Welcome back to Guesting with Ruby Naz!
I’m happy to introduce my next guest: Jenny Lee Yamasaki! One of the sweetest crafters I know. I only know sweet crafters, right?!?! 😉
Don’t forgive to visit my earlier guests:
Hello everyone! My name is Jenny Lee Yamasaki and I am so excited to be here! I was born in South Korea, and have been residing in sunny California for about 30 years. I’ve been happily married for 8 years, and I am a mother of a 4-year-old girl and a 7-year-old fur baby (Lhasa Apso mix rescue dog). I thank Ruby for inviting me to share my project and my personal thoughts here today!
Tell us a little about yourself and your craft journey.
My card making journey began while I was bedridden due to my back surgery in 2015. During that time, I watched tons of card making tutorial videos on YouTube for months, and decided to try making my own cards. Thereafter, card making has been my therapy, passion, and obsession. I love stamping, coloring, getting inky, and experimenting with different art mediums and supplies. Other than paper crafting, I also enjoy baking, making hair accessories, sewing, and making anything pretty!
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting?
First of all, I love that it brings out the creative side in me (which I never knew I had while growing up)! I’m truly grateful that I can go into my little crafting world and forget all the other stressful things in life. Also, I love that I can create cards and send out happy mails to give people smiles!
What inspires you to create?
Products and fellow crafter’s creations are the number one source of my inspiration! I always squeeze in some time to watch YouTube tutorials and try to keep up with new products.
How do you personally define success?
Maya Angelou said, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” I believe in setting small goals, and enjoying the process of achieving those goals. Most importantly, it is crucial to know what makes you happy. Happiness is contagious, and your happiness rubs off on others around you. If you can make yourself happy and others as well, I believe that’s a true success.
What do you hope to improve on in the following year?
I would love to improve and get better at the geeky side, such as blogging. I am not very technology savvy and also very new to the blogging world. However, I am learning, and I hope I get much better at it soon!
What is the most wonderful part of being you?
Although I am hard on myself and not very forgiving for my mistakes, it is also what drives me to work hard and strive to do my best. I am not perfect in any way, and I have many flaws to work on. However, over the years, I learned that it’s best to embrace your flaws and just love yourself as you are!
What would you like to simplify in your life?
Everything!!!!!! Life with a toddler and chronic pain is not an easy one. I let go on organizing my place for few years, and I really think it’s a time to simplify and organize, especially with the non-stop growing of my craft supplies! lol! I’m working on reorganizing my craft area to work more efficiently.
What advice do you have for new crafters?
Be constantly inspired and create! Watch a lot of tutorials and look at other crafters creations. Learn and go create! Don’t be afraid to try new supplies and techniques. Most of all, enjoy crafting and your creations!
Now, let me share a bold floral card I created with the Crokisses stamp set from Create a Smile!
I used few images from the Crokisses stamp set. I layered the flower images by using masking technique. I also fussy cut some images and popped them up with foam tape to create some dimensions. I colored all the flowers and the background with various Copic markers. I used Polychromos pencils on flowers to add more fine details. I also drew in some white dots with the Gelly Roll pen, which adds interest and brightens up the images. For the background panel, I used MFT’s Bold Diagonal Stripes background stamp to create gold heat embossed stripes on black. To finish off the card, I wrapped the card with gold embroidery thread and adhered some gold sequins of mixed sizes.
Hope you enjoyed this card and have a fabulous day!
Thanks to Jenny for sharing her work with us today! Be sure to follow her on social media! Until next week, my friends! 🙂 Thank you for visiting! ♡