tami sanders * paper crafter

scrapbooking, stamping and paper crafting…


Clearsnap & Fancy Pants Blog Hop


Hello! For the next few days Fancy Pants and Clearsnap are having a BLOG HOP! LOTS of great projects with LOTS of great products!

Check the CLEARSNAP BLOG and the FANCY PANTS BLOG for previews and links to the blogs of participating designers…

Hi! Tami Sanders here, welcome to my blog!

The project I made was a banner featuring my 3 handsome boys – my 2 sons and my hubbie – using goodies from Fancy Pants and Clearsnap.

I wanted a smaller scale banner that I could hang in my studio and the size of the Fancy Pants embellies and letters worked really well.

I loved the Corrugate Paper and decided it would be perfect for the base of banner and assorted Fancy Pants embellies were used to dress up the piece…

take a look at the banner – finished size is just a little under 24″ if you lay it out straight…

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The flag banner pieces were cut from the Kraft Corrugated Paper and measure about 4 X 6. I used the ColorBox Stylus & Tips to ink the raised areas using Jasmine Mix’d Media Ink. The edges were distressed using Chestnut Roan and Charcoal Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks

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The rounded banner pieces were made using the White Corrugated Paper and measure about 3 X 4. I placed them in the Color Catcher and sprayed them with assorted inks: Bubblegum Premium Sprays!, and ColorBox Spritzers in Lemon Drop, Mermaid and Pumpkin Pie. I thought those colors complimented the Fancy Pants embellies and papers. The edges were distressed using Chestnut Roan Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink

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Now that the base of the banner was done, it was time to DRESS IT UP! I started by printing 2 X 3 photos {be sure to add a frame or cut them out a little larger} which fit perfectly in the windows of the As You WishPatterned Photo Frames.  The edges were distressed using Chestnut Roan Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink then I laid them out on the kraft banner flags.

Next came the larger embellishments, I liked the happy little sentiments found in the “Burlap & Bouquets” Ephemera Pack. So I added them to the sides of the framed photos, overlapping the edges of the banner pieces.

Then I layered on some smaller embellies from the Ephemera Pack, like the arrows and feathers. And more is better right? So on went a few of the stickers from the Burlap & Bouquets Label Sticker Sheet.

It was time to add the sentiment to this banner, so I picked out the “Burlap & Bouquets” Burlap Alpha Stickers. Not happy to ever leave any surface uninked, I placed the letters I wanted to use “HOME” on waxed paper and stamped with with tiny stars {from Viva Las Vegas’ Pound O’ Rubber} using Black Surfacez Ink. I thought the letters needed some “grounding” before adding them to the rounded banner pieces, so I punched circles from the 6 X 6 Me-ology Paper Pad and added the letters to the centers.

The rounded banner pieces still seemed a little “naked”, so I cut lopsided triangles from “As You Wish” Dictionary Printed Paper. The triangles were inked using Prussian Blue Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink and the circles with Chestnut Roan before being adhered to the banner pieces.

I used brads to link all the pieces together and thought it looked good – but could use just a “little” more embellishing! So I found the “Everyday Circus” Button Set and added a few for the finishing touch!

Then all that was left was to punch holes in the ends and add cord for hanging.

i hope you enjoyed this project! Keep on hopping for MORE great projects from the very talented Fancy Pants and Clearsnap Designers!


happy hopping!

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grandparent’s day clipboard…

hi all!

yesterday was grandparent’s day and i wanted to make a special gift for my mom.

at easter, i’d taken portraits of the boys and wanted to incorporate them into the project. i found an 8 X 8 white scalloped clipboard at CKC and decided to embellish it and add the photos to it.

here is a pic of the finished project…

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i made it in under an hour using supplies i had on hand: printed paper, flowers, ribbons and trim, washi tape, rhinestones, chipboard letters and a few simple tools.

i put together a Snapguide for this project that shows how to make it step-by-step with both photos and text…

Check out How to Make an Altered Clipboard by tami sanders on Snapguide.

this project is easy enough that your kiddos could help make it or you could gussy it up to make it a little more elaborate. great do-ahead gift idea for the holidays. you could also make it without the photos so the recipient could add their own.

i think it would also be a nifty decor piece if done in a seasonal theme for halloween, thanksgiving or christmas.

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fall project on TCW blog…

hi all!

i had a great time at CKC and cropping friday and saturday at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels!

if you didn’t get a chance to go by scrapbook n’ more and shop this weekend, please plan to go by SOON; susan still has a LOT of cool new stuff just waiting for you!

i got of layouts done this weekend; mostly one pagers of school photos. i’ll be posting pics later after i get them all photographed and ready.

i also wanted to let you know that i have a new project up on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog today…

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i turned a $store frame into a fall decor piece using stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, inks and more from Clearsnap and just a few other supplies.

you can view the project AND get all the info and directions on how to make this piece yourself, including a link to a step-by-step Snapguide here: FALL DECOR FRAME

i’ll be teaching a class using TCW stencils at Scrapbook N’ More in november – keep an eye out for more details!


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SHOP LOCAL & september photoFULL & M$$ classes…

the date for the september photoFULL & M$$ classes at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels is tuesday, september 30 from 10:30 to 1:30.

i am going to try to do the samples for this class this weekend, so i’ll post pics when i get them done.

if you are going to go to CKC san marcos, please plan to SHOP LOCAL at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels on your way up BEFORE you shop the show! susan has some GREAT NEW LINES in. lots of fab christmas and halloween lines, travel lines and other themes by: american crafts, graphic 45, bo bunny, authentique and MORE!

Scrapbook N’ More is one of the LAST local scrapbook stores around. if you enjoy and appreciate being able to touch and feel what you buy, have access to an awesome crop room, unique classes, personalized service and KNOWLEDGE of products then SHOP LOCAL before you buy online or at the show.

here are some shots i took of all the NEW stuff that has just come in, click on any pic to enlarge…

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bag check!

hello all!

one of my students has realized that she is missing her crop-o-dile and believes that she left it or lent it out at the halloween altered book class.

i didn’t see it at the store when i cleaned up, so i am thinking someone may have accidentally taken it home. NO ACCUSATIONS of theft here! REALLY!

in a chaotic class like my altered book classes, it’s easy for supplies to get mixed up. so PLEASE check your bags and see if you have an extra crop-o-dile if you attended this class.

if you do find it, just contact me using the “contact me” tab at the top of the page and let me know.

thanks in advance!


Clearsnap & Smoothfoam Blog Hop

Welcome to the Clearsnap and Smoothfoam Blog Hop!

Hop along to each blog in the hop list to see inspiring ways to use Smoothfoam with Clearsnap’s ink, created by our teams of designers.

Be sure to comment on each blog in the hop, then use the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post to enter to win a prize pack of Smoothfoam and Clearsnap goodies!

hi ya! you have arrived at my blog: tami sanders * paper crafter, you should have just come from the Flores Tanis Studio Blog – welcome!

my project is a memo board made using the 12 X 12 Scrapbook Page Mount from Smoothfoam and inks and more from Clearsnap

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i needed a lightweight memo board that would easily attach to a cabinet in my studio without damaging it. i didn’t want to use a nail or something similar, i was thinking more along the lines of poster tac or one of those non-damaging hooks. most traditional memo boards are too heavy to attach that way.

i started with a plain piece of unbleached canvas, then spritzed it using several different colors of ColorBox® Spritzers: Pumpkin Pie, Pinkolicious, Lemon Drop, Mermaid and Grasshopper, the added a stenciled pattern using Black ColorBox® Crafter’s Ink applied using the ColorBox® Stylus & Tips.

i think this board would well in dorm rooms also; where you have to be careful not to damage the walls.

i put together a Snapguide that shows how to make this project step-by-step, you can view it here…

Here is the HOP LIST…

if you jumped in at the middle, or just happened to stumple upon the hop, please begin at the Smoothfoam Blog.

Hop List: Smoothfoam Blog

Clearsnap Blog

Suzanne Austin – What’s in a Lousyananut

Julie McGuffee – Life in the Craft Lane

Jennifer Priest – Hydrangea Hippo

Lisa Fulmer –  Lisa Liza Lou

Meihsia Liu – Simply Paper Crafts

Anita Scroggins – The Flamingo Chronicals

Steph Ackerman – Live Laugh Scrap

Carmen Flores Tanis –  Flores Tanis Studio

Tami Sanders – tami sanders * paper crafter  <<<<< YOU ARE HERE>>>>>

Beth Watson – Beth Watson <<<<< GO HERE NEXT>>>>>

Sabrina Alery – The Honor Roll

Marilyn Gossett – Marilyn Gossett Designs

Denise Hahn – In My Blue Room

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card sketch up on Clearsnap Blog!

hi all!

my card sketch for august is up on the Clearsnap Blog. i post a new sketch on the 13th of each month.

here is the sample card i made using the sketch…

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you can get the sketch as well as the supplies and directions to make this card here: CARD SKETCH #14.

i hope you’ll drop by the Clearsnap Blog and post a comment; it’s nice to know who is visiting!



new TCW project!

i have a new project up on the TCW BLOG today!

i turned a burlap pillow cover from Canvas Corp into a retro style satchel purse…

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check out the FULL post on the TCW BLOG . i put together a Snapguide that shows how to use templates from The Crafter’s Workshop to make designs to embroider on pretty much anything you can use a needle and thread on.  the guide also includes step-by-step photos and directions of how to create this project yourself. the link to the guide is included in the post on the TCW BLOG.you can view the project here:

Burlap Purse with Embroidered Patterns

TCW just released a TON of fabulous new stencils too – you can view them on their website.

i’d love it if you would post a comment on the TCW BLOG if you liked this project!

— and P.S.: for those of you who subscribe, the “page not found” post a few days ago was me trying out the Snapguide link, so i labeled it “test”. i deleted the post after i tried it out. sorry, i know you get auto e-mails about any new posts.


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still a few spaces left!

I just spoke with susan at Scrapbook n’ More and there are still a few spots left for the EERILY ENCHANTED Halloween altered book class.

if you can’t make the class, you can get a kit. all the painting and stamping will be done for you. also included are step-by-step written directions with photos, as well as access to full size photos posted online.

the binding process for the book itself as well as the specialty pockets and more are also shown in step-by-step how-to form both in written directions and photos of the steps.

if you are one of my out of town readers, you can get this kit by mail if you like. just contact me.

I have also just set the date for the Christmas altered book class – Saturday, October 4 from 12-5. SAVE THE DATE!!!



{EERILY ENCHANTED} halloween altered book

hi all!

only a few days til the EERILY ENCHANTED halloween altered book class! there are only 1 or 2 spots left, but there may also be 1 or 2 kits available if you can’t attend. if you are interested, please call scrapbook n’ more to sign up and or get on the waitlist.

we are going to try something new! i am loading the pics for this class on my website – NOW. so you will be able to access them DURING CLASS! so please bring your phone or ipad fully charged and ready to go if you would like to try this out! there won’t be access to plugs, so you do need to be all charged up! also, i don’t think you will have room for a laptop, so phones or pads only. i am still doing written directions, but i think being able to view and enlarge portions of the photos will help you.

please let me know if you have any questions. i am finishing up prep now!



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