More Print and Cut…

Can you tell I’ve re-discovered the Print and Cut function? I forgot how much fun it is! I doodled the little picture, scanned it in and turned it into a PS brush. The puffy box is a standard template you can get from loads of sites on the net – either to hand cut (see SplitCoastStampers) or other places for the .GSD. I digi-stamped it then P and C’d it and it’s a perfect size for a little birthday something.

Enough P and C – for the moment. I must get round to finishing that windmill… and the salt dough hearts. They’re half painted but need the other side doing… then they have to dry… then they have to be varnished and that means making sure I have things covered so that I don’t get the varnish everywhere… gah! I don’t like mess.

I don’t know what it is about the salt dough mixture but my cat went yampy for it! He must have thought I was making something wonderful cos he kept shouting and bruuing at me for it. I let him have a smell close up – that usually does the trick – he has a sniff then realises that it really isn’t something nice to eat and loses interest – but no! He wanted to lick it! I had to whip the bowl back quick not only is the dough full of salt, it also has wallpaper paste in. The boy is mad!

Little triangle box

While playing around with print and cut I made up a couple of other little boxes for small Christmas presents. they are fairly dinky  – I’ve posted them beside a Pandora packet to give you some idea of the scale. Thread with ribbon, tie the ends and dangle on the Christmas tree, it’s fun looking for  them come Christmas and in the meantime, with a bit of glitter and/or frou frou ribbon, they look pretty as a picture on the run up to the big day.  I gave the triangle box GSD away on a website some time ago and until recently I’ve always cut from pretty paper or stamped  them.

This time I created the pattern (dingbat printer flourishes converted to PS brushes) and added the text to personalise the gift. PS brushes have settings to control the angle the stamp is set to, as well as flip x or y settings,  so getting the pattern around each of the sides isn’t as difficult as it might look.

I think it’s turned out pretty neat and the contents of the Pandora packet beside it might just end up inside… without giving too much away to Abi!


Well, I stumbled upon  a site giving away the most brilliant little boxes! They’re fab! Check out: Like it says, they make little boxes featuring a whole raft of cartoonified characters. I downloaded Spock, Sonic and Bender to make some fun sized mini-Smartie boxes as Christmas stocking fillers. They remind me of cartoons a guy a Uni used to do – (you still around Ges?).

I modded them a bit by adding bottoms with tabs so that they would close both ends. I also cut the arms into two and stuck them down flush inside the box rather than have them go through one slit and out the other as it used up the room inside. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the templates on the site.  I may yet cut his ears so that they can stick out like a London taxi cab with the doors left open …

I also deleted the  fold lines and used the Craft Robot print and cut function then made them up but have only taken pictures of Spock so far. Here you go! Check the site out – so many to choose from and all great. I think they might make fun table settings – could glue a banner with a name on for the box men to hold, leave the top off and stand a serviette in them.

I’ve just added (Nov 27) Sonic but there are just so many more and well worth a check! I’ve placed a box of mini Smarties next to the boxes to give you an idea of their scale. You can get two boxes of mini Smarties in the boxes so a neat stocking filler!

More tealight delight

Well, wild and ferocious weather! The sky looks mardy, ominous and burgeoning with rain. Sandbags line the main street (we’re on a Severe Weather Warning here) and the sea was roiling and broiling with white horses. I popped out to feed the swans and ducks  by the church then had a walk along the sea front. No little sandcastles to be found today, just clouds of starlings swirling about like tea leaves in the sky. And crows. I love them birds. Lots and lots of crows wandering around in their undertakers’ gear  – the collective noun is a ‘Murder of Crows’, so I may have impugned undertakers with that comment! Only joking! Poor things won’t find many scraps left by visitors today.

When I got in, my face was frozen! Took a while to thaw out. My friend came round early afternoon and we made a nice mess with paper (the tealights below) and salt dough. I’m making primitive hearts to dangle here and there on lengths of ribbon, come Christmas. We made a few small ones to glue onto  card fronts and some round ones to become craft buttons.  Tomorrow we’re painting them and I will probably varnish them Saturday or Sunday. I’ll post pics when they’re ready – if they turn out ok. Well, if they are a disaster I’ll show you them too! Anyway, here is a picture of some (seriously, we made more, we’re sharing them) of our glittered tealight houses. Some have no bottom, some have a boxed bottom, either way we can pop an electronic tealight under or inside for pretty Christmas lighting.

Church Window Tealight

A quick update on the tealight houses (Nov 27). I tried out the LED tealights in a couple of houses ready for our special lighting up ceremony in a week or so’s time. I can’t wait to see a whole bunch of them  lit up, glowing and flickering prettily like a little village having lots of Christmas festivities and fun! It’s beginning to look a lot more like Christmas.

Well, Halloween is out of the way along with it 3D coffins and Rosemary’s Baby black pram party favours which I must post some pictures of. Halloween was fun. We went to a fancy dress party as Tubs and Edward from the League – without David or a suckling pig, I have to say. Those of you who know the League will understand. We recorded the Halloween Psychoville special as well and watched it last night. It doesn’t make me laugh out loud but it’s so compelling, surreal and brilliant and totally engaging. Dawn French is particularly fantastic. IMHO, I have often found that any actor or actress that does comedy (well!) can do serious drama or other genres superbly. Dawn French is no exception. Just brilliant.

We also had some friends over and had nice meal and an evening watching The Wicker Man. Of all horror/Sci Fi films (not that I watch that many, much prefer comedy) The Wicker Man, The Shining and Alien are my all-time favourites. Ah! Just thought – Pan’s Labyrinth was also fantastic. Four favourite films!

Anyhow, I still haven’t found time to sort the windmill out but will get round to it. Sadly, I’ve lost interest. I like to work out how to do something then I’m done. I know I can mod it and get it just as I want it… and therein lies the problem. No challenge. But I will.

Anyway,  today saw me skittering about making tealight houses. They started with a basic birdbox design and were developed from there. I need to get more electronic tealights so that I can set out a little village of tealight houses and cottages in the porch and have them all glowing and flickering after dark.

They’re very simple and one house fits on a single sheet of A4. The house is made in two main pieces – the house and the roof. The other bits – window frames, etc, get glued on over the top to add dimension and detail.

Hope you like them.

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