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21  Re: Fridge Magnet Swap Rd 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: April 07, 2016 07:17:32 AM
Nice start to the gallery!!!  Love the mason jars - such a cute idea, and love the dice too.  I used to play D&D, Cyberpunk, and the like - it's just so hard to get a group  of us together now to do a complex campaign - but I do miss it Smiley

I received from our organizer, roler - and they are ADORABLE!!!!!!

A little bird and doggie - two adorable creatures.  She used some handspun and dyed yarn to make the birdie legs - talk about attention to detail!  I love the little doggie and his little bellybutton - too cute.  The colours are much more vibrant also, IRL.

My favourite though (and that is saying a lot as I am totally nuts for all things dog) is....

SWEDISH CHEF!!!!!  BORKBORKBORK!!!!!!  My favourite chef inspiration - bugger Bobby Flay, and the like, it's the Swedish Chef for me all the way!  I know I will cook better with him overlooking me in my kitchen domain now! 

She sent me two magnets of some wonderful town mascots - the one on the right is Yuzuru - the town is famous for the yuzu fruit and I love his expression.  I wish I could get my hands on fresh yuzu - I have yet to find it, and I love all things citrus.  It's one of the fruits used to make ponzu, I think, which I also love - so yummy on fish and rice!

Thank you roler, I love my new friends and will be adding the magnets to them right now.  Thank you also for organizing!
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22  Re: WEDDING DIY HELP! Best way to curl cardstock paper into mini scrolls? in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: March 18, 2016 07:05:09 AM
Don't cut the strips by hand with scissors either - see if you can borrow a paper trimmer to get nice straight cuts for the strips, it will look nicer and be easier to cut several strips at once.

Those are very pretty scrolls.  It looks like they used a bit of a metallic finish paper.  If you are planning on making your own, you may also want to test your inks to see how they look on it and if they smear - it may take a tiny bit longer for the inks to dry on that kind of surface if you use a similar paper. Also, it looks like they inked the edges of the paper to get rid of that raw paper edge and give it a more finished look.

I made a couple of tester strips - I used a Fiskars paper trimmer to cut the strips.  I cut them to 1/2" and 3/4", and 4.25" long.  The paper is from a Michaels pack which is 8.5x11".  I used a floral scroll stamp which happened to be out and used Aquamarine Archival ink by Ranger (they have lots of different colours).  I stamped on both the top and bottom, front and back because the scrolls go both ways.  To save time and work, you can do the front at one end and the back on the other and just make sure that when you curl, you are careful where the pattern is.  I inked the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink for the edges, brushed on with the mini blending tool.  I used a Copic marker for the writing (it's what I had on hand), and a fine paint brush handle to curl around.  I cut my strips 1/2" wide and 3/4" wide, and 4.25" long.  I used a small barrel brush for a tighter curl - so a skewer, or knitting needle would work well too.  See how tight you want it.

I used those tools because that is what I have on hand and what I like - see what you can get your hands on or what is available to you, especially if you are looking to save a bit of $.  Or you could just work it out on the computer for consistent printing of a pattern and fonts for the names.

The thinner would likely look better with a tall thin champagne flute.  The paper was 8.5x11", so two strips could in theory be cut from the width, and if you go with the 1/2", you could get up to 44 strips from one sheet - obviously that would change if you want different dimensions - or use a 12x12 sheet, which you can buy individually to save money.  A pack is about 25 sheets of cardstock, versus buying 3 - 5 sheets of 12x12.

If you have someone with  a nice steady hand and good penmenship/calligraphy skills, then maybe all you need to do is trim the paper, write, and curl.  Skip the stamping and inking if you want to save time and a bit of money. 

Just firmly hand curling around the brush handle gave a nice curl, and the thinner width is more delicate and elegant looking, and curls nicer too

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23  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 17, 2016 08:10:46 AM
I got a wonderful package from kbrison... Thank you so much!  I love it love it love it!!!!

I wasn't able to join in the paper and ephemera swap - so since we were already partnered for this swap, she asked me if we wanted to swap paper and ephemera as part of this swap - that's why I sent the charms, papers, tapes and some of my favourite tools....

She sent me sooooooooooooooooooooo many papers!!!  I just did a skim through and I already have plans for many of them...  I think I will use some of the birch printed paper for some collage pendents, and the textural bunny print needs to made into an Easter card, the black tarry looking paper may be perfect for an idea I have for the magnet swap, and the little Christmas prints may end up as part of my annual ornament crafting - just to name a few ideas!

She also sent me some handmade daubers and stencils and masks - stupid me, that was on my to-do for you too and I forgot - the stencils and masks that is...  I am so glad you sent me some, I love the hand shaped one, these will be great for my experimentations in mixed media!

... and so many magnets!  There were well over a dozen, and in two themes I love!!!!  Nature - wolves!!!! Also Pacific North West native art - LOVE!!!!

Here is just an example...

... and some more local ephemera - I don't know if I am lightheaded from lack of sleep or just getting overwhelmed thinking of all the new goodies I have to play with!

Then she wrapped her crafted goodies so nicely... in my favourite colours.  I almost did not want to open them - savouring the anticipation is half the fun.  But like a bag of chips, once you start with one, you can't stop until your finished!

She knit me a hat - in a lovely cable rib and it fits perfectly - snug as a bug.  I love the colours and it is perfect for the type of weather we are having right now - cool, damp, a bit chill in the morning.  I love cables - they look great and they are fun to knit!

A pretty wolf pendent and a bookmark - I love them, but I am seriously considering sharing them with Jim's sister - she would love them!

This is a gorgeous brooch - ribbon embroidery is something I have always admired.  I tried it in a workshop and I just don't have the patience or talent for it, but it is such a lovely craft, and this is such a pretty example.  I am half tempted to put it on a wide ribbon and just hang it on my wall for inspiration - but then it would look great on my jean jacket for Spring too, or on my spring scarves!

Then there is this gorgeous bear in the woods print - this is perfect for Jim and I and I think he will be happy to make one of his hand-made wood frames for it.  It's just a matter of whether it will go in the bedroom or in the family room.

But the last two packages - OMG, I love them so much! 

She made me two quilted placemats in the most gorgeous prints - the loons on one side and the birches on the other side - the fabric is perfect, and I love them so much!

... and using the same fabric, two fabric boxes!  LOVE!!!!

Thank you so much Kathy, it was so much fun making your package, and I love what you sent me.  It was wonderful sharing this dance with you Smiley
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24  Wishing everyone a wee bit o' luck.... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: March 12, 2016 06:35:35 AM

I made these little tile pendents lately... St. Patricks is coming up, and I actually picked these little clover dies up months ago with the idea of using the die cuts in a pendent piece, so what better time than just before St Patricks?

The background is gold (for that pot o' gold), but lightened with some pearl paint, and stamped with a subtle swirling flourish pattern.  Then stamped with the "luck/lucky", and with the die cut clovers added, and resin to protect it.

Anyways, more details on how I made them and more pics if you are interested in more details, on my blog...
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25  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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26  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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27  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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28  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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29  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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30  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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