As I mentioned yesterday, January’s requirement for the swap was 3 handmade items where 1 could be a card.

Again I wanted to use Bravo Burgundy (the real Bravo Burgundy not the substitute I used for December….hahaha) but how am I going to create a trio of items without any Designer Series Paper. I’m writing this thinking back only a few years ago when I purchased DSP that I could never work out how to use it in a card. I’m not a scrapbooker so even though there was lovely papers, and I had to have them of course, they just never got used. These days I usually decide which DSP I want to use first and then the rest of the colours, etc fall into place. What a turn around?? Sound familiar to anyone else??

So I got to thinking what other colours go well with Bravo Burgundy as maybe I had DSP in those colours. Da da. Things were finally in motion. More Mustard and Old Olive go nicely with Bravo Burgundy and guess what????   Yes Haiku DSP has Old Olive and More Mustard. Once I got this worked out I new exactly what I wanted to do and this is what I made.

I’ve used the Great Friend stamp set as this was on my Secret Sisters questionnaire as her favourite stamp set. I sure understood that one as it’s one of my all time favourites too and so hope it makes the next big Idea Book & Catalogue on 1st September. If it doesn’t I don’t think it’s a set I will part with too easily though.

I have added some small 1/2 backed pearls from the Pretties Kit to the butterflies for an extra touch and I’ve attached the bag handles using a build-a-brad which I’ve also added a large 1/2 back pearl too.

I was really happy with the way this turned out considering my initially dilemma.

Now you may be thinking that this is only 2 items but there is still more….

Inside the ‘bag’ is a decorated note pad (in a colour not too far from Bravo Burgundy) with a matching pen and then 4 scallop note cards with envelopes.

Here’s a picture of the bag with everything that was inside it.

Stamp sets: Great Friend, Sweet Little Sentiments (Level 1 Hostess set)
Card: Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Whisper White, Haiku DSP
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop Edge, Small Oval & Word Window Punches, Bravo Burgundy 5/8” grosgrain ribbon, Pretties Kit, Build-A-Brads, Crimper, Silver Hodgepodge, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pen (non-SU).

February’s requirement was a card. Unfortunately I can’t remember which card I sent to my Secret Sister as I didn’t save it to the correct folder on my computer so that’s all I have to show you.

Till next time……

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