Secret Sister Part 3

May 5, 2011 | 3 comments

I meant to post this last week but I got tied up with a few things. Firstly I took my girls shopping for new clothes on the Wednesday which was the last day of school holidays, took myself on the Thursday so I could actually try things on and also went to the movies to see Fast and Furious 5, Friday I had a few things on then Saturday we picked up my brand new car. I’m so excited as I’ve never had a brand brand newy before. That new car smell is wonderful. So of course since then I’ve been running around a little more getting the feel of the car but also getting some thing done before heading off to Melbourne next week.

I’m stuck at home today as we are getting our solar panels put on today so I’m hoping to not only get a few posts up today but to also create and have some more ready for over the following few days. I’m also hoping to come up with a quick card idea for some swap cards for Convention. If I’m not successful then this will be the first Convention I haven’t made any swaps for. You know what? If that’s the way it ends up I’m not really bothered. No point in stressing myself out this late in time.

Enough rambling, now on to my gift for April.

All my April requirements were actually hand delivered together.

Seeing how April was the month for Easter this year I wanted to make a little something extra for my partner and her children.

This is the 1st card I made.

I’ve used the new Eat Chocolate stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini and the layout is a sketch from Clean & Simple.  The colours I’ve used are from the Colour Coach and are Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink & Very Vanilla.

The Eat Chocolate set also has a new punch that coordinates with some of the images and that is the Modern Label punch also available in the Autumn/Winter Mini.


For my partners children I CASED some Top Note Bunnies from Tammy.

In the back there is a cello bag with some small Easter eggs. My partner has a son and daughter so I placed a bow on one for her daughter.

For my partner I’d purchased a small box of Cadbury Easter eggs so I made a box to present them in which coordinates with the rest of her months gifts using the Elegant Soiree DSP.

I’ve used another image from the Eat Chocolate stamp set. The circles are from the Circle Die for the Big Shot.

So that covers the Easter portion of the months gifts. Now to share the rest.

As mentioned I’ve coordinated the remainder of the gifts using the Elegant Soiree DSP. I’ve used a mixture of new stamp sets and an oldies but much loved by both my partner and myself.

The card is a Triangle Star card which I came across on Frances’ (AKA Stamp Owl’s Studio) blog which she has graciously shared a tutorial for here.  Here’s a close up of the front and also one of the card opened.


The next item I made was the Keeping Tabs box which is one of Lauren Meader’s Time Templates.


I’ve used Crumb Cake cardstock to make the main box and then decorated with the Elegant Soiree DSP. I’ve stamped the cotton reel and tape measure images from the new Sew Suite using coordinating colours and used these to embellish the front of the box. The ribbon is retired Kraft Taffeta.

Inside the box I’ve placed samples of product into cello bags which I’ve tied with either Kraft Taffeta ribbon or Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon. On the right side the cello bags contain Paper Daisies and 1/8” Taffeta ribbon samples. The left side contains samples of Pom Pom trim in all 3 colours along with samples of the Sweet Stitches Designer Big Buttons.

This last box was made to fit the Spritzer Tool and Basic Jewels – Pearl pack which completed my gifts.

So that completes Round 4 of our Secret Sister Swap on Stampin’ Up in Oz.  The next round will start in June with sign-ups being taken now. If you’d like to participate, just pop over to Stampin’ Up in Oz and request to join. You do need to live in Australia to join this group but you don’t have to be a demonstrator, just love using Stampin’ Up products. Upon requesting to join you will be sent a pendingmembership.doc from yahoo so keep watch as I can’t approve anyone until this is read and returned with requested information.

Till next time….


  1. Sandra

    Hey Nikki! Wonderful gifts as always :) I really love the top note bunnies. I hope you have a great time at convention.

  2. Robyn P

    You have certainly spoilt your secret sister with beautiful gifts. Love the bunnies, such a cute idea for Easter

  3. Nancy

    Hi Nikki,
    I just found your blog and added it to my reader today! I love my reader because I can go back in time so quickly. Anyway, I just love your ideas. I made the star card with that same designer paper (my favorite from the SU catalog). A customer found the star card on a German blog and called me to see if I could figure out how to make it and convert to inches for her. WE made the card for my May stamp club and they loved it, and would make it again. I will definitely share your blog with my “girls”. Thanks for all the great ideas.


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