Peace to You Card Idea

peacetoyoustampinupcardideascandyrattray Stampin dreams blog hopWelcome to the July Stampin' Dreams blog hop where a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators collaborate and cooperate to bring YOU loads of creative inspiration and ideas!  

I was immediately drawn to Peace to You stamp set in the Holiday Catalog (aka July-December Stampin' Up! Catalog), and I love working with it.  You can see another card I designed with it here featuring the church scene.  For today's Peace to You card idea, I used the Holy Family stamp and went totally outside my Christmas card comfort zone!  

I normally use mostly traditional colors, although you wouldn't know it by my other Stampin' Up! Peace to You card idea.  Maybe the traditional images of this stamp set beg for non-traditional colors???!! I'm not sure, but I do love this stamp set!  

Here are a few details of my Stampin' Up! Peace to You card idea:

  • Various shades of blue bring a peaceful vibe to my Stampin' Up! Peace to You Christmas card.  Tahitian Tide, new In Color, is the star of the show!
  • Pops of bright yellow, achieved through the yellow star (colored with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Marker) and yellow oval, help to bring the blues into focus.
  • Just a touch of shine comes through the Snowflake Specialty Vellum Paper and Fine Sparkle Adhesive-Backed Gems.

I have a full list of Stampin' Up! supplies listed and inked below for your shopping and reference convenience.  

Please click on the next link to continue on the blog hop for more Christmas in July inspiration!


Simply Fabulous Card Ideas

Check out my July Cards With a Twist Class by Mail featuring EIGHT great Simply Fabulous card ideas. 

My Cards with a Twist monthly class brings you all supplies for 8 cards featuring one stamp set plus app. $20+ in Stampin' Up! product goodies.At just $39 with options to add on featured stamp set/bundle at a discount, it's your affordable,monthly creative boost!  

You will make 8 beautiful cards using the Simply Fabulous Stamp Set paired with the happy, bright Butterfly Kisses DSP that features 3 of the new In Colors!

You make 2 each of 4 designs with a twist in each set:)  Shipping is included!

July stamp set featured:  Simply Fabulous

8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs with a twist.  

$39 Class includes:

  1. Prepared supplies for 8 cards with envelopes.  This includes die-cuts and punches.
  2. 1/2 pkg. Butterfly Kisses Designer Series Paper--this is the one thing you will cut for yourself.  I give you easy cuts so you can learn this important element of card-making!  It also allows you to use different patterns if you wish.
  3. Fun Flower Resin Shapes--full package of 100 adhesive-backed resin flowers in 5 colors (Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Fresh Freesia, Starry Sky, Parakeet Party) in two sizes
  4. Starry Sky 1/8" Metallic Woven Ribbon --full spool of 10 yards
  5. pdf tutorials with all the measurements, step by step instructions, color photos, and supply lists plus video overview with tips and tricks to help you have success.
  6. First Class Shipping

You may purchase the pdf tutorial only for $12  This is perfect if you live outside the US and/or already have your own supplies.

Add-on Extras (stamps, ink) available

Click here for complete information





Wonderful World Card Ideas


Training Blog HopWelcome to the July installment of Kylie & Bruno's Training Program Blog Hop where Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from across the globe (who are enjoying and digging into the incredibly practical and helpful biz training they offer) share our business-focused projects.  My share today is the card I made for my Top 5 Sales Achievers for my Southern Sweet Stampers team. 

Although holding classes and selling product is NOT required when you purchase the Starter Kit, those of us that love doing those things deserve to be recognized IMHO:)  It's my privilege and joy to recognize my team for a whole host of activities each month.  Okay, now let's see the Wonderful World card ideas!

Wonderful World Bundle is a Level 2 Sale-a-Bration item which means it is free with a $100 order (before tax and shipping) in the US.  I used it in my most recent Simple & Stepped Up weekly Facebook Live (also available on YouTube).  The stepped up card is perfect for my congrats card for this month.  You can see the demonstration video below if you just scroll down.

Let me share a few things about today's Wonderful World Bundle card ideas:

  • Wonderful World Bundle consists of a beautiful stamp set and coordinating Designer Series Paper aka DSP.
  • The flowers are not stamped!  They are punched out from the gorgeous Designer Series Paper!
  • There are no greetings in Wonderful World stamp set, so I pulled in my greeting ( and coordinating die) from Hydrangea Haven stamp set and coordinating dies for the perfect greeting and tag.

Be sure to click on the video to watch my demonstration and subscribe to my YouTube channel where I upload my twice weekly Facebook Lives. 


Now, be sure to click on the next link to hop along on this expansive blog hop with LOADS of creative ideas!

Stampin' Up! Peace to You Card Ideas

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Welcome to the Mini Catty Blog Hop where demonstrators from all over the world join forces to inpsire you creatively with loads of ideas using products from the newly released Holiday Mini (officially known as the July-December Mini Catalog)

Peace to You stamp set immediately stood out to me as a great stamp set to celebrate the reason for the season of Christmas.  With bold, wood-cut type images you can go super simple or very stepped up and get great results either way.

I always make at least one purple Christmas card every year.  Although I'm a HUGE fan of all things traditional at Christmas including the classic red and green color schemes, purple is a great color for winter as well as faith-based Christmas cards as it is symbolic of royalty.  The birth of Jesus Christ, the true reason for the season, is the entrance of the King of Kings to the earthly realm. 

The full list of Stampin' Up! supplies used, a combination of annual catalog and mini catalog products, is shown and linked below for your reference and shopping convenience.

stampinuppeacetoyouholidayminicatalogcandyrattrayI love incorporating what I call "touchable texture" in my handmade cards.  For this Peace to You card idea, I used the Wintry Embossing Folders (set of 2 minis, I used the snowflake one here) on both Night of Navy Cardstock and Snowy White Velvet Sheets.  The softness as well as embossed texture of the velvet sheets is apparent when you hold the card:)

Although I employed Fresh Freesia as the purple in my handmade Christmas card, it still ends up with an overall classic feel to my design.  What do you think about the card??!!!

Today is the LAST DAY to register for my Christmas in July card class.  Click here for info including video with loads of Trimming the Tree card ideas.

Be sure to hop on over to the next blog on this hop, and thanks so much for stopping by!






Stampin' Up! BOGO-Buy One Get One FREE!!!

BOGO-Summer 2022


WooHoo! It’s BOGO Sale Time! Get my Retired Stampin’ Up products FREE with an equal order of new Stampin’ Up products. For example, choose $50 of my retired product, which you will get for FREE when you place a $50 order (before shipping & tax) in my Online Stampin’ Up Store. You will also be responsible for paying for the shipping on the retired product. The BOGO Sale is only available in the United States. Sale ends July 11, 2022.  Please feel free to share my sale with your friends.



(please read carefully)

  1. CHOOSE YOUR RETIRED PRODUCT. I only have one of each product, so email me as soon as possible with your Retired Products wish list. First come, first reserved. I will periodically update the list with “taken” labels, but there will be a lag between emails and updates.
    *** SEE the BOGO Sale products HERE!! ***
  2. EMAIL ME ( I will reserve the retired product in the order that the emails come in.
  3. WAIT FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM ME. I will pull the retired product for you and let you know which items on your wish list were still available and therefore able to be reserved for you. Then I will calculate how much you need to order from the online store and give you a SPECIAL HOST CODE to use. I will also let you know how much the shipping for the retired products will be.  I use Priority Mail and get a lot into packages/boxes!
  4. PLACE YOUR ONLINE ORDER. I will email you a SPECIAL HOST CODE to use to place your online order in the amount equivalent or greater than the retired product value (before shipping and tax). You have 24 hours from the time that I send the email to place your order. 
  5. PAY SHIPPING ON RETIRED PRODUCTS. Once your online order has been placed, I will send you a Paypal invoice for the shipping on the retired products. You do NOT need to have a Paypal account to pay the invoice. You can also use a credit or debit card. I will be using USPS shipping. To give you an approximate idea of shipping price: small box or envelope $5-$8 (1-4 items), medium box $15 (5-10 items), large box $20 (10+ items) I will give you an exact price of the shipping cost once I know which free retired products you will be getting. If you live locally, you can skip this step and arrange for porch pickup.
  6. WAIT FOR YOUR PRODUCTS TO ARRIVE I will ship the Retired Products on a rolling basis and no later than the 3rd week of July. Stampin’ Up! will ship the New Products you ordered.


Unique to This Sale

  • All stamps are in broad categories for easier searching.
  • All stamps are in categories of $10 or $20 per set, noted in the banner at the top of the photo.  I round down from original prices, and there are some real bargains at the $10 level.  For example, if a stamp set was originally $19, I sell it for $10 BOGO.
  • Original prices of all products are shown in the photos.  When products show $0.00 it is because they were Sale-a-Bration (free with purchase) products)
  • Many of my stamp sets and bundles have accompanying cards from swaps, classes or Facebook Live demonstrations.  This is an extra perk for you, giving you projects to copy and/or use.
  • A few bundles have additional stamp sets which coordinate and are listed directly under the bundle.  They are being sold together as a 3-part bundle.  The accompanying stamp sets are sold at $10 or $20, rounded down.

Follow Through

If you fail to place your order within 24 hours, the retired products will be back up for grabs, and I will go to the next person on the list who asked for them. Once I receive confirmation that your order has been placed and the PayPal invoice has been paid, I will mail the free retired product you selected!

Product condition

All retired stamps and tools in my BOGO sale are in gently used condition (a few are in new condition). Everything is listed at full (or close to full) original retail value because you are getting them for free.  All items, except for embossing folders, are in the original packaging.  Please let me know If you would like more information about any of the retired products in the BOGO sale.



BOGO orders can qualify for a Sale-a-Bration item. BOGO orders must use my SPECIAL HOST CODE and do NOT qualify for Stampin’ rewards (normally given on orders of $150 or greater).  Every single order will include a Designer Series Paper gift.

Thanks for your patience

I will do my best to get to emails promptly and update the BOGO list a few times per day. However, there will be some lag time between when your email is sent and when I respond. If you email me in the evening, expect not to hear back from me until the morning. There are several steps I need to take with each email and I want to make sure everyone gets the attention they deserve.



Christmas in July Card Class by Mail


Christmas Cards are my absolute favorites to design and make!  I'm kicking off a 4-month series with Christmas in July, getting you ready for the AWESOME hollday season that begins in just a few months.

Christmas in July Card Class by Mail is perfect for any level crafter.

 $28 Class featuring Trimming the Tree (annual catalog) stamp set includes:

  • All prepared supplies for FIVE unique cards plus a tag.  Learn to use your stamps!  Includes die cuts, punched shapes, and Very Vanilla envelopes
  • 1/4 pkg. new mini catalog Lights Aglow Specialty DSP (1 each of 12 double-sided sheets:).  This is the one item you will cut for yourself allowing you to choose the pattern you want and also learn to cut your paper--an essential card making skill.
  • 1/2 spool (5 yards) new mini catalog Gold & Vanilla 3/8" Satin-Edged Ribbon 
  • Festive Pearls new mini catalog embellishment with 4 colors (cherry cobber, soft succulent, silver, gold) for a total of 200 adhesive-backed pearls! 
  • First Class shipping
  • pdf tutorials for each project with color photos plus step-by-step instructions and supply list
  • Video overview of all the projects with tips and tricks

Add-on items available--just click on the registration link below to see them.  When you click on the "register now" link it does not automatically register you.  When you add on the stamps and dies you earn a free Sale-a-Bration item!

  Classes ship out July 15th

How to Use Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder


I confess to having purchased the gorgeous Bouquet of Happiness Hybrid Embossing Folder, fully intending to use it more than I did:(  I did share it in my monthly in person card class in San Antonio.  Scroll to the bottom of this post to see that handmade card using Bouquet of Happiness Hybrid Embossing Folder.

For today's cards I went with a purple theme and actually made the second card with the leftovers from the first one and bits from my demonstration of the different capabilities of the dies.  Be sure to watch my video demonstration for instruction as well as loads of ideas. bouquetoflovehybridembossingfolderstamipinupcandyrattray




























Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!  I appreciate you stopping by and have listed and linked all supplies I used in the video demonstration.  See the product table below, and remember that Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder is only available through June 30th.

Limited Edition Card Idea

limitededitionstampinupcandyrattrayincolors Blog hop-Sunday

Welcome to the June installment of Share It Sunday Blog Hop where demonstrators across the globe connect to inspire YOU with our creativity and empower you with ideas.  You are at Candy Rattray, and the full list of other blogs on this hop are at the bottom of this post.  Be sure to click on them!

My handmade card share for today has 3 elements to share:

*Limited Edition card idea

*Botanical Layers card idea

*In Color Combination

In Color Combo





The inside has a sweet greeting from the Botanical Layers Stamp Set:  You mean the world to me.

Isn't that a great card to send someone you care about?  

Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!  Now, head on over to the next blog for more crafty inspiration.

Fun Fold Card that Showcases DSP

I have a sneak peek card for you today with a free Inspiration Sheet with all the measurements you need plus a YouTube video demonstration.   You're welcome!

Here are the sneak peek products and then I'll share some tips for making the fun fold card.

  • Ringed With Nature stamp set (159883)
  • Rings of Love DSP (159939) free with $50 order July-August

Tips and tricks for the fun fold card:

  1. This fold works best with a small pattern.  
  2. Make sure you select paper that is really pretty on both sides and that work together well.'
  3. You only need a minimum of embellishment.  Keep it simple, and let the paper shine!

Click here for the free Inspiration sheet with measurements so you can easily recreate it with your own pretty papers.

Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see my video demonstration with step-by-step instructions.  And I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel where I upload fresh content twice a week.  If you like fun fold cards, I have a whole playlist full of fun folds!















Texture Chic Card Idea

Blog Hop-Trip AchieversWelcome to the June installment of the Trip Achievers Blog Hop where demonstrators across the globe link together with creative inspiration to help you in your creative journey.  You are at Candy Rattray, and the full list of participants is at the bottom of this post.

For today's share I chose a fun fold card using the gorgeous Texture Chic DSP and dies, but I went with the amazing greeting from Charming Sentiments.  "Faith Over Fear" is a perfect greeting in today's world for a card to send to anyone, anywhere!  "Faith Over Fear" is an inspirational greeting that encourages us to look up to God rather than the very broken world in which we live.

texturechicstampinupfaithoverfearinspirationalcardcandyrattrayI designed this card for my Annual Catalog Paper Party this past weekend.  I will have details forthwith of my upcoming July-December Paper Party in September.  I team up with Karina Chin in Canada with card ideas centered around the amazing new Designer Series Papers. 

Here are a few salient points about my Texture Chic fun fold card:

   I varied different finishes on the rectangles:  straight, scalloped, and stitched.  That gives textural interest while keeping a cohesive look.

  My gold-embossed greeting ties into the gold foiling in the DSP.

  Layering both cardstock and distressed gold foil on the leaves gives more interest.  

  I made the same card using different patterns of the DSP.  Which do you like best?































All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your reference and shopping convenience.  Thanks much for stopping by--now hop on over to the next blog for more stamping inspiration!