tami sanders * paper crafter

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

happy halloween!


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…


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…


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…


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


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!



save the date!!!

save the date!!!

i have booked a date for the Steampunk Halloween altered book class…

it will very appropriately be held on october 13th!!!

i have finished the sample; i just need to take pics of it.

this book, by FAR, has the MOST junque EVER!!!

gears, watch parts, vintage ephemera, parts, pieces and miscellany!

can’t wait to show it to you!

i also have several other classes and dates to share so PLEASE stay tuned!

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thanks for your interest!


“stroke of midnight” halloween tryptic…

i was able to work out the deets for this class sooner than i thought, so for those of you who were curious to see the project that the “teasers” i posted yesterday came from, i’m ready to share!

stroke of midnighthalloween tryptic…

this hauntingly boo-tiful halloween decor piece will get your spook-tacular decorating off to a great start! fabulous vintage-style papers from Graphic 45’s Happy Haunting Collection along with lots of inky goodies from Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz, Smooch Accent Ink, ColorBox Pigment and Chalk Inks, Top Boss Embossing Pads and Powders, the NEW! Sprinkles! Chunky Glitter and MORE! also included are treasures and trinkets from my junque stash!

and here is a larger pic of the project itself…

 i’ll be teaching this class at Scrapbook n’ More in New Braunfels on september 8 from 1:30 to 5:30, cost is $35. Space is limited, so please sign up soon. you can call the store at (830) 214-1690 for more information or to sign up.

i’ve got a few more class announcements coming up, so check back soon!


happy halloween!

it’s halloween!!!

one of my FAVE-o-RITE holidays! what’s not to like? bright fun colors, fun, funky and spooky costumes and lots and LOTS of candy!

i’m sharing a special Dia de los Muertos project on the Clearsnap Blog in celebration of Halloween…

if you’d like to see some of the details of this project as well as the complete directions for it, check it out HERE — on the CLEARSNAP BLOG!!!

keep it SPOOKY!

another REMINISCE snEaK PeEk…

today i want  to share the other project i did for REMINISCE using one of their BRAND NEW LINES…

are you ready for sPoOky, with a touch of KoOkY? are you ready to think pumpkins, and costumes and CANDY? you’ve got to get in the right frame of mind for it… i KNOW it’s the middle of summer, but think ahead to crisp fall days, a full moon, and HALLOWEEN!!!

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the project started with a tree branch that i “painted” black using Smooch Spritz in Black Velvet. then, i deconstructed a 7 gypsies accordion chipboard book and used the chipboard pieces to hang in rows. they were “smooched-up” too using colors that coordinated witht the line: Cherry Ice, Limolicious, Citrus Tickle, Wine Berry, Frost Grape, Carrot Cke, Gingersnap, Black Velvet and Silver Foil. i punched holes in the sides of some pieces so that i could tie ribbons to connect them so the whole thing would hang correctly. you could just cut up and use chipboard in any size you wish though.

then, i just started adding bits of the HALLOWEEN PARTY paper and embellishments along with some photos of past Halloweens.

i think this would make a cute decor piece to remind you of all the fun or SCARY costumes your kids have dressed up in over the years!

be SURE you go to the REMINISCE BLOG and post a comment about this collection if you would like a chance to WIN it before you can buy it! and remember to check out the REMINISCE BLOG everyday this week for MORE new collections and to ENTER to win!