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Friday, 1 August 2014

Men Only!

Time for another Alphabet Challenge and this time it's M for Men Only, so as long as its a masculine project, we would love to see it.
I made this little altered matchbox after seeing an article in CS a couple of months ago, and after buying this PaperArtsy 'Gentleman Social Butterfly' at a local craft show in June, my theme was decided and this was his little box of possessions.

As he is a social sort of guy, there had to be music, and what better way to display the butterflies, and although it's hard to see,  were clear embossed after colouring with Distress inks.
His possessions, I stamped and clear embossed a pocket watch, he always likes to be on time, a ticket, or maybe I should have had two, because being 'sociable' he probably didn't go alone!  The little bottles (stamped on acetate and coloured with alcohol markers and then shaped) - well they could be for a sly tipple or maybe his eau-de-cologne!

Of course, there's the pen nib, he may have to write a quick note!  

I am entering this at:                                                                                                                            
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes                                                                                          
Cards 4 Guyz - Anything but a Card                                                                                           
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes                                                                                              
Simon Says Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes                                                                     
Miriam's Crafting Blog - Containers                                                                                            
Craft for the Craic - Use an item you have never used before(stamp)                                            
Well, I hope you like my little box, I really enjoyed making this, I just need to light a lot of candles now, you see my little matchbox wasn't empty before I started!                                                                                 
Have a great weekend.                                                                                                                             

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Cazro said...

Wow! oh Wow! A perfect little project, so much detail, I love you explained the reason for each addition, a story in a matchbox. Thanks for joining in with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. We hope to see you again. Caz

Basslady said...

this is so cool and stylish!

hugs and kisses from germany, silvi xoxo

Dagmar said...

wow - it´s great - a fantastic box!

Unknown said...

Hi Avril! This is so cool! Beautifully designed! Have a nice weekend!
Ingrid x

Amanda said...

Brilliant Avril, great M for men make
Amanda x

Pia S said...

What a fabulous little keepsake! Great details for a make vintage design. One doesn't see those very often, for some reason, but I love this style!

Barb Ghig said...

Such an awesome project! I love all of your details, and how each item has so much meaning!
Thanks so much for playing along with us at ATSM this week! Hope you'll come back again soon!

Anonymous said...

When art tells the story it adds another dimension to the piece which I always find so appealing.
Your social butterfly is beautiful and what a treat to open the box and discover that the story of his life continues.

Meggymay said...

Loved the story behind this fabulous project. Super details and images.
Yvonne x

Nikki Acton said...

Great idea and so well done, love it Avril x

Teresa Kline said...

wow, this is an awesome project! .So glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Christine L said...

A really fabulous and stunning project Avril..... such wonderful detail!

Christine x

Pamellia said...

This is fantastic! So much detail for such a tiny project! Just wonderful :)

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a great alteration Avril...love both the out- and inside of it!
Have a nice weekend, Alie :-)

May said...

Fabulous altered matchbox...Love the male theme fantastic images & great design... Love the pen-nip & butterflies...Hugs May x x

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Love it... Thank you for joining us this week over at Eclectic Ellapu. We hope to see you in future challenges.
Elaine aka Ellapu

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Jenny Marples said...

Oh my goodness are you on a roll or what! LOVE this so much Avril. At first it looked like a great male themed topper, but then you opened it to reveal so much more! Love the butterflies on the inside of the lid and that collection of stamped ephemera inside. Jenny x

1CardCreator said...

What a lovely little box the inside is just as perfect as the outside. ~Diane

Sandy said...

How very wonderful! I love fantasy stories and you have hit the jackpot with your creation! I think one of the bottles is for a little nip now and then. For all I know, he needs more than a little nip if he is a man about town!
Love it!
Sandy xx

Kylie said...

Just stunning!! All your elements are amazing! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How cool is this ?! A great idea and a fabulous project.

Curls N Twirls said...

Its a Lovely project. Loved the Butterflies the most..

butterfly said...

Wow - I absolutely love this, Avril! Brilliant masculine cover, cool image and the simple twine is perfect... and then inside it's just lovely. The butterflies and bottles are fabulous, and the whole vintage look is great.
Alison xx

Linda said...

Wow! What a fab little project ..... love all the detail. xx

Katya- Ангел в кедах said...

Very cool project idea!

Thanks for joining us over at Craft for the Craic.
DT Katya x