What I love about crafster is that I am so inspired to try something I would have never attempted otherwise. I would have never thought to make something so creative as a match box shrine. So instead of the usual old card my sister will be getting this beautiful keepsake.
Honestly, I didn't want to make this for my husband because he always seems so unappreciative of my handmade stuff. He often seems in awe of my creativity, but when I make something for him he doesn't seem to cherish it the way others in my family do. So I decided I would do this for my sister, my best friend, my confidante.
I just love the look of a black and white with a little red thrown in for color. I made the box, since I didn't have one that small available.
I used black button covers for the "knobs" on each end of the inner box. I made the rose on top by cutting increasingly larger size flowers on my cricut, I inked them, rolled the petals, then layered them. The center is a crystal heart. You can see one side in this view I added stickers that say "friend" and "sweet".
This side I added a sticker embellishment that looks like berries on a branch.
When you pull the drawer out you first see a photo of me and my sister and her little boy. This was taken about 12 years ago.
When you lift the photo out, this is the bottom, the little "knob" is a bead from a dismantled necklace (the same necklace I used for the bead to make the legs on the bottom of the outer box). I added stickers that say "I luv u" and little red crystal stickers. You can see the very bottom of the box (in the secret compartment) is lined with sparkly red felt.
And here is the "secret", located under the false bottom is a black piece of paper. On this paper, written in gold, are two lines from a poem I wrote for her in 1991. She has never read this poem before. It says " My heart knows, no matter where I go, Night and day, June to May, You will be with me all the way, Forever and a day".
And I wanted to add this last photo. The flash reflected off the crystal in the center of the flower. I thought it made it look magical.