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Mar 18, 2018

Easter Rabbit Foldover Card Updated Files

bunny and flowers crossover card front

A reader asked me to update the files for this Easter Rabbit foldover or crossover card originally published in 2012.  I cleaned up the excessive nodes to make it cut more smoothly, and made both a new Studio file and a resized SVG file that works better in Cricut Design Space.

How to make a bunny and tulips foldover card

Mar 17, 2018

Spring Tulips in a Basket

Long ago at the beginning of this blog I created a sliceform basket and "filled" it with puppies.
This updated (new files!) slice form basket is bursting with spring tulips, a perfect flower basket for Easter.

finished sliceform basket with tulips front view

How to make a spring basket of tulips sliceform

Aug 4, 2017

Woven Paper Basket Birthday Card

This little paper basket is woven together in the style of the valentine baskets you probably made as a child.

finished woven heart basket with flowers and grass

I put Dove chocolates inside and gave it as a birthday card.

add handle to woven valentine basket

The pattern is from Papermatrix, a site I highly recommend.  

I traced their pattern and cut the pieces with my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used the Cameo to draw the "Happy Birthday" sentiment using the pen holder.

After I finished, I realized I was supposed to layer the grass behind the flowers.  Whoopsie.  A little trimming took care of that so the flowers could peek out.

Layering with the flowers on the bottom does make the inside very pretty, however.

valentine shaped woven basket inside

And then I couldn't get the point to come together properly so I had to cut apart the last strip at the point.  That little bit of grass and the flower is a disguise.

Jun 12, 2017

Paper Succulents

The succulent craze has hit my household big time.  I made this 3D papercraft bouquet of succulent "flowers" as a Happy Birthday card for my daughter.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

Construction isn't difficult, but somewhat time consuming.

All of the paper succulents start the same way: cut the pieces, sponge on some ink, and curl the edges of the petals a little bit.

Be generous with color.  Layer on greens and browns and highlight with red or white.White adds tremendous depth.

The circular flower-like succulents are made by stacking the layers.
--Cut two sets of petal rounds for each "bloom".  Stack them to your liking.  You won't need every piece, and after gluing the stack use spare petals to fill in bare spots.
--Roll the smallest layer into a loose cone for the center.
--Using dimensional glue dots (foam) to adhere the bigger layers bulks up the succulent.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

The purple trailing plant, which starts as a long strip with leaves on both side, is wrapped around thick floral wire or a skewer or toothpick or whatever you have.  Fill in bare spots with extra leaves.

The blue and the beige sprigs are a pain.  I glued them painstakingly, leaf by leaf, on a toothpick (beige) and small tube of paper (blue).  I'm sure there's a better way to make these.

Papercraft succulents birthday card with cut files for Silhouette and Cricut.

I glued the succulents to a 3" diameter styrofoam ball covered with strips of wood grain paper to look like a basket.  The foot of the planter is a snap-together curtain grommet (left over from another crafty project) wrapped with the same paper strips.  After the large pieces were secure, I went back around and filled in empty spots with spare leaves.

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.  Pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site.   Suggested contribution for this project is $2.00.

Jun 28, 2015

Fireworks Chysanthemum July 4th Card

4th of july fireworks card

Inspired by a card by Kagi Sippo (which looks like it is hand colored--or maybe created from paint chips--and hand cut) I went looking for a suitable layered flower file to make a similar exploding fireworks card.  I didn't find one, so I drew one!

The result is...okay.  My flowers / fireworks lack the subtle color variations in the layers, and I wish the card stock were shiny.

I threw a lot of glitter on it to see if it was an improvement, but now it's a bit much.

chrysanthemum cut file fireworks

 Do try the file out and see if you can improve upon my efforts!

Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG
 (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).

Files download for free. A huge thank you to the many readers who support my site with a small contribution when downloading.   

Pay what you wish to support this site.   Suggested contribution for this project is $1.00.

My base card is half a sheet of 8.5" x 11" black card stock, cut the long way.

You will want to cut extras of the smallest round of petals as they tend to tear when you remove them from your cutting mat.

May 9, 2015

Last Minute Mother's Day Cards

Still need a Mother's Day greeting card?

Here are some (relatively) quick cards you can make.  Some are best suited for machine cutting (free SVG and Silhouette Studio cutting files included), and some can be hand cut. 

Teapot and Tea Cup Pop Up Card
Easy assembly.  Cut by machine. 

Heart Card
Change the sentiment, and you're all set for Mother's Day.

Three Flower Pop Up Card 
 Flowers and vase are easy to hand cut. 

Positive/Negative Heart Frame
Heart shaped card. Pop your favorite photo on the front and you're done!
Flower Pop Up Card
Cut by machine.  Assembles very quickly.

 Paper Rose Card
Can be hand cut. Takes a little while to assemble as you have to wait for the glue to dry, but it's not difficult to make.

Three Flower Daisy Pop Up Card
Cut by machine.  Easy to assemble with just a few drops of glue, or glue dots.

Hawaiian Quilt Block Card
Quick to cut, either by hand or machine.  A little glue and it's finished.

Apr 10, 2015

Lantern with Petal Swirls

This intricately cut paper lantern with filigree swirl petals and flowers is another version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.

Small, it's a candy holder; large it's a pretty table decoration or centerpiece for a wedding or party.

tea light lantern or candy box

See this previous post for a Christian version with a cross in the center panel of the lantern.

cross lantern or candy box

The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top is closed with a ribbon threaded through slots.

Mine is much larger (just under 4" on a side) than the sample I saw for sale, which was laser cut. I cut mine with my Silhouette Cameo at a size that was easy to weed!

I lined mine with vellum (template not included in the file set, you'll have to wing it) and lit it with a battery operated tea light.

How to make the petal lantern

Download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.
Cut on black lines, score on red lines.

If you are using Cricut Design Space:
-- Resize to 8" wide.
--On each page, once you have ungrouped the pieces, set the top two pieces in your layers menu to score.  (Change the color of the large (black) outer edge cut to white so you can see everything.  That piece is down near the bottom of the layers menu.)

Assembly is pretty much self-evident.  This is the order of assembly I used.

If you're planning to use vellum backing squares, adhere them now.

Crease all score lines.

Adhere the lantern pieces together, using the long vertical tabs.

Close the bottom as shown on the daisy tea light lantern post.

Thread a piece of ribbon through the slots at the top and tie a bow.

Hint: When you turn your tea light on and off it is easier to open the bottom than to untie the top!

Mar 16, 2015

Peeps Bunnies and Tulips Torus

In this post I am revisiting the torus, a fascinating kind of paper sliceforms, with inspiration from Peeps marshmallow bunnies.

This torus Easter wreath has gone through numerous iterations.  I started with only rabbits, but the front rows covered too much of the back ones, so all you could see were the tips of the ears.  It looked odd.  I tried eggs (terrible) and finally settled on tulips for the inner rounds.

The torus files are in two sizes.  (Note that you cannot scale sliceform templates significantly as the slots can become too wide or narrow.  10% in either direction is probably the limit.)

The smaller one fits 4 template pieces on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock and has a finished size of about 6" in diameter.  This is the size shown in the video below.

The larger wreath fits 2 template pieces per 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock and has a finished size of about 11" in diameter.  This is the one shown in the assembly photos.

How to make a Bunnies and Tulips Sliceform Torus Wreath

Torus Sliceform Template
Download Cutting Files: PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space), Silhouette Studio.

Files download for free; pay what you wish for the tutorial and to support this site. Suggested contribution for this project is $1.99.

Please, please, I beg you, practice by assembling a plain one like this one before you attempt to make my Easter bunny and tulip torus.

Keep calm, and remember you will always slot like pieces together--like pieces from the same side of the two pieces.  So a right-hand smaller bunny attaches to another right-hand smaller bunny; a left-hand larger tulip slots together with a left-hand larger tulip, etc.

Low tack (painters) tape can be your friend!  Once you place a piece you may want to tape across the slots to adhere it temporarily.

I used four colors of card stock.

--For the smaller wreath you need 4 sheets of card stock, one sheet per color.
--For the larger wreath you need 8 sheets of card stock, two sheets per color.

Cut 8 pieces with slots at the bottom (4 each of two different colors), and 8 with slots at the top. Alternate the colors as you assemble the torus.

I started by slotting together two pieces together at the center bunny.

Then a piece to the center bunny of that piece (purple attached to pink).

You will be able to fold the whole thing flat if you are slotting the pieces correctly.

Continue to alternate, adding to the side, then the middle, until you have used all of the pieces.  I do this with the torus flattened, just lifting up the top layer and sliding the new piece into the proper slot.

And now the tricky part, that you more or less need to power through and make it happen in a way that works for you.

Expand the torus, pulling the ends toward each other to form a loose ring shape. Find the two card stock pieces whose large bunnies are still unslotted.  Those two need to slide together.

Once those are hooked it will look like a big mess.  Courage!  Handle it gently, and start looking for obvious places that should slot together.  Look for matching pieces that are near each other and join them.  Resist the impulse to pull things apart and start over.  Most things are still either slotted in the right place or nearly so.

Here is my big mess sitting in my lap.  You can see most of my bunnies have slipped apart, but not completely!  They are still in the correct place, just need tightening.

Work around and around, finding unused slots and matching them up.

For example, here you can see the green and blue tulip are matching up, and behind that the smallest green tulip will slide into the pink. 

Work around and around the circle, joining anything that is still loose. Eventually it will all come together.

 Pull all the pieces until the slots are tight.  Be sure to turn the wreath over and do the other side.

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May 28, 2014

Three Flower Bouquet Pop Up Card

You may remember a pop up card from way back, the seven flower pop up card.  I've done a couple variations of it including a three flower daisy version.

This card has three flowers in a triangle arrangement, with a pop up vase below them.

three flower pop up card in a vase

I finished the front but left the sentiment space blank on the inside.

 Here's how to make this three flower pop up card with vase.

 Download template set: PDF, DXF, SVG, Silhouette Studio

--3 flowers, 3" across
 You can use the cut file, or hand cut them from 3" squares following the instructions from the beginning of this video. Reshape the petals if you wish.   
--1 vase piece 
 --1 base card, 8.5" wide x 6" tall, folded in half

3 flower pop up card cut out parts

Create cupped flower by removing one petal (already done for you if you're using the cut file), and overlapping and adhering the two petals on either side of the cut-out.

three flower pop up card assembling flowers

3 flower pop up card assembled flower

Flatten flowers and arrange as you want them above the vase.

three flower pop up card flattened flowers
I use 1/4 of a round glue dot to adhere the petals together.  You want just a dot of glue at the very tip of the petals where they will join.

Apply adhesive to the tip of the top petal of the left-hand flower.

Place the center flower on top of the left-hand flower, aligning the left petal of the (light purple) center flower with the top petal of the (dark purple) left-hand flower. 

Apply adhesive to the left petal of the (light purple) center flower and the center petal of the (dark purple) left-hand flower.

Place right-hand flower on top of the other two flowers, aligning it with the left-hand flower on the bottom of the flower sandwich.

When you open the flower sandwich it looks like this.

Set the flowers aside while you adhere the vase to the base card.

Fold the vase piece along the center crease line.  Fold the tabs to the outside of the vase.

Push the center crease of the vase into the center fold of the base card.

three flower pop up card vase

Apply adhesive to the long tab that is visible.  Close the card, flip it over, open the card.  Apply adhesive to the other long tab.  Close the card to adhere.

three flower pop up card vase pop up

Now add the flowers. This is the tricky part!

The bottoms of the side flowers must be able to clear the top of the vase as they pop up, and the top flower needs to nestle into the center fold of the base card when the card is closed.

Start by laying the flower sandwich on the card, with the edge of the (light purple) top flower just at the fold of the card.  No part of this flower can cross the center fold.

three flower pop up card flower placement

 The fold on the top flower (down the center of the light purple heart) should be perpendicular to the center fold of the base card. 

The lowest hanging part of the (dark purple) side flowers must be above the top of the vase.

This photo is flipped to the other side, but it shows the correct placement of the flower sandwich.
three flower pop up card adhere flowers

The flower sandwich will be attached to the card, with just two dots of adhesive, at the tips of the center petals of the right-hand and left-hand flowers.

The grey dots indicate where you will put the glue on the back of the petals.  For now,  put some painters' tape (low tack tape) on those petals to try out your flower placement. 

three flower pop up card petal placement

Test your placement to make sure the flowers open and close properly as the card is opened and closed. 

Once you are satisfied with the flower placement using tape, close the card.  Partially open the card and remove one piece of tape, being careful not to move the flowers.  Replace the tape with a glue dot and re-close the card.

three flower pop up card flower placement

three flower pop up card

Flip the card over, remove the other piece of tape, replace with glue, and shut the card.

three flower pop up card adhere flowers

3 flower pop up card finished card

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