Holy Communion / Confirmation gift box


It’s that beautiful time of year when lots of little boys and girls make their first Holy Communion. Traditional gifts have always been prayer books, missals, holy medals and rosary beads. I remember that my favourite and most treasured gift of my first Holy Communion was a set of crystal rosary beads. They glinted and shone with all the colours of the rainbow. My hair was set in ringlets and I had sparkly hair clips under my veil. I wore brand new, pure white sandals and socks and, the most beautiful rustly, satin with lace, white-as-snow frock. Oh, how I felt like a princess and I practiced looking holy for weeks!

I’ve made this little gift box in a pretty dress front and back to commerate the special day and is just perfect for a set of rosary beads to be popped into the box compartment. It would be just as lovely and useful for Confirmations or bridesmaid gifts and lots of other occasions as well. It has pretty pockets, collar and sweet cut-out details on the cuffs and what little girl wouldn’t be delighted to receive it?

You can buy it here in GSD, SVG and Studio formats for €4.50 euro. Payment is via Paypal which will do any currency conversion for you. When the payment is received you can download the template by clicking on the ‘Files you have ordered’ link on the right-hand side of the home page.

*** Many apologies: There is a problem with the Download Manager. In the meantime, the file will be sent to the e-mail address attached to the Paypal account I receive the payment from. If that account is not your own, please ask the account holder to request the file is sent directly to your e-mail or ask them to send the file to you when they receive it. Apologies for any inconvenience. Helen ***

Please note: You will need a Cameo, craft Robo, Silhouette, Wishblade, Black Cat Cutter or other compatible cutting machine to open and cut the template.

PS: This is the second file I’ve cut with my new Cougar (called Sammo after Jackie Chan’s sidekick / director – he’s big and powerful but moves with the grace, litheness and langour of a sleepy cat – but don’t be fooled – he can strike with the speed of a cobra when he wants to).

Thank you for looking

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.

New shoes! Baby bootees with heart edged box

A pretty set of 3D papercraft baby shoes for favours or as a keepsake gift. The set includes the cutting template for the baby shoes, the presentation box and the elephant shaped tag. The shoes have a charming cut out design around the front and sides and include a scalloped sole as a bit of fancy frou-frou! Fasten with a brad or some ribbon to add the finishing touches. The box lid has a sweetheart design aperture (use a rectangle of acetate and adhere underneath to turn it into a window). The box lid has extra panel templates for you to cut from contrasting paper and adhere to the four sides (not shown) For extra rigidity the base has double-fold sides.

In addition, there is a delightful elephant-shaped tag – this comes in two parts so that you can write your message on one and cover with another. Cut from contrasting papers to make the elephant’s eye and fold-back ear pop! The electronic cutting file is available as an SVG  for personal, non-commercial use only, and costs 5.50 euro.

Payment is through Paypal which will handle all currency conversions. Please note that you will need a Craft Robo, Silhouette, Cameo or other compatible cutting system to use this template. Your file will be sent to the e-mail address attached to the Pay Pal payment unless otherwise directed, within 24 hours of payment being received into Paypal. Thank you for looking.

***Amended Jan 2014 ***

Baby shoe and box template SVG (€ [price]) Baby shoe and box template GSD (€ [price])

Pretty Carton SVG

Good morning! The sun is smiling over Ireland today despite the wind blowing an absolute  hooley all of last night. It’s still on the gusty side out there but it’s definitely eased up.

Hope you all got some lovely presents. Mr S Tree got some marmite flavoured chocolate in his stocking – how weird is that?! Everybody had to have a taste – just very, very peculiar! We all love marmite (no half-measures it really is a love it or hate it flavour) and all partial to a bit of choc… but the two together? Just very strange – not unpleasant – just strange!

I received the BEST Christmas Pudding in the world! Home made by a lady here in Skerries. Really gorgeous.

Well, Christmas is over and a new year upon us. I’ve made up some pretty packets. They can be dressed up to suit any occasion and useful all year round.

Carton SVG

The carton top has a decorative edging with a pretty cut-out design with a co-ordinated tag and plaque to go with it. The ones in the picture stand 5.5 inches high (although the ‘box’ part is 2 6/8ths high), is 3 and 3/8ths wide and 2in deep.

  • You will need an appropriate cutting machine (eg, Craft Robo, Silhouette, Cameo, etc) for the SVG file format.

The price is 3.50 euro and payment is to be made through Pay Pal. Your order will be sent to the e-mail account attached to the Pay Pal payment within 24 hours of the payment being received.

Thanks for looking


Pretty packet, tag and plaque SVG (€ [price])

Pretty packet, tag and plaque GSD (€ [price])

If you haven’t got your tree up yet, here’s a couple for you!

A quick posting but a good one – freebies!   There are loads of stamps like the one above – text laid out in ‘shapes’ etc. This was designed in Illustrator then pasted into PS to convert into a digi brush.  If you like this one, download here:
Free Treetext Photoshop / PSE brush (ABR)

More fun with Photoshop  – I love the stuff that Abduzeebo does. I based this on a tutorial he has on his website:http://abduzeedo.com/easy-star-light-photoshop. I included some lines using Blend Option Dissolve to add some more sparkle but the resolution here doesn’t do it justice!

I’ve also been designing a box in the shape of a Christmas tree. I saw one on the web somewhere and liked the idea and had a go at making one myself with Illustrator and my Pro. It’s free for you (go to the bottom) as an SVG and a GSD:

A few pictures to help you assemble it easily:

Happy Christmas!

Download here:
Free Christmas Tree Box

Got to dash.

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