Saturday, December 13, 2014

Vintage Journey Creative Guide - Secret Santa Reveal

Hi everyone,

Today we are revealing our Creative Guide Secret Santa gifts at A Vintage Journey.  A few months ago Brenda had her hubby draw names for this fun exchange.  Our gift was to be made of paper or cardstock as we had to mail many of them to other countries.

Over at the Vintage Journey Blog - some lovely prizes are being offered for you to win.  You can see all the details and fabulous prizes by clicking here.

Here is a list for you to hop around and visit- don't forget to leave a comment.

S@ndy (you're here)

I was so excited when I saw that I got Chris Warner's name.  Chris has been so helpful and kind to me as I've found my way around being a Creative Guide for the team. I have already received a lovely thank you from her and I am delighted that she liked what I made for her.

Here is the gift I made for Chris, it is lit with three battery operated candles and gives off a soft glow.  I'm sorry I didn't get a photo of it with the candles lit.  Since we are a Tim inspired blog I, of course, used many of his products.

I used a Graphic 45 Box that I altered a little.  The front, back and sides are covered with snowflake embossed paper.  The ribbon goes all the way around and is held in place with the knob.  Tim legs and pinecones made with the tattered pinecone die.  Vellum is covering the opening.   Below is a photo of how it opens to insert the candles.

Since I used blue and white and snowflakes, I made a card to match.  I did post the card here on my blog but didn't reveal the recipient at that time. 

When my gift arrived - it was truly a treasure chest of goodies.  From Annie of Curious & Crafty Treasures I received a beautiful card made with Tim's papers with a lovely greeting on the back.  Also included was a fabulous mixed media canvas, signed and dated by the artist.  Here they are:

There were also some goodies in the package that I will use later, hopefully in an upcoming challenge.  When I use them I will be sure to tell you about them.
This was great fun and I hope not too much work for Brenda to organize.  Wishing you good luck in the drawing and  Happy Holidays.


  1. What a lovely snowflake box you created Sandy! I bet the lights give it a lovely glow when in the dark!!

  2. Wonderful snowflake box Sandy! Really like the snowflake and pine cones on side too. Karen.x

  3. Good Morning Sandy. Love the creation with the snowflake and the headlights will make it twinkle beautifully. Vert clever and I love it. Annie's gift to you looks beautiful and the canvas is stunning too. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Such a beautifully designed box Sandy. I bet it looks even more amazing when all lit up and feel sure it will be treasured. Jenny x

  5. This is so pretty and the light just adds more warmth to this fab creation. Such a thoughtful gist, Sandy. Merry Christmas to you. Hugs, Rupa.

  6. This is beautiful Sandy such a wonderful idea and beautifully put together (I am lucky enough to have seen it in real life). This is a perfect gift for the Secret Santa that comes alive at night. Love it xxx

  7. Hi you fabulous gift for Chris, so thoughtful and a real keepsake piece. So glad you liked your card and the little gifts I gave you. I know you love to alter items so they will come in very handy.

    Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for New Year 2015

    Hugs Annie xx

  8. What a lovely candle box for Chris - it's so serene and pretty. I'd love to see it lit up and glowing from the inside. And the co-ordinating card is just charming. Fabulous creations from Annie too... look forward to checking out the details over at hers!
    Alison xx

  9. Wonderful card and gorgeous box, I bet it looks amazing all lit up when the lights are turned down low! Such a wonderful gift to send, and what a gorgeous card you received as well! holiday hugs :)

  10. Your candle holder/light box is quite stunning Sandy, the way it opens is so clever too. I bet it looks fabulous when it is all lit up - what a perfect gift. I love your beautiful card and canvas from Annie too. This really has been a wonderful Secret Santa exchange! Anne xx

  11. What a great altered candle box, Sandy! The design is so clever and wonderful for Christmas and the card is fabulous. Lovely gift to receive from Annie! Happy Sunday!

  12. Oh sandy this is just gorgeous and I bet Chris is delighted with it

    Have a wonderful Christmastime

  13. Wow what a fabulous gift you made for Chris! Love how you did it with those embossed snowflakes and the pine cones you decorated it with look fantastic! Great idea which I am sure will be much appreciated. The matching card is wonderful too, as is the card you received from Annie!

  14. What a pretty box you made there lovely added on decorations I'm sure she loved it :) thanks for the fantastic hop loved it hugs Nikki


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