Thursday, 15 February 2018

Uniko - DT Inspiration - Paper Piecing ...

... Hello again! I'll bet this comes as a bit of a surprise - two days in a row!!! I'm sharing some fun cards made using the paper piecing technique, details can be found over at Uniko.

My first card is for The Flower Challenge - TFC#17, which is where I got the idea to make cards with the paper piecing technique:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Pure Florals Cosmos, Happy Succulents
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Passionate Pink
Dies: Die-namics - Stitched Fishtail Flags Stax #1
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Fly Free; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Aqua shimmer brush


On the inside, I cut a mat layer of pink design paper and on the white panel, I added a greeting and some more flowers. I'm also submitting this to CAS(E) this Sketch! - CTS#258.

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

Next, I have a card for our son - he moved house recently and we wanted to send him something to wish him well:

New Home - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Home Sweet Home
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Aged Mahogany
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Attitude!; Copics; Nuvo - Aqua shimmer brush


I had fun making this cute little house. I like the grungy effect on the design papers. I added a touch of colour to the curtains and the front door. On the inside, I used some design paper for a mat layer and finished the message. I'm submitting this to Addicted to Stamps and More! - ATSM#279 where they want to see clean and simple cards.

New Home inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsNew Home sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I'm making a start on my Easter cards and have a cute little one to share here:

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


Stamps: Uniko - Some Bunny, Happy Succulents
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Dusty Pink, Kraft; Distress - Cracked Pistachio
Dies: Die-namics - Stitched Fishtail Flags Stax #4
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - All That Glitters; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Aqua shimmer brush


I used the sketch from MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge - MFTWSC#372 for the layout of this card. I used the Stitched Fishtail die to cut the white panel, I simply cut off the fishtail as I only wanted the stitched edges. On the inside, I the leftover bit of green design paper for the mat layer and on the white panel I stamped the bunny.

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

Finally, I have two more cards for my Christmas stash. One has a contemporary feel and the other is more traditional, but they use the same poinsettia flower stamp:



Stamps: Uniko - Pure Florals Poinsettia, Most Wonderful
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Cherry Red, Kraft
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kaisercraft DP - Home for Christmas; Clear Embossing Powder; Nuvo - Aqua shimmer brush


I'm submitting the top gold and neutral card to Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#324, although I have turned the sketch to make a landscape style card. Here's the inside of each card:




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

signature

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

TMR - Theme ...

... Hi! Are you watching the Winter Olympics? I am! I really enjoy watching it all - particularly the ice-skating, but the skiing is fun too. I have to admit that I only watch - I fall over if I try to go out in the snow and ice 😉 This is all leading up to our theme for The Male Room - TMR#79. For the next couple of weeks, we'd like to see your masculine projects with a Sport/Winter Olympics theme. I actually got a bit carried away - I made three cards, here's the first:

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

Stamps: Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments #2, Background Builders Seeing Stars, Extra Time
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Wild Dandelion, Blue Denim
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kanban Toppers - Extreme Sports; Stampin' Up! Card - Night of Navy; Clear Embossing Powder


I knew exactly what I was going to use to make my cards for the Sports/Winter Olympics theme. I've had some Kanban toppers in my stash for about 8 years. I got them from QVC and they come out everytime I need something masculine. I clipped out this skiing photo (this works for the Olympic Sports theme) to use on a square card. I didn't want to hide the photo, so I stamped the greeting directly on the image and heat embossed it with clear powder. I adhered the panel to the card using dimensional foam. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of dark blue card and on the white panel, I added a greeting and some stars stamped in the same colours as the ski suit. This was so quick and easy to make. I'm submitting it to Love to Craft Challenge Blog - LTCCB#19 where Anything Goes!

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

My next two cards are not based on the Winter Olympics but on more regular sports of football (or soccer to my American friends) and rugby. Here's the football version:

Time Flies - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Background Builders Seeing Stars, Time
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Gina K - Red Velvet, Blue Denim
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kanban Toppers - Football; Stampin' Up! Card - Night of Navy


This time I clipped out three of the smaller images featuring football. I stamped the stars on the card using colours from the photos and finished the front by adding a fun sentiment. I attached the two images on the side flat to the card and used dimensional pads to add the image in the middle. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of navy card and on the white panel added a simple message along with some red stars top and bottom. I used the sketch from Reverse Confetti Sketch for you To Try - SFYTT#57 for the layout. This was another quick and easy card to make.

Time Flies inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsTime Flies sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

And the last card features rugby images, which is sort of appropriate as the NatWest Six Nations Championship is running at the moment:

Hooray for Today - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Gorgeous Grunge, Greatest Greetings; Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments # 2, Fontiments Birthday
Inks: SU - Island Indigo; Gina K - Blue Lagoon
Dies: Die-namics - Circles Set 2 #4 and #6, Stitched Circles #4 and #6
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Kanban Toppers - Rugby; Stampin' Up! Card/DP - Island Indigo


I used the same sketch as before but changed out the shapes for circles. I used dies to cut out the images and card for matting. I stamped the spatter and sentiment directly on the card and adhered the circle images on top. On the inside, I cut a layer of teal design paper for the mat layer, and on the white panel, I kept it very simple with a bold birthday greeting. I'm submitting this card to Addicted to CAS - ATCAS#129 where they want us to use the colour teal!

Hooray for Today inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsHooray for Today sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Don't forget to visit The Male Room blog to see more from the Design Team and also from our guest designer, Laurie. Do have fun with this theme, I can't wait to see what you create. You have plenty of time to join in, the deadline for submission is midnight GMT on Tuesday 27th February (that's 7.00pm EDT in the States).

That's all from me for now - I'm off to watch the ice-skating. I have my DVR set up to record the programmes and I watch them while I iron!! See you soon.

signature

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Uniko - 6th Birthday Treasure Hunt ...

.... Good morning! It's Uniko's 6th birthday today and we're having a treasure hunt to celebrate. I've been a Uniko fan since I first found Bev's wonderful stamps in 2012, and I think my first order included Decorative Doilies The Hands of Time (still available). It was then, and still is one of my favourite stamp sets. I was lucky enough to join Bev's Design Team in December 2014 and I always look forward to the new stamps and now new stencils too! Since Bev started the company in 2012, Uniko has released 104 (not including 2018 sets) clear stamp sets.

We hope that you will not only be inspired by the projects you find along the Treasure Hunt, but also take part by finding the NAME of a clear stamp set from each of the six years Uniko has been going, from 2012 - 2017.  Each person along the hop has created a project using a clear stamp set from the year they were allocated. They will also mention the year that the clear stamp set was released somewhere in the blog post.

There are 11 of us in the Design Team, and one of our number has made two projects - so 12 projects in all. There are 2 stamp sets from each year to be found - should be a piece of cake!!! More about how to enter can be found at the end of this post.

I was given the set Beautiful Blooms I, released in June 2013, and I've made several cards. Here's the first one:

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

Stamps: Uniko - Beautiful Blooms I, Simply Said Blocks, Fontiments Birthday
Inks: Gina K - Red Velvet, Dusty Rose; Versafine - Onyx Black; Distress - Black Soot
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Red Velvet; Uniko Stencil - Broken Lines; Little Things Gems - Iridescent Clear; Clear Embossing Powder; Shimmer Spritz - Frost


I've used the colours from Colour Throwdown - CTD#479 and the sketch from Fusion - FUSION#91 in the design of this card. I started by covering the card base with the stencil and lightly brushing on black ink for a soft grey look. I stamped the large and small flowers and cut them out with my Scan'N'Cut. I attached the large red flower flat to the card and used dimensional tape to add the two pinks flowers. I stamped the sentiment in black, heat embossed with clear powder, cut it out and added it to the card with dimensional pads. To finish the front I added some shimmer spritz all over the card and some tiny gems. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of red card. On the white panel, I stamped the large flower in the centre and then added a greeting on top in black.

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

I was having such fun with Beautiful Blooms I that I made some more cards. Here's the second:

A Little Something - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Beautiful Blooms I, Background Block Horizontal Stripes, A Gift for You
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black; Delicata - Golden Glitz; Versamark
Dies: Die-namics - Zig-Zag Stitched Rectangles #2, Stitched Sentiment Strips
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gold Glitter Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Clear and Gold Embossing Powder; Vellum


For this card, I've used the colours from the inspiration photo at TIME Out Challenge - TOC#102 and used the sketch from My Favourite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge - MFTWSC#371 for the layout. I cut a piece of gold glitter card slightly smaller than the card base and adhered it to the card. I die cut four panels from white card and used my MISTI to stamp the stripes. Using the MISTI meant that I was able to position the card in exactly the same place each time. I heat embossed all the stripes with clear powder. I adhered the panels using collage medium. I stamped the large Beautiful Bloom in gold ink - using my MISTI meant that I was able to repeatedly stamp the image to build the colour and shimmer. I cut it out and attached it to the card using dimensional tape. I cut a sentiment strip from vellum using a die, stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with clear powder. I stamped two small sequins in Versamark and heat embossed them with gold powder. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of black card and on the white panel stamped the large bloom in gold and added a sentiment.

A Little Something inside - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsA Little Something sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

And here are the final two cards I made:

Various - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Uniko - Beautiful Blooms I, Essentially Christmas, Marvellous Mehndi, Flower Power #6, Bright Butterflies
Inks: Gina K - Innocent Pink, Passionate Pink, Jelly Bean Green; Versafine - Onyx Black; Versamark
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Grey, Smoky Slate; White Embossing Powder; Vellum


I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#323 for the layout and the colours are from CAS Colours & Sketches - CASC&S#258 (although it might not be CAS enough)! Originally I was going to use some of my vast stash of design paper for these cards, but I decided to make my own paper using the smaller bloom from Beautiful Blooms I. I cut two pieces of white card exactly the same size and used my MISTI to do the stamping. I think for this, it is essential to have some sort of positioning tool. I started by positioning the flower at the top right of the card and stamping it in pale pink. I removed that piece of card, put in the other piece and stamped the same flower in dark pink. Next, I positioned the leaf and stamped it next to the dark pink flower. I removed the card, replaced the other piece and stamped the leaf again next to the pale pink flower. I carried on like this until I covered both pieces of card. I used some smaller stamps to fill in some of the white space. Next, I cut both pieces of card in half and then again across. Then I created two panels with alternating pieces. I layered the finished panels on grey card - one dark and one light. I attached the panel to a white card and finished the front by adding sentiment strips. On the inside I cut mat layers in grey to match the front of the card and added some flowers to the white panels:

Various sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Various i1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's GemsVarious i2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

In order to enter the Treasure Hunt, you need to visit all the Design Team blogs and find the name of stamps sets released in each of the years 2012 to 2017. Here's the blog hop list:


Jot down your answers in an email, for example:

2012 Pure Florals Poinsettia/Pure Florals Gerbera
2013 Background Builders Round in Circles
2014 Explosion!
2105 Balloon Bash
2016 Originally Organic
2017 Reach For The Stars

Then email your answers to bev@uniko.co.uk by 9.00am GMT, Sunday 18th February 2018 (that's 4.00am EDT). All the correct answers will be entered into a prize draw and there are super prizes!!

The Prizes

Bev will randomly select THREE winners from all the correct entries that name six clear stamp sets from each year (2012-2017), to receive an in stock clear stamp set of their choice.

For all those who correctly name all 12 clear stamp sets from each of the 6 years and emails them to Bev, she will randomly pick ONE lucky winner to receive a £60 eGift Certificate to spend in the Uniko store!

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my projects. Happy Hunting!!

signature
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...