Card Ideas for Light Me Home #simplestamping

I had so much fun creating these 3 slightly different cards on my Facebook Live on Thursday.  Each Thursday @ 2PM CT, I do Simple & Stepped Up stamping.  It's a fun, interactive time where I take input from my viewers to help me make my cards.  I love collaborating with my viewers!  Together, we make some beautiful creations! Brown willow ware

These are perfect beginner cards.  They are quick and easy yet elegant.  Such is the power of a gorgeous stamp set! Light Me Home is truly beautiful.  For these cards, I was going for a vintage feel, remembering some crockery I had when we lived in England.  Here's a pic of a similar set of dishes.  We had too many broken/lost/chipped pieces to bring them back to the States with us.  One of these days, I'm going to replace them!

I'd like to point out several things about today's cards:

  • I used NO punches or dies!  #simplestamping
  • I used just 2 ink pads.  
  • Stamparatus is a very helpful tool which I demonstrated in the video below.
  • My super simple card is lovely as is.  But adding just a bit of designer paper, ribbon, and bling really steps it up!  By using scraps of DSP and bits of ribbon from various spools, I can have lots of fun and keep things interesting while making lots of the same card.
  • I used 3 different neutral card bases.  Each one has its element of beauty.  Use the card bases you have for more variation!

I've listed and linked all the products below for all 3 cards.  The common element in them all is Light Me Home stamp set (plus ink), and I highly recommend adding Light Me Home to your collection of holiday stamps.  Or if you are just starting your journey of handmade cards, Light Me Home is perfect for your first handmade Christmas Cards!











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Tuesday:  Teach Me Tuesday @ 2 PM CT

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Fun Fold Card with Jingle Bell from Cherish the Season


I made this fun fold card (aka fancy fold card) during my Teach Me Tuesday Facebook Live this week.  Every week I do 2 Facebook Live demonstrations:

  1. Teach Me Tuesday (Tuesday's at 2PM CT)
  2. Simple & Stepped Up (Thursday's at 2PM CT)

It's actually really easy and packs a lot of punch when opening.  There is something just FUN about this fold!  Click here for my free inspiration sheet giving all the measurements and supply list.  Be sure to click on my video below to watch the process--it's super quick and easy!  

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What about that cute jingle bell?!!  Cherish the Season Bundle is affordable (only $35 for the stamps and dies!) and has so many design options!  Here are the details of Cherish the Season Bundle:

Create beautiful Christmas cards and other paper crafts with the Cherish The Season Stamp Set. The stamp set includes Christmas greetings and imagery like cute jingle bells.
* 7 cling stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, d

Create custom die-cut jingle bells and more using the Sounds of the Season Dies, and quickly and easily cut out stamped images. Ask your demonstrator about coordinating products.
* 9 dies
* Largest die: 1-7/8" x 2-1/8" (4.8 x 5.4 cm)
* Use with a Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine

Our craft bundles make coordination easy. Stamp & tool bundles help you quickly cut out stamped images for a single project or create multiples of the same project with ease.


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Christmas Card Ideas for Peaceful Nativity


Welcome to this month's installment of the Maui Trip Achiever's Blog Hop!  You are at Candy Rattray,  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the full lineup of hoppers this month.  I love being part of a global community of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators!  This blog hop showcases the work of some top achievers and I'm so blessed to be amongst them:) Maui Blog Hop

Christmas card ideas using Peaceful Nativity and a neutral color palette (with no coloring in!) were on the docket for my Simple and Stepped Up Facebook Live last week.  Each Thursday I feature a #simplestamping project and then step it up.  While today's projects do utilize a set of die cuts (Layering Ovals Dies) to be used with the Stampin' Cut & Emboss (aka Big Boss) machine or other die-cutting machine, everything else is super simple and quick--perfect for mass-producing Christmas cards.  If you like to let your light shine and share your faith during the holidays, Peaceful Nativity stamp set is a great fit! peacefulnativitystampinupcandyrattrayreligiouschristmascard

Using all browns along with the woodgrain DSP and textured ribbon gives this card a very simple, earthy vibe.  These elements perfectly depict the simplicity of the Christmas story, the birth of the Christ Child.  Jesus was born in a stable and placed in a manger--simple, approachable, available for all mankind. Inspirational Christmas cards--#reasonfortheseason

For my stepped up version of the above card, I thought I would add gold heat embossing.  But I just could not get that to match what was in my head for a slightly stepped up version of my original card.  So I added a gold scalloped oval frame and it was just the ticket!  Because I had that double oval, I opted for a simple flag for the greeting.  

Stepped up elements:

  • Gold Foil frame
  • Gold Edged Ribbon--colored with Stampin' Blends for a rich brown!

You can watch the design process in my video shared below.  Please head to and like my page so you will get notifications for my twice weekly Facebook Live stamping demonstrations.  I would love to have you join us!

  1. Tuesday's @ 2PM (CT) Teach Me Tuesday
  2. Thursday's @ 2PM (CT) Simple & Stepped Up Stamping

All products used on these 2 cards are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now head to the next link for more awesome, creative inspiration!




Fall Card Idea for Winter Woods #simplestamping


Did you know you can make a #simplestamping card and still use a cool technique?  Yes, by using sponge daubers and ink colors directly on your cling rubber stamps, you can get a lovely fall effect on winter trees.  Watch my video to see how!


Click here to download my free inspiration sheet for this technique video.  Then be sure to like my page and set your notifications so you don't miss my twice weekly videos:

  1. Teach Me Tuesday @ 2 PM
  2. Simple & Stepped Up @ 2 PM on Thursdays

You will learn tips, tricks, and techniques on Tuesdays.  On Thursdays you will learn to make simple projects and then step them up.  They are both popular and super fun--I invite you to join us!

Quick & Easy Christmas Cards, #simplestamping


I made these 2 quick & easy Christmas cards in my Thursday Facebook Live where I feature Simple and Stepped Up projects weekly.  With just a bit of #simplestamping for the sentiments, I added pretty designer paper, ribbon, and rhinestones.  The punched tree is an optional addition.  You can watch the design process on my video for tips and tricks. 

Click here to download my free Inspiration sheet.

Click here to see the video on you tube.  Or scroll down and click!


These are perfect beginner cards, so if you are new to stamping, be sure to download and save the inspiration sheet and watch the video.  You will be making your own handmade Christmas cards in no time at all!