Friday, August 25, 2017

Uniko Beautiful Blooms I: Celebrate and Thanks...Inkspirational Challenge #142~Oldie but Goodie

Hello,

What a fast-paced, filled-with-a-whole-lot-of-stuff two weeks I've had...and the next two are looking to be the same!  I'm ping-ponging all over the place: heading to Edmonton for bike races this weekend; bringing mom home for a visit (yayyyy!); then returning to the city on Wednesday, so my husband can tackle his officiating duties with Tour of Alberta pro bike race. Between now and Labour Day long weekend, we'll be home for only three nights!  It's all wonderful...but I'm realizing I need a planner! Not the paper/journal type one; rather, someone to get me organized! Sheesh!

Anyway, welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #142~Designer's Choice. Our own Nonni is the designer making the choice and here's her selection:


Cool, right?  A chance to dive into those products we've stashed away and give them some TLC!

Joining the team today is our uber-talented guest designer, Shirley; she makes *the* most incredible cards, in any and all styles, and her work with distress inks is pure magic! Added to that: she has her own line of stamps - The Bee’s Knees -  sold through STAMPlorations. Remarkable, right? Right! Thrilled you've joined us for this challenge!  My teammates are mighty remarkable, too; please check out their cards and leave them some love that I know they'll appreciate deeply:


My *oldie, but goodie* is a stamp/die combination that's been part of my collection from my early crafting days:  Uniko Studio's Beautiful Blooms 1.  I loved it when I first received it and I still love it now!

Confession: oldie paired with some 'newies' here, all from Uniko (All Occasion Sentiments 6 and Background Blocks Halftone); hopefully my teammates won't mind a bit of rule-bending. 

Here's my first card; had some fun stamping with two inks, then popping it up against the halftone dots. 


My bloom felt rejuvenated, so we had another play.  Hard to see but I added shadows with prismacolour pencils. I die cut an opening for the bloom in the panel, set the coloured bloom inside, stamped the Thanks, then added the coloured bloom, slightly popped up, to give the card a bit of dimension.

Turning the stage over to you...I'm excited to see what
 *Oldies, but Goodies* 
you'll be sharing in the gallery!

Thank you for dropping in; your visit brightened my day!





13 comments:

  1. I think it's great that you combined your oldie-stamp with new stash -gives your oldie a fresh look! Two wonderful floral cards, I love the pastel colors and both of your cards have such inspiring designs. I especially love the way you stamped your sentiment in your second card.

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  2. I am with Nonni-old and new together, why not! Wonderful stamping and love how you combined the sentiment with the flower in the second and especially like this in blue xx

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  3. You are super busy! I hear you on needing a personal planner! How about an assistant to do all the things you need to get done while you work on cards? That's what I need. Ha, ha! Your cards are beautiful. A wonderful combination of old and new playing so well together. Wonderful colors! You've done an excellent job. Enjoy yourself! Hugs! :)

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  4. Those Uniko blooms are as lovely as ever. I've got a few oldies, but goodies stashed away, so I just might have to see which ones trip my trigger. LOVE the halftone dots behind your first blossom! And that angled cut-out works to highlight the flower perfectly. And the blue...Oh my goodness! It's lovely!! Perfect colors and a great design. Love these!! Have fun with all that's going on, and when things settle down a bit for you, we'll have a nice long chat! Bev

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  5. So so pretty - beautiful colours and I love that frame behind the first card.

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  6. Love. love.love these Carol...my all time favourite Uniko stamp. Love how you have used the background in the frame and your two tone stamping and then the clever dimensional effect in your second card. Take care on your travels my friend and have a good time with all! Hugs xx

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  7. Gorgeous flower and love the frame with the variegated green on the first one!!

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  8. Isn't it fun to dust off some of our older goodies? I surely have plenty of those and hope to play in the challenge! Adore both of the cards you made with these pretty flowers! Love how on your first card you combined some more recent purchases with the flowers!

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  9. What a lovely flower! I particularly like the first card... that background effect with the crooked window and polka dots...wow! Seriously though, both of these cards are real stars!
    - Shauna

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  10. Haha, that stamps looks so new to this old-timer, lol! I love both your beautiful designs with it, Carol! Such pretty coloring! Great catching up with you the other day! Be safe on the roads and have fun with your Mom!! Hugs to her and to you, Darnell

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  11. What lovely cards! That flower is just stunning--

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  12. I can see why you loved this flower, Carol. It looks great in any color and with a change in background you get a different mood. Both cards are lovely and well done.

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  13. Love the 1/2 tone background & that beautiful bloom! Great sentiment treatment on the second one, Carol!

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