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,
Rose
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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,
Rose.

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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,
Rose.
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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,
Rose.

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Father’s Day Boxing Day

It’s the day after Fathers Day here in Australia, so now I can share with you the card my kids gave to their Dad. I thought I’d best wait until today, so I didn’t spoil the surprise!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Crazy for You, Fathers Day card

We made this using the new Ombre ink pads from Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalogue. They come in three colours and here we used Bermuda Bay. The other two colours are Rich Razzleberry and Calypso Coral.

Stampin' Up! Ombre Ink Pads

Here we inked up the Watercolour wash background stamp. The thing to remember when using these style ink pads with big stamps like this, is not ink up the background in the usual way of tapping the ink pad all over the stamp. Doing that will mean you will loose the Ombre effect.

Instead, we sectioned off the stamp in two. First inking up one half, by tapping the ink pad across the stamp horizontally until all the ink blends together and you don’t have any lines from edges of the pad. Then rotate the stamp to do the same inking motion with the second half.

 

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
Rose.

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Sketch Challenge – CYCI #136

I love the Sketch over at Can You Case It? #136 this week – I use it all the time. I don’t mean to, I just love it, so naturally just do without thinking about it too much.

Can You Case It? #136

 

I think it’s a great way of adding interest by offsetting the layers to create all those extra angles and shapes without adding too much bulk to your card.

Here is my card for this week. So this card is special, I made it for my Stampin’ Up! upline to celebrate her recent promotion. She really is fantastic in so many way, so I really hope she likes it.

 

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, It's a Celebration

This card using one of the new stamps sets in Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday catalogue – It’s a Celebration! I love it as it’s not a specific Christmassy one. It’s about fireworks and sparklers for a celebrations – New Year cards or Engagement cards, anything that makes you want to crack open a bottle of bubbly! That’s what I wanted to do when I heard about her recent promotion.

I’ve used heat embossing to a give it metallic sparkle finish with copper and silver powders. I’ve also used the new yummy copper foil sheets and topped it off with some coordinating copper metallic thread.

How I made this:

  • Using a standard A6 card base in landscape orientation (210mm x 148.5mm scored at 105mm)
  • I cut two layers at the same size – 90 x 130mm in both Copper foil sheet and whisper white
  • I adhered the copper foil sheet to the base card in an offset manner  – like the sketch!
  • I embossed the whisper white card stock with alternating copper and silver embossing powders using the different sparkler stamps in the set
  • I adhere this over the top of the copper foil sheet in the opposite direction.
  • I embossed the sentiment in silver powder on whisper white cardstock (25mm x 90mm) and used the triple banner punch to cut flags to both ends
  • I cut a strip of copper foil sheet (10mm x 130mm) and hand cut flags to both ends
  • I adhered the two banners together and fixed dimensionals to the back
  • Winding the copper thread around in a circle motion to finish of the sentiment and adhered this to the front of my card.
  • Lastly, I stamped sparkler images to the envelope to coordinate.

It’s a fun sketch design, so I can’t wait to see what you create with it. Be sure to link your creation by Midday next Saturday (AEST) for your chance to be in this weeks winning picks.

Until next time…. Stamp Creatively,
Rose.

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It’s Father’s Day this weekend

I love the challenge of creating for our male folk. It is a challenge isn’t it? No flowers, no ribbon (well most of the time!), no pink…. and so I love it! It makes me think about what I have in my craft stash and how can I use it differently.

Here is the card I have created for my Dad for this weekend’s Fathers day celebration.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Badges and banners, Bunch of banners, Banners for you

The colours and the style of stamps I have used all scream – MAN. I even threw in a bit of ribbon there – aaahh – but I think it works, the pin stripe is a very male pattern, thus giving the card masculine feel.

The badge stamp in the middle of the layers is heat embossed using the new copper embossing powder, it works so well with the mint. I coordinated some copper metallic thread too.

Anyway, I love this one and my girls who attended my male themed class last month did too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
Rose.

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