Valentine Hearts Gift Box


Classic cube with overlapping scallop-edged hearts. Simple and quick to make, this box can also be used for weddings or anniversaries. Who says Valentine’s Day is just one day of the year?

Part 2 of upcoming Valentine’s Day collection, soon to be offered in my store.

Paint a White Christmas


Need snow? Paint yourself a winter wonderland. Daiso sells pearlescent white paint for $2 in a small tube. Use a fine brush, load it up, and let the paint scrape against the edges of your craft project (in this case a party favor box).

Try to make it look like natural snow drift by painting from one direction (so don’t coat every edge).

This triangular party favor box is sold on Etsy, along with other dinner party paper decor. Half-moon shaped flaps are on both ends to allow easy access to your stocking stuffer. Perfectly size for biscotti treats.

Xmas Dinner Setting


I’ve admired wine charms but can’t remember what color I am halfway thru the night. So I’ve made my own and left space for names. Matching gift tags? But of course!

Enlarge by 150% and they’re suitable for mugs too.

For placecards, I’ve made pop up scenes of favorite winter wonderland moments. I’ve just listed on Etsy now – a little late for the season but better than waiting till next year!

3D Paper Star for Xmas Tree Topper (FREE SVG, DXF, PDF)


I didn’t have a tree topper and was inspired after seeing how easy it was to make a 3D paper star on Kim’s blog, Craftaphile. I added a stem and it seemed like I planned how well it fit on that topmost tree tip. The actual size is about 7.5″ wide x 9.5″ high.

I’m offering my die cut files free. I’d love to hear your comments like how it cut for you on your machine. The file formats are in SVG, DXF, and PDF (cutting by hand is also easy). They are all compressed into a ZIP file for you to download.

You’ll notice there’s a “front” and “back”, but really it’s just one has tabs and the other doesn’t. I pre-fold along all the lines (Craftaphile shows great photos) then use white glue and work with 2 tabs at a time, holding until the glue sets. After it’s assembled, the creases remember where they need to move and it just poofs out into 3D! Try it!

Tricked your Treat



Who won the “What’s inside the coffin contest?” No body. The answer is fish skeleton! Make no bones about it – I even put the answer in my listing! Please, no booing! Thank you all for playing! I had a screech 🙂 Check out the entire listing on my Etsy store.

One more if you dare? Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep? Because of his coffin.

Crouching Spider, Hidden Candy


OK so it wasn’t hard to guess what was coming, but I hope you’ve enjoyed the unveiling of my die cut Halloween coffin boxes.

 

This one has a spider web made of black vinyl hidden on the inside of the coffin’s lid. A small length of fishing wire is attached to the spider so kids will get an extra hidden surprise as they reach for the goodies inside. I have always loved shiny black on matte, a subtle and entrancing effect.

 

Here are some of my prototypes. Can anyone guess what’s inside? I’ll give you a hint – it’s white and emaciated. Please be very specific – only fully correct guesses will qualify.

I will email a free SVG or DXF spider file to anyone who guesses correctly by next Monday, Oct 10, 2011.

Knuckles


Pale knuckles grip the coffin’s edge…
my latest trailer for an upcoming die cut bundle for my Etsy store.

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