Sunday 1 March 2015

Playing with dominoes

There are some fun challenges around at the moment and I decided challenge myself to make something very different. The challenge over at Paperartsy is "miniature art".  As I read Leandra's brilliant blog post one suggestion really stood out to me....altered dominoes. Do have a look at her post here I went upstairs to see if we had any, but I think ours from years ago were wooden and I wanted the white plastic ones. I couldn't find them anyway.  After a lot of searching I managed to find a set in a local toy shop.
For my non inky blogging friends who may not have seen this before, it is the plain side which gets altered. Some people turn these pieces into fridge magnets or pendants or even swap them. I decided I would like to turn mine into a little accordion book. Leandra gave a great link to a tut here. My dominoes were a slightly different size to the ones in the tutorial so I adapted my page sizes.

I decided that I would try using my alcohol inks to give a base colour. I had a practise run first and this lovely pattern emerged.
I used this piece to practise stamping, sealing, colouring etc and once I was happy I made  2 backing dominoes for my book. I love the way the colours blend and mottle, it's a fun technique.

Next I used some small stamps.
I also added some T Holtz remnant rubs and added some colouring which you will see later in my finished piece.
To make the accordion pages I blended some distress ink and added some flicks of water.

I have a great mini calligraphy stamp I won in the Artistic stamper challenge last year and it was the perfect mini size for my book pages.

I decided my little book would be for my dear Mum for Mother's day so I had a sort through some spring like stamps and also used some apt Tim chit chat words. My Mum loves trips to country houses and gardens so I wanted to incorporate this.

It was then time to put everything is my finished project.

 These are the front and back dominoes
 Here is the little book all tied up with ribbon, this is the same ribbon I used for my Mum's 80th a couple of years ago so this makes it even more special for her.
 Shall we pull the ribbon and open up..............?
 This is the inside stamped up with some lovely English country garden images and appropriate chit chat words. She enjoys days out and holidays seeing our lovely countryside.
 Our Mum's are so very special
 as is the world we live in

I would like to enter my project into the following challenges;

PaperArtsy Topic 4; miniature art Thanks Leandra for the amazing inspiration you gave for this challenge.
The Artistic Stamper spring is coming I get 2 entries as I used their great mini calligraphy stamp
Frilly and Funkie vacation time mine is a representation of a mini break to an English country garden on a warm spring day...sounds perfect..even if we have a few more weeks to wait.
Simon says stamp Wednesdays anything goes
Simon says Work it Wednesdays
We do doobadoo spring greens
Natalie and Amy Flowers
That Craft Place Mother's day/anything goes
Country View crafts anything goes
Penny Black and More blossoms and bows

I think my Hb is looking at our box games in the cupboard out of the corner of his eye now, wondering if the Scrabble or Rummikub pieces are there's a thought! I also found a tiny box which  a perfume sample came in.....hmmm...lots of ideas. I do love miniature things, as does my dear Mum. I hope she likes her little book, it was made with lots of love.

Happy 1st March everyone, what lovely times are ahead of us, nature is waking up and it is indeed a beautiful world.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Fantastic project Jane, love your colours and little chit chat stickers sit so perfectly in your book. I have a few altered Dominoes sitting half finished in my drawer that I was going to turn into Jewellery Pendants. Feeling inspired to get them back out now.
    Hope you win some challenges.
    Julie xx

  2. What a beautiful creation, Jane! Love how the dominoes took the alcohol inks, and the inside pages are wonderful as well! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  3. Hi Jane,
    I really love this! Love the colours and fantastic idea. Lxx

  4. What an amazing challenge and what a lovely result, your Mum will love it!!! You have awakened a little memory for me that I had long forgotten about. When I was little I had a wonderful set of dominoes which went up to the number twelve and each number was a different colour, it was a brilliant set! I wonder whatever happened to them? Anyway thank you for that Jane and great work as always.
    Happy new week, month and season my dear.
    V x

  5. Beautiful! I love this and I am sure your Mum will too. What a great job you did altering the dominoes and making the pretty pages. Happy March, Jane!
    Helen xox

  6. You are so clever! That turned out fantabulous! I bet your mum will treasure this forever. I know I would if my daughter made something like this for me. Enjoy your March weather! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. This is beyond AMAZING Jane!
    You are so creative and I just love your project!

  8. A beautiful little book. I'm sure your mum will love it.

  9. What a very unusual and inspirational piece of artwork Jane.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  10. What a lovely idea! This is really beautiful and your mom should be thrilled with you.

  11. Beautiful mini album Jane. You done some fabulous stamping ,love it!
    Thanks for joining us at Artistic stamper this month.

  12. Hi Jane, I love how your pages match your domino book perfectly, and the ribbon around the edges fits a treat too! Glad you liked the idea of miniature art, so many ways you can go with it. Thanks for joining in the challenge. ~ Leandra

  13. Its so delicate, and so beautiful, and you made it look so easy! its just awesome!

  14. WOW Awesome! totally fabulous project with some epic elements xx Good luck and thank you for joining us at
    Sandie (That Craft Place Designer, proud DT)

  15. I love creating Domino's too and this is adorable! Thank you for sharing with Frilly and Funkie!

  16. Jane,
    Your book is beautiful, I know your mom will love it

  17. This is just amazing - I love miniature things too. Such a special project.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x

  18. Fabulous make! Love what you did here, these domino books are so much fun! Thanks so much for joining us at Countryview challenges!

  19. Dear Jane,

    This is the most wonderful tiny craft I have seen for a long time - what a wonderful idea and the little book is---Just perfect, your Mom will love it! And all those ideas you have...Endless!

    Enjoy your crafts, and happy and sunny Match-week!


  20. Just beautiful Jane!! Love to see domino art and this is fab!! Steffi :o) xx

  21. Wow Jane, this is spectacular! You really transformed those dominoes into a wonderful spring time project! Love the little booklet and all those amazing teeny tiny stamps! Well done!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'It's Time for a Vacation' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  22. I'm transported by this mini masterpiece Jane. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  23. Wow wow totally stunning gorgeous domino book, really awesome and full of detail. Love it. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx

  24. Stunning is the word that comes to mind! Who knew dominoes could be so much fun?! Lol! I popped over from That Craft Place. Congrats on making top 3!

  25. This is genius Jane - you are so clever - I love how glossy the finished 'domios' are. Bethx


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