tami sanders * paper crafter

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

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.



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update on {SO SWEET} altered tray class…

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

2014 valentine altered tray - tray wm

deets collage

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.


{so sweet} altered tray class…

i’ve got one more valentine’s day class that i will be teaching…

{so sweet} altered tray…

2014 valentine altered tray - tray wm

this project starts off with a tray full of domino shaped wood pieces. the pieces are then covered with photos and LOTS and LOTS of embellishments: metal, ribbon, lace, flowers, buttons, chipboard, bakers twine, stickers, pages from romance novels, goodies from maya roads and trinkets and treasures from my stash.

here’s a collage with closeups of some of the details…

deets collage

while putting this project together, you’ll also learn a few techniques that you can use on your scrapbooking or other papercrafts. we’ll be playing with inks and more from Clearsnap: ColorBox Archival Dye Inks, Chalk and Pigment Inks, Stephanie Barnard Dye Ink Sprays, Sprinkles! Chunky Glitter and stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

the date and deets for this class haven’t been finalized yet, but it will probably be scheduled towards the end of january. the class will be held at Scrapbook n’ More in new braunfels.

this project is perfect for a gift or to keep, for friends, family or romances – you’ll be able to customize it to your purpose. i used photos of my son and his girlfriend taken before their homecoming dance.

stayed tuned or better yet – subscribe to my blog for updates on this class. i’ll be posting all the details as soon as i get them!


vintage calendar box class…

i have a new class to announce – i’ve finished the project that i posted a “teaser” about the other day…

i found some fabulously shabby little white boxes during my trip to canton, i thought they would be perfect for some type of calendar project, but didn’t have anything definite in mind.

BUT, graphic 45 MUST have read my mind as they released their “place in time” collection shortly afterward! perfect timing!

here’s a look at the finished “vintage calendar box”…

the box includes 12 sets of the following, one set for each month:

  • tag with monthly calendar
  • “day-by-day” booklet for jotting down the days events
  • birthday calendar – to list friends and family b-days
  • birthday gift list – to keep track of gift ideas and purchases
  • “offers” envelope for coupons and gift cards

in addition to papers and embellies from Graphic 45’s “place in time” line, there are lots of items from my vintage stash.  there are also custom made items i designed just for this project using vintage ephemera from my collection.

and although the box is labeled as 2013, you can use it year after year. the dates on the calendar tags are in pencil, so they can be refreshed each year. and i’ll provide the class a master copy of the vintage office papers for the “day-by-day” booklet.

this would make a fabulously thoughtful gift for the holidays – if you can part with it! and since the class is early in december, you’ll have plenty of time to finish it and get it wrapped or shipped of if you are gifting it.

the class will be held at Stamp Antonio on sunday, december 2 from 12:00 to 4:00; cost is $55.

if you are interested in this class, please call Stamp Antonio at 210-764-7900. space for this class is VERY limited as i only have 12 boxes. there may be a possibility of getting more made, but that is NOT definite.

this class, along with the two classes i am teaching at Scrapbook N’ More in new braunfels will be the last 3 specialty classes i’ll be teaching til next year.

the two classes at Scrapbook N’ More will both be held on saturday, december 1…

countdown 2 christmas: a countdown calendar featuring papers by Bo Bunny, inks and more from Clearsnap, ephemera from Gecko Galz, vintage yardsticks and lots of goodies from my vintage stash…

and fabulous finds pendant and necklace class: you’ll create a one-of-a kind fashion piece that will be uniquely your own to gift or keep. you’ll have access to tons of jewelry bits vintage and new from “broken-but-beautiful” pieces, watch parts, charms and more…

if you are interested in either of these classes, please contact Scrapbook N’ More at {830} 214-1690 for more info or to sign up.


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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.



Clearsnap’s Altered Basics Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Clearsnap is introducing a new line on their blog today…

it’s called ALTERED BASICS and it is FABULOUS! you need to head on over and check it out! you will recognize several of the containers – empty fairy dust shaker bottles, empty smooch spritz sprayers, and more! use them to create your own custom mixes of glitters and sprays or use embellish them and give them a whole new purpose.

i used the un-inked stamp pad to make this colorful stamp pad that is uniquely my own…

today and tomorrow the Clearsnap Design Team will be sharing their projects on the hop. and you’ll want to be sure you post comments telling what your favorite Altered Basics product is — because Clearsnap is also giving away a PRIZE PACK of the new goodies!

head on over to the CLEARSNAP BLOG to get started on the hop and for all the info!



CHA inspired…

hello! today i’d like to share my monthly design team project for Clearsnap…

it’s a MixEd MEdiA Altered Canvas that was inspired by Summer CHA. I showed a sneak peek of the project last month on the Clearsnap Facebook page, and now, it’s ALL done and ready to share!

For me, CHA is always an amazing source of inspiration. And with this year’s MixEd MEdiA theme tying in with the New Donna Salazar MixEd MEdiA iNX, all kinds of fresh ideas for new projects came to mind.

The CHA display that I found most fascinating this year was the Mixed Media Fashion Show where over a dozen EXTREMELY talented designers used various materials to sculpt fantasy dresses.

So I took what I saw and gathered up some souvenirs of my CHA trip; receipts, baggage claim checks, airline tickets, dinner receipts, notes I made and more. I also rounded up a few of the stamps I had used in the classes I taught at CHA. Then I raided my hoard of vintage “junque” and collected some more Clearsnap products to use. All were combined into one piece of MixEd MEdiA aRt

The background is a flat canvas that was first “painted” with layers of the Donna Salazar MixEd MEdiA iNX. The inks blend BEAUTIFULLY and they are so mayo-like super creamy, that the coverage is AWESOME! You can use the Stylus and Blender Tip to apply and blend the inks, but I must confess to cover and blend large areas, or to add a little touch of ink, I like to use my FINGERS! In my opinion art should be a little MESSY! 

Circles of script were stamped in Black ink while the canvas was still “wet”, then, the entire piece was sprinkled with and embossed using Clear Embossing Powder. Scrolls and words were added and embossed in Sterling Silver. Finally, flowers were stamped using the MixEd MEdiA iNX and embosed in Opalescent Clear and finished with vintage button centers…


The wood dress form was from KaiserCraft; they were using it for a make & take during CHA and were kind enough to give me one to use on the blog. The stand portion was inked using Jasmine MixEd MEdiA iNX, then stamped in Black with a script stamp and embossed using Clear Embossing Powder, while the base was inked in Black…

The body was covered with a woven piece that was made by cutting pieces of my black and white “souvenirs” into thin strips and weaving them together. The piece was fitted to the mannequin, then trimmed to fit. MixEd MEdiA iNX in Honey and Chiffon were rubbed on to add some color…

To further embellish the dress form, a vintage junque-jewelry rhinestone piece was adhered as a choker, and paper roses and leaves were made from more ticket and receipt pieces that had been tinted using Smooch Spritz. After they were formed, they were rubbed with MixEd MEdiA iNX in Honey…

The two tiered skirt has a canvas fabric overskirt and vintage pattern piece underskirt. The canvas was first stamped and embossed with a Damask pattern using Top Boss Tinted Embossing Pad and Opalescent Clear Embossing Powder. Then it was spritzed with multiple colors of Smooch Spritz. The tissue underskirt was stamped in the same pattern but with Wicked Black Archival Dye Ink, then it too was sprayed with several Smooch Spritzes, but this time in brighter shades. The canvas was gathered and adhered using Beacon 3-in-1 glue – which is PERFECT for use with Mixed Media projects as it can be used to adhere a multitude of different surfaces. Scor-Tape was used to gather and adhere the underskirt…

The ribbon trim was made by dyeing vintage seam binding using Smooch Spritz, then crumpling the ribbon tightly in a napkin while it was still wet. After the ribbon dried, it was adhered using Scor-Tape…

Since I plan to display this piece in my studio, the words chosen were my favorite “3 I’s of Crafting” — Inspiration, Imagination and Innovation. The words were made by stamping the letters in Wicked Black Dye Ink, with several different alphabet stamp sets, on a piece of file folder that had been bLinGeD up with Smooch Spritz . The letters were cut apart and slightly “crumpled”. Then they were distressed using Leather MixEd MEdiA iNX applied with a Stylus and Blender Tip…

The wood disc was rubbed with several colors of MixEd MEdiA iNX, then stamped with a damask pattern in the Chiffon Ink. A button embellished with a vintage piece of junque-jewelry served to hyphenate the word… 


Clearsnap Products:

Other Products:

If you haven’t tried the new MixEd MEdiA iNX you need to find them and give them a try in order to fully appreciate their creamy goodness!

And please go by and visit the CLEARSNAP BLOG, new posts are added everyday by their talented hostesses and Design Team Members.

And don’t think you need to be an “artist” to give this art form a whirl, all you need is a pile of goodies and a little inspiration, imagination and innovation!


Grande Dame

I’d like to share a project with you today…

This project is very special to me because it celebrates the life of my Grandmother, Merle Virginia focusing on my favorite picture of her, which was taken in the early 1920’s.

My Gram lived to be 101 years old and held on to her wish to be able to stay in her own home til the end, she was one tough lady.

She used to tell me stories about her mother playing the organ and piano to accompany the silent movies in the theatre, so that was the inspiration for the piece.

This altered frame incorporates papers from Graphic 45, stamps and Spritz Screens from Hampton Arts featuring G45 designs and LOTS of Clearsnap products. Also included are bits and pieces of vintage “junque” that I have accumulated through trips to flea markets and estate sales.

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The base of the project is an MDF frame which was flat on the front and resembled a shadowbox on the back. I thought the back was much more interesting than the front, so I used the backside of the frame to build this piece.

If you have someone who is close to your heart that you would like to honor with a similar project, here are s few tips:

  • start by listing things that were unique to them
  • gather memorabilia, cards or letters, and vintage bits that relate to them
  • decide on a color scheme and gather papers, inks and embellishments in those colors
  • select stamps to use as backgrounds and accents that will compliment your project

The “create” part should be the enjoyable part, give yourself permission to play and experiment. Relax and let the memories of your special someone inspire you.

Here is a list of Clearsnap products that were used to create my project:

Smooch Spritz: Log Cabin, Gold Glow, Caramel Latte, Tea Party and Vanilla Shimmer

Smooch: Shabby Pink, Mocha, Lettuce, Banana Custard, Snickerdoodle, Moonlight, Silver Fox, Olive Twist, Gold Lame’ and Taffy

ColorBox Archival Dye Ink: Mudslide, Cookie Dough, Putty and Mermaid

ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan

ColorBox Pigment Ink: Dragonfly Black

Fairy Dust Glitter: Pralines & Cream

Top Boss Embossing Powder: Opalescent Clear

Glue Gloss

Color Catcher

new “dog” lines from Reminisce…

REMINISCE has released THREE brand new pup related lines…











all three are dog-gone cute you’ll want to check them out!

first is LITTLE BUDDIES, adorable little puppies frolick on the papers and embellishments in shades of soft blues, tans and a few other pastels. this line would work great with baby or toddler pics of your kiddos with their puppies, or just of the puppies themselves! a nice “baby” line for dogs!

next is WHO’S MY BFF? a cartoony little pup is featured on these papers in a pallete of muted blues with some bright pops of color. adorable and colorful embellishments really pop off the papers.

and finally DOG PARK, a bright and fun line with vivid greens set off with blues, tans and browns features a parade of pups! trees, paws, stripes, patterns and pups! this is a great line for scrapping your doggie pics whether or not they were taken in a dog park.

laura e. was nice enough to lend me some pics of her pup “lucy jane” that were taken in a park. a PEOPLE park! but the line worked just fine. so don’t worry if you don’t have any actual DOG park photos!

here’s the frame i altered using mainly the DOG PARK line, with touches of papers from the other 2 lines…


the design team has posted their projects on the REMINISCE BLOG, so if you have pics of your pup you need to scrap, you might want to take a peek!




SCRAPBOOK 911 is having an auction to benefit GUIDE DOGS OF TEXAS

staff, instructors and customers have donated handmade items to be auctioned off by silent auction with all proceeds to be donated to Guide Dogs of Texas.

the auction will officially kick off this weekend during the annual “Shirley” crop. but some of the items are already out and getting bids!

there are some pretty terrific items, several mini books, some great Christmas items, and i also noticed several pieces of jewelry.

i made a “dates to remember” book as my donation…

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there is a page for each month that you can list all your important dates on: birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

then there are pages for notes for each month, you can list gift ideas, shopping lists, or any other notes that would be helpful. each set of note pages also doubles as a pocket. so you have a handy place to tuck any receipts, or business cards, or any other info that you need to keep handy.

the book uses papers from Graphic 45’s new Steampunk Debutante line and from Teresa Collin’s new Giving Thanks line.

So make sure you go by the store soon to check out all the auction items and to bid on any that catch your eye. i also heard that jennie would be listing the auction items on the web, so you may be able to bid that way as well. check the Scrapbook 911 blog for details on that.

—and REMEMBER, the proceeds benefit the Guide Dogs of Texas, a VERY worthy organization so PLEASE bid generously! {and you can take it as a tax deduction :)}