tami sanders * paper crafter

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

exclusive bonus project from Paper Crafts!

to promote their newest PC GOURMET book release, Paper Crafts has sent this exclusive BONUS project by Alisa Bangerter to share!

if you are into cooking and paper crafting, then you HAVE to check out this book! paper crafted items such as tags, containers and wraps are paired with mouth watering, but easy to follow recipes! the book includes more than 50 ORIGINAL recipes as well as over 100 projects from designers you know and love! the following project and recipe are an example of the types of items that you will find in the latest PC GOURMET…

enjoy... halloween tag

enjoy... halloween tag

cheesy garlic drop biscuits

cheesy garlic drop biscuits














 here are the supplies and instructions for the project:

Enjoy Halloween Tag

Designer: Alisa Bangerter

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) www.dafont.com Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3″ x 4 1/2″

1 Make tag from cardstock. 2 Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk. 3 Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere. 4 Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape. 5 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.

and here’s the recipe and directions for the biscuits!

Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits

Alisa Bangerter

This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad.


2 c. flour

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 c. butter or margarine

1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese

1 1/4 c. milk

Chives (optional)


Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

this project comes just in time for halloween! so whip up a batch or two for your SPOOKY party, or to give to friends or neighbors.

look for the newest issue of PC GOURMET at your local scrapbook store, or click HERE to buy online at Creating Keepsakes.com



halloween post #3

it’s almost here! it’s less than a week away! now that’s a SCARY thought, especially for me since i haven’t even started on my kid’s costumes! well, i guess i’ve started… i got all the materials and have begun cutting them out but i haven’t actually started taken a stitch in anything yet. maybe tonite!

i had good intentions for the day, but woke up wanting to get out awhile. so i convinced rob to take a stroll though an antique mall with me. that mistake cost me a bit – i got rear ended in a parking lot! i was VERY upset and VERY frustrated, don’t i have enough things on my plate right now Lord? do i look like i need ONE more thing to deal with and have to take care of? i was slamming doors and storming around,  and then the lady who hit me got out and was VERY nice and VERY apologetic. i mentioned that my husband had a broken collarbone and she said “well he’ll recover, my husband is in the hospital and it’s terminal”. talk about instantly calming down and counting your blessings. i felt guilty for thinking that i had problems. sometimes i get so wrapped up in myself that i forget that others have REAL problems. things that are MUCH more important than housework, costumes and cars. somehow i’ll get everything done that i need to, or i’ll put off doing those things that aren’t SO urgent (like scheduling a bulldozer to come in and clean out my house! LOL!)

well, that concludes my life lesson for the day and we’ll begin the creative lesson now! here another halloween layout for your perusal. it is made with the new HALLOWEEN WHIMSY by K&CO

trick or treat layout

this is another really fun and bright halloween line. there were a LOT of great new holiday lines released at CHA; expect a lot of new Christmas lines too. i know they’ve already had about a half dozen new Christmas lines come in at scrapbook 911. 

i have ONE more halloween layout (my FAVORITE) to share before friday, so keep an eye out! and i will also be posting a sample project from Paper Crafts newest release; so watch for that maybe TOMORROW!

REMINISCE real magic 2008 line…

i posted a project a few days ago using the new di*ney line by Reminsice, and here is a layout i did using it…

chris and snow white
chris and snow white

chris was ENTHRALLED by snow white; she was the only character that i didn’t have to talk him into posing with. she was so sweet to him too! she talked with him for a bit and then looked at all his pins while he explained them to her. he was IN love! LOL!



rice crispies? i WISH! no that was the sound rob’s collarbone made last saturday! unfortunately rob fell while playing with chris before drew’s soccer game and landed on his shoulder. he broke his collarbone in 3 places. he see’s the orthopedist on thursday, so we’ll know more then. right now they have his arm imobilized and he is very uncomfortable – translation – GROUCHY, IRRITABLE, UNREASONABLE, LOL! you get the idea! of course he had to pull this stunt during the middle of my 3 day scrapbook retreat!
he was doing better today though, so hopefully he will be on the mend soon. prayers are appreciated (especially patience for me). if you want to post a get well wish for rob, i’ll make sure he sees it.



REMINISCE has just released 2 new lines: CHRISTMAS BASICS and REAL MAGIC 2008!!!

The Christmas Basics is just what the name suggests – a basic line to use for your Christmas cards, layouts or projects. in “traditional” red, green and white colors with “traditional” holiday icons – snowflakes, holly, ornaments, etc. done in VERY un-traditional glitters, shimmers and diecut shapes with fresh and fun designs! it’s time to get started on your holiday crafting, so get a jump start with this fabulous new line!

Here are 2 projects i made using CHRISTMAS BASICS:

holly and poinsettia Christmas wreath

holly and poinsettia Christmas wreath


"joy" layout

the other new line, REAL MAGIC 2008 is a Dis*ey themed line (we’d need a copyright to add the missing “n” -snicker!) if you have pics of a Dis*ey trip to scrap or want to create a Dis*ey themed project, then THIS is the line for you! it’s all covered, the rides, the parades, the characters, the fireworks and even specific items like tomorrowland and animal kingdom – there are papers and embellies for them ALL! and yes, these papers are all blinged up with sparkle too! shimmers, and glitters and such.

i made a pin box to hold Chris’ treasured lanyard and pin collection:

 "my pins" - Disney collectible pin box

the other gals on the Reminisce dt will be posting their projects in the gallery in the next few days, so be sure to check them out. Reminsice also just welcomed a BRAND NEW member to the design team; Angela Ploegman. She has some great ideas – her winning projects are posted on the blog, they are REALLY awesome so you’ll want to take a peek!

p.s.: scrapbook 911 just got the Christmas Basics line in a few days ago. hurry on over if you want some, you KNOW how quick the new lines sell out!



no, i’m not talking about the presidential election (but i hope you are all planning to vote!)…

in a previous post i asked for help in deciding what classes to teach next year, now, it’s easier to do so! i’ve created a few polls for you and i’d appreciate it if you would take a minute or two and cast your vote!

and now a little incentive for you to help me out with this… IF at least 20 people vote in my “class election”, i will gift someone with a RAK on november 15th. to be eligible, just cast your ballots AND post a comment. Please include your name and e-mail address in the comment so i can get a hold of you if you WIN! (if you don’t want to post your e-mail address that is fine, just be sure to check back after the 15th to see if you won!) and NO, you don’t have to be a “local” to play along – all of you non-san antonio-ians can step into the voting booth too!

your opinions matter! thanks!

calendar kits are ready!!!

i make calendar kits every year, and each year they are a little different!

this year, they are REALLY different! each calendar has 12 – 6 X 6 acrylic pages, and both sides of each page is embellished. each month has 2 pages – a calendar page and a photo page that coordinates. the pages hang on a wooden stand (built by mike at SB911). the pages are designed so that when they are hung,  the calendar page for that month will be in front, and the back side will show the co-ordinating photo page. to change months you just flip the top page over and you are all set for the next month! at the end of the year, you can take it off the stand and have a nice little mini album of 2009. there is also a little note pad that hangs beside the calendar so you can jot down birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, etc for the month.

2009 calendar kits

2009 calendar kits

the kits sell for 42.99 and include EVERYTHING except paint and adhesive! and YES the stand IS included too! all the papers are precut, there is a guide to help you glue all the pages together uniformly and there is a complete set of directions – which includes color photos of each and every page!

for those of you out-of-towners, you can call or e-mail me or SB911 and have a kit mailed out to you if you are interested in one.

if you ARE interested in a kit, i suggest you snag one QUICKLY! i only asked mike to make 24 stands, so there were only 23 kits available. these make great gifts for those hard-to-shop for people on your Christmas list too!

i also have some cute little matchbook calendar kits available as well. they sell for 9.99 and make great stocking stuffers! they are available in several different colors.

matchbook calendar kit
matchbook calendar kit

that’s it for now, but i DID get some BRAND spanking new products from Reminisce and Dasiy Bucket this week, and i hope to have projects up using them soon!

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halloween post #2

you’ll be happy to know that i DID finally take my spring wreath off the door and put up my halloween one! but that’s as far as i’ve gotten with Halloween preparations.

i think i might take the boys to the fabric store today to look at patterns, it’s definitely TIME to get going on them! here are a few pics of their past costumes. i remember mom making mine and it’s something i looked forward to being able to do as a mom!

drew as yu-gi-oh (store bought) and chris as clown

drew as yu-gi-oh (store bought) and chris as clown

drew as a magician and chris as a knight
drew as a magician and chris as a knight

i have no idea as to what they want to go as this year. chris has been talking about going as “link” a character from a video game, but i forsee having to explain over and over as to who he is! LOL! my brother bought him a camo set for his birthday and he looks SO cute in it. i’ve been trying to get him to wear it for halloween, as he’ll outgrow it soon, but so far no such luck. i think i have convinced him to at least wear it to the parade of characters at his school. i don’t care what they go as as long as they match those SEI papers! i am SERIOUS about that! we also have to make the trip to the pumpkin patch. i want to use one of the new REMINISCE lines to do those!

well, enough about costumes (although, if you have some cute pics of your little ghouls that you want to share, please send them my way!) here is another halloween layout i did as a store sample at sb911. this one uses the new SPELLBOUND line from MAKING MEMORIES:

 I loved the basic black, white and orange of this line. it would work well for any halloween photos you have. it was a little on the “vintage-look” side too, which i tend to like! well, that’s it for now, i have a few other halloween layouts to post before HALLOWEEN!

heads up! monday nite time sketch cancelled…

as most of you who take my classes know, i have a FEW classes that you can sign up for at the last minute and still get in… one of them is my nite time sketch class. so i just wanted to post that that the class for this monday, the 13th, has been cancelled.

while waiting til the last minute is fine in most instances – it doesn’t work when NO ONE signs up! LOL! i only had 1 person signed up for this class on saturday; there were 2 cancellations.

while the DAYTIME sketch and crop class has been VERY successful, the nite time version is struggling along. i can’t quite get it off the ground. it is one of the classes that is “on the chopping block” in my evaluations for my 2009 classes.

SO – if you have been thinking about coming, please give it a try in november or december. my daytimers like it because they get so much accomplished in a short time. you get to do TWO – count em’ TWO 2 page layouts for only 18 bucks. you bring the pics, choose your own papers – with my help if you need it – then use a sketch that i provide to finish up your layouts.

if the class does get axed for 2009, i will probably be deciding on what to replace it with. if you have any suggestions, feel free to send them! (see post below titled “so — what do YOU want?”