Tag: papercraft

Other, Papercuts

Good things come in small packages

Setting my stall out, so to speak. Made some pretty packets for seeds as ‘Thank You teacher’ gifts.


The brown envelopes are those ones you pop dinner money in!  I embossed each one then popped a packet of seeds in. The decorative front panel with the content details in was designed in Illustrator and cut out (by HAND!). The zig-zag border started as a black triangle then converted to an Illustrator brush so that any time I want a border with a zig-zag frame, the brush is at the ready.

The  decorative ‘lacy’ band and butterfly were designed in Illustrator and cut with the Craft Robo. Both are included for sale with various bits and bobs for sale on this site, btw.

The band was wrapped around the bundle of seed packets and topped off with a fine-cut, almost filligree butterfly.

Made a bunch of these and arranged them in a little basket lined with a paper doiley. All they need is a note from mum and they’re good to go as Thank You Teacher gifts! I’m up to my diddley pom-poms here and don’t have a lot of time to take pictures and sadly the basket picture doesn’t do them justice.  I’ll see if I get time later to retake.

Have fun.


3D, Buy, Cards

Butterflies all around

***Updated May 17th Never chuck baby out with the bath water. Here is the original file in a circle with the lower butterflies resited. Simple matter of unlinking the weld nodes, moving the butterflies down to align with the bottom of the card and rewelding. Also added in a couple more flowery shaped curly wurly shapes that suit it nicely. Made it with the CR this time as I wanted stiffer card to cut it from and need the Detail Blade Holder for the Cougar so will have to get that ordered!  *******

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-form butterfly circle card SVG, GSD and Studio (€ [price])


It turned out I was feeling a bit of  misery guts having said goodbye to my visitors. They came back from Belfast on the Sunday and went home Monday afternoon. After nearly a whole month of ‘residents’ the house seemed gloomy and empty to come back to. Not exactly Nosferatu gloomy – dark shadows stretching up the stairwell with hands outstretched and claws ready to rip out my heart – but not far off (only joking – I’m NEVER that dark and miserable!). Ner, a feeling more akin to damp wellies, if you know what I mean. And this despite Mr Tree who is always very up  – like his blood group he’s always B positive – being his usual jokey self and making me laugh!

But a new friend called round full of life and energy, all funny and bright, and invited me  to meet her chickens next week! That is just Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  I have a special love spot in my heart for chickens – and their smell! Like newborn puppy breath, there is nothing like it and it is just lovely. Don’t know if I’ll get a cup of tea at the kitchen table or will sit in the chookie house with the girls but we’ll see. Ha ha.

So, happier having had a laugh with art-lady friend and her very sweet daughter,  I was mojoed up to tackle an X-form butterfly card. It folds flat but needs to be primped and teased out when opened to spread the butterfly wings (lots of them – see the pic:  half-butterflies are welded on and then topped with whole ones to oomph up the glamour) and make it look pretty. A couple of mods and I’ll be posting it for sale probably tomorrow evening.

In the meantime, am posting a Photoshop brush I made called ‘Chicken Scratch’. You can use it with PSE as well as PS. I’ll make it available to download for free if I get five comments (all cleaned up and free of copyright, etc!):

Have fun now and speak laters!


Boxes and Packets, Buy

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

Buy, Cards

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!


3D, Cutting files, Free

Goody two shoes favour template

A quickie and a goodie two shoes for you!  A 3D cutting file (SVG or GSD) that I will give away as a free download  if I get 5 comments (or more  – haaarrrr… manic laughter!!!!). Perfect for little bags of sweeties or other favours for little (and no so little) girl parties. I think they’re sweet  but if I get no comments I’ll reconcile myself to being alone in that opinion.

Thank YOU! Five is the magic number so here you go:

No Longer Available

Have a great evening!


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