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, April 24, 2015

Paper with a Purpose REVAMP


Today I am revamping my charity Facebook page
(Please note... this is a bit of a long post.
Should you decide to read it all the way through, I would be ever so grateful
for you taking an interest in my heart's sharing. More importantly,
I would be more than grateful -whether you read the entire post or not-
if you would visit my charity Facebook page PAPER WITH A PURPOSE.
To better understand the page, you may want to read on...)


Originally, five of my friends and I began a journey
together where our hearts were joined to
CREATE and DONATE.
We each chose an endeavor to tackle
and I chose Facebook.
Our idea was to create hand made gifts and greetings
to donate to each others' endeavors of choice
and do so while glorifying the Lord at the same time.
Each month we would take turns creating for
the others creative endeavor.
We made a good go of it for about a year
and then...
families, schedules, finances...
these things just sometimes tend to get in the way
of hopes and dreams.
Nothing, however, can get in the way of our friendships!
THAT is what I have cherished most about
my offering through Paper with a Purpose!
I know I can still call on my friends for
creative assistance from time to time if I need it.

I, however, still feel called to offer my own
creative gifts and greetings via
my Facebook page

At first, my goal was to assist first time missionaries
in their efforts to fund-raise for their trips.
Well, guess what happened
just ONE WEEK before establishing the FB page!
I received a letter from a dear student of mine
asking for assistance with his mission trip!
The FB page was still in the making.
No one (other than my five creative friends) knew
of my heart's desire to raise money
in assistance to those with a calling of
Matthew 28:19-20 on their hearts.
I thought (for sure) it was a "sign!"
Surely God was telling me my efforts via
were exactly what He had wanted me to do!
THEN... after launching the FB page
and announcing my efforts to
assist the sweetest Caleb...
another "sign" seemed to come...
$100 in donations were raised within just
ONE WEEK!!!
I was all, "WOW, God!"
I thought surely God was then telling me
how He wanted me to continue with
Then...

yes then...

nothing.

Absolutely... nothing.

No one seemed interested in purchasing our greeting cards.
Slowly but surely... one by one...
my creative friends began to drop back from
our creative endeavors and...
and I felt a bit confused... and somewhat "stuck."

What in the world was God trying to tell me?!
(at least this is what I kept asking myself)

No one was "liking" the Facebook page.
No one was purchasing the cards
my friends and I had donated.
No one was donating.

That's when it happened.

I gave up.

There. I said it. I gave up.

Maybe God didn't want me to "waste" my time with
after all.
I mean, I understand the ups and downs and all...
but couldn't I be utilizing my time better
to serve the kingdom?!

Still... that tiny voice heard only by my own heart was
telling me to "do it anyway."

What's the use, God?!

Or perhaps my question should have been
worded a tiny bit differently... such as...

What's the... POINT, God?!

I have come to believe THAT is exactly what
my Heavenly Father has wanted me to ask Him.
The answers I get are confirming, reassuring, and
most importantly... encouraging.

I am lead to many Scriptures but the one
to stand out to me most is
Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth,
but if salt has lost its taste,
how shall its saltiness be restored?
It is no longer good for anything except to be
thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
“You are the light of the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do people light a lamp
and put it under a basket, but on a stand,
and it gives light to all in the house.
In the same way,
let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works and
give glory to your Father who is in heaven."



And so... I press on to promote
and cling tightly to God's promise of
"The Lord will fulfill His PURPOSE in me;
Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the WORK OF YOUR HANDS."

My papercrafting life verse has always been
"All things were made through Him (Jesus),
and without Him (Jesus)
nothing was made that was made."

The gifts and greetings offered through
were created with hearts which desire to serve
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, HE is the one to have
made our offerings... not us.
And HE will serve HIS "purpose" through them.

As for me...

(photo credit to Pinterest)

Thank you for visiting today.
And THANK YOU if you read the entire post.
Please visit my charity Facebook page
and find out how you can win the
variety pack of greeting cards shown
at the top of this post.

Spread the news if you feel like doing something kind.
And if you feel even more kind,
leave me a note of sweet encouragement.
I pray you find the Father's encouragement today
in ways you never knew were possible :)

Blessings always,
KellyJean

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Very First "Official" WYNNE WEDNESDAY!


We have officially announced my daughter's acceptance to
SCAD
Savannah College of Art and Design
and we couldn't be more thrilled!



So... today is my very first "official"
WYNNE WEDNESDAY!

Every Wednesday from here until... well, whenever :)
I will be creating and posting cards which I plan
to send to my gal while she is away.

SCAD's mascot is a BEE...
how fun will those cards be to create, right?!
But I also love love love butterflies because
God is constantly asking us to sit inside
a cocoon like experience to have us emerge
CHANGED.
I have seen my gal go through many
cocoon experiences only to come out
more beautiful than every before.
God is doing such a great thing with/for/through her.
She loves the Lord and I can't wait to
watch her flutter about in school!

Each Wednesday, you will be seeing quite a few
BUMBLEBEE and BUTTERFLY
greeting cards which I hope to not only
cheer my girl on while she is away but
also inspire you to have a cheerful heart as well.

And although there are no "bees" or "butterflies" on
my card posted above, there is a very special image...
and that is a sketch my gal drew while she was
surrounded by homework after vacation.
I just love that little grumpy face and
it depicts me perfectly for how I feel about
having to say "good-bye."
I refuse to do it!
I just won't!
I will end our conversations with
"I love you" and that's that!
(insert biggest cheesy grin as possible)

Check out more of Wynne's designs
on Instagram @a_walk_in_the_art

But there are times when saying "good-bye" can be good.


Stampin' Up! has announced the 2015
and that means savings for YOU!!!

Click on the "goodbye photo" above to view the lists.

Then be sure to use HOSTESS CODE...

2NX6E23Q

when you place your ONLINE ORDERS at my

For every $25 you order online,
you will receive "KELLY CASH" to purchase
from my retiring stash.

Here is a list of what you can purchase with your
"KELLY CASH"

Chalk Talk (stamp set only) $15
Label Love (and coordinating punch) $20
Peace Love & Cupcakes (missing the ampersand sign) $10
Apothecary Art (stamp set only) $15
Cycle Celebration $10
For the Birds $15
Snapshot $5
Itty Bitty Banners (stamp set only) $5
Baby We've Grown $10
Well Worded (stamp set only) $5
That's the Ticket (stamp set only) $5
Starburst Sayings (stamp set only) $10
Geometrical (and coordinating punch) $20
Mosaic Madness (and coordinating punch) $20
Work of Art- WOOD (this set is not retiring... I simply wish to order it in clear mount) $15

Simply use the HOSTESS CODE listed above,
keep track of your "KELLY CASH" and
when my retirement party rolls around
(watch for an announcement here on the blog),
CASH IN and take advantage of some great deals!!!
BUT SPEAK UP NOW!!!
If you see something on my retiring list that you want,
you MUST email me and tell me now
so that I can put it aside especially for YOU...



One last thing before I go...
did you happen to leave a comment
during the Grand Reopening for
Sweet Stamp Shop?
You may be wondering who won my
BLOG CANDY!


Lisa H won the Oolong stamp set and
Sharon G won the cards!
Congrats to both!
Sharon, please contact me with your info...


Have fun shopping and feel free to leave
some encouraging words for this mum
who is a bit on the grumpy side for
having to say "good-bye."

Thanks for visiting!
KellyJean

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sweet Stamp Shop's Grand Re-Opening


There's BLOG CANDY to be had...
be sure to read the entire post :)

I've been keeping a SECRET and now I can
LET IT ALL OUT...




is having their
GRAND REOPENING!!!

Whoo hoooo!

They have some of the ca-utest images
and the PUNNIEST phrases!
I've always enjoyed their offerings
and I am hoping to get an "official" spot
on their creative Design Team.

Sweet Stamp Shop is offering a
hidden $25 gift certificate, y'all!
So when you visit each participating designer's blog
for the Grand Reopening and
LEAVE A COMMENT,
you just might have found the "hidden treasure."
If you comment on the "right blog,"
your name will go into a drawing
for the $25 gift certificate!
SWEET!

Be sure to visit the Sweet Stamp Shop blog
to grab all the details... and...
LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST!
Who knows... this just might be where
the treasure is... arrg matey!

BLOG CANDY
BLOG CANDY
I am not the fastest gal in the west
when it comes to sending "blog candy."
But if you hang on to your lassos tightly,
you will quickly learn my "blog candy"
is some of the sweetest stuff in town!
(Not sure where the cowgirl came from. HA!)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE ALL SIX
OF THE GREETINGS SHOWN
IN THIS POST
AND...
how about the super cute
"Oolong"
stamp set?!!!

Visit my Facebook page
(follow and leave a comment on the page)
for a chance to win the cards.

Follow my blog and leave a comment
to win this adorable little stamp set!
(yes, you must do both)

I will "draw"
(there's that cowgirl talkin' again)
for a winner on
MONDAY, APRIL 13th.
Be sure to check back unless you care
to include your contact info
in your comment(s).


Thanks for visiting!
I hope you have a creative day!
Sweet blessings,
KellyJean 







Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Silent Wednesday


So today is "Silent Wednesday."
The Bible doesn't mention anything about today.
Deuteronomy 29:29 tells us that some things
God chooses to keep to Himself.
He is certainly entitled to do so!

I find solace in Deut. 29:29...
especially when my heart questions
the tough times in life.
Some things just aren't for me to know.
The HOPE in that verse is that
my Heavenly Father has many things
JUST FOR ME
and those are completely within my reach.
Praise the Lord!!!

I believe today is considered
"Silent Wednesday"
because Jesus was the One and Only Person
Who knew how to truly REST and
spend time with the Father.
I believe this is a special day just for their unity.

I will admit... I am not good at
taking time to truly rest.
I am literally always doing "SOMETHING."
Even if it is watching TV... ya, I know that would
be considered "resting" to some folks.
But it is hardly resting AND spending time
with my most sacred Heavenly Father.
Even doing my Bible study has become a
"check" off my list! sigh...

Don't you just love second chances?!
We have a ga-zillion of them, dear one.
That is what this Holy Week is all about...
a ga-zillion (and One) second chances.
Praise the Lord!!!
Do you feel like you could use a second chance?


Thanks for visiting today!
The butterfly image on my card today
is Stampin' Up!'s "SWALLOWTAIL" and
the cross is "CROSS WITH FLOWERS"
from Our Daily Bread Designs
Happy Easter Blessings, everyone!
KellyJean

PS... if you have BLOG CANDY coming to you,
please be patient a bit longer... see, this is partly
why I need to have a few more "Silent Wednesdays"
in my life... I tend to overbook... and then forget.
Yikes!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Turnip, beet the peas! ...what?!


So how fun is THIS?!
A super cute company I once had my eye on
is making a come back soon...


will be hosting their Grand RE-Opening
APRIL 9

and you can see fresh and fun images
here at the "Always Stampin'" blog
and (of course) the Sweet Stamp Shop blog.

I had been given the pleasure
(and honor)
to design with a "yet-to-be-released" image
and I can't wait for you to see it!
OOH (hint hint) it's soo fun!!!


I am hoping to get an "official" spot
since I love how fun and funny
(or PUNNY, I should say)
the Sweet Stamp Shop images are.

Once upon a time I use to design for
many stamp companies.
Although my heart still belongs to SU!,
there is plenty of room inside this
big-O heart of mine for other great companies!
I really miss my design days :)


So the "punniest" thing about my cards here
 is when I stamped the first one (all the way at top),
I didn't realize I had placed the little "the"
ON THE WRONG SIDE!
Instead of my card saying,
"Turn up the beat,"
it sounds a bit more like my poor little peas
are about to take a beatin' by a turnip!
YIKES!!!

Too funny!
Everyone on IG and FB told me
they totally read it the right way... but
only after they totally LOLed about it first!
How funny is THAT?!


***

On a more personal note...

Do you ever share your most embarrassing moments? Isn't it fun to share them with people you know you can trust... (trust to laugh AT you but only because of the actual "moment" and NOT because of you, of course. hehehe)?! Not that I experienced a "most embarrassing moment" with my funny realization for my card(s) in this post... but it did make me think of those funny/embarrassing times and then when we share those times with friends and loved ones. And I smiled.

Think today about those funny/embarrassing times in your life... and have a light heart, dear one.
Smile.

Thanks so much for visiting! You're the BEST!
KellyJean

PS... I sure hope my doofus card doesn't scare away the Sweet Stamp Shop owners in considering me for their wonderful design team... sigh... hehehe. 




Saturday, March 28, 2015

LAST CHANCE FOR Sale-A-Bration...


I HAVE ANOTHER $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO
GIVE AWAY TO ANY ORDER OF $50 OR MORE!!!

YOU HAVE TO ACT FAST AND ORDER
BEFORE SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AT MIDNIGHT!

USE THE HOSTESS CODE
YZGADS9W
WHEN YOU VISIT MY ONLINE STORE
AND YOUR NAME WILL GO INTO
A DRAWING FOR A $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

REMEMBER IT'S SALE-A-BRATION
SO YOU'RE ABLE TO CHOOSE A FREE GIFT
AND THEN YOU JUST MIGHT WIN...
HOW EXCITING IS THAT?!!!

Contact me with any questions you may have.
I am stamping 2 serve U,
KellyJean

Friday, March 27, 2015

Open Stamp Night - TONIGHT


So I've been feeling a little heavy hearted lately
(lots of reasons... some just aren't for chatting)
and it's been REALLY challenging for me to
JUST DO IT
(regardless of whatever "it" might be.)
Ever feel that way?
Ya, I know you do... or at least have.

-It's been awhile since I've posted to my blog.
-I have lots of happy mail to get to the post.
-My house is super dusty.
-My studio... OI! Don't even look in my studio!

For some folks, the weather has much to do
with their mood which is why I love love love
this adorable little chick tag
we will be stampin' up at TONIGHT's

OPEN STAMP NIGHT
6:00-10:00pm
and
STAMP CLUB gathering
6:00-7:00pm.

This adorable little tag just shouts
SPRING
and makes me feel all sunshine-y inside
(even though it is literally snowing outside right now!)

Did you miss the chance to RSVP?
No worries!
You are still more than welcome to attend.

Open Stamp Night (OSN) is just $5!
You make a FREE Make&Take project
AND you enjoy four hours of doing
whatever you want to do!!!
OM, that sounds fun -right?!
Have access to all of my stamp sets,
tools, gadgets, templates, samples!
BRING YOUR CAMERA!
And bring a friend... because we all know stamping
is way more fun with friends!!!

Stamp Club is for EVERYONE!
And the best part is STAMP CLUB IS FREE!!!
You do not have to be a member to attend.
Simply place a minimum $15 order
while attending Stamp Club
and the FREE Make&Take is yours to...
well, make... and take!

Tonight's STAMP CLUB project is
the adorable little CHICK TAG seen here
AND a bottle of jelly beans!
How cute is that?!
(NOTE: The cute little bottle just might
end up being a cute little silver pail
since I was unable to snatch up
enough of the bottles.)

RSVP is always required for my events
as this gives me an idea of how many
class kits to prep... however,
you are more than welcome to come
and take advantage of
OPEN STAMP NIGHT
as our free make&takes for this event
are always plenty on hand.
So if you missed the chance to RSVP,
just come and enjoy anyway!


***

On a more personal note...
I think another reason I am feeling so sluggish lately is that I have a million and one things "changing" in my life right now. My marriage is shifting to a new place (not a bad one... not necessarily a good one but just one that is bound to happen after 25 years of marriage), my business is taking a different route than it use to, I feel God asking me to lead a Bible study but leaders already within the study are telling me otherwise, and my daughter is about to graduate from high school and embark on college quite a distance away. Whoa! That is a ton of change! Other little things are happening as well but the biggies are listed.

I feel really bad for people who suffer depression when change hits their lives. (psst... if that might be you, please know I am hugging you at this very moment through the cyber space between us!) I tend to feel sad from time to time about the changes in my life but I wouldn't consider my sadness to be "depression." To be honest, perhaps depression is a bit like "beauty..." it's in the eye of the beholder... possibly a "mind over matter" thing to some degree. (Yes, to some degree... as I know many deal with a chemical imbalance of the body which accounts for many depressions. THAT kind of depression is a whole other topic. Please know I love you deeply, dear one, if this is a depression seeming to rule your days.)

I still feel JOYFUL even though the changes taking place in my life have me a bit heavy hearted. I know exactly where my joy IS... where it COMES FROM... and where it can SAFELY BE PLACED.


I can't explain it but I sure wish everyone could experience it as I do! Therefore, I wish I could explain it better. Did you know we are actually commanded to "not be sad?!" That is almost bizarre to think that it is something we are told NOT to DO... wait... did you see that?! Did you catch that?! Listen to this verse...


God gives us all kinds of emotions... ALL kinds... happy, sad, angry, joyful. He created us in a way that He WANTS us to experience each and every one of them... right down to feeling depressed... or so mad we could just SPIT! What He instructs us NOT... is to BE the negative... or the positive if it is not the right time for it (read Ecclesiastes 3 to better understand). Therefore, I can FEEL sad... but to BE sad... especially if it means for too long a period of time... is simply unhealthy. And THAT is from what God wants to protect us.

I know there is a reason for this season... even though I wish I had a dear friend (or mother or sister) with whom I could chat about my sadness (and not have them feel "sorry" for me... thus taking on the mistake of giving me all kinds of worldly or self-righteous advice.) We find in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."

So the reason for this season?

Although I can't explain my JOY in spite of my sadness, dear friend (who has been sweet enough to put up with my ramblings thus far... hugs for reading all of this, wink) dear friend, know that I understand I may be going through what I am going through so as to lift YOU... even if it is a cyber lift. It would be my honor to pray for you should you feel like you have no one to turn to and could use an unbiased "friend." Please feel free to leave a comment as all of my comments are set to wait my approval before posting. I will not post your comment should you ask me not to do so. OR feel free to contact me privately... kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com

Thanks for visiting today. And thanks for making it this far!
Be blessed... through the changes and otherwise,
KellyJean

PS... Getting together with others for whatever reason is SO important in finding your JOY within the sadness! This is one reason why I am REALLY looking forward to tonight's OSN!!! I love seeing these ladies and listening to their laughter! Here's wishing you something FUN TO DO today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Super Fast, Super Fun, Super Easy, Affordable Cards


Have you played with the
PROJECT LIFE supplies from
Stampin' Up! yet?!
OM!
I love how quick and easy they make it
for me to record my memories.
But what I love even more
is how fun, fast, easy, and affordable
these great kits make my
CARD MAKING!!!

Did you know that the
PROJECT LIFE CARD COLLECTIONS
have two sizes of journaling cards
-both are the perfect size for a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card!
Tape them to the card with some
fabulous WASHI TAPE
(which happens to come in every
PROJECT LIFE ACCESSORY KIT)
and your card is as good as "go to the mailbox!"
Add in a stamped image or two
and your greeting card just became
a bit more heartfelt and loved <3 p="">


How about we get together and
you see for yourself how
fun, fast, easy, and affordable
it is to use these great kits
to make your greeting cards?!

ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NEVER
JOINED ME FOR A CARD CLASS,
THIS IS THE CLASS FOR YOU!
You will truly be amazed at how
quickly the PL process is...
whether it's making a memory album
or a greeting card,
Project Life is just amazing!

Don't let the large fee of this class detour you.
Your $50 will give you SO MUCH
product for you to continue to make
more greeting card (or memory pages)
for days and days on end!
PLUS... there's FREE PRODUCT!
That's always a good thing!

REGISTER BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE...


Because you get to choose your own
Project Life supplies and stamp set,
each greeting card will vary.
Here are a few samples I popped together
to show you each of the
Project Life Card Collections
(page 189 Annual Catalog and
page 47 Occasions Catalog)...



Each greeting card hosts a great PL card
on the INSIDE as well as the outside!
Embellishments can be added
to really make your card a
WOW card!


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