In the Country Textured Card

Today was a cleaning day for me.  I got through the bathroom, kitchen and vacuuming the house.  It felt good to get all of it done.  Then, I spent time in my stamp room putting together some of the old cards that weren't made from club.  Again, it felt good cleaning it all up.  Tomorrow  my goal is to clean, dust and vacuum my stamp room.  That will be an all day job, but very necessary and over due.

I couldn't wait to use the In the Country stamp set.  It's in the SAB catalog and only available until the end of February.  Grab it while it's still here!

If you like coloring,  you will love this card.  It did take a while to color.  Definitely not a card I would do at my club.  Both sets of watercolor pencils was used, along with the blender pen.  Basically, I colored one color at a time.  And don't forget to clean the blender pen after every color!  

There is a lot of texture with this card.  

  • Embossing folder on the card front
  • Calypso Coral wrinkled
  • Ripped and distressed ink on the edges - My favorite

I'm excited to experiment more with this stamp set.  I've seen another card that I'm going to possible do for club.  But I can't let you know that too soon.  It needs to be a surprise for them!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Dainty Flowers Bling

This weekend I'm doing a local crafting weekend.  It's right in town so I'm not even spending the night.  I was trying to think about what to work on.  My color sampler key ring is ready to put together.  I was thinking about doing some scrapbooking.  Problem is, I haven't worked on it in years, it's hard to know where to start again.  The supplies are scattered all over my stamp room.  Good thing I'm not going until Friday.

Have you checked out the Dainty Flowers DSP?  It's in the SAB catalog.  And it's FREE with a $50 purchase.  But it's only available until the end of February.

All the images on this paper are part of the paper!  The only stamping I did was the sentiment.  There are times I do love these kind of simple stamping cards.

Instead, I did bling it up a bit.  Look at the Dragonfly trinket!  It really sparkles.  I added some rhinestones directly beneath the sentiment.  I also colored all the flowers with the Wink of Stella.  In person, you really can see the sparkle.

I've also seen other cards with the same DSP.  People are using the blending brushes and Old Olive ink pad and coloring the bottom around the stems.  I completely should have done it but forgot.  My loss.  Should have check Pinterest first!

The inside was kept super simple. I just used a scrap piece of paper along the bottom.  Simple but effective.  I don't like naked insides.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Got Sweet Citrus?

Today, on our day off, we went to the Columbus Antique Mall.  It was more to get out of the house on another rainy day.  Megan met up with us and that was great.  We all got a few things.  Did we need them?  Not really, but it was still a good time.  

When I saw this Sweet Citrus stamp set, I immediately thought how fun it would be to use!  

It's been so dreary here in Wisconsin, I wanted bright, fun colors.  Honestly, I don't think they can get any brighter than these.  They definitely bring out cheerful in anyone.  And we need all of that.

 

The card front was embossed with the new Sweet Citrus hybrid embossing folder.   You can cut and emboss with it at the same time!  I'll have to use that next time.  But this time, it looks great in the front.  

The stamp itself was pretty fabulous.  The four orange images are on the same stamp.  The outside rines are the same way.  The dies to cut out are also in a single die.  One and done. I like it.  Pretty easy stamping and cutting all together.  

The outside orange didn't fit on the front, so I used it here.  I just couldn't throw it away.  Add a few blossoms and it looks pretty good.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always

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Valentine's Day card with Beautifully Happy Stamp Set

As a demonstrator, I typically don't keep a whole lot of retired products.  I especially avoid using them in my stamp club.  But, sometimes, it can't be helped.  Last night I was glad to have kept the Layerinv Ovals dies.  The stamp set is also retired, but I can't recall the name.  It just has a lot of short sentiments that are perfect for these kinds of cards.

Valentine's Day can be a struggle for me creating a card for club.  This time I was super excited to make this Valentine's Day card when I remembered this die.  It's from the Framed Florets dies in the new Mini Catalog.  Looking at the die, I was a little confused so I first cut one out of scrap paper.  The die cuts out the hearts and that is all.  

So, I got out the retired Layering Ovals dies.  One fits perfect.  If you want a another frame, you could use the one fromt the Framed Florets dies, but I chose to go this way instead.  I think I'll have to play around with using the oval frame die with this one.  SU! would always make sure the dies work together!

Don't forget the heart pearls!  Talk about perfect for the card!

The stamp set is Beautifully Happy in the SAB catalog.  It's FREE with a $100 purchase.  I had to make sure to use it while I can!  It's easy to stamp with when you use the Stamparatus.  Dit it out for this set.

The sentiment is also retired.  I hated to use it, but it's the only one I have.  When I designed the card, I made sure it could also be used as a birthday card or another occasion if needed.  I was hoping my club people hadn't made or bought their own cards yet!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Watercolor the World

It's the weekend!  Do you have any plans?  I'm mostly getting ready for club next Tuesday.  But I'm kind of excited for this because I get to use all BRAND NEW PRODUCT!!  I pre-ordered some things in December from the new Mini Catalog and SAB catalog.  Have you looked at them yet?  Do you have a favorite?  I don't yet.

But, one stamp set completely caught my eye.  If you know me, you might have guessed.  

Travelling is our passion so this was a must for me.  It's the Watercolor World stamp set.  

I used Parakeet Part for the world.  The outline is sponge daubed Orchid Oasis.  The water had to be represented somehow!  Plus, the top Basic White piece stands out from the card base. 

After searching through the new stamp sets, I came up with the sentiment from Nested Friends.  It was the most appropriate that I could find and that I liked.

It's a super simple card, one that any flourishes didn't work with.  I tried adding ribbon and nothing looked good with it.  Simple is good.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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It's been awhile.

I know it's bee a very long while since I've posted.  With travelling, I got really far behind in getting ready for Christmas.  To lighten the load, I opted n ot to send out Christmas cards this year!  Talk about being bad.  

Starting Thursday, there is a new catalog starting!  WoHoo!  I think everyone is ready for a new one to begin.  

Also starting Thursday is the only SAB for the year.  That's right, we are back to just one SAB.  It's going on for January and February.  Su! is going to supplement some extra sales throughout the year, but I haven't heard all the details yet.

Currently, the Retirement List is going on for the Fall/Winter Mini Catalog.  You can see that list below.  Just beware it will not reflect if any products are sold out.  

  

If you need a new Mini Catalog or a SAB catalog, I have a few spares to hand out!  Contact me and I will get one to you.

Until next time...Stampin'Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

December Club Cards

Is anyone else stressing about getting things done before Christmas?  It can't just be me!  I've decided to lighten my load.  Unfortunately that means not sending out Christmas cards.  I know, that's just terrible considering it's what I do here.  There are a few I will be sending out and handing a few out at work.  I'm going to be calling it quits then.  

With both of my trips, I knew it would be hard getting ready for my monthly club.  One of my people had already said she wanted to make a card for club.  I was excited!  She makes wonderful cards.  Well, I got off the plane from Greece and turned my phone off airplane mode.  There was a text from her.  She designed and prepped all three cards for club!  It actually brought tears to my eyes.  I was so grateful. I took these pictures at club, so they aren't the greatest, but you can see what we did.

I do love the style of this card.  The poinsettia is on a belly band around the card.  Hopefully, I will be able to figure out how to assemble that poinsettia.  

I love how it's white on white with the edges marked in Shaded Spruce.  

Now, I saved the best for last. 

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Am I right?  The best for last.  Our jaws just dropped when we saw this beauty.  Plus, all the pieces were cut out for us!  All we had to do was stamp the one sentiment and lots of tiny detail gluing.  

Thank you for all your hard work Elaine.  All the cards were beyond gorgeous.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper