Sunday, 12 October 2014

In Disguise at Inspiration Journal

This month at Inspiration Journal the challenge is 'In Disguise' - we would like you to use something in a way that is different from it's original intention.  This is a time to think outside the box....

The prize for one lucky winner is 50 Emporium Dollars to spend at Inspiration Emporium's on line store!  We would love to have you join us!  You don't have to make Halloween things, just use something in a way that is different...

I admit, it took me a little while to get the old grey cells thinking along the right lines but I have come up with two different projects to show you.

For my first project I took two plain dominoes from my stash and turned them into a little mini book:

Well, I just had to go with a Halloween theme, it is my favourite time of year after all!  The dominoes were coloured with Ranger alcohol inks in Sunset Orange and Rust.

The sides are made from Ranger Foil Tape sheets, embossed with a Texture Fade (Dot Matrix) and coloured with the same Alcohol Inks.

The inside was created using Ranger Speciality Paper coloured with Shabby Shutters and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks and decorated with the fabulous Tim Holtz Halloween Shadows Decorative Strip Die.  A few Remnant Rubs were used to finish off.

More Remnant Rubs and an elastic cord with beads from my stash finish off the piece.

My second project uses a technique that I first saw Wendy Vecchi demonstrate way back when and Tim Holtz also uses and loves the technique, it is great fun.  It is one of my all time favourites.  I took a glass tumbler and turned it into a night light holder (I would not recommend using a real candle if you try this - but a battery operated one works just fine).

I covered the glass with Ranger Multi Medium in Matte and let this dry.  Then I coated it generously with Tim's fabulous Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and once dry I coated the whole of the outside with Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink with a Distress Tool and felt.  I dribbled more here and there and I love how it seeps into all those wonderful cracks.

To finish off I used Tim's On the Edge Graveyard die, the die cut was covered in black embossing powder and a few pinches of gold embossing powder.  The witch is another Tim Holtz die - she is simply balanced on the side and can be removed easily.

I have two more projects 'In Disguise' to share with you this month but in the meantime I hope I have inspired you to think of making something a little different and join in our challenge over at Inspiration Journal, where there is a fabulous prize of $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium,
waiting for one lucky person!!  If you want more inspiration, check out Inspiration Journal throughout the month where you will see some fantastic projects from my DT Sisters.

Don't forget too, if you do buy anything from Inspiration Emporium please use my code Redanne for a 10% discount on your whole purchase.  Shipping costs are very reasonable at $5 for USA and $10 for the Europe.

As always, thanks for looking, I look forward to seeing you again soon.  Hugs, Anne xx

Products Used from Inspiration Emporium, with links

Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper
Ranger Foil Tape Sheets
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Tim Holtz Halloween Strip Die - Halloween Shadows
Tim Holtz Bigz Dies - Witch
Tim Holtz On the Edge Dies - Graveyard
Distress Inks
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint


  1. woohoo...loving your gorgeous spookilicious projects Anne....the cute domino book is a treasured work of art...enjoy the rest of your weekend...hugs kath xxx

  2. Both of these creations look fabulous Anne, I love the background you have created on the domino pages for the spooky owl, scary cat and silhouette people. The altered glass into a tea light holder will look great decorating the table alongside the pumpkin soup on Halloween, love the crackle and the scary witch flying over the tombstones. Mo x

  3. Creepy, love them both! The tumbler is amazing. I love those trick or treaters.

  4. Hello Anne
    Sorry I have been so absent.
    What a treat it is to view your Halloween creations.
    That book certainly is spine chilling! A few of those scattered around the home would look so amazing but then to view your altered tumbler, WOW the effect is astonishing. I doubt there is anything in the shops which would come near to how amazing this is.
    I might need to call you Queen of Halloween :)
    Have a lovely day.

  5. these look awesome anne. really fabulous. i adore the idea of the second one. and wonderfully executed too. big hugs to you love rachel x

  6. Two wonderful projects Anne. I love the cute spookiness of the mini book but I adore the tealight holder...just fabulous.
    Toni xx

  7. .Hi Anne, your two Halloween makes are brilliant. I love the spookily cute, wee dominoes minibook, and the candle holder is gorgeous, great texture on the glass. Sorry I haven't been around lately, time just seems to fly past so fast I rarely have time to check out blogs now. I miss this.
    Alexandra xx

  8. Hi,this is an original and nice good idea of halloween!

  9. Two more awesome pieces from you I see - I agree with Lynne above that you are the 'Queen of Halloween' lol. Your work is always inspirational; a joy to find ((hugs)) :o) xx

  10. I really love the tiny little book. What a great disguise! Your technique on the glass worked out brilliantly and the witch hooked on the side is so clever, all the more reason to use a fake candle otherwise she would be burned at the stake!

  11. Great projects Anne, love the dominoes mini book especially but they are both very clever.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  12. Oh, what fun, Anne! You never cease to delight me and I am such a sucker for Halloween projects. Love these!

  13. Fantastic projects! Love them both, the dominos booklet is just awesome! Xx

  14. What a wonderful teatime treat this gloomy Sunday evening - I love the whole look to the crackled tealight holder and as for that domino book, well, a work of art Anne! The embossed foil makes it look for all the world as though you've encrusted the edges with individual jewels. Small and most definitely perfectly formed. Thank you for stirring the little grey cells into action. Jenny x

  15. These look fabulous Anne. The domino book is wonderful and the tea light holder is fantastic.
    Your designs and attention to detail are always so inspiring.
    hugs Sue xx

  16. Fabulous Anne, love those little people stamped in your domino book and I adore your lamp gorgeous altered pieces. Tracy x

  17. A wonderful domino book and great colours for this Halloween theme... which inspires you fabulously!

  18. Oh wow love love loveeeeeee these Anne!!! your so talented and creative..huggles Sue xx

  19. These are both AMAZING Anne!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the domino book...just awesome! And what a cool idea to make a night light...perfect for Halloween! Fabulous first projects for IE!!!

  20. Love your disguises, Anne! Two fabulous Halloween projects. That domino book is awesome and makes me want to make another. The little votive is another fun and festive treat! I have so much glass laying around! Love these both. Hugs!

  21. Wow! Brilliant disguises! Now I know what to do with my little collection of dominoes! You know I'm not a great Halloween fan but you have converted me with these two! I love the way the little book opens out to show that little scene. Your night light is such fun - love the crackle! Hugs, Chrisx

  22. Wow - LOVE both of your disguised projects Anne! the domino book is SO spooky cute - and I love the crackle on your spooky candle holder! You have been one busy Halloween creator!

  23. Gosh! Absolutely brilliant, Anne!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your halloween creations! The dominoe booklet is gobsmackingly awesome!

    Claudia x

  24. Wonderful projects Anne! Great idea to use the Halloween Die as the pages in your domino book and that glass looks awesome and not like a glass at all! Well done. Elaine xx

  25. Gorgeous projects but I do love your tealight holder it's fab! Elizabeth xxx

  26. Both utterly FAB-U-LOUS Anne! You are a crafty crafting genious! I'll go with Queen of Halloween too! BRILLIANT makes. Nicola x

  27. Fabulous spooky projects Anne ..... love the little domino book, but the tealight holder just has the edge for me .... very clever! Linda xx

  28. Holy cow Anne, it's a good thing you told us these are dominoes and a shot glass, because I can't believe how much detail you got into such small projects! Love the cracked glass! Amazing Halloween transformations! hugs :)

  29. WOW both your projects are super fantastic...stunning!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  30. I am in love, I am in love, I am in love! I really covet your votive light and just have to give it a go! I still have on display the combination birthday card and Halloween card you sent me last year! It is really wonderful and I will always treasure it!!
    Sandy xx

  31. Holy Batman Miss Anne, you got those grey cells soaring SQUAWK, this is magnificent, I loooooooove domino books this is just brilliant so creative, the lampshade is gorgeoussssss, I bet you Mister Tim is beaming, thanks for sharing, hope you have a wonderful week, yup yup yup a BRILLIANT DISGUISE.....

  32. Two fabulous project. Love the colours of them both, so warm and autumnal (as well as being Halloween'ey)
    Both fab - hope Tim sees this.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  33. OMG... the dominoes... way cool idea ! The nightlight hold is fabulous as well ... two great projects !

  34. 2 fabulous projects, lucky us! Your work is so professional and I love the technique on the journal, looks so awesome! You need to sell these on Etsy everyone would love the journal. I love the night light although it would scare me! lol I do love the textures and the shades of orange and amber, so beautiful. Have a great day, thanks for stopping by my FB page, lately that is all I have been keeping up with, too busy!
    Hugs kelly

  35. Both of your In Disguise pieces are brilliant Anne. Your domino book is awesome, a perfect Halloween treasure. Love the witchy candle holder with that great technique on the glass, two fantastic makes. Hugs Lottie x

  36. A stunning domino mini, and the crackle votive is just fantastic… Have to go to work now, but will be back to look in more detail soon - and catch up with the rest of your amazing creations.
    Alison xx

  37. Oh WOW, Anne!!! Love both of these wonderful creations!! LOVE how you've used the dominos as book-covers-of sorts-for this wonderful little scene! And the crackly candle holder--Awesome!! You might be bringing Halloween to the UK all on your own :) ;) XOXO-Shari T.

  38. Hi Anne, you certainly are going to have the best Halloween decorations in your house. More stunning treats for us to see. Beautifully made.
    Julie x

  39. I'm on catch up again Anne, these are both the book & the tumbler is fabulous, must try this some time! Hugs Carole Z xx

  40. Oh my, the mini domino book is outstanding! Love the texture on the edges and the rich use of AIs. Talk about inspiration!

  41. There's nothing wrong with your grey cells Anne......both makes are fabulous with wonderful details techniques

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie x

  42. I finally got a chance to catch up with you, Annie, and I see that you have been creating up a storm! This does not surprise me since this is your favorite holiday of the year! I think turning that glass into a night light holder is nothing short of genius, but even so, it is your domino minibook that stole my heart in this post! To me, what you do is nothing short of magic!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  43. You have been a very busy girl Anne both makes are spookylicious and more. The domino book looks eerily beautiful but the glass tumbler is totally brilliant for Halloween.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  44. Oh, I love things in minature and I've a special love of domino books, this one is just gorgeous, yes even with a skull on it's pure delight! Your crackled votive is stunning.....glad I didn't see this before starting mine, it's fabulous Anne! Ruth x

  45. Hi Anne! So happy I can come at last on your blog again and see this set, just FABULOUS!!!! I was ready to comment before lunchtime but was disturbed by my kids boohoo... :) I love your Halloween projects and your gift to Lynne, this is amazing! Just pinned both projects on my Halloween gallery by others, and you've got a new follower. :D
    But pls don't be angry with me if I can't see all and leave you a comment at each post, as I'm so so so busy everywhere... but I love your art and you are a lovely person I'm sure! Have a wonderful week-end, hugs, Coco xxx


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