Secret Sister R3 Month 1

January 2, 2011 | 3 comments

Now that the reveal has taken place for the 3rd round of Stampin’ Up in Oz’s Secret Sister swap I can share the items I made for my sister with everyone.

I will say this round was more of a struggle than past ones. When I received my Sisters questionnaire it was a little daunting for me. I had the 3 stamp sets she mentioned (Medallion, Friends 24-7, Artistic Etchings) but they weren’t ones I’d used yet or often. The 3 colours she listed where Rich Razzleberry (that ones lovely), Marina Mist (one I hadn’t used yet but liked) and the other was Wild Wasabi (not a colour that grabs me much at all). Even her Wish List items were a struggle as everything only fit the last month requirement or over. Being the time of year it was and our planned upcoming holiday I couldn’t go overboard with things either. I just hope she was happy enough with what was received as there wasn’t a great deal of comments on them, or explanation of what was received, to the group.

Hopefully I’ll get some comments sharing them with you all otherwise I might start thinking they really weren’t up to scratch.

The way the Secret Sister swap runs in Stampin’ Up in Oz is for each of months 1 & 2 you need to send 2 cards and a handmade gift of about $4 – $8. The gift is not the packaging but what is in the packaging.

For month 1 I decided to tackle Wild Wasabi and teamed it with the Medallion stamp and a touch of Friends 24-7 from her questionnaire.

This is the first card I sent.

I used a colour combination from the new Colour Coach of Wild Wasabi, So Saffron & Perfect Plum and used the Chalk Popping technique. The sentiment is from a Level 1 Hostess set called ‘Afterthoughts’.

I can’t say I was overly happy with this card but I wasn’t sure if it was just me and it not being my usual (colours, style, stamp, etc) or if I just didn’t like it. I was however trying to use things that my Sister liked, so hopefully I did okay.

Stamp sets: Medallion, Afterthoughts.
Paper: So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: So Saffron grosgrain ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Sponge daubers.

To complete the months requirement of 1 more card + a handmade gift I sent this which I was much happier with.

I actually wanted to keep the Tissue Box for myself, and to think I didn’t like Wild Wasabi….. This was my first attempt at a Tissue Box cover and although I’d do it a little different now after making the larger ones I was still very happy with it. The only reason I didn’t keep it is I use the larger boxes at home and only use this size in my car. It wouldn’t be seen enough under my dash in the car, nor did I think it would stand the battering it would get so I gladly forwarded it on. The cello bag contains some of the retired Wild Wasabi ribbons from past years. Seeing how it was a colour my sister liked I hope she can put it to use. As Stampin’ Up in Oz isn’t just for demos but anyone living in Australia that likes Stampin’ Up, product given as gifts doesn’t have to always be current things.

Stamp sets: Medallion, Friends 24-7, Notably Ornate
Card: Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi Patterns DSP (Subtles Patterns Stack)
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Very Vanilla 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Cello Bag – Medium, Circle Scissor Plus, Nestabilities (Non – SU)

So that’s Month 1 shared with you all. I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think and I don’t mind you being honest, especially about card 1 if you didn’t like it or maybe you don’t like the last items, as it’s all about trying new things and learning.

Till next time….


  1. Sandra

    Happy New Year Nikki! Got to say I’m not a huge fan of Wild Wasabi either. In fact I don’t own anything in that colour at all but I think you’ve done a great job with it. I love the colour combo that you’ve used on the first card too *smile*

  2. Sonia g

    Welcome back Nikki! Good to see you enjoyed your holiday!

    I would have to agree that the colours in card one here are not my favourites, but I think you’ve done a fantastic job and I really LIKE this card.

    Well done!


  3. Bron Heslop

    Nikki, these are gorgeous! Isn’t it crazy how we doubt ourselves sometimes? You’ve done a brilliant job, and I’m sure your swap sister was delighted.


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