tami sanders * paper crafter

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


prism paper — guest designer for october…

i was selected as one of 4 guest designers for Prism Papers for the month of october…

here’s the layout that caught their eye…

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i was HOPING they wouldn’t be able to resist my cute little guy! LOL!

i’ll be working on some projects for them in september, and they’ll be posted to their blog in october.

i’ll also be posting peeks of the projects here, and including links to the PRISM BLOG, so you can check out the full project if you would like.

also, this month…

i was flipping through the BHG Halloween Tricks and Treats issue and found a few familiar projects…

first i saw a halloween card that i did for CLEARSNAP included in their ad…

 clearsnap ad

THEN —- i saw this!

 haunted house


 BHG requested this project about 3 YEARS ago! i didn’t think i’d EVER see it in print, but there it was, and coincidentally — it was placed RIGHT next to the Clearsnap ad.  i was very surprised, i didn’t know either project would be in there.

thanks for letting me share — i hope to have some more projects up soon.

i’ve been trying to get caught up on my classes – getting everything lined up and ready for september. so i haven’t had a lot of free time to create some “makey-do’s” for the blog, but i’ll get on it SOON!



american crafts halloween layout…

here’s the other halloween sample page that i did for scrapbook 911…

it uses the new halloween line by AMERICAN CRAFTS:



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 i used the tim holtz tiny stapler to attach the ribbon loops — i just took some ribbon and loosely formed and stapled the loops – one at a time.

if you like this layout and or the papers – AND you are a local {SA}, then head over to SB911 QUICK because this line is going fast!

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“witchie-poo” halloween tag…

here’s a fun little tag to get you ready for fall and halloween! i know here in texas we are MORE than ready for the scorching hot heat to mellow a bit!

finished tag

















i thought the witch stamp was just adorable, so i wanted to make a “girly” tag to go with her. i used some of the pretty new Smooch colors to fill her in, then added rhinestones, a flower and bright ribbons to set her off.


Clearsnap: Smooch: Taffy, Grape Soda, Pool, Pumpkin, Green Apple, Molasses, Snickerdoodle and Gold Lame, Top Boss: Embossing Powder: black, ColorBox Crafter’s Ink: Black, ColorBox Pigment Ink: Lime and Marigold

Hero Arts: ClearDesign: October stamps

Darice: Tub-O-Buttons and The Big One – 1lb of Rhinestones

Other: Hobby Lobby: ribbon, Prima: flower, EK Success: 3D dots, Marvy: 2″ circle punch and American Tag: tag


1) stamp and emboss witch on white cardstock and punch out.

2) fill in stamped image with Smooch and let dry.

3) ink edge of circle using Lime Pigment ink and let dry.

4) stamp “happy halloween” down right side of tag.

5) ink edge of tag using Marigold Pigment ink.

6) adhere witch to tag using 3D dots.

7) add rhinestones to tag.

8) finish by tying ribbons to top of tag.

Special thanks to CLEARSNAP, HERO ARTS and DARICE!

“traveling on the road of life” tag…

here’s another project for you…

this tag features several techniques using Ancient Page Ink, Chalk Ink, Embossing Ink, Embossing Powder and Smooch…

finished tag


i wanted the tag to have a vintage feel with a few pops of color. so i added the “Smooched” autumn leaves as a background, the bright red “Smooched” chipboard “L” and the harvest stripe and red ribbons.

here’s how to make your own, or a version of mine:


Clearsnap: Smooch: Molasses, Lucious Lime, Gold Lame and Pumpkin, Top Boss: Embossing Ink Pad – Tinted and Dazzling Copper and Cocoa Bean Embossing powder, Ancient Page Ink: Chocolate, Sandalwood and Sienna and ColorBox Chalk Ink: Toffee

Hero Arts: ClearDesign: Travel Journal and ClearDesign: Scattered Leaves

Darice: Tub-o-Buttons, Just Enough: Ribbon Accents: Red and Chipboard Letters and Numbers

Other: Hobby Lobby: ribbon, Zig: Writer: Black and American Tag: tag


1) use a foam applicator to apply Ancient Page inks in a circular motion to tag.

2) ink the edges of the tag using Toffee Chalk Ink.

3) “prime” clear leaf stamp by “inking” it with Embossing Ink {this will help float the Smooch inks and keep them from drying on your stamp}.

4) apply dabs of Smooch inks to surface of stamp, then use a foam applicator to gently blend them.

5) stamp leaf on tag, pressing lightly over entire surface and pulling the stamp straight up.

6) reapply Smooch inks, blend and stamp 2 more leaves {you don’t need to reapply embossing ink in between if you are only doing 2 or 3 of the same design}. LET SMOOCH INKS DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE MOVING TO NEXT STEP!

7) ink travel tag stamp with embossing ink and stamp at center of tag. sprinkle on Cocoa Bean embossing powder to “travel” and to a few other areas of the tag, turn tag upside down and tap off excess. apply dazzling copper to remaining areas of the tag, remove excess and heat set.

8) stamp “enjoy the journey”, “going places”, “on the road” and “world traveler” on tag with Embossing Ink, sprinkle with Cocoa Bean embossing powder, tap off excess and heat set.

9) “ink” a few places along the edges of the tag with Embossing Pad, then emboss with Cocoa Bean embossing powder. this created a raised “distressed” look to the tag.

10) spray chipboard letter with Cherry Ice Smooch Spritz, when dry, adhere to tag.

11) write “ife” with black pen after “L”.

12) finish tag by adding buttons and ribbons.

special thanks to CLEARSNAP, DARICE and HERO ARTS

i hope you enjoyed the techniques in this tag, if you make one of your own please send me a pic – i’d LOVE to see what YOU did!


did you know you could SMOOCH a photo?

and no, i’m not talking about kissing a pic of your boyfriend or hubbie! LOL! i’m talking about embellishing a photo using Clearsnap’s SMOOCH!

desperation IS the mother of all invention!  i was trying “desperately” to get a photo that i WANTED to use to coordinate with the Smooch colors i NEEDED to use – but one of the colors in the photo was definitely “off”. so i wondered if i could “tint” the uncoordinating portion of the photo with the Smooch so that i WOULD match. well, the experiment was a failure as it was TOO obvious that i had doctored the photo, but it did lead to a discovery – i COULD use Smooch on photos. and it seemed to work well and dry on both glossy and matte.

so, here is a project that i came up with for the blog that shows you how to do it:



Clearsnap: SMOOCH: Pool, Grape Soda and Green Apple Top Boss: Embossing Powder: black, Vivid Ink: Black and ColorBox Pigment Ink: Lime

Hero Arts: ClearDesign: Long Borders

Darice: Tub -o-Buttons

Other: Hobby Lobby: Chalkboard, Signo: Uniball Gel Pen: White and Lil Davis: Chip Art letters

Tools: Heat Gun


1) ink circle border stamp with black ink and stamp along right side of photo. add black embossing powder and heat set {see hints}.

2) fill in circles using Smooch inks {see hints}.

3) apply a strip of double sided tape to your work surface {a surface that won’t be hurt by ink or heat!}, and adhere buttons to it to hold them in place.

4) “paint” buttons with Smooch and heat set {see hints}.

5) ink edges of chalkboard using lime ink.

6) tear along bottom of photo and adhere to right side of chalkboard.

7) write “handsome” using white gel pen at upper left of chalkboard.

8) add chipboard “boy” letters underneath.

9) adhere buttons around frame.


1) it’s better to dab the ink on rather than to brush it on when working on non-porous surfaces. you’ll get a thicker coat with a bit of texture – which i like. if you want a smoother look, you can brush it on, but it will take a few coats.

2) i tried the Smooch on both glossy and matte photos, it dried on both in about 30 minutes WITHOUT heat setting. you can heat set if you want to speed up the process or if you applied it really thick. when you are setting it, you can see the ink go from a shiny wet look to a more dull, matte look. i recommend just letting the Smooch dry on it’s own when you are working on photos, but if you DO want to heat set it, try only partially heat setting, then letting it finish drying on it’s own.

2) when you apply Smooch to non-porous surfaces, you will usually need to heat set them in order to get the ink to dry. i tried it on buttons, metal and plastic, and the Smooch dried on all of them WHEN i heat set them. it also didn’t flake off when i scratched at it. notice i didn’t say i tried to SCRAPE it off! but it should be okay for light handling.

3) when heat setting photos or anything that might MELT, it is important that you don’t get the heat gun too close to the object and that you don’t get it too hot. keep the heat gun about 8″ away and keep it moving. heat for 15 -20 seconds, then remove the gun for a few seconds, then heat again. i was a little careless when heating and you can see some bubble pops in the ink, i think it looks kinda cool – just adds to the texture thing – but if you want to avoid those, don’t let the ink get too hot either!

Special thanks to CLEARSNAP, HERO ARTS and DARICE!

if you need a gift for grandparents day, or a back to school teach gift, this might work for you!

bo bunny halloween layout…

hi again!

scrapbook 911 had a retreat this past weekend, and i did 2 halloween sample pages. the first one features BO BUNNY’S new line BOO CREW:

bb layout

here are some closeup shots of the details:

closeup 1

closeup 2

closeup 3 

i”ll be posting the other halloween sample page later on! this line is already almost sold out at 911, so hurry on in if you want some!

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FINALLY – i’m posting!

i KNOW it’s been awhile… but we were getting ready for vacation, then we were ON vacation, and then recovering from vacation, and THEN the kiddos started school! so i took about a month off from scrapbooking {except for a few assignments i snuck in!} so now, i’m trying to get caught up! i will be adding several posts today, and a few more later on this week… i’ve got some projects to share too!

first, i have something exciting to share; Clearsnap used 2 more of my layouts in their print ads this month!

there is a FULL PAGE ad in the BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS – Holiday Crafts; the layout for this ad features NICOLE PHELPS – Rocio Phelps’ daughter…

snow fun page 
















then, my own kiddos are featured in a half page ad in the september issue of Creating Keepsakes… 


















drew was pretty excited since this was the first time he’s been in one of the ads!

now… let’s talk about classes…

i have 2 coming up this saturday, first is a Sea World Mini Album which features the UNDER THE SEA line by REMINISCE

sw mini album

i have a few spaces left in this class, and may have kits available if the class doesn’t fill up!

afterwards, i have my Mom & Me class, but unfortunately, this class is COMPLETELY full! if you are interested, you can call and have them add you to the waitlist.

this class has been filling up the last few months, so PLEASE sign up early when you see somthing you like! since i have to have room for both the moms and the children – i’m limited to the number of spots i can offer.

 i’ll give you a head start on september though, here is the project we will be doing:

school frame

you and your child will have a GREAT time working together on this frame that can hold their school picture and capture their faves for the year. you will get to select the grade for the paper and embellishment. this would make a GREAT gift for teachers or grandparents too!

and, hopefully SOME of you are suffering from withdrawls from Photo-Full, Sketch and Crop and Money $aving Sketches! LOL! if you are, you’ll be glad to know that i am back on the calendar with them all for september. BUT – the classes are NOT on their regular days due to the labor day holiday – so be SURE to check the SCRAPBOOK 911 CALENDAR for the dates!

well that’s it for this post! stay tuned for more!