The cosy warmth of friendship on a winter’s day.

Hello Everyone
To start this brand new week I am sharing an altered matchbox I made using a Nicecrane image, an image from that beautiful set called Vintage Women’s Christmas.
matchboxMatchboxes are always a fabulous item to alter and I need to point you in the direction of my lovely art friend, Marie @ Lost Bird Studio as she is surely the Queen of Matchboxes (also the Queen of Soldering!).
Such a sweet image.  If you are interested I printed this onto low glossy cardstock which I then edged with vintage mica flakes (Luna Silver).nicecraneimageOpened, ready to be filled with treats.matchboxopen
Layers of paint (the colour quality is poor, photograph taken when there was barely any daylight. I used Martha Stewart Sea Lavender, a mother of pearl/silver paint (from a supermarket) and gilding wax) and the snowflake stencil (from That’s Crafty) which has appeared on nearly everything I have made for this Christmas and more mica flakes. snowflakesGauze softens the effect.sideimageofbox A Prima natural icon star has been given the sparkle treatment! detail2Thank you for visiting my first post of this week. I really have too much I should have been sharing by now so if possible I aim to schedule as many posts as possible so that I can share all Christmas related samples before the 25th.
Have a wonderful week and here’s to it not being too stressful for you.

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marianne
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 03:07:35

    Lynne, how very sweet and lovely! I love the color you chose, and the image is as sweet as can be. The embellishments work beautifully, and the gauze really gives the effect you were looking for. How sweet to receive a little gift in that, or to keep trinkets for crafting. Creating sweetens the soul.

    Marianne xo


  2. 3renee
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 03:09:19

    Ahh! it doesn’t get much sweeter than this. Love it.


  3. Suzy Quaife
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 03:41:18

    Hello Dear Lynne This is truly a beautiful piece – I loved the altered matchboxes
    but haven’t created one as yet. You have such a gorgeous image of the two girls here and it really would make a beautiful gift in itself. I just opened a little Giveaway
    from Marie with some beautiful soldered pieces. I just can’t believe me luck!
    She certainly is the Queen of soldering.
    I love your snowflake stencil – it’s gorgeous! Beautiful work!
    I hope you are keeping snug and warm as I think of you during these cold Wintery days.
    Sending hugs,


  4. Rita
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 04:54:00

    Absolutely Stunning . This is something I have never done Lynne. I hope you have a Good Week too. Hugs Rita xxx


  5. may
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 06:35:27

    Gorgeous altered box… Love the image & wonderful texture… Love the added festive sparkle… simply Beautiful… Hugs May x x x


  6. Hazel H
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 08:19:13

    A wonderful altered matchbox – the image is lovely.
    xxx Hazel.


  7. valerie-Jael
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 08:20:12

    Beautiful, Lynne, you have transformed this one into something very special. Valerie


  8. Anne R
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 08:34:09

    The Nicecrane image is so beautiful and looks stunning on your matchbox. I love the way you have softened the edges with the gauze and the star with the pearl is delightful. I am so looking forward to seeing more of your Christmas themed makes. Hugs, Anne x


  9. rachel fisher
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:06:31

    I love this Lynne – absolutely gorgeous sparkle and texture – beautiful xx


  10. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:29:45

    Your altered matchbox looks so sweet with the wishes and the vintage look Lynne!

    kind regards, Alie 🙂


  11. butterfly
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:37:49

    Oh, what a delight! I love those shabby snowflakes, and Ignacio’s image is perfectly deployed – fabulous!
    Alison xx


  12. Marilyn J. Rock
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:16:00

    This is so charming and beautiful! xo


  13. Julie Lee
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 12:43:07

    Gorgeous, an icy crystalline little gem of a matchbox! I am in awe of your creativity! Julie Ann xx


  14. hettiecraft
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 13:22:50

    This is beautiful Lynne. I just know that this box will be liked as much as the contents.


  15. coco
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 16:59:41

    This is a wonderful matchbox, a pure delight Lynne…! I have a Sizzix die matcbox never used yet, I’m going to keep in mind your beautiful sample thanks! Have a good evening, Coco xx


  16. Doreen
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 17:37:57

    This is just gorgeous,love the


  17. nicecrane
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 18:06:11

    OMG Lynne,, this match box is a true Play of Art,,,,,, my friend,,,,,I want a one,m I want,,,,,,so cute, so vintage, such a lot of details,,,,,thanks for using my sheets,,,,my friend,,,.You are Rock.


  18. Samantha Read
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 18:29:45

    Breathtakingly beautiful, and from a humble matchbox, genius! xx


  19. Suze
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 19:24:00

    Oh wow Lynne, absolutely gorgeous. Xx


  20. Dorthe
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 20:47:22

    Dear Lynne,
    your matchbox is such a most beautiful altered piece of christmas spirit ,when it is most lovely and wonderful. The image is surely beautiful, and the pasted snowflakes are masterly looking, and gives such a gorgeous snow feeling . I love the star and glitter, ..I`m sure you know, dear friend 🙂
    Absolutely gorgeous box to decorate your house this month.
    Sweet greetings,
    Dorthe xx


  21. valerie
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 20:52:04

    Fabulous altered matchbox Lynne, love those images:) Sorry for lack of commenting lately but I wish you a very happy Christmas and a creative New year:)
    Val x


  22. craftytrog
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 21:07:02

    It’s divine!!! xxx


  23. Meggymay
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 21:17:28

    This looks stunning a super alteration.


  24. Deborah (rustycage11)
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 09:30:44

    Delightful, Lynne.


  25. Ira
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 10:02:29

    A stunningly beautiful looking matchbox Lynne, wow, you certainly created a fine piece of art again!
    Ira’s Crea Corner


  26. Wendy
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 10:13:31

    It’s so gorgeous Lynne! I still have to make one for someone and yours is truly inspiring. Okay, off to the worktable it is before I’m loosing it again 🙂 Hugs, Wendy


  27. Odetta
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:59:46

    Dear Lynne, Thank you for your sweet comment! I really had a good time visiting your blog and admiring your beautiful creations! Kind regards, Odetta


  28. Corrie Herriman
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 14:10:37

    Love this, even without any goodies in it, it is a treasure !
    Corrie x


  29. Terry
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 14:45:31

    Lynne, this matchbox is a beautiful alteration! So many lovely and wintery elements and the mica flakes framing that sweet image is stunning! Love this! Hugs!


  30. Kate
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 01:13:24

    Your matchbox is magical. I love the mica flakes. It sparkles fabulously! & oh what texture!


  31. MarieS.
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 12:19:22

    My dear Lynne,
    I’m just transferring the crown to you:) Yor matchbox is magical and I love the stenciled stars.Have a lovely day.
    Sending Christmas hugs,


  32. Sharon
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 07:26:54

    Beautiful and what a gorgeous image!


  33. Julie
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 12:47:17

    This is so beautifully vintage Lynne. Love it.


  34. Sandy Dehon
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 22:12:23

    Beautiful but I must say – all of your makes are beautiful. Such a sweet and loving image.


  35. Buttons
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 21:04:41

    Absolutely LOVE the way you’ve used this wonderful image Lynne. Jenny x


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