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Us in a Box

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Hello Crafters!

Here we are to a brand new challange over Simon Says Stamp!

This week’s theme over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange is “Try to contain yourself!” – but before showing you guys what I did, let me just remind you a beautiful challange that is going on Simon Says stamp……!!


CLICK HERE to go straight to the Kids Vacation Challenge

For this challange, I wanted to alter a matchbox that I had since a while. It is one of the Bare Basics by Papermania and I so love them! Love the color and love how easy is to alter them!


I started by covering partially the matchbox with gesso. I used my fingers to apply it , I let it dry and then I added a couple of layers of paint. I set aside to dry and then I used Distress Collage Medium Vintage to add a “vintage look”. I wanted to go for the fluo color, but at the same time I wanted to have the “brownish” feeling of thte bare basics boxes…


I decorated the inside of the matchbox with the same color scheme of the outside box and I let a vintage photo from Tim Holtz Ephemera hang from the top. On the bottom there is an old love letter that my mom wrote to my dad when they were kid. It is their anniversary in a couple of days and this will be my gift for them. I will replace the Tim hOltz ephemera photo with one of them when they were kid (they met when they were sooo young …. 15 years old!)


I die cut these hearts from burlap and I used a Simon Says Stamp stamp to add the sentiment.

For this challange Simon Says Stamp kindly offers a $50 gift voucher to shop over Simon Says Stamp!

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Simon Says Stamp is also on Instagram! If you would like you can also share your projects there, but don’t forget to use the hashtag #sssmchallange

And that’s all for today, If you have any questions, suggestions or if you want to let me know what  you think of this project, leave a message!

Zoey Scarpelli

I'm Zoey - I'm passionate about Mixed Media, Stenciling, Stamping and reading books.

  • smouwen

    What a fun idea and amazing gift, Zoey! Love the super bright colors, so fresh! Hugs, Sandra

    August 15, 2016 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Andrea Ockey Parr

    As always, your creative vision is a treat and your vibrant color palette is inspiring! Love the concept of this one!

    August 15, 2016 at 5:43 am Reply
  • meihsialiu

    Love your gorgeous creation, Zoey. The colors are so beautiful. 🙂

    August 15, 2016 at 5:29 am Reply
  • cheiron

    This is such a great project! I am in love with the vivid colors. Happy Anniversary to your parents too 🙂

    August 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm Reply
  • barbarayaya

    Come tu faccia a produrre lavori così belli in spazi così piccoli lo sai davvero solo tu! bellissimo, adoro il contrato tra i colori e l’immagine! barbara

    August 14, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply
  • onecraftystamper

    I am really liking the contrast between the bright bold colors on the outside and the vintage interior! What a great idea to alter a matchbox!! hugs, maura

    August 13, 2016 at 8:47 pm Reply
  • pearshapedchris

    I love these vibrant colours and I especially love that you are going to personalise this box too! Chrisx

    August 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply
  • Elisabetta Gori

    Sempre colori vivaci per un lavoro come solo tu sai fare, bello, bello!

    August 12, 2016 at 7:46 pm Reply
  • kathin

    your matchbox is adorable Zoey and I love the surprise that pops out at the top…hugs kath xxx

    August 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply
  • Arnoldo L. Romero

    I love the artsy feel of your mixed media matchbox. Blessings!

    August 9, 2016 at 9:40 pm Reply
  • steph203

    Such a sweet photo, and I love the bright colors you painted the matchbox with!

    Simon Says Stamp!

    August 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm Reply
  • Macarena

    What a pretty little thing! The color scheme is perfect as always and now I know the mistery of chosing them 🙂 Love all the patterns used and this beautiful vintage picture inside! Hugs, Marzena

    August 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm Reply
  • lorraine

    How romantic! I am sure your parents are going to love this, such beautiful and special gift, something to cherish 🙂

    Lols x x x

    August 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm Reply
  • Cathie C.

    What a great idea for a gift for your mom and dad, Zoey! I love the background on your matchbox and all the vibrant colors. Your parents are going to love and cherish it always. Happy Anniversary to them and many, many more.

    Cathie ♥

    August 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • Mimi- she's crafty

    Very cool project! Your folks will love it, especially if you replace the image with one of them!

    August 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm Reply

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