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61  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Steampunk vanity... on: September 12, 2015 05:26:03 AM

I am a bit in love with this one.  I have some old Apoxie Sculpt sitting around and found an undecorated compact mirror in my stash the other day.  I figured I would decorate it, like I did when I did my dragon egg compact a few years ago

I pressed in the kneaded clay into the compact center, and smoothed it out before decorating it with mica powders, stamps, and adding various gear embellishments and some Swarovski crystals for bling.

I love how this material can be decorated - it is strongly adherent so embellishments can be stuck into it easily, and takes colour well.  There is roughly a 3 hour working time, which is more than enough for decorating it while malleable, for me, and when it is dry, it can still be drilled, sanded, and painted, and when dry, is quite hard to touch.  Love it!

Anyways, there is more information, and pictures on my blog if anyone is interested.
62  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hey foxy - have a nice day! on: September 12, 2015 05:15:26 AM
These were two resin collage magnets I made for the recent Fridge Magnet Swap, for Kwality570.  We both had nature/woodland themes in our questionnaire and funnily enough, we both made each other a fox magnet.  When I saw her theme, I thought of a little woodland scene, and this was what I came up with.

I made some die cut, water colour birch trees for the background, and stamped and decorated the mushrooms and fox, with permanent ink, and micron pens.  I layered them in a mold (reused packaging), with the forefront first, with several layers of resin, finishing with some unsealed washi paper to make the background.

 Unsealed paper wicks up the wet resin and becomes wonderfully translucent.  I embedded the magnet in the thin layer of resin, behind the fox so it would not be so visible, and used a rare earth magnet so it could be a small dot.

This made a rather largish magnet - I think about 3"x3" or so?  I kept the layers of resin thin so it would not be too heavy also.

Here is more about it on my blog, if anyone is interested...

In the course of the swap discussion, we found out that her wedding date was coming up soon, and I am so glad we found out before shipping, because it gave me the chance to make a quick extra for her, a magnet with her wedding date on it.

I die cut the letters and numbers from shrink plastic and shrunk them down, and embedded them in the first layer of resin.  I then die cut the small hearts and sprinkled them in the second and third layers - keeping them quite thin.  Then I backed it with a pale washi paper so that the foreground would stand out more, hiding the magnet behind the hearts.

Also a bit more in a separate post on my blog if anyone is interested.

Next time, I am picking up some glow in the dark paper and trying that in a resin collage.
63  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A melange of mini mixed media boards... on: August 02, 2015 08:52:38 AM
I made a group of these recently for the 4x6 art swap... I had two partners, but I had a lot of fun making them, so what I did was when I was done, closed my eyes, picked two, then pop them in the envelopes and then address them, so it was a bit of a surprise for us all.

These first two were made with homemade texture medium covering the base of canvas board, which I then stamped into to add texture.  Various inks and acrylics for colour, and elements added with gel medium.  I love how the texture paste took the colour and images, and it dried to a lovely hard, smooth finish.  More from my blog in the links below the images if anyone is interested.

wings of hope


These were done with various acrylics, inks, gel pens, stamping, and die cut chipboard for dimension, and gel medium.  I wanted to focus on words that are creatively inspirational.




64  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A melange of metal and leather.... on: August 02, 2015 08:24:11 AM

I went a bit wild with making these one weekend.  I was in the pendent swap, and this time, I kind of went about it differently.  I made a number of various types of pendents after a bit of stalking, then chose the pendents that I felt suited my partners best.  I actually ended up make a LOT of pendents in a few different styles/media, so all my partners got one or two extra. 

I love the combination of leather and metals, and once you pull out the materials to make one, you may as well make a few.  I punched out a variety of copper and brass circles - a real pain, and rather noisy, so I did it on a weekend when DH was away (he hates when I get up early on the weekend and start hammer metal).  I then die cut some shapes.  This time, I found a nice couple of scrap sheets of embossed leather at a fabric store I like to frequent - otherwise I would have embossed them myself.

I did a bit of colouring of the leather with metallic acrylics and sealed them with an acrylic sealer.  I stamped the metal blanks, and patinaed them, and sealed with Renaissance wax afterwards.  I then riveted the pieces together.  I had to make some mini washers also for some of the pieces - if the leather is behind the metal, you need a washer to hold the rivet, or the leather will work itself loose sooner or later - sadly enough, more often sooner than not.

There are more pics and info in my blog postings if anyone is interested...

Also, here is the original post I did way back when with a tutorial for the pendents...

Wild hearts...


A creative heart...




an artistic heart....
65  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A booze journal.... on: August 02, 2015 07:48:15 AM
I made this recently for emilywilde for the OMG I need a drink swap... she requested a journal for drink recipes and the like.  I was going to make one with a mini ring binder backing and recycled cardboard but when I was wandering around a craft supply store, I found these hard bamboo covered note books and they seemed perfect for the application I was thinking.

I wanted a leather-like texture, like what I had [urlhttp://onyxnox.blogspot.ca/2014/05/the-tale-of-lana.html]when I did the book base for this mini canvas for underthemountain last year[/url] and used several layers of gel medium and tissue paper to cover both covers.  After that dried, I just played around with chipboard letters and paint, stamps, tissue paper, jute, etc.  

I made the stamped panels with homemade texture paste, which dried to a great hard texture, and took a rubbed on paint application nicely.  I added the little pearl stickers to represent the bubbly cocktails and wines, and to replace the accent on the last e of salute, and take up a bit of that dead space where the e is shared with the cheers. All the elements are as well glued down as I could, with lots of matte gel medium.

More about the project here if anyone is interested...
66  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Anyone have solar panels???? on: July 29, 2015 06:54:16 PM
We have someone coming over to talk to us about installing solar panels on the roof - apparently there is a government incentive for it.  I am looking for ways to cut the electrical bill and being more environmentally responsible, but I was wondering if anyone else has roof mounted panels and what their experience was with them...

I wondered if there was damage to the roof, any issues with weather changes, how durable they were, initial $$ outlay, if house insurance is affected, etc...
67  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / The opposite of cooking... but cold-brewed coffee is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: July 26, 2015 11:11:01 PM

This is not a typically hot brewed coffee, that is then chilled or iced to bring the temperature down.  This is cold steeped coffee and I recently saw ads for it, and wondered what the fuss about.  What I read was that it was less acidic, smoother, and brings out some flavour profiles that hot water brewing doesn't allow for.  I love iced coffee in the hot summer, so I decided to give it a try.

I always buy whole beans and grind them myself, and I had this cool carafe with a filter cone in the centre for brewing iced tea, so I used the beans I usually get (Costco), and filled the filter to the top, and filled the carafe to the top.  I put the lid on and let it steep in the fridge for about 16-18 hours.  I then removed the filter and ran it through my usual metal coffee filter to remove any further grounds.  I then returned it to the carafe and returned it to the fridge.  The cool thing with the carafe is that it is leak proof so can lay on the side for saving space.

Anyways, the end result is wonderful.  It *IS* less acidic and flavours come through with the cold brewed coffee that are not present with the hot brewed - it is smooth, rich, and has flavours of vanilla and chocolate that I do not taste in a hot cup.  It is also sweeter, just through cold brewing, without any addition of sweetener.  It makes a perfect glass of iced coffee IMO, or a base for a mixed coffee drink.  I am having it black, no sugar, because that is my preference, but I bet it would be super tasty with a flavoured simple syrup, irish cream, chocolate syrup, or something like Sheridan's or the Godiva white chocolate liqueur.

There are specialty brewers for cold brew, but why bother - my little carafe seemed to do the job just fine.  Or right now, I have another batch brewing in the fridge in a Ziploc container, and an old PB jar - I just need to run them through the filter in the morning!

More about it on my blog....

So if you haven't tried it, love your java, but want something cold and refreshing in the heat and humidity of summer, give this a try!!!! 
68  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A triad of resin bar pendents... on: July 18, 2015 11:42:31 AM

I made these recently while making some note cards.  I had some punched out paper pieces that were leftover from those and other projects and they were small little bits.  So I decided to embed them in resin to make some pendents.  I used some plastic packaging that I had saved, likely from packages of extra x-acto blades, and layered thin layers of resin and the bits of cut paper shapes.  As a backing, I embedded washi paper on the back, with the second to last pour of resin.  The final pour was after I unmolded the pieces and trimmed away the edges, and sanded the edges down.

This one is done with mini die cut gears, cut from kraft paper.  I painted some of them with metallic acrylic paint.  A couple I left bare paper, and they darkened as they absorbed the resin, and were set in the back, so they actually look rusty/old/oxidized.  The backing paper is a textured charcoal paper with some specks.  I thought it made nice contrast to the metal

This one is done with some teeny die cut stars, cut from yellow paper, some of which were painted gold.  I backed it with a wee scrap of star patterned washi paper on a light blue background.  The paper, being such a light colour, became very translucent and made a great pale, almost luminous background.

This last one is done with some die cut red hearts that were leftover from when I made an anniversary card for DH.  I left them the bare paper, and the resin made them a nice deeper red.  I thought a dark contrast would be nice with the red.  There were some tiny dot die cuts that came from the same die, and added that as a bit of confetti detail.  I added the same textured charcoal paper which I thought was a nice contrast with the red.

I was happy to make these three - I basically use scrap washi paper and scrap die cuts, and some left over mixed resin from another project I was making - would have hated to toss it away...
69  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OMG - I need a drink swap GALLERY (send outs July 10) on: June 19, 2015 04:19:38 AM
Original Discussion Thread

Post 'em as you get 'em and let's all admire our own and each others creativity and cleverness with a cocktail or two - SALUD!


holistic knitter (07/10) [temporary negative reversed] <--->edelC (06/18)
Ludi (07/10) <---> rantyhippie (July 10)
Audania1(07/03) <---> legtostroke (07/07)
Megz1027 (06/26) <---> texscrapper (07/11)
fluffypants (07/06) <---> SheridanLA (sent 07/13)
spazgirl1981 (07/14) <---> Wulf (07/14)
emilywilde (06/30) <---> Onyxnox (07/09)

sent and received
sending late with communication
feedback given (on both sending/receiving)
contact organizer immediately (if not contact/proof of shipping within 2 weeks from the deadline, negative feedback will be provided, but it can be reversed pending valid proof of shipment or receipt of package by recipient.

As per swap rules:

10. At two weeks past the swap deadline all participants must have either positive or Negative Feedback, unless their package is in transit.

If someone failed to fulfill their swap obligation and has not been in communication with you, give them Negative Feedback.
If a participant has communicated that they are going to be late but has not shipped, they should still receive Negative Feedback two weeks after the swap deadline if their package has not been received. If they have been in communication and you feel that they will send soon, leave a comment such as: "has not sent, but is in good communication." This feedback is easily reversible once the package arrives. It is only used to insure that the participant focuses on the swaps they are already involved in before they sign up for others. Participants who have provided proof of shipment can remain In Progress until their package is received.
If the swapper has sent his/her item to the partner and the package meets the size requirements of the swap, they get a positive, whether or not they communicated or failed to send a DC# to you, etc. These issues should be noted in the comment section of the feedback.
70  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / and the new day was a great big fish... on: June 08, 2015 06:40:58 AM
This was the quote that roler gave me for inspiration for the recent Terry Pratchett swap.  It made me think of cosmic fish - that the fish was dawning like the sun... after all, if Discworld is resting on the backs of 4 elephants, who ride on the back of the Great A'Tuin, why can't there be cosmic koi in the pond of the universe?

Anyways, that inspired me to make an altered tin based on that quote and this is what I came up with...

I removed the lid, and decoupaged the outside with a decorated Japanese paper that made me think of a star speckled sky roughly, and the inside was decoupaged with black on the edges, and a swirled gelli printed paper on the background.

I made some polymer clay koi fish to set inside the tin.  Was pretty happy how they turned out.  Then I layered them, some rhinestones and stars, and the banner with the quote, slowly, in about 5 separate layers of resin.  Patience was needed - and it took a lot of effort to sit and wait until the next laying of elements and pouring of resin...

I added a bit of mica powder for some sparkle to one layer of resin.  I was hoping it would keep a distinct swirl, but I also added some heat, which made it a bit more liquid and mixed the mica powder in more than I would have liked.

I added about 5 layers of matte decoupage glaze to the paper layer on the outside, so it had a nice texture to it, and made a little easel to help display it.  I was very happy, generally, how it turned out.

A bit more about it on my blog if you are interested.

Comments and constructive criticism always welcome...
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