Bingo & BOGO, April 2023















I have a super Saturday planned for you!  2 events, back to back.  Come to one or both--your choice.

  • 9:30-10:30 BOGO:

Come shop my newly refreshed retired stash.  Get it for FREE with an order of equal value.

  • 10:30-12:30 BINGO:
  • Play Bingo my way--super fast paced with tons of winners.

To attend Bingo, you must register so I can prepare your project packets and get Bingo prizes.  Click here to register for Bingo.

How to Make a Vintage Travel Card


For my weekly Facebook Live, I wanted to create a masculine card and reached for Ready to Ride DSP.  There are some really awesome pieces and amazing designs.  

I wasn't crazy about the rest of the suite, and no one in my family is into motorcycles.  But Ready to Ride DSP is really fun to work with, and it is the main attraction in my vintage travel card!

Be sure to watch my demonstration video to see all the cool paper patterns and how I found this vintage travel piece.  

The paint spatter is from the new Online Exclusives stamp set Irresistible Blooms.  I think I'm going to use that stamp on a LOT of projects!

I used a very small amount of embellishment to support the gorgeous vintage travel image.  A little bit of ribbon and the rustic dots are the perfect small bits of texture to enhance the image while still allowing the focal piece to retain center stage.

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Something Fancy Meets By the Bay

Each month I create a set of 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs...with a twist!  Today I'm sharing one set of cards so you can readily see what I call a twist.  I love to take the same layout and make subtle changes (or not so subtle as the mood goes:) to create another unique card.  

For April Twist Club I paired Something Fancy Bundle with the gorgeous By the Bay Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper and think it's a real showstopper.  Some of the pieces are like a piece of art.  When designing my cards, my aim was to really showcase the paper and let it shine--literally!

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Twist Club is a monthly class by mail available as a subscription which saves you money on the kit itself and any add-on's you may wish to add PLUS a $25 fun product bonus after 6 consecutive months.  You can also do just a single month--take the kit as a single class.  Click here to learn all about Candy's Twist Club.  

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Direct to Paper Technique

Blog Hop-Trip AchieversWelcome to the March installment of Trip Achievers Blog Hop where achieving demonstrators link together, from across the globe, to inspire you with creativity galore.  You are at Candy Rattray, and the full list of blogs on this hop is at the bottom of this post.

For today's card I'm sharing the Direct to Paper card-making technique featuring 2 of the new Online Exclusives products.


The new Naturally Gilded Specialty DSP is perfect for Direct to Paper Technique as the foiling resists the ink which is vital for this fun papercrafting technique.  My favorite foil is copper, and you get 2 sheets of copper, 2 of silver, and 2 of gold in Naturally Gilded paper.  It's a must-have!

With such a bold focal point, I wanted a bit of subtle texture to add interest while keeping my focal point front and center.  Basics 3D Embossing Folders is a set of 3 folders, also part of the Online Exclusives.  Included are flowers, hobnail-glass dots, and crosshatch designs.  I used the crosshatch here.  

Please note the Basics 3D Embossing Folders are sold out at present, but they are coming back!

My greeting is from Easter Bunny stamp set!!!  I love the versatility of that sweet set.  You can see another card I made with both Easter Bunny stamp set and Naturally Gilded paper by clicking here.  

Be sure to watch my video demonstration of Direct to Paper Technique.  It's super quick and easy--my style:)  My tips and tricks will help you achieve optimal results effortlessly.



Now head on over to the next blog on this hop for more creative inspiration, and thanks so much for stopping by.

Easter Bunny Bundle Card Idea

easterbunnystampinupcandyrattrayEaster Bunny Bundle is adorable, and there are so many creative directions in which I can head with this incredibly versatile bundle.  I'm already thinking about bunnies in the snow!  Click here to see my Easter Bunny Home Decor and Treats Class projects for more ideas. Today I switched things up for a touch of elegance to showcase the brand new Naturally Gilded Specialty Paper from the Online Exclusives line of products.

Free fact about me:  I collected bunnies for many years, being a huge fan of Beatrix Potter.  I fell in love with her stories and incredible illustrations.  We lived in England for 9 years and were very blessed to visit her home--the grounds and house were amazing!

I decorated the nursery for my first child in all things Peter Rabbit.  We weren't sure if we were having a boy or a girl (those were the days before gender reveals:), so Peter Rabbit was safe...and adorable!

Today's Easter Bunny Bundle card idea features a simple Gate Fold layout which was actually the Mystery Card for my team meeting.  I'll share that card tomorrow as well as some information about the fun of mystery stamping.

Here are a few points about my soft, elegant Easter Bunny card design:

  1. By using a Blender Pen on the stamped bunny details, I was able to soften the edges and bring in a bit of color.
  2. A tiny bit of soft color (Soft Sea Foam ink for grass and cardstock for tag plus a single Calypso Coral flower) kept my neutral color palette of Soft Suede and Very Vanilla from being boring.
  3. Naturally Gilded Specialty Paper is in the Online Exclusives, and it's a stunner!  With gold, copper, and silver designs you have plenty of options for elegant designs.

Be sure to click here for more information about my Easter Bunny Home Decor and Treats Class.  Registration closes March 17th