You Can Create It : Qtr 1-February

Welcome to this month’s ideas from the You Can Create It (YCCI) team. This post features ideas using the February pack from the Quarter 1 kit.

If you are just joining me for the first time, for one of these blog posts, and would like to know more about these kit – How it works and how you can get involved… Click the Online Classes and kits tab above.

This months’ pack contains the following supplies:

Here is my creation using these products. I went for a fancy fold, this one has been around for a long time, and I’ve wanted to make one for so long. Today is the day…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, You Can Create It, Hydrangea Hill, Simply Succulents

It’s a tab fold card – which is a regular card base that a tab tucked into the inside back of the card, that folds over the front. Kind of like a half belly-band! For my top layer on the tab, I have die cut a circle shape from the Gorgeous Grape cardstock and layered that with another circle die cut from one of the Designer paper pieces. The tab part is cardstock – 35mm wide and about 80mm long, scored at 25mm.

I have layered my card front with a layer of Designer paper, and stamped a simple outline image in Gorgeous Grape ink. This stamp here is from the Simply Succulents stamp set. Another die cut circle and designer paper layer is adhered over the stamped image on the front, which sits neatly beneath the circle on the tab.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, You Can Create It, Hydrangea Hill, Simply Succulents

I have used sentiments from the Wrapped Bouquet stamp set and fussy cut them so they fit together. Here I used Rococo Rose ink for some contrast.

On the inside, I have added a strip of the designer paper left over from die cutting the circles. I layered this over where the tab was adhered to the card base, to neat things up. I added some Basic White to the inside as well and a strip of Rococo Rose cardstock to cover the joins.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, You Can Create It, Hydrangea Hill, Simply Succulents

Oh and … I finished off with a bow made with that Gorgeous Grape sheer ribbon. A little more involved in putting this one together, but a really nice project to work on.

Here are the ideas from our Global Demonstrators for this months kit:

Simone Bartrum

Heikle Fallwicki

Danielle Kassing

Linda Cullen

Karen Hadler

Aude Barbara

Karina Chin

Mikaela Titheridge

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Friday, Die-day

Every so often – usually fortnightly – I do a “Friday Die-day” post on social media. These usually feature a specific die and I share quick and simple handy tips using that die.

Today, I am supporting that post with this blog article, as I wanted to share more information about the projects I created. But first, let’s recap the socials post – incase you missed it:

Friday Die-day

How many weird looking dies do you have in the different die sets you own? You know the ones I mean…. They make you scratch your head and then you pop them back in the pack for another day. Those ones?! I have heaps and today I’m focused on one from Hippo & Friends dies. Here are three ideas using this weird looking die.

Handy huh? Hope this post makes you look at odd shaped dies differently.

Project 1 – Tag

So now I’d like to focus on the projects I created. First up is the tag… it’s quick and simple and easy use of the die by simply lining it up at one end of a die-cut or punched shape. Here I used the stitched rectangle-ish dies from the Hippo Happiness dies set. There are so many cute labels in this set.

To decorate this tag, I have used Shaded Spruce ink and the leaf image from a Touch of Ink – Sale-a-bration exclusive – on Just Jade cardstock. I love tone on tone, it gives a nice subtle image. I stamped the sentiment using Just Jade ink on some very vanilla cardstock and fussy cut around it. Using a glue dot to adhere the gold leaf element, I adhere the sentiment over the top with dimensionals. Finishing the tag with the Forever Greenery Trim pack.

Project 2 – Decorative Elements

Custom made elements can be just the thing to elevate your project. Here I have made a tag-style decorative element, punching a shape and then die-cutting slots at both ends where ribbon can slide through.

On this project, using some Blackberry Bliss ink, I stamped a large succulent stamp on some of that delicious Ombre paper. I framed the designer paper layer, with some Bumblebee cardstock, and popped my ribbon element complete with sentiment on top. I finished off my card with some Bumblebee enamel dots. All of this layered on top of a Blackberry Bliss card base.

I love the way the offset edge of the card leads your eye down the left side, across the ribbon element and then down the right and into the card.

Project 3 – Background decorative element

 Last, but no means least is this card…. here I have used the dies to create intermittent slots which has allowed me to have some fun with ribbons. First, I embossed the card stock, then tied a bow using some of that lovely gold thread from the Forever Greenery trim combo pack.

Using the ribbon from the same pack, I threaded it through the slots like a simple stitch – I just didn’t need the needle! You could really have some fun with this idea.

In creating this card, I framed the ribbon layer with a thin strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and popped it on a card base of Very Vanilla thick card stock. I topped the card with a die cut circle in Blackberry Bliss and a gold leave element from the Gold laser cut elements pack. I die cut a shape from Vanilla cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Just Jade ink.

All the products used in these three projects are listed below….

I hope you have enjoyed these projects using a weird little die guy.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

Shop products specific to these projects here:

Gilded Gems

CTC305 – Sketch Case

Happy Valentines day! I really like how our American friends celebrate this one – they share love and care and hugs and joy with everyone around them. Whereas here in Australia, it tends to be more a couple thing, some couples celebrate and some don’t.  So where ever you are in the world Happy Valentines day!

The Caseing The Catty Crew are back this week with a Sketch challenge. This week we are drawing inspiration from the card layout from the Donkey holding the rose card, which is on page 5 of the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.

This is what the sketch looks like…

And here is where I went with my card….

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Sweet Strawberry, Berry Blessings

I went Strawberries from the Sweet Strawberry bundle and teamed it up with some of that yummy designer paper from the Berry Blessings Sale-a-Bration freebie.

I just love how one side is packed full of berry fruit artistry and the reverse is more generic, making them versatile for different occasions or contrasting effects.

But what I like most, is that DistINKtive style in which the stamps are created. They allow you to create a lovely watercoloured look effortlessly.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Sweet Strawberry, Berry Blessings

Here I stamped the vine stamp twice and coloured the leaves with a blender pen, leaving the flowers white. I stamped the strawberries and the green stems then punched them out using the coordinating punch, both available in the January Mini Catalogue. Using dimensionals I adhered the berries over the top of the vine stamp.   

Next up in the hop is the lovely Monique Fielder.

After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, February 21st.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Blender Pens

Colour INKspiration – CI93


Here I am, back for another year of exciting colour combination challenges with the Colour INKspiration crew, ready to inspire your crafting. This next challenge for the year is nothing short of inspiration too – it’s quite the arty combination, but when you get going with it, I’m sure you’ll find it just as much fun as I did. Here it is…

Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point and Sahara Sand. Don’t forget you can also include Basics (Black and White) as well as Metallics.

I found I was very inspired by the pealing paint in this particular image and I wanted to include something on my project that reflected that. So I went with the A-Ma-Zing Painted Texture 3D embossing folder and here is what I did with it on my card…

I went for a little splash of messy using some inking and spritzing techniques. I simply up-ended my Granny Apple Green ink pad on the top of my embossing folder, aiming for an angled coverage. Next, I used my Pacific Point on the remaining section. I did overlap slightly, which meant I had to clean and reink one edge of my Pacific Point ink pad, so just be careful of that when doing this technique! At the end of the day, I had loads of fun!

Where there was no cross over, I lightly blending the ink together with a Stampin’ Sponge. Then I spritz the inked folder with a little water, carefully popped in my cardstock and rolled it through my die cutting machine. I just used Basic White cardstock for this, you could also use Shimmery White too – which would be good if using more water. I set it aside to dry before completing my card.

With the background being such a striking feature, I decided to let is shine by not over embellishing this time. I wrapped some Braided Linen trim around the embossed cardstock before adhering onto a Basic Black cardbase. Fraying the ends just adds a touch more texture too.

I finished with a sentiment stamped in Memento Black ink onto some Sahara Sand cardstock, which I die cut out. Before putting my die away thought, I used it to emboss my edge, accentuating the bevelled edge. To do this, just leave the cardstock in the die, flip it over and using the stylus attachment of the Take Your Pick tool, trace around the edge. Such another cool tip for getting more from your dies!


More INKspiration is loaded up over in our Facebook Challenge group. Head over and enjoyed all the amazing inspiration from the crew. We will be excited to have you play along with us. This challenge is open until Monday February 22. Look forward to seeing you over on the group..

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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You Can Create It : Quarter 1

Hello and welcome to my new adventure. I am so excited to join the You Can Create It (YCCI) group of International demonstrators. It is such an honour to be selected and a wonderful experience too.

I am equally as excited to be able to offer you this opportunity to get creative with these kits too. I am one of just two demonstrators here in Australia offering these kits from YCCI.

So, let me take you through it:

What is it?

This is a quarterly subscription to a pack of crafting supplies. These are consumable supplies only. You use these supplies to create/decorate projects as you like.

How it works?

Each quarter you get 4 packs of consumable supplies – 3 monthly packs and 1 pack of extra materials. The 3 monthly packs are labelled (January, February, March… etc).

Here is what Quarter 1 kit looks like:

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Love You Always suite, You Can Create It kits

You must use the supplies included in the monthly pack. However, you can also dip into Extra Materials pack, and your own supply of tools too to top up your creation. Extra Materials pack can be shared across the quarter.


These kits will be supported by a Blog Post around the 2nd or 3rd of the Month and will feature my creation with the monthly kit and ideas from our global demonstrators. Januarys’ ideas will be posted on February 2nd/3rd… and so on.

January Kit ideas

The January kit features these supplies: 1 6×4” piece of Forever & Always Designer paper, 1 6×2” piece of Forever & Always Foil sheet, 40cm Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon & 1 Heart Charm. Here take a look…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Love You Always suite, You Can Create It kits

Using these supplies and some Whisper White thick cardstock and the Love You Always Treat Box from the extra materials pack, I created this gift set…

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Keeping the card simple, I went for an angled feature with the Designer Paper and Foil to create some interest. Here I have used the Sahara Sand colour. I created a simple sentiment using the Oval Occasions bundle, with that amazing Double Ovals punch and using Generational Stamping technique.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Love You Always suite, You Can Create It kits

To add a splash more colour, I used the Blending Brush, also included in the extra materials pack, to create a highlight behind my sentiment, then embossed the card front with the Dainty Diamonds folder.

I also used the Blending Brush on the gift box too, just enough to highlight that angled foil/DSP decorative element. I love how easy this box assembles too – no sticking either, simply folding in all the score lines and it clicks together… Yay!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Love You Always suite, You Can Create It kits

I finished off the box with a little ribbon with the gold metallic flecks side showing to coordinate with the Sahara Sand, and topped it with the heart charm.

For more ideas from the International demonstrator team using this kit, scroll to the bottom of this blog post.

So, how can you get involved…

  • Kits are available quarterly.
  • Cost is $25 per quarter. (Inc postage. These are charged/paid at the start of each quarter).
  • The quarters start in January, April, July and October.
  • Kits will begin shipping to subscribers by the 15th of the first month of the quarter.
  • Quarterly kits are available while supplies last or until the 15th of the last month of the quarter.
  • Payments can be made by direct deposit, in person with cash or I can charge your credit card.
  • These kits are available from me Australia-wide.

How to join the fun

Subscribing is easy – simply EMAIL ME to opt in.

Additional supplies

To help finish your kits, you may need Stamps, ink, adhesives or other craft materials. You can use what you have, or if you need some new supplies, I am happy to help with any Stampin’ Up! products you might like.

Shop online (and don’t forget to use this month’s Mystery Host code*), or Contact me, I am happy to help process your order.

*Find this months code on the home page. Only use this code when your personal order is less than $250. At $250 or more, you qualify for your own rewards – Yay! Congrats! Contact me for more information.

Here are some amazing project ideas from our Global Demonstrators using this months kit:

Simone Bartrum

Heikle Fallwicki

Danielle Kassing

Karen Hadler

Alana Klemick Warf

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

Click to shop supplies used in this featured project:

Heart Charms

CTC300 – Case Mini Catalogue

New catalogues are great for some many reasons, of course it’s all about the new toys to play with. But there are so many new ideas to inspire our creating too. And that’s what the Caseing The Catty Crew are focussed on this hop. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Tina. I’m sure you are going to love all the inspo the crew has for you here.

Today my inspiration came from a card on page 56 of the January Mini Catalogue. It’s this one, with the cut designer paper….

It’s simple and clean and fun. So I decided to step my version up a little by adding some bling in the form of the new Gilded Leaf. Here is my card…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Fine Art Floral suite, Many Message bundle

The designer paper is from the Fine Art Floral suite as is the Gilded Leaf product. To make this work, I first worked out my measurements – what size I wanted the base to be, then trimmed my designer paper down 10mm less on both edges. I sliced my designer paper into big pieces and checked to make sure they fit nicely on my base, with even gaps between the pieces.

Carefully sliding the pieces off to the side, I set about covering the base with Adhesive Sheet, then  removing the backing from the Adhesive to expose all that sticky goodness! I positioned my designer paper in place, all the while handling it carefully, so as not to disturb the glue.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Fine Art Floral suite, Many Message bundle

Next, I applied the Gilded Leaf to the remaining exposed adhesive, using my finger to apply – static electricity is a good thing!! – and then brushing off the excess with an artists brush.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Fine Art Floral suite, Many Message bundle

To finish my card, I wrapped some of that lovely gold thread from the Forever Greenery suite around and topped with a few of the Laser Cut elements from that same suite too. Finishing off with a simple sentiment from the Many Messages bundle – new in the Mini catalogue framed with a shape from the Tasteful Label dies.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Fine Art Floral suite, Many Message bundle

Next up in the hop is the amazing Peta Stephen.

After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, January 17th.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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It’s January – New Year, New Catalogue and of course Sale-a-Bration!

New Catalogue days a some of my favourites of the year!!

This Mini catalogue is sure to get those creative juices flowing too. With so much inspiration and fabulous new products, I’m sure you’ll be agreeing with me in no time!

There are a couple of ways to view what is on the inside – here’s how:


Download the PDF from my Demo Website. Scroll to the bottom of the home page.

Here is a little inspo to get your creativity flowing… This project uses the Pretty Perennial Bundle, featuring the Pretty Perennial stamp set and Perennial Petals dies. Such a lovely and versatile collection of crafting toys to have in your stash.

It also uses a touch of that lovely Oh So Ombre Designer Paper pack – that is a Sale-a-bration (SAB) FREE item. Read more about SAB below. This is a level 1 item – so available to choose from free with a $90 order. I’m so in love with it, I’m sure I’ll be back to gush in another post very soon!

I just love how the stamps and dies work together in this bundle. They work stand alone, so stamp, die cut and adhere. Or you can layer with some more of the die pieces to create different looks. Very versatile and the dies are sized to work in the new Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine, which is on sale today too. Be sure to check that one out too.

This Mini 1 Catalogue starts today and runs through to June 30.

It’s also Sale-a-Bration!

So this promotion has to be one of my favourites – you get free stuff for just doing what you would normally do ie: Shop, Host, Join.

If you’re a Stampin’ Up! regular, you’ll know all about it – however there are two major changes this year –

1: SAB is only running for two months this first half year – so January and February only (no March this year). This means you will need to be quick to get all your favourite freebies this time, and

2: We will have a second month instalment of SAB in July and August for the start of the second Mini Catalogue.

If you need a refresher, or maybe you are just getting into Stampin’ Up!? Then here… let me take you through it:

Shop: for every $90 you spend you can choose a Level 1 product item for FREE. There are a few Level 2 items too, these are available to choose with a product order of $180. Winning!!

Host: Have a party and invite your friends – remember those? They are still a thing! And are a very fun thing… this is where you can earn host reward $$ to spend on regular product with qualifying party sales. During SAB, you can also earn an additional stamp set – Punch Party – a great mix of images and sentiments that coordinate with a number of punches! This is available with qualifying party sales. Have just a few dates free to party with you and your friends in February…. Contact me to book a date today.

Earn this great stamp set for Free – when product orders reach qualifying amount.

Join: There is a seat for you on my team… come and join me and my team and the Global Stampin’ Up! community. What better way to make connections and get a discount on your Stampin’ Up! stash of products! You can also earn some extra $$ on the side too.
Plus when you join during SAB time – you receive an additional 5 packs of Designer Series Paper packs in your kit.

Just click the “Join My Team” tab at the top to read a little more or contact me to chat more about it!

Whether you want to shop, host or join my team during Sale-a-Bration this year time, you have until February 28th to take advantage of the additional offers.

I can’t wait to bring you more amazing project inspiration using these lovely Mini Catalogue products, and SAB freebies.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

Tags for gift giving

Do you feel like we are getting to the pointy end of Christmas preparations?

Yes, me too – it’s not far away either! Super exciting with only 9 sleeps to go.

With all the cards done and posted… well… most of them anyway! It is about this time, I’m madly creating all the extras that go with this day. Today I wanted to share a couple of gift tags I have created.

Most of the time, I like to keep tags simple, but still nice and beautiful. I think the excitement about gift giving starts with all the details. Here I have used the tag die in the North Pole Wonder die set to create my base – two in Whisper White thick and one in Real Red cardstock and used Just Jade to coordinate my Christmas colour palette.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Wishes & Wonder, Sounds of the Season, Curvy Christmas

I just love the zig zig detail with the stitching across the bottom of the tag. I have layered my tags with stamped images from three different sets – on the base of the White tags is the fern and berries from the Curvy Christmas stamp set. Also layered on the tag bases are die cut leaves and the North Pole round stamp, both from the Wishes & Wonder bundle. These are topped with those magic bells from the Cherish the Season stamp set.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Wishes & Wonder, Sounds of the Season, Curvy Christmas

I just love these bells, they remind me of the one from the Polar Express Christmas movie. We usually watch this movie together, usually with lots of popcorn – unless it’s a warm night, then it’s ice-cream – on December 23rd each year… it’s become a tradition and a great lead in to the Big Day!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Wishes & Wonder, Sounds of the Season, Curvy Christmas

The Real Red tag base featured two leaf die cuts and the bells are stamped in Smokey Slate ink to give a silver appearance. I have topped them off with the simply gorgeous Just Jade Gingham Ribbon to coordinate. I really do love that.

TIP: One thing I am often asked about the tags created like this – with the ribbon tops trimmed to open ends – is how to attached them to a gift. It’s easy when you have a gift in a bag, as you can tie them onto the handles – but how do you tie them on to a present?

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Wishes & Wonder, Sounds of the Season, Curvy Christmas

This is my trick… thread some twine through the loops of the decorative ribbon at the back and use these to attach the tag – if you have ribbon wrapped around the present, tie the tag to that OR if you don’t – use tape to hold the twine in place, keeping the tag attached to the present.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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End of Year Close-Out SALE

This time of year we say goodbye to many wonderful products that have graced our Christmas Crafting. With the new Mini Catalogue just around the corner, it’s change over time at the warehouse. With savings of up to 50% on selected items, you are sure to pick up a bargain!

Important things to note:

  • Sale starts today and is available until January 4th, 2021;
  • Items on sale are only available while supplies last;
  • Due to increased shipping times, it’s important to note products may note arrive before Christmas; and
  • If shopping online – use this months Mystery Rewards Host code, for chance to enter the draw for Rewards – See below for code. (Use this code only when your orders are less than $250. Otherwise enjoy your own rewards for orders $250 or more!)

As if that wasn’t great on it’s own… the CLEARANCE RACK has been updated to include previously retired products. Here, you can save up to 60% on RRP.

You can enjoy shopping a couple of different ways:

  • Shop Online – use the link and the host code below; or
  • Contact me and I’ll help you directly.

December Host code:

What is Mystery Rewards? I hear you ask….This is where you have a chance to earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through the Stampin’ Rewards program. 

By shopping online with me (when your order is less than $250) and entering this months code, you go into the running to win FREE Products*. These start from $25 of free products. The winner will be drawn randomly.

For orders $250 or more – Congrats!! Please don’t use this code – you are eligible to receive the rewards in your own order.

*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 to be eligible to enter. Winner drawn randomly.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

Joy to the World – Christmas Paper Pumpkin

I love a good cardmaking kit…. And the special release Paper Pumpkin kit: Joy to the World that landed during November is just that! It’s A-Ma-Zing!!

Beautiful and blingy but classy designs that are easy to put together with stunning results. Using traditional Christmas colours – Greens and Burgundy and flecked with Gold, this fully inclusive kit, featuring both stamps and dies cut elements, makes 8 Christmas cards – 4 each of 2 different designs. Let’s take a look….

Basic instructions are included, to make these base design ideas:

But of course, you can always add your own creative flair and switch around the elements to create different designs. Here are a couple I came up with using the base elements:

If you are like me and have an abundance of crafting supplies… you may be thinking why would I need a kit? For me, it’s all about time…. I love that most of the thinking is done and I can quickly bulk up my supply of cards ready for sending.

That doesn’t mean there is no room for creativity. In fact, adding your own flair and ideas with your own supplies, helps enhance the base designs further.

Here, I have added a few simple supplies from my stash to step up the designs. A layer of Brass foil sheet and some Guilded Gems transforms these a step further:

Joy of the World Paper pumpkin kits are still available, they are running low though, so be quick to get your box delivered in time for Christmas giving. Shop today:

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,