Thursday, November 20, 2014

Uniko Studio Christmas Release Pre-Order & Reveal!

Hello! Today Beverley over at Uniko Studio is unveiling the Christmas Release of clear stamps which will *officially* be for sale on the Uniko website on November 25th at 9am GMT.

To make pre-ordering a little sweeter, Bev is offering a fabulous 10% off discount of your order/pre-order! Simply apply the code CHRISTMASspecial to the coupon box during checkout and your discount will be applied.  

*Please note that other in-stock items ordered with pre-ordered items will be shipped with your pre-ordered items*

Now, lets get to the reveal!

The title of this first mini set being released says it all. Simply Said Christmas features 7 Christmas / Holiday sentiments perfect for all your creations and projects this festive season.



Simply Said Christmas £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014

This next mini set is contemporary yet traditional and features a large focal point Christmas Tree and mini decorations along with a trio of sentiments perfect for all your Christmas Holiday projects. 



Rustic Christmas £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014


This is the next in the BIG & BOLD series...



BIG & BOLD - Snow £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014


AND lastly but no means least a Winter additions set to the popular Background Builders: Vines set, which I am sure doesn't need any further introductions!! 



Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014


Ok, so there you have it, the 2014 Uniko Studio Christmas release! What do you think?

To see all the sets in their full glory we will be having a Design Team Blog Hop on December 11th and there will be a linky for you all to link up your Christmas creations and be in the chance of winning a prize!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge #16

Before I introduce you to the new Uniko Studio challenge and the last for 2014, I'd like to share some great news! Please welcome the newest Uniko Studio Design Team Member.....Sandie from London Days. Feel free to check out her blog here and welcome her to the team!

Sandie has willingly taken on the task of organizing the Uniko Studio Challenges for 2015, which will be all revised and all the more FUN!

To help get your mojo flowing, Bev has changed the rules slightly.

Basically you can use ANY PRODUCT you have in your stash that fits the theme and you DON'T have to use at least one Uniko Product on your project entry. However, those who do use a Uniko product on their project entry will qualify for a randomly selected winner prize. This gives those who don't own any Uniko products the chance to win some and join the Uniko Studio community!

The Prizes:

As voted by the Uniko Studio Design Team:
  • A £20 Gift Certificate to the Winner and Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight and £5 Gift Certificate 

Randomly selected winner:
  • A £10 Gift Certificate to the Winner and Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge



For the Challenge this month we have a few options:
 
Anything Goes

or

Anything Goes & the Sketch:




Check out my card below. It's a super easy one, nice and quick for your holiday cards!
The background paper is a tan color with a gold foil leaf pattern. Sooooo gorgeous IRL! I stamped the striped banner and fussy cut it, and popped up with dimensionals. A long strip of black grosgrain ribbon is attached to the patterned paper. The sentiment is in red ink...a perfect holiday touch ;)




You have until December 14th 09:00 UK time, to link your card up on the Uniko Blog

The Challenge Rules:
  • Winners will be announced by December 17th
  • Please add the Uniko Studio Challenge badge & link back to the challenge 
  • If you don't have a blog to link back to the challenge, don't worry. Just use "USC"+ as your tag. For example, for the second challenge "USC2" and upload it to a gallery. Or send Beverley an email (beverley@unikostudio.com) and she will add your entry for you.
  • Use any product to create your card which fits the challenge theme & be in the chance of winning a £20 Gift Certificate or placed in the Top 3 and winning a £5 Gift Certificate.
  • Showcase any Uniko Studio product: clear stamps, dies, digital pattern paper, digital cut files, or digital stamps. If you haven't purchased any Uniko Studio products, fear not. Plenty of freebies here, AND be in the chance of being a randomly selected winner of a £10 Gift Certificate.
  • You can enter more than once as long as it is a new project each time!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge #15


Welcome to the next challenge over at Uniko Studio! We are back to a color palette and CAS theme this month. You are free to use any of your Uniko Studio clear stamp sets or dies, or some of the FREE printables found on the Uniko website.


This is a cool, rustic color palette and inspiration photo, right? Hopefully there is something here that will get your creative mojo going. Feel free to use any or all of the colors.

It took me awhile to come up with a design for this. I tend to use brighter colors, but I also thought this is a great masculine color palette! With several birthdays coming up next month for some guys in my life, it was perfect to start on their cards ;)




I am actually really happy with the overall design! This is what I love about challenges. They make me think outside the box because I know I would have never created this on my own, especially this color scheme. I'm loving the added texture at the bottom of the card. All stamps used are from the Strike a Pose stamp set.

So glad you stopped by and I hope I've inspired you to create a CAS card for the current challenge!!

You've got plenty of time to enter your project. November 14th, 09:00 UK time is the deadline. The winner will be announced by November 17th on the Uniko Studio blog.

The Prizes:
  • A £20 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight & £5 Gift Certificate

Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Strike a Pose
Cardstock: PTI - Soft Stone; SU - Kraft
Ink: PTI - Smokey Shadow, Classic Kraft, Soft Stone; Stampin' Up! - Taken with Teal
Other: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Tiny Mosaic; Washi Tape - Hobby Lobby; SU - Corner Rounder; Foam Tape

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day!

Hey there! Happy World Card Making Day! I hope you were able to squeeze some time in to create for this very fun day ;) I think this is the first time in a few years I was free to craft on WCMD!!



I have a card to share with you, but I must tell you that I didn't actually make it today. Is that wrong?! I worked on creating cards for the WCMD contest being held by Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine. Therefore, I cannot share those cards with you here on the blog. Instead, I'm FINALLY posting another card that I made for the Stamping Royalty 2014 contest earlier in the year (I was a winner in the Thank You category!). It's not my winning card, but one of seven entries I sent in. I really love this one! It's very different from my usual CAS style. Hope you enjoy!


If you're curious and want to see another card I submitted to the Stamping Royalty contest, check out this post ;)

Supplies: 
Stamps: PTI - Doodlie Do, Background Basics: Super Stripes; Uniko Studio - All Occasion Sentiments #1
Cardstock: PTI - White; DCWV - Gold glitter cardstock
Ink: PTI - True Black
Other: Prisma Color pencils

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge #14


Welcome to the next challenge over at Uniko Studio! We are back to a color palette and CAS theme this month. You are free to use any of your Uniko Studio clear stamp sets or dies, or some of the FREE printables found on the Uniko website.




Isn't this a unique but fun color combination?! Hopefully there is something in this color palette that will get your creative mojo going. Feel free to use any or all of the colors.

I chose to use the teal colors in my card (one of my very favorite colors!). I love how there are three shades of it. I've been playing more with the Ranger Distress Inks, and I wanted to try creating an ombre background. So that's what I did! I inked and inked and inked that card base with Peacock Feather Distress Ink, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I tried so hard to make it blend smoothly...that was something I wasn't very good at ;)




The rest is super super simple! I stamped the sentiment, and then die-cut 5 snowflakes and glued them to the front of the card! I used scissors to trim off the snowflakes hanging over the edges ;)

So glad you stopped by and I hope I've inspired you to create a CAS card for the current challenge!!

You've got plenty of time to enter your project. October 14th, 09:00 UK time is the deadline. The winner will be announced by October 17th on the Uniko Studio blog.

The Prizes:
  • A £20 Gift Certificate to the Winner & Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight & £5 Gift Certificate

Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Stunning Snowflakes (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: PTI - Smokey Shadow; Ranger Distress - Peacock Feathers
Dies: Uniko Studio - Snowflakes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Uniko Studio Revisited Blog Hop!

Welcome to your next stop on the Uniko Studio Revisited Blog Hop! This month, we are revisiting Peace on Earth clear stamp set.


 


Here's my creation!


The card measures 4.25" x 4.25" square. The card base is PTI Soft Stone, and the embossed layer is white cardstock. The doves were heat embossed with silver ep on white cardstock and fussy cut. The red heart was stamped, then covered in glossy accents, and fussy cut when dry. They are all popped up with foam tape. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of vellum and attached to the embossed layer.

Be sure to hop along and simply comment on each blog for the chance to win the featured set or a Gift Certificate to the same value if you already own it. You have until Midnight Thursday, September 25th (UK time) to comment and the winner will be announced on the Uniko Studio blog on Friday, September 26th.

Nicki  ---- That's Me!


I am also entering this in the Retro Sketches #131 Challenge.




Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Peace on Earth, Strike a Pose (heart), Always & Forever (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - Soft Stone, White
Ink: SU - Real Red; PTI - Smokey Shadow
Other: Lifestyle Crafts Emb Folder; Silver Embossing Powder, Foam Tape, Glossy Accents

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Moxie Fab World: Graphic Garland

Popping in quickly to enter my card into the Moxie Fab World Fabulous Friday Challenge: Graphic Garland! I LOVE this photo inspiration!!!!!!!






Here's my super CAS birthday card!
Thanks for stopping by!




Supplies: 
Stamps: PTI - Live Love Life; Giga Guidelines (Birthday sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - White, Smokey Shadow; SU - Only Orange, Taken with Teal, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Ink: PTI - Orange Zest, Smokey Shadow; SU - Taken with Teal, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Dies: PTI - One Liners: Happy

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bev's Bouncing Baby Boys Blog Hop!



Welcome to this VERY special blog hop for a good friend of mine, Beverley! A few days ago, she gave birth to BEAUTIFUL TWIN BOYS!! The Uniko Studio design team has teamed up for this awesome blog hop to honor Bev and her two little blessings.

Beverley - CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so beyond excited for you! Being a mom is such a rewarding experience, and even more so with twins ;) I wish you the best in your first weeks and months as you learn more and more about those amazing little blessings you have. Cherish every moment and take lots of pics! :D

Now, onto the crafty goodness. I made a one layer card (with exception of the star diecuts). I used a technique that Laura Bassen showed in the Online Card Classes - One Layer Cards from a few months ago (yes I'm REALLY behind!). It's all about stamp layering. You can see which stamps sets I've used listed in the supplies at the end of the post.


I started by masking off the horizontal white strip in the middle of the card. Then, I stamped the light grey background, then all the stars. After removing the mask, I stamped the sentiment. Then, the stars were diecut and attached with foam tape for some dimension. I absolutely LOVE how this card turned out! What do you think?!

Ok, it's time to check out the next designer, Gillian's, beautiful card! Make sure to leave her some love! ;)

We are also inviting anyone else who would like to join in on the celebration to create a card for Bev and post it on your blog or online gallery, and then add it to the InLinkz linkup in this blog post!


Nicki -----> That's Me!

Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Sweet Baby, Background Builders: Squared; Strike a Pose (single star), Label Love: Christmas (star cluster)
Cardstock: PTI - White; SU - Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Ink: PTI - Lemon Tart, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow; SU - Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Dies: PTI - Sketch it Stars
Miscellaneous: Post-It Label Tape (for masking)