tami sanders * paper crafter

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


upcoming classes for JUNE…

i have 6 classes coming up in june – hopefully i’ll see you at one of them!

first i have 2 classes tomorrow – monday, june 1 – at SCRAPBOOK 911

in the morning, i’ll be teaching my SKETCH & CROP class. i provide you with a sketch, and you get to make TWO, 2 page layouts. be sure to bring your photos, and i’ll be able to help you select papers if you need me to. after the “class” portion, you can stay for the “crop” portion and work on whatever you would like – cards, projects or more layouts. i’ll be acting as “hostess”,  just like on the friday nite crops, so i can help you ideas if you need a little nudge to get you going!

then in the evening, i have PHOTO-FULL. if you haven’t tried this class, i’d challenge you to give it a whirl! it’s a whole different way of looking at a two page layout. i’ll show you how to get a LOT more photos on the page than with a traditional layout, and i mean more BIG size photos, not cropped to tiny bits photos! my goal is always 15 or more photos on a page. be sure to bring your photos as you get to chose your own papers. you’ll leave with a finished layout, directions for the layout so you can copy it again if you like, AND fresh ideas to use on your other pages!

then on saturday, june 6, i’ll be at STAMP ANTONIO. i’ll be teaching a card class featuring the new SMOOCH ink by CLEARSNAP

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we’ll make 3 cards, each using a different technique. you’ll leave with the cards, and some new ideas on how to use this new product!

then on saturday, june 13, it’ll be back at SCRAPBOOK 911 with 2 more classes.

in the morning, i’ll be teaching a layout class featuring SMOOCH! we’ll be making a beautiful 2 page layout that would be suitable for any special occasion or photos; weddings, mother, daughter, grandmother, new baby, baptism and more.

we’ll be doing some basic stamping and embossing – but don’t let that scare you! it’s easy to do and i can show you how if you haven’t tried these techniques before.

here’s a snippet from the layout {you can see the whole layout at Scrapbook 911, it’s hanging on the “class wall”}

smooch layout

then, my MOM & ME class is in the afternoon…

in this class, you work with your child to make a fun and unique project. this month we’ll be making a special book just for dad {or grandad} for father’s day.

be SURE to bring your photos! special shots of the kiddos and dad or grandad would be a perfect choice!

this class is geared to kids ages 6 to 12, but older kids and “unaccompanied” adults are welcome too!

mom and me - dad maand finally, on monday, june 15, i have my SKETCH & MORE class at SCRAPBOOK 911. this will be the LAST SKETCH & MORE CLASS!!! but for those of you who liked this daytime class, don’t dispare – as i’m “morphing” it into a new and exciting daytime class that i think you will like even BETTER! look for more details coming soon! the new class will be on the july calendar! i do hope you will still make plans to attend this class, and give it a nice send off into “class heaven”! LOL! we’ll be making a two page layout using your choice of papers and my sketch, and then, we’ll be making another project using the leftover supplies from the layout.

that’s it for june! please e-mail me if you have any questions about any of my classes. otherwise, just call the respective store to sign up!


SMOOCH demo at Stamp Antonio…

i did a demo using the new SMOOCH inks at STAMP ANTONIO on saturday…

we were coloring in some pieces of LUXE color-me papers to make bookmarks. the inks were a hit with everyone who tried them, and the store SOLD OUT of the inks! BUT — they have already ordered more and they are on their way! they should be at the store in time for my class on saturday {more about that in a the next post}. so if you wanted a set of SMOOCH, and missed out on the first go-around, call the store and reserve yours now.

here are some photos i took during the demo; thanks to all who came out and played!

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projects to share!

i am WAY past due with sharing a few of these!

i have asked for in past posts, and received, some of YOUR projects that you wanted to share…

the first project comes from denesa, she made this layout in one of my photo-full classes…

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i think she did a great job; the colors go so well with the photos, and her son nicholas {who i hear is gonna be a BIG brother come dec} is just ADORABLE! i love the family pics in the shark’s teeth!

next up are 2 layouts from sandee…

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she did these layouts in my sketch and more class. again, the colors work so well with the photos, and you get an island feel from them too!

last, i have a mini album from sarah…

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sarah has a new daughter and wanted to make a special mini album of some newborn photos for her mother. she saw a mini album made from envelopes on my blog, and decided to make her own. her mom likes to garden, so her each of her envelopes contain a pack of seeds! what a thoughtful gift! i think the album turned out great!

thank all 3 of you for sharing your projects with me, and for letting me share them on my blog too!

if you have a project you’d like to share, please e-mail me!

SNEAK PEEK! under the sea… new Reminisce line!

UPDATE – the product line is NOW up on the site, so head over and check it out!

just in time for your summer scrap’n, Reminisce has added a BRAND new line called UNDER THE SEA.  Only part of the collection is up on the site, so take a sneak peek now, and check again for a few days to view the entire collection! hopefully – the design team gals will be loading up their projects this week too!

UNDER THE SEA,  would be PERFECT for all your SeaWorld pictures! there are also some elements that would be great for your cruise pics too!

here’s my project using the new line; it’s a mini album with photos from our trips to SeaWorld last summer.

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there are LOTS of great embellishments in the new line, lots of chipboard embellies, some cool clear stickers – like the SOAKED sticker, and some cool holographic stickers too, there’s even a new specialty paper that is GLITTERED called Sun of the Sand (you can see it on the small fob on the left of the album)! so if you have any aquarium, diving, snorkeling, SeaWorld or cruise photos – you NEED to check out this line!

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happy trails…

for our anniversary last week – our SIXTEENTH anniversary – rob and i took a trip out to fredericksburg for a nice long weekend…

it was my year to plan, we take turns every year, so i spent quite awhile searching for a nice, quiet, “little cabin in the woods” up in the hill country. i can’t tell you HOW MANY little cabins, cottages and bed and breakfasts that i looked at. i was quite bleary eyed by the time i found the perfect place.

it was my kind of get-a-way, out in the middle of nowhere, but less than 10 minutes to get to somewhere! LOL! it was only about 8 miles from downtown fredericksburg, but it was set back on a large acreage that was a pleasant mix of  pastureland and wooded areas. they had horses and donkeys – which we saw, and longhorns and other varmits which we didn’t.

the cabin was wonderful; it was originally a log cabin that was built back in the 1800’s in north carolina, that had been dismantled and then rebuilt in fredericksburg. it was shaded by trees, and had been lovingly landscaped with lots of native texan plants and a rock walkway led up to the cabin…

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on one side of the covered porch sat a pair of rocking chairs with a table built from old washboards sitting between them – the makings of  a delightful breakfast spot. and a nice, wide porch swing hung on the other side – “theatre” seating for the firefly show at night…

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the cabin was both cozy and comfortable; you walked into the living room, which was outfitted with a large overstuffed leather couch across from a nice big fireplace (which we didn’t get to use since the temps are already up in the 80’s and 90’s here!) there was also a rocking chair and a unique little hat rack by the door. the tv was set to a “radio” station that played old country music – a hard to find favorite of mine…

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 there was an antique dining room set tucked away under the loft, which was covered with a western themed tablecloth. the table was already set with plates, napkins and silverware, and fresh flowers were in a jar at the center. also left for us, was a plate of yummy cookies and a note from our hosts…

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the kitchen was cute and efficient, the fridge was stocked with the makings for our breakfasts as well as juice, sodas and water, and there was coffee and tea as well as popcorn and cereal on the counter – very thoughtful…

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the loft upstairs had a VERY high, very comfy bed all made up in high-cowboy style with quilts and pillows with a braided rag rug at the foot. a “bookcase” of quilts was tucked beside the bed, and a sitting area with a rocker had a “vase” of flowers on top of a old flour tin “table” …

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everywhere you looked there were unique little “tex-eclectic” touches; the decor was truly well planned and thought out – a nice mix of vintage and new. they used branches for curtain rods, which were held up by horseshoe brackets. and there was even a little shelf , cleverly tucked away, on the backside of the staircase . i think we found something new each day we were there! i especially liked this trash can! LOL!

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the cabin was named “Happy Trails”, and there was Roy Rogers and Dale Evans memorablia mixed in with all the other decor, there were movie posters, a vintage-type pin ball game, books, signs, a small figure of trigger, a Dale Evan’s lamp, the saddle holder in the dining room had “RR” on it, books, articles, even some of the pillows echoed the theme, i wish i’d taken more closeup photos! 

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here’s a few views of the horses in the pasture…

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we arrived friday, which was our anniversary, so we went into town first and had dinner at cabernet grill…

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i would highly recommend this restuarant if you are in the area, dinner was wonderful! it wasn’t too fussy, just good texan upscale grub! we had a deliciously rich crab gratin to start, then both ordered shrimp – rob had cilantro grilled, and i had sesame crusted – both were terrific! we had to try the deep fried pecan pie for dessert, but i think it lost something in the “transportation” – we took it with us as we were pleasantly full from dinner. i think it probably would have been much better hot from the fryer.

we went back to the cabin and watched the fireflies from the porch swing and listened to the frogs and crickets, it was very peaceful. we were hoping for rain that evening; when we read through the guest book earlier, there were several entries about how nice the rain sounded on the tin roof, but – the rain waited until morning.

we had breakfast in the rockers on the porch – the baked goods left for us were DELICIOUS, and the cinnamon hazelnut coffee made believers out of us non-coffee drinkers. we had some champagne left over from the night before – lightly rose scented – that made perfect mimosas out of the orange juice on hand. so we sat awhile and listened to the rain while we watched the horses and donkeys wander out of the barn one by one.

later, since it was still raining, we played cards – with a deck thoughtfully left on the coffee table. i dubbed the deck magic as i have NEVER had better poker hands, and kept beating Rob game after game! LOL! we switched the rummy, but i still kept winning!

the rain let up a bit, so we headed into town for lunch. we decided on the fredericksburg brewery as one of rob’s co-workers had recommended it for it’s chicked fried steak. we ordered an appetizer of grilled pepperwurst sausage, sharp cheddar and onion rings – it was named “just enough” but i don’t think it was named correctly! WE WANTED MORE! especially more of those onion rings, light, sweet, golden brown and DE-Li-cious! we could have made a lunch out of a few orders of that!  thankfully, rob had noticed that the chicken fried steak was a HALF A POUND, so we opted to split it. it WAS all it was cracked up to be, the batter was light and crunchy, and the meat was fork tender. both the batter and the gravy were laden with pepper which upped the spice factor. i am NOT really a chicken fried steak fan, but i REALLY liked this one!

i knew there was a scrapbook store in town, so we wandered in and i shopped while rob dozed in a chair up front. he got caught napping by a few other other gals browsing the store and decided to take a walk outside after they woke him up with their snickering at him! i found a few things that i hadn’t seen, so i managed to fill up a basket!

after that, we wandered over to a store that had a lot of collectibles and picked up a john wayne shirt for my dad, then ran across a 5 and 10 store that reminded me on the winn’s of my childhood. i had a wonderfully nostalgic time browsing the aisles and  found a pair of cap guns to take back to the kiddos.

then we headed back to the cabin and played more cards – yep – i kept winning! later we headed back in town for dinner at hondo’s – there was supposed to be a patsy cline tribute band playing – and i LOVE pasty cline! but when we got there, a little after the time the band was supposed to start, there was no band in sight. we asked, and were told, that the band was running late. we decided to leave but as we were driving off, the band pulled up! so we went around the block, parked – again, and went in and ordered. we decided to split – again – since the burgers were BIG too! we had a nice, big, juicy cheddar, bacon burger, that was on a slightly sweet bun – it was GREAT! we had also ordered a side of chips which were handmade, crispy, hot and covered in parm cheese! YUM! the only problem was the music, an opening act – which hadn’t been on the bill – started up after we got our food, and still hadn’t wrapped up by the time we were done. not that the opening act wasn’t good, he WAS, it just wasn’t what we came for. since it looked like the main event wasn’t happening for awhile still, we decided to head on back.

the drive up to the cabin was pitch black, the only lights were our headlights, which rob thought would be fun to turn off and on a few times! when we got to the gate, i had to get out and open it – and of course, rob couldn’t resist turning the lights off again. when he turned them back on, he gave a little startled “oh” and said, “they are right there!”, i couldn’t see ANYTHING but the headlights – which were blinding me, so i had no idea what was “right there!” he said it again, and i was a little panicky – what was it – a snake, a raccoon, something bigger? then i saw it, one of the horses was still out – it was after 11:00, and i guess he had ambled over to say hi. we had to move fast to get the car inside and the gate closed before he came in – we had been told some of the critters liked to munch on car parts! while i was doing that, another horse came up! they just hung their heads over the fence and watched us. we weren’t expecting them to be “out so late”! LOL!

in the morning, we had a leisurely breakfast and got packed up to leave, i wasn’t ready to go – i think i could have stayed a week! we took a few self portraits in front of the cabin, this one wasn’t too bad…

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then, we headed over to the trade days, 6 barns and 6 acres of collectible fun! for me at least, i don’t think rob was as excited about it. i wasn’t interested in the fredericksburg BLING, or the jams or jellies, i was after vintage pottery and stuff, so i was able to go through it fairly quickly. i did find a haeger tv lamp that i liked as well as a mccoy vase and a pair of vintage flower pots. they were pretty heavy to carry, so we walked a little quicker after that! LOL!

we had lunch at mamacita’s before we left; we first discovered them in san marcos, and LOVE their fajitas. their queso dip is so yummy you’ll want to ask for a glass so you can DRINK it!

all in all, the weekend was everything we wanted, just a little escape from the hustle and bustle, and a bit of time just to enjoy the peace and quiet…

p.s.: i’ve added the album from our trip to the sidebar {may 2009 – fredericksburg trip} so you can view the pictures in COLOR if you wish!

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wanna win $500?

then you better head on over to the REMINISCE BLOG to get all the details! they are having a layout contest featuring the new FREEDOM 2009 collection. Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, so you’ll want to plan ahead and get ready to take some AMAZING pics in order to design your WINNING layout!

and don’t forget to pick up some extra papers to make your favorite serviceman {or woman} a special “thank you for your service card”! if you scroll down a few posts, you’ll find some cards i made to use as inspiration if you like.

for you locals… SCRAPBOOK 911 has this collection in stock!

prism prize pack…

i received my prize pack from PRISM yesterday! i got to select my own color choices, and what do you suppose i picked? i’m SURE those of you who know me can guess…

GREENS! the PRISMATIC PACKS in kiwi  and herbal garden, plus i received the accent packs of both! YIPPEE! my favorite greens and bonus colors that coordinate. no hunting down the perfect mix, they are already there in my packs! and as an added bonus, i got a Prismatics swatchbook! i’m not sure if i was more excited about that or the cardstock packs! LOL! PRISMATICS cardstocks are my favorites! i just love that texture! and i can rattle off my favorite colors in the line pretty easily. but there are some colors in the line that i use less often, so it will be nice having their names handy in the swatchbook. plus the book makes it easy to mix and match colors or select a color scheme.

so, here’ what i got…

prism prize

i wanted to send a thank you note to Prism for the nice gift, so i made up a card this morning. it turned out so cute, that i thought i would share. of course, anytime i get to use flowers on a project, i’m BOUND to think it’s cute! LOL!

here’s the card i made…

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it features Prism Prismatic papers in: Frosted Pink, Sunflowers Medium, Desert Coral Medium, Iced Amethyst and Frosted Cobalt and a tiny piece of Simply Smooth White.

the stamps are from MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY, ink is Vivid by CLEARSNAP,  punches are by MARVY, flowers are from PRIMA and rhinestones are from KAISER


1) fold a 6 1/2 X 9 piece of Sunflowers Medium cardstock in half to make the card.

2) punch 3 holes in the front cover as shown using 3/4″, 1″, and 2″ circle punches.

3) Use white gel pen to add dots around outside of 2 small holes.

4) stamp scalloped flower on Iced Amethyst cardstock using Vivid black ink. cut out, leaving a thin border around the outside of the petals; cut out center as well. outline the large hole on the outside of the card with a thin line of glue and adhere cut out flower to circle, centering from the back.

5) punch a 3/4″ circle from Frosted Cobalt cardstock, a 1″ circle from Desert Coral Medium cardstock and a 2″ circle from Frosted Pink cardstock.

6) stamp pink circle with “word thanks circle” from stamp set, centering  words on circle.

7) with card closed, adhere all 3 circles to the INSIDE of the card; just place them in their corresponding “holes” to make placement exact!

8) adhere flowers and add rhinestones to centers.

9) to finish; stamp “thanks” on a piece of Simply Smooth White cardstock and carefully cut out, leaving a thin border around it. adhere using 3D dots on top of the matching “thanks” at the center of the pink stamped circle.

new FREEDOM COLLECTION 2009 from Reminisce…

JUST in time for memorial day, Reminisce has introduced a brand spanking “red, white and blue” NEW line – the freedom collection 2009. there are some great papers done on the fabulous shimmer paper, and some awesome new embellies! i really like the diecut papers too!

here are 3 “thank you for your service” cards using the new line…


if you have a special serviceman {or servicewoman} that you would like to thank, this line would be PERFECT for it! and you still have PLENTY of time before memorial day to get ’em made. and if you pick up the line, make SURE you get enough for 4th of july too!

and PS – Reminisce also has a new contest on their blog! head on over for all the details!


guess who made the cover???

my youngest CHRIS!

clearsnap used a layout i did for their design adhesives ad, and it’s on the BACK cover of the june issue of crafts n’ things! i’m SO excited, and chris will be too when i show him!

i’ve NEVER EVER had a layout published before, lots of cards and projects, but NO layouts. i did have one layout picked up awhile back, but unfortunately, the magazine that picked it up closed before the layout made it in :(

so, without further ado, i give you CHRIS’ magazine debut… may i have a DRUMROLL PLEASE………..

chris sparkles

and if you SQUINT REAL hard, you can see {well, on the real magazine maybe, you can’t really see it here – even if you do squint pretty hard, or use a magnifying glass or your readers…} you can see MY name at the bottom for design credit!