3D Princess Castles

I braved 3D Castles for my daughter 1st Birthday. This is my very first 3D object made using my Cricut. The 3D castles turned out awesome, but very time consuming. I will say it was worth it all when I saw them on all the tables at my daughters first Birthday.

Castles
Castles

As you can see I made 7 of these 3D Castles. The one I will be using for the details is Lily’s personal castle. This one I added embellishments and made it out of glitter and shimmer paper with a princess.

Close Up On Castle
Close Up On Castle

I wanted these castles to be as big as I could get them on a 12×12 mat. The largest I could go was 10.75 in. I had to use Design Studio so I could hang off the pieces I could not get on the mat at that time. This lady’s blog post was super helpful in figuring out what each piece was for http://craftygator.blogspot.com/2012/02/once-upon-princess-3d-castle-tutorial.html. I labeled my booklet just like she did and it was so helpful.

Detail
Detail

Here is close up of the Princess was made from Once Upon A Princess  and the hair is from the Baby Steps. I used glitter paper from Target and the shimmer paper were from Bazzill. Give yourself plenty of time and some patience when assembling these castles. Instead of gluing the edges I used double sided tape on the inside edge of each cut, to cut down on dry time. Take a bone  folder or butter knife and put it inside the tower to apply pressure to the seems, this helps the tapes stick better.When creating the towers score the seems. If you don’t have a scoring board, just use a sturdy ruler and bone folder. There is one in the Cricut tool kit. I also used Peachy Keen stamps for the Princesses face.

Detail 2
Detail 2

This is a butterfly from my sticker collection to add a little bit of embellishing.

Extra Piece
Extra Piece
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Page 75
http://craftygator.blogspot.com/2012/02/once-upon-princess-3d-castle-tutorial.html

Tip: This is very important in my opinion to add sturdiness to the center towers, otherwise they wobble a lot when you move them. I recut the image in light pink labeled inner tower. Take the tabs and tape them to the inside. This will help stabilize these towers otherwise you will be fixing them all the time.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression, Design Studio, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedOnce Upon A Time, Baby Steps
Other Supplies UsedPeachy Keen Stamps, Butterfly 3D stickers, Darcie embossing folder “Butterflies”, Bazzill, Recollections, and ColorBloc Papers, Scotch Double Sided Tape, Foam squares, Rhinestones

Happy Creating!

 

A Party Fit for a Princess Part 1

Sorry I have been missing for a couple of weeks. I was working on my wonderful daughters 1st Birthday party. I can’t believe she is one, where does the time go. So her whole theme was Princess. Here is some inspiration for your next party.

The Princess Invitation
The Princess Invitation

I chose 3 different bases for the invitations. I got so lucky the paper was only 20 cents a sheet on clearance. The paper is pearlescent on one side and a flat color on the opposite side. I used the Once Upon A Princess cartridge and Baby Steps for these invitations. I embossed the dress base with the Darcie embossing folder. The crown is glitter paper from Target, I also used Peachy Keen Stamps for the face and then added a little bit of rhinestones for some bling.

Happy Birthday Lilyana
Happy Birthday Lilyana

I cut the letters out in green using SCAL and put on the board with pins. I cut out the crown at the top as big as I could make it in CCR. I backed the 1 in the crown with hot pink glitter paper. My mom made the tutu for my little princesses highchair and fixed the tulle on the wall.

The 12 Months of Lily
The 12 Months of Lily

I cut out Lily’s First 12 months into butterflies and hung them on tulle using clothes pins that I glued to the back of the butterfly. I used the Baby Steps Cartridge for the these. I used CCR to line up the pictures with the butterfly, you can also use center point. Here is the link for a great video on how to use center point http://cricutdivablog.wordpress.com/videos/ . This lady I work with on the CricutDIVA Design Team has some awesome videos that have been very helpful to me.

Butterfly close up
Butterfly close up

Here is a close up of the butterfly. You will have to trim the antenna off the picture. There is no shadow feature for the butterfly so you have to manipulate it to fit the photograph and have a border.

Castles
Castles

Here are the 7 3D Castles that I made for the center pieces. I am going to do a more detailed post about these soon. I will say they are super time-consuming, so definitely give yourself a couple of hours to make one.

Most of these decorations were made using the Once Upon A Time cartridge. I hope this has inspired you to tackle the decorations for your child’s next birthday!

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Expression, Expression 2, SCAL, Design Studio and CCR
Cricut Cartridges UsedOnce Upon A Time, Baby Steps
Other Supplies UsedPeachy Keen Stamps, Butterfly 3D stickers, Darcie embossing folder “Butterflies”, Bazzill, Recollections, and ColorBloc Papers, Scotch Double Sided Tape, Foam squares, Rhinestones