Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Getting To Know the New Team: Introducing Audrey


My name is Audrey Tokach.  I am a 30-something, happily married wife, and mom to two amazing boys.  I am an animal lover and coffee addict.  I am a girly-girl who loves makeup and nail polish and anything pink! When I am not busy taking care of my boys, or my little animal menagerie,  you can find me coloring.  I have a fun, whimsical style, and I love bright colors and cutesy images.  I can't live without my Copic markers or my watercolors, but I love experimenting with other coloring mediums as well.  I am excited to be joining the Sunny Studio Creative Team!











I hope you stop by my blog,  Pink Ink Originals, for a visit! :)


You can also find me on...
Instagram: https://instagram.com/audrey_tokach/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/audreynicole/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/31022338@N06/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinkinkoriginals




Don't you just love Audrey's fun, playful style?  We share a love for rainbows and I adore her use of watercolors which is something I personally struggle with.
 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Getting To Know the New Team: Introducing Heidi



Hello! My name is Heidi Criswell. I live in Iowa with husband my little boy and one furry baby. I started card making in the summer of 2012 and quickly became addicted. My style of crafting is whimsy and colorful, however, I love CAS cards. When I'm not at my craft room,  I like to take my son and my puppy for long walks by the lake. I’m an avid animal and nature lover!







You can find me at...

My blog: http://craftytime4u.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/craftytime4u
Instagram: https://instagram.com/craftytime4u/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/craftytime4u/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126189638@N02/


I must gush again that I am amazed that Heidi has only been making cards for a few years.  These ladies are just so talented I tell ya!  I love Heidi's clean and playful style and her ability to create such darling, eye-catching scenes on her projects!
 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Getting To Know the New Team: Introducing Melissa



Hello! My name is Melissa and I grew up in a small town on the South Island of New Zealand called Akaroa. After meeting my now husband Tyler I decided to pack up with my dog Jay and move to California. I have been living in beautiful San Diego since early 2015.  I've studied and worked in Interior Design, so I have always enjoyed being creative.  

I started making cards after discovering one of Kristina Werner’s YouTube videos in late 2014 and have been hooked ever since. I love making fun designs that make people happy. Aside from crafting I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, taking my dog Jay on walks, calligraphy, cooking and traveling.











You can find me at the following links...

My Blog: http://melissabowden.com/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mellissabowden2/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131821440@N07/


Aren't Melissa's cards amazing?  She has such a knack for creating darling scenes in her cards and a great eye for color.  It's hard to believe she only started making cards less than a year ago and I can't wait to see what she creates next!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Introducing the New Sunny Studio Creative Team! :)

Hello there!  I am so excited to finally share with you our new creative team!!!

 
You caught a little glimpse of these talented ladies work during our blog hop earlier this month and I am ecstatic that they have agreed to provide you all with some amazing inspiration on a weekly basis!  :)

You can find out more about these sweet ladies at their blog links below.  We will be spending the next week getting to know them better before diving into all of their lovely creations using the new Sunny Studio stamps and dies. 


I just know you are going to fall in love with them as much as I have!  ;)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Harvest Happiness: Happy Thanksgiving Turkey Card

Hi there!  Today I have one last share using the Harvest Happiness stamp set.  For my card I turned to a CardMaps sketch by the wonderful Becky Fleck over at PageMaps as my jumping off point.

I created my background by inking up a piece of white cardstock with Peeled Paint distress ink and my favorite Jumbo Sponge Dauber.  When I was done, I felt it wasn't blended quite as smoothly as I would have liked so I helped it along by lightly misting it with my mini mister.  When it was dry I stamped the two little leaves from the set over the top to form a subtle tone-on-tone pattern in my background.


The orange dot paper was created as a solution to a problem, but I love the unexpected detail it added.  I had a little goober under one of the dots and I hid it by pulling out the tiny sprinkle stamp from the Birthday Smiles set and stamping a tri-dot pattern with my Spiced Marmalade distress ink.  I love happy accidents like that!


Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back tomorrow to introduce you to the new design team.  I'm really excited by the sweet group of girls that have agreed to go on this new journey with me.  :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bundled Up Dies Are Back In Stock

Hi there!  For those of you who have been waiting for the Bundled Up dies, they are officially back in stock in our shop!  


We now are also shipping all orders over $39 for free within the USA.  For small orders to international destinations I have also been refunding portions of the shipping and handling based on the weight of the package. ;)

Happy shopping.  :) 

Harvest Happiness: Pilgrim & Indian Thanksgiving Owl Card

Hello!  Today's card uses two of my favorite images in the Harvest Happiness stamp set:  The Pilgrim and Indian Owls.  :)

After coloring them in with my Copics I was searching for just the right color scheme for my card and blue seemed like the perfect compliment to the orange legs and beaks.  I inked up my circle diecut using Stormy Sky Distress ink and then contrasted it with Fossilized AmberWild Honey for the sentiment.


To complete my card and add a bit of interest, I stamped faint stars in the background of the circle and again on the kraft cardstock, sprinkling on some Doodlebug sequins in between.


That wraps up today's card.  I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!  ;)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Harvest Happiness: I Love You More Than Pie Card

Hi there!  For Today's card using the Harvest Happiness stamp set I thought I would focus on the food images, adding little happy faces to the slice of pie and drumsticks.  I love this time of year when the pumpkin pies start to roll in at Costco!  It's definitely near the top of my favorite desserts.


To get all my images to fit on the circles without looking overly cramped I chose to go with a slightly oversized notecard sized at 4.5" x 6".


I like the warm rustic feel of the kraft cardstock and twine paired with crisp pops of white, don't you?  I'll have to remind myself to try that more often.  ;)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Birthday Smiles Kraft vs. White Ice Cream Cone Birthday Cards

How was your weekend?  They always go by way too fast, don't they?  Today I'm wrapping up the Birthday Smiles stamp set with a fun little crafty experiment.  I wanted to play with the ice cream cone image for a card that would be super easy to mail and I couldn't decide if I preferred kraft or white cardstock for my background so I decided to try both!  :)


For the kraft card I stamped the ice cream images with Hero Arts Latte Chalk Ink and lightly shaded the image with E42 Copic Sketch marker.


For my card in white I stamped the cones in the background using Hero Arts Soft Sand shadow ink which I traced with an E41 Copic Sketch marker.  I then colored in the pink portion on the ice cream and hearts with a RV52 Copic marker which was blurred a bit with the colorless blender pen.


For both of the focal point ice cream cones I stamped them onto Neenah Solar White cardstock using Hero Arts Passion Flower ink (which is actually a pale pink despite what the case shows) and Bubblegum shadow inks for the ice cream and Hero Arts Soft Sand and Latte Ink for the cone.

To give my ice cream a bit of a shaded look, I used the solid ice cream image which I added a bit of bubblegum ink to the bottom and one side before stamping it again over the top of the first stamped image in Passion Flower.  I finished them off with a bit of glossy accents added to the hearts on top.


So which version is your favorite?  My personal favorite is the kraft, but my family prefers the white.  I would love to hear what you think.  ;)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Birthday Smiles: Smiley Face Balloon Birthday Card

Happy Friday!  I'm back today with another card using the Birthday Smiles Stamp set.

My background is mostly one layer which I created by stamping the balloons on masking material and moving the masks around as I stamped the balloons in back.  I like how this looks, but it would have been equally easy to stamp & color them on cardstock and layer them afterwards.



When I had my card nearly completed I realized my white background was a bit too stark so I lined up those masks again and came in with some light color using my Copic airbrush (the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer tool also works great).

I finished my card by popping up one smiley face balloon with foam tape and adding a matching sentiment on a piece of scratch cardstock which I inked up with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber distress ink.



You may have noticed there's a little tiny curved "sprinkle" in the Birthday Smiles stamp set.  That was added as an extra stamp to layer over the balloon tie to make the appearance the dangling string is tied on.  ;)

Thanks again for stopping by!  I hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend!  :)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Birthday Smiles Girly Birthday Card Ideas

Today I have a couple of girly birthday cards to share using some more of the Birthday Smiles stamp set.

My first card uses a snippet of everything offered from this set:  Cupcakes, Balloons and Banners, oh my!  I colored my stamped images with Copic Markers.  The background was lightly watercolored using Tumbled Glass Distress Reinker and the sentiment strip was inked up by sponging on Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress inks.



I will admit that once I had all of the images adhered to the card, it felt like I had space everything too far apart, leaving a huge gap in the center.  Crystal Reflections sequins from Simon Says Stamp came to my rescue and saved my card.  I love the colors in this mix!  They're so pretty!




My second card uses most of the remaining images in the set, focusing on the ice cream cone.  Once again I colored the images with Copic markers and then matched them to distress inks for the background strips.



This was a fairly quick and easy card to create and yet it's one of my favorites.  Because I knew I would be fussy cutting the simple ice cream images out, I didn't worry about coloring within the lines which made coloring and blending so fun and carefree.  I finished off my card with some straight machine stitching using coordinating colors of thread.



With some simple changes to the color scheme (and switching the sequins to paint splats or epoxy dots) I think these would also look great with a masculine spin.  I'd love to see your take on these stamps.  As your orders start to arrive, don't forget to share your creations on our new Flickr group.  ;)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Birthday Smiles & Fishtail Banners Birthday Scrapbook Layout

I'm super excited to officially share a scrapbook layout using the Birthday Smiles stamp set along with the new Fishtail Banners dies!



I still had a few photos to scrapbook from an ice cream party my daughter had a number of years ago so when it came time to play with these stamps, I immediately knew the project I wanted to use them on!  I love how they look stamped out in matching inks with Doodlebug's Petite Prints Collection.



Here's an close-up view of how I used the fishtail banners on this layout.  I love how they look layered with one another and cut from different widths of patterned paper!  


To add a fun detail to the ice cream cones and cupcake, I dressed them up with Doodlebug Sprinkles.



Here's another look at the dies.  The little cutout tick marks make it easy to line up your paper strips no matter what the width.  They can create pennants and banners up to 4-1/4 inches wide from any basic strip of paper.  For those that missed it, I shared a video last week on how these dies work on our YouTube channel HERE.  :)
 

I hope I've inspired you to try stamping on your scrapbook layouts.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Furever Friends: Birthday Kitty Card Using a Grid Design

Hi there!  Today I have one last Furever Friends card I'm excited to share.

For this card I chose to go with a gird design and created my own tone-on-tone prints with the tuna can and paw print images in the stamp set using Peacock Feathers and Barn Door distress inks.  I just love how these colors look together when paired with the kraft cardstock!


I colored my little kitty to have a little bit of a Siamese flair which just happened to tie in my kraft background.  I realized after taking my photos that I had failed to draw in the missing whiskers which I had trimmed off the cat and mouse.  They are there now, but unfortunately you'll have to use your imagination with these photos.  ;)


Starting tomorrow I have some Harvest Happiness cards to share and then on Friday I will be announcing my new design team.  I can't wait for you guys to meet these talented ladies (if you don't know them already).  ;)

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