Splendid Thoughts Part Two

It was stamping club last night.  It was a smaller group, but still just as fun and hectic for me.  I've decided I need to order another Christmas stamp set.  Most of mine from last year had sadly retired.  Boo for me.  I'm contemplating the Leaves of Holly.  Sometimes I just do not like making decisions.

So, this is the first card I made with the negatives from the Splendid Stems DSP.  I purposely kept the inside half circles that were cut out.  Don't want to waste them!  

So, this is the card you use the half circles!  I had originally cut 4 rectangles from 4 different papers for the first card, but didn't use them all.  This card was easy to use all four pieces.  

Aren't the foil papers just gorgeous?  You can really see the different patterns now.  It's got to be one of my favorite DSP packs.  It's so shiny and yummy!

The background on the card front is just stamped with one of the stamps from the Splendid Thoughts set.  It's Blushing Bride ink and card stock.  I wouldn't have thought about putting that color with these foils, but it does work.   

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Splendid Thoughts Part One

When is Autumn coming?  After this weekend, I'm ready for Sweater Weather.  We went into Megan's and helped her hang all her travel pictures.  She had 37 pictures to hang!  Both girls collect street art from where they have travelled.  I think it's a fabulous collection to have.  Plus, since they typically are not framed, they fit in our carry-ons pretty easily.  Megan just has to learn to purchase only one in eery country/state.  

So many times, we cut out shape from the die and throw away the negative space.  Here is a perfect example to keep those negatives and use them.   

I've seen many of this kind of card on Pinterest, but mine is just slightly different.  Most have four negative pieces.  I thought it was too crowded, so I chose to ouse only two.  I like it much better!   The Calypso Coral sentiment is tucked neatly in the corner.

The background paper is just Soft Sea Foam.  Part of it is colored using the blending brushes.  It has the Ombre effect, dark to light.  I never had thought about it, but it is so simple and gives a lot of dimension.  I'll have to use this technique more often!

Also on the background Soft Sea Foam, are leaves that are embossed with the white embossing powder.  It's actually to emboss them instead of using the white Craft Ink pads.  Plus, you get a much better impression of the stamp.

I had to add some pearls just for a touch of bling. 

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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More SAB Items are added!

It's amazing how Stampin' Up! continues to surprise us.  

Today SU! announced 10 additional items available on the SAB list.  Yay!!  Most of the products are from the Annual Catalog.  One is from the current Mini Catalog.  I'm sure you have already seen them in the catalogs.  But, there are some good ones!






They all intrigue me, but I'm especially thinking about the Aspen Tree Dies.  Look at the silhouette of the trees!  I love it the second I saw it in the Mini Catalog.  Hmmm.  I'm thinking.  

These will be available during the remaining time of SAB, which ends August 31.  I definitely wouldn't wait if there is something you definitely want.  

Contact me if you have any questions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper




Simple Stamping with Amazing Silhouette stamp set.

It's Sunday night, the girls have left to go back home so it quiet in the house.  I'm enjoying a glass of wine while doing this blog post.  Yesterday Megan was the Maid of Honor in her best friend from college wedding.  It was a beautiful day to have the ceremony outside and the bride absolutely glowed.  Alyssa kept me company and we had a really good time.  Megan took her duties very seriously and had an emergency kit that included everything but the kitchen sink.  She even included Cheez-It's for the bride (it's her favorite).  

Clean and simple stamping for this card.  I used the Amazing Silhouette stamp set and stamped in Soft Sea Foam.  

For a little extra detail, I added some score lines along the left side and also on the bottom.  I scored onto the 1/2 inch and also 5/8 inch.  If you make the score lines first, then you can line the stamp up and get it right in the corner of the lines.  You can choose what way you want the score lines to go - up or down.

Since Amazing Silhouette set doesn't have any sentiments, I had to to hunting.  The "Hello" is from the Forever Fern stamp set.  Perfect greeting for a simple card. 

Just because it's a simple card, doesn't mean you can't add some bling!  And you can't go wrong with some classic pearls. 

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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A Shaker card using the Bottled Happiness stamp set.

Who's brilliant idea was to go to the Madison Farmer's Market on Saturday?  It was Alyssa's, but I was crazy enough to say yes.  It was crazy busy and super hot and humid.  Definitely not my kind of weather.  Even she said it was hot and she likes that kind of weather.  Alyssa takes after her father, not me.  Still, we had a great time.  I was kind of jealous that she got the Door County cherries and I didn't.  She refused to share with me too!  I learned my lesson...buy some yourself.

I usually don't do shaker cards, but with this stamp set and punch, I couldn't resist.  The bottle is filled with Effervescent Elements.  It's basically tiny, clear beads of two different sizes.  

The placement of the bottle was made to be easy.  Find the middle of the DSP, and put the punch all the way in.  It's as easy as that.

Foro the background, I used the 2022-2024 In-Color DSP.  When I punched out the bottle, I kept that piece.  Once I adhered the front of the dome to the DSP, and the Effervescent Elements.  Over them, I laid the bottle cut out, flipped over to show the other side.  To keep everything contained, I added a scrap piece of card stock so I wouldn't have the beads all over.  And with my luck, I would do exactly that.  

This card is already down at my local coffee shop for sale.  So, I did guess on the size of the basic White and Parakeet Party the floral bouquet is stamped on.  I just went downstairs and measured the actual stamp.  You might want to double check my measurements to make sure they are correct.  

On stamps that are larger, like this one, I pull out the Stamparatus.  Re-Stamping is super easy with it.  Also, you can place the second stamp on top of the first stamped image to get the correct positioning.  We made this card in club, and they were very happy the Stamparatus was ready to use.  

Do you like shaker cards?  They are so fun to make and everyone loves them!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Stir Fry Sauce

I had gone to the farmer's market in town this past weekend.  Great place to grab some fresh veggies.  Perfect since we wanted to do a chicken stir-fry this week.  

The bottles of re-made stir fry sauce in the stores are just too sweet and sometimes, lacking in flavor.  As usual, I headed to Pinterest to find a recipe. 

Found one!

And I pretty much had all the ingredients.  There were a few substitutions/changes on my end, but otherwise it was good.  The sauce thickened up very nicely.  

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing cooking wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Combine cornstarch and water in a mason jar until smooth. Then add in all the remaining ingredients. Fasten the lid, and shake until fully incorporated.

  • (Alternatively, you can mix everything in a bowl with a whisk.)

  • If not using right away, store in a sealed jar or airtight container in the refrigerator. Note: after it's been sitting and untouched for a while, the ingredients will separate and the cornstarch has a tendency to settle and harden at the bottom of the jar. Take a dull knife to loosen it up, then fasten the lid and give it a good shake to reincorporate everything before using.

Here are my notes:

1.  It was still a little sweet for us, so I could decrease the brown sugar to 1/8 cup.

2.  I used dried ginger, rather than fresh.  

3.  I didn't have dry sherry to cook with, so I substituted marsala wine.

Those are the only things I would change in this recipe.  Other than the fact I never add as much crushed red pepper flakes as the recipe calls for.  I like flavor spice, hot hot spice.

If you want to see the original post, you can find it here.  https://bellyfull.net/stir-fry-sauce-recipe/#wprm-recipe-container-43667

Do you have a stir fry recipe that you like?  Let me know!  I love to try new recipes.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Strawberry Treat

It was a quick visit, but Megan came. home last night.  She had an early dentist appointment today.  I'll take any excuse to see either one of my daughters.  I had gone through some of the kitchen cabinets and found some items of Megan's so I was happy to give them to her.  I'm sure I'll find more things as time goes by that are hers.  

Several months ago, we made these in my club.  Purposely I paired the bee/ladybug punch with the Oats & Honey granola bar.  It was just a fun thing to make and hand out to a friend.

My club member enjoyed these and decided to make some of her own.  And didn't go the bee route.  She went with the strawberries!

They are adorable!  I'm not positive of the colors she used in the strawberry, but I like it!  

The sentiment, Hello there, is perfect.  It's just a little gift to say Hi and to brighten one's day.  Wouldn't you smile if you received such a sweet little treat?   All decorated and for no reason at all.  

She also made some bee treats.  I didn't think about it, otherwise I would have taken a picture of one.  They were different, even cuter than the one I made.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Color Challenge #2

The color challenge this month was to use Black and White with a pop of color.  Sounds easy doesn't it?  In reality, it was rather tricky.  Choosing just one pop of color?  Remember how many colors SU! has to choose from?  Color challenges are actually easier when told which colors to use.

The pop of color I choose was Bermuda Bay.

I chose Bermuda Bay because I haven't used it in quite a while.  That's a good excuse in my eyes.

Don't forget to use the adhesive sheets when cutting out the stems.  Just adhere a large strip on the back of the Basic Black.  I like having the ends come up for a little dimension.  Also, saves some adhesive sheets.  

There are only two pieces that are adhered with dimensionals.  The 8 leaf sprig and the sentiment.  That was enough for me.  I thought about using the brushes on the background or even Wink of Stella on the leaves, but sometimes it best to keep it simple.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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