Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Shadowbox Book

 This project was made from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology 9×12 Configurations Book Shadowbox.  It can be found on the Pion Design blog here.  I used a Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer (shown below) to add some brown Walnut Stain color shading to the vintage green paper and really like the air-brushed look it gives.  

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The Dusty Attic chipboard pieces I used for this project (Vintage Frame, Corner Flourish #4, brick wall panel) can be found in my online shop here.

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Here is the tool I used to apply the Walnut Stain color shading to the project:


Visit Pion Design’s May 26th post here and be sure to leave a comment before June 1 for a chance to win a complete collection of their tender, beautiful new paper line “My Precious Daughter.” Don’t miss out on that amazing opportunity!


Wedding Cake

This cake was handmade using ivory card stock and Pion Design’s Flax paper from the Vintage Garden collection.  The soft blue of Flax is definitely one of the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen. My mother’s church is having a ladies lunch in July and she is using a wedding theme for her table. She gave me a piece of her gorgeous ivory and blue china to match when making the cake and I was happy that the Flax was such a great match.  You can check out this project over at the Pion Design blog here.

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 Now I would like to show you Pion Design’s newest collection called “My Precious Daughter.”  It has recently been released and it is just wonderful!  How tender and special this collection is!  The pinks and purples are my favorite colors to work with and the images are heavenly!  Pion Design makes their collections in 12×12 size, 6×6 size (great for card-making), and their Memory Notes come in assorted sizes that work well for tags, albums and other special projects.  These different sizes make crafting so easy!  Many Pion Design papers are sold from my online shop and I am certainly going to make papers from this collection available in the near future!  


A daughter fills her mother’s heart with unending love and there is nothing we will ever treasure more than the bound to our daughters. Pion Design is now presenting the paper collection My Precious Daughter, a collection dedicated to all the beloved daughters around the world. 

There will never be enough words to express the love and thankfulness of a mother, and with this paper collection we will be offered a chance to embrace and return some of the love that our daughters have brought into our lives. My Precious Daughter is a collection brimming with delicate flowers such as Pansies, Roses and Syringas, which together with all the exquisite patterns and images will help you capture and preserve some of the moments and milestones of your daughter’s life.

My Precious Daughter consists of 12 double sided papers in the size 12×12″ as well as single sided papers with 6×6″ designs. The collection is also available within Memory Notes, for fast and easy journaling.


Memory Notes is intended to make memory keeping easier. The 12″ sheets are single-sided and contains both familiar and new designs in the different sizes 4×4″, 4×6″ and 3×4″ for increased versatility. So welcome to turn your own memory notes into future keepsakes!





Distressed Marine Wall Panel

Nautical themes are so popular and Pion Design’s Shoreline Treasures offers countless possibilities for making nautical projects.  I made this distressed wall panel using these excellent papers and this project can be found on the Pion Design Blog here.  
This wall panel can be made by taking some extra thick chipboard and cutting an oval measuring 14″ height by 10″ width.  You can find huge pieces of chipboard at Hobby Lobby with different thicknesses.  Apply corrugated paper to the oval and then cut the oval lengthwise into 3 sections as I have done below.  Cut 3 strips of chipboard measuring 1″ x 7″ and then glue them across the back on the top, middle, and bottom of the oval to hold the 3 panels together with a slight separation between each panel.  The wall panel has some rope, twine, burlap, cheesecloth, Dusty Attic Cyclone Wire, and some mesh-looking fiberglass tape.  The fiberglass tape can be found at any hardware store.  I stuffed little seashells inside the blue handmade flowers.


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Have a great week!