Sketch Challenge – CYCI#157

Another fun challenge is happening this week at Can You Case It? It’s a sketch challenge created by Eva.


Here is my design team inspiration.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Everyday Hero

Here I’m using one of the most gorgeous stamp sets that debuted in the Occasions catalogue earlier this year, Everyday Hero. Who doesn’t like a superhero?! What I really like about this set is, it’s completely age free – there are stamps in this set to suit guys and gals of all ages and for many occasions.

Here I’ve made a birthday card for my little nephew. He loves super heros, dinosaurs and his favourite Aussie Rules footy team, the Essendon Bombers. I ticked two boxes this birthday with a dinosaur present and this cute super hero themed card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Everyday Hero

The Everyday Hero set does come with some super cute sentiments, but on this card I used “Happy Birthday: from the Birthday Banner stamp set. The balloon is also from that set.

I found my imagination running a little wild when creating this set. So I thought I’d make another similar card quickly for one of those days where life carries me away and I’m running late for a birthday! Yes, that happens to me too often! My message inside will say something like that too.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Everyday Hero

This is definitely one of the retiring stamp sets that is a favourite and I’ll be keeping this one for creating my specials! Case-ing The Catty have been celebration Favourite Retiring items this week. So I’ll be entering these cards over in there challenge this week.


Both of these cards use the Can You Case It? sketch as a base. One of the things I like about Sketch challenges, is that it gives you the basics of the layout but it’s up to you how it all comes together and you can bring your style and personality into your creations.

I can’t wait to see what you create with this sketch. The challenge is open all week – closing midday Saturday, May 20th (AEST). Hop on over to the Facebook Challenge group for more inspiration from our Design Team members and to load up your entry.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

What I used to make this:

Time to Party

When you are stamping, has this happen to you?


Pretty frustrating huh? It usually happens when the ink pad is relatively new or if you have reinked it and perhaps put in a little too much ink.

It happened to me recently with one of my newer ink pads. A simple way to fix this is by de-inking the pad, IE squishing out the excess. But I didn’t want to waste the ink. So I pulled out some Note card bases and up ended my ink pads onto those.

This gave me beautiful solid oblong shapes to decorate later. It also removed enough ink from the pad so I could stamp my image out nice and clearly.



This week, I when I saw the colour challenge over at Can You Case It? [CYCI#123] being Red, White and Blue I got pretty excited. It gave me the challenge to create with one of my red splotched note card!




Here is what I came up with.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Confetti Celebration

It features the Confetti Celebration Stamp set and new Dapper Denim In colour.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

What I used to make this:

2-1/2" Circle Punch

2-1/2″ Circle Punch


Balloons away

I just wanted to have one last little play with the teeny tiny balloon punch from the Party Punch Pack before it retired.

CYCI121-232x300The colour combination has come from this weeks colour challenge over at Can You Case it? [CYCI#121]
Light purple and yellows are not colours I tend to go for, so naturally I’m curious about the challenge!


I’ve seen many gorgeous collections of balloons flying all over social media. Whilst they do look gorgeous they also can look daunting to attempt and I’m often left wondering how to assemble them in such a way they don’t look like a hodge podge of balloons!

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Balloons

There are different ways you can achieve the same result, but to make this easy, here is my approach:

  • Punch out a range of sizes of balloon in the colour scheme you are using
  • Pick a direction for the way you would like your balloons to fly – in my card they are flying up to the right
  • Start with the largest balloon in your size range and place it on the left – do not use adhesive at this point
  • Using a balloon in next size down, place above and to the right slightly
  • Using another size balloon, place it a little more to the right and either higher or lower in relation to the two you have already placed. Continue this with a few more balloons until you are happy with the quantity and look
  • Dot with a couple of tiny balloons to contrast
  • Last thing, is to then angle your balloons so that they give the appearance of floating in the direction you want.

Once at this stage, I then photographed my creation so that I had a visual reference to recreate when sticking it together! [Note to self- Lol!]

Something to note is, the final overall group of balloons look better in a circle or oval formation.

I’ve added some depth by using dimensionals to raise some of my balloons. I tied them off with some linen thread and anchored them under the sentiment. Then finished off with a little Glitter from my Wink of Stella pens.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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