Manhattan Flower Decor Elements

Stampin' Up! Decor ElementsI’ve liked these Manhattan Flower Decor Elements since they first came out.  Recently I needed to redeem some free points from Stampin’ Up! before they disappeared so I decided to get these for my bedroom with its roses and burgundy curtains.  I like them!  I got one set of Chocolate Chip and one in Kraft.

Stampin' Up! Manhattan RoseMy posts may end up being a bit sporadic this week.  My grandfather passed away this morning and being as I’m directing VBS this week as well . . . I’m not sure how my schedule is going to go.  Please bear with me and I’ll post as I am able!

Happy stamping!

More of a New Look for my Scrapbook

Kind Thought Flourish StenciledI couldn’t leave the scrapbook alone for long, I needed to get the cover finished.  (See yesterday’s post if you have no clue what I’m talking about.)

Today I decided to stencil part of the flourish in each corner in the same style and colors as yesterday.  Once I had that done and at least Lots of Letters Chipboard & Define Your Life Stamp Setmostly dry, I tied double-stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon around the cover and added a few little embellishments. 

For the embellishments I used an “m” from the Lots of Letters Chipboard set and colored it with Night of Navy classic ink.  On an extended tag, cut with the Stampin’ Up! tag punches, I stamped the definition of “memories” from the Define Your Life stamp set.  The tag and M along with three pearls are attached to a hat pin from the Pretties Kit.

So, have I successfully changed the plain Night of Navy cover?  I’m very excited about it!  Now the whole scrapbook truly is my own work of art!

A New Look for My Scrapbook

Kind Thoughts FlourishI’ve heard some people comment on how plain the Stampin’ Up! scrapbooks are.  I’d like to offer another train of thought, just think how much you can do with a plain scrapbook!  I have seen Stampin’ Up! scrapbooks that have been decorated so they look more lovely than any scrapbooks I’ve seen in the store.

Today I decided to try doing a Stampin' Up! Scrapbooklittle something to my 12×12 post linen scrapbook.  I think I’ll probably do some other things too but that’ll have to be another day.  Today I used the Kind Thought Flourish Stencil from out of the current Decor Elements Brochure.  One of my upline members, Jan, gave this to me for a prize a while back and I wasn’t sure what to do with it at first.  We rent so Post Bound Scrapbookthe walls were out of the question but once I started thinking outside the box . . .

To get this look, I first positioned the stencil and applied Chocolate Chip Craft Ink with a sponge.   Once I was done with the stenciling, I lightly rubbed the Chocolate Chip Craft Ink Craft Ink Stencilingall around the cover to give it a bit of an older look.  I used the heat tool to speed up the drying process and then prepared for the next step.  Once again I put down the stencil but I went slightly up and to the left this time so the Chocolate Chip would appear as a shadow.  For the second round of stenciling I used Brocade Blue Craft Ink.  I like the look!

I haven’t decided yet what other things I’m going to do to the cover but I’ll share with you once I get it done.  I must say there is something exciting about knowing you’ve decorated not only all the pages but also the book itself!

While I’m talking about Scrapbooks, I’m going to put in a little about my preference in scrapbooks.  I personally like Post Bound scrapbooks.  I like how the post bound books hide the connections and 2-page layouts end up with the pages right beside each other instead of a gap in between.  I like to make my pages flow together and seeing a gap just doesn’t help!  So there’s my little take on it, everyone is different of course but I hope you’ll find this information helpful.

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by!

New Decor Elements for Children

Stampin' Up! Decor ElementsWith the new catalog is coming a new Decor Elements Brochure.  There are some very neat and new elements in there too!  I was able to preorder one of these especially for my boys.

I must admit I chose this totally for the picture, although the So many toys, so little timesaying does fit (at least when it comes to the boys having to pick up their toys  . . . ).

The Decor Elements are so easy to put up!  All it takes is a little rubbing and it’s done!  If you have any questions about Decor Elements and how they work, feel free to just send them my way.  You can purchase them from Stampin’ Up! or you can cut them yourself using the rolls of vinyl we have and the Big Shot.

Have you given any thought to the Big Shot special I am offering this month?  This is a one time special from me as I try to earn a milestone award from Stampin’ Up!  This is a wonderful deal that I’m happy to be able to offer to you.  Be sure to check it out!

Upcoming Stampin' Events in York County, PA

cecor elements welcome signI made this cute little welcome sign yesterday.  “Welcome” is our vinyl decor elements and then the flowers are stamped using Elegant Eggplant Craft ink and the new Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. 

Believe it or not, I actually mixed the purple paint color myself.  I used white craft ink from Walmart mixed with Elegant Eggplant ink refill to come up with the color.  Now, you’re probably wondering why it is two tone purple.  Well, I had it nicely painted and stamped and then accidentally dripped white paint in the middle of the plaque.  Naturally I couldn’t mix the paint quite the same as before, and it was already stamped so . . . .

My class schedule is finally figured out from now through the middle of April.  I am going to post it here but I’ll be posting reminders along the way as well.  Please note dates for RSVPs as well as class limits:

PMS Night – Pizza, Music* and Stamping

This is an open stamping night to work on your own projects. You will have access to all of my stamps, ink pads, Big Shot and punches.

When: Friday, February 27, 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Where:My House – Stewartstown, PA
Cost: $5 – pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided
What to bring: consumables needed for your project(s) (ie. paper, ribbon . . .)

All Occasion Cards

We will be making 12 cards (3 each of 4 different designs) for various occasions using (but not limited to) the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.

When: Friday, March 13 6:30-9:30 P.M. – register with payment by 3/11
Where:my house – Stewartstown, PA
Space is limited to: 10 – first pay first serve basis
Cost: $15 (with clear envelopes) OR $16.50 (with white/vanilla envelopes)
What to bring: Scissors, your favorite adhesive and a snack to share

PMS Night – Pizza, Music* and Stamping

When: Friday, March 27, 6:30-9:30 P.M.
Where:My house – Stewartstown, PA
Cost: $5 – pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided
What to bring: consumables needed for your project(s) (ie. paper, ribbon . . .)

What is it and what do I do with it?

Do you ever wonder what the items are in the catalog and what in the world they’re used for? I will be showing you and letting you give it a try. If you are attending you can submit ideas of what you would like to see (actually doing it at the class depends on whether I have it! ?)

When: Friday, April 17, 6:30 P.M. Register with payment by 4/15
Where:Either My house in Stewartstown or my church in New Freedom – I will let you know as the time draws closer
Cost: $10.00 person
What to bring: your favorite scissors, adhesive and a snack to share

Spicing up my front door

decor elements on my front door

So, sometime during the night as I was up with the baby multiple times, I had an idea.  I could use the Decor Elements vinyl along with my Big Shot to create a wreath on the storm door.  I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I used the Snowflake #2 die to cut out snowflakes and then the applicator tool to stick them onto my door.

If you would like to learn more about the Decor Elements offered by Stampin’ Up! you can visit this page of my demonstrator website.  There you will find a video along with the current designs being offered,

Decor Elements are very easy to use to decorate any area of your house.  I have even seen pictures of where people have used them to decorate their cars and boats!

Now, in case you’re wondering, I’m not quite finished with this little project.  I  plan to order an uppercase letter J to place in the center for Jensen.