Wednesday, January 4, 2012

These Aren't Your Grandma's Matchboxes!

Visitors poking around the menagerie of keepsakes in my home are always drawn to my altered matchbox collections, though they aren't quite sure what they're looking at.
The transformations are incredible, as is the anticipation of what the next swap will bring.
Now that all the Secret Santa's are revealed, I can share some of the creations recently gifted in my flickr group's Christmas swap.

These are the boxes I made for Karla. We all swapped 2 boxes stuffed full of 25 little gifts to countdown to Christmas. I gave mine a snowflake base and tinsel hanger so they could double as ornaments once all the treasures were opened.



These two lovelies were made by Peace.


Karen went with a beautiful Christmas in Paris theme for her partner who loves all things French.


Lynn created this joyfully vintage box.



Christmas gorgeousness by Mercedes.


Karla came up with this very vintage beauty.



Deb put the lush into Christmas with this stunning double decker.

Signups are open for the Be My Valentine swap.
Stop by and check us out!

13 comments:

Cyn said...

very beautiful! looks like I will have to start saving matchboxes too LOL..I think I need a storage room :)

Martina2801 said...

Talent Dear Friend JoAnne,
oh these are perfect, I love them !!
Your unique art work is lovely.
Wishing you a healthy, happy, and joyous New Year! I look forward to more of your beautiful creations in 2012!
Hugs MARTINA

birdnest said...

Gorgeous! Where do you get matchboxes nowadays?

Robin

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

JoAnne these boxes are just all wonderful treasures...not to mention all that they held inside them!!
Bravo for another awesome swap idea! You are a wonderful Hosyess and I thank you so much for letting me be a part of the fun all year long!!
Glittery hugs Karla

Sharon said...

Wow what amazing altered matchboxes - all are stunning!!

paintedlady89 said...

so very cute, I have always wanted to join a matchbox swap! I shall have to give it a whirl!
Happy New Year!
Gigi

Kasia said...

Great swaps! Your work and all the girls' is lovely! I love the creativity! :D

Hugs,

Jill ~*Feathers and Flight*~ said...

Wow Joanne these Are Gorgeous Pieces!You have Wonderful Group of very Talented Ladies!
Thank You for Your Visit and Sweet Congratulations.It has been a Amazing Week and I am so Very Grateful.
Happy Friday!
Hugs
Jill
Ps Yay! I am Glad you Put your Name in the Hat for the Draw!

mercedesscott said...

JoAnne, I was new last year to the matchbox swap world... needless to say, I got hooked! I'd like to thank you again for a wonderful year of swaps and creating; I've made so many wonderful friends! Here's to a happy and crafty New Year! :) mercedes

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You make so many pretty things! I'm really enjoying looking at your blog and all of your beautiful creations! ♥

Holly Loves Art said...

Hello and happy birthday!! I saw that it was your birthday on Two Crazy Crafters. I'm a Janauary baby too!

Just love your blog and all the gorgeous eye candy here!

Cheers to you!

Holly

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm stopping by to say Happy Birthday, too! I hope your day is filled with FUN! ENJOY! ♥♥♥

Shar said...

These are lovely! Beautifully done!