Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vintage Blooms

I loooove doing my Private Classes! I enjoy going to someone's home, creating cards to match their style and stamp requests, meeting new people... It's a great time for all involved, including me! (The discount cost for these classes and the hostess dollars are just great, too!)

A wonderful woman named Nancy and I connected (one of those divine appointments) and have enjoyed one another since! She wanted to have a Private Class for her friends! I love that she picked out some great Vintage style cards, stamps and colors!!! (The StampinUpLNStampers challenged torn cards this week, what a great fix!).

Thisssss card was created to teach some techniques that would distress and make vintage a lovely card. I started with Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette and the Color Coach suggested Soft Suede to go with these colors. I also used the Naturals White paper for the neutral.

I used our Big Shot and an embossing folder and embossed the Soft Suede card base. I then took a Dauber in Soft Suede ink to add and highlight the dimension of the texture as well as lend more of a vintage feel.

I then stamped my sentiment with Soft Suede ink on Certainly Celery paper and then did the same embossing and daubing/distressing. I used our Antique Brads to lend that vintage feel. The Decorative Label punch is a must for sentiments and looks sooo lovely! Dimensional adhesive allows for it to float on the base.

I then stamped the Flower from Blooming with Kindness in the Soft Suede ink on the Naturals White cardstock. I then took the Pink Pirouette Stampin Write Marker to the flower. I left some of the Natural White cardstock peek through. I used the Certainly Celery Stampin Write marker for the stem.

I ripped the cardstock on all sides and then crumpled the cardstock (go ahead, get all those aggressions out lol). I then took the Dauber and the Soft Suede ink to the edges and the crumples, highlighting the distressed edges and look. I then used SNAIL adhesive to apply it to the card base. I then used my fingernails to curl the outer edges so the curled and waved about.

I love how this card came out, it was highly ranked with the ladies at the Private class. My hubby loved it, said it was very elegant (it's so sweet how he has opinions on allllll of my projects lol). Go, get your vintage on.... You maybe surprised at how it comes out!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Unnnnn Resistable

I love my various classes in Stampin' and craftin'. It nurtures my heart to create something with my hands! The ladies in my Parks and Rec class wanted to learn some coloring techniques and brayer techniques... The Crayon Resist, Masking and Brayer techniques were a must to work with!

I nabbed my Color Coach and went outside my usual color profile and started with our InColor (thru this year only!!) Calypso Coral paper. The CC (Color Coach) suggested Baja Breeze and Basic Grey as compatible.

Here I stamped this Postage Due stamp set stamped with Basic Grey on Very Vanilla paper allowed for me to POP this flower out and tech the Masking technique.

I used out Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker to color in the flower. I then used a White Crayon to highlight some of the bike and script lines. I stamped the flower on a sticky note and cut it out to make a cover that will mask the flower.

I loaded the Brayer with Baja Breeze in and covered the paper. Removing the mask the flower now POPs out and the crayon resisted the ink allowing for the bike and lines highlighted to pop out! Love the Resist Technique!!

I used the Ex Libis background stamp to create the frame on the Calypso Coral card base. I then layered the Post Card... I like that this can create a frame! Who knew?!?!!

I punched out the Paris stamp and with the Postage punch. I snagged some Baja Breeze seam binding ribbon and our lil adhesive backed pearls to create this lil embellishment!

A fun and technique loaded card. It's out of my comfort zone in color but its fun to think outside the box! How would youoooo load a card with technique?? I hope you feel inspire to think outside of the box!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Brayer Me in Cherry Cobbler

This yummy card is sooo rich in color, easy to do and ideal to give during this Fall season! Here is a Cherry Cobbler card.

With our First Edition Specialty DSP (Designer Series Paper). I heat embossed with Clear powder the My Friend stamp set sentiment and silhouette flowers. It looks like nothing has happened until.....

I then loaded the brayer with Pumpkin Pie ink. I the added Cherry Cobbler to the top half. I rolled over n over the First Edition DSP until I found the results that I liked/loved! I used SNAIL adhesive to adhere the DSP to the cardstock.

I couldn't resist adding this Vintage Faceted Designer Button with mini glue dots.

The one with all Cherry Cobbler was when Ashley didn't like the lines of color and this was her fix! Pretty too!!

This rich card is just dripping with style!! I hope you feel fall and feel inspired! Have a rich and colorful day!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Basketball 1st Birthday Wishes

My husbands employee and friend, Brian, invited us to celebrate his son, JAG's 1st birthday this weekend. I love shopping for lil ones and miss shopping for fun Boy clothes (all my girls an my one boy limits the fun lil baby boy clothes).

I know that Brian, a 6' 5" man, played professional Basketball at one point and our new Great Sport stamp set covers all of the sports my kids play!

I couldn't resist using the cute basketball from the Great Sport stamp set. I stamped it with Pumpkin Pie ink on the envelope (simulating a bouncing ball) and on a white bag. I stamped the basketball with Pumpkin Pie ink on the Pumpkin Pie paper. I like the subtle nature of that.

I then took the Early Espresso paper and ran it through the Perfect Polka Dot folder and my Big Shot to create the texture of the basketball. I then corner punched the cardstock to create a "large" ticket.

I then used the stamp set Memorable Moments and our Ticket Builder punch to create the sentiment into Happy Birthday tickets (sports, game, tickets.. Lol).

I stamped with Early Espresso the Happy 1 ST Birthday on the Pumpkin Pie and punched them out into 3 tickets. I then punched the Pumpkin Pie inked basketball over the sentiments. I love the subtle look of it all. They float above the texture with our Stampin' Dimensional adhesive.

I couldn't resist a lil bling. But it was JAG's first birthday and being the first born and a son, I couldn't see adding jewels or pearls. I nabbed my Gold Shimmer Smooch and added a little bit of sparkle.

I hope you can enjoy this 1st bday basketball card. I couldn't resist stamping the envelope, gift bag and tissue!! I know we were blessed to take part in JAG's big day! Have a bouncy day!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Your Amazing Bag

I do love when my jewelry matches my shoes and an outfit comes together making me look cool, elegant and coordinated!

The same for my gifts. I love when I have a coordinated card, envelop, bag and stamped tissue paper!

I placed a large order of paper bags in a variety of colors and sizes. (Paper Mart and it was a great price and easy on-line access.). I use the bags for gifts, parties, class and sports or troop treat bags and my classes!

Here is a bag that coordinates with the Your Amazing in Pink card that I posted earlier today. Here is my white bag with Pretty In Pink hot air balloons from the Your Amazing stamp set. The Melon Mambo Happy Birthday is just too cute! (I'm loving this stamp set!).

With plain gift bags I can pull together a gift to look amazing! I hope that you will have fun making your gift bags coordinate with your cards!! I love the look and the savings to boot!

Your Amazing in Pink Polka Dots!

My daughter has a new lil friend in her class this year, Ella, and we missed her Cinderella Swim Party :(.

I couldn't resist getting a sweet lil present and making this card for her new lil friend! My Genevieve picked out her favorite color for the base, Pretty In Pink! The Color Coach suggested the Monochromatic sister in Melon Mambo.

I nabbed my Distressed Dots background stamp and with Melon Mambo stamped the card base. I wanted to make it extra girly and I couldn't resist adding these pearls in two of the Dots lines. I could have done the whole page but it would have almost taken away from the fun texture of the Distressed Dots, don't you think?

I then stamped the hot air balloons in Pretty In Pink ink. It creates a subtle distressed addition to the background. I like that the balloon has distressed dots in it, too!!

With Melon Mambo ink I stamped on Whisper White paper the Happy Birthday sentiment from that Your Amazing stamp set and with Pretty In Pink I stamped the distressed hot air balloon from that same set across/behind the sentiment.

With our Apothecary Accents Framelets and my Big Shot I punched out this great shape. I then used two of the larger adhesive backed pearls to the ends. It makes for an easy coordination. I then took a sponge to the Pretty In Pink ink and distressed the edges with this color. It softens an yet defines the edges of this shaped sentiment.

With Stampin' Dimensional adhesive it floats on the card and ties into the pearls that are in the dots! A fun and girly card... It is ideal for a 6 year olds birthday!

I hope you feel fashionably vintage an polka dotty! I love this StampinUpLNStampers challenge. ! Here with the dots and lines it sooo takes on the Challenge 191!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Polka Dots and a Sweet Witch

I love the LNS challenge of dots and stripes this week. Here is a nod to this week's challenge! I love this color combo for Fall and since Fall is tomorrow, I couldn't resist another use of it.

With our Polka Dot DSP I used the Pumpkin Pie set. This is a Early Espresso card base and Very Vanilla for the inside of the card and the paper I stamped this cute lil Witch on. I ran a 4"x4" Pumpkin Pie paper through the the Perfect Polka Dots folder and my Big Shot.

Creating the 1 1/2" strip of Polka Dotted Pumpkin Pie DSP Lolly I used our amazing Simply Scored Board. I then scored it at every 1/4" and used the hot glue gun to piece it together and then adhere it to the card. Repeat after me, hot glue guns are HOT!! I warn people over and over, then often burn my own hand lol. Caution is a must!!

So I stamped this cute lil girl from the Greeting Card Kids stamp set with Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla paper. I punched out with the extra large circle punch 2 1/2" size. I colored her in with Blush Blossom, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Markers. I used the hot glue gun to adhere it to the Lolly.

So this sweet lil girl and card really made my day! My oldest two have this rich dark hair and curls, this is a nod to my Gloria and Joana, too!! I hope you feel fall and can smile at such a sweet card! Should I have added more dots or stripes?? What would you do with this paper??

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Never a Wash Out!

If you know me.... You knowwww my love of jewelry! Working at a bank I had a limited budget. My boss at the time showed me that with accessories, an outfit can be stretched and made anew! (not that I neeeeed an excuse to love bling or jewelry lol)

So I couldn't resist creating something new from a necklace that I'd liked on Pinterest! I recreated it, different, with some of our amazing ribbons and accessories from the Stampin' Up! idea Book.

Here you'll see the Crumb Cake Ribbon Seam Binding and Victoria Crochet Trim with one of our new and ohhh sooo cute In Color Dahlia in Raspberry Ripple!

I used our Mini Glue dot to hold the ribbon down to start and wrapped it around and around!! I then took the last wrap and looped in the end of the ribbon in a sleek knot. I also used the Mini Glue Dots to hold it all together. Here I took Hot Glue and adhered the middle embellishment.

This wasn't enough!! (Is it ever?!?!) I did a 2nd necklace with Baja Breeze Seam Binding. I then trimmed the brad portion off of the back of our Antique Brads and used needle nose pliers to push down any metal that is standing up and could scratch or catch. I then used the hot glue gun to hold the two together.

Easy Peasy, lemon squeezy!! I did make the necklace portion by doing a loop and ribbon tie necklace for each of the washers.

So, next time you feel a lil dull, nab a washer and your favorite ribbon and Go To Town!! Have fun! It is limitless with the different sized washers, ribbons and accessories!! Look how lovely my older girls look!

Charlie Brown's Pumpkin

Tis the season for some of my favorite movies... Charlie Brown specials!! The pumpkins on this card and the dotted 'stary night' Core paper is inspired by the Pumpkin Patch scene!

Ok I'm not big on Halloween but I do celebrate Fall, the change of season, football and school... This stamped sentiment Delightful Dozen covers nearly every holiday and this cute pumpkin sentiment of Happy Halloween makes me smile!

Here I took the new Core'dinations Card (Holiday mini pg 6) in Early Espresso and used our Perfect Polka Dots folder and Big Shot. I sanded the dots to create my "Star filled night". With Pumpkin Pie paper as the base I did add Wild Wasabi as the leaves to the Pumpkins.

With a few simple punches these cute tall and squat pumpkins came to life. With the Small Oval punch and the Large Oval Punch, the Blossom Petals Builder for the leaves and the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack... They came to life!

Ok I love me my dots, the StampinUpLNStampers challenge was met and fun was had by all!! I hope YOU feel the Fall season and grab that Pumpkin Spiced Latte/Coffee (love my Keurig n how I can make it in my jammies and don't miss the calories and line at Starbucks, lol). Light up some Fall Bake scented candles, pop some pop corn and watch some Charlie Brown It's a Great Pumpkin movie.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Polka Dot Skirt

I had a friend ask me where my inspiration for my cards came from. I was quick to respond with Clothes, Shoes, the weather, my coffee that day.... It's limitless!

Here is a Prime Example of one of my Favorite skirts inspiring a card! Taking the LNS challenge of Dots and Stripes, I love how the Crumb Cake resembles my sheer wrap around skirt!! I nabbed my Color Coach and it suggested Red Riding Hood for the red of choice with Crumb Cake.

Here with our Itty Bitty Banner stamp set and coordinating Framelits for my Big Shot, our Neutrals Buttons (crumb cake button, how great is that?!?!!) and Very Vanilla paper I created this simple card.

The thing is, simple is cool! The Distressed Dots Background Stamp really makes it so easy to add character to the card with little effort. I did rough the edges of the stamped sentiment and sponged the edges with. Crumb Cake ink. (It's easy to rough the edges up with your finger nail, simply pull your finger and curl it with your nails, like you'd do with inexpensive ribbon to wrap a present.). I even rubbed the sponge of Crumb Cake into the edges of the Very Vanilla ribbon to add to the distressed look.

Make any paper wave, like that of the sentiment, by using Stampin' Dimensional ribbon to keep the shape my finger nail created.

Go simple, have fun and add some dots to yourrrr next project!
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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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