Alaska Blog Hop-Christmas Scrapbook Pages



Welcome to the Alaska Achievers Blog Hop where demonstrators from all over the world will wow you with their creativity each month!  You are at Candy Rattray,, and the full list of demonstrators sharing on the hop are at the bottom of the post should you need to be reoriented at any point on your journey.

I have simple, fun, festive Christmas scrapbook pages for you today.  These are the pages we made in my monthly rubberstamp club where members can choose to make a 2-page scrapbook layout or 2 cards.  Plus everyone makes a 3D item.  If you are in the greater San Antonio area, please come and try us out with no obligation!  (click here to learn more about my rubberstamp clubs in San Antonio)


                                                                                                    I used a classic Christmas color combo of Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Whisper White with touches of black to ground everything and make my colors pop for my quick and easy scrapbook pages.  Here are a few things I'd like to point out:

  • I used the frame die from Card Front Builder Thinlits to transform a simple piece of Whisper White card stock into a gorgeous frame, ready for a photo or some special journaling.
  • The Leaf Punch is one of my favorite Holiday Catalog items!  Here, I crumpled them and bunched them, tucking them in here and there.
  • Foil Snowflakes are gold or silver on one side and white on the other.  Just add color to make custom snowflakes--I used Cherry Cobbler here--because I can!  Click here to see a handmade card with custom snowflake in blues and greens.  
  • That little silver bell!  Such an iconic image for Christmas.  It's from the Trim Your Stocking thinlit dies.  I used restraint and opted for just 2 bells on this 2 page layout:)
  • Yes, my fa la la la la is a bit crooked.  But these are handmade scrapbook pages--not digital ones.  I'm okay with the imperfections!  

That's it for me today.  Quick and easy Christmas scrapbook pages!  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray,  Click for the next link to more creative inspiration!



Wood Words Rubberstamp Set


In the midst of the holiday season, I thought I would share a handmade card featuring Wood Words rubberstamp set that is appropriate at any time of year.  Whether you are filling your handmade card stash so you are ready for any occasion, making a stack of cards as the perfect, unique, practical holiday gift, or just want to stamp, my quick and easy handmade card will fill the bill!

Wood Words rubberstamp set coordinates with the very fun Woodcrate Big Shot Dies.  But the stamps are really versatile and can be used well beyond cute 3D projects.  I'll point out just a few things about my handmade card:

  1. I used both Butterflies Thinlits and Bold Butterfly Thinlits as they coordinate with each other.  I'm not sure there are other Stampin' Up! dies quite like this.  If you are a butterfly fan, you really need both!
  2. I have a penchant for single ink pad cards:)  I used just one ink pad--as I often do.
  3. I love pink and copper combos.  All of our pinks look lovely with our Copper Foil Sheets, Copper Trim, and Copper Thread.

These were cards that went out a few months ago to some of my Stampin' Up! demonstrator team members for various achievements.  As we approach the end of the year, I invite you to consider becoming part of my Southern Sweet Stampers team.  There's never been a better time!  Although based in San Antonio,  my friendly, supportive, creative community is made up of all kinds of folks in the US, and we practice southern-style hospitality:  open hearts and open hands to create a positive environment for creativity.  We are able to connect an share as often as we like through the wonders of modern life and technology:)  There is room for you in the Southern Sweet Stampers!  Full information is here.  Please join us for stamping fun!  

Count My Blessings Rubberstamp Set with Polished Stone Technique

Happy Thanksgiving!  I have a fall card for you today featuring Count My Blessings rubberstamp set from the Holiday Catalog and the Polished Stone Technique (on the leaves).  I really believe Count My Blessings rubberstamp set is a must-have.  The images go way beyond Thanksgiving, and I'll be sharing non-holiday projects with this awesome stamp set in the coming days.  So please come back!


We made this card in both my monthly team meeting and my stamp clubs this month.  Everyone loved making it!  If you're in the local San Antonio, TX area, check out my rubberstamp club.  You can come as my guest anytime to try us out!

There is lots of touchable texture in this handmade card plus the extra special touch of polished stone technique on the maple leaves.  So let me tell you how to do that and get these very special looking leaves:

  1. Take Glossy White Card Stock.
  2. Put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and 2 drops of ink refill from 2 different colors of your choice--I used Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry.
  3. Dab the cotton ball all over the shiny side of the Glossy White Card Stock to make speckles.  If you blend them together you get more of a marbled look.  I kept my colors more distinct for higher contrast.  Because you use rubbing alcohol, the ink dries almost immediately.
  4. Then run through the Big Shot with Seasonal Layers using the maple leaf thinlit.  
  5. Take Copper Foil Sheet and run it through the Big Shot with the detailed maple leaf thinlit to form overlay.  

I think that the combination of the Copper Foil Sheets and polished stone technique makes really gorgeous autumn leaves.  They look special but come together quickly--just my style:)

Many of us have a bit of downtime today in the midst of holiday cooking, waiting for things to come out of the oven and people to arrive or getting ready to go out.  So my hope is that this will bless and inspire you today.  I'm so grateful for you coming by my blog--regularly or occasionally--and letting me share my creative projects with you.  Today, I'm giving thanks for you and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


RemARKably Creative Blog Tour-Stampin' Blends

remarkablycreativeblogtourWelcome to the RemARKably Creative Blog Tour where demonstrators will wow you with samples showcasing the fabulously fun-to-use, new Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers.  You are at Candy Rattray,, and the full list of blogs on the tour is below.

So after a couple weeks of being absent in blogosphere with a schedule that just did not allow me to get here, I'm sharing the birthday card I made for my daughter Tiffany's birthday early this month.  I knew I wanted to use the new Stampin' Blends, and I wanted a garden image since my hubby and I were giving her a family pass to our San Antonio Botanical Gardens.  

I turned to the Just Add Color Designer Series Paper and found a lovely watering can image that would help me achieve the look I wanted--modern yet feminine.  I normally avoid fussy cutting like the plague!  But the images in Just Add Color DSP enticed me to break out my scissors after having a relaxing time coloring with my new Stampin' Blends Markers.


This is the very first full project I made with my Stampin' Blends, and I was able to achieve the look I wanted with no fuss.  It was quick and easy but doesn't look like it would be!  I popped my little watering can up on Stampin' Dimensionals and added just a touch of black lace (Vintage Crochet Trim) and a single black rhinestone.  

The gorgeous DSP is from the delightfully versatile Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Catalog and the greeting stamp is from Pieces & Patterns rubberstamp set.  (I love the modern, feminine font!)  I'm breaking away from my self-imposed limits with birthday cards--alway insisting on a birthday greeting for the front of the card.  For this card, I put the birthday greeting on the inside!

stampinblendsmarkersstampinupjustaddcolordspcandyrattrayI hope you're getting inspired to try the new Stampin' Blends markers.  They are so easy to use--no artistic ability required whatsoever:)  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, and heading to the next blog on the tour.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 




Stampin' Up! Christmas Quilt Card-Quick and Easy

christmasquiltstampsetstaminupholidaycatalogcandyrattrayThanks for visiting today as I press forward with my 31-Day Blogging Challenge.  It began with daily posts, but then I missed a few days.  Never mind--I'm still working on my goal of 31 days of almost daily posts:)  Stampin' Up! Christmas Quilt suite is a gorgeous set of coordinating products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog that make handmade Christmas cards come together quickly and easily--and beautifully!  I love that Stampin' Up! does all the "work" of coordination for me so I can just get in and have fun creating with fabulous, no-fuss products.

This is one of the handmade Christmas cards we made in a recent Christmas card class and combines 3 elements of the Christmas Quilt Suite:  

  1. Quilted Christmas DSP stack
  2. Christmas Quilt Photopolymer stamp set (see-through stamps!)
  3. Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I'd like to point out a few tips that make this a quick and easy Christmas card--that doesn't look like it would be quick and easy!

  • I used the de-bossed side of the Garden Green card stock.  Did you know there is an embossed and de-bossed side to paper once it has gone through an embossing folder?  Here, I used the backside--the de-bossed side--as I think it looks like a matelasse quilt:)  
  • My main focal point is not a stamped image but a piece of DSP!  That's right!  My Christmas Quilt square is actually a 3 x 3 piece of Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Quick and easy!
  • I used one of my favorite color combinations for traditional red and green Christmas cards:  Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, and Real Red or Cherry Cobbler.  Garden Green and Wild Wasabi are dark/light counterparts of each other and work beautifully together.  See other Christmas cards with this same color combo herehere,  here .   

That's it for today.  I offered the full tutorial for this Christmas card as one of 18 free card tutorials to my newsletter subscribers this month.  It's free!  Simply click the "subscribe to my newsletter" at the side of my blog.  Fill in your email address and then sit back and enjoy weekly  updates from me including free tutorials at least once per month.