Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Dream home

There's a competition over on Fiskarettes to make a project with hidden eggs. I thought it would be fun to make something a bit different to the usual card for new home owners and came up with this little altered box!

I dowloaded the template for the large matchbox here (thanks Dee!), stamped the outside with Woodgrain and made a liner for the inside stamped with Weathered Wood. I cut a reverse mask for the ticket stamp so that I could add the birds inside the frame then added some little words with stamps.

Some raffia, twigs, skeleton leaves and a key charm finish off the panel and I've machine stitched round the edge. I used the same technique with the ivy as I did for the card in my last post but I cut these out once I'd "stamped" them.

I had fun with the inside! My hubby can only shake his head when he asks "What are you doing?" when I'm sitting on the step outside the shed in lovely sunshine and he gets the reply "Making a nest!". I soaked some birch twigs in warm water to make them a bit more pliable and then wove them together to make the tiny nest. It's lined with a feather and the eggs are jelly bean sweets. I added more ivy leaves, a sentiment strip and a feather.

The little scroll unties to provide space for the message to the new home owners.

Stamps (all Cornish Heritage Farms):
Tree Swallows
Wood grain backgrounder
Weathered Wood backgrounder
The Ticket Counter (Rummage Bin line)
Everyday Petites (Mona Lisa Moments line)
Script Essential Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments line)

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso and Stonewashed)
Tim Holtz Distress by Ranger (Vintage Photo)
Memento by Tsukineko (Bamboo Leaves)

Paper: smooth white and premium weight copy paper

Key charm
Sewing machine and thread
Skeleton leaves
Birch twigs
Ivy leaves

Thanks for visiting - I had fun making this, hope you had fun looking!


Karen said...

Oh Joanne, this is just perfect!!! I love the little nest you made to go inside. Oh...I just love all of it hehe XXX

Kathy said...

This is the most beautiful thing I've seen in ages. It must look fabulous in real life, hard to believe it's matchbox size - fabulous work Joanne

Marcy said...

This is fabulous, Joanne! Such a great concept, and the workmanship is amazing. This will make a wonderful keepsake.

Gez Butterworth said...

Lovely Joanne. Well thought out. Can't believe it's the size of a matchbox. :) Good luck with the comp. XX

Kaz said...

Oh wow Joanne, that is just amazingly fantastic. Makes me want to move house just to get one!!

Anonymous said...

Small but perfectly formed - just stunning!

Janice said...

Beautiful project Joanne.

lottie said...

I absolutely adore it

Hazel said...

I am so in awe of your talent - this is wonderful x

Traceyr said...

You clever woman. This is super and what a great idea to use the matchbox and the nest theme. Wonderful Joanne, surely a winning entry. :)

Minxy said...

Aw its adorable, i love the inside, so sweet x

Di said...

Simply adorable Joanne, what a wonderfully clever idea xx

Darlene said...

This is fantastic Joanne!! I am always intrigued by your creativity! Awesome creation!!

Claireabelle said...

Wow, this is fabulous Joanne!

Lesley Edmonds said...

Joanne, this is gorgeous!
Lesley x

Beth said...

A creation of nature at it's best Joanne. It is a very clever idea and using a little matchbox too, so sweet. I love the little eggs snuggled up together. XX

Ann said...

Wow! This is totally fabulous!

ThePeachMartini said...

I found the link to this posted in the comments from the blog where you downloaded the template and I just had to comment. This is so beautiful and elegent - I love the way you stamped the outside of the box with the woodgrain, and the little birds' nest is a perfect fit.