Wednesday, July 25, 2012

hb2u -- part 1

Hi!  Eva here, and I'm so happy and excited to bring you my first post for Yumi and Fumi Handmade Crafts blog!  I have a card to share but I'll be splitting it into 2 parts, kind of like 2 mini tutorials.

Anyway, I love using my Big Shot and dies.  It's amazing how many different dies there are nowadays for so many purposes.  But realistically, I can't buy them all!  So I try to use my dies for more than one purpose and to get the most out of them.  If I don't have a particular die, I look through what I do have and see if I can figure something out.  We are crafters after all, right?

For my card, I used Yumi & Fumi above.  But I thought instead of them facing each other, what if I cut the stamped images and switched them?  And then they could be holding something, like a banner.  But I don't have a banner die that I've seen around blogland.  So I made one using what I have.

This is Papertrey Ink's scallop border die.  I cut just 4 scallops out.

Then I cut them apart with scissors as straight and neatly as I could.

I punched some small holes, added eyelets and thread them onto some twine and ta-da, a banner!  But you could embellish the banner anyway you want.

I added some felt letters cut using Papertrey Ink's alphabet dies.

Now Fumi and Yumi are holding a Happy Birthday to You banner!

Hope you'll give this a try and also be inspired to use the dies you have in different ways.  Next week, I'll be back to show you what's inside the card.  I don't wanna give too much away but it'll be a fun way to present a giftcard!  Perfect for birthdays or even holiday gift giving!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Gallery Page

Just poppin' in real quick to let you know we now have a Gallery page.  If you have a Yumi & Fumi Handmade stamp that you purchased from us, we'd love to see what you've created with it.  Just add your direct link below so we can come and visit you.

We're almost done with compiling all the pictures from the Carson stamp show.  If you came to visit us please let us know by leaving us a comment and let us know how was your experience in our booth? 

For now, we'd love to know which one is your favorite image so far and why?

Can't wait to see some Y&F Handmade creations!

Have a good one!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Follow your Dreams

Hi Everyone!!

Hope you are all doing well!  We are still compiling all the photos from the Carson Stamp show and hope to have it up real soon.  In the meantime I wanted to share a little project I made with some scraps of cardstock and patterned paper.  Featuring Fumi of the Yumi & Fumi stamp I made this matchbook treat holder.

I had some left over camo paper so I colored up Fumi with some camo pants and if you look real close you can see her heart has a camo pattern too.  I have a pair of camo capri pants exactly like Fumi's so it's only fitting that I give her a pair. :)  The sentiment stamp is an AmyR one and one of my favorites.  You can purchase that at All That Scraps.   I handwrote our blog address at the bottom of the matchbook and to make sure the closure stayed put I added a staple.  Yumi & Fumi are perfect for any small treat projects.  Either together or separate they make the perfect little addition.

Here is a side view of the matchbook.  I think it looks like matches in there, but just to double check let's take a peek...

Nope all we have is a yummy Ghiradelli Rasberry chocolate square!  Better than matches I'd say. 

I hope you liked my share for today.  For the next few Wednesdays someone from the DT will pop in with a tutorial or project to share.  So we hope you'll come back and see what we're up to. 

A reminder, if you would like to place an order of stamps please email us at

Mahalo for stopping by today!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Stamp info & Blog Hop Winners

Hello Everyone!!

It's soo exciting to see that we have 40 new friends here to share smiles with!  Thank you for joining our little group!


So sorry it's been so quiet here on the blog!  Yumi & Fumi were very busy these past few days.  We just finished up our first stamp convention as Yumi & Fumi Handmade and it was a huge success!!   We reunited with some old friends and made a lot of new ones.  Renate' & I  would like to say Mahalo to everyone that came to see us, and also Mahalo to those of you who asked your friends to come and see us!  Everyone was very excited to see the new stamp line as well as all the other stamp lines we were carrying in our booth.  The overwhelming response was amazing and so many customers as well as other vendors were excited for us.  I think we will make a lot of lasting friends.  Once we get all the pictures together we will post them for all of you to enjoy.

Another big Mahalo and hugs go out to our team, Zach & Masako, and vendors Kathy of Pixie Boutique and Jenny of Sesame Bijoux!  It was great being there with you all this weekend!!  Thanks for a very fun & successful show!  :)


As I mentioned last week, I wanted to share some pictures of the stamps.  There are quite a few pictures, but I hope you will see them and like all the details we took in to account to make using the stamps a bit easier for you.

This first picture is a side view of our stamp, Fumi with Umbrella.  As you can see we use deeply etched red rubber on cling mount. 

On the other side you get a suprise!  The stamp's image is on the back and indexed into the cling mount.  The image is the exact replica of the rubber, so now you can see where you are stamping!  See how neatly it's trimmed?  Well we are also proud to say all of our stamps are not only indexed with the image on the back, but they are scroll cut which is great for those of you who don't like to trim your stamps.  We took that out for you. :)   To protect the cling mount we added a piece of acetate to the back.  Easy to peel off and put back on for neat storage purposes.

Here is the stamp on a clear block.  Fits perfectly and you don't have to worry about inking parts of the stamp you don't want to.

Here is a picture of other side.  I inked up the rubber side and did not have any problem figuring out where to stamp beacuse I could see her image already.

Lastly the stamped image...


Now what you've all been waiting for!! The results of the blog hop!  We wanted to say Thank you all for hopping with us and leaving the team wonderful comments.  We ALL appreciate all the support.  In no particular order here are the winners of a single Yumi & Fumi Handmade stamp:
  • Yumi Peace Sign - Linda Kuniyoshi
  • Fumi with Umbrella - Shar
  • Yumi with Fan - Mimi
  • Fumi with Gift - Kim Swenson
  • Yumi & Fumi - Lou Mac
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!  Please make sure to email: within 48 hours to claim your prize.  Just type in BLOG HOP #1 in the subject line and give us your snail mail address.


Until our store is open, if you would like to place an order for Yumi & Fumi Handmade stamps please email us at:  Check the Q&A for pricing info.


Before I sign off, I wanted to send hugs and best wishes for a successful CHA show to our lovely friends Irina & Sandie who are there showcasing the new La-La Land stamps and dies.  Be sure to visit their booth if you are in Rosemont, Il for Summer CHA.

Take care and Mahalo for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Yumi & Fumi Handmade Blog Hop & Stamp Showcase

Hello and welcome to the 1st Yumi & Fumi Handmade Crafts Blog Hop & Stamp Showcase!

We are really happy that you could take time out of your busy schedules to join us today. 


**I need to clarify a couple things, there might be confusion with the names of our business and blog so here is the correct info: 
If you are refering to the business or store: Yumi & Fumi Handmade
If you are refering to the blog: Yumi & Fumi Handmade Crafts
 Thanks so much!!


Before we begin we'd like to say a big MAHALO to everyone that has become a new friend and left us some wonderful and supportive comments.  We definitely appreciate all the support and feedback.


 Today's hop is featuring the new debut release of our stamps with each designer contributing a card to share.  I am so excited for all of you to start the hop and tell us what you think.  Saturday is our release day, but you all get a sneak peek at the images starting today!  So with every blog hop there are prizes right?  Well this hop is no exception.  We will have 5 random prizes hidden throughout the hop.  Make sure to become a follower of each blog and leave a comment.  The hop will start today and end on Sunday at noon PST.  You read that right, 4 days of hopping.  Winners will be chosen randomly and announced here on Monday, July 16th.

I have one more exciting news to share with you regarding our stamps.  Renate' & I have been to many rubber stamp shows and we incorporated a lot of what stampers were saying into our stamps.  We are very proud to announce that all of our stamps are scroll cut, deeply etched red rubber on a gray cushion mount, they are indexed and made in the USA!!  What does that mean?  No more cutting up your stamps, you will be able to stamp and see the image when it's mounted on a clear block and lastly we are supporting our local stamp maker, Mr. Jim!  I'll share pictures of the rubber and indexing tomorrow.


Now hold on to your seats because you're about to meet Yumi & Fumi illustrated by our awesome illustrator, Amy Beard.  They will be debuting in their beautiful packaging courtesy of Ms. Renate' Winter.  We have a surprise for our DT team.  Little do they know, but all the colored images on the packaging were colored up by our DT!  
We were blown away by their coloring that we just had to use them.
We ♥ our team!

(Because this was a surprise for them we didn't get a chance to create a list of colors used, but we will update that soon.)



Meet Fumi with Umbrella
Measures: 3.25" HT x 2.4" W
**Colored by DT - Rachel Parys**

Card designed by
Rachel Parys
Fumi With Umbrella
Copics- Skin: E51 E00 E11.
Hair: E43 E44 E47.
Kimono: R22 R24 R27 & N6 N8 100.
Umbrella: R27 R39.
Cheeks: Pebbles Chalk.


Meet Yumi Peace Sign
Measures: 3.25" HT x 2.4" W
**Colored by DT - Sandie Dunne**

Card designed by:
Eva Uyeunten
Yumi Peace Sign
Hair C1 C3 C5 C8 100
Skin E50 YR000 E51 E02
Kimono/Slippers Y02 Y06 Y21 Y28
Obi/Collar/hair band RV00 RV02 RV04
Cheeks chalk


Fumi with Gift
Measures: 3.25" HT x 2.4" W
**Colored by DT - Eva Uyeunten**

Card Designed by 
Kim Yu
Fumi with Gift
**(Colors can be found on Kim's blog)

 Yumi with Fan
Measures: 3.25" HT x 2.4" W
**Colored by DT - Kim Yu**

Treat holder designed by
Rosemary Shaner Bridges
Yumi with Fan
Skin: E13, chalk
Eyes: E47, E44
Hair: E49, E47, E44
Kimono/Fan: R35, R22, R20
Sash/Shoes: BG10, BG13, BG15


The following three cards are made using our Yumi & Fumi stamp.  It's one stamp with 2 images.  You can see how you can separate the two or have them both on the card.  Very versatile.

(Yumi & Fumi - 1 stamp)
Measures: 2.5" HT x 3.25" W 
**Colored by Rachel Parys**

Yumi (Single)

Card Designed by
Renate' Yumi Winter
Yumi Single
**(Colors can be found on Renate's Blog)*


Fumi Single

Card designed by
Leanne Fumiko Poe (aka Fumi)
Fumi Single
Skin: E00, E01, R20
Hair: E23, E25, E27, E29
Top: R89, BG72
Capris: BG70, BG72
Slippers/Flip Flops: E47

Yumi & Fumi  (Together)

Card designed by
Sandie Dunne
Hair - C3,C5,C7,C9, W3, W5, W7, W9
Eyes: E23, E25,E27
(Yumi colors)
Sweater: RV11, RV13, RV14, R22, R24
Pants: B93, B95, B97
Boots: E21, E23, E25
(Fumi colors)
Shirt: BG11, BG13, BG15, RV13
Pants: W1, W3
Flip-flops: RV13


Aren't our designers amazing?  What do you think of our stamp images?  We'd love your feedback but first let's get to the hop shall we?  Here is the line-up and if you get lost just come back here and start at the beginning.  A reminder that in order to be in the running for a prize you will have to become a follower/friend of each blog (including this one), and if you wouldn't mind a comment on each blog we love hearing what you have to say.

 Have fun hopping around!!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Meet the Yumi & Fumi Handmade DT

Good morning Everyone!!

Wow, what a wonderful response to yesterday's post.  We are so appreciative of everyone that has joined us as friends and we hope the list keeps growing.  Don't forget to grab our badge and add it to your blog and tell your friends. :) 

There were a couple questions asked yesterday.  I have updated those in the Q&A tab.  Make sure to check it daily and keep asking those questions.  Remember this is our very first time as new entrepreneurs in the stamp world so we are still learning the ropes.  Please keep those questions coming and help us help you. :)


Here's more info on the Carson Rubber Stamp show:
What: The Original Rubber Stamp Convention
When: Saturday & Sunday July 14-15
Times: Saturday: 9-4:30; Sunday: 10-3
Located at:
Carson Community Center
801 East Carson Street, Carson, CA

Here is a list of vendors:

We will be partnering up with my good friends from Pixie Boutique and first timer Sesame Bijoux.  Will there be make & takes?  Of course, as in the past we will have 3 make and takes offered.  One from Pixie Boutique and two from Yumi & Fumi Handmade.  I will post pictures of the Make & Takes on Friday. 

For more details on the show please click on the link: (


Are you ready to meet the ladies that will help us give life to Yumi & Fumi?  Hehe, you might recognize all of them as they are in their own right AWEmazingly talented!

Bringing our images to life is a tough job.  We could not have done all of this on our own so we chose a few familiar faces to help us bring our characters to life.  Meet our hard working team.  They have made this adventure so easy for us.  We are so very excited and humbled that they are sharing this journey with us.  Make sure to visit and follow them if you don't already.  You will definitely be blown away by their creativity.  We certainly are.

Once you finish reading through check out the DT Survey page.  For fun we asked the girls to fill out a fun survey of 20 random questions.  Some of the answers were pretty funny.  You might have a lot in common with someone on our team.  Leave us a comment on this post to let us know who.  :)

Rosemary Shaner Bridges (DT Challenge Coordinator):

I'm a military brat who now resides in Goldsby, Oklahoma with my wonderful husband and sweet 5-year-old boy. I was introduced to scrapbooking by a friend in 1996, but a few years ago, I switched gears to card-making and 3-D projects. I love creating, whether it be in my craft room or in the kitchen...I love to cook! I'm so honored and blessed to be a part of this amazing team!

UPDATE:  Rosemary and her family are in the process of moving from Oklahoma to Texas.  You will see more from her in a few weeks.

 Sandie Dunne (DT, New Image Coordinator):

Hi!! My name is Sandie and I live in Southern Ireland with my husband. I left my job as a web designer in 2004 and became a SAHM to our 4 kidlets who now range in age between 6 and 19. I was a doodler in school and I loved to make silly little things with paper – especially my school books :/ I was first introduced to scrapbooking in 2006 when my daughter was born. From there it progressed to mini albums and eventually I bought my first image stamp in 2008 – the rest, as they say, is history!
My preferred colouring mediums are copic markers and distress inks but I also dabble with pencils, chalks & watercolours. I am very much a flowers and pearls girl and love to use loads of bling on my crafts. I am also a patterned paper fanatic (read hoarder!)


Eva Uyeunten (DT, Birthday Coordinator):

"Hello, I'm Eva! I've been crafting since I was a kid. I loved to make all sorts of things from paper and was always interested in learning how to make crafty things. A few years ago, I found my way into scrapbooking and then into stamping and card making which I really love!
I live in paradise, also known as Hawaii, with my hubby of many years and our 3 children. Please don't ask me to calculate how many years we've been married because I will probably get it wrong. It takes all of my brain cells to remember my kids' ages and birth dates, and to pick up someone from some place at some time.
I am super excited to be on this awesome DT with these talented ladies! I can't believe it! I can't wait to get started and create and hopefully inspire as well. Thank you so much to Renate' and Leanne for their generosity and this amazing opportunity!!"

Rachel Parys (DT):

My name is Rachel Parys, and I have been stamping/card making
for about a year and a half now, I love it!  I have been lucky to be a
SAHM for my two daughters, who are 7 & 14.  I have a great husband
who smiles and nods at my work and current purchases.
(thanks babe!)

I am addicted to paper pads and Copics. (there, I said it.)
I love seeing people's reactions when I give them something
that I made myself, it means so much more to them, and me.

I have been a long time fan of Leanne's, and couldn't be happier
to be working with her on Yumi & Fumi!  I am excited to share
and learn about fun techniques we can all use for cards, or
any other projects we can think of!


Kim Yu (DT/Sketch Illustrator):

"Hello!  My name is Kim. I am married with three kiddies.  Crafting has been part of me for as long as I remember.  I love to scrapbook, make jewelry, crochet, etc.  Not too long after my daughter was born, I discovered the wonderful world of stamping and since then, I am hooked!  I love to incorporate stamping into various projects (cards, altered items, 3D items).  My favorite coloring medium is Copics.  I occasionally mix Copics with Prismacolor pencils.  I am honored and delighted to be part of this amazing team!"


Well, what do you think?  We did good yea?  We think so.  As our company grows we will be adding new members to the team.  For now, we're going with a small group, but who knows there might be a future DT call.  :) 


Don't forget to come back tomorrow for our Mini blog hop and yes the reason we are here, the release showcase.  The team will amaze you with their creativity and if you aren't a fan, you will be...  You will be...

Take care and Mahalo for stopping by! 


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Welcome to Yumi & Fumi Handmade Crafts!

We are sooo very excited to have you visit us today!  What's so special about today you might ask?  Wellllll, today two crafting buds, Renate' Yumi Winter and Leanne Fumiko Poe (aka Fumi), get to realize a little dream come true.  Check out our bios under the Yumi & Fumi page above.

We're excited to announce our leap into the stamp world!   Our company, Yumi & Fumi Handmade, will debut this weekend (July 14-15) at the Stamp in the Hand Original Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, CA.  If you are in the area we would LOVE for you to stop by and see the results of what a year of planning, lots of long hours and hard work has wrought. Yes, we are jumping right in and we want you all to join us! What's a little leap between friends?! :)

Our store & website are almost ready!  Once it goes live you will be the 2nd to know.  We'll be the 1st.  :)  Any questions on ordering stamps?  Just email us at

Here is another small part of our new adventure we want to share with you...

Welcome to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade Crafts blog!

It's our first blog post as Yumi & Fumi Handmade. Whoo Hoo!  This blog was created to share our new stamp line, Yumi & Fumi Handmade, and to share handmade creations.  Today we wanted to give you a little introduction to our blog, a bit about us and share what excitement we have in "store" for you.  Best of all... we're here to share smiles, and welcome old & new friends. We'd love for you to join us and help spread the word. Here's a fun badge you can put on your blog and link back to us (

We're planning all kinds of fun for the next few days including an introduction to our team, a mini blog hop. What's a blog hop without prizes? If you want to see what they are mark your calendars, July 12th - 15th and be back for the hop.  Another fun feature to add... All of the designers will share their very own how-to/tidbit/tutorial each week which will lead us in to our very first challenge on August 19th.  We're giving you some time to look around our blog, get familiar with it and also to purchase some of our stamps.  Yes, in order to participate in our challenges you must use a stamp that is listed on that page and sold in the store.  Check out the Challenge info page for more details.

Renate' and I have some people we want to say Thank you to.  Without their help and support it would still be just a dream to us. 

Mahalo to our awesome illustrator, Amy Beard, our #1 behind the scenes guy, Zach and an amazing supporting cast of family and friends. We probably would have taken longer to get here if it weren't for some really amazing people from the craft world.  A big MAHALO to Irina & Eric from La-La Land Crafts, Sparkle Smith from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, Norm Yoshida from Hanko Designs, Jenny Sakamoto from Sister Stamps and Mike Eaton of Eaton Designs for their help, advice and support. We've learned so much from each of you... Thank you!

We definitely cannot leave out our amazing designers who, as you will see, brought life to our little characters. You get to meet the team tomorrow.  I'm sure you will see some very familiar faces. :)


Now feel free to look around, and don't forget to leave us a comment.  To tide you over until the blog hop here are a couple snippets of what you have to look forward to...

Here's a reminder of our schedule for this week:
Tuesday, July 10 - Introduction of Yumi & Fumi Handmade & blog
Wednesday, July 11 - Introduction of our team, more info on the Carson show
Thursday, July 12 - Introduction of images and team mini blog hop.  Hop ends on Sunday July 15th
Monday, July 16th -  Announcement of blog hop winners
Sunday, August 19th - 1st Y&F challenge


We'll see you back here tomorrow!!!  Mahalo for stopping by!!

Yumi & Fumi