The Holiday Catalog is Live!

That's right...It's live starting today!   I was able to do a pre-order and I finally received it last week.  But, with the girls going back to school, I was able to open the box, but then it sat for several days until it made it's way to my stamp room.  Look at these goodies I couldn't wait to get my hands on.  

Here is a sample card from Stampin' Up!.  Isn't the paper just gorgeous?  I believe it's from the Joyous Noel 12 x 12 dsp. It looks so life-like.  Check out the rest of the pack here.

 Photo from @stampinup on Facebook on Stampin' Up! at 9/5/18 at 4:00PM

Do you need a copy of the new catalog? Contact me so I can get one to you.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Dashing Along Promo


Look at the new promotion that just started.  You can receive the Dashing Along DSP pack for FREE!!  Here are the details.

Promotion period: September 1–30

  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after September 30.
  • In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $250 USD/$300 CAD (before shipping and handling).
  • One package of Designer Series Paper may be redeemed per qualifying order, with no limit on how many packages of Designer Series Paper can be earned.
  • Demonstrator, Customer, Workshop, and online orders qualify.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be redeemed using Stampin’ Rewards. Customers will receive this FREE gift with a qualifying order in addition to any Stampin’ Rewards they may earn.
  • Dashing Along Designer Series Paper may not be exchanged for other paper.

You have to start your Christmas cards pretty soon so why not take advantage of this deal?  Hard to resist freepaper, right?

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

6-Square Rooted in Nature

I'm happy to say things are not as crazy around here anymore.  My girls are both back at school.  BooHoo?!?   They were ready to get back but it's sooo quiet around the house again.  Today, we cleaned up the house and had a lazy day.  We are slowly getting our basement and garage back to normal.  It's funny because they both called today to see if they had left a certain item at home.  Turns out that they had them at school.  Girls.  Miss them already.

Even though it was a super crazy week, I did manage to make this card.  Rooted in Nature is very quickly becoming a favorite stamp of mine.

Here I took 6 squares, 1 1/2 inches and centered them on the piece of Nature's Poem DSP.  It's a pretty quick and simple card to whip up.  Just stamp an image or partial image on a square, leaving a square plain for the sentiment.  

Linen thread is also a favorite of mine.  It's so easy to wrap around cardstock and I can actually tie it in a decent bow!  

Despite the bow, if you changed the sentiment to Happy Birthday, it would make a great masculine birthday card.  

Here's the color combo for the card.  Great inspriation for an autumn card also.


I was happy when Stampin' Up! brought back Mossy Meadow.  I was just getting to like the color several years ago, when it retired.  It'll be great with Christmas cards coming up.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


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Ends Tomorrow

Friday is the last day for you to snag some great deals.  

This is right from the new Occasions Catalog and you can get your order in now!  Wouldn't it be great to get a head start on those Christmas cards?  Those watercolor pencils are a new pack too.  I want those really bad.  I love the fact that the stamp set has Christmas sentiments, but also others that can be used year round.  You will get so much use out of this set.  And the framelits are just awesome.  Love the little funky shape.  

This is also ending Friday.  For every $50 spend, you receive a code, redeemable in September for $5 off your order.  And there are no limits to the number of bonus codes you can receive. 

In other words,  you can order the Color Your Season bundle AND take advantage of the Bonus Days.  You can't beat those deals.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper   



Best. Dessert. Ever.

The girls and I took the day off and went into Milwaukee.  We had the need to visit our Italian Market, Glorioso's.  They are downtown on Brady Street and have been there for 75 years.  They have the best food.  Megan is in love with their Italian Beef.  She always gets the large sandwich so she can have leftovers the next day.  

This is a place that goes far back in my mom's family.  My grandfather used to deliver Borden's milk to Glorioso's in the horse and buggy.  My mom used to go on a regular basis and knew the brothers who started the market.  If you remind them, they do remember my grandfather and mom.  I am very happy to have continued the tradition of shopping there with my girls.

We have our routine down. We go and order lunch from the deli.  After we are finished eating, we go shopping, always finding something for dinner.  After we are all loaded up, cooler packed, we walk the block to Scortino's Bakery.  There we always grab some cookies and dessert.  I always get 2 cannoli's from there.  

For me, this is a real treat.  I will admit, they are an acquired taste being the filling is ricotta cheese.  When we went to Italy in 2012, I had to try a cannoli to see if it's made the same in both countries.  Good news.  They were the same. 

This week is going to be crazy for me so I don't know how much blogging I will get done.  We have dinner plans tomorrow after working all day and then Thursday and Friday it will be  moving Alyssa back to Oshkosh into her house.  My first mission will be to find curtains for her bedroom. 

Bear with me this week.  It's always emotional and bittersweet sending the girls back to school.  No matter how many time we watch them leave, it doesn't get any easier.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper    


Welcome Baby Girl

I usually don't make baby cards, so I thought it was time to give it a try.

The front was a little bit tediou.  Each letter was stamped individually.  Yikes!  No wonder I don't to many of this kind very often.  The little bird fit perfectly along the bottom.  Personally, I wish I had a little elephant, but the bird looks cute.  She's even colored with the clear Wink of Stella.  The ends were calling out for something and the stamps didn't look right.  Break out the Bakers Twine.  Really softened the look of the card.  

This card is all about the layers.  The card front layers perfectly with the inside layers.  In the top picture, you see 5 layers.  Two are the card front and 3 are the "inside" of the card. It's hard to explain, so here's a picture of the inside layers.  From the front, you don't see the inside piece of Whisper White.  It's lined up so you don't see it at all.

Brainstorm!!  Now that I'm thinking about it, I should stamp a few birds on the inside.  I'll have to do that tomorrow. The inside did look too plain, but until now, I didn't know what to do.  Amazing how things just come to you.

This was a fun card to make because of all the layers.  I might have to try it again using different colors.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



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Pick a Pennant Birthday

It's the weekend!  Tomorrow we are getting Megan ready to move her things back to college on Sunday.  She can get into her apartmment/room and get organized and not do it on the official move-in date.  It's much easier moving in without the hoards of other students.  Megan won't officially go back to stay until Labor Day weekend.  So, I have her one more week.

I finally got out the stamp set I received back in April.  Don't know why I haven't used it yet.  Baffles the mind sometimes.

For the pennants, I just randomly stamped one in each of the 2018-2020 In-Colors.  No order what so ever. 

Do you know the colors of the In-Colors?  From the top they are: Blueberry Bushe., Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover and Grapefruit Grove.  They are very bright, primary colors.  My favorite is the Grapefruit Grove with Lovely Lipstick a close second.

Instead of just a "Happy Birthday", I used the Thoughtful Banners stamp set to throw out some other adjectives.  It's a small space, so I couldn't use anything wide, but I could go upwards.  

The card needed a little big of bling, so bring out the rhinestones.  There was actually a very tiny smudge on the Whisper White.  It got knocked into the Grapefruit Grove by mistake.  That's why there are rhinestones on the Whisper White.  After having it all stamped and adhered together, I didn't want to throw it away.  It's what you call being creative.

Here are all the colors of the new 2018-2020 In-Colors.  



Do you want to order all the colors?  Or just a few?  What's great is that you can do either one...order all the colors or just the specific ones you like.  Just look at my supply list at the bottom of the post.  

I hope you have a good weekend.  

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


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Tasty Thursday - Lemon Grilled Chicken

Happy Thursday!

We like to marinade and grill our chicken in the summer.  Problem is that with all the bottled marinades, the chicken would burn before it was fully cooked.  The marinades contain so much sugar which is causing the chicken to burn.  We got sooo frustrated.  

Somehow, I received this recipe in the mail.  Don't know how, but also, don't care.  It's really good.  The chicken is very moist and doesn't burn on the grill!!  

You are supposed to marinade the chicken for 30 minutes, but we always do it longer.  Can't hurt it. 

Another positive is that it calls for normal, everyday ingredients that you will have in your kitchen.  Score!  This is our go-to recipe for chicken marinades.

Lemon Grilled Chicken

1 lemon

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Use a peeler to remove strips of zest from half of the lemon, then trim into fine strips with a small knife.  Reserve and set aside.  Grate the other side of the lemon to make 1 tablespoon zest.  Finally, squeeze the juice from the lemon into the bowl.

In a large bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice, oil, garlic, parsley, tyme, marjoram, salt and pepper.  Add the chicken breasts to the bowl and spoon the marinade over the chicken until well coated.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Chill for 30 minutes or overnight if you have time.

Prehead the grill to medium heat.  Put the chicken piece on the grill, reserving the marinade.  Cook the chicken until cooked through, about 10 minutes on each side.  Brush with reserved marinade 2-3 times during cooking.  Sprinkle with reserved lemon strips and serve immediately.


We do add the lemon zest, but do not always do the lemon strips.   Adding a little bit extra lemon juice helps the flavor too.  Dried parsley can easily be substituted for the fresh which is what we do. 

So, there are a few things to do instead of just opening up a bottle.  I think this takes 5-8 minutes to put together.  To have a better marinade is so worth the little extra time.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper