Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Matchbox Chest

This project is a little time-consuming to make but it makes a wonderful gift.  The little matchbox drawers can be stuffed with fun things like costume jewelry and candy.  This one is decorated with Pion Design’s “A Day in May” collection.  The frame was originally a turquoise color so it got several coats of ivory paint and then was accented with brown paint.  You can find this project on the Pion Design Blog here.  The little matchbox cutting file came from the Pazzles library here.

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Calendar Cube

I have a wonderful project to share with you today.  I designed this calendar cube project specifically for the Pion Design Team so you can find the manual template and tutorial for it on the Pion Design blog here.  Download the WPC cutting file here.  The SVG cutting file can be found here.  The cube measures 3 1/4″ square and has 12 slots, 3 on each side, for each month of the year.  Small shelves inside the cube are positioned to support the calendar inserts.  The cube is decorated with the new Shoreline Treasures blue papers from Pion Design.  Each of the monthly inserts has a calendar on one side, and a gorgeous maritime vintage image from this collection on the other side.  When positioned on the top of the cube, both sides are visible.  I think this would make an excellent handmade gift and one that would be treasured.  Although it was designed to function as a unique calendar, you could also use it for recipes, photos, Bible verses, schedules, etc.

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The inserts were made using a Spellbinders die made longer than the insert to stop the insert at the edge of the slot when inserted.  Here is a photo of the cube without decoration:

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