Stuff and Things

I am aware that I have seemed rather absent for a little while, the unfortunate circumstances are that my fiancé suddenly passed away. He was only 33 so it has been a complete and utter shock. We were completely inseparable for over 11 years so at this point I don’t know how I can even start to come to terms with this let alone how to face the future without him. The one thing I do know is that I need to get back to work as right now I need the distraction and moving forward, I will need a reason to get out of bed each day.
So, I have been working on a new collection, it is one that I have had planned for some time and hopefully it will be with you fairly soon.

In other news, Facebook have removed vistor posts from the front page of the Birds SVGs Facebook page where you usually share your projects with me. So, I have created a Bird’s SVGs Facebook Group!  I would love it if you would join, you can find it here: The Birds SVGs Facebook Group

Also, I am considering a change of terms for my files to include online advertising and sales for your completed projects, I will post about this very soon.

Finally, I would like to thank my completely awesome Design Team for being so lovely during this time and for continuing to create wonderful projects which has helped to bridge the gap while I’ve been inactive.

122 thoughts on “Stuff and Things

    1. Nery Hernandez

      I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. After you mourn your love, take time to heal your broken heart. Know that your fans, as I are praying for you. God Bless.

  1. Linda Yonteff

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I have enjoyed your designs since I first bought SCAL and continue to enjoy them. I know that none of this makes your situation any better, but I do hope than knowing your fans and customers care helps you to find a way to carry on in this difficult time.

  2. Rosie Glenn

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Take time to heal your heart and mourn your true love. You are in my prayers.

  3. Susan C

    I was so shocked to read your post and I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your partner. I really enjoy making your projects and find your style and designs very inspirational. You are in my thoughts and I hope you continue with your work. Sending you a big virtual hug xx

  4. Linda McMahill

    Oh Bird! I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even start to imagine what you are going thru. Take heart that you have a lot of friends around the world that are keeping you in their prayers and thoughts. We are here for you. Hugs and Love

  5. LaNell German

    Oh how sad for you and your families. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Please know that someone in Texas is thinking about you and praying that you can find some happiness in the memorable times you shared.

  6. Ann Henderson

    My Sincere condolences. What a tragic loss to bear. Sending big hugs..treasure all your many happy memories xxx

  7. Susan Murchison

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss… Please treat yourself gently and lovingly… Give yourself time to grieve and heal… take baby steps and don’t think too far into the future.. I lost my husband of 22 years and felt the same as you. Please know that you will laugh again and feel joy. You never stop grieving but the pain lessens with time. Keep up the great work… you are very creative and generous with your work. Your new ideas sound wonderful and I wish you “enough”. Sue

  8. Anne Woolway

    Oh my. I am so, so sorry to hear about your tragic news. Sending you prayers to strengthen you during this heartbreaking time.

    1. Pamela Claeys

      I’m so sorry. I do understand what you’re going thru , as I lost my husband of 38 years 2.5 years ago . I ,too, didn’t know how I was going to go on. But thru God’s guidance and good grace , I’m still here living a “new normal “. I asked a friend of mine if I would ever be happy again and she assured me I would. I wasn’t sure . But things are better, and they will be for you, too in time. I Pray that God will comfort you and see you thru this.

  9. Tanith Messenger

    Sad to read about your sudden loss, my thoughts go to you and your fiance’s family xx

  10. Denise

    Sorry to hear of your sad news I couldn’t believe it I did wonder why we didnt see you around.Sending hugs to you at this sad time


    I am so very sorry to read your sad news. It is devastating to loose a much loved partner, especially at such a young age. I lost my husband to a heart attack when he was 38. It will take time, but I know you will come through this and I hope, like me, you will eventually find life can be good again. Take care of yourself lovely lady. xxx

  12. sally

    I am really sorry to hear of your loss, Bird, please accept my condolences and a cyber hug from me (((((HUGS))))

  13. Charne

    Oh Bird, I am so very very sorry for your loss! Hugs for each and every day in this hard season of your life. May your sorrow ease and you find joy again as you design and create beauty!

  14. Donna

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss, I wish there was something I could say to ease your pain, but know you are in our thoughts.

    Take care & crafty hugs to you x

  15. Cheryl McDermott

    I am so sorry for your loss. Getting back to what you love will hopefully help you during this very difficult time. Sending prayers of healing. Looking forward to joining the new Facebook group. Take care of yourself. Hugs.

  16. Janet

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find a small comfort the knowledge that so many of us care about you. (hugs)

  17. Linda

    Such sad news Bird. Sending hugs and love.
    Throwing yourself into your work will help but nothing will take away the pain. xxxx

  18. Lucia Gonzalez

    I’m so sorry for your loss. God Bless you and give you the strenght to recover yourself. Big hughs.

  19. Jane

    I am so sorry for your loss. Its devastating to lose the absolute love of your life at any age , but to lose them so young is heart shattering. I lost my husband last year at 47, and as much as people tell you it gets better, no it doesn’t, but you do learn to cope with the pain.
    Sending you love and hugs xxx

  20. Fiona

    So sorry I can’t imagine what you are going through, I hope you can get some strength from all your crafty friends and the pain in your heart will ease in time. Know I’m thinking of you and appreciate all you do for us! Sending big hugs xxx

  21. Susan W

    So sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you are going through but hope you can get some comfort from these posts and see that even though we may not have met in person, it doesn’t stop us from caring about you. Please remember that everyone grieves differently and that you need to do whatever is best for you to help you heal. Sending you healing thoughts and hugs.

  22. beverly robinson

    So sorry for your loss. “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared to the pain of never risking love.”–Hilary Stanton Zunin

  23. Sue

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you have strong support from family and friends. Big HUGS are sent your way.

    Love Sue xx

  24. Christopher Fugle

    Dearest Bird,
    I am sending massive hugs and support during this very difficult time. As you can imagine, there are no words to ease this hardship, no words that will erase the damage done. Only know you are not alone on this big beautiful planet and you have appreciative fans across the globe that mourn by your side. I have been a fan of your for a few years now. I have with pleasure purchased your digital designs, which get passed down to family and friends as finished projects, continuing the joy train. I am only wishing you use your amazing talent to pour your heart into beautiful paper projects and you do not let despair creep in. Keep your partner’s cologne close at hand and spray your pillows to remind you of him. I lost my mum in December due to a suicide decision, and I went to great lengths to find her favourite Shalimar by Guerlain perfume as it was my fondest memory of her as she would get dressed, her carefully touched the bottle top to her neck and wrists. Today I have a special cushion I spray and hold and it only brings joy and positivity. I don’t know why, but something in the way positive memory response works with scent, makes this a wonderful secure and embracing thing to do. I hope you journal your life with him, savouring all that he brought into your life. It is so very healing to do so. Again we are all sorry for the sudden loss in your life. If it helps, we are all virtually holding hands in continued support.

  25. Anne Voss

    So sorry for your loss, you have many online friends who are here to support you. Take time to grieve, and come back to us when you are ready.

  26. Maria Soares

    My sincere condolences, may God comfort you and ease your pain. Heaven has gained another Angel xx
    Your work inspires me to create, keep up your lovely designs xx

  27. Janet skotnicki

    So very sorry for such a tragic loss! I hope your memories will bring you comfort.
    I love all your creations and find quite a bit of inspiration from your work. Will keep following you.

  28. Karen Closter

    Oh my goodness, I can’t even imagine what you have been going through, sending hugs, Karen

  29. Caroline

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You have lots of love and support from everyone who has used and purchased your designs. We hope you find the strength from this to continue designing your beautiful projects for us in the future xx

  30. Wendy

    So very sorry for your loss, no words can heal, just time and memories. Just know we all think you are fantastic and will wait as long as it takes until you are ready to create again. Much love. xx

  31. Bobbie Czajka

    I’m so sorry to hear about your fiance. What a rough time you’ve been through. I will add you to my prayers.

  32. Kim

    My sincere condolences for your loss. Your whole world must have turned upside down. I hope that your return to work helps you heal. Hugs to you. X

  33. Michel Espey

    So sorry for your loss. Take as much time as you need. All of your followers will be right here waiting when you are ready to return. Love you work.

  34. Pauline norbury

    Oh love, I’m so sorry to hear your news. I’ve been with you since you started with the scan n cut and followed everything you’ve done. I can’t imagine how you’re feeling at the moment but so glad you have such good people around you. My thoughts are with you at this terrible time. Bless you. Xxxx

  35. Sally Wheeler

    I am so sorry for your loss. Take all the time you need to grieve and know that you can reach out to us, your fans, should you need to. I have followed you since the very early days when I used SCAL and have enjoyed watching your growth to where you are now.

  36. Robyn

    Oh my, what dreadful news. I am so sorry for you and your families. Be kind to yourself and take one day at a time

  37. Janelle Graham

    I’m so sad to read your post. Please know that help is all over the world, if you find yourself in need of it. Asking for it may be the hardest thing to do, but giving you love and support will be the easiest thing. ☺ Allow yourself time and space to cry and grieve; everyone will understand. You and your family are in my heart and I’m sending you warm wishes and hugs for better times ahead.

  38. ;Anne

    I am so sorry for your lose. I feel your pain. 30 years ago I went thru the same thing. My husband of 10 yrs, at 34 passed away from lung cancer. We found out about it two months earlier on New Years Eve no less, which means that is a very emotional day for me even now. My 8 yr old daughter is what drove me on, she needed me to be strong. Find one of your passions to drive you on. Eventually it will get easier, it will never go away. Hold him in your heart and drive on…. Thank you so much for GREAT cutting files, LOVE them, I have been following you since you started… I may not comment but I’m here… LOVE U. Hang in there…

  39. kate

    I”m so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is. Know you have people around the globe who appreciate all you do and are thinking of you during this challenging time. Please take time for yourself to grieve and heal.

  40. PJ

    You and your families will be in my prayers. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, especially at such a young age. Take time to heal.

  41. Helen

    So sorry to read your sad news. You must do what feels right for you whether that be getting back to work or taking time out. Your followers will be there awaiting your talented designs either way.
    Sending strength xx

  42. Digital Scrapper Becky

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it was for you to share this news. My husband died unexpectedly 7 years ago. We were together for 33 years. And while you weren’t “married”, you were with each other longer than many married couples. I can tell you that grief is a journey. Some days you feel like you take 2 steps forward and the next day it is as if you took 10 steps backward. Don’t EVER let anyone tell you that you need to “get over it and move on”. The only people you say that are people who have never experienced such a crushing loss.

    Please feel free to send me a friend request ( We are very blessed to have a support group through our church here in Omaha. I am so thankful to have made great friends in that group who know exactly the path I am walking. You will be in my prayers. I know your pain.

    These are a couple of Facebook groups that have been helpful to me:
    One Fit Widow –

    Grief Unspoken –

    We Be Widowed –

    Second Firsts –

  43. vicki

    I am so very sorry – and those words seem so inadequate. I pray that you will find peace. You are such a generous spirit – I hope that God helps heal your heart.

  44. Lorraine

    Oh no!!! I was so shocked when I read your post. I just cant believe it. So, so young. I cant even begin to imagine how you feel right now. I love your designs and have been following you for so long, albeit, a silent follower. My heart goes out to you at a time like this. Stay strong and know that so many people out there are thinking about you and your families. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  45. Lora

    I am so sorry to hear the devastating news.

    You have the right ideas keeping busy.

    I don’t have facebook so good luck with the new site.

  46. Dee Tavener

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Look after yourself and be kind to yourself.


  47. Marilou S

    What a difficult time you are going through…may God breathe his peace into your life as you realize how many people care for you

  48. Gisele Camargo

    Hey Bird, I am so very sorry for your loss. Hope you find peace and keep the good memories in your heart. The “Saudade” (special Brazilian/Portuguese word that means “Missing Someone and much more”, and it is kind of hard do translate) will be with you until you meet again, but the sadness will pass. Live your life so that he will be proud of with.
    Best regards,
    Gisele Camargo, a Brazilian fan of your work

  49. Lisa

    I’m catching up on my email and just read this horrifying news! There seem to be no adequate words to ease the pain you must be experiencing. I just hope that knowing so many of your fans in the craft community care and are lifting you up in prayer may help in some small way. Hugs from one of those fans <3


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