Sunday, June 30, 2013

Timeless Music

Happy Birthday to you...
This song is possibly the most widely-recognized song in the English language, "Happy Birthday to You" didn't start out as a song of birthday good wishes. The tune of this beloved ditty was penned in 1893 by school teacher sisters Mildred Hill and Patty Hill. The two teachers wanted a sing-song greeting with which to welcome their young charges to school each day.                                      
 Together they came up with the simple tune that is universally sung to the words of what is now "Happy Birthday to You." In its original form, however, the song went like this:

Good Morning to you,
Good Morning to you.
Good morning, dear children,
Good morning to you.

To celebrate my daughter's 23rd Birthday, I couldn't resist creating this Music Major a sing-song birthday card.
With our Modern Medley Designer Series Paper (#126926), our new Timeless Talk stamp set (#126607), Big Shot (#113439) and Labels Collection Framelits (#125598).... this card comes to life!
Folding my Black card stock (#121045) layering it out with our Framelits I can leave the seam uncut for a shaped card that holds it's shape! 
Layering the Modern Medley paper in perfect layers... the perfecting layered collection makes it easy to look fabulous!!  Even the Word bubble mimics the look of this smaller label!!
Heat Embossing is a cool technique.  Our Heat Tool (#129053) makes it easy to lay a sharp image.  Prepare the paper with our Embossing Buddy (#103083) and it is ideal for our Versa Mark (#102283) to stamp this image cleanly.  Black embossing powder (#109133). 
My kids call embossing magic...
aww - it kind of is.... magically awesome!!
Very Vanilla (#101650) provides a color-coordinated blank surface on the inside of the card.
Fun Shape... Musical Papers... Vintage Stamps... Awesome tools that allow layering wonder...
Pull together a cool crafting card with our amazing products and tools!!  CLICK HERE to see ALL of our stamps, papers, tools, stamp pads and more!!
Our older-baby-girl had a good birthday... wow, 23?!?!!  Life flies by... take a moment to capture moments, make them personalized, and memorable!!  Now, as Joana works a couple jobs... her new one at the museum... we couldn't be more proud!!

What do YOU Think of this card (and it's many layers)??  Leave me a comment and let me know!  Please... Pin this, Share this, Email, Facebook, Tweet, Instagram and Vine it!  Visit me on all of these channels... YouTube and more, too!!!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

One of a Kind Post Card

Post Cards are vintage and archaic in some ways.... often people are on social media sending pictures and notes of their events... tweets and texts... so the long lost love of actual mail is often forgotten.

Here is a vintage card created with our New Post Card Stamp(130369) that embraces the old with the fun of the new!
With our Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper (#130144) and this lovely scrolled Pistachio Pudding  page that reminds me of a recent find in my Nanna's post card (recently re-discovered in my son's baby box).  Our Island Indigo ink (#126986) and this Post Card stamp really work well together. 

Distress the edges, easily, with our Stampin' Distress Tool (#127562).  This quickly and safely roughs up the edges and adds to the aged look.
With Island Indigo ink on Island Indigo card stock (#122923) this En Francais stamp (#128562) mimics the pattern on the Venetian Romance DSP.  It's elegant and subtle... looks vintage too!

Add luxury and luster with our adhesive backed Pearl Basic Jewels.  With 150 pearls of varying sizes that are adhesive backed... you can easily add some luxury and luster to any project!!
Being a HOSTESS is Key to SCORING some Amazing stamps at a huge discount while they are EXCLUSIVE to Hostesses!!  Here the beautiful Postage Collection stamp set (#129240) coordinates and adds more Vintage accents.  Perfectly Punched out with our Postage Stamp Punch (#122344) for an easy accent.  (CLICK HERE for the Awesome Benefits of being a Hostess... let's talk!!)
Flipping the Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper over for this beautiful pattern...  The Bitty Butterfly punch (#129406) and Elegant Butterfly punch (#127526) embrace the elegance and beauty of this pattern. 

What do YOU Think??
Did we bring the lost-art of Post-Card sending BACK?!?!  Add some Vintage love to a New Card??
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!! 
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When we open our mail boxes, we are inundated with junk mail and more... the lost art of writing a note or card and sending it is one that is sure to brighten anyone's day!  These long-lasting treasures are often stored and looked at long after the receipt of the mail.  Iiiii still have post cards and letters my Great Uncle sent me, encouraging me in a dark world to be a light.  Mail my Grand Parents sent from trips to Africa (visiting my Great Uncle and Great Aunt who served as Missionaries there for over 20 years), their trips to Europe, Alaska and more.. they are long gone but these letters are a light when we stumble on them.... So RESURRECT the long-lost art of sending a note of encouragement, celebration or just touching base.... who knows how long it may live on (where Social Media falls short and is often forgotten...).
Thanks for coming by...
I hope to see you by, again, and soon!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Unique Red, White and Blue

I decorate my home for Memorial Day Patriotic and keep it all up until after the 4th of July!  I love our old flag, all it symbolizes.  So I couldn't resist this cute twist on our Ol' Faithful.... this sweet 3"x3" card is perfect and with a trendy twist!
With our Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (#130134) come in all of our Bright Colors... here the Real Red sheet has a fun chevron page.  Cut into 1/4" strips... they lay perfectly across the 3" square card.
Our Pacific Point polka dot sheet embraces the starry field.  The Postage Stamp punch (#122344) is a fun twist on the blue field to our card.
When you want to honor our country, embrace the fun and funky people that live here... with a fun and funky flag!  This sweet and fun card was quick and easy to make!  Card making is just that.. quick, easy and fun!
Have you seen our new Designer Series Paper Stacks??  They ROCK and are available in EVERY Color Family!!  This makes crafting uber fun and easy... I love options and colors that tie into one another is PERFECT!  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! 
Thanks for coming by for my celebration of the good ol' Red, White and Blue!  Please feel free to Share this, Pin This, Email, Facebook and Tweet this... and remember that you can follow me on all of those walks in life!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tea Party Invitation

From a Birthday Party to Bridal Shower... Tea Parties are back and are meant to celebrate!! 
Here is my twist on the Tea Party invitation... come and open it up... it is the ticket for a great invitation!
With a small 5oz. canning jar for the base... Painting the sentiment from the Tea Party stamp set (#129135) with Night of Navy and Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker so that I could capture part and not all of the sentiment.  Stamping this on our Tea Lace Paper Doily (#129399) for the top of this jar.  Hot Glue this on (but watch your fingers - I now have some nasty burns from this project.. eek!).   When you wrap the sides you can tie it up... here the white 1/4" Stitched Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (#126877) and a side bow is ideal (and super cute). 
Stamping this cure oval on our Etcetera Designer Series Paper (#130129) with our Night of Navy ink (#126970) for a great coordinated vintage look.
With our That's the Ticket stamp set (#131946) stamped twice a piece so they can back up to one another for a Birthday, Admit One and a Fill-In Ticket..

When you have all your pieces punched and ready to go (the Ovals Framelits Collection #129381 and Ticket Duo Builder punch #126883) this jar is ready to be assembled. 
Wrapping the printed Etcetera Designer Series Paper's vintage ad page gives interest while the Tea Party covers the seam!
Backing up each item to one - another and a ribbon hot-glued in the middle... you can write the details of this event on either an attachment or the blank ticket.
Hot glue the ticket to the inside of the lid... adding our Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons to the lid and the bottom of the ribbon... this adds to the vintage feel and the buttons on the bottom of the ribbon to help the ribbon have some tension.

Tie this up with a trendy and vintage flair... from awesome buttons, beautiful stamps and coordinating punches/framelits... you can easily make a wonderful project/invitation/gift.  With room for more, from pictures to tea bags to more information on the event (where someone could be registered, etc.). 
With the clear glass allowing a 'peak' inside.. excitement over receiving this amazing invitation is sure to abound!

Tea Parties with a twist... twist this lid and be amazed at what you can add inside! 
How do YOU Party?!?!
Celebrate??  Invite??
Think outside the box and consider a Jar!
Re-Purposing items is fun, eco-friendly and cool!
What would YOU do with a jar?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Inspiration in a Clutch

What Inspires YOU!?!?
Fashion, Nature... it is endless!!
In my recent class I challenged the ladies to free style a card!  Inspired by a Pin from Pinterest was their only limitation... I did the same and these were Myyyyy Results... lol.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
With a Cherry Cobbler (#119685) card stock as the base the Heat Tool (#129053) and Gold Embossing Powder (#109129) this card comes to life! 
Prep the surface of the card stock with our Embossing Buddy (#103083) for a primed surface.
Stamp Blooming with Kindness (#131967 - available in French, German and English!!) with our Versa Mark pad (#102283). 
Heat set to see the wonder... and this single layered card is sure to WOW!
With multiple languages available... you can take our neutral stamps and modify them for other languages!
With our Itty Bitty Banners (#132022) available in Spanish.. you can congratulate others in a beautiful way!  Our Swallowtail stamp (#131943  Oh soooo beautiful, don't you think?!?!) is a wonderful bold, beautiful 'neutral' stamp that celebrates life and other's accomplishments!
If you wonder about my inspirations... here is a snippet of what inspires my crafting!!  I don't care for skulls... but this Clutch is so stunning... it inspired me to do a Bold Red base and scrolled Gold, Raised (Heat embossing used here.) lovely card.
CLICK HERE to see ALL of our Catalogs (including the Celebrando Creatividad catalog in Espanol!).  
They are LOADED with TONS of Inspiration!!
Even Iiiii would want to own a clutch like this.
Capturing it in card-form was a fun way to embrace the elegance and beauty while saving my pocket book and accessory loaded shelves (lol).
Leave me a comment and let me know What Inspires YOU?!?!  From TV, Books, Nature, my kids and life.. lol.. to Facebook and Pinterest.... inspiration is everywhere!!
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Celebrando Creatividad Class

Recently I reached out to some amazing people from my children's school, our church and some of my friends... I wanted to connect and craft with my Latina friends and reach other Latina's to create great cards, gifts and more!
Luckily, Orfa and Marta jumped at the opportunity and my Celebrando Creatividad class came to life!  Here is a quick snippet of the fun we had!
These two are Miss Orfa's favorites... she free styled her red and gold card for a wonderful Mother Card.. I love that they could create a card for anyone and they made a card for their Madre (Mom).
Marta enjoyed it too...
They were free to play and having never stamped before... they did an AMAZING Job!
With awesome stamps, papers, tools, accessories.. ANYONE can stamp and craft with great results!! 
CLICK HERE to see my line up of classes and CLICK HERE to Pick A Date for a Private Class... oh the fun we can have!!  RSVP to celebrate life!
What card do you like?
What would YOU Like to craft?!?!
Card, Gift, Party Decoration??
Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Eastern Cabana Goes International

My Recent Celebrando Creatividad Class was a BLAST!  This Bright and Bold Card is uber trendy.. while being Multi-Cultural!
With a Beautifully Baroque embossing folder... so much inspiration came to me... tying it in with our new Eastern Elegance (#130131) Designer Series Paper is natural... combining two beauties comes natural to me (I have many beauties here at home - have you seen my kids - lol?!?!).
The new Coastal Cabana card stock (#131297) makes an ideal bright In-Color statement!  Tying in the new and stunning Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon in Coastal Cabana (#130024).  It wraps around the Word Window (#119857) punched Feliz Compleanos stamped (Espanol for Happy Birthday) Teeny Tiny Wishes (available in English, Spanish and French #127802) gives me over 70 options of what I will say (with 24 greetings in three languages - one can send love world wide!!).
My Big Shot (#113439) and the Labels Collection Framelits (#125598) gives me many size options and the design mimics the pattern of the beautiful baroque impressions and paper!
Wrapping this Ruffled Ribbon was super easy and makes a very cool accent!!  Whether stamping in English or Spanish.... bling is universal!!  Our adhesive backed Rhinestone Basic Jewels collection (119246) has 150 varying sizes of Sparkle to easily add to any project!
Emboss??  Deboss??  With two sides to the embossing folders and paper... you can chose which look is what you want!  Here the Debossed (on the left) and the Embossed (on the right) give thin, fine or puffy, thicker lines to this baroque design.
Side by Side... subtle differences are fun to note.  Whether you create a wrapped ruffle or just a ruffle skirt... you can celebrate so much and in more than one language!!
Do you know someone who speaks another language??  Who'd appreciate a card in their native language (or even their adopted language??)...  SHARE This and the Love of Crafting and Stamping with those who speak other languages!  I grew up as the minority.. surrounded by the Latin culture.. they are some of the most creative and colorful people!!

From Card Making, Gift Creating and Giving to Decorations... Crafting is for EVERYONE! 
Join in on the Fun!!  Click Here to see my classes and Click Here to Pick a Date for a Private Class!  Join me in this fun walk we call life!

CLICK HERE to See Our FULL Catalog (with each stamp and it's language availability) and the Celebrando Creatividad Spanish/Espanol Catalog.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hot Colors, Trendy Style

Hot Colors, Trendy Style and it all comes together on National Pink Day!! 
I know... what a fun and funky day to Celebrate!  In a world full of color... my Color Coach paired up these Bold and Bright, Trendy and FUN colors for this Poppin' Pink Card! 
My Spanish Class was full of fun and bold colors and this card captured the feel of the Latina's in my class (especially the teens)!  This fun card and our Itty Bitty Banners (#126257) which is available in Spanish, French and English!!  Coordinate with our Bity Banners Framelits dies (#129267) and my Big Shot (113439) for a Sharp, Flag like look!
With our Basic Black card stock (#121045) makes for a sharp base on this card.  Layer a Melon Mambo card stock (#115320) that the Big Shot (#113430) and Modern Mosaic embossing folder (#129984) for a trendy look and texture!
Punching the Mosaic Madness stamp in both Daffodil Delight (#126944) and Melon Mambo (#126948) inks for a bold and contemporary look.  The Coordinating Mosaic Punch (#131267) makes it easy to get a Pop of Mosaic.  SAVE 15% when you purchase the punch and stamp set as a BUNDLE (#132733) - how cool is that?!?!
National Pink Day
Oh you may think pink's just for girly girls, but fashion savvy men know how to turn heads by rocking some pink.  And actually, before the 1940s, pink was assigned to boys because it was related to red, which was thought to be a masculine color.  So set aside your pink pretense and show your love for this color today.

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Congratulations!  Felicidades (Spanish for Congratulations) makes this bold and fun card universal!  These great sentiments are pretty universal and cover most needs you may have!
Heat Emboss these sentiments with our Heat Tool (#129053) and Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109133)  on Daffodil Delight card stock (#119683) tie the Colors and Greeting together!
 Having Fun is Easy Peasy with this fun card!  Each one is an original with the options of where you can place the punched mosaics... the greeting banner... and the Stampin' Dimensional Adhesive (#104430) assists this card to POP!
How do YOU Celebrate Life?
Finding Fun and Funky excuses (like National Pink Day - lol) help to add whimsy and fun in the lives of my family... who knew it'd be fun and easy to make Pink Pancakes?!?! lol...
 Thank you for coming by... I hope that you are Celebrating Life!  Click HERE to see all of our bold and bright, trendy and cool Papers, Tools, Stamps, Inks and Accessories!!  When you have Top-Quality Products, it's easy to create fun mini celebrations!!
With the Many Multi-Lingual Stamp options.. reach out and share this with your neighbors... bless someone today!! 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sassy Baroque

When this New Beautifully Baroque stamp (#130895) inspires me to feel Spicy... well, to imagine a Spice Market in some exotic local, lol. 
This was from one of my recent classes and was a Favorite... what do YOU Think?? 
OK So I ADORE when items coordinate!!  Here our New Beautifully Baroque stamp set (#130895) coordinates with this Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder (#130917) that with our Big Shot (#113439) create this beautiful look. 

The Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003) and the New (and quite fabulous) Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658) that is a strong magnet - holding the Framelits EXACTLY where you want them!!  Here the Framelits cut a similar Spicy Feel out of our stamped Beautifully Baroque image.
This Sassy Salutations stamp set is 25% OFF!!  (Until the End of June - lol.)  Click HERE to see our Promotions!!  I Love that the Sharp lines mimic the lines in the Baroque stamp. 

Embossing in Black adds contrast and yet stands up to the bold colors.  Our Heat Tool (#129053) and Black Powder (#109133) really lend to a quick and easy look.
Colored Jewels... Permanent Markers quickly allow for our adhesive-backed Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246) create an Onyx like feel and coordinate with the embossing. 
(So easy to do for such a WOW impact!)
Stamping my Stamp in the LIGHTEST color and then ROCKING and ROLLING it in a darker color allows for this variegated look.  My Color Coach (#130120) is MY FAVORITE TOOL!!  I love so many of our tools but the many years of stamping and I STILL rely on the color suggestions made by my Color Coach!!  Here it paired up our Daffodil Delight (#126944) and Cherry Cobbler (#126925) for a WOW effect.

Want to see this Rock N Roll Technique??
See this (Older/one of my first - wow have my videos improved - lol) video of mine... really, any stamp (flowers, shapes, etc) can have a Rock N Roll  Technique like this.. 
REMEMBER.... You Can FOLLOW ME... with Many Video-How-To's on YouTube, Facebook Channel, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, The Vine... and we can enjoy this walk we call life Creatively - lol!  Let's Get Crafty...TOGETHER!!

Make A Wish...

Victorian Window... Ornament... this is the description of this beautiful new Venetian Romance (#130144) Designer Series Paper.
With Trendy but Vintage Colors and Patterns.. I took and mixed Mod and this Vintage pattern for a cool look.
Island Indigo card stock (#122923) is really a fabulous blue... It inks up this Sweet Essentials* greeting stamp set (#132085) that's *25% OFF until the end of June!!  (CLICK HERE to see what is on sale).
Our NEW In-Color Pistachio Pudding card stock (#130020) pairs up so well and coordinates with this beautiful Venetian Romance DSP.  Subtle stamping tone-on-tone this Mosaic Madness (#130249) Pistachio Pudding ink (#131177) for a coordinated look.
Punching this Mosaic shape (#131267) that mimics the Venetian Pattern.  Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247) adds a dash (or three) of richness to this elegant paper and Embossed card stock.  I love that our Big Shot (#113439) and the Modern Mosaic (#129984) embossing folder create this pattern on pattern look.
Leave me a comment and let me know what YOU Think!  Please feel free to Share this, Pin It, Facebook and Tweet Me and My Cards.... I'd be blessed by this.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lovely Dress from Scraps

Incentives in my home can range from a sweet treat to crafting time with Momma!  Even my son enjoys crafting (Shrink A Dinks, etc).  Thissss is a card my 5 year old created this evening as a reward for her taking a nap and doing a great job with the dishes!
(andddd this was from scraps.. by HER design - WOW!)
In preparation for my upcoming class.. this scrap wasn't what I'd envisioned... my daughter took our Big Shot (#113439) and Dress Up Framelits (#130101) to punch out this dress from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (#130132) in our NEW Smoky Slate color!!
She wanted to lay this over a Real Red (#102482) card stock that we mimicked the pattern on the Smoky Slate Designer Series Paper with our Fancy Fan embossing folder (#127751).
Heat Embossing Silver (#109131) embossing powder with our quiet Heat Tool (#129053) this New and Beautiful Lovely Romance stamp set (#130264) really accented the richness to this stamp set.  Isn't that flower and sentiment just lovely??
 Accenting this card with Pops of RED jewels.. my Carina loved taking the Red Sharpie to our adhesive backed Rhinestone Basic Jewels collection.. the connecting jewels make an ideal belt and one dash in the flower ties it all together!  (It's FUN and Easy for a 5 year old - to an 85 year old to do!!) 
Here is my little Carina... she had such fun pulling this together!  Iiii enjoyed our time together (with so many little ones running about - capturing random one-on-one time is a rare and precious jewel to cherish). 
Don't toss out your scraps when an idea doesn't pull together.. consider what else you can do with it!
I doooo love the project I did come create for my class... Click HERE to see my Fun Classes and to RSVP!!  Live Out of Myyyy Area??  Look back, soon, as I will be offering a Special Class for YOU!
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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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