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!

Now that my son is a teenager, his classmates don't seem to be as likely to give Christmas gifts to their teachers. Giving Christmas gifts to teachers was always a tradition when he was younger in his private schools in Houston. Even at the British School in Abu Dhabi, where we were for the last two years, holiday and end-of-year gifts were presented to teachers. However, I was amazed this Christmas that Branduff was the only one in his new school (near London) bearing gifts.

My feeling is that teens, with their raging hormones, can be even more difficult (and moody) to teach, and teachers definitely deserve something special and sweet for their hours of dedication to our young men and women.

Not only that, I really love making altered tins! What am I going to do next year if I don't have teachers for which to make altered tins?

Dear son seemed a little embarrassed to be the only one in class hauling in gifts. Granted, the teachers were over the moon!

Will this be the last group of tins that I make, I dare ask? Hopefully I will find some victims next year to receive my art pieces.

However, best have a look now . . . just in case!

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.