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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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

Dana Tatar

Jennifer Priest

Suzanne Austin

Tami Sanders                 <<<<< you are here

Tombow USA Blog        <<<<< go here next

thanks for hopping with us!

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Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop

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hi! welcome to the CLEARSNAP and WALNUT HOLLOW Blog Hop!!!

Walnut Hollow has lots of great blank, wood surfaces just waiting for you to embellish! and Clearsnap has plenty of inks and more to help you do just that! hop along with the Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow Designers to see how they transformed their pieces into some fabulous projects!

here is the list for the hop, you should have come here from Suzanne’s blog, and you’ll be heading to Sara’s blog after your visit here. if you jumped in somewhere other than the start, please head back to the Clearsnap Blog to hop from the beginning…

Clearsnap Blog

Chris Wallace

for my project, i selected the RUSTIC PANEL and 1 1/2″ WOODEN LETTERS from Walnut Hollow. i wanted to make a gift for my mom-in-law using a recent family photo. here’s a pic of my finished project…

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i first used gesso to add a background pattern to the pallet using a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop. then i used ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Refill Bottles in Mudslide, Mermaid and Glacier Lake, diluted with water, to stain the panels. i liked how the gessoed areas took on the colors of the dye inks applied over them. i thought it was a little more interesting than stenciling over the dye inks, which would have resulted in just a white pattern.

the quote was added using Colorbox Crafter’s Ink in Bark and Aruba and Jasmine Mix’d Media Inx embossed with ColorBox White Embossing Ink. stamps are from The {Stamps} of Life.

a little Topaz Izink was blended in some gesso to use to paint the “family” letters.

to add more “texture” to the letters, a swirl stamp {from Paper Wing Productions} was used to stamp first in Bark and then in Aruba Crafter’s Inks.

the photo was matted on white cardstock, distressed using Aruba Crafter’s Ink, and then on Kraft Corrugate Paper {Fancy Pants} distressed using Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink.

flowers, rhinestones, pearls, baker’s twine, ribbon and junque jewelry finish off the piece.

i put together a Snapguide for this project; it has a complete supply list as well as step-by-step photos and written directions…

Check out this guide on Snapguide

thank you for stopping by! enjoy the rest of the hop! be sure to enter to win some goodies on the Clearsnap Blog!


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Clearsnap & The {Stamps} Of Life Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the Clearsnap & The {Stamps} of Life Blog Hop!

All day today we’re stamping and inking, creating and sharing. Be sure to visit everyone on the hop and leave a comment to be entered to win a fabulous prize of Stephanie Barnard’s line of ColorBox inkpads, Stephanie Barnard Sprays!, and Stephanie’s new SCREENS!

***You can find the list of blogs on the hop below my project***

For the hop, I’m sharing a SUNSHINE-Y card with you. It is HOT, HOT, HOT here in sunny Texas. These hot summer days have me dreaming of a trip to the beach for a little cool H20 relief. But since the family can’t fit in a beach trip just yet, I thought I’d make a card featuring blue skies and waves, with white fluffy clouds and a big bright sun!

I used ColorBox® Premium Dye Inks and Sprays! by Stephanie Barnard along with some stamps and dies from The {Stamps} Of Life on glossy paper to create this fun little card…

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I love how Stephanie gives you lots of parts and pieces that you can stamp and arrange how you like! It makes it fun to mix and match designs and make something uniquely your own.

I wanted to use black ink to really POP the bright colors, but I wanted a “softer” look, so I used Charcoal ColorBox® Chalk Ink. Chalk Inks work great on glossy cardstock, just heat set to speed up dry time to reduce the risk of smearing.

The sun was stamped on glossy paper that had been spritzed with Banana ColorBox® Premium Dye Ink Spray!, and the center was punched from paper inked using Tangerine ColorBox® Premium Dye Ink

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The clouds were actually stamped on the BACK of some leftover glossy paper that had been sprayed with the Blueberry ColorBox® Premium Dye Ink Sprays! Little dotted areas had soaked through to the backside of the paper and I thought they would make pretty clouds.

The waves were made by stamping them on glossy papers that had been sprayed with Blueberry and Sky ColorBox® Premium Dye Ink Sprays!.The waves were cut out and then the colors alternated with the waves offset…

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Using the Color Catcher® helps keep all the inky goodness contained! And don’t forget to use your ColorBox® Cleaning Pad to spiffy up your stamps!

ColorBox Cleaning Pad

The ColorBox® Cleaning Pad is a quick and easy way to clean off your stamps {even for those of us who don’t like to clean our stamps– -wink…wink!}

SUPPLIES:

Clearsnap Products:

The {Stamps} Of Life:

Other Supplies:

***BLOG STOPS ON THE HOP***

If you were just here visiting my blog, or stumbled across the hop somewhere in the middle, just click on the Clearsnap Blog link and start at the beginning so you don’t miss anything!

Clearsnap Blog: http://blog.clearsnap.com

Jeanne Streiff  http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Tami Sanders https://tamisanders.com/ ***YOU ARE HERE***

Lorie Souther http://www.thinkinspot.com/ ***GO HERE NEXT***

Suzanne Austin http://whatsinalousyananut.blogspot.com

Kim Howard http://basementstamper.blogspot.com/

Judy Rozema http://jarfullofjoy.blogspot.com/

Becki Adams http://beckiadams.com

Beverly Sizemore http://bevscreativepath.blogspot.com/

Emily Niehaus http://emmielouwho.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com/blog

Laura Williams http://www.lauralooloo.blogspot.com/

Steph Ackerman http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/

Anna Wight http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/

Kelli Hull http://stampingwithadream.blogspot.com/

Adrienne Ford http://bry-and-i.blogspot.com/

Tiffany Johnson http://iheartartblog.com/

Lydia Fiedler http://www.understandblue.blogspot.com/

Meihsia Liu http://meihsia.blogspot.com

Debbie Cole http://debbiecole.com/blog/

Thanks for stopping by! If you enjoyed the projects along this hop, please subscribe to the Clearsnap Blog and follow us on the following social networks for even more inky inspiration:

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Made in the USA Blog Hop!!!

Clearsnap is Made in the USA so what better time to celebrate that fact than on the 4th of July!

Hop along with our team as they share patriotic projects to ring in this Independence Day here in the US.

Enter for your chance to win one of our EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition 3 Color Red, White, and Blue ColorBox Pigment Inkpads!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER CONTEST!

Now… onto my project for the hop!

Hopefully, you started the hop at the beginning — at the CLEARSNAP BLOG. if you didn’t, you might want to go back and start over at the ClearSnap Blog so you can see ALL the projects! Plus, the project for my blog begins with leftovers from the project I made and posted to the ClearSnap Blog, so you might feel a little confused if you don’t view that post first.

I LOVE being able to use leftover bits and things that might otherwise get tossed. This card is a great example of upcycling your paper craft “trash”. I thought it would make a nice “thank you for your service” card for your favorite military gal. Delete the gems for a great card for your favorite military guy ;)

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All the supplies for this project – with the exception of the gems, came from the leftovers from my frame project or papers from my scrap bag – including the card base.

The red piece and the thin blue border strip were both leftover from the kraft paper that I sprayed with the Stephanie Barnard Sprays! for the frame, and the stars were leftover from that project as well. The diecut frame was a “negative” of a piece I had cut for another card. No sense in tossing it out! Negatives from your diecuts can be very useful. The cream piece that the sentiment was stamped on came from my scrap bag. Twine? leftover from the frame project. AND, my favorite part of this card – the red, white and blue “camo”  print. This strip was made by placing a piece of kraft paper over the ink left on the paper I sprayed the papers from the frame over. {I usually use my Color Catcher, but I was spraying a lot of pieces so I put down a big piece of paper}. Whenever you spray or spritz, there is usually some ink left in the bottom of your Color Catcher or whatever surface you sprayed on, so why waste it. I liked how the piece came out, it looked like a camo print to me!

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SUPPLIES:

Clearsnap Products:

Other Products:

Tools:

  • Trimmer and Scissors

NOW! Please find the other stops on the hop listed below!

Hop List:

http://blog.clearsnap.com

http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/

http://debbiecole.com/blog/

http://www.tamisanders.com *You are here!

http://meihsia.blogspot.com/ *Go here next!

http://hydrangeahippo.com/blog

http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com/

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mother’s day…

i’ve added several posts with projects for mother’s day on the ClearSnap Blog…

here are some snippets…

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scroll through the may posts on the blog for photos of the WHOLE project as well as supply list and directions for these projects and other great stuff from the Creative Team!

CLEARSNAP BLOG

tfl!


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NSD Blog Hop with the ClearSnap Creative Team!

join the ClearSnap creative team all weekend long as we hop and scrap and hop some more!

our designers are bringing you a bundle of fun and lots of inky techniques for your scrapbook pages!

just hop through and leave a comment on each post. each designer is giving away their own prize pack so be sure to visit every blog on the hop!

entries close on monday may 6, 2013 at 12:00am…

hi! welcome to my blog!

i have a layout to share with you that features LOTS, and LOTS of inks and more from ClearSnap as well as several techniques. my layout started with 1 sheet of white cardstock, scrap kraft cardstock, manila tags, raw chipboard pieces, and some ribbon, twine and bits from my stash.

my challenge to myself was to turn plain unadorned pieces and papers into a colorful, collaged, nature-themed layout.

here’s the finished layout…

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the white cardstock background was transformed into a bright, blue “sky”, by lightly spritzing it with Sea Kiss Smooch Spritz at the upper left and lower right hand corners, then filling in with ColorBox Sprays! in Sky. the combo of the aqua toned spritz and blue spray makes a very pretty sky, plus you get just a touch of shimmer from the spritz…

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next, i wanted to add some tone on tone images to make the background more interesting, so i used the Rollagraph and Jumbo Say What? Stamping Wheel along with ColorBox Stephanie Barnard Premium Dye Ink in Sky to add a very subtle script pattern

and Mermaid ColorBox Archival Dye Ink was used to stamp some aqua dragonflies …

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then the leaf pattern was added using Mint ColorBox Pigment Ink, which was heat set…

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and a distressed design was added at the right side of the page to balance the leaves using ColorBox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan. a handy tip here to avoid having sharp edges when stamping a design like this is to only partially ink the stamp. this is easy to do using the ColorBox Stylus & Tips tool…

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the edges of the background page were inked using both Chestnut Roan and French Blue Chalk Inks.

with the background done, it was time to move onto embellishing! i started with the photos, they were matted in kraft cardstock and the edges were inked using French Blue Chalk Ink. next, they needed a background to “rest” on, so i took a piece of kraft cardstock, added a pattern using the Rollagraph and Jumbo Mixed Dot Design Wheel with Watermark Ink. the design was embossed using Top Boss Clear Embossing Powder, then when cooled, was sprayed lightly with ColorBox Sprays! in Artichoke

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the manila tags were spritzed using Sea Kiss Smooch Spritz, then when dry, were stamped using Chalk and Pigment Inks. using several types of inks in layers produces an interesting contrast. for this tag, the clock was stamped with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink, the watch in Mint Pigment Ink and the sentiment using Iris Pigment Ink which was embossed using Top Boss Clear Embossing Powder. a good hint when layering inks like this is to heat set as you go – especially if you plan on embossing a layer, otherwise, the embossing powder will stick to any ink that is still wet…

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the border under the photos was made using the Rollagraph and Standard Design Wheel in the Chinese Noodles Pattern. one of my favorite things to do with the Rollagraph is to roll multiple images with it, sometimes in different colors as was done here. the design was rolled once using ColorBox Premium Dye Ink in Sky, then again using ColorBox Archival Dye Ink in Moody Blue

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the raw chipboard leaves were first inked using Mint Pigment Ink, then after heat setting, the script design was added and embossed using the Jumbo Say What? Design Wheel, Patina Mix’d Media Inx and Top Boss Embossing Powder. a little distressing around the edges using Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink finishes them off…

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some baker’s twine and a charm finish off the layout…

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i used a LOT of different products and a LOT of different techniques on this layout, but don’t feel you have to do the same! pick and choose what you like best and what works for YOUR layout! but the next time you can’t find “that perfect paper” for your project, think about making it YOURSELF!

SUPPLIES:

ClearSnap:

  • Smooch Spritz: Sea Kiss
  • ColorBox Stephanie Barnard Dye Ink Sprays!: Sky and Artichoke
  • Color Catcher
  • ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan and French Blue
  • ColorBox Pigment Ink: Turtle, Iris and Mint
  • Donna Salazar Mix’d Media Inx: Patina
  • ColorBox Stephanie Barnard Premium Dye Inks: Sky and Blueberry
  • ColorBox Archival Dye Ink: Mermaid and Moody Blue
  • Watermark Ink
  • Top Boss Clear Embossing Powder
  • Rollagraph: Standard Handle, Jumbo Handle, Chinese Noodles Standard Design Wheel and Say What? and Mixed Dots Jumbo Design Wheels
  • ColorBox Stylus & Tips

Other:

  • Hampton Art: Time Pieces Clear Stamp Set and Weathered Background Wood Mount Stamp
  • Artemio: #10001140 Postcard Clear Stamp Set
  • Woodware: English Leaves
  • My Sentiments Exactly: Multi Collage and Schoolhouse Lower/Number Clear Stamp Sets
  • Bazzill: White and Kraft Cardstocks
  • Beacon: Zip Dry
  • The Twinery: Baker’s Twine
  • 2 Small Manila Tags
  • Vintage Blue Seam Binding
  • Chipboard Leaves
  • Dragonfly Charm
  • Jump Ring
  • Small Safety Pin

Tools:

  • Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Heat Gun
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Double Sided Tape

i was the last stop on this HOP; but just in case you were visiting my blog by way other than the hop, you will want to start at the top of the list and work your way down so you can see ALL the terrific projects and ideas!

Clearsnap Blog http://clearsnap.blogspot.com/  – start here
Megan Aaron http://thoughtsoftraveling.blogspot.com/
Suzanne Austin http://whatsinalousyananut.blogspot.com/
Sabrina Alery http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com/
Tami Sanders https://tamisanders.com/ – you are here now

don’t forget to leave a comment at each an every stop as EACH CT member will be selecting their own winner!

and also please “likeClearSnap on Facebook, and follow ClearSnap on: Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest for MORE great project ideas and contest info!

and of course, please visit us on the ClearSnap Blog!

thanks!


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ClearSnap Giveaway!

hello!

how would you like to win a MYSTERY BOX full of terrific goodies from ClearSnap? if your answer is yes – and why would it be anything else – all you need to do is one {or more} of the following:

  • Follow Clearsnap on Facebook
  • Follow Clearsnap on Pinterest
  • Follow Clearsnap on Twitter

just click on this link to enter…
a Rafflecopter giveaway

the contest ends on march 27, so be sure you enter before then!

who knows what inky goodness you could win! ColorBox Pigment Inks? ColorBox Archival Dye Inks? Stephanie Barnard Sprays! Sprinkles Chunky Glitter? Design Adhesives? ColorBox Queues? if you are the lucky winner you’ll just have to wait and see! because it is a MYSTERY BOX!

maybe you will receive some Smooch, Smooch Glitz or a Molding Mat, they are the trio of ClearSnap products that i used, along with some polymer clay, to create this bracelet…

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if you’d like to create a bracelet like this yourself, head over to the ClearSnap Blog to get the supplies and directions for this project. {zebra print bracelet: march 8 post}

good luck! and feel free to pass this post on to your friends so THEY can enter to win too! just make sure they’ll share if they do win!

 


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school days layout…

i’d like to share my montly design team project for the CLEARSNAP BLOG with you…

I love school supplies, well, now I call them “office” supplies, but it’s the same thing: notebook paper, pens, paper clips, staplers, hole punches, and all the other little doo-dads you can find at the office supply stores. I also collect vintage supplies, those are my favorites!

So, when Hampton Art released their new stamp sets for Graphic 45’s ABC Primer collection, I just had to have them. My son’s 4th grade school photos gave me the perfect chance to use them. But the photo was a little on the “bright” side to say the least, so it was a bit of a challenge to bring in the vintage touches I like but balance them with the crisp, primary colors in the photo.

The first thing I reached for was my ColorBox Premium Dye Inks by Stephanie Barnard; they are bright, vivid and clear and would work well with the colors in the photo. The next things I gathered up were some school themed stamps; including the ABC Primer stamps. Black and kraft cardstocks would serve as a base; black to set off the photo and kraft to lend a vintage feel. Then I found a few patterned papers that would fit in with the layout. For embellishments, I noticed that some felt flowers by Epiphany Crafts matched perfectly with the background color of the photo. Baker’s twine in red and brown worked with the theme and colors as well.

Here’s how all these supplies came together…

The colors coordinate with the photo, but their style along with the stamps used, embellishment choices and the distressing, make it a little vintage too.

here are a few closeups of all the little details…

If you’d like all the directions on how you can create this layout yourself, just hop on over to the CLEARSNAP BLOG!
thanks for letting me share this project with you!


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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
  • CREATE!

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


happy 4th of july!!!

here’s a fun little card to wish you a
HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!
this card features papers from Daisy Bucket’s ROCK STAR line.
— edges of card and printed papers and raw chipboard letters have been tinted using charcoal chalk ink.
— stitching lines on letters and “doodled” swirls were done with a black pen.
— vintage buttons were tied with waxed linen twine.
hope you have a great day that’s full of parades, hot dogs and fireworks!