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21  Re: Bird Bee Butterfly Swap in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: July 13, 2017 05:30:30 PM
I love those water colours and the butterfly house pendent - so pretty!

Undersea_sun received from me and asked me to post pictures as her camera is not working...

For the bee item, I made two sets of bee note cards - one in yellow and one in blue.  I really wanted to make note cards, and had a cute bee stamp to use, as well as honeycomb patterned die and stencil so it was a fun, layered project.





This is an embroidered piece I did.  She stated she liked sandpipers, so I found a cute sandpiper scene and stitched it on white cotton with black thread.  I added colour tinting with water soluble crayons and Gelatos to make a sunset beach scene, and mounted it on canvas board.  I think it ended up being about 8x10".  This was probably my favourite - Jim liked it too and seemed sad I was giving it away, so I may make another one for us.



Finally, for butterfly, I made a set of butterfly wing earrings.



But I really liked the beaded butterfly pattern, so stitched up a whole butterfly and added a jump ring and ribbon so it could be used as an ornament.

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22  Cards for the Moms... in Mother's Day by Onyxnox on: June 25, 2017 05:58:19 AM
I made these for the moms for Mother's Day... did not get around to making the roses like I wanted - I wanted to make jumbo roses for them.  BTW, they still both have the roses I made for them a few years ago - though MIL keeps moving them onto and of the dining room table and the cats like to play with them, so hers are getting a bit sad looking.

So this year, they got cards and a little gift, plus flowers.


I wanted light and bright, so I went with white cards, with a textured base.  I added a stamped and inked panel, and embossed flowers and sentiment over top.

More about it on my blog if anyone is interested, including more pics.

If anyone is interested in how to make the embossed die cuts, I did a bit of a tutorial here.
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23  Cards for the Dads... in Father's Day by Onyxnox on: June 25, 2017 05:50:33 AM
I always have a harder time figuring out a masculine card, so Father's Day takes some brain twisting...


I made this for this year, and both Dad's seemed to like them.  Dad in law commented on the different layers and texture.  I layered different patterns of paper, using a ruler patterned washi tape over the seam, and made a textured panel with aluminum tape that was embossed, then to take away the silver shine, I distressed it with some bronze acrylic ink.

More about it on my blog is anyone is interested, including more pics
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24  Vintage cold crab dip... in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Onyxnox on: June 25, 2017 05:44:02 AM
I love this stuff - love love love love love it.  MIL makes it every year and it is a sacrifice for her as there is not a knife she has not met that does not cut her - actually, any kitchen utensil that has not cut/burnt/grated/injured her in some way.  So chopping veggies is quite the sacrifice for her.  For that matter, I just do it for her when I go over, because I hate thinking of all of the bits of her we have probably digested over the years.  Regardless, she makes a great cold crab dip and I finally asked for the recipe this year... and will share it here.

We love the stuff- to the point where she no longer jsut makes one to serve at Christmas or at potlucks, but makes about 6 or so containers to send home too. 

One problem is that one of the ingredients is not gluten-free.  While that makes me gleeful as I don't have to share with Jim, that also means I will be figuring out to replace it for the future.  He's a bit whiny about not being to have it...


Crab Dip
(makes about about 5 cups - as far as I am concerned - 1 serving...)

1x 8 oz package of cream cheese
1x10 oz condensed tomato soup
1 cup Miracle Whip
7 oz frozen crab meat or more to taste, defrosted, and pulled apart finely
1 1/2 pkgs unflavoured gelatin
1 cup or 1 can of water (not sure, as MIL only put "1 water" - but 1 can seemed to give the constency we needed)
finely diced pepper, celery, onion

Melt the cream cheese in a pot on low heat, stir in soup to mix well.  Add gelatin to the water and let bloom, then combine with soup mixture.  Let cool 10 minutes or so.  Combine the Miracle Whip, crab, and veggies to mixture, mix well, and let set in fridge overnight.  Hide away from husband in corner of craft room and eat entire tub of same with all his gluten free crackers while laughing maniacally, spewing cracker crumbs everywhere... uh, I mean serve next day with crackers...

More here, with more pics if desired.   At some point I will add the GF modification.
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25  Fluttering wings... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: June 25, 2017 05:31:38 AM
I realized I have not been posting a lot of my own projects - primarily food... but I have been making!

I made a set of these for the latest Notecard swap.  I left them without sentiment so they can be used for any purpose.  I also love how inked papers look against black, so I made a the base from black card stock.  I used  cold pressed water colour paper for the die cuts, inking them with colour before cutting.  I water stenciled some light floral shapes in the blue center panels, and they came out very light, but I like the variance in tones in the background.

I added a vellum and black paper butterfly.  I die cut and shaped the flowers and leaves, glued them around the wreath and added little pearl centers.  I added a bit of Wink of Stella in clear for a bit of subtle sparkle.



I made about 8 in total, half of them top fold, and half side fold.  I added a liner of lighter paper in the center of each card so a sentiment or note can be added, inside.

More here if anyone interested to see some more pics of details.
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26  Re: 4X6 Art Swap - May 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: June 17, 2017 02:06:00 PM
Oooooh - I did not realize how shiny the glaze is.  Let me see if I have a non-glare pics...

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27  Northern Thai Curry Chicken in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Onyxnox on: June 10, 2017 06:21:08 AM
This is a go-to easy week night recipe for me, and also an easy one to double and take as a pot luck for work.  It is easy, and tasty, and an easy meal to make by adding a tossed salad and rice.

It is a sweet, savoury curry, not hot (unless you want to make it hotter!).  The sauce is lovely over rice.



I just made a batch recently for a pot luck...



Northern Thai Curry Chicken
serves 4
1 tsp sesame oil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 tbsp red curry paste (I often use a bit more, to taste)
1 tbsp curry powder (again, using a bit more to taste)
water
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 medium tomatoes cut into wedges
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed

Heat oil in wok or large pan.  Cook chicken to lightly brown outside.  Stir in curry paste and powder to evenly coat chicken.

Stir in enough water to cover (I actually find this to be too much water and enough to come up halfway is more than enough) and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer until chicken is no longer pink.  Stir in coconut milk, tomato paste, fish sauce, sugar, and half of the tomato wedges.

Cook and stir over low heat until the sauce is smooth and creamy.  Mix in remaining tomatoes and cook until tender and warmed through.

More on my blog, including how to microwave cook the rice too - a useful way to do it when time is short.
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28  mini me, again... a beady me-dy! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: June 10, 2017 06:07:28 AM
really, I swear I am not so vain that I am making tonnes of crafts of me me me....  But I participated in the Craftster Trading Card swap again and wanted to make a me that was based on one of my favourite crafts - very much inspired by the one Belladune did of herself last year

So to do that, I made a me in seed bead form - based on the stamped image I made of me last year for the first incarnation of the CTC swap.



I used whatever size 11/0 rocaille beads that were in my stash, and Nymo, in peyote stitch, after sketching out a pattern on graph paper.  I did not want it to take forever, so I did a basic image, without too much details in terms of shadows, and shading - that and I really wanted to use stash, so did not want to take forever at a bead store picking out various shades too (and yes, remember how long it took me to pick out the perfect green for the wasabi for my beaded sushi, it really would take me hours of comparing beads to get the shades right - and I would spend another $100 on other stuff in the meantime too - damn, I love bead stores).

So this ended up being about 4"x5".

I then took a picture of it, shrunk it down, and printed it, to make the end result of this year's CTC card.



So yes... it's all about memememe!

More about the beaded me here if anyone is interested

More about the CTC, cardy me if anyone is interested
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29  Re: 4X6 Art Swap - May 2017 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: June 09, 2017 02:10:40 PM
I received today too - from pioneer9, a fantastic Alice in Wonderland piece - I adore the white rabbit!



Thank you so much!
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30  Re: Notecard Set Swap in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: June 09, 2017 02:03:46 PM
I received from misocci74!



Lots of patterns, and cool, funky botanical die cuts/floral theme - love it - thank you so much!



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