Thursday, June 30, 2016

Inspiration Week: Introducing Sock Hop 1950's Inspired Set

I thought today when never arrive.  I have been so excited to finally share some cards using one of my favorite stamp sets from the release (who am I kidding though, they're all my favorites).  The set is called Sock Hop and it includes iconic pop culture images from the 50's with a playful twist.

Up first is a card focusing on the poodle skirt wearing dog, the Letterman sweater wearing cat and the little ice cream soda images from the set.  I didn't have room to include a table when creating the stamps so I created my own table by using the tree trunk from Summer Picnic as my table base and tracing two oval shadow die-cuts with a sharpie from the Sunny Borders die set to form my table top.  For my black and white tile I drew my own floor using this post by Sandy Allnock as inspiration.

I heat embossed a scalloped border in white on black cardstock using the Sunny Borders Stamps and Dies and then repeated the ice cream soda motif on some cardstock inked up with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Sock Hop 1950's Inspired Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Up next is a card focusing on the fun car from the set.  I love that it can fit the critters in the car--They almost remind me of a set of kids riding along in a 1950's Pedal Car.
To set my scene I loosely sketched out my street in pencil, fussy cut it out, erased the pencil lines and then inked it up with Black Soot Distress ink.  Before adhering it to my card I inked up a panel in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn and then added some texture with my Copic Markers.  When I was done I cut off a little wavy portion along the top to form my horizon and adhered it to my card base which had been inked up Tumbled Glass ink.  To complete my scene I added trees to the background from our Happy Home stamp set.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Sock Hop 1950's Inspired Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Up next is a card spotlighting the cute jukebox from the set.  I thought it would be fun to use the checkered blanket from our Summer Picnic set to form my black & white tiled floor.  This is a great option if you're nervous drawing your own.  I'm sure there is a great way to mask it off to repeat the design, but in the end I decided to stamp 4 of them and just cut them out (which is so easy to do with the straight lines) and then to adhere them on the card so that they formed one continuous design.  


Sunny Studio Stamps: Sock Hop 1950's Inspired Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last card I used Silhouette's Circle Burst cutting file.  I opened it up in the Silhouette software and then added a 4.25 x 5.5 rectangle over the top.  I used the align commands to center them together and then trimmed it to leave just the areas where the two shapes overlapped. It left me with these rays which were so easy to quickly cut out and apply to my card panel.  

I then stitched through the center of each ray with my sewing machine and covered up the messy intersection with a 3-1/2" wide circle cut from white cardstock.  For my kitty image I added the sunglasses and guitar accessories from the set and one of the fun retro sentiments from the set.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Sock Hop 1950's Inspired Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Here's an official look at the new Sock Hop set with the coordinating dies.  I spent quite a bit of time researching popular catch phrases from the decade and had a blast creating this one.  I hope you like it.  :)


Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Sock Hop 1950's Stamp Set     Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Sock Hop 1950's Die Set

Thanks much for swinging by today.  Stay tuned tomorrow for one last new release, but before you go make sure to sign up for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to our store using the rafflecopter below.  

We will be giving away one $20 gift certificate each day for a total of five lucky winners this week. The contest for each post closes at Midnight EST on Friday, July 1st with winners announced on Saturday, July 2nd.  :)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Inspiration Week: Introducing Sweet Shoppe Stamps & Word Die

Hello there!  Welcome to day 3 of our inspiration week!  Today I am sharing ideas using our new Sweet Shoppe stamps and dies!  :)

Up first is a card focusing on the soft serve ice cream cone from the set.  I started by coloring one of the ice creams blue for fun which sparked the idea of coloring them in a rainbow of bright colors (your guess is as good as mine what flavors they are).  To add a little personality I stamped a happy face from the set onto one of the cones and then added glossy accents to the ice cream portion of each cone.

For my card panel, I inked the bottom portion up with Tumbled Glass Distress ink using a jumbo dauber.  I finished off my card with a sassy sentiment from the set. 
Sunny Studio Stamps: Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Cone Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card I inked up my background with Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Broken Glass distress inks.  I then used those same inks to stamp a trio of sprinkles to form a subtle repeated pattern on my background.

I cut a 3" circle from white cardstock and stamped my sentiment using a MISTI tool and coordinating colors of distress inks.  By using the MISTI I could repeatedly ink up the individual letters until they stamped a solid image.  I then colored each of my candies with Copic Markers, arranged them around my circle (popping some up with foam tape) and then coated the centers of each with glossy accents.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Sweet Shoppe Rainbow Candy Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


For my third card I lightly drew diagonal lines across my black cardstock panel 3/4" apart and then repeatedly stamped the word "sweet" using clear VersaMark ink. I then sprinkled a rainbow of different embossing powders starting with red and working my way to the opposite corner.  If you don't have a lot of embossing powders on hand, you could also heat emboss in white and then use an alcohol based marker to color over the top.

For my sentiment I cut the word "sweet" using the Sweet Word die and colored it in coordinating colors with my Copic Markers.  I then cut 4 more sweet words from black cardstock to layer under the rainbow one.  It pops up the word and gives it a cool look when viewing it from an angle.  I completed my card with some simple machine stitching along the top and bottom of my sentiment panel, adding a simple cupcake with rainbow sprinkles.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Sweet Shoppe Sweet Sixteen Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


For my fourth card I completely switched gears and went with a Neapolitan ice cream color scheme.  I adore pink and brown together, don't you?  To give my cones some sparkle I colored over the ice cream portion with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and then went over the top with glossy accents which really magnifies the sparkle.  For my pink scalloped edge, I stamped and die-cut the edge using our Sunny Borders Stamps and coordinating dies. I completed my card with a sentiment heat embossed in white and a sprinkling of some pale pink iridescent sequins. 
Sunny Studio Stamps: Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Cone Thank You Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


For my last card I wanted to do a partial die-cut treatment of the sweet word die so I hung the bottom of the word off the edge of the cutting plates so that when I ran my sandwich through the machine it wouldn't cut along the bottom edge.  I then took my craft knife and a ruler and trimmed along the edge to form a small strip below then word.  I then trimmed one end off of using our Fishtail Banner dies.

The Sweet shoppe set comes with a stamp of 12 connected sprinkles that were designed to stamp on half the doughnut and then flip around and stamp on the second half of the doughnut. This allows for quick and easy decorating of the donuts, cupcakes and ice cream while still saving some space on the set for more images.

For the jelly filled doughnut, I cover the doughnut hole on my stamp with a bit of scotch tape, inked up my stamp, peeled off the tape and then stamped my image.  I then was able to stamp the swirl of frosting in the center.  I completed my card by giving the bottom edge a decorative scalloped edge with our Sunny Border dies.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Sweet Shoppe Donuts Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

This set can create 15 unique sentiments perfect for both card making and scrapbooking.  The sprinkles and toppings in the set can also mix and match for endless customized cupcakes and donuts.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Sweet Shoppe Stamp Set


And here's a full look at the new Sweet Shoppe stamp set, coordinating dies and Sweet Word die.



Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Sweet Shoppe Stamp Set     Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Sweet Shoppe Die Set 

Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Sweet Shoppe "Sweet" Word Die


Thanks much for swinging by today.  I hope you enjoyed this look at our newest set.  Please join us again tomorrow for the full reveal of our fourth stamp set, but before you go make sure to sign up for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to our store using the rafflecopter below.  

We are giving away one $20 gift certificate each day for a total of five lucky winners this week. The contest for each post closes at Midnight PST on Friday, July 1st with winners announced on Saturday, July 2nd.  :)




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Inspiration Week: Introducing Baby Bear Set with Giveaway

Hello & welcome to day 2 of our new release preview week!  Today I'm super excited to reveal a fun new set celebrating babies called Baby Bear!  

Up first is a card combining the new set with the tree from Summer Picnic, the grass from Sunny Sentiments and the ric-rac border die from Sunny Borders.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Baby Bear Sweet Bundle Clothesline Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


For my next card I had fun using those same outfits to dress my little trio of bears in.  For my card base I cut two medium hearts from our Stitched Heart Dies, inking up the top one to match my images colored with copics.  

This set comes with several small companion images to stamp on the front of the bibs and onesies and I used the little heart to stamp a repeated pattern for my background.  I finished off my card with my sentiment heat embossed on a banner from our Sunny Borders stamp set.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Baby Bear Card by Mendi Yoshikawa (with Banner from Sunny Borders & Stitched Hearts Die set)


For my next project I focused on the chunky diaper pin for a fun, graphic card.  To add a little interest, I stitched around each block on my sewing machine, popped up each pin with foam tape and added glossy accents to the colored portion of the pin.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Baby Bear Diaper Pin Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


The stamp set comes with bottles, sippy cups and pacifiers as larger standalone images as well as smaller versions to accessorize the bears.  I chose to use both versions by stamping a subtle repeat background for this sweet unisex baby card.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Baby Bear Bottle, Pacifier & Sippy Cup Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


For my next card, I created another clothesline card pairing the bibs, onesies and socks with the cloud dies from our Sunny Sentiments and Rain or Shine die sets.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Baby Bear Onesies, Socks & Bibs Clothesline Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


For my last card I created a baby blanket from the picnic blanket from the Summer Picnic Set.  I also stamped an extra set of feet to cut out so that I could fit a onesie on the sitting bear.

The patchwork border was created with a new square die that is not available for purchase, but that we are giving away free with all orders placed throughout the month of July.  I have been searching for the perfect sized die to create this look for quite some time now so I'm super excited to finally have one.  I can created a printable PDF for this card with step by step instructions HERE.

My sentiment was stamped with our new Sweet Shoppe stamp set that will be unveiled tomorrow. ;)
Sunny Studio Stamps: Baby Bear Patchwork Quilt Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


Here's a full look at the new Baby Bear Stamps and coordinating dies which will be available for purchase this Friday on July 1st.  
This set was designed with pint sized bears to compliment the larger bears from Sending My Love and Comfy Creatures.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Baby Bear Stamp Set     Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Baby Bear Die Set


Stay tuned tomorrow for more new products and fun ideas using them, but before you go make sure to sign up for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to our store using the rafflecopter below.  

We will be giving away one $20 gift certificate each day for a total of five lucky winners this week. The contest for each post closes at Midnight PST on Friday, July 1st with winners announced on Saturday, July 2nd.  :)





Monday, June 27, 2016

Inspiration Week: Introducing City Streets & New Happy Home Dies

Hello there!  Today kicks off our inspiration week with a brand new stamp set being showcased each day!  All of the new items being shared this week will be available for purchase this Friday on July 1st.  Make sure to check back and visit us each day for more inspiration, peeks and prizes!  

Today I'm starting off with our new City Streets Stamp set and coordinating dies which were designed as a follow up to our popular Happy Home stamps.  This set has 3 downtown buildings, 5 sentiments and lots of fun miniature accessories to compliment them. 

For my first card I wanted to go bright and happy with touches of black to make the colors pop. I borrowed the tree stamp from the Happy Home set to fill out my little scene.
Sunny Studio Stamps: City Streets Card by Mendi Yoshikawa (with Trees from Happy Home)

For my next card I used some stitched ribbon to evoke the feel of a street and a basic metal rimmed office tag to highlight the little cafe table and chairs from the set.  I created cloud masks by cutting post it notes using the new Happy Home Cloud Dies and then sponged on my ink over the top.  I love the big reveal when you pull off the masks and how the clouds look as a one-layer image!  

I finished off my card by setting my acrylic block down over the tag and then bending my sentiment to match the curve.  I love this easy little trick and the extra oomph a curved sentiment gives!
Sunny Studio Stamps: City Streets Cafe Card by Mendi Yoshikawa (with tree from Happy Home set)

For this card I thought it would be fun to go bright and masculine for a change and to focus solely on the car stamp from the set.  I used my Signo Uniball gel pen to create the dotted line for my street and sponged on some soft Tumbled Glass distress ink as a backdrop for the cars.  My sentiment was borrowed from the new Sock Hop set that will be shared on Thursday.  ;)


Sunny Studio Stamps: City Streets Cruisin' By To Say Hi Car Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

I chose to go soft and sweet on this card focused on the bakery building in the set.  For my card mat I used Neenah Desert Storm (Kraft) cardstock to pick up the colors in the building.  I created a pale pink ombre effect for my sentiment tab using Spun Sugar distress ink and finished off my card with an elegant rhinestone embellishment.
Sunny Studio Stamps: City Streets Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my last card I thought it would be fun to use all the images from the set and to create a bright, happy color palette by stamping the images in different colored inks.  To give my images depth I then quickly (& carefully) colored the images with coordinating pale Copic Markers.  I say carefully because I stamped using dye inks which can bleed if too much coloring is done over the top.  

I finished my card with a banner from Sunny Borders and a Birthday Sentiment from Comfy Creatures.  For my hearts I used the Stitched Heart Dies which were covered in stardust stickles and glossy accents and popped up with foam tape.
Sunny Studio Stamps: City Streets Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa


Here's a closer peek at the new City Streets stamps, City Streets dies and the long awaited Happy Home dies (you can click on the images to view them larger).


Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New City Streets Stamp Set   Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New City Streets Die Set   Sunny Studio Stamps: Introducing New Happy Home Die Set

Are you still with me?  Each day this week we are giving away a $20 gift certificate to our store using the rafflecopter below for a total of five lucky winners. The contest for each post closes at Midnight PST on Friday, July 1st with winners announced on Saturday, July 2nd.  :)





Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sunny Saturday Share: Pineapples, Flamingos & Hibiscus Flowers



Hello Peeps!  How are you doing?  I'm getting so antsy for Monday to arrive when I can finally share all that I have been working on.  Crazy enough I have plans to start creating cards for our mid-August release this weekend, before switching gears and working on designing our Christmas release.  It's funny how it works out that I always have my hands in several different seasons all at once.  ;)  Today I'm popping in with several darling ideas that caught my eye on social media this week...

Tropical Paradise Pineapple Wreath Card by Rachel Bergfeld (@rbergfeldcarddesigns on instagram)


Sunny Studio Stamps: Tropical Paradise Pineapple Wreath Card by Rachel Bergfeld.


Tropical Paradise Flamingos Card by Cynde Whitlow (Check out the Butterfly Reflection Inc. blog for more beautiful creations with this set)


Sunny Studio Stamps: Tropical Paradise Flamingos & Hibiscus Flower card by Cynde Whitlow

Tropical Paradise and Fresh & Fruity Mini Thank You Cards by Kelli Horger (@kellihorger on instagram)



Sunny Studio Stamps: Mini Thank You Cards by Kelli Horger using Tropical Paradise & Fresh & Fruity

Sunny Studio Supplies:
Aren't these adorable?!  I hope you will join these ladies and share your beautiful projects with us on Instagramour facebook page or in our flickr group using the hashtag #sunnystudiostamps.  

May your weekend be happy (and a tiny bit crafty)!  :)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Backyard Bugs Slider Butterfly Card with Lexa

Hi there crafty friends! I hope you are doing well. Lexa here today with a fun interactive slider card starring Backyard Bugs stamps and dies. I had so much fun creating this one.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Backyard Bugs Fluttering By To Say Hi Butterfly slider card by Lexa Levana.

I start this card with die-cut a piece of watercolor paper die-cut with a basic stitched rectangle die.  I then scribble some Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink on my acrylic block then spray some water to blend it. After the Distress Ink reacted well, I place my watercolor paper on top of it. I love how uneven and imperfect it looks. That's the beauty of watercolor, I think. :)

All the images and sentiment were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then I used Distress Markers to color the images. For extra sweetness, I stamp pink hearts on the sky and color them with a soft pink alcohol ink. I finished my card by blending some Spun Sugar Distress Ink on the edges of the card base to match my butterfly's wings color.

Sunny Studio Stamps: Backyard Bugs Fluttering By To Say Hi Butterfly slider card by Lexa Levana.

The fluttering butterfly is so adorable, even my 4 year old daughter loves to play with it.  I hope you enjoy today's card.

Before I go today we have one last peek for the week to share of a follow-up to the popular Fishtail Banner dies.  This new item will be available for sale on July 1st.  We hope you will come back all next week for more peeks, prizes and inspiration using the new sets!  :)

Sunny Studio Stamps: Fishtail Banners II Dies Sneak Peek

Thanks for stopping by! :)


Thursday, June 23, 2016

School Time Rainbow Crayon Birthday Card with Vanessa

Hello everyone! Vanessa here with a colorful birthday card. The colors of the rainbow make me happy and I love to use them on birthday cards:


Sunny Studio Stamps: School Time Rainbow Crayon Birthday Card by Vanessa Menhorn.

I used the fun crayon image from the School Time Stamp set, stamped it multiple times onto white cardstock, colored it with Copics and fussy-cut the crayons. Then I adhered them to the bottom of a white card base and trimmed off the edges. Now I stamped the tiny heart from Tropical Paradise with matching inks above the crayons. I stamped the sentiment from Comfy Creatures and finished the card off with matching sequins. 


Sunny Studio Stamps: School Time Rainbow Crayon Birthday Card by Vanessa Menhorn.

Once again, I enjoyed playing with my cute Sunny Studio stamps!  I hope you liked today's inspiration.  

Today we are sharing a sneak peek of the last of four new stamp sets coming out on July 1st.

Sunny Studio Stamps: Sock Hop Stamp Set Sneak Peek

I'll see you back again soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Vanessa

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Backyard Bugs & Woo Hoo Owl Birthday Card with Lindsey

Hi, Lindsey here. Today I combined Backyard Bugs with Woo Hoo and a sentiment from Comfy Creatures to create a sweet little birthday card. I just love how all the Sunny Studio stamp sets work so well together. There are so many possibilities when you can mix and match images and sentiments from different sets. Let's get started!


Sunny Studio: Owl & Snail Birthday Card by Lindsey Sams (using Backyard Bugs & Woo Hoo stamps)

I started with a 4 bar size card base made from some brown woodgrain paper. I thought this would go nicely with the little nature friends I planned to use on my card. Next, I cut a slightly smaller stitched rectangle from white cardstock to do my stamping on. I had to do a bit of masking to create my scene but nothing too involved. I decided to use the mushroom house, snail, ladybugs, and bee from the Backyard Bugs stamp set and the owl from Woo Hoo to create my scene. I colored all my images with Copic Markers. I slightly curved the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Comfy Creatures stamp set over the top of the owl's head. 

To finish my scene, I hand drew some grass and outlined my images with a blue Copic marker. I backed the stamped panel with a red scalloped rectangle to make the red in the scene really pop. Finally, I attached the scalloped rectangle to my woodgrain card base with some foam tape. I just love how all these cute little critters worked together. So sweet!


Sunny Studio: Owl & Snail Birthday Card by Lindsey Sams (using Backyard Bugs & Woo Hoo stamps)

For today's sneak peek we have a "sweet" new set that will be available for purchase on July 1st.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Sweet Shoppe Stamp Set Sneak Peek

Thanks for reading and be sure to check back to the blog for more fun inspiration! Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Summer Tropical Card with Anni

Hey stampers, Anni here!

For today' card I used  A LOT of stamp sets: Island Getaway, Fresh & Fruity and Tropical Paradise. All these fun summer sets...


Sunny Studio Stamps: Tropical Paradise, Island Getaway & Fresh & Fruity Summer Card by Anni Lerche.

I went throught my stamp sets and choose all the stamps that screamed summer to me. I put my cardstock in my MISTI, arranged all the stamps as I liked it and stamped all the images at once. For the ink I decided to go with a light tone because I wanted to do some no-line coloring. 

Whenever I have a little bit of time on my hands I love to color with colored pencils. It is my favorite coloring medium because of all these opportunities it provides. But it is a little bit time consuming.  No-line-coloring is still a little bit challenging for me but I love the effect and the totally different look you get.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Tropical Paradise, Island Getaway & Fresh & Fruity Summer Card by Anni Lerche.

I stamped the sentiment with black Versafine ink and adhered the piece of cardstock to my card base with dimensional adhesive. For the finishing touches I used some sequins.

Before I go I have a sneak peek to share of a second new stamp set coming out on July 1st.  


Sunny Studio Stamps: Baby Bear Stamp Set Sneak Peek

Thanks for stopping by and have a sunny week!
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