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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / mixed media inspirational piece - crafted with soul and passion... on: April 12, 2014 05:28:46 AM
I have had a phrase running through my head for awhile, that I found very inspirational.  I read it in an editorial piece in a ClothPaperScissors issue from earlier in the year.  It is a Thomas Moore quote that really resonated with me and I knew I had to make it into an inspiration piece for my craft room.  I got around to that last month and this is what I came up with.

I used three 5"x7" canvases, and made them in my favourite colours, using inks and acrylics.  I used vintage sheet music, made some glittered embellishments.

I added some texture with some glass bead gel, which I left clear - it really catches the light.

I added the lettering with a sepia brush tip Micron marker, and highlighted it with copper paint.

I added antiqued copper eyelets and chain to attach the pieces and hang it, and some mini alligator clips to the bottom edge, because I am using it to hang some of the art tags I have been making, so it can be a continually changing piece as well.  It hangs just to my side and it helps me to reflect on it as I work.

Oh yes, the phrase is (and it is paraphrased)

Everyone is an artist, when their work is crafted with soul and passion.

Here is a bit more about it on my blog
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / No unicorn... needlework nonsense on: April 12, 2014 05:07:23 AM
I made this for the recent Complete Nonsense swap, for Helena Puck.  She listed a part of a Shel Silverstein poem as a favourite quote and when I first read it, it seemed awfully familiar.  Then I realized it was a lyric from a favourite Irish Rovers song that my grandfather in law would love to sing around the fire when we used to visit them at their retirement property.  He passed on a couple of years ago and I loved that man dearly, especially since he reminded me so much of my one of my own grandparents, all of whom passed on when I was quite younger.

Anyways, I knew then that I *had* to make something for that quote and I came up with this little guy - he is just so plump and cute, and I swear I was smiling every time I worked on him - for one thing, the song kept running through my head.  Oh yes, the design for the unicorn came from Urban Threads.

I am also proud to say that it was all made from stash materials - a friend gave me a bunch of leftover floss from her mother who loves to cross stitch, and all the colours came from that.

After mounting it on the hoop, and finishing the back, I took the outer hoop and wood burned the quote onto it, then stained it in a light finish.

I posted more pics on my blog, and also the full poem if anyone is interested
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Flamingo Croquet... on: April 11, 2014 05:05:01 PM
This was another piece I made for Helena Puck as part of the Complete Nonsense swap - she listed anything related to flamingo crochet as a favourite and I love the John Tenniel art work for Alice in Wonderland, so I wanted to make a pendant piece from his flamingo croquet art...

Using a new resist method I was experimenting with, I came up with this - a simple square pendant etched with the image.  I punched holes in the corners to hang jump rings on, so I could hang it on a leather cord, and used a chasing hammer to add some texture to the edges.

Flamingo Croquet
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin and clay pendants... on: April 11, 2014 04:51:43 PM
I have been playing around with some ideas lately and recently made a batch of polymer clay tile pendants which I decorated with stampings, mica powder, and acrylics, before glazing them with resin.  I quite like how most of them turned out.

These are probably my favourites

Dainty little flowers

Cute little puppers - this is probably my fave - I love dogs!

A little spring wish

I love the shimmer the mica powder gives them, and the resin really adds a nice glaze.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / I'm all of love... on: April 11, 2014 04:42:15 PM

This is a cuff I made recently for the Complete Nonsense swap, and this was part of what I sent my partner, Helena Puck.  She listed this Shel Siverstein poem and image as some of the nonsense that she liked and it inspired me to make a jewelry piece for her.

I also came up with a different resist method to make this.

It is made from a copper piece that I scribed the Silverstein art on, and then metal etched.  Before etching, I stamped part of the poem onto the other side.

I made two embossed leather pieces to go on either side, added eyelets and jump rings to attach them to the copper piece, and added snap closure clasps to secure it.

Some more details on my blog.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Complete Nonsense Swap - Gallery (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) on: March 22, 2014 05:09:35 AM

Welcome to the completely nonsensical gallery... display your wonderful nonsense for everyone to see, as you receive it please!

Nonsense swappers...

bold = shipped/received
orange = late, with communication
red = contact me immediately
strike out = feedback provided

[sent/received] Onyxnox
[sent/received] Knickertwist
[sent/received] whenindoubtsew
[sent/received] Helena Puck
[sent/received] fancybutch
[sent/received] Ludi
[sent/received] tapestrymlp
[sent/received] crazyda79
[sent/received] gala_apples
[sent/received pjr107
[sent/received] WeeFreeRhie
[sent/received] dontneedaclassroom

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tag! You're it? Small mixed media/paper crafting swap? on: February 17, 2014 12:38:15 PM
Is anyone interested in a series of smallish swaps involving mixed media art tags?  I am thinking along the lines of using large size 8 manilla tags as a base to make things like:





or like any of the 12 tags series on this blog


I know I am loving making these myself, and find them a great way to make something quick and satisfying, and a fun way of experimenting with different media and materials.  Shipping would be low too (hopefully).

Anyone else interested?
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Complete Nonsense swap (Sign-ups Feb 14-28... Send Outs March 28) on: February 14, 2014 07:11:35 AM


Swap name:  Complete Nonsense Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: onyxnox
Sign-up date range: Feb 14-28
Date to send item by: March 28

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

Note - if we actually reach 20 people before the sign up period ends, I will partner early and move the send by date up too - but still have it be a total of approximately 4 weeks crafting time.

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

Additional Age requirement? 16 and up

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
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: 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:

Do you love having your funny bone tickled, snort out loud at foibles and quirks that maybe cause others to look askance at you?  Share your love of Seuss, Monty Python, Lewis Carroll, or share some new nonsense with a partner by joining in our Complete Nonsense Swap

This will be a three point swap where 3 points can be 1 large item, or a medium and a small item, or three small items to craft.  Extras are optional and should be discussed with your partner.

For those unsure of the point system, here it is outlined as per the Swap FAQ:

There has been a bit of confusion as to what is a large, medium, and small item.  So here's a handy dandy guide.  This is a guideline ONLY: a rough estimate of sizes described by time it takes to make package, by physical size and by cost:

By Time
-Large = 3 or more hours
-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Large = A shawl, a shirt, a skirt, a set of jewelry with four to five items, a purse
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Large = $30 or more
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Remember, the important thing is that you and your partner agree.  If you want to make each other a purse for a shawl, go ahead.  Just make sure you're being fair, you communicate with your partner and you meet the guidelines outlined in the Swap Guide as well as additional guidelines setup by the Organizer of the particular swap. Think to yourself with each item you include: would this seem like a large item to me if I received it, or is it more on the medium or small side? Obviously, each project is different.  These are just suggestions. Send something that you are proud of and that you would be happy to receive.

Read more: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=229624.msg3712343#msg3712343#ixzz2tJCbIsk5

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

Name of swap - Complete Nonsense 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.  What are your favourite top 5 sources of nonsense?

2.  What crafted nonsense could you make?

3.  What kinds of crafty nonsense you may like to receive (eg: bags, hoopla, stuffies, favourite colours, scents, etc)?

4.  What kinds of nonsense would you like not to receive (eg: no nudity, no religion, animal product goods, the colour orange, etc)?

5.  Any nonsense you are allergic to?

6.  Any nonsense allergens in your home?

7.  Any Pinterest/Wists/ or other nonsense you would like to share the links to?

8.  Favourite nonsensical phrases, quotes, or links to share or inspire your partner with?


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


1. Onyxnox
2. Knickertwist
3. whenindoubtsew
4. Helena Puck
5. fancybutch
6. Ludi
7. tapestrymlp
8. crazyda79
9. gala_apples
10.  pjr107
11.  WeeFreeRhie
12. dontneedaclassroom


pjr107 <---> dontneedaclassroom
gala_apples <---> tapestrymlp
fancybutch <---> whenindoubtsew
WeeFreeRhie <---> crazyda79
Ludi <---> Knickertwist
Onyxnox <---> Helena Puck

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Calavera tea set on: February 04, 2014 09:05:29 PM
I made this for the tea swap recently.  It is a calavera/sugar skull set - a mug rug and tea cozy.

I transferred the skull images onto unbleached muslin, and coloured them with water colour pencils, which I then spritzed with a fabric medium solution before heat setting, to set the colour.  I made a larger one, which became the panel in the mug rug, and a smaller one, which became the center of the tea cozy.

I made it a lace up cozy, so it can be adjustable to the cup, but also because I think the lace up look is cuter.

I also added a little stamped metal tag with the recipient's name, for a bit of personalization.

Here is the post on my blog about the mug rug, and my cup cozy, if anyone is interested in more details.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk style ATB on: February 04, 2014 08:54:47 PM
I loved making my first ATB for the ATB swap so much that I made a second one last week, and am working on some element for a third one.  Seriously, if you haven't checked out the ATB swap gallery, you don't know what you're missing.  Anyways, this was a steampunk inspired one.  I decorated the front and back with vintage sheet music, and the other sides with and embossed gear pattern on aluminum tape.  I decorated with various gears (thanks Wulf for the tip about the gel medium as glue), and three gents.  I used the brass portion of a spent 12 gauge shell as the base, and nailed two word plates I stamped on the sides.


Here is some more information about this block on my blog, with a bit more detail about the block and some more pics.
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