tami sanders * paper crafter

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

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new baby line from REMINISCE!

i hope you are enjoying all these back to back posts —- don’t get used to it! LOL!

it has been VERY hectic around here lately, lots of new products, projects and assignments – so i had LOTS to share with you! but i feel a NICE, LONG break coming on VERY soon! LOL!

today, i wanted to share a layout i made using the new BABY BASICS line by Reminisce… it’s an adorable line with cute little patterns and designs. they are just SO sweet and SO simple, it makes them very easy to mix and match quickly. and the embellies are pretty cute too! one thing they did, that i like, is that they introduced some soft creams into the mix. the shimmer papers are done in pinks and and blues; with accents that can look white or cream depending on how the light hits it. and some of the embellies are accented in cream. sometimes, it’s hard to use a line that has just white, or just cream in it because it might not work with your photos. but when the 2 colors are both in the line, things get SO much easier! and you can still get that nice crisp “fresh baby” feel.

special thanks to mike and michelle at SCRAPBOOK 911, the photo in the layout is their granddaughter kylie. thanks also to mimi for rounding up the photo for me!


i pleated the striped paper border behind the photo, and added the rick rack  to add some texture…

the “special delivery” and the stork are both stickers that are part of the collection. they are clear stickers, but not like the old clear stickers that were flimsy with a big wide border of clear around them that showed. these don’t have the border at all and they have some weight to them, which makes them easier to apply. i mounted the stork on white cardstock and cut him out.



smooch project #3…

okay, here’s the last of them – for awhile at least!



i wanted to see if SMOOCH would work on acrylic, and it does – you just have to either be patient – or impatient! LOL! sound contradictory? it is a bit. if you are patient, you can paint SMOOCH on acrylic or glass and just set it aside to dry – for up to 2 days – depending on how thick you laid it on! if you are like me and are impatient, then you can take your chances with a heat gun. a heat gun definitely speeds up the process, but you have to be careful not to MELT your project! the main thing is to keep the gun at least 6 inches away from your acrylic, keep the gun moving, and use a heat and cool method. you can’t keep the heat gun on the piece constantly or it will melt. so you need to heat a little, then cool, then heat and cool, until the ink is dry or almost dry. you can tell you are getting somewhere when the ink starts to take on a matte appearance rather than a glossy one.

i wanted to try altering one of the ghost birds from heidi swapp. awhile back, i had tried embossing on ghost shapes, and it worked, but again, i had to be careful NOT to melt the little birdies, and had used the heat and cool method successfully to emboss patterns on them. so i started with that, i didn’t just want to try coloring the birds, i wanted to create a pattern to color first.

so… here’s what i did:

1) i first used an anti-static bag on the side of the acrylic i wanted to emboss (i embossed on the front, and inked on the back)

2) then i stamped my design – in this case a swirl pattern – using TOP BOSS tinted embossing stamp pad.

3) then i embossed it using TOP BOSS black embossing powder. be careful to follow the above mentioned heat gun “rules”. emboss one small section at a time, and don’t overheat or the acrylic will melt or your embossed design will melt and run!

4) when the piece had cooled, i flipped it over and filled in the designs on the back with SMOOCH. and of course, since i am IMPATIENT, i used a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

5) when cool, i adhered the pieces to my card. i used BEACON 3-in-1 dabbed in a few spots to adhere the blue birds, and 3D dots to adhere the yellow bird. these 2 adhesive types did not show through, you may have to experiment if you use different adhesives.

6) my letters started out white, i inked them red using COLORBOX warm red chalk ink, the applied the polka dots using a black Slick Writer.

7) the “yourself” comes from a MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY set, and i stamped it using COLORBOX blackbird chalk ink. 

7 1/2) i used tiny pearls from kaiser for the eyes. {8) always puts a smiley face on my instructions, so from now on, i think i’ll use 7 1/2!}

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and i also promised a snippet of a peak of another project, i can’t show the whole thing though – at least not yet!  it did involve inking on acrylic and yes, the acrylic is from PRIMA


thanks to everyone who stopped in to take a look at these projects!


earth day…

my kids are definitely “greener” than i am…

they know the lingo, they know what can be recycled and what can’t, they talk about earth day – i know they have learned about it at school, and i’m equally sure, they don’t quite understand what “green” is all about!

probably my biggest green contribution is that i like old stuff – so i reuse and repurpose things i find at flea markets and estate sales. i love the look of flowers in an old chipped pitcher or vase…


and when i planted flowers this spring, i used several vintage containers…


my favorite new find is also in the garden, i found this piece of wrought iron someone had probably welded together from some scraps. i was lucky enough to find a clay bowl that fit it perfectly too!


i also sell some of my unique finds on e-bay, so i guess you could say i help others recycle too! LOL!

i wanted to make a simple little card for earth day, and remembered i had some CORE’DINIATIONS cardstock that i’d been wanting to play with. i had been talking about the cardstock with my friend charlotte at the scrapbook retreat last weekend. she got some in her pinecone press book club kit. so i pulled it out, and combined it with an idea i had awhile back…

i kept thinking that it would be nice if i could emboss with my stamps, you know, just rub over them and get a nice design. well, most stamps aren’t firm enough for that unless you are using REALLY light-weight paper. so i thought about my using my watermark stamp pad to stamp the design with, then embossing it using my stylus. i am quite sure this is NOT an original thought here, just an original thought for me! LOL! so i stamped my image on the backside of the cardstock, embossed the design using a stylus while working on a magazine covered in a sheet of white paper {you don’t want any of the print to transfer to the “good side” of your work}. when i turned it over, there it was – my stamp – embossed! of course, now i could do several things with it, ink it lightly to get it to stand out, or maybe sand it. since i was using the core’dintations cardstock though, which has a color core – of COURSE i chose to sand it! it came out great, the areas that i embossed showed up as a lighter shade of the cardstock, and the raised details from the embossing added dimension. the technique was pretty simple, here’s the finished card…


here are the directions if you want to make your own!


Core-dinations – cardstock  – flower power – green, blue and brown, Daisy Bucket – stamp – curly tree, Clearsnap – watermark ink pad, 3D dots, file, black pen and chipboard


1) cut a 5 X 10 piece of chipboard; score at 5″ and fold in half to make card. {chipboard is hard to fold unless you score first}

2) stamp tree top on back of green cardstock and tree trunk on back of brown cardstock using watermark ink.

3) emboss designs using stylus, be sure you press hard enough to emboss well, but not hard enough to tear. it helps to work on a slightly cushioned surface, like a magazine.

4) turn over, sand lightly to bring out the embossed design, then cut out and glue trunk to top.

5) outline card in black ink.

6) for background crumple a piece of blue cardstock. uncrumble, tear edges and lightly sand to distress. adhere to card by just tacking in a few places so that it doesn’t lie perfectly flat.

7) adhere tree using 3D dots

8) add sentiment.

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enjoy the day! get some fresh air and get your GREEN on!

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Smooch Project #2!

as promised, here is a second project – a card – using SMOOCH!

this time, i wanted to use it on black cardstock to show how well it shows up! and it only takes on coat, you don’t have to keep layering it on to get it to show up!



Clearsnap: Smooch – gold lame, azure, siren, pumpkin and green apple, Top Boss – tinted embossing pad and white embossing powder

Daisy Bucket: 3 small flower stamps

Other:  Prism – black and white cardstock, Accucut – 4″ diecut letters, American Crafts – slick writer – black, rhinestones and heat gun.


1) cut a 5 X 10 piece of cardstock and fold in half to make card.

2) stamp and emboss flowers onto diecut letters. i arranged 3 small flower stamps on my blog, and stamped randomly to get the pattern.

3) fill in the flowers using Smooch.

4) draw a border around the card using the black pen, fill in using Smooch, then add polka dots.

5) adhere your letters to the card.

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i have one more card to share, i’ll post it in a few days, i will also be posting a snippet of another project!

daisy bucket projects!

i just added this post to the DAISY BUCKET BLOG, but thought i’d go ahead and post it here too… {and yes – i KNOW that i already shared the first project, but i didn’t want to delete the previous post because there are links to it that are still up}

if you haven’t been to their blog, you might just want to check it out – there are some AMAZINGLY talented women on the team {and no, i am not including myself in that flattery!}

4/21 Daisy Bucket post {adding color to your stamps…}

i like to stamp, but i admit, i find myself stamping with black ink a lot, or just stamping a title or sentiment in one color. but there is a WHOLE rainbow of colors out there, and it’s pretty easy to bring them into your stamping. and i’m not just talking about dabbing your stamp into one new color at a time, i’m talking about filling your stamped images with color – LOTS of color…

i always liked to color when i was little… there was something VERY relaxing about opening that big box of 64 colors and rubbing them across the newsprint type paper that they used in coloring books “in the olden days”! LOL! the crayons went on smooth as silk – gliding across the page and filling that black and white image with color. now-a-days, the crayons are waxy and the paper is smooth and it’s just not the same. but if you are like me, you can revive your love of coloring, just in a new way – with your stamps! 2 of the techniques below begin with a black and white stamped image that you get to color in, just remember to STAY IN THE LINES! LOL! (or cheat like me and emboss your image so it’s easier to stay in those darn lines!

i’ve done 3 cards, each with a different technique for adding color to your stamping. i used papers from the LITTLE BLACK DRESS line as well as black and white cardstocks, black ink, and black and white embossing powders (are you beginning to sense a theme?) i wanted EVERYTHING to begin as black and white, so that the colors we were adding would REALLY POP!

for this first project, i used a new product called Smooch. it’s a pearlized ink that you paint on with a brush in the handle. the brush has a semi-rigid, REALLY tiny tip that lets you get into small areas easily. the colors are gorgeous, and they bring a LOT of color to a simple black and white image…

Happy Thoughts Card



Daisy Bucket: Little Black Dress – Dinner with Friends printed paper, Stamps – caterpillar, row of grass, label, happy thoughts and dragonfly

Other: Clearsnap:  SMOOCH – gold lame, siren, pumpkin, azure and green apple, Top Boss tinted embossing stamp pad, Top Boss embossing powders – white and black, Prism: black and white cardstock, 3D dots, rhinestones and heat gun


1) cut a 4″ X 12″ piece of white cardstock and fold in half to make card.

2) cut a 3″ X 3 1/2″ piece of striped paper and adhere to card.

3) stamp dragonflies, caterpillar and grass on black cardstock using embossing pad. emboss with white embossing powder.

4) color stamps using SMOOCH, then cut out.

5) stamp label on white cardstock using embossing pad, then stamp verse inside label. emboss with black embossing powder.

6) color in label, then cut out.

7) adhere elements to card, using 3D dots to adhere caterpillar and label then add rhinestones to dragonflies.

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next… i used pencils by Prismacolor, they are nice and smooth and glide on nicely! they have a blender pencil that lets you smooth several colors together so you can add shading easily…

Great Day Card 

























Daisy Bucket: Little Black Dress – Black Tie Affair printed paper, Stamps – layered daisy, great day and striped square

Other: Sanford: Primsacolor colored pencils – 2 shades each – light and dark – pink, yellow and blue, Clearsnap: ColorBox Chalk Ink – blackbird and pastel pink, Prism – white cardstock, 3D dots and pink rhinestone


1) cut a 7 X 8 piece of white cardstock and fold in half lengthwise to make a 3 1/2 X 8 card.

2) cut and adhere a 2 X 8 piece of polka dot paper to card.

3) stamp 5 flowers on white cardstock using black ink.

4) color 2 flowers pink with blue centers, and 2 flowers blue with pink centers, each with yellow middle petals. color 1 flower yellow with pink center petals and add a pink rhinestone at the center.

—  to color and shade: begin with the darker color, and go around outside of large petals, add lighter color at center of petals, then use belnder   to combine and smooth out the 2. for the center petals, begin with the darker color at the part nearest the center, then add the lighter color at the tip of the petal, then blend. you can go over the colors again to add depth and a deeper color, just remember to blend each time!

5) cut out flowers and adhere pink and blue ones to card.

6) stamp the striped block using pink ink. when dry, add yellow color to the white areas of the stripe. then cut out, leaving a 1/8 border around the edge. color the border using blue, go over the colors with the blender to smooth.

7) ink the edge of the block in black ink and adhere to card.

8) adhere yellow flower using 3D dot.

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and finally, and this is probably the EASIEST techinique because it’s not really coloring,  just stamp your image on printed paper!

Hip Hip Hooray! Card 



Daisy Bucket: Little Black Dress – Out on the Town printed paper, Perfect Harmony – Avery, Stamps – birdie and hip hip hooray

Other:  Clearsnap: Top Boss – embossing stamp pad and black embossing powder, Prism – white  and black cardstock, Marvy – 2″ circle punch, 3D dots and rhinestone


1) cut a 5 X 10 piece of white cardstock and fold in half to make card.

2) cut a 2 3/4 X 5 piece of black cardstock and adhere to card.

3) cut a 2 1/4 X 5 piece of polka dot paper and adhere to card.

4) stamp and emboss birds on pink, blue and yellow printed paper; cut out and adhere to card.

5) stamp and emboss sentiment; then punch out.

6) ink edges of circle and adhere to the card using 3D dots.

7) add rhinestones to flower center on birds.

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i hope you enjoy these projects and techniques and will give them a try to bring a little COLOR into the basic black and white!

—tami {dt member}

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more SMOOCH projects!

i did a post on the new CLEARSNAP product SMOOCH a few weeks ago, and the response has been BIG!  HUGE in fact!

for those of you who missed it, and are unfamiliar with SMOOCH, it’s a new pearlized ink – think ink you can paint with! and it’s available in 8 lipsmaking colors! the brush makes it REALLY special though, you can really get into teeny-tiny places, it’s firm, not floppy like a regular brush, and the long handle gives great balance and makes it easy to apply!

so i have been working on some more projects using SMOOCH, and i’ll be posting them as well as all the directions you need to make them yourself!

first up, is this card…


the papers and stamps are by DAISY BUCKET.

if you want to make one of your own, just follow the directions and view the step by step slide show!



Clearsnap: SMOOCH – gold lame, siren, pumpkin, azure and green apple, Top Boss tinted embossing stamp pad, Top Boss embossing powders – white and black

Daisy Bucket: Little Black Dress – Dinner with Friends printed paper, Stamps – caterpillar, row of grass, label, happy thoughts and dragonfly

Other: black and white cardstock, 3D dots, rhinestones and heat gun:


1) cut a 4″ X 12″ piece of white cardstock and fold in half to make card.

2) cut a 3″ X 3 1/2″ piece of striped paper and adhere to card.

3) stamp dragonflies, caterpillar and grass on black cardstock using embossing pad. emboss with white embossing powder.

4) color stamps using SMOOCH, then cut out.

5) stamp label on white cardstock using embossing pad, then stamp verse inside label. emboss with black embossing powder.

6) color in label, then cut out.

7) adhere elements to card, using 3D dots to adhere caterpillar and label then add rhinestones to dragonflies.

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i just LOVE this new product! it really does what it says it will do, and the colors and shimmer are AMAZING! i used BLACK cardstock on this project, just so you could see how well SMOOCH covers, and it only took ONE coat!

stay tuned for a few more cards and maybe a sneak peek at another project using SMOOCH next week!

P.S.: for those of you who are locals, a shipment of SMOOCH should be arriving at SCRAPBOOK 911 on MONDAY! but call first to make sure it DID arrive, and that supplies ARE still available. i did a demo during the retreat, so some of that order is already spoken for!

P.S.S.: for you non-locals, SMOOCH is now available online directly from CLEARSNAP!

i {heart} graphic 45…

i just LOVE graphic 45… i love the colors, the style, the designs – EVERYTHING! i have bought all the papers for every one of their lines – sometimes, i’ve even purchased MULTIPLES!

i keep “collecting ” vintage and heritage papers  thinking that one day, i’ll finally start scrapping all my gram’s old photos, we have a LOT of family photos, some have notes on them and some don’t. i kept trying to get gram to sit down with me to look at them, to help me figure out who was who – but she didn’t like to talk about “those days”. so, we’d make a few notes, and then put them away. i kept thinking we’d get around to getting through them all eventually, but now she’s gone, and most of them have no notations as to who, what, where or when.  so now, the task is even MORE daunting. but i WILL get around to it at some point!

a few of my favorite photos were of my gram and her sisters looking VERY stylish in their vintage 40’s outfits, so when my lss got the new FASHIONISTA line by GRAPHIC 45 awhile back, i just HAD to do a layout “in advance” for those photos!  i did add a few papers from their COMMUNIQUE line as well. i’d been holding on to it, thinking that i’d pull out the box of old photos and find the ones i was thinking of to add to this layout BEFORE i shared it, but it’s been a few months already, and this poor layout is STILL naked!

so… i’m sharing it as-is and maybe one day soon, i’ll share it again WITH the photos on it.

i “borrowed” the title from the paper line, it seemed fitting – FASHIONISTAS!


if you have any g45 projects you’d like to share – i’d LOVE to see them!

upcoming classes at SB911…

i just added a few new links for upcoming classes at SCRAPBOOK 911, and i wanted to give you a preview of 2 of them…

first, i’ve added a class in april, it’s another Mom & Me class.  i usually try to schedule this class every 4 to 6 weeks, but since Easter was so late and Mother’s Day is early, i had to schedule 2 classes in the same month! so for those of you who come regularly, i wanted to let you know that there was a NEW class for april! we will be making a flower and photo filled mini book that will be a perfect mother’s day gift for you – or grandma. i think it will be a very special gift since you and your child will be working together to create it! just plan on bringing your photos with you, so the book will be all finished and ready to GIFT!

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older kids {aka adults} are welcome to come too! i’m expecting this class to fill up pretty quickly, so PLEASE sign up NOW! kits for this class will also be available.

next up, is a different kind of class… i had been asked to alter a pair of holey soles shoes for cha awhile back and designed various flowers from rick rack to cover them…


i’ve been wanting to do a how-to class for making the flowers for awhile now, and have finally decided to DO IT!

so, we’ll be learning how to make a few different types of flowers in the class, and then, we’ll be using them to embellish a fresh and fun springy layout. only BASIC sewing skills are required, so don’t let that scare you off!

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the flowers really aren’t that hard to make, and you DON’T have to be an expert at hand stitching! and once you’ve learned how to make them, you can use them to embellish all sorts of things, home decor’, wearables, cards, etc.

AND – for you day-timers, don’t forget about SKETCH & MORE on monday, april 20th! you get to make 1 – 2 page layout using my sketch, then you get to make something else using the leftovers!

click on the links to the right to find out more details!


here’s an Easter “card” from a few of the kiddos in my last mom & me class at scrapbook 911…



nicole, sandy and chris are all showing off the project they made in class – an Easter wreath!

it looks like it may be a rainy Easter day, but hopefully you will still let the SONshine in!

only a year behind…

not with ALL my scrapbooking, just these 2 particular pictures! LOL!

i did these spring photos a few months back, but hadn’t posted them yet. NOW, the kiddos are getting their NEW spring photos! time sure flies! i guess if we ever caught up, then we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves!

i have a lot of layouts scrapped, but not scanned yet, i am trying to find time to do that so i can have a gallery of my personal stuff on the blog too.

so, since you have to start somewhere, let’s start with these! maybe they’ll help if you have some spring pics of your own to scrap…

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