Friday, February 23, 2018

Birthday Balloons...Introducing Birthday Sentiments, Background Blocks: Party Confetti & Balloon Bash Stencil (Friday, Feb. 23)

Hello,

After three days of the Uniko Studio 6th Birthday and February 2018 New Release sneak peeks, it's time for the celebration 'reveals' to take the stage! Let's get this party started!

Today, we're introducing a trio of birthday/celebration themed images: Birthday Sentiments, Background Blocks: Party Confetti & Balloon Bash Stencil (one of five newcomers).  As you'll see in the upcoming introduction days, these sets are delightfully versatile and will serve well for all kinds of special occasions.

I went full-on birthday with my card,  featuring Birthday Sentiments and Balloon Bash Stencil....



These balloons are tooooo much fun, all big and poufy! And how about those fabulous-font, bold sentiments! These pretty products make creating birthday cards a breeze!

You'll see more of my designs featuring today's trio on release day...speaking of which....

Hold on to your party hats, as we have FIVE more days of introductions before the BIG RELEASE and GIVEAWAY, on Wednesday, Feb. 28th. Details are at the Uniko blog HERE. You'll also find links and peeks at the gorgeous cards from the rest of the team. Do visit their places; not only will you be dazzled by their designs, but prizes are part of the mix, too!

Also sharing at:

Seize the Birthday~Anything Goes




Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Make Your Own Background

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Uniko Studio's 6th Birthday and February 2018 New Release: Sneak Peek Day 3 (Thursday, February 22)

Hello,

We're back to share more teasers for Day 3 of the Uniko Studio's 6th Birthday New Release (Day 1 pees can be seen here; Day 2, here).

If you love florals, you will LOVE x LOVE the newcomers that will be available to purchase on Wednesday, Feb. 28th, here.





Hope you come back tomorrow (and for the next several days, too):  
  • Introducing: Feb. 23 - 27...closer looks at the new products, showcased by the DT. Daily blog hops, too!
  • Release Day: Wednesday, Feb. 28th...products revealed in their entirety and available for purchase here. The highlight: Design Team Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY! Be sure to join us...lots of inspiration and prizes!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Uniko Studio's 6th Birthday February 2018 New Release: Sneak Peek Day 2 (Wednesday, Feb. 21)

Hello,

Did you enjoy Uniko Sneak Peeks from Day 1?  I know you did...and to add to the intrigue, we're coming together to share some teasers for Day 2.

How about some stars and music-themed goodies to capture your interest...





Interest piqued, right?

The suspense continues for one more day *grin*; here's a reminder about the release schedule:
  • Sneak Peeks: Feb. 20 - 22...the teasers.
  • Introducing: Feb. 23 - 27...closer looks at the new products, showcased by the DT. Daily blog hops, too!
  • Release Day: Wednesday, Feb. 28th...products revealed in their entirety and available for purchase here. The highlight: Design Team Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY! Be sure to join us...lots of inspiration and prizes!
See you tomorrow for even more WOW!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Uniko Studio''s 6th Birthday February 2018 New Release: Sneak Peeks Day 1 (Tues. Feb. 20)

Hello,

Plenty of excitement happening over at Uniko Studios, as the team and I join Bev to celebrate her amazing 'little company's' 6th birthday! So far, we've had a Treasure Hunt (hope you emailed your answers to Bev), a Birthday Linky Party (open until 10pm GMT on Friday 16th March 2018; prizes to be won!), an introduction of the new Stencil Design Team.  AND...we're not done yet! 

Today, we're sharing sneak peeks of Uniko Studio''s 6th Birthday February 2018 New Release! Yes...more awesome products are joining the shop! The trio here - two stamp sets and one stencil -  are birthday/celebration themed, but have versatility galore for other occasions, as well.




Bet you're intrigued, right?  Excellent!

So as not to keep you in *too* much suspense, here's the release schedule:
  • Sneak Peeks: Feb. 20 - 22...the teasers.
  • Introducing: Feb. 23 - 27...closer looks at the new products, showcased by the DT. Daily blog hops, too!
  • Release Day: Wednesday, Feb. 28th...products revealed in their entirety and available for purchase here. The highlight: Design Team Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY! Be sure to join us...lots of inspiration and prizes!
Hope you'll come back tomorrow for more....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Red and Green Peacock...The Library Challenge #1~Pride and Prejudice

Hello,

A new, ingenious BOOK-THEMED challenge has arrived in town and is making its debut today: The Library Challenge. The mastermind behind the cover is my lovely Inkspirational teammate, Marina, from My Perfect Life.

Here's the scoop on how to play along, which I've lifted from the blog...pure plagiarism...but I want to be sure the details are 100% correct:

If you love reading – or just looking at book covers – this challenge is for you.  Each challenge will feature a book and you can be inspired by :
The cover
or
The title
or
The Story

Challenge #1 is a well-loved classic : Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. 

You can be inspired by the: 


Cover - for example the peacock, the colour combo, the layout (use it like a sketch?).
or
Title - What do the words Pride or Prejudice mean to you? How about a card to tell someone you're proud of them? Or a layout featuring your pride and joy?
or
Story - Any project on the theme of romance could work.

Most clever ideas, right?! Right!

My card is a full-on literal (sorry...had to) interpretation of the cover, featuring my Hero Arts Layered peacock, sporting his stylish red-and-green feathers. I 'feel' like I should add more to the background, but in keeping with the image, I opted to go with clean and simple...


Ideas for a second card already percolating. Come play along; this is going to be FUN!

Also sharing at:



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Friday, February 16, 2018

You're the Coolest...Just Us Girls Challenge #324~Berry, Turquoise and Kraft (or tan)

Hello,

Definitely feeling better - thank you for all your well-wishes! - but continuing to indulge in cozying up under my quilt on the couch. There's Olympics to be watched...and yes, I dare say I'm 'this close' to winning a gold medal in laziness!  The weather - snow, melt, rain, freeze, snow more, melt more, freeze more - has made the sidewalks/roads icy-treacherous. So...yet another justification for staying inside. Time for Spring to spring!

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #428~Colour Week, where our delightful, talented Angie has selected Turquoise, Berry and Kraft for our palette. Pretty, but a bit tricky for my recuperating mojo... 


We're excited that Tenia Nelson, from Jazzy Paper Designs, is joining us as again this week, with a card we know you'll adore. My teammates have some incredible inspiration happening, too; please drop by their places and leave them a comment to brighten their day: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria.

As 'tempted' as I was to go with flowers for this challenge, I did not. Nope...ice cream all the way! Blueberry (or blue moon, if you prefer) and raspberry, to be specific...Yumm!


So lucky to have won a Reverse Confetti giveaway from my sweet friend, Leigh Penner, a while back, which means these sweet treats - along with several more - have joined my collection. Looking forward to playing with the other goodies...donuts, anyone? Maybe pie?....

Looking forward to seeing your *turquoise, berry and kraft* creations in the gallery!

Long weekend here in Canada and, I believe, in the US, as well! Enjoy, immensely!

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Bear on a Bike...Inspired by All the Little Things Challenge #79, TIME OUT Challenge #103~Hobbies, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Add a Die Cut

Hello,

Popping in, between Olympic events/commercials (currently watching speed skating, which is quite the intense sport, indeed!), to share this card...


My cycling bear was inspired by two challenges: the first, from the image....

Inspired by All the Little Things Challenge #79 (sparked by the bike, colours, brick wall, "love"...because I LOVE bikes...)

and the second, for the theme.  


Many of you know that from May through November, one of my past-times/hobbies/passions is my role as a Provincial A bike racing official (aka: commissaire) in the disciplines of road racing (including road events spanning up to 130km; criteriums, which are sketch-fest circuit races; and time-trials, which are fixed distance events), mountain bike racing and cyclo-cross racing (which are hot hot hot in the Fall here, in the US and, especially, in Europe).  I LOVE bike races, even though I do NOT race. The cycling shoes being clipped into pedals...a sound that gives me a thrill, even after all these years. I'm hoping, at some point, to elevate to a National level in Road or 'cross...Anyway, excited for the season to being; bring on the bikes! Yayyyyy....

Also sharing at:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge~Add A Die Cut

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Love Always Wins....Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #279~CAS

Hello,

Still watching the Olympics (figure skating...bring it on!); still on the flu-recovery road; still enjoying 'couch' time (maybe too much *grin*)!

Welcome to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #279~CAS.


With Valentine's Day but hours away, it's pretty easy to see what prompted my card:


X's and O's, with hearts! Too fun!

Please visit my teammates to see their charming  creations.

Looking forward to seeing your *Clean and Simple* cards/projects in the gallery!

Also sharing at:

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #439~Love


AAA Cards Challenge #108~All You Need Is Love


Creative with Stamps Challenge #23~Heart


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Sunday, February 11, 2018

UNIKO Studio 6th Birthday TREASURE HUNT!!

Hello,

Are you watching the Olympics? The opening ceremonies...oh my! Sensational! And yes, cheering on Canadian athletes in their various competitions. Still sickly, but at least watching those 'in shape' makes me feel sort of better! Speaking of 'feeling better'....

I'm so thrilled to be joining my wonderful Uniko team in welcoming you to the Uniko 6th Birthday Celebration Treasure Hunt!


Over 6 years, Uniko has produced 104 (not including 2018s) clear stamp sets, many of which are as popular today as they were when first released. Talk about timeless products, right?

Today, the Design Team and a couple of 'special guests' have created a FUN clear stamp set treasure hunt blog hop for you to join. Are you excited? I am!

Here's how it works:

  • Each of us was allocated a stamp set from some point between 2012 - 2017.
  • In our posts, we will mention both the NAME of the set and the YEAR that it launched.
  • Eleven of us are participating in the hop; ONE Design Team member has created 2 projects using 2 clear stamp sets from the six years. 
  • This means that YOU need to find 2 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years. Easy peasy!
  • Once you've found your 'treasure' items, include them in a list, which you'll submit via email, in a format similar to the sample below:
2012 Pure Florals: Poinsettia / Pure Florals: Gerbera
2013 Background Builders: Round In Circles
2014 Explosion!
2014 Balloon Bash
2016 Originally Organic
2017 Reach For The Stars

EMAIL your answers to bev@uniko.co.uk by 9am GMT Sunday 18th February 2018. You will then be entered into a prize draw.

What are the Prizes, you ask?  Bev will randomly select THREE winners from all the correct entries that name 6 clear stamp sets from each year (2012-2017), to receive an in stock clear stamp set of their choosing.

She will also randomly select ONE lucky winner to receive a £60 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store to those who name and email all 12 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years! 

Ready to go hopping & hunting!  Excellent!

As I've mentioned far too often, I've been side-lined by the flu, but I found energy to create a simple little Birthday number, featuring the lovely Flower Power #4 set.  These stamps from 2014 are ultra sweet, and made all the more versatile in now having companion dies so you can place the sweet blooms here...or there...or anywhere!


Here's the hop order...ENJOY!
Bev
Carol - you are here

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Friday, February 9, 2018

You Make My Heart Smile....Inkspirational Challenge #154~Designers' Choice: Aperture

Hello,

Thank you to all who have sent hugs, positive vibes and well-wishes as I wrestle with the flu. Feeling a snippet better, thanks to my husband's insistence that I take it easy. I'm listening (for once!)

Welcome to Inkspirational Challenge #154~Designer's Choice, where our charming Kylie is inviting us to use an *Aperture* - window/opening - on our card. Maybe shaker comes to mind, hmmmm? Perhaps a frame? Whatever aperture signals to you, works for us! Bring 'em on!


Please welcome our Guest Designer, Jen, whose lovely Spring-themed aperture card is sure to stave off the winter chills (we're still well in the vise of cold weather: yesterday we 'bottomed out' at minus 44C!). My wonderful team - Shauna, Kylie, Sandie, Marina, Nonni and Yvonne - have designed lovely inspiration pieces as well; please leave them some love if you have a chance.

In addition to our challenge, I was also inspired by the Stained Glass Hearts Challenge over at FUSION.
I used Concord & 9th's Heartstrings die, cutting it on a white cardstock panel, then filled the 'apertures' created with a rainbow of cardstock snippets. A generous slathering with my Tonic Nuvo Glitter Gloss pen came next, as a nod to the stainglass effect. This pen is certainly different than Wink of Stella in being very very shimmery, but the brush seems to be really stiff. A bit of a learning curve, I guess. That sparkle is yummy, though...


Hard to see but the white panel is 'popped up' as a stylized 'window' opening. 

Also sharing at:

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge~Love is in the Air

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge~It Must Be Love

Cards In Envy~Love You So Much

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

You're My Favourite Little Nut...Happy Little Stampers February 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Hello,

Welcome to Happy Little Stampers February 2018 Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.


I've brought out yet more of the sweet squirrels from Neat and Tangled's My Favourite Nut set....



Valentine cards for my two favourite nuts!


Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

IF YOU USE STAMPS BY HAPPY LITTLE STAMPERS AND YOU ARE OUR RANDOM WINNER, YOUR PRIZE WILL BE DOUBLED!

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Please Be Mine, Valentine...Just Us Girls Challenge #426~Word Prompt: LOVE

Hello,

Still in the process of unwinding from my two week *working* visit at my mom's...missing her and my niece and nephew but, I have a bunch of NBUS goodies that arrived during my absence (how *ever* did that happen...tee hee), so sorting through, organizing and, of course, playing, will keep me busy.

Welcome to Just Us Girls Challenge #426~Word Week, where our delightful and talented Bobby has selected LOVE as our prompt. Fantastic choice...and yes, I am making Valentine goodies for my niece and nephew's classmates!


As mentioned in my previous post, Neat and Tangled's My Favourite Nut has been sitting in my NBUS collection for quite a while and, once I got started playing with the adorable squirrels and acorns...well, I perhaps went a 'nuts' in colouring them up.  These little cuddling critters, nestled in their cozy acorn, are distress ink water-coloured; Uniko Scattered Polka Hearts in the background. Lovey-dovey, right?


We're excited for Tenia, from Jazzy Paper Designsis joining us  as our February GD, with an card we know you'll "Lurve"!  My teammates have some incredible inspiration happening, too; please drop by their places and leave them a comment to brighten their day: Sue, Angie, Vicki, Ina, Bobby, Nancy, Lisa, Maria.

Excited to see your love-themed cards in the gallery!
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Please Be Mine...Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge February 2018~Hearts

Hello,

After nearly two weeks of being away from home and not crafting, what happens? A flurry of cards - although most were made before I went on my visit-and-work journey!  I arrived home yesterday and am in the midst of unpacking (in the hopes that I'll find Mr. Mojo in my bags...he seems to be missing!) and re-uniting with my space.  Fingers crossed the speed at which I'm "not" crafting will turn around...immediately!

Anyway, a warm welcome to Happy Little Stampers February 2018 CAS Challenge~Hearts!


Another NBUS set in my collection: Neat and Tangled's My Favourite Nut which, for this card, I paired with the pretty Floral Heart, left black and white to maintain the CAS aspect of the challenge.  This design is certainly not original; I'm just thrilled that my little Copic-coloured squirrel kinda-sorta turned out cute....I think...


You'll be seeing more of the images from this set in the very near future; these wee critters are just-my-size to practice colouring.

Looking forward to seeing your Heart-themed cards in the gallery and a reminder, to please, aim for CAS designs...


Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.

IF YOU USE STAMPS BY HAPPY LITTLE STAMPERS AND YOU ARE OUR RANDOM WINNER, YOUR PRIZE WILL BE DOUBLED!

Also sharing at:

Creative with Stamps Challenge #23~Hearts



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