Cottage Wreaths Halloween Card Ideas

Cottage Wreaths Bundle is SO versatile, and I have FOUR Halloween card ideas to share with you today!  Once you make your wreath, you can add a little Halloween decoration or take it over the top with loads of extras!

By adding just about any largely black design of pretty patterned paper aka DSP, you have a background to set the Halloween feel.  With fun dies in the Cottage Wreaths Bundle, which can be used with or without the stamps, you have so many options.

  • My first and last cards have a super simple wreath.  Did you notice the spiders stamped directly on the DSP???!!!
  • My second and third cards are where I went crazy with just playing, adding die-cuts and bling so my wreaths were heavy on the embellishments:)

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Quick, Easy, Affordable Treat Holders for Fall and Halloween

Do you like to give "little somethings" to the special people in your life?  How about sharing some positivity through RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness)?  I have some great ideas for you to share little treats and gifts for Halloween and fall.  I did a series of 5 "virtual farmers market" demonstrations on Facebook Live and then saved to YouTube.  To make the cut, all projects had to have these qualities:

  • Quick to make
  • Easy on the budget
  • Use small amount of adhesive
  • Super cute
  • Broad appeal

Check out one of my faves which perfectly holds a fun size M&M's or Skittles or any other candy that comes in a flat little bag.  Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!




Mini Pocket Envelopes from Stampin' Up!

Have you seen the Mini Pocket Envelope Dies in the annual Stampin' Up! catalog and online store?  This is such a FUN die set with versatility galore.  It's perfect for USING your pretty patterned paper vs hoarding it! Check out my video to see 2 versions I did for Halloween and one for Fall.  Mini Pocket Envelopes from Stampin' Up! are perfect for

gift cards

business cards

small flat treats

lottery tickets

and more!     

Be sure to watch my video demonstration and let me know which of these Mini Pocket Envelopes is your fave!  Washi?  Fall?  Plaid?

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Peekaboo Treat Bag Ideas


What is it about fall that makes us want to give?  Even before Thanksgiving, as soon as the air cools and the trees start changing, we think about cute little gifts to bless others.  I demonstrated these cute fall peekaboo bags with the Stampin' Up! peekaboo treat bags (a hidden gem in the annual catalog!) and Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper.  

Stampin' Up! Peekaboo Treat Bags are food safe.  Here are some ideas for filling them--they are just right for a single serving:

  • Candy Corn
  • Peanuts
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Homemade Cookies

Once you make these Peekaboo Treat Bags (they come together quickly!), you will want to share them!  Here are ideas for people who would be touched, who would feel loved and appreciated by your handmade kindness:

  • Friends and family
  • Teachers
  • Medical staff
  • First-responders
  • Veterinary staff
  • Hairdressers and nail artists
  • Sunday school teachers and church volunteers

I've listed and linked all Stampin' Up! products below for your reference and convenience.  Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!



Ringed with Nature Card Ideas & Class


October 2022 Cards with a Twist Class BY MAIL:  Ringed With Nature 

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 Rings of Nature Stamp Set.  Click here for complete details.

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

  • October stamp set featured:  Ringed With Nature
  • 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, dry-embossed layers, and punches.
  2. 6 sheets Rings of Love 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!  I cut your paper to 6" x 6" for mailing purposes.
  3. Full roll Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check Ribbon--10 yds.
  4. Full pkg. Brushed Metallic Dots--90 adhesive-backed rounds in gold, copper, and bronze
  5. Full pkg. Dimensionals--3 sheets of regular dimensionals, a crafting essential!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.  pdf tutorials are sent out the same day as the packets.  Click here for complete details and options.

Simple Sympathy Cards with Inspired Thoughts


Sympathy cards are one of the kindest expressions of our heart when someone is grieving.  Long after the flowers have faded and family has gone home, sympathy cards remain to bring comfort and loving thoughts.  Our handmade sympathy cards bring serene beauty along with heartfelt works.

Personally, I have pretty strong views on what I want when I'm creating a sympathy card:

  • Simple is best.  This is not the time to showcase all kinds of bells and whistles.
  • No bright colors or high contrast for me.  I prefer a somber tone to accompany the enormous sense of loss.
  • No sparkle or shine either--this is not the time for glitz and glamor.  A little bit of subtle shine is nice, but this is not the time for bling.
  • Monochromatic or all neutral color palettes work really well for my sympathy cards.

Click here for the free Inspiration Sheet for the cards shown here.  Be sure to watch my video demonstration to see my punch trick to make this simple, elegant punched shape from the Label Me Lovely Punch.

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I did a poll on my Facebook page to determine a favorite of these 2 cards.  The embossed leaf card won handily!  Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration.

All Stampin' Up!  supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience. Please follow me on YouTube and Facebook for twice weekly live demonstrations and plenty of crafty inspiration!



Halloween Card Idea


I fell in love with Yeti to Party stamp set in the July-December Catalog; and then Stampin' Up! released dies for September only as part of the Perfect Partners campaign.  If you love the yeti, you must get the dies!  To make it even better, there is a Yeti to Party Bundle which saves you 10%:)

I created this super cute, and fun!, card on Facebook Live.  I was totally inspired by a swap I received at the recent Stampin' Up! BackStage conference (leadership event).  Making the yeti into a monster makes this stamp set even more versatile--and that is a constant theme for me.

yeticardstampinuphalloweencardyetitopartycandyrattrayBe sure to watch my demonstration for this very quick and easy card.  Click here for the free inspiration sheet with measurements, photo, and supply list. 

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Although this could be categorized as a kid's card, I think it is guaranteed to bring a smile to any one of any age!  And that makes my heart very happy:)

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Hope & Peace Card Ideas

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             Welcome to the September Edition of the Trip Achievers Blog Hop where top achieving Stampin' Up! demonstrators across the globe join together to inspire YOU with creative awesomeness!

You are at Candy Rattray,  The full list of participating blogs is at the very end of this post.  Below that you will find the Stampin' Up! supplies I used for today's project share.

I created a set of 5 cards and a gift tag with Peace & Hope stamp set (July-December Mini Catalog) along with Christmas Seasons (annual catalog) for Christmas cards and gift-giving.  Click on the video below to see all the projects.  

Today I'm sharing one of the cards which really evokes a sense of peace, calm, and comfort.  During the holidays, I'm especially aware of my friends who have lost loved ones.  The holiday season can be bittersweet as the overwhelming sense of loss comes.  I endeavor to send cards to them with the explicit purpose of uplifting and encouraging them, sending them comfort and even joy.  Hope&peacecardideasstampinupcandyrattray


Here are a few things that make my Hope & Peace card idea work:

  • With mostly Soft Sea Foam and PearPizzazz, a small pop of Poppy parade is very welcome.
  • The white sequins (from Seasonal Sequins) bring out the white background in both patterns of DSP.
  • The white sequins as well as the Glittered White Organdy Ribbon bring a soft, subtle shine that speaks of the special season without being too bright and brash.

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Be sure to click on my video to see all 5 Hope & Peace card ideas plus a really sweet gift tag.  Now, hop on over to the next blog on the hop:





One Sheet Wonder With 6" x 6" Patterned Paper

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I made several sets of these, and they are perfect for customer thanks, thanks for an event you have hosted, or for a lovely gift set.  Of course, you can change out the greeting as well as add more bells and whistles to dress up my basic design.



























Cottage Wreaths Card Ideas


I am loving using--and playing with!--Cottage Wreath Bundle.  There are so many creative possibilities, and I've only just begun discovering them:)  The whole Gingham Cottage Suite is uber fun to use.  It's a lovely combination of modern and classic.  Click on the video above to see EIGHT different Cottage Wreaths card ideas including:

  • Hello
  • Halloween
  • Fall/Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

My Cottage Wreaths Class by Mail  registration closes Sept. 12th, so hurry and get signed up!

But wait... I have more Cottage Wreaths card ideas for you!

I made 2 over-the-top Halloween wreath cards during a FB Live and you can see that demonstration below.  These were fun to make as I just played with the various die-cuts from the Cottage Wreaths Bundle and had FUN!

Be sure to click on the video below for 2 more Cottage Wreaths Card ideas--Halloween edition:)


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