Monday, May 19, 2014

Matchbox Magic

Swaps...that's what I've been doing lately.  I've had nights of great inspiration in which I actually get really far in completing these swap projects.  The next swap due is an altered mini matchbox of which I got great assignments that brought inspiration with them.  (So much so that I did the one for my sister I shared last time).  I'm about to send those off so I can share them with you.  Another swap involved three separate projects.  I had started them but not gotten very far (enough so to make another project for my sister that you saw, the altered spoons).  I'm still finishing up the last spoon but there was a night when I was able to finish all the spots I signed up for!  When does inspiration ever hit like that?!?!? So I stayed up till 3 a.m. to finish!  I will share those soon, minus the chip clips because my sister will be getting some and I want her be surprised.  But today I will share the mini matchboxes I did for my secret sisters.  One of them loves zombies (hard for me since this is the one thing that legitimately freaks me out!) and the other one loves France and WW2.  I got creative with my banner punch and printed mini pins and posters for both.  I even made a "Zombie Antidote" jar I saw on Pinterest.  So enjoy the pics and I hope to post again soon with more projects and art journaling.

The package I received from my very first Secret Sister swap!

Zombie mini matchbox and goodies


WW2/France mini matchbox and goodies (including handmade Scrabble charm!)


Close up of Scrabble charm

Saturday, May 10, 2014


The question mark is because I have had bursts of creative inspiration (thanks mostly to the swaps my sister has turned me on to) but I have had major stalls as well.  For instance I completed one more of the Journal 52 prompts which has me up to week 7...of 19! Sigh.  However I was inspired as I was making mini matchboxes and altered metal spoons for swaps to make some items for my sister who happens to have a new crush on Jensen Ackles.  They came out pretty cute and I plan on making a Jeremy Renner spoon for myself.  I did have a small celebration with my husband for Cinco de Mayo but all in all very mild.  In other exciting news my cousin had her baby and it was a girl ( I think I'm at a 97% success rate at guessing a baby's sex).  She's adorable and I hope my cousin doesn't mind me posting one little picture of Bug.  Well here's hoping for some creativity for one and all.

Week Six: The Lost Art of Love Letters

Jensen Ackles altered spoon

The altered matchbox with goodies including an altered scrabble charm

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Little one day old Bug