Friday, April 29, 2011

Star Box

Kasandra from The Paper Den asked on the Make-the-Cut forum for suggestions of shapes to make into boxes. She and her husband, Matt, design very unique boxes and 3d paper sculpture cutting files for use with electronic die cutters. You Must Go See

Anyway, I asked for a 5 pointed star box. A very simple shape, or so I'm told. Compared to some of the ones they make, I can see why they would classify it as simple. You Must Go See
They graciously made the file for me, and I have completed a project with it. It looks like I am going to have to do another one, though.

My vision was to do it in a Texas theme. It is, after all, part of our flag. I designed the Bluebonnet paper to cover the top of the box along with some paper Texas flowers. Most especially, the Yellow Rose of Texas. Because of the shape and the size of the box, my intention was to use one flower in the center to look like a knob. So far, so good.

I made the box. I cut it from thin chipboard. Cutting the chipboard actually ended up causing my first day of frustration with my Cougar, but I got it done. Everything else went fine. The box is great. I created the cut files for the top and bottom covers myself. I had to do the cover files, at least for the top, differently than the box file because I do not have a 12 x 12 printer. I cut the custom designed paper for the top cover, the bottom cover from cardstock, and got everthing assembled together. I added some ribbon trim and was ready to add the flower when......

Screeeech! My husband likes it just as it is. No flower. Far now, it will remain that way. I'll either add the flower later, or make another box.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Beetles of Our Lady

In Europe, during the middle ages, insects were eating all the crops. The Catholic farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help. The ladybugs arrived and saved the day by eating the crop destroying insects. The farmers started calling them The Beetles of Our Lady. Later the name was shortened to Lady Beetles. It didn't matter if they were male or female. I have always called them Ladybugs, but I have heard them called Lady Beetles. All species of Ladybugs are beetles, but not all beetles are Ladybugs. I just know that they are very beneficial to have around.

Monday, April 25, 2011

May You Touch Dragonflies and Stars

Dance with Fairies and Talk to the Moon.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Butterflies are Self Propelled Flowers

I read that somewhere. It just seems so appropriate.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Not my Grandmother's Rose

When I was little, my Grandmother made flowers out of nylon stockings. She would bend and twist wire to the shape she needed for a flower or leaf then stretch a piece of dyed nylon stocking over the wire and tie if off at the bottom. She would make a bunch of petals or leaves and put them together to make a flower. They were beautiful. She taught me how to do them.

Awhile back I had this idiotic idea of trying to use her technique with paper sans the wire. Ha! It didn't work. At least, not for me. So, I adapted her technique to something that would work with paper.

If you would like to try them, the Make-the-Cut file and the Assembly Instructions are listed below.

MTC Rose Digital Cut File

Rose Assembly Instructions

Monday, April 18, 2011

Red Corn Poppy Re-Visited

This is the version I have decided to use. It is not anatomically correct nor does it really have to be. That is one of the things I like about paper. Its purpose is decorative and you can be very creative with it.

However, I wanted the center of this one to be closer to the realistic side. As a result, it is a little fussy. Fussy can be very relaxing to me at times and a royal pain at others. I usually watch TV and make several things at once creating a stockpile of stuff. Then, when I need something, it is already done.

If you care to download the Make-the-Cut file and assembly instructions, the links are listed below.

MTC Poppy Digital Cut File

Poppy Assembly Instructions