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.

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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.

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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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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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School colours – CYCI#135

While we have been shivering though what seems like the coldest winter yet, it’s back to school week over in the Northern hemisphere after their long summer break.

Can You Case it? #135

This week is all about school, over at Can You Case it #135

Here, in the Southern Hemisphere, we are almost to the end of term three. I’m sure I will blink and the year will be over. We don’t officially have school pride colours either, so I thought I would focus on our uniform colours.

We had a light and dark blue checked dress with a Maroon jumper.

Today, I’ve created my card in those colours. I’ve used Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim and Soft sky to represent the colours.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Playful Backgrounds, Badges and Banners,

I borrowed the “you are” from one of the stamps in the Sunshine sayings stamp set and I think it works well. I love how the badge could look like a school emblem. This card can be used for many different purposes including teacher thanks or even for Fathers Day.

So what were your school colours? Let’s see what you can create with them.

Until next time… Stamp creatively,

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Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – CYCI#133

Oi, Oi, Oi!

It’s the Australian version of a chant, mostly commonly heard at sporting event. It’s so famous, it’s become part of our culture…. our brand.


So when I saw this weeks colour challenge at
Can You Case It #133 I was more than a little excited!! This weeks colours are Australia’s sporting colours – Green and Gold! (Okay… well… close enough!)

I had to use this opportunity to be patriotic, especially with the Olympics currently happening in Rio. Have you been watching?

Here is my card – Oi, Congrats!

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles Playful Backgrounds Thoughtful Banners

I used the largest of the swirls from the swirly scribble thinlit dies for the O and the I is from the Large Letter Framelit dies. I used these to create the Oi. [For my international friends, the word Oi is one of those multipurpose words where it can mean a few different things depending on the context. Most commonly, in Aussie slang, it is used as a way of getting someone’s attention –  a bit like calling out “hey” or “hey you”.]

So my card actually says – “Hey, Congrats” and is a salute to our athletes.

The stars are from the 2016-18 In-colour Enamel shapes. I used the Emerald Envy stars and assembled them in the formation of the Southern Cross constellation.

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. Looking forward to you playing along.

Until next time…. Stamp creatively,

P.S. if anyone knows a returning athlete and would like to give them this card, message me and I’ll post it to you so you can use it to give to them.

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Thoughtful (birthday) Banners – CYCI #130

The challenge over at Can You Case It? this week is a theme – Birthday card. Quite simply make a birthday card. The sky is the limit….

Can You Case It?

Easy right…. we crafters make 100s every year!

So I decided to step up the challenge by making a birthday card for male. They always seem to be that little bit harder, don’t you think?

No pink, no flowers and no glitter… hmmm… what to do?

Here is my inspiration for this week.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Thoughtful Banner Stampin' Up!

I love the Mint and Sahara Sand together and with a splash of drama from the black, makes for a striking finish. I have used a little of the metallic black thread for some masculine decoration. I love how this style can work for so many occasions depending on what you couple it with.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Thoughtful Banner Stampin' Up!

I think this is going to be a popular challenge as many of us have lots of card ideas we could enter. So how about you enter this week and show us what birthday cards you’re making right now. It’s quite easy… upload a photo of your card to any social media – Instagram, Pintrest, Facebook (but make sure your setting for the post are public right) or to your blog if you have one. Then visit the Can You Case It? website and use the linky button thingy to connect your card to the challenge – super easy.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Swirly Lollipop [CYCI #126]

This must be one of the most exciting blog post I have created. It’s my first one as a member of the Design Team for the Can You Case It? papercraft challenges. So excited!

You may have seen some of my previous blog posts, where I have played along with their weekly challenges. Now I get to help inspire other crafters with my creations and inspire them to play along.

Can You Case It?


This weeks Challenge is a Dies challenge.

This is where you can use one of your favourite dies to create a any paper based project – card, framed art, anything you like that’s mainly paper based. The project needs to fit the criteria – you can read them here.





So here is my favourite die at the moment – Swirly Scribbles and I’ve made a lollipop.

Rose Packer CreativeRoses Stampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles

I keep going back to these swirls, they are just so good to work with and the ideas keep coming every time I look at them. The funny thing is, they were not my first choice of product to order during our demonstrator pre-order time – yet here I am, completely in love with them.

Interested in how I made this?

  • I punched out my two swirly scribbles, the larger one is Flirty Flamingo (a light pink) and the smaller one is Peekaboo Peach (a light orange).
  • I then positioned them on my Whisper White cardstock to get a visual for where I wanted my ink colour to go.
  • Using darker shade of the same colour inks, I sponged until I was happy with how it looked under my die cuts. I started in the middle with some Pumpkin Pie (a dark orange) and then moved to the larger circle with some Melon Mambo (a brighter pink).
  • The sprinkles stamp, in the background, came from the Painters Palette stamp set.
  • To finish off my lollipop, I positioned my lollipop stick and secured it using the Fine Tip Glue pen.
  • The sentiment I propped up with a double helping of dimensionals for extra height. The words are from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and coordinated Duet Banner punch.
  • Lastly, I made a big bow with some bakers twine.

So now it’s your turn!

I’d like to see your creations for this challenge. You can upload your project to either your own blog or to Facebook. If it’s Facebook, then be sure to edit the settings to that particular photo and set it to public so those who are not your “FB friends” can see it. If you have your own public Facebook page, then that’s great as most are set to public anyway.

Then visit the Can You Case It? website to enter your creation using the InLinkz linking tool at the bottom of the post. It’s really easy!   Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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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,

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2-1/2" Circle Punch

2-1/2″ Circle Punch


Birthday Banners

I’m not a pink girl – red is me. Buuuuut I have to say, I don’t mind Flirty Flamingo at all! (It’s one of Stampin’ Up!’s new 2016-18 In Colours.) Maybe it’s because I have a little girl now and it’s pretty darn hard to escape pink, can I say!

I just love the coordination of products from a colour point of view too – the cardstock, ink and ribbon all match, which helps make cards and projects look really professional.

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Here I have used Flirty Flamingo in the base cardstock, the ribbon and the banner feature is stamped with the ink.

I’ve also used a couple of other new releases – the Duet Banner punch, which coordinates beautifully with the banner stamps in the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. I love how the Photopolymer stamps are flexible, allowing you to stamp along a curve. The other is that lovely embossing just peaking out in the background there.

I used the centre to stamp the word “Happy” in an Ombre style pattern – it will have to do until I my new Ombre Ink Pads arrive (Yippee!). I used Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink and using the stamping off technique to get the right shades to create the effect.

I hope you enjoyed this cute little card.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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New Catalogue Inspiration

If you can imagine a happy excited little puppy dog scratching at the door as you arrive… you know the ones, they are so happy to see you they run around in circles not knowing what to do with themselves?

Well… that was me with my new stamps and accessories from Stampin’ Up! new 2016 Annual Catalogue. What do I create first?!! I was so excited and had so many ideas, I didn’t know where to start first! I now have an even bigger mess in my craft space and I really didn’t think that was possible!

So today’s blog post is a little different…. I have lots to share with you, in a “snip-it” kind of way. Then, over the coming weeks, I will revisit them in more detail for you. How does that sound?

1 – Happy Birthday Banners card. I just love that embossing folder, it comes in a set of two and both a gorgeous. I’ve used one of the new In Colours, Flirty Flamingo. The new Banner Duet punch is equally as awesome too.

Rose Packer CreativeRoses Thoughtful Banners

2 – Thinking of You card. Mixing in new toys is always a good challenge. Here I have used the Thinking of You stamp from the Time of Year stamp set – it’s a host exclusive set and right now we have additional host $$ to earn – Check out the details here. The stamp is featured in the very yummy Copper Embossing powder.

Rose Packer CreativeRoses Stampin' Up! Time of Year

3 – Best Friend Badge card. This was my first play with the new In Colours. I water coloured some colours, stamped some and used cardstock for others. The stamp set is Badges and Banners and there is a coordinating punch, Best Badge to go with it. They are available in a bundle, saving you 10%.

Rose Packer CreativeRoses Stampin' Up! Badges and Banners

4 – Park time scrap page. I just love these photos of kids at the park taken earlier in the year and wanted to display them. Here I’ve used the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper (as it went with Little Miss’ leggings!) and the Swirly Scribbles thinlit dies. The scribbly lines reminded me of the swoosh sound that swinging makes.

Rose Packer CreativeRoses Stampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles Scrapbook

5 – Hello tags. I made this little display for my catalogue launch party recently. I made it to showcase the new In Colour collection.

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6 – Popstick Frame. We had one of our Parish Sisters retire after 60 years of service, just recently. I made this in her honour.

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I hope you have enjoyed this little snap shot of Inspiration. I hope look forward to sharing more details about some of these projects in coming weeks. Stay tuned…

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,