Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop--Last Call for Sale-a-Bration!


Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's installment of the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hope where demonstrators across the globe join together to bring you some remarkable creative inspiration!  You are at Candy Rattray,, and this month's theme is Sale-a-Bration 2018!

I have a Stampin' Up! 3D item for you today.  My simple, feminine Ghirardelli treat slider is quick to make and fun to give!  I featured this cute Stampin' Up! 3D item at my March Team Meeting.  Click here to read about my local Stampin' Up! Demonstrator meeting in San Antonio.  
My treat slider features one of the retiring In Colors, Peekaboo Peach.  This gorgeous color is leaving us in May.  You may think that gives you plenty of time to stock up, but I strongly encourage you to get the In Colors you love most NOW while you can earn free Sale-a-Bration 2018 items with your purchase and the In Color items are widely available.  It happens every year:  as we approach May, the retiring In Colors SELL OUT.  

Here are the dimensions for my little treat holder that perfectly fits a single Ghirardelli chocolate:


  • 5-1/2" x 3" Peekaboo Peach
  • 2", 2-1/4", 4-1/4", 4-1/2" score lines

Simply fold up and use your favorite adhesive to close!  Click here to see a larger version of this same Stampin' Up! 3D item.  It also uses Bubbles & Fizz DSP!

The stamped sentiment is from the new stamp set Blossoming Basket shown here.  And the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper (shown here) is so fresh and pretty!  I love its many faces as it can be feminine, as shown here, or playful or bold.  The designs are so versatile, and the colors are fresh. Bubbles & Fizz DSP is a must-have Sale-a-Bration item IMHO.  And it's free!!!

As we are in the last few weeks of Sale-a-Bration 2018, product availability may be limited toward the end of the promotional period.  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, and heading to the next stop on the blog hop.  Enjoy!


Happy Wishes Rubberstamp Set--Only Available for a Few More Weeks!

We have just a few weeks left of Sale-a-Bration 2018, and that means time is running out to get Happy Wishes rubberstamp set.  It's one of the exclusive 2nd level free items and is so versatile and easy to work with.

I created this anniversary card for a Stamp-a-Stack class where we made 16 cards.  That means they all needed to be quick and easy which is my favorite type card!  The cool, calm color palette was derived from In Color Combo Chart, my favorite tool of this Stampin' Up! year--and it's free!  Click here to download yours, and keep it handy!

All the Stampin' Up! supplies I used on my quick and easy anniversary card are listed below and linked to my online store for your convenience.  Don't get left behind with Sale-a-Bration!  Order today to get your free products.  Remember that as we are in the last few weeks of Sale-a-Bration, product availability may be limited toward the end of the promotional period.  Shop today to avoid disappointment!



Blooming Basket Bundle FREE Stamp Set and Embossing Folder!


Blooming Basket bundle (rubberstamp set and embossing folder) are fabulous new FREE products, and I just love them!  Talk about fun and easy creating!  

This is one of the projects I created for my monthly team meeting. here in San Antonio.  It's a quick and easy card, and the soft yet bright spring colors are perfect for March and beyond.  

I'll highlight just a few things about my quick and easy card:

  • I used a combination of In Color Markers for soft yet bright colors and super easy coloring.  Flowers are Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Powder Pink; leaves are Lemon Lime Twist, and basket is Sahara Sand.
  • Although it doesn't show up well in photos, I used Wink of Stella on all the flowers for soft, subtle, sweet shine.
  • Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is free right now and is going to be in the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog when it debuts in June!

We are in the Sale-a-Bration (aka SAB) period--through March 31--which is Stampin' Up's biggest sale of the year.  During this time we earn a free item for every $50 we spend (see the free options here), and there are extra big free products we can access when we spend $100 (see those free options here)  As has been the pattern over the past few years, Stampin' Up! released a second set of free products half-way through SAB, and this Blooming Basket bundle is found there.  So these are fresh, new products and I love them!

Head over to my online store and get your own Blooming Basket Bundle for free while you can.  As we are in the last few weeks of Sale-a-Bration, product availability may be limited toward the end of the promotional period.  Shop today to avoid disappointment!


Remarkably Created Blog Hop-Celebrating Easter!

Remarkably Created Blog HopoWelcome to this month's installment of Remarkably Created Blog Hop where Stampin' Up! demonstrators have teamed up to share Easter creations with you.  You are at Candy Rattray,  Thanks so much for stopping by!

I have an Easter card for you featuring Brusho Crystal Colors.  They are super easy and fun to use, giving you some very artsy looking results.  For today's card (which I created for a recent techniques class), I took a piece of Watercolor Paper (5 x 3-3/4") and sprinkled a fair bit of yellow Brusho.  I then added a bit of orange to the center and spritzed.  The more you spritz the Brusho crystals, the more the color runs.  When  you spritz less, you get more of a speckled look.

With splashy, artsy backgrounds, I like to keep the rest of the card simple.  I turned to the gorgeous filigree cross from Crosses of Hope Framelit dies--new in the Occasions Catalog--and ran it through the Big Shot using the Precision Base Plate.  When working with intricate images like my filigree cross, the Precision Base Plate is a lifesaver.  Those extra little pieces, which you no longer need, pop right out and give you a crisp finish.  

Easter Card-BrushoSince my Easter card is an religious Easter card celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I used a couple of images to bring added meaning to my design.  

  • I used Elegant Eggplant card stock, a deep rich purple to bring to remembrance the purple robe placed on Jesus as He was being mocked before the crucifixion.  
  • I used Whisper White Organza Ribbon as a "drape" over the cross signifying the grave clothes Jesus left behind when he rose from the grave.  
  • Shades of yellow are my main color to signify the sun rising and a new beginning when Jesus Christ conquered the grave for all of us Of course, the cross is my central image, and the filigree cross from Crosses of Hope is really gorgeous.  I used Copper Foil Sheet for soft elegance that ties in with my yellows. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you are a Christian, I hope you are inspired to send handmade Easter cards this year to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Truly, that is what the Easter season is all about!

You are now leaving Candy Rattray, and heading to the next stop on the hop.  Enjoy!






Colorful Seasons Spring Card

These flowers bring to mind the cherry blossoms that blanket Washington D.C. in the spring.  Here in South Central Texas, our trees are already budding, blooming, and filling the atmosphere with sweet scents!

For today's card I am, once again, choosing a project to share that uses all annual catalog (aka big book and main catalog:) products.  In the midst of Occasions Catalog (the Stampin' Up! spring catalog) focus, I love to keep drawing in that treasure trove of creative inspiration and fantastic products, the annual catalog.

I'l point out just a few things about my handmade card today:

  • I derived my entire set of Stampin' Up! products for this project from the Color Theory Suite on pages 146-147 of the annual catalog.  This is where the unrivaled product coordination of Stampin' Up! really shines and helps me to have fun and create vs. hunting down products and colors that coordinate.  Check out the Stampin' Up! video below to see full Color Theory Suite.
  • Check out that large scallop border!  Many people mourned when Stampin' Up! retired its scallop border punch.  But honestly, it's MUCH easier to achieve this look with the thinlit die that is part of the incredible value of Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.
  • Berry Burst is my focal color for today's spring card, and I love this bold, yet elegant pink.  It's one of the 2017-2019 In Colors and my 2nd favorite.  My top favorite is Lemon Lime Twist:) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  Don't forget that you can make a purchase in my online store using this host code-YFSARDHH-and receive a free gift from me.  In addition, if your order totals $50, you will receive a free, exclusive Sale-a-Bration item of your choice.  I love free gifts!!!