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!



Perfectly Wrapped by Stampin' Up!

Perfectly Wrapped-Stampin' Up!
If you like trendy, modern fonts, Perfectly Wrapped stamp set is perfect for you!  It's on the Stampin' Up! Retiring List, so you can only get it through the end of May or while supplies last.  It's a sweet, simple set with a few images to accent those great words.  Although Perfectly Wrapped was featured as coordinating with the very cute Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit--which makes 8 cute bags and 8 cute boxes, I love it for card-making!

Perfectly Wrapped - Stampin' Up!


I created the card below for my monthly free event, Sip & Stamp.  We meet at a local tea room and stamp a single card, sip some tea, and enjoy lots of creative chatter!

When I create, I need some parameters.  If I just walk into my Studio with no direction, I'll usually walk back out hours later with little or nothing done.  Parameters provide direction--and fuel--for my creativity!  I knew I wanted to make something with soft colors.  I knew I wanted to use Retiring In Colors (2015-2017 In Colors).  And I knew I wanted to use Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper.  

With those parameters in mind, I looked at my retiring stamp sets and knew Perfectly Wrapped was my perfect ticket with its perfect fonts and images!  We had 10 ladies at Sip & Stamp, and this card was a hit!  It's fun to make, and we all need thank you cards.  They are my most-needed handmade cards.

perfectlywrappedembossresiststampinupcandyrattrayIrresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper is a series of papers with different embossed designs.  They are solid white and make quick work of the emboss resist technique.  Just sponge on ink and you have customized papers to use on any project.  Emboss resist technique is very cool rubberstamping technique whereby you put a heat-embossed image on card stock and then add ink with a sponge or aqua painter or other coloring vehicle.  The heat embossed part "resists" the ink and brings lovely results.  Irresistibly Floral DSP does the embossing for you, making it quicker than ever to have a cool rubberstamping technique on your project without the "work".  

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  And join us for Sip & Stamp in June by clicking here to rsvp!


New Catalog Training Event

New Catty It's new catalog time, and that means that I have a Training Event on the calendar for you!  My Training Events are aimed at Stampin' Up! Demonstrators but open to everyone. This is an all-day stamping event FULL of value for you.  Whether you are a demonstrator or stamper, you will learn much...and have fun while learning!   

Saturday, June 10th

10 AM - 3 PM

Venue:  Tower City Church

 Full information and registration link here

  • 16 projects with new catalog stamps and supplies
  • $25 swag bag (1 yard of every new catalog ribbon!)
  • Lunch and all-day beverages (tea, coffee, water)
  • Swapping--for demonstrators only and optional
  • Card contest--swap with me and your card is automatically entered in the contest!
  • Hands-on instruction 
  • pdf documents for each project emailed to you after the event

Registration closes May 31st.  Do it now!!! Click here to learn more and/or register.

Card Stock Frame

I'm so excited to share my card stock frame project with you today!  I created this lovely little home decor piece for a recent inspirational class and had many requests to make a video to share along with the pdf instructions.  I placed a Bible verse inside my frame.  You can easily insert a Bible verse of your choice, a favorite saying, or even a photo.  You make the frame and then fill it up!


I adore the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  When used in my card stock frame, I think it looks like wall paper which is perfect for my mini home decor piece. I am thrilled that this DSP is making a comeback in the new 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  It's been altered a bit, and I think it's better than ever:)

I hope YOU try making your own card stock frame.  Try it first with a piece of scrap card stock--a color you don't like, a cheap piece from the office supply store.  That way you can make a mistake or two and not feel badly.  I only made 2 card stock frames as my trial pieces and then felt confident to make it "for real" with my nice Stampin' Up! card stock.  Just do it!

Grateful Bunch stamp set with Clear Block Technique

Grateful Bunch is one of many stamp sets on the Stamping' Up! Retiring List 2017.  This is one of the projects we made in my April stamp club in San Antonio. Check out my club details here and let me know if you would like to join us for regular stamping fun!  There are projects for both card-makers and scrapbookers, so you have options!

This is a "rubberstamp technique" card, employing the Clear Block Technique.  It's quick and easy and brings a very artsy result.  And it uses things you already have as a stamper:  ink and a clear block.  That's it.  No extra tools or equipment.  You can achieve more dramatic looks if you use contrasting inks.  For this card, I went for an ombre look using Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum.

Simply ink up one half of the clear block--yes, the block--with the lighter color.  In this case, that is Blushing Bride.  Now ink up the other end of the clear block with your contrasting color (in this case, that is Sweet Sugarplum) so that it is completely covered with ink.  The colors can overlap.  Now take your Stampin' Spritzer and spray lightly.  The more water you add, the more the colors will run.  The less water you have, the more you will get a speckled look--like what you see at the upper left and lower left corners of my piece.  Now take your clear block and "stamp" it on your piece of Extra Thick Whisper White.  That's it!  I didn't even allow mine to dry before I stamped the large flower image from Grateful Bunch in the center.  Quick and easy!

Clear Block Technique Card

Today's card is feminine and pretty without being fussy.  I had a Happy Mothers Day greeting for the inside for those that wished to make this into a Mothers Day card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Remember that Grateful Bunch stamp set and coordinating Blossom Bunch punch are both retiring.  The punch is half price!  So grab them while you can. And please check out my stamp club in San Antonio. We would love for you to join us for regular, monthly stamping fun!


Carousel Birthday Rubberstamp Set

I adore Carousel Birthday rubberstamp set in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, and I'm sad to see it leave our lineup.  Yes, it's on the Stampin' Up! Retiring List 2017.  Today I have a quick and easy birthday card for you featuring Carousel Birthday rubberstamp set.  

carouselbirthdayrubberstampsetstampinupoccasionscatalogcandyrattrayMy handmade birthday card is not only quick and easy, it's fun to make!  It uses 4 of the stamps in the set (one on the inside) and NO coloring.  It doesn't look like a quick and easy card, but it is:)  Ink and stamp.  That's it.  The coordinating Cupcakes & Carousels DSP is gorgeous.  The colors, the artwork, the images...yes to all!

Get your Carousel Birthday stamp set today before it's too late.  And if you live in the Greater San Antonio area, check out my stamp club in San Antonio.  This is one of 3 projects we made last month, and we would love for you to join our friendly group of stampers.  We are a mix of newbies and veterans who enjoy making pretty things with paper.  

As usual, all the Stampin' Up! supplies used here are shown and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by!