Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valentine Beauties!

Here are the ever so lovely Valentine Beauties I received from swaps hosted by Vintage Dragonfly

My darling, iconic Valentine's Day snippet roll from Karla Jackson

Don't you love Karla's idea using a key ornament as the base of 
her snippet roll?

Hearts, flowers, lace, cupid...LOVE!
Thank you Karla for my PRECIOUS snippet roll!

My 2nd Valentine's Day was my gorgeous matchbox swap from

It was filled with lots of beautiful treasures as well as some extra treasures too big to fit in it.

Thank you Tabitha for my BEAUTIFUL Valentine's Day matchbox and all its treasures!

 Thanks again to JoAnne at Vintage Dragonfly for hosting such marvelous swaps!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Valentine's Day Swaps

I'm always pleased and excited to participate in JoAnne's

This Valentine's Day, I joined her altered matchbox and
snippet roll swaps.    

Here is my altered matchbox
Days before I began creating this matchbox, I found a set of four vintage red sequins heart at an estate sale...
I knew I wanted to use one on my matchbox.

The vintage Mother of Pearl heart trim piece was one of many that I scored at a local antique shop.  It's creamy sheen is lovely!

This end of the matchbox offers a lovely cherub.
Do you see her beautiful wings?

 The other end is a vintage image of sweethearts kissing.

All sorts of Valentine's Day treats & goodies nestled inside waiting for delivery.

This precious bag was used as gift wrap for my matchbox.  It is made from vintage linens.  A vendor at a local vintage shop makes and sells these bags.  They are too good to pass up as she offers them at incredible prices and her handwork is wonderful!

So, that is my matchbox that was sent off recently to its
new owner.
My second swap was a snippet roll.  This was my first snippet roll.
I could be hooked on them!
I used an x-large wooden spool that once housed 2" muslin ribbon to wrap the snippet around.  I applied the same vintage Cupid image to both ends, added some glimmer spray and inks.

The unveiling from top to bottom, front to back
Mon amour... My love

Snippets of different ribbons, fabrics, laces, tulle, paper, photos, textile trims, beads, Mother of Pearl, Rhinestone & flowers were used in creating these snippets of love.  

Again another sweet bag for gift wrap and off to it's new owner.

I received my snippet swap and I'm waiting for my matchbox swap to arrive.
I am eager to share them with you soon!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Christmas 2014 Matchbox Swap

Lynne Legge and I did a one-on-one Christmas 2014 
altered matchbox swap.
Please enjoy the beautiful box Lynne created for me

Double drawers - one filled with goodies and the other a darling handmade clay snowman diorama

Here is my matchbox to Lynn

The box was a little tricky to open as you did not want to smash the trees while holding it.  The inside box slid out smoothly on its base and was filled with Christmassy treasures. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas 2014 Altered Paper Bag Swap

Welcome Back!

In my previous post Christmas Gathering with the Girls , I mentioned I would share our Christmas Altered Paper Bag Swap.

Here are our pages bound into a book
 See how all the wonderful tidbits and snippets of lace, ribbon and other embellishments hang off of the individual pages to enhance the book!

The artists pages
Gail Sell, front page...amazing snow globe!

Gail Sell, inside pages

Gail Sell, back page and her pretty tag

Nora Neeley, front page...angelic embellishments!

Nora Neeley, inside pages and her darling tags
peeking out of double side pockets.

Nora Neeley, back page

Beth Leintz, front page...Sweet, Charming, Old Fashion Christmas!

Beth Leintz, inside pages and her lovely tag

Beth Leintz, back page

Marj Sell, front page...Merry & Bright!

Marj Sell, inside pages and her tags.
The square on the right page is filled with glimmery white snow and can be shaken to 'Let It SNOW'

Marj Sell, back page

My front page...Retro!

My inside pages with my wishful tag.
The Christmas 1959 photo on the right side is a real photo of
me and my sisters.  

My back page

Altered paper bags, matchboxes, tins, etc. never cease to amaze me how they can be transformed and created into amazing artwork!

Thank you Gail, Nora, Beth and Marj for joining this swap!
I LOVE our Keepsake book!