Tuesday, August 2, 2011

My Mini Match Box Challenge and the flying unicorn August Kit of the Month

I'm excited to present my first challenge as a brand new CT at the flying unicorn forum. It was announced Sunday that I'm on the Product Creative Team so you'll see that I talk a lot about product in the descriptions of my examples.

My August challenge is to create any project that includes a small matchbox ( 2 inches x 1-1/2 inches ). Must be new as of Aug 1st and is due by the end of the month in my challenge section of the forum at the flying unicorn. Complete challenge details can be found there.  I hope to see you there!


This first one uses the entire box. The flying unicorn flower pack came packaged on a page of text. As I read the paragraphs, I discovered they were about a girl's coming out dance and the dress she was getting, white with pearls. I immediately thought of a trinket box. I took apart the matchbox sleeve in order to spray the inside with Adirondack Butterscotch Color Wash. I then glued the text on top and glued the edge back together. The decorating included topping it off with a blue Zva Creative flower from the flying unicorn store.

This second example uses just the inside of the box, or the "drawer". When browsing the internet for ideas, I can across some match box "people" which inspired me think about the Wizard of Oz characters. I decided to try creating a tin man. I painted the box metallic silver. In the book, the tin man gets a red satin heart. In the movie, he gets a "tick tock" clock. So I combined the two in a bottlecap. I used Graphic 45 The Magic of Oz paper collection and fussy cut the tin man out. He currently is displayed as an embellishment on G45 Tenderhearted Tin Man paper. I spied these papers in the flying unicorn store. Wouldn't a steampunk Wizard of Oz or the wicked witch with her striped stockings look great?

My third example is an ATC shrine. You can find a template on the internet. This requires some additional design work in order to create a shadow box that is ATC size (3-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches).  Mine uses a Gecko Galz image which is swinging freely inside the shadow box.  You've seen this one before.

This is the wonderful prize to be given to the winner of my challenge.  Winner will be chosen at random from the entries.  The prize is sponsored by Alda Stevens, founder, at the flying unicorn:

The August Kit of the Month, Whispering Memories, is up for sale at the flying unicorn store.  Act fast before it's completely sold out! Look for the kit name at the top of the left sidebar here at the store.

Here's a great video showing the products in the kit. Please pause my Mixpod music on my sidebar before starting the video.


Micupoftea~ said...

The Tin Man is inspired! LOVE it~

craftattack said...

Great ways of jazzing up math boxes! Valerie

Sharon said...

Oh wow I love all of your projects!!!

Denise said...

I adore these! That Tin Man is sooo creative!

Anonymous said...

Well done, my friend! I see Blogger won't let me be...again. opossumqueen1955@yahoo.com aka SusanK

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Big Time Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a huge fan of altered matchboxes as they are such fun to create. Your samples are incredible as you have used them with such imaginations.

Terry said...

All three matchboxes are beautifully transformed! Congratulations!

Lynn Stevens said...

Great samples!!! Love the tinman!
hugs Lynn

Lori said...

Wow, these are all awesome, Helene! That tinman is spectacular!

Chriss said...

Congrats on you CT position - I can't wait to see what you create. I love the Tin Man and your shrine is still beautiful!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wonderful creations with a Matchbox- I so love the Tin Man. Thanks for sharing lots of great ideas.

Gerri Herbst said...

Stunning match boxes, every one! Wonderful post too. Now I get it, being so new to the Flying unicorn group, I can definitely learn from you. Can the CT join the challenges too? take care, gerri

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Congrats on being CT member, love your match boxes, especially the Wizard of Oz character.

Sandi said...

Congrats again on the CT position! What a fantastic start - your projects are amazing!

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