Customizing the Shadow Boxes

I love it when customers share with me photos of their completed projects. I recently received a wonderful email from Nancy Gray. She customized my Canoe at Sunrise shadow box with a photo her Dad had taken in Alaska. He has spent a lot of time up there kayaking so she used his photography as the back ground. She also eliminated the cattails and branches that weren't part of the Alaskan habitat. And then she added the Father's Day greeting. Beautiful results and a special card.

Below is another sample that showed up on Facebook in the Silhouette Card Making and Paper Crafts group.  Suzette Sinclair modified the shadow box portion to make a greeting card. She also shared that she saves calendar photos for this type of project.  Great idea!

Another Silhouette Shadow Box - Canoeing

This has become a recurring design direction for me. I have just introduced a new shadow box to the line.... 


It continues in the theme start last fall with Loon Lake and Heron Cove. Both are silhouettes against various skies.

I enjoy experimenting with the skies. With this download I include 4 different skies. Two are modified photographs and 2 are creations I made in Adobe Illustrator using the gradation tool. The choice of sky greatly influences the mood of the design.

The cutting files and tutorial are available here:

And the skies are available as a separate purchase if you want to use them in different projects. These are jpg images and require a color printer.

Layered Mandalas!

Oh I have had fun these past two weeks. I had gotten into my head that I wanted to make spirograph designs in paper. It took lots of experimenting with design tools but I finally figured out some techniques using Illustrator. And I loved the outcome but then I added a layer, and then another......


And then I started working the variables. I used straight lines, larger centers, on curves, worked from diamonds. The possibilities just kept growing. But then I also double them up and oh the results were just so exciting.....



That I designed a total of ten....

And framed four for my craft room wall.


Cutting files available here:

Tutorial available here:

And a freebie for testing is located here:

Ledge Village Expanding!

I first introduced Ledge Village in June of 2013. It was a concept I developed for a little ledge in my laundry room and it has blossomed into an every expanding town. This week I have finally added some more buildings to the options available for those of you creating your own villages. Here is a look at Ledge Village with all the files currently available through

The Fullerton House (Below left) is a favorite of mine and was the last building I designed in the Silhouette software only.  I finally redrew the entire file in Illustrator so I could get the other needed formats for folks with different cutting machines. The Fullerton House (which is based on a Sears and Roebuck kit house from the 1920's) is now available in svg,pdf,dxf,and png formats.

A roof style not yet represented in Ledge Village is the Mansard roof. I decided to use that on both of the next buildings - the Mansard House with bay window, and the Town Hall. All three of these buildings have features that make them a little more detailed than earlier buildings. I especially love the addition of the dormers.

But have you noticed that this is the first time I have added lighting to Ledge Village? My Tea Light Village was based on the little tea lights but they are such a bother to turn on and off. I learned about Fairy Lights from another crafter and decided to add them to my latest Ledge Village display. I especially like that they are battery operated and you can get a lot of lights on each switch. The options on Amazon are always changing but I found a 40 light set.

To install I simply cut tiny holes in the back of each building in a hidden spot (I didn't want them to show through the door or window). I then inserted the little lights (which stay cool) and applied a little tape to hold in palce. Some other larger buildings had 4, others only 1 but they were all strung together.

  • The buildings are currently available in my store here on
  • The complete tutorials are located by following the links on this page here.

What building are you going to create first?


3dcuts files can be used for sewing!

Kelly at uses svg files in her quilting and other fabric projects. She recently blogged about making an artsy placemat based on my Winterberry and Chickadee Shadow Box file.

What a beautiful combination of crafts! Kelly also posted a Youtube video about the process for creating this placemat here.

Here is my original design. You can see what wonderful variety can be added by mixing your own creativity and skill set.

Another use for my ladder file....

I really like the design of the step ladder I made for halloween. This week I took that file and added some new accessories for the changing season. Here it is, all decked out for Christmas.  

3d Christmas Ladder centerpiece constructed from card stock. SVG,PDF, PNG, DXF cutting files available from Designed by Marji Roy

You can make the various accessories and use them for different combinations. Here is another using just some of the included files.....

3d Christmas Ladder centerpiece constructed from card stock. SVG,PDF, PNG, DXF cutting files available from Designed by Marji Roy
  • Cutting files available here:
  • Tutorial available here.

I'd love to see what you create with these files. Send photos to

New Buildings for Tea Light Village

There is no doubt about it. One of the all time favorite designs of mine is the Tea Light Village. This is a great beginner level 3D project. It is also one that experienced crafts love to customize. And the display potential is endless. It has become a Christmas tradition for me to add new buildings to the growing Tea Light Village.  For 2016 I have designed a Dormer House, the Grange Meeting Hall, and the town Gazebo.


Tea Light Village by

All match the style and scale of the original tea light village buildings. You can purchased just the three new designs, or if you haven't tried these yet, there is a group purchase with great savings for the entire village.

  • Link here to see the assembly tutorial
  • Link here to purchase the files

Here is my display with all the buildings perched on birch logs.

Tea Light Village by

I would love it if you would share with me photos of your Tea Light village displays. I have started a page sharing these photos here.

Halloween Svg Files for 2016

Oh, I have been having fun with designs for Halloween this year. The following files have been made available over at the store.

Haunted Ladders - Decorating for Halloween

  • Cutting file available for purchase and download  for $1.99
  • Tutorial is online here.

As a companion project I also design the Haunted Casket which can be displayed either vertically or horizontally. Optional LED tea lights can be inserted inside to add an internal spooky glow.

Haunted Caskets - with LED Tea Light

  • Cutting file available here for purchase and download  for $1.99
  • Tutorial is online here.

I also create a series of spider web files to 12 x12 card stock. These are available for 99¢ here

I hope you have fun creating centerpieces and spooky mantle arrangements for your holiday decor. Please share any photos you have. I'd love to see your creations.  You can share them on Facebook, or pinterest or send them to me at

Happy crafting everyone!