CTC223 – Classic Garage


Don’t you just love a really great Guy-themed suite of products?! This week, Casing The Catty are focussing on inspiration from the Classic Garage suite – pages 42 to 55 of the Occasions catalogue. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Siobhan.


I always get really excited about suites like these, I love creating for our men-folk but do find it a little more challenging. Which is not a bad thing. But sometimes, we need to create a card quickly and having suites of products on hand specifically designed for guys just makes it all the more easier and speedier.

My inspiration came from this card…. it’s the Green based one in the middle, in the main photo above.

Here is my card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin Up!, Classic Garage suite, Geared up Garage, Garage Gears thinlits

A little different from the original card, and a few more layers, but that happens some times doesn’t it?!

I went with dramatic colours of Real Red, Basic Black and Basic Gray. On a Basic Gray card base, I layered two different patterns from the coordinating Designer paper stack. Then I die cut the large collection of gears from some of that gorgeous Black foil sheets. I love how shiny they are! I layered that over the DSP and trimmed a piece of DSP with Basic Gray texture design print to layer across the top of the join.

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I added a simple stamp of the muscle car and die cut to match and sentiment in black ink at the bottom. To finished off, I added a couple of the Classic Garage Metal embellishments.

Quick and simple, but dramatic and very blokey!

Next up on the hop is the amazing 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, April 14th.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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CI52 – Colour INKspiration


Welcome to another Colour INKspiration hop. This challenges features equally yummy colours as the yummy looking cake that they are inspired by, Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Soft Seafoam and Whisper White.


What I really like about this combination is it lends itself to creating for our male folk. So I opted for some help from the amazing Birthday Cheer Bundle, featured on page 17 of the Occasions catalogue.

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It’s an awesome set and allows you to create different effects – here I have used the thinlit with the presents and I have pieced different coloured combinations of cardstock behind them, some I have even the paper piecing technique.

Here, I die cut the main image from Early Espresso cardstock, and used a combination of Soft Seafoam and Granny Apple Green cardstock to layer behind the presents.

I create a large volume of scraps and I really don’t like to throw them out – two reasons, one is cost but the other is about being environmentally responsible. One of the best things about working with dies like these is they lend themselves to using up these scraps and that is a winner in my book.

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The main present element is layered on some Granny Apple Green cardstock and I used a touch of Whisper White cardstock to line the side edges. To add a touch of interest I cut the edges with the Stitched Rectangle framelits and finished off the element with a simple strip of the Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White for some texture.

I stamped the edges of the Soft Seafoam card base in the same colour ink, with one of the stamps for texture, before layering the main elements over the top. I finished off with a simple birthday sentiment on Whisper White cardstock, with a Flag cut to one end. Again, adding some interest by echoing the Stitched edge from the rectangle framelits.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Jackie Aitken.


Once you have enjoyed all the amazing inspiration in this hop, pop over to our Facebook Challenge group and load up your creation using these colours. This challenge is open until Monday, 8 April. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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CTC173 – True Gentleman


Welcome back! I’m back hoping with the awesome Caseing the Catty crew. I hope you have enjoyed the projects shared so far.

It’s been waaay to long since my last blog post – don’t you hate when life gets in the way of the things you really enjoy? March was a huge month for me with many different things happening, sadly I didn’t get a lot of crafting time in. I find when those times hit, getting back into the swing of things can be harder, creativity is like a muscle – the more you use it, the easier it seems.

That’s why I love this crew – drawing inspiration from Stampin’ Up!’s amazing catalogues are a great way to get that kick start. This week the crew are focussing on the True Gentleman suite and pages 44 to 51.


There was so much inspiration in these pages, I did have a little trouble narrowing down what to choose to work with. I had to create a wedding card for my nephew, so this I went with the Dapper Day card featured above.

My nephew and his partner eloped to Los Vegas a few years ago, but thankfully, with Marriage equality becoming a focus last year here in Australia, they are now able to cement their relationship, just like me and my hubby did 16 years ago. This is the card I made for them…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Colorful Seasons

I cased the card design in the catalogue but then added a few extras. I thought about what their home looks like – neutral colour palette, lots of natural materials – timber, brick and stone. I chose colours and papers to match. Soft Suede for the card base and I chose one of the Wood textures paper stack designs to compliment. I opted for an earthy green in Tranquil Tide – which is featured in this suite.

I stamped a sentiment from the Colourful Seasons stamp set in Tranquil Tide ink on Very Vanilla and punched it out using one of the Lots of Labels framelit dies. I accessorised with some Tranquil Tide ribbon. As the elements laid in place (before adhering) it just needed something else.

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I decided on some bling – I know!! On a boys card!!! – but it works and it’s only a little and it just finishes it off nicely. So I added some gold mini sequin trim, in a loop beneath the sentiment. I pulled a couple off one end and stuck them on in a strategically scattered appearance. Finished off with a piece of the Tranquil Tide ribbon tied in a knot over the top.

I hope they like their card! Congratulations Anthony and Lawrence.

Next up in the hop is Angela Meiritz-Reid.


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, April 15th.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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CTC141 – Birthday


This week at Case-ing The Catty, it’s all about the Birthday section. Welcome, if you have just joined me from Julia or starting here, you are in for some great inspiration.


I have been in Male card land lately, with male themes flowing through my classes this month and it works as Fathers Day is only weeks away here in Australia.

I drew inspiration from the Birthday section of the Annual Catalogue for this weeks case but changed it up to work as a Fathers Day card or even a birthday card for Dad.

This is where my inspiration came from… I just love this colour combination! Suits the bold drama that’s followed me this year!


Here is my inspiration.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Best Badge, Badges and Banners

I have been feeling guilty lately for not showing love to some of my awesome stamp sets sitting on the back of the shelf. So I have pulled out my Best Badge punch and the coordinating Badges and Banners stamp set. I used to these to make the feature… stamping the badge in Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White cardstock and the circle detail in Night of Navy on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.

From the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, I added “Dad” to the front beneath the circle. I punched this out using the Classic Label punch, then popped the end of my punched piece back in, lining up horizontally, so that I could punch flag ends in to the sides.

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Beneath my badge element, I replaced the silver mini sequins with some of that cute Stitched Edge Ribbon in Pumpkin to coordinate. As I played with this ribbon, I kept thinking “if there was a red version available, I’m sure we could make Baseball cards with it”, it’s that kind of ribbon.

I kept the Lemon Lime Twist flags hanging down from the badge element. I also created the background the same too by stamping the fairy lights in Night of Navy on the Night of Navy Cardstock and layering that on the same colour cardbase.

So many great ideas await you in this blog hop, next up is Angela.


We’d love you to join in on the challenge of drawing inspiration from the Birthday section of the catalogue, so show us what you create this week. Load up your creations to our Facebook Challenge group by 6pm next Sunday, 20th August.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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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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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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Father’s Day Boxing Day

It’s the day after Fathers Day here in Australia, so now I can share with you the card my kids gave to their Dad. I thought I’d best wait until today, so I didn’t spoil the surprise!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Crazy for You, Fathers Day card

We made this using the new Ombre ink pads from Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalogue. They come in three colours and here we used Bermuda Bay. The other two colours are Rich Razzleberry and Calypso Coral.

Stampin' Up! Ombre Ink Pads

Here we inked up the Watercolour wash background stamp. The thing to remember when using these style ink pads with big stamps like this, is not ink up the background in the usual way of tapping the ink pad all over the stamp. Doing that will mean you will loose the Ombre effect.

Instead, we sectioned off the stamp in two. First inking up one half, by tapping the ink pad across the stamp horizontally until all the ink blends together and you don’t have any lines from edges of the pad. Then rotate the stamp to do the same inking motion with the second half.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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It’s Father’s Day this weekend

I love the challenge of creating for our male folk. It is a challenge isn’t it? No flowers, no ribbon (well most of the time!), no pink…. and so I love it! It makes me think about what I have in my craft stash and how can I use it differently.

Here is the card I have created for my Dad for this weekend’s Fathers day celebration.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Badges and banners, Bunch of banners, Banners for you

The colours and the style of stamps I have used all scream – MAN. I even threw in a bit of ribbon there – aaahh – but I think it works, the pin stripe is a very male pattern, thus giving the card masculine feel.

The badge stamp in the middle of the layers is heat embossed using the new copper embossing powder, it works so well with the mint. I coordinated some copper metallic thread too.

Anyway, I love this one and my girls who attended my male themed class last month did too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Thoughtful (birthday) Banners – CYCI #130

The challenge over at Can You Case It? this week is a theme – Birthday card. Quite simply make a birthday card. The sky is the limit….

Can You Case It?

Easy right…. we crafters make 100s every year!

So I decided to step up the challenge by making a birthday card for male. They always seem to be that little bit harder, don’t you think?

No pink, no flowers and no glitter… hmmm… what to do?

Here is my inspiration for this week.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Thoughtful Banner Stampin' Up!

I love the Mint and Sahara Sand together and with a splash of drama from the black, makes for a striking finish. I have used a little of the metallic black thread for some masculine decoration. I love how this style can work for so many occasions depending on what you couple it with.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Thoughtful Banner Stampin' Up!

I think this is going to be a popular challenge as many of us have lots of card ideas we could enter. So how about you enter this week and show us what birthday cards you’re making right now. It’s quite easy… upload a photo of your card to any social media – Instagram, Pintrest, Facebook (but make sure your setting for the post are public right) or to your blog if you have one. Then visit the Can You Case It? website and use the linky button thingy to connect your card to the challenge – super easy.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Bye bye hexagons

It’s time to start saying goodbye to some old faithful favourites. This year the Six-sided Sampler stamp set and coordinating Hexagon punch made the retirement list. Meaning they will only be available to purchase until May 31st.

When they exploded on to the scene three years ago, I fell in love them straight away!

I just knew these products were going to be great for making male themed projects. I’ve used them plenty over the years and they will remain in my collection for my own projects down the track – I know when I’m onto a good thing!

Last week, I was asked to make a 40th birthday card for a guy. So I pulled out my hexagons and had a play. Here is what I come up with.

Rose Packer Creative Roses Stampin' Up! Six-sided Sampler Hexagon punch

Here I also featured a number of retiring items, like Tangelo Twist, one of the retiring In Colours, the Word window and Washi tape punches and the sentiment is from And Many More stamp set.I love how the orange pops off the page when teamed next to the Basic Black and Mint Macaron.

Thankfully the Large Numbers framelits are staying, I’m not quite finished with those babies yet! LOL!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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