Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Tea and Napkin Holder

I want to start off with an update on the camera bellows tuturial from my last post.  I was going to do the tutorial today and post it, but I am without a Pazzles Inspiration at the moment so it will be a little longer before I am able to post it. 

I rarely drink tea unless I am in England.  I made this to be a memory of my recent trip there.  This tea and napkin holder project was easily made with the Pazzles Inspiration.  Instructions on how to make it with the Inspiration can be found here.  A similar manual tutorial can be found on Marianne’s blog here.

 Tea:Napkin holder Tara's Studio June 2013 img 2

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Bazzill Smoothies cardstock:                   Walnut Cream
Pion Design                                       Fairytale of Spring
White mulberry roses
Self-adhesive pearls
Cream lace
Napkins, tea envelopes


Movie Projector Photo Storage Box and Mini Album

UPDATE!  The bellows assembly instructions for this project can be found on the 1/16/2014 post found here!

This movie projector project is being featured today (August 20) on the Pion Design Blog here.  It has a large top box and the top of this box opens to reveal ample photo storage space.  The bottom box has an open end which houses a pull-out mini album.  The side box also opens for smaller storage. I designed a WPC CUTTING FILE HERE for the entire project – it includes everything except for the “movie action board” on the front of the mini album as that came from the Pazzles Craft Room library.  Just right click on the cutting file link and click on “dowload linked file” and then open in your cutting machine software.  I reinforced the boxes with chipboard pieces.  The bellows part was really challenging for me to design  – I wanted it to be a real representation so it took me several hours to figure out a cutting file for it!  It’s a little complicated to fold and put together so I will attach a tutorial for the bellows within the next few days.  For all the work and time I put into it, I would love to share it with anyone interested in making the project.

Projector Aug 2013 Img 15

Projector Aug 2013 Img 6

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I hope you have a great day! 








Pion Design:             For Father
Tim Holtz:                   Clock Key, Faucet Knobs, Pulley Wheels, Sprocket Gears, Filmstrip Ribbon, Hinge Clips, Ball Chain, Ring Fastener, Ring Binder (for mini-album)
Spellbinders die:      Bitty Blossoms


Winter Wreaths with Easy Tutorial

Pion Design has released their new winter holiday paper collection “Wintertime in Swedish Lapland” and it is beautiful!  These wreaths are being featured today (August 15) on the Pion Design blog here.  Not only can they be used as wreaths, but they can be used as centerpieces.  I’ve enclosed a tutorial below on how to make these wreaths.  Check back soon at my shop as I will be ordering some of these lovely papers and making them available.

I want to take time to let you know that I love your comments for my projects on the Pion Design Blog, the Pazzles Blog, and on this blog.  It means so much to me that you take the time to comment – a big thank you from the heart!  

Snowflake wreath Tara's Craft Studio img 2 

Snowflake wreath Tara's Craft Studio img 11


Material Used:
Pion Design:  Wintertime in Swedish Lapland
6″ foam wreath
Different sizes of self-adhesive gemstones
Organza ribbon:  ivory and white


Use the Spellbinder’s Shapeabilities Fleur de lis pendant for this project.  I realize this has been discontinued, but I did an online search and saw that you can still purchase this from some online shops as well as e-bay.  It’s a beautiful die – one of my favorites and well worth getting.

Cut 13 of these pendants.


Fold them into a cone as shown below and then use small pieces of strong tape such as Scor-Tape to adhere the edges together.  


You will need a small foam wreath.  The ones I used were 6″ size with a 3 1/2″ center opening.  I got these inexpensive ones from Hobby Lobby.

Apply Scor-Tape to each side of the cone and a small piece on the back of each cone where it will adhere to the foam wreath. Now arrange the cones together around the foam wreath.  You can either leave the middle open, or adhere a decorative round image like I have done above. Adhere ribbon to the top of the wreath for hanging.  I used white and ivory organza ribbon for my wreaths.