Abigail Rose Card Idea

abigailrosecardideaabigailrosesuitestampinupcandyrattray Blog Hop-Trip AchieversWelcome to the May installment of Trip Achievers Blog Hop where achieving demonstrators across the globe join forces to inspire your creativity. With a brand new catalog, we have a lot to share with you!

I'm featuring one of my favorite new suites, Abigail Rose, and went with a favorite color scheme.  Petal Pink is my favorite color, so this came together with no effort whatsoever!

The stamp set and coordinating dies are called Cottage Rose stamps and Cottage Flowers Dies.  Together, they form the Cottage Rose Bundle.



Let me point out a few things about my Abigail Rose card idea: abigailrosecardideaabigailrosesuitestampinupcandyrattray

  1. I used the largest stamp to random stamp all over the card base tone on tone (Petal Pink ink on Petal Pink Cardstock). That gives me a great base to build on.
  2. I took a 4" x 3" piece of Abigail Rose DSP and ran it through my Big Boss with the Timeworn Type 3D for some great texture.
  3. Cottage Rose bundle made easy work of cutting out the stamped flower and leaf images.  Cottage Rose stamps plus dies are available as a bundle which means I saved 10%!
  4. I cut the 7/8" Natural Finish Ribbon into 1/4" strips for the perfect size I needed.
  5. The greeting is stamped with Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock and then cut out with the new Deckled Rectangle Dies and then sponged.  You will love those new dies, and I'll be sharing them more very soon!
  6. The leaf trinket is actually a sneak peek from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!  It's kind of a cross between rose gold and copper, and I love it!

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your reference and shopping convenience.  Enjoy!  Now head over to the next blog for more creative inspiration from my fellow trip achievers!



How to Make a Shaker Card with Bottled Happiness Bundle

Bottled Happiness is a FUN stamp set to use!  Add in the Vintage Bottle Punch (get them together at bundle price of 10% off:) and you can make a Shaker Card quickly and easily!

I featured Bottled Happiness Bundle in my Facebook Live last week where I demonstrated exactly how to make the shaker card element.  It's so easy with the Vintage Bottle Punch and gorgeously iridescent Effervescent Elements.  Click on the video below to see my Shaker Card Demonstration. 

This is actually a super #simplestamping card with the shaker element added in.  What do you think about my color scheme?  I have fallen in love with Starry Sky (new In Color) and can't stop using it!

All Stampin' Up! products are listed and linked below for your reference as well as shopping convenience.  Happy Mother's Day!














Nature's Prints Card Ideas

Welcome to the Annual Catalog Blog Hop where participating demonstrators from across the globe link up to share our amazing creations using 
naturesprintsstampinupcandyrattrayNEW CATALOG products to help inspire you and work on your own Wish Lists!  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com and the full list of participants in this blog hop is at the bottom.  Just scroll down to see where you want to go next

One of my favorite bundles--and suites--in the new Stampin' Up! Catalog is Nature's Prints.  It's a unique suite because there is a second set of papers that also coordinates which gives you TONS of colors for Nature's Prints Card ideas.  I chose that second set, Pretty Prints, for my card class by mail this month.  I'm featuring one of my favorite des
igns from my monthly card class by mail.

Let me point out a few things about my card.  I made a "composition" with various elements from the awesome bundle with plenty of contrast using varying textures and papers.

  • By using some stamped and die-cut images plus some die-cut images I gained  some nice variety.  I used 4 colors of cardstock in my arrangement which is a lot for me!
  • I furthered that variety by using the subtle shine and elegance of Pearls plus a bit of brushed shine with the Rose Gold Shimmer Paper.  
  • The whole composition was laid atop a 4" x 3" panel of Sahara Sand which was dry embossed with the new Fern 3D Embossing Folder.

Scroll down just a bit to see the video with all 8 cards in my monthly class by mail featuring Nature's Prints Bundle.  That gives you 8 Nature's Prints card ideas!  Click here for more details of my monthly card class by mail.

Now head over to the next blog on the hop, and thanks so much for stopping by today!












#simplestamping with Wildflower Path for Mother's Day

Each week I bring #simplestamping to my Facebook Live audience and love the challenge of using just the basics of stamping--stamps, ink, paper--for my design work.  #simplestamping is perfect for beginner card makers as well as us avid crafters.  It's a great place for our new stampers to jump in!

I'm loving the new 2022-2024 In Colors and played with an In Color Combo I really like.  Parakeet Party and Mossy Meadow are true "dynamic duos," light and dark counterparts.  Sweet Sorbet is an orangey red, a shade lighter than Poppy Parade.  While Calypso Coral and Sweet Sorbet are not what I would term dynamic duos, they do work well together.

I also featured 2 Mini Catalog stamp sets that made their way into the new annual Stampin' Up! catalog:  Wildflower Path (lovely 2-step stamping with really nice greetings) and Celebrating You (an all-greetings stamp set with all the Spring holidays plus a great selection of all-occasion greetings for both inside and outside your handmade cards.  


The new In Colors are only available at present to active Stampin' Up! demonstrators, so I cannot link them below, but I will add them once the new catty goes live.  Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!

Mischievous Mice Card Idea With Joy Fold


Mischievous Mice is an adorable host only stamp set in the Stampin' Up! January-June Mini Catalog.  The uber cute line art images are perfect for masculine cards, kids cards, cards for anyone!  These mice are guaranteed to bring smiles to ANYONE!!!

Let me talk first about "host only" stamp sets and then we will get into the details of my Mischievous Mice card and the joy fold.

Stampin' Up! offers "host rewards" as in free products to "hosts".  Although you might think you are required to host a part to qualify, it's actually tied to a $$$ amount vs a "party order."  Once your order hits $150 (before tax and shipping), you get 10% of the total in product credits aka free stuff!  The amount of free products goes up as your order total does. 

Insider tip:  this is true for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, too.  We earn free product on top of our discount:)  Click here to learn more about joining and never pay full price again!




Okay, now onto some fun details of my Mischievous Mice card idea and the fun fold I used:  the joy fold.

Any woodgrain designer paper would work to recreate this card.  I was thinking of a hole in the wall where this cute mouse might live:)  

I kept the color palette gender neutral to increase the versatility of this fun fold card.  I made several, and they are ready to give to girls, boys, men, or women.  In fact, I gave one to a single dad at my church for his birthday, and he was delighted!  He chuckled at the cuteness of the mouse and then proceeded to show his young sons:)

Click here for the free pdf tutorial with photos, step-by-step instructions, and supply list.  

Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations (Tuesdays & Thursdays @4PM CT) and plenty of crafty inspiration!