Sketch Challenge – CYCI#155

Here we are back with Can You Case It? and another sketch challenge by Eva Bussom. Check it out.


I really like sketch challenges and here is what I came up with using this sketch.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!

The base card stock is Mint Macaron, it’s a retiring InColour and one of my favourites so I’m sure I’ll be using this colour until the very end. Then it will live in my collection, which I will use for specials.

I did some water colouring with aqua painters on top and as I was playing with blending a couple of colours, I knew this meant I would use a lot of water. So I used water colour paper, which is much thicker and textured which holds up well when lots of water is applied. It has a vanilla colour to it, not white as well.

Here I blended three of the berry colours in our range – Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and the new Berry Burst coming in the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue. I love how it turned out.

Water colouring is one of those technique where you get a different result each time to do it. There is no right or wrong really – just fun play time. Make a palette with your ink pad by simply squishing it together before opening it. This will transfer some ink to the lid. Open your pad and add a drop or two of water from your aqua painter. Mix it together to water it down and then paint away. Now and then give you painter a squeeze to release some water onto your project. This will give it that lovely watery look. Allow it to dry a little and add a different colour.

Once it dried completely, you can add some more colour, this will layer it up nicely. Or you can choose to finish off your project.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!

I have finished off my project by adding a Mint paper doily and in the centre I have added a punch circle of Berry Burst cardstock to complement. Over the top is more Mint Macaron cardstock with flag ends. Then I have finished off with a sentiment from Banners and Badges stamp set in Berry Burst ink on some Very Vanilla ink. Which was punched out with the coordinating Duet Banner punch.

I liked this sentiment as we are saying a little hello here to a new colour!

I can’t wait to see what you create using this sketch. Why not pop over to the Facebook Challenge group page, take a look at more ideas from our Design team. Load up your creation by next Saturday, May 6th at Midday (AEST).

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,


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Colour INKspiration CI08


Welcome to you all and thanks for visiting and hopping with the Colour INKspiration crew. I can’t believe another fortnight has zipped by. I was all ready for a breather once the kids went back to school – nope hasn’t happened, time is flying by way to quick.

It’s been dreary weather here in Melbourne this week, so our colour palette for this challenge is so well suited at the moment. It’s a largerly neutral palette of Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Tip Top Taupe. Then we have a zing of colour with Delightful Dijon.


I have to say, I am a late bloomer with Dijon, I just couldn’t get into the swing of it. It’s only been more recently I have played with it and of course we only have one more month before it retires. I haven’t been in the head space of neutrals for a little while, so I was challenged getting back into them. Here is what I came up with.


I’m still on the “Fond Farewell” bandwagon, so am playing with a number of retiring items. I never did use my host exclusive Time of Year stamp set as much as I would have liked. I love how you have a  tiny decorative graphic stamp to coordinate with the theme of the sentiment you need. Here I have gone with a simple birthday card, with these colours they lend themselves to an Autumn feel – so I coloured the acorn and left stamp with markers and stamped a little accent.


Here I have teamed it up with some foliage from the Botanical Builders framelit set which is also retiring.

I topped it off with some mini striped ribbon in Delightful Dijon and a Classy Designer button with some Linen thread tied in a bow.




For more inspiration, head on to Lou Kitzelman. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her creativity with these challenge colours.


I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. Head over to our Facebook challenge group here and load up your creation. Remember entries close Monday, May 8th.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour Challenge – CYCI#154

Happy Easter everyone! Is everyone chocolated out yet? Is that even possible? I hope not as the colour chocolate features in this weeks’ colour challenge over at Can You Case It?

We have another gorgeous colour combination for you to create with. Take a look – Chocolate, Sky Blue, White and Light Gray.


This is such a lovely combination that could be suited to any number of occasions. Here is my inspiration…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Vertical Garden, Grateful Bunch

Starting with a standard size card base in Soft Sky, I layered a piece of Chocolate Chip. Then I water coloured a background on with my aqua painters, to create a wash.

I did this by adding a two drops of Marina Mist ink to a small container and 3 – 4 drops of water from my brush and mixing. Before washing my Shimmery White cardstock, I dabbed my brush off on some scratch paper, to lighten the colour. Starting from the middle of my cardstock I painted outward to the edge creating a semi-circle. After rotating my cardstock, I repeated this motion until I had a circle of light blue wash.

I allowed about 10 minutes of drying time before adding my flecks. I did this by dipping my aqua painter in to my ink and then, using my cap, I flicked the brush across my cardstock, allowing the flecks to settle randomly. I let this dry for several hours before returning to complete the card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Vertical Garden, Grateful Bunch

In the meantime, I inked up the Hello stamp, from the Vertical Garden stamp set, in Chocolate Chip and stamped on some Whisper White. Using the corresponding hello stamp and Smokey Slate ink, I created the light shadow. I trimmed flag ends by hand and applied dimensionals to the back. Wrapping some Silver thread around the back, I adhered this to the card front.

I finished off with a some little flowers from the Grateful bunch stamp set and the coordinating Blossom punch.

I hope you enjoyed this little project and hope you find all the design teams projects inspiring too. Visit our Facebook challenge group for their inspiration. This Challenge will run for two weeks, as our North American friends enjoy their spring break and will close Midday, Saturday April 29th (AEST). Looking forward to seeing what you create.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour INKspiration – CI07


Welcome to colour challenge number 7 for the Colour INKspiration team. Can you believe it? Time if flying by too quickly.

We have another yummy colour combination for you. Check them out… Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe and Daffodil Delight.


Here is my inspiration.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Beautiful You

Here I’m using the dancing girl from Beautiful You stamp set. I must say, I was very very pleased it did not make the retiring list. Yay… we get to dance away for another year at least!

I am really sad about Mint Macaron though, it just the best shade of green, which is huge for me to say as I am not usually a green girl. But here we are celebrating the last months of this colour, so I used it for my card base. I stamped the sentiment in the same colour, giving that lovely tone on tone we love.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Beautiful You

I stamped my little dancer on shimmery white cardstock with Basic Black archival ink. Using aqua painters, I lightly colour in her hat, dress and added some sand beneath her feet in the challenge colours.

Trimming and framing her using the layer circles, I added some cardstock strips with flag ends for decoration and finished off with some bling.

Simple but nice.


For more inspiration, head on to our guest designer for this challenge… Jo Stubbings… I’m sure you’ll be dazzled by her spot in our blog hop this fortnight.


I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. Head over to our Facebook challenge group here and load up your creation.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Retirement Day

Well not for me personally… just for some of our much loved stamps and accessories that have graced our amazing projects for the past year or so.

Yes, that’s right… the Retiring List for Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogues is out.


Download your copies here:

PDF to view

or if you’re OCD like me, here is an Excel version to adjust.

Better still view them online here, with all the images too.


It’s always a mixed emotions kind of day… sad when you see what is leaving us. Like Gorgeous Grunge… it’s been a favourite since the day I saw it at Convention in Brisbane four years ago! I know… that long. And the banner framelits… Remember this beauty from 2015?

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Gorgeous Grunge, Banner Framelits

And other products like the 2015-17 In Colour collection. You know they are going to retire eventually… but you just wonder how you’re going to go without tops up for colours like Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder. They have both been such staples in my stamping diet for all that time. Now is the time to pick up your ink refills and extra cardstock.


Then of course little gems like – the adhesive remover, the owl punch and the Crumb Cake Note cards and envelope packs.

But today brings opportunity too… a chance to pick up some last minute wishlist items – and some of those are on sale at up to 60% off.

Don’t forget the bundles… bundles change over with each catalogue. Whilst some stamps and framelit/punches are not retiring, being able to buy them in a bundle now saves you 10% on the combined individual prices. Check the bundles here.

Remember, whilst the retirement list is around until May 31st, items are only available while stocks last. Once they are gone, they are really gone.

So be sure to shop or contact me with your order soon.

I’ll be back with inspiration from our retiring list over the coming weeks…. plus, I’ll have sneak peaks leading up to the launch of the next annual catalogue, using some exciting new stamps and products to coordinate. The future is bright…

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

Sketch Challenge – CYCI#153

You know I’m a big fan of sketch challenges and this week at Can You Case It? we have our next sketch layout to follow along with.


Here is what I made.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Detailed Dragonflies thinlits

I went dramatic and bold this week with black and gold colours, but it’s always simple and elegant at the same time.

I dry embossed the background cardbase with the Softly Falling embossing folder and used a black square framed slightly with the gold one over the top.

The cute little bee is from the Detailed Dragonflies thinlit dies. Those Dragonflies are just so gorgeous, that poor little bee gets left behind a little. So used I punch one out in gold foil and popped him on and added the “just a note….” sentiment, from the Better Together stamp set, embossed in gold to coordinate.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Detailed Dragonflies thinlits

I added some gold sequins dotted along closely to the sketch to finish off.

Sketch challenges are a great way to start off playing with challenge groups like this. So why not play along, they are another way to get some crafting done, make that card on your “to do” list and have some fun along the way.

This challenge is open until Midday next Saturday, April 15th (AEST). I can’t wait to see what you create with this sketch, once you’ve created your project, head over to the Facebook Group and load it up in the comments of the Sketch image.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,


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Colour Challenge – CYCI#152

As I was rummaging through my drawers for the combination of colours for this challenge, I found some pre made element in my drawers – like the embossed Mint cardstock, a precut and scored cardbase in Sahara Sand, the strip of Designer series paper in Turquoise and the ring in Melon Mambo. Obviously left over elements from previous creations, so I added those in to my challenge this week to see how I could incorporate them.

I liked the colour combination this made and was close to the Can You Case It? #152 challenge colours for this week. Amber always has a colour combo up her sleeve. Check them out.


Here is what I created with these elements. A simple but colourful Hello card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Bloomin' Love

I have missing a few of my stamps of late – you know those ones that sit quietly and patiently on your shelf waiting for you to notice them again. The cute little flower is from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set, which is about a year old now but haven’t used them lately.

Here I inked up the little flower using markers to get that coloured in look. I stamped it on some whisper white, which I had pre-punched with my Stitched Shapes framelits and adhered my Melon Mambo ring too. That gave me my boundaries for the stamped images. I added a little hello stamp in Tempting Turquoise to finish off.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Bloomin' Love

Too see more inspiration using these colours – join the Design Team over at the Facebook Challenge Group. I’d love to see what you create with these colours. So why not enter the challenge? Entries close Midday Saturday 8th April (AEST).

Until next time… Stamp creatively,

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Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder