Vintage Christmas Card

My husband and I are taking a little vacation this week.  He's been stressed with work, so we decided to take a week and visit Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY.  So far, Nashville has been a lot of fun. We're enjoying visiting the bars and listening to music.  I just wish there was a few less people.  But, the food, and drinks, has been really good so far.  

When I saw this stamp set in the new Mini Catalog, I just had to get it.  Love the fact it coordinates with the punch that is in the Annual Catalog.  

I love all the hints of gold in this card.  The acorns and sentiment are heat embossed with the gold embossing powder and don't forget about the gold the Basic White is matted on.  

The stamp was a bit of a challenge.  It's three stamping steps - flower, acorn, greens.  Since I stamped the flowers first, my advice is to make sure there is enough paper above the flowers to fit the remaining stamps.  I had to redo mine at least once before I got the fit right.  

Fot the bottle, I stamped and punched it out.  Wrap some linen thread around the bottle neck.  Then I folded the top of the neck over so the thread wouldn't fall off.  I also trimmed off the lip of the bottle so you wouldn't see that from the back.  This step you don't always have to do, but I do like the look of it.  I wish I had some gold thread to wrap around the neck!

The reason I chose to accent in gold is because the DSP has it in. So, I was just accenting it's highlights.  This Lights Aglow DSP pack is going to be so fun to use this holiday season.  I highly recommend it be put on your Wish List.

This is all I have for now.  We are going on a plantation tour with a wine tasting.  Have a fabulous week.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Lots of fun news!

Stampin' Up! is full of surprises this month.  

First, sadly, SAB has now ended.  But now we have to look forward to January and February's SAB.

Second, for the month of September, there are now weekly deals!  How exciting.  Every Thursday during September, there will be new deals listed.  So, don't forget to check Thursday, Sept 1, 8, 15 and 22 to see what is posted. 

May be an image of text that says 'WEEKLY DEALS 1-28 September Every week in the month of September Stampin' Up! offering selection of discounted products. Discounts and product selection will vary from week week. Week September 1-7: MISRECIAL $12.00 RAFT NOTE CARDS ENVELOPES SALE 8.00 $10:00 BRUSHED BRASS BUTTERFLIES SALE $8.00 $10:00 158146 CLASSIC MATTE DOTS SALE $6.30 $7.00 SUMMER SHADOWS DIES SALE $27.20 $34.00 METALLIC ADHESIVE BACKED ச 8.1 59:00 154125 156569 KRAFT GIFT BOXES SALE $8.00 $10.00 15.2CM PAPER SALE $4.80 56:00 ROUND &SQUARE BRADS SALE $6.1 $7.00 CM) SPECIALTY PAPER SAL $4.80 $6.00 PAPAYA 3/8" CM) OPEN 7:00 SNOWFALL ACCENTS PUFF $3,60'

Third, there are two new branded merchandise.  Get ready for Sweater Weather!  SU! will make sure we are ready.  They came out with a new beanie hat ($20) and a coffee mug ($11)!  Definitely will help keep us warm this winter.


I'm not one for wearing hats, but I do love a new coffee mug!  

Fourth, and last.  Perfect Partners.  There are new dies that coordinate with existing stamp sets!  Yay, no more fussy cutting!  Don't wait to order because these are also only good for the month of September.  


I think this is enough for today.  There are so many things going on in September.  It's crazy!  But crazy in a good way.

Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Watercoloring with Wonderful World Bundle

I will have to say it was a pretty uneventful weekend for us.  The girls had a fabulous weekend.  They spent the weekend in Chicago and went to the Imagine Dragons concert.  I'm so happy they enjoy spending time together.  

I really do love this Wonderful World bundle.  There are only a few days left to get it FREE, with a $100 purchase.  Then it will be gone for good.  I really do hate that.  

The front Basic White piece was done with water painters and re-inkers.  Place some drops on a stamp block.  With the water painter, wet the Basic White card stock.  Immediately add a little water to the ink, rub it around and then color the paper.  Add a little bit more water if you need.  

Before you stamp the flower on the watercoloring, make sure it is DRY.  If not, it'll just bleed and make a mess of everything.  

The stamp set I used is also going away.  It's the Amazing Phrasing stamp set, also FREE with a $100 purchase.  There are a lot of phrases that are used today.  Look at the inside phrase I chose.

For the flowers, I used my ink pads.  They were simple enough to ink the stamp by using just the edge of the ink pad.  If that won't work for you, use your Stampin' Write markers.  Sometimes, the. markers are easier than the ink pads.  But use which ever product you have.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Let's Celebrate Fun Fold Card

Last night Chris and I went to a Beloit Snapper Softball game.  They are a local minor league team.  The stadium is brand spanking new and wow!  It was really nice.  We ended up sitting at a table with an elderly couple from Rockford, Ill.  They were the nicest couple!  I think we chatted more than we actually watched the game.  Their names were Harry and Lynette.  If it weren't for them, Chris would have wanted to leave a lot earlier than we did.  It was such a pleasant way to spend the evening.

I know, just another Splendid Thoughts card.  Promise, I'll post something else next week.  Lol!

But, this is a fun fold card.  Look at how it opens.

It's a close up picture, so I hope you can see how it opens.  The Pool Party is a folded card that opens on the right side, while the Sahara Sand card base is very small and opens on the left side.  Relatively easy, but make a big impact.

When playing around with all the stems on the front, make sure the adhesive doesn't go over the edge of the Pool Party.  Just play around with the stems you choose.  Also, don't forget to use the adhesive sheets before you cut them out with your Cut & Emboss machine.  They will make your life so much easier.

Lastly, don't forget the bling!  I used the Brushed Brass Butterflies. The final touch to this card.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Sending Hugs with Splendid Thoughts stamp set

Yesterday, my friend came over and helped me make this sign for my kitchen.  

I've only had the suppplies since last fall.  That's procrastating for almost a year.  Sara taught me a few things about my Scan n Cut machine and she's better about using the computer program that I am.  it still would have take me a lot longer if she hadn't helped me.  Best of all, Chris thought I bought it!  

You might have seen other cards very similar to this one.  But, for every one, there is always something just a little bit different.  One difference for me is the background embossing.  Which ever folder Stampin' Up! suggested to use, I didn't have.  Instead, I chose the Timber 3D embossing folder.  I wanted something neutral and that caught my eye.

This ribbon I absolutely LOVE.  It Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon.  Is so light, you can almost see though it.  Since it's so light, it's easy to tie into bows.  My favorite kind of ribbon!

Don't forget to use the Adhesive Sheets on the Basic White stems.  Just adhere some to one side of  Basic White and cut out with the dies.  When it's time to adhere, remove the sheet from the back and it's instantly a sticker.  When you have such tiny detail cut outs, the adhesive sheets are the best thing ever.  No messy adhesive leaking around.  You may have to press down to make sure it does adhere to the embossed background.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Spanner Panel 3 Layer Card

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  The girls were both home, so that made it good for me.  We always love it when both are back home together.  It's all about family time. 


Not exactly sure why it's called a Spanner card, but there are three layers to it.  And the card base is just a standard 8 1/2 x 5 1/2.   

Layer #1. The two pieces of DSP on the ends are the first layer.  They are cut 1 1/4 on each side, up to the fold line.  The vellum is adhered between the DSP and the side card pieces.  This way the entire piece will be together when you lift up one side.  

Layer #2.  You aren't seeing things.  The side DSP pieces are also on the inside.  You can see the difference between the first two layers.  The middle piece has the embossed piece of Melon Mambo.  The white label is from the Labels Aglow dies.  Yes, it is from a Christmas die set, but there's nothing Christmas about this label.   For the flowers, I used my Stampin' Write markers to color the stamps.  Unfortunately, there are no dies to match Wonderful World bundle, so they were cut by hand.  

Layer #3.  Now you see the final layer of the card.  The inside.  Now do you believe there are three layers?  I didn't believe it either.  Not until I actually started making the card. 

Wonderful World bundle includes the stamp set along with this beautiful DSP pack.  It is absolutely beautiful.  I highly recommend getting th bundle.  The words are from the Amazing Phrasing stamp set.  They are currently on the SAB sale.  FREE, each with a $100 order.  SAB does end at the end of August, which is coming up way too fast.  Both items are still available, but with time running out, sometimes they can go fast.  

Have a great week!


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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Mexican Shredded Beef

So, I was going to do a blog post yesterday.  But there was a slight problem.  No internet.  My text said it should be restored by 5:30.  Well, it was long past before it was restored.  And by then, I was curled up with a good book.  

A couple weeks ago, I wanted to make shredded beef nachos.  Usually, I put a roast in the slow cooker with some taco seasoning.  But, I wanted something different this time.  More flavor.  

After looking on Pinterest, I found this recipe.  It has basic ingredients that I always have on hand!  Love those recipes.  This one definitely did have the flavor I was looking for.  Not spicy hot, just enough flavor.

Mexican Shredded Beef

  • 3.5-4 lb chuck roast, boneless
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 lime, juiced

Dry Rub Spices:

  • 2 Tbsp chili powder (I used McCormick brand)
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1-2 tsp salt *We usually use 2 tsp, or ½ tsp salt per pound of beef. 
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, for added heat)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Combine all of the dry rub spices in a small bowl, set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the beef broth and tomato paste.

Place the chuck roast in the Crock Pot insert. Rub half of the spices on the top of roast. Flip, and rub in the other half of the spices on the top and sides.

Pour the broth/tomato paste mixture over the top and sides of the roast.

Cover, and cook on low for 8 hours.

Check the roast is fork tender, and shreddable. (If it is still tough, cook an additional hour or more until fall-apart tender.)

Remove the roast, and place in a large bowl. (Leave the broth in the Crock Pot.) Shred with two forks, discarding any excess fat.

Return the beef to the Crock pot, squeeze in lime juice, and stir. Do a taste, and add more salt if needed. Ready to serve!  (For a drier beef: Leave the beef in the large bowl after shredding, and add some reserved broth to it until desired consistency/flavor is achieved.)

I figure if Chris says that I can make it again, it has to be pretty good.  I really didn't change much in this recipe, except for not adding all the cayenne pepper.  Usually, I do add some, just not all of what the recipe calls for.

The original recipe can be found at

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Spruced Up Gift Card Holder

I just started watching Virgin River on Netflix.  Does anyone else watch it?  So far, reminds me kind of a Hallmark movie. Ok, maybe I literally spoke too soon.  In Hallmark Movies, they don't pull out guns and point them at each other and then treat gun shot wounds.  That was a surprise wist for me.  I keep waiting for the mystery surrounding everyone to come out.  

This is my first card using the Spruce Up stamp set.  What fun!  The gift boxes are my favorite on this card.  The one I even embossed with gold embossing powder.  It matches the gold in the paper.

The DSP is Lights Aglow DSP pack.  One side of the paper has gold highlights throughout.  The other side is just regular, but beautifully designed patterned paper.  The gold is hard to see in this picture, but it's there.  Trust me.


The inside has a little surprise.  It's a gift card holder.  It's never too early to get started on Christmas card gift holders.  Take a peek at the inside.

The blue is where the gift card will go.  Even with the Tear & Tape right along the edges, it didn't fit too well vertically.  So, instead I added another piece of Tear & Tape  just below the end of the half circle.  This way the gift card won't fall out and also, you won't see it from the front.  

Click on the above pictures for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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