and a die set for those underwater scenes!

Thanks for looking. Stay safe and keep crafting!


Monday, 9 May 2022

Funky Fossil May Release - Introducing Urban Vibes, Cityscape, Urban Vibes Paper & Ransom Notes Dies


Are you ready for some awesome colours today?

The most amazing papers and stamps are being introduced as part of the Funky Fossil May release. Perfect for those pesky teenager cards!


I'm starting with theA7 sk8r stamp and Halloween inspired colours. I used the Make Your Mark III stencil and Alpha Numeric stencil on the purple background card and then stamped the sk8r onto orange.

My next card uses the Rock Star stencil and the grungy hearts from Urban vibes. a simple CAS card and just up my oldest son's street.

I saw a torn paper inked card on Instagram and and was inspired to give it a go myself. The skater silhouette was then stamped straight on top. Really loving how this card turned out.

In fact I loved the look so much that I used it again in some hot sunset colours for my next card.

My final share for today uses the Cityscape stamp heat embossed and then an inked up background applied on top. The sentiment is from Urban Vibes.

Thank you so much for dropping by today. I'll be back tomorrow with a fabulous stamp set designed by Donna Gray - you know already that you will adore it!

Stay safe and keep crafting!