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21  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Onyxnox on: January 08, 2017 06:10:42 AM
There was one technique that they used, on the gelli blog site, using texture medium on printed paper - so scrapbook paper would work.  They used gel medium instead of paint to put a pattern onto the scrapbook paper, over a stencil.  Soft gel would probably brayer best.  So either brayer the medium onto gelli, lay a stencil on top as a resist, then smooth the paper over, or layer a stencil down, brayer medium on, lift stencil, then lay paper (and then you can do an opposite image with the medium on the stencil too).  Let that dry, then used a stain or ink to colour out the exposed paper.  Buff the areas where the gel medium is, and that is where the pattern will be.  

I made up this tag yesterday - using some of the Dina Wakley stamps I mentioned, and also the one of myself I made for the Craftster Trading Cards... I found the Lucky lager cap and it made me start thinking of luck, Friday the 13th, and the Fates.

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22  New Year - New Reindeer - wreaths that is... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: January 01, 2017 12:03:37 PM

I made these two new wreaths for winter decorations for the house, after getting the plywood bases on discount while shopping this week.  It's my first completed project for the new year!

They were originally chalkboard plywood pieces from Walmart - Boooooooooooooooring...

This took a lot of stages, and intensive glittering... but I am happy how they turned out.  Right now, the two of them were hanging out on my french doors in the hall, but they are double sided and will hopefully hang out in in my new bay windows next year - the bay windows Jim hopefully will put in this year that is.

Many more pics and more information of how I made them on my blog if anyone is interested...
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23  Pretty Pots of Poinsettias for Parental Presents... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: December 18, 2016 06:39:20 AM
OK, I am in a bit of an alliteration mood - these are Permanent, and Pet-friendly also!

Jim's mom asked for poinsettia's a couple years ago, after I made both the mom's a set of coffee filter roses.  I had made some last year or so ago, but was not happy with that iteration.  This year I made this set and am much happier with it - though I learned a few things in the process of it.

Each pot has 5 stems - the pots are about 7-8", and there is floral foam (the dry stuff, not the stuff meant to hold moisture) and tissue paper filling them.

I bought extra crepe paper, so may make a pot for myself - or save them for crepe roses.

More about it on my blog if anyone is interested...
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24  Re: Christmas Ornament Swap 2016 - Send out Dec. 3. in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 16, 2016 09:31:36 AM
I received some lovely items in the mail the last few days!

First I received a beautiful ceramic piece from underthemoutain - I love the little uke, and thank you so much for wrapping it so well - though it took me forever to open it, it would have have broken my heart if it got broken in transit.  Jim thanks you for the Star Trek stamps too - you are two Trekkie nerds, the two of you.  He just adores William Shatner and anything classic Trek

Then yesterday I received a beautiful crocheted snowflake from Audania1.  It is a beautiful colour and so delicate looking - but huge too.  I am thinking I may hang it in my window rather than the tree Smiley  Love the thread you chose.  Unfortunately every flat surface is taken up by wrap, tape, etc right now, so the pic is not the best (and my window has a serious case of dog nose prints)

Finally, I got sent a surprise from craftylittlemonkey too - she also sent me one of those sweet gnome ornaments, but did not want to post until her official recipients got theirs.  He kind of reminds me of one of our friends when he let his beard grow in a few years ago - I love how peaceful the face is and the toadstool is wonderful.  I still think on that great toadstool garland you had in your kitchen when we were there for Craftster meet up tea, and the toadstool on this ornament reminds me of that too.

I love my new ornaments.  We don't have our tree yet - I am hoping to pick it up this weekend.  It may be a mini one this year, to sit on the little table I have in front of the window - but no matter what the size, it will be beautiful with it's new finery. 
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25  Their first Christmas together... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: December 08, 2016 11:32:22 AM

I made an ornament for each of the two new married couples in our family.  I have a pail of wood slices leftover from the fallen limbs, from the ice storm a few years ago, and used two to make these.

The first one, above, is for Jim's brother and our new sister in law - going with a buck and doe theme as he is a hunter too.

The second one, below, is for my nephew and his new wife.  I was thinking peace doves, as he is also a new junior pastor and she is also working in their ministry.  Or two turtle doves as it is for Christmas. 

On the back, I woodburned the year and a notation about their first Christmas together.  I then added several layers of polyurathane, and added some glittery greenery and berries.  The hanger is a brass eyelet and red velvet ribbon.

More about the buck and doe ornament here, and the two doves here.
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26  Beaded stars V. 2.0 - they light up my life in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: December 04, 2016 11:51:17 AM

I was thinking that making a lighted garland with the stars I made the other day would be cute, and gave that a go this weekend and it does work and kind of looks cute.  I am using a tiny wired set of LEDs, so made the stars proportionately smaller than the ornaments I made.  When they are smaller, they don't puff as much, but they still look cute, I think.  I only made a couple of the stars so far, but are coming together fast.  I worked out some kinks with the first one, and I think I figured it out by the second one.

... a lot more pics and info on my blog post if anyone wants to try it themselves.
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27  Art tags/prompts swap - new year coming up - fresh inspiration?? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: December 04, 2016 04:30:53 AM
I started this discussion earlier in the year and there seemed to be some interest then, but then other things got in the way...

But with the new year coming up, and if you are like me, you spent the last while - and probably every second up until Christmas crafting for gifts, or charity, decorating, etc - and not just for the sake of art, or for yourself.

Is anyone interested in making art tags or cards for creative prompts or inspiration - essentially contribute small pieces with images, phrases, or words of inspiration - could be a quote, a theme, poem, song lyrics, colours, a particular genre of art, a calming exercise, part of a picture - literally anything that you may find inspirational, and presented in small artistic form (like a tag, a card, an ATC, a small 4x6 piece, mini art quilt, etc) - something that the receiver can put into into a book, display, or box and draw from for future inspiration.

For example - I could make a tag with the image of falling leaves done in gold embossing and filled in with watercolour shading, with the Camus quote - Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.  On the back I could put something like go for a walk, see what you can do with some autumn leaves you find - press them to use in jewelry, take pictures, draw them, make impressions, etc.

Or another example - Do a paper mosaic or drawing of the UP house - and I may say something like, why not play with, or make something with balloons... balloon animals, paper mache bowl with balloon shaping, or just a refreshing water balloon fight with the kids in the park (and then journal about it or take pics) - whatever it inspires.

Get what I mean?

My thought is that if enough people join, we could do small groups, where 1 person sends an inspiration to each member of the group and in the end, everyone has enough to start their own small inspiration wall/book/box, etc.
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28  Magic Beans... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: December 03, 2016 10:31:42 AM
This is a companion item to go with the woodburned wall hung cup holder I posted the other day

It's a class jar with the clip closure, that I etched with coffee beans on three sides, and on the one side, I added the name, "magic beans" - afterall, coffee beans have the magical capability of turning me, and many I know from being cranky <w>itches with dirt for brains to reasonably rational, functional thinking human beings, who can deal with other human beings in the morning.

It's good to get that extra magical kick at times.

A bit more on my blog if anyone is interested.

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29  Beaded stars for the tree... in Beads: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: December 03, 2016 05:04:38 AM

I love how glass ornaments glimmer in trees.  But I have had dogs for a long time - all around the 50-60 lb range, and who seem to forget they have waggy tales, and one who decided she wanted to hug the tree on year - so glass ornaments hang from the curtain rods or fixtures now.  But beaded ones work on the tree, and it has been awhile since I did a beaded one.  I did not realize how much I missed beading until I started making these - having been distracted by so many other crafts over the years.  It was like meeting up with an old dear friend you lost touch with.  Admittedly, one who pokes you with sharp things that make you bleed...

Anyways, I made some puffy bead woven stars for myself, and friends this winter.  I have made about 8, but the majority are going on gifts or given away so far, so I have to make a few more for myself.  There is more pics on my blog and I did a tutorial too if anyone is interested in making them too - but let me know if the instructions need to be more clear, please.
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30  Re: Coffee, coffee, coffee.... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: November 30, 2016 02:57:50 AM
Thank you.  I love dafont.com - but will admit that you can lose hours going through so many different font faces!

I was looking at stamps the other day and found this stamp, which I could just kick myself for, because it looks like something I could have used also on the front of the item:

What I may to is make this as a placard and put it on the back of the piece for Bob.  He would love this!
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