Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Yeti Fumi

It's my last Tuesday as a guest designer at Yumi & Fumi Handmade. I want to thank them for having me as a guest--it's been very fun!

This week I inked up Yeti Fumi. I know it's after Christmas but I've never been one to be on time with holiday cards! LOL!

I kept this card super simple so it would mail easy. She's colored with copics with some sponging around the edges and then I used more scraps that I found in my stash. Some sponging, a border punch for accents and some touches of sparkle with a copic glitter pen finish the card.

Have a wonderful day and again, thank you to Yumi & Fumi Handmade for having me as a guest!! If you are ringing in the New Year tonight, please do so safely!!  

Sunday, December 29, 2013

December Challenge Reminder

Hello Everyone!

Team Fumi is popping in from their holiday break to share some inspiration for our current monthly challenge.  We've only got a few players linked up so hoping this post will get every one of you in the mood for a fun challenge.  As a reminder here is the photo inspiration:

And here are some beautiful inspirations from Team Fumi.

First up is Sheena with a beautiful gold and cream theme featuring Winter Fumi.  Love how everything is so clean and pretty...

Next up is another beautiful gold and white card from Blankina...

Love all the texture going on here and doesn't Winter Yumi look ready to enjoy the outdoors?  Beautiful!  Let's keep it going shall we?

Here's a fantastic tissue box dress-up from Kathy featuring Winter Yumi.  See, you can even dress up a plain tissue box with some fun paper, a ribbon and a cute image.  Great idea!!

Are you getting jazzed up?!!  Well just wait, there's more!  You're going to enjoy this next project from DT Melissa.  She's ready to ring in the New Year with this gorgeous card featuring Fumi...

What an awesome idea to include that pocket watch behind Fumi.  The different elements here are so cool...  Now it's "time" to share our next project...

Our very own Team Fumi Captain, Denise, used Yumi with Fan to create this gorgeous bookmark.  She is so ready to ring in the New Year.  Look at all the gorgeous gold and whites here and the bling!!  You can't ring in the New Year properly without some bling...

Love her silver and gold kimono.  And last in the bunch is me, I decided to create a calendar for 2014.  I was inspired a little by former DT gal Sandie Dunne's awesome card...  Here's my version featuring Yumi, AJ, Fumi with Messenger Bag and Chase...  I also embraced some white space, thanks Danni:)

Ahhh wasn't that wonderful?  Has Team Fumi given you all enough inspiration to come and join our current monthly challenge?  Sweet!  You still have until Friday to link up on our original post here.  We're all waiting to see how many more of you will join.  Don't keep us waiting! ;)

Best wishes for a fabulous New Year and thank you all for supporting Yumi & Fumi Handmade, cheers!

Team Fumi

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Embrace the White Space!

I'll admit it, I'm afraid of white space on a card most of the time. I always feel like it needs to be filled...needs something on it! Well today I decided to embrace the white space and just let it be. 

I must admit, I really like how this turned out. I think I need to learn to embrace the white space more often! 

For this card I used Fumi. She is colored with copics and then fussy cut out. I added a few hexagons from SU, a sentiment and some candy dots and voila', the card was done!

What about you? Do you like white space? use it often? or do you shy away from it??

Have a wonderful day and Merry Christmas Eve! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Time for another guest post for Yumi & Fumi Handmade!! This week I was in the mood for butterflies! Hehehe..I'm always in the mood for butterflies. 

I saw a tutorial on using the copic airbrush system and getting snowflakes in the background but can't remember where I saw it but anyway, I thought maybe I could do the same with some butterflies and sponging some ink.

First I stamped my image--the super fun Yumi--and cut it out using a nestie die. I left the die in place so I could sponge the edges too. Then I made a mask for Yumi and then I placed some punched butterflies down with some repositionable glue.

Next I just carefully sponged on my ink and then carefully removed my butterflies.

I then let out a sigh of relief that it actually worked! A fun way to make a background and the possibilities are endless because you can use any die cut image!!

To finish the card I colored Yumi with copics and paper pieced her shirt.Then I paired her with some Cosmo Cricket Wanted papers and used a Martha Stewart Butterfly border punch.

I also added an image and strip of patterned paper to the inside to finish the card!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Rosemary!!

Hello lovely friends!!

I know we're all in the midst of the holidays, but today we're changing it up.  Why?  Well today is a special day, we're celebrating a special birthday for one of our very own.  You know her as an extraordinary crafter here on our blog but I personally know that she's an awesomely sweet lady.  

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Team Yumi captain, Rosemary!!
It's my birthday!
I hope she doesn't mind me sharing this beautiful shot of her from her FB page. :)  It's one of my favorites of her.  Our Y&FH o'hana has some birthday wishes to send to Rosie as well as some gorgeous birthday cards to share.  So why don't we get this party started?!!!

Without further ado, this one was made especially for you!!  
Happy Birthday Rosemary!!

Dear Rosie,
May your day be as special as you are. I wish you all the best! Happy birthday! xx

From Rinne, she used Fumi

From Debra used Summer Fumi:

From Sheena she used Yumi:

From Blankina she used Summer Yumi

From Denice: she used a pink Chasezilla
Happiest Birthday wishes Rosie!  Have a fabulously wonderful day!! Sending big gigantic hugs!

Wasn't that wonderful?!!  So many beautiful projects created to wish our lovely friend a Happy Birthday.  If you're also celebrating today, Happy Birthday from all of us a Yumi & Fumi Handmade! Now it's your turn to head on over to Rosemary's blog to wish her a Happy Birthday.  I know she'd love it!  And while you're at it, stop by each of the DT's blogs and leave them some love.  :)

On behalf of our o'hana, thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous December 14th!

The Design Team

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Fumi with Bear Backpack

For today's post for Yumi & Fumi Handmade I decided to use up some scraps that I had and also use the super adorable Fumi with Bear Backpack stamp~~(you can find that stamp HERE!)

I admit it~~I'm a scrap hoarder. It pains me to throw away scraps of paper. I'm getting a bit better at it but I still have tons and tons of scraps to use. I always challenge myself to find fun ways to use them, like today's card. Adding strips with some colored cardstock, ribbon and a few pearls was super easy and super fun!!

Do you save your scraps? Do you use them?? if not, why not challenge yourself to use some today!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Showcase Thursday - Frosty Accents

Brrr! My Thursday technique has good timing for many of us as we are set upon by frigid temps and frozen precipitation.

There are many products you can use to make snow and ice on your cards. The obvious choices are white flocking powder for snow and some kind of shiny glaze (like Glossy Accents) for ice. But you can get the most realistic effects by combining products. For snow on the ground, I like to mix white flocking powder with ultrafine glitter. The glitter gives it that sparkly, frozen look. For snowballs, snow drifts and ice, I like to apply chunky glitter with a top layer of Glossy Accents. It looks frosty and adds great dimension! (It also nicely conceals the rough edges of chunky glitter - bonus!)

Here's my card featuring Yumi. I made her snowball by drawing a circular shape on a scrap of cardstock and then applying Martha Stewart chunky glitter and Glossy Accents.

Here's a closeup. Hopefully you can see the sparkly accents!

Personally, I have a lot more fun playing with this kind of snow. No coat, hat, gloves or scarf required! :)

If you're one of the lucky/unlucky ones stuck inside this weekend thanks to the snow, give this technique a try!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Winter Yumi

For the entire month of December Yumi & Fumi Handmade is having an inspiration challenge~~you can find the details, HERE~~so I thought I would play along.

Here is the inspiration photo~

Isn't it gorgeous? I started out doing really well by coloring up Winter Yumi in gold and then I took a side road I think, LOL! I must admit, inspiration photo challenges are not my strong suit! I hope that I at least get a gold star for effort!!

Winter Yumi is colored with copics and then fussy cut out. I added a bit of Smooch Illuminate to her legs to look like she has sparkly tights on. Then I paired her with some Basic Grey Jovial papers and some wood veneers to finish the card. 

I also finished the inside by stamping the image in Delicata Gold ink and adding a strip of the designer paper. 

If you get a chance, I'd love to see you join in the fun with this month's challenge at Yumi & Fumi Handmade!! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Monthly Challenge #3~PHOTO INSPIRATION!

Happy Sunday everyone!! Well if you were anything like me this past week, you are paying the price today with maybe an extra pound or two added to your waistline, LOL! Man, I ate a lot of food this past week that's for sure!! For all our U.S. friends, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
I know we all have so much to be thankful for, and we at Yumi and Fumi are really thankful for all of our fans and DT family!! You all are such a blessing and we truly appreciate all your love and support!!
Now, on to our next holiday season! Those of you who know me, know that Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I love all the decorating, baking, and songs!! We at Yumi and Fumi Handmade have a special tradition for December. We always do a month-long challenge in December so our Design Team can have the extra time to spend with their loved ones. They work extremely hard throughout the year to bring you amazing inspiration so it's always nice when we can give them time off to relax and really enjoy the holidays!! But don't fret, there will still be inspiration in December for you to enjoy so be sure to check back to see what we have going on!
Starting today our month-long challenge is this gorgeous PHOTO INSPIRATION!!

Now remember before linking your card, please read our new challenge guidelines by clicking HERE. Don't forget that we now allow ANY stamped image!!! You HAVE to use a hand-colored image on your project...no "sentiment only" cards allowed. However, if you use a Y&FH image your name will be added a maximum of 1 extra time after the last name in Inlinkz. Remember also....only 1 entry per person.

What's up for grabs? The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade online store and our Top 3 will receive a 10% discount!! 

Here are some amazing samples from Team Yumi to get you inspired!!
...using Yeti Yumi
...using Bob the Yeti
...using Summer Yumi

...using Winter Yumi

... using Winter Fumi

Leanne is jumping in today...
using Fumi from the Yumi & Fumi original stamp set

We hope you will join in our Monthly Challenge using ANY image you like! We can't wait to see what you make!! Remember, only 1 entry per person. You have until Friday, January 3rd, 2014 to join in our challenge. We'll announce the winner and top 3 picks on Saturday, January 4th!
Good Luck everyone!!
Team Yumi