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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Come STAMP for just $5!


OPEN STAMP NIGHT is
THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!
6:00-10:00pm

Come and enjoy stampin' up whatever
your sweet heart desires!
Bring all of your consumable items and
use any of my available NON-consumable items.
(such as stamps, tools, templates, etc)

OSN (Open Stamp Night) is
ONLY FIVE BUCKS!
(dollars, that is -wink)

CREATE A FREE MAKE & TAKE!
(shhh... it's a surprise!)

Registration IS required so
email me today to save your spot!

Want to make the gorgeous cards
seen here in this post?
Continue reading...


From 6:00 to 7:30 this Friday,
we will be stampin' up
these gorgeous BIRTHDAY CARDS
during our monthly
BIRTHDAY CARD CLASS.

There is still room for YOU!
Registration is required.
kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com

Create SIX CARDS
(two of three designs)
plus envelopes for a class fee of
JUST $15!

Be ready for your next birthday!


And before you go,
let me share with you how to make this
adorable 4-1/4" x 4-1/4"
PHOTO/ GIFT CARD HOLDER!

Card stock base measures
5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

Score in the center at 4-1/4"

Quarter turn card stock and score at 1-1/4"

Snip through the smallest scored area.

Fold small scored areas UP and
adhere as desired.

Fold and decorate card as desired.


I hope to stamp with you this Friday!
And I hope you enjoyed the
little written tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by!
Kelly



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to... NORMAL?

  

I always have to giggle to myself when
we take a break (for whatever reason) from
our day-to-day routines and then
get back to the "daily grind" and say...
"Time to get back to 'normal.'"

Just what IS "normal" anyway?! HA!

It's been forever since I've posted!
I was trying to be recognized by the
"Artisan Award gods"
so there was a post nearly here on
Always Stampin'
nearly... every... single... day.
WHEW!
I gave up when I realized I didn't have a
stampin' chance, wink.

We had some rough family experiences that
led right into me leaving for convention.
It's been a bit crazy around here.
One thing I can always count on...
my Stampin' Up! business!

Whether I decide to stamp as a
full-time demonstrator,
a part-time demonstrator,
a "part" part-time demonstrator,
or a hobbiest demonstrator...
I know my business is right
where I put it and I can pick it
right back up whenever and however
I CHOOSE!
I love that!



I flew out to Utah a bit early
for Stampin' Up!'s annual convention,
InspireCreateShare,
to meet up with some friends for
a bit of "pre-convention fun."

It really was a ton of fun!
I offered this TRIANGLE CARD and
TRIANGLE ENVELOPE
at a Stamp Camp we offered to the group.
(Tune back in soon for a
written/photographed tutorial!)



Merun was my lovely assistant and
she was a BLAST to work with!
I'm so glad we now know one another!


We had "WOW" demonstrations
and "Shoebox Swaps" before
the real fun even began!

I can honestly say I brought home
just as many wonderful ideas
from our "fun before the fun"
as I did from convention!


Check out this adorable little guy...


I apologize for not getting the name
of the artist who offered
this super duper cute little gift bag.
If you happen to be viewing,
please share your name in the
comments or feel free to
email me...
kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com

Getting together with friends was
a great way to begin the week!


Project Life was the
HOT HOT thing at this year's
InpsireCreateShare!

If you have not experienced
Becky Higgins'
PROJECT LIFE,
then you are REALLY missin' out!

No more slaving over "scrapbooks!"
Project Life is all about
MEMORY KEEPING.
Get those photos in an album...
and have fun doing it...
and doing it
REALLY FAST while you're at it!

I will soon be announcing my
PROJECT LIFE SHARE
soon so be on the lookout for the post!



One of my absolute favorite things
about Stampin' Up!'s annual convention is
FRIENDS!
I love how I feel when I am with
my Stampin' Up! demonstator friends!


I loved bumping into both
Wendy and Denise!
We all share the privilege and honor
of designing for the wonderful
Amy Johnson and Stampers Xpress.
I am so humbled to be on
the same panel as these ladies
as well as the other gals who serve also.
I just love them to pieces!!!


Notice anything about my dress?
He he he... yup...
Stampin' Up!'s NEW IN COLORS!
HA! No one even noticed at convention.
he he he
Hubby picked it out and I was all like,
"Wha?! Those be my new colors!"
It was so funny!



This was probably my fave tip
taken home from the week's event!
(It's funny how one teensy tip makes it
all worth the expense! HA!)

Make a "swish" of color with the
new and fabulous
BLENDABILITIES
onto card stock.
Squirt a dab of hot glue over the swish.
Voila! Instant embellishments!
How fun!

I have a ton more photos
but sadly my camera is being
a bit wonky at the moment.
Hopefully I will have a post
in the near future to share more about
Stampin' Up!'s fantastic
INPSIRE.CREATE.SHARE.

See ya soon!
(Sooner than my previous post,
I hope. wink)

Kelly

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
Stamps
Inks:  
Card Stock/Papers:    
Tools:  
Other

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!




Supplies
Stamps
Inks:  
Card Stock/Papers:    
Tools:  
Other