Monthly Archives: January 2012

3D, Baby, Buy

New shoes! Baby bootees with heart edged box

A pretty set of 3D papercraft baby shoes for favours or as a keepsake gift. The set includes the cutting template for the baby shoes, the presentation box and the elephant shaped tag. The shoes have a charming cut out design around the front and sides and include a scalloped sole as a bit of fancy frou-frou! Fasten with a brad or some ribbon to add the finishing touches. The box lid has a sweetheart design aperture (use a rectangle of acetate and adhere underneath to turn it into a window). The box lid has extra panel templates for you to cut from contrasting paper and adhere to the four sides (not shown) For extra rigidity the base has double-fold sides.

In addition, there is a delightful elephant-shaped tag – this comes in two parts so that you can write your message on one and cover with another. Cut from contrasting papers to make the elephant’s eye and fold-back ear pop! The electronic cutting file is available as an SVG  for personal, non-commercial use only, and costs 5.50 euro.

Payment is through Paypal which will handle all currency conversions. Please note that you will need a Craft Robo, Silhouette, Cameo or other compatible cutting system to use this template. Your file will be sent to the e-mail address attached to the Pay Pal payment unless otherwise directed, within 24 hours of payment being received into Paypal. Thank you for looking.

***Amended Jan 2014 ***

Baby shoe and box template SVG (€ [price]) Baby shoe and box template GSD (€ [price])

Illustrator Tutorials, Tutorials

Art, pattern and scatter brushes in Illustrator



I have written up a guide to making pattern, scatter and art brushes – including the instructions for making the ‘Swooshy brush’ that I created for my ‘Alchemy’ graphic.

You can get it here – it’s free but you’ll have to register to download it. You might also like to know how to make various swatches as well, I have another tutorial here:

Illustrator Pattern, art and scatter brushes tutorial PDF

Buy, Pop Ups

Bindy bot

A lovely little robot pop-up called Bindy. It folds flat inside a card then pops up when it’s opened. I think this works for males and females for a whole load of different occasions. And who doesn’t like a cute robot?! There’s also plenty of room to add your words or a plaque with your sentiment on.

It’s available as a GSD or SVG file with a sheet of instructions in PDF format. You will need a Craft Robo, Silhouette or Cameo (or other compatible cutting machine) to cut this template out.

It costs 4.00 euro. Payment is through Paypal and the file will be sent to you via e-mail when your payment is received.

Bindy Bot SVG (€ [price])

Bindy Bot GSD (€ [price])

Thank you for looking

H x


Illustrator swooshy brush

Thought I’d show you the text before the sparkles – you can see I’ve used offset path a number of times with different fills and chopped one layer in half to create the two-colour text in the middle and overlaid and intersected some spiky triangle ‘teeth’ to give the zig-zag effect… but what I’m really pleased with are the curls tucked into curves of the letterforms here and there. Why so pleased with them? Because I created a little ‘swooshy’ pattern brush in Illustrator that just curls and twirls around spirals and paths like a dream. I am thinking of writing up the tut on creating a pattern brush (you know, with corners, beginning and end bits) and feature this versatile and useful little brush. If anyone is interested let me know and I’ll get it done one evening this week.

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