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.
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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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