Heartfelt Wishes for a Thank You Card

Kylie's Demo Bog HopWelcome to this month's installment of Bruno & Kylies' Training Peeps Blog Hop, connecting demonstrators across the globe to inspire YOU with projects on the theme of thanks.  What a privilege to share with you!  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamer.com.  Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to see the full list of "hoppers" and be sure to click on them all!

I'm featuring one of the cards today that was part of my live, in-person Stamp a Stack. Although my stamping classes and events are mainly online, I have some local peeps that still enjoy gathering together to stamp face to face and we do that once a month.  This card is perfec heartfeltwishesblackberrybeautystampinupcandyrattrayt for customer thanks as it's quick and easy yet elegant and special

Can you spot the difference in my 2 cards?  There are slight differences, and I really like them both.  "Spot the difference" is one of those super fun childhood games that I still enjoy:)

  1. Card bases are Blackberry Bliss in card #1, Rich Razzleberry in card #2.
  2. Contrasting layer for label is Rich Razzleberry in card #1, Blackberry Bliss in card #2.
  3. Greeting is slightly lower in card #1, dead center in card #2.







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#simplestamping with Peaceful Deer


Peaceful Deer stamp set is a natural for #simplestamping.  I created 2 Peaceful Deer cards, and the first one is just stamps, ink, and paper.  I love our Basic White Note Cards (size:  5" x 3-1/2", mails for a single forever stamp in the US).  They are affordable ($7 for 20--with envelopes!) and they are the thick Basic White Cardstock.

Peaceful Deer makes the cutest scenes.  These are perfect beginner cards, so anyone can make these!  I demonstrate #simplestamping every Thursday @2PM CT at facebook.com/sweetstamper.  Please join me!

For the second card I I stepped it up just a bit by adding some ink with Blending Brushes for sky as well as Designer Series Paper in the background and on the envelope flap and then finished it off with Holiday Rhinestones.  Quick, easy, and pretty!

Which is your favorite?

  • Simple OR
  • Stepped Up

Let me know your fave in the comments section below!

Insider info:  the Reindeer Punch is carrying over into the Spring Catalog with another coordinating stamp set--squee!!!

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#simplestamping with Hand-Penned Petals

#simplstampinghand-pennedpetalssimplestampingquickandeasycardstampinupcandyrattrayI created these 2 cards that exude a simple elegance vibe by utilizing #simplestamping (stamps, ink, paper, and thanks for November) and then stepped it up with just some lace and gems to add a more feminine touch.  

Which card do you prefer???

My first #simplestamping card is a bit more tailored and has a tiny strip of Evening Evergreen Cotton Paper.  My second card has a stronger feminine vibe via Very Vanilla Lace Trim and In Color Square Gems.

#simplestamping is perfect for beginners but also brings joy to experienced card makers.  #simplestamping is perfect for any level crafter!




Hand-Penned Petals is a natural for beginner stampers and #simplestamping.  It's easy to use, has lots of 2-step stamping images, and some outstanding greetings.  It's easy elegance!

Be sure to like my facebook.com/sweetstamper page to see my live stamping demonstrations every week on Tuesday & Thursday @2PM CT.  Not on Facebook?  Subscribe to my YouTube channel where I download all my Facebook Live demonstrations and more!

Better Places Host Set

shareitsundaybloghopcandyrattraystampinupbetterplaceshostsetWelcome to Share it Sunday Blog Hop where demonstrators from across the globe collaborate and connect to inspire YOUR creativity!

For today's card I'm featuring Better Places which is a host only stamp set in the 2020-2021 annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  What does that mean?  It means that when you place an order(s) totaling $150 you have exclusive access to certain stamp sets that are weighted/discounted as a reward from Stampin' Up! for placing a large order yourself or gathering orders from a few friends.  Valued at $20, it costs just $12!!! 



Better Places isa beautiful cling rubber stamp set with excellent greetings and some image stamps with loads of creative possibilities.  For today's card I featured one of the powerful greetings.  What a great card to send someone special who is making a difference!  Did you know that Evening Evergreen (2020-2022 In Color) is a dynamic duo color with Shaded Spruce?  Used together they lift each other:) shareitsundaybloghopcandyrattraystampinupbetterplaceshostset

That simple, powerful greeting is enhanced by texture, gorgeous DSP and a single bumblebee trinket.  Simple, elegant, powerful!  This card is actually quick and easy to make for any level crafter.  All supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.

Thanks for dropping by.  Be sure to hop onto the next blog, and leave me a comment telling me what you think about my card!



Paper Pumpkin Alternative-Peaceful Christmas

The Paper Pumpkin Christmas card kit for 2021 is absolutely gorgeous!  If you are lucky enough to be a subscriber you have one--I say lucky because both the kit and refill kits sold out very quickly. Paper Pumpkin kits are incredible value.  By being a subscriber, I never miss out on the super popular kits!

It's fun to make the projects as designed in the kit, but many of us see the kit as a creative box waiting for us to dig in and create.  I created this Paper Pumpkin Alternative project for my weekly Simple & Stepped Up Stamping, Thursday's at 2PM CT at facebook.com/sweetstamper Like my page and then set your notifications so you can join me!


All supplies are listed and linked below.  Click here to join my Paper Pumpkin Patch today and never miss out on an awesome monthly kit!  (no contract, pause or cancel anytime)

Hannukah Card Ideas-All Stampin' Up!

HannukahToday I'm sharing a Happy Hanukkah card, using the traditional blues for my color scheme and letting the color scheme and lovely details be the theme of my handmade Hanukkah card.

This is a Hanukkah card that anyone can make to mark the season for their Jewish friends.  If you don't have any of the traditional Hanukkah symbols (dove, menorah, Star of David, candles, etc.) in your crafty stash, break out your blues and make a handmade Hanukkah card with what you have.

To give my handmade Hanukkah card a really festive feel I used a pattern from the Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper that is full of glitz and shine.  Add in some dies with tons of detailing and the very festive Mesh Ribbon, and you have a very special card to celebrate a special holiday.

All products are listed and linked below for your convenience.  A Wish for Everything stamp set and coordinating Word Wishes dies are a must have pair of products for every paper crafter IMHO. You can create projects to celebrate almost every holiday, and the fonts are very classic.  

Word Wishes dies are super easy to use--they pop right out of the dies.  But I do strongly recommend adding Adhesive Sheet to your cardstock before running it through your Big Boss die cutting machine so you can stick it own quickly and easily with no excess glue oozing out--yuck!

That's it for today.  I hope you are inspired to make some handmade Happy Hanukkah cards for your friends, co-workers, neighbors, and more.  'Tis the season for celebrating winter holidays!

Paper Pumpkin Alternative-Peaceful Christmas

I'm so excited to share in a blog hop today by the Crafty Collaboration, linking Stampin' Up! demon paperpumpkinalternativeoctober2021peacefulchristmasdiychristmascardstrators from across the globe as we share our creativity.  This month, it's all about Paper Pumpkin, and I must say that the October kit is absolutely gorgeous!  Paper Pumpkin is an awesome crafty kit by mail that is just $21 + tax when you subscribe.  Treat yourself (and/or a loved one!) to a monthly crafty session.  Click here to subscribe now (no contract, cancel anytime)

I created a quick, easy, yet elegant DIYChristmas card with just a few extra products.  My card is easy enough for crafters of any level yet special enough to wow those receiving it!

Here are a few things to note about my Paper Pumpkin Alternative card for the October 2021 kit:

  • Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder is a must-have IMHO.  Order it for quick, easy gorgeousness!
  • The stamp set in this month's Paper Pumpkin kit is one you will use again and again with classic wintry images (which can be used beyond Christmas) and outstanding greetings.
  • Holiday Rhinestones are my favorite embellishment, loved for their amazing versatility.  The Shaded Spruce ones are perfect for my classy Christmas card.
  • This design is perfect if you need to make a lot of Christmas cards.  With minimal supplies and only a few minutes, it's perfect for both your time budget.

Check out the recording of my Facebook Live video to see all the elements of the October Kit as well as my process for creating this quick and easy yet elegant Christmas card.

Eden's Garden Class by Mail


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 $35 with options to add on featured stamp set/bundle at a discount, it's your affordable, monthly creative boost!  

You will make 8 beautiful all-occasion cards using a early release stamp set!

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

  • November stamp set featured:  Eden's Garden
  • 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs with a twist.  

$35 Class includes:

  1. Prepared supplies for 8 cards with envelopes.  This includes die-cuts and punches.
  2. 1/2 pkg. of the Early Release 2022 Annual Catalog (!!!) Ever Eden Specialty 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!
  3. Garden Gems--full package of 140 adhesive-backed gems, another early release item:)
  4. 1/2 roll (5 yds) Fine Art Gold Ribbon
  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.

Register now!!!

Encircled in Warmth Card Ideas

Blog Hop-Trip Achievers  Welcome to a new round of blog hopping with the global group of Incentive Trip Achievers.  What is our blog hop about?  It's about inspiring YOU with our creativity.  Big thanks to Kylie Bertucci for organizing this blog hop!

I have a card idea for you today featuring Encircled in Warmth stamp set from the Holiday Catalog which coordinates with some dies from the annual catalog--Encircled in Beauty.  Once again Stampin' Up! delivers tons of value and product coordination by giving us a bundle in the annual catalog of stamps and dies and then offers us a Christmas stamp set that coordinates!

encircledinwarmthstampinupdiychristmascardhandmadechristmascardHere are a few points of interest in my handmade Christmas card:

  • My rather unusual color scheme is pulled directly from the lovely Painted Christmas DSP.  A pink Christmas card?  Why not??!!!
  • Cherry Cobbler & Gold 1/2" Metallic Ribbon delivers a LOT of shimmer and shine.
  • Wintry Embossing Folders give you TWO awesome options for textural interest:  snowflakes and pine foliage.  I opted for the pine of my Encircled in Warmth card.
  • By using Elegant Faceted Gems for my embellishment, I had 3 colors to choose from and they all work.  This was one of the cards we made at a recent in person card class in San Antonio, TX.  The gems were in the box being passed around so everyone could make their own choice:)

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you are in the San Antonio area, be sure to check out my next in-person card class coming up in November.  Just click here.

Okay, onward and upward!  Click on the next link to keep on hopping for more creative inspiration by our awesome group of Incentive Trip Achievers.

November Stamp-a-Stack Card Class in San Antonio

Nov. Class

November Stamp-a-Stack

Stamp a whole stack of cards for various occasions.  Card Class is $30 or 1/2 price with a minimum order that day.  Space is limited--your registration reserves your spot.

  • All prepared supplies for 6 unique cards, 2 of each, envelopes included
  • Lots of stamp sets, embellishments, papers, and more for you to experience!
  • Feel free to invite a friend--you may register one additional person
Although class is held at the church--with tons of space--I'm limiting the number of people for optimal experience.