As our list of retailers grows longer and longer, we get more and more curious about the people behind all these stores! So every now and then we ask some of our retailers to tell us a bit more about themselves, and this time we decided to turn the spotlight on Tara Brown and her online store Tara’s Card Studio, that she runs together with her husband Marc.
You can say that Tara is a passionate Pion Design fan, and we were very flattered to learn that our papers were one of the main reasons for Tara opening her scrapbooking store! And of course we want to share Tara’s story and some of her amazing Pion Design projects with all of you:
Tara’s Card Studio is an online store based out of my home here in Edmond, Oklahoma, in the United States. It is relatively new as it was just started in late 2011, with Pion Design being the motivation behind it’s creation. I became seriously involved with paper crafting in 2011. I am drawn to the soft, vintage shabby chic look, but most of the paper lines available in my area did not suit my style. When I discovered Pion Design papers through the beautiful work of Marianne Skeljstad’s blog, I knew I had found the paper I had been searching for. The problem was that I could not find it here. I began ordering directly from Pion Design, but very quickly the idea formed in my mind that others here in the United States would love and want this paper just as much as me if they could see it and have easy access to it. With that thought, I became an authorized retailer in the U.S. for Pion Design so that I could offer these gorgeous papers to others like myself who loved them and just had to have them!
I began my blog featuring projects made with Pion Design papers to expose and promote the beauty of the papers. The response to Pion Design from customers has been very positive just as I predicted. With greater exposure to the beautiful art of Pion Design, I expect the response to continue to expand here in the United States. I am so proud to be able to offer these artistic lovely papers.
As the business has grown, I have become an authorized retailer for other paper crafting companies. I work full-time as an optometrist, and also stay busy with home and family activities, so my time is limited. Although my husband Marc works full-time also, he has stepped in to take over the majority of the business details. I will be able to retire from being an optometrist in 2-3 years and it is my plan upon retirement to devote myself full-time to further expand and promote my online business with Pion Design remaining my main focus.