Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

Labor Day and this weekend was spent with our family and friends. Finding reasons to celebrate life is easy when you are blessed to have so many loved ones in your life. We had three fun filled gatherings, church, a card making class and whew, am I tuckered.  Here is a snippet of the fun we had, I couldn't resist sharing with you. I hope you had a good one (leave me a comment and let me know what you did!).
 Here some of our kiddos drive about with their friends... it's great having neighbors who you can grow up, laugh and drive around with (they are 4-10 yrs old - one cool dad made this car!!).
A neighborhood party... one friend and neighbor opens their home to their neighbors one Saturday a month for a pot-luck meal - it's a great time to connect, laugh and even celebrate birthdays - taking home kids that are plumb tuckered.  The sunset, dinner and connecting was a gift straight from God... so much fun and beauty abounds (with teens laughing, kids running about, food, friends, adult conversations, celebrating a birthday and more... we are blessed).
The next day we attended church then headed off to another friend's annual pot-luck party.  My kids are in bliss when they attend this one, they consider this family and extension of our own - their girls are like cousins.  I'm so blessed by this friend and all of us gathering together for fun in the sun!
Rounding off our summer was a bon-fire in our yard.  This year we had our friend's join in the fun - hitting the pool, roasting hot-dogs, marshmallows, beans and home-made chili, and a special passed down recipe for one of the best desserts ever... sigh.  A wonderful end to this fun, friend, laughter packed weekend. Not much better than time with those who you love, make you laugh, take life on as an adventure and more.  I hope that your Labor Day weekend was packed with love, laughter and fun.  Leave me a comment and let me know what YOU did this weekend.

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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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