Saturday, January 22, 2011

Supporting Our Soldiers w/ Trinity Homeschoolers

My heart goes to Soldiers, their families, especially those serving abroad.. Today there was a Large sign in front of the Fire Station about a Soldier that lost his life serving in the Middle East... 'Our Freedom is Not FREE'...
Working with a dear friend of mine... she's a mom of two amazing young ladies and she homeschools both girls! (She's a hero in my eyes!) We discussed doing a Soldier Card event for the girls in her Homeschooling network. So we did - the girls were to make 5 cards.. four to go to the soldiers serving abroad and one to take home! See below my 'Originals/Samples' and how I encouraged the girls (like I do most people at my events) do use the same materials and do their own thing... the results are amazing!!
Being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is FULL of support... here is our Monthly Magazine and I loved the card on front! Being that most of these girls have never done paper crafting.. I needed stunning but easy cards.. I took this 'idea' and did a similar look...
MY results sit on tip ofd the card... I LOVE this Sale A Bration Stamp set (Bliss) and how it's FREE to my customers if they want.. sigh...
Instead of cutting out a butterfly... I liked stamping the Bliss in Chocolate Chip and using the Pretty In Pink as an accent on top of the Crumb Cake base, the Chocolate Chip ink... I stamped the butterfly in Pretty In Pink behind for that subtle effect...
An AMAZING stamp set... don't you think?? Really - it goes to show how a great set makes making a card easy!! Elements of Style is a vintage but classy stamp set.. sigh.... HERE with Perfect Plum paper n ink, Very Vanilla paper and Elegant Eggplant ribbon... it's an easy set to play with... hard to 'mess up'! I didn't care for the word stamp that I used w/ this.. didn't fit what I was looking for... hmmm...
Sooo.. I used the sentiments from the Elements of Style and LOVED it.... any person at home would love to receive this from a soldier/loved one abroad.

I adore what one of the students did with her materials.. the diagonal ribbon is so cute... this is a lovely card!

A FUN and EASY Card.. our Hostess set 'Because I care' is stunning! I love Hydrangeas.. I've had little luck in my planting of them.. at least I can stamp them!! Here I used Black base, Whisper White topper - I stamped w/ Basic Black the flower, using my water color pen I accented the centers of the flowers w/ Melon Mambo and then stamped w/ Melon Mambo 'because I care'.. we then ran it thru the Big Shot for the texture... it helped to hide any 'boo-boos' and added a lil wow to the card!

Don't you LOVE our Punches?!?! I do.. with our Hostess Set 'Cute by the Inch' it made for a versatile card... the Night of Navy cardstock and Very Vanilla made for a card that could go to a man or woman... Our Blueberry Crisp Designer Series Paper is double sided - making it easy to punch different looks that coordinated! I used our Retired clear buttons with our Twine... I unraveled the twine to add a lil flare and BAM it's done!! I LOVE what the kids did with this card, too...

Our Baja Breeze Paper and Coordinating Seam Binding Ribbon (from the Occasions Mini) lent to a simple but elegant card... Our Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper added that umph I wanted... Using our Clearly For You stamp set (from the Occasions Mini) with Chocolate Chip Ink... I built the card and then ran it thru the new Textured Impression Embossing Folder 'Framed Tulips' from our Occasions Mini and I tied it all together - framing it with Amour!
Here the 8 girls that came created 40 cards!! Many have never stamped before and WOW did they do an amazing job!!

Here they hold up their favorite card to take home... I couldn't be more amazing or blessed by their sweet nature and hearts!!

A great time was had by all.. many didn't know one another... but they joined forces to help one another out... with Mrs. Cendejas and Mrs. Fitzpatrick helping the girls out... it's amazing how great they did!!

They were pleasant and fun to be around!!

My prego tummy pushed them about as I snuck behind them to help... but with a smile.. they made this an amazing day!! Their hard work was fun to watch.. makes me feel blessed to see our NEXT Generation reaching out to those in need... wow!

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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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