Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop-Count My Blessings Rubberstamp Set

Ink Big Blog Hop
I'm so excited to be part of the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop today as a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators share our projects with the theme:  Give Thanks.  You are at Candy Rattray,  There is a complete list of all the blogs on this blog hop below.  Check it if you get lost at any point along the way.

Giving thanks is ALWAYS appropriate and a great way to live a balance life.  But at this time of year, we especially think about giving thanks.  I created this little no countmyblessingsrubberstampsetstampinupholidaycatalogcandyrattraytecard featuring the Count My Blessings rubberstamp set and the brand new (will be available November 1) Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

I'll be sharing this Thanksgiving notecard at my monthly team meeting as well as my rubberstamp club in November.  (Read about my team here and my club here!)

Count My Blessings rubberstamp set has become a clear favorite from the Holiday Catalog for me.  There is a LOT to love in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog:)  Count My Blessings is a must-have IMHO.  The artwork is gorgeous and the sentiments are seriously perfect and can be used any time of year--not just Thanksgiving. You can see another card I made with Count My Blessings rubberstamp set here.


I couldn't resist adding the little mini gourd!  It comes from Pick a Pumpkin bundle.  You can see other cards I made with that very fun bundle here and here.  Again, versatile, useful, and fun!  And although it's a rarity for me, I used a 3rd stamp set on this little notecard:)  The sentiments in Count My Blessings rubberstamp set are large and would have overshadowed my little leaves.  So I went with the sentiment/greeting from Painted Harvest stamp set.  You can see other projects I made with that gorgeous stamp set here and here.

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below.  I had to list the entire set of markers, even though I did not use them all, as the individual ones are not yet in the system I use for sharing.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray,  Head over to the next blog for more Giving Thanks inspiration!


Count My Blessings Rubberstamp Set

As I've shared before here and here, I really love Count My Blessings rubberstamp set.  I think it's one of the true gems in the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog with its really gorgeous line art images just begging to be colored as well as beautiful words in truly lovely fonts.  I created this handmade card for a stamping Bingo event I hosted where we played very fun Bingo games and also made cards.  It's a very fun event that combines fun and games with creativity that I host 3-4 times a year.

I love the color palette in Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  I used 3 patterns from the DSP in this card, and I love they way they showcase my saying which is the true star of this handmade card. 


The beautiful acorn and leaves image is stamped all over the Whisper White square forming a subtle but very pretty background for that all important saying as well.

The new Leaf Punch helped make a perfect embellishment for my handmade card.  I crumpled them just a bit for added texture and stamped the acorns on them as well.  I really like the way they turned out!

Come back tomorrow where I will share another handmade card featuring Count My Blessings rubberstamp set--this time the small leaves image.  


Reminder:  There are just 3 days left for you to get Coffee Break Designer Series Paper free in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale here.  Don't miss out!  Stock up and save:)  Shop now!


Alaska Achievers Blog Hop-Merry Patterns Snowflake Card

alaskaachieversbloghopcandyrattrayWelcome to the very first monthly Alaska Achievers Blog Hop where Stampin' Up! trip achievers from all over the world will delight and inspire you with creativity and ideas featuring Stampin' Up! products.  You are at Candy Rattray,  The full list of demonstrators on the hop is listed below, so if you get lost along the way at any point, just refer back to the list and see where you need to go next.  

Today I'm sharing a handmade Christmas card I created for my Stamping Bingo event last week.  


All my attendees received a goody bag including:

  • 1/6 pkg of 4 different Designer Series Papers including Christmas Around the World DSP(shown here), Coffee Break DSP, Be Merry DSP, and Painted Autumn DSP
  • Christmas Around the World Embellishments
  • 1/2 spool Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon
  • Mini Dimensionals

Those were the design "parameters" I used for the Make & Takes, 2 fall cards and 1 Christmas card. (Come back later in the week to see the other cards we made!) For my handmade Christmas card, I went with blues and greens and just a pop of red.  I adore the little Christmas Around the World wooden embellishments!  Although they are lovely in their raw wood state, I love adding ink and changing the look entirely.   merrypatternssnowflakechristmascardstampinupcandyrattray

I painted the wooden gift with Wink of Stella first.  That seems to seal it just a bit so that it doesn't absorb too much ink and thereby become too dark in color.  Then I simply tapped it into my Real Red ink pad.  You can remove it with tweezers to save your manicure, but I just grab it with my fingers:)  

To get the colors on the snowflake, simply turn over one of the Foil Snowflakes and add color as desired with Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers.  Both work effectively in bringing color to the snowflake.  Just be mindful that the Foil Snowflakes are a bit delicate, so you need to be gentle when adding color.  Dab--don't scrub!  I started with Pear Pizazz in the center and then added Pool Party, and then I added Island Indigo just around the edges.  My color scheme came directly from the card stock and DSP I had already chosen.

The stamp is from Merry Patterns, a fabulous stamp set you can earn free through the end of October. Click here for all the details for this free stamp set I shared in a previous post. And I must tell you that the original card did not have rhinestones.  One of the ladies at Bingo had some in her crafting bag and added a few to her card.  It was the perfect finishing touch, so I copied her:)  Thanks, Hortense!  You had the perfect finishing touch!

Thanks so very much for stopping by today on our blog hop.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray,  Hop on over to the next blog for more creative, paper crafting inspiration!




Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper and Mini Gift Bows for a Glitzy Combination!

Welcome back to my 31-Day Blogging Challenge and the 2nd post in a row featuring Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper and Mini Gift Bows.  Unfortunately, my lighting is not great here:(  It is so hard to accurately photograph super shiny things.

I made a series of series birthday cards, all using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Foil Frenzy DSP, and Mini Gift Bows.  They are shiny and glitzy and fun!   This pic actually has a better view of the different papers and their colors:


This one could easily be given to a guy with its soft blues and browns against a white backdrop.  Just a little stamping and punching, a tiny bit of cutting, and this fun card is made in minutes--literally.

When you have Designer Series Paper as pretty and fun as Foil Frenzy, you just need to let it shine! (No pun intended, ha!)

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Please check out my next card class in San Antonio if you are in the area and join us. You will love it!

Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper Birthday Card

foilfrenzydspstampinupcandyrattrayFoil Frenzy, one of the specialty Designer Series Papers in the annual Stampin' Up! catalog, makes quick work of fancy, luxurious birthday cards full of punch and pizzazz.  And look at the Mini Gift Bows!  Aren't they adorable??!!!  I seriously love them!  And although they do squish a 
bit in the mail, they actually travel quite well.


Today's share is very much a quick and easy card.  Plus it uses just one punch.  Easy on supplies, easy on your schedule:  that's a winning combination for me!  I opted for Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set for its really pretty, somewhat delicate font to contrast with the bold pattern and colors in Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper and super glitz of the Mini Gift Bows.  Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set has a variety of greetings, so you can stamp something on the inside as well:)

Come back tomorrow for another quick, easy, and fancy birthday card featuring Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper.  The best way to do that is to subscribe to my blog.  Then you don't miss any of my posts!  At the very top of my blog you will see "subscribe."  Just click, enter your email, and you will get ALL my blog posts delivered to your inbox where you can read them when you're ready.  I don't want you to miss anything I share! LOL

Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  I love sharing with you!  As always, the Stampin' Up! supplies used here are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  




Christmas Gift Tags, Easy and Elegant with Ready for Christmas by Stampin' Up!

readyforchristmasstampinupholidaycatalogchristmasgifttagcandyrattrayHello there and welcome back to my 31-Day Blogging Challenge where I'm playing catch-up!  I have TWO beautiful, elegant gift tags for you today that come together in just minutes.  Jamie is part of my Southern Sweet Stampers team (read about us here!) and designed these Christmas gift tags for a training event I hosted.  My training events are all about showcasing ideas from new Stampin' Up! catalogs, and this one focused on the Holiday Catalog.  Aren't these Christmas gift tag christmasgifttagstampinupcandyrattrays pretty??!!!

Both these tags are easily adapted to what you have on hand.  Or grab the really lovely Ready for Christmas stamp set (and coordinating framelits, in a bundle for 10% off savings:).  IMHO, it's a Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog must-have!  And you might want to grab some of the very cute embellishments (Mini Ornaments and Season of Glitz Gift Bows) to make your tags really pop on your gifts/gift bags!

I must admit that I sometimes get so busy with my handmade Christmas cards, cute handmade gifts and home decor for the holidays that I totally forget to make my Christmas gift tags.  It' the last minute and then I'm scrambling. I do NOT want to be at the store on Christmas Eve purchasing those cheesy, cheap Christmas gift tags when I could have made gorgeous ones in just minutes if I had just remembered!

In case you have had a similar experience, take these ideas and run with them NOW!  Seriously, as soon as I'm done with my handmade Christmas cards, I am pressing on with Christmas gift tags.  Pretty, easy, elegant, and done!

Both these handmade Christmas gift tags rely on the Big Shot and cute embellishments from the Stampin Up! Holiday Catalog to make them come together quickly and easily but still have plenty of pizzazz.  Everything used is listed and linked to my online store for your convenience.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are inspired to make some Christmas gift tags...well before December 24th! LOL





Halloween Lollipop Holder-Spooky Cat Bundle

Welcome back to my 31-Day Blogging Challenge.  Who likes cute Halloween treats???  Most everyone!  

I love how we can take our paper crafting supplies and make handmade cards, scrapbook pages, AND cute treat holders and favors!  I use my supplies a LOT!  Spooky Cat Bundle makes quick work of Halloween treat holders.  Quick, easy, cute, and done!

My Halloween Lollipop holder was very much inspired by fellow demonstrator Debbie Henderson.  At my Halloween Treats Class last Saturday, this is one of SIX treat holders we made.  We made 4 of each, so everyone was armed with 24 cute Halloween treat holders when they left:)  It was a super fun class, and I think I'll be doing it again next year.

This lollipop holder is for any flat lollipop, and it stands up!  I like that feature.  Here are the card stock measurements:

  • Basic Black card stock: 9" x 2"  
  • (score at 3-5/8", 4-3/8", 8-1/8", 8-1/4" on long side)

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below. for your convenience.  And just my two cents:  the cat punch has much life in it beyond Halloween!  So many cute uses!  I seriously think every crafter NEEDS the cat punch! LOL


Christmas Card Class in San Antonio

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Welcome back to my 31-Day Blogging Challenge!  Instead of a sample to share with you today, I have an event instead!  Christmas Card Classes are my absolute favorite classes!  This is my Christmas card class in San Antonio

Saturday, November 4th

11 AM - 5 PM Come and Go Style

It's my last Christmas Card Class of the season with new twists I think you will love!  Have it your way!

  • Make 10 cards or 50 cards--it's up to you!
  • Choose your design, then choose how many you want to make.
  • All designs come in groups of 10.  You may choose as many groups of 10 as you wish up to 5
  • You may choose all of one design or choose several different designs.  
  • Complete info, including design choices, are in the link below.

Count My Blessings Rubberstamp Set-Fall Card

I'm back in my 31-Day blogging challenge after missing yesterday:(  I'm halfway through, so I'm actually okay with having missed just one day.  Today's share is a super simple quick and easy fall card that I created for my monthly free class, Sip & Stamp. (Click here to read about Sip & Stamp, and please consider joining us on November 9th!Count My Blessings rubberstamp set is a gorgeous new line-art stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.

A few things about today's handmade card:

  • The beautiful art images in Count My Blessings rubberstamp set beg to be colored! B Toileut the images can also be used with just ink--no coloring in.  I stamped the acorn and leaf image all around the top and bottom edges of the card.  The result reminds me of toile fabric--those elegant fabrics with a repeating pattern.
  • I wanted a soft look throughout the card, so I chose Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils to color in the acorns and leaves.  I simply colored in the images and then blended the color a bit with Blender Pens.  
  • The bold chevron pattern from Autumn Harvest Designer Series Paper (part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale through the end of October!).  When using soft, subtle images, sometimes a little something bold brings balance.
  • You will notice that there are no words on the front of my card.  There are two sayings in Count My Blessings rubberstamp set:  Thinking of You and When I Count My Blessings You are at the Top of the List.  Everyone in the class chose the words they wanted and stamped them on the inside.  This fall card can then be used to convey thanks or appreciation or comfort and care.  I like versatility and options, so this works for me:)

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below.  Please consider adding Count My Blessings rubberstamp set and Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils to your crafting collection as they will deliver great benefits to you!  Click here to order now.


Halloween Scrapbook Pages

Hello there, and welcome back to my 31-Day blogging challenge!  Today, I'm sharing the 12 x 12 Halloween scrapbook pages we made in my rubberstamp club in San Antonio this month.   Each month, we have the opportunity to stamp and/or scrap with a fun group of ladies, and that is a free class.  Each member places a $20+ order each month, thus building their supplies in a budget-friendly way while getting plenty of creative ideas and learning new things.  Once during their 8-month membership, they receive Stampin' Up! host rewards aka free stuff:)

At each of my stamp club in San Antonio meetings,  members make 2 cards and a 3-D item or 2 scrapbook pages and a 3-D item.  Click here to see the cute 3-D item we made this month.  And click here to learn more about how you can join us.  You can try us out for free with no obligation to join.  There is room for you, and you can join at any time.  But, why wait??!!!


This 12 x 12 Halloween scrapbook page layout was the scrapbook option, and my scrappers loved it!  The amazing coordination of Spooky Cat bundle (cute stamp set and coordinating cat punch) and Spooky Nights Designer series paper made this layout come together quickly and easily.  If you want to get a better look at my scrapbook pages, just click on the photo it will enlarge.

I love scrapbooking with Stampin' Up! supplies.  For me, I just can't get into spending hours in a store, combing through products trying to find just the right stickers.  I love the flexibility of making my own!  I don't make actual stickers--I make die-cut images and punched images and stamped images, and they all work together to make my theme happen in a quick and easy way.  For me, that is the best to scrapbook.  Then, I can use those same supplies to make cards and 3-D items!  That means I have lots of creative options with the same supplies.

A few key points about the fabulous Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper:

  • Those little pumpkins you see on the left page can all be cut out with the Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit Dies!  What coordination!  No fussy-cutting required:)
  • That little owl on the tree branch--that is a 3 x 3 piece of DSP.  It's a tree with the moon in the background.  I stamped the owl right onto the tree branch!  Such fun with DSP
  • See those cute witch's hats?  They are simply fussy-cut from the totally darling Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper.  Cute, easy, and done!  

All Stampin' Up! supplies used in my Halloween scrapbook pages are listed below and linked to my online store for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  You don't want to miss any of my 31-Day blogging challenge posts, so be sure to click on the "subscribe" button at the top of my blog to receive each post via email.  I appreciate your support so much.