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1  Winterlicious Celebrations Matchbox Swap(sign ups Nov. 13-28, send outs Dec. 29) in Craft Swaps 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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2  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 13, 2014 09:02:21 AM
I received today; two more packages!

Lovely fabric ones from dharma_rebel - I am tempted to just hang these on my tree as fabric ornaments.  Love the grommets you used too.

I love the vintage material - my favourites are the little red deer!

I also received from rackycoo - the elves are adorable.  They have a very mischievous look on their faces.

My favourite face of the bunch...

Thanks to both of you - I am loving my plethora of tags.  

I am seriously contemplating making my door decor this year a wreath of just tags, or maybe of small presents, with my tags - so I can show them off and keep them!
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3  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 12, 2014 01:55:42 PM
Oh those are cute cute cute sets of tags. 

OK, I'm an idiot - I must have thrown the mail in my bag last week when I went to my parents for a family dinner; I brought over something for my sister and left the bag there and my mom returned it when she dropped some veggies off from her garden - and I found a package in there from Flygirl88 - thank goodness it came back to me.  Also I received from kbrison too.   Both sets are lovely...

From Flygirl88...

I especially love the gold embossing and colours on these ones.  Love the little phrases - and I have to laugh, because I loved them so much that I actually bought those stamps from my favourite Stampin Up rep at the Creativ Festival and they just arrived the other day Smiley

From kbrison:

Yes, we have the same deer die - but the fun thing is seeing how different people use the same items differently - I love the use of the silver on the blue

... and she sent one of those awesome opening cards too and I especially love the bird cardstock you used!

Thank you both!

I am going to start giving feedback now - please check the first post in this gallery thread to make sure I have up to date and accurate statuses!
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4  Felt cake - not as yummy as a real cake... in Felting: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: November 10, 2014 04:21:47 AM
I made this cake after another workshop at the Creativ festival, and just finished it off a couple of days ago.  It is made with a recycled CD/DVD spindle case underneath for storage.

I quite like how it turned out... but it gave me a craving for real cake...

I posted a bit more about it on my blog the other day, here.

... also yesterday, I gave into my real craving for cake and made this...

Recipe here... it is a Raspberry Chocolate Truffle cake.  Not as pretty as the felt cake, but MUCH tastier - I would presume...
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5  Raspberry Chocolate Truffle cake - it ain't pretty, but it sure was tasty... in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Onyxnox on: November 10, 2014 04:14:15 AM
... or a tale of two cakes...

I made this yesterday for when DH came home - as his belated birthday cake (his birthday was last weekend, but he had gone up North for his annual hunting trip).

I realized afterwards some of the tricks I could have used to make it prettier - I don't often make layered, frosted cakes - but I was too excited putting it together, because it was an idea in my head that needed to come to fruition.  DH loves raspberries, and we love creamy chocolate truffles, so I came up with this chocolate truffle mousse cake.  It is a tall layer cake of rich, moist chocolate cake, made with a hint of coffee to give it more depth of flavour.  It is then layered with raspberry preserves, fresh raspberries, and a rich chocolate mousse, and covered with the same mousse, then finished with chocolate ganache. 

Can you tell we love chocolate?

It ain't pretty... but it really really tasted good...  and super rich - the slices definitely can be thin on this thing.  But on the up side - I used lots of dark, antioxident rich chocolate - so it's good for you... right?

This slice - overly generous - we were each only able to finish half - I did not take into consideration how rich it was - it will serve 12 or more very generously.

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake - recipe here - and a lot more pics...

This is also in contrast to the other cake I posted about recently - highly, horribly inedible Wink  But prettier IMO!

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6  Ammo casing keychains for my guy and his hunting buddies... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Onyxnox on: November 07, 2014 07:57:28 PM
I have been collecting various ammo casings on and off for awhile - just a small stash.  Somehow word got around to DH's hunting buddies that I was looking for shell casings to work with and I ended up with a huge zip bag of them this Fall.  So I decided to make a set of keychains for DH to give to his hunting buddies/family when he went away deer hunting with them this week.

These are the rifle casings they collected for me, and I thought they would be perfect to etch, so I used my Sharpie resist method to add the phrase "I would rather be hunting", and the set of deer tracks, then I etched them in an acid bath.  I then punched the holes to add the rings and chain.  I added a patina and used microcrystalline wax to burnish it.  I just thought it would be a cute souvenir for DH to give to his friends/family - I do wish I was a bit neater with the writing, but it was a bit hard with the curve, and being consistent with the scribe.

I posted a bit more on my blog... I have a good dozen more, and am thinking that I would cut them down, and etch a few more of them, for ornament bases or something like that.

I have to try removing the plastic from the shell casings and see what I can do with them too.
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7  Wrap and rust dyeing - my first time ever... in Dyeing: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: November 06, 2014 04:53:39 AM
... and I think I am in love!

I took a short workshop a couple of weeks ago, as part of my local annual Fall Creativ Festival.  It was with a local fiber artist Maggie Vanderveit of stonethreads.ca.  She did a 6 hour hands on workshop with us about dyeing with natural materials such as fallen leaves, and local plants to imprint the image onto fabric, and dyeing with rust.  It was a lot of fun and I was excited by the possibilities.  Here is my blog posting after the workshop that day and it shows some pictures of some of the pieces that she did just prior to the workshop and that she unwrapped that day to show us.

Some of her pieces were gorgeous - and she was so excited unwrapping them, because you can never be sure 100% what will happen when you do this kind of dyeing.

During the workshop, I ended up doing about 10-12 wraps.  I was not thinking I would get much, as it was only a 6 hour workshop, and I thought it was a basic dyeing workshop, so I did not dry my leaves or flowers flat.  We boiled the wraps, or soaked them, during the class, and took them home to finish soaking.  

When I was ready to unwrap them, I was not impressed with my cotton and silk chiffon ones, even with soaking in a milk bath - they were done with beets, goldenrod, and ferns.  All I ended up with was pale, dirty looking cotton, with no discernible patterns.

But when I opened the silk, and wool samples - I was so excited and happy!!!!!  This is my blog post today with more pics of my best results

They are not as defined or as vibrant as hers, but I am pretty happy how they turned out and want to try some more!

Here are some of the samples mostly of fallen leaves and one with fresh sage -

on raw silk, boiled in an alum bath

on wool crepe, boiled in an alum bath

on rug hooking wool, with fresh sage, boiled in an alum bath, with walnut goop

on rug hooking wool with onion leaves, and rusty nails, in a vinegar bath

I was looking for  new ways to decorate fabric, for future fabric or mixed media projects, and this was a wonderful experience.  I am thinking to try this with fresh fern leaves in the summer and see if I can make some canvases for the bedroom, and I did take one of these pieces and made it into a small canvas, which I will likely post about when I am done with it.

These were all done willy nilly - and going forward, I will have to try a few things she recommended, like wrapping around a solid form to get a tighter wrap, preparing my materials more carefully,and laying my them out more carefully as well.
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8  Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 Gallery... in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 01, 2014 04:19:57 PM
Original Discussion link....


Group 1

onyxnox ----> kbrison, rackycoo, dharma_rebel
kbrison ----> onyxnox, rackycoo, dharma_rebel
rackycoo ----> onyxnox, dharma_rebel, kbrison
dharma_rebel ----> onyxnox, rackycoo, kbrison

Group 2

SonjaBoo ----> flygirl88, bec99, onyxnox
flygirl88 ----> bec99, onyxnox, SonjaBoo
onyxnox ----> bec99, SonjaBoo, flygirl88
bec99 ----> SonjaBoo, flygirl88, onyxnox

Group 3

Summer6061 ----> gala_apples, kaz814, Gina1gr8mom
gala_apples ----> kaz814, Gina1gr8mom, Summer6061
kaz814 ----> gala_apples, Gina1gr8mom, Summer6061
Gina1gr8mom ----> kaz814, Summer6061, gala_apples

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

Receiver = received package

Feedback will be given when all packages are received by recipients.  Remember, in case of lost packages, senders are expected to resend.  

Please don't forget to PM both myself and your recipients when sending packages! Postage confirmation is not required in a paper swap - but good communication is expected!

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9  Holiday Matchbox swap... in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: October 12, 2014 09:20:05 AM
I am building the Christmas spirit and thinking of small crafts to make for swapping, as I an essentially dilly dallying on my own Christmas crafting, and still wanting to swap, but trying to keep it to smaller swaps to maybe be more budget and time friendly...

some prototype matchboxes I made recently

... so I was wondering if anyone was interested in doing a Holiday themed matchbox swap.  I don't think we have had one in awhile, and not a holiday themed one that I have seen.  The the ones I have done have all be fun to do with some fabulously crafty results....

linkity-links to prior galleries for inspiration...



I was thinking we could do the standard (as I am aware) swap of one decorated matchbox filled with small ephemera, no extras (unless agreed upon by both partners).  Unless anyone else has a suggestion... I was also thinking a 12 days or advent calender-ish set of matchboxes - but that may be more than others may want to do.

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10  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2 - Sign Ups Oct 06-20... Send Out November 8th... in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Onyxnox on: October 11, 2014 06:02:03 PM
I was just looking at that on-line the other day... but it was pricey and I have a reasonable way of organizing them right now - I placed thin magnet sheets on the back of the folders that come with them.  I then put them into either photo holders or page holders, depending on the size of the die sets, and they all go in binders.  A friend of mine worked in a warehouse where they ended up with cases of extra binders so I have lots of binders.

Anyways, hoping more people are interested in joining, but so far, we have enough for two groups right now, with some people sending twice.

I also was playing around today and came up with this tag.  What do you think?

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