Bloomin’ Away

Another love I have in the Occasions catalogue is the Bloomin’ Love bundle. That Bloomin’ Heart thinlit die is just to die for. It bloo-me away – lol (I know, bad pun right?!)

The coordination of these stamps and dies are extraordinary. I love how you can choose to either stamp coordinating flowers directly onto your die cut heart or punch out coordinating flowers and add them on separately to create dimension.


In this project, I’ve used a combination. I’ve stamped the small flower directly onto the punched heart. But then added larger flowers, die cut from Gold foil, over the top.

But can you see the gold glimmer paper peaking out from behind the smaller flower? I used the smaller flower die here and trimmed it to fit. The inspiration for this card came from page 16 of the Occasions catalogue.

This project has been created for The Colour Tree Challenges, TCTC#3, which I am playing along with this week.


Until next time… Stamp creatively,

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TCTC Top Pick

UPDATE: 31 January – I’m very pleased to say this project was the top pick for this weeks challenge over at The Colour Tree.
So very excited!!

Here is what Bronwyn had to say: I just love the stamped Soft Suede background, the intricate heart die with the gold glimmer and foil flowers and the embossed Mint Macaroon centre panel – what a lovely layout to highlight the challenge colours.  Thanks for playing along at TCTC, Rose.


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Product Spotlight – Big Shot Die Brush

I’ve been going a little crazy with my Rose Garden thinlit dies of late. It was a little like when the Butterflies exploded onto the scene this time last year. Remember that?

We get so carried away with the big stuff in new catalogues – the stamps, the dies, the papers… they are all so yummy, how could you not! But what I like searching for are the hidden gems and the Big Shot Die Brush is one of them. It is a tool that has hard plastic brush spokes in a spiral shape and comes with a sponge mat.


To me, it was the missing piece of the puzzle when using thinlit dies. We got the Precision base plate in the Holiday catalogue late last year, which help create a really sturdy cutting surface for these dies. Now the Die Brush is final piece to help us use these dies with ease and speed.

Simply punch out your shape like you would ordinarily. Then pick up your die and all the bits that are still attached and place it on the sponge mat.


Holding onto the grip handle, run the Die brush back and forth over the die until you see the pieces falling loose. Most should come loose leaving perhaps a few that you may need to poke out of tiny places. Done and ready to go in 10 seconds!


Look out for these hidden gems when you are next flicking through the catalogues.

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Rose garden II

Today, I’m playing along with a challenge from Can you CASE it? They are celebrating their 3rd birthday with a Black & White colour challenge. [CYCI#103]


While playing with my Rose Garden thinlit dies, I whipped up this little number to play along.


I’m just loving this rose in black, I have used it a couple of times this week!! I think it’s so stunning. A simple thread and tie of a ribbon to finish this off today.

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Rose garden

Finally had a chance to play with some new products from the recently launched Occasions catalogue.

I love so many of the new products, I found it hard to choose where to start. One of the things I like most about new products is the challenge of thinking about how to use them. Sometimes it can take one or two goes to get into the swing of it.

Over at Just Add Ink, it’s all about “something new”, so here is my something new.


It is the ever amazing Rose Garden thinlit dies. I love roses, my name is Rose, I have roses in my garden and I even have a rose tattoo on my back. So when I saw these coordinating stamps and die set in the catalogue it was love at first sight.

Today I have just focussed on the thinlit dies, they are amazing on their own before you even pull out the coordinating Rose Wonder stamp set. (Yes… lead in for more posts to come, Lol!)

It’s easy to keep things simple when you have such stunningly designed products. With a simple punch out from black card stock, layered over the beautiful Perfectly Artistic Sale-a-bration Paper [which you can earn for FREE right now (read more about that here)] you can create some dramatic and lovely projects.


Here I’ve used the same die and paper, but created a different look altogether. Punching out two roses (one from each paper) and some leaves, I’ve used the black full die cut image as a frame and inlaid the pieces of the Artistic paper inside. It was kind of therapeutic really, bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I added a sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set and some of striped twine to finish of the card.


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2016… here we come!

It’s always nice to start off the year with a lovely calendar to dress up your work area. I usually create calendars each year, I think they make lovely gifts.

The inspiration for this years design come from projects saw online. It’s a larger version of a match book style holder. The calendar leaves are individual sheets and are held in place with a clear little box, made from window sheets so that the design is not obscured.


Decoratively stamped using a minimalist artistic flair was the aim, beginning with the cover. A simple 20 16 and simple embossing starts us off. The colour scheme is Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay and Smokey Slate used with Basic Black.


The cover flips over to reveal the individual months leaves and you’ll notice the simple stamping – usually one stamp, one colour and lots of white space. Going for a contemporary arty style.

Here are the some of the following months stamping design. December having a Christmassy feel of course.


Here’s to 2016 being an awesome year!

Until next time…. Stamp Creatively,

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