Stampin' Up! Merry Patterns Christmas Card in Blue

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I am absolutely loving the Merry Patterns hostess free stamp set that was just released!  Oh, my!   It's a good thing I decided to do a mini series of blog posts, because I can't stop creating with it!  This is Day 3 in a mini-series of blog posts highlighting it.  Once again, I have a quick and easy Christmas card for you.

For today's share I have a Christmas in blue theme going.  The silvers and blues and grays of Christmas evoke thoughts of snow and ice.  With the Merry Music Designer Series Paper, I decided to go in a little different direction by bringing in a silver bell--because silver bells have become another iconic image of Christmas.  "Silver Bells" is actually one of the songs listed on this piece of paper from Merry Music DSP.  My little silver foil bell is the perfect finishing touch for my quick and easy Christmas card.

I used the exact size for the greeting on this Christmas card featuring Merry Patterns as I used on the one in a previous post (click here to see it). I love having elements I can repeat in different designs by simply changing colors. 

This is one of the designs we are making at my Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack on Friday night.  Check out my calendar here, and join me for one of my many upcoming events if you are in the San Antonio area.  I love stamping with people!!!  Don't give up on me if you don't live in my area--some of my classes have an online option:)  Simply read the descriptions and the online option will be indicated if available.  Come back tomorrow for more Merry Patterns host stamp set inspiration!

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-Ready for Christmas Bundle

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Welcome to the September edition of Thailand Achievers Blog Hop where top demonstrators from all over the world will wow you with some of our favorite Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017 favorite products!  You are at Candy Rattray,  The entire lineup of blogs is listed and linked below for your convenience.  So be sure to check there if you get lost at any point along the way.  We want to ensure you see ALL the awesome blog posts to inspire you for the best crafting season of all:)

Okay--onto my Ready for Christmas bundle card.  I'm in love with the darling images in this rubberstamp set!  I created this card for a Holiday Catalog 2017 swap I participated in.  I'm a sucker for traditional Christmas images and colors.  This card hits all those notes for me:)

I will draw your attention to just a few things here:

  • Wild Wasabi is the lighter counterpart to Garden Green.  Use them together for beautiful results!
  • The Christmas Staircase Thinlit Dies are divine to work with!  No more fussy cutting--you get precision cutting around your stamped images with easy and accuracy.  
  • Although some of the designs in Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper are not my first choice, the 2nd side of those absolutely is!  IOW, if one side has sorta busy images that you might struggle to work with, just flip the paper over.  There are two GORGEOUS plaids in this set of DSP:)

That's it for me today.  Head over to the next blog on the hop.  You are leaving Candy Rattray, loving the new Ready for Christmas Bundle and getting excited for Christmas!






Merry Patterns-Stampin' Up!-Traditional Colors of Christmas

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Welcome back to my little mini series showcasing the gorgeous new Merry Patterns stamp set by Stampin' Up!  Merry Patterns is not available for purchase, but anyone can get it free!  Click here to learn how!

I have another quick and easy Christmas card for you today.  I don't know about you, but I'm real traditionalist when it comes to Christmas.  Although I love EVERYTHING about Christmas, I am most inspired and drawn by traditional Christmas.  I love the blues and silvers, the golds, natural hues, and even purples--but I always come back to red and green.  

I created this quick and easy Christmas card to share at Sip & Stamp, my monthly free event.  It seemed fitting to share a free stamp set at a free stamp class:)

merrypatternsstampinupcandyrattrayternsstampinupcandyrattrayThis traditional Christmas card comes together very quickly.  I stamped the "season" in Real Red in the lower right corner of my Very Vanilla panel.  Then I went back with the "tis the season" stamp with Garden Green ink to complete the saying and also outline the word season.  I left just enough room to stamp the pine bough image as well.  Then it was just a matter of assembling the other elements.  Quick and easy!

Notice that I made a micro layer in Cherry Cobbler to mat the Very Vanilla panel.  Cherry Cobbler and Real Red work very well together.  I like to use both as they add depth and keep designs from being too much of the same thing.  Several shades of the same color are pleasing to the eye.

That's it for today.  Come back tomorrow for more Merry Patterns inspiration.  

And please join us for free stamping fun at my next Sip & Stamp on Thursday, October 12th. Sip & Stamp happens every 2nd Thursday, 1-2 PM.  There is a group of "regulars" as well as those who pop in once in a while,h and newcomers.  There is room for you!  We chatter while we stamp:)  My granddaughter Olivia is 7 and joined us this month--which was a real treat for all of us!  She made this very card! Full info and rsvp are here--just click.  

Merry Patterns by Stampin' Up!, Quick and Easy Christmas Card

Stampin' Up! has released a new FREE stamp set!  How cool is that?!  Merry Patterns is a host-only photopolymer set (that means you can see right through the stamps!), and to earn it you simply gather orders totaling $300+ (you can place that all that by yourself if you wish!).  That''s it!  It's totally free!  And that free gift is in addition to the regular host rewards you earn (free dollars to spend any way you like!).  

I made this quick and easy Christmas card with my stamp club members this month.  Learn more about my monthly stamp club here.  There is room for you as you can join any time...and then enjoy special members-only perks!

Would you like to collect some orders so you can get this stamp set free?  That is called a "catalog party" and you can do it from anywhere in the US!  Simply email me and I'll send you a party pack with catalogs to share as well as a fun project for you and your friends to complete.  We can transition that to a Facebook party if you wish and I'll do a live video with you and your friends.  Then YOU earn free products! Stamping, sharing...what could be more fun???!!!!

All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Merry Cafe Cat Card

Merry Cafe is one of the very, very cute (and versatile!) stamp sets in the new Holiday Catalog, AND it coordinates with the Coffee Cup framelits in the Annual Catalog.  I love when Stampin' Up! gives us more than one stamp set to coordinate with a set of frame lit dies!

I designed this Halloween card for my recent Training Event.  I host these all day stamping sessions (aka stamp camps) when each new catalog releases to give us a full day to play with new products--try before you buy!

My Halloween card is all about the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  This paper is NOT your typical DSP!  The black cat on my Merry Cafe Cat card is not stamped--it is punched out DSP!  And the witch's hat is fussy cut from the Spooky Night DSP!  

The only stamping on this fun Halloween card is the little coffee cup. Simply stamp with black ink and run through the Big Shot with Coffee Cup framelits.  So quick and easy!

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 The extra little touches that really add that handmade look and touchable texture are the addition of the Vintage Crochet Trim (which is lovely black crochet lace and can go way beyond Halloween!) and the little Black Rhinestone Jewels on the hat.  


That's it for today.  I'll be doing another Training Event in January when the Occasions Catalog debuts, but I have plenty of other stamping opportunities for you between now and then!  Check out my full calendar here, and come stamp with me--online or in person!