Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sleepy stocking

Hey, hey! How was your weekend? Good, I hope. I was a good girl - I made several Christmas cards. Yay for me!! lol I can't show you many of them just yet (because I made them for the Christmas advent event that we'll be having at Crafty ribbons in December - see below for more information), but I can show you this one ...

My friend let me borrow her House Mouse stamp and I couldn't wait to play with it. I never thought I'd say this, because I'm scared of these little creatures (mice), but ... Aren't these mousies adorable? I love them! I had quite some problems with putting this card together, because I couldn't find the right papers. But this was a good excuse for me to do some shopping today. He he. I coloured the image with distress inks. The green and red DPs are from Provo Craft and I created the brownish papers myself (I used white cardstock, TH distress inks, Memento rich cocoa ink pad and Kaisercraft and Stampabilities stamps). I distressed the edges with my scissors and then inked them with TH brushed corduroy distress ink. The star ribbon you see on top of my card is from Folia. I used Nellie Snellen star dies for the stars. The sentiment (Merry Christmas) was cut from one DP that I had in my stash. Once I cut it out I inked the edges, raised it on foam pads and glued it on the card. The sentiment was already covered with glitters, so this was a bonus. :)

I hope you like it! Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
House mouse and friends: Favourite things (Christmas is my favourite holiday)
Bunny Zoe's: Shabby chic/vintage (I chose vintage)
Oozak: Holidays and anything goes
Sweet stampin': Cause for celebration
A creative romance: Vintage style
One crazy stamper: Christmas
Bearly mine: Christmas traditional colours (red, green) using die cuts
Crafty sentiments: Christmas
Designed to color: Christmas

Friday, November 22, 2013

Graduation card

Heya! It's finally Friday! Yay! :D I have a long weekend ahead (I'm off work on Monday) andI'mplanning to make several Christmas cards. Fingers crossed I will make it! Have you made all your Christmas cards yet? 

The other day my friend asked me to make a card for her step daughter who just graduated from the university. I put my thinking card on and here's what I came up with ...

This is the first graduation card I've made. At first I wasn't sure which image to use, but when I checked my digi collection I noticed I have this adorable owl image from Mel Jen's. Isn't it cute?! I love it! I coloured it with distress inks. Papers, pearls, gems, ribbon and papers are from my stash. I used several dies on this card. The butterfly border is from Joy crafts, corners are from Whimsy, Flowers and leaves are from Marianne design and floral oval and tag are from Spellbinders. The sentiment says "congrats". I embossed the oval with Cuttlebug's swiss dots embossing folder.

I would like to enter my card to the following challenges:
The sketchy challenges: Sketch (I rotated it)
Totally Gorjuss: 3 patterned papers
Divas by design: Make it pretty
Fab'n'funky: Anything goes
Sparkles: Animals

Christmas advent event with Crafty ribbons

Hi Everyone,
Time to share some news with you all..... Over on the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration blog we are going to be having another one of our fabulous events,yes it's time for our Christmas Advent Event which will run from 1st December through to the 24th December........

Each day we will be highlighting a different Craft Company or Shop,the Design Team will be posting cards/projects on  the Inspiration blog and on their blogs each day there will also be a prize from the highlighted Company up for grabs that's 24 prizes  in total and you can enter each day,only one entry per person per day to make it fair,so make sure to become a follower over at the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration blog   and remember the Christmas Advent will start at 8.30am (GMT) on the 1st December the Design Team hope you will all join in the fun and countdown to Christmas with us....... 

To kick off our new event we are offering a fabulous surprise ribbon candy......

 If you would like to win this fabulous ribbon surprise,then all you need to do is go over to the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog and checkout the post about the Christmas Advent Event...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Yumi Yummies vs. Fumi Faves Battle Hop

Good morning everyone!!

You're in for a real treat today. We've got a battle brewing between Team Yumi & Team Fumi and you're invited to a front row seat of the feud. No we're not really fighting, we're just having a bit of fun between teammates and what better way than to show off with a crafty style blog hop? We're going to give the teams a theme to create with and you will be the judges. Now it wouldn't be a blog hop without prizes yes? Well you're absolutely right! As you hop along make sure you leave comments on each blog post because each team member is giving away something on their blog. Yep your eyes do not deceive you, so there are lots of chances to win.

There will be 4 types of winners:

1. Overall Design Team winners

2. Individual DT winner

3. Overall Blog hop winner will receive a stamp of our choice, plus similar items each DT member lists as their top 3 favorites on their projects (it could be you)
4. DT will choose a winner from their own blogs to receive something as well (it could be you)

Battle #1 - Top 3 Favorite Embellishments

Team Yumi Yummies vs. Team Fumi Faves

Starts: 11/15/13, Midnight pst
Ends: 11/18/13, 11pm pst. 

Each DT member will: 

1. Share their project 

2. List their Top 3 embellishments

3. Share a picture of what they are giving away on their blog

Here's what you need to do:

1. Go through the blog hop and leave a comment on everyone's blog post
2. When you come back to the Y&FH blog you will vote 1 time by leaving a comment with your favorite designer who you think used the theme the best. We'd also love to hear what you liked about their project so please include that in your comment.
3. Link up below

Now let's get ready to rumbbbbbbbbllllllllllllle I mean to the hop order (LOL):

Rosemary (TY) 

Denice (TF) 

Lisa (TY)
Melissa (TF)
Cebelica (TY) - you are here
Sheena (TF)
Rinne (TY)
Kathy (TF)
Olivia (TY)
Leanne (TF)
Renate' (TY) 
Y&FH Blog - go there to vote and link up!


The hop ends on November 18th at 11.00 pm PST.

Oh boy, oh boy, was I excited about this hop! I hope you are too!!! :D

I used the tag template that sweet Katie shared on her blog (see the tutorials page). Isn't it great? I decided to use the light blue cardstock as my base and then layered the embossed and inked white piece of cardstock on top. Then I cut out the circles with my Spellbinders and Quick kutz dies. The brown flowers were cut with TH Tattered florals die and the yellow flowers are from my stash. Butterflies are made with my craft punch. For my image I used the cute Yumi from Yumi and Fumi Handmade store. She's coloured with TH distress inks. The sentiment is a G Studio stamp. I cut the sentiment out with my scissors and I added some pearls on it. Fibbon is from my stash.

So, can you guess what my 3 favourite embellishments are? If you guessed ribbon, flowers and pearls you are right. :D So, I'm giving these away. ;) Not the same as I used on my tag, but I hope you like them anyways. I also added a bottle of glitter glue to the prize - I just love this stuff!! Here's the picture of what you can win on my blog. 

Wondering what you need to to to be in the chance to win these things? Just leave me a comment. Yup, it's that simple. ;)

Now hop over to Sheena's blog. She also has a veeeery beautiful project to share with you!

Hope you enjoy the hop!

Yumi & Fumi Handmade DT

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Christmas card at last

Hey, hey! Only 42 more days till Christmas! I'm really looking forward to this time of the year - it's my favourite!!! :) I can't believe I haven't done any Christmas shopping yet though. Eeeek!!! I'm running behind - again. *sigh* Have you done any yet? 

I'm also running behind with my Christmas cards - almost feels like a deja vu. Each year I start early to avoid this Christmas rush, but then when December comes I'm still not ready. :S Oh well, I still have some time left to make a couple.

Here's the one I made a couple of days ago for the Crafty ribbons challenge that just started today. Our theme is "anything goes with ribbon" so I hope many of you will come play with us. As I said, I made a Christmas card.

I soooooo love this adorable penguin (he goes by the name "Pickle" :D) from Wild rose studio. Everytime I see this cutie I get the "awwwww" moment. lol I colored this little fella with distress inks and I added glitter glue on the white part of the hat. The star cardstock I used for the background is from Folia and other than that I only used plain white, red and kraft cardstock from my stash. I used my scissors to distress the edges. Some pieces of white cardstock were embossed with Cuttlebug's swiss dots embossing folder and then inked with copper stamp pad and on the "square" piece of white cardstock behind Pickles I stamped with Stampabilities' faded text background stamp and then inked the edges. I used several different dies on this card - Labels one, Labels one small and Fancy tags are Spellbinders dies, the swirl is cut from one Marianne design die and poinsettias were made with La-La Land die that I received from my sweet, sweet friend (she knows who she is). Thank you bunches!!! In the middle of each poinsettia and on the tags I added a pearl from my stash. I also used summer breeze ribbon - zipper red from the Crafty ribbons store.

We're looking forward to seeing your creations with ribbons! :)

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Crafty calendar: All things Christmas
Deep ocean: Winter
Sweet stampin': Christmas is coming
Hanna and friends: Glitter (I used glitter glue on the white part of Pickle's hat - sorry because it's hard too see this in the picture)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

So thankful!

Gooooood morning! I woke up in such a good mood today! No special reason for it, I just did. I hope you woke up with the smile on your face too and that you will have a wonderful Sunday!

It's time for a new challenge at Yumi and Fumi Handmade blog. This time our theme is "so thankful". Perfect theme for this time of year, don't you think so? I think it's always good to have a "thank you" card ready to be mailed out.

I made a card using Fumi with gift - yes, again! I absolutely love this image. It's so versatile and can be used for pretty much any occassion.

I colored the image with distress inks. The red piece of paper is from Provo Craft and the yellow paper is from my stash. Ribbons and gems came from my stash as well. The decorative border under the ribbon and floral oval dies are from Spellbinders. Behind the floral oval die I used the heart tree die from La-La Land crafts. I think it looks great, sort of like a doily. Butterflies were made with my craft punch. I embossed the oval with Cuttlebug's swiss dots embossing folder. The sentiment ("thank you") is a Fiskars stamp. I cut it out with my scissors.

I hope many of you will join our challenge. We're looking forward to see your creations! Hugs! xx

I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
Bearly mine: Anything goes
Card makin' mamas: Thankful tidings
Inky impressions: Dies and punches
Wags 'n Whiskers: Fall colours
Oozak: Anything goes with thanks
My mum's craft shop: Autumn colours
The rubber buggy: Charm it up (or bling) - I chose bling
Bunny Zoe's crafts: Ribbon
613 Avenue create: Anything goes with optional twist "holiday thanks"

Sunday, November 3, 2013

A bookmark for a little girl

Where did the week go?! I have a feeling my week off work just started - but it's already come to the end. Can't believe I need to go to work tomorrow already! O.o Time just flew by! But I guess it's always like this when you are having fun, right?

The other day I was asked to make a bookmark for an 8 years old girl who loves to read. I love making corner bookmarks, so I decided to make one like this.

I decided to use soft pastel colours for the bookmark and the adorable teddy image from Folia. I colored the image with distress inks, cut it out with my craft knife, raised it on foam pads and glued it on the bookmark. As for the paper goes, I only used scraps of papers that I had in my stash. I was asked to write the girl's name on the bookmark too. So I used my alphabet stamps from G studio and stamped "Katarina" (girl's name). I cut each stamp seperately and glued them at the bottom. I didn't embellish the bookmark a lot. I just did some dots around the circle with my Viva decor pearl pen and I also used some beautiful pink ribbon from Crafty ribbons. I also used my border punch, Spellbinders' picot edge circle die and Quick cutz' circle die. The circle behind the image was embossed with Cuttlebug's Polka dot embossing folder.

I hope Katarina will like it!

I'd like to enter my bookmark to the following challenges:
Simon says: Anything goes
Avenue 613: Anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody: Anything goes
The paper nest dolls: Anything goes
Whimsy inspires: Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's crafts: Ribbon

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Something completely different

Those of you who know me know, that I am not a big fan of Halloween or any kind of spooky things. But we did have a party for Halloween here so I decided to make a couple of small beaded spiders for decorating. My sweetie carved a pumpkin and made 2 string balls. And then we needed spiders to put on those string balls. We fisrt thought about buying a couple of plastic ones, but since Halloween isn't big here (and because we thought about it a day before Halloween), we didn't find any. When we got home, I was checking some videos on YouTube and I found this amazing video tutorial on beaded spiders. And I thought they actually looked cool (I've never thought I'd say this about ANY spider!)!!! And I decided to give them a try. I haven't done any beading for ages (literally!) so I was out of practice and it took me quite some time to have these spiders made. But I am still quite happy with how they turned out. Here's the picture of them ...

If you want to make some yourself too, check out this video tutorial. It's very easy to follow and Aleshia explains everything very well.

Also, if you like ribbons read further, because I'm about to tell you how to win a £20 voucher for your shopping spree at the Crafty ribbons store.

You have 3 chances to win. Yes, 3!!! How awesome is this?! And it's very easy, because all you have to do is to leave a comment. :)

First chance: go here and leave a comment
Second chance: go here and leave a comment
Third chance: go here (Crafty ribbons FB page) and leave a comment

Winners will be drawn at random on Monday, November 11.

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs! xx