Lindt Chocolate Holder

My Friday was not very productive.  After this week, I deserved a day off.  Alyssa is now home for Spring Break.  We ran a few errands and then went to lunch.  That's a great way to spend a day.  Tonight I went downtown to a new place in town where you can do Glass Fusing, Pottery, Painting, Jewelry Making, Mosaics.  At first I really didn't want to go, but my husband kind of talked me into getting out of the house.  I meet my friend Erin, from work.  We both did glass fusion and I was glad that I did go.  We had a good time getting out for a little while.

The other day, I posted a birthday card using the same papers.  Now, here is the treat holder I made to match it.

Inside the tissue are three Lindt truffles.  I don't know too many people who can resist these chocolates.  On the ends are two different kinds of ribbons that are now retired.  I chose two different just for more texture and I had plenty to use.

The Mint Macaron is just rolled around the truffles and adhered with Tear & Tape.  The card stock is a little bit stiffer than the DSP.  So, first run the card stock over an edge, like the table or counter.  It will curl just a little, but it helps break down the fibers in the paper so it rolls better. 

The cakes are stamped in Crumb Cake and colored with Blender Pens.  On the back side, I did write a short birthday note.   

I've seen party favors that are similar to this and it was my inspirition.  Believe they are called firecrackers(?).  These are just a quick but cute party favor or candy holder.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
$11.00
Blender Pens
$12.00

 

Tasty Thursday - Cannoli Dip

TGIF people!!!  That's right.  Today is my Friday and it couldn't come any sooner.  Today the store went into liquidation and it was bad end to a even worse week.  I'm so tired of everyone asking the same questions, being in general, nosy, and complaining that they couldn't use their coupon that should have started today.  I've always said I would stay until the end, sometime in June.  But after today and this week, I am not sure anymore.  

Last week I had to make a sweet snack, so I tried a recipe that I've been want to make for quite a while.  Cannoli Dip.  I am Italian and love cannolis.  They are an acquired taste.  They weren't my favorite while growing up, but now I LOVE them.  

Back in 2012, my family and me went to Italy on vacation.  My goal was to taste just one to see if the ones in Milwaukee are made the same in Italy.  They were!  Ok, the one in Italy probably tasted just a tiny bit better, but only because it was in Italy.  

Cannoli Dip

1.5 pounds of whole milk ricotta
1/2  cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
1/4 cup whole milk
1box of waffle cones, broken into pieces

In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta and powdered sugar.

Slowly add the milk until smooth (you may not need all of the milk).

Mix in the 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.

Spoon the Cannoli Dip into a serving bowl.  Top with 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips.

Break up the Waffle cones and place them into a separate serving bowl.

I actually couldn't believe how easy this was to make.  Basically stir together and done.  The only change I made was by adding 1-2 teaspoons vanilla.  Made a huge difference.  I served it with the waffle cones, like suggested, but also put out Nilla Wafers for another option.

Would totally make this recipe again.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Amazing Life Birthday Card

So here's the deal with my work.  I have mentioned that I am in retail.  There has been some financial trouble and over the past several months, many stores was closed.  Mine survived.  Until yesterday that is.  The big announcement came down that all the remaining stores will be closed.  Liquidation will start on Thursday and the stores will be closed by June 15.  

It was exhausting answering all the questions regarding the closing. I almost wished they would have an explanation over the intercom.  And for the next several days, I don't think it's going to get any easier.  So, if I don't post much this week, you know why.  It's been a little overwhelming to deal with. It's been my job for 19 years.  It will be sad to say good-bye to that family.

Onto fun business. 

I had to made a birthday card for my friend.  I wanted a spring look since we are all so done with winter. 

Get out the Amazing Life Stamp Set.  I love this saying because who doesn't love birthday cake?  I know it is not me!  The Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride definately give off the Spring vibe.  

Both cakes in this card are colored with Blushing Bride and Blender Pens.  I should have done Wink of Stella, but it's a little too late now since I already gave it away.  My mistake.  

Sorry, but this is all I can do tonight.  I'm just exhausted and have to get ready for another day tomorrow.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
$11.00
Blender Pens
$12.00
Big Shot
$110.00

 

Hamburger Card

This is going to be a super quick post tonight.  It's been a tough day at work and I'll share more soon.  

I did a swap at my demo meeting last week.  The swap theme was to make a food or beverage card.  

I wish the person who made this creative card would have put their name on it!  

My favorite part about this card is all the layers on the hamburger.  About the only thing missing is a onion.    There is even a burger wrapper included.  

Notice the french fries are even crinkled.  A lot of thought was definately put into this card.

Hopefully, tomorrow I'll share more.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Country Floral Birthday Card

It is so time to think SPRING.  We are done with this winter and ready for some warm weather.  I so cannot wait to be able to open the house up and get some fresh air inside.  

Well, I was thinking Spring with this card. 

Wasn't I right? This card is so Spring.  

I broke down and ordered the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Wow, that's a very long name for a small embossing folder.  After seeing other cards made with this folder, I couldn't resist.

Count how many colors are in this card.  Did you guess 5?

 

Doesn't seem like there are that many colors in this card, but there are.  I just kept grabbing another ink pad and continued to color.  Before I knew it, I had all these colors used.  

In my card, I used the Aqua Painters.  Sometimes they can be too watery and that's not good.  You can also use the blender pens if the Aqua Painters don't work out.  

Show me your Spring Cards!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 31454

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Big Shot
$110.00
Aqua Painters
$17.00
Blender Pens
$12.00

 

Night of Navy Embossing Paste

We had a good club last night.  Good Wine, Good Pie and best of all, Good Company.  My club might be small, but we have a great time and area always laughing.  If anyone is interested in attending to check things out, let me know.  We would love to have new people join our tiny club.  We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  

So, last night we used the embossing paste again, but in a new way.

Can you tell what part is the paste?  It is actuallly the part that is Night of Navy.  I used the medallian decorative mask for this card.  I love all the clean lines.

Coloring the paste was actually really easy.  I just scooped a little out with a knife, added a few drops from the Night of Navy reinker and mixed the two together.  Mine was mixed to there was no white seen.  I would love to do something that was a swirl of color and white.  

The story of how this card came to be. I knew I wanted to use this medallian mask and the embossing paste.  While looking through my stamp room, I noticed this Night of Navy twine that I never used.  That was my inspiration.  I decided it went well with Smoky Slate and since I only had the reinker of Night of Navy, I knew what color the paste was going to be.  Kind of easy.

Plus, the twine is covering a tiny smudge of the paste.  Double duty!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 31412

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More Updates

This is going to be a quick post tonight with just a few updates.

The Call Me Cupcake framelits have been sold out.  They were on my wish list too, and I waited too long.  My loss.

The Bunny Builder Punch is also sold out.  The stock has been depleted.  They aren't expecting any more in until the end of April.  If you have this punch on backorder, it will be filled when they come back into stock.

The Doily Builder Thinlits Dies have run out due to an issue with the supplier.  This item will retire at the end of the Occassions Catalog due to this issue.

There are some framelits that are running low and once they are sold out, they won't be available to order.  They are:

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Please be patient while Stampin' Up! sorts out all these issues.  I'm sure they are just as frustrated as we are.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper   

 

 

Sweet Sunset

Another weekend has come and gone.  We have a great time last night at the EAA's Hops & Props event.  One thing I noticed was the sour ciders are very popular.  Naturally, I had to try a few and they weren't for me.  Give me a normal cider and I'm good.  Alyssa seemed to enjoy it too.  It was her first year and didn't mind hanging with her parents.  The food was awesome too.  The main sandwiches are usually from the Machine Shed restaurant around Waukesha.  I've never been there, but from what I had last night, I would definately go.

The best part was the dessert bar.  Chocolate fountains all around.  There were cookies, pretzels, graham crackers, and marshmallows to dip in the chocolate.  The absolute best was the bacon.  It was thick sliced and delicious on its own, but add the chocolate, out of this world.  

On to business.

Over a year ago, I made this sunset card.  It was a friend's all time favorite card.  She just had a birthday and very subtly asked if I could make another for her birthday.  I couldn't say no, but at the same time, I couldn't make the exact same card.  I had to tweak it just a little bit.  So, here is her card, the newer and updated version.

Very similar, but you can see the differences.  I made the sunset much more prominent in this one.  The sky is Grapefruit Grove and Daffodil Delight.  For the sun, I sponged inside a circle with the same colors and added Blushing Bride.  It's just more saturated color and I love how it turned out.

The DSP I used behind the sunset is from Nature's Poem.  It's a very subtle pattern in Grapefruit Grove.  I didn't want a patterned paper to distract from the sunset and this is perfect.  I also added the cocktail in Grapefruit Grove.

I also did a little in the inside, but it's not Stampin' Up! but I still want to show you.  My friend loves her flip flops.  I've had this punch for years and never used it.  Glad I kept it.  They are adorable.

My friend loved her card.  I honestly like this one better than the first.  I think it's because of the sun.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 31311

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Big Shot
$110.00