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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

UNIKO Sneak Peeks DAY 2 ......

Happy Wednesday ........

It's Day 2 of  Sneak Peeks for the brand new product release from UNIKO Studio.
Today see's another collection of fabulous stamps and some stencils that all work so well together as well as mixing with any UNIKO items that you already have in your stash

First up a great little stencil

A really versatile stamp set ...... this will be great for those masculine cards

 Another Background Block ......

And finally another stencil design ......

How's the shopping list coming along?  There's one more day to go so don't put it away just yet!

Have a great Wednesday ......

Cheerio until next time .....

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UNIKO sneak peeks DAY 1 ........

Happy Tuesday folks ........

I hope your week is off to a good start.  It's going to be a busy one here I think.

It's time to start counting down to the brand new release coming soon from UNIKO Studio ..... exciting stuff!!
Over the next three days I've got some sneak peeks of the brand new products that will be launching on February 28th  There's some fabulous new stamp designs and ...... some amazing new stencils too ...... you'll love them!

Then starting at the end of the week, there'll be a full reveal of all the new items ahead of the launch day and the usual new release Blog Hop ..... get your wishlists ready!

Here are the teasers for today ....... a great set of sentiments perfect for all those birthdays

A really cool new background block, again perfect for birthdays, parties and celebrations ...

And ....... a fun new stencil

Check out the UNIKO Blog for a full schedule of all you need to know about the new release, and don't forget to pop back tomorrow for more sneak peeks.

Thanks for stopping by .... have a great day.

Cheerio until next time .......

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Exciting news!!! ......

Happy weekend ......

How excited am I!! ....... I've been waiting for today to come so I could share my news with you.

Way back at the beginning of January this year, the lovely Sarah G contacted me and asked if I would like to join a new Design Team, to showcase the brand new range of fabulous UNIKO Stencils
What could I say ..... I've been a fan of UNIKO stamps for some time, and I do love stencils ...... there was only one answer really ...... YES PLEASE!!!!

So ..... here I am, absolutely thrilled to be part of the brand new UNIKO Stencil Design Team ......

The stencils are fab ...... great designs that work so well on their own, as well as perfectly alongside the range of gorgeous UNIKO stamps.
For the card above I used the Scattered Polka Dots  to create my background.  A touch of Black Soot Distress Oxide ink and then highlighted a few of the dots with a little bit of glossy accents

I stamped the beautiful large bloom from the UNIKO Pure Florals - Gerbera onto some cardstock coloured using Brushos, heat embossed the image with clear powder and then fussy cut around the flower before attaching them onto my card

A little touch of glitter to the centres for a bit of sparkle and I added one of my favourite UNIKO sentiments

There's also a little bit of the design on the inside ......

I said these stencils work well on their own, here's a quick and easy card using the pretty Doodle Flower

I used various shades of Distress Oxide inks through the stencil .....

I then applied clear stencil paste over the top and sprinkled with crystal glitter whilst the paste was still wet ...... so pretty and sparkly
A simple strip of black cardstock as a contrast and a sentiment ..... perfect!

You don't always have to use the whole stencil ..... mask off an area and just use one of the flowers ....

Perfect for the inside .....

So ......  a new house, and a new Design Team.  It's all go here!!  Watch this space for more ideas using the brand new UNIKO stencils .... and why not check out my new teamies blogs too ...... there's Sarah, Julie and Wiebke.

Speaking of the new house .... we're almost settled in now.  The new sofa's have arrived, I've ordered a beautiful new cupboard/dresser for the kitchen and I've made a list of all the bits and bobs we need.
My craft room is sort of up and running.  I can't find anything but everything is in there somewhere.  I am hoping to get new furniture in there eventually but that will have to wait for now.
And just in case anyone has been trying to get hold of me I still have no mobile phone .... sigh!  What I mean is, I haven't got my mobile phone ...... the little man has however let me use his!  Bless him ..... he's letting me use his phone until I get mine back.  Clever .... because that means I have to top up his credit!!  Hopefully I won't need it for long.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy your weekend.

Cheerio until next time .....

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Follow your heart .......

Happy Sunday ......

I know ..... late again! Sorry ....... this moving house lark is playing with my blogging clock!
Normal service will resume shortly ..... I'm going to make a start on my craft room today!!

It's time for this month's Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge and the theme for February is .....

I've got some actual Artist Trading Cards for you today ..... not the wooden block kind like in my last two posts ......

ATC's .... in case you're not familiar with them, are little pieces of artwork, size 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches .... and they are so much fun to make.

This little set started out from a piece of previously coloured cardstock from my stash, coloured with Distress Inks and the smooshing technique ..... I think!
And I've used stamps, and die cuts along with a little heat embossing to decorate the ATC's 

This heart is from Visible Image ...... stamped directly on the ATC in black and heat embossed with clear powder.  I then stamped the heart  again onto white cardstock using a red ink and fussy cut away all the splatters around the edge.
The sentiment was then stamped and heat embossed on the top before layering the heart onto the ATC.

For this one I used a simple die cut heart balloon ..... and coloured it with red ink.  A few splatters of white ink add a bit more interest to the background.

Last but not least ..... a simple red heart stamped in the centre of the ATC (I did use the MISTI to get a nice deep coverage)  I doodled around the edge with a white gel pen and then heat embossed that fab sentiment from STAMPlorations over the top.
To finish off I doodled faux stitching around the ATCs and layered them all onto black cardstock.

As with all the Happy Little Stampers challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner, which will be doubled if the winning ATC has been created using HLS stamps.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time .....

Friday, 9 February 2018

Wherever you go ........

Happy Friday ......

Sorry I'm a bit later this morning ..... had to find my laptop!
Well .... we're all settled in the new house.  There's still boxes everywhere, and I haven't even started on the craft room yet but it's beginning to look, and feel like home.
We've done this a few times now, and it seems to get easier, and quicker, each time.

Before I start unpacking today's boxes, I've got a little reminder for you for the Craft Stamper Blog Challenge  .......

You've already seen some amazing inspiration pieces on the launch post last week, but if you're still looking for ideas, then what about a little ATC block .....

I've definitely got a thing for hearts this month.  Well I suppose it is Valentine's Day next week after all.

This is my second little ATC block .... they're so much fun to do!

It started out as a simple block of wood ..... the size of an ATC (two and a half by three and a half inches).  I gave it a couple of coats of black gesso and then stamped the red heart onto the two larger sides.

I used a red Versamagic Chalk Ink for the heart, and a stamp from a set by Leonie Pujol called Off She Flew.  No MISTI this time, but as it was a clear stamp I did manage to re-stamp the heart two or three times, until I got the coverage I wanted

I then doodled dots around the edge using a white gel pen.  I just love how the texture of the wood still shows through.

Once the ink was dry I stamped my sentiment (from STAMPlorations Say It Big series) over the top of the heart using Versamark ink, and heat embossed in gold

I stamped more hearts on the sides of the ATC block ......

and added a small painted cotton reel to the bottom, for it to stand on ....

All the edges have been sanded back a little to give a worn look ......

The challenge this month is sponsored by Darkroom Door ..... and the challenge winner will receive 2 fabulous stamp sets with matching stencils!

Why not join in the fun ...... make something amazing, anything goes but just remember to include some rubber stamping on there somewhere, link it up to the challenge and you could be the winner.  Can't wait to see what you create.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.
Mine's going to be spent unpacking my craft room I think, after I've taken my mobile phone in for repair .... again!  House move = Linda's mobile taking a dip!
Yes, my mobile phone ended up down the loo ..... again. Ooops! This happened almost exactly a year ago ..... same phone, different loo!  Must remember NOT to keep mobile in back jeans pocket!!!!

Oh well .... better get on.  The new sofas are arriving later today and I need to clear a path to the lounge!

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

We have moved ....... (again!)

Happy Tuesday evening .....

It was moving day today.  The removal men arrived first thing this morning and it's been non-stop all day.
We've got boxes everywhere ..... can't find a thing ..... I'm tired ..... and I'm hungry!  But hey .... we're in!  It won't take me long to make it home!

Today sees the start of this month's Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge .....

As you can see the theme for February is ...... Butterfly
Here's a little inspiration for you ..... an ATC block

It's the size of an ATC ...... just made from a block of wood.
I simply painted it black and then heat embossed my butterflies in gold, before adding some colour using metallic paints

I added butterflies to the two large surfaces of the block ......

And also splattered on some gold and silver ink

Down the sides,  I added some pretty leaves .... stamped in Verasmark and embossed in clear, and then added more ink splatters.

The sentiment was stamped onto white card and then cut into pieces, before attaching to the front of the block

And to finish off I added feet on the bottom ...... simple wooden beads painted gold, and a decorative metal embellishment on the top

I love how this turned out .... it's going to sit on my craft desk I think .... when I remember which box it's in!!

As with all the HLS challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner .... which will be doubled if the winning project has been created using HLS stamps.

What are you waiting for ..... Happy stamping!!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time .....

Monday, 5 February 2018

Let's start the week with a challenge ......

Happy Monday ......

And big Hello to all you STAMPlorations fans!
Thank you to all who played along with our January challenges.  Don't forget to check back on Feb 10th to see if you are one of our lucky winners. And get ready, because there's a whole load of brand new products on their way over the next three months.  But ... we also want to let you all know that for the next couple of months we are going to do things a little bit differently here on the Blog.

You've probably heard that there's been a new addition to the STAMP family.  Sherry's gorgeous little girl ... Winter, came into the world back in December.  So in order to give Shery a little time to catch her breath after the birth, and to adjust to daily life with two little ones, as well as running the store, we're going to take a little 'Winter' break.

Instead of all the different monthly STAMPlorations challenges, there will be just one challenge each month.  It will have a theme, and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome!
We will return to our regular challenge program in May.

The rules are simple ......

  • create any type of project .... cards, mixed media, tags etc. as long as you follow the theme
  • STAMPlorations products are not a requirement .... but we would love to see them
  • Enter as many times as you like as long as each entry has it's own blog post
  • You must display the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
  • You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery ...... lets spread the love
  • And for an extra chance to win, comment on the challenge post AND the Designers Blog posts throughout the month.
Prizes ......
TWO (2) winners of a $25 Gift certificate .... randomly drawn from all the entries
ONE (1) winner of a $25 Gift Certificate ...... randomly drawn from all the comments left on the Designers Blogs throughout the month.

Shery is also offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils and dies in the store from February through to April.
Go on .... why not play along.

So .... the theme for February is ..... PAINT IT RED
Create a project with a love theme .... or the colour red in it!

Now normally it would be the CAS Card Challenge for me so I've stuck with that and,  as it's February, it had to have a love theme for Valentine's Day,  and the red bit was easy

I've used the pretty CUTplorations Clustered Hearts Die ....... and cut it from, Pink and Red Glitter card and again from a beautiful matte Red Mirri card

I then cut the hearts from a piece of white cardstock and stamped the words underneath (from the STAMPlorations Pocket Blooms)

I then mixed and matched the various hearts from my coloured die cuts and inlaid them into the cut out in the white card ..... gorgeous!

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.  Create your project and link it to the challenge blog.  Follow the simple challenge rules and you could be one of our winners.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

I'm off to pack the last of the boxes ready for the move tomorrow.  Removal men arrive first thing and we should be in the new place by late afternoon ..... can't wait!

Cheerio until next time ....
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