Friday, July 14, 2017

Triskele Sphere and Cube

Triskele Sphere and Cube

I came across a triskele sphere at this website, I was intrigued by the sphere and I tweaked their design to make my sphere.

Two sizes of the Triskele Sphere

I then decided to modify the height of the arc by decreasing its size. In doing so, I discovered that I had to increase the width of the band to accommodate the difference.  These modifications of the original triskele design resulted in a cube.

Triskele Cube

Here is the PDF:

Here is the .Studio file:

My patterns include two sizes  for each of the triskele balls. There are three bands which interlock to form the structure. Here are the directions to construct the smaller one.

To construct the larger one, glue two of the larger designs together to make one band.  Repeat to make the other two bands. The construction is the same as the smaller one.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cherry Blossom Three Tiered Wedding Cake Box

Cherry Blossom Wedding Cake Box

My daughter, Katie got married and I made this paper box to replicate her wedding cake.

Katie's Wedding Cake

Here is the PDF.

Here is the .Studio file.

I used metallic white Neenah cardstock from their Creative Collection that I purchased at Office Depot.  The flowers were made with two colors of pink cardstock from Michaels.

There are a lot of similar pieces to make this wedding cake.  I would recommend cutting out the box bottom pieces first so that you do not mix them up with the top cake pieces which are slightly bigger.

 Glue the box bottom side piece into a circle.
Fold the tabs inward as shown above and put a drop of glue on each tab. Insert the inside box bottom piece to form one layer of the bottom.
Put a dot of glue on each tab near the edge of the circle.  
Adhere the outside box bottom circle to complete the bottom of the box. Set it aside.

Now cut out the cake layers.

Glue the layers into a circle as shown.
Fold the tabs of the smallest layer inward and glue in the inside smallest circle.
Glue the larger small circle to the top of the cake.
Fold the tabs of the smallest layer outward and put glue on the tops of the tabs.
There are two small rings. One of the rings is slightly larger than the other. Using the slightly larger ring, slide it across the smallest layer and attach it to the tab.  It will look like a top hat.
Fold the top tabs on the middle layer inward and the bottom tabs outward as shown above on the left.
Put glue on the top tabs.
Attach the smallest layer by matching up the seams. Make sure they are aligned so that the final product will look nice. Note:  gluing is a slow process. Make sure all of the edges are aligned and that it looks like a round circle.
Glue the smallest ring into the interior.
Put glue on the top of the tabs. There are two small rings. One of the large rings is slightly larger than the other. Using the slightly larger ring, slide it across the middle layer and attach it to the tabs. It will look like a top hat with two layers. Sorry for the bad picture but it will look like the above photo.
Fold the tabs of the largest layer outward and put glue on the tops of the tabs.
Attach the largest layer by matching up the seams.
Glue the large ring to the interior.
Embellish the cake box with flowers or ribbons.  Notice that all of the seams are aligned.  
 I pinched the petals upwards to create a 3-D effect and I added a bead to the center of the flower.
I added two rows of beading around the cake.  I added a third row of beading to the bottom of the box so that it would look nice when it was separated from the cake.

I made a white version to give to a neighbor.

Happy Wedding Day!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tulip Flower Pot Box For Easter or Mother's Day

Tulip Flower Pot Box with a Bunnies

There are four versions of the Tulip Flower Pot Box. See the PDF for the other versions. which are a chick, flower and duck.

I used card stock to create these tulip flower pots.

The tulip is the same.  The only difference is the belly band.

 Slide the slits together.  One petal is bent to slide the two pieces together.  Go takes patience to do this. Hold the paper firmly in your hands and pull evenly in a straight line.  Try not to bend the slits because they are fragile.  

Slide all of the slits together. 

 Fold and glue the stamen together but don't glue the bottom.  Glue on the black anthers to the filament.

 Six stamens

 Glue on the stamens to the bottom circle.

 Bottom of flower. Set be glued into the flower later!

 Curl and glue the cone shape as shown.  The dotted line on the cone indicates where the seam should be.

 Take the small circle cog and fold up the points.  Put glue on each point and insert it into the cone to form the bottom of the flower pot as shown above. I glued another circle inside the pot to add some strength to the bottom.

 Make the belly band.  Glue on the main design and the two pinstripes.

 Curve the belly band into a circle and glue.  There is a lot of paper here so it needs to be trained to go into a circle.  Slowly manipulate and bend the paper into a circle to create the lid.

 Bend the cogs of the big circle.  Apply glue to each cog and insert it into the belly band. Do not force  the circle all the way to the edge.  There is a small edge as shown.

 Apply glue on the edge of the stem as shown.  Curl it up to make a four sided stem.

 Pinch the bottom of two leaves together as shown. Repeat for the other set of leaves. Curl the ends of the leaves with your fingers.

 Insert the stem and bend back the tabs. Glue the tabs as shown. 

 Insert the point of the leaves.  Glue each on opposite sides of the stem.

 Glue the circle to the bottom of the lid.

 Glue the tulip to the stem as shown above.

 Glue the inside of the flower.

Tulip Flower Box

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Slice Form Bride and Groom Cake Topper or Table Decoration

Plain paper cake toppers are boring. I have taken the paper cake topper to the next level with my slice forms.  I think it is amazing to see the angles that are formed with the slices and this is the reason why I love paper so much.

Here is the .Studio file

Cut out all of the slices once for half of a skirt or twice for a full skirt.  Please note, I recommend cutting the front slices first and putting it together before proceeding to cut out the back of the skirt.  The slices are graduated to form the train. There are two special slices which form the starting and ending points of the slice form.

 Slices are sorted according to their slits and graduated from largest to smallest as show above to create two piles.

 Two special slices are at the bottom of this picture.

Take one of the smallest slices with the two slits on the bottom and write the word "back" on its side as shown.  The positioning of the words dictate if the slices will be the front or the back of the skirt.
Write "front" on the small special slice with one slit on the side as shown in the photo above.

If you want to make the front of the skirt, make sure the word "front" is in front after sliding the two pieces together.

If you want to make the back of the skirt, make sure the word "back" is in front after sliding the two pieces together. 

Notice that you made an 'X' when you slide the pieces together.  You will be making an 'X' each time you slide a piece together.  The first 'X' was a top 'X' and the next slice created a bottom 'X'.

You will be alternating slices from each pile to create this top and bottom 'X'. 

You can lay the piece flat on a work surface if you are having problems.

Make sure the bottom 'X' is the same size slice when doing the train portion. If the pieces get out of order, the skirt train will be uneven. (This has happened to me so don't make my mistake.)

 Once completed with the slices, cut a piece of tape the height of the skirt.  Apply the tape to the side edge of the skirt to bind the slices together like a book. 

Repeat for the back side of the skirt. Notice the glossy edge...that is where the tape is.

Glue the front skirt to the figure.

Glue the back of the skirt to the figure.

I added a name to the edge of the figure.  You have the option to add a name if want in Silhouette. Using the figure with no wording.  Type the name in Silhouette Studio and move the words to the figure by dragging the circle by the words to the figure. Highlight the words and the figure together.  Go to Weld and weld the letters to the figure.

I hope you enjoy making this decoration as much as I did.