Merry Snowflakes

It was a girls' day in Milwaukee today.  Went looking at apartments, lunch at Glorioso's Italian Market followed by some Italian shopping, and then a trip to Ikea.  It was a long, exhausting day, but a fun one.  Alyssa even took the day off from work and came too.  These days are coming less and less frequent, so I'll take them any time I can get.

Do you want to know my favorite part about this card?  Look at the Misty Moonlight on the right side. It's a row of stitched snowflakes! Love it!  They are all on a single die from the Stitched Snowflakes dies.  

The large snowflakes is actually a pearly iridescent snowflake from the Wonderful Snowflakes.  They are pre-cut so all you have to do is punch them out, carefully.  Unfortunately, they aren't adhesive so I just used a dab of the Liquid Multipurpose glue right in the middle.  

The background Basic White is colored using the Blending Brushes.  I used Highland Heather, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight.   Blend them together as much as you like.  Make sure after you ink the brushes, do a quick brush on scrap paper so you don't get the initial brush line on your paper.  This works every time and I don't get the ungodly line.  

The other two snowflakes I cut out using the Stitched Snowflakes dies and vellum.  These are going to be so fun to use this season!  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Watercoloring with the Dahlias

It's been quiet around this household.  Megan isn't working this week, and she's home, bored.   We ran some errands on Monday, and that's about it.  She was so bored, Chris talked her into dusting some things in his office.  Every suggestion I gave, she turned up her nose.  Oh well.  I'm not here to entertain her.

It's been a while since I designed a sympathy card for club, so this was my creation.  Pretty colorful!

 

The background was made using these colors with the watercolor paper and water painters.  The key to using the water painters is continuing to make sure you have enough water.  This helps to spread the color around better.  

To make the splatter, put a drop of ink on a stamp block and run your well-watered brush around it.  Tap/hit the brush against your finger to create the splatter.  Best to always test this method on piece of scrap paper!  Believe it or not, there is a good kind of splatter, but also a bad kind.  And, you don't want that!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Dahlias Inspire Me Card

Have you watched The Crown on Netflix?  Megan and I have been for several weeks.  She's seen it already, at least once, maybe more. But it's my first time. It's been very interesting.  Definitely a hard show to multitask while watching it.  You need to pay attention.  We are only on Season 2, which is the 1950's, I believe.   I sometimes wonder how much is fact versus fiction.  We will never know.

This was my Club Thank You cards this month.  The Delicate Dahlias stamp set was the one I used.  You can get it FREE with any $50 purchase from the SAB catalog.  It's only available until the end of September!

I purposely chose fall colors...Pumpkin Pie and Cinnamon Cider.  They are yummy!

The dahlias on the card front are stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear emboss powder.  If you don't have that, you can just use Cinnamon Cider ink pad.  It just won't have that glossy look.

The dahlia bud was fun to do.  I stamped off with Sahara Sand on a piece of Shimmery White.  Color the outline and add shadows to your liking by using the Cinnamon Cider marker.  Then, color the bud with the Light Pumpkin Pie Blends marker.  The flower did have to be fussy cut out since there are no dies to accompany this stamp set.  

 

Instead of a bow, I wrapped linen thread around three of my fingers several times, very loosely, and then tie it with a knot in the middle.  It gave the card a more rustic look, perfect when using these fall colors.  You can also see the Brushed Metalic paper. The card needed to be livened up a bit and I wasn't feeling the pearls or jewels look for a change.  

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Until next time..Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Pesto

Do you like garlic, basil, and olive oil?  If yes, you might love this recipe.

Fresh basil pesto is basically made using basil, nuts, olive oil, garlic and cheese.  It was founded in Genoa, Italy.  (I just looked it up.)  I had a bunch of basil from the Farmer's Market I had to use up, so I thought this would be a great way. It's easy to make too.  Everything goes in the blender and that is it.  

Our family loves pesto.  We use it in dishes, panini sandwiches and regular sandwiches.  Sometimes I use it on a sandwich instead of mayonnaise.  It adds a zip that mayonnaise can't.  

I had come up with a dinner idea of using fresh basil, cooking chicken and serving everything over rice.  It actually turned out very good.  I also added some lemon juice for acidity.  My family said to make it again.

Pesto can also be purchased in grocery stores.  It's usually on the top shelf where the jarred spaghetti sauce is.

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Place the walnuts, pignolis, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Serve, or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.

 

See, it's that easy.  I've seen where people would freeze pesto in ice cube trays and take a cube out, one at a time, when it's needed.  I used all what I made in my pasta dish, otherwise I would have done that.

I didn't have a recipe so I went to Food Network for one.  Ina Garten's recipe was the one I chose.  You can see it here https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pesto-recipe2-1948775?soc=sharepin  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

Biggest Wish Thank You

It was fabulous having everyone home for dinner tonight.  Including Alyssa.  She worked here today, so of course she had to stay for dinner.  She won't turn down a free dinner.  It was Taco Tuesday tonight.  Specifically, chicken tacos.  They were marinated pretty much all day long.  Plus, she loves my fresh salsa.  

This was my club Thank You cards from last month.  

Believe it or not, when I was stamping the "Thanks," I just eye-balled it.  The spacingwas perfect!  It was almost scary.  And, I had to do multiple cards, and they all turned out perfect.  If you are unsure about stamping this free-handed, don't forget about the Stamparatus.  

There are no dies for the words.  Boohoo. I used my paper snips and just did a rough cut around the word Friend.  Adhere it using dimensionals.  Don't forget the rhinestone for the i.  

It doesn't show up much on my picture, but under the friend you can see I had wrapped silver thread around all the layers of paper.  The thread I used is retired, but you can always use the Simply Elegant Trim instead.  Or even Baker's Twine would also work.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Going Batty

We accomplished what we set out accomplish to at Alyssa's apartment.  The Farmer's Market was great.  Tons of fresh vegetables that were eaten yesterday and today.  I need to go back and get more!   The curtains went up with no problem and were still up this morning.  All the travel pictures she had up there are now on the wall.  She is coming home Tuesday and has more pics to take off her bedroom walls to bring to her apartment.  Maybe this coming weekend, I can go back up and finish the pictures with her.  

Stampin' Up! posted this on their Facebook and Instagram pages, and I fell in love with it.

May be an image of text that says 'HAPPY HALLOWEEN'

It's fabulous!  I love the monochromatic look of the card.  

The sponging of the base is great.  I wish my sponging would be as perfect as you see here.  I'm guessing, but maybe the colors used are Crumb Cake and Basic Black.  Or Basic Gray.  Any other guesses?

Sparkly bats can be the new trend.  Never would I have thought to cut out the bats using the Black Glitter paper.  

Remember, I don't know exactly what supplies were used, but you can see some below.

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The tree is from the Beautiful Trees dies.  The "Happy Halloween" is from the Sparkle Of The Season stamp set and finally, the glitter bats are from the Seasonal Swirls dies.  I'm sad that I can't CASE this card and make it myself.  

Is this card now on your CASE list?  If you do, let us see your creation!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

 

 

 

Pretty Pumpkin Fall Card

It's the weekend!!  

The weather is so much better.  Alyssa and I are going to the Farmer's Market in Madison tomorrow and it should be the perfect weather, low 80s.  I haven't been to this farmer's market in years, so I'm excited to go.  I'm not really looking for any special, but you never know what will come home with me.  Alyssa also wants me to also help put some of her picture on her walls. Finally making her apartment her own. 

I always try to get a new fall stamp set, and this year I chose the Pretty Pumpkin bundle.  This pumpkin is my favorite of the set.  And it's not a stamp, just a die.   

The first technique that came to mind was the baby wipe technique.  I was being lazy that day so I passed on that.  Instead, I got out the blending brushes.  Just blend the colors together in a random pattern.  Make sure the Very Vanilla is large enough to fit the pumpkin die. 

Once you are done blending, cut out and this is the results!  I was super pleased.  It almost looked the same as using the baby wipe technique!  

It was also the first time using the Shimmer Vellum.  It lives up to it's name...shimmer.  And a lot of it!  Better than glitter in my eyes.  Have you looked at it?  It comes in the 2021-2023 In-Colors!  Two sheets of each color!  What fun. 

Have a fabulous weekend! 

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Delicate Dahlia with fall colors

We are getting ready for another round of storms tonight.  No rain in what seems like forever, and now this is the third storm of the week?  I've lost track.  There was a tornado earlier today in Wisconsin, but not around us.  As I'm typing this, I can see the clouds moving pretty quickly so hopefully it won't amount to anything.

 

This color challenge was a bit of a challenge. But, it was perfect fall colors.  I had to think about it for a few minutes and then it came to me.  

Delicate Dahlia stamp set from the SAB catalog!  Perfect!  Being in the SAB catalog, it's FREE with a $50 order.  Great deal.  

The main dahlia was white heat embossing on Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  Unfortunately, it was fussy cut out, but wasn't too hard.  Glad I only had to cut one!  It makes you appreciate punches and dies.  

The smaller flowers are Calypso Coral and Mango Melody.  My ink pads were pretty juicy, so I stamped off first.  I just randomly stamped them on the left side of the card.  

I don't normally stamp a sentiment directly onto the card, but I did this time!  I was lucky, it stamped perfectly.  Wahoo!  Usually, the last thing I put on my card, is what will go wrong.  I did make sure there were no ink spots around the edges of the actual stamp so I wouldn't get that darn edge mark.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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