Spring Into Crafting Retreat-Texas

Spring into crafting retreat-Texas



Please be patient while we tweak just a few details of our retreat.  We are working with the retreat center and will be back live in just a few days with our registration button once again.  

Spring Into Crafting Retreat!

You are invited to join us at our Spring Into Crafting Retreat deep in the heart of Texas!   We are at the lovely Camp Judaea campground/retreat center in Wimberley, TX where we have our own LARGE crafting space, chef-prepared meals, and nice private sleeping rooms on acres and acres of beautiful grounds.  We are close to Austin and San Antonio. 

Join us for a whole weekend of crafting fun. Stamp, scrap, craft, relax... then repeat!

You get TWO retreat hosts: Candy Rattray and Melissa Thomas. Please join us for a weekend to remember:)

$295 All inclusive ticket provides:

  • Room (sharing with one or two people with private bath)
  • 5 meals (dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast on Sunday)
  • Beautiful grounds for walking, pool, and tennis court for your use
  • Chef-prepared meals
  • Swag bag of Stampin' Up! products (over $40 value)
  • Choose your swag: card-makers or memory keepers
  • Daily gifts
  • Make & Takes
  • Punch Station
  • Two Big Shot stations
  • Punch Board station
  • Technique classes with both your retreat hosts
  • My Scraps Are Your Scraps Bin
  • Daily Challenge with prizes
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pajama Party
  • Optional devotional time on Sunday morning

Choose your payment method/plan:

  1. $150 due March 1
  2. $145 due April 1

Early Bird Special: $280, Pay in full by February1.

Optional add-on classes will be available on April 1.

This event is open to the public and all demonstrators and is a non-solicitation event focused on creativity and friendship. 


Registration closes April 1

Occasions Catalog DSP Shares

Reservations available only through January 15th


Occasions Catalog Shares
The Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog launches January 4th, and there are 7 sets of GORGEOUS Designer Series Papers.

Instead of purchasing all 7 for $104.79, get a 6 x 6 piece of each and every design for just $26.
If you require shipping, it's an additional $6 which covers your Priority Mailing with tracking.

The fine print:

  • Each of 7 packages of DSP is divided equally into fourths.
  • That means it takes 4 people to complete one "share".
  • Your share includes 84 pieces of 6 x 6 DSP!
  • Paypal invoices must be paid BEFORE I order the papers.
  • First round of completed shares will go out this week.
  • Orders will be placed as groups of 4 form.  Please be patient.
  • Each share will include a special surprise from me:)

To reserve your share, please email me (candy@sweetstamper.com) with the following:
Shipping address and phone #
Paypal address (so I can send your invoice)
Subject line: Shares

These papers are gorgeous--I can't wait to share with you!!!

Christmas Magic by Stampin' Up Goes Beyond Christmas

Christmas Magic by Stampin' Up!
Christmas Magic rubberstamp set
from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog has been a favorite stamp set to work with this year, and although Christmas 2016 is past, I still have some cards for you to make use of this beloved rubberstamp set! The beautiful artwork in Christmas Magic by Stampin' Up! evokes thoughts of an old-fashioned Christmas and simpler times.  I used this set for a special class in December, my All Things English Tea & Crafts Night.  We had so much fancy fun with tea in china cups, tea sandwiches, and vintage projects featuring Christmas Magic rubberstamp set!  This is one of the projects we made--a thank you note, perfect to give after Christmas.

I wanted an old-fashioned, vintage look and did several things to achieve that.  Sponging with Soft Suede ink brings instant aging to any project.  I sponged the DSP to soften and age it and also sponged all the card stock pieces.  

The Delicate Doily is another old-fashioned touch, and I sponged it as well. I did just a little bit of coloring to highlight the wreath and signpost. It's not showing up in my photo, but there is a little Wink of Stella on the bow and wreath to bring a soft, shimmery accent to the colored images.  

Lastly, I used the Delightful Dijon Mini Striped Ribbon.  For the class I hosted, all attendees received a package of doilies, the roll of ribbon, and all supplies to make the projects.  This ribbon has a lovely, elegant look, and I think it's a bit of a hidden gem in the Stampin' Up! annual catalog. Here, the dijon ribbon serves as another neutral to tie it all together.  Here are all the neutral papers I used:

  1. Sahara Sand
  2. Very Vanilla
  3. Soft Suede

The dijon ribbon picks up the gold in the sequins bringing it all into one cohesive look.  I hope you like it!  Creating with neutrals can be a lot of fun.  And for this card, all those neutrals are the perfect foil for my vintage sign.  The soft colors of my sign really pop.  

Christmas Magic rubberstamp set is on sale for just $16 (clear mount), and I think it's a must-have for Christmas and winter crafting!  Simply click on any image below to be transported effortlessly to my online store where you can see all the product details and even purchase with comfort and ease.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-Sneak Peek!

Thailand Achievers Blog Hop
Welcome to the December Thailand Achievers Blog Hop where Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world will inspire you with sneak peeks from the soon-to-be-released Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Brochure. #SUthailand   As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I am so blessed and privileged to order these awesome products at least a month before they are released to the public.  That is a perk I thoroughly enjoy:)  

Lift Me UpI'm kicking off my first share from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog the a caring card--one that brings encouragement--featuring Lift Me Up stamp set paired with a free item you can earn during Sale-a-Bration, Carried Away DSP.  I love, love, love the colors in the DSP, and they provided the color scheme for my card.

You are going to LOVE all the new products Stampin' Up! is releasing on Jan. 4th!  Christmas 2016 is a wrap, and it was fabulous!  But now it's time to look FORWARD into 2017.  What creative opportunities await you???!!!  

All the products used in my caring card are listed and linked below--except those that are not yet available.  See why you want to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator??!!!  We get to play with all these things before everyone else does! LOL!!!  If you are even mildly curious about being part of my team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, the Southern Sweet Stampers, just click here.

Now that you have been lifted up and encouraged by my caring card, head over to the next blog on the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop where you will find more creative inspiration through Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration sneak peeks.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

Flurry of Wishes

Flurry of Wishes has been my go-to set for a lot of Christmas projects this year.  I knew I would need a fair stack of thank you cards this month, especially after Christmas and all the festivities of the holiday season.  Flurry of Wishes and coordi Snowflake Thanksnating Snow Flurry Punch are in the main annual catalog, so they are not retiring even as we are in the midst of the Holiday Catalog Retirement period.  See the retiring items here--many of which are on sale.

So I created this very simple but elegant thank you card with an allneutral color palette.  After the very colorful Christmas season, I find that something restful for my eyes by way of a simple, neutral color scheme is perfect.   And the large, bold greeting is from One Big Thank You----a stamp set full of different ways of saying thanks.  Everything I used on this thank you card is in the main catalog.  And Flurry of Wishes is not just for Christmas!  These lovely snowflakes stretch their use into the entire winter season.

My simple layout uses a 4 x 2 piece of DSP and just a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper, and an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Then stamp the double snowflake and punch them both out at the same time with the Snow Flurry Punch as accents.  Easy peasy, just the way I like it:)  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  To see any of the products used in this card, simply click on the picture below to get full information and/or place an order.  And come back tomorrow for the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop where we will be giving you sneak peeks from the upcoming Occasions Catalog--from all over the world!






Christmas Magic by Stampin' Up!

I love every single image in the Christmas Magic stamp set (in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog), but the Christmas train is my favorite!  The art work is fabulous, and don't you think trains are a beautifully iconic Christmas image??!!!  This vintage train conjures up Christmas past, old-fashioned goodness, and idyllic childhood memories--perfect for Christmas.

This is actually a quick and easy Christmas card.  You can get a vintage look in just moments Christmas Magic-Stampin' Up!--it doesn't have to take a long time.  Sponging with Soft Suede ink is a must for all things vintage.  That one little "technique" instantly ages your project.  Because I'm a quick and easy girl, I didn't want to spend a lot of time coloring in my Christmas train.  By stamping and sponging in various shades of brown, I ended up with something that is reminiscent of a sepia colored photo.  The white chalk marker brought out the steam coming off the train, giving just the right highlights.

Do you see how I rounded the top of my little Christmas train panel?  That takes just a few seconds and adds a nice touch and bit of interest.

Although the Candy Cane Lane DSP, which I used here, is sold out, you could easily reproduce this card with any striped DSP like the stripe pattern in the Brights DSP Stack.  And Christmas Magic stamp set is actually on sale right now!  So head to my online store and get it while you can.  It's while supplies last only, and I do think Christmas Magic is a must-have for your Christmas crafting stash.   While you're there, grab some of the Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine.  It, too, is while supplies last and will be perfect for Valentines projects!

Simply click on any of the images below for complete information and/or easy ordering.  Thanks so much for stopping by!