Many thanks to Heather at Speckled Egg for hosting this magnifique swap! Here's a mini tutorial on how I created my box, for those interested in making one, or those considering joining in on a matchbox swap. In this swap we used the large boxes. They're pretty easy to find in grocery stores, especially this time of year, and they're very inexpensive.
I decided to collage torn page pieces from a vintage 1903 French poetry book to the exterior (sleeve) of the box. The pages were already old and yellowed (perfect!) and I used an antique decoupage finish. I then painted the box with a coordinating acrylic paint.
Next, I simply adhered a piece of heavy vintage lace around the entire sleeve.
I then took this gorgeous ivory parchment flower, sprayed it lightly with adhesive, sprinkled it lightly with glitter and adhered that to the sleeve as well.
Next I cut a piece of French stamped ribbon woven through a piece of fine lace and adhered that. I purchased both the ribboned lace and parchment roses from Homestead Treasures.
Time now to rummage through the vintage jewelry stash, where I selected a section of a very pretty off-white pearl necklace. I knotted off the ends of the string and adhered each end with glue dots under the ribbon.
Using vintage pattern pieces, I lined the interior of the box.
Now comes the fun part-stuffing it with goodies!
Time to ship them off to my wonderful partners (I made two), Marsha and Cari. I hope they love them!!!!
Troisième partie.....sharing my swap returns....coming very soon.
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