Christmas Pergola template now for sale on Etsy

This beautiful Pergola template (SVG format) is now for sale on Etsy. It was originally created back in 2010 here and modded to make it easier to construct. I’ve finally got round to photographing each step and documenting the assembly instructions. Phew!

The great thing about it is that it’s a slice-form and folds up flat which makes it ideal for mailing to family and friends for Christmas.

Thank you for looking!

PS: I did all the graphics – the baubles and layout, etc, in Illustrator and Photoshop. If you’d like to know how they were done, drop me a line and I’ll write up a free tutorial.

A winter’s verse

Came across this lovely verse on the net and thought it would be nice to type out for card toppers or inserts:

Snowflakes

Snowflakes spill from heaven’s hand
Lovely and chaste like smooth white sand.
A veil of wonder laced in light
Falling gently on a winter’s night.
Graceful beauty raining down
Giving magic to the lifeless ground.
Each snowflake like a falling star
Smiling beauty that’s spun afar.
Till earth is dressed in a robe of white
Unspoken poem the hush of night.

by Linda A. Copp

Hope you like the art work. Created the graphic using Illustrator to produce the blended lines and Photoshop for the flowers (petals created in layers with varying degrees of opacity to give depth here and there).

Used a Bokeh effect background I made last year some time on one layer in PS.

The ‘Winter’s Wishes’ was a graphic I’d made earlier and used yesterday as the introduction to the post. It was placed into another new layer and the Blend Mode of that layer was set to 65% opacity. The Eraser was used to rub away bits of the graphic so as not to obscure the flower graphic beneath.

The ‘Winter’s Wishes with the snowflake’ was made  in Illustrator from a snowflake I made a long time ago welded onto the two words (converted to ‘Outlines’ ) to make one, single editable graphic.

I also filled it in with black and pasted it into a new document in Photoshop and made an ABR from it there so I could use it as a brush in future. That’s how it was done. Nothing complex or difficult.

Anyway, must get on. Chilly here – what a cold and wet year it has been. Not long to Christmas so no time to be sitting around getting cold, things to do, make, clean, buy, wrap… so much to do and yet getting them done feels like knitting spaghetti or nailing jelly to the walls!

Have a good one!

Hel

 

 

Snowflake swing card

Just dressed up a file for Christmas. It’s a variation of the swingcard that I posted some time ago – see the link http://www.thesingingtree.biz/index.php/2012/03/swing-time/. This one has a snowflake cut out and a good sparkling of sugar glitter. I embossed a circle of 80gsm (plain old copier paper!) to glue behind the snowflake aperture and it looks lovely.

I’ll be posting it for sale later on this evening but have some other stuff to finish off first. Until later then.

PS Hope you’re not badly affected by the rain. We’ve had some road closures locally but no houses have been flooded though there are warnings.

There. I tweaked and finessed the file and am very happy with the end result. The snowflake left behind on the carrier sheet can be used as a topper for other Christmas projects and has a pretty star cut out in the middle.

This is for sale at 3.00 euro and is for the card and the round star frame around the circular aperture only (no envelope).

Payment can be made through Paypal and you will receive the file in your e-mail address within 24 hours of the payment being received.

Snowflake Swing Card (Zipped file with GSD, SVG and DXF file formats)

Snowflake Swing Card SVG, DXF and GSD (€ 3)

Hearts for Christmas

Just 31 days left till Christmas! That came up fast. Must get some shopping done. I’ve been busy making all sorts of decorations and have loved my sewing machine a lot these last few months but haven’t bought the big ticket stuff yet. Will have to get a move on.

I’ve been making more hearts like they were going out of style!  The ones in the picture have letters appliqued on. To make your own:

 

1. Print out words or intials onto thickish paper (I used 160gsm), or maybe you could print dirctly onto fabric fusible paper?

2. Trace around the outlines onto fusible paper.

3. Iron onto the back of the fabric of your choice (remember to think about which will be right way round when it comes to how the letters display when you’re sewing everything on the right side.

4. Cut round the letterform on the fabric-fused fabric.

5. Peel the backing paper off and position onto the right-side of your fabric.

6. Cover with a just-damp, thin cloth and hot-iron into place.

7. You can leave it at that or stitch around the edges of the letter if you wish.

There! Done!

 

 

X Form snowflake card

Christmas is coming. Given that the weather is cold, wet and miserable, the prospect of Christmas with its glitter, sparkle and ostentatious glamour is very appealing. So, with no apology for it being September still, here is a Christmas X-form card. The X form is where two pieces slot into one another and form an ‘X’. They are very handy though, as they fold flat for posting!

I made a few not too long ago: http://www.thesingingtree.biz/index.php/2012/05/now-it-looks-extra-special/

and here: http://www.thesingingtree.biz/index.php/tag/x-forms-butterfly-and-fairy-rounds/

This one is available as an SVG and GSD for €3.00 (euro). Payment is to be made through Paypal and you will receive your file electronically, via your email, within 24 hours of your payment being received.

x form snowflake (€ 3)

Thank you for looking

Hel

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