Sunday, 31 May 2015

A Thank You & a Farewell...


Today is a sad day here at Uniko as we say THANK YOU and farewell to another member of the Design Team... Amber from Bella Rose Cards

Amber has been on the DT almost since the beginning, I couldn't remember the exact date off the top of my head, so I had to go back in time on the blog to see! The exact date Amber joined the team was October 20th 2012.

One of the best things was back in September 2013 when I got to meet up with Amber whilst my husband and I were honeymooning in Vegas :) Amber is as lovely and sweet as she comes across in her blog :) I hope that we will go back to Vegas and hopefully be able to spend a little more time together.

Amber has worked wonders with Uniko products, showcasing them perfectly in her unique clean and bright style, with added polka dots too! I thought I would share a few of my favourite projects Amber has created since being on the DT...

Myself and a couple from the DT have created a card for Amber...

Knowing Amber uses bright and bold colours on her creations, I tried to create this look on my Thank You card. I also chose the rose from Flower Power #6 (Back in Stock on the 11th June with others) as Amber's blog is Bella Rose.

As you know I love to join in on a challenge, so I used the current Freshly Made Sketch layout seen HERE and below for my card.

As I said a couple of the DT are joining me with the farewell, so please pop by their blogs and see what they have created and leave some love too, I know they appreciate it :)

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

So THANK YOU Amber, my words don't seem quite enough to show how appreciative I am of all that you have done for Uniko and you will truly be missed. Good luck with all your future crafty adventures :)

Huge Hugs Bev x

That's all from me today, I will be back on the blog next week with more to share. Until then THANK YOU for stopping by today.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

TIME OUT Challenges - CASE With Your Own Twist


It's time for the next challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges. This fortnight is a CASE challenge, with your own twist. This month we have an awesome muse, Deepti from Dee's Art Utopia.

Along with having an awesome muse to CASE, Deepti is giving an awesome prize away for this challenge. You may or may not know that Deepti has designed her first stamp set and it is for sale HERE through Stamplorations. Though you have the chance to WIN a set by joining in on the challenge :)

Here is Deepti's card we are CASEing...

And here how I was inspired...

I used a combination of Uniko Studio stamps to create this card, Background Builders: Squared (back in stock soon), Flower Power #2 and #6 and Background Builders: Vines. I was inspired by the checked section at the top of Deepti's card, the flowers and the colours.

Here is a closer look at the stamped squares and detail I added using a tiny flower from Background Builders: Vines...

Ok, that's all from me today, but there is much more inspiration over at TIME OUT Challenges. This fortnight we have a lovely guest designer joining us, Maura, be sure to stop by Maura s Splitcoast Stampers Page HERE to see how she was inspired by the photo and of course the FABulous TIME OUT Challenges Design Team...

For all the info and to link up your challenge be sure to stop by the TIME OUT Challenges blog. I look forward to seeing your creations :) I'll be back soon with more to share, until then, thank you for stopping by today.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Flowers...Just For You


Happy weekend & extended weekend to those who have one - YAY! Hopefully the sun is shining where you are and you have some family/friend time and a little time to craft too :)

I plan on getting some time in the studio this weekend to design and create, it feels like ages since I did. I did find a little 30 minutes the other lunchtime to create this card...

I was too late to get this up on the blog for yesterdays challenge reminder post HERE, so I thought I would do my own little extra reminder today! The theme this month is FLOWERS, easy right? I'm sure we all have a floral stamp, die or patterned paper in our stash.

I decided to ink up Beautiful Blooms II using my new Hero Arts Ombré ink pads, such an easy way to add the perfect gradient of colours to your creations :) I also used my new Mama Elephant dies, you only see a small snippet of the die cut on the card, but I still think it adds to the design. The dies I have used can be purchased HERE and HERE at Make the Day Special.

Anyway, I used the current Freshly Made Sketch layout seen HERE and below and it was a fun sketch to use. 

As it is an extended weekend here in the UK I thought it would be nice to have a little discount code valid for just this weekend, it's been a while since I had one, so, simply apply the code FLORAL10 to the coupon box during checkout and the 10% discount will be applied. Code valid till Midnight BST 25th May 2015. 

Ok, that's all from me today, thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend :)

Friday, 22 May 2015

May 2015 Release Day Blog Hop Winner!


Just popping in this afternoon to share the winner of the May 2015 Release Day Blog Hop :) Thank you to everyone who took the time to join in on the fun and comment along the way. 

So without further ado the winner chosen by is...

Comment no.8 in order of the blog hop is...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the flower power stamp set!

Congratulations Sue!

Send me an email along with your mailing address to and I will get your prize in the post to you :)

Don't forget there is still time to join in with this months challenge HERE and the DT have more inspiration HERE for you.

Have you joined us yet?

Have you joined us for our theme challenge yet?

Our theme this month is:


Plus don't forget that this is also a celebration for Bev's Birthday. We are hoping you will all make a flower themed card for Bev. You don't have to use her stamps but we do love to see them and there are extra prizes if you do!

Lets see what our GD and DT have created to inspire you;

Thanks - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

There are lots of prizes to be won and you can check them out here where you can also link up for Flower cards.
You have until 29th May 8am British Summer Time to play along-enjoy"

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Still TIME to join in @ TIME OUT!


Sorry I have been MIA for so long, I've been struck down with an awful bug for the past 3 weeks and the little beans got it too :( We are just about on the road to recovery and I found a smidgen of energy yesterday to create this reminder card for the current challenge over at TIME OUT Challenges.

This fortnights challenge is a theme with a twist and the theme is...

Grunge with an OPTIONAL Twist of Embossing

What does 'Grunge' mean for us papercrafters??

Grunge is characterized by distressed, worn-out elements and the use of subtle
or earthy colours. Think torn edges, textured backgrounds, 'dirty' appearance, splatters, stains, even hand-drawn lines. That said, grunge doesn't always mean
"dirty" or subdued colours. A card can have subtle grunge elements in light or soft ink 
and yet still look clean and simple. Just think of grunge as the
opposite of "polished". 

We are very excited that our sponsors this week are STAMPlorations-owned by DT member Shery

We have 2 ways that you could win a $10 gift voucher to spend in the amazing STAMPlorations store:

-the DT will choose a winner and that winner will get a $10 gift voucher
-we will do a random draw from all those who twist with us by adding embossing to their project. This twister will also get a $10 gift voucher.

Now when I see the word grunge I freak out! LOL! It's not something I do well and this is my interpretation. Apologies in advance for my terrible photos :( 

I have one 'grunge' style stamp and that is the Grid from Stamping' Up! I've used it a handful of times and thought it was perfect for this challenge. The challenge for me then was to decide what to pair it with! So I glanced through my Uniko stamps and decided upon Explosion! mainly because I've not inked it up for some time.

I also gave my new Hero Arts ombre ink pads a whirl for this card :) I think the pink ombre effect showed up best on the cut out and raised explosion. 

Anyway, if 'grunge' isn't your thing like me, just give it a go, stepping outside your comfort zone is good for the soul. Plus there is an awesome prize up for grabs!

Be sure to stop by the TIME OUT Challenges blog for more inspiration HERE and HERE. I will be back on the blog tomorrow to announce the winner of the May Release Blog Hop, so be sure to stop by then.

Until then, thank you for stopping by today :)

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Happy Birthday Sandie!


Today we are celebrating in style with a Birthday Linky Party hosted HERE by Kylie and organised by Sarah G & Sarah P for our very own design team member & all round Super Star Sandie from London Days.

Not only does Sandie 'organise' me and the Uniko Studio Challenges, but she is also a member on a number of different design teams, organising the challenges and admin AND still finds time to create awesome cards. So today we are showing Sandie our appreciation and love on her special day with the link party.

This is the card I made for Sandie...

I used the new Flower Power #7 set to create a stamped boarder along the edge of a white piece of card. I used the simple masking technique to overlap them nicely. I then fussy cut around the edge and added a good dose of glitter to each of the flowers and a gem to the centre. The sentiment is from Simply Said Birthday.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDIE, I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love & joy. Hopefully  this has been put through your letterbox today! 

That's all from me today, but I will be back again during the week with more to share. Until then, thank you for stopping by today and be sure to join in on the birthday fun :)

Friday, 15 May 2015

Challenge #21 and Happy Birthday Bev!

Hi All,

Sandie here with our May Challenge for you. The theme is:


Perfect for this time of year!

This is a very special challenge for us at Uniko as it was Bev's Birthday yesterday and all the DT and our super Guest Designer's made Bev a card to help celebrate her special day-we hope you like them Bev and that your day was full of fun.

For this challenge we are joined by these 2 fabulous Guest Designers:


They are both so very creative and if you click on their names you can go and check out their amazing blogs.

Lets see some inspiration from our Guest Designers and DT:


Need some more inspiration...will some prizes help??

Here is how you can win:

-The DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 Gift Voucher for Uniko Studios plus be invited to be a Guest Designer for our next challenge.

-Our DT will also choose a top 3 and all will get  £5 gift voucher.

-If you do use a Uniko stamp we will do a random selected prize to win a £10 gift voucher.
Guest Designers are still welcome to join in on the current challenge too.

Time to get stamping. You have until Friday 29th BST to link up.

Have fun!

Monday, 11 May 2015

May 2015 Reveal, Release & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & SUPER Happy Monday!

Today is officially release day here at Uniko Studio and hopefully the two sets lining the shelves here at Uniko HQ will clear those Monday Blues! 

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 & let's get to the fun and see these new clear stamp sets in full...

Flower Power #7 £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2015
The next in the Flower Power series is here :) a lovely simple graphic floral and an array of Wedding Anniversary sentiments. The idea of the Flower Power series is that they are all interchangeable and can be mixed and matched all working with any of the themed sentiments using the same fun font.

This set has a small amount of inspiration from the previously released Background Builders: Round In Circles set too.

Next up we have a new masculine themed set...

Nautical Treasures £4.95
Copyright Uniko Studio 2015

It's been a while since I released a masculine themed set, so I thought it time and appropriate with Father's Day coming up next month ;) This is just a small set featuring a selection of the images I originally designed, so don't be surprised to see a follow up set in the near future! 

Ok, now all the formal introductions have been done, I have a selection of cards using the new sets...

Another graphic floral card featuring my 'go to' colour combo! Again I used a sentiment from the Nautical Treasures set.

Now for a simple but a little out of my comfort zone of mixing colour and patterns on this masculine card...

I used Background Builders: Round In Circles to create the pattern on the sails. I also adhered the larger 2 sails with foam adhesive for a little dimension.

That's all I had time to make in time for release day, but as tradition holds we have our release day blog hop, simply visit & comment along the hop by midnight Sunday 17th May, to be in the chance of winning the ENTIRE release! If you have already purchased any or all of the release a refund will be given. As it is a small release I will be adding a couple of extra little gifts in with the prize package to make it a little sweeter :)

So, lets see what the AWESOME Design Team have created...

CLICK HERE to see more from Amber

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

CLICK HERE to see more from Nicki

CLICK HERE to see more from Sandie

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G

CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P

Don't forget to check the WINNERS post HERE 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, hope to see you there ;)