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A Matchbox Cabinet – Sweet or Dark?

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Matchbox Cabinet Kit, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale, Teri Calia, Tutorials
Update! A newer post about Teri’s artwork is here.

Note: as this is a holiday weekend here in the US: FREE shipping on orders over $50 (for orders shipping to USA) now through Tuesday night, July 4th!

Continuing from Thursday and ENDS TUESDAY night: EVERYTHING in the Decorative Metal section is on sale for 25% off!

75 to choose from! Like the Finnabair Mechanicals Metals – Rustic Washers shown (and quite a few Tim Holtz items, too).

And the sale also includes all the gears, including 2 new rustic sets announced Thursday and used in Lora’s fabulous mermaid artwork!

Some are being discontinued, so get ’em while you can, and while on sale! View all

NEW Matchbox Cabinet Kit

What a great little kit! And a haul of tiny bottles & tins to get you started filling your Matchbox Cabinet (that’s also included in the kit)!

The Matchbox Cabinet is a chipboard set to put together a miniature cabinet with one shelf. Deceptively simple but has lots of uses (like: leave off the cover/door and use it as a small bookcase (or a shrine), or use one of the door (or doorframe with window insert) options on the related collage sheets in place of the chipboard door). See artwork below showing 2 door options.

AND the kit includes THREE collage sheets:
Matchbox Cabinet Doors Half Sheet
Vintage Pantry Labels Half Sheet
Matchbox Cabinet Windows Half Sheet (printed on clear transparency!)

And all those bottles? There are so many things in the kit (13, actually!) that it’s easier to just show you all of them.

Artwork! I love how this kit can be used in so many styles! The Pantry Is Full (see the first wide photo below) by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas. More info (and more of that tutorial for making faux canned food — mini preview in the photo) in Rhonda’s blog post and see the Giveaway below for some of her supplies.

Pocket Grimoire (see the second wide photo below) by Teri Calia, using two new collage sheets also designed for the Matchbox Cabinet! More info in the Teri’s blog post and see the Giveaway below for some of her supplies.

More info and photos about the new kit are on the Matchbox Cabinet Kit page. And coordinating supplies are below and on the site.



Witchy & Kitchy FREE Gift Kit!

New FREE gift — through Tuesday night, July 4th!

In honor of the 2 diverse styles of artwork using the new Matchbox Cabinet, I picked out items that could be witchy or kitchen-y (that’s “kitchy” not “kitschy”)!

For ALL orders:
– one placesetting (3 pieces) of the new Mini Silverware,
3 pumpkin beads (a custom item, not available on the site), and
– one of the Miniature Rustic Brooms!

Hooray for the Matchbox Cabinet Kit Giveaway!

Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes a zillion little bottles, labels and the cabinet itself!

Next: some (more) items from Rhonda’s supply list:
– White Oatmeal BoxNew!
White Resin Cocoa ContainerNew!
Tiny Labels for Crates, Jars, & Cans Collage Sheet
Little Household Goods Collage Sheet
Small Square Brass Hinges

Then, some (more) items from Teri’s supply list — all new!:
Tiny Little Grimoires Collage Sheet
A Witch’s Grimoire Collage Sheet
White Resin Condiment Bottle
Mini Cigar Box Set

To enter the Matchbox Cabinet Kit Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY, TOMORROW OR TUESDAY (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, TUESDAY, July 4, 2017)!

AND tell me: What will you make in your Matchbox Cabinet?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Captured Mermaid Shrine Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Nadine! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, July 2nd, 2017

52 responses to “A Matchbox Cabinet – Sweet or Dark?”

  1. love this I would make a little pantry. thanks

  2. Joan Allard says:

    So cute, I would most likely go with the kitchen pantry theme.

  3. Kimberly says:

    OMG the cuteness never ends! I think Id have to go with dark. Im thinking of starting a Halloween vinette set to take out only in October.

  4. Jean marmo says:

    So fun and. Relative. I would do a sweet kitchen project.

  5. Vera Collier says:

    While I love Halloween, I am also drawn to vintage kitchen items, so I would probaby do the kitchen cabinet. It is too cute!

  6. LeAnn says:

    This would make an excellent apothecary cabinet.

  7. Jen R says:

    A potion cabinet duh! Lol. Love this giveaway!

  8. Nancy O says:

    I’d make a supply cabinet to go with a witches grimoir……herbs, candles, crystals, potions, etc.

  9. Barb A. says:

    Love the cabinet and all the great bottles & labels. Would be great in a miniature kitchen.

  10. Nancy E says:

    Just love the little cabinets. I would definitely make it sweet!!

  11. Carla says:

    As much as I love kitchens, I would have to make a Halloween potion closet

  12. Denise Bryant says:

    So cute! I would love to make a cabinet to hold a witch’s potions!

  13. Emily Dale says:

    Love it! I’d make a little shelf of books

  14. M. C. Sparks says:

    Both! I need to do sweet AND dark!

  15. Kim R says:

    So cool! I would make a gothic Halloween pantry.

  16. Barb macaskill says:

    I. say darkly sweet! Painted dark colors, think forest green, cranberry and deep browns. Lots of ancient writing on the outside letting you know what magical things this cabinet can do.
    As you open the door it lights up inside and lots of bottles and other containers are floating around. Inside each of the bottles are potions, powders and little critters. OH MY! The critters are ALIVE!
    What kind of magic has been unleashed when I opened this cabinet? Is it dark magic or good magic? Only time will tell!
    Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!

  17. Lou Conaway says:

    I’ve got a room box in the works, a man’s study. He’s been everywhere and has an insatiable curiosity about everything. He plays chess and the violin and has a thing for sailing ships, gem stones and butterflies, hunting and fishing, maps and artifacts. I’d been trying to come up with a place to display tiny oddments that he enjoys looking at and this cabinet is it. Truth be told, I’d want this man if he wasn’t a confirmed womanizer.

  18. Sue Young says:

    The grimoire will look fantastic next to my Witch’s Apothecary à lla Laura Carson from a few years back!!

  19. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Definitely a witch’s apothecary cabinet. So cool with potions and crystals. Love the brooms and pumpkins. Halloween is my favorite holiday.

  20. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    So adorable either way; it would be a hard choice. I think I’d go with Halloween decor, since we throw a big party then.

  21. Katherine says:

    I love the witchy look. All the little bottles full of mysterious, creepy, potions and creepy scrolls of forbidden knowledge. I have an a table I set up in my office and the entire town comes to see my witchy stuff on Halloween. All created with the inspiration and goodies from Alpha Stamps.

  22. Kat Cashwell says:

    This is awesome! I would definitely make witches cabinet !!

  23. Margaret D says:

    Oh I am overwhelmed! What a great kit!! I and what a wonderful giveaway! I would definitely make a witchy shelf with magic potions. I have a caravan to assemble and it would be a lovely gypsy witch vardo. I just love the little bottles! Love love it all !

  24. K Toews says:

    I would make a teachers potion cabinet.

  25. Jo says:

    I would definitely make a dark cabinet! So cute!

  26. Kitty T says:

    Loving the witchy grimoire, with all that knowledge of spells and charms packed into such a tiny space 😉

  27. Karen Mallory says:

    Fun, fun giveaway! I would make a witches potion cabinet. I love Halloween!

  28. Mary Mac says:

    Would love to do a steampunk potion cabinet.

  29. Ann Green says:

    Cute Stuff!! I love both designs, but I am thinking about Halloween. What a great idea for the “season”. But I would probably want the kitchy for year round. I also read Mary Mac’s idea for a steampunk potion cabinet. Also, a great idea….so much imagination, so many great ideas. Thanks for the give-away. My mind is going into over-drive…..:)

  30. Catharine says:

    Weeeeeeee! I’ll fill my little cabinet with smashed herbs, swamp water potions and cactus spines. Set it up on my patio for errange gnomes!

  31. Amy says:

    made by the wee folk, a cabinet filled with love potions…..

  32. Bobbie Kangas says:

    Of course all things Halloween. It’s getting closer. Thanks for all the cool stuff.

  33. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Something garden related, cactus, carnivorous plants, foxglove… not kid friendly…

  34. Janet T says:

    What a great giveaway. I would make a Halloween themed cabinet with witches potions.

  35. Traci says:

    Love the cabinet matchboxes. Great ideas from the design team. I would make both a apothecary cabinet and a halloween themed cabinet. >^..^<

  36. Lynn Fox says:

    I’d make a cabinet for my witchy-poo

  37. Diana Bittaker says:

    Love the little cupboard! Want to try it for many themes! Maybe a vampire’s cupboard-different kinds of blood’ skulls and books!

  38. Mindy Winchester says:

    I’m thinking a Victirian poisoner’s secret cabinet,hidden behind a false front….hmmm….

  39. Randi says:

    I like the idea of a book with tiny books inside. Maybe a couple of other props too.

  40. lynn legge says:

    all the little details make it a hard choice. but I would make a cabinet with little jars of herbs and healing creams. I have always wanted to work in an apothecary

  41. Elizabeth H. says:

    I would make a witches cupboard. Lots of great ideas!

  42. lee maynard says:

    I’d make mini museums

  43. Lynne Faulknor says:

    Hmmm, I can’t decide if I’d go with a witchy or a kitchy theme. I may need to order 2 kits so I can do both.

  44. I witches kitchen would be fun.

  45. Carol Slowik says:

    I love both of the ideas!

  46. I’m not big on holiday decorating but I LOVE miniatures and this little cabinet is adorable. I’d make a cabinet for fairy potions. 🙂 I hope I win!!

  47. Oh, I’m so torn! I’d love to make the little kitchen cabinet and give it to my mother….on the other hand, it was my mother who introduced me to the “dark side” before I could talk, and we love scary movies and witchy things! So I would love to also make her a little witches’ cabinet….oh, which to do, “witch” to do! Of course, I could go a completely different way and make a little shelf of toys, too…….

  48. Jan K says:

    Love this give away! I would make an oddities cabinet with all kinds of ghoulish things inside.

  49. Abbee says:

    I love the Halloween theme…I want one

  50. teri sager-pease says:

    Im with Teri Calia Ive been working on Halloween Since Valentines ended!! I havent gotten sick of it as everyone said I would if I surrounded myself with it all year long. I would love to attach several and make an armoire type cabinet.

  51. Thalia Kottke says:

    I’d have to make a collector’s cabinet–full of interesting things.

  52. Michelle G says:

    I love this, I would make a witches or wizards potions shelf.