It's Not Always About the Meerkats

I was challenged to CASE a project fromo the SAB catalog.  Are you aware what CASE means?  Copy And Share Everything.  So, copy a project from the catalog and even put your own twist on it.

Challenge Accepted.

Unfortunately, I don't own every stamp set in the SAB catalog.  I have The Gang's All Meer and Happy Birthday to You.  Guess which one I chose?

No surprised are you?  Those meerkats won out.  At least the stamp set did.  Here is my card.

My card is colored with the watercolor pencils and blender pens.  I so wish my card would look as perfect as SU's!  So not fair.


It's a rather subdude color scheme.  The Calypso Coral really does give the card a nice little pop of color.  The card needed it.  

I've never been to the desert, but I always imagined the ground to be cracking with the heat and no moisture.  The Hammered Metal embossing folder is exactly what I have imaged.   I had to use it with the cacti.  Just sort of fit.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Power of Hope

Have you noticed the Power of Hope Bundle you can get FREE with a $100 purchase?  A new stamp set AND embossing folder!

This stamp set would be a challenge for me since it's not typically my style.  But, I do love the embossing folder!  It looks like crackled paper.  Wish I could get my hands on that!

Even though I'm not planning on purchasing this bundle, doesn't mean that I don't like using it.  At my demo meeting, someone had a card for the Make 'n Take with this bundle.  Yay!  I got to use the embossing folder!

My first thought was how was the design on the left side done?  It's the tree stamped several times.  Awesome idea!  I don't think I would have thought of that!  We sponged on the Crumb Cake to help bring out the detail of the embossing folder. 

If you need ideas for this stamp set, as always, go to Pinterest.  I'm sure there will be tons of idea.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper









Pool Party Cherry Blossoms

We were all excited for the Packer game tonight.  Win this one and onto the Superbowl!  Well, that was short lived excitement.  They couldn't do anything right.  Especially, couldn't stop the 49ers running game.  The girls and I stopped watching it at half time.  My husband went downstairs and kind of watched it.  It was a depressing way to end the season.  

Onto better things.  I normally don't to Anniversary or Wedding cards, but this one just happened to be.

We make this card in club last week and they all loved it.  I loved the cherry blossoms colored in Pool Party. For a change, I kept some of the flowers  white, and just concentrated on the flower insides.  

The leaves, or the parts that are colored, are also done with the Smoky Slate Blends.  Basically, there is just enough color for you to see.  I didn't blend any of these colors, just used either the light or dark marker.

The Whisper White circle was adhere with regular glue.  But the cherry blossoms were adhered using dimensionals.  I don't think I ever used so many dimensionals as I did on this, but it was worth it.  It was a good thing I just stocked up on them before club!

The DSP is from the Parisian Blossoms DSP pack.  I finally dug into this paper.  There will definately be more to come with this DSP.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Mark Your Calendar!

You are going to want to mark you calendars for February 4.  That's when Stampin' Up! is releasing some brand new products that coordinate with items from the SAB catalog and also the January-June mini catalog!  

Don't you just LOVE this time of year?  

Did you notice the ladybugs are getting their own set of dies? I know a lot of people are going to be super excited about that!  I'm excited there are dies coming out for the  Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set.  That is on my list for sure.  

Take a peek what's coming out.

PLEASE NOTE:  These items will be available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!  Don't wait if there is something you must have.  They go on sale starting February 4, through March 31st.  My gut feeling is some won't last very long.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper





Tasty Thursday - Ranch Pretzels

Are you a sweet or salty person when it comes to snacks?

Typically, I'm a sweet person.  But I needed a salty snack for a recent demonstrator meeting.  As always, Pinterest to the rescue!

I remember a friend making these pretzels that had seasonings on.  They were simple, but everyone liked them.  I went on a hunt and found them, or at least something very similar.  

What I liked about this recipe was the fact it gave several variations of the original.  One variation had a quicker way of finishing the pretzels, and the other variation was with oyster crackers, not pretzels.  

Ranch Pretzels

12 oz bottle Orville Reddenbacher's Popping Topping Buttery Flavor Popcorn Oil
Hidden Valley Ranch Mix Packet (Dry), 1 packet
1 teaspoon onion powder
2-3 teaspoons garlic powder

Mix 2-3 pounds of pretzels in a large bowl with most of 1 bottle of Orville Butter popping oil (I always use most of the bottle, but stop when the butter is at the bottom of the label (about 1 inch left in bottle). Pour the contents of Ranch Dressing Mix. And garlic powder, onion powder.

Stir. Cover, (or transfer to large plastic bags with extra room and shake) and mix every so often (every hour or so, it doesn't have to be exact) for 24 hours until oil is absorbed.

Variation 1:

1 Packet of ranch dressing mix 20 ounces of mini-twist pretzels
3/4 Cup of vegetable/canola oil
1 tablespoon of dill weed
1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt


Preheat oven to 250. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper for easy clean up. Gently pour pretzels into a large bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir very gently to mix well, being careful not to break pretzels into little pieces. Pour pretzels onto the sheet pan and spread into an even layer. Place pretzels into the oven and stir every five to six minutes, baking for a total of 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.  Store in an air tight container

Variation 2:

3/4 c. popcorn oil
1 (1 oz.) envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/4 tsp. lemon pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 lb. pretzels, broken sm.


Bake at 250 degrees for 40 minutes, turn over in 10 minutes.For oyster crackers, use 12-16 oz. plain oyster crackers. Bake at 275 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Place on baking sheets and bake. Drain on a brown bag to cool.


I used the original version.  There was plenty of time for the pretzels to dry and I was home all day, so I stirred them periodically throughout the day.  My daughter wasn't happy that I made them.  Megan, especially, loves them, but aren't exactly the healthiest snack, but could definately be worse.  She snacked on them all day.  Good thing I made almost two bags of pretzels.

And by the way, I did have enough for my meeting.

You can find the original recipe here from

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Birthday Cake!!

Let's take a vote. Who likes birthday cake?

  • Yes
  • No

​I'm all for the YES!   My favorite would probably be white cake, maybe a chocolate filling and white icing.  Something simple.  Too much frosting is not my thing, but I do like more than just a thin layer.

Are you hungry yet?  I am!  

I don't have any actual birthday cake to share, but I do have something else.

This was my club Thank You's from last month.  With the holidays, I was short on time.  So, my club members received them last night.  At least they didn't have to remind me.

The color pallet was definately on the subtle side.  They are also colors that haven't been used lately.  Time to dust them off and get them into the light.  I used the Stampin' Blends to color the card with.  The more I use them, the more I like.  Ever so slowly, I'm building my supply of them.  

The card layout wouldn't let the "Happy Birthday" fit on the card in one piece.  Easy solution.  Cut between the words and adhere with dimensionals.  There's no reason not to cut the saying up.

This stamp set can be yours FREE with a $50 order.  That's right, FREE during Sale-a-Bration.  You might want to think twice about this set.  Here's some awesome news:

Dies for the Happy Birthday to You Sale-A-Bration set 

They will be available for ordering starting Feb. 4 through March 31.  I don't think they will last long, so if you want them, I wouldn't wait. It's just a gut feeling, but I don't think they will last to the end of SAB.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Winds of Change Card

Last April we went to Amsterdam, Holland.  It just happened to be the perfect time to visit the tulip gardens.  I've always like tulips, but since visiting Keukenhof Garden, they are now my favorite flower.  It made our local Rotary Gardens seem like nothing in comparison.  There are about 10 million bulbs in this garden and I believe it.  We were all in awe over how the number of tulips and the beauty in which they were presented.  I'll show just a few pictures.

The pictures don't do the flowers any justice.  They were absolutely beautiful.  I would highly recommend if you get to Holland during tulip season...GO!  You won't be disappointed.  Given the chance, I would definately go back.

So, with my new love of tulips, when the Annual Catalog came out last June, I couldn't help not wanting the Winds of Change Stamp Set.  This next picture is the wooden tulips that are all over Amsterdam, in the vase I purchased there.  I can't wait for Spring to come so I get put them out again!  I couldn't resist taking a picture of them with my card.


A lot of the vases and dishes over there are white and blue.  Therefore, I chose the colors of Whisper White and Blueberry Bushel.  Very appropriate I thought.

To stamp the windmill and tulips, I highly recommend using the Stamparatus.  I was very glad I did since one part didnt' stamp well the first time.  I also cut my paper down once I stamped the image.  In the recipe, I did list the final paper size to what is on the card.

Do you see the one tulip that is standing out?  I colored it with the clear Wink of Stella.  I thought the ink had dried, but evidentally it wasn't.  I do like how it very subtly stands out from the rest.  It ended up being a good Oops.

I am hoping my club people also like this stamp set since we are using it tomorrow night.    But, unlike this one, we will be doing a lot of coloring!

Click on the above picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 40346

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Grape over Meerkats

The past several days all the talk has been a huge snowstorm is headed our way.  Friday night came the ice.  That was bad.  You could barely open car doors it was so thick.  Last night we were supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow.  I think we got 2 inches.  All the hype for nothing.  That's very typical for the weather lately.  All hype and then nothing.  But, I'm not complaining.  Our winter has been pretty calm.  We had more snow at Halloween time.  Go figure!

These guys are so fun to play with.  I stamped them in Memento and then colored with the Early Espresso watercolor pencil.  Where the color is darker, I went over those spots several times to get the darker effect.  In the lighter areas, sometimes I didn't even color those.  I just used the color that was on the blender pens.  

If you know me, you will know that I'm not a purple person.  I don't dislike it, just not a huge fan.  So, I figured it was time to finally use the Gorgeous Grape.  There is definately a richness with this deep color.  The meerkats look good surrounded by Gorgeous Grape.

The black line around the card is just made with my Basic Black marker.  Nothing special, just draw a "curvy" line and add a few dots for added interest.  I've seen more people use this look so I figured why shouldn't I use it?

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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