Swap cards

I'm just popping in today to share some swap cards I've received.  

The swap theme was holidays during the winter months.  Needless to say, there were a lot of Christmas cards.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.  

Here they are:

I swear, my sheltie would smile like that sometimes.  

I think this is the Evergreen Elegance Stamp Set.  Super popular this year!

See what I mean.  I believe this is the same stamp set, but couldn't be 100% positive.

I almost want to be in a Peaceful Cabin right now.  Hunkered down, relaxing, hot chocolate with the snow falling outside.  Beautiful.

It was exciting to receive a Valentine's Day Card!  Love the brick wall background.  

I'll have more swaps to show coming up in the next week or so.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

New Blessings At Home Stamp Set

Is anyone else NOT ready for Thanksgiving?  I hope that I'm not the only one.  Today was a girls day shopping in Madison.  We found some Christmas presents and had lunch at Chili's.  Chris and Alyssa, amongst others, still have birthdays in December so it feels like my shopping never ends.  

Last weekend I participated in OnStage for Stampin' Up!  It was a weekend filled with demonstrations, business tips and lots of other goodness.  We get a chance to order some product from the upcoming January Mini Catalog!  

During one of the sessions, we get to make a card with a SU! person.  They let us know the color and size of the cardstock and dsp that is being used in the card so we can make our own.  Here's what we did.

This was a smaller sized notecard.  Cinnamon Cider is the base.  The dsp is almost too pretty to cover up too.  I do like the Misty Moonlight and white color scheme.  

Isn't the floral dsp just gorgeous?  I like the coloring on the flowers.  Reminds me a little of of Hand Penned.  The "Thank You" is stamped on a small piece of the dsp paper.  Normally I don't do things like that so it was good to do something new.  Those floral borders are super cool. Can't wait to use them some more!

This is my favorite card.  It's Shaded Spruce with Misty Moonlight.  We colored the flowers using just the edge of a dauber.  Another new way of coloring!  Super glad these flowers have dies to match.  The ribbon is a denim ribbon that is coming out.  

Isn't it fun getting a look at new product?!  For me, one of the highlights is being able to see the new catalog!!  I am in love with this new catalog.  My pre-order list is going to be super long.  It's going to be hard to keep it to a reasonable size.  

If you are in need of the new catalog, let me know.  I'll make sure you get one in December.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Tasty Thursday - Crispy Roasted Moroccan Potatoes

Coming up with the side dishes has always been a struggle for me.  I get bored with the same old stuff and run out of new ideas.  I can't be the only one, right?

This recipe came from Pinterest, of course.  Moroccan food typically has a lot of spices, and isn't always hot spicy.  I prefer for my food to be flavor spicy, not hot spicy.  I hope that makes sense.  

The recipe also comes with instructions to make these in the air fryer!  I've been using mine even more and it's fabulous!  One thing that's great, that it's easier to make food in there instead of heating the. entire oven up.  

Moroccan Crispy Roasted Potatoes

  • 2 lbs /1 kg potatoes peeled and quartered
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • ⅓ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon Vegeta chicken or vegetable stock powder
  • *if you want it spicy, add 2 teaspoons of Harissa paste

INSTRUCTIONS

Moroccan Potatoes Preparation

  • In a glass measuring cup, combine all the ingredients (minus the potatoes) mixing together using a fork or whisk.

  • Peel potatoes and quarter, trying to keep them all the same size.

  • Place potatoes in a large bowl, add the oil and spice mixture and toss until they are all thoroughly covered.

Oven Roasted Potatoes

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F

  • Put the coated potatoes in a shallow baking pan in a single layer, pouring any leftover marinade over the potatoes.

  • Roast for 30 minutes then turn over the potatoes. Turn up the temperature to 400°F and continue to roast until crispy and golden brown. (about 15 more minutes)

Air Fryer Crispy Potatoes

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400°F

  • Place the potatoes, one or two layers deep maximum in the air fryer.

  • Air Fry for about 20 minutes. At around 10 minutes of cooking, toss the potatoes so they turn over to ensure they are crispy all over.

I know two pounds of potatoes sounds like a lot, so do what I did, cut it down to half.   Perfect size for us now.  The flavor was very good.  To us, we didn't even need the salt.  

Also love the fact that I pretty much have everthing on hand.  A pet peeve of mine is having to purchase something for just a single recipe.  Especially if you end up not liking the recipe.  Then you are really stuck.  

But, we all liked this recipe and would definitely make it again.

You can view the original recipe here:  petersfoodadventures.com

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Season Sale is this week!

Are you up for a sale?  

Crazy question right?  I'm always up for a sale!

So, here's the scoop:

  • The Season Sale is Tuesday Nov. 16 through Thursday Nov. 18.  
  • 10% off Cardstock, including 12 x 12 size
  • 15% off Ink Pads, excluding the bundles and third party ink pads
  • $20% off Cut & Emboss dies 
  • Products are from the Annual Catalog only.

​This the PERFECT time to stock up on basic supplies we are always running out of.  Especially at Christmas time!

I would definitely considering placing an order as early as possible.  It's going to be a mad house at the SU! warehouse with all the orders that will be coming in.   

My list is ready to go.  I have a few of the old style ink pads that I can now replace and Basic White cardstock which I am always in fear of running out of.

This is the best way to shop.  At home in your pajamas.  No waiting in long lines either. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

Mixing patterns of Tiding of Christmas DSP

Chicago Fire had just started at 8:00 and Megan got a call from work.  She had to hop online and help with something.  Thank goodness for DVR.  At least tomorrow, or later tonight, we can just fast forward through the commercials.  Of course, it happens during our favorite Chicago show.  Fire is the best.  

How do you feel aobut mixing patterns?  Sometimes, it can be fabulous.  Take a look.

The DSP is Tiding of Christmas pack.  It has a bunch of subtle patterns and colors.  It's my favorite of the current Christmas papers.

I specifically chose two patterns that are completely different, stripes and trees.  Two stripes might not look good together.  It also helped that the two patterns had exactly the same colors - Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.

The tree is from Whimsical Trees stamp set.  It goes well enough with the DSP I chose.  It's also colored with the Wink of Stella.  I couldn't resist that.

The card was very mono chromatic with the subtle greens.  I couldn't resist a pop of color with the Metallic Ribbon.  The Cherry Cobbler was just what I was looking for.  

Don't forget the inside!  Mine is simple, but connects back to the front with the colors and the trees.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Clean and Simple Christmas Tree

It felt so good to have off today.  I spent the day in my stamp room getting ready for club tomorrow night!  They will be making a card using the Pretty Pumpkins stamp set, along with 2-3 Christmas cards.  I say 2-3 cards because it depends upon how fast the cards go and how much chit chatting they do.  

Isn't this just a simple and sweet card? 

I was extremely torn - Shaded Spruce with the red rhinestones or stick with Real Red for the entire card.  

You can see what I ended up going with.  I was loving the pop of color the Red Rhinestones gave against Shaded Spruce.  

The background is colored using the Blending Brushes.  Don't forget to do a quick dab on scrap paper before you color on the Basic White.  You want to avoid those initial brush lines on the card.  

If you are looking to make a lot of cards, this would be the perfect one!  And it could be done in any color you want!  Basic pearls and rhinestones could be added  if there aren't any embellishments in the color you chose.  My first thought went to Misty Moonlight and rhinestones.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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An Adventure with Reflected in Nature

We made this card last month for Club.  My people are happy to use this stamp set because most of them overlooked it in the Mini Catalog. That's the one great part of club. I may use stamp sets that they wouldn't necessarily purchase themselves.  

For this card, I tried something new.  If you look closely, you can tell the cabin is darker in color than the reflection in the water.  Ink the stamp and with a facial tissue, wipe some of the ink off the reflection.  Basically, it's giving the stamped off look in one simple step.  Even with the Stamparatus, there is a slight chance the paper might shift a little.  I eliminated that chance.  On this card, I did a quick wipe over the ink.  

I had a add another little touch of Misty Moonlight.  That's why the bird is in the upper corner.  No dies for it so it was cut out by hand.  At least it's a small bird.

The twine is from the Flowers for Every Season Combo Pack.  The Misty Moonlight was perfect for this card.  If you don't have this pack, one from the Baker's Twine Essential Pack would also be fabulous.  It can be found in the Mini Catalog.  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Eden's Garden

 

Have you seen the newest collection Stampin' Up! has released?  It's a beauty!

Eden's Garden is an early release from the next January Mini Catalog.  I haven't purchased it myself, but boy, am I super tempted.  These sentiments are just beautiful.  

          

Look at some of the samples SU! has provided.  My favorite is the wreath in the picture frame.  I want it!!

          

          

The Designer Series Paper looks super yummy.  Green and Gold.  In Packer Country, you can't go wrong with those colors. Plus, there is a new cotton paper that looks very intriguing.  The colors look like Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.  

Some of these products are while supplies last, so I wouldn't wait.  Here is a list of products that come with this suite.  If you are in love with everything, the entire suite is available for ordering!

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Eden Dies
$35.00

 

Contact me if you have any additional questions!  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper