The Stamps I Use

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Christmas card for 2013

Hi folks,

well, I am closing out 2013 with the last of the Christmas cards I made this year. I have a terrible confession though - I didn't mail out ANY of my Christmas cards this year. Some DID get hand delivered to local friends and family. But any that had to be posted didn't make it - not even to MY family. I feel terribly guilty about that but I just wasn't feeling the Christmas spirit this year and left it too late. But I may wind up making a big batch of New Year's cards tomorrow to send out.

Anyways, this little cutie DID find her way to the daughter of friends of ours on boxing day when dearly beloved paid them a visit . I wasn't up to visiting as I had work the next day - and still wasn't feeling all that much like celebrating truth be told.




card details:

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you in the New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Yumi & Fumi Handmade Monthly Challenge #3 - Inspiration Photo

Hi folks,

We're back from our holiday break at Yumi & Fumi Handmade! And since it is a Sunday you know what that means - I am sharing my Team Fumi creation for our month long challenge over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog.

Our December challenge is an inspiration photo challenge and you have until this coming Friday to link up your challenge entries at the Y&FH challenge post for a chance to win!

Just in case you need a little reminder, here's the photo:



And here is my creation, featuring a golden Winter Fumi.



As you can see, I was inspired by the white and gold colours and by the glimmering golden sparkle of the trees and decorative accents.

card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned paper: these are REALLY old papers from my stash, back from my earliest days of paper-crafting. I believe they were picked up at Costco as part of a collection of hand-made papers. 
  • stamped image: Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Winter Fumi", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, E93, Y00, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, E57, E59)
  • sentiment: Verve "Holiday Greetings"
  • golden brads and embroidery floss from my stash

Be sure to check out the challenge details and the creations from the rest of Team Fumi - you can find their posts by navigating to them from the main post over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog or you can follow the list below

Senior Designer, Denice Bartucci:  http://being-craft-de.blogspot.com/
Annemieke Blanken aka Blankina:  http://blankinacreations.blogspot.com/


Remember you can now use ANY coloured images in your creations - with an extra entry if you use a Yumi & Fumi Handmade image! Sorry but sentiment only creations are not eligible to win the prizes up for grabs. And what CAN you win? The challenge winner gets a $10 gift certificate to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade store while the Top 3 get a 10% discount code for their next purchase! Be sure to check the challenge guidelines here for the most up to date information on how your entry can qualify to win!

additional challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mojo Monday 322

Hi folks,

Back to share another card that I made when I made this card for Rosie, one of my fellow team mates over at Yumi & Fumi Handmade. I figured that since I had everything out, it would be quick to whip up another card using the same supplies - but this one without a coloured image.


I used the same sketch - just flipped it to make it a little different.

card details:

additional challenges for this card:


As always, thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge #38

Hi folks!

My goodness where HAS the week gone? Can you believe it is Friday already? You know what that means! Time to share my creation for this week's challenge over at the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor!

Oh and I mustn't forget to mention our fabulous sponsor this week - it is Just Some Lines. I would definitely encourage you to pop on by the store site and check out the fantastic assortment of images available - there is even a freebie section if you would like to try before you buy!

Anyways, back to my card - it's another Christmas card for my sweetie!




Isn't this Eskimo Kiss image adorable? When I saw it I knew I needed to use it on a card for my dearly beloved.

card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches, white card stock base, green card stock mats
  • patterned papers: Echo Park "Very Merry Christmas"
  • digital image: Just Some Lines "Eskimo Kiss", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E51, E23, E25, G82, G85, G46, R35, R37, R46, C1) with a few sparkly accents added to the fur on the girl's coat and the falling snowflakes with my Clear Star Gelly Roll pen. The sky is sponged with CTMH Heavenly Blue ink.
  • sentiment: Verve 
  • Spellbinders Petite Ovals, Verve "Wavy Hearts" die
  • white and green satin ribbons and butcher's twine from my stash
  • layout: Mojo Monday 308
As always, thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to link up your card creations this week over at the Sister Act Card Challenge! I really do look forward to checking out what you've been up to!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Another Snow Queen

Hi folks,

just a quick post today as I wait to catch the bus down town. I'm on course this week and it is simply easier to take the bus than it is to drive and find a place to park. Of course, it just so happens that it is frakkin' cold here in Ottawa this week - it's not quite 7am as I write this and it is only -27°C outside (that's -16°for those that follow the Fahrenheit scale). Makes standing at the bus stop rather bone chilling!

I figure since it is so darn cold, it is only fitting that I share another card using Elsa the Snow Queen from Simply Betty Stamps.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, white card stock mat
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found "Oliver"
  • digital image: Simply Betty Stamps "Elsa the Snow Queen", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E04, B91, B93, B99, E50, E51, E53, Y28, Y26, Y23, Y32) with a little shimmer added with my clear star gelly roll pen.
  • sentiment: Verve
  • Spellbinders Petite Ovals
  • wooden snowflake die cuts and a gem from my stash
  • layout: Sketch Saturday 288 (I flipped the sketch)

additional challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Love to Scrap Challenge #20

Hi folks,

I'm back today with another guest post for the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog. The challenge for the next two weeks is this sketch from Starry Nights Studio



You have two weeks to enter the challenge (until December 29th) and, if you are the winner, you get to choose 5 images from the sponsor of this challenge - Eureka Stamps!



So would you like to see the cards I created with this sketch? That's right - cards! I was still having trouble with my printer when I made the cards for this challenge so I wasn't able to print any of the fabulous digis that are available online in the store so I grabbed a couple of my stamps from my rubber collection.






card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, white card stock mats
  • patterned paper: Kaiser Craft "Mint Twist"
  • stamped images: The Greeting Farm "Xmas Sweeties", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, R000, R37, R39, R56, R59, Y28, C1. Ian hair: E21, E23, E25, E35. Anya hair: E50, E51, E53, E31)
  • sentiment: Verve "Ornamental Christmas"
  • Stampin' Up Word Window Punch
  • buttons from my stash
additional challenges for this card:


As always thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

There's always time for Bacon!!!

Hi folks,

I know that this is the time of year when most of our thoughts and preparations are centred around Christmas. Well, it's also time for a little event we like to call "Bacon Appreciation Day". Five years ago, the wife of a friend of ours starting commemorating his birthday by making a meal entirely focused on bacon. Yep - it can be done! Appetizers, beverages, main course, sides, dessert -- the ENTIRE meal!

Of course, I try to make a "bacon" appropriate card for the occasion.....here is this year's offering!





card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Teamie!

Hi folks,

Today at Yumi & Fumi Handmade we're celebrating the birthday of another member of the design team - Happy Birthday Rosie!!! Hope you are having a fantastic day and enjoy our creations in honour of your special day!!!





card details:

additional challenges for this card:

Be sure to stop by and check out the cards that everyone else on the team prepared for this special day!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge #37

Hi Everybody!!!!

It's Friday so that means I am sharing with you my "anything goes" card for the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor!

Oh and I mustn't forget to mention our fabulous sponsor this week - it is Stamp And Create



a fantastic online retailer of all the things you need to get crafty - stop on by and check out their
fabulous collection of papers, stamps, embellishments - you name it!!!

So, for today's challenge, I'm featuring another Christmas card - 'tis the season after all!




What do you think of my choice of non-traditional colours? I quite like it myself. I hope my sister likes it as this is going to be her Christmas card this year.

Now, be sure to link up YOUR creations this week so the Sister Act DT can check them out! I can't wait to see what you create!

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 "Oliver" 
  • digital image: Simply Betty Stamps "Elsa the Snow Queen" (she was a limited time freebie for the members of the Facebook Fan Group), coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E04, B91, B93, B99, E50, E51, E53, Y28, Y26, Y23, Y32) and a little shimmer was added to the lines on her dress with my Clear Star Gelly Roll pen from Sakura.
  • sentiment: Verve "Ornamental Christmas"
  • paper doily, jute twine, adhesive gem and snow flake die cut from my stash
  • layout: Just Us Girls #218 (I took a few minor liberties like moving my snowflake to the opposite side of the card since my image panel was a little larger)
  • Spellbinders Classic Rectangles to die cut the image panels.
challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 199

Hi folks,

I'm chilling at home today and thought I would hit up the craft room to make a few more Christmas cards.

I already had this image from Stamping Bella coloured up (from last year) and in my folder of already coloured images so I figured I should use them up. I did wind up changing a couple of the colours (gotta love Copics for that - a year later!) to better match my paper choice...and quick as that, I had two more Christmas cards ready for the post.






card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches square, white card stock base, dark red matsChr
  • patterned paper: Echo Park "Very Merry Christmas"
  • stamped image: Stamping Bella "Frostier", coloured with Copic Markers (YR16, YR18, W1, W3, W6, W7, W8, W00, R37, R39, Y28, Yg00, G94, G46, E57, C1)
  • sentiment: Verve "O Christmas Tree" stamped in CTMH Cranberry
  • white buttons and green jute from my stash
  • layout: Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #199
challenges for these cards:
As always, thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back on Friday when I'll be featuring my card for the latest "anything goes" challenge at the Sister Act Card Challenge Blog!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Shake-Up!

Hi folks,

Normally I would be posting my Team Fumi creation for the current Yumi & Fumi Handmade Challenge today but since the Christmas season is in full swing, we're having a bit of a break by having a month long inspiration challenge instead of a bi-weekly challenge. Team Yumi posted last week and Team Fumi will be posting at the end of the month - and YOU have all month to find some time to play along at this busy time of year.

Here's a reminder for the inspiration photo:



Don't forget to play along.

Since I'm not doing a Y&F post today, I thought I would share a card I made for a friend's 40th birthday.




Hmmm, actually looking at it today, except for the blue/grey it DOES kind of fit with the Y&FH inspiration photo. Well how about that? The kraft, gold, white.....

We gave this card with a little something to welcome our friend to the "Over 40" club....




Yep - a jar of 40 suckers (aka lollipops). Oh yeah, we're mature.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, white card stock mats
  • patterned  paper: My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found"
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm - Paul from the "Roll Call" set, coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, Y19, T2, T1, T3, T4 - I can't remember which colours I used on his hair. Probably the E2* series).
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles, Pinking Circles, Cuttlebug Harmony Alphabet dies and a birthday adhesive gem charm from my stash.
  • layout: Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #464
Challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping folks! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge #36

Hi folks,

It's Friday so that means it is time for me to share my creation for this week's Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor!

Oh and I did mention WHO this week's sponsor is? Why it is none other than Digital Delights by Louby Loo!


If you have never checked out the cute digis available in the store, then you should definitely pop over for a peek. There is even a freebie section so you can try out a digi or two before you pop a few into your shopping card! Psst - and can I let you in on a little secret? Most of the digis are also available pre-coloured - so if you are pressed for time (and who isn't at this time of year) you can buy your images all ready to be popped onto a card!

So - are you ready to see what I found in the store and could not resist?




Say Hi! to Shelf Sitter Bertie and Shelf Sitter Marcie! Aren't they the cutest? You can get each image separately or as a set, coloured or uncoloured - even the shelf. Just go to the store and type "shelf" into the search window and you will see the full list of images here. I elected to get all of my images uncoloured so I could colour them in myself to match my papers.

So - before I go, don't forget - be sure to link up your card creations this week at the Sister Act Card Challenge - and remember "Anything Goes!". I can't wait to see your creations!

card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches, white card stock base, red card stock mats.
  • patterned paper: Echo Park "Very Merry Christmas"
  • digital images: Digital Delights by Louby Loo, coloured with Copic Markers
    • Shelf Sitter Marcie (E000, E00, E01, E93, E21, E23, E25, G28, R20, R22, R24, R29, C1), Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll
    • Shelf Sitter Bertie (E000, E00, E01, E93, C1, E50, E51, E53, E33, G21, G24, R29, Y28)
    • Shelf (Y19, Y28, Y26, R22, R24, R29, E55, E57, E59, G21, G24), Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll
  • sentiments: Verve "O Christmas Tree"
  • adhesive gems (a lot of them) from my stash
challenges for this card:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Love to Scrap Challenge #19

Hi folks,

For the month of December I am guest DTing over at the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog. Big Thanks to Leslie for inviting me to spend some time with them over the next few weeks.

Love to Scrap! is a bi-weekly challenge and the challenge for December 2nd to 15th is "Let's Get In Shape" - so you must created a shaped card - no squares or rectangles please!

The sponsor for the challenge is Lacy Sunshine Stamps



The winner of the challenge gets to choose three images as their prize! I highly recommend that you get into your crafty space and make a shaped card for this challenge. Heather has lots of absolutely adorable images in the store - and you can get your images in either digi OR clear stamps. How's that for awesome?

I knew right away what I wanted to do for this challenge - I wanted to make a card that looked like a Christmas ornament! Unfortunately, my laser printer has been acting up and I wasn't able to print an image in time for the challenge but I am hoping to remedy that in the next couple of days! I did, however, wind up creating these two cards.




Making them just involved some careful placement of my Scalloped Circles Spellbinders so that I had an edge on the top. Then I used my Stampin' Up tab punch to make a hanger to cover the fold at the top of the card. I even got out my Crop-A-Dile to add an eyelet through which I tied a bit of ric-rac in case the recipient wants to hang the card on their Christmas tree!

Here's a couple of individual shots of each of the cards:






card details:

  • finished size: approximately 4.25 inch circle, kraft card stock
  • patterned paper: Fancy Pants "Saint Nick"
  • sentiment: Verve "Holiday Greetings"
  • white eyelets and ric-rac ribbon from my stash
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles, Scalloped Circles
  • Stampin' Up Tab Punch
  • layout: Mojo Monday 317
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge #35 - Card #2

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share a card from Digi Darla Designs - this week's sponsor of the Anything Goes challenge at the Sister Act Card Challenge.

I was having laser printer issues and wasn't able to get a card using a Digi Darla image ready in time for the team post but I did eventually get an image printed that I could use so I HAD to get out my my markers and create this adorable card for our youngest niece.

Here's the card I made using the oh so adorable "A Toddler's Christmas" .


I can't decide whether the little cutie under the Christmas tree is busy wrapping or UN-wrapping the presents! What do you think?

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, textured pale blue card stock for the centre mat
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye "Colorful Christmas" - I've always loved this collection because of it's non-traditional colours. Makes for fun cards for the nieces and nephews.
  • digital image: Digi Darla Designs "A Toddler's Christmas", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E50, E51, E53, E30, E31, E33, E21, E23, E25, Y13, Y15, BG11, BG13, B000, B12, B14, R22, R24, R29, G03, G05, G07, G09, G000, C1, R81, R83, R85, V09, V05)
  • sentiment: Verve "Holiday Greetings"
  • buttons and felt ribbon from my stash to frame the image
  • the layout is all my own.

additional challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge #35

Hi folks!

Today I am happy to sharing the first of my creations as part of the design team for the Sister Act Card Challenge! In case you didn't know, the Sister Act Card Challenge is a weekly "Anything Goes" Card Challenge. The rules are pretty simple - if you have a new card creation you would like to share, just link up in the weekly linky list and you could be taking home a prize from one of the sponsors.

This week's challenge is sponsored by Digi Darla Designs



If you get a chance you will definitely want to browse around the store to check out the lovely collection of digis available.

I was having printer issues this week and I wasn't able to get an image printed off in time to get my card featuring one of the Digi Darla images ready for this post, so be sure to pop back later this week when I will hopefully have one ready for you!

Anyways, here is the card I prepared just in case I couldn't get the printer to play nice.




I am so proud of myself! For the first time in much too long, I actually have my sweetie's Christmas card made BEFORE Christmas Eve! Yay me!

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned papers: Kaiser Craft "Twig and Berry"
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm "A Cheeky Christmas", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, R000, R37, R39, R56, R59, E21, E23, E25, E35, E27) and I used my Clear Star gelly roll pen from Sakura to add a few details to the trim on her outfit.
  • sentiments: Verve "Merry & Bright", "Ornamental Christmas"
  • layout: Sunday Sketch & Stamp #184
  • Spellbinders Petite Ovals
  • EK Success Scalloped Scallops border punch

As always, thanks for stopping! Be sure to visit every Friday to check out my latest creation for the Sister Act Card Challenge. AND - be sure to link up your card creations at the Sister Act Card Challenge Blog so I can pop by for a visit to see what you are creating!

additional challenges for this card:

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Yumi & Fumi Handmade Challenge #28 - So Thankful

Hi folks,

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If you are here for my Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Battle Hop" post please click through or scroll down to Friday's blog post. Trust me - even if you AREN'T here for that post, you should go check it out!

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It's Sunday so that means I am sharing my Team Fumi creation for Challenge #28 over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog.

Our theme for Challenge 28 is "So Thankful" and you have until this coming Friday to link up your challenge entries at the Y&FH challenge post for a chance to win!

I decided to ink up "Winter Yumi" for my creation - giving her a fabulous outfit in harvest colours. Perfect for a "thankful" card.



card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 Recollections Heritage Colour (beige) paper for the base, CTMH Smokey Plum mats.
  • patterned paper: Basic Grey "Indian Summer"
  • stamped image: Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Winter Yumi", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, E93, E35, E37, E39, E07, E08, E09, YR12, YR15, YR16, YR14, YR27)
  • sentiment: CTMH "A Little Thanks" stamped in CMTH Smokey Plum
  • layout: Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 453
  • adhesive gems from my stash, Cuttlebug leaf die cuts

Be sure to check out the challenge details and the creations from the rest of Team Fumi - you can find their posts by navigating to them from the main post over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog or you can follow the list below

Senior Designer, Denice Bartucci:  http://being-craft-de.blogspot.com/
Annemieke Blanken aka Blankina:  http://blankinacreations.blogspot.com/
Melissa Oeters: http://8ers.blogspot.com/


Remember you can now use ANY coloured images in your creations - with an extra entry if you use a Yumi & Fumi Handmade image! Sorry but sentiment only creations are not eligible to win the prizes up for grabs. And what CAN you win? The challenge winner gets a $10 gift certificate to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade store while the Top 3 get a 10% discount code for their next purchase! Be sure to check the challenge guidelines here for the most up to date information on how your entry can qualify to win!

challenges for this card:


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Another Jess' College Fund Digi Card!

Hi folks ,

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If you are here for my Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Battle Hop" post please click through or scroll down to the previous post. Trust me - even if you AREN'T here for that post, you should go check it out!

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Well, it's a Saturday morning and, as usual, I was up before 5 am thanks to the fur-babies. It was too early (and dark) to tackle the remaining autumn yard work so rather than doze on the daybed like I usually do, I decided to hit the craft room for a little colouring time.

It was rather enjoyable to colour "just because". I really don't have anyone in mind for this card, I just wanted to colour up this new image from Jess' College Fund. There is a fantastic challenge going on at her blog to introduce this collection of stamps - you really should check it out!



Did you  notice the words etched into the button? I was digging through my newly acquired buttons (as if I don't have too many already) and thought that this one was just perfect to pair with this image.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base and mats
  • patterned papers: Basic Grey "Sweet Threads"
  • digital image: Jess' College Fund "Jess Coffee Time", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E04, E21, E23, E25, E27, E40, E41, E42, R01, R02, R05, R08, YG91, YG93)
  • sentiment: Verve "Joyful Blooms", stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa with CTMH Taffy Ink sponged on the sentiment panel
  • Spellbinders Labels One
  • button, ribbon and twine from my stash
  • layout: Seize the Sketch #8
additional challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for stopping by! The sun is up now and it's all of 6 degrees Celsius, heading for a balmy high of 10. Brrr. Have to get that yard work done!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Team Yumi's Yummies vs. Team Fumi's Faves

Good Morning Everybody! Let's give a big cheer for Friday! Woo hoo!

If you came here from Cebelica's blog then you already know about today's Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Battle Hop". If you just happened upon my post then you might want to head back to the Battle Hop post over at the Yumi & Fumi Handmade blog. Trust me on this - you DON'T want to miss a step!

We thought it would be fun to have a good-natured "Battle Hop" between Team Yumi and Team Fumi where we each get to pick our favourite embellishments and use them on our project. If you are a frequent visitor to my blog then you know I don't go embellishment crazy on my cards. I usually stick with just one, sometimes two, types of embellishments. I typically go with some seam binding, ribbon, twine, flowers, brads, buttons OR adhesive gems. Every now and then I like to shake things up with a doily or some metal charms.

For this challenge, I actually chose THREE of my faves from those listed above:
  • seam binding. I LOVE how it can be coloured or dyed to match, though I left it plain on this card.
  • buttons. I always try to pick up on the colours in my papers when I choose my buttons. That's how I roll, all matchy matchy.
  • twine. It's great for tying those buttons together when you layer them AND for adding a little contrast to your ribbon. For masculine cards, you can't beat twine. A great way to get your embellie fix on without going all girlie-girl on those cards for that special guy.




So, what do you think? Is Fumi doing a fantastic job of highlighting "Fumi's Faves"? If you think so, then be sure to do the following to have a chance at winning one (or more!) of the prizes up for grabs along the Battle Hop:

1. Leave a comment on MY POST (this one) to be entered into a draw to win an assortment of the embellishments I used on the card above. That's right! I'm giving away everything you see in the photo below to one lucky commenter on this post!


That's a 100 yard roll of seam binding, 12 rolls of jute twine and matching buttons. I'll even toss in a brand new, unused Fumi stamp! Don't worry, if you are the winner and already have this one, I have several other extra Y&FH stamps from which you can choose.

2. Visit every stop along the hop and leave a comment for each DT member on the hop (if they are offering their fave embellies as a prize, you could win that one as welll). Then, leave a comment on the "Battle Hop" post back at Yumi & Fumi Handmade identifying the DT member who you think best met the challenge and what you liked most about their project. And be sure to link up as well using the inlinkz tool. I know it's no fun picking faves but....someone has to be your fave! Remember, just one vote! By commenting back on the Y&FH blog you are going to be eligible to win one heck of an awesome prize from Y&FH: a Y&FH stamp of our choosing plus items similar to those that EACH DT members lists as their faves! AND - you have a voice in deciding the individual DT winner and the overall winning team. Will it be Team Yumi or Team Fumi? I can't wait to find out!

So - do you think you have room in your stash for all those goodies if you are the big winner? Don't forget to leave a comment and then head on over to head over to the super-crafty Rinne's blog. She's the next stop in the hop! If you get lost, just go back to the main post on the Y&FH blog. You have until 11:00PM PST on November 18th to finish the hop! The winners will be announced on November 20th!

Thanks for visiting! See you again soon!


card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches, white card stock base and mats
  • patterned papers: Basic Grey "Sweet Threads"
  • stamped image: Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Fumi", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, T3, T4, T5, T6, T7, E37, E55, E57, E59, G02, G21, R20, R21, R22)
  • sentiment: Verve "Sweet Treats"
  • layout: Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 462

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Viva La Verve November 2013 Week 2

Hi folks,

I am definitely starting to panic about getting enough Christmas cards made for this year. So, since I STILL haven't packed away my gear from the crop I attended the first weekend of November, I grabbed the same papers I used for my Week 1 cards to make my Week 2 cards.







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As always, thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check out the new challenge at Yumi & Fumi Handmade! This week (and next), the challenge is a theme of "So Thankful". Team Yumi shared their creations this past Sunday and Team Fumi will be sharing this coming Sunday. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates for this challenge - I like to think that you can never have too many thank you cards in your stash!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Tuesday Morning Sketches with Jess' College Fund Digi's

Hi folks,

It's a long weekend here in Canada and I did manage to scrape out a little craft room time to make this birthday card for a friend of ours. She is an avid photographer (here's a link to her photography business page on Facebook if you would like to check it out - beautiful shots of the local wildlife) and I thought this new image from Jess' College Fund Digi's would be perfect for her birthday card (though without glasses would have been better in this case).



I can't encourage you enough to stop by Jess' College Fund to check out the very reasonably priced digital images. I have all but one - the most recently released image since I have been crazy busy this weekend and haven't had time yet to purchase it. Will fix that later today!

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base and mat (I've taken a liking to doing an extra mat in the same colour as my card base recently. Love the extra layer.). Brown textured card stock from Michael's for the mats.
  • patterned paper: Basic Grey "Sweet Threads"
  • digital image: Jess' College Fund "Jess Taking Pictures", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, E93, E04, E43, E47, E49, E39, E29, E77, E25, YG0000, YG01, YG21, YG23, T4, T6, T8) with a little white gelly roll accent on the camera lens. I also sponged around the image with CTMH Blush ink to pick up on the pink in the papers. Yes, I DO have a Copic Airbrush and it DOES sit in one of the towers of my desk. I really should take it out and leave it ON my desk and plugged in so I can use it more often. sigh. Just call me Queen of the unused tools!
  • sentiment: Verve "Borderline"
  • Spellbinders Petite Ovals
  • paper flowers and embroidery floss from my stash
  • layout: Tuesday Morning Sketches #223 (oops - should have uploaded yesterday to meet the posting deadline!)
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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Viva La Verve November Week 1

Hi folks,

Well, the crunch is on. It is already November and I am really far behind on my Christmas card making for this year. So much so that I think I better start scheduling some serious time in my craft room to get a few more cranked out.

At last weekend's crop, I brought the Week 1 sketch for the November Viva La Verve challenge with the intention of making a batch of cards. I did six with that sketch - and here they are!








Of course, I'm a bit of an idiot. I decided I wanted to paper-piece the trees. I stamped them and proceeded to manually cut them out before I realized that I actually have the DIE for the trees as well. Could have saved myself some time if I had remembered that sooner rather than later!

I kept these cards very CAS as they will be going into the post and we all know what buttons and bling do to cards for mailing - it makes them cost a lot more!

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Happy Thoughts

Hi folks,

Last weekend I attended a crop and, of course, there were a couple of vendors there. I always have to check out the supplies they have for sale to see if anything catches my eye. Patterned papers are absolutely my biggest weakness when it comes to crafting and the papers I used on this card definitely caught my eye. So much so that I bought the papers at the crop AND set to making this card right away!




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Be sure to stop by the Yumi & Fumi Handmade blog today to check out the awesome tutorial Blankina has for you. And, don't forget that you still have time to link up a creation for the Hallowe'en colour challenge which ends on Friday.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Celebrating Again with Yumi & Fumi Handmade!

Hi folks!

Today we are celebrating another design team member birthday over at the Yumi & Fumi Handmade blog! Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Big birthday wishes are going out today to Cebelica! Be sure to stop by and wish her a happy birthday! I am sure she will be touched to read your birthday wishes.






I have it on the down low that Cebelica's favourite colours are blue, pink and brown. So, I gave Summer Fumi a pink and blue outfit to pick up on the colours in the Basic Grey Marjolaine papers I chose (yep - if you look closely you can see the pale pink in the argyle print!). Of course, the browns come from the kraft card stock and the ink for the sentiment.


Hope you are having a fantastic birthday, Cebelica, and that you get to celebrate all month long!

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Yumi & Fumi Handmade Challenge #27 - Hallowe'en Colours

Hi folks,

It's Sunday so that means I am sharing my Team Fumi creation for Challenge #27 over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog. Sorry I'm a wee bit late but the last couple of days have been very busy for me and I completely forgot to schedule my post!

Challenge #27 is a Hallowe'en Colour Combo (black/orange/green/purple) challenge and you have until this coming Friday to link up your challenge entries at the Y&FH challenge post for a chance to win!

It will probably come as no surprise that I just HAD to use one of the sweet stamps in the Kigurumi Series for my Hallowe'en creation.



Doesn't Yumicorn look like she is ready for trick or treating?

card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, black card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH "Hooligans"
  • stamped image: Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Yumicorn", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, YG06, E27, V15, V17, V20, V22). I added some sparkle to her horn and wings with my Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll marker
  • layout: Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 454

Be sure to check out the challenge details and the creations from the rest of Team Fumi - you can find their posts by navigating to them from the main post over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog or you can follow the list below

Senior Designer, Denice Bartucci:  http://being-craft-de.blogspot.com/
Melissa Oeters: http://8ers.blogspot.com/
Annemieke Blanken aka Blankina:  http://blankinacreations.blogspot.com/

Remember you can now use ANY coloured images in your creations - with an extra entry if you use a Yumi & Fumi Handmade image! Sorry but sentiment only creations are not eligible to win the prizes up for grabs. And what CAN you win? The challenge winner gets a $10 gift certificate to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade store while the Top 3 get a 10% discount code for their next purchase! Be sure to check the challenge guidelines here for the most up to date information on how your entry can qualify to win!

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Holidays from Yeti Yumi - SC458

Hi folks!

I'm finally back on the wagon, getting a few more Christmas cards ready for the coming season. At the crop I attended on Friday, I got out my Copics and coloured up Yeti Yumi for this card:




I have to say, this one is a fave. I'm trying to figure out if there is a way that I can gift it to myself instead of giving it away to someone! My dearly beloved commented that it looked a LOT like a friend of mine so I'm thinking I AM going to have to give this one away to her.

A couple of reminders before I give you the card details:
  • You still have lots of time to link up your cards for the Hallowe'en Colours over at the Yumi & Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog
  • Yumi & Fumi Handmade now have a company gallery over at SplitCoastStampers. Click on through to check out the fabulous creations already in the gallery. If you are a member over at SCS and upload your Y&FH creations, be sure to tag them with yumifumi so we can check them out! We're looking forward to seeing the gallery of inspiration grow!

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, navy card stock mats
  • patterned papers: Bo Bunny "Blitzen"
  • stamped image: Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Yeti Yumi" coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, E93, E50, Y21, Y23, Y32, Y35, B97, B95, B93, B91, C6, Y13, R29, G07, B000). I added a little sparkle to the string of lights with my Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.
  • sentiment: Verve "Holiday Greetings"
  • from my stash: adhesive gem
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles
  • layout: Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #458
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