Happy Lunar new year

Living in the western suburbs of Melbourne (Australia) means a large multi-cultural community. We have so many different cultures present and it’s really interesting to learn about, see and be part of the different celebrations that happen as part of them.

A large portion of our local community is from Asia meaning last weekend has been full of bright, vibrant celebrations as we welcomed in the Lunar New Year. I feel a bit lucky as we seem to have a month long celebrations, first with our Christmas and new year, then with the New Lunar year now to take us into the new school year. January is certainly isn’t a dull month.

To celebrate, my neighbours either side of us received these cards. Here I have made cards using the Lucky Elephant stamp in the Occasions catalogue. Whilst it might be the Year of the Rooster, a lucky elephant is still good Feng Shui.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Lucky Elephant

I heat embossed him in Gold and featured him on Real Red cardstock – very traditional colours in Asian culture. I used a retired “happy new year” stamp I had, for the sentiment.

I decided to add some bling in the form of ribbon, sequence and threads all in gold to compliment the red. I really do like that Sale-a-bration ribbon used as a base here. It comes as a two pack (gold and silver) and it’s free when you spend $90 or more on regular products. Sale-a-bration runs until March 30, feel free to shop online or contact me for more information.


The little tag on top is made up from two separate stamps from the Birthday Bright stamp set. It’s a Photopolymer set which means they are a little bendy. Here I positioned two stamps together on my block and only used two of the three words. Such a handy little trick I’ve used many times.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Lucky Elephant

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour INKspiration – CI02


So I just discovered I really like this colour combination…. I haven’t used Wisteria Wonder in such a long time, there is no particular reason for this, other than being swept up by others.

Colour INKspiration


These colours for this fortnights Colour INKspiration challenge are gorgeous together… check them out.

The colours are Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, Whisper White and Garden Green.

This time, I have used four of the Colours.

I’ve been playing with the amazing Window Box thinlit dies in recent weeks. There are many pieces that make up this set to adorn the delightful hexagon shaped box. I like the size of it too, it’s big enough to put a substantial gift in too. Complimenting some of the more mini sized gift box dies Stampin’ Up! already has.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlit die

I’ve punched out my pieces to make the box from Wisteria Wonder cardstock. Before assembling it, I punched all my adorning elements. This time I have used the large hexagon piece on the top and the little birthday candles piece for the sides. After assembling my box, I finished it off with a little striped ribbon in Mint Macaron, the leaf is from the Botanical builders dies and the stamps are from the coordinating Window Shopping stamp set.

Simple but nice. Here I’ve popped in a large tea light for effect.

What I really like about this thinlit set is the way it’s been constructed. All the separate pieces work together so you can make a lovely gift box. But all the adorning pieces can be used to create all sorts of decorative elements for any of your projects. I’m sure I’ll be back with loads of projects using these elements. Today, I have made a simple card to match with my gift box.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlit die

I used the birthday candles die and punched them out several times making a banner for the front of my card. With the help of some “strategically placed” gold foil and Whisper White and Garden Green cardstock, we have a lovely line of candles. I finished off the decorative element with some white bakers twine and echoed the lovely little flower from the top of my box. The “Happy Birthday” stamp is also from the Window Shopping stamp set. As it’s quite large, repeating it like this, makes for an interesting background.

The two together make a lovely complete package.



For more INKspiration, hop over and visit with the amazing
Chloe Evans.

To join in on all the fun at Colour INKspiration over on our Facebook group.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Celebrations a plenty – CYCI#145

Our next colour challenge over at Can You Case It? features some colours that I just love together – blue, purple, silver and white.

Can You Case It? CYCI #145

I needed some celebratory cards this week and what better combination than Elegant Eggplant and Silver. I love them together and they usually remind me of times of celebration.

Here is my card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses. Stampin' Up!, Birthday Blast

The lovely large star burst stamp from the Birthday Blast stamp set is back and here I’ve stamped it twice, rotating my card so that they sit upside down from each other making this lovely soft background. I added some silver detailing using a metallic foil doiley beneath the sentiment and those stars… well, remember my last card – the 40th birthday one with the star blast edgelit die? Those stars are the little pop outs from that die and I’ve used them up here.


I’ve made two different cards using this design. The sentiments are different to cater for the purposes I need. The “celebrate you” comes from the same stamp set the background stamp – Birthday Blast. The “welcome” comes from another set called Vertical Garden. I just love the two sentiments in that set and I love the way they are created – the set has two sentiments, and both have two parts to them – one is the sentiment as you see below in purple but then it also has a shadow stamp to match making it super easy to create a drop shadow. So clever.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses. Stampin' Up!, Birthday Blast

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. To join in, visit the Can You Case It? website for all the details. You have until Midday, Saturday February 4th, (AEDT) to enter.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

What I used to make this:

Birthday Blast

We celebrated a big birthday in our extended family this weekend. It’s always great when these events come up as they always call for a custom creation.

This one was also for a guy… just my cup of tea! Love making card for our men folk. Here is what I came up with.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Birthday Blast

Of course, with these kinds of birthdays you have to rub it in a little. For the sentiment, instead of a traditional Happy birthday, I opted for this… Big 4 0. The “Big” is from the Birthday Bright stamp set, which is new in the Occasions Catalogue. (The stamp set is also bundled together with this new card and tag kit… but more about that later!)

The Happy Birthday sentiment went on the inside along with another sentiment, which again, had a little dig at getting older! It has to be done sometimes doesn’t it?! Both of these sentiments were from the Birthday Banners stamp set.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Birthday Blast

I wanted the 40 to still be visible, so I thought vellum would do the trick. This particular sentiment, being thick lettered, enabled me to adhere using some strategically placed glue dots. I used quite a few, as I rolled them and stretched them to fit into the shapes of the letters. I don’t think it’s going anywhere!

I just love how the Stars Blast thinlits look in Silver foil. I think they add a level of drama and movement in their design, which is great.


The envelope was decorated with that lovely big stamp from the coordinating Birthday Blast stamp set.

How I made this:

  • Card base is standard portrait base – 148mm x 210mm, scored and folded in half (at 105mm) to form a standard A6 card. The colour is Basic Black
  • Punching two sets of the Star Blast thinlit dies from silver foil, I fixed these to the back of a strip of cardstock sized at 105mm x 40mm. The colour is Bermuda Bay.
    • The trick here was adhering the elements so they fit on the cardfront. To do this I positioned the first star blast (no adhesive on this piece yet) and applied Tombow Multi Purpose Liquid glue to the back of the strip of Bermuda Bay in a thin line and stuck that to the star blast piece. I repeated the process with the second star blast, creating one piece.
  • I applied Tombow adhesive to this back of the intricate pieces and the cardstock strip and fixed it in place on my cardfront.
  • Next I created the top element by first punching a circle from the Layering Circles collection framelits from silver foil.
  • I punched a second circle in the next size down using the same circle die collection. The colour is Bermuda Bay.
  • I adhered this to the silver circle with Tombow.
  • The numbers are punched using the Large Number framelits. The colour is Basic Black. I adhered them with Tombow adhesive.
  • I cut a piece of vellum 90mm x 25 mm and manually cut flag ends.
  • I used Basic Black archival ink to stamp the “Big” sentiment onto vellum.
  • I used glue dots to adhere the vellum flag to the circles.
  • I used Dimensionals to the whole circle element piece to the cardfront.
  • I stamped the envelope with the large stamp from the Birthday Blast stamp set. The colour is Bermuda Bay.
  • Inside I cut a piece of Whisper white cardstock to 100mm x 142mm and adhere this with snail adhesive.
  • I stamped the top sentiment first in Bermuda Bay ink and the Happy Birthday in the Basic Black archival.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour INKspiration – #001


Welcome to the first Colour INKspiration challenge blog hop. I’m delighted to be part of the Crew bringing you lovely inspiration using these wonderful colour palettes.

If you have hopped over from the lovely Rebecca’s blog… welcome. If you are joining me here… welcome to you also, you are in for a real treat.

So what is Colour INKspiration?

We are a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

And just how does this work exactly?

Colour INKspiration is based around a Facebook group. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (AEDT), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

This is where you come into it!

As a member of the group, you can join the Colour INKspiration ‘Challenge’ by uploading photos of your projects directly into the Facebook group or you can link back to your personal blog if you have one.

Join the Colour INKspiration group here. Be sure to add the group to your favourites and join us each fortnight for the teams hop and challenge. I can’t wait to see what you create!

On to the challenge….

Here is colour palette for #CI01:


Don’t they look yummy enough to eat!

Here is my INKspiration:

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday, Birthday blast

Of the six colours, I focussed on three – Peekaboo Peach, Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride.

This card features those adorable carousel horses. They are from the Carousel Birthday stamp set, new in the Occasions Catalogue. I loved them the minute I saw them. I think they just instantly transport you back your childhood dreams of riding Unicorns and having ponies. There is just something magical about them, don’t you think?

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday, Birthday blast

Also featured is that lovely large stamp the from Birthday Blast stamp set, I’ve used in the background. Those little star accent are punched out using the coordinating Star Blast edgelit. This is the negative space from the edgelit detail.

So now it’s your turn… create a project and upload it to the facebook group using these wonderful colours. Entries close Monday, 23 January (AEDT) at 7pm.

So next in line to share some more INKspiration is the very talented Jackie Noble.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Balloons away – #CYCI144

Can You Case It?’s [CYCI#144] first colour challenge for 2017 are some of my favourites. Well… I feel like I need to say that as I suggested this yummy combination, LOL!


Seriously though, I’m sure you’ll agree, they are lovely and very summery. Check them out… Watermelon, Aqua, White and Light Gray.



Here is my inspiration using this colour combo.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up, Up & Away thinlit dies

Doesn’t this make you want to jump in that basket and go in search of Dorothy and Toto?!!

I’m totally in love with the Lift Me Up bundle in Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions catalogue. I love how the hot air balloons are sized differently, some are dies and some are stamps, but all work together to give you lovely coordination. On the card is the loveliest of the largest intricate balloon dies, then I have stamped two balloons from the coordinating set on the envelope. I just love how they all work together.

The background paper is the Carried Away Designer Series Paper set, which is a Sale-a-Bration freebie and designed to coordinate beautifully with this set. I added a layer of vellum over the top to dull some of those balloons, giving them the feeling that they are off in the distance. I added in some angles for interest.

I hope you are loving these colours and the inspiration the Can You Case It? Design team are sharing. You can join in by creating a project in these colours and loading it to Instagram, Pinterest, or other social media sites (ensure your post is public so we can visit!) or your blog. Link your post back to the CYCI website using the linky button thingy and you’re done. Entries close in a fortnight, that’s Midday Saturday 21st January – AEDT.

Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration time!


This is the most wonderful time of the year. I just love it when we get new catalogues and this one is great, as the start is coupled with the best Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year… Sale-a-bration!

You might recall I’ve been sharing sneak peak projects over month, well now you can get them for yourself – the Occasions catalogue is now live. Check out the Occasions catalogue here or check out the products in my online store here.

Here is one of my favourite products from the catalogue – the new Balloon Pop-Up thinlit dies. Check out all the videos on Stampin’ Up!’s You Tube channel.


Oh and I mentioned it was Sale-a-bration time too didn’t I?!

I love this promotion the most because this is where you get extra freebies for simply shopping, hosting a party or joining my team!

Here’s how it works:

  • SHOP: For every $90 you spend on products you get to choose one of this years Sale-a-bration exclusive gifts. There are no limits either, so collect as many freebies as you would like.

    There are a range of lovely products on offer, from cute or elegant stamp sets, through awesome paper collections to gorgeous embellishments like Metallic Ribbon and my favourite the Card Tin!!

  • HOST: Host a workshop with me during this time and receive an additional $40 of your choice of products, when your party sales reach $400 or more. Taking your total of FREE products to minimum of $80 just like that!

    Check out my “available dates” here. Look for the purple dots.

  • JOIN: If you’ve been thinking of joining Stampin’ Up!, it’s even better now as you get an additional TWO stamp sets included for free in your starter kit.

    Talk to me today about all the cool things joining Stampin’ Up! means.


Stay tuned for some exciting projects using these new products coming up in blog posts really soon.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,