More paper cutting. Today is the best day ever – that’s a great start to the day. This one is to be framed today and will hang in the stair well – that way I get to see it first thing and all throughout the day. As Aunty Flo says, ‘Baptise each day a success’ and expect good things. So I do. But sometimes need a reminder! I have to go out for some coloured card to back the cutting onto. I quite like the juicy orange in the pic above but it doesn’t exactly go with anything. MisterE is holding it up for a shot against some dark wood in the picture below – obviously the contrast sets it off but it doesn’t suit the sentiment. A lovely rich dark cherry red would be lovely. I’ll see what’s available.
I’m probably going to add ‘Today Is’ one to my Etsy Shop but will have to do that this evening.
**** No Joy ****
The local A & H shop had nothing special, sadly, so am going with the baby blue. It does look smashing, though I say it myself… well, if you can’t love your own baby, what can you love??!
I also finished off this ‘Just Be Happy’ and have the same problem. All of my backing cards are a bit earthy and kind of dull for such joy!
Well, hasn’t the sun just come out?! Time to get out there before I get rickets. Byeee.
Helooo. Good today? Nearly Valentine’s and I’ve been making some paper bunting and garlands. The picture shows one made up into a three-heart dangler with a bead at the bottom (threaded with nylon fishing line!). I wanted to get a better shot to show it dangling prettily but I got one shot (a poor one – see below) as a certain little girlie cat decided she was going to help! That I got one shot of it dangling is pretty miraculous.
Anyway, the one in the picture above shows a teardrop design (the three-heart) and a single heart to its side with a different cut-out design. They can be resized and made into lots of pretty danglers or threaded together to make beautiful bunting.
They slot together very simply and can be dressed up in lots of ways to help make the day special and fun. I’m selling the SVG if you would like to buy the template (which has three designs, btw) for €4.00.
I’m just finishing a Pointy Cat – It caught my eye while having a browse. The template (free) is available from Wee Wonderfuls – Pointy Cat . Very cute. I think mine will be a pin cushion or Gracie will get her and she’ll come to a bad end (pointy cat, not Gracie!).
Also been trying out new techniques – the quilting technique below is called a Cathedral Window. I think traditionally muslin was used for the ‘window’ filler – it gave a translucency that simulated the effect of light coming through stained glass inside a church or cathedral. It was interesting to make but, to be honest, not much fun being fairly laborious. And uses too much material for little return.
Finally, with its back turned to me, is Frankensock. It will one day come to life as a sock monkey. It has been at this stage of construction for FIVE YEARS now. I don’t know why I just can’t be bothered with it. I have its arm and tail stuffed and ready to stitch on. All I need to do is make two ears, a mouth and sew two buttons on for its eyes. I love sock monkeys. They’re great fun. Just have no enthusiasm, no mojo, no nothing for this little guy. That said, I will DEFINITELY finish it… I think.
A little over three weeks to Christmas now! Just posting a pop-up holly and candle card for sale. I have used it to make a few cards and it cuts very cleanly. The card insert suits a square card better than a rectangular one but if you want it tweaked let me know and I’ll be happy to re-proportion the ‘mat’ it cuts from. I am including a PDF of the file that clearly labels each fold line as a Mountain or Valley so you can’t go wrong.
Another pic to give you a clearer view of the pop-up insert.
It’s available in SVG format for €4.00 euro. You’ll need an electronic cutter like a Cameo, Silhouette, Craft Robo, Black Cat or Silver Bullet, etc. If you prefer a different format, let me know and I’ll save to a different file type and get it to you. I create everything in Illustrator but have other software I can import to and change file type. The file will be sent to the Paypal e-mail address linked to the Paypal account holder unless directed otherwise. I will send it within 24 hours of payment being received by Paypal.
Finally got round to posting this pretty church. I have been cutting like Edward Scissor Hands for the past couple of weeks making up a display of 3D tealight houses for my Christmas hearth.
Over the last couple of years or so, I have given 3D tealights out as Christmas cards (to special friends and neighbours) with a battery operated LED and they are always well-received. The beauty of them is that you can cut them appropriate to an occasion and dress them up for pride-of-place table settings for weddings, christenings, holy communions, confirmations, etc, but especially Christmas where you can dazzle them with frosty sparkles, twinkles and gems. I haven’t given mine any glitter as it can be difficult to photograph and capture well but I will be making a few of these in Christmas reds and greens with my favourite sugar sparkle for the hearth. When there’s a bunch of tealights all glittered and bedazzled, the effect is stunning.
As part of a village scene, this can double up as a school. It’s a very versatile design. Of course, you can sell whatever you make from the template (just not the template!) and I wish you happy sales if that’s your intention.
I’m putting this up for €10 euro. It’s easier to construct than it might look, nothing really fiddly but am always here to help out if need’s be.
It’s being sold in SVG format (two files, one for the roof and frames and another for the main body parts) so you’ll need an electronic cutter like a Cameo, Silhouette, Craft Robo, Black Cat or Silver Bullet, etc. If you prefer a different format, let me know and I’ll save to a different file type and get it to you. I create everything in Illustrator but have other software I can import to and change file type. The file will be sent to the Paypal e-mail address linked to the Paypal account holder unless directed otherwise. I will send it within 24 hours of payment being received by Paypal.
Well, wojus weather today. Rain is chucking down. Just put some food on the bird table for my friendly robin. He was bobbing to me from the fence so I chopped up some cheese and a few bits for him. Well, he totally ignored the food but had a bath in the rain instead. Seemed mad to me but he was thoroughly enjoying himself.
Anyway, a 3D windmill on sale today. Pop a battery operated tealight underneath and see it light up. Very pretty.
You’ll need a cutting machine, eg, Cameo, Silhouette, Cougar, Silver Bullet, Craft Robo etc, or something of that kind that uses SVG files.
About Me and the Tree
I’m Mrs Mc but you can call me Elly. It’s lovely that you’ve somehow stumbled across me here on my blog as I don’t do much in the way of social media or promote my blog or Etsy shop (Paper Pictures by EllieEmyn).
I love animals, especially cats. We had our lovely old ginger tom from tom kitten to elderly gent (20 +) when he died.
We now have two more. A rescue cat called Jess who has become so sweet and affectionate compared to the fearful, aggressive banshee that she once was, nearly four years ago.
And Gracie. We met her as a dirty, tired little kitten with mouse droppings in her fur, about a month after we got Jess.
We took her in after watching her being hooshed out of a local St Vincents charity shop time and again when she wanted to curl up in one of the baskets and have a sleep.
She ran from everybody until Mr Tree just walked over and picked her up. She just curled up in his arms and we knew she was for us.
Me? I work with and enjoy new technologies and software and live with a geeky engineer who makes me laugh and adores me like a queen.
I’ve got two great boys, all grown up now and doing really well.
I don’t say too much about any of us though as I like to retain some privacy. I know you’re a good soul but the internet has its share of trolls, hackers and down right nasties that make sharing too much information dangerous.
Anyhow, enjoy having a look around. I’m chatty and will write forever but also use the Singing Tree to save hand embroidery, recipes, cutting templates, sewing patterns, crochet patterns and indulge in some show and tell.
You can find a number of my Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials for free here as well.
In fact, most of my templates and design are free, though there are a few I’ve put up for sale. Anything else is for inspiration and enjoyment.
Note to Customers
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