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1  A Little Alice Swap (OTT) - sign ups 02/28/15 - 03/14/15. Send Out - Apr 04/15 in Craft Swaps by Onyxnox on: February 28, 2015 05:05:59 AM

If you have a love of Wonderland and all things Alice, then this is the swap for YOU!

The goal is to make an OTT Alice/Wonderland item - that is an item that is small, within 4x4x4" at the max.  Keep in mind that is small in size, but large in heart and effort.  There will be no extras, just a wonderful tiny bit of Wonderland for your partner to love and the rest of the world to want and admire.

Sign ups will be from now until March 14th, noon, EST.  Partnering will likely occur that night or Sunday.  Crafting time will be about 3 weeks, and send outs April 4th.

So if you love Alice, and want a reason to craft an ode to Wonderland, please join!

Let's get some of the business end over with shall we?

Swap name: A Little Alice Swap (OTT)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: 02/28/15-03/14/15
Date to send item by: 04/07/15

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Additional Age requirement? 16 yrs plus

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap:  A Little Alice Swap (OTT)
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

1.  What style of Alice in Wonderland do you like (eg: classic John Tenniel, Disney, Manga, etc)?

2.  What kind of crafted Alice projects do you yearn for?

3.  What are your favourite Alice scenarios/quotes?

4.  What crafted items would you absolutely not want made for you?

5.  What do you dislike (colours, patterns, strong scents, etc)?

6.  What do you love (colours, patterns, scents, etc)?

7.  What allergens are in your home?

8.  What allergies/sensitivities do you want your partner to be aware of?

9.  How can your partner stalk you (Pinterest, blogs, wishlists)?

10.  What kind of items can you craft/would like to craft?

11.  Do you promise to post weekly in the swap thread, and post pics/or acknowledgement of receipt in the gallery?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1.  Onyxnox
2.  Ludi
3.  StainedMushroom
4.  pinkmichk
5.  Averia
6.  torimiko
7.  Audania1
8.  mariak
9.  mousee23
10.  Blasphemy the Blasphemer
11.  frankibean

<Gallery link to go here when Gallery up - after first Sender confirms with Organizer>
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2  Re: OMG - I need a drink swap... anyone interested in Happy Hour? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: February 24, 2015 09:24:43 PM
OK then - I may start this up soon, have to think of the details - with a gin drink in hand as I really goofed up something recently and am kicking myself in the ass daily thinking about it.  I am thinking a smallish swap - how do you guys feels about about a medium and a small crafted item?

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3  No Coffee... no talkie.... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: February 14, 2015 07:24:19 AM
I made these as part of the Fill a Mug swap, for camezzo, recently.  Since we were not actually swapping mugs, I made several of my crafts to be directly cup/mug related.  This is a mug rug and cup cozy set.

First, I went with a coffee cup themed mug rug, with a sleeve that should tell everyone how to approach said person before they have properly prepared for the day.  I went with blues as we both love blues.  I liked the peaceful floral background as it kind of acts in contract to that idea of the cranky, not yet caffeinated grouch.  Also, the gray leaves look like they could be steam, rising from the cup.

I  was really happy how it turned out.  I made the cup out of a pretty swirled blue fabric, which I also used to back the mug rug.  I used strips of white to make the lid, and appliqued them on separately.  I used white with  some interfacing for the sleeve, which I stamped the sentiment on.

More on my blog post here

I made a cup cozy to accompany also.  I made it with a lace up/corseted back so it could be adjusted to fit, similar to a cozy I made last year for another swap.

I saw a couple of things on pinterest that camezzo had pinned, that I wanted to use for the cozy, so I made it reversible too.

First side, using the same swirl fabric as on the mug rug, and the white center piece.  I used some thicker interfacing too to give it some stiffness and a bit more insulation too - some of those cups can get pretty hot.

The opposite side, uses the same white fabric, and a butterfly fabric as well.

I used a permanent ink on the fabric, so it would not smear or fade, and used metal eyelets for the corseting on the back.

More about the cozy specifically from my blog - this was the second incarnation.  The first was a bit of wonky mess.

I like the swirls of the blue swirled fabric, it also makes me think of curls of steam coming up from a cup of hot coffee.
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4  Sending a tweet... a bunch o' notecards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: February 13, 2015 06:52:08 AM
I was just fiddling around the other day and making some random note cards.  I came up with these.  I loved this blue textured card stock and thought I would go with a bird theme with it.  I did the basic images and put it all together.  Then when I was sleeping, I came up with the sentiment.  I thought it was a cute play on words, especially as so many people are tweeting and using social media and the art of the written word and snail mail is diminishing.

I used some Distress ink to give the beige paper a bit more of an aged, vintage look.  The cards are about 3"x6", so long and narrow.

I made envelopes to fit from scratch and added complimentary images to them also.

A bit more about it on my blog.
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5  OMG - I need a drink swap... anyone interested in Happy Hour? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: February 13, 2015 04:50:06 AM

We have done tea, coffee, fill a mug swaps... I don't remember if we did a Cocktails/drinks swap...

Obviously, we cannot send booze through the mail, but I was thinking it could be fun to do a drinks-themed swap, open to adults only...

Some crafty items I am thinking of are (and obviously noted limited to):

recipe books
drinks related artwork
vintage snark
snacks that go well with drinks (spiced nuts, crackers, whatnot)
decorated flasks
decorated glasses
wine charms
cocktail picks
that awesome cocktails hat
a martini hoopla...

... whatever your boozy little heart desires, your rum soaked brain can think of, your bleary hungover eyes can see to make...
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6  Pendent Giveaway contest - Ending March 13, 2015 in Opportunities: Contests for Crafters by Onyxnox on: February 13, 2015 03:47:55 AM
I am putting this as a separate post to better comply with Craftster rules.

I went a bit overboard lately making domino and scrabble pendents because they were so fun to make.   So I decided to have a little giveaway...

I will give away one of the scrabble and domino pendents that I made recently, randomly to someone who comments on my blog, at this link.

This will be open to anyone who wishes to post. 

I will randomly pick two comments and ship a pendent with a wire necklace out to the two recipients.  This will open until midnight EST March 13, 2015.

I will be giving away 1 of each type of pendent (a scrabble and a domino pendent).  If you would like to win one, please leave a constructive comment on the link to my blog, and feel free to indicate which pendent you want. 

Constructive criticism is always welcome.

... and who knows... I tend to over craft or craft just for heck of it, so you may even get an extra so and so in the package too!
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7  Re: Fill a "Coffee" Mug Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 12, 2015 03:30:06 AM
I received yesterday from my partner, Camezzo yesterday.  Thank you very much Camezzo for being my partner in this swap and I hope you and your family are feeling better now.

Here is a general picture of what she sent me - several crafted items as well as several teas to try.  The chocolate chai sounds like something nice and warming to have after we take the dogs out for a hike today.

This is a coffee coconut scrub and a crocheted wash cloth - I can't wait to try the scrub - my hands get so dry after working a couple of days - the alcohol rinses make them start to peel and flake, no matter how much lotion I use.

DH is going to love these - he is always complaining about not having anything to write notes on, for phone messages, and these are little mini note boards off my pinterest.  I really like the little mini clothespins too - I like anything mini and cute!

... and this is my mug rug - I love the contrast of the blues and the cream.

No mug as we agreed to not swap mugs Smiley

Thank you Camezzo - and thank you brandyk for organizing!
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8  A batch of scrabble & domino pendents... in JEWELRY AND TRINKETS by Onyxnox on: February 08, 2015 07:43:56 AM
Moved from: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=333.0

I made a couple of these for the recent Fill a Mug swap for my partner and I couldn't help but make more because they were fun and addictive to make.

They are made from mini dominoes and scrabble tiles.  They are painted with pearlescent paint, and die cuts from a set from Simon Says Stamp that I collaged onto the game pieces, and finished off with a layer of resin.

These are the first ones I made, in preparation for the swap, using scrabble tiles.

I was happy how they turned out, so tried a couple with some mini dominoes I had.  I included a bit of a step by step of how I did it, in case anyone else wants a go at it too

Then I decided to play with different colours, and to make one or two for myself, but went a bit overboard.

So I made a few more scrabble pendents with different colours

and a few more of the domino ones as well...

Also, if you are not as passionate about tea/coffee as I am, and want to try it in a different theme, I posted here about how I made the domino ones - the scrabble tile are similar, without the step of sanding or priming with gesso.
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9  Re: Fill a "Coffee" Mug Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 08, 2015 07:07:57 AM
I'm glad everything arrived safely, and I hope you do like your package.  Hopefully that tea I sent will comfort you during the cold and if you are still under the weather.  

Thanks Ladybugs for the compliment too!

I can't take credit for the origami fish card - that was kbrison's handiwork from the notecard swap last summer.

I had a lot of fun making all the pieces for this swap - I was really happy how that mug rug turned out, and the swirly blue fabric.  I don't remember where that fabric came from, and I wish I knew, because I want more of it!  But I especially loved making the pendents - I used some new dies I got in the new year from Simon Says Stamp, and was so happy how they turned out because I was just playing around.  I loved them so much I actually ended up making a few more and am giving away a couple on my blog too (I can only use so many myself afterall!)

This is a couple of different pics of the two I sent camezzo.  I used pearlescent paint, so they have a neat shimmer to them that is emphasized by the resin

I sent the one on the right - something funky funky happened to the one on the left and I ended up not being happy with it.

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10  Re: Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap - Gallery of Matchbox Goodies... in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: January 09, 2015 12:53:35 PM
I can't believe the swap is almost over!  I received both my boxes and now there appear to only be three boxes to be received still.  I have updated on the front page, and will update feedback again this weekend.

But on to what I received.  First, this is from quaggy... she did a great winter scene with a sweet red bird on a bare tree - funnily enough, I just filled my birdfeeders when I got this, and I think my cardinal was out by them swearing at me for not doing it sooner, when I opened this (he is a saucy bugger)...

I love birds in the winter...

This wraps around the back and there is a hint of glitter in the snow, and of shadow, and I love the appearance of snow flurries.

Here are the goodies - great bits of wintry ephemera - love the teeny weeny snowflakes!

This is my package from Smmarrt... you really went over and above!!!

There are several little small journals on the left hand side, and I am going to pop them into my purses to do a bit of doodling/journaling on my commutes - I especially love the idea of making one from coffee cup sleeves - awesome reuse!!!!

The matchbox also went with the bird theme - a great owl piece with real feathers and great texture.

Thank you both for sending me these thoughtful, beautiful pieces!

It makes me sad to see that there are only a few more left to be seen... but I hope everyone had  fun making their tiny artwork!
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