tami sanders * paper crafter

scrapbooking, stamping and paper crafting…


“christmas spirit” altered book sneak peek!

i’ve been busy finishing up the sample for the second christmas-themed book in my series of altered books…

i’d received numerous requests to do another christmas book by those who missed out on the first book or who wanted to do another christmas book – so i HOPE all of you who asked for this class, like the design and will SIGN UP! LOL!

a date has not yet been set, but i’ll be adding that info to my blog and sending out an e-mail as soon as its available.

here’s a quick look at some of the design elements…

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i added a lot of new and different elements to this book, so if you have taken one or more of my altered book classes, you’ll be able to build onto your  repertoire of tricks and techniques in creating your own altered books.

there are lots of little pockets and flaps to slip little notes and such in; wish lists, shopping lists, receipts – things that might be fun to look back on after a few years. and of course there are places for christmas photos – under the tree, christmas morning, visits with santa, christmas decorations – all would be great.

the papers used are all from Graphic 45′s new Christmas Emporium line. also used are lots of Clearsnap products: Smooch Spritz, Smooch Accent Ink, Chalk Inks and Fairy Dust Glitter. stamps and inks are from Hampton Art, the matching G45 Christmas Emporium Cling Stamps and the brand new ColorBox Decades Antiquing Inks.

and LOTS, and LOTS of vintage and not-so-vintage goodies from my stash! baker’s twine, velvet flowers and leaves, ribbons, pine brances, garland, mini ornaments, tiny bells and safety pins, holly and MORE!


Grande Dame

I’d like to share a project with you today…

This project is very special to me because it celebrates the life of my Grandmother, Merle Virginia focusing on my favorite picture of her, which was taken in the early 1920′s.

My Gram lived to be 101 years old and held on to her wish to be able to stay in her own home til the end, she was one tough lady.

She used to tell me stories about her mother playing the organ and piano to accompany the silent movies in the theatre, so that was the inspiration for the piece.

This altered frame incorporates papers from Graphic 45, stamps and Spritz Screens from Hampton Arts featuring G45 designs and LOTS of Clearsnap products. Also included are bits and pieces of vintage “junque” that I have accumulated through trips to flea markets and estate sales.

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The base of the project is an MDF frame which was flat on the front and resembled a shadowbox on the back. I thought the back was much more interesting than the front, so I used the backside of the frame to build this piece.

If you have someone who is close to your heart that you would like to honor with a similar project, here are s few tips:

  • start by listing things that were unique to them
  • gather memorabilia, cards or letters, and vintage bits that relate to them
  • decide on a color scheme and gather papers, inks and embellishments in those colors
  • select stamps to use as backgrounds and accents that will compliment your project

The “create” part should be the enjoyable part, give yourself permission to play and experiment. Relax and let the memories of your special someone inspire you.

Here is a list of Clearsnap products that were used to create my project:

Smooch Spritz: Log Cabin, Gold Glow, Caramel Latte, Tea Party and Vanilla Shimmer

Smooch: Shabby Pink, Mocha, Lettuce, Banana Custard, Snickerdoodle, Moonlight, Silver Fox, Olive Twist, Gold Lame’ and Taffy

ColorBox Archival Dye Ink: Mudslide, Cookie Dough, Putty and Mermaid

ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan

ColorBox Pigment Ink: Dragonfly Black

Fairy Dust Glitter: Pralines & Cream

Top Boss Embossing Powder: Opalescent Clear

Glue Gloss

Color Catcher

new paper lines in at Stamp Antonio…

hello scrappers!
i wanted to add a quick post to let you know that a little birdie {named AMY} let me know that a BUNCH of new papers had arrived at STAMP ANTONIO

first, is Graphic 45′s THE MAGIC OF OZ

The Magic of Oz

Then not 1, not 2, not even 3, try FOUR BRAND spanking new lines by BO BUNNY!

first, perfect for your summer beach or pool pics, BAREFOOT & BLISS

then a zoo line with a little sophistication – ZOOLOGY - the colors and patterns are GRRReat!

and a red, white and blue, spectacular for your independence day pics!


and FINALLY, the DOUBLE DOTS line; 18 colors in 3 different patterns!

so make plans to stop by and snag some of these new papers QUICK as they are sure to go fast!

p.s.: and if you are taking any of my classes in a few weeks, this would be a good time to get a jump start on paper selection!



SCRAPBOOK 911 is having an auction to benefit GUIDE DOGS OF TEXAS

staff, instructors and customers have donated handmade items to be auctioned off by silent auction with all proceeds to be donated to Guide Dogs of Texas.

the auction will officially kick off this weekend during the annual “Shirley” crop. but some of the items are already out and getting bids!

there are some pretty terrific items, several mini books, some great Christmas items, and i also noticed several pieces of jewelry.

i made a “dates to remember” book as my donation…

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there is a page for each month that you can list all your important dates on: birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

then there are pages for notes for each month, you can list gift ideas, shopping lists, or any other notes that would be helpful. each set of note pages also doubles as a pocket. so you have a handy place to tuck any receipts, or business cards, or any other info that you need to keep handy.

the book uses papers from Graphic 45′s new Steampunk Debutante line and from Teresa Collin’s new Giving Thanks line.

So make sure you go by the store soon to check out all the auction items and to bid on any that catch your eye. i also heard that jennie would be listing the auction items on the web, so you may be able to bid that way as well. check the Scrapbook 911 blog for details on that.

—and REMEMBER, the proceeds benefit the Guide Dogs of Texas, a VERY worthy organization so PLEASE bid generously! {and you can take it as a tax deduction :)}

father’s day altered book…

i have added another altered book to my class schedule…

i will be teaching an altered book class with a father’s day theme at STAMP ANTONIO on may 22. i used papers and embellishments from GRAPHIC 45′s A PROPER GENTLEMAN collection. i’ve also searched my vintage stash for some “manly” items to add…

space for this class will be very limited, so please call early to sign up if you are interested.


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