Colour Chart

Unbranded stamp coloured in

I have used the following Promarkers:

  • Moss
  • Pear Green
  • Grey Green
  • Tea Green
  • Ice Grey 4
  • Lavender
  • Warm Grey 2
  • Tan
  • Dusky Pink
  • Satin

The stamp is another from my local craft shop (unknown brand). If anyone does know the brand or designer, please let me know; they are fabulous quality and great to colour.

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Stamping Sunday

Unbranded stamp

This morning we have sleet and snow, so I’m staying in with some stamping and colouring.

This is the first time I’ve used the image above and I’m very pleased with how she has turned out. The stamp is unbranded, and I got her from a local shop where they sell some good value crafting materials. I like to shop local when I can, and support small business owners.

I have stamped her onto Ryman white card (I’ve almost run out of supplies 😳) with Expresso Truffle Memento ink. I prefer brown ink to black ink for outlines. I then coloured her very simply as follows:

Hair – Sandstone

Skin – Blush

Clothing – Apple, Buttercup, Pink Carnation, Lavender and a touch of Putty for some shadows

Flower – Pink Carnation, Lavender and Putty

She is going on a card later. The main image comes with some accent stamps and a sentiment, but I’m not sure I will use them all on one card.

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Asymmetric Knitted Neckwarmer

Craft Owl neckwarmer

I am a newbie knitter. I spent January watching YouTube, trying to remember the basics my Mum taught me when I was little, and getting great support from a knitting group on Facebook.

I amazed myself that I could follow knitting patterns and actually finish something. The first item I made was a cute baby hat with a top knot.

Then I went freestyle and I made a doll.

This weekend I have completed a neckwarmer, freestyle again!

Here’s a basic outline of how I made it:

I used 2 strands of dk yarn together, and 7.5mm needles.

I started the piece by using the corner to corner method. That means that you cast on one stitch, and then increase by one stitch at the beginning of each subsequent row. I have used garter stitch, firstly because it is just knit stitch every row, making it nice and simple, and secondly because the texture makes it feel even more cosy.

I stopped increasing when my knitting got to about 7 inches wide. I continued making the rows all the same until my knitting was about 36 inches long (including the point). That was long enough to go around my neck with an overlap for the buttons.

Bind off your last row and you have a straight edge.

Fold over your neckwarmer so that the point almost meets the straight edge at the bottom corner. Sew on two buttons and make button loops from crochet chain stitch.

I put a stitch in at the bottom as well, to help the neckwarmer stay in shape. That does mean that I have to pull the neckwarmer over my head and that the buttons are only for decoration. If I had a third button to match I could’ve used that instead. This was just a trial piece and I will make another one with three buttons.

I hope you have found this easy to follow. As I said, I’m a newbie and I’ve not written a pattern before.

Please ask me questions if you would like me to explain more. Let me know if you try my pattern for yourself, and please link back to me if you share. Many thanks!

Neckwarmer by Craft Owl

Note: the stripes are because I used up odds and ends of yarn – so this would be a great stash buster.

First Cards of 2018

I was lucky towards the end of last year because I won some goodies from Trimcraft.

Last weekend I made a batch of cards using some of the new papers. All except one were quick cards made with die cuts.

I posted them on my Instagram account using the Ripl app.

The final one of the batch was made so that I could add a stamped and coloured topper later on. Usually I stamp and colour the topper first, but I thought I’d try some new methods this year. It worked well I thought. The original card had yellow perfect pearls along the lace border, but they dried flat unfortunately, so, I made a border of paper flowers instead. This is part of my plan to use up my stash this year.

The downside to all this stash busting is that it’s going to make the cards a bit thick and heavy for posting!

Please let me know what you think.

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Red and Pink Christmas

I made this card today for a friend who loves red and pink. The paper is Christmas paper from one of the Trimcraft collections. I don’t have the name. The spotty paper is unknown.

I am not very good at sticking things on straight, and I’ve got round this problem by deliberately sticking them on wonky. I’ve distressed the edges by rubbing the blade of my scissors up and down. I inked the edges with gold.

The die cuts are Sue Wilson and Sizzix. The image is LOTV, coloured with Promarkers.

I used some thick embossing powder to add some texture and detail. I tried sprinkling it on and heating it from underneath and it worked quite well. I also dabbed the edges with embossing ink and then used the same embossing powder. Finally I tried adding embossing ink with a random texture stamp and that was ok but I preferred the effect from just sprinkling it.

Not the best photograph as by the time I had finished it was dark outside. I didn’t want to wait until the morning to blog because hopefully I will be making new things tomorrow.

Please let me know what you think.

LOTV James Bear

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