Saturday, 25 February 2017

Uniko February Release!

Hello!

Finally we have arrived at the release of the new stamps from Uniko :)  I think this is a very versatile and varied release from the graphic halftone stamps to the delicate organic heart and from the graphic Uniko Style to the Block Birthday....

I have been sharing cards with these stamps all week and have a few final designs to share with you today:

 
First up is Originally Organic - Additions which I have white embossed on to kraft.  I added touches of pencil colouring to highlight the images and left it fairly simple.  I thought the yellows and greens gave a look of spring:)

 
Next is Uniko Style which I stamped in vibrant colours.  I masked circles in the middle and paired the flowers with the stylised leaves from Doodle Flowers.  I love the way this stamp set can cover a card front in no time at all.

 
Finally I have another haltone creation.  I stamped the words over the top of the halftone background block and combined it with explosion stamps.
 
The Uniko DT have been working wonders with this release all week and today is no exception!  I hope you hop along and check out all of the inspiration - there are prizes too. There is a set in this release to suit every style :)
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x
 
 

Less is More #317

Hello! 

It is a busy day on my blog today :)  I have already posted our latest edition of Honey I Shrunk the Kit and will be back later with the release day blog hop from Uniko.  However, now we have this week's Less is More challenge which is a sketch:


It is a nice simple sketch (which is lucky as I am rubbish with sketches!) and can be flipped/rotated as you prefer.  The circle doesn't need to be a circle either :)

This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Uniko as part of Bev's birthday celebrations and her latest stamp release too - do check out the new release over at Uniko.  It is sure to inspire you!

Uniko

Here is what I did with the sketch:

 
 
I stamped and masked this fun shark from Avery Elle and stamped a few lines to denote the water.  Just some soft pencil colouring makes the shark pop.

 
 
I used MFT dies and cut out chevrons and headphones in blue and dark grey.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.
 
I hope you have fun with the sketch - the rest of the fab DT have come up with creative ideas to inspire you.  I look forward to seeing what you do with it.
 
Thank you for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Honey I Shrunk the Kit!

Hello! 

It is time for another instalment of our Honey I Shrunk the Kit feature where a merry little band of cardmakers share a small kit of supplies to come up with their own CAS designs :) 


The Honeys are made up of Hazel from Hazel's Paper Designs (whose idea this was!), Shona from Twine Around, Sarah P from Sazzle Dazzle Crafts and Sandie Munro from London Days.  I am delighted to say that we have also been joined by Anita from Neet and Crafty another teamie from Less is More and a fabulous cardmaker.

It was my pleasure to put the kit together this time around and I came up with a range of heart and love based images and sentiments.  I shall whizz through the cards that I came up with:

 
I simply cut out some lovely floral images from Paper Smooches and coloured them with promarkers - they really pop against the black.  The die cut sentiment is from Simon Says and heat embossed sentiment is from Hero Arts (not in the kit).  I shall link up at Simon Wednesday's Challenge for a second time where the theme is Anything Goes and at Paper Smooches February Challenge where the theme is Love.

 
I watercoloured a few of the facets from the Neat and Tangled heart and combined it with a sentiment from Altenew.  I will link up for a second time at AAA Cards current challenge which is watercolour.

 
I inked a mini scene in the heart and popped the sweet bunnies from Mama Elephant over the top. 
 
 
I popped the red heart from Simon Says over a strip of the patterned paper.  I added a die cut sentiment (not in the kit)
 


Finally, I simply added 3 wooden heart embellishments over the patterned paper and combined with a sentiment from Hero Arts. 

Here is the kit:

 
As you can see, I didn't even use all of the elements! 
 
I can't wait to see what the other Honeys have come up with - do stop by their blogs to check out their ideas :)
 
I am back later this morning with a Less is More post and the Uniko release day blog hop so hope to see you again soon!
 
Sarah x

Friday, 24 February 2017

Uniko Introducing....Uniko Style

Hello,

Happy Friday :)  I am back with the final Uniko introducing post of the week which is a cool and funky set called Uniko Style.  I love the bold and stylised stamps that Bev has come up with:

 
I stamped the elements in blues and black in a kind of repeating pattern.  This reminds me of 60s style fabric.  I love the bright and fresh look it gives.  The card is finished with a sentiment from the Originally Organic set.

 
I went for a different look with this card, spritzing the stamps with water before I stamped them in a range of distress inks to give a watercolour look.  The leaf prints are from the Chrysanthemum set.  I really love the loose and artsy look this gives as the stamps are not particularly detailed. 
 
Hopefully this has shown how versatile Uniko style is - from a graphic style print to a watercolour look!
 
Tomorrow is release day :)  Do stop by as part of the DT blog hop.
 
Sarah x

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Uniko Introducing....Explosion Additions

Hello!

Another introducing post today with a fab and fun stamp set which goes with Uniko's previously released Explosion and with yesterday's Halftone background.  Here is what I came up with:

 
I stamped the main explosion in black and blue and die cut a heart out of the centre.  I popped up one of the main sentiments and combined it with one of the other sentiments in the set.  I shall link this up at Simon Says Wednesday's Challenge where the theme is anything goes.

 
Continuing with the comic book theme I stamped one of the main sentiments on a die cut speech bubble and coloured it in red.  I offset it against a red speech bubble and popped it up over some of the halftone explosions which are just fab!
 
The rest of the DT have more great ideas for you over at the Uniko blog.  Tomorrow is the final introduction before the release goes live on Saturday :)
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Uniko Introducing....Background Blocks Halftone

Hello Again!

It is a busy week on the blog :)  I am back with our next introducing post which today is a very on trend halftone background.  This stamp can be used to create a variety of looks.  I have a couple of cards to share with you:

 
I used the stamp around the edges of the card base in light grey and die cut a heart out of the background in red/pink.  The sentiment is from a stamp set that we are going to be sharing with you tomorrow :)  I also inked around the edge of the square panel to provide a bit more definition.
 
 
I stamped the halftone background in dark grey and blue and die cut stars from them.  I white embossed a Uniko sentiment from All Occasions Sentiments #2 which goes perfectly with the stars. 
 
This stamp will go with lots of images - I particularly like the dimension you get from die cutting it!
 
I have another introducing post for you tomorrow.  In the meantime, there is lots more inspiration for you over at the Uniko blog.
 
Thanks for stopping by,
 
Sarah x

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Uniko Introducing....Originally Organic Additions

Hello!

I love Uniko's Originally Organic stamp set and now we have a fun new additions set to play with.  The leafy heart shape is elegant and versatile.  Here are a few of my ideas:

 
I wanted to create a springlike card and white embossed the images before watercolouring them.  A touch of grey pencil around the outside adds a bit of definition.  I white embossed the lovely sentiment on light blue card and matted and layered on lilac and purple card.

 
I went with slightly more vibrant colours on this one layer card and added some of the stamps around the edges of the card too. 
 
This is such a pretty stamp set and it will work wonderfully with the first organics set too....check out what ideas the rest of the DT have come up with over at the Uniko blog.
 
Stop by for the next introducing post tomorrow :)
 
Sarah x