A Pear for You

I love these days when I don't have to leave the house!  Not even going to get the mail, and took some leftovers out of the freezer for dinner.  Done.  

Back to the Fruit Basket stamp set.  It's just so cute and fun to play with.  Sorry to say I can't help myself when it comes to this set.  This time I didn't use the punch, instead I just stamped on the Whisper White.  By doing this, I could use the bordering image.  It sure helps to define the pear and makes them really stand out.

The ribbon is just tied in a knot, but I tied it really tight to get such a small knot.  I just wanted a small accent, but not to take away from the pears. 

The hardest thing for me is to make a clean stamp with the sentiment.  Why is this the last thing we do?  It would make sense to do it first.  Roughly place the pieces on the card and stamp.  This way if we smudge the sentiment, we can just get another card base and restamp.  By leaving it for the end, it would have to be covered up somehow because removing the rest of the card would be almost impossible.  

Note to self:  Stamp the sentiment on the card base first!

                                                                      

Don't forget SAB is still going on.  Earn stamp sets for FREE with a $50 purchase.  There is no limit to how many items you can get for free.  Go check out the flyer.  I'm sure there are a few things that you will fall in love with.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Tasty Thursday - Potato Casserole

Today's recipe has been around my family for many years.   Can't you tell that by the recipe card?  It was written over 30 years ago by now.  I wish I knew who my mom got the recipe from.   

Potato Casserole

2 pound bag frozen hash brown

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 can cream or chicken or mushroom soup

1 pint sour cream

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Saute onion in melted butter.  Mix together all the ingredients in large casserole.  Cover with 2 cups crushed corn flakes with 1 tablespoon melted butter.

Bake at 350 covered for 1 1/2 hours.

I don't make this recipe too often, but I when I do, it's yummy.  I've even put all the ingredients and put it in a slow cooker.  I served this at my daughter's graduation party and it was a hit. I made a double recipe and there was hardly any leftovers.   Another name others have called this is Cheesy Potatoes.  That fits too.  

Enjoy the recipe.  I sure do.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Waterfront Bliss

Winter in Wisconsin...Who's ready for Spring?  The cold doesn't bother me too much, but I'm already done with the snow.  

This card really makes me want to go to a lake.  I love the mountain in the back.  Some people asked how I got the look so big, because the stamp definately isn't.  I stamped two right next to each other then fit another on top.  You have to touch up the ends and then you have a finished mountain.  Love how it turned out.  The color Always Artichoke is not one I tend to gravitate towards, but it really works for the mountain and trees.  I may have to use this color more often.  

I'll tell the story of why the sentiment is in that exact spot.  I had the card completely finished and was wondering if I could use a house amongst the trees.  So I tried a Cherry Cobbler house and it looked horrible.  Ruined the entire card.  I was so mad.  I really liked the card but hated the house.  Absolutely hated it.  At the same time, I didn't want to start all over.  That's when I came up with the sentiment.  It covered the house perfectly.  No one would ever know the house was there.  It's a good lesson for everyone.  Even a mistake can turn into something good.  

The Jute Twine is a little thick on the card.  To get around that, once I used a lot of dimensionals or you can use the foam adhesive strips.  I used them around the outside of the card and by the jute twine.  This left a smooth front look of the card.  What's the use of having a great card if looks bent and battered.  This was a perfect solution.

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

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Sending Lots of Love

Need a break from the Fruit Basket stamp set?  Here's a new one.  Hanging Garden.

I specifically purchased this stamp set because I thought the flowers would be fun to use the Stampn' Blends with.  

One part I like the about Stampin' Blends is that when you color with them, they don't leave the lines like normal markers.  There is one thing to remember when using the Stampin' Blends.  They are alcohol based so don't use the normal ink pads, but use Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad.  The Blends won't wash away the Memento ink and it does give a very clear black image.  In this card, we didn't really blend much, but the colors were vibrant and clean.

The card base was from the Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes in the SAB catalog.  The people at club really liked using these.  The paper was a little bit thicker than normal cardstock plus the inside was white, not the outside color.  Plus, they are FREE with a $50 order during SAB.

Let me know how I am doing.  On any post, please leave a comment.  I would love to hear your opinions!

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time, Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Productively killing time

Today I finally made it down to my stamp room.  I haven't spent much time there this past week.  So I was excited but at the same time undermotivated.  Couldn't find much inspiration.  

So I thought, what should I work on?  What do I have coming up?  

In April I'll be doing some swaps.  I thought I could get a start on those, but didn't really feel like designing a card.  The only thing I knew was that I wanted to use the Fruit Basket stamp set.  This is what I spent time doing.  Making fruit.

I didn't count how many of each I made, but there is quite a few.  All the strips of paper is scraps that I couldn't bring myself to throw away.  Now I know it was for a reason.  By stamping on the strips the correct way, I could go down the row and punch them all out.  It's probably over a whole sheet of Whisper White that I saved.  

The fruit is kind of putzy, but in the mood that I was in today, it was perfect.  I accomplished something, just not the finished product.  But when I do get to the card, I got a huge head start!  And of course, I'll post it.  

I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I was sad to see my daughter go back to college, but she'll be back in 3 weeks.  She always texts me so I know she got there safely.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Your My Valentine Favor Box

Happy Saturday everyone!  This is the first Saturday that I haven't worked in over a month!  Yippee skippee.  My excitement is short lived unfortunately since I am scheduled for next Saturday.  BooHoo.  Tomorrow my daughter goes back to LaCrosse for college.  I'll be sad to see her go, but she will be home in 3 weeks for some work some volunteer hours for her job.  I'll take what I can get.  My other daughter is not leaving until end of February.  That's because she's doing a semester in Germany!  I'm excited but nervous at the same time.  Guess it's the mom thing in me.  

Stampin'Up made a Facebook post about this favor box.  It's totally adorable. It was actually created by Connie Collins, part of the Artisian Design Team.  The whole team does amazing work.  

 I really like the Framelits used, but I just could not afford it right now.  Real bummer.  They would be so fun to play with.  Never thought the wood-grain in Bermuda Bay would look as good as it does.  I need to get me some of that ribbon too.  

Love the banner under the big heart.  Go and see how they did it.  Sometimes we don't think about the easiests things and when we see it, it's a "duh" moment.  

Click on the picture and it will bring you to the Facebook post.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Tasty Thursday - Cuban Sandwich

This is a recipe that my husband doesn't care for, but my girls do.  So, when is the best time to make them?  When he is travelling for work!  Everyone is happy then.

I also plan ahead when I make these.  A key ingedient is pork roast.  Sounds like an awful lot of work to make a pork roast for a sandwich.  I make a pork roast for dinner one night, then several days later, use the leftovers for the sandwich.  Great way to use up those leftovers!

If you can't find the Cuban bread, substitute for another loaf bread or even rolls.  I've done ciabatta rolls and those are pretty good.  Definately avoid a heavy roll or bread.  You can totally personalize each sandwich too.  Adjust any ingredient to your preference.  

Unfortunately, I don't have a sandwich press or a panini press.  I improvise and press a heavy pot over the sandwich while cooking.  Mine aren't as flat as the picture, but it gets the job done.  I do suppose something like a George Foreman grill would work too.

Grilled Cuban Sandwiches

1 loaf Cuban bread sliced lengthwise, or individual rolls works too.

1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened

3 Tablespoon yellow mustard, or to taste

1 1/2 pounds boiled ham, sliced

1 1/2 pounds roasted pork, sliced

1 pound Swiss cheese, sliced

1 cup dill pickle-chips or to taste.

Spread the butter on one saide of the bread and a thin layer of mustard on the other.  Place 1-2 layers of ham, pork, cheese, and finally, pickles on the buttered bread and top with the mustard side of the bread.

Butter the outside of the bread or rolls.   Place on a hot fry pan and press the sandwich down with the press or some other weight.  Leave for a few minutes, flip over and repeat.   Remove from heat, cut in half.  Enjoy while it's still hot.

I found the recipe on http://www.seriouseats.com.  I altered the recipe because I don't have the sandwich press but if you are interested in that part, here is the link.   

Now that I posted this recipe, I'm hungry for one.  My husband is travelling in a few weeks, so I may have to make this.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper