Secret Santa & UKS Stocking Swap

Ho, Ho, Ho! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I took part in two swaps over Christmas - the Secret Santa that I host on the blog and the UKScrappers stocking swap. Both have become a traditional part of my Christmas now - I enjoy compiling the gifts for my recipients as much as I enjoy seeing what people have put together for me.

First up, my Stocking Fairy on UKS was Chrissie. Our budget over there is a minimum £15. Blimey but I was spoilt. A massive box arrived and everything was beautifully wrapped (I forgot to take a picture of that bit!) She knows me so well...
Whoopidooings: UKS Stocking Swap 2014
Soooo many happies!
Whoopidooings: UKS Stocking Swap 2014
Mmmmmalteser goodies, 
Canvasses of varying sizes, 
Inka Gold - I so wanted to try that,
 Gilding flakes *happy clapping* Love gilding flakes... Craig, might have cried a little when he saw them *g* 
Washi tapes, 
Beautiful pins... 
The doll is to alter. I may feed her to the zombie doll I'm making. 
Stazon - does anyone else think that smells like marzipan? Mmm. Yes - I might have a black tipped nose now.
Whoopidooings: UKS Stocking Swap 2014
Steeeeeeencils! I had none of them - I can't wait to try them. 
Beautiful, beautiful papers; DCWV Once Upon a Time and my very first G45's! 
Watercolour postcards - I love watercolour postcards!
Whoopidooings: UKS Stocking Swap 2014 - Wooden calendar tag made by Chrissie.
And this beautiful wooden tag calendar - made by Chrissie. My favourite thing in the stocking. 
Next up is the Secret Santa swap which I host on the blog each year. Our budget is a minimum £10 spend. K was my Santa this year...
Whoopidooings: Secret Santa Swap 2014
Oh my goodness!
Whoopidooings: Secret Santa Swap 2014
More Malteser goodies (nom!)
A beautiful Alice in Wonderland book - gorgeously illustrated,
Skully beads and embellies,
Whoopidooings: Secret Santa Swap 2014
Gorgeous washi tapes,
Project life type cards,
More gorgeous DCWV papers,
Some Project Life style scrapbook pocket pages...
Whoopidooings: Secret Santa Swap 2014
And my very favourite thing in the parcel... this Nevermore cut out. Isn't it glorious? I'm framing that.
Thank you so much to Chrissie and K - I couldn't believe my eyes. I really loved absolutely everything you so carefully put together. I can't believe how well thought out both presents were and I just loved everything about them both.  I'm a lucky girl!

Now - people have started blogging their Secret Santa's so I will update the list below as and when I see people doing it. Have a click if you'd like to see what everyone else did for each other. These are really making me smile...

I posted to Ally - Blogged here
Virginia posted to Laura - Blogged here.
K posted to me. (Blogged above.)
Ally - posted to Carol - Blogged here.
Carol  posted to Virginia - blogged here.
Laura posted to K - Blogged here.

And finally - this has nothing to do with the swaps - I just like to share the bookish goodness that Father Christmas brings...

Whoopidooings: The books that Father Christmas brought me :)
We Make Dolls by Jenny Doh (Thanks Lesley x)
1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol (Thanks Susie x)
Whoopidooings: The books that Father Christmas brought me :)
The Last Temptation compilation. I know I'll love this - I used to own it in comic form. (Thanks Melsie x)
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell - this one is so gorgeous. Even just to hold - my picture does it no justice. (Thanks Cas x)
Whoopidooings: The books that Father Christmas brought me :)
Not strictly a book. It's a deck of cards , each card has a painting on one side and fun facts on the reverse. Love them! Famous Paintings Art Cards by Sarah Courtauld (Thanks Ky x)
And not forgetting the beautiful Alice in Wonderland book from K :) happy bunny much? Yes indeedy. So all in all I have no excuse now not to kick-start scrapbooking again in 2015 and to dust off my sewing machine too!

Thanks for stopping by today - back later with my yearly Rocking post :)


  1. Glad you liked everything hun. I thought you might already have an Alice in Wonderland book so this one would be good to alter, use the images & pages from :)
    & thank you for running the Secret Santa again, cant wait for next years.

  2. What a lucky girl you are! great Secret Santa's and your books tool.

  3. What a great swap! I wish I had hopped in on one of those! :) Happy holiday to you and yours!

  4. Wow, your sambas were fabulously generous in finding out so much about your likes and erm, needs! I know you'll enjoy every second of all of them.

  5. Fabulous bag of fabulous stuff - you have to go use ALL of it and do a mega post of epicness...especially a zombie-chewed Barbie doll! heh heh heh. Long may you reign in all your all your arty awesomeness xxx

  6. You lucked out with the malteasers! :D
    The tag calendar is simply gorgeous
    Thanks for running the swap, so glad I joined in x

  7. What a lot of lovely things. I always love to see what books other bloggers get for Christmas especially. And yes I have been known to open my Stazon ink just for a sniff of that amazing marzipan smell


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