Friday, January 31, 2014

Beautiful Watercolor hand-stamped card

I love pops of color... I was so excited when color came back into fashion (I love my neutrals, but I adore color.).  So adding pops of color, rich soothing color, to a cute polka dot Watercolor Wonder Note Card is a fun way to create a hand-stamped card!  Join Me in creating this cool card and others from the stunning Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards collection WOWzaz Card Class!!  Pre-Pay NOW to SAVE!!
To create this pop of color card you will need:
Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards* (#133362)
Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper* (#132994)
People Like You stamp* (#133215)
Smoky Slate ink (#133179)
Tangerine Tango ink (#126946)
Daffodil Delight ink (#126944)
Aqua Painter (#103954)
1" Circle Punch (#119868)
*  Let me send YOU a hand-stamped gift and the New Occasions* Mini Catalog (and Sale~A~Bration Catalog of FREE items).  Simply email me at your name, number and the best time to call!  I will create a custom gift to send to you!
Create this card and more while taking home the full Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards & Envelopes at my Upcoming Class!  RSVP's include Ordering the awesome collection of Note Cards for the Watercolor Wonder WOWzaz CLASS! Feb 15th!
Taking this cute Smoky Slate with subtle pops of color note card and make it a WOW card that will be sure to bless!
With this class you will bring home the full, stunning, rich-in-color Watercolor Designer Note Card collection!  Create one of each design and take the others home to use!  I Do NOT usually recommend pre-fabbed items but these note cards are amazing... a quick and luxurious must have!
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Add Pops of color to your wardrobe, home and rubber-stamping/card-making.  Send out cards that are unique and memorable.. sure to bless!  The Watercolor Wonder collection (Designer Note Cards and Designer Series Paper) are loaded with rich colors that warm any project!  Fashion and card-making/paper-crafting often mimic one another... so have fun with those pops of color!

Super Bowl 2014 hand-stamped card

Super Bowl Sunday!!  YAY!  The Tossing of a pig skin (football), the crunch of helmets, padding and men.. tight football pants (ummmm, of course), supporting teams you love and commercials!  No matter WHY you watch will vary but I don't know many who WON'T be watching!  Creating this Football Field card in the Super Bowl Team Colors... is a fun way to play along with those tight pants and commercials (Can you see why Iiiiiii will be watching??).
Play the Super Bowl Game with ME!! 
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Create this quick  card with:
Whisper White card stock (#100730)
Gumball Green card stock (#126840)
Tangerine Tango card stock (#113439)
Tempting Turquoise card stock (#102067)
Chocolate Chip card stock (#102128)
Brights Stampin' Write Markers (#131259)
Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (#126980)
Pearl Jewels (#119247)
Just Sayin' Stamp Set* (#133203)
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (#117335)
Word Bubbles framelit dies* (#132968)
Extra Large Oval Punch (#119859)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439)
Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658)
*Save 15% when you Bundle the Just Sayin' stamp set and Word Bubbles framelit dies (#134802) YAY!!
No matter WHO you root for... these teams have worked hard to raise above the rest!  Leave me a comment for who YOU root for and I will pick a winner to receive a collection of cards inspired by that team!!
This card took me mere moments to create!  Start when you cut this Whisper White card stock to 4"x6" diameters (use the Envelope Punch Board to create a custom fit envelope in the color and pattern of your choice!!).
Cut the Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango and Gumball Green card stocks to 4" x 7/8".  Lay out them to fill a pattern, the Whisper White card stock peeking through to mark the 'lines' on the field!
Create this 'football' by punching the Extra Large Oval Punch in the Chocolate Chip card stock.  Emboss with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder for this football like texture and look.
Create this cute Woo-Hoo! word bubble using the Stampin' Write Markers in the team colors.  Once you paint the stamp, huff and place on Whisper White card stock.  Using the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Magnetic Platform with the Word Bubble Framelits you can perfectly frame this cute stamp and it will stay! 
Accent the field numbers with our adhesive-backed Pearl Jewels.  I love that it adds a elegance to this field, lol.
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Super Bowl Sunday, Food, Friends and TV!  Go ahead, create a hand-stamped card that celebrates the biggest day on TV and in the lives of many!!  Super Bowl inspired hand-stamped and embossed card is a great way to celebrate.  Why will YOU be watching the Super Bowl?  Football team, love of the sport, commercials, tight pants (I mean, seriously, I am sooo going there!!).  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

24 hours

CLICK HERE to RSVP for this Love Valentines Class, 1/31 from 6-9pm and to see my Many Other Awesome Card Classes waiting for You!!

Double Love Pedi Inspired Hand Stamped Card

During the season of love... I love to share the love!  With amazing friends, family, hubby and kids... I am blessed  with many an opportunity! Decorating my home is just the start.. I'm quick to get my pinks, reds and berry colored clothes out during this season and even sport some pretty Valentine inspired toes.  Creating a fashionable embossed, sanded and die-cut card that is inspired by said toes is just a fun way to show that I care!
This classic, minimal card is created with:
Cherry Cobbler card stock (#119685)
Cherry Cobbler Core'dination card stock (#129955 Regals Collection)
Early Espresso card stock (#119686)
Gold Foil Sheets (#132622)
Stampin' Sanding System (#129367)
Adoring Accents Embossing Folders (125601)
Hearts Collection Framelits (#125599)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439)
Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658)
These open, linked double hearts are easy and elegant to create!  I love how they shine.. and brighten this card.
Placing the hearts Collection Framelits over the Gold Foil Sheet on the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Magnetic Platform will keep the hearts right where you want them so that you can actually cut the outside at the same time!!  (Psssst - I LOVE the Magnetic Platform.. I'm just saying... not as much as I love my kids, but it's up in my top 100 - lol.)
Using even the scrap here, the inner hearts are an ideal inside accent to this card... so put them on inside for a continued accent!
Create a subtle accent with the Adoring Accents Heart Strip.  After Embossing this with the Big Shot and the Cherry Cobbler Core'dination card stock.  This card stock has a lighter inner core that is meant to show through once sanded.
Core'dination card stock also has a rich linen look where not sanded... it's so rich looking. 
Sand the top of the raised/embossed strip of hearts with the Stampin' Sanding System and this lighter core will peek through and leave a soft texture, too!
This soft texture, raised and lighter in color, is a sweet accent to this clean card.
Layered over the Early Espresso card stock, it breaks up the Cherry Cobbler card stock base, Cherry Cobbler Core'dination card stock and lends me to dream of chocolate covered cherries... that and strawberries (a favorite treat of mine).... sigh...   Early Espresso is paired with Cherry Cobbler with the help of my Color Coach (#130118).
The extra hearts are the ideal accent to the inside of this sweet card.  Sometimes less is more... and that is definitely this card!
Inspiration??  Heck Yeah!  My love of fashion and Pedi's... sigh... so even with a cool and damp day like this I can sport a peep toe with flair while showing off my Valentine Pedi!!
The two open gold hearts on the deep red toe is the inspiration for this clean and simple card!
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During this season of love, send Valentines to those you care about!  This Pedi-Inspired card is clean, quick and classic... ideal for weddings, anniversaries and Valentines!!  Sending this embossed, sanded, gold foil die-cut card shows that you care while saving you time!  Show your true style with this classic card.  What inspires YOU?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Oh! Oh! Ohhhhh, YEAH!!! 
Sale~A~Bration has started!!! 
Do the Happy Dance with MEeeeee!  Go ahead, Smile.. FREE Stamps, Papers, Tools, Accessories and My Digital Studio download content is available NOW! 
CLICK HERE to see the many Sale~A~Bration Projects!!  Click HERE to see the New Sale~A~Bration catalog FILLED with cool projects and Free goodies!!  CLICK HERE to see how YOU can Host a Private Class to earn FREE Products and Bonus Hostess Dollars while your guests earn Free products and have fun crafting!!  Click Here to see my schedule and Join Me in my many upcoming classes, too!  Order On-Line 24/7 from any of our catalogs when you Click Here!!  Email to have me send you a hand-stamped gift and the new catalogs!!

Seaside Thank You hand-stamped Card

I love that with rubber stamps, card stock, pretty papers and inks you can create a scene... here this Seaside card brings to mind my love of the beach and my desire to have a beach day!   See how this card is a great way to embrace the warmth and peace of the beach with a few surprises... giving me a quick stay-cation until I can hit the sand and waves.
Create this card with:
Baked Brown Sugar card stock (#131296)
Very Vanilla card stock (#101650)
Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (#132993)
Wetlands stamp set (#126697)
Baked Brown Sugar ink (#131174)
Costal Cabana ink (#131175)
Gold Encore ink (#132141)
Gold Baker's Twine (#132975)
Naturals Designer Buttons (#127554)
Stampin' Sponges (#101610)
Stamping these pretty water birds in Baked Brown Sugar ink on the Very Vanilla card stock.  Stamping the water reeds with the Gold Encore ink over the birds to one corner.
Stamping this Thank you for your kindness sentiment with Baked Brown Sugar ink on the bottom of the Very Vanilla card stock. 
You can see that even though I stamp daily, I can even mess up by rocking when stamping... leaving this line.
Get creative with the way you cover this sentiment!  Using the Naturals Designer Series Button in its rich wood look with the Gold Baker's Twine.  This rich Baker's Twine is a natural linen look with pretty gold accents.  The Gold also ties into the Gold stamped reeds for a subtle, elegant accent.  Here the bow and natural button are the perfect 'cover' for my boo-boo. 
Create this beach scene using the Stampin' Sponge.  Start with the Baked Brown Sugar ink and softly rub the Very Vanilla card stock from the bottom up to the feet of the birds.
Using the Stampin' Sponge to rub the Costal Cabana ink into the top of the birds, blending the colors as you rub so that the water crests the sand, just like you'd see at the beach!
The Stamped and Sponged 'stay-cation' that soothes my heart with a rubber stamp, pretty ink and paper trip to the ocean. Frame it with this cool new Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper strips for a cool accent that pulls the colors together.  We often find our toes in the sand until the sun sets... I love that this Retro Fresh paper embraces that feel!
Sigh... I live about 25 minutes from the beach and I love it!!  We used to live a couple of hours away and I'd often tote the kids and surprise my hubby at his office with a visit to the beach.  Now that we are so close, you can often find us making random trips to the sand, waves and seafood.  Here is our recent trip from a couple of weeks ago.. I'm feeling the yearning for the waves and sandy toes and see a trip, soon.
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I love that paper crafting with rubber stamps, pretty paper, inks and accessories can create a mood to suit the needs of your heart.  This seaside card is a great way to show your appreciation while sending a small 'stay-cation' in the mail!  The subtle surprises with dashes of gold is a great way to add elegance and richness to this natural, warm card.  How do YOU show that you care?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Heartfelt Banner filled with Family and Love

I'm NOT Big on those items that are Pre-Fabbed... NOPE... I'd rather create them myself.  There are a few EXCEPTIONS.. the new Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Card Collection, and then TODAY the New Sale~A~Bration Catalog was Released!  Packed with FREE Papers, Stamps, Tools and My Digital Studio downloads!!  THIS Beautiful Heartfelt Banner kit is another MUST HAVE.. so pretty, neutral but bright and fun... add this FREE Canvas and Pretty Paper Heartfelt Banner Kit to YOUR home (it makes a wonderful gift, too)!!
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Create this pretty banner with:
The Heartfelt Banner Kit (#133514)
FREE with any $50 Purchase from the Sale~A~Bration Catalog!! (YAY!!)
Yes, this is a double 'banner' look.  Mixed patterns and media looks so vintage chic... so here my Family Banner in the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper and Cherry Cobbler pops under this Canvas and Designer Series Paper Banner with there whimsical felt ball string.. this kit has it ALL!!
Here my hubby (an Italian CPA) LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the cute Mini Wooden Clothespins that hold the pictures and memories to this hanging banner.  Doesn't our son's school photo look sharp here??
Accenting our big girl's school photo with this pretty patterned papers, doilies and heart canvas is a great way to make ME look amazing while the kit comes ready and easy to create... with EVERYTHING you need, other than memories... celebrate life and what matters to you!!
Yes, my Marble Mantle is an ideal base for these banners.. they showcase what is the heart of our home.. our family and kids.  Our kinder really shines and she loved seeing her school photo join her siblings this year, it's crazy how fast time flies!!
YES... FREEEEEEE!  Free, Free, Free!!  I'm doing the happy dance here!  This Sale~A~Bration collection of FREE items has me blown away!!!! 
Not a Banner person??  Sure, I understand... even still, you have to admit that it's so cute!!  OK, Ok, so see the FULL Sale~A~Bration Catalog FILLED with Packed items that make it easy to pull an order that qualifies for FREE Stamps, Papers, Tools, Accessories and My Digital Studio Download Content!!  CLICK HERE to see the new catalog on-line, as well as the Occasions Mini Catalog, our Full Catalog and Idea Book and the Celebrando Creatividad (Spanish) catalog!!
I hope that this cute banner inspires you to try the trend of banners out... this cute one is an ideal way to start and to share what is important to you (pictures, movie tickets, mementos, messages, and more).  I love that this FREE Heartfelt Banner has the cutest felt balls, heart canvas's, doilies, patterned papers, pennants, and mini wood clothespin with the Natural Linen Thread and even the Needle you will need!  So JOIN ME for my Upcoming Events and even Shop On-Line to bring home your FREE pretties!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hanging Valentine Ornament

I adore the season of love... Valentines!  No better way to show that you care than to send someone a little love!  I admit that I go out of my way to decorate, to create hand-stamped and hand-crafted gifts... I remember the day I didn't receive a special Valentine.. so creating gifts is my way to showing that everyone is super important.  (Just wait and see what we have designed for over 100 kids at our school!!)
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Create this 'hanging valentine' with:
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper (#126926)
Real Red card stock (#102482)
Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#119251)
Hearts Collection Framelits (#125599)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#133439)
Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#133439)
Hot Glue
Cutting these Large hearts of the beautiful Black and Vanilla Modern Medley Designer Series Paper using the Hearts Collection Framelits on the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Magnetic Platform.
Score and fold in 1/2.  Using the Hot Glue gun adhere the Ribbon to the center of one of the hearts.
Cutting the Real Red hearts out with the next size down on the Hearts Collection Framelits.  Score and Fold 1/2 way.
Adhere each of the Modern Medley hearts to the backs of each other... creating this four sided 3D heart ornament. 
Add the Real Red Hearts to the center of each heart for this cool and classic Valentine. 
This reminds me of when my oldest was the Cheshire Cat in her school's play 'Alice in Wonderland'... the Queen of Hearts, Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter would just LOVE this (lol).
Yes, I used BOTH SIDES of this beautiful double-sided paper.  WHY??  Much like my 2 year old walks around in two different shoes, she gets double the fashion that way!  So yes.. have fun and mix it up.. it's coordinated so it looks 'maaaavolous' and adds interest to this cool 3D Hanging Valentine!
Join Me in my Upcoming 'Love Valentines' class (1/31) where we will be creating stunning valentines that are sure to WOW!  Celebrate that special man, girlfriend, family members, etc. with these awesome cards!!  RSVP ASAP and see how to get it for FREE!
Surprise a friend and hang this on their door, hang them from tree branches or hooks in your home.. get festive!  Celebrate this reason to show how much love you have inside!  Make sure that everyone feels the love this Valentine's Day!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Someone who changes everything hand-stamped card

Once in a lifetime, you meet someone who changes everything.  This beautiful sentiment is in the FREE Sale~A~Bration* catalog's 'See Ya Later' Free Stamp set captures so much for me!  I remember the day each of my children were born... no words for how they changed my life in that exact moment.  I remember the first day I met my Best Friend... how we are still kindred spirits... the day I met my husband and my step-daughters.  So this lovely sentiment covers so much.... and the ladies joining my Sale~A~Bration Special Class tonight mean the world to me.. and will have fun creating this unique card.
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Create this cute card, loaded with FREE items with:
Pool Party Core'dination card stock (#129954 Soft Subtles Core'dination collection)
Basic Black card stock (#121045)
Basic Black ink (#126980)
Crisp Cantaloupe card stock (#131298)
Sweet Sorbet* Designer Series FREE Paper (#133521)
Decorative Dots* FREE Embossing Folder (#133520)
See Ya Later FREE stamp set (#133536)
Sweet Sorbet* FREE Accesory Pack (#133522)
Stampin' Sanding System (#129367)
During the Once-A-Year WOW Sale~A~Bration Sale YOU (and your guests) can earn FREE Stamps, paper, tools, accessories, Digital Content and MORE!  It's UNLIMITED!  With Every $50 purchase pick any item from the FREE Sale~A~Bration* catalog... it's unlimited (spend $100 pick two and so on). 
JOIN MY TEAM during Sale~A~Bration and Pick a BONUS $25 in merchandise... so $150 in any item you want for ONLY $99!!  You will join an award winning team and have ME to partner with and have FUN!!
Emboss the Decorative Dots embossing folder through the Big Shot Die-Cutting machine on the Pool Party Core'dination card stock.  Using the Stampin' Sanding System and sand the top off of the raised dots.  The inner, lighter core, will peek through and look great. 
Stamping this love-filled sentiment in Basic Black ink on the Crisp Cantalope card stock for a pop of color.  Clean and warm, just says it all! Layer over the Sweet Sorbet* Designer Series Paper coordinating polka dot page.
Tie the ends with this Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack that has a beautiful coordinating collection of Baker's Twines and adhesive backed cork accents.
Layer these together on the Basic Black card stock for a bold base to these soft colors.
Pulled together, this card is a hug for all of those in your life 'Who Changes Everything'.  This is a great anytime card, pick-me-up, thank you, even a Valentine!  So I see this going to my BFF.... and the sentiment covering so many in my life!!  I can't wait to share this card with the ladies who will be attending my class this evening.  Go ahead, JOIN ME in my Upcoming Classes... and don't miss out on the FUN!
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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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