#simplestamping with To a Wild Rose in Polished Pink

On today's Facebook Live I introduced the new In Color Polished Pink.  It's a clear pink, a true pink, a bit like bubblegum or cotton candy.  I went with monochromatic to keep the focus on Polished Pink.  This is a great card idea for To a Wild Rose--retiring and discounted--stamp set.  The dies are deeply (crazily) discounted!  Run to the online store to get Wild Rose dies before they are gone!

Click on my YouTube video to see my process taking a #simplestamping card and then stepping it up with Wild Rose dies and tulle ribbon.  Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don't miss anything!  Just click here. 




Peekaboo Fun Fold with Floral Essence

For today's Teach Me Tuesday weekly Facebook Live (2PM CT at facebook.com/sweetstamper) I shared several teaching points:

  • How to CASE a card
  • How to color ribbon with Stampin' Blends
  • How to make a peekaboo fun fold card aka peekaboo window card

I used several items on the Last Chance List that are also discounted in price:

  1. Floral Essence photopolymer stamp set
  2. Gold 3/8" Metallic Ribbon
  3. Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper

Although I did not use the coordinating Perennial Essence punch on today's project, it is also deeply discounted in price (while supplies last through May 3rd).  You can get the stamp set and coordinating punch for under $18 which is the regular price of the punch alone!  I love a good bargain, and this is definitely that:)


Click here for my free download, the Inspiration Sheet for today's project with measurements and supply list. And be sure to like my facebook.com/sweetstamper page and set your notifications so you can join my twice weekly Facebook Lives @ 2PM CT.  They are interactive and I love to do virtual designing with my audience!

I've saved the demonstration to my YouTube channel below.  You can subscribe to my channel here.


How to Make A Fun Fold Card

Today's share is a Fun Fold Card plus a Rooted in Nature card idea.  I love the versatility of Rooted in Nature.  But oftentimes we think of fall and winter cards when using Rooted in Nature.  I wanted to make a summery card to showcase the versatility of Rooted in Nature.  Misty Moonlight and the awesome Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper were the perfect tools to make my vision come about.

This was my Teach Me Tuesday Facebook Live creation, and it was fun to make and popular with my audience:)  I love that you cut up your card base and then use the pieces to make the fun fold card--somewhat like putting together a puzzle.  

Here are a few features of today's card:

  • I'm showcasing retiring products, so if you want any of these items, get them quickly!
  • Rooted in Nature is perfect for ANY SEASON!
  • Whisper White ink gives a lovely soft, chalk-like effect.
  • This fun-fold is a great showcase for gorgeous DSP:  Flowers for Every Season has so many beautiful choices!

Be sure to click on my video to see how to make the fun fold.  Click here for the free downloadable Inspiration Sheet with measurements and supply list. 




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Arrange a Wreath Card ideas--Easter Cards

Happy Easter 2021!  It's a big day in the Christian calendar as believers all over the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Churches celebrate Easter in various ways, and it's also a big day for family gatherings.  Sending cards is appropriate for any special day, and I have two Arrange a Wreath card ideas for you today--both to celebrate Easter.

My first Arrange a Wreath Easter card is elegant and classy.  The second is soft and sweet.  Both are perfect for Easter cards!


Although Arrange a Wreath has been a very popular bundle, it is on the Last Chance List (retiring), so grab it now while you can.  With images that work for Valentines Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Easter, and general occasions for wreaths, it's a true all occasion bundle that will work hard for you!  All supplies listed and linked below for your convenience.  Click on the YouTube link to see all the cards I made for my Twist class earlier this year.  There are even more Arrange a Wreath card ideas!  PDF tutorials are still available for purchase.



A Touch of Ink Limited Edition Class


A Touch of Ink stamp set is a gorgeous double set of photopolymer stamps, free with a $100 order during Sale-a-Bration.

My class includes prepared supplies for 12 cards plus products you need to make them. I have a limited number of these class kits.
Already own the stamp set?  I have a supplies-only option for you.

 You make 2 each of 6 designs --shipping is included!

  • $58 Class with Stamps
  • $45 Class without Stamps

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.

Click here for complete details.  Registration closes March 31st or when the class sells out.



Vine Design Card Ideas

Maui Blog HopWelcome to the Maui Achievers Blog Hop where demonstrators from across the globe share our stamping projects to inspire you.  You are at Candy Rattray, sweetstamper.com.

I'm sharing yet another Vine Design card idea.  I love this bundle and its many, many possibilities!  You can see other posts featuring Vine Design card ideas here on my blog by clicking here and here.

  • I made this handmade card for my team members in the $1000 club last month to celebrate their achievements.  Recognizing and rewarding hard work, dedication, and the achievement of goals is one of my great joys as a team leader.  To learn more about my Southern Sweet Stampers team of demonstrators click here. vinedesignstampinupcandyrattray
    Details of today's Vine Design card:
  • Sahara Sand Foil Sheet is part of the Love You Always combination pack of foil papers.  I love that you get 3 colors!  I used the Sahara Sand here for a soft yet shiny look.
  • The intricate dies in Vine Design are gorgeous.  I use Adhesive Sheets to adhere them to my projects with ease.  Simply stick to your foil sheet (or cardstock) before die-cutting, run through Big Boss, then peel off the backing and you have an awesome custom sticker!  Easy peasy, mess-free application:)
  • Poppy Parade and Flirty Flamingo complement one another.

Be sure to keep hopping on the blog hop, and thanks so much for coming by today. vinedesignstampinupcandyrattray

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How to Make a Pocket Card-Easy Fun Fold

I'm featuring Snail Mail suite today for a super simple fun fold that uses up some of your Designer Series Paper.  Are you new to card making?  If so, Designer Series Paper will quickly become your go-to product for quick, easy, and awesome cards.  If you are a veteran card maker, you probably have a healthy (???!!!) stash of DSP:)  Hehehe!  Let's put it to good use.

Click below to see my demonstration for How to Make a Pocket Card.  It's quick, easy, and fun!  The recording is from my weekly Teach Me Tuesday Facebook Live (2PM CDT, facebook.com/sweetstamper).



Click here for my free Inspiration Sheet with cut and score lines plus supply list.  

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Inspiring Iris Card Ideas #simplestamping

I'm featuring Inspiring Iris card ideas once again as I used it for my weekly Simple & Stepped Up Facebook Live.  #simplestamping is a concept where we take the very basics of card making:  stamps, ink, paper to make a card.  Sometimes we add one other element, but for this design I kept it super simple.

Here are the points to note about my #simplestamping card:

  • Stamps, Ink, Paper--that's it!
  • 2 colors of ink, 3 colors of cardstock
  • Black and white are basics
  • I kept it super simple, so this is perfect for a beginning card maker--just a few supplies.
  • Although this is #simplestamping, it made for a lovely Spring card!

For the second #simplestamping card demonstration, I stepped it up just a bit:

  • Contrasting color card base
  • Designer Series Paper addition
  • Punched out greeting
  • Pool Party Stampin' Blends Marker as a background to make the irises pop
  • Linen Thread adds softness and texture
  • Elegant Faceted Gems for a bit of shine inspiringirisstampinupcandyrattrayI'm happy with the way both these cards turned out and the way they show that both #simplestamping and a bit of added extras make for great handmade cards that are perfect for every level of crafter.  Click on the video below to see the design process, demonstration, and tips for fabulous color combos.

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Inspiring Iris Card Ideas

Inspiring Iris stamp set is perfect for fresh Spring cards.  With 2 step stamping, you have lots of options for quickly coloring in images--or use the outline image and color in with Blends Markers, Stampin' Write Markers, or Watercolor Pencils. I like all those choices!  Add greetings that work any time of year, and you have a stamp set that is a real workhorse.  I love versatility, and Inspiring Iris has it in spades! inspiringiriscardideasstampinupcandyrattray

Today's Inspiring Iris card idea is one of the 8 cards in my monthly Cards With a Twist class for March.  Be sure to click on the video below to see all 8 Inspiring Iris card ideas.  

Here are a few details:

  • Coastal Cabana and Purple Posy are a stunningly fresh color combo.  
  • The Coastal Cabana on this card is a piece of Designer Series Paper!  Playing with Patterns DSP also has a coordinating ribbon combo pack--that's where this Coastal Cabana ribbon comes from.
  • I used 2-step stamping with just 2 ink colors (in addition to black) for a quick and easy card with plenty of pizzazz.



Registration for this month's Cards With a Twist card class featuring Inspiring Iris closes March 14th.  Click here for full details.  


Cinnamon Cider Color Combos

I love Cinnamon Cider, one of the 2020-2022 In Colors--but it always reminds me of fall.  A rich, reddish brown, it evokes images of fall leaves and hot cider.  Since I love the color, I wanted to bring it into Spring.  My YouTube video (recording of my Facebook Live) shows you the process I use to expand my color combos and use them in more creative ways.



During my presentation, I show you how to use the Color Combo charts, provided by Stampin' Up! to demonstrators, and then expand the choices but still stay within the recommendations by the professional concept artists at Stampin' Up!  You can create color combos with confidence!  Simply click on the video to begin watching.  I share my tips on creating color combos near the beginning of the video.

Click here to download your own copy of Stampin' Up! color combos for In Colors.

Click here to download your own copy of Stampin' Up! color combos for Core Colors

Click here for the Inspiration Sheet for these 3 cards.  The include pic, measurements and supply lists in an easy downloadable format.  

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