A Golden Strip Christmas Card

Did you grab the 6x6 Gold and Silver DSP paper from the last Sale-a-Bration?  I was glad to have grabbed one before they were sold out.  

I chose one of the gold patterns.  Gold and a Christmas tree.  Can't go wrong!

The tree is from the Christmas Lights bundle.  The die set has two dies for the tree.  One for the tree and all it's details.  The other die cuts out the entire tree.  Until it was brought up to me, I didn't even consider cutting them out at the same time.  Mind blowing idea!!!

Under the Evening Evergreen is a cut tree piece of gold foil.  Just another pop of gold.  The top tree is added with dimensionals so you can actually see the gold underneath.  It's the same foil that is above the DSP.  

To add more gold, you can see the Gold and Vanilla Satin Edge Ribbon.  The sentiment is Soft Succulent.  I did think about using the gold embossing powder, but I didn't want to go too over the board with the gold.  Three touches of gold was enough.

Look,  No Gold!  But I was excited to use the garland tinsel.  I wasn't sure how to use it on the front, but it works on the inside.  And I could have done it in gold too.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Vintage Christmas Bottle

Vintage Christmas stamp set.  I haven't seen it used a whole lot this season.  Obviously, I like it since I purchased it!  

Do you recognize the DSP?  It's the sweetest Christmas DSP, the paper with the candy canes and stripes on it.  I think they look great together.  You wouldn't know they weren't bundled together.  

I was getting bored with just using ribbon to tie bows.  Instead, I tried to zig zag it.  I put Tear & Tape on the back side of the rectangle and just adhered the ribbon in the zig zag formation.  It was repositioned several times before I liked how it looked.  Using the Tear & Tape made it super easy.  Then, I adhered the entire rectangle to the card using dimensionals.  

For the bottle, I adhered it direcitly to the rectangle.  But I didn't want the bottom to bend, so I added a dimensional right there.  Can't have a bent bottom!

And as always, don't forget the inside.  I love these leaves and berries for the inside.  The inside always needs just a little something and these are perfect.

Click on the above picture for dimensins and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Starry Sky Sympathy Card

One of my club members requested that I make a sympathy card.  No problem.  

I believe they really like what I came up with.  Just because it's a sympathy card, doesn't mean it has to be bland.  

Out came the Nature's Print stamp set.  It's practically perfect for any occasion.  The sentiment was a little more difficult.  I didn't have any current stamp sets that contained a sympathy sentiment, so I grabbed the Special Moments set.  It was from a past SAB.  I'm so very glad that I didn't get rid of it!

The fern leaf was stamped and cut out with the coordinating die. But the fern wasn't enough.  The other two sprigs are cut out from the Night of Navy cardstock.  It was exactly the nice accent to go with the fern.  

I believe this was the first time I used the Fern 3D embossing folder.  That's a shame on my part.  It makes a gorgeous background.  I'll make sure to use it again soon.  

The inside was kept super simple.  No sentiment because I wanted to leave room for a personal note.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


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Tri-Colored Soft Seedling

I can't believe that it is snowing outside!  My husband said the roads were terrible driving home tonight.  The cold doesn't bother me, I'm just not physically, and mentally, ready for snow.  Guess that is what happens when you live in Wisconsin.

Do you like this Soft seedling stamp set?  Might want to grab it while you can. I'll give you a heads up...it will be on the Retirement List coming out soon. 

After stamping the three different color leaves, I felt the Basic White background was just a little too...plain.  I tried something I haven't done in years.  I rolled it into a ball and then flattened it out again.  It doesn't show up well in this picture, but it gives the background a nice texture.  My club people even made comments they have forgotton about doing this, it's been that long.  

The copper accents just worked perfectly with this color tones.  I used copper three ways - copper foil paper along the Basic White, the Open Leaf Trinket,  and the copper embossed sentiment.  All three very close to each other on this card, but it worked out well.  Sometimes it's better than the bling.

My card inside was kept simple.  I've done this inside before on other cards.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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New Kit is coming!

A new kit will be available starting Nov. 15!  This kit has really caught my eye. My family loves to travel, so anything with the world or a globe always catches my eye.   Take a look at what's included.


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 8 cards—4 each of 2 designs—and 8 coordinating envelopes.
  • Includes printed card bases, printed die cuts, adhesive, embellishments, and a clear block.
  • Available in English and French
  • Finished card size: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Evening Evergreen, Soft Suede.

This goes live on November 15, the same day the Seasonal Sale starts.  Might want to add this to your Wish List.  For $21, you get all supplies to make 8 cards, including the stamp set and embellishments.  Talk about a great deal!  I also love the colors they include in this kit.  Very soothing.

Is your Wish List getting longer?  Mine is!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Are you ready for a SALE?

Seasonal Sale

Who isn't ready for a sale?  That's the question that should be asked.

Starting November 15, the Seasonal Sale starts.  It runs through November 18.  Here is the breakdown of the sale:

  • 10% off all punches
  • 15% of all stamps (Host stamp sets are not included in this sale)
  • 20% off all dies
  • 20% off all embossing folders
  • 20% off all non-specialty Designer Series Paper

The sale items are from the Annual Catalog Only.  As usual, the sale is only while supplies are available.  With all the die-hard Stampin' Up! fans out there, I wouldn't wait if you really need an item.

You can view the complete list and prices here:  Seasonal Sale.  Time to get your Wish List updated!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper





Tasty Thursday - Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork

Do you like shredded pork or beef meat?  You might want to give this one a try.  

Cuban food is flavor spicy, not hot spicy.  My kind of food!  

This completely slipped my mind when I tried this recipe Monday.  The blogger recommended marinating the pork overnight, then cooking it in the slow cooker the next day.  The pork was good when I made it, but this would have made it even better.  I'll definitely remember this tip when I make it again.  Chris enjoyed it as well.  

What is also nice with this recipe, is that it can easily be frozen.  Eat it for a meal or two, and then freeze the rest.  Don't forget to include the marinade juice.  

The recipe also calls for putting the shredded pork in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  If you don't want to wait that long, I would suggest putting it under the broiler for 5-10 minutes.  I completely didn't see this step when making this recipe.  I can see where it would be really good but then again, we didn't really miss it.  

Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork

  • 1 (4-pounds) pork shoulder or pork butt (bone-in or boneless
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (lightly packed)
  • Using a paring knife, make a few slits all over the surface of the pork. 

  • Place the pork roast in the slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients. Make sure the pork gets coated with the marinade.

  • Cover and cook on high for 5 – 6 hours or on low for 8 or until tender.

  • At this point, the pork is fully cooked and can be served with the cooking juices or you can make a quick sauce 

  • To crisp up the top, carefully remove the pork from the slow cooker and place it onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Bake on a preheated 400 degrees F oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely browned. 

  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. You will be able to shred the meat with a couple of forks. Yes, it will be that tender!

  • Serve with the remaining juices from the slow cooker or sauce

We just shredded the pork and ate it.  With the marinade it would taste fabulous on a roll.  And the leftovers were actually a little bit better than when we had it the first day.  

Are you having company and need an easy recipe?  This would be great to make!  It could be done a few days ahead of time and just heated up.  I love those kind of recipes.

You can view the original recipe here:  www.lemonblossoms.com

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Color Challenge #4 with a new Die!

I can't believe I did this.  My friend talked me into going to a workout with her this morning.  Normally, it would be so bad, but I had to get up just after 5 A.M.  If any one knows me, they would be surprised.  Overall, it was a good experience and I will go back on Wednesday.  So very glad to be doing this with a friend!

Notice the new black frame?  It's part of the Framed Florets dies that is now out.  There are several frames included in this set, but this one is my favorite.  There is even one that has hearts along the outside!  Can't wait to use that for Valentine's Day.


So, these were the colors I was challenged to use last month.  Highland Heather and Parakeet Party weren't a problem.  The Mango Melody kind of threw me for a loop.  I think the colors do work together.  Who knew?

For the label, I went for the chalk board look.  It's stamped in Memento Black and the words are white embossing powder.  Plus, it's not perfect and that made it even better.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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