Friday, 24 February 2017

Uniko - Uniko Style ....

.... Hello! We've arrived at the last day of introductions to Uniko's new release - the big day is tomorrow. However, before that I want to share with you a bold, bright card using the last of our new sets - Uniko Style:

Thank You - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Uniko Style; All Occasion Sentiments #3, Flower Power #5
Ink: Distress - Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean; Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Basic Black; Clear Embossing Powder

This set has a bold, graphic look and is based on one of Bev's favourite designs - Marimekko. I'd not heard of this before, so I googled it. While browsing the fabulous images, I came across some examples of fabrics (see below) and I CASED the blue flowers. You'll see more of the others soon!

I started by punching a number of 1" and ½" circle masks for the centre of each flower. I used my MISTI so that I was able to repeat stamp the images. I did as Distress sometimes is a bit blotchy with polymer stamps. After stamping the flowers I removed the masks and then painted some water around the edge allowing the ink to fade a little. I inked up a contrasting colour and then stamped the centre of each flower. I finished the front of the card by adding the black accents. As this is such a dramatic card, I created a bold, but simple, greeting. On the inside I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel added another flower and finished the greeting.

 Thank You inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I had lots of fun with this set - as you'll see tomorrow! So that's the introductions finished.

RELEASE DAY! Saturday 25th February - lots more inspiration from the Design Team, your chance to buy the stamps from Uniko's shop and, as always, a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Here are the pictures I found while on Google - so pretty!


Bye for now! See you tomorrow.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Uniko - Explosion Additions ....

.... Hi! We've almost reached the end of our Uniko introductions. Today we're introducing Explosion Additions - a really fun and versatile set. I've made a congratulations card of sorts - it's just right for teens! Here's my card:

Super Awesome - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Explosion Additions, Explosion
Inks: Versamark; Distress - Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Stampin' Up! Card - Emerald Envy; Clear Embossing Powder


I'm submitting this card to the current challenge at Less is More - LIM#316 where the theme is ALPHABET. I think these bold sentiments work perfectly for the challenge. I stamped them in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. Next I sponged on three shades of green ink which reveal the words. I cut a panel of white card and stamped the large half-tone star in two shades of green. I added three of the sentiments of the Explosion Additions set in black and finished off by edging the panel with black ink and adding a some smaller explosion stamps. On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark green card and on the white panel I added a simple greeting and another explosion stamp.

Super Awesome sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSuper Awesome inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

There are lots more introduction examples at the Uniko blog - do drop by and check them out. And finally a quick reminder of the release details:

Introductions: 20th - 24th February - the team have some fab inspiration for you

RELEASE DAY! Saturday 25th February - lots more inspiration from the Design Team, your chance to buy the stamps from Uniko's shop and, as always, a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!

That's all for now - see you again tomorrow.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Uniko - Background Blocks Halftone ....

.... We're halfway through our introductions and I'm here today with the next one from Uniko's new release. This time it's a solid stamp called Background Blocks Halftone - it's a very on-trend stamp and can be used for all sorts. Here's my card:

Merry & Bright - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Block Halftone, All Occasion Sentiments #4, Winter Foliage, Christmas Sparkle; Waltzingmouse - Woodgrain
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Crumb Cake, Real Red; Versafine - Onyx Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Crumb Cake; Clear Embossing Powder


I've made a simple Christmas card. My colours are from this week's Just Us Girls - JUGS#281 challenge and I got the idea of a wood background from Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#105. I made the card from kraft card and stamped the wood grain background using the same colour ink for a soft tone-on-tone look. I used black ink to stamp the branch, thread, ribbon and sentiments directly on the card. I used a scrap of white card for the Christmas ornament. I stamped the half-tone background in bright red and then stamped the outline ornament shape. I carefully cut out the ornament, coloured in the little cap and attached it flat to the card. I finished the front by adding the ampersand in bright red. On the inside I cut a panel of white card on which I stamped a Christmas greeting and added another red half-tone ornament.

Merry & Bright inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsMerry & Bright sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

A quick reminder of the release schedule:

Introductions: 20th - 24th February - the team have some fab inspiration for you

RELEASE DAY! Saturday 25th February - lots more inspiration from the Design Team, your chance to buy the stamps from Uniko's shop and, as always, a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!

That's all for now! See you tomorrow.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Uniko - Originally Organic Additions ....

.... Hi again! I'm here this morning to share my introduction card for Originally Organic Additions. I've made a really clean, simple card:

Smile - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Originally Organic Additions, All Occasion Sentiments #6
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Real Red, Pretty in Pink; Delicata - Silvery Shimmer
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Real Red; Wink of Stella - Silver; Gems


I've used the colours from the new Can You Case It - CYCI#147 challenge and the layout is based on the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch # CTS#209. I stamped the large image in black and heat embossed with clear powder. Next I stamped the solid flowers in red - I was able to stamp them a number of times to increase the depth of colour - so easy with the MISTI. I added some smaller flowers in pink along with a few more little dots in silver. I used a silver Wink of Stella brush to fill in just the thin parts of the leaves. I finished the front by adding a sentiment, some fine spatter in red and pink and some gems. On the inside I cut a mat layer of red card and on the white panel stamped a sentiment and added a couple of flowers.

Smile inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsSmile sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Don't forget to visit the Uniko blog to see more introductions from the rest of the team.

Now that you've seen the Sneak Peeks, here's a quick reminder of the release schedule:

Introductions: 20th - 24th February - the team have some fab inspiration for you

RELEASE DAY! Saturday 25th February - lots more inspiration from the Design Team, your chance to buy the stamps from Uniko's shop and, as always, a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!

See you tomorrow!


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Monday, 20 February 2017

Uniko - Block Party Birthday .....

..... Hello! I'm here this morning to introduce the Block Party Birthday from Uniko. This is a fabulous stamp - it's large enough to cover an A2 card - so perfect for making quick and easy cards. I had such fun that I made three! Here's the first:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Block Party Birthday, A Gift for You
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up - Smoky Slate, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; White Embossing Powder; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear


The challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations - CIC#395 is to use the Chalkboard technique - the timing couldn't be better as this is what I did on this card. I made a top folding A2 card from black card. I carefully rubbed my antistatic buddy all over the card and then stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed it with white powder. I added white pigment ink around the edges of the card and randomly over the image - giving the impression of a chalkboard after you've wiped off the old stuff and drawn on new! As this is a birthday card I filled in the open birthday word with clear sparkle. On the inside I added more "chalk" around the edge of the card. On the white panel I stamped a birthday gift and simple greeting.

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

I decided to use the other half of black card to make another card. This time I used Perfect Pearls - such a pretty effect:

Happy Birthday 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Block Party Birthday, A Gift for You
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor - Caribbean Sea
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black

After stamping with Versamark ink, I used Perfect Pearls on the card - two green,s blue, and silver. I love the subtle shimmer this gives. On the inside I cut a panel of white card and stamped the gift and greetings, this time in colours to match the perfect pearls.

Happy Birthday 2 inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Birthday 2 sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

My last card has a white base and I used bold, bright colours. This is a side opening A2 card:

Happy Birthday 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Block Party Birthday, A Gift for You
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor - Spectrum
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pumpkin Pie


I love the Kaleidacolor ink pads, they make these rainbow cards so easy. I simply inked up the stamp and stamped it. On the inside I cut a mat layer of orange card and on the white panel stamped the gift and greeting. I'm going to submit this one to Seize the Birthday - STS1602 where the theme is anything goes.


Happy Birthday 3 sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHappy Birthday 3 inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems


Now that you've seen the Sneak Peeks, here's a quick reminder of the release schedule:

Introductions: 20th - 24th February - the team have some fab inspiration for you

RELEASE DAY! Saturday 25th February - lots more inspiration from the Design Team, your chance to buy the stamps from Uniko's shop and, as always, a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!

That's all for now! Don't forget to come back tomorrow and see another of our introductions!

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Uniko - Sneak Peeks 3, 4 & 5 ....

.... Hi! Time for some more sneak peeks from Uniko's February release. I think you're going to like them. Here's the first:


I think you might recognise the style and it's bang on trend! A very useful stamp that can be used with so many of Uniko's previous releases. Works for masculine or feminine too!

Next up is one that co-ordinates with a previous release - Explosion!


I love making cards for men and boys, and I think this set is just perfect.

Finally, a peek at some new bold images:


You'll get to see them in use on 24th February!

Now a quick reminder of the release schedule:

Sneak Peeks: 18th and 19th February

Introductions: 20th - 24th February

RELEASE DAY! Saturday 25th February - lots of inspiration from the Design Team, your chance to buy the stamps from Uniko's shop and, as always, a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

Bye for now!

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Uniko - Sponsor AAA Cards ....

.... Good morning! Uniko is sponsoring AAA Cards - AAA#84 where the challenge is to use WATERCOLOUR. At first I wasn't quite sure what to do for this challenge as I've recently used my Brusho crystals a lot. I decided to colour the wonderful mandala from Marvellous Mehndi with my Zig Watercolour brushes:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Marvellous Mehndi, All Occasion Sentiments #3, Simply Said
Inks: Versamark; Versafine - Onyx Black; Stampin' Up! - Certainly Celery, Smoky Slate
Dies: Lil Inkers - Stitched Squares #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card & DP - Certainly Celery; Tim Holtz Water Colour Card; Zig Clean Color Brushes; White Embossing Powder; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear

I die cut a square of water colour card and used my MISTI to position the mandala in the centre of the panel. I stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed it with white powder. Then I had lots of fun using my Zig brushes and an aqua brush to colour it. I got the inspiration for the pastel colours from the photo challenge at Inkspirational - INK#128. I'm also submitting to Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge - HLSWC#02.  I finished the panel by adding a simple greeting in black ink. I layered the image on some pale green card and attached it all to a square card. On the inside I cut a mat layer of pale green design paper and on the white card I added a bold greeting along with a few more images from Marvellous Mehndi.

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

After I put the card together I decided that it needed a little sparkle. I used my clear Spectrum Noir brush to add some sparkle to the mandala - you can just about see it in the close-up photo below:

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

Do visit the Uniko blog to see more cards from the rest of the Design Team. And don't forget to pop back later to see a few more sneak peeks from the new Uniko release. See you soon!

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Uniko - Sneak Peeks 1 & 2 and Super Free Saturday ....

... Hello again! I'm back with a couple of sneak peeks from Uniko's February release. This forms part of the celebrations for Uniko's 5th Birthday. So, without further ado, here's a glimpse of the first stamp:


This is part of a large stamp and you're going to have so much fun with it.

Next up is a set that co-ordinates with Originally Organic and the free set that came out in Simply Crafts and Papercrafts last year:


This is such a lovely set on its own, or used with other Uniko sets. I used the digital images that came free last year on this card - it'll give you an idea of what's to come!!

Now, before I go, here's a look at the release schedule:

Sneak Peeks: 18th and 19th February - a hint of what's to come!

Introductions: 20th - 24th February - a chance to see each set in more detail with a daily blog hop from the Design Team.

RELEASE DAY!: Saturday 25th February, 9.00am GMT. You will get to see more inspiration projects from the Design Team, as well as be able to purchase the stamps from the Uniko Shop. And, as always, there will be a Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway!!

That's not all! Today sees the return of Super FREE Saturday - a feature that Bev had on her blog some years ago. As we're celebrating Uniko's 5th Birthday, Bev has an extra freebie for you - some lovely flowers which co-ordinate perfectly with Originally Organic. Do visit Bev's blog where there is a link to download the image and sentiment.


Here's a card I made using the flowers and some sentiments from Originally Organic:

Friends - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Saturday Freebie, Originally Organic
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Peekaboo Peach; Memento - Tuxedo Black
Dies: Die-namics - Cross Stitched Ovals Stax #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Peekaboo Peach; Copics; Spectrum Noir Sparkle - Clear; Gems

I printed the flowers on white card, coloured them with Copics and the carefully cut them out. I stamped the sentiment on a die cut oval and attached the panel with dimensional tape. I adhered the flowers to the side and finished the front by adding some gems. On the inside I cut a mat layer of peach card and stamped a sentiment and flowers on the white panel. I'm submitting this card to Love to Craft Challenge - LTCCB#7 where the theme is anything goes.

Friends sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsFriends inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

That's all for now. See you soon.

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