Saturday, 17 February 2018

Introducing... The Uniko Stencil Design Team!


Welcome back to another exciting weekend here at Uniko HQ. Along with all the Uniko 6th Birthday Celebrations and preparation for the February 2018 6th Birthday Release, I finally get to spill the beans and introduce The Uniko Stencil Design Team!

I think it took me nearly 2 years to get this new product from dream to reality and with the help of Sarah G, I launched the first Uniko Stencils back HERE in October 2017. With so many ideas for stencils and wanting to add these to the Uniko inventory I felt I needed a team to help me. So Sarah and I got to planning and I am happy to introduce them all to you...

Leading the Stencil Design Team is Sarah G, I am super stoked to be welcoming Sarah back into the Uniko family.

Hello!  It is me again :)  I was a member of the Uniko DT until quite recently and just couldn't stay away....I love trying out lots of different techniques and effects with stencils so was really excited when Bev decided to add stencils to Uniko's fab range of designs.  I am also really excited to be designing alongside the rest of the super talented stencil design team and my old teamies on the stamp team.  I am looking forward to showing how well the stamps and stencils play together and getting inky in the process.  I have typically focused on CAS designs until more recently when I have enjoyed experimenting with mixed media and layered designs so I hope to bring a bit of both to the Uniko blog!  You can find more about me and my style at - it would be great to see you there.

Next up is Julie, I am sure many of you are familiar with and know Julie from her inspirational creativity in blogland. I am super happy that another wonderful Uniko customer is joining the team and Uniko family.

Hi, I'm so pleased to be asked to join this fab group of ladies here at Uniko and to work with the new line of stencils. For those who don't know me, I'm a retired primary school teacher who in later years specialised in art. I loved this as I could play everyday at work with the kids, aged from 7 -11 years old, trying new techniques and fostering in them a love of art. When I was forced to retire due to ill health, I took up card making and scrapbooking and I haven't looked back! Through blogging, I've made friends with lots of like minded people from all over the world and even been lucky enough to meet some of them too, including some of the Uniko team.

As well as blogging and entering card challenges, I'm very competitive having played in tennis and badminton leagues before retiring, I love to read detective fiction, pottering in the garden and doing the occasional bit of dressmaking and patchwork. I have 2 grown up children and 2 gorgeous grandsons who keep me busy and the eldest one's hectic social whirl gives me an outlet for my cards!

Ask about my style and I would probably say CAS but I love watercolouring and incorporating die cuts in my projects, colouring with Copics and pencils and getting inky too! Basically anything that appeals to and inspires me. You'll get an idea of my style by checking out my blog

My next introduction to the Stencil Design Team is Wiebke. I was so happy to meet Wiebke back in December 2017 at the first Uniko Stamping Retreat :) Not only did Wiebke amaze me by travelling all the way from Germany to attend, but I fell in love with her creative style and the friendship we formed in such a short amount of time :) 

Hi, I'm Wiebke,
Spelling-help for all non-Germans: The "ie" is like "ee" in "bee", the "e" at the end is more like the "e" in the word "end". Syllabified in Wieb-ke. (It's also here in Germany a not-so-typical name.)

I was so thrilled when Beverley asked me to join in the new Stencil-DT and be part of the heartfelt friendly and super creative Uniko-Family! I was a Guest-Designer before, but this is my first spot in a Design Team.

I live in Germany, between Berlin and Potsdam together with my six-headed family. I'm a crafter for my whole life and I tried (and still do) many different kind of art and DIYs almost every day. 2011 I started card making with just a few supplies and this hobby became a big addiction with lots of stuff!

I'm not sure if I have a typical style - I think I havn't just one. CAS is great, action in every way is fun, special effects like LED are awesome! I love many different materials and techniques - be thrilled to experiment with both. But my favourites are definitely stencils, stamps and intense, bright colours. I'm inspired from all things around and I often enjoy to take part in different Challenges.

My other big hobby I share with my whole family - hubby Hartmut and my kids Paul (2003/01), Vincent (2008/11), Stella (2010/05) and hopefully soon also with little Milo (2016/08). We are a boardgamer-family! We play, collect, change and develop games. Hartmut is a game-author and we all support him with game testing, ideas for improvements and I often help to create the prototypes.

In the rest of my free time I write my blog, love to photograph, to read detective stories or funny books, work and craft in my garden and in the house, decorate and re-arrange in every room. Cooking, baking and eating with friends and family is a pleasure!

Let's get crafty - hope you'll be inspired by the cards on my KomMa-designed-blog 

Lastly, but by no means least I am super happy to be welcoming another Uniko customer and well known creative inspiration to the Stencil Design Team, Linda.

Hi everyone, 

My name’s Linda (aka LindyLou) and I’m so proud to be part of the UNIKO Stencil Design Team.  

For those who don’t already know me, I’m married to my best friend Stephen, have two fabulous grown up kids, and I’m Grandma to a delicious bundle of fun called Alex.  

Since 2011 we’ve lived on the Isle of Man.  A beautiful little island in the Irish Sea ….. nesting between the UK and Ireland, and is famous for the TT Races.

My passion is paper crafting and cardmaking.  It all started out as a hobby, over 15 years ago now, and has since taken over my life ….. and most of the house! I love playing with inks and paints,  stencils and rubber stamps, and I love anything from CAS (clean and simple) cards to grunge and shabby chic home decor …….. along with everything in between! 

I’m so lucky to have the time to spend doing what I love. You’ll find me in my craft room most days, and you can see the results on my blog ………

I love a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to being part of this fab team.

I am sure you are excited and as happy as I am to see these new additions to the Uniko Team and I am already looking forward to seeing more inspiration from all these talented and creative ladies in the coming days as they join me and The Uniko Clear Stamp DT with the February 2018 6th Birthday Release! 

Until then, be sure to hop on over to their blogs via the links below to see more inspiration and to leave them some welcome love.

As it is Uniko's Birthday month, I will be randomly selecting SIX lucky comments from each of the blogs to receive a Uniko Stencil Prize! 

Don't forget there is still time to join in on the Uniko Treasure Hunt HERE and The Uniko 6th Birthday Linky Party HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Uniko 6th Birthday Linky Party!


I've finally found a little time and energy to get back here on the blog and share some more inspiration and another FUN birthday celebration! It's been a busy half term week here at Uniko HQ with no nursery for The Beans, which means mummy duties have taken priority and many an activity and adventure has been had ;)

Anyway, it wouldn't be a birthday celebration without a PARTY, right? With the success of last years Birthday Linky Party, I thought it would be lovely to host another. 

Simply create a birthday card, any theme, any style and using any product you like and link it up via the linky below. You don't have to use Uniko products, but I'd LOVE to see you using your Uniko stash and there is an extra opportunity to win a prize if you do ;) Before I get to those, how about a little creative inspiration...

This was one of the cards I created back when I made my Uniko 6th Birthday Treasure Hunt cards that I have shared HERE. There is still time to join in on the Treasure Hunt, which starts over HERE.

I was totally inspired by the Pantone Colour of 2018, Ultraviolet and I really enjoyed using my Altenew inks and Uniko Style clear stamp set to create this layered floral design. 

Ok, so now that I have hopefully inspired you, how about the prizes to inspire you to join in a little bit more?! 

  • Main Winner Chosen By the DT - £25 eGift Certificate
  • Random Uniko Stamps Winner - In Stock Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing (any value)
  • Top 4 Chosen By DT - In Stock £4 Clear Stamp Set of Winners Choosing

A total of SIX chances to win! 

I do hope you will join in on the celebration and link up your birthday card via the link below. The link up will close at 10pm GMT on Friday 16th March 2018. Winners will be announced  few days after.
I look forward to seeing you in the gallery, Hugs

Thursday, 15 February 2018

DT Inspiration - Paper Piecing

Good morning, it's Deborah here with you today! I do hope everyone is enjoying the 6th Birthday Treasure Hunt. I know, it must be a bit of a surprise - this is my second DT inspiration slot this month :) I got the idea for this set of cards from The Flower Challenge where they want us to use the paper piecing technique. If you're anything like me, you have a vast collection of design papers in your stash, along with lots of little bits you saved - just in case! Well, this technique is a great way to use up some of those scraps.

It's a very simple technique - you simply stamp your image on patterned papers and then build up a finished image using all the little bits. Here are a few photos showing how these cards started out:


As you can see I made several cards using this technique. My first card is a CAS floral design:

I used Pure Florals Cosmos on the first card. I stamped the flowers on white card and pink design papers. I used the two flowers as well as the single flower. I carefully cut out the individual pieces, edged them with a black marker to hide the white core and then adhered them to the white card. The flowers on the edge are exactly as they are stamped, but the centre bunch was made by adding a single flower behind the two. I used my Scan'N'Cut to cut out the images. I adhered the flowers in a line, the outside ones are flat to the card and I used dimensional tape for the centre bunch. I finished the front with a simple greeting and some little gems.

I was having such fun with this technique that I made several more cards. My son has just moved house and I need a card for him, so it was the perfect opportunity to get out Home Sweet Home. I used some scraps from a masculine set of design papers. I used the stencil Broken Lines to give a subtle design to the background.

The year is moving on quite quickly and it won't be long before Easter comes along. I used Some Bunny to make my card. It could just as easily have been for a baby, but I need Easter cards. I had such fun making the little bunny out of scraps and I added some sparkle to his feet and belly.

My last two cards are for my Christmas stash. I used Pure Florals Poinsettia - it's such a beautiful flower and layers very easily. Once again, I used my Scan'N'Cut to cut out the image that I stamped on white card, and then layered on the images that I cut out from design paper.

One has a more contemporary look and the other, while still quite CAS, has a more traditional feel. Thank you for stopping by, I do hope that you'll give this simple, but fun technique a try. See you again soon.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #259 - Sketch


Welcome back to another fun challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. Patricia is your hostess for February and this week HERE she has this fun sketch to inspire you...

As soon as I saw the stripes on the sketch it firstly reminded me of the line stamp contained in Simply Said Blocks and I thought of it rainbow style. However, they also reminded me of the inspiration challenge over at Time Out Challenges seen HERE and below. 

So I decided to combine the challenges to create my card for today. As you can see I was totally inspired by the black and white stripes, the LOVE word, hearts and gold. Basically the whole inspiration photo!! 

I've kept to the sketch exactly and think both the inspiration and sketch went hand in hand. Love it when that happens ;) 

I put my MISTI tool to good use stamping the lines, though my measurements went a little off at one point :( Hopefully it isn't too noticeable! 

That's all from me today, I hope thatI have inspired you to join in on the challenge?! If you need a little more inspiration, pop on over HERE to see what the CC&S Design Team have created.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Happy 6th Birthday Uniko!!

Welcome to The Uniko 6th Birthday Treasure Hunt!

Over 6 years Uniko has produced 104 (not including 2018s) clear stamp sets and I am delighted that some of these early clear stamp sets are still popular today! 

Today the Design Team and a couple of 'special guests' have created a FUN clear stamp set treasure hunt blog hop for you to join in on. 

The aim of the treasure hunt is for you not only to be inspired by each of projects the DT and our guests are sharing, but also to find a NAME of a clear stamp set from each of the 6 years Uniko has been going, from 2012 - 2017. 

Each person along the hop will have created a project using a clear stamp set from the year they were allocated. They will also mention the year that the clear stamp set was released somewhere in their blog post. 

There are 11 amazing and inspirational designers in the hop and one Design Team Member has created 2 projects using 2 clear stamp sets from the six years. So there are 2 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years to be found. Easy peasy!

Jot these answers down in an email like this for example: 

2012 Pure Florals: Poinsettia / Pure Florals: Gerbera
2013 Background Builders: Round In Circles
2014 Explosion!
2015 Balloon Bash
2016 Originally Organic
2017 Reach For The Stars

Then email your answers to by 9am GMT Sunday 18th February 2018. You will then be entered into a prize draw.

The Prizes!

I will randomly select THREE winners from all the correct entries that name 6 clear stamp sets from each year (2012-2017), to receive an in stock clear stamp set of their choosing.

I will also randomly select ONE lucky winner to receive a £60 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store to those who name and email all 12 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years! 

Happy Hopping & Hunting!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

DT Inspiration - Using those little stamps ...

Hi! It's Deborah here with you today. When I booked today's slot, I had something completely different in mind - I was going to use stencils, but after Sarah and Izzy posts, I thought I'd do something different. 😊

I didn't quite know what to do, but I was watching Jennifer McGuire's video about stamp and ink layered backgrounds on Monday and decided to base my cards on her technique.

I made a set of four very clean, simple Christmas cards - it's never too early to get started on your stash!

I started by stamping the Falling Snowflakes Background Block in white pigment ink all over several pieces of white card. I heat set them all, inked the backgrounds with Distress ink and heat set them again. I made panels in green, turquoise, pink and purple. I used a die to cut Christmas trees from each panel and then used lots of the little images from my Christmas stamps sets to overstamp the panels using white ink - if you watch Jennifer's video you'll see the technique. It's very easy and lots of fun. I added dimensional foam to the back of each tree and adhered them to the cards. I stamped a Christmas greeting on two of the cards and on the other two, I added little sentiment strips. I finished all the cards by adding lots and lots of clear gems. I've not done the insides yet. Here's a close up photo of the stamping and inking on the purple tree:

The next two cards have a more 'loving' theme. They're not strictly Valentine's cards, but they will be going to some special folk. The first card is probably more a traditional Valentine as it's pink, red and features lots of hearts:

I kept it simple to allow the stamped and inked heart to be the main focus, along with the lovely sentiment 'hugs' from Big & Bold Hugs.

Next is another heart card, but this time in shades of green. The words are from Pure Florals Rose. I tied the two words together with the addition of the hand-drawn heart so that I could cut it out with my Scan'N'Cut:

As before, I've not completed the inside yet. But here's a close-up photo of the green heart and embossed background:

I hope you've enjoyed my take on Jennifer's technique. I had so much fun playing will all the little stamps from many different sets.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches #258 - Colours


Looks like last weeks Timeless Tuesday was a challenging one, lovely to see you give it a go though! A new month means a new hostess and Patricia is your hostess for February. As usual   we are starting things off HERE with a colour combo...

Isn't this a lovely combination of colours? Perfect for a lovely floral card don't you think? This is how I was inspired to use them...

I needed to make a card for this coming weekend, as hubby and I have been invited to an engagement party. So I reached for Pure Florals: Rose to make this congratulations card. 

I wanted to keep as much white space as possible, so I opted to use the outline roses in both sizes, stamping and masking to create the corner clusters.

The sentiment is from Pure Florals: Chrysanthemum and I added a few White Blizzard Nuvo drops for a little added interest and sparkle. I have then foam mounted the stamped panel to a white card base.

That's all from me today, I hope thatI have inspired you to join in on the challenge?! If you need a little more inspiration, pop on over HERE to see what the CC&S Design Team have created.

Thanks for stopping by!