Don't Throw Away Those Scraps!

I was challenged to make a card using three different patterned paper.  My first thought was ughh.  It's going to be a tough one.  But in reality, it was easy.  Especially when you use three different papers from the same pack.  I decided to use Heart & Home DSP.

I chose a neutral, a more colorful pattern and a subtle pattern.  And it was really easy to make.  Basically, no measuring at all.  

  • Cut any scrap piece of card stock to 5 x 3 3/4.  The color does not matter.
  • Choose three different patterns of decent size.  Line them up on the card stock you chose, as long as you don't see the card stock you have underneath.
  • Adhere down one piece at a time.
  • With the paper trimmer, from the back, trim off the excess paper.
  • Finish the card.

Make sure you chose large enough pieces.  This is what my card started out looking like.  Not so pretty.

Trimming the edges off was super easy.  Follow the lines!

For the doily, it's the Heart & Home Doilies pack.  The gray was a little harsh with my card, so I use the back.  Colored it with the Blending Brushes and Pale Papaya. I also like the imperfect coloring you can get with the brushes.   The doily was a little too large, so I cut it in half and tucked both ends under the ribbon.  You would have to look close to see it is smaller than normal.


My favorite part of this card was that there was hardly any measuring.  Line it up and go.  And you can position the patterned paper any way you want.  

Also, don't forget some sparkle.  I used some Genial Gems, but just about anything you have would also work.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tulip Fields are Retiring too soon

It was a busy weekend working on Megan's furniture.  We got so much done.  It was perfect weather to be outside painting.  It was drying so fast, that I was able to keep going, no waiting for things to dry.  This week I can help her ore and concentrate on applying polyurethane on her desk and a whole bunch of tables.  Moving day is coming up soon, July 1.  

I made this card back is March and never posted it.  Who knows why.  

My favorite part of the card?  The bicycle of course!  Before you cut it out with the die, use the adhesive sheets!  Adhere a piece to the back of the Basic Black and then cut out.  Instant sticker.  


Here's what I did on the inside.  The lines aren't perfect, but that makes it homemade.  I couldn't resist stamping rows of the tulips on the bottom.  I lined the stamp on my grid paper then laid my acrylic block over the stamp.  This way I knew the stamp would be straight and not wonky.

I have fun with color on this card.  Tulips have to be colorful!  I know Misty Moonlight is retired, but in my defense, I made this card in March.  It wasn't retired then!  Anyway, it's easy to substitute just about any other blue in its place.  

Keep in mind, this stamp set and dies are on the Retirement List.  Soon to be gone forever.  Have you checked it out lately?  Head to my SU! store and you can see them there.  You only have through June 30 if you want anything on the list.  I know there are some items that have already been sold out.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Modern Label Punch
Modern Label Punch



Using the Split Card Texture Dies

Did a storm blow through this afternoon.  The lightening and thunder was absolutely CRAZY!  It was constant for about 15 minutes.  One crack of thunder was so loud and close by, both Megan and I jumped out of our chairs.  What we didn't get was the rain.  It went right around us and towards the next town.  Glad we didn't get the hail.

We are making this card tonight in club.  New color.  New die.  New stamp set.  Hopefully it's a win with my people!

I'm trying the new Split Card Texture dies.  They look so fun I had to try them.  Plus, they will literally go with any stamp set or paper.   For this card, I used the grid texture.  The other die is floral.  But I thought too much floral on a single card might be a little too much.

The leaves are stamped in Versamark and heat set the white embossing powder.  At first I wasn't sure how it would look embossed, but the image came out very clean.  I loved the light/dark contrast.

The flower embellishments are the Loose Flower Flourishes.  The only part I'm not a fan of is that they are not adhesive backed.  So, instead, I put three tiny dots of glue on the card front and added the flowers directly on the glue.  The background paper is from the Pansy Patch DSP set.  The flowers were a perfect match for it. 

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Sensational Swirls Thank You Card

What a busy weekend!  For the most part, we were helping Megan build/refinish furniture pieces for her new apartment.  Her lease starts July 1st.  She is super excited to start the next chapter in her life.  Since her work is in Milwaukee, she will be moving to the big city.  It is truly what she wanted.  Chris built her a desk, again.  He likes her desk that he built for college, he took it over.  So, he had to build her another, smaller than the college desk.  I filled the cracks, sanded, and primed the base.  Wednesday I'm excited to start paint it.  She chose a dark bluish color.  Very typical of her, can't follow the norm.  She also worked on cleaning, painting and polyurethaning some pipes for a table.  We will see how that turns out.  I also primed a whole lot of other pieces, now ready for painting.  I'll show pictures when the projects are complete.  

This was my Club's Thank you card from May.  Sentimental Swirls stamp set can really be used for just about any occasion. I haven't used it very much, but it could have been very addicting.  Adding the extra swirls, bird and flowers could be super fun.  Unfortunately, it is on the Retirement List.  BooHoo.  Grab it while you can!

I paired the stamp set with Mint Macaron and Highland Heather.  For the flowers, I didn't have the Stampin' Blends in Highland Heather.  Instead, I found  the watercolor pencil in the 2nd collection.  Perfect!

Sprinkled around the card you can see some Genial Gems.  And they were in Mint Macaron! I also added one in the middle of the flower.  Why?  Because I could.

I also wanted to show the versatility of this card.  It can be done horizontally or vertically. I honestly stamped the front parts and then decided to change the direction of the card.  It really didn't make any difference.  What's your preference?

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Shrimp and Rice with Herbs

What do you want for dinner?  Do you get that too?  It is so very frustrating.  Especially when trying to come up with a special dinner, say for a birthday.  Nothing I suggested for Megan did she care for, but at the same time, didn't give me any ideas of what she wants for her dinner.  Ugghhh.  

So, I came up with a few ideas found on Pinterest and made her decide.  She does like. Middle Eastern food, so I started there for something different.  She also likes shrimp and seafood.  After rejecting the first couple, she was mildly interested in this recipe.  

As it turns out, this is more Persian than  Middle Eastern.  Oops.

Shrimp and Rice with Herbs (Meygoo Polo)

1 cup Basmati rice rinsed (or brown rice)

​½ cup brown basmati rice rinsed (or white rice)

½ cup quinoa or white/brown rice

1 teaspoon salt adjust as needed

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion large, chopped

4 cloves garlic large

1 red bell pepper thinly sliced

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes adjust to taste

½ teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup cilantro chopped

½ cup dill chopped

½ cup green onions chopped

¼ cup fenugreek leaves chopped or ¾ tablespoon dried

1 pound raw shrimp cleaned and deveined

2 tablespoons lemon juice

⅓ teaspoon saffron powdered and dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water



  • Bring 3¼ cups water to a boil. Add ⅔ teaspoon salt and 1½ tablespoons olive oil. Add the brown rice first. Lower the heat, place a lid and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

  • Then add quinoa and white basmati rice to the same pot. Cover and let it all simmer till the grains are well done (approx. additional 20 minutes).Tip: If you are not sure of the cooking times for rice and quinoa, then check instructions below for cooking them separately.


  • Heat 1½ tablespoons olive oil at medium setting in a cooking pot. Add chopped onions and sauté few minutes.

  • Then add grated garlic and continue to sauté until the onions are light golden brown. Add sliced red bell pepper and sauté. Next, add shrimp and sauté for a minute.

  • Then add curry powder, red pepper flakes, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, ⅓ teaspoon salt, the herbs, and stir it all.

  • It should need only a total of 4 to 5 minutes, until the shrimp start changing color and curl a little bit. Pick out the shrimp and set it aside. Tip: Do not over cook the shrimp.


  • Place the rice-quinoa mixture with the sautéed onion-herbs mixture in several alternating layers in a heavy bottomed cooking pot. Sprinkle lemon juice and saffron water over the final layer.

  • Raise the heat to medium high for about 10 minutes and then reduce it to low setting and simmer for about 20 minutes or more until the steam builds up well. Once the rice is ready, turn off the heat.

  • Gently serve the rice in a serving dish and arrange the shrimp all over. Garnish with fresh herbs.

This recipe really did take a while to make so be prepared for that.  This dish reminded us of paella.  The rice on the bottom of the pot was a little crunchy brown, but not burned.  Just the way paella should be.  

I actually did use all the different grains, brown rice, basmati rice and quinoa.  Shocker for me.  We didn't feel the brown rice made much difference, but we did like the quinoa in this dish.  

My family would want me to make it again.  Megan did enjoy her birthday dinner after all.

Click here to see the original recipe.   The blog does have some additional notes after the recipe you may want to check out.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Color Challenge #1

This past weekend was City Wide Rummage Sale in Fort Atkinson.  Megan is looking for a coffee table for her new apartment so we thought we would go and try to find one.  First of all, should have know the weather would be rainy.  It usually is for City Wide.  Second, we don't go very often and of course, this time, there was very few rummage sales.  We were shocked.  On our block corner, there can be up to. 15 sale signs alone.  This time, maybe 4.  We were so disappointed.  At least it's not a necessary item, just a want.  We will keep looking.  

So, once a month, my up-line challenges us to use certain colors in a card, any way we want.  It's a challenge we don't have to participate in, but it's kind of fun. Last month was:


Now, be honest.  Would you normally put these three color together?  I'm not sure I would have on my own.  Here's what I made.

Not too bad.  I'm kind of liking the colors together.  

I used the Honeybee Home Stamp Set and the coordinating dies.  The flowers are stamped in Memento Black and colored using the Stampin' Blends, the light shades.  Smooth coloring with the blends, and no ugly lines.  

Because of the bees, I just had to use the Hive embossing folder.  It goes with the bee theme.  Plus, I like it.  

Click on the above pictures for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Big News Today

There are some big news in Stampin' Up! world today.  Here we go.

That's right.  All kits are Buy One, Get One 50% off!  I don't recall ever having this sale before.  The sale just started today and runs through June 30.  You do have to put two kits in your shopping cart to receive the discount.  The discount will also be applied to the more expensive kit also!  

Stamping Kits



Non-Stamping Kits



I've always had my eye on the Celebrate Today Magnet Board Kit.  The packaging on the Let's party Treat Packaging Kit is super cute. Those pillow treat holders have always caught my eye.

On to the next news.


That's right.  The Retirement List is out for the January - June Mini Catalog.  Hard to say good-bye to some of these goodies so grab them while they last.  Once they are gone, that's it.  There are no limits to the quantities you may want.

Click HERE to view the list.  

I want to point out a few super good deals.  I love the 50% off deals.  They are listed below, but please note, the prices are NOT the current price, but the regular price. Just cut that price in half!

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Garden Dies




One surprise was the Slim Card Dies.  I did not think they would be retiring this soon.  Also, a surprise was the Rainbow die set, and actually the stamp set as well.  They seemed like such a good seller, I was surprised they didn't continue to the current Annual Catalog.  Goes to show, you just never know what SU! is going to do.

There's a lot of information, so contact me if you have any questions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Diorama Card for my Daughter's Birthday

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.  

Besides the wind, it was a beautiful weekend for us.  Alyssa came home for the weekend and that always makes me happy.  But, it was also Megan's Birthday on Saturday.  It's hard to believe my baby is no 24 years old!  Where did that time go?  It seems like just yesterday, she was just starting dance classes and fighting with her sister.  

Of course, I have to make them their birthday cards.  They actually seem a little disappointed if I don't.  And that does make me feel good.

Megan does love vacations at the beach, so I tried to replicate a beach sunset.  And of course, she's holding a glass of wine, possibly a red  Sangria.  She does love a good Sangria.

I used blends to color the girls from In the Moment stamp set.  For around her, I used Watercolor Pencils, both sets and a blender pen.  I wanted her to stand out and the scenery to fade behind her.  

For the first time, I used the Layering Diorama Dies.   I honestly do not remember ordering them so I figured it was about time to use them.  I went with the same colors used on the background, Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight. 

Take a peek at the layers.  Think I used enough dimensionals?  They were used between every layer.  Megan did notice how thick her card really was!  It wouldn't be one to send through the post.

I don't have the exact dimensions on this card, or also the instructions.  I was kind of in a hurry to make it.  Below, you can see most of the products used in making the card.  Sorry, if I missed one or two.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
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