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301  Holiday Tag Swap - Sign-ups Nov 15-23, send outs December 9 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: November 15, 2013 08:47:30 AM


Discussion thread here....

Swap name:  Holiday Tag Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Onyxnox
Sign-up date range:  November 15-23rd, 2013
Date to send item by:  December 9th, 2013

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 12

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES/NO
If so, which country? No

Additional Age requirement? 16 years and up

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: N/A
- 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 quick swap, hopefully, since we are getting on in the season.  The goal is to have three groups of 4 swappers each, each swapper will make and send 5 tags for each of their partners in the group (15 tags in total per sender), so that in the end, each recipient will receive 15 tags for their gift giving this holiday season.  The tags can be the same, or different from each other if people want to be creative.  They can be made with any materials/media.

Each tag should be at least 2x3 inches in size, with no maximum limit.

Clarification on shipping - 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.  Please keep communication clear and let your organizer and members of your group know when you send and receive, via PM.

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

Name of swap - Holiday Tag 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 seasonal tags are you interested in (Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, etc)?

2.  What are your top five themes?


3.  What are your favourite colours?

4.  What colours/themes do you not want?

5.  Do you want to be part of more than 1 group?  If so, up to how many.

6.  What style tag do you want - stick on (no holes), tie on (has a hole to tie ribbon through), or fold over (small card)?

7.  Any Wists/Pnterests/whatever we can stalk you with?

8.  Anything else we should know?



1.  Onyxnox
2.  plaidpineapple
3.  angielou1
4.  flygirl88
5.  BadWolf
6.  mybabyisacommunist/JenniferSavage
7.  LovelyMiss
8.  quaggy
9.  P_E_S_T
10.  gala_apples

Lime Green = sent
Purple = received
Orange = late with communication
Teal = sent/received
Red = contact organizer immediately
Teal with strike through = feedback given

Partnering Groups

Group 1


Group 2


Group 3
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302  Re: Holiday Ornament ATC Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: November 14, 2013 06:38:51 PM
That's the funny thing - I wanted to make a version of that cover just because I loved the way the trees looked behind the house too!  They had that desolate wintry look that made me think of the woods around my parents house on their farm when I was a kid, and I loved looking out at those barren snow covered trees and suddenly seeing a bright red cardinal, or a fluffy bunny rabbit.

I had so much fun making all three of those, I had to send all three off!  The card however is stampings that I coloured Cheesy

Hmmmm - well, I am from Toronto, and apparently our so-called crack smoking mayor has been in the news all over the world now - so maybe they were thinking I was shipping off illegal substances Wink

I received from blupaisan too and it is an adorably cute elf.  I love the layout of the card, and the details in the corners.

Look at that mischievous expression on his face!
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303  More Christmas tags - for the 12 days of Christmas... (many pics) in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: October 23, 2013 05:10:26 AM
After being energized from making the first set of tags, I decided I wanted to make some more and went with making a few sets for the 12 days of Christmas - for one of the swaps I am currently in.  I came up with 4 different sets, each one numbered for the 12 days, for each of the 12 items I am crafting/sending.

Unlike the first set, these were all double-sided, with the same design on either side, so they could be hung - and I added a mini tag for any brief note I want to add.  Again the base was a large manila shipping tag.

First set - the Joy...

These were all started with a wash of silver acrylic paint across the paint, then I experimented with embossing on top of embossing.  There was a bit of a challenge with embossing over itself, or on a two sided item - namely you have to hold the card up as the embossing on both sides will heat up and you will mar it if you lay it down to heat.

I clear embossed the JOY on so that the silver wash would show through, and then green embossed the tree over it.  Then I inked a variety of greens over the tag, except I blocked the tree off so that it would still allow the silver to gently show through - it made the background seem to glow a bit.

I die-cut the numbers and decorated them in different styles before numbering the tags.

Second set - Oh dear!

Again, this was playing with embossing on two sides and embossing on top of embossing, with multiple colours.  I did the snowy background again, with the clear embossing of the snowflakes on a swirled white background.  Then I embossed the tree on in green, and the deer on in a metallic copper.

I was happy how this turned out - it was more a winter scene than "Christmas" per se - and probably one of DH's favourite because he loves the nature theme.

Set three - seeing red...

The next was done because I wanted something very visually different from the others I made - so I went with red.

So I did a swirl of white acrylic over a small portion of the tag, where I stamped the sentiment, then added embossed ornaments in gold.  I inked the entire card in red, with a bit of black/gray along the edges. 

Fourth set - back to the beginning...

I went back to the original tag design I had made before, and made a few little changes.  Namely I added a bit more texture with the acrylic white swirl - less blending, and tried to leave a bit more manila showing at the edges as the bare paper absorbs the ink differently.  I tried.  Also, the original does were die cut from aluminum foil that was inked.  I added dimensional mod podge for a clear coat to those and they looked nice.  I die cut some of the numbers and the does here from the inked aluminum foil, but added some crackle medium, then played a bit more with it - which lead to  couple of different looks. 


I really like the texture of the crackle, and how it made the pale blue numbers look icy.

There are some complications to crackling on the metallic tape - but I figured out ways to make it work for me - if anyone else is interested in trying this technique to make your own metallic/metallic crackle stickers, I posted about it on my blog as a separate post.
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304  Christmas-y notecard in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: October 23, 2013 04:39:07 AM
I made this note card for a swap recently, for my note, for a holiday inspired card.  It is meant to compliment the tags I made that I posted about yesterday.

It is a decorated front on a white A2 sized card.  I took a buff coloured card stock and added the swirl of embossed snowflake on acrylic in the front, then stamped the musical score over it.  Then I added the decorated die cut elements - the doe again was made from aluminum tape, which adds a nice shimmer.

I posted a bit more about it on my blog.  I am enjoying the experimentation with the different elements - how the paint and embossing each absorb/resist inks, etc.
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305  Christmas tags... in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: October 22, 2013 09:10:58 AM
I have been rather in love with making tags lately and this is the first set I made.  I made about 6 of these and added them as an extra for my OTT Holiday ornament swap with pjr107.  They are made with the large sized manila shipping tags from Staples as the base.

They were inspired by some of the distress Tim Holtz style tags out and about.

I spread some white acrylic paint randomly across one face of it and embossed snowflakes in clear embossing powder, then went to town inking in blues.

I die cut the doe shape from inked aluminum tape

I inked a sentiment on the back - they are rather large, but I did make them with the intention of them being used as large gift tags.  They also inspired me to make a variety of them in a similar manner.

I posted more about it on my blog if anyone is interested.  What do you think?
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306  Leather butterfly choker in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Onyxnox on: October 22, 2013 05:37:32 AM
I made this for crazyda79 for the FOC Secret Swap this summer - 7 butterflies was something of personal meaning and significance to her so I made a butterfly themed package and really wanted to make a piece of jewelry for her.

I had a variety of leather pieces in different colours and textures, so I cut a variety of small pieces and embossed them with the wet embossing method I had used before.  I then die cut them into butterfly shapes.  To link them, I cut small holes and added eyelets and strung them together, with one dangling down in the center.  I used ribbon, so that she could vary the length of it - use it as a choker or let it hang at a longer necklace length.  Or it is long enough that it could be used as a belt too, if she wanted.

I posted some more about it in my blog. I quite like how it turned out - what do you think?
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307  Butterfly mobile in Completed Projects by Onyxnox on: October 22, 2013 05:19:41 AM
I made this in the summer for the FOC Secret Swap, for crazyda79.  Butterflies had special meaning for her and this came together rather organically.  I wanted to do something decorative with some butterfly images I had, but was not sure.  So I initially transferred the images onto muslin and played around with colouring them with chalk colours.  Then I cut them out and sewed them onto some quilting scraps I had.  I thought maybe I would try making a mini quilt, or decorating kitchen linens with them.  But then I layered them together and decided to make them focals on a mobile.  I had DH cut me the wood, and I sandwiched the images over ribbon and made danglers from denim with some creativity related words that I thought applied to butterflies (and Craftster members).  I was pretty happy how it turned out.

I posted about this earlier in the summer on my blog. If I do this again, I may play with the colours - I wanted something soft and was experimenting with a chalk palette, but I am not worried about the colours fading in the sun.
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308  Snow globe inspired Christmas ornament in Winter Holidays by Onyxnox on: October 22, 2013 04:58:25 AM
I made this recently for the OTT Holiday ornament swap, but unfortunately it did not make it intact in transit.

I took a glass ornament, and removed the topper/hanger.  I coloured it silver, and etched snowflakes around the ornament with etching cream.

I punched holes in the hanger and made a banner from shrink plastic, and letters and snowflakes also.  I coloured the banner and letters before shrinking, and cut in the holes too for the banner.  After shrinking, I glued the letters on, and tied some fine nylon thread onto the banner and secured it to the topper, as well as some of the larger snowflakes, so that when they were put into the ornament, they would dangle in the center.  Inside, I added some pearl and clear glass beads and some micro snowflakes made from shrink plastic.  I glued the topper on, and wrapped an piece of inked twill ribbon around it, which I stamped with a sentiment - Merry & Bright.  Finally, I made a curled hanger for the top with an 18 gauge wire that I hammered to add hardness and texture to.

I am very sad and sorry it did not make it Sad  This was actually an idea I had in my mind, for awhile, that come out again when pjr107 mentioned snow/snowflakes as a potential theme.
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309  Re: One Tiny Holiday Ornament Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Onyxnox on: October 22, 2013 04:44:52 AM
I love the variety of ornaments posted so far - great job guys!  Can't wait to see the rest!

I received from pjr107 yesterday, and she sent me three in total - and did a much better job packaging it then I did!

A polymer clay St. Nick - love that he looks like a vintage European style St. Nick.

And the brown fluffy bit in the back that looks like it could be a teddy bear?  That's the hanger!

I love the bright blue eyes - they really pop.

Also these two ornaments - a chenille bump reindeer, and a SuperPickle.

How do I know he is SuperPickle?  Why, the cape of course!

Thank you pjr107!  Thanks also to mink_bikini, and spidermom for organizing this swap too. 
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310  Re: Paper and Ephemera Swap Round 10 - sign-up to Oct 27 send-out Nov. 18 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Onyxnox on: October 22, 2013 04:31:40 AM
Can I change to a needer?

LOL - I was thinking that too. 

I want to add some things to my stash that I can offer too - I also have a lot of cigar tubes and now some great tins that I can share - good for storing micro bits of goodies (I use some of the clear tubes for storing beads, and for storing some of my blades on handles that have lost covers), or for altering and decorating.  An ex business partner of DH's used to smoke the mini cigars and used the tins for nails, screws, etc, and DH was throwing them out, so I grabbed them - I can't believe he did not think of giving them me!

It has a nice graphic on the front that I may consider cutting out and using in a pendant collage, but I am definitely keeping some as part of my future plan to make an altered tin magnetic advent calender.
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