Monday, 27 January 2020

Uniko Duo

Many of you may know that last year I was the very lucky winner of Uniko's 7th Birthday giveaway 'stamps for a year' and my final parcel of stamps arrived last week. In total I received 24 amazing new release stamp sets (I'm still doing a 'happy dance' here) so along with all the other Uniko stamps I own you're going to be seeing quite a few creations featuring them this year.

My first card features one from the latest release called 'hello lovely' - it's a gorgeous peony which I coloured with promarkers - along with 'english country garden butterflies' cut with the matching die. I stamped 'background blocks nautical stripes' down the side of the card blank before attaching the image and finished it off with a sentiment that was sitting on my desk (leftover from a decoupage sheet)

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'take flight'

Penny Black and More challenge 'make it feminine'

Moving Along With the Times challege 'all things new'  the peony stamp

As You Like It challenge 'anything goes'

Crafty Catz challenge 'optional twist flower power'

Creative Inspirations challenge 'something new or something old' the peony stamp is new

For my second I used a yellow card blank stamped with 'background blocks pinstripes' which I framed with a Sizzix TH stitched rectangle die. The flowers and foliage are stamped and die cut with a selection from the 'flower power #1 #2 #5' and 'passiflora' sets (these are all favourites of mine), and the sentiment is from the 'paradise hummingbird' set.

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Through the Purple Haze challenge 'anything goes'

Tuesday Throwdown challenge 'layered die cuts'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'favourite stamps'

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets'  all the white bits of card were snippets

So that's another two of my 'background blocks' stamps - I've got the others sat on the desk waiting for inspiration to strike! Before I go here's a photo of the latest bundle of wonderful Uniko stamps I received which are perfect for 'Valentines and Love'

Thanks for popping by today, I really appreciate your visit and for taking the time to leave me a comment.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Trio of cards

It's been a pretty busy week here and I'm dashing by today with a trio of cards I've made. I've got a good collection of Uniko 'background blocks' stamps and decided the other day that I should get them out and see what card designs I could come up with - so here are the first three.

For my first card I used a stamp from YNS 'one in a chameleon' (I love these cute little critters) which I coloured with promarkers. Then I used Uniko 'background block stars' to stamp directly onto the card blank and - after deciding where the chameleon would go - I lightly stamped the background block again over the chameleon so that he could blend into the background (as chameleons do). I added a die-cut balloon and will add the sentiment at a later date when I decide who I shall send the card to

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Your Next Stamp challenge 'shades of blue'

Passion for Promarkers challenge 'animals'

Creative Inspirations challenge 'something new or something old'  YNS stamp is new and Uniko stamp is old

Double D challenge 'fun with balloons'

For my second card I used a green card blank and all Uniko stamps - 'background blocks halftone' (one of my favourites) and 'originally organic' (a new set for me and already a favourite) which I cut with the matching die and added with sticky pads. The sentiment from the 'originally organic' set was cut with an old die (possibly Xcut)

I shall enter this in the following challenges

Allsorts challenge 'more than a single word sentiment'

Stamping Sensations challenge 'favourite stamps'

For my final card, again I used all Uniko stamps 'background blocks scandinavian christmas' and 'season of beauty'. I heat embossed the background in white and added some colour with Memento ink before adding some fussy cut foliage (left over from a previous make) and a die-cut glittery snowflake (probaly TH and again left over from a previous make). The sentiment is also from the 'season of beauty' set

I shall enter this in the following challenges

ABC Christmas challenge 'A is for anything goes, B is for bingo'   I went for A anything goes

Uniko challenge 'anything goes + optional twist cool winter colours'  I went for the twist

The three background blocks I've used for these cards have been inked up quite a few times but I have the rest of my collection (some as yet unused) out on the desk and am planning on getting creative with them all over the next few weeks.

Right I'm off now to get on with my granddaughters card which I've only just started and need to get off in the post tomorrow. I'll be round to catch up with you just as soon as I've got that finished. Thanks for popping by today and I hope you all have a great week.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Punches and Flowers

Hello everyone, I hope the new year has got off to a good start for you. It's been a slow start for me craftwise but I'm finally here with a couple of cards.

First up is for my daughter's birthday and I used a free cupcake template from Buddly Crafts as well as quite a few snippets of card and paper. The heart and butterfly are die-cuts and the ribbon trim and daisies are Dovecraft punches. To finish it off I added some pearls to the daisy centres.


I shall enter this in the folowing challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge 'use your snippets' everything except the base card are snippets

Cute Card Thursday challenge 'embellish'

Make My Monday challenge 'anything but square'

My second card uses a House Mouse decoupaged image from one of my House Mouse cds and background papers from my stash (not sure of brand)

I shall enter this in the following challeges

Allsorts challenge 'say it with flowers'

House Mouse Friends Monday challenge 'anything goes + option food and/or drink'

Country View challenge 'love'

Thanks for popping by today and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it and love reading them.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

New Year Giveaway

Wow. that last year certainly flew by and it's time to start another one so I'm here to wish you all a very happy new year and I hope it's a happy and healthy one for each and everyone of you.
No new years resolutions from me this year, I'm just hoping for a good year with some laughter.

To celebrate the new year and as a small token of my thanks I've got a little giveaway for one of you in the shape of a Uniko £10 gift voucher

Instead of having the usual add your name candy, I decided that I would show my appreciation and do a surprise giveaway randomly picked from those (followers and non-followers) who have been kind enough to visit and leave a comment at this busy time of the year - so for each of my posts in December 1 gave a number to each comment starting with the first post numbered 1 to 17, the second post numbered 18 to 37 and so on. The total number of comments were 88  and I used a random generator to pick a number.

I had a bit of a job trying to get a screenshot but here is the number it picked

which is

with her comment on my post 'Merry Snippetmas'

So Kath if you could contact me at  ka (dot) je (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk I will send you your voucher code... and if you could please leave a comment below so that I know you've seen this

And before I go I'd just like to thank all of you for you friendship and continued visits... and for all your greatly appreciated comments and words of encouragement.