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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Halloween matchbox I made for my partner.

I had loads of spooky fun creating this matchbox for my partner Karen.  We were asked to make 4 handmade items, and they did not all have to fit in the box.  I made some things that would not fit in the box, and some that would go in there.  But the box was full.  I don't like super gothic, or scary, but I did want to have it look very old almost victorian halloweenish!  I hope it doesn't look to gothic/
So I  made this chipboard faux coffin for the top, an decorated it with ribbon roses and velvety leaves.
One thing that did not fit inside was this witchy tag book.  I wish I had one of these to keep.  
I went through my stash and found these Alice in Wonderland halloween images by graphics 45.  I also purchased digitally the antique witch images from Etsy for this tag book.
I pulled out the meanings of words like Witch, ghost and vampire from a very old dictionary, and embellished.  The spider rub-ons looked a little bit to real, cause I kept trying to kill that little spider on this tag.
Got some cute quotes of some vintage postcards.

All 10 tags put together with a ring
Some of the other things inside the box.  Notice the rope pendant.  I don't know what it is, I just know that it is very old~it looks like it is made out of floss.  A crystal chandelier prism that is definitely vintage, a little vintage doily, which the lace on it reminds me of a beautiful spider web, a vial of black german glass glitter and other stuff.
a cello bag of buttons and earrings that I made.  
I framed this image with an old part of a buckle and crepe paper ruffle
This thick domino was just asking to be decorated.
the back of the domino
 I put this necklace together for Karen and decided it needed it's own display card, so it did not go into the box either.  


Anonymous said...

OOOOHHHH Lucky Girl!!!!!!

Sheila said...

Oh, I love the coffin. What a great idea! Your partner is a lucky lady!

JoAnne said...

Karen is going to be blown away by all these amazing gifts you created Michele! Beautiful pieces!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Thank you so much for leaving such sweet comments on my blog! I had to come over and "visit" you. I love your site! You have so much talent and creativity. This is truly a gift! Many blessings to you!

DaCraftyLady said...

OMG i want the box...lol...those items are so great I loved the old sayings on the cards and all the details you have added...your partner is for sure a lucky lady, can't wait to see what you get...Debb

ShabbyESP said...

Hello Michele,
Loved all your Halloween creations you have shared with us.
Love the coffin!!!
Enjoy your weekend!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Annette Allen said...

wow so cool and very creative... I love it all...

ImagiMeri said...

Hey Sweetie,

Wowee, did you ever make some "Boo"tiful items to trade. Your partner is one lucky lady. I wish I had the time and energy to participate in swaps like this. Don't forget to show us what you get.


Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Just gorgeous!!!Love it.

Unknown said...

Karen is a very lucky swap partner. Love the box and all the fantastic goodies.
Thanks for stopping by my scary kids blog post.
I love creating for Halloween, looks like you do as well.

Erica said...

You send and receive so many lovely treasures! I enjoyed catching up on your blog today. The treasures from the expensive antique shop are a great find!
I need to join another matchbox swap soon!

Laurie said...

Michelle, you really do spoil your swap mates! Your box is out of this world!! And the JEWELRY you made -- wow -- that is one lucky gal!!

Lynn said...

Hello, I am a new follower! Oh my, your handmade items are wonderful!! I am drooling all over my keyboard. Thanks for sharing.
I look forward to seeing more of your crafts. I would love to do a swap sometime.

Linda said...

Wow! Karen is a lucky friend! You did a great job, Michele. Love it all!

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