Friday, December 9, 2016

Anything But Cute - Secret Santa

Hello Everyone!

This has been a wonderful year at Anything But Cute, and I am so thankful for the amazing and talented team mates and friends that I have there. For Christmas this year we decided to do a Secret Santa and I was lucky enough to draw the name of my good friend Lisa of A Mermaids Crafts.

Here is the card that I sent to her

Sending out a special thank you to two of my other talented teamies. Anne of Redanne for the lovely Prima mould I used to make the clock, and Sara Emily of sarascloset for the delicate snowflake die cuts! Thank you so much ladies for my sweet gifts!

The Night Before Christmas - Dear Santa PD7802
The Night Before Christmas - Christmas in the Air PD7808
The Night Before Christmas - Tags PD7812

For Lisa's gift I made her a tree ornament. The base is wood which I painted with three different colours of gold paint. I added a bit of texture using some sand and decorated with lots of bling from my stash. 

Sending out a big Merry Christmas to all of my teamies and a special thank you to Anne, who pulled my name for Secret Santa. You should see the amazing card and gift that she sent me. You really must stop in and check it out (there's a squirrel involved)!! Here is a sneak peek...

This is a pretty photo heavy post already, so just a couple of photos today. These shots are from a lovely spot I have found out by the lake. I am so excited to be making new friends there.

"The kindness one does for an animal may not change the world...
but, it will change the world for that one animal."
author unknown

That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. Don't forget to feed a squirrel or a bird this weekend, it's a tough time of year for them outside, while we are cozy and warm.


  1. What a wonderful card and bauble you made for Lisa. How delighted she must have been Pamellia to recieve your gorgeous artwork. We have mild weather again and our squirrels are very very well fed in The Grove...LOL Keep warm my friend and have a lovely weekend xxx

  2. Completely fabulous gifts all round Pamellia! These Secret Santas are always so much fun! Lisa is one lucky lady, as are you!! Love photos also!

  3. Gorgeous card and ornament, love the photos, too. Have a fun day, hugs, Valerie

  4. Stunning wow and totally gorgeous hunny, love them!!!! your card is full of lovely layers and details like usual, the decoration is out of this world, loving the bling and fab design,and i don't really normally do gold, lol
    How on earth do you get animals to feed from your hand? our wild life scarper as soon as they see you, that's if you get to see them in the first place, lol
    hugs Liz xx

  5. Fantastic card and ornament I am sure Lisa is thrilled with both of them. Great photos as always

    Off to check what Anne sent for you

    Love Chrissie xx

  6. Stunning Secret Santa gifts Pamellia xx I am sure Lisa will love them xx I am sure your Secret Santa card and gifts from Anne are wonderful too..great clock face xx

    Merry Christmas
    Annie x

  7. Oh my, what an absolutely stunning card, Lisa will surely treasure this beauty and as for the ornament, it is quite exquisite Pamellia. You have adorned the graceful prancing deer so beautifully with the gems and pearls and the gorgeous sparkling topping - just stunning! How very kind to give me another shout out too.

    I love your photos today, it is so wonderful to see the bird and squirrel eating from your hand, they clearly have such amazing trust and confidence in you and it is a delight to see. Great quote too.

    It has been fantastic sharing in the Secret Santa with you and my lovely teamies, it is always such a joy to give and receive handmade gifts! Thank you Pamellia! Hugs, Anne xxx

  8. Yet more astonishing makes, Pamellia, to be treasured for sure! Have a great weekend! xxx

  9. Oh, wow!! I'm sure that Lisa will ADORE this card and the amazing ornament, they both are gorgous and full of wonderful details!!! The ornament is just breathtaking, it will look wonderfully on the tree!
    Love very much seeing you while feed the cute free animals and the quote you write "The kindness one does for an animal may not change the world...but, it will change the world for that one animal" is exactly what I think. Thanks for sharing! I'm happy you come again in The Shire, all the free soul there needing you
    Big hugs

  10. Well you friend is going to LOVE your gift to her ... Gorgeous work Pamellia! I did stop by Anne's blog and stayed so long checking out all her amazing work ... I didn't see the squirrel yet but I'll stop by again later ... I'm fortunate to have met Anne this year too! Have a beautiful day and I just love those photos ... the animals obviously adore you!

  11. Pamellia, I know that Lisa must have had tears of joy when she opened your gift! This card is a gift in itself, and it will take me all day to take in all the details! Thank you for the shout out, and I'm happy you found some use for the snowflakes! Your ornament is breathtaking, and I cannot believe all the gorgeous blingy details you have added! Again, I could sit and stare for hours! I've really enjoyed the Secret Santa, and want to thank you for suggesting it and for pulling it all together for our amazing team! Sending lots of love and a big hug! PS Love your quote and of course, your amazing photos! Now I'm off to see what Anne created for you!

  12. Lisa is one lucky lady to receive a glorious and magnificent gift from yourself X love the cute photo of you feeding that adorable squirrel X thanks for sharing x

  13. Your card for Lisa is beautiful. She will love it and the fabulous ornament you made for her.

  14. I'm sure Lisa will cherish this gorgeous card and tree ornament so vintage . Love all the layers and little embellishments that are tucked away . Have a great weekend .

  15. As amazing as your pictures are, it is even more stunning in person!! I wish I had words to tell you how much I treasure both of these, my dear friend!! They make me happy looking at them!! Your artistry is unmatched and I am so thankful for you gifting me with these!! I truly appreciate them...and you!! <3

    I am in awe of the animals eating from your hand...and you taking such amazing pictures of them one-handed!! How trusting they are of you!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Thank you again, Pamellia!! So very thankful!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  16. My goodness Pamellia! Lisa is one very lucky lady to be receiving this stunning card and your beautiful tree ornament. They are both fabulous!

  17. A glorious card and gift for Lisa, Pamellia - lucky woman! The gilded ornament will sparkle beautifully on the tree, and the card is so gorgeous with all those details and layers and dimension - a perfect-Pamellia card!
    Alison x

  18. Gorgeous cards and a a beautiful ornament, its a lovely idea you all had to have a Secret Santa event.
    Super photos, I was pleased to read that you are making new friends.
    Yvonne xx

  19. Stunning card & Gift for Lisa, love that amazing ornament you design, fabulous colour and bling.
    Cute photos.
    Hugs Pam x

  20. What a beautiful card and ornament! So special! I saw the gift and card you received from Anne--how perfect for you! Wonderful photos, too!

  21. Hi Pamellia
    Amazing card. The burgundy looks so rich and the ribbon is so pretty.
    As for the ornament, it's just marvellous. What a keepsake.
    Fat balls, seeds and chopped grapes are on the menu here. Just a pity they don't clean up after themselves lol!
    Ang x

  22. Hi, Pamellia! I can just imagine Miss Mermaid's delight upon receiving and opening your precious package! Your card looks exactly like Lisa, and I know your charming creativity touched her heart to the core. I could hear her squeals of happiness all the way in Florida as she proudly decorated her tree with that incredible ornament! Wow! It's a beauty! Thanks for sharing how you put it together. I can hardly wait to see what your Secret Santa sent your way!

    Your new friends are sweet, Pamellia. The grey in this little squirrel is the color of our squirrels here.

    Huggers, de

  23. Pamellia your craft projects are amazing - love them both, and they are so very different.
    Your bird photo is stunning, and that wee squirrel looks gorgeous

  24. What a beautiful card an ornament. I'm sure your friend will love them. Your creativity is amazing as well as your photography. TFS

  25. Ooooooh, Pamellia, I am completely blown away, again! I could sit and stare at your spectacular card and a breathtakingly beautiful Christmas ornament for hours! These are masterpieces of art! I am sure Lisa was over the moon happy when she opened the gift from you!

    I've so enjoyed the Secret Santa and I want to thank you for your fantastic idea! I feel so proud to call you a friend!

    I completely agree with that so true quote and I adore your photography! Another fabulous portion of beauty from you! Thank you so much again, my sweet friend!
    Sending lots of love to you! Branka xx

  26. Both card and ornament are incredibly beautiful as always Pamellia, your ability to combine so many elements together is amazing and I love looking at each new and delightful creation. I'm sure Lisa loves them too xxx

  27. Stunning card Pamellia, the richness of the burgundy ribbon against the white is fabulous, and what a beautiful ornament,a wonderful keepsake.
    I love that your little friends feed from your hand, they must really trust you, amazing, Kate x

  28. ooooooh nooooo, you misunderstood it - I am Lisa, not Lisa is Lisa. Ha ha ha :D
    I so love your card and ornament and I popped over to the blog to check out your awesome present. Blimey I am so jealous ha ha! You guys deserve what you get from each other, I am always happy when I see people having special friendships and I wish our world was full of love and friendly people just like you! Beautiful animal shots too!
    xoxo, Ally

  29. Well this card is a treasure indeed! The layers of burlap, lace and pom pom fringe are enchanting against the beautiful papers you used. I just love the "bough" of natural elements juxtaposed against the Santa image, how perfect! And the exquisite ornament is a wonder to behold! How very lucky Lisa is to receive these treasures, how lucky indeed! I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas. Big hugs, Autumn

  30. I think we all wish we were Lisa LOL. GORGEOUS card and gift. Both with all the beautiful details and love you use to make all your projects.
    Love the bird photo and the squirrel, it's wonderful how they trust you to be so close. I've done my bit the bird food has gone out as it does everyday, we even had a new visitor today, so we were thrilled.

  31. Gorgeous make Pamellia! Love the card red and gold, so festive and glamorous.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  32. Firstly let me say a huge thank you for doing the Secret Santa and creating the Anything Bit Cute challenge blog and DT. We greatly appreciate you and all you do! So lucky to be involved with this team and also to know you. This card is superdupercalifragilisticly awesome sauce and the ornament is breathtaking. The snowflake die is super and the clock is duper and the layers are Wowzers! Loves it! And so enjoy the pics as well. Huge Hugz to you muffin and Merry Christmas! ~Doc

  33. What a stunning gift and card I'm sure Lisa will treasure for years to come, love them.
    Julie x

  34. Definitely not cute, but instead gorgeous! LOVE all the!

  35. Absolutely stunning!!! Gorgeous papers and fabulous elements! I love your ornament...such a treasure! I am sure Lisa will love it!!! Handmade gifts are the best!
    Spectacular creations!
    Sherrie K

  36. Fabulous card but stunning ornament
    Carol x

  37. You spoil us with two gorgeous makes, both are amazing. You card is stunning, beautiful papers, great sentment and I love all of the lace and charms. Fabulous tree hanging, just look at all that bling, I bet it really chatches the light hanging from the tree.

    Dionne xx

  38. Lucky Lisa and lucky you (I have already seen Annes gift and card for you!) Garn! You've shown that beautiful nuthatch eating out your hand again!! See the green eyes!! Hugs, Chrisx