Saturday, 9 September 2017

Uniko - September Release, DT Blog Hop and Giveaway ....

.... Good morning! Today's the day! The new stamps from Uniko are available to buy today over at the Uniko shop. I've got a few cards to share with you this morning. I'm going to start with a clean, simple and bright card:

Reach for the Stars - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Stars, Reach for the Stars
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx , Red Velvet; Versamark
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Stars #1, #2 and #3
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Copics; Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder; Wink of Stella - Clear; Vellum


I got the inspiration for this card from the graphic on the Colour Throwdown Challenge - CTD#459 - the stripes on the vase reminded me of the striped stars on the Background Blocks Stars stamps. The layout is based on the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#304. As I coloured the stars with my markers, I'm submitting this one to CAS on Friday - CASOF#116. I stamped the image using my MISTI, then coloured it with Copic markers. Once coloured I stamped the image again in Versamark and heat embossed with silver tinsel embossing powder - I do think stars need to sparkle!! I layered the image on some black card and adhered it to a 4 bar card - it's a bit smaller than an A2 card, but it fits the background block size perfectly. I die cut three stars from white card and coloured two of them to match the stars on the panel and then I added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella brush. I layered the stars with dimensional pads. I stamped the word "stars" on white card, cut it out and then layered it onto some vellum. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel added some stars down the side. There's plenty of space for a message.

Reach for the Stars inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsReach for the Stars sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My next card features lots and lots and lots of little stars:

Happy Birthday - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Builders Seeing Stars; Beautiful Blooms I; Simply Said Blocks; Happy Succulents
Inks: Gina K - Onyx Black, Cherry Red, Red Hot, Sweet Mango, Wild Dandelion, Jelly Bean Green, Blue Lagoon, Blue Raspberry, Wild Lilac, Lovely Lavender; Versamark
Dies: Uniko - Beautiful Blooms
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! - Basic Black; Clear Embossing Powder; Simon Says - Moonshine Confetti


The current challenge at TIME OUT Challenge - TOC#91 is to CASE our very own Beverley Brown - and I had to play along with that challenge. Bev's card has a lovely rainbow of solid colours with the pretty lily outline flower, so I played on that. On my card I've stamped a somewhat larger rainbow of stars and my flower is solid black, as is my greeting. I stamped the flower on white card, cut it out with the matching die and then "enamelled" it using Versamark mark and clear embossing powder. It has a lovely shine. I layered the rainbow panel on black card and finished the front with some clear sequins. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and kept the white panel fairly simple with a fun greeting and lots of rainbow stars!


Happy Birthday inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Birthday sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My last card today has dots and flowers:

Inspire Me - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Polka Dots, Simply Said Blocks, Beautiful Blooms II, Reach for the Stars
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx, Jelly Bean Green, Sweet Mango, Cherry Red
Dies: Die-namics - Pierced Circle Frames #2
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Vellum; Wink of Stella - Clear


I've used the sketch from FUSION - FUSION#81 for the layout of this card, and the colours are from CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#239. I created the dotty panel by stamping the polka dots in all three colours, trimming the panel to size and then covered it with some shimmery vellum to soften the colours. I used the ink direct to paper to colour some card green and then die cut the circle frame. I stamped the flowers and added a touch of colour to the insides. I finished the front with a simple sentiment. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and added a greeting and some stars to the white panel.

Inspire Me inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsInspire Me sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

It's traditional when we have a new release to have a Design Team Blog Hop - so follow along and leave some comments for your chance to win! You have until midnight BST Saturday 16th September to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on Sunday 17th September. Here's the Blog Hop list:

Deborah (that's me)

Before I go - here's a look at each of the sets being released today:


Background Blocks Scattered Polka Dots


Background Builders Seeing Stars


Reach for the Stars


Background Blocks Stars


Simply Said Blocks

It's been a long post - thanks for staying with me to the end! I hope you've enjoyed my projects. I think this is one of my favourite releases - I just adore all those stars! There really is endless possibilities with these stamps.

That's all for now - see you soon.

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38 comments:

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Wow! Gorgeous cards :)

Craftyfield said...

Wonderful cards, so many styles!

Jane said...

Smitten by that first card Deborah! Love the bold look and stunning colours! Fabulous combining of Uniko stamps on the other two cards, great inspiration! And I always admire how you stamp inside your cards too, perfect finishing touch.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Beautiful cards, inside and out! I love the BG Builders Seeing Stars set.

The Crafty Den said...

Wonderful cards Deborah and all so different. I think my favourite is the 'reach for the stars', the colour combo really pops. Thanks for the 'star-mazing' inspiration. Hugs, Denise x

Stir Your Creativity said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the rainbow color star background of the card.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Awesome set of cards!!! Love this release, in particular way the star stamps!!!

Steph Mortimer said...

All lovely cards. I'm loving the black, white, red and silver colour combinations! X

Anonymous said...

Great cards. Perfectly done.
Nicole G.

KandA said...

All fabulous cards and I love the way you've stamped the insides xx

Mary Holshouser said...

Fantastic cards.
Love the red stars outlined
in the silver.
thanks for sharing.

Lady Joyful said...

Beautiful cards!

Lindsey said...

All very different and lots of inspiration Deb! Love the bold colour combo with the silver embossing & I'm very impressed with the lining up of your rainbow bands of stars - excellent job! Xx

Craftychris said...

I adore stars too and I adore all of your absolutely wonderful cards! xxx

Karthikha said...

Wow! Amazing set of cards! The first one is perfect for masculine theme as well!

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

So many beautiful cards ! I really love the first one and how you've layered the stars. Cool idea !

Trina P. said...

A great collection of makes. Love the first card... bold and beautiful in red, black and white.

Dee Earnshaw said...

gorgeous cards and great release:)

karen h said...

Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S! Your card is wonderful. I love the green circle and the placement of the flowers on it.

Marianne said...

A wonderful selection of cards and a great way to showcase these new stamps.

Gerrina said...

What a fun and great way to use the colours from the Case-card this way; looks so good! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

McStamper said...

Great cards. Love the red and black with silver embossing. The black flower on the multi-color background is so creative. Thanks for your fantastic ideas.

Anonymous said...

Love your red/black stars card. Just stunning.

Vickie Z said...

Fun cards! Love the CTD "stars" card!! So happy you joined us at CTD!

cm said...

Absolutely bedazzled by your trio of delights here; and especially thrilled that you've shown us how the newcomers play so wonderfully with some of our oldie-goodies! So creative; so inspiring!
Hugs~carol

Izzy Scrap said...

OMG, Deborah, what a gorgeous showcase ! Love all of them and how you matched them with all these challenges ! This first card is so striking in red, black and silver ! A fabulous and clever take on the TO challenge with your second card ! And this third one is stunning, love how you covered the dotted panel with vellum ! A stunning and striking showcase for this new release ! Have a great Sunday and a fabulous week ! Hugs xx

Rahmat said...

Spectacular showcase Deborah! I love the first one and the last one the most!

Susanne Vargas said...

Wonderful cards made with this wonderful new release!

Broni said...

Love all the silver sparkle! Love all the stars! Thanks for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown!

Sue LD said...

Fabulous cards you created!

Narelle Farrugia said...

Your cards are gorgeous! I love all those fabulous stars and great colours you've used on your submission for FMS - thanks for playing along with us!

Fiona Whitten said...

Wow, you have been busy creating these fabulous cards. The last one is most definitely my favourite. Thanks for joining us on this week's CC&S challenge.

Phi said...

Great cards and great release! The reach for the stars sentiment set really caught my eye. Thanks for the awesome inspiration.

Jane Willis said...

Every one a stunner! Gorgeous cards
Jane

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! Love all the stars, and also the Simply Said Blocks set!

Alaska .Kris said...

Your star card definitely got added to my pinterest board for stars on cards!

Beverley said...

Stunning collection of cards Deborah, you have showcased this release just wonderfully. The bold striking colours of your first showcases the stars FABulously. I love the combinations of 'old' Uniko products and new and I especially like the Bokeh effect of the polka dots on your last card. Thank you so much for your hard work. Thanks too for joining in at CC&S and my apologies for my late commenting. Hugs Bev x

samantha's cards said...

Lovely card, thanks for playing along at CC&S.

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