Thursday, 30 September 2010

Countdown to Christmas - Matchbox Madness!

I've finally finished altering my 25 matchboxes for the Countdown to Christmas swap being hosted by Linda on her blog A Swap For All Seasons.  I don't think I've ever been as Christmassy this early on in the year before.

I won't reveal the little gifts hidden inside the matchboxes (although you may already have an inkling if you've read my previous posts).

Here are some close up photos and a little about what I did.

Vintage -  I used rub on images from La Blanche (from QVC), the edges are coloured with gold pen and ribbons to finish off.

Postage Stamps (UK) - Scrapbook paper base, then stuck on an used Christmas postage stamp (from years gone by).  I used a rubber stamp from Hero Arts (Peace On Earth Stamp) to overstamp some postage markings.  Again gold pen edging and some ribbons to finish off.

Postage Stamps (Overseas) - Similar to above, but used overseas postage stamps this time and instead of edging with a gold pen, Star Dust coloured Stickles (they don't show up in the photo).  Embellishments and ribbon to finish off.

Cute-sy Snowmen -  postage stamps (UK) again which had snowmen on and I had these snowmen embellishments which matched just fine. 

Gingerbread Men and Rudolf -  Scrapbook paper base and just made a feature of the embellishment with matching ribbon (and Gold Stickles!)

More Vintage -  Finally, some more using rub on images from La Blanche, but instead of gold pen edging, more of the Star Dust Stickles around the edges.

All that remained was to package them up individually and get ready for posting out tomorrow.

Thanks for a great swap Linda!


Mrs A. said...

These are fab Sherry. Hope I get one in the swap!!

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Whooo, Sherry these are Great!! I especially love the first lot of Vintage ones!! So sweet! :)
Keeping my festive fingers crossed that I get one of yours!!
Sherry, if you ever fancy a 1-2-1matchbox swap, let me know ;)

Jan x

Meggymay said...

They are all gorgeous Sherry, a wonderful way to celebrate Advent.

Createology said...

You really put a lot of work and thought into these wonderful matchbox swap gifts. Happy swapping...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Even the packaging is out of this world. Your attention to detail is incredible. I truly wish we lived closer. I'd come over with my mug of coffee that probably holds more than your cup (saw in WOYWW post) and we would play all day and into the night!! We could play with fabric, die cuts, paper, and even make a few dresses (for our Dress Up projects). Your art is unbelievable. Can you tell how impressed I am?

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Ho-Ho-holy Moly! They are awesome, Sherry!

Dee said...

They all look gorgeous.

Dee xx

Terry said...

Sherry, your altered match boxes are spectacular. I thought I was impressed with how much beauty can go into an ATC, but you amazed me with Match Boxes! Beautiful! Thank you so much for being a part of my DT announcement - excitement! Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

I just had to come and see the finished articles, they're absolutely superb, I'm sure the recipients will be delighted.


Deborah said...

What a fantastic selection of Christmassy matchboxes, Sherry! I'd be more than happy to receive an EMPTY one. And I love your packaging (I bet "England, UK" confuses a few people LOL).

Gez said...

Wow! Sherry you did it! Sorry I am so late catching up with your blog. I am suffering from vertigo & not getting much done at all :(
Well Done these are beautiful crafted.xx

Claire said...

WOW! These are absolutly fabulous - just found this from your WOYWW post and what a great idea! Well Done you, each one has obviousbly been made with great care and attention to detail - it must have felt like a great achievement to have made the last one - even the little packaging is so cute :-)

nancy said...

Sherry, these are great! I did quite a few for my advent calendar last year and they were such fun. I'm stealing some of your ideas, by the way!

paulaexuk said...

Gosh Sherry, these are wonderful. Wish I had known about this swap. You have put a lot of thought and effort into the little boxes, whoever gets them will be very happy I am sure.
Seasons greetings to you and your family

Angela said...

Oh I would have loved to have one of your beautiful vintage matchboxes in the 25 Days swap! It's already upon us! Have fun!!

von Hand zu Hand said...


I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

doro K.