Bonus Days Are Here!!

July in Stampin' Up! world means...BONUS DAYS!!

What are Bonus Days ?  For every $50 dollars spent in product, you receive a code you can redeem in August worth $5?

That's right.  You are being rewarded for each purchase you make.  Gotta love it!  There are no limits to the number of $5 bonuses you can receive in the month.  For every $50 interval in an order, you will receive a code to redeem in August.  

$100 order = 2 codes

$150 order = 3 codes and so on.

For every order placed, you will receive an email containing the codes.  If you place multiple orders, you will receive multiple emails.  Double check your email address when placing the order.  I would hate for you to not receive the email.  If you don't receive the email, check your spam file.

When redeeming codes, more than on code can be used on a single order.  All codes must be used by August 31st.  After that, they will be void. 

So, does this all make sense to you?  It's a lot to throw at you.  Let me know if you have any other questions.

Happy Bonus Days!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corner Fold Card

Today Megan and I drove back to Columbus Antique Mall and got her furniture.  I called ahead and they had it ready for us to load up.  And they also helped load the van.  Now comes the fun and frustrating part in trying to figure out how to redo them.  But, that's up to Megan.  She has to come up with the ideas and I'll help her get it done.

I made this quick card this morning.  The little twist is the corner fold.  I didn't measure anything with the fold.  Don't do what I did.  I first made a fold and then decided what stamp to use.  I would suggest deciding on a sentiment and then make the fold.  

Tip:  Stamp the sentiment  before you adhere the DSP to the Rococo Rose.  This way if you have to stamp again, just rotate the paper and you are good.

The flower and greenery are stamped in Rococo Rose and Just Jade.  Sorry, but they are all  fussy cut out.  The greenery is adhere right to the card, but the flowers are on with dimensionals.  

I'm really loving this DSP.  It's real life looking stone.  Wouldn't it make a great masculine card? 

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Curvy Keepsake Candy Treat

Today we actually went out and did something.  We went to the Columbus Antique Mall.  It's a huge old factory filled with antiques.  It's very easy to social distance there it's so large.  There was a purpose for the trip.  Megan needed a dresser for school in the fall.  And we found one!  It's going to need to be stripped of the ugly paint, so she now has to figure out what she wants done.  She also found a cedar chest that she fell in love with.  Normally for trips like this, we always take my van.  But, of course, since we found two larger pieces, we didn't have it!  It's in the shop getting a recall fixed.  So, because we didn't have a large enough vehicle, there's another trip up there.  Megan and I might make a run up there on Tuesday after she's done with work.  

 

How nice would it be to receive this treat holder for no reason?  I made these treat holder for my work people.  We all worked extremely hard during the Covid months.  I wanted a way to show my people thank you for all their hard work.  I happened to bring them in on what was bad day.  I was told the attitude completely changed after the treats were handed out.  It made me feel so good knowing they appreciated my hard work.

The pattern is very similar to the Mini Cury Keepsake die.  But, I'll be honest and disclose that I cut the pattern out from my Scan n Cut.  Except for the handle, and possibly the size, it's the same exact thing.

The images are stamped on all four sides.  I folded the sides over so I didn't stamp on the bottom.  You can't have a messy bottom!

The ferns are stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sea Foam.  The color is Rococo Rose and splatter is Pretty Peacock.  These two colors are stamped off first.  Otherwise, they would have been too bold for what I was going for.

The sentiment on the label is from Tasteful Touches stamp set.  The labels are cut from the Tasteful Labels dies.  That's why they all work so perfectly together!  

The ribbon I actually used was retired.  But, any other ribbon would work also.  I knew these people wouldn't be too particular if I used retired product.

  

I was on a roll when making these and didn't count how many were done.  There were a few extra so I gave them to my club people.  After not meeting for several months, they also appreciated the treat.  I was able to "stuff" 4 mini Snickers inside.  It was all how they were placed.

Making these treat holders was so fulfilling.  It didn't cost a large amount of money, but it brought so many smiles to everyone's faces.  That's what it's about.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 46790

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Beautiful World Card

Today I had planned on making strawberry freezer jam and working in my stamp room.  Guess what I got done? ZERO.  But I have an excuse.  My Sheltie is not feeling well, and I had to make a trip to the vet.  She didn't move for about 5 hours.  Mia is a dog that follows me from room to room so when she doesn't move, I know something is wrong.  It took the vet that long to return my call so I could bring her in.  They are thinking pancreatitis.  They gave her a pain shot and it has knocked her out.  We are hoping  she will be feeling better by tomorrow.

When I saw this World of Good stamp set, I knew it was mine.  We love to travel so I couldn't resist.  

The world globe and stand is actually centered and cut out from the brass foil sheet.  Don't throw away the brass sheet.  Adhere this to the card front.  The globe was adhered back in it's spot with the mini dimensionals.  Basically like an eclipse card. 

TIP:  Be careful when running a foil sheet through the die cutting machine. The foil sheet can take on the lines from the plates.  I make sure I have a clean set of plates for this reason.  Or, you might want to have a sheet of cardstock between the foil sheet/die and plate.  

The stand was too plain and I didn't want the brass there.   Carefully, stamp the image of the stand through the brass sheet, onto the Misty Moonlight.  You get one chance at this so be carefull.  Use the stamparatus if necessary.  I got super lucky.

Now you can see a closer look at the stand and also the compass.  

Don't forget the inside.  I used Bumblebee, but stamp off first.  They way I stamped, it doesn't need to be dark.

I can't wait to use this bundle for club.  The paper is absolutely beautiful.  I am loving all the brass accents.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 46710

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Peony Garden Suite

Peonies are a very distinctive flower.  The flower is big and fluffy with lots of petals.  I remember them from the house where I was born.  They lined the entire front of the house.  I also remember the ants!  My job was to shake off the ants before we could bring the cut flowers into the house.  I remember that, but can't remember what I had for lunch last night.  Amazing.
 
Here's a quick video made by Stampin' Up! that will help you with this Peony Suite.

 

 

The 3D flowers made with this suite are definately light and fluffy.  The edges of the petals are even sponged with color.  The details are incredible.  Anyone who receives this card should appreciate the time spent making it.
 
Look at the beautiful products that are included in this suite.  You can order each of them individually. Just click on the picture of the item you want.  Simple right?

 


 
     

It gets even easier.  If you want to order the entire suite, it's just a click away.  It can't get any easier than that!

                                                                                                                                    Peony Garden Suite Collection (English)

Let me know if you have any questions about this suite.  It's absolutely gorgeous and you can't go wrong with it.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

Smile with Lovely You

What a weekend!  It was City Wide Rummage Sale this weekend.  I didn't have a rummage sale at my house, but my friend always lets me bring somethings over.  I didn't do too bad. Another friend and I went to some sales on Friday.  I was disappointed in what was out there.  Some sales were so tiny we wouldn't even consider stopping.  I am looking for a dresser and nightstand for when Megan goes back to school in the fall.  Not a single one out there.  It was so disappointing.

I really. like this stamp set, Lovely You.  It's simple and can be used for so many occassions.  The fonts are just fabulous too!  Curvy and elegant, but still legible.  

This is the first card I really used Rococo Rose with.  It's warming up to me.  I do love the Seaside Spray.  I was so happy the ribbon carried over to this catalog.  It's always frustrating when items retire before you have a chance to use them.  

 

 

The Smile is on two pieces that are cut from the Tasteful Labels Dies.  Those dies are going to be used a lot!  They are more of a label die, meaning they don't edge a certain stamp.  And I also love the banner die. I've missed the one that retired several years ago.

Don't forget about the inside.  This stamp set makes it super easy to do the inside.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - General Tso's Chicken

Don't we all get tired of hearing "What's for dinner"?  I sure get tired of it.  

A friend of mine at work makes the most amazing egg rolls.  I don't have the faintest idea how she makes them, but that are just fabulous.  I "ordered" two dozen, ne for right now, and a dozen to freeze for later.

Anyway, that was the start of dinner.  Now, what to make with it.  We just had fried rice, so that wasn't an option.  Head to Pinterest!

After searching Chinese food, this recipe popped up.  I gave it a try.  

General Tso's Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken thighs, boneless, skinless in 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

General Tso Sauce

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, low-sodium recommended
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Serving - optional

  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • green onion, minced

Instructions

  • Into a large ziplock bag, add the cubed chicken and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Seal and shake until coated. Set aside.

  • Make the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, water, sugar and cornstarch. Set aside.

  • Place a large skillet or wok on medium-high heat. Add the oil and wait 30-60 seconds until it's very hot.

  • Add the chicken pieces to the pan, shaking off excess cornstarch as you go. If you have more than fits in one layer, save half for a second batch.

  • Fry for 3-5 minutes, turning from time to time to brown evenly. Remove to a plate and reserve.

  • Remove all fat except for a tablespoon, then add in the ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.

  • Add the chicken back to the pan and mix thoroughly with the ginger-garlic.

  • Pour in the sauce mixture, and stir constantly until it's just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, less than one minute.

  • Remove from heat, serve immediately and enjoy!

We all enjoyed this recipe.  It was a little on the sweet side, so I would  start with only 1 tablespoon of sugar next time. You can always add more while it's cooking.   I also substituted cider vinegar instead of the rice vinegar.  That note was made in the original blog post.   You can see that here.  https://tipbuzz.com/general-tsos-chicken/

I did make a little extra sauce to dip the eggrolls in.  Not the typical sweet & sour sauce I usually use, but close enough.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Bee Creative

Last week we have my stamp club again.  Yay!  It was awesome seeing my ladies again.  

We always encourage Show & Tell.  One went way above and had a present for all of us.   

Katie made aprons for all of us!  Squee!!!  Isn't it adorable?  We immediately all put them on and wore them the rest of the night.  

The bee is actually from a Stampin' Up! stamp.   She thought it was completely appropriate.  We couldn't agree more.  I was on Pinterest and finally figured out the stamp set she took it from.  It was the retired SAB Honey Bee set. 

 

Honey Bee Cling Stamp Set
Honey Bee Cling Stamp Set

 

As you can see,  the bee had to be blown it up, quite a bit for the size.  It was then cut out using her Cricut machine.  Super talented.

We never did name our group.  Katie, unknowingly, just named the group - Bee Creative.  It's perfect.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper