Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Anya Blooms


Today I want to share a card I made using some of my new TGF goodies.  I was trying to get this in to the last Garden Variety Tuesday challenge, but just missed it.  Still thought it would be fun to share the card I made.  The challenge was a color theme and it called for nice and bright fun colors.  I used more paper from the MME Reunion paper pad and found a piece of daisy embossed cardstock to use as well.

I used Anya Blooms and the TGF fence.  These are my lastest purchases and I was happy to finally get to use them.  This has a little bit of a country flair to me, must be the boots and the cute dress, now all she needs it a cute cowgirl hat!  lol.  I paper pieced the dress and colored the rest with Copics.  The fence is kraft with white ink to make it look distressed.  I also used Spellbinder circles and a lacey circle; Noor Designs floral flourishes 8-petal flowers; SU circle punch, rounded corner punch and the C.C. Design Cutters grass border.  The sentiment is a wood veener speech bubble from Recollections.  Last I used Viva Deco white ice pen for the center of the daisies.

Have a great day everyone and thank you for stopping by!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My 1st tutorial - 2 drawer easel box

Good morning!
Hope you all had a nice weekend and for those of us in the USA, I hope you enjoyed this Memorial Day weekend remembering our troops for their sacrifices.

Well I've finally finished it, my first tutorial!  It's mostly pictures with lots of subtitles so hopefully it's easy to follow.  Click on the pictures for the details and if you have any questions please leave them in the comments section.  I want to thank Kathy for the inspiration and help with parts of this tutorial!!  Thanks!

Easel drawer box Tutorial
3 – 12” x 12” sturdy cardstock for base (you can also use 5 - 8 ½” x 11” cardstock)
Your choice of patterned paper
Scoring board
Straight edge cutter
Adhesive (Glue or tape runner)
Pop dots
2 brads (drawer knobs)
Small hole punch
Your choice of punches & dies to decorate
Twine or ribbon

Cutting dimensions:
Easel card: 1 @ 6 1/16” x 12” sturdy cardstock (Easel card)
**(If you use 8 ½ x 11 cardstock cut @ 6 1/16” x 11”)
Box base: 2 @ 4” x 8 1/16” sturdy cardstock
4x4 drawer: 1 @ 8” x 8” sturdy cardstock
2x4 drawer: 1 @ 6” x 8” sturdy cardstock
Stopper strip (Optional) 1 @ 1” x 6 1/16” sturdy cardstock (**Necessary for 6 1/16” x 11” - not in photo)

Score lines for cardstock:
Easel base: Score @ 4”, 6”, 8”
Box base: Score 1” on both sides to both pieces of cardstock
4” x 4” box: Score 8” x 8” cardstock @ 1” & 2” on all 4 sides
2” x 4” box: Score 6” x 8” cardstock @ 1” & 2” on all 4 sides

Patterned Paper cut dimensions:
2 @ 3 15/16” x 6” patterned paper (For easel card)
3 @ 3 15/16” x 15/16” patterned paper (strips for outside side panels and 4x4 drawer face cover)
1 @ 3 15/16” x 3 15/16” patterned paper (4x4 drawer liner – optional)
1 @ 1 15/16” x 3 15/16” (2x4 drawer liner – optional)
1 @ 1 15/16” x 15/16” (2x4 drawer face cover)
1 @ 15/16" x 6" (optional for strip - not in photo)

Box base assembly:
Drawer assembly:
2x4 drawer
Drawer assembly
4x4 follow same directions as above
Easel card:

After decorating the top panel:

Finished box:

The End. 

hahaha... Let me know how you all do.  Would love some feedback.  Again it's my very first tutorial so please be gentle. :)  Mahalo for stopping by!! Ya'll have a nice day!!


Yumi & Fumi rubber stamp; clear letter stamps from CTMH, G Studio rubber stamp sentiment,
Dies, punches, embossing folders:
C.C. Designs Cutters frilly banner, Spellbinders circles and lacey circles, Swiss dots embossing folder, EK Success die for the stopper 
Brown Bazzil cardstock, MME 29th Street Market Grass Green paper, K&Co blue-green with brown polka dots patterned paper
Brads: K&Company Roam
Distress ink Vintage photo, Memento rich cocoa and tuxedo black
Copics:  Sorry I didn't write them down, but I used them to color Yumi & Fumi

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hold on Tight!


Today I thought I'd share another CAS card featuring another adorable image from the last Sister Stamps release.  Before I get to that, did you know that Jenny has been previewing the next release?  There's mermaids coming to Sister Stamps and if you haven't been by yet, you're a few days behind, but no worries you can go here to catch up.  You'll have a chance to win the stamp but ya gotta leave a comment. You won't want to miss it, her creations are beautiful!!

Ok so getting back to my card, it's totally CAS and I let the embossing and adorable image of Li-Li with her adorable panda friend do the work for me.

I used the ink on embossing folder technique again.  Sorry but not sure when I'll stop, it's so addicting for me and I'm having a lot of fun with it.  And why not when it creates beautiful impressions.  This one is sort of distressed looking yea?  I used Tattered Rose Distress Ink on white cardstock.  After inking up Li-Li and coloring her up I fussy cut the two out and glued them down.  Kept it simple with a contrasting aqua piece of cardstock bording it and then adhered it to kraft.  Rounded the corners at the bottom and it was done.   Here's a close up for Li-Li and her lil' panda friend, kawaii!! >.<
Thank you so very much for stopping by.  Don't forget to jump over to the Sister Stamps blog for a chance to win a stamp from the new release coming on June 1st.  Yumi & Fumi Handmade will have them in the store ready for you to purchase.  
Have a terrific day!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Y&FH CH #17 ~ All About Dad

Good morning!

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far. :)

Today starts a brand new bi-weekly challenge at Yumi & Fumi Handmade.  With Father's Day just around the corner we thought it would be nice to get ahead and create some cards for our wonderful dads.  Challenge #17 is All About Dad.  Stop by the Y&FH blog to see all the details and then stop over to Rosemary's blog to see her adorable card.

Do you recognize him?  If you look a little closer you'll see it's Bob the Yeti with a geeky twist!  I thought it would be super fun to use him for my ode to dad card, but I didn't want him to be his normal cool self, I wanted him to look more like a father figure.  Yetis can be fathers to ya know.  (hehe)  I had this idea in my head to geek him up a bit.  So I pulled out my Guys Dies from ATS and used all three of the fun dies to transform Bob into this handsome geeky Yeti.

After inking up the stamp I tried to wipe away all the strings of light bulbs that come with him.  There were a few that I missed, but it was still manageable.  I know Yeti's aren't brown, but for this time around he is.  :)  The tricky part of his alteration was adding the geeky glasses.  I really wanted them to pop up but the lines are so skinny it was impossible to pop them up, so what did I do?  I used the mustache to do that.

Die-cut the mustache 3 times and colored them up to blend with Bob's color.  I then layered one on top of the other using pop dots and decided 2 would work instead of all 3.

After adjusting where I wanted the mustache and geeky glasses to lay on Bob's face I glued down the mustache first with glue and then adding a little bit of glue to the bottom of the geeky glasses glued them to the top of the mustache.  Once I was happy where they would end up I trimmed the handles on the glasses to fit his face. Hehe, kinda reminds me a little of Groucho Marx with the handlebar mustache and geeky glasses. ^.^

I chose patterned papers from MME, Six by Six My Favorite Things because there is a particular patterned paper in the pad that I wanted to use.  Here are some close-ups, you'll probably guess which paper I was talking about...


If you guesed the mustache paper you are correct!  hahaha!  I really love all the patterns in this paper pad and wish I had more of it.  Will have to be very selective on when I use them for future projects.  For the finishing touches I added a Recollections wood veneer speech bubble that say's "Thank you so much" and at the bottom I used a sentiment from All About Dad sentiments from AmyR.

Oopsie, a little bit of a smudge, but turned out pretty cool with the white on navy.  Isn't that an awesome sentiment?  Si!  Okie dokes, it's now your turn.  Get to creating for Father's Day but before you link up with us please make sure that you follow our guidelines/rules.  If your project does not qualify your link will be deleted automatically.  Sorry but we have to be firm about our rules.  Good luck!

As Bob and I sign off we'd like to say, Thank you so much for stopping by!!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! 

Challenge: All That Scraps - Anything Goes

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hey There ~ Y&FH Sponsoring CMM challenge

Hey everyone!
I'm back with another card but if you're looking for my LFF #61 share just scroll down... Thanks! :)

Today Yumi and Fumi Handmade is excited to announce that we are sponsoring the newest challenge at Card Makin' Mamas!  To see all the details pop on over to their blog.  The theme is "Rubber", you have to use a rubber stamp, pretty easy yea?  The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade online store.  I hope you'll go over and play along, their challenge is bi-weekly so you'll have plenty of time to think of what you want to submit.  Good luck! :D

Stop by Eva's blog to see her wonderful card with a surprise!! Man, how does she come up with these awesome projects?! So floored each time! Go Eva!! : D

As Card Makin' Mamas is mostly a card challenge it was nice to break out the smaller tools to make a card.  I decided to use our signature Yumi & Fumi stamp for my card and did something different with the layout.  Had fun with paper piecing since I wanted to do the minimal amount of coloring.  The hardest part was trying to figure out which patterned paper to choose from!  In the end I went with scraps of paper from MME, Reunion.

I used my top note Sizzix die from SU for the focal point and stamped Yumi & Fumi.  See those pinwheels?  I purchased that Fiskars punch from Joann's.  Used scraps from the same MME paper pad for them and decorated each center with a flat back pearl then adhered them to a toothpick.  I know I will have lots of fun with that punch. 

Kept the rest of the card pretty simple using another piece of paper from the same paper pad, added two dark brown flat backed pearls to the top corners and for the sentiment, I used one from Paper Smooches.  I smudged some ink on the end of the banner (no bueno!) so I used a circle punch to punch out the same patterned paper to cover it up, I mean make a cool addition to the banner.  (hehe)  Lastly, I rounded the bottom corners to give it a soft edge.  Pretty CAS I think.  Diggin' the end result, now I just have to figure out how to mail this one out?! lol...

That's all for me, hope you'll play along at Card Makin' Mamas.   Mahalo for stopping by today!!  Have a terrific Saturday!!


LFF #61 ~ Hugs, Shin-Shin

Hey everyone!

Happy Aloha Friday!!  Hope you are all excited for the weekend.  I know I am!  :)

This is going to be a short one today.  (yay)  For Lilo's Fun Friday #61, my card is a simple one featuring one of the new images from Sister Stamps again, Shin-Shin.  I had a small piece of kraft cardstock, left over from yesterday's project annd since the embossing project was still fresh in my mind I used the same bamboo folder & bamboo leaves ink to make a similar looking background.  I tried to case the adorable shaker card that Jenny, owner of Sister Stamps created for this release.

I purchased a bunch of washi tape last week and now have quite a stash.  (woo hoo!)  One of the purchases was that woodgrain looking one.  Love it!!  I used two cuttlebug embossing folders, the woodgrain one and the bamboo one.  The technique for the embossing was fun to do.  To see the technique scroll down to my previous post.  This actually looks really cool IRL.  I thought it would be fun to keep in with the green theme so I inked up Shin-Shin in the same ink and colored using different shades of green. He's glowing!  (hahaha)  Fussy cut him out and then glued him down.  Stamped "hugs" on the top corner with a Paper Smooches sentiment.  Then I created the pocket for the shaker card.  After pouring in some beads and two punched green 5 petal flowers I closed it up, mounted it on to the woodgrain embossed cardstock with foam squares and then glued to the dark brown cardstock.

Okie dokie that's all I have for today.  Mahalo for stopping by!  I always appreciate your visits, makes my day even brighter. :)  Have a fabulous Friday!!


Challenge: Earth Tones (2nd submission)