Thursday, 11 December 2014

Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday!

I'm back with Uniko Studio one last time for the Countdown to Christmas Blog Hop! This is in place of the usual release Blog Hop and focuses on all brand-new sets now available in store!

Please feel free to start at the Uniko blog to hop away from the beginning!

This release is so very awesome!! Don't forget - all new release products are available today to purchase from Uniko Studio!!

Bev is doing the full reveal of all the products today - go and check out the Uniko blog to see it all and comment for a chance to win an awesome prize!! How awesome is that?!

So, here are some projects I cooked up featuring this month's new stamps:

First up - a fun, rustic style card created with the Background Builders: Vines Winter Additions and Simply Said Christmas sets!

I built my wreath from a lot of the fun images from this set, using a lightly pencilled circle to guide the shaping. I added some glitter and white splatter for added interest!

Next up, a fun wintry card featuring the BIG & Bold - Snow and Rustic Christmas sets! I heat embossed all the images in white then blended some Distress Inks over them and splattered with water mixed with a little Perfect Pearls.

I loved selectively masking some of the letters from one of the sentiments from Rustic Christmas to create the fun 'TM' part of the sentiment!

Finally, a very traditional card featuring Rustic Christmas and Simply Said Christmas!

I masked off a rectangle in the centre of the tree before inking it up, then removed the tape and stamped leaving the rectangle in the middle, perfect to nestle the sentiment in! I also used the same WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder to add the gold border to my card base before adhering my panel down!

So are you ready to hop?! The DT has put on an amazing spread of creations and you simply must check them out!! Make sure you also head back to the Uniko blog where Bev is doing the full reveal of all the products in this month's release - you definitely want to see these beauties in their entirety!! And just as a reminder - all products from this release are now available at Uniko Studio - so run, don't walk! - over there to fill your baskets and own these sets for yourself!! - Make sure you comment on each of the blogs on your travels - there's an *awesome* prize giveaway in it for you!! *wink*

Just before you leave, I just wanted to mention that this is my last post as a member of the Uniko Studio Design Team. I've had a wonderful time on this team and loved working with all the products. I want to personally thank Bev for having me on the team and I will be cheering the company on from the sidelines as it will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope you've enjoyed seeing all my creations with Uniko products, and I'm sure I'll still post the odd card here and there featuring some favourite sets of mine. *wink* 

Please do leave some love before you head on your way - it always makes me smile! Thanks so much for joining me on this release - I do hope you'll pop back here very soon!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #36

Hey everyone!

Happy Monday! I know, I know, Mondays are tough. We all need a little tonic to help us get through the day. Luckily there's a new challenge in town to help us do just that - the Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge!!

This is a challenge which I've created myself, yay me! Every Monday I will bring you a photo inspiration challenge, with images that focus on lifting us out of those Monday doldrums and all inspired to create!! I'll be asking you to play along as well and linking up your creations! At the end of each week I'll pick a Top 3 who'll be my Cures For The Monday Blues and receive a special badge to add to your blog!!

This challenge is in its thirty-fourth installment now - woo hoo!! Thank you to everyone who has given it love and support and helped it to grow - especially the weeks where you've been patient with me while I've extended the challenges!

In case you missed this previous post, please read on for some of the recent changes made to the Challenge - including info on how to be in with a chance of becoming a Guest Designer!

Right then. Back to business, lol!

Before we get to this week's challenge I want to once again thank all of you that submitted entries for the last challenge. I am always especially happy to see some new faces to the Challenge, as well as 'regulars'! They were all truly beautiful entries and you did not make my life easy when choosing the winners!! I really wanted to pick you all!! Here are my Top 3 Cures For The Monday Blues:

Winners please contact me to be sent your challenge winner's badges!

Yet again I had some absolute stunners for entries. It is seriously getting harder and harder each week to pick out only a Top 3! All of you have really been putting in some amazing designs and it makes me so happy when you play, so please keep playing along!

One final thing before we get underway! I've finally created a badge for the challenge for anyone who wishes to add it to their blog, you'd make me so happy! I've included it on my blog sidebar along with the code you need to use it, so it couldn't be simpler! And just in case you'd like to see it here, here's what it looks like!

Fun right?! I'd love to see some of you grab it and use it!!

So are you excited to get this week's challenge under way?! Let's see what's up for this week's inspiration:

Source: Pinterest 

Understated elegance, with much more than first meets the eye - that's what I love about this room! So many different jumping points for the creative juices!!

My card will follow shortly, as I've had a lot of pain this weekend and couldn't sit to craft. I hope to rectify that soon though, apologies!

So now it's your turn to cure the Monday Blues! Here's how to participate in the challenge!

The Rules

  • Create a brand new project using the photo inspiration
  • Post on your blog or to an online photo album. Ensure you link up to this challenge post in your blog post and include the inspiration photo
  • If it is not obvious how the image inspired you then please explain your process in your post
  • Link up your creations to this post using the Inlinkz below. Please use the link to your actual post rather than the link to your blog
  • You can enter as many times as you like!
  • The deadline for linking submissions is Sunday 14th December at 11pm GMT/6pm EST

So are you ready to play?! I can't wait to see your creations!!

PS: if you would like to check out all of the previous challenge images you can see them here on my Pinterest board!

I'll be back again soon with something new! Thanks so much for stopping by - I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way! And I would love some feedback on the challenge itself!!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Deck The Halls with Inky Paws Challange!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday!

I'm here joining in with the culmination of a week-long fun event that's been happening on the Newton's Nook blog! All this week we have had the Deck The Halls With Inky Paws Challenge and there have been some truly awesome guests with equally awesome projects! Today the entire Newton's Nook DT is joining several special guests to blow you away with tons of inspiration!

The challenge was simple - create anything with a holiday theme featuring Newton's Nook stamps! With the plethora of cute Christmas sets this wasn't a problem at all!

I fell back to my still-favourite Christmas set - Newton's Holiday Mischief! Here's what I created:

Love! I was going for 'vintage meets modern' and I think I managed it!

I started by stamping Newton onto Rustic Cream cardstock using a mix of Versafine Onyx Black ink and SU! Soft Suede ink. I then watercoloured with Distress Inks and water mixed with a little Perfect Pearls. I used my Distress Markers for some of the watercolouring too, then added spritzes of Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist in Gold Lame and Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold. I also painted a little with the gold lame to add some extra shimmer to the lights! I edged the panel with WPlus9 ink in Cranberry Crush and Delicata Gold ink.

I rough-cut some patterned papers from the Echo Park Season's Greetings and My Mind's Eye Necessities: Wood collections and tied them together with some gold string before adhering to a Rustic White card base which I'd splattered with some watered down Distress Inks and Gold Lame spray. I added some snowflakes punched from the Add A Little Dazzle metal sheets using a Martha Stewart punch, and a sequin and I was all done!

So, we here at Newton's Nook never do things without a giveaway! Read on to find out how to win!

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop
We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $10 store credit for Newton's Nook Designs online shopTo enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 7th at 9 pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 8th.
Taheerah Atchia

Thanks so much for stopping by! I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way!