Sparkly 21st

Oh to be 21 again…. whilst those days may seem like a distant memory for me now, my nephew celebrated his 21st this weekend.

Here is the card I made for him.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Number of Years, Swirly Scribbles, 21st card

I kept the colour theme to black and silver, they suit him. But they also have a sense of drama and elegance about them too.




The design was inspired by this weeks sketch at Freshly Made Sketches [#FMS259]. I do like their sketch designs, I always find them fun to play along with.




A little trick I used when I approached the heat embossing was to assemble part of my elements. First I adhered the black circle to the silver one, then the numbers to my circle. Then I trimmed my scribbles down to match the size of the top Black cardstock layer.

This gave me the two elements to use when positioning my stamps for embossing.

The sentiment and swoosh are from the Number of Years Stamp set. Laying out my two elements in place, I positioned my stamps where I wanted their final place to be on the card. With my big E clear block, I hovered it over the top of the stamps to pick them up in one go, but keeping them in their right places. This means I could stamp and emboss in one go.

I removed my elements before embossing, as I like to work quickly when using versamark and embossing powder. Once I completed the silver embossing, I assembled my card, first with the base layers then finishing with my elements over the top. I used Dimensionals to pop up the circle 21 element.

I finished with a coordinating envelope and as this was black cardstock, I created an inner sleeve stamped to match the envelope. The sentiments are also in the Number of Years stamp set.

I think with some reworking, this could make a cool engagement card too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

The bells are ringing

So I’ve seen the box Z-fold card popping up all over social media in recent months. I wanted to try one, but of course add my own spin on it…. some how!

When I saw the Seasonal Bells stamp set in the Holiday catalogue, I knew this could be the difference I was looking for.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Seasonal Bells, Box Z-fold

Hanging them meant I needed to add another strip to the top, to give them a place to suspend between.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Seasonal Bells, Box Z-fold

I also wanted to neaten up the front. Depending on the card design, some times the strips across the front can detract from the card. Here I simply tucked them behind the front panel, giving my card front a nice clean look.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Seasonal Bells, Box Z-fold

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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2-1/2" Circle Punch

2-1/2″ Circle Punch


I don’t know about you, but when I’m using patterned paper for projects, inevitably I end up with all sorts of sized scraps. I thought I’d share with you a card design to help use up some of them.


Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper

Here I have used strips of the very yummy (pun intended!!) Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, which is on sale this month in the Buy 3 get 1 for FREE promotion this month. Check out all the details here.

When using strips like this, I can find it a little tricky to stick them down evenly. So to make it easier I cut a little piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the finished size I would like my DSP to take up. Using that as a guide I stick the strips to that piece which then makes it easier to handle and stick to my card base.


Here my strips are all the same length, but you can vary the height, or overlap the strips, like the samples shown.

I finished off my card by adding some ribbon and a sentiment medallion style. Wha-la a very quick but cute little card. Not to mention a little less scraps in my box!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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2-1/2" Circle Punch

2-1/2″ Circle Punch

Banners for Christmas

As soon as I saw that large Candy Cane stamp in the Banners for Christmas stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue I knew I had to have it. Don’t you find there is always one stamp, maybe two, in a set that grab your imagination?

It’s a large stamp so it commands the centre of attention. Just like the way I used here:

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Banners for Christmas

The banner and sentiment are also part of that same set so it makes for a complete set. Plus, there are two banner stamps in the set which coordinate with the Bunch of Banners framelits. What I really like about some of the sentiments in this set is the stamps are shaped to fit the banner, making it really easy to fit them together!

There is also a large mistletoe stamp in the set and here I’ve used just part of it to dress up the top of the banner on my card.


Using the sketch challenge over at
Freshly Made Sketches [FMS256]
this week formed the base of my design.

It’s nice, clean and simple… and having a few
of these designs in our Christmas cardmaking season,
I find is always a blessing.

I think the cane would also make a great background design too. Stay tuned for that design inspiration…

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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:( Farewell for now :(

Normally at this time, my post for the Can You Case It? Design team goes live with another great challenge, packed full of wonderful inspiration from the talented design team.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Can You Case It? has decided to call it a day. At least for the time being anyway.

Sad, I know😦

I really enjoyed my time, with the Can You Case It? Design team. It was really well organised with great challenges and a talented and creative team who always inspired me. I’m really hoping they will relaunch again in the future and I will be invited back to be part of the team once again. Special thanks must go to Eva, for her patience and guidance in teach us the ropes in the beginning – very much appreciated.

Until then, I wish all the team members all the creative and crafty best in their Papercraft journeys. Inky hugs to all.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new creative post to help inspire your crafting projects.

Until then… Stamp Creatively,

Happy World Carkmaking Day

To celebrate this special day dedicated to us crafters, Stampin’ Up! have two great offers starting today – One for this week and one for this month!

Cardmaking essentials sale


For the next 5 days you can receive up to 25% off on these items:

Buy Fast Fuse adhesive and receive a Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill for FREE:

These specials are available until 11pm on October 5. See details on How to Shop below.

Designer Series Paper is on Sale.


You know how great Stampin’ Up!’s  Designer Series Paper (DSP) is – great designs and great colours that coordinate with stamps and accessories. It all helps to give your projects that professional finish. Stock up now for all your projects for Christmas and the next few months… and no… you can never have too much paper!

This month when you buy 3 packs of these specially selected paper packs you get the fourth one for FREE!! Check them out:

This offer is available throughout October, finishing at 11pm on October 31.

How to Shop

Personal contact:
Contact me directly and I can help order all that you need. Be sure to check closing dates to ensure you get all the supplies on your wishlist.

Shop Online:
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The code is: 373DRXFB.
Enter it at checkout and you’re in the draw it’s that simple.

By shopping online with me and entering this months code, you go into the running to win FREE Products* through Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Rewards program. These start from $25 of free products. The winner will be drawn randomly.
*Your personal order can be any amount, however combined sales must reach $250 or more for prize to be drawn. You must enter the code into the Hostess Code section when prompted during checkout to be eligible to enter. Winner drawn randomly.

I will be back soon with some creative ideas using all that yummy paper.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

For whom the bells tolls

I love bells – Church bell, Christmas bells, even little “calling” bells… I love the sounds the make.

When I was in Europe earlier this year, we stayed around the corner from a Church and the bells sounded ever quarter hour starting at 5.30am. I loved it, as you could tell the time by the different sounds they chimed and they are melodic in their music, not annoying at all.

My favourite are Christmas bells… I love the sound the make the most. It instantly puts a smile on my face and my mood lifts. I think they call to my inner child wonder and excitement!

That’s why, when I saw the Seasonal Bells Bundle in this years Holiday catalogue, it was at the top of my list. I love stamps and punches for the quick and ease they allow for creating and these are no exception. They come with four different bell designs and a flourish and some sentiments for Christmas. But what I really like is that there are designs for Weddings too, making the set versatile for all year round.

Today, I have a Christmas theme using these bells.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Seasonal Bells

This card also features the Frosted Medallions stamps set, another favourite was that medallion – how gorgeous is it?! I used the Emboss Resist technique and some sponging to highlight it.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Seasonal Bells

Topping it off with some Emerald Envy Ruched ribbon and Bakers twine for hanging and a little bling.

How I made this:

  • Using a standard A6 card base (210mm x 148.5mm scored at 105mm) in Whisper White thick cardstock
  • The next layer is 95mm x 132mm. The colour is Real Red
  • The final layer is 90mm x 127mm. The colour is Whisper White
  • I embossed the medallion from the Frosted Medallions stamp set, with White embossing powder, onto the Whisper White layer. I lifted the position a little higher than the middle to allow for the sentiment at the bottom
  • I sponged Emerald Envy ink in a circular motion over the embossed medallion to reveal it’s beautiful design. Always starting from the centre of the stamped image, apply the ink in light circular motions.
  • Continue to apply ink until you are happy with its intensity, taking a minute to polish off excess ink from the image every few minutes
  • Stamp the sentiment beneath your embossed image. The colour is Real Red ink
  • Adhere the Whisper White layer to the Real Red cardstock layer
  • Fix the Ruched ribbon across the top of the medallion image, apply your adhesive to the back allowing the front to sit free. The colour is Emerald Envy
  • Stamp your two favourite bells from the set
  • Punch them out using the coordinating Bell punch. Using the handheld 3.2mm circle punch, punch out the holes at the top of your bells.
  • Fix your bells together using dimensionals for height
  • Using Twine from the Candy Cane Lane bakers twine combo pack, thread some through the holes
  • Stick the bells in place and tie off the twine by threading beneath the ruche ribbon
  • Using dimensionals, adhere the bells layer to the cardbase
  • Stamp coordinating bells on the envelope.

I’m sure I’ll be back with more ideas using this set for both Christmas and for other occassions too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Sing me a rainbow – CYCI #139

This week’s challenge at Can You Case It? had me a little stumped at first. It’s about a rainbow of colours. “What does that mean?” I found myself asking.

Can You Case It? #139


Then I worked it out… this week is a colour challenge and it’s about a grouping of colours. Think of it as a colour theme. You just get to choose what colours to make up that theme.



Here is my colour inspiration for the weeks challenge…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Detailed Floral Thinlit dies

Here I used three of Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-18 In colours to create a water colour background. I used Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo. Using Aqua Painters, I lifted the colours from the lid of my ink pad and splashed them semi-randomly over my cardstock. I knew what I wanted to achieve with this card so I created the black top first and used that as a template for my water colouring.

The background then became the feature when I overlayed the die cut top. Here I used the Detailed Floral thinlit dies on one piece of black cardstock. I place the two straight edges of the die facing each other, leaving a 15mm gap between them, which then created the raged top and bottom edges.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Detailed Floral Thinlit dies

The gap created a lovely little space for my coordinating ribbon (Sweet sugarplum Ruche ribbon). I topped it off with a Hello from the Hello You thinlit dies and some tiny flowers and Rhinestones.

I can’t wait to see what you create with your chosen group of colours. All the details are on the Can You Case It? website. Entries close Midday Saturday (AEST).

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Shaker time – CYCI #138

It’s Shaker card time for this week’s challenge over at Can You Case It #138.

Can You Case It #138

Are they just the greatest Wow ever? I think they are definitely one of them. Here is my card for this week.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Shaker Card, Christmas

I used the Large Letters framelit dies set to create my windows and I have to say, the magnetic platform was a god-send as I was lining up my letters and getting that spacing just right! I just love all the hidden tools used to create these wonderful projects.

My shaker is filled with those lovely green flakes from the new Mica Flakes trio pack from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalogue. It’s propped up using Foam Adhesives Strips, making those long lengths easy to manage.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Shaker Cards, Christmas

I accented the shaker by colouring some of that lovely Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper and placing some so that it peaks out above and below the shaker.

I used the part of one stamp from the Oh What Fun stamp set, inking on the word Merry from “Merry Wishes” stamp featured in that set. I liked the curly script to contrast with the block letters of the die.

I finished off the card with some of the Candy Cane Lane twine bakers twine combo pack.

Shaker cards are really fun to create and I’d love to see what you come up with this week. Why not join me and play along. It’s really easy to enter – simply upload your creation to a blog or social media and link back to the Can You Case It website. Entries close midday Saturday (AEST).

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Hello you – CYCI #137

This week’s Can You Case It #137 challenge is a colour combination – Chartreuse, Gray and Flamingo.

Can You Case It CYCI#137

I decided to focus on two of the colours – Gray and Flamingo. I was playing with the Hello You dies just recently for Fathers Day, it reminded me of just how much fun they are. I always get swept up with all my new toys, some of my all time favourites end up gathering dust up the back of the cupboard. Does that happen to you?


Here is my card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Hello You thinlit


For this card, I wanted to try playing with the words so that only some of the Flamingo was poking out from behind them. I cut my Whisper White and Flamingo cardstock the same size. When I punched out my words, I paid particular attention to their positioning on the cardstock, as I knew I wanted to use the negative space too. Then I punched a matching set of words from Silver foil to fit back into the white cardstock.

I offset them slightly to allow the pink to peak through. I added a butterfly to highlight the pink and a bit of bling to dress it up. Simple, quick but elegant.

Can’t wait to see what you create with this colour combination. Entries Midday next Saturday (AEST). Visit the Can You Case it website for all the details.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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