I guess I could call today a productively lazy day.  Somethings got done, but should have gotten more done.  It took my husband 3 times to mow the lawn today.  Twice while he was mowing, it just started to downpour rain.  It would not last long, but enough for it to be frustrating for him.  For me, it was kind of comical, but I wouldn't let him know that!

These hedgehogs are so cute and I will so miss them!  Normally, I don't go for cutsey stamps like this, but I couldn't resist them.  Now they are off to a happy retirement.

If you can see, the hedgehog on the right is actually stamped on the Whisper White that is on the inside of the card.  If properly positioned, he fits perfectly.  It takes patience to get him right.  I had adhered the two DSP and Gray Granite pieces together and just placed them on the card front, where it will eventually get adhered.  Put the actual stamp on the front and place the circle framelit around him.  Mark the spot and cut out the circle with the Big Shot.  Re-align the pieces again on the card front, mark the spot and then cut the actual card front.  When you then adhere the pieces together, just line the circle up and it should be good.

Take a peek at the inside.  I couldn't resist stamping a few flowers.  

I'm a sucker for lining things up, so if you notice the Whisper White is in line with the Gray Granite. I lined it up and then adhered it to the inside of the card.  All of isn't very hard, just take your time and it will work.  

Are you going to miss these guys as much as I am?  You will definately be missed.

Click on the above pictures for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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New In-Colors

It's time to say hello to the new 2019-2020 In-Colors.  Take a quick look at them.

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I am very anxious to get my hands on these colors!  Already, the Pretty Peacock is calling to me.  The DSP packs are gorgeous as well.  Tonight I just placed my pre-order and will be ready to play when that box comes!

One perk about being a demonstrator is that we get to see the new catalogs before anyone else.  We also get to place a pre-order so when the catalog actually goes live, we are ready to go for our customers!  One product I ordered was the Magnolia bundle.  I know my club people will be excited to stamp with that set in June.  

If you are interested in hearing more about being a demonstrator, contact me at ckcharland@charter.net.  We can chat and answer any questions you might have.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper 

Humming Along

It was great having a day off!  And it was even better because the weather cooperated.  It was gorgeous today.  I only wish it would stay this temperature all summer long.  Upper 70s, sunny and a slight breeze.  Perfect in my eyes.  There was a few errands I had to run and then just stuff around the house. 

The best thing was that I was able to video with Megan today!  She's in Vienna, Austria until tomorrow.  I felt bad because it was was raining all day for her.  Not much fun sightseeing in the rain, but she made do. It won't stop her too much. 

We made this card last night at club.  I wasn't too excited over this hummingbird, but it has definately grown on me.  It's perfect to color using the Stampin' Blends or even the watercolor pencils.  

Instead of the normal card fold, I added another score on the front to create this extra flap.  Just score on the 1 1/2 inch line.  The front square is adhered to this flap by using Tear & Tape.  I was afraid regular Snail wouldn't be strong enough.  

The floral piece is vellum from Floral Romance DSP.  My first card I adhered the vellum directly to the Fresh Fig.  After letting it dry overnight, I could till see the Fine Tip Glue line.  Yuck!  That wouldn't do.  So, I added the Whisper White underneath. It covered the glue lines and you can definately see the flowers better.  

Take a look at the whole card when it is open.  I added the two leaves on the inside so it wouldn't be too bare.  This was a fun card to make.  I will miss this hummingbird and flower.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Bye-Bye Hanging Garden

What a crazy time right now.  Feels like I'm going ten different ways at once and no time to finish anything.  I can't wait for things at work to be done.  Tomorrow I have my stamp club.  I'm always so glad to see my ladies.  

We are making this card in club tomorrow night.  It's going to be a Retirement Club theme.  The Hanging Garden Stamp Set and the Berry Burst color are both retiring.  

The card is all about the Stampin' Blends.  I used the combos of Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay.  For the Berry Burst, I just used the regular marker.  That color just had to be included with the flowers.  

This is a classic example of a simple card.  Two stamps, some coloring, embellishment and done.  It would take about 15 minutes to duplicate this card.  What kind of simples cards do you make?  I would love to see some!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

tams# 33299

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Tasty Thursday - Dutch Windmill Cookie Slices

On our vacation, we decided to visit Amsterdam, Holland. It was tulip season so we just couldn't resist going there.  And boy, was it worth it!  The tulips were absolutely beautiful and in full bloom.  Keukenhof Gardens is the garden to visit if you want to see the tulips.  There were absolutely thousands of tulips throughout the garden.  They have created varieties of tulips that I have never seen before in my life.  Here are just a few pictures.


Believe it or not, these are all tulips.  This is just a very small sample of the pictures I took.  Everywhere you looked, it was a picture perfect.  If you love flowers, especially tulips, this should be on your bucket list.

In Amsterdam, many people are Dutch.  When I think of cookies, I remember the windmill cookies with the slivered almonds.  The cookie was plain and simple, just flavored with different spices, no frosting.  My dad was a lover of these cookies.  

I found this recipe on Pinterest, and made them for Alyssa's graduation party.  She loves her books and her cookies.  We did a cookie bar based around some of her favorite books.  One favorite book was "The Fault In Our Stars".  In it, the characters went to Amsterdam.  Home of the Windmill cookies. 

Dutch Windmill Cookie Slices Recipe

Dutch Windmill Cookies


    • 1 lb butter or margarine

    • 1/2 c dairy sour cream

    • 4 tsp cinnamon

    • 1/2 tsp cloves

    • 2 c brown sugar, packed

    • 1/2 tsp

      baking soda

    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

    • 5 c all purpose flour

    • 1/2 c chopped nuts or sliced almond

Mix butter, sugar and sour cream. Add dry ingredients. Mix well and form into rolls and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Slice 1/4 inch thickness or a little more. Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375^ for 10-15 minutes.
If rolling out for cookie chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Dip cutter in flour and cut in desired shapes. and bake.


These cookies were really good. I haven't made them since, but they would be worth making again.  Alyssa ended up really liking them.  And they were pretty easy to make which I really liked.  I did the sliced version, not the cookie cutter.

I found the recipe on Just a Pinch Recipes.  Click here if you want to view the recipe from their website.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper




Hope and Golden Afternoon

Is anyone ready for the new catalog to start?  I'm for some new products.  Of course, I will miss some that are retiring, but soon they are usually forgotten soon after the new catalog starts.  

I will miss this Golden Afternoon stamp set.  Not only do I like the trees, I also really like the sentiments.  They are simple and sweet.

The tree is stamped by coloring with Soft Suede and Old Olive markers.  It would be perfect by using the Stamparatus.  That way, if you miss coloring a part, it's super easy to re-ink and stamp again.  

I sponged some Old Olive under the tree for grass.  It looked way to bare.  I wanted to stamp some birds from the set, but when I add something extra like that, I usually end up messing it up and having to start all over.  Never mind the birds this time.  But, sponging some blue sky would have been nice too.

Here's a little inside on the layout.  I had the tree and sentiment completely stamped.  Unfortunately, the sentiment was slightly crooked and of course, it bothered me.  I matted the Whisper White on the Nature's Poem piece, and off set it with another, making sure the sentiment is now straight on the card front.  Now, it looks straight and the tree looks good off kilter just a bit.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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You are Going Places

For our vacation, we met Megan in London.  It was early January when she left.  Skype is great, but doesn't take the place of seeing her in person.  We took in parts of London right away.  Megan took us to Burrough Market to grab a bite to eat and then off the Tower Bridge.  It was too late in the day to actually go into Tower of London.  We did go see it several days later.  As always, it is fascinating.  


It was so good seeing this smiling face in person again.  She is coming home on May 28, on her 21st birthday.  We are all so excited for to come back home.

I was challenged to take this piece of Share What You Love DSP, use retiring colors and stamp sets to make a retirement card.  This at first was difficult because I really don't have a stamp that uses "retirement" in any way.  Thinking outside of the box, this one works.  You are going places.  It actually covers several situations.  Of course, vacation, graduation and even retirement.  The later two refer to moving onto the next phase of life.  

The stamp was from the En Route stamp set.  It's in the Annual Catalog and will be retiring in June.  

What do you think about mixing the round doily with the squares?  Everyone matches circles with circles so I thought I'd try something different.  It's good to switch things up.

This is all I have for tonight.  I'm still fighting jet lag a little, so it's bedtime for this stamper.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Everything is Rosy

I am back from vacation.  Unfortunately.  It was hard saying good-bye to Megan and leaving her in London.  But, we had a great time with her.  We took in the usual sightseeing spots in London and even took the train to see her university.  

One thing I am so amazed about is the great public transportation Europe has.  Megan was able to get us around by using the train, bus or the underground.  We never had the need to rent a car.  And we are sooo glad for that because they drive on the other side of the road!  I'm sure Chris and I could have figured out the public transportation, but Megan took charge so we didn't have to worry about it.  

Now, here is a confession.  I pretty much had a post ready last night.  Then, one touch of a button and Poof! It was all gone.  Since it was almost 10 pm, I just gave up.  


Stampin' Up! has put together a medley of products that you can purchase only during the month of May.  This exclusive, limited-time collection of coordinating, petal-packed products has everything you need to let your creativity bloom.

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Take a peek at this stamp set that is included in the medley.  One thing I am really liking are the fonts of the words.  Fancy, but still ledgible.  Also, I really love it when different fonts are mixed together in a sentiment.  

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Take a quick peek at what is all included in this medley.  I am thinking I have to get the rose Gold Shimmer Paint.  Doesn't it look yummy?

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:

  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8" x 1" (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4" (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4" (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

There is just a ton that goes into this medley.  The items can be purchased individually, but it's so much easier when everything is bundled into just one ordering code.  



$80.00 USD/$109.00 CAD


Don't forget about the Retirement List.  These products will disappear after June 3 and most products are while supplies last.

Click here for the Occassions Catalog Retirement List.

Click here for the Annual Catalog Retirement List.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper