Lighthouse Shadow Box

I always have another shadow box idea up my sleeve. Here is the newest release of a coastal scene including a lighthouse and a sail boat gliding across the bay. The download comes with the jpg photograph of the softly colored sky and ocean to be printed on an inkjet printer and incorporated into the layers.

  • Here is the download for the cutting files.

  • Here is the link for the tutorial including assembly video.

I have designed many shadow boxes over the years. Here are a few more…..

I forgot my Daisies

I can’t believe I forgot to post about my daisies! Here is another addition to my Zig Zag Card series - this one perfect for spring. This garden of Daisies comes with a sentiment card that includes add-ons for Happy Birthday, Congratulations, or Get Well. It really is a great universal design.

  • Here is a link to the cutting file.

  • And here is a link to the online tutorial with assembly video.

Here are others in this series - a Valentine Garden and springtime Tulips.

A New Birthday Card Design

For Christmas this year I designed a pop-up Merry Christmas Card . As I designed it I knew the concept would work well for other cards as well. Today I uploaded the files and tutorial for the Happy Birthday Version. It can be customized. Here are three examples - all from the same cutting file. I just varied the card stock.


The download comes with both the scalloped and plain edge background plus all the numbers needed to customize. There is an assembly tutorial available. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to assemble.

  • Here is the link to the cutting file:

  • Here is the link to the online tutorial:

Know someone that loves dogs?

I hope you have some free time this weekend for this new project. If you know someone that loves dogs then here is a perfect keepsake gift for them - The Companionship Illuminated Shadow Box.

This cutting file comes with two versions of the second layer. One features a woman walking her dog along the forest path (above). The other depicts a man wandering along the same path. You get to choose which cutting file to use as you construct this shadow box.

Owls! Whoooooooo is making these?

Valentine’s crafting is done. Time to explore a new theme. I have been wanting to do owls for a long time and so I did! I just completed a matching set of 4 owl shadow boxes in easy to assemble three-ayered format.

This group represents four owls that are native to Connecticut - the Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Barred Owl and Screech Owl.

These are available as a group - all four cutting files for $4.99, or individually at $1.99 per file. Online video tutorials have been created for each one. Here are the links:


Cutting Files:

And here are some close-up views of each. Which is your favorite?

Heart Tree Shadow Box in Square format

Many people have requested some of my illuminated star shadow boxes in a square format to put in wooden frames. I understand the desire to create a lasting keepsake and having it behind glass in a wooden frame helps a lot. I decide to try this with the Heart in a Tree Shadow Box.

It did require a complete redesign of all layers and a compressing from 5 layers down to 3 main layers plus the back ground. Here it is a standard 11 x 11” shadow box. I provided links in the tutorial on the exact frame I designed this for .

Additionally I designed this to be customizable in two ways. First the download includes 3 sets of couples - female/male, male/male and female/female. Choose the file that reflects the couple you are making this for. And again the download includes the entire alphabet in a carved font so you can customize the tree.

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The files are available on the store starting today.

Download here for $3.49

Video tutorial is available here:

A New Valentine Idea

My Zig Zag Village concept seems to be a natural for extensions - although this time it isn’t a village. For Valentine’s Day I have designed a new Valentine Garden filled with blooming hearts surrounded by a charming picket fence.

This card folds flat for storage or mailing. I will fit in a standard 6 x 9” booklet envelope and can be popped open and used as holiday decor by your Valentine.

And I have made a video tutorial of the assembly process. This card slides together in a way similar to Zig Zag Village but this file is much simpler and quicker to make. The cutting takes 4 8.5 x 11” pieces of card stock - 1 in red, 2 in green and 1 in white.

Download the cutting file here:

View the online tutorial here:

I am sure you can think of a few people that would love to receive this card.

Happy crafting,


Zig Zag Village

I designed Zig Zag Village back in the summer with the idea that it would be a perfect Christmas Village. Now that the holiday crafting season is upon us, I have been receiving photos and videos by crafters of their success with this project. Here is a video by Karen Sprenger of her Zig Zag Village. I love the video effects she added.

I also received some photos from Paulette Campbell and she is busy making lots of zig zag villages to send as cards. Take a look at the progress.

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Carlene Moore of Arkansas added a little more detail using colored card stock to her version of tea light village.

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I love seeing how my files get used and creative additions to them. If you have photos of any projects please share by sending to me at or sharing in the various facebook groups for paper crafting.