Easter Treat

Happy Easter!

My coffee friend made Easter treats for us and I thought I would share them with you.

Are they just adorable?  Ignore the thumb print on the bottom candy. It was in my car for about 15 minutes, just long enough for it to melt without me realizing it.  Oops.

As you can see,  the candy was adhere to a piece of card stock and slid into a cello bag. 

The topper is just too cute.  I love this bunny standing oh so perfect.  He's colored just a little bit, enought to make him come to life.  The flower as a hat is a nice touch.  That was the reason I chose this particular bunny.  I couldn't resist it.

That's all I have for tonight.  We are busy getting ready for our trip to London.  We leave Wednesday and will be seeing Megan Thursday morning.  I am so excited to see her in person again. Guilt it hitting pretty hard because Alyssa isn't able to come with us because of college.  A family vacation without one, just isn't the same.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper




Lasting Moments

Have you checked out the retirement list?  Wow, it's long.  But, don't forget, some stamps that are retiring will be brought back as the new Cling Version.  There will be no more wood-mount stamp sets at all.  End of an era.

Grab some of the In-Colors that are retiring.  Have the ink pads, but not the refills?  Better grab them while you can.  Usually those items do sell out.  Don't forget the card stock.  If you have the ink pads, might has well have the card stock too.


I was so sad that Lasting Lily is no longer available.  I love SAB, but don't like the fact those stamp sets are no longer available to purchase.  There are sometimes I can't resist using them yet.

This card does have several layers of paper, but overall, it's a super easy card to make.  Layer the paper. Stamp the sentiment. And you are pretty much done.

I love the patterned paper of leaves and flowers.  It's actually the vellum from Floral Romance DSP.  It was so creative to include patterned paper along with vellum in a DSP pack.  I hope this is offered more often.  It gives us so much more variety with the vellum.  

Along with the vellum, you do have to be careful with the adhesive.  I have found that using the Fine Tip Glue Pen works the best.  I used it mostly along the dark leaves or where there is a pattern and you really couldn't see the glue at all.  I also used very minimal so that helped also.

All of these products will be retiring so keep that in mind. 

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 tams# 32437

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It's Finally Here....the New Retirement List!

It's that time of year.  Retirement time!  The new list is finally out!!

The list is unusually long this year.  Partly, because the Big Shot is retiring, all the products by Sixxix is also retiring.  But, some products might be returning in the next Annual Catalog with a slight change or produced by a new vendor.  So, don't panic quite yet.  Let's see what Stampin' Up! has up their sleeve.

Also, you will notice quite a few stamps are also retiring.  Again, don't panic.  Stamp sets in the Clear and Wood style are retiring, not necessarily the stamps are.  Some stamps will be returning in the new CLING format!  Whew!

Here is an edited version of the Retirement List from the Annual Catalog:

Retirement List for Occasions Catalog 2019

Here is an edited version of the Retirement List from the Occasions Catalog

Retirement List for Annual Catalog 2019

Because we manufacture all our own stamp sets, we are guaranteeing availability through May 24.  That is so awesome!  All other products on the Retirement List will be available until June 3, or while quantities are available.  Stampin' Rewards are eligible upon all qualifying orders that include retirement products.

Check out the lists and see what you think.  I'm going to mark up my catalog and put together a shopping list.  

Until next time...Stampin' always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper




Coming Tomorrow...

Tomorrow is the day.  The Retirement list comes out!  It's an exciting day, as well as a day for mourning.  

It's exciting because we are getting closer to the new Annual 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.  It goes live for everyone June 3.  The catalog will go out in May.  I haven't seen it yet, like other demos, but I'm sooo excited to see all the new stamps, colors, papers, oh, just the whole catalog!

It's also a day for mourning.  We have to say good-bye to some products and colors we love.  The 2018-2019 In-Colors for sure are retiring.  It's not just the In-Colors inks, but embellishments and paper as well.  Should I mention that stamp sets are also retiring?  For me, it creates anxiety because I'm always afraid that a favorite stamp set might be on that list. But then I remember, for ever retired set, another new one appears and then I create new favorites all over.

Which In-Color are you going to miss the most?  For me, it's pretty much a tie between Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.  Oh, hurry up new In-Colors.  I need to move on.  

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This year might be especially hard.  The Big Shot and Stampin' Trimmer are retiring.  The Big Shot is hitting close to the heart. With the dies and embossing folders, I can't imagine not having it to use.   Stampin' Up! is coming out with a new die cutting machine.  They hasn't released the new name or even the look, so all eyes are keeping watch.  Expectations are very high. 

I, personally, do not have the trimmer, but I also haven't heard anything bad about it.  Everyone loves it. The reason it is retiring is more because of the quality of the replacements blades and also the reliability of getting the product in the warehouse. Again, I'm excited to see what is coming to replace it.  The new trimmer won't be in the new catalog, but it will be available to purchase.  The catalog deadline came before the trimmer product had been finalized.  We are in the paper crafting business.  You know Stampin' Up! won't let us down.      

Stay tuned for the retirement list tomorrow!  But more importantly, this means we are closer to the new Annual Catalog!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Pick a Pennant Birthday

As I'm sitting here writing this blog post, I can hear the wind just howling outside.  I had to run some errands today, and the wind did pull at the car.  Glad I didn't have to be outside very long.  This cold weather has to break soon.  It is Spring.  I just don't think Mother Nature has gotten the message.

I've had this stamp set, Pick a Pennant, and have only used it once.  It is probably going to be on the retirement list, so I better dust it off and put it to use.  

The card is most definately masculine with the muted color tones.  To make it more feminine, it's as simple as adding pearls, jewels or Wink of Stella.  


Happy Birthday is just to common sometimes.  It's good to switch things up a bit.  I kept the Happy Birthday for the inside.

The pennant stamp had to be lined up perfectly  in order for it to be cutout with the die.  Here's what I did.  Place the stamp on the block, and then place the die over the stamp to line them up together.  Take the die off, stamp the image and then cut out with the die.  Perfectly lined up and super easy to do.  

The words weren't hard, just took a few minutes to do.  If you have the Stamparatus, you can stamp the banner, then line the letters up on the pennant and use the plate to grab the letters.  You can also use this way with the acrylic blocks.

But, if you are like me, you do it the harder way.  I lined up the letters on the Block H and stamped each one individually.  Click on the picture for the card recipe and you can see how I did this.  It will make sense then.

The pennants are cut out with the dies, but not adhere with dimensionals.  If you used one dimensional on each banner piece, it would take a lot.  So, instead, I used a thin trip of the Multipurpose Glue.  I liked how it looked with the banner being cut out versus just stamping on the Whisper White.  

Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

  tams# 32354

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Tasty Thursday - Spaghetti Carbonara

I'm Italian, so I pretty much like almost any kind of pasta.  And the easier, sometimes the better.  

This recipe is a great if you are in a hurry.  It has everyday ingredients and I always have them on hand.  The recipe calls for bacon, but I prefer using pancetta.  If you are unfamilar with pancetta, it is the Italian version of bacon.  I purchase it in the speciality cheese section in the deli area of the supermarket.  It comes diced and I usually purchase several packages and just throw them in the freezer.  

Spaghetti Carbonara

1 lb. thin spaghetti

2 Tablespoons salt

1/4 lb. bacon, or lean salt pork, or I prefer pancetta

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon basil

3/4 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 c up dry white wine (optional)

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cook the spaghetti according to the directions on the package in salted water.

Meanwhile, saute bacon, or pancetta over low heat until crisp.  Add garlic during the last few minutes.

Add cheese and wine to beaten eggs.

Drain spaghetti and return to pot.  Toss with egg mixture while spaghetti is still hot.  Stir in bacon, and its drippings and pepper.  Mix well.

I had some really good carbonara when we were in Italy on vacation.  It's got to be the atmosphere that makes it so good.  Anyway, this recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make.  Awesome!  Give it a try. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Stampin' News

Stampin' Up! has released a whole lot of news recently.  I will try to make it as painless as possible for you.

Stampin' Trimmer

There has been problems in the past with the quality of the blade refills and also with the availability of all the related products.  Stampin' Up! has decided it was time to cut ties and start fresh.  There will be a gap between the current trimmer retiring and when the new trimmer will be available. We will be updated when information is available.  

This means the Stampin' Trimmer and its related products will be on the retirement list.  This will not be featured in the next Annual Catalog.  Currently, there is a limit of 3 refill blades per order.  Once the Retirement List is released, April 14, this will be expanded for a limit of 6.  If you absolutely can't wait, I would suggest ordering right away to ensure you will receive the blades.  


Big Shot

Stampin' Up! has decided to go another way regarding the Big Shot machine.  But, don't worry.  They are working directly with the manufacturer on a new die cutting machine.  The current dies and folders will be able to be used in the new machine, or any manual die-cutting system.   There might be a slight difference in the new dies and folders, but will continue to work in the current machine as well as the new machine.

They are still working out the details of the new Die-Cutting and Embossing machine, so it won't be ready for the new Annual Catalog.  There will be dies and embossing folders available to use in the current machine as well as the new.  There might be a slight difference in the way the sandwich is made.  I'm sure more information will be released closer to the next Annual Catalog. 


Big Shot

I absolutely love my Big Shot and cannot imagine how they could improve upon this.  This is the product reveal that I am really excited to see.

Paper Pumpkin

For those who don't know what Paper Pumpkin is here's a brief description.  It is a subscription kit that is all inclusive.  Inside  the subscriber receives everything to complete cards or even 3-d projects,  stamps, inks, paper and all.  For whose who like to craft, but don't want the expense of buying individual supplies or coming up with their own individual ideas, Paper Pumpkin is the perfect kit.

Because of the added postage expense, there is the need to increase the price to insure the quality remains the same.  If you are interested in purchasing the kits, you can preorder at the current price.  The subscriptions can be purchased in 1, 3, 6 or 12 month increments. 


This is a whole lot of information that I tried to keep it very condensed for you.  On the bright side, the Retirement List comes out April 14!  It's time to get ready for the new Annual Catalog and new product!  And don't forget the new In-Colors are also coming!  

As more information come in, I'll keep you posted.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper