Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Found Art • Always Look

Art and design are everywhere and once you open your eyes to it, you'll be amazed at what you see.  Certainly, using a camera and looking at the world through a viewfinder has helped me see things as compositions and not objects. It was back in my college days that I found this rusted spring in someone else's trash. I saw it as a dynamic line drawing, retrieved and have had it hanging in my living spaces ever sense.

It currently resides on the wall above the toilet in the bathroom.  It inspired me to keep my eyes open for similar treasures.  I am building yet another collection - this one of springs - to add to the humor and impact of it.

Experimenting with the options

Whenever you start a blog you need to experiment with the options. It is difficult to see what things will look like until you actually have some text in place. I generally like my fonts a little s,aller, lighter and wider spaced. Can I do this with this blog engine?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Continuing with the Star Shadow Box......

I love working with the star shaped shadow box. It is such a strong shape and makes up so nicely. I designed yet another series of layers for a new shadow box theme....this time horses!
Again I used the LED lights from Amazon. I am enjoying including these in my projects. There are so many options that are quite flexible. The ones I used are here. (disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate.) I choose lights that are warm white which gives an amber glow verses a blue glow. Unfortunately it photographs as yellow but in reality it is more amber. I am still working on the photography aspect!

Here is a link to the download files:
And here is a link to the tutorial
You should check out the tutorial! I really broke down the assemble into small steps with tons of photographs.

Happy crafting all.

©2017 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design, 3dcuts.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Star Shadow Box - Deer in Forest

Last week I finished a new Star shaped shadow box. It is a perfect fall theme of deer grazing peacefully in the forest.

I am quite excited about some of the new discoveries. First I re-engineered the inside stacking system. It makes it much easier to assemble - although there are more parts. And instead of tea lights I used LED fairy lights. For one thing, they don't flicker but they are also tiny and malleable. Lots of possibilities there!

©2017 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design, 3dcuts.com

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Love What You Do!

I found this poster over at the Ink Society at Etsy. I hope everyone reading my blog falls into this category. I can think of many places to use this poster in a decorating scheme. The teal blue could be the punch color in an otherwise neutral space. Imagine a home office with gray walls, white trim, this poster a a few other teak accessories.

Even if you aren't up to redecorating around this poster, think about how to make it true!

©2011  Ashbee Design, Marji Roy

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Musical Mandalas

Here is a new series of Mandalas I designed combining the graphic elements of musical notation with various Illustrator tools. I love the impact of these striking circular designs.

I mounted them on a  deep red background and displayed them in Michael's Benton Shadow Box frames.

I created 4 different signed based on the g Clef, 1/16 note, 1/8 note and quarter rest.

The cutting files are available here: http://3dcuts.com/mandalas
and assembly hints and tutorial is here: http://3dcuts.com/musical-mandalas-tutorial

Happy Crafting! Marji

©2017 Marji Roy, Ashbee design, 3dcuts.com

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Another Shadow Box - Canoeing into the Sunrise

I just posted the files for another shadow box for all you crafters that like working in card stock. I just love how the paddler shadow blends right in with the water pattern on the background photo.

I love changing up the background to create different effects. This file comes with 4 different backgrounds for you to experiment with.....or you can add your own.

©2017 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design

Monday, May 29, 2017

Aspen Silhouette

Years ago one of my first silhouette projects was a 4 part birch tree silhouette. I love that design and was recently approached by a design firms to re-do it as aspen trees. They were looking for a design to use as a wall mounted metal silhouette sculpture for the outside of a building and they especially liked my birch design. They hired me to adjust and modify the birches using the signature little triangles and create an aspen design. That project is done - but I did retain the rights - so I have adjusted it, made it two levels and put it in a paper frame for paper crafters to make on a much smaller scale.  I recently finished the 3D Aspen Shadow Box design.

This shadow box can be created with no back ground letting the color of the wall show through or with a inserted background of either a photograph or solid colored paper. In the design on the left I  inserted a photo I snapped in the Great Smokey mountains a couple of weeks ago. I just opened it in Pixelmator and cropped it into 4 squares to fit.

This cutting file is available for purchase ($1.99) including the jpg photos at my web site here:
The online tutorial for assembly is here:

Back to the design commission.....I don't know where the building will be located that will have a forty foot tall version of this design on its outside wall but based on the communications I have been told it will be a motel. I also know the project name has Durango in it so I am assuming next year some time (2018) this might appear in Durango, Colorado. If anyone sees the final install please snap a picture and send it on to me.

Thanks! Marji

©2017 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Making Mandalas

Did you love the Spirograph toy when you were a kid? I certainly did - and that is the basis of my most recent series of designs.

I got hooked on creating mandala designs based on spirograph type images - and then I expanded from there.

I spent a couple of weeks creating all kinds of designs, cutting them and experimenting with them. I took four different ones and framed them in Michael's Benton 9x9" shadow box frames (they were on sale at 60% plus 15% off!) to hang on my craft room wall.

These mandalas are all cut from card stock using my Silhouette Cameo using paper in gradated colors. I chose a blue series to match the wall but this would work in any color gradation series. I have finalized 1o different designs which are available here on my store at 3dcuts.com. Here are the 10 designs currently available.

Some of the designs are a single star pattern made of 3 layers, others are more complicated. One is two layers of stars each made up of 5 layers of card stock in different colors.

Important Links 
Files are available here.
Complete online tutorial is here.

Other Options:
Once you start cutting these open your creative mind and think of other applications. Here are two possible uses for the same files - even consider vinyl!

And I have added a freebie to my freebie page. Go here if you want to test your machines file compatibility or skill at cutting fine lines.

©2017 Marji Roy, 3dcuts.com, Ashbee Design

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ledge Village Expands - Again!

One of the easiest projects I designed for my Silhouette was Ledge Village. It was for an awkward ledge in my laundry room but I hit upon something with that idea. Many others have loved it and created their own versions. I have been periodically adding to this village over the years, and re-drawing many of the original buildings so they can be shared with crafters that use other cutting machines besides the Silhouette. Las week I again expanded by finally re-drawing a classic Fullerton House in Illustrator and by creating two totally new buildings - the Mansard House and the Town Hall. Here is the entire collection that is available over on 3dcuts.com

I took all my buildings and set them up together for a new town photo and decided to try and light up these buildings. I had learned about Fairy lights from another crafter and these were an excellent solution.

I order several sets from Amazon but liked the battery operate LED type best. The selection always changes but I found a small set with 40 lights and that was just about perfect. I used and x-acto knife to create small holes in the back and inserted the tiny lights inside. Easy and very effective.

And,as part of the introduction, I asked others to send along photos of their Ledge Village. I have a webpage where I share display ideas for Ledge Village here.  I got some photos of some wonderful displays.
Ledge Village by Debra Barrows on display at Herman Miller Offices in Zeeland, MI.

Ledge Village by Mary Lynnes on display above her kitchen cabinets.

Here are some resource links:
  • Ledge Village cutting files are available here.  
  • Links to all the other Ledge Village Tutorials are available here
  • Display Ideas here