Friday, April 18, 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge #9 - Easter


Welcome to the next challenge over at Uniko Studio! We have been trying something new for our challenges, so we would love feedback about it either here on my blog, or over at the Uniko Studio blog!

There is a color palette to use, as well as a theme. So for this month, you can see the color scheme below, and the theme is Easter.


Earlier this week, I received the package with the NEW APRIL RELEASE stamp sets!! There was no doubt I had to use them on the card for today ;)

The yellow flowers are from Background Builders: Vines. I just LOVE that little flower...it's so delicate and pretty. The center was stamped in brown, and of course the leaves in green. The "Easter Blessings" sentiment is from Flower Power #4.


So glad you stopped by and I hope I inspired you to play along in our EASTER challenge!!

You've got plenty of time to enter your project. May14th, 09:00 UK time is the deadline. The winner will be announced May 17th on the Uniko Studio blog.

The Prizes:
  • A £10 Gift Certificate to the Winner and a Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight

Supplies: Background Builders: Vines, Flower Power #4
Cardstock: PTI - White; SU - So Saffron
Ink: PTI - Lemon Tart; SU - Certainly Celery; Tsukineko Chalk Ink - Jumbo Java
Other: SU - Corner Rounder; Twine

Friday, April 11, 2014

Uniko Studio April 2014 Reveal & Release!

Once again it's time for the Uniko Studio April Release! Below you will see the two new products that are NOW available for purchase on the Uniko Studio website!

Now grab a drink & let's get to the fun and see these two new clear stamp sets...


Flower Power #4 £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014


First up is Flower Power #4, the next in the Flower Power Series. As you can see, the set features a 2 step stamping flower, Spring themed sentiments and a couple of fun accent stamps. 

The last product being released this month is a new Background Building set...


Background Builders: Vines £9.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014


Background Builders: Vines is a new and exciting background building set with the usual long stamp images which can be used to create an all over background design. There are also two non linear 2 step stamping images and a variety of 2/3 step stamping flowers and leaves to be used on their own or pair with the vines.


Usually we would have a Design Team Blog Hop, but due to *hiccups* the team are still waiting for their goodies. Instead we have a BONUS Design Team Blog Hop on Saturday, April 26th where ALL of the DT will have samples to share using the April Release. This means that there will be more PRIZES up for grabs!!

*Edited to add* Amazingly the postman was able to deliver Gillian her goodies for her to whip up a couple cards to share with you today, be sure to stop by Gillian's blog HERE and see what she has created.

*However, there is still the ENTIRE Release up for grabs for one lucky commenter on the BLOG & if you can't wait & purchase the new goodies and you win, you will be given a Gift Certificate to the same value OR refunded for your purchase!*

Another piece of news. A new member has joined the Uniko Design Team! Please welcome Nathalie from Just Cards by N@Ali. Check out her blog and be sure to give her a warm welcome to the team!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Uniko Studio April Sneak Peeks!

The Uniko Studio April Release is almost here & it's time to share sneak peeks of the two new clear stamp sets being released on April 11th, 9am GMT.


First up is the next set in the Flower Power series! This one has some cool details that I can't wait to show you!


Sneak Peek 2 is of a new Background Building set which has SO many building and mix and match options. Just a little release this month, but it sure packs a punch, both sets are very versatile with endless possibilities!

Tomorrow and Thursday Beverley will have Introducing posts on the Uniko blog to share with you. This will include projects she has created with the new goodies being released this month, so be sure to check it out! Usually the design team also joins in with projects to share during the Intro posts, but due to a shipping delay, we won't be able to join in this time.

I'd LOVE to know what you think of these little peeks at what's to come :) From April 8th-10th, Beverley will be drawing totally random winners for mystery prizes! She's not giving any hints as to the prizes or their value, you'll just have to comment along the way to be in the chance of winning! Places to join in on the fun & possibly win a prize are the Uniko Studio Facebook Page, Following on Twitter and Pinterest.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Royalty. Me?!?! No way....

I still can't believe this is actually happening.

**I AM A 2014 STAMPING ROYALTY WINNER!**

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine holds a contest every year called Stamping Royalty. There are five categories (birthday, friend, thank you, season's greetings, congratulations), and to enter, you must create cards for any or all of those categories and submit them to a panel of judges.

This is the first year I entered, and I was DETERMINED to win. For several weeks, I worked my butt off creating cards during my boys' naps, and late at night when they were sleeping ;) I hate to admit this, but my house was a bit neglected during it!!!! My focus was on this contest. Well, I guess my hard work paid off!
 
When I got the email informing me that one of my cards was chosen in the Thank You category, my heart was racing like crazy. I was shaking. I WAS ECSTATIC!! I had to wait a few days before I could reveal it on my blog.

So here we are. I want to also congratulate the other ladies that have won as well (3 winners in each category). I cannot wait to see everyone's winning cards!

Here is one of the cards I submitted, but it's not my winning card. I cannot share that one until the July 2014 issue goes on sale, in early June.

I stuck to my usual CAS style on this card. Super simple and quick to make. I started with one of the stamps from Papertrey Ink's new set, Circle Scribbles, and stamped it repeatedly in the colors of the rainbow, overlapping the previously stamped circle. Then, the sentiment, from Uniko Studio, was stamped right on top of the circles, in the center. Easy Peasy.



So glad you stopped by today! Hope you'll come to visit me again sometime! :-)

Supplies: 
Stamps: PTI - Circle Scribbles; Uniko Studio - All Occasion Sentiments #3
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic White
Ink: SU - Real Red, Green Galore, Bordering Blue; PTI - Orange Zest, Lemon Tart, Royal Velvet, Smokey Shadow

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop




Here's my clean & simple card for this month's PTI Blog Hop. It's all about HIGH GLOSS, and I used Glossy Accents to highlight the black vases. I also covered every dot on the designer paper with the glossy accents too! See the second photo for a closer look. I think it looks pretty cool! How about you?!




Oh, and the three Hibiscus Burst flowers on the left vase are from the Circle Scribbles stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hopping :-D

Supplies: 
Stamps: PTI -Gracious Vases, Circle Scribbles
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: SU - Sage Shadow; PTI - True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Other: PTI - Aqua Mist Patterned Paper, Glossy Accents, Foam Tape

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge #8 - Hello Spring


Welcome to the next challenge over at Uniko Studio! We are trying something new for our challenges from now on, so we would love feedback about it either here on my blog, or over at the Uniko Studio blog!

There is a color palette to use, as well as a theme. So for this month, you can see the color scheme below, and the theme is Spring.


When I think of spring I pretty much think of flowers and warmer weather! I took out the Flower Power #2 & Background Builders: Flower Power stamp sets and got to work. The angled panel is on white card stock and popped up with foam tape. The outlined flower image is stamped repeatedly using the same four ink colors on the angled panel. The sentiment is also stamped on the card base in Smokey Shadow ink. To finish it off, different colored Stickles were placed in the center of each flower.


So glad you stopped by and I hope I inspired you to play along in our SPRING challenge!!

You've got plenty of time to enter your project. April 14th, 09:00 UK time is the deadline.

The Prizes:
  • A £10 Gift Certificate to the Winner and a Guest Design Team spot on the blog for the next challenge
  • Top Three Spotlight

Supplies: Flower Power #2, Background Builders: Flower Power
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: PTI - Lemon Tart, Smokey Shadow; SU - Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Other: assorted Stickles

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Uniko Studio March Revisited Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Uniko Studio Revisited blog hop using Beautiful Blooms I. See the image below for the full stamp set.


One new product being released this month is Designer Dies to match this awesome stamp set!! See the image below. The dies are NOW available to purchase on the Uniko Studio website.



Ok, on to my card! I decided to use watercolor since it's such a hot trend right now, and I'm really loving the look!

The background is painted onto watercolor paper and mounted to the Rustic White card base. The flower and leaf are stamped onto a Rustic White card stock piece.

I did a lot of experimenting to get the flower to look right. Basically, I got the stamp a little wet with water, then applied some watercolor ink directly to the stamp with a brush, then stamped it on the card stock.

I'm very new to watercoloring, so I don't even know if I was going about it the right way. I know I'll never get a flower to look like that again! I think it turned out nice :)

I am entering this into the NEW Virginia's View Challenge #1 - Watercoloring! It's still open for awhile, so break out those watercolors and create something fun!




Some sad news to share....Stacey & Gayatri will be stepping down from the team after this hop. They have been wonderful inspiration, and I'm sure you will miss seeing their Uniko creations. I sure will!! That said, there is a NEW design team member joining us today for the first time....Gillian!!! I love seeing what Gillian does with the Uniko products, and I know you'll love visiting her blog too!

I hope I inspired you in some way today! Enjoy hopping along! Be sure to comment on each stop because one lucky winner will receive the Beautiful Blooms I stamp set AND matching dies!! You have until midnight Fri, March 14th to enter for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on the Uniko Studio blog on Sat, March 15th.

BLOG HOP LIST:


Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Beautiful Blooms I, Flower Power #3 (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic White; SU - Watercolor paper
Ink: PTI - Smokey Shadow
Other: Watercolor paints, PTI - Ribbon

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Papertrey Ink MIM #153

So this week's Make it Monday finally suckered me into trying water coloring for the first time. I watched Dawn McVey's video and figured it looked easy enough! I made a trip to Michael's and got me some watercolor paints and brushes.


I needed a little inspiration to get me started, so I browsed my Color Palette board on Pinterest, and came across this one....what a beauty, right?!?! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE those colors...



...and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how this came out!!! Let me tell you, I never realized how relaxing water coloring is!! As a crafter and artist all my life, I've always gotten such an awesome feeling after transforming a plain, white piece of paper into something so colorful and beautiful! It was so fun watching the colors blend together as I painted each one. I will definitely be doing more of this in the near future!


After embossing the sentiment with clear powder, I started at the top with the lightest paint color and worked my way down, slightly overlapping each color onto the previous color. Once dried, one corner was punched with a corner rounder, as was the card base, and adhered securely to the base. That's it! Easy peasy!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Supplies: 
Stamps: PTI - Think Big Favorites #3
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: VersaMark clear embossing ink
Other: Clear embossing powder, Watercolor Paints (Michael's), SU - Corner Rounder punch