Tuesday, 21 March 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #215

Hey!

It's time for a new challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches and this month Patricia is our hostess and this week has another wonderful colour combination to inspire us all.




A fun combo don't you think? I'm not a huge fan of Rich Razzleberry so it daunted me a little, but this is what I came up with...




I was inspired by the new challenge over at AAA Cards HERE, which is to use die cuts and I was especially inspired by CC&S teamie and AAA Cards member Jane with THIS card created for the challenge.




Hopefully you can tell I was inspired by the die cut frame idea?! So, I used my Stampin' Up! Stitched Framelit dies to create the square frame and then dusted off Uniko Flower Power #7 to stamp the stem and flower. 




After assembling my card I decided the flower needed a little more interest and stamped it again and fussy cut it out. I adhered it using foam adhesive like the frame and added an enamel dot to finish it off. The sentiment is from Simply Said.

Anyway, thats all from me, but be sure to check out all the Design Team inspiration HERE on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog and I hope to see you in the gallery :) Challenge End Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, March 28th, 2017

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Supplies:
Uniko Clear Stamps Flower Power #7 and Simply Said
Ink: Stampin' Up! Old Olive and Pacific Point. VersaFine Onyx Black
Card: Stampin' Up! Thick Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Stampin' Up! Stitched Framelit Dies, Enamel Dots and Foam Adhesive.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

DT inspiration: One Layer, Masculine cards

Hi! It's Lindsey here with a little bit of DT inspiration for you.
I have a double whammy post with 2 similar card designs for you today and they are both:

ONE LAYER!



and





MASCULINE!


I get the impression that a lot of people seem to dislike both these sorts of cards.
However, they are one of my favourite cards to make!


I always keep masculine cards very CAS with bold colours.

The wonderfully, big and bold Happy Birthday sentiment is one of my favourites for masculine cards with its crisp simple font.
Here I've coupled it with the geometric stamp sets "Background Builders: Triangles and Circles".






When making One Layer Cards, I do spend (quite a lot!) of time deciding on the composition and it usually involves trios.

The brain (apparently according to research) looks and tries to pair things together; it is then visually satisfied and stops looking. So if you use a triangular shape, the eyes are continually moving around the card creating more visual appeal.






Even though I feel the "less is more" adage definitely holds true for masculine cards, one layer cards can seem a little 'flat' so I always add embellishments. Again, I usually go for a trio to guide the eye around the card.

I also, more often than not, add an embossed line around the edge of my one layer cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Uniko Stamp Sets used:

Saturday, 18 March 2017

5th Birthday Linky Party Winners!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Apologies for being a couple of days late to announce the winners of the 5th Birthday Linky Party and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who joined in on the fun. So much wonderful inspiration, if you missed it be sure to check the entries HERE they are wonderful .

Firstly we have our overall WINNER chosen by the Design Team...


#24 Milka


Congratulations Milka! 


Here is your winners badge:



You have won the FULL February Release! Please contact me at bev@uniko.co.uk by the 30th March 2017 and include your postal address! 


Next up is the random winner who used Uniko products on their entry....




Congratulations Kanda!

You have won an £25 eGift Certificate to spend on the Uniko website. Please contact me at bev@uniko.co.uk by the 30th March 2017 and I will get your code emailed to you!


Here is your winners badge:



Now for our Top 3 chosen by the DT and in entry order: 

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





You have ALL won an in stock £4 clear stamp set from the Uniko store of your choosing. Please contact me at bev@uniko.co.uk by the 30th March 2017, with your choice of stamp set and your postal address.


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

Our current challenge is HERE and there are prizes up for grabs too ;)

Hope to see you come back and join in on the fun :)

Let's combine Washi Tape and Uniko!


Hello there it's Sarah P here and I've a DT inspired post for you this morning which I've combined with my Less is More Challenge post HERE

Our challenge for the week is to use Washi Tape on your Clean and Simple card so I decided to create my own tape using some Uniko stamps, having been inspired a few weeks ago when I spotted THIS card by Elaine. I googled 'how to make washi tape' and couldn't believe it could be so easy!

The possibilities, colours and designs are now endless!

Here's my card and the 'recipe' and details, if you want to give this a go, are below


One of my favourite geometric-style sets from Uniko is Background Builders circles. It's a great one to have for many different occasions and designs, especially for those guys!

Recipe for washi tape: Tissue Paper, Sheet of double sided tape eg. stick-it, stamps, inks

  • Step 1. Adhere the tissue paper to the double sided adhesive (peel and stick tape would work too)
  • Step 2. Stamp away, any type of ink, any colour, any stamps (I used Altenew inks then added some white heat embossed areas)
  • Step 3. Cut into strips of required width 
  • Step 4. Peel off the backing paper .... away you go

The sentiment I've used is from Simply Said Birthday and it's popped up on 3d foam on a pinked-edge circle die from Paper Smooches. 

If you'd like to have a go with washi tape and play along at the Less is More challenge this week then you have until 10pm GMT on Friday, 24th March 2017 and the link you need is HERE


Thanks for calling by the blog today and I hope you feel inspired.

Sarah P

Friday, 17 March 2017

Uniko Challenge #40 - Spring With an Optional Twist of Easter

Hey!

Welcome to the March/April 2017 Uniko challenge. We have another fun and easy challenge this month to spark your creativity and I have changed the frequency and length of the challenges this year to hopefully give you a little more time to join in on the fun.

So this month we have the following challenge...




Spring is just around the corner for those in the Northern hemisphere and who doesn't love pretty flowers and bunnies?!

Challenge Guidelines:

* You can use any products/stamps to enter the challenge, but we do LOVE to see you use your Uniko products. Plus, there is an extra chance to win a prize if you do ;)

* Email entries welcome, just email a photo of your card to bev@uniko.co.uk and I will add it to the Uniko Flickr gallery and link up!

* Share the challenge graphic in your post and link back to the challenge if possible ;)


This month we have TWO awesome Guest Designers joining us, Marianne and Milka, both where lucky winners of Uniko Challenge #38.

They've created wonderful inspiration for you...




First is this beautiful Spring Wreath by Marianne, who has used the Uniko Digital Stamp Collection  I designed for Simply Cards & Papercrafts last Autumn. Isn't beautifully coloured, soft and Springy?! If you missed the post and downloads you can see it HERE.

Be sure to stop on by for all the details on Marianne's card HERE and leave some love :)

Next, Milka has used the recent Uniko Digital Stamp Collection I designed for Simply Cards & Papercrafts to make this beautiful Spring card...




Another beautifully coloured card and if you missed the post and downloads you can see it HERE.

Be sure to stop on by for all the details on Milka's card HERE and leave some love :)

The Uniko Design team also have some Spring inspiration to share, be sure to follow the links to their blogs to find out more and I am sure they'd love a nice comment too ;)




CLICK HERE to see more from Beverley




CLICK HERE to see more from Jane




CLICK HERE to see more from Lindsey




CLICK HERE to see more from Rahmat




CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah G




CLICK HERE to see more from Sarah P


Are you inspired?! 

Now, if you need more incentive to play along with the challenge here are the details of the prizes. as I said at the beginning of the post, I have changed the length and frequency of the challenge. The challenges are FIVE weeks long, giving us a total of SIX challenges this year.


THE PRIZES
  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Twist Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - £4 In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing
  • Top 3 Chosen By DT - 150 Loyalty Reward Points

You've got plenty of time to play along with this month's challenge. The deadline for submission is midnight (GMT) on Friday 21st April 2017 (7.00pm EDT).

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Uniko Challenge #39 Winners!

Hey!

I'm am here today and LONG overdue, to announce the WINNERS of our Anything Goes with Optional Twist of Love Challenge. WOW! A fabulous collection of inspiration, thank you to all who joined in, the Design Team and myself had a hard time choosing the winners!


Firstly we have our overall WINNER chosen by the Design Team...



Congratulations Hannelie! 


Here is your winners badge:




You have won a £25 eGift Certificate to spend in Uniko store. Please contact me at bev@uniko.co.uk by the 30th March 2017.


We would also love to have you both join us as our Guest Designer for a future challenge. If you are interested please contact me at bev@uniko.co.uk by the 30th March 2017.


Next up is the random winner who twisted with us....






Congratulations Lavanya!

You have won an in stock £4 clear stamp set from the Uniko store. Please contact me at bev@uniko.co.uk by the 30th March 2017, with your choice of stamp set and your postal address.


Here is your winners badge:




Then we have our randomly selected winner who used Uniko products on their creation...




Congratulations Hazel!


You have won an in stock £4 clear stamp set from the Uniko store. Please contact me at bev@uniko.co.uk by the 30th March 2017, with your choice of stamp set and your postal address.


Here is your winners badge:




Now for our Top 3 chosen by the DT and in entry order: 


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




You have all won 150 loyalty reward points.

Please contact me at bev@uniko.co.uk
by the 30th March 2017 to claim your prize.


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

The next Uniko Challenge starts tomorrow Friday 17th March

Hope to see you come back and join in on the fun :)


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #214

Hey!

It's Tuesday and time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. My apologies for being MIA last week, with the recent Uniko Release HERE and two crazy beans I was so exhausted by the time they went to bed I didn't have the energy to craft :(

Anyway, I am back this week and I've a card to share using THIS weeks sketch by our lovely hostess this month Patricia...




I had so many ideas for this sketch as it is so fun and versatile, this is what I settled on...



Since seeing this weeks challenge over at "Less is More" HERE, which is a theme of leaves and a one layer challenge week I've been itching to ink up Natures Treasures I and join in! So, I combined the challenges ;)




I used a die cut circle mask and my trusty MISTI to stamp 3 of the leaves from the set in 3 different Stampin' Up! ink colours, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive and Lucky Limeade. The sentiment is from Pure Florals: Cosmos and I chose this sentiment as it is one of the longest sentiments I have and represents the sketch beautifully.




Anyway, be sure to check out all the Design Team inspiration HERE on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog and I hope to see you in the gallery :) Challenge End Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, March 6, 2017

Hugs
Supplies:
Ink: Stampin' Up Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive and Lucky Limeade. VersaFine Onyx Black
Card: Stampin' Up! Thick Whisper White