tami sanders * paper crafter

scrapbooking, stamping and paper crafting…


hello kitty crochet by mei li lee

guess who was born in 1974, just turned 40, is a global sensation and doesn’t look a day over 5?

i’ll give you a hint… it’s a she…

she is often quoted as saying “you can never have too many friends”…

she’s feline… and she’s white…

give up?

it’s HELLO KITTY!

she first appeared on a coin purse and now she and her friends are featured on thousands of products produced and marketed by Sanrio.

author MEI LI LEE shares her love of Hello Kitty and friends in her new book titled: HELLO KITTY CROCHET by Quirk Books

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Mei Li Lee describes the world of Hello Kitty as “kawaii”, which roughly translates to “cute”. and what better word to describe Hello Kitty and her friends?!

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the toys in this book are called AMIGURUMI, which in Japanese means dolls that are knitted or crocheted. the book includes patterns for over 2 dozen characters, which range in cuteness from super cute to adorably, awesomely CUTE!

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you’ll find Hello Kitty herself as well as Hello Kitty dressed in various costumes like Tuxedosam…

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Hello Kitty’s Family…

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Hello Kitty’s friends Monkichi…

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and tomboy Kuromi – which i plan to make for my niece who is a BIG Hello Kitty fan {and a tomboy!}…

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many of the characters come with cute little accessory items too! which adds to the fun!

the book is also laid out in a very nice, clean, organized fashion with clear headings and directions.

Mei Li starts with “A Basket of Supplies” which lists and describes everything that you will need to gather to make the dolls…

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she then describes in words and pictures a few special techniques and stitches you need to practice and learn…

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Mei Li also includes more hints and techniques that will help you learn how to make your dolls look as good as her sample dolls do…

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all patterns are marked with a skill level so if you are a beginner you can start off with an easier pattern. veteran crocheters can start off with more challenging projects. the material lists are clear and concise as are the directions and steps for making the pieces and putting together the dolls…

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the book also includes a link where you can view video tutorials by the author, Mei Li Lee, and download some bonus patterns.

the projects in this book would make ideal gifts or stocking stuffers, and you’ll have plenty of time to make BUNCHES for friends and family if you start NOW! and the book itself is a fabulous gift idea for a Hello Kitty fan and crafter.

you can shop for this book with options for internet as well as local sales by clicking on “SHOP FOR THIS BOOK” on the Quirk Book site: QUIRK BOOKS – HELLO KITTY CROCHET

ja, mata ne! {my son is taking japanese and assures me this is the “correct” goodbye! hope he’s right!}


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Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop

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hi! welcome to the CLEARSNAP and WALNUT HOLLOW Blog Hop!!!

Walnut Hollow has lots of great blank, wood surfaces just waiting for you to embellish! and Clearsnap has plenty of inks and more to help you do just that! hop along with the Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow Designers to see how they transformed their pieces into some fabulous projects!

here is the list for the hop, you should have come here from Suzanne’s blog, and you’ll be heading to Sara’s blog after your visit here. if you jumped in somewhere other than the start, please head back to the Clearsnap Blog to hop from the beginning…

Clearsnap Blog

Chris Wallace

for my project, i selected the RUSTIC PANEL and 1 1/2″ WOODEN LETTERS from Walnut Hollow. i wanted to make a gift for my mom-in-law using a recent family photo. here’s a pic of my finished project…

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i first used gesso to add a background pattern to the pallet using a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. then i used ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Refill Bottles in Mudslide, Mermaid and Glacier Lake, diluted with water, to stain the panels. i liked how the gessoed areas took on the colors of the dye inks applied over them. i thought it was a little more interesting than stenciling over the dye inks, which would have resulted in just a white pattern.

the quote was added using Colorbox Crafter’s Ink in Bark and Aruba and Jasmine Mix’d Media Inx embossed with ColorBox White Embossing Ink. stamps are from The {Stamps} of Life.

a little Topaz Izink was blended in some gesso to use to paint the “family” letters.

to add more “texture” to the letters, a swirl stamp {from Paper Wing Productions} was used to stamp first in Bark and then in Aruba Crafter’s Inks.

the photo was matted on white cardstock, distressed using Aruba Crafter’s Ink, and then on Kraft Corrugate Paper {Fancy Pants} distressed using Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.

flowers, rhinestones, pearls, baker’s twine, ribbon and junque jewelry finish off the piece.

i put together a Snapguide for this project; it has a complete supply list as well as step-by-step photos and written directions…

Check out this guide on Snapguide

thank you for stopping by! enjoy the rest of the hop! be sure to enter to win some goodies on the Clearsnap Blog!


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.


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!

thanks,


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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!

thanks,


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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.

thanks!


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!

thanks!


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{fashionistas} layout

hi all!

i have a project featured on the Clearsnap website this month!

it is a scrapbook page entitled “fashionistas” and was designed around a great vintage photo of my aunt and two friends.

the layout uses ColorBox® Graphic45 Decades Dye Inks and G45 stamps from Hampton Art as well as some trinkets from my vintage stash. if you are a G45 paper lover, you are going to LOVE the Decades Dye Inks as they are made to match some of the major colors in G45 papers!

here is a snippet of the layout…

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my very stylish aunt ruby is on the right.

you can see the whole layout and get the instructions and supply list for it here: FASHIONISTAS SCRAPBOOK PAGE

now back to work! i have to get ready for my “by the sea” classes this saturday!

oh’ please stop back by on monday,  july 7,  Clearsnap is having a hop with it’s CT to show off the NEW! summer releases! LOTS of projects with LOTS of new goodies!


card sketch on the Clearsnap Blog

hi!

i have the new card sketch for june up on the Clearsnap Blog!

you can see the sketch here: card sketch #12

here is the sample card i made using the sketch…

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please visit the Clearsnap Blog to get the sketch, directions for how to make this card AND a bonus card! a little something extra to start your summer card making!

stay tuned, there are several blog hops coming up – including one with CardMaker on monday!

thanks,

 

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