Urban Garden DSP

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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…..

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