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1  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - June 2016 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 13, 2016 07:13:46 AM
I am pretty sure I got my last piece.  I am a bit exhausted after working a few night shifts.  I am going to open a bit later after I get some sleep, and can appreciate things better.  But I am pretty sure what I got in the mail is for this swap.

YAY - it was my 4x6 piece that came!  A Study in Orange by rscowtown - it is bright, sunny and dynamic - thank you very much!

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2  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - June 2016 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: June 28, 2016 06:55:36 AM
Fantastic start!

I got a lovely bright yellow envelope yesterday as I was on my way to work, and opened it this morning when I got home.  It is from Pioneer9 and I LOVE IT!  It is a lovely dog piece that is now going to live with my doggies on the shelf their pictures on on.  Thank you so much!

I love the beautiful background too  - thanks so much!

I did have it on the shelf with some of our doggy pictures and Jim noticed it right away - he loved it too!  All our dogs are loyal and loving, but I had it next to a picture of Ginger, who is a brown brindle, and was the most loyal, she would have laid down her life for any of us.
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3  Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Onyxnox on: June 26, 2016 04:28:17 PM
Another baked treat I made this weekend, for the Saturday workshop day we had for the Craftster Canada Meet Up in Toronto.  These are cookies that I adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe, that my family has quite enjoyed several times.  They seemed pretty popular this time too so I thought I would share in case any of my new friends would like to make more!

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

makes 4 dozen

1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 oz (1 1/4 cups) dried cranberries
4-6 oz white chocolate chips
4-6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
(I put 6 oz of each into this batch, it does depend on how much chocolate chips you want, and you can certainly use all milk chocolate, or semi sweet chocolate if you are not a fan of white chocolate chips)

Pre-heat oven to 375F.

In a large bowl, beat the butter with sugars until creamy and fluffy, with mixer.  Add vanilla and eggs and beat until well combined.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt, and mix well.  Gently mix into butter mixture until well combined.  Mix in dried cranberries and chips.

On parchment covered baking sheet, using two tablespoons, drop dough onto sheet, about 2 inches apart.

Bake in middle of oven until tops are golden brown - about 18 minutes.  Let cool on sheet about 5 minutes and transfer to rack to cool fully.

*** these can be made gluten free by subbing in gluten free oats, and baking soda, and using a gluten free flour mix, but I found that it made for a softer, cakier cookie.
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4  Lemon Berry Tarts - for my new Craftster friends from the Canada meet up! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Onyxnox on: June 26, 2016 04:09:41 PM
For my new IRL as well as on Craftster friends - the recipe for the lemon berry tarts I brought to the tea at craftylittlemonkey's.  I loved our weekend together!

These are super easy to make.  I like my lemon tarts really zippy, but if you found them too lemony/tart, then just cut back the zest to maybe 1 lemon.  They are delicious with any berry.  I have made them with raspberries, blueberries, and mulberries from my tree.  They would be delicious with blackberries, or a combination too.

Lemon Berry Tarts
makes about 20-22

2 dozen 3" frozen tart shells
2 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 pint berries
3/4 cup sugar - scant
2 large lemons

Preheat oven to 400F.

Lay tart shells out on a baking sheet, covered with foil or parchment paper.  Place cleaned berries on the bottom of each shell, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs and yolks with sugar.  Clean the two lemons and dry.  Zest the lemons and add to egg mixture.  Juice the lemons to make about 1/2 cup of juice and add to egg mixture. Beat mixture with whisk until frothy.

Gently pour mixture into each tart shell until about 1/4 inch below tart edge.  Depending on how full of berries your tart shells are, you should have enough mixture to make about 20-24 tarts.

Bake in center of pre-heated oven until mixture set and cooked.  About 20 minutes.  Let cool on rack. Can be refrigerated up to 2 days.

Tip - to get more juice from ctirus when juicing them, try giving them a bit of a zap in the microwave for maybe 20 - 30 seconds, then rolling the fruit against the counter or cutting board, and the palm of your hand to give a gentle squeeze to release the juice, before cutting and juicing.   

More pics on the blog if anyone interested
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5  Falling Leaves - more resin collage pendents.... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: May 05, 2016 08:13:32 AM
I had an idea to make a Fall themed pendent and made these last week.

They are very similar in vein to the previous collage pendents I have made in the past - using bamboo or other wood tile bases, painting on a background colour, adding some paper die-cut elements. 

A bit of a difference is that for the focal element, I used metal tape that was die cut into the leaf shape and coloured with alcohol inks - the resin overlay really makes the metal leaves shine.

I made many of these, and used maple leaves, with the idea of sharing these with fellow Craftsters, those who are interested anyways, who come to the Canada Meet Up this summer - hope to see you guys there...

If anyone is not aware of it, but is interested, there is a discussion in the general boards here in the Miscellaneous Board...., here in the City Guides...., and here if you are FOC....

Also, more pics and whatnot about this project on my blog if anyone is interested....
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6  Creative Collective... a crafter's fund... in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: May 05, 2016 06:53:13 AM

I have a lot of tins waiting to be decorated and reused... in fact, there are people at work who save nice tins just for me to do this with.  I am a crafting hoarder with a lot of enablers.

But I finally got around to decorating one of them last week and this is what came of it.

I had been saving money weekly for my crafting vacation in the Fall - every year for the past several years I go to the Creativ Festival in the Fall, which is a floor show of different craft/hobby venders/makers and also a series of workshops - it is a great way to meet with other crafters from all over the country and the world, learn new skills, meet suppliers, etc - I love it.  But I have been getting the platinum membership for myself and it can be pricey, so saving a bit every week makes it very manageable.

I have been using an old spice tin, but wanted something prettier, so I took an old cocoa tin and made it prettier.

I wrapped the tin with a layer of music note printed craft paper, then layered some acrylic paint washes over it.  While that dried, I die cut some wildflower shapes and embossed the shapes with metallic embossing powder and glued those over the painted surface of the tin.

I then made a ribbon wrap, with some jute and a stamped copper label.  For the lid, I added a riveted leather handle.

I love it so much more - and I especially love what it is filled with - I now have enough for the platinum pass and a bit of spending money.  I plan to keep adding a set amount to it every week, plus any birthday money or whatnot I happen to get, and should have a nice little bundle for spending when it rolls around in October...

More pics and details about this project on my blog if anyone is interested.
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7  Re: Fridge Magnet Swap Rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: April 07, 2016 07:17:32 AM
Nice start to the gallery!!!  Love the mason jars - such a cute idea, and love the dice too.  I used to play D&D, Cyberpunk, and the like - it's just so hard to get a group  of us together now to do a complex campaign - but I do miss it Smiley

I received from our organizer, roler - and they are ADORABLE!!!!!!

A little bird and doggie - two adorable creatures.  She used some handspun and dyed yarn to make the birdie legs - talk about attention to detail!  I love the little doggie and his little bellybutton - too cute.  The colours are much more vibrant also, IRL.

My favourite though (and that is saying a lot as I am totally nuts for all things dog) is....

SWEDISH CHEF!!!!!  BORKBORKBORK!!!!!!  My favourite chef inspiration - bugger Bobby Flay, and the like, it's the Swedish Chef for me all the way!  I know I will cook better with him overlooking me in my kitchen domain now! 

She sent me two magnets of some wonderful town mascots - the one on the right is Yuzuru - the town is famous for the yuzu fruit and I love his expression.  I wish I could get my hands on fresh yuzu - I have yet to find it, and I love all things citrus.  It's one of the fruits used to make ponzu, I think, which I also love - so yummy on fish and rice!

Thank you roler, I love my new friends and will be adding the magnets to them right now.  Thank you also for organizing!
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8  Re: WEDDING DIY HELP! Best way to curl cardstock paper into mini scrolls? in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: March 18, 2016 07:05:09 AM
Don't cut the strips by hand with scissors either - see if you can borrow a paper trimmer to get nice straight cuts for the strips, it will look nicer and be easier to cut several strips at once.

Those are very pretty scrolls.  It looks like they used a bit of a metallic finish paper.  If you are planning on making your own, you may also want to test your inks to see how they look on it and if they smear - it may take a tiny bit longer for the inks to dry on that kind of surface if you use a similar paper. Also, it looks like they inked the edges of the paper to get rid of that raw paper edge and give it a more finished look.

I made a couple of tester strips - I used a Fiskars paper trimmer to cut the strips.  I cut them to 1/2" and 3/4", and 4.25" long.  The paper is from a Michaels pack which is 8.5x11".  I used a floral scroll stamp which happened to be out and used Aquamarine Archival ink by Ranger (they have lots of different colours).  I stamped on both the top and bottom, front and back because the scrolls go both ways.  To save time and work, you can do the front at one end and the back on the other and just make sure that when you curl, you are careful where the pattern is.  I inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink for the edges, brushed on with the mini blending tool.  I used a Copic marker for the writing (it's what I had on hand), and a fine paint brush handle to curl around.  I cut my strips 1/2" wide and 3/4" wide, and 4.25" long.  I used a small barrel brush for a tighter curl - so a skewer, or knitting needle would work well too.  See how tight you want it.

I used those tools because that is what I have on hand and what I like - see what you can get your hands on or what is available to you, especially if you are looking to save a bit of $.  Or you could just work it out on the computer for consistent printing of a pattern and fonts for the names.

The thinner would likely look better with a tall thin champagne flute.  The paper was 8.5x11", so two strips could in theory be cut from the width, and if you go with the 1/2", you could get up to 44 strips from one sheet - obviously that would change if you want different dimensions - or use a 12x12 sheet, which you can buy individually to save money.  A pack is about 25 sheets of cardstock, versus buying 3 - 5 sheets of 12x12.

If you have someone with  a nice steady hand and good penmenship/calligraphy skills, then maybe all you need to do is trim the paper, write, and curl.  Skip the stamping and inking if you want to save time and a bit of money. 

Just firmly hand curling around the brush handle gave a nice curl, and the thinner width is more delicate and elegant looking, and curls nicer too

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9  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 17, 2016 08:10:46 AM
I got a wonderful package from kbrison... Thank you so much!  I love it love it love it!!!!

I wasn't able to join in the paper and ephemera swap - so since we were already partnered for this swap, she asked me if we wanted to swap paper and ephemera as part of this swap - that's why I sent the charms, papers, tapes and some of my favourite tools....

She sent me sooooooooooooooooooooo many papers!!!  I just did a skim through and I already have plans for many of them...  I think I will use some of the birch printed paper for some collage pendents, and the textural bunny print needs to made into an Easter card, the black tarry looking paper may be perfect for an idea I have for the magnet swap, and the little Christmas prints may end up as part of my annual ornament crafting - just to name a few ideas!

She also sent me some handmade daubers and stencils and masks - stupid me, that was on my to-do for you too and I forgot - the stencils and masks that is...  I am so glad you sent me some, I love the hand shaped one, these will be great for my experimentations in mixed media!

... and so many magnets!  There were well over a dozen, and in two themes I love!!!!  Nature - wolves!!!! Also Pacific North West native art - LOVE!!!!

Here is just an example...

... and some more local ephemera - I don't know if I am lightheaded from lack of sleep or just getting overwhelmed thinking of all the new goodies I have to play with!

Then she wrapped her crafted goodies so nicely... in my favourite colours.  I almost did not want to open them - savouring the anticipation is half the fun.  But like a bag of chips, once you start with one, you can't stop until your finished!

She knit me a hat - in a lovely cable rib and it fits perfectly - snug as a bug.  I love the colours and it is perfect for the type of weather we are having right now - cool, damp, a bit chill in the morning.  I love cables - they look great and they are fun to knit!

A pretty wolf pendent and a bookmark - I love them, but I am seriously considering sharing them with Jim's sister - she would love them!

This is a gorgeous brooch - ribbon embroidery is something I have always admired.  I tried it in a workshop and I just don't have the patience or talent for it, but it is such a lovely craft, and this is such a pretty example.  I am half tempted to put it on a wide ribbon and just hang it on my wall for inspiration - but then it would look great on my jean jacket for Spring too, or on my spring scarves!

Then there is this gorgeous bear in the woods print - this is perfect for Jim and I and I think he will be happy to make one of his hand-made wood frames for it.  It's just a matter of whether it will go in the bedroom or in the family room.

But the last two packages - OMG, I love them so much! 

She made me two quilted placemats in the most gorgeous prints - the loons on one side and the birches on the other side - the fabric is perfect, and I love them so much!

... and using the same fabric, two fabric boxes!  LOVE!!!!

Thank you so much Kathy, it was so much fun making your package, and I love what you sent me.  It was wonderful sharing this dance with you Smiley
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10  Wishing everyone a wee bit o' luck.... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: March 12, 2016 06:35:35 AM

I made these little tile pendents lately... St. Patricks is coming up, and I actually picked these little clover dies up months ago with the idea of using the die cuts in a pendent piece, so what better time than just before St Patricks?

The background is gold (for that pot o' gold), but lightened with some pearl paint, and stamped with a subtle swirling flourish pattern.  Then stamped with the "luck/lucky", and with the die cut clovers added, and resin to protect it.

Anyways, more details on how I made them and more pics if you are interested in more details, on my blog...
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