Happy New Year…. Well almost

It’s almost the new year… just a few more hours to go. To help celebrate the new year, my December classes usually feature a calendar project. I create different designs each year and keep them simple enough that if customers wanted to make several, for gifts say, they are easy enough to create.

This year, we made this one…

Rose Packer, Creative Rose, Stampin' Up!, 2019 Calendar

I took inspiration from an image I saw that featured a wall hanging. I thought we could hang the calendar in this same way. I like how it turned out and so did my class attendees.

So we created the base by trimming down some Whisper White thick cardstock down to 210mm x 120mm. Then measured and marked 50mm down each side of the long edges. I marked another spot in the middle of the short edge at 60mm. I lined up the marks on my Stampin’ Trimmer and sliced off the corners to leave the triangle shaped top. It kind of looks like a house, doesn’t it?

Using the smallest of the circle punches, I punched a hole in the tip and threaded some of the Braided Linen trim through into a loop. I adhere this in place and used some scrap coordinating Designer Paper to cover the back of the triangle top where the trim poked through and was fixed.

On the front, I used some of the Wood Textures Designer Paper Stack as a backing for my calendar, adding a contemporary feel to the look. I trimmed this to 100mm x 140mm and adhered it straight on to the base.

I created the Calendar layout myself on the computer, so that it was the size I wanted and had the look I wanted too. I trimmed these down to 85mm x 120mm and set about decorating each month in what ever colours and stamps I liked basically. Now I did theme it a little, using the seasons of the year to guide my stamp and colour choices. It’s all flat stamping, I didn’t want any bulk at all, so no punch or die cut elements at all.

Here is how they turned out. I’ve noted the Stamp sets and colours used:

Rose Packer, Creative Rose, Stampin' Up!, 2019 Calendar

January – STAMPS: Colourful Seasons, Labels to Love. COLOURS: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron

February – STAMPS: Tropical Chic. COLOURS: Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Calypso Coral

March – STAMPS: Serene Garden. COLOURS: Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove

Rose Packer, Creative Rose, Stampin' Up!, 2019 Calendar

April – STAMPS: Colourful Seasons, Rooted in Nature. COLOURS: Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie

May – STAMPS: Rooted in Nature. COLOURS: Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green

June – STAMPS: Colourful Seasons. COLOURS: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel

Rose Packer, Creative Rose, Stampin' Up!, 2019 Calendar

July – STAMPS: Rooted in Nature. COLOURS: Shaded Spruce

August – STAMPS: Rooted in Nature. COLOURS: Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede

September – STAMPS: Varied Vases. COLOURS: Gorgeous Grape, Sahara Sand, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody

Rose Packer, Creative Rose, Stampin' Up!, 2019 Calendar

October – STAMPS: Floral Phrases. COLOURS: Grapefruit Grove

November – STAMPS: Serene Garden. COLOURS: Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron

December – STAMPS: Making Christmas Bright. COLOURS: Old Olive, Real Red, Crushed Curry


Once the stamping was done, I gathered them up in the correct order and clipped them together with a Gold Library Clip and adhered December onto the base to finish off.

I ummed and aahhed about adding a title or larger numbers for the year, but couldn’t decide so left it blank. Less is more as they say and I think this works great as is.

I did make a few and give them away as Christmas gifts. I’ll be handing one for us in the kitchen under the clock and each month I will remove the past one, to reveal the next. A little something to dress up a blank space.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Detailed Gate sneak peak

So here I was today, prepping for my upcoming classes, when my lovely box of yummy goodness arrived containing all my Holiday catalogue pre-order products.

Easily distracted was always a common line written on my school reports and I’m pleased to let you know not much has changed! Here is what I created during my distraction period.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Detailed Gate Framelit

I’m not one to celebrate Halloween, but as soon as I saw that Detailed Gate thinlit… I had to have it. It’s just so beautiful and intricate. I always look forward to this section of the Holiday catalogue as it always some really cool product you can adapt for other occasions, they always appeal to my inner gothic side.

Here, I teamed it up with Floral Phrases stamp set and made a wedding card. The gate comes as one piece, but here I decided to make a gatefold front so I could decorate the rest of my card font.

First, I punched out my gate from Gold foil. I trimmed Gold Foil and Very Vanilla pieces of cardstock to size. I positioned the gate where I wanted it sit when finished to get a visual. This helped when stamping my flower, as I wanted it to sit just above the main bar of the gate. Same with stamping my sentiment at the top. I set the gate aside and stamped the banner twice, beneath the flower without inking in between so I had a tone effect. I left a gap between them, so that my ribbon wouldn’t cover too much of the images. I finished off the front with some some gold hearts from the Metallic Enamel Shapes, and some bows in the Gold 1/8” ribbon.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Detailed Gate Framelit

Next I went about assembling my card, adhering my vanilla piece to the Gold Foil and then my gate. This is when I sliced my gate in half, and folded the little wings around to stick to the back of the Gold Foil sheet, thus giving a nice neat wrap around. I adhered this on my Very Vanilla cardbase – it’s the new thick weight Vanilla which is just perfect for supporting heavier card front designs. I finished off with decorating the inside to match.


I’m sure I’ll be back with more sneak peaks soon.

Until then… Stamp Creatively,

What I used to make this:
Detailed Gate thinlit die coming in the Holiday Catalogue on September 1st, 2017

Wood Textures thank you

This week, I needed to make a Thank You card and to make things extra challenging, this was to go to a guy. Birthday cards for guys are challenging enough, but a thank you card….

Drawing inspiration from page 94 of the Annual Catalogue. It’s the Fresh Florals Suites. Now I know what you’re thinking… Florals for a guy?!


It’s from the Love and Sympathy section of the catalogue, which is showbased by the CASE-ing The Catty team this week.


I used the design from the Berry Burst card in the top right as a basic sketch. What first caught my eye on this card was the sentiment, it was just right for the purpose of this card. I then set about adapting this design to fit my guy theme.

Here is what I came up with.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Wood Textures, Floral Phrases, Birthday Blossom

My card base is Early Espresso cardstock and I used one of the Wood Textures paper stack designs as my layering piece. The punched elements use the Lots of Label framelits. Here, I have punched the background layer from Old Olive cardstock in a smaller frame, and a larger one in Whisper White.

I punched these first, then set about finding a replacement for the floral image. I decided on the leaves from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. They have that lovely artistic brushstroke look. I stamped two on the base in Old Olive ink and another one on some scrap. I also stamped two more on scrap in Garden Green ink. I fussy cut the stamped images from the scrap cardstock and arranged them over the images stamped directly onto the Label shape.

I cut the Olive label in half and cut the stamped White label down to the size that worked. Adhered the Olive half behind the white and adhered both to the cardbase.

I created the sentiment by stamping it in Old Olive ink to match and trimming down the Whisper White cardstock to a line strip and added in flags to both ends. I layered this onto a shorter flag strip from Early Espresso cardstock.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Wood Textures, Floral Phrases, Birthday Blossom

At this point, I decided to vary from the design, leaving off the additional ribbon layered beneath the sentiment and the white layer of the label. Just opting to include the bottom half of the Olive label and then popped the sentiment over the top.

I finished off the card with some copper trim – okay, I know it’s a bow, but I think it still works. I just love how the shape of the trim works to make the bow sit flat. It’s looks really nice and still manly!

I stamped a coordinating envelope to match to finish it off.

I hope this project inspires you for your next manly project!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Detailed Floral… for weddings

I have been focussing on these gorgeous dies over the past week. They are just so lovely and classy. They are specifically designed with special occasions like Weddings or Engagements in mind, but really the sky is the limit isn’t it.

I just love the water colour floral element used in my card in last post, it’s so delicate. The inspiration for that card and for today’s wedding card came from Stampin’ Up! latest catalogue – 2016-17 Annual Catalogue. It’s from the Everyday Occasions section on pages 76 and 77.

This stamp and die set comes with a series of coordinated products to help make your projects look amazing with minimal effort. Here I have made a Wedding card, using a gate fold. It’s so simple but elegant in white and touches of gold.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Detailed Floral thinlit dies Stampin' Up!

The inside has a little gold flower detail. I created this by punching out a flower from gold foil using one of the dies and placing the gold petals around the one of the gold circles from the metallic enamel shapes pack.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Detailed Floral thinlit dies Stampin' Up!

Finished off with a strip of gold foil at the top and bottom of my stamped section and some of that yummy Natural Trim with the gold stripe.

Case-ing the Catty blogspot

The Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue was featured over at CASEing The Catty this month, so I am entering this card in their monthly challenge.

I had this in mind when I designed this one for my Occasions Masterclass I hosted last weekend. All the class attendees loved it. Hope you enjoy the inspiration too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Detailed floral thank you – CYCI #129

It’s a colour challenge this week over at Can You Case It? We have Dark Blue and Pink along with Neutrals to play with.

Can You Case it? #129

Here is my card for this week. How beautiful is that die set. It’s the Detailed Floral thinlits.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Detailed Floral thinlits Floral Phrases

This particular set comes as a three piece set. There is a large and small decorative flower die and an edgelit die that trims the top down to match the flowers edge.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Detailed Floral thinlits Floral Phrases

It also has a coordinating stamp set, Floral Phrases. That watercolour flower is just beautiful.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Detailed Floral thinlits Floral Phrases

How did I make this?

  • I cut my A4 cardstock in half on the short edge so that I have a long base. (105mm x 297mm) The colour is Dapper Denim
  • I scored the base at 60mm and 210mm and folded them in with a bone folder to crisp them up to fold well.
  • Matching and centering the large and small dies with the large and small panels of the base cardstock, I punched out my front pieces. Using my die brush, I cleaned up my punched pieces to reveal the lovely design
  • I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to fit the back panel.
  • Using the Floral Phrases stamp set, I stamped my base, first the border at bottom in Flirty Flamingo, the “thanks” sentiment in Dapper denim and on top I stamped that lovely flower, which has a watercolour feel too it, in Flirty Flamingo. I stamped it off so that it was faint.
  • I finished it off with a little bit of coordinating ruched ribbon in Flirty Flamingo.

I can’t wait to see what you create with these colours.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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