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Gifts for winter
The crafters anonymous group that I belong to, had a fun swap for the start of winter. Each day for the first 12 days of June, we made something different for our swap partner. We had guidelines to work to. Day 2 was "something altered" so I took an old tin which I covered and decorated. I put some embellishments inside that could be used for cardmaking or scrapbooking. It was the first time I had made an altered item and I really enjoyed doing it. The pansy on top is easy to make and many cardmarkers have done them the same way by using ink, watercolour paper and two punched out butterflies, (using the Stampin' Up! butterfly punch).

Here is a photo of some of the embellishments. All are using Stampin' Up! products except for the copper / green flower which is from my own stash. My favourite is the acorn and oak leaf. I made that using the leaf big shot die, which I scrunched and coloured in the veins using a blender pen and chocolate chip ink. The leaf was also daubered. The acorn is punched from a small oval punch and the acorn cap is made from the large square scallop die, that has been put through the square lattice embossing folder, then sponged with autumn colours and finally punched with a larger oval punch. The stalk is hand cut. It sounds like a lot of work but if you are making several at once it is actually very quick.

Day 4 of our winter swap called for "something smelly" ... the nice kind of smelly! I made a cake box with homemade soap inside and also this lavender sachet. It is made by putting material through the big shot, using the top note die. I stamped the front with basic black ink as basic black is good on fabric and can be washed. I used the small indentations made by the die as a guide for my stitching. The sachet has dried lavender from my own garden. (Not the flowers pictured, just in case you thought I was a little confused.) Makes me feel a bit like a Proverbs 31 woman! Haha.
Oh! Talking about the fabric and the Big Shot, I have some breaking news for you! Stampin' Up! is bringing out designer series fabric in September. Wahoo!

Paige, was also making winter gifts for a friend's birthday and this is what she came up with. The sheep's body is of course punched from a scallop circle but the rest Paige hand cut. The tissue box holder is from a design made by Rachael Knight.

Warm winter wishes from Rhonda

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