Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The gift that keeps on giving!

Teachers are given great gifts... and I am always surprised at how the office staff is ignored.  Our Vice Principle, Tricia, a neighbor and friend (after serving for the past 5 years - we've gotten to know one another) celebrated her birthday this week.  I couldn't resist giving her a gift that is sure to keep on giving!
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Taking a fun frame, warm and rich, to create this gift.  Our Natural Composition Specialty Paper (#126917) is fun, warm and natural, just like Tricia!
Her favorite color is green... a fun way to incorporate green into this project is to take our adhesive backed Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246) and a Green Permanent Marker.  Coloring it in for a beautiful emerald look.
Using this Fork Technique (see the Tutorial below) to tie this sweet little bow with our Seam Binding Ribbon.  This technique creates small, even bows. 
Adding a fun, personal accent, with our Always Artichoke card stock (#105119), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine* (#113439) and Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies* (#127553) to create this sweet 'T'.  Making a little loop with our Natural Linen Thread (#104199) and placing it on the top of the T.  Wrap it around for a fun rustic accent.  Adhere it in the back with our Glue Dots (#103683) and then adhere it to the page.

*See how as a Hostess I bring you a Fun Class, You Earn Hostess Benefits and can take the Big Shot, Typeset Alphabet Bigz, or whatever you pick for FREE or 1/2 OFF!  Do YOU want to become a Big Shot Star, take home this Big Shot and TONS of Accessories?!?  Join the Big Shot Club - virtually or in-person!!  Own the PDF's forever, too!
With a Wet-Erase Marker (Dry Erase makers will work, too, but wipes off so easily).  The Vis-à-vis markers work the same but take a wet wipe to remove - making it easier to keep your information.
Thanks for coming by!  I hope you've enjoyed this gift and tutorials.  Please refer me to your family and friends.  I try to post daily and hope to see you often!  OH!  Grab MORE of Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Fun on my Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Mailing List (with Bonus Tutorials and Gifts) and the Virtual Club!
Don't overlook the power of a special gift.  Those quiet workers who often hold it all together need some love, too!  I am blessed to know the staff at our school, they are so funny and warm.  I hope that you, too, will give a gift that keeps on giving... it's sure to be a favorite.

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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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