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1  Holiday Tag Swap... in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: September 13, 2014 05:33:37 AM
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... especially for those of my fellow Canadians in Alberta...

But I digress...

Just wondering if anyone is interested in doing a tag swap - bit earlier this year so that everyone does have plenty of time to get them before their winter holiday gift wrapping/giving.  Or as part of another crafting project, such as an Advent Calender, wreath, holiday journal, scrapbook, ornaments, whatever...

Anyways, if anyone is interested, here is the link to the original swap, and I would like to run it the same way unless anyone has other suggestions. 

The tags don't have to be limited to paper - they could be wood, metal, fabric, leather, plastic, polymer clay - limited only by the imagination. 

Here is the gallery so you can see last years goodies!

Maybe this can help get us into the Holiday spirit?
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2  Re: Crafted Notecards Round 3 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 22, 2014 02:22:15 PM
My computer screen is being a bit wonky and having trouble seeing some of the pics, so hopefully I have them labelled correctly... 

Anyways, I received my remaining three packages yesterday/today, from blupaisan, flygirl88, and our esteemed organizer gala_apples...  be prepared, this is super pic heavy (at least until my battery started flashing...

From flygirl88 - she sent me a gorgeous set of elegant cards.

Anyways - these are two cute cards in black and white; I love the framing and the patterned backgrounds - very elegant!

These are very pretty copper embossed birds on brown kraft paper - also very pretty and elegant.

These are also done with brown kraft, and I love the contrast of the colours on the brown kraft - love the ombre colours of the butterflies too!

then I saw these - LOVE THESE!!!!!  Dead Parrot Monty PYTHON CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She also sent me extras of a set of mini-heart cut out cards - fantastic - I love mini cards too!

Thank you so much flygirl88!

These are from blupaisan - were you psychically linked with kbrison???  I received origami cards in her set too!

I love this - an origami frog in a pocket in the front of the card, and inside - Hoppy Birthday!  Perfect, I have a frog loving friend this is going to!

I love the colours of these - the blues and greens are so lovely and fresh.

Another origami one, also very apropos for another friend of mine, and I love the Asian inspired art on these - I thought they were stamped, but now I am wondering, did you do freehand dot art?  They are fantastic!  I think I will use the cat one for a another friend of mine who loves cats.

Thank you so much blupaisan - another set of unusual and beautiful cards

And last but not least, from our fearless leader, gala_apples - gorgeous sets of notecards that are perfect for swapping.

The upper left is patchwork hexies, and I love the various circles on the bottom two - cut and layered paper.  Those must have taken quite some time!

Is that a paint chip swatch on the flower card?  I also love the purple dot card and the gray thank you!

I definitely will not be wanting for notecards for awhile!  I love everything I got - thank you again to my fab partners kbrison, flygirl88, and blupaisan - and a double thanks to gala_apples  for organizing too!
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3  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU closed SO Sept 20, 2014 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Onyxnox on: August 18, 2014 08:04:31 PM

What a cute little furbaby!!!!!

Hmmmm count me as a nipple crafter at one time too!  I spent an entire summer and fall hooking nipples a few years ago - that was the year I made crocheted boob pillows for the men in our group of friends.  I got so sick of different shades of pinks.  Not to mention that I carried the project with me on the train, to work, etc., so sometimes I got funny looks.

But we often do gag gifts for each other, and that was my gag gift for that year...

Here are a couple of the Christmas pics from that year... ignore the rude gesture from the second one - that is my "charming" BIL

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4  Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 14, 2014 04:23:49 PM
Wow - I can't even imagine how you got the stitches so perfect on the sculpted surface like that.

I received today from our fearless leader Smeddley... she did a mash up of my birds and spring themes and came up with this beauty...

The shrine base is a gorgeous blue, and the inside is a pretty park scene.

I love the tree - she made dozens of little origami cranes and together they look like a cherry tree in bloom.

The cute little mom and daughter walking in the park together.

I love the little details - look at the wire wrapping to make the bench legs and the teeny tiny crochet to make the balloon.

Thank you Smeddley - I love it!
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5  Re: Crafted Notecards Round 3 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 14, 2014 04:01:22 PM
Hmmmmm - I am thinking that you and I have some of the same embossing folders and dies too now Smiley  I love using aluminum tape - try using alcohol inks on it - then you get a coloured metallic look, and I posted a tutorial on my blog here using die cuts from metallic tapes, alcohol inks, crackle medium, and dimensional glue to make your own stickers.  One roll goes a long way too!

I received from kbrison today too!  She has got some cool origami skills, and sent me an adorable package....

First off, she sent me a note on this cute card - it makes me want a hot chocolate right now.  Did you make this one too?  Love the use of the vellum for the steam.

Origami hearts above, and a flower below, and a cute little shirt tag.

A close up of the shirt tag - I think one of my best friends will get a kick out of this - he loves bright patterned shirts - I may tag it to a shirt for a gift for him.

A fish and a dress - look at how the pattern lines up on the dress - perfect!

Another dress - I love the papers she used, but I am probably going to keep this one, and frame it probably - the dress has little strawberries on it and I love strawberries!

She sent me a set of Scottie dog cards too - they all have red bows made with a red foiled paper - I love Scotties - my grandmom had one when I was very very young and he was such a handful - I loved him!

She also included some great steampunk patterned tags.  I love the entire package - thank you so much Kathy!

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6  Re: GALLERY: Craft My Pet For Me in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 31, 2014 07:41:01 PM
I received from Legatostroke and she sent me a huge box - I waited until DH got home and we opened it after dinner together and we both LOVE it so much!!!!!  She sent an amazing package - and he just keeps looking at her pieces and I can tell that he is seriously touched by them, especially the pieces related to our little guy Toby who is no longer with us.

She sent us three large canvases of the dogs, one on each - they have to be about 12" square each and we love them.  I had DH put display shelves up on our stair wall this summer and had left two empty because I could not think of the perfect thing to put on them - DH was getting irked.  But he agrees, that is the perfect place to put these - we now can see them every morning when we get up and every night when we go to sleep and everyone can see them from the main room.

DH loves that you used the coloured backgrounds - Toby's harness and collar were red, and Ginger's is purple... so he loved that their background colours matched.

Our sweet little shadow - Toby

Our baby girl Ginger

the little @#%$#@ Troy - he's a little !#@$!@# just right now because he managed to roll in some skunk musk a few minutes ago, or chew something with skunk musk and is rather stinky right now.  He always gets into shenanigans.

This would have been more than thrilling as a package, but then she proceeded to stuff the box with more goodies.  I assure you, my package was not even half as big as her box!

Ornaments for the tree - funny that we both had that same idea!  I love the poofy star shape.

Some cute dog ornaments and a neat cool treat to make up for the dogs when it gets hot.

A great little plaque - think I'll hang that in the basement family room

She also sent water colour pieces of each of the dogs too - check it out!

thank you so much Amanda - you did a wonderful job and we love the pieces you made.  I can't wait to get some framed prints of the pictures that you painted the pieces from to mount next to the paintings - you did an awesome job and I want them side by side with the pics of the dogs too.  You really touched us with how beautiful they are - thank you thank you thank you!!!!!
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7  Nugget - multiple ways... my first more complex stamp... in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: July 24, 2014 07:01:54 PM

I made this recently for legatostroke for the Craft my Pet Swap that is going on right now.  After she sent me pictures of her dogs, I looked at the one of her dog Nugget and thought he had a perfect face for making into a carved stamp.  I edited it into a a stencilized image, reversed it and printed it out on a laser printer in the size I wanted. 

I was going to try to hand draw the image of Nugget onto my stamp carving material, but then I had an idea.  I had used an orange oil to transfer images onto clothe, wood, and other things before, and thought I would try it to transfer the image onto the stamp material - and it worked!! (more about it here)

It transferred a really nice image onto the material and it made carving it out so much easier - I was able to do most of it in one evening!  I was very happy with the end result (bar a couple of little mistakes).

I stamped several times with it to try to see where I could clean the image up more, and after finishing it, I decided to use it to make two finished pieces to send to legatostroke as well, as crafted extras.

This is a 9x12 canvas that I painted with a sky-like background.  I stamped Nugget in several different colours, and trimmed them out.  I used gel medium to attach each one onto the canvas, and went over them all with another layer of gel medium to smooth it out more.  I added one of my test prints to the back as part of the title and signature - I called it Nugget - Nine Ways (+1). 

Also, I took the Nugget stamp, and inked him with a nice brown ink, and printed him several times onto a tan paper, and cut those out to make some note cards - a set of a half dozen, in tan/blue.  I loved the combination of the colours.  I added some plain beige envelopes to couple with them.

What can I say - I was thrilled how he turned out!  I was half tempted to keep him, but it would just be wrong, especially as he was not my dog!
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8  Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: July 23, 2014 09:33:29 AM
Do you ever find yourself just flinging your leg out any which way while walking down the street?  An overwhelming urge to add some extra Spam to the Spam you are serving with your eggs?  Desire to toss a holy hand grenade at the annoying colleague down the hall?  Have that one last teeny tiny wafer thin mint after the ginormous dinner (oh I can never ever watch that scene after eating)?  Does your father smell of elderberries? 

Perhaps  you are a fellow Pythonophile and would like to craft something Pythonesque?

In light of them coming back together to do a set of stage shows again, I would like to resurrect the idea of another Monty Python swap... anyone interested?

It's been awhile, but here was the first swap I did a few years ago...

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Anyone interested in some silly fun?  I was going to have a little Python-a-thon the next time DH goes away, and I know it will leave me with a wee desire to get Python crafty...
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9  Re: Whimsical Shrine Swap (SU CLOSED, SO 8/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: July 20, 2014 09:14:27 AM
I am thrilled to say that I am finished - including the last minute embellishments I decided to add. 

It helps that it is my long weekend off (yay to 12 hour shifts and shift work - it gives me the added benefit of 4-5 day weekends at times).  Also, DH went away this weekend with the dogs, to help his family reno a vacation property they bought up north - yay for no distractions.  Also that I found elements I wanted right away - yay for well stocked stores and coupons!  Also I neglected some of the housework (yay for slovenliness - ok, maybe not so much - but then again, I did do a major overhaul and mega clean of the kitchen a couple of days ago and a good scrub down of all the bathrooms.  I will never ever win the fight against the battalions of dog fur soldiers).

So yay - I am done - including my note, and the fact that my colleagues help enable my crafting and one saved a box for me months ago which is the PERFECT size for this shrine. 

However, I learned long ago that sometimes a lack of patience is my downfall... so I literally glued on the last piece 15 minutes ago and I am going to let it sit for the next couple of days so all elements cure fully and dry well before I wrap and ship.  I will ship Wednesday...

... but I can't help it... here is a teaser....

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10  Re: Pendent Swap 2014 - Gallery!!!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 16, 2014 02:42:06 PM
Please check the first post to make sure your status is correct - I am updating based on PMs as there is so much partnering in this swap - so if you have not PM'd me and you have received, I would not have updated your status.

Also, if you have received, please share with us by posting a pic if you can, or ask your partner to share the pic if they took one of what they made - so we can all share in the beauty!

I received a lot of pendents in the last couple of days and they are all beautiful!


I received these two from Artmomto5.  One is a coloured domino inspired by my love of fall colours, the second is a awesome steampunk inspired one - she made the ceramic feather.  Love them both, but I especially love the steampunk one - that feather is amazing!

This one is from artsycandice - she went with a design that is inspired by my love of NorthWest Pacific artwork - I am amazed by the small detailed embroidery pieces that are coming to light in this swap.  I love the blue colour of the background too.  This is a substantial feeling pendent too for it's size - what did you use as the base?

Thimbles71 sent me an absolute cornucopia of pendents - three felt collage pendents and a wire and bead one - is that one crocheted?  I especially love the birds - it's hard to see in the pics, but all the felt collage ones have teeny tiny bead details, such as the eyes for the birds - adorable!

Finally, this is one I received from luckdragon - a gorgeous embroidered (tiny embroidered too!) bird with charms - I definitely get your beachy feelings from the pieces you did.  I am agog that you and artsycandice were able to do these without going blind!

Thanks everyone!

I am stunned by how different and gorgeous each swappers pieces are  - great work so far guys!
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