Sweet Little Something Easter Card Idea for Remarkably Created Blog Hop

remarkarkablycreatedbloghopcandyrattrayI'm excited to be on the Remarkably Created Blog Hop where the theme is Mix & Match.  We are mixing and matching items from the annual catalog with items from the spring catalog (Occasions). You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.  The full list of hoppers is at the end of this post, so please refer there for signposting on exactly where you are and where you want to go next!

Okay, on to today's handmade Easter card idea!  I fell in love with Sweet Little Something stamp set when I first opened the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog--back in November at OnStage in Salt Lake City.  My favorite stuffed animal as a child, my cuddly toy that went everywhere with me, was a bunny.  So I definitely have a soft spot for stuffed bunnies--no pun intended!  Ha!




Sweet Little Something stamp set is the only thing on this card from the Occasions Catalog--everything else is from the annual catalog.  I featured this handmade Easter card at my local demonstrator team meeting here in San Antonio, TX. My team loved making it!  You can see more about my team here. 

Sweet Little Something stamp set is quite versatile with a number of different greetings giving you clue as to creative options.  In fact, you can switch out the greeting on this card and turn it into a baby card in just seconds.  

I kept everything soft and subtle on my handmade Easter card so that my stamped image--the beautiful bunny--would take center stage. Sweet Little Something stamp set is another of the photorealistic stamps developed by Stampin' Up!  Personally, I love the look!  The first one Stampin' Up! did in this style of stamp is Baby Bear, and it is still available.  So choose which cuddly animal you want--or just get both like me!

sweetlittlesomethingeastercardoccasionscatalogstampinupcandyrattrayEaster is on April 1st this year, so get started now on your Easter projects.  I'll be sharing more Easter projects here on my blog and you don't want to miss any of them!  Simply subscribe to my blog by putting your email address in the little box on your right that looks like this:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com and heading to the next stop on Janet Wakeland's Remarkably Created Blog Hop where more creative inspiration awaits you!<!

Picture Perfect Birthday Suite in a Fun Fold Card

pictureperfectbirthdaystampinupoccasions2018candyrattrayI have a super fun card to share with you today!  The images (from Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set and coordinating Designer Series Paper in the Stampin Up! Occasions 2018 catalog) are fun, the special fold is fun, and it is very fast and fun to make!  Today's card features 2 In Colors:  Berry Burst and my fave--Lemon Lime Twist.

I created this card for my Stamping Bingo event last month--and it was very much inspired by a similar card by Connie Stewart.  My guests received a swag bag of goodies, and they used the Stampin' Up! products on their Make & Take cards.  Each guest received a swag bag with:

  1. Package of Picture Perfect DSP
  2. Tutti- Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins
  3. Gold 3/8" Ribbon

This is what the swag bags looked like:

Picture Perfect Birthday BagsI have a thing for paper lunch sacks!  They are so useful and large enough to hold what I need for so many occasions.  These held the Stampin' Up! products, a bingo cards, and edible counters for the games:)

These made perfect swag bags for my Stamping Bingo night, but they would also be perfect for a birthday party or even an office party.  Just put some good stuff inside, use the Picture Perfect Birthday Suite to decorate, and you have CUTE party favors in a very short time!

pictureperfectbirthdaysuitestampinupoccasions2018candyrattrayOne of the things that Stampin' Up! really excels at is coordinating products.  And they hit that out of the park with Picture Perfect Birthday Suite!  I adore the photo-realistic papers!  And each sheet has a "B" side--one that is quieter.  I love that because if there is a set of images on a page you aren't keen on, just flip it over for more subtle, graphic images.  

And although Picture Perfect Birthday Suite is all about birthdays, I think that the fun images work really well for anything where you need a splashy celebration:)

Be sure to come back tomorrow as I'll be sharing another of the Picture Perfect Birthday cards.  I created 3, and they are all quick and easy.  When you are in the middle of a fun Stamping Bingo night, the Make & Take cards have to be quick and fun!

As always, Stampin' Up! products are listed and linked to my online store below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments Rubberstamp Sets are a Perfect Pair!

I have so many things to share with you here on my blog, so I need to catch you up on them!  I created this "encouragement card" for my rubberstamp club in San Antonio last month to showcase Stampin' Blends Markers.  (Full info on my rubberstamp club in San Antonio is here, and you can join anytime--so check it out!)  

Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments are actually 2 different rubberstamp sets.  They are a very natural pairing and work beautifully together.  My card was very much inspired by France Martin aka Frenchie.  I kept all the card stocks and stamping very neutral and gray to create a somber scene.  That background ensured that my lady with umbrella would really pop!

This card has a big wow factor, but it doesn't take that long to make.  The lady takes the most time.  But you simply:

  1. Stamp
  2. Color in with Stampin' Blends--doing a bit of shading to give her depth and interest
  3. Fussy cut
  4. Adhere to background scene

My rubberstamp club in San Antonio meets next week, and I would love for you to come as my guest!  Try us out!  Simply RSVP here on my calendar page here.  We meet

  • Monday night, Feb. 12th
  • Tuesday Morning, Feb. 13th
  • Tuesday night, Feb. 13th

Pick the time that is best for you.  And if you live too far to join us in person but are interested in my stamp club, please email me by clicking here.  I'm considering adding a stamp club in the mail option.

That's it for today.  As always, Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below (to my online store) for your convenience.  


Alaska Achievers Blog Hop, January-Petal Palette Bundle

Alaska Blog HopWelcome to the January edition of Alaska Achiever Blog Hop where demonstrators from all over the globe will wow you with their awesome creations using Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration products to inspire YOU to create your own handmade cards.  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com, and I'm delighted you're here!  The full blog hop lineup is listed below, so check that if you need any help navigating your way around the world:)

My share for today features the gorgeous Petal Palette Bundle.  It is my Top Pick from the Occasions Catalog, brimming with versatility, customization options, and sheer beauty.  I used 3 coordinating elements of the suite:

  1. Petal Pair Embossing Folders (I used the one with the long, skinny images) which adds touchable texture)
  2. Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (I used the design that looks like pussy willows and repeats the image in the embossing folder)
  3. Petal Palette Bundle (I love being able to cut out the beautiful array of flowers in mere seconds!)

I then added the fabulous new alcohol markers, Stampin' Blends.  They are so much fun to use!  This handmade card was the Make & Take for a workshop.  I put all the Stampin' Blends colors out on the table, and people could then create their own custom color schemes to please their own eye. I love versatility and options, and these cards are loaded with those!  I used just a touch of Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend on both the Dark Pink Pirouette flower and the Rich Razzleberry flowers.  The deep red brings in a layer of color and depth that I really like:)




As you can see, there are other options for these easy but elegant handmade cards.  Looking at the photo above is a bit like the children's Spot the Difference games:)  One of the things I love about stamping with other people is the way they see things differently, and my two cards here are a result of that.  Some of the differences in the two cards:



  • Portrait vs. Landscape--one of the easiest changes we can make is to just flip the orientation for a different look
  • Add color to the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper...or not.  Again, I love options!
  • Add the Glitter Epoxy shapes to the flowers or the greeting.  I love these little shapes as they are more subtle than rhinestones but still add shine.  And I think they look like little water droplets on the flowers!
  • Fill in the background of the stamped flowers--or not!  It's a subtle difference, but sometimes a small change makes a big difference.

That's it for today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com as you head over to the next stop on the blog hop for even more Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration creative inspiration.

Color Me Happy, Stampin' Blends

colormehapppystampinupstampinblendscandyratrayToday' share is one of two card I created for my Online Club where members order a few Stampin' Blends each month and learn to use them.  They get free Make & Take packets by mail plus project tutorials (pdf's and videos).  This month was all about creating a natural look through blending and shading.

My bird card uses a variety of Stampin' Blends.  I love using Smoky Slate Combo Pack (2 markers, one light and one dark) plus the Bronze Lifter which is a brown tone and works with so many other colors to create warm tones.  

Color Me Happy is a cute, versatile stamp set that was launched in conjunction with Stampin' Blends.  It's available as a bundle (10% off!) with the Color Me Happy project kit.  That's where I got all the elements for today's card:

  • colored card base
  • gorgeous, coordinating envelope
  • white twine
  • gold foil starburst
  • colored, iridescent sequins
  • white cardstock

My handmade card is my own rendition of the one Stampin' Up! made.  I wanted more realistic looking birds, so it was the perfect opportunity to create a different look and then teach my club members the way I blended different colors for a natural look.

Complete information for my Online Club is here, and you can join now.  


Color Me Happy Kit Done

Color Me Happy Kit


Party Pandas for Global Design Project 121 Color Challenge

For today's share, I drew inspiration  for my Party Pandas card from Global Design Project 121 Color Challenge, #GDP121.  "What is that?" you may ask.  Global Design Project offers a weekly challenge to...challenge your creativity!  I've been watching these and loving all the creative inspiration.  This week, I knew it was time for me to dive in:)


GDPD121Party Pandas is an exclusive FREE rubberstamp set available as a reward with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration.  I love, love, love free rubberstamps!  And with these pandas, cuteness abounds!

In fact, I used 2 more FREE products available with a $50 purchase (per free product):

  • Shimmer Ribbon Pack (includes a roll of Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Basic Gray ribbons)
  • Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper

All Stampin' Up! supplies I used in this handmade card are listed and linked below to my online store.  Grab some Stampin' Up! supplies and get the darling Party Pandas rubberstamp set absolutely free!  (Offer good through March 31.)

Hold On To Hope by Stampin' Up!

I hosted a Training Event last Saturday, and Hold On To Hope is one of the Occasions Catalog 2018 Bundles I featured.  Check out the full stamp set below.  If you like making inspirational handmade cards, this set is a must-have!

The cards shown here were designed in collaboration with Lynda, one of my team members.  They use the EXACT SAME SUPPLIES.  I love it when you can just flip the Designer Series Paper over and change the orientation (from landscape to portrait) for a totally different look!

This is a quick and easy card.  Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper, also in the Occasions Catalog 2018, is really gorgeous and takes center stage here.  Isn't the color palette lovely?  We then added just the oval die-cuts with a bit of stamping and sponging and a bow.  Done and beautiful in mere minutes!

Come back tomorrow to see another card using Hold On To Hope stamp set and the coordinating dies.  In the meantime, sign up for my weekly email newsletter.  Simply fill in your email address in the little box at the top right of this page.  It looks like this:

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Hold On To Hope stamps



Beautiful Peacock Stamp Set, Sale-a-Bration 2018

One of the many exclusive free items available in the Sale-a-Bration 2018 Stampin' Up! promotion is Beautiful Peacock stamp set.  It's a photopolymer set which means you can see right through the stamps for super easy positioning.  That comes in handy when you go to line up all the pretty tail feathers for this very Beautiful Peacock!

My handmade card features Lemon Lime Twist, one of the 2017-2019 In Colors.  If you follow my blog at all, you know it's my fave!  I'd like to point out just a few things (4!) to you that I used on today's card that are brand new items from the Occasions Catalog 2018.  Then I'll list and link all the Stampin' Up! supplies below for your convenience.

  • I used Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Papers, a stack of 6 x 6 DSP with cute, tiny fruits on one side and bold graphic prints like stripes and grid lines (shown here) on the other.  It has great colors and versatile designs!
  • Yes, you see colored Glimmer Paper!  Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper is another 6 x 6 stack of papers--this time it's all glimmer in 3 colors:  Turquoise (shown here), Light Green (be still, my heart!), and Iridescent (white).  
  • See that jaunty white bow?  The new Whisper White 1/4" Organza Ribbon is beautiful but also handles so nicely that it makes bow-making a cinch!  You can also add color with Stampin' Blends for perfectly matched ribbon every time and only one purchase:)
  • Last, but not least, let me draw your attention to the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder.  That's a mouthful to say!  I love the scattered effect of the embossed sequins.  

That's it for today.  Be sure to check out all the free Sale-a-Bration rewards available here in my online store.  


Heart Happiness Valentine Scrapbook Pages

I'm so excited to share the Valentine scrapbook pages we made in my scrapbook club in San Antonio this month featuring Heart Happiness stamp set.  My 2 page layout is definitely on a love theme, and I was thinking Valentine's Day.  But I made the scrapbook pages broad enough in theme that they could easily be used to document:

  • Special anniversary
  • Date nights
  • Valentine's Day
  • Love
  • Prom pics!

My starting point that brought everything together is the drop dead gorgeous Painted With Love DSP.  This specialty Designer Series Paper will seriously take your breath away--just like true love:)  I'm sharing the Stampin' Up! video (scroll all the way down to the bottom of this blog post) that shows all the designer series papers in the Occasions Catalog because you really need to see them! Take special note of Painted With Love Designer Series Paper.

My favorite element in these Valentine scrapbook pages is the heart using a 4 x 4 piece of Painted With Love DSP, cut out with Bloomin' Heart die.  I think it's gorgeous! bloominheartpaintedwithlovedspstampinupbigshotcandyrattray

I'm also really chuffed with the doily on doily element in the lower left corner.  Because what's Valentine's Day without doilies??!!!  I grew up in the era when hearts-shaped doilies were a staple of Valentine's Day celebrations:)


If you are in the Greater San Antonio area and like to scrapbook, please check out the info for my scrapbook club in San Antonio.  There aren't many places left where you can gather with fellow scrappers, so come join us for scrappy fun!













Color Me Happy Bundle


colormehappystampinuprubberstampscandyrattrayColor Me Happy rubberstamps and coordinating Color Me Happy project kit are super fun to work with as well as being great value.  I have a Stampin' Blends Online Club, and this is one of the projects my club members made.  

The Color Me Happy rubberstamp set and project kit (available as a bundle with 10% savings) were specially designed to help us learn to use Stampin' Blends, the brand new line of alcohol markers by Stampin' Up!  Personally, I have never had art lessons and can't watercolor or shade or do anything fancy like that.  Stampin' Blends take this rank amateur and make my projects look really good!

My Color Me Happy card is actually what is often called an "alternative project."  That's because my card is different than the one Stampin' Up! designed.  I only altered it slightly, but I wanted to show off 2 "techniques" using the Blends:

  1. Coloring on DSP (Designer Series Paper)
  2. Coloring rhinestones or other non-porous embellishments

These are simple things that can help you customize your projects and really make them pop.

Want to join my Online Club featuring the Stampin' Blends and learn new ways to use them each month?  It lasts just 3 months, and you can still get in on it.  Click here for full information.