CTC205 – Christmas twist birthday card


What an interesting little twist on the challenge this week. Case a Birthday card and give it a Christmas Twist! Just the thought of doing that had me all excited. Welcome to another week with Caseing The Catty Crew.


I decided on this birthday card project, which is featured on Page 70 of the Annual catalogue…


… and I created this with it…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Flourish Filigree, Hearts Come Home

So I changed up the colours, using Mint Macaron as my cardbase. I kept the vellum, as I really liked that. I stamped one simple large element – the Filigree from Flourish Filigree stamp set in the Holiday catalogue, in Real Red ink.

I embossed the sentiment from the Hearts Come Home stamp set, which is in the Holiday section of the Annual Catalogue. I heat embossed it with White embossing powder on black cardstock just like the catalogue project. I love how this worked with the black line work on the vellum. I cut a flag to one end on my sentiment.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Flourish Filigree, Hearts Come Home

I used the Real Red 1/8” Ribbon to finish off with. I adhered my vellum on with Snail adhesive, because you wont see the adhesive, so that was nice and easy. The stamped white layer and the embossed sentiment are adhered with dimensionals.

Next up in the hop is Sandra Collett.


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, December 2nd.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Christmas Décor

I love decorating for Christmas and when I find little hidden gems like this one hiding on the bottom shelves of stores, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.

This heart shape decorator piece is made from thick raffia wrapped around a heart shaped wire frame. It’s filled with tiny gorgeous warm white fairy light too, which give a lovely soft glow.

As I stood there in the store holding the box looking at it, I had the beginning of idea forming in my mind. Hearts and Christmas, hearts and Christmas…. Hmmm….

When I got home, I pulled out all my heart shaped items and a quick flick through my Stamps set helped this idea take shape.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Hearts Come Home, Bloomin' Heart

I punched out the Bloomin’ Heart intricate thinlit die from some Gold Foil sheet and framed this with the largest of the plain heart from the Sweet and Sassy framelit set. I topped the foil heart with Copper foil flowers also punched from the Bloomin’ Hearts die set. This formed the base of my heart element.

I fiddled around with some ribbon and decided on this combination, it’s 2.5cm chocolate satin ribbon (it’s not SU, but it matched beautifully, so had to swallow my SU hat just this once). I layered this with some of the lovely metallic edge ribbon in Vanilla and Gold.

I adhered the ribbon on with mini Glue dots, okay… lots of mini glue dots!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Hearts Come Home, Bloomin' Heart

Back to my heart element, I finished this with two sentiments, both from Hearts Come Home set. Joy to the World, I stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on some Vellum. Some strategically placed glue dots held that in place. The second sentiment, I think, ties the theme all together – All hearts come home for Christmas. I stamped this in Chocolate chip ink and cut flag ends to one edge and tucked the other in behind the heart.

Lastly, I stretched out some of that lovely Copper Trim. It added a lovely fine texture to the all around the edge of the heart shape. I adhered this element on with more strategically placed glue dots.

Hanging it in my meals area, it matches my Christmas bauble table centrepiece of bronze, gold and a touch of white, makes for a nice glow during meal times.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Playing catch up

The past few years, I find myself getting to this time of year and my list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. How about you?

My preparations for Christmas start later now that Miss Three has come along in December. I used to be ready for Christmas by the start of December. In addition to the general busy-ness that is usual for this time of year, I have a birthday to prep for too.

So whilst I haven’t been able to blog much lately, I have been busy in the background so let’s play catch with what’s been happening….


Lots of cards have been made. I usually send about 50 Christmas cards each year. I’m sure I forget people too each year (hopefully it’s not the same people every year!). Here are a couple…

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

Is it wine o’clock yet? I’m so in love with the Half Full stamp set. It’s another one of those great sets with sentiments for the front and some for inside too. Here I have teamed it up with the new Stampin’ Blends and that lovely Woodgrain paper stack.

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

Here is the inside with the funniest sentiment in that set!

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

(For more details on this card and Stampin’ Blends tips – visit this related post)

Gift card / Money holder… This time of year, I need plenty of these. So here, I have given my Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and Pocket thinlit dies a Christmas make over.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Pocketful of Sunshine, Pocket thinlits


Ice Skating anyone? Whilst here in Australia we usually swelter at Christmas-time, a lot of the world is cooler, snowing or icy. Ironically while making this card, I was sweating through 37 degrees Celsius (or 98 for my Fahrenheit friends)! We have family in the northern hemisphere that would enjoy this one.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Trim Your Stocking thinlit

Here I have had some punch-art fun with the Trim your Stocking die. Creating an ice-skate for a more wintery feel, with the addition of some punching, fussy cutting and paper piercing.

(For more details on this card, visit this related post.)


December classes have finished for the year. We always take this time to look forward to the next year, creating a calendar project. This year I stepped it up a little more making a notes station with the standard stamp cases using the Fresh Florals Designer Paper Series, Large Number framelits and the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp set.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Flamingo

I found these cute little Flamingo flags at a stationery store and just HAD. TO. USE. THEM! So cute and of course they went well with the stamp set, so it was a no brainer.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Fabulous Flamingo

Inside we decorated a little note book and included some calendar tabs too. My class attendees loved this project.


Do you dress up your home for Christmas? I love to, and along with all the Be Merry Ornaments hanging around, I have this gorgeous one.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Hearts Come Home, Bloomin' Heart

I love when I find little gems like this hiding on bottom shelves in cheap stores. Add some crafting supplies and next thing you know you have a beautiful centrepiece. This one lights up too, to create a lovely glow.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Hearts Come Home, Bloomin' Heart

I kept the heart shape as the centre of the theme and teamed it up with a number of heart shaped dies. I framed them with some of that lovely Copper Metallic trim – stretching it out to create a subtle texture.


Memories of the year. Lastly, I have had this project floating around my craft room for easy four months. I just kept changing my mind on what I wanted to do with one of the most gorgeous photos I took of Little Miss (now) Three. I just love her smile in this photo. I remember the fun and joy she experienced as I pushed her on that swing that day.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Daisy Delight, Scrap page

I didn’t want to detract from that, so I went really simple. Allowing the photo to speak freely. This sheet of paper is from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack and I just love the blends between the two colours, remind me of the blue sky and green grass. Which matched in perfectly with this photo. Some simple trim with the ribbon border punch in some Calypso Coral and a Daisy in blue to match finished it off.

Lots of products where used in these projects. I’ll come back shortly with individual posts for each of these, with more instructions and supply lists.

I have more…. but that will need to wait for another time…

Until Next time… Stamp Creatively,