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1  Happiness Journals... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: November 16, 2017 02:28:30 AM
I made one of these for mandykaye in the Happy Mail swap and one for myself.  They are little journals made from chipboard with pages made from water colour paper.  The thought behind them was inspired by the news one morning while I was crafting for the swap.  They were asking for viewers to let them know what makes them happy and one person sent in that she keeps a journal and at the end of the day, she writes in the top three things that made her happy each day - and at the end of a few weeks, you can see what genuinely makes a person happy by tracking it.  I thought I had to make a journal for that.  Also, with the water colour pages, they are nice and sturdy, and can be decorated too.  Making these journals definitely made me happy.

This is the one I made mandykaye - it has some more warm washes of colour around the flourish, over the blue, and a taupe leather flower riveted to the back and front - that serves to hold the ribbon closures.

More on this journal on my blog if anyone is interested...

This one's mine - more straight up blue, and a blue suede flower.

More on this journal if anyone is interested

Here is what it looks like on the inside.  The pages are secured by the ribbon on the back.  The chipboard makes these really sturdy little journals.
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2  Kindness cards - cards to abandon... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: November 16, 2017 01:56:51 AM
This has been on my mind for a bit and the design idea for it came after making the envelope for the Happy Mail swap.  I wanted to make some mini-cards to abandon, with the thought of leaving cards around, encouraging others to spread some thanks or kind words to others by providing them the medium to do it, and maybe spreading some thankfulness, happiness, hope, and kindness around.

These are 3x4, made from card stock, water colour paper, dye inks and water colours, and I made 36 in total.  I made matching envelopes, and they are packaged individually in little zip bags.  I just need to add a little note explaining them, and will leave them about.  I think I will start at one of the libraries I go to and a local kids hospital and my own.

I entered them in a challenge blog on Simon Says Stamp, and am happy that they seemed to like the idea too, and mentioned me in their designer spotlight - though winning the gift certificate would have been nice too Smiley

More on my blog if anyone is interested.
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3  Stars shining bright... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: November 16, 2017 01:38:58 AM
I love stars and have made a bunch of starfish shaped stars in the past for others, and some for myself, but wanted to make some more classic star ornaments also.  I made this trio earlier this years, and have just now stopped crossing my eyes over making them.

They are about 15 rows each point, and the entire star about the palm of my hand.

But they are beautiful and just make me happy, happy, happy!  These are mine, all mine...

God, I love beads....

More on my blog if anyone is interested
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4  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 15, 2017 05:23:39 PM
Received from cabaute - adorable, bright, and fun stocking and sparkly bonus snowflake - thank you Smiley

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5  Re: Sweat Shoppe ORNAMENT Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 14, 2017 07:13:51 PM
I just realized how similar the tag was to the ornament I offered!  How cool!  Cheesy  Coincidence or did you do that on purpose, Onyxnox?

LOL - no I did not!  Purely coincidence, I just wanted to make some deer in snow tags  and cards!  I did some on a lighter stock for the happy mail swap and thought it would look good on a darker paper so made the tags for this swap based on that!

Got my ornament from TAOJ too - love the hint of sparkle in the felt too!
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6  Re: HAPPY MAIL #3 - BRING the HAPPY GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 14, 2017 07:09:53 PM
I love all the wonderful mail - I am now wanting to make inchies and ATCs too - seeing all the wonderful examples of them - and rubber duckies for goodness sake's!

I received mine from mandykaye and I am HAPPY!!!

Beautiful mermaid decorated side of envelope...

The front - I adore that coy little bird on the side... darn the stickers!

Beautiful beaded ornaments... love beady shiny goodies...

More beady goodness - a Tree of Life pendent - but I may use it as an ornament - I think I need a tree decorated tree....

A really adorable mini-bunting - this is so cute... this may end up on my craft room mini tree - which may be decorated with only Craftster ornaments this year...

A one-page journal (such a cool idea) that is made for abandonment - thanks for enabling my art abandonment Smiley

Small printed pieces - these would be cool to add to mixed media crafting - so inspired!

Larger pieces of ephemera - love the printed book pages, and a piece of 4x6 art - love the blues and the bird image...  Also, love that you used butterfly binder clips - I never saw those before!

Thank you so much for swapping with me!!!!  This definitely made me happy!
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7  2017 Holiday Cards and Tags swap (sign ups now until 11/17, send outs 12/08) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Onyxnox on: November 08, 2017 05:24:20 AM

OK, I did not realize that there were people interested in doing this again, so we have a bit of a late start this year, but let's get the tag and card making merriness ON!

Swap name: 2017 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Onyxnox
Sign-up date range: now until November 17th (by midnight EST)
Date to send item by: December 8th, 2017

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO - no
If so, which country? not applicable

Additional Age requirement? no

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: not applicable
- 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
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This will be a swap for cards and tags for the upcoming holiday season.  

Participants will be in groups of 4, where each Craftster will send a set of 4 cards (and envelopes) and 4 tags (and attachment mode) to each of the other three members of the group by the send by date, and each Craftster will receive 4 cards/tags from each of the group members.  

Therefore everyone, in the end, should have received a dozen cards and tags in time for holiday gift giving.  

Minimum expected size for tags - 2"x3", and to include ties/ribbons/sticky
Minimum expected size for cards - 3"x5", and to include envelopes

There is no maximum size limit (just be reasonable - does anyone really want a 3 foot square tag?).

On saying that, the theme of the cards do not have to be limited to the holidays, if that is what your partner wants.  Also, Crafsters are encouraged to be as creative as you want; just because it is cards and tags, does not mean you have to limit yourself to paper.  If you want to make your items from something other than paper, feel free to.  I love seeing how varied the results are and how wonderfully creative everyone is in these swaps!

But because this will likely be mostly a paper swap:  as per Craftster swapping rules, papercraft swaps are exempt from the DC confirmation requirements.  Senders are required to resend their packages if they are not received for any reason.

For inspiration/more details:

2015 Card and Tags discussion thread

2015 Gallery

2016 Cards and Tags discussion thread

2016 Gallery

2013 Tags swap gallery

2014 Tags swap gallery

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap - 2017 Holiday Tags and Cards Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)


1) What kind of holiday cards/tags do you want? (Christmas, Hannukah, Winter Solstice, religious, Kwanzaa, etc)

2) Would you prefer any non-winter holiday tags?  If so, what kind would you like (birthday, Valentines, Easter, general, etc)?

3) How do you want your tags to attach (ribbon/string/stick-on/surprise me)?

4) What kind of themes/colours would you like your tags to have (please list at least 5)?

5) What kind of themes/colours would you like to be avoided?  

6) Any links to Pinterest, blogs, etc for stalking purposes?

7) If there are odd numbers, do you want to only be in 1 group, or would you be willing to be in 2 groups (I would confirm via PM before the groups are listed)?  If you REALLY want to be in two groups, let me know here too.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. Onyxnox
2. Mlsocci74
3. kbrison
4. bec99
5. gala_apples
6. SonjaBoo
7. Witchhippie
8. IsikkahJai

* don't forget to post in discussion thread, as per Craftster swap rules...


Group Mistletoe:
Onyxnox ---> SonjaBoo, Witchhippie, IsikkahJai
SonjaBoo ---> Onyxnox, Witchhippie, IsikkahJai
Witchhippie ---> Onyxnox, SonjaBoo, IsikkahJai
IssikahJai ---> Onyxnox, SonjaBoo, Witchhippie

Group Holly
Mlsocci74 ---> kbrison, bec99, gala_apples
kbrison ---> Mlsocci74, bec99, gala_apples
bec99 ---> Mlsocci74, kbrison, gala_apples
gala_apples ---> Mlsocci74, kbrison, bec99

LATE, with communication
Contact organizer immediately
feedback given

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8  2017 Holiday Cards and Tags swap... in New Swap Theme Ideas by Onyxnox on: November 06, 2017 07:18:31 AM
Anyone interested in another round of Holiday cards/tags?

It will be the same as the past couple of years - participants will be placed in small groups.  In the past iterations of this swap, it was groups of 4 people, where each member of the group would make a set of 4 cards with envelopes, and 4 tags for each of the other three members of the group.  In the end, each person should receive 12 cards/envelopes and 12 tags in total.  Some people could be in more than one group if they wish.

The intention is for winter holiday themed cards and tags - but there is no need to be limited to that; individuals can request for other holidays/celebrations/themes.

These also do not have to be limited to paper - we have had lovely cards made with cross-stitch/fabric/felt as well, and I would love people to think mixed media/outside the box.

For inspiration/more details:

2015 Card and Tags discussion thread

2015 Gallery

2016 Cards and Tags discussion thread

2016 Gallery

2013 Tags swap gallery

2014 Tags swap gallery
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9  Twisted Sugar - some tree candy.... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: November 05, 2017 12:12:58 PM

I made these earlier this Fall - I wanted to make some beaded candy canes; they were a simple spiral beaded pattern but I was not happy with them, so figured out how to bead around a piece of wire, which I also used to make an integral loop, so it could hold the candy cane shape and have a hanger.  I was much happier with it then - though it was a bit of a pain bead weaving around wire.

I made about a dozen of these - 6 each of the red and white, and the green and white.  Shortly afterwards, the Sweat Shoppe Ornament swap happened, so I included these as my offering, since they were done already.

Here is my post on my blog about these - if anyone is interested, I included instructions on how to make it.
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10  Frosty ornaments... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: November 05, 2017 12:06:26 PM
These are some snowmen ornament I made earlier this year.  I made more of them for the recent Sweat Shoppe Ornament swap that is happening now. 
They are based on a pin I found, and made from stamped white muslin, die cut, and stuffed, after decorating with beads, buttons, and felt carrot noses.
I really like how they turned out, and am considering them for the ornament of this year - since I usually make an ornament each year to give as a gift amongst friends and family.

Here is a blog post about the original Frosty - there is a tutorial on how I made them there if anyone is interested.

This is the link to the newest set, which is the set I made for the Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap.
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