Uniko Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Good morning! I'm so glad you stopped by today because we have the Uniko Design Team Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop! Since I didn't receive my Nov release stamps in time for release day (as well as a few others), Bev over at Uniko decided to put on this extra Design Team blog hop. So, please enjoy all the inspiration!

In addition to what Bev is sharing on the Uniko blog, she also has more projects HERE on the website blog. Make sure to check those out as well!!!

My first card uses many layers, a style I typically don't use since I'm a true CAS girl at heart ;) But I really wanted to try out the Viva Decor Mother of Pearl Modelling Creme with a stencil. Can you see it?? It's the layer with the shimmery dots! I absolutely LOVE this look!! I will definitely be using it on more cards. The trees are stamped on separate card stock and masked to make it look like the outlined tree is behind the other two. I LOVE that Merry Christmas font, don't you?!?!

Here, I have a mostly one layer card. The bells and poinsettia are both stamped separately and fussy cut. The bells were gold embossed and then watercolored with distress ink.

Remember, simply visit & comment along the hop by midnight Saturday, December 5th to be in the chance of winning the ENTIRE release! The WINNER will be announced Sunday, December 6th.

Nicki ----> That's Me!

All the new products showcased today are available HERE on the Uniko website.

Uniko is also having a Black Friday weekend SALE on AND there are some products RETIRING which are at a discounted price until all stock of the retiring items are sold.

Merry Christmas card:
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Essentially Christmas
Cardstock: PTI - White, Soft Stone
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink - Field Greens, Pale Tomato
Dies: Top Dog Dies - Dotted Tags Die Set; MFT - Stitched Rectangle STAX
Other: Simon Says Stamp Stencil - Medium Dots; Viva Decor Modelling Creme - Mother of Pearl; Foam Tape

Jingle Bells card:
Stamps: Uniko Studio - Jingle Bells; Essentially Christmas (stars)
Cardstock: PTI - White
Specialty Paper: Ranger Watercolor
Ink: VersaMark; Distress - Mustard Seed; Hero Arts Shadow Ink - Field Greens; Misc. SU inks; PTI - Fine Linen
Other: Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder; Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - Gold Glitter; Stickles - Xmas Red; Foam Tape

Uniko Challenge #27

Friday, November 20, 2015

**Before I get to the challenge, I want to let you know that I've finally joined Instagram!
I would LOVE to see you over there! You can find me using the link below!**

Hi there! It's time for the next challenge over at Uniko! This is our last challenge for 2015. We are taking a break in December (challenge wise), but will be back in January. This month we have another fun challenge for you to try with another optional twist too.


with an optional twist of CAS

You can use any stamps/products to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko goodies and if you do there is an extra chance to win a prize!

This time we have 2 lovely and awesomely talented Guest Designers joining us, be sure to stop on by their blogs and have a look around at their creations. I think you'll be pleased!


Here's what I came up with. My style is CAS most of the time, so I definitely decided to use the optional CAS twist! I really love how this turned out!

The card base is layered with striped patterned paper. The white panel is die cut with a border die, and for added interest, I put it on an angle. LOVE that look! The sentiment is stamped very strategically so that the bottom loop of the "y" nested right in one of the scallops of the die cut edge. The holly leaves were stamped on a separate piece of card stock and fussy cut and popped up using foam tape. I used a corner rounder for the top right corner, and a fun glittery, gold cord finishes it off in the folded part of the card.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Christmas!

What do you think?! I'm lovin' the font of the sentiments in the Essentially Christmas set!! So trendy and I think they are stunning with red ink!

Need a little more incentive to join in the fun? Will some prizes help?


Our DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 gift voucher

Our DT will choose a top 3 who will get 50 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

We will do a random draw for those who used a Uniko stamp and this winner will get 150 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

We will do a random draw for those who twist with us (CAS) and they will receive 100 Loyalty Reward Points added to their customer account.

This challenge runs for 2 weeks, closing on Friday, December 4th, 2am CST.

Make sure to check out the Uniko blog for the design team's cards!

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Essentially Christmas
Die: Top Dog Dies - Dotted Borders Die Set
Cardstock: PTI - White

Patterned Paper: Simplicity Pack 2 - The Paper Studio
Ink: Hero Arts - Field Greens; Stampin' Up - Real Red
Other: Corner Rounder, Gold cord in my stash, Foam Tape

Exciting News!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hey there friends! I am SOOOO excited to share some crafty news with all of you! I am officially part of the new Design Team over at Honey Bee Stamps! ****HAPPY DANCE****

When I saw the design team call and checked out the Honey Bee website, I was immediately thinking "I HAVE to be on this team!". It's a new, upcoming stamp company with really awesome stamp set designs. They can be used for card making, scrapbooking, planner pages, and more! If you haven't seen their stuff yet, I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out!

One more piece of news. I finally joined the INSTAGRAM bandwagon, so if you like my work, I would LOVE for you to follow me over there! I will definitely be sharing all my projects for my design teams.

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!!

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hi there crafty friends! I'm excited to join in on a very exciting event happening in blogland this month called "25 Days of Christmas Tags". This is the 5th anniversary of this event, but my very first time participating as part of the Uniko Design Team. Thanks to Tracey McNeely for hosting and organizing this amazing event! We are on Day 11, but if you are just arriving for the first time, all the details and the linkup can be found HERE.

The MAIN event blog post is also where you will find the participate to win link-up!

Be sure to check out the The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2015 Pinterest board! It's updated every day with all the inspiration from the event!

Ok so now onto my tag! To be honest, I don't make tags very often. I own very few tag dies. So, I kinda rigged this one lol. First I die cut the stitched rectangle from white card stock. Then, I used a border die and die cut it again on one end of the tag. I really love those scallops!

I stamped the greenery, flowers, and the sentiment. Then I ink blended the bottom half of the tag using distress ink and a foam blending pad. I felt like it still needed something, so I decided to give it a 'dipped' look, and embossed the edge with gold embossing powder. I'm loving that look!

To finish it off, I found some gold wired ribbon in my stash.

I hope you are enjoying all the fabulous tag inspiration from all the creatives out there! I am amazed by the detail on so many of them! SOOO inspirational!!

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions, Rustic Christmas
Die: Top Dog Dies - Dotted Borders Die Set; MFT - Stitched Rectangles STAX
Cardstock: PTI - White
Ink: Ranger Distress - Fired Brick; SU - Real Red; Hero Arts - Field Greens, Cup O' Joe
Other: Ranger - Princess Gold Embossing Powder; Gold Ribbon from my stash

Uniko November Release & Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Good morning!

It's that time again for another NEW RELEASE from UNIKO!! There are 4 BRAND NEW stamp sets being released today, and they are AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE on the Uniko website! YAY! Unfortunately, I don't personally have any fun creations to share with you today (the US DT are a little late in receiving our new stamps), but I promise you that you'll be inspired by these amazing new sets, and be sure to read through this whole post to see the links to the DT creations!!!

As a little gesture & in honor of the Share Handmade Kindness that is happening within the industry and in blogland, Bev at Uniko will be adding a little gift to a limited number of orders on a first come first serve basis. So be sure to get your order in early ;)

Ok, grab a drink and lets get to the reveal...

Essentially Christmas £9.95
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

As you can see, this first set lives up to its name, featuring a collection of 'essential' Christmas images. It contains an array of 'building' images and mix & match sentiments. It is sure to be a worthwhile set to add to your collection! The Christmas tree and the holly stamps coordinate with the previously released Background Builders: Christmas for even more possibilities! 

I LOVE Coffee £4.95
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

Jingle Bells £9.95
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

Labelled Christmas £9.95
Copyright Uniko Ltd 2015

As tradition holds, we have our release day blog hop, but today's is a mini hop since only the UK DT have their goodies. Simply visit & comment along the hop by midnight, Wednesday, Nov 25th to be in the chance of winning an £15 Uniko eGift Certificate!

So, lets see what the AWESOME UK based Design Team has created...

Remember....there are no Mystery Prize winners being announced for this release as we have TWO blog hops for this release instead with a chance to win from both!

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a full DT Blog Hop organized for Saturday, November 28th at 9am GMT (3am CST). Simply visit & comment along the hop by midnight Saturday, December 5th, to be in the chance of winning the ENTIRE release!

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today!

All the new products are available HERE on the website. Hope to see you there! ;)