Guesting with Ruby Naz | Introducing Yukari Yoshioka
Welcome back to Guesting with Ruby Naz!
I’m happy to introduce my next guest: Yuki!
She is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite crafters! She is so down-to-earth and pleasant to talk to. She’s always been super supportive and kind towards me and I’m forever grateful! Please check out her interview below and the cute card she made! You can find her on her blog and her Instagram. 🙂
Don’t forgive 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):
Hi there! I’m Yuki from HandmadebyYuki. I was so excited and honored when my dear friend Ruby asked me to be a guest on her blog. Thanks again, Ruby! 🙂
Tell us a little about yourself and your craft journey.
I am a California native who recently moved to beautiful Seattle, WA about a year and half ago with my boyfriend. When I’m not crafting, I enjoy cycling, working out, snowboarding and hanging out at the local breweries.
I’ve always loved handmade goods, but I never considered myself a “crafty” person. One of my old coworkers made her own handmade cards and I thought that was just so awesome. In the winter of 2013, I was inspired to create my own Christmas cards. I thought it would be a fun, cost-effective alternative instead of sending store-bought cards. I was wrong about the cost-effective part (lol!), but I had a blast and I was instantly hooked!
What are you most grateful for in regards to crafting?
I am incredibly grateful to be part of such an amazing and supportive community! I feel so blessed to have made such awesome friends through this hobby and for the opportunity to have worked with so many wonderful companies.
What inspires you to create?
I find inspiration from just about everywhere! I’m inspired by other crafters, by artwork, social media and even in my daily life.
How do you personally define success?
Whether it’s card making, my personal or professional life, happiness is what defines success for me.
With crafting, it’s easy to get distracted with all of the new product releases, trends, number of followers/likes that it’s easy to lose focus of why we started the hobby in the first place – because it’s fun! If I’m having fun and it makes me happy, than I consider that a success!
What do you hope to improve on in the following year?
One of my crafty goals next year is to make more cards using my older/unused stamp sets. I am so guilty of buying new stamps when I still have plenty of stamps that are just sitting in my stash collecting dust.
What is the most wonderful part of being you?
One thing that I really enjoy about myself is that when I find something that I enjoy doing, I tend to dive in head first. I pursue my interests passionately and completely immerse myself in it. Now with that being said, I do get bored quite easily, but that’s what is so awesome about crafting – there’s always something new to try!
What would you like to simplify in your life?
Simplicity is always a driving force in my personal life and I always try to find ways to make life less complicated. One thing that I’ve been focused on lately is simplifying my day-to-day schedule to allow more time and energy for the the things (and people) that matter most.
What advice do you have for new crafters?
First and foremost, have fun! Don’t compare yourself to others and don’t feel like you need to buy the latest supplies or follow the latest trends in order to make something awesome. Create what makes you happy :)!
And now onto my card. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it’d be fun to make a Thanksgiving shaker card using the Giving Thanks set by Pretty Pink Posh.
I started off by using a stitched pieces die to cut three windows from a piece of olive card stock. I framed the panel with a scalloped rectangle frame cut from gold glitter card stock. I used brown gingham pattern paper for the background of the shaker window. I then filled the shaker window with 4mm metallic gold sequins and a 4mm/6mm mixture of Autumn Harvest sequins.
I colored the stamped images with Copic Markers and then cut them out using the coordinating dies. For the sentiment, I heat embossed the sentiment in gold on vellum and then fussy-cut it out. I adhered the vellum sentiment onto the front of the shaker window using clear foam tape. As a finishing touch, I added a few extra 4mm metallic gold sequins to the front of the card.
Ruby – thanks again for having me! I had so much fun making the card and sharing a little bit about myself! ♥