Thursday, August 27, 2009

Punchy Fall Pumpkin

In Preparation for Fall... I wanted to stamp something that would be sweet and simple. I was challenged by the LNStampers and did a card w/ punches!!
Here using our small oval punch I was able to punch out three lil ovals in Pumpkin Pie and flick them in Chocolate Chip. I then stamped the Baroque Motifs vine in Garden Green Craft Ink on six 1" squares I punched out and placed up against one another. I then spread them out and spaced them. The Embosslits die creates a flower but I turned it into a vine in Garden Green.
I'm so happy w/ this cute lil card... easy, fun - and cute!!
Stamps: Happy Halloween from All Holidays and Baroque Motifs
Papers: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Garden Green
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Garden Green in Craft Ink
Punches: 1" Square, Small Oval & Emosslits Die
Challenge: What can YOU Punch to make into something New?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mojo Monday 08/24 and Genevieve's Outfit

OK gang - I wanted to try doing this challenge and came up with this FUN outfit I'd picked up for my daughter - just because I LOVED the pattern and saw a card in it!! Here is the Picture of the challenge and here is my rendition of the Outfit into this FUN card. I couldn't resist using our NEWEST product for the Two Step Stampin'... The Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint from our Holiday Mini. Wow - it's sooo cute!!
I embossed the flowers in black, stamped over it (not matching) w/ the outlined image in Shimmer Paint that I daubed on... and w/ 1/4 inch lil lines built the bottom (like the pants on the outfit). To simulate the scrunched top portion of the top I tied the White Organza ribbon w/ black twine and had a pinched look. It's fun, and sassy - kinda a cross between a card and the leggings on the Witch in Wizard of Oz...
Papers: Pixie Pink, Glossy White & Black
Inks: Versa Mark, Black Embossing Powder and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
Accessories: White Organza/Satin Ribbon
Challenge: Copy an outfit to a Card... humm, what can YOU come up with?

Simple Elegent Beaded Card...

I love this simple but so very elegant background... I wanted a vintage feeling card that used something 'different' in it... here I snagged some beads I use to make jewelry for my kids and I used them for the sentiment.

I like, too, how think this aged and roughed up black card stock, the eyelets that hold the black twine and alphabet beads.. the background stamp didn't get enough ink - but I sooo love how it came out and showed how that was done (like a new technique) and they loved it, too!!

Stamps: Baroque Background Stamp
Inks: Basic Black
Papers: Black, Glossy White
Accessories: Silver Brads, Black Twine, Alphabet beads

Challenge: Go Elegant and Vintage... what do YOU come up with?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rich Thank You's...

I love doing Metal embossing on Metalic Papers... it looks sooo rich and elegant... and it's sooo easy, too!!
Here I took a Black Card and ran it thru the Impression Plate and my Sizzix... I then rounded the corners. I embossed our Thank You Peacock in Gold on Gold paper, rounded these corners and finished it off w/ Gold Organza ribbon. I like the rich look of it and when you REALLY want to Thank Someone - doing so in such an elegant manner just makes it more impressive - doesn't it?
Papers: Black, Gold
Stamps: Peacock Thank You
Accessories: Gold Embossing powder and Gold Organza Ribbon

Sparkle Flower 2-Step Card

A simple card, again, that makes a bigger impact w/ the sparkle of our micro beads. This easy card is FUN to do w/ our 2-Step Stamping process. (See tutorial - soon to be linked.) I think it's a rich combo of our 09-10 In-Colors and this new Garden stamp... Our Punch allows for a quick sentiment... and bam - you are done!
Paper/Inks: Melon Mambo, Razzleberry, White
Stamps: FYI and Garden
Accessories: Micro beads and Crystal Rhinestone brad
Challenge - can you do stream lined and sparkle in one?

Butterfly Fancy and Neat

A Clean and Neat card... it's simple, yet it's fun and pretty. This easy card was a couple of steps and landed a big punch. Simply cutting our the Butterflies in our DSP using the dies from our Stampin' Up! Sizzix and you can pop this card out quickly.
Sometimes I love a fancy and sparkly card... and at times I just want it Neat and Clean...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Build A Bear Preview

This CUTE lil card was easy to make and a great lil card and gift in one for so many lil kids out there!! You can so make this a boy or girl card... and simply by following the dimensions below - you can create a card - just like this to give away - tucked inside is a few crayons to play with.
Stampin' UP! has joined with Build A Bear to create these stamp sets and sizzix dies... and I'm working on a FUN Mother and Child class to play with them... follow these dimensions for a quick lil card.
Card 4" x 12"
Score at
5, 10, 10 1/2 and 11 1/2
Fold and assemble...
Scalloped piece: 4 x ?
White Cardstock 4x4 1/2
FUN - guaranteed

Shrink A Dink Book Mark

So Retro, eh, the Shrink A Dink? It's known to my generation as Shrink A Dink but now is called Shrink Film at your local crafting store... and it still makes me feel magical!

I wanted to send a very dear friend a book and a bookmark... so I mulled what to do and came up with using some of my Shrink Film. (See video tutorial on this page.) It was easy, fun and looks smashing - doesn't it?

I laced some organza ribbon, silver cording and various ribbons thru this misc box of beads I collected on Clearance (love the clearance stuff) and then threaded the Shrunk Stamped Charm on a simple jumper ring, linked it all together to create this simple, fun, easy and pretty lil book mark.

Ideas for Shrink film: Homemade and stamped buttons for your projects, jewelry charms (earrings, necklaces, etc.), Ornaments and more...

Adding a Acetate Clear and Clean Card... it just carries the Crystal effect thru, doesn't it?

Stamps: Dreams Du Jour
Inks: Stazon Solvent Black Ink

Challenge: What can YOU do with the magical Shrink film?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Shrink A Dink Tutorial

Rock N Roll Tutorial

3-D Pop Up / Shadow Box Card tutorial

3-D Pop Up WOW

My class at the Local Parks and Rec center was ending for a lil break and I wanted to show my gang some fun and easy Pop Up cards.
This card lent itself to a FUN, EASY and Popping card. I love that it folds flat to mail and pops up when it is pulled out.
Not sure if I'd use it for a boy or girl I snagged two colors and alternated which would be the front.
Using the alternating colors and 1" punch I stamped w/ the Family Accessories kit these simple lil images and the words from the Full of Life stamp set - I created a FUN and Easy card!! See Tutorial for a Step by Step guide on HOW TO's.... and HAVE FUNNNN!!
Papers: Pink Passion, Green Galore and White
Inks: Pink Passion and Green Galore
Accessories: 1" circle punch, White Ribbon
Stamps: Full of Life & Family Accessories
Challenge: How can YOU make your cards POP?

Not Quite Navy Scrapbook

This Easy Scrapbook page I CASED it from Splitcoast that was originally done in a RED... I couldn't resist our Bella Bleu paper (simply stunning - eh?) and it dictated my use of colored papers.

The Butterfly Sizzix Die that Stampin' Up offers and our Dreams Du Jour stamp set makes this simple design really pop!! The colors really lend to an elegant Scrapbook page and the lil corners punched out frame any picture I'd use. Love this page!! My downline used it to as a Make N Take at a local Scrapbooking Fundraiser and it was loved by all!!

Stamps: Dreams Du Jour
Paper: 12x12 Not Quite Navy. Very Vanilla and Bella Blue DSP
Inks: Not Quite Navy

Bag A Licious

This is an Easy lil Canvas bag that I picked up From JoAnn's.. I grabbed our craft ink and rolled it across the bottom, then using an Iron On Stitch I 'stitched' w/ our iron the ribbon framing the rolled on image. I snagged some of our felt flowers and BAM an easy bag to fill w/ Fun gifts - perfect for the beach, park and life....

Background Stamped Scrapbook Page

Love our Background Stamps!! Here I wanted to create a vintage picture board feeling scrapbook page. I took our En Francois background stamp in Burgundy and stamped it on a 12x12 Very Vanilla Page in the upper Left and Lower Right corners. Using a two step stamped flower I gave it a romantic feel.
I took our Organza Ribbon and Brads and laced the page like that of my Picture Board (Vera Bradley's board that hangs next to my computer on me desk - loaded w/ cards....) and in doing so created this FUN and EASY page that's sure to be loaded w/ pictures, memories and such... It gets WOW's where ever it goes...
Paper: 12x12 Very Vanilla, Retired DSP
Ink: Bravo Burgundy
Stamps: Two Step Stampin flower, En Francois Background

Challenge: What can YOU do to make a Romantic and Vintage Stamped Scrapbook page? Using a Background Stamp - create a FUN Scrapbook page. Be inspired by what surrounds you!!

Rock N Roll Scrapbookin'

Rock N Rollin FUN while Scrapbookin':

Hey gang this easy and fun scrapbook page was a peek at Rock N Rollin Stampin. (See Tutorial for more info). It's a great lil technique used to give a graduated color feel that really POPS!

Simply take a round stamp (like this circle stamp - see my tutorial for the rose I used) and stamp the full image in a lighter color. Take it and 'roll' the edges in a darker color. Do NOT stamp the whole image - just the partial edges to create the variated color scheme.). Stamp and see the Rockin' Results!!

I also used our Double Rectangle punch to 'lace' ribbon along the bottom... the balloons and ribbon give a whimsical feel, I think.

Papers: Summer Sun, Really Rust and Elegant Eggplant 12x12 Scrapbook page

What can YOU do to make a Whimiscal Scrapbook Page?

Sweet Lil Baby Name

This was a gift for my friend's daughter... she asked me to make it so that her lil girly girl would have something personal.
Taking a FRAME I made this FUN lil Name sign - I have one for each of my kids (made by a dear friend at each child's birth). I love to do these, too, for newly married couples, when people move (doing it in the new colors for their new place), new babies and more... it's a great and personal gift that they'll put up and remember you by. (I also made one of my Sweet Lil Baby Name bracelets for her gift.)
Papers: Tea Party, So Saffron
Ink: Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Rhinestone brads, mini library clips, organza ribbon, pretty's kit flower and pearl died in the stamp pad, Run-Ons
Stamps: Alphabet set

Friday, August 7, 2009

Monochromatic Challenge

Hey gang - I've joined this fun Yahoo group w/ Challenges and such... They challenged me to do a Monochromatic card and this is what I came up with!! I took our FUN Inspired by Nature, I grabbed my Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel... Chocolate Chip for the Ink and the boarder around the words on the Creamy Caramel paper... Taking a punched 1 1/4" circle in V.Vanilla and placed it back on the reinked stamp... lining it up w/ the image on Creamy Caramel...

I usually only do Stampin' Up! products but couldn't resist running this thru the CuttleBug 'Bird Call' embossing plate.... not sure about the embossed bird I punched some butterflies w/ the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch on Close to Cocoa Designer Series Paper...

Not sure which I liked... hummmm.... but I do like the card.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip & Very Vanilla (making it a yummy sounding card, eh?)
Ink: Chocolate Chip

Challenge: Make YOUR own Monochromatic Card (a card in the same color family) and see how a simple and 'plain' design can look peaceful and pretty... it's a good card for a guy or a girl...

Go Bright w/ our Retired Pacific Point Blue and Yo Yo Yellow... this is a FUN and easy card that reminded me of a nautical flag.. a lil pull from my resources...

Tulip me this...

Tulip me this... After one Stamp Camp at my home, some of my girlfriends stayed after and were talking... we whipped out the Big Shot as they asked me where I got my inspiration from... So I started off w/ the Bella Toile Background stamp and grabbed my Glossy White Paper. I asked what color they wanted - they wanted the retired Pink Pirouette so I grabbed that pad and paper.

We inked up the stamp and stamped on the front of the Glossy White Card stock the pretty and delicate Bella Toile. Then we grabbed the Tulip Bigz Die and my Big Shot... we cranked out the Tulip in the Pink Pirouette and adhered it on w/ my snail... then we grabbed the Lt. Pink Organza ribbon and punched w/ my Dbl Rectangle Punch the corner. Tied a Pretty and sweet little bow... we stamped various words from Warm Words stamp set and tied it to the ribbon...

There became a sweet and simple card that looks stunning and vintage. Perfect for a Bridal Shower, Wedding, New Baby, Birthday or Anniversary card. See the next card to see how I used the Punched out Tulip cardstock to make a different card. Reuse, Recycle... make the world a better and prettier place....

Stamps: Bella Toile background stamp, Warm Words
Papers: Glossy White, Pink Pirouette (Pretty in Pink will sooo work for this!!)
Inks: Pink Piroette (again - Pretty In Pink will look amazing)
Extras: Double Rectangles, Word Window, BigZ Tulip Die, and Lt. Pink Organza Ribbon

Simply Elegent Greetings...

After receiving our Big Shot - I've made an effort to get my friends to use it - hands on!! My fellow stampers and friends helped me to create a card using the cut out of this Tulip. (See the Prev. Card).

Having a 'use all the scraps you can' mindset I took this punched paper in our Retired Pink Pirouette and grabbed my Vellum paper, Black Stamp pad and En Francais Background Stamp. Stamping w/ Black on my Vellum I layered behind the cut out this veiled window. I adhered w/ mini glue dots and BAM!! A simple, elegant and soft card that I fell in love with!! Using the paper made me feel all 'Green' and Earth Friendly and so proud of myself for making another easy and pretty card.

Stamps: En Francais
Paper: Pink Pirouette (Pretty In Pink will so work for this!!) and Vellum
Inks: Basic Black

Challenge: What can you do with only One Stamp??

Yummy Thank You's...

This cutie was my Thank You's and Invites for my Kid's Bday Party...

Simply adorned - this Cupcakes steals my heart!! I stamped this cupcake on V.Vanilla and again on this retired paper that I had run thru our Crimper... I masked the top of the cupcake and sponged the inside of the cupcake w/ Close to Cocoa ink - creating a 'cake' like texture and look. I cut out the cupcake 'liner' and left a slight edge outside of the stamped crinkle.

Wrapping the Crimped 'liner' around one side - it then opens to reveal the 'Thank You' or 'Your Invited' info. Blinging it up... I used our Tombo Liquid glue to adhere the silver micro beads to the 'sprinkles' and the red 'cherry' on top... it sparkled and shined and mailed w/out loosing any of it's bling~ification. I recvd many 'wow' calls and emails from this fun little card.. a simple 'background' stamp that made me pop to the front....
Paper: Very Vanilla & Double Sided Designer Paper (retired - Sale A Bration Paper)
Stamp Sets: Simple Birthday Thanks background stamp
Inks: Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Crimper, Red Micro Glitter and Silver Micro Beads, Tombo Glue
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What Others are SAYING about Getting Crafty with Jamie

Jamie is so passionate and creative about making cards - and wants everyone else to join her in the fun! She is so encouraging and positive in her attitude, helping me along when I get frustrated - and then rejoicing with me at the finished product! I love going to her classes to get new ideas, learn techniques, and have loads of fun in the process. ~ Christine C.

Jamie has wicked awesome classes! If you don’t like a particular stamp or paper/ink color Jamie wants you to change it to suit your style! I did my sister-in-law’s entire bridal shower from invitations/thank you cards, party favors to decorations, it was quaint and whimsical! Everyone ooh’d and ahh’d! I’ve had lots of special requests for classes and Jamie delivers; she always has tasty treats and flavored coffees too ~Ashley W.

I have been attending Jamie's classes for over a year. Her ideas for cards are fresh and fun. She always tries to have several different styles of cards available, so everyone gets to make cards that fit their personal style. The techniques she shows each class can be used in many different applications. She is very patient teacher when instructing class members on how to use the Stampin Up products. ~ Carol D.

If I looked up the word sparkle in the dictionary, I would find Jamie Albanese picture there. I have had the sweet blessing of knowing Jamie and her family for over 5 years now. Every time I am with her I feel loved and inspired. When I am in one of her classes I feel my creative juices flow, as she encourages me to go outside my comfort zone. Jamie helped our girl scout troop make cards for a soldier who needed some encouragement!!! For any of you who have not been in one of Jamie's classes, please don't let another day slip by. She is a beautiful friend and she will become yours too. ~ Blessings, Karen:-)

Jamie has a great eye for style and flair, and it shows in her work. Yet she can pick up on your own individual style and makes great recommendations. I love that she is always flexible for last-minute decision maker mommies like me! So much fun to host craft events with your friends and family - that personal touch always means so much. ~ Adonna

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