OnStage Highlights for Alaska Achievers Blog Hop

Alaska Blog HopWelcome to the April installment of Alaska Achievers Blog Hop where demonstrators from all across the globe will be sharing their experiences of OnStage 2018.

OnStage are the corporate events hosted by Stampin' Up! and open to all active demonstrators.  Access to these events is enough reason to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator as they are truly outstanding, can't miss events and real highlights in my year:)  OnStage events occur twice each year--in April and November.


Southern Sweet Stampers

Okay, enough of the what.  Now onto the wow of my April OnStage experience!  21 of my Southern Sweet Stampers team of demonstrators met up in Ft. Worth for a fun, creative girls weekend to remember.  My team is a mix of ladies who just enjoy their demonstrator discount, stampers who love stamping with others and hold classes, and those who want to shoot for the stars as they build a business they really love.  Each one holds a place of value and honor in the Southern Sweet Stampers:)  Aren't they a great looking lot?!!! Southern Sweet Stampers-OnStage

I always make gifts for my team members attending OnStage events.  I want to spoil them a bit (because I can!) and also reward them for setting aside money and time to attend OnStage.  This year, I gave each one an Acetate Card Box filled with Perfect White Accents, Touches of Nature Wood Elements, and a pen with SSS down the side for Southern Sweet Stampers.  I decorated the team gifts with a cute yellow pocket that they could detach from the gift and attach to their lanyard/name badge.

OnStage HotelI stayed at the Sheraton in downtown Fort Worth and got to try out the gorgeous suitcase I received as a gift when I made the Global Top 100 last November.   It was a lovely room (with free drink coupons!), and I arrived just in time to freshen up a bit and catch up with Jamie Albanese, a precious demonstrator friend from California.  She was my roommate which was great as we don't get to spend much time together face to face.  Once we got changed, we headed to the CentreStage leadership event.  We actually had the wrong address which meant Jamie and I were traipsing around downtown Ft. Worth in high heels and pretty dresses on a hot day--until Jamie figured out we were in the wrong building and we called Uber.  There is never a dull moment at a Stampin' Up! event!

Candy Rattray,Jamie Albanese-Stampin' Up!








All us leaders were treated to

  • a delicious Texas barbecue dinner
  • fun "party like the 80's" theme (in honor of the 30th anniversary of Stampin' Up!)
  • the very first copies of the amazing new catalog
  • business training to help us understand and implement the color revamp and other aspects of the new catalog
  • opportunity to look at and study the fantastic new product displays before the hundreds of demonstrators arrive the next day
  • time to connect with our fellow leaders and make new friends Ft. Worth OnStage-Candy Rattray

Centre Stage


Color Revamp-2
Melissa Thomas, Stampin' Up! DemonstratorSaturday was a full day of stamping fun using new catalog products, hanging out with our demonstrator friends, prize patrol (free product prizes which we LOVE!!!), and incredible presentations by both Stampin' Up! corporate staff and selected demonstrators from our area.  I was incredibly proud to have one of my extremely talented downline members, Melissa Thomas, present one of the new suites of products.  It was a huge proud mama moment for me and an amazing opportunity for her to shine in front of her peers:)  She rocked the presentation of the Delightfully Detailed Suite.  You can her samples of this lovely new catalog suite on her blog:  seatoseastampin.weebly.com.


Ft. Worth OnStage, Stampin' Up!


Melissa Thomas, Delightfully Detailed-Stampin' Up!














  Me  Prize PatrolThis is me getting Prize Patrol, and this picture sums up the way I feel at OnStage Events.  The are fun, fabulous can't-miss events, and YOU should come to the next one!  Join my team now so you can hang out with us!  We will connect in person or online--my team is local as well as out of state--and build a relationship.  Then we can meet up in Orlando in November and experience OnStage together:)  I've been to a lot of Stampin' Up! events, and they never fail to dazzle me.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see a bit of my OnStage experience in Ft. Worth, TX.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com and heading to the next blog.  Ta!



You've Got This Rubberstamp Set for Remarkably Created Blog Hop

Remarkably Created Blog HopWelcome to the April installment of the Remarkably Created Blog Hop where our theme is FLOWERS!  I'm featuring a handmade card with You've Got This rubberstamp set which is on the 2018 Retiring List from Stampin' Up!

Most of us card-makers love flowers:)  They are such an important design element in just about everything creative:  fashion, home decor, commercial design, etc.  And of course, they are one of the very best things in nature.  There is a flower to suit just about everyone's taste.  It's no wonder they are a staple in our card-making.

 I created this handmade card for my Stampin' Blends online club.  You can see another card I made with this same stamp set here.  It's one of my top picks for the 2018 Stampin' Up! Retiring List.




I'll highlight just a few things about today's handmade card:

  • I stamped just the flower head all around the edges of my Crumb Cake Card Stock with Crumb Cake ink for a subtle tone on tone effect that is reminiscent of a toile design.
  • I chose unexpected colors for my flower:  Bermuda Bay for the flower itself and Crumb Cake for the stamp and leaves.  By using lots of Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla in my design, the Bermuda Bay flower really pops.
  • I used Dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends Marker along with both Dark and Light Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Markers which gave me 3 shades of this gorgeous blue to work with.

Please note that Stampin' Blends Markers have hit the market with such gusto that they are currently unavailable to order (due to the factory not being able to keep up with our love for them!).  Steady on:  they will be available once again in a very full range of colors in the new annual catalog which debuts on June 1.  I can't wait!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  As we are in the Retiring List period (until May 31), product availability is limited as retiring items are “as supplies last”. Shop today to avoid disappointment!

 You are now leaving Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.  Head over to the next blog on the hop and get more creative inspiration for your stamping world with flowers!

You've Got This-Stampin' Up! Retiring List 2018

The Stampin' Up! Retiring List has landed and there are loads of my personal favorites on it.  That means I'll be featuring my top picks over the next few weeks--along with some sneak peeks for the new annual catalog which will officially be unveiled on June 1.

Before I get any farther on today's You've Got This handmade card, let me share the links for the Retiring List.  Click here to see all Retiring List 2018 products.

Every single thing on this card is on the Retiring List except for the Stampin' Blends!  I created this card for a recent Stampin' Blends online club.  I'll point out just a few things about my handmade card using You've Got This stamp set:

  • I used both Old Olive and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends (the dark shade of each) to mix and blend a green that matches the Garden Green in my Designer Series Paper!
  • Be Merry Designer Series Paper is in my Top Picks of Retiring Favorites for its sheer versatility.  You would never know that I used Christmas DSP on this card!
  • Although the gorgeous flower in this stamp set can be used in many ways, IMHO it begs to be colored!  You can do that in a whole host of ways.  
  • The Basic Black Twine is another item on my Top Picks of Retiring Favorites.  This black and white striped twine is the perfect finishing touch on so many things.  At just $3.00 for 25 yards, it's a steal and a must-have for your crafting supplies stash!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  As we are in the Retiring List period (until May 31), product availability is limited as retiring items are “while supplies last”. Shop today to avoid disappointment!



Apron of Love Card Ideas with Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper


I have two bright, happy cards for you today that were created for an Occasions Catalog Training Event I hosted.  One of my team members, Patsy Palmer of Copperas Cove, and I collaborated to create cards that that are feminine/masculine, modern, and fun!

Apron of Love is a really cute bundle (photopolymer stamp set and coordinating dies) in the Occasions Catalog.  Paired with the fresh and bright Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper (a free Sale-a-Bration option!) makes for eye-catching images and color schemes that really pop.


Apron of Love gives many options to customize aprons.  You can make them frilly or sleek, classic or modern, vintage or manly.  One of the best parts is all the kitchen or grilling tools!  I especially love that one die cuts out FOUR kitchen tools or FOUR grilling implement.  Super easy work on the Big Shot!  

In addition, there are some excellent greeting options ranging from

  • Get Well
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Friend
  • Thanks,
  • I Love Stamping!

Remember this is the last week to get the bright and fun Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper--plus it's free!  Simply place a $50 order and get the Bubbles & Fizz DSP free!  I would like to suggest the following order:

  1. Apron of Love Bundle ($45)
  2. Mini Glue Dots ($5.25)
  3. Bubbles & Fizz DSP (free!)

Head to my online store today to get your Apron of Love bundle and then add a $5+ item of your choice to get Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper for free!  This offer ends March, 31--so hurry!




Alaska Achievers Blog Hop-Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper for Free!

Alaska Blog HopWelcome to the March installment of the monthly Alaska Achievers Blog Hop.  Each month, achieving Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world team up to bring you fresh, creative inspiration.  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.  This month, we are sharing Occasions Catalog and/or Sale-a-Bration products, and I'm highlighting my favorite Sale-a-Bration (aka SAB:) item, Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper.

Springtime Foils DSP is just so gorgeous, and it's absolutely FREE!  I can hardly believe it!  I've been placing SAB orders and stocking up on this beautiful paper because I just cannot get enough of it.  There are 4 patterns, each with some shiny foil:)  For today's card I chose the one that mixes silver and gold.  The mixed metals look is a hot trend, and I love it!

springtimefoilsdspstampinupsab2018candyrattrayI created today's share for a recent Techniques Class.  To add color to the Springtime Foils DSP for this card, I used the Sponge Brayer and added 2 shades of green for an ombre effect:  Lemon Lime Twist (my absolute favorite In Color!) and Garden Green.  The Foam Brayer makes quick work of this and produces a really nice "wow" effect in about 60 seconds.  The silver and gold foil resist the ink, so it only sinks into the plain white part of the paper.  Talk about a beautiful look!

I'll highlight just a few other things about my card:

  • Use the Envelope Punch Board to round the corners of a piece of plain card stock.  It totally transforms the look, and I love the softness it adds to my card since there are so many sharp angles.
  • When using a technique for the background, I like to keep the remaining elements of the card pretty simple.  To me, that allows the pretty technique to really shine.
  • See that delicate little silver flower with the pearl center?  It's one of the Petal Passion Elements, and I love these little pieces of specialness!  They add just the right touch to many projects.  They are super flat, so they don't add bulk:)

To earn the Springtime Foils DSP or other Sale-a-Bration products free, simply place a $50 order.  (See all the free items available here and here.)  As we are in the last few weeks of Sale-a-Bration, product availability may be limited toward the end of the promotional period.  You NEED Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper, so go ahead and start browsing my shop today to avoid disappointment!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com and heading to the next stop on the blog hop.  Enjoy!