At Christmas & Always

Ready for another Christmas card?  I've got plenty, ready to be put on my blog!  Here is one I designed for my club.  I didn't know if we were going to have visitors, so I made the card pretty simple.  One stamp for the Christmas tree and another for the saying.  Oh, and another tree for the card inside.  Add a glimmer star and that always blings up a card.  Simple.  No fuss on this one.  

The Vintage Crochet trim when used with Halloween stamps looks like a spider web.  Now, on a Christmas card, it is just a simple crochet design.  Doesn't look like Halloween at all.  Stampin' Up makes products so they have multiple purposes.  Great isn't it?  Now look at the inside.  Always keep in mind that the entire stamp doesn't have to be completely on the card.  Here you see the Christmas tree, but it doens't take up the entire inside.

                                                                                          

With this Merry Music designer dsp, you get 24 sheets of paper! That is more than what is in the normal pack of dsp.   It's also lighter weight than the regular card stock.  I wrapped some chocolates in my scraps from this paper and the lighter weight was great.  It was easier to wrap with and stayed together. I also really like the music patterns on the paper.  The black and white paper is so easy to match with anyother color cardstock.  It would be really beautiful sponged with color too.

Here is my color combo for the card.  It's a very traditional Christmas combo.  

                                                                                                   

Click on the card picture for the dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

 

Tasty Thursday - Windmill Cookies

Gosh, I can't believe that I haven't blogged since last Thursday.  It has been a super crazy weekend and continuing into the work week.  Working retail is very challenging this time of year.  We have so much in the store, I sometimes wonder where all the products will go when they unload the trucks lately.  Personally, I can't wait for the hype of Black Friday to be over with.

Are you one to go out as soon as the store open?  What deals do you look for?  I'll be ordering online Thursday morning.  Sometimes I'll have my family run somewhere on Friday if necessary.  They will stop by Thursday night while I'm working to say Hi.  And to rub it in that I'm working and they aren't.  Gotta love family.

Christmas means cookies in my household.  Do you remember the Windmill Cookies as a kid? This recipe was definately better than the store bought ones. I surprised my daughter for her graduation party and had a cookie bar.  These were one that she really liked.  The recipe is a slice and bake cookie.  

Dutch Windmill Cookie

1 lb. butter or margarine

1/2 cup sour cream

4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

5 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup sliced almonds

Mix butter, sugar and sour cream.  Add dry ingredients.  Mix well and form into rolls and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate overnight.  Slice 1/4 inch thickness or a little more.  Place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake 375 for 10-15 minutes.

They are definally a plain and simple cookie but packed with flavor.  Great to have with your coffee in the morning.  Or dunking in your milk.  Now that I've posted this recipe, I'm wanting to make it again.  Maybe this weekend.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

  

Tasty Thursday - Fried Rice

I really like pork chops, but my husband doesn't.  Usually the leftover ones get dried up and then I really don't like them so I usually end up throwing them away.  This is the perfect way to use up those leftover, dried pork chops.  Pork Fried Rice.  The other bonus is that it's super easy and fast to make. 

Pork Fried Rice

leftover pork chops, cut into tiny pieces

3 cups cooked white rice (leftover works best)

3 Tablespoon Sesame oil 

1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed

1 small onion, chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 eggs, slighten beaten

1/4 cup soy sauce

On medium high heat, heat the oil in large skillet or wok.  Add the peas and carrots mix, onion and garlic.  Stir fry until tender.  Lower the heat to medium low and push mixture off to the side.  Pour the eggs in the other side of skillet and fry until scrambled.  Add the rice, soy sauce and pork, mix all together.  Stir fry until thoroughly heated.  

I will sometimes add green onion when it's just my husband and myself.  I have also added the small baby ears of corn for something different.  When I think about it, I will make the rice in the morning before work and refrigerate it, making my leftover rice.  It's not necessary to use leftover rice, but it is drier than freshly made and easier to stir the ingredients together.  

 This recipe my entire family really likes this recipe.  Shocker right?  I so wish that would happen more often.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Washi Tape Fun

 

Washi tape can be so versitile.  Here it is starring in the front and center of the card.  Uneven ends give it a casual look.  The gold thread and snowflake give it a more elegant look.  Who knew you could do both casual and elegant in a single card.  The card is super simple and probably takes less than 15 minutes to put together.  It's great if you need to make a lot of these for Christmas.

Be very careful when using the framelits on the champange foil sheets.  I used my cutting pads and they are well used.  They left a light imprint on the foil sheet.  So my tip is when possible use new cutting pads.  Or, place another piece of scrap cardstock over the foil sheet.  That should be enough buffer so the imprint won't happen.  

For the metallic thread, I just wrapped it around three fingers and taped it on the back of the oval with a piece of washi tape.  You can spread it out as you like.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Have you tried them?

So, Have you tried the Stampin' Blends?  I have heard they are really nice.  The colors are true to the normal markers.  The caps are snug to say the least.  But that is because they are alcohol based, they will try up faster than normal markers.

Did you see how they are being sold?  In a duo pack, you get the light and dark of the one color, say Calypso Coral.  But, they are also sold individually.  This is great if you just need to replace a single marker.  I'm sold glad that we are given both options on purchasing the markers.  

That's all I have for tonight.  Have a good evening!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Christmas tree sparkle

 I'm so glad that it's not snowing yet here in Wisconsin.  Give it a couple of weeks and it might.  My girls are having a sister's  weekend at college and we get to see them tomorrow for a little bit.  They both asked for their winter jackets.  Go figure.  

I participated in a demonstrator card swap and Christmas was the theme.  This is what I came up with.   The accent color is Tranquil Tide.  While I was playing with the DSP and Basic Black, I decided it needed a accent color and something going across the middle.  As I looked at my ribbon, all I had that matched the colors was the Tranquil Tide ribbon, so decision was made.  There are times when you have to go with the flow, and this was one.  When I started out, I wouldn't have expected to use the Tranquil Tide in my Christmas card, but it works.  Christmas doesn't always have to be red and green.  

Did you see the foil snowflake peeking out from the top?  I cut one in half and stuck it in the back.  There is a lot of detail packed into the little space, but it's not too much. It goes with the theme of Let it Snow.  

My color combo for this card is super easy.  Just three colors and that's if you even count white!

                                                                                                  

This was a relatively easy card to make and to reproduce.  When you have to make any quantity of cards, make them relatively to reproduce. I made 19 of these and once I completed the design, it took about 2-3 hours to fully complete them.   Now, yesterday's side-step card I wouldn't recommend making too many of those at one time.  

Click on the top picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Tasty Thursday

It's Thursday so that means another recipe.  I saw this one on Pinterest and my fellow Stampin' Up demonstrators were my guinnea pigs.  I wanted to make something for Autumn or Halloween.  Well, Autumn won out.  I didn't have a whole lot of time to be super creative.  It's a Pumpkin Caramel-Cream Cheese Poke Cake.  It's a long name for a wonderful dessert.  My husband even really liked it and said I could make it again.  When he says that, it must be good.  He can be rather particular about food.

                                            

Pumpkin Caramel-Cream Cheese Poke Cake

1 Spice cake mix (or you can use yellow cake mix)

1 cup Pumpkin puree, canned

1 cup water

3 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping, divided

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature

2 Tablespoon milk

1 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 whipped topping (Cool Whip)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray 9x13 pan with cooking spray, set aside.

Mix together the cake mix, pumpkin, water, eggs and oil, scraping the sides of the bowl.  Mix until smooth.  Pour batter into prepared pan,bake for 30-33 minutes.  

When the cake comes out of the oven, poke holes in the cake with the end of a wooden spoon.  Do this while the cake is still hot.  In a microwavable safe bowl, heat up a 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce for aobut 20-30 seconds, just to warm it up.  Pour the warm caramel sauce over the top of the hot cake, making sure the majority of the sauce gets into the holes.  Let the cake cool completely.

Once the cake is cool, prepare the cream cheese frosting.  Using an electric beater/mixer, cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk until smooth and creamy.  Gently fold in the whipped topping.  Spread the frosting over the cake, gently pressing the frosting into the holes of the cake.  Smooth out evenly.

Drizzle the top of the cake with the remaining 1/4 cup of caramel sauce.  For decorate effect, drag a toothpick through the opposite lines of the caramel sauce in the opposite direction to make a herringbone design.  Refrigerate the leftovers.

There you go.  It's an awesome recipe.  Highly suggest if you get a chance, give it a try.

Until next time...Stmapin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Out of my Stamping Box

  Now, I normally I consider the putzy cards outside of my stamping box.  And this was definately one of them.  When I saw this stamp set and thinlits in the holiday catalog, I immediately thought of this style of card.  It's a side-step card and really gives you the diorama look. The whole living room scene comes to life.  To me, the ones who receive a card like this should really appreciate the time spent in creating a work of art.  This is the first side-step card I created on my own.  I love it!  

The card base is actually the normal size, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2.  It's all how you cut and score.  I wish I knew how to do a diagram on the computer, but sorry, I don't.  I did post the dimensions on the gallery picture.  But this is how the card base will look when you have cut and scored both sides.  

 

Now in order to do this card, I would suggest doing things in stages:  1) stamp all the pieces.  2) watercolor  3) cut out with the Big Shot  4) adhere to the card base.  I always suggest doing the watercoloring before you cut the image out.  This is because it's easier to do the coloring on a larger piece and your fingers don't smear the ink until it dries.  

Here is another view of the card.   This view really shows the dimensions of the folds. You can put another piece of paper on the back or the inside so the lucky recipient knows who made this beauty.   

                                                                                                                        

Click on the first picture for the dimensions and directions.  The directions are very detailed.  Contact me if I left anything out.  Good Luck in making this card!

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper