Make a stamp, stamp a cross stitch

By Dawn Lewis

Materials

Grid paper

Pencil with an eraser on the end

Craft Knife

Inkpads – white, orange, light blue and black

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Instructions

On a scrap of grid paper, draw a cross, from corner to corner in a single grid space with the pencil.

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Centre the pencil eraser over the cross and press down firmly.

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This will transfer the image to the eraser … now you have your pattern!

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Use the craft knife to cut away the parts of the eraser between the lines (the negative space), about 2mm deep.

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Use your finger to rub away any pencil that is left on your new eraser stamp.

Lightly mark your grid paper in the top and left margin at 10 and then 20 grids.  This helps with placement.

Ink up your cross stamp with white ink (I used Stampin’ Up Whisper White), and stamp a cross in every white square of the chart.  Re-ink after each cross has been stamped.

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When all the white crosses are done, clean your stamp by tapping onto a piece of scrap paper until no more ink comes off.  Resist the urge to rub it clean, as you will wear away your design.

Ink up your stamp with light blue ink (I used Stampin’ Up Bashful Blue) and stamp all the background grid spaces.  Note: I did this after I stamped with orange, and you can see which blue stamp in the bottom line (centre) was contaminated with orange ink.  Clean stamp.

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Ink up the stamp with orange ink (I used Stampin’ Up Really Rust) and stamp all the orange fox grid spaces. Clean stamp.

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Ink up the stamp with black ink (I used Memento Tuxedo Black) and stamp the black grid spaces. Clean stamp.

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Cut out your design and use it on a card, artwork or just frame it!

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Here’s my inspiration for my stamped fox
http://diyfascination.com/2014/02/14/cloud-regali-di-pasqua-cross-stitch-fox/

Here are some free fox cross stitch charts that our readers might like to try:
Here are some Etsy finds :

Felt Fox

By Marni Franks

Materials

A4 sheet of orange acrylic felt

Scraps of white and black acrylic felt

5 different ribbons, trim, ricrac (15cm each)

White, black, green, brown and orange thread

DMC embroidery thread black 310

Toy fill

Cardboard

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Tools

Sewing machine with zipper foot

Scissors

Pins

Sewing needle

Stuffing tool (plastic chopstick)

Optional: Fray stop or lighter

Finished size

17.5cm tall

Method

Print out your pattern sheet onto your cardboard. Cut out each piece carefully.

Place the fox body onto the orange felt, pin and cut out one body piece.  Remove the pins and place the body piece down on the felt again, placing the tail piece as well. Juggle to fit the pieces BEFORE you cut them out.

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Place the face and tail tip piece on the white felt, pin and cut out.

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Place the nose piece on the black felt, pin and then cut out.

Assembly

Pin the face pieces to the body. Use the photograph as a guide for placement.

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Ribbons

Pin your ribbons across the front body section. Thread up the machine with the matching thread colours and stitch them down. Trim the ribbons down to match the curve of the body. Run a small amount of fray stop along the edges of the ribbons or melt them with the lighter to stop continual fraying.

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Back to the face pieces, adjust them if needed, thread up your sewing machine with the white thread and the zipper foot. Stitch slowly around the shape, starting and ending at the tip (the reverse stitches will be covered by the nose). Turn your work as needed to get even stitches around the curves.

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Mark the eyes on the face pieces. Thread your sewing needle with two strands of black DMC thread and stitch a single line stitch, going over it two or three times. Tie off and trim the excess thread.

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Pin the tail tip to the tail and stitch in the same manner, except leave the thread tails. Pull the threads to the back and tie in a reef knot to secure.

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Thread the machine with the black thread and stitch the nose piece on, leaving the thread tails. Pull the threads to the back and tie in a reef knot to secure.

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Thread the machine with the orange thread. Pin the completed tail piece onto the back body piece and stitch on, leaving the thread tails. Pull the threads to the back and tie in a reef knot to secure.

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Pin the body pieces together right sides out. Starting at the bottom left hand curve of the fox stitch all the way around as close to the edge as you can, finishing at the same spot on the right hand side curve.

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Stuff the fox firmly with toy fill, using the chopstick to push the stuffing into the ears and face tuffs. Pin the opening closed and stitch closed on the machine.

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Your fox is ready!

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NOTE: You can always hand sew this project if you don’t have a sewing machine or prefer handwork. Simply use DMC threads to stitch the pieces on.  :)

Woodland Truffles

These easy peasy chocolate treats have only 3 ingredients, all from Aldi.

by Mel Alce

Ingredients

2 packs Oreos (260g)

1 tub spreadable lite cream cheese, 250g

1 box Choco Balls
Method – Thermomix
Place oreos into the bowl and blitz at speed 5 for 4 seconds.
Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix on reverse at speed 3 for 15 seconds.  Scrape down the sides, and process a further 5-10 seconds on reverse at speed 3, until combined.
Place the mixture into a bowl.
Take a teaspoon of mixture and use wet hands to roll into walnut sized balls.
Drop the rolled mixture into a bowl of Choco Balls and press them all over the surface of the ball.

Place on a tray or plate, cover and refrigerate for an hour, or until the centre is firm.

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NOTE: The longer you store these in the fridge, the softer the coating becomes.

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And if you don’t have a Thermomix…

Method – Food processor

Place oreos into the food processor and pulse until they have a crumb consistency.
Add the cream cheese and process until combined.
Remove the blade from the food processor.
Take a teaspoon of mixture and use wet hands to roll into walnut sized balls.
Drop the rolled mixture into a bowl of Choco Balls and press them all over the surface of the ball.
Place on a tray or plate, cover and refrigerate for an hour, or until the centre is firm.
OPTION: Use other things to coat the mixture, like coco pops for a smaller coating, dip in melted chocolate (refrigerate centres first), cocoa powder, rice bubbles, coconut … let your imagination run wild!

Fox Pouch

by Dawn Lewis

This handpainted pouch has a lot of possibilities.

I used an amazing tutorial I found at http://www.noodle-head.com/2012/06/open-wide-zippered-pouch-diy-tutorial.html

I used fabric panels 10” x 7”, and used really long zippers I had bought at a local discount store super cheap.  I cut them down to a more manageable size, and used a scrap of the lining fabric as the zip stop.

The painted design is inspired by a gorgeous little fox I found on Pinterest.

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Materials

Jo Sonja acrylic paint – Norwegian Orange

Jo Sonja acrylic paint – Carbon Black

Jo Sonja acrylic paint – Titanium White

Jo Sonja medium – Textile Medium

#2 Round Brush

10/0 Liner Brush

Pencil

Paint palette

Water jar

Light Box or bright window and sticky tape

Method

Place the Line drawing on the light box or tape to the window.  Place one piece of the outer fabric from your pouch pattern over the fox pattern. Ensure it is centred. Trace the design onto the fabric lightly with the pencil.

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Place a small dob of each paint colour on your palette.

Mix in Textile medium according to the directions on the bottle.

Block the head and outer ears Norwegian Orange, using the round brush.  You may require more than one coat for full coverage.

Block the muzzle and inner ears Titanium White, using the round brush.  You may require more than one coat for full coverage.

Use the liner brush to paint Titanium white dashed lines from the centre of the nose to the top centre of the head.

Block the nose Carbon Black using the liner brush.

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Outline the entire design Carbon Black using the liner brush.

Use the other end of the liner brush, dip into Carbon Black, and dot the eyes into place.

When the eyes are dry, pick up a tiny bit of Titanium White on your liner brush, and dot the highlights into the fox’s eyes.

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Allow to dry overnight.  Place a piece of scrap cloth over the painted design and press with a hot iron.  This will heat set your painted design, allowing the bag to be washed.

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Remember, you can paint this fox design onto anything you like.  If it is fabric, include the fabric medium.  If it is something like a canvas, box or diary, omit the textile medium.

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