Friday, 23 June 2017

The 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Hey & Happy Friday!

YAY! It's time for another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, I'm super happy to be a little organised this time and have a project made to enter on day 1!

Uniko is honoured to have been invited again by the lovely Amy from Tsuruta Designs to sponsoring another fun blog hop and challenge, you can check out all the details over on the Uniko Website Blog HERE, I have blog candy there too ;) AND more details HERE over at the hop!

Anyway, onto my card...

At the moment Summer to me = Tropical! Hence my decision to pair I LOVE Coffee with Paradise clear stamp set.

I was inspired by a couple of challenges for the ink blended panel and layout of my card. Firstly the challenge over at AAA Cards HERE is the resist technique. 

I stamped the outline Hibiscus flower and solid leaves using VersaMark and heat embossed them with clear EP. I then blended two of my favourite distress inks over the top. 

The second challenge I was inspired by was the new CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seen HERE and below.

I continued the Hibiscus flower theme onto the Coffee cup, keeping it simple by stamping it in Lawn Fawn Merman ink and adding a touch of Stampin' Up! glitter for some Summer sparkle! 

The sentiment is a combination from Simply Said and I LOVE Coffee. I added a trio of Stampin' Up! Glitter Enamel Dots to finish the design off.

Ok, that's all I have to share with you today, but be sure to check out my post HERE with the Uniko Sponsor details, more inspiration and BLOG CANDY

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

WINNER of the June 2017 Design Team Blog Hop!


I am popping in this afternoon to announce the WINNER of the June 2017 Design Team Blog Hop HERE. helped me pick the lucky comment...

In order of the hop the lucky commenter is...

Each one of these are awesome! xxx

Congratulations Chris! Please send me an email to by Thursday29th July 2017 along with your postal address. I can then get your goodies on the way to you.

THANK YOU to everyone who left such lovely comments along the hop.

Hugs to you all.

Dt Inspiration - Gerbara

Hey all its Rahmat here, I am up with 2 cards today using the Gerbara daisies.

I masked and stamped the flowers and leaves using the misti.
I had used the Altenew and Stampin' Up inks for stamping.

I used the same pink ink and used a water brush to add color on the flowers
Then I cut out the panel in a strip and used a shimmery maroon strip to add in the middle of the panels to add some interest.

I used a happy word die to cut the stamped panel, and then added it using some foam adhesive to give dimension. I stamped the small sentiment in pink from Happy Succulents, on a white strip and added using a foam adhesive.
A few pink pearls to finish off.

For the second card I used Altenew inks to stamp all over in random, and used the small stamps from Background vines and Originally Organics additions set.
Used the same die cut from winnie &walter to cut out the stamped panel, and added a red textured card base under the die cut for interest.
Stamped the small sentiments from Happy Succulents set.

Pure Florals : Gerbara

Happy Succulents

Originally Organics Additions

 Background Builders : winter vines additions


 I hope I have provided some inspiration!
Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate your kind  feedback :) Have a great day!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #228 Colour Challenge


I'm here again with my next CAS Colours & Sketches design team inspiration for you. This week it is Patricia's turn to be hostess as we each take it in turns for May & June.

This week is colour week and these are the colours Patricia has chosen...

We've used Stampin' Up! colours, but feel free to use any make of product that closely matches them as possible and don't forget to keep it CAS and a card though, to be considered for the weekly winners!

Here's how I used them...

Metallics always throw me a little and I get stuck as how to incorporate them! They are something I only occasionally use. However, I instantly thought of using Marvellous Mehndi on my card this time. The other colours in the combo reminded me of the rich, earthy colours of ethnic textiles.

Again, I kept things really simple. Choosing the larger mandala from the set to heat emboss in Kettle Copper EP onto Dapper Denim card and adding a small strip of Peekaboo Peach down the edge. The sentiment is from Simply Said.

That's all from me today, if you need some more inspiration using the sketch be sure to pop by the CAS Colours & Sketches blog HERE and see how the DT and Guest Designer have used it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

The Saturday Show Returns!

Hey & Happy Weekend!

Do you remember the feature I used to do called The Saturday Show? I used to have a lot more time on my hands to peruse the internet and blogland to find and comment on all the wonderful Uniko customer projects. I also liked to choose a few and share them here on the Uniko blog.

Now that I am 'slowly' getting some time back and the beauty of places like Facebook and Instagram especially, I am able to find and see Uniko customer projects more easily :) So I thought it would be nice to kick start this feature again once a month.

So without further ado it's over to YOU...

First up is this beautiful Happy Succulents card by Julia, which I spotted over on Instagram. Those beautiful purple hues are so striking. Thank you so much for tagging #uniko over on IG Julia.

Next are two cards also spotted on Instagram by Julie, a wonderful customer at Uniko for many years  (thank you)...

First this pretty Originally Organic card. The designer paper Julie has paired with the swirly foliage image from the clear stamp set is just perfect. The colours are just so happy and summery too.

This next card by Julie really packs a punch with the bold colours and awesome CAS design...

Here Julie has combined the SUPER popular Background Blocks Halftone with the Explosion! clear stamp set. What a super masculine card, don't you think? 

Thank you so much Julie for sharing and tagging #uniko on Instagram.

Next I have some more floral designs to share from Elaine who has also been a loyal customer at Uniko for many years. Elaine never ceases to amaze me with how she uses Uniko's floral stamps...

On this first card Elaine has used Background Blocks Doodle Flower and the emboss resist technique, which is the current game over at AAA Cards. Just look at those happy summery sunshine colours :)

On this next card Elaine has used Pure Florals: Lily paired with a sentiment from Originally Organic...

A beautiful CAS design. The layout, gold embossing and beautiful watercoloring really made this card stand out. Which lastly leads me onto to this stunner...

Just a quirky die cut technique really adds interest and pizzaz to this already beautiful coloured Lily. Be sure to pop by Elaine's blog Craft-E-Place and checkout all the beautiful and inspiring projects.

Continuing the floral beauties is Sharon...

Sharon created this Neapolitan coloured shaker card using Background Blocks Doodle Flower, aren't those colours just scrumptious? A huge congratulations to Sharon for her Top 5 placing for this card over at Passion for Promarkers too :)

Continuing the theme of flowers, Sharon also used the Pure Florals: Lily to make this shimmery beauty...

Just look at the beautiful pink Lily and overall stunning design. Lastly, I have one more card by Sharon I wanted to share...

The die cut curves of this card design really draws focus to the floral heart wreath from Originally Organic Additions. Such a beautiful CAS showcase of this clear stamp set. Thank you for sharing your Uniko creations Sharon and be sure to head on over to From My Craft Desk to be inspired even more.

There seems to be a floral theme occurring, as I share this next card...

This card is by Nonni from Nonni's Handmade Cards and features the popular Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum. This design is beautifully stamped, masked and coloured. The added die cut technique really keeps the focus on the flower but gets the sentiment across. Thank you for sharing this beautiful showcase Nonni.

Lastly and by no means least I have a two cards to share by Izzy from Izzy scrap. Again, I couldn't help but continue this floral theme...

So many of you are enjoying the recently release Pure Florals: Lily and the array of designs show how versatile this set is. Keeping the leaves and buds as black and white outlines really makes the embossed watercolored Lilly POP from the card. The added sentiment helps highlight the warmth from the design too. LOVE this split layout too.

Next up is this Beautiful Blooms III beauty...

Yellow and Grey is a wonderful combintion and I love how Izzy used the colours. The subtle splattering and mirrored stamping of the floral frames the 'happy' sentiment. Thank you for these beautiful showcase's Izzy.

I hope you have enjoyed this months The Saturday Show and I really could have shared so many more wonderful customer designs. It was so hard choosing what to share here on the blog today. I will continue to keep a look out for your wonderful designs using Uniko products and don't forget to #hashtag me using the following, so I can find you! 


Don't do social media or blog? Why not drop me an email ( with a photo of what you create using your Uniko goodies. I'd LOVE to see them and be able to share them here on the blog :) 

THANK YOU to everyone that has purchased Uniko clear stamps and designer dies, you make me so happy and you keep this little business and dream of mine alive. I appreciate YOU more than you will ever know.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #227 Sketch Challenge


I'm here again with my next CAS Colours & Sketches design team inspiration for you. This week it is my turn to be hostess as we each take it in turns for May & June.

This week is sketch week and this is what I came up with to hopefully spark your creativity....

I've used circles on the sketch, but feel free to substitute them for a shape/element that inspires you. As long as I can see the basis of the sketch you are good to go! Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch too when creating your card. 

Don't forget to keep it CAS and a card though, to be considered for the weekly winners!

Here's how I used it...

These were the stamps I had imagined to use when I designed the sketch! As usual I reached for some of my favourite colours in my Altenew ink collection to stamp the blooms from Beautiful Blooms II. It's been a while since I have inked up this set, so it was nice to dust it off and give it some love ;) 

Both the blooms and leaves are fussy cut out and adhered flat to the card with DST, with just the sentiment from Simply Said adhered to the card using the thinner foam adhesive. I added a little sparkle to the leaves with some Stampin' Up! fine glitter, a trio of enamel dots and a strip of yummy polka dot DP to compliment the leaves.

That's all from me today, if you need some more inspiration using the sketch be sure to pop by the CAS Colours & Sketches blog HERE and see how the DT and Guest Designer have used it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

June 2017 Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

Hey & Happy Weekend!
It's time for another Design Team Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY! As June isn't a release month, the Design Team and I are here today to revisit and give some fresh inky love to a previously released clear stamp set.

This month I decided to dust off and revisit the previously released Originally Organic clear stamp set and also take the opportunity to get a closer look at the matching dies too!

This clear stamp set was released last year HERE and was and still is hugely popular. Now with the matching dies, it has even more possibilities.

As usual I have picked a couple of my 'old' favourites using this set...

You can find more inspiration using this set HERE on the Pinterest Page.

Now, how about some fresh new inspiration using this set AND don't forget to comment along the Design Team blogs to be in the chance of winning the Originally Organic clear stamp set AND the Originally Organic Designer Dies. Or a £15 Gift Certificate if you already own the prize! You have until Midnight GMT 18th June to get your comments in.

CLICK HERE to see more from Beverley

CLICK HERE to see more from Deborah

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 P

Thank you for stopping by and hopping along with us today.