tami sanders * paper crafter

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

weather and 1/28 class…

i’ve been watching the weather as another cold front is moving in…

i have a class scheduled at scrapbook n’ more in new braunfels tomorrow. it sounds like any ice from the storm will be gone around 10am or sooner, and class starts at 10:30.

i am planning on being there unless roads are impassable and i don’t see that happening given the current reports.

if we need to start a little later we will; so everyone be careful coming in.





stamp antonio closing… sad news…

i just received the following e-mail from amy and carol, owners of stamp antonio…

Adios Amigos

Our retail adventure has been a thrilling roller coaster ride — awesome customers, new friends, a terrific staff, wonderul instructors, amazing art experiences and plenty of long hours with a hearty dose of blood, sweat and tears.

Now we’re ready to move into a new phase of our lives — one with more time for family, travel and personal artistic adventures, so we are closing Stamp Antonio Arts effective March 1, 2014.

This is an incredibly bittersweet decision for us, but we believe that when one door closes another one opens and we’re excited to move to a slower-paced, less stressful, family focused lifestyle.

Please do not forget that we care so much for all of you. You have added to our lives and we will continue to hold you close in our hearts. We also hope that you will continue to foster a creative atmosphere for yourselves and each other.

We’ll miss you,
Carol and Amy

Here’s what you’ll want to know

Effective Tuesday, January 28:

All in-store merchandise will be 40% off.

All current merchandise orders will be cancelled and no new special orders will be taken or placed.

All classes are cancelled except the weekly and monthly classes for January and February: Tempting Project Tuesday, Tantalizing Techniques, All About Series, Bookbinding, Money$aving$ketches/PhotoFULL and Pergamano.

25% discount coupons will no longer be honored.

New stamp bucks will not be issued, but previously issued stamp bucks can still be used with purchases.

i can’t begin to tell you how saddened i am; carol, amy and the staff at stamp antonio have become friends over the years, and i’ve greatly enjoyed being able to teach classes for them.

this marks the closing of the last independent brick and mortar stamp/scrapbook store here in san antonio. it is hard for small stores to compete with the lure of big box stores and their 40% off coupons. but you will never get the personal touch at mike’s, hl or j’s. you’ll be lucky if they can even direct you to the papercraft product you are looking for. and they probably won’t be able to tell you about the product, and they certainly won’t help you with design advice. these are all things that you can only get at small, independent stores. you can’t touch or feel papers and tools that you buy online before you purchase them, you can’t hold up papers or embellishments from different lines to see what matches and what doesn’t. and if you like taking classes in person with hands of instructors, they will be harder to find as well.

even the “bigger” independent guys are failing; archiver’s are closing around the country.

when you weigh the quality of all you get at independent stores versus big box stores, somehow those coupons don’t hold as much appeal. stores can’t make it if all they are able to sell is $1 papers, while a large majority of customers go elsewhere to purchase tools, inks and accessories at a discount.

i’m not sure what this will mean to me as an instructor at this moment, it’s too much to contemplate right now.

but i would suggest that we all try to support the only 2 remaining scrapbook related businesses in the area:

Scrapbook N’ More:

651 N Business IH 35 Ste 410, New Braunfels, TX 78130, (830) 214-1690, http://www.scrapbooknmore.net

susan has a nice large store and workroom. the stock is kept fresh by timed arrivals of new product. the staff in friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. susan also keeps an assortment of interesting classes on her schedule. watch her facebook page to view new product arrivals.

The Scrapbooking Factory:
jane holds monthly retreats where a limited amount of merchandise is sold. but jane has an eye for putting together collections and embellishments that coordinate, so you’ll find enough product to keep you happy. she also has a booth at Craftiques Mall on NW Military.

another resource you might consider is joining is the Meetup Group: San Antonio Scrapbooking headed up by Victoria Tovar. they keep a full calender of free crops as well as class offerings. dues are only $6 a year.


the february PhotoFull and Money $aving classes at stamp antonio will be held as scheduled.

it’s COLD outside!

i took my my oldest to the “pasta & play” event at his school tonight. everything went well until we went out to get in the car at about 10:00 PM after the event. my car was COVERED with ICE! all the windows were iced up, and we even had trouble getting the doors open as the entire CAR was iced up! now i know those of you up north are LAUGHING at this, 26 degrees is considered bikini weather in some places, but here in texas that is COLD! lol!

the good news is that the weather is supposed to warm up by mid afternoon friday, and be nice and clear on saturday.

which brings me to my class on saturday, the {SO SWEET} aLTeRed tray class. there are still a few spots left and the weather shouldn’t be a challenge. so if you don’t have plans for saturday yet, and want to do something crafty, there is still time to sign up.

if you can’t make the class, but like the project, you can sign up for a kit. the price is the same, $28, and everything that needs to be done in class, will be done for you. the only info i need is the initials you want on the chalkboard piece: ” ____ + ____”.

please call scrapbook n’ more at (830) 214-1690 for more info or to sign up.




i wanted to thank everyone who attended the {so sweet} valentine altered book class!

i hope you all enjoyed it and will work on finishing your book up in time to display for the holiday. i’ve left the sample book at stamp antonio so those who attended the class can work on completing their books using it.

i’ve also added a private page here on the blog with larger size photos to make finishing easier as well. if you gave me your e-mail addy in class, i have just e-mailed you a link to the photos.

i was very flattered that the munchies served got as good a review as the book! i’m so glad everyone enjoyed them. i thought i’d go ahead and share the 2 recipes that seemed to be the most popular…

fresh strawberry glaze {served over lemon cake}

  • 8 ounce cream cheese – softened
  • 1 box {16 oz} powdered sugar
  • 2-3 T heavy cream
  • quart of fresh strawberries quartered

put the cream cheese in a food processor or mixer; cream til smooth. slowly add powdered sugar and 1T of the cream and mix til blended. add strawberries and mix well. add additional cream as needed to reach desired consistency.

spicy ham salad

  • 3 – 1/2 pound slices (1  1/2 pounds total) of danish deli ham – cubed
  • 1 poblano pepper – roasted, skinned, seeded and chopped*
  • 1/2 sweet onion – sliced thin and carmelized*
  • 1/2 to 3/4 C mayo
  • olive oil*
  • butter*
  • kosher salt*

place all ingredients , starting with 1/2 C mayo, in a food processor and pulse until blended. add more mayo if needed to reach desired consistency. ham salad should have some texture, so don’t process until smooth.

* to prepare poblano: sprinkle foil lined pan with 1-2 T of olive oil, roll poblano in oil to coat. place under broiler, turning every 1-2 minutes until skin is blistered. place poblano in a paper bag to steam and cool for about 15 minutes. remove skin, then cut open to remove seeds. cut pepper in to large pieces.

* to prepare onion: place 2 T of butter in a pan over medium heat until melted. add sliced onions, lightly salt and turn onions to coat. cook over low-med heat, turning frequently until golden brown and carmelized.

thanks again for all the positive feedback about the class — and the food!

i’ll be posting pics from the class in the next day or two.

i appreciate your interest!

class updates…

my first class of the year – photoFULL and money $aving $ketches went very well; thanks to all who attended!

the class was at Stamp Antonio, so i dropped off the {so smitten} valentine altered book sample – FINALLY! i’ve also added the supply list for this class. you can view the list on my blog, just click on the class link found on my left sidebar under CLASS PHOTOS, DESCRIPTIONS AND SUPPLIES.

while there, i also checked on sign ups and the class is only a few signups away from the max, i think there were 2-3 spots left. so if you were interested, PLEASE sign up soon. we can only fit 21 students in this class, so even if supplies allowed, i couldn’t add any more spots.

the sample for  my {so sweet} valentine tray is LITERALLY locked up in a mailbox :( and won’t be released until tuesday or wednesday of next week. all the info for the class is up, and i’ve posted about it here, my facebook page and on Scrapbook n’ More’s facebook page. but i’m worried about the class making due to the lack of a sample SO close to the time of the class. if you are interested, or know someone you think might be, i’d appreciate it if you’d SPREAD the word! i priced the class about $10 less than i’d planned hoping that would help with class signups – so it’s a BARGAIN class!

i think that’s it for now; i appreciate the continued interest in my classes!

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update on {SO SWEET} altered tray class…

i’ve finalized the details for the {SO SWEET} altered tray class…

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date: january 25

time: 1:30 to 5:00

location: scrapbook n’ more in new braunfels

cost: $28 – due to the fact that the sign up time for this class is short; it is being offered at a special low price.

description: in this class we’ll use a wooden child’s matching game as a base for this Valentine themed altered tray. the tiles are embellished using LOTS of goodies! in addition to your photos, you’ll use lace, vintage trims, metals, charms, flowers, stickers, chipboard as well as embellies from maya road, tim holtz and MY vintage to new stash! you’ll also learn a few techniques along the way. tray measures approximately 11 ½ X 8 ¼; easel not included.

more info and student supply list HERE

please call scrapbook n’ more at: (830) 214-1690 for more info or to sign up.


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photoFULL and money $aving $ketches classes…

as promised, i’m providing snippets of layouts for photoFULL and money $aving $ketches classes.

i’m HOPING to be able to post this info at least 2-3 days in advance of the classes each month, let’s see how that goes! fingers crossed i’ll be able to stay on top of these classes better than i have in the past. NY resolutions and all that! LOL!

REMEMBER though… that you will be using YOUR OWN papers and embellishments, so your layouts won’t be exactly like mine. you’ll use a sketch to make your layouts uniquely YOUR OWN in both these classes!

here ya’ go…


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here are the supplies you will need:

background: 2 pieces of cardstock or printed cardstock – same

accent paper: 2 pieces of printed paper different

photo mats: 1 piece of cardstock or printed cardstock

photoFULL part: 1 piece of cardstock or printed cardstock {you will be using both sides}

optional: chalk inks, washi tape and embellishments

photos: will hold about 13-16, mix of vertical and horizontal

money $aving $ketches…

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here are the supplies you will need:

background: 2 sets of 2 pieces of cardstock or printed cardstock – different – 4 pieces TOTAL

accent paper: 2 pieces of printed paper different

photo mats: 2 pieces of cardstock or printed cardstock – different

optional: chalk inks and chipboard embellishments

photos: layouts will hold about 12 photos in a mix of vertical and horizontal, some photos will be cropped to 4 X 4

NOTE: in this class, i’ll be showing and discussing how you can use raw chipboard to embellish your layouts. have some chipboard pieces you don’t know what to do with? bring them! hopefully, you’ll be able to USE them in class! bring an assortment so you’ll have options.

questions? please contact me! hope to see you there!