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1  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: March 17, 2017 06:00:59 AM
... well... if nothing else, they are colourful and shiny - always a good thing.  I am beading right now, so there is little piles of beads.

I have also made some purchases too (damn sales), so there is a slight build up of new stash that is very distracting!

... so here is what I am working on...



seems reasonable right???

But then, you raise your head and see this....



... I swear, there is an edge of a table in there, and where you see the die cutting machines is actually a separate shelf!

 Cheesy
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2  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap February 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 08, 2017 02:33:58 PM
I received from geekgirl1000100 - a lovely dandelion watercolour with alcohol dispersion - a really cool effect.



Thank you!  The flowers seem to glow in my craft room.
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3  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Onyxnox on: March 05, 2017 04:25:33 AM
CLM - the alcohol inks are good on any non porous surface.  I have used it on acetate, plastic, glass also.  It's how I coloured aluminum tape to make my own dimensional stickers with die cuts - top it with Glossy Accents, or crackle medium and Glossy Accents .  This is a multistage project for something small though - but I loved the look of them.



Mlsocci74 - I love the background colours and the contrast of the dark areas.  How big is that piece?
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4  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap February 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 04, 2017 04:27:12 AM
I received one of mine the other day - almost missed it, somehow the postal person managed to have it jammed quite flat against the side of my mail box and I could not see or feel it, except for the fact that I left the lid up and saw something lighter as I was going through the door later!

... and I got just what this winter weary soul needed, a lot of sunshine!



I love the words circled and the texture of the words hidden behind the colour, and the shading.  I love the contrast of the warm and cool tones - beautiful!
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5  Re: Altered Tea Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 04, 2017 04:21:17 AM
I received from our organizer!  Unfortunately Canada Post, and I suspect the cold did not help - there was a bit of damage - a couple of things got worked loose and one poor creature had to enter the local craft hospital for a bit of emergency surgery... but they were small little fixes...



I like the brown and blue elements with the bright pops of red.  I love the use of the natural elements too.



Look at the cute little fairy door...



... and who lives in a fairy house?



This little dear of course - poor thing had a bit of a rough journey and one of her wings got knocked off, and she got knocked off her feet - but she's recovering nicely now, and soon we shall share a thimbleful of tea to help ease her troubled soul.

Thank you for partnering with me and for organizing wdicwg!
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6  Re: 4 x 6 Art Swap February 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 01, 2017 08:18:49 PM
Is that a batik piece of fabric behind it or is that decorated paper that you did???  I love the dimensionality  of it!

I think I posted some close ups of the piece on my blog - let me see if I can find the pics.



This is the stamped homemade texture paste - I cannot tell you how much I love this stuff, it dries to such a lovely finish that takes paint/colour so nicely, and when wet can be stamped for such interesting texture.



I used a glass bead gel that I tinted with acrylic paint (a little goes a long way!) to stencil, then when dry, dry brushed on some metallic paint to pick out some more of the texture, with a fine brush.

The base the piece I think is made from vintage road map pieces.
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7  Tippler's Chocolate Mousse Cake - gluten-free in Dessert by Onyxnox on: February 26, 2017 03:03:44 PM
I'm making a very traditional Sunday dinner today for Jim - roast beef, mashed potatoes, a token green thing, and dessert.  I was torn between two different types that I thought he would like, and kind of did a mash up...



I'm calling it a Tippler's Chocolate Mousse Cake - linkity to the full recipe/instructions if anyone is interested.  I did not put full bit here because I have a tonne of progress shots on the blog, but here are the ingredients

Tippler's Mousse Cake
serves 10-12

Cake:
6 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup sugar
1 cup good quality cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mousse:
2 tsp unflavoured gelatin
2 tbsp cold water
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa, sifted
1 1/2 cups cold 35% cream
1/2 cup liqueur (Bailey's. Sheridan's, Kahlua)
1 tsp vanilla

Ganache:
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp corn syrup
1/2 tsp butter
1/2 cup 35% cream

It was going to be Bailey's, however it turned out that we drank all the Baileys when we had friends over a couple of weeks ago (*** hic ***).  However, I did have some Sheridan's - a lovely creamy coffee liqueur that I highly recommend if anyone has never tried it.  You can substitute any delicious liqueur - like Kahlua, Amarula, Godivas, or anything like that.

But it has a nice thick flourless chocolate cake, then the mousse layer, and topping of chocolate ganache.

If you don't want to put a boozy ingredient in, you can leave it out - or experiment with a flavoured syrup instead, and cut some of the sugar out.



It is super rich and fudgy - would be fantastic served with coffee or tea.

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8  Re: OTT 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 16, 2017 11:31:45 AM
Yeah - that was a brilliant idea to start the CTCs Smiley

I received from Homerof2 and she sent me one of my favourite things - a little piece of Fall in teeny weeny hoopla form - love it and it is hanging up right now!...


Thank you!

Ooooooh - great gallery!  I love how varied the teeny pieces of art are!
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9  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Onyxnox on: February 12, 2017 02:41:00 PM
I don't think the decorated envelopes are a big issue - we have been doing it for the Happy Mail Swap for a couple of rounds, and Stampington encourages it for people sending in letters or art work to be published - they often will show some prime examples in their  magazines.  Simon Says Stamp is showing some mail art on their blog too, and how  to do it.  Years ago when I worked at a summer camp for a few years I used to hand make my envelopes from interesting magazine papers too, and there was never an issue. 

I made this for Valentines today myself.

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10  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: February 08, 2017 06:21:05 PM
I just bought three of these - in a nice turquoise colour that goes nicely with my wall colour.  The ones I got don't have the casters - but I did not want them - this gives me some space on the top, under the table ledge to put things too.  The price was right and they fit under the outer edge of my work table.  One holds various twines and ribbons, and two are holding my cling stamps.  I have them in flat packets now, with washi tape on the edges to separate them into a couple of categories.  

This is the Billy bookcase I have for the paper.  It is the narrow one  I have two of the wider ones on either side of my side window, with a CD/DVD shelf attached to one side, and then one of the narrow ones at a right angle to it.  One set is within arm's reach of my work table, so that is where I store the things I want nearby - the paints, the glue gun, inks, my wood stamps, etc.  They are 11" deep as per the dimensions.  But 11" paper sticks out just bit over the edge - but that makes selecting the paper easier too.



I have them grouped in basic colours, and have the 12 x12 up on a separate shelf.



I have some in the sideways magazine holders to help keep some upright, and prevent some warping.

Billy's don't have the greatest weight capacity - they are MDF, and don't have support brackets across the back, so keep that in mind if storing heavy things.  I found that some of the shelves on my wider ones were bowing a bit if I had heavier items on it (like many jugs of paint/liquids).  But the narrow ones are holding up well, and the  wide ones work well for the lighter items.
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