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,


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Tea Light Village 2020 - New Buildings!

 I started Tea Light Village in 2013 and I have added to it every year. Making 3d buildings was one of the initial reasons I purchased my Silhouette and it hasn't disappointed.  For 2020 I visited the ocean. The two new additions are a classic  lighthouse with keeper's cottage and a lobster shack with little picnic tables.

It is good to have another taller structure for the village to add variety. The village has gotten so long that it is hard to photograph. My sister lent me her mantle and I made this short video.

You'll notice that it is a thinner display. I found that my standard Hexagon bases were too wide for a narrow mantle so I designed a new series that take one corner of creating and irregular pentagon. It meshes well with the pentagon base and gives you more display options. Here is the layout I used. It even includes a little gap for the covered bridge to span.

If you are interested in making the village or expanding your current one the files for the buildings and the bases are available here.
All the assembly tutorials are here. There are links to the paper and lights I used in the assembly tutorial.

Happy crafting everyone!