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11  Fly chickadees, fly... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: March 12, 2016 06:25:32 AM
These are some card sets I made recently, just general note cards, for myself and kbrison.

I just posted about making these stamps over at the Image Reproduction forum - I made two sets of each bird, facing different directions, so mirror images of each other and gave one set to kbrison (the ones nicely mounted on the wood blocks) and kept the other two for myself.

It's just not right to make stamps and not make something with them, so I decided to test the images and make a project from them as well.  I used archival ink to stamp, so I could use watercolours and dye inks to add colour to the cards.

More about the two bird set here, and more
about the single chickadee on a branch here...

I am rather in love with all the birds coming to my new bird feeders, which I can see from my craft room window.  I am very tempted to make a couple of nuthatch stamps next!
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12  Oh darling Chickadees, how I love you so! in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: March 12, 2016 06:14:40 AM
I have been loving the new bird feeders that Jim put in front of the house, including the wine bottle one we made together in the Fall - we gave away about 8 of them, but kept one for ourselves.  We have noticed quite the influx of birds since we put them in the front.  I had him locate them so I can see the birds from my craft room window.  We have had nuthatches, a couple of types of woodpeckers, dark eyed juncos, a few finches, mourning doves, cardinals... but my favourites are the bold little chickadees.  They love to sit on the mulberry tree in front of my front room window and fly to the feeders to get a bit to eat, and back to the tree, so I get a great view of them from both windows.

But I love them so much I was inspired to craft something with them...

I ended up making several chickadee stamps, and it ended up becoming a crafted by the both of us project...

First I made these two chickadees on a branch... it was also a good opportunity for me to try different types of lino materials to see which brand I liked too - I made a couple of goes at this, both facing different directions.  My plan was to keep one for myself and make one for my partner, kbrison, for the IYP swap.

I was going to send just the lino, but then I asked Jim if he would cut a block for me to make a stamp block with.  He came through in spades.... first, he found some remnants of some gorgeous walnut that he had leftover from a house reno.  They had a gorgeous turn of the century house, and they added a lot of walnut features when they redid some part of it.  He cut it down to size, then he compared it to some wood blocks I had, and added the routed edges for gripping.  Then he advised me on how to finish it for greater durability.  So when he was done, I sanded the block for a smoother finish and to take the sharp edges off the routed edge, and printed an image on the top surface.  Then I added about 3 coats of varnish for durability and sealing - probably more - I lost count!

Then I added a layer of foam and the carved lino, with 2 part epoxy resin.  More about this project on my blog if anyone is interested, with more pics....

I then made another chickadee... just a single one on a pine branch - again, two copies, each facing different directions...

More about this bird here on my blog if anyone is interested...

I did the finished pieces on the wood blocks for kbrison - Jim still has to find some more wood to cut the blocks for mine.  We decided since two of them were being made for someone else, she should get the nice wood and the nice finish.  Keeping my fingers crossed that somewhere he finds some more of that nice walnut though!

Finally, it is just not right to make stamps without testing them, so before I mounted them, I made a couple of projects with them...

I made a set for myself and for kbrison, using various shades of blue for the cards, just as general note cards.

More about the two bird set here
, and more about the single bird on a branch cards here...
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13  Re: 4x6 Art Swap January 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 04, 2016 10:12:56 AM
Posting now Smiley

Too many distractions from Jim wanting attention for this and that when I am trying to organize pictures and other things on the computer...

This is from craftymamabee - a lovely quilted art piece.

It's hard to get the lettering, the flash keeps bleaching it out - but it says "bloom where you are planted"

I love the combination of the brown and blue fabrics and the flowers are highlighted with stitching - lovely! 

Thank you very much and to BigBangMomma for organizing!

Looking forward to the next incarnation of the swap!
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14  A flock of bamboo birds... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Onyxnox on: February 20, 2016 02:32:37 AM

I made so many of these recently... but they are fun to make!  These are some bird pendents and an earring set I made recently using some of the bamboo tiles I had freed from a couple of placemats. 

I woke up with this idea in my head and turned it into a set of earrings for my partner for the one tiny winter thing swap.

Then I kind of fell in love with how the red birds popped against that bright background and thought I would make a few pendents.  More about that here on my blog if you want to see.

A few more ended up as 15 pendents...

Which is OK - as I said, they were fun to make, and each one a bit different.  I plan on bringing some to trade when we have the Craftster Canada Meet Up this summer, and a few for underthemountain, for her Difference Makers auctions.

I am going to keep a couple for myself Smiley

But if anyone wants to know how I made them, to make some for yourself, I posted a how-to on my blog as well, with some process pics also.
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15  Re: 4x6 Art Swap January 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 19, 2016 09:50:16 AM
I received from ChameleonHound this morning, a really cute piece! 

I love the dark snowy/starry background, and the focal figure is popped up slightly for dimension.

Thanks so much!
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16  Re: One Tiny Winter Thing 2016 swap - send outs Feb 14 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 19, 2016 09:47:08 AM
I got my package from astrangeone the other day and she sent several ATCs with my themes and extras - so there was some spoiling here Smiley

One is for my snowball theme - it is interactive - one of the balls is velcroed so it can either be either on the pile or in the process of being tossed.  The others are snow on the tree and a hot, flickering fire.

Here is also an extra little karma card, a little hand made journal, and also some chia seeds for my feathered friends.

Thanks astrangeone for swapping.  I am sorry that one of my pieces did not make it intact Sad
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17  Re: Acrylic paints what to buy? in Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: February 13, 2016 03:10:19 PM
It keeps OK - I make that spray too - the problem is that sometimes the nozzles can gum up, and the mica can settle at the bottom, as with commercial sprays.  If you want the mica powders to be more pure in colour, you may want to pick up some clear acrylic medium to mix the mica powder in. 

You can also just wet them with water and paint with them directly, or dust them on top of a painted surface when it still has some tack.

I was playing around with texture with gesso and I got the golden sheen on this canvas by dry brushing the golden mica powder onto the painted surface that was almost completely dry, the base is a dark blue.

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18  Craftsters Canada Meetup 2016 June 24-26 2016 in Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: February 10, 2016 02:58:52 PM
This is a discussion that a bunch of us have been having in the Friends of Craftser forum, and we wanted to bring it out to the rest of Craftster in case members with non-Friends status also wanted to join in on the fun...  I know I am very excited about this myself!

Underthemountain started this, and I am cutting and pasting the proposed plan...


ETA: we've got a date! - June 24-26  2016 and a place Hamilton
Many of us are staying at this hotel: Hamilton Sheraton Hotel,116 King St W, Hamilton, ON, L8P4V3 Canada.  You can try tripadvisor.com to get a good rate.

Information spreadsheet (Workshops/Transportation/Hotels/Places to Visit)

Friday 6/24
- People already in town/arriving
- Afternoon meet up in hotel lobby?
- Group dinner at local pub (plan this ahead/reservations) - any crafting or just socializing? Exchange meet up gifts.

Saturday 6/25
- Morning breakfast social hour (plan this ahead/reservations)
- Visit Wulf's workshop in Toronto - shibori and other messy craft workshops? for those interested (or we can stay local in Hamilton and find someplace for workshops there?)
- Afternoon sightseeing at stores/locations in Toronto/Hamilton
- Group dinner at local pub (plan this ahead/reservations)

Sunday 6/26
- Morning breakfast social hour (plan this ahead/reservations)
- Open for whatever, last minute sight seeing, etc
- Departure from Hamilton and general area...

Definitely coming!

Come and join in the fun!
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19  Re: One Tiny Bird Thing Round Two GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 05, 2016 03:16:20 PM
Wow - love the gallery so far!  The owls are wonderful and I already was in love with the raven and Ludi's piece from their posts.

I received from pinkmichk today - she made me a sweet pheonix hoop and I can't wait to hang it up on my hoopla wall!

I love hooplas and I especially love tiny ones!

I sent today too - I hope she likes what I made her!
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20  One Tiny Winter Thing 2016 swap - send outs Feb 14 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 05, 2016 01:40:04 PM

Post them as you get them people!

Please remember to PM myself and your partner when you send and receive!

Original discussion posts here


lindyv321 (sent 02/06/ rec. 02/08)
<-----> blupaisan (sent 02/05/rec. 02/10)
cmarion3 (sent 02/09, rec. 02/20) <-----> Wulf (sent 02/15, rec. 02/19)
aisy (rec. 02/13, sent 02/20)<-----> BigBangMomma (sent 02/10, rec. 02/23)
Onyxnox (sent 02/14, rec. 02/17) <-----> astrangeone (sent 02/14, rec. 02/19)
bec99 (sent 02/13, rec. 03/01) <-----> AnnChen (sent 02/16)

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