Welcome to "Always Stampin'" where you are sure to find paper art inspiration and quite possibly a bit more! Please contact Kelly Gettelfinger, Stampin' Up! Manager of Sellersburg, IN for more information on anything seen here... kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com
"Anxiety weighs a heart down, but a cheerful word lifts it up." Proverbs 12:25

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Weekly Deals and "Oh, hello!"

Weekly Deals

Whoa! Both my husband's family as well as mine
were hit hard with some very sad news recently.
Instead of "taking care of business,"
I chose to take care of both of my families.
What a blessing it is to serve!

Now it's time to get back to "normal!"

I hope you visit my online store regularly
(or at least every Tuesday!)

Here's a link...



Going on NOW, receive a FREE pack of
DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
with a purchase of three packs of DSP!


This is a great way to sample ALL
of the new DSP in the 2014-15 Annual Catalog!
Hover over the photo above to learn more.

AND...

If you hover over the Weekly Deals photo above,
you can click and jump right onto
the Weekly Deals page.

Here are some highlights you won't want to miss...





2013-15 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
reg price $14.95
NOW $11.21



Gold Sequin Trim


Gold Sequin Trim
reg price $4.95
NOW $3.71




Neutrals Designer Buttons


Neutrals Designer Buttons
reg price $7.95
NOW $5.96


Be sure to check out ALL of the
Weekly Deals
at my ONLINE STORE!
Select Kelly Gettelfinger as your demonstrator.
And please feel free to contact me for a
FREE CLASS
when you purchase $50 or more!
Regardless of where you live,
your FREE CLASS
can be via USPS and video
OR right here in the Kentuckiana area
at a convenient location near you.

Contact me for more details or
simply place your order and be sure
to submit your contact information.
You will be hearing from me soon.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Coming to a CARD CAFE near you...


Where is the CARD CAFE?
ANYWHERE you would like for us to
meet up and stamp up a few greeting cards!
YOU CHOOSE!

A convenient spot for many people in this are is
COFFEE CROSSING in New Albany.
However, if you would rather meet
somewhere more convenient for you
(and/or you and friends),
you just name it and I will be there with
everything we need to create
SIX BIRTHDAY CARDS
(two of each design seen here.)

I am more than willing to come to you!
(Think you might live too far from me for me
to travel your direction... it never hurts to ask!)
Hubby and I love to travel so
we look at my out-of-town CARD CAFEs
as a great little time to get away.

Create ALL SIX BIRTHDAY CARDS
for just $15!
OR $10 when you invite your friends!
Your friends stamp for $10 each OR
FREE when a qualifying purchase is made.
SIX BIRTHDAY CARDS FOR FREE!
Who can beat that?!

Contact me today to schedule your
CARD CAFE...




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

One Sheet Wonder Tutorial


Just the other day, I was stamping with a client
at Coffee Crossing (our local coffee shop).
A group of gals (who obviously knew my client)
approached our table and began chatting.
One of the gals (noting our stamping)
immediately said, "If I did that
it would look like a second grader did it."

SOMEONE GIVE ME A NICKEL!

If I had a nickel for every time I heard
that LAME excuse about
making something as simple as a
hand stamped card... I'D BE RICH!
Really.

Let's see... what is another excuse
I could get rich from hearing...
"I just don't have time to do that."

Listen...
I can kind of relate (kind of.)
My summers are so crazy busy!
Time to do ANYTHING becomes an issue.

If you have ever thought
either of the two excuses above,
I seriously invite you to allow me to
RENEW YOUR MIND.

Did you visit "Always Stampin'" yesterday
when I posted THIS POST with which I used the
ONE SHEET WONDER TECHNIQUE.

When I am pressed for time or
simply can't come up with a new idea,
I turn to the classics...
classic techniques AND classic cards.

Some people may say the card in this post is
"SIMPLE."
But listen...
"simple" not only gets the job done,
it gets it done sweetly and completely.
Wouldn't you rather send a card to a friend than
to WISH you had sent a card to a friend?!
Simple stampin' is always better than
"wishful stampin'!"

The ONE SHEET WONDER TECHNIQUE
is my absolute favorite way to stamp
in the summertime (or any of the busy times of life.)

Here's how it all goes...

First, select three to five image stamp sets
to become known as your OSW go-to sets.
Three of my OSW go-to sets are...

STIPPLED BLOSSOMS
BE THE STAR
FLOWER PATCH

Basically any stamp set will do.
Although sets that have a large image
along with two or three smaller images
work better than sets that have
all the same sized images.
The OSW Technique tends to look better
with "bold images" rather than "fine line" images.



Next choose three to five different ink colors
(or as many as needed according to
how many images will be used.)

For my example, I am using
REAL RED
PACIFIC POINT
TEMPTING TURQUOISE
HELLO HONEY

As seen in the photo above,
stamp one image in one color all over the card stock,
leaving room for the next image in another color.



Continue stamping each image in a different color
all over the entire sheet of card stock.


Once you have utilized the images of choice,
it's time to "FILL THE CARD STOCK."


To "fill the card stock,"
I will either utilize the smallest image chosen
and STAMP OFF the lightest ink color used.
If the stamp set does not include a "smallest image,"
I will SPONGE the remaining "white space"
of the card stock until very little white can be seen.

At this point, I always end up freaking out just a bit.
It always looks like I "went too far" and
used too many colors or stamped way too much.

Not to worry...
JUST KEEP STAMPIN'!


The next part of the OSW Technique
really depends on the project at hand.
Because my post is about
"Summertime Stampin'"
and how most of us have very busy summers,
I am focusing the trimming of my
card stock based on my own summertime stampin'.

I like to have OSW strips already
stamped and trimmed...
ready to apply to a card when I am in a hurry.

As seen above, trim the 8-1/2" x 11" card stock
to TWO pieces measuring 5" x 8-1/2".
One 1" x 8-1/2" strip will remain.


After that, trim both 5" piece to SIX pieces
measuring 2-3/4" x 5".
The 1" strip can be trimmed in half at 4-1/4".

I keep a little 4" x 6" photo album near my table
to store all of my OSW strips together.
This way, my strips are stamped, trimmed,
and ready to grab for the using.
And the little photo album stores nicely anywhere. 


Lastly, add the OSW strips to a greeting card.
Sign, seal, and deliver for instant happiness!

Thanks for visiting!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful and inspiring.
Summertime blessings!




Supplies
Stamps:  Be the Star
Inks:  Real Red, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock/Papers:  Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point  
Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, 12"x12" Trimmer
Other:  Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

Monday, June 16, 2014

Serious Summer Stampin' - STAMP IT QUICK!


Summers are such a blast at the Gettelfingers!
Tennis Tournaments, Theater Camps,
Camping... add in all of the fun summer holidays and...
hmmm... what am I forgetting...
just kidding...
STAMPIN' UP!'S ANNUAL CONVENTION!

I feel like I am always on the go...
add in those occasional big events such as
important graduations, driver's training...
and the summer seriously FLIES by!

I usually have very little (but oh-so-precious) time
to play in my stampin' studio.
When I am short on time,
I depend on easy-to-use and reliable
stamp sets such as "Stippled Blossom" and
I turn to the
ONE SHEET WONDER
STAMPIN' TECHNIQUE.

This technique is so easy and reliable
because it is just one sheet of neutral card stock
COMPLETELY stamped to cover all or
as much as possible/desired of the card stock.
Then trim the stamped sheet of card stock
into pieces that are sized appropriately
for the cards/projects being created.

I used FOUR of the five new IN COLORS
for the thank you card in this post.
Blackberry Bliss
Hello Honey
Lost Lagoon
Tangelo Twist

The blossoms shown below are created
by running a piece of Very Vanilla card stock
through the Big Shot Machine
with the Spiral Flower Die.
I randomly stamped the die cut
with the same stamps and inks used
to create the One Sheet Wonder.
I snipped the ONE die cut in half and
created the TWO blossoms for my card.


What is a great card
without a great place to DISPLAY it?!

I found this vintage frame at a local framing store,
added an antiqued door knob with some
Linen Thread (#104199) to hold the card,
and a few Burlap Ribbon Blossoms
to the bottom corner of the frame
and each time a dear friend sends me
a heartfelt handmade card,
I will have somewhere very special to
gaze upon it and remember our friendship.



Would you like to know how I created
the Burlap Ribbon blossoms?
You won't believe how
SUPER DUPER EASY it is!

Let's get together for a refreshing drink
at Coffee Crossing in New Albany
and we will make up a few blossoms
for YOUR CHOICE of frames.
You bring the frame, I'll bring the supplies!

Contact me today...


Blessings for your sweet summer days!
They will "fly by" if you let them.



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Triangle Gate Fold Card


How cute and fun is this
TRIANGLE GATE FOLD CARD?!

It's so super easy!

Begin with a piece of card stock measuring
4-1/4" x 4-1/4"
(you can make FOUR of these from one sheet of card stock!)

Pencil mark FROM THE SAME CORNER
at 2-1/2" IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS.

Score from each pencil mark to
THE SAME FURTHEST CORNER.

Trim from pencil mark to pencil mark.

Fold on scored areas to create
GATE FOLD.

Decorate and embellish as desired.


And with Stampin' Up!'s
Paper Stack Packs,
TRIANGLE ENVELOPES
are a breeze!

Here's a video tutorial to help you on your way...


Thanks for visiting!
I hope you found some inspiration
to go and love those around you!
KellyJean



Supplies
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Beautiful Butterfly Die is a Work of Art


If you're from "around these parts,"
then you know...
I LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY DIE!
I really do.

And I am so very sad to see it be retired
from Stampin' Up!'s list of great tools
to use with the Big Shot Machine.

"SUSPENDED BUTTERFLY CARDS"
are my absolute favorite items
to create using this great die!


The butterflies literally look like
they are sitting right on the edge of the card.
Hmm... how'd she do that?!

Listen... seriously...
these cards are so easy to make and
so fun to give away,
you just GOTTA come to a
CARD CAFE
and find out for yourself!
You choose the date and time.
We'll meet at Coffee Crossing in New Albany
and make up three fun items for just $10!


And if you don't have the
BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY DIE
or the Big Shot Machine...
you had better ACT FAST!
The die will only be available
for a couple more days
(last day to order is June 4!)

Check it out at my ONLINE STORE...
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/alwaysstampinwithkelly/




Just image how fun it would be to
receive this sweet card
in your mailbox! 


Here's what I love most about
this particular card...
it's perfect for wallet size photos!
AND
it fits into a medium sized envelope!!

The base of the card is just 1/2 sheet of
8-1/2" x 11" card stock.

Here... let me explain...

base card
2-3/4" x 4-1/4"

connector
2-3/4" x 4"
scored every 1"

Unfortunately, the butterflies will
have to wait for a video...
OR
you can always come to the
CARD CAFE
and learn how easy they are there!
wink wink

Contact me today to schedule your
CARD CAFE...



Thank you so much for visiting today!
You are a blessing!




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Friday, May 30, 2014

Last Day of School


Well...
that's that.

I'm not sad. I'm not sad. I'm not sad.
hehehehe...

Really, I'm not.
I love every stage of my children's lives.
When I focus on Psalm 118:24
"Today is the day the Lord has made;
I will rejoice and be glad in it,"
I can't help but see the greater good
in the stages of life more than
the emotional roller coaster.
After all, this IS a happy time...
a time to REJOICE and
"delight in today!"


So I now have a
SENIOR and a SOPHOMORE
in the house!
Gasp!

I have a feeling I will be using
MY DIGITAL STUDIO
so much more than I already do!

I used MDS to create the word photo above.
Thinking I will save this to my
phone lock scene
so when I feel a bit down
about my kiddos growing UP,
I can just grab my phone
(because it's always with me)
and have a little pick-me-up!


Yes... it is a day to rejoice!
Blessings!




Supplies
MY DIGITAL STUDIO
Delight in the Day Designer Kit 

Join now and attend Convention for FREE!


Seriously... this is almost
too good to be true...
ALMOST!

Until June 30th,
you can join Stampin' Up!
for just $50
(and receive $55 in product!)

PLUS...
you will receive a
FREE PAPER PUMPKIN
in addition to your $55 in product!

AND...
(like I said, "almost too good to be true...")
YOU CAN GO TO CONVENTION
FOR FREE!!!

(please please please join and
go to convention with me!!!
I have so much more fun with friends
and none of my close buds are
attending this year...
insert sad puppy dog eyes, wink.)

Let's get together and we
can chat more about all the details.
I will even treat you to a
yummy sumthin sumthin at
Coffee Crossing!

We can make this card... FREE!



Let's set up a time to chat right now...





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Thursday, May 29, 2014

For baby...


I might have shared already
that my big brother...
who has SIX GRANDGALS...
is well on his way to having the Lord
bless him with a bundle of blue joy.

I can't tell you how CA-RAZY
excited his children and grandchildren are!
Of course our family is so happy as well!

This card has me all set for the baby shower!

I am LOVIN' my
Fringe Scissors
from Stampin' Up!!
All that super cute fringy grass
was super duper easy to make using
my Fringe Scissors!

You can find your pair of
Fringe Scissors
(#133325  $9.95)

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx


Happy "blue blessings!"



Supplies
Stamps:  Zoo Babies
Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Smokey Slate... Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point Markers
Card Stock/Papers:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding  
Tools:  Banner Punch, Cupcake Builder Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Paper Snips, Fringe Scissors, Big Shot Machine, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
Other:  Whisper White Baker's Twine, Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimentionals


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Prom Props


We recently celebrated our
very first high school PROM!
The weather was crappy...
but the people were happy...
so it made for a VERY pleasant evening!

My daughter asked if I would make some
kind of banner for her and her friends to hold
for the picture taking.
How could I resist THAT request?!

I wondered if the letters would be large
enough to show up on a banner...
I also wanted "PROM" to stand out.
Instead of a banner,
I purchased some wooden letters and numbers
from our local hobby store and
simply COVERED them with

-wait for it-

SILVER GLIMMER PAPER!!!

Stampin' Up!'s Glimmer Papers are seriously
the best on the market!
How do I know?
Noooo..
 I don't go buying up other glitter papers.
Every paper crafter I know tells me so!

Though the photos don't quite catch
the glimmer of the glitter
as much as I would have liked,
the kids all loved their
festive "prom props!"



And since they all say it...
I figured I would add
"I freakin' love you"
from the famous "Yippee Skippee" stamp set.


And what is prom without a
precious momento to remember the
fun with friends that was had?!

MY DIGITAL STUDIO
always to the rescue!

I used the "swatchbook" selection
in MDS to create one tag
(front and back)
for my daughter and each friend.


Because the "swatchbook" pages
are printed and delivered with a
punched hole in them,
these pages make for great
BOOKMARKS!

I can hardly wait for my daughter
to share these sweet charms
with each of her buddies!


You seriously MUST try
MY DIGITAL STUDIO!
You know you're curious!
And if you already have it...
trust me... there is SO MUCH to learn!

I can introduce you to a whole new world
of memory keeping with MDS.
Let's get together at Coffee Crossing
and I will bring my laptop...
you just bring your smile and
be ready to enjoy yourself!
But you have to contact me and
make it happen... let's get it on that calendar
before anything else keeps you from
having a bit of fun "me time!"


Thanks so much for dropping by today!
KellyJean





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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Silly Senior Awards Day"


My sweetheart daughter was asked by her
theater teacher if she would chair
the "Silly Senior Awards Day."
I am not sure I've ever seen her
have so much fun being "in charge."
She asked me to put together
some "visual" awards
while she and her friends came up
with some "silly certificates."

The "Blue Ribbon" stamp set is my
absolute FAVORITE set
to use when it comes to handing out
"not so quite official" awards.
Simply hot glue a garment push pin to the back
and you have the cutest "award" to give!

The "silly certificates" were
fashioned to each senior for the fun and silly
things they've done
(or have had done to them)
during their senior year at school.
I am not sure I laughed so hard
watching my daughter as she presented
these "Silly Senior Awards."
sigh... to be young again



We had fun filling each popcorn bag
with unique gifts and candies.
And each bag was accompanied by
a FREE QUICK CARD CLASS coupon.
I really hope the seniors use their coupons!
Stamping with these ages is so much FUN!!!

How about you?
Want to have "so much FUN?!"
Come on out and attend a
QUICK CARDS CLASS
any Thursday in June at
Coffee Crossing in New Albany
7:00-8:30pm
(registration is required...

How fun would it be to present
someone you know with a
"silly award"
JUST BECAUSE?!
Imagine how you could lift their spirit!
Contact me and we can make up a few
of these super cute ribbons.
Then when the fancy strikes...
MAKE SOMEONE'S DAY!

Thanks for stopping by!
Leave a comment and say "hi."
Blessings!
KellyJean




Supplies
Stamps:  Blue Ribbon
Inks:  Real Red, Night of Navy
Card Stock/Papers:  Whisper White, Maritime Designer Series Paper  
Tools:  Big Shot Machine, Designer Rosette Die, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch
Other:  hot glue, jewelry push pin