Friday, 24 December 2010

Altered Matchbox Gift

Yippee!!! Christmas Eve!!! I love Christmas Eve don't you??? I love all the yummy smells in the kitchen from all the preparations for Christmas dinner and wrapping all the presents after the children have gone to sleep before arranging them downstairs for that big WOW moment in the morning!!! I can't wait to see their faces tomorrow, especially my little girl, we have got her the most gorgeous wendy house which we will have up ready for when she enters the sitting room!
As it is Christmas Eve I wanted to share a very special project with you all that I made at the beginning of December. My lovely Simon Says Stamp team mates and I exchanged decorated match boxes in pairs as a Christmas gift and this is the one I made. As you can see it is very Tim Holtz inspired!! I created the paper myself by swiping different distress inks onto a non stick craft sheet and spraying with pearl glimmer mist before blotting the paper onto it. I then stamped Magnolia snowflakes over the top with faded jeans distress ink. It is very shimmery in real life!

I followed Tim's tutorial for making grunge roses from last year's twelve tags and was really pleased how they turned out. I've made one before and it didn't quite work and then I realised I'd been doing the centre petals incorrectly LOL!! These are made from grungeboard coloured with distress inks and gold cosmic shimmer. I've also added some rock candy stickles to them, they look so frosty! The holly leaves are also cut from grungeboard with a sizzix die.

I photocopied a carol from one of my music books called "Lo how a rose" (to tie in with the roses!) and tore it into strips and inked with antique linen distress ink.

Underneath the music paper is a row of snowflakes cut with Tim's snowflake on the edge die from white felt. I added stickles to it for a frosty look and a gemstone to the centre of the largest snowflake.

I inked the edges of the matchbox drawer with walnut stain distress ink before covering it with a piece of lace. The handle is made from a spacer and a pearl brad, both from The Hobby House.

I lined the matchbox drawer with the rest of my photocopied music paper strips! Hope you like it and thank you so much for taking time out of your Christmas Eve to look at it!!



Tracey T said...

Merry Christmas, Jane! I love the matchbox - the roses are absolutely beautiful. Have a lovely holiday. Hugs, Tracey xx

Louise said...

It´s beautiful Jane :)
So are you in the WOJ christmas greetings video :) Think to be so calm and steady...Loved it!
Merry christmas :)

Renkata said...

wow Jane, that is such a magical and romantic gift idea. beautifly done.
Merry Christmas!

Kelly Massman said...

Gorgeous! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Love your roes they are beautiful. What die did you use to cut them out with?

Cordine said...

It's absolutely stunning! Happy holidays to you and your family.