Crafting Retreat-Wimberley, TX

Imagine drinking a cup of coffee on this back porch... while you take a break from crafting! Fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Melissa Thomas and I are hosting an EPIC crafting retreat in Wimberley, TX at the end of April, and we want you to join us. I want to show you some more details about the location so you can get a feel for our lovely venue.  These pics were taken in winter, but I'm thinking the grounds may be filled with bluebonnets when we are there in April!  Because our retreat is in Wimberley, we are close to San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and everywhere in between!


Camp Young Judea is not like any other youth camp you have seen... This camp has a beautiful building for adults towards the front of the property... And we are self-contained in one building-- so our bedrooms are on the wings of our meeting room, which means you can run around in your pajamas! LOL!

Each room has a private bath room and sleeps two or three people. Everything is new, light, and bright! No need to pack much... other than projects to tackle and crafting supplies, of course! 

The meeting room we have is filled with natural sunlight but also has wifi and great lighting for late-night crafting! Everyone will have dedicated space to craft! Plus, the chef will be preparing delicious meals for us and there is a healthy salad bar at lunch and dinner! Five meals are included with your registration, plus a welcome reception and a light snack as you leave on Sunday... We've got a few surprises for you too!!

Melissa and I will have a great set up for you including

  • two Big Shots
  • punch station
  • most stamps from the Occasions Catalog
  • creative displays
  • Plus, a 24 hour beverage station

Your registration also includes: CYJ3

  • a $40+ swag bag of brand new Stampin' Up! products to play with
  • daily spoiling gifts
  • a free class built around the swag bag-- oriented towards either memory keepers or card makers

Plus, so many other fun things:

  • like daily challenges
  • extra group challenges (scrap challenge and chopped challenge)
  • pajama party
  • optional add-on classes
  • and more crafty fun than you can imagine!

We have just 5 spaces left, so register now.  In addition, we have opened up a few day passes for Saturday only.

 Complete information and registration are here.

Once you register, consider our add-on classes for a truly deluxe crafty weekend experience!  Just click here for full info and registration.

We can't wait to spend a whole weekend spoiling you!  You will leave our crafting retreat in Wimberley, TX with a sense of warmth and well-being and a spring in your step, toting a bag full of crafty gifts and completed projects.  Sound like a pretty perfect weekend to me:) craftingretreatwimberleytexasstampinupcandyrattray CYJ 5

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils-Create Custom Colors




I featured a card earlier in the week in which I created Emerald Envy, one of the 2016-2018 In Colors, using Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils.  The only green in the Watercolor Pencils is Old Olive.  So how did I do that?  Here's a short video to show you my special (but oh-so-easy) technique to create custom colors with your Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils.


I've listed and linked all the supplies below for your convenience.  The Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Emerald Envy Ribbon, and Watercolor Pencils are all from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog, and the fabulous Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper is a FREE Sale-a-Bration item available only through March 31st, or while supplies last.  Hurry and get yours before it's too late!  Shop Now!!!  Click here to email me if you need a hard copy of the Occasions Catalog


RemARKable Blog Hop, Sale-a-Bration: One Last Temptation!

Blog Hop-MarchWelcome to the RemARKable Blog Hop where a number of us Stampin' Up! Demonstrators are sharing creative inspiration for you to dive into One Last Temptation of Sale-a-Bration!  You are at Candy Rattray aka Sweet Stamper's blog. There are awesome demonstrators on this hop.  Check out the full list below in case you get lost along the way. 

For today's share, I actually used 3 different Sale-a-Bration items in this handmade card:  the Carried Away Designer Series Paper, Metallic Ribbon, and Reverse Words rubberstamp set.  If it's one last temptation you need, I'm giving you 3 awesome products to choose from! 

My handmade card uses Reverse Words rubberstamp set, one of the 2nd Release 2017 Sale-a-Bration items.  It is a versatile stamp set.  I like that it's just 2 big words.  Each of those words, Cheers and Hooray, can stretch to many occasions.  Inside this card, I stamped a Happy Birthday greeting.  You could easily change that to Congrats or Happy Anniversary, etc.

This is super quick and easy to make.  Lots of simple layers makes it look like premium pretty!  I stamped the Hooray with Delightful Dijon, one of the 2015-2017 In Colors.  It will be retiring in May.  Boo!  I love that yellow!  It's not just for fall--at all!  Pair it with So Saffron, like I did here, for a soft, feminine look.

Remember we are in the final days of 2017 Sale-a-Bration. That means that free, exclusive Sale-a-Bration items are only available through March 31 (one for every $50 you spend, no limits on free items). Have no regrets. Get yours now!  All items used in today's handmade card share are listed and linked below for your convenience.   Shop Now! 

Thanks so much for hopping in!  Now, head over to the other blogs on the RemARKable Blog Hop, Sale-a-Bration:  One Last Temptation where you will be treated to even more creative inspiration!

Janet Wakeland

Narelle Fasulo

Katrina Wolfe

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-March, Sale-a-Bration

Thailand Blog Hop
Welcome to the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop for March where Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world are showcasing 2017 Sale-a-Bration products.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – (Candy Rattray) or may h dragonflydreams2017saleabrationinsidethelinesdspstampinupcandyrattrayave come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Candy Rattray,

We are showcasing Sale-a-Bration products one last time.  2017 SAB ends March 31, and it's been a grand promotion this year!  One of my favorite products is Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  Talk about versatile!  I love how you can chose to add color...or not.  Choose a small pattern...or a large one.  Every choice you make will bring a slightly different result; but all your results will be lovely!  You can see some other cards I made here and here using Inside the Lines DSP.

I created this card and used it for a couple of my events this month because I love it so much and it's so much fun to make!  I stamped the dragonfly with Emerald Envy ink and then stamped the inside of the wings with a second stamp using Pool Party to give a fairly realistic dragonfly look.  The wings are finished off with Wink of Stella for a bit of subtle shine, and I colored a single rhinestone with a green Sharpie marker.


I used the FABULOUS new Watercolor Pencils with Blender Pens, and oh my.  They are fun to use!  Now there are only 13 colors, but have not fear.  You can blend them for ultimate customization.  How fun is that??!!!  I chose to color in just the larger leaves, a few small ones, and some of the larger flowers.  My color scheme uses Emerald Envy, and the only green Watercolor Pencil is Old Olive--way too yellow for my crisp, clear Emerald Envy.  So I simply used Old Olive and Bermuda Bay to achieve a bluish green and am so happy with the results.  In addition to getting a good color, I like the variation in the green--which I think looks more realistic.  

Super quick and easy card made special with Dragonfly Dreams, a really gorgeous stamp set, and just a bit of coloring.  All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  

Thanks for taking part in our Thailand Achievers blog hop for March. There are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss, and they will help you figure out which remaining Sale-a-Bration items you want to scoop up before they are all gone forever on March 31st! Remember that currently you are at my blog  Candy Rattray,, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.


Stampin' Up! Exclusive Host Stamp Sets

Stampin' Up! offers exclusive host stamp sets every year.  They are always wonderful designs in addition to being phenomenal value.  I have listed and linked all of the current host stamp sets below for your convenience.  

timeofyearstampinuphoststampsetincolorscandyrattrayAt $9-$18, they are incredible value (the market value is $15-$30).  So what's the catch?  Can anyone purchase them?  The answer is no.  They are special stamp sets for special people:)  But anyone can qualify!  Simply place an order of $150 or more and you will qualify for access to host stamp sets.  That can be your order alone, or you can gather orders from a few friends.  (email me if you need help)

You must use host dollars aka host rewards to purchase these special stamp sets.  And you get free shipping on them, too!  So that is additional value Stampin' Up! adds to make them an even better deal:)

Here is a simple card I made with Time of Year host stamp set.  This is my personal favorite of all the host stamp sets this year.  It actually coordinates with Bunch of Banners Framelit Dies.  But for today's sample, I just used the stamps. 

Once again, I used my favorite color combo of Sweet Sugarplum (2016-2018 In Color) and Rich Razzleberry.  Add a splash of black and a blank canvas of Very Vanilla and you have a simple, classic handmade card.  Since I didn't list and link the card supplies below in lieu of sharing all the host stamp sets with you, here are the supplies:

  • Time of Year host stamp set
  • Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum ink pads
  • Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Basic Black Card Stocks
  • Playful Palette DSP
  • Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon
  • Metallic Enamel Shapes

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Click here to shop now, and get some host stamp sets. Shop Now!



Crafting Retreat in Texas-Day Pass

craftingretreatintexasstampinupcandyrattrayI'm so excited to offer a few day passes for my upcoming Crafting Retreat in Texas!  If a crafting retreat is in your dreams but you can't swing a full weekend away or your budget won't stretch that far, this is perfect for you!

Join us for a full day of crafty fun to rejuvenate your spirit, lift you up, and give you the break you deserve and long for.  You won't want to leave...but when you do, you will have a spring in your step, a bag full of new Stampin' Up! products and COMPLETED projects on your arm, and a smile on your face as big as Texas!

Day Pass Ticket includes:

  • 3 chef-prepared meals
  • Stampin' Up! products swag bag
  • free class
  • your own large table space to spread out and work
  • time to do what you want:  scrapbooking, card-making, journaling, reading, knitting, etc. in a distraction-free, positive environment
  • beautiful grounds in Wimberley, TX (just far enough from home to get away but close enough to get there quickly:)
  • 2 retreat hostesses, Stampin' Up! demonstrators Candy Rattray and Melissa Thomas, to spoil you and help you
  • access to all games and challenges plus gifts for the day that our full weekend retreat ladies get to enjoy
  • 2 optional add-on classes

We only have a few of these day passes, and registration closes on April 8th or when we sell out.  So don't delay.  Just do it!

Complete information and registration are here.  Just click!