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! ;)

Supplies: 
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

Supplies: 
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!!

FOR RELEASE DAY ONLY!



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. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Uniko Studio Introducing - Sweet Baby

Welcome back to the last introduction post for the Uniko Studio August release! Today I'm sharing a glimpse of Uniko Studio's new stamp set called "Sweet Baby". Beginning August 11th, 2014, you will be able to purchase this set HERE along with all the other new sets being released this month!!

In case you missed it a couple days ago, here is the Sneak Peek photo of the stamp set.



Here's a classic CAS card ;) The card stock base is embossed, and a white panel is mounted to the center of it with foam tape. To create the gradient in the word "BABY", I inked up the stamp with pink on the left side, then inked it up with yellow on the right, and made sure to overlap the ink in the middle. The bottom part of the panel is scored with horizontal lines. I stamped the onesie on a separate piece and fussy-cut it and adhered using foam tape.




The August Release schedule is outlined below if you haven't seen it yet. Make sure to read through it all so you can find out how to get a chance at some prizes!!!

Introducing... August 7th - 10th: Here you'll get to see the soon to be released products in action. The design team and guest designers will be joining in on the introductions and you won't want to miss a second!

Release Day! Monday, August 11th you will get to see all the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As tradition holds there will be a Design Team Blog Hop with a chance for a lucky person to win the ENTIRE release!

Now, you won't want to miss out on any of the fun from August 5th - 10th as Bev from Uniko will be drawing totally random winners for mystery prizes. I'm not giving any hints as to the prizes or their value, you'll just have to join in on the fun!

Places to join in on the fun and possibly win a prize are by commenting along the way on the Uniko Studio Blog, DT and Guest Design Team Blogs, liking the Uniko Studio Facebook Page, following on Twitter and Pinterest! 


Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit the other design team members and Beverley's blog to see more gorgeous creations using this awesome set!

Nicki  ----> THAT'S ME!

Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Sweet Baby
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: PTI - Hibiscus Burst; TH Distress - Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed; VersaMagic - Pumpkin Spice
Other: SU - Embossing Folder; Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Uniko Studio Introducing - Strike a Pose!

Welcome back to another look at the soon to be released sets for Uniko Studio! Today I'm sharing a glimpse of Uniko Studio's new stamp set called "Strike a Pose!". Beginning August 11th, 2014, you will be able to purchase this set HERE along with all the other new sets being released this month!!

In case you missed it a couple days ago, here is the Sneak Peek photo of the stamp set.




Do you do Project Life?? I am not officially a Project Lifer YET, but I would like to start a book for each of my boys. They turned One not too long ago, and I have a TON of pictures from their first year. I've purchased PL albums and sleeves....now I have to print a LOT of pictures! So anyway, I haven't purchased any kits for the cards yet, but I have my eye on one that is Super Cute! So, I thought I'd try making a coordinating Project Life card I can include in their album to match the soon-to-be-purchased ones! Here's what I did!




It's very basic and simple. I stamped each element on a separate piece of cardstock and cut them all out, and attached it to the base of the 'polaroid' image. The "Precious Moments" is popped up with foam tape. I think it turned out cute ;)


The August Release schedule is outlined below if you haven't seen it yet. Make sure to read through it all so you can find out how to get a chance at some prizes!!!

Introducing... August 7th - 10th: Here you'll get to see the soon to be released products in action. The design team and guest designers will be joining in on the introductions and you won't want to miss a second!

Release Day! Monday, August 11th you will get to see all the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As tradition holds there will be a Design Team Blog Hop with a chance for a lucky person to win the ENTIRE release!

Now, you won't want to miss out on any of the fun from August 5th - 10th as Bev from Uniko will be drawing totally random winners for mystery prizes. I'm not giving any hints as to the prizes or their value, you'll just have to join in on the fun!

Places to join in on the fun and possibly win a prize are by commenting along the way on the Uniko Studio Blog, DT and Guest Design Team Blogs, liking the Uniko Studio Facebook Page, following on Twitter and Pinterest! 


Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit the other design team members and Beverley's blog to see more gorgeous creations using this awesome set!

Nicki  ----> THAT'S ME!

Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Strike a Pose!
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: SU - Cool Caribbean, So Saffron, Mellow Moss; PTI - Smokey Shadow
Other: Becky Higgins Project Life Corner Rounder, Foam Dimensionals

Friday, August 8, 2014

Uniko Studio Introducing - Flower Power #6

Welcome back to the next introduction post for the Uniko Studio August release! Today I'm sharing a project that features one small stamp from the new stamp set called "Flower Power #6". Beginning August 11th, 2014, you will be able to purchase this set HERE along with all the other new sets being released this month!!

In case you missed it a couple days ago, here is the Sneak Peek photo of the stamp set.


Here's my creation! To create the blocks of color in each corner, I used Post-It Roll Tape to mask each section. (That stuff is awesome, BTW!) Then, using a Ranger ink blending tool, I applied ink to the cardstock over and over again to create a nice, saturated block of color. For the flower in the center, I used one of the small leaf stamps and created it using two colors. A large yellow sequin for the center ties it all together!



I'm also entering this into the current Curtain Call Challenge. I saw the colors and just love the combo!



Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit the other design team members and Beverley's blog to see more gorgeous creations using this awesome set!

Nicki  ----> THAT'S ME!

Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio -Flower Power #6
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: SU - So Saffron, Cool Caribbean, Baja Breeze; PTI - Smokey Shadow
Other: Sequin - Lawn Fawn

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Uniko Studio Introducing -- Big & Bold - Wish

Good morning! I'm excited that today I can finally share with you my first project using Uniko Studio's new stamp set called "Big & Bold - Wish". Beginning August 11th, 2014, you will be able to purchase this set HERE along with all the other new sets being released this month!!

In case you missed it a couple days ago, here is the Sneak Peek photo of the stamp set.


Now....here's my creation! The background rainbow was created using watercolor paper, an acrylic block with distress ink, then sprayed with water and 'smushed' it onto the paper! I used this technique shown by the fabulous Laura Bassen. I didn't stamp and emboss the background though like she did.




The sentiment was embossed with black embossing powder on a piece of vellum. Then I cut the end to create a banner, and adhered to the watercolor paper. The dotted line was added using a black marker and ruler!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit the other design team members and Beverley's blog to see more gorgeous creations using this awesome set!

Nicki  ----> THAT'S ME!

Supplies: 
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Big & Bold - Wish
Cardstock: SU - Basic Black; Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Ink: TH Distress - Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Pine Needles, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord
Other: Vellum, Black Embossing Powder, Black Marker

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Uniko Studio August Release Sneak Peek #2

Welcome back to day 2 of the August 2014 Uniko Studio Release Sneak Peeks. If you missed out on day 1 you can catch up HERE.

Let's get to it...



This peek is of a new all rounder set that will be great for making masculine and all types of cards, scrapbooking and even project life! It has fun quirky elements which will add that something different to your projects :)

This last peek is Super Cute!!! Wait till you see the entire set!! ;)




That's all the Sneak Peeks for this release, but Bev, the design team, and guest designers will be back tomorrow with the first product introduction! I've outlined the release schedule below so you can keep up to date with the release festivities!!

Sneak Peeks Today & yesterday, these little teasers give you hints at what is in store!

Introducing... August 7th - 10th: Here you'll get to see the soon to be released products in action. The design team and guest designers will be joining in on the introductions and you won't want to miss a second!

Release Day! Monday, August 11th you will get to see all the products in their entirety and purchase them HERE on the website! As tradition holds there will be a Design Team Blog Hop with a chance for a lucky person to win the ENTIRE release!

Now, you won't want to miss out on any of the fun from August 5th - 10th as Bev from Uniko will be drawing totally random winners for mystery prizes. I'm not giving any hints as to the prizes or their value, you'll just have to join in on the fun!

Places to join in on the fun and possibly win a prize are by commenting along the way on the Uniko Studio Blog, DT and Guest Design Team Blogs, liking the Uniko Studio Facebook Page, following on Twitter and Pinterest! 

Hope to see you tomorrow for more! Thank you for stopping by today!