Saturday, June 15, 2013

Trust God

Our Nephew recently had his first Communion.  As we came to celebrate his walk with God, so I couldn't resist creating a beautiful card for this big step in his life.  Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
This Crumb Cake card stock (#120953) base is soft but firm for this card.  Soho Subway (#130140) Designer Series Paper has a wonderful collection of eclectic patterns.  Here this blue stained wood has a distinct Indy feel to it - running it through my Big Shot (#113439) and the Woodgrain embossing folder (#127821) take this wood grain patterned paper to the next level.
Isn't this paper just beautiful??  It reminds me of old projects my Pappa had in his workshop to be repaired... the aged paint on wood....
Take it up a notch with our embossing folders!  I love texture - don't you?  There is something about it against my fingers that makes a card (or outfit) that more appealing!
Bam!
Praying Hands is a stamp set we offered last year - it retired and now lives on in my personal stash.  Here I stamped the hands in Early Espresso ink on our Naturals Ivory card stock (#101849).  The Trust God stamp set (#132094) stamped in Island Indigo ink (#126986) to tie in the patterned paper.
When you squeeze our stamp pads to the lid - even briefly, a smooch of ink lays on the lid.  This makes for a wonderful palate to water color!!  Water coloring with our Aqua Painters (#103954) really makes me feel like an artist.  (My dear friends Tracie and Wendy are blessed to do art work and do it really well... technology allows me to see Tracie's artwork as she lives in Arizona.. I love that aspect of Facebook!)
 
Here Crumb Cake ink (#126975) coordinates with the Soho Subway paper and lends to a vintage but close-to-skin look. 
A SECRET (shhhhhh....) did you know a fun and easy way to tear paper??  Paint it wet!  Paint the edges with water (here is used the Crumb Cake ink and Aqua Painter for a vintage colored look) and then while slightly damp, tear it... here it looks multi-tonal and distressed. 
Tie it up with our Early Espresso Baker's Twine (#123124) and Natural Designer Buttons (#127554) to continue that natural wood feel and look.  These wood-like adornments are subtle but warm!
DON'T FORGET!!  Stamping the Inside of cards, the backs, the envelopes... it's all a great way to add something special and tie it all together.  Here the stamp and supplies are already out - so stamping the inside and adding a touch of water color is easy peasy, lemon squeezy (lol).
Add a dash of shadow under the words continues the feel of this card for such a subtle touch.
So HERE is the Result - all pulled together.  I know that my in-laws are not very verbose on their compliments... my husband married a woman who is all about words - awww, bless his heart - what a great way to grow - lol.
 
My Sister-In-Law said this was one of my best cards, ever!  WOW - for a family that rarely compliments... that's HUGE!
HERE is our nephew Evan... the party to celebrate his Communion and his sister's Confirmation was a blast - we celebrated his dad's battle with cancer, too!  My baby girl, Arabella, took a moment to hang out with her 'big cousin' after their session of freeze dance - lol. 
 
Finding moments to celebrate and christening those moments with beautiful cards makes me feel like I'm really contributing to the celebration!
 
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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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