True Gentleman Masculine Scrapbook Pages

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I wanted to share these masculine scrapbook pages as we near the very end of the Stampin' Up! Retiring List.  These are the scrapbook pages we made in May during my scrapbook club in San Antonio.  If you are a scrapbooker in San Antonio--a beginner or a veteran--come check us out for a meeting with no obligation.  Full details of my scrapbook club in San Antonio are here.

Okay, on to the masculine scrapbook pages themselves.  Although these would work great for Father's Day in June, they also go beyond that.  I like to produce pages in my scrapbook club in San Antonio that are ready use.  Simply pop in photos to complete as they are usable for a wide variety of occasions.  You can easily add a bit of customization or use your journaling pieces to tell your story.  Done is the way I like scrapbooking!  My club members walk out the door with FINISHED pages!  

Let me share just a few highlights of these masculine scrapbook pages:

  • The color scheme (derived from the lovely--but sold out--True Gentleman Designer Series Paper).  Although the paper uses Chocolate Chip, which is retiring, I've successfully used Early Espresso in this color scheme with Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, and Tranquil Tide.  These are deep, rich colors--perfect for masculine scrapbook pages.
  • 7-1/4 x 5-1/4 photo mats are perfect for 5 x 7 photos or for adding a selection of smaller photos.
  • Tailored Tag Punch makes an awesome brick-like pattern.  I chose Night of Navy Card Stock for my "bricks" to balance the heavily patterned DSP.  Use as many or as few as you like.
  • Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon brings a really nice bit of texture to my pages.  It's on the Retiring List, but still available (for now!).

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! 


Swan Lake by Stampin' Up!

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I love the elegance and serene beauty of swans.  Swan Lake rubberstamp set is in my Top Picks List from the Stampin' Up! Retiring List, so I thought to share a quick and easy card using some of the lovely images.

We made this handmade card during my April rubberstamp club in San Antonio.  You can read about my club here which is for both card-makers and scrapbookers.  I run it year-round which means you can join anytime.  Email me about coming to visit with no obligation at all.

Okay, onto today's card featuring several retiring Stampin Up! products:

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!

 


Watercolor Wings stamp set-Stampin' Up! Retiring List

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On my Southern Sweet Stampers Demonstrator Team Facebook page, we just did a sketch challenge, and this was my entry.  I liked it so much I decided to feature this as one of the projects at stamp club this month. (Click here to learn about my monthly rubberstamp club for card-makers and scrapbookers.)  Watercolor Wings stamp set is one of my Top Picks on the Stampin' Up! Retiring List.  I think it's a must-have for crafters.  

I love the challenge of using supplies in a different way--challenging my thinking just a bit.  The Designer Series Paper I used here is the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  I love these coffee plant images and think they should be used way beyond the original coffee theme.  I love the classic, crisp Garden Green color and knew it was perfect for my summer garden-themed handmade card.

Let me point out just a few features of my handmade butterfly card:

  • The card base is Wild Wasabi card stock, one of the retiring Stampin' Up! colors.  It's the lighter counterpart to Garden Green, so get it while you still can if you love clear greens.
  • Although it doesn't show up well in photos, I added a light coating of Wink of Stella to the entire butterfly giving it a soft shimmer.
  • When using a busy background like the coffee plant DSP here, I like to use a bold solid image on top.  Although the butterfly image is 3 separate stamps, giving it plenty of definition, I used colors that were similar to one another so my butterfly had definition but pattern remained subtle.

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!

 

 


Love What You Do-Quick and Easy Card

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Welcome to the May installment of Alaska Achievers Monthly Blog Hop where Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world join together to share our creativity and inspire yours.  Our theme this month is the Share What You Love Bundles from Stampin' Up!.  These early-release bundles allow anyone and everyone to get their hands on some new catalog items right now--weeks before the big, new annual catalog goes live.  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com, and I'm so glad you're here!

Share What You Love Bundles are a great way to get NEW annual catalog products now!  That's right, anyone can purchase these right now--not just Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

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 I have a quick and easy card for you today--my favorite kind!  If you follow my blog at all, you know that quick and easy is the way I roll:) Let me point out just a few things about my summery card:

  • When I'm using paper as beautiful as Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, I like to let it take the stage, front and center.  This paper reminds me of a summer field of wildflowers.
  • Although Sweet Sugarplum is a retiring 2016-2018 In Color, I love how it pairs with Rich Razzleberry--it's the lighter counterpart.  I think it perfectly picks up some of the softer shades in the Share What You Love DSP.  Get some while you still can!
  • The small strip of velvet and single colored pearl add just a touch of elegance.  Sometimes less is more:) 
  • This card comes together in about 3 minutes--literally!  Sometimes, we need something quick and easy.  Making a beautiful card in just a few minutes makes me happy!

As we are in the Retiring List period (until May 31), product availability is limited as retiring items are “as supplies last”.  That includes the lovely Sweet Sugarplum card stock!  The Share What You Love Bundles are here.  Get yours today to dip your toe into the very refreshing pool of new Stampin' Up! catalog goodies!

Please click on the links below to advance to the next blog for more Share What You Love inspiration.  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 blog.  Come back to see me soon!

 

 

 


You Move Me Butterfly Card

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While some folks are in the throes of new catalog fever, I'm showcasing some of my favorite Stampin' Up! Retiring List favorites.  In the process, I hope to showcase them in such a way that you may find some hidden treasures:)  So many times I hear "I never saw that in the catalog."
 
You Move Me bundle is a set of coordinating photopolymer (see-through) stamps and dies.  They are designed to work together to make really cool interactive cards as shown in the video below.  Although I have made some of the very fun interactive cards, I like splitting up the dies and stamps and using them singly as well if not more.  You can see another card I made here using You Move Me bundle, showcasing the lovely hummingbird and flowers.
 
Tangerine Tango is one of the retiring colors this year from Stampin' Up!  Doesn't it pair nicely with Lemon Lime Twist??!!!  Get this bold, bright orange while you still can--it will be gone forever May 31 (unless it sells out sooner).
 
There are so many Stampin' Up! Retiring List products on this handmade card.  Here they are:
 
Tangerine Tango Card Stock
Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper
Move Me Thinlits Dies
Black Rhinestone Jewels (already retired)
 

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!