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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fairy Tale Matchbook.....

Hello everyone and welcome to another challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This challenge blog encourages you to dig deep into your stash of old, at times, neglected, stamp sets and give them some love and ink. This week we want you to make a card with a MATCHBOX FOLD or create a MATCH BOX, it can be any size and can be decorated any which way you want to, we can't wait to see what you come up with.
Here is my card and, for added inspiration, please stop by my team mates' blogs and leave some inky, crafty love.

This picture was taken by my 18 y/o granddaughter Vanessa because my camera was acting up, it's not focusing right so luckily she was here and came to her grammy's rescue.
The image of this beautiful Fairy is from a collection of plain rubber stamps my aunt found at a thrift store a couple of years ago. Some of this stamps were terribly stained and dirty, covered in dust at the bottom of a cardboard box so, knowing how much I love Fairies and stamping, she bought the entire stash of about 25 stamps for $10.00 and gave it to me, she said: "when I saw this stamps, I immediately knew you would love them....." and believe me, I adore them. They were in a very pathetic state so I soaked all of them in a pail of warm, soapy water and left them there overnight, the next day, I gently scrubbed, rinsed, dried them and grabbed one, put some double sided tape in the back and using an acrylic block, ink it up and I was astonished at the image I saw. I did the same with the rest and one by one, this lovely, magical images started appearing and I was getting more and more amazed. 
There was NO information about where they came from, what company made them, etc. I tried to find out with no luck until, just recently, I came across one of this images on Pinterest and that is how I found out they were made by a company named Sweet Pea Rubber Stamps that, sadly, has closed it's on line store. So I'm double lucky because now I have all of this lovely images of magical Fairies to work with making cards for family and friends.
Here is a picture of the finished inside of my match box card.


The little silhouette of the Fairy is from Studio G, both sentiments are from the retired Flourishes set called "Orchids".  
I hope you join us in the gallery, we'd love to see what you create. Don't forget to stop my my team mates' blogs, for some more inspiration.
Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you liked my very first Matchbox card, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.




12 comments:

  1. Those fairies are so elegant! I love their beautiful dresses and butterfly wings! I wish I could have one for real!!

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    1. They are indeed so elegant and gorgeous, I'm one lucky gal having all of this beautiful images.
      Thank you for stopping by, my friend.

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  2. what a gorgeous stamp, amazing card, and i loooooooooooooove the story!!! all-round awesomeness right here! ♥

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    1. Thank you Lauren, all of this stamps are amazingly gorgeous, I can't imagine throwing them away! I'm so happy my aunt gave me this awesome gift.

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  3. Awesome fairy beautifully coloured, love your offering for the challenge. I have quite a few digital Sweet Pea stamps as I love fairies and angels too. What a great find at a thrift store.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, I never knew about this company until I came across this stamps and even then, it took a while until I found out where they came from but then, it was to late, the company is gone.

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  4. Beautiful card Maria, love that image. Will have to look up a matchbook thingy .

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    1. Thank you Aileen, there are a lot of matchbook templates and dimensions on Pinterest, super easy.

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  5. Such a pretty card!! Lucky girl you are to come across those stamps!! Your card is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Stacey, I'm a lucky girl indeed, my aunt truly knows what I love.

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  6. So beautiful . . . love the way you did the blue background

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  7. Thank you Mary, this Fairy images are so fabulous to work with, I always have fun, thinking and wishing to see one.

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