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

Friday, October 2, 2015

Origami Cocoa

I'm squeezing one more in for the

You may not know this about me but...
I actually sell it if you think you might want to
check it out and snatch up a few early
Just visit my only NEST... HERE.

Each Origami Owl purchase comes with
these absolutely adorable
and they make the ca-yootest recycled gift boxes!
Just look how cute this one turned out!

My teeny tiny little fall accordion card
is filled with love from
Are you a subscriber???
This stamp set was the most recent set
sent in our monthly Paper Pumpkin subscription.
It's just $19.95/month and
you get all supplies need to create all kinds of gifts.
I just love the little leaves in this kit!

Paper Pumpkin is offered by Stampin' Up!.

My Designer Series Paper measures
2-1/2" x 12" and is scored every 2-1/4".

The little mats inside the card measure
2" x 2-1/4" (brown Early Esspresso)
1-7/8" x 2-1/8" (yellow Daffodil Delight).

The cute little cocoa cup is by

This sweet little card will be so fun to fill with
teeny tiny photos and keep it
tucked away inside its fun treasure box
for safe keeping!
I can't wait to give this one away!

All you have to do is
Leave me a comment telling me
you want it and I will draw for one lucky
(only US commenters can win but thx for visiting)

Speaking of winners...
if you happen to be Melissa Bove or Sharon "G,"
you still have blog candy you've won
and I just need your addresses.
Feel free to email me...

Be sure to jump on the
Tonight is your last chance to join...
but you'll have forever to browse and visit.

And thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cocoa Lovin' Hedgies

Man! What a day yesterday!
Everybody has those, ya know...
you know - "THOSE" days.
And no, my momma never told me about them.

I had a bit of fun amidst the storm
when I created this cute card for my
hedgehog lovin', cocoa sharin', creative little artist
who is far far away at school.
I found a couple of cute little hedgehog items
to pop into a fall care package
in accompaniment to this fun little card.
after the day I had yesterday...
I think I will just mail it to myself! HA!

Images from Unity.
Cup from Memory Box.
Everything else from Stampin' Up!.

Here's wishing YOU a wonderful day, truly.
I suggest a few moments in time to
visit the
where you will find the

Yes! That's what I need.
I'm out of here!
Headed to my local coffee shop
for my favorite cocoa and my iPad.
Aaaahh... I love creativity at its best!!!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cocoa Care Package


The Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop has well over
the last time I peeked in! Dang!

It really is fun to see how popular our favorite drinks are
as well as all the creativity taking place :)
Click the photo above to find out all the details for the

So my daughter is away for her first year of college at
Savannah College of Art and Design
(Instagram @a_walk_in_the_art)
and THIS was her first Care Package
(see above photo).
Obviously, she FREAKED!
(Yay... happy mum!)
You see, she was a HUGE Marvel fan way before
we knew the college of her choice was where
THE Stan Lee
(maker of Marvel Comics)
attended AND graduated!!! How cool is that?!
My goal (hehehe) is for my daughter to
meet Mr Stan Lee and GET A JOB at Marvel :)

For my Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop offering today,
I am preparing yet another Care Package for my girl...

She loves COCOA
(it really is a bit crazy how much she is like her mum)
and she loves BOOKS.
I will be packing up a new ART book and
lots and lots of different flavored cocoas
some other fun things to make in a mug...
candy, muffins, cake for one, and even a candle!
Cute Care Package, right?!

And because the inside
should look just as nice as the outside
(goes for people as well, hehehe)...

I used the cup and books along with the
"happiness is" & "a good book" phrases from

The adorable little leaf is from

The sweet little "cocoa"
is from my daughter's design for
in the stamp set "Winnie's Warm Wishes."

And everything else is from

This was a fun one to create!
Be sure to "hop" on over to the
for more fun ideas!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Easy Watercolor Background

Hopping onto the
with this beauty!

I used my daughter's adorable Winnie images
from the stamp set "Winnie's Warm Wishes"
SnSS just announced some super exciting news
about this stamp set... omingcay oonsay...
I'm so excited I can't stand it!
Now to hope hope hope for a sweet little die
to accompany sweet Winnie in the
"Winter with Winnie" stamp set.

I used Copics on sweet Winnie's gloves.
For all other details see tutorial below.

Watercolor Backgrounds are some of the easiest ways
to watercolor for those of us who do not watercolor well...
(or those of us who do not like to watercolor because
we think we don't know HOW to watercolor well.)
(All of the above in parentheses
spoken out of the side of my mouth
with a slight had to cover as I speak, wink wink.)

Allow me to show you some simple tips...

I prefer to use an Aquapainter offered by Stampin' Up!
when I watercolor but like to offer both options
of a paint brush as well as the Aquapainters.
I find brushes tend to make me work quicker
as the brush doesn't stay wet for long.
Whereas the Aquapainter offers water nonstop and
can be gently squeezed to apply more water when needed.
The catch to using the Aquapainters
is to not squeeze too much water at one time.
Try both and see which one you prefer.

You will find a handy dandy video
at the end of this post
showing the option of the Aquapainter.

Most of the time, you will want to
slide your paint brush along the side
of your water jar to remove excess water.
(see photo above)
However, when I am creating
Watercolor Backgrounds,
I leave as much water in my brush as possible.

Using just one corner of the paintbrush,
dab into the dot of reinker.
I used the following reinkers for my bookmarks...
Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, and Crushed Curry.

Then rather quickly (and messily)
swipe the inked paintbrush side to side
over a piece of watercolor paper.
Watercolor paper is a MUST when watercoloring.
You may be tempted to think any kind of
thick card stock will do but trust me...
(ask me how I know)
watercolor paper really and truly is best.

Here is the video tutorial showing
you the option of using an Aquapainter...

Repeat these steps in all three colors and
enjoy creating something fun and beautiful with you

Thanks for visiting today!
Be sure to check out all the fun of the

Have a creative day!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Creative Ideas Start with...


I bet you thought I was going to say

Today begins one of the most fun blog hops
I have ever been a part of!
Sometime during the day I will grab a hot cocoa
(my preferred cup of choice)
and click and browse and click and browse.

I used Verve Stamps today for my hop contribution.
The coffee ring images is from Impression Obsession.
The creative colors for my card are
Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon, Rose Red, and TipTop Taupe.
I used a Rich Razzleberry marker to frame in my collage.
And my card was inspired by a Pinterest find
created by Theresa Miers at Misty's Mess...

Visit MY Pinterest for more fun ideas!

I plan to send my cute coffee card
to a beautiful friend
who always seems to "pop in" on me
at just the right times!
She has so many great ideas!

Be sure to start your hop at the


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Coming soon...

I can't even tell you how cool this is!
What started off as a small group of fanatical
coffee, tea, and cocoa lovin' paper artists
has exploded into a mind boggling
group of creative refreshment savvy

For those of you unfamiliar with "bloghops,"
let me briefly explain...
Paper Artists link up to one blog
(in this case the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog)
so that you and everyone can simply click
on each link and be taken to exciting
greeting card offerings of all kinds.
I like to favor it to reading
a great online paper craft magazine!

Here's a little sneak peek of what I have planned...

The fun begins TOMORROW!

So reserve some time to sit back with
your favorite cup of Joe (or cocoa, wink)
and be ready to "hop" your way through
mounds and mounds
(see what I did there... "mounds" -like coffee beans. HA!)
of creativity at your fingertips!

And hey, join in if you feel up to it!
Create something today and be ready to link up!
Find more details (in detail) at the

Thanks for dropping by today!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Celebrating SENIOR NIGHT

I sort of "took charge" of Senior Night for our tennis team
(eeps... I hope no one minds that I literally took charge!).
It totally snuck up on us! I mean, seriously...
So it seemed like the right thing to do so that
our seniors (three fine young gentlemen) felt special
wrapping up their HS tennis careers. 

We gave each one of them a super cool T-shirt
for the entire team to sign with Sharpie markers and
Target gift cards for college supplies.
I texted my daughter (whom, if you are a regular reader,
know is smashing through her first year of college) and
asked, "What is the ONE thing I can pick up
for the guys to have as a gift to unwrap? That ONE thing
that you are like...'ugh, I'm SO glad I have this!'"
She texted back and said...
Then she texted again and said,
"FOOD... and a trash can."
So I had a blast filling up three little trash cans
with a few munchies and goodies :)

If you are on Instagram, you will find a tutorial
on my Instagram @always_stampin
for this adorable 4-1/4 x 4-1/4
If you are not on Instagram,
I believe you can still see my account by visiting

I'm so glad you dropped by today!
Have a creative day!!!


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Time Saving Tips

Oh... hello there!
OM, has it seriously been over a month since I've blogged?!
That is a record for me... what in the world is going on?!
Well, let me tell ya...
I moved my oldest into COLLEGE!
What the freak just happened?!
It has been a crazy whirlwind around here!
Here's what I love about my Stampin' Up! business...
when I feel like "life" has handed me more than I can juggle,
to lay one of my apples
(or oranges, depending on what's being juggled at the time. HA!)
down so that I don't feel overwhelmed OR
so that I don't feel like I've missed a thing!
I don't have SU! breathing down my neck to do more.
The only thing I wish I didn't have to deal with
is seeing all of the amazing pics of Founder's Circle, hehehe.
JK... honestly, I couldn't be happier for my fellow demos!

So what's a gal to do when she is busy busy busy with LIFE?!
Like I said, something has to be laid down.
I wasn't about to lay down my daughter going off to college
So my business has been simmering
there on that hard working burner
and I can not wait to pull that precious pot
of yummy goodness back to the front burner

Paper Arts doesn't need much time management.
I have developed some sweet little
to share with you
so that your creative time can be
fun and fulfilling
without draining your schedule or
causing you to think, "I just don't have time for this."

Are you ready for my favorite

TIP #1...
Go back to the very first card in this post.
See all that bling?
When you want to add a major WOW to your cards,
simply add GLIMMER PAPER!
All of Stampin' Up!'s Glimmer Paper
can be found on page 149 of the Annual Catalog.

Now check out the second pic in this post for
TIP #2...
Sometimes I honestly think my
Big Shot Machine
We're like BFF's, man!!!
Seriously though... if you do not have a BSM,
You can find them on page 170 of the Annual Catalog.
When you get your BSM and if you already have one,
I'm being so serious.
If you do not have room on your table/desk,
set it on the floor as close to you as possible.
You are more likely to use what is "at hand" and
the Big Shot Machine can save you

Now for the next card...
yes, the sweet little "thank you" card.
Stroll back up the post and take a peek at it again.
Then take a gander at the two cards below.
TIP #3...
Never underestimate the
Punches can really make a simply card look sensational.
And punches are so fast and easy to use,
obviously they save us time!
Be sure to check out all of the punches
Stampin' Up! has to offer on page 165-167 of the Annual Catalog.

TIP # 4...
Create a Collage.
You will have to check back in a few days
as I plan to post some super cute pics of my daughter's dorm!

Collage cards cover a large portion of the card
and cause the eye to actually focus on the focal point.
When creating a college, use only one or two colors.
You save time with limiting your ink colors.

TIP #5...
Stick to just ONE COLOR.
Let the card base and the focal point be just one color.
This way you can make multiple BUT DIFFERENT cards at one time.
Then build around that color as you please.
Think about it, if I already have a pack of card stock out-
why not just keep going with it.
This saves me SO MUCH time!!!

And last but not least,
TIP #6...
Check out the colorful background of the card above!
It's just WASHI TAPE!
Talk about a time saver.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed these
and can allow them to help you be a bit more creative...
with your TIME as well as your paper crafting.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bible Journaling 101

Are you a Bible Journaler?
Are you a doodler?
Do you take notes in church?
If you answered yes, to any of these questions,
you either might be a Bible Journaler without knowing it
OR you may discover (like me)
how Bible Journaling just may be one of the
greatest tools that will ever help grow
your faith and Bible knowledge
as well as deepen your walk with the Lord.

And if you answered "no" to any of the above questions,
but simply have a desire to broaden or perk up the way you
this class may be for you!

Join me...
7:00pm - 8:30pm
at Coffee Crossing in New Albany
10:00am - 11:30am
at ChickfilA in Clarksville


so that I know how many people to expect
and how many seats to reserve.
Knowing how many people to expect
will also help me in prepping
your FREE Doodler's Packets.

Please feel free to bring your friends
(even if they did not have time to RSVP).


If you bring anything at all,
let it be only your sweet smile :)
Honest, there are no supplies needed for this
Bible Journaling 101 Class.
You may like to bring pen and paper to take notes
but your FREE Doodler's Pack
comes with a note pad and pencil so
that you can pack as light and easy as possible.
You don't even have to bring your Bible
(unless you just really want to.)

You can read HERE about some of the
things to be covered in discussion.

And please be aware of the following...

By leading this Bible Journaling 101 Class,
I have chosen to answer a call
to share what I know about

I am NOT a scholar on Scripture.
I study the Scriptures and I share what I have studied.
I share what I know to be true as far as
it has been pressed upon my heart
by the Holy Spirit.

I am a sinner, saved by the Grace of Jesus Christ,
who is simply allowing herself to be used to
encourage YOU to know Him more through
the ART of Bible Journaling.

At this Bible Journaling 101 Class
and any future Bible Journaling gatherings,
we will NOT discuss the matters of religion.
As the leader of this class and these gatherings,
I plan to share tips and techniques
which focus on the ART of Bible Journaling.
From time to time, I may offer a "prompt"
to encourage your thinking process
so that your Bible Journaling journey is one
that will be focused on your relationship with
the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe Salvation comes only through Him.
The process of Salvation is one
that I sweetly welcome private discussion with me
(or with someone you know and trust OUTSIDE of gatherings)
but it will NOT be up for debate
during this Bible Journaling 101 Class
or any future Bible Journaling gatherings.

I am so excited
(and nervous... the good kind, I suppose)
to share what the Lord has placed upon my heart!

Never stop learning!
I live and breath by this motto...
regardless of what it pertains to...
never stop learning.

Scripture explains it like this...

"He will be the sure foundation
for your times,
a rich store of salvation
and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD
is the key to this treasure."
Isaiah 33:6

"The fear of the LORD
is the beginning of wisdom, 
and knowledge of 
the Holy One is understanding."
Proverbs 9:10

How can we KNOW if we don't INVESTIGATE
and LEARN all that we can?!

Come learn alongside me and
together, we will GROW
in wisdom, and knowledge, and understanding.

See ya soon!

Friday, August 14, 2015

You're Such a NERD!

Hehehe... this card totally cracks me up!
My daughter has some of the most amazing friends.
And I feel so blessed because she has them!

I love how she shares a friendship with them where
just about anything can be said and
none of them would be easily offended.
I tend to try and joke with people and they take me
WAY too seriously which then causes them
to completely misunderstand me.
My daughter's friends joke with one another
and sometimes say things that might
cause those "looking in" to think they're being offensive.
On the contrary... they are actually being
COMPLEMENTARY of one another.
I love it... and it totally cracks me up!

And that is why I LOVE this card!
I could have been a bit more "fancy" with it
but my daughter usually says,
"Hey Mum, I need a card... here are the images...
how quick can you make it for me?!"
(sigh... I love that girl so much!)
But to be quite honest, the images are so fantastic
that I think if the card were any "fancier,"
it would take away from
how stinkin' cute the images are.

Some people wouldn't call one of the BFF's a nerd.
Some people wouldn't say "freaking."
Some people refuse to have a sense of humor
and take life way to seriously.
That's not us... at least not my daughter and me :)
Life is too short!
Have fun!
Be considerate of others.
Be compassionate.
LAUGH... at yourself and
laugh WITH others when they choose to do the same.

And so that leads me to the next
"endearing" greeting card my daughter asked me
to create for another one of her amazing friends...

hehehe... it totally cracks me up!!!
Think about it... TRASH...
which is usually quite ugly and stinky and awful...
but this absolutely adorable trash can full of trash is
fun and funny and witty and well...

That is exactly how I think of my daughter's friend
for whom she drew these images.
She is one of the most adorable gals I know.
And she is so fun and funny and
even more witty!

Perfect card for the perfect gal!

So... happy wonderful birthdays to
We love you both!!!

Thanks for dropping by today!
You can check out more of my daughter's artwork
on Instagram @a_walk_in_the_art

"Punny" blessings today,

Thursday, August 6, 2015

CARD CAFE this Sunday...

Look at the fun we'll be having
at the August CARD CAFE!!!

FIVE CARDS for just $20
(only $15 for Cafe Club members)

RSVP required... kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?
I will show you a fun way to make something
completely different with July's Kit (shown above)!
Not a subscriber?!
You can subscribe NOW for 50% OFF
your first TWO MONTHS!!!
Be sure to list me as your demonstrator...

And have you already ordered the
"Tin of Cards Project Kit"
(shown below)?
I have FOUR NEW IDEAS to share with you
on how to use the supplies in this kit!
You will want to order another kit just to make
all of these fun and affordable ideas!!!

I love the little tin that comes in this project kit!
I can't wait to make gifts!
Christmas will be here before you know it!!!

Thanks for visiting today!
I've been having some really messy days lately
so it's nice to see people stop by...
feel free to say "hi" -especially if your days
have been a bit messy like mine :)