Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Out of My Comfort Zone! - An Altered Matchbox

Good morning

I hope you had a very good weekend.

I have great news to share with you today, it's time for another Crafty Boots Challenge!  Yes, another two weeks has passed by and a new challenge is launched today.  The theme for the next two weeks has been chosen by the Pink Haired Elf herself, Tracie.

Tracie has challenged us all to do something outside of our comfort zone. Do something different, for instance, if colouring is your thing, then make something with no colouring. If you are usually the clean and simple type, then make something fussy.

I decided to really step out of my comfort zone by altering something.  Inspired by my good friend Mrs Beez, I chose a matchbox.  In fact, with typical generosity, Lisette gave me a few of her matchboxes so I could play.  I do urge you to take a look at her blog, it is full of wonderful things.

I covered my blank matchbox with some white and purple polka dot paper by Papermania and I added a brad to act as a handle for the drawer.

I then pushed my boundaries even further and distressed the matchbox with Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord and Tattered Rose TH Distress Inks.  I very rarely use distress inks and I was worried that I might use too much and ruin everything, but I think I stopped in time.  After that I added a little glitter - just a bit here and there.

Then it was a matter of decorating it with a few of my favourite things.  Cherry Blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts, some distressed cheesecloth, a purple glittered star, some MS Bakers Twine and a little silver bell on some purple ribbon.

I am not the only one stepping outside her comfort zone, the rest of the Design Team have been pushing their personal boundaries, why not see for yourself at Crafty Boots Challenges.



  1. Stunning, stunning, stunning! I love it!!! The distress inks look fab - you've done an amazing job and I love the little bell inside. Bad news for me that, despite placing my 2nd order at WOC I haven't ordered those exact flowers!! Thanks for the mention, goodness knows what I will do -it'll probably have to be colouring - eek! As if the next fortnight wasn't going to be stressful enough :)

  2. Beautiful, you've done a grand job! Take care Zo xx

  3. Hi Dionne
    Super altering I have to say! Decorated gorgeously! I have got all sorts of boxes piling up for altering but never seem to feel in the mood for it.
    Michaela xx

  4. Now missus why don't you do more of this?! This is just fabulous! It looks really effective and just shows how your amazing style can be used on even tiny matchboxes! Congrats on a really successful project x

  5. LOVEEEEEEEEEEE this!!!!!!!!

    You're so lucky you didn't do this six months ago or I'd have been tempted to get teeny wedding favours that would fit in beautiful matchboxes......... hehe :)


  6. This is so adorable, Dee! Love the colors and tiniest of details - soooo sweet!

  7. Gorgeous, the flowers are lovely

  8. lovely :) pretty flowers ... !!


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