Inspiration for this project came from crafts seen at the Japan Hobby Show and the latest issue of the Somerset Life magazine. I used the Sizzix matchbox Big Pro die for the base. (If you don't have access to this die, try asking at Ben Franklin Crafts. If they have the die for store use, you can use the machine and die for free if you buy your paper from the store. If not, you may be able to work out a deal where you buy the die from BFC and use the store machine. This is would be great if you are doing multiple (hundreds?) favors for a wedding or big party. Anyway, after cutting the pieces for the box (from lightly textured card stock), I lightly creased the form and stamped my images on the flattened outside of the matchbox. The stamps I used were from Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers (Degas ballet dancer), Inkadinkado (dancer and architecture), and clear sets by Tim Holtz and Hero Arts. Using double stick Merikan tape I assembled the matchbox.
Next I used the Sizzix rose dies on pink and green textured card stock. I formed the petals, caylx and leaves using McGill tools and mat. Both double stick tape and glue were used to assemble the rose. Natural twill tape and a thin ribbon were tied around the box after a swatch of fabric was glued down. Lastly, the rose was glued into position and the charm was added with a jump ring.
Can you guess what I plan to put in the gift box? I thought some fancy tea bags would make a great hostess gift. Perhaps I'll put some guest soaps in the matchbox and leave it as a sweet welcome gift for a house guest. I hope this post has given you some inspiration for crafting to make your world more lovely. In the end it is not how much we own or earn, but how we treat one another. Be good to others and yourself!