Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cuckoo Over You Valentine Clock. - the FINAL SVG Cuts project.

Hello all!!!
I'm so excited to be sharing my recent SVG Cuts project.
It's probably one of my favorite projects that I've done!

It's a CUCKOO clock!!! 

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I've been meaning to do one of these for the longest time...
but none of the files worked as the clock base until THIS one came out recently.
I've tried simply doing it on a Spring Birdhouse, or even some of the Gingerbread Houses...
however, everything was a bit too small to make it work.

So, when this advent calendar one came out - I just knew that this was the one.

I kept some of the openings from the calendar but simply removed the doors,
moved some of the compartments and deleted others -
to make the clock base fit.

For the roof, the base and the pendulum, I used my to-go cut file - CRATES.

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For the top compartment - 
I put in my Cuckoo Love Bird... 
and attached it onto the house with a wire spring.

I love the little love letter he's fetching in his mouth!

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To make this project - 
I totally researched on what makes beautiful cuckoo clocks.
I studied their accents, their balance, and their colors...

For the middle of this clock -
I really wanted to do one of those animals that rotate around the clock - 
goes in one end, comes out the other!
However, that would be nearly impossible to make and to explain how I did it!

I decided to simply add in a bunny into each of the compartments,
carrying a big heart for each other.

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The side doors can open and you can even put a little treat in there if you're giving it as a gift!

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The clock kit that I used here can be found at any of the crafting stores,
or even better - if you can plan it in advance - 
Amazon is super cheap.

The arm colors were a bit 'off' from how I wanted - 
(it was a shiny gold!)
so I simply spray painted them with a beige paint.

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I accented both the sides of the base by adding in some pretty roses.

You can totally change the theme of this clock with how you embellish it!

For a wintery one -
 it would be so cute to have wintergreens on the side, with snowflakes as the weights.

For a springy look - 
add some garden flowers or even some fencing on the base.

Autumn clocks would be so cute with woodland animals and fallen leaves.

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For the weights - I adhered 5 of the hearts scored down in the middle vertically onto one another.
It was important to have the beads at the bottom as well to create some weight.

In case you're wondering about how the back looks like, 
and if battery changing is possible - YES!

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It's very clean at the back,
and the top part of the roof where the crates meet - 
there's a triangular opening which you can use as a hole to hang it up on the wall.

I hope that you liked this project today!

If you're interested - 
here are all the kits and collections that I used.

2. Be Mine Valentine SVG Kit (decorative accent/bird)

Refer to the SVG Cuts blog for detailed files used, sizes and instructions.

Don't forget to pick up the FREE KIT of the WEEK - 
including the amazing GUITAR!!!
(for purchase $9.98 and over, coupon: FREEGIFT)


Now... onto my announcement.
A bit of a surprise to many of you...
If you see the title above... it says the 'FINAL' project.

Yes, I'm stepping down from the SVG Cuts team.
For those of you that saw my announcement last week,
I'm also stepping down from the Unity Stamp Company team.

Why, you ask? 
Is Thienly okay? 
Did something happen to her?

Everything is fine. 
I'm healthy and I'm happy.
I just wanted something different in my life.
More time to explore other things that interests me.
More time to enjoy with the family.
Just wanted the flexibility without having deadlines.
Life is too short - I want to make the best out of it, 
without any regrets knowing that I've tried/done everything that I wanted to do.

Who knew that this little machine I bought from Michaels on the Black Friday sale
 would take me so far!
I just bought it because it seemed like all the crafty ladies were doing it...
I had no idea about the amazing journey ahead of me!

I've been with the SVG Cuts team for almost 4 years,
when they have been in business for 5 years.  
I was their FIRST member of their design team... 
I remember celebrating their 5,000th follower on FB - 
and now, they are almost at 50,000!
It was the hardest decision to make.

Leo and Mary are the sweetest people around.
They have treated me like I'm a part of their family.
I've seen them get engaged, get married, win an American Made Audience Award.
I'm honored to have designed with this company for long as I have - 
creating ... design team projects.
You can see all my projects HERE.

The design team and SVG Cuts' friends are also very special to me.
I've created some very special friendship with some of them, 
and know that no matter what we all do - we'd be friends.

My mom tells me that this 'stepping down' event should go in my life history book!

So what am I gonna do from now?
Of course, most importantly, be there for my family.
I want to volunteer more at school.
I want to be there for kids after school without having to tell them - 
I need to take project pics before the sun goes down!
I want to watch movies with my husband without telling him I have a post deadline tomorrow!

Well, I still plan on doing some paper crafts and using stamps.
However, there are new crafty things that's captured my heart and I need to pursue it.

Needle felting, and leather crafting.
Paint and wood-working.
I want to work with different mediums and extend my crafty knowledge to these areas.

I'm super excited about leather crafting -
making miniature shoes and bags,
and eventually would be cool to design my own iphone case or something! :)

I'm leaving on a vacation for a couple of weeks to Japan in February.
When I come home, I should be all refreshed and ready to try something new!

Thank you so much for your support and understanding :)
I will continue to post here when I can and share my new interests, too!
I hope that you will continue to visit here now and then!

Much love,


  1. Thienly, I've already commented on the SVG Cuts fb, but I just wanted to thank you for all of the amazing projects you have shared with us. You have always been such a bright light and so encouraging to all of us. I can't wait to see you post some of your new projects in other mediums! That sounds so fun. And, to be with your children and husband will be your best decision yet! Have fun, and don't be a stranger! We'll all still need our Thienly fix!

    1. Thank you so much Deb! I appreciate all the love and support you've given me, too! I am taking a bit of time off, but yes, I would LOVE to share my new crafts when I come home from Japan! I hope they turn out! I've never done leather before, so I'm excited! Keep in touch!

  2. Thienly, wishing you all the best with the new adventures that awaits you. Thank you for all the projects you have shared with us. Enjoy every precious moment of the road ahead of you !

    1. Thank you so much Graciela! I appreciate you following me and giving me lots of love and support! Hope that you can come here once in a while to see what I'm doing! :)

  3. Thienly this final project is nothing but amazing as always. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors. Keep calm and keep crafting? Haha ;) thanks Thienly for being a true inspiration to me

    1. Aww! Thanks Angeline! Feels like we've become good friends, and please continue to keep in touch okay? I've been totally enjoying seeing what you're making out of SVG Cuts files!... and of course! I'm gonna keep on craftin!

  4. Your project is nothing short amazing, like always! I am so sad to see you step down from their DT since I have been a HUGE fan of your projects for years! I think the first one of yours that really called out to me was the Celebrate pop-up lever card. I remember seeing that and loving the design and thinking "How did she come up with combining those files like that?" LOL! Needless to say, you still continue to have me wondering the same thing all the time with your fabulous projects! Your are very much a paper artist.
    With that being said, I 100% understand the reasons behind your decision. Being on DT's can be time consuming and at times, stressful to meet deadlines. With a young family, it is great to have the option to scale back and spend more time with them as they grow up.
    Best of luck to you on your future endeavors!

    1. Wow! You've left me so much love here! Thank you! It means a lot to me for you to remember a project of mine from way long time ago! Glad you liked it! Thanks for all the love and support you've given me for all these years! Hope to keep in touch and come back here some time! When I'm back from my vacation - I hope to have my blog up and running again, sharing some of my new crafts, too!

  5. Thienly, I just wanted to tell you thank you for the inspiration you've been to me! I am so sad that you're stepping down but I wish you the best of luck! If you do happen to make more amazing things with the SVGCuts files, please still share them with us! I feel like I've made a friend in you and I'm so happy for that!

    1. Of course I will! and we're gonna keep in touch! Thanks for all the love and support you've given me Mary! I'm loving what you do with your SVG Cuts files! (and all the other knitting projects you've been doing, too!)

  6. Thienly, I just wanted to say that you were a big inspiration to me when I first started paper crafting and then I was lucky enough to get the chance to work with you and get to know you in real life!!! Wow, so much fun!!! I wish you the best in your new adventure!!! :) Can't wait to see what you do next, I know it will be AMAZING!!! <3

    1. Yes, I'm so glad that our paths crossed and had a chance to work with each other, get to know each other, and to actually have had a chance to meet, too! Thank you so much for your encouragement! and best of luck in your business, too! xoxo

  7. You are so amazing! I wish you much deserved JOY as you spend important moments with your family and feel blessed to have connected with you during your Blogging Journey! You have always inspired me with your creations and now, inspire me with your words! SEE YOU ON THE FLIP SIDE!!! CRAFTY HUGS!!!!

    1. Aww! Jessica - you've given me so much love and support over these years, and I totally appreciate that! I'm glad that I've become friends with you and please keep in touch! I will continue to craft - just taking a bit of a break :)

  8. I hope you enjoy whatever you so- You are so right Leo and Mary are the sweetest.
    They are sponsoring my challenge right now. I have loved seeing every piece that you have made you are very talented Have a great day
    DIANA L.

    1. Thank you so much Diana! and that's cool that Leo and Mary are sponsoring your challenge! SVG Cuts is the place to be! :)

  9. You will be so blessed with the new path you are going to take. Enjoy every minute no matter what you are doing. Also, do you still have the SVG free cheat sheets available? My E-mail is Thank you, your fan Lynne

    1. Hello Lynne! Thank you so much for your kind words! I haven't made new cheat sheets since last January... but if you're interested in the older ones, here's the link:

  10. I am sure you will succeed at any craft you try so be sure to share your progress with all of us. You never know who will follow you down the road ;)

    A big hug to you :)

    1. For sure I will! I'm taking a bit of a break, and then I'm planning to blog again! Hugs to you, too! and Thank you for all your support! :)

  11. I love that you are getting your priorities in the right place, making time to be with your family and to try all those fun things you've wanted to do. You're so talented, I know whatever you make is going to be as amazing as this clock! Have a great vacation!!!

    1. Aww! Thanks for your support, Miriam! It wasn't easy to step down! I'm taking a bit of a break, but I'm excited to start on something new! I'll share once I get back into it!

  12. Best of luck to you! I respect you for choosing to make your life less complicated. I know you will enjoy being a crafty mom instead of a project-driven mom! You will find there are plenty of deadlines with being an involved parent, but since your family is at the heart of it you can involve them in the process and that feels great! Take care! I will always enjoy looking back at your amazing creations at SVG Cuts and hope to see all your new adventures, also!

    1. Aww! That makes me relieved to hear that! It sure wasn't easy to step down! I will always be crafting for sure! Hope that you'll come back once I'm back from my vacation, and I'll definitely want to share where my new passions are at! I'll hope to continue with some paper crafts, too!

  13. Helloooo Thienly... you know how much I admire and swoooon over your Art work:-) You are an amazing person...take time out, enjoy life and I can't wait to see what is next for you. love n big hugs xxxxx

    1. Helloooooo Tracy!... and you know how much I LLLOOOOOVE your mixed media work!! Thanks for all the love and support that you've given me - I totally appreciate that! Looking forward to sharing my new creations, and hope to keep in touch! xoxo

  14. Thienly - Congrats on such a long run! Stepping down is hard but when you're doing it for the right reasons you know it will be fine and you'll be better for it in the end. Good luck with your new direction(s) and I look forward to seeing what new ideas you come up with. :)

    1. Aww! Thank you SO MUCH Patricia for coming by here and leaving me some love! Yes, your'e right... stepping down wasn't easy. Took me a long time to finally decide, but I'm feeling a sense of relief right now, so I must have done the right thing. You're such a talented, amazing woman and I'm so blessed that our paths crossed! I LOVE your work and style, and I'll continue to follow you!

  15. Best Wishes in your new adventure. I am sure it will be a lot of fun. I just hope we do get the occasional paper craft. You are amazing with that machine of yours. I truly look forward to seeing the new ideas and projects you post. :)

    1. Yes, I hope to occasionally paper craft! and to also share my new passions with you, too! Thanks for your love and following me! xoxo

  16. You have created some of the most amazing paper craft items and I am sorry that you are leaving the SVG Cuts design team, but I understand the personal need to try other things and spend time being with the ones you love. Life is short!! I am sure you will do wonderful things in whatever direction your crafting passion takes you. Good Luck!

    1. Aww! Thank you so much Kathleen! That means a lot to me... stepping down sure wasn't an easy decision. I will hope to continue blogging once I'm back from my vacation... hope that you can continue to visit me :)

  17. Oh my word Thienly!!!! Such a gorgeous clock!!!! I am so happy for you that you are pursuing other important things in your life. Being on DTs is fun, but can be very time consuming. I am glad you are seeing what is important and making choices that are best for you and your family. I have been away from crafting for a little while and I miss it, but I like the ability to craft when it works best for me. Looking forward to what's ahead for you! Don't forget about your paper crafting friends! All the best, Melanie

    1. Thank you Melanie!!! Hugs, and let's keep in touch! I do feel a sense of relief and freedom without any deadlines! :)

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