Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Man Day

I am blessed with a legacy of wonderful men in my life. My Grandpa was a great man of God and an amazing leader to our family. He passed at 94.

My Dad was my hero for most of my life. He always made quality time for me, encouraged my modeling and acting as a child to my writing and stamping as I grew up. He passed the day after my birthday, a week before I had Carina. He was 72.

My Uncle Richard is the best of my Grandpa and Dad rolled into one loving, compassionate and fun men I know. He has always spent quality time with me, leads his family with grace and love and leads us, all, to the Lord by his quiet example. My kids call him Gpa Richard.

I grew up in the love and shelter of my "cousin" Jody (who now leads a growing church). My Uncle's boys who treated me like a little sister, offering words of wisdom, love and encouragement as well as giving me a hard time on a regular basis. The legacy continues as their wives and children do the same for our kids.

From Pastors who married my hubby and I to pastors who continue to lead us, family and friends... I am so blessed! Thanks!

I married a wonderful Italian man and inherited his gregarious dad. We were blessed with our 5 girls and our one boy. Watching him grow, love the Lord and his family, create worship songs, play sports with Zeal and pray for his future wife.... I see the amazing legacy of the men in my life start in a new generation.

So, today is Father's Day and I want to give Thanks for the amazing men in my life, count my blessings and honor all men on this Father's day.

I'm showing my card for my Father In Law, having given my hubby artwork, a BBQ/smoking book and a Guy Fierri cookbook. I do love these great manly stamps....

I hope you find a man that has graced you with love, support and understanding (whether he was your dad, gpa, uncle, cousin or a friend).
Blessings!! ~ Jamie 😘

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What Others are SAYING about Getting Crafty with Jamie

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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