tami sanders * paper crafter

tami sanders is a paper crafter that teaches locally and does design work for a few companies…


cha recap & PHOTOS!!!

well, i’ve FINALLY finished editing all my photos and have them set up in not ONE but TWO albums! i had too many photos for just one! for the best viewing; click on the gallery link, then select “slideshow” and sit back and watch the show!

I’ve also included links for ALL of the companies – so if you want to view their full collections, just click on a company name!

here are the companies that are included in the galleries:

7 Gypsies
Basic Grey
Bo Bunny
Cosmo Cricket
Crafty Secrets
Creative Impressions
Daisy D’s
Fancy Pants
Graphic 45
Heidi Grace
Heidi Swapp
Ideology – Tim Holtz
Little Yellow Bicycle
Mollie & Mac – NEW!
My Mind’s Eye
Pebbles Inc.
Rusty Pickle
Scenic Route
Tada – NEW!
Tattered Angels
The Paper Element – NEW!


Crate Paper
Dream Street
Jenni Bowlin
Maya Road
Piggy Tales
Pink Paislee
October Afternoon
Webster’s Pages

and now for my recap:

new companies i liked…

The Paper Element, they had a nice variety of new collections,  and i really liked their Hot Chocolate line – it would be great for “coffee” projects or layouts. their new lines are not posted on the website yet, but some of the older ones are REALLY great so take a look!

Mollie and Mac, they only had ONE collection, but i REALLY liked it! it had a vintage feel in very mixable dark reds and blues.

TaDa, i liked the colors and designs of their collections, and i really liked their diecut papers – they had some really unique styles!

my show favorites…

Prima – they are NOT just a “flower” company any more! this booth had a FABULOUS WOW factor! they had it all – great papers, great embellies, trims, projects, and of course more flowers than you can shake a stick at! LOL! they also have a new hybrid line for those of you who digi! i found a LOT to look at and a LOT to love from Prima!

Graphic 45 – i just can’t say enough good things about this company! i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their lines! being a vintage fanatic, this company is right up my alley! their booth was decked out to the 9’s with ABSOLUTELY STUNNING vignettes filled with AMAZING projects! their new lines BOTANICABELLA and PLAYTIME PAST are just GORGEOUS! i can’t wait to get my hands on some!

Maya Road – another exciting booth, i asked jessica to show me the new products and she walked me around the ENTIRE booth! there was TONS of new stuff! i really liked their MAYA MISTS, DIECUT SHEER SHEETS and new CLEAR RIBBONS too! The MAYA MISTS come in gorgeous MATTE colors and look amazing on chipboard. there are also some shimmery shades – silver, gold and copper that you can use alone or on top of the other colors. the DIECUT SHEER SHEETS are perfect to use as masks on chipboard or paper when using the MAYA MISTS, or you could cut them apart and use them on a layout! i don’t see all the new things on their website yet, but i’m sure they will be updating soon!

Scenic Route – always one of my favorites – i just LOVE their colors and styles! i particularly like the new SONOMA line. i liked the mix of somewhat contemporary large print papers with small print vintage style papers.

October Afternoon – i didn’t see the new lines on their website yet, but i’m sure they will be updating soon! having 2 BOYS, i’m always on the outlook for BOY lines! i found lines i liked at OA, and a lot of the colors in their collections work for BOY layouts too!

Glitz – i LOVE the pop-graphic vibe going on at glitz! all those fabulous bright colors bouncing off your basic black and white! LOVE IT!

Piggy Tales – i liked a lot of their new lines, especially ITSY BITSY SPIDER, LOVE the color combo of yellow, black, white and lime green! (didn’t see the new lines up yet!)

Jenni Bowlin – i thought her new CREPE PAPER RIBBONS were fun and unique!

Ranger – who can ever have enough STICKLES! i like the new ones that Ranger has introduced in the Distress colors!

Luxe – LOVE the new SIMPLY LUXE line, as the name inplies it is a simple line – but it is SIMPLY FABULOUS! great basic colors in FAB designs to mix and match!

Crate Paper – another one of my must have lines!

Pink Paislee – LOVE the PIXEE STICKS! new glitters!

Webster’s Pages – LOVE their new CALENDAR PAGES, they are gorgeous! they come in 12 X 12 and 6 X 6.

Reminisce – their new ENCHANTED AUTUMN line used HOLOGRAPHIC paper that is TOTALLY unique! i didn’t see anything even close to it at the show. you HAVE to see this line in person, photos don’t do it justice. you can see a little bit of the HOLO effect if you look at my CHA projects, the pics of the party set capture it best. i also love their new school line MAKING THE GRADE, this one has it ALL, papers, embellies, 3D stickers, alpha stickers, 12 X 12 stickers and MORE!

trends i spotted…

MORE BLING! bling is BIG! most of the lines now have some type of specialty papers, glittered, shimmery, embossed, etc. GCD introduced new double sided shimmer papers, Chatterbox had all kinds of BLINGY papers, Reminisce had the new HOLO paper in their Enchanted Autumn line and their FROSTED line is literally dripping with glittery effects!

back to basics – at least color-wise, i spotted several companies who introduced lines with “solid” colors, that isn’t to say they didn’t have patterns to them, just that they were mainly one color with either black and white elements or some type of BLINGY element! look for them with Chatterbox, Doodlebug, Pebbles Inc and Luxe.

i’ve also included a few photos from our outings in Chicago, you can see them HERE!

well, i guess that’s about it, i hope you have enjoyed my views from CHA!!!

note: because i’ve seen it asked about and commented on in message boards…

i took a LOT of these photos before the show opened each day, so that is why there aren’t crowds or a lot of people in the background. i was also VERY patient; and for those photos taken when the show was open, i waited for “clear shots”!

thanks for the great response to this post!


cha projects!

i’m working on my photo album from cha; i’ve been busy trying to edit my way through almost 700 photos!  i hope to have it up on my blog soon along with my recap!

in the meantime, i want to share the projects that i did for REMINISCECLEARSNAP for the show.

first, here are the photos and directions for the 2 make & takes i designed and presented for Clearsnap at CHA…

Funky Flower Bracelet

supplies: (Clearsnap products are in red)

Memory Essentials Terrific Tool with Flower Tip

Ancient Page Full Size Inkpad – Coal Black

Sparkle Fibers – Limesicle and Pink Frost used in sample

Grafix: Computer Grafix transparent films

Pioneer: Photo Mounting Taper (or strong double sided tape)

Creative Impressions: white with black dots & edge ribbon

Deco Art: Triple Thick Glaze

plastic placemat






1)   Cut 2 – 2” X 7 ½” strips of transparency

2)   Cut 2 – 18” pieces of ribbon

3)   Stamp 5 flowers on the rough side of one transparency strip using ME tool & flower tip with black ink. Heat set with heat gun for 10 -15 seconds.

4)   Use a q-tip to apply a bit of glaze to the centers of 3 flowers (every other one). Sprinkle with choice of sparkle fibers and shake off excess.

5)   Repeat step 2 with other 2 flowers and use a different color of sparkle fiber.

6)   Lay another transparency strip on top of stamped strip, sandwiching the fibers between the two.

7)   With transparency strips laying flat on table, apply pieces of double sided tape half on, half off both long sides of strips; trim any excess tape. Remove backings and adhere an 18” piece of ribbon to tape on each side, centering ribbon at center of strips. Fold ribbon over to other side and press well to adhere.  

hello card

supplies: (Clearsnap products are in red)

Memory Essentials Terrific Tool with Flower Tip & Small Circle Tip
Memory Essentials  Terrific Tool with adhesive Tip & Small Washer
Jumbo Get Rollin’
yellow, green and orange rubber bands from Memory Essentials Bits and Pieces
Vivid Dye Inkpads (fullsize) – Lemon Ice & Black 
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpads (fullsize) – Rouge
ColoBox Pigment Inkpad (fullsize) – Apricot
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpads (cats eye) Rouge and Lime Pastel
Sparkle Fibers – Limesicle 
Reminsice: rub-on letters
Pioneer: Photo Mounting Taper (or strong double sided tape)
black fine tip pen (like Zig Writer) 

adhesive (zip dry or permanent tape runner) 
black and white cardstock


 1)   Cut the following pieces from white cardstock:

1 – 5” X 10” piece

1 – 4” X 4” piece

1 – ½” X 4 ¾” piece

2)   Cut the following pieces from black cardstock:

1 – 4 ¼” X 4 ¼”

1 – ¾” X 5”

3)   Fold 10” X 5” piece of white cardstock in half to make card; ink edges using Rouge cats eye chalk ink.

4)   Use Get Rolllin’ with rubber bands and Vivid Lemon Ice ink to add pattern to 4” X 4” piece of white cardstock; then ink edges using Lime Pastel cats eye chalk ink.

5)   Use ME Tool & Flower Tip with Rouge chalk ink to stamp flowers.

6)   Use ME Tool & Small Circle Tip with Apricot Pigment ink to stamp flower centers.

7)   Use ME Tool & Adhesive Square Tip with small washer and Black Vivid ink to add accent around flower centers.

8)   Adhere square to 4 ¼” X 4 ¼” piece of black cardstock; then adhere to card.

9)   Ink ½” X 4 ¾” piece of white cardstock using Lime Pastel chalk ink. Then adhere double sided tape down the center. Glue white cardstock strip to ¾” X 5” piece of black cardstock, remove backing from tape and add sparkle fibers. Adhere to card.

10) Add “hello” using rub on letters.

11) Add stems to flowers and stitching lines using black pen.


and here are the projects i designed for Reminise…

first are the projects which used products from the SIGNATURE SERIES lines:





box from home - military goodie box

box from home - military goodie box


bon voyage gift - champagne bottle box

bon voyage gift - champagne bottle box

sport tags for bags

sport tags for bags

tailgate kit

tailgate kit

and here are the projects using the BRAND NEW CHA releases!
autograph book

autograph book

ready for kindergarten? layout

ready for kindergarten? layout

fifth grade frame & chalkboard set

fifth grade frame & chalkboard set

boo layout

boo layout

decor mask

decor mask

here’s 2 using the FROSTED line…

let it snow layout

let it snow layout

frosted decor trio of frames - front

frosted decor trio of frames - front

frosted decor trio of frames - back

frosted decor trio of frames - back

and last, but not least (saved my faves for last!) two using the ENCHANTED AUTUMN line…
pumplin patch layout

pumplin patch layout

halloween party set

halloween party set

well, that’s all the projects i have for now… BUT i received some NEW sample products from October Afternoon, My Sentiments Exactly and Clearsnap at the show, and hope to have projects using these new goodies up soon! so check back!
also, all the designers from Reminisce are busy uploading their projects to the gallery on the Remisnice website, so look there for MORE great project and layout ideas!

chicago day 2!

i got to the show early this morning so i could take pics of some of the BIG booths that i knew would be wall to wall gawkers as soon as the show opened.

i took pics of the new basic grey, heidi swapp, reminisce, bo bunny, glitz, yellow bicycle, prima, graphic 45, tim holtz and a few others.

it seemed like the 2 hour headstart i had ran out REAL fast! i felt like i only got to see one very small corner of the show. i had to deliver a few things and head on over to the clearsnap booth to start the make & takes.

i forgot my cord for my camera, or i WOULD be downloading pics for you to see. i’m hoping that the computer stations they have set up for us to use at the show have slots for media cards – if so, then i can download the 200 + photos i took today!

the make & take went well, the crowd was non-stop and i didn’t take a break all day! my hands are covered in black ink, and so far nothing has taken it all off, so i may have to go to the show with dirty hands tomorrow! we’re using black ink again anyway, so it probably won’t make a difference if i start off with a layer of ink already in place! LOL!

i plan to get to the show early again tomorrow and try to get a some more pics AND maybe do a make & take myself. the project tim holtz did was REALLY cool and i WANT one!

jenny with scrapbook 911 posted some sneak peeks from the show on their blog, so you can check those out if you like.


i’m in chicago! i got here late this afternoon. i got in too late to do anything but take a quick peek around the CHA floor. i didn’t have my pass and registration had already closed, so security was nice enough to give me a lift to the clearsnap booth on their little cart to drop off some projects. i had to make a quick grab at the pole on the back to keep from falling off – that little thing is FAST! LOL! i was too busy trying to stay on the thing to get a good look at anything!

i went to the sei presentation with the gals from scrapbook 911. sei has lots of great new lines – lots of specialty papers – flocking, varnish and glitter oh my! jenny will be updating the scrapbook 911 blog with notes from the show and details about what items will be arriving at the store soon! they are having a promotion on their blog, so be sure to check it out!

we went to white palace grill for dinner, they were featured on diners, drive-ins and dives – for those of you who watch food network, the food was great! the menu was enormous! just good ol’ diner food with a nice homey atmosphere.

well i guess i better get to bed, i’m doing the make & takes at the clearsnap booth tomorrow! my plan is to get up early, get into the show and take some pics before the show opens – we’ll see if i get up on time! LOL!


projects featuring products by GRAFIX!

i tried out some products by GRAFIX this week. They have some fun and unique items such as acrylic mini albums, chipboard pieces, shrink film, vellum and cling vinyl just to name a few.

first, i played with their vellums, they are a nice weight and a VERY crisp! the colors were nice and rich too. i made 2 cards…


the “thanks” card was made by folding a torn piece of vellum into the shape of a flower. then i used other small torn pieces to make the center of the flower, the stem and the leaves.

the “congrats” card was made by stamping a scroll pattern on a piece of vellum, then cutting it apart to make the strips at the top and bottom of the card. i used thin strips of black cardstock to add definition and make the hot pink of the vellum POP! rub on letters were used for the sentiment.

— stamps are from My Sentiments Exactly and the ink is from Clearsnap (ColorBox chalk ink) and the rub ons are by Reminisce.

next, i tried out some Funky Film! these fun papers are HOLOGRAPHIC! i am redecorating my 6 year old son’s room – he wants a Spiderman theme – so i thought i’d make a “C” and a door hanger for his door in colors to match. the film is easy to use, you can cut it with a paper trimmer, and it’s adhesive backed, so you just peel and stick it. i think it would be great for covering notebooks, frames, etc.

i painted the door hanger and letter black using acrylic paint, then added a coat of expresso dimensional pearls to get a silvery-dark grey color. next was the easy part, i just cut strips of aqua and red funky film in a variety of widths and stuck them on in no particular order or pattern. then i turned the pieces over and trimmed off any excess film using an exacto. some punched silver stars added the finishing touch.

— acrylic paint by making memories, dimensional pearls from ranger and wood door hanger and paper mache letter from Hobby Lobby.

then, i tried out the Metallic Foil – if you like BLING – you’ll love this stuff! it’s a little heavier than cardstock and you can diecut it or cut it by hand to any shape you wish. i used both techniques on these cards…


to make the monogram card, i diecut a “t” from the center of a piece of black cardstock. then i mounted the cardstock on a piece of silver metallic foil. next i rolled on the scroll design using the new Get Rollin’ tool from Clearsnap. i used a glue pad to stamp the design with, then sprinkled it with a black glittery embossing powder. after heat setting the powder, i mounted the silver foil piece on a black cardstock card.

to make the “hi” card, i adhered rhinestone flowers to pieces of red metallic foil, then cut around the flowers using scissors. i adhered a rectangle of black cardstock to the front of a white cardstock ard, then i cut out a small rectangle of silver metallic foil and mounted it to the card. next i adhered the cut out flowers, using a 3D dot to adhere one of the bottom ones. chipboard letters were used for the sentiment and i used stickles to fill in the centers of the flowers.

— stamps are by My Sentiments Exactly, Get Rollin’ tool by Clearsnap, glue pad from Superior – Palette, embossing powder from Sugarloaf, rhinestone flowers from Hobby Lobby, chipboard letters by American Crafts and Stickles by Ranger

and finally, i HAD to try the Cling Vinyl. i think i had the most fun with this product simply because of the easy of use. you just cut, peel and stick – it “clings” to acrylic, glass, metals, ceramics, plastics and probably some other things i haven’t thought of yet! you can cut it by hand or diecut it. i was lazy and diecut all my pieces in these 2 projects…

for the jar project, i didn’t use anything fancy, just a jelly jar i had on hand. i think it would make a nice teacher or co-worker gift. you could fill it with anything you liked! i just diecut flowers and stuck them on the jar – NO messy glues – LOVE it! i used small circles for the flower centers and polka dots. a piece of fabric tied around the top and some ribbons completed the project.

next, i found a frame in the kid’s summer craft clearance section. it didn’t look like much, it was just a cheap plastic frame with a coloring page insert. it was designed for kids to take the frame apart, color the insert, then stick it back in to customize their frame. i figured i could use the insert for a template to cut a piece of pattern paper to replace the color-me insert. then i diecut flowers and centers as well as a quote mark. it was quick and easy to stick them on there and it looks a LOT better than the color-me version would have! LOL!

— fabric, ribbon and frame from Hobby Lobby.

i think a lot of these projects would be great to do with your kiddos and all of the products are pretty kid friendly too. so if you want to stay inside where it is cool during the dog days of summer, you might consider making some of these things – or coming up with ideas of your own – with your kids. i think the cling vinyl would be especially fun for them since it is so easy to use and they could embellish a variety of items quickly and easily using it.

reminsice cha sneak peek!!!

psst… wanna see the new lines by reminisce? THEN HEAD ON OVER TO THEIR BLOG!!!

in addition to posting projects using the new lines each day this week, you can take also take a look at all the new lines now AND you can enter for a chance to win prize packs of the new lines too! WOW!

the new lines are FANTABULOUS! i love them all!

first up is a school line that everyone with school age kids or pics of school age kiddos should love – it’s called making the grade. there is a double sided paper for each grade, a sticker sheet for each grade AND a 3D embellie for each and every grade! and if that weren’t enough, there are also some additional 12 X 12 sticker sheets with great designs! their are journaling blocks that look like note paper, a sheet with pencils, crayons and more, a sheet for older kiddos with a cell phone, locker, etc, a sheet for preschool with watercolors and paint “splats” and a great note paper style alphabet. there are also some rub ons that coordinate. i REALLY like that they did the high school grades in black, white and grays, that way you can add the school color in cardstock! the line is called MAKING THE GRADE.

next up is a spooky line called SCARE TACTICS! bet you can’t guess what holiday it is for! LOL! it is a great “distressed” halloween line. the colors are classic halloween, orange, yellow, black and red, and the themes are classics too, bats, spiders, witches hats, pumpkins and scary trees, but the designs are anything BUT classic! each paper has a design on the front, then the same color “distressed” solid on the back. great line to mix and match! there are also some great embellies like spiders, bats, haunted houses, pumpkins and more as well as coordinating sticker quote sheets and rub ons.

next up is another halloween line, although not as spooky – it’s more KOOKY! LOL! it features the cutest little owls (yes the 70’s are back, but a bit better than before!) they are cute and blocky! the BEST part about this line though is the PAPER – it’s holographic! you HAVE to see it! i haven’t seen anything like it before! the line is called ENCHANTED AUTUMN, and yes, there are some pretty fall papers too, it isn’t strictly a halloween line! and yes, there are all kinds of cute stickers and rub ons too!

last, but certainly not least, is another one i really like – a close second to enchanted autumn, it’s called FROSTED, and as you may guess, it is a winter themed line. cute little penquins and cuddly polar bears, and TONS of glitter FROST the papers! pretty blues and icy whites dominate, but a little soft lime green and sage sneak in here and there to add some contrast. and of course, lots of coordinating embellies!

i can’t show you my projects until i get back from CHA, reminisce wants to do the unveiling first! but i CAN tell you that i REALLY enjoyed working with these new lines. there is so much to choose from in each line, that coordinating is a breeze!

so be sure to check out the new lines AND remember to enter to win the giveaways!

daisy bucket cha sneak peak!

you can view the 3 new lines by daisy bucket RIGHT NOW on their website!

there is PERFECT HARMONY, a beautiful springy line in soft pastel colors and cute little designs! there are stripes, polka dots and lots of pretty flowers as well as one adorable little birdie!

next up is IN THE MEADOW, in addition for being great for nature photos, this line is also perfect for boys! lime greens, aquas and browns. lots of stripes, dots with just a few flowers sprinkled in.

and then there is PLAYFUL PETALS, i REALLY like this one! pretty, “girly” colors, pinks, lime greens, and aquas mixed with fresh white! those with girls will LOVE this one, but if you stick with the blues and greens, it works for boys too!

a few “special” stores will get to order A WONDROUS WORLD, a fun and unique “green” line! if you like it, tell your lss you want it!

also brand spanking new for daisy bucket is a line of RUB ONS, and BOY did they do it right! you’ll find fresh and fun designs in a multitude of colors that coordinate with their lines, with special quotes and saying that you won’t find anywhere else.

they also have introduced a LOT of new stamps in fabulous designs that again, coordinate with the papers. click HERE to see the stamps and rub ons, just scroll down past the papers.

daisy bucket won’t be at CHA, but they are taking orders NOW for these very soon to be released lines. so if you see something you like, PLEASE TELL YOUR LSS!

if you are unfamiliar with daisy bucket, let me tell you that their papers are FANTASTIC! not only are the designs fresh, bright and unique, but the paper has a wonderful texture and a linen-like feel. it is GREAT to work with. the photos of the papers on the website don’t do them justice, they are MUCH prettier in person!

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sketch & crop class pics!

well, since i took pics of my “away” classes in houston last week, i thought i otta’ take some pics of my “home” classes too!

so here are some photos of the gals who took my daytime sketch & crop class. you can see they are ALL hard at work on their layouts (well most of them are! LOL!) they got to make 2 – 2 page layouts, so they were trying to finish them all up with photos, journaling and embellies and such.

sketch & crop

just click on the photo, then hit slideshow to see the whole album!

we had a record HIGH attendance for the class – 14 in all! we had a great time! if you can crop during the day, you might want to join us in august.

2 classes tomorrow!!!

monday morning i’ll have my monthly sketch & crop class – you get to make 2 – 2 page layouts using your choice of papers with a sketch i’ll provide you.

and in the evening, it’s photo-full – another monthly layout class. in this class, you get to select your own papers as well, and it is geared toward getting MORE of your photos on a page.

you can click on the links under “my classes at 911” for more info!

hope to see you there!

happy 4th of july!!!

here’s a fun little card to wish you a
HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!
this card features papers from Daisy Bucket’s ROCK STAR line.
— edges of card and printed papers and raw chipboard letters have been tinted using charcoal chalk ink.
— stitching lines on letters and “doodled” swirls were done with a black pen.
— vintage buttons were tied with waxed linen twine.
hope you have a great day that’s full of parades, hot dogs and fireworks!