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For the Record Handmade Card Idea




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.  

For us seniors, vinyl records take us down memory lane.  For the younger generations, vinyl is the new cool.  That means For the Record cling rubber stamp set will make cards that appeal to every age, and it's super fun to use!

This is one of 4 cards I demonstrated for my online card class which can be seen on the video below.   Although I used a Happy Birthday greeting on the inside, there are other greetings in the stamp set. You could add virtually anything to the inside--it would make a super cute handmade Valentine card with the cute hearts in the design:)

You can get all 4 card kits for free when you use my host code 6FGX4EWB 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 Iridescent Rhinestones

Offer valid only through midnight January 16, 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 6FGX4EWB 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 Iridescent Rhinestones

 Orders must be placed by midnight January 16, 2022


Sentimental Swirls Beginner Birthday Card

sentimentalswirlsstampinupcandyrattraybeginnercardmakerSentimental Swirls photopolymer stamp set is ideal for beginner card makers as well as casual, and avid crafters.  Although there are loads of design possibilities, I created this simple, sweet birthday card for my online card class (click here to see 4 different cards demonstrated using all January-June 2022 and Sale-a-Bration stamp sets) with a bold, bright color scheme.

This is a stamps, ink, and paper card (aka #simplestamping) with the small additions of Designer Series Paper (which I think is one of the best things we can put in the hands of our beginner stampers) and the tiny brass butterfly embellishments.  You could easily swap out the DSP for Basic White Cardstock and leave off the brass butterflies for a true #simplestamping project with a slightly cleaner, trimmer look.

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 order 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


Throwback Thursday with Artfully Layered Bundle

candyrattraybloghopartfullylayeredWelcome to the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop where we are sharing projects with a Throwback Thursday theme.  How fun is that??!!!  I'm casing a card I made in 2018 using the gorgeous new Artfully Layered Bundle in the January-June Mini Catalog.  It's part of a full suite called Artfully Composed.  With loads of leafy, tropical images and modern mixed fonts, it's a crowd pleaser with loads of versatility.

You are at Candy Rattray's blog,  The full list of participating blogs is at the bottom of this post.  Be sure to visit them all!


Artfully Layered Bday (1)HA few things about my card:

  • The colors in Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper (DSP) are rich and luscious.  I chose Evening Evergreen, Old Olive, and Calypso Coral to use as accent colors in my die-cuts and used a micro-layer of Just Jade to set off the DSP
  • A little twine bow gave me just a touch of softness.  It's from the Fan Bakers Twine set of 3 twines.  Although they are part of another suite, all 3 colors work well with Artfully Composed DSP.
  • I'm in love with the Faux Sea Glass shapes!  They are tiny and just right for so many projects.  I used 3 of the green ones to bring attention to my greeting.

I'll be demonstrating this card along with three others during my Online Card Class today at at 4PM CT.  Come join me or catch the replay on my YouTube channel.

Scroll down to see the card I cased from my blog back in 2018.  It's a super easy card layout to showcase gorgeous DSP!  Click here to see the blog post.
















Sweet Conversations Bundle in Book Fold

I'm in love with the whole Sweet Talk Suite in the new January-July Mini Catalog.  Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper is super fun, and I knew that a book fold aka bookbinding fold would be a great way to showcase it with a fun fold/fancy fold handmade card design.

Book Fold is a favorite fancy fold design for me.  The fact that you use a 4" x 1" and 4" x 4" piece of DSP on the card front makes for easy cuts, easy designing, and a great way to showcase beautiful DSP.

The entire Sweet Talk Suite of products is lovely with its fresh color scheme that takes us through Valentine's Day and beyond.  The products are super versatile, and I showcased the entire suite in my Facebook Live on 1-11-22.  Scroll down to see the replay on youtube.








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Sweet Talk Suite is a must have!  Remember that if you purchase any or all of the suite this month, you get a free Sale-a-Bration item of your choice for every $50 you spend.  There is no better time to!  All items used are listed and linked below for your shopping convenience.




Island Vibes Card Ideas

Each Thursday I do a Facebook Live demonstration (at featuring #simplestamping.  Today I debuted the new Island Vibes (distinktive Sale-a-Bration stamp set free with a $50 order thru Feb. 28).  At first glance, Island Vibes didn't "call out" to me.  I chose to work with it today because it was my least favorite Sale-a-Bration stamp set.  After working with it, I love it!

islandvibesstampinupcandyrattraysaleabrationI employed the "kissing technique" to bring several shades of green to my already beautifully detailed tropical leaves.  THIS is what makes my #simpletamping card work so well.  With just stamps, ink, and paper, I achieved beautiful color and detail that is interesting.  It's a perfect beginner card for new card makers.

My #simplestamping card is perfect as a #masculine card.  In fact, one of my team members was on the live demonstration with me and commented how much she is always needing masculine cards for her local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) auxiliary.  Guys need encouragement, and what an awesome way to share a simple card-- that is obviously handmade--with a few kind words written inside.

The note card size is perfect to write a short note and super affordable.  You get 20 pre-scored cards and envelopes in a package for just $7.00.  That is an amazing bargain.  If you plan to mail the cards, they go for a single forever stamp in the U.S. The finished size is 5" x 3-1/2"

To step up my #simplestamping card, I made it traditional card size (5-1/2" x 4-1/4" finished size made from a 1/2 sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock) in the very bold and bright Magenta Madness In Color.  I then used a 5-1/4" x 4" Basic White cardstock panel for stamping the leaves, once again using the "kissing technique".  Be sure to watch my video at the end of this post to see the technique as well as the card making demonstration.

Adding a super ornate tag of Basic White cardstock looks almost like eyelet lace but still keeps the look very "clean".  The finishing touch--the brand new faux sea glass shapes.  I love them!  You get a lot of them (they are tiny so you need to use a few for a nice effect:) in Pool Party, Soft Sea Foam, and Clear.  I'm going to love using them, and recommend you put them on you next order.

Spend $50 on anything you want in my online store at and you can get Island Vibes stamp set (Sale-a-Bration 2022) absolutely  free. 



















Ranunculus Romance Card Idea

I'm in love with Ranunculus Romance Bundle--it caught my eye on my first pass through the new January-June Mini Catalog (aka Spring Catalog).  For my first creation using Ranunculus Romance Bundle I decided to go with a Brights color scheme.  Brights are not my first choice as a rule, and I normally use one of the Brights Collection mixed in with other colors.  But Ranunculus are bright in real life, so I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go for it!

For today's card I wanted to really concentrate on the many stamps in the Ranunculus Romance stamp set.  If you like stamping, this is a phenomenal set with 10 outstanding cling stamps. 

I used 2 different stamps to create a background on my Granny Apple Green card base with Granny Apple Green ink.  I carried one of those images to the inside as well so that this is a really special card to say hello.

The multi-colored flower image was made by applying ink from Stampin' Write Markers directly to the stamp and then pressing onto the cardstock.  I used Old Olive (to blend but not match the Granny Apple Green), Mango Melody, and Magenta Madness.  And I did add Wink of Stella to all the flowers.

Magenta Madness, one of the 2020-2022 In Colors, is an "in your face" bold, hot pink.  It's perfect here, and I actually found this color scheme in the Stampin' Up! In Color Coach Chart here.  I mixed and matched a bit, but I find that all the colors in the Stampin' Up! Color Coaches work well together.

The coordinating dies for Ranunculus Romance Bundle are really outstanding, and I'll be sharing projects that feature them in the days ahead.  For today's card, I used just one leaflet die and cut it to add texture to my hello card.

All products are listed and linked below for your reference and shopping convenience.  

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Strong of Heart Card Ideas




One of my favorite retiring items from the 2021 Holiday Catalog is Strong of Heart Stamp set.  One really cool aspect of Strong of Heart is "As part of Stampin' Up!'s commitment to giving back to the community, for each Strong of Heart Stamp Set purchased, we will donate $3 to support heart health. Go ahead! Have a heart (stamp) and make a difference too. You'll be glad you did. "  I love that I can add an awesome stamp set to my collection while also making a difference:)

I used Strong of Heart stamp set for the Make & Takes at a recent online Bingo event.  I paired it with the Field & Flowers Designer Paper (free during Sale-a-Bration 2021 Part 1) for some bold, bright colors plus fun folds for 3 awesome cards.  Be sure to watch the video for mega creative inspiration using Strong of Heart.

Since Strong of Heart stamp set is retiring, January 3rd is the last day to get it.  Don't miss out--grab yours now!  All products used in this main attraction card are listed and linked below for your convenience.












Fancy Fold Cards that Showcase Designer Paper

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I demonstrated these quick, easy, and FANCY fold cards on Facebook Live, and you can see the video here.  

I recommend you watch the video as I shared 8-10 other cards featuring the same Designer Paper, so you get tons of card making ideas.

There are just a couple days left to get the really gorgeous--and versatile--Ever Eden Designer Series Paper, the Cotton Paper, and the Garden Gems.  Eden's Garden bundle will continue to be available through at least June as it's in the January-June Mini Catalog.

Run, don't walk, to my online store as these items are only available through January 3rd!  I've listed and linked the individual products below as well as the entire collection.  You can just hit the easy button by adding item #160849 to your order and get the entire collection with just the one item code:)





Simple Winter Birthday Card Idea

littledelightsstampinupcandyrattrayAs we are in the last days of the July-December Mini Catalog (aka Holiday Catalog) I want to share a real gem of a stamp set, Little Delights. At only $17, it's a bargain with a variety of greetings and images. 

I made this simple winter birthday card for my live, in-person card class in December.  Click here for all the details of my January Card Class in San Antonio. 

Please note that the Peaceful Place DSP and Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon on this card are sold out. You can easily substitute with something similar.  All other products are listed and linked below for your shopping convenience.

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Little Delights photopolymer stamp set is retiring and only available through January 3rd.  Just click to get it while you can!

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