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 http://3dcuts.com/illuminated-shadow-boxes/heart-tree-square

Video tutorial is available here: http://3dcuts.com/heart-tree-square-shadow-box-tutorial

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: http://3dcuts.com/heart-valentine-projects/valentine-garden

View the online tutorial here: http://3dcuts.com/valentine-garden-tutorial

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

Happy crafting,

Marji, 3dcuts.com

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 3dcuts.com or sharing in the various facebook groups for paper crafting.

2018 Tree Ornament

Each year I try to design a new Christmas Ornament. And I like to do it early enough to make some for my tree and to have extras available as hostess gifts. This year I expanded on the cube card concept I designed at Valentine’s Day with these three beauties.

The group includes a snowflake, a nativity, and a star. Each is just under 3” and all can be folded flat for easy storage or mailing. There is a detailed tutorial with video here. The set is available for $2.99 on my store on the Christmas page here.

It is Christmas Card Time!

We crafters know that Christmas starts early for us. My design for cards needs to be finalized by November 1. I them start cutting and making so the cards are hopefully set before Thanksgiving. I seldom succeed, But I am doing well this year. The design is done! Here is a new Merry Christmas pop-up design featuring a funky font.

This card is from a full 8.5 x 11” sheet of card stock and when folded in half fits perfectly in a 6” x 9” standard booklet envelope.

I would love to see your card ideas! I now need to make 40 more!

Happy crafting,