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,

What I used to make this:

2 great people… 1 great life…

I’ve been dying to use those two stamps from the Something to Say stamp set. So when I was asked to make a wedding card this week, I jumped at the chance. I just love those two stamps and what they say…. it brings up all kinds of visuals for me about the future.


With the any three colours challenge over at Can You Case it? CYCI#111 this week, it set the scene for this simple but elegant wedding card.


Rose Packer Creative Roses Bloomin' Heart Wedding

I really do like the Bloomin’ Heart die, it’s so great for weddings. The gold foil is very sparkly but when used in the background like this, it tones it down to a more stylish appearance.

Until next time… Stamp creatively,

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Sale-a-bration is Just For You

Have I mentioned it’s Sale-a-bration time yet? I’ve been so excited by the Occassions catalogue and all its wonderful new yummy things, it’s taken me a bit to get there huh?!

The “just for you” stamp in the Botanicals For You stamp set is smashing it, isn’t it? Right now, you can earn this stamp set for FREE when you spend $90 on any current product. That’s what Sale-a-bration is all about – check out all the SAB freebies. If you’re a social media junkie, you would have seen this stamp everywhere. It’s big and gorgeous and has been hugely popular.

I love the sample in the SAB booklet, all those cute little flowers scattered around the big bold words. I thought it was a delicate balance of bold and bright yet sweet. Here is my take on that card.


This card we created at my Sale-a-bration class play time recently. Inspired by the sample in the booklet, we played with a few more Sale-a-bration items. We created this scene over the top of the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper (another SAB freebie – sadly this one is retiring on February 15th ). The left side was dressed up with a strip of coordinating Botanical Garden Designer Vellum Stack.

Topped off with some of the lurvley twine from the Occasions catalogue and punched flower and enamel dot finished it off nicely.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Bloomin’ Away

Another love I have in the Occasions catalogue is the Bloomin’ Love bundle. That Bloomin’ Heart thinlit die is just to die for. It bloo-me away – lol (I know, bad pun right?!)

The coordination of these stamps and dies are extraordinary. I love how you can choose to either stamp coordinating flowers directly onto your die cut heart or punch out coordinating flowers and add them on separately to create dimension.


In this project, I’ve used a combination. I’ve stamped the small flower directly onto the punched heart. But then added larger flowers, die cut from Gold foil, over the top.

But can you see the gold glimmer paper peaking out from behind the smaller flower? I used the smaller flower die here and trimmed it to fit. The inspiration for this card came from page 16 of the Occasions catalogue.

This project has been created for The Colour Tree Challenges, TCTC#3, which I am playing along with this week.


Until next time… Stamp creatively,

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TCTC Top Pick

UPDATE: 31 January – I’m very pleased to say this project was the top pick for this weeks challenge over at The Colour Tree.
So very excited!!

Here is what Bronwyn had to say: I just love the stamped Soft Suede background, the intricate heart die with the gold glimmer and foil flowers and the embossed Mint Macaroon centre panel – what a lovely layout to highlight the challenge colours.  Thanks for playing along at TCTC, Rose.


What I used to make this:

Tag you very much

Dressing up your Christmas pressies is a must, isn’t it? I love coordinating my pressies with beautiful tags.

I don’t know what it is about tags, they should be easy to create as they are small. Don’t you agree? But I find I need more thinking and planning time to get them just right.

Here are a couple more tags I created recently.


The colour combo of Real Red and Mint Macaron is just so great for a contemporary Christmas theme. And isn’t Mint all the rage this season?! You can always spot a favourite product of mine, can’t you? I tend to use them to death… but seriously, who can go passed that red foil paper? It’s instant bling isn’t it?!

I’m very much in love with the Lot of Labels die collection at the minute too – they seem to be making an appearance on many of my projects.

I hope my ideas help dress up your pressies or inspire your own creations this festive season.

Until next time… Stamp creatively,

What I used to make these:

Moving house?

I have a quick little share today… Mid this year my nephew and his partner moved into their new home. With the warmer weather recently, it was a good time for them to invite the family over for a house warming.

Here is the card I made for them.


I have had the Watercolour Wash background stamp for a while but hadn’t used it yet. It was one of those stamps that “I had to have” and new it would come in handy at the right time. I call these stamps “my little gems”.

With my nephew being a graphic designer like me, I knew the arty swash of this stamp would work for him. The cute little car is from the Happy Notes stamp set, I just love the fish bowl at the top! I hope they did too as they have the most amazing fish tank!

The little accents and candy dots just finished it off.

Until next time… Stamp creatively.

This is what I used to make this project:

Baby Sprinkles

Just recently, we had a baby shower for my niece. She has just 5 weeks to go and we are now on the count down. Very exciting! What I really like is that we don’t know whether it’s a boy or girl. We are in for a surprise – Yay!! There are not too many true surprises left in the world these days but this is one you can have. It’s just great.

This means it can be a little tricky with colour schemes and patterns when designing and creating for a little bubba. It’s out with the general rule “pink for girls and blue for boys” instead finding neutral ideas and colour requires some careful thought. There are so many cute designs in the Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper pack – which is Stampin’ Up! baby patterned paper – including some neutral options too.

I was really pleased to see the Global Design Projects – theme challenge for this week is Babies! (#GDP003). It was a perfect match up to play along this week, with my recent creations.


I’ve been following these guys since they started just a short three weeks ago, and I have been enjoying the inspiration they have been creating. I was introduced to them by my stamping friend Jessica Williams, who is on their design team.

I am never one to shy away from a challenge so I jumped right in, not just with a card but a cute matching little door hanger for the nursey too. Here are my finished creations…


Having seen ideas on Pintrest early on using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, I knew one day I had to try some of them out. This stamp set and coordinating Tree punch are just so versatile, which I’ve raved about before.


I love punch art, I just don’t create using this style often, as I have so many favourite stamps to use – seriously how to do you choose! But here on the card, I focussed on using the Tree punch and replicating an idea I had seen previously. I teamed it up with the Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper, opting to use one of the neutral designs and colours. Whilst I mainly used the Mint Macaron and Hello Honey colour theme, I couldn’t help but add a splash of Watermelon Wonder, it just gave that little pop the project needed. (If I knew she was having a girl, my choice would be the Strawberry designed paper in that pack – I just love it! And my niece was an ol’ Strawberry Shortcake fan when we were kids!)


The door hanger followed along in theme. I love how the clouds are the same stamps you can use for cupcakes and ice creams. Stampin’ Up! are really clever with designs like that.

I used several sheets of cardstock stuck together to add some strength, punching the hole for the door knob at each layer. I used the patterned paper as a wrap around to hold two of the base cardstock sheets together. With one final backing piece on the outside to neaten it all up plus and lots of Tear and Tape to hold it all together!

I had so much fun putting these together and my niece was quite chuffed when she received it. Now to wait to find out if I have a new niece or nephew!!

Until next time, Stamp creatively…

Happy new catalogue…

… and welcome to my new blog!  Like it?

To celebrate the beginning of the new 2015-16 Stampin’ Up! catalogue, I thought it was timely to launch my new blog too. So all in all a big day really.

What I really like about Stampin’ Up! catalogues, well besides all the great new stamps and accessories to play with, are the ideas. Each page has several beautifully photograph projects to help inspire your creativity.

You can recreate projects as they appear. But if you don’t have the exact same supplies, use the idea to inspire your own creation or simply substitue to colours, stamps or accessories you do have. Here is one project that I just loved, found on pg 16 of the “Thanks” section.

I really like the simplicity of the layout and single use of colour. Oh and don’t you just love the new InColour – Mint Macaron? Whilst “One big meaning” stamp set is on my Wishlist, I don’t have it yet, so here I have substitued Happy Birthday, Everyone, one of the new Hostess sets.

I also like how the smallest of the pearls fits into the centre of the InColour flower embellishment, adding a very sweet touch. I did cut down a little piece of glue dot to help keep it in place.

To view the new catalogue, click here. If you would like you own copy, contact me to organise your own copy.

Until next time… Stamp creatively.