Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Bohemian Matchbox Chest

This little chest was made by cutting and assembling 15 matchboxes and then stacking and glueing them together.  Thick chipboard pieces were used to make a frame to enclose them.  Check out this post on the Pazzles Craft Room website here.  The matchbox cutting file can be found in the Pazzles Craft Room library.  The Craft Room library has so many wonderful cutting files and ideas for craft projects.   I can spend hours looking at all of the different files!  I used a hodge podge of different craft decorations in black, gold, and bronze for this project. Inspiration for this project can be found here.





  • Bazzill Bling Cardstock:              Black Tie
  • My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found:  Union Square
  • Pion Design:                                 From Grandma’s Attic
  • Prima Marketing Inc.:                Resin frame
  • Vintaj:                                           Diamond Trellis
  • Mayberry Street Miniatures:    Old-fashioned sewing machine
  • Tim Hotz Idea-oloy:                    Ring fasteners, Baubles, Ornate Plates
  • 3/4” wood finial caps  (painted black for the feet of the chest)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink Pad:   Rich Cocoa



Pion Design carries a line of masculine papers called “For Father” that are great for guy projects.  I’ve made these valises using papers from that paper line.  It’s a little challenging for me to make masculine projects as I have a hard time not using flowers and gemstones.  I actually made both of these valises from thick chipboard so that they would have sturdiness, and then covered them with the Pion Design paper.  They are good-sized and useable with drawers and side pockets and are wonderful for storing odds and ends.  My husband now has a place for receipts, loose change, and all his glasses!  You can find the tutorial for the black valise by Jim Hankins here.    

Once again, I’d be very grateful if you could check out today’s (July 11) Pion Design blog here where these valises are featured!   

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thick chipboard
Pion Design:                 For Father
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology:    Buckles, Ball Chain, Compass Coins, Box Corners, Game spinners, Locket keys, Pocket Watch, Time pieces, Word sticks, Ornate plates,       Label letters, Long fasteners, Muse tokens
Explorer by Traditions:   Silver working compass pendant
Door handles


Caroline’s Fairytale Castle

This project was definitely a labor of love!  I wanted to make something to make my 2 year-old beautiful granddaughter Caroline feel special for when her new baby sister Olivia is born later this month.  This castle was an “all weekend” project.  It was challenging, but definitely worth the time!  The cutting file came from the talented Monica Björk’s website and can be found here.  The castle uses the soft delicate pink papers of Pion Design’s For Mother collection.  Perfect for a little girl!  

Please check out today’s (July 6) Pion Design blog post here where this project is featured.  


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Products Used:
Pion Design:  For Mother
Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock:  Walnut Cream
Pale Pink mulberry paper roses
self-adhesive pearls