I love to collect and play with paper, especially making 3D items. I also love to collect fabric! I think I have a problem!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Mr. Penguin was fast asleep when a whistling wind rattled the windows.
A sleepy Mr. Penguin stumbled outside and to his surprise, he found his Christmas
tree covered with beautiful snowflakes, his most favorite thing in the world!
Mary's svg files can be used in so many ways! Her wonderful
talent lets people like you and I have fun to just craft and play!
Thanks, Mary, for all your hard work and making it so easy for us!

I used the snowman box from CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE KIT imported
as is.  Make the box 6 panels black, and 2 panels white (this is the front). 
   Put the box together as Mary suggests, except when you get to the upper panels,
do not put on 2 of the black panels, one on each side of the whites.  Do not put on
the bottom, yet.  From CHRISTMAS CUDDLY FRIENDS, use the black.svg
in the penguin folder.  In the appearance box of your program,
(I use Ecal), I changed the svg to a  shadow at 2.0, made it thicker. 
You can judge what you would like.  Enlarge the piece to W 4.045 x H 4.746
(It looks large, but it will fit, trust me!!!) 
I clipped the wings at the top 1/4 inch in from the outside into the point, (the
point is what you see at the neck, like a heart shape stops there).
Fold the two bottom pieces at the points (of the heart shaped top) and place into the
neck of the penguin.  (Mine were placed about 1/2 inch in from the black edge and glued
onto the upper white panels and part of the black panels.)  Put glue on the fold and up about
1/4 inch just  above the piece to hold in place on each side.  After it dries, and you need
to let it dry to do this next step, gently flip the upper piece towards you so you can get to the
inside edge to put glue all around, just gluing the edge.  Let this dry before you go
to the next step.  You won't think the piece is going to lay down, but it will, next take
a pair of sharp tipped scissors and clip the upper outer edge sides.  I clipped every
1/8 inch or so and not quite a 1/4 inch in. I tried to eye it and stay within the black
area where I knew the piece would be glued to. This will get covered with the two 
panels you have left over.  Just snip the sides up till you can start pressing down and
feel it start to lay down flat.  Make sure you don't snip too far up the top.  Start at the
neck and glue the snips down.  Use a toothpick to help put the glue underneath if your
bottle is too big.  Work up, do the other side and it should lay flat for you.  The snips
will lay on each other, sort of like gathered lace!  Now you can place the black panels
in place to cover up the snips.   Leave the top unglued and let it just lay naturally.  It
will bulge out forming his forehead and you will be covering the very top with a hat
of some sort anyway.  Glue down the bottom two sides, I only put glue along
the front edge, it doesn't lay completely flat.  I gently bent the penguin's wing from
where I clipped it down to the point, as you see in the picture.  Then I clipped up
along the fold about an inch.  You can now put on the bottom piece.   I used the
feet and beak sized as the file is in the folder.  I layered 4 pieces to give it some
strength for each foot.  The beak is 4 pieces layered on the bottom and 2 on the
top, flip one the other direction to make his beak.  The eyes are just layers of circles.  
You can decorate the top of his head any way you like. 
As you see, it's still the top of the box.  I left it like that because I knew
my sock cap was going to cover it just fine.  My cap is a long sock!  So cute!
You can use anything stretchy and shaped like a tube to make your own cap!
The tree is a free PARTY HAT from SVGCuts and you can get it here:
And while you're there, check out all the other wonderful free designs, I think, if I
remember, there is around 250!  That's a lot of great files, FOR FREE!  How
generous is that!  Okay, anyhoo, I kept the tree simple because I love the color
green and I wanted the green paper in the background to show through.  The five
snowflakes are about an inch, yes I said an inch only!  Aren't they marvelous!
They are the SNOWFLAKES COLLECTION.   The ferns are from the #1.svg
in the "Extras" folder of 3D WINTERGREENS sized at W-10.700 x H-1.181 
I just started not quite 3/4" from the bottom and started gluing all the pieces.
I placed a mark every 3"  along my line to help guide me.  After gluing the first
round of green, I marked from that edge and did the same thing again, and again.
As you can see, it overlaps a little.  You can overlap it as much as you want.
I did curl my ends before gluing on.  I also used a hot glue gun, just because
it would have taken forever for me to glue all these waiting for them to dry
in between each gluing time.  But, I sure did have tons of spider webs!!!
Just use your hair dryer or embossing gun to blow them away!  You will have
to piece the green pieces together the first few rows. 
Okay, that's it!  Just decorate however you like, top it off and
Merry Christmas
from my little craft world to yours!!!
Lots of hugs to my Facebook family!
Hugs to all, Debra


About Me said...

Your amazing girl! Thanks for sharing your easy to follow instructions for the cute Penguin and darling tree. You did a wonderful job and I love them both. You are so talented! I sure wish you were my neighbor!


Brigit said...

Debra this is amazing, I love seeing what you come up with!!