Candles and Cocoa

Happy Hump Day.  It's taking everything I have to get through this week at work.  I work only 2 more days before Christmas.  After Christmas is another story, a different kind of stress.  I'll worry about that the 26th.

Isn't this box just adorable?  My friend, Cheryl,  made it for a gift for her card club and made one for me too!  She used the clear acetate boxes we sell.  I gave her props to tie a bow with this Striped Ribbon.  There is wire around both edges so it's stiff when trying to tie it.  I tried once to make a bow and said that's enough.  Just knots for me. 

I made something smiliar for a hostess gift and forgot to take a picture.  The tealights fit perfectly and she picked great colors.  Love the gold glitter one.  I'm almost afraid to burn it.   Some other ideas to put inside would be bath salts, facial masks or maybe a small mani/pedi kit.  Of course, you could put 3-4 homemade cards and envelopes inside.  Dress up the box and you have a great gift.  Gift wrap not necessary.  

My other gifts I'll post at a later date.  So far this is the only one I have taken a picture of.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper  

 

 

Clearance Rack Updated

Happy Monday to everyone!  This is going to be a very quick post before I'm off to work.  Stampin' Up has updated their Clearance Rack. Yahoo!  I had to go check it out for myself.  More framrlits, ribbon, embellishments, you name it. 

Now remember, if there is something that you can't live without, grab it now.  Once things are sold out, they are gone forever.  I'm looking at some of the combo cardstock packs.  They are really cheap and if you need just a few sheets of the colors, they are perfect.    

Oh, there are a bunch of embossing folders too. Some are perfect for Valentine's day and and that's coming up pretty quickly. 

This girl has to finish getting for work since it starts in 1/2 hour.   But, when I get home, my other daughter will be home from college!  That is something to look forward too.

Until next time, Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper   

Holiday Pizza Boxes

Merry Christmas to my club members.  Every year I like to do a little something to show my appreciation for supporting my business.  I decorated these mini pizza boxes.  Look closely.  Each of the boxes themselves are completely different, but yet similar in color theme.  The ribbon, green sprig and ornament are used on every one. 

I just love the little ornament.  You could easily decorate a Christmas tree with them.  The shape is all a little different than what you normally see.  So many ornaments are a plain round ball so I love having them a their own shape.  

Another thing to notice is that not a single stamp was used.  I was going to use the Labels to Love, but after trying one, they looked too big with the green sprig and ornament.  The belly bands slide right off the back side.  Inside there was Dove Chocolates.  Can't go wrong with those!

Here is a better angle so you can see the box sides.  Can't leave those bare.  

 

One good feature is that these boxes are food safe!  Wouldn't you love to give (or even get) Christmas cookies in one of these decorated boxes? Or soon enough, Valentine's Day is coming up.  They would also fit 3 x 3 cards inside perfectly.  I'm thinking about doing that for my club.  They would make great gifts or just to use yourself. The uses for these boxes are endless.  I was really excited to see them on the Carryover List.  This means you can order them through May 31, 2018.  

Click on the first picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Tasty Thursday - Candy Cane Marshmallows

I'm always looking for new Christmas cookie ideas.  I came across this several years ago and thought I'd give it a try.  My girls liked them more than I had anticipated.  They are super easy and cute. They would also make great stirring sticks for hot chocolate.  Just picture these amongst a hot chocolate bar.  What the heck, even for hot coffee.  It could be your own Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate.   I found this picture on Pinterest to show you.

Candy Cane Marshmallows

Candy canes - I prefer the plain sticks over the hooked

1 bag Marshmallows - regular size

Dipping Chocolate

Additional sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed candy canes

Stick the candy cane in the center of the marshmallow.  Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave.  Dip the marshmallow partially in the chocolate.  Garnish with sprinkles, nuts or candy canes.  Stand up on waxed paper until chocolate is hardened.  Store in air-tight container.

Unfortunately, I don't know the exact measurements.  I usually use the entire bag of marshmallows and if there are leftover candy canes, just have the kids eat them.  Usually Christmas is all about the cookies.  I do have to agree.  But these are a refreshing change in the cookies.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

A Golden Merry Christmas

I apologize for not having posted on a regular basis the past few weeks.  Work has been super crazy.  It's been worse than a normal December in retail.  I was actually glad that my husband was travelling last week so I didn't have to worry about dinners and that sort of stuff.  Working 9-10 hour days, I basically came home and collapsed.  I'm hoping things will calm down and just be the normal crazy.  That's so sad to say isn't it?  

We had our normal club last night.  It was all about Christmas.  We did 2 Christmas cards and 2 different Christmas tags.  With the tags, they made 4 of each one.  I always think a single tag doesn't equal a card, so I make the tags worth while.  

Now, I think all the metallics going on, it makes a very elegant, but simple Christmas card.  My upline gave me a sampler of the Year of Cheer Speciality paper and it worked out perfectly!  They chose which design they wanted on their card.  A lot of times I design a card, but they can choose their own dsp accent piece or stamped sentiment.  It makes the card more of their own taste rather than all my taste.  

For the Merry Christmas, I used a gold stamp pad that was retired from Stampin' Up.  I was sad to see that and the silver go.  But, if you have the gold embossing powder, that would work great too.  As I'm typing this, a thought came to mind.  The copper embossing powder would be awesome too!  It would totally bring out the copper piece of washi tape.  

I just want to give you a warning on the champagne foil sheets.  I cut a circle out using my Big Shot.  Looking at the cut piece, there was all kind of marks on the front.  What?!?  After a minute, I realized that the acryllic plates I use with my Big Shot was leaving impressions on the foil sheets.  My  plates are very well loved.  So, I suggest one of two things:

  1. Put another piece of cardstock between the acryllic plate and framelit.
  2. Keep a set of acryllic plates (or just a single plate) to use just for the top of any kind of foil sheets.

When you are putting photographs through the Big Shot, keep this tip in mind.  I actually discovered this same problem when I was working on my girls baby books several years ago.  Some photos came out looking really worn.  Now I do have a set of clean plates to use just for these reasons.  

Well,  I have to work early tomorrow, so it's time for bed.  Busy day tomorrow.  After work, I have to help my daughter move out of her dorm.  Alyssa's done with exams and is coming home for Christmas!  One more to go after her.  

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

A Jingle Bell Merry Christmas

Now I'm sitting on the living room couch trying to do this post on my laptop.  My cat, Clyde, comes up and decides to cuddle with me right between my two legs.  Now, he maybe comfortable, but my leg that I'm kind of sitting on will be falling asleep very quickly.  Clyde is a very headstrong cat and if he wants to sleep somewhere, he will.  No matter what.  I Snapchatted my daughter, Megan so she can see where her cat is.  I can't wait for her to come home for Christmas break.  She can have her cat back.  

 Here's a quick card I came up for club next week.  Next to the Merry Christmas tag looks like two holes.  They are actually the Black Rhinestone Jewels.  They didn't photograph well, but in real life, they look great.  The pine boughs came from the Christmas Staircare Thinlits.Now when I added them, I only used glue on the part that is tucked under the dsp strip.  The bottom kind of floats away from the card and I love the look.  

This card would be super easy if you need to make quite a few of these.  It also helps that in the set of thinlits, there are two pine bough thinlits.  

As usual, click on the picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Tasty Thursday -Cinnamon Biscotti

I've had some rough days this week at work.  So what do I do on my day off?  Go Christmas shopping.  Just trying to check a few things off my to-do list.  Tomorrow is baking day.  I'm starting off with the recipe from last week, White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread.  I stopped on my way home and bought 2 jars of cherries.  The cookies will be done tomorrow, but since I have other things that need to be dipped in chocolate, I usually save that part for later.

On Sunday mornings, I usually meet several friends at a local coffee shop to chat.  We've been doing this for quite a few years now.  We all are involved in Stampin' Up so we exchange handmade cards and little gifts.  I usually made a biscotti to enjoy with our coffee.  I've made this several years and everyone seems to like it.  Coffee and Biscotti.  What's not to like?

I've made other biscottis before.  People are surprised that I make them.  In reality, they aren't hard to make at all.  Bake.  Slice.  Bake again.  Not so hard.  They are actually easier than cookies.  

Cinnamon Biscotti

6 Tablespoon Butter

3/4 Cup Sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

2 cup Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Pecans

Cream the butter and sugar together.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix together. Add the flower, baking powder and cinnamon until mixed well.  Gently mix in the pecans and white chocolate chips.  Divide the dough in half and form into 2 logs.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Let them cool for 15 minutes.  Slice diagonally.  Lay the pieces flat and bake for another 20 minutes.  

Now, I typically don't like the biscotti super crunchy.  I will bake and slice like the recipe calls for.  But, on the second bake, I usually only bake for another 10 minutes.  Now, if you have some leftover white chocolate melted, that would really taste good on these.  I figure I have another week before I have to make these.  

Until next time...Stmapin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Happy St. Nick

Do you celebate St. Nick or do you do Christmas Stockings?  Growing up, we always celebrated St. Nick. I insisted we continue when our girls were born.  My grandma always said she was a St. Nick Eve baby since she was born on 12-05.  It's a good way to remember both dates.  Since my girls are both in college, we do St. Nick's stockings over Thanksgiving weekend.  But, that doesn't mean he doesn't go to college either.  I couldn't resist making these for my girls and their roommates.  Inside the red tissue, was a gift card for their favorite places.  Ice cream or cookies.  

To make these, I finally dug out my Pocket Framelits.  My first thought when I saw this set was I had to get this set for my girls.  How fun to get a package with these?  I used the Big Shot to cut out the framelits.  I didn't get a side picture, but they are large enough for a gift card(s) and tissue.  I used my Glue Dots to adhere them together.  

I challenged myself further by not making two the same. Now, in order to do this, I used the stamp sets Merry Little Labels and Labels to Love with the Everyday Label Punch.  Among the cardstock, paper from the Merry Little Christmas and Be Merry dsp packs.  The tinsel was fun to play with.  It really added a nice sparkle to them.  

They fit perfect into these stockings I found at Kohl's.  I added an ornament and of course, some candy.  Megan even hung them on her roommates doors for them.  All the girls loved them.  I don't think they would object if I would do these next year. 

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I didn't take any dimensions, but you can click on the first picture for a list of the supplies I used.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper