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11  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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12  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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13  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 06, 2014 03:56:03 PM

Swap name:  Holiday Tag Swap - Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Onyxnox
Sign-up date range:  October 6 - 20, 2014
Date to send item by:  November 8th, 2014

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

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

Additional Age requirement? 16 years 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: N/A
- 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:

The goal is to have several groups of 4 swappers each, each swapper will make and send 5 tags for each of their partners in the group (15 tags in total per sender), so that in the end, each recipient will receive 15 tags for their gift giving this holiday season.  The tags can be the same, or different from each other if people want to be creative.  They can be made with any materials/media, though I suspect most people will construct them from papers, so I am treating it as a papercrafted swap.  But don't let my limited vision limit you!

Each tag should be at least large enough to be visible on a gift package, with room for names to be written, so I am setting a minimum 2x3 inches, with no maximum limit.

as per Craftster swapping rules, papercraft swaps are exempt from the DC confirmation requirements.  Senders are required to resend their packages if they are not received for any reason.  Please keep communication clear and let your organizer and members of your group know when you send and receive, via PM.

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

Name of swap - Holiday Tag Swap Round 2
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? As this is small tags, I will set that everyone should expect to send internationally...
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

1.  What kind seasonal tags are you interested in (Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc)?

2.  What are your top five themes?


3.  What are your favourite colours?

4.  What colours/themes do you not want?

5.  Do you want to be part of more than 1 group if we have odd numbers?  If so, up to how many as a maximum.

6.  What style tag do you want - stick on (no holes), tie on (has a hole to tie ribbon through), or fold over (small card)?

7.  Any Wists/Pnterests/whatever we can stalk you with?

8.  Anything else we should know?

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14  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: October 06, 2014 03:27:30 PM
Oh boy... I messed up!  I thought I posted before I left on vacation last week.  I know I wasn't able to post pics because my camera was packed when I got the package, but I thought I at least posted something about receiving.  It was a bit chaotic though, so I must have missed it Sad

So sorry tapestrymlp - but I did receive and I do love my package.  Here are the pics I took...

First off - she did some dog art for me.  I am always looking for art of my dogs - they are the loves of our lives.

This is a painting of Ginger - my brindled princess.  This makes me think of hte mischievous little pup she was...

This is Toby - making me think of what a sweet pup he was...

... and a fantastic embroidered piece of Troy - I love this one the most...

This is soooo his expression after he's been chasing all the little fuzzies in the woods...

She also agreed to make one of her embroidered pendents for me - and she did a Snoopy for me - I love Snoopy!  Can you tell I am a dog lover?

His ear is done in stumpwork too - so he is extra special

We both love Terry Pratchett as well - so she made me this awesome Death of Rats hoopla - it is perfect - I plan on hanging him near the Death plate that maxevv sent me in a previous IYP swap - they belong together!

I am so sorry for not posting a post in the thread before leaving, but I did enjoy swapping with you and love my package - thank you very much!
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15  Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: September 25, 2014 08:46:53 AM
I realized that I have really not been posting a lot of my projects here lately.  This is the one I made for the Whimsical Shrine Swap for the organizer, Smeddley, earlier this year.  It was a super fun swap and it was fun to work with something more dimensional.  I used a shadowbox from my swap.  I had a more grandiose idea of using a deeper box and having the piece be back lit with an LED bulb so that the wolf is only visible when lit, but the box I had for that was too small for me to work in the other elements I wanted, so I went with this idea.

It is a Little Red Riding Hood inspired shrine - I saw one on her pinterest, and this is my spin on it.

I wanted a darker feel to it - Red walking through the woods, unaware of the impending threat.  I used pages from a random book I picked up, which seems to be a murder mystery, and also gave me a great quote which I used on the back.  I used branches from a downed limb from my front yard, which was brought down in the winter ice storm we had this past Christmas.

I glued the page pieces onto the back of the shadowbox and inked it to make it look like night time with the moon shining through the woods.  I hand cut the wolf out of gray cardstock and added him to the background.  I made the moon from resin clay and painted him with acrylic inks.  I glued him and the branches on with 2 part epoxy.  I added the mushrooms and moss to the make the forest floor.  Red is made from a cut down dollar store Disney princess and a piece of red cloth - I tried making her from resin clay, but my attempts were pathetic.  I made some banners from die cut card stock which I hand lettered.

I loved this shadowbox because it has three little smaller sections on it, which I used to display other elements from the story.  Again, I tried to make some of them from resin clay, and my attempts were not up to my expectations, so I did use some store bought miniatures.

Grandmom's cottage - made from a miniature birdhouse I cut the post from, flipped backwards, and painted.  I didn't like how bare the back of the boxes were so I added a dark patterned paper before adding the elements, and used the same paper to decorate the front edges of the box too.

The basket of healthy goodies that Red is bringing for her poor ailing granny.

A tree stump and axe to hint at the woodsman who saves Red in the end (though I personally like to think that Red either takes that axe and saves herself, or the wolf wins this time - why go with the conventional?).  I did make the tree stump from resin clay, and the axe from the same, and a stained, and cut down craft stick.

The back and sides of the shadowbox was covered with pages of the book that I glued on with gel medium, and inked with various stains to age and blue the lettering.  I added banners to the back to add the swap information, and I added and highlighted the quote that I found randomly while making this project, that I felt fit nicely with the feel of it.

It says, "You going to to a dangerous place like that.  A little girl has been killed.  Do you understand what that means?".

Finally, I added some brads in the corners of the front to finish it, and framed it with two larger twigs on the sides.  It can sit either upright, or be hung.  I don't remember, but I think I did add a hanger to the back.

Here is a bit more about the project that I posted on my blog earlier in the summer.
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16  Sweet housewife on one side... sarcastic snark on the other side... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: September 24, 2014 06:30:25 PM
I made this recently for HSG for the Snarky Housewives Swap...

It is a reversible, and I am very proud of the fact that 90% of it is made from stash.  I made it from a Sew4Home pattern that was free online.  It is very cute, but I made some modifications to make it fully reversible.

I used a pretty blue butterfly fabric that I bought years ago because I loved it and was going to make something for myself... though now that I think about it, I don't think I ever did make anything for myself from it. 

On the opposite side, I used the same plain blue, and cotton muslin, decorating the cotton muslin with a vintage image from Graphics Fairy, and a snarky quote that HSG had quoted on one of her pin boards.

I also made it with extra long ties so that the ties can wrap around and tie in the front.

Those are nice large pleated pockets on either side, with rickrack trim.  I am very happy how this turned out.

Now HSG can choose - sweet housewife, or let the snark out! 

More pics and more about the project on my blog if anyone is interested.
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17  Re: The Snarky Housewives Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 19, 2014 01:05:25 PM
Man... I so did not want to look at the snarky goodness as yet... it's giving me serious swap anxiety.  So much cool snarkiness.

Anyways, I received from HSG - and it is adorable and snarky!

She went with a Honeymooners theme, so DH will probably appreciate the snarkiness too, and we'll probably both admire it with a fine g+t together tonight Smiley

They are adorable pieces on easels, and look at the phones!!!!

Thank you HSG - I really hope  you like the package I sent you too!
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18  Holiday Tag Swap... in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: September 13, 2014 05:33:37 AM
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... especially for those of my fellow Canadians in Alberta...

But I digress...

Just wondering if anyone is interested in doing a tag swap - bit earlier this year so that everyone does have plenty of time to get them before their winter holiday gift wrapping/giving.  Or as part of another crafting project, such as an Advent Calender, wreath, holiday journal, scrapbook, ornaments, whatever...

Anyways, if anyone is interested, here is the link to the original swap, and I would like to run it the same way unless anyone has other suggestions. 

The tags don't have to be limited to paper - they could be wood, metal, fabric, leather, plastic, polymer clay - limited only by the imagination. 

Here is the gallery so you can see last years goodies!

Maybe this can help get us into the Holiday spirit?
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19  Re: Crafted Notecards Round 3 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: August 22, 2014 02:22:15 PM
My computer screen is being a bit wonky and having trouble seeing some of the pics, so hopefully I have them labelled correctly... 

Anyways, I received my remaining three packages yesterday/today, from blupaisan, flygirl88, and our esteemed organizer gala_apples...  be prepared, this is super pic heavy (at least until my battery started flashing...

From flygirl88 - she sent me a gorgeous set of elegant cards.

Anyways - these are two cute cards in black and white; I love the framing and the patterned backgrounds - very elegant!

These are very pretty copper embossed birds on brown kraft paper - also very pretty and elegant.

These are also done with brown kraft, and I love the contrast of the colours on the brown kraft - love the ombre colours of the butterflies too!

then I saw these - LOVE THESE!!!!!  Dead Parrot Monty PYTHON CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She also sent me extras of a set of mini-heart cut out cards - fantastic - I love mini cards too!

Thank you so much flygirl88!

These are from blupaisan - were you psychically linked with kbrison???  I received origami cards in her set too!

I love this - an origami frog in a pocket in the front of the card, and inside - Hoppy Birthday!  Perfect, I have a frog loving friend this is going to!

I love the colours of these - the blues and greens are so lovely and fresh.

Another origami one, also very apropos for another friend of mine, and I love the Asian inspired art on these - I thought they were stamped, but now I am wondering, did you do freehand dot art?  They are fantastic!  I think I will use the cat one for a another friend of mine who loves cats.

Thank you so much blupaisan - another set of unusual and beautiful cards

And last but not least, from our fearless leader, gala_apples - gorgeous sets of notecards that are perfect for swapping.

The upper left is patchwork hexies, and I love the various circles on the bottom two - cut and layered paper.  Those must have taken quite some time!

Is that a paint chip swatch on the flower card?  I also love the purple dot card and the gray thank you!

I definitely will not be wanting for notecards for awhile!  I love everything I got - thank you again to my fab partners kbrison, flygirl88, and blupaisan - and a double thanks to gala_apples  for organizing too!
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20  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU closed SO Sept 20, 2014 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: August 18, 2014 08:04:31 PM

What a cute little furbaby!!!!!

Hmmmm count me as a nipple crafter at one time too!  I spent an entire summer and fall hooking nipples a few years ago - that was the year I made crocheted boob pillows for the men in our group of friends.  I got so sick of different shades of pinks.  Not to mention that I carried the project with me on the train, to work, etc., so sometimes I got funny looks.

But we often do gag gifts for each other, and that was my gag gift for that year...

Here are a couple of the Christmas pics from that year... ignore the rude gesture from the second one - that is my "charming" BIL

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