A little too big, but still works

I am so glad that work is done for the weekend.  It was a long shift working Thursday evening, but I actually had several customers who thanked us for working.  Now, I really didn't have much choice to work, but  hearing customers thank me made it more tolerable being away from my family.  Speaking of family, mine did happen to stop by to see how things were going.  And to see how crazy busy it was.  

Now for this card, I put it all together and was getting it ready to sell.  That's when I noticed it was larger than my envelope!  What the heck?  It was an inch longer than normal and I didn't even notice it.  So I'm not posting any dimensions for this one.  I'm sure you can figure it out on your own. 

Many times when putting 2 pieces against each other, they don't always line up correctly.  It can be disguised by either a piece or ribbon or a trim of paper.  In this case, I used a piece of paper from the pack I was already using, the Be Merry dsp.  The trees were just the size I needed to hide the seam.  

Now the stamp set I used was the Carol of Christmas.  For the ornaments I used my markers, not the stamp pads.  I used Garden Green and Real Red markers and colored the actual stamp and Basic Black for the hangers.  Color, Stamp, and repeat.  You do have to do this after every stamp otherwise it will be very faded.  I also did this on the inside of the card for some fun.  It's more time consuming, but I think the recipient would love it.  Doesn't it really dress up the inside?   A little Wink of Stella would also be very pretty on the ornaments.  

                                                                                                     

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set, but I refuse to part with it.  I'm forever hopeful that Stampin' Up will come out with something comparable.  

This is all for tonight.  It's been a long holiday weekend.  Tomorrow I'll be back in my stamp room work on other cards.  I have to work on Christmas presents for my club members too.  I haven't come up with any ideas so far.  I do have 2 weeks to come up with an idea.  Sometimes working under pressure is when I get the most work done.  

 

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Online Extravaganza!

Who loves a good deal?  Or should I put it...Who doesn't love a good deal? 

Since it's Black Friday week, Stampin' Up came up with their own deals!  Wahoo!  There are select stamp sets on sale for 20% off for the first 24 hours.  That's right now.  It ends at 11:59 pm tonight!  Order early.  Some sales are while supplies last and you know some will sell out.   Keep checking back.  Stampin' Up will be changing things up during the week.  This will depend upon the quantities available.  

There are tons of other items that are also on sale that end 11/26 at 11:59 pm.   They also have framelits,  embossing folders, watercolor pencils, markers, and a lot of embellishments.  Some items are 40% off!  How cool is that?  The sale is sure not to disappoint anyone.  

Check back later in the week.  They are having another 24 hour sale on the 27th.   We have to wait to see what will be on that sale.    

Click on the image above and it will take you to the sale list.  

Have fun shopping!

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

At Christmas & Always

Ready for another Christmas card?  I've got plenty, ready to be put on my blog!  Here is one I designed for my club.  I didn't know if we were going to have visitors, so I made the card pretty simple.  One stamp for the Christmas tree and another for the saying.  Oh, and another tree for the card inside.  Add a glimmer star and that always blings up a card.  Simple.  No fuss on this one.  

The Vintage Crochet trim when used with Halloween stamps looks like a spider web.  Now, on a Christmas card, it is just a simple crochet design.  Doesn't look like Halloween at all.  Stampin' Up makes products so they have multiple purposes.  Great isn't it?  Now look at the inside.  Always keep in mind that the entire stamp doesn't have to be completely on the card.  Here you see the Christmas tree, but it doens't take up the entire inside.

                                                                                          

With this Merry Music designer dsp, you get 24 sheets of paper! That is more than what is in the normal pack of dsp.   It's also lighter weight than the regular card stock.  I wrapped some chocolates in my scraps from this paper and the lighter weight was great.  It was easier to wrap with and stayed together. I also really like the music patterns on the paper.  The black and white paper is so easy to match with anyother color cardstock.  It would be really beautiful sponged with color too.

Here is my color combo for the card.  It's a very traditional Christmas combo.  

                                                                                                   

Click on the card picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Tasty Thursday - Windmill Cookies

Gosh, I can't believe that I haven't blogged since last Thursday.  It has been a super crazy weekend and continuing into the work week.  Working retail is very challenging this time of year.  We have so much in the store, I sometimes wonder where all the products will go when they unload the trucks lately.  Personally, I can't wait for the hype of Black Friday to be over with.

Are you one to go out as soon as the store open?  What deals do you look for?  I'll be ordering online Thursday morning.  Sometimes I'll have my family run somewhere on Friday if necessary.  They will stop by Thursday night while I'm working to say Hi.  And to rub it in that I'm working and they aren't.  Gotta love family.

Christmas means cookies in my household.  Do you remember the Windmill Cookies as a kid? This recipe was definately better than the store bought ones. I surprised my daughter for her graduation party and had a cookie bar.  These were one that she really liked.  The recipe is a slice and bake cookie.  

Dutch Windmill Cookie

1 lb. butter or margarine

1/2 cup sour cream

4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

5 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup sliced almonds

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 375 for 10-15 minutes.

They are definally a plain and simple cookie but packed with flavor.  Great to have with your coffee in the morning.  Or dunking in your milk.  Now that I've posted this recipe, I'm wanting to make it again.  Maybe this weekend.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

  

Tasty Thursday - Fried Rice

I really like pork chops, but my husband doesn't.  Usually the leftover ones get dried up and then I really don't like them so I usually end up throwing them away.  This is the perfect way to use up those leftover, dried pork chops.  Pork Fried Rice.  The other bonus is that it's super easy and fast to make. 

Pork Fried Rice

leftover pork chops, cut into tiny pieces

3 cups cooked white rice (leftover works best)

3 Tablespoon Sesame oil 

1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed

1 small onion, chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 eggs, slighten beaten

1/4 cup soy sauce

On medium high heat, heat the oil in large skillet or wok.  Add the peas and carrots mix, onion and garlic.  Stir fry until tender.  Lower the heat to medium low and push mixture off to the side.  Pour the eggs in the other side of skillet and fry until scrambled.  Add the rice, soy sauce and pork, mix all together.  Stir fry until thoroughly heated.  

I will sometimes add green onion when it's just my husband and myself.  I have also added the small baby ears of corn for something different.  When I think about it, I will make the rice in the morning before work and refrigerate it, making my leftover rice.  It's not necessary to use leftover rice, but it is drier than freshly made and easier to stir the ingredients together.  

 This recipe my entire family really likes this recipe.  Shocker right?  I so wish that would happen more often.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Washi Tape Fun

 

Washi tape can be so versitile.  Here it is starring in the front and center of the card.  Uneven ends give it a casual look.  The gold thread and snowflake give it a more elegant look.  Who knew you could do both casual and elegant in a single card.  The card is super simple and probably takes less than 15 minutes to put together.  It's great if you need to make a lot of these for Christmas.

Be very careful when using the framelits on the champange foil sheets.  I used my cutting pads and they are well used.  They left a light imprint on the foil sheet.  So my tip is when possible use new cutting pads.  Or, place another piece of scrap cardstock over the foil sheet.  That should be enough buffer so the imprint won't happen.  

For the metallic thread, I just wrapped it around three fingers and taped it on the back of the oval with a piece of washi tape.  You can spread it out as you like.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Have you tried them?

So, Have you tried the Stampin' Blends?  I have heard they are really nice.  The colors are true to the normal markers.  The caps are snug to say the least.  But that is because they are alcohol based, they will try up faster than normal markers.

Did you see how they are being sold?  In a duo pack, you get the light and dark of the one color, say Calypso Coral.  But, they are also sold individually.  This is great if you just need to replace a single marker.  I'm sold glad that we are given both options on purchasing the markers.  

That's all I have for tonight.  Have a good evening!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Christmas tree sparkle

 I'm so glad that it's not snowing yet here in Wisconsin.  Give it a couple of weeks and it might.  My girls are having a sister's  weekend at college and we get to see them tomorrow for a little bit.  They both asked for their winter jackets.  Go figure.  

I participated in a demonstrator card swap and Christmas was the theme.  This is what I came up with.   The accent color is Tranquil Tide.  While I was playing with the DSP and Basic Black, I decided it needed a accent color and something going across the middle.  As I looked at my ribbon, all I had that matched the colors was the Tranquil Tide ribbon, so decision was made.  There are times when you have to go with the flow, and this was one.  When I started out, I wouldn't have expected to use the Tranquil Tide in my Christmas card, but it works.  Christmas doesn't always have to be red and green.  

Did you see the foil snowflake peeking out from the top?  I cut one in half and stuck it in the back.  There is a lot of detail packed into the little space, but it's not too much. It goes with the theme of Let it Snow.  

My color combo for this card is super easy.  Just three colors and that's if you even count white!

                                                                                                  

This was a relatively easy card to make and to reproduce.  When you have to make any quantity of cards, make them relatively to reproduce. I made 19 of these and once I completed the design, it took about 2-3 hours to fully complete them.   Now, yesterday's side-step card I wouldn't recommend making too many of those at one time.  

Click on the top picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper