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Friday, March 27, 2015

DominoART Challenge #12 - "Dominoes to Dye For"

TGIF Dominoians!
Thank you for the 2 fabulous entries in DominoART's Harlequin Diamonds challenge, both are equally stunning!  Sadly not enough entries to award a prize so I'm inviting you both to be a Guest Designer on DominoART!  Please email me for more info if you'd like to do it ;0)

It's now time for DominoART's next challenge

 DominoART Challenge #12 is
"Dominoes to Dye for"

This theme has always been a fan favourite!  
I challenge you to DYE your dominoes using only the Egg Dye kits sold for colouring eggs!  So dash on out to your grocery store and grab a few different kinds before they're gone for another year!  

5+ entries required to win a prize!  For 5 entries or less I'm now offering Guest Designer spots to the stamper of my fave projects!

 I used a couple of brand new shiny dominoes and some that had been soaked in a bleach bath to remove the shiny surface.  There's so many different varieties of egg dye kits and I get different results each time.  This time I used the little dye tablets and some I dissolved in water and some in vinegar.  All were soaked for about half a day.  I also dripped dye directly onto a few and others I a toothpick to create the marbled patterns.  There's no right or wrong way to dye dominoes so just have fun and play around with the kits and see what results you get.

 I'll be sharing projects I made with my dyed doms over the next few weeks but you can pop on over to Smudgy Antics right now for a peek at Bunny Blue who will be featured here on DominoART April 1st!

I'm DYE-ing to see your challenge entries ;0)
Link them up below!

Domino Hugs!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Week 3 of D'ART Challenge #11 + "50 Shades of GREEN" Blog Hop!

Happy Friday the 13th Dominoians!
WOW, I can't believe we're now entering the 3rd week of

DominoART Challenge #11
Harlequin Diamonds
and is 
Any Game Goes!

I challenge you to incorporate the Harlequin Diamond pattern into any altered game piece(s) of your choice...that means dominoes, playing cards, jigsaw pieces, etc, all are fair game!

I'm back today to inspire you to join in DominoART's current challenge (link up HERE) as well as to encourage to you to participate in the Lost Coast Designs "50 Shades of GREEN" Reader's progressive blog hop that kicked off with a bang on Wednesday March 11th!  The blog hop roll is below my green and harlequin themed project today so get hopping and then make sure to read all the deets on how to participate over at Lost Coaster's Review!  Combine both themes in your altered game art and play in both events, how fun is that!!! ;0)

Domino ATC

I used Lost Coast Designs "Manga Goth With Socks"
and the music stamp from ATC Misc 7 Set.

The domino I used is slightly thinner than a standard one and therefore not as heavy and this one was from my The Simpsons stash so had pix of the characters instead of pips.  the Manga girl was stamped with Jet Black StazOn and coloured with a combination of Sharpies, Alchohol Pens and metallic green details in shades of green.  The shoulder detailing on her dress look like octopus tentacles and her necklace is a sand dollar (which I covered with a tiny green pearlescent pearl) so I was inspired to create the sentiment with my vintage Dymo label maker on green tape and added the fish bead too.

The ATC is actually a scrap from my making my 3 ATCs I shared in the blog hop on Wednesday which you'll see when you start hopping or click here!  The background is a mish-mash of inks and I grunged it up even more by stenciling the harlequin diamond pattern in 2 sizes with Forest Moss Distress Ink.  I then stamped the LCD music ATC background in black Archival Ink and I used the same stencil to draw in the diamond pattern on the domino too.  I coloured the sides of the domino black and added the harlequin diamond washi tape (Recollections) to the sides and cut a strip in half to add some to the front too.  The domino is sealed with Judikins Diamond Glaze and adhered to the ATC with E6000.  The ATC edges were distressed and stained with a metallic green permanent marker.

This is the "50 Shades of GREEN" blog hop roll!

Have a great weekend!
 Domino Hugs!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Exotic 'Game Art' Trinket Box - "50 Shades of GREEN" Lost Coast Designs Readers Blog Hop Giveaway! Starts Today!

I'm super excited to be hosting
Lost Coast Designs very first
 Readers Progressive Blog Hop Giveaway!
 "50 Shades of GREEN"
 blog hop starts today on the Lost Coaster's Review blog and EVERYONE is invited to participate and be in the running to win a $20 gift certificate to spend at Lost Coast Designs!

Members of the Lost Coast Design Team kick off the hop today at 11am PST so pop on over, hop all the blogs in the Blog Hop roll Inlinkz collection, which you can also find below my project, get inspired and join the fun!  Link up your own Shades of GREEN projects from today through to March 30 and keep the blog hop rolling!

 Visit the Lost Coaster’s Review blog for all the info on how YOU can play and win!

The hop will close at NOON PST on March 30th and the winner announced on March 31st and some Honourable Mention blog badges are up for grabs too!

 I'm sharing 4 projects today, one here and the other over on LeighSBDesigns, to get you in the mood and inspire you to join the fun ;0)
 My mixed game piece trinket box features Lost Coast Designs medium and a portion of the large sized Owl from the Owl set and portions of the large Feathers rubber stamp.

 I used 4 standard sized white Dominoes for the sides, a Chekit game piece for the lid with a dice (or "die" which is grammatically correct for a single "dice") as the lid stopper!

The game pieces were all treated with Lettuce and Meadow Alcohol Inks and the images stamped with black Archival Ink.   Metallic green permanent ink was applied to the edges of all the game pieces and sealed with a coat of Judikins Diamond Glaze, except for the dice which was sealed with a few coats of Krylon Artist's Workable Fixative.

The beads I used for the lid handle and box feet were all coloured with metallic green permanet ink and the box base was cut from black cardstock.  All the box components were assembled with Judikins Diamond Glaze and E6000 adhesive.  Green pearlescent half pearls were added to complete the trinket box.

Thank you for hopping with me today, I hope I've inspired you to get out all your green supplies and join the fun by participating in our blog hop!  The blog hop roll Inlinkz collection is below!  So off you hop and see what fabulous Shades of Green projects await you!

    This hop is going to be so much fun,
are you excited to get stamping?

May the luck of the Leprechauns be with you!
Domino Hugs!

Monday, March 9, 2015

"Pieces of Me" altered jigsaw puzzle pieces - Smeared Ink DT for Smudgy Antics!

Howzit Dominoians!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Today I'm sharing my Smeared Ink DT inspiration project that will be up on Tuesday over at our Smudgy Antics challenge blog!

These 2 large jigsaw puzzle pieces are part of a larger project hosted by my friend Kristy Lee!  I was honoured to be invited to contribute to her "Pieces of You" project and she mailed me these 2 pieces to alter.  I've now mailed them back to her and can't wait to see a photo of the completed puzzle!

The images I chose to reflect 'Me' are the Raven, the Vampire Cat as well as portions of the Witch Hat and Pumpkins from the Smeared Ink exclusive rubber stamp set I designed, Autumn's Pencil.  The images were stamped with Tuxedo Black Momento Ink and coloured with Copic markers.  I did a lot colour manipulation within the 2 colour monochromatic colour scheme, with lots of shading and highlighting in each tiny area.  The pieces were sealed with Krylon Artist's Workable Fixative and then I applied to Judikins Diamond Glaze to just the Raven and the Cat to emphasis them.

This was a fun collaborative project to work on and I hope you enjoyed seeing "Pieces of Me" ;0)
Here's a closer look at all the details!

Don't forget to stop by Smudgy Antics and join our monthly challenges where it is always "Anything Goes"!

Click on the collaged photo to enlarge!
Domino Hugs!

Friday, March 6, 2015

D'ART Challenge #11: Harlequin Diamonds & Any Game Goes WEEK 2!

TGIF Dominoians!
I'm bit late posting today, where did this week go??  So yes, TGIF, need I say more LOL ;0)

We're now entering week 2 of

DominoART Challenge #11
Harlequin Diamonds
and is 
Any Game Goes!

I challenge you to incorporate the Harlequin Diamond pattern into any altered game piece(s) of your choice...that means dominoes, playing cards, jigsaw pieces, etc, all are fair game!

DominoARTist Val S is here today to inspire you with a fabulous altered square domino fridge magnet!  Doesn't it look almost like snakeskin!!  Stop by Val's blog for more details!

Have a great weekend!
Domino Hugs!

Friday, February 27, 2015

DominoART Challenge #11: Harlequin Diamonds & Any Game Goes!

TGIF Dominoians!
It's time for DominoART's next challenge plus my project today is performing triple duty by giving you a preview of the new challenges starting in the next few days over on Lost Coaster's Review and Altered Eclectics too!  Continue reading for all the deets on all three challenges!

First up, DominoART's Challenge #10 unfortunately didn't have any entries, boo, but I know a few of you did intend to play but the snow has messed with a lot of your plans so lets hope Challenge #11 grabs your interest and the snow cooperates ;0)

DominoART Challenge #11 is
Harlequin Diamonds
and again is 
Any Game Goes!

I challenge you to incorporate the Harlequin Diamond pattern into any altered game piece(s) of your choice...that means dominoes, playing cards, jigsaw pieces, etc, all are fair game!

For your inspiration I've made an altered super-sized domino necklace featuring Lost Coast Designs Manga Goth Harlequin stamp and coloured with my fave medium, Sharpie markers!  I included her harlequin patterned stockinged legs on the sides of the domino and I also played around with glaze type and dimension by applying Judikins Diamond Glaze to the entire domino and then added the Harlequin Diamond pattern on the front with Inkssentials Matte Accents for some fun extra quirkiness!

The next challenge over at our Lost Coaster's Review blog is Use Some Red and officially starts on March 2nd!  My DT inspiration piece for the challenge has some touches of red in the self-adhesive red heart jewel on her necklace and the 3 jewel buttons on the front of her corset dress.  The dress is actually coloured with red too but glossy glaze turns red into orange once applied so that's just a little tip for you to remember for the future when colouring with red Sharpie!

click to enlarge - showing the harlequin diamond pattern in 3D Inkssentials Matte Accents on top of the glossy JDGlaze
The next challenge over at Altered Eclectics challenge blog starts on March 1st and our challenges are always Anything Goes and is only for altered art, of any kind, NO cards or ATCs etc!  So I hope everyone will come and play in all three challenges!

the stamp image is continued on all 4 sides with the harlequin patterned represented by her stockings

Have a great weekend and
Domino Hugs!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Autumn's Pencil" Doublecross Domino Bookmarker - Smeared Ink DT

Happy Sunday!
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend so far!  Today I'm sharing my Smeared Ink DT inspiration project I posted over at our Smudgy Antics challenge blog yesterday!

 At the beginning of February I shared my Daily Planner featuring Smeared Ink's Grandmaster chess set digis on the cover and today here's the Doublecross Domino bookmarker I made for my planner!  This time I used the tall and narrow stamp from my Autumn's Pencil rubber stamp set I designed for Smeared Ink.

 Before I started stamping I hand screwed the brass eye screws into both ends of the wooden Doublecross domino (a game that's been discontinued for many years now).  Then stamped the image onto the front and sides with Jet Black StazOn ink and heat set before colouring the design with Sharpie markers.  I'd normally apply a varnish or Judikins Diamond Glaze at this point to protect the domino but I did that after I took the photos, the glare from the glaze makes it tricky to get good pix!  I made the jewelry dangle and included a tiny black domino bead to complete my piece, I just love those beads!  I threaded a length of black sheer ribbon through the top loop and adhered it to the back page of my daily planner and it works and looks great too!  Here's a closer look at the details!

 Don't forget you've got DominoART's first challenge of the year to enter, #10 Hearts plus it's an Any Game Goes and also come and join us at Smudgy Antics for our always Anything Goes challenges too!

Domino Hugs!

Friday, February 20, 2015

"Tempus Fugit" Just Steampunk Vol 3 & Week 3 of DominoART Challenge 10!

TGIF Dominoians!
 Today I'm sharing an altered game art necklace that was published in Just Steampunk Vol 3 featuring Lost Coast Designs Steampunk stamp called "Time Flies"!
But first a quick reminder that we're now entering week 3 of DominoART's Challenge #10 Hearts plus Any Game Goes!  I look forward to seeing your altered game art created with any game you want with a Hearts theme ;0)

 I stamped portions of the Time Flies image onto a small domino and a Chekit game piece with Jet Black StazOn ink then heat set and coloured with Sharpies in my signature "Sharpie Domino Queen" technique.  Metallic gold detailing was added to both game pieces with a DecoColor fine point paint pen and also edged and colored the sides with a broad point paint pen.  Then Judikins Diamond Glaze was applied to the surface and sides of both game pieces.

I stamped the same image again with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored just the wings and legs with Copic markers and added gold to the buckles on the shoes with a metallic gold Promarker.  I fussy cut out the image and removed the legs from the body then colored the backs of the pieces black with a Copic marker.  I punched 1/16" holes with a hole punch at the top of the legs and the base of the body before applying Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint to the legs and the 'wings'.  Once the crackle paint was dry I applied Black Soot Distress Ink to enhance the cracks and buffed off the excess with a piece of paper towel.

I then adhered both game pieces to the body with Judikins Diamond Glaze making sure to add some on the sides where the two game pieces touch at the 'neck' of the doll.  Once secure I adhered a Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal gear over the face of the doll, a flattened antique gold screw head eyelet and antique gold and copper Tim Holtz Idea-ology clock hands to the game pieces with more JD Glaze.

The largest Sizzix Alterations Gadget Gear was die cut out from a sheet of Grungeboard board and I applied tarnished brass Metallic Distress Stain to both sides and sealed with a coat of Delta Ceramcoat matte varnish.  I punched a 1/16" hole into one of the spokes  and adhered the game art doll to the gear with JD Glaze.  Once dry I attached the legs to the body with brass jump rings and attached an antique gold chain with a lobster claw clasp to the gear with a larger jump ring and  embellished with a brass gear from SkyBluePink.com.

Domino Hugs!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Challenge #10 Inspiration project - "Love Hurts Lil Grumpie" altered domino!

  Happy Friday the 13th!
Today is my turn to inspire and encourage you to come and play in my monthly
DominoART Challenges!  We're now into our 2nd week of

Challenge #10 theme is HEARTS!
and it's an
Any Game Goes!

Click HERE to enter the challenge!

So, how good are you with a butterfly net?  Right now I've got a horde of love sick Grumpies running amok on my LeighSBDesigns blog during the finale of Smeared Ink's Bloody Valentine blog hop and I'd appreciate your help in rounding them all up!  But first let's take a closer look at Love Hurts Grumpie so you know what kind of beastie you're looking for and there's another one hiding out at Smudgy Antics too so see if you can catch him as well ;0)

Love Hurts Lil Grumpie
I used super-sized white dominoes to create my balloon toting horde which feature Smeared Ink's Love Lil Grumpies rubber stamp set.  The balloons I drew myself and the text on each one is also from the Love set!

I used Jet Black StazOn Ink to stamp the images onto the dominoes and heat set before colouring the images with various Sharpie markers using my signature Sharpie Domino Queen technique.  I edged and coloured the sides of each domino with a black Sharpie marker.  The balloons were drawn on Neenah Solar White cardstock and the text was stamped on each balloon with Tuxedo Black Memento ink before I coloured them with Copic markers.  The balloon string is black craft wire adhered to the backs of each domino and balloon and randomly bent and twirled for a fun and quirky look.  I took photos of the altered dominoes first before applying Judikins Diamond Glaze to protect the stamped surface because it's tricky to get a good photo without the glare on the glaze.

Have a great weekend!
Domino Hugs!

Friday, February 6, 2015

DominoART Challenge #10 THEME is Hearts & Any Game Goes!

It's challenge time!  Who is ready to get their Game On?

Challenge #10 theme is HEARTS!
and it's an
Any Game Goes!

"Any Game Goes" means you can alter any kind of game piece!  If it's a game then you can alter it!

Our first theme for 2015 is HEARTS, well it is February after all, but that doesn't mean you have to get all lovey dovey, anything to do with Hearts like Alice in Wonderland or dark and twisty broken hearts are welcome too!  Speaking of which, stop by More Smeared Ink and sign up for our annual Bloody Valentine Blog Hop by Feb 9th!  Our macabre hop takes place Feb 11-13 so come by and join us and you can enter your projects here in DominoART's challenge too!

Here's your challenge inspiration by DominoARTist Val S!
Stop by Valscraftings for more info!

 I can't wait to see your entries!

Here's a refresher on our challenge rules:
 Not all DominoART Challenges will be domino related so stalk those yard sales and start collecting playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, chess pieces, checkers, backgammon, dice, Mah Jong, Rummy pieces, etc!  If it's a GAME then we alter it!

 Also keep a look out for Game related rubber stamps, digi images and decorative papers coz those could sneak into a challenge too ;0)

DominoART Challenge Rules
  • New Challenges start on Fridays
  • Challenges will run for approximately 3 weeks to give you plenty of time to play
  • Sponsored Challenges will have One Winner 
  • Sponsored Challenges must have a minimum of 5 entries for the prize to be awarded otherwise the sponsored prize will roll over to the next Sponsored Challenge.
  • For non-Sponsored Challenges I will announce DominoART's Top 3s and award a Top 3 badge.
  • Winners and Top 3s will be announced when the next challenge starts
  • Entries must follow the challenge theme
  • Entries must use the specified game pieces
  • You can enter a max of 5 altered creations per challenge
  • Each entry must have it's own separate post
  • There is no limit to how many other challenges you can combine with DominoART
  • Include the DominoART challenge with a link in your blog post
  • No back linking - your project must be posted on your blog on or after the challenge start date
  • Add your entry to the inlinkz collection with a direct link to your post, not your blog home page!
  • Please leave a comment after you link up otherwise your entry will be deleted!
  • Don't have a blog?  Share via photo sharing sites and Facebook pages and include the tag #DOMINOARTCHALLENGE , then link up via the inlinkz collection.  I must be able to see your project photos so make sure they're public!

Domino Hugs!
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