Robocop – robot sheriff

Here’s my latest robot. Obviously law enforcement and judging by the star, I’d say a sheriff.  I wouldn’t want to risk a fork in the capacitors from this guy! Wonder where he’ll pop up next (apart from having already been converted into an ABR) ! Well, you should see by the end of the week! He was designed in Illustrator then taken into PS so I could turn him into a brush (ABR).  What’s that? Freeze and drop the cream cake??!!  Uhhh OK!

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!


Pretty decorated alphabet set of Photoshop / PSE brushes

Hello again! Dashed back when I saw how small the preview is! Have posted a single letter to give you a better idea of what the rest of the set is like! There you go!

Anyhow, I’ve made a set of decorated alphabet brushes for Photoshop /PSE.  They’re 300 ppi so a good resolution and lovely for digi layouts, scrapbooking and printing (unlike the preview which I made far too small for anybody to see! My apologies – always the same when you try to rush things (got the tea cooking).

Same deal as before! Five comments (minimum) and I’ll upload and you can take them to enjoy. I’ll leave them up for a week or so and if nobody wants them in that time, I’ll keep them for myself. I’ll use them!

Enjoy your evening (or day, depending on which part of the world you’re in!).

Hel x

Birds on bikes

Birds don’t have to worry about the niceties of bike-riding etiquette. The list of Do’s and Don’ts of bike riding below was published in the New York World, a popular newspaper of 1895. With this list as their guide, women could pedal with impunity and not be an embarrassment to their gender.

Here’s the list:

  • Don’t be a fright.
  • Don’t faint on the road.
  • Don’t wear a man’s cap.
  • Don’t wear tight garters.
  • Don’t forget your toolbag
  • Don’t attempt a “century.”
  • Don’t coast. It is dangerous.
  • Don’t boast of your long rides.
  • Don’t criticize people’s “legs.”
  • Don’t wear loud hued leggings.
  • Don’t cultivate a “bicycle face.”
  • Don’t refuse assistance up a hill.
  • Don’t wear clothes that don’t fit.
  • Don’t neglect a “light’s out” cry.
  • Don’t wear jewelry while on a tour.
  • Don’t race. Leave that to the scorchers.
  • Don’t wear laced boots. They are tiresome.
  • Don’t imagine everybody is looking at you.
  • Don’t go to church in your bicycle costume.
  • Don’t wear a garden party hat with bloomers.
  • Don’t contest the right of way with cable cars.
  • Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.
  • Don’t wear white kid gloves. Silk is the thing.
  • Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?”
  • Don’t use bicycle slang. Leave that to the boys.
  • Don’t go out after dark without a male escort.
  • Don’t without a needle, thread and thimble.
  • Don’t try to have every article of your attire “match.”
  • Don’t let your golden hair be hanging down your back.
  • Don’t allow dear little Fido to accompany you
  • Don’t scratch a match on the seat of your bloomers.
  • Don’t discuss bloomers with every man you know.
  • Don’t appear in public until you have learned to ride well.
  • Don’t overdo things. Let cycling be a recreation, not a labor (sic).
  • Don’t ignore the laws of the road because you are a woman.
  • Don’t try to ride in your brother’s clothes “to see how it feels.”
  • Don’t scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first, she will run.
  • Don’t cultivate everything that is up to date because yon ride a wheel.
  • Don’t emulate your brother’s attitude if he rides parallel with the ground.
  • Don’t undertake a long ride if you are not confident of performing it easily.
  • Don’t appear to be up on “records” and “record smashing.” That is sporty.
Taken from Brain Pickings

My favourites are ‘Don’t cultivate a bicycle face’ and ‘Don’t try to ride in your brother’s clothes “to see how it feels”‘.


I HAD to try to find out what a ‘bicycle face’ was and came across this:

… bicycle face, according to the display, was one of the “allegedly possible ailments” of riding a bike. Anti-bicyclists of the time claimed it was “the product of excessive worry over maintaining balance while riding.”

So, I know WHAT it is but cannot imagine the expression.

My heart postage stamp brush for PS and PSE

No sooner do we shut the door on one occasion when we  start preparing for the next one!  Maybe we just need nice things to look forward to.

I am making something special for Mr Tree and thought I’d show you the image I’ve made as part of his card:

It’s 300 dpi so it will print out cleanly. It looks lovely in other colours as well so I converted it into a brush (the original graphic was made in Illustrator then brought into Photoshop to turn into a brush).

The brush is for sale at 1.50 euro. Payment is through Pay Pal, which will convert to your currency. The file will be sent to you within 24 hours of payment being received. Please note that you will need Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to be able to use this brush.

My heart postage stamp Photoshop /PSE brush (€ [price])

If you would like the PS Pattern of this stamp, also costing 1.50 euro, let me know and I’ll make it available.

Thank you for looking

Hel x

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