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,

What I used to make this:

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,

What I used to make this:

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,

What I used to make this:

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,

What I used to make this:

:( 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:
You can Shop online here and when you do that, use this months’ Mystery Host Rewards code (listed below) for your chance to win some free Stampin’ Up! products.

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,