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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Snow Altered Matchbox

My older daughter is teaching English in Korea and will be away from home for Christmas for the first time this year. Because she's overseas, I've been trying to think of small, lightweight items to send to her in a care package. I've purchased a few fun things, but didn't want her to be totally without a little handmade Christmas as well, so I altered this little matchbox for her. Hopefully it will remind her of home and her family that loves her.

The outside:

And the inside:

Simple, but sweet. Don't you love that tiny little man? He and the tree came from tinythingsarecute. I love their little supplies!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Santa's Here! Altoid Tin Ornament

We had a little Vintage Christmas Altered Altoid Tin swap on Craftster, and here's an ornament I made for my swap partner. I painted a lightweight wooden frame and added few rhinestones and a pretty metal flower. The little girl was adhered with foam squares, so she is raised up a bit from the background. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the tree is actually a bottle brush tree, decorated with crystal stars and red rhinestones. Santa's hat has a tiny pom pom at the tip.

And the back. I love this candy striped paper and the "Night Before Christmas" excerpt from Graphic 45. Almost all of the supplies for this ornament tin came from Alpha Stamps. They have tons of great supplies for Christmas crafting!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Christmas Houses

These masonite houses from Alpha Stamps came in a little set designed to make a tiny house book. I opted not to make the book, but instead decorated each one individually. I decorated the fronts with papers, trims, buttons, glitter, and images from AS collage sheets, and left the back plain with contrasting decorative paper. These will make great gift tags, which later can hang on the tree. The little size (they're 2" by 2") makes them quick and easy to decorate.
The first and third house from the left have little leftover pieces of other shrines layered on them to give them dimension.

More Christmas to come...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Come To The Big Top!

Now that Halloween is over, and before I jump too far into Christmas, I decided to do a few more circus tins for Etsy. There was a run on them last week! Here are the first two I did (both already sold). Although the tin on the right looks a bit distorted, it's fine. I caught a funny angle when I took the picture. 
I just placed an order for more clown heads. I know they creep a lot of people out, but I just love them.

Here's a circus wagon. I really love the way the wooden frame looks just like the edges of a vintage circus wagon. I painted it to match the striped paper on the sides and back, and then added some wooden spool wheels and some vintage circus images (all supplies from Alpha Stamps).

A little bit of the side:

I'd like to make a series of these wagons some day. Wouldn't a string of several of them look great together?
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