Monday, March 28, 2016

Inspiration Week: Introducing Tropical Paradise & Island Getaway

Hello there!  I'm so thrilled to be kicking off the countdown to our new release on Friday with some fun projects using the newest sets along with a GIVEAWAY each day!  Today I am showcasing just a few of the fun ways you can use Tropical ParadiseIsland Getaway and our fun new Wavy Borders dies!

Up first is a card using Island Getaway and borrowing a monkey from the new Comfy Creatures set to be showcased on Thursday.  ;)  For this card I die-cut clouds from a sticky masking material using the dies from Rain or Shine and Sunny Sentiments.  I added them to my background before sponging on Tumbled Glass distress ink.  I then layered on some Peacock feathers distress ink along the bottom of my card front feathering out the color to blend with the tumbled glass.  I then stamped the waves over the top in Tumbled Glass using the waves stamps from the set.

To create the hammock, I die-cut a circle from some extra white cardstock and then cut another circle in same size from the edge of the original circle to create the moon shape.  I then inked it up with a heavy layer of that same Peacock Feathers distress ink and traced the edge with a sharpie (using a piece of scratch paper beneath it) to give it the appearance that it had been stamped like the rest of the scene.
Sunny Studio: Island Getaway Hammock Card by Mendi Yoshikawa (with Monkey from Comfy Creatures & Cloud from Sunny Sentiments)

For my next card with Island GetawayI used the same cloud masks from the Rain or Shine and Sunny Sentiments dies.  Then for my waves, I sponged on Peacock Feathers, then Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean distress inks with masks cut with the Wavy Borders dies.  I used Post-it tape and was able to cut and use them over and over again on a number of cards before they lost their stickiness.  I love the finished results of the waves with the layered colors!

I finished my card by coloring in the flip flops and the little clothespins from the set with Copic Markers and stamping a sentiment onto a strip of paper, cutting the end with our Fishtail Banner dies.
Sunny Studio: Island Getaway Flip Flops Summer Card by Mendi Yoshikawa (with Sunny Sentiments & Wavy Borders dies)

For my third card using Island Getaway I wanted to create a card with the monkey playing in the waves.  I used my island stamp in the set to form my sandy beach, hiding the edge behind some die-cut waves.  This time for my waves using the Wavy Borders dies I cut them all from white cardstock.  I then sponged on ink starting at the bottom using Salty Ocean, trying to make the blend gradual and keeping the top edges fairly light.  I love how it gives a frothy appearance to my waves and makes them stand out against each other.  I finished my card with a flower in the corner from the Tropical Paradise set.

Sunny Studio: Island Getaway Monkey Card by Mendi Yoshikawa (+ Wavy Borders dies & Tropical Paradise stamps)

Up next I have a card combining the palm tree, island, waves & sentiment from Island Getaway with the flamingos from Tropical Paradise.  For this card I used my mask to sponge on Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon ink on the bottom two-thirds of my card, moving the mask down as I worked to add some different layers of color.  I then used the waves stamp from Island Getaway to add some more waves.  For the top half, I cut a second mask using the other side of the die and sponged on Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade distress inks.  Keeping my wave mask in place, I layered the negative portion of a circle mask over the top and inked the sun in more Spiced Marmalade before stamping my sentiment over the top in black ink.

My stamped images were colored with Copic markers and I cut a little sliver from my wave using a craft knife to slip one of the flamingos feet into the water so it didn't look like it was walking on water.  ;)
Sunny Studio: Island Getaway & Tropical Paradise Flamingo Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

My next card uses the florals from Tropical Paradise, the smaller hibiscus flower (in my background piece) from Island Getaway and a sentiment from the Sunny Sentiments stamp set. 

For this card I sponged my background with Peacock Feathers distress ink and then stamped the subtle flower print in the background using Tumbled Glass distress ink.  My flowers were colored in Copics and my sentiment was stamped using SSS Doll Pink ink
Sunny Studio: Tropical Paradise & Sunny Sentiments Hibiscus Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last card today I wanted to focus on all the fun fruity drinks and pineapples from the Tropical Paradise set.  I started by die-cutting a circle from white cardstock and lightly sponging on some Tumbled Glass distress ink in the center.  I then layered my stamped images colored with Copics, grounding them with a banner from our Sunny Borders stamp set.  For my sentiment I borrowed one from the Island Getaway set, curving it on my clear acrylic block to match the curve of my banner.  The outer frame of my card was inked using Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade distress inks and then I used a small heart stamp from the Tropical Paradise set with the Mustard Seed ink to stamp a repeated pattern.
Sunny Studio: Tropical Paradise Fruity Drink Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

That's all I have for you today.  Here's another look at all the new products featured on today's cards...


 

  

Would you like to win some of these fun products?  Today we are giving away the Tropical Paradise and Island Getaway stamps 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.  :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
I hope you enjoyed all the ideas shared today.  I had so much fun playing with these sets!

42 comments:

  1. really cute stamps and I would love to win. thank you

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  2. Very cute, it's like a shot of summer both the stamps and the colors :D

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  3. You've been busy!!! I LOVE the new sets....those tropical drinks are awesome! I'd love to be sipping on one in Hawaii right about now!

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  4. Oh my gosh these are all so cute!

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  5. Mendi! These are all too cute! I especially love the first one with the monkey in the hammock, adorable! <3

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  6. What a cute release!! Perfect for the upcoming summer!

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  7. Super cute release!! Love the monkey in the hammock..very clever how you made it!!

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  8. Fantastic cards. Such a fun release.

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  9. The flip flop cards are just adorable You have some very creative imaginations and I really enjoy what they come up with. TFS

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  10. Such cute stamps and dies. And I'm loving all the samples too!! Makes me want to be somewhere warm...my favorite warm vacation spot...Hawaii (although I've always wanted to go to the Caribbean...maybe someday)! My favorite "other" spot for vacation? The Oregon Coast!

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  11. Hawaii is my spot. thanks for the opp to win these awesome sets.

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  12. So far my favourite vacation spot is Hawaii.
    Love all your samples. So many ideas.

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  13. We like to vacation at a relaxing lakeside retreat not too far from where we live.

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  14. I do like anyplace as long as it has water in some form.

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  15. I love the new stamps and would love to win them. I need to get going on my Hawaii photos from January. These would be perfect. Thanks for the new stamps and thanks for an opportunity to win!

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  16. Anywhere we can get away
    to is fun for vacation!
    I did like the area around
    Mt. Rushmore.
    Carla from Utah

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  17. These cards are so cute! They have me counting down to summer. I love the beautiful hibiscus and adorable flamingos. My favorite place that I have vacationed is San Francisco.

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  18. It looks like the wave dies are going to be a favorite.

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  19. These stamp sets are absolutely adorable! They make me so excited for summer and the warm weather! I love to spend my vacation at the beach!

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  20. Anywhere really as we don't go on vacations. Last one was four years ago..... Would love to take the kids to America though, I know they would love it as much as I did!!

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  21. Love all of these! Beautiful and so adorable. Love the cuteness of that monkey!! All of the stamp sets are fabulous ♥

    Favorite place to vacation......Outer Banks. Usually Kitty Hawk as they are one of the few beaches that allow dogs ;)

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  22. Mendi, Mendi, Mendi - These are all flat out amazing and so full of beautiful color and awesome cuteness - you have an incredible style and I just love seeing anything you make!!! Favorite vacation spot would be Cannon Beach in Oregon. Loved it there!! A close second would be Seattle - such a fun place!!

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  23. Mendi--your cards today are amazing! My favorite place to vacation--anywhere new, with the kids' schedules it's really hard to be able to take a vacation!

    Chris L,

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  24. I love your cards! They're so colorful and fun. I love to vacation anywhere with family and/or friends. Thanks so much for the chance to win! The new stamps and dies are fabulous!

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  25. What else can be cute than this! Mendy, this is such a cute release and love the showcasing of all beautiful creations! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. Oh My lord Mendi! These are my FAVORITE stamps you have come out with thus far! I especially LOVE island getaway .... as my favorite tree is a palm tree.... and I love these sets so much because I live near the beach and bay... and I adore summer time.... these cards are so awesome! I love your handmade hammock! You totally rock my friend and I wish I was in a tropical spot sipping on a cool tropical beverage! My favorite place to vacation is Disney!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

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  27. Such beautiful cards!! Very Cheerful!

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  28. Great cards! I love the new stamps they are perfect for my favorite vacation anywhere there is a beach.

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  29. This year - Hawaii! I NEED these stamps!

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  30. Make me want to take a vacation. Love all of the sets....Great cards...hugs

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  31. My favorite place to vacation is back home in the Midwest. I get enough hot weather in Arizona, I'd much rather spend time with my family!

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  32. My favorite place to vacation is anywhere with sunshine and a beach!! Love your new sets!!!!!

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  33. i luv to vacation in hawaii so those tropical stamps are perfect!

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  34. We once went to Hawaii and it is by far my most fav. place to vacation. Nothing beats that experience! Adore these tropical sets!

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  35. FLIP FLOPS.... Oh, I am in total love!!! These are just adorable!!!
    I've only been one time, but my favorite place to vacation is Hawaii :)

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  36. Florida is my favorite place to visit. Love all your stamps!

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  37. Oh WOW!! Super cute stamps!!! Love love love Tropical Paradise!!! :o)

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  38. Wow !! they are too cute !! I don't think i can pick a favorite lol They are all my Favorite but Tropical Paradise is my favorite :D

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  39. So cute! Love these sets and the cards you've created. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Tropical paradise....take me away!!!!!

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