New Catalog Training Event aka Stamp Camp in San Antonio

Saturday, June 10th

10 AM - 3 PM

Tower City Church (click for map)

I have an all-day stamping event to help you get your hands on a LOT of new catalog products.  It's a full day of creative play.  There are so many amazing new catalog products, and I want you to try it before you buy it!

Why do I call this a Training Event?  Because this is actually aimed at Stampin' Up! demonstrators but open to all stampers.  So it functions as a stamp camp, too:)  I love to teach, and my Southern Sweet Stampers team is helping me teach and train on new catalog products so we can learn tips and tricks for the best results possible.  I'm not only passionate about all the new crafty stuff in the 2017/2018 Stampin' Up! catalog, I'm passionate about helping you USE what you buy!

  • 16 projects
  • New ribbons sampler (all the new catalog ribbons!)
  • Lunch, all day beverages (coffee, tea, water)
  • Optional swapping (for demonstrators only)
  • Hands-on demonstrations to ensure you learn how to use the products and complete your projects!
  • Positive, friendly, creative environment
  1. $42 for Southern Sweet Stampers (my team!)
  2. $49 for other Stampin' Up! demonstrators (I love the whole Stampin' Up! family!)
  3. $56 for stamping enthusiasts (non-demonstrators that want a full-day of stamping fun!)

Registration closes May 30.  I have to order supplies and get them ready for you.  My helpers are lined up and waiting in the wings to prepare for this stellar day of crafty fun:)

Full details and registration are here:  New Catalog Training Event on June 10th


Thailand Achievers Blog Hop-Sneak Peeks! In Colors!

Thailand Blog Hop

Welcome to the May installment of the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop!  I am thrilled to be teamed up with Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all over the globe!  Each of us has earned the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Thailand and will meeting there in July.  I can 2017-2019incolorsstampinupinupcandyrattrayjustaddtext't wait!  In the meantime, we do monthly blog hops to inspire YOU!  You are at Candy Rattray,  The full line up is at the very bottom of this post, so if you are feeling lost at any time, just scroll down to find your way:)  This month, we are sharing New Catalog Sneak Peeks!

I am absolutely in love with the new 2017-2019 In Colors!  They are all fabulous, but my favorite is Lemon Lime Twist--that bright color that makes all the others pop!  Oh, my.  I've been a lime green fan my whole life.  This is going to be a super fun crafty season for me:)

My handmade card today is all about the new In Colors.  I wanted to showcase them, so I kept the other elements simple.  Seaside Embossing Folder adds texture to the In Colors card stock, making the colors seem even more vibrant.  Stitched Shapes Framelits, another Big Shot element, brought more subtle texture.  And the In Colors Stampin' Write Markers brought small bits of the gorgeous In Color inks to my project.  Very Vanilla card stock and ribbon made the perfect neutral to showcase those In Colors.  Just Add Text rubberstamp set provided the perfect sentiment.  Simple.  All about the 2017-2019 In Colors

If you need a copy of the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog, which goes live June 1, simply email me with your mailing address, and I'll get one into your hands asap.  Trust me, you need this new catalog!  It's gorgeous and full of creative inspiration, ideas, and the best paper crafting products available.

Also, I have some great new catalog product shares/samplers including an In Color Sampler for just $20.  Sign up for my email newsletter (see link above and in the right column) and you will get all the info!

2017-2018incolorsstampinupjustaddtextcandyrattrayThat's it for me today.  Head on over to the next blog on this hop for more new catalog sneak peeks and inspiration!  You are leaving Candy Rattray, and heading to the next blog in the lineup.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Remarkably Creative Blog Tour-New Catalog!


Thanks so much for joining me today on the Remarkably Creative Blog Tour where some very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators are inspiring you with new catalog sneak peeks for the upcoming 2017/2018 Stampin' Up! catalog.  You are at Candy Rattray,  All the blog tour participants are listed and linked at the bottom of this post, so if you get lost--just check there.  You will want to click on all the posts for maximum inspiration!

There is so much to love in this new annual Stampin' Up! catalog!  One of my favorite suites is the Color Theory Suite.  With its bright colors, year-round images, and paint swatch look, I was immediately drawn to it.  The framelits give fabulously detailed cut outs that enhance so many projects.  

For today's handmade card, I heat embossed the white flowers.  Then it was an intricate Adirondack chair die cut image made in seconds with the Big Shot, and stamping the sentiment on a little flag.  I've used two In Colors:  one of the brand new ones, Berry Burst, as well as one from last year, my favorite Sweet Sugarplum.  Old Olive and Whisper White round out my handmade card.  I love the way they look together!  

The new catalog products I used, all part of the Color Theory Suite are:

  • Colorful Seasons stamp set (photopolymer)
  • Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (available with the stamps in a bundle)
  • Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (6 x 6)
  • Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon
Colorful Seasons Bundle-Stampin' Up!
Colorful Seasons Bundle
Color Theory DSP-Stampin' Up!
Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack

All these items and more will be available beginning June 1.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You are now leaving Candy Rattray,'s blog.  Here's where you can hop next for more New Catalog Sneak Peeks!



Perfectly Wrapped by Stampin' Up!

Perfectly Wrapped-Stampin' Up!
If you like trendy, modern fonts, Perfectly Wrapped stamp set is perfect for you!  It's on the Stampin' Up! Retiring List, so you can only get it through the end of May or while supplies last.  It's a sweet, simple set with a few images to accent those great words.  Although Perfectly Wrapped was featured as coordinating with the very cute Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit--which makes 8 cute bags and 8 cute boxes, I love it for card-making!

Perfectly Wrapped - Stampin' Up!


I created the card below for my monthly free event, Sip & Stamp.  We meet at a local tea room and stamp a single card, sip some tea, and enjoy lots of creative chatter!

When I create, I need some parameters.  If I just walk into my Studio with no direction, I'll usually walk back out hours later with little or nothing done.  Parameters provide direction--and fuel--for my creativity!  I knew I wanted to make something with soft colors.  I knew I wanted to use Retiring In Colors (2015-2017 In Colors).  And I knew I wanted to use Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper.  

With those parameters in mind, I looked at my retiring stamp sets and knew Perfectly Wrapped was my perfect ticket with its perfect fonts and images!  We had 10 ladies at Sip & Stamp, and this card was a hit!  It's fun to make, and we all need thank you cards.  They are my most-needed handmade cards.

perfectlywrappedembossresiststampinupcandyrattrayIrresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper is a series of papers with different embossed designs.  They are solid white and make quick work of the emboss resist technique.  Just sponge on ink and you have customized papers to use on any project.  Emboss resist technique is very cool rubberstamping technique whereby you put a heat-embossed image on card stock and then add ink with a sponge or aqua painter or other coloring vehicle.  The heat embossed part "resists" the ink and brings lovely results.  Irresistibly Floral DSP does the embossing for you, making it quicker than ever to have a cool rubberstamping technique on your project without the "work".  

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  And join us for Sip & Stamp in June by clicking here to rsvp!


New Catalog Training Event

New Catty It's new catalog time, and that means that I have a Training Event on the calendar for you!  My Training Events are aimed at Stampin' Up! Demonstrators but open to everyone. This is an all-day stamping event FULL of value for you.  Whether you are a demonstrator or stamper, you will learn much...and have fun while learning!   

Saturday, June 10th

10 AM - 3 PM

Venue:  Tower City Church

 Full information and registration link here

  • 16 projects with new catalog stamps and supplies
  • $25 swag bag (1 yard of every new catalog ribbon!)
  • Lunch and all-day beverages (tea, coffee, water)
  • Swapping--for demonstrators only and optional
  • Card contest--swap with me and your card is automatically entered in the contest!
  • Hands-on instruction 
  • pdf documents for each project emailed to you after the event

Registration closes May 31st.  Do it now!!! Click here to learn more and/or register.

Card Stock Frame

I'm so excited to share my card stock frame project with you today!  I created this lovely little home decor piece for a recent inspirational class and had many requests to make a video to share along with the pdf instructions.  I placed a Bible verse inside my frame.  You can easily insert a Bible verse of your choice, a favorite saying, or even a photo.  You make the frame and then fill it up!


I adore the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  When used in my card stock frame, I think it looks like wall paper which is perfect for my mini home decor piece. I am thrilled that this DSP is making a comeback in the new 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  It's been altered a bit, and I think it's better than ever:)

I hope YOU try making your own card stock frame.  Try it first with a piece of scrap card stock--a color you don't like, a cheap piece from the office supply store.  That way you can make a mistake or two and not feel badly.  I only made 2 card stock frames as my trial pieces and then felt confident to make it "for real" with my nice Stampin' Up! card stock.  Just do it!