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HE DID IT!!!

he did it! he REALLY DID IT!

my oldest graduated from International School of the Americas today…

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today was 13 years in the making. lots of emotions, but overwhelming RELIEF! it’s done, over, fini!

despite a missing honor society collar, drew did graduate summa cum laude. proud, proud parents!

the graduation ceremony was held at laurie auditorium and it was very nice, and surprisingly short. i guess it helps when the class size is 125 instead of 925.

2 of drew’s friends, sydney and madison, who he went to school kinder through 8th grade with attended the graduation, and a third friend, catherine, was among his graduating class.

here’s a pic that i ran across recently of drew’s fifth grade class…

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madison is top row left, catherine is at the center of the top row, sydney is at the center of the bottom row and drew is sitting next to her on the right.

and here is a pic of drew, sydney and madison after tonight’s ceremony…

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the years DO fly by!


Doodle Lit Book Review

hi ya!

i received a book to review the other day, DOODLE LIT by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver from Gibbs Smith Publishing.

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i was instantly intrigued by a book dedicated to doodles; i can’t resist doodling anytime i have a pen and paper in hand.

“drawing on the classics” is noted on the cover, and that along with the “LIT” in the title clues you in as to the theme; classic literature. famous authors and characters and details from their books serve as the subject matter for each “chapter” of the book. a sample doodle from each author as well as a short bio is included as well.

each page prompts and prods your imagination to create. you get little jumping off points and the rest is up to you.

here are a few examples from the Jane Austen chapter…

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among other interesting pages of Jane Austen-ish things to doodle about, you can draw your own “Pride and Prejudice” mansion complete with topiaries or design or color a ball gown for your Elizabeth Bennet paper doll.

a few of the other authors included are: William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Emily Bronte and Lewis Carroll.

the Tolstoy chapter has lots of fun activities like: design a pair of earrings and embellish hats, gloves and boots.

and there are seasonal trees to embellish with natural doodles in the Emily Bronte chapter.

Lewis Carroll’s chapter challenges you to make a hat for the mad hatter, make a list of rules if you were “Queen of Everything” and cut out some stylish ‘staches for a mustache party…

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the William Shakespeare chapter challenges you to write and embellish {with doodles of course!} your own love letter, create an invitation to a masquerade as well as embellish a mask for the ball…

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i’ve been obsessing on peacock feathers lately {blame the prom flowers} so this mask caught my eye. i decided to try out the book by coloring and doodling this mask, here is my finished masterpiece…

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i added lots of added doodles to the mask…

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in the introduction, the author, Jennifer Adams is quoted as saying “doodling is such a simple form of being creative. when you doodle, you usually allow yourself to do it freely – you’re not trying to make a final piece of art or worrying what someone else will think.” and illustrator Alison Oliver says “doodling can make you feel calm and relaxed. it can help you when you want to come up with an idea for a project, or it can be just for fun”.

i think most of us doodle when we are bored, on hold or thinking. we probably don’t purposely doodle. i mean, when is the last time you set down to DOODLE – not set out to create something, not pull out the art journal to work on – NO – JUST DOODLE?

i find that doodling helps free up my mind from the daily to-do list, or worries and problems, and makes it easier to access my creative side. sometimes when i can’t focus on an assignment or class project, i’ll find myself doodling on the info sheet.

i LOVE an idea of a book FULL of doodle ideas! doodling with a purpose – doodling for the sake of doodling. i can see myself pulling this book out when i need some inspiration, when i need to open my mind to creating.

i have to admit it never occurred to me that this was not a book just for adults – call me a BIG kid! LOL! it is recommended for ages 8 and up, so your kiddos will love it too. and if you want to get your really little one interested in the “classics” check out BabyLit series by the same dynamic doodling duo.


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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…

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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…

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

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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!


1 day left…

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

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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.

 


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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!

tami


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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.


snapguide

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…

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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!

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