I wanted to share a little something with you from our Christmas day. We decided to do a treasure hunt for the girls this year. We don't do this every Christmas, but we had a big surprise for them this year :-)
Normal present opening was in the morning, at a respectable time of around 9am. We don't hurry in this house, as we like to stretch out Christmas Day as much as possible.
We enjoyed the time getting to see their faces and beaming smiles, as they opened their presents. Even though they are older now, I still love Christmas morning.
Anyways, the treasure hunt was planned for after dinner - see I did say I like to stretch Christmas as much as possible. We had a lovely Christmas meal, we don't do turkey in this house, chicken and all the lovely vegetables. My husband is the roast dinner chef in our house, so he gets to enjoy the cooking and I get to relax and enjoy the day.
Once we had finished eating and the dishes were cleared away, we gave each of the girls a little box with an ornament inside for the tree. On the pretence that it was just something little for them to add to the tree ;-)
The box was made using my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file from the very generous Bird of Birds Cards, Box 1 cutfile. I sized it to cut at 11" and ended up with a box that was 2 5/8" square. I added a little 2" rosette to the top of each box, with the girls initials on the top. Perfect.
The tag shape was used for all the clues, just resized accordingly and the text added.
I made the golden cracker with another file from Bird - Christmas Crackers file. I loved how the cracker turned out and it was so easy to put together - I will definitely be making more of these next year! The cracker was sized at 10.5" wide; finished length of cracker 9", with the body of the cracker being 5" long.
Next up, I made envelopes for the clues to go inside, using my WeRMemory Keepers envelope board. I love this board and once I used it once or twice, it was great and easy to use. Different sized envelopes as some of the clues were longer than others :-)
I wrote the number of the clue on the back of the envelope, just to remind me which clue was inside :-)
All the papers I used were from a DCWV 12 by 12 stack called Cup of Cheer.
They got so excited once they pulled the cracker and read the first clue, as they new the fun was about to begin.
I led them all over the house with 5 clues to find in total, leading them back to the family room for the last clue that would lead them to the surprise gift.
And this is what they received! Oh my, tears galore off not just the girls, even I cried to see how happy they were.
So, as you see they each got a laptop! And for added individuality I used my Silhouette Cameo to create some cut files and using vinyl made each of their laptops a lid art work.
For Shannon, she loves horses, so of course I had to place a horse on top.
For Emily, she loves wolves, therefore a wolf for Emily. Don't you just love the scene inside :-)
I love how they both turned out. One thing I did have to remember when making these was, as I was using the black of the laptop as the actual image, was to remove the correct parts of the vinyl. Normally, the black spaces would have been the vinyl and vice a versa.
So, not only did they love the surprise, when they opened the boxes, they had the additional surprise of finding the images - these were hidden by a sheet of paper on first opening the boxes :-)
My apologies for the long post. I hope you enjoyed a bit of my Christmas fun.
Wishing you all the very best for the rest of the Christmas Holidays and a Very Happy New Year to you all.
Thanks for stopping by today.