Monday, March 18, 2013

Altered Art-Domino Minis

Hello Happy Scrappers!

I have been trying to get this post up forever.  OK, maybe only a month, but it still seems like forever.  Last month I joined a swap over at Art and Sassy.  It was to create two minis from dominos.  Check out what I made!

One was to be a historical iconic figure and the second was to be modern iconic (i.e.  Disney, TV show, movie star, Coke, etc).
My historic domino was about Elizabeth I of England.  I used old wooden black dominos for the foundation of both my minis.  To “cover” the dominos for this one, I embossed the dominos with silver embossing powder.  I choose to not make it a complete cover of silver as I wanted some of the black domino to show through.  I felt this would give it a distressed feel.  I used silver charms (from Michael’s) throughout the mini.  I used a picture of her on the front and a cross of the back. 

On one side I put a picture on every other “page” with pattern paper between.  I added pearls and small flowers for embellies. 

On the opposite side of the mini, I had small tags that have quick facts about Elizabeth I on them.  Pictures of Elizabeth I are on every other “page”.

For my modern iconic domino mini, I choose the Statue of Liberty.  I painted the dominos with two colors of green and one of aqua.  Once that was dry, I mixed Copper Perfect Pearls with glossy accents and brushed that over the dominos.  Once that was dry, I sanded some of the copper finish off so the paint below would show through giving it the aged copper look. 

I decided the closure should be a copper chain, but was unsure of how to get it to stay on so the chain would not get lost.  I knew I could not glue it between the paper and domino as it would be too bulky.  I choose to get a screw in eye.  Luck had it that the smallest drill bit I have for my Dewalt was just the right size.  I was soooo relieved about that!
I embellished the inside with copper brads, star brads, pattern paper, and tiny tags that, again, had quick facts about the Statue on them.

All in all I was very happy with how they turned out.  Please visit  They have some great site open and the owners are supper talented!
For videos on how to do domino minis, please visit Cara’s (one of the owners) video here.
P.S.  I got my swaps in the mail today.  I will try to get pics up of them this weekend!  Loved 'Em!!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Long Time No Post

Hello Crafters!

It has been a while since I posted.  Sorry about that.  I have been busy with lots of goodies and work.  Just a sample....
A jewerly Box from a second hand store.

This was the end result and a gift for my SS from work.  Well last year's SS. 

Altered box

Close up of top.

Envelope Mini I made to go inside the box.

I have recently joined a swap group.  Join and have fun with us!

This will have me working on lots more projects for the year.  One of my New Year's Resolutions is to blog and craft more frequently. 

I am happy to say that I completed a New Year's Resolution for the first time (that I can remember).  I got my apartment organzied!!!  The whole thing.  That is part of the reason I did not craft as much as I wanted last year.  But, it was all for a good reason.  I believe that I might just post periodically on some of the ideas and things I learned during my year long organizational journey.  Ended up, that I got rid of/gave away (almost) a bedroom full of "STUFF".  That had been the goal, to downsize a bedroom.  I got very close.  Just one walk-in closet short of my goal.  And I have to say, I am OK with the closet being full.  "A place for everything and everything in it's place".  That was my motto through out last year.

So, here is to a new year!  Lets see if I can keep my two goals....1) Craft and blog more, and 2) Save MONEY.  Doing good on number 2 so far.  I have my first test on saving this weekend.  I have to go shopping.   Wish me luck!

Happy Scrapping!