Merry Mistletoe-Quick and Easy Christmas Card

Have you noticed the Merry Mistletoe rubberstamp set in the new annual Stampin' Up! catalog?  It's a great combination of bold and delicate images and gorgeous fonts for making quick and easy Christmas cards.  At just $19 for the clear mount stamps (red rubberstamps mounted on clear blocks), I think they are a bargain!

merrymistletoestampinupcandyrattrayquickandeasychristmascardIf you need to make a lot of Christmas cards like I do, you want a quick and easy Christmas card design.  My other criteria for Christmas cards is they have to mail for a single stamp.  I have so many to send, I cannot add additional expense.  So this handmade Christmas card hits all my requirements:

  • Quick to make
  • Easy on supplies--doesn't cost a fortune in consumable supplies
  • Mails for a single stamp
  •  Is cute or pretty or gorgeous!

If you don't have the Layering Squares Framelit dies and want to make this card, you could easily substitute by cutting a Cherry Cobbler mat to frame your Whisper White square.   

Here's the full Merry Mistletoe rubberstamp set.  See what I mean about bold and delicate images and gorgeous fonts??!!!





That's it for today's Saturday Sample.  Now that I'm back from the Thailand Incentive trip, I'm getting back into gear which includes regular blogging.  I hope to be blogging much more often:)

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Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-July

Thailand Blog HopWelcome to the July installment of the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop where demonstrators from all over the world share their highlights of an amazing trip.   You have arrived at Candy Rattray,, and I'm delighted you're here!  The full line of demonstrators on this hop is at the bottom of today's post.  So if you get lost at any point or need to figure out where you are, just scroll down.  And make sure youmovemestampinupcandyrattray to visit all the blog posts as you will see lots of highlights as well as creative inspiration via our swapping projects and amazing beauty from the trip.

I am blessed beyond measure to have earned this trip.  I've never travelled to the Far East, so there were LOTS of firsts on this trip.  First up, I'll share my swaps.  I participated in both the card swap and the 3D swap.  That means I have come home with 25 new cards and 25 new 3D items = tons of ideas and fresh inspiration!  

My swap card features the You Move Me Bundle--which I am in love with!  It is so versatile, and there are loads of lovely images.  I opted to use just the framelits and stamps--not the moving parts.  And I wanted to go with a tropical look since this was for the Thailand trip.  I hope you like it!  All the products used are listed and linked below.  But this is a Stamps, Ink, and Paper card with one small embellishment only--Whisper White Bakers Twine.  Simple stamping fun!


 This is my 3D swap--a simple lollipop with some little extras to make it special.  I was so blessed to be able to use the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set since it's the Ronald McDonald House stamp set for this year (a portion of the proceeds are donated to RMH charities--such a worthy cause!).  

I made a tiny envelope with the Envelope Punch Board and a 4" x 4" piece of card stock.  I then added some simple stamping and that scrummy new Rich Razzleberry Stitched Edge Ribbon.  Inside is a very yummy Paleton (caramelized goat's milk from Mexico on a stick!)  At just 60 calories, they are an almost guilt-free sweet treat:)

Both my swaps were made with color schemes derived from my favorite new tool produced by Stampin' Up, this FREE In Color Combinations Chart.  I have 2 in my Studio so they are always handy, and I have used them constantly.  Please download and print!


For me, the Thailand Incentive Trip was a fantastic time to visit with some of my stamping friends, get spoiled with gifts and treats by Stampin' Up!, and bask in the natural beauty of Thailand.

That's it for me today.  You will see lots of pics of Thailand from other demonstrators.  As I write this, I am still in the Far East as my husband and I left Thailand and flew to Singapore for 10 days of ministry.  It's been such a special time of Bible teaching and fellowshipping with leaders and churches in both Singapore and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) and reconnecting with some of our longtime pastor friends.  All this happened as a result of my earning the incentive trip.  Talk about the icing on the cake!  My husband Buddy Rattray is the pastor of Tower City Church in San Antonio, TX and this trip brought my two great loves together:  stamping and church.  My heart is full...and overflowing!

Thanks so very much for stopping by and letting me share a bit of creativity with you as well as highlights from my trip.  I'm still sharing pics of the trip on my Facebook feed, so hop over there to see more of my trip to Singapore and Malaysia:)  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, sweets and continuing on with the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop for July.  Be sure to stop at each link for creative inspiration and Thailand highlights galore!


Swirly Bird in 2017-2019 In Colors-Saturday Sample

For today's Saturday Sample, I'm sharing this handmade card featuring Swirly Bird and 3 of the 5 new 2017-2019 Stampin' Up! In Colors.

As usual, this is a quick and easy card:)  Plus it's super fun to make because there is lots of stamping!  Quick tip:  place one flower image in the center of the Very Vanilla panel.  That will help you place your other images.  Easy peasy!  I stamped the leaves once and then a second time without re-inking to get the paler leaves.  Lastly, I stamped the Powder Pink flowers on the Very Vanilla panel and then again on some scrap.  I ran the scrap through the Big Shot to cut ou

Sometimes I feel like I get stuck in the rut of having everything line up just so.  I purposely offset my Berry Burst mat on this handmade card to give it a bit more of a jaunty feel.  After all, Swirly Bird stamp set images are more of a modern art style and I didn't want my card to be too "buttoned up"!!!

I chose the fabulous new Wood Words for my greeting.  I like the simply, blocky font as I feel it pairs well with the modern flowers from Swirly Bird.

SwirlybirdstampinupincolorscandyrattrayLast but not least is the cute little 2016-2018 Glitter Acrylic Shape.  I love these!  I freely admit that I had doubts about them when I first saw the catalog.  But they are so glittery and sweet.  I attached with a bit of Fine Tip Glue Pen, and it is now stuck down very strongly:)  Although these are the 2016-2018 In Colors (the one here is Emerald Envy), look how perfectly they blend with our other colors!  Once again, Stampin' Up! coordination of products makes me look like an artist when I'm actually a rank amateur whose stick figures are a bit scary:)

That's it for today.  Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  I love sharing my weekly Saturday Sample with you!  All products used today are listed, shown, and linked for your convenience.  If yo have bot yet purchased the new In Colors, do it now!  You will love them!


Touches of Texture Rubberstamp Set Notecard

Have you noticed the new Very Vanilla Notecards in this year's annual catalog?  Stampin' Up! notecards and envelopes are incredible value--20 pre-scored notecards and envelopes for just $6.50.  (And they mail for a single forever stamp!) We have had them in Whisper White for years.  Very Vanilla notecards are a new product this year, and I love them!  Very Vanilla tends to look elegant, and that is the look that I was going for in this very simple card featuring Touches of Texture rubberstamp set.

I used just 2 ink colors for this quick and easy yet elegant notecard.  Blender Pens allow me to blend the ink, creating both soft and deep shades from the same ink.  Easy peasy and fun!  

We made this card at one of my Sip & Stamp free card-making classes.  I would love for you to join us!  We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1 PM at a local tea lounge.  Full details and rsvp are here.  No need to bring anything or have any prior experience.  Beginners and veterans are welcome.  Just come!  

Full product supply list is below and linked for your convenience.  I hope you add some of these wonderful supplies to your crafting collection!

Saturday Sample-Scrapbook Pages with Daisy Delight Bundle

stampinupscrabpookpagesdaisydelightcandyrattrayFor today's Saturday Sample, I'm sharing the 12 x 12 scrapbook pages we made in stamp club this month featuring the Daisy Delight Bundle (Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy Punch).  

Daisy Delight Bundle is...a delight!  Talk about versatility!  I love the whole suite of coordinating products and took my cue for my 2-page layout from the Delightful Daisy designer series paper.  The watercolor painted daisies are the essence of summer and made for quick and easy scrapbook pages in Garden Green, Daffodil Delight--pulled directly from the DSP--with a touch of Crumb Cake to add a bit of earthiness.

I love the stamp set itself.  Here, I stamped the flowers in Crushed Curry ink on Daffodil Delight card stock for just a bit of contrast and depth of color. I layered 2 daisies atop each other for nice, full daisies and popped them up on dimensionals for a bit of lift and depth.   I added a bit of stamping on the white photo mat and also on the 2 crumb cake journaling pieces.  Quick, easy, summery!

My stamp club in San Antonio meets each month and offers loads of membership benefits.  You can see all the details here.  My stamp club in San Antonio has a scrapbook option as well as a card-making option.  So you get to choose what is best for you.  Both options get to make a 3D project each month as well.  I love showing you additional things you can make with the supplies you have already purchased:)

So check out the info for my stamp club in San Antonio and email me to let me know when you would like to try us out.  You may come as my guest once with no charge and no obligation to join us.  Just try it!  I can't wait to stamp with you!