Thursday, January 31, 2013

We're back with a New Challenge Format

Challenge Alert!!:
There is still a little more than two days left to participate in our January Photo Inspiration challenge.  Click HERE to add your direct link to your project at the end of the post.

Hello everyone!!
The design team and myself are excited to be back from break!  We are so ready to start sharing our Yumi & Fumi Handmade projects with you!  The team is well rested and ready to get going.  Woo Hoo!!  We're sending a big MAHALO to our wonderful guest designer, Denice, for filling in with her wonderful posts while we've been on break and we hope you've all enjoyed them as much as we have.  I've got some good news, we've asked Denice to stay on for February and she kindly accepted so you will enjoy more fun & adorable creations from her.  Yay!! 

Over the break we decided to make some changes to our challenge format.  Starting February 3rd our challenges are back to bi-weekly.  Please make sure to read through to the end, as we wouldn't want you to miss any of the details. 
New changes:
  1. Sunday, February 3rd will be the last time we announce the winner, top 3 and new challenge on the same day.
  2. Challenge will end on the following Friday, (Feb 15th) at Noon (PST)
  3. We will share the winner and top 3 (along with badges) on Saturday, no later than noon (PST) 
  4. New challenge will start on Sunday, Midnight (PST)  (Actual challenge is 12 days)
  5. This pattern will be the new challenge format:
    1. Challenge starts Sunday (12am PST), ends the following Friday (12pm PST), winner and top 3 announced on Saturday (Before 12pm PST).
  6. We would love it if you used any of our Y&FH stamps on your creations.
  7. As a bonus, if any Y&FH stamped image is found on your project your name will be added a maximum of one extra time after the last name listed in Inlinkz.  **You will only receive one additional entry no matter how many Y&FH images are on your project.  
  8. You may use any of the qualifying stamps from the "Friends of Yumi & Fumi" stamp companies list located inside the Challenge Info tab.  They include: Sister Stamps, La-La Land Crafts & The Greeting Farm.
Our reasons for the changes range from giving our European friends more time to play and another was to give the winner and top 3 a chance to be in the spotlight before we announced the new challenge.  It also breaks up the post from being too long.  By giving you an additional entry for using a Y&FH image we hope to encourage you to purchase our stamps.  In the future we will eventually change to only using stamps sold in our store for challenges. 

Another new addition we thought would be fun is to showcase the prize.  You will see what you're playing for and we thought that was pretty cool, right?  We believe so, plus it gives Renate' a chance to play around with her cool iPhone/iPad app.  She's our resident expert and really has a handle on it!  :)

**Please check the Challenge Info tab located at the top of the page for all the Challenge rules and updates.   

Alrighty, now don't forget you have until Saturday to link up your project for our Photo Inspiration Challenge.  Click HERE to jump to that post.  A couple ladies from the team will be back on Sunday to share their projects for the new bi-weekly challenge which starts Feb 3rd.  The rest of the team will share their projects throughout the two weeks so be sure to stop by and check out their inspirations.

I'll leave you with a question:  What sort of challenge themes would you like to see shared on our blog?  Share your ideas by leaving a comment.  Thanks!

Mahalo for stopping by!  Have a terrific day!!
x Leanne

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I Mustache U...

It might be hard to recognize these two girls because they're in cognito, but......I'm guessing we all know who they are, right?!!
The adorable Yumi and Fumi are some of the cutest gals around and I always giggle when I see them as I find their smiles infectious. (I just read on the Y&F FB page that these two are on sale at the Y&F online store for 30% off until Jan 31st....grab 'em while they're in stock!)
As soon as I saw this fab DP I knew I had to make a fun card with these two girls being silly, as BFF's tend to do often. 
Inside of card:
I think everyone has had some kind of fun with this mustache fad in one way or another and I'm going to miss it when it's replaced by a new trend. My own family used pig snouts instead of mustaches during a recent family gathering for our annual Rib Fest....I'm guessing the margaritas and sangria made us all think it was funnier than it was?!! Nah, the snouts were hilarious and even my mother-in-law was caught wearing one.

Thanks for letting me take up a few minutes of your time each Tuesday this past month as the January GD here at Y&F H, I've had a lot of fun.

DP: Kiss Me by Bella Blvd, Copics, Momento, White & Black Gel Pens, I am Roses, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, Dymo Label Maker, misc. alpha stickers and hearts

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sale Alert!!

Good morning everyone!!

OMG, what an exciting weekend for us at Y&FH!!

I am happy to announce that we now have a Facebook page!  Yes, I know you're probably saying, FINALLY!  LOL!!  I know!  I know!

 If you haven't already visited or liked us, we'd love for you to head on over and do so!  We're having a fun "200 Likes" contest right now.  If you share our page with your friends and have them come like us you will be in a drawing to win a free stamp!  Ask your friends who like us to mention your name when they comment.

We've already received more than 100 "Likes" and as a Thank you we're having a sale on our Signature Yumi & Fumi, Yumi Single and Fumi Single stamps at 30% off now through Jan 31st.

Head on over to our online store:

**Free shipping on orders $50 and over, including International**

You still have time to join our January Month-long challenge, ends on Saturday, Feb 1st. 
Don't miss out on the prize or becoming one of our top 3!

Mahalo for stopping by and to our newest followers, we're so glad you found us!!

 Have a lovely crafty day!!


Friday, January 25, 2013


I'm going to take advantage of my last couple days of being the January GD here at Y&F H and make an extra post, as I just can't stay away from these adorable images.

While driving to the airport last week to pick up my hubby I was reflecting on my week and all that had transpired over the past few days...let me say, it had been a crazy week with a lot of chaos and unexpected challenges. As I was driving the word PANDEMONIUM popped into my head.  What an odd word, yet it fit my week perfectly and that was when my "Ah-ha" moment occurred.....
Pandemonium, Panda, Fumi Panda, PANDA-monium....Ah-ha! 

I knew I had to make a card with that theme, and that it should turn and spin....and be (just a little) chaotic!

and this is what it does!

(Obviously, this is my first ever video!)
I started by cutting a circle from recycled packaging, adding circles cut with Nesties, fussy cutting Fumi Panda, and sticking everything onto a game spinner.  A fun, fun card indeed...I hope you agree.
See you again onTuesday,


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Another Happy Tuesday

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by, I'm having a blast being the January GD here at Yumi & Fumi Handmade and love sharing all of my little projects using these adorable images. After reading their Angel Policy it occurred to me that I needed permission from Yumi and Fumi to resize Yumi with Fan to create this project. Thank goodness I have an "in" with the right people, lol!

In all fairness, I must point out that Yumi is not true to size as the original rubber image is 3 1/2". Stampendous Crystal Snow was added over the entire sentiment which makes it hard to read, but it says Be yourself... everyone else is taken and is from the CTMH D1349 set. A wonderful sentiment...wouldn't you agree? The tag has glittery tulle, ribbons and a very simple handmade charm.

Graphic 45 Bird Song DP was used on the card, and a few extra lanterns were fussy cut and pop-dotted, along with a couple rows of sparkly mesh bling being added.

Hair: E33, E35, E37
Skin: E000, E00, R20
Eyes: B91
Kimono: YG11, G24, E31
Sash and Fan: R22, R08, E31

Again, I would like to stress that there is an Angel Policy for all Yumi & Fumi images, along with all products that they sell in their online store and to duplicate/resize the images in any fashion would go against their policy. Feel free to read the Angel Policy HERE.

Easy peasy
lemon squeezy

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Thank you & a Reminder


Hope everyone is having a terrific weekend.
I'm popping in to share a Thank you card I made featuring Yumi & Fumi

I used the photo inspiration from our current challenge for my color pallette.  The heart window is from Stamps by Judith.

A reminder that you still have plenty of time to join our January monthly challenge
Here's a picture of this month's prize:

 So far we have 3 participants but we would love to see more of you sharing your creations.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!! 
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I hope you get crafty with us. ;)


Friday, January 18, 2013

FAN-tastic Yumi

Good morning! One of the advantages to being the January GD is I have the opportunity to show off my Y&F H creations all month....which IMHO is FAN-tastic!

Today's card is very simple using Yumi with Fan who is from the very first Y&F release. 

I was hoping to show off this gorgeous vellum paper by matting it with white card stock because I wanted to showcase the multi colored pastel fans which are oh, so pretty....but I cut off most of the design! Grrrr, I need more paper and I don't remember where I bought it.

Hair/Shoes: E31, E33, E35
Skin: E00, E11, R20, R22
Eyes/Sash/Fan: BV000, BV00, E35, G21

A few more items used to complete this card are rhinestones, cherry blossoms, Lacey Squares die, Washi paper by Hanko Designs for the paper pieced kimono, and the sentiment was CG.

Easy peasy,

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Fumi with Messenger Bag

Hey everyone!
Leanne here, popping in to share a card.  Hope you are all doing well.
Getting back into non-Christmas card mode has been fun.  For my card today I used the January photo inspiration as a reference to pick the colors I wanted to use.  Click here to check out the details of the new month long challenge going on and see the really pretty photo inspiration.  

I colored up Fumi with Messenger bag for fun and used up some scraps of one of my favorite Basic Grey papers.

If I find more of this BG dp I'm getting it!  It's so cute!!  Besides pulling the same colors from the inspiration photo,  I mimicked the slats in the crib's back drop by scoring a piece of white cs every half inch.  Pulled the black & white polka dot paper from one of the banners and added the laser cut sentiment to the bottom to match the pink in the photo.

I used the current sketch at Designed to Color
Click HERE to enter our current challenge.  Looking forward to your entry.
Mahalo for stopping by! 
Have a terrific day!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy Tuesday with Fumi Panda

I love having the wonderful opportunity to post every Tuesday at Y&F H during the month of January, which IMHO is one of the best perks of being the January GD. I thought I'd share a card I made using Fumi Panda, a new stack of Pink Paisley Secret Crush DP I bought last week,  and Jen Shults' DS#83.

If you were a mouse sitting in the corner of my craft area while I made this card, this is just a few of the comments you might have heard me saying out loud to myself....

"Grrrr...I only own a handful of border punches, where did it go?!!"
"SA-weet paper...I love this pink stripe!" 
"I LOVE this Washi tape...I wonder if Michael's has more?!" 
"!@$%*!!#*?!...why can't I tie a bow?"
"I need more heart buttons."
"Pandas don't have pink bellies, I wonder if anyone will think she looks like a cow?"

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, R22
Hair: R08, YR16
Eyes: G24
Costume: N1, N4, N8, R000, R81, R83, Silver Spica

I hope everyone has a great week, see you next Tuesday!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A New Year....A New Challenge & Grand Prize Winner of Dec Challenge!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you amazing folks!!

The DT is officially back today with some awesome inspiration!! But before we get to that, you all probably want to know who WON the BIG GRAND PRIZE from last month's challenge HERE, right?!?! Drum roll, please.......... the WINNER is:

True Random Number Generator Min: Max: Result: 5 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

**Please email: within 48 hours to claim prize. Just type in the challenge name in the subject line and give us your snail mail address. :)

Since December was our first ever month-long challenge, we decided to offer up a 2nd PRIZE of 1 Yumi and Fumi stamp!! And the 2nd prize winner is:

True Random Number Generator Min: Max: Result: 3 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

**Please email: within 48 hours to claim prize. Just type in the challenge name in the subject line and give us your snail mail address. :)

Thank you to all of you who participated!! We enjoyed seeing your awesome creations!! Congrats to the winners too!! :)

Today, we have another MONTH long challenge for you to give you some time to get adjusted after the holidays!! The prize winner will receive 2 Yumi and Fumi stamps, WOOT, WOOT!! You have until February 2nd to link up your card. :)
Remember you don't have to use a Yumi and Fumi image to participate. You can use any image from La-La Land Crafts, Sister Stamps and The Greeting Farm!! I'm sure you have at least one of those to work with. :) You can see all of the Challenge Rules HERE to make sure you qualify. 

The challenge this time around is this AWESOME Photo Inspiration....isn't it sooooo CUTE!!

Now on to our Design Team Creations!!

First up is our January Guest Designer, Denice Bartucci using Yumi with Fan.
You can read more about Denice HERE

Thanks again to all of you who are so supportive of Yumi and Fumi! We appreciate you joining in our challenges too so get those stamps out and join us in this month long photo inspiration challenge!! 

Don't forget to come by and "LIKE" our Facebook Fan Page so you can stay up-to-date, get your challenge reminders, and share your creations!!

Love to you all!!
Rosie and the amazing Y&F Design Team

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy Tuesday, Happy New Year

I can't say how excited I am to be the January GD here at Yumi & Fumi Handmade....I personally think these are some of the cutest images I've seen in a long time and every time I see one, I always smile....I bet you do too! 
I've been wanting to use Fumi Panda for a while, and I knew exactly what I was going to make with this cutie....a(nother) journal.
I made the background paper on the computer because I wanted to personalize this with one of our favorite family stories...that the first time we took our youngest son to Panda Express he started to cry and told us, "I don't like panda meat." Too cute!
There's also a charm made with a glass panda bead, wooden beads with kenja symbols, and a few other misc. beads.

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, R22
Hair, Eyes: E33, E35
Costume: N1, N4, N8
Don't forget, you only have a few more days to take part in the December month-long challenge which ends this coming Saturday, January 5th. To see the challenge rules and to link-up your project click HERE 
New Year!!