22 January 2023

Something a little different

Hi all, 

I’m here today with something a little different. It’s been ages since I’ve had time to make anything that isn’t required for a DT role and I certainly haven’t entered any challenges for ages. 

This weekend I found time to have a play around with the electronic cutting machine and made a cake topper for my great nieces 3rd birthday. There were lots of things learnt during the process and I definitely think the machine has a lot more potential than I’ve had time to figure out before!

I’m entering this make into:

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #226 - G is for Glitter

Papercraft Challenges #90 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Much love

Steph x

17 January 2023

Uniko Brand Ambassador Inspiration - Background Builders: Hearts

Morning All, 

How is 2023 treating you so far? I feel like it's going too fast already and with that in mind I've turned my thoughts to Valentine's Day cards using Uniko Background Builders: Hearts stamp set. These background builders sets are always so versatile as you can create backgrounds (as per the stamp set name!) or just use individual elements to create beautiful cards. I have shown both in today's post.

For my first card I was very much thinking of Valentine's Day and went with the reds and pinks. The heart I have used here is my favourite from the set as I love the 'sketchy' effect and it is also present in other Uniko sets so mix and match away! (Sunshine & Rainbows & Mid Century Modern Florals). The sentiment (XOXO) is from the Uniko Always & Forever stamp set. 

I stamped and heat embossed the hearts and sentiments onto scraps of red, pink and cream card before die cutting into squares. I then added in further squares and rectangles of card to create a patchwork effect. This is a great way to use up card scraps, of which I have far too many!

My next card uses one of the strips from the stamp set to create a heart covered background. I used my stamping platform and placed the stamp to the right hand side (when shut) so I could leave the stamp in place and simply shift the cardstock to the left each time I wanted to stamp a new column. I then used one of the other heart stamps from the set to create the teal and olive  hearts before fussy cutting and laying on top. I added a lovely large sentiment from the Uniko BIG & BOLD - Hugs stamp set and a simple small heart from the Uniko Flower Power #3 stamp set to fill the gap in the bottom right hand corner. 

Finally I wanted to use the most popular product from the recent Uniko Jan mini release; Background Blocks Linear. I can see why this stamp was so popular as it was so brilliantly showcased during the product introductions but also because it is so versatile. I simply stamped the BB Linear in dark grey, at an angle, and to this I added the outline heart from the Background Builders: Hearts set. Once again I have fussy cut the hearts, both inside and out (I'm a bit of a fussy cutting fan!), before placing them on foam pads and adhering to the card front. The sentiment is from another one of the Jan mini release sets called Mid Century Modern Frames

Thanks for joining me today and hopefully I've given you some inspiration for your Valentine's makes, or not, as you can see that two out of the three are not actually for Valentine's Day!

Much love

Steph x

13 January 2023

Uniko Jan 2023 Mini Release Day, BA Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Good Morning All! 

Welcome to the Uniko Jan 2023 Mini Release Day with the all important Brand Ambassador blog hop and GIVEAWAY! 

Firstly lets see the full product designs and more inspiration using them:

Background Blocks Mid Century Modern Linear & Mid Century Modern Frames

Previously I showed how these two sets can be easily used with existing Uniko sets and here I have used them together to show how well they work as a team too.

Mid Century Modern Purrfect Day

Here I have created a really CAS card. The cat reminded me of a cat shaped bottle of liquor I once came across in Italy many, many years ago! The liquor looked like strawberry milkshake, hence my pink cat! 

MOD Background Builder Circles Stencil

This card idea is curtesy of my 7 year old children who saw the stencil and were firing out ideas! One struck a chord with me; sand, sea and sunset! 

I hope you have enjoyed this mini release and are looking forward to getting your 'paws' on the products (sorry, I couldn't help myself!). 

Follow the blog hop below to check out the other Brand Ambassadors fantastic creations and leave comments along the way to be in with a chance of WINNING THE FULL RELEASE! 

If you get lost along the way you can always head back to the Uniko blog too.

Steph - that's me!

Much love

Steph x

12 January 2023

Uniko Jan 2023 Mini Release Introducing Mid Century Modern Purrfect Day & MOD BB Circles Stencil

Welcome back! 

If you missed the first two product introductions on the Uniko Jan 2023 mini release you can find them here and here.

Today's stamp set is another addition to the Mid Century Modern range and is Purrfect if you love cats! We also have a stencil today called MOD Background Builder Circles.

As the Purrfect Day set includes a solid cat stamp and an outline stamp I have used both here to create a patterned background and also a cat topper as a focal point for the card.

There's lots of fun to be had with this kitty cat and the font type with this and the Mid Century Modern Frames set from yesterday is a great addition to your stash. 

Finally we have a fabulous stencil to introduce called MOD Background Builders Circles.

I am loving this stencil! I only used part to stencil each corner and added a topper using Uniko Mid Century Modern Florals stamp set. These work together perfectly! 

Lots more fantastic cards to be purred over on the Uniko blog so head over and leave the Brand Ambassadors some love. 

Remember to pop back tomorrow for that all important Brand Ambassador blog hop and GIVEAWAY!

Much love

Steph x

11 January 2023

Uniko Jan 2023 Mini Release Introducing Mid Century Modern Frames

Good morning, 

Hopefully you were here yesterday and saw the first product release on the Uniko Jan 2023 mini release schedule. 

Today we are introducing Mid Century Modern Frames. 

I had such fun creating this card! When I first saw these designs I was reminded of the film Back to the Future when Marty was sent back to the 80's. 

My card design features a long winding road created using a hand cut mask and Uniko Background Blocks Grid stamp. I have then used the Mid Century Modern Frames to create 80's style ‘road signs’ along the way. 

Check out the Uniko blog to see the other Brand Ambassadors fantastic creations using this new stamp set. 

Much love

Steph x

10 January 2023

Uniko Jan 2023 Mini Release Introducing BB Mid Century Modern Linear

Good morning fans! 

Today we are introducing Uniko's Background Blocks Mid Century Modern Linear stamp. This design is not only an addition to the background blocks range but also the mid century modern range, both of which are super versatile in their uses. 

For my card I have teamed the Background Blocks Mid Century Modern Linear stamp with Uniko's Anniversaire Arts Decoratifs sentiment to show how the product works across other genres also. I think it gives a lovely Art Deco feel when heat embossed in copper. 

The Uniko Brand Ambassadors have done a fabulous job of showcasing this new stamp so head over to the Uniko blog and leave some lovely comments. 

Don't forget to pop back tomorrow to see the next Introduction on this mini release. 

Much love

Steph x

9 January 2023

Uniko Jan 2023 Mini Release Sneak Peeks

Good Morning All, 

Happy New Year again and welcome to the first Uniko release of 2023. It's a mini release this month consisting of three stamp sets and one stencil which predominantly feature a Mid Century Modern vibe. So as a little teaser for you this morning we have the sneak peeks but come back each day this week for the product introductions and full release featuring the Brand Ambassador blog hop and of course a GIVEAWAY!

I hope those peeks have got your curiosity going...

Much love
Steph x

4 January 2023

The Male Room Challenge #170 - Galaxy and / or Stars

Good morning everyone, 

As this will likely be my first post of 2023 let me wish you a Happy New Year! 

This month at The Male Room we are looking for Galaxy and / or Stars.

For my card I started off with some smooshing in various colours of Distress Oxide Ink on black card. 

Once I had the effect I was after I splattered the piece with white acrylic paint to create stars. To make the gold and sliver elements I painted black card with Gansai Tambi Starry Colours metallic watercolours before stamping and / or die cutting with My Favourite Things Space Explorer stamp and die set. Finally I stamped the sentiment in gold ink. 

Will you be inspired by the Galaxy or Stars theme, or both? Join in the fun over at The Male Room challenge #170.

Much love

Steph x