Friday, 31 August 2012

The Hands of Time


Oh Friday, how I love thee! I'm one day closer to the weekend, release day & my much needed vacation! Anyway, I'm back today continuing the theme of focusing on previously released stamp sets & products available from Uniko Studio for a little refresher for existing & NEW followers!

Today, I decided to use Decorative Doilies - The Hands Of Time. This set was designed along with Time and Extra Time but I kept it back for a later release. The doilies are created from clock hands which I seem to have a real fascination for! 

This is not your normal looking doily set, while it does have a couple of linear stamps which have a lot of detail it has the solid bold stamps too. Perfect for CAS card makers & layerlicious distress card makers & also scrapbookers alike! 

This first card uses one of the linear stamps contained in the set. I decided to use the current Freshly Made Sketch for my card layout seen HERE and below and also the current ColourQ challenge colours seen HERE and below.

I stamped the doilies so that there would be enough to add some colour but enough to keep plenty of white space. I used Copic markers to colour the doilies in and added a few rhinestones for a touch of bling! 

So after this card I was on a roll and made this one for the current Moxie Fab World Minty Fresh Challenge HERE.

A super simple card layout with a white heat embossed doily stamped over a mat layer adhered with foam adhesive. This took only minutes to make and I can see a nice gift set collection in an array of pastel shades happening to sell at Designers Marketplace in December! 

Like the Time & Extra Time sets Decorative Doilies - The Hands Of Time have a digital patterned paper collection available from the website HERE and seen below...

I used a selection of the papers contained to make this card...

I trimmed & created simple banners/ribbons using 3 papers and cut out 2 doily flowers from one of the papers. The sentiment is from FONTiments - Birthday. I stamped a couple of the smaller doilies from the stamp set in SU! colours contained in the collection...

So, how about a few projects from when these products were released...

This first photo is a close up of a card using the same stamp & process of Copic colouring asin the first card I shared today. I just love the colours so had to share!

This one uses a bit of Rock 'n' Roll, in a lovely summery colour combo to spread a bit of cheer! My last card today uses the digital paper collection...

I hope you've enjoyed todays product focus?! I'll be back tomorrow for the next instalment! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

A bit of Extra Time ...


So I found a little bit of Extra Time to play with the Extra Time stamp set! Continuing the theme from yesterday I am taking each stamp set available from Uniko Studio and creating some NEW projects using them whilst also looking back at projects I made when they were first released! 

So, we're using Extra Time ...

This set was created as an additions set, but it has a LOT of potential just using it on it's own. It contains a yummy clocking in card which is a perfect journalling card size. It also contains more clock faces and an assortment of sentiments.

How about a card for the girls? Girls you say...with this set..? Yep, you can girly this up quite easily with a limited amount of accessories and the right colour choice ...

I started out with a piece  of Fine Linen card stock & stamped the clocking in card over it with Fine Linen ink. I then die cut the scallop circle so it hung slightly off the edge. I then used some removable adhesive to hold it in place on the base card while I stamped the clock face inside. Before adhering the fine linen layer to the card with foam adhesive I wrapped around some Calypso Coral bakers twine & tied a bow. A die cut flower & small banner sentiment embellished with rhinestones finished the card of nicely! 

Next up is a CAS card for the boys ...

My guy doesn't like a lot of fuss so I often keep this in mind when creating cards for men. I kept it simple by using one shade of green and a neutral white. I even kept the clock faces fuss free without any hands! I like the simplicity!

How about a couple of cards from when this set was released back in February ...

I want to mention one more product available from Uniko Studio which coordinates with todays Extra Time stamp set & Time from yesterday...

This digital paper collection features images from both the Time & Extra Time sets. It is a great addition  to have and provides even more possibilities when using your stamps...

This is a new card I created using a couple of the papers from the set paired with stamps from Extra Time. It's not my usual style and has a bit too much going on with pattern and colour mixing, but it's good to step outside of your comfort zone once in a while...right?! 

Here are a couple of cards using the papers when I first released them...

Hopefully I have inspired you a little bit more with this set & shown you that you can girly up a masculine set with a few graphic flowers, selected embellishments and colours! Plus a few more ideas for those often hard to make for men in our lives?! 

All the products shown today are available from the website HERE! Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

More to life ...


As the saying begins 'There's more to life than ...' so it is when it comes to Uniko Studio products! With all the hype and excitement over the last weekend and few days here at Uniko Studio with Super FREE Saturday and with the September release just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to do a recap on all the products available from Uniko Studio.

Don't worry I'm not going to cram it all into one blog post! I thought I'd spend the day's up until the Sneak Peeks start focusing on a product or two that are already available on the website. As much as I LOVE new stash it's always good to look back at what you've got & how you can use it differently.

I also thought it would be nice for the NEW followers here at Uniko Studio to see what products are available. So without further ado I thought I start in release order and begin with ...

Today, Tomorrow & Always TIME was one of the first clear stamp sets to be released from Uniko Studio back in February. When I designed this set back in 2011 while still at University I wanted a set that would cater for the men in our lives but wanted to have a feminine feel too and even though I do say so myself this set is perfect for both girls and boys.

Here are a few NEW examples of how this set can be used...

My first card shows the feminine side of this set, using the bold graphic flower contained in the set in all 3 sizes in a cheerful colour combination paired with a 'timless' sentiment. I used the current Clean & Simple sketch for the layout for my card seen HERE and below. I think the flowers are perfect for this layout! 

The photo below shows the techniques of masking and layering I've used on the card ...

How about a card for the boys ...

Using the current Retro Sketch HERE and my go to masculine colour combo I came up with the card above. The bonus of the clock faces contained in this set is that they coordinate with a 1 3/4" circle punch and can be layered & matted with products that coordinate with that size circle such as these Papertrey Ink Mat Stack Dies!

Also stamp the time to that which you choose! 

This set is timeless & has so many possibilities and will always be one of my FAVES! Here is how one customer Lucy Abrams created, who bought Time put it to use & submitted it for publication ...

You can find this in the current Sept/Oct issue of Paper Crafts magazine! Here are a couple of cards from when this set was first released ...

It's been fun focusing on this set, seeing how others have used it and looking back at cards I created back in February. I hope you join me again tomorrow for the next stamp set focus?! 
Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Out of Sync!


Well, it's back to work after a rainy but lovely relaxing Bank Holiday here in the UK! I had planned to craft in The Studio over the extended weekend but relaxed, spent time with my hunny and shopped instead! 

It was hard to get back to work after such a nice break and now I feel I'm on a holiday wind down to a sunshine getaway even though the next Uniko Studio release is just around the corner! So, I soon snapped out of it & whipped this little beauty up this morning to share with you ...

Savouring the very little sunshine we've had in the UK this Summer I thought I'd use a cheery summery colour scheme on my card! I used the current Retro Sketch HERE and seen below for my card layout & I couldn't resist using the Super FREE Saturday collection once more! 

The circle butterfly tag from the collection has to be my FAVE and so it got printed out a few times! This time I added the 'Thank You' sentiment from Extra Time as I can never have too many Thank You cards! 

Here's a close up ...

If you missed the Super FREE Saturday fun you can catch up on it HERE and HERE. The collection can be downloaded for FREE HERE

It won't be long before the September release Sneak Peeks start here on the blog, so I had best get onto a few things here in the studio in preparation for that! Thanks for stopping by today.

Card Stock: WPlus9 White, PTI Lemon Tart, SU! Regal Rose
Ink: SU! Regal Rose
Stamps: Uniko Studio Extra Time
Accessories: Uniko Studio Super FREE Saturday BRIGHT Butterflies Collection. PTI Mat Stack Dies& Layerz Dies, Hibiscus Burst Twill Ribbon. Rhinestone.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

My Style 2 Ways...

Happy Sunday!

I hope your all having a lovely weekend and that you enjoyed the festivities here on the blog yesterday?! I certainly had fun & I'm looking forward to receiving emails for DT applications and seeing projects linked to Super FREE Saturday. If you missed yesterday's post check it out HERE.

Today I have a few more cards to share with you which use the BRIGHT Butterflies Super FREE Saturday collection available to download HERE. I have made 2 cards which I think show my style but in 2 different ways...

On this first card I have stepped out of my comfort zone a little but still kept it CAS to a degree...

I started out by using Rose Red Ink to splatter lightly across my card blank - Arrrgh! Messing up a lovely white background - totally out of my comfort zone! 

I then used stripes of the patterned paper from the collection and CS matching the colours to create a 'Washi Tape' kind of effect. I tore the edges on the right hand side - which is a step out of my comfort zone! Tearing = messy which doesn't fit in my neat organised head! LOL! 

Next, the sewing machine was dusted off & I stitched a zig zag down the edge! A very rare occurrence on a card, mainly as I'm in a rush and can't be bothered to add stitching! I then layered the butterfly cut out from the journal card with a die cut butterfly. I enlarged the journal card quite a bit to get the butterfly bigger. Some rhinestones dotted about & a sentiment from Extra Time finished the card off nicely! 

For my next card I used the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch I used on Friday seen HERE and HERE. I kept the card super CAS & super simple ...

I selected the floral paper from the collection and used 2 Martha Stewart Butterfly punches to punch out the butterflies. The sentiment is from Pure Florals: Gerbera. 

Yet each card is clearly different in the degree of Clean & Simple I feel both cards represent my style of card making & I love them both! 

I hope you've enjoyed today's projects & that I inspire you a bit when it comes to making cards?! Thanks for stopping by today.

Stitched Butterfly Card

Card Stock: WPlus9 White, SU! Pool Party, PTI Spring Rain
Ink: SU! Rose Red
Stamps: Uniko Studio Extra Time
Accessories: Uniko Studio Super FREE Saturday BRIGHT Butterflies digital collection, Sewing Machine, Rhinestones, PTI Butterfly Die

Wonderful You Card

Card Stock: WPlus9 White, SU! Pool Party, PTI Spring Rain
Ink: SU! Pumpkin Pie
Stamps: Pure Florals: Gerbera
Accessories: Uniko Studio Super FREE Saturday BRIGHT Butterflies digital collection, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punches, Rhinestones

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Introducing ...

Hello & Happy Weekend!

Today is a fun day on the blog as I have a few NEW things to tell you about & some announcements too. It's going to be a rather long post, so grab a cuppa & get ready for the fun to begin...

The first thing I want to introduce to you is a NEW monthly feature here on the blog / website called ...

Super Free Saturday is what is says ... Super Fun & most of all FREE!

Each month I will have a small digital collection available to download from the website HERE. The collections will vary as to what they will contain but I can ensure there will be plenty for you to create a project or two. The Super FREE Saturday collection will be featured here on the blog & also by the Design Team on their blogs.

How about I introduce you to the first Super FREE Saturday collection ...

BRIGHT Butterflies collection features 3 patterned papers seen on the left of the image above and 6 printable elements. All the files are JPG and can be used in Adobe Photoshop or Word so you don't have to be an expert at digital stuff just print & make. Simples! 

Like all the digital collections available from Uniko Studio the colours match Stampin' Up! colours. The colours in this collection are Bashful Blue, Pool Party, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie & Regal Rose.

How about a few projects to give you some ideas ...

If you are a regular blog reader you will know that I LOVE butterflies! I also love tags & labels so I couldn't resist putting one in the collection! The sentiment is from Extra Time & fits nicely into the section on the label.

This next card uses one of the journal cards ...

I used a punch from SU! to add the spiral note book definition to the journal tag & a mini bulldog clip to hold it together. The Sentiment is from FONTiments - birthday.

I've one more card to share with you today before the Design Team share their projects using the collection ...

This card uses the stitched butterfly paper & one of the banners. I enlarged the banner slightly & adhered it to the card using foam adhesive.

The design team have some projects to share too so pop on over to their blogs to see how they've used Bright Butterflies ...

To make the whole Super Free Saturday a bit more fun I have added a linky tool for you to add a link to your project thats on your blog, online gallery & if you don't have either of them drop me an email with a photo of your project & I'll add it to the Uniko Studio Flickr pool HERE and link it up for you! I'd really LOVE to see what you all do with the FREE stuff!

Now, you'd think that was enough excitement for one day but, I've got more! Yep, it's all happening here at Uniko Studio! 

Calling all card makers, scrappers & crafters!! Uniko Studio is looking for some more talent to add to it's team of designers. It's open internationally so have a look at the details, it could be you I'm looking for! 

To limit the length of this post the details of the Uniko Studio Design Team Call is HERE which can be found on the page tab at the top of the blog & there is also a link on the left sidebar.

Well, I think that's enough for one day, I've worn myself out with all the excitement today! I look forward to receiving all your DT applications & looking at your Super FREE Saturday creations! 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Just Because
Card Stock: WPlus9 White, SU! Regal Rose
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Uniko Studio Extra Time
Accessories: Super FREE Saturday BRIGHT Butterflies, PTI Limitless Layers Dies & Hibiscus Burst Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone

Sending Best Wishes
Card Stock: WPlus9 White, SU! Regal Rose
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Uniko Studio FONTiments - Birthday
Accessories: Super FREE Saturday BRIGHT Butterflies, SU! Punch & Mini Bulldog Clip, Mini Rhinestones

Simply The Best
Card Stock: WPlus9 White, PTI Autumn Rose
Accessories: Super FREE Saturday BRIGHT Butterflies, Foam Adhesive & Mini Rhinestone