Just Add Text Rubberstamps-Saturday Sample

Just Add Text rubberstamps is one of the fabulous new greetings stamp sets in the 2017/2018 annual Stampin' Up! catalog, and I'm featuring it for today's Saturday Sample.  I'm also featuring one of the new In Colors--Tranquil Tide--in a bright, cheery, summery color scheme. 

 This is a quick and easy card: easy on your time, your supplies, and your wallet!  But it still has that lovely, unique hand-stamped look as well as a very trendy paint splotch main image.  I like this stamp a lot, but I didn't want to fussy cut it!  So I just cut a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped in the center.  It's my lazy approach:)

There is just a tiny bit of Big Shot work on my handmade card--I ran the Calypso Coral card stock through with the Seaside Embossing Folder.  That adds some great touchable texture along with my doily and mini chevron ribbon.  My handmade card still mails for a single stamp and is a great, meaningful way to say thanks.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You can purchase all the products to make this fabulous project here by clicking on any of the pics below.  Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss any of my posts!  Just enter your email in the right sidebar where it says "subscribe".  

Crafting Forever Rubberstamp Set

As promised before, here is another example of my work with Crafting Forever rubberstamps, an absolute must-have rubberstamp set for any crafter.  I love every single image and phrase in this set.  Check out a previous card I featured with Crafting Forever rubberstamps here.  As before, I turned to the new 2017-2019 In Colors for my handmade card.  And I used the In Color Combinations Chart by Stampin' Up! for my creative inspiration.  I love these color combos as a guide to my creativity!  Click here to download your own copy of the In Color Combinations Chart.


The whole theory of using In Colors is that they keep our creativity fresh and on trend.  You know how you can look at something and automatically know it's from the 70's?  How do you know that?  Well, if you see Harvest Gold and Avocado Green, that is a sure bet--LOL!  Whole eras are often reflected in popular color schemes.  Stampin' Up! is brilliant in bringing us In Colors--just 5 colors we get each year--each set having a "shelf life" of 2 years.  

My favorite In Color this year is Lemon Lime Twist.  If you want to dip your toe into the In Colors and save money, there are 2 ways to do that:

  1. (144033) 2017-2019 In Color Stampin' Write Markers, at just $15 for all 5 markers, this is the most affordable way to get all the ink colors.
  2.  (144081) 2017-2019 In Color stamp pads, at just $27.50 for all 5 pads, you save $5 for the set vs. purchasing the pads individually.

That's it for today.  I hope you are falling in love with both the new 2017-2019 In Colors and the Crafting Forever rubberstamp set.  Come back for more inspiration with both of these favorite new catalog products!  As always, each product used in my project is linked and listed below for your convenience.

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-June with In Color Combinations Tool

Thailand Blog Hop
Welcome to the June installment of the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop where demonstrators from all over the world are showcasing NEW products from the newly released 2017/2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog.  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com, and I'm delighted you stopped by!  There is a complete list of all the participating blogs at the bottom of this post, so simply scroll down to see them all.  You want to visit each blog to be fully inspired by top Stampin' Up! demonstrators as we showcase new catalog products!

Today's card is fresh and bright, featuring my favorite 2017-2019 In Color Lemon Lime Twist.  I love the way it makes everything else pop on my handmade card.  This is actually a very fun card to make because it employs lots of stamping!  

I created my own "designer paper" background with the 2 step stamps from Daisy Delight stamp set.  It's a photopolymer set, so that makes perfect placement very easy.  The small flowers are stamped in Melon Mambo ink.  For the "fill-in" stamp, I stamped off first using the same Melon Mambo ink. This handmade card is perfect for summer birthdays.  

IMelon Mambo  Lemon Lime CloseI derived my color scheme from the FABULOUS In Color Chart provided by Stamping' Up!.  Simply click here to download your own copy.  It is an awesome tool for getting the most out of your 2017-2019 In Colors.  You will see my color scheme under the Lemon Lime Twist heading.

That's it for today.  As always, products used for my project are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Now you will be leaving me and heading to the next blog for more new catalog inspiration from top Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  You are now at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.  See the full blog hop list below if you get lost at any point.  

Remarkably Creative Blog Tour-New Catalog Focus!

remarkablycreativeblogtourcandyrattrayWelcome to the June installment of the RemARKably Creative Blog Tour where demonstrators from all over the world (that train with Janet Wakeland) are joining together to inspire you with projects featuring new catalog products.  You are specialcelebrationsrubberstampsstampinupcandyrattrayat Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com, and the full list of blog tour stops is at the bottom of this post.  So if you get lost at any point, just check the bottom of this post (all of us on the blog tour have the same format:  list of all blog stops at the bottom of our posts).

My share today features 2 new In Colors, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide as well as the new greetings/words stamp set Special Celebrations.  I love this set (2 whole boxes of stamps!) as it has pairs of greetings intended for both the inside and outside of a card:)


Inside of card


This card has very little stamping on it, and is actually a great example of what you can do with just a greeting stamp set and some other elements.  This style card is particularly good for memory keepers aka scrapbookers who may not have a lot of image stamps.  

Almost every singl specialcelebrationsubberstampsstampinupcandyrattraye thing on this card is from the new catalog!  

  1. Special Celebrations rubberstamps
  2. Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
  3. Ruffled Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder
  4. Black Mini Sequin Trim
  5. Crushed Curry Stitched Satin Ribbon

I've listed and linked all items below, both new catalog and pre-existing.  (Sounds like a medical condition! LOL!).  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

You are now leaving Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.  Hop on over to the next blog on the tour for more new catalog inspiration!  Be sure to visit each one as there are fabulous ideas showcased here!






Crafting Forever Rubberstamp Set-Stampin' Up!

Crafting Forevcraftingforeverrubberstampsetstampinupcandyrattrayer rubberstamp set in the new Stampin' Up! catalog is a runaway hit, and I totally understand why!  Every single image and set of words/greetings in this set are just perfect.  I created this soft, feminine card using the new Powder Pink 2017-2019 In Color.  It's a true pink, in between Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride.  Black and pink are a classic feminine color scheme, and the Basic Gray helps this card have a soft look vs one with really sharp contrast.

This is a quick and easy card that is also very easy on supplies.  It consists of the absolute basics of our card-making:  stamps, ink, and paper.  A little Blender Pen helps bring color to my images, and Basic Black Twine is my single embellishment.  In addition, I layered the new Pretty Label Punch with some circle punches to highlight my greeting.  That's it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Crafting Forever rubberstamp set is a must-have for crafters, so head to my online store today to get yours.  It's a classic that you will use for years and years!

Crafting Forever rubberstamp set, clear mount

Crafting Forever rubberstamp set, wood mount

 I'll be sharing more projects with Crafting Forever rubberstamp set, so come back tomorrow for more ideas!  I promise I will actually share tomorrow--no more week long hiatuses!  LOL!

2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows-Stampin' Up!

My favorite embellishment in the new annual  catalog is the 2017-2019 In Color Bitty Bows.  OMG!  They are too cute!!!  Today I'm sharing the Mother's Day card I made for my daughter using 2 of the new In Colors:  Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst.  And those darling Bitty Bows!  (With a self-adhesive backing, thank you very much!)

Although the Bear Hugs stamp set and coordinating Bear Hugs framelits just retired, I thought my card was still worth sharing with you:)  My daughter often likens herself to a mama bear, so the Bear Hugs stamp set and framelits was a natural pick for me.  In fact, this is the second year in a row I have used this set for her Mother's Day card!  In a totally different way, of course!  You can see last year's card here.

Don't you just love the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper background?  I love that in this DSP stack, you get lots of different wood grain choices--almost like picking out furniture...which I love to do!  The combination of the Bitty Bows and the new Berry Burst In Color put a feminine twist on otherwise more masculine images:  wood grain and bears.

That's it for today.  Thanks so very much for coming by as I get back into the groove of regular blogging.  I have fresh vision and ideas for this and aim to inform and inspire you in all things stamping!

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Happy Birthday Gorgeous-Stampin' Up!

Happy new Stampin' Up! catalog!  The new catalog is live, and you can view it in pdf format here. To kick things off, I'm restarting my Saturday Sample.  When my blogging was much more regular, this was a weekly feature.  As I seek to find my feet in the regular blogging world once again, I thought Saturday Sample would be a good fit:)  So be sure to come by each Saturday--at least!  Or subscribe to my blog so you don't miss anything!  Look at the right had column and scroll down just a bit.  There you can enter your email address (or click on the "b" for bloglovin) and my posts will come to your inbox!

I love this year's In Colors, and my favorite is Lemon Lime Twist.  I have loved lime green since I can remember!  For today's card, I combined it with 2 In Colors from last year:  Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.

This is a fun card to make--lots of random stamping!  The new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set is fun and feminine.  The balloon images coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch as you can see here.  There's also a little label stamp in the set that coordinates with the Classic Label Punch.  Both those punches are from last year's catalog, and I love that we have this nifty product coordination (stamps and punches) as well as great crossover between what carried over from last year with the fresh and new.

My stamp club ladies will be making this in our monthly club meetings this month.  There is room for you in my stamp club in San Antonio! Full info is here.  Just email me and you can try us out free of charge. Be my guest!

As always, products used here are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and welcome back to Saturday Sample!

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-Sneak Peeks! In Colors!

Thailand Blog Hop

Welcome to the May installment of the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop!  I am thrilled to be teamed up with Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all over the globe!  Each of us has earned the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Thailand and will meeting there in July.  I can 2017-2019incolorsstampinupinupcandyrattrayjustaddtext't wait!  In the meantime, we do monthly blog hops to inspire YOU!  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.  The full line up is at the very bottom of this post, so if you are feeling lost at any time, just scroll down to find your way:)  This month, we are sharing New Catalog Sneak Peeks!

I am absolutely in love with the new 2017-2019 In Colors!  They are all fabulous, but my favorite is Lemon Lime Twist--that bright color that makes all the others pop!  Oh, my.  I've been a lime green fan my whole life.  This is going to be a super fun crafty season for me:)

My handmade card today is all about the new In Colors.  I wanted to showcase them, so I kept the other elements simple.  Seaside Embossing Folder adds texture to the In Colors card stock, making the colors seem even more vibrant.  Stitched Shapes Framelits, another Big Shot element, brought more subtle texture.  And the In Colors Stampin' Write Markers brought small bits of the gorgeous In Color inks to my project.  Very Vanilla card stock and ribbon made the perfect neutral to showcase those In Colors.  Just Add Text rubberstamp set provided the perfect sentiment.  Simple.  All about the 2017-2019 In Colors

If you need a copy of the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog, which goes live June 1, simply email me with your mailing address, and I'll get one into your hands asap.  Trust me, you need this new catalog!  It's gorgeous and full of creative inspiration, ideas, and the best paper crafting products available.

Also, I have some great new catalog product shares/samplers including an In Color Sampler for just $20.  Sign up for my email newsletter (see link above and in the right column) and you will get all the info!

2017-2018incolorsstampinupjustaddtextcandyrattrayThat's it for me today.  Head on over to the next blog on this hop for more new catalog sneak peeks and inspiration!  You are leaving Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com and heading to the next blog in the lineup.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

New Catalog Training Event aka Stamp Camp in San Antonio

Saturday, June 10th

10 AM - 3 PM

Tower City Church (click for map)

I have an all-day stamping event to help you get your hands on a LOT of new catalog products.  It's a full day of creative play.  There are so many amazing new catalog products, and I want you to try it before you buy it!

Why do I call this a Training Event?  Because this is actually aimed at Stampin' Up! demonstrators but open to all stampers.  So it functions as a stamp camp, too:)  I love to teach, and my Southern Sweet Stampers team is helping me teach and train on new catalog products so we can learn tips and tricks for the best results possible.  I'm not only passionate about all the new crafty stuff in the 2017/2018 Stampin' Up! catalog, I'm passionate about helping you USE what you buy!

  • 16 projects
  • New ribbons sampler (all the new catalog ribbons!)
  • Lunch, all day beverages (coffee, tea, water)
  • Optional swapping (for demonstrators only)
  • Hands-on demonstrations to ensure you learn how to use the products and complete your projects!
  • Positive, friendly, creative environment
  1. $42 for Southern Sweet Stampers (my team!)
  2. $49 for other Stampin' Up! demonstrators (I love the whole Stampin' Up! family!)
  3. $56 for stamping enthusiasts (non-demonstrators that want a full-day of stamping fun!)

Registration closes May 30.  I have to order supplies and get them ready for you.  My helpers are lined up and waiting in the wings to prepare for this stellar day of crafty fun:)

Full details and registration are here:  New Catalog Training Event on June 10th


Remarkably Creative Blog Tour-New Catalog!


Thanks so much for joining me today on the Remarkably Creative Blog Tour where some very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators are inspiring you with new catalog sneak peeks for the upcoming 2017/2018 Stampin' Up! catalog.  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.  All the blog tour participants are listed and linked at the bottom of this post, so if you get lost--just check there.  You will want to click on all the posts for maximum inspiration!

There is so much to love in this new annual Stampin' Up! catalog!  One of my favorite suites is the Color Theory Suite.  With its bright colors, year-round images, and paint swatch look, I was immediately drawn to it.  The framelits give fabulously detailed cut outs that enhance so many projects.  

For today's handmade card, I heat embossed the white flowers.  Then it was an intricate Adirondack chair die cut image made in seconds with the Big Shot, and stamping the sentiment on a little flag.  I've used two In Colors:  one of the brand new ones, Berry Burst, as well as one from last year, my favorite Sweet Sugarplum.  Old Olive and Whisper White round out my handmade card.  I love the way they look together!  

The new catalog products I used, all part of the Color Theory Suite are:

  • Colorful Seasons stamp set (photopolymer)
  • Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (available with the stamps in a bundle)
  • Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (6 x 6)
  • Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon
Colorful Seasons Bundle-Stampin' Up!
Colorful Seasons Bundle
Color Theory DSP-Stampin' Up!
Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack

All these items and more will be available beginning June 1.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com's blog.  Here's where you can hop next for more New Catalog Sneak Peeks!