Tuesday, June 30, 2009



We are so proud to introduce you to Lenny Loader the first release of our BIG BUILDER series. Aint he somethin' !! Every little boy who enters the room while you're working on Lennie will want one. If you look up Loaders on the net, you will be surprised to find out they come in all manner of colours!! I can't wait to see what you all do with this terrific image.

Lennie will be released after 5PM Central Time, Saturday, July 4th, 2009 via e-mail request to: valleysunshine@hotmail.com ...so be sure to come back and get Lennie and keep your eye's peeled for my amazing Design Team " SUNSHINE'S STAMPERS" creations that will be popping up on your favourite blogs and galleries in the coming weeks!!

Thanks for stopping by and for your interest in SUNSHINE STAMPS images.




Boy is this little guy versatile! Take a look at this card!! Angus has been hired by Santa's Elves and is on the job!! All deliveries guaranteed by Dec 24th!!

Here are a couple of angle shots to give you different perspectives..notice how I cut out his tail and looped the wreath around it. It's hard to tell but his windows have been glazed and look awesome in person!!

I am off to make another project with Angus!! Thanks for stopping by!

Check out some more cards featuring Angus Argus!! There will be links posted below here all day with new pics of Angus cards. If you didn't catch the ones posted yesterday check the third post down for a TON of links with AWESOME Angus Argus cards..and a few adorable Angie Argus cards too!!! :)


Monday, June 29, 2009


Let me introduce you all to my hubby, Rob!!! He is an avid aviation and train artist. That is one of his paintings behind him!! He has a blog of his own talking about the Argus!! Yup gals! The Argus is an actual airplane!! That is one of them behind him in the painting!! His blog is called CANADAIR ARGUS and he also has a website AIRFORCEART.

As you can imagine...or maybe not...it took a little persuasion to get him on board with the whole digital stamp idea. These cartoon images are a smidgen outside of his genre!! But boy!! does he do a good job or what!!

We have been looking for something to do together as a couple and this venture is marrying both of our skills quite nicely!! It is our hope that future images generate as much interest as Angus Argus has. Thanks for stopping by to meet Rob - my wonderful hubby!!

Sunshine :)

Sunday, June 28, 2009



Hi all!! Angus Argus is now available via e-mail request to:


Here are a couple of cards featuring this wonderful little guy!!! As you can see he's pretty versatile.

Can't you just picture yourself giving this card to the guy in your life? My hubby is the image designer on this series and he has created such a cheery little airplane in Angus!!

In this card you can see that Angus doesn't have to be manly!! He has a feminine side as well!! Angie is pretty cute huh??? Looks like she has eyes only for Angus though!!!

I provided a couple of angle shots of the cards to give you all a different perspective. I am so pleased that Sunshine's Stamps is now up and going. There will be more free images in the coming weeks. Remember to send me an e-mail at valleysunshine@hotmail.com and I will be happy to e-mail you Angus immediately.

Now I'm proud to send you to visit some of my Design Team's blogs to check out their Angus creations!!
















There will more to come. Be sure to check the galleries on Stamp TV and Split Coast Stampers for more cards featuring Angus and his amazing buddies that will be released soon!! Thanks to my awesome and amazing card buddies for their terrific support and contributions.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Hi all!! I am so excited!! I am entering the arena of Digital Stamp Design. My wonderful hubby has helped me design a whimsical line of digi-stamps that will be available for a limited time FREE here on my blog! After that, they will be available for a nominal fee. Here is a sneak peak of the first Digital Stamp from Sunshine's Stamps!! This series of images is from the "High Flyers" series and the first one is called Angus Argus!!

I will upload a couple of cards made with the new image tomorrow!! If you are interested in getting the image I will provide the information how you will be able to get the image when I upload the cards tomorrow. I hope you are all intrigued!! LOL!! Thanks for stopping by everyone!!


Thursday, June 25, 2009



This weeks Stamp TV Sketch Challenge is a terrific sketch! I will be using this one over and over. I used Gina K images Tree Silhouettes for this one. I shaded using my Momento ink pads. I also used my Cropodile to adhere the eyelets to the card. I cut out my sentiment because I managed to stamp it crooked!!! The cs is all scraps. I am trying to use them up...can anyone explain why the scrap bins exponentially to the use of paper?? Why does the scrap pile get bigger and never seem to go down??

The inside is complete. I used a flower from TAC and a background swirlie stamp also from TAC to finish the inside left of the card and a sentiment from Paper Makeup for the inside. I also used some to eyelets on the inside.

I have decided this one is heading to Nova Scotia and my bestest buddy Bri and his wife Cathy. Bri and I have been since he was chubby and I was skinny!! Now he's the skinny one and me...not so skinny anymore!! LOL~!! Thanks for stopping by everyone!!!

Sunshine :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


This week Lee over on Stamp TV set us a Friday Potluck Challenge like no other! This is never a surprise since Lee always thinks outside the box to challenge us and make us more creative. This week Lee's challenge was to design a card with our favourite ice cream colours. Well!! I have three favourites and if I can get 'em all in the same bowl....can you say HEAVEN!!! LOL!! You got it! Lime & Orange Sherbet with Vanilla Ice Cream are my all time favourites. Orange Sherbet with Vanilla Ice Cream is like having a bowl of Creamsicle!!! OMGosh!! I'm starting to drool!!!

Let me tell you a bit about the card. The images are from one of the new Gina K stamp sets called Sporty Accessories

The cheer leader outfit, pom poms and megaphone have all been coloured in my ice cream flavour colours. I added some glitter to the megaphone's lettering with my jellyroll pen. The glitter was added to spice it up a smidgen as only glitter can do!! I have added dimension with foam dimensionals to add that 2-d effect we all love. Here is a picture of it at an extreme left angle so you can see where the dimensionals have been added.

Finally, the inside was finished with the same dp used on the outside. {In fact I used every scrap of the 6X6 sheets of dp used for this card!! Gotto love that!! No waste at all and no scraps to add to my monumental scrap pile!! } The sentiment inside comes from Paper Makeup Stamps. The sentiment and star are from their Star Struck Set.

Hope you like it. I am off to the grocery store....lime & orange sherbet are calling my name!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunshine :)

Monday, June 22, 2009


Today I decided to do the current High Hopes Challenge 36. This weeks challenge is to use up some scraps. I took this challenge quite literally and I used absolutely nothing but scraps to make the entire card!! Lessee lets start with SHE BAAAA SHEEP from High Hopes!! How cute is she?!! The next High Hopes image is called the SINGLE PRESENT . The image of the Birthday Hats and the sentiment are from an unknown source. Sadly, when I first began stamping I didn`t realize the significance of knowing who made what and the end result was that the packaging would have been tossed in the recycle bin long before I realized I really did need that information!!! Live and learn!!You will also notice that I used some Diamond Glaze on the sheep's eyes to give her a funny look.

Here are a couple of shots from the right and the left. Some other things of note are that the images had all been coloured quite some time ago. I was fortunate enough that they were all coloured in a similar manner. The 4, E, W, E are stickers that were remaining on a sheet of alphabet and number stickers. We all have them...we want to throw them out but there are just too many left on the darn thing to throw them away in good conscience!! Finally, I used some micro fine glitter on the hat, pom pom and sentiment. Oh! I should also mention this is the final bit of this particular ribbon I had left.

Lastly, here is the inside. It should be noted that I have used other scraps of Cuttlebug papers to finish the inside. I also used my mini flower punch on tiny pieces of scrap to make my flowers and branches. The birthday cake was also in my coloured and not used pile so I put it inside the card as well. Thanks for stopping by!!


Sunday, June 21, 2009


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I received a stationary set from my Nanny when I was 9 years old for Christmas. This wasn`t unusual as my Nanny always sent me stationary (I suspect at my mother`s request) so that I would have something to write my thank you notes to everyone who sent me a gift at Christmas. The stationary and envelopes are long since gone. The little note pad that came along with it...still hanging around in my desk. I came acrossed it the other day when looking for something else and decided it was time to do something with it! Afterall...I will be 45 in August! Man!! Did I just write that!!

My challenge for the day was to do the ever challenging Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge of the week. It was a tough one!! I took the cover off my little note pad and cut it down to size and chose some scraps of paper I had in my ever growing scrap bin. I had some really cute tickets but they were too big so I had to create my own. Hope it doesn`t look to cheesy. I also used my brand new Cuttlebug embossing folder Tiny Bubbles. I am really pleased with the end result of this card. It`s nice to see this adorable image out and about and no longer buried inside my desk. It`s just too cute to keep to myself any longer.

For the inside I used a piece of cs that I ran through the CB with the same Tiny Bubbles embossing folder and a sheet of paper from the note pad!! I used a Whipper Snapper Designs sentiment called Love Makes the Ride. I also cut out the corner image and put it on the top inside of the card. Here are a couple of close up shots.

I have another cut out of the corner image drying upstairs in my office with Diamond Glaze and a piece of magnetic backing. I will be putting inside the card so whomever receives this card can use the image as a fridge magnet. Hope you liked todays card! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, June 20, 2009



This one is going to one of our guy friends so not only did I have the challenge of making a sympathy card...but a masculine sympathy card! Here is what I came up with. The image is one of Gina K`s newest releases called SPECIAL FATHERS isn`t it just lovely! There are Stickles in the lower right to balance out the card and of course my mini paper punch flowers with the Martha Stewart Branch Punch. I have added dimensionals to make the flowers pop out some. The dp is from the Basic Grey Bittersweet paper pad.

Here it is from another angle.
And the flower corner up close:
Finally here is the inside view of the card.
The sentiment inside the front cover is from Stampin Up! and the main verse is computer generated and again from an unknown author. It is another of my favourite sympathy card verses. As always I feel that the sentiment makes the card have its meaning so a lot of thought goes into what I think is appropriate and will speak to the recipient. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you leave a little more inspired and with some new idea`s.



Sadly we lost a close friend of the family this week. These are the cards that are heading off to the family. I have had this image coloured and waiting for the perfect card since January. This one is actually coloured with pencil crayons. The image is one that my sister - in - law, Chrissy, was nice enough to loan me. I believe its from SU! and is FROM THE GARDEN. I used no dp on this one since I felt the image should take centre stage. The papers have been cuttlebug embossed with swiss dot - another loan from my awesome sister-in - law!! and the edges have been punched with my Martha Stewart edge punch. There are some Diamond Glaze dew drops on the lily. A little known fact is that the lily is so popular as a funeral flower because the lily cries. The lily bloom will show drops of nectar on it's petals if its inside too long. It releases it's scent to attract bee's. {I was once a floral designer and this is the story we were told about the lily. Of course my mother told me as soon as I became a floral designer that she would appreciate it if I never gave her lily's because they were a "funeral flower that cried"...hmmmmm Must be something to that story~!!}

The inside of this card is just as pretty as the outside. The sentiment is computer generated and by an unknown author. This verse is one of my favourites to use in sympathy cards. The image again is from SU! and was loaned to me from...you guessed it...CHRISSY!!!

I hope you find some inspiration from this one. I find Sympathy cards just as difficult as masculine cards. I am happy with the way this one turned out and I think the recipient will be pleased. Thanks for stopping by! I will post another sympathy card in just a minute.


Thursday, June 18, 2009


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As promised I have some new cards to upload today. I made 3 projects last night. I am referring to them as projects because not all of them are cards! lol! Here is the first one. It was supposed to be for STV's Sketch Challenge this week but I was too late! Oh well....it's still a cute card. I am calling it:


Here is a peak of the inside sentiment. Can't you just imagine the wind in your hair and the salt air tickling your nose when you look at the little sail boat??!!

The next card is for the current STV Colour Challenge. Unfortunately, my memory failed me last night and the blue I was thinking I was matching to is not so close after all. I guess I am going to have to start taking my laptop up to my card room when the colour challenges are an image like this one was. I am pretty darn pleased with the card though. Let's see what you all think. This one I call:

For this one I have used a Gina K Designs flower stamp from A YEAR IN FLOWERS. I decided to use some scraps I had left over from other cards for this one. Once I decided on the cs it all just came together. This is a mish mash of different sketches I have used and seen. I don't believe I have used this particular set up before. I am particularly proud of the way the buttons look on the little ribbon hinges. There are some dew drops of Diamond Glaze on the flower as well, but they are rather difficult to see. Here is a shot of the card from a different angle.

Finally, here is a shot of the inside of the card. As always I have finished the inside. The sentiment for this card is not from Gina K, however. It is a sentiment I recently purchased from Whipper Snapper Designs. It is called WISDOM WALK and it really speaks to me. I hope it resonates in your mind as well. As you can see I used the same dp on the inside as out and I have added a bow. I just love the little cluster of buttons on this one. Hope you all like it as much as I do.

The final project is a POST-IT NOTE HOLDER. I call it:


Isn't this just so cute?! This is the first post - it note holder I have ever made but I am thinking it will not be my last. I am already thinking about making a slew of these for my girlfriends for Christmas!! I am also going to figure out a way to add a pen/pencil holder to them as well. I will post them once I have figured out what I am going to do. Now let me tell you a little bit about this project. It was easy peasy to do, so if you are thinking it's difficult; it's not. I used two layers of cs for this one to keep it good and rigid. The other thing I did is to add a tuck in flap for the bottom flap to slide into in order to keep the holder shut when not in use. The samples I have seen use a flap or a magnet to hold them shut. I decided when I was gluing the inside layer to the outside to leave an inch without glue to slide the bottom flap into. It works like a charm. The image on the holder is a Gina K image from Gina K's new FREE WITH THREE SET. Doesn't the ice cream look just so yummy!! I added Diamond Glaze to the bowl and spoon to give them a little more oomph. I also used the Diamond Glaze as an adhesive to hold the image in place and unfortunately that is why there is a little glaze at the top of the ice cream. I finished the front with a pretty lavender bow. Now, here is a picture of the inside showing off the POST IT NOTE pad I chose to use for this project. Here is HAPPY BUNNY!! He makes me laugh out loud in an empty room!!! LOL!! Enjoy!

Well, that's it for now. I am off to prime some kitchen cabinet doors. Hope you like my newest cards / projects and they inspire you to make something today. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunshine :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Hubby has been the "handyman" as of late. We have been renovating our kitchen. Trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear. We finished putting the trim moldings up tonight. They look terrific.

Today is hubby's birthday but we aren't celebrating until the weekend, so we didn't do much tonight except I did give him his card. He loved it!! He immediately said I needed to post it on my blog! What a great guy he is!! LOL!! So without further ado here is My Handyman's Birthday Card.

The image is from HIGH HOPES and is called Carpenter Ant. He is soooo cute. The sentiment is also from HIGH HOPES. I altered the sentiment by adding the "My". The tools are actually made of metal! I picked them up on one of my shopping spree's to the Buck or Two with my sister - in - law, Chrissy. The screw brads are from Michael's and I picked those up on my last trip to Grand Forks, North Dakota. The image was coloured with my Prisma Markers and my Bic's.

I took a close up of the ant to show you some of the detail. I am pleased with the way he turned out. I am thrilled that there is no limit to the way this guy can be coloured.

The inside has High Hopes Large Single Candle image on the inside left and I used a TAC sentiment along with bits of Martha Stewart to finish off the sentiment. Sorry but I edited out the personal stuff!! LOL!!

Well, I have to run. We are winding down hubby's birthday. I will be making cards tomorrow. I promise to upload at least one and hopefully two cards tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!!


Monday, June 15, 2009


Hi all!! Well it has been a busy weekend here. My hubby was out cutting trim moldings for the kitchen cupboards at 8AM Saturday morning!! We chose a half rope border for the top of the kitchen cupboards instead of crown molding because we believe the crown moldings would be a little too fussy for the existing cupboards. They are pretty basic...so we decided to just use the rope moldings and I have to say....WINNER!!! Hubby has put the first coat of paint on the cupboards and again I have to breathe a sigh of relief...it's perfect. Now the decision is upon us...what colour to paint the cupboard doors?? Do we go with the base colour or pick up the wall colour? There is also the option of going with a co ordinating green from the hallway or entryway. I worry about the cupboard doors being too dark...so that takes out the entryway colour. Hmmm....decisions, decisions.

We put the new ceiling light up this weekend and miracle of miracles we have good light in the kitchen!! We chose a 6 light gimble light that has flexible arms to position it where the light is needed most. It's just FABULOUS!! I can now work at my counter without standing in my own light! Wonder how good the food will taste now that I can see what I'm doing!! LOL!!

Well, I have a TON of cards to make this week!! Stay tuned for some new creations to be posted in the morning or early afternoon!! thanks for stopping by. Sorry I didn't upload this weekend at all. No time...at all!!!

Sunshine :)

Friday, June 12, 2009


Hubby called from work yesterday afternoon asking if I could "whip up a Get Well Card" for one of the guys at work who had just had surgery. This is what I came up with. I used one of my new pieces of 'rubbah' of course!! LOL!! This is guy is called "EGG" spresso" and is from Whipper Snapper Designs. I kept this card clean and simple because it is for a manly man!! LOL. The background colour is simply Momento's Potters Clay smudged into the actual card edges. The ribbon is from Michael's.

As always I have provided the right and left views of the cards to give you all a different perspective of the project. I have to say...I am pretty pleased with that bow!! This ribbon is kinda cool...its feels almost rubberized. It's a little awkward to handle but once you manipulate it the way you want it holds it's shape wonderfully and doesn't fray. You have to like that!!

Now this guy has many sentiments to choose from, unfortunately none of them spoke to me. This had to be for a "guys, guy". I actually frowned and got all serious looking when I typed that!!! So...I thunk and I thunk and this is the sentiment I came up with. I used some of my fancy dancy fonts to spice it up a bit and frankly...it cracks me up!!! ROFL!!! Don't you just hate it when people find themselves funny!! LOL!!! Well...I am off. I made some glue dots and strips last night with Aleen's Tack it Over & Over and I need to put those away so I can get at my desk to get inky!!

If you have never used Aleen's Tack It Over & Over, let me tell you a bit about what I use it for. I buy mostly unmounted stamps; and to store them I keep them in binders. Once I have trimmed my new rubber I lay them all out, face down, on my desk and get out my Aleen's and a flat headed 1/4" paint brush {I used to use this one when I tole painted}. All I do is squeeze a small drop on the stamp and use the paint brush to spread it completely over the back in a very thin layer {so no white is showing - which is the colour of the glue} and leave it to dry. Because I use a very thin layer the glue dries within the hour. I then have stamps that are sticky but completely re positional. I then put them on laminated sheets in my binders and they are good to go. The other great thing about Alleen's Tack It Over & Over is that you can drop droplets of it on shiny paper {butchers paper is great} and leave it to dry overnight and then you have GLUE DOTS without going out and spending extra money for them!! Of course the money savings is terrific...and we have already determined I am all about saving money!!! The other great thing about making your own Glue Dots is that you control the size & depth. Last night I made the usual size I use - 1/4" but I also made some long strips that will be great for anchoring larger images. Well, I certainly hope I haven't bored you cross-eyed!! Let me know if you try this little tip!! Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, June 11, 2009


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My baby is graduating from Elementary School!! How is that possible??!! This is the card I made him last night. I am using the sketch from my ever challenging MIDNIGHT MADNESS SKETCH CHALLENGE!! The, oh so adorable image, is from Whipper Snapper Designs and is called "CHICK WITH BRAINS" I just love it!! Its hard to see in the photograph but I added Diamond Glaze to his glasses and the little embellishments across the top and bottom of the card. The top spells out PAT - short for Patrick and the bottom of course is the year.

When Patty opens his card he is going to get a surprise. There is a bookmark inside for him to use all summer and remind him of his graduation and to focus on the goals ahead. Thankfully all 3 boys are avid readers; so I know this bookmark will get lots of use this summer.

This is the inside without the bookmark. I stamped the image again inside and added the sentiment - also from Whipper Snapper Designs.

Finally here is a close up shot of the bookmark. The sentiment is actually on vellum though it's difficult to see that here. I made the tassel with embroidery floss and realized while making it that my finger dexterity is getting terrible!!! Age is not my friend. Well, it is my hope you enjoyed looking at this card. I plan on making another one today for my best friends son who is heading from Junior to Senior High!! I almost FORGOT!! ***HORROR*** And finally, I am going to make one for my God Daughter who is heading from Kindergarten to Grade 1!!! Thanks for stopping by!!