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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giveaway on julie fei-fan balzer blog…

hi all!

i’m still working my way through my NYC trip, but let me skip ahead a little to tell you the purpose of the trip…

TCW – the crafter’s workshop, had invited a group of us down to attend Stencil U, which was geared towards certifying us as TCW educators.

the program was the brain child of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, a very talented multi-media artist and a signature designer for TCW. Julie led the program with the assistance of Jamie Echt, designer and founder of TCW and Cheryl Boglioli, who is currently on a spring art teaching tour.

i had sent little boxes of mixed media “junque” for all the attendees and included a few extra boxes – just in case…

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Tami Sanders using Balzer Designs Stencils

julie was generous enough to offer to give away one of the extra boxes on her blog. i had no idea she would do a full post on some of the projects i’ve done using her TCW Balzer Design Stencils: TAMI SANDERS USING BALZER DESIGNS STENCILS

julie has more photos of the contents of the box on her blog. if you would like to be entered for a chance to win this box of goodies, please click on the link above for all the details. you’ll also be able to view the projects i’ve done using julie’s stencils.

comments posted to my blog, although welcome, will NOT enter your name in the contest. you need to post to julie’s blog to be entered.



have you checked out SNAPGUIDE yet?

i love the step-by-step, photos with written directions format. it makes it so easy to follow the instructions for any given project. they have lots of categories of guides too. in addition to arts and crafts how to’s, you’ll find projects for fashion, home decor, beauty as well as lots of great recipes for main dishes, side dishes, desserts and much more.

i presently have 32 snapguides up…

snapguide collage

you can view all my snapguides here: tami sanders * paper crafter snapguides

i also have a link on my sidebar at the right to all my published guides. i add new ones frequently. you can also follow me on snapguide if you’d like.

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creative canvas class


i’ve finished the sample for the Creative Canvas Class and dropped it by Scrapbook N’ More today. coincidentally, susan was pricing and stocking a HUGE order of stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop! lots of GREAT designs!

here are the deets for the class:

date: saturday, nov. 8

time: 12:00 to 4:30

cost: $35

supplies: 4X6 or 5 X 5 photo, zip dry or 3-in-1 glue {or both if you have them}, 3D foam squares or tape andu heat gun {there will be a few heat guns you can use in class, but you’ll be doing a LOT of drying, so bring your own if you have one!}

and here is my sample canvas, along with some closeup shots of the details – you can click on it to enlarge…

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YOUR canvas won’t look just like mine – unless you want it to. YOU will select your own ink colors, stencils and accessories to create your own UNIQUE canvas. before you start on your own canvas, i’ll show you some simple techniques so you can learn how to add layers of ink and patterns to add depth to your project and we’ll also work on techniques for adding texture.

i have DOZENS of stencils in all sorts of designs, patterns and themes from The Crafter’s Workshop for you to use…

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i also have lots of pigment inks in gorgeous rich, creamy colors – Mix’d Media Inx from Clearsnap…

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as well as some specialty inks from Aladine, distributed by Clearsnap, Izinks – which are a hybrid mix of ink and paint and come in beautiful shimmery colors…

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you’ll also learn how to hand-dye vintage seam binding to use on your canvas too…

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you’ll  get to select accent ribbons, jute and cording as well as vintage trinkets and treasures to use to embellish and customize your canvas. i’ll have other embellishments to select from, so if keys and tape measures aren’t your thing, you can choose something else.

the class lasts 4 1/2 hours, so you’ll have lots of time to work on your project.

there is also a crop that night, and i’ll be hosting it! so you can plan to come and play all day if you like.

the crop will be from 5:00 to 11:00 and is $10. but if you sign up and pay by wednesday, november 5, you’ll get a $5 coupon that you can use to shop with crop night!

if you have unfinished “tami” projects like altered books, photoFULL or money $aving layout classes, bring them and i’ll be glad to help you with them. {if you want to work on an altered book, if you’ll use the contact me form at the top and let me know which book, i may be able to bring the sample book.}

an altered canvas makes a great gift, and the holidays are right around the corner! so keep gifting in mind when contemplating what photo and theme you would like to do.

TCW stencil projects…


i had a quick tidbit i wanted share with you… Ronda Palazzari included 3 of my projects in her recent blog post:


Ronda posted about some GORGEOUS projects that she’d spotted around the web and sm networks and i was very honored to have a few of mine included.

Ronda designs templates for The Crafter’s Workshop – among other things, and i am LOVING her new designs!

you can check out Ronda’s stencils, as well as all the new TCW stencils here: NEW TCW STENCILS


first classes of 2013!


i’d like to give you some info on some upcoming classes for the new year…

a new monthly class has been added to my calendar; we’ll give it a try and see how it goes!

it’s called crop’n with tami and will be held on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month at Stamp Antonio. the first class is scheduled for thursday, january 24 from 10:30 to 1:30.

i’ve been asked about doing a class where i help you work on your own layouts, along the lines of an assisted crop, giving you layout and embellishment ideas. enough of you have asked enough times that i’ve decided to try out the idea for a new class for 2013.

i will bring my sketches for past photo-full and money $aving classes, as well as other sketch books and layout ideas for you to use. i will also bring supplies that will be free for use that may vary each month, like stamps and inks, spritzes, alphabets, etc.

although the class is “officially” 3 hours, you can remain and crop until Stamp Antonio closes at 6:00 as long as there is no other class scheduled on that particular day. the cost of the crop is $12. the longevity of this class will depend on attendance.

if you are interested in signing up, please call Stamp Antonio at 210-764-7900.

i have also scheduled a valentine’s day décor project – amoure décor – at Scrapbook N’ More on sunday, january 20 from 2:00 to 4:00. the project features Reminisce’s new line My Sweet Valentine

amoure decor collage

the project also features inks and more from Clearsnap and trinkets from my vintage and not so vintage stash! you can also check out the sample at Scrapbook N’ More. cost for this class is $25.

please call Scrapbook N’ More at 830-214-1690 to sign up or for more info; space for this class is very limited; so please call early!

i am poking around for “inspiration” for the next altered book class – i had my heart set on Valentine’s, but that may not pan out. i’m awaiting the sneak peek of graphic 45’s Secret Garden line; i haven’t done a spring/garden book yet!

i am also looking into hosting a fall retreat: classes by day, cropping by night with lodging and food included.

any input about these or future classes or the fall retreat, would be GREATLY appreciated! i am especially interested in hearing whether or not YOU would be interested in the retreat!

thanks for your interest!

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holiday inspiration

if you are looking for some inspiration for your holiday crafting do i have JUST THE THING for you!

Clearsnap is teaming up with some FAB companies: Hampton Art, Graphic 45, Authentique, Fiskars, The Twinery, Tombow, Donna Salazar, Sizzix and Globecraft Memories to bring you THREE GLORIOUS days of Blog Hopping!

introducing the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

dozens of design team members will be showing off their awesome handmade gift ideas AND including all the supplies and directs to make them, in this MASSIVE blog hop!

here is a SMALL peek at my project, you’ll have to go to the blog to see the WHOLE ENCHILADA!

the hop starts TODAY… November 16, so PLEASE head on over to the CLEARSNAP BLOG to get started!

each day, various companies will be offering HUGE prize packs! so be sure to check out that info and follow the directs to get in on the goodies!

you can tell them Tami sent you if you like!



something sweet…

i want to share an upcoming class project with you…

i’ve just finished up my newest altered book…

“sweet dreams of christmas”…

i’ve been working on it for days; trying to add all those special little touches that you have come to expect and using as MANY goodies from my vintage stash as possible!

here’s a peek at the latest book in my series of altered books and the third christmas themed book in the collection…

this class will be taught at Stamp Antonio; i will be working with them to set a date and time and will post all the details when available.

thanks for your interest! 

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the clock strikes again…

i taught the halloween tryptic “stroke of midnight” at scrapbook n’ more today; the attendees left with hands covered in alternating layers of glue, ink and feathers! but they also left with a halloween decor piece to display!

for those of you who missed it, guess what — you DIDN’T! due to requests, i will be teaching this same class again at Stamp Antonio on sunday, october 7. the date is set, but the time is TBA. it will be in the afternoon and run 4-4 1/2 hours.  i’ll post again as soon as the time is decided on.

i’ll only have 12 spots, so if you are interested, please sign up soon. this class is not hard, but there are lots of parts and pieces, so kits may be a challenge.


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alter with care…

i’ve been busy putting away my goodies from Canton and continuing to sort and stash some other vintage finds that have been sitting around.

just for grins, i decided to look up a few things on e-bay to see what they were selling for. imagine my surprise when i found this book, secrets of charm…


 — selling for between $100 and $500 depending on condition! mine is a first edition with the dust jacket!

another unexpected find came when i was sorting through a box of watch crystals i bought for $8. i found a rolex and several omega, seiko and bulova crystals, all of which i found selling for $10 to $25 EACH on e-bay…

i figure that if i can sell these few items, i’ll more than pay for my trip to Canton last week. making some BIG bucks on selling a few of my finds gives me an unexpected BOOST in my SPENDING budget to buy more! LOL!

i cringe whenever i see an altered art item using vintage patterns, i’ve sold hundreds of vintage patterns and some sell for $10 to $200 each depending on the design.

i personally prefer to use broken items for my altered art pieces. or to upcycle items that would just be considered “trash” or “junk”. when i do decide to work with vintage items that might still be useful or have some value, i like to check the internet to see what they might be selling for. pieces and parts, like the watch crystals, have gone UP in value instead of down. people who own or fix vintage watches have trouble finding vintage parts. so some parts for better companies are selling well. the box i purchased contained many “budget” crystals that don’t sell for much, so i will be using them!

i like to scan or photocopy book pages, pattern envelopes, leaflets, postcards or other ephemera to use in my projects; you can’t tell the difference between the images in most cases, and i can use the image over and over instead of just once. i’m also considering scanning pages of vintage anagram pieces, letters and numbers as they have been steadily rising in price. i used to be able to find boxes FULL of small letters for $2 and $3, now they are going for $20-$40 on e-bay! at that price, i can’t afford to use the originals in my classes, but scans of the pieces result in the same look for a lot less.

my feelings are that if an item has survived intact for 30, 40, 50 or more years, i don’t want to be the one to tear it up now! unless of course that is all it is good for!

so a word to the wise, CHECK FIRST, before you incorporate vintage items into your altered art. otherwise, your project may be costing you a FORTUNE!

alter with CARE!

altered book classes

i posted pics from the “by the sea” altered book class at Stamp Antonio on the Clearsnap Blog – you can see the post HERE

if you attended the class, but don’t see your pic – my apologies, i tried to get everyone!

during the class, i took a poll about themes for future altered books; there were some really good ideas… AND an overwhelming request for yet another Christmas book! which surprised me because i’ve already done TWO! but — if you REALLY want another one, i’m game to do it. i’ve been on a buying spree picking up lots of vintage goodies to use on it. i will be using the new NUTCRACKER SWEET line from Graphic 45. The “sugary” colors will lend itself to some feminine touches, so this book will differ from the other 2 Christmas books we’ve done.

i’m also working on some classes for holday gifts, and maybe something for fall. with all my new goodies from Canton, i’m anxious to USE THEM ALL!

there were still a few spaces left for my Halloween Tryptic Class at Scrapbook N’ More in New Braunfels this saturday. please call the store to sign up if you are interested.