Sunday, 14 December 2014

Secret Santa Chocolate Box

The creative guides at A Vintage Journey decided to do a gift exchange - a Secret Santa. We each received the name of one of our teamies to create something for and then received something in the post! We only knew who it was from when it arrived - I love surprises. Firstly I will show you what I made and then what I received.

I made a gift for the very talented Jools Robertson - do pay her blog as visit - she creates the most stunning work. I decided to make Jools a box and off course, fill it with chocolates. 

Frankie wanted to join in the fun - Jools - I didn't give you these!

I started by taking some kraft resist card for my box, cutting to shape and inking the edges.
 

 I then took some paper from one of Tim's paper stashes (they have fallen apart so I don't know which is from which stash anymore!) and began stamping and stencilling. The papers were cut to size to fit the lid and sides of the box.
 

 I die cut some circles from chipboard and treated them with various distress paints and ink through the stencil.

 

To make it personal to Jools, I die cut a J and coloured with paint before adding crackle paint.

Here are each of the sides:

So that is my little chocolate box for Jools!

And now here is what I received, wow - this is so amazing. My gift is from Julie from Juliz Design Post. It rather puts mine to shame!

The Christmas tree decoration was beautifully packaged in the stunning box and accompanying tag and card. It is just gorgeous. Julie will be showing more details on her blog today.
Thank you Julie - I adore it!

Sorry a long post today. Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what everyone else made and received!
Nikki
xxx

43 comments:

  1. I love the colors and all the wonderful panels on your lovely box Nikki!

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  2. Your Santa chocolate box is gorgeous Nikki! I love all the crackle and the personal initial is a nice touch. Wow what a stunner you recieved too. I'm loving that pocket watch. Karen.x

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  3. Such a gorgeous choccie box, I'm sure it'll be much appreciated.

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  4. Fabulous gift you made Nikki, I'm sure Jools will love it! Julie's gift to you looks amazing too! This is just so much fun isn't it? Anyway really love what you made, the crackled initial finishes it off perfectly!

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  5. A fabulous gift idea Nikki with lots if inspiration and special treats with it too. Love it xxx

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  6. What a fantastic chocolate box Nikki! I love the fact that every inch of this is completely hand crafted and you've layered up the stencilling and stamping to perfection. No wonder Frankie wanted in on the action! I bet Jools is thrilled with this. Jenny x

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  7. What a stunning box you have made Nikki. It looks so beautiful and I love the quotes on the panels. The gift you received from Julie is a gorgeous treasure that you will have for many years to come. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  8. Both wonderful makes and a great idea for all you to have the Secret Santa swap.

    Love Chrissie x

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  9. I am just drooling on the t box Nikki...for the first time, the inside of the box doesn't matter at all! Such lovely textures and quotes on the outside, to be treasured and cherished...who wants to know what's inside. Merry Christmas to you. Hugs, Rupa.

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  10. Delicious colours and layers - and I love all those words! What a fabulous make, with all the detail and thought that's gone into it... wonderful. And chocolates into the bargain! Fantastic creations from Julie - what a lovely package to receive.
    Alison xx

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  11. What a gorgeous chocolate box Nikki! You really put your stencils to good use! Such a wonderful gift to send and what a gorgeous gift you received as well! holiday hugs :)

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  12. What a stunning gift Nikki - love the stencilling and the gorgeous colours

    Have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy 2015

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  13. What a fabulous box you created for Jools (with sweets - lucky Jools), I love the way you treated the resist card and your decoration and embellishment of the box is wonderful, just wonderful! Your gift from Julie is stunning too! This has been such a wonderful Secret Santa exchange... Anne xx

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  14. What an awesome chocolate box you created for Jools and even sweeter with the contents! Great use of kraft resist paper and stencils! The gift received from Julie is gorgeous! Happy Sunday.

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  15. Nikki, Thank you so much for my wonderful chocolate box
    It's fabulous to see how you made it, so many gorgeous patterns, layers of lovely detail and the colours are so me!

    Love your beautiful Christmas Decoration from Julie

    Have a lovely Christmas

    Jools x

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  16. This is such a fantastic gift box filled with yummy treats and love the ornament wish I had the die now love the idea of the clocks hanging from the tree thanks for the inspiration
    hugs Nikki

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  17. What an amazing gift box, such a beautiful gift Nikki! And your ornament from Julie is indeed lovely! Thank you for sharing them with us and wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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  18. Your gift box is gorgeous Nikki and your cat looks just like my Billy. Julie's pressie is wonderful, what a lucky girl you are ;0) x

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  19. What a FESTIVE page this is... I love each and every project and fun detail you have created here... what fun... Giving and Receiving is such fun.. especially when it is made from the heart.. GREAT GIVE AWAYS... love them all... Love, light and Peace...Bonnie

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  20. Two fantastic gifts you made for each other.
    Yvonne

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  21. Well, now! I just LOVE boxes! You have made the coolest box to give to Jools; I'm sure she is loving it! And what a lovely box (!!!) and ornament from Julie--love the little bird!

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  22. What a beautiful box for those yummy chocolat! Love the combi brown-blue and the circles on top are stunning! Inky greetings, Gerrina

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  23. Gorgeous box Nikki....loving your Frankie's quality control....I have a great furry quality controller too :)

    Julie's swap looks amazing too,you lucky thing :)

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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  24. Gorgeous box Nikki...and with chocolate! Beautifully put together and what a lovely idea to swap gifts. Ruth x

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  25. Dairy Milk soft candies are among my faves! This box is stunning and I bet the candy tastes even better because of the box! ~Niki

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  26. Oh My Gosh-Nikki!! What a wonderful personalized chocolate box you made for Jools!! So fun and Jools will have the box long after the chocolates are gone :) Oh, I bet it will have an essence of chocolate about it, too :)
    LOVE the ornament you received from Julie!! It's amazing and it does not put your gift to Jools to shame!! I love how the ornament comes to you with a 'heritage' from this very special Secret Santa gift exchange--something that will always be remembered and enjoyed for years to come :) Merry Christmas!! XOXO-Shari

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  27. What a gorgeous fit for Jools Nikki....love the wonderful details and she will treasure it for sure. A stunning gift from Julie and another amazing keepsake.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015

    HUgs Annie xx

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  28. What a lovely idea AND chocolate! Perfect x

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  29. This is the first time I learned about your site. Your chocolate box is beautiful and so thoughtful. What great secret Santa gifts you have made for each other!

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  30. I'm joining your give away too :)

    Love
    Maarit

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  31. Oh I loved that chocolate box, I altered so many boxes, but never thought about filling them with chocolates, I have to try it once. By the way that is a cute and lovely cat there :-)

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  32. Now that's what I call a good idea - a lovely box and yummy choices!! Love Julie's surprise for you too! Chrisx

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  33. WOW Nikki - love the chocolate box. It is fun and festive and another nice thing is that it can be enjoyed all year long. So nice.
    Happy Holidays -

    S@ndy xx

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  34. Hi Nikki, what a wonderful chocolate box you made for Jools. Your inking techniques are superb and love your colour choice of shades. So pleased you loved your gift from me, it has been great fun having our Secret Santa.
    Merry Christmas, Julie x

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  35. Honestly I loved the classic blue and brown combination on your craft. So glad to have visited your blog and seen this craft. The box is more tempting than the chocolates. :)
    Cheers :)

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  36. I found your lovely blog via Sara Emily (Sara's Closet) and I am so glad I did! I'm adding you to my reader so I don't miss a bit of your wonderful work. This candy box is beautifully done...so delightfully vintage and grungy! I love your style!

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  37. What a wonderful treat of a choccie box! It's gorgeous!! Love Julie's ornament for you too! Nicola x

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  38. Wonderful box! This would make the most gorgeous gift :) Love it totally!

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  39. Wonderful box...........and so :). The colors are so pretty and every panel is gorgeous, love it!

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  40. Gorgeous AND yummy (chocolate!)

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  41. Your candy box is beautiful. I love the color palate. Each side unique and beautifully crafted.

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