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21  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle round 11: Signups 1/14 -2/11 Sendout 2/19 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: January 19, 2014 03:43:00 PM
Well, I finished two winter themed pendants for my contribution to the swap.  They are layered stamped and etched metal pendants, and strung on leather thongs.

This one is stamped with the word Winter on a German silver hand cut blank, over a copper blank, and both are etched with snowflakes, and patinaed.

This one is on a copper blank over the German silver, and stamped with "snow".  Because they are layered, you can wear them layered, or flip the smaller one behind and wear it with just the bottom etched metal piece showing.

I hope people like them.  If not, I can make something else.
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22  Re: RRR Craftalong in REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING by Onyxnox on: December 29, 2013 06:37:09 AM
Um, kaz wanted me to provide a link to my toilet paper roll and chopstick ring and earring holders, so...I dunno, do I just post the link to that thread here?
If so:
If not, let me know what I'm supposed to do instead? Shocked

Creative use of toilet paper rolls!

I did upload my pics now

These two were made with clear acrylic packaging I cut into tag shapes and stamped with Staz On metallic ink.  I really liked how they looked.  I attached the paper sentiment directly to the clear tag on the red stamped one, but added a matching blank label on the back for adding any written sentiment/to/from notes.

These are cut from recycled cardboard boxes and the die cut elements like the snowflakes and wreath were cut from the same boxes.  I also used recycled newspaper/magazines to transfer some images and texture to the tags after I prepped them with gesso.

I made the Santa faces by prepping reused cardboard with white gesso then transferring printed Santa images onto the surface, then carefully cutting them out.  I left them black and white to contrast with the busy background.

I cut the dimensional elements in these from recycled cardboard packaging, and some of the poinsettias were from reused tissue wrap

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23  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Sign-ups Nov 15-23, send outs December 9 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 28, 2013 08:50:10 AM
Darn, I don't think I took any pictures of the gnome or fairy ones I sent P_E_S_T - they were fold over cards, and they were toner transferred images of a Christmas-y gnome with gifts that I hand coloured with water colour pencils, and another one with two fairies gifting to each other, also coloured with water colour pencils.  The only one I have pictures of I think, of the ones I sent her is of the dove card.  I took die cuts of birds and modified a wing die I had to make it a fold over card with a bit of texture on the wings, using vellum cut at angles.

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24  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 26, 2013 05:59:04 AM
I delayed opening my last pressies... the black out and bad weather was getting to me when our generator blew a gasket, and then the small generator we had just was not cutting it, as it was cutting in and out with the cold weather (and it may have blown a gasket too), so my mood was less than merry.  However, we went out to family yesterday and that cheered me up, and we came home to LIGHT!!!!  Hydro finally got around to working on our lines and got our power back up during Christmas day - thank goodness.  Our neighbours pulled in to their driveway at the same time we did and it just was a little hugfest as we all celebrated the joy of LIGHT, and HEAT, and POWER!!!!  So I am in a much better mood now.  I did not think I would give the last days of the wonderful package rockmygypsysoul sent me justice, while I was in the low mood.

Anyways, it was worth the wait...

For the last two days of Christmas, and beyond...

DH is going to love these - I teared up opening them up... portraits of my doggies - including poor Toby who left us last year, Ginger, and her new brother, Troy

My new little man, Troy, whom we adopted this Spring

Our little princess Ginger, her highness of the comfy bed

... and finally, my first sweet little man, Toby.

I love these so, so, so very much!

She also sent me this... a gorgeous print of Alice with the Queen of Hearts, from the classic John Tenniel Alice in Wonderland artwork.  I ADORE his Alice art, and love this print.  It looks wonderful in red

... that would be gift enough, but she went over the top and sent me the hand carved lino block that made that print!  It must have taken forever to carve it - look it all the detail!

She also sent a couple of heavy bags of extras...

SOCKS - love socks!  Especially cute, colourful, fun socks!

Yummy goodies - I am going to have to hide  the choco gummies - I love gummie bears - can't wait to see how they are covered in chocolate!  Also the ginger coconut candy - DH hates both ginger and coconut so I am happy to have these, since I won't have to share Wink

Crafty goodies - a small box of metal bits, perfect for stamping, a PMC kit - perfect as I was just working with PMC before my power went out, and a sweet White Rabbit cameo - so cute.

... and last but not least... I could not believe this was an "extra" - another carved stamp of pine cones on a bough.  I think this is wonderful and am already thinking of how I can use it to make more tags and maybe next years Christmas cards.

Thank you JoAnn, I loved all aspects of your package, and thank you for the hard work, thoughtfulness, and creativity you imbued into it.  Thank you for the wonderful gifts and being a great swap partner!

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25  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Sign-ups Nov 15-23, send outs December 9 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 23, 2013 03:10:14 PM
I received from P_E_S_T - so there is hope things are getting across the Pond OK.  I am really hoping you receive some before Christmas Jolene, though we are cutting it awfully close...

Anyways, she went with my dogs and Christmas cows themes - that means I got Christmas cows from all my partner I think - and that is AWESOME because I thought no one would go with that!

YAY... or should I say, "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

... and PUPPIES!!!!!

Especially love the one where the dog and cat are howling together - singing carols I presume!
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26  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 23, 2013 03:03:59 PM
OK here are the pics

Day 9 - lots of interesting paper ephemera, washi tape, and a cute cute bird stamp - looks like one of the images I probably pinned many times...

Day 10 - Harry Potter themed sneakers - can't wait for warmer and dryer weather to wear these!

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27  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 21, 2013 10:39:05 AM
Opened days 6 and 7 this morning.

First off, on the first day of Winter, as we say goodbye to Fall, she gave me a Fall tree hoopla made with buttons.  Love the strong fall colours.

Secondly, some adorable felt and embroidered bird ornaments.  My favourite is the swirled pattern one.  Thanks JoAnn!

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28  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 19, 2013 04:21:23 AM
Day 6 for me...

hand dyed silk scarf.  Don't worry, I think it will look great with my black jacket and I can't wait for warmer weather so I can wear it.  It will be a nice splash of spring colour, especially considering how pale I usually am after winter Cheesy

I loooooooooove light scarves... I looooooooove silk too.  It feels so light and luxurious!

Hopefully this one shows the colour better.

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29  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 18, 2013 03:31:20 PM
I am so glad you like them - I was especially nervous about the apron since I only did a half apron, and after making it, I came to the realization myself that a full one would probably be better, after I splattered gesso on my own chest one morning.  As for the ties, I like long ties and I am not a lightweight myself.  I like being able to tie around to the front, because then, for baking, and it would probably work for painting too, you can slip a towel in the front for wiping your hands on fast, when things get messy, and it's always in reach.

As for the flowers, don't worry about it.  When I get into a beading mood, but don't know what to make, I bead these flowers or snowflakes - they are a palette cleanser and I actually had a little supply of them waiting to be used in something.  In fact, I made little necklaces from them for students of mine who finished their last terms with me, as a graduation gift.  I hope the headbands fit.  I loved those fabrics - they grabbed my eye on my way out on the last day at the craft fair and I just had to get them.

I have my day 5 opened too - but I am conflicted.  I think I pinned these as a gift for my MIL, and they are perfect, and match some hand towels/napkins I was sent in a Pinterest swap, and a runner I will be making for her... but I want to keep them... but I know I shouldn't... and I will probably feel guilty not giving them to her and seeing them... but I want to keep them... <sigh> <why do I hear my mother's voice in my head telling me not to be so selfish?>

I really should save them to give her - the red looks like a perfect match to the linens I have, and it would make such a nice red/white basket...

Thank you JoAnn - I can't wait to open the rest.  I had to wrestle with myself not to go ahead and open 6 early.
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30  Re: Holiday Tag Swap - Sign-ups Nov 15-23, send outs December 9 in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 18, 2013 03:20:03 PM
I am loving all the tags and hope to see more from everyone else soon.

I received from flygirl88, and quaggy yesterday, and just got the pics up.  They were both more than generous and I am seriously thrilled that all my partners so far have included cows AND dogs in my tags - thank you all!!!!

From flygirl88

I love the card she included - it's a great design and I am boiling water for the tea now - they will be perfect to cut the chill I have right now.

Here are 10 cow tags and message tags she made - the cows are hand coloured and I love the expression on the cows face, so cute!

Here are some beautiful dry embossed snowflake tags - I love the texture, and that blue is so bright and bold

Here are the ones from quaggy - they are made from it looks like birch tree slices - which I love, because I was thinking of something similar for my annual ornaments next year.

First of all, she sent a few extras - thank you very much.  DH is going to be jealous that I have a Christmas cracker Cheesy

Here is one with a Christmas treat theme - I must be highly suggestible right now because it is making me hungry looking at it.

Two classic Christmas themed ones, with a tree and a snowman - I think I may save these for a gift for a friend of mine, because I think she will like them very much.

Finally, a cow and a dog one - I think I may keep these for my own tree... I am feeling a bit selfish today - I kind of want to keep all the tags, but that would defeat their purpose wouldn't it?  But I am in love with the expression on that dogs face!

Thank you both!

Tags are flying all over the place.  I am hoping the ones that need to go across the ocean make it there soon.

Everyone, if you could check your statuses in the first post, I would appreciate it.  I will be starting to do feedback soon!
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