Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Valentine Cupid Box

This Valentine Cupid box stands 6 1/2 inches tall and would make a beautiful gift to give to your sweetheart.
There are directions for both of these models in this tutorial.

Here is the PDF.  I used 65 lb. cardstock.

Here is the .Studio file

Layout all of the pieces. The Cupid model consists of the small hearts and the Cupid.  The two hearts model consists of the small and large hearts. Everything has been cut out so that you can decide which model you want when the pieces are placed on the string to be hung up.

Using the template, place some glue in the white area and attach the heart.  Remove the template carefully and repeat for the remaining scallops.

Make the scalloped piece and rectangular piece into a hexagon shape as shown above.  Bend the tabs on the hexagons upwards.  There are two hexagons.  The smaller one is for the bottom of the box.  Glue the smaller hexagon to the hexagonal tube. Make sure that the bottom surface is flat all the way around. The larger hexagon is for the top of the box.  It is matched with the scalloped top.

When gluing the scalloped top, Make sure that the tabs do not show in the scallops.  A ledge is formed at the top of the box for the placement of the cage on top.

Notice the ledge on top of the box.

 Bend all the remaining pieces in half except for the cupids.

Glue three cage pieces together.  Repeat for the other side.
Glue five small hearts together. Repeat for the other side.
Glue five large hearts together.  Repeat for the other side.
Your workspace should look like the above photo when completed.

At this point decide whether you want the Cupid or the two hearts.  You can't have both the Cupid and the two hearts because they do not fit.

 Using sewing thread, glue half of the small heart onto the string at about 4 inches.

Glue the other half of the small heart to itself.  At about 6 inches, glue on the larger heart to the string.  Do not touch anything for at least a few minutes.  Allow everything to dry sufficiently before proceeding.

Glue the string to the top and bottom of one half of the cage structure. Glue the edges the cage and attach the other half of the cage. Do not cut the string until the glue is thoroughly dry. at least 5 or 10 minutes.

I applied an extra dot of glue at the base of the string. When the glue is dry, slide the cage into the box base and glue down.

Two Hearts Box 

Cupid Box

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cinderella Party Favor, A Castle Box and a Crown

 For my mother's birthday, I made party treats for the residents at her assisted living residence. I cut out 16 castles and one crown for the birthday girl.  The residents put the castle box together as a little party activity. One Hershey kiss fits perfectly inside the box.

One of the residents decorated the crown with glittery rhinestones.  Here she is wearing her crown.

I used glitter cardstock for the castle and 65lb. Neenah metallic paper for the box.

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file.

 Glue the four tabs outward on the box.
Open the castle doors and then glue the castle to the box. 

Happy Birthday Mom!
Elaine 💕

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Cinderella Paper Shoes

Poor Cinderella.  I can't make her shoes out of glass but I can make them out of paper. I made the Cascade card from my previous post and decided that I needed to make an accompanying paper shoe. This shoe is made out of 65 lb card stock.  I do recommend making this shoe out of a lighter weight paper because the heel is difficult to bend into a semicircle with heavyweight paper. The shoes are lined with contrasting paper.  I used wrapping paper, lightweight cardstock and vinyl for shoe liners. The thinner the paper, the easier it was to glue to the inside of the shoe.

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file.

I made the shoe and then decided to make it smaller.  You can see the smaller shoe in the photo above. It is the silver shoe in the front. I have not included the smaller version in my file. If you want to make the design smaller, just resize the pattern.  I did decide to make another version of the shoe today with a smaller toe and I have included that file as shoe #2.

Shoe #1 on the left and Shoe #2 on the right
 Bend the tabs on the toe piece upwards at a right angle.
 Glue the outside of the shoe to the toe pieces shown.
 Bend the outside of the shoe into a U and then attach the other side of the toe piece. Notice that the two toe pieces overlap. 
 If you dont bend the toe piece at a right angle, the pieces will still come together but only slightly.  The shoe on the right shows what will happen if you do not make the angle correctly.  It will still look  good.
 Bend the tabs at a right angle for the tabbed insole.
 Glue the inside of the shoe as shown and insert the insole.
 Notice that the tabs from the insole are inside the shoe.
 Take the insole and place it above the tabs on the shoe inside.
 Notice that the tabs will not show inside the shoe.
 The tabs are glued to the bottom of the shoe.
 Glue a sole onto the bottom of the shoe as shown.
 Bend the tabs for both parts of the heel.  Try to condition the back of the heel to bend into a semicircle by rubbing it against a curved surface or a pencil. 
 Glue the heel into a curve around the outer edge.
Glueing the heel is a slow process. I had to walk away at this point. The glue needed to dry and it is best to come back later.
 Glue the completed heel to the bottom of the shoe.
 Another picture of the heel. 
Here is the shoe lined with a silver sparkle vinyl and adorned with a ribbon bow.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Cinderella Cascade Slide Together Card

 I love the story of Cinderella and this card depicts all of the highlights of the story.  Two pieces of metallic card stock are slid together and folded to make the zig-zig in this card.  The card lies flat for mailing. One side of the scene shows Cinderella arriving at the palace in a coach.  Cinderella is standing in the doorway and looking at the festivities above. The opposite side of the card shows the clock at midnight with the prince in the doorway.  Cinderella is scurrying away with her slipper on the stairway.  Her coach has turned into a pumpkin and the horse has turned into a mouse by the gate.

Cinderella arriving at the ball

Cinderella scurrying away at the stroke of midnight.

I recommend using a new mat and blade to cut this design.  It is very hard to cut the details of the revelers at the ball with a dull blade. I used Neenah metallic card stock.

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file.

 Slide the two tabs together as shown.

 Fold the two sides inward and then slide the next two tabs together to form a zig zag pattern.

 Notice that the pieces do not align that well.

Use Glue dots that have been rolled into little pieces to align the tops of the castle points and the bottom of the castle floor.

I also used a larger piece of rolled up Glue Dots to adhere Cinderella to the bottom of the castle floor. 

I used Aleene's glue to glue the tab of the coach to the castle wall.

I glued the gates to the back of the wall and added the crowns to the gates.  The pumpkin and mouse were glued to the gate.  The shoe and Cinderella were glued to the stairs.

 Front view - folded flat

Back view - folded flat

Side view