Hello with Sensational Swirls

Today was a completely low key day for me and I loved it.  I finished cleaning up after some co-workers and I celebrated a college graduation.  With the rainy weather, it was a perfect day to sit and read.  So, that's what I did.  Even going in my stamp room didn't inspire me so I gave up on that.  I keep telling myself, it's ok to have a day like this every once in a while.

This card was actually made quite a while ago, and I just never posted it.  It's the perfect post for a rainy day.  There are ten colors in this card!  I don't think I have ever used this many colors in a single card!

Unfortunately, some of the colors have already retired.  Sorry about that.  But it was easy enough to substitute another color in their place.  Being stampers, we can be creative and improvise when needed right?

Did you know the small flower in the Sentimental Swirls stamp set also coordinates with the bloom in the Strawberry Builder punch?  WooHoo!  Love it when things have multiple uses.  

Have fun with Sensational Swirls stamp set!  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Five Bottles sitting on a Card

It's  actually kind of chilly this weekend!  I was almost glad to put on jeans for work this morning and tempted to have hot coffee instead of iced.  But at least the sun was shinning today.  

I love these bottles!  This was an easy way to show my club people all the new In-Colors.  I made two of each color, but changed the orientation.  Take a look.  Which do you prefer - horizontal or vertical?

For each color of the base, I colored the edges with the brushes with the same color.  I also used dimensionals on the same color bottle.  Anything to highlight the individual color.

Did you notice the pearls?  There are no In-Color pearls offered in the catalog.  Here's another highly kept secret.  

Got Blends? 

The blends markers will color the pearls to look like they were made that way.  You must use the Blends markers.  They are alcohol based and the color will stick to the pearl.  Regular Stampin' Write markers will not work.  Make sure you always color on the packaging.  Also, they dry almost instantly so you don't have to wait to transfer them to a card. 

Isn't that a fabulous tip?!  I've known about it, but stupid me, keep forgetting to make my own pearls.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Starry Sky Tumbler

I kept telling myself - NO you don't need another waterbottle. 

We have plenty. 

And that part is the truth.  

I lost the argument.  

But isn't it pretty?!  The color looks a little purple, but it's the Starry Sky color.   I love the glimmer look.  It just came today with my club orders.  I washed it and can't wait to use tomorrow.  

The tumblers come in all the new five In-Colors. 

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SU! has also some new Abigail Rose merchandise for us!

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For the hoodie, I'm only showing the small.  There are sizes that go all the way up to 3XL.  I also heard they are running a little small so beware when ordering.

The easiest way to find these items is to look under "New" along the top of the website.  Then, click on Branded Merchandise.  They are all there to see.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

Honey Bee Snack

Yesterday was a day of work for me around the house.  I spread 30 bags of mulch, planted flowers, cut out some railroad ties and replaced them with couple hundred pounds of decorate stone.   Needless to say, by the end of the day, I was DONE.  My family knew better to ask what was for dinner, besides the few leftovers that were in the fridge.  I suppose after work I have to do some grocery shopping and actually make dinner.  I'm so not inspired to make anything at all.

We made these cute little treats at club this month.  It was made purposely to match the  honeybee card we also made.

I really wanted some honey sticks that are seen at farmer's markets.  Unfortunately, I didn't think of this project sooner and couldn't find them anywhere around town.  Not even Bit of  Honey candy was found.  So, I ended up with these granola bars. At least the flavor was Oats and Honey.  So, the theme did fit.

The base was embossed with the Hive 3D embossing folder, brushed some color around to give more dimension to the honeycomb detail.  Make sure when adhering the ends together, use Tear & Tape.  Other adhesive will only temporarily hold it together, but the Tear & Tape sticks forever. 

Parakeet Party was used for the tag.  Love the contrast between the two greens. I used up some gold ribbon.  Black would have been better, but I ran out at my club.  

The honeybee was exactly the one I made for the card using the Ladybug Builder Punch.  

The "For you" was from the retired What's Cooking stamp set.  If you have another set that has something similar, use that.  Look at the Christmas stamp sets.  That's the best place to find a stamp like that.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Ladybug Punch turns into a Bumblebee

Do you prefer ladybugs or bumblebees?  In real life, definitely ladybugs. But in Stampin' Up! world, I like both of them. 

I was excited to use the Ladybug Builder Punch in club this week.  Doubly excited to make a bumblebee out of it!  

The bumblebees themselves are super easy to make.  Punch the body.  Make 1/4 inch strips of Daffodil Delight; adhere them  to the body of the bug and you have yourself a bumblebee.  

Oh, don't forget the vellum wings.  

​I almost put some leftover black rhinestones on the end of the antenna.   Almost.  It would have been cute.

Fora while, I've been seeing these hexagon shapes on other cards and wondering "Where the heck are they!!"  I consider them a hidden gem in the Stampin' Up! catalog.  They are called Beautiful Shapes dies.  They can be found in the Mini Catalog and have carried over to the new Annual Catalog.  I looked right over them in the Mini Catalog because they are paired with a stamp set I really don't care for. 

But look at all the shapes you get with this set!  The circles and rectangle-ish shapes also have some scoring around them.  You will be seeing them on another card later this week.  

BEAUTIFUL SHAPES DIES

Now, back to the card.

A helpful hint when making the hexagons.  Cut out the shape first and then use the Hive 3D embossing folder.  If you emboss them first, the those details are lessened when going through the Cut & Emboss machine.   So, you get a blah embossed hive shape.  Go for the dramatic!

We also brushed some Daffodil Delight ink on the hexagons.  That also really helps to bring out the embossing detail.

The Basic Black is only a single piece of card stock measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  It's the Daffodil Delight card stock that is attached to the Basic Black and opens up.  You can see in the next picture what I am talking about.  And as usual, I couldn't leave the inside with just a sentiment.  Since honeybees like flowers, I thought thought to stamp some flowers were more than appropriate!  

Don't forget to take a look at the Beautiful Shapes dies.  Now I want to use the ladybug punch to make a ladybug!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Have any Misty Moonlight left if your stash?

We went from Winter weather, skipped Spring, and went directly to Summer.  I don't think we ever had the air conditioning on in May!At least, not in recent memory.  I miss the Spring!  My ideal weather temperature is in the 70s.  There were none.  I was gypped!  I can't believe that despite the hot weather, I still planted a few flowers, spread weed killer, trimmed my Climatis plant and spread 4 bags of mulch.  Talk about me being crazy.  

This card was last months Thank You card for my club peeps.  I completely forgot about these doilies and wanted to use them while I still had cardstock that matched.  

The flowers are stamped in Smoky Slate and I used the Blending Brushes to color with Misty Moonlight.  I used the brush edge to get a few darker areas.  It gives depth to the flowers.  

Want to add more zing?  Use Wink of Stella on just the flowers.  

So, I used up almost all the Misty Moonlight doilies.  I only had a few Hexagon enamel dots left, so I used them up.  Talk about a great feeling using up what I have in my stamp room.  

Helpful tip:  keep everything at your fingertips.  Don't store embellishments and such in drawers where they will be shoved to the back and forgotten.  Use what you have.  That's why you bought it.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Sending Messages with Bottled Happiness

Happy Belated Mother's Day to all your Mother's.  

We have had some upsetting news the past several days.  Friday, we had to put our cat down.  Clyde was over 15 1/2 years old, but I said he would live forever.  He lived a long and pampered life because of Megan.  They have been in separable since she has been working from home.  Where she was, you would find him.  He actually followed her around the house lately.  It was actually comical.  We will miss this "Damn Cat" so very much.  

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Back to business.  

This card might be simple, but I really like it.  Very simple. Very fun.

New In-Colors Parakeet Party and Orchid Oasis together in a card.  I had to see it before I could believe it.  I like them together!!

For the bottle, I stamped the lines directly on Orchid Oasis cardstock and embossed with the white embossing powder.    No fun stamping the color all the time!

Want to bling it up more than just the Brass Butterflies?  I almost added some rhinestones in the center of  some of the flowers.  That would really bling up the card.  

I honestly couldn't figure out how a ribbon could be put on this card.  But I don't think it needed anything else.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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New Catalog Launch Today

It's finally here!  The new catalog launched today!  

How long is your Wish List?  Mine is way too long.  

I was playing yesterday with the new set, Nature's Prints.  I'm sure you've seen it already.  A lot of other demonstrators have been posting cards already.

I knew when I saw this set, it was going to be mine without a doubt.  I love the ferns and all the botanicals that are in this set.  The dies have a wreath included so I can't wait to play with that die.  

What do you think of the sentiment?  It's so fresh looking with the two different fonts.   I love it!  

Notice the pearls.  They aren't offered in the new In-Colors.  Want my secret?  Color them with the Stampin' Blends!  You can make any pearl the color you want with the blends.  And you don't have to wait for them to dry.  But, it only works when using the blends.  The Stampin' Write markers doesn't work.

Don't forget to work on that Wish List!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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