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Monday, November 30, 2015

November's Paper Pumpkin

What I really love about what I do (in paper crafting and card making) is connecting with others.  Every Monday morning I offer FREE Card Making and Paper Crafting at Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters.  I love sharing the awesomeness of our Paper Pumpkin kits with people.. an all inclusive kit that has the stamp set, ink, paper, accents and adhesives to create beautiful and timely hand-crafted cards and crafts.
One kit, so much fun!  This fun filled kit is super easy to do, fun and the highlight of my kid's month (they do their own kit to thank, connect and bless others, too!).  Here taking the Paper Pumpkin card (in the middle) up a notch is easy to do with some Fussy Cutting (using our Paper Snips) and the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (139590). 
What a pretty poinsettia!  Our super sharp paper snips make it a breeze to cut these pretty and color coordinated flowers out as a bonus seasonal accent.




Create, connect, card making and coffee (or tea) with me, Jamie at a local artisan coffee house.  Shop local, small businesses and strengthen your community while you bless families directly!  Join Me on Mondays and at my full line-up of fun card making and you can connect, create and bless.
Seriously these cards are so cute!  Your first Paper Pumpkin kit is delivered with a clear block to use with the stamp sets.  When you are running out of the house at 7:40 a.m. to drop four kids off at three schools.. eeek.. you may forget your block (sigh) when you grab your Paper Pumpkin kit.  What to do.. what to do... first - have grace for yourself!!  Second.. get creative!!
The full stamp set comes with a printed sheet and a clear cover that is slightly thicker.  Use the cover!!  It holds your photopolymer stamps with ease and the cute ink pad works perfectly!  I sat with another crafter and we laughed when we found that it worked and worked great!  (Whew!!)
Options.. take it up a notch with the stamp you pick from the set (it comes with many options) and how you use the cute accessories (like these adhesive backed pearls and berries), the cute twine location and adding our pretty Designer Series Paper.  Which version do you prefer - leave me a comment and let me know!
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Join me In-Person, To-Go or via Paper Pumpkin for awesome creative activities!  The Paper Pumpkin delivers right to your door and with a step-by-step tutorial, a video tutorial and all of the items you need to create these (I encourage you to have extra adhesive like Glue Dots and your Paper Snips).  Creating, connecting, card making (and sending them out to bless others), and a warm cup of coffee.  What we do is pretty awesome for our own soul and blessing others all wrapped up in a hand-stamped card.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Last Two Days!!

 I'm sooooo excited!!!!  These are the LAST Two Days for amazing deals on these great items - get them while they last!!  A Bonus FLASH SALE TOMORROW Nov 30th Only, then 50%, 40%, 30% and 20% OFF Items!!  Shut the Front Door!!  HURRY - See the FULL LIST when you CLICK HERE and Shop Online with me NOW!!  (Then take the Santa's Workshop Class on Dec. 4th for FREE!!)

USE This Hostess Code at Check Out (UA6WHKUW)when shopping on-line and receive a bonus hand-stamped gift!!

See the items On Sale below then load your shopping cart up FULL of Savings NOW!

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 WOWzaz!!  These are wicked great deals!  
Shop NOW and bring them home - then take the Santa's Workshop class for FREE!!  

USE This Hostess Code at Check Out (UA6WHKUW)when shopping on-line and receive a bonus hand-stamped gift!!


Santa's Workshop

YOU Are Invited!!

Join Us for this Once A Year WOW Santa's Workshop Class!!  

Attend this Class and You will:
~ Door Prizes
~ Pajama Contest
~ 4 Make and Takes this evening of:
~ Create Custom Ornaments!!
~ Create Custom Gift Tag Collections
~ Craft Wrap Up!!  Use ALL of my tools, Punches, Big Shot Dies, Embossing Folders, etc in ONE Night - so bring your crafts that are needing to be wrapped up and do them with US!!
~ Massive BOGO Sale (Buy One Get One FREE from my near 10 years of Stampin' Up! Retired items!!)
~ Score the BEST Deal In Town and DOUBLE UP with the BOGO Sale!
 Take this class for only $20 or it is FREE For My Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Family/Team and Customers who have shopped with me this year!!

SCORE YOUR Sale Items THIS WEEK (Through Tomorrow's new Flash Sale) and love the savings while scoring this Santa's Workshop for FREE!!  USE This Hostess Code at Check Out UA6WHKUW when shopping on-line and receive a bonus hand-stamped gift!!

The Best Deal just got better!!  With the Awesome Sale and Flash Sale through tomorrow - The Best Kit in Town is even better!!  Pick any $125 in items for ONLY $99 and take Free Shipping (over 35% Off)!  So all of those items On Sale.. you can pick MORE for your Kit (with 50% off items - that is HUGE)!!  Then Take the Santa's Workshop for FREE!!
Did YOU Shop with me this year?? Are part of or joined the Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Family/Team/Gang??  
Join Us for this FREE Big, Fun, Crafting Palooza.. 
I'm throwing down a fun challenge for the BEST Pajamas.. with cool door prizes, treats, crafting and more in one awesome night (and double your dollars on ALL Sales with the Massive BOGO Sale - perfect for pretty papers, inks, crafting tools, stamp sets that are new or barely used.. ideal for the holidays!!).  
~ Bring a Friend for only $20 (or free if they shop or pick the kit).  

Work hard to play harder

I hope that you and your family and friends had a blessed Thanksgiving.  This year my hubby planned a weekend away at our place in Big Bear Lake, CA.  With fresh snow falling as we drove in, the fluffy white stuff (a.k.a. snow) had us over the moon (it is so much fun to watch, visit and enjoy for us as we don't have snow where we live).  The Village was PACKED with like minded people - I was even blessed to see an old friend with the same aged kids as me up as I was shopping my favorite boutiques!
I am beyond blessed to do what I love and love what I do.. my crafting, your support in booking a Private Class with me, purchases, class attendance,taking to-go classespicking the best kit and saving while joining my team and more blesses us with the funds for our get-aways!  These trips to the beach or lake, my kid's music lessons, fun gift shopping, etc.. the hard work I do and sharing my passion for crafting blesses our family!
In January I will be celebrating my first decade with Stampin' Up!  I joined when I was two weeks away from giving birth to my daughter.. we've had two more kids since, a major move and even survived major car accidents and more... Stampin' Up! has brought me the most amazing friends, blessed our family, been with me through the fun, the easy, the sad and the challenging times in life. Where has the time gone??
I can't thank you enough for your support!  This was our weekend get-away.. I wanted to share it with you as you make it possible for me to do this with my family.  Thank you!!
This was also our 17th anniversary of my hubby and my being together.  17 years ago my step-daughters joined us in a date where they made me promise to take their dad to a school recital.. on a date.  What a fun adventure it's been.. blessing us with 5 beautiful girls and one strapping boy!
Big hugs from ALL of us... I look forward to seeing YOU at our fun events, join the Gettin' Crafty Stampin' family (and score the BEST Deal - let me show you how!!), book a Private Class (secure a Shopping Spree while having a blast with your family, friends and ME!) and shop with me any time of day or night.

YOUR Support, friendship and crafting fun has blessed us so.  Thank you!
Stamping Blessings,
Jamie and the Albanese Family

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Miracles


Thank you today and every day for all of your support. Happy Thanksgiving, from my home to yours. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A friend loves at all times hand-stamped card

When my dear friend lost her best friend... my heart broke along with her.  A fellow stamper, friend and one of the biggest hearts I know was broken a little.  I took a moment to create a card that encapsulates a little of her beauty, what she gives to all of us, in a hand-stamped card.  Join Us in creating and sending love into the world, wrapped up in a hand-stamped card at one of our fun card-making classes.
Create this card of hope and beauty with:
Blessed By God stamp set (wood 134297/clear 134300)
Whisper White NEW Thick card stock (140272)
Black card stock (121045)
Gold Foil Sheets (132622)
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack (139594)
Gold Cording Trim (139618)
Archival Black ink pad (140931)
Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135)
Butterflies Thinlits (137360)
Big Shot Magnetic Platform (130658)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Glue Dots (103683)

**  SHOP 24/7 with me while Earning BONUS Frequent Buyer Points!!   If you enjoy this project and want to have some fun crafting with me, CLICK HERE and RSVP ASAP for my Upcoming Classes!!  Most classes are FREE with a qualified purchase!!

BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 
A true friendship is worth more than gold!  With the Holiday Catalog packed full of beautiful metallic accents like this pretty Gold Cording Trim, Gold Fancy Vellum in the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum pack... it's easy to create a sympathy card that honors the beautiful friendship that is on hold for one to make it to heaven.

The Archival ink pads are so great!  Use in water coloring, stamping on non-porous surfaces (like vellum) and more, all with a true color.  Here the Blessed by God stamp set says it all about such a special friendship hand-stamped on this pretty metallic vellum.
Die-Cutting such a pretty butterfly is easy to do with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Magnetic Platform and these pretty butterfly thinlits.  Two sets that compliment each other, these thinlits create stunning stained-glass and dramatic looking die-cut images.  

~  Ask ME how YOU can get the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine for FREE or 1/2 OFF!!  With a full collection from the one of the best catalogs in ages - you can be the first to enjoy the awesomeness and score the FREE Items when you book a Private Class with me!  Score the BEST Deal of $125 for only $99 and FREE Shipping when you take the starter kit home - a kit YOU Pick!!  ~
I adore the richness of the Gold Foil on the vellum and again in this die-cut butterfly.  Metallic is so classic while being on-trend right now!

Allow the vellum to 'float' on this card front when you apply glue dots behind the butterfly to hide it.  The Cord Trim tied on hides other glue dots while pulling it all together.  
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Walk in good and tough times with those you love.  I may not have the right words to say and I distaste platitides.  I can send a pretty hand-stamped card to walk along side my friend.  Sharing in someone's grief shares the burden of the pain, or so I hope.  This sympathy card is a simple way to celebrate that special friendship with my girl while showing support.  Join Us in creating and sending love, art and beauty into the world, wrapped up in a hand-crafted card.  It doesn't diminish the pain but I pray it delivers some love and support. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pretty mail

Some days it seems like the day will not end.  Today I started off early, getting kids ready, out of the house by 7:40 a.m... then my Father-In-Law was in the hospital where my hubby and I drove over an hour to visit and find out some good-to-know but scary news, I had to rush back and grab my kids from school, run off to Camarillo for a card making class, shop with said kids in tow to purchase our Thanksgiving bird, fighting said kids I grabbed fast food and am NOW, just getting to sit down and blog.  Whew!!

Today was rough... but a highlight was opening my mail to a pretty card!  My friend Brynn sent me this pretty hand-crafted card and it was just the highlight of my day/week!
Some retired stamps and papers but it is so pretty that it took my breath away!  So this, this is why we do what we do.  We send little bits of art into the world that deliver smiles, love, beauty, hope and encouragement.  This warmed my heart like nothing much else could.  Her kind note, her hand-crafted art of a beautiful Thanksgiving card, the pretty feathers and glimmer... I feel so very blessed and cherished!!
She blessed me with some candy... well, candy dots to decorate my hand-stamped cards.  What a sweet, unexpected and wonderful blessing in my chaotic life.  So if you, or I, forget or wonder what we do and why... this is what we do and why.  We bless others, we deliver smiles, hugs and love wrapped in the art of a hand-crafted card.    

I am so very blessed to have a sweet friend, to do what I love and love what I do as I help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments... in this I (and Brynn) am making a difference (this is the Stampin' Up! moto by the way).  So Join Us at a fun card making class or Join the Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Team and you, too, can do what you love and love what you do.  Go ahead, you too, can send some blessings to others wrapped up in a pretty card.. pretty mail is perfect for the rough day/week/month I've had.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Turkey Dinner Punch Art hand-stamped card

It is turkey and pumpkin season (lol).  I couldn't help combining my love of Thanksgiving with my love of cooking, color and gratitude.  Sending these fun cards out, I can't wait to bless people (hopefully in time for the Thanksgiving/Turkey and Pumpkin holiday).  Join me in the fun of this cute punch-art card that is perfect for this holiday season, then Join Us at a fun card making class.
Create this cute Turkey Punch-Art hand-crafted card with:
Six Sayings Hostess Exclusive stamp set (wood 139849/clear 139852)
Pumpkin Pie card stock (105117)
Soft Suede card stock (115318)
Very Vanilla card stock (101650)
Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (139586)
Early Espresso ink pad (126974)
Bird Builder Punch (117191)
Owl Builder Punch (118074)
Word Window Punch (119857)

**  SHOP 24/7 with me while Earning BONUS Frequent Buyer Points!!   If you enjoy this project and want to have some fun crafting with me, CLICK HERE and RSVP ASAP for my Upcoming Classes!!  Most classes are FREE with a qualified purchase!!

BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 
Punch Art is a fun way to use a punch in a new way to create something different.  Here it's fun to see the Bird Builder Punch create a roasted bird (lol).  
It's surprisingly easy.  I remember a few years ago when there were a variety of this fun seasonal Thanksgiving punch-art.  
~  Simply punch the bird builder and Soft Sued card stock.  
~  Remove the back feather and top of the head with your Paper Snips. 
~ Sponge the outsides of this and the wing with Early Espresso ink and our Stamping Sponges
~  Punch the feet in Very Vanilla on the Owl Builder 
~  Punch and create the 'legs' on the drum sticks.   
~  Punch the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper with the Word Window Punch and trip the top to look like a platter.
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Send some savory greetings this year with this cute Pumpkin Pie card that celebrates the Thanksgiving Bird!  With this pretty Hostess Exclusive Six Sayings stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso ink, you can send your gratitude and warm greetings wrapped up in a fun and festive Thanksgiving card.  Join Us in sending some love into this world wrapped up in an artistic hand-stamped card.  

WOWwwwwwww Amazing Savings NOW!!

I'm sooooo excited!!!!  Starting TODAY - there are amazing deals on these great items - get them while they last!!  FLASH SALE Today Only, then 50%, 40%, 30% and 20% OFF Items!!  Shut the Front Door!!  HURRY - See the FULL LIST when you CLICK HERE and Shop Online with me NOW!!  (Then take the Santa's Workshop Class on Dec. 4th for FREE!!)
See the items On Sale below then load your shopping cart up FULL of Savings NOW!
FLASH SALE Today ONLY 
These Items, Envelope Punch Board, Gift Box Board and 4 Packets of Designer Series Paper for the price of 3!!  WOW!!



 WOWzaz!!  These are wicked great deals!  
Shop NOW and bring them home - then take the Santa's Workshop class for FREE!!  



Saturday, November 21, 2015

What happens as we are Gettin' Crafty Stampin'

What I do so that I can play and create with my friends... sigh (lol).  Together with my amazing friend and assistant Laurie, my daughter and tons and tons of die-cutting... we gathered to create 20 hand-stamped Christmas cards, enjoy a chocolate fountain, fun drinks, laughter, connecting and crafting in this fun card making class!!
Serious fun!!  Creating a variety of the 6 hand-crafted cards in one fun filled night!  Most of us were ladies but we even had a super handsome 10 year old boy who had a blast creating the cards with his Grandmother.
THISSSS is what happens when the Delicate Ornaments thinlits die's didn't arrive in time for the class.  My amazing assistant and one of my daughters helped to prep the ornaments I was cranking out with our Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits (that coordinate the with the Embellished Ornaments stamp set in a great 15% savings bundle!!).

~  Ask ME how YOU can get the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine for FREE or 1/2 OFF!!  With a full collection from the one of the best catalogs in ages - you can be the first to enjoy the awesomeness and score the FREE Items when you book a Private Class with me!  Score the BEST Deal of $125 for only $99 and FREE Shipping when you take the starter kit home - a kit YOU Pick!!  ~
Using the new Precision Base Plate in my Big Shot really helped to make sure the little "hanging chads" were easily removed.  My angels really helped to make sure they were all ready to use in the class.  Imagine near 400 die-cut ornaments.. that is the love I have for crafting (lol) and the amazing ladies who joined this in-person and to-go class.
I love that they loved the cards we created... here was their pick for 'favorites'.  From our pretty-paper (Designer Series Paper) to our Glimmer Paper we were surrounded with such beauty.
Create, Connect, Craft while Card Making... it is the highlight of my month when we gather and have fun.  You Are Invited.. Join Us (in-person or take the class to-go) and you, too, can be part of the fun.  Sending a hand-crafted card into the world is a hug, gift and piece of art all wrapped up in a hand-made card for the holidays and just-because.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ornaments and Loving Wishes hand-stamped card

I love traditional colors during the holidays.  This simple but delightful Garden Green ornaments and loving wishes hand-stamped card is easy but lovely.  The Embellished Ornaments card making class is tomorrow and this was created at our recent Stampers 10 Club class.  Join Us at fun card making classes, create and send out love wrapped up in a hand-crafted card.
Create this Christmas Card with:
Embellished Ornaments stamp set (wood 139756/clear 136759)
Garden Green card stock (102584)
Very Vanilla card stock (101650)
Garden Green ink pad (126973)
1/8" Striped Ribbon (139615)
Reindeer Paper Clips (139643)
Glue Dots (103683)

**  SHOP 24/7 with me while Earning BONUS Frequent Buyer Points!!   If you enjoy this project and want to have some fun crafting with me, CLICK HERE and RSVP ASAP for my Upcoming Classes!!  Most classes are FREE with a qualified purchase!!

BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 
As Delores pointed out... if she started with the greeting punch she won't be fighting for it's space on the card.  So start out with stamping the With Loving Wishes sentiment from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set in Garden Green on the Very Vanilla card stock.  (Bundle and Save on this stamp set and the coordinating Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Die Cuts)

Frame this saying with these stamped ornaments that go off of the page.  Tie in this awesome Striped Ribbon from the Holiday Catalog (it comes TWO in a pack with Real Red and Garden Green striped ribbon in one packet).  I adhered the Reindeer Paper Clip for a fun accent on this easy and elegant hand-crafted Christmas card.
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I really love receiving a hand-crafted card.  Here is a classically beautiful monochromatic Christmas card.  A simple note included is a sure fire way to brighten my day.  Deliver more this year when you send a hand-stamped card, deliver smiles and a little bit of art.  Join Us at the Embellished Ornaments Card Class tomorrow evening and WOW with pretty hand-made cards!

What Others are SAYING about Gettin' Crafty Stampin'...

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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