Fresh Cuts

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Secret Sister gifts Part 1

August was the reveal to our Secret Sister for the June – August Stampin’ Up in OZ Secret Sister Swap which means I can now share with you the items I created and sent to my partner. As you may have gathered by the title this post is Part 1 which is my June items and I will be sharing July & August in the next 2 days.

Just in case you aren’t aware how this swap runs, I’ll explain. The Secret Sister swap runs for 3 months. For month 1 and 2 you are required to send 2 cards each month and a handmade gift each month to the value of $8. This is a minimum requirement and if you wish to send above this that’s great but it is not expected. For month 3 you are required to send 2 cards and a gift including SU items to the value of $25. Again you can send more but the minimum is all that is required.

When you sign up to participate in this swap you are sent a questionnaire to complete and return to the swap coordinator who then passes the questionnaire on to your Secret Sister. The questionnaire is then used as a guide to help with your creations (colours, etc you like) and also some ideas on what to include in your gift.

Some of the things my partner listed in her questionnaire are that she likes lots of the stamp sets but Vintage Vogue was a current favourite, likes all colours, Urban Garden and Bella Bleu were 2 of her favourite DSP’s, she listed lots of ideas for her gifts, and then mentioned that even though she loves chocolate and lollies she is unable to eat them due to being a diabetic.

I found her questionnaire very easy to work with except for the ‘no chocolate or lollies’. Isn’t chocolate & lollies a given for stampers……..hahaha.

Using my partners questionnaire as a guide I created my June items using the colours and papers from the Urban Garden DSP along with the Vintage Vogue stamp set.

Here is the 1st card I sent to her.

and the inside

The second card for the month coordinated with the gift. Even though the gift has a minimum $8 requirement it’s not so much about the $ as it is about the packaging that it comes presented in.

I’ve made a little Top Note box to package my partners gift in.

The inside of the card was finished off again using the Top Note die and some Urban Garden DSP.


Card 1
Stamp Sets: Vintage Vogue
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Inks: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Paper Piercing Tool & Template, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Card 2 & Gift
Stamp sets: Vintage Vogue, Fresh Cuts, Curvy Verses
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Urban Garden DSP
Inks: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Big Shot, Little Leaves Die, Top Not Die, Clear Rhinestone brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Magnetic closure (non-su)

Stop back tomorrow to see my July creations.

Till next time…..

Echoes of Kindness

It’s been quite a while since I used the Level 2 Hostess set ‘Echoes of Kindness’ so I thought it was time to ink it up again.

Friday night was the start of my fortnightly stamp night with friends for the year so figured I’d play with it then. Unfortunately I did more talking and catching up than stamping. Two of the ladies sat making my Desktop Calendars from my  video tutorial which was great.

I did get a little bit done though. I managed to colour 2 images and turn one into a card on the night….

This card was inspired by a lovely card made by Wendy Janson. I’ve gone with totally different colours and less layers too and this is the end result.


Stamp sets: Echoes of Kindness, Best Yet (both Hostess sets)

Card: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Watercolour Paper, Patterns Pack II DSP (Hostess)

Ink: Stazon Black, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose

Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8” & 1 1/4” circle punches, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Quite simple but I’m happy with it. I’m finally using some of the Patterns Pack II DSP too which is great.

I was planning on making the second image into a card on Saturday but boy was it hot and sticky early. I was putting washing on the line in my pj’s and could feel the perspiration dripping down my back and this was at about 9am. I decided then I’d have a swim in the pool first to cool off before making a start on my day. My youngest daughter decided she’d join me while hubby and our second youngest ducked out to purchase a fold up shade shelter for the decking. The pool was absolutely lovely and just what I needed. When hubby got back though about 1 hour later we were still in there and the rest of the family decided to join us. That’s a very rare thing around here. Hubby only gets in if it’s really, really hot….. so I guess it was. We ended up having a muck around game of volleyball and were all having a ball which of course meant we lost track of time and how long we’d been in there. Needless to say someone ended up sunburnt and that would be me. Not that it’s pleasant but I’m so glad the children didn’t get badly burnt. A couple of us sat down to watch a movie later in the day and both hubby and I feel asleep. I ended up with a rotten headache and was in bed by 9pm that night. So not like me. I even had a snooze for a few hours through the day on Sunday too and another early night. Drinking lots of water too and finally this morning I feel normal again. Well still sore but my head feels good.

After my daytime snooze on Sunday, followed by Chicken & Chips for lunch which my lovely hubby ducked out to get while I was snoozing, I managed to turn the second image into a card.


Stamp sets: Echoes of Kindness (Hostess set), Fresh Cuts

Card: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Watercolour Paper, Patterns Pack II DSP (Hostess)

Ink: Stazon Black, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose

Accessories: Certainly Celery 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon, Certainly Celery brads (soft subtles pack), Small & Large Oval punches, Paper Piercing tool & template, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I like both cards. One’s softer looking than the other but I’m not sure if I have a preference either way. Just glad I used a stamp set that was being neglected. Many more of those in my stash so I’d better get to using them.

Till next time…..

Happy Stamping

Fresh Cuts for you…..

When the Fresh Cuts stamp set and matching cards came out in the US I loved them. I was so happy to see they finally made it to Australia. I haven’t had as much time to play with my new goodies as I would have liked but now that it’s school holidays I’m hoping to have a little more time to play.

This card I’m sharing with you today was another I made about a week or so ago and hadn’t managed to edit the photo so I could share. It’s done now so here it is.

For You 1 The colour combination for this one was taken from the SU Color Combos site. I knew I wanted to use Pacific Point and Whisper White so I selected those 2 colours, hit search and then selected from the combinations. I chose the one with Whisper White, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze and Basic Gray.

I’ve stamped the Fresh Cuts collage image in Versamark onto Pacific Point cardstock and embossed in White. This was then layered behind the card. Next I stamped the small flower in Baja Breeze ink onto Baja Breeze cardstock and added a clear rhinestone brad to the centre. I then did some tearing down the right hand front side of the Fresh Cuts card, just enough to show the Baja Breeze cardstock. I’ve then added some Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon and stamped the ‘for you’ in Basic Gray ink.