Strawberries on the Diagonal

We are supposed to be in for some storms tonight.  Maybe up to 80 mph winds.  Yikes.  In anticipation, we brought in what we could and made sure all my flowers are on the ground, not on any tables.  We could use some rain, but that's a lot of wind.  Guess we will see tonight what happens.  

This is one of the three cards we did in July Club.  It's another fun fold card.  I've seen many of this kind online, but thought I couldn't get two cards from one sheet of cardstock.  Pleased to say, I was wrong!

Isn't this super cute?  The hardest part of the card is cutting the card base.  My paper trimmer isn't long enough to cut the cardstock on the diagonal.  I brought out the yard stick, sharp edge and cutting mat and did it the old fashioned way.  

Once it's cut, just fold in the angles until they touch.  That's it for the card base.  I didn't score mine.  You might want to try that. 

The DSP on the front is pretty much the same thing.   It's the normal size, 4 x 5 1/4, but also cut on the diagonal.  This size should fit in your paper trimmer.  Yay!  Must make note which way the diagonal on the card base is going.  You want to cut the DSP on the same diagonal.  

That's it for the card.  Now wasn't that easy?  My club people were happy to make this one.  Bonus, they all love the Sweet strawberry stamp set!  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Love a Dragonfly Card

It's never fun trying to get back into your normal routing after a vacation.  I was back to work yesterday and today.  Reality has set back in.  And I'm ready to go back to Aruba.  Or just about anywhere for that matter.  I won't be too particular.

When in doubt, bring out the dragonflies.  I think it's a good rule to live by.  

The dragonfly and the flowers are both stamped using the Blackberry Bliss.  I love how the Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow go together.  I just added a pop of Calypso Coral in the mix.  This piece was from the Dandy Garden DSP pack.  I chose it because it had a subtle pattern to it and that made easy to stamp the flowers on. 

In this close up, you cansee my dragonfly wasn't punched out perfectly.  Oops.  But, you can also see I tucked my sentiment under the DSP.  I like to hide the cut ends whenever possible.  It makes the cards look a little bit cleaner.

Do you like using Baker's Twine?  Take a look at the pack that's now offered.  You get 5 different colors in one pack!  Included are black, white, Gray Granite, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.  It was a must for me to get.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Back from Vacation

I haven't posted lately because we are on a family vacation!  And we didn't want to come home.  Couple of years go, Chris and I heard people raving about Aruba, so we decided to finally see what the talk was about.  It was beautiful.  It's called "The Happy Island."  The people were super nice and friendly.  The weather is almost always in the mid-80s, humid and windy. No four seasons like Wisconsin has.  Next to tourism, the largest industry is aloe.  Yup, they have an aloe field and factory that makes some fabulous products.  

The food and beaches were also fabulous.  There was white sand on all the beaches.  We stayed in a condo that was 2 blocks away from the beach and only one block from the restaurants.  Fabulous location.  

Now you can see why we didn't want to come home.  

But, I am back and getting back to business.  The Mini Catalog and SAB goes lives next month!  Have you been studying your catalogs?  Need a catalog?  Let me know, I have some extras to hand out.

There is also the Designer Series Paper sale!  Certain DSP packs are on sale for 15% off.  I love a good sale.  

Contact me if you have any questions.  I'll be back to normal next week.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Hand Penned Thank You Card

What is your favorite stamp set from the new Annual Catalog?  One of my favorites is the Hand Penned stamp set.  I actually like how the inside stamped images aren't exactly matching the outline stamps.  They are perfectly imperfect.

 

The colors were a bit of a challenge to put together.  The flowers definitely made that challenge a little bit easier. 

 

If I weren't challenged, I probably would never had put the Polished Pink with the Just Jade, but it does work.  

Did you look at the middle of my small So Saffron flowers?  They are the tiny floral embellishments from the Loose Flower Flourishes.  They aren't adhesive, so you have to use your own.  I found it easier to add a dot of glue directly on the stamped flower and then add the embellishment.  By doing it this way, you don't get glue on your fingers!  Well, not much anyway.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Fun Pocket Card using Brew Some Fun

The days sometimes don't have enough time in them.  I'm trying to get things done, and I swear my list doesn't get any shorter.  How does that happen?  That never happens to you does it?  

We had club last week. It ended up being a fun fold club.  All the cards had a unique fold to them.  Don't think they are harder than regular cards because they are not!!!  This card just has an extra fold and tear & tape than regular.

I challenged myself to use the Brew Some Fun stamp set.  Since I don't have the coffee cups, I went another way and use the sentiment and flowers.  The flowers are stamped in Sahara Sand and colored using the Watercolor Pencils, #2 and blender pens.  The piece that has the sentiment is actually in a pocket.  

The patterned paper is from the Subtles DSP Collection.  I was over due to use Coastal Cabana again.  This patterned paper is perfect because the pattern is so neutral and doesn't take away from the rest of the card.  In the pack, you get several 6x6 sheets of the same color, in several sheets using four different patterns.  

Now, you can see the close up.  Pull up on the Basic White to reveal the rest of the card.  There's plenty of room to write a note in. 

The base of the card has another fold at the 1 1/4 mark.  That creates the flap.  I've done other cards using the same technique.  But this one, on the inside, I used Tear & Tape to make the pocket.  Keep the adhesive very close to the outer edges to guarantee there is room for the inside Basic White.

I'm always afraid the regular adhesive won't stick enough.  That's why I chose the Tear & Tape.  Now I know the card won't fall apart when it is mailed!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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A Peachy Thanks

It's the weekend!!  That means it just that much closer to vacation for us.  Covid testing is scheduled, house sitter is confirmed, packing has begun.  I need to put a note up at work tomorrow so no one calls me with any problems.  They can get along without me for a week.  

My friend and club member made this card for me and I had to show you.

Isn't it adorable?  I was so happy to see Terry use her Sweet as a Peach stamp set.  You can see there is a lot of details in this card.  

The framelet the peaches are on is the Color & Contours dies.  This card might make me order them for myself.  Combining scallop edging with the stitched detail...GENIUS.  I hadn't really noticed it in the Annual Catalog. 

I also love the scallop edging on the right side of the card.   Not only did she stamp the leaves, they are die cut out and adhered to the card!  She didn't cut any corners and do things the easy way.  

The inside is even decorated!  I try to always do something on the inside of my cards, and Terry has followed suit.  It's such a surprise when you open the card and see this. 

Can you get too many peaches on a card?  I'm thinking not.  

Thank you for the beautiful card Terry.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Measure of Love stamp set

Happy July 5th.  We didn't have to work today.  Well, not in the sense of actually "going to work."  I spent the day cleaning and then getting ready for my club tomorrow night.  We had to move it up a week since I'm leaving for vacation next week.  Tomorrow, I still have to make a peach cobbler for dessert.  Yummmmm.

For a little while, I've been trying to come up with a card using the Measure of Love stamp set.  I was super happy with the way this card turned out.  

The scale is stamped directly on the Basic White rectangle.  The cupcakes, though, are stamped on a separate piece and cut out as a whole unit.  I did just a rough cut with my paper snips.  I didn't want perfect.  They are also colored with the Wink of Stella and popped up with dimensionals.  

To me, these colors are so retro, and I LOVE them!  They remind me of the colors from the 50's and 60's.  It was fun playing with a little unusual color pallet, but not too unusual.  The old time scale matched the color pallet.  

I couldn't resist doing a row of cupcakes on the inside of the card.  This make me hungry for some cupcakes!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Create with Butterflies

Happy 4th of July! - Covenant Care

I hope everyone had a happy but safe 4th of July!  We didn't have much plans for today.  Chris, Megan and I ended up going on a 3 mile walk this morning.  Felt good to get out and so very glad we did it before it got super hot.  Alyssa stopped by mostly because she wanted to grab some fresh peaches and my homemade peach cobbler.  Since we ate dinner while she was here, that was a bonus.  She will almost never say no to food.

We made this card at our June club and don't have an excuse for not posting it sooner.  Luckily, all the products haven't retired.

The butterfly stamp set is pretty obvious...it's the Butterfly Brillance set.  Easy to stamp the butterflies since they are on one large stamp!  They are stamped in Crumb Cake.  There is a layer of vellum over them.  If they don't look super clear, that's why.  It's not you!  

I had to add a pop of color on top  with the single butterfly cut from Misty Moonlight.  I love how how really stands out on the card.  He's adhered with just some mini dimensionals in the middle.  The wings are completely free.  

Some of my people decided not to add the "you" to their card.  Sometimes "Celebrate" is all you need on a card.  We did have to add the pearls just for a little more detail.  

Vellum can be a little bit tricky to adhere.  I used the Fine Tip Glue.  Concentrate using the glue where the "Celebrate" is.  I also added little dots around the butterflies where there was a lot of Crumb Cake ink.  If you draw a line with the glue, you will see it.  Stick to areas that already have ink on them.  And also spread it out if you can.  You can also hide a few dots under the Misty Moonlight butterfly.  

The Create with Friends stamp set has a lot of the larger size words.  Amazing, Create, Love, Friends and Celebrate.  What would you use on this card?

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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