Friday, February 5, 2021

 That's A Lot of Candles!!

Need an extra special birthday card?

Years ago I designed the much used WOW birthday card file. I designed it for a friend and have been so touched by how many people have taken that file, modified it, and given it to important people in their lives. It was a card designed to say "I truly care". So many have shared warm and happy stories about their giving it to those people who have too many candles to fit on a regular cake. But we needed a new design! We can't keep using that same one. My husband recently celebrated his birthday and we are of the age of too many candles, so I designed this card for him.
This card is 36" long and 9" tall. It can be modified to hold unto 120 candles! The cake topper can be customized as well.  The entire card folds flat and can fit into a standard USPS Priority mail box for easy sending. I also included a gift box cutting file in the download.
  • Download the cutting file here for $3.59
  • View the online tutorial here (yes, there is a video).
You should check out all the modifications of the WOW card that I have added to the end of the tutorial here. It might give you some creative ideas on ways to customize this card as well. After you have made it and given it away be sure to share your photos and story in the facebook group posts or email it to me


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Expanding Ledge Village

I started designing Ledge Village back in 2013 when I created my first little set for the ledge in my laundry room. Over the years I have added many, many more buildings and the village has grown. This year I have revisited Ledge Village because of an idea presented on Pinterest by Cheryl Leclaric. She put one of my Ledge houses into a shadow box and I was impressed.  So I went to work with a new house and lamppost. The first house I designed was Tudor Manor and it ended up being too large for the space. I then designed the taller, narrower Porch House to use in a Christmas Eve Shadow Box.
This shadow box uses a standard (12 x12 exterior) shadow box I purchased at Amazon.  I also got LED fairy lights which I added to it because it just looks beautiful when you light it up!

But I still had Tudor Manor which I hadn't used.  So I needed to do more.  I went on to update the Tower House and thought about a new display.  I knew it would look marvelous on a fireplace mantle but I like many don't have one.  And then remembered the crown molding photo ledges I use to display photos in the guest room.  And I started building a new little village.....

This collection includes Tudor Manor, Tower House v2, Chapel, Store 2 and Dormer House all from the various Ledge Village Collections I have released over the years. Here is a detail shot of Tudor Manor. It includes the half-timber detailing of the architectural style.

And The new Tower House v2 has improved engineering.

But the thing that makes the village charming is the new illuminated lamp posts.

I am now going to have to find a new photo ledge solution for the guest room because I love this new Ledge Village so much it is going to be displayed in my office!

Ledge Village cutting files available here from
Ledge Village assembly tutorials are here.

The original Ledge Village buildings were not designed to have LED lights installed. I have added a tutorial on how to add lights to these original files here.

Happy crafting everyone!!


Saturday, September 19, 2020

 How long have you been following Ashbee Design? Since 2011 when I started? If it has been a lot of years you will know that each year I design and make my own Christmas Card. Even during these years of declining Christmas Card sending I still do it. And I often share the ideas here- generally not until the following year. I have abandoned that trend. If you are on my Christmas Card list and don't want a spoiler - stop reading here.


2020 will be another zig zag card following on the two previous years. I have just uploaded to my website the Zig Zag Presents Christmas Card.

It is a great crafting design because it is so customizable. All the wrapping papers are from my stash of craft supplies. What is in your stash? If you want to try using some of it up on this design download the cutting file here for $2.99. The easy-to-follow assembly tutorial is online here.

Have you realized yet that this file can also be used as a birthday card? Just use different papers!

And the download comes with a template for making the perfect envelope. It has been designed so that you can also use a standard 6 x 9" booklet envelope. If you are making a lot of cards to send you might prefer that option.

Be sure to share photos of your versions of this design with me at on in the online facebook crafting groups.

Happy crafting,