Wednesday, 28 February 2018

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

... Morning! Today's the day! It's Release Day for Uniko's new stamps and stencils. This is going to be a long post, so I suggest you grab a coffee (or tea) and take a seat. We have six stamp sets and five stencils being released. I'm going to start with a very clean, simple card:

It's Party Time - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Balloon Bash, Birthday Sentiments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Daffodil Delight; Uniko Stencil - Balloon Bash

I decided to focus on the lovely Balloon Bash Stencil as I didn't get to make a card on introduction day. This is a simple one-layer card - it's the third version. Ask me how I know, well you have to be very careful when you have inky fingers!! I inked up the yellow balloon first - being careful to cover up open areas on the stencil and to mask the card base too, then I moved on to the blue and red balloons. I decided to try the bleach out method using water. As you can see from the blotches it wasn't entirely successful, but I like the pattern so I kept the card! I stamped the greeting and then added some strings from the balloons to the word 'party'. Ont he inside, I cut a mat layer of bright yellow card and stamped a greeting and another balloon on the white panel. I'm submitting this card to CAS on Friday - CASOF#127 where they want one-layer cards.

It's Party Time sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsIt's Party Time inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next is a card for Mother's Day:

Happy Mother's Day - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Spring Botanicals Daffodil, Pure Florals Rose
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Gina K - Dusty Rose; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Spellbinders - Marvellous Squares (S4-383) #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Design Paper - Let's Fly Away; SU Card - Blushing Bride; Nuvo - Aqua Shimmer Brush; Copics

One of my favourite sights in spring is to see daffodils gently swaying in a breeze against a lovely sky of fluffy clouds and sunshine. Yes, I realise that more often or not it's rain, but I can dream 😊 I decided to make the dream on a Mother's Day card. I stamped several daffodils and stems on white card and used my Scan'N'Cut to cut them out. I used Copics to colour them all and yes, you can get pink daffodils. I cut some design paper for the 'sky' and then adhered the daffodils to the card. I used dimensional pads for the yellow daffodil. I added sparkle to the flowers. I finished the front with a simple greeting. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of pink card and on the white panel, I stamped a message and another daffodil. I'm submitting this one to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#19, where Anything Goes.

Happy Mother's Day inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Next is a very clean, simple and bold card:

Hugs - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Party Confetti, Big & Bold Hugs, Background Builders Seeing Stars
Inks: Distress Oxide - Peacock Feathers; Gina K - Ocean Mist; Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Winnie & Walter Cutaways - Hugs
Accessories: SU Card - Basic Black; White Lustre Card; Uniko Stencil - Seeing Stars

I created the pale aqua drop shadow by stamping first in aqua and then moving the card very slightly and stamped again in black. Then I used a die to cut out the word from the stamped card along with three plain white words and layered them together to make a more dimensional word. I made the card base from black card to allow the word to pop! I added some stencilled stars in the background. I used the distress oxide for this - so nice to have this soft shade showing on black card! On the inside, I simply cut a white panel and added a greeting and some more stars. I'm submitting this to AAA Cards - AAA#109 where they want Die Cuts only (maybe I shouldn't have added the stars!!).

Hugs inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHugs sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Moving on to the pretty scribble flowers in Kindness Blooms:

You Are So Kind - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Kindness Blooms, So Much
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover; Gina K - Wild Lilac, Lovely Lavender, Wild Dandelion, Sweet Mango
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Copics; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Aqua Shimmer Brush

I really do like these flowers - so pretty and such fun to colour, leave plain, fill with glitter - the choice is yours! I used my Copics to colour the flowers, cut them out with the Scan'N'Cut and then added lots of sparkle with a clear shimmer brush. I embossed some leaves on the card base and lightly sponged over with two shades of green ink to define the leaves. I adhered the lilac and upper yellow flowers flat to the card and used dimensional pads to attach the lower yellow flower. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of lilac card and added a simple greeting on the white panel. I'm submitting this card to Just Us Girls - JUGS#429, where I took the colours from their inspiration photo, and also to Less is More - LIM#365 - where they want to see Dry Embossing (hope this is enough).

You Are So Kind inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsYou Are So Kind sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

And last, but by no means least, I have a very bright, bold, one-layer card to show off the Background Blocks Equaliser stamp:

Make Music! - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Blocks Equaliser, Life is a Song, Birthday Sentiments
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Lucky Clover, Spiced Marmalade
Accessories: Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Clear Embossing Powder; Zig Clean Colour Brushes

I made the card from watercolour card. I used my MISTI to stamp the image and words, I had to restamp several times as I stamped on the rough side of the card. I used clear powder to emboss all the images and then I had fun using my Zig brushes to colour the image. I kept it very simple and very bold. On the inside, I added a sentiment and surrounded it with lots of brightly coloured musical notes. This one is for our daughter Kat - she loves to make music!! I'm submitting this card to, some new to me, challenges. I'm playing along with 613 Avenue Create - 613AC#206 where Anything Goes, and also to heARTful Stamping Challenge - HSD#02 where it's Anything Goes & a stamp.

Make Music! inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsMake Music! sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Wow! I do hope you enjoyed all my cards. Today we have our traditional Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway! I've put the links below - do drop by and leave some love - we all like comments!

Before I go, I'd like to give you one final look at all the stamp sets and stencils that are available for purchase today. I've had such fun making cards with them all. Enjoy!!

Background Blocks Equaliser

Background Blocks Party Confetti

Birthday Sentiments

Kindness Blooms

Spring Botanicals Daffodil

Life is a Song

Balloon Bash Stencil

Equaliser Stencil

Fun Flowers Stencil

Chrysanthemum Stencil

Seeing Stars Stencil

Thanks for visiting - see you again soon.



Rahmat said...

Gorgeous cards Deborah, my most favorite one is the stars one, the distress oxides look stunning against the black.

Steph Mortimer said...

The daffodils are lovely, I like the added sparkle!
I also like the clever way you have stamped the party confetti and then die cut it. x

KandA said...

Super collection of cards and great designs, especially love the Kindness Flowers xx

stempelfrida said...

Wow, while I thought the examples for the new release might be very soft in colours I am so impressed by you flashy colour cards (I especially like the music cards and the balloons!). Thank you so much.
Colourful regards from stempelfrida

Julie B said...

Super cards, love the balloons and the PP Mother's day card. :)

Jane said...

Magic Deborah! And you know I love balloons and your card is soooo desirable, got to be my favourite!

Jane said...

Thanks for linking your wonderful starry creation up at AAA Cards.

cm said...

WOW! An incredible array of cards today, and added to those you designed for this introduction, sees me blown away by your ingenuity! I'm crushing over each one; the balloons, in particular, have caught my realistic!

Dsmemories said...

Great selection of cards Deborah. Had to order the balloon stencil straight away

Izzy Scrap said...

WOW, Deborah ! What a fantastic array of cards ! They are all gorgeous, would be hard if I had to choose. I love the bright and crispy balloons, the soft and shimmer daffodils but I think that my fav one is the Kindness blooms card. I love the gorgeous CAS design you've made and that delicate and subtle dry embossed leaves. Fabulous ! And thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards. Great colors and designs.

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome cards showing off the new products! Love the colorful balloons and those pretty daffodils!

Daffodil Cards said...

Amazing cards Deborah a fabulous selection of ideas and techniques.
I thought I had already commented on this post?

Iris said...

Great cards - such lovely colors. Wonderful new release.

Viv's Visuals said...

Stunning makes using the products from the new release!

Iris said...

Such pretty cards - love the Mother's day card with the soft colors.

Carole said...

Oh what a lovely selection...too hard to pick a favpurite as your cards are all so innovative.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Yes, I enjoyed all of your pretty cards!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Cute and pretty!!! You have everything here!!!!

Mirella said...

Wow, so many wonderful cards, thanks so much for all your inspiration - I love them all!

cm said...

I was so dazzled by your wonderful cards, I forgot to say "thank you" for sharing your sweet trio of flowers in the Just Us Girls, I 'had' to come back for second helpings that are as delicious as the first! Thank you for joining us!

Linda said...

Gorgeous showcase ..... each one is a stunner. I'm loving those daffodils, the added shimmer looks so pretty, and I love your CAS balloon designs too xx

vinita jain said...

I adore each one of your creations with such variations, love them all!

vinita jain said...

So many awesome creations, I really impressed!

Arianna Barbara said...

Beautiful cards and colors!!!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

What a gallery of fantastic showcases Deborah. Gorgeous colours, designs and shimmer. Love the BG design paper against the daffodils and of course I can't resist a rainbow so the equaliser stamp is a winner with me. Thanks for joining us at Less is More with your ultra crisp and CAS dry embossed card too. Just perfect for the challenge and beautiful take on the kindness blooms set x

Karthikha said...

Wonderful creations with an awesome release!! :)

Beverley said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! What an amazing showcase of the NEW Uniko Release! You have worked your creative socks off and it is truly hard to choose a FAVE! I adore the pastel shades and shimmer of your Spring Daffodils & Happy St. David's Day. Loving the cluster of Kindness Blooms and such pretty colours too. The bright primary colour balloons is a genius idea and your stencilling and inking is inspirational. YOU ROCK! Hugs Bev x

Cheryl S said...

Love all your cards! Great 'hugs' die. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards challenges.

Lisa Kind said...

Wow, your cards are all so beautiful! But I'm so in awe of your daffodil card! Amazing! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

Tracey Mallaghan said...

3rd stop on my new to me team blog hop and what a diverse set of cards you have. Loving the masculine colourful inspiration

Melissa L. said...

Cool star card, Deborah. Thanks for joining in at AAA Cards.

Jaana said...

Beautiful cards Deborah! I love the colourful balloon card.

Jane Willis said...

Wonderful cards, such a great range of styles and colours showing just what a lot of variety there is in the new release. The balloon card is the star for me

Jinny said...

Beautiful collection of cards. I especially love the one with the balloons. Such a wonderful way to showcase the Uniko stamps. Hugs, Jinny

Helen said...

Your cards are gorgeous, Deborah! So many wonderful ideas to showcase the great new sets. Thanks so much for sharing!

Valerija said...

Love the designs and great use of the stamps. Great colours too.

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful cards. Greet colors.

Juliet A said...

The equalizer stamp is a jaw-dropping clever idea, and I love what you've done with it! I'm so glad you joined us at the Heartful Stamping Challenge!

Lindsey said...

Ooh you have been busy! Lots of lovely inspiration. I think my fave has to be the CAS primary balloons card - great! X

Milka Gubo said...

Gorgeous card, Deborah! Love them all!! :o) Thank you for the inspiration. :o)

Jo Ann said...

Love your verypretty CAS cards. Thank you for joining our February Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. Please join us again in our March Challenge. God bless! So sorry for this late comment, just been really busy.


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