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Cosy knits This gorgeous hot water bottle cover is knitted in THE most amazingly soft yarn. Julie Ferguson shows you howâ€Ś
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MATERIALS For all projects ♥ West Yorkshire Spinners Blue Faced Leicester Aran yarn: ♥ Yarn A: Ecru –100g ♥ Yarn B: Lavender – 50g ♥ Yarn C: Wild Rose – 50g ♥ Yarn D: Catkin – 50g ♥ 5mm needles ♥ tapestry needle Tension ♥ 18 sts x 24 rows over 10cm in St st Finished size ♥ 26cm long x 20cm wide (collar 20cm – folded over to 10cm) Cost to make ♥ £20.55
SIMPLY MAKE Front Using Yarn A and 5mm needles, cast on 33 sts. Knit 1 row. Work in St st and increase 1 st at each end of the next 5 rows. 43 sts Continue in st st and follow the Chart from Row 1 to Row 58. Continue in st st and Yarn A. Dec 1 st at each end of the next 4 rows. 35 sts Next Row: * K2, p2, repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2 p1. Repeat last row until rib collar measures 20cm. Cast oﬀ. Back Using Yarn A and 5mm needles, cast on 33 sts. Knit 1 row. Work in St st and increase 1 st at each end of the next 5 rows. 43 sts Continue in St st, in the following stripe sequence: Yarn B – 3 rows Yarn A – 1 row Yarn C – 3 rows Yarn A – 1 row Yarn D – 3 rows
Yarn A – 1 row Yarn B – 6 rows Yarn A – 1 row Yarn C – 7 rows Yarn A – 1 row Yarn D – 5 rows Yarn A – 1 row Yarn B – 5 rows Yarn A – 1 row Yarn C – 5 rows Yarn A – 1 row Yarn D – 6 rows Yarn A – 1 row Continue in St st and Yarn A and decrease 1 st at each end of the next 4 rows. 35 sts Next Row: * K2, p2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1. Repeat last row until rib collar measures 20cm. Cast oﬀ. Finishing: Sew in the ends. Sew up the side seams and along the bottom seam.
WHERE TO BUY West Yorkshire Spinners Blue Faced Leicester Aran yarn is available from www.wyspinners.com
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BY ANGIE PARKINS
Angie Parkins takes inspiration from the great outdoors to create an array of stylish stationery designs
The countryside has always been inspiring for artists, poets and sculptors alike; there are hundreds of thousands of paintings and other works of art depicting country scenes. With rolling hills and beautiful tree formations, countryside scenes are always well received. It is possible to scale down the great outdoors and squeeze it into the
smaller conﬁnes of the craft world. There are an inﬁnite number of stamps, stencils, printed papers and other materials out there that can be used to create beautiful countrysidethemed projects, as the cards and gift ideas shown here demonstrate. For these designs I have used a combination of Distress Ink, stamps, embossing powders, string and neutral-coloured cardstock, along with a
selection of handmade stamps and masks for creating hills and clouds to tie in perfectly with the countryside theme that runs throughout. IN DISTRESS Distress Ink and crackle paints make great naturallooking backgrounds – the cracked, split ﬁnish that they create can be manipulated to emulate unique bark and leaf patterns, providing a good
base on which to build your project. Creating your own country scenery oﬀers the opportunity for your projects to be tailored easily to suit both males and females, and a range of occasions. Changing the colour palette you use to reﬂect the seasons is stunningly eﬀective – try creating a scene using autumnal oranges and reds and then create the same scene with blues and
whites and a hint of glitter to create a wonderful winter setting If you feel inspired by these projects and would like to take the country theme a little further you could consider using items from the area around you to enhance your craft projects. Why not use a small group of leaves as a card topper or incorporate twigs and pressed ﬂowers into your designs for a feminine touch?
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Wallet with letter paper & envelopes
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MATERIALS kraft cardstock ivory cardstock Baja Breeze Stampin’ Up! inkpad Peeled Paint Ranger Distress Ink VersaMark Watermark inkpad clear embossing powder string fun foam (to make the stamps) 6 ivory envelopes TOOLS heat tool for embossing eyelet setting tool 4 large eyelets acrylic block templates on pages 12 & 16
TO MAKE THE FOLDER Cut kraft cardstock to create 7” squares. Score and fold as instructed on the template on page 16 and adhere them back to back. Make the leaf stamp from fun foam using the template on page 12 and use it to stamp and emboss on both sides of the folder. (To make the stamp, transfer the leaf design onto fun foam and cut out. Repeat four times onto spare fun foam. Layer the leaves on top of each other to create one thick leaf. Attach your newly-created foam stamp to an acrylic block.) To emboss, press the stamp into the Watermark inkpad and stamp the impression onto cardstock. Sprinkle the design with embossing powder and shake oﬀ any excess. Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder. Set the eyelets as shown on the template and tie with string. Cut a 6x83⁄4” rectangle from kraft cardstock and adhere to the top of the front of the folder.
TO MAKE THE LETTER PAPER Cut a piece of ivory cardstock to A5 size.
Make a mask for the hill and sponge using green ink as shown.
Create several small and large tree and tree trunk stamps from fun foam (see Step 2 of the Folder instructions for how to create the stamps), using the templates on page 12. Stamp a large tree, mask over it and stamp a small tree as shown. Make a scalloped circle from scrap paper using the template on page 12 and use this as a mask to create the clouds. Sponge the edges of the clouds using the Baja Breeze inkpad. Repeat steps 1-5 to create all the paper, and stamp the envelopes as desired.
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WHERE TO BUY For Stampin’Up! products visit www.stampinup.co.uk Ranger Distress Ink and paints are available from www.afth.co.uk VersaMark inkpads are available from www.handyhippo.co.uk Heat tools for embossing are available from www.craftydevilspaper craft.co.uk The Stampendous! Foliate Quad cube stamp is available from www.cheddarstamper.co.uk
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Post-it note holder
MATERIALS kraft and ivory cardstock Peeled Paint Ranger Distress Ink cereal box string fun foam (to make the stamps) 3x3” Post-it notepad magnetic snaps clear embossing powder strong adhesive TOOLS ™ heat tool
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SIMPLY MAKE Trim a piece of kraft cardstock to measure 11x4”. Place the Post-it notes on the cardstock and score and fold the cardstock to create a folder eﬀect around the Post-it notes. Attach pieces of card cut from the cereal box to the inside of each of the newly formed sides to strengthen them. Apply strong adhesive to the folds to secure.
Templates shown actual size
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Adhere magnets to the inside of both of the outer ﬂaps. Cut ivory cardstock to measure 10x3”, decorate using green ink and adhere to the inside of the note holder. Fold the scored edges of the holder and attach the Post-it notes inside. Decorate a piece of ivory cardstock and adhere it to the smaller, front ﬂap. Stamp and emboss a tree, cut it out and aﬃx to the front of the folder. Stamp ‘notes’ onto ivory cardstock, cut out the individual letters and aﬃx to the front of the folder as shown. Punch holes in the spine and tie with string to ﬁnish.
Leaf Mark onto fun foam with a fine embossing tool
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Thank you card
See wallet folder instructions on page 11 for how to make your own stamps
™ kraft and ivory cardstock ™ VersaMark Watermark inkpad ™ Peeled Paint Ranger
Create an A6 mountainfold card blank from kraft cardstock. Stamp the card using a homemade ﬂower stamp and Watermark inkpad. Cut a strip of ivory cardstock and decorate using green ink. Prick the long edges of the strip using the paper piercer and adhere to the card front. Stamp and cut out large and small ﬂowers and leaves. Adhere these to the card front as shown.
™ string ™ fun foam (to make the stamps) ™ Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
clear stamps TOOLS ™ paper piercer ™ large-end embossing tool
Create a banner from a strip of ivory cardstock, add your sentiment and ﬁx in place.
Stationery box MATERIALS
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inkpad Peeled Paint Ranger Distress Ink fun foam (to make the stamps) small pen hemp Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes stamps Stampendous! Foliate Cube stamp 4x4” envelopes acetate foam pads TOOLS large eyelets Stampin’ Up! Word and New Label punch EK Success tag punch templates on page 12 & 15
SIMPLY MAKE Using the box template on page 29 and kraft cardstock, cut, score, fold and ﬁx the box base together. Create the box inserts using the template and adhere to the inside of the box base. Punch and stamp the tags from ivory cardstock. Punch holes and thread with hemp as shown. Create ivory and kraft cardstock labels. Adhere using foam pads.
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Create card blanks measuring 33⁄4x71⁄2 “ from kraft cardstock to go in the box. Decorate the card blanks using torn strips of stamped ivory cardstock as shown. Create the ﬂower stamps using the template on page 26. Stamp the ﬂowers using Mustard and Rust ink onto ivory cardstock. Cut out and use to embellish the cards.
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Create the lid for the box following the instructions on page 29. Cut an aperture in the lid and adhere a piece of acetate as shown. Fit the lid around the base of the box and adhere, ensuring it is a good ﬁt. Create the wrap to go round the box from an 11x1” strip of decorated ivory cardstock. Cut oﬀ the corners to make points, set the eyelets and then tie with string to ﬁnish.
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Thanks card MATERIALS
™ kraft A5 cardstock ™ ivory & brown cardstock ™ Hero Arts Everyday Sayings clear stamps
™ VersaMark Watermark inkpad ™ Peeled Paint Ranger Distress inkpad
™ Baja Breeze & Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Up! inkpads
™ fun foam (to make the stamps) ™ string TOOLS
™ scalloped circle punch ™ sponge ™ templates on page 12
SIMPLY MAKE Fold the A5 kraft cardstock in half to create a side-fold card blank. Trim the ivory cardstock to measure 5x33⁄4”.
Notebook & pen MATERIALS
™ 4x41⁄2” notebook ™ kraft & ivory cardstock ™ Really Rust & Mustard Stampin’ Up! inkpads
™ Stampendous! Foliate Quad Cube stamp
™ pen/pencil & notebook TOOLS
™ 5⁄8” circle punch ™ small scalloped punch ™ corner-rounder punch
SIMPLY MAKE Cut a piece of kraft cardstock to measure 11x55⁄8” and score at 31⁄8”, 3 3 ⁄8”, 71⁄2” and 73⁄4”. Fold along all the scored lines, round the corners using the punch and adhere the notebook to the inside of the folded cardstock. Cut ivory cardstock to ﬁt inside the ﬂaps. Stamp using the Cube stamp and adhere to the inside ﬂaps of the notebook.
Punch a 5⁄8” diameter circle from the front left ﬂap. Cut a 11x1⁄2”strip of ivory cardstock, and stamp and buﬀ the edges. Adhere this strip to the outside of the notebook, starting at the punched circle and then all around the cover to the right-hand edge. Form a loop to ﬁt through the punched hole. (The loop should be big enough to accommodate your pen or pencil.) Punch a small circle from ivory cardstock and punch a scalloped circle big enough to accommodate the small ivory circle. Adhere over the punched hole in the left front ﬂap.
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Cut a mask to create a hill shape at the bottom of the card front, mask oﬀ the area and apply green ink using a sponge. Change the position of the mask to form another hill, and repeat the sponging process. Stamp and emboss the trees using the masking technique to create the illusion of perspective. Punch a scalloped circle and, using it as a mask, sponge with blue ink to create clouds. Create a bird stamp using the template on page 26 and stamp in brown ink. Stamp the sentiment in the bottom-left corner using brown ink. Matt the image onto brown cardstock and adhere to the front of the card. Embellish with string along the spine to ﬁnish.
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