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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Secret Santa Cards

Well, the cards are all in the mail! I hope you all get them in time. I held off for as long as I could to give everyone time to send theirs in. Some didn't manage it, so I have made a couple of extra ones to send out.

Here's the gallery. Enjoy!

I've followed Debbie's blog, Passion For Crafts, for some time, so I knew she made gorgeous cards- but this one she made for the swap is exquisite! The photo doesn't do it justice but gives you an idea of its "wow factor" :)
....close up on the stamp, embellished with sparkles....

Lorianna's card, with tag and beautifully coloured ladies:
Sally In Norfolk's card uses the Iris Folding technique (hooray! A pusscat!):

Mrs Nesbitt's card- it doesn't show well in the photo, but this uses fabric and sparkles:

Miss Peach's card- again, the photo doesn't do it justice- there is amazing clear embossing on this card!:
-a cute wee photo of herself inside......

Stardust's card.... Stardust drew my name in the swap, and I was completely stunned by her card! So much work went into it- look at Bob and Dilly! Such tiny stitches, and so much detail. It really looks like them!!!
Poopsie Blue's card (great recycling of a CD!!!!):

Freebird's card, her original drawing :) wonderful!
From Chewy, a brilliant Bear pawtrait!!!!

Chalky's card, using some of her photography:
.....and a knitted stocking inside :)
Sandy's card is an amazing pop-up!
And a few from me:

Thanks to everyone for taking part. It was great fun and a real privilege to see them all. Such talent! I hope they all arrive safely!


Anonymous said...

(clapping hands and giggling)
They are all brilliant! Very interesting is everyone's different approach at making their wonderful cards.

freebird said...

There is sure a lot of variety here. Thanks for running this exchange; it was fun.

Shrinky said...

Helena, this is such a wonderful idea, so much thought and organisation has gone behind it, and just look at all the talent out there, these cards are magical, all in their own special unique way. Grin.

i beati said...

I enjoyed it the project so much - aren't they all just special in their own way . somehow for next year I must purchase some from you . I like the last 2 especially. I am more into whimsy and individuality than anything.I ran out completely this year. Thanks for showing us ..sandy

Dragonstar said...

So many cards, and all so different! Maybe I'll join in if you do it again - it looks as if everyone's had a load of fun.

i beati said...

Dilly and Bob under the tree. Frameable !! sandy

Helena said...


YES! I am definitely framing that card from Stardust!!!


I am thinking of something similar for Easter next year- maybe you could join in on that one?


I was excited every time the postie brought another card to the door! LOL!


You're welcome it sure was fun to do and to see all the different cards.


I love your little Bear painting. It's the Nicholas Hilliard of Bear Pawtraits!

Julie said...

What beautiful cards Helena! So many clever people and the one of Bob and Dilly is fantastic. Freebird's drawing is lovely too!

CherryPie said...

How special and such talent.

Anonymous said...

Nicholas Hilliard? - (Google)
Oh! He paints portrait miniatures.

VP said...

What lovely cards Helena! Freebird's card looks just like our Jess!

Thanks for your recent visits :)

david mcmahon said...

The iris folding technique is amazing, Helena. I also like the idea of recycling CDs too.

Gattina said...

Wow ! very beautiful cards ! what a nice work !

Debbie said...

They are all fabulous Helena, It was a brilliant idea and thanks so much for organising it all. I would love to join in again if you run another one...sorry for being late...can I come out of the naughty corner now ;) Debbie x

Shirley said...

Lovely lovely cards! What a great opportunity for people to have fun with it too!

i beati said...

Does Debbie sell hers??I wanrt some from you and her for next year. I was short this year..Sandy

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Terrific cards! Well done Helena!
Am I going mad or has it started to snow on here? When I left my computer for a while and came back, white dots were drifting down from the upper right corner! Very festive! LOL!

JB's Big World said...

Those are all beautiful cards!

Lorianna said...

Oh I just love the one made for you with Bob and Dilly! :)
I received mine today! Such a lovely surprise to find in the mailbox. Great idea Helena! It was really fun.
Have a happy day!

Helena said...

Hurray! I'm glad they've started to arrive!

This was great fun. We'll have to do something like it for Easter!

And yes, it is snowing! It follows your mouse- watch it when you move. HEHEHE!

Theresa said...

What a great group of cards. How fun!