Any element is fine, whether themed or basic (ie buttons, stitches, flowers).
Unique means one-of-a-kind. In other words: if you have the same bow 3 times, but only recolored, it is not unique. Now, if you have 3 completely different bows, that would equal 3 unique elements.
It can get murky if you have a bow, a button and then a clustered element using that bow & that button. I would recommend staying away from this practice for this round.
Originally Posted by nma1985
when you say "12 unique elements."
do you mean themed elements or would buttons,stitches, etc etc normal essential things be included in the 12?
want to be sure before i start