Birthday Blast

We celebrated a big birthday in our extended family this weekend. It’s always great when these events come up as they always call for a custom creation.

This one was also for a guy… just my cup of tea! Love making card for our men folk. Here is what I came up with.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Birthday Blast

Of course, with these kinds of birthdays you have to rub it in a little. For the sentiment, instead of a traditional Happy birthday, I opted for this… Big 4 0. The “Big” is from the Birthday Bright stamp set, which is new in the Occasions Catalogue. (The stamp set is also bundled together with this new card and tag kit… but more about that later!)

The Happy Birthday sentiment went on the inside along with another sentiment, which again, had a little dig at getting older! It has to be done sometimes doesn’t it?! Both of these sentiments were from the Birthday Banners stamp set.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Birthday Blast

I wanted the 40 to still be visible, so I thought vellum would do the trick. This particular sentiment, being thick lettered, enabled me to adhere using some strategically placed glue dots. I used quite a few, as I rolled them and stretched them to fit into the shapes of the letters. I don’t think it’s going anywhere!

I just love how the Stars Blast thinlits look in Silver foil. I think they add a level of drama and movement in their design, which is great.


The envelope was decorated with that lovely big stamp from the coordinating Birthday Blast stamp set.

How I made this:

  • Card base is standard portrait base – 148mm x 210mm, scored and folded in half (at 105mm) to form a standard A6 card. The colour is Basic Black
  • Punching two sets of the Star Blast thinlit dies from silver foil, I fixed these to the back of a strip of cardstock sized at 105mm x 40mm. The colour is Bermuda Bay.
    • The trick here was adhering the elements so they fit on the cardfront. To do this I positioned the first star blast (no adhesive on this piece yet) and applied Tombow Multi Purpose Liquid glue to the back of the strip of Bermuda Bay in a thin line and stuck that to the star blast piece. I repeated the process with the second star blast, creating one piece.
  • I applied Tombow adhesive to this back of the intricate pieces and the cardstock strip and fixed it in place on my cardfront.
  • Next I created the top element by first punching a circle from the Layering Circles collection framelits from silver foil.
  • I punched a second circle in the next size down using the same circle die collection. The colour is Bermuda Bay.
  • I adhered this to the silver circle with Tombow.
  • The numbers are punched using the Large Number framelits. The colour is Basic Black. I adhered them with Tombow adhesive.
  • I cut a piece of vellum 90mm x 25 mm and manually cut flag ends.
  • I used Basic Black archival ink to stamp the “Big” sentiment onto vellum.
  • I used glue dots to adhere the vellum flag to the circles.
  • I used Dimensionals to the whole circle element piece to the cardfront.
  • I stamped the envelope with the large stamp from the Birthday Blast stamp set. The colour is Bermuda Bay.
  • Inside I cut a piece of Whisper white cardstock to 100mm x 142mm and adhere this with snail adhesive.
  • I stamped the top sentiment first in Bermuda Bay ink and the Happy Birthday in the Basic Black archival.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Hello Foxy – CYCI #128

Welcome to another week of inspiration from the Can You Case It? team. Have you checked out the talented bunch of crafters over there yet? Better still, have you played along with our challenges yet?

This week we have a Sketch Challenge [CYCI #128].


What I like about a Sketch is sometimes you can get stuck with how to place your elements on your project. A sketch helps take away the design block, leaving you with the hardest decision of all… Which stamp set to use! LOL!

Today, I’ve been playing with the Foxy Friends stamp set. Check out the cute little card I made for my nephew who birthday was last week.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends

This was my first play with this stamp set. It has so many cute little critters to play with Mr Foxy, I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of these guys real soon. The suite also has a coordinating punch so you can add to Mr Foxy’s circle of friends pretty easily too.

I’ve created backgrounds on cards before. It’s such a great way to customise your project when you don’t quite have the right paper. When creating backgrounds, you can create a scattered effect by stamping randomly and fitting your stamps in amongst each other. However today, I went for a structured look with numbers. To achieve this type of look, a slow steady approach and grid structure helps.


First, I lined up my paper so that my stamped images would be on a straight line. I used my ruler on a grid line to help create a visual of a line across my page and then stamped my numbers one at a time. I started with the 6, as that’s the age I wanted to highlight, and filled in the rest.

How did I make this?

  • My card base is A6 size (148mm x 210mm – folded in half). The colour is Bermuda Bay.
  • Layering panel is 100mm x 142mm in Pool Party.
  • The white panel is 95mm x 110mm in Whisper White.
  • I created my numbers background by stamping as described above. The colour of the 6 is Bermuda Bay and the others are Pool Party.
  • I stuck my white background card onto my Pool Party layer, lining it up around the bottom, leaving a larger gap at the top.
  • I stamped my birthday sentiment in the gap. The colour is Bermuda Bay.
  • Adding some Bermuda Bay thick bakers twine around the top of the White panel, I then stuck this layer to my base card.
  • Next I created Mr Foxy. I stamped him on some scrap Whisper White cardstock. The colour is Pumpkin Pie.
  • I added his nose, eyes and legs in Memento Black. Then I hand cut him out.
  • I punched a 4.4cm circle from Bermuda Bay cardstock and stuck on Mr Foxy.
  • Using dimensionals, I adhered him on to my card, fitting him in with the sentiment.
  • Lastly, I punched a number 6 and stuck that over the top of my stamped number 6 with some dimensionals. The colour is Pumpkin Pie.

Playing along with CYCI challenges is easy. Once you’ve create your project, publish it to a blog, Facebook (make sure your settings are public tho), Pintrest or other social media streams. Visit the CYCI website and link your project to the challenge using the InLinkz button. I can wait to see what you create!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

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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