Sunday, December 29, 2013

Y&FH December Challenge Reminder

Good morning everyone!

Today Team Fumi is popping in over at the Yumi & Fumi Handmade blog to remind you that we still have a challenge going on.  Make sure to stop by the Y&FH blog to see what the other ladies have up their sleeves.  They are sure to bring smiles to your faces and get you itching to make something for our challenge.  Here's a reminder of the photo inspiration:

Hehehe, seriously I have no idea how the picture is doing that, but I love it!!  I really wish I had a room like this in my house.  hehehe.  For my project I created a calendar which I just might hang up at work.  My inspiration came from one of the coolest cards created by my cool crafty friend and former DT gal, Sandie Dunne, featuring our Back 2 School kids.  Mine isn't as fabulous as hers, but I like how it turned out just the same... Oh and I embraced some white space too, well I tried.. (haha)

After I stamped the images and colored them I free-handed the 2014 behind them.  The calendar pieces are from Island Scrapbooking which I picked up while on vacation in August.  So happy they were able to fit on to the 12 x 8 1/8 piece of beautiful DCWV patterned cardstock.  Yes the calendar is that big!  I used my favorite EK corner punch and added them to the image.  Kept it CAS which is nice for a change.  Decided that the white space looked just right for this piece.

Now that I look at this, they look almost like an ad for Guess or A&F.  (lol)  Hey I did say ALMOST! (LOL)  I hope more of you will come and play in our challenge, you have until Friday to link up here.  Well thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a fabulous Sunday!


Friday, December 20, 2013

LFF #65 - Warm wishes...a birthday card

Happy Aloha Friday!

Today I'm jumping back in with a Lilo's Fun Friday share, it's been quite some time.  In the midst of all the Christmas crafting I took some time to make a birthday card with one of my pre-made BG cards. This one was a lot of fun to make.  I combined two stamp lines to make this card for my friend & co-worker, Doreen.

Anya Strolls & Kiki

I did a slight alteration to Big Anya Strolls from TGF.   First I gave her a haircut and then I replaced her cute little dog with a bigger cute dog named Kiki from Sister Stamps.  I also gave Anya some glasses.  Now Doreen doesn't have bangs like her, but she at one time did so I thought hey why not again? :)  After I colored both Kiki and Anya I fussy cut them both out and used pop dots to add to my card base.  Kiki is colored to look like Doreen's dog Princess who is her pride and joy, I hop I did her justice.  ^.^  Here's a close-up of both of them...

Anya & Kiki

Normally when we celebrate a birthday at work, Doreen is the one who bakes for us.  When it comes to her birthday, we've just ordered or picked up something in the past trying to give her something she would like.  This year I thought it would be fun to ask another co-worker to help me make her birthday dessert.  So I happened to ask her if she wanted to still have a fruit tart or chocolate cake from Porto's to which she actually changed her mind.  She asked for cupcakes instead.  White or yellow cake, any type of frosting with a fresh strawberry on top.  I asked if she was sure and she said yes.   So for her birthday she got what she wanted and she was really surprised with the results...

Yellow cupcake with pink frosting topped with a 1/2 strawberry

Luckily we have several bakers that work in our office so I asked one of them for help and boy did she come through!!  The cupcakes were delicious, but the best part was seeing Doreen's face when she first saw the dessert.  Priceless!!

Cupcake display with cupcake signs

Jean, the ones that made the cupcakes, did a wonderful job, exactly what I/Doreen asked for.  I took a picture of all the piping she did too... 

Piping rock star!!

Can you believe she did the same to 23 more cupcakes?!! Yep, she's a rock star.   Here's a little collage I made including a picture of the b-day girl. :)

Happy Day for Doreen!!

Well thanks so much for stopping by.  I know I've been such a bad blogging friend and I appreciate everyone that comes and leaves a comment.  I hope to be better at stopping by old friend's blogs and seeing what you've been up to.  Mahalo!!  Have a super awesome Aloha Friday!!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Whoots ready for Christmas?


Today I have a really fun card to share in keeping up with the Christmas/Holiday theme.  Meet the adorable owls from Art Impressions...

Whoot's ready for Christmas?

These adorable little owls are the Five Whoots (sounds like an A Capella group) and I paired them up with the fence which is also from Art Impressions.  If you can't tell I did mask the owls and then stamped the fence so that is looks like they are sitting strategically on top.  I then added in the trees to the back drop using a few Copic markers.  At first I used a Inkadinkado Christmas tree, but it didn't give the same feel as these trees did, so I'm glad I went over them with the dark green markers.  I had to add extensions to the fence so I stamped and colored out a few slats, added in and trimmed them off.  Instead of giving a nice blue sky I decided to go with grays and then added in some snow.  The simple sentiment makes a bold statement right?!  Thought the red would give it that extra punch of color and it works really well on the dark brown.  (I used the C.C. Designs Cutter Bubble Alphas).  I had a lot of fun creating the scene on this one layered card. 

Merry Owls

As I was browsing the AI website I saw that they do have a challenge blog and the current challenge is Making Spirits Bright.  I think my card qualifies.  :)  Okie dokes, that's all I have for today.  I hope you're all having a good Monday.  Take care and I'll see you soon!  Mahalo for stopping by!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mele kalikimaka!

Good morning!

Popping in for a quick share.  Hope your weekend is going well and that you're having fun wrapping up all the holiday crafts and gifts on your list.  Here's a card I made using no pattern paper!  I heard some of you gasp, but it's true.  (hahaha)  I sometimes like to make my own backgrounds.  For this card I used stamps from Yumi & Fumi Handmade, Dandelion Designs & Stampin' Up.  The embossed background is a Lifestyle embossing folder which is slowly becoming one of my favorites.  For my color scheme I used the current Yumi & Fumi December photo inspiration and for a little fun added some green to the mix. I had a few of those Tim Holtz Christmas trees left over so I used one and distressed it a little, added a ribbon then mounted it on to kraft cardstock and it was done. 

mele kalikimaka! \nm/

The fun thing about making your own patterned paper is you can add anything you like.  I went super simple with two stamps but used two different colors to stamp with.  Adding the embossing gives it a really nice texture.  This card has already found a home with a very sweet crafty friend.  I hope she likes it.

Don't forget you have a few more weeks to play in our current monthly challenge at Yumi & Fumi Handmade.  Link up HERE.

Summer Fumi

Mahalo for stopping by today.  For me, it's back to the craft table to see what other items I can put together! See you soon!


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Birthday... Rosemary!!

Hello lovely friends!!

I know we're all in the midst of the holidays, but today I get to share a birthday post!!  Woo hoo!! Today is a special day, it's Rosemary's birthday and we're celebrating with her on the Yumi & Fumi Handmade blog!  You know her as an extraordinary crafter in blogland but I personally know that she's an awesomely sweet lady and a super mom & wife to her family!!  She's also a fantastic teammate and I wish I had as much talent in me as she does.  I'm truly blessed to call her friend. 

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Team Yumi captain, Rosemary!! 

It's my birthday!

Don'tcha love this picture?!  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.  Make sure to head on over to the blog to see the rest of the gorgeous projects from the DT, and while you're at it leave them some love on their blogs.  They'd love it!  

Without further ado, this one was made especially for you!!  
Have a fabulously wonderful day!! Sending big gigantic hugs your way!

Happy Happy Birthday Rosemary!! 

Yumi Peace Sign

I went super CAS here, but this still has a festive feel too it.  If you're also celebrating today: Happy Birthday!!  I know for sure I have at least 5 other friends celebrating today.  Hope you all have a fabulous day!!  Now if you don't mind, could you please head on over to wish Rosemary a fabulous birthday? (Rosemary's blog)  I know she'd love it  :)

Mahalo for stopping by!  Have a fabulous December 14th!


Friday, December 13, 2013

KBD Challenge #14 Mid-Inspiration - Ready for a Snow Fight?

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!

Hope you are all doing well.  Can you believe in just a few short weeks we'll be celebrating Christmas?!!  Yikes!  I better get hopping on my shopping and card-making...  So late in the game I think I'm going to have to come up with something easy.  Hope you're not like me the consummate procrastinator.

Today on the Kitty Bee Design blog, the Bees and I are sharing our mid-inspirations for our current challenge:

If you haven't had a chance to link up you have until Dec 20th.  Stop by the Kitty Bee Designs blog to see their mid-inspirations from my teammates.  They are so darn cute!!  >.<

For my project today I made a Card in a Box using the adorable Snow Penguin from Kitty Bee Designs, some gorgeous Christmas papers from DCWV and some beautiful snowflake stamps/dies from Stampin' Up.

Card in a Box with Snow Penguin

Isn't Snow Penguin adorable?!!  I think so and I loved coloring her up in to a blue penguin!! hehehe..  Snow Penguin is hiding out behind the snowflakes cause she's ready to pounce on anyone who'll play with her.  She's got her snowball ready just in case.  hehehe.. I also gave her some non-traditional Christmas colors and had fun with her beanie, trying to create a plaid/gingham feel but failing horribly.  I need to go and check out my buddy, Rosie's tutorial to see how the professionals do it.  All-in-all it turned out cute and for my first time I'm gonna give it a B-. (hahaha)

What do you think of the box?  Isn't it fun?!  My crafty buddy, Kathy, held a little workshop at our friend Angie's last weekend and this is what we made.  Well not exactly the one above I created a new one for today's share, I'll share the one we made at the end of my post.  I couldn't wait to get home to try to make another one.  I chose some beautiful Christmas paper from DCWV.  The vintage papers were perfect for my card.  I stamped and die cut the snowflakes with Colorbox, Encore, and Archival Brilliance inks for a nice shimmery look.  The stamps and matching framelit dies are all from Stampin' Up. They are gorgeous aren't they?  I used an EK punch for the sentiment  which happens to be from AmyR. I added some pretty glittery snowballs from Recollections and a nice ivory sheer ribbon for my bow. 

The cool thing about this card in a box is that it folds flat so you can mail it!!

Card in a box - folds flat!

Isn't that paper beautiful!! You can even see some of the gold stars!  Anyhoos, yes this folds flat so it's easy to mail out!  I used Tea Dye Distress ink to give it a more vintage-y feel.  Another cuter version of the flat fold...

Cuter verision - It folds flat for easy mailing :)

Below is a picture of the back side where I will write a Christmas note to the recipient, the cool thing is this is how the back part of the card in a box stays up instead of folding down like the other panels.  Cool yea?!

Here is a nicer clear visual of Snow Penguin behind her wall of snowflakes.  :)

Snow Penguin is ready for a snow fight

This is the box that we made.  My friend Kathy did all the prep work for us.  All we had to do was try to put it together.  She was even game for us to use her stamps and dies.  Aren't the colors gorgeous?!!

Card in a box

I went super colorful to try and match the dp.  I thought this was so cute that I had to try to do another one.  It did not take too long and I love how you can change up the theme for a new one.  Definitely keeping this in my memory box! :) 

Snow Penguin - Wanna Play?

Alrighty, I hope you'll be able to join us before the 20th.  For now have a wonderful Aloha Friday!!
Mahalo for stopping by!!

Totally Papercrafts Challenge

Friday, December 6, 2013

KBD Aloha Friday Challenge #14 - Christmas Challenge

Hello everyone!!

Are you ready for a new challenge from Kitty Bee Designs?  Today the Bees and I are sharing our inspirations for our last challenge of 2013:

Pretty easy right?  All you have to do is create a project with a Christmas theme.  That should be fairly easy to do since most of us are all in the middle of making projects for this wonderful time of year.  Make sure you stop on over to the Kitty Bee Designs blog to see the adorable creations from the Bees team.  I can't stop smiling over how creative this team is and neither will you... :) 

For my project I decided to make a card.  I was inspired by the new Deconstructed Sketch (#129)  because I love the CAS layout and Jen's adorable sample.  I used some of my new dies from MFT, a few sheets of patterned paper and an adorable Christmas Owl from Kitty Bee Designs and came up with this...

Merry Christmas owl - KBD

Don't ask me how I got the snow to fall, it was something that I was able to copy when I uploaded my picture.  Cute yea? (hehe)  The card base is white Neenah cardstock that was embossed with a Darice snowflake embossing folder.  On top of that I used an MFT tag & framed greetings die-namics dies.  The patterned paper is from a very old and still useful DCWV Christmas paper pad.  The owl was colored with Copics, and I used a circle Spellbinder to cut it out.  Matted it to a red circle and for the finishing touches I added that cute white pom-pom to the end of the Santa elf hat, some glitter snow to the trim and blue pearl pen dots for the berries.  The last parts were the ribbon, button and twine to finish off the tag.  The sentiment is an AmyR one which was nice and simple, yet perfectly fits my card theme.  (yay!)

Christmas owl

Alrighty, the challenge ends on Friday, December 20th and the winner will be announced on December 22nd.  Ho plenty of time to play so after you ooohh and aaahh over at the Kitty Bee Designs blog, upload your project so we can do the same! :)

Mahalo for stopping by.  Hope you all have a wonderful Aloha Friday and a great start to your weekend!! 


Challenge: DS129

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Blog Hop with The Greeting Farm

Hello and Happy Cyber Monday!

Today I'm so happy to be joining a group of crafters who love The Greeting Farm in an awesome blog hop.  Make sure to stop by The Greeting Farm blog for the full list of participants and make sure to leave a comment below and on everyone's blog, there just might be some prizes a long the way.

It's been so long since I created something with a TGF stamp, I feel so bad!  I thought I'd go with an oldie and use her for a fun Christmas project.  I've been having a lot of fun with big tags so I thought I'd keep it simple and use some traditional colors for this one.

Angel Anya Christmas tag

This is Angel Anya and she was one of the first stamps I received when I was first introduced to The Greeting Farm.  She's still a classic beauty and one of my favorites.  I also added the beautiful TGF snowflake die right behind her.  Alrighty, gonna keep it nice and short so you can get to the next blog. Hope you enjoyed my project.

Top of the tag

Mahalo for stopping by, wishing you all a happy cyber Monday and happy shopping/hopping!  Don't forget to leave a comment before you goooooo!!  Go back to The Greeting Farm BLOG...

Angel Anya

You have until NOON tomorrow (CST) to enter to win and winners will be announced shortly after on the FACEBOOK page!  GOOD LUCK to all!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Y&FH December Month Long Challenge


Happy December 1st!  Today 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 "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... 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!! 

Click HERE to view the beautiful samples from Team Yumi to get you inspired!!

So I decided to jump in with Team Yumi to share my finished (just in the nick of time...) card...

Using Fumi from the Yumi & Fumi original stamp set

Season's Greetings with Fumi

Can you tell I tend to go with as much in the picture as I possibly can?! hahaha!!  But no matter, I love how this turned out!! ^.^  Including the golden yellow balls on the tree!  (hehehe)  I used my Sizzix TH tree die with some gold & ivory Latka paper.  The texture is almost like Japanese washi paper.  

Season's Greetings close up

The wreath was cut out with a wreath die from Lifestyle Crafts.  I used some silver Mixatives from Adirondack by Tim Holtz to make it nickel shiney bright.  The chair is from The Greeting Farms Sitting Casual set.  There is some burlap for a nice area rug   The sentiment is a new AmyR one and I stamped it on to a scrap of white cardstock and outlined it with a silver gel pen.  

The yellow balls on the tree are Viva Decor pearl pen drops and I mimicked the lights in the photo to match my tree and the gifts are all hand-drawn by yours truly using some gel pens. The last touch was to emboss the backdrop with a new embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts. It really gives it a nice touch.

And there you have it.  I hope you're inspired to play in our month long challenge.  You have until Friday, January 3rd, 2014 to link up. We'll announce the winner and top 3 picks on Saturday, January 4th!

Good Luck everyone!!  Mahalo for stopping by!! ^.^