Tidings Christmas Card

Megan and I are watching Dancing with the Stars while I'm doing this post.  It's Queen night.  You forget how many good songs they really have had over the years.  We don't have a favorite we want to win, just ones we want to continue.  

Here is one of the quickest Christmas cards you can make.  But at the same time, it looks elegant. 

That's because of the metallic ribbon.  It screams elegance.  Gold mixed with Cherry Cobbler - you can't go wrong.

I thought about adding something on top of the patterned paper, but it is too pretty to cover up.  It's from the Tidings of Christmas DSP pack.  All the paper is gorgeous in this pack.  

There wasn't any stamped images I liked to add to the inside, so I went with my backup.  By adding a strip of the DSP from the front, bring the two sides together.  Anyway, do you have a better way to use up those scraps?  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Halloween Tombstone Treats

Are you ready for Halloween Trick or Treat this weekend?  There are soooo many kids in our neighborhood, we typically don't hand candy out.  We would go through probably 200 pieces of candy.  Crazy isn't it?  When the girls were young, we did have a blast.  Now, we just hide inside our house for the 3 hours is runs.

Aren't these tombstones just the cutest thing ever?  My boss had them for everyone in our department.  It was a sweet surprise!

We sold them in a package of 8.  Pretty much all you had to do was fold and put together the tombstones.  Now hard at all.  

She used the Cutest Halloween stamp set.  It comes with a punch too!  

It's also a good size tombstone.  Inside was two Ghirardelli chocolates and a Werther's candy.  Plenty of room was left if you needed to add something else.   

There's no time to get them for Halloween 2021, but...you can order them for Halloween 2022!  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Whimsical Ornaments on this Christmas card

What a day.  Went in early to work and stayed even longer.  It was just chaos at 4:00 so I couldn't leave.  My high schooler knows that I won't leave her in a bind.  I always hope the next day will be  better.

This was my Thank you card for October club.  The ornaments are from the Whimsical Trees stamp set.  I've used that stamp set just once or twice and I have yet to use those trees!  Next card.

I do love my Christmas ornaments!  It was so easy to color them with the Stampin' Blends too.  They would be super cute if they were cut out and adhere with dimensionals.  Now why didn't I think of that earlier?  

The DSP  is the Gingerbread and Peppermint DSP again.  Just another card showing that you can mix and match the paper and stamp sets.  And I do have the coordinating paper to this stamp set!

Don't forget about the inside!  This is what I did.  The strip of DSP made it simple.  It's also a fabulous way to use up those small strips of excess paper that we just can't throw away!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Cinnamon Biscotti

Biscotti goes very well with coffee.  Like they were made for each other.

I've made this biscotti recipe several years now for my coffee friends.  For Christmas, we will have a Sunday where we all share little handmade gifts.  No, I don't know what that will be yet.

So, we have to have something special to eat as well. Just goes without saying.

Cinnamon Biscotti

Cinnamon Biscotti
6 Tbs Butter
3/4 C Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
2 C Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 C White Chocolate Chips
1/2 C Chopped Pecans

Cream the butter and sugar together. Then add the eggs and vanilla and mix.  Add in flour, baking powder and cinnamon until mixed well. Gently mix in the pecans and chocolate chips. Divide the dough in half and form into 2 logs. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let them cool for 15 minutes. Then slice the logs diagonally. Lay the pieces flat and bake for another 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Personally, I don't care for my biscotti super hard.  So, I don't always put them back in for the second bake, or at least not the entire 20 minutes like it calls for.  But, it's just my preference.  Once dunked in the coffee, they soften up very quickly.

If you would like to see pictures or where the recipe came from, click here https://www.homemadeginger.com/recipe-cinnamon-biscotti/

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Happy For You

It's the weekend!  Tomorrow I have to work, otherwise I don't have any special plans.  I do need to start cleaning out the flower beds, but it's just something I keep putting off.  To me, it's not a very fun job.  Just necessary because I hate looking at the dead plants all winter long.

So I made this quick card yesterday.  I knew that I wanted to use the Cork paper and the Pretty Pumpkins stamp set.  The Very Vanilla Stitched Rectangle was already in my scrap pile so I figured out a way to use it.  

The pumpkin looks gorgeous embossed in gold!  And with the gold ribbon...Beautiful!  A basic card was just turned into an elegant one.  This one didn't need any additional bling.

The base was just too bland for me.  I used an additional piece of Rich Razzleberry and embossed it with the Hammered Metal 3D embossing folder.  It was the perfect solution.  

The words I colored with the Rich Razzleberry marker.  Mainly because the "for" was part of Forever and I didn't want the "ever".  It took me a while to come up with the right words, and the light went on when I thought of this.  It was perfect.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Have DSP but no coordinating stamp set?

Chicago Fire's 200th episode is on tonight.  That means it's going to be a good one.  Megan and I are both hoping Casey won't be leaving for good.  He's a favorite of ours.  The writers tend to shake things up so we never know what to expect.

A few weeks ago, my friend sent me a "Friends" card that was made from a 6 x 6 piece of card stock.  I knew that I had to make my own.

This is it.

Perfect that the Kraft paper comes in a pack of 6 x 6 papers.  Perfect.  Just score it in half.

The DSP is the Gingerbread and Peppermint pack.  I had won the pack of DSP, but don't own the stamp set and dies.  This shows how you cna use one without the other. 

The big mitten I cut out from the DSP.  The other large shape was the star.  Both worked on this card.  Because they were larger, I didn't mint doing the fussy cutting for my club.  There are a lot of shapes that can be cut from this paper.  I didn't miss the dies at all.  

The Real Red on the top came about as a mistake.  I grabbed a piece to mat the stripe piece underneath, but ended up putting it on top.  It was the perfect size!  I love it when mistakes happen with a fabulous result.  

My inside piece of Basic White was just a little bit short.  Usually, I stamp something on the inside, but since I didn't have the stamp set, it was a little hard.  There was extra DSP cut off from the front, so I added that in the inside.  No one would ever know it's there for that reason.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Coming Soon...

Are you ready for it? 

Coming Soon..

In two days it's here!

It's a 24-Hour Stamp Sale!

So, what is exactly on sale?  Every Cling Stamp Set from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog are discounted.  (Excluding Host Sets)

The time starts at 12 am to 11:50 pm MT.  For us Central time that is 1 am to 12:50 am on Thursday.  (Sure hope I got that conversion right!)

Take a look and start your list!  Christmas is coming soon.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Card we made in Club

Normally for our monthly club,  I design and prep for 3-4 different cards.  Everything is cut and ready to go.  But, this month was different.  My club member, Elaine designed and prepped a Christmas card for us to make.  She makes fabulous paper crafts, not just cards.  I was excited.  This meant I got to make a card!  It didn't disappoint.

Isn't this card just fabulous?!  I'm honestly not sure what stamp set and dies were used, but I do recognize them.  Besides, this card is so super cute, I didn't care what the stamp set was.

The paper used is the Whimsy & Wonder DSP.  I hardly used mine so far!  The base is Garden Green.  

We colored the trees, house and car using Stampin' Blends.  Everyone did their own thing.  That's what made this even more fun.  I so wish there was time to take pictures of all the cards made.  

The house scene is holding in place by the sentiment.  That is adhere by using dimensionals.  But don't worry.  It lays flat so it's fine to mail to all your friends.

The greeting is on the back of the card.  Plenty of room to write a note and to sign the card.  Just don't notice the coloring outside of the box.  I definitely messed that up!  It makes it truly homemade.

Thank you for this beautiful card Elaine!  You are awesome!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper