Saturday, 31 March 2012

Warning ... You May Need Sunglasses!


I'm not kidding on this blog title! I WARN you, you might need to bring out the sunnies for view this card! 

When I saw this weeks Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World my heart went pitter patter! I love Orla Kiely's pattern designs, I bought her book Pattern for myself as a Christmas present last year. 

Just look at this picture ...

Now, I admit that the colours in the photo are not ones I reach for for cards or projects often but I though why not I'll have a go. The Orange tin at the top of the pile really catches my eye so I used that section of the picture to inspire my card below ... 

Are you ready ...

Now, while I was constructing this card I was thinking to myself, I'm not overly happy with how this is turning out! But now I have finished it & photographed it the result is growing on me! LOL! It's a really simple LO & uses up some more of my hoarded brads which is a bonus! 

I'll be back tomorrow with a more subtle colour scheme & card to share! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 30 March 2012

Just like buses ...

Happy Friday & HAPPY Weekend!

Did you think I'd left you hanging for today? I got a bit behind schedule & rustled up some cards to share this evening in the Studio!

And look ...

Just like buses along come 3 cards! This trio of cards only took about 20 mins to construct! Apart from the base card & bakers twine all the patterned paper & coloured CS is left overs from other projects. 

The patterned paper is from the Uniko Studio Digital Time Collection available for purchase from the website HERE. I used sentiments from both Time & Extra Time. 

Such a simple LO but effective & good for using up those scraps of patterned paper! This project fits in perfectly with a challenge over on Moxie Fab World HERE to use scraps on your projects. 

So, I finished reading The Hunger Games in record time for me reading a book! Seriously I could NOT put it down AND I've started the 2nd book! I want to see the film now so it's on the list for Orange Wednesdays next week! Talking of Orange I have a bright & cheery card using that colour to share with you all tomorrow! 

Until then ... thanks for stopping by today & for all the comments that you leave. I read every single one & feel so blessed that people enjoy stopping by my little part of blogland. 


Thursday, 29 March 2012

Joining In ...

HaPpY Thursday!

The title of this post relates both to the inspiration for this card and also relates to the reason why this post os over an hour late to my normal scheduling! 

I'm behind schedule as I decided to see what all the 'hype' was all about with The Hunger Games! I didn't understand the trailer I saw the other day at the Cinema as I had never heard of the books or film. So, I thought I'd get the books & read them on my iPad, so last night I started the first book & couldn't put it down! I've even read a few chapters over my breakfast. 

I'm not a BIG reader of books but enjoy reading when I found a good book & I think these will keep me entertained for a while!

Anyway, onto my card for today. I'm joining in on the ColourQ fun ...

I was drawn to these lovely BRIGHT spring colours and had to join in & use them! Here is my card below...

I used the medium & small graphic flowers from the Time set along with the sentiment. Such a simple card would brighten anyones day up! Here is a close up ...

I've used one of my many brads for the centre of the flower, why did I hoard so many brads? It'll take me years to use them all! Anyone else have that problem?!

It's another sunny day here in the UK so I am off to do some work in the sun got to make the most of it while it's here!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Clock Flowers ...

Whoop Whoop for Wednesday!

It's another sunny one here in the North East of the UK. I am certainly enjoying this mini heatwave we're having so this post will be short and sweet! I've enjoyed spending some TIME in the garden tidying, weeding & yesterday planting some flowers, strawberry plants & lettuce! 

Whilst I was gardening yesterday I was inspired by the colours & flowers around me, it got me thinking about incorporating these into a card & this is what I came up with ...

I couldn't resist having another play at using the clock hands as a border! This TIME I used both the clock hands from Extra Time & stamped them in Summer Sunrise & Hawaiian Shores. For the clock face I stamped it onto Summer Sunrise CS & cut the inner circle out & mounted it onto the clock face I had stamped onto white CS & punched out using my 1 3/4" circle punch. I then matted this to a piece of Raspberry Fizz CS that was die cut with PTI's Limitless Layers 1 3/4" dies. 

I used the Fiskars Threading Water punch to create the loopy border to 'ground' the stamped piece, which is adhered to the card base using foam pads. A simple sentiment from Extra Time & a sparkly button finishes off the card! 

Don't forget about having a go at the CHALLENGE using the FREE Uniko Studio digital Time paper available HERE! I have now added a link to the challenge post in the left side bar. 

I'm off now to the sunny garden with my sketch book to draw & be inspired by the nature around me! I hope you all have a lovely day wherever you may be.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Creating Borders ...


Happy Tuesday ... I'm back today to share a lil CAS card with y'all.

I'm having some FUN at the MOMENT playing with the smaller stamps contained in the Time & Extra Time stamp sets. They open up SO many possibilities for creating patterns. For this card I used a clock hand & sentiment from Extra Time. I simply started stamping the clock hand vertical & rotating it 180 degrees & stamping it again. I started the process from the middle & worked out to the sides in both directions.  I kept this card 10.5 x 10.5 cm for no particular reason than for using up scraps of CS I had left over from other projects. 

Just imagine creating a multi coloured border or stripes of clock hands in a rainbow of colours there are SO many things you can do with the smaller stamps in the Uniko Studio stamp sets! 

Before I go today I have one more card to share. I spotted this BEAUTY when I was mooching around the internet last night.

This card is by Debby from Lime Doodle Blog. I have been an admirer of Debby's CAS style cards for a while now, so I love to pop by Debby's blog for a look see! And look what I found ...

Debby has used a clock face from the Extra Time stamp set paired with some Waltzingmouse stamps & lovely lovely Studio Calico DP. I strongly recommend having a look around Debby's Blog HERE as her projects are FAB! 

That's all I have to share today but of course I will be back again tomorrow! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Butterflies & Clock Hands...

Happy Monday!

Today I have a card to share that I have made using Gayatri's Inspiration Photo Challenge HERE. As SOON as I saw the inspiration photo I knew how I was going to incorporate the Uniko Studio Time stamp set into this challenge so I could play along!

Here is my card ...

I used 2 of the clock hands from 'Time' to add the detail to the butterflies & the sentiment is also from the 'Time' set. I am loving white on white at the minute and using banners so I die cut them and adhered them to the card to frame the sentiment.

I love butterflies SO just had to play along! How about joining in on the fun? Take a look at Gayatri's blog HERE for the inspiration challenge details. 

Short & sweet today, lots to accomplish, I'll be back tomorrow though!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Just Because ...

Happy Sunny Sunday!

I hope the sun is out where you are, it's a lovely day here in the North East of the UK. Officially Spring has sprung here in the UK as the clocks went forward so 'Just Because' it's SO nice here I have enjoyed it! 

We had a little walk out to the restaurant to meet the family for lunch which was nice & have spent some time in the garden enjoying the sunshine & giving it a good tidy up ready for some planting! So, now I am  relaxing in the Studio creating a few projects for the blog & testing out some of the ideas that have been whirling around my brain!! 

So here is today's card ...

As I had some of the FREE Uniko Studio digital Time paper left on my desk that's what I used! You can grab your FREE download HERE on the website & why not join in on the Challenge HERE

For this card I used this weeks retro sketch ...

I had fun with this sketch & might just use it again!! Well, I'm off to savour the last bit of this weekend, hope you are all having a lovely day! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Uniko Studio Saturday Show!

Happy Weekend!

I don't have a card or project of my own to share today, so I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few cards I have been sent links to or seen around blog land using Uniko Studio Time & Extra Time stamp sets along with the NEW Time digital papers!

First up is this card from Pauline ...

Pauline has used the graphic flowers on her card from the Time set & has stamped them in some lovely colours. You can read more about Pauline's card HERE on her blog & take a look around she has some lovely projects on her blog.

Next up is Sue ... 

On this card Sue has used the NEW Time digital download papers available on the website HERE to purchase. There is also a freebie paper HERE to download & join in on the CHALLENGE I set yesterday! I just love how the pocket watch looks like it is hanging from a lapel on a suit jacket. You can read more about Sue's card HERE on her blog & take a look around Sue has lots of lovely projects on her blog.

The last card & project I have to share today are by DT member Aimes ...

Every TIME I pop by Aimes blog I say 'WOW!' I'd seriously LOVE to step inside Aimes' mind to see how she thinks & comes up with such FAB ideas! Below is no exception, how cute is this little gift envelope?

It just shows you don't have to use the digi papers just for cards! 

Thank you ladies for making me smile :) I just love to see people using Uniko Studio stamps. I try my best to hop around my followers blogs but TIME does not always allow me so if you have created a project using the stamps and you would like to be featured HERE on the blog then drop me an email with a photo or link to your project.

Thats all from me today, I will be back tomorrow with a share or two! 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, 23 March 2012

How about a Challenge Giveaway!

Yay TGIF Peeps!

Here is todays card ...

I love butterflies & decided to use some Uniko Studio digital patterned paper to die cut them from using PTI's Butterfly Dreams die & a Martha Stewart Butterfly punch. I used PTI's Parisian Doily die & stamped a clock face from Extra Time in Smokey Shadow ink & the clock hands in Ranger Archival ink. I used foam pads to adhere the butterflies up the edge of the card & added some black & red rhinestones for some extra sparkle! 

You might be wondering what Uniko Studio digital paper I have used for my butterflies if you keep reading you will find out! LOL!

Here is a close up of those butterflies & digital papers ...

What do think about a little challenge & a giveaway to celebrate the release of Uniko Studio's first Digital Downloadable Patterned Papers - Time & Extra Time?! Sound good ... keep reading! 

The challenge is for you to create a card, scrapbook page or project of your choice using this digital downloadable patterned paper which is available as a FREE download HERE on the website.

Once, you have downloaded & made your project upload it to your blog or a gallery online & link directly to the project in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post. If you don't have a blog or gallery send me an email with a photo/scan of your project & I will put your creation in the Uniko Studio Flickr gallery & enter you into the giveaway drawing (don't forget to include your name)!

Feel free to add the image above to your blog when posting about your creation to tell your readers about the Challenge & Giveaway. If you enter the challenge & haven't got the Uniko Studio Blinkie it would make me smile if you add it to your blog side bar ... the code is HERE in this post.

You don't have to use Uniko Studio Time & Extra Time stamps but if you have them I'd love to see you use them with the patterned paper! 

So what do you win?! The prize is ... A FREE PATTERNED PAPER PACK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & STAMP SET of your choice from the Uniko Studio website. (This is not limited to Time & Extra Time products more products being released 21/04/2012).

Don't forget to have fun & spread the Uniko Studio LOVE! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

I'm Late, I'm Late for ...

Today's blog post!

Happy Thursday! I'm running late with my blog post today as I was out of the Studio yesterday catching up with my college friends for chatter, food & inspiration!

Anyway, onto today's card ...

Again, I have used what seems to be becoming my favourite paper from the Time & Extra Time digital paper pack! You can purchase the papers HERE. The sentiment I have used is very fitting for me with regards to blog posts as I have been LATE with them a few times! I am also very good a forgetting peoples birthdays! 

I have used some PTI Hawaiian Shores CS to really make the paper POP. I used the Fiskars Threading Water punch for the looped edges & some lovely Sea Green Rhinestones. The sentiment strip is adhered to the card using foam pads.

So, did you notice the countdown in the sidebar on the blog??!! 

The countdown has begun to the next sneak peeks for the next release of Uniko Studio Stamps & Digital papers!! The peeks will start on the 15th April with the reveal of the stamps & goodies on the 20th with you being able to purchase them from the 21st April from the Uniko Studio website!

I hope you are as excited as me about the next Uniko Studio release?! 

Tomorrow I will be back with another card or two, plus I will be setting a fun challenge with a prize of course!! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see what I have in store! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Did you see ...?

Woohoo it's Wednesday!

Always feels closer to the weekend when we hit Wednesday! Lol! Lets hope this sunny weather we're having in the UK lasts so we can enjoy it at the weekend, it certainly lifts my spirits in the Studio when the sun is shining! 

Anyway, did you see ...? The Uniko Studio Time & Extra Time digital papers are now available for purchase through the website HERE! I have another card to share with you using the papers & one stamp from the Time set!

For this card I printed the plain distressed journal paper from the Time & Extra Time digital download on to some white CS from PTI. I like the sturdiness of their white CS. I then used 2 circle punches a 1 3/4" punch & 1 3/8" punch to punch the circles. I then did some faux stitching with a black fine liner, stamped the sentiment & adhered it to the all over clock matted to the Smokey Shadow CS base. The all over clock paper which is printed onto some smooth 160gsm paper. A few black rhinestones & ta-dah! 

I have a couple of other cards to share which some FAB Uniko Studio customers have made using their Uniko Studio stamps. I do LOVE to see what others create using them!

First up is Sue from Sydney Australia ...

I love the colour combo & those little clock hands complement the stamps SO well. Thanks for sharing your creation Sue :) You can see more about Sue's creation HERE on her blog.

The next couple of cards are by Ruby...

How different do the graphic flowers from the Time set look paired with that yummy DP?! AND the paper piecing on the larger flower is just FAB! 

How about a girly clocking in card creation ...

I love the LO of this card & how Ruby has made the masculine stamps girly & soft. Fab emboss resist with the cog stamp too. For more info about Ruby's cards be sure to pop by her blog HERE

Thats all I have to share with you today, but I will be back tomorrow with some much awaited information from the happenings in the Uniko Studio!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Lets Celebrate ...

Happy Tuesday!

Today we can CELEBRATE!! The Time & Extra Time Digital Downloadable papers are now available for purchase from the updated Uniko Studio website HERE

So how about a couple more cards using the papers & a swatch peek at all 10 papers available in the download ...

You might think by looking at this card that I have just stamped the clocking in card onto the plain distressed patterned paper but I have actually cut the clocking in card out of a patterned paper sheet! This card was super simple to make, I just placed 3 clock hands from the Time & Extra Time stamp sets onto an acrylic block in a random fashion & stamped them over a diagonal portion of the card. I then carefully cut the clocking in card out & stamped the sentiment in red ink & adhered it to the card using foam pads. A simple bulldog clip finishes it off!

For this next card I used the PTI banner die to die cut the 3 banner strips from different papers available in the download. I adhered the banners with DST leaving the ends of the banners unstuck. I stamped the clock face added the time & punched it out using a 1 3/4" circle punch & matted this to a PTI Limitless Layers die cut from grey CS adhering it to the card using foam pads.

Below is a swatch sample of all 10 papers available in the purchased download ...

I'll share a little bit of info about the download but here but it is on the website too! If you want to purchase the digital papers from the website simply add them to your cart along with anything else you might like to buy. When you are done & have completed the checkout process you will be emailed a link to download the file containing the papers.

In the file you download there are 2 folders, one containing A4 paper files & one containing 8 x 11" paper files. You can download this file using the link up to 2 times, so I suggest once you have downloaded the file you save it to your computer so you can print & use the papers as much as you like! 

So there you have it, the first of many digital downloadable patterned papers available from Uniko Studio! 

Thanks for stopping by & happy printing & stamping! 

Monday, 19 March 2012

Where did the TIME go?!

How did Monday happen?!

Yesterday was Mothers Day here in the UK & so we spent the day with my MIL to be like we normally do on a Sunday. Sunday's are a family day for us to spend time & catch up, relax, eat & watch a movie! So, with doing that we didn't get much else done! As to say I didn't get the faffy bits for the website done that I need to do before the 'Apple & Web Professional' can finish the updated site - sorry!! 

Anyway, those things are on #1 on my list today! Before we start the working week lets take a look at a couple more cards using the Time Papers ...

This first card uses some colourful cog patterned paper. The cogs on this paper are quite a bit larger than the stamp cog size which provides more mix & match opportunities. I used the clock face & sentiment from Extra Time for this card & kept it all super simple seeing as the patterned paper has a lot going on!!

This second card uses another all over pattern paper from the Time collection which has slightly smaller pocket watches layered one on top of the other. I have used one of my fall to sketches that I often use when using patterned paper. I used some retired SU! Sage Shadow CS & Ink on this card, an old favourite of mine! 

So there you have a few more peeks at the papers soon to be available in the Uniko Studio Website Shop!! I best get on with my to do list as I don't want to keep you all waiting to long to get your hands on purchasing the digital download!! I'll be back tomorrow where I will have a couple more projects & show you a full reveal of the Time paper collection!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

A Day to Celebrate ...

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers in the UK!

I'm back today to share a few more cards using the Uniko Studio Digital Time papers along with Uniko Studio Time & Extra Time stamps. I am SO happy that you are liking the look of these papers! Thank you for all the lovely comments!

How about a bright & cheery card to start things off?!

Now, if you just glanced at the card you might have thought 'I saw that patterned paper yesterday'. If you look a little close the journal lines are missing & the pattern of the clocks is all over the paper. Again I stamped the graphic flowers from the Time set & layered them up & adhered them to a paper strip & CS mat using foam pads.

Below is another bright card! I decided to use up the piece of CS left on my desk to create this one & kept it super CAS! I simply cut a strip of CS 4.5 cm x 10.5 cm and adhered strips of the Time patterned papers to this strip. They work out at 1.5 cm wide. A simple sentiment from Extra Time & I was done!

Well I was on a roll yesterday with making cards and whipped this little one up below too! Again I was using up some CS already out on my desk from the other day hence the yellow & grey colour combo! 

Such a simple LO but being a CAS kinda gal I really like how this one turned out! I simply layered a piece of the Time distressed ledger paper with a piece of grey CS. I stamped the sentiment from the Time set & adhered to the yellow CS base. 

Like I did for a card yesterday I stamped the pocket watch onto a plainer distressed paper in the pack, cut it out & adhered it to the card using foam pads.

Thats all the cards I have to share today! I had a happy day yesterday inking & creating in my studio & even got some happy news when I saw the card I created HERE was chosen as the winner over on the retro sketch blog HERE

Anyway, the website update to accommodate the NEW Time patterned papers is coming along nicely & they might even be available to purchase later today, if not today fingers crossed it'll be tomorrow!! Thanks to my 'Apple & Web Professional' as he'd like to be known rather than 'tech guy'! 

As soon as they are available I will be shouting it from the rooftops, here on the Blog, Twitter & Facebook! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

I {heart} technology!

Happy Weekend & Happy St Patricks Day to all my Irish followers & those who celebrate the day!

I'm back today to introduce a soon to be addition to the Uniko Studio website shop ... Uniko Studio Digital. The first set of digital papers set to be released shown below coordinate with the Time & Extra Time stamp sets.

The image above is the paper pack cover which gives you a sneak peek at a small section of 6 of the 10 designs contained in the digital download.

How about a couple of cards to show you a little bit more?! 

This first card uses 2 papers contained in the pack. I have used the edge of one of the papers down the side of my card edged with some smokey shadow CS punched with a Fiskars Threading Water punch. I have then stamped the pocket watch onto another paper contained in the pack, cut it out & adhered to the card using foam pads.

For the second card below I have used the same 2 papers, don't want to waste any now! This is a little 5 x 5" card. I layered the digital paper onto some SU! Basic grey CS & adhered this to the Smokey Shadow CS base card.

I then stamped the 3 graphic floral stamps onto the same paper as I stamped the pocket watch & cut them out. These are just adhered together with DST & adhered to the card flat. A simple sentiment & gem finishes the card off. 

So what are you first impressions? Are you keen to see more? I'd love for you to leave a comment here on the blog :) Be sure to pop on by tomorrow for some more peeks at these Uniko Studio Digital 'Time' papers soon to be for purchase through the website

Thanks for stopping by!