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Mixing Blues & Purples with Friendly Hello Bundle

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I'm so excited to be participating in Kylie Bertucci's Monthly International Blog Highlights where demonstrators from all over the world share our creations in hopes you will vote for them!  Click here to see all the entries and cast your votes.

I'm sharing from one of the fabulous free offerings during the Sale-a-Bration promotion--Friendly Hello Bundle which includes a versatile photopolymer stamp set plus a full package of 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper.  Friendly Hello Bundle is free with a $100 order thru February 28th, and it's a must-have!

friendlyhellocardsaleabrationstampinupcandyrattrayMixing Fresh Freesia and Misty Moonlight delivered a really lovely color for my bird.  It actually took a few more Blends colors to achieve this look.  The Stampin' Blends markers are listed and linked below, and you can see the process in my video.  














Be sure to click on the next link below for more creative inspiration, and please vote for my card in the contest!



For the Record Card Idea in Patriotic Colors


For the Record stamp set, making its debut in the 2022 January-June Mini Catalog, has a host of uses and appeals to just about every age.  Check out another For the Record card idea here on a previous post.

For today's card I used a patriotic color scheme.  Although I used a birthday greeting on the inside, this would make an excellent card for just about any occasion--and especially a thank you--to active duty military or veterans.

Although I used red, white, and blue ,my color scheme is not just patriotic.  It's really just classic with a whole lot of versatility.

Merry Melody Embossing Folder was introduced in the Holiday Catalog and carried over which means it is still available for purchase.  I thought the sheet music was a perfect pairing with the record theme.  I used a Blending Brush and Basic Gray ink to further enhance the sheet music and really make it come to life.  The video below shows the process and difference it makes.

This is one of 4 cards I demonstrated for my online card class which can be seen on the video below.   I dressed up the inside of my handmade birthday card with a doily and circle die.  Check out the video below for all the details!

You can get all 4 card kits for free when you use my host code JJH7XTXP at

Place a $35 product order (before tax and shipping) to get all 4 project packets in the mail for free plus pdf tutorials via email.

Top up to $50 to also get a free Sale-a-Bration item AND Polished Dots.

Offer valid only through midnight January 30, 2022.


Cards feature the following stamp sets/bundles:

  • Artfully Layered Bundle
  • For the Record stamp set
  • Sentimental Swirls stamp set
  • Friendly Hello Bundle

Use my host code JJH7XTXP at  $35 order to get project packets in the mail for free along with pdf tutorials via email.Top up to $50 to also get a free Sale-a-Bration item plus Polished Dots.


Free Online Card Class, Part II

I've been running in-person card classes for over 12 years, and now I'm bringing them to you in an online format so you can join me from anywhere! I have a birthday card class series for you and the Part II video is shown below. Here are the details that will be the same for each class:
  • Facebook Live Demonstration of 4 birthday cards on the Thursdays listed
  • Live demonstration uploaded to YouTube for easy access for those not able to attend the live event--click below for today's class.
  • Card packets + pdf tutorials free with a $35 order for those using the host code associated with the online class
  • Card packets + pdf tutorials free plus a free embellishment (Polished Dots are free for this 2nd in the series) with a $50 order plus you get a Sale-a-Bration reward from Stampin' Up!
  • Same stamp sets/bundles used in each class so you can order those if you wish and get some awesome ideas in how to use them.  They are all from the new January-June Mini Catalog or Sale-a-Bration.
  • Orders must be placed by midnight on Sunday--with the host code (JJH7XTXP for Jan. 27th class) following the live demonstration to receive the class packets for free and any other goodies associated with the class.

Here's a list of the 4 stamps sets/bundles I'm using for each class.  You can purchase one or all of them (one is actually free with a qualifying Sale-a-Bration order) or substitute with stamps you already have.

  1. Artfully Layered Bundle
  2. For the Record stamp set
  3. Sentimental Swirls stamp set
  4. Friendly Hello Bundle

Non-Valentine Card with Sweet Talk Suite

suitetalksuitestampinupcandyrattrayI love, love, love using products intended for one use in in another way, and Stampin' Up! products have great versatility to foster that.  Check out my friendship card made with the decidedly Valentine-themed Sweet Talk Suite.

This card is made with Basic White Assorted Memories & More cards & envelopes (a great deal at $10.50 for 20 thick basic white cards and envelopes--10 are 4-1/4" x 6-1/4" and 10 are 4-1/4" x 3-1/4").  I used the large one here, and it mails for a single forever stamp.

The elements from Sweet Talk Suite I used on my card are:

  • Sweet Talk DSP
  • Sweet Hearts Dies
  • Real Red Faux Linen Ribbon
  • Iridescent Rhinestone Jewels

The greeting is from an all-greetings stamp set free during Sale-a-Bration with a $100 order.  Special Moments is a terrific set of photopolymer stamps and definitely needs to be on your Wish List aka Shopping List:)

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

Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!



How to Make an Easy, Snazzy Fun Fold Card

I don't know the name of this fun fold, but I used it in my January Cards With a Twist Class by Mail and decided to feature it on Teach Me Tuesday Facebook Live this week (weekly @4PM CT  This fun fold packs a big wow factor as it's a bit interactive.  Be sure to watch the video to capture it because it's impossible to do that with a still photo.

For today's card I used Calming Camellia, a gorgeous distinktive stamp set you can get totally FREE during Sale-a-Bration.  It's host set.  What does that mean?  Here are the deets:

  • Hosting can be your own largish order or a combination of you and your friends.  IOW, you can do this all by yourself or gather orders from friends.
  • Once your order hits $150 you earn host rewards aka free stuff from Stampin' Up!  Refer to chart below for complete details.
  • Host rewards are also available to active demonstrators on top of their 20-25% discount:)
  • Although you may use your host rewards on anything at all, host rewards are the ONLY way to access exclusive only host stamp sets and papers.
  • During Sale-a-Bration there is an extra reward for hosts at $300 in product orders:  Calming Camellia stamp set as a totally free gift!

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Click here for your free inspiration sheet with measurements and supplies for my Calming Camellia fun fold card.

Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!

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Paper Party--10 Card Kits with Awesome Designs!

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Who wants to get some of ALL the new designer papers and ribbons PLUS 10 awesome card kits designed by myself and Karina Chin (Canada)??!!!  I have a tweak on the traditional new product shares.

I have teamed up with Karina to bring you an awesome online event.  Click here for complete information.  Get great ideas for ways to use the gorgeous new papers, ribbons, and more.  You will be inspired and empowered to make YOUR cards amazing:)

Online event occurs on February 12th, 10 AM CT

Here's what you need to know:

  • Full ticket includes samples of ALL the new papers and ribbons + the adorable Driving By stamp set (Sale-a-Bration) and TEN project packets.
  • Online only ticket available if you want to join us but have your own stuff:)
  • All projects are prepared for you (except cutting DSP) to enjoy stamping and assembling.  Karina and I are using just TWO stamp sets:  Happy & Heartfelt which you can add to your ticket or substitute with your own greetings stamps plus Driving By which is included in the full ticket.

Karina and I will be demonstrating all the projects with tips and tricks plus extra creative inspiration. We are so excited to share a Saturday morning with you!  Click here to learn more and join us!


How to Make a Fun Fold Card with Sweet Talk Designer Paper



Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper is so cute and has a soft, fresh color scheme on some designs as well as traditional red/pink/white on others. I love it!

For today's card which perfectly showcases the Sweet Talk DSP as well as the Sweet Conversations bundle, I employed one of my favorite fun fold cards.  I honestly don't know the name of this fun fold--there must be a glossary of fun folds somewhere in the stamping world!  Although I don't have a name for this fun fold, I do have a how-to video below as well as plenty of pics:)

My fun fold card design makes it easy to send this for Valentine's Day or just because.  I love that kind of flexibility in my handmade cards.  This is a perfect card for my stash as I can make it and then decide who to send it to when the need arises.

You can see a close up of the dies which I used to decorate the front of my fun fold card as well as the inside--I love that this particular fun fold showcases both sides of the DSP.

Notice also there is a minimum of stamping in this fun fold card.  It's all about the awesome dies and DSP.
















All you need for this fun fold is:

  • 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" Cardstock for base
  • 12" x 4" DSP, scored at 4", 8"
  • 5" x 3-3/4" Cardstock for inside

Watch the video below for demonstration of this particular fun fold card, and then make it with your favorite designer paper to wow your loved ones!  Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4PM CT) live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!


Valentines with Memories & More

valentinescardsstampinupcandyrattrayWelcome to our Valentine's Day Blog Hop where connecting Stampin' Up! demonstrators inspire and dazzle you with Valentine's Day ideas for YOU to spread love on Valentine's Day and beyond.

I have 2 mini handmade Valentine cards for you today, made with Basic White Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes.  They come in a pack of 6" x 4" cards and 4" x 3" cards, 10 of each for just $10.50.  They are incredible value, and the smaller size is perfect for Valentine cards.

Both of my mini handmade Valentine cards are made with the super cute--and versatile--Sweet Talk Suite of products form the new January-June Mini Catalog.  I've made a LOT of projects with this suite as I featured it during my Creative Escape Winter Retreat.  

valentinescardsstampinupcandyrattrayGet the whole Sweet Talk suite (listed and linked below) and you will be ready to make projects that range from fun and flirty to kid-friendly to sweet and loving.


I'm setting a personal goal to share loads of love  throughout themonth of February.  The Supremes sang it in the 60s and it's more appropriate today than ever:  "What the world needs now is love, sweet love.  It's the only thing that there's just too little of."  What will you do to share love this year?  Set a goal and then start making little Valentine cards and/or treats to give away.  YOU can make a difference!

Now hop on over to the next blog on the hop for more crafty inspiration.  And thanks for visiting my blog!






Catching Butterflies Handmade Card

Blog Hop-Trip AchieversWelcome to the January installment of Stampin' Up! Trip Achievers Blog Hop.  You are at Candy Rattray,, and the full list of linked and connected blogs are at the bottom of this post.  There is so much creativity shared to inspire you, particularly with January-June Mini Catalog and Sale-a-Bration NEW products.  

Today's share is a card I created for my in-person monthly card class in San Antonio, TX and features the uber adorable Catching Butterflies stamp set which is a free Sale-a-Bration option when you place a $50 product order through February 28th.  

catchingbutterfliesstampinupcandyrattrayLet me share a few things that help my Catching Butterflies handmade card work:

Color scheme!  Coastal Cabana and Gorgeous Grape are my main color palette with just a hint of Granny Apple Green for the grass and neutrals for the hair and butterfly net (Cinnamon Cider and Gray Granite).

Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper (free with a $50 product order through February 28th) has 6 colors.  I opted for the Gorgeous Grape.  Each color has a light and dark side.  I used both for varying shades of Gorgeous Grape as well as variety of swirls.

Brushed Brass Butterflies are a new Mini Catalog embellishment and are really gorgeous.  They are just the right size/scale to work perfectly with the artwork in my main focal piece.

I used a bit of Petal Pink Blends on the girl's cheeks.  I like to do that when the people are drawn in a whimsical style as the girl in Catching Butterflies.

The greeting!  "Collecting sweet thoughts of you" is a truly charming greeting and will be used a LOT in my handmade cards.  It would be super cute on the inside as well:)

Flurry of butterflies for the inside of my card--I love this single stamp that I stamped twice on the inside.  Repetition of images helps bring cohesion to design, so these are perfect for the inside of my Catching Butterflies handmade card.

The single stamped butterfly on the front of my card was fussy cut and popped up with a single Mini Stampin' Dimensional and brushed with Wink of Stella.  It's the perfect little extra bit of lift and shine!





My handmade Catching Butterflies card is perfect for beginner stampers.  It's quick and easy and introduces the joy and easy of Stampin' Blends Markers as well as Designer Series Paper.

Thanks much for stopping by.  All Stampin' Up! products used are listed and linked below for your reference and shopping ease. 

Now, head over to the next blog to see more exciting projects!  


Friendly Hello Card Idea-Fun Fold


I have a fun fold card to share with you today (aka fancy fold), with a pocket inside, featuring the gorgeous Friendly Hello bundle, free during Sale-a-Bration with a qualifying order ($100).  Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to see the video demonstration.

I love, love, love this bundle!  With a super versatile photopolymer stamp set with lovely images and fabulous greetings, I would be happy with just the stamps.  But Stampin' Up! paired Friendly Hello with a set of beautiful designer series paper.  With a color palette that combines soft, subtle colors with a healthy dose of Granny Apple Green, it is like a breath of fresh air--you just want more!

Let me tell you a few things about my Friendly Hello fun fold pocket card and then I'll tell you how you can get this card packet (along with 3 others) for free.

I love this little bird and decided to make him Granny Apple Green.  There are numerous bright green tropical birds, and this little guy reminds me of a green bee eater.  Yes, I'm a little geeky when it comes to birds!  I am fascinated by them and truly love to use them in card designs.

Not only is my bird Granny Apple Green, I wanted to use one of the Granny Apple Green designs from the scrummy Friendly Hello Designer Series Paper.  Loads of Granny Apple Green in my card!

Although I could use a simple Basic White cardstock panel for my bird, I opted for a more finished look by using a Stitched Rectangle.  

3 bits of sparkle bring just the right amount of subtle shine to my Friendly Hello fun fold card:

  1. Iridescent Rhinestones
  2. Wink of Stella on the bird and flowers
  3. White 3/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon (carryover item from Holiday Catalog)

This is one of 4 cards I demonstrated for my online card class which can be seen on the video below.   You can get all 4 card kits for free when you use my host code 6FGX4EWB at

$35 product order (before tax and shipping) gets all 4 project packets in the mail for free

Top up to $50 to also get a free Sale-a-Bration item plus Iridescent Rhinestones

Offer valid only through midnight January 16, 2022.

Cards feature the following:

  • Artfully Layered Bundle
  • For the Record stamp set
  • Sentimental Swirls stamp set
  • Friendly Hello Bundle

Use my host code 6FGX4EWB at

$35 order to get project packets in the mail for free

Top up to $50 to also get a free Sale-a-Bration item plus Iridescent Rhinestones

Orders must be placed by midnight January 16, 2022