Monthly Archives: April 2013


Beautiful job!

A lady called Ema recently sent me some pictures she’d taken of cards she’d made with files from me. She had the brilliant idea of naming the card with the fairy and butterflies, ‘Butterfly Ball’ and don’t I wish I’d thought of that?! And hasn’t she made a really gorgeous job with it? Wow! I love the fabulous glitter she’s used – it’s really dressed the card up into a sensational stunner.

The original by me is  here: butterfly extravaganza

She also sent me pictures of cards she’d made with the Foldy Card template: Foldy Card

Again, beautiful cards and so well colour co-ordinated and put together. I love what she’s made with them and am delighted she sent me the photos. Thank you Ema.


Beautiful. Just beautiful. Once again, thank you Ema for sending me these – I can’t tell you how proud I am seeing them like this.

Just a reminder about copyright – ALL images on this website are protected by copyright whether they are stamped with the copyright symbol or not. These pictures belong to Ema and may not be used in any way without her permission. Thank you for respecting her work.



Just posting a quickie about some Ikea curtains I got recently. I was going to make some from scratch but saw a pair that grabbed me and were pretty cheap. Miles too long for my window meant lots of left-over material.

I stripped an old lightshade and recovered it using some of the off-cut. Here it is, edged with some haberdashery trim. It was just a rectangle of fabric stitched up the side to make a short ‘tube’ .

I  turned and stitched down each end, one with black lacy stuff stitched across one edge and the top end left open to thread through either some elastic or string to tie and gather the shade.

It was secured to the frame of the lightshade with simple but tidy stitching (by hand) through the fabric top then the bottom. You could hot-glue it if you wanted to be really quick but my hot glue reaches temperatures far above the melting point of my skin and I try to avoid using it if I can, (Operant conditioning, I believe, lots of negative reinforcement – serious aversion therapy).  I love that it looks a bit ‘granny’s bonnet’ but modern and well funky in the Ikea fabric.

I also cut away the curtain top to remove the gromits or slip-rings as I think they might be called. Just don’t like them.  I had some curtain tape and used that for the curtain gather – a good tip should you ever find the threads in curtain tape get pulled out is to use extra-long doll makers’ needles to ‘stitch’ them back.

Finally, though no picture to show you as my camera battery died right after the lightshade pic, I made a quick cloth covering for the grotty table next to my desk. I keep my Cougar and cutting mat on it.

So a pair of curtains, a lightshade, a table cloth and there’s still enough fabric left to make a cushion or two. All for… hmmm not sure… I think €30.

Not bad, eh?

Now off to research (Google? Yes) Annie Sloan chalk paints and waxes for a major project – the kitchen units. The units are in good condition but the colour is a bit orange in a bad way, (think David Dickinson).

Also, they’re solid wood, oak, maybe, definitely not pine and not veneers. To replace them with as good quality is beyond my budget at the moment. A make-over is my only option.

An Annie Sloan tutorial on You Tube has given me the confidence to tackle them so just making sure I have all the equipment and read all the pros, cons and experiences of others to guide me before I commit to the big change!

Am nervous but excited and dying to get started but best get the duckies in a row first.




3D, Boxes and Packets, Cutting files, Papercuts

Fairy wing dress box

Here’s a little something that perfect for all sorts of girlie occasions: bridal showers, wedding favours, place settings, little girls’ birthday parties, communion and confirmation gifts, girlie Christmas trinkets brought by the Christmas fairy… It’s extremely versatile so it’s up to you and your imagination to schuzz and embellish it as frothily as you like!

I made mine in A3 pink-to-make-the-boys-wink 220gsm paper/card with metallic champagne-coloured Conqueror for the contrasting petticoat and wing backing with a dusting of Glamour Dust to make them sparkle like diamonds. A quick ribbon bow below the bodice and it’s off to a gorgeous girlie do with a flounce and a shimmy! Pop in a pretty cello baggie filled with beads, jelly beans, sugared almonds or other nicies! I can’t think of any girlie who wouldn’t want to receive it and, clap hands – they will think how wonderful and clever you are to have made such a beautiful thing!

It’s easy to assemble, a few folds with a little pinchy-poo of glue here and there, and it’s done. All you need is a Silhouette, Cameo, Black Cat or Silver Bullet Cutter or other machine that works with SVG formats.

It’s being sold in SVG format for €4.50 euro. Payment is to be made through Paypal and the electronic template will be sent to the e-mail address of the Paypal account holder (unless you specify otherwise) within 24 hours of payment being received.

Fairydressgiftbox SVG

Fairy dress gift box SVG cutting template (€ [price])

Hope you like it and thank you for looking.

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