Sunday, August 12, 2018

Zig Zag Village - It folds up!

Fellow crafters - It is never too early to start our Christmas crafting. Yesterday I released a new project that will get you started if you haven't already.

Check out my new Zig-Zag Village. I designed this because so many people have commented on how they love Tea Light Village but don't have storage space. I wanted to design a village that folds flat. And Zig Zag Village does just that! Of course this opens up the possibility of mailing it as a gift so I designed it to fit in a standard 6" x 9" booklet envelope.

The village is filled with charming details like window and door frames, porches and Christmas Wreaths. You can light it with standard LED tea lights or there are included bases for installing LED fairy lights.  Directions for all of it is included in the online tutorial which is complete with video assembly instructions. And below is a short video showing the ease of the folding.

Happy crafting everyone!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Christmas Already?

Well not entirely. This new star design of mine could be used a Christmas decor project but it also works for so many other celebrations. Stars are universal. They are appropriate for patriotic holidays, for awards ceremonies and for many other celebrations. Don't limit yourself. This is one of those files that you can use over and over again.  Check out my new Star Light Pillars.

The file includes  pillars in different heights, each constructed of 2 simple pieces. Once the design is glued together the negative space forms a geometric angled star. Add an LED tea light and you add a beautiful dimension.

Here is a Christmas arrangement using the flickering candle-like tea lights.
Switch the lights to the submersible LEDs that come in a variety of colors. Blue works well for any holiday with a red, white and blue theme. 

Consider adding a Happy 50th sign here and you have a great centerpiece for one of those dreaded landmark birthdays. This also uses the submersible tea lights.

And here are the basic pillars. Very easy to make!

And I made a video tutorial to help with assembly.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hummingbird Shadow Box

I am still loving shadow boxes. I think my fascination with them started with one of those German kitchen wooden shadow boxes that always hung on the wall in my home growing up. I still love them.  My latest shadow box includes a hovering hummingbird sipping nectar from the flowers.

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:
Download the cutting file here: the tutorial here