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Apron of Love Card Ideas with Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper


I have two bright, happy cards for you today that were created for an Occasions Catalog Training Event I hosted.  One of my team members, Patsy Palmer of Copperas Cove, and I collaborated to create cards that that are feminine/masculine, modern, and fun!

Apron of Love is a really cute bundle (photopolymer stamp set and coordinating dies) in the Occasions Catalog.  Paired with the fresh and bright Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper (a free Sale-a-Bration option!) makes for eye-catching images and color schemes that really pop.


Apron of Love gives many options to customize aprons.  You can make them frilly or sleek, classic or modern, vintage or manly.  One of the best parts is all the kitchen or grilling tools!  I especially love that one die cuts out FOUR kitchen tools or FOUR grilling implement.  Super easy work on the Big Shot!  

In addition, there are some excellent greeting options ranging from

  • Get Well
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Friend
  • Thanks,
  • I Love Stamping!

Remember this is the last week to get the bright and fun Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper--plus it's free!  Simply place a $50 order and get the Bubbles & Fizz DSP free!  I would like to suggest the following order:

  1. Apron of Love Bundle ($45)
  2. Mini Glue Dots ($5.25)
  3. Bubbles & Fizz DSP (free!)

Head to my online store today to get your Apron of Love bundle and then add a $5+ item of your choice to get Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper for free!  This offer ends March, 31--so hurry!




Alaska Achievers Blog Hop-Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper for Free!

Alaska Blog HopWelcome to the March installment of the monthly Alaska Achievers Blog Hop.  Each month, achieving Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world team up to bring you fresh, creative inspiration.  You are at Candy Rattray,  This month, we are sharing Occasions Catalog and/or Sale-a-Bration products, and I'm highlighting my favorite Sale-a-Bration (aka SAB:) item, Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper.

Springtime Foils DSP is just so gorgeous, and it's absolutely FREE!  I can hardly believe it!  I've been placing SAB orders and stocking up on this beautiful paper because I just cannot get enough of it.  There are 4 patterns, each with some shiny foil:)  For today's card I chose the one that mixes silver and gold.  The mixed metals look is a hot trend, and I love it!

springtimefoilsdspstampinupsab2018candyrattrayI created today's share for a recent Techniques Class.  To add color to the Springtime Foils DSP for this card, I used the Sponge Brayer and added 2 shades of green for an ombre effect:  Lemon Lime Twist (my absolute favorite In Color!) and Garden Green.  The Foam Brayer makes quick work of this and produces a really nice "wow" effect in about 60 seconds.  The silver and gold foil resist the ink, so it only sinks into the plain white part of the paper.  Talk about a beautiful look!

I'll highlight just a few other things about my card:

  • Use the Envelope Punch Board to round the corners of a piece of plain card stock.  It totally transforms the look, and I love the softness it adds to my card since there are so many sharp angles.
  • When using a technique for the background, I like to keep the remaining elements of the card pretty simple.  To me, that allows the pretty technique to really shine.
  • See that delicate little silver flower with the pearl center?  It's one of the Petal Passion Elements, and I love these little pieces of specialness!  They add just the right touch to many projects.  They are super flat, so they don't add bulk:)

To earn the Springtime Foils DSP or other Sale-a-Bration products free, simply place a $50 order.  (See all the free items available here and here.)  As we are in the last few weeks of Sale-a-Bration, product availability may be limited toward the end of the promotional period.  You NEED Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper, so go ahead and start browsing my shop today to avoid disappointment!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, and heading to the next stop on the blog hop.  Enjoy!



Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop--Last Call for Sale-a-Bration!


Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's installment of the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hope where demonstrators across the globe join together to bring you some remarkable creative inspiration!  You are at Candy Rattray,, and this month's theme is Sale-a-Bration 2018!

I have a Stampin' Up! 3D item for you today.  My simple, feminine Ghirardelli treat slider is quick to make and fun to give!  I featured this cute Stampin' Up! 3D item at my March Team Meeting.  Click here to read about my local Stampin' Up! Demonstrator meeting in San Antonio.  
My treat slider features one of the retiring In Colors, Peekaboo Peach.  This gorgeous color is leaving us in May.  You may think that gives you plenty of time to stock up, but I strongly encourage you to get the In Colors you love most NOW while you can earn free Sale-a-Bration 2018 items with your purchase and the In Color items are widely available.  It happens every year:  as we approach May, the retiring In Colors SELL OUT.  

Here are the dimensions for my little treat holder that perfectly fits a single Ghirardelli chocolate:


  • 5-1/2" x 3" Peekaboo Peach
  • 2", 2-1/4", 4-1/4", 4-1/2" score lines

Simply fold up and use your favorite adhesive to close!  Click here to see a larger version of this same Stampin' Up! 3D item.  It also uses Bubbles & Fizz DSP!

The stamped sentiment is from the new stamp set Blossoming Basket shown here.  And the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper (shown here) is so fresh and pretty!  I love its many faces as it can be feminine, as shown here, or playful or bold.  The designs are so versatile, and the colors are fresh. Bubbles & Fizz DSP is a must-have Sale-a-Bration item IMHO.  And it's free!!!

As we are in the last few weeks of Sale-a-Bration 2018, product availability may be limited toward the end of the promotional period.  Shop today to avoid disappointment!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray, and heading to the next stop on the blog hop.  Enjoy!


Happy Wishes Rubberstamp Set--Only Available for a Few More Weeks!

We have just a few weeks left of Sale-a-Bration 2018, and that means time is running out to get Happy Wishes rubberstamp set.  It's one of the exclusive 2nd level free items and is so versatile and easy to work with.

I created this anniversary card for a Stamp-a-Stack class where we made 16 cards.  That means they all needed to be quick and easy which is my favorite type card!  The cool, calm color palette was derived from In Color Combo Chart, my favorite tool of this Stampin' Up! year--and it's free!  Click here to download yours, and keep it handy!

All the Stampin' Up! supplies I used on my quick and easy anniversary card are listed below and linked to my online store for your convenience.  Don't get left behind with Sale-a-Bration!  Order today to get your free products.  Remember that as we are in the last few weeks of Sale-a-Bration, product availability may be limited toward the end of the promotional period.  Shop today to avoid disappointment!



Blooming Basket Bundle FREE Stamp Set and Embossing Folder!


Blooming Basket bundle (rubberstamp set and embossing folder) are fabulous new FREE products, and I just love them!  Talk about fun and easy creating!  

This is one of the projects I created for my monthly team meeting. here in San Antonio.  It's a quick and easy card, and the soft yet bright spring colors are perfect for March and beyond.  

I'll highlight just a few things about my quick and easy card:

  • I used a combination of In Color Markers for soft yet bright colors and super easy coloring.  Flowers are Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Powder Pink; leaves are Lemon Lime Twist, and basket is Sahara Sand.
  • Although it doesn't show up well in photos, I used Wink of Stella on all the flowers for soft, subtle, sweet shine.
  • Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is free right now and is going to be in the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog when it debuts in June!

We are in the Sale-a-Bration (aka SAB) period--through March 31--which is Stampin' Up's biggest sale of the year.  During this time we earn a free item for every $50 we spend (see the free options here), and there are extra big free products we can access when we spend $100 (see those free options here)  As has been the pattern over the past few years, Stampin' Up! released a second set of free products half-way through SAB, and this Blooming Basket bundle is found there.  So these are fresh, new products and I love them!

Head over to my online store and get your own Blooming Basket Bundle for free while you can.  As we are in the last few weeks of Sale-a-Bration, product availability may be limited toward the end of the promotional period.  Shop today to avoid disappointment!


Remarkably Created Blog Hop-Celebrating Easter!

Remarkably Created Blog HopoWelcome to this month's installment of Remarkably Created Blog Hop where Stampin' Up! demonstrators have teamed up to share Easter creations with you.  You are at Candy Rattray,  Thanks so much for stopping by!

I have an Easter card for you featuring Brusho Crystal Colors.  They are super easy and fun to use, giving you some very artsy looking results.  For today's card (which I created for a recent techniques class), I took a piece of Watercolor Paper (5 x 3-3/4") and sprinkled a fair bit of yellow Brusho.  I then added a bit of orange to the center and spritzed.  The more you spritz the Brusho crystals, the more the color runs.  When  you spritz less, you get more of a speckled look.

With splashy, artsy backgrounds, I like to keep the rest of the card simple.  I turned to the gorgeous filigree cross from Crosses of Hope Framelit dies--new in the Occasions Catalog--and ran it through the Big Shot using the Precision Base Plate.  When working with intricate images like my filigree cross, the Precision Base Plate is a lifesaver.  Those extra little pieces, which you no longer need, pop right out and give you a crisp finish.  

Easter Card-BrushoSince my Easter card is an religious Easter card celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I used a couple of images to bring added meaning to my design.  

  • I used Elegant Eggplant card stock, a deep rich purple to bring to remembrance the purple robe placed on Jesus as He was being mocked before the crucifixion.  
  • I used Whisper White Organza Ribbon as a "drape" over the cross signifying the grave clothes Jesus left behind when he rose from the grave.  
  • Shades of yellow are my main color to signify the sun rising and a new beginning when Jesus Christ conquered the grave for all of us Of course, the cross is my central image, and the filigree cross from Crosses of Hope is really gorgeous.  I used Copper Foil Sheet for soft elegance that ties in with my yellows. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you are a Christian, I hope you are inspired to send handmade Easter cards this year to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Truly, that is what the Easter season is all about!

You are now leaving Candy Rattray, and heading to the next stop on the hop.  Enjoy!






Colorful Seasons Spring Card

These flowers bring to mind the cherry blossoms that blanket Washington D.C. in the spring.  Here in South Central Texas, our trees are already budding, blooming, and filling the atmosphere with sweet scents!

For today's card I am, once again, choosing a project to share that uses all annual catalog (aka big book and main catalog:) products.  In the midst of Occasions Catalog (the Stampin' Up! spring catalog) focus, I love to keep drawing in that treasure trove of creative inspiration and fantastic products, the annual catalog.

I'l point out just a few things about my handmade card today:

  • I derived my entire set of Stampin' Up! products for this project from the Color Theory Suite on pages 146-147 of the annual catalog.  This is where the unrivaled product coordination of Stampin' Up! really shines and helps me to have fun and create vs. hunting down products and colors that coordinate.  Check out the Stampin' Up! video below to see full Color Theory Suite.
  • Check out that large scallop border!  Many people mourned when Stampin' Up! retired its scallop border punch.  But honestly, it's MUCH easier to achieve this look with the thinlit die that is part of the incredible value of Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.
  • Berry Burst is my focal color for today's spring card, and I love this bold, yet elegant pink.  It's one of the 2017-2019 In Colors and my 2nd favorite.  My top favorite is Lemon Lime Twist:) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  Don't forget that you can make a purchase in my online store using this host code-YFSARDHH-and receive a free gift from me.  In addition, if your order totals $50, you will receive a free, exclusive Sale-a-Bration item of your choice.  I love free gifts!!!


Beautiful You Lady in Blue

I love the way this card turned out and am so happy to share it with you today!  I created this card as one of the projects for my Online Club featuring the Stamp beautifulyoustampinupstampinblendsalcoholmarkerscandyrattrayin' Blends Markers (Stampin' Up! alcohol markers).   I wanted a super classy look for my "Lady in Blue" since her dress and hat make for a stunning, classy ensemble.  She needed to be the main focus, so everything else in my handmade card is there to enhance her and make her take center stage in my design.  

For the background, I chose one of the designs from True Gentleman Designer Series Paper with a subdued, classic print.  I think menswear can be very, very elegant on women and, it provides the perfect backdrop for my Lady in Blue.  Minimal embellishments were all the finishing touches I needed for my Lady in Blue.  I chose a few rhinestones to scatter across the card and Whisper White 1/8" Sheer Ribbon--both of which I colored with the Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blends Marker so they would match perfectly.  

Although I did a bit of "fancy footwork" with my Stampin' Blends Markers in order to achieve my Lady in Blue (see the stamp set below and you will see what I mean!), everything else on my card is quick and easy...and elegant! 

Right now during Sale-a-Bration you can choose any of these products for free when you place a $50 order.  If you would like to make my Lady in Blue, here is my suggested order for you:

  1. Beautiful You Clear Mount Stamps ($28)
  2. Night of Navy Stampin' Blends Combo Pack ($9)
  3. True Gentleman DSP ($11)
  4. Rhinestone Basic Jewels ($5)

Click here to Shop Now with this host code-YFSARDHH-to receive a free gift from me regardless of the size of your order!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.  

  Beautiful You-Stampin' Up!-Candy Rattray






Window Shopping Rubberstamp Set Idea

Window Shopping rubberstamp set is not only for use with its coordinating Window Box dies--it will stamp alone as a great rubberstamp set in its own right.  Today I have a quick and easy card for you featuring just the stamps.

This is one of the cards we made in my Simply Cards Monthly Card Class.  We make 6 cards, 3 each of 2 designs as we build our card stash every month.  If you're in the San Antonio area, I would love for you to join us--there is both a morning and evening session.  Although Simply Cards Monthly Card Class occurs each month, there is no commitment or joining or anything like that.  Pop in when you can and go home with a nice little package of cards for your greeting card stash:)

This is a true quick and easy card made special with just a few touches:

  • My classic color scheme is mainly black and white with a bit of Pool Party and Bermuda Bay thrown in.  Simple elegance!
  • Tight, double mat layers make the sentiment (aka greeting) really stand out and also adds elegance.
  • A tiny bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (a single leaf punch) brings a bit of dazzle and shine without overwhelming.
  • Although I usually color my White Perfect Accents to bring custom color coordination to my projects (using Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers), I left them in their natural white state for today's quick and easy card.  White perfect accents are flatter than Basic Rhinestone Jewels and Basic Pearls.  That means my quick and easy card will easily mail for a single forever stamp, and that makes sending it quick and easy, too:)

Although the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper is from the Occasions Catalog, everything else is from the main (annual) Stampin' Up! catalog.  Don't forget that there is a WEALTH of creative ideas and supplies in the annual catalog!

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Bubble Over Suite Scrapbook Pages for National Craft Month Blog Hop

craftmonthstampinupcandyrattrayWelcome to the National Craft Month Blog Hop where you will be inspired in your creativity to...craft!  You are at Candy Rattray,  The complete list of blogs on this blog hop is at the bottom of this post.  Scroll down if you get lost at any point to see where you are and where you would like to go next!

I can't get enough of the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper, so I'm really, really glad it's free!  (You can see cards I made with Bubbles & Fizz DSP here , here, here, and here.)  Yes, Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper is free with a $50 order during Sale-a-Bration, and I made it the key element in my scrapbook pages for February scrapbook club in San Antonio.  I love the bright, fresh color palette in Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper and used it as my main source of inspiration for this 2-page layout of 12 x 12 scrapbook pages. 

Bubble Over with Happiness is the theme for my 12 x 12 scrapbook pages because I have lots of random pictures of my grandkids smiling and laughing.  This layout is perfect for those happy pictures that aren't necessarily about an event or particular day.

bubbleoverbundlestampinupoccasionscatalogscrapbookpagescandyrattrayLet me point out several things about my Bubble Over scrapbook pages:

1) The color scheme in Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper is gender neutral, so I can put photos of boys and girls on these pages.   Lemon Lime Twist is my favorite In Color, and love how it makes everything else pop!

2)I like repeating images/shapes in my designs.  Here, I keyed in on circles and used them in the bubbles stamp and die as well as come large punched circles.  I find that a repeating image/shape brings cohesion to a scrapbook layout.

3)The bubbles thinlit is one of my favorite parts of the Bottles & Bubbles Framelit Dies.  I get 5 varying sizes of circles with one pass through the Big Shot.  I used the same thinlit on a card here.  I think it's the perfect accent for many, many projects!  For my 12 x 12 layout, I used both the bubble thinlit and bubble stamp to keep my circles going.  

4)Using many elements from a Stampin' Up! product suite takes the "work" out of scrapbooking.  No more endless hunting for products and colors that coordinate/match!  Stampin' Up! has perfected product coordination like no other company.  Use Stampin' Up! products for your scrapbooking to END frustration and ADD options for customizing and creativity:). bubbleoverbundlestampinupoccasionscatalog2018candyrattray

Click here to see a card made using the Bubble Over suite of products.  I love this product suite!  Okay, that's it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked to my online store below for your convenience.    You are now leaving Candy Rattray, and headed to the next stop on the blog hop.  Enjoy more creative inspiration for your crafts!!