Magnolia Suite

So, did you make your wish list?  I placed my order yesterday!  Now the waiting begins.

The Magnolia Suite is calling my name.  Look at these samples!  They are gorgeous.  Love the subtle colors but yet they all manage to stand out together.  Interesting how that all works out. 

I'm going to be using this next week for my club.  They are sure to love this Suite. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Last Chance Products

Today is the last day for the Last Chance Products.  You do realize what this means right??

Tomorrow the new catalog goes live!!!

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Are you ready for some awesomeness?  I'm so ready.  My wish list is way to long.  I'm going to have to pace myself.  One thing I'm anxious to get are the new In-Colors.  Have you seen them?   Just be aware...there have been a few quality issues with the Purple Posy Ink Pad and it is currently not available for ordering.  I know it's inconvenient, but Stampin' Up! is particular when it comes to quality.  They won't settle for anything less than perfect.   I'll keep you posted when it will be available to order. 

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Ordering will available to start noon MT, which is 1:00 pm for us Central Time people.  Please be patient if the website is running a little slow.  There will be just a few people placing orders tomorrow.  I'll be one, but after work is done.  

What's on your wish list?  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

21 Eclipse Card

We finally had great weather for a Sunday! Sunny and warm-ish.  It's not often when I say it could have been a little bit warmer, but who's complaining?  I was able to get outside and weed some of my flower beds that were long overdue.  Tomorrow should be a good day too because I don't work!!! And it's supposed to be a little bit warmer too.  That never happens to me, especially two days in a row.  

This was the only card I was able to get in my stamp room to make.  It was for Megan's 21st Birthday.  

It is called a Eclipse Card.    Notice how the 21 is cut right from the card front and then re-adhered in the same position using dimensionals.  You can see it, but it isn't the only thing you see on the card.  

For the girl image, I wanted to make sure she came out perfect.  Get out the Stamparatus!  It took about three stamps to get her completely black.  The Stamparatus made it easy to stamp over because it stays positioned until I move the paper myself. Love it!

The two stamp sets I used are Enjoy Life and Amazing Life.  Ironic that both stamp sets have the word Life in each one.  Megan has lived up to both of these titles while she was in England these past 6 months.  She had an adventure that she will never forget.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Diagonal Card

Yesterday was a great day.  Megan came home from England!!  We were waiting for her in Chicago with balloons.  It's not everyday she comes home from Europe on her 21st birthday.  She walked in the door and immediately grabbed her cat.  I think she missed him more than me.  Oh well.  She's home and not going anywhere for a while.  

Here's a new kind of card for you.  I usually don't make my own patterned paper, but let's step out of that box.  Everything is Rosy stamp set was perfect to make four different patterened paper.  And of course, I had to use 4 different In-Colors that will be retiring.  

Stamp the images on Whisper White and then adhere those strips to a piece of neutral paper.  On the back, mark an inch on  the short ends,  on opposite sides.  Cut between the hash marks and you now have pieces for two cards!  I have a picture in the card recipe on how to cut the diagonal.

How awesome is it that you now have the main part done for two cards?!  Great way to multi task.  

Don't forget these colors will be retiring June 3rd.  They will be replaced with 5 new In-Colors that we will soon fall in love with.  I'm so very confident of that.  I will miss Lemon Lime Twist the most.  

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Just the other day, I received my pre-order.  I ordered some of the Magnolia Suite.  With Megan coming home, I haven't had time to play yet, but I'm really anxious to get my hands this set.  The paper alone is enough to drool over.  Hopefully tomorrow night.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

 

Fun Butterfly Card

How is everyone's Memorial Day Weekend? For me, it means less than two days for Megan's homecoming!!!!  I'm doing this post Sunday evening and she will be home Tuesday afternoon.  This momma can't wait!!  But you can't tell that.  We Skyped today.  She's packed and ready to leave campus.  To make it easier, Megan is going to London tomorrow and staying overnight by Heathrow Airport.  It's not always the easiest travelling by yourself with a backpack and two suitcases.  She's excited to have a real bed since she hates the one at school.  She won't miss the school and is anxious to get home to see family, friends, and even work.  What she will miss is the travelling.  I'm glad Megan was able to have this experience.  It is definately something she will never forget.

This card was made during our demonstrator meeting last week.  I was busy with another project so I'm not sure what stamp set was actually used.  (Someone else was so very kind to make it for me.)   I love the two different patterned paper.  Who says different patterns don't go together? Not me!

Now, for the surprise.  Look at the inside.

It's designed like an envelope and you pull out the Whisper White piece.  Isn't that so cute?  It would even work great as a gift card holder.  I have done these before, but not for a very, very long time.  Too long in fact.  I will have do to something about that.  

Since I have to work tomorrow, that's it for now.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Everything is Rosy samples

Have you seen some of the cards made by the Everything is Rosey Medley?  Let me show you some.

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I think the top right card is my personal favorite of these four.  The flowers and leaves are all layered together for a perfect floral bouquet.  Everything is Rosy is only available during the month of May and that is ending very soon. 

Look at all the yummy goodies that are paired for this medley.  I do have the Rose Gold Shimmer Paint.  It is beautiful.  You will get enough product to make many, many cards.  Here's the product list:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8" x 1" (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4" (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4" (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

 

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Click on either picture that is right above for purchasing details.  Ask if you have any questions!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Tasty Thursday - Cheeseburger Gnocchi

So, I tried a new recipe this week.  My family loves gnocchi, especially Megan.  Do you know what gnocchi is?  It's soft mini potato dumplings. I usually serve it with my spaghetti sauce and have even tried browning it as a side dish.  

I found this recipe on Pinterest (of course) and had to give it a try.  It's a different take on gnocchi that I've never tried.  My family liked this recipe and would want me to make it again.  It would make a great dinner at college for my girls.  Easy, quick and could have 2 dinners from this one recipe.

One thing that was great with this recipe, it that it only takes 15-20 minutes to make!! How great is that when you have a long day at work.  It's kind of like a one pot casserole.  

Cheeseburger Gnocchi

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (16 oz) package potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder (optional)
  • 2 cups diced onion (about 1 whole onion)
  • 3–4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
  • 1 cup beef broth (or water)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions
  1. Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add gnocchi in a single layer and cook on one side for 2-3 minutes until browned and toasted. Shake the pan to toss the gnocchi and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, tossing occasionally, until both sides are toasted. Remove gnocchi to a plate and set aside.
  2. Turn the heat to high and return skillet to stove. When the pan is very hot and smoking, add the beef and season with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and mustard powder if desired. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and onions are golden. Drain if necessary.
  3. Add the tomatoes, broth, and gnocchi back into the skillet. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes until the gnocchi is tender and liquid is mostly absorbed.
  4. Off heat, then add the cream and 1/2 cup cheese and stir to combine. Top with remaining cheese and scallions. Place the skillet under the broiler in the oven until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Serve and enjoy!!

One ingredient I added was a 4 oz can of tomato sauce and then adjusted the seasonings to compensate for it.  This made the dish more creamy.

In case you are wondering, you can find gnocchi in the pasta aisle.  Not in a box, but usually in a plastic pouch-like packaging.  You also might be able to find it in the refrigerated pasta section.  You could also try to make it.  I tried once and it didn't turn out and haven't tried it again.  There are tons a recipes on Pinterest if you are ambitious enough to try it.

Here is the link to the original recipe -  Cheeseburger Gnocchi   

Enjoy this recipe.  

Until next time, Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

 

Stamping is not just for cards

When people hear about stamping, the first thing that comes to their mind is cards, especially birthday cards.  They bring joy to everyone who receives a card.  It's way more personalized than any store bought card can ever be.  They are also one of a kind. We can CASE as much as we like, but more than likely, we always tweek things to our preferences.

Second, and very close behind, is scrapbooking.  I have always looked at this hobby as a way of preserving my children's childhood.  It's a never ending job trying to keep up on all those memories.  

Stamping can also be used in home decor.  Several years ago, I did a Paper Pumpkin kit that included the cutest white picture frame.  I got bored with what was in there and it's been sitting empty on my counter.  It was way over due for a make-over.

The flowers are from the Everything is Rosy bundle.  First I chose some colors that work good together.  Random colors.

 

I didn't plan anything.  Sometimes I work best when I just stamp and cut out some images and randomly place them on the background.  Kind of like a jigjaw puzzle, but the pieces don't have a definate place.  Keep moving around, layering until you like how the results.

I stamped the "Amazing" from othe Incredible Like You stamp set.  As usual, I stamped it after all the flowers and leaves were glued on the base.  For the record, I don't recommend doing it that way.  Luck was on my side.  The base and stamp were lined up with the Stamparatus.  Very carefully, I colored  just  the "Amazing"  from the stamp.  It took several tries but it stamped perfectly.  Whew.  Next time, do it first.

This little picture will be going back in my stamp room.  Not empty this time.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper