Time is almost here!

Tomorrow is the day.  It's the day when you can order your own Stampin' Up Blends!  They are alcohol-based markers so that when you use them, the colors blend together.  It makes shading super easy and fun.  They really give dimension to a plain image.  The markers are best when used with the Tuxedo Memento stamp pad.  Reason for this is that the Memento ink keeps a sharp image and won't bleed into the actual Blends color.

Here is a quick video about the Blends. It's only about a minute long so take a look.  If you are new to the Blends, it'll give you an idea of how they work.


Enjoy the video.  The Blends make coloring fun.  And easy.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



They're baaack!!

Have you heard what Stampin' Up is bringing back?  



That's right!  They have improved on the quality of these markers and so they will be back!  The demonstrators have been able to order them this month and gave them a good trial run.  All the feedback that I've seen has been very positive.  They like the quality, not dried out, and true to SU colors.  So, Stampin' Up will be selling them to everyone! And that starts Nov. 1. That's just around the corner.  

I have not had a chance to order the new Blends yet.  But, I really did like the old ones since I didn't have any issues with them.  Of course, these are on my very own wish list.  They are totally fun to color with.  The key is to sit down and just play and experiment with the colors and shading.  

Now don't also forget we have the paper sale still going on until Oct. 31.  That's buy 3 get one free.  Can you imagine how beautiful this Just Add Color DSP would look if you used the Stampin' Blends?  You would be creating a totally one-of-a-kind paper for sure.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper




Tasty Thursday -No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Tasty Thursday means it's time for another recipe.  This is one that my family loves, especially my daughter Megan.  It's homemade granola bars.  For a while she had me making them pretty much weekly.  What I like about them is that I can eat one for breakfast, and not be hungry again until lunch.  They are soft and chewy, great to break apart and nibble on.  Sometimes I add chocolate chips or mini m&m's.  Even mini marshmallows would be good.  One thing I have learned is not to skip putting in the refrigerator.  For some reason, they don't turn out as well, but you don't have to keep them in the fridge.  I store mine in a container on the counter.

No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

4 cups quick oats

2 cups Rice Krispies

1 cup flax seed

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

1 cup honey

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Line 9 x 13 pan with foil.

In large bowl, combine oats, Rice Krispies, and flax seed.  In microwavable bow combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla and brown sugar.  heat in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.  Combine well with dry ingredients.

Press into pan.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.  Remove and cut into bars.  

Enjoy them.  My family sure does!

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

More Sunflowers

Brrr.  The weather is quite chilly here in Wisconsin.  I actually had to turn the heat on for the first time today.  And I am one to hold off as long as possible.  But I do have our cat sleeping next to me and trying to keep me warm.  

This was my club thank you card this month.  I always put a card designed by me in with their orders.  They do appreciate the special treat.  And since I already had this stamp set out, I figured I just had to use this one again.  The sunflower is Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.  I really like how bright it is.  Definately an eye-catcher. 

Don't forget the paper is also on sale until October 31! Stampin' Up doesn't do this sale often so take advantage of it.  Buy 3 get one FREE.  

My color combo isn't too much today.  Pretty tame, but that's ok sometimes.


Hope you enjoyed this.  Click on the picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Happy Sunflower

The weather is cold and windy.  Gray skies all day.  Leaves falling on the wet grass. The best part?  I didn't leave my house all day long.  That's right.  Not even to get the mail.  The bills will keep until tomorrow.  My husband is traveling so I didn't even have to make dinner.  I love these days.  My time was spent in my craft room and was actually productive.  I crafted three Christmas cards.  And with using three different stamp sets.  

This sunflower card I created for my club last week.  Sunflowers always cheer people up.  Using bright colors does the same thing...makes everything more cherry.  And with our weather lately, we need all the cherry we can get.  I've seen so many variations of the flower on line, it's incredible.  I have seen a purple one.  Normally I am not a huge fan of purple, but it was gorgeous.  I should try it myself.  

I'll confess a secret about the strip of Lemon Lime Twist on the bottom.  I went to stamp the sentiment on the Whisper White and I didn't have enough room.  If the dsp would have been towards the edge more, it would have fit.  So in comes some improving since the paper was already adhered together.  Hence the strip.  I actually like how it did turn out.  This goes to show that there are no right or wrong in stamping.  Just creativity.  


What do you think about the color combo?  Interesting.  Did you ever think all those colors would work together?  But they do work together.   You never know what works together until you try it.  

Click on the picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Tasty Thursday

I'm so glad today is over.  It was kind of crazy at work today.  Several times I've been trying to access my iCloud on my phone.  It keeps saying my iCloud storage is almost full and I want to go in and reorganize/delete photos.  After an hour, I now have a headache and calling it quits.  I'm beginning to think it wasn't meant for me to access.  

Two weeks ago, we had a potluck at work.  I wanted to bring something "fallish" and found this on one of my boards on Pinterest.  The Fall Pumpkin Dip was actually super easy to make and very flavorful.  I was surprised that my husband liked it so much.  Typically he is not a cool whip fan, but I guess pumpkin overrules that.  Definately make this ahead of time since the flavors need to blend together.

Fall Pumpkin Dip

15 oz can  pumpkin

5 oz box instant vanilla pudding, just the powder

16 oz container cool whip

1/2 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 tablespoon Cinnamon

Mix pumpkin, pudding mix, cool whip and pumpkin spice together by hand.  Chill several hours before serving.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve with fresh apple slices, vanilla wafers or ginger snaps.

Optional:  carve a small pumpkin and serve the dip right from there.

This does make a lot so it would be great for parties or potlucks.  Or even Thanksgiving.  Give it a try.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Don't forget the Paper Sale

Did you forget Stampin' Up has a designer series paper sale going on?  They don't do this sale very often, so I was excited that they brought this sale back again.  So take advantage of it.  There is paper in the Annual Catalog as well as the Holiday Catalog.  Once Christmas is over, we will have to come up with new projects to create and this is the perfect way to plan ahead.  They also make great Christmas presents.  

Only 2 weeks left!  Don't wait until the last minute to get your order in. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Hedgehog Fun

Now, I'm not into hedgehogs generally, but isn't he just adorable?  I saw this on Pinterest and had to case him.  Can you tell what he was stamped from?  Painted Harvest stamp set!   Yes, he's the sunflower stamp.  Now who originally came up with this idea is so clever.  Never would I have thought to turn a sunflower into a hedgehog.  I made 2 of these and sent them to my girls in college.  Now I'm just waiting to see what their reaction is.  If anything, I'm sure they will love the little spending money I tucked inside for them.  

Now, it did take several tries to get the hedgehog looking right, especially with the color combo.  The hedgehog (or sunflower) consists of 2 stamps.  After experimenting, I had finally figured it out.  Sahara Sand was the larger stamp and Soft Suede was the smaller one.  Try the colors out before you actually stamp the final image.  It'll save you frustration later on.  Because I didn't want the whole entire sunflower, I placed a post-it note where I wanted him to lay.  For the face, I saw that you could use the face from Foxy Friends stamp set.  I don't have that set, so I just used my Soft Suede marker for the eyes and nose.  


It's been a rainy week here in Wisconsin.  Here's to hoping we will see the sun tomorrow.  

Click on the card picture for dimensins and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper