Holly Berry Happiness

Holly Berry Happiness
Today's share featuring Holly Berry Happiness is the creation of one of my very talented team members Darlene Boardman (Darlene's Stampin' Spot).  Darlene's style is distinct with a clean and bold look.  Don't you love all the white??!!!  The Cable Knit Embossing Folder brings up mental images of being all snug and warm under a chunky knitted afghan before a roaring fire--watching Christmas movies!

Both the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set with coordinating punch (available as a bundle with 10% savings:) and the Cable Knit Embossing Folder are in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  The embossing folder is a unique, specialty folder that creates very deep embossing.  It's called a "Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder" and I have a video here to help you understand its unique qualities and how to get the best results.  

This new style embossing folder definitely brings something new to our paper crafting, and the Cable Knit Embossing Folder has been wildly popular.  I can tell you that there will be another Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the new Occasions Catalog which debuts on January 4th.  So stay tuned for more touchable texture from Stampin' Up!

Okay, back to today's card.  Darlene created this as one of 4 Make & Takes for our monthly team meeting.  My team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, the Southern Sweet Stampers, meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month here in San Antonio.  Mark your calendar now and join us in January (with no obligation) to see what we do "behind the scenes", make some pretty cards, and have fun.  Again, 1st Tuesday each month.  

You can RSVP directly from my Stampin' Up! online calendar at candystamps.stampinup.net.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are inspired to try out the Cable Knit Embossing Folder if you haven't already. And do yourself a favor today--stamp!  It will relax you and feed your soul like nothing else:)



Santa's Workshop--Freestyle!

  Stampin' Up! Christmas

Saturday, December 10th

10 AM - 2 PM come and go style

There are less than 30 days until Christmas, and I have donned my elf hat to present myself as Santa's helper for YOU to "get it done" for Christmas while having fun!  My Santa's Workshop--Freestyle--is all about choices.  YOU choose which projects you make and HOW MANY you make and WHEN you arrive.  

Project options include:

  • Stocking Stuffers
  • Gift Card Holders
  • Last-Minute Gifts
  • Tags and Bags

The fine print:  

$5 entrance fee

Check out all the projects and then decide which ones you wish to make.  Gather your packets and get busy!  I will add up the fee for your projects and you may pay by check, cash, or credit card.  Fuss-free!  Easy!  Customized!  Fun!

I'm here to help you have fun while getting it done!

Register here, but hurry.  Space is limited! 

Registrations closes December 1st!!!

Flurry of Wishes Plus Snow Flurry Punch

Today only you can get the Flurry of Wishes stamp set plus the Snow Flurry Punch for 20% off with a special ordering bundle number of  146008 from Stampin' Up! Flurry of Wishes

I love this set of coordinating products!  They make quick work of pretty snowflakes you can layer together, scatter, and have fun with.  Today's card is a quick and easy Christmas card I've made in other colors as well.  But today's share is in Sweet Sugarplum, one of the scrummy In Colors for this year.

I love the art work in Flurry of Wishes--the snowflakes have a timeless elegance.  And the words are perfect for both outside and inside Christmas cards.  The coordinating punch gives you 2 snowflakes at once--or you can just feed a smaller piece of paper into the punch for a single.  You can layer up the snowflakes on scrapbook pages or cards or home decor.  So they are very versatile!  I even made a wintry birthday card with them here.

Today's share is quick--just like my quick and easy Christmas card!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don't forget to pop into my online store and get your Flurry of Wishes stamp set and coordinating Snow Flurry Punch for 20% off. 146008.  Today only!

Flurry of Wishes

Snow Flurry Punch

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-On Stage Highlights

Thailand Blog Hop

Welcome to the monthly Thailand Achievers Blog Hop where you will be treated to creative inspiration from top-achieving Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world!  We love that we are a global family and enjoy connecting and collaborating right from home:)  Our theme this month is On Stage Highlights, and I'm delighted to share that with you today as I had a fabulous experience in Phoenix!

There were 5 venues to choose from in the US, and I headed to Phoenix largely because my SouthwesOn Stage-Candy Rattrayt Airlines free points would take me there on a non-stop flight:)  I'm a very practical girl.  Two of my team members met me there, Melissa and Patsy, and we roomed together which was lots of fun and gave us lots and lots of connecting time since we all live in different cities.

Of course, where Stampin' Up! demonstrators gather, there is swapping!  Here's the swap I took with me (my team meeting attendees and my stamp club members are making it this month, too:) I hope you like my take on the Star of Light stamp set in all neutral colors for subtle elegance. It's a quick and easy card starring Tip Top Taupe and the fabulous Copper Foil Sheets--an unlikely pair! All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.

Star of LIght-Stampin' Up!


On the Friday night in Phoenix, Stampin' Up! hosted a dinner event called Centre Stage for leaders at Silver Elite title and above.  It's a super nice dinner, gifts (a beautiful bag with Stampin' Up! embroidered on it, a leather passport holder (!!!), and pens), time to connect with other leaders, and leadership training.  The entire On Stage event was at the Convention Center, so they just had us at round tables with nice tablecloths, centerpieces, etc. which would then serve for the main event the next day.  Centre Stage is worth shooting for.  It's one of the many ways Stampin' Up! rewards us as we step into leadership and team building.  I love the more intimate nature of this event and get lots of practical ideas and inspiration.  We had a presentation by one of the SU corporate staff as well as real demonstrators "in the field".  For us, we had Tami White and Becky Roberts, and they both gave fabulously inspiring presentations!  I geeked out and got a selfie with Tami White at the end of the night:)  It was my very first experience with a selfie stick!  LOL!  Of course, Tami had several in her bag.  She is a selfie stick expert!

Candy Rattray-On Stage On Stage-Tami WhiteSaturday waver full day as we began at 8:30 and didn't finish until 6!  The day was PACKED with demonstrations, make & take sessions, lunch, swapping, more demonstrations and training, prize patrol(free products!), and displays.  I was in creative overload!  It was so much fun, and the best part of all is getting our own copy of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochures--which debut in January.  Getting it first is fab!  All the demonstrations and Make & Takes were using new products.  That helps us head into the new year with tons of experience and time to play with products and make displays before the new Occasions Catalog and SAB go live.  And being this early in November (it was November 4-5), we get our hands on things before the holiday rush so we aren't stressed (theoretically:).  I've never been to a Stampin' Up! event that didn't wow and inspire me on every level.  SU really knows how to host events.  And they really know how to reward us when we achieve goals.  

On Stage-Candy Rattray

This was the event where accomplishments during the past SU year were recognized and awarded.  I walked the stage several times and loved every minute of that recognition!  (I used to be uncomfortable up on stage in front of people, but Stampin' Up! has helped me through that:)  The big surprise came when they began announcing the new Top 100 Global category. I NEVER dreamed I would make the cut for that elite group.  With almost 50,000 demonstrators in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, and the South Pacific, it's a huge honor and major achievement.  (They rank us on various parts of our business, so this is all on merit--not whim or popularity)  I was shocked when my name was called.  And I am humbled and thankful beyond words.

I am so very grateful to the many who have helped me on my journey--my awesome Southern Sweet Stampers team, my family who supports me and cheers me on, my company that gives ordinary people like me the opportunity to touch people, build them up, and help them share kindness and love, my loyal customers who consistently support my small business and make me laugh and enjoy what I do. This is what God has given me to do--to help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments, making a difference along the way. As I do it with all my heart, He blesses me in ways beyond my wildest dreams. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!!

On Stage-Global Top 100


I'll be sharing some sneak peeks in the days ahead, so come back for that.  In the meantime, hop on to the next stop on our blog hop to see more fabulous On Stage highlights.



#Alaska2016 Blog Hop!

#Alaska2016 Blog Hop
Welcome to a fun, monthly blog hop by Stampin' Up! demonstrators training with Janet Wakeland of Remarkably Created Training Center.  We are all aiming for the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip #Alaska2016 , and our aim with the blog hop is to inspire YOU as we set goals and reach them!  Our theme this month is fall...

My share is a fall card that is super fun and easy to make with the Big Shot and just a tiny bit of stamping.  I chose a color scheme I've been using for quite a few projects:  Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, and Tangerine Tango.  Those two bright colors, Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango are the perfect complement to the soft sweetness of Sweet Sugarplum, one of the 2016-2018 Stampin' Up! In Colors.  Together, they make for a bright, modern take on fall. 

This is sometimes known as a peekaboo technique--or effect--as you create an opening and then fill it so that it peeks out.  In this case, I ran my Rich Razzleberry card stock through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Folder and then used the Leaflets Dies to create my window. Then I "filled" my space with the gorgeous Blooms & Bliss DSP.  I like the effect of the flowers filling in the leaf open space.  It brings a ittle bit of the unexpected.  In addition, I have a bright color scheme, and the soft flower images and soft colors in Blooms & Bliss DSP give a nice contrast.  

Leaf Peekaboo Card


I would like to bring your attention to one more thing and that is the Halloween Night Enamel Dots.  I think they are very fun little pops of color that go well beyond Halloween, and they are so easy to use as they are self-adhesive.  They brought the perfect final touch to my fall card.  The greeting is from Christmas Banners, but I made this same card with a Happy Birthday sentiment in the same spot.  So you can easily change this up a bit to suit your needs.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  As always, everything I used to create this card is listed and linked below for your convenience.  Now it's time to hop on over to the next stop on the #Alaska2016 blog hop!