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 ;)

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

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.

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!

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!

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)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Bridal Shower...

A fellow Uniko Studio DT member, Ren-Yi, just got married last week! Beverley over at Uniko has organized a wonderful surprise Bridal Shower link up for Ren-Yi, and anyone is invited! Just pop on over to the blog to see the details and all the wonderful cards people have created for her!

I just want to say Congrats, Good Luck, and Happy Wedding Day to Ren-Yi! I hope it was all you've dreamed of and that you made many wonderful memories to look back on! ;)

I am very, very happy with how this card turned out! One of my favorite places for inspiration is Pinterest, and this is the photo I used for inspiration....

Pinterest Source
Isn't it just gorgeous?!?! I can't stop looking at it! One of the most beautiful wedding cakes I've ever seen.

So, I knew I had to include the gold chevrons on my card. And the beautiful, soft colored flowers. Here is what I came up with...

First, I embossed 2/3 of the card base with a chevron stamp and gold embossing powder. I'm amazed I got them to line up that well, LOL! Then I used PTI's Rose Posie die-cuts and starting stamping away on each die cut. Some of the flowers (and leaves) are adhered directly to the card base, and a few in the foreground are popped up with foam tape. Finally, a simple but appropriate sentiment is stamped at the bottom, on the card base.

Here is a bit of a close up to show the shine of the gold embossing powder!!

I hope you like what I've created, and I would love to hear feedback! Have a super duper happy day! ;)

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Background Builders: Chevrons, Flower Power #3; PTI - Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic White
Ink: PTI - Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart, Classic Kraft; SU - Groovy Guava, Cool Carribean, Certainly Celery, So Saffron
Dies: PTI - Rose Posie
Miscellaneous: Gold embossing powder, Foam tape

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Uniko Studio Challenge #13

Welcome to the next challenge over at Uniko Studio---Special Occasions! The special occasion could be anything from a Birthday, to a Baby Congratulations or to a Wedding Card to name a few examples. The options are endless and everyone interprets challenge words differently, but that's part of the fun and creativity! Whether you use any of your Uniko Studio clear stamp sets or dies, or some of the FREE printables found on the Uniko website, you have total freedom to create something awesome. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get crafty!

My special occasion card is for a good friend who is expecting twin girls in a few months! I'm really loving the Sweet Baby stamp set.

The card base was stamped repeatedly (in a pattern) with the "BABY" stamp. I actually stamped off for every impression to get a lighter, softer shade. An angled shape was cut from white and smokey shadow card stock, layered, and adhered to the base. On a separate piece of white card stock, I stamped the small, long, solid dot stamp from BB: Round in Circles stamp set to get a polka dot patterned paper look. Then, on top of that, I stamped the large teddy bear twice, and fussy cut them. Popped up with some foam tape, they give the card some dimension. The sentiment is nestled right in the point of the angle ;)

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

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

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Sweet Baby, Background Builders: Round in Circles
Cardstock: PTI - White, Smokey Shadow
Ink: PTI - Smokey Shadow, Hibiscus Burst
Miscellaneous: Foam tape

Monday, August 11, 2014

Uniko Studio August Release, Reveal, and Giveaway!!


Hello, and welcome to another FABULOUS release day for Uniko Studio! As you might have heard, today is the official reveal and release of the new products we've been sneaking for you over the last week or so.

If you've been joining in on the fun since the Sneak Peeks you might want to check HERE to see if you are a mystery prize winner!

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

BIG & BOLD - Wish £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014

BIG & BOLD is a new mini series featuring a big & bold word as the focus along with some accent sentiments & images. This little set has many possibilities used on it's own but will coordinate with other Uniko Studio products for even more!

Next we have a new Flower Power set...

Flower Power #6 £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014

As you can see the set features a 2 step stamping rose and get well themed sentiments, it also has two single leaf stamps which will provide SO many stamping options within this series. There were a lot of you that guessed correctly and if you recognise the flower it's because it's a larger version of one of the flowers contained in Background Builders:Vines.

Next we have a set that Bev has been working on for some time now, getting it perfect, to be a different take on the trend of cameras, useful for masculine cards but also have a feminine touch! It is a set perfect for scrapbooks and also Project Life too...

Strike a Pose! £15.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014

Lastly but no means least we have the fourth clear stamp set being released...

Sweet Baby £9.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2014

With Beverley's current condition, she couldn't resist releasing a baby themed set, and again stepped out of her comfort zone into the cute zone to create this set! Though it is primarily focused for baby cards, the bear and smaller sentiments can be used for so many other types of cards & will coordinate with other Uniko Studio products.

Aren't all these sets just amazing?! What a fun release it's been! I have another card to share with you featuring one of the newly released sets, Big and Bold - Wish.

This CAS card has a strip of polk dot patterned paper on the bottom, and the candles are peeking out from beneath it. I colored in the candles using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I applied my new Wink of Stella pen over the flames, but they didn't turn out so well! I forgot it was a white pen, so the color made the candles look more faded instead of the brighter yellow they originally were! Ha, oh well! The sentiment was stamped in the green color to match the green candles, and then the two corners were rounded!

Ok, that's all from me, but how about some inspiration from the FABULOUS Design Team and the Guest Designers this month, Sarah from Sazzle Dazzle Crafts and Sandie from London Days with our traditional release day blog hop:

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

Simply comment along the hop to have a chance of winning the ENTIRE release (If you win & have already purchased the release, a full refund will be given). You have until midnight GMT on Sunday, August 17th to enter for a chance to win!

Don't forget to check the  Winner Winner WINNERS! post to see if you are a Mystery Prize Winner!

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today & joining in on all the fun and also for all the visits, comments and support over the last few days with Sneak Peeks & Introducing posts. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as me!

All the new products are available HERE on the website & DON'T FORGET if you order today & spend £25 or more it is FREE Worldwide Shipping. Simply use the code FREESHIPPING during checkout if your order qualifies. If you forget & you qualify, Beverley will refund your postage.