13 December 2015

A Secret Santa for a Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! If you've joined me from A Vintage Journey you'll already know that today's the day when we reveal the Secret Santa projects each of us created for a fellow Creative Guide. So here's what I created for my recipient...

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I was lucky enough to draw Annie as my recipient and when it came time to create a special gift for her fate intervened. My new Tim Holtz Sizzix 'Village Collection' dies had just arrived and I was desperate to find some time to play with them. Then Tim's December tag design was released and I figured it would be fun to combine those techniques with these dies, especially as it meant a battery operated candle could be placed inside (Annie loves candles you see!!!) And so my creative adventure began...


I just love that using stencils and Distress Spray Stains together on burlap creates such a sharp image! No bleeding at all! Just tons of texture, perfect for a winter cabin. A dry embossed roof, some Texture Paste and Rock Candy Glitter snow was sprinkled on the roof and ground and of course it wouldn't be the same without Frosted icicles. I added a wreath to the door (complete with red bow and altered Mirrored Star) in honour of Tim's tag design, but the various colours of layered greenery he showed came in so useful on my design for creating a Christmas tree in the 'garden'. The jingle bells needed some colour (courtesy of some Red Pepper Alcohol Ink) and a touch of Mushroom Alcohol Ink worked wonders in ageing the large Mirrored Star at the top and the skates on the ground. Finally Tim's clever idea for using altered pearl beads as snowballs worked a treat and I splattered Picket Fence Distress Paint around to emulate that final shower of snow.


And here's the little cottage all lit up with that all important candle!
I'll be entering it into the final Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 Challenge - December.

And as for me? I was thrilled to bits to receive the most stunning gift from Julie!!! I know - how lucky am I to be the proud owner of a Lavalette original! Honestly, the level of sparkle and magic is ridiculously hard to capture on screen so you'll have to trust me here - this extraordinary little bird house has a magical quality about it and will be a treasured part of my festive decorations for years to come. Thank you Julie!!! xxx


Now, if you haven't been there already, you REALLY need to get over to A Vintage Journey to see the remaining Secret Santa gifts!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and whatever you're up to, take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

22 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, Jenny! Your gorgeous house is spectacular!

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  2. Another fabulous building, Jenny! The stenciled burlap is amazing, as are all the other details on this wonderful gift! LOVE that wreath and bow, and the tree.... wow! And what a fabulous gift Julie made for you! Really love that roof, and will be visiting her blog to see how she did this! Thank you for all of your inspiration throughout the year, and your visits in the midst of very busy design team work - much appreciated! xxx Lynn

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  3. Cannot seem to leave a message today.... trying again...
    Jenny, your little scene for Annie is adorable and it was so clever of you to use Tim's tag for inspiration, the burlap suits the house so well. I love all the little icicles you added around the house and the pair of skates in the front garden is such a perfect finishing touch. This will be treasured for years to come I am sure!

    Julie's birdhouses are always superb, she packs so many techniques into them and this one is fabulous, I love how she did the roof. Such a beautiful gift! Anne xx

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  4. Your little house for Annie is just a wonder of creativity Jenny, fabulous detail on every corner, and you have put it into such a lovely setting too, just stunning!I have visited Annie's house on several occasions and can just picture it there over the festive season. I know she will totally love it! Your bird house from Julie is beautiful too!

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  5. Great idea, beautiful, and very creative!

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  6. Wow, what a beautiful house you built, Jenny! I just love the way you decorated that wonderful Secret Santa enchanted house! Brilliant Christmas tree and love it all placed on a postage snowy ground! Wonderful little house from Julie! Merry Christmas!

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  7. What a fabulous little aw,king you made for Annie - gorgeous details and amazing textures. And so lovely you got a little dwelling in return x

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  8. So inspired to combine the December tag techniques with the tiny house... I love the rustic burlap texture and the tree is completely fabulous! Wonderful stuff, and I know Annie will treasure this.
    Alison xx

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  9. I am pea green with envy. Your house that you are sending to your secret pal is fabulous and I will have to see Tim's tag to appreciate your make even more. I now own the die!! The bird house is divine and really a collector's item!!
    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
    Sandy Claus!!

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  10. amazing work Jenny - stunning! Gorgeous gift received too!! hugs rachel x

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  11. Gorgeous dimensional piece Jenny. I love how you managed to incorporate the latest Tim tag elements. Love the gorgeous tree too. This is a gift to be cherished and bought out each year . Tracy x

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  12. What a marvelous winter house Jenny! So much wonderful texture, color and 'snow'! a beautiful decoration for Annie to enjoy throughout the winter months! Julia xx

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  13. WOW! WOW! and WOW! Absolutely fabulous Jenny. Have not seen these TH dies before. You are so so clever and talented lol xxx

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  14. Jenny, the house you created for Annie is absolutely darling. I love everything g about it....so vintage looking! Love the colors and the snowy scene you've created here. The little tree is also so sweet. And the house you received from Julia is beautiful as well. Marry Christmas!

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  15. Wow Jenny, your little Christmas House and Scene is such a nostalgic looking Fairytale. Adore all the details and love that you have put into your Secret Santa project.
    Julie x

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  16. Finally I made it here to marvel over all your latest creations Jenny . So sorry for the delay
    Your winter cabin is fabulous and a genius way to use the techniques that Tim uses on this months tag . Love the icicles and the snow capped roof with that touch of sparkle . Wonderful Christmas tree n holly wreath and those skates and snowballs - I would say the perfect finishing touch along with the candle that gives your winter cabin scene a real warming glow .
    hugs x

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  17. Oh wow I need these dies! Stunning creation Jenny, just love it. The details, the texture - that tree is genius. Merry Christmas to you and your family xxxx

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  18. STUNNING! I love this work so much, it's really amazing! You're so creative ! BArbarayaya

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  19. I am absolutely adoring your beautiful houses. Art at its best.

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  20. Wow Jenny what a delightful little house. I love the picture of it with the light on, looks very inviting. Julie's bird house such a lovely piece too. Karen.x

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  21. Wow you houses are so cute!! love the textures. Beautiful job!!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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