Floral Essence Happy

It's Friday and so far I haven't left the house! And it's already 3:42 p.m.  I will have to leave eventually since we are going out for fish with some friends of ours.  That's a good reason so I don't mind.  Today was my day to get things done around here.  Laundry, dusting, vaccuuming that sort of stuff that was way over due.  

We made this one in my Floral or Sailing event this week.  I only had one regular customer come, but she brought her 2 sisters.  They were a complete hoot to be with and it was great fun.  You can definately tell there is a great family connection between them.

This is one of the Floral Essence cards we made.  The flower was the stareof the show.  It's embossed with the copper embossing powder and colored with Petal Pink and a sponge dauber.  I colored the inside and started swooshing towards the outside, leaving the ends of the flower white or just a hint of color. 

The saying is actually from the Beautiful You Stamp Set.  Remember that one?  It fit perfectly this way in the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  I already know these dies will be used quite a lot.  

I added a few pearls just for a little bling.  Wouldn't it be awesome if we had copper pearls?  That's about the only thing that would have made this card even better.  One can wish. 

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Low-Carb Easy Cheesy Zucchini Bake

I'm back!  Sorry, I haven't been around much this week.  My father-in-law had a surgery this week and I needed to help them out.  After seeing my in-laws for 4 days straight, it's about time we both take a break from each other.  Things are looking pretty good for him.  And I need to clean my house!!

This recipe I've made several times already.  My husband thinks it's "ok" but Megan liked it. 

I am always looking to find low-carb recipes, so this one really caught my eye. When I make zucchini, it usually slice it and pan fry with some onion and Italian seasonings.  It's good, but I was looking for something different for a change.

LOW-CARB EASY CHEESY ZUCCHINI BAKE

  • 2 medium-sized zucchini, cut in slices or half-moon slices
  • 2 medium-sized yellow squash, cut in slices or half-moon slices
  • 2 – 4 T chopped fresh basil (more or less, depending on how much you like the flavor of basil)
  • 2 T thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup grated mozzarella or other mild white cheese such as Monterey Jack (Use low-fat or full-fat cheese, whichever you prefer. Use a little more cheese if you like it extra cheesy!)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan, plus a little more for the top if desired
    (I would use less Parmesan if you only have the very finely grated Parmesan from a can.)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.  Spray an 8″ x 8″ or 8″ x 11″ baking dish with olive oil or non-stick spray.  (I originally used the small size, but now I prefer a slightly bigger dish.) Wash the squash and cut in slices or half-moon slices.  Wash basil, spin dry or dry with paper towels and finely chop or slice. (I used a mini salad spinner to dry the basil and Herb Scissors to cut into thin slices.) Slice green onions.
  2. Combine the sliced squash, chopped or sliced basil, sliced green onions, dried thyme, garlic powder, 1/2 grated mozzarella and 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan and stir together until the veggies are coated with cheese and the herbs are well-distributed.  Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.  Put the mixture in the baking dish and bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes, or slightly longer. (Pierce a piece of zucchini with a fork to be sure it’s mostly tender.)
  3. When the zucchini is nearly cooked through, take the casserole dish out of the oven and sprinkle over the remaining 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella, plus a little more Parmesan if desired.  Put the dish back in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted and nicely browned and zucchini is fully cooked.  Serve hot.
  4. This kept well in the fridge overnight, but mine was gone the next day so I don’t know if it would last longer than that!

  I will warn you:   this recipe makes a huge batch.  I could easily cut this in half and there will still be plenty for everyone.  On the other hand, you could easily put everything together and bake it later.  Perfect for when you have company.

Here is where I found the recipe:  https://kalynskitchen.com/recipe-for-easy-cheesy-zucchini-bake/

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

  

Fun Folding with Good Morning Magnolia

Fun fold cards are always fun to make.  People think they are harder to make, but in reality they really aren't.  Here is one I made for my swaps a few weeks ago.  

It's a pretty basic fun fold, but still was fun to make.

I cut 1 1/2 inches off the card front and added another flap on the right side.  The second piece was 4 x 4 in size, and scored at 1.  I adhered it to the back side with Tear & Tape.  I didn't trust the regular SNAIL to hold it in place.  

One good thing about this card, was that I was able to use two different patterns from the Magnolia Lane DSP.  It adds more dimension to the card.  

The flower is colored by using Petal Pink ink pad and a sponge dauber.  I usually start in the middle making circles and gradually sweeping the color towards the outside of the petals.  I used to love the regular sponges, but I am getting used to these daubers and are starting to like them more.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Welcome Dino!

What a weekend.  I need another day to recoop from the past two days.  Yesterday, we had to move Alyssa out of her house and into her new apartment at college.  We got it done in about 4 van loads, or was it 5.  At one point, there wasn't room for me in the van because of the mattress, so I amused myself and brought  everything I could downstairs on the outside porch.  Then, I stayed at her new place and started to clean/vaccuum.  The mom instinct came out and I had to clean her bathroom!  

Today, we went to a large flea market.  We found a few things, but nothing big.  Back home to get ready for my Floral or Sailing Event on Tuesday.  My four cards are now done and I just have to prep one last card.  

Now, I wanted to show you Penni's Swap Card.  

Aren't these guys adorable?  I don't typically do kids cards because my club doesn't have a need for them.  But, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy getting one in a swap! 

It's a straight forward card, but with lots of cuts using the dies and Big Shot.  Takes patience to put this together, but totally worth it.

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Hope you liked her card.  Even if you aren't into dinosaurs, it's an adorable stamp set.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

The First Christmas Card of 2019

Hard to believe that we are already thinkng about Christmas.  Another swap I participated in was Christmas themed.  Oh, I so wished I had one of the new stamp sets from the new Holiday catalog!  I am super excited because my pre-order should be here by Tuesday!  One perk of being a demonstrator!  

It's a very mono-chromatic card.  Very Vanilla with a touch of Pear Pizzazz and gold.

The Woodland Embossing folder was the perfect backdrop for the deer.  The trees are from the Waterfront Stamp Set and talk about a perfect size!  I was just lucky to be browsing my stamp sets and came across this gem.  Waterfront is not the stamp set I go to for Christmas cards.  

I added the pearl by the deer neck, just for a little detail.   Now looking at it, I should have put two smaller  pearls on either side of this one.  Would totally give the look of a necklace.

Well, here's the first Christmas card of 2019.  There will be plenty more to come!

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Still going on

It's never to late to consider signing up to be your own boss!  Stampin' Up! is offering an awesome deal through the end of August.

The Start Kit is normally is you choosing $125 of product for only $99.  Right now,  the offer is an additional $30 of product while you still only pay $99, and shipping is included!  So, in a nutshell, you get $155 of product for $99.  

Plus, you receive a coupon to spend $10 the month after you join on an order.  

 One perk of being a demonstrator?  We get to see the catalogs and purchase from them before they are released to the public!  I've already seen the new Holiday Catalog Online and can't wait for it to come in the mail!  My pre-order is now in shipping so hopefully it will come next week.  I sooo can't wait to see the new holiay items!  I've seen the catalog Online, but doesn't take the place of holding it in my hands and flipping through the pages.  

Have any questions about the perks of being a demonstrator?  I've love to chat with you.  Email me at: ckcharland@charter.net

Until next time...Stamping' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Over the Top Magnolia

I actually started this card recipe last night with the intentions of posting this card.  Well, obviously didn't work.  The details in this card are almost overwhelming, so was creating the card recipe.  I participated in several card swaps, and one category was Over The Top.  That means embellishments, ribbon, bling, and anything of that sort.  

This card stressed me out and actually took me 3 days to complete.  I was SO VERY THANKFUL that I only had to make 3 of these. I was so over this card, I didn't even make one for myself.  

Here it is:

And the photo doesn't do it justice.  

I stamped and embossed on vellum.  That's a new one for me.  Then the flowers are colored with Blueberry Bushel and Bermuda Bay.  The leaves are Mint Macaron and Granny Apple Green.  I was surprised myself by how they looked together, expecially the two different greens.

 

Also, I've never used Blender Pens on vellum.  You get a little bit more play time with the inks than just on Whisper White, but not much.  To my surprise, it did dry rather quickly. I suggest coloring one petal/leaf at a time.  The colors will blend better that way.

The large magnolia flower is actually stamped and embossed twice.  For one of them, I cut out the petals around the flower center and used dimensionals to adhere it right over the top of the other one.  I should have taken a picture so you could see the layers on this card.  Sorry about that one. 

I have never used this many dimensionals a single card like I did this one.  Almost everything is adhered with dimensionals of some kind.  Just make sure to place the dimensionals in areas that have a lot of embossing so you can't see them through the vellum.  The other glue used was the Fine Tip Glue.  Be very sparingly with it and again, stick to the dark colored/embossed areas so you can't see it.  

Now, every Over the Top card needs some pearls.  I added them in three areas of the card.  The top of the magnolia, right side of the magnolia, and in the bottom ^ of the magnolia.  There are 15 pearls on each card made.  Now I only have 2 sheets of pearls open, not three!  It's a pet peeve of mine having multiples of items opened and partly used. 

I do absolutely love how this one turned out.  My taste is definately leans more towards the clean and simple so this card definately put me out of my comfort zone.  And that is a good thing.  

One thing is for sure, I will definately be coloring more on vellum.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Floral Wedding Card

What a week.  I finally finished repainting and organizing Megan's bedroom.  She came home from her mission trip to a brand new room.  I was so happy she liked and appreciated all my hard work.  Gone was the pink and green room.  Welcome the calming blue/gray room.  

She was in a wedding several weekends ago.  It was a very good friend and Megan wanted me to make her a wedding card.  I refused, stating she needed to make it for her own friend.  She wanted floral, she got it.

There is a lot going on in this card, but it all came together.  We used some current stamp sets, along with some retired.  Here are the stamp sets used:

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Incredible Like You Photopolymer Stamp Set
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Yippee-Skippee Clear Stamp Set
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I never would have thought to use that particular saying on the front of a wedding card: Never Understimate the Power of Two.  Megan LOVE it said it fit them perfectly.  I didn't try to change her mind. 

The colors are very bright and that is what Megan was going for.  Greata for a summer wedding.   I made her stamp most everything, but did help with some of the fussy cutting.  The magnolia buds are also colored with Stampin' Blends by her.  It was her first time using them.  She chose the colors herself.  Take a look at them:

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I like how it turned out.  Once we figured out a design, the rest just fell into place.  Megan definately knew wha she didn't want and that is also very good to know.  

By the way, her friend really loved the card!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper