Christmas Fun Fold Card

Today I finally started my Christmas cookies.  I tried two new ones so far.  They are both citrus cookies, which my family loves.  One is a lemon poppyseed thumbprint with lemon curd in the middle.  I can't wait to try the finished product.  Tomorrow, I want to try a cranberry orange cookie.  As much as I like chocolate and peppermint, it's good to get away from those flavors too.  I do have my Hershey Kisses  already unwrapped and ready to go.  Maybe next week those will happen.

I was surprised that I hadn't posted this card yet.   It's similar to another card I posted, but the middle part is very different.  

It looks like the ornament is punched from the Christmas Gleaming DSP.  Well, not in this case.  The ornament is punched out of the Night of Navy with the DSP underneath.  The picture below shows more of what I'm saying.

It was hard to get a good picture, but this defintely shows the detail up close. And don't throw away the ornament.  Use it on another card.  If you can plan ahead, maybe emboss an ornament in the exact placement that works for this card.  Then it's a two-for.  

I also used the ribbon as my sentiment.  Just centered it perfectly on the Night of Navy and done.  I honestly couldn't come up with another way to use a sentiment with the ribbon.  Even a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set made the card look crowded.  And those are some small sayings!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tricorn Fold Card

My club member, Elaine wanted to design a card for our last club meeting.  She does a fabulous job making cards, especially those extremely detailed cards.  This last one did not disappoint.  There is so much detail packed into one card.  It's a special treat for me when she does this.  I get to make a card too! 

The card is called a Tricorn Fold Card.  It can be found on Jan Brown's blog.  Click here to see the blog post and youtube video.

This is the front.  Isn't it absolutely beautiful?  It is standing on one end and it multi-dimensional.  The great feature of this card is when you go to send it, the card does fold flat!  

 

Here we used the Itty Bitty Christmas and Rooted in Nature Stamp sets.  The images were embossed with white embossing powder.  The card stock is Pretty Peacock and Gold Foil.  

Take a peek at the back of the card.  Here you do have a space for a sentiment and to sign your name.

And if planning and prepping cards for us wasn't enough, she had  TWO cards for us to make!  

I absolutely LOVE the little mittens.  They perfectly match the retired DSP used. 

This is not typically the card I gravitate towards.  That's another reason why I loved making them.  Thank you so very much Elaine!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper 

 

Tasty Thursday - Double-Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

It's that time of year!  Christmas Cookie Time!!!  It's my family's favorite time.  They LOVE their cookies, especially Christmas cookies.  Megan has complained that I've been slacking the past several years.  I know I have, but it's also because we don't need all the cookies I used to make.  

Just about every Sunday, my friends and I meet at our local coffee shop for coffee and to chat.  I try to make a breakfast treat when we celebrate and exchange our handmade Christmas presents.  Since we are drinking coffee, what goes better with coffee than biscotti?  

At first, I was intimidated by making them.  But really,  they are relatively easy.  Make the batter, roll into a log, bake, slice and bake again.  Yes, you bake it two times.  That is what makes it great for dipping.  The second time is really quick and I don't always bake them the time it calls for.  I prefer my biscotti a touch on the softer side.  Try some both ways.

Double-Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

Double-Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti

  • Lightly grease two cookie sheets; set aside. In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and peppermint extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour and the bittersweet chocolate.

  • Divide dough into four portions. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Unwrap each dough portion and shape into a 7-inch roll. Place rolls 4 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets; flatten slightly until about 2 inches wide.

  • Bake, one sheet at a time, for 14 to 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on cookie sheets on wire racks for 1 hour. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

  • Using a serrated knife, cut loaves diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Place slices, cut sides down, on cookie sheets. Bake for 5 minutes. Turn slices over; bake for 5 to 7 minutes more or until crisp and dry. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool.

  • Dip one long side of each cookie into melted candy coating. Place cookies on waxed paper. While coating is still wet, sprinkle with crushed candies. Let stand until coating is set.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

My friends always look forward to these biscottis.  Of course, I share with the people working at the coffee shop too.  I definately can't leave them out.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

The Closeout Sale has Started!

Besides Christmas, December brings about one thing in the SU! world.  It's time for the 2019 Year-End Closeout Sale!!  That's right...we have to get ready for the new merchandise coming in the new SAB Catalog and also the new Spring Mini Catalog.  There is something new happening too. 

As usual, we have the closeout list.  That has items that are leaving us for good.  I know it's hard to say good-bye to some of the products that have quickly become some of our favorites.  

Another list contains items that will be available in future catalogs!  YES!  When the Holiday Catalog ends January 2, some items will not be orderable any more.  But...they will be in the next 2020-2021 Annual Catalog or even the next 2020 Holiday Catalog!  That is so incredibly awesome.  I am happen to report that the beloved moose punch is included in this list!  It is still not available to order, but he will be back next year!  

 

Click Here to view the Closeout List

Click Here to view the Carryover List

There are some items on the Closeout List that have been discounted.  I always love a sale!  Those items are listed below.

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Don't forget anything on the Closeout List is while supplies last.  You might also note that you will see the bundles on the list.   The bundle maybe retiring, but if you go to the Carryover List, you will see the individual products listed there.  

Let me know if you have any questions.  I'm here if you need me.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

 

Love You Card

Cyber Monday.  Did anyone find some faulous deals that you couldn't pass up?  I never find anything good to purchase.  So, for me, it's a total bust.  This year, I actually didn't find any super special deals on Black Friday that I needed.  I was completely bummed.  My husband wanted some items from Menards, but even at 8:00, two hours after opening, the lines and people were so overwhelming, we just walked out.  In my husband's eyes, nothing is worth that hassle.

I had to break away from the Christmas cards.  Absolutely love making them, especially with the awesome products, I needed a change, so I figured you did too.

This card only took me about 15 minutes to make.  Super easy too.

 

Take a look at the colors.  I haven't used two of them lately.   Very vibrant colors that stand out on the watercolor paper.  I used the aqua painters with the ink pads and just colored the paper.  

I love how the black Memento ink shows up against those vibrant colors.  Make sure you have your stamps inked very well to get a good stamped image.  Or you can use the Stamparatus if you need to do multiple stamping.  You definately don't want an image here that is partally stamped.

This would be a card that I would send to my girls at college.  Who would you send it to?
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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Copper on Top

It's been great having the entire family home for Thanksgiving.  We just had my in-laws over for Thanksgiving dinner.  The girls enjoyed spending time with their grandparents.  It was a nice layed back day for us.  Tonight we are all still home.  Tomorrow is another story.  The girls go back to school and my husband travels to Vegas for his work.  So, when I get home from work, the house will be very quiet.  I'd rather have all here over no one. 

This card was a huge hit at my last club meeting.  They all couldn't wait to make it.

Of course, it's made with the Christmas Gleaming bundle.  My favorite for this Christmas season.  Don't you just love the way the copper on the DSP really shines?  The top piece is the copper foil.  It doesn't shine too much in thie picture, but in real life, it does!

I try to hide the paper edges when they meet up with each other.  Here, I wrapped the ribbon around a piece of Mossy Meadow and adhered that over that line.  I may have to use this more often.  It gives a very finished look to the card.

The holly and berries I colored with blender pens and the ink pads. The leaves got a real rough coloring.  I wanted something that wasn't completely polished this time.  The berries are finished with the Shimmery Crystal Effects.  Don't forget to leave that for the very end since it needs time to dry.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Happy Thanksgiving

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I hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving.  For the first time in quite a few years, I don't have to work.  My family is just as excited as I am.  We get a REAL Thanksgiving!!  And if we want, we can go Black Friday Shopping ourselves.  We will see about that.

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Three Tree Plaid Christmas

I started my new job today.  At my local grocery store, I'll be one of the e-commerce people who work with the online orders.  In other words, my job will be shopping.  I can totally handle that.  Today was my first day training.  It went pretty good.  Being in retail for 19 years, some things came naturally.  I just have to get used to their own computer system and way of doing things.  It'll be good.

I originally had this card ready to go for club last week.  Well, we actually ran out of time and didn't get to make it!  That has never happened.  But, on the bright side, I either have a card ready for next month or this will be their thank you card.  

The three trees are all stamped in different colors and also used different patterns.  This could easily be done by just punching out three trees using three different patterns from the Wrapped in Plaid pack.  

My colors were Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce and the third was gold embossed.  Gotta get the shine on.

I really like this card.  It's clean and simple, that's my style.  Normally, I would have covered up the DSP more, but the slight change in the trees/mats really made a different and I'm liking it.  I'll have do this more often.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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