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October 2015

Light My Fire

howdy folks…yes, i know. but, welcome back.

my daughter and i were in a chain gift shop recently and we came across jars filled with matches that had a little square of grit paper that you could strike the match on…they were pricey for what they were and i immediately knew i had just the things to make my own with more of 'me' in the project.

so here is my version...

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i knew i wanted it to be vintage looking, so OF COURSE i turned to my Tim Holtz stash…as always...

IPhotofirst, i picked a few metal embellishments; painted them with tarnished brass distress paint and inked them up mushroom alcohol ink to 'vintage them up'...

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next, i painted the top to my Tim Holtz mini mason jar with picket fence distress paint…i let it dry a bit them wiped some of the paint off and then muddied it up with more mushroom alcohol ink…LOVE this look so much! at this point i wiped a little paint onto the jar and wiped it off to allow the embossing to stand out and make it less perfect...

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i filled my jar with my favorite green matches…and cut a piece of the match strike off the box...

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i chose some ephemera pieces from different ephemera packs of Tim's and inked them up with gathered twigs ink…and, yes, indeed i did ink the match strike too...

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i chose the word 'shine' from the small talk stickers and inked that up...

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i added vintage thread to the arrow (love love love when Paula Cheney does this!!!) and bent it slightly so it wrapped on the jar nicely…time to assemble!

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i used matte multi medium to adhere the layers…and brown paper string to add the number token...

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i absolutely adore the look of those green matches in there…it blows away the jar we saw in the gift store.  i love finding something great and realizing you can make it (and actually do it!!!) with your own touches...

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man, that top is incredible…lighting my candles this fall is going to be just that much better with this little jar!!

thanks for stopping in…next time you see something in a store and have a thought 'i can do that'…DO IT…it feels amazing to complete a project and enjoy it!!

chelle