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1  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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2  What crafty gifts did you get this season? in Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: January 03, 2015 08:51:17 AM
I am always curious what goodies other fellow craftsters get, whether it is other home made goodies or treats, or items that enable their crafting... so what did you all get?

.... also, what did you all give as crafty gifts?

I did not get a lot of enabling gifts this year, but did get two fabulous ones.  SIL gave me a very generous GC to Michaels, and my coworker gave me a fabulous package for our Secret Santa, which had a stamp carving kit, inks, a journal,  artisan paper,  and gorgeous wood carved stamps.

For giving, we made wood burned wood sliced ornaments for our annual ornament.   I made sets of hanging towels for some people.  I decorated tins for treats for some of the nephews and nieces,  and we made a frame for an embroidered piece Ludi made for SIL.  Also I made paper poinsettias for MIL.  No food gifts though... oh yes, and I made the Big Box of Masculine Beauty for my friend,  and Christmas crackers for our party.

it was a tiring, but fun Christmas,  and I wish everyone a healthy, productive,  crafty new year!
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3  Re: Quickie Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 25, 2014 10:31:22 AM
OK - I first off must apologize, the pics are kind of crappy, but it can get a bit hectic around here with Christmas, since we are off in a few minutes to give the neighbours their gifts, and head off to the in laws for gift exchange and dinner there.

I received from gaudiknight, and she sent a lovely package... I think we will have some of the cocoa tonight when we get home, to wind down before going to bed...

Here is the entire package - a lovely entrelac scarf (love the purple tones - and I don't think I have a scarf with those colours, so that is perfect), a lovely pouch, which I will use for my work gear, and an adorable mini book pendent... maybe I will use that for some of my naughtier thoughts and wear them proudly Wink

Here are a couple of close up pics - thank you so very much.  We actually did not do stockings this year, so I was happy to get some stocking goodies!

I received from hazelly earlier too - I really wanted to save everything for Christmas though, since normally DH and I would do our stockings and gifts together on the Eve.

She sent an Altoid tin chock full of ephemera and mini stamps - wonderful!  I can't wait to use some of these, and a great little leaf patterned tea wallet and beaded knitting/crochet stitch markers - thank you so much.  I love my tea, and I am planning a project for myself that will definitely require the markers, so perfect timing!

Thank you hazelly. 

I sincerely hope you both like what I sent you, and thank you both for swapping with me and sending me such lovely goodies!

Thank you also cabaute for organizing.

Happy and safe holidays to everyone; Merry Christmas Smiley
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4  Decorated Altoid tin ornaments/treat holders... skating a fine line... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: December 13, 2014 10:09:37 PM
I made a bunch of these for the various nieces and nephews.  They are a perfect size for holding gift cards, and some treats.  They have a hanging ribbon, so they can hang on the tree until being given away.

The tins are decorated with scrapbook paper, and ink, glitter, and gel medium.  The shapes are die cut chipboard, decorated with ink and paint, then covered with mod podge and glitter.

I made a pair of these tins.  I punched holes on one short edge, added eyelets and a ribbon hanger.

More details on my blog if anyone is interested Smiley
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5  The Big Box of Masculine Beauty - a gift for a friend... (and super pic heavy) in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: December 13, 2014 09:41:55 PM
We do a Secret Santa with a group of friends for our annual gathering every year and this year I was given one of my best friends to gift for.  One thing I love about Bob is that he is uber-enthusiastic about hand made goods and knew that I would have to make something from scratch for him.  At first I was drawing a blank, then thought a coffee basket with homemade flavourings and the like, then the light bulb went off....

He also has been a proud facial hair bearer for over 20 years - and loves to change up his look and get all whimsical and fancy with the fuzz... and thus the BIG BOX of Masculine beauty was born...

(lots of links to my blog posts which have a ton more pics and details - I did not want to overwhelm you guys with the massive deluge of them)

This is the finished product I gifted him with, but there were a lot of things that went into building it from the ground up. I started with an image...

This is the Bearded Dude - a carved stamp that I made that I used as a base image for some of the other things I made for this package.

With that stamp, I decorated the fabric, and made a fabric liner for the basket.  I figured he could use that as a bathroom caddy.  I added stamped fabric labels to the front and back, declaring that it is the BIG BOX of Masculine Beauty - he loved the name.

Then I decorated a series of tins, to contain the various beauty unguents I planned on presenting him with.  The Bearded Dude featured in some of these too.  I went with a vintage/distressed look for a lot of the packaging, as Bob seems to like that as well as myself.

I planned on a couple of conditioning oils too, so I got some amber glass bottles and etched them to match, again, using the Bearded Dude.

After I had all the packaging prepared, I filled them up with Bob's future beauty regimen...

A conditioning beard oil, in the bottles (recipes in the links) - two different scents that I thought would appeal to Bob (Vanilla Coffee, and Cedar Rosemary)

A conditioning shaping beard balm - in the same two scents.

Finally, a couple of scented mustache waxes (guess what the scents are)

After packaging everything, I added a couple of handkerchiefs to the package (he likes to use those rather than disposables), and bundled them in, after adding tags to each with ingredients and instructions. 

I even found a mustache printed cotton tote at Marshalls to hold the gift.  Bob loved the gift when he opened it - he loved it so much that he apparently brought the entire basket to work to show off, and emailed me to tell me that I am now a "legend" amongst his coworkers Smiley

He so far tried the wax - stated it helps smooth things out nicely, but may not be up to sculpting well - I may need to adjust the recipe with more wax for a firmer hold.
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6  Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap - Gallery of Matchbox Goodies... in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 06, 2014 09:53:13 AM
Original Discussion...


1.  cabaute ----> Smmarrt
2.  Wile E Songdog ----> cabaute, cmarion3
3.  Gina1gr8mom ----> hazelly, crazyda79
4.  hazelly ----> cmarion3, Gina1gr8mom
5.  cmarion3 ----> Wile E Songdog, hazelly
6.  greybird/Avesthal ----> blupaisan, anna.wahnsinn
7.  blupaisan ----> greybird/Avesthal, rockingbearranch
8.  anna.wahnsinn ----> greybird/Avesthal, Mountains and Clouds
9.  Mountains and Clouds ----> rockingbearranch, anna.wahnsinn
10.  rockingbearranch ----> Mountains and Clouds, blupaisan
11. Smmarrt ----> Onyxnox
12.  Onyxnox ----> quaggy, Wile E Songdog
13. crazyda79 ----> quaggy, Gina1gr8mom
14.  quaggy ---->crazyda79, Onyxnox

Sender = sent
Sender = late with communication
Sender = please contact organizer ASAP
Sender = feedback given

Receiver = received package

Post 'em as you get 'em so we can all admire 'em!
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7  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - Send out by November 15, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 27, 2014 02:17:30 PM
I received hazelly today, and the colours fit my craft room perfectly!  I love that it has the hanger too - it's hanging off one of the drawer knobs on a hanging organizer I have on my wall Smiley

Thank you very much, and thank you Smmarrt for organizing!
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8  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap - Send out by November 15, 2014 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 23, 2014 04:25:00 PM
I received, from geekgirl1000100 - a lovely blue painted chunky piece, with really cool zentangled clouds.

Thank you - it's sitting on my mantle in my craft room right now Smiley
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9  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 22, 2014 10:42:02 AM
OK, we are almost done with this swap - literally just waiting for a couple of swappers to receive the last of their packages, if I am correct. 

So please check your statuses on the first post of the Gallery to make sure that your status is correct, and your profiles to make sure that your feedback is correct - for those that have received their feedback as per the first post!

On saying that - I did receive two packages myself the other day in the mail. 

Thank you both, bec99 and SonjaBoo!

From SonjaBoo

I love the cheery red card you sent too.  But I especially love the glittery deer - seriously glittery, on such a great textured background!

From bec99 - you stitch up fast!  I love the little cross stitched motifs - I may have to hang these on the tree this year before using them as tags.

I love the little birdie - but oddly enough, my favourite is the little pudding!
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10  Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap(sign ups Nov. 13-28, send outs Dec. 29) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: November 13, 2014 07:56:14 PM


Swap name:  Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: November 13-28, 2014
Date to send item by: December 29, 2014

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO - No
If so, which country? No limits

Additional Age requirement? None beyond that set out by Craftster

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: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: NA
- 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:

Participants will be assigned swap recipient information, and make them a decorated matchbox based on their swap questionnaire or stalking, and fill said matchbox with whatever teeny, tiny goodies/ephemera they feel their recipient would like - fillers can be hand made, store bought, or found.  All in keeping with a very general winter celebration theme...  

Participants can also have the option of sending 1 or 2 matchboxes - if you sign up to send 2, then you will receive two in return also.  But keep in mind that you may not be receiving from the people you are assigned to send to.

NO EXTRAS please - if it doesn't fit in the matchbox - then don't send it!  You can cram the matchbox to near bursting, but nothing outside of it!  

The matchbox can be decorated in any fashion, with any medium/material, so long as it is decorated with utmost care, creativity, skill, and attention to detail that each participant is able to muster - you are making a tiny work of art Smiley

As matchboxes can vary in size, the minimum size expected for entry into this swap will be the standard 32-40 pack size, that appears to be 0.5"x1.5"x 2".  This is for the drawer style opening box, not a matchbook.  Bigger can be sent - but please keep in the spirit of the game, and not send a matchbox meant to hole 500 matches!

Finally - please communicate well.  Post in the threads, PM myself and your recipient when you send, and PM myself and your sender when you receive.  Please post in the gallery - thank yous to show your appreciation, and pictures if you can so everyone can oooh and ahhhh over the small piece of art you received.  If not able to post pics, then please let your sender know so they can post any pics they have.  Also, don't forget to send the shipping information - DCs if in the US or tracking if available.  If the package is too small for tracking, keep proof of shipping, especially if the package goes missing.  If packages go missing, I will ask if senders want to resend or not, before looking for an angel to replace missing packages.

For those interested in making their own matchboxes, try this link.


Previous matchbox galleries for inspiration...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=421460.0    Round 7

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=408460.0    Round 6

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=377824.0     Round 5

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369975.0    Round 4

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=295242.0   Round 3

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293847.0   Round 3

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=161337.0   Round 2

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

Name of swap - Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap
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.  Please list your top 5 themes (for example - Christmas, New Years, zombies in winter, snowflakes, ice skating, dogs playing in the snow, snowball fights, holidays in Hawaii...)

2.  Please list any dislikes/aversions you want your partner to know about, including allergies, hated themes, despised colours, no scents, no smoking, etc

3.  How many people do you want to send to/receive from - 1 or 2?

4.  Any links for further stalking, such as a pinterest link, blog, etc?

5.  Anything else you want to let us know about (the type of crafting you like to do/want to do, how many matchboxes you want to send in one package, how you intend to display it or use it...)


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