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11  Re: Need to spruce this up, but HOW??!! in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: December 10, 2015 04:59:08 AM
How about a lightly inked/stenciled background - something light and pale so as not to compete with the images.  Darker at the edges and fading in towards the center to form a bit of a halo effect perhaps.  Mist lightly with water and you can get a nice soft effect.

I did this for a few card backgrounds I made - like this

Or what about another small darker mat behind the focal piece to frame it a bit more definitely against the gray, maybe a textured card stock. 
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12  Lumps of coal for the naughty... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: December 05, 2015 08:41:58 AM
This was a last minute gift I came up with yesterday.  We are having our annual potluck tonight, and this was what I made up as a surprise treat for everyone coming...

Well, sort of a gift - everyone has been a bit naughty and cheeky this year in some way shape or form, so everyone is getting lumps of coal...

This was a great way to get rid of patterns of seasonal paper I really did not love.  The treat box die I used is the perfect size for the lumps of coal, and I added a little ornament or jingle bell to the ties when I wrapped them up too.

... and in case you were wondering what the lumps of coal are, they are these...

Two different types of peanut butter melty cups.  Jim is now saying to me that he has no motivation to be good if these are the lumps of coal he is being punished with!

More pics and the recipe on my blog if anyone is interested.
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13  Nutella Meringue Mousse cake - gluten free too! in Dessert by Onyxnox on: November 28, 2015 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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14  Re: mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 GALLERY send outs 11-23-2015 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 21, 2015 04:03:49 PM
I'm so excited!!!!

Claiming this spot!h

I received from bunny1kenobi... but I am playing the odds, and knowing my lack of self restraint (ask every bag of chips I ever met!), I am not opening it yet.... maybe...

Here is the package after I opened the shipping box!  Santa has come to town!!!!!

Day 1 - woohoo!!!!!  I got a beautiful green and red tree skirt in a dresden pattern.  It is nice and large, which is perfect, as I have started hating the crocheted one I made as it is too small.  I am having trouble with the USB port on my computer so will upload when I get it fixed up!  We still have to pick up our tree.  It may be used in the meantime as an ad hoc dog poncho for display purposes Wink

Day 2 - Jim says thank you too!!!!!  BBQ spices!!!!  Can't wait to try these!  Thank you!  It's been warm enough here that we have been able to BBQ too - not that that has stopped Jim before - there could be a foot of snow and he will happily sizzle a few steaks on the grill....

OK, Day 3 is a gift, with a gift, in a gift.... so, it will be pic heavy!!!!

Awesome, and HUGE pile of tags - I definitely will not need to get tags at all for this year, and maybe the next or so!

Then I unwrapped and found this fabulous snowman box - look at that beading and the sequins!  

I thought that was it, until I opened it...  Look at this wonderful filigree ornament!!!!  I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!

Thank you so much Bunny1Kenobi - I love them all so far!

Day 4 - OMG, these are hilarious and adorable!!!!  Death does Christmas cards!!!!!  I love them!

How cute is the Santa Death?Huh!!!

And the lights on the scythe?Huh

But my favourite is  Death and the mistletoe - look at the adorable kiss mark and the little heart - LOVE the love!!!!

Day 5 - another 2 in 1 package - I wondered, because wrapped, it was mysteriously flat, then lumpy.  

She sent me a fantastic handmade recipe book, with many recipes by her husband.  Gotta love hubbies who cook!  They are certainly keepers!  I can't wait to try the shrimp recipes, and was just saying to mine the other day that I will make him a GF fried chicken soon - I am going to try B1K's husband's recipe with rice flour or something like that.

The well wrapped lump is three adorably teeny bottles of very pure oils - lemon, peppermint, lavender - exactly the three I would have picked for myself.  Perfect, as I may be making some peppermint cups for some friends soon.  Also, when the bottles are empty, these bottles are too cute not to use for something else - right?

OK... so I am a bit behind, but I am glad I waited.  It's actually making me a bit sad, that we are almost at the end of this swap - anticipation is half the fun!

Day 6 - I LOVE MY DAY 6 - the note said for the love of dogs so I just KNEW I was going to love it, and I did - I am wearing it right now and it may not come off until I next go back to work.  I would wear it all the time, except there are too many grabby hands at work and I try never to wear anything around my neck at work now (sadly, a couple of my colleagues have been strangled in some way shape or form in the past few years, accidentally or on purpose, so no one should wear anything around their neck if possible).

A dog paw floating charm necklace!!!!  I love the black base and how shiny the crystals are.  I *LOVE* the dog paw charm, so sweet!

Day 7 was a great Steampunk set - I love the simple earrings, they may be my new everyday earrings since they are not dangly, and I love the mix of the dragonfly in with the gears and time charm!

Day 8 was a cool mix of goodies - I love little notes and ephemera, have an obsession with socks, and both Jim and I are KISS fans - love the KISS chapstick.  Am going to hide that one from Jim, he will be jealous Smiley  Let's not even mention that it is strawberry flavoured - I love strawberries!

Day 9 is a copy of Beowulf - I have always loved the shortened versions I have read and will be happy to read the translated version - the note said to look inside though, and I found a great little bookmark inside - it is so true too.  Especially with crafting and that darned housework stuff that gets in the way, my main reading time now is late at night, before going to sleep and I do keep falling asleep as I read!

Day 10 is this soft, colourful infinity scarf - I love it.  It is very light - perfect for when it is not too cold, like right now!  We are breaking record highs for this time of year.  I was out for a dentist appointment wearing a t-shirt and light yoga jacket!

Day 11 - ARGH!!! LOVE THIS - I love Alice in Wonderland and she made me a fantastic We are all Mad Here shirt - the paint is a marbled turquoise and black, and has some cool sparkly flecks in it - love it!

Day 12 - I am so sad to see this end!  I have one more package, I am saving that for tomorrow Smiley  But today's is so cool - it is cow print decorated black hand towels - they are already hanging in use!

Oh shoot - OK, I packed my camera already to take over to MILs for Christmas... I will load the pics tonight, or tomorrow, when we are home.  I promise!

OMG - it was such a busy holiday, I forgot my camera at MILs, and we are just exhausted now.  But here is the pic of the cow towels, and I am going to open my extra little package now too...

Oh yay!!!!!!  My extras are Lindt specialty bars - they are the chili chocolate and the orange and almond!  It has been a really rich treat filled holiday for us, so I popped these into the freezer so I can enjoy them slowly, and later!

Thank you Audania1 for organizing and bunny1kenobi for being a wonderful partner!

 Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss
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15  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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16  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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17  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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18  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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19  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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20  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2015 (sign up 7-26-17 to 8-10-15; s/o 11-23-15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED 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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