Is it Wine O’Clock Yet?

I just love the Half Full stamp set. I was really pleased to see it carry over into the new year too. More wine for us to play with.

I posted this project just recently (see here), but wanted to go over some of the details in depth for you.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Half Full, Stampin Blends

Here I used the recently launched Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in my feature elements – the wine bottle and glasses.

As these are based on an alcohol solution, you need to use Memento ink to stamp your outline image. This is so as the pigment in that particular ink means the line work wont bleed once you begin colouring over the top. It’s all to do with alcohol vs oil vs water and the combinations that make up these products.


Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends come in 12 different colours. There are two shades (a light and a dark) for each hue. Each marker has two tips – a brush end (for blending larger areas) and a fine tip end (for more precision work). There is also a Bronze and Ivory marker and a Colour Lifter to help lighten areas to create more of a realistic depth to your colouring.

There are number of ways you can colour with these types of markers. My preferred way, I think, goes against the grain a little. Well, for larger areas anyway. But I just find this gives me the result I’m looking for…

After stamping my outline image, I add shade with the darker marker first in a thin line.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses. Stampin' Up!, Half Full, Stampin' Blends

Next I use my lighter shade to blend that harsh line away, adding the colour to the remaining areas I need it. As you colour over and over the same areas two things happen – 1: the alcohol mixes together to help dissolve that line so that the colour in the image transitions seamlessly, and
– 2: the lighter shade does get a little darker, this makes me think about where I want my highlight to be so I don’t go over that area quite so much.

As the alcohol flood the cardstock, it may make the colour bleed out past the line work. This may make your image look like you need to brush up on your colouring skills again. So to help avoid that and make you look like the colouring pro you are, just stay in from the edges. If you do happen to put on too much colour, or colour goes outside the line, you can lift it away with the Colour Lifter –  you may need to go over the area a couple of times, allowing drying time in between.

For finer work, like the glasses on the inside of this card. I found it easier to colour the whole glass in with the lighter shade first, then add a touch of the darker shade to add depth.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Half Full, Stampin Blends

I find I hover between these two methods based on the amount of area I am colouring.


I used Vellum for the glass, allowing the woodgrain to show through slightly, giving it an authentic look. I used the Stitched shapes framelit for the sentiment at the top, and layered this with the Layering Oval framelits and some more of that wood textures paper.

Below is a full supply list used on this project.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC159 – Casing the Holiday catalogue


Welcome to our last blog hop and challenge for the year. Welcome if you just joined me from Rebecca or if you are starting here.

In some ways… having less structure can be harder, don’t you think? So for today’s Caseing The Catty team challenge, being able to choose anything we like in the Holiday catalogue, I found difficult to narrow down. It was probably so, as I like so many different ideas in the catalogue and these generate so many ideas for me.


I knew I wanted to use the stamp set – Wise Men from afar. I finally decided on this card here from page 17. It showcases the stamp set Christmas in the Making, but the design was going to suit what I wanted.


Here is my card…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Wise Men from Afar

I always start by breaking down the elements – the main circle feature, top 3/4 of Designer paper, the bottom strip of tone on tone decorative stamping, a strip of glimmer and the sentiment.

My based card is Whisper White thick card stock and I layered a strip of Sahara Sand cardstock across the bottom, which I stamped with the sand stamp in Sahara Sand ink. My next layer of Designer paper, I used the seemless ombre print design from Color Theory in Dapper Denim. I used the lighter end of the sheet and cut a strip off to fill the rest of my card.

To punch out the night sky, I used the thinlit from the Card Front builder set. However as this is sized to fit a portrait layout and my card is landscape, I had to run this through my big shot twice, offsetting my top cutting plate, so that I missed one edge on the first pass. I repositioned my die and again offset my top cutting plate so that it stretched the design to finished the scene across my paper.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Wise Men from Afar

Next, I stamped the largest of the palm trees, in Night of Navy ink, off the right side. I heat embossed a silver star in the middle to complete my scene. I layered some Silver foil behind my punched night sky and adhered them to the cardbase, overlapping the sand strip slightly. I finished off the join with some silver washi tape from the Year of Cheer pack.

I stamped the Three Wise Me in Night of Navy ink and punched them out using the largest of the circles from the Stitched Shapes framelits – I really do love those framelits! I added some more stamped sand to the bottom here.

I stamped my sentiment in Night of Navy ink and finished off by adhering the Wise men with dimensionals.

Next up on the blog hop is the lovely Peta Stephen.


Hop on through and when you are done, load up your creation inspired by ideas from the Holiday catalogue to our Facebook challenge group.


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,

What I used to make this:

Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Pretty Present – CYCI #146

The challenge colours this week over at Can You Case It? #146 are really cool. I wouldn’t have thought to put these together but don’t they look amazing together – Curry Yellow, Teal, Orange and Burgundy.


The colours I used for this challenge are Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler.




I kept it pretty simple this week, but the colours just make it pop, so I don’t think it needed over doing.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!

I used the gorgeous Stitched Shapes framelit dies for the base of my present. I just love the soft stitching detail these frame create. With a little Designer Series paper at the top and a plain strip of cardstock at the bottom, the present started coming together.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!

What is a present without a bow?! Here, I have punched out using the bow die from the Balloon Pop Up thinlit dies, and finished it off with a metal rimmed pearl for a little detail.

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours. And now it’s even easier for you to join in. Can You Case It? has been in planning mode in between our fortnight challenges. We have been brainstorming ways to make it easier for you to join in on all the fun. Here is what we are trying out…

Get your creative inspiration from the amazing Design team on the Can You Case It? website.

After creating your project – Join the Challenge Group over on Facebook. You can enter the challenge by either uploading a photo of your project directly into the Album for this fortnights challenge. Or you can load a link to your blog or pinterest or Instagram post.

How cool and how easy is that now? So… off you go…. create and load your project by Saturday February 18th, Midday (AEDT).

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

What I used to create this: