tami sanders * paper crafter

scrapbooking, stamping and paper crafting…


how many flowers does it take to make a corsage???

because i just have SO MUCH TIME on my hands… i decided that it would be a great idea to make the prom flowers for my son and his girlfriend. RIGHT ;)

i’ve arranged flowers before – i did the table arrangements for my wedding – but i don’t think i’ve ever made a corsage before. i made mums in high school – does that count? anyway, little things like lack of experience and common sense were not enough to deter me! LOL!

i hit all the craft stores and spent i don’t know HOW much buying bits and parts not knowing what i would actually use and what would be going back to the store.

then, the day arrived for flower shopping. i thought about going to the flower market or wholesaler, but hey – how many flowers did i really need and HEB usually has really nice roses and such.

so i headed out early friday morning – IN THE POURING rain – and oh’ did i mention it was my 22nd wedding anniversary? i went into HEB confident i could get what i needed, confidence that quickly faded as i looked over what looked like mother’s day leftovers :( YUCK! so i waded back out to my car and went to ANOTHER HEB. on first glance, the flowers here didn’t look much better, but i noticed there were some unpacked boxes. so i asked, and FORTUNATELY, there was a fresh load of flowers. so i waited until they were unpacked and found pretty much exactly what i had in mind – except for any hot pink flowers. so i headed to ANOTHER HEB {at this point wishing that i went to the wholesaler or market}. but luckily, i found some small hot pink carnations – PERFECT!

so here’s my flower purchases for ONE corsage and ONE boutonniere…


think i have enough? LOL!

so after a 3 hour excursion for flowers, i settled down to make the corsage and boutonniere. i have to say, it went better than expected and i even got to take a short nap to refresh for an anniversary dinner with my hubbie. i had SO many flowers left, that i made myself a corsage for the event!

here’s the kids, all dressed up for prom – drew and his girlfriend naomi…

drew & naomi

drew and naomi cu

and here are some close-up shots of the flowers…

shoulder corsage

bout cu

i didn’t think i did too bad. the theme of the prom was “bollywood”, so i thought the bright colors would work well as well as with their outfits.

i found the idea for the pocket flowers instead of a traditional boutonniere on pinterest and LOVED the idea. the hardest part was trying to figure out how to construct it. but thanks to some acrylic sheets i had {THANKS GRAFIX} i was able to rig up something. i had decided that a shoulder corsage would work best for naomi as the couple was going to the melting pot for dinner. i thought a wrist corsage would be bothersome. turns out that was a good decision as they spent 3 1/2 hours at dinner!

i was able to make 2 small bouquets for drew to present to friends whose graduation he was attending AND a HUGE arrangement for my mom and mother-in-law to enjoy. so NO flowers were wasted in this project – just ENJOYED!

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1 day left…

just one day left to be entered to win a yummy box of vintage “junque” from my stash!


Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is hosting the giveaway on her blog.

just view the post on julie’s blog here: TAMI SANDERS USING BALZER DESIGNS STENCILS and get the details on how you can get your name entered to win.

julie also has several of my projects using her stencils included in the post for your perusal.

take a spin around julie’s blog and website while you are there. she is a UBER talented lady that shares her art and techniques. you’ll find lots of inspiration on her site.



Beacon Adhesives

why i use and recommend Beacon Adhesives like Zip Dry and 3-in-1 Glue

i was working on a quick project tonight and grabbed a friend’s glue because it was handy. brand – not important – it IS a major brand glue recommended for paper crafting.

i was just gluing some cardstock to cover a composition book. figured how bad could the glue be? well it was THIS bad…

what you see in the above photos is:

1) glue lines showing through.

2) residue from the glue that leaked out under the edges which were then spread on my cover when i smoothed the cardstock down. the whitish residue won’t come off.

SO, i got up, walked to the other room and GOT MY ZIP DRY!!!

and glued on the back cover in the exact same manner as the front. and the result?

do you see any glue lines? residue? NO! and THAT is why i use and recommend BEACON ADHESIVES!!!

any stray glue leakage rubs off, paper is nice and smooth.

thanks for letting me share my glue drama!


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giveaway on julie fei-fan balzer blog…

hi all!

i’m still working my way through my NYC trip, but let me skip ahead a little to tell you the purpose of the trip…

TCW – the crafter’s workshop, had invited a group of us down to attend Stencil U, which was geared towards certifying us as TCW educators.

the program was the brain child of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, a very talented multi-media artist and a signature designer for TCW. Julie led the program with the assistance of Jamie Echt, designer and founder of TCW and Cheryl Boglioli, who is currently on a spring art teaching tour.

i had sent little boxes of mixed media “junque” for all the attendees and included a few extra boxes – just in case…

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Tami Sanders using Balzer Designs Stencils

julie was generous enough to offer to give away one of the extra boxes on her blog. i had no idea she would do a full post on some of the projects i’ve done using her TCW Balzer Design Stencils: TAMI SANDERS USING BALZER DESIGNS STENCILS

julie has more photos of the contents of the box on her blog. if you would like to be entered for a chance to win this box of goodies, please click on the link above for all the details. you’ll also be able to view the projects i’ve done using julie’s stencils.

comments posted to my blog, although welcome, will NOT enter your name in the contest. you need to post to julie’s blog to be entered.

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have you checked out SNAPGUIDE yet?

i love the step-by-step, photos with written directions format. it makes it so easy to follow the instructions for any given project. they have lots of categories of guides too. in addition to arts and crafts how to’s, you’ll find projects for fashion, home decor, beauty as well as lots of great recipes for main dishes, side dishes, desserts and much more.

i presently have 32 snapguides up…

snapguide collage

you can view all my snapguides here: tami sanders * paper crafter snapguides

i also have a link on my sidebar at the right to all my published guides. i add new ones frequently. you can also follow me on snapguide if you’d like.

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if you missed the class…

if you missed the {school years} altered book class this past sunday, you still have an opportunity to get in on the project…

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i had 3 kits left over and they are available for purchase at Scrapbook n’ More for $65.

the kits have everything you need to put together your book and have step-by-step directions with color photos. the sample book will be left at the store for reference.

these books would make great graduation gifts!

thanks to everyone who attended this class, we had a great time and got most of the book done in class! so finish them up!


NYC: day 2

karen and i got up early in order to try to get as much done as possible.

we had muffins in the lobby – yum! then caught a bus to MOMA…



there is something awe inspiring when standing in front of a Van Gogh or Picasso…




i SO wanted to reach out and touch them – but didn’t want to spend any of my limited time in jail! lol!

while there was plenty of art that I loved…






there were also some I just didn’t get…

don’t know how to comment on this…


checkers anyone?


metallic poop?


there is paint on this canvas – really…


yes – this last one is a distressed {aka dirty} pair of underwear! yuck!


we had lunch at the cafe in the museum and it was delicious. the panninis had that perfect “crunch” and a summer crisp was the perfect dessert.

karen and i also viewed the Latin America architectural exhibit. the art on the plans and scale models was as interesting as the buildings themselves.

we had a little time before our play that evening, so we shopped at the MOMA store.

then a short walk through time’s square…


to the Walter Kerr theater to see a Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder…



i really wanted some NY cheesecake, so we went to Junior’s for dinner…


i had a HUGE lobster roll – BIG chunks of lobster…

we dug into the cheesecake before I thought to snap a pic; it was SO creamy and SO delicious!

took a taxi back to hotel to get a few winks before a busy last day!


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{school years} altered book class

hi all!

i am still recovering from my fabulous by fast nyc trip – more pics soon.

but really not much time for rest as i’m prepping for the {school years} altered book class THIS sunday!

i was working on the custom chipboard pieces last night, cutting them all out and giving them their last coat of matte sealer. i think the fumes gave me a little something extra last night! lol!

papers are all cut, ribbons and embellies on the schedule tonight.

there are still a few spots left in this class, you can call scrapbook n’ more for more info or to sign up…

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this would make a very special graduation gift!

see ya soon!



NYC day: 1

* wordpress or my iPhone are playing hide and seek with my photos :( 

I’m working on it! — tami

hi ya!

i got into New York City around noon on wednesday.

on the cab ride in, i was already texting karen (aka karenliz) to chat about and decide on a 2 o’clock matinee.

both karen and i were attending The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil U and had decided to come into the city a few days ahead for a mini vacation.

i wanted to try to CRAM in as much as possible into the short trip; especially theater and museum’s – hence the texting. 

I met karen at the hotel; which by the way was GOR-geous. the Wolcott just celebrated its 100th birthday. here’s a few photos of the lobby… 


i had asked for a room with an Empire State Building “view”. you did have to crane your neck up, but you could see it…

we agreed upon a play, Living in Love starring Jerry O’Connel {yum!}. the play was FAB-ulous, but maybe mr. o’connel’s bare chest a mere 50 feet away swayed me! lol!


we got caught in the rain, so had to head back to the hotel to clean up before dinner. rain was forecast for the day, but the weather was beautiful when i arrived; crisp, cool and clear. so i’d left the raincoat and umbrella i’d packed for the chance of rain when we went out to the matinee, at the hotel. couldn’t catch a cab and were almost 20 blocks from the hotel. bought a rain poncho from a street vendor and then  finally snagged a taxi.

dinner was at Sardi’s – i’ve always wanted to go…


Sean Cassidy 2nd from right on top 
and Joan Collins and Katherine Hepburn…

i had the french onion soup and crabcakes… 
i should have just got the appetizers size! HUGE cakes with lots of nice, large pieces of crab. and the smoked tomato aoli was great with the cakes.

after dinner it was time for Pn the 20th Century starting Kristin Chenowith. i really enjoyed it. i forgot how much smaller the NYC theatres were, you are so close to the stage!

then we walked through Times Square to catch a taxi back to the hotel.

end of day one…



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