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handmade holidays blog hop


hello all!

i hope you are enjoying the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop and getting LOTS of great ideas for your holiday gifting!

i have a jewelry project that i would like to share with you

Dragonfly Pendant & Earring Set

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i used Rollagraph® Design Wheel and Handle, ColorBox® Teresa Collins Pigment Ink, Smooch Accent Inks and ColorBox® Stylus & Tips – all from CLEARSNAP – polymer clay, stamps, junque jewelry and a few other supplies to create this set.

you can see how to make this set yourself by viewing this Snapguide…

Check out this guide on Snapguide

click the blue froggie button below for the hop list for today to continue on the hop.

you are at #26 – tami sanders, so click on #27 to arrive at stencil 1 – the last stop on the hop today.

if you would like to see what you missed yesterday – if you are just joining the hop – please visit the Clearsnap Blog.

there will also be MORE projects tomorrow, so be sure to check out all those FABULOUS projects as well.

and would you like a chance to win the fabulous prize pack below?

over $600 in craft supplies to help you make this holiday handmade!


then please enter to win using the link below:

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thanks for hopping with us today!

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{dicken’s christmas} altered book class

hello all!

i am BUSY getting ready for the {dicken’s christmas} altered book class THIS saturday, november 7!

dickens altered book wm  dickens christmas - collage 2 

there are still a few spots left for the class!

if you have been wanting to try out on of my altered book classes, this one would be a GOOD one to start with.

the structure is a little simpler – we are concentrating more on embellishing and fun elements like the “12 days to christmas” countdown CENTERFOLD!

we are also doing some stamping and spritzing elements during the class.

it also looks like the actual number of the people in class will be smaller than usual as there are a lot of students electing to purchase class kits instead. so i’ll be able to give students in the class more individual attention and there will be a little more “room to groove”.

you can call scrapbook n’ more to sign up for the class: 830-214-1690 to sign up or get more information. and if you can’t make the class, kits ARE available for $5 more. kits will have any stamping or spritzing done for you and include full written directions as well as color photos.

you can find the complete supply list for the class here: CLASS SUPPLY LIST

we will have a snack about halfway through the class and anyone who can arrive by 11:30, please do so. i’ll get you started on some of the stamping and spritzing elements. but you WON’T miss anything if you can’t come early!

please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

{dicken’s christmas} altered book class

i dropped the sample book for the {dicken’s christmas} altered book class at scrapbook n’ more last week.

so if you’d like to take a look at the project up close and personal, please stop by the store to check it out.

the class date is november 7, there are still spaces left, and you can order a kit {$5 kit charge} if you can’t make the class.

view supply list for the class HERE. and remember, you can call or stop by scrapbook n’ more to preorder any supplies you need for the class.

please be sure to contact me if you have any questions!


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UPDATE: dicken’s christmas altered book class

the book is all finished! YAY!

signups for the class have been going well and the class is almost half full already – thanks to those who signed up early!

so without further ado, here are pics of the next book in my altered book series… dicken’s christmas {click to enlarge}

dickens christmas collage 1 - use me

dickens christmas - collage 2

if you have been wanting to try one of my altered book classes, this would be a good one to start with. i’ve kept the structure of the book simple, but we are doing more embellishment and more stamping and inking. I’m hoping the balance will still make the project challenging for my “regulars”.

the “centerfold”, always a main attraction in my books, is something special in this book. the center opens up to reveal a “countdown to christmas”, which consists of 12 mini postcard pockets which hold tags. you can jot down treats or activities that your kids or family can reveal one day at a time.

the book is full of goodies from my “junque” stash: ribbons, charms, flowers, tags, a vintage postcard, christmas trims and custom printed ephemera.

you can view the complete supply list HERE.

in addition to the general supplies, i am recommending a few extra supplies. these are not NEEDED to complete the project, just suggested if you would like to amp up the bLiNg factor! all of these items, as well as most of the general supplies, are available at Scrapbook n’ More. if you would like any of the recommended supplies (or even any general ones), you can call ahead to reserve them to make sure they are available for you to pick up the day of the class. limited quantites MAY be available the day of the class if they are not all sold in preorders.

NEW! ColorBox Teresa Collins Pigment Inks

Gold Shine and Platinum Silver – great new metallic colors that will add a pretty glimmer and shimmer to any of your holiday projects…


i used these inks to distress the edges of the photo mats, tags and some of the printed papers pieces…

bling 3   bling 5 bling 2

ColorBox Stylus & Tips, great to use to apply inks to paper and embellishments – especially when using full size inkpads…


the styluses & tips are available in packs or individually – just ask.

and lastly, Smooch Glitz in Frost, Smooch Glitz is an easy way to add glitter accents to your projects. you can use on porous or non-porous surfaces. quick drying, you can add multiple layers to add even MORE shimmer!

i used the Smooch Glitz throughout the book to add some frosty glitter to snow, berries, snowflakes, flowers and more…

bling 1   bling 4

here are the details for the class:

Dicken’s Christmas Altered Book Class

saturday, november 7

12:00 to 5:00


you can call Scrapbook n’ More to sign up and to reserve your “extra” class supplies at 830-214-1690.

if anyone can come a little early to class – 11:30 or so – i will get you started on stamping and inking, that will hopefully make the process quicker for the other attendees. i have a previous engagement for later in the evening, so i will need to leave by about 5:30-6:00. i am trying – more so that usual – to make sure that everything runs smoothly in class and that we get as much of the book finished as we can during class time. PLEASE DON’T think you are going to miss anything if you don’t come early! but PLEASE DO be on time!

for those of you who have not taken an altered book class from me before, we always finish the basic structure of the book and anything that needs to be done DURING class. but usually a lot of the finishing – adding ribbons, bits, tags, etc. is done on your own. i do provide complete written directions with full color photos to make finishing the project simple. i also leave the sample book at the store for those that want to come in and work on their book there.

if you can’t make the class, kits are available for $70. the extra $5 fee covers extra prep to finish stamping and such for you that is usually done in class.

dicken’s christmas altered book class


i’m happy to report that the sample book for the christmas altered book class is just about DONE!!! i need to add tags and a few little bits here and there, but it’s about 95% complete.

here are some pics…


i’ve got the cover planned out, but haven’t adhered it yet as i wanted to wait until i finished the inside…

i appreciate all the voting! it was close between G45’s Christmas Carol and Authentique’s Christmastime – the deciding factor was Christmas Carol had shipped and was available and Christmastime had not. since time was getting short, i had to get started!

so here are the details:

Dicken’s Christmas altered book

saturday, november 7

12:00 to 5:00


at Scrapbook n’ More in new braunfels

you can sign up now! i appreciate those of you who sign up early as it helps me with prep knowing about how many class kits to make.

if you can’t make the class, you can order a kit. anything we do in class like stamping, spritzing, etc will be done for you. you’ll also receive complete written directions with color photos. cost of kits is $70 – the extra $5 covers the additional prep work.

class supply list, along with pics of finished book will be coming soon!

— tami

upcoming classes and dates…

hello all!

this month’s photoFULL and money $aving $ketches class will be held on tuesday, september 29 from 10:30 to 1:30 at Scrapbook n’ More in new braunfels.

another date to add to your calendar is for a Christmas themed altered book class tentatively scheduled for november 7. details to be announced soon.

i am trying to decide on a collection to use for the Christmas book, right now the collections i am thinking about are (please click on link to view the whole collection):

G45’s Christmas Carol

g45 christmas carol use

Authentique’s Christmastime

authentique christmastime

Authentique’s Tidings

authentique tidings

i was also very taken with a new collection from Graphic 45 titled Mon Amour….

g45 mon amour

we’ve only done 2 “love” or “valentine” themed altered books and i’m wondering how much interest there would be in doing one using the Mon Amour collection sometime after the new year.

i’ve set up some polls below, please feel free to play along. i would ask that you ARE somewhat interested in taking part in the class or classes that you are voting for.


voting will close a week from now on 9/29. i appreciate your input!



tami sanders * paper crafter… MIA

i know, i know, i’ve been VERY out of the loop and have VERY much neglected my blog…

it’s been ONE long summer, that was way TOO short!

chris started school this week and drew starts COLLEGE next week. YIKES!

i am taking the month of august off, so no classes, but i’ll be picking back up in september.

Mariko has been taking my photoFULL classes faithfully for a VERY long time via e-mail, i think since i taught at CKC houston back in 2007! she sent me some pics of layouts she has done using my classes and with her permission, i would like to share them with you…

photo 1  photo 2photo 1a photo 2a photo 3 photo 4photo 3a  photo 4a

THANKS for sharing MARIKO!!!

i need a few weeks to ease back into the routine – AND the early mornings! so hopefully i’ll have more to share and show you soon!



he did it! he REALLY DID IT!

my oldest graduated from International School of the Americas today…

drew rob and me use (750x1024)

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…

5th grade

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…

sydney madison and drew (1024x682)

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.


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…

doodle 2

doodle 1

doodle 3

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…

book 9

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…

book 8

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…

book 5

i added lots of added doodles to the mask…

book 4

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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