Painted with Love Designer Series Paper

paintedwithlovedesignerseriespapercardstampinupoccasionscatalog2018candyrattrayAs we approach the last day of the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog and Occasion Catalog 2018, I thought you might enjoy seeing this artsy beauty using almost all retiring products.  The star of this "show" is the gorgeous (and retiring!) Painted with Love Designer Series Paper.  It's a specialty paper meaning it has metallics on one side of every page.  So you can go glitzy or go with a more subdued pattern:)

Painted with Love DSP is one of my favorite Occasions Catalog products, and it is still available (through May 31st).  You can see some other projects I made using Painted with Love DSP here and here.  I created today's card for my Retiring List Stamp-a-Stack card class earlier this month.  They were all quick and easy cards as we made 16 that night!

My color scheme uses 2 of the 2016-2018 In Colors:  Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.  Flirty Flamingo becomes a core color with the new catalog (!!!) while Peekaboo Peach retires completely:(  I added in Rose Red even though the DSP has Melon Mambo.  I love how our pinks just work together:)

The only products on this handmade card NOT retiring are:

  • Stitched Shapes Thinlit Dies
  • Flirty Flamingo Card Stock
  • Whisper White Card Stock

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  Remember that May 31st is the LAST DAY for Retiring List items!

 

 

 


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!

 

Pocketful of Sunshine-Here Comes the Sun!

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I recently created a class around the Pocketful of Sunshine bundle.  Both the framelits and coordinating stamp set are carrying over into the new annual catalog (although I didn't know that when I created the class).  I paired this awesome bundle with some retiring Designer Series Paper and colors, aiming to deliver a variety of cards for both guys and gals.  Pocketful of Sunshine bundle is a must-have in my opinion!

The only retiring product on my card today is the Pieces and Patterns Designer Series Paper.  But you could easily substitute that for any black and white paper.  I do think the black and white makes everything else pop on this card.  Everything else is stamps, ink, and paper--and my simple, bright color scheme uses colors that are staying in the new catalog.

One of the things I love about this card is its enormously wide appeal.  I mean, who wouldn't want to receive this bright, happy, cheerful card?!!!  In class, we talked about the need for inspirational cards like this when someone is going through a tough time, particularly when facing a terminal diagnosis.  A little sunshine is ALWAYS appropriate even when a Get Well card is not.  This also the type card that is perfect for sending several weeks after you have sent a sympathy card.

Remember that although Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and coordinating framelits will be in the new catalog, the bundle price will no longer be available.  So grab your bundle now and save 10%! 

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!

 

 

 


Truly Tailored Masculine Card Class by Mail

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Masculine cards are a constant need, and they seem to be the cards we struggle to create.  That is exactly why I created this Masculine Card Class by Mail featuring the Truly Tailored Bundle from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog. Everything ships directly to you, and step by step tutorials come to you via email.  You can do this class whenever you want and wherever you want!  Be prepared with beautiful handmade cards to celebrate the men in your life!
 
My Truly Tailored masculine card class by mail has several features I would like to point out:
  • This class includes both the Truly Tailored stamp set (clear mount) and Tailored Tag Punch. The stamp set is retiring; the punch carries over into the new annual catalog.
  • If you have these products already, email me with your substitute products request. 
  • This class includes all prepared supplies for 5 cards and envelopes.  2 of the cards are fancy folds!  All the punching and Big Shot work are done for you--except for the ones you will do with the stamp set and punch that are part of the class.
  • Buttons in your kit may vary, but they all come from the True Gentleman Buttons--which also carry over into the new annual catalog.
  • Includes step-by-step pdf tutorials
  • All-inclusive class is $48.  You may add priority shipping for $7 if you cannot pick it up from my house.

Fine print:

  1. Masculine Card Class by Mail is available through May 21st.  
  2. For those ordering by May 7th, packets ship out by May 15th.
  3. For those ordering by May 20th, packets ship out by May 31st.
  4. You may register for this class using check or PayPal for your payment.  Email me for a link.

 


Painted Glass Sympathy Card

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Today's share is a bit of a sneak peek combined with some retiring Stampin' Up! products.  The sneak peek element is the Painted Glass rubberstamp set--which I'm in love with!  I can't show you all the stamps just yet, but I think you will share my love for it:)  The Retiring List items on my Stampin' Up! sympathy card are:

  • Sweet Sugarplum card stock (retiring In Color)
  • Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (Occasions Catalog)
  • Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon
  • Sweet & Sassy Framelits (sold out)
  • Basic Gray Stitched Satin Ribbon

 

Butterflies make a great image on sympathy cards as they are a beautiful symbol of hope.  Although I used black and gray in this Stampin' Up! sympathy card, Sweet Sugarplum is a soft addition that keeps it from being too somber.  I love the rich, gothic font in Painted Glass rubberstamp set.  It's the pretty side of gothic vs. the horror side! LOL

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!

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Watercolor Words by Stampin' Up! for Masculine and Feminine Cards

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As we continue through the Stampin' Up! Retiring List period, I have a set of Watercolor Words cards for you today that use almost all the same supplies.  But one is a masculine birthday card while the other is for a girl.  Small changes make a big difference!

Watercolor Words is on my Top 20 List of Stampin' Up! Retiring Stamp Sets.  I really believe it's a must-have for your collection.  Its large words in a modern font make it a natural for youthful cards.  That modern font works equally well for masculine cards as well as feminine cards as shown here.  With the addition of a couple of basic shapes--flower, star, and leaf--you have all you need for basic card making for many occasions.

I featured this set of cards at my monthly Simply Cards class (full information is here).  We make 2 each of 3 designs.  This is one of the 3 designs even though the cards are slightly different.  Emerald Envy is one of our retiring In Colors.  Its bold, fresh, brightness makes it perfect for masculine cards, Christmas cards, and kids cards.  

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed below, and they are ALL retiring except for the Flirty Flamingo Card Stock and Ink and the Pearls.  Get them while you can as they are available while supplies last.  

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!  

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