tami sanders * paper crafter

scrapbooking, stamping and paper crafting…

upcycled valentine on the TCW blog…


i have a card up on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog – it’s an upcycled Valentine…

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i used several different stencils from TCW and gelatos to color it in. the card base is a paper bag leftover from holiday shopping and the background and embellishment are pages torn from a second hand romance novel.

please view it on the TCW BLOG – UPCYCLED VALENTINE for more info as well as a link to a Snapguide i made showing how i made the card step-by-step. and if you like it, please post a comment for me on the TCW Blog so i’ll know you stopped by!



{merry} christmas canvas on the TCW blog…


are you getting things checked off your holiday list? mine are being ticked off VERY SLOWLY! Christmas seems to come faster and faster every year. the more i try to be prepared, the less prepared i feel!

i did manage to finish a canvas that i started in my altered canvas class last month. it even has a PHOTO on it! we went to a tree farm and found a very fat, very “crazy” Christmas tree! it is definitely different, but that is why we liked it. i snapped a photo of the hubbie and kids standing in front of it before we chopped it down. it went perfect with the canvas colors {i wonder how THAT happened – surely i didn’t select the clothes JUST to match the canvas – or did i! LOL!}

here is a pic of the finished canvas…

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you can view the post about this project on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog here: {MERRY} ALTERED CANVAS.

if you visit the TCW BLOG, please post a comment there so i’ll know you stopped by!

thanks, and if i don’t get a chance to post again…

have a merry CHRISTmas…

christmas ornaments on the TCW Blog

hi all!

i have a new project up on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog, these embossed metal ornaments…

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these ornaments are easy to make and are great for embellishing packages, bags, cards and tags.

metal pieces were embossed using a diecut machine and stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop. the tinting was done using Izink Inks from Clearsnap.

i’ve put together a Snapguide that shows how to make these step-by-step in both written and photo directions. you can view the project and get the link to the Snapguide by visiting the post here: EMBOSSED METAL ORNAMENTS – TCW BLOG

please post a comment for me on the TCW Blog, it would be nice to know you visited!


new card sketch…


i’ve added my card sketch for november to the Clearsnap Blog, here is the sample card i made using the sketch…

nov card sketch - wm sized

i think you might be surprised to find out what products i used to make this card! you can get the sketch and check out the details here: tami’s november card sketch

you’ll also find a link to the Snapguide that shows how to make this card step-by-step in both written and photo directions on the Clearsnap Blog.

i hope you’ll check it out and post a comment on the Clearsnap Blog to let me know you stopped by!


Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

hi all!

Clearsnap hosted the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop on their blog this past weekend…

Handmade Holidays 2014 Hop Logo

there are TONS of great gift ideas done by designers from dozens of companies. you are sure to find LOTS of inspiration to get a head start on your holiday crafting.

i designed a memo board using a wood plaque as a base and dressed it up with embossing folders, diecuts and of course lots of inky goodness from Clearsnap…

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i made a Snapguide showing how i made this project step-by-step with a complete supply list too. you can view this project, get a link to the Snapguide AND links to MORE great projects by visiting the CLEARSNAP BLOG.

happy hopping!

dia de los muertos

hi all!

today is dia de los muertos or day of the dead – a day to remember and celebrate the lives of friends and family who have passed on.

although dancing skeletons and grinning skulls could be considered macabre, they are usually decked out in colorful costumes and bright colors.

favorite foods and personal items are gathered and placed around photos of departed loved ones in remembrance. picnics are held on grave sites lavished with flowers.

in honor of the day, i made an embossed metal “sugar skull” using a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop and Izink Inks from Clearsnap…

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you can find more info as well as a link to the Snapguide showing how to make this project on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog: Sugar Skull

take to time reflect on the lives of those you miss today…


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creative canvas class


i’ve finished the sample for the Creative Canvas Class and dropped it by Scrapbook N’ More today. coincidentally, susan was pricing and stocking a HUGE order of stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop! lots of GREAT designs!

here are the deets for the class:

date: saturday, nov. 8

time: 12:00 to 4:30

cost: $35

supplies: 4X6 or 5 X 5 photo, zip dry or 3-in-1 glue {or both if you have them}, 3D foam squares or tape andu heat gun {there will be a few heat guns you can use in class, but you’ll be doing a LOT of drying, so bring your own if you have one!}

and here is my sample canvas, along with some closeup shots of the details – you can click on it to enlarge…

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YOUR canvas won’t look just like mine – unless you want it to. YOU will select your own ink colors, stencils and accessories to create your own UNIQUE canvas. before you start on your own canvas, i’ll show you some simple techniques so you can learn how to add layers of ink and patterns to add depth to your project and we’ll also work on techniques for adding texture.

i have DOZENS of stencils in all sorts of designs, patterns and themes from The Crafter’s Workshop for you to use…

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i also have lots of pigment inks in gorgeous rich, creamy colors – Mix’d Media Inx from Clearsnap…

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as well as some specialty inks from Aladine, distributed by Clearsnap, Izinks – which are a hybrid mix of ink and paint and come in beautiful shimmery colors…

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you’ll also learn how to hand-dye vintage seam binding to use on your canvas too…

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you’ll  get to select accent ribbons, jute and cording as well as vintage trinkets and treasures to use to embellish and customize your canvas. i’ll have other embellishments to select from, so if keys and tape measures aren’t your thing, you can choose something else.

the class lasts 4 1/2 hours, so you’ll have lots of time to work on your project.

there is also a crop that night, and i’ll be hosting it! so you can plan to come and play all day if you like.

the crop will be from 5:00 to 11:00 and is $10. but if you sign up and pay by wednesday, november 5, you’ll get a $5 coupon that you can use to shop with crop night!

if you have unfinished “tami” projects like altered books, photoFULL or money $aving layout classes, bring them and i’ll be glad to help you with them. {if you want to work on an altered book, if you’ll use the contact me form at the top and let me know which book, i may be able to bring the sample book.}

an altered canvas makes a great gift, and the holidays are right around the corner! so keep gifting in mind when contemplating what photo and theme you would like to do.


{whoo} knew?!

hi ya!

my website is titled “tami sanders * paper crafter”, but i’m thinking of changing it to “tami sanders * ceramic crafter”! LOL!

a bunch of us gals get together every month or so for a fun night out: movies, dinner, scrapbooking, jewelry making, painting with wine, 8 course home cooked asian dinner, and so on. we’ve done a LOT of fun things, but i have to say, my favorite so far was one i didn’t initially think i would like – ceramics.

my last memory of ceramics – and it’s been a LOOOOOOOONG time – was of trying to make my mom a pumpkin for halloween. it was back when ceramics meant greenware – which is FRAGILE. i spent i don’t know how much on THREE pumpkins because i kept breaking them! and in the end – NO pumpkin.

so it was a haunting of memories past when i stepped in Clay Casa in august. the halloween pieces had already arrived and there were PUMPKINS! PUMPKINS! of course these pieces are already fired – so they aren’t as fragile – but still!

i also don’t consider myself much of an artist – so the thought of freehanding something was a little daunting. i wandered around, and wandered around – AVOIDING the pumpkins of course – but trying to decide what piece to paint. something not too difficult – but that would be fun. i finally decided on an owl planter. it’s lines were pretty defined so i figured i could just color inside the lines.

after all of us had selected out pieces, we got down to painting, and it was fun. everyone had picked something different, so there were color and style hints being sent back and forth, as well as different techniques.

i found that it was more relaxing than i thought. for best results, we were told to add 3 coats of paint. i’d started with BIG sections on the front and back that i wanted to be lime and aqua – so those were easy enough to do, as was the inside. once a section had been painted, it needed 2 more coats, so that was pretty easy. then came the details – wings weren’t bad, beak and feet were ok. but the eyes were going to take awhile – and time was running out! another friend had selected a large piece, so we decided to come back and work on ours the next week.

the details weren’t really as bad as i thought, and in no time, i’d finished off my piece. of course, i had NO idea what it would look like until it was fired – the colors change and get BRIGHTER when the piece is fired.

here is my owl before firing…

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i was a little anxious to see how he turned out and had to wait a few weeks to find out. but when i went to pick him up, i ended up not even recognizing him!

here’s my owl planter after firing…

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he goes great in my lime green studio! i’m going to use him to hold brushes and tools.

so, now that i am over my ceramics-phobia – i’m all ready to go back! kathy, terri, charlotte, laura, lori, tinka – you ready?! i may even make a PUMPKIN! LOL!


world card making day 2014!

World Card Making Day 2014 with the Clearsnap Creative Team

I’m so excited to be celebrating World Card Making Day 2014 with you and my friends at Clearsnap!! We kicked off the celebration yesterday with a set of cards from our team (see that blog post here) and today, we’re bringing you even more inspiration. Make sure you check out the Official World Card Making Day site to submit your work and enter to win an amazing prize pack from the WCMD 2014 sponsors (like us!).

Here is the card I’d like to share, I was going to make a fall card, but the spring ink colors were calling out to me! The card features ColorBox Pigment Inks and products by: The Crafter’s Workshop, Spellbinders, The {Stamps} Of Life, Doodle Bug Designs, Want2Scrap, Recollections, Bazzill and Beacon Adhesives…

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For a complete supply list and step by step directions with photos, please view my Snapguide for this card…

Check out this guide on Snapguide

Continue on the hop by visiting these team members’ blogs! Leave a comment on each and use the widget below to enter to win a prize pack just for Clearsnap followers!!

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Tami Sanders  <<<<< you are here

Sabrina Alery  <<<<< go here next

Suzanne Austin

Jennifer Priest

Enter our giveaway for this FABULOUS prize pack…

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Happy Hopping! I hope you find LOTS of inspiration for your card making!

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?


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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