Fall Leaves

The leaves are definately starting to turn around here.  Autumn in Wisconsin is absolutely beautiful.  To be honest, Spring and Fall are my two favorite seasons.  The only part I really don't like about the Summer is the heat and humidity.  I can't stand it.  I love having  the windows open at night and the cool night air comes in.  On the other hand, my husband loves the hot weather.  He complains this summer wasn't hot enough.  ugh.   

The leaves are two-step stamped.  For me, it's easier to stamp the vein first, then the leaf second.  I personally just eyeball the second stamp to get them both lined up together.  I had to play with the colors a bit to get the right combos.  Try a few other yourself.  In stamping, remember there is no right or wrong way to do things.  It's all about how you like the final result.

The copper trim was pretty neat to work with.  If you want, you can fan out the ribbon and it gives the bow a totally different look.  It looks more full.  I can't wait to play with it more.  

These are the colors I used.  Maybe you can come up with your own combo.  The possibilities are endless!  Have fun creating your own leaves.  

 

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Holiday Catalog

The week is finally almost over with.  I don't work Friday's, but I do have to work Saturday this week.  I'm so glad that I don't have has many hours next week!  I'd be happy only working 2 days a week, but the checkbook wouldn't like it.  Some day.

Have you had time to study the new Holiday Catalog?  Isn't it great!   I have been working on a cute fall treat but I can't show that until Wednesday.  I made if for my club people and I don't want to give away the surprise.  We haven't met since June so it'll be great seeing everyone again.  We always have such a good time.  

You can click on the image above and it will bring you to a video Stampin'Up has on Youtube.  Go check it out!  

That's it for now.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Tranquil Tide Meets Wood Words

Happy Labor Day everyone.  I spent the weekend moving my two daughters back to college then cleaning the house.  It's always sad when they leave, but it's where they need to be.  On the otherhand, the house stays cleaner longer with them gone.  Megan has a tendency to leave her shoes all over the house.  That I do not miss at all.  Let's hope they have a great semester.

Amongst all the craziness, I did get down to my room and create a card.  I finally got to use Wood Words stamp set.  I love all the little shapes the set comes with.  Isn't the Rooster adorable?    He's the perfect size to add another detail.  For the linen thread, I wrapped it around 4 fingers and adhered it to the back of my oval flowers.  A great tip to adhere the thread is by using washi tape!  The rolls always come with so much tape, so don't be afraid to use it.  Also, it's better than glue because sometimes you  need to manipulate the thread to get the look you are looking for.

 

This is the color combo I used.  They are all from from the 2017-2019 In-Colors.  Love how they all go together.  I would never have put them together on my own.  This is why I love Stampin'Up.  They pair the colors that would work together so we don't have to.  

Look at the inside of the card.  The Roosters are a fun touch!  When I can, I like to do a little something on the inside.  It makes for a nice surprise.

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


 

 

It's Finally Here!

It's September 1st.  This means the new Holiday Catalog is active!  Yay!  It's filled with yummy goodness that is hard to pass up.  You can see on my gallery that I have already used the Gourd Goodness and Carols of Christmas stamp sets.  I personally wasn't a fan of the Painted Harvest stamp set (the sunflower set), but the more I see online, the more I like it.  Don't you hate when that happens?  You plan and place your order, then later see enough samples and you change your mind.  Sigh.  Click on the picture and it will take you my store where you can view the catalog.

This all I have to share today.  We moved one daughter to college yesterday and the other one today.  It's been kind of crazy and not much stamping going on this week for me. My goal tomorrow is to clean my house then spend time in my stamping room.  Work before play.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper  

Fun Mail

Doesn't everyone love fun mail?  I received this card from my upline, Lyssa Zwolanek last week.  I just bought this stamp set and framelet, but  haven't had time to play with it yet.  Love the sunglasses.  They are just adorable.  

It's kind of a crazy week for me.  I don't have to work any more this week at my job.  But the other job starts now.  Getting 2 girls ready to move back to college.  Megan leaves Thursday and Alyssa leaves Friday.  They are ready to get back to school, but I will miss them like crazy.  So far my living room is filled with Megan's stuff that we have to finish getting everything together, reorganize it all, and start packing the cars.  Once that is done, Alyssa can bring her stuff upstairs and then it starts all over with her.  

Crazy week so I don't know how much I will be posting while this is going on.  Still don't know if I like this empty nest stuff, but there's anothing I can do about it. Already can't wait for them to come home for the weekends.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Pumpkin Time!

It's time for Pumpkin Spice again.  I've seen it in the stores already.  I like pumpkin spice, but the past few years it seems like there has been an explosion of it.   Gotta make at least one batch of pumpkin bars though. And of course, with cream cheese frosting.  Yummy.

One thing I'm liking is the fall weather we have been having.  It's only in the 70s, no humidity and it is great.  I hate the hot and humid weather.  

 I do like this stamp set, Gourd Goodness.  It can be used as a two-step stamp set.  Here I just used them individually.  I like them peaking through the holes.  The pumpkins would look gorgeous stamped with Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry.  I may have to try that sometime.

Not sure why, but I haven't used an embossing folder for quite a while.  So I dug one out.  I'll confess a mistake I made.  My first intention was to emboss the Old Olive strip.  Completely forgot about it until the pumpkins were adhered to the back.  Too late.  So I decided to emboss the front of the card instead.  I like this way better than my original plan.  Sometimes mistakes work out for the best.  

Notice my sentiment is curved to the shape of the banner?   That's what so great about the photopolymer stamps.  You can bend them to follow the curve of the banner.  It looks much more natural than straight across the banner.  

Have you been studying the new Holiday Catalog?  It's pretty awesome.  My initial list was way beyond my budget.  I so wish I could have upped my budget instead of scaling back on my list.  Such is life.  

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Time for Christmas Cheer!

I know what you are thinking.  Christmas card.  Really? Isn't it too early?   I work retail so I know exactly what you are thinking.  It's way to early to think about Christmas.  We are starting to get Christmas inventory in the store and I just cringe when I see that.  I have a hard enough time looking at the Halloween decor lately.  But...when it comes to Christmas cards, you almost have to start early.  You don't always get the perfect Christmas card the first try out.  

This was my swap card I made for my demo meeting last week. It's hard to tell, but the colors are  Night of Navy and Whisper White.  Once I figured out the border, it was easy peasy.  The Whisper White is cut at 4x5.5.  The key is to place the thinlit piece right on the edge of the paper.  This way you will have enough room to cut the other side.  Here is a picture that shows the placement of the thinlit on the paper.  

Don't the Christmas trees look sparkling good?  I used the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Use any of the glimmer papers and it automatically ups the elegance of any card.  You get the glimmer without any of the mess glitter makes.  It's a no brainer why I love it.

The Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits dies is in the holiday catalog that starts Sept. 1.  But, anyone can order this today and start playing right away.  It's an early release for everyone, not just demonstrators.   I can't wait to play with the ornament stamps and thinlits.  

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Till next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Leaf Goodness

I'm so excited for the new holiday catalog to start!  As demonstrator perk, we get to view the catalog online before it goes out to the public, and we can place an order before the catalog actually goes live.  What a perk!  There are all kind of wonderful goodies I can't wait to show you. This is the new stamp set Gourd Goodness.  It's a simple design of  randomly stamped leaves.

 It's hard to tell, but the leaves are stamped in Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry.  The card base is Cajun Craze.  These colors just scream fall to me.  Soon we will be seeing leaves like this outside.  I already saw one tree starting to turn colors.  I love the beauty of the fall season, but that means winter is coming and soon the snow is too. 

It's been a long week, so this is all I have right now. 

Click on the picture for the directions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper