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11  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Onyxnox on: February 12, 2017 02:41:00 PM
I don't think the decorated envelopes are a big issue - we have been doing it for the Happy Mail Swap for a couple of rounds, and Stampington encourages it for people sending in letters or art work to be published - they often will show some prime examples in their  magazines.  Simon Says Stamp is showing some mail art on their blog too, and how  to do it.  Years ago when I worked at a summer camp for a few years I used to hand make my envelopes from interesting magazine papers too, and there was never an issue. 

I made this for Valentines today myself.

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12  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: February 08, 2017 06:21:05 PM
I just bought three of these - in a nice turquoise colour that goes nicely with my wall colour.  The ones I got don't have the casters - but I did not want them - this gives me some space on the top, under the table ledge to put things too.  The price was right and they fit under the outer edge of my work table.  One holds various twines and ribbons, and two are holding my cling stamps.  I have them in flat packets now, with washi tape on the edges to separate them into a couple of categories.  

This is the Billy bookcase I have for the paper.  It is the narrow one  I have two of the wider ones on either side of my side window, with a CD/DVD shelf attached to one side, and then one of the narrow ones at a right angle to it.  One set is within arm's reach of my work table, so that is where I store the things I want nearby - the paints, the glue gun, inks, my wood stamps, etc.  They are 11" deep as per the dimensions.  But 11" paper sticks out just bit over the edge - but that makes selecting the paper easier too.



I have them grouped in basic colours, and have the 12 x12 up on a separate shelf.



I have some in the sideways magazine holders to help keep some upright, and prevent some warping.

Billy's don't have the greatest weight capacity - they are MDF, and don't have support brackets across the back, so keep that in mind if storing heavy things.  I found that some of the shelves on my wider ones were bowing a bit if I had heavier items on it (like many jugs of paint/liquids).  But the narrow ones are holding up well, and the  wide ones work well for the lighter items.
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13  Steampunk sniffle buster... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: January 27, 2017 10:30:25 AM

I made this recently, after having a cheap, bare wood tissue box holder for a few years.  I bought it from the dollar store with the intention of decorating it, but left it for awhile before getting to it after the new year.  I wanted something very different from the sakura set I made two years ago.


I went at it with some printed paper modpodged to the base, and then various layers of stenciled gel medium, layers of acrylic paints, die cut and painted gears, and then a bit more layers of paint to pick out some texture and detail.


More on my blog with more pics and details if anyone is interested.

I had a "D'oh" moment the other day too, when I showed Jim.  I had removed the tissues from the cardboard box in the years of using these wood boxes.  Jim just opened and popped the whole box in... it works so much better that way.  I never knew the entire box of tissues fit inside!  Way to make stupid extra work for myself!
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14  It's was Spaw night... in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: January 27, 2017 10:20:34 AM
Troy got a padicure last night...



I reused small tea tins for the packaging, but could not resist adding some washi tape and handmade labels.  The three smaller tins are being given away to family and friends with dogs to try too.



I used the AKC recipe for paw balm, using the oils I had on hand.  It made for soft balm.



Troy was pretty patient with me putting on the balm, then Jim followed up with a nail trim - not a great night for the dog - he's not so fond of padicures - the paw massage OK - the clipping - not so much.  But he got a treat or two afterwards to ease his troubled soul (or is that soles?)



Little does he know, but it will stop his paws from getting chaffed, chapped, and cracked from the frozen, salt and sand covered sidewalks!

More pics on my blog and also the basic recipe I used.
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15  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Onyxnox on: January 27, 2017 10:05:30 AM
This was a quick ad hoc bit of paper crafting this morning.  I made paw balm last  night and packaged them in little tea tins - one for myself, and a couple to give to some family to try - I could not leave the tins bare



More on the blog if anyone wants the recipe to try too
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16  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: January 27, 2017 07:17:40 AM


My shame has been shifted - I got motivated after seeing BeaG's super (!!!!!!!) organized space, to clear out that wall, especially as Jim may be finished building and painting a new shelf unit for me this weekend.  This is a mantle that Jim built that ended up not fitting as the owner of the fire place gave him the wrong measurements - so I used it over a bed for awhile and now it is just a detail in the craft room - the shelf unit will fit under it.

It's funny how many of us chose blues for the walls of our creative spaces - this is one of my favourite colours and I find it very energizing.  It has a more teal tone than in the picture.
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17  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by Onyxnox on: January 26, 2017 04:36:36 PM
OK, I will show some of my shame...

(one of the) pile(s) that keeps growing, but fails to become sentient:



It is a combination of boxes of things, fabric that I have not put away, bits and bods, books, magazines, etc.  Some of which needs to be purged outright.  Definitely blocking my way to the islands of sanity.  What I have to do is literally haul these bits out and reorganize.



I have some Billy bookcases from Ikea - on a small one I have my collection of card stock organized by colour.  I have my crochet, knitting needles, and a thread organizer boxes there too.  Jim put some slim drawer handles on the sides and I have S hooks to hang things like my large clear rulers and embroidery hoops.



I have the small CD cases for things like the Bigz dies from Sizzix, and use clear boxes for a number of things like my fabric paints, glass paints, japanese paper bits, ribbons, etc.



I have a couple of the plastic drawer units - the one by my desk has the inkers Jim made me last winter and the inks I use the most.



I have a couple of the Ikea Raskog carts (the colour was perfect for the room) - many of the commonly used tools are on it and again some S hooks for holding some of the tools.



On an lazy susan I have a washi tape dispenser and a garden organizer that I use to hang pliers and other jewelry tools on.



I have the blood tube holders to hold the tweezers, blades, pipettes, etc, and a cup holding brushes within arm's reach - beside it is a baby wipe dispenser for cleaning up.



This is another spinning organizer on the desk that holds some of the commonly used tools - the scissors, the small rulers, bone folders, etc.

I will not show you the shame of the dresser...
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18  Re: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: January 26, 2017 03:57:02 PM
I received a beautiful piece of dog art from vkvhawk.  I have some beautiful pieces of Toby and Ginger from wonderful Craftsters in previous art, and a couple of Troy - but I was hoping for more, especially of Troy as there are more of the other two.

She gave it to me in spades!


It is such a lovely piece and quite big too - it will be hung with love on our dog art wall, where I can see it every day.  Jim plans on building a frame for it, but that may be a while in the future.

Here is the picture she based it on - and her painting will serve as a lovely reminder of what a wonderful day we spent together too on that hike.


thank you so much - I love it!
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19  Re: Paper and Mixed Media Craft-Along in Craftalongs by Onyxnox on: January 23, 2017 01:06:03 PM
Ooooooh - I love the MacBeth one!

This is more mixed media, but I just posted this one on my blog - I had a cheap wood tissue box that I have been meaning to decorate for awhile and finally got around to it this weekend.  I wanted something different from the japanese sakura paper one I made a couple of years ago, so went with a steampunk theme.  It is paper, mod podge, paint, stenciled gel medium, die cut cardboard, and lots more paint and gel medium.  Messy, sticky, and satisfying!


This is a good thing - I got something that has been on my list finally done.  I also have Jim, since he doesn't have a job right now - waiting for two women to make decisions on their renos - building a new shelf for me for the craft room, so that will also force me to clean up a bit.  Wonder how he would feel about a couple of small cabinets on casters?

He is going to get rewarded by my making him his coffee sign - he really likes the "poem" I stenciled on a bag recently for a friend and wants that as a sign in the kitchen.
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20  Loki's paws... in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: January 12, 2017 08:23:15 AM
Bunny1kenobi asked me to make some metal etched keychains for her to commemorate a pet who passed.  I know also what it is like to lose a loved fur-friend, so completely understand why she would want something with his paw on it.  I have two paw plaques of my two that passed.


She sent me the image of his paw and for a few months I thought on and off how to do it.  The image was so small, fine, and faint enough that I was not confident in the ability to print and transfer using P+P or photo paper.

Finally, I decided to just take the image, carve a stamp, and use that stamp to transfer onto metal to etch.  Also, I could then use a fine tipped marker to add some details if needed, by hand, but I left them very organic, as a paw would look, stepping onto the dirt or whatnot.


I made a couple of prototypes and showed them to Jim, along with the pic.  He seemed to think they were pretty good, so I sent the image to her, and got the go ahead, so I finally made and sent these to her before Christmas to share with her family.


I really hope they met her expectations.  More on my blog if anyone is interested.
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