Hope & Prayer Card Ideas


Share the love of God with inspirational handmade cards.  I've created a set of cards with a soft, peaceful vibe that are perfect for sharing God's love throughout the year.  They also make a fabulous gift!  Make up a set to give and another set for yourself.  This Stampin' Up! card class by mail is perfect for any level crafter.

Check out all EIGHT awesome Hope & Prayer card ideas today--simply click on the link above to watch my short video to see them all.  Stampin' Up! Hope & Prayer is my chosen set for this month's Cards With a Twist.  This is my monthly class by mail with the following features:

  1. Prepared supplies for 8 cards with envelopes.  This includes die-cuts, dry-embossed layers, and punches.
  2. 1/2 pkg. Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper--this is the one thing you will cut for yourself.  I give you easy cuts so you can learn this important element of card-making!  I cut your paper to 12" x 6" for mailing purposes.
  3. Full pkg. Iridescent Pearls--150 sparkly adhesive-backed pearls in 2 sizes
  4. Soft Sea Foam 3/8" Seam Binding Ribbon --full spool of 10 yards
  5. pdf tutorials with all the measurements, step by step instructions, color photos, and supply lists plus video overview with tips and tricks to help you have success.
  6. First Class Shipping

You may purchase the pdf tutorial only for $12  This is perfect if you live outside the US and/or already have your own supplies.

Click here for complete details including registration options.

Hippest Hippo for a Boy Birthday Card



I used 2 of the Sale-a-Bration stamp sets (free with purchase) to make my oldest grandson's birthday card.  He is turning 11 and orange is his favorite color.  When I saw Hippest Hippos I knew it would be perfect for my energetic grandson who will LOVE this hippo as well as my bright, happy color scheme!

I made this card on Facebook Live today.  I broadcast twice weekly, Tuesday and Thursday, at 4PM CT.  Please like my facebook.com/sweetstamper page so you can get notifications to remind you to join me.  Those are all recorded, so you can find them at facebook.com/sweetstamper if you can't catch me live.  I also download that recording to YouTube so you can see my demonstrations wherever it is best for you.

Click here for the free inspiration sheet for my Stampin' Up! boy birthday card.  All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your shopping convenience.

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Stylish Sketches Card Idea for Share It Sunday

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Welcome to the July installment of Share It Sunday Blog Hop where a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators link together to bring you creative inspiration.  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com and the full list of blogs on this hop is at the bottom of this post.

Stylish Sketches has gorgeous artwork, and if you are a nature-lover it's a must-have stamp set for your craft collection.

I featured the ducks from Stylish Sketches on my weekly Facebook Live (Teach Me Tuesday) this week.  My Stylish Sketches card idea for today is really just a #simplestamping card made extra special with some fancy footwork of combining Blending Brushes and Stampin' Blends for a combination of soft and saturated color.

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your shopping convenience and reference. 

Stylish Sketches is a Sale-a-Bration Level 1 item.  What does that mean?

  • Exclusive stamp set (cling rubber) available while supplies last through August 31 
  • Stylish Sketches is a FREE item with a $50 product purchase.  You can earn it for free, but it is not available for purchase on its own.
  • Level 1 and Level 2 (free with $100 purchase) are items can be combined on any order, and there is no limit to the number of free items you can earn:)

Be sure to watch my video demonstration for my mallard duck coloring process--including oops moments!  I record this "live TV" segment from my weekly FB lives and do not edit anything:)


Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!  Now head on over to the next blog...


Lovely & Lasting Card Ideas--Free Class!


I launched a quick 3-card free class featuring Lovely & Lasting punch bundle plus the coordinating Lovely in Linen Designer Series Paper.  My projects perfectly showcase how Stampin' Up! makes it effortless to create projects that shine in mere minutes!

All three Lovely & Lasting card ideas are demonstrated in my video below--just scroll down.  I have for you:

  1. Portait orientation card
  2. Landscape orientation card
  3. Fun Fold Card

My free online card class features cards that will delight any level card maker.  They are quick and easy with plenty of pizzazz plus you get a video demonstration of each card project.  

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below.  Keep scrolling as I have pics, video, and supplies for you!

Place an order in my online store (shopwithcandy.com) with this host code 9ZSPNG9G to receive the gifts outlined above through Friday, July 29th.  I love rewarding your when you shop with me!  Gifts will ship out next week.

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Remember to place an order in my online store (shopwithcandy.com) with this host code 9ZSPNG9G to receive the gifts through Friday, July 29th. 

$35 order receives:

  • pdf tutorials
  • project packets

$50 order receives:

  • pdf tutorials
  • projects packets
  • In Color Opal Rounds
  • Level 1 Sale-a-Bration item

I love rewarding your when you shop with me!  Gifts will ship out next week.

Trimming the Tree for Christmas in July

Blog Hop-Trip AchieversWelcome to the July installment of Trip Achievers Blog Hop where top Stampin'Up! demonstrators, from across the globe, link up to inspire YOU with awesome projects!  This is a monthly occurrence-- be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss any of my posts.

You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.  Scroll to the very bottom of this post to see all the participating demonstrators on this hop, and be sure to click on them all!

I ran a Christmas in July class by mail and am featuring my favorite of the 6 projects that all featured Trimming the Tree annual catalog stamp set.  Scroll down to see the video with all six projects in the class--5 handmade Christmas cards and 1 tag.  You can still get the pdf tutorial by clicking here.  My card classes are for any level crafter. 

My August Christmas card class by mail is open for registration here.

Here are a few things about my Trimming the Tree card share today:

     *I mixed annual catalog (Trimming the Tree stamp set) with July-December Mini Catalog products (Festive Pearls, Lights Aglow DSP, Very Vanilla/Gold Ribbon). 

    *3-step stamping, with the awesome Trimming the Tree photopolymer stamp set,  allowed me to achieve the 3 layers of color for my Christmas tree.  Tree is stamped-off first with Soft Succulent ink.  The tree detail is stamped on top of that with Soft Succulent ink (full strength).  Lastly the garland/lights is stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink for a beautiful Christmas tree made in mere seconds!

trimmingthetreestampinupcandyrattrayI hope YOU get inspired to make your own holiday cards this year.  When I first began stamping, Christmas cards were the firs thing I made and I was hooked!  I haven't sent store-bought cards since, and people love receiving my handmade holiday cards.  I make lots of different designs and then choose which one to send according to the recipient:)

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your reference and shopping convenience.  Now, hop on over to the next blog for more creative inspiration from Stampin' Up! Trip Achievers.