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, October 28, 2014

Migraines Suck Lemons!


Yup! They do!

I remember when teaching the
Junior Class of CBS
about the story of Job,
I said to them...
"Job had EVERYTHING
taken from him... EVERYTHING!
It really sucked!"
And about fifty sets of
home-schooled teenage eyes
all bugged out at me like
I had told them all to go straight to...
well, you know.
I laughed
(because I am sure their sa-weet momma's
told them to never say the word "suck.")
So I quickly came back with
"What?! It sucked LEMONS!
Have you ever tried to suck a lemon?!
It's really not as easy as you think...
even for those who love lemons.
Sucking a lemon... well, kind of sucks."
Of course, at this THEY all laughed.

It's true, ya know?
Some things in life just simply suck.
They "suck the life right out of us."
Or they "suck us into"
things we'd rather not be a part of.
Some things just SUCK LEMONS!

I suffer from migraines.
Many of my "creative" friends do.
I'm here to tell you, dear one...
there is One Who can cause you to be
JOYFUL in your suffering.
No, it doesn't make the pain go away.
And no, it doesn't even help ease the pain.
But it does give great COMFORT
in knowing the One true SUPPORT for
those of us that suffer.
Knowing that one day all of my pain will be
relieved and I will shed not one more single tear,
gives me great comfort and encourages
me to look forward to my future...
my "migraine free" future!
Do you KNOW HIM?
Do you know the support I have in
Jesus Christ?

Whether you suffer from migraines
or any other great pain,
check out this number...
and know that *I* know
what you are going through
really "sucks lemons."

*big HUGS*
KellyJean

Monday, October 27, 2014

October Blog Candy WINNER


NICOLE HARRIS

Whoohoo! You won

Thanks so much for visiting
"Always Stampin'!"
Keep it up girl... they say
"third time is a charm!"

Did you happen to see
Check it out and see all the goodies
Nicole will be receiving soon.

And then be sure to follow
"Always Stampin'"
to see what will be given away as
November's BLOG CANDY!
I can't wait to share it with you!!!

Are you wondering how I made
this adorable little flower pot?
Simply grab the
and
I am sure you can figure it out.
If you need any help at all,
just let me know!
We can make one (or two or three)
of these at a CARD CAFE near you!


Thanks for visiting!
KellyJean

Friday, October 24, 2014

BOMBS AWAY!


is one of my favorite polymer stamp sets
from Stampin' Up!.
(click on "bombs away" to purchase)

It has fun little snarky birthday phrases
and this "bomb card" is so cute!
Sending a clean & funnybirthday card
doesn't get much more fun than this!


The "bomb card" is simply
two circles cut with the
(Big Shot Machine)
attached together at a scored portion
of the BACK circle.
Super duper easy!

to create the "wick" of the card.
(click on the highlighted words to order)



Although this particular
Washi Tape is no longer available,
the Basic Gray striped tape in the
would work perfectly!
(click on Epic Day Washi Tape to order)


Wouldn't these just crack you up
if you pulled them from your
snail mail box?!

Makes someone's day with a bit
of clean sarcasm :)
Order your supplies at my
OR
email to order a set of these cards
directly from me...


Thursday, October 23, 2014

A little more personal...


Wow... there was an overwhelming
response to my post about my friend's
book launch for her book titled

Most of the response was to my sharing
more than the actual book itself.
Thank you ALL who commented with
such sweet words of encouragement
as well as humility about
posting/not posting comments.
You encouraged my heart.

I tried to respond to each comment
by also adding a comment
so you may want to revisit that
particular post and view those comments.

Today I am leaving to participate in an
Emmaus Walk.
Prayers are certainly welcomed.
I am easily prone to migraines
and that is the biggest request...
Please pray
that I don't experience a migraine
every... single... day.
The elements will be so right for me
to experience at least one but
quite honestly, every day.

When my sleeping pattern is off
(aka sleeping in a different bed),
I tend to get a migraine.

Certain perfumes will trigger
a migraine for me in an instant.

And then there's the weather...
the retreat is in a "camp" setting so
being within the Fall trees and
such will cause my body
to be more apt to get a migraine.

I have medication
but it can make me REALLY sleeping.

So there ya have it...
a bit more personal info
along with a heartfelt request.

Now tell me...
what prayer request
do YOU have fore me?
I would love nothing more
than to pray for those who have
stopped my little place on the web!
Be sure to leave your email address
with your comment
so I can contact you personally
with a prayer.
Or feel free to remain anonymous
and know (without a doubt)
will be still be lifted to the
One Who knows all the details.

I hope you will check out my post
about the book
"It's His Show."

I plan to share more about the photo
in today's post at a later time.
For now, hop over to
and discover a bit more for yourself.

Thank you for visiting!
KellyJean

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Adorable Mobile Card


Really... how stinkin' cute is THIS?!
I mean... really.

This card makes me smile every time I open it!


If you do not already own a
BIG SHOT MACHINE...

ASK ME HOW TO PURCHASE ONE AT
50% OFF THE RETAIL PRICE!

Or better yet...

ASK ME HOW TO GET ONE FOR
FREE!!!



This adorable card was created using
the BIG SHOT MACHINE and the
from Stampin' Up!.

I can show you just how fun and easy
this card is to make at
your very own
CREATIVE CLASS
for just $10!

Think about it...
if you do not already own these tools,
what a great way to
HAVE FUN
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
MAKE A GIFT FOR SOMEONE
and SAVE MONEY!

Investing in these items are wise
only if you plan to USE THEM often.
Otherwise, come to a
Creative Class and simply enjoy yourself.

Email for more details today...


And how about that teensy weensy mobile?!
Super cute, right?!
You won't believe
how super easy it is to make!

Check back with "Always Stampin'" often.
There will soon be a video in place
showing how to create this easy fold.


Couldn't you just eat those booties up?!

Have a great day and
thanks for visiting!

KellyJean

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Designer Series Paper Topiary


How absolutely adorable is THIS?!
Created while at convention this past summer,
it really is super easy to make...
a bit time consuming - but still super easy.

Can you see it?!
Created with fun fall papers...
donning your Thanksgiving Day table!

Or just think of how fun it would be
to give these as CHRISTMAS GIFTS!

The base of the topiary can quickly
be put together using the
The rosettes are created using the
The curled ribbon is simply
1/4" x 12" strips pulled with a

All of these tools can be purchased at
(or by clicking on each tool listed.)

Email me to schedule a
CREATIVITY CLASS
and make your very own topiary!
The class fee is only $10 and
includes everything you need to be creative!

I will even make these beauties for you!
Email for pricing.

Email me today...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wonderful Washi Tape White Cards


I should have waited until
WEDNESDAY to make this post...

Wonderful
Washi Tap
White Cards
Wednesday!

A bit much? HA


If you visit my blog very often
you will know how very much I
appreciate "WHITE CARDS."

They are super fast, super fun, super easy,
and super affordable!
Honestly, the most valuable "super" part
(for me) is the SUPER FAST.


"White Cards" make me just want to
HUG every person who has ever said to me,
"I could never do what you do."
or 
"I wish I had time to do that."

WHITE CARDS
will prove that YOU CAN & YOU DO.


And thanks to Stampin' Up!'s
adorable WASHI TAPE,
"White Cards" can be colorful AND fun!


Remember my important tips
for making successful
"White Cards?"

Jump back in time to visit
for a refresher on my "White Card" tips.

One of the things that can help
make "White Cards" really pop is
decorating the INSIDE of the card.
(see below)


Another great "White Card" tip
is to be sure and dress up the envelopes.
WASHI TAPE is fabulous for
adding fun and color to envelopes!

How about it?
Want to make some
WONDERFUL WASHI TAPE
WHITE CARDS?!

Email me today to visit a
CARD CAFE
near you and you will see how
WHITE CARDS
make you say, "I CAN and I DO!"


Thanks for visiting!
KellyJean


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

You could win...


It's BLOG CANDY time!!!

Click HERE for all of the details.

Thanks for visiting today.
I hope you have a creative day!
KellyJean

Monday, October 13, 2014

Make It Monday Class


Join us for a
MAKE IT MONDAY CLASS
November 3rd
at Coffee Crossing in NA
7:00-8:30pm

Registration is required...


NO PAPER ARTS EXPERIENCE NEEDED!

The class fee of $15 covers all supplies
needed to create the
Christmas Tree
EXPLODING OCTAGON ALBUM (above)
as well as two more fun "octagon gifts" (tba).


Use the "Exploding Octagon Album" as
a mini album for a sweet themed memory book
OR give it to someone as a really cool greeting card!

I used this FALL "Exploding Octagon Album"
as a thank you card for my daughter's
theater director when her Fall Show was finished.

The back side of the album was left blank
so all of the students could sign their names.
How fun is that?!



Thanks for visiting!
I hope to see you and stamp with you at this
MAKE IT MONDAY CLASS!

Can't make it to the class?
No worries!
Order a class kit and have everything
sent right to your front door!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October Blog Candy UP FOR GRABS


Fall Colors are just so much fun!
Even the potted flowers in this month's
BLOG CANDY
have a "fall-ish" feel to them!

Want to know how you could win
ALL OF THE ITEMS SEEN HERE?!


Ready? Here we go...


1.
SHARE THIS BLOG CANDY
and post to YOUR CHOICE of SOCIAL MEDIA.
Then be sure to add a link in your comment
so that I can check out where you shared.

It can be your own blog,
your Facebook page, OR your Instagram.

Bloggers share this link...
http://alwaysstampin.blogspot.com/2014/10/october-blog-candy-up-for-grabs.html

Facebookers share this link...
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Always-Stampin-with-Kelly-Gettelfinger/105175112860298?ref=bookmarks

Instagramers grab a pic and tag @always_stampin



2.
Comment on THIS POST and leave your
first AND last name.
(A contact email would be helpful but
as long as you watch my blog &
get back in touch with me when you see
your name announced, no email is necessary!)


3.
Follow "Always Stampin'" on any social media.
(If you don't follow, start now!)
(If you already follow, mention in your comment.)


4.
FOR MORE CHANCES TO WIN...
This is NOT required to win.
If you want MORE CHANCES to win
(THREE more chances to be exact),
let me know in your comment that you are
willing to pay postage ($5) for this
BLOG CANDY
via PayPal.
(US entries only)


That's all, folks!
This is some super cute candy right here!
I just know you want to win!

THIS BLOG CANDY WILL BE
GIVEN AWAY ON OCTOBER 24th.

Thanks for visiting!
Fall blessings,
KellyJean


Do you have the Petite Purse Die &
the Big Shot Machine yet?
You can make your very own
"POTTED FLOWERS!"
(I'm always happy to show you how!)



The Candy Wrapper Die may be retired
but you can always visit a
CARD CAFE
near you to use my retired die
to create your very own
"EXTENDED CANDY WRAPPER!"
(I can show you how to make this one also!)




Did you know I have a video
on my YouTube channel
for this a... dor... a... ble
"ONE SHEET WONDER TOTE?!"


How fun is this "FLIP MINI ALBUM"?!
Just pull on the tab and flip flip flip
to each and every fun memory in the book!



Friday, October 10, 2014

The PERFECT Paper Artist


Some very (VERY) sweet comments were
left on my post about the new book titled
Thank you (EACH of you) that commented!
I replied to each comment so if you happen to see
today's post, please jump back to
to read my individual "thank you's."

It's great when a comment pops up from time to time.
But I certainly don't expect them.
And I know I can't be blue when they don't.
*I* don't even leave comments on other peoples' blogs
so I can't expect them to on mine.

That's one thing I love about
Facebook and Instagram...
we can "like" and "heart" the ideas
we see and appreciate without having to
slow down to do any typing at all.
(psst... did you know I am on
Facebook and Instagram?! Ya, check it out...)

IG @always_stampin

In the spirit of the "It's His Show" post,
I thought I might share a little something personal.
CONFESSION TIME

I AM NOT A PERFECT PAPER ARTIST.
Sigh... there... I said it. HA!
Seriously, that's one thing about social media
that can be completely misunderstood.
We only post the "good stuff," right?!
That's why I thought I would
share the first photo in this post with you.
I get REALLY frustrated at times.
Can you tell by the photo?
hehehe

As you surf and search or blog hop here or there,
keep in mind that behind the blog is a
REAL PERSON
whose life might be a bit messed up.
Maybe they post great pics
of their perfect paper crafting
(or perfect lives)
because they really ARE "faking it."
OR maybe (just maybe)
they post the seemingly perfect pics
because they have decided to
CHOOSE JOY
regardless of how many crappy pics
they had to take to get there!
THAT is ME :)

I don't always share the personal
or the "not-so-pretty" pics
because quite frankly I have to live with my mess
so when I have a "not-so-messy" pic/moment,
I CHOOSE to share, in the hope
that it just might pick someone else up
the same way it did me.
Make sense?

I just know you want to see the
"perfect pumpkin" which finally came from
the "not-so-pretty" one in the first photo...


This was a fun little pumpkin to make
(after a few that ended up in the TA-RASH.)
I watched a video I found on
(oh ya... I'm on there also!)
My apologies for not remembering
the video maker's name.

Use the GIFT BOW DIE and
the BIG SHOT MACHINE to make
this absolutely adorable pumpkin.
The video instructs EIGHT bow pieces.
DO NOT USE EIGHT PIECES
OR YOUR PUMPKIN MAY END UP
LOOKING LIKE THE ONE
IN THE FIRST PIC HERE.
(sigh... I feel better now that
I typed that all in CAPS, he he he.
Did I mention I can get frustrated at times? HA!)

I used SIX OR SEVEN bow pieces for my pumpkin.
Use these sweet little lovelies
as centerpieces or other home decor
or fill them with a cello bag full of colorful candies.
They're just adorable!!!

Who's ready for more
BLOG CANDY?!
Check back tomorrow for some really fun stuff!

Thanks for visiting!
Happy Fall Ya'll!
Kelly

Saturday, October 4, 2014

It's His Show


This post will remain at the top of my
blog for just a bit longer than usual.
Feel free to scroll down
for today's daily post.

This post is a bit lengthy,
but well worth it
...you'll see!



I don't usually post about happenings
of my personal life here on my blog
simply for the reason that
I originally set up this blog to share creativity
through art of rubber stamping and paper arts.

From time to time
I may share a recipe or two.
That is always fun.
But to be quite honest,
I don't have many followers
(compared to most paper artists I know)
and I only have comments show up
when there is a freebie to be won.

So sometimes, I wonder if
my blog is getting any real message
out and about to begin with.

THAT (and this) is why I rarely share
anything from my personal life.

I'm the kind of person who
gets my feelings easily hurt when
I've put my heart out on a limb
for others to land and rest there awhile
just to have them poop in the
nest of my heart and leave.
I know... dramatic words, right?
They're intended to be a bit
on the funny side as well as the honest side.

Most of the time,
people simply misunderstand me.
And then many times,
it's me doing the misunderstanding.
So to avoid getting hurt...
or to avoid being misunderstood and
possibly hurting someone else,
I simply keep my sweet little heart
in the tree instead of putting it out on a limb.

I'm breaking my personal silence today
to share with you something
I strongly feel God has ordained in a mighty way.
(See, it really doesn't have to do with "me"
personally so I feel a bit safer by sharing. wink)

I had the privilege to pre-read
written by
Colleen McKain (with Chris McKain).

The book is about to make its debut
and I highly recommend it to
each and every one of you who
happen to stop by
my little creative spot here on the web.

Everything I do,
I try my very best to do it
to the glory of God the Father.
I fail miserably
...every...single...day.
And yet,
He is glorified because I have tried.
He still loves me... even though I fail.
He ALWAYS takes me back.
Not that I go off on little
sinning sprees just to go back to
the Lord when I feel good and ready to,
but that I try and try and try
and realize at some point, somehow...
I've drifted from the very thing
I was trying so hard at in the first place.
THAT is when I realize
just how far I've drifted from
my heavenly Father
and I actually need Him most.

(Good grief! I've went and shared
some personal stuff when all I wanted to do
was promote the book already! sigh)

is all about a couple who had drifted
while literally staying as close
to God as anyone could ever get.
How's that even possible?!
To actually stay so desperately close to God
and yet drift so far away that
He is nowhere in sight.
Or is He???

Now I have tears as I type...
and this is why I only share my creative side
here at "Always Stampin'."
I just couldn't function if I had to
type and cry all of the time.

If you want to know how far
God's grace can reach.
Or even if you just want a "good read,"
look for and pick up
"It's His Show."
Click HERE to order.

I predict
(or prophecy, whichever you prefer)
there will one day be a movie
based on the story of
Chris and Colleen McKain.
THAT is how good this book is!
Don't wait for the movie!

And don't let yourself
drift so far away that you don't
realize the Lord is standing right next to you
...and He always has been.

Thanks for reading... I know it's out of my norm.
And thanks for visiting...
you have no idea how much I appreciate YOU!
Should you feel a desire to share your heart
by leaving me a sweet comment,
I promise I won't poop in your nest, he he.

Blessings ALWAYS,
Kelly

PS... The McKains know nothing about
this post or my review.
This is not a "paid advertisement."
(Although Colleen is a friend of mine,
she is not a paper artist and has no desire
to enjoy the art of paper encouragement,
therefore would never read my blog.
I tell you this so that YOU know this post is
sincerely from my heart.
It is not to receive payment of any kind.
And it is not to please or impress anyone...
I simply hope to encourage your heart
with the contents of this book.)

Carmel Apples in the Fall...


I love Carmel Apples ANY time of the year!
But there is something very "Fall-ish"
about having a one of these yummy treats
in the later part of our calendar year
that makes me feel ready for the
brisk air and a walk through the leaves.
I LOVE FALL!

I saw this A-DOR-A-BLE gift item on
Cindy Schuster's blog and knew right away
I had to give it a go. Let me tell ya...

SO STINKIN' EASY!
No, I'm really serious... one of the
easiest items I've made in a very long time!
Thanks, Cindy!

Want to see how very easy it is
to create one of these sweet little treats?
You still have time to register for
TOMORROW'S CARD CAFE
at Coffee Crossing in New Albany.

Can't make it to the Card Cafe,
order a kit by mail!
You will make the gift item seen in this post
as well as THESE FUN ITEMS for
one low price (which includes postage)
$20!!!
Email to order... kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com

Happy Fall Ya'll!
Kelly