Saturday, May 21, 2011

Altered Matchboxes

Matchboxes are not just for matches you know
they are for altering and filling.
I have joined many matchbox swaps on swapbot
which if you don't know is a worldwide swapping place where once you join and its
free you can swap in all different categories ;You sign up for a swap which could be anything
from an ATC card to candy from your country ,Say you sign up for a matchbox swap, the theme is princess inside you could place die cut crowns,a tiara sticker  
a tiny wand and some stick on bling. Its very fun and very addictive,I have made boxes with false fronts
that opened like tiny books,And ones that had pop ups on top.Suitcases and chests of drawers,
See what i mean its endless totally addictive and cheap to buy and send,The idea with swapbot is you could
send to a partner in Bulgaria and receive from a partner in America.I have sent all over the world and met some fabulous people,Once you get to know swappers you can do private swaps,Each swap is rated and commented on so that you get feedback.try it sometime,

 Here us a large matchbox cover that i made into a book for a swap
I made the book into a Tales from the Toyshop Book. the rectangles above are actually
book pages as seen from the side i took a real photo of the edges of an old book and top and then print and stick these on the side of the matchbox and also on the drawer ends,Its very effective.
 Not a matchbox as such but a tiny box i covered bought this for $2 at the bargain shop
it contained a glass angel which i have an aversion to so i tossed the angel and used the box.
Bad i know but there you are that's me hehe !Added this to prove my work isn't all digital
this was hand collaged over old music sheets.
 Halloween matchbox wrap above and also another below

 A pirate treasure chest box with lid The lid becomes a false top over the treasure so it flaps open
revealing a hint of the treasure,Also i added a few real bits to the treasure a pearl here a diamante there
a real chain piece, Definitely a fave i didn't want to post it,

From my Imagination to you,

Here is a few favourite things in have made .I love to create things from my imagination which is much much too wild and gets me into trouble .

 This is a skinny i did for a fairytale swap on swapbot. I collaged the elements using my first photo adobe program.I miss that program sooo much.

I love this atc i made using a adobe photo deluxe and just cut and pasting images.

Bluebird fairy atc made for a fairy atc swap on swap bot.
\you will see these birds a lot i use them often as i love them.

Lid of a box i collaged to look like a book

One of my favourite ATC CARDS i named this the FAIRY CATCHER
don't you just love him he is a vintage card that's i began with then added the cage and the fairies.
You probably cant see the detail but there are two fairies inside his cage

 The fairy Steed ATC

 Shh this one wasn't as easy as it looks the bird is a real photograph of a bird
then the bee fairy is a vintage paper doll that i only had a back view of so i cloned him a hat and face and shoes
i then added wings from a real insect photograph.

Her Highness on the Crow Kings back.

This was a skinny for a fairy swap on swapbot.If you look closely you will see a fairy baby in that nest,

 One of my all time Favorite atc cards i did,The cat is so wicked
and the fairy looks so surprised.As i suspect one would be if one thought they were going to be eaten,
I cloned the tongue onto the cat and then then place the fairy on top and erased pieces of her to look as though his tongue was curled around her,One of my fave girls top make into a fairy you will see her many times.