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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christmas classes…

if you’ve got some time for crafting this holiday season, i have 2 class offerings for you…

both feature Graphic 45’s Christmas Emporium line and Clearsnap products…

there are still a few spots left in my CHRISTMAS SPIRIT altered book class that i’ll be teaching at Stamp Antonio on sunday, december 4th… 

this book is part of my series of altered books and includes some new folds and ideas. a free follow up class will be offered on december 15 to give you an opportunity to finish up any details that we don’t get to complete in class.

call Stamp Antonio at 210-764-7900 to sign up or to get more information.

and on saturday, december 10th, i’ll be teaching MERRY OL’ CHRISTMAS altered ATC tray at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels…

in this class, we’ll be create a vintage-inspired Christmas Décor’ piece that you will enjoy displaying for years to come. papers from Graphic 45’s Christmas Emporium line, products from Clearsnap, and goodies from my vintage and not so vintage stash will be used to turn an ATC tray from plain to fabulous! lots of tiny details that will have you and your guests noticing something new each time you look at it.

you will need to chose black or winter white for the color of the tray when you sign up, so call early to ensure you get the color you want. please call Scrapbook N’ More at (830) 214-1690 or e-mail susan at create@scrapbooknmore.net for more information or to sign up. Scrapbook N’ More had been having trouble with their phone lines, so please e-mail if you can’t reach them by phone.

and for both of these classes, please note that some pieces and images may vary from the sample.

space for each is also very limited due to supplies on hand, so be sure to sign up early if you would like to take either of them.

class supplies for both classes can be found in my left sidebar, right under the snow angel blinkie.

feel free to contact me with any questions you have!


fall banner…

for my monthly design team project for Reminisce, i created a fall banner using wood leaves covered in the Harvest line paper and embellished with coordinating border stickers…

if you’d like to take a closer look and get more info on the project AND to check out other design team members projects, please visit the REMINISCE BLOG!

don’t think big…think SMALL!

are you thinking small right now?

how small?

pocket size small?

half pint small?

itsy bitsy maybe?

teeny weeny perhaps?

are you wondering why i am asking?

i am trying to get you in the right frame of mind to take a wee little peek inside a new craft book called…

MICROCRAFTS {tiny treasures to make and share}

the book was compiled by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz and Friends, and is published by QUIRK BOOKS.

as the name implies, the crafts  contained inside this not so small book are all tiny, some incredibly so. but while the projects themselves may be small stuff, the ideas and designs are anything but.

the book includes over two dozen projects, all complete with large color photos, complete easy to understand and follow instructions and all the patterns and templates you need to recreate these diminutive works of art.

and the ideas are clever; inspired small-scale creations that are unique, imaginative and whimsical.

here are some snippets from the book…

being a scrapbooker, these minature books captured my attention…

and this petite bunting looks fabulous on this cake, but would equally adorable draped across a papercrafted project…

and what dog lover wouldn’t love these little guys. or given the time of year, how cute would they look if they were hung from a Lilliputian sized Christmas tree?

these sweet little spool dolls would be a fun project to make with your kids. or again, thinking ahead to the holidays, you could make a whole set to gift your favorite little girl. or how about a set of angels to add to your decor, or maybe a nativity…

one of my favorite projects were these tiny hanging potted plant earrings; which were included in a section of the book called “Ideas for Modifying Microcrafts”, which is dedicated to providing alternate ideas or uses for some of the projects in the book…

as i was reading this book, i wondered if i had the patience to create any of these MICROCRAFTS. they were all more than a trifling cute, but they all looked so.. so.. well, they all looked SO TINY! wouldn’t that make them hard to do? after all, they had tee-ninsy bits and pieces. which meant that i’d have to cut, stitch, glue, handle and NOT lose all those mini specs!

i decided i ought to give a project a try and find out. how could i give you an honest review of the book if i hadn’t actually tried to make anything from it?

so, i flipped through again, and one project in particular caught my interest, this beautiful minature flower pocket pendant…

it’s a pretty, flower be-decked pendant on the front, with a itty, secret pocket that could hold a pebble-sized kangaroo on the back; perfect for tucking in a chiclet-sized photo, note or treasure.

my “creation” is not an exact copy; i wanted to put my own spin on it, so it is not half as fabulous as the one designed by Larissa Holland.

but i liked how it came out…

i started with ecru felt, and tinted it using Smooch Spritz to get a variety of colors instead of buying different colors of felt. i decided not to embroider the pieces, although i did love the vintage boho vibe the stitching gave the sample piece. and instead of machine stitching the pendant and pocket pieces together, i handstitched them with a whipstitch using baker’s twine. here are some closeup photos of the project…

i was surprised to find that the project was not only simple to do, but was relaxing to boot! the directions provided a way that made cutting out the pieces easy to do. in fact it wasn’t hard at all to cut out those minuscule pieces; all i needed was a sharp pair of scissors. i found the right tools – which are included in the supply list for each project – really do make the job easier. i also found it very theraputic to “work small”; carefully snipping, precisely tacking, taking minute stitches, all of it was very enjoyable. in under an hour, my little work of art was done, finished… ready to wear. to proudly show off and proclaim it mine, made with my own “not so clumsy after all” hands.

i look forward to trying my hand at making more MICROCRAFTS now that i know that i can indeed make them – and have fun doing it!

and the variety of crafts and mediums included in the book should appeal to a broad range of crafters, there is a little bit {haha} of everything in there: fabric, paper, metal, clay, yarn — cards, dolls, jewelry, accessories, decor — sewing, papercraft, embroidery, knitting, quilling and MORE!

and the authors were also thoughtful enough to provide diagrams, hints, techniques, resources, and much more than a thimble-full of other information to make recreating their designs as easy as pie. i found hints and ideas that i could take and apply to other crafts and projects as well.

so take a second, minute or ten to check out this book for yourself; you might find you like “thinking small”!

class info

hi all…

as the holidays approach, i am going to be gearing down my classes. i’d LIKE to be gearing UP! it is the CRAFTING time of year; but i realize that as hectic as things are right now, they are only going to be MORE so as the end of the year approaches.

SO – there will be no montly classes – ie: photoFULL and money $aving $ketches until january. sorry – but NO december classes. but NO whining — attendence has been down the last few months because everyone IS getting busier at this time of the year – and you know YOU’LL be busy too! but, i do have both classes scheduled for november – november 29 – at Scrapbooks N’ More in new braunfels. the photos of the layouts and supplies needed for both classes can be found HERE for photoFULL and HERE for money $aving $ketches. you can also find the links for the info in my sidebar under “class photos, descriptions and supplies.”

i am teaching the “Christmas Spirit” altered book class at Stamp Antonio on December 4. and this time we are going to try adding a FREE follow-up class on december 14. it will be a chance for you to finish up anything we didn’t get to in class. the sample book is NOW at Stamp Antonio if you’d like to go by and see it. i’ve added some new tricks for those of you who have taken one or more in my series of altered books. space for this class is limited due to my supply of vintage goodies; so please sign up soon if you are interested, or call Stamp Antonio for more info. if you have already signed up, you can get the supply list HERE – there is a link for it in my sidebar under “class photos, descriptions and supplies.”

i am also working on a Christmas themed ATC tray using the G45 Christmas Emporium line for Scrapbooks N’ More in new braunfels. it will hopefully be finished by this weekend.

in the meantime, please be sure to visit me on the CLEARSNAP BLOG; we’ve got lots of great holiday projects planned!

handmade holidays blog hop!!!

Clearsnap is teaming up with LOTS of companies in presenting the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop…

Design Team members from Clearsnap as well as those from Graphic 45, Spellbinders, Hampton Art, Zutter, Authentique, The Twinery, Donna Salazar and Glue Arts will ALL be presenting projects during this HUGE THREE DAY HOP!!!

each day, a new project will be featured on the Clearsnap Blog, along with a LONG list of designers and company blogs each with BRAND NEW FABULOUS projects for THAT day!

a prize pack is also being offered, see info on the blog.

so hop on over to the CLEARSNAP BLOG to start getting the inspiration you need to get busy with your holiday crafting!

all dressed up…

here’s a pic of my kiddos all dressed up for halloween!

drew decided he wanted to dress up too this year – but he wanted a “cosplay” costume. so he’s a “steampunk time traveler” / “dr. who-esque” character! GOT ALL THAT? his costume took FOREVER to make, had some trouble with WRONG directions on the pattern, but i think he looks nice in it.

chris’ costume is a little more straight forward, he’s a zombie pirate! this is the first year i’ve let either kid go as something SCARY! we even used FAKE BLOOD! i had talked chris into wearing drew’s “captain jack sparrow” costume i made a few years back and making it into a zombie pirate instead, and he liked that idea. {and i didn’t have to make TWO costumes!}

they both had a good time last night and were WIPED out this morning! i had trouble getting them up and off to school.

rob took chris around my mom’s neighborhood trick-or-treating… drew went for awhile, then came back to my mom’s house and helped us pass out candy. he was making some comments about some of the “hot girl” costumes – so i think he’s beginning to see halloween through “teen” eyes! LOL!

i’d love to see pics of YOUR little trick-or-treaters!