Snowflake swing card

Just dressed up a file for Christmas. It’s a variation of the swingcard that I posted some time ago – see the link http://www.thesingingtree.biz/index.php/2012/03/swing-time/. This one has a snowflake cut out and a good sparkling of sugar glitter. I embossed a circle of 80gsm (plain old copier paper!) to glue behind the snowflake aperture and it looks lovely.

I’ll be posting it for sale later on this evening but have some other stuff to finish off first. Until later then.

PS Hope you’re not badly affected by the rain. We’ve had some road closures locally but no houses have been flooded though there are warnings.

There. I tweaked and finessed the file and am very happy with the end result. The snowflake left behind on the carrier sheet can be used as a topper for other Christmas projects and has a pretty star cut out in the middle.

This is for sale at 3.00 euro and is for the card and the round star frame around the circular aperture only (no envelope).

Payment can be made through Paypal and you will receive the file in your e-mail address within 24 hours of the payment being received.

Snowflake Swing Card (Zipped file with GSD, SVG and DXF file formats)

Snowflake Swing Card SVG, DXF and GSD (€ 3)

I robot

Is there no end to the fun to be had with a cutting machine? I bought some heat press vinyl last year and didn’t really use it – until I bought a plain black hoodie for Mr Tree. It was too plain so got Illustrator into action and knocked up a cool sizzle-my-schnizzles, robot ( and then took it into Photoshop to convert it into a brush to play with on other projects – like the gang of robots that have turned up on the left)!

Cut, weeded and hot-pressed on, it looks just dudey! Mr Tree likes it but the weather  is amazing. It’s so hot and gorgeous it’s just not hoodie weather. From my window in this room I can see some giant Yukka’s and in this heat I pretend they’re palm trees. Or is that a mirage?

Have got a couple of kids’ hoodies to do (boys) so have designed different robots and hope to get them done early next week. Will show you when they’re ready.

Have a good weekend and hope you’re enjoying some good weather where you are.

Hels

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!

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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 (€ 5)

Thank you for looking

Hels

Sunflowers

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):

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352642.0 She is generously giving the templates away for the straight and wavy sided templates here:

http://extremecards.blogspot.com/2010/07/origamic-architecture-wedding-cake.html

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:

http://desireux.blogspot.com/2007/05/first-one.html

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 (€ 3)

Thank you so much for looking.

Hels x

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

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