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Birds & Bees Matchbook

 Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have a terrific theme of  “Birds & Bees” which was picked by our wonderful DT sister Claire.

Wanted to tell you first what card I used for the Matchbook.  I made faux leather by using Ranger Ink Refresher on craft cardstock.  Have tried the glycerine but for me personally my results are better with the Ink Refresher.

Before you see all the matchbook just wanted to show you a close up of the stamped image which is on the front.  Sorry about the reflecting light.  How fabulous does she look, all cracked weathered and worn … bit like me really.  Added a teensy little red colour to her lips for effect.


The matchbook is a Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers L Die called Matchbook Set.  For my make I used the smaller of the two.

For the inside I made a little ticket strip album which cascades down when you open the matchbook.  Added a little tissue paper bumble bee on the front which was sent to me from my fabby SIL Irene.  It came in a beautifully decorated box with lots of other crafting goodies.  Thanks ‘I’.

Placed the ticket strip on a black frame which you can’t see very well because the ticket strip is black also.  Each ticket has a stamped and gold embossed image on it plus the quote has also been stamped onto a piece of faux leather card then torn around the edges.



I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

Before I go I am leaving you with two sneak peeks of another tarmac project that crafty friend and myself started when I stayed for my sleepover.  Can’t show it all because it isn’t finished yet!!!

 All I can say is … OMG I am just loving that tar … keep watching this space!!!!

If you missed my last project you can see it here where you can also find a link explaining about the tarmac technique.



11 Responses to “Birds & Bees Matchbook”

  1. butterfly says:

    So gorgeous – the faux leather is such a beautiful surface, giving lovely texture to the images, and the gilded birds are fabulous. Absolutely love it! Looking forward to lots more tar too – the effect is so cool!
    Alison xx

  2. Meggymay says:

    A gorgeous box project, the image is a beauty. Liked the sneek peek as well.
    Yvonne x

  3. Irene Chillman says:

    Love your matchbook Shirl, brilliant use of ticket strip die, spot on with the quote, and your not quite as weathered and worn as your stamped lady,lol.
    Can’t wait to see your tarmac project, I hate sneak peaks.
    Irene xx

  4. Claire C says:

    Wow Shirl what a gorgeous project. As beautiful inside as it is outside and such a clever use of the dies. I’ll have to try the ink refresher as I haven’t had a great success with the glycerine (maybe its the card i’m using)
    Claire xx

  5. coco says:

    Gorgeous tiny work of art, and I love the leather texture you get on the main image using the Ranger fresh reinker!! I have this product, I will try your technique, thank you Shirl.
    But I haven’t Bitumen paint, so I will pass my turn for the tarmac technique although it looks really gorgeous here again!!!
    Crafty hugs, Coco xx

  6. Avril says:

    Hi Shirley, this is gorgeous, love the focal image, and such a delight to see the inside – don’t know what I like best.
    Avril xx

  7. Donna Ellis says:

    Hi, Shirl – I have very much missed visiting your blog each day – your artwork always conveys deeper meanings, and there is a fluidity in the statements through your fingers as you put it all together. Love how the vintage “age” of the past has been used to bring us to the Present with nature. What a marvelous way of conveying the truth. The textures truly are remarkable, and the touch of red really is pretty.

    thank you for sharing your journal pages. They are each amazing, and so colorful! The “tarmac technique” is OUTSTANDING! great reuse of container, with amazing embellishments, textures and colors! A wonderful idea. Thanks so much for always teaching me new ways of using products. But more, thank you for touching my soul with your art. hugs, de

  8. That matchbook looks like a family heirloom as you’ve aged it beautifully. Loving the little bee, that gorgeous face and the lace trim. Oh yes, and I’m with you on the Ink Refresher – love that stuff!! Jenny x

  9. Esther says:

    Hi Shirley – what a gorgeous little matchbook – I love how you’ve created the worn, textured look. It’s technique I haven’t tried but looks so effective here…gorgeous stamping and such a great idea with the tickets….love it ! Esther xx

  10. Annie says:

    Hi Shirley….love this layout and design. The leather look is wonderful and like you I have tried both techniques.

    Look forward to the reveal of your sneaky peek project

    Best wishes Annie x

  11. butterfly says:

    Fab faux leather, and such a beautiful vintage look to this… I love it.
    Alison xx

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