Song Bird

Last night I finished off a papercut. This was designed in Illustrator and cut by machine. I’m probably putting it up on Etsy this evening to sell as an SVG. It fits on an 12″ x  12″ so suitable for most of the current machines on the market.

I want to personalise it with a name or word to be affixed to the bird’s beak. Mr Tree says ‘No’. We disagree. I’m on the fence for the moment and will mull it over during the day.

Together We Are Magic – a papercutting for you


The weekend was bitterly cold! I went shopping just across the border in Newry. There are two shopping centres just a few minutes walk away from each other, the Quays and Buttercrane, and in those few minutes I thought my face would crack with the cold – it felt as though it was frozen solid!

Radio Nova dedicated the weekend to playing romantic records. As the drive to Newry was a good hour and a half each way, I heard a bunch of them and thought there were a few dubious choices in the mix particularly Paul Young’s ‘Every time you go away you take away a piece of meat with you’. Well, that’s as romantic as a bluebottle on the bum. I mean, what’s she doing? Nicking his pork chops? Leg of lamb? Soon put a stop to that, if I was him.

So, changing tack completely and happily, I’m giving you a free paper cutting file – just in time for St Valentine’s Day. It’s not totally soppy. I think it says plenty in a lovely way. You can download the SVG here:
Together We Are Magic

You’ll need a cutting machine, obviously, but it cuts well and isn’t too intricate or fiddly to weed. I hope you like it and remember, somebody, somewhere, loves you. Have a happy Valentine’s day.

Time in a Bottle

Went into Dublin to look for mount board and backing papers but couldn’t find anything special so am using my ever-dwindling stash of Papergenie and Coredinations.

Dublin was very busy. Not sure if it was the mad dash to get last minute uniforms and school shoes before the kids go back next week or what. Just too busy to stay and pooch around so didn’t exactly hunt high and low.

Popped into Ikea on the way back and it was, as ever, busy busy busy. Anyhoo, Ikea was Ikea. It is what it is. I bought a couple of large Ribba, a couple of small Ribba and a Virserum. I checked out the new fabrics they have in stock – nothing exciting.

On the way back, the rain lashed down for a while but when it dried up and the sun popped out there was the most beautiful rainbow  – like the sky had been gift wrapped in irridescent ribbons. Ahh!

Anyway, finally despairing of ever finding lovely backing paper for the Time in A Bottle papercutting, I had a flash of inspiration – fabric. I still had some lovely pink tweed  so Modged it onto some hardboard (MisterE cut it to size for me – thank you MisterE) as the backing layer.

I spray glued the cutting and pressed it down on the fabric and framed it all up. It looks lovely – though I say it myself!  It’s now up on the wall in pride of place by the dining table.

The actual papercut is also listed on Etsy as a papercutting as well as the pdf template from a previous listing. I’m making it a limited edition of just 5 so each will be numbered and signed on the reverse. Why five? It’s too much work to do more than that!

Anyway, hope you like the mounting and it gives you ideas for picture framing in the future.

Sunshine in a cup

Things I love: sunshine, sunflowers and tea. This latest paper cut has them all and it’s called – surprise, surprise,  ‘Sunshine in a cup’. The yellow backing card just isn’t vibrant or juicy enough and am on a mission to visit the one and only local ‘crafty’ place round here to see if they have any nice stock today.  It’s to be framed, and, as you know, the mount and the frame make all the difference to the final piece.

Here it is against a dark background. Plenty of contrast but doesn’t suit the Sunshine in a Cup image (IMHO).

Against a gorgeous inky indigo blue grungy background. Contrast is good but definitely not appropriate (again, just my ever-so-‘umble opinion).

A gratuitous extra picture just to give MisterE some limelight (ha ha).

The template be in my Etsy shop tonight if you fancy a cup of sunshine yourself!

Have a sunshiny day wherever you are!

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