Now it looks extra special!

There we go. I did a bit on this last night and finished this morning.

Very similar to the round x-form posted yesterday except I wasn’t happy that I hadn’t realised that aligning the butterfly wing tips to the bottom of the circle would have made a more stable structure – would have given the form ‘feet’ . This revised (totally redone actually but like anything, when you’ve done it once you know what to do next time) has welded flowers and butterflies topped with more butterflies as before but is extra special with the flourishy curls and swirls around it.  It folds flat for popping into an envelope for posting so that side of things is covered, too!

I cut this with the Cougar, btw – starting to get a bit more confident with the machine now. Still experimenting with embossing so will show results when I’ve done something worth showing! Anyhoo, going to make a few more of these gorgeous pieces – they look fabulous. And assembly is so easy. Will be selling as soon as I’ve converted from Illustrator into the usual suspects! For now, must dash – got a train to catch.

And here comes the sun, too!


For sale in SVG, GSD and Studio formats at €5.00 euro. Payment is via Paypal which will perform all currency conversion for you. When your payment is received you will be notified by email that the file can be downloaded – simply go to the Singing Tree home page and click on the ‘Files You Have Ordered’ link on the right-hand side.

Please note you will need a Craft Robo, Black Cat Cutter, Silhouette, Wishblade, Cameo, etc to be able to open and use the template.

x-formbutterfly card ornate: SVG, GSD & Studio (€ [price])

Thank you for looking



There’s a lady who lives close by who grows sunflowers and sells them. It’s a sunny, friendly sight to see when they get big enough to look over the walls and smile at the sun; I imagine it’s a cheery sight for everybody. Bumble bees love them, too, and when I grew them years ago I remember bees making long stops at these big sunny flowers.

One of my current visitors likes a smoke and sits in the conservatory doorway to have a fag here and there and I sometimes sit in there with him and chat. We were in there when a huge bumbly flew in! Don’t know if it was a queen or not but it was big! It’s not a rare occurence so I keep a big fluffy fibre duster on a stick – like a feather duster – and  gently get the bee to climb on then hold it outside so they can fly away.

They work hard and their work is important –  what is the dire warning? Without bees…  ‘without pollenation, food supplies would rapidly dwindle, and the human race along with most life would end rapidly…likely in less than 3 years. (Wikipedia).  Anyway, treat them kindly.

Popping in, popping out and popping up is a bit of a theme in my life at the moment and so pop-up cards are still keeping me interested! I was thinking of making a cake card for my son’s girlfriend’s birthday tomorrow. I was very taken by one on Craftster by CPeep, her Pop-up wedding cake card (which would work perfectly as a birthday cake too): She is generously giving the templates away for the straight and wavy sided templates here:

It’s bookmarked and I’ll make on later this month for another birthday that’s coming up – they are both lovely.

Anyway, am posting a pop-up card insert for sale. It was inspired by the talented Tracy Chong, see hers here:

Mine features a pretty cut out pattern at one end and the sunflower pop-up elements at the other end. It’s straightforward to fold and assemble and looks summery and bright against a contrasting background.

It’s €3.00 and available in SVG, GSD and Studio formats. You will need an appropriate cutting machine, eg, Craft Robo, Cameo, Silhouette, Black Cat cutter, etc to use the template.

When your payment is received you will be notified and you can download the file by clicking on the ‘Your Orders’ link on the right-hand side of the home page.

Sunflower pop-up card insert: SVG, GSD & Studio (€ [price])

Thank you so much for looking.

Hels x

Foldy card



Finally ready for sale! It’s avaialable in GSD, Studio and SVG formats. You will get the folding card template with all the panel toppers including the paper lace strips (all measured to fit perfectly), ‘Love’ in welded letters, butterflies, bluebirds, leaves, flowers…lots.

It’s €3.50 and payment will be made through Paypal which will perform any currency conversion for you.  When your payment is received you can download your template electronically via the link on the right-hand side of the home page; the ‘Your Orders’ link.

Please note that you will need a Craft Robo, Silhouette, Cameo, Black Cat cutter, or other compatible cutting machine to use the files.

You can get the card and toppers here: Foldy card with panels and toppers: SVG, GSD & Studio

Foldy card with panels and toppers: SVG, GSD & Studio (€ [price])


Not quite ready to be put up for sale. Need to make some mods to tidy up a few loose ends and align some odd elements here and there. But it’s nearly ready and posting will prompt me to get on and finish it. If I don’t, I’ll forget about it and move on to something else. As fickle, fey and flutter-bye brained as some of the embellishments on the card. Just the way I am. It’s turned out pretty nice so far so I know it’s worth just spending a little more time to make it as sweet as a cherry so will t-r-y to post the finished file, finessed and fabulous really soon.

I just checked the progress of the Cougar and it’s now in Dublin! I’m about an hour away so if they can load it up tonight and get it to the local PO it will be on a van to me by tomorrow afternoon. Doubt I’ll do a lot with the card until it comes – will deffo be on curtain flapping duty waiting for An Post or one of the other commercial carriers to turn up with it. Then the Cougar will demand total attention. Can’t leave kitty in the box! That would just be cruel.You see the conflict of interest here!

Friday we have visitors coming for the week so that will be a day of getting fresh flowers and finding lots of unnecessary things to do (sweeping bits here and there to create an illusion of cleanliness – harr) to make sure the house looks presentable, and more importantly, smells fresh and clean.

So there are some major road blocks that will hold me up (or stop me completely) … Anyway, just for a bit of detail, the card has five back panels and two front flaps. A few alternating valley-mountain-valley folds to give it some dimensional interest and then lots of toppers… butterflies, flowers, paper lacy strips and blue birds. It’s similar to the popular tri-shutter cards but is slightly different, – it’s a twist on that design. The prototype looks very pretty so am confident the final version will be good and sweet.

Hope to post the file soon

Have fun now!


Butterfly pop up insert

**Updated Sat May 12 2012)  to show a card I made for my son’s girlfriend’s birthday. I printed off some text from The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley (see Guttenberg for out of copyright texts), stitched it onto a pretty frame and pretty-patterned cardstock then fixed it onto a card with dimensionals. Some fluttery butterflies and a sentiment and it was very good to go!**

Well hello! How are you? Looking forward to the bank holiday weekend? Always good to have a break from work and have some fun with a lie-in to recover!

The Cougar arrived yesterday tea-time! I have looked at it but not properly unpacked it – with the arrival of my visitors in a few hours from now, it’s really not a good idea for me… but I am itching. Ooh, it’s so tempting and I really can’t stop looking in the box. I’m NOT wishing my visitors away though, far from it, I’m thrilled they’re on their way over and will have a great 10 days or so but OH!

I’d like to give Dawn, from Thyme Graphics, a big shout out for tremendous customer service and to say I am very happy to recommend her online company: She supplies lots of Black Cat Cutting machines as well as their consumables and lots of other stuff as well.

On an annoying note, am having big troubles with my washing machine. Am sure it’s got droid rot or computer senility.  It doesn’t seem to understand the programme settings any longer or is just too posh to wash these days. Sometimes it starts… the drum goes round and I hear a gush of water then I go out, come back and take out the washing, very impressed with how paying for extra fast spin paid off cos the clothes are sooo nearly dry… then find a streak of green or blue or whatever gel I’m using to wash with that’s dripped out of the plastic dispenser cap thingybob… never washed the laundry at all. Obviously the gush of water was just stress incontinence at the thought of actually delivering the service it was bought for..

Then sometimes it won’t spin or drain (attention seeking – knows that I have to check the filter and drainage hose and generally pull, tweak, poke, fiddle and faff with it for a while). Or I’ll put it on a wash cycle and it jumps straight to the final spin and the 15 mins (to go) light comes on so I know it’s gone berserk.

Delicates and woolens get chewed  up and spat out like I’ve just offered it solids for the first time.

My parenting skills are not up to the high-maintenance care of this narcissistic monster of a machine. Where did I go wrong?  Not let it stay up so late? Taught it consequences? Time out would never work – would LOVE that. Maybe Fairy has weird E numbers that send it wild?

Way past caring now. Just want to ‘Correct’ the machine in a very Delbert Grady (The Shining)  / Al Pacino kind of way (but deffo not a Julie Andrews kind of way – Fr Ted / rabbit / Tom gag…). It’s beyond a joke now and am ready to punch its lights out.

Yes, it’s out of warranty… repair man finds nothing wrong cos when he’s been called out it’s behaved itself and gone through its routines like a well-rehearsed cheer leader, shaking its pom-poms at him through the glass…

Yeah, well, machine, I don’t know where you end up – landfill or scrap yard but your number is up, lady! Wait and see. Bank holiday madness is nearly upon us and Harvey Norman WILL declare war on prices…

Deep breath. Rant over.

Anyway, I’m posting a pop-up butterfly flower border insert for a card today. It’s for sale in SVG, GSD and Studio format for 5.00 euro. I have included an extra butterfly mat and cut-out topper butterfly for you to use on the front of the card you make or for other projects. The folds aren’t too fiddly and are worth persevering with. I was inspired by a similar card by Marivi ( site) but have given it a completely new twist.

Payment is via Paypal and you will be able to download your file when payment has been received (you will be able to click on the ‘Your Order’ button on the right and download it directly to your computer). Please note, you will need a Silhouette, Craft Robo, Cameo, Cougar or other compatible cutting machine to open and cut the template.

Pop-up butterfly flower border card insert SVG (€ [price])

Pop-up butterfly flower border card insert GSD (€ [price])

Pop-up butterfly flower border card insert Studio (€ [price])

Thank you for looking:


Baby booful bootees keepsake

Helloooo! How are you this wonderful day? We’ve had some really GRIM weather lately. Cold and very, very wet! Just when we thought we could turn the heating off, we had to put it back on again. Still, the sun has broken out today – just – and it’s brightening everything up. It reminds me of a round of ‘I’m sorry I haven’t a clue’ – the Humphrey years and the saying ‘Every shroud has a silver lining’.

This seems to hold true if you ever watch those forensic detective-type programmes. Seems like too many lives are lost by loved ones tripping and stumbling over large life insurance policy documents and setting off guns and such like…Still, enough of that morbid stuff.

Today I am showcasing my latest baby bootees and presentation box, perfect as a keepsake gift to welcome a new baby into a family.

The template includes:
The bootees – lots of pretty cut-out details from flowers to hearts and diamond lattice work
A presentation box with a beautiful frame around the aperture (use acetate here to make a window for the box)
An inner frame to enhance the box base
Side panels with flower borders
A smaller and larger aperture frame for you to choose from (cut in contrasting paper to show the frame off and reinforce the aperture at the same time). They also hide the glue used to stick down the acetate window for the aperture.
A tag for you to write your sentiment

The slideshow will show you the individual elements more clearly:

It’s for sale and costs €11 in SVG format.

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

Thank you for looking


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