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1  Re: Happy Mail Round 4 Gallery! (send out 3/26) in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: April 06, 2018 04:44:25 PM
OMG - great happy mail gallery... it makes me so.... happy!

I got more mail happiness myself - from GoatGoddess...



The envelope... love the colours - metallics, blues, purples.



Inchie goodness - love the blue backgrounds and the birds!



Twinchie goodness!!!  Blue footed booby and red winged blackbirds!



A twinchie with decorated clothes pins - a twinchie base for me to decorate???  Maybe with a mini chickadee to match the other ones... or a puffin, they would look cute with the booby!



Decorated bottle caps - love the sparkly hearts and accents...



... and more mixed media - a larger 4x4 blue footed boobie - god they are funny looking birds!



Two of my favourites - snarky 4x4 art - these may have to go to work and hang out in my locker...  they pretty much embody my work mind... especially the first one... filtered down, it would be one of my work mottos on a bad day, which pretty much is, "I hate people".



thanks GoatGoddess - love it, especially the boobys... or would that be boobies?
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2  Creativity takes courage... in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: March 24, 2018 03:07:19 PM
I wanted to make some mixed media art panels lately... this is a 4x6 panel I made recently and sent to blupaisan for the Happy Mail swap.  It is 4x6" canvas board, decorated with a die cut and decorated chipboard heart and painted paper/vellum wings, and acrylic/fabric/gel medium/stenciling on the background, with a stamped sentiment...



More pics and some detail information on my blog if anyone is interested...

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3  Road trip journal in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: March 24, 2018 02:58:35 PM
This is a little travel journal I made, as a guest designer on a challenge blog.  The covers are die cut from chipboard and decorated, and the pages are made from a variety of papers, including vintage road maps, tags, and various other decorated papers...



inside covers and first page...



Random pages...





Back page and cover...



More pics and some details of the making of the journal on my blog if anyone is interested...
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4  Little bunny treat bags... in Easter by Onyxnox on: March 24, 2018 02:46:07 PM
I was asked to be a guest designer for a challenge blog, with an Easter theme a couple of weeks ago and this was what I made.  We were given an inspiration board of pics/colours.  The bags were made from scrapbook paper and made a double sided decorated banner than wraps over the top edge of the bag.  The bunnies die cut, painted, and glittered, and the egg is a die cut oval that was inked and decorated to look like those candied chocolate egg - Cadbury mini eggs were the inspiration.



This is good for those who want to share Easter treats - but maybe an Easter hunt is not such a great idea... mainly because in our family's households, they would be found.... by all the dogs... or the cats would pee on them...



More on my blog about the project if anyone is interested - lots more pictures and some info about the process...

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5  Rain before flowers.... in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: March 24, 2018 02:33:31 PM
At the beginning of the year, I was asked by another site to make some pieces for their weekly challenge blog, as one of the guest designers.  It was such an honour to be asked to participate.  I was given the themes to  participate for 4 weeks in March, ahead of time, and this was one of the first projects I made.  The theme was Whatever the weather, and I was thinking of Spring rains, and the miserable weather seguing to the beauty of Spring flowers.  I was not thrilled how the flowers turned out, but then I was afraid of mucking around too much with the panel and then just destroying it.



My favourites are the raindrops - they are made in several steps, from vintage music paper, with paint and sparkle spray, the covered with a dimensional glaze after putting on the canvas, so they shimmer and shine.



More pics and more about how I made this on my blog if anyone is interested.
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6  Re: Happy Mail Round 4 Gallery! (send out 3/26) in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: March 23, 2018 06:02:09 PM
I received from blupaisan a couple of weeks ago - but I held off opening it until I sent myself, as a motivator to finish and send on time.  Sometimes I need incentive - a treat at the end... and I opened my treat today!



It's funny, it sounds like she forgot to "decorate" the envelope - so this is her "plain" envelope - how cute is this.  I love the use of vintage book illustrations - but I have to admit I get selfish about sharing them and giving them away, and end up hoarding mine!



This is one of the first things I saw - a squirrel drawing she did - so cute... they are sneaky little, peanut and bird seed stealing little rodents - but darn it, they do make me laugh.



This is a bright little journal - love the bright red and gold dots - and inside is some cool vintage stamps...



More book pages?  These are mini envelopes and the fronts are these awesome black and white images - here are a couple of my favourites - they are actually a couple of my favourite flowers.  I can't have the monkshood though because there are too many pets/animals in my garden and it is so highly poisonous - but so gorgeous.



Another paper page to make a note card for me!



Some foam decorative pieces, a notepad with my initial, and a magnet made with a map of my area!



This pile of book pages is so cool... it is a moustache maker kit....



So cool how she cut the pages to fit into the frame so that all the characters have moustaches... and I would totally moustache the evil queen...



... ok, even Alice...



Finally - a snarky mini banner... love it!

Thank you blupaisan!  I hope you like your happy mail as much as I do... I think I am turning that new journal as my new swap journal!
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7  Nuthatches - finally a little something for myself... in Needlework: Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: February 22, 2018 12:26:00 PM
I had been putting off making something for myself for awhile.  I wanted to make a few pieces for our bedroom.  We have a long empty wall on one side and I have been wanting to add some bird art to it for awhile.  Jim's mother picked up a framed loon piece for us for Christmas, and that gave me impetus to start.  I also love nuthatches and stitched this up last week.


The birds are stitched with black floss on white cotton, with some colour added with water colour pencils afterwards, then mounted on wood.


Eventually, I hope to add some more to this one - chickadees, loons, woodpeckers, etc.  Hopefully to fill that wall.

More on my blog if anyone is interested... also if you go back a few posts, you can see a couple progress posts
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8  Re: Be My Snarky Valentine Swap Gallery (Sendouts Friday, Feb. 2) in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 21, 2018 04:48:00 PM


I received my valentine today - all the way from New Zealand - a heart hoopla that will go perfectly on my swear hoopla wall - yes I have a swear hoopla wall!



It came also with a lovely ribbon and floral fabric, and a card that says ' "all you need is love"... and chocolate + craft supplies + netflix + cute dogs' - totally agree!

thanks monkey_girl for the hoopla, and SonjaBoo for organizing the snark!
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9  Re: Fairytale Swap 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: February 15, 2018 08:32:00 AM
Aw dang!  I thought I posted!

I received from gala_apples - and she also went with the Little Mermaid for me... a hand painted tote, and I am thinking the handles are hand woven too?





Thanks gala_apples for the bag, and thanks for organizing also kittykill!
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10  At least my cat loves me... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Onyxnox on: February 12, 2018 02:05:38 AM

I made this for the Snarky Valentine swap by SonjaBoo earlier this month.  It is a little shrine inspired by a pin by my partner made in an old cookie or candy tin.  I was initially going to make a resin piece, but had a seriously gross looking fail with it.


I used reused gift packaging for the glitter elements too, and some scrap papers for decorating the inside and outside of the tin, as well as washi tape.  I hated how the cat looked in the failed piece and went with a stamped, and painted kitty for this one.  I used reused book paper for the sentiment and the back.  I also added a magnet so it could be used as a magnet too - it is a rare earth magnet so it is pretty strong.

More on my blog, including a few more pics if anyone is interested.
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