My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1304: Really? You made THAT with a Scroll Saw!?!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-29-2014 11:00 AM 2257 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My goodness I had FUN yesterday!

I always have fun, but yesterday pushed the day to another level. It felt so good to see the ideas that have been living in my head come to life. And they came out even CUTER than I could have ever imagined.

I have been thinking about these designs for several weeks now. After seeing the darling embossed paper from a shop on Etsy (Ravenwood Treasures#) the wheels in my head were really turning! I immediately ordered some paper and began planning on how I can use it in regard to SCROLL SAWING!

I had to think things through though, because I wanted to make sure that everything I was doing was done in the easiest possible way. I wanted to present the finished projects to my you – my customers and readers – as a beginning so you can take the concept and the idea and RUN with it.

I have SO MANY ideas for these that at one point I felt kind of muddled up because I didn’t know which direction to head first. I found that I just had to pick one (or five) ideas in this case and develop them and go from there. So without further yakking on, here’s what I came up with.

(Ta DA!!!)

The first card is a for a birthday! I decided to use brightly colored paper to make a celebratory cupcake. For this I used the embossed “Happy Birthday” paper (naturally!) and beautiful crystal hot-fix rhinestones from my favorite place in the whole wide world to buy rhinestones – Rhinestone Canada for the ‘sprinkles’. I really love how it came out!

You can see that I also matched the back of the envelope with a small motif of confetti. I did the same on the upper corner of the inside card as well. I love how the card looks so professional and FUN!

My next one is done with the pretty flowers that I showed yesterday. I scroll sawed all the pieces – including the trellis – using several layers of card stock. While this piece took a little time, I have been successful at layering a dozen or more pieces of card stock at once so my time was really well spent. The delicate little butterflies were also fun to make, and look so PRETTY on this little card!

Next up – STRAWBERRIES! What a fun idea for a summer note! I modified the pattern from my Strawberry Candle Tray to make this design. I wanted to see how much I could push things with sawing paper by and this vine work came out just awesome! The tiny added crystal rhinestones really make this look so wonderful and professional.

The next card showed a variance of different flowers. I wanted to do a floral ‘sampler’ of sorts so I just created some different types of petals and leaves and kind of did an abstract design. The light pink organza ribbon was the perfect accent to this pretty and feminine card.

And finally – here’s one for the guys . . .

It was easy to cut a ‘forest’ of trees using several shades of green card stock. I also loved the brown embossed background. I had found several textures in neutral colors like this that could be used for cards for the guys! There are so many great designs to choose from and for about .30 per sheet for the embossed paper, it was a really inexpensive way to make awesome cards!

Oh – and I REFRAINED from using crystal rhinestones on the moose card! It was HARD to do, but I thought it was on of those rare times it would be best WITHOUT!

Here is a picture of the INSIDE of the moose card too. As I said, all of the cards have repeats of their motifs both on the inside and on the back of the envelope. This really makes them look nice and finished I think!

As I said – these cards are all headed for New Jersey today so that the patterns can be published in Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I was really happy that they came out so nice, and I think that there may be some demand for me to come up with some wonderful pattern packages that you all could use to make these designs yourself. I am even considering offering pre-cut kits of the pieces for those who may be interested. I am not sure on that though, as it may take some time.

I would love to hear from you with your thoughts about it.

I could sell the patterns according to theme (birthday, Halloween, Christmas, etc.) and include maybe four or five designs in each pattern. Since the designs are adaptable for just about ANY type of paper, I think they would be a great way to springboard your creativity and get you started.

It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a LOT of fun! By cutting these shapes yourself, you have an endless amount of design possibilities without having to purchase (and STORE!) expensive paper punches or buy expensive pre-cut die shapes. You could also modify the size of the pieces to fit any size card you like! How COOL is that?!

At under $1 per 12” x 12” sheet of colored card stock (I know that many of you can find it for less than that!) and a rainbow of colors to choose from, you really have a world of options available. And don’t even get me started on all the awesome patterned paper – most which you could print yourself! (Now you know why my head was spinning!)

I hope you all enjoyed seeing this slight deviation from cutting wood on the scroll saw (after all – paper is made from WOOD! ;) ) I also hope that seeing these cards shows you that there are many, many uses for your scroll saw that you perhaps hadn’t thought of yet.

I think this is the beginning of something wonderful . . .

Happy Tuesday! :D

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 12:58 PM

Good morning Sheila, What a great idea! I will be trying some of them when the magazine comes out. Do you sandwich the paper between plywood when you cut them? I don’t know how you find time to sleep with all of those ideas floating around your head begging to get out! Thank you for sharing your designs with us.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 01:03 PM

Sheila they are great.
When your hobby becomes your job it is wonderful
Though sometimes you need another escape on the
ever expanding list of crafts.
I hae fun going through my fencing friends offcut pile
Just nails hammer and saw no tape measure in sight
Sometimes it is firewood other times someone admires the
firewood pile and it is saved fae the flames :)
Hae a Sublime day


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 04-29-2014 01:45 PM

I did something similar several years ago. Had found some blank greeting cards on sale so stacked 25 of them between some scrap thin ply so could tape the stack together. Cut out Merry Christmas and then backed the cutout with some red foil paper. Managed to do all 25 cards for less than $1.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 02:19 PM

Thank you all for your comments!

Yes – it is awesome to hear how others have done with this process as well! I like to think that by sharing our experiences we will be able to introduce this to others that haven’t tried it yet.

I love seeing and hearing about what you have done and tried. I think we all inspire each other.

And Rick – Yes! I find it hard to sleep sometimes! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 04-29-2014 08:11 PM

earlier this year for my sons birthday party I needed to cut a paper dragon. instead of spending time with a scissors and getting one, I decided to take it to the saw. I got 15 dragons cut in the time it would have taken me to cut one. It was awesome.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-29-2014 08:18 PM

Yes – that is the fun of it! I stacked the strawberries 12 high, and I probably could have doubled that without any issues. It sure makes a LOT of cutouts FAST! And anyway – WE LOVE TO SCROLL SAW!! Looking at the paper green vine for the strawberry really was awesome! It was so delicate looking, yet “Easy-peasy!” :)

Way to go!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 04-30-2014 03:30 AM

Sheila, these are beautiful! I love the way you have carried the design to the envelope. It’s a great fast way to make very personal and unique cards. On a practical level, the only thing I would suggest is that the card with the roses would need a padded envelope to get it through the mail without any damage.:)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#8 posted 04-30-2014 05:09 AM


Incredibly lovely! Your mind must never stop creating. We’re glad your body keeps up with it so we can get to see your fabulous creations.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 04-30-2014 11:12 AM

Thank you both very much!
Anna – I used a slightly larger envelope for the trellis and rose design and it worked well. Yes though – it does stick up about 1/4” where the roses are. It was a slight concern, but when I put it in the envelope, it seemed like it would be OK. I should try to mail one to see for sure. :) I suppose I would just use caution and use the designs with the roses for hand delivered gifts. That would probably be the best bet.

Thank you as well L/W. :) I am always excited because I have so many fun ideas. I do wish I never had to sleep! But that makes life pretty darn good!

I appreciate your kind comments!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 05-18-2014 12:32 PM

WowZa Sheila! The 3-D effect is awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 05-18-2014 12:45 PM

Aren’t they fun??? They are super simple to make as well. If you think in layers, you are on your way! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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