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11  Re: 4x6 Art Swap Fall 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 04, 2016 01:30:54 AM
Nice additions!  This is a great gallery so far!

I got my 2nd piece now, from Summer6061 - a gorgeous nighttime skyline piece, and she even decorated the envelope - the lettering was gorgeous and precise too.

I love the dramatic purple blue/purple/black gradation of the sky, behind the black buildings.  The window lights really pop.  Also the sparkle for the stars looks wonderful!  Thank you, Summer - it's  a beautifully done piece!

Here it is with a peek at the decorated envelope.  I think you can see the glitter more clearly on this one.

Thanks to both my partners, and to BigBangMomma for organizing again.  Can't wait to see what else shows up in the gallery!
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12  It's a cold, frosty world... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: November 02, 2016 05:38:57 AM

I had been wanting to make a mini ornament diorama for awhile and finally got around to doing it this year.  This is made from an unbreakable ornament that I cut open and decorated.  I am happy how it turned out, and this may be something I may make different versions of for the future for the ornaments I make for others.

More pics and about the process on my blog if anyone is interested.

I also have a big one that I started too - especially as some of the miniatures I bought were way too big for the regular sized ornament, but I need to resupply myself, and maybe think it through more - even the small one was a bit heavy when decorated.  Also, being as big as it is, I would like to be able to add a battery pack and fairy lights if possible.

I remember buying the large one at the Dollar Tree to experiment with and the cashier saying, "Why would a person buy just one ornament?"  When I told her my plan, she was so happy, and turned to her coworker and said, "That's why I love to ask customers about their purchases, they always have the best ideas!"  It was nice to know she liked the idea too Smiley
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13  Re: 4x6 Art Swap Fall 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: October 29, 2016 08:19:09 AM
I did not realize there was already a gallery!

I am happy to say that I received a happy little bit of mail yesterday - my 4x6 art - a beautiful piece - love the bright bold lines and colours.

Thank you so much, it is a lovely piece!
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14  Ornament swap - kind of OTT-ish Secret Santa-ish/random-ish swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: October 26, 2016 06:55:04 AM
Would anyone be interested in a small ornament swap?  Kind of done how BigBangMomma does the 4x6 art swap so that everyone can just make an ornament, to the best of their ability, in whatever form they like, etc, then get the info on their recipient to send to - real names/addresses so they don't know who they are sending to (in theory)?

OK - if anyone is interested - it is UP
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15  2016 Holiday and Card Swap - Gallery (send by Nov 10)... in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: October 26, 2016 06:30:57 AM

Original Discussion Thread

Please remember to PM myself and your recipients on sending so we can keep track.  Remember that as this is a (mostly) paper craft swap, the expectation is that if the package does not make it to it's destination, to communicate with myself/recipient, and resend.  As there are only Canadian and American swappers in this round, most packages should make it within that time span.

Current List of Swappers

1.  Onyxnox
2.  kbrison
3.  flygirl88
4.  Artmomto5
5.  gala_apples
6.  IsikkahJai
7.  Thimbles71
8.  late_nite_stamper
9.  bunny1kenobi
10. SonjaBoo

Group 1
bunny1kenobi (11/03) ---> (Thimbles71, kbrison, IsikkahJai)
Thimbles71 (sent 11/10) ---> (bunny1kenobi, kbrison, IsikkahJai)
kbrison (sent 11/08) ---> (bunny1kenobi, Thimbles71, IsikkahJai )
IsikkahJai (sent 11/10) ---> (bunny1kenobi, Thimbles71, kbrison)

Group 2
flygirl88 (sent 11/08)---> (Onyxnox, Artmomof5, Thimbles71)
Onyxnox (sent 10/28)---> (flygirl88, Artmomof5, Thimbles71)
Artmomof5 (sent 10/25) ---> (flygirl88, Onyxnox, Thimbles71)
Thimbles71 (sent 11/10) ---> (flygirl88, Onyxnox, Artmomof5)

Group 3
late_nite_stamper (sent 11/09)[/color] ---> (Onyxnox, gala_apples, SonjaBoo)
Onyxnox (sent 10/28) ---> (late_nite_stamper, gala_apples, SonjaBoo)
gala_apples (sent 11/02) --->  (late_nite_stamper, Onyxnox, SonjaBoo)
SonjaBoo (sent 11/12) ---> (late_nite_stamper, Onyxnox, gala_apples)

Late with Communication
PM organizer immediately
feedback given
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16  Eco-dyed paper - first time bundles... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: October 16, 2016 07:17:46 AM
This has been something I have been wanting to try for awhile and finally did so when I was on vacation up North last week.  Had some fun meandering around the woods with the dog, and picking up lots of fallen leaves and stuff, and got around to trying eco-dyed paper.

Here are some of my favourites, but I made 4 biggish bundles, and there were lots of papers.  I did fibers too, but they were less a success - and some are still bundled and not opened yet.

A big batch of the end results

Boiling, with a pot lid and old horseshoe to keep the fibers submersed.

The papers, still bundled, and wet sitting on the bottom of my old tub.

Sumach branch on paper

leaves on folded water colour paper

Sumach and fern frond

Lots more pics and links back on some of my first attempts and what I learned on my blog if anyone interested...

Some of these I am tempted to just keep as is, and some will be used in journals or other pieces.  I am happy how these turned out, but definitely have ideas on some changes to try for next time.
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17  2016 Holiday Tag and Card Swap (sign ups by Oct 14, send by Nov 10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: September 29, 2016 05:28:06 PM


So the holiday gift giving season is coming up, and I am inviting fellow Craftsters in joining in on another seasonal card and tag swap.  Previous ones have been fun and great prep for the coming holiday season.

Anyways, let's get some of the business end done...

Swap name: 2016 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: now until October 14, 2016 (by midnight EST)
Date to send item by: November 10, 2016

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

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO - no
If so, which country? not applicable

Additional Age requirement? no

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: not applicable
- 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:

This will be a swap for cards and tags for the upcoming holiday season.  

Participants will be in groups of 4, where each Craftster will send a set of 4 cards (and envelopes) and 4 tags (and attachment mode) to each of the other three members of the group by the send by date, and each Craftster will receive 4 cards/tags from each of the group members.  

Therefore everyone, in the end, should have received a dozen cards and tags in time for holiday gift giving.  

Minimum expected size for tags - 2"x3", and to include ties/ribbons/sticky
Minimum expected size for cards - 3"x5", and to include envelopes

There is no maximum.

On saying that, the theme of the cards do not have to be limited to the holidays, if that is what your partner wants.  Also, Crafsters are encouraged to be as creative as you want; just because it is cards and tags, does not mean you have to limit yourself to paper.  If you want to make your items from something other than paper, feel free to.  I love seeing how varied the results are and how wonderfully creative everyone is in these swaps!

But because this will likely be mostly a paper swap:  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.

Previous tag swap galleries....

Holiday Tags 2013

Holiday Tags 2014

Holiday Tags and Cards 2015

Discussion for 2015 card/tag swap...

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

Name of swap - 2016 Holiday Tags and Cards 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 kind of holiday cards/tags do you want? (Christmas, Hannukah, Winter Solstice, religious, Kwanzaa, etc)

2) Would you prefer any non-winter holiday tags?  If so, what kind would you like (birthday, Valentines, Easter, general, etc)?

3) How do you want your tags to attach (ribbon/string/stick-on/surprise me)?

4) What kind of themes/colours would you like your tags to have (please list at least 5)?

5) What kind of themes/colours would you like to be avoided?  

6) Any links to Pinterest, blogs, etc for stalking purposes?


Note also that I am going to be away for the next week for vacation, so will not update the list until I get back - feel free to PM, but don't get nervous if you don't see your name showing up here or the swap in your profile until after the first week of October....

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

Current List of Swappers

1.  Onyxnox
2.  kbrison
3.  flygirl88
4.  Artmomto5
5.  gala_apples
6.  IsikkahJai
7.  Thimbles71
8.  late_nite_stamper
9.  bunny1kenobi
10. SonjaBoo

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

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18  Re: Happy Mail Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 23, 2016 08:43:49 AM
I received from our wonderful organizer, Sonjaboo the brains behind this fantastic swap.

AND this mail made me VERY happy! 

A sample of the decorations on the envelope - looks like a variety of inking/spray/paint/stenciling and decorative duct tape - so pretty.

and a little something on the front that appeals to my Alice-loving heart of hearts - oh that poor sleepy dormouse!

The whole melange of goodies in the envelope... sometimes it feels like a clown car - you open it up and then you kind of can't believe all that came out of that envelope!

Decorated tag backgrounds - anyone who looks at my blog knows that I follow the monthly Tim Holtz tag of the month and  have an addiction to making decorated tags.  These will definitely come in handy!  For that matter, I was going to make a bunch of premade tag backgrounds so this is very timely and inspirational!

An envelope with decorated butterfly die cut and inside it contained glassine envelopes with some more of the die cut parts to decorate myself.  Sorry, my camera hated the glassine envelopes and every incarnation I took of it was terribly blurred

Adorable lucky money envelopes - and they are cute on their own, but each one contained goodies too!

Flower ephemera, butterfly ephemera, more Alice goodies, buttons - all things I know I will have a great time crafting with - LOVE!

Thank you so much Sonjaboo - for the package, and the swap....

and pretty pretty pretty please can we have another one soon???
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19  Winter holidays coming up - Another tags and/or cards swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: September 22, 2016 07:21:45 AM

It's coming up to that time of year again - planning for the winter holidays.  Wondering if anyone is interested in starting to make and trade tag and/or card sets for this year's winter gift giving and mailing.  I like doing this relatively early so that everyone gets their items hopefully soon enough to send out in time for the holidays. 

Here are the links to last years swap discussion

and to the wonderful gallery...

and to the 2014 tag swap gallery

I was thinking of setting it up before I go away on vacation, and have sign ups until early October, mid October at the latest, then a send by date of the first week of November.
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20  Re: Happy Mail Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: September 22, 2016 06:00:59 AM
I have been so happy just looking at everyone else's happy mail, and the different take everyone has on them.  Some of those envelopes must have been seriously STUFFED.  I bet they made some postal people pretty darn happy, and curious too.  I know I would be super curious as to what kind of awesomeness resides in those envelopes!

I had a lot of fun making those little canvas journals.  They were one of those "aha!" ideas that wake me up from my sleep, because I had a roll of canvas that I bought for $3 for a big roll at an art supply tent sale, that turned out to be primed on one side when I unrolled it, and I wanted bare canvas.  So I have been trying to think of ways to use the canvas and the journals were one way.

I received one of my packages  yesterday and it made me very happy to see this amongst the phone and gas bills - so much UNhappy mail!  It was from whats_her_name and she sent me some adorable paper crafted items.

The whole shebang

Two pieces - one which may become a mat for an old picture of my grandparents or parents if I can get my family photo album back, and the other which will become the face card for a wedding card for my cousin for this weekend - it's so lovely and romantic feeling!

Some fantastic Fall fun - I love them all, but my favourite are the oak leaves.  I love Fall and the Fall leaves.

AN ADORABLE ADORABLE card - so cute!  I hope you can see the pink blushy cheeks - such great colour.  I love the little cross stitched details too.  Love this so much.  I need to know if this is a Stampin Up product or not, because I love the lettering for the Friend and if it is still available, I may need to get the set.

... and my favourite, because I *adore* dogs so much, is this dog card.  Would it be weird if I were to give my dog this card, because I love him so (well, not for a few moments this morning when he snacked on a turd)... and so I can kind of keep it??? 

Thank you so much!  I love my happy mail!

When can we do this again?
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