Great Friend

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Secret Sister items –Part 2

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……

Secret Sister – October Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday I kept with the same theme for this next card and gift which were my final items for October.

Not only was I enjoying making the Tri-Fold cards at the time but I was enjoying creating the Scallop Edge Medallions too. So this card incorporates the later.

I have a Not Quite Navy base card again, added a strip of Urban Garden DSP which I’ve attached a Kiwi Kiss scallop edge to first, a double layer Scallop Edge Medallion, a square scallop punch and then a Baja Breeze butterfly from Great Friend which I’ve added 2 1/2 backed white pearls to from the Pretties Kit. The ‘for you’ is stamped in Baja Breeze onto Whisper White, the edges have been daubered with Not Quite Navy and then punched out using the Small Oval punch, and finally layered onto a Kiwi Kiss large oval punch before mounting to card.

And here’s the handmade gift I sent.

Not quite Navy box decorated using some Urban Garden DSP, with the Great Friend butterfly featuring on the belly band.

What did the box contain?????

Inside was a packet of Antique Brass Build-A-Brads, a packet of Darrell Lea Caramel Snows and a sample pack of In Color striped grosgrain ribbon.

I hope you’ve liked today items. Till tomorrow……

Happy Stamping

Secret Sister – October Part 1

Well the reveal has finally happened so now I can share with you the items I made and sent to my Secret Sister. My Secret Sister was Sonia Garbutt and I was so excited to have her as my partner this round.

Sonia let me know in her questionnaire that she loves Not Quite Navy. I do too but I hadn’t used it in ages. The stamp sets she listed as some of her favourites were: Great Friend (from the Spring Mini which was still available at the time), Snow Swirled and Circle Circus. No surprises that I love the Great Friend stamp set too and I have the other 2 but was yet to use Snow Swirled and hadn’t used Circle Circus much either so my aim was to incorporate all this into the items I made for her.

If you followed along with my posts from the last round you may know that each month we needed to send 2 handmade cards and 1 handmade gift. The final gift needs to include $30 of Stampin’ Up product preferably items from our Secret Sisters Wish List. The gifts for the other 2 months are only small. Mind you that’s only the minimum requirements so it’s up to each player if they want to spoil their Sister just that little bit more.

I’m going to break the posts down to encourage you to come back and see what else I made but also to give me some time to recreate some new items to share with you. Hubby goes back to work on Monday (yahoo) so I should be able to sneak in a little more creating time as he’s just wanted to go out all the time while he’s been off. I think he needs to get himself a hobby (well one that lasts longer than a few month fad anyway….hahaha).  As I said to him this morning, he might have closed his business for the Christmas/New Year break but my duties around the house don’t stop. Imagine trying to catch up on washing and ironing for 6 people if I took the 11 days off too. I’d hate to think what state my floor would be in too. I need time at home.

So the first item I sent to Sonia was a card. I was enjoying making the Tri-Fold cards at the time so this is what I made.

I’ve started with a Not Quite Navy card base, added piece of Urban Garden DSP to the top and bottom panels. The centre panels have some Kiwi Kiss added with an additional layer of decorated Whisper White to the 1st & 3rd panels. I’ve use the Great Friend stamp set, a touch of Baja Breeze striped grosgrain ribbon, some 1/2 backed pearls from the Pretties Kit and a retired button.

Tomorrows items keep with the same theme so come back and see what her 2nd card and October gift were.

Till then

Happy Stamping