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1  Gluten Free Raspberry Streusel Bars in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Onyxnox on: February 24, 2019 03:09:13 PM
Made these to take over for dinner at a friend's place.  Jim has Celiac's so I try to make desserts that are gluten free, and these are friends who used to be our neighbours, and one thing they miss is that I used to bake for them all the time.  I know they love berry baked goods, so I made these, as well as a gluten free carrot cake.  These were nice, buttery, with a nice bright berry flavour.  Fantastic with tea and coffee.

Raspberry Streusel Bars
Makes 12 bars (1 x 8" square pan)

6 oz by weight of GF flour (Robin Hood brand used)
2 1/3 oz by weight of granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
(1/4 tsp xantham gum if your flour blend doesn't have it already - Robin Hood has it mixed in)
4 oz (8 tbsp) butter, softened and cut into small pieces
2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped, toasted
1/4 cup rolled oats (makes sure they are gluten free if you want to keep GF)
6 oz raspberry preserves or jam (these were made using Smucker's brand raspberry jam)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries (or so, I may have tipped a few extra berries in)
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Full details on my blog if anyone is interested in trying these for themselves.
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2  Re: Artist Trading Coins - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 18, 2019 01:56:59 PM
I received my last set of Coins from thanate and they are beautifully done ones with fabric and thread - using some of my favourite themes.

I love them - thanks thanate!

This has been a great swap - a nice way to start the new year of crafting!
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3  Re: Artist Trading Coins - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 17, 2019 06:56:43 AM
I got my first monsters from Kwality570 - they are so cute!  I love the contrast of their cuteness and colour against the brown backgrounds, and her use of lining really makes them pop!

They are brighter in real life - I did not want to take them out of their protective sheaths so took pics with no flash.  Great shading and dimension on them too!

What did you use as the black liner?  It is so fine, but has such a nice texture.  Thank you so much Kwality - I finally have monsters of my own!
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4  Re: Little Good Things Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 05, 2019 04:18:04 PM
I received from gala_apples last week and just found my camera today... she sent me a lovely card that noted a fabulously fun good thing in her life, two packs of 6x6 patterned paper and a mixed media hoopla that totally absolutely suits me!

Thank you gala_apples, and calluna for being great partners, and thanate for organizing a great swap!
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5  Re: Little Good Things Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: January 27, 2019 09:36:21 AM
Wow, I can't believe the amazingness in this gallery - there are so many wonderful things so far!!!!   I received this weekend from calluna and my head is spinning from how amazing this package is!

She sent me a small box CRAMMED - I mean CRAMMED full of goodies - beach glass, stamps, wire, dark chocolate, paper bits and bod - so many of the ephemera things I love...

There is also a great ornament decorated with other things I love - profanity Smiley

I love these stamps - especially that they are birds too.

I love her card - I love that it was made with a library catalogue card - but also has such a lovely personal picture on it - I love that your dog was "baby-dog" and the kitty was "Mama Kitty" - they sound sweet and I know that I cherish the memories of my furbabies too - thanks for sharing.
Finally - the main exhibit - as if I did not get more than enough already, right?  Look at this amazing little guy!!!!  A needle-felted happy little puppy!  He is so adorable and is holding a sign that says "belly rubs, please!" and I have totally rubbed his little belly so many times already.  I was going to put him with the art of Toby and Ginger - but I see he has a magnet inside - he may end up going with me to work to sit in my locker so I can his belly there - he makes me happy and maybe rubbing his belly will be a good way to leave some of the unhappy stuff at work when I am done for the day - or make me start the shift off in a better mood...

A picture does not do him justice - he has such great shaping - even his little floppy ears, and the definition of his little jowls - there is even the chest definition, then where it sinks into his little tummy - and the little beady eyes and nose are so bright and sweet!

Thank you, calluna - I feel totally awed by this little guy and spoiled by your wonderful package. 
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6  Ex libris - personal library stamp and bookplates in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: January 03, 2019 10:08:57 AM
This was what I made for Wulf for the winter book swap that was just run.

I hand carved it from thin stamping making material and it should fit nicely inside a standard paperback - about 3x4"? 

Then I felt that just the stamp was not enough, so I added some bookplates made from it, which I added adhesive backing to, and inked and added some hand colouring to.

I am pretty happy how they both turned out.  A bit more about the stamp here, on my blog, and a bit more here, about the bookplates, with some more pics.
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7  ... my true love gave to me... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: January 03, 2019 08:51:59 AM
Well, I am pretty sure I am not Wulf's true love, but I did make him a 12 Day's of Christmas mini book as part of the Winter Book Swap...

It is made from die cut chipboard and water colour paper.  For the covers, I decorated them with layers of paint, a music note motif stenciled on with gel medium, washi tape, and decorated die cut baubles.  I riveted and glued them onto the spine.

The inside pages are water colour paper that I stamped with the 12 days of Christmas, and decorated with inking, paint, and microcrystalline wax.

I had wanted to do something like this for awhile and this was my excuse to finally do it - a holiday mini book.  I added an eyelet and ribbon to make it something that could hang too.

There is a heck of a lot more pictures on my blog if anyone wants to see since I went through all the 12 days.
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8  Shabby library bookmarks... in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: December 29, 2018 09:02:34 AM

These were some bookmarks I made recently for the winter book swap, for Wulf - well for Wulf, and myself.  First, I made a stack of books stamp, and used that to stamp onto some cotton.

Then I covered them, and stamped over them with a background stamp composed of different fonts.  I used different colours of permanent inks over a black ink that I stamped the book stack in.  I trimmed those out and sewed those onto a base I made with a striped twill fabric.

On the back I added some book quotes that I hand stamped on and sewed on too.

I made 6  in total - the three with the nicest images I gave to Wulf, and kept three for myself.

More in details and pics on my blog if anyone wants a closer look.

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9  Re: Winter Book Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 12, 2018 04:08:42 PM
Wow - this gallery blew up - I will definitely have to start from the beginning to take a closer look tonight.

Anyways, Wulf and I met up for breakfast this morning which was a lot of fun, and exchanged our packages and I just opened mine tonight, after coming home and having a wee nap (I was coming off of night shifts)....

As per usual he paid great attention to detail - beautiful packaging and everything - I'm afraid I just went with convenience for mine - sorry my presentation was so blech Sad

first off, the books - I am so happy to get these - I know others on this forum have talked about Gormenghast and it has been on my to-read list.  I suspect this will be perfect for when I have that stretch of time off over the New Years.  Perfect for by the wood stove with many hot cups of tea.  Also a G. R. R. Martin book - I have read a number of the Game of Thrones books, and some of his short stories, but not some of his earlier novels, so this is much appreciated too!

Is this the one that CLM picked up - the Kahlil Gibran book.  I am very intrigued by this one too and will be starting this one tonight, since I am almost done the novel I am reading right now.  One of his lines I read before,  "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you", actually has been kind of deeply meaningful to me after an encounter I had with a patient this week. 

For the chocolate - Wulf went luxe and got me some Soma goodies.  Thank you - I have not tried these.  I am laughing a bit also because you chose flavours that pretty much guarantee that I don't have to share - so mine, all mine!!!!  They are both dark chocolate - one is coconut clusters and the other is sprinkled with Maldon salt.  They look so wonderfully rich!

The crafts are so lovely - a beautifully patterned bookmark, a hand carved and hand mounted personal library stamp, and a House Baratheon needle book - and filled with needles! 

Thank you so much Wulf, I really admire your artistry, precision, and attention to detail; more than I can say.  I would love to know how you can get that fine detail also into the softer stamp carving materials.  I find I need the thinner, harder materials - when I try with the thicker stuff, my lines seem to lose precision and end up fuzzy.  I also hope that you like some of what I made for you.
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10  Re: Sweat Shoppe Ornament Swap Round 9 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: December 02, 2018 03:42:18 PM
I received from Lovely Miss earlier this week - it is such a lovely glass tree - I am seriously contemplating wearing it as a pendent at times - thank you so much!

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