Colour INKspiration – CI32


Welcome to this colour challenge with the Colour INKspiration crew. Welcome if you have joined me from Rachel or if you are starting here with me. We have an awesome colour combination for you to play with this time, they are:


Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and Gold.

Here is my inspiration. I have gone with a Mothers Day themed card, using the A Mothers Flair stamp set.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, A Mothers Flair, Detailed Dragonflies

I have always found Pink Pirouette to be a very light shade of pink so when I want to use it for watercolouring backgrounds, getting a dark enough coverage, can be challenging. Obviously, water colouring washes out the colour, so this is how I went about achieving a darker background:

  • I used the ink pad and lightly tapped it directly on the cardstock, I used Shimmery White cardstock;
  • Next, I used an aqua painter and blended the ink together, providing a smooth appearance;
  • I repeated this process again, building up the depth in colour. This allowed for a more intense pink, than what the tradition ink would give; and
  • Lastly, I squeezed a few drops of water from the aqua painter and allowed them to drop on to the cardstock in different spots. This moved the ink around the surface of the cardstock, allowing it to pool in other places to create that watered edge look.
  • I dried it off with my heat tool, just for speed. But this can be air dried if time permits.

I love how it came together. Now to finish my card.

I overlayed the water coloured background onto Pink Pirouette cardstock, which was adhered to a Night of Navy cardbase.

The embellishments over the stop featured a flourish in Gold Foil from the Petals & More thinlit die set, a cut square using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, a 1 ½” circle punched from Whisper White cardstock. This was layered with a Scallop Circled punched shape from Pink Pirouette cardstock. Off the top right, featured a dragonfly in Gold Foil from the Detailed Dragonflies thinlit set.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, A Mothers Flair, Detailed Dragonflies

Lastly, my stamped images – I just love all the sweet girly style imagery that feature in the A Mother’s Flair stamp set. They are just so delicate and so very useful for many different occasions. There are a couple of sentiments that can be used for other occasions also, and a few that are Mother specific.

Here I stamped the hat in Night of Navy ink and fussy cut it. I coloured the flower with a Pink Pirouette marker and used dimensionals to adhere this over the circle punched shapes. I added my sentiment to the bottom right and finished off with a couple of gold faceted gems.

I really like how this turned out and look forward to giving this one away in a few weeks. I hope that I have inspired your Mothers Day projects. I know there are many out there who may not have their own mums along side them just now, but there are still a lot of Mums out there, many who are doing it tough. Stop and look around you and bless them with one of your lovely creations.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Kelly Kent.


Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until 7pm, Monday 7th May. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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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#150

This week over at Can You Case It? CYCI#150 we have a cool set of colours to challenge you with. They certainly challenged me… Navy is not a colour I reach for often, so it always gets me thinking. Which is good, isn’t it?

Can You Case It? CYCI#150



Here is what Kevin come up with… Mint, Navy, Copper and White.





Once I got going with them, this is how it all came together.

Photopolymer stamps are really great for lining up stamps so easily. This is what I did with the lace border stamp in the Delicate Details stamp set – which is a Sale-a-bration exclusive. I lined them up to mirror each other, leaving a tiny gap between. I think it worked out pretty well. I topped it off with one of the A-Ma-Zing dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly thinlit set in Copper foil, using a dimensional to

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams

It was looking a little clean, it needed something else plus I wanted to add some more navy into the mix too. I decided adding a little texture was the way to go. I have many texture stamps but they all felt a little too structured, I wanted something more organic for this.

Reaching for one of my acrylic blocks, I dabbed it into the ink pad, and smeared it across the corners of my white background. Adding a mix of Mint and Navy ink, some times straight on to the card in a stamping motion, sometimes I dabbed off some of the excess ink and smeared what was left on – giving this nice grungy feel.

It occurred to me, while doing this, this technique could be good to use when you “accidently” catch the corner of your block when inking your stamp and some of it makes it over to your cardstock…. Hmmmm, food for thought!


I finished off with a little sentiment “Just a note…” from the Better Together stamp set in some Navy ink.

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. Head over to our Facebook group and look for the post with this Challenge colour image. Our Design team inspiration will be posted in the comments. When you make your creation, upload it in the comments to play along.

Last entries are Midday, Saturday 25th March (AEDT). Top picks and next challenges are announced on the Facebook fan page too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour INKspiration – CI05


Every time I think about Blushing Bride I immediately think Vintage. I guess it’s because it’s one of those colours that’s not a true colour to me…. It’s pink, but it’s not a baby pink or a bright pink, you know what I mean. It’s kind a little dirty/muddy… it’s Vintage! So that’s what style I went with for this colour challenge.




Welcome to this fortnights Colour INKspiration Colour challenge. With the new set of yummy colours of Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand.




Here is my card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams

This colour combo is right out of the Falling in Love suite from the Occasions catalogue’s. For my creation this time, I opted to use only those lovely Lace Doilies. What I really like about them is one side is Very Vanilla and the other is Whisper White, making them so versatile.

Here I coloured the whisper white side by simply up ending my Blushing Bride ink pad directly on to it. There is something very liberating about swishing your ink pad upside down! I did this a couple of times to get a very saturated look. When overlayed onto the Blushing Bride cardstock it creates a lovely tone on tone look.

Rose Packer. Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams

I kept on with the vintage theme but adding some sponging with Sahara Sand ink over my embossed brick wall cardstock and stamping some of those lovely dots from the texture stamp in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I also used a sentiment from that same stamp set, I stamped it several times – four of them were in Soft Sky adding more light texture and one more bold in the middle in Sahara Sand. I topped it off with that cute little bunch of dragonflies in some Soft Sky and a little bling on each of them.

Next you’re in for a real treat with the very talented Kelly Kent, who is next up on the INKspiration crew blog hop.


This challenge is open now and closes Monday, March 20th at 7pm. To join in, head over to our facebook group and upload a photo of your project using these colours (or very similar) or a link to your blog post.  Remember you can also add neutrals and metallics to these too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Sale-a-bration Update

Three more gorgeous Sale-a-bration goodies are available from today.  We have two new stamps sets and THE most yummiest glimmer paper pack ever. Just take a look.

Sale-a-bration – 2nd release

So these new items are available the same way all other Sale-a-bration items are – for every $90 (AUD) on any current product purchase you can choose one SAB item for free. These additional items are only while stocks last.

This is the time I stock up on my crafting necessities I know I’ll use throughout the year – things like all the different types of adhesives I like to use, Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock to stamp on, envelopes to go with my cards and of course blingy bits!! You can earn a SAB item or two and you’ve stocked up on your basics.

Here is a little card I made with my class students this month where we used two of the new items.

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

Using the gorgeous little group of dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly thinlit dies set we punched out a set from the Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper. They dressed up this card beautifully and we finished them off with a little bit more bling – a little rhinestone in the centre of each one.

The sentiment is from the Reverse Words stamp set. Here we inked up the Cheers stamp in Soft sky ink then using a sponge dauber we added some Bermuda Bay ink to the edges to create a circular ombre look. It’s a bit like the rock and roll technique. However with these stamps being an odd shape, applying the darker ink with a dauber allows you to apply it evenly around all the edges.

Want a close look at the new items? Download the flyer here.

Australian residents – Shop online here at my store and select your free item when you spend $90. Or you can contact me with your order and I’ll help you with it. As mentioned earlier these additional items are available while stocks last or until the end of Sale-a-bration, which is March 31st.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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