tami sanders * paper crafter

scrapbooking, stamping and paper crafting…



i’m trying to finish up the Halloween altered book…EERILY ENCHANTED as quickly as i can – but i want it to be as FABulous as possible!

here are some peeks; i’ve designed the pages, decided what goes where as far as the “first” layer goes. now i’m working in the 2nd and 3rd layers, trying to add as many treats as i can!

these pages aren’t finished yet, but i’ll share the progress…

this next pic is a good reflection of the feel i want for the book – a little spooky and a little kooky with a touch of whimsy and a sprinkling of the dark side – hey – Grimm’s Fairy Tales are pretty, well… GRIM!







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Temporary Tattoos…

hi ya!

having a good summer so far?

enjoying the SUN and the HEAT?

are you showing a bit more skin?

want to bLinG-uP that exposed epidermis?

how about a tattoo?

not a permanent one – not a REAL commitment, just a temporary one for a little fun. Clearsnap has introduced ColorBox Temporary Tattoo Inkpads. they come in 3 colors: Storm {blue}, Spicy {Red} and Shadow {black}. i was anxious to pair these inks with stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop. i thought it would be a great match. an easy way to create a pretty tattoo to enjoy for awhile, then wash away with a little soap and water.

i’d had this idea in mind for a time, but hadn’t tried it out yet. i needed a volunteer! enter my neice Talia. Talia came down to visit us this weekend and as luck would have it, i received a nice, big box of TCW’s latest and greatest! OMGOODNESS! you will NOT believe all the fabulous brand spanking new designs! they are shipping to stores now, so prepare to be WOWED! you can check out the styles here: NEW SUMMER 2014 RELEASES - all the new designs are on the front page. one of the new designs immediately caught my eye as i knew it would work beautifully as a tattoo – TCW499 Koi Pond

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the stencil actually has 3 beautifully executed koi on it along with sets of lily pads. i used the 6 X 6 size for this project, but it is also available in 12 X 12. the hardest part of this project was finding tape that stuck to the skin that didn’t REALLY stick. painters tape didn’t work at all, so i tried some first aid tape, it seemed to work ok. but i would experiment on yourself with the tape before you tried it on a child. ouchless bandaids would probably work well too. the stencil needs to be held in place securely, especially if it is to be wrapped around an arm. don’t worry if the center of the stencil doesn’t lay flat. as long as it is held in place at the outer edges, you can gently hold the center sections in place while you ink. the ColorBox Stylus & Tips certainly makes this process easier – just dab in the ink, then dab on the skin. but you could use a makeup sponge or other small craft sponge if you didn’t have a stylus on hand. you do want to dab – not rub at the ink. you are less likely to get ink up under the stencil if you just dab the colors on.

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for this particular design, i started with the Scarlet ink at the center, then shaded with the Storm ink

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you could add more detail using a sharpie or permanent marker – but i would recommend that for adults only as it will take more that soap and water to wash that off! the ColorBox Temporary Tattoo Ink is a FABULOUS alternative to paint, especially for kids. kids LOVE to have their faces, arms, etc painted, but 5 minutes later the paint has dried and their skin is getting itchy and they want to start rubbing and scratching at it. you don’t get any of that with the Temporary Tattoo Ink – it just feels like skin, like when you get your hand stamped. and speaking of stamps, you can also TOTALLY use these inks with stamps. in fact, Clearsnap makes several lines of stamps to go with the inks: My First ColorBox Mini Stamps, ColorBox Souvenir Stamps and if you are into sports, there is also a NCAA licensed line of stamps and more.

ColorBox Temporary Tattoo Inks are also available in a multitude of school colors, so if you want to go beyond the basic red, blue and black, check out the school colors. also think of suggesting these inks and stencils in place of using paint at your next school function! quick, easy, less mess and the kids won’t be itching, scratching and transferring paint to their clothes.

for a henna style tattoo, select a design from among the VAST variety of TCW stencils, then pair with the Texas Tattoo Inkpad – the burnt orange color should be just about right!

enjoy the rest of your summer — it’s going QUICK!

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New Posts on Clearsnap & TCW Blogs…

hi! i wanted to let you know i have a two new blog projects up for this month…

a new card sketch on the Clearsnap Blog – my lucky #13th in fact – i can’t believe i’ve been doing the card sketch for over a year now!

you can see the new sketch and the card, and get directions and supplies for making the sample card here: CARD SKETCH #13

here’s the card i made using the sketch…

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i also have a post up on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog

i used the Blazonry Template from TCW and sharpie markers to alter a scrapbook tote with word art, here’s a snippet…

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you can see the whole project as well as get all the supply and direction info here: LOOKING SHARP-{ie}

i hope you will check them out and if you do, please leave a comment; i’d love to know you visited!



thoughts on upcoming altered books…

i’ve been checking out new paper lines and considering them for upcoming altered book classes.

one subject that keeps being requested is pet, so i was excited to hear about g45′s new Raining Cats and Dogs collection – and i love it – and the colors are great for most pets – BUT…

and there is a but, i think this collection would work well for people with both cats and dogs. i don’t think it would work for those who are strictly dog or strictly cat people. the papers feature both dogs and cats together, there isn’t “cat” paper and “dog” paper. so unfortunately, i will still be hunting for a pet collection to use. if you see one you like, drop me a note and i’ll check it out.

as for christmas, since there seemed to be enough interest for both a halloween AND christmas book this year. again, i was both excited by and a little disappointed by g45′s twas the night before christmas collection. there are only 8 papers instead of the usual 12 in the collection, and although i love the colors, and the more 50′s style santa {that is my FAVORITE decade for the vintage christmas goodies i collect), i’m just not sure there is enough paper choices. but i DO have tons and TONS of vintage christmas, so i may be able to supplement with ephemera that i have. i am going to print of swatches and sit down and play with it. i would like to use it as it would have a very different look from the other christmas books we’ve done so far. if you have an opinion on this collection – i’d love to hear it. i don’t believe authentique has released a new christmas collection yet – they are another company i like to work with.

other suggested subjects are: family, recipe and texas – at least those are the requests i get most often. if you have some suggestions for themes, please let me hear them!

off to bed, it’s been a LONG WEEK and i have a LOT of work to do this weekend – including an altered book to finish :)

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are you making plans to attend the SCRAPBOOK GARAGE SALE at Scrapbook N’ More this weekend? i’ve always said that i could open my own scrapbook store with what’s in my house {i’m sure many of you can say the same thing!}, but i’ll have a chance to prove it somewhat this saturday! i have been going through my supplies and piling up things for the sale for quite some time, take a look…

how about some embellies…

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more embellies…

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chipboard & rub on letters…

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how about some stamps…

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paper pads – unopened!

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and how about storage – you have to have a place to PUT all the great stuff you are buying at the sale right?

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and how about some of my samples…

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and no, haven’t forgotten about paper – still bagging and pricing THIS TOTE FULL…

and i’m also bringing some kits!

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did i forget anything? didn’t think so! LOL!

and did i mention i priced everything cheap – and i do mean CHEAP! it is all priced to sell. and i’m only one of MANY ladies selling, so DO plan to stop  by. the Garage Sale is saturday, july 19 at Scrapbook N’ More in New Braunfels . doors open at 9AM! CASH ONLY! so bring LOTS of it! LOL! and be sure you save time to shop Susan’s store for all the AWESOME new stuff she has been getting in. you’ll be able to afford it right? with all the $$$ you saved buying stuff at the SALE! LOL!

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fair warning…

you GALS are CRAZY!

the sign ups for EERILY ENCHANTED, my halloween altered book have been coming in fast and furious – even before i’ve completed the sample book!

i spoke to susan today, and there are 18 people already signed up! AMAZING!

so… if you want to take this class, PLEASE sign up SOON!

there are 21 seats, and i can do 3 kits, so 24 books total!

thanks for the TREMENDOUS support of my altered book classes. i appreciate it, and it is SO helpful to have you sign up quick so i can start prep early.

i am hoping to finish the book up this weekend. i’ll try to post more progress photos and of course, the collage of the book when it is done.

thanks again,


eerily enchanting…

the next book in my series of altered book classes will be…

EERILY ENCHANTING; featuring An Eerie Tale Collection from Graphic 45

i prowled through my stash and compiled an gargantuan array of trinkets, treasures and geegaws as possible embellishments for this book – take a peek at them…

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“witch” ones will make it in the book? how many can i possibly find places for? as usual as MANY as possible!!!

i hope to have some pics up of the book as it’s being built; so keep an eye out for new posts.

the class date is saturday, august 2, cost is $65. you can sign up now if you like by calling Scrapbook N’ More at (830) 214-1690.

— this is my 600th post here on my blog!!!


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