tami sanders * paper crafter

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



i just started designing for a brand new company and wanted to introduce them to you…

Harlee Quinnz Designs is a new scrapbook company based right here in Texas; it is owned by Cindy and Leanne. their company features an eclectic mix of products and styles. right now, they have just released 2 lines: BUTTERFLY GARDEN and SCENTS I REMEMBER. BUTTERFLY GARDEN features bold, bright papers with subtle images; butterflies, swirls and flowers. and SCENTS I REMEMBER would be a perfect line for those of you who have fond memories of a father, grandfather or uncle who loved his pipe or cigar.

HARLEE QUINNZ was at the CKC in San Marcos, so those of you who went probably had a chance to see their products in person. in addition to papers, Harlee Quinnz also has some BEAUTIFULLY designed stamps! they also carry fibers, embossing powders and glitters.

i took pics of the booth so you could get an idea of what all they had:

and here are two projects i made using both lines:

first up is a layout featuring a photo by laura e. {thanks laura}; i thought the butterly was absolutely GORGEOUS, so i wanted the layout to be fairly simple to really set it off, the layout is titled “flutterby” and has a few lines from the poem “all things bright and beautiful written around the edge of the photo…

flutterby layout - 600

i used SUNLIGHT BOWER printed paper for a base, then added a torn piece of GARDEN LIGHT to the right side. i then stamped a border with a design from the FAIRY BORDER stamp set using ColorBox Crafter’s Ink in Sunflower. i added tiny black pearls by Queen & Co to the centers.

i cut down the printed papers 1/4″ on all 4 sides and adhered them to a base of white cardstock from PRISM, then i matted my photo on another piece of white cardstock and added it to the layout. then i cut the butterflies from BUTTERFLY GARDEN, mounted them on cardstock and added them around the photo. the butterflies at the bottom right were adhered with 3D dots, and for the one at the upper left, i bent the wings up and adhered it by the body only. the “flutterby” letters are by AMERICAN CRAFTS. as a finishing touch, i added the first few lines of the poem around the edges of the photo with a black pen.

here’s my other project, it’s titled Fashion {west} a; my play on the word fashionista! i thought my blinged up cowgal was pretty glam! LOL!

i used a wood plaque i found at the dollar store as a base, then inked the edges using Dark Brown and Warm Red Chalk ink from ColorBox. then i cut a piece of PAPER INDIAN as a base, it’s about 1/8″ smaller on all sides than the plague. i inked the edges with dark brown chalk ink, then adhered it to the plaque. next, i cut a piece of LUCKY STRIPE and adhered it to the right side at an angle. i cut the cowgal out of a piece of COWGIRL EPHEMERA, and blinged her up a bit with some Prima flowers on her hat and a rhinestone one as a brooch, as well as some Queen & Co. pearls around her neck.  i inked the edges with dark brown chalk ink and added her to the left side also at a slight angle. for the fence, i used a row of cigars stamp from the SMOKIN’ SENTIMENTS stamp set. i just stamped it in dark brown ink on a piece of the CIGAR BOX paper and cut it out. i added a piece of vintage lace trim to the bottom and a piece of jute close to the top edge, then adhered it to the piece using 3D dots. i added a trio of Prima flowers to the lower left and placed vintage buttons at the centers. the “fashion {west} a” canvas letters are from American Crafts, and i just inked them with Warm Red and Ochre Chalk Inks. a piece of jute threaded through the holes at the top of the plaque finished it off.

i hope to have more projects up from this company soon. if you liked what you saw, PLEASE be sure to ask YOUR LSS if they will be carrying this line!



ckc in san marcos!!!

i went to the ckc in san marcos a few days ago with my scrappn’ buds charlotte and tinka…

we left early thursday morning and had breakfast on the way up, then stopped by SCRAPBOOK HAUS in New Braunfels. the store was nice and we enjoyed browsing for a bit. after that, we cruised on up to san marcos and arrived a little early for the crop, but happily, we we allowed to go on in! so we were able to get right to cropping. charlotte, tinka and i all had a fairly productive afternoon working on some layouts.

we had a late lunch at the hotel {the burgers and sammies were BIG and juicy!}, then we went back for the sketches crop that evening. the sketches crop was interesting, they had several companies that participated. each company prepared a 1 page layout from a sketch and then walked you through assembling it. we did 9 one page layouts in about 3 hours or so. in the middle of the crop, we had a little surprise – a the FIRE ALARM WENT OFF! NOT a good thing at any time, but in the middle of a scrapbook convention – well, just think about all that paper and all those photos! fortunately, it was JUST a precaution, and there wasn’t a fire, so just about the time we had walked out, we were told to come on back in. we managed to pick up where we left off and didn’t lose too much cropping time. most of the companies had a companion page that you could purchase in their booth the next day, so you could turn your 1-pagers into 2-pagers if you wanted. we had a lot of fun at the crop, although as you can see in the slide show below, tinka and charlotte got tired of me snapping their pics {even though i only took a couple, it wasn’t like the flash bulb was going off for hours!}. after the crop, we headed over to a pancake house for a late night breakfast then we checked into the hotel. we were all pretty worn out from the long day, so we turned in pretty soon after that.

the next morning we got up early {for me at least}, since charlotte had an early morning class. tinka and i waited in line for the early entry to get a little bit of shopping in before our first class. our first stop was TECHNIQUE TUESDAY, they had a nice booth, with lots of great stamp sets and plenty of inspiring layouts and samples. there was quite a crowd  though as they were offering a gift to the first 25 customers. charlotte showed up having finished her class a little early, so we browsed the booth, then headed over to a booth with TONS of ribbons! i just had to have some of the pom pom trim, and charlotte picked it up in every color. tinka and i had to cut our shopping short and rush to get to our first class.

i had signed up for the jacob’s ladder class with sei. it was a VERY enjoyable class! it was well thought out, the teacher was very patient and explained things clearly, and the project was great too. i am sure this technique will be showing up in one of my photofull classes fairly soon!

after that, i had a ck class – 1 stamp set, 10 ways. i must say that i did NOT enjoy this class as much. i wasn’t really happy with the projects, the techniques or the instructor. i was expecting to maybe learn something new, but when 2 of the 10 techniques are stamping on cardstock and stamping on printed paper, you KNOW you are in trouble! in fairness the layouts were cute, but there just wasn’t much to them. you certainly didn’t recieve too much in the way of supplies and there were not many embellies either.

tinka had another class at lunch, so charlotte and i met up and had lunch at the hotel again. this time it was stir-fry and it was pretty good.

then, it was off for more shopping for me, tinka and charlotte had classes off and on. i had a great time looking around, i thought the assortment of booths was great. there was more that enough to interest me and make for some enjoyable browsing. i had meant to take more photos – both of the show and of projects, but i just got tired! so all i really managed to get were photos of the TT booth and the HARLEE QUINNZ booth {which i will tell you about in another post!}

after all the classes and shopping we were pretty tuckered so we headed back home. we stopped in new branfels again on the way back and ate at OMA’S HAUS. we all had something different and it was ALL good! charlotte had offered to host a mini crop at her house, so we met up with laura and all had a nice nite of cropping.

it was SO nice to have a girls weekend away! i had a fabulous time and look forward to getting to do it again sometime soon!

here are some photos from the show:

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farmer’s market line * shabby green door *

i posted awhile back that DAISY BUCKET had a new division called SHABBY GREEN DOOR and that the first line they introduced was FARMER’S MARKET

well, i just received a shipment – “fresh from the farm” so to speak – of this new line! i really like the papers; reds, blues, greens and yellows done in tones and designs that remind me of 50’s calico fabrics — fresh, fun and soft from a few washings!

i needed to do a layout, but didn’t have just the right photos for it; fortunately for me, laura e. did! she had photos of her family out picking blueberries, and the colors went just PERFECT with the FARMER’S MARKET line. {THANKS LAURA!}

here’s the layout featuring: maddie, katie, adam and nathan…

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here are the basic instructions to scraplift this layout if you would like:

1) pieces of BLUEBERRY COBBLER, SWEET PEAS and STRAWBERRY JAM printed papers were collaged on the PRISM Kraft cardstock background…

2) “u-pick blueberries” from FRESH PICKED rub on was applied to stamped label. small rub-on blueberries were adhered with 3D dots. BLUEBERRY TWIST was tied around tag…

3) JOURNAL BLOCK stamp was stamped on BLUE RIBBON  RECIPE printed paper and cut out…

4) stickers from SPREAD JOY were layered – the strawberry and blueberry sticker was adhered to the center of the month sticker. then a small red rub on star from COUNTRY FAIR set was used to mark the month…

5) MARKET TYPESET chipboard alpha letters were inked with ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Bisque, then outlined with a white pen for the title…

6) “SWEET” strip is from SWEET PEAS printed paper…

7) flowers were made from ribbon, leaves were cut from AT THE MARKET printed paper, button centers complete them…

thanks again to laura for sharing her pictures with me!


some “girl-ee girl” projects!

those of you who know me, know that i have 2 boys, and DON’T get to “do pink” very often! LOL!

BUT — a friend of mine, charlotte, has a daughter – LuLu, that turned 16 recently. SO — i got to make some FUN, FRILLY, beribboned, bedecked and bedazzled projects! lime green, pink, flowers, rhinestones, ribbons, fru-fru, beads, charms… you name it and i tried to FIND a way to include it!

for the first project, i started with a metal word that charlotte had found at a yard sale. she thought it would be fun for me to alter it for lulu’s b-day. i didn’t think to take a before pic – but it started out sorta a matte verdigris color. i pulled out my FAVE lumiere paint – citrine, and gave it a coat or two. then i added black sparkle stickle dots around all the letters. hot pink velvet scalloped ribbon, black pom trim and a row of cute tiny rhinestones dressed up the bottom. then i added a scattering of paper flowers with rhinestone centers. a few small rhinestone flowers were all that was needed to finish it off.

here’s how it turned out…

charlotte plans to hang it or place it on a shelf on lulu’s wall, then put framed photos of her friends under it!

NEXT – was the REALLY fun to do project! i wanted to make a mini album for lulu so that she would have a place to put special photos from her 16th year. {i HAVEN’T given this to her yet – so those of you who know lulu – please keep it hush hush till saturday!} i went through my stash and pulled out EVERYTHING i had that was blingy, or in the colors i wanted to use: pink, aqua, orange, lime green, black and white. i have to say, i had more that i thought, BUT – i just HAD to shop for a few more things. i don’t often get to shop for anything GIRL-EE! i accumulated quite a stack, and that made it easier to create the album. just seeing all those papers and embellies in coodinating colors got me excited about putting them to good use. i used a 8 X 8 chipboard album from maya road as a base; it came with 8 pages, so counting them front and back – that gave me SIXTEEN pages – PERFECT! 

here’s how it turned out!

i hope she’ll like it and i hope YOU enjoyed seeing something PINK on my blog! it’s a nice change from all the BOY colors usually up around here! LOL!