Butterfly Gala Swap Card

Last week at my demo meeting we did a shoebox swap.  Everything to make for a card should fit inside a shoebox.  The theme:  New Catalog.  I'll be showing these sporatically over the next week or so.  Here is the first one, and they are in no special order.

Butterflies are going monochromatic in this card.  Balmy Blue and Whisper White. 

I do believe that I am one of the few demonstrators that do not own this stamp set!  It is sooo popular and I always have other stamps that I want to get first.  Crazy right?  I do like them though.

This is the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and coordinating punch.  What is really nice is that both butterfly images are on the same stamp.  They match up perfectly for the punch.  Brillant!  

I'll share another card tomorrow.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Good Morning Magnolia

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers.  We are just having  a calm day around here.  My In-laws's are coming over for dinner tonight.  Nothing exciting happening here.  

This flower was fun to color with the Stampin' Blends!  The majority of the colors I used were Petal Pink and Old Olive.  Light Calypso Coral was in the center of the flower and Light  Crumb Cake was the stem.  

Here's a helpful hint.  When doing a larger space, such as the flower, color the petals one at a time with both blends. Some people do the entire image with one blend and go back with the other.  I don't think the colors blend as well when done that way.  The first color has time to "dry" too much, therefore not blending as well.  I know it is kind of a pain to do it this way, but I highly suggest it for the best results.

I used the Shimmery White paper for the flower.  Wow, does that stand out!  Take a closer look.

 

Another tip I have is to cut out the image with the dies and Big Shot before you color.  This way, if the dies move in the Big Shot, you can just stamp and cut again.  You didn't waste your time coloring for nothing.  That is the worst!  I got lucky on this one. 

I don't be doing this exact card during my Stamp in the New Catalog event, but this is the stamp set I will be featuring.  The coloring is time consuming so I'm thinking about doing a variation of this card.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Floral Essence Again

Today I was in a mood.  A mood to make cookies for my family.  They have been complaining that I only make cookies at Christmastime.  That's because I make so many, I don't want to do them the rest of the year.  Well, today they came home work and were estatic to see Chocolate Chip Cookies fresh on the counter.  And, amazingly, there are some left tonight.  

I made this card for club this week.  Take a look at that DSP!  I am so in love with it.   The flowers almost look like they are floating in a pond.  

The first thing to do with this card is to stamp on the vellum.  It does take a few minutes to dry, or you can use the heat tool to speed up the process.  After they are dry, you are free to punch out the images.  If you get too much ink on the image, dab off the excess with a tissue or stamp off before you stamp the next image.  I had to do this with my Old Olive and it looked just fine.

Did you notice the leaf image in the stamp set works in the current leaf punch?  Yay!  I love it when products are able to be used multiple ways.  I do love my punches.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Honey Lime Shrimp

I was glutton for punishment and stopped in at work.  But...on the positive side, someone told me about this recipe.  I know, having the honey and lime together in a recipe threw me off a bit.  Never would have thought to put those two together.  

It's shrimp and of course, Alyssa doesn't like seafood.  So, for her, I cut up a chicken breast and cooked that first and then added it back into the final dish.

Honey-Lime Shrimp

1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

2 teaspoons garlic, minced (separate in half)

¼ cup honey

1 lime, juiced

1 pound asparagus, sliced (I used green beans)

1 red bell pepper, sliced

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Add shrimp, salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of garlic, honey and lime juice. Mix well. Cook for 2 minutes, or until bottom of shrimp turns pink and opaque.

3. Flip the shrimp and cook an additional 2 minutes or until shrimp are fully pink and there are no gray bits. Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.

4. In a fresh skillet (or you can clean out the same one), add oil and sauté the asparagus and bell pepper with salt, pepper, and the remaining garlic.

5. When the asparagus and bell pepper have reached your desired doneness, add the shrimp back into the skillet and combine.

6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Another ingredients none of us likes is asparagus.  Yuck!  In my defense, I have tried it again several year ago, and nope.  I still don't like it.  So, instead I substituted fresh green beans.  They cooked in the juices for just about 5 minutes and they were perfect.  Still crunchy.  Alyssa said the red pepper was perfect too.  I added that about 2 minutes after the green beans.  

One of my favorite spice stores is Penzey's Spices.  Awesome!  Looking at the recipe, I thought it needed some seasonings so I added their Sate seasoning.  It's a blend all of their own and we love it.  It did add some flavor, but could have used more.  

Megan thought this should be served over rice.  She loves to have the juice soaked up by the rice.  Next time I will definately try it.  

This recipe was super fast to cook too.  I think it took about 15 minutes to make.  Maybe.

Overall, my family liked this recipe and would not mind having it again.  It's a great recipe for the girls while at college.  For the most part, you can always have the ingredients on hand.  That is besides the shrimp and green beans.

You can find the original recipe here - Honey Lime Shrimp  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Fabulous Floral Essence

It's Hump Day!  And I don't work for two days so I'm happy.  Only 12 more days and my store will be closed.  It's sooo depressing watching the store get emptier by the day.  At this point, we are on survival mode.  We try to get through day by day, sometimes even hour by hour.  I'm ready for it to be done.  I'll just miss my work family something fierce.

With everything happening at work, I'm even more thankful for my club family.  We met last night and this is one card we made.  

The more I use this Perennial Essence DSP, the more I love it.  It's more of the abstract florals and it is gorgeous. It reminds me of some Monet paintings.  Until I saw this paper, I would never thought to pair Blackberry Bliss with Balmy Blue.  But they work great together.

Unfortunately, Floral Essence stamp set doesn't come with dies for the flowers.  So, the flower is fussy cut.  It wasn't too bad and it's only one flower.  I used mini dimensionals to adhere it to the circle, and used the mini dimensionals again to adhere the circle to the card front.  So, it's double mini dimensionals on the flower.  

Looking through my stash, I found this Nature's Twine pack and it included Blackberry Bliss twine!  SCORE!!  I tied the bow and adhere it with a rolled up glue dot.  

The saying from Floral Essence didn't fit right with this card, so this one actually is from Good Morning Magnolia.  This one fits perfectly in the space and you can't go wrong with a general sentiment like this one.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Flower Power

Don't you just love flowers?  I especially love daisies.  They are such a happy flower.

I was excited to see they kept the daisy stamp set and punch!  My favorite of the three images is the box.  I love how they blended the sky and the grass with the flowers on top.  It truely does look like a picture.  

The middle card is made using the A Big Thank You stamp set.   To be honest, I never really looked at this set too much.  But, this card totally catches my eye.  It's bright and colorful.  The saying is so sweet.  Wouldn't you love giving this to someone as Thank You card?

The daisy stamp set and punch I have used multiple times.  Stamp and punch out two flowers, adhere them together and the above is what you get.  A nice full daisy flower.  Beautiful! 

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Have a great night everyone!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper 

 

July Magnolia Event

Is anyone local to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin?  I'm excited to be hosting an event in July!

I will be featuring the new stamp set, Good Morning Magnolia and it's coordinating products.  Have you seen it?  It's absolutely gorgeous!!  Look at those dies.  I can't wait to see what some of those flower dies put to use.  I'm hoping for some 3-d magnolia flowers.  Wouldn't that be awesome?

 

 Finally, the other day I got time to actually stamp with these products.  LOVE THEM!  I can't wait to show them off in July.  So, what are we doing?  You will be making 4 different cards, 2 of each kind, walking out with a total of 8 cards.  Also included are the envelopes and any adhesives necessary. 

Do you like sweet treats?  I'll be personally making some for the event.  Already my head is swimming with ideas.

Contact me if you are interested in attending this event.  I'm already waiting for my order to come so I can hopefully plan an event in August too!  I'll keep you posted on that.

Let's stamp together in July!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

  

 

Simple Stamping Magnolia

Happy Fri-Yay!  Do you have any special plans for the weekend?  I work tomorrow, but we are taking Sunday off.  We all have been working hard, so Sunday is a fun day.  We'll see what we end up doing.  Hopefully the weather will be nice.  

I've been busy getting ready for my demo meeting and club next week.  Here is a super simple card that literally took me 5 minutes to make.


 

I've been playing with the Magnolia Lane Suite today.  Wow!  This image is really fun to color with the Stampin' Blends.  

Here is a perfect example of simple stamping in a few simple steps

  • Stamp the image in Memento Ink
  • Color lightly the middle of the flower 
  • Color the entire flower with Wink of Stella
  • Add the sentiment

​This card really only took me 5 minutes to design and actually make.  The Petal Pink in the center of the flower adds just a little bit of color.  The entire card is colored with the Wink of Stella.  Take a closer look at the center.

You can see where I colored the Petal Pink and also the shimmer of the Wink of Stella.  Who doesn't love a little bit of shimmer?  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 34035

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