CTC228 – Favourite Retiring stamp set


Favourite retiring stamp set….. Hmmm…. It was a hard one, I mean there were so many stamp sets I have, that I hadn’t finished with yet, it really was hard to pick a favourite. That’s the theme for this weeks Casing the Catty hop – favourite retiring stamp set. So sit back and take a look at the inspiration the crew has for you this week.


I settled on the background stamp Marbled. It’s one I have had for a while but haven’t used in a while either. I think that’s why it’s retiring :(. But I love how you can use it for some many different occasions when themed up differently too – it could look like icing when teamed up with birthday cake type stamps.

I just let the stamp set itself inspire what I created today. Being a big background stamp, I went for something dramatic by stamping it in some black ink and teaming it up with Bermuda Bay and some Rose pink accessories. Keeping the stamped image as the only featured black colour, makes it really stand out.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Marbled, Detailed with Love, Rose Gold Shimmer Paint

After stamping, I added some splatters of the lovely Rose Gold shimmer paint – featured in this months special, Everything is Rosy product medley. I simply picked up paint with an empty Wink of Stella brush and used the lid to flick the tip thus splattering paint across my stamped image.

Once dry, set about finishing my card…. I added some mini striped ribbon before layering over some Bermuda Bay cardstock for the base.

I punched a doily and some leaves from the Rose Glimmer paper and larger leaves from Whisper White and Bermuda Bay cardstock. I layered them until I was happy with the arrangement. My sentiment is from the Detailed with Love stamp set, another retiring stamp set. I embellished the corners with the Trio Corner punch and some of those gorgeous Pink Gems, which I seriously have not used enough!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Marbled, Detailed with Love, Rose Gold Shimmer Paint

I love how it turned out.

Next up in the hop is our resident cat lady… Peta Stephen.


After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, May 19th.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour INKspiration CI12


It’s the Colour INKspiration Blog hop time…. welcome to you, whether you have joined me from Rachel or starting here, I’m sure you will enjoy all the amazing project using this awesome colour combination.

The colour selections are many this time so the rules are a little different for this challenge. You can choose any of the colours listed here but you need to use a minimum of four of them. Plus you can always add metallic’s. Here they are:


The colours I chose to work with this week are Night of Navy, Smokey Slate, Whisper White and Peekaboo Peach for that splash of colour. I also added a little Silver in there too. Here is my card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Oh So Eclectic

I have used the Oh So Eclectic bundle, which features in the Naturally Eclectic Suite on pages 132 and 133 of the Annual Catalogue. This set also features on the cover of this catalogue too and I love how the samples begin with some simple stamping and then is stepped up a bit more for each of the two other samples. Just gorgeous.

I love all the different elements in that suite and I’m particularly eager to use those Card Overlay, but I’ll be back with those another time. Today, it was all about the stamps and dies. And what I lovely surprise that die set has with those three emboss-only dies. Can’t wait to bring you some inspiration using those!

Today I have teamed up this set with the awesome Marbled background which I have stamped using Night of Navy ink on Whisper White, layering this over my Night of Navy card base.

I overlayed this with a layer of Whisper White cardstock which I punched using the pattern die in that set allowing the  gorgeous marbled stamp to peek through. Use the Marbled stamp this way, creates a more muted background texture, rather than being a feature. This was the look I wanted to achieve as I wanted those gorgeous flowers to be the feature of this card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Oh So Eclectic

Here I have punched out three flowers using the intricate die in the set from Peekaboo Peach cardstock. I overlayed these over three stamped fill image in the stamp set. These have a lovely watercoloured look about them, making the edges of the stamped image appear darker. I double stamped the one in the middle to create more depth too.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Oh So Eclectic

After working out their position, I stamped the same image in Smokey Slate behind them to create a shadow effect. I layered the cardstock flags in position. Then finished off the flowers by added some silver metallic thread behind them for more texture and to break up the white slightly. Finishing the flowers with those gorgeous Faceted Gems in Clear.

The hello sentiment (this is from the Eastern Beauty stamp set) was added last, being small I could tuck it under the raised flower. I used those cute little Mini Dimensionals for the sentiment and regular ones for the flower. I finished off with a simple coordinated envelope.


Next up on the hop is our Guest Designer, Esther Howard, be sure to hop over and check out her INKspiration. Keep hoping through the design teams inspiration. Then jump across to our Facebook Challenge Group and load up your entry. This challenge will be open until Monday, July 10th. I can’t wait to see what you create with your selection from this awesome set of colours.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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