"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

Friday, September 25, 2009

Altered Matchbox - for a Yahoo Inchie Swap

The tissue paper I used to line the box is actually the placemat from the Atlanta Cheesecake Cafe where I have lunch sometimes. (Everyone who eats there now knows to bring me back their placemats!) The tigers and balls are actually beads I bought to make earrings. My daughters who live in the Cincinnati area are (or were) fans of the Cincinnati Bengals football team. Unfortunately, the team has not been doing so well, so I never made the earrings. I like the beads much better on the box! The brass medallion that the tiger is standing on is also an item I purchased to use with beading.

This is the bottom of the box.

The group that sponsored this swap is Addicted to Inchies, and if YOU are 'addicted to inchies,' please join us! We have a lot of fun and the members of this group are SO creative!

Here's the matchbox that I got!

Here is the beautiful matchbox I received from Becky of the Addicted to Inchies group. It is beautifully distressed and looks like a keepsake I may have had for a long time. (It will become that eventually!) She included four inchies (which was a requirement) and also lots of other 'stuff.' The pile to the right is blank inchies which she made. The round one is AWESOME! The picture does not do it justice. The patina on this makes it look just incredible. She also included some neat brads including locks and keys.

Becky's first love and favorite theme is butterflies. Someday I will make a butterfly matchbox for her.

Monday, September 21, 2009


These cards were made for a local Meetup trade this weekend. The theme was 'woman as goddess.' I had a hard time with this subject, but this is what I came up with. The fifteen cards were created on three different collage backgrounds I made utilizing paper and organza.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Practice for Wednesday's Class

We're going to paint this scene in an autumn motif in our class this week. Painting this by myself was a good exercise - it just shows me how much I don't know and need to learn!


I made this ATC in June for a swap that is just now ending. The 'moon' is made from pearly polymer clay.