Monthly Archives: February 2011


A rainy day watercolour

There’s an old lady who lives nearby and who wears the most vivid, the most colourful and most wonderful rainbow-coloured stripey tights! The rest of her clothes are ‘normal’ and conservative but the legs sticking out from the bottom of her mid-calf coats and dresses are rainbows. I love that she must just like them and doesn’t give a hoot about whether Victoria Beckham designed them or Cheryl Cole recommends them or Expose is showcasing them – or not! She just likes them. To be that comfortable in your own skin is a joy and a blessing so rock on lady! A friend’s little girl calls her Lulu Lollylegs which suits her perfectly. I hope that one day I will enjoy lollipop legs, too.

I mentioned that I am trying my hand at painting with watercolours? I am LOVING it.  Spent a couple of evenings sketching and painting and find it so relaxing.  I said I’d show my better pieces – well here is the first (only!)  one I was pleased with.  It’s a wet into wet technique which basically means letting the paints diffuse across and around the wet paper. It is loose and unstructured which is obviously very different from designing cut files in Illustrator.   Hope you like!


House shaped!

Happiness IS house shaped. I’m getting into spring colours now and loving the sunshine yellows and vibrant greens that are emerging.  I’m busier than a one legged man in an ar*e kicking competition (love that quote – Dolly Parton – Straight Talk)  at the moment but it’s all good. Except for a pile of ironing that now qualifies as a geographical landmark. That’s not good but I’m doing my best to ignore it. I’ve identified this ability to ignore unpleasantries like it as a strength.  I know it’s a strength because I can happily ignore other pressing (no pun intended) domestic issues of the mop, vac and duster types which means it’s a portable skill and is generalisable across many areas. This mastery has been achieved with very little effort so I’m obviously a natural. My CV will be updated shortly with more details.



I have been admiring the many rocker and sidestep cards around at the moment and combined the two together to make a sweet rocking sidestep card (I can hear ‘that’s a rocking good way to mess around and fall in love’ in my head as I type this… I haven’t got a clue who sang it – it’s kind of cheesey but kind of cute too… it was on the radio in the car the other day… ).

Maybe it’s a sidestep card too many or you’ve already made your own – there are so many variations of these that you may be fed up with the same-old same-old but I’ll ask around and might upload the cut file later on today.

Anyhoo, off to do some watercolour painting. It’s an area I want to develop and gets me away from the computers – I will scan in a couple of my best bits (there aren’t many!) and show you  them too.

The sun is shining and I can feel it in my bones that today is going to be a wonderful day. Hope yours is too.

Circlesidestep GSD (€ [price])

Circlesidestep SVG (€ [price])

3D, Boxes and Packets

Birdbox bonanza

Little birdbox templates are popping up like mushrooms all over the place so I thought I’d post mine so you have another one to enjoy. These are fun to make and look so sweet and pretty. Cut two in contrasting papers and dress them up like a tea party.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. You’ll see there is a little hole in the roof should you want to thread something through to hang them up. If I glue the strips of lacy topping on the roof I make sure to thread the ribbon or whatever through first to avoid sticking the lace immediately around it.

I really wanted to find a set of ‘3D’ shoe buttons to stand my birdbox on but couldn’t find anything like so had to settle for painted wooden beads instead. If only I had found some shoes then I could have called it ‘New Shoes’. Nevermind, the beads look cute and the birds from the Singing Tree came down to have a look. At least, I think they were just looking… it is spring and their thoughts do turn to other things than food…

Hope you like it.

Birdbox gsd (€ [price])

Birdbox SVG (€ [price])

Please check the cutlines and folds. In Illustrator I use two colours: blue for folds and black for cuts (in this case) but once it’s been converted to a .GSD  there are four colours. It is fairly obvious which are which but do check before you send it to cut.


Office bllocks

Today was  lovely. We went walking on the beach and the sun shone and the sea was blue and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. There was a sale on at our local shoe shop (we have a couple of streets with shops, all local businesses, no big names at all except for one very small supermarket). Anyhoo,  I got a really nice pair of dark red leather flatties that will look good with straight jeans. Half price. Very chuffed. I can’t stand the Walking on Sunshine by Martha Muffet and the Marshmallows or whoever it is but it sprang to mind. Funnily enough, I had two ear worms this whole week. One has the line ‘Sometimes when we touch, the honesty’s too much’  – I have no idea who is responsible for that dreary bit of rubbish but it has been in my head like an attention seeking little grub all week and has been very irritating. The other is ‘A kiss from a Rose’ by Seal which is quite nice but I keep finding myself ‘La la la la la la la-ing’ and that gets irritating too!

I should have been getting on with making a card for Valentine’s day but, following a chat with somebody about Office Speak, got sidetracked… those pithy epithets, aphorisms and appropriations that become senior management  talk and get somehow passed off as meaningful language tickled me.

It got me thinking. I was going to make an accordion card with robots holding hands and hearts for Valentine’s day but changed the idea into corporate office block-type buildings instead….. and why not cut them out of paper that had been  typed up with the usual  bits of conversations that make up a typical office working environment. So that’s what I did. Some are things I’ve laughed at in situ or raised eyebrows and smirked across desks in meeting rooms with others at some piece of lollo rosso rhetoric chucked in for colour and decoration but serving no other useful function.

So, I am giving you the pdf of some fairly typical software department type office speak sprinkled with Dilbert and Gus (Drop the Dead Donkey) dressings with  a pinch of the IT Crowd here and there for good measure. Some you will recognise – isn’t there always a collection or a sponsor me for my favourite charity email?

It’s a bit of fun so I hope you enjoy reading it – including the typos. I printed a sheet of A4 both sides for the card, btw.

I’m also giving you the GSD for the office building card which is quite cool and lends itself nicely for all sorts of occasions.





Many Thanks to Obsidian Dawn for the Fairy ABR

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