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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Holiday Tag Swap... on: September 13, 2014 05:33:37 AM
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... especially for those of my fellow Canadians in Alberta...

But I digress...

Just wondering if anyone is interested in doing a tag swap - bit earlier this year so that everyone does have plenty of time to get them before their winter holiday gift wrapping/giving.  Or as part of another crafting project, such as an Advent Calender, wreath, holiday journal, scrapbook, ornaments, whatever...

Anyways, if anyone is interested, here is the link to the original swap, and I would like to run it the same way unless anyone has other suggestions. 

The tags don't have to be limited to paper - they could be wood, metal, fabric, leather, plastic, polymer clay - limited only by the imagination. 

Here is the gallery so you can see last years goodies!

Maybe this can help get us into the Holiday spirit?
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Nugget - multiple ways... my first more complex stamp... on: July 24, 2014 07:01:54 PM

I made this recently for legatostroke for the Craft my Pet Swap that is going on right now.  After she sent me pictures of her dogs, I looked at the one of her dog Nugget and thought he had a perfect face for making into a carved stamp.  I edited it into a a stencilized image, reversed it and printed it out on a laser printer in the size I wanted. 

I was going to try to hand draw the image of Nugget onto my stamp carving material, but then I had an idea.  I had used an orange oil to transfer images onto clothe, wood, and other things before, and thought I would try it to transfer the image onto the stamp material - and it worked!! (more about it here)

It transferred a really nice image onto the material and it made carving it out so much easier - I was able to do most of it in one evening!  I was very happy with the end result (bar a couple of little mistakes).

I stamped several times with it to try to see where I could clean the image up more, and after finishing it, I decided to use it to make two finished pieces to send to legatostroke as well, as crafted extras.

This is a 9x12 canvas that I painted with a sky-like background.  I stamped Nugget in several different colours, and trimmed them out.  I used gel medium to attach each one onto the canvas, and went over them all with another layer of gel medium to smooth it out more.  I added one of my test prints to the back as part of the title and signature - I called it Nugget - Nine Ways (+1). 

Also, I took the Nugget stamp, and inked him with a nice brown ink, and printed him several times onto a tan paper, and cut those out to make some note cards - a set of a half dozen, in tan/blue.  I loved the combination of the colours.  I added some plain beige envelopes to couple with them.

What can I say - I was thrilled how he turned out!  I was half tempted to keep him, but it would just be wrong, especially as he was not my dog!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Spam, sausage, bacon, and spam - another Monty Python swap? on: July 23, 2014 09:33:29 AM
Do you ever find yourself just flinging your leg out any which way while walking down the street?  An overwhelming urge to add some extra Spam to the Spam you are serving with your eggs?  Desire to toss a holy hand grenade at the annoying colleague down the hall?  Have that one last teeny tiny wafer thin mint after the ginormous dinner (oh I can never ever watch that scene after eating)?  Does your father smell of elderberries? 

Perhaps  you are a fellow Pythonophile and would like to craft something Pythonesque?

In light of them coming back together to do a set of stage shows again, I would like to resurrect the idea of another Monty Python swap... anyone interested?

It's been awhile, but here was the first swap I did a few years ago...

Discussion post


Anyone interested in some silly fun?  I was going to have a little Python-a-thon the next time DH goes away, and I know it will leave me with a wee desire to get Python crafty...
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A bouquet of leather flowers... necklace and pendents... on: July 11, 2014 05:08:17 PM
I am organizing the pendent swap right now and it was in the process of making my contribution for that swap that I came up with these.

This is a flower necklace I made myself.  It is made of three of the leather flower pendents strung together on aged copper chain with lobster clasps on either end of the flower piece - that way I can take it off and put it on a shorter chain for a bracelet, or as a shawl clasp, or to put in my hair - I like multi purpose.

It came about after making these...

I have some great leather scraps that I love the colour of, but are too thin for some of the other projects I like to do with leather.  I die cut them with a flower die I have, and layered the pieces together.  I felt just doing that was a bit too flat, so I cut some brass and copper discs, and dapped them to give them a bowl shape.  I punched holes through them all in the centre.  I layered the flower pieces between two pieces of dapped metal, and attached them with a teeny tiny screw and nut.  After trimming the screw post, I riveted the end a bit to make sure it is secure.  I added an eyelet on one petal to add jump rings.  Two eyelets on petals for the flower necklace.

I love the juxtaposition of the metal on the leather - the industrial on the natural (the metal/screw/nuts in a flower).

I especially love having another use for my stash of leather scraps!

Here are some of my blogs posts for some of the details and more pics...




5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Pendent Swap 2014 - Gallery!!!! on: June 20, 2014 05:17:37 PM

Original discussion

Let's see the small wearable artwork!

1. IsikkahJai   1. Onyxnox  1. whatthepuck   1. IsikkahJai   1. Helena Puck1. Onyxnox  
2. dftba 2.  SonjaBoo 2. luckdragon   2. gala_apples   2. rscowtown 2. dftba  
3. rscowtown   3. Helena Puck   3. onecrazymom  3. SonjaBoo    3. Thimbles71  3. luckdragon  
4. artsycandice 4. Thimbles71  4. gala_apples    4. darkangelwingz     4. onecrazymom   4. Artmomto5    
5. Im Sew Silly   5. Artmomto5    5. darkangelwingz    5.    5.    5. artsycandice    

Group 1
1. ***Isikkah Jai to dftba, rscowtown, artsycandice, Im Sew Silly
2. ***dftba to Isikkah Jai, rscowtown, artsycandice, Im Sew Silly
3. ***rscowtown to dftba, Isikkah Jai, artsycandice, Im Sew Silly
4. ***artsycandice to dftba, Isikkah Jai, rscowtown, Im Sew Silly
5. *** Im Sew Silly to dftba, Isikkah Jai, rscowtown, artsycandice

Group 2
1. ***onyxnox to SonjaBoo, Helena Puck, Thimbles71, Artmomto5
2. ***SonjaBoo to onyxnox, Helena Puck, Thimbles71, Artmomto5
3. ***Helena Puck to onyxnox, SonjaBoo, Thimbles71, Artmomto5
4. ***Thimbles71 to onyxnox, SonjaBoo, Helena Puck, Artmomto5
5. ***Artmomto5 to onyxnox, SonjaBoo, Helena Puck, Thimbles71

Group 3
1. ***whatthepuck to luckdragon, onecrazymom, gala_apples, darkangelwingz
2. ***luckdragon to whatthepuck, onecrazymom, gala_apples, darkangelwingz
3. ***onecrazymom to whatthepuck, luckdragon, gala_apples, darkangelwingz
4. ***gala_apples to whatthepuck, luckdragon, onecrazymom, darkangelwingz
5. ***darkangelwingz to whatthepuck, luckdragon, onecrazymom, gala_apples

Group 4
1. ***Isikkah Jai to gala_apples, SonjaBoo, darkangelwingz
2. ***gala_apples to Isikkah Jai, SonjaBoo, darkangelwingz
3. ***SonjaBoo to Isikkah Jai, gala_apples, darkangelwingz
4. ***darkangelwingz to Isikkah Jai, gala_apples, SonjaBoo

Group 5
1. ***Helena Puck to rscowtown, Thimbles71, onecrazymom
2. ***rscowtown to Helena Puck, Thimbles71, onecrazymom
3. ***Thimbles71 to Helena Puck, onecrazymom, rscowtown
4. ***onecrazymom to Helena Puck, rscowtown, Thimbles71

Group 6
1. ***onyxnox to dftba, luckdragon, artmomto5, artsycandice
2. ***dftba to onyxnox, luckdragon, artmomto5, artsycandice
3. ***luckdragon to dftba, onyxnox, artmomto5, artsycandice
4. ***artmomto5 to dftba, onyxnox, luckdragon, artsycandice
5  ***artsycandice to dftba, onyxnox, luckdragon, artmomto5

Sent (or sent to)
Sending late with communication
PM organizer immediately with update
feedback given
*** sent to everyone; all in that group received
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Viking's garden... convertible necklace for FOC raffle swap... on: May 30, 2014 04:43:34 AM

This is what I made for the latest FOC raffle swap.  It is a double viking knit necklace made with 26 gauge antiqued wire, with a brick stitched floral focal. 

I made it convertible so that it can be worn with the focal worn horizontally or vertically.  When it it worn horizontally, it is about 22 inches in length.  The focal is almost 4 inches, so when it is worn vertically, the necklace is about 18 inches.

... and of course, you can wear it without the focal at all, so in it's current configuration, it will be about 18 inches as a plain necklace.  The recipient can personalize it further by making their own focal to add, or lengthen it by just adding some chain between the clasps. 

I kind of have a fascination with making convertible/mulit-use pieces lately.

I have some more pictures on my blog if anyone is interested.
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Pendent Swap 2014 (sign ups May 23-June 6, 2014... send outs July 7, 2014) on: May 23, 2014 04:25:24 PM


Swap name: Pendent swap 2014
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: May 23-June 6, 2014
Date to send item by: July 7

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? No - 16 years +

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: YES
- 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/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Are you a lover of colourful accessories and pretty baubles?  Then this swap is for you!  For those who love to make, and wear pretties, here is a chance to make wearable little pieces of art and share them with each other!  

These can be of any medium, any style - so go crazy with fabric, fibers, resin, metal, glass, found items, paint, pen, polymer clay, clay, stones, beads, feathers, flowers, bone, poker chips, old computer keys -  whatever your crafty little heart desires - or what you think your partner desires!

This will be a group swap, dependent on how many swappers sign up, with a maximum group size of 5 people. Depending on how many swappers there are, there is the possibility of smaller group sizes.  Also, for those who are exceptionally keen, you can sign up for more than one group if you want, if there is more than 1 group!

So in a group of 5, each person will send 4 pendants, 1 to each member of the group.  Each member will therefore be sending multiple packages, but they should be small packages, so hopefully costs will still be low for shipping, unless your pendant is very bulky or heavy.

If tracking is available, then great, please PM your partners and myself with the tracking information, but as the packages will be small, they may not have tracking, so I am willing to waive the tracking for this swap.  But please keep any shipping receipts and any other proof of sending for shipping confirmation.

However, if your package does not arrive for whatever reason, within a reasonable span of time, then you are expected to resend the package that did not arrive.

Also, being a small package, group swap, I may not be able to accommodate for someone who is not able to send internationally, so you may want to keep that in mind.

Finally, all swap members should maintain good communication in the swap post or with their partners, but life does happen and other things will take priority.  However to make sure that everyone is still engaged in the swap, I am asking for a sign in via PM twice during the crafting period - the weekend of June 14/15, and June 28/29, to let me know about swap progress.  Please PM me if anyone has any concerns about the swap at any point during the crafting period.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer  - please put Pendent Swap in the PM subject:

Name of swap Pendant Swap 2014
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (please type it as your postal service wants it on the package)

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? as this is a small item/group swap everyone should expect to swap internationally
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)


1.  What colours/combinations do you like?

2.  What kind of findings do you like, and what kind of finish?

3.  What kind of themes/patterns do you like?

4.  Do you have any allergies?

5.  Are there any allergens in your home?

6.  Any particular aversions or dislikes?

7.  Do you have a pinterest, blog, wish list, or any other link you want to share for stalking purposes?

8.  Do you want to be in more than 1 group if there are more than 5 swappers?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Bouquets for the moms... on: May 11, 2014 07:42:19 AM
I wanted to make this rose for Mother's Day for the moms, but could not source the large sheets of crepe paper to be delivered fast enough.

I decided last week to try my hand at coffee filter roses instead and instead of one large mega sized rose, to make a bouquet of a dozen for each.  These took a very long time, but I am very happy how they turned out.

First off, I made a prototype to make sure I could do it.

I liked how it turned it out so the bouquets were a go.  I made two of these, wired them together and placed them in ceramic pedestal planters.  I am very happy how they turned out.  I love that the texture of the coffee filters actually looks like that fine veining texture that rose petals have too.  I would like to play with it a bit to see if perhaps I can make them more bud like.

More pics and details on my blog post about the bouquets.

Maybe next year I can order the crepe paper early enough to make the jumbo roses...  I really hope the moms like these.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Chunky mini book - an Ode to Spring... on: May 10, 2014 08:03:01 PM
This came to me in a dream a few weeks ago - you know, those vivid dreams that kind of stick in your mind even when you wake up.  These are why I keep a pencil and pad on the nightstand.  Anyways, I had this poem or phrase that kept coming to me in my dream with some vivid images and I woke up thinking I need to make this into an art book of some kind and this was what I came up with. 

I also have vivid dreams like this about bead shopping - those dreams make me so happy - but I always wake up as I am paying and what a humongous let down that is.

Anyways - warning, this is rather pic heavy, even though it is only a few pages long.

It is made with each page being several pieces of chipboard thick because they are several layers of cut pieces over each other to give a dimensional effect, and hand painted with acrylics.

It also became a great way for me to practice lettering.

The book is 4"x4", and probably a bit over an inch wide.  I used washi tape to hide the rougher cut eges.

It was a lot of fussy cutting, and gluing of pieces together, and I had to work a few problems out as I went along, but ultimately, I am happy to have finished it and quite like it.  Besides - it's always nice to make a dream come true now, isn't it  Wink

More details and pictures in my blog post.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Art Abandonment swap - was there ever a round 2? on: May 06, 2014 02:14:27 AM

Cover image credit http://enpundit.com/uk-street-artist-takes-recycling-to-new-heights/

I was part of round 1 that was organized by jmiller614 and was just looking through it again - and realised that it was almost 2 years ago that we did it.  I'm also stealing her image from that swap too, because it was awesome.

Original thread...

Original gallery...

The basic concept is that participants make several small items to send to their partners, and their partners abandon the art in various public locations with the hopes of sharing a bit of beauty and art with strangers, and hopefully giving them a surprise bit of whimsy to brighten their day.  Some people added creative packaging and notes to draw attention, explain the concept, or give information for maybe someone to respond, but that was purely optional.

I was thinking that now that Spring is finally showing up in some parts and more people are enjoying the outdoors (hopefully), that perhaps this idea can be resurrected.

Would anyone else be interested in having another go at this?
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