It's a Tri-Leaf Card

Megan and I have been watching The Amazing Race from the beginning. Currently, I'm on Season 8 and the teams are famiies of 4.  It's been interesting, but I don't know if I like it as much.  I like the families that have children, but the older siblings are way to competitive and argumentative.  Yikes.  Everyone is hyped up more than normal.  For some, it's like having 3 back seat drivers, all screaming at the same time.  It's going to be an interesting season.

This was my club Thank You cards for this month.  It's a simple autumn card that is perfect for a sympathy card.  

The DSP is from the Poinsettia Place DSP pack.  It has acorns on.  Would you have guessed it was from a Christmas pack?  

The Very Vanilla piece that is adhere to the card base is actually embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.  I think it's my new favorite folder.  It gives subtle texture but definately doesn't take awya from the rest of the card.  

Get out the fall colors!  I used Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Bumblebee.  One thing I love about fall is the rich colors.  They are such jewel tones and look fabulous togther.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Just Announced Today...Flash Sale

Anyone ready for a sale?  Get ready for Wednesday!

For ONE DAY ONLY, Stampin' Up! has having a sale on certain stamp sets.  That's right!  They will be on sale for 15% off.  

And there are NO LIMITS to the number you can order.  

Now, remember, this is a ONE DAY sale.  It's available only Wednesday Sept. 23.  It starts online at 1 AM Central time or you can phone an order in starting at 8 AM Central time.  

Are you curious to what is on sale?  Get comfy and take a look.

 

 

 

 Ins't the variety of stamps incredible?  I'm starting make my list already. 

What's on your list?

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Triple Wreaths

 Chris decided to clean up his work area in the garage.  He threw away three shopping bags full of stuff.  I was so happy he did that.  It didn't help that he wanted me to help, and  I was in a throw away mood.  Today, he kept going and went through more stuff.  Wonder what it will be next weekend.  

Most people notice the snowman in the Snow Wonder stamp set.  Understandable because he's adorable.  But, don't over look the other stamps, just like this wreath.  

I colored the wreaths using Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive markers.  Simple and sweet.  Just randomly colored the leaves by mixing the colors for texture.  The wreaths are colored with Real Red Stampin' Blends.   

The checked DSP is from the 'Tis the Season DSP pack.  Just enough pattern for interest, but not to take away from the wreaths.  Because it's just Real Red and Basic Black, any green color combination for the wreaths would also work.  

Look what's going on the sides of the wreaths.  It's the Basic Black Organdy Glittered Ribbon.  Just the perfect amount of glitter any card would need.  

The Happy Christmas is embossed with the White Embossing Powder.  I love the embossing stands out against the Basic Black.   

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Sweet Christmas Tag

Before Megan left for school, we were watching the Amazing Race from the beginning.  It's been an interesting seeing the evolution of the show over the years it has run.  No matter what season it is, the teams still bicker pretty bad.  Some are definately worse than others.    It's still an entertaining show.  Make me want to travel even more.

I made this sweet Christmas tag this afternoon.  You can never have too many gift tags so I figured better start now.  Besides, it's using Christmas stuff, but not a card.  

The base of the card is 'Tis the Season DSP and also Very Vanilla.  You will see that in a minute.  It's cut out from the North Pole Wonder dies.  Along with the sleigh, reindeer and boughs.  

The sleigh was too plain so I used the water painters with Crumb Cake to color it.  After it was dried, I added Wink of Stella.  You can't see that in this picture.  Sorry.  But, it does look better in person.

Cut some boughs from Garden Green.  Only glue them towards the bottom.  I like them free on the top so the tag has a little dimenson.

Here's the inside.  It's just Very Vanilla with a bough stamped in the inside.  I colored the holly berries with my Real Red marker.  This alone would make a sweet tag.  Then I would have used the Shimmery Crystal Effects on top of the colored berries.  

How many gift tags are you going to make?  They would make an awesome Christmas present for someone...especially if they have a birthday that is coming up soon!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Forever Fern goes Blue

Two days in a row we had sun!  Can we go for three?  I'm hoping.  It felt good going for a walk again.  I haven't walked in a while so it was about time to get back in the game.  Tomorrow I'm going to walk and do some errands.  

Don't stamp Forever Fern in just greens!  Look how they look stamped in all shades blue.  Love it. I usually don't use those little filler stamps, like those dots, but I did this time.  I think I should use them more often.

The ribbon is the Seaside Spray ribbon.  I just wrapped it around the card, leaving the ends so you can see them.  No tying or bows necessary. Simple, yet effective.

 

I didn't like how the shape on the sentiment was getting lost on the Whisper White.  Instead, I took the Misty Moonlight marker and edged the die shape with it.  

Next, I thinking about trying this stamp set with some fall colors.  Now doesn't that sound interesting?

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Banner and Holly Christmas Card

Finally...a day without rain and there is sunshine!!  It felt so good to see the sun again.  Chris did end up. mowing today.  He tried his best to talk himself out of it.  In the end, the lawn got mowed and it's done with.  

I know, you are thinking another Joyful Holly card.  It's my new favorite Christmas stamp set so I can't help myself!  I'm hoping you will soon love it as much as I do.

This time, I didn't use the entire holly image.  There wasn't an oval that was large enough for the holly AND have a a larger one for a mat.  You really can't tell the some of the holly was cut off.  

Look at the pattern of the Real Red paper.  It has images of holly leaves on it!  It's like the paper was made for the stamp set!!  That is one detail SU! is fabulous about.  The matching and coordinating are carefully planned, so we get the most for our money.  

You can't tell, but the Whisper White banner is embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.  It was way too white and plain for my liking.  This embossing folder gave it the subtle texture I was looking for.  

Don't forget the detail of the holly berries.  I dug out the Shimmery Crystal Effects again.  It's all those little details that make a card fabulous.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Need a Super Easy Card?

Here went another rainy day.  It barely stopped raining all day.  I would rather have it just pour for a little and be over with.   Instead we/ve had this all day light rain.  The grass will definately need mowing.  If it stops raining enough for that to happen.  Let's hope.

Today's card is a super easy design.  

I used Just Jade and Bumblebee for the bases and the floral paper is from the Flowers For Every Season DSP pack.  The flowers are so lovely and cheerful on such a rainy day.  

The sentiment is rather large and exactly what I wanted.  A small one would have gotten lost on the flowers.  This one is frm the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  It's also the first time I used Magenta Madness.  Not bad of a color.  I need to use it more!

To bring this card to the next level would be easy.  Add a banner, ribbon, embellishment of some sort and you would have even more of a stunning card.  I would consider this to be for a beginner stamper.  And there is absolutely nothing wrong with making a card like this.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Pierogi Beef Skillet

I don't think it stopped raining hardly all day.  It wasn't hard rain,  just a nice soaking rain.  I'm sure my husband can hear the grass growing.  (It's not a favorite job to do.)  It'll have to be mowed this weekend.  

My cousins in Pittsburgh introduced us to Pierogi's several years ago.  It's kind of a Polish dumpling.  The most traditional way to make them are to saute in butter and onions.  I'm down with that.  

I found recipe (on Pinterest of course) that includes Pierogis.  It reminded us of a shephard's pie substituting the pierogis for the mashed potatoes.    Another reason I like it was because it was fast and easy to make.  

Pierogi Beef Skillet

Pierogi Beef Skillet

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen cheese and potato pierogi, thawed
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (about 10 ounces), thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings. Stir in flour and seasonings until blended. Gradually stir in broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in pierogi and vegetables. Cook, uncovered, until heated through, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese.

Doesn't this just sound super easy?  It is.  There wasn't so much seasoning so I added my own.  I'm a Penzey's Spices person, so I just added some of their special blends.  

The recipe is from Taste of Home.  So, you know it will be pretty good.  Pierogi Beef Skillet 

Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper