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, March 5, 2015

Cocoa Makes Everything Better

There is certainly something missing from
this card, wouldn't you agree?

Let's see if we can gather an idea of
what might be missing by visiting


Yes! That's it!
Or in MY case...

That's better :)

Since the hop over at Coffee Lover's Blog
is all about SPRING and COFFEE (eh hem... cocoa),
you'll find a BIT more warmth in the next card.

Like I said... a BIT :)

Actually, I really am missing my liquid heaven today.
Our area received 10"-15" of snow last night.
The hubster stopped by the grocery
last night before it got too crazy outside
and did he bring me home an itty bitty surprise?
(insert major sad face)
The weather got so crazy
Coffee Crossing actually CLOSED EARLY
AND they closed today as well!

To be quite honest with you,
this is one reason why I love that place.
To keep his employees, as well as customers, safe
Alan (store owner) cancels if he has to.
THAT warms my heart!
(nearly as much as the cocoa warms my tummy, HA)

Although I am really really tired of the cold weather
and especially tired of the snow,
I am glad God is in control and His promises
are trustworthy and faithful.
There really IS a time for everything...
and this too shall pass.

I hope the only "storm" you're experiencing
is one that is as white as the one here in my area.
We never really know others' storms.
Be kind today.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Want more creative inspiration?
Be sure to visit


as well as the
Although my Spring-y card may not be
considered "acceptable" as a CAS,
the other two certainly are.
Please leave NICE COMMENTS.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cocoa... my hero

Continuing to hop right along with
some very talented people over at the


I'm not a coffee drinker but LOVE LOVE LOVE
all the fun coffee, cocoa, tea images available
on the market these days.
And although I am not a big fan of coffee,
cocoa IS my hero...

Wait... cocoa is NOT my hero, hehehe.
Whoever BRINGS me cocoa is my hero!
Yes, that's it. hehehe

So yesterday was my son's
(This mum's not sure she can handle this, wink.)
I asked my little artsy fartsy daughter
to draw a cake or something
for her brother... nothing fancy...
a cupcake would do.
And she decides to draw THIS...

Instagram @a_walk_in_the_art

Sigh... yes, I've raised an over-achiever.
And a darn good one!
You go, Wynne-girl!!!

Of course I had to play with the image!
What a huge temptation for a paper artist, right?!
To have fantastic images just at your finger tips,
waiting for some paper and ink... oh my!

Obviously the card above is my son's.
Although he might think I was pretty funny
if I decided to give him the one below.

Would you like some "Spidey" images?
Leave a comment ON THIS POST
and I will draw a lucky winner
to receive a few RAK images of
"Birthday Spidey" by Wynne.

It would be great if you would follow
"Always Stampin'"
and if you are on Instagram,
it would be fun if you followed me
and my crazy artistic daughter, Wynne
BUT so totally NOT needed to win :)

I felt "challenged" to submit a CAS
(Clean And Simple) card to the
My first card might not be so simple
but it is very "clean" in appearance.
I would say my son's birthday card is very simple
but just in case someone thought differently,
I thought maybe I would "simplify" a bit more.
Add a few crayons and the card becomes

The challenge is titled "This makes me happy!"
And we are asked to share something
about the card and why it makes us happy.
1. I totally dig Marvel comics.
(bet ya didn't know that about me)
2. My daughter and her talents make me
CRAZY happy!
4. Someone left a "not-so-nice" comment
for me recently
and a friend of mine noticed.
Without knowing it bothered me,
she texted me and perked me right up.
THAT made me very happy!
Thx, Sharon!

And thanks to ALL of you for visiting
(especially if you decide to leave a NICE comment)!
Have a very creative day!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Coffee Understands.

My girl has been doodling!
She whipped up the gal at her desk to portray
the day she had at school several days back.
As soon as I saw her doodle,
I couldn't help but
see a cup of coffee on that desk!
(Even though no one in our family
drinks coffee. HA!)
So I "asked"
(more like "bugged the crackers out of her")
for her to sketch me out a cup
to go along with this adorable hipster.

The verse was simply printed on the computer.
The word(s) "coffee" were stamped
and then trimmed from SU!'s

Would you like to have this image?
Be sure to read below.
And check out the
for tons more prizes and gifts!

How about that

1. Follow my blog.
2. If you are an IGer, follow my gal
and me @always_stampin
3. Leave a comment and let me know.

You might want to either leave
your contact info in your comment or
at least be sure there is a way
to reach you when you win.

I'll be sending a few of the images
(minus the verse) seen here on this card!

Check out my gals other fun images
with Sweet'n Sassy Stamps...


Her Spring set was JUST announced.
You're going to love...

Thanks so much for visiting!
I will be back with my
"On a more personal note..."
after the
Trust me, I have some "venti-ing" to do :)

PS... I drew inspiration for my card from the


and decided to join the
"Anything Goes" Challenge

as well as the "Anything Goes" Challenge
over at SISTER ACT.

Be blessed today!

Monday, March 2, 2015

What's in Your Coffee Cup?

Still hoppin' over at the

This hop is not just for coffee lovers...
cocoa crazies and tea-riffic people are welcome!
If you frequent my blog at all,
you already know my liquid heaven of choice :)

Coffee Crossing in New Albany
make the BEST cocoa every made.
It's like drinking a Hershey bar!
(And no, not like what ya add to your ice cream.)

The card created here was intended
and it works perfectly.
Even after adding the gift card,
it fits right into an A2 sized envelope.
Check out what else fits perfectly in my mug...

CHOCOLATE, of course!
Cute, right?

I used the Circle and Oval Framelits
from Stampin' Up! to create this perfect mug.
The handle was created with
the 1-3/8" and 2" Circle Punches.
And the stamp images are in
my daughter, Wynne's stamp sets


You can find both of these great sets

If you're in my area and would like
to know more about how I made my mug,
plan on attending our next
on Sunday, March 8
RSVP is required to attend.
Email to register...

I have a SUPER DUPER surprise
from Wynne for my next post!
You will def want to check back tomorrow!

PS... I've decided to enter this card in
"Anything Goes" Card Challenge.
Check it out!

PSS... Also received some inspiration from


PSSS... I thought it would be fun to go for
a whole bunch of fun challenges with
this one so be sure to check out

Thanks so much for "hopping" on
to visit and be sure to check out the other
great cards at the


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Extra Large Coffee Cup Pocket Card

Thought I'd make another entry for the

How about that super cute greeting?
You (and cocoa) made my day!
The "you made my day" is by
Stampin' Up! and from the stamp set
Click on the title to order from my store.
The ampersand is also by SU!
and is from the stamp set
The word "cocoa" is by
Sweet'n Sassy Stamps and is in the set titled

This is a stamp set designed my
daughter (senior in HS) who was recently
hired as a stamp designer for
(...please forgive me...
the bragging will only last a bit longer. HA!)
Check out my Wynne's fun artwork on
Instagram @a_walk_in_the_art

I love making these Gift Card Holders!
I usually make a smaller size... one that would
be the equivalent to a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" size.
This time, I wanted to "GO BIG."
Let's see if I can share a few words of instruction...

1. Trim card stock to measure 4-1/4" x 11".

2. Score at 2" and 10".

3. Fold on each scored line.

4. Pencil mark 1/2" IN from corner
on the largest fold's score line (FOLDED).

5. Using Paper Trimmer, trim from pencil mark to
the opposite corner (with folds FOLDED).

6. Add adhesive to the SIDES of the
largest scored area, creating a "pocket."

7. Trim another piece of card stock to measure
4-1/4" x 8".

8. Adhere this piece of card stock
to the smaller scored area, creating a card.

9. Lid of cup card measures 1-1/4" x 5"
(larger piece) and 1" x 4-1/4".

10. Decorate and embellish as desired.

Give it a try!
I'd love for you to revisit and
share a link to your creation!!!

Good grief... the only gift card I could find was a
Build A Bear card! HA!
A Coffee Crossing gift card sure would look good here.
(smacking forehead)

But hey! Guess what else fits very nicely
into this adorable Coffee Cup Pocket Card...


I love that you decided to visit!
So let me say thanks by offering a bit of
I don't have much to offer but
see that little coffee stick
peeking out from the lid of my
Coffee Cup Pocket Card?
Leave a comment here and when the hop
is all finished (March 7),
I will draw for someone to win about
20 of those super cute little stir sticks! Fun, huh?!
Be sure your contact info is in your comment
so I can contact you when you win!

You will find some A... MAZ... ING... ideas
when you visit the
Take some time and really enjoy it.
Leave some love (comment) on each post.
And if you're feelin' creative,
join the hop... CREATE SOMETHING!
Even if you don't have a blog,
there are ways to join
there are PA-RIZES to be won!!!
So what are ya waiting for?!

Thanks so much for visiting!
Blessings always,

Friday, February 27, 2015

Egg Hunt?!

Who hides eggs in their grass at Easter?
Well this gal is SO ready for Spring
but I'll never give up my cocoa!
I drink cocoa like most people drink coffee.
...just can't go without it :)

Today's card is coming to you along with
many many MANY other amazing cards
and ideas for the

Be sure to take some time
(no really... I mean you will need time
to get through all of these wonderful cards!)
and check out the fun sharing.

My sweet little cocoa mug was designed by
(eh hem...) my daughter,
(on Instagram @a_walk_in_the_art)
for Sweet'n Sassy Stamps
(oooh... one of the hop sponsors...
thanks, Korin -SnSS owner!)

This adorable image is part of a set titled
The phrase is from another one of Wynne's sets,

You will want to check those out at

How about a GIVE-AWAY before you go?!
My girlie, Wynne, drew these digi files
in celebration of our school announcing a
SNOW DAY last week...
actually ended up in MANY snow days, sigh.

Leave a comment ON THIS POST
and your name will go into a drawing for
a RAK (let's say FOUR) of this image!
How fun!!!
Be sure and add you contact info
so I can contact you when you win :)

Eat your peas and... enjoy your cocoa!

Thanks for visiting!
I have no "On a more personal note..." to offer
as I am up to my ears in work today.
Have a creative day, folks!

Because of His great Love,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sheltering Tree... "you warm my heart"

"you warm my heart"

Seriously, one of my fave sayings of all times!
Even before Stampin' Up! offered us
the incredibly "heart warming" set titled
"Sheltering Tree."


And this phrase goes right along with my girlie's
"Winter with Winnie" images by

(Did I mention my daughter -HS senior- was
recently hired by SnSS as an image designer???)

"Winter with Winnie" has a TON of
great phrases like
"baby it's cold outside"
"when the temp goes above my age,
THEN I'll go back outside"
Check them all out for yourself...

Ya know what would be fun?!
Yes! Let's do it!
Check back within the next couple of days or so
for more details such as date, time,
AND samples!!!
Are you familiar with Blendabilities?
Want to be MORE familiar with Blendabilites?
will be just for YOU!
(and me, of course hehehe)

I can't wait to stamp with (and for) you!
Blessings always,

PS... if you are looking for the tutorial
on how to create the
"Pocket Pop-Up Diorama Card,"
hang tight :)
It's scheduled for the weekend as I know
many of you will have more time to play then.

PSS... My inspiration for the layout of this card
came from the Fusion Card Challenge blog.

I knew I wanted sweet little chilly Winnie
to be holding a heart but didn't know
just how I wanted my card to look.
So I jumped on over to FUSION
and whola! inspiration tied up with a "bow!"
(get it?! he he he...)
Thanks for the ideas, gals!

PSSS... hehehe...
I also thought it might be fun
to join an "anything goes challenge"
Check it out :)

And thank YOU for visiting today!
Be blessed!

Come On Out, Little Buddy...

You wanna know who's hiding behind thi
 adorable "Pop-Up Diorama Card?!"

(Check out Splitcoast Stampers for tutorial.)

Before we coax our little friend out of his hole,
let me be sure everyone is aware of the
Open Stamp Night and Stamp Club

Due to my driveway and sidewalk still being
a complete sheet of ice, snow, and slush...
February's gatherings are now canceled.

BUT HEY... we can still get together and
STAMP IT UP at Coffee Crossing

THIS FRIDAY 7:00-8:30pm

As a matter of fact,
we will have a blast creating
this fun, easy to make, and adorable
and bookmark
seen here in this very post!
How does a $5 class fee sound?!
What a bargain!!!

Be sure to RSVP
so I can be sure to prepare your Class Kit and
save you a spot at our warm and comfy table.

When this fun card is opened,
it reveals an area created by a punched opening
where it gives a 3D effect.
As you can see here, my little bunny friend
is peeking through the punched opening.

I bet you'd like to have measurements, huh?!
Tune back in tomorrow when I share with you
how to create this cute card AND bookmark
8-1/2" x 11"!!!

For now, this will help you out...
the card base measures 4-1/4" x 10-1/2"
and is scored at 3-1/2", 6-1/2", 7", &10".

I added a tiny pocket before folding
the diorama card together and
adhered it so it would not be seen.
The bunny bookmark sits right down
inside the tiny pocket until you're ready
for him to "pop out" and say...


Too cute,, right?!
"Hop" on over to SCS and check out the
"Pop-Up Diorama Card"
and then try a
Come back to visit me so you can
share a link of YOUR creation.
I would love to enjoy your creativity!

Blessings always,

Sunday, February 22, 2015

For the LOVE of Cupcakes!

Everyone has their favorites.
I love cupcakes.
I love them IRL (In Real Life) and in stamping form.
I have seen some of the ca-yootest cupcake images
over the past 16 years I've been stamping.
I would buy and keep them all if I had
a room designated just for my cupcakes, HA!

This cupcake image in Stampin' Up!'s
is one of my all-time faves.
It's so cute and swirly!
And it's super duper easy to trim out.

Remember this is
so when you order the stamp set
"Peace, Love, & Cupcakes,"
along with enough to have a $50 order...
Feel free to visit my
or contact me by email...


On a more personal note...
These verses spoke very clearly to me today

Eureka! Admirable and Jealous are two very similar characters! I can look on those I admire because they seem to have more friends than me or they have deeper friendships than me... I can look on those who seem to be so incredibly close to the Lord or more "blessed" than I... I can look on those I admire for their talents, their jobs, their seemingly successful marriages, their contributions to others... ALL of these can be ADMIRED without experiencing JEALOUSY.


THINK... "think of these" as it says Philippians 4:8-9 - "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable... if it is excellent or praise worthy, THINK of these things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

I spend much of my time letting things I admire (or desire) simply "cross my mind." My focus tends to land on the fact that I don't have any of the things I see in others or that others have which I don't.

"THINK" of these things means more than just letting something enter our minds. God means for us to FOCUS on these things... simmer with them... sit and contemplate them. 

If I do this, will I then receive the things I so longingly desire... the things I see others receiving yet I continue to lack? Most likely -no. But what I will receive is something FAR greater... Phil 4:9b "And the God of peace will be with you." PEACE. 

"If we mix trust in God with reliance on self, our calm demeanor will waver. But when our security rests in Him and we show conviction about His promises, peace follows. " -Dr. Charles Stanley

And to tell us a bit more about just how powerful that peace actually is, let's step back to verse 7 of Philippians 4... "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

I don't envy others for their big homes, nice cars, stylish clothes and handbags. I don't envy people who take extravagant vacations... pfft, or any vacations for that matter! I find myself jealous of the things that are suppose to really matter in life... close friendships, respect from others, inclusion with others, family bonds, sisters, knowledge and understanding of Scripture, a closeness with the Lord... These are all things I see others enjoying and I lack.

Don't get me wrong... I'm not having a pity party here and boo-hooing because "whaaa... KellyJean has nothing!" Pa-lease. I am blessed beyond measure! But the things I've mentioned... friends (true blue friends... the ones who call ME and include me instead of me always calling them and then having to be turned down by them, etc.), family (my mother uses the Lord's Name in vain like it's candy... even though she knows it offends me), acceptance, inclusion... I can't explain it but... my heart longs for these. And regardless of how hard I pray for them, they just don't come. Yet the longing remains.

So when I see others with what seems to be what I long for, I experience a mixture of admiration as well as envy/jealousy. Today I am discovering I can focus more on the admiration and less on my longing... and the peace He gives is no longer being blocked by my desires.

Heavenly Father, keep my focus on your Son, Jesus Christ - my one true Desire. Allow me to be more like Him. Let me build up the people I admire instead of the longings for which I desire. And may you, as always, be glorified in me. Thank you, Jesus, for the peace you so freely bring. It is in your Name I pray, amen.

Thanks so much for visiting today. I wonder... how are you doing?
Be blessed,

Saturday, February 21, 2015

How Warm is YOUR Heart?

Here's another fun card made with
my daughter's images from

I made this one with my son in mind.
He is a bit of a comedian at times.
I wouldn't say he is a "class clown" but
he does enjoy making people smile and LOL.

Straight on to my "On a more personal note..."

Seriously... "that boy" truly does warm my heart!
I treated him to his fave lunch today because he has shoveled the snow at the Insurance Agency and office rentals THREE TIMES this week! Here's the conversation we had on the way home...
(discussing top notch actors and why certain movies will never be remade...)
Me: "Aliens..."
NoahTate: "that one chic you really like..."
Me: (giggle) Sigourney Weaver
Me: "Star Wars..."
NT: "Hans Solo..."
Me: (giggle)
Me: "Indiana Jones..."
NT: "Hans Solo..."
Me: LOL (literally)
NT: "What... he IS a real person."
I love this kid so much!!!

I hope your day is filled with bright conversations, especially if you have something otherwise gloomy to deal with (eh hem... like 3' of SNOW!).