Monthly Archives: October 2011

Digi stuff

Free 2012 Photoshop / PSE Calendar Brushes

It’s pouring down here. I know this is Ireland but real paddy fields belong in the far east.  Roads are flooded. Visibility is very poor and it sounds like a team of carpenters are hammering on the roof.  A very unpleasant day. Damp, dark and dismally chilly.

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby”.
Langston Hughes


I noticed the words ‘With extracts of 100% natural origin’ on the hand soap I keep in the bathroom. It made me think. WTH does that mean? Does it mean that the best part of the soap is man-made, ie, synthetically manufactured in a lab somewhere with chemical compounds?  Is there a range of ‘natural’? And why is something designated as natural somehow perceived as being beneficial or better for you than something manufactured from synthesised ingredients and chemicals? For example, there is cyanide in apple pips. Deadly nightshade – belladonna – grows wild, is natural but isn’t safe to eat. Fly agaric and other fungi….. you get the picture. Natural does not automatically confer a ‘goodness’ to a product. I think they’re using honest-to goodness manure in their marketing.  The phrase is totally meaningless and dreamed up by some ‘clever’ marketing person who thinks we’re a bit hard of thinking and can fool us all.

Well, the Presidential election takes place this Thursday – at long last. It seems to have gone on forever. Poor Dana is bottom of the polls but is soldiering on though I think she let all the air out of her campaign with that mysterious tyre blow-out story. She’s had her tyres forensically examined for any evidence of  sabotage, but there was nothing to give the media anything to write home about. Certainly nothing to blow out of proportion and overshadow the Danagate sex scandal.

And talking of bad-mouthing… There’s an ad on the tele – a supermarket chain in the UK is offering life cover to the over 50s… a woman (done up (down?)  to look like Wendolene from Wallace and Gromit)  is pushing her trolley around the said supermarket (clue: anagram of SADA)  and chatting happily about the benefits…la la la… don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the inside of her mouth looks black! Like she’s been stuffing liquorice allsorts. Very strange.

Anyhow, have posted three different font sets of 2012 calendar brushes for you. All high res and can be used with PS, PSE and possibly other packages.  They’ll give you a chance to make little Christmas giveaways of calendars quickly and easily. You can dress them up with pretty swirly brushes and stamps to make your gifts extra special.

Download here – they’re free – just register to download:

2012 Calendar Brushes

I hope they’re useful to you.

Bye for now, Hel x


3D, Boxes and Packets

Rainy Day text effect

Or so we thought! Glad to see the sun has got his hat on today! Today’s graphic is based on a tutorial posted on Spoonbloggraphics (

Firstly, a big birthday shout out to The Twist – Bobo – Yogi… he knows who he is! I have dressed all my fingers up especially for your birthday! Remember that? I have the original somewhere and I’ll try to find it and scan in for you. Big hugs and love to you! x x x

Right! Off to do some wii fitness and maybe a little more Zumba! Give my yuggly wumps the jiggly bumps!

Cards, Pop Ups, Toppers and Embellishments

Rainy days are here again

Well, nothing unusual in that – this IS Ireland! But, it’s not something to be downcast about. Ireland is lush and green, thanks to the frequent rainfall. And our dairy produce is second to none! So, we have to remember that every drop of rain that falls from the sky is a rainbow in disguise! Just colour me happy!

Holeeee Moleee… what about Fauja Singh?! This chap took up running when he was ninety (yes, 90!) after his wife and child were killed in a car crash – was or is there a truer example of this maxim: Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass.. it is about learning to dance in the rain (unknown) than this man?!

Now 100 years old, he has become the world’s oldest marathon runner after finishing a race in Canada. Fauja Singh, from Ilford, east London, ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16  seconds. WOW! A HUNDRED! No excuses for the rest of us  now!

Mr Singh said: “The secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, stay smiling and keep running.” So, in the words of Rosamunde Pilcher : You don’t stop doing things because you get old. You get old because you stop doing things.

What an inspiration! I love his philosophy (but not the running). Well done Mr Singh and I hope you have many happy years before you. And time to stop looking for storm clouds hiding behind trees. They’re not there. Don’t go courting misery.

Made me stop and think what simple things make me thank the universe for making me happy. Something I really enjoy is to get into a freshly made bed after I’ve had a shower. Clean feet on clean sheets is what REALLY clinches it for me. That is just ten-little-piggies heaven.

And comedy. I love comedy. And science fiction.  But especially comedy. I love to laugh. It’s good for you, you know!  So a couple of watery things to make you laugh:

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
Mitch Hedberg

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
Mitch Hedberg

Ha ha!

Now, to all creatures great and small… well, just butterflies really …


Papercraft Butterflies

Now. Butterflies. I have a BIG thing about them. Creatures so lovely, so pretty and so oodly doodly….

Here are some I made with the C R. I cut out several in various sizes then stitched them on card using a basic machine  stitch. I printed out the ‘Thinking of You’ and cut it with ordinary schnipps (scissors! ha ha) and stitched that down, too. The antennae are pinchy-poo lengths of craft wire curled round using little round-nosed pliers.

And the inside…

I made a LOT of butterflies…. so used a bunch to decorate the inside of the card. They are mounted on a stepped mat so they pop up when the card is opened. The beauty of a plain stepped pop up is that you can attach anything you like to decorate the steps – flowers, birds, hearts, butterflies…. well, anything!

If you like them, they’re here – just 3 euro for the butterfly and the stepped mat together. All payments are received through Pay Pal and it will perform the currency conversion for you. The files will be sent to you via email when your payment is received.

Butterfly topper and pop-up stepped mat SVG (€ [price])

Butterfly topper and pop-up stepped mat GSD (€ [price])

Thank you for looking and on a final note:
Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
Groucho Marx


Have fun and find something to make you laugh and make you happy!


Many Thanks to eRiQ for the water droplets texture image




Card and pretty mat backing

Hello to the lot of yers!

The weekend is here again and it’s nice to relax and mosey around for a couple of days doing bits of this and that… like giving the cakes a quick tipple of brandy. I keep trying to avoid the big C word but really I’m starting to get excited.

Obviously, Halloween is the next big fun day on the calendar. It’s been a big event in the US, forever,  so it seems, and didn’t used to be such a big deal over here but that’s changing and it’s getting bigger year on year.  We don’t have much in the way of tricking but the treating side is fun. I always get left with a load of sweets though cos you never know if the last lot of callers really was the LAST lot! Got to remember though, little pickers wear big knickers … Bleh.

Anyway, October is a month of birthdays for me, including a couple in the UK. I finished this card this morning and need to get to the shop for some stamps and get it on its way over the Irish Sea (though, I guess there’s no hurry – we don’t have any post on a Saturday).  The stamp is one of my favourite the Lily of the Valley range, blinged up with a little Clear Star Sakura pen and white sugar glitter.

I like to line my cards as well and find that basic printer paper, 80 – 90gsm, does the job beautifully.

You’ll recognise the Pure Innocence girl (I think it’s called Looking Up) . I have her as a digital image (I’ve converted ALL my rubber stamps to ABR brushes now so I have the best of both worlds). I’m not sure if the tree is a free ABR  or a stamp I’ve converted… if you know, tell me so I can give due credit please!

The kite string was duplicated with one being converted to a path so I could type directly onto it (Illustrator). I used a scalloped guillotine cutter to trim the lining to size and applied some glue to the folded crease in the middle and stuck it in place. Job Done!

I’m selling the green mat you can see on the card front here. Usual formats – SVG and GSD. They will be emailed to you as soon as your payment is received via Paypal. Prices are in Euro and Paypal will convert to your currency.

Mat SVG (€ [price])
Mat GSD (€ [price])

There is actually an additional mat with a cut out scalloped edging included for free – not pictured here but it’s nice enough and they’re always useful.

Thank you for looking,  have a good day!


Cards, Pop Ups

Pop-up Butterfly Card insert

In many cultures butterflies are symbolic of the souls of the dead. The chrysalis stage is but a a soul trapped inside a physical body and it is death that gives freedom to the soul and lets it fly free. Butterflies represent transformation, new life and great changes with the freedom to finally be as we are meant to be and give free expression to the soul. In the western world, butterflies also symbolise fun and joy of being.

So thinking of my little ginger man, old and frail when he passed, I hope his spirit is free and he is my little golden tiger again. I keep wondering where he is. Where did he go? Where do any of us go?


The Thread of Life

It brought to mind the three Moirae from Greek mythology. It was believed that the Moirae appeared on the third night following the birth of a child; their purpose was to allocate the length of life for each child. The three were Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.

Clotho ~ spun the thread of life itself.

Lachesis ~  carried a special measure to determine the length of the thread. This  length was a direct analogue to the life span alloted to the child.

Atropos ~  chose the way in which the child would eventually die and, when that time came, would cut the thread.

I doubt his Noodliness will mind me  sending  my love to Zeus and asking him to look after my ginger man until I pass over – when ever that may be. I leave it to the Moirae.

On a final, philosophical note: Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. – Chief Seattle


Butterfly pop-up card insert

Now back to butterflies. The pop-up card insert is available for you to buy here. Usual formats, SVG and GSD. Prices are in Euro and converted to your currency by Paypal. The file will be emailed to you as soon as payment is received.


Butterfly pop-up card insert GSD (€ [price]) Butterfly pop-up card insert SVG (€ [price])

Many thanks to Green Eyed Butterfly for the vintage brushes

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