Crafting Retreat-Wimberley, TX

Imagine drinking a cup of coffee on this back porch... while you take a break from crafting! Fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Melissa Thomas and I are hosting an EPIC crafting retreat in Wimberley, TX at the end of April, and we want you to join us. I want to show you some more details about the location so you can get a feel for our lovely venue.  These pics were taken in winter, but I'm thinking the grounds may be filled with bluebonnets when we are there in April!  Because our retreat is in Wimberley, we are close to San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and everywhere in between!


Camp Young Judea is not like any other youth camp you have seen... This camp has a beautiful building for adults towards the front of the property... And we are self-contained in one building-- so our bedrooms are on the wings of our meeting room, which means you can run around in your pajamas! LOL!

Each room has a private bath room and sleeps two or three people. Everything is new, light, and bright! No need to pack much... other than projects to tackle and crafting supplies, of course! 

The meeting room we have is filled with natural sunlight but also has wifi and great lighting for late-night crafting! Everyone will have dedicated space to craft! Plus, the chef will be preparing delicious meals for us and there is a healthy salad bar at lunch and dinner! Five meals are included with your registration, plus a welcome reception and a light snack as you leave on Sunday... We've got a few surprises for you too!!

Melissa and I will have a great set up for you including

  • two Big Shots
  • punch station
  • most stamps from the Occasions Catalog
  • creative displays
  • Plus, a 24 hour beverage station

Your registration also includes: CYJ3

  • a $40+ swag bag of brand new Stampin' Up! products to play with
  • daily spoiling gifts
  • a free class built around the swag bag-- oriented towards either memory keepers or card makers

Plus, so many other fun things:

  • like daily challenges
  • extra group challenges (scrap challenge and chopped challenge)
  • pajama party
  • optional add-on classes
  • and more crafty fun than you can imagine!

We have just 5 spaces left, so register now.  In addition, we have opened up a few day passes for Saturday only.

 Complete information and registration are here.

Once you register, consider our add-on classes for a truly deluxe crafty weekend experience!  Just click here for full info and registration.

We can't wait to spend a whole weekend spoiling you!  You will leave our crafting retreat in Wimberley, TX with a sense of warmth and well-being and a spring in your step, toting a bag full of crafty gifts and completed projects.  Sound like a pretty perfect weekend to me:) craftingretreatwimberleytexasstampinupcandyrattray CYJ 5

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-March, Sale-a-Bration

Thailand Blog Hop
Welcome to the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop for March where Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world are showcasing 2017 Sale-a-Bration products.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – (Candy Rattray) or may h dragonflydreams2017saleabrationinsidethelinesdspstampinupcandyrattrayave come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Candy Rattray,

We are showcasing Sale-a-Bration products one last time.  2017 SAB ends March 31, and it's been a grand promotion this year!  One of my favorite products is Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  Talk about versatile!  I love how you can chose to add color...or not.  Choose a small pattern...or a large one.  Every choice you make will bring a slightly different result; but all your results will be lovely!  You can see some other cards I made here and here using Inside the Lines DSP.

I created this card and used it for a couple of my events this month because I love it so much and it's so much fun to make!  I stamped the dragonfly with Emerald Envy ink and then stamped the inside of the wings with a second stamp using Pool Party to give a fairly realistic dragonfly look.  The wings are finished off with Wink of Stella for a bit of subtle shine, and I colored a single rhinestone with a green Sharpie marker.


I used the FABULOUS new Watercolor Pencils with Blender Pens, and oh my.  They are fun to use!  Now there are only 13 colors, but have not fear.  You can blend them for ultimate customization.  How fun is that??!!!  I chose to color in just the larger leaves, a few small ones, and some of the larger flowers.  My color scheme uses Emerald Envy, and the only green Watercolor Pencil is Old Olive--way too yellow for my crisp, clear Emerald Envy.  So I simply used Old Olive and Bermuda Bay to achieve a bluish green and am so happy with the results.  In addition to getting a good color, I like the variation in the green--which I think looks more realistic.  

Super quick and easy card made special with Dragonfly Dreams, a really gorgeous stamp set, and just a bit of coloring.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  

Thanks for taking part in our Thailand Achievers blog hop for March. There are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss, and they will help you figure out which remaining Sale-a-Bration items you want to scoop up before they are all gone forever on March 31st! Remember that currently you are at my blog  Candy Rattray,, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.


Stampin' Up! Exclusive Host Stamp Sets

Stampin' Up! offers exclusive host stamp sets every year.  They are always wonderful designs in addition to being phenomenal value.  I have listed and linked all of the current host stamp sets below for your convenience.  

timeofyearstampinuphoststampsetincolorscandyrattrayAt $9-$18, they are incredible value (the market value is $15-$30).  So what's the catch?  Can anyone purchase them?  The answer is no.  They are special stamp sets for special people:)  But anyone can qualify!  Simply place an order of $150 or more and you will qualify for access to host stamp sets.  That can be your order alone, or you can gather orders from a few friends.  (email me if you need help)

You must use host dollars aka host rewards to purchase these special stamp sets.  And you get free shipping on them, too!  So that is additional value Stampin' Up! adds to make them an even better deal:)

Here is a simple card I made with Time of Year host stamp set.  This is my personal favorite of all the host stamp sets this year.  It actually coordinates with Bunch of Banners Framelit Dies.  But for today's sample, I just used the stamps. 

Once again, I used my favorite color combo of Sweet Sugarplum (2016-2018 In Color) and Rich Razzleberry.  Add a splash of black and a blank canvas of Very Vanilla and you have a simple, classic handmade card.  Since I didn't list and link the card supplies below in lieu of sharing all the host stamp sets with you, here are the supplies:

  • Time of Year host stamp set
  • Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum ink pads
  • Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Basic Black Card Stocks
  • Playful Palette DSP
  • Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon
  • Metallic Enamel Shapes

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Crafting Retreat in Texas-Day Pass

craftingretreatintexasstampinupcandyrattrayI'm so excited to offer a few day passes for my upcoming Crafting Retreat in Texas!  If a crafting retreat is in your dreams but you can't swing a full weekend away or your budget won't stretch that far, this is perfect for you!

Join us for a full day of crafty fun to rejuvenate your spirit, lift you up, and give you the break you deserve and long for.  You won't want to leave...but when you do, you will have a spring in your step, a bag full of new Stampin' Up! products and COMPLETED projects on your arm, and a smile on your face as big as Texas!

Day Pass Ticket includes:

  • 3 chef-prepared meals
  • Stampin' Up! products swag bag
  • free class
  • your own large table space to spread out and work
  • time to do what you want:  scrapbooking, card-making, journaling, reading, knitting, etc. in a distraction-free, positive environment
  • beautiful grounds in Wimberley, TX (just far enough from home to get away but close enough to get there quickly:)
  • 2 retreat hostesses, Stampin' Up! demonstrators Candy Rattray and Melissa Thomas, to spoil you and help you
  • access to all games and challenges plus gifts for the day that our full weekend retreat ladies get to enjoy
  • 2 optional add-on classes

We only have a few of these day passes, and registration closes on April 8th or when we sell out.  So don't delay.  Just do it!

Complete information and registration are here.  Just click!

2017 Sale-a-Bration item: Make a Medallion Stamp Set


makeamedallionstampset2017saleabrationstampinuphandmadecardcandyrattrayCan you believe that 2017 Sale-a-Bration is OVER on March 31??!!!  Boo!  Make sure you get all your favorite FREE 2017 Sale-a-Bration products before they are gone forever!

For today's post, I'm sharing a fancy handmade card featuring Make a Medallion stamp set--one of three 2nd Release items available.  For reference, the main Sale-a-Bration brochure is here and the 2nd Release items are here.  You need to see them all!

Although I have created a fancy card, it's not hard or time-consuming.  The Big Shot makes quick work of dry embossing both the So Saffron panel and the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper.  BTW:  that DSP is decidedly masculine.  But by running it through the Big Shot with Lovely Lace embossing folder, it takes on the look of lacy black fabric.  Notice how the embossing makes the white back side of the DSP come through a bit, adding even more interest.

Then it's just a matter of stamping the image, running it through the Big Shot, and layering up with a Metallic Foil Doily and a Delicate Doily, and adding a bit of Silver Glimmer Paper and a couple rhinestones.  Glitzy, fancy, shiny, pretty--and simple to make!  All those layers of different texture make this card have a lush, fancy feel.   makeamedallionstampset2017saleabrationstampinuphandmadecardcandyrattray

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Remember that you receive a free Sale-a-Bration item for every $50 you spend through the end of March (while supplies last on the free items).  Don't miss out!  Shop now!


Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper--2017 Sale-a-Bration

This simple yet elegant card is the swap I made for my Stampin' Up! demonstrators team meeting this month and it features two FREE 2017 Sale-a-Bration items:  Inside the Lines DSP and Designer Tee rubberstamp set.  My design was very much inspired by some similar cards by Katina Martinez.  

insidethelinesdesignerpaper2017saleabrationstampinupcandyrattrayI made a lot of these cards, and all the designs from Inside the Lines work well with this.  You just have to cut your panel in such a way that the design will make sense.  The cuts for this card are super simple:

  • 11 x 8-1/2 Soft Sky
  • 5-1/4 x 4 Basic Black
  • 5 x 3-3/4 Inside the Lines DSP
  • 4 x 1 Basic Black

I literally just stuck down the layers, stamped my greeting on the slim black piece of card stock--which I did pop up on Stampin' Dimensionals, and then added the butterfly.

The butterfly is a die cut from the Butterflies Thinlit Dies and sponged tone-on-tone using Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky card stock.  The butterfly is popped up with a single dimensional and then finished off with a few little rhinestones.  Simple.  Elegant.  I love it!

Remember that 2017 Sale-a-Bration is over on March 31.  I can't believe it!  All 2017 Sale-a-Bration items are now on a "while supplies last" basis, and the card tins are already completely gone.  So if you like Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and still don't have it--or want another pack so you can make simply elegant handmade cards like this--head to my online store and get you some!  LOL!  That's a little southern talk for you:)

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