Tool Chest Box by Guest Designer Jana Forest

Tool Chest Box by Guest Designer Jana Forest

Super Excited!

So excited.  I was asked to be a guest designer over at Simply Crafty SVGs and also on facebook at Simply Crafty SVGs.  What a great honor.  I love the files that this site has and the owner Sandy is a fabulous designer.  Her design team is top notch.  Their examples with Simply Crafty SVGs 3D files are beautiful.  Please go on over and say hello and look around.

So for my project I wanted to make something for Bobs birthday which is in a couple of weeks.  Bob is a machinist.  We own a machine shop and he is in high demand.  So the file I chose is a 3D Tool Box.  It looks just like the 4 that we have in the shop.  This one is able to be filled with what ever you want.  It has a top section and a lower section.  I used standard cardstock and my ATG gun.  I think I will go to a candy store and look around.  Might be able to put some saltwater taffy in the bottom.  So here is how my Simply Crafty SVGs 3D Tool Box Turned out.

Here is the front view on the SBC 1600
Side view of tab and look at the lock.
(Value Installer)
The other side.
The back of the tool box.
(sitting on the stones for the
valve machine)

I hope that you will try some of the free files over on the shopping page for Simply Crafty SVGs.  I have to confess, I will be doing more 3D SVGs.  I am totally hooked.  Again, thank you for visiting and see you again soon.

Jana Forrest, Guest Designer for Simply Crafty SVGs

Outhouse by DT Els Schutte

Outhouse by DT Els Schutte

This Wonderful Outhouse was created by our DT member Els!!  Use the Outhouse SVG File to make a fun and unique gift and box.  The outhouse door open to reveal an optional toilet bench insert with toilet lid and roll of toilet paper.  Use it any time. This would be a great box to make for an outdoors man, hunter or camper.

Happy crafting!

Else Schutte, DT Team Simply Crafty SVGs

Swim and Surf Box Set by DT Deb Rauch

Swim and Surf Box Set by DT Deb Rauch

It’s that time of year when everyone is swimming and surfing.  Soo….why not make some treat boxes for your son’s or daughter’s party using Simply Crafty SVGs Swim and Surf Box Set!

Today I used the girl’s version of the boxes.  I have to say, these are the cutest party favors I’ve seen in a long time!  The first thing I did was cut out the pieces for each box set.  There are PDF instructions explaining how to put the boxes together.

I added some Kat Scrappiness sequins to the bathing suit to give it some dimension and shine.  Its kind of difficult to see in the picture, but there are small lime sequins in the center of some of the circles.

I also added a few sequins to the surfboard because that center line looked a little plain.
Here’s a close-up of the surfboard base showing the elements I added to give it a little more color and fun.

I hope I inspired you today to make something summery!  Have a crafty day!

Deb, DT Member Simply Crafty SVGS

Chalkboard Birdhouse by DT Janet Packer

Chalkboard Birdhouse by DT Janet Packer

Hiya, Janet here with my first ever Design Team post for Simply Crafty SVGs. Today I have a fun little chalkboard birdhouse made by combining the Bird House Box and the Holiday Lamp Post. It’s made almost entirely from black cardstock and decorated with white gel pen. I’ve included details on how you can make this ‘hybrid’. I used a Silhouette Cameo® 3, but of course these svg files can be used with other desktop die cutting machines (details here).

Black AC Textured Cardstock
White Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen
Black & White Baker’s Twine
Black & White Patterned Paper
(Shine Bright from Kaisercraft)
Black & White Paper Straw
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Silhouette Pen Holder
Silhouette Cameo

Adding a Perch

Prior to cutting add holes to the birdhouse file to allow a perch (paper straw) to pass through from front to back. Also added corresponding holes to the front and back panels. It is easy to match them up by measuring the diameter of the straw and drawing a circle in the software of the same size. Then temporarily position the panels in place on the main piece on the virtual cutting mat, and copy the hole to the correct position on all of the pieces.  Make it an integral part of the design by selecting each part and one copy of the hole, and then making each into a compound path.


Decorating the Birdhouse

The main birdhouse makes extensive use of the Silhouette Cameo’s sketch facility to draw the decoration using the Silhouette Pen Holder and my favourite white gel pen with designs from the Silhouette Design Store (listed below).

The Cameo 3 has a dual carriage and so can use a pen to sketch in one holder with the AutoBlade in the other. I usually do the sketching first with a pause to let the pen dry before continuing to do the cut – no smudges that way!

Constructing the Birdhouse

The construction part is straightforward as Sandy includes a set of instructions in pdf format with each of her files.

I also recommend following Sandy’s advice for crease lines, and use a shallow continuous cut instead of the dashed lines (these files are supplied with both).

Using textured cardstock gives a variety of surfaces; use the rougher side facing out for the main parts, and the alternate with the smoother side for the sketch work on the panels.

Making the Stand

Use the pole and base pieces from the Holiday Lamp Post to make a stand for the birdhouse. A pinstripe line can be added to the pieces by using the polygon line drawing tool, adding a line just inside the outer faces. Then use the sketch function to sketch the lines before cutting out the pieces.

Once the pole and stand are constructed and attached to each other use the base from the lantern part to attach them to the birdhouse.  Simply use the knife tool to ‘remove’ the mounting base from the lantern.

Push the tabs at the top of the constructed pole piece through the hexagonal hole, bend them over and adhere them to the mounting base. When it is firmly stuck, adhere the new top to the underside of the birdhouse.

Adding the Bird 

Save the waste circles cut from the birdhouse and adhere them to the ends of the trimmed straw. Then cut a slit in the straw with a serrated knife. Carefully trim the legs off the bird’s body and push the bird into the slit. A blob of adhesive behind the bird ensures that the bird stays in place. Once dry push the perch through the holes in the assembled birdhouse and add more adhesive at the entry points to keep the perch in place and the bird upright.

Feather Embellishments

Sketch and cut two sets of feathers, one the mirror image of the other. Make an additional set with a slit at the quill end, so that the feathers can be layered back-to-back with a piece of twine entrapped between the layers.

Finally tie the feathers onto the perch to hang below the birdhouse …

… and that completes the chalkboard birdhouse.

It’s such fun to combine files to make something unique. I hope you’ll try it.

Bye for now,
Janet, DT Member Simply Crafty SVGS

Simply Crafty SVG Files:
Bird House Box
Holiday Lamp Post

Additional Silhouette Files:
Leaf & Flower Border Set (Nic Squirrell) #87418
Late Summer Border (Nic Squirrell) #146669
Monogram Circle frame (Lori Whitlock) #192922
Patterned Bird (Nic Squirrell) #65418
Wild Bird Feathers (Nic Squirrell) #151820

Canadian Box and Lantern by DT Debs Smith

Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!  Can you believe next weekend Canada celebrates 150 years old.  Simply Crafty SVGs has these great boxes, Canada Day Box and Lantern and they are so easy to make   I embossed the leaves and added Inca gold to make it pop.  For  the candy box I used transparent plastic, you could also use Vellum,  that way when the candy is gone it can double as a lantern ( designed to be a lantern).  These will be a great addition for every Canada Day Party!

Canadian Box and Lantern

Canadian Box and Lantern

Have a great week creating!

Debs Smith, DT Coordinator Simply Crafty SVGs