tami sanders * paper crafter

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

thank you!

a BIG thank you to all of you who took either of my two classes this month!

the “Christmas Spirit” altered book class went SMOOTH as silk! i think it was the best of my altered book series thus far! everyone really showed their Christmas mojo in keeping up with the pace of the class! i hope everyone enjoyed the class {and snacks}; i look forward to seeing some of you this wednesday in the “completor” class, where you’ll have a chance to get the book all finished.

the “Altered ATC Christmas Tray” class went well also; everyone seemed very excited and ready to proudly display their finished projects.

i spent a LOT of time prepping and planning both these classes, so i breathed a HUGE SIGH of relief once they were DONE!

i appreciate all of you who come and take my classes and support me with your generous words of encouragement.

i’m done for the year {well, after wednesday} and am looking ahead to the new year. i probably won’t be posting too much here until january, so please check out the CLEARSNAP BLOG for projects from me, jean – the other blog hostess, and the rest of the design team members. we’ve got some fabulous holiday and new year’s projects coming up, so tune in to be INSPIRED!

here’s a peek at my blog post for today on the Clearsnap Blog – please visit the blog for all the details and directions…

thanks again,


treat bucket v2…

is everyone almost ready for halloween?

are the costumes ready? how about the SPOOKY decorations? got the candy? got something to put the candy in?

if the answer to the first three questions was “NO” – then you better get busy — AND FAST! LOL

if the answer to the last questions was “NO”, then i might be able to help you out!

barb liked the treat bucket that i made for Reminisce, so she decided to make her own! here’s her version of the altered wood trash can/treat bucket:

i think it’s adorable! i love all the fun, bright colors barb used in her version.

barb was nice enough to send me photos of her project to post on my blog. you can see more of barb’s projects on her blog: THE INVISIBLE PIPER.

and remember, you can find the directions for my treat bucket on craftplace.org or, you can find barb’s directions on her blog.

thanks again to barb for sharing her project!



i just started designing for a brand new company and wanted to introduce them to you…

Harlee Quinnz Designs is a new scrapbook company based right here in Texas; it is owned by Cindy and Leanne. their company features an eclectic mix of products and styles. right now, they have just released 2 lines: BUTTERFLY GARDEN and SCENTS I REMEMBER. BUTTERFLY GARDEN features bold, bright papers with subtle images; butterflies, swirls and flowers. and SCENTS I REMEMBER would be a perfect line for those of you who have fond memories of a father, grandfather or uncle who loved his pipe or cigar.

HARLEE QUINNZ was at the CKC in San Marcos, so those of you who went probably had a chance to see their products in person. in addition to papers, Harlee Quinnz also has some BEAUTIFULLY designed stamps! they also carry fibers, embossing powders and glitters.

i took pics of the booth so you could get an idea of what all they had:

and here are two projects i made using both lines:

first up is a layout featuring a photo by laura e. {thanks laura}; i thought the butterly was absolutely GORGEOUS, so i wanted the layout to be fairly simple to really set it off, the layout is titled “flutterby” and has a few lines from the poem “all things bright and beautiful written around the edge of the photo…

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i used SUNLIGHT BOWER printed paper for a base, then added a torn piece of GARDEN LIGHT to the right side. i then stamped a border with a design from the FAIRY BORDER stamp set using ColorBox Crafter’s Ink in Sunflower. i added tiny black pearls by Queen & Co to the centers.

i cut down the printed papers 1/4″ on all 4 sides and adhered them to a base of white cardstock from PRISM, then i matted my photo on another piece of white cardstock and added it to the layout. then i cut the butterflies from BUTTERFLY GARDEN, mounted them on cardstock and added them around the photo. the butterflies at the bottom right were adhered with 3D dots, and for the one at the upper left, i bent the wings up and adhered it by the body only. the “flutterby” letters are by AMERICAN CRAFTS. as a finishing touch, i added the first few lines of the poem around the edges of the photo with a black pen.

here’s my other project, it’s titled Fashion {west} a; my play on the word fashionista! i thought my blinged up cowgal was pretty glam! LOL!

i used a wood plaque i found at the dollar store as a base, then inked the edges using Dark Brown and Warm Red Chalk ink from ColorBox. then i cut a piece of PAPER INDIAN as a base, it’s about 1/8″ smaller on all sides than the plague. i inked the edges with dark brown chalk ink, then adhered it to the plaque. next, i cut a piece of LUCKY STRIPE and adhered it to the right side at an angle. i cut the cowgal out of a piece of COWGIRL EPHEMERA, and blinged her up a bit with some Prima flowers on her hat and a rhinestone one as a brooch, as well as some Queen & Co. pearls around her neck.  i inked the edges with dark brown chalk ink and added her to the left side also at a slight angle. for the fence, i used a row of cigars stamp from the SMOKIN’ SENTIMENTS stamp set. i just stamped it in dark brown ink on a piece of the CIGAR BOX paper and cut it out. i added a piece of vintage lace trim to the bottom and a piece of jute close to the top edge, then adhered it to the piece using 3D dots. i added a trio of Prima flowers to the lower left and placed vintage buttons at the centers. the “fashion {west} a” canvas letters are from American Crafts, and i just inked them with Warm Red and Ochre Chalk Inks. a piece of jute threaded through the holes at the top of the plaque finished it off.

i hope to have more projects up from this company soon. if you liked what you saw, PLEASE be sure to ask YOUR LSS if they will be carrying this line!



did you know you could SMOOCH a photo?

and no, i’m not talking about kissing a pic of your boyfriend or hubbie! LOL! i’m talking about embellishing a photo using Clearsnap’s SMOOCH!

desperation IS the mother of all invention!  i was trying “desperately” to get a photo that i WANTED to use to coordinate with the Smooch colors i NEEDED to use – but one of the colors in the photo was definitely “off”. so i wondered if i could “tint” the uncoordinating portion of the photo with the Smooch so that i WOULD match. well, the experiment was a failure as it was TOO obvious that i had doctored the photo, but it did lead to a discovery – i COULD use Smooch on photos. and it seemed to work well and dry on both glossy and matte.

so, here is a project that i came up with for the blog that shows you how to do it:



Clearsnap: SMOOCH: Pool, Grape Soda and Green Apple Top Boss: Embossing Powder: black, Vivid Ink: Black and ColorBox Pigment Ink: Lime

Hero Arts: ClearDesign: Long Borders

Darice: Tub -o-Buttons

Other: Hobby Lobby: Chalkboard, Signo: Uniball Gel Pen: White and Lil Davis: Chip Art letters

Tools: Heat Gun


1) ink circle border stamp with black ink and stamp along right side of photo. add black embossing powder and heat set {see hints}.

2) fill in circles using Smooch inks {see hints}.

3) apply a strip of double sided tape to your work surface {a surface that won’t be hurt by ink or heat!}, and adhere buttons to it to hold them in place.

4) “paint” buttons with Smooch and heat set {see hints}.

5) ink edges of chalkboard using lime ink.

6) tear along bottom of photo and adhere to right side of chalkboard.

7) write “handsome” using white gel pen at upper left of chalkboard.

8) add chipboard “boy” letters underneath.

9) adhere buttons around frame.


1) it’s better to dab the ink on rather than to brush it on when working on non-porous surfaces. you’ll get a thicker coat with a bit of texture – which i like. if you want a smoother look, you can brush it on, but it will take a few coats.

2) i tried the Smooch on both glossy and matte photos, it dried on both in about 30 minutes WITHOUT heat setting. you can heat set if you want to speed up the process or if you applied it really thick. when you are setting it, you can see the ink go from a shiny wet look to a more dull, matte look. i recommend just letting the Smooch dry on it’s own when you are working on photos, but if you DO want to heat set it, try only partially heat setting, then letting it finish drying on it’s own.

2) when you apply Smooch to non-porous surfaces, you will usually need to heat set them in order to get the ink to dry. i tried it on buttons, metal and plastic, and the Smooch dried on all of them WHEN i heat set them. it also didn’t flake off when i scratched at it. notice i didn’t say i tried to SCRAPE it off! but it should be okay for light handling.

3) when heat setting photos or anything that might MELT, it is important that you don’t get the heat gun too close to the object and that you don’t get it too hot. keep the heat gun about 8″ away and keep it moving. heat for 15 -20 seconds, then remove the gun for a few seconds, then heat again. i was a little careless when heating and you can see some bubble pops in the ink, i think it looks kinda cool – just adds to the texture thing – but if you want to avoid those, don’t let the ink get too hot either!

Special thanks to CLEARSNAP, HERO ARTS and DARICE!

if you need a gift for grandparents day, or a back to school teach gift, this might work for you!



another NEW line has been introduced over on the REMINISCE BLOG!

its a new HALLOWEEN line called: THE HALLOWEEN COLLECTION! i LOVE this line! i collect vintage holiday items, and this line reminds me SO MUCH Of vintage halloween decor from the 40’s. the colors are black, cream and orange, and the design elements are all classic halloween – black cats, witches, spiders and MORE!

so, i tried to pay homage to that fabulously classic era of All Hallows Eve decor in my project — a trick or treat bucket…

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the “trim” along the top of the bucket was made by randomly pleating torn strips of paper. lots of decor items from the 40’s were embellished with crimped or pleated tissue and crepe paper, so i wanted to include that design element in the project.

so, sneak on over to the Reminisce blog and take a peek and BE SURE to leave a comment so you can be entered to win a prize pack!

and, just for fun, why don’t you post a comment here about what you think i used as a base for my project?


upcoming classes for JUNE…

i have 6 classes coming up in june – hopefully i’ll see you at one of them!

first i have 2 classes tomorrow – monday, june 1 – at SCRAPBOOK 911

in the morning, i’ll be teaching my SKETCH & CROP class. i provide you with a sketch, and you get to make TWO, 2 page layouts. be sure to bring your photos, and i’ll be able to help you select papers if you need me to. after the “class” portion, you can stay for the “crop” portion and work on whatever you would like – cards, projects or more layouts. i’ll be acting as “hostess”,  just like on the friday nite crops, so i can help you ideas if you need a little nudge to get you going!

then in the evening, i have PHOTO-FULL. if you haven’t tried this class, i’d challenge you to give it a whirl! it’s a whole different way of looking at a two page layout. i’ll show you how to get a LOT more photos on the page than with a traditional layout, and i mean more BIG size photos, not cropped to tiny bits photos! my goal is always 15 or more photos on a page. be sure to bring your photos as you get to chose your own papers. you’ll leave with a finished layout, directions for the layout so you can copy it again if you like, AND fresh ideas to use on your other pages!

then on saturday, june 6, i’ll be at STAMP ANTONIO. i’ll be teaching a card class featuring the new SMOOCH ink by CLEARSNAP

smooch class cards

we’ll make 3 cards, each using a different technique. you’ll leave with the cards, and some new ideas on how to use this new product!

then on saturday, june 13, it’ll be back at SCRAPBOOK 911 with 2 more classes.

in the morning, i’ll be teaching a layout class featuring SMOOCH! we’ll be making a beautiful 2 page layout that would be suitable for any special occasion or photos; weddings, mother, daughter, grandmother, new baby, baptism and more.

we’ll be doing some basic stamping and embossing – but don’t let that scare you! it’s easy to do and i can show you how if you haven’t tried these techniques before.

here’s a snippet from the layout {you can see the whole layout at Scrapbook 911, it’s hanging on the “class wall”}

smooch layout

then, my MOM & ME class is in the afternoon…

in this class, you work with your child to make a fun and unique project. this month we’ll be making a special book just for dad {or grandad} for father’s day.

be SURE to bring your photos! special shots of the kiddos and dad or grandad would be a perfect choice!

this class is geared to kids ages 6 to 12, but older kids and “unaccompanied” adults are welcome too!

mom and me - dad maand finally, on monday, june 15, i have my SKETCH & MORE class at SCRAPBOOK 911. this will be the LAST SKETCH & MORE CLASS!!! but for those of you who liked this daytime class, don’t dispare – as i’m “morphing” it into a new and exciting daytime class that i think you will like even BETTER! look for more details coming soon! the new class will be on the july calendar! i do hope you will still make plans to attend this class, and give it a nice send off into “class heaven”! LOL! we’ll be making a two page layout using your choice of papers and my sketch, and then, we’ll be making another project using the leftover supplies from the layout.

that’s it for june! please e-mail me if you have any questions about any of my classes. otherwise, just call the respective store to sign up!

upcoming classes…

tomorrow – monday, i have 2 classes scheduled at Scrapbook 911: Sketch & Crop in the morning, and Photo-Full in the evening. if you NEED to get some layouts DONE, i’d encourage you to try out one of these 2 classes. you get to select your OWN papers for both classes, so be sure to bring your photos with you!

on saturday, i have a rick rack flower class. i’ll teach you how to make several different flowers using rick rack, and then we’ll use the flowers to embellish a 2 page layout. so you’ll leave with the instructions for the flowers – so you can make some more on your own, as well as a finished layout ready for your photos!

it’s not too late to sign up for any of these classes; you can call SCRAPBOOK 911 to sign up or for more info.

smooch project #3…

okay, here’s the last of them – for awhile at least!



i wanted to see if SMOOCH would work on acrylic, and it does – you just have to either be patient – or impatient! LOL! sound contradictory? it is a bit. if you are patient, you can paint SMOOCH on acrylic or glass and just set it aside to dry – for up to 2 days – depending on how thick you laid it on! if you are like me and are impatient, then you can take your chances with a heat gun. a heat gun definitely speeds up the process, but you have to be careful not to MELT your project! the main thing is to keep the gun at least 6 inches away from your acrylic, keep the gun moving, and use a heat and cool method. you can’t keep the heat gun on the piece constantly or it will melt. so you need to heat a little, then cool, then heat and cool, until the ink is dry or almost dry. you can tell you are getting somewhere when the ink starts to take on a matte appearance rather than a glossy one.

i wanted to try altering one of the ghost birds from heidi swapp. awhile back, i had tried embossing on ghost shapes, and it worked, but again, i had to be careful NOT to melt the little birdies, and had used the heat and cool method successfully to emboss patterns on them. so i started with that, i didn’t just want to try coloring the birds, i wanted to create a pattern to color first.

so… here’s what i did:

1) i first used an anti-static bag on the side of the acrylic i wanted to emboss (i embossed on the front, and inked on the back)

2) then i stamped my design – in this case a swirl pattern – using TOP BOSS tinted embossing stamp pad.

3) then i embossed it using TOP BOSS black embossing powder. be careful to follow the above mentioned heat gun “rules”. emboss one small section at a time, and don’t overheat or the acrylic will melt or your embossed design will melt and run!

4) when the piece had cooled, i flipped it over and filled in the designs on the back with SMOOCH. and of course, since i am IMPATIENT, i used a heat gun to speed up the drying process.

5) when cool, i adhered the pieces to my card. i used BEACON 3-in-1 dabbed in a few spots to adhere the blue birds, and 3D dots to adhere the yellow bird. these 2 adhesive types did not show through, you may have to experiment if you use different adhesives.

6) my letters started out white, i inked them red using COLORBOX warm red chalk ink, the applied the polka dots using a black Slick Writer.

7) the “yourself” comes from a MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY set, and i stamped it using COLORBOX blackbird chalk ink. 

7 1/2) i used tiny pearls from kaiser for the eyes. {8) always puts a smiley face on my instructions, so from now on, i think i’ll use 7 1/2!}

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and i also promised a snippet of a peak of another project, i can’t show the whole thing though – at least not yet!  it did involve inking on acrylic and yes, the acrylic is from PRIMA


thanks to everyone who stopped in to take a look at these projects!


earth day…

my kids are definitely “greener” than i am…

they know the lingo, they know what can be recycled and what can’t, they talk about earth day – i know they have learned about it at school, and i’m equally sure, they don’t quite understand what “green” is all about!

probably my biggest green contribution is that i like old stuff – so i reuse and repurpose things i find at flea markets and estate sales. i love the look of flowers in an old chipped pitcher or vase…


and when i planted flowers this spring, i used several vintage containers…


my favorite new find is also in the garden, i found this piece of wrought iron someone had probably welded together from some scraps. i was lucky enough to find a clay bowl that fit it perfectly too!


i also sell some of my unique finds on e-bay, so i guess you could say i help others recycle too! LOL!

i wanted to make a simple little card for earth day, and remembered i had some CORE’DINIATIONS cardstock that i’d been wanting to play with. i had been talking about the cardstock with my friend charlotte at the scrapbook retreat last weekend. she got some in her pinecone press book club kit. so i pulled it out, and combined it with an idea i had awhile back…

i kept thinking that it would be nice if i could emboss with my stamps, you know, just rub over them and get a nice design. well, most stamps aren’t firm enough for that unless you are using REALLY light-weight paper. so i thought about my using my watermark stamp pad to stamp the design with, then embossing it using my stylus. i am quite sure this is NOT an original thought here, just an original thought for me! LOL! so i stamped my image on the backside of the cardstock, embossed the design using a stylus while working on a magazine covered in a sheet of white paper {you don’t want any of the print to transfer to the “good side” of your work}. when i turned it over, there it was – my stamp – embossed! of course, now i could do several things with it, ink it lightly to get it to stand out, or maybe sand it. since i was using the core’dintations cardstock though, which has a color core – of COURSE i chose to sand it! it came out great, the areas that i embossed showed up as a lighter shade of the cardstock, and the raised details from the embossing added dimension. the technique was pretty simple, here’s the finished card…


here are the directions if you want to make your own!


Core-dinations – cardstock  – flower power – green, blue and brown, Daisy Bucket – stamp – curly tree, Clearsnap – watermark ink pad, 3D dots, file, black pen and chipboard


1) cut a 5 X 10 piece of chipboard; score at 5″ and fold in half to make card. {chipboard is hard to fold unless you score first}

2) stamp tree top on back of green cardstock and tree trunk on back of brown cardstock using watermark ink.

3) emboss designs using stylus, be sure you press hard enough to emboss well, but not hard enough to tear. it helps to work on a slightly cushioned surface, like a magazine.

4) turn over, sand lightly to bring out the embossed design, then cut out and glue trunk to top.

5) outline card in black ink.

6) for background crumple a piece of blue cardstock. uncrumble, tear edges and lightly sand to distress. adhere to card by just tacking in a few places so that it doesn’t lie perfectly flat.

7) adhere tree using 3D dots

8) add sentiment.

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enjoy the day! get some fresh air and get your GREEN on!

daisy bucket projects!

i just added this post to the DAISY BUCKET BLOG, but thought i’d go ahead and post it here too… {and yes – i KNOW that i already shared the first project, but i didn’t want to delete the previous post because there are links to it that are still up}

if you haven’t been to their blog, you might just want to check it out – there are some AMAZINGLY talented women on the team {and no, i am not including myself in that flattery!}

4/21 Daisy Bucket post {adding color to your stamps…}

i like to stamp, but i admit, i find myself stamping with black ink a lot, or just stamping a title or sentiment in one color. but there is a WHOLE rainbow of colors out there, and it’s pretty easy to bring them into your stamping. and i’m not just talking about dabbing your stamp into one new color at a time, i’m talking about filling your stamped images with color – LOTS of color…

i always liked to color when i was little… there was something VERY relaxing about opening that big box of 64 colors and rubbing them across the newsprint type paper that they used in coloring books “in the olden days”! LOL! the crayons went on smooth as silk – gliding across the page and filling that black and white image with color. now-a-days, the crayons are waxy and the paper is smooth and it’s just not the same. but if you are like me, you can revive your love of coloring, just in a new way – with your stamps! 2 of the techniques below begin with a black and white stamped image that you get to color in, just remember to STAY IN THE LINES! LOL! (or cheat like me and emboss your image so it’s easier to stay in those darn lines!

i’ve done 3 cards, each with a different technique for adding color to your stamping. i used papers from the LITTLE BLACK DRESS line as well as black and white cardstocks, black ink, and black and white embossing powders (are you beginning to sense a theme?) i wanted EVERYTHING to begin as black and white, so that the colors we were adding would REALLY POP!

for this first project, i used a new product called Smooch. it’s a pearlized ink that you paint on with a brush in the handle. the brush has a semi-rigid, REALLY tiny tip that lets you get into small areas easily. the colors are gorgeous, and they bring a LOT of color to a simple black and white image…

Happy Thoughts Card



Daisy Bucket: Little Black Dress – Dinner with Friends printed paper, Stamps – caterpillar, row of grass, label, happy thoughts and dragonfly

Other: Clearsnap:  SMOOCH – gold lame, siren, pumpkin, azure and green apple, Top Boss tinted embossing stamp pad, Top Boss embossing powders – white and black, Prism: black and white cardstock, 3D dots, rhinestones and heat gun


1) cut a 4″ X 12″ piece of white cardstock and fold in half to make card.

2) cut a 3″ X 3 1/2″ piece of striped paper and adhere to card.

3) stamp dragonflies, caterpillar and grass on black cardstock using embossing pad. emboss with white embossing powder.

4) color stamps using SMOOCH, then cut out.

5) stamp label on white cardstock using embossing pad, then stamp verse inside label. emboss with black embossing powder.

6) color in label, then cut out.

7) adhere elements to card, using 3D dots to adhere caterpillar and label then add rhinestones to dragonflies.

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next… i used pencils by Prismacolor, they are nice and smooth and glide on nicely! they have a blender pencil that lets you smooth several colors together so you can add shading easily…

Great Day Card 

























Daisy Bucket: Little Black Dress – Black Tie Affair printed paper, Stamps – layered daisy, great day and striped square

Other: Sanford: Primsacolor colored pencils – 2 shades each – light and dark – pink, yellow and blue, Clearsnap: ColorBox Chalk Ink – blackbird and pastel pink, Prism – white cardstock, 3D dots and pink rhinestone


1) cut a 7 X 8 piece of white cardstock and fold in half lengthwise to make a 3 1/2 X 8 card.

2) cut and adhere a 2 X 8 piece of polka dot paper to card.

3) stamp 5 flowers on white cardstock using black ink.

4) color 2 flowers pink with blue centers, and 2 flowers blue with pink centers, each with yellow middle petals. color 1 flower yellow with pink center petals and add a pink rhinestone at the center.

—  to color and shade: begin with the darker color, and go around outside of large petals, add lighter color at center of petals, then use belnder   to combine and smooth out the 2. for the center petals, begin with the darker color at the part nearest the center, then add the lighter color at the tip of the petal, then blend. you can go over the colors again to add depth and a deeper color, just remember to blend each time!

5) cut out flowers and adhere pink and blue ones to card.

6) stamp the striped block using pink ink. when dry, add yellow color to the white areas of the stripe. then cut out, leaving a 1/8 border around the edge. color the border using blue, go over the colors with the blender to smooth.

7) ink the edge of the block in black ink and adhere to card.

8) adhere yellow flower using 3D dot.

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and finally, and this is probably the EASIEST techinique because it’s not really coloring,  just stamp your image on printed paper!

Hip Hip Hooray! Card 



Daisy Bucket: Little Black Dress – Out on the Town printed paper, Perfect Harmony – Avery, Stamps – birdie and hip hip hooray

Other:  Clearsnap: Top Boss – embossing stamp pad and black embossing powder, Prism – white  and black cardstock, Marvy – 2″ circle punch, 3D dots and rhinestone


1) cut a 5 X 10 piece of white cardstock and fold in half to make card.

2) cut a 2 3/4 X 5 piece of black cardstock and adhere to card.

3) cut a 2 1/4 X 5 piece of polka dot paper and adhere to card.

4) stamp and emboss birds on pink, blue and yellow printed paper; cut out and adhere to card.

5) stamp and emboss sentiment; then punch out.

6) ink edges of circle and adhere to the card using 3D dots.

7) add rhinestones to flower center on birds.

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i hope you enjoy these projects and techniques and will give them a try to bring a little COLOR into the basic black and white!

—tami {dt member}