Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Pirate Pals Stamps & Dies

Happy Wednesday!  Only two more days until release day!!! I'm so excited to be unveiling our new Pirate Pals set today.

Back in early January several of us on the Doodlebug design team were trying to guess what Doodlebug's new collection for Spring would be and several guessed Pirates.  It turned out to be Vikings with their darling Dragon Tales collection, but I couldn't get the idea of cute pirates out of my head and I thought they would be the perfect compliment to our more girly Magical Mermaids set shared yesterday.

For my first card I wanted to create a Silhouette of the pirate ship from the set so I started by blending Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed distress inks on my card panel to form my sunset.  I then stamped the pirate ship over the top and colored it in with a black Copic marker using one of the new fine sketch nibs (oh my goodness I'm in love with it) and covered the bottom portion of my card front with a piece of black cardstock.  To set my little scene I borrowed the palm tree and island from our Island Getaway Stamps which I think are the perfect compliment to this set.  The little crab guy comes from tomorrow's sneak peek.  ;)
Sunny Studio Stamps Pirate Pals Pirate Ship Ahoy Matey Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Up next is a playful card using one of the pirate guys holding a single red balloon.  I thought it would be fun to cut off the sword and make it look like the pirate was holding the balloon instead.  This would actually work well for both of the sword carrying pirates, but I loved how I could color him to match my red, black and white color scheme.  :)  

For my background I alternated stamping the scull and crossbones stamp with the anchor using VersaMark ink and then heat embossed them with clear powder on my red cardstock.  It gives it a pretty cool velvety appearance in person.
Sunny Studio Stamps Pirate Pals Belated Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Up next are three pirates hiding in barrels.  Don't ask me why.  I had this idea in my head from the beginning, but when my 11-year old daughter saw this card she thought it was pretty wacky.  I think perhaps I've ridden Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland one too many times with Johnny Depp peaking out from the barrel.  

To ground my scene I borrowed some inspiration from the wonderfully talented Sandy Allnock and loosely sketched in some planks using my Copic Markers and a clear ruler.  I then used some post-it tape as a mask and inked up the bottom half with antique linen and the top half with tumbled glass distress inks, fading them out towards the edges of my card panel.  

And that parrot on his head?  He's covering a boo-boo on my background, but I like to think of it as sort of a happy accident because in the end I like the splash of color he added and how he made my composition a bit more interesting--I only wish I had thought to mirror him so he was facing the other way.  ;)
Sunny Studio Stamps Pirate Pals Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

My last card is sort of the day version of my first card.  I used the same palm tree and island from our Island Getaway set, this time also incorporating the wave stamps from that set for my ocean.  For my clouds, I used the dies from our Rain or Shine and Sunny Sentiments sets, cutting them from masking material and setting them on my white cardstock background before inking in my sky using Tumbled Glass distress ink. The parrot, treasure chest and coins complete my scene and help tie in my punny sentiment.  
Sunny Studio Stamps Pirate Pals You Are A Treasure Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

I hope you've enjoyed today's cards.  Here's a full look at the new Pirate Pals clear stamps and coordinating dies available for purchase on Friday morning...


Sunny Studio Stamps Pirate Pals 4x6 Photopolymer Clear Stamp Set  Sunny Studio Stamps Pirate Pals Coordinating Dies

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 another new set that coordinates well with both our Pirate Pals and Magical Mermaid sets. ;)

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59 comments:

  1. Love the Pirates! And I totally get the Pirates of the Caribbean reference. Super cute!!!

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  2. These pirates cards are just too cute. Thanks for sharing the fun. Love birthdays and my fav was my 30th - friends and family were all present at my surprise birthday party:)

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  3. Love the adorable pirates. My most memorable birthday was my 21st.

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  4. So cute especially for a little boy cards. AND a big boy cards too. Also I can see these will be cute to combine with the mermaid stamps.

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  5. Love this pirates! This set is GREAT for our sons cards! Well done! Your cards are always Amazing! How amazing is that you make all the cards for your releases! You Rock!😍😍😍

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  6. Tons of CUTENESS!!I love the fun backgrounds as well!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  7. Oh how cute!! I love your cards, especially the one where they're peeking out from the barrels. My birthday is in January, so the most memorable ones have been when it snowed. I live in Texas so that rarely happens!

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  8. My most memorable birthday was my 30th when my friends made it appear that they were all busy and then all surprised me when my boyfriend now husband took me out for my birthday dinner.
    And what a fun set which will be perfect with my new chest die! I love all your cards. So well thought out and well executed.

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  9. Your cards are so cute and creative! My most memorable birthday has to be the surprise party when I was a little girl.

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  10. Cute cards!
    My most memorable birthday... I was about 8 and I was excited to get to have a slumber party over the weekend! On the morning of my party, my Mom decided to cut my hair. It turned out horribly, looking like she put a bowl over my head! She rushed my to the local beauty parlor so it could be fixed (as much as possible!) before my guests were to start arriving later that day. Whew!

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    1. Love it! As someone who cuts my kids hair this made me giggle as I've had a few moments like this that I can relate too, particularly for giving my daughter her first haircut as she wiggled around. It kept getting shorter and shorter as I tried to straighten it. I received so many cute baby comments pre-haircut, but they immediately stopped after that for a while. Hee-hee. Poor girl. ;)

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  11. You can never ride Pirates of the Caribbean too many times!! LOL
    Especially when Johnny Depp is a huge part of it. hehe I love all of your cute, cute cards. My most memorable birthday was my 25th when my best friends' threw a surprise party for me - such fun!

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  12. Adorable cards,
    love the parrot!
    My sister and her
    two daughters were
    visiting and after
    I went to work they
    left. Got home and
    they had left "a
    party on the table"
    for my birthday. So
    cute and fun.
    Carla from Utah

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  13. Pirates of the Caribbean is my favorite ride at Disneyland :) Love these cute cute pirates. I am loving this whole release, way to go!

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  14. Wow this would be so cute for a little boy card. :)

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  15. My favorite birthday memory. I remember having a birthday as a little girl in our back yard where I had friends over and we played games. My sister made me a snoopy shaped cake which I thought was just the coolest thing ever at that time. Cute cards love the pirates.

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  16. Such a fabulous set! My most memorable birthday was not a good one when I was around 10 and had the stomach flu on my birthday. Yuck. We had our local fair on the same weekend and I remember begging to go to the parade and just feeling horrible the entire time. But I got to go to the parade :)

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  17. I can totally see using that little barrel for so many different things. This is adorbs

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  18. Arr! Fun set!! Bdays? I try to forget them. lol!

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  19. My most memorable birthday was my surprise 50th with my church stamping group.

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  20. Love the little mermaids and pirates. I've had many memorable birthdays; each one seems to surpass the one before!

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  21. My most memorable birthday was the party we had for my Mom's 90th, last week. Such fun!!!(I can't remember much beyond that!) Love the pirate stamps!

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  22. This set reminds me of my grandson, his name is Arthas, and I always call him Arrrthas :) We had a lot of fun on Talk Like a Pirate Day (yes, it's real)

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  23. I love these adorable little pirates! They would have overcome their enemies with cuteness! Oh, and I think it's a good idea for the parrot to face that way, he's the lookout...lol!

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  24. when I turned 50 they gave me a surprise birthday party.
    when they realized that I wasn't happy about turning
    50 they hoped I would be OK with the party. I was.
    Have to thank my kids and husband for the surprise.
    Love the pirates. thanks for sharing.

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  25. My 18th Birthday was my most memorable as it was also my engagement party as well :).
    Love these pirates!! The cards show just what different ways you can use them. My favourite card is definitely the pirates in barrels as it's so cute. x

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  26. My most memorable birthday was my 11th birthday party we played games and had a blast! We always had scrumptious cakes made from Brides Bakery and that year mom got me one in the likness of my cabbage patch doll!♥♥

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    1. Would have loved that. I got my first Cabbage Patch doll when I was 10 years old and I was obsessed. That's my most memorable Christmas actually when I got that doll against all odds. :)

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  27. Such a cute stamp and die set! Adorable cards! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

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  28. My most memorable birthday was my 40th...just last year. My family treated me like a queen!

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  29. My most memorable birthday was my 40th...just last year. My family treated me like a queen!

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  30. My most memorable birthday was when I was 6 and got a big Winnie the pooh stuffed animal and Winnie the pooh cake. I'm 50 and still have my pooh bear! This stamp set would be great for national pirate day!

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  31. The pirates are adorable. Love all the cards. My mother would always make a big deal when my brothers or I had a birthday. As an adult we would go shopping for something ne to wear. I miss those days. Happy birthday to Sunny Studio---and many more.

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  32. Love the pirates - adorable cards and out of this world coloring. One of my most memorable birthdays was when my parents took me and a bunch of college friends out for dinner at a local Indian food place. So much fun and such a treat!

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  33. Great cards that show off just how cute these stamps are! I really love the sky on the "Ahoy, Matey" design! My other favorite is the last one one. You did a great job of creating a "realistic " ocean for the island.

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  34. Another adorable set, Mendi! Love the cute red background.

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  35. Oh my, the pirates are so cute! I love them! One of my most memorable birthdays was my 16th (a very long time ago) because my mom, who was very much against pierced ears, gave me earrings and let me get my ears pierced. I was totally surprised and very happy.

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  36. My most memorable birthday was when I was very little, we didn't have much money, and I woke up, walked out of my room, and saw a baby doll in a cradle that rocked outside my room - I was SO excited! The unexpected surprise made it extra special.

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  37. Your pirate cards are so cute! Great cards! My most memorable birthday when I was little was when I turned 8, I had a party in my backyard!

    Chris L.

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  38. This pirate set is wonderful. All the cards are great. I especially love the red background with the anchors and skull & cross-bones.

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  39. My most memorable birthday was my 21st birthday when my parents brought three of my friends over from Vancouver to Victoria on Vancouver Island where I was going to university. It was a total surprise.
    Love the shiver my timbers card... great set

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  40. They're just so cute!! My most memorable birthday was when I was maybe 8 or 9 and I won a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese, lol

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  41. Cute cards with great colors!
    My most memorable birthday is my 40th...my husband surprised me: I thought I was getting a new printer and was surprised when I opened the bag to find a brochure for a cruise!

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  42. Love this set and all the creations. Too super cute!

    Most memorable birthday....what's a birthday? Oh right...I stopped having those at 30 :-D And actually, that is probably my most memorable. Hubby gave me a surprise 30'th party....not that I'm big on those kinds of surprises, but it was very sweetly done.

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  43. Your cards are awesome! Love the cute scenes you created with this fun set. Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family so there are a lot of special ones to choose from. I guess I'd have to pick my 21st. We had a fun family get-together by the lake where the sunsets are spectacular. It would be a day I'd relive given the chance.

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  44. I'm so glad I wasn't to buy the other pirate set recently released. Now I can buy yours! :o) Adorable :o)

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  45. When I turned 18 there was a huge winter storm, so I thought I wouldn't get to do a thing for my Birthday, instead my friends still found a way to my house and made it an awesome night of laughter!

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  46. Such adorable pirates! I really can't remember my most memorable birthday.lol

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  47. my 30th. I was still single, so I threw a big party for myself! :D (especially luv the pirate with the single balloonn card! SOOOO CYOOOOT!)

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  48. Super, super cute inspiration today! My most memorable birthday was when I found out I was expecting my second baby. She's the love of my life!

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  49. Oh my goodness, my young grandsons would FLIP over these pirate cards! They are adorable!

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  50. Super fun and adorable set! Love the scene-building stamps!

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  51. My most memorable birthday was my 30th. My husband threw me a karaoke party at the karaoke bar where we met and later had our engagement and wedding after parties, complete with decorations, a tiara and Jello Shot Cupcakes (there were Jell-O shots in the center of the mini cupcakes. So cool! Haha

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  52. Thank you for the techniques on this blog post. I totally forget about doing the simple things like the clear embossed crossbones and anchor. It adds such a great touch to the card.
    My most memorable birthday is my 21st.

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  53. I have 3 son's and a hubby who love pirates and Pirates of the Caribbean and it's really hard to find boy stamps. So Thank you for these adorable pirate stamps. Love your cards, designs, and stamps. Great job!!!

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  54. SQUEAL!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the Sweet Images and the Inspiration that you shared!! My FAVORTIE Birthday was just this last Fall because a Year ago I wasn't sure I'd be here for my 37th Birthday due to my Battle against 4th Stage Colon Cancer!! HAPPY to say I NOT only MADE it to CELEBRATE my Birthday, but I'm in remission!! Hoping to CELEBRATE MANY MORE BIRTHDAYS!! THANKS for sharing and for the chances to win!! Have a BLESSED Easter!!

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