Hungry for some fruit?

Doesn't this card make you hungry?  I typically do not do the fruit stamp sets, but this one called out to me for some reason.  Giving you fair warning...the fruit are small and a little putzy.  But oh so adorable.  

One thing I like about the stamp set, is that the stamp is slightly larger than the punch.  This makes it easier to line up and not having to worry about the white space around the image. I would totally recommend just taking the time and stamping a bunch of all the fruit. Stamp more than you will need.   It's so much easier to have extras then to have restamp the fruit.  My extra fruit pieces are stored in a tiny ziploc bag and with the stamps.  Keeps everything simple.

There are a ton of colors going on in this card.  Here is what I used for the fruit:

  • Strawberry - Real Red and Garden Green
  • Watermelon - Watermelon Wonder and Pear Pizzazz
  • Pineapple - Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi
  • Pear - Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede

Very typical I know.   For the basket, the outline is Soft Suede and used Crumb Cake Stampn' Blends for the inside.  They don't leave the lines like normal markers do.

The patterned paper is from the Tutti Frutti DSP.  The pack of paper is 6x6 and has very vibrant colors.  I wanted paper that had color and some design but nothing overwhelming.  When looking at the pack, these were exactly what I wanted.  Based off the base cardstock, this is the color scheme for the card.


I'll share my other cards that I used this stamp set on at a later date.  It's been addictive playing with these.  

Click on the card picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Need an easy card?

There are times when we need an easy go-to card.  This could be the one.  It's simple, but you still get the two sides of the dsp for dimension and the texture of the ribbon.  

Now, I used dimensionals on the folded corners so they would stay down, but that's your choice.  Dimensionals are necessary for the punch to go over the burlap ribbon.  

The only thing you have to be careful of is when you cut the slit on the right hand side.  On one piece, I cut the slit and noticed, my paper was upside down.  Bummer.  Definately wouldn't look good having the flowers upside down.  

This is going to be a short post tonight.  I'll have another one tomorrow.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Lazy Sunday

That's what it's been like for me today.  Had coffee with my friends, and a quick trip to the grocery store.  My husband wants to redo his bathroom so we went to Menard's to look at vanities, lighting and the such just to get ideas.  I found a  light fixture that I absolutely love for my stamp room.  It has 3 Edison bulbs and I am worried they won't give enough light that I need.  Otherwise, I spend the rest of the day hanging around in my stamp room.  Everyone needs a lazy day every once in a while.  I only work tomorrow morning, so I guess my afternoon will be doing the housework I put off today.  Sigh.  

Monday I had my demonstrator meeting and these are the make 'n takes we did.  For the butterfly, we used the Stampin' Blends.  Boy, those are nice.  They blended very well and really made the butterfly come to life.  I finally purchased a few and can't wait to use them.  I've only dabbled with them a little.  

The Waterfront card is gorgeous.  It looks like a watercolor picture.  Just needs a frame around it.

The panda bears are just adorable.  I really am regretting not getting them.  They are on the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes.  The size is really fun to play with.  With all the cards I see online, I may break down before SAB ends to get them.  

It's a short post tonight.  Tomorrow I'll share a card I made using the Fruit Basket stamp set.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


The Best SAB stamp set

I personally think Happy Wishes is one of the best stamp sets in the SAB catalog.  So many ways this set can be used.

Do you hate wasting paper?  I sure do.  When designing a card, the first place I go to is the scrap pieces.  Seriously, it is.  I think it's a cheap thrill being able to design a card around scraps.  This card is case in point.  If you have followed my prefious blog posts, you may recognize the oval cardstock "you are the best" is stamped on.  Recognize it?

                                                                Does this card look familar?  The oval is cut from my Waterfront card.  I was looking at the oval and trying to come up with a card to use it on. Everything was based around it. It's a great way to have less waste.  We pay for the cardstock, so why throw it away if you can use it.  

Need to bring out the embossed design on the cardstock?  Sometimes the details don't show up as much as we would like.  By lightly sponging with the ink pads, it brings out the embossing design.  It's a super easy technique but really brings the embossing detail to life.  

Hope you enjoyed my little tips.  Don't overlook the small details.  Sometimes they are the best part of the card.

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Tasty Thursday - NY Cheesecake

Happy Thursday!

Last night I was working on a new blog post.  After about 45 minutes I went to post it.  It came up with an error message.  Wouldn't post to my blog.  Of course, I lost the entire post I worked on.  OMG!   Talk about frustrating! Grrrr.   I just gave up, wanted to throw down my computer, but instead  went to bed.  Blogging can be time consuming, and when an error message appears, that definately doesn't help.

Anyway, I'm hoping this post will go through. I think I will save it as a draft  before I actually publish it.  

Monday I tried a new recipe for NY Cheesecake for my demonstrator meeting.  People seemed to like it.  And of course, I forgot to take a picture.  That's ok because mine didn't turn out like the picture on Pinterest anyway.  I found the recipe on  I followed the directions completely and wow, baking time of 2:15.  My cheesecake turnout out a little more done on top than I would have preferred,  kind of crumbly and not as moist. It didn't cut in clean lines.  If I would try this recipe again, I recommend testing to see if it is done at 2 hours and adjust from there.  I believe it would have been perfect if I would have thought about that ahead of time.

   Doesn't it look scrumptous?  It was a little odd that it didn't have a crust either.  I'm not sure why, but maybe baking that long would make the crust too hard.  Not sure, but a good guess.  The flavor was great.  You could taste just a hint of lemon.  I had some cherry pie filling on the side so people opted to have that if they wanted.  I would totally try this recipe again.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Exclusive Extras

Do you love to craft and make cards?  Scrapbook?  Are you ready for a change?  Do you want to be a part of a great network of demonstrators?  Do you want to purchase products and benefit yourself and not someone else?  Have you thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? 

When is the best time to become a Stampin' Up demonstrator?


Seriously, the best time to join is during Sale-a-Bration.  The extras are fabulous.

First of all, you get to choose $125 of product and only pay $99.  It can be literally anything in the any of the 2 catalogs.  You make your starter kit your own.    

Second, during SAB you can choose ANY ADDITIONAL 2 stamp sets for free.  You can choose from the Annual catalog or the Spring Occasions catalog. 

Being a demonstrator, you also get sneak peaks of the catalogs before everyone else can see it.  We also get to pre-order items so by the time the catalog goes live, you will be ready to show your customers and get them excited in the new products.  

Another bonus is being involved with a great number of other demonstrators.  My upline hosts a monthly meeting that is open to all demonstrators.  It's a great way to meet other demos, share business tips, ask questions, to make and takes, and just have a good time. If you aren't local, the minutes of the meetings are posted on our FB page which is wonderful.  It's the best way to ask questions and brainstorm with others.  If you have a question, ask and I can guarantee someone till know the answer.  

I would love for you to join me on my Stampin' Up! journey.  It is truely the best time to join.  You won't be alone for you will be joining a group full of wonderful and creative ladies.

Need some encouragement or have any other questions, I'm there to help you.  Contact me and we can chat.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper




Tutti-Frutti Card


Happy Sale-a-Bration time!  I wanted to showcase some of the products you can get for FREE!  I think it took me only 15 minutes to create this card.  It's super easy but was really fun to do.

The three white-washed colors are  Daffodil Delight, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist.  Don't they look great together?  I used the Aqua Painter, used some ink from the lid of the ink pad and just colored on watercolor paper.  How easy!  Let it dry a few minutes.  The Happy Birthday is stamped in Early Espresso.  Because the watercolor paper is textured, the flowers under the Happy looked unfinished.  So I took my Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink markers and colored in the flowers and leaves.  

Thinking it needed some accessory, I looked through my stash trying to find something besides ribbon.  The Tutti-Frutti Adhesive Backed sequins are PERFECT!  I was excited to finally use them.  Adhesive backed sequins.  How great are those?  Thank you Stampin' Up! for coming up with these.  Love them!  In my eyes, I think all sequins should be adhesive backed.  

The card and envelopes are from the SAB catalog.  They are gorgeous.  The cards are scored and do have a very subtle print on that I love.  The print is not too bold to take away from anything you create.  Here is a closer look of them. Aren't the colors just yummy?  Remeber, they are FREE with a $50 order.

I'm already really liking the stamp set too.  It's called Happy Wishes and is in the SAB catalog too.  It's FREE with a $100 order.  I know that sounds like a lot, but look what you get with this set.  There are just a ton of ways to use this set.  Now, when I get a stamp set that is mostly words, I think I'll be lucky if I use half maybe.  With this one, I think I'll use all of them.  They are just common everyday sentiments.  The font is also very elegant, but definately not hard to read.  


That's all I have for now.  Tonight is my demonstator meeting in Watertown.  I belong to a great group of demos that meet monthly, share make and takes, and business tips.  It's a great time to learn from those who have been demos longer than me. I made a cheesecake for tonight.  I've been hungry for one, and this way I get over my craving and I don't have the whole cheesecake in my house which I don't want or need.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Let the Good Times Roll bundle

Have you been looking at the new Spring Occasions Catalog?  I finally got some time today to stamp with my new sets!  I haven't taken any pictures of the cards, but I will to share them with you.  The Waterfront set is my new favorite.  Even my daughter thought my card was pretty.  

Here is a video on the Let the Good Times Roll bundle.  I have seen the roller coaster in person and it is totally adorable.  Anyone who loves theme parks would go nuts for a card made with this bundle.  Click on the link below the picture to watch the video.  It's from Stampin' Up and is just over 8 minutes long.  Not to terribly long to sit down to watch.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Back to work tomorrow, but a short shift for me then 2 days off!  Yes I'll repeat...2 DAYS OFF!  I haven't had that in quite a while.  More time in my stamp room!

Have a good night everyone!

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper