Friday, September 29, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Silver Bells & Snowflake Die + Winners

I'm so excited! Today's the big day of our Holiday 2017 release that starts shipping today!  For everyone who has placed pre-orders, your items are packed and ready to go out this morning.  We also have the winners to announce from our 2nd birthday blog hop so make sure to check that out down below.  ;)

Today I have one last new item to share... It's a new little 2-piece die set called Silver Bells and it's already proving to be quite popular.  While it wasn't designed to cut out the bell from our Holiday Style set, they are nearly identical in size and design so you might be able to find a way to use them together.  

Card No. 1:  For my first card I cut the jingle bells from a silver shimmer cardstock and used a glue pen to adhere the little ridge of the bell over the top of the overall bell shape.  I strung some solid twine through the tops of each before adhering them to a 1-5/8" black square.  When they were all adhered to my card, I then tied a matching chiffon bow and added over the top with a mini glue dot.  As a final touch I stamped my sentiment using our new Festive Greetings set.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Silver Bells Holiday Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa
Card No. 2: This time I die-cut my bells from gold metallic cardstock.  Since metallic cardstock's slick surface has a way of getting smudged with glue pens and such, I elected to apply some of Sizzix's double-sided adhesive to the back of my cardstock before cutting out my bell and it worked wonders.  
Sunny Studio Stamps: Silver Bells Holiday Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my card's background I took turns masking off the space below and above my sentiment strip and stamped the tree branch from Holiday style.  I then heat embossed my sentiment using our Heartfelt Wishes stamps and Wishes Word die.

I felt like my bells should be dark inside so I punched some quick 1" circles from black cardstock to back them with.  I then tied them with some red twine to hang them from my tree.  I think it would be super fun to make this card so the little bells swung back and forth!


Sunny Studio Stamps: Silver Bells Holiday Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

 Here's a look at the 1-1/8" Jingle Bell die...


Sunny Studio Stamps: Silver Bells 1-1/8" Jingle Bell Steel Rule Die

For this release's bonus, all orders placed in our shop will automatically come with a complimentary mini snowflake die (while supplies last).  There are no special codes needed and all the holiday pre-orders placed earlier this week have been already been packaged with one too.  ;)


Sunny Studio Stamps: Free mini Snowflake die with winter 2017 new release orders (while supplies last)


Please note: We currently are out of the snowflake die and will be substituting our holly die from last Christmas.

Here's a little card I created using the snowflake... It's such a great size for so many different projects.  I couldn't resist creating a red and white snowflake card (my favorite) by blending festive berries, candied apple and fired brick distress inks in an ombre fashion to the front of a 4.25" x 5.5" card panel. 

After the snowflakes were adhered in rows on my card, I took a ruler and my paper piercer to create little holes approximately 1/8" apart so I could add some hand-stitching.  I completed my card with a die-cut heart from our Stitched Heart dies and a sentiment from Festive Greetings.  
Sunny Studio Stamps: Red Stitched Snowflake Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa (using free mini snowflake die, Stitched Heart Dies & Festive Greetings stamps)

And last, but certainly not least we have our 12 Birthday winners from last Friday's blog hop...
Congrats to the following Winners:


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Kari Mano

Sandy Allnock's blog
Rose Mary Smalley

Nichol Spohr's blog
Marjorie Dumontier

Eloise Blue's blog
Sheri (from Fun With Paper)

Nancy Damiano's blog
Kym Maxwell

Kay Miller's blog
Denise Ward

Nina-Marie Trapani's blog 
Valerie Edwards

Vanessa Menhorn's blog
the crafty math chick

Michelle Short's  blog
Larissa Heskett

Anni Lerche's blog
Parker (from Parker's Imagination)

Lexa Levana's blog
Karenladd

Juliana Michaels' blog
SHartl

You have each won a $25 gift code to our online store.  If you haven't already heard from me, please email us at info@sunnystudiostamps.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who visited and left sweet comments on all the blogs.  They were so appreciated by all of us.  :)

Don't forget there's still time for you to take advantage of our Birthday sale.  Use the code CELEBRATE through Sunday at Midnight PST to save 15% off all orders.  

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Heartfelt Wishes Stamps
Heartfelt Wishes Stamps
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Holiday Style Stamps
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Stitched Heart Dies
Stitched Heart Dies
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Wishes Word Die
Wishes Word Die
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Festive Greetings Stamps
Festive Greetings Stamps
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Jolly Gingerbread Stamps & Dies

Hello everyone!  Thank you for all your sweet feedback this week.  I am thrilled to finally share some ideas using our happy new Jolly Gingerbread stamps and coordinating dies that start shipping tomorrow.

Card No. 1:  I wanted to go bright and happy for this first Christmas card, turning to some non-traditional holiday colors.  I added glossy accents to the the windows and little candies on my Gingerbread House roof and some Stickles glitter glue to the gumdrops.  To tie my Stitched Scalloped borders together with the house, I took a circle snowflake from our Snow Kissed stamps and stamped it in the middle of each scallop.  I then colored them with Copics to match and topped them with more glossy accents.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Jolly Gingerbread Hot Pink Sweet Christmas Wishes Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 2:  I made a cute tag (by Papertrey Ink) even cuter, using the gumdrop border from the stamp set to frame my little cookie girl and boy.  Of course no gumdrops are complete without sugar sprinkles so I used a little Stardust Stickles glitter to make them look realistic.  A rainbow ribbon by Offray was the perfect finishing touch for this rainbow inspired gift tag.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Jolly Gingerbread Gumdrops Scalloped Christmas Gift Tag by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 3: I turned to a kraft background to help my images pop on this traditional colored Christmas card.  I paired the cookie tree from this set with the coordinating smaller cookie from the previously released Christmas Icons set to create my little scene.  To pull everything together, I curved my sentiment stamps on my MISTI tool to hug the circle.  I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder to pop against the background.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Jolly Gingerbread From Our Home To Yours Kraft Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 4:  For this rainbow inspired card, I started by adhering a hand cut mask to look like a snowdrift.  I then inked on some Tumbled Glass distress ink to my background before stamps some faint snowflakes using our new Snow Flurries set.  After coloring my little house, I added some liquid applique to look like snow icing and added some little jewels to match where the candies had been stamped.  For my sugar on the gumdrops I added three little dots using my white extra fine point sharpie paint pen (there's also a little stamp image with three dots in the set, but I found it so much quicker to just do it by hand).
Sunny Studio Stamps: Jolly Gingerbread Rainbow Goody Gumdrops House Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 5:  For this fun shaker style card I started by inking up my card background with a blend of Evergreen Bough and Lucky Clover distress inks.  I then stamped the Frosty Flurries stamp in the background in a similar tone of ink to give the look of splatters. For my top layer I used our Stitched Heart Dies to cut a window from the center of a scalloped panel and filled it with some stamped and colored peppermint candies from the set.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Jolly Gingerbread Boy & Girl Heart Shaker Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

I hope you've enjoyed today's look at the Jolly Gingerbread Stamps and coordinating dies.  Here's a full look at the new sets that will start shipping tomorrow!  Also, as part of our second birthday festivities this week, you can reserve yours today in our store HERE.  Plus use the promo code CELEBRATE to save 15% through October 1st at Midnight PST.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Jolly Gingerbread Boy, Girl & House Christmas Holiday 4x6 Clear Stamp Set    Sunny Studio Stamps: Jolly Gingerbread Boy, Girl & House Christmas Holiday Steel Rule Dies

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Blissful Baking Stamps
Blissful Baking Stamps
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Christmas Icons Dies
Christmas Icons Dies
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Christmas Icons Stamps
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Snow Kissed Stamps
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Stitched Heart Dies
Stitched Heart Dies
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Stitched Scallop Dies
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Frosty Flurries Stamps
Frosty Flurries Stamps
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Snow Flurries Stamps
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Polar Playmates & Playful Polar Bears

Hello there!  Welcome to Day four of our Winter Release Sneak Peeks!  We're only a couple more days from getting to ship these fun sets out to you!  Are you getting excited?  Today I have several happy sets for Winter that mix and match with each other beautifully! 

Card No. 1:  Up first I have a a fun red, white and blue card using our Playful Polar Bears.  For my background I started by stamping it with our Snow Flurries mini stamps using white pigment ink (without any embossing powder).  When it was dry, I inked on Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot distress inks.  When that layer was dry, I then stamped the new Frosty Flurries and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  As a final detail I used out new mini complimentary snowflake die that will be coming in all orders that ship out on Friday (including pre-orders)--More details coming on Friday.  ;)

The dies for these stamps are cool because they cut out the hands of the standing and sitting bears so they can hold the candy cane, mug, present or stocking (or endless other items from our other sets).  I completed my card by cutting a window with a circle die and heat embossing a sentiment from our Bundled Up stamps.
Sunny Studio Stamps Playful Polar Cool Yule Sledding Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 2:  For my next card I used the darling walrus and seal from Polar Playmates Stamps, together with the penguin from Bundled Up.  The dies for this set are also unique in that the fishing hole doesn't cut the outside edge like a normal die, but was designed to have you stamp the image directly onto your card panel and then use the coordinating die to cut the inside edge to slip in critters, fish and fishing poles.  :)  Sunny Studio Stamps: Polar Playmates Seal, Penguin & Walrus Let's Chill Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 3:  For this card I stared by stamping the Snow Flurries stamps on a piece of red cardstock and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  These affordable background stamps are sized 2.75" wide which is exactly half the width of an A2 card.  The patterns have been created to quickly and easily repeat for perfect placement every time.  I know I created them, but I must say I've really fallen in love!  ;)

For my little scene I borrowed a fish for the stocking from the Polar Playmates set and the ice block from Snow Kissed.  For the sentiment I borrowed the "Merry Christmas" portion for Jolly Gingerbread set which I'll be sharing tomorrow.  I love how easy it is to mix and match the sentiments from our different sets.  
Sunny Studio Stamps Playful Polar Bears Beary Merry Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 4: Up next is a card using the sweet walrus and igloo from Polar Playmates.  I used the coordinating die to make it look like my fish is being pulled up through the ice hole.  I once again borrowed the little Santa hat from the new Jolly Gingerbread set.  

I used an emboss resist technique for my snowy background by first heat embossing the Frosty Flurries stamps and then sponging on the ink.  There's a subtle difference in the look vs. stamping after inking up the background.  It sort of adds a subtle darker shadow around the dots for extra dimension.

I finished off my card with a sentiment from our Bundled Up Stamps and die-cut the end of my pennant using our Fishtail Banner Dies
Sunny Studio Stamps: Polar Playmates Santa Walrus Cool Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 5:  This card utilized THESE awesome mirror block stamps together with my MISTI tool to flip one of the polar bears to created a bear couple (Jennifer McGuire shared a great tutorial on this technique HERE).  

I heat embossed my background with the Frosty Flurries stamps, inking only the center behind the bears and fading it to white.  I then added mittens from Bundled Up and a banner from our Sunny Borders set.  Some clear round drops by Studio Katia were the perfect finishing touch.
Sunny Studio Stamps Playful Polar Bears Life Without You is Unbearable Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 6:  For this sweet card I did an emboss resist technique again with the Snow Flurries set, fading my Lilac ink to white before cutting the edge with our Stitched Scallop border dies.  For my little critters, I borrowed the hats from Jolly Gingerbread, the earmuffs from Bundled Up and the ice blocks from Snow Kissed.
Sunny Studio Stamps Polar Playmates Seal, Husky & Walrus Winter Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 7:  I am so excited to share this last card!  I used those same Mirror Block stamps to stamp the reflection of my penguin from Snow Kissed with the bear from Playful Polar Bears using a grey ink.  I then used my Copic markers to color a lighter version of my critters and to add quick strokes, flicking on my icy colors from each side of my card to give the illusion of a reflective icy surface.  To help the ice standout again my sky, I then added a little snowy bank between the layers.  

My background was stamped with white pigment ink on white cardstock and then I inked up the entire background over the top with Tumbled Glass distress ink.  It's a great way to have a subtle print that doesn't compete so much with the rest of the images in your card.  A sentiment from Snow Kissed and an edge cut with our Fishtail Banners was a great finish to my little card.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Playful Polar Bears & Snow Kissed Penguin Ice Skating Christmas Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

I hope you've enjoyed today's look at the Playful Polar Bears, Polar Playmates, Frosty Flurries and Snow Flurries stamps.  Here's a full look at the new sets that will start shipping on Friday.  As part of our second birthday festivities this week, you can reserve yours today in our store HERE.  Plus use the promo code CELEBRATE to save 15%!

Please note:  The coffee mug die in this set was originally designed backwards by accident, but all dies have been repackaged to include a second mini cup die flipped the correct way.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Playful Polar Bears Winter 4x6 Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set     Sunny Studio Stamps: Playful Polar Bears Winter 4x6 Steel Rule Die Set

Sunny Studio Stamps: Polar Playmates Winter Seal & Walrus 4x6 Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set      Sunny Studio Stamps: Polar Playmates Winter 4x6 Steel Rule Die Set

Sunny Studio Stamps: Frosty Flurries Snow Mini 2x3 Background Stamp Set     Sunny Studio Stamps: Snow Flurries Mini Snowflake 2x3 Background Stamp Set

Other Sunny Studio Supplies Used:
Bundled Up Dies
Bundled Up Dies
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Bundled Up Stamps
Bundled Up Stamps
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Fishtail Banner Dies
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Little Angels Dies
Little Angels Dies
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Little Angels Stamps
Little Angels Stamps
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Snow Kissed Dies
Snow Kissed Dies
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Snow Kissed Stamps
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Stitched Scallop Dies
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Christmas Home & Christmas Chapel

Hello & Welcome to Day 3 of our Holiday Sneak Peeks!  Today I'm exited to be sharing ideas using our new Christmas Home and Christmas Chapel stamp sets.  I am a huge sucker for cute house images so I could resist creating a holiday companion to our previously released Happy Home and City Streets sets.  In fact this set comes with some lights and garlands that can be added to those sets to expand their versatility.  ;)

Card No. 1: For my first card I wanted to experiment with the beautiful snowy glow of a scene at twilight.  For my background, I started by stamping my fence and then masked it off before inking on some Lawn Fawn Butter ink, followed by Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac distress inks.  I then remove the masks and filled in the small spaces around my fence posts using a copic marker to match the inking. To add a little interest to my scene, I popped up center on a stitched die-cut frame and I love the results!
Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Home From Our House To Yours Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 2: For this card our new mini Christmas Chapel stamps take center stage. My church windows were colored with my Copic markers to create the appearance of lights turned on inside.  I wanted to cast that same glow to the sky the little chapel by inking the surrounding background with more of the Lawn Fawn Butter ink.    Next I stamped my sentiment in Verafine Black Onyx ink using our new Festive Greetings set.  I really wanted it to fit my vertical space though so I carefully cut the sentiment apart to stack together in this new way. ;)

I cut two slopes from white cardstock and stamped my entire background with our new Frosty Flurries stamps and heat embossed the flakes with a clear glittery embossing powder, making sure to wipe off my stamp around my sentiment. I then added liquid applique sprinkled with clear glitter to the edges of my slopes.  For those not familiar, this product dries and puff up to look like snow when heated with a heat gun.

As a final finishing touch I stamped the tree branches from Holiday Style to put in the foreground.  I then quickly fussy cut the edge and inked up the the spaces between with Tumbled Glass distress ink to match my sky.  :)


Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Chapel Joy To The World Snowy Church Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 3: For my next card I was inspired by a customer's gorgeous card using our Happy Home set which was shared HERE.  I loved the idea of creating a colored focal point!  I used my MISTI tool to stamp portions of my scene twice so that I could simply punch out the circle, color the scene and add it over the top of the B&W portion.  I then used my W1 and W0 Copic Markers to add some simple shading to the monochromatic portions of my scene.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Home "At Christmas, All Roads Lead Home" Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 4:  For this card I used our Sunny Semi Circle Dies to create an arched frame around my Christmas Chapel.  I inked up my sky using Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire distress inks.  When they were really dry, I randomly stamped and heat embossed the three little stars from the set, adding Diamond Stickles to some of the larger ones.  My sentiment stamped on the banner from our Sunny Borders stamp set completes my card.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Chapel Blessings Church Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 5:  For this last card I just really wanted to create a scene with cool tones and small pops of red.  I stamped my snowy background using our Frosty Flurries stamps and then added Stardust Stickles to my snowy portions on the trees and house rooftops for a bit of sparkle.
Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Home Neighborhood Home For The Holidays Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Card No. 6:  For my last card I created a little gift enclosure for a small card to include with some baked goodies for our neighbors at the holidays.  I paired the Christmas Home images with a darling 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" scalloped card die set by Papertrey Ink (found here).  When I was done I slipped some chiffon ribbon through one of the holes so that it can be tied onto the gift.


Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Home Neighbor Gift Enclosure Holiday Card

I hope you've enjoyed today's look at the Christmas Home and Christmas Chapel stamps and dies.  Here's a full look at the new sets that will start shipping on July 29th.  As part of our second birthday festivities this week, you can reserve yours today in our store HERE.  Plus use the promo code CELEBRATE to save 15%!


Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Home house themed winter holiday 4x6 clear photopolymer stamps      Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Home house themed winter holiday steel rule dies

Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Chapel church themed winter holiday 2x3 clear photopolymer stamp set      Sunny Studio Stamps: Christmas Chapel church themed winter holiday steel rule dies

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City Streets Stamps
City Streets Stamps
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Fishtail Banner Dies
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Happy Home Stamps
Happy Home Stamps
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Holiday Style Stamps
Holiday Style Stamps
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Sunny Borders Stamps
Sunny Borders Stamps
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Sunny Semi Circles Dies
Sunny Semi Circles Dies
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Festive Greetings Stamps
Festive Greetings Stamps
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Frosty Flurries Stamps
Frosty Flurries Stamps
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