Pop-up for a nice cup of tea

Another pop-up card insert for sale. This template includes the pop-up teapot, the nestie plaques in the middle, the zig-zag edged lid (and a plain edged one, not shown), a tag shaped plaque for you to write your sentiment and pretty little corner elements to decorate your backing card.

The file also includes a spare teapot topper for you to use either on the envelope or other projects. Obviously, these elements can be scaled up which makes them very versatile and useful.

In addition, you will get a button-close envelope.

In all, a sweet and pretty little pop-up suitable for all sorts of occasions.

The template costs €5.00 euro. Please note that you will need a cutting machine such as a Craft Robo, Silhouette, Cameo, etc to cut this template out. You will receive the file in your e-mail, within 24 hours of payment (via Paypal which will convert your currency to euro).

Pop-up Teapot and envelope SVG (€ [price])

Pop-up Teapot and envelope GSD (€ [price])

Thank you for looking.



Butterfly card set

A pretty set of three cards featuring a lovely cut-out butterfly. I’ve added some embossed vellum on one and some translucent, flecked paper from Paperchase to back the butterflies in their frames to finish them off. Add some pretty embellishments and they’re good to go for almost any occasion. Wouldn’t you like to receive one?!

Price: 3.50 euro

Butterfly card set SVG (€ [price]) Butterfly card set GSD (€ [price])

Payment via Paypal. Your file will be sent to you within 24 hours of your payment being received.

Thank you for looking.


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 (€ [price])

Butterfly topper and pop-up stepped mat GSD (€ [price])

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!


Many Thanks to eRiQ for the water droplets texture image



I don’t know art… but I do like a frame that doesn’t gather dust

Well, hello to the lot of yers!  Rushing to get ready for Easter.. not really. Am being a bit facetious there. Can’t believe the Christmas displays and stock in the big shops. Seems like the retail year is Christmas with a couple of months off then Christmas again.

I can’t think what I’ve been up to for the last week, have just been busy with lots of things. Life gets us all like that, doesn’t it? Buzz around like a bluebottle with its pants on fire, doing what? Routine stuff mainly. I did go shopping though… now that the school shoes and uniform stampedes are over the shops have quietened down a bit.

I had a mooch about and bought Zumba and Dance 2 for the Wii so am officially Fatty Dance Pants! Haven’t got very far, in fact, am still mastering the complexities of the Single Single Pump Pump but am getting there. Was surprised to find that the step routine that I use with the Wii Fitness DVD has suddenly upped its game! There I was, ready to do the usual, and very familiar, routine but it was different… faster with diagonal stepping – and clapping! I don’t remember any cosmic ordering going on for that little lot or aspiring to the weirdness of those unnatural legs-akimbo movements (they are very unnatural the way I perform them). Grudgingly, I worked through it and am getting the idea now – with the support of the Mii crowds that have filled an entire stadium to see me. Who are they? Where do they come from? Weirdos.

Talking of Dance… I never get to see programmes when they are current. Don’t really watch much TV  but occasionally have a look and catch something that’s being repeated and so it was I caught Pineapple Dance Studios. Just LOVE Louie! He makes me laugh and laugh. And I love the dancing. Don’t know what it is about gay men but I love Dale Winton as well. Guess the only other programme that I happened upon that I then recorded as many other episodes as I could and then bought on DVD was Boston Legal. William Shatner is so funny.

I like documentaries a lot and watched Horizon reporting on research to collect data about the Earth’s core… they mentioned that a reversal of the earth’s magnetic poles could have dramatic impact if it happens – again –  as scientists believe that it has happened more than once in the lifetime of our planet.

After, I turned over and found myself engaged in a programme about the Doomsday prophesies of the Mayans. They predict the end of the world on the 21st December 2012. These prophesies, encoded in the language of pictograms and glyphs, were being scrutinised in the light of modern scientific knowledge.

One of the theories proposed to explain the prophecy was a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles.  I think they were reading the Jovian Booglehoop reversed-pole food repulsion-throw-across-the-table function at the time (Red Dwarf – Legion).  Thought ‘Ooer! That’s a bit of a coincidence and not a very pleasant one’ but it does mean that we won’t have to battle through the Christmas rush and spend fortunes on shopping next year. Every shroud has a silver lining!

Have a little freebie for you today – three pretty frames in SVG /GSD format.

Free Frames SVG

Free Frames GSD


‘A’ You’re Adorable

‘C’ You’re a cutie full of charms… The last line of this song is ‘It’s fun to wander through the alphabet with you’ and that’s what I’m in the middle of doing! Like Rolf Harris would say ‘Can you guess what it is, yet?’ I’m working on an alphabet pop-up set!

Pop-ups are great fun cards to give and receive. This posting  is for a pop-up card insert. Each letter sits on a scalloped mat beside a pop-up step for you to add any topper you like. There are some little cut out flowers on the bottom of the scalloped mat  – sorry my picture doesn’t show them clearly here but they’re pretty. If you’re making a card for a boy you could change them for stars or leave them out of the cut.

I’ve used a decorative topper from the Anita’s range here  (yes, I do buy toppers from time to time – I just love this one). The cut out letter and the blank step make for a great combination to personalise a card and really make it really special. Here is the letter  ‘A’   – if you want another letter, let me know and I’ll get it done and posted for you though they will all get posted over the next week or so.

I hope you like them.

** Am working my way through the alphabet and expect to have a full set by next week so watch this space!**

Price in Euro:

Download Letter A Pop Up card insert SVG (€ [price])

Download Letter A Pop Up card insert GSD (€ [price])


Many thanks to Yasny Chan for the floral brush

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