Rooted in Nature and a Stampin' Up! Color Combo

Alaska Blog HopWelcome to the July installment of the Alaska Achievers Blog Hop.  While you are hopping along, I am in Alaska!  How fun is that??!!!  Oh, the joys of technology!  You are at Candy Rattray aka sweetstamper.  The full list of blog hop participants is at the very bottom of this post.  So if you're not sure where you are, just scroll down!

For today's share, we continue to dig into the new Stampin' Up! catalog. I have a bold color combo provided by Stampin' Up! in their very helpful Color Combo document which gives 3 different color combos for every single new core color.  With the Color Revamp, many of us are still finding our way with the new colors.  This document is a fantastic FREE tool you can download here.

I would never have come up with this color combo on my Rootedinnaturestampinupcandyrattray own!  I love how the Stampin' Up! artists do the heavy lifting for us so we can just have fun and create!  I shared this card in last week's Tuesday@2, my weekly Facebook Live.  Check out my page here and like it so you will get to see my weekly videos.  They are just 30 minutes of stamping fun with prizes each week.  I would love for you to join us!





This is truly a quick and easy card made special by the bold color combo.  I hope you are inspired to make this card yourself and also to try out this color combo with other stamps and supplies. 

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  You are now leaving and heading to the next blog on the hop.  Bye!


Summer Scrapbook Pages with Tropical Escape Designer Papers

One of the things I love most about Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers is the awesome color schemes that make it quick and easy to create great projects, and I'll be sharing DSP ideas all month as we are in the Buy 1, Get 3 Free promotion.  

My summer scrapbook pages with Tropical Escape Designer Papers are bright, cheery, and fun.  I chose a totally neutral and dark background via Basic Black 12 x 12 card stock to make the bright colors really pop.  And don't be afraid of pinks on scrapbook pages that feature guys!  There are pink flowers all around us, plus those pinks tend to pick up skin tones. 

We made this 12 x 12 layout in June with my scrapbook club in San Antonio.  You can read all about the scrapbook club here--you can join anytime, so come on out and scrap with us!



Let me point out just a few things about my summer scrapbook pages:

  1. Large Letters Thinlit Dies are a must-have for any scrapbooker!  Here, I punched them out from Granny Apple Green card stock and then ran them through again with the Quilt Top Embossing Folder.  The subtle texture on the letters gives interest to my title.  This is how you can really rock customized looks for your scrapbook pages!  Little touches can make a big difference:)
  2. Pocketful of Sunshine photopolymer stamp set and coordinating Pocket Framelit Dies work so well on scrapbook pages.  Sunglasses and pockets are perfectly sized for handmade cards as well as scrapbook pages for fantastic versatility.  Choosing colors for them is a bit like playing paper dolls and so much fun!  Additional dies in the set provide even more versatile options.
  3. Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins are my absolute favorite new embellishment in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog.  Again, versatility is one reason I love them.  Ease of use is the other since they are adhesive-backed.  Quick, easy, and done!  Just scatter them across any project for a bit of shine.

That's it for today and my summer scrapbook pages.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  And remember that you can Buy 3, Get 1 Free on select Designer Series Papers all month!  Just do it!

Rooted in Nature Card Idea with Feminine Colors

rootedinnaturestampinupcandyrattrayToday I'm sharing a quick and easy card with plenty of pizzazz thanks to the Rooted in Nature Bundle as well as the drop dead gorgeous Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.  My Rooted in Nature card idea sprang from the amazing colors in Nature's Poem DSP--leaves and nature images can take on a decidedly feminine look by using a feminine color scheme.

Here are a few things to note about my Rooted in Nature card idea:

  1. My card base is one of the new Stampin' Up! core colors--Petal Pink.  There are sooo many awesome new colors, but I think Petal Pink is my absolute favorite!  It's a soft, peachy pink and is so versatile and just plain lovely.  I'm not usually in love with subtle colors.  Petal Pink has won my heart:)  Stampin' Up! paired it with Blackberry Bliss in Nature's Poem DSP for a bold contrast that draws you back again and again. 
  2. My die-cut leaflets are made from my favorite of the shiny papers:  Copper Foil Sheet.  The dies that are part of the Rooted in Nature Bundle have an element in 3 of the leaf dies that will cut out AND emboss your leaves.  Brilliant!
  3. I have a penchant for one-ink cards.  Blackberry Bliss ink pad is the only one I used on this card!  Stamp several times without re-inking to get multiple, beautiful shades of loveliness:)




Nature's Poem DSP rootedinnaturestampinupcandyrattray

Right now and through the end of July, stock up on Designer Series Papers and save!  Buy 3, Get 1 Free on select papers.  Click here to see them all and start shopping.  I so appreciate you supporting my small business, and I love that you can get free paper!  I'll be sharing more ideas for using the Designer Series Papers in the sale all month here on my blog, so stay tuned for more ideas on using DSP as a starting point for your creativity.

Hand Delivered, Stampin' Up! Host Exclusive Stamp Set

I abshanddeliveredstampinupcandyrattrayolutely love the Host Exclusive stamp sets in the 2018/2019 Stampin' Up! catalog, and Hand Delivered is my favorite.  I truly adore the images and inherent versatility and creative options.  

I created this handmade card for my recent Training Event (for team members) and Stamp Camp in San Antonio (for customers).  I do an all-day stamping event at the launch of every new catalog, including our seasonal ones.  Save the date, as my next one is September 15th for demonstrators and September 22nd for customers where we will be digging into the newly released Holiday Catalog.  Yes, the holidays will be upon us in no time:)  Click here for my full online calendar of events.

Okay, onto my handmade card featuring Hand Delivered Stampin' Up! host exclusive stamp set.  Here's the full set so you can see all the images and greetings.  

Hand Delivered

Notice the empty sign (with the lady's hands:) which you can, of course, customize with the greeting of your choice and even add a few flowers like I did.

Look at all the skirt options!  I love being able to choose stripes (as shown in my card), flowers, or solid.  This brings back very fond memories of paper dolls.  

But wait, there's more!  LOL!  Look at the options that the lady can carry!  Although I have my lady holding a sign, she can also hold a bouquet of balloons, a stack of books, or a gorgeous cake.  Talk about fun to use! I love options when I create, and Hand Delivered host exclusive stamp set...delivers!

How do you get your own Hand Delivered host exclusive stamp set and start creating with it?  You can only purchase it with host rewards.  These are free dollars you receive when your order(s) reaches $150 in merchandise total (before tax and shipping). There are 3 ways for that to happen:

  1. Place a personal order of at least $150--treat yourself to creative play things.
  2. Gather orders from friends and combine them with yours to total at least $150.
  3. Host a stamping party/gathering that generates at least $150 in orders. You can do that in person, live, or online via a Facebook party or a Facetime party.  In that case, we book a date, and I bring the entertainment!

Host rewards begin at $15 and increase with the dollar amount of orders.  Host rewards can be used on anything at all.  But the host exclusive stamp sets are only available through host rewards.  Hand Delivered is just $13 in host rewards money, leaving you $2 to use on some cute twine or adhesive or other small item.  All that is free--including shipping--you just pay the tax and any amount over your allotted free rewards.  Does that make sense?  If not, feel free to email me: Host rewards are FANTASTIC, and once you understand the way they work, you will love getting them and maximizing your dollars for crafty fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  Ta!1!


Time for Tea by Stampin' Up!

Alaska Blog HopWelcome to the June installment of the monthly Alaska Achievers Blog Hop.  Achieving Demonstrators from across the globe join together to wow and inspire you with a theme each month.  For June, it's all about the new annual catalog!  You are at Candy Rattray,, and I'm featuring a handmade card using the Tea Room Suite of products.

When I saw the Tea Room Suite at OnStage, I knew it would be one of my Top Picks.  Although I am definitely a tea lover, I think there are so many things about this suite to love in addition to the tea-related images.  The gorgeous color palette, that scrummy ribbon, and some awesome dies!  Time for Tea by Stampin' Up! delivers fabulously versatile stamps and dies.


  tearoomsuitestampinupcandyrattrayLet me tell you about today's card.  I'll point out just a few things:

  • Tea Time Designer Series Paper is just gorgeous with these watercolor prints and some vintage prints with a beautiful color palette of Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry.
  • My card does NOT have any tea cups or spoons--just flowers and other types of loveliness!  There is plenty of versatility in Tea Room Suite!
  • Look at those fancy scallop dies!  There is so much you can do with them, and they layer beautifully.
  • Lastly, the Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack gives you TWO colors of lustrous ribbon with copper edging and I absolutely love it!  It's the perfect, elegant touch for a host of projects.  I used the vanilla one; the other is Coastal Cabana:)

That's it for me for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you love the Tea Room Suite as much as I do!  Now head on over to the next blog on the hop to see what Connie has to show you!  You are now leaving Candy Rattray,


Accented Blooms Quick and Easy Card

accentedbloomsstampinupcandyrattrayToday's Accented Blooms quick and easy card features 2 of the new In Colors:  Blueberry Bushel and Pineapple Punch.  I used just a hint of Pineapple Punch for a nice little pop of color on my otherwise monochromatic card.

My quick and easy card comes together in just minutes--literally!  And it has a short supply list:)  Here are just a few things to note:

  • The Hello is punched out using the Tailored Tag Punch which debuted in the Occasions (Spring) Catalog in a masculine suite of products.  I love how Accented Blooms stamp set takes this very tailored, structural punch and pairs it with flowers for a bold, beautiful look.
  • Accented Blooms rubberstamp set gives you an additional greeting--Thanks--for the same punch.  
  • Rhinestones add light and shine without adding color. 
  • Flowers like this don't have to be colored in!  By leaving them white, the emphasis is on the outlines vs. the colors.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  Just click to shop!

Abstract Impressions Stamp Set Card Idea

abstractimpressionsbystampinupcandyrattrayMy share for you today features Abstract Impressions stamp set (photopolymer).  There is a set of coordinating thinlits for this set, but for today's card I'm featuring the stamps alone.  I did use the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper which also coordinates with Abstract Impressions stamp set and coordinating thinlit dies.  There is a whole suite of products with this, and it is all stunning!  

I made another card featuring the same Abstract Impressions stamp set only and coordinating Garden Impressions DSP that you can see here.  I have yet to break into the coordinating thinlit dies that go with it--maybe that will be a creative start for me next week!

Today's quick and easy card is just stamps, ink, paper, and a couple of simple embellishments.  No punches, no dies--just simple stamping.  Let me share just a few things:

  • I used two shades of blue here:  Night of Navy and Blueberry Bushel. in both card stock and inks.  I like how they play off each other.  Blueberry Bushel is one of our new In Colors, and I'm in love with it!
  • Garden Impressions DSP reminds me of beautiful fabric.  Whisper White Dotted Ribbon and Artisan Pearls make the perfect femininine accents that tie it all together.
  • The flower is stamped in Blueberry Bushel ink and then stamped again without re-inking.  I love that third shade of blue!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  



Serene Garden Stamp Set and the New Leaf Ribbon

serenegardenstampsetstampinupcandyrattrayAs I get back into regular blogging after a few weeks off with New Catalog Fever and tons of behind-the-scenes work, I'm happy to share one of my creations for my New Catalog Training Event (for my team members) and New Catalog Stamp Camp (for my customers).  My aim was to showcase new stamp sets, and this card featuring Serene Garden hits the mark.

There are some FABULOUS coordinating framelits with Serene Garden stamp set.  (You can get both the stamps and framelits as a bundle which saves you 10%:) But I am happy to share and show you that the stamp set itself can stand alone as well.  I love versatility, and I endeavored to show that with this handmade card.

I also wanted to showcase as many of the new colors as possible.  With the Color Revamp this year, we have many new core colors--in addition to some scrumptious new In Colors.  Today's handmade card uses all new colors.  Okay, that's enough of my thought process.  Here are a few features of today's card:

  • Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather are new core colors and counterparts of one another.  Pair them with great success every time!
  • Leaf Ribbon!  This is really gorgeous specialty ribbon.  We normally tie ribbons or knot them.  With Leaf Ribbon, simply lay it down and anchor with Mini Glue Dots for some great, touchable texture as well as brilliant color.
  • Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins are my absolute favorite New Catalog Embellishment!  They come in several basic colors, and I used the iridescent ones as they pick up the purples and greens in this card beautifully!  The adhesive on the back makes them super quick and easy to use--with a firm hold.  Thank you, Stampin' Up!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  Just click to see more and shop!


Abstract Impressions Stamp Set Card Idea

Remarkably Created Blog HopWelcome to the Remarkably Created Blog Hop where demonstrators are sharing...ALL THINGS NEW, new catalog ideas, of course!  You are at Candy Rattray,, and I'm so excited you are here!  The full list of Stampin' Up! demonstrators on this blog hop is all the way at the bottom of this post, so check that for reference or in case you get lost in the cloud! LOL

My share for you today features Abstract Impressions stamp set (photopolymer), and I'm seriously in love with it!  There is a set of coordinating thinlits--that are equally gorgeous!  But for today's card, I'm featuring the stamps alone.  I did use the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper which also coordinates with Abstract Impressions stamp set and coordinating thinlit dies.  There is a whole suite of products with this, and it is all stunning!



This handmade card comes together quickly and easily.  But the colors make it very eye-catching.  I paired one of the new Stampin' Up! colors (part of a big color revamp in this year's catalog), Mango Melody with 2 old favorites--Night of Navy and Smoky Slate.  The 2 neutrals are the perfect contrast to really showcase Mango Melody.

The patterns in Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper remind me of Vera Bradley prints.  I love every single pattern--they are just gorgeous!  Pairing that paper with gingham ribbon seemed like a great combination.  They remind me of two complementary fabrics.

Okay, that's it for today.  This is my very first card featuring new catalog products since it launched on June 1st.  I've been so busy doing things behind the scenes that I have had NO time to blog.  But I'm back!  So come back tomorrow for more creative inspiration:)  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Now head on over to the next blog on the hop for more new catalog fun! 





New Stampin' Up! Catalog Launch!

Stampin' Up! catalogThe big day has finally come, and the new Stampin' Up! catalog is live and ready for action!  Woo hoo!!!  The online catalog is available for view here.  It's a beautiful catalog with fantastic new products as well as many of our favorites plus an abundance of creative ideas.

If you do not yet have a hard copy of the catalog, I would love to send you one.  Please email me here to get your own personal copy of the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog.  It will be a constant companion when having your coffee or tea, taking a break from all the stress of life.  Let it fill you up with creative inspiration!

You may also browse my online store which now has many, many new products for creativity.  If you are brand new to crafting, I highly recommend that you begin with:

If you are already a paper crafter, just jump in!  There is something for everyone!  Whether you want to make:

  • Scrapbook pages
  • Handmade greeting cards
  • Home decor
  • Party decor
  • Favors
  • Gifts
  • Treats

you will find the best products on the market in my online Stampin' Up! store.  

If you place an order, use this host code GH9ZPW9Q to receive goodies from me.