So Hoppy Together Quick and Easy Card

The cute, whimsical frogs in So Hoppy Together stamp set (a free Sale-a-Bration option with $50 purchase) are perfect for the young and young at heart.  Who can resist smiling at this cute frog?  Today's card is another example of what I call "encouragement cards."  It's perfect for a kid preparing for tests or struggling in school, someone on a weight loss journey, someone in the midst of medical tests or cancer treatment...anyone facing life's many challenges!

We made this card in February during my monthly Stamp Club in San Antonio.  You can read about that here.  Please consider joining us if you live in the San Antonio area.  It features the fabulous new Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies (Occasions Catalog) and a bit of coloring with Stampin' Blends.  


Rectangle Framelits
Rectangle Stitched Framelits

All products used in today's quick and easy card are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Simply click to learn more about any item and/or shop!  If you are in the Greater San Antonio area, click here to read all about my local stamp club in San Antonio.  There is room at the table for you!

Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set -Part of My Story

My favorite Sale-a-Bration stamp set is Part of My Story.  It's an all words ie sentiments stamp set in cling mount (red rubber), and the expressions are really fabulous!  Each phrase came from a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Stampin' Up! asked us demonstrators to submit the phrases we most wanted to see in a stamp set.  Thousands of entries came in, and these 6 were chosen to feature during Sale-a-Bration.  I love every single one!

partofmystorystampinupWe made this card in my January Stamp Club (read about stamp club here) with a love theme that could go well beyond Valentines Day.  Love is always appropriate and in season!  In fact, this is really more of what I call an "encouragement card."

There is another Sale-a-Bration item in today's card:  Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper.  I love its rich color, and running it through the Big Shot with the new Occasions Catalog Lace Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder was the perfect way to showcase its beauty.  "Dynamic" is a certain type of embossing folder that delivers very deep embossing.  It's perfect for the Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper!

Both Part of My Story rubberstamp set and Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper are available FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-a-Bration ($50 order will bring both these options up for you:)  You get to choose one Sale-a-Bration reward for every $50 you spend through March 31.  But don't delay as some of the products "sell out" ie run out of stock. 












The complete list of items used in today's card is listed and linked below for your convenience.  

Be sure to check out my stamp club in San Antonio and think about joining us for monthly stamping fun with perks and benefits!

January Card Classes To Go

Forever Lovely Card Class Gingham Gala Class To Go




To kick off the new year, I have  TWO classes that you can enjoy right from your own home--or wherever you happen to be:)

My January Classes To Go feature Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog bundles that you will love!


My classes to go are for all levels of stampers! For those who have never experienced one of my classes to go, here's how they work:

  • You purchase the class.
  • I order the new Stampin' Up! products and prepare the class kits. 
  • I mail to you the class kit (local customers can arrange for porch pickup).
  • Class kits include all prepared supplies for the projects including envelopes, scored cardstock, die cuts, punched pieces, embellishments, etc. I even tie your bows!  Your class kit is ready to stamp, assemble, and enjoy!
  • Class kits are organized and separated so that each project is easily identified.
  • All Stampin' Up! products included in the class purchase are also in this happy little package!
  • You'll also receive an email with step by step pdf tutorials including color photos as well as a video to walk you through all your class projects. You are going to LOVE it!  

All My Love Suite has hearts and flowers in classic reds and pinks for all things love.  You will love the versatility of this suite that allows you to customize your expressions of love.  All options include video and pdf tutorials
You will need Lovely Lipstick, Soft Sea Foam, Crumb Cake, and Flirty Flamingo Ink pads to complete the projects plus the Forever Lovely stamp set to complete the projects as designed.  You will also need adhesives like Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Mini Glue Dots.

$28 All My Love Class includes:

  • All prepared supplies to make 6 cards (2 each of 2 designs and 1 each of 2 additional designs:) plus envelopes
  • 1/2 pkg. All My Love DSP
  • 1/2 pkg. coordinating cardstock pack
  • All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack.

 $65 All My Love + Bundle Class includes:

  • Forever Lovely Bundle (photopolymer stamp set and edgelits dies—$47.50 value!)
  • All prepared supplies to make 6 cards (2 each of 2 designs and 1 each of 2 additional designs:) plus envelopes
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Sale-a-Bration Level 1 product of your choiceexcluding the 12 x 12 products because they won’t fit in your mailing envelope!
  • video and pdf tutorials

Gingham Gala Suite has a fresh color palette, classic gingham checks, and butterflies galore!  You will need Memento Black, Highland Heather, Grapefruit Grove, and Balmy Blue Ink Pads plus Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends to complete the projects exactly as designed plus the Butterfly Gala stamp set and punch.  You will also need adhesives like Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Mini Glue Dots.

$28 Gingham Gala Class Includes:

  • All prepared supplies to make 6 cards (2 each of 2 designs plus 1 each of additional 2 designs) plus envelopes
  • Whisper White Sheer Ribbon
  • Colored Doilies
  • Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins
  • video and pdf tutorials

$70 Gingham Gala Class Includes:

  • All prepared supplies to make 6 cards (2 each of 2 designs plus 1 each of additional 2 designs) plus envelopes
  • Butterfly Gala Bundle (photopolymer stamp set and Butterfly Duo Punch)
  • Whisper White Sheer Ribbon
  • Colored Doilies
  • Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins
  • Sale-a-Bration Level 1 product of your choice—excluding the 12 x 12 products because they won’t fit in your mailing envelope!
  • video and pdf tutorials

$12 PDF only

  • Do you prefer to cut your own cardstock and use your own products? 
  • This option is perfect for you!  
  • You will receive step by step pdf tutorials with color photos plus video via email after your purchase.

Registration closes on January 18th at 10 PM . Expected shipping date of all class kits is January 26th.   

Your Priority Mail Envelope will arrive at your front door with your class kit sorted and organized by project--ready for crafty fun!

Porch Pickup available for local customers

Email me now for your class registration link!


Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog Product Shares

I have some great options for you to "share" a set of brand new papers and/or ribbons so you can try all the new stuff without breaking the bank!  You're going to love the options and may just want them all:)  You can do that and still stay on budget:)

DSP Shares



  • I'll be ordering as "shares" fill (groups of 4 people are dividing papers and/or ribbons) beginning tomorrow, January 3rd.  
  • It takes about 10 days for products to arrive and get cut and sorted.
  • I'm taking reservations through January 15th.
  • ALL shares will be ready for pickup or shipped out no later than January 25th so you can get crafting with your new stuff!
  • Email me now for complete information and reservation.





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Santa's Workshop, 3 Classes in 1 Day!

Join me Saturday, December 1st, for my Santa's Workshop aka stamp camp in San Antonio.  I have 3 classes in 1 day--choose to attend just one, two, or all three.  I love offering you choices!  Complete Information and registration are here, just click!


Winter Sampler Framed Art Home Decor Class (9" x 9" shadowbox frame)

10AM - 11:30 AM

$25 all inclusive



















Reindeer Banner Home Decor Class (Banner is 1 yard in length.)

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

$32 all inclusive























Last Minute Gifts Class (10 handmade gifts)

1 PM - 2:30 PM

$32 all inclusive

4 gift card holders, 2 hand sanitizer gifts, 2 hot cocoa gifts, 2 decorated tins


Take all 3 classes and save $5!  

Full information and registration are here.  Hurry as space is limited!

Winter Woods Christmas Card

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Welcome to the Greek Isles Trip Achiever Blog Hop where achieving demonstrators from all over the world share their projects in a fun blog hop for your creative inspiration and enjoyment.  You are at Candy Rattray,  If you should get lost at any point in the blog hop, the full, linked list of blog hoppers is at the bottom of this post.

I absolutely adore the Winter Woods Bundle!  And as much as I love the coordinating dies, today's handmade Christmas card uses just the Winter Woods Rubberstamp set.  This card is fun to make and has a real wow effect:)  I have a free pdf tutorial for you below.

I have just a few things about today's card to point out:

  1. By using a simple watercolor wash on the background of Shimmery White Cardstock, you have the perfect backdrop for these lovely evergreen trees.
  2. Stamping the trees a few times without re-inking gives the appearance of dimension as well as various shades of green.  That means my forest is made very quickly!
  3. Gold heat embossing is the perfect touch for holiday cards.  I love its classic elegance.

This card comes together quickly and easily--that's the way I roll:)  And that's it for today.  Click here for the free pdf tutorial.  And scroll to the bottom of this post for the list of Stampin' Up! supplies used.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to head to the next blog on the hop by seeing the lineup below and simply clicking.  

Snow is Glistening with Champagne and Copper!

Snow is Glistening photopolymer stamp set is a limited-time release stamp set available during November only.  It is just gorgeous, and I made these cards on my Tuesday@2 Facebook Live this week.  We did a little virtual designing during the Live with people weighing in on their choice of colors and elements for the cards.  I think we did a great job collectively!  The coordinating Snowfall Thinlits dies are a must-have for your crafty collection and are also available only during November.  You can see our virtual design session and the demonstration of making these two snowflake cards here on the video on my page.

Let me point out just a few things about the snowflake cards here:

  1. Both use a Crumb Cake Cardstock card base, the same piece of All is Bright Designer Series Paper (bokeh dots one one side, pinecones on the other), and Soft Suede ink. Then we changed things up a bit!
  2. I love stamping directly on Designer Series Paper!  Try it--you will love it, too!
  3. All-neutral palettes bring class to just about any project.  Unexpected touches like copper and champagne keep things from becoming boring.
  4. Use the Precision Base Plate when die-cutting super intricate pieces like these.  Your die-cuts will come out with ease.
  5. Click here for pdf tutorial.

 Again, they are only available during November, so don't wait to order yours!  Use my November Host Code to receive the following thank you gifts:

  • With any size order, receive my Snow is Glistening Tutorial Bundle with 15 projects.
  • With a $50+ order, receive the tutorial bundle plus Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins to add bling without bulk to your projects!

Join me every Tuesday @ 2 PM CST for my live video tutorials.  We have fun stamping together virtually!




Pleasant Pheasants Fall Card with Copper Embossing

I featured this Pleasant Pheasants fall card on my Tuesday's @ 2 Facebook Live this week.   If you missed it, you can catch that quick video tutorial here.  I knew when I saw these peasants in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog that they would make for fun crafting and gorgeous cards.  I previously shared another Pleasant Pheasants card--watercolored with Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens--here on my blog.

pleasantpheasantsrubberstampsetstampinupcandyrattraythanksgivingcardFor today's share, I did a simple heat embossing of the entire pheasants image.  The artwork in Pleasant Pheasants rubberstamp set is outstanding with excellent detail.  It lends itself very nicely to heat embossing.  My favorite for heat embossing is copper, and I love to pair copper with pinks and purples.  Here, I added Blackberry Bliss and Tranquil tide, keying into the natural colors found in some varieties of pheasants and much of nature during the autumn season.

I have a free tutorial here you can download for making my Pleasant Pheasants Fall Card with Copper Embossing.  It's actually a quick and easy card, but there is plenty of wow to make this a stunner!  Swap out the greeting, and you have yourself a great masculine birthday or congratulations card.

That's it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I urge you to head over to my page and like it so you can see my free weekly Tuesday's @ 2 Facebook Lives. They happen every Tuesday at 2PM CDT.  I hope to see you there!  

Halloween Scrapbook Pages-Warm Hearted Stamps with Toil & Trouble DSP

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My Scrapbook Club in San Antonio is a wrap for October, and this is our 2 page layout that we made with a Halloween theme featuring the awesome Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper and Warm Hearted stamps in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  I always have pics of grandkids to scrapbook for Halloween.  And even if I didn't have young grandchildren, there is a block party on my street each year with neighbors connecting over shared food, fun costumes, and candy for the kiddos.  Many people enjoy some sort of Halloween celebrations, so Halloween scrapbook pages happen every year for me:)

halloweenscrapbookpagesstampinupcandyrattrayThis year, I went with a super simple scrapbook layout featuring color blocks.  These make for really easy scrapbooking since you can easily arrange photos of various sizes and fit in as many or few as you like.  Let me share just a few things about my scrapbook pages.

  1. The Boo stamp is from a host exclusive stamp set (Warm Hearted) and is actually a 2-stamp process.  That allows me to bring 2 oranges into my boo, the Cajun Craze providing an excellent shadow to the brighter Pumpkin Pie.  Add some of the gorgeous new glimmer paper for a bit of shine behind the words, and you have a terrific little scrapbook embellishment with plenty of versatility.  This is my favorite part of scrapbooking with stamps!  Ultimate customization!
  2. I combined my designer series paper patterns using both large (pumpkins) and small (cats and stars) patterns and offsetting them with plenty of solid color card stock for a pleasing look that will nicely complement my photos.
  3. I don't have any actual, designated journaling spaces in this 2 page layout. But there is plenty of room in my Pumpkin Pie color blocks for writing notes!

Are you looking for some scrappy friends?  Do you like scrapbooking with others and want to meet some other scrappers?  Click here for my scrapbook club in San Antonio for complete information.  Please note:  there is an online scrapbook club option/scrapbook pages by mail.   My scrapbooking style, like my card-making style, is quick and easy.  I find this works best for my busy, modern life and would love to include you!