Tuesday, December 11, 2018

UNIKO STUDIO December 2018 New Release: Release Day, Blog Hop and Giveaway!


As you've likely noticed, our sweet, talented and obviously energetic Bev has managed to squeeze in another release to close 2081.  She's been sharing sneak peeks and gorgeous introductions to the four new stamp sets and 2 new stencils over the past few days (In the Forest and Let It Snow stencils here; Wonderful Day here; Snowflake Serenade here; Pure Florals: Peony here).

Today, the rest of the team is joining her for the UNIKO STUDIO December 2018 New Release: Release Day, Blog Hop and Giveaway!  The release will be available today (December 11, 2018) at 9:00pm GMT.

First, a view of the new products....


Lovely, right? Right!

My cards feature all the newcomers (except for Wonderful Day, only because I'm (still) in 'dire' need of Christmas cards and I got caught up with the stencils *grin*) . Since this is photo-heavy, I'll let the photos do most of the talking...

In the Forest stencil, inked once with Tea Dye ink then the stencil slightly shifted and re-inked with Tattered Rose. This may be a new favourite combination. Added a die cut deer from my collection and a sentiment from Peace on Earth.

In the Forest stencil, embossed with white embossing powder, snowflake using Designer Dies Snowflake Trio. and a sentiment from Peace on Earth.

Snowflake Serenade, with sequins from Studio Katia

Let It Snow stencil, inked with Evergreen Bough distress ink; deer and sentiment from stash.

Back to the Tea Dye and Tattered Rose distress inks for this Let it Snow stencil; wooden snowflake from stash; sentiment from Peace on Earth

 One more wintry wonderland, using Nuvo Moonstone shimmer paste, mixed 
with just a 'hint' of evergreen bough.

Shifting from winter to spring/summer with a quartet Pure Florals: Peony. Used my zigs ('relatively' cooperative) so sure hope I've done this pretty set justice!

That's all from me...sending you on your merry way to hop, hop, hop, then shop, shop, shop!! 

It's the Season of Giving and Bev is being wonderfully generous (as she always is): leaving comments along the hop puts you in the running to win the ENTIRE Release!! Head over to the Uniko Studio blog for details.


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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Merry Christmas Elves...Happy Little Stampers December 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


Hope your Christmas preparations are coming along and that you're finding joy (and some rest!) in the midst of all the hustle-and-bustle!

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers December 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge, where you have opportunity galore to showcase allll the wonderful cards you've created with any kind of dies whatsoever! The theme: open to whatever sparks your imagination....

My leftover Lawn Fawn Holiday Helper images, from the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event that wrapped up recently, have found a stage to play on...in the form of a simple shaker card.  Those elves....so cute! Turns out I have even 'more' of them waiting in the wings...I wonder where they'll appear next *grin*

Please visit my teammates to see their wonderful creations and, if you have a moment, leave them some love. I know they'll be thrilled!

Looking forward to seeing your Anything Goes with Dies cards/projects in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hot Chocolate + Elves...Coffee Loving Cardmakers 2018 Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


Popping in quickly with another card for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers 2018 Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

Lawn Fawn's Reveal Wheel Add-ons +  little elves + hot chocolate x four (with just a turn of the wheel).

Hope this brings you a smile!  Just realized I'm #899....oh my stars! Once again, evidence of how popular this event is and oh, how the inspiration in the gallery takes my breath away!

Also sharing at:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #42~Winter Holiday

MUSE: Christmas Vision Challenge #114~Festive Free For All

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Poinsettia Christmas...STAMPlorations December 2018 Anything Goes CAS Card Challenge (optional twist: GREEN)


I'm joining my wonderful teammates for the STAMPlorations December 2018 Anything CAS Goes Card Challenge, with the optional colour twist: GREEN.

Another poinsettia-themed card to join the angel ornaments from my CUTplorations post. As you can see, I'm rather smitten with STAMPlorations poinsettias *grin*!

Christmas Flower (small version)

Hope you'll play along with us this month and bring your CAS cards to the gallery! Looking forward to YOUR inspiration as I continue to make my cards!

Also sharing at:

MUSE Card Challenge #293~Free For All

Cards in Envy~The Spirit of Christmas Card Challenge

The Paper Players Challenge #421

Christmas Cards All Year 'Round December Challenge~Anything Goes

Merry Little Christmas Blog Challenge #5~Anything Goes

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Poinsettia Angels...STAMPlorations December 2018 CUTplorations Challenge


A gentle snowfall over the past three days sees our surroundings blanketed in white; the trees are covered in pretty, sparkly frost; the blue of the sky has a hazy sheen...December has definitely arrived. And with it...another round of challenges over at STAMPlorations.

Welcome to STAMPlorations December 2018 CUTplorations Challenge, where we're drawing inspiration from this photo...

If you head to the image source (highly recommend), you'll discover "7 Different Styling Tips with the Poinsettia," that are truly gorgeous.  In this photo, mini poinsettias, in tiny vases, spruce up a Christmas card garland.  Beautiful idea!

For my project today, I focused on, obviously, poinsettias, as well as something decorative to hang on a garland, tree or gift. Yes, I've already showcased this 'style' and image before (during Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event) but...when something bears repeating, far be it from me not to heed the call *grin*

Below: my trio of angels, with poinsettia gowns.  Right now, they're ornaments; I may transition them to fronts of cards or...I may make more 'for' cards and include these as a wee gift.  It's obvious: I'm smitten with this angel die!

That's it from me!  Hope you'll play along with us!
Looking forward to seeing your fabulous translations of this image in the gallery!

CUTplorations Challenge Guidelines can be found HERE (they're super simple!).  AND, if you play along, you're in the running for the Monthly Prizes! 
  • $15 gift certificate to the winners in the challenges voted by each design team (5 main winners)
  • $5 gift certificate to three (3) randomly picked players per challenge (15 winners total)
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Christmas Blessings...Happy Little Stampers December 2018 CAS Card Challenge~Emboss


New month means new challenges over at Happy Little Stampers and today, I'm delighted to join the team in creating cards for the December 2018 CAS Challenge. Our theme: EMBOSS

I embossed the Uniko Christmas Folk stencil, but the lighting...oh my stars! So difficult to show the imprint of those lovely poinsettias that, in real life, are very prominent, and the shimmer of the Delicata red ink.  Sighhh...we need some sunshine around here to a) fulfill my daily dose of 'natural' Vitamin D and make my already photography-challenged situation a bit less challenging.  On the plus side:  Yayyy to another Christmas card to the pile for my mom! As for my stash...there are some things best left unsaid *grin*

That's it from me; please head over to the blog to see how  my talented teammates interpreted this month's theme. A reminder that we're looking for CAS designs.

Thank you for dropping by!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Hot Chocolate Kind of Day...Inkspirational Challenge #175~Designer's Choice


Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #175~Designer's Choice, with a theme that is PERFECT for this time of year...

and especially for me, whose card stash is so low (despite the hours I spend in my craft room!), it's embarrassing! Slow production + rotating strikes at Canada Post means my cards will likely appear in mailboxes well into the New Year. Then again...Christmas should be celebrated as far into January as possible, right? Right! *grin*

My wonderful teammates have interpreted the prompt in most fabulous festive ways; please visit and leave them some love, which I know will be deeply appreciated:

that, one might argue, isn't really 'Christmas,' based on the sentiment but...check out the traditional colours and the 'festive love' being spread! Besides, Christmas Day, for me, is always a hot chocolate kind of day, because that's pretty much the only time I drink it *grin*

Turning the stage over to you!

Looking forward to visiting you in the gallery, especially
because I need more Christmas card inspiration (and more hours in the day, apparently)!

Also sharing at:

Muse: Christmas Visions Challenge #114~Festive Free For All

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Anything Goes

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