tami sanders * paper crafter

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


happy halloween!

hello!

i have a halloween project that i would like to share with you! i know, i know it’s been a LONG time since i just shared a project, and i didn’t have much time to whip something up today. BUT — this project literally took about 15 minutes from beginning to end!

i love all things vintage, and that includes old halloween and those fabulous monsters featured in the classic horror films from the 50’s and before. dracula, frankenstein, the werewolf, the mummy creature from the black lagoon… and MORE.

so while perusing the aisles of my local dollar store, i happened to spot halloween colored candles in plain glass holders. i thought it would be great to add some halloween graphics to the outside of the holders to dress them up.

so i searched on the web and found some images from those films that i wanted to use and copied them into a word document. i adjusted the size of the images to fit on the front of the candle holders…

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then i printed them out on a sheet of Computer Grafix Clear Adhesive Backed Ink Jet Film from GRAFIX. i LOVE this product! you can print on it, draw on it, stamp on it – as long as you are using a permanent ink you are good to go! you are basically creating a clear sticker to put on whatever it is that you want to embellish. the film also comes without the adhesive backing and in a matte white finish. but for this project the clear is perfect!

i cut out the designs, peeled off the backings and put them on the candles, take a look…

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quick and easy! and i think they look fun! a great way to add a bit of “retro” to your halloween decor.

and here is what they look like all lit up in the dark…

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frankenstien was a little hard to photograph! but i REALLY liked how dracula came out! take a look…

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you can experiment with the brightness and contrast of your images to get them just right. a lot depends on the color of your candle. the lighter colors worked best i think.

this would be a great way to embellish candles for other occasions as well: holidays, birthdays, weddings…

and it is SO QUICK and EASY to do! you could print full pages of multiple images if you need large quanties of candles.

but picture this technique on other items as well, like picture frames, mirrors, notebooks, really anything that needs a little dress up.

hope you enjoyed and have a sPOoKy Halloween!

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reminder…

just a quick reminder about my class this saturday, july 9th at the Heirloom Productions Stamp & Paper Arts Festival in new braunfels

i will be teaching a class during the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival in New Braunfels.

the show runs the weekend of july 9th and 10th, and my class will be from 1-3* on saturday. *(updated time)

carrie avery, owner of Paper Wings Productions, is sponsoring the class and we will be using her fabulous stamps and clip art embellishments during the class.

we will be using LOTS of other great products and inks in the class too…

ColorBox Pigment Ink, Dye Ink and Chalk Ink, ColorBox Spritzers, ColorBox Embossing PowderColorBox Stylus & Tips as well as the NEW! ColorBox Pearl Rain Spray, all provided by Clearsnap, will add color, texture and some BLiNg to your stamping. while Zip Dry and 3-in-1 Glue, provided by Beacon Adhesives, will be used to assemble your projects.

here’s what we will be making…

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we will be learning a variety of stamping techniques in this class including: using stamps, inks and sprays to create background designs, how to add layering and texture to your projects, an easy stamped ombre effect, what to do with ink left on stamps or surfaces, distressing and heat embossing.

although this is a 2 hour class, the first half will be devoted to stamping and inking all pieces, while the second half will be assembly. so if you prefer to finish your piece at home, you can leave after the first half and get back to the show!

tickets for the show are available online in advance at Heirloom Productions,  you can also purchase advance tickets at Scrapbook n’ More in New Braunfels. tickets can also be purchased at the door for a slightly higher rate.

stop by the PAPER WING PRODUCTIONS booth between 10 and 12 on saturday before the class to join us for a make & take, where we will be creating this tag…

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hope to see you there!


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new class!

hello!

i have just added a new class to my calendar!

i will be teaching a class during the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival in New Braunfels.

the show runs the weekend of july 9th and 10th, and my class will be from 1-3* on saturday. *(updated time)

carrie avery, owner of Paper Wings Productions, is sponsoring the class and we will be using her fabulous stamps and clip art embellishments during the class.

we will be using LOTS of other great products and inks in the class too…

ColorBox Pigment Ink, Dye Ink and Chalk Ink, ColorBox Spritzers, ColorBox Embossing PowderColorBox Stylus & Tips as well as the NEW! ColorBox Pearl Rain Spray, all provided by Clearsnap, will add color, texture and some BLiNg to your stamping. while Zip Dry and 3-in-1 Glue, provided by Beacon Adhesives, will be used to assemble your projects.

here’s what we will be making…

by the sea class collage

we will be learning a variety of stamping techniques in this class including: using stamps, inks and sprays to create background designs, how to add layering and texture to your projects, an easy stamped ombre effect, what to do with ink left on stamps or surfaces, distressing and heat embossing.

although this is a 2 hour class, the first half will be devoted to stamping and inking all pieces, while the second half will be assembly. so if you prefer to finish your piece at home, you can leave after the first half and get back to the show!

tickets for the show are available online in advance at Heirloom Productions,  you can also purchase advance tickets at Scrapbook n’ More in New Braunfels. tickets can also be purchased at the door for a slightly higher rate.

tickets for classes can also be purchased in advance both online or by phone, or you can sign up at the show if there is still space available. class size is limited, so if you know you want to attend, please sign up early! NOTE: this class has JUST been added and is NOT yet showing up online, you can call to get tickets, or check back for when it is added to the Heirloom Productions site.

i will also be doing a demo and or make in take at the Paper Wings Productions booth – more details about that to follow.


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{shares}

i have some great projects and pics i’d like to share with you…

first, it’s always nice to see what you “creatives” make using things learned in my classes. delia recently sent me a FABULOUS sports themed altered book that she made for her nephew. she just recently gifted him with it and she said he first question was “how long did it take you to make this?”. how NICE that her nephew truly understood and appreciated what an amazing labor of love the book was.

delia, amazingly, has only taken my altered book classes by “kit”, she hasn’t been able to actually come to class. FAB to know that it CAN be done through directions alone – guess MY time spent on the directions is worthwhile and appreciated as well!

delia generously agreed to let me share her awesome project with you, so take a look…

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on may 21, i held a monoprinting workshop using the new MONOPRINT PLATES by Grafix

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monoprinting is fun to do and there are a VARIETY of great techniques to create unique designs and papers and embellishments to use on all your papercrafting.

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along with Grafix supplied some of our products to play with in the class.

here are some pics from the class, everyone had their own “clothesline” to hang the prints they made up to dry – and let me tell you – everyone made LOTS of prints! good, messy fun was had by all. click on pics to enlarge and enable “scroll through”view…

susan at Scrapbook n’ More still had a few of the Monoprint Plates in stock if you would like to check them out or pick a set up!

i have some other personal projects i’d like to share, but i’ll save them for another post!


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handmade holidays blog hop

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hello all!

i hope you are enjoying the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop and getting LOTS of great ideas for your holiday gifting!

i have a jewelry project that i would like to share with you

Dragonfly Pendant & Earring Set

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i used Rollagraph® Design Wheel and Handle, ColorBox® Teresa Collins Pigment Ink, Smooch Accent Inks and ColorBox® Stylus & Tips – all from CLEARSNAP – polymer clay, stamps, junque jewelry and a few other supplies to create this set.

you can see how to make this set yourself by viewing this Snapguide…

Check out this guide on Snapguide

click the blue froggie button below for the hop list for today to continue on the hop.

you are at #26 – tami sanders, so click on #27 to arrive at stencil 1 – the last stop on the hop today.

if you would like to see what you missed yesterday – if you are just joining the hop – please visit the Clearsnap Blog.

there will also be MORE projects tomorrow, so be sure to check out all those FABULOUS projects as well.

and would you like a chance to win the fabulous prize pack below?

over $600 in craft supplies to help you make this holiday handmade!

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then please enter to win using the link below:

a Rafflecopter Giveaway

thanks for hopping with us today!


Doodle Lit Book Review

hi ya!

i received a book to review the other day, DOODLE LIT by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver from Gibbs Smith Publishing.

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i was instantly intrigued by a book dedicated to doodles; i can’t resist doodling anytime i have a pen and paper in hand.

“drawing on the classics” is noted on the cover, and that along with the “LIT” in the title clues you in as to the theme; classic literature. famous authors and characters and details from their books serve as the subject matter for each “chapter” of the book. a sample doodle from each author as well as a short bio is included as well.

each page prompts and prods your imagination to create. you get little jumping off points and the rest is up to you.

here are a few examples from the Jane Austen chapter…

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among other interesting pages of Jane Austen-ish things to doodle about, you can draw your own “Pride and Prejudice” mansion complete with topiaries or design or color a ball gown for your Elizabeth Bennet paper doll.

a few of the other authors included are: William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Emily Bronte and Lewis Carroll.

the Tolstoy chapter has lots of fun activities like: design a pair of earrings and embellish hats, gloves and boots.

and there are seasonal trees to embellish with natural doodles in the Emily Bronte chapter.

Lewis Carroll’s chapter challenges you to make a hat for the mad hatter, make a list of rules if you were “Queen of Everything” and cut out some stylish ‘staches for a mustache party…

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the William Shakespeare chapter challenges you to write and embellish {with doodles of course!} your own love letter, create an invitation to a masquerade as well as embellish a mask for the ball…

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i’ve been obsessing on peacock feathers lately {blame the prom flowers} so this mask caught my eye. i decided to try out the book by coloring and doodling this mask, here is my finished masterpiece…

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i added lots of added doodles to the mask…

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in the introduction, the author, Jennifer Adams is quoted as saying “doodling is such a simple form of being creative. when you doodle, you usually allow yourself to do it freely – you’re not trying to make a final piece of art or worrying what someone else will think.” and illustrator Alison Oliver says “doodling can make you feel calm and relaxed. it can help you when you want to come up with an idea for a project, or it can be just for fun”.

i think most of us doodle when we are bored, on hold or thinking. we probably don’t purposely doodle. i mean, when is the last time you set down to DOODLE – not set out to create something, not pull out the art journal to work on – NO – JUST DOODLE?

i find that doodling helps free up my mind from the daily to-do list, or worries and problems, and makes it easier to access my creative side. sometimes when i can’t focus on an assignment or class project, i’ll find myself doodling on the info sheet.

i LOVE an idea of a book FULL of doodle ideas! doodling with a purpose – doodling for the sake of doodling. i can see myself pulling this book out when i need some inspiration, when i need to open my mind to creating.

i have to admit it never occurred to me that this was not a book just for adults – call me a BIG kid! LOL! it is recommended for ages 8 and up, so your kiddos will love it too. and if you want to get your really little one interested in the “classics” check out BabyLit series by the same dynamic doodling duo.


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Beacon Adhesives

why i use and recommend Beacon Adhesives like Zip Dry and 3-in-1 Glue

i was working on a quick project tonight and grabbed a friend’s glue because it was handy. brand – not important – it IS a major brand glue recommended for paper crafting.

i was just gluing some cardstock to cover a composition book. figured how bad could the glue be? well it was THIS bad…


what you see in the above photos is:

1) glue lines showing through.

2) residue from the glue that leaked out under the edges which were then spread on my cover when i smoothed the cardstock down. the whitish residue won’t come off.

SO, i got up, walked to the other room and GOT MY ZIP DRY!!!

and glued on the back cover in the exact same manner as the front. and the result?


do you see any glue lines? residue? NO! and THAT is why i use and recommend BEACON ADHESIVES!!!

any stray glue leakage rubs off, paper is nice and smooth.

thanks for letting me share my glue drama!

tami


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Clearsnap & Tombow Blog Hop!

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Hello and Welcome to the Tombow USA and Clearsnap Blog Hop!

For this hop we swapped products that were made for each other: Tombow Adhesives and Clearsnap Foils!

On this hop we will share easy, affordable and fun ways to use Clearsnap’s Designer Foils with Tombow adhesive as well as other fun ways Tombow and Clearsnap products work together. “Stick” with us for the next two days to be inspired!

You probably got here from Suzanne Austin’s blog but if you just stumbled across my blog 

go the Tombow USA Blog (on Friday) or the Clearsnap Blog (On Saturday) to start!

NOW… here’s my project! 

hello hoppers! welcome to my blog!

i have a sweet and feminine Mother’s Day project to share with you; this framed quote for Mom…

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i used a foiling technique similar to one Jennifer Priest shared on her blog: CHIC FOIL PRINTING WITH CLEARSNAP to add a little bLiNg! to my frame. i wanted the project to be soft and “frilly” with a peaches and cream color scheme and a little touch of GOLD.

foil accents are HOT right now, not only crafting but in fashion as well. Clearsnap makes a product called Design Foils which come in several colors and makes it easy for you to add a fashionable-foil accent to your projects.

to add the zig zag foiled elements to my frame, i used Tombo Mono Multi Liquid Glue and ColorBox® Chevrons Art Screen. the stencil was taped over the painted frame and then the design was filled in with thin lines of glue. a paintbrush was used to spread the glue to fill in the designs completely. then the stencil was removed and the frame set aside to let the glue dry. you’ll know it’s dry when it turns from white to clear. then, the foil was placed over the glued designs and rubbed to transfer the foil. quick, easy and best of all NEAT! no loose gold flakes to deal with.

Izink Inks were used to paint the frame. Izink Inks are a hybrid of ink and acrylic paint so they cover well and are quick to dry. they also come in lots of VIVID colors.

the paper flowers were given a kiss of peach using Peach Pastel ColorBox® Cat’s Eye Chalk Ink. the flowers and button accents were adhered to the frame using Tombo Adhesive Dots. some of the buttons that had an uneven bottom or shank remnant were adhered using Tombo Foam Tape.

the background paper for the quote was made by inking white cardstock with Banana Custard® ColorBox Pigment Ink applied using the ColorBox® Stylus & Tips. the paper was then given a sprinkling of butterflies stamped in Dune Pigment Ink. the finished paper was adhered to the frame backing using Tombo Extreme Adhesive.

the overlay was done using Computer Grafix by Grafix.

i’ve put together a Snapguide that shows how you can make this project step-by-step in both photo and written directions… Check out this guide on Snapguide

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To win, visit and comment on the participating blog posts. You have until April 21 at 11:59 EST to comment. A winner will be picked randomly and announced on April 22 2015.

The prize includes: Tombow Xtreme Adhesive, NEW Tombow Adhesive Dots, Tombow Stamp Runner Dot Adhesive and the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Glitter – Gold Sparkle and Ruby Slippers, Designer Foils – Cherry

here’s the HOP list! 

Friday:

Tombow USA Blog

Sabrina Alery

Beth Watson

Jennifer Priest

Daniella Hayes

Guest Designer Jennifer Loftfield

Jennie Garcia

Guest Designer Holly King

Latrice Murphy

Clearsnap Blog

Saturday:

Clearsnap Blog

Meihsia Liu

Latrice Murphy

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Jennifer Priest

Suzanne Austin

Tami Sanders                 <<<<< you are here

Tombow USA Blog        <<<<< go here next

thanks for hopping with us!


new card sketch!

hi ya!

i wanted to let you know that i have a NEW! card sketch up on the Clearsnap Blog. once a month, usually on the 13th, i add a card sketch and sample card.

this month, the sample card features a quick and easy foil technique to add a touch of bLiNg!

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you can view the sketch and get all the details you need on how to make the sample card and the foil technique here: APRIL CARD SKETCH.

the card also has some book pages that were painted using Izink Inks incorporated into it. Izink Inks are a hybrid ink – a mixture of pigment inks and acrylic paint. they are SO bright and intense and dry QUICK! they are a great addition to your ink/paint arsenal.

if you visit me over on the Clearsnap Blog, please post a comment there to let me know you stopped by. and if you like the sketch, please share it with your friends on facebook, pinterest, etc.

thanks!


brilliantly colored and foiled Easter eggs!

hi all!

i recently created some projects for GRAFIX and would like to share them with you over the next week or so.

one of the projects used the new Artist-tac, a dry adhesive, to add foil accents to paper mâché Easter eggs…

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the Artist-Tac was used to add the designs to the eggs: punched circles for dots and wide and narrow strips for stripes. the eggs get their GORGEOUS colors from Izink Inks and the foils are Designer Foils, both from Clearsnap.

i created a Snapguide that shows you step-by-step how you can make these eggs yourself…

Check out this guide on Snapguide