Secret Sister

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Secret Sister – October items.

October was the final month for the swap. Juliette had now updated her questionnaire with her favourite DSP and stamp set. Unfortunately for me it’s a DSP I’m not really wrapped in so didn’t have any of it and I don’t have the stamp set and wasn’t intending on purchasing, at least not right now. What to do???? Luckily for me my lovely upline, Marelle Taylor, had a small portion of the DSP which I gladly traded for the Tissue Box Cover she commissioned me to make for her recently.  Now what to make with it.

On Juliette’s wish list was the lovely Christmas set – Bells & Boughs. I love this set myself so knew as soon as I saw it on the list that it was one of the items I’d use for her final gift. This is how I packed the stamp set.

That ‘small’ portion of DSP I mentioned was 1 x 6” x 12” piece of each print. This meant I was limited at times but I think I adapted this piece okay. The back of the box base is decorated the same (minus the bow of course). The back of the lid is blank.

I then made a card to co-ordinate with this box using up a small remaining piece of this pattern along with a small piece of another print.

Stamp sets: Tea Shoppe, Papillon Potpourri, Heard from the Heart (retired)
Card: Pacific Point, Whisper White, International Bazaar DSP
Ink: Pool Party, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Tangerine Tango Scallop Dots Ribbon, Scallop Square, 1 1/4” Square & Elegant Butterfly Punches, Basic Jewels – Rhinestones, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

The rest of Juliette’s gift was a pack of the new Kraft Gift Boxes and Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons. I was going to make up a box but due to the size I would need to make a 12” x 12” piece of cardstock for the base would just not do it. In the end I decided the best way was to use a white paper carry bag and decorate it. So that’s what I did and this is the end result.

Again I had to work with the size of the DSP I had but I really like how this turned out. I cut a piece of Daffodil Delight 0.5cm wider on each side and then 1cm wider on each side in Rich Razzleberry.  I used the Daydream Medallion Stamp set and Floral Frames Framelits to make the flower embellishment.



For my final card I used the left over DSP from the bag and came up with this.

A very simple card but hopefully Juliette still liked it.

Stamp sets: Daydream Medallion, Word Play
Card: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Versamark
Accessories: Floral Frames Framelits, Brights Designer Buttons, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

After finishing Juliette’s item using the International Bazaar DSP I had changed my mind slightly. I could see me using these prints again but it’s not enough yet to make my want a full pack of my own as I’m not sure I’d use the other prints.

Secret Sister – September items.

September was the start of a new catalogue which also meant we’d update our questionnaires with new items on our Wish Lists, our new favourite DSP’s and stamp sets and any other changes. Juliette updated her wish list but didn’t update her dsp and stamp sets so I had to go with my instincts on this months items.

I was a little unorganised in September with school holidays and concentrating on my own orders for new goodies that I forgot to order my items I wanted to send to Juliette until almost mid month so she received all her items at the end of the month.

I sent her gift and 1 card by Express Post and the final card for the month by regular. I hoped they would get there 1 day apart but before the month finished. They did.

Here’s the first card and gifts I sent.

I used the Floral District DSP for this set. The colours in this pattern are Rose Red, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White.

So what are the gifts??

First up is…….

A box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates and some Nescafe Cappuccino Sachets.

What’s in the other little box??

A bottle of each of the Dazzling Details.

That helped Juliette mark 2 items off her wish list.

Unfortunately I forgot to photograph the second card but I’ll see if Juliette can send one to me and I’ll edit the post.

Pop back tomorrow to see the final gift and cards I created and delivered.

Stamp sets: Circle Circus, Word Play
Card: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Floral District DSP
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Rose Red
Accessories: 1 3/4” Scallop Circle, 1 3/8” Circle, 1” Circle Punches, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Subtles Designer Buttons, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Silver Brads, Rose Red Seam Binding.

Secret Sister – August items

I hadn’t participated in a Secret Sister swap for a while so when our ESAD group decided to run one I thought, why not.  The person I had to send to for the 3 months was a fellow sideline, Juliette Chapman. Juliette doesn’t live too far from me so I knew she’d realise straight away if she saw my postcode on packages, so I had my mum ship them from her place for me. At least for August she was still unsure who was sending to her.

August was the last month for the previous catalogue so we filled our questionnaires out knowing we’d be updating them. Juliette mentioned on her first copy that her favourite stamp set was Bright Blossoms from the Autumn/Winter mini. Well lucky for me I had that stamp set and thanks to attending Convention and the generosity of Stampin’ Up I had a pack of the upcoming Summer Smooches DSP and Designer Fabric. So what to create??

I can’t remember which card I sent first but these are the 2 Juliette received for August.

I hadn’t made a telescopic card before but I was happy with my end result. I love the colours in both these cards and Bright Blossoms is a great set to create with.

Now for the gift. August had a theme of Stationery. What could I make and send to Juliette that I hope she would like and find useful.

I decided a notebook never goes astray. So I covered and personalised one. Then decided to use some fabric to create a pouch for it. And while I was using the sewing machine why not make a pouch for some pens too.

Here’s the items as she received them.

And here’s what was inside.

Pop back tomorrow and see what I sent Juliette for September.

Stamp sets: Bright Blossoms, Loving Thoughts, Just Believe, Broadsheet Alphabet
Card: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Summer Smooches DSP
Ink: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Decorative Label, 1 3/8” Circle and Word Window Punches, Labels Collection Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Designer Frames Folders, Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Circles – Scallop # 2 (retired), Circle – Clear (retired), Circle Scissor Plus (retired), Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Mini Brads – Silver, Basic Jewels – Rhinestones, Summer Smooches Designer Fabric.