Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Antique Birthday Card

My dear Uncle Lloyd is turning 80 on October 3 so this card is for him.  I was excited to be able to use my Spellbinders “Sprightly Sprockets” dies. This card will have to be mailed so I tried to keep it as flat as possible….meaning minimal bling!





Autumn Tea Light Book Boxes with cutting file

I made 27 of these boxes for my mother’s missionary prayer group this past weekend!  I kept them simple since I had to make so many of them.  They are decorated with different autumn color papers and Cheery Lynn die-cut butterflies painted with muted Pan Pastel colors to match the papers.  The boxes are all slightly different but here are a few.  I filled the boxes with pumpkin spice and cinnamon spice scented tea lights. I’ve made these boxes before and think they make wonderful little gifts.  Here is the WPC cutting file for this project.  The base book box measures 12″ x 6.75″ to allow for a decorative around-the-page punch and the completed book measures about 5.25″ x 6.75″ size. I added a sheet of clear acrylic over the oval inside the box to hold the tea lights in place.  Here is a link for a manual template and inspiration for this project.









Pan Pastel Round Boxes with Cutting File

Since my projects this week have all been boxes using Pan Pastel paints, I made some round ones today. The round boxes measure 3.75″ diameter.  Since round box cutting files can be difficult to find, I’ve enclosed a WPC cutting file here (right click on the cutting file link to “Save File” on your com­puter.  Then open in your machine software).  The blue lines on the cutting file are SCORE LINES. The side bands will need to wrap around to fit the base of the lid and box bottom and there will be some remaining overlap which can either be cut off or just glued to the side.  The two smaller circles (3.65″ diameter) are for the box bottom.  One circle can be used to place over the glued teeth to hide them.  I only included one 3.75″ circle for the box top as I used lace to hide the teeth on the underside of the lid.  You can just duplicate the larger circle if you want to cover the glued teeth with cardstock.

The decorative top and bottom on the lavender box are Cheery Lynn Design doilies with a Spellbinders border for the side.  The green and brown box uses Marianne dies for the top and bottom and a Martha Stewart punch for the side.