Yes! It folds up! Zig Zag Village

I have designed my third village! And the new exciting element on this one is that it folds for mailing or easy storage!

Zig Zag Village is filled with charming details - like doors and window frames, porches and trees.  You can choose to add either LED tea lights or LED fairy lights for display illumination. And the download includes the files for tiny wreaths with bows to add Christmas decor. 

But best of all - the design allows you to fold it and store it or mail it in a standard 6 x 9" booklet envelope.

I have made an extensive video tutorial for the assembly procedure and also added helpful notes for organization of all the pieces. Those are available for online viewing here. The cutting files is available for purchase here.

Enjoy this short video to show the folding action. It will help get you in the Christmas spirit. It is never too early for Christmas crafting!

Another Shadow Box.... a Hummingbird

There are still so many shadow boxes to design. This time I was inspired by the little hummingbirds attracted to the flower blossoms outside my window. 

My designing is a little more stylized this time. I have been skipping around with the bird themes. Some trend more toward realism and others are more stylized. You certainly can change the visual impact by using different papers in the back. I used a pearly pink that I had in my stash. That paper made it clear that the birds and flowers would be simple black and white.

The construction techniques for this shadow box are basic 3D skills. I have made a step-by-step video tutorial to show you how to assemble it.

Here are the links to the resources for this fun project:

A Deer Shadow Box

I love shadow boxes and can't help myself. I just keep designing them.  This one came because of a request for the deer theme in the small size. I have done deer in the more complex illuminated star shadow box but not in the small 6.5" square series. But I also wanted to try incorporating a birch tree as well. Oh, and ferns. So off I went designing another shadow box.

I am especially liking this one. I created a more complex scene by adding additional levels using pop-dots. It still only has the 2 interior layers but there are various elements attached to both the front and back of each. Here is a detailed view.


This is sized to match others in the collection like Heron Cove or Loon Lake and the ever popular Summer Scenes series for those that love fishing. The collection grows!

Easter Time- a Sweet Card

The Heart Cube box was the starting point for this design.  I added some internal elements to adapt it to the new holiday. I think the results are adorable which is fitting for the Easter bunny!

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But like all good designs, you refine it some on second time round.  I added some cut outs to the internal layers to help with assembly.

This card is designed to fit into a standard 6" x 9" booklet envelope. I have included links to some supplies at Amazon in the tutorial. This is something I started recently to help with ease in ordering.

Links to supplies on Amazon:

Check out the new the new video tutorial i released for this project.


Calligraphic Kitties

I have been playing around with an Apple Pen on my iPad. I was working to create animals with simple lines. In the end I had to switch to Adobe Illustrator on my computer but I did successfully create a series of sketches. The first batch is of kitties and I created the following 4 files:

The possible uses of these are many. I have never used vinyl but I would love one of the mandala designs on a t-shirt with real bows stitched on. Attempting a vinyl project with my Silhouette is still on to to-do list. I know I should but I am a paper crafter at heart.  And so with paper I first made a shadow box with the mandala.

And then I made a series of note cards. The creative possibilities here are endless. I'd love see what you can do with your paper stash to create some greeting cards with these files.

I also continue to expand my video tutorial skills as I made another video, this time on creating the mandala shadow box.

A Star Shadow Box for Lovers!

I started learning how to make video tutorials because I knew the assembly of my Star Shadow box would be much easier for many people if they could just see me do it.  Those side brackets are confusing and yet so simple! I decided that I would design a new shadow box appropriate for the season as I created the tutorial.  Today I am introducing Heart Tree Star Shadow Box featuring the classic theme of a couple holding hands and a tree with a carved heart.

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There are several special features associated with this project. The first is that the initials in the heart are customizable. The download of the cutting file includes all the letters of the alphabet in a carved font for you to insert ti highlight the special people in your life.


And the second exciting item is that I have created a 4 part video tutorial to help you in the assemble of this shadow box.  The tutorial is universal so that it will also help those of you with my other 2 shadow box files - Deer in the Forest and Horses in the Pasture.

Here is Part 1.......

A Valentine and a Video!!!!

I have decided it is time to learn how to create video tutorials. I have delayed in this project because I personally don't like to work from a tutorial but certain projects (think star shadow boxes) would just be easier with a tutorial. I decided I needed a new, easy design to create my first tutorial so I created this nifty fold-flat 3D Valentine. Here is my first step-by-step tutorial showing how to make this project.

Give it a try.

  • Download the cutting file here:
  • Go to the written tutorial here:
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