Friday, 16 March 2012

It's All About The Shamrocks

The theme for March over on the Flickr
Monthly Matchbox Swap
Is “all about the Shamrock”.
  We had to alter a matchbox and there had to be a shamrock 
or shamrocks in or on the outside of the box. 

I found an image with a shamrock on in the

I printed it out on copy paper and adhered it to a piece of cardstock to give it a bit of body.  Before adhering it to the front of the matchbox, I threaded some green beads on a thin piece of green ribbon and looped it at either side of the box.  I edged the shamrock on the image with Stickles (lime green).

For the drawer inside the matchbox, I coloured the ends with Distress Ink (peeled paint) and found a large green bead which I used as the drawer pull by inserting a brad through the middle and securing to the inside of the drawer.

I lined the inside of the drawer with bright green fabric 
and filled it with little green treasures
(and a couple of silver coloured ones too - including a little shamrock charm
which I didn't even know I had until I looked in my stash!)

For the swap we could include an optional Artist Trading Card (ATC).  I used the same image (again stuck onto cardstock) edged with distress ink (peeled paint) and then gold marker).  For the main background I coloured some kitchen roll tissue with the same distress ink and applied it to the card with Mod Podge.  Finished it off with more of the thin green ribbon and another metal shamrock charm (I had two!) coloured with Alcohol Ink (lettuce).

Thanks for looking, and a Happy St Patrick’s Day
to you for tomorrow - if celebrate it.

I'm linking this up to the following challenge blogs:
Inspiration Journal
Go Green-A Color Challenge

Take A Word
Simon Says Stamp! Challenge Blog 


JoAnne said...

That box is adorable Sherry! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lins Artyblobs said...

It's amazing what you find when you're not looking for something specific, but when you are, you can never find it! Maybe you found it because of the theme, the good luck charm found you?

Deborah said...

None more green - wonderful :-) A fried who used to live in Chicago told me on St Patrick's Day they dye the Chicago River green!

Twinkle Star said...

I really love your altered matchboxes - you are so clever. Beautiful St. Patrick's Day version, well done x

May said...

Fabulous creation Sherry! love it, Happy St Patrick's day, Hugs May x x x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous altered box, love the little green men.
Yvonne x

Jackie said...

They are both fabulous!

My name is Cindy said...

That is just darling!! (Your blog is jingling at me......... what's that about?)

Cindy Is Crafty said...

They are flippin' fabulous, Sherry! Love them both!

Lesley said...

That is adorable Sherry. I had fun making mine as well but haven't posted it yet on my blog.
Must get it out in the mail soon as well.
I often find things after the fact, so glad you found that lucky charm now while you could put it to good use.
Have a super weekend.
Les xo

Createology said...

Happy St. Patricks day indeed Sherry Sister. Your Shamrock matchbox and ATC are divine. Lucky days to you dear...

Healing Woman said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you Sherry. The boxes are just so over the top! I love each one of them. What a special way to celebrate. Love the little knob and your working in the distressed ink.

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

You did a fantastic job with the Shamrock theme Sherry...Just love what you did with the ribbon and beads...lovely image too :)
Jan x

Terry said...

Sherry, I would not even have a clue how to start! This is amazing as are all of your matchboxes! The ATC is equally fabulous! Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Ira Huberts said...

Brilliant box and matching ATC card Sherry! And such pretty contents, too!!

PeggyR said...

I love them! Also love the one you sent to me and the wired things you included inside!

Sam said...

Always love your altered matchboxes Sherry and this one is great, love the St Patricks theme and all the treasures inside x

Renee Stien said...

ooh Sherry - how cool is this! Hope you enjoyed your st pat's weekend

Mandy said...

Sherry this are fabulous, just perfect for our challenge :)
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx