Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Baby Shower Box

This was my first project for the Pazzles Design team and you can find the post along with instructions on how to make this box on the Pazzles Craft Room website here March 27.  I used cutting files from the vast, wonderful Pazzles Craft Room Library.  For those of you thinking about an electronic die cutting machine, I would encourage you to check out Pazzles, as this machine is amazing!   

I want to invite everyone to check out the “Papers and Pixels” online magazine that comes out April 15.  I am honored that some of my projects along with one of my brand new project tutorials will be featured in this wonderful magazine!  I’m so very excited about this!

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Bazzill Smoothies cardstock: Walnut Cream 
Pion Design Paper: Alma’s Sewing Room – Blue Room (PD 3402) and Blue Fabric (PD 3408)
Tim Holtz idea-ology:   Curio Knobs
various sizes of self-adhesive pearls
Ivory Seam Binding
Ivory lace 


2013 Wall Calendar with pleated skirt and top cutting file and template

This calendar measures 10.25″ x 12″. The Melissa Frances vintage 6″ scroll hanger works great for this project.  I used a Martha Stewart around-the-page punch that has slots that fit 1/8″ ribbon and so I laced pink satin ribbon through those slots. The resin curtain at the top is Melissa Frances.  The calendar itself is enclosed in a beautiful Melissa Frances frame, but I did not glue the top half of the frame so that the monthly calendar pages could be easily removed.  The remaining months are in the frame in order so that at the end of the month, you can just slide the top one up and out of the frame to reveal the next month.  I made the monthly calendar pages to fit the frame with the gorgeous Baroque Script font.  The Tim Holtz dress form was cut with chipboard and then painted.  I actually made a pleated skirt and top cutting file with the Pazzles software to fit the dress form.  It was simple and easy to make and the WPC cutting file can be found here.  You can download the manual template here.  NOTE the pleats are deliberately made uneven to give a more natural look to the dress. The top has little holes for tiny lacing.  I used regular thread with a sewing needle for the lacing.  Mist with water to soften the paper for easier pleating.  The black lines are cut lines and the blue lines are score lines for the pleats.  

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Baby Boy Shower Card with Cutting File and Cutting Template

This may be my all-time favorite card style as I love the pocket and tag feature inside.  I used Pion Design papers and the beautiful corners inside the card were made with a Nellie Snellen die.  

You can download this card’s WPC cutting file here.  The manual cutting template for the card’s interior pocket can be downloaded here.  Black lines are cut lines and blue lines are score lines.  Make the base card by cutting your cardstock to 12″ x 5″ and then score it in the middle.  The pocket goes inside the card on the right side as shown below. 

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