Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A couple Christmas Projects

I saw this idea a long time ago - don't even remember where - to decorate a matchbox to give with a candle gift. I could not find a large pack of matches, so this one is a very small box that I found in the camping supplies at the local thrift store. I've had these little jingle bells in my craft stash for SEVERAL years and was never real sure just what to do with them...until this year! I should have thought of this sooner!

The only thing that is wrapped completely around the box is the twine. I didn't want to cover up too much of the strike area for lighting the matches. I think I've mentioned before how much I LOVE my Xyron sticker maker!
I think it was a couple years ago that I went to Archiver's with my friend, Suzanne, and we made frames. Since then I've made a couple - they are really simple to make! When my oldest moved out on her own, she requested a frame and picked out the paper. Here is the end results:

I hope it's not to frilly for her, but her sister has assured me that it is not and that Brianna will love it.
I inked the edges of the frame with gold ink - I can't remember who makes it, but it's in the shape of a teardrop. The paper already had gold accents, kinda marble-like or crackled, but I added some more just for good measure! :) Before I added the paper to the border, I inked the edges of the paper as well.
Hemmed & hawed about whether to use gold or pearl accents, but I'm glad I went with it a softer look I think.
The flowers were sprayed with gold Glimmer Mist and swiped the edges with gold ink.

I placed a picture from Brianna's graduation party of the 4 of us in sepia tones in the opening - looks good! I hope she likes fingers are crossed!

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