Sunday, September 22, 2019

Christmas 2019 • Time to Craft

Yes, we crafter start early. Although Christmas is months away, the holiday crafting season is here.  I just introduced 2 new designs for paper crafters to create using their cutting machines. Both are zig-zag cards based on the same construction design as my Zig Zag Village from 2018
The first is a stunningly elegant Nativity. This is the quickest Zig-Zag card for construction yet.

  • Download the cutting file here.
  • View the online tutorial here.

There is also a Gingerbread version for 2019
  • Download the cutting file here.
  • View the online tutorial here.

Sunday, February 24, 2019


Using the owl as a subject matter in my shadow boxes has been on the to-do list for a while now. Once I finished my Valentine's crafting it moved to the top of the lists.  Here is a matching set of four owl shadow boxes.
Featured are four owls that are native to my home state of Connecticut. From top to bottom are the Great Horned Owl, Screech Owl, Barn Owl and Barred Owl. Each is perched in it's own varied tree and silhouetted against a full moon.

These are simple to assemble - just a three-layered shadow box. And I have created individual assembly video tutorials for each.  When complete each shadow box is about 6.5" square. Here are the links to the files and the tutorials.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Going Square!

Crafters requested and I listened. A number of you have requested that I offer some of my Star Shadow Boxes in a square format.  People want to put them in wooden frames behind glass in order to make a lasting keepsake.  I spent the past two weeks re-desgingin the Heart Tree Shadow Box because Valentine's Day is approaching and it would make a great gift for a significant other.
The shadow box is 11" square and designed to fit into the standard one available from I have also incorporated strings lights that come with a remote control also from Amazon. Links to the supplies are included in the tutorial.

I also added three sets of couples to this download. It comes with a male/female couple or  male/male or female/female groupings. You choose the one that matches the couple yo are featuring. And as with the original star shadow box, the letters carved into the tree are customizable.

Time for a new project?  
  • Cutting files here:
  • Video tutorial here -

Happy crafting,


Friday, January 11, 2019

Valentine Garden - a new DIY Valentine design

Valentine's Day is in February which smack dab in the coldest, snowiest part of winter here in New England. I decided to incorporate a little springtime cheer with my Valentine design this year to helps us weather through until April.
My Valentine card uses the garden theme to brighten the dreary winter days. This design is based on the same construction concept as Zig Zag Village although a whole lot quicker to assemble because it doesn't have the fiddly details. And yes, it does fold flat for storage or mailing. It fits into a regular 6 x 9" booklet envelope.
Available in svg, pdf, png, and dxf formats here:

Assembly tutorial is here:

And here is a quick link to the tutorial:

Happy crafting everyone!


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Beautiful Centerpiece

Yesterday I received an email from Miles Douglas. Miles send a long a photo of his table decor for Christmas Eve 2018. It made me very happy.

Using two of my cutting files, adjusting and combining, he made this beautiful tables cape. It includes the Moose in Fir Trees file available here plus the Covered Bridge from Tea Light Village available here. He increased the size of the Covered Bridge file before cutting to match the Moose and Fir Tree file combined it all with trendy Buffalo Plaid. Great attention to detail and a beautiful table setting.