Clearance Rack is Updated!

Clearance Rack

Stampin' Up has updated their Clearance Rack.  All kind of goodies have discounted prices.  Yay!

One item that came back is the Fast Fuse Refill.  They received more from their vendor and are passing it on to everyone.

Included in the Clearace Rack is Framelits, ribbon, paper, ink pads, ink refills and a bunch more.  It is worth taking a look.  You might find somethng you can't life without.  Here are a few items available:

 

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Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies
Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies
[141836]
2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows
2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows
[144217]
Metal Rimmed Pearls
Metal Rimmed Pearls
[138394]
Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
[144185]
Peekaboo Peach 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Peekaboo Peach 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
[144192]
Regals Enamel Shapes
Regals Enamel Shapes
[141681]
Large Numbers Framelits Dies
Large Numbers Framelits Dies
[140622]

Some good items, right?  Click Here to take a quick peek at the entire list.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Nature's Root Gable Boxes

It was a Monday today.  I had a customer today yell and curse at me because I couldn't do what she wanted me to do.  Seriously, is that really necessary?  I'm just doing my job.  Enough said.

I made these boxes for my club ladies.  We take the summer off, so I always like to have a little treat for them on our first month back.  I hope it shows how much I love and appreciate them all.

The paper on the background is the only thing that is different on each box.  Had to make them a little different, but yet similar to make it easy for me since I did these at the last minute.  Nothing like planning ahead.

The tree stump is stamped in Soft Suede.  Unfortunately, it doesn't have a framelit to match, so I had to cut it out by hand.  Now, you can't complain about the fussy cutting.  It's the easiest piece to hand cut.  

The tree and leaf are all attached to the tree stump.  It's easier to look at placement that way.  The entire thing was then attached to the gable box with Tear and Tape.  For the ribbon, I used Tranquil Tide Finely Woven ribbon and unfortunately it's now retired.  Burlap ribbon could easily be substituted instead.  

Here are a closer up of the individual boxes.

I am very happy how they turned out except for one thing.  The next day, I remembered that I completely forgot to add the Leaves Trinkets.  It would have been a nice touch to add by the ribbon.  I hate it when that happens.  

For the inside, I mixed M&Ms and candy corn in a treat bag and tied it with the Tranquil Tide ribbon.  

Click on picture with the three boxes for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Product List

 

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
[126978]
Tranquil Tide 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon
Tranquil Tide 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon
[144136]

 

Pumpkins and Blessings

Another Sunday means another Packer game.  Today iwe are playing the Minnesota Vikings.  In the league, there are two teams where winning is even sweeter.  The first is against the Chicago Bears, whom we beat last week.  The second is the Vikings, whom we are playing right now.  The game is in our favor currently, so let's keep it that way.  GO PACK GO

We did this card in our club this week.  I used the Many Blessings stamp set.  Fits perfectly for this time of year.

There was just enough putzy coloring in this card.  The leaves are stamped in Old Olive, and then colored with the Pear Pizzazz marker.  Love how the leaves turned out.  With the Pear Pizzazz, you can still see the leaf veins.

The pumpkins are stamped in Early Espresso and then colored with watercolor pencils and blender pens.  If you can, let the stamped image dry before you start coloring, otherwise the outline can bleed a little bit.  When using the blender pens, I always start with the lightest color and end up with the darkest color last.  The blender pen is wiped off between colors, but why tempt fate?  

In the leaves,  you can see I colored some of the stems in Early Espress.  It was really the last thing I did on the card, and ended up not caring for it.  My suggestion would be to either using a light shade, like Soft Suede or Old Olive.  But, since the entire card was complete, I left it alone.  It's not bad, but I wouldn't do it again either.

For the banner, using one dimensional wouldn't be enough.  I stacked two dimensionals on top of each other, using 4 total, and then it was perfect.  The banner won't cave in, but the depth is still okay to put in the mail.  The ends, I just used regular adhesive after the middle was on.  All the dimensions are in the card recipe.

The color combo is very typical for a fall card, but I love it.

 

 

I didn't have time to stamp on the inside, but I will go back and stamp another crate.  It would just take a few minutes to stamp and color another one and any receiver would love the extra touch.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

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First Reindeer Christmas Card

It's the weekend!!!  Wahoo!  Alyssa is home and that always makes for a good weekend.

I went outside of my comfort zone and order the Dashing Deer stamp set.  Normally I don't do deer but I thought it was time for a challenge.  

The deer is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and I love the detail of the stamp.  The pattern makes the deer look so elegant.  No fussy cutting here!  Just use the Framelits and run it through the Big Shot.  

The card base is Shaded Spruce.  Originally, I had planned on using Call Me Clover.  It pretty much matched the DSP.  On a whim, I tried the Shaded Spruce and loved the contract between the two greens.  So glad I tried it before they were adhered together.  

Notice the ribbon in the middle.  It comes with the stripes like that.  Love it!!  With the Cherry Cobbler in the middle, cutting the banner ends was really easy. 

 

Don't forget about the inside!  This is what I did on mine.  The stamp is also rom the Dashing Deer stamp set.   It's also so helpful when a stamp for the card inside is also included with the stamp set.  

So, one Christmas card done, how many to go?  Too many to count.

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

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Halloween Card Swap

Sorry I haven't been around this week.  Between demo meetings and club, I got behind on things.  So, instead of Tasty Thursday, I'm showing a halloween card I received in my last month's demo meeting.

The cat is from the Holiday Catalog, Trick or Tweet.  This cat is totally adorable.  I would totally send this card to Megan who is a cat lover.  The other animals in the set include an elephant, dog and bird.  I love that the cat is holding the pumpkin pail.  

The paper totally fits with the stamp set. It's from the Toil and Trouble dsp.  It looks good paired with the Rich Razzleberry.  Never would have thought to pair these two colors together.  

I'll post my first Christmas card tomorrow.  We made it in club, so I couldn't post it before then.  I like to keep my club people wondering what we are doing. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Another 6-square using Hedgehugs

How was your Sunday? Mine was pretty laid back for a change.  Went to coffee with my friends, prepped for my club on Tuesday and now watching the Packer game.  I may not be watching the game very long.  They aren't looking too good right now.  

Don't you just love these Hedgehogs?  They are a favorite of mine.  You can't help smiling when you see them.

I shared another card last week using the same 6-square design.  It's an easy design to work with.  Stamp the images and re-arrange the squares to your liking.  Some of the images were too big for the square, so I stamped so that people who saw the card knew it was on purpose.  Sometimes it better that way rather than trying to squeeze the same on the paper.

All In-Colors were used in this card.  They are the 2017-2019 colors except for Lemon Lime Twist. I would have used that one too, but couldn't figure out how to fit it in.

 

 

Got myself a pretty busy week coming up.  My husband is travelling so you think it would be calm.  Demo meeting, club and lots of work. The last is what has me depressed.   

Click on the above picture for dimensions.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

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Many Blessings

I can't believe the weather around here lately.  Up to Wednesday is was only in the 70s, but very humid.  It was so bad my husband, who doesn't mind heat and humidity, didn't want to do anything outside.  Now today, Friday, it's so cool we almost have to get the jeans and sweaters out.  Typical Wisconsin weather.  Always skips the nice 70s temps with the sunshine.  That's my kind of weather.

This card was made with the Many Blessings photopolymer stamp set.  I love the fact it has several images/sentiments so it can be used more than just once a year.  

Did you also know it was designed by a demonstrator that had one million in sales?  Isn't that incredible?  I can't fathom that at all.

I choose sunflowers because they always cheer people up.  Time to get out the watercolor pencils and blender pens.  The image is stamped in Early Espresso ink pad, but make sure you let it dry before using the blender pens.  My colors blended a little with the Early Espresso, but fortunately for me, I liked it.  Under the flower pot, I even did a little Early Espresso watercolor pencil for a touch of shading.  

It's hard to see, but the Many Blessings is stamped using VersaMark and then heat embossed with the Copper embossing powder.  I added it onto a small piece of the Copper Foil sheets.  I haven't used the embossing powder in quite a while, so I broke down and bought some with my last order.  I know people in my club will love using it again.

After the card was put together, I noticed the woodgrain embossing folder was retired.  For some reason, I can't get that in my head!  Probably because I like it so much.  Anyway, another great alternative would be to use a piece from the Wood Textures DSP pack.  You can see what that looks like by clicking here.

Don't forget about the inside.  I just added a sentiment and sprinkled some sunflowers around for fun.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Tasty Thursday - Garlic Chicken Pasta with Prosciutto

What to do for dinner.  How many times do we run out of ideas?  Way to many I think.  Chris thought to do a stir-fry for tonight.  I looked at the recipe and said no way.  My day would have been working all day, go to the grocery store and then come home and start cooking right away.  Not happening.  If  I have to run to the store, I'm having a super easy dinner or leftovers.  Not standing chopping up veggies for a stir-fry.  

He found this recipe amongst my stash.  It is easy and for the most part, I had everything.  Except for the peppers and tomatoes which I wouldn't add anyway.  

Garlic Chicken Pasta with Prosciutto

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup minced garlic

5 tomatoes, seeded and chopped

4 chicken breasts, grilled and cut into strips or cubes, 2 pounds

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced into small strips

3/4 pound linguine

1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan or Romano

5 roasted pasilla chiles, peeled, seeded and cut into strips

2 roasted red peppers, peeled, seeded cut into strips

Fresh basil for garnish

Heat oil in a large skillet and saute garlic until soft and light brown.  Add tomatoes, prosciutto, chicken and butter.  Saute for about 5-10 minutes.  Add basil and saute for another 5 minutes.  In a stockpot, bring water to boil and cook linguine until firm.  Drain and transfer to a bowl.  Add the chicken/tomato mixture, chiles, roasted peppers and grated cheese.  Toss gently to combine.  Sprinkle with basil and serve.

Now, I didn't have grilled chicken.  I cut my chicken into thin strips and cooked them on the stovetop with the oil and garlic.  I'm so not a fan of cooked peppers and tomatoes, but maybe adding some sun-dried tomatoes wouldn't be so bad.  Adding a splash of white wine would compliment the dish.

Tonight I talked to Alyssa.  She wants this recipe too.  It's easy, and and something you can always have on hand.  Prosciutto is something that you can purchase in the store and lasts quite a while.  If necessary, you can even freeze it right in the packaging.  I've done it many times.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper