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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Last Sketch – CYCI#143

And just like that, Can You Case It? are sharing our last challenge for 2016. It’s a sketch challenge. This will also be our last sketch for a little while too, next year we are moving to colour challenges for a little while.


I love sketch challenges and this one is a pretty cool one too.

Sketch Challenge: CYCI#143

Here is my card for this weeks inspiration.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Banners for Christmas

I did change the sketch up a little. With putting the decorative corner element in the background, I didn’t add the horizontal strip element. Also I made the sentiment the Square feature element. Banners for Christmas Stamp set, and coordinating Bunch of Banners framelits, are square-ish in shape, so I thought this would work really well.

This made my design very clean and simple. I went with a square shape this time around too, for something different.

As mentioned before, this is Can You Case It?’s last sketch challenge for some time, moving to colour-only fortnightly challenges in the new year. This challenge will be open through the Christmas / New Year holiday season, closing Saturday, January 7th, 12pm (Australian Eastern Standard Daylight savings time). Check out the CYCI website for all the details and we’ll see you back on January 8th for the first of our Colour challenges.

Until then… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour Challenge – CYCI#142

It’s very Christmassy over at Can You Case It?#142 this fornight…. well… I think so anyway. I love the colours that are on for this fortnight’s challenge.



They are very regal and elegant, I think Christmassy too – Eggplant, Silver and Neutrals.



Here is my card for this challenge.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Frosted Medallion, Seasonal Bells

I know I’ve said this before, but I just love those Bells! And don’t they look just as gorgeous embossed in Silver?! Here, I have team them up with the Frosted Medallions stamp set in Elegant Eggplant.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Frosted Medallion, Seasonal Bells

This card what pretty quick and easy to make – which suits me well right now as I’m waaaay behind on my Christmas card making this year (they are usually about to go out in the post about now!).

How I made this:

  • Card base is standard A6 portrait card (148.5mm x 210mm, scored and folded in half at 105mm). The colour is Elegant Eggplant.
  • The next layer is Silver Foil sheets, cut to 100mm x 142mm.
  • The top layer is Whisper White Cardstock, cut to 95mm x 137mm and embossing with the Softly falling embossing folder.
  • The Frosted Medallions stamp is on Vellum cardstock, stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink. It’s punched out using Layering Circle Framelits.
  • I’ve have used Tombow Multi-purpose liquid glue to adhere each of these layers.
  • On top are the Seasonal Bells stamps, embossed in Silver Embossing powder and punched out using the coordinating Bell punch.
  • They are finished off with a piece of 1/8” Silver Ribbon, tied in a knot. I punched holes in the bells using the Hand held punch.
  • These are adhered with Dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is from two different sets – the “Merry” is stamped directly onto the Whisper White layer, in Elegant Eggplant  ink. This is from the Banners for Christmas stamp set; – the “Christmas” is stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink and punched using the Bunch of Banners framelits, it is from the Time of Year Hostess exclusive stamp set.
  • Lastly is the coordinated stamped envelope.

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. For all the details, visit the
Can You Case It? website. Entries close Midday, Saturday 17th December (Australian ESDT).

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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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,

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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,

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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,

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It’s a Sketch challenge – CYCI#132

Is it too early for Christmas? I know some people do a range of events for Christmas in July… but August? Living on the edge for this weeks Sketch Challenge over at Can You Case It? #132, that’s what I did!

Here is the Sketch….

Can You Case It?

And here is my card….

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Time of Year

Okay, I may have taken up a little more real estate for my sentiment, but you can’t help it when you have such gorgeous stamps to play with. This set is a hostess exclusive called Time of Year and it a little gem.

The other gorgeous little accessory I love, is that foil acetate. I love that you get one side printed in gold and one side printed in silver (so clever!).

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Time of Year

How I made this:

  • Base card is a standard A6 size – here I have used Thick Whisper White
  • Using Real Red ink, I stamped my decorative texture element from the Touches of Texture stamp set
  • Next I cut my flag, slicing my foil acetate to 1 ½” x 3” and punched one end with the Banner punch
  • Using strategically placed glue dots I adhere this on to my card base
  • The glue dots where covered by the Real Red ribbon bow
  • Moving on to the “Thinking of You” stamp, I embossed this in gold. First, prepping my cardstock with my embossing buddy, I then stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink, then sprinkling with the gold powder. After removing the excess, I heat set the image
  • Finishing off with the banner sentiment, I stamped this in Real Red ink and punched is out using the Bunch of Banners framelit. I also stamped one to my envelope to coordinate
  • I tied the two sentiments together with the word “this” stamped in Crumb Cake ink
  • Lucky last is my envelope, using markers to ink up my holly I finished off my envelope.

I love to have a range of cards to create that are nice and quick and easy.

Can’t wait to see what you create with this Sketch – entries close Midday Saturday (Australian EST).

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Foxy Friends… where?

Foxy Friends stamp set is in the spotlight over at What Will You Stamp? this week #WWYS75.

What Will You Stamp?

I thought I would use Foxy Friends set a little differently today….  I decided my little critters deserved a holiday, so I am focussing on the Pine trees that feature in this set.  There are two sizes of the pine trees and both coordinate with the Perfect Pines framelits.

Here is my entry.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends Time of Year

Both trees are stamped in Mint Macaron, the larger one is a straight ink and stamp however the smaller ones either side are stamped off. The lighter shade helps to make them feel like they are in the background and create depth to the scene.

I added the banner from the Time of Year stamp set, a hostess exclusive, to make it a Christmas card. A star at the top and some bling to finish it off.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Birthday Bliss

I am in love with the new Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper. There are so many gorgeous paper designs in this pack, it was hard to choose which one to start with. Mind you, some are going to be hard to chop up at all, I think I might just frame them and put them on display.

Here is what I have been playing with.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Blooms and Bliss DSP Birthday Banners

The mono-ish colour challenge at Can You Case It? this week inspired me to see what more I could create. When working with true monochromatic imagery, it can be tricky to get the right contrast.

Working with the colours in the paper, I used Island Indigo and Mint Macaron to blend well. Then I touched off the flame with a little Crushed Curry ink.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Blooms and Bliss DSP Birthday Banners

I love the Crushed Curry so much, it inspired me to play some more and this is what I came up with. Same design but the contrast of the bright yellow, I think, is awesome. I loved it so much and I knew my stamp club girls would too, this was their project at last week’s club night.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Blue Birthday – CYCI #127

This week, the challenge over at Can You Case It? is a Colour Challenge.

Can You Case It? CYCI #127

The thing I like about a colour challenge is it makes you use colours you wouldn’t ordinarily opt for. Do you find yourself reaching for your comfortable favourites? I know I do!

It’s all about blues this week and whilst I don’t mind blue, I always tend to keep it in the background not the main feature. So this really took me out of my comfort zone – Yay!

So here is what I came up with. I mixed in some new stamps with older stamps in my collection as well as mixing in a new blue with an older shade of blue. I touched off with the limey-est green I have.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Birthday banners Banners for You Bunch of banners You've Got this

How did I make this?

  • My card base is A6 size (148mm x 210mm – folded in half). The colour is Dapper Denim.
  • Layering panel is 100mm x 142mm in Tempting Turquoise.
  • The white panel is 90mm x 132mm in Whisper White.
  • Inked up the scribbly background stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set in Temping turquoise and stamped in the centre of the card. Then I adhered these together – White onto the turquoise onto the cardbase.
  • Using Dapper Denim and Pear Pizzazz markers I inked up the flower, stamped it onto some scrap Whisper White cardstock and hand cut the flower. I set this aside while making my sentiment.
  • I created the sentiment using the new Birthday Banners (sentiments in Pear Pizzazz) and Banners for You (banner flag in Dapper Denim) stamp sets and punched it out using the coordinating Bunch of banners framelits.
  • I got my flower and sentiment and worked them together into the positioned I liked first. Then I used snail adhesive on my flower, sticking that flat. I adhered my banner sentiment over the top with some dimensionals.

So let’s see what you create with these colours!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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