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

An Easy Easter Basket

Now isn't this just an adorable little Easter Basket?  I had to come up with a demonstration at a meeting, and I found this idea.  Immediately, I fell in love with this.  Everyone just loved it, especially since I had paper already cut and ready for them to make themselves. Something this cute, I couldn't just demo it, and they were thrilled that I had prepared one for everyone to make their own.  It holds about 3-4 chocolate Easter eggs, or even one Cadbury Creme Egg.  Wouldn't they look super cute on the Easter table?  

The pieces of paper are:

4 - 5 1/2 x 3/4

1 - 5 1/2 x 1/2

1 - 7 1/4 x 1/2

I added the ribbon for a nice detail.  It's the ribbon in the SAB catalog, the Shimmer Ribbon Pack.  Instead of just tying it around the handle, I wove it inbetween the basket slats.  Really easy and add a ton of color.  

Here are the two samples I made.  The left one I did at my demo meeting.  I used the Hardwood stamp on the dsp.  The cardstock was retired Tip Top Taupe and it just seemed a little bland.  It was perfect for what I needed.  The right one is what we did in my stamp club.  The base of the basket was embossed and then sponged using Sahara Sand cardstock.  The embossing really dressed the basket up.  Think how cute this would be in other colors too.

The only part of this that is not Stampin' Up are the brads.  They hold the handle to the basket.  Stampin' Up doesn't carry them anymore, but they can be purchased at any craft store.

I was very lucky to take a picture of the embossed basket when I did.  I came home from work on Saturday to find it shredded on the floor.  The dog really did eat my homework.  Fortunately, she didn't get the chocolate eggs, but the smell of them must have been in the basket.  Darn dog.  

The directions are in my gallery.  Just click on either picture and it will take you to them.  I also put this in the instructions, but if you don't see the step by step pictures click on  "Show Instruction Images" in the blue box on top of the page.  Once everything is cut and ready to go, the assembly of the basket is super easy and will just take you a few minutes to put together. 

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



January's Thank you cards



Yesterday was Saturday and I had to work.  Bummer.  But...after work we went and saw BLACK  PANTHER.  It was a great movie.  We all really liked it.  Yes, we got reserved seating at a local theater so we didn't have to stand in line for hours to get a good seat.  Totally worth the money.  

These were the cards I gave my club members this month.  They are very simple, but totally adorable.  I had no idea if anyone had a favorite fruit, so I randomly put them in with their orders.  I hope they didn't get a fruit that they don't like.  Usually the is a watermelon.  Thinking outside of the box, I decided on an orange instead.  I think it's kind of cute.  

I saw an idea on Pinterest about this card.  But it just had the fruit, bowl, and saying.  It needed a little something extra.  So I added the ribbon on each and also the fruit piece in the upper right corner.  Originally, I had thought about pearls, but I had extra fruit ready, so why not use those.  

Do you have a favorite?  I'm thinking strawberries.  With the pineapples a close second.  

The basket is stamped in Early Espresso and colored with a Crumb Cake marker.  I chose to use regular marker, not a Stampin' Blend because the Blends have a tendency to bleed through the cardstock.  I didn't want to see that on the inside of the card.  An alternative if you want to use the Stampin' Blends is to stamp and color on a scrap piece and cut it out.  It's another step, but the fussy cutting wouldn't be too bad.  

I'm not listing all the colors that were used.  Instead, click on the individual picture, and it will take you directly to my gallery for that particular picture.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



New SAB Items

Today there are more SAB items you can earn for free!

Stampin' Up has done it again.  Adding more items to the SAB sale.  How exciting is this!  My club people were pretty excited.  Almost all of them ordered the Eclectic Expressions.  With the Happy Birthday and Thank You in the set, they will get a lot of use.  Who can't use a new and updated version of those?


This new embossing folder really caught my eye.  A basket weave.  Totally cool.  Of course, the stamp set is really nice too.  This bundle you can earn FREE with any $100 order.  SWEET!  

And we can't forget about this new DSP pack . A new Foils Speciality Pack.  There are three different foils in it - Rose Gold Foil, Silver Foil, and Gold Foil.  These will make some very elegant cards.  Which foil is your favorite?  I'm almost leaning towards Rose Gold.   

Take advantage of these deals!  There's no limit to how many free items you can get.  They can be earned now through March 31, 2018.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper