Guesting with Ruby Naz | Introducing Amy Tsuruta

Welcome back to Guesting with Ruby Naz! Today’s guest is one of my favorite friends and crafters (who I was lucky enough to meet up with in NYC a few times!): Amy Tsuruta!

Ruby!  Thanks so much for inviting me to be your guest!  I feel fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to meet with you in person a couple of times!  Here’s a smidge about me:
Tell us a little about yourself and your craft journey.  I blog over at Tsuruta Designs.  I can’t believe that I’m coming up on my 9th Blogaversary next month.  I would have never thought that this would become such a huge part of my life!  
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting?  I’m so grateful for my crafty friendships.  How wonderful to share my love with papercrafting with other friends.
What inspires you to create? I’m definitely inspired by others in the papercrafting community.  I follow a ton of blogs and IG accounts.  I’m also a challenge-a-holic…primarily sketch challenges but I love a great inspiration photo too!
How do you personally define success? Internal happiness and mutual respect for one another.
What do you hope to improve on in the following year?  I want to use more copics, I haven’t used them much this year.  I’ve been so focused on watercoloring that I want to add back different methods of coloring.
What is the most wonderful part of being you?  Okay, that’s a hard question…I love to laugh?  I love to laugh with others and make people laugh.  My kids always make me laugh.  I really try to be the ‘glass is half full’ kind of person.  
What would you like to simplify in your life?  I would love to simplify my craft room.  I want to get to a point where most things have a designated place preferably behind a cupboard or in a drawer.  Realistically, that’s not going to happen.  I’m a super messy crafter but I hope to get to a happy middle ground.
What advice do you have for new crafters?  I’m a big fan of challenges…that’s not how I started necessarily blogging but when I discovered them, I became hooked.  They are a wonderful source of inspiration.  Comment, Comment, Comment…blogs, instagram, facebook…whatever you’re comfortable with.  You’ll meet new people and be so inspired by others.
My intention was to design a coffee card and somehow I ended up with a holiday card:
That toboggan and squirrel have been floating on my work top for a bit and I thought I needed to create a home for them.  All my supplies are from Hero Arts.    The stamped images are from the Winter Time Fun stamp set.  I teamed it up with a Circle Confetti Fancy Die panel that has Indigo Color Burst.
The grey panel is actually on foam tape for added texture.  The snowglobe, base and snowdrift are from the (sold out) October My Monthly Hero kit.


I just love the sense of awe that the woodland creatures are expressing.  Who wouldn’t love to be outside with an indigo skyline while it snows softly?
A big thank you to Ruby for asking me to join her here today!  Thanks so much for stoppin’ by!!!!

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Thanks to Amy for sharing so much today!!

Don’t forget to visit my earlier guests. You can also find all of the posts under Guesting (in the bar menu at the top of my site):

Tiffany A.

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Nina-Marie Trapani

Stephanie Gold

Melania Deasy

Rachel Bergfeld

Jenny Lee Yamasaki

Taheerah Atchia

Erum Tasneem

Ellen Haxelmans

Maria Peters

Kathy Racoosin

Mayline Jung

Tiffany Au

Kymona Tracey

Eun Ji Jung





  1. Lisaerica

    October 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Hi Amy, super cute card! And comment you do, I think your superhuman and never sleep, lol. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring.

  2. Thanh Vo

    October 22, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Fun card, Amy! Loved getting to know you more on Ruby’s blog. 😀

  3. kimheggins

    October 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Such a sweet card…adorable snowglobe scene!

  4. Julie Tucker-Wolek

    October 22, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Loved the Q&A and loveeeeeeeeee the card! So CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Michele F

    October 22, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I cannot imagine my day without amy … LOve her fun view of most any product, and life, too! LOve seeing her in the spotlight – thanks, Ruby!

  6. Christy Q

    October 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Love Amy’s style!! She’s awesome and I’m happy to call her one of my crafty friends too! I’ve learned so much from her posts and she’s enabled me in so many ways (just like any good crafty blogger does!). 🙂

  7. Karen B.

    October 21, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Amy is an amazingly talented, and amazingly nice person!

  8. cmayne

    October 21, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    So wonderful to see you featured here, Amy! Your wintry wonderland card is sheer delight! Love those sweet critters, enjoying the snowflakes…

  9. Becca Yahrling

    October 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Super pretty. I love snow globes! And these little critters are so adorable.

  10. LauraJane

    October 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Funny how those critters don’t have a coffee in hand!

  11. Shelly

    October 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    YAY, Amy!!
    Super cute card!! 🙂

  12. Diane Jaquay

    October 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

    So happy to learn more about Amy, she’s definitely one of my favorites!! Love this card, the snow globe is AWESOME!!!

  13. raggiodiluce82

    October 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Oh wow! I follow you both with so much love!!!! You’re both great artists!!!! <3

  14. tsurutadesigns1

    October 21, 2016 at 9:23 am

    RUBY! Thanks for inviting me….you’re the best💜

  15. Helen Gullett

    October 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

    YAY Amy… love that globe card.. so cute and adorable. Thanks for always inspiring, Amy!

  16. lauren

    October 21, 2016 at 9:09 am

    so cool to hear a little bit about amy’s process & of course that card is AMAZING! 🙂

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