Monday, January 16, 2017

Have a Toadally Awesome Birthday Card with Eloise

Hello everyone! Eloise here and today I'm kicking off the week using a brand new stamp set that was just released called Froggy Friends. These frogs are just the cutest and the set comes with a bunch of images and sentiments to create so many scenes. Today I went with a simple birthday card, but there are so many types of other cards you can make with this set too.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Froggy Friends Toadally Awesome Birthday Card by Eloise Blue.

To start off my card today I took a piece of watercolour paper and did a quick water coloured background using some Misson Gold watercolours. I just used a few different blues, dropped in the colour and dried it with a heat tool to get the cool effect. I then stamped all my images from the Froggy Friends stamp set on some white cardstock and coloured them all in with some Copic markers. I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out too.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Froggy Friends Toadally Awesome Birthday Card by Eloise Blue.

Once all my images were cut out, I die cut down my water coloured panel and then arranged my images on top and then adhered them down once I was happy with placement. For my sentiment I used a mix of phrases from the Froggy Friends and Turtley Awesome stamp set and stamped them onto a red banner that I previously die cut with some black ink. I popped up my sentiment and adhered it under my scene. I then added some fun foam on the back of my panel and adhered it to a green card base. I added a little shimmer with a Wink of Stella to make some of the images sparkle.

That finished up my card today, I hope you enjoyed and got inspired. Make sure you stop by the rest of the week for more inspiration using the new stamps and dies that were released.

- Eloise

Sunny Studio Supplies Used:
Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Froggy Friends Photo-polymer Clear Stamps  Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Froggy Friends Die Set releasing January 2016  Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Turtley Awesome 2x3 Photo-polymer Clear Stamps  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spring Inspiration Week Winners

Hello there!  Rafflecopter has picked the five winners for last week's giveaways and they are...

  • Monday- Vornlen Wong
  • Tuesday- Barb Glasier
  • Wednesday- Samantha Jackson-Houp
  • Thursday- Mary Holshouser
  • Friday- Waleska Galindo

Congratulations!  I will email all the winners this afternoon with the $25 gift codes.  Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate this week!



Friday, January 13, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Color Me Happy Stamps & Sun Ray Dies

It's the big day!  I'm so excited to finally share the last of my sneak peeks!  Today I'm showcasing our versatile new Sun Ray Dies, a cheerful new 3x4 Sentiment set called Color Me Happy and a matching Color Word die!  I'm a rainbow girl at heart so I've really been enjoying these products and all their possibilities!

With our Sun Ray dies you are only limited by your imagination.  There are so many different fun ways they can be used and at a price point of $13 they're pretty affordable too!    

For my first card I die-cut each of the rays from white cardstock and then sponged them in a rainbow of graduated colors using distress inks for a cool tie-died look.  To help you line things up, I have created a number of free printables with guides that work especially well with a light box.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Color Me Happy & Sun Ray Dies Rainbow Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

The Sun Ray dies come with circles that are 1/2", 1" and 1-1/2" in size. The largest size works well for the sunburst designs, but I didn't want the space inside to go to waste so I included two smaller circles nested inside to give extra options.  

I used the medium 1" circle to die-cut circles from watercolor paper that I had colored with Kuretake Gansai watercolors.  I added adhesive to the back of each circle and arranged them face down on the printable and then carefully laid my 5.5" x 4.25" black cardstock panel over the top.  The printable allowed me to space my circles perfectly symmetrical and by doing it this way I didn't need a light box which would have been too hard with black cardstock anyway.  I wanted the look of stitching on the outside edge, but I couldn't decide on a color so I ran i through my sewing machine with no thread.

For my sentiment I heat embossed the words in white using the Color Me Happy Stamps and Color Word Die on a piece of vellum and then die-cut two thin circles from white cardstock to sandwich my vellum between and give me a place to hide my adhesive.  I was able to use a glue pen behind the word "color" and again for the outside ring.  I think the polka-dot print fits the sentiment really well and it was so fun to create.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Color Me Happy & Sun Ray Dies Rainbow Pop of Color Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Up next I used the Sun Ray Dies to form a rainbow striped retro print along the top and bottom of my card.  My friend inspired me to try using them this way and I love the results! 

To create this card I cut two rays of each of my 6 colors from textured cardstock (which is easy to do since the set comes with two dies) and then snipped them in half with my scissors so I could stretch them to fit the entire length of my card.  I then hid the gap in the center with my sentiment.  For my color word die I cut it once from white cardstock and then used scraps to cut the other letters which I pieced back together.  So fun, right?!
Sunny Studio Stamps: Color Me Happy & Sun Ray Dies Rainbow Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last new card of the day, I turned to our Rain or Shine set and paired one of the new sentiments from Color Me Happy with the umbrella image.  These sentiments would be awesome with the rainbow image from that set too, but sadly I just I ran out of time...

For my focal point image I stamped it in black using Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bristol paper and then watercolored the images using my Zig Clean Color Brush markers and a paint brush.  I then repeatedly stamped the same umbrella using Versafine Smokey Grey ink and shaded them with a light grey brush marker.   

For my sentiment I used my MISTI tool to help me line things up and then stamped each letter one by one in different colors of ink, carefully masking off the other letters with scotch tape before inking up my desired letter and then pealing off the tape before stamping it.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Color Me Happy & Rain or Shine Rainbow Umbrella Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

My last card was actually shared yesterday, but I just wanted to show it off again since I created it with the Sun Ray dies.  When I was done adhering the rays, I stitched down the center of each one with my sewing machine & pulled the threads to the back before adhering the 1-1/2" circle in the center.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Easter Wishes & Sun Ray He Is Risen Cross Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


Here's a full look at the Color Me Happy 3x4 stamps, Color Word die & Sun Ray Dies...

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Color Me Happy Photo-polymer Clear Stamps     Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Color Word Die releasing January 2016 

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Sun Ray Dies releasing January 2016    Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Sun Ray Die Set


I hope you've enjoyed today's sneak peek.  Would you like to win a $25 gift code to our online store to spend on some of the new sets?  Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win. If you're just joining in the fun, don't forget you can still enter the contests from each day this week by visiting the earlier posts!  Contests close on January 14th at Midnight PST.  Winners will be announced here on our blog on Sunday, January 15th.  :)

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Before you go, I wanted to let you know about a couple promotions we have going on right now:  

  • Use the code "SPRING2017" to save $3.50 on all orders over $25.  This is my way of helping everyone with shipping (expires Monday, January 16th at Midnight PST).
  • We also still have the code "SAVE5" which is good for all orders over $49.
  • All orders will automatically come with a free 5/8" flower die.  :)

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Easter Wishes & That Sucks

Hello there!  Are you ready for our release tomorrow?  I'm super excited, but I'm also happy to have another day to put some finishing touches on tomorrow's sneak peek cards.  ;)

Today I'm showcasing two new sets.  Up first is a 4x6 stamp set called Easter Wishes.  These stamps coordinate well with the images from last year's A Good Egg set, but also work well all on their own.  It comes with a cross, 2 bunnies, 3 chicks, a sheep, 2 flower images and a handful of sentiments.  Some have been curved to fit on the cross and there is also a nice large sentiment that is perfect to use inside your cards.

Can you tell I have a thing for tulips?  This set comes with a cute little trio of tulips that will work well for so many scene building type cards.  I love to fussy cut so I cut them around the outside edge and then used a Copic marker to the color the inside portions to match my sponged background for a seamless look.  Don't worry... If you prefer dies we have those too.  ;)
Sunny Studio Stamps: Easter Wishes Bunnies & Tulips Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my second card I stacked all the critters to create a sweet little scene.  I then stamped some tone-on-tone clouds and grass using our Sunny Sentiments stamps.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Easter Wishes Sheep, Bunny & Chick Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card I wanted the cross to take center stage, keeping the rest of the card super simple.  I paired it with a fun new die set that I will be sharing more of tomorrow.  ;)
Sunny Studio Stamps: Easter Wishes & Sun Ray He Is Risen Cross Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Up next I turned to our Sunny Semi Circle dies to create an arched window for my scene with the baby chicks and lilies.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Easter Wishes Cross with Lilies and Chicks Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last Easter card I used the little chicks with the larger chick, Easter basket & Sentiment from A Good Egg.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Easter Wishes & A Good Egg Chick Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card I have a new little 2x3 stamp set called That Sucks.  My 10-year old daughter dreamed up the idea for a vacuum themed set when listening to Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" which I thought would be super cute for Valentine's Day.  It comes with a number of faces to add personality to the vacuum as well as another set of sentiments to expand it's versatility for other occasions.

For this card I created my chevron background using our Sunny Borders stamps and my MISTI to help me space them every 1/2".

For my second card with the set I cut my 4.25" card base using the largest heart from our Stitched Heart dies.  The coordinating That Sucks dies come with a bonus mini heart and "suck" word die in the extra space inside the vacuum that would have otherwise been empty wasted space.  

Here's a full look at the new Easter Wishes and That Sucks stamps and coordinating dies available for purchase early tomorrow morning in our online store.

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Easter Wishes Photo-polymer Clear Stamps    Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Easter Wishes Die Set releasing January 2016

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing That Sucks Photo-polymer Clear Stamps    Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing That Sucks Die Set releasing January 2016
I hope you've enjoyed today's sneak peek.  Would you like to win a $25 gift code to our online store to spend on some of the new sets?  Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win.  We will be giving away a new gift code each day for a total of five chances to win!  Contest closes on January 14th at Midnight PST.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, January 15th.  :)

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Make sure to check back tomorrow when I will be sharing two last sets that I'm hoping you'll love. ;)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Friends & Family Stamps & Dies

Hello there!  We're officially mid-way through the sneak peeks.  Thank you so much for all your love and support over the past two days.  Your outpouring of sweet feedback means the world to me!  

Today I'm sharing ideas using a new set called Friends & Family.  It combines over 12 mix & match sentiments with a number of bold layering flowers perfect for Spring.

Up first is a card whose design was directly inspired by a gorgeous card by Heather Campbell.  I loved her idea of having flowers blooming out from below the sentiment strip so I just had to try it myself!
Sunny Studio Stamps: Friends & Family Flower Border Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

This set comes with four stems that are attached as part of one stamp image that are perfect for repeatedly stamping as a continuous border for flower borders such as this one.  They were spaced to work well with the daffodil, tulip, daisy and posies from the set, each coming with their own unique leaves.  The daffodil flower layers with three separate stamps to complete the look.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Friends & Family Daffodil Border Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card, I used the exact same design, but this time substituted the daffodils for tulips.  The tulip flower comes with two separate images to layer.  These bold images are super easy to layer quickly by hand so no positioning tool is needed, making them a great option for creating card sets with.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Friends & Family Tulip Border Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card I layered all the daisies from the set for a bright and colorful border to frame my sentiment.  I also love the opposite phrase that says "friends are the family we chose".
Sunny Studio Stamps: Friends & Family Daisy Flower Border Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last card, I created a bouquet of mixed flowers using the standalone stem from the set.  I was able to length it by hiding the seam behind the layered bow from our Holiday Style set.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Friends & Family Flower Bouquet Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

I didn't have room for the sentiment on the outside so I continued the design to the inside with an extra flower I had stamped earlier for my bouquet and didn't end up using.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Friends & Family Flower Bouquet Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

I love offering freebies so for this release (starting on January 13th) a free 5/8" flower die will automatically be included with each order, while supplies last.



I have created a card idea using the bonus flower die which I am offering as a make-n-take with step-by-step directions that you can print out & recreate at home.  Just click on the image above to download.  :)
Sunny Studio Stamps: Friends & Family Flower Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Here's a graphic showing all the different sentiment combinations you can create using the Friends and Family stamps & coordinating word dies...  I imagine you can even come up with more by trading which friend or family word you use.  ;)

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Friends & Family Stamps & Dies Examples

And here's a look at the new Friends & Family stamps and coordinating dies...

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Friends & Family Photo-polymer Clear Stamps    Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Friends & Family Flower Die Set releasing January 2016    Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing Friends & Family Word Die Set releasing January 2016

I hope you've enjoyed today's sneak peek.  Would you like to win a $25 gift code to our online store to spend on some of the new sets?  Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win.  We will be giving away a new gift code each day for a total of five chances to win!  Contest closes on January 14th at Midnight PST.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, January 15th.  :)

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Make sure to check back tomorrow when I will be sharing two fun new sets that I'm hoping you'll fall in love with as much as I have. ;)

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