Thursday, 31 December 2015

Thank you So Much


Well, some of you have already rang in the New Year & I wish you all a Happy 2016. But first as it is still 2015 here in the UK for a few more hours I wanted to stop by to say THANK YOU for an amazing year here at Uniko HQ!

2015 has been a eventful year and a HUGE learning curve for me as a mum to my twin beans alongside keeping Uniko Ltd going! 

I am thankful for so many things and so many people that if I tried to list them all I would forget someone or something so tonight I have made a card to show my THANKS to you all...

I had a little creative time tonight and decided to play along with the new ColourQ challenge colours seen HERE and below. 

I also gave my new Heidi Swapp Mini Minc Machine a whirl and added some gold foil to heart from Always & Forever. LOVING this machine and can't wait to make full use of it in 2016! 

Anyway, I thought I would also share 12 of my favourite projects from 2015 and I put together this little collage of them...

Before I go there is a Uniko Design Team member to say THANK YOU and farewell to, Gillian has decided to step down from the Design Team. With becoming a mum this year to her gorgeous little boy, crafting time has become limited. Gillian has been a wonderful inspiration to me and the rest of the Uniko DT and I am sure to all of you wonderful Uniko fans. 

Thank you Gillian you WILL be truly missed. 

THANK YOU to you ALL for an amazing 2015 see you next year!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015



So.... it's been a crazy week or so here at Uniko HQ, with all the normal Christmas preparations, it took me longer than expected to recover from the bugs that hit our household :( 

However, I can say now that I am feeling at least 95% better, I think I will feel 100% when I've finished all the little finishing touches for Christmas, like make the neighbour cards & close family cards! Yep, I STILL have cards to make! 

I did find a little energy at the weekend to create a few Christmas cards that will most likely arrive late as I missed the 'official' last posting dates...doh! Anyway, this is one of the CAS designs I came up with...

I decided to use the recently released Jingle Bells clear stamp set as the main focus and added a sentiment from the retiring Label Love: Christmas clear stamp set. 

Even though it was time consuming I decided to stamp all 4 layers of the poinsettia, fussy cutting one and also stamping, embossing and fussy cutting the bell. I added some clear Wink Of Stella to the bell for a little subtle shimmer and some gold pearls finished the design off. I am quite pleased with the design & hope the recipients do too (when they get them)! 

Before I go & make some MORE Christmas cards I have a winner to announce for the recent Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE. I added an extra prize for one lucky comment and has chosen lucky comment #10 who is....

You sure know how to impress with CAS!! So merry and bright. Thanks for being such a generous sponsor of the hop!

Congratulations Becca! Please send me an email to by 31st December 2015 along with your postal address and I will get your winning goodies on their way to you. 

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the hop and took the time to comment on the Uniko post, I didn't quite manage to comment on all the entries, but the few I did and what I have seen in the gallery is AMAZING! 

Anyway, best dash, these cards are not going to make themselves and I hope to share them here too with you all. If I don't make it back to wish you all a Merry Christmas I will now! 

Merry Christmas Everyone! 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Uniko Challenge #27 WINNERS!


I'm am FINALLY here tonight after a few weeks of illnesses and in-between snuffles and sneezes, to announce the winners of our 'Christmas' with optional twist of  CAS challenge. 

The Design Team & I loved seeing your amazing creations and I throughly enjoy stopping by all of your blogs :)

Anyway, firstly we have a randomly selected winner who used Uniko products on their entry and that winner is:

Please contact Bev at by the 31st December 2015 
to claim your 150 reward points.

Next up is our random winner who twisted with us:

Please contact Bev at by the 31st December 2015 
to claim your 100 loyalty reward points.

Next we have our winner chosen by the DT:


Congratulations and here is your winners badge:

You have won a £20 eGift Certificate to spend in Uniko store here-please contact me at by the 31st December 2015

We would also love to have you join us as our Guest Designer for a future challenge. If you are interested please contact me at by the 31st December 2015.

Now for our Top 3 chosen by the DT and in no particular order: 

Congratulations to you all & here is you Top 3 badge:

You have all won 50 loyalty reward points.
Please contact me at
by the 31st December 2015 to claim your prize.

Congratulations to ALL the winners & EVERYONE who joined in on the fun!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Uniko Sponsors the Winter / Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hey & Happy Friday!

I'm super happy you have stopped by today, we have a lot going on at Uniko HQ today, be sure to stop by the Uniko December Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY post HERE.


Uniko is honoured to be invited by the lovely Amy from Tsuruta Designs and is proudly to be sponsoring another fun blog hop and challenge...

The winner of the Uniko prize will receive an £15 eGift Certificate to spend in store :)

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly created Fall Themed Coffee, Tea & or Cocoa project, no back-linkng please. will be used to draw the winners.

To link up your projects and more details about the hop and Super Sponsors pop on over to the Coffee Loving Carmakers Blog HERE.

To kick this FABulous hop off I've created my own Winter/Holiday themed coffee card...

Of course I had to ink up the recently released Uniko I LOVE Coffee clear stamp set for my card and combined it with one of my other favourite Winter themed sets Stunning Snowflakes!

The layout of my card is 'loosely' based around the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below and my colour choice is inspired by the current Color Throwdown colours seen HERE and below.

That's all from me, but a couple of the Uniko Design Team members are joining in on the fun and have created a project to share with you. Be sure to click on the links below the photos to pop by and leave them some LOVE :)

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

Before I go today, how about another PRIZE?! 

Simply leave a comment on this post by 6am (PST) December 18th and I will select one lucky comment to receive the Uniko I LOVE Coffee clear stamp set AND Stunning Snowflakes clear stamp set.

I look forward to hopping by and seeing all your wonderful creations, have fun!

December 2015 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!


I'm SO happy you've stopped by the blog today as today is the December 2015 Design Team Blog Hop. Along with the hop we have a GIVEAWAY! So be sure to grab a drink, get comfy, relax and enjoy!

As we've quite a few new followers here, ("Hello & Thank you") I will explain what's going on! Here at Uniko I *USUALLY* only release new products every other month. This is for a number of reasons, firstly, being an avid paper crafter myself and knowing the current economic climate I know 'some' are on a limited budget when it comes to buying new stash, so this way you're not tempted to splurge too much every month.

The second reason is that it is just me here at Uniko HQ. I currently run this little business single handedly, designing, blogging, demoing, classes, packing. Alongside that I am a full time mum to 13  month old twin boys! So releasing every other month gives me chance to keep my head above water, well...just about!

So, on the in-between release months the Design Team & I take a look back at a previously released product, dust it off and give it some love! This month as we are FAST approaching Christmas I decided to dust off the previously released Background Builders: Christmas to give you all some last minute inspiration & me the opportunity to make more much needed Christmas cards!

As you can see this set features a wonderful selection of Christmas background building strips, some of which are even suitable all year round.

As always I like to share a couple of my 'old faves' using the sets...

This first card features the 2 step stamping holly building stamps & is paired with sentiments from All Occasion Sentiments #4. My next card shows how the set can be used all year round...

And here is a new project featuring the set...

Usually I would reach for the snowflakes as they are my favourite, but after choosing an old favourite above I reached for the 2 step holly stamps. I decided to play along at CAS Colours & Sketches again  HERE and this week it is choose a sketch from 2015 and make it Christmassy.

The sketch I chose to work with is from challenge #111 HERE and seen below, some fun diagonals another favourite of mine ;)

I decided to make a one layer card for easy Christmas mailing and I defined my triangular panels my using two shades of green to stamp the holly leaves, which I think creates a lovely effect. I decided to keep the sentiment simple & stamped it in black ink to stand out against the pattern. I was toying with the idea of adding an embellishment but thought it would distract from the focus of the two tone holly and the CASness of the sketch and card design, so left it off. I'd love to know what you think :)

Ok, that is all from me but how about some more inspiration from the awesome DT.

AND don't forget the GIVEAWAY... Simply comment along the hop by midnight Thursday 31st December 2015 (GMT) for your chance to win the featured set or a eGift Certificate code to the same value if you already own them...

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

I think that is all for today, THANK YOU so much for stopping by today and your continued support and custom which makes my little dream and business stay alive.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


Eeeeeeek! I am SO happy you have stopped by today or maybe you arrived via the secret door, either way I warmly greet you :)

A few weeks a go my dear friend and former Uniko DT Member Taheerah mentioned a wonderful festive idea for the stamping / paper crafting community to take part in & be a part of during the countdown to Christmas. 

Well, I couldn't say no to such a wonderful idea & so Uniko is super honoured to be a sponsor for this wonderful event.

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

A card maker at heart I would normally have a card to share with you, but today I have a little gift box I made a while back during the Uniko November Release...

I had recently purchased the SU! Square Pillow Box die set and immediately put it into use, not like a lot of my NBUS items that sit waiting for love ;) On the box before assembling I have stamped a trio of snowflakes in opposing corners using the snowflake duo from the Uniko November Release Mini Freebie set. They are stamped in VersaMark Dazzle ink which has a subtle sparkle to it. I also added a trio of gold snowflakes to the vellum window which are heat embossed in Crystal EP.

The sentiment is also from the freebie set which is stamped in gold onto a Pretty Pink Posh Mini Tag die cut & embossed with Crystal EP. A few rhinestones, ribbon and gold thread finished it off perfectly, all set for a little gift to be popped inside :) 

That's all from me today, but be sure to join in on the fun as it’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Uniko so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to and leave a comment there too to double your chances! 

Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments! 

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! 

Merry Christmas!

Monday, 7 December 2015

Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop WINNER!

Hey & Happy Monday!

I realise I am a day late in announcing the winner for the Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop, my apologies for that. 

Anyway, without further ado, helped me choose the winner from all the lovely comments left along the hop and it chose...

In order of the hop, lucky comment #14 is...

Fabulous selection of cards Bev. I love how you created the fern garland and hung the shaker bauble, an inspired idea. Thanks for joining Fusion x
28th November 2015 at 9:31 pm

Congratulations Sandie! Please send me an email to along with your postal address  no later than 21st December and I will get your goodies in the mail to you.

I will be back tomorrow with more to share, until then thank you for stopping by today & to everyone who joined in on the hop and left comments along the way, they were all truly appreciated.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Uniko Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop!


I am so glad you have stopped by today as today we have a Uniko Design Team Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop. I decided to put on this extra Design Team blog hop as not all the team received their November Release goodies in time for the release day blog hop HERE.

So, we are all here today with more inspiration using the Uniko November 2015 Release products, which are still in stock but a couple of the sets I only have a small amount of stock left ;)

As usual I left making my samples to the last minute, but I am quite pleased with what I created in a few hours & I hope you like them too! As not to make this post HUGE I will be sharing the rest of my projects HERE on the website blog.

Ok, onto my card...

I was inspired firstly by THIS card here on Pinterest for my layout & secondly for my colour choices the current Fusion Card Challenge HERE and inspiration photo below.

One thing I love to do when designing Uniko clear stamps is to provide creative options when stamping. So when I designed Essentially Christmas I wanted to create 2 step stamps which could also be used individually on their own. 

This card and another of my cards today HERE on the website blog shows my CAS style of 2 step stamping. Basically an outline stamp & a solid stamp, yes, it is simple, but it also provides endless possibilities! 

Ok, that's all from me on this blog today, but please CLICK HERE to see more from me ;) Don't forget that by commenting here and on all the Design Team blogs along the way you will be in the chance of winning the ENTIRE RELEASE! (Or an eGift Certificate to the value of any of the products from the release you may have purchased).

Now I'm handing you over to the Uniko Design Team, who have 'Rocked' this release around the Christmas Tree! Lol!

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Jane

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

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

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

We also have a Black Friday weekend SALE on AND we have some products RETIRING which are at a discounted price until all stock of the retiring items are sold.

THANK YOU so much for stopping by today & joining in on all the fun. I hope that you all have a wonderful festive season.