Thursday, April 13, 2017

Inspiration Week: Introducing Oceans of Joy & New Summer Freebie

Hello There!  We're on day four of our inspiration week with less than 24 hours from the big release (items usually hit our online store at approximately 3am PST).  

I'm so happy to finally introduce you to our Oceans of Joy stamps & coordinating dies today.  It's a wonderful set that really compliments the two previously shared sets, but it also is pretty fun all on it's own.  It's sort of random, but the set includes a new smaller balloon and string that I'm super excited to finally have to mix and match with all of our other sets.


For my first card I created a birthday card using that balloon with a bunch of the different fish and bubbles from the set (along with a borrowed birthday hat from our Froggy Friends stamps).  I also used the new sandy beach border image which spans the length of the set.  With the vertical orientation of my card I was able to stamp it twice and offset them so that they each featured a different part of the border to keep things interesting.  Once I had everything stamped, colored and adhered, I added some glossy accents to my balloons and bubbles to make them shiny.  
Sunny Studio Stamps Oceans of Joy Birthday Fishes Dolphin Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

For my next card I used our Stitched Scallop Border dies to create my waves drawing inspiration from a sweet card by Laura Bassen shared HERE.  I loved how she highlighted the edge of her dies by inking on the layer below so I inked on the bottom portion of each wave using all of the cool blue & turquoise distress inks in my stash from cracked pistachio to chipped sapphire.   I then tucked my whale in one of the waves, cutting his flipper so that it could hang out and finished the visual circle with the dolphin and sea turtle.  After I stamped my sentiment with my mini misti (I wasn't about to mess up all my hard work) it still felt a bit empty so I added some sparkle using my favorite mix of Crystal Reflections sequins from Simon Says Stamp.
Sunny Studio Stamps Oceans of Joy Dolphin, Sea Turtle and Whale Card by Mendi Yoshikawa
For my next card I had fun creating a border of what my daughter lovingly refers to as goldfish crackers.  My ocean background was achieved by brushing on layers of different blue & aqua using my Gansai Tambi watercolors with Arches Cold Press Watercolour paper and a large paintbrush.
Sunny Studio Stamps Oceans of Joy Whale Fish You Were Here Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

My last Ocean themed card of the day features a fun masking and embossing technique.  Today I'm excited to be a guest over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog where I am sharing several cards including this one with more details about masking techniques.  I hope you will hop on over to visit them. ;)  

These little guys are kind of "fun" to fussy cut out so once again I used my tip for coloring the inside portions with a marker to blend with the background. I love how they're able to hold hands though (or maybe that should be holding legs).  Hee-hee.  

For my vertical wavy stripes I inked on some tumbled glass and broken china distress ink and then stamped the wavy borders from our Island Getaway stamps.
Sunny Studio Stamps Oceans of Joy Sea You Soon Octopus Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Here's a look at the new Oceans of Joy clear stamps and coordinating dies available for purchase on Friday morning...
Sunny Studio Stamps: Oceans of Joy Stamps (with Whale, Dolphin, Octopus, Sea Turtle, Crab & Fish)Sunny Studio Stamps: Oceans of Joys Coordinating Dies 

With each new release we have a free die that is automatically added to your purchase and on Friday we will be including the new mini leaf die with orders placed in our online store while supplies last (our supplies on this one are very limited, but I think we will be able to have enough to last us through the weekend, if not a bit longer).  ;)                                                  

Sunny Studio Stamps: Flower Border Card using Stitched Scallop Border Dies and Free Leaf Die with Purchase

Did you miss our other mini dies?  No worries.  You can now purchase past dies as a 6-piece set for $4.99.  These are in limited supply so they are being offered as an exclusive to our website.  :)
Sunny Studio Stamps: Basic Mini Shape Dies with Heart, Star, Square, Diamond, Holly & Flower

I hope you've enjoyed today's sneak peeks.  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 I'm hoping you'll fall in love with as much as I have. ;)

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77 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the sea critters and fun background. The 6 piece mini dies are so cute!Adorable cards.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting with Creative M



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  2. I'm in love with watercoloring right now, and my must have are sequins!

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  3. Okay....LOVE this set!!! Such cute creations too. ♥

    Colored Pencils are my favorite supply right now. Next week, that may change ;)

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  4. I really love using dies. I also love to emboss my sentiments. It really makes them pop! I also love making shaker cards. They just make me happy!

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  5. Love, love thís set! I think this may be my favourite of this release. 😊
    My favourite technique is masking because I love creating scenes. My most used tools are my Big Shot and dies. Love dies.

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  6. I love water sets! They are my favourite! Love the water animals! Seriously I want the whole release! Love the sand stamp!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  7. Fun cards and stamps! I especially like the punny sentiments :) I like to watercolor & other than stamps (especially funny ones), I use my MISTI quite often.

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  8. I always love your gorgeous cards, Mendi. You come up with cute designs & your coloring is perfection. I don't think I have a favorite technique, but I do grab the TH distress inks for almost every card I make.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. I LOVE my distress inks too--such a versatile hardworking supply. :)

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  9. What adorable cards!! Love the little critters and that mini dies set is so fun!!

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  10. Love all of these adorable cards! My favorite supply seems to be foam tape for added dimension.

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  11. Such cute cards!
    I use gems on
    every card I make.
    Carla from Utah

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  12. Loving this inspiration. Thanks for sharing. I mostly love doing distress sponging - you get amazing results with it:)

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  13. Lol. I am like your daughter and immediately thought "goldfish crackers," too! And I think they are terrific! All the card ideas are fantastic, too! I'm really enjoying this release a lot and look forward to seeing even more fun designs made with these clever new products!

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  14. Love, love, love that dolphin!! And everything else ;)

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  15. Love this release especially the mini dies. My favorite technique is to use distress inks for creating backgrounds.

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  16. Love this release!!! It will be really hard to choose which ones to get.
    I seem to use sequins in almost all of my cards, they always bright everything up and coloring with any media is something I enjoy the most about making cards :)

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  17. Great release. Love the dolphin and the mini die set. I use dies a lot.

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  18. The Oceans of Joy set is simply adorable! This is a great release, Mendi! My favorite supplies are distress inks and copics. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  19. Hi Mendi ~ I'm a bit behind on checking blogs this week (getting ready for my son's wedding!!!) but I have to say this group of cards are absolutely darling!! Your daughter is right, those little goldfish do look like the ever-popular crackers. I also love that adorable die set of the freebies you've sent over time. Great idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration and I look forward to ordering tomorrow. ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

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    1. Thank you Maggie. Hope your Son's wedding is wonderful! Big hugs!

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  20. I love the set of mini dies! So cute!!!

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  21. These are fantastic. With regards to the question I find I use dies on every card in some way shape or form. Inks I uses all the time whether to stamp, distress, paint etc

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  22. Adorable! So, I pretty much need to order EVERYTHING from this release, lol! My favorite technique lately is probably the Joseph's Coat technique. Can't stop doing that - it makes such an awesome rainbow card!!

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  23. Ohhhh! I LOVE these adorable sea critters! SO CUTE! I find myself coloring with Copic markers the most, I also like to make little scenes with images on cards as well - thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  24. Love the nautical theme
    Always so much fun to play
    with the fishes.
    My paper trimmer is my most
    important tool. Couldn't
    do without it. thanks
    for sharing

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  25. Super cute stamp set. Adorable sea critters.

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  26. Those sea creatures & the cards are so cute!

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  27. I'm dying here!!!! This whole release so Far is amazing!

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  28. I love all you "under the sea" cards! the backgrounds are especially cool!

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  29. love stamps and now the new dies with them

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  30. Love this set. The sea creatures are adorable

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  31. Awesome release Mendi! These stamps just make me smile. I really like masking on my cards.

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  32. Cute images in this set - and wow, your samples are so colorful and bright - love 'em! I have to say I have quite the collection of patterned paper and cardstock - always great for card backgrounds and colorful diecuts!

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  33. My favorite technique is using watercoloring markers (Zig) with Sunny Studio stamps. Great cards and release today!

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  34. I use my Copics a lot when making cards. They just seem to give the best colour and blending for a really polished finish to stamped images. Love Laura's cards! Always so bright and cheerful.

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    1. Thank you. They're are actually created by me this week. ;) I'm addicted to my Copics too as you can see. It's hard to try other things sometimes because I just love them so much. :)

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  35. I find that I'm always reaching for my zig watercolor markers. they're so versatile

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  36. These fish stamps are adorable- i could see my kids stealing them from me. I'm obsessed with my Cuttlebug- I don't know how I ever lived without it.

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  37. Mendi, These are so swimmingly cute! A phrase that gets used around this house it "If wishes were fishes, We'd have a fry!" And these would be adorable with that.
    Love the new stamps, so cute and doable for anyone to use.
    XO April

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  38. Your cute never stops!! Love your stamps and cards!!

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  39. Love this Oceans of Joy set. It goes perfectly with the Magical Mermaids and Pirate Pals. This is going to be an amazing release. I adore each and every card you made.

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  40. Oh!! Your illustrations are just wonderful! These sea creatures are SO CUTE! I love how you turned the scalloped die around to make waves. I'm fairly new to card making so I don't necessarily have a favorite technique. I like learning and trying as many as I can, but lately I've been having fun with distress ink and stencils. Picking up the stencil is always the best! And I'm always reaching for my paper trimmer, MISTI, and tape runner :)

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    1. Thank you Elise. I totally agree about stencils! There's nothing better than picking up a stencil or a mask to see what's left behind. Such a satisfying feeling. :)

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  41. Mendi congratulations on your son's wedding. What a blessed time for you. The stamp is darling and I love all the cards. I'm just such a beach person.

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  42. The new stamps and dies are great but the little giveaway dies will be great for creating backgrounds.

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  43. Wonderful release! So many wonderful stamps and dies! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

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  44. Cute set. I like emboss resist and distress inks.

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  45. You have done it again! This is a fantastic set.

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  46. Love the sea creatures!!! The cards are just beautiful.

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  47. These cards and stamps are beyond adorable! I LOVE how you created those awesome waves with the stitched scallop die. My die cut machine is definitely my favorite tool. I held off as long as I could before buying it but it is one of the best card making tool purchases I've made. Should have done so sooner :)

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  48. These cards and stamps are beyond adorable! I LOVE how you created those awesome waves with the stitched scallop die. My die cut machine is definitely my favorite tool. I held off as long as I could before buying it but it is one of the best card making tool purchases I've made. Should have done so sooner :)

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  49. Love today's cards! My favorite tool has to be my Big Shot--it receives a lot of love!

    Chris L.

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  50. Such fun cards!
    I use my embossing folders a lot. Love the textures and designs to add to a card!

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  51. Super cute new set! Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Hi Mendi, since I got some Distress Oxide inks, that's all I've been using.

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  53. Fantastic release! I'm loving Distress Inks & Spectrum Noir coloring these days.

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  54. I absolutely love the ocean set...I might have to order it!

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  55. What fun cards you've shared with us today! I love all those sweet little sea creatures. They're all just darling!

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  56. Adorable - have loved everything in this release! I reach for my copic markers all the time, but I'm taking a class on coloring with prismacolors, so I'm hoping to get into that, too!

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  57. A great release. These cards are 'fin'-tastic! LOL Also love the flower card, so cute (pinned that one!)

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  58. These sea creatures are so adorable!

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  59. I love the ocean floor stamp. I will probably buy the Ocean set for that stamp alone, but of course, the rest of the set is cute too.

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  60. Super cute cards! Wonderful new release! I just placed my order!

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  61. I use alot of embossing folders....Love the new releases!
    rita.navarre@yahoo.com

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  62. I'm in love with stamp masking & ink blended backgrounds. My favorite tool that I use all the time is my Misti!

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  63. So much cuteness! Another for my long list of Need stamps :D.
    I use my white and cream linen cardstock all the time, just couldn't do without it. Debra x

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  64. Such cute cards. Right now I've been using embossing folders and die inks but I always use my copics.

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  65. One of my favorites is whales and I LOVE this release. Great cards, great ideas, Great job!!!

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  66. SUPER SUPER SUPER Sweet New Set!! I LOVE the Sweet Images and the ISPIRATION that you've shared!! Recently the New Distress Oxide Inks have been my FAVORITE Products!! SQUEAL!! I'm SO IN LOVE with them!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS Easter!! =)

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