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1  Nutella Meringue Mousse cake - gluten free too! in Dessert by Onyxnox on: Today at 05:08:35 PM
I made this the other day for a dinner we were having.  Our friend just had his birthday this week and I also wanted to make a cake dessert that Jim could have, that we could all share, since Jim is Celiacs.

I had an idea of making something with meringue layers, like I had done with a frozen lemon meringue torte, which is a well loved summer dessert, a chocolate mousse, and a brownie base, and this is what I came up with!

It has a flourless brownie base, and two layers of chocolate meringue, between thin layers of Nutella mousse, with a bit of meringue crumbled on top.   I may have to tweak it a bit, but we were all pretty happy with it, and it goes GREAT with coffee.  I found it a bit sweet, but the other three said they loved it as it... but then again, they could have been just trying to make me feel good...

I posted the recipe on my blog.  Again, I may tweak it a bit.  I think I would like to try a mocha version of it next time. 
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2  Re: 2015 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap GALLERY - send outs 11/04 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 21, 2015 02:25:23 AM
Very pretty sets - so many different styles!

Here are the cards and tags from my final package, from nowheresound - lots of shine and glitz in these...

Thank you very much!

I am so happy - the timing for this is such that almost everyone has their tags and cards with plenty of time for sending and early gift wrapping too!
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3  A wee little art journal... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: November 19, 2015 07:12:32 AM

This is a little journal I made recently, a little mini-journal.  The covers are made with etched brass, riveted to a leather spine.

It is a small little thing, about 1.5" roughly, so it can worn as a pendent.

It has several inked pages within.  Many are blank for future random thoughts and whimsies...

and some are already decorated with some creative encouragements, and statements...

More pics on my blog if anyone else is interested...  I think I will be making more in this style.  I like the inked pages especially.
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4  Nourishing Nature - Bird Feeders gifts for family and friends in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: November 13, 2015 11:26:35 AM

This is another project that Jim and I did together this year.  I am so happy when we actually plan on and work on projects together. 

Anyways, I was inspired when I saw the project posted by CarlieJoe a few months ago.  Jim made it from scrap wood in his shop and we had a number of bottles in stock, as his uncle had a wine making shop, so we often get gifted wine, and keep bottles to return to him.

Jim made the frames.  I cleaned and etched the bottles.  We did clear ones too, but they did not turn out as nice, so we did them all with the green bottles - the etching turned up much nicer on them.  Then, when Jim as done putting the frames together, I wood burned the leaf motifs onto the backer.

So far, we have nine made - hopefully that is all we need.  They are not quite finished yet - Jim is putting on the last coat of varnish on them now.  Then I just have to fill the bottles with seed and cork them for gifting.

There is more pictures (waaaaaaaaaay more; too many!) and more about the project on my blog if anyone is interested.
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5  This note's for you.... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: November 12, 2015 11:18:22 AM
I made these pendents recently, from bamboo tiles.  They are paper, ink, paint, decoupage medium, and resin. 

After altering the bamboo tiles, I sealed them with a thin layer of glossy, jewelry grade resin, and when that cured, I used 24 gauge wire to wire the dangles.  Some are Swarovski Elements that I had picked up over the years at different workshops.  They add a bit of bling and movement. 

This is one of my favourites.

More pics of the other pendents and some more details on my blog if you are interested in reading further.
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6  Stars and snow... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: November 12, 2015 11:06:53 AM

I made a small batch of these recently, decoupaged star ornaments.  I quite like how they looked, but they looked too barren to me as just stars.  Then, as I was making a bunch of cards/tags for the holiday tag and card swap, I got the idea of combining them with die cut, painted, and glittered snowflakes.  I love how they turned out.

More about it on my blog if anyone is interested, with some more pics.
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7  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 (sign up 7-26-17 to 8-10-15; s/o 11-23-15) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Onyxnox on: November 12, 2015 07:49:48 AM
I am wrapped and packed....

and sending out a wee little teaser....

Bunny1kenobi.... I really hope you like your package!
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8  Re: 2015 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap GALLERY - send outs 11/04 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 10, 2015 11:04:28 AM
Packages are whizzing about...  Just waiting for one more confirmation of sending, then I will start giving feedback...

I received from Thimbles71 today - and she did a really neat set of fabric/quilted tags and cards, and there were some great bird patterns.  I know what card I will be sending a fellow bird loving friend!

One of my favourite of the bird tags - too cute!  Thanks Rita for the generous and cute package!

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9  Re: 2015 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap GALLERY - send outs 11/04 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: October 30, 2015 10:45:53 AM
I will start with the pictures...  I received from flygirl88 - who is a paper crafting rock star!

Here is the whole shebang - she sent me extra tags too!

Two gorgeous snowflake Christmas cards.  Love the layered sparkly snowflake

A very pretty ombre blue Birthday card, with glitter detail.

A lovely barren tree Christmas card - that tree and the script stamp.  I love winter trees.

You must have the best stamp collection - I love the "things that makes Christmas nice" stamp and the banner shape of the two tags is a great idea - it would be so awesome to actually have a banner like that!  I love that layered snowflake so much!

Here are the three Handmade tags - I love the cut out detail and that is such a great stamp - I wish I took a better picture, but so you know, it is a lovely bright silver embossing on marine blue paper.

Leah, thank you so much for the lovely cards and tags, and the great start to the gallery!
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10  2015 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap GALLERY - send outs 11/04 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: October 24, 2015 04:34:18 PM
Original Discussion here.....

Post pics if you can, as you receive them, so we can all admire each other's creativity!  

Don't forget also to PM myself and your partners when you send, and when you receive too so I can keep track for feedback!


Group1 (sending 4 cards/envelopes and 4 tags to 3 partners)
Onyxnox (2 of 3 - 10/31, 3 of 3 - 11/01) ----->nowheresound (11/12), Thimbles71, flygirl88
nowheresound (11/12) -----> Onyxnox (11/18), Thimbles71, flygirl88
Thimbles (11/05) -----> Onyxnox, nowheresound (11/12), flygirl88
flygirl88 (10/24) -----> Onyxnox (10/30), nowheresound (11/12), Thimbles71

Group2 (sending 4 cards/envelopes and 4 tags to 3 partners)
smashu (10/25) -----> SheridanLA (11/04), flygirl88 (10/31), kbrison (11/03)
SheridanLA (11/04) ----> smashu, flygirl88,  kbrison (11/06)
flygirl88 (10/24) ----->smashu (11/02), SheridanLA, kbrison (11/03)
kbrison (2 of 3 on 11/03, 3rd sent 11/05) -----> smashu, SheridanLA, flygirl88

Group 3 (sending 6 cards/envelopes and 6 tags to 2 partners)
rosemarieski25 (11/02) ----->stillatthetop (11/04), Gina1gr8mom (11/02?)
stillatthetop (11/03) ----->rosemarieski25, Gina1gr8mom
Gina1gr8mom (11/02) -----> rosemareski25 (11/02), stillatthetop (11/04)

Group 4 (sending 6 cards/envelopes and 6 tags to 2 partners)
artsycandice (11/05) ----->bec99, quaggy
bec99 (10/26)  -----> quaggy, artsycandice
quaggy (10/26) -----> bec99, artsycandice (10/29)

sent all packages (and partners have received)/received all packages
sending late with communication
feedback given
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