Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Uniko Studio May 2018 Release in Review Week~Stencils


Welcome to Day 3 of the Uniko Studio May 2018 Release in Review Week, where we're featuring a host of fabulous stencils.



Today, I'm playing with Stylized Floral in, of course, a rainbow colour scheme.  The first is paired with sentiments from the new Just Because set....

while the second is sentiment-free, to allow those shimmery blooms to be the star of the stage (Nuvo Moonstone glimmer paste). I did, however, reach back into the Uniko archives with the vellum butterflies...from one of the first long-ago sets I fell in love with: Bright Butterflies.  I think Bev should bring them back, don't you? Hint, hint...

I'll be back on Thursday with more showcases!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Merry Christmas Poinsettia...Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #293~Holiday (and a 'see you later')


Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #293~Holiday.

I'm joining the Muse: Christmas Visions 100th Challenge Christmas Party, where Chriss has offered this lovely card for inspiration:

So...confession time. I made the focal panel for this card - The Ton's gorgeous Cozy Poinsettia stamps and dies - back in November, but it experienced the dreaded Copic-blob mishap - and with a deep red to boot! Because the spurt happened when I was 'nearly' finished, I did my best to remedy the situation and set the poinsettias aside, suspecting they would likely wind up in the recycle bin. Of course, I promptly forgot about it...until a couple days ago, while going through my holiday-themed stamps, I discovered them safely tucked into the stamp/die envelope. A little 'tweaking' with the colours paired with a bit of splatter to minimize the appearance of the blobbing and...ta dahhhh.  Rescue mission *somewhat* successful! 

I'm sad to say that this is my final post as a member of the Addicted to Stamps and More Design Team. To say my time here has been incredibly rewarding and supremely wonderful is an understatement! It was an honour to be part of the ATSM family, playing alongside some of the best teammates ever! Thank you, Kylie, for having confidence in me; thank you, teammates, for being so welcoming and supportive. I will MISS you immensely!  On the plus side: I have every intention to play along in the I'll end with my 'signature' closing:

See you in the gallery!

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Uniko Studio May 2018 Release in Review Week - Flower Power #8 and Simply Said Blocks II


Welcome to Day 2 of the Uniko Studio May 2018 Release in Review Week,where we're featuring Flower Power #8 and Simply Said Blocks II.


My first card uses a combination of Simply Said Blocks and Simply Said Blocks II sentiments. Yes, this took a while to create! Yes, some of my sentiments/rows are a wee bit crooked. Yes, I had a BLAST designing it, even if some sections/bits are askew!  I added a Simon Says heart for  dimension, along with a popped up 'Make A Wish" (design innovation to hide a little boo-boo...)

Flower Power #8 is performing on my next card, with a role inspired by CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #272:

Smitten with this 'spirograph-like' bloom and its pretty leaves...and yes, definitely quicker to design than the first one *grin*

Head over to see the pretty cards created by my talented teammie, Rahmat. Join us tomorrow for more showcases!

Also sharing at:

Always Fun Challenges #59~Anything Goes

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Just Blossom...STAMPlorations CUTplorations May 2018 Challenge (Reminder Post)~Things with Wings Blog Hop and Linky Parties


We're being treated with plenty of warm weather and sunshine of late; I'm 'this close' to planting my little garden!  Tomatoes, carrots and peas: starting simple to see how these adapt to the new soil bed.

Speaking of Spring tasks...Welcome to my reminder post for STAMPlorations CUTplorations May 2018~Things with Wings Blog Hop and Linky Party.  If you've joined us already: excellent. If not, you still have time. The 'rules' are simple:

Create a winged-themed project that includes dies/die cuts

Another intricate detailed STAMPlorations butterfly coming out to play!  This set, with both an overlay and underlay, is filled with possibilities that will add 'pretty' to your card panel. Change the colour, use the overlay on its own, pair both dies (as I've done here), make them a focal point or a secondary element...these butterflies are top-notch performers!

Stained Glass ARTplorations stencil (embossed)
Trendy Butterflies 2

Head over to the STAMPlorations blog to see my teammates' CUTplorations delights, then play along with us!

Looking forward to seeing your THINGS WITH WINGS creations in the gallery!

For more details about how to enter and prizes (gotta love the prizes!), head here.

To receive 20% off STAMPlorations stamps, stencils and dies, I invite you to use my code: STAMPGIRLCAROLM. The code applies to regular and sale-priced products, but cannot be combined with other discount codes you have. Happy shopping!

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Uniko Studio May 2018 Release In Review Week~Just Because & Large Background French Script


Guess what was waiting for me upon our return from our vacation/bike racing events? The brand-spanking new Uniko Studio May 2018 Release!  You've seen the amazing stamps, stencils and dies in action - gorgeous action, I might add -  during the introduction week, but just in case you need an 'extra' nudge to add a few of these gems to your collection, a few of us from the Design Team will be participating in a Release in Review week.  I'm excited to finally have a chance to play with my new goodies!

Today, we're featuring the oh-so-pretty Just Because and Large Background French Script stamps.

Initially, I planned to pair the sets to create one card, but decided, nope...they deserve 'solo' performances (with a snippet of help from an older Simply Said sentiment).  A rainbow(ish) palette on both, created with three distress inks: Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Mermaid Lagoon. 

The card below sees the Just Because flower inked, then spritzed to blend the colours. The font of the 'because'...swoon!

Here, the inks were blended, die cut and stamped with the delicately lined French Script...

Easy to recreate, especially when lovely stamps do all the work!

See you tomorrow for another round of showcases! For more inspiration using these sets, head over to Rahmat's place; she has some beauties!

Also sharing at:

CAS Watercolour May Card Challenge~Rainbow

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Friday, May 18, 2018

You're Magical Cross-Stitch Unicorn...Just Us Girls Challenge #441~Colour Week


I've been 'sort of'' home for three days (running errands, taking care of chores, generally re-acquainting myself with our house...) and apparently, Mr. Mojo was either left behind at our vacation spot or at the bike races from last weekend! Feeling rusty!  We're also at races this weekend (and the next and the next...straight through until nearly the end of October...and I LOVE it!), so perhaps he'll hitch a lift with one of the riders (or find a bike of his own to pedal). Sure hope so; I don't enjoy waning creativity!

Moving along...

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #441~Colour Week, where our sweet Lisa invites us to use a an aqua, navy and grey palette.

If you've come from - or are heading to - the challenge blog, you'll see an array of fabulous cards from our May Guest Designer, sweet talented Patti, from Stationery Styles, and my talented teammates: SueAngieVickiInaBobbyNancyLisaMaria.

My Waffle Flower Stitched Unicorn set pretty much fell into my lap during my which-image-to-use selection session. Given the current cross-stitch on cards trend, how could I resist? (Whilst on our travels, I "may" have invited a cross-stitch panel to join my collection, as cross-stitching was my craft of choice for years.  Keen to try my hand at stitching on paper once I'm a bit more settled...)

Isn't this unicorn darling? And the little hearts! Gotta love when the stamps do all the heavy lifting! Hmmmm...wonder if I might be able to transpose these images into 'real' cross-stitch...on my planning agenda for sure!

Your turn!

Looking forward to seeing your Aqua, Navy and Grey sensations in the gallery!

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Uniko Studio Challenge #47~Photo Inspiration (optional twist: BIRTHDAY)


Welcome to Uniko Studio Challenge #47~Photo Inspiration, with the optional twist: Birthday. Once again, a gorgeous photo that we hope will inspire your creativity to join us. Flowers, grasses, colours, a vase, a suitcase: all kinds of elements to spark ideas, along with a variety of techniques with which to showcase them.

Joining us is our wonderful Guest Designer - Sue - whose  winning card from the last challenge really caught our eye here at Uniko. Her card is lovely and if you go visit her blog you'll find an abundance of amazing inspiration.

My mojo is a bit rusty, having been away from crafting for 15 days (that's quite the stretch for me!), so I decided to go with something simple in pairing new products with older ones. Featured here: Natures Treasures II stencil (embossed); Beautiful Blooms 1 and Simply Said Blocks. I think the embossed leaves add a little 'oomph' to the panel, without being distracting...

Please visit the designer team members who are launching this challenge; the rest will feature reminder cards on June 1st.

Bev's included some added incentive to play along with the challenge: PRIZES
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points
You have plenty of time to play along with this month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 22nd June 2018 (7.00pm EDT).

Thank you for dropping by!