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Domino Elegance In A Box

Here is the box I made for the domino book in the post below.
The design on the front of the box is another from Nicecrane Designs.

Margie left me a lovely comment asking about the dominoes used … just ordinary standard very cheap plastic dominoes, approximate size 4¾ cm x 2½ cm. They also had a little gold pin in the centre but this pried off very easily.

To make the box cut a piece of cardstock at 11.7 cm x 10.2 cm for the lid and 11.5 cm x 10 cm for the base. Score the lid and base the same way. Score one side at 3 cm then turn and score each of the remaining sides the same. For the lid use a small circle punch on the longest side of the box to cut a half circle.

I work in both inches and metres whichever suits the actual purpose and I found for the above measurements it was easier to cut in inches for the accordion middle of the two dominoes..

I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 8 ¾” x 1 7/8 ” then score at every 7/8″.

Margie I too have eyes and fingers on the elderly side which is an excellent way of describing them … (made me chuckle out loud when reading) … and I am sure that is why I have never attempted to make these before but trust me it is sooooo easy. I am a great believer in using a good pair of tweezers and this helped enormously to adhere the tiny images.

I found this tutorial link which may be of help to you


Elegance Achieved With Two Dominoes

I have a real gem of a lady called Maria who can only come to my classes once a fortnight …(she lives in Dublin) … and because yesterday was her day to be at the class I decided we would make an altered domino book instead of the usual card.

I have to admit that these little books have never appealed to me before … always looked to fiddly. How wrong could I have been, and guess who changed my mind about them … yep Brenda … you can see her books here. She showed Clare, Pat, Amber and myself a couple she had made when we were at home and I totally fell in love with them.

One and only time I couldn’t wait to get back to Ireland … (I do love Ireland to bits just miss my family more) … and my craft room to have a go. So below is my first ever Domino Book. Minus all the drilled holes to add the trinkets as it’s only a two hour class … eh going on three or four usually … and time is an issue.

First pics are the front and back of the book tied together with two bows.

The first pic below is of the concertina fold out with images of gorgeous little girls on every other fold and the other folds have designer paper with two little pockets added and teensy little tags inserted.

Other pics are what you see when turned around. Lots of elegant ladies on every other fold plus the other folds have letters which make a name when fully extended.


Stamped images are from … can’t remember but the digi images are from Nicecrane Designs here and here which have been downsized to fit the teensy teensy mini book.

Will show the box which it fits into tomorrow, it is so diddly but gorgeous.


Sentimental At FSC

Brenda came around for a playday when I was at home and showed Pat, Clare, Amber and myself how to alter a plain box to this.
Didn’t have time to complete the inside so I decided to finish for my DT piece at Fashionable Stamping Challenges which is Sentimental this fortnight. Our generous sponsor Flonz Crafts will be giving the winner of this challenge $20 to spend at his online shop.

To finish the box I needed to decorate the inside and that’s where my sentiments went. Stamped the Dylusions Quintessential Quotes also a sentiment from a Woodware set and the other was from Indigo Blue called Grand Tour III.

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Before I added to the bottom inside of the box I took a photo because once inside the box it wouldn’t have shown all the gorgeous techniques which I did. Crackled her hair and the bird but for her face I used Glossy Accents. Masked off and made a border, coloured in plus I shaded with a graphite pencil which Brenda showed us how to use.

Wahoo sweets managed to get one over here.

Box 1Box

Thanks Brenda you were such a hunny bunny to both Pat and I when we were home … oh to be living in the UK again … sigh!!!!


Best Till Last

This face is so sweet and innocent looking I love her to bits and you can buy her here from Nicecrane Designs. First used her HERE behind a window die but left her plain. On this tag I ripped the edges, crumpled her up very gently, aged and distressed her with inks. Stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper and also the clock above her head. More spiral roses, the first rose is one of the green ones … (only one more left) … which I used HERE and HERE but this time spritzed it with Dylusions Ink Spray – Squeezed orange. You can also see she has a similar flower with a clock in the middle which I used on the original window card.. Raided my bit box again because I made six of them at the time but all with different colour middles … why make only one!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the last six tags which were all made when I was in my tissue paper mood.


Recycled Elegance

If you can see this post then it scheduled on time.

Well today is Ally Pally time in London where I will be in seventh heaven going around all those gorgeous stands laden with loads of goodies.

I bought these Graphic 45 Metal Buttons and the cardstock tag they were on was such good quality that I recycled and added my own embellies. Another of my burnt flowers … actually made two when I first made it … you can see the other on the tag below again why only make one. A very pretty image printed onto tissue paper then added with Mod Podge. Didn’t want to obscure the background of the tag so just did a bit of paint sponging over the top with silver metallic paint plus some inking.



Ship Ahoy

An easy peasy tag with just a little inking around the edges and a few stamped images over the top.
The galleon was stamped onto tissue paper and again the trusty Mod Podge. Whilst still wet added the little postage stamp.


Playtime Tag

Stamped over the tag then dragged paste across the flower stencil. Softly coloured with markers then outlined with a white pen. Used the Spellbinders die Spiral Blossom One for the middle flower.

You have seen a similar flower used HERE. That’s because I printed off an A4 sheet of patterned (very cheap) copy paper. Folded in half then half again before cutting out with the die, this gives you 4 die cut flowers. Made them up and what I didn’t use at the time went into one of my bit boxes ready for another time.


Who Killed Cock Robin

Can you remember the poem/nursery rhyme about ” Who Killed Cock Robin” it goes along the lines of:

Who killed cock robin? “I said the sparrow with my bow and arrow”.
Who saw him die? “I said the fly with my little eye” …. won’t bore you with the rest of the verses.

Found a gorgeous set of digital nursery rhyme playing cards which feature loads of old fashioned characters. Printed dear little cock robin onto tissue paper then Mod Podged onto the tag. Added one of my burnt flowers and embossed a little on the edge.


Aged Elegance

I had a photo fest on Sunday and decided to take pics of a few tags that have never been shown.
I think most are when I was in the stamping and printing onto tissue paper mode. I have a box full but lucky for you I got fed up after taking the sixth piccie so I have done 6 auto posts and I will show one each day.

The sentiment was stamped onto tissue paper then the edges ripped before adding to the background paper with Mod Podge. The background was made by doing a second stamping so the image was softer and more delicate. Also stamped the piano lady onto tissue paper then Mod Podged her. The gorgeous dapper guy was stamped onto cardstock and then cut out. His buttons didn’t show up very well on his coat so I made French knots over them. Stitched the whole piece onto a tag with a very faded background of grey acrylic paint.


Life As A Flapper

Paperpiecing is a technique that I used to do a lot but the crafting world has fashion trends just like any other industry and things get pushed to the side. Since the challenge a few weeks ago at FSC was paperpiecing it revived my interest again.

Background paper is from Graphic 45 Secret Garden but in the left hand corner I stamped a floral image and coloured in. The Flapper image was paperpieced and the inside of her coat has been stamped and coloured to match the corner decoration.