Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Vintage Cash Register

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Hello to all! Welcome to my blog and a big thank you for taking the time to share this post with me. I have had the idea in my mind for quite a while now to make a vintage cash register. I finally decided to dive in and just do it. It was made using poster board and chip board. It has storage/gift space in the “money drawer” and the top also lifts off for more space inside the register itself. I used papers from Pion Design’s new Linnaeus Botannical Journal collection which gives it a nostalgic, vintage feel.

You can also find this project on the Pion Design Blog here. I enjoyed making this so much, that I may make another one in the future to include a tutorial. Best wishes for a great week and 4th of July holiday!


Paris Spring Easel Cards

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Hello! These cards are being featured on the Pion Design blog today here. A pocket was added to these Spring easel cards to hold tags and notes. I used Pion Design Palette for the base of the card and for all the die cuts and then used the lovely Paris Flea Market to cover the cards. The edges of the card were decorated with a Spellbinders die called “Flourish Trim” adding a fancy finish to the cards. Many wishes for a happy day!



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I’m always excited when I have a special template and tutorial to share! Today I have a really special one that is one of my favorites! These zither boxes were modeled after a real, antique zither. Zithers are musical instruments sometimes used in central European folk music. When making the project, I gave quite a bit of thought to what I could use to support the strings. I wanted something easily accessible and inexpensive since the project requires 80 of them! My husband had the brilliant idea of using a surprise, inexpensive, and very unusual element – stick pins! I just painted them and they worked great for this project. The Zithers are also being featured on today’s Pion Design Blog here. I used their brand new collection, Linnaeus Botanial Journal for these Zithers. Their paper collections are always breathtaking and this new one does not disappoint!

I’m enclosing the template for the front of the Zither along with brief instructions on how to make it. Since the project measures about 10″ x 10 1/2″, the template had to be split into two pieces in order to print it at 100% scale. I’m also enclosing the WPC cutting file for those with that capability

Zither Instructions
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Zither WPC Cutting File

Below is the beautiful new Pion Design Collection Linnaeus Botanical Journal.
Pion Design invites you on a flourishing journey in the footsteps of Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist famous for collecting and identifying plants and flowers particulary in the north of Sweden. The paper collection Linnaeus Botanical Journal is inspired by notes and drawings made by Linnaeus in the early 1700’s and has captured a sense of wonder at the world of all living things.

Traditional flowers such as Buttercups and Daisies accompanied by vintage maps and delicate butterflies are certain to unfold the calmness of nature and offer you endless of crafting inspiration. So welcome to make the botanical theme one of the necessities for this season’s crafting occasions!



Have a great day!