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.

Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop-Count My Blessings Rubberstamp Set

Ink Big Blog Hop
I'm so excited to be part of the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop today as a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators share our projects with the theme:  Give Thanks.  You are at Candy Rattray,  There is a complete list of all the blogs on this blog hop below.  Check it if you get lost at any point along the way.

Giving thanks is ALWAYS appropriate and a great way to live a balance life.  But at this time of year, we especially think about giving thanks.  I created this little no countmyblessingsrubberstampsetstampinupholidaycatalogcandyrattraytecard featuring the Count My Blessings rubberstamp set and the brand new (will be available November 1) Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

I'll be sharing this Thanksgiving notecard at my monthly team meeting as well as my rubberstamp club in November.  (Read about my team here and my club here!)

Count My Blessings rubberstamp set has become a clear favorite from the Holiday Catalog for me.  There is a LOT to love in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog:)  Count My Blessings is a must-have IMHO.  The artwork is gorgeous and the sentiments are seriously perfect and can be used any time of year--not just Thanksgiving. You can see another card I made with Count My Blessings rubberstamp set here.


I couldn't resist adding the little mini gourd!  It comes from Pick a Pumpkin bundle.  You can see other cards I made with that very fun bundle here and here.  Again, versatile, useful, and fun!  And although it's a rarity for me, I used a 3rd stamp set on this little notecard:)  The sentiments in Count My Blessings rubberstamp set are large and would have overshadowed my little leaves.  So I went with the sentiment/greeting from Painted Harvest stamp set.  You can see other projects I made with that gorgeous stamp set here and here.

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below.  I had to list the entire set of markers, even though I did not use them all, as the individual ones are not yet in the system I use for sharing.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray,  Head over to the next blog for more Giving Thanks inspiration!


Count My Blessings Rubberstamp Set

As I've shared before here and here, I really love Count My Blessings rubberstamp set.  I think it's one of the true gems in the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog with its really gorgeous line art images just begging to be colored as well as beautiful words in truly lovely fonts.  I created this handmade card for a stamping Bingo event I hosted where we played very fun Bingo games and also made cards.  It's a very fun event that combines fun and games with creativity that I host 3-4 times a year.

I love the color palette in Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  I used 3 patterns from the DSP in this card, and I love they way they showcase my saying which is the true star of this handmade card. 


The beautiful acorn and leaves image is stamped all over the Whisper White square forming a subtle but very pretty background for that all important saying as well.

The new Leaf Punch helped make a perfect embellishment for my handmade card.  I crumpled them just a bit for added texture and stamped the acorns on them as well.  I really like the way they turned out!

Come back tomorrow where I will share another handmade card featuring Count My Blessings rubberstamp set--this time the small leaves image.  


Reminder:  There are just 3 days left for you to get Coffee Break Designer Series Paper free in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale here.  Don't miss out!  Stock up and save:)  Shop now!


Alaska Achievers Blog Hop-Merry Patterns Snowflake Card

alaskaachieversbloghopcandyrattrayWelcome to the very first monthly Alaska Achievers Blog Hop where Stampin' Up! trip achievers from all over the world will delight and inspire you with creativity and ideas featuring Stampin' Up! products.  You are at Candy Rattray,  The full list of demonstrators on the hop is listed below, so if you get lost along the way at any point, just refer back to the list and see where you need to go next.  

Today I'm sharing a handmade Christmas card I created for my Stamping Bingo event last week.  


All my attendees received a goody bag including:

  • 1/6 pkg of 4 different Designer Series Papers including Christmas Around the World DSP(shown here), Coffee Break DSP, Be Merry DSP, and Painted Autumn DSP
  • Christmas Around the World Embellishments
  • 1/2 spool Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon
  • Mini Dimensionals

Those were the design "parameters" I used for the Make & Takes, 2 fall cards and 1 Christmas card. (Come back later in the week to see the other cards we made!) For my handmade Christmas card, I went with blues and greens and just a pop of red.  I adore the little Christmas Around the World wooden embellishments!  Although they are lovely in their raw wood state, I love adding ink and changing the look entirely.   merrypatternssnowflakechristmascardstampinupcandyrattray

I painted the wooden gift with Wink of Stella first.  That seems to seal it just a bit so that it doesn't absorb too much ink and thereby become too dark in color.  Then I simply tapped it into my Real Red ink pad.  You can remove it with tweezers to save your manicure, but I just grab it with my fingers:)  

To get the colors on the snowflake, simply turn over one of the Foil Snowflakes and add color as desired with Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers.  Both work effectively in bringing color to the snowflake.  Just be mindful that the Foil Snowflakes are a bit delicate, so you need to be gentle when adding color.  Dab--don't scrub!  I started with Pear Pizazz in the center and then added Pool Party, and then I added Island Indigo just around the edges.  My color scheme came directly from the card stock and DSP I had already chosen.

The stamp is from Merry Patterns, a fabulous stamp set you can earn free through the end of October. Click here for all the details for this free stamp set I shared in a previous post. And I must tell you that the original card did not have rhinestones.  One of the ladies at Bingo had some in her crafting bag and added a few to her card.  It was the perfect finishing touch, so I copied her:)  Thanks, Hortense!  You had the perfect finishing touch!

Thanks so very much for stopping by today on our blog hop.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray,  Hop on over to the next blog for more creative, paper crafting inspiration!