Beautiful SVG butterfly card toppers

Well, hello to you today. Hope it’s all good where you are. No complaining from me! The clouds are pure white fluffballs against a cornflower blue sky with the sun smiling down upon it all. It’s just gorgeous!

I’m putting these two card toppers up for sale today. Butterflies in a circle inside a pretty scalloped square. They’re not quite fully cut-out – enough for you to primp their wings back so they look like a gust of wind will carry them off into your garden.

The blue one was made for a 135mm x 135 m  card. You can rescale to your heart’s delight, of course, but they get much more delicate the smaller they go but if you’re happy to be very gentle and pick them off the carrier sheet carefully, you can!

 

 

This topper requires a little more in the way of tender treatment to take it  from the carrier sheet. I would recommend that you lift each half of every butterfly’s wing off before pulling the topper off completely. Again this was cut for a 135 x 135 card but I wouldn’t go any smaller. Bigger – Yes! This will scale up very nicely.

You will need a cutting machine like the Silhouette, Cameo, Silver Bullet, Cougar, etc, to cut the file out. The toppers only are for sale, not the card itself. Your electronic template will be sent to you within 24 hours of receiving your payment via Paypal. Please note, the file will be sent to the Paypal account holder’s e-mail unless otherwise directed.

The two templates are €6.50 – you can place your order here:

Beautiful butterfly card topper (€ 6.5)

Beautiful SVG butterfly card toppers

Thank you for looking.

Helen

Accordion Fold

Anyway, it all started yesterday afternoon. We’d done some shopping in the morning. (Was very surprised and delighted by some sparkly navy goldstone beads for my bracelet by Mr Tree!!).

We had lunch – a very tasty vegetarian rice dish based on a lasagne-type sauce with TVP, garlic-stuffed olives, passata, mushrooms, onions, fresh, chopped garlic, tomato puree, stock, fresh oregano, fresh basil and a sprinkle of dried mixed herbs with rice and a large mixed salad of rocket and spinach leaves, more olives, scallions, tomatoes, cucumber and all drizzled with sweet balsamic vinegar.

I made another bottle of brandy cream liqueur – have got that recipe off to a ‘T’ for our taste now – and it takes just 10 minutes from start to finish. After a tidy up and a bit of bimbling about, what then? I picked up a book I have by Sheila Sturrock called ‘Making Mechanical Cards’  and felt the inspiration to make one she calls the ‘Accordion fold’ card.

It wasn’t as easy as it maybe looks. The basic card itself is the work of minutes. I soon became absorbed in creating swirls and smooshes of swooshes to give the back of the card lots of delicate cuttings and intricacies.  Of course, the plain straight edges didn’t go so well with it then. What to do to create interest on the front-folding panels? I know, a butterfly and a flower opposite one another! These were both elements I had in my files and have used before – but if I welded them on and cut them, there would be no pretty bits (the inner cut outs) of the butterfly to display. But if I cut out the inner bits, there would be no ‘proud’ bits to stand out from the folds.

So, I sat down with Illustrator and worked my way through the design issues systematically to solve them.  They didn’t take very long and I enjoyed thinking them through. You’re probably thinking it is really easy – in which case maybe I was having a slow day yesterday!

Anyway, I finished off the card by shaping the front panels into curves and backing it with vellum. Then came the envelope (yes, my favourite button-close type!) and  some shots to show you the stages it went through. Maybe it will inspire you to have a go or at least check out the book.

 

 

 

I haven’t taken a picture of the envelope but it is the same as the ones for thepop-up teapot, elephant and teapot-shaped cards (though resized appropriately). The file includes the flower and butterfly toppers so you would have them to use on other projects. The butterfly is quite lovely – I designed it a while ago now but it is still one of my all-time favourites.

For those of you who don’t have the time, you can buy the card and envelope templates together here for €8.00 euro in SVG or GSD format (if you would like a Studio file, let me know and I’ll make the format available).

You can now download the file from the ‘Files I have ordered’ link (on the right-hand side of the page here) once Paypal has completed the fund transfer:
Accordion card and envelope SVG (€ 8)

Accordion card and envelope GSD (€ 8)

Please note, you will need a cutting machine such as a Craft Robo, Silhouette, Cameo, etc to cut the template.

Thank you for looking. Have a great day.

Hel

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 (€ 3)

Butterfly topper and pop-up stepped mat GSD (€ 3)

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!

Hel

Many Thanks to eRiQ for the water droplets texture image
http://eriq.deviantart.com/art/Texture-Water-Drop-17205240

 

 

La vie est si belle quand on aime: Life is so beautiful when we love

La vie est si belle quand on aime. As Bishop O’ Neil in Fr Ted would say, ‘So True’.

Another lovely expression that works for so many occasions. It’s here for you to cut as an SVG or GSD.

Life is so beautiful when you love SVG (€ 0.5)

life is so beautiful when you love GSD (€ 0.5)

Beautiful dreamer

And more welded words…. I looked in my Welded Words folder and was dismayed by how many there are. I doubt I will post them all but here’s a Beautiful Dreamer for you.

I painted this girl in Photoshop based on a sketch I made of someone that did the hair for a couple of ladies in the last play the theatre group produced.

Beautiful Dreamer GSD

Beautiful Dreamer SVG

Thank You to Mels Brushes for the Swirls and Seeds brush I used to create the hair in the picture.

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