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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Domino Accordian Book and Birthday Goodies

Hello Friends

Thank you so much to my followers, new and old.  I don't say it often enough but I really do appreciate that you take the time to look at my little offerings and to follow me.

I think I must be the luckiest crafty girl in the world, I had a birthday whilst I was away on holiday last week and I got some gorgeous cards, wonderful gifts and lovely messages - more about that later in my post.

Before I went away I was inspired by the amazing Candy Colwell to make a domino accordian book. Candy made the most wonderful domino accordian book for Simon Says and I used her exact instructions to make mine.  They were so easy to follow, Candy does the most detailed of tutorials, so I am not going to go into too much detail here.  Please do have a look at Candy's creation.  I did not have any small stamps but I wanted to make a little gift for my wonderful DH who has a birthday in a couple of weeks, so this is themed for him.

Please click on the photos for a better view.



This is the front of the domino book, which has been coloured with alcohol inks and I used one of Tim's Remnant Rubs (love them!).  We did a hot air balloon trip a few years ago and loved it.  The tie closure is elastic and I added a Greek 'eye' bead to remind him of our many wonderful holidays in Greece.

The edges of the book were covered with self adhesive Ranger metal sheet which was embossed and coloured with alcohol inks, basically following Candy's design and technique.






The inside is coloured with various Distress Inks/Stains and I used the spritz and flick technique to create an interesting background.  I then stamped with various Tim Holtz stamps from my stash and also stamped the words 'I Love You'.


I kept the inside back quite plain and I used another Tim Remnant Rub on the back, to represent DH's love of all things railway.  Thank you so much to Candy for her amazing inspiration.  If you have never looked at her blog, please do, she is one heck of a talented designer!

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Now, on to my birthday treats.    I did try to keep my birthday quiet this year but it was not to be.  Not only did I receive some gorgeous cards and gifts but lots of lovely birthday messages from so many crafty friends too - thank you all of you!  Crafty friends are just the best ever!  I am going to show you a few items, listed in the order I received them.  This is going to be picture heavy but I just wanted to do them justice and they each deserve to be seen!



This beauty is from my best and very talented friend Mo, there is so much to see on this fabulous card, she knows how much I love butterflies!   There is even a little calendar with my birthday marked on it.  Click on the photo for an even better view, there is so much detail.


These are from my wonderful and talented blog friend (one of my first blog friends) Rita.  Rita made me this stunning wall hanging (it is truly breathtaking), she makes the most gorgeous hand made flowers and I just love the card too.

This gorgeous card is from my talented and wonderful blog friend Jenny (Buttons).  This photo simply does not do this card justice, it is full of wonderful elements including the beautiful image from Nicecrane Designs, from the Ladies on Old Postcards design sheet - such a lovely touch by Jenny as we are both on the Design Team.  Isn't that dribbled embossing powder just fabulous?  I love Jenny's unique style.









The fabulous tag on the left was made by Rita's Daughter and my lovely friend, Annie.  I just love the wonderful image and the whole tag is very tactile.  Annie has such a wonderful eye for detail, as those of you who follow her will already know.

On the right is a beautiful card from one of my very first blog friends, Darnell.  Darnell writes the most amusing blog posts most days, she always keeps my (and many others) spirits high with her wit and charm.  Darnell loves clean and simple, this is another card that looks so much more beautiful in real life.  The colours are gorgeous.


Finally,  my lovely Flickr friend Mo (TwinkleToes2day) has made the gorgeous pink card for me, the butterfly is so beautiful!  On the right is a card from my lovely Craft Group ladies, Lynn (of Doodly Bird fame), Susan and Ruth.  I do believe that the card is actually created from a photo of a piece of Lynn's wonderful stitch work.  I am so excited because we are all meeting next week for some crafty fun.


And this is a shot of the fabulous gifts I received  from some of the wonderful crafty friends above but also a couple of RAKs (random acts of kindness) from Sandy (who sadly fractured her hip recently) and Suzanne, who is an absolute wizard with a Gelli plate.

So there you have it, I am so lucky - I have never had so many beautiful crafty things for my birthday! Thank you to all of you for your cards, gifts and so many lovely messages.  Big hugs, Anne xx



56 comments:

  1. Oh Anne I love your beautiful domino accordion book. Those rub ons look perfect on it. And what a fabulous array of cards and gifts - you thoroughly deserve every single one of them. Huge hugs, Jenny x

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  2. oh Anne - now I've gone and missed your birthday! Expect something in the post later in the week!!! You must tell me the date though so I can put it down on the calendar! Your accordion book is wonderful - absolutely beautiful - so glad you had a good birthday and lots of crafty goodies to play with too!!! Big Hugs rachel xx

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  3. wow what a super cute little domino accordion book...love it...happy belated birthday and what a lucky birthday girl you were to receive so many gorgeous treasures...hugs kath xxx

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  4. Good Morning my friend. What a delightful project Anne. This is the first time I've seen anything like it. The creation itself is a work of art and I bet DH will treasure it too. Stunning array of Birthday gifts and cards and you deserve each and every one of them. Still got another week to go before we get home. Hugs Rita xxxxx

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  5. Your accordian book is stunning Anne. A truly wonderful design with gorgeous detailing and such beautiful colours.
    Belated Birthday wishes, you received such gorgeous cards and gifts to help make your day extra special.
    hugs Sue xx

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  6. Hi Anne,
    Belated birthday wishes from me also.
    How extraordinary that you post about a domino accordion book, our swap site has just suggested that for a future swap....I've never made one but will give it a try. Yours is fantastic as always.
    Cheers,
    Elaine

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  7. Hello Anne and a belated Happy Birthday. Love your project, such a fab colour. Thank you for sharing, this was such a great post. Lovely to see all those crafty goodies also. Hugs xx Flora

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  8. Hi Anne well wow! what a fabulous post, great to see all your birthday cards and gifts and happy belated birthday from me too! and your accordion book is just soooooo great your so talented lots of birthday huggles Sue xxxxxxxxx

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  9. What a lot of fabulous things you have posted on here - lovely cards and terrific presents. Glad you enjoyed your birthday so much whilst you were away. B elated Birthday Greetings btw.
    Looking forward to seeing what you make now with some of those superb gifts.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  10. Happy Belated Birthday Anne! Love your domino album - I must have a go as they look such fun to make. Such great birthday cards too!

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  11. Absolutely stunning domino album, Anne - it's simply gorgeous. Wonderful colours, and I love the balloon rub on the front.

    Big wow on all those birthday goodies too!
    Alison x

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  12. Happy belated birthday , so sorry I missed your special day! Hugs for that ...the domino bookis absolutely gorgeous xx hugs trace x

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  13. OMG I love domino art and Candy domino book was beautiful, a hot air balloon trip, I've always wanted to go on one:O),the book pages are GORGEOUS love all the ink, stains, spritzing, flicking, I loooove it, the dominoes are beautiful ,love the colors and all made with love and it shows.
    That birthday card from Mo is just stunning, loooove her butterfly with the nib, I visited her blog and she is an incredible artist thanks for sharing her,
    Rita's hanger is beautiful and we all know what a creative talent she is, oh man and her daughter is so talented too love her tag. Oh wow and Buttons card is a STUNNING gorgeous creation. Then our sweet Darnell beautiful work and some of the most amazing post, she always makes me laugh, love to visit her. Mos card is beautiful love the butterfly too and Lynn's is gorgeous, love material added to card, how exciting you are all going to meet up and have a crafty day, nothing better than crafting with friends hope you guys have a fun packed day. Fabulous RAKs can't wait to see what you make with it all and you deserve all of it and yes you are the luckiest girl, thanks for sharing these gorgeous gifts Have a fabulous week..

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  14. Belated Birthday Wishes - glad you had a good time and some nice pressies and cards. Hugs, Jacky

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  15. O Anne, Happy Belated Birthday wishes sorry I missed your special day... Your wonderful cards & creations are amazing.... As for your Domino book for your Husband it is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S...Love it!! The colours, contents & images are Beautiful... Made from the heart & a lovely keepsake for him to treasure....Big Hugs May x x x

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  16. The book is fabulous Anne. I haven't made one in the longest time and seeing this creation makes me want to try one again.
    Belated Birthday Wishes!
    You have been spoilt and rightly so :)
    Gorgeous collection of cards from your friends and so many wonderful gifts.
    Now we look forward to seeing what you will create with those goodies.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  17. Hi Anne,I just love all your work, you are so! so! talented. I am never disappointed. Everything is gorgeous.
    Best wishes Angela x

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  18. Oh Anne, you are easy to be friends with! I love your work and you are so diverse. Your domino album is wonderful and I think it is so grand that you put "I love you" in it. Ahhh trips to Greece. I have only been once - love all the classical architecture. But if I had my druthers I would be going back to the United Kingdom.
    A very belated Happy Birthday to you sweet Anne - I do love following you - it is like a wonderful birthday present to me!! Can I get you to send me your birth date -PLEASE
    Big hugs - Sandy

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  19. What a lovely blog page Anne you have received some womderful cards & presents, I hope you will show us onTuesday.
    Lynn xxx

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  20. Lots of wonderful goodies for your birthday Anne and I am so sorry I missed it. I hope you had a wonderful time on holiday and I just love your gorgeous domino book, it's really fabulous.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  21. Firstly, Happy Belated Birthday! Darnell had a marvelous idea to post our B/date on the blog, which I thought was a good suggestion. Then we can wish our buddies a Happy Day at least! 2ndly, loved the domino card you've created. Your DH will love this, recapping memories of a wonderful holiday that you enjoyed together. There's a lot of detail in this, always love reading your TH details that you follow. I'll check out your blog link for that. And your birthday cards were drop-down gorgeous...each one of them. So much detail & intricacy on each. The enlargements showed each to advantage..what a work of art each friend created to celebrate your birthday. So much effort & skill showed on each card, and your photographs were very good! Enjoyed today's post-as per usual. Hope your special day was wonderful. TFS & Hugs

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  22. Happy Birthday to you Anne - sorry its late but I didn't realise. Love your domino accordian book, its fabulous. Hope you had a really lovely holiday and have come back feeling refreshed and ready for anything. Love, Margie xx

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  23. I love those domino books - they're too adorable! Yours is super cool, especially love the hot-air balloon. I am a little partial to balloons! Happy Birthday, even though its a little late!

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  24. I love your little book and aren't you lucky to have received wuch lovely mail
    Rosie x

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  25. It's so lovely that you have been treated so beautifully by so many for your birthday. So sorry I wasn't one who treated you, as you well deserved it, but you sneaked in under the wire whilst I have been in Brighton. I love your domino book and I am sure your DH will to.
    Lot of love and a belated Happy Birthday,
    Jo x

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  26. How perfect that you were treated so wonderfully for your birthday. What goes around comes around, and you are always so beautifully kind to others *hugs*
    Your hubby will just adore that accordian card, it is wonderful.
    It's amazing how quickly your date with Lynn has come around. How time flies. Have a wonderful time *hugs* :0) xx

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  27. Oh belated birthday wishes! A wonderful project - the colours are so lovely, it looks stunning! Off over now to take a look at Candy's blog! Take care, Claire xx

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  28. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a lovely day...you so deserve it. You received some really lovely cards and pressies and so glad to see that! You are always generous with others and good to see that come round full circle!

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  29. Oh Anne your accordion book looks wonderful, I bet your DH is going to love it! I remember Candy's well, you have done a great job on yours.

    All of your birthday cards and gifts look fantastic too (some I had seen already :)) And last but not least a belated very happy birthday and may you have the most wonderful year ahead!!!

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  30. There is so much to take in in one pass Anne! Sorry that I missed your Birthday :( Happy week After Birthday NOW! Looking at the beautifuls that you received - WOW!
    Your domino book is totally delightful!

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  31. Annie, your accordion book for David is spectacular! He is going to be overwhelmed with this stunning work of art!!

    Speaking of works of art, OMG what brilliant creations you have on your post today about your birthday goodies! I spent a good half hour just loving the eye candy and details on them! Thank you for the sweet shoutout; I feel very unworthy to have my card in with the likes of these masterpieces!

    I, too, feel blessed to have you as a dear blogging friend and the truth is, you make it very easy to love you and spoil you!! Have a blast with your crafty friends when you get together this week!! Wish I could be there!! xxoo Darnell

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  32. Oh Happy Happy Happy birthday to you!! I think the cards and gifts you recieved are a reflection on the kind of friend you must be - abundantly generous and beautiful. This is a great post about how blogging/sharing can bring good things to our lives.

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  33. Happy Birthday!! What gorgeous gifts you received from everyone! You deserve it!! Blogging friends are the best. I love your Domino Book, gorgeous colors and the images are really nice! I love how it unfolds to Love You. Your designs are fabulous and so fun to come and see what you did. Never dull!!
    Hugs Kelly

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  34. A very happy belated Birthday to you, Anne! You received such awesome cards and gifts - wonderful! I wish you all the best and - gosh, your accordion domino booklet looks awesome!

    Hugs and Wishes,

    Claudia x

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  35. What a stunning accordion book, Anne! Love your domino treatments and the sweet inner pages. Happy Birthday ~ belated wishes to you!

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  36. Anne your accordion card is stunning! Sorry I missed your birthday, but duly noted for next year! Happy belated birthday to you, you had some gorgeous cards... Hope you had a good week chicken sitting & they are all ok as you were a bit worried about them. I'm on the mend, having some sport massage this week & hope to be back crafting soon! Thank you for your good wishes, Carole Z xx

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  37. Such a beautiful book!!!
    Hope you had a wonderful birthday :)

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  38. Gorgeous domino book, wonderful imagery and I love the colours. So pleased Candy inspired you to create such a beauty. Love the design and this will make a perfect gift for your husband. Tracy x

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  39. This is so fabulous, I have a DVD by Tim holtz in which he makes a domino book, never got round to it,always admired it,love yours so much, may make one now! Happy birthday dear blog friend! Xx

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  40. This is a beautiful domino book you have created. Happy Birthday for last week. You were truly spoilt.
    Hugs
    xx

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  41. This is a wonderful make! I loved Candy's and I love yours! The blues are fabulous! I really love the inside too! Happy belated!!! You are so special!

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  42. Oh my goodness this is sensational! Gorgeous colors and choice of stamps. Happy belated bday to you looks like you had a wonderful day :)

    Amy*

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  43. Anne...first of all, happy belated birthday! Sounds like it was a fabulous one. We both must have been on holiday at the same time! I wanted to thank you so much for the very kind words about me and my work. You are so sweet and such a talent, Anne. I am glad that my domino book inspired you to create such a gorgeous little masterpiece. You did an expert job on your little domino book. From the covers to all of the folded pages...it's magic! <3 Candy

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  44. So viele schöne Geschenke und ich habe nichts gemerkt.
    Aber woher sollte ich auch?!
    Ich wünsche dir also nachträglich alles Gute und Gesundheit, sowie Gottes Segen.
    Und viele viele schöne Basteltage :-)

    Liebe Grüße von Sophie

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  45. Anne, Big Happy Belated Birthday! I would ask you if you had a great time, but I already know you did! What a great collections of birthday treasures from friends! Now that domino book you created is stunning. I love you had a great time making this and fun as well! I have made one and keep thinking it is time for another! Enjoy the weekend!

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  46. Well done on your giveaway win at Marjie's blog! Couldn't have happened to a lovelier person. Hugs, Jenny xxx

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  47. ...Anne i'm blown away by your domino book, it's totally gorgeous and your DH is going to beam from ear to ear, gorgeous stamping and colour choices and that lovely tie with the Greek eye is a wonderful touch, AWESOME!...and your birthday treats are stunning how wonderful are people to put so much thought and time into these wonderful works of art, thank you for sharing them...Mel:)xx

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  48. Can't pick one ...they ALL are so beautiful...your domino project is awesome and the cards and good wishes from your friends are so wonderful Yes you are lucky! I am really glad for you that you have goodies to work with and they always remind you of your deer friends...
    Happy belated birthday
    bibiana

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  49. Hi Anne, Happy belated birthday! Such gorgeous birthday treats you have received. I absolutely love your Domino book. I just bought some junbo ones at a second hand store by yet to do anything with them, thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
    :) Chris / CS Designs ... Doodle Pieces

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  50. Hi Anne, the domino book is to die for, I so love it. Great colors, too. I must give it a try one day ... and your birthday goodies are as fabulous as very well deserved. You are such a good friend. Hugs, Suzanne xxx

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  51. I love this domino book! Colours are so bright! Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! BArbarayaya

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  52. Oh Anne I love your beautiful domino accordion book, wish it were mine, just gorgeous. Angela xxx

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  53. Love your domino book. I've been wanting to make one for ages and you and Candy have given me just the inspiration I needed. Wonderful birthday gifts for a wonderful woman!

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  54. Oh my I do loooooove domino art, this book is gorgeous, I can see how you were inspired by Candy she does the best tutorials, I agree, Love the colors you used and all the blending and spritzing, just gorgeous, love all the images and sentiments you added, just perfect, and I love how you tied it together, it's a stunning piece of art work. Now you gifts are absolutely gorgeous each and every one of them, it just show how much your loved in the crating community, well deserved my dear,it will be exciting to see what you do with all those goodies, thanks for sharing it all with us..

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  55. Your little domino book is fabulous Anne and I'm sure your DH loved it. I always think the best thing about being a crafter is the wonderful handmade cards/gifts we receive from other crafters and you certainly had some beautiful creations for your birthday.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  56. Anne, this domino book is brilliant! Turquoise is my absolute favourite colour and you made this look amazing. The distress look with the stamping.. Gorgeous! Ingrid xx

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