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, November 17, 2015

Accordion Baker's Box Gift Card Holder


Order today and receive access to the
for the
plus the class kit to create one of your own.



(tutorial plus initial kit must be ordered and
an email request for extra kits must be sent to...

You pay no postage.
Private access to video opens up
Tuesday, November 24
(just in time for your holiday break.)
Class Kits mailed Wednesday, Nov 25.

Please note... Class Kits contain all supplies need
excluding stamp set (no images included,) tools, or adhesives.
To order your very own
"Snow Place" stamp set and
coordinating Framelit Dies (bundle #140844),
visit my
and be sure to use the following HOSTESS CODE...


Comment ON THIS POST and let me know you ordered.
YOU will receive your class kit for FREE!
Pay only for the tutorial and your kit will mail
shortly after your catalog order is placed.

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

Thanks for visiting and have a creative day!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

CARD CAFE now serving SOUP!

November's CARD CAFE
will be hosted at Our Lady of Providence High School
THIS SUNDAY 2:00-5:00
just before
the 8th annual PHS Art Club EMPTY BOWLS

I am so thrilled to be able to tie these two fun events together!
The fun items seen here are just a few
of the fun gifts and treasures we'll be stampin' up
at the CARD CAFE.

Then when the Card Cafe is all finished,
stay for a warm and yummy bowl of soup
offered in YOUR CHOICE of a handmade bowl
which you then get to keep and treasure forever.

The Card Cafe is $15 and includes all supplies
excluding adhesives so be sure to bring your own.
Place a $30 order with me using the Hostess Code
and attend the class for FREE!
Place a $35 order and receive
the class kit for FREE by mail (no s/h).

All online orders can be placed at my online store...

A requested minimum donation of $15 for
gives you YOUR CHOICE of a handmade bowl
and soup with all the fixin's to fill your tummy!
Check out the Empty Bowls Facebook page...

How about a bit more description of what's
on the menu for this month's

We'll be creating with the
This cute little box has plenty of room
for all sorts of treats.
We'll be stampin' up YOUR CHOICE of
a mini accordion note/album
twelve sweet little gift tags.

I absolutely can not wait to share this
made using the Baker's Box Thinlit with you!
You are just going to flip when you
see how fun and easy it is to make this item!
I have a feeling you will be making
lots and lots of these this Christmas season :)

The photo doesn't show it well
but there is a fun sized Kit Kat bar
snug behind the gift card.
Try all sorts of fun sized candies or
simply the gift card and a note.

RSVP is required to attend the CARD CAFE.
NO RSVP is needed for EMPTY BOWLS.

Thanks for visiting today!
I hope you've been inspired to be creative
in a very giving way!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day FREE CARD

Active or retired US veterans receive
from Paper with a Purpose on Facebook. 

This special offer is valid today (11/11/15) only. 

To be eligible,
share a photo of yourself in military uniform
in a comment to Paper with a Purpose of FB...

Please feel free to share the original post
but comments to receive a free card
must be made at Paper with a Purpose FB page.

Then PM me, Kelly Gettelfinger (PWP Coordinator),
on  the Paper with a Purpose FB page
for delivery info and CHOICE OF CARD...
choose from all occasions, birthday, thank you,
thinking of you, sympathy, friendship,
or blank for your own personal message.

US residents only.

Thanks for visiting and
as well as spouses,
children, and parents of all veterans!!!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Splitcoaststampers Holiday Blitz

(That's excited paper arts language for SQUEAL!)
Be sure to read my story all the way through.
There just might be some blog candy involved.

I was so flattered when Dina Kowal contacted me
and asked me to offer a tutorial video for my
You can check out the photographed instructions
as well as the video on Splitcoaststampers
or on my YouTube channel, Always Stampin' Videos

I will never forget the day I came up with this design.
I had NEVER seen anything like it and
was SO excited about how easily it came together!

Most folds and techniques in the realm of
paper crafting have been around for AGES and
they tend to circulate and recirculate
like fabulous clothing trends.
Sometimes these ideas and techniques
will take on little creative adjustments here & there
causing seemingly brand new offerings to appear.

I just knew I had never seen anything like it.
So I searched and researched and pounded
the cyber pavement just to be sure
there was nothing like this on the creative block
before I decided to...

(insert end scene music from the film "Psycho" HA!)


Seriously, what a horror!
I say that all in fun and games.
The video was pretty shaky and off center
and quiet with the volume BUT...
it was an offering that rocked the paper arts world!
Not because it was such a great video,
but because no one had ever seen this
(for lack of a better word)
"wonky" folded card before.
It's so fun and so easy!

So please understand, I'm not bragging here...
but it's a really cool thing when a
Splitcoaststampers guru contacts you and says,
"I did some researching and found that YOU
were the first person to come up with the
Would you be willing to offer a tutorial for
Splitcoaststampers HOLIDAY BLITZ?"

Ya, VERY COOL when that happens!

Obviously, I said yes and now the rest is history.
History that will hopefully bless you and
your creative hoildays this year!

Thanks for visiting today!
I'd love to know what you think about the
Leave me some lovin' in the comments and
tell me if you've ever made one before
or if you are now inspired
to make one for the very first time.

Would you like to have one of my
mailed right to your door?
Or maybe you'd like to brighten someone else's day
and have one of these fun cards mailed to a friend.
Mention this in a comment and then
in a couple days to see if you've been
randomly selected by random.org
to receive one of my cards.
The only way I can actually send this
super sweet blog candy
is if you check back and see your name
so that you can then contact me
with your mailing info.
I have so many winners who
never get back in touch with me,
leaving their blog candy to rot.
(Although this kind of candy never goes bad!)
I can't wait to hear from ya!

Have a creative day!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Just a bit more Verve lovin'...

First let me congratulate all of the blog hop winners
selected by Verve Stamps
during the October Release Retrospective Hop
And a special lil congrats to
Mrs. Graceworks
for being the winner selected from my comments.

Whether you are an avid stamper or
simply a sweet and simple stamper...
or maybe you're just a window shopper
and still aspire to be a stamper,
(unless it's diamonds... then always give diamonds!)

The card I want to share with you today
is SO super simple... but also so sweetly elegant.

I masked the word "trust" from one of the
Verve Scripture images for the front of my card.
I sponged the edges of the white card stock
and distressed the edges of the Hello Honey.
I added wisps of that GAH gorgeous
gold thread that I can't get enough of from
and tucked it in behind the Hello Honey card stock.

This card reminds me of a serene walk
through an almost ready to harvest wheat field.
How many of us wouldn't love that
oh say once or twice
A DAY! :)

And isn't that just what trust is all about?
Those moments when we need to
step back, take a break,
and walk through our beautiful lives
with peace stretched out before us.
O if we would only trust.

"Blessed be the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him."
Jeremiah 17:7

May you have a great break today
which allows your trust to be strengthen.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 2, 2015

For my mum...

Still lovin' the new stamps from

This one is for my mum,
cancer survivor of 19 years!
She is one tough gal!

Be sure and read the entire post
to know how you can
creatively show your love and support
for those battling breast cancer.

For this "knock out" card,
I also used Verve's
"Frosted Snowfall" sequins assortment.
The rest of my gorgeous supplies
are available from

I used Watermelon Wonder and
Blushing Bride for my color combo.
The Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
look so amazing with this color combo.
I wish you could see it IRL!

Hey! Maybe you CAN see this card

When you purchase
I will donate all of the proceeds to
benefit cancer patients and survivors
just like my mum!
Find out more information about
where she receives her support

You can kindly donate $10 for one card OR
$20 for THREE cards
(feel free to order as many as you like)
by clicking on the "donate" button below...

Be sure to include your snail mail address
so I know where to send your cards.

If you would like for a single card to be
sent as a card of encouragement
TO a loved one or a friend
FROM sweet little-O-you,
leave it all to moi!

I will mail your card directly to
the recipient of your choice.
Just be sure to include your recipient's address
AND a note of encouragement
when you make your donation.
I will hand write your note in the card
and send it on its merry way!
How fun is that?!
If you have any questions about the process,
feel free to email me...

information is never shared through
Always Stampin'.
You and your contact info
is safe with me and me alone.
Thank  you so much for your confidence.

This offer will only last through 11/6/15.

I love the inside of today's card
just as much as the outside!
I can't wait to send my card to my mum!
Where will you send your's?
Be a force for good
and send some encouragement
to those who are a

Have a blessed and creative day!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Verve Stamp Art

Today I'm sharing a very special piece
created with the brand stampin' new
Verve Stamps from the October's Release.

Be sure to visit HERE
to find out all about the new release as well as
how you can win a $30 gift voucher
AND a $50 gift voucher!

Yesterday, I offered a sneak peak for the
piece you see here in today's post.
To read the story (and a piece of my heart)
behind this piece,

What I love most about this piece of art
(other than the story behind it)
is it measures to be 5" x 7"
and is affixed onto a piece of chipboard so
that it becomes FRAME-WORTHY.
I packaged it up in a neat little cello bag
just like any art print would be
and voila... what a treasured gift to give!

I began by stamping onto the little wooden cross
with Tuxedo Black Momento Ink,
making sure to center the cross
onto the stamp image itself.
Then I stamped the image onto white card stock.
Finally, the cross is simply positioned
directly over the stamped card stock
and affixed with Glue Dots.
I absolutely love the way it turned out.
My recipient can remove the glass
from the frame of his choice
and insert the work of art to display
a treasured keepsake in his lovely home.

Partly what I love so much about
the piece of artwork shown above is the
gorgeous Verve images I used.
I have many Verve image and
these are already at the top of my
absolute favorite list!

One of the comments I received on
yesterday's Verve post
mentioned how these new Verve images
looked as thought they would be
suitable for Bible Journaling.
Well, how about that!
I had thought the very same thing :)

They DO work well for Bible Journaling.
If you happen to live in my area
and are interested in learning about
or learning more about the art of
a BJ101 class is being offered
next Wednesday, November 4th (6:00-7:00pm)
at Coffee Crossing on Charlestown Rd.
Please RSVP.

to attend Bible Journaling 101 and
You don't even need to bring a Bible.
Just bring your sweet smile and
heart for the Lord...
and maybe a friend :)

Immediately following the
Bible Journaling 101 Class will be a
you will want to stay for.
If you have never attended a CBT,
I highly recommend you attend the BJ101 first.
As with anything... establish your foundation first.
Then move on to the building.
And in this case, the building of your faith :)
I am absolutely in LOVE with this
encouraging and nurturing tool
Through it, God has allowed us to
know Him more by digging deeper into
His amazing Word.

Thanks for visiting today
You all are the bomb
when it comes to building a person up!

I hope you have a creative day!

Friday, October 30, 2015

My story behind the little wooden cross...

Once upon a time,
I was asked to help facilitate a very special retreat called an Emmaus Walk. Each leaders was allowed to "pick a cross" from a basket. Each cross bared the name of a fellow leader and we were asked to pray for that leader throughout our days of training in preparation for the upcoming walk.

Are you ready for this...
I pulled out a cross with one of the clergy's name. I thought, "Really God?! My life is such a mess that it should probably be the other way around... clergy praying for ME!"

I love that God knows me so well that He knows I'm partly joking.

I truly believe many people forget to pray for their pastors. In some cases, I believe people don't even THINK to pray for their pastors. Pastors do a great job of being there for their congregations and most of the time, all "seems" well with their souls. We forget they are human just like us. They suffer trials just like us. And like so many of us... they might not share those trials because they are so busy praying for or being there for other people.

In 1 Timothy 5:17 it tells us...
"Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching."

DOUBLE honor... wow. That means our clergy and our pastors deserve even more of our prayer time than we spend praying for ourselves! Whoa, right? 

For the Emmaus Walk, we were instructed to use these precious little wooden crosses as a reminder to pray for the person named on the cross we chose from the basket. Then when the walk was over, we could give a small gift to that person and include the cross as a momento of our praying for them and the walk itself. 

Guess what I gave as my gift... :)

I created a 5" x 7" piece of artwork using Verve Stamps which you can see and read more about HERE. The clergy's name is on the back and Scripture rests on the front. I hope the clergy I gave it to realizes it's a piece of art... prayed over... as he (the clergy) was prayed over. I had to giggle when I showed the piece to my hubby. He said, "Well if this guy doesn't realize how cool this piece is, just wait until his wife sees it!" HA!

So... are you wondering who had the little wooden cross with MY name on it? Would you like to know just WHO was praying for me... mess of a life I lead "moi" ...ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE CLERGY TEAM! How about that?! Here I thought God should have had it the other way around and instead He decided to sandwich me in! Whew! Thank you, Lord!

Verve October Release REVEALED...

Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective! 
It's been a wonderful week of release celebration
and the Divas and Guest Divas are back
with one last look at the brand new release!
Everything spotlighted is available
to order in the Verve Store
and is currently 20% off!
Plus, we've got a sweet hop prize in store,
so read on for more!

One of the things I love love love
about Verve Stamps
is the super pretty packaging
Julee uses to fancy up the stamps
you ordered from the
It's literally like giving my own self a gift!

I can't tell you how excited I am
to use these beautiful, brand new images!

Remember those sneak peaks
I gave you just a couple of days ago?
Now tell me what you think about
these beauties up close and personal!!!
Pretty awesome images, right?!
Remember, they're your's with a 20% discount!
AND you still have chance to win
a $30 Verve gift voucher
by leaving me some lovin' HERE.


Read on for even more fun...

Want to win some shiny new Verve?
Julee will be picking a random commenter
on one of the hop spots below to win
a $50 gift voucher to Verve!
So be sure to leave a little comment
on all the blogs below to increase your chances!
Check out the Verve Blog today
for a little more about the new products and
all the prize info and deadlines!

Check out the following artists
for more ideas, tips, and inspiration.
If you've just come from visiting
then you will want to hop on over
and say hello to
I highly recommend you visit
each and every one!!!

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee8. Amber
2. Teresa9. Andrea
3. Charmaine10. Laurie
4. Marisa11. Christyne
5. Amy {Guest}12. Rosemary {Guest}
6. KellyJean {Guest)13. Lori {Guest)
7. Maureen

And be sure and visit tomorrow
for even MORE Verve goodies revealed!

I hope you have a creative day!

You will want to pop in tomorrow for
even more Verve goodness!
How about another little sneaky peaky?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Verve New Release & Guest Designer

So THIS ^^^ happened :)

I can't tell you how thrilled I am
to be a part of Verve Stamps new release!

Be sure to read
Verve will be selecting a
random commenter on this post
to win a $30 gift voucher
to the Verve Store!
So leave a little love
before Sunday, November 1
to be entered in the drawing.
Winner will be announced on the
Verve Blog on November 2.

I have been a huge Verve fan for years.
As most of you know, I am a SU! demo and
absolutely love all things SU!.
But one thing I need more of is
beautiful Scripture images.
Verve is my #1
(and I mean NUMBER ONE)
resource for gorgeous Scripture images.
Julee Tilman, Verve owner,
is an incredible artist and her love of art
shows in the variety of images offered by

How about a sneaky peaky
of what's to soon be release by
Verve on October 30th?!

I am excited to share with you
the BURNISHED TILE technique
with the sneak peak shown above.
Be sure to come back for a visit
on October 30th and join in the fun
with a Verve blog hop!

I am in LOVE with this image!
I can think of a hundred women whom
this phrase would so totally describe.
I can't wait to show you the whole card!!!
But you will just have to sit still and
visit again on October 30th.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Be sure to jump over to
where you can read all about moi
and my being a very grateful guest designer.
Thanks, Julee! You ROCK!



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!