Tara's Craft Studio

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Christmas Train

Pazzles has new cutting files for an amazing train!  I made a few of the train pieces for the Pion Design blog here.  The project was made with the fantastic Wintertime in Swedish Lapland papers from Pion Design.  I also used the soft golden yellow paper from their new Flower Frames collection for the wheels. It was so much fun making this train and I was very happy with how it turned out.  I placed it on our fireplace mantle and also used it as a table centerpiece.   Each train piece is a box that can hold candy or gifts.  Check out this wonderful project on the Pazzles blog here.  As you scroll forward on the Pazzles Craft Room blog from the first engine piece, you will find the different train pieces and their cutting files and assembly instructions.  I believe you may have to have a Pazzles Craft Room membership to be able to access these train cutting files, but a Craft Room membership would be a wonderful Christmas gift to treat yourself to!  Pazzles also has the cutting files available in WPC, AI, and SVG formats.
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Baby Shoe Christmas Ornaments

These shoe ornaments were made for each of my 7 grandchildren using Pion Design’s Wintertime in Swedish Lapland paper collection.  I thought they would make great keepsake Christmas tree ornaments. I hand embroidered their names on each of them.  I even made some snow boots!  You can find the manual template I posted for the snow boot and the boy shoe on the Pion blog here The WPC cutting files for the girl and boy shoe are posted below.

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For those of you with a Pazzles Inspiration, here is the WPC BOY SHOE CUTTING FILE and here is the WPC GIRL SHOE CUTTING FILE.  Place mouse over link and right click to download on your com­puter.    Then open in your machine software. 
I’ve enclosed assembly instructions below for the shoes.  I’ve posted these same instructions before, but it’s been a while so thought I would post them again

**NOTE**  Even with very careful tab placement, the tabs tend to have slightly jagged edges due to the curves of the shoes.  For that reason, I applied lace, trim, or pearls at the bottom of the shoes to cover this. The lace/trim/pearls gives the appearance of a sole so actually makes the shoes appear more realistic!

BOY SHOE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS:

Download and cut using the cutting file or cut out using the template. If you are going to add eyelets, it should be done at this point:

Adhere Scor-Tape or other strong tape to each of the tabs of the shoe front. Start at the top of the sole and center and adhere the middle tab to the sole top as shown.  

Since these pieces are curved, the adhering process should be done slowly and carefully to position the tabs in place as best possible. Try to align the tabs at the very edge of the sole for optimal appearance.  Continue to adhere each tab into position by curving to fit the sole as you go along:

Once the shoe front is in place, insert the smaller sole inside the shoe.  This extra sole will cover the exposed tabs. Lift this up so that the tabs for the back of the shoe can be affixed first:

Take the back of the shoe and apply Scor-Tape to the tabs.  Center the two center tabs to the back of the sole and adhere:

Curve the back and adhere the tabs one at a time to achieve the best appearance:

Apply Scor-Tape to the sides of the shoe back:

Now apply Scor-Tape to the underside of the heel part of the smaller sole insert and gently position into place to hide the tabs. Lace shoes and decorate.
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 GIRL SHOE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS:

Use the Pion Design template found here. Fold the tabs along the scored lines:

Apply Scor-Tape to each of the tabs.  Start at the top of the sole and center and adhere the tab with the small pierced mark (5th tab) to the pierce mark on the sole top as shown.  

Since this piece is curved, the adhering process should be done slowly and carefully to position the tabs in place as best possible.  As with the boy’s shoe, I found I got the best result if I adhered just one or two tabs at a time. Try to align the tabs at the very edge of the sole for optimal appearance.  Continue to adhere each tab into position by curving to fit the sole as you go along.

 

Once all the tabs are adhered onto the sole, insert the smaller sole and adhere it down to hide the tabs.  Then adhere the base of the shoe strap to the adjacent side as shown here:

Now adhere the shoe strap to the opposite side.

The shoe is now ready to decorate.
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Heritage Christmas Sliding Recipe Box

 What better gift to give than your treasured family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.  This unique sliding recipe box is designed to hold those special recipes that will make a perfect Christmas gift sure to be cherished and loved.  I designed this project specifically for Pion Design so my TUTORIAL to make this can be found on the Pion Design Blog here.  The cover opens to show the box with a numbered list of recipes.  Simply pull out the corresponding numbered tab to reveal the recipe!  The tabbed recipe cards slide in and out on a shelf system.  The project is easy and super fun to make!  Click on the images to get a larger, magnified view of the pictures.
The beautiful Christmas papers are from Pion Design’s Wintertime in Swedish Lapland collection.

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I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Tara