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Secret Sister Gifts sent for March

When we sign up to participate in the Secret Sister rounds we are required to fill out a questionnaire. This is then given to our partner so they can try and plan what they make around the information we have given them. In the questionnaire we list things like favourite stamp sets, favourite colours, whether or not we like chocolate among other things. Not sure what they mean by that as who doesn’t like chocolate… Then again sometimes it’s not that we don’t like chocolate but we are not allowed to eat it due to health reasons for example, so this would be where you would list that.

For the first 2 months we need to send 2 cards & 1 handmade gift.

My first card I made is using one of my sisters favourite stamp sets and that is Priceless. She also told me that she liked Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette. I didn’t use the Chocolate Chip in this card but in my next one and gift I did.

I hadn’t used Priceless in so long but I was really happy with the way this turned out. I’ve used Pink Pirouette along with Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze.

Here’s the inside:

It’s not a fabulous picture unfortunately so I hope you can see what I’ve done. There’s paper piercing around the outside with some stamping to tie in from the front.

I think creating an inside is just as important as an outside these day. It really makes the card that much nicer.

This was her 2nd card & gift. Seeing how March was Easter this is what I themed my card & gift for.

And inside the box is:

My sister mentioned that her favourite chocolate was Lindt White. I liked white chocolate myself but not sure I’d had Lindt before Easter. It’s now my favourite too…….hehehe.

I’ve made the box to fit the chocolate bunny and eggs. The divider lifts out of the box so it could be used for various sized items. I actually remade it for myself in another colour combo which I’ll share later.

I really liked how this turned out and think my sister was happy with it too.

Tomorrow I will share my April Gifts that I sent to her.

Till next time…..

March Stamp-A-Stack

Well tonight was supposed to be my March Stamp-A-Stack and I was all ready and waiting only to find out I had late cancellations. I had started to pack up but then thought “Why waste the kits. My girls can do a couple of cards each.”

They were so excited when I told them what we’d be doing. I decided to do one design with them tonight and one tomorrow night though as it would take too long and I wanted them to still go to bed at a reasonable time.

I actually do 2 Stamp-A-Stacks each month. One held in my home and the other at another ladies house. I’d be more than happy to do more if anyone is interested at either my house or yours if you have a group of 5 or more.

This month I made one set of cards the same for each group but the other set is different. I did this because one group wanted some boy cards where as the group at my house is a mother & daughter and I didn’t think they would want boy cards so I did a pretty card.

The design I’m doing at both is an Easter card seeing how that’s coming up at the end of the month. I went with the Chocolate Bunny stamp from the Summer Mini catalogue which ends on 31st March.

I’ve used a colour combination from the Colour Coach for this card and the layout is from page 16 of the current Idea Book & Catalogue.

Stamp sets: Chocolate Bunny, Occasional Greetings
Card: Almost Amethyst, Rose Red, So Saffron, Confetti White
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Oval & Large Oval punches, Corner Rounder Punch, So Saffron 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon (previous promotional bundle), Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The second card which was planned for tonight was a card using the Priceless stamp set which I love but haven’t used in ages.

I love this colour combination of Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink & Old Olive. This is a variation on a card I made when this set first came out but with less cutting out and a simpler layout.

Stamp set: Priceless
Card: Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Paper Piercing template & tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the boys card I went with a card I made a while back using the Wild About You stamp set but revamped the colours.

On the Pacific Point cardstock I’ve stamped a ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment from the ‘On Your Birthday’ stamp set but you could also use the ‘Wild About You’ word stamp from the ‘Wild About You’ stamp set.

Stamp sets: Wild About You, On Your Birthday, Weathered
Card: Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point
Accessories: Paper Piercing template & tool, White Gel Pen, 1 3/8” & 1 1/4” Circle Punches, Pumpkin Pie 1/4” grosgrain ribbon, Mini Glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Till next time…..

Happy Stamping


You may have guessed….

I finally have my regular computer back after 2 weeks of being in for repairs. This time they replaced not only what they determined the error to be but also an extra part just in case. They didn’t want me having to take it back yet again. So far so good but I’m still going to cross fingers, toes, legs, etc for a few more days.

What will this mean?

Hopefully some more regular posting and also now that the Secret Sister Swap I was in for the last 3 months is over and the reveal is done I have all my items I made for that to share with you.

The swap rules were that each month (July, August & September) we had to send at least 2 cards and 1 handmade gift with the final month being a gift containing some SU supplies as it was run only with fellow Australian Demonstrators.

I had a wonderful Secret Sister and I’ve shared the odd thing with you that I have CASED from her items she sent me. I do know who it was and will email her to see if she is sharing these on her blog and/or whether she is okay with my sharing them here of course giving her full credit.

At the start of the swap we received a questionnaire which we completed and sent back to the organiser who then forwarded them to our partner. This gave us some information about the stamp sets, SU colour family they liked along with some other information. Now my partner was a challenge in regards to colour family as her favourite was Bold Brights and if you have been reading my blog for a little while you will know that it is my least used colour family. At first I stressed about this but in the end decided to just go with what I liked but try and make things bright (using other colours or mixing them) and using some of her favourite stamp sets too.

I won’t be showing you everything in one post otherwise what would I show you tomorrow and the day after… So I will spread them out over the next week or so.

As we had no particular order in which we had to send (i.e. we didn’t have to send Card 1 and then Card 2 and gift) I decided to make my first item a card & handmade gift.

When sending my gifts I coordinated the cards using dsp, cardstock, ribbons, etc.

This was the first card I sent:

July Card 1



With this card I used a Mojo Monday Sketch, one of my SS favourite stamp sets (Priceless) and I have used Real Red, Kiwi Kiss and Pink Pirouette cardstock & inkpads. A Real Red brad and some Real Red grosgrain ribbon.







Along with the card I sent this gift:

July Gift front


This is one of Lauren Meader’s Timeless Templates called Lolli-Pop Along. There are no lollipops in mine so the insert is just a base and for the cover I have used Vellum and wheeled the So Swirly Jumbo wheel using Whisper White Craft Ink over it.







Here’s a side view:

July Gift side



Inside is of course my gift. My gift for this month was a jar of Embossing Powder (something on my SS wish list) and a handmade Post-It Note holder.

July Gift Post-It Note holder

Tomorrow I’ll show you card 2 for July.


Happy Stamping