Saturday, October 26, 2013

October Release - Uniko Studio

Today we can finally reveal all of the great stamps and dies in the October release at Uniko Studio. There are some great stamps in this release and I have had so much fun creating with them.

I'll show you two cards today and I also made a video for both these cards and you'll find them in the bottom of this post as usual or at my YouTube Channel.

For my cards I focused mainly in the new snowflake die, which I love by the way. My cards are very simple, but I do think that this beautiful die is enough.

So here's the first card:


And here is my second card made with nothing but the die, distress inks and a sentiment stamp.

So that was all I had for today, and I hope you liked the new release and don't forget to check out the Uniko Studio Blog and the rest of the design team blogs for more cards using the new release.

Uniko Studio Blog (Bev)
Erika - you are here

YouTube Video of card number 1 and a short product introduction:

I didn't manage to get the voiceover to work on the next video, so I just fast forwarded it and added some music. So it may not be the best tutorial, but atleast you can see what I did.
YouTube Video of card number 2:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Introducing - Uniko Studio Jolly Christmas

After some major issues with the post office refusing to deliver the package with my stamps I can finally share some products from the upcoming release. I have to say I totally love the new release and I can't wait to start using all of the stamps and dies.

Today we are introducing a very special and fun set that includes a super adorable Santa called Jolly Christmas. I love this cute little man so I just had to use him for my first card. And since I missed out on the fun this week I ended up using stamps from three of the new sets. So on my card today you can see a glimpse of the new Background Builders set as well as the new addition to my favorite collection All Occasion Sentiments.

I colored the image in a bit of an unusual way, atleast for me. I used my Distress Markers to color the image, but instead of using them with water I just used them as regular markers. So there is no blending, just plain colors put down on the image, just like I did in kindergarten.

After the image was colored I cut him out, stamped a "hill" and glued the Santa down and added the sentiment. Simple as that! Of course I needed to add some glitter to the image too.

So here's the card, I hope you like it and don't forget to check out the Uniko Studio Blog and the rest of the design team blogs for more cards using the new Jolly Christmas Stamp Set.

Unfortunately I didn't have the time to record a video this time, but I'll record a video showing you all of the new stamps and a new card I've made later on this week.

Uniko Studio Blog (Bev)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Black & White Doodle

Idag gjorde jag ett lite annorlunda kort som jag har tänkt göra länge. Satte mig ner och ritade och ritade och ritade och fick tillslut till en härlig blandning av figurer, former och mönster. Satte sedan ihop detta till ett kort. Tycker faktiskt att kortet blev riktigt bra och kommer nog att göra fler kort och annan konst på detta sätt.

Gillar ni kortet finns det även att köpa i min etsy shop craftbymarleene


Made a new type of card today and I have to say I actually do like the result. I sat down with some markers and a piece of paper and started doodling. Eventually I ended up with an image that I liked and I made a card from it. I do think I'll be making more cards and art this way in the future.

Do you like it? You can buy this card in my etsy shop craftsbymarleene if you like. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tag Challenge #140

I don't know where times goes but I just seem to pass by so fast. Another week has gone and I just don't know where the last one went.

Since it is Tuesday again today it's time for another challenge over at and this time the theme is Tags. So I have made myself a bit of an "artsy" tag and I hope you like it.

I used Dylusion Spray Inks and Perfect Pearl Mists to make the background. Then I added some layers with a SweetCuts die and some Distress Ink. I put my sentiment in the bottom of the tag and embossed it heavily with white embossing powder. I also added some embossing powder to the whole tag to give if some more texture and interest.

As usual you can join the fun. Make sure to visit the SweetStamps blog for more information and the complete Challenge Rules.

Products from used on this card:

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Uniko Studio Sneak Peeks Day 2

Today I have a few more sneak peeks of the upcoming Uniko Studio release in a few days. Hope you enjoy.

Peek no.4 is of a little set which reflects the peaceful side of Christmas.

Peek no.5 is a very cute Christmas set and I have to say I just love it.

And, lastly is peek no.6 a much needed modern snowflake set.

That was all of the sneak peeks for this time. Tomorrow the product introductions will start and the design team will show some great cards using some of the stamps in this release.

And as I said yesterday you can win some awesome prizes, check out the Uniko Studio Blog for more information.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Uniko Studio Sneak Peeks Day 1

A little later than normal, but it is almost time for another fabulous Uniko Studio release. 
As usual I'll will start with some sneak peeks and give you hints of what's to come. Then I'll will introduce the new items by showing you a few cards I've made with the different stamps in the new release. And finally when release day comes the DT will have a blog hop and show you all of the stamps and dies in this release. 

And as always don't miss out on all the fun and be sure to comment along the way and you can be the lucky winner of some mystery prizes from Uniko Studio. Check out the Uniko Studio Blog for more information.
So lets head on to todays peeks.

The first peek is of the next in the All Occasion Sentiments series, large fun & seasonal words to add to your Christmas creations.

 How about some Christmas Background Building? 
This second peek is a tiny one of what is contained in this set. So many options with this set along with some 2 step stamping fun!

The last peek I have to share with you today is of a Designer Die Collection.

It just wouldn't be Christmas without some snowslakes! This collection of dies have so many possibilities on their own, but pair them with some stamps & you might just end up snowed under with options! 

That's all the Sneak Peeks for today and I'll be back tomorrow with some more.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Uniko Studio Challenge No. 4 - Fall Foliage Color Inspiration

Today it is time for a Challenge over at Uniko Studio and this time the challenge is to make a card using the image on the bottom as inspiration. There are some beautiful fall colors there to use as inspiration.

I made my card using two stamp sets from Uniko Studio, some Distress Inks and some patterned papers I found in a drawer. I also recorded a video that I'll post in the bottom.

I hope you like the card and I hope you'll join the challenge and take a look at the Uniko Studio Blog for more inspiration and challenge rules. You can win some great prizes if you participate in the challenge.

Here is my card:

Uniko Studio Challenge

Here is the inspirational image used to make the card.

from Pinterest

YouTube Video:

Uniko Studio products used: 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Art Journal - Face

Idag försökte jag mig på att måla ett ansikte i min art journal. Måste väl erkänna att jag är sämre än barnen på dagis när det gäller att måla och rita, men vadå man måste ju försöka för att kunna bli bättre. Jag är mest glad att resultatet faktiskt blev så pass bra som det blev med tanke på mina förutsättningar, man ser ju ändå att det är ett ansikte. Det var svårt att få till färgerna och skuggor och sådant och dessutom hade jag problem med alla linjer i ansiktet. Det var inte så lätt att försöka göra jämna fina linjer med en trasig pensel och akrylfärg.


Today I tried something new in my art journal. I painted a face!
I have to admit that my drawing skills equals those of the kids in kindergarten, but you have to practice to get better right? 

I am actually pretty happy with the result since you can actually see that it is a face. It may be a face with screwed up proportions and weird features yes, but it is still a face.

It was so hard to get the colors right and most of all I had trouble with all the lines in her face. I only had a broken brush and my Distress paints so trying to get the lines nice and even was easier said than done. 

But still, the art journal is for having fun and try new things and practice so I don't really care about the result anyway.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Center Step Card Challenge #139

This weeks challenge is Anything Goes, but with a bit of twist. This week the challenge is combined with the Monthly Technique Challenge and this time the challenge is to make a Center Step Card. I have to be honest and tell you that I have never made a card like that and it is not something I have ever thought of doing either. I kind of stick to making simple cards in "normal" formats. But as always it is fun with a challenge and I did the best I could. I have to say I found it to be hard and I didn't really know what to do with all the spaces on the card. But I ended up using some red and white cardstock. I did some paper piecing and added a few diecuts and ofcourse lots of glitter and glimmer :) So I hope you like the card.

As usual you can join the fun. Make sure to visit the SweetStamps blog for more information and the complete Challenge Rules.

Products from used on this card:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Challenge #138

Another week has passed and it is time for another challenge over at This time the theme is Fall. I didn't really have any stamps that I thought fit the theme so I ended up using a cute little rabbit and some papers from Prima - Engraver Collection in some great fall colors. 

I colored the rabbit using some copic markers and added some final touches with stickles and glossy accents. As usual a pretty simple card, but I hope you like it.

As usual you can join the fun. Make sure to visit the SweetStamps blog for more information and the complete Challenge Rules.

Products from used on this card:

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Uniko Studio Challenge No. 3

I wanted to post a little remider about the Uniko Studio Challenge this month. The theme is Washi and I chose to use both real washi tape and some stamps from the Uniko Studio Wonderful Washi stamp set.

Here's my card:

Visit the Uniko Studio Blog for challenge rules and more information.

Products used:

Friday, October 4, 2013

You are never alone

Today I made a new art journal page in my small Dylusions Creative Journal. It has been a long time since I last did a page in my art journals but I recently got the new smaller version of the journal and I just had to put something on the first page. Not that I am the best artist when it comes to art journaling, but I like creating without having any expectations. It is so much fun and I just can't understand why I don't create more art this way.

Here is the page I made:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Borders Challenge #137

This week the challenge theme over at is borders. I didn't have any border stamps so I decided to make my own border using a lace stamp instead. Hope you like the card.

As usual you can join the fun. Make sure to visit the SweetStamps blog for more information and the complete Challenge Rules.

Products from used on this card: