Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Holiday Spirit kind of day

It's a tradition... my kiddos and I spend the first few days after school is out for Winter Break to bake!  We bake up a storm - for our neighbors, family, friends and for my husband's staff!  We also shop up a storm - lol... including gift cards we add to a hand-stamped card that my husband writes an appreciation note inside of.  So here is a peak at our day, the hand-crafted cards and baked yummies!
Create these holiday hand-stamped cards with:
Bright & Beautiful stamp set (wood 135026/clear 135029)
Happy Hanukkah stamp set (135782)
Smoky Slate card stock (131202)
Night of Navy card stock (100867)
Silver Encore ink pad (132142)
All is Calm Designers Washi Tape (135844)
Rhinestone Jewels (119246)
Labels Collection Framelits (125598)
Stars Framelits (133723)
Lucky Stars Embossing Folder (135817)
Big Shot Magnetic Platform (130658)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Stampin' Dimensional adhesive (104430)
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With a diversified staff, it's great that we offer a stamp to meet the needs of those in our life.  Here the Happy Hanukkah stamp is STUNNING!  The scrolled image makes me so happy!  Stamped with Silver Encore ink on the Night of Navy card stock makes for a sharp look.  Using the Labels framelits on the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and the Magnetic Platform create a stylish frame.
I love the All is Calm Designer Washi Tape.  The simple texture and pattern addition makes for a cool background addition.  Adding a star texture to the Smoky Slate card stock base for a pretty accent.  The pretty accent of the Rhinestone Jewel and it's ease with the adhesive back gives me a pretty accent to a pretty stamp!
Sigh.. I adore, yes - adore, the Bright and Beautiful stamp set!!  The fact that it coordinates with the Stars framelits makes my life so easy!!  Stamped with the Silver Encore ink - this Night of Navy star is classic and elegant.  Take it up a notch with the simple addition of the adhesive backed Rhinestone jewel to the center.  Raising the die-cut image with the Stampin' Dimensional (on both cards) gives me a cool dimension to the hand-crafted card.  I had fun using the 5 designs of the All is Calm Designer Washi Tape to the 15 hand-crafted cards for my husband's staff.
Home-made Pumpkin bread, Maple Cookies, Chocolate Bourbon Cupcakes with a Caramel, Cream Cheese, Pecan top - sigh... spoiling my husband's staff is the least I can do as they work so hard all year long!  The rest of the company (including the Executives that serve on the Board with my husband) finds it's way into his Accounting Department - they just follow their noses, lol.
My helpers... it's wonderful finding time to teach my kids the art of giving back.  Simple things, like sending a hand-stamped card to creating hand-crafted treats is a fun and tasty way to show our gratitude.  They might be sticking around to lick the frosting bowl, lol, I just hope they are learning a lesson or two, too!
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Showing you care is a fun way to give back to others.  From giving a hand-stamped card that highlights the faith of those we appreciate to homemade treats - this is the holiday season that gives back.  With a need for 15 stylish but easy hand-crafted cards today, wrapping up gift cards and topping homemade nibbles - these cards came to life.  Easy but WOW - they are sure to impress my husband's staff (I hope, lol). 
No matter WHAT you observe - we wish you a Happy Holiday, from my family to yours!

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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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