Friday 9 December 2016

Secret Santa at Anything But Cute

Hello Friends

Is there anything nicer for a crafter, than getting a handmade gift from a crafty friend at Christmas?!

This year at Anything But Cute we decided to do a Secret Santa and I got to make a gift
for the uber talented Pamellia of  My Little Craft Things. So, what to make for such a talented crafter?  It had to be a 3D project using one of Eileen Hull's fabulous dies!  I used the Cantilever Sewing Box die to make Pamellia a little box to store some of her crafty bits and bobs.  I am happy to report that Pamellia loved her gift....

I added a flower to the top using Tim Holtz's fabulous Poinsettia die.  The flower is removable so that the box will look a little less Christmassy....
The box opens up and there are lots of little compartments to store crafty things.
I used some beautiful Maja Design papers for the inside and outside of the box.  The struts and insides of the trays are painted with IndigoBlu English Cottage Acrylic paint - Grandma's Teacup, it matched the papers so beautifully.
I also made a tag and included one of Tim Holtz's Idea-ology watches, decorated inside with the words 'Remember the Now'.  The little knobs on the top of the box are also from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology range.

Finally, I sent Pamellia quite a simple card.  Those who know Pamellia well will know how much love she has for the neighbourhood woodland creatures, particularly the squirrels.  When I saw this delightful image I knew it just had to go on Pamellia's card and I wanted it to be the centre of attention.

I was so lucky to receive my gift from my lovely and talented friend, Sara Emily of  Sara's Closet.  Here is a sneak peek of what Sara sent me, you will never guess what it is!

 I hope you will find the time to go over THERE and have a look, it is quite exquisite.  About a year or so ago Sara did a tag with a similar technique and I lusted after it for ages, the tag has been shared over a 1,000 times on Pinterest, so I think a lot of others were lusting after it too!  Sara, I LOVE MY GORGEOUS GIFT, it will be so incredibly useful, particularly over Christmas!

It has been such a pleasure participating in the Secret Santa with my lovely teamies at Anything But Cute this year!  It has been great fun ladies!!  We are taking a little break during December at Anything But Cute but we will be back with our Winners Post on 12th December and with a new challenge in January!

I am adding this to Country View Challenges where the challenge theme is - Christmas
I am also adding my little sewing box to Simon Says Monday Challenge where the challenge theme is Christmas Gifts.

Thank you for looking, hope to see you again soon.

Big hugs,  Anne xxx


  1. I'm not surprised that the recipient of your make loved it - it is stunning and such a beautiful colour.
    I love the book box you received - the decoration inside is so pretty.
    Toni xx

  2. Anne, you have made a masterpiece of a useful and oh, so beautiful gift for our fearless leader, Pamellia! I bet she was doing a happy dance when she opened this amazing gift! (It's really strange, but I had a hunch you would make her a little sewing box, even before I saw the sneaky peek!) This is crafty perfection, and those papers you've used are perfect so Pamellia can have this on display year round, and hopefully chock full of trinkets. What a beautiful poinsettia, and genius idea to make it removable!

    The card you made is anything but simple, in my humble opinion! I adore that squirrel image--he is adorable! Your holiday flower spray is stunning and the poinsettia sitting atop is a wintry delight! You are an amazing crafter and artist! I'm so happy you are my teamie, but more so that you are my friend! Sending big hugs to you!

    PS, I thought you missed that post on the tag which is why I chose that one! Ha! Ha! Guess not!

  3. Wow!! Stunning Anne - Pamellia is one lucky lady. xx

  4. HOLY that is gorgeous Anne! I love that sewing box and she is one lucky person!

  5. Oh my goodness, Anne, everything you made is absolutely stunning!! The box is spectacular!! I love the design and the pretty poinsettia!! The card is just perfect!! I know Pamellia adored all of this...especially the beautiful squirrel!! You did such an amazing job on everything!! Beautiful projects my sweet friend!! Love, love them!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. Fabulous, Anne - elegant and stylish. I'm not a bit surprised Pamellia loves it, and I've no doubt she will make great use of it too. A beautiful Secret Santa gift.
    Alison x

  7. Wow, Annie, you have both created and received the most incredible gifts! (Everyone is wishing their names were either Pamellia or Anne right now!) And Pamellia's squirrel card is just out-of-this-world magnificent! I guarantee that one is going on her wall!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  8. You must really love this sewing box by Eileen Hull! So many parts and bits and pieces - I have been amazed every time I see you make one! And her Christmas card is another winner - great card with the cutest squirrel - I could just pick him up right now and give him a big old kiss!
    Sandy xx

  9. Stunning work Anne, as usual.
    Love the colors and gorgeous poinsettia! That squirrel is something else :)
    Paper Talk with Samra

  10. stunningly beautiful work - I love what you made Anne and I'm just popping over to see what you made! Hugs rachel x

  11. Ooh Anne! Your sewing box, tag and card are all divine! Pamellia must have been thrilled to bits! Absolutely awesomeness! The squirrel is sooo cute! I popped over to see what Sara had made you, it's gorgeous! Thank you for your email, I will reply really soon! Promise! xxx

  12. Hi Anne, gorgeous Cantilever box it's so brilliantly made and the one you received is gorgeous too. Bet Pamelia loved the squirrel card, just her sort of thing. Have a great weekend and happy crafting, Angela xXx

  13. Exquisite and so fun! I bet Bubbles absolutely loves it and will put the box to good use with all those wonderful compartments. Those MD papers really are gorgeous! Wowzers! I have decided that I could use that poinsettia die, you always use it so smashingly well and this is the icing on the sleigh for me. Fantabulous and stunning! Huge Hugz to you muffin! May your Christmas be filled with wonder and cheer! ~Niki

  14. Oh my what a thoughtful and beautifully created gift for Pamellia, it's adorable and I'm sure will be loved and used all year round. Your card is gorgeous and again perfectly personal with that gorgeous squirrel image on it. Brilliant creations both of them my friend xxx

  15. Wow've done it your beautiful sewing's exquisite and your card is adorable...Pamelia is one very lucky girl...thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  16. OMG, Anne, what an exquisite piece of 3d art this is! Pamellia is one lucky lady and I am sure she was over the moon happy when opened a gift from you! Who wouldn't be happy to get this stunner! You put so much love in creating this absolutely beautiful box and that stunning squirrel card! You used that poinsettia die brilliantly on both of your projects! Ooooooh, I am completely in awe, my friend!
    I am so honored to call you a friend, Anne! You are awesome!
    Sending lots of love to you! Branka xx

  17. Love your attention to detail with the sewing box and your choice of papers - plain bottoms and stripses up the side. It makes a grat gift. Again your squirrel card is beautiful - white, red and grey go perfctly together. I'm off to see what you got in return!! Elaine x

  18. Apologies for the spelling mistakes above. It should be stripes and my letter E sticks hence the lack of them...doh!!

  19. Oh Anne, I've been itching to get over here so I can brag about my Secret Santa gift! It is the most amazing craft gift I have ever received! I love everything about it. The papers are just lovely, very muted and feminine and that handmade topper is just delicious! Your organizer sits right on my desk, filled with all of my favourite Christmas embellishments until the New Year when I will fill it all my favourite shabby chic ones!! Thank you again for creating me such a wonderful present!!

    The card is a work of art. I can't even begin to tell you how much I adore that squirrel!! So many wonderful layers and the poinsettia arrangement is gorgeous, but that squirrel, oh my!! He is sitting on my fireplace mantel so I can admire him every day!!

    Thank you so much Anne for putting so much tlc into my package. Your gift is creative, beautiful, thoughtful and functional... I just loved it!! hugs :)

  20. What a utterly fabulous gift! Useful and sooo very beautiful! I can understand, that Pamellia is very happy with it.
    Thank you for joining in our challenge at Country View Challenges this month.
    Have a wonderful christmas time!
    xx Evelyn

  21. Oh my gosh Anne, what a treasure this is indeed! The box is absolutely tremendously beautiful! The flower is like a corsage one would wear to prom - so regal and luxurious! And the card with that AMAZING image is the icing on the secret Santa cake! I just know Pamellia loved it and will treasure it always. Big Christmas hugs, Autumn

    1. Well just look at you in the spotlight at SSS! I'm ever so happy for you and am smiling from ear to ear! Christmas hugs, Autumn

  22. what an awesome gift you sent to Pamellia! My gosh, the work behind it is incredible! This is just beautiful! And the card is amazing, I so love the squirrel, woooooowie!
    xoxo, Ally

  23. WOW! A truly stunning gift and gorgeous card too. It's clear to see how much thought, care, attention and love has gone into these and I am sure Pamellia will treasure them.
    hugs, Sue xx

  24. I saw a sneak peek of this on Pamellia's blog, but then the link did not work, so glad I caught it now! Such a super project Anne, she is one lucky lady and wow, that squirrel card is just delightful, what a great choice!! Wonderful and thoughtful gifts!! xxx

  25. What a fabulous gift for Pamellia. You can clearly see all the love that has been poured into making this super elegant present and card. Love the idea how the Poinsettia can be removed when we are out of the Festive period.
    Julie x

  26. No one can impress me with their 3D art as much as you do Anne. Time and again you knock me off my perch (!) with your creations.
    I'm always fooled that this is actually an altered sewing box until I remember that no, Anne creates this from scratch!

  27. Just enjoyed a Secret Santa over at Lisa's, then came by to enjoy your project. It would indeed be so intimidating to create something for Pamellia as her work is truly fabulous. I think you've succeeded splendidly with this terrific sewing box, and what treasures she'll be able to store within the spaces. The card was just perfect for her as well. I always enjoy seeing her nature pictures and of course, those captivating squirrels that are her frequent neighbors. I know she was delighted with the gift AND the darling card. TFS & Hugs.

  28. Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift Anne xx Pamellia will treasure it for sure and her card is exquisite with the sweet squirrel

    TF's Annie x

  29. You are talented and thoughtful in equal measures Anne!! I adore the sewing box... the paint colour and papers are divine and everything is decorated and finished to perfection! The gorgeous little tag, watch and geniusly 'personalised' card are all absolutely gorgeous. Everything you make is top class and classy! Nicola x

  30. Seriously the squirrel for Pamela is perfection... Love the water coloring look too. Fun fun fun!!!!

  31. Anne!!!!! both your works are fabulous! you're brilliant! barbara

  32. Thanks for all your lovely comments... hope you have a lovely time at your places and with your people!
    Hugs, Alison x

  33. Just incredible Anne - nobody creates special boxes like you do! I wasn't surprised to see Pamellia was so pleased with her gift! Oh and that gorgeous squirrel card - Oh My! Hugs, Chrisx

  34. Yippee, Anne! so good to see your name in the Simon Says Stamp Spotlight for this magnificent creation! So well deserved! Hugs~!

  35. These are fabulous Anne, amazing flowers! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy Christmas. Sue xx


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