Saturday, 30 July 2011

"Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens"

These are a few of my favourite things - well not mine exactly, or my swap partners for the July Matchbox swap on Flickr, but that was the theme -
'My Favourite Things'.

I was selected to alter a matchbox for
Gail aka heydiggity on Flickr.

Gail listed some of her favourite things as vintage, shabby chic and Paris.

I covered the box with some of the tissue tape from Tim Holtz -
the one with the French text on, I can't remember what it's called.
I coloured over the top in parts with some blue metallic rub on paste.

The flower is made from denim and lace.
I found a great tutorial on YouTube which uses the Bigz Die from
Sizzix/Alterations 'tattered florals' - or any other flower die.
You can find it here.

I cut another piece of the denim to line the inside of the matchbox
and rubber stamped a suitable Parisian image on
(from Crafty Individuals)

I edged the drawer with some lace and added a
Hitch Fastener from Tim Holtz idea-ology range for the drawer pull.

Inside, I filled with a few bits and pieces
and some Eiffel Tower earrings.

I know Gail has received the matchbox now
and am delighted to hear that she likes it.

I received a beautiful matchbox today from
Lynne in Australia
 (who was selected to alter a box for me)
 and it can be seen on her
Flickr photostream here.

Thanks for looking!


Mrs A. said...

Super little matchbox you have done here Sherry. (I sat this one out as I was clueless about what to put in the box.) Love the blue theme and think yhou got the requirements spot on. Hugs Mrs A.

Terry said...

Well your swap partner is going to flip over this altered matchbox. Perfect creation and I will have to go check out that video! Thanks for sharing!

PetraB said...

The matchbox looks gorgeous, lucky Gail! And thank you so much for the link to the tutorial.

Pattie said...

Hi Sherry how you doing lol,I must say this is the prettiest altered matchbox i,ve ever seen ! well done,I must get back to my Flickr pals,to much going on at the mo,but i will be back !xxx

Cindy Is Crafty said...

Awesome matchbox, Sherry! I love the vintage feel of it. Do you use real matchboxes or create them?

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Loving your french inspired, shabby box :) Your handmade flower is gorgeous Sherry, off to check out that link for making them -Thank you x

Sam said...

Super matchbox! Love the flower and you really have captured the parisian shabby chic feel x

Jan said...

Love the shabbiness of it alll and the use of denim. Lovely little box x

Ira said...

You are so good at altering match boxes Sherrie! This one is no exception, it's a real beauty with the denim!! Hugs, Ira

Lesley said...

Oh Sherry, Gail is sure to love this. Thanks for the link to making that flower. Now that I have wireless I can watch vids, yippee.
The deets on this box is wonderful. I am so addicted to making these now. I am so glad we have a great group to swap with.
So glad you are in the group.

Laurie said...

That denim looks great -- you've inspired me to go the extra mile for my next matchbook swap, too. I almost bought some denim jeans with a really cool sort of raised imprint on them at the thrift store to use as fabric the other day (but I just couldn't think of a use for them and I need to stop buying what I don't know for sure I'm going to use); I wish I'd read this first!

Netty said...

Oh wow Sherry this is totally fabulous. x