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, August 14, 2014

TBT


It's fun to see "TBT" photos on
social media such as
Instagram and Facebook.

(Catch me on Instagram -IG
as @always_stampin and
Facebook -FB as
Always Stampin' with Kelly Gettelfinger.)

And in case you're not familiar
with the fun slang of "TBT,"
it stands for
Throw Back Thursday!

So this is my version of TBT...
I personally don't retire ALL
of my retired stamp sets as
there are many that suit both my
personality as well as my
stamping needs.
This card (for me) is a classic.
It's one of my "GO-TO" cards
when I need a quick and easy design
that otherwise says "WOW!"

I made up a quick gift of
five greeting cards for a wonderful
church receptionist today.
I don't go to this church
but stop in from time to time
for various reasons.
I WISH YOU COULD HAVE
SEEN THE LOOK ON
HER FACE
WHEN SHE WAS TOLD
THE CARDS WERE
AN ANONYMOUS GIFT
FOR HER!!!
Oh wait... you CAN see her face!
Stamp up a few quick & easy
greeting cards, put them in a
cello bag or clear envelope with a
"for you" kind of tag and
RANDOMLY GIVE THEM
to some unexpecting soul.
Trust me, you will see the same
wonderfully appreciative and humble
face that I saw today.
Oh what joy!

"Each one must give as she has
decided in her own heart...
not reluctantly as though
being forced to do so,
for God loves a cheerful giver."

Enjoy giving your gift...
(it doesn't have to be cards...
anything from the HEART will do.)

Have a blessed day!
KellyJean

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!


AND YOU'RE INVITED!
okay okay... realistically, not everyone
can attend my birthday party...
but those of you who know me well,
I REALLY hope you will come!
Just ask for details...



The rest of you can still
celebrate with me
and I will be announcing how
in an upcoming post.
Be sure to check back often so
you won't miss a thing!

To be quite honest with you,
I very much dislike birthday parties...
FOR ME, that is. HA!
Birthdays are my favorite holidays!
(especially Christmas!)
I love celebrating other people...
but I really really really don't like
being center of attention.
So this birthday party that I have planned
is REALLY stepping outside
my comfort zone!
I have a bit of a twist planned
and am hoping that will
allow me to stand sweetly behind
a little curtain (so to speak.)
You will hear all about it
COMING SOON!!!

Thanks for visiting today!
I hope you enjoyed my
version of a seriously simple invite
(fist photo: because let's face it...
they're just going to throw it
in the garbage, right?!) and
a super fun birthday card
(second photo.)
Honestly, simple is sensational...
it's better than nothing at all
for those of us who really
don't have a ton of time most days.
But to take a simple card and
"step it up..."
wow... it's really and truly
not THAT much more time or effort!

So go ahead...
stamp something simple today!
OR be daring...
and step it up a notch!!!
I dare ya! I single stamp dare ya!

KellyJean

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Twisted Mini Album


These are SO FUN to create!
Simply create two or more
(click the words above for video tutorial)
and attach them together by
trimming through the
BOTTOM SCORED AREA
of ONE of the pockets.
The trimmed piece should remain attached
at the side scored area.
Swing this trimmed portion to the
back of the Twisted Card
and adhere it to the FRONT
of the pocket of the next
Twisted Card.
Done!


I trimmed my note cards for the pockets
to measure 3" x 4-1/4"
but they could any desired size.


Does this make sense?
No worries if it doesn't quite compute!
We can get together and I am
more than happy to show you exactly
how to make your very own
TWISTED MINI ALBUM!
Just contact me and we can meet up
at a local Panera or coffee shop
or wherever is most convenient
FOR YOU!


Don't live around here?
No worries!
Feel free to order a
Twisted Mini Album CLASS KIT
(colors and DSP will very)
for just $15 (postage included in fee.)
You're kit will include most supplies
needed to create a
SIX PAGE Twisted Mini Album.
(The one seen in this post is 4 pages.)
Everything will already be trimmed
AND scored for you
so that it will be easy to understand
how to recreate your own.

Order your Class Kit via email...


Thanks for visiting!
Have a glorious day!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fun Fall Treats


If you missed the monthly Stamp Class and
the monthly Big Shot Class
for August, not to worry!

You can still make these gift items at a
CARD CAFE NEAR YOU!

You can make all three gift items
for just $15 (all supplies provided) OR
the CARD CAFE is FREE
with a qualifying catalog order!

If you are in the Kentuckiana area,
contact me to find out where the
nearest CARD CAFE is FOR YOU!



This adorable little 2" x 3" tote box
is perfect for note cards, candy,
or any special little treat!

Can you just imagine this as a
TEACHER GIFT?!

"Whoooo is the best teacher? -YOU ARE!"



This stunning Sunflower card is
so easy to create with the
Big Shot Machine
and the
Floral Framelits!

You might want to check out the
amazing special being
offered now by
Stampin' Up!!
You could get these Framelits AND
a stamp set for FREE!!!

Click the photo below...


And if you're curious about
what kind of treat fits
perfectly into the little
Hamburger Box
seen in the first photo above,
click HERE and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!
KellyJean

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Waiting for the sunshine...


It's Stamp Club and Big Shot Club Sunday!
I love these days!
My "job" never feels like "work."
What a pleasure!
I only wish more of my "friends" actually
stamped WITH me!
Today is a major downpour so
of the friends who do stamp with me,
I'm not sure they are going to want to get out
in the mud and the muck :(
I will wait and see...
as I wait for the sunshine in form
of their sweet smiles when they arrive :)

Thanks for stopping by!
KellyJean

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hamburger Die and the "perfect gift"


Do you follow me on Instagram?
@always_stampin

I try to post a bit of creativity every day.
IG (Instagram) is fun because
I can quickly post and not get tempted
to "talk" too much
(like I sometimes do on my blog, he he.)

Plus I can post a few personal goodies
such a pics of my friends and fam
which allows us to get to know
one another a bit better
(without giving you every single detail
of every single minute of my day...
like on FB where people
sometimes give WAY TMI!)

HA!

If you follow me on IG,
you are here because you want to know
exactly what fits PERFECTly
inside the brand spankin' new
HAMBURGER DIE BOX,
right? Right!

If you guessed a Hostess Cupcake,
you would be CORRECT!
How fun is that?!!!
Check it out...


I used the 2" and 2-1/4" Circle Punches
for the top of my box...
along with the Scallop Border Punch
for the cute little white "icing."

The "Num-Num" stamp set seemed
perfect for this little treat box,
wouldn't you agree?!


Did you know there is a big huge sale
going on right now with the
Big Shot Machine?

Yup! Check it out by clicking
the photo below...


Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure and give someone
some "sweet" lovin' today...
and make it even sweeter with the
Hamburger Die Box!

Need help making what you see here?
Just contact me...

Have a "sweet" day!
KellyJean

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Super duper quick stampin'...


No... seriously...
I am so serious...
this card took less than ten minutes to make!
YOU CAN DO THIS!

I am lovin' the Flower Patch stamp set!
(#134207)
And listen... I'm one to REALLY love
the Big Shot Machine.
But sometimes (okay okay MOST times)
I don't even have time for that ONE extra step.
So when I can't trim an image out,
I try to do an easy peasy stampin' techniquesy
to the image so it will "pop."

In the case of my big bloom
for this card today,
I inked with Crisp Cantaloupe and then
MARKERED with Cajun Craze...
just a teeny bit of marker
around the edges of some of the petals.
THEN...
I filled in some of the white space with the
Blush color BLENDABILITIES.
Yup! Easy Peasy...
I'm a girl on the go!
A girl on the go just HAS to stamp!

Enjoy your busy day!
And if it's not so busy, I hope you
can stick around Always Stampin' and
enjoy the inspiration :)

Blessings Always,
Kelly

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Stamp and Pray


I'm in the studio... stampin' and prayin' tonight.
As many of you know,
both my family as well as my husband's family
said "goodbye for now" to loved ones...
in the exact same week recently.
Both life celebrations were at
the exact same times.
It was rough.
My great aunt
(who was very influential in my life)
as well as my brother-in-law
both departed us here on earth.

My thoughts have been heavily
on our remaining family members today.
I've been told by many people
that when we think often of someone,
it is the Holy Spirit prompting us
to pray for that particular person.

I SO enjoy stamping AND praying...
yup, AT THE SAME TIME.
One might think,
"How in the world can the
appropriate thoughts be initiated to
the Lord when you're busy doing
something else... especially stamping?!"
It may sound ridiculous.
Trust me... it can be done.
Not only can it be done with stamping,
but it can be done
DOING ANYTHING.

"And pray in the Spirit
on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind,
be alert and always keep on
praying for all the Lord's people."
Ephesians 6:18

"Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation,
by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God."
Philippians 4:6

"Rejoice always,
pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will
for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I have written a devotional
(presented to my CBS sisters)
on this very matter...
stamping and praying
(or "fill in the blank" and praying.)
Should you be interested in
this process of prayer,
please feel free to contact me.
I am happy to share my devo with you.
I highly recommend it if you
happen to be a paper artist of faith.

Thanks for visiting!
I'm praying you enjoyed your visit.

KellyJean

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