Tutti-Frutti feeling green

Friday night in Wisconsin means only one thing.  Friday Fish Fry.  Yum.  We went to the Fireside tonight.  It's a local dinner theater here in Fort Atkinson.  They have the BEST broiled cod with a sauce that goes over that is to die for.  We don't go all that often, so it's a treat when we do.  

Can you tell I love the Tutti Frutti cards and envelopes?  They make carding creating easy.  I dug out the Label Me Pretty stamp set and punch.  It was time to use something different again.  The sentiment was stamped in Crumb Cake on Whisper White.  It was looking bland, so out came the Aqua Painters.  I used very little water with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  It really pops against the Fresh Fig.  

When adhering embossed cardstock, I typically don't use the Snail adhesive.  Because it doesn't have a flat surface, the Snail doesn't work very well.  Instead, the Tear and Tape works great!  I highly recommend it.  


Have a great weekend everyone!

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

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper






Tasty Thursday - Marlboro Man Sandwiches

My husband is travelling so I am home alone.  I was looking forward to some time in my stamp room this evening.  After about 1 1/2 hours of not liking anything I stamped, I threw in the towel and gave up.  Waterfront stamp set just wasn't cooperating tonight.  Maybe tomorrow.

I made this recipe this week for dinner.  Do you like Rae Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman?  Some of her recipe are pretty good.  I like the fact that she uses pretty basic ingredients.  A pet peeve is when a recipe calls for a specific ingredient that I won't ever use any other time.  Those recipes I tend to avoid.  

This is a good and quick recipe.  My husband likes this one.  The basic ingredients are butter, cube steak, Worcestershire sauce and onions.  And a roll.  With this amount of ingredients, how hard can it be?  It's not.  

The Marlboro Man Sandwich

1 whole large (or 2 small) onions

2 sticks butter (lots and lots of butter)

2 -3 pounds cube steak

Lawry's Seasoned Salt, or similar seasoned salt

about 1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce

Tabasco Sauce, to taste

4 whole French/deli Rolls

Slice onions and cook in 1/4 stick butter until soft and light brown.  Remove and set aside.

Slice cube steak against the grain.  Season with Lawry's.

Heat 2 Tablespoon butter over high heat until melted and beginning to brown.  Add meat.  Cook until brown, several minutes.

Add 1/2 cup (or more to taste) Worcestershire sauce, 5 - 6 shakes Tabasco and 2 Tablespoons butter.  Add cooked onions.  Stir to combine.

Butter halved French rolls and brown in skillet.

To assemble, lay bottom half of French roll on plate.  Place meat mixture, followed by some juice from the pan.  Top with the other half of foll, cut in half, and devour.

The original recipe from her blog is: the pioneerwomen.com/cooking/marlboro_mans_f/

We highly recommend this recipe if you need a quick and easy recipe.  The leftovers are great too.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Sending My Very Best

I am so loving these Tutti Frutti Cards and Envelopes that you can get for FREE.  They have just a little design on the front, but not enough to dominate the entire card.  The inside is Whisper White, not the color on the outside.  They also come in Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party.  This card is the Daffodil Delight.

The stamp set is also FREE in the SAB catalog.  You can get it with any $100 order.  Sending my very best can cover a wide range of emotions which is why I like it.  It could be a happy meaning like for a birthday.  Or more calming, in sending sympathy or just simple I care.  

It's hard to show up on pictures, but the flowers under the Best are colored with the clear Wink of Stella.  When I colored it, the ink must not have been completely dry.  Hence...the flowers look like they were colored in.  It's a look that I like and the Wink of Stella really stand out in person.  

When looking at this color combo  you think really?  But it works doesn't it?  This is what happens when you just start playing around with colors.  You never know what you are going to get.


Click on the above picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper





Mini Pizza Boxes

Isn't it funny that if you shrink just about anything, we think it's just adorable.  That's how I feel about these mini pizza boxes.  The normal sized pizza boxes are good, especially if they have a good pizza hidden inside.  But who could resist these little beauties? 

For my club hostess I try to make a little something special for them.  Can you guess what's inside?  The box perfectly holds 3 x 3 cards!  Decorate the box, quick throw together some 3x3 cards, add envelopes and Done!  Perfect hostess gift.  Now they can either keep it for themselves, or it would be a perfect gift for someone else.

I kept the cards relatively simple.  They are the perfect size to stick inside a gift bag.  Just add a few words inside and you are done!  

Another thing about these boxes...there is a thin layer of plastic so they are food safe!  How awesome is that?  I'm thinking just a single large cookie would be great.  You can never go wrong with chocolate chip.

These cards and box were done back in January, and I didn't write down the dimensions.  Sorry.  But by looking at the pictures, I'm sure you can figure it out.  Think of it like a challenge.  I did do a list of the supplies I used.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Don't Miss Out

Is it snowing by you?  So far we have about 2 inches of snow.  I'm not sure how much we are expected to get tonight.  My husband already isn't looking forward to shoveling tomorrow since it's a wet heavy snow.  But, he is hoping to work at home tomorrow.  Lucky him.  I can't work from home.  

Have you forgotten about Sale-A-Bration?  It's only going on until March 31 .  With every $50 or $100 order you can get FREE items.  And there are no limit to the number of free items you can receive.  

This is also the absolute best time to join Stampin'Up as a demonstrator.  Your starter kit is only $99 but...you get to pick $125 of product of your choice.  It's anything you want to choose.  Stampin' Up doesn't tell you what to order.  Plus, you get pick any TWO EXTRA stamp sets of your choice.  And those not included in the $99 starter kit.  This is one time when you can say...It's too good to be true.  

Contact me if you have any questions about anything!  I'm  here to help.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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