Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Magical Mermaids & Stitched Scallop Dies

Hello and welcome to day 2 as we countdown to our summer release day on Friday!  I'm super excited to officially introduce you to today's new products with our Magical Mermaids stamps and coordinating dies and a new standalone Stitched Scallop die set.

I had originally planned to go a different direction with our summer release, but a sweet customer at Creativation asked me to try my hand at creating a Mermaid set and while it felt daunting to try and do something with "people" it immediately started the wheels turning in my head.  I hope you enjoy them.  :)

Up first is a card I created using all three Mermaids from the set.  They are super fun to color and personalize with different skin tones and hair colors.  I found myself returning to some of my pinterest boards repeatedly to figure out the right combination of markers.  ;)  

For my background I sponged on peacock feathers, salty ocean and wilted violet distress inks and then used a Stampin' Up Blender pen to remove some of the color. After that I came back with my White Sharpie Pen and Glossy Accents and created clear glossy bubbles over the top.  I was really pleased with the look and as a bit of a control freak I liked having a way to play with removing the color that didn't require dropping random bits of water.  ;)
Sunny Studio Stamps Magical Mermaids Swimming By To Say Hi Card by Mendi Yoshikawa
Up next is a card with one of my favorite analogous color schemes--I've always adored the way these colors look together.  I shocked myself, but I finally achieved a watercolor background that I actually like.  I love how watercolors look, but I really struggle with them (I think it goes back to my perfectionist nature). However, after watching a free class over at Scrapbook.com I was feeling inspired to try some watercoloring again.  ;)

The Turtle and balloons are a preview of another set being shared on Thursday which I paired with the little critter trails from our Backyard Bugs stamps to use as balloon strings.  A added a touch of sparkle to the edge of each balloon using my Stardust Stickles.
Sunny Studio Stamps Magical Mermaids Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card I created a scene with all the little companion images from the set including the seahorse and jellyfish.  Wanna know a secret?  When I fussy cut my images, I hardly ever cut out the insides like the jellyfish here.  I just come back with a coordinating color of Copic marker to give the optical illusion that I did.  Even in person it's hard to tell that it wasn't cut out.  ;)


Sunny Studio Stamps Magical Mermaids Ocean Scene Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

My next card features a fun shaker.  This project shows the other new product being showcased today which is our Stitched Scallop dies.  They are fun in that they are stitched on both sides of the cut line making them perfect for both ocean waves and a scalloped border.  With my shaker the only elements on the inside are the inked up background with the sentiment and sequins.  I then used 3M Spray Mount to adhere my stitched vellum waves over the top (using the same oval die-cut along the bottoms of them). 

For my balloons I taped sewing thread to the back of each balloon and after I had them adhered to my card I pulled the strings into a tight knot which I glued to her hand with some liquid adhesive. 
Sunny Studio Stamps Magical Mermaids Let's Shell-e-brate Birthday Shaker Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

My last card of the day uses a sandy beach border stamp from that same set being showcased on Thursday.  ;)  I inked up my background using Spun Sugar distress ink and then came back with more of that same ink using all the hearts from our Color Me Happy stamps to create a custom background.  It came together really quickly and I love the results!

My ocean waves were designed by cutting a mask using our Wavy Border dies and then inking them up with tumbled glass distress ink.  I finished my scene by sitting the mermaid on a rock from the set along with some scattered seashells.  

It's a bit hard to see, but I gave my card a sweet scalloped edge along the bottom using the new stitched scallop dies.  It was honestly hard figuring out which day to share these dies as I found myself using them on a lot of the cards I made for this release.  They're quickly becoming my new favorite and are so versatile with the two sizes and the ability to use both the negative and positive portions.  :)
Sunny Studio Stamps Magical Mermaids You Mermaid To Be Awesome Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Here's a look at the new Magical Mermaids clear stamps and coordinating dies & Stitched Scallop Dies available for purchase on Friday morning...

          

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 April 15th at Midnight PST.  Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 16th.  :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway Make sure to check back tomorrow when I will be sharing a fun new set for the guys (& gals) in your life.  :)

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79 comments:

  1. Adorable mermaids! Love the image-building stamps that come with them.

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  2. Great mermaid set! I am most looking forward to warm beach weather.

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  3. Cute mermaid cards. I'm looking forward to spending time outdoors.

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  4. Super cute! The mermaids are so darling!

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  5. These are sooo cute. Love the cards you made with this set.

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  6. Love, love, love the new release. Your cards are so much fun!

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  7. I'm a teacher, so of course I'm looking forward to being off over the summer. We moved into our house in September and life has been busy since then, so I haven't had a lot of time for decorating. So I will be doing more of that of this summer, as well as crafting! YAY! The mermaids are super cute. I love the "lets shell-e-brate" sentiment :)

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  8. Oh my goodness, are these ever cute! You've done a great job representing so many skin tones and hair colors! I'm most looking forward to relaxing outside with a yummy margarita and good friends!!

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  9. OMG Mendi I enjoy the new sets so much but to tell you the truth I look forward for your cards! They look PERFECT! Thanks for sharing your tips with us! Love this cuties!😍😍😍😍

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  10. Aww these are darling. You did a fantastic job with the "people" πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸŒ·

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  11. Awww, I love the little mermaids and the scalloped borders are great too!

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  12. Absolutely by far the cutest mermaid set I have ever seen!!!! This will go fast ! I can't wait to order

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  13. Super cute mermaids! I'm most looking forward to getting outside in the sun! It's my first summer in a moderate climate in a LONG time!

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  14. I stay home with my kids in the summer, so I'm looking forward to sleeping in!

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  15. Adorable stamp set! I love the "you mermaid to be awesome" sentiment!

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  16. Adorable stamp set! I love the "you mermaid to be awesome" sentiment!

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  17. I am looking forward to my kids coming home from college and spending time with them. Love the mermaids, they are super cute.

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  18. Cute mermaids - looking forward to the warm weather and wearing my new sandals this summer- lol

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  19. Great cards. The mermaids are so cute.

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  20. I love mermaid stamps or anything beach related...I'm so ready for summer. All the cards are super cute. My favorite is the shaker and how the waves were cut from blue vellum. Cute!

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  21. OMG! 😱 I love this set and ALL your cards. So much inspirations. I love all magical mythical creatures...would love to see unicorns and Pegasus nex! πŸ˜‚

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  22. Love the aautical theme
    You did a great job with the
    mermaid.
    thanks fora sharing.

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    1. I'm looking forward to having the windows open,
      being able to get outside whenever I want
      without a heavy coat.
      thanks.

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  23. Adorable cards! I love the mermaids

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  24. Lovely cards!
    I'm looking forward to traveling this summer

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  25. Cute cards. I am looking forward to time outside gardening, fishing and canoeing this summer.

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  26. I love those mermaids,so cute!
    Im looking forward to warm weather, the beach and picnics

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  27. I love Inspiration week! You make awesome cards. I am looking forward to spending time at the lake this summer.

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  28. I love all of your projects! So much inspiration!

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    1. I"m just looking forward to summer in general! Warmth and sunshine!

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  30. Very cute set. I am just waiting fir warmer weather.

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  31. Wonderful samples! Love how you colored these gorgeous images. And I'm gonna go sign up for that watercolor class now! ;)
    I'm most looking forward to no schedules this summer- seems like I'm in the car or at school waiting for my kids most days.

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  32. Your mermaid cards are super adorable! I love them all!

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  33. Such cute cards! I love the stitched dies! Your coloring is wonderful!

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  34. So excited for the mermaids! I can't wait to have life slow down a little!

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  35. I love every single one of these cards! They are adorable. They ink colors are so vibrant too.

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  36. Mermaids have never been something I thought much about, but these stamps are really cute! The cards shown here are very nice!!

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  37. I have always loved mermaids, I am soooo glad you listened to that suggestion! Your mermaids are fabulous, such sweet little faces!

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  38. This summer I look forward to the warmer weather and a reduced work week! Woo Hoo!!!

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  39. Your cards are so cute and your coloring is awesome! I am looking forward to shorts and flip flops and hopefully less stress!

    Chris L.

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  40. Adorable mermaids! Love the creations. Summer...oh I'm so looking forward to the heat. I'm quite tired of the cold :-D

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  41. These are so cute. So glad someone asked you to create them.

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  42. Absolutely adorable new mermaid set! I love each and every card shown today! Wow! So many ideas to try! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. I look forward to being with my sons this summer. I always work weekend nights, Friday to Saturday. Somehow, with them being busy with school activities and trying to be out of the house to let me sleep during the weekend, I don't get to see them as often.-Maria Giselle B.

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  44. What an awesome group of fabulous new products! The stamp sets are adorable. Loving the stitched scallop dies! Sunny days, bbqs and family get-togethers are what I look forward to each summer!

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  45. Love the mermaids. I'm looking forward to Bar-B-Q's, and fireworks.

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  46. Absolutely adorable stamp set. I am so looking forward to some warm and sun this summer. I love watching the neighbourhood kids playing with their bikes and each other.

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  48. The mermaid set is so cute and I love the stitched scallop dies! I'm looking forward to going on vacation this summer. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  49. Darling cards! Love these sweet mermaids!
    I am looking forward to warmer temperatures! And spending a bit of time over at the beautiful Lake Tahoe area!

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  50. This summer I am looking forward to having my youngest son home from college. He's my baby and this momma sure does miss him!

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  51. These little mermaids are just so sweet! I hope to go to the beach this year! It's been awhile.

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  52. I am most looking forward to spending some time by the beach and watching all the sea birds , eagles, and Killer Whales past by. ( and maybe a mermaid?) Love the new stamps but I am excited about the stitched scallop dies. And thank you for the tip. About fussy cutting. I always tear my hair out try to cut every detail out and I never thought about colouring in the in between bits... Great collection...

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  53. I just love this mermaids ... i need them 😁

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  54. I love those little mermaids, so glad that Creativation customer suggested them. Well done Mendi!!!! :)

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  55. Gorgeous coloring - love the mermaids. I'm looking forward to some long weekends for bike riding and camping.

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  56. Love the adorable mermaids. I'm looking forward to spending time outdoors this summer.

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  57. Such adorable cards!! I love the darling mermaids.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  58. The cards are too
    cute! I love the
    warmer weather
    and getting out
    side more.
    Carla from Utah

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  59. LOVE LOVE LOVE this new mermaid set and those cool summer treats are totally AWESOME!! :)

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  60. What darling mermaids! I'm looking forward to longer days and watermelon!

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  61. Adorable mermaids!!! I'm still looking forward to Spring! Thanks for all your great stamps. I just finished making my Easter cards with A Good Egg. So much fun!!

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  62. So so cute, Mendi! I'm looking forward to summer sunshine.

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  63. These mermaids are so cute. Lovely cards, Mendi.
    I'm looking forward to celebrating my Mom's 83rd birthday
    this summer ... which happens to be the very first day of
    summer, June 21st. :-)

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  64. I really don't like summer, so for me, the most enjoyable part is enjoying more ice cream and popsicles, LOL! Sorry! Lovely creations with your adorable new images!

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  65. The summer "blockbuster" movies :) Very cute stamps sets!

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  66. Mermaids are always so fun! Summer is my favorite just because I love the warm sunshine and pretty flowers.

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  67. What sweet cards and this release is fantastic. All of these water themed stamps are JUST in time for the upcoming summer season. I can see lots of cool summer birthday cards coming up!

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  68. this summer, I'm looking forward to taking a couple of trips to Maine & maybe down to Virginia to visit my sister & nephew.

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  69. These are the cutest mermaid images.
    I'm looking forward to spending time in the pool.

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  70. Very cute. Love your coloring and designs. Another great release.

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  71. This summer will hopefully have a trip to the beach!

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  72. LOVING LOVING LOVING the New Sets!! Such SWEET Images and Inspiration!! I'm looking forward to being able to ENJOY my SUMMER without Chemo Treatments!! WHOOP WHOOP!! I want to ENJOY my Sons Baseball Games, Fair, going to the Lake and spending LOTS of time with Family and Friends!! THANKS for sharing and have a BLESSED Easter!! =)

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