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"Anxiety weighs a heart down, but a cheerful word lifts it up." Proverbs 12:25

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wynne Wednesday #5

I absolutely LOVE this image!!!
How stinkin' cute and fun!
And really to be honest...
We just think we need other "stuff," right?! wink.

So once upon a time (about two months ago, HA!),
I participated in the
OM... it was so much fun!
I literally was able to visit EVERY... SINGLE... POST!
Ya, that won't happen again. sigh.
It was at a time when I was doing a bit of "waiting"
and so while I waited, I was able to jump on
and visit the oodles and oodles
of adorable coffee, tea, and cocoa posts.
It really was inspiring to see so much creativity.

Well, somewhere along the hop I discovered
She posted the ca-yootest card using the images seen here.
She was also offering blog candy... ooh la la!
So of course I commented
(cause that's what ya do, folks, if you want a chance to win)
and I literally forgot all about the candy.
Get this... I was about to purchase this set
from Jillian when... knock knock knock
(not sure how opportunity knocks in cyber space, HA!)

Yay me! hehehe

So for today's edition of my
I decided to use my lovely new
Jillian Vance Design images.

But here's the thing...
my girlie and me... we DON'T like coffee.
I know I know... please... no hissing!

What we DO LOVE, on the other cup
(get it... other "cup" instead of other "hand," hehehe)
And guess who offers the super cutest
CHOCOLATE images and die right now...

Julee Tillman and I have been long time
cyber friends and I thought it was high time
I break my SU! only mold and spread my wings
to share some Verve lovin'!
I LOVE Julee's new chocolate set and die!
Click HERE to check it out.

How do you like my Jesus card
with its "hot chocolate transformation?!"

If you have kept up with my
you will know I am making one card a week
to send to my gal while she is away at college.
I started early because I will most likely
send these cards to her more than once a week.
My intentions are to leave them blank
so that she can either save them and
remember how much she is loved and missed.
OR she can fill them up with her own lovin'
and send them to whomever she wishes.

Since my gal is attending SCAD
(Savannah College of Art and Design),
whose mascot is the BEE...
most of my card
 will have a BEE on them somewhere.
Other cards I plan to send her will be themed with
(because she and I LOVE sharing cocoa together)
(because she is so excited about having her bike on campus)
(because I want her to remember to CALL ME!)
How fun is that?!

So if you are looking for positive
(and a bit of sappy sweet)
inspiration, be sure to visit every Wednesday
when I share my lovin' for my gal with

Thanks for visiting today!
I hope you have a warm cocoa-ish feeling today!

Always stamped blessings,

Monday, May 18, 2015

Altered Keepsake Albums

I belong to a parent group called the
for my son and daughter's high school theater dept.

Each year the Back Stage Crew dedicates efforts to
fundraising in hopes of lowering the cost
of costumes for each Spring Musical cast member.
We try to reach the goal of at least 50% if not all of the cost.

It has been a true pleasure and real honor to serve
with this group of amazing parents!
I've always helped with flowers and for the past two years
I've been responsible for merchandising.
Since this is what I graduated with my BS in,
it has been a ton of fun doing it for a cause that is
near and dear to my heart... namely, my daughter :)

This year I decided to not only offer my
merchandising skills but also my Paper Arts skills.
I created ALTERED ALBUMS for the senior cast members.
And they turned out absolutely fantastic!
(...not patting myself on the back... the book does the talking!)

I found the brand new Dr. Seuss book titled
"Seussisms" which contains all sorts of
our favorite Seuss quotes from all of our
favorite Seuss books from when we were children.
Just published this year, it's fabulous!

As you can see by the top photo here in this post,
I added cast photos from the muscial
to several pages of the book.
This is quite an undertaking if you
thirteen seniors to attend to...

The floor of my studio stayed this way for several days.

A cast photo adorns the inside of the front cover.

And I created a "FLIP ALBUM"
for the inside of the back cover.

I invited parents to send me photos
of AFTER the show when family and friends
hugged and complimented their students.
These photos were included in the fun Flip Album.

To create the Flip Album seen above,
simply begin with FOUR pieces of card stock.

Trim each piece to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2".

Then leaving one piece as is,
trim all of the other pieces to measure
1/2" shorter than each other
until you have a "stair step effect."

Score each piece across the top at 3/4".

Hole punch through each and add an office fastener
(which will later be adorned with a
super cute tiny banner.)

Adhere Flip Album into book using
something super strong such as E6000. 

You should really check out all of the fun
SEUSS goodies you can purchase
at my daughter's SOCIETY6 STORE!
She is a fantastic artist and
you can find just about anything you can think of!

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you have a creative day!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Freak Out Friday...

I missed my 4th official
because I've been trying to keep up with THIS...

OM! All I can say is...

Today was my baby girl's last day in uniform.
The seniors meet early in the parking lot
on this day to sign one another senior uniform shirts.
What a fun tradition!

I just love traditions.
One of the sweetest things about Paper Arts
is how nicely it fits in with establishing or
adding to an already existing tradition.

My BFF from HS only scrapbooks the "big stuff."
Then on her children's birthdays,
the pull out their albums from the previous year
to look upon their wonderful memories
as part of their birthday celebrations.
Paper Arts... right there in the heart of the celebration.

Teacher Gifts... where would we be without
I can't even tell you how many tags, bookmarks, and
gift boxes I've created for our fab teachers!

Then there are those "special days"
where a card is simply the only thing that one can say.
You know those days...
the loss of a loved one, too young... or too loved.
I have friends who tell me they look forward
to receiving my cards on "those days."

I lov'em!

That is exactly what I hope to initiate with my

traditions for not only my gal and me
but also for YOU, my sweetest visitors!
Inspiration you can count on!
As I create each Wednesday for my girl
while she is away at college,
I hope you will also be encouraged
to share with those around you.
Of course, I would love to help you do so
through the art of Paper Arts!
But if it means you simply create
your own tradition to encourage others,
then I will feel even more accomplished...
and in this we BOTH will make a difference!

So because of all the busy "senior event" hub-bub,
I missed my Wynne Wednesday and
am posting this week's edition today... on my newest 
My baby girl is growing up.

And I couldn't be more excited!!!

Thanks for visiting!
If you have a minute or two,
please share in the comments some of the
traditions you incorporated your Paper Arts.
I'd love to hear from you!

Always stamped blessings,

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wynne Wednesday #3

Once upon a time... long long ago...

(seriously... what I'm about to share with you
puts me in a galaxy far far away, hehehe)

I had this love of rubbah stamps and
Stampin' Up! grabbed my heart...
but so many others grabbed my attention!
I invested here and there in gems I thought might
benefit me some time later in life.
I had my SU! "business" images and then
I had my "oh this is super fun and SO ME" images.
Many of my business demo friends would say,
"Why would you want to make cards with
images that you can't make money from?!"
See... that's just it...

I never joined SU! "for the money!"

I truly love the ART of rubber stamping and
all the possibilities rubber stamping offers
to true artists as well as artistic wannabes!
I honestly and truly love love LOVE
the way receiving a hand made card makes me feel!!!
THAT is why I do what I do...
to cause someone to feel encouraged
when opening a fun and unique
and most likely "one-of-a-kind" card.
THAT is how I want my recipients to feel...
fun, unique, and one-of-a-kind :)

Sooo... from time to time I invest in images
that remind me of people I love OR
I invest in images that simply make me feel happy.

Today's card was created for my
wonderful Wynne
and it will adorn her college mailbox in
three... two... one...

Once upon a time, I purchased the images below
when Wynne was nearly EIGHT YEARS OLD!
(Oh my, how time flies!)
That was almost TEN years ago!!!
A friend used one of the images to create a card
and she posted her card on
Splitcoast Stampers.
I fell in love with the images BECAUSE...
I could totally see my Wynne in these
particular images (once she grew up, of course.)

I actually tucked the images away and
Can you believe that?!
What kind of crafter (aka pack rat)
would I be if I didn't tuck a few things away
specifically for the purpose of forgetting I had them?!
(Can I get a witness?!)

I rediscovered my little gems once I began
cleaning out my stash
(to make room for SU!'s new Annual Catalog
as well as try and make a bit of college money... pa-lease!).
At first, I was all "oh my, I never use these. they have to go!"
Then I was all... stampy stampy and...
OOOHHHH, they are SO "my Wynne!"
Therefore, keepy keepy I am now :)

Just look how cute my 3rd WYNNE WEDNESDAY card is!

I inked the "Amy" image from Rubber Romance
with Melon Mambo ink and then
"KISSED" Amy (oh my!)
with retired SU! "Polka Dot" bg stamp.
Then I inked the "Polka Dot" with Daffodil Delight
for my card's background
(AFTER masking the Amy image first).
The Whisper White base of my card is sponged
on all four sides with Daffodil Delight as well.
(If you are unfamiliar with any of these techniques
and it sounds as though I am speaking
a foreign language, please feel free to contact me
or leave a comment with your questions.
I am honest and truly "stamping2serveU!")

The little bumblebee image is from my
new bestie set "Honeycomb Hello."
(Um... hello?! Why did I wait so long for this set?!)
Remember, my gal will soon be attending
SCAD- Savannah College of Art & Design
and their mascot is the BEE :)

And the "adventure" is from Hostess Set
"Life's Adventure."

(Better hurry and grab this set from SU!!!
Once the new catty comes out, it will be gone forevah!
Remember, it's a Hostess Set which means
you will need to place an order at my ONLINE STORE
large enough to qualify for the Hostess Specials
-at least $150 OR
schedule a class with me within the next couple of days!)

The moral of today's story is...
(Now I feel like the mouse giving the moose a muffin...
if I'm not going to use something,
I might as well get rid of it...
which makes me think of Toy Story...
which happens to be my son's favorite childhood movie...
which makes me think of him... and then his sister...
which makes me realize... this is...
now I'm crying! HA!

I hope you enjoyed my rambling as I am
And I hope my gal enjoys her Wynne Wednesday cards.

Thanks for visiting!

PS- In case you are wondering...
the other two rubbah images above are
also by
And if anyone asks, wink wink...
I would still love to have


Monday, May 4, 2015

Time to Say Buh-Bye...

Today I am saying goodbye to some super awesome product.
Stampin' Up!'s RETIRED LIST is in full swing
and some amazing deals are literally flying out of availability!


Some discounts are up to 50% off!
Many items are already sold out!

Be sure to use the HOSTESS CODE
when you order from my
for your chance to win
as my BLOG CANDY today!
All online orders during the month of May
will have their names added to the drawing.

How cute is that teeny tiny cupcake I
placed on the seat of my super duper cute bike?!
Want to know how I made it?

I used the "Little Labels Punch Pack."
(#126881 $16.95 set of three)
This handy dandy set is RETIRING so get it today!

First punch a piece of card stock
using the punches shown here.
Then trim as shown below.
I used the Mulitpurpose Liquid Glue
to adhere the two trimmed pieces together.
Several LAYERED Mini Glue Dots were used
on the back of my cupcake to give it a little "pop."
And lastly, I added some Dazzling Details Liquid Gel
to the top of my darling little cupcake.
(Silver Sparkle #127845 $2.50)

Be sure and mark your calendars for the next
as we will be playing with some of the

Sunday, May 17th 2:00-3:30pm

The Big Shot Party is a $15 class and we create
for you to keep and use as your very own.
No purchase is needed to attend.
RSVP is required.

Hope to see you there!
Good byes are so very challenging...
I just may need your support, sniff.

Today's card was created by the inspiring...

as well as...

For more inspiration and ideas,
be sure to visit the above links.
I used the CAS (Clean And Simple) style for my card.
One thing I love about CAS cards is that
they can be made to "wow" us without all the fuss.

Have a creative day and thanks for dropping by!

You'll Move Mountains...

I surprised my gal with this card
the day after her opening night
of her HS Spring Musical, SEUSSICAL the Musical
I found the phrase on Etsy.
The clouds are from Sweet'n Sassy Stamps.
And the Butterfly, of course, is from the wonderful

Yes, that's right!
are back in stock and available now!

Butterfly Basics stamp set
#138813 (wood) $47.95
#138816 (clear) $35.95
#137154 (polymer) $23.95

Butterfly Thinlits
#137360   $24.95

Bundle with BOTH (stamps & thinlits)
#139322 (wood) $61.95
#139323 (clear) $51.75
#138865 (polymer) $41.50

Be sure and check out the
while you're hangin' around.

Like I said in yesterday's post...
"all good things must come to an end...
The 2015-2016 Annual Catalog is right around the corner!

Thanks for visiting!
Have a blessed and creative day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

And so it... ends... and begins!

Isn't that just how it goes?!
"All good things must come to an end."
"Ya can't have fun forever."
"The End"

(psst... be sure and read this post to THE END
and get in on some BLOG CANDY!)

But have you ever noticed...
beginnings are like that too!
"And so it begins!"
"Now the fun REALLY starts!"
"You ain't seen NOTHING yet!"

My daughter, Wynne, is a senior in HS and
all of the "senior fun" has begun...
which means there are lots of things
having to come to an end.
See what I mean?!

Here we are the the Senior/Mum luncheon...

Her very last HS Spring Musical
wrapped up this past weekend.
SEUSSICAL the Musical
is what they performed and it was
My absolute favorite show of all times for
our high school (and trust me, I've seen my share!)

Wynne was JoJo... yup, main role!
And one of her best buds was the Cat in the Hat!
Talk about an amazing way to end your senior year!!!

I love this picture!
Her friend is really a goofy gal and the role of "Cat"
was absolutely MADE for her!

Wynne was honored by her theater director and asked to
for the musical!!!
Shut the stamp case!

I'm not sure I've heard my gal squeal louder!

She's headed off to one of the best art colleges in the world
(literally... they have campuses in France & Hong Kong!).
So I am stock piling some hand made cards
I plan to send to her throughout her college carear.
The one you see here is in honor of her's and my
I am going to miss that girl of mine...
cocoa just won't taste the same without her :(
(stamps by Verve, everything else is SU!)

But I couldn't be more happy for her!
She's even started her own
to help pay her way through college!

You can purchase some really cool items on
with her "Seussical" drawing.
Click on the link above OR just visit Society6
and search Wynne Gettelfinger.
(I have the book bag... super cute!)

(link listed just above)
Here's just a few of her cards...

($12 value)
Check out her Stationery Page HERE.
(hurry, this offer lasts only through the end of May 2015!)

Ready for that BLOG CANDY?!
(regardless of whether you share or not)
(comments must be made here on the blog)
(an entry for every time you share)
You must tag me in your post on
Post on my Facebook wall...
OR simply leave a comment HERE telling me
where and how you posted!
I will draw for a winner at the end of May :)

Thanks for visiting!
Here's wishing you lots of happy endings
and super exciting beginnings!


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
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
I was all, "WOW, God!"
I thought surely God was then telling me
how He wanted me to continue with

yes then...


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,