Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Secret Santa


To celebrate Christmas, our Stampers of England (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EnglandStampers/) had a Secret Santa Swap. Names were drawn and each Secret Santa set out to put together gifts, which were posted to arrive before Christmas.

As those of you who follow this blog know, I adore making altered art, especially altered tea, chocolate and biscuit tins. So you know that my secret sister would be received something altered!

The first thing I made was an altered letter or napkin holder by using a Creative Imaginations product. I decided to use an Elzybell reindeer image that I had previously water colored. I also had made little Shrinky-Dink embellishments, and I thought my 'love' tag would work perfectly with these two reindeer preparing to tuck into a Christmas pudding.

I had some festive napkins, which I put into the holder, and then sent this to my Secret Sister Caroline, along with some other bits and pieces of goodies.



As I started the altered tins late, I didn't know if I'd be able to make her one in time for it to arrive before Christmas. In the end, I was just in the Saint Nick of time! Hah! I used some of my favorite Creative Imaginations winter papers and embellishments to make this tin.

Altered Christmas Tins


I've had a tradition over the last number of years to make gifts for the teachers at my son's schools. The altered tins that I have been making seem to be a hit, especially when they are stuffed with candy, cookies and biscuits!





The tins feature an assortment of papers, from Melissa Frances nostalgic Christmas packets, BoBunny's Christmas HoHoHo papers and embellishments, and Creative Imaginations Winter paper. I even used a page from my Mary Engelbreit desktop calendar for one of the images on a tin.