Saturday, April 8, 2017

Poppies abloom

Have you ever received a bouquet of amazing flowers and it hit you, that you are blessed and loved beyond measure??  

THIS is what my Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Family is to me.  A beautiful collection of smart, soft, colorful, beautiful, festive, mood-lifting and fabulous women who bless me beyond measure!!
ROAD TRIP!!
A gaggle of us gorgeous ladies gathered together.  We jumped into my car at bright and early 8am to drive up to the Antelope Valley so we can create and connect with a branch of our awesome Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Family.
I started my crafting and card making business while I lived in Quartz Hill, CA over 11 years ago.  Sarah and I were long-time friends who served on our Moms Club of Quartz Hill together.  We still craft and connect while being part of the same crafting family!!

Bringing our Creative Connections class to the Antelope Valley was so much fun.  My old stomping grounds.  Having an amazing brunch, card class and more... we left feeling blessed, loved and connected.
My Angels.  These girls.. oh they are so very dear to me.  Friends.  Brought together in life, connected as we create and walk through life together.
Poppies.
California (if you hadn't heard) has suffered a brutal drought.  It's actually a drought prone state.  This year we were blessed with a deep freeze and cold winter and buckets of water (aka rain, lol).  This wet stuff (he, he, he) had my kids and I dancing under the beauty of it.

There is a natural Poppy Preserve (Poppies are the California State Flower) in the Antelope Valley - we had to extend our trip to enjoy the fields of yellow, purple and orange blossoms.

Little known facts:  Poppies need a freeze to fracture the shell of the seed to bloom.  They crave fresh rain and blossom even in the midst of heavy, brutal winds.  These delicate and beautiful flowers can withstand and even grow in the midst of being broken, drowned and blown fiercely.  ~ It is a beautiful image, isn't it?  Can you, like me, relate?
It was not Thelma and Louise but it was an adventure.  I just love my crafting family.
I can't sing well - I like to sing but know that I am not that talented (even if my babies love hearing me sing).  

I can sing the praises of my Gettin' Crafty Stampin' Family though.  We gather each month to create Soldier Cards and Cards for Children's Hospital.  We send care packages.  The ladies have surprised soldiers with hand made wedding cards for those deployed.  Sending care packages to families in need.  They support one another, creating deep friendships that becomes so much more.  
It is a beautiful thing what happens when people gather to create, connect, grow and live life together.  Join the fun - see why this special group of ladies (and men) are amazing.

Stamping Blessings,
Jamie



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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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