Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Inspiration Week: Introducing Stars & Stripes Stamps & Star Border Die

Hello there!  How are you doing today?  I'm really excited to share ideas using our new Stars & Stripes stamps and the new standalone 5.5" star border die coming out on Friday!  While you're here be sure to sign up for our drawing of the day for your chance to win them!  ;)

My first card uses the featured Stars & Stripes Stamps, along with the panda and koala bear from the Comfy Creatures set being featured tomorrow, the shadow image from the Sunny Borders stamps and the new Star Border die.  I cut the star border from two different colors of blue cardstock and then added the stars back into the border using a Zig glue pen.

The little hat from the Stars & Stripes stamp set was designed to fit all our various creatures.  Using that as my jumping off point I went fully patriotic on this set.  I love how depending on the way you color the little clothes from Comfy Creatures and what you have them hold, you can create a completely different look!


Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes Patriotic 4th of July Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Up next is a card using the stars from the set, along with the star border stamp from our Sunny Borders stamp set which I used to create a tone-on-tone background with VersaMark ink.  After I arranged the stars, I adhered them with a glue pen and popped some up with foam tape for extra dimension.  I also added some clear Wink of Stella glitter to all the smaller stars and a little glossy accent to a few random ones.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes Patriotic Reach For The Stars Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card I used that same star border stamp from the Sunny Borders stamp set, alternating between red and blue ink.  I then sponged on festive berries and mermaid lagoon distress ink over the top using mini sponge daubers.  I colored my rocket pops in coordinating colors with Copic Markers, stamped little faces on them using the faces from the set and then covered them in glossy accents to make them shiny.  I think you could get a little extra life from this image by coloring it in fun happy colors for summer too.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes Red, White & Blue Rocket Popsicle Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card I wanted to create a special card perfect for giving to a loved on Veteran's day or for putting in the mail telling our military men and women how much they mean to us.  I used the bunting image to create a little banner and paired it with the flag from the set.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes Patriotic "You're My Hero" Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Before I go, I wanted to share a couple of everyday ideas using this set just to show how versatile it can be.  I love blue, black and yellow together and I couldn't wait to create a fun scene using this little rocket and matching sentiment.  The set comes with 4 different curly trails that are perfect for pairing with the rocket.  I think with a little creativity you might be able to use them to create your own firework image too.  ;)

To color my images I used Copic Markers in Y15, Y17, Y19, Y38 and YR04.  For my background I sponged on Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress inks trying to create an ombre effect where my die-cut window was.  To add a little variation, I heat embossed three of my tiny stars in white, along with my sentiment and rocket trails.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes "Hope You're Birthday Is A Blast" Rocket Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last card I used the pinwheel image along with a pocket die-cut on my Silhouette.  The bunting image from the set can be colored in patriotic colors, but it also looks great colored in fun rainbow colors!  On a side note, I needed the lengthen the stick on my pink pinwheel so I stamped an extra stick and tried to hide the seam behind the yellow pinwheel.  ;)

To create the fun shape of my card I used our Fishtail Banner dies in front (leaving it flat in back to make it easier to stand.  I then filled the bottom inside of the card with some fun coordinating patterned paper (not shown).  


Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes Rainbow Banner & Pinwheel Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

And here's another look at the new products featured on today's cards...


Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes Patriotic 4th of July stamp set Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes Patriotic 4th of July die set Sunny Studio Stamps: Stars & Stripes Patriotic 4th of July Star Border die

Would you like to win some of these fun products?  Today we are giving away the Stars & Stripes stamps & Star Border die to one lucky winner using the Rafflecopter below.  Come back everyday this week for another chance to win the products featured that day.  

Winners will be announced here on the blog on Sunday, April 3rd.  :)

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I hope I was able to inspire you today.  We're more than half way through our inspiration week.  Check back tomorrow for ideas using our Summer Picnic and Comfy Creatures sets. Until then...  

37 comments:

  1. Another adorable set! This would be perfect for making 4th of July party invites. My husband and I like grill and have a party around that time, and of course watch the fireworks. He proposed to me underneath the fireworks about 5 years ago :) I'm also glad that you highlighted this set's versatility and showed that it can be used for events other than patriotic ones. The star border die is super cute too!

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  2. When I was a kid, the whole family would get together for a picnic dinner and then light sparklers and watch the fireworks together. Now that I live in the Southwest, I basically just try to stay cool during July, lol!

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  3. These are so delightful
    and would be great to use
    for 4th of July pages! We
    usually have our family
    reunion in July and have
    a blast crafting during it.
    Carla from Utah

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  4. Wow!!! You have created the cutest cards....love them all....would love to win ......hugs

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  5. We celebrate with family and friends every year with swimming, corn hole, cookout and of course fireworks. Love the new stamps. there are not many 4th of July type out there and these are so cute!!! Cheryl V.

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  6. Lots of cute and fun projects today.
    One of my sons was born on the 4th of July so we usually have a patriotic birthday party with a cookout.

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  7. Love the Stars and Stripes stamp set..those rocket pops rock!! I like to celebrate with fireworks and fun summer food like BBQ and festive red, white, and blue desserts!!

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  8. We celebrate the 4th with family, either on the lake in their boat, or at one of our homes, grilling, swimming and going to watch fireworks. This set is really adorable!

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  9. Love your stamps and these are so cute!

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  10. My daughter and I usually watch some fireworks together, but she won't be in town this summer to celebrate with me :( I LOVE every one of you cards today!

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  11. My family and my husband family get together every year. We BBQ, then we go down towards Sunrise Mall and watch the fireworks and then when they are all over we go back to my sister-in-laws and have our own firework show for the kids!

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  12. We usually celebrate by going see the fireworks on the levee on Baton Rouge. There is always fun things going on before the firework show.

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  13. WOW!! Such beautiful cards! I absolutely love all of the super fun details!!
    FUN colors too!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia

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  14. We like to shoot off fireworks in our driveway. Love this collection.

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  15. I'm in New Zealand so we don't celebrate anything in July apart from the school holidays. We have Guy Fawkes in November and used to guy fireworks but we had a mishap with one a few years ago and the kids and I were accidently sprayed with sparks, so we stick to sparklers only now. Love all these cards by the way!!!

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  16. Oh dear! LOVE all the festive and super fun cards! ♥

    We always celebrate at my parents house. Just a good family cookout and some lawn games.

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  17. Love all the bright colors and these new stamps/dies have a lot of potential.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  18. All of these cards are so fantastic!! I am all Starry Eyed over them - so cute, such fabulous use of color and images!! You are a whiz and these are each so delightful!! I love celebrating the 4th of July with my whole family having a barbeque and then watching the town's fireworks display!! So fun!! Mendi - Have a beautiful day - you are truly inspiring!!!

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  19. I love how you showed the versatility of this set with the rocket card. We don't have the Fourth of July celerations, but we do celebrate Canada Day on July 1st. My nephew shares the same birthday, so we usually celebrate with a BBQ.

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  20. Such a cute set! We always go to a pool party at my parents house!

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  21. These are such adorable new products!!! Love your inspiration! We always have get togethers with family and neighbors for a BBQ and fireworks

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  22. I just love the popsicle stamp and die! We celebrate the 4th of July with my in-laws. My FIL always puts on a big fireworks show! It's great! This may be his last year though due to cancer. :(

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  23. My birthday is July 5th so I have always loved Independence Day ever since I was a kid! July is usually when we do our family vacation so there is the beach, BBQ's and fireworks! These stamp sets are just darling!

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  24. The stars and stripes stamps are amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on these. I make a lot of cards for soldiers and would use these a LOT!!

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  25. Another winner! Love this set! I love to spend July outside with family and friends having bbq

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  26. What great star inspired cards! I love the second one with the diagonal star border the best. We celebrate the 4th by meeting up with friends for a BBQ and fireworks.

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  27. Your cards are wonderful. The stamp and dies are going to be a favorite especially for the 4th of July holiday coming up....invitations, party favors, the ideas are endless. I see many other possible uses for this stamp set and dies, too.

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  28. Our community has a huge celebration, so we go t a parade, a picnic and fireworks! I need this set to make my self a flag day birthday card!

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  29. Such amazing cards Mendi!!! Love these sets! I really love that rocket ice pop!!!! I used to eat them every day in the summer when the ice cream truck would come around, Mr. Softie! I really love what you did with these cards and how versatile the sets really are! Love them all!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

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  30. In the past, we've celebrated by going to one of the local schools to watch fireworks. One year, we were in Oregon with my sister and her family. It was so windy, we had to wait hours (literally) before the city would give the OK to set off the fireworks!

    I especially love the birthday and celebrate cards! So soooo pretty :)

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  31. I always have to watch the local fire works here. They do a wonderful job for such a small town. Love the cards with this set. Was glad to see the everyday cards using it too.

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  32. We grill out with family and watch fireworks. Love your adorable cards.

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  33. Love these sets. Patriotic stamps are so joyous. So happy you showed an example of stretching your stamps, changing them up to use them for other occasions. Great birthday card!

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  34. Fabulous cards! We celebrate with a barbecue and then watch the local fireworks.

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  35. Looks like a great release. Love these new stamps!

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