Tidings and Whimsical Trees

I'm so happy to say that today my Christmas cards finally went out in the mail!  They probably won't arrive until after Christmas, but that's besides the point.  Time management wasn't my friend this year.  That is something I have to work on for next year.  Time Management can be your friend, or an enemy.

  

This is one of the many Christmas cards I made this year.  Tiding of Christmas DSP is mixed with the Whimsical Trees Stamp set.  I actually got out the Real Red Velvet paper from last year that I completely forgot about.  And I didn't use it up this year either.  Darn.

Here is the second card today.  It's the exact same layout with a few different twists.  I should play the game "Spot the Differences".  Did you notice the layouts were the same?  

The hardest part of both cards were the ornaments.  I adhered them with tiny pieces of dimensionals.  It took forever! But, up close it was worth it.  They really looked elegant having been cut out from the Real Red Velvet paper.  

Sorry, but there are no recipes for these cards.  Again, time management wasn't in my favor.  But, they are simple enough for you to duplicate on your own.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

Christmas Tags 2021

Christmas is the season for Love and Peace.  But also the season of CRAZY BUSY!  That's what my last week had been.  Between work and getting ready for Club, and Christmas, I haven't had a moment to do a blog post.  Sorry about that.   I'm sure you can all relate how busy this time of year is.  I'm very thankful I don't work much this week so I can get caught up.

I really do love making Christmas tags.  They are so simple and sweet.  These were made for my club people for their November Thank You cards.  It was good to switch things up for them.  I wanted to do a special class for just Christmas tags, but life got busy.  

The top two tags are doing with the Fancy Tag Topper punch as the base. Easy to tie the ribbon on the top.  

The bottom tag uses a Stitched Rectangle die as the base.  A bit more masculine with the colors I used.  

There are no instructions, but I can list what was used.  

  • Top left - Peaceful Prints DSP, Red Velvet paper, Tree Punch, Black and White gingham ribbon
  • Snowflake - Snowflake dies, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets, Misty Moonlight, Cherry Cobbler and Gold Metallic ribbon
  • Bottom - Christmas Tree dies, Evening Evergreen, Crumb Cake and Peaceful Prints DSP

​To adhere them to the present, all you need  is a strip of Tear & Tape on the back.  Easy.

Until next time...Stampin' Always, 

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Corner Tuck Christmas

It was a busy day in the Charland house.  Alyssa and Megan both took a vacation day and we baked cookies all day!  We got at least 4 kind of cookies made, excluding frosting.  I feel better having those made.  Tomorrow, I work, but only until noon.  My plan is to be back in the kitchen by one to bake more.    If you haven't noticed, Christmas cookies are big in our family.  They aren't all for us though! We do give a lot out as presents.  After baking, it's in the stamp room getting ready for club this week.  I'm still working on their Christmas presents.  And, of course, it's Stampin' Up! related.

I've seen so many cards have this corner triangle and had to give it a try.  The corner is just a 2 1/2 square piece of cardstock cut on the diagonal.  I look at it as...two for one!  Use adhesive only on the outside corners.  My choice for this card was the Tear & Tape.  I also used it to adhere the horizontal Mossy Meadow/DSP piece to the base.  No way this card was falling apart!

Whimsical Trees stamp set is on the Retirement List. Boo hoo.   I was disappointed we have to say good-bye.  There are so many different combinations of trees you can do with this set.  This is just a basic tree, but I glammed it up with the embossed bling ornaments.  It's the silver embossing powder.  My only wish was that it would have been in Polished Pink.  

The star at the top was an old retired punch.  I knew it would come in handy some day.  On the other hand, the silver foil sheets are available.  

Here's a peek at the inside.  I had to use the Polished Pink just one more time.  Do you like pink for Christmas cards?

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Color Combination Challenge

It's official.

BAKING SEASON HAS STARTED!

Megan and I officially started on Sunday.  Cut outs and Peppermint Tarts are baked, and waiting for frosting.  Gingersnaps and Toffee Bites are completely done.  It's a good feeling having some done, with plenty more ahead.  The girls both have Friday off from work.  So, guess what we are doing??  My list for Friday will be long.  I don't always get help, so I'm taking advantage of them.  And they know it too.

The color challenge last month was So Saffron, Cajun Craze and Pear Pizzazz.   This was a trickier combination to work with.  I was kind of glad to have more of a challenge like this one.  Looking at them side by side, they are good Autumn colors.

 

I paried it with the Measure of Love stamp set.  With the hub bub of  Thanksgiving and Christmas, it was pushed to the back of my stamp sets and nearly forgotten.  

At the time, I didn't have the heart to fussy cut anything out.  Call me lazy.  We all get that way at times.  Unfortumately, this set doesn't come with dies or a punch.  boo hoo.  The only piece on this card that is popped up is the sentiment.  

One of my favorite embossing folders is the Tasteful Textile folder.  I use it often enough.  Could you tell it's my favorite?  Because it's non-descript, it's perfect for just about any card.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Using up DSP Scraps

No work for me today.  It was all play!  

My friend came with me into Milwaukee.  We went to my Italian grocery store.  Sue has never been there and she now realizes why we love that store.  The dining area was finally open, so we have fabulous calazones for lunch.  We shopped in the store after lunch and then went to the Italian bakery. Cookies and cannoli's. You can't go wrong with either one.   Alyssa has no idea I went in today.  We are going to see her tomorrow and will surprise her with her favorites.  I can't wait to see her face.  

Last month for club, we made this card.  It used the Tidings of Christmas DSP.  The rectangle pieces left a lot of scrap pieces.  There was too many to just throw away too.  

I made them work in a card instead.

If you received this card, would you think the card design was based around scraps?  I wouldn't.

I matted all the scraps on Evening Evergreen so it gives the scraps a purpose.  Wrapping the gold shimmer ribbon around the scraps also helps.  Just because I'm using scraps doesn't mean I can't bling the card up!  

The sentiment is adhered by using dimensionals.  Make it stand out!  And bling it out! 

Finally, here's the inside of my card.  

Click on the above picture for dimenisons and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Gather Together with Pumpkins

Did everyone survive Thanksgiving?  On Friday, Megan made Beef Wellingtons.  They were fabulous!  The glaze has a whole bottle of wine in and simmered down for about 2-3 hours.  So worth sacrificing a bottle of wine.  We had the typical Thanksgiving sides - stuffing, cranberry fluff, and candied cranberries.  Yummmmm.  

I love this Pretty Pumpkins stamp set.  Unfortunately, it's on the Retirement List.  BooHoo.  This set may have to stay in my stamp room for a while.  Or until I see what's coming out in the next Fall/Winter Mini catalog.

The pumpkins are colored with the Pale Papaya Stampin' Blends.  It's the perfect color for these pumpkins.  The green pumpkin is colored in Soft Succulent.  

The silhouette pumpkin is cut out of gold shimmer vellum.  Beautiful!!  It's adheared with glue dots.  You really can't see them at all.  

The DSP is In Good Taste.  I haven't used it in quite a long time.  And I couldn't tell you why I haven't.  It is a favorite of mine.  Ever like a DSP so much that you hate to use it up?  I think that's my case.  Got to get over it.  It's here to be used!  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Retirement List is out!

It's always bitter sweet when the Retirement List is out.  It's time for the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog Retirement List. 

I'm going to share with you a modified version of the Retirement List. It only lists the products in English so it's easier to read.  

Beware:  The sale prices are in effect until December 1st.  

 

Read it and weep.  I did with some items on this list.  But, then I've seen the new Mini Catalog starting in January and it is fabulous!  I can't wait to show it to you!  My Wish List is way too long already.  If you need a copy, let me know and I'll put you on my list.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

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