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

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Popping In to Say...


Click on the photo above to find out all the details.
I hope you have a creative day!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

FREE Chalkboard

At Stampin' Up!
is in full swing!
Its the best time of the year for SU! enthusiasts
since we can choose a FREE GIFT
for every $50 order placed!

I will be officially "sale-a-brating" this special
time of year at the next
Sunday, February 7
at Coffee Crossing in New Albany

I have FIVE of the super cute chalkboards
seen in this post.
I am giving all five away
to the FIRST FIVE stampers
who register by email and pay
(cafe fee of $20 due by mail no later than Feb. 3)
for the Card Cafe on February 7.

Can't come to the Card Cafe but want that
super duper cute chalkboard?
No worries... one of the first five $50 orders
placed online using the following Hostess Code
will receive their very own chalkboard.


Remember to flip through the SAB catalog
and pick out your FREE GIFT
with those $50 orders...

And be sure to do most of your flippin'
through the Occasions Catalog...

If you have any questions,
feel free to contact me.

you is kind.
you is smart.
you is important.

...and I'm so glad you visited today!
Be blessed,

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hugs and Kisses Box Tutorial


Welcome to
For 2016, one thing I would like to resolve
is to SHARE more with the creative peeps in the world.
I love to share (eh hem... I'm a SU! demonstrator, sooooo)
and I love to hear from you when you've enjoyed
finding a really cool idea on my site.
I truly believe our abilities come from God
and when you let me know you've found something
creative and inspiring here at Always Stampin',
then I have yet another reason to give glory to my Father.
And I so love doing that!

A few days ago, I posted a video to my YouTube channel,
on how to create the
The box in the video features the super fun VW Bug
found in the "Beautiful Ride" stamp set by SU!.

Here's the video in case you haven't had
a chance to check it out...

I created the box in the video with measurements
compatible to create FOUR boxes
from just one sheet of card stock measuring 8-1/2" x 11".

Today I've added a photographed tutorial
which shows you how to create the
with just a bit bigger dimensions
so that it is easier to close the box without
having to have the VW Bug or any other image
attached to the front of it.
I prefer the following measurements
but as I stated earlier,
FOUR boxes from just one sheet of card stock
is always a nice little plus when
creating bulk number of gifts such as

Let's check out the larger measurements.
Are you ready to get started?

Above you see what all will be needed to create the
shown in the photos above.

Begin with a piece of Designer Series Paper OR
card stock measuring 4-1/5" x 5"

(THAT measurement is the only thing different
from the box created in the video... some score areas
will be a bit different due to this measurement
but not really super noticeable.
So it is still very beneficial to look at this tutorial
as well as watch the video. You'll get the idea.)

With the 5" edge to the TOP of the trimmer,
score at 1/2", 1-1/2", 3-1/2", and 4-1/2"
(shown above).

Quarter turn the paper and score at
1/2", 1-1/2", 2-1/2", and 3-1/2".
How's THAT for easy to remember?!

Then with the 1/2" scored line to the LEFT,
scoot the card stock so that it is at 3"
and trim from the innermost scored lines
creating little "slits" in the paper
(see below).

Next trim away all four corners as shown in the photo above.

Create tiny "slits" in the small tabs
as shown in the photo above.

Trim away angled "slivers" of each tab edge
as shown in the photo above.

Add adhesive to all four small tabs
(as shown above).

Connect two tabs at a time, creating the box
(as shown above and then below).

THAT is how to create the
Decorate and embellish as desired.

See how I decorated the box shown
in this post with the continued tutorial below.

Wrap the box with Washi Tape.
I'm using "It's My Party" Washi Tape
(#140556 from the Occasions Catalog).

Stamp "hugs and kisses" image from
the stamp set "Beautiful Ride"
(#140738 from the Occasions Catalog)
using Mint Macaron Classic Ink.

Punch the hugs and kisses image using the
Word Window Punch

Punch a super cute little heart using the
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

Add to the heart a Mint Macaron enamel dot
from the "It's My Party" collection
(#140554 from the Occasions Catalog).

Use Dimensionals (#104430) to adhere
created embellishments to the box.

Thank you so much for visiting!
I'd love to hear how much you enjoyed this tutorial!
Better yet, I'd love to see what YOU
come up with having been inspired
by this tutorial!!!
Leave me some lovin' in the comments below.
Have a blessed and creative day!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hugs & Kisses Box Video Tutorial

How fun is THIS?!
The perfect size for just a couple... hugs and kisses!

I just can't get enough of this cute little VW Bug image
SU! included in the "Beautiful Ride" stamp set
(order ONLINE #140738 and use Hostess Code 6G6ZGAAW)

How cute would this be for little guy (or big) Valentines?!

Watch the video by clicking on the group of photos above
OR simply watch it right here...

Thanks so much for visiting!
Leave me some lovin' in the comments
and let me know how you enjoyed the video.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year in Review CAFE

It's nearly time for 2015 to "wrap up"
and I have just the treat for you
all "wrapped up" and ready "to go"
in this super cute punch buggy cello filled
with lots of hugs and kisses
from me to you!

This fun image can be found in the
Spring Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up!
and you can have your very own copy
when you place a $25 order
Be sure to use the following
Hostess Code...


Let's ring in the New Year with a
This will be a super fun Card Cafe

Below are the top favorites of 2015
on Instagram.

and we'll get together for a creative
just for you and your friends
(or just you if you'd rather a fun little time to yourself)!
This CAFE will take about one and a half hours.
Pick your favorite public area
such as Panera Bread, local coffee shop,
or even a public library.
I will bring all the supplies needed
for the four items you choose.
You bring a smile and your creative heart!

The fee for this CAFE will be $20 OR
FREE with a qualifying catalog order.
Bring at least five friends and
YOU pay nothing regardless of an order.

Email me for more details and to set up
this fun time of creativity...

For the banner, let's make one that says

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Year in Review

This post is a bit on the personal side.
Only positive and encouraging comments, please.
My heart is a nest perched carefully on a limb for you to
sit and chat and enjoy the company.
Check back tomorrow for my 2015 Stampin' Year in Review :)

Whoa! What a year!
I'm so happy for all of the wonderful memories
because let's face it... you know there were some that
weren't so wonderful, right?!
I'm mean, think about it... everyone has hard times.
One of our preachers at church
has a little "hang up" about social media
and how peoples' lives can seem so "perfect"
because we tend to only post the "pretty pictures."
I agree... and disagree with him.
I don't post the good stuff to make anyone
think anything in particular of me
and I don't post them to cause
anyone to feel anything of themselves.
I post the good stuff because...
well... to be quite honest...
I have to LIVE with the "not-so-pretty"
every... single... day.
My life is no different than anyone else's.
We all have to deal with our own "bad stuff."
HOW we choose to deal with it
is what sometimes causes us to stand out
(or not... in some cases.)
I choose to post the good stuff
Seeing the good in my life helps me to be
grateful in times when things really aren't so good.
Choosing not to post the bad stuff
is my way of acknowledging
how there is always someone somewhere
dealing with something heavier than me.
I certainly don't post the good stuff
to trip anyone up or cause anyone to think
that I might think "I've got it so good."
On the contrary,
if people (me included) took the time
to actually get to know one another,
we'd all see how very much we are all struggling.
And we'd all understand
how important it is to look to the "good stuff"
for encouragement and motivation.
The problem isn't social media...
people have been judging others for years...
decades... centuries... good grief...
Perhaps technology has intensified some things.
But when we look to the source,
we find that we are all so very similar
even though our lives are so very not.

Whoa! Where'd that come from?!

My "Year in Review" includes things such as
and so much more for which I am so very grateful.

Some amazing things couldn't be pictured
and I just can't let them not be mentioned!
I enjoy blogging as a source of journaling.
Once again, it's my way of looking back
and being grateful for blessings.
Some blessings not photographed are...
(and spoiling the techies)

But I am also grateful for the things of which
I would never show an actual photo...
-love lost
-loss of business
-misunderstanding and being misunderstood
-a lack of sense of direction

For these, I am actually grateful... not eaqually,
that's for sure... but still grateful.
I know God is growing me,
calling me, stretching me.
And I look forward to 2016 to be a better me
for my Father, for me, for my family,
and for anyone who might allow me
into their hearts and minds.
I'm kind of hoping the Lord will let the
not-so-great be a bit less this coming new year
(we all know there will be at least SOME)
but I am more than grateful to know
I am not alone and there is nothing I could
ever experience that He hasn't experienced as well.
I thank Jesus for His selflessness.

Do you know Him?
Do you know there is nothing you haven't experienced
or will ever experience which He hasn't already done so?
Do you need to chat about it?
Call 1-800-NEEDHIM

or feel free to email me.
I'm serious. I am not just stamping 2 serve U.
I'm here for you.
Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sooo... a funny thing happened on the way to the forum...

I mean seriously, what the freak just happened?!
I'm so excited you have no idea!!!

First of all, if you are not familiar with
then you may not understand what a
even is.
I told my daughter
(who has never been on SCS but is an artist so there's that)
and she squealed with delight (as did I!).
I told the hubster and he looked at me
as though I might be cheating on him and said,
"I don't get it... what's dirty about it?"

Art is messy... aka "dirty" and thus
the Splitcoaststampers Design Team is labeled
"The Dirty Dozen..." twelve designers
sharing ideas, tips, techniques :)

I feel like I will remain in one of those
"is this for real" moments for awhile!

Now that that is out of the bag... geesh!
I thought I was going to bust at the seams for an entire month!

We're still hoppin' over at

How about a bit of tea-spiration today?

Have you sent a card to Safyre yet?

My 13 year old sweetheart of a friend, Payton,
created this card for Safyre...

How super sweet is that?!
Her mum texted me all excited and said
Payton found the idea on Pinterest.
She set off all on her own to
be a blessing to precious Safyre.
Gah! I love Payton's heart!

Here's my card for Safyre...

I figured she would be receiving plenty of
Christmas type of cards
so I thought I would play it up a bit and
aim for the Valentine-ish theme.
Obviously I included a packet of

Be a blessing!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pick Your Poison

BLOG CANDY (see below)

How fun is this sweet and simple card?!
With super cute images from
greeting cards are always fun and easy to make!

Here is a card I created
using images also from A Creative Journey
for my sign language lovin' daughter...

Did you know it's
International Day of Tea?!
We're celebrating this fun day over at the...

I can't wait to see all of the pretty tea cup images
that will be posted over at
I hope you can play along
or at least take a bit of time to look through
all of the fun and creative submissions.

A couple of days ago,
you had the chance to guess
what this sneak peak had to say...

No one guessed correctly
but some came oh-so-close :)
Your names still went into the drawing, wink.

I used random.org to find the winner of a
secret coffee/tea/cocoa stamp image.
And the winner is...
I've sent you an email, Lee-Anne.
Once I have your snail mail info,
your fun little image is on its way :)
Thanks for commenting and playing along!

How about another GIFT GIVEAWAY?!

Gift Sleeve and Greeting Cards (3)
Pocket Photo Card

Everyone who comments will have a chance to win.
Offer to pay postage and receive another chance to win.
Place an Stampin' Up! order (minimum $15)
using the Hostess Code
and receive THREE CHANCES to win!

You will find a TON of fun goodies at my
with Stampin' Up!'s Year End Sale happening!
(every order of $25 or more receives a free gift)

Thanks for visiting!
Relax and enjoy some tea time today!