Holiday Catalog Video

This is going to be a quick post, but I wanted to share this video with you.  It's from Stampin' Up.  The video is only one minute long but it shows different products from the holiday catalog and ideas on how to use them. Want to know some ideas for the acetate boxes?  It gives a super cute idea how to decorate one.  

Like I said, it was a quick post.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

No Stamping Required

Happy Sunday!  It's Sept. 24 and the temperature is in the 90's here in Wisconsin.  Where is the fall weather?  And to top it off, the Green Bay Packers aren't playing the way they should be. Seriously...get it together guys.  Regardless, I'm glad to be in my air-conditioned house watching them.

The card I'm posting is what I made for my club thank yous.  Every month, my club members received a hand-designed card from me.  I just stick it in with their club orders.  The dsp is from the Painted Autumn series.  If you have the paper, do you recognize the pumpkins?  It's actually from a sheet of paper.  I just cut out the trio and used that as my image.  No stamping required.  That is, unless you don't want a sentiment on the front.  I chose to let it blank so they can add their own if needed.  

Do you hate wasting paper?  I do.  On the sheet of paper, there are some pumpkins that were cut off at the bottom.  I cut those out and added them to the card inside.  There's not much else they are good for.  Make the inside look super nice.

Well, the Green Bay Packers have rallied in the second half, but they still have a long way to go.  

Click on the picture for dimensions and instructions.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



Tasty Thursday

When I started this blog, I was going to post a recipe or kitchen tip weekly.  This is my first one!  I know it's late, but still trying to figure things out.  Please be patient. 

My first recipe is perfect for fall.  Pumpkin Bars.  Since pumpkin is very popular right now, I thought it would be a great first recipe.  It's also such an easy recipe to make.  Pretty much just add all the ingredients together and mix.  Can't get any easier than that.  I made these for a demonstrator meeting and everyone loved them.  

Pumpkin Bars

2 cup sugar


1 - 15 oz can pumpkin puree

1 cup oil

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

dash of salt and nutmeg

Mix all ingredients together.  Grease jelly roll pan.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.  Cool completely.  Frost

Cream Cheese Frosting

6 tablespoon margarine or butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups powdered sugar

3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

2 tablespoons milk

Beat with mixer until smooth.

Hope you will try this recipe.  It's also super cute when cut into squares and each square has a piece of candy corn on it.  Festive without too much  effort.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Two Years

It has been two years since I've joined Stampin' Up as a demonstator.  Wow.  I'm not one to jump in head first.  I prefer to do things little by little.  For example is this blog.  I had been thinking about it for about a year.  Now I finally got the courage and here I am.  I never kept a diary and a blog is like that, only definately not private.  My next goal is to set up a HomeStyle Stamper Facebook page.  I know it should have been done when this blog was set up, but it didn't get done.  I want to have it up within a month.  There.  Now it's out for people to see and it will push me to get it done.  I've got to stop procrastinating about it.  That's all there is to it.  

I wanted to share a card my upline, Lyssa Zwolanek, set me for my 2 year anniversary.  The card style is just fabulous.  I can't wait to use it at my club.  It's different but not too complicated.  

This all I have for now.  It's getting late and I do have to work tomorrow.  

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Watercolor Pumpkins

What's fall without some pumpkins?  Same goes in card making.  I made this card for a card swap and also my monthly card club.  Duo purpose card.  Gotta love it.  Can  you recognize where this stamp came from?  It's just one stamp of 25 from the At Home with You set from the annual catalog.  It's designed to go next to a door, but I like it all by itself.  Look at what you all get with this stamp set!  And the best thing is that it also has framelits so no fussy cutting.  

I dug out the watercolor pencils to color the stamped image.  Sometimes I have a tendency to forget about these.  What's nice about the watercolor pencils is that you don't get any  lines the markers leave.  And it's so easy to blend and shade with the colors.  You could use watercolor paper and the aqua painters.  But I used the blender pens with Very Vanilla cardstock.  

It's super easy.  Just color the image with the watercolor pencils.  Starting with the lightest color, use the blender pen and color over the image.  Do this one color at a time.  In between colors, just wipe the blender pen off on your grid paper and go on to the next.  Look at the picture.  The left image is just watercolor pencils.  The right image is with the blender pen.  It gives a polished look to your card.

Isn't the difference amazing?  And it's super easy to do.  I'm not a big fan of coloring, but this was fun to play with.  Brings out the kid in me.  The key is to clean the blender pen in between the colors so don't forget.






Click on the picture for the dimensions and instructions.  Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Happy Favors

I was so glad to have my club people back again!  Not all could make it, but that's ok.  We still had fun.  Summertime is pretty crazy, so we don't always meet then.  For our first time back, I like to have a small favor to welcome them back.  I dug out the crate framelit for the first time and played with that.  It's so adorable.  The picture isn't the greatest because at the last minute I realized that I didn't take a picture.

 The crates are made from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  There are a variety of different wood textures to choose from.  My favorite was the birch tree texture.  I decided to save that for a possible future card.  So, I chose 3 different wood grains and then they could pick from those.  Add some fall candy.  The crates fit into the gusseted cellophane bags perfectly.  Top with a tag made from the Labels to Love stamp bundle and you have a perfect club favor.  Who doesn't love a little something extra?  Especially when it's for no reason at all.

Until next time...Stampin' Always

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper



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