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Frog Card for the Guys with At the Pond Stamp Set

I have a super fun trio of cards for you today with At the Pond (host) stamp set.  Watch the video below for complete demonstration as well as explanation of host rewards and Stampin' rewards.  I love the many ways Stampin' Up! offers freebies as a reward for shopping:)

My first sample is the one I designed for my Saturday Card Class (monthly, in-person class).  I wanted something very neutral in color that would be a great At the Pond card idea for a masculine card. 

When I went to demonstrate said card, I changed it up--of course!  My brain always wants to change things! LOL!  I made subtle changes, but everyone on my Facebook Live loved them.  Can you spot the difference??!!!











For the last demonstration (and change:) I really amped up the color using Parakeet Party (2022-2024 In Color) to brighten things up.  Again, this was a popular alteration!






I think the images from At the Pond stamp set are perfect for kids cards and masculine cards.  I don't know any guy who would not smile at this cute little frog! Having said that, I'm going to try my hand at a super girly frog card:)

You can earn this stamp set for free by placing a $150 order.  If you do that by the end of February, you will also get free Sale-a-Bration items!  That is a lot of great free product rewards from Stampin' Up!  In addition, if you place your order by Sunday, February 26th you will receive this card packet plus 3 more as a thanks for shopping with me:)

All supplies used are listed and linked below for your browsing and shopping convenience.


More Lucky Clover Card Ideas

Blog Hop-Trip AchieversWelcome to the February installment of Trip Achievers Blog Hop where achieving demonstrators from across the globe join together to inspire your creativity with ideas galore.  You are at Candy Rattray, and the full list of blogs on this hop is at the bottom of my post.

Clover Bundle is a Spring Catalog new product and the punch sold out within weeks.  However, I adore the stamp set and set about to create Lucky Clover card ideas--and I can't stop!  LOL!  Click here to see the fun projects from my Lucky Clover Project Class.  And click here to see more Lucky Clover cards:)

I'm demonstrating this Lucky Clover card on my Facebook Live tonight at 7PM CT, so join me there for tips and tricks on adhering vellum.  Click here to see the fun projects from my Lucky Clover Project Class. 


Did you know this about clovers:

  • There are hundreds of varieties of clover plants, grown all over the world. 
  • Four-leaf clovers became associated with good luck because they are rare.
  • Clover is associated with St. Patrick's Day because he used the extremely common tri-foliate clover in Ireland to demonstrate the biblical concept of the Holy Trinity:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Lucky Clover is such a versatile stamp set.  I love it when my card elements create a cohesive theme, and the map prints (both white and black  print) are perfect for my Lucky Clover card.  I used a trio of greens:  Garden Green, Parakeet Party (In Color), and Granny Apple Green for layered color.

Please follow me on and for weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!  I'm actually doing a full week (M-F) of Facebook Lives, so join me this week!

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Lucky Clover Card Ideas

luckycloverstampinupcandyrattray luckycloverstampinupcandyrattrayI adore Lucky Clover stamp set and did a whole class with it which you can see details of here. 

I featured Lucky Clover stamp set with additional Lucky Clover card ideas on a recent Facebook Live and love the versatility and fun factor of this simple stamp set.  We can share good luck wishes for

  • graduates
  • those taking tests
  • co-workers receiving orders to another post
  • co-workers with promotions
  • friends/family moving
  • anyone embarking on a weight loss journey
  • kids going to camp
  • and more!

People need to know we wish them well and are rooting for them!  Lucky Clover has a casual font and 3 sizes of clover, plus a spray of clovers, that are perfect for guys and gals.  With greetings for good luck, happy St. Patrick's Day, and friendship, you can cover a lot of ground with this one stamp set. You know me--I love versatility in stamp sets.  And Lucky Clover delivers that in spades!

Scroll down for my demonstration video, complete with clover trivia!


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Sentimental Park Card Ideas

Park Oval (1)Today's card is one of 8 from my monthly Cards With a Twist for February, and I love the luxurious look and feel of the many layers and shapes.  Check out all 8 of my Sentimental Park card ideas here on the short video.

Let me point out a few things that make this Sentimental Park card come together:

  • Rose Gold Foil oval--my favorite feature!  This paper in an oval shape is perfect for SO MANY projects.  I love it!  It brings instant elegance to any card and can also bring a vintage feel:)'
  • Night of Navy Ribbon--this Spring Catalog item definitely reminds me of blue jeans...dressed up a bit.  It can definitely work in a masculine design, but the little bit of shiny edge gives it a slightly dressy look which I love.
  • Multiple shapes and layers--with the Rose Gold Foil oval, Night of Navy textured oval frame, Shaded Spruce sprig, and Mint Macaron fancy label you get a riot of shapes, textures, and colors.

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below.  Be sure to subscribe to my email list so you can keep up with all my classes and news:




Watercoloring and Heat Embossing with Beautifully Happy

My Facebook Live demonstration focused on tips and tricks for easy water-coloring of a heat-embossed, stamped image.  By heat embossing (with gold:) the large flower from Beautifully Happy stamp set (free with a $100 order thru Feb. 2023), I created boundaries that make water coloring extra easy.Here are a few points about my design:  1. Using only 2 ink colors, I was able to produce lovely shades of both colors2.Water coloring with ink refills allowed me to vary the depth of color3.  I opted to stamp the greetings directly on the focal piece vs adding a flag, punch, die, etc.  That kept the focus on my flowers.

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Be sure to watch the video for tips and tricks as well as full demonstration.  Please follow me on and for weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!

Cottage Rose Card Ideas












I have two cards for you today featuring Cottage Rose bundle and patterned paper.  This feels like one of those "spot the difference" games! 

My purpose is:

  1. To share two cards with the same layout but small changes that can make a big difference.
  2. To show you my design work for Cards With a Twist

I've been offering Cards With a Twist monthly class by mail for several years and recently began Twist Club as a way to reward my regulars.  Let me talk about the designs first and then the club and class.

I absolutely love designing this way--2 cards with a difference.  It really challenges my creativity, and I love sharing options with my customers.  My hope is that they can also see how making small changes allows them to make numerous designs using the same products.  Click on the video below to see 4 sets of 2 cards--with a twist!

Twist Class has been very popular, but there were times someone would miss the class registration and be frustrated.  Solution:  Twist Club.  All the details are here:  It's a great way to have a regular, monthly card class delivered to your door with plenty of extras, goodies, and rewards!  There is room for you, so join today!


Lucky Clover Card Ideas and Projects

Lucky Clover Class

Lucky Clover stamp set, in the Spring Mini Catalog, is a winner!  Although the punch sold out in just weeks, the stamp set has a lot to recommend itself and can definitely be used without the punch.  I created 4 note cards with touches of copper and gold plus a home decor project with a lovely Irish Blessing.  My projects are perfect for any level crafter.

I have options for my class AT HOME or IN PERSON.  Here are the deets:

$29 Class includes:

  • All prepared supplies for 8 notecards (with envelopes), 2 each of 4 designs
  • All prepared supplies for a 9" x 9" home decor piece (no frame included)  This is the frame I use and change out the art piece with the seasons!
  • 6 half-sheets Dandy Designs DSP (12" x 6")
  • 1 yd. Parakeet Party Ribbon
  • Full pkg. Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots
  • First class mail with tracking
  • pdf tutorials with color photos, step by step instructions, supply lists, and video

Registration closes Feb. 17th 

Classes by mail ship out Feb. 23rd,  In person class is held Feb. 25th

Add-ons include stamps and ink to help you create my projects just as I designed them. Simply click below for more information.

Click here for registration information and be sure to select AT HOME or IN PERSON--your choice!