Sunday, January 8, 2023

Never run out of matches!

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I learned something in the past few years about matches, that I'm going to pass on to you. I learned this the hard way after buying thirty billion matchboxes for a matchbox gift project that was all the rage back in the teens.

I figured - hey - matches are useful right? - as I emptied them into a ziploc, put them on a shelf and forgot about them.

Then, during winter storm Uri, I needed to light candles, so I smugly congratulated myself on having ample matches, thanks to crafting. I grabbed one, struck it, and... nothing. Grabbed another one, struck it - nothing. Lather, rinse, repeat. They were all completely useless. 

Matches expire. It's just a fact. I don't make the rules.

You know what doesn't expire? Craft supplies. So there!

Today I'm bringing you a cute sneak peek of tomorrow's Hero Kit, which has a love theme. LOTS of dies, which I have to keep under wraps for now, BUT, this amazing 2D matchbox die that looks like it's 3D is in the kit and it's SO realistic looking! There's a little pullout and these cute LOVE dies. I used a gel print for the box, and this glitter paper.

Come back tomorrow for the full reveal and more cards and (redacted). Here's a link to ALL the sneak peeks so you can see what's coming.

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I have a REALLY good salad recipe for you today from one of my fave blogs - Cookie & Kate. It's a peanut / veggie / soba salad and it's amazing. Five stars.

My recipe notes are here


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  1. This box has really captured my heart. I love the color combo and the distress on the corner. You always have the tight touch. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Good thing craft supplies don't expire! The pull out adds a nice touch and could later be a tag or bookmark!

  3. Fun colors! I love using black backgrounds and really making the focal item pop.

  4. Love the green against the black, and the pull out is so fun

  5. Can't wait to see the complete MMH kit...Love your matchbox with surprise design. Thanks for sharing the gel print idea...good to be reminded to use different techniques.

  6. Love the interactive aspect that you made of this card. Really cute.

  7. Lydia! the fluorescent Green! You are so funny, I know how you love those colors. I'm having flashbacks to my younger years! Great card!


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