Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pretty Planner

I am a mom of 5 girls, one son and now one son-in-law.  We have a busy life.  I work from home and try to be a super mom and wife (falling short ~ often).  I have 'used' planners through the years but not well.  I didn't update things, keep lists of to-do's (so I'd miss items), and eventually get "too busy" to use them (letting more slip through the cracks of our life).  

So JOIN ME as I'll be posting HERE Every Sunday a fun Planner Girl Post to highlight my path in making my life more organized and pretty along the way (it's what I do).  Join Me, too, as we have fun Planner Girl Meet Ups!
Create this cute Planner Cover with:
Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper (138444)
Moments Like These Project Life Cards (138454)
Moments Like These Accessory Pack (138455)
*Winter Wonderland Designer Washi Tape (139609)

*Retiring - get it NOW as it's going, Going, GONE... 

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BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 
FIRST - I adore our stunning Designer Series Paper.  I am a girl who loves paper and always has!  The fact that it is DOUBLE SIDED has me gah gah!  You get so much more for your dollar this way.  

Second - I searched and loved so many covers for my planner.  I use The Printed Planner for my carrying around planner (I have a family one and a desk one, too).  Like an Erin Condren Planner, it has a spiral bind. 

Third - Why order a cover when I have a full collection of the PRETTIEST Designer Series Papers ever?!?!

Fourth - Inspiration is LOADED in my Project Life Cards and the coordinating Accessories!  This pretty collection has this gold foiled saying that I hope will help me to find joy and stay grounded.

So I had fun Gettin' Crafty and made up these cool Planner Covers!
I'm a less is more kind of girl.  Focal Points for me.  I love adding accents like this pretty Winter Wonderland Designer Washi Tape with it's pretty gold flecked, easy to use and looks smashing on my calendar.  It's RETIRING in just a couple of days.. grab your gold accented Washi Tape NOW before it's gone!
Cover LOVE.... I love the ease of making these Planner Covers.  Cutting my pretty Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper down to a 1/2" bigger than my planner.  I took it to my office supply store.  They laminated it (a 7 grade laminated page for the 'weight' of the lamination).  They punched the wholes in the side for a spiral thread.  I cut it down, using our awesome Paper Snips.  Snipped the holes so I could add it to my planner (and change it out as I feel).

The Planners NEED A Cover - well, OK maybe not.  It comes with a small cover but it is soft.  I wanted more support.  This will be fun to change out as the seasons or mood change (like I change out my clothes/shoes/purses lol).
I added this pretty Project Life card from the Moments Like These Project Life card collection.  I adore using them for my Memory Documenting and now my planners!!  This says it all, doesn't it - "Sparkle"!  

 How do YOU use your planner?  Do you have more than one, too?  *Let me know with a fun comment below!  *I will do a Drawing for a FREE Planner Cover for this type planner or not punched so you can punch your own holes!
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Staying organized is a challenge. I'm creative and in a ton of directions as a mom, wife and business owner.  With my carrying around planner and updating it each day/week I should be able to stay on top of my life.  Plan it out better.  Breathe.  Feel in control.  My New Year Resolution is to be Proactive vs Reactive in my life.  Join me in this fun path of creative organization - with my new Planner Girl posts on Sundays (shop ANYTIME Online for your own fun planner and crafting accessories) and Planner Girl Meet Ups!

Among the branches

Over the NEXT 5 Days I'll highlight some stunning projects created with stamp sets, papers, thinlits, embossing folders and more that are RETIRING!  SCORE these last days and deals of the Holiday Catalog as they are going, going, GONE!!

What You Will Need:
Among the Branches stamp set (photopolymer 139823)

Woodland Embossing Folder (139673)

BUNDLE and SAVE 15% on these two (140872)

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BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 

Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (139586)

Gold Glimmer Paper (133719)



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Cup of cheer

Over the NEXT 6 Days I'll highlight some stunning projects created with stamp sets, papers, thinlits, embossing folders and more that are RETIRING!  SCORE these last days and deals of the Holiday Catalog as they are going, going, GONE!!

What You Will Need:
Cup of Cheer stamp set (wood 139762/clear 139765)


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BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 

Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (139592)
Metallic Foil Doilies (138392)
Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (139592)
Metallic Foil Doilies (138392)
Very Vintage Designer Buttons (129327)
Gold Cording Trim (139618)
Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon (134550)
Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder (132174)
Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper (139588)
Metallic Foil Doilies (138392)
Gold Satin Ribbon (134547)
Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (139592)
Metallic Foil Doilies (138392)
Boughs & Berries Embossing Folder (139671)
Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (139592)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sparkling Calla Lily hand-stamped card

Create a simple, classic and elegant card to show your gratitude.  This stunning stamp set is perfect for coloring, like this easy water coloring look.  A hand-stamped card is a great way to show your gratitude.  Join Us in creating and sending love with hand-crafted cards at our card making classes.
Create this pretty sparkling grateful card with:
Remarkable You stamp set (wood 139891/clear 139894)
Whisper White THICK card stock (140272)
Daffodil Delight ink pad (126944)
Old Olive ink pad (126953)
Black Archival ink pad (140931)
Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon (134559)
Aqua Pens (103954)
Dazzling Details liquid glitter (133755)

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BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 

I love the ease of this hand-crafted card.  The Aqua Pens make for easy and fun water coloring!  Using the Black Archival ink pad (that doesn't run when used in water coloring and stamps a true sharp black) to stamp this lovely Calla Lilly from the Remarkable You stamp set.  The new THICK Whisper White card stock ROCKS!  Strong, stands up to embossing, water coloring and more - it feels luxurious in your hands, too!

Using the Aqua Pens with the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive ink pads.  Add a little wow factor when you highlight the Calla Lilly with the liquid Dazzling Details liquid glitter.  Tie on this coordinating Daffodil Delight ribbon and BAM - done!!  So easy but the results are just lovely!  
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Created at a recent card making class, this water colored card was a hit!  Super easy, elegant and fun to create.  The ease and beauty of this quick hand-crafted card had it as a favorite from the card making class.  Tell someone how you feel, how you appreciate them with a hand-stamped, water colored card like this!  

Happy scenes can come home

Over the NEXT 7 Days I'll highlight some stunning projects created with stamp sets, papers, thinlits, embossing folders and more that are RETIRING!  SCORE these last days and deals of the Holiday Catalog as they are going, going, GONE!!
The Happy Scenes stamp set is available in an awesome BUNDLE!!  Save 15% when you purchase the Window Hearth & Home Thinlits with this Happy Scenes stamp set!!

Shhhhh I'm going to tell you a secret!!  The Hearth & Home thinlits have a NEW coordinating stamp set coming out in the Occasions Catalog!!  Own TWO Stamp Sets that coordinate with this stunning thinlit collection and it will be perfect to use ALL Year long for MANY Reasons!!

What You Will Need:
Happy Scenes stamp set (photopolymer 139821)
Hearth & Home Thinlits (139666)

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BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 



Into the Woods Designer Series Paper (139586)
Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (139590)
Winter Wonderland Designer Series Paper (139588)
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack (139594)
Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies (139670)
Silver Cording Trim (139620)
Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (139590)
Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (139592)
Real Red Pompom Trim (139617)
When I saw this stamp set I just KNEW I had to have it!  I KNEW my customers would LOVE It and I KNEW my friends and family would enjoy seeing the beautiful cards it can create!!



Monday, December 28, 2015

Purple Roses hand-stamped card

I'm over the moon with this new Occasions Catalog coming out January 5th!!  It's STUNNING!  I want something from EVERY Page!  Grateful, as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - I get it and early, plus FREE Sale~A~Bration items (and early)!!  Here is a sneak peak of a card I created using the new Occasions Mini Catalog items.  Join Us in January for this WOW Class and CONTACT ME NOW to secure YOUR Catalogs if you aren't on my mailing list (they received theirs already!).
Create this pretty purple rose card with:
NEW Timeless Textures stamp set (wood 140514/clear 140517)
Wisteria Wonder card stock (122922)
Blackberry Bliss card stock (133675)
Whisper White card stock (100730)
Wisteria Wonder ink pad (126985)
Perfect Plum ink pad (126963)
Blackberry Bliss ink pad (133642)
NEW Rose Garden Thinlits Dies (140619)
Magnetic Platform (130658)
Precision Base Plate (139684)
NEW Big Shot Die-Brush (140603)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)

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BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 

How TO:
Creating an elegant, vintage and stylish card is so easy.  This new Timeless Textures stamp set is simply stunning!  Stamp the images in a variety of monochromatic colors like these purples of Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum and in-color Blackberry Bliss.

Die-Cut this stunning new Rose Garden Thinlits Die flowers.  Using the New Big-Shot Die Brush to push out the die-cut pieces makes for easy and fun crafting!  I adore how easy it is on the Big Shot Magnetic Plate and Die-Cutting Machine.  Adhere the lacy flower with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen that is carrying over from the On-Sale and Soon-to-Retire Holiday Catalog.   

~  Ask ME how YOU can get the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine for FREE or 1/2 OFF!!  With a full collection from the one of the best catalogs in ages - you can be the first to enjoy the awesomeness and score the FREE Items when you book a Private Class with me!  Score the BEST Deal of $125 for only $99 and FREE Shipping when you take the starter kit home - a kit YOU Pick!!  ~
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I love the elegance and beauty of a vintage and timeless card like this.  Sending bits of art into the world is easy when you deliver a hand-crafted card.  This hand-stamped card is surprisingly easy, fun and oh so elegant.  Enjoy this Sneak Peak from the Occasions Catalog from the new catalog.  I adore the new Occasions Catalog coming in January - score YOUR Catalog NOW when you contact me.  BOOK A Private Class with ME and bring in the newest stamps, papers, kits and more... while scoring a fun Shopping Trip of crafting awesomeness!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Card Making and Coffee as we Connect!

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's Create, Connect over Card Making and Coffee (or tea).  Monday Mornings at Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters 
(111 Reino Road, Newbury Park, CA).  
My life is uber busy... I find I have less time to talk, connect, and relax.  As I run kids around, do errands, work and catch up - I can feel isolated and disconnected.  

For me, coffee and card making go hand in hand.  It's what I do.  I love creating and connecting.  I love coffee and card making.  They come together where we join these and come out blessed.  This is a free card time.  Join me on Monday's from 8:30-10:30am.  Grab an artisan coffee, tea and/or gluten free baked goodie and create!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Santa Gift Boxes

Happy Ho, Ho, Holidays!  Every year my kids and I create little gifts to give to their school mates, for my husband's staff and for our neighbors.  I had fun even creating these at our Monday Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters's Create, Connect over Card Making and Coffee (or teas).  This sweet little gift box is on the Retiring List (grab yours NOW).  
Create this Santa Gift box with:
Real Red card stock (102482)
Basic Black card stock (121045)
Silver Glimmer Paper (135314)
7/8" Scallop Circle Punch (129404)
Decorative Label Punch (120907)
Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies (139657)
Magnetic Platform (130658)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)

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BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 


Create a cute hand-crafted Punch Art gift box.  This Pillow Box Die is so perfect!!  I love the versatility of it.  Using it for oils, make-up, jewelry gifting as well as gift cards, and small gifts of sweets.  

I love the ease of using the Big Shot Die-Cutting machine to die-cut this cute and RETIRING (sigh - it's so great - grab yours!) pillow box.  

Create this punch-art Santa Belt with the Decorative Label Punch.  The cute 7/8" Scallop Punch makes a great buckle.  Wrap a 'belly band' of a 8-1/2"x 1" strip of Basic Black around the box.  Apply the punch-art belt with Stampin' Dimensional adhesive. 
LOVE how it works for gifts like oils, chap sticks, jewelry, gift cards, candy and more!

~  Ask ME how YOU can get the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine for FREE or 1/2 OFF!!  With a full collection from the one of the best catalogs in ages - you can be the first to enjoy the awesomeness and score the FREE Items when you book a Private Class with me!  Score the BEST Deal of $125 for only $99 and FREE Shipping when you take the starter kit home - a kit YOU Pick!!  ~
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Create some joy that will WOW this year.  This cute Square Pillow Box Die is perfect all year long (it even has a bundled and save coordinating stamp set!!).  I am always sad to see something awesome go away.. like this die and coordinating stamp set!!  Join Me in creating some fun at our Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters Monday's - Card Making, Connecting and Coffee with a free craft!  It's easy to create a fun gift with this cute die.  A hand-made gift is so special and memorable but doesn't have to be hard to do!  Perfect for those who have home-based businesses too (make your customer's purchases pop with this great wrap!).

Gift of BBQ love with a cute gift tag

I often receive a call, before my card making classes, that someone can come.. only if I have our famous BBQ Popcorn.  I know that it sounds weird but it's an addiction.  So much so that it's a requirement at our card making classes!  My Stamper's 10 Club received this as their Christmas gift this year.  The recipe has been begged, pleaded and offered cash for but we love to gift it instead.  Join Us at the fun card making classes and at our Stamper's 10 Technique Series FREE classes and you, too, can enjoy this healthy wow treat while we connect, create and have fun card making.
Create this cute Gift Tag topped gift with:
Oh, What Fun stamp set (140386)
Very Vanilla card stock (101650)
Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (139592)
Real Red ink pad (126949)
Gold & White 3/8" Glitter Ribbon (139614)
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324)
Paper Snips (103579)

**  SHOP 24/7 with me while Earning BONUS Frequent Buyer Points!!   If you enjoy this project and want to have some fun crafting with me, CLICK HERE and RSVP ASAP for my Upcoming Classes!!  Most classes are FREE with a qualified purchase!!

BOOK Your OWN Private Class that will Highlight the card styles or techniques you are interested in!  With my designing cards for YOU,Book a FUN Gathering of family and friends to create!  From fun Holiday Cards to Celebrations... YOU will earn ALL of the Hostess Benefits on ALL of the Purchases - perfect for stocking up to make cards all year long!! 



I needed a quick, cute and easy gift tag for this gift... using the cute Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper and fussy cut out this cute vintage reindeer with our Paper Snips.  

The Scallop Tag Topper Punch makes it so easy and fun to create gift tags!  The perfect rub is a balance of sweet, savory, salt and spice... we are foodies and my hubby rocked the rub he makes!!  Here the cute stamp from the RETIRING Oh, What Fun stamp set for a sweet saying.  Top off the gift with this pretty and retiring (sigh, it's soooo pretty) glitter ribbon!

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A sweet gift for amazing ladies who bless me.  I adore our Stamper's 10 Club ladies and the fun Free Technique Class Series we are doing.  Join Us and you, too, can take fun free classes and create a great recipe book!  Create a hand-made gift or just a hand-crafted gift tag and top off the holidays or any occasion!  

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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