Bring out the Daisy

I'm sorry that Sunday is almost gone. Not just because tomorrow is Monday, but I got a whole lot of little things done around the house today.  It feels good to have a clean house.  Somehow I squeezed some time to make a birthday card for my friend.  I will post it later in the week so if she sees this post, it won't ruin the surprise.  

Daisy Delight stamp set wasn't been out in a while, so it was time.  The daisy was getting lost when I put it on the Fresh Florals DSP so that's why I have the circle under it.  Makes it stand out a little bit more but at the same time blends in.   

This Fresh Florals DSP comes in all the current In-Colors.  So this card could very easily be converted into another color scheme if you would choose to.  It would be a very soft, feminine card if done in Powder Pink.  Do you like the daisy center?  It's the Clear Faceted Gems.  Definately added a little dimension.  They also come in gold.  

This card is pretty simple.  If you were in a hurry, it could be done in probably 20 minutes.  Not too bad for a card with multiple layers.

Click on the above picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always, 

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper




Tasty Thursday - Chicken Stir Fry

It's been a very long several days in this household.  My daughter, Alyssa, left for Germany yesterday where she's doing a semester abroad.  It's an opportunity of a lifetime and she's been dreaming about it for some time now.  She has been working hard and saving a lot of money in order to make this dream come true.  Alyssa actually called this morning and I was so glad to hear her voice.  She was extremely tired, but doing good.  I was glad to hear her accomodations were pretty nice, got a SIM card for her phone, saw the campus and did some grocery shopping.  Her buddy over there helped her the entire day.  Thank goodness for her.  For the next couple of weeks she'll be hanging around town, learning the German ways.  Pretty soon she wants to start travelling to other countries.  Our anxiety levels will be extremely high again.  It's going to be a long semester for us.

In light of what has been going on, dinner tonight was not a high priority.  We wanted something easy since I really didn't feel like cooking at all.  My husband came up with an idea we haven't done in a long time.  A Chicken Stir Fry was a great idea.  Now you can make it the "real" way and cut all the fresh vegetables and make your sauce from scratch.  Not tonight.  I cheated.

Please take in mind there is no specific recipe for this.  It all depends upon how many people you are feeding.  The sauce also depends upon how much you prefer.  I don't care for mine dripping in sauce, but nicely coated.  

Chicken Stir Fry

1 chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces

Sesame Oil or Vegetable Oil

frozen bag of stir fry vegetables

Kikkoman Stir Fry Sauce


Soy Sauce


Make the quantity of rice you think needed for your family.

Heat the oil in fry pan or wok.  Add chicken breast.  When almost done, add the frozen stir fry vegetables, ginger and the Kikkoman Stir Fry Sauce.  Cook for several more minutes, until the vegetables are cooked but not too soft.

Serve over rice and add Soy Sauce to taste if necessary.

For my husband and myself, I used 1 chicken breast 1 1/4 cup Minute Rice and probably about 1/2 bag of vegetables.  It was a perfect amount for just us with no leftovers.  If I had thought about this ahead of time, I would have ordered egg rolls from the local Chinese restaurant and had my husband pick them up on his way home from work.  That would have been perfect.  Now I'm hungry for them.  Another time.

Hope you like my super easy Chicken Stir Fry.  Sorry there's no exact recipe, but it's fun to play around and be creative too.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper





Pineapples or Strawberries?

Look familar?  I posted the strawberry version yesterday.  The only difference, besides the fruit, is the basket.  This one I used the other basket, rather than the bowl.  And I did a matte around the Very Vanilla on the card base.  

This basket could be done in two ways.  This is the first way - colored in.  The second way - stamp the image so you can see the fruit through the basket.  Just like an open wire basket.  I thought of that idea after I had this one already done.  Next time.  

The pineapple colors I used were Crushed Curry and Emerald Envy.  I like Daffodil Delight, but sometimes it's too light.  The pineapples were the spotlight of the card, so i wanted them to stand out.  

So, here are both cards.  Which do you prefer?  

Click on the Pineapple card for the dimensions and instructions.  It will take you to the strawberry card, but the dimensions are the same.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Bowl of Strawberries


Being in the dead of winter, these are looking really good right now.  I can't wait for them to come into season here.  Right now at the grocery store, they look horrible so I won't even purchase them.  I brought out some of my Strawberry Freezer Jam last week.  It's already gone.  My husband was dipping Nilla Wafers in the jam.  Whatever.

This was for a swap I participated in.  Instead of being the usual square, I just turned them the the side.  Changed the whole look of the card.  The idea was super easy to create.  

The top was looking a little empty so I added the bow in Linen Thread.  I don't mind tying a bow from the thread.  Ribbon is another story.  

Chocolate Chip was used to stamp the outline of the bowl.  I colored it in using a Crumb Cake marker.  You could also use the Stampin' Blends if you have them.  

As you can see the color combo was pretty simple.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper








A Tranquil Tide Sunday

I hope everyone had a good weekend!  Mine wasn't long enough.  Megan came home from college for the weekend to see her sister.  Alyssa is leaving Wednesday for a semester abroad in Germany.  I can't believe the time is almost here.  Alyssa is excited and I'm getting more nervous.  The mom in me wants to bring her over and make sure everything is ok for my baby.  Then I keep reminding myself she is 21 and it's her adventure to live.  Once she gets to Germany, checks out the school and her housing, my nerves will calm down.  It's the unknown that has me worried.  

Onto other things.  I finally got in my stamp room this afternoon and came up with this card.  I do like my monochromatic cards and also Tranquil Tide.  The stamp set is from the SAB catalog and you can get it free with a $100 purchase!  The saying are perfect.  You can mix and match the words to fit your needs.  The words are very traditional, with no puns.  The script is elegant but not overly fussy.  I don't like fussy fonts that you can't read.  

The three papers, not Whisper White, are all 4 inch across.  As we all know, the measurements can be off by a hair and that is frustrating.  I added the ribbon purposely on the left side for two reasons.  First...Adds some texture to the card.  Second...Hides the edges if they are off slightly.  Receivers of the card won't know it things aren't perfectly aligned up.  Perfect.

Can't get much easier of a color combo that this one, but I really like it.  

Here's to having a good week!

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

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Tasty Thursday - Herbed Green Beans

It was a great wayt to start my "weekend".  My daughter wanted to go run some errands before she left for Germany for the semester.  Got a few things done for her.  Tomorrow, my other daughter comes home from college!!  Yay!  This means the cat can cuddle with her, not me.  I just wish Clyde, the cat, would sleep with her at night.  It will be great to have everyone together for one last time.  

I found a recipe that I haven't made in quite a while.  Herbed Green Beans.  I don't know exactly where the recipe came from, but it's just a fresh take on an plain, old vegetable.  They are a favorite of my husband and daughter.  My other daughter, on the other hand, absolutely hates green beans.  

Herbed Green Beans

1 lb. green beans

2 Tablespoon vegetable oil

1/4 cup Parsley

1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh Basil (1/2 teaspoon dried)

1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh Oregano (1/2 teaspoon dried)

1/8 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper

2 cloves garlic, chopped

Place beans in one inch of water, heat to boiling, reduce, boil uncovered 5 minutes.  Cover and boil 5-10 minutes until tender.  Drain.

Heat oil in skillet until hot.  Add remaining ingredients until garlic is golden.  Add the cooked beans. Cook 1-2 minutes until hot.

What's nice about this recipe, is that it can be done ahead of time if needed.  Cook the herbs ahead and set aside.  Just add them when you cook the green beans and make sure they are heated through.  I've done it before and it's just fine.  Or, cook all ahead of time and just microwave them right before serving.  I'm all about keeping things simple.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Love this Waterfront!

Yay!  Today was my Friday at work!!!  I don't work until Monday...I'm so happy.  Who wouldn't be right?  It was kind of a crazy day at work, so I was glad to leave today.  

When trying to design this card, I was looking at my card stock and Marina Mist came jumping out at me .  It was saying...You haven't played with me in a while!  So I dusted it off and went to designing.

I used the Aqua Painter with the Marina Mist to color the sky.  Leaving it blank made the card look unfinished.  The scene just needed a little bit of color, but not a lot.  If you would want more, just color more with the ink.  

The rest of the card was pretty simple. Usually, I start in the middle and work my way around that.  Helps to keeps things centered by doing it that way.  

Have you used the Shimmer Paper?  It's really cool.  Think of the Wink of Stella all on a piece of card stock.  It just has a great shimmer that is subtle, but adds so much at the same time.  It's a little bit thicker than the normal Whisper White so it's a great choice when doing just a little bit of watercoloring.  I recommend using adhesive little stronger than normal Snail.  My preference is Tear and Tape because the paper does warp just a little from the water.

Here is the color combo I ended up using on the card.  I kind of like it.


Click on the above picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper





Another Valentine's card

Here is a Valeitine's card I received from a fellow demo who is in New Jersey!  I've never met her, but I've seen in Facebook some of her work.  It's really exciting to receive mail from someone you don't even know.  The only requirement for the card exchange was that it had to be made with all current Stampin' Up products. 

Doing little things like this makes being a demo more exciting.  This card exchange was started by my upline.  For many of these exchanges or swaps, it's completely optional.  If you have time to make a card front, then you can sign up.  If things are crazy at home or your  not crazy about the theme, then you can just pass.  I do these swaps sometimes and come out with some pretty cool ideas myself.  Another great thing is that you don't have be local to me to participate in things like this!  

Just a few perks of being a demo.  The discount also helps.

This is the best time to join Stampin' Up.  Look at all the benefits from joining now.  The combination of product can be from the Annual or Occasions catalog.  Nothing from these two catalogs are excluded.  Since I had been involved in Stampin' Up Clubs, I already had a stash of items purchased.  Some of the things I chose for my starter kit were the Stampin' Scrub, adhesives, more stamping blocks, cardstock and inkpads.  Looking back it was kind of a weird mixture of items.  And...grid paper.  It's been a savior at club. I was able to check some items that had been on my long-term wish list.  

Come join me on my journey.  It's been an exciting time and looking forward to it continuing.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper