Copper and Plaid Christmas

The house is all quiet again.  Megan left yesterday for school and Alyssa went back today, after I took her out for breakfast.  It's hard to say no to that.  We are supposed to get some snow tomorrow.  Isn't that depressing?  It's only October!  

I found  some time to get in my stamp room and create this card.  I dug out the Merry Christmas to All Stamp Set and Merry Christmas dies from last year.  Last year they were a favorite of mine and they still are.  

The trees from Perfectly Plaid are stamped in Night of Navy.  I needed a pop of color different from the Cherry Cobbler. My second choice was Pretty Peacock.  That would have been a little unexpected choice of color. 

One part of the card that bothers me are the dots from the die on "Merry".  I even had the die upside down in my die cut machine.  I heard if you layer a fabric softer sheet in between that will help my bothersome issue.  But, of course, I didn't have any so this is what I get.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Brand new Trimmer

Here is some long awaited good news.  Starting November 1st, the paper trimmer will be available for everyone to order! 

I've heard from some of my fellow demos and they are liking it.  The trimmer has the extended base of  6 inches.  I love those large bases.  There is an arm that swing out so you can easily cut those 12 x 12 Designer Series Papers with no problem!

Here are some other details about the trimmer:


Item: 152392 | $25.00 usd/$34.00 cad

  • 15-3/8 x 8 x 1/2” (39 x 20.3 x 1.3 cm)
  • Includes 1 cutting blade and 1 scoring blade.
  • Includes imperial and metric measurements.
  • Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover.
  • Point on cutting handle for precise measuring.
  • Right-side grid for cutting thin strips.

Take a closer look at the trimmer.

Stampin' Up! has done a video about this new trimmer.  Check it out.

Now, for some news about the replacement blades:

  • Cutting Blades Multipack will be available to purchase in January 2020.
    • Cutting Blades Multipack $12.00 usd/$16.25 cad
    • Each Cutting Blades Multipack unit contains four blades.

With Christmas coming, this would make a great Christmas Present for any crafter!!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper






Copper Ornament Card

Are you ready for the weekend?

I am!  Both girls came home last night so I'm a happy mom.  Still not used to them coming home on Thursday, so today felt like Saturday all day.  It didn't help that my husband took a day off of work too.  It felt like they were playing with my mind all day.  Do you ever get that feeling?  

I took a few minutes yesterday before everyone got home to make this card. 

As usual, gotta love the copper accents.  The ornament on the card is Pretty Peacock with the Copper Embossing Powder.  Gorgeous!!  At first I didn't think the copper would show up too much, but it sure does.   

I love how the ornament matches the one in the DSP paper.   Love how the matchy matchy just comes together so easily.  You don't even have to think about it.

Now, there isn't a sentiment on the front of the card.  I took advantage of the ribbon for that.  I purposely positioned the Merry Christmas on the ribbon right next to the ornament punch.  

But, the Very Vanilla on top was looking pretty plain.  I already had it adhered it down, and was afraid to stamp something that would ruin the  whole thing.  So, I stamped the three smaller ornaments and embossed them with the clear embossing powder.  It brought in some of the smaller ornaments from the DSP but didn't take away from the Pretty Peacock ornament.  Perfect!  And I got lucky and they all stamped and embossed just fine.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Christmas Tags

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Have you had time to look over the list of stamp sets that are included in this sale?  Don't forget, it's only one day so the sale actually starts at midnight tonight and run through 11:50 pm MT.  If you want see what's on sale, go to yesterday's blog.  The pictures and titles are all listed for you to see.

I love making Christmas tags.  They make any present even more special.  But, I tend to run out of time to make them.  Got a start on them today.  

The Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set is the one with the Christmas tree.  I stamped and punched out the tree.  Then, applied the Liquid Multipurpose Glue all over and sprinkled the Ice Stampin Glitter.  It really sparkles in real life.  

The second tag is stamped from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set.  The holly and berries are colored using the Real Red and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  I threw in a Christmas ornament and tied some silver thread around the top.  The berries are also colored using the Shimmery Crystal Effects.  

The stamp on both,  "No Peeking Until Christmas" is from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set.  Itty Bitty Stamps do come in handy.

Below, you will see the supplies used on each of the tags.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryol, HomeStyle Stamper

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Shimmery Crystal Effects




24 Hour Sale Starting Wednesday


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Are you ready for a sale?  The sale is for only 24 hours on Wednesday 10/23.  Sale will end 11:50 pm MT.  

  • Ordering information can be found in the flyer located in the marketing tool kit.
  • Get select sets at a 15% discount.
  • All selected stamp sets can be applied to Starter Kits.
  • Discount applies to select stamp sets only when purchased individually during the 24-hour promotion period.
  • Bundles featuring stamp sets from the promotion will not be discounted.
  • If you purchased a stamp set prior to the sale, we will not be offering exchanges or credits.
  • In the event that we run out of any item offered, promotional pricing will be honored on items backordered, up to the point it reaches the backorder limit. Once an item reaches the backorder limit and is not orderable, it will no longer be available during the promotion and will not be available to order until additional inventory arrives in your market.

Here you can view the stamp sets that will be offered during this sale.


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Wow, now that's a long list.  Keep in mind, if inventory on a certain set gets too low, it can be taken off the list.  So, I wouldn't wait too long if there is a set that you absolutely can't live without.

What's on your list?  I'm thinking the Buffalo Check is calling my name!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Brightly Gleaming Gate Card

Are we ready for another work week?  I'm never ready for this.  Friday I took my in-laws to LaCrosse to see Megan.  It's a long day up and back because it is a 5 hour drive.  But, it was a beautiful day for a drive.  The colors were the best around the Dells.  We walked around campus for a few minutes and went out to eat at her favorite cafe.  We then we drove up to Granddad Bluff.  It's a high bluff that over looks the city, Mississippi River and into Minnesota.  Beautiful. 

What is not to love about Brightly Gleaming DSP?    There's shiny copper, beautiful colors  and designs.  It makes a statement all by itself.

But, paired with the Christmas Gleaming ornaments and WOW.  The ornaments to so incredibly elegant.  They are embossed with Copper Embossing Powder and punched out using the Gleaming Ornaments Punch pack.  Yes, that's right.  There is a punch for the ornaments.  No fussy cutting.  Yay!

This card design is called a Gate Card.  It opens in the middle.  Some gate cards have a belly band around them.  The ornaments and sentiment are adhered on their ow panel so they open opposite of each other.   It makes for a fun card to open.

Again, don't forget the inside.  I used the Stamparatus for the flourish on the bottom.  Line it up, stamp one flourish, reink and move the plate two spots down and stamp.  Simple and you don't have to re-position anything!  Love it!

 I would love to see a gate card you made!

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

Since Chris is travelling, I decided to try a new recipe.  My aunt showed me this one and I've been wanting to try it.  It's basically a chicken pasta salad and he hates those dishes, especially those made with mayonaise.  Seriously, how can anyone not like pasta salads?  And this isn't even made with mayo, but your own dressing.

What helps to make to this recipe easy is the fact it uses rotisserie chicken.  The dog and cat both wanted a taste while I was deboning it. they love food like that.  And of course, I caved and gave them a taste.

Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup prechopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese

Step 1

Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain and place in a large bowl.

Step 2

While orzo cooks, combine lemon rind and next 6 ingredients (through black pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle juice mixture over orzo; toss to coat. Add chicken and next 4 ingredients (through dill); toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with cheese.

One thing I would do is to make more of the dressing.  I put it together and ate it a couple hours later, and there wasn't much dressing left since it asorbed into the orzo.  I wouldl make 1 1/2 times the recipe and add some immediately, but reserve some for when you serve it.  

I also didn't have any fresh dill or goat cheese.  My substitutions was Penzey's Greek seasoning and feta cheese.  Since I didn't know what the original recipe tasted like, I liked it this way.

The original recipe was found on  You can find the original recipe here.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Gifts for under $25

Do you need an inexpensive gift for someone special?  Or,  maybe need an idea to add onto your own Christmas List?  Take a look at what we have to offer!


Everything here is under $25!  There are a whole lot of goodies on this list and something for anyone!

I would be the first to say...I would take any one of these items! Here are some of my favorites.

2 - Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.  It's light and airy so that makes it easy to tie into a bow.  White goes with ANYTHING!  You can also color the ribbon any color you want with a Stampin' Sponge and inkpad so it's very versatile.

3 - Pine Tree Punch.  I LOVE my punches!  Super easy to use for anyone.  It is not just for Christmas either.  People who love camping or the outdoors would love to have this in their collection.  

7 - Wrapped in Plaid DSP.  It's a 6x6 pack of paper which is a great size for anyone.  It's plaid on one side and another pattern on the other.  The plaid isn't necessarily Christmas.  This can be used any time of the year.

11 - Snow Front Stamp Set.  This is a Winter wonderland  must.  I've seen some beautiful cards with this set.  This set will make any scenery come to life, like a Norman Rockwell painting.  

19 - Mini Shipping Boxes.  These are just sooo adorable.  The size is 4 x 3 and perfect for those little stocking stuffers.  Put the gift inside and tie a bow around the outside.  No wrapping required.

Now, I'm definately not saying giving the rest a thumbs down by all means.  But, these would be my top picks for just about anyone, and mostly because they are extremely versatile and could be used outside of Christmas.  

The top of my Wish List would include the Snow Front Stamp Set.  What would be on your Wish List?

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper