Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

Today I am shar­ing some of my projects that I have designed and cov­ered with the bright, sunny,  and bold Graphic 45 papers.  I have already shared the tuto­r­ial for the Retro Cam­era in a past post that you can find here, and I will be pro­vid­ing tuto­ri­als for the rest of these projects soon!


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What fun it was to use these bold, beau­ti­ful papers from Graphic 45!  Thank you for shar­ing this post with me today.  My wish is for every­one to have a great, fun-filled week!


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Vintage Era Accordions


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This project was designed and hand­made using chip­board and Pion Design papers from their Paris Flea Mar­ket and For Father col­lec­tions.  I made it as a Pion Design Team project and you can also find it fea­tured on their blog here.  The bel­lows design is the same con­cept for what was used for my cam­era and pro­jec­tor projects, only there is no taper to the bel­lows on this project.  The two side boxes open in the back to hold pho­tos.  Each box mea­sures 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ so it’s pretty good-sized.  The chain you see in the front is also present in the back.  It keeps the accor­dion in it’s tapered, bowed position.

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Happy Birthday Ashley!

Today I have a dif­fer­ent kind of post to share  with you.  My old­est daugh­ter Ash­ley Siob­han cel­e­brated her 28th birth­day Feb­ru­ary 8.  Our fam­ily was sup­posed to get together this week­end to cel­e­brate her birth­day along with my sis­ter Gina’s so I made this cake for Ashely.  Cake dec­o­rat­ing is another craft­ing pas­sion I have!  Unfor­tu­nately, we weren’t able to cel­e­brate due to snowy weather.  So since she won’t be able to enjoy this spe­cial cake, I wanted to post it in her honor.  Ash­ley is won­der­ful — every­one who meets her loves her!  Her favorite cake is straw­berry, so this cake is made-from-scratch straw­berry with a cheese­cake in the mid­dle!  How spe­cial is that?  I love fon­dant!  I know not every­one cares for it, but I have never been able to get enough of it!  This fon­dant is heav­enly — it’s made from white choco­late.  All the dec­o­ra­tions on the cake except for the edi­ble pearls, are hand-made from white choco­late mod­el­ing paste.  The cake was a soft pink, and it was impos­si­ble to cap­ture the sub­tle­ness of the color with photography.



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 A view of our back­yard today!

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I used a Gar­rett Frill Cut­ter along with some molds by Katy Sue Designs to make the dec­o­ra­tions.  The white choco­late deli­cious fon­dant and mod­el­ing paste is from Choco-Pan.  Love that stuff! 

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The del­i­cate soft pink color was hard to cap­ture with the camera.  

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The straw­berry cake was made with 8 eggs, 3 sticks of but­ter, and lots of pureed straw­ber­ries.  I used cream cheese frost­ing for the crumb coat.  Check out that layer of cheese­cake in the cen­ter!  Wow — it was delicious!

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Since this post is about cake dec­o­rat­ing, I also have some cup­cakes I also want to share.  These are red vel­vet cup­cakes with dec­o­ra­tive fon­dant top­pings.  The cup­cake stand is from Kaiser Craft which I cov­ered with the lovely papers of Pion design’s Paris Flea Mar­ket.  Even the cup­cake hold­ers are made with the lovely papers using a cut­ting file from Mon­ica that can be found here.   

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Thank you for shar­ing this spe­cial post with me! 
Best wishes for a great week­end and upcom­ing week!

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