Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Santa's Box of Surprises

Morning Bloggers. I hope all you lucky people who got to the NEC this weekend had a great time.

After a gorgeous Autumn weekend, Winter seems to have arrived here all in a hurray. I don't think it's stopped raining for 48 hours and it's so cold!!! Roll on Spring I say!!

Still mustn't grumble, it's perfect crafting weather and I've been very productive getting things ready for the Craft Fayre I'm doing in December. This means I can now turn my attention back to crafting for pleasure, what luxury.

I love making these little boxes with a surprise inside and have loved playing with Christmas ideas. I think this one has to my favourite so I've decided to enter it into The Stampman's challenge this time which is Christmas.

It's a nightmare to photograph so excuse the poor images. The Santa stamp is a gorgeous one from Habico and I stamped it in Archival black and then just added a little bit of watercolour to his face and eyes and some stickles to the snowflakes.

The snowflakes inside have been stamped onto heat proof acetate with Starlite silver Brilliance ink and embossed with sparkle EP. They don't come out very well in the photos being on acetate but look lovely in real life.

And just to remind you that's it's not always so cold and wet, I thought I'd share a photo of this fantastic Acer we saw at Harlow Carr gardens at the weekend. People were queuing up to photograph it. It was stunning, especially against the blue sky.

Thanks for stopping by and keep warm.


Jill said...

What a gorgeous box of surprises! Just love the way you have kept Santa in black and added the touch of watercolour! And wow what a photo, what a tree!! Worthy of a Canadian Fall! Jill x

Rose Petal said...

Hi Lisa. What a fantastic box and with surprises too. This is a wonderful christmas gift. I love your image and the colours. Just perfect. Love the tree too, what a gorgeous Autumanal colour. Happy crafting.
With love, Sandra xx

Elizabeth said...

Love your box - I paraticularly like that stamp of Father Christmas. The tree is fab-you-lus darling as Craig Revel-Horwood would say:) Elizabeth x

Clarky J said...

Absolutely stunning Lisa - I so love that stamp too and what a fabulous idea with the snowflakes - Love it!

Kay Carley said...

Love your Santa box Lisa and what gorgeous autumnal colour! xx

Sarah Anderson said...

It's gorgeous Lisa! So glad you got some time to craft just for you, sometimes it doesn't feel like a hobby! Thanks for joining us over at The Stamp Man for our Christmas challenge :) I love the snowflakes on acetate, and your Santa is a proper jolly one!

Lynda said...

That box is fabulous - love that stamp too! and the colours on the acer against the bright blue sky looks amazing - a great picture Lisa!

Love Lynda xxx

Beryl said...

Hi Lisa - it's been bitterly cold here all day too but no chance to craft as I've been visiting a friend all day. I'm sure I'll find some time tomorrow though as it's too wet outside to work even if it's not freeeeeezing.
You box it brilliant - for a start the Santa image is lovely - just how he should look and the inside is brilliant. Love it.
Beryl xx

Sally H said...

Hi Lisa
Stunning gorgeous box and a beautiful photo too. Your snowflakes look amazing - so real!

Lynne K said...

Wow, brilliant box, Lisa! What a wonderful Santa image, and the snowflakes are fabulous!

The trees have been wonderful this year, haven't they? Past their best now down here though - the wind and cold have seen to that! xx

brenda said...

Morning Lisa

That's exactly what I just wrote on another blog "roll on Spring".

Like you I yearn for the fresh greens and air. I hate these dark drab days adn yes, it is so so cold. We had another 1/2 rain overnight so I will scream the next time I hear someone talk about water shortages.

OK, your box, absolutelty delightful. I hummed and arhhed aver tha stamp and really think I should have bought it.

B x

craftimamma said...

Hi Lisa, what a gorgeous box. Someone is going to be lucky receiving this as a gift.

I seem to be going through a very busy patch (involving nothing but ordinary family stuff) recently so am missing lots of loving blog posts.

I have been back through yours though and you've shared some lovely stuff. When it's not been raining we have had some fantastic blue skies recently haven't we and thanks for sharing the photos of the quarry you visited. Looks really interesting although I'm not sure the old knees could take the trek these days, Lol!

Lesley Xx

chris said...

Hi Lisa, so love your box its so stunning, I so love that stamp too.
love the tree picture too. hugs chris xx

Michelle said...

Lisa this is sooooo gorgeous and just love how you've used the santa stamp - one of my favorites. Sorry I've not been in touch, I've had to wipe the hard drive on the comp and lost all my contact details. Could you email me (I hope it's not too late for the cards!) Need your address again too!
Much Love
x Michelle

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous box...fabby Santa love the watercolour touch....beautiful tree! Just fabby all round then ;)
Thanks for adding your two pennyworth to help with my craft dilemma!! LOL
There is only me can sort it I know but appreciate your thoughts :)
xoxo Sioux

Dragon said...

Woo I love your Santa box and have admired this stamp before I think!!! Wish I could get hold of it!!!! Thanks for your lovely comments about my cruise photos!!


Fabulous keepsake Lisa - I love that Santa image, he has such a kind face! The pop-up acetate snowflakes are a super idea - LOVE it!!
Beautiful photo too - what a difference from today's weather!!
See you soon, Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Sunshine Girl said...

What a fabulous box you have made and I love that Santa stamp. Thanks for commenting on my blog last week for WOYWW - sorry I didnt get back to you but it was one of those weeks! (no.45)

Claire Phillips said...

I love your exploding box - really want to make one now. It's so fab and your colouring is perfect! Cheers Claire x

Michelle said...

Hi Lisa
A great entry for The Stampman Challenge this week I so love your box. Thanks for joining in the Christmas countdown.
x Michelle