Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Christmas orders are finally finished! I feel like doing a little celebratory dance - but at 39 weeks pregnant I think I'll refrain. Maternity leave starts right here, right now. I'm so tired I could sleep standing up.

So that was my first notonthehighstreet Christmas, eh? Plus I was in the brochure. But I am down on their forecast which is weird. But then I never know how they work out that stuff anyway. I miss doing the bespoke personalised papercuts - my favourite part of what I do is the design bit and the cutting out bit. With all the lasercut existing designs I've been framing, it was getting a wee bit tedious.

Now I'm going to relax, put my feet up and await our new little arrival like I should have been doing weeks ago.

I will fold and refold teeny tiny little babygrows.
I will try on the baby carrier despite it not fitting over my bump.
I will smell the Johnsons baby bath a dozen times.
I will pack and unpack and repack my hospital bag numerous times.
I will eat too much chocolate (this baby has temporarily changed my savoury tooth into a sweet one).
I will make mince pies, cheese straws and ginger biscuits.
I will go into the nursery just to sit on the breastfeeding chair and look at the change in the room that Kyleigh's Papercuts was started in back in February this year.

Wow. Not even a year yet! I'll do something special like a giveaway or something to celebrate my first year. You mark my words.

I'm already thinking about Valentines Day. I might design some cards, and a lovely red special lovey dovey papercut. What do you think? Ok ok, I'll switch off. But I'll be back soon. Hopefully with baby news.

Have a fantastic Christmas if I don't get chance to blog before. Enjoy your family and friends, drink too much and be silly. Go on. Do it for me. xx

Friday, 3 December 2010

Lesson learned

I was mortified to hear form a customer the other day who hadn't yet received her bespoke papercut despite me sending it mid-OCTOBER!? "Eeeeeeek!" thought I, don't worry I'll check the tracking. But alas... it was unframed, meaning it was sent through our dear old Post Office standard first class. Meaning no tracking. DOH!

So on a cold snowy day I handcut this beast again. It's a tricky one, being black on black. But worth it, I hope you agree.

Unframed large papercuts I mount it lightly onto A3 card, then onto mountboard with a cellophane sleeve over the whole thing.

"Hey! I'm trying to work!" Pelted with snowballs by daughter no.2 on my little wendy house studio. Tsk, what's a girl got to do for a bit of peace round here?

Now... I will go and write 100 lines "I WILL send bespoke papercuts recorded delivery, I WILL send bepoke papercuts recorded delivery, I WILL send bespoke papercuts recorded delivery..."

We're all off to Westbury to celebrate a family Christmas with all my family and their husbands/wives and numerous cousins. We call it 'First Christmas' and it's lovely. So technically it's Christmas Eve today for me, yippee! First Christmas is a little early this year what with my big old bump being due in a couple of weeks. But its so perfect with all the snow around. I just hope we make it from Dorset to Wiltshire in the ice... eek! Have a great weekend everyone, stay warm!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Everyone is into red paper at the moment...

This was a commission for word from a book review of her husband's book review. I thought it was a pretty cool idea. I'd love to know what book it was though! Well done that author!

I'm getting a little hacked off with the quality of the old iPhone pics... proof indeed that I NEED an iPhone 4 pleeeeeeease!! C'mon Father Christmas, see what you can do.

Framed and out in the post.

Now onto the rest of my Christmas orders I seem to be drowning in... I've had a nightmare with getting hold of more frames. Chasing and chasing, I'll have to look into this in the New Year, erm, make that SOMETIME next year - keep forgetting I've got a baby imminent!!

So frames for my limited edition lasercuts are currently in stock, but running out fast! And I've been told that once they're gone, there's no more now until the end of January. Craziness... so if anyone knows of any lovely ways to frame papercuts, or any frame suppliers let me know.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A sweet idea

This was a nice commission. The customer - my best customer, you know who you are Lucy ; )  told me that this papercut was a present for 'two families that have come together and are now blissfully happy' How lovely is that?!

Eleanor and Dave are the couple, the rest are all their combined children. So so so sweet. As Lucy asked, I was mindful to make sure all the names were the same font size - they are all equal, and we don't want any niggly sibling rivalry do we?

This is how I package unframed papercuts. Very lightly mounted onto paper, which sits on foamboard and inside a cellophane sleeve. Also stick a couple of glue dots in there in case they need them.

In other news - the baby is head down! WOOP! I had a scan last Thursday and it's all nice and down and ready to go. But it needs to stay put until at least 17th Dec - which is the last courier dispatch date before Christmas! If it comes early, I'd be letting customers down... or I'd be one of those women you read about "I went back to work 10 minutes after giving birth!" and that wouldn't be good!!

Have you seen my facebook fan page yet? It's rather good... you can even 'like' me ; )

Now pop the kettle on, it's freeeeeeeezing! Warm your tootsies up on the fire, mmmmmm....

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Hear hear!

This is the last large bespoke commission until I'm back from having the baby (I'm still working through the other small sized ones... nearly there). But what lovely words! I wish everyone is always with a smile, or indeed a giggle... or a nice hearty laugh.

Apologies about the quality... 'tis but a lowly iphone pic.

Speaking of hearty laughs (paragraph above, come on, keep up) I took a bit of time out from Papercut Land and had a lovely pregnancy massage today. All was very serene and peaceful... hippy music in the background... birdsong, tribal, whales... you know the sort of thing. Then she got me in my tickly part of my back (no I didn't know I had one either!), oh man, I was laughing so hard... She said "tsk... oh dear... that's 25 minutes of relaxing massage out the window!" but she didn't mind. I held it together for the rest of the massage. But hey ho, laughing is good for the soul, eh?

A bientot, mon amies! I'm off to Staples for a mad dash to grab some 'emergency' printer cartridges. Bloody printer won't print anything until I've changed the black one and I'm in the middle of printing loads of dispatch notes for tomorrow, it's completely thrown me. How annoying!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010


Well, this hasn't happened for a while... I changed the blades on both my scalpels and accidentally took a little nick outta my finger. Luckily no blood on any papercuts... it'll stop in a minute.

In other news... this naughty baby is currently breech. Being 36 weeks I have to have a scan and potentially a little bit of squooshing in the hospital to get the little monkey to turn round. Tsk.

Monday, 22 November 2010

But best of all, I've got my baby

This was a nice commission to do... bit of Paulo Nutini:

Although maybe I should have done a design incorporating food inside a belly and maybe a tv licence? No? Really?

Speaking of 'Best of all I've got my baby' (we were, its the title of this post, duur) it's getting increasingly difficult for me to lean over the desk to hand cut my commissions. The baby is just too darn big, or rather my belly is. And in an awkward position the baby kicks and wriggles and jabs feet/knees/elbows into my ribs in protest. It's most inconvenient with customers waiting, you know? "Sorry your papercut is late, I was being jabbed in the ribs" not really cricket is it? That said I want little baby Orlebar to stay put for 4 more weeks... I have far too many orders to get out before Christmas! So I guess I should stop moaning about being jabbed... *sigh* ok.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Long after tonight is all over...

This was a commission, small amount of words but in the large size, so cut from A3. I do like cutting a big 'un. The curves flow out nicely from my little swively scalpel {Oh how I love that bendy bladey!}

You can see my new studio reflected nicely in the last pic...

I've been a busy bee today. Orders keep on coming.  I'm continuing to frame and package all the Christmas orders from notonthehighstreet but I also set up a Facebook page for my papercuts, so now you can 'like' me. Which sounds weird and desparate somehow doesn't it? Like me, like me...

So I'm winding down a little now - I'm off to Totnes tomorrow for a final weekend away with G before little baby Orlebar makes an appearance. We're staying in a lovely B&B which does amazing breakfasts (see old greedypants here mentions that first) and we're off to see Ruarri Joseph at the Barrelhouse with friends. Really looking forward to it, even though {obviously} sticky booze is out of the equation, it'll be good to get away.

But shhhh... I know it's sad but I'm taking my laptop - well I'll need to approve notonthehighstreet orders on the free WiFi in the B&B won't I? ; )

Monday, 15 November 2010

Swiss time was running out...

It's funny how different the purple paper looks in the two photos. I mean funny peculiar, not funny ha ha. I'm pretty happy with the clock and notes, not done those before. I like it when I get to do something other than swirls and hearts...

What DO frogs say?

Well, according to my customer, we ALL know they go 'tra la la la la'... check out the funky new pink cutting mat, dazzling!

iPhone pic... annoyingly out of focus.

Here it is framed. It is standing on my big pile of red tissue paper. All my papercuts up to Christmas get the red tissue paper treatment, and a little label and ribbon.

OH! Not only that... it's the first papercut photographed in my new studio, wooop! The old office/spare room can now be hastily turned into the nursery in readiness for this kicky little one who is due to make an appearance Christmas Eve. And I hope he/she is on time or late, if little bean shows up early I am SCUPPERED. Notonthehighstreet orders will still need to be done... EEEEEK! Stay in there little one...

Sunday, 17 October 2010

So throw those cutains wide, one day like this a year'd see me right

This was my first A3 black paper commission, after I'd sourced some nice black A3 paper (and not the rubbish kraft paper which is really pulpy and not good for cutting). It was tricky printing the design (in black) onto black paper to still enable me to see it to cut it out. My anglepoise lamp pulled down practically touching it seemed to do the trick!

What do you think? Rubbish iphone pic again... not in focus or nuffnk.

In other news... my amazing husband G is currently insulating and tongue & grooving (that's wood, fact fans) out the inside of my neat little new garden studio. It is going to be amazing. I can't wait to move in. I'll post pics when it's all done.

Inspiration for the interior is coming from sneak peeks at Design*Sponge... although if I achieve even half as nice as some of those offices I'd be one happy bunny.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Can't take my eyes offa you...

Rubbish iPhone pic... apologies. I shouldn't be so frikkin' lazy and actually get my big ole camera out. Anyway, it's too late because this one is framed, bubble-wrapped, tissue-papered and boxed up ready to go now. And there's no WAY I'm unpacking it, even for you ; )

And they say romance is dead...

This order was sent in from a man getting his wife a beautiful, thoughtful Christmas present. So 1) he is VERY organised and 2) a romantic! Awwww it really does warm the cockles of your heart doesn't it?

For any of you out thinking the other half will be panic buying presents in the shops at 5pm on Christmas eve, it might not happen! Or just leave this post open on your computer... *AHEM* "read this, darling!"

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Doo da doo doo or doo da doo not?

Here's a large commission I've just cut from A3. I wasn't sure about the 'doo da doo doo' at first but I kinda like it now... It'll look even better once I've framed it.

In other news, my garden studio is getting delivered and put up tomorrow. I am soooo excited. It also means I can move all my papercut stuff out of the spare room so we can magically transform it into the nursery. Only 10 weeks to go before we need it (unless the sticky bean comes early... eeeek).

Monday, 11 October 2010

Up above the clouds

I'm currently trying to clear a backlog of commissions before the notonthehighstreet Christmas rush sets in and this was one of the papercuts off to its new home today:

Its from Turin Brakes song 'Above the clouds' from the beautiful album 'Jack in a box'. I love getting commissions, it's even nicer when they are words that I wish I'd thought of!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

A bit of WOO! in the post

I got in from work and the new notonthehighstreet Christmas catalogue had been delivered. WOO! It's not due to be sent to everyone who wants it (750,000 discerning customers no less) until next week, but I guess if you feature in it* they send it to you for a bit of WOOness.

Quick! Open it!

2 pages in, peepo! On 'Holly's Favourites' page

Lovely colour wall they've photographed it against.


Saturday, 2 October 2010

Another lovely commission

This is for an anniversary. It took a fair while to design and to cut out. I was stressing initially over the amount of words. It is under my 20 limit, but I guess there's quite a few longies in there which kinda make me sweat in the design process. But I think it turned out ok, what do you reckon?

Do you see my scalpels on the left? My trusty tools of the trade. They are ready for their close up...

The long one is a good old Swann Moreton (no3 handle with a 10A blade fact fans!). I've adapted it with a choice fabric plaster for finger comfort. The squat purple one is a Fiskars 'fingertip' swivel scalpel. I got it from HobbyCraft and it's the best I've found so far. I am on the hunt for an X-Acto knife, but thus far no luck : (

On another matter it's getting pretty tricky to lean over my desk with my big ole belly. The baby kicks and kicks and tickles my hip bones. I do love it though...

Friday, 1 October 2010

A heads up...

My papercuts are going to be featured on the 'Holly's Favourites' page of the notonthehighstreet Christmas catalogue and I'm getting very excited about it plopping through my letterbox! Although I am having to brace myself for a super duper busy season - at precisely the time I should be relaxing on maternity leave!

The papercut featured in the first Christmas catalogue (being delivered around 11th October) is my 'All you need is love' which will be a lasercut version. In the second Christmas catalogue (due around mid-November) they're featuring my incredibly popular 'God only knows' design - also lasercut.

This is an image from the photoshoot notonthehighstreet did with my papercut. Nice styling huh?

Why lasercut? I hear you ask... well I've decided to give it a go, its not cheating - my design is the same. I guess it's the same as buying an art print as opposed to an original screenprint. Besides, I am very pregnant and need all the help I can get!

So - the personalised papercuts won't be available, nor will the personalised baby names. And the only designs that will be available are:
Right, I'm off to buy HUGE supplies of bubblewrap, frames, tissue paper and all that gumf.
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

First anniversary

I did this large a3 papercut for a first wedding anniversary which happens to be... Yup! Paper. Perfect! And it just goes to show it doesn't have to be song lyrics.

I've taken pics of the process of cutting a papercut, so you can see how I do it. I'll post that soon. Then you can all get cutting!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

What's this from?

I'm losing light as you can see but thought I'd show you this one. Just finished cutting it out from lovely brown kraft paper (paper fact: my 2nd favourite paper after the recycled cream I use).
I've no idea what this is from though? I hope they like it.. Yes they did say 'clickety-click' and not 'jiggety-jig' which is the one I know. Any ideas?

The Velveteen Rabbit

I'm seriously rubbish at keeping up with showing new commissions on here... But here's one freshly finished a few minutes ago. It's a quote from 'The Velveteen Rabbit' a children's book by Margery Williams.

 Now I've got to re-cut a commission that was damaged in transit (gggrrrrrrrr!) all the while being kicked inside by my belly full of arms and legs!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Apologies for lack of updates, since my notonthehighstreet shop opened I have been completely inundated with orders. I mean, loads. It freaked me out to be honest!
I'm just starting to get on top of them now which means I can spare a few mins to take a scrappy iPhone pic of my latest commission. It's from one of my all time favourite books 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' by Hunter S Thompson.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

It's that time of year...

..when we start the old raspberry vodka. The finished vodka is SO delicious you can drink it neat in a little shot it's that sweet and lovely. Or have a tall drink with tonic. Either way I won't be drinking any for the forseeable future what with little bean on the way. This batch will be enjoyed by G no doubt, with some going to friends/family as presents (if theres any left a'course).

Here's how you do it
Step 1: Go to a 'pick your own' and pick lots of lovely raspberries (you can use supermarket raspberries, but it's not as nice a flavour)
Step 2: Once home, wash the raspberries and pick out and dodgy ones and terilise a big old 2 litre Kiliner jar (we use sterilising tablets - easy)
Step 3: Measure out 300g of raspberries and 350g of granulated sugar
Step 4: Pop the raspberries in the sterilised jar, pour the sugar on top, and 1.5 litres of cheapo vodka on top of that. Give it a swirl around (don't stir - just swirl the jar as its all sterile inside)
Step 5: Put the jar in a cool dark place and let it fester. Once a week or so give it a swirl.
Step 6: After 3 months minimum (or anytime up to a year) sterilise some 1 litre bottles, strain the raspberry vodka through a piece of muslin into a bowl and pour the beautiful red syrupy vodka into your bottles.


Wednesday, 14 July 2010 shop now open for business!

At last! My papercuts are available on the jaw-droppingly amazing website, I can often be found browsing their collection of inspiring and unusual gifts and what not, cooing over the bunting and cushions. Not to mention the bellini hamper (I WILL buy that for someone one day).

And I am proud to now be part of it... very exciting...

Friday, 18 June 2010

Sorry I've been quiet...

I've been making this you see...

Which for the last 13 weeks has been making me super duper tired, nauseous... moody, tearful... nauseous... did I mention nauseous? But most of all completely over the moon.

It's not been an easy ride for me and G (3 miscarriages since we got married in 2007) - I was convinced this would end the same way. BUT (as the due date is CHRISTMAS EVE) it looks like it's not going to. Which is typical, eh? The kids are soooooo excited... as are we. Hello little curly bean!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

New designs sneaky peeky

In the last few weeks I've been a busy bee.
I've been designing, cutting, framing and photographing lots of new papercuts for my upcoming shop on

It's been a long hard slog, but I'm pleased with the designs that will become my NOTHS shop when it opens. Some will stay, some will go, some will eventually prove popular enough to have a limited number lasercut. Who knows?

All I know is that it's time to kick back, relax.. and enjoy half term with my little ladies. We're off to the beach house tomorrow (pleeeeease be nice and sunny), leaving G to have the house to himself. I' sure he'll like the welcome relief of an empty house without kids coming and going and the dog being a complete loon. Here's to half term!

In the meantime, here's a sneaky peek of some of the new designs:
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