They said it couldn't be done. And they, whoever they are, are probably right. But I have to say I think I did a pretty good job of creating a matchbox shrine on the theme of mystical, steampunk and cats. My swappee wanted any one of these themes but after some joking around on the swap thread (on UKScrappers) I knew I had to incorporate all three! At first I planned to do a large matchbox on the mystical theme with two smaller matchboxes inside one steampunk, one cats. But as often happens in the creative process something else appeared. And here it is!
It's fastened with some grungeboard hinges that i inked with Pine Needles Distress Ink. the hinges attach to two small brads. The outer box is covered with paper from the DCWV "Immortal Love" paper stack, based on the twilight series. Inside I've used hunkdory paper. I've used teal paint to cover the ends of the matchbox.
Underneath the lid is a steampunk image from Jem's Designs Steampunk for Men CD. I've inked a chipboard cog and glued it over the top and then placed a black cat on top of that. The rest is metal embellishments.
The inner part of the matchbox has three images, the middle one taken from a Josephine Wall cd and the outer two taken from a Jem's Designs Unicorns cd. I've attached the images to dark purple mirrorboard and attached them to the box with ten layers of foam pads so they reach the edge of the box. I added the tree charms to the message which follows on from the large "Imagine" on the outside (Imagine the mysteries contained within your soul)
And finally a side view complete with the usual mess on my craft table. Actually its hugely tidier than usual. Now just the wait to see if swappee likes it.