An Easy Easter Basket

Now isn't this just an adorable little Easter Basket?  I had to come up with a demonstration at a meeting, and I found this idea.  Immediately, I fell in love with this.  Everyone just loved it, especially since I had paper already cut and ready for them to make themselves. Something this cute, I couldn't just demo it, and they were thrilled that I had prepared one for everyone to make their own.  It holds about 3-4 chocolate Easter eggs, or even one Cadbury Creme Egg.  Wouldn't they look super cute on the Easter table?  

The pieces of paper are:

4 - 5 1/2 x 3/4

1 - 5 1/2 x 1/2

1 - 7 1/4 x 1/2

I added the ribbon for a nice detail.  It's the ribbon in the SAB catalog, the Shimmer Ribbon Pack.  Instead of just tying it around the handle, I wove it inbetween the basket slats.  Really easy and add a ton of color.  

Here are the two samples I made.  The left one I did at my demo meeting.  I used the Hardwood stamp on the dsp.  The cardstock was retired Tip Top Taupe and it just seemed a little bland.  It was perfect for what I needed.  The right one is what we did in my stamp club.  The base of the basket was embossed and then sponged using Sahara Sand cardstock.  The embossing really dressed the basket up.  Think how cute this would be in other colors too.

The only part of this that is not Stampin' Up are the brads.  They hold the handle to the basket.  Stampin' Up doesn't carry them anymore, but they can be purchased at any craft store.

I was very lucky to take a picture of the embossed basket when I did.  I came home from work on Saturday to find it shredded on the floor.  The dog really did eat my homework.  Fortunately, she didn't get the chocolate eggs, but the smell of them must have been in the basket.  Darn dog.  

The directions are in my gallery.  Just click on either picture and it will take you to them.  I also put this in the instructions, but if you don't see the step by step pictures click on  "Show Instruction Images" in the blue box on top of the page.  Once everything is cut and ready to go, the assembly of the basket is super easy and will just take you a few minutes to put together. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

January's Thank you cards

       

      

Yesterday was Saturday and I had to work.  Bummer.  But...after work we went and saw BLACK  PANTHER.  It was a great movie.  We all really liked it.  Yes, we got reserved seating at a local theater so we didn't have to stand in line for hours to get a good seat.  Totally worth the money.  

These were the cards I gave my club members this month.  They are very simple, but totally adorable.  I had no idea if anyone had a favorite fruit, so I randomly put them in with their orders.  I hope they didn't get a fruit that they don't like.  Usually the is a watermelon.  Thinking outside of the box, I decided on an orange instead.  I think it's kind of cute.  

I saw an idea on Pinterest about this card.  But it just had the fruit, bowl, and saying.  It needed a little something extra.  So I added the ribbon on each and also the fruit piece in the upper right corner.  Originally, I had thought about pearls, but I had extra fruit ready, so why not use those.  

Do you have a favorite?  I'm thinking strawberries.  With the pineapples a close second.  

The basket is stamped in Early Espresso and colored with a Crumb Cake marker.  I chose to use regular marker, not a Stampin' Blend because the Blends have a tendency to bleed through the cardstock.  I didn't want to see that on the inside of the card.  An alternative if you want to use the Stampin' Blends is to stamp and color on a scrap piece and cut it out.  It's another step, but the fussy cutting wouldn't be too bad.  

I'm not listing all the colors that were used.  Instead, click on the individual picture, and it will take you directly to my gallery for that particular picture.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

New SAB Items

Today there are more SAB items you can earn for free!

Stampin' Up has done it again.  Adding more items to the SAB sale.  How exciting is this!  My club people were pretty excited.  Almost all of them ordered the Eclectic Expressions.  With the Happy Birthday and Thank You in the set, they will get a lot of use.  Who can't use a new and updated version of those?

                                            

This new embossing folder really caught my eye.  A basket weave.  Totally cool.  Of course, the stamp set is really nice too.  This bundle you can earn FREE with any $100 order.  SWEET!  

And we can't forget about this new DSP pack . A new Foils Speciality Pack.  There are three different foils in it - Rose Gold Foil, Silver Foil, and Gold Foil.  These will make some very elegant cards.  Which foil is your favorite?  I'm almost leaning towards Rose Gold.   

Take advantage of these deals!  There's no limit to how many free items you can get.  They can be earned now through March 31, 2018.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Tasty Thursday - Homemade Pizza!

Anybody ready for some pizza?  In this household, we are always ready. 

This recipe is actually for the crust to be made in a bread maker.  I got one from my Grandma for our wedding 23 years ago and it's still going strong.  But then again, for the past 10 years (at least) the only time it is used is for thie recipe.  

The crust is perfect Every. Single. Time.  

I usually make two batches of the dough.  Split one in half and it makes a decent cookie sheet size pizza.  We each get our own sheet and we always have plenty of leftovers for several lunches, or breakfasts.  My girls love it for breakfast.  If I need it for a leftover dinner, I usually have to warn them and I have to hear them groan.

There is one suggestion for this recipe.  When baking two pizzas at the same time, half way through the bake time, switch the pizzas on the racks.  This way they get even bake time.  We have found that if you don't, the bottom pizza crust gets very crunchy.  Trust me.  It does make a BIG difference.

See what I mean? This is just one of the four we made last weekend.  I had 3 meals out of just this pizza and it was delicious.  Now, here's the recipe.

Favorite Pizza

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoon warm water

2 Tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

3 cups bread flour (I just use all-purpose flour)

2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, if desired

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, if desired

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 teaspoon bread machine yeast (one packet)

Pizza Toppings

Carefully measure and place all the ingredients, except the toppings, in the bread machine.  Do this in the order recommended by the manufacturer.

Select the Dough/Manual cycle.

Heat oven to 400 F

Grease 2 cookie sheets.  Divide dough in half.  Pat each half into cookie sheet with floured fingers.  Add pizza toppings to taste.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until crust is brown.  (Don't forget to switch the pizzas half way through!)

If you don't have a bread machine, I'm sure you can make this recipe, but I'm not sure how to do that.  Google it.  Even though the recipe says that Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings are optional, I highly recoommend them.  It adds another layer of flavor to the pizza.  

I found this recipe from a Betty Crocker cookbook for bread machines long time ago.  It's sad when the book opens right to the page.  In the summer, we do grilled pizzas on the outside grill.  When it's warmer, I'll share that recipe with you.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope every one is having a great Valentine's Day!  We normally don't do much for this holiday, which is our choice.  Also doesn't help that it always happens that my husband end up travelling this week for work.  Currently he is in Orlando, FL.  I know he doesn't get much free time to enjoy anything, but there's no snow and it's warm down there.  Two things we can't say here in Wisconsin.  

This was a challenge for me.  I had to make a Valentine's Day card, but don't have anything current from Stampin' Up for this holiday.  Improvise was the key.  The hearts were from Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the stamp wasthe Timeless Treasures set.  Not to bad, right?  

The first heart I used the watercolor pencils on.  The colors were Melon Mambo, Real Red and Rich Razzleberry.  Color on a piece of Whisper White, making sure you colored enough for the heart size.  Then blend with the Blender pens.  Who needs DSP?   Create your own paper!

I should have taken a picture from the size.  To adhere the hearts, I tried something different.  A glue dot was used on the bottom point.  On the top two sides, a mini dimensional.  This was on each heart.  It just gave it a different dimension.  

                                          

This was a fun card to create.  This just goes to show that you can make a Valentine's card that is not specific for this day.  I hope this inspired you to think outside of the box and see what you can do!

Click on the picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

 

Happy Sunday!

It's another Sunday in Wisconsin and we woke to more snow.  My husband has given up on the snowblower and hasn't even tried it the past two snowfalls.  He's leaving tomorrow for a work trip to Florida.  Sure hope it doesn't snow much while he's gone.

Tomorrow night I have my demonstrator meeting.  It's going to be a Bingo night!  It's always a fun time.  I have to do a demonstration so I found these cute little baskets to make which are perfect for Easter which is coming up soon enough.  I'll post them later in the week since we are also doing them for my stamp club on Tuesday.  If they follow my blog, I don't want to give away any surprises of what we are doing.  

  

Have you given more thought into becoming a demonstrator?  This is the Very Best Time to join.  

  • $125 worth of product, your choosing for only $99, plus free shipping
  • Choose any TWO stamp sets for FREE.  Can be from any current catalog

You run your business the way you want.  Many people join are Hobbiests.  That is, they joined just for the discount and perks, but don't do any clubs or blogging.  Mostly for themselves, but they can, of course, place orders for other people.  

Then there are the other people that are actively participating in clubs, holding stamping events, blogging and social media.  We like sharing our creations either in person or online.  There is a challenge in teaching new techniques and creating new projects.  It's very encouraging when people give you positive feedback and actually use the cards that are made in club.  If all you want to do is a club, that's your choice.  

You would also be part of a great Facebook group that was created by my upline.  They share all kind of projects, suggestions and business tips.  I don't think there is a problem they couldn't help you with.  When I was trying to think of a blog name, all their comments helped me choose this one.  

Are you interested in joining?  I'm here to help you in any way you would need.  It's been an very interesting journey.  Join me!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Sunflowers can be Blue

It's definately winter in Wisconsin.  Yesterday we got about 7 inches of snow.  All the schools around the area were cancelled.  Was not a good day for the snow blower not to work.  

I wanted to shake things up and do a blue sunflower.  I've seen some online and thought they were beautiful.  So here's my take.

The colors are Dapper Denim and Island Indigo.  Two that I normally would put together, but here they work. Now, I normally don't do any kind of fussy cutting, but this wasn't too bad.  I thought to use a circle framelit, but you lose the detail of the flower.  If you want some more dazzle, add the Wink of Stella.  

 Do you see the right side of the card?  I stamped the fern leaf in Dapper Denim ink onto Dapper Denim cardstock.  It was looking a little bland so the tone-on-tone was perfect.  It added detail without taking away from the rest of the card.  Do you like the color?  It will be retiring at the end of May so you might want to add it to your wish list.  The In-Colors do have a tendency to sell out before they actually retire.  

The doily was something I haven't used in the longest time.  They were calling me to come out to play!  They really softened up the tone of the card.  Shows that you can use dark colors with a delicate element like a doily.  You can cut them in half very carefully with your paper cutter.  I just adhere the middle part with snail and leave the outside free.  

Looks like we are getting more snow tonight.  Great.  We have been lucky, not having much snow until now.  

As always, click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Tasty Thursday - Grinder Sandwiches

Grinder sandwiches is basically a hot ham and cheese sandwich that is elevated to the next level. I've been making these for years.  My family loves them.  They are also pretty easy to make which I love.  

They were dinner tonight for my daughter and husband and do you think I would have taken a picture?  No.  Thought about it when I started this post.  Sorry.  If you google it, I'm sure there will be a picture somewhere.  Pinterest has everything.

I can actually say that I have no idea where the actual written recipe went to.  I'll give the quantities that I know best, but it also varies depending upon your tastes and the size of the rolls. Hint:  I sometimes "wrap" the cheese up in the ham to prevent it from escaping the sandwich while baking.  

Ham and Cheese Grinders

4-6 deli club rolls

1 pound ham lunch meat (we love Ham off the Bone)

Provolone Cheese, sliced

pesto sauce

sauted onions and garlic (Optional)

Slice the rolls in half and hallow out the top half of the roll.  This leaves more room in the roll for the ham and cheese.  Spread some pesto on the bottom half (or add the sauted onion and garlic)

Add at least 2 slices of ham and some cheese.  Adjust the ratios to your preferences.  Wrap the sandwiches in aluminum foil.  Bake 425 for 20 minutes.

That's it.  Nothing else to them, but they are really good.  The pesto makes all the difference.  My husband prefers his with Pepper Jack cheese.  The leftovers are really tasty too.  Did you happen to notice the bake temperature and time?  I have made it the same as frozen french fries.  Now I like easy dinners, and you can't get much easier than that.  This was a go-to dinner when the girls were younger and I didn't have a lot of time to make dinner.  Easy to make ahead of time and just bake at dinnertime.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper