Wednesday, May 28, 2014

3D Stars in Paper for July 4th

I continue to explore the world of 3D paper projects and am working hard at figuring out how to best share my cutting files with the world.  I have shared my new website with you at This week I put up some new star designs for folks to make.  Here are a collection of stars I've made already.

There is a nifty twist to the designs. There are four individual star files....

Star 1

Star 2

Star 3

Star 4

But if you put Star 1 parts together in a different way.........

And if you combine star 1 parts with star 3 parts something new happens...........

All these files are available at along with my Tree of Stars from last year and the shadow box star.

Thinking about how I will display them as Independence Day decorations. I am wondering how they will hold up on my porch. It is protected from the rain but they are only paper. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Crafting in Red, White, and Blue

Guess which holiday I am preparing for?

Red, White and Blue paper scraps cover my desk!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Silhouette and Gluten Free Recipes!

Sometimes grandmothers need to apply their creativity in different ways.

My grandson turned five this month and he has a gluten free diet. Last time they came to visit I tried a new recipe a friend had shared (Thanks, Lynita!). It is for a chewy chocolate ball that he just loved. We call them Yum Balls. He thought they would make a good substitute for a birthday cake. Now that was the creative challenge! Picture these chocolate balls stacked up? Not an appetizing thought.

But Gramzee rose to the challenge and along with my Silhouette and the inspiration from the buggy wrapping paper, I created a "bug cake" made of Yum Balls! Perfect for a 5 year old boy!

The great part about this recipe is that these yummy balls are nutritious and delicious. We ALL like them. Here is the recipe if you want to give them a try:

Yum Balls:

  • 1 cups almonds - shelled
  • 1 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup coconut flakes (I used organic, unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Approximately 2 tablespoons water added slowly


  • Put almonds in food processor and chop fine
  • Add dates and chop fine
  • Add coconut and cocoa powder and mix well
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of water and mix. Test. Add water until the mixture presses into 1" balls.

Alternatives: We have made them with prunes and apricots as well. I have also rolled them in confectioners sugar for a different appearance.

Happy Birthday Taylor!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Adding Numbers to Alphabet Shadow Boxes

The logical extension to the alphabet is numbers. Last week I created all the files for the Number series to compliment the alphabet. I rushed these out because graduation season is here and numbers are part of the celebration!

I also made a cutting file for the little 3d graduation cap to perch on the corner.

Beyond graduation I see these as perfect decor for a nursery.

Or how about for a birthday or anniversary celebration.

The cutting files are available here in .svg, .dxf and .pdf format. I do sell them as an entire group for great savings. And I added the graduation cap as a bonus file if you purchase the entire gourd of number files.

Love to see what you can do with these files.

© 2014 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design

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