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!