Monthly Archives: February 2012

Digi stuff, Free

Pretty decorated alphabet set of Photoshop / PSE brushes

Hello again! Dashed back when I saw how small the preview is! Have posted a single letter to give you a better idea of what the rest of the set is like! There you go!

Anyhow, I’ve made a set of decorated alphabet brushes for Photoshop /PSE.  They’re 300 ppi so a good resolution and lovely for digi layouts, scrapbooking and printing (unlike the preview which I made far too small for anybody to see! My apologies – always the same when you try to rush things (got the tea cooking).

Same deal as before! Five comments (minimum) and I’ll upload and you can take them to enjoy. I’ll leave them up for a week or so and if nobody wants them in that time, I’ll keep them for myself. I’ll use them!

Enjoy your evening (or day, depending on which part of the world you’re in!).

Hel x

3D, Boxes and Packets, Buy

Butterfly Basket (For Sale)

A sweet little basket perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, a Birthday, a Thank You and lots of other happy occasions. This template cuts from two sheets of A4 but can be rescaled for those of with with a Cameo or Pro. The outer butterfly can be folded and adhered with the wings free to flutter, or, as I have done, tipped at the wing edges with a little glue to adhere to the basket edge to give them a curve. It’s up to you. The handle has a pretty cut out design that completes the whole oh-so-sweet effect. Pop in some pretty bon-bons, a spray of paper or fabric flowers or other  little gift of your choice. Whatever you do, it’s sure to delight the lucky recipient.

The electronic cutting files  (GSD or SVG formats) are for sale at 5.00 euro with payment through Pay Pal (which will handle any currency conversion). You will receive your file via email within 24hours of receiving payment. Please note you will need a cutting machine such as the Craft Robo, Silhouette, Cameo, etc, any machine that can cut GSD or SVG formats, to use the templates. The design remains my property so you cannot sell or share the template but you can sell the paper model.

Digi stuff, Free

Birdbox papers for digicrafts


I’ve been listening to some Tony Robbins CDS and have been working on re-framing negative questions into empowering ones. Instead of asking, for example, ‘Bleh! Why does this keep happening to me?!’  I substitute something that gives me the power to change it and recast me as the adult in control and not the victim of circumstance, for example, ‘What changes do I need to make to ensure that I always get the best results I can?’. It’s an extremely powerful exercise.

Now, how does this fit in with a set of papers with birdboxes on? Tenuously, I grant you, on a superficial level, but I can tell you that channelling energy into creating something is, for me, therapeutic. I love to make things! I love colour in my life!  It gives me juice! Instead of moping around feeling listless, bored and heading off to the kitchen for something rubbishy to eat to fill five minutes here and there, it engages me. It lifts my spirits to make something pretty that I can use and share with others. I have created a resource for channelling my attention and energy away from negative, self-esteem robbing crappy activities like eating mindlessly and enabled a better, postive behaviour that I enjoy. I live in the moment, use time purposefully and make something that satisfies me. I know my weight is not my worth but it’s a difficult concept to internalise when we live in a world that seems obsessed with diminishing the size of normal women into waifs – but I’m working on it!

Now, instead of eating crap, I find things to do. And when things don’t go quite right, I don’t beat myself up or stuff the frustration down my throat with biscuits and crisps  thinking ‘Hmmm , I haven’t got it right, I’m rubbish at this’ I think ‘What’s not great yet?’. It’s a great way of seeing the potential and the lessons learned instead of the negative blinkers of ‘failure’ –  a tremendously disempowering word, don’t you think?

I was tempted to use a question mark with an exclamation mark there – wouldn’t it be useful if there was a punctuation mark that combined the two?! Well, there is! The interrobang:

The interrobang, interabang[1] (play /ɪnˈtɛrəbæŋ/), ‽ (often represented by ?! or !?), is a nonstandard punctuation mark used in various written languages and intended to combine the functions of the question mark (also called the “interrogative point”) and the exclamation mark or exclamation point (known in printers’ jargon as the “bang”)[2]. The glyph is a superimposition of these two marks. It is present in Unicode as U+203D ‽ interrobang.

I think I will have to deploy this useful little chappie cos I think he’s just cute! What a pity it’s a non-standard punctuation mark so not available with normal font families!

Talking of cute, I recently used a photograph, courtesy of Russell Orr Wildlife Photography ( in a romantic card for Mr Tree. Aren’t they gorgeous?


Anyway, back to the pretty birdbox papers… same deal as before. If you would like a set of the papers above, FREE, drop me a comment. I’ll keep them available for a few weeks.

Have fun and be good to yourselves.

Hel x

Digi stuff, Free

Free kitchy kitchen pot 12 x 12 paper

Hi there!

A quick posting. I saw a 12 x 12 with coffee pots and thought how cute it was and sat down with Illustrator and designed my own set of kitchy kitchen pots  and put them together to make this happy and colourful 12 x 12. Now, same deal as before… if I get a minimum of five requests for it I’ll make it available for download (minus all the copyright notices blatted all over it!). If you would like to be able to download for your digi scrapbooking or print it off to use (it’s 300 dpi so will print nicely), let me know and I’ll upload it should I get five requests. Comments reached the target. Here’s the file.

Kitchy Kitchen Paper (PNG)


Have a happy day

Hel x

Digi stuff, Free, Photoshop tutorials

How to create a line drawing effect in Photoshop (quick tutorial)

This effect is quick and very easy. It started life as a colour photo and within 5 minutes or so using Photoshop’s filters it became this bluey, almost inky, line drawing. You can spend longer to get every detail just-so  – I have another tutorial on here for creating a watercolour effect painting – use that as the basis for stripping out the details of your picture first if you have time to spend longer on your image.

Anyway, this was done in 5 minutes. I have my original notes written around one of my old doodlings pdf’d for you to download.

Bye for now


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