17 June 2024

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Masculine Monday

Morning all, 

Welcome to my Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration this month where I am focussing on those oh so difficult masculine cards, using Uniko Bauhaus Blocks stamp set.

For this card I started off with Uniko Background Blocks Linear stamp and used green ink on cream card. On another piece of cream card I stamped one of the stamps from the Uniko Bauhaus Blocks stamp set, also in green ink, and after colouring with alcohol markers adhered this with foam pads. The sentiment is also from the Bauhaus Blocks set and stamped in black ink. Finally the whole panel was adhered to a black card base. 

For my next card I chose a different one of the Bauhaus Blocks and stamped it in black, blue and green ink, following which I coloured each with alcohol markers in coordinating colours. On a separate piece of card I stamped a red block and coloured with red alcohol markers. This I adhered to the panel using foam blocks. I then stamped the 'Happy Father's Day' sentiment in red using a mixture of Uniko Everyday sentiment sets. I then stamped the letters DAD from the Uniko Alphabet Outlined stamp set, coloured and adhered these to the panel using foam pads. 

For my final card today I started off with the Uniko Mid Century Modern Shapes stencil and three distress oxide inks. After randomly stencilling the background I stamped the Bauhaus Block in black and coloured random areas with a black alcohol marker. 

I hope this has given you some inspiration for masculine cards, and more ways to use your Uniko stash.

Much love
Steph x

15 June 2024

Papercraft Challenges #107 - For the Boys

Good morning, 

Welcome to this month's Papercraft Challenges challenge #107 which has the theme 'For the Boys'. 

Here I have used Dr Digi's digital stamp called Dad DIY and teamed it with some plaid paper and blue card. I hope you will join in with the challenge over on the Papercraft Challenge blog and check out the wonderful creations by the rest of the Design Team. 

This challenge is sponsored by Dr Digi's House of Stamps and you could win 2 digital stamps from their collection.

Much love
Steph x

5 June 2024

The Male Room Challenge #187 - Ribbon or Twine

Hi everyone, 

Welcome to this month's challenge from The Male Room. Challenge #187 has the theme of Ribbon or Twine. 

I did a little bit of ribbon weaving and adhered it to the back of a die cut heart aperture. Ideal for a baby boy card. 

Join in the fun at The Male Room and check out the other fantastic creations by the rest of the Design Team. 

Much love

Steph x

15 May 2024

Papercraft Challenges #106 - Flower Power


Today we have a new challenge at Papercraft Challenges and the theme is 'Flower Power'. This month's challenge is being sponsored by Little Crafts with a surprise prize for the winner.

Here I have used a beautiful stencil set from Uniko called Fun Flowers stencil & mask. I have teamed it with the matching Fun Flowers stamp set. 

So what are you waiting for? Come join in and create your own beautiful Flower Power creation.

Much love

Steph x

11 May 2024

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Stencils and Stripes

Good morning all, 

My coloured card scraps contain a lot of strips of various thickness so I was looking for a good way to used these. I came across a lovely video by Jennifer McGuire so I created my Uniko Brand Ambassador cards using her method as inspiration.

So here I have laid down my strips of coloured card before attaching the Uniko Party Confetti stencil, taping along the top to create a hinge. I then inked each strip with an ink in a darker shade of the card, masking the strips of card above and below so as not to stray into the next strip. You could achieve a similar effect using a watermark ink like Versamark but I don’t think you would get the depth of colour as seen here. I added a die cut frame and sentiments from Uniko Mid Century Modern Birthday and Uniko Mid Century Modern Everyday Sentiments stamp sets.

I followed a similar technique for my next card but used white ink all over instead, which was obviously quicker to make! 

I think this could work well with a small snowflake stencil or stamp too. Both cards turned out well and surprisingly different despite using very similar techniques. Which is your favourite?

Much love
Steph x

1 May 2024

The Male Room Challenge #186 - Trains, Planes & Automobiles

Good morning, 

Welcome to this month's challenge at The Male Room. Challenge #186 has the theme of Trains, Planes & Automobiles. 

I decided to use a skyline stamp from Clearly Besotted and add my a plane and helicopter, also from a Clearly Besotted set.

So will you use a train, plane, automobile or all of them?! Come join in at The Male Room craft challenge.

Much love

Steph x

23 April 2024

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Watercolour Emboss Resist

Morning all, 

I was inspired to do some emboss resist following this lovely example by Anita. I started off with the Uniko Background Builders Arts Decoratifs stamp set and repeatedly heat emboss one line of the set in white. I then used metallic watercolours to create a wash across the card in various colours.

For my next card I heat embossed the Uniko Large Background: Scattered Polka Hearts stamp in white and did an ombre wash using four different blue inks. I white heat embossed one of the hearts from Uniko Always & Forever set, ink washed and fussy cut before adhering to the background with foam pads.

Finally, I remembered this fantastic card from Jules and was inspired to try the resist embossing with the Uniko Remembrance stamp set. 

I definitely need to work on my watercolour skills so that's on the list for this year! 

Much love
Steph x

20 April 2024

Uniko You're Going to Flip - Brand Ambassador Release Day Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Good morning! 

Here we are, Uniko new release day! There’s only one product on the release today but it’s fabulous and it’s a great addition to the Ink & Flip range.

Uniko Ink & Flip Geometric Butterfly Layering Stencil.

And here it is in action:

My card pairs the centre butterfly of the set with white heat embossed butterflies from the Uniko English Country Garden - Butterflies stamp set. 

As always there's further fantastic inspiration from the rest of the Brand Ambassadors on the Uniko blog hop. If you visit each Brand Ambassador and leave some love then you may just win yourself a 'flippin' good prize! 

Kind regards
Steph x

19 April 2024

You're Going to Flip - Introducing Ink & Flip Geometric Butterfly Layering Stencil


Today we are introducing the Uniko Ink & Flip Geometric Butterfly layering stencil.

I used both stencils to create my shaker card. First I used the outer stencil to create my background and cut out the centre to create an aperture. I then inked up the centre butterfly on a separate piece of card to use under my shaker element. The ‘shaker’ pieces are clear plastic hexagons so as not to detract from the butterfly. I then used part of the butterfly I had inked in pink as a sentiment strip. Finally I added some Nuvo drops for interest.

Now work your way along the following blog hop to see more superb inspiration from the Brand Ambassadors.

Steph - that's me

AAA Birthday have a current theme of 'Shaker' for their Game #60.

Much love
Steph x

18 April 2024

Uniko You're Going to Flip - Ink & Flip Geometric Heart Layering Stencil Revisited


I hope you are enjoying our Uniko Ink & Flip revisits this week. The final one today is Uniko Ink & Flip Geometric Heart stencil.

Lots of concentration needed for this one as I had to ink half the segments before turning the stencil over and inking the others trying to match the rainbow stripes…not 100% successful unfortunately but that’s handmade for you! 

Are you excited for the new release tomorrow? I can tell you it’s a good one and I’ve already seen a comment on the Uniko blog saying that it’s tricky to work out what it is from the sneak peek! 

Head over to the Uniko blog to see more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Brand Ambassadors and come back tomorrow for the new release!

Steph - that's me

Much love
Steph x

17 April 2024

Uniko You're Going to Flip - Ink & Flip Snowflake Revisited

Morning all, 

Welcome to our next product revisit from the Uniko You're Going to Flip week! Today we are using the Ink & Flip Snowflake which was originally released in July 2023. 

This card sort of organically came about as I played around with the stencil. I wanted a colourful background so I started off using some Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders but honestly ended up in a very inky mess! I think maybe I'm a over waterer like I am with house plants. So I switched to coloured card instead and was interested to see what Kraft card would look like. I used Pickled Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress Oxides and created a pretty panel. I wanted to add some more interest so I die cut the layering squares and raised up the second panel with one layer of foam pads and the innermost panel with two layers of foam pads. Now this is perhaps where I should have stopped, but of course I decided to add some glitter due to it being a Christmas Card and my strange need to make those glitzy! Unfortunately the glitter has taken away the definition between the two colours so it's not quite as nice as I would have liked but at least it sparkles!! The sentiment is from the Uniko Christmas Sentiments stamp set.

Now to check out the rest of the Brand Ambassadors fabulous inspiration too:

Steph - that's me

Much love

Steph x

16 April 2024

Uniko You're Going to Flip - Ink & Flip Christmas Star Revisited

Good morning, 

Welcome to the first Uniko Ink & Flip stencil revisit which is the Christmas Star. But of course you don't have to use it for a Christmas card...

This is one of those cards I designed in my head whilst pondering what to do for this revisit and I'm so glad the other elements have fitted in so nicely with the stencilled star. First of all I ink (and flipped) the star using Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemon and Fossilized Amber. I then stamped the orange and blue explosions from the Uniko Explosion! Additions stamp set. I stamped the 'Wow!' from the same set and die cut it with the complimentary dies before adhering with foam pads. I then stamped the Happy and Birthday from the Uniko Mid Century Modern Everyday Sentiments and the Uniko Mid Century Modern Wreath Builder stamp sets. I'm really pleased with how this turned out and I'm glad I've found another way to use this great stencil.

The Brand Ambassadors have of course got lots more inspiration for you too, just follow the blog hop below.

Much love
Steph x

15 April 2024

Uniko's You're Going To Flip Week & Sneak Peek!

Hello and good evening, 

I'm a little late getting this post up but I'm not quite as organised as I'd like to be currently...time seems to be a bigger issue than ever but there you go! 

Anyway I got here eventually today to tell you that we are having a week of Uniko ink and flip revisits plus a new one (hence the sneak peak)...

Can you work out what it is? I think it's quite tricky from this sneak peek and I know what it is!! Also, it's fabulous but I am a big fan of the Uniko ink and flip stencils.

So join us this week as we bring some revisited and fresh inspiration to the Uniko blog.

Much love

Steph x