Holly Plaid Christmas Card

With all the snow that is on the ground, it feels like winter, not fall.  We have at least 2 inches on the ground and it's very depressing.  It's like we skipped right over fall straight into winter.  It's not usual to have snow this early.  My husband is ready to move South.

Another Night of Navy/Shaded Spruce Buffalo Check card.  The best advice I can give you with this stamp is definately use the Stamparatus.  One stamp doesn't cover enough so the Stamparatus makes it super easy and no re-aligning necessary.  

The Night of Navy was too bland so I used the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder.  It took some time, but I do like it.  It can be used on just about any kind of card.  LOVE that!

The card came about by a stitched rectangle I found in my Shaded Spruce scraps.  That rectangle along with the buffalo check piece were just about the same size so it was a perfect match.  They couldn't mat each other, but by off-setting they work together.  

Who says berries have to be red?  Not in my world.  I don't know what I would do without those blender pens!  You can color with any ink pad you own.  Eventually, I do want to buy more of the Stampin' Blends.  But you do get completely different looks with those vs. blender pens.

Notice the shine on the berries?  It's the new Shimmer Crystal Effects.  It works great to highlight a small area.  Your eye goes right to those berries.  It only takes about 15-20 minutes to dry.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Brightly Gleaming DSP goes Birthday

So, I was very undermotivated to get housework done this weekend.  I did finish up my flower beds today and got a bunch of little things done.  Just didn't feel like doing the vaccuuming, dusting and cleaning the bathroom.  Guess I know what is on the agenda for tomorrow.

I did get to play in my stamp room today.  On any given day, that is better than doing housework. 

This card ended up completely different than what my intentions were.  It started out as a Christmas card, using the Brightly Gleaming DSP and Pretty Peacock.  After playing with the other pieces of Very Vanilla and Pretty Peacock, it turned into this.

The two pieces became banners.  I first stamped the sentiment and used the Banner Triple Punch on the right side.  Measured out what I liked for the end, I then cut the Pretty Peacock with the punch.  Adhere the two together and then cut the Pretty Peacock to match the end of the Very Vanilla.  

That is Linen Thread wrapped around the banner.  It needed something and for some reason, rhinestones or pearls just weren't looking very good.  

In the end, I like the look of a masculine Birthday Card.  You can never have too many of those and I don't make very many of them.  Little did I know, starting to make another Christmas card would end to being this!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Shaded Spruce goes Golden

I actually stepped outside today.  It was the first in two days.  It felt good to get out again.  Of course, the van was covered with snow and ice.  Thank goodness for defrosters.  After about 15 minutes, it all came off no problem.  I can't wait for the van to get back into the garage.  Maybe this weekend.  My husband has to clean the garage first.

A couple days ago, I said that I was going to try blue and green with the Buffalo Check stamp and here it is.  

Here is Shaded Spruce cardstock with Night of Navy stamped on top.  So glad I used my Stamparatus again, because I did have to stamp several times to get it right.  Having the ink pad pretty juicy did help too.  

I had the strip of Shaded Spruce in my scrap pile.  While I was at it, I stamped several scrap pieces.  And I was glad that I did.  By the time I was done, my fingers were  covered in ink!  

Look how I stamped the inside of the card.   One tree wasn't just enough.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Golden Ornaments

It's only November 6th and we woke up to more snow...again.  And tomorrow is supposed to be in the single digits.  It's looking like it's going to be a long winter.  

Gold makes everything more elegant.  And that goes even more any kind of greeting card.  

All three ornaments and the sentiment are done with the gold embossing powder.  I stamped one of each ornament and punched out using the ornament punches.  You can also use the Golden Glitz Delicata stamp pad if you are in a hurry.  It would be faster, but if given the chance, I do the embossing.  I just love the embossing look.

The two strips are pieces of the Goil Foil paper.  They bookend another piece of Very Vanilla.  It would have looked pretty silly having those two strips and nothing inbetween them.  

I've done a few cards last year with the same "theme".  That is, mostly Very Vanilla with an accent of gold.  It's a look that is very elegant and classic.  Patterned papers become outdated, given enough time, but a card like this will always be around.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Buffalo Check Deer

So, here's the deal on this post.  I was working on it last night.  Double checked everything and it looked good.  I was scrolling down to click the POST button and somehow...POOOF.  It all went away.  Everything except the title.  I almost cried.  It was now 9:50 pm and definately didn't want to start again that late.  This isn't the first time it's happened to me either.  But, it still, when it happens, I get so incredibly frustrated.  

Now, moving on...again.  Let's hope the 2nd time around doesn't go POOOF .

I was so excited to receive the Buffalo Check Stamp Set in the mail the other day.  It was on the One-Day sale and I couldn't resist.  It's been on my Wish List and I finally broke down.

The main tip I would give with this stamp set is to definately use the Stamparatus. I stamped Memento Black onto Real Red.  It took 5-6 stamps before I got the look I liked.  The Stamparatus made it super easy to re-stamp.  I cut the paper 1 inch longer on the width so there was a place to place the magnet.  It worked great, having that extra space.

Because there was only one shot at getting the deer embossed perfectly, I used the Stamparatus again.  First, use the Embossing Buddy and wipe it around the center where the deer will be.   I stamped the deer in Versamark 3-4 times before I sprinkled the White Embossing Powder over.  It was worth stamping it several times to make sure you get a good stamped image.  But, I also learned the hard way the first time I tried.  The Memento Black wasn't fully dry when I stamped the deer.  The deer turned out ok, but there was residual embossing powder around the entire deer. Big Mistake.  Good thing it was only a trial.   

The "Season's Greetings" is from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set.  I also embossed it because at first I tried the White Craft Ink and didn't like that it wasn't white enough.  Don't be afraid to use those little stamps on the front of a card.  With all that is on this card front, a larger sentiment would be out of porportion.  

If I would do this card again, I would stamp the deer a little higher on the plaid.  It seems to be a little crowded on the bottom of the card.  

Well, the second time seems to have worked out.  Whew.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper 

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Varied Vases Birthday Card

My main goal today was to get caught up on the laundry.  I think I did about 6 loads.  Not a fun job, but definately necessary.  As you can tell by the 6 loads, I was a little behind.  Plus, this I didn'thave to go outside at all!!

I had to dig deep into my stamp stack for this set.  Varied Vases.  It has been a very long time since I used it last.  Time to bring it out into the limelight.

The inspiration for this card was the bow.  It has been sitting on my table for several weeks and didn't have the heart to throw it away.  Sad, I know.  Even though it's in the Holiday Catalog, it doesn't have to be Christmas only.  The added touches of gold in the card works perfect with the ribbon. 

The hardest part of the card was lining the color of the flowers up with the outline.  I chose Grapefruit grove, just for something different.  By using red, it would have look too Christmasy and I didn't want that in this card.  Plus, I got it right in the first stamp!  

Have a great weekend!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Crash Hot Potatoes

Do you like Rae Drummond, the Pioneer Woman?  Some of her recipes are absolutely fabulous. I came across this recipe of hers and have made it several times.  My family also like it so that's an added bonus.  

I usually strugged with the side dishes.  Plain old potatoes and pasta just don't cut it.  I'm also not a huge fam of the baked potato, unless it's dripping with all the extras.  So the search for side dishes is an ongoing one.

Crash Hot Potatoes

  • 12 whole New Potatoes (or Other Small Round Potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • Rosemary (or Other Herbs Of Choice) To Taste
  • Parmesan, Finely Grated

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.

Drizzle a sheet pan with olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the sheet pan, leaving plenty of room between each potato.

With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, then push the excess out of the masher back on top of the potatoes. Rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again, pushing out the excess. Drizzle the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil.

Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary (or chives or thyme or whatever herb you have available.) Add grated Parmesan.

Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and sizzling.

 

Now, don't they look fabulous?  If they are cooked just right, they are just a little crispy on the bottom.  That's how we all like them.  What's nice is that you can change up the spices to whatever spices you like.  I've been been temmpted to add bacon bit on top!  

You can find the recipe here: https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/crash-hot-potatoes/

I just made these last week and had a few left over.  On Saturday, my husband scrambled up some eggs, added some cheese and mixed in the leftovers.  It actually looked pretty good.  What a great way to eat those leftovers!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

  

Autumn Tree Birthday Card

It's starting already.  Snow that is.  We already had about 1-2 inches the other day , which has already melted.  But tonight we are supposed to get an additional 3-5 inches.  It's Halloween tomorrow, we aren't supposed to have snow yet!  I'm just hoping that it's not an omen for how the winter will be.

I'm taking a break from Christmas cards.  Back to the birthdays today.

Beauty & Joy stamp set was used in this card.  I love how the leaves look.  It's just a single color, Crushed Curry, but it really has some dimension to it.  Can you imagine it colored with multiple colors?  I'm thinking I'll have to try that this week.

Notice now the card was put together?  The dsp was put in the bottom right corner of the card, and the tree was in the top left of the dsp. Both of those off-sided each other and the tree is still in the middle of the card.  That part wasn't planned.  I'm kind of liking the way it turned out.  

The birthday sentiment was from Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set.  There's a saying for any kind of birthday you may need.  I went for a stamp that I haven't used yet.  It's all about trying new things.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 38524

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