CTC260 – Case Mini Catalogue – Week 1


Happy New Year and Happy New Catalogue. Caseing The Catty Crew are back for another year with more inspiration from our Catalogues.

This year… we have a change to the Challenge component of our hops. We will still be doing a weekly hop, but the Challenge will run for two weeks. So you will receive double the inspiration for each challenge and then have more time to create and play along. Hope you enjoy this change and it helps you to play along. You don’t need to have a blog yourself… just create and load directly to the wall of our Facebook group. Join our Challenge Group here…


Our first hop and challenge for 2020 is all about the new MINI catalogue! Isn’t it wonderful? O. M. Gee… I’m so in love…. as much now as I was 10 years ago when I joined!


So here is my first play with my new toys….

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, STampin' Up!, Outdoor Barbeque, Blends, Brick & Mortar EF

I really couldn’t go past the Outdoor Barbecue stamp set. My hubby is a smoker… of the BBQ kind just like the stamp in this set. It’s an artform for him – getting the perfect smoke-ring and tenderness in cuts of meat you would ordinary pass by at the butchers. So as soon as I saw this set I squealed in pure delight.

Here I kept the design simple and classic…. Card base of Blueberry Bushel, stamped around the edge in same colour ink is the T-Bone steak and fire flame stamps. I layered some Seaside Spray Designer Paper in the middle.

On the main layer of Whisper white cardstock, I stamped the Smoker BBQ image in Memento Black ink and used Stampin’ Blends, in Smokey Slate, to colour it. As the image itself, has shading already, it was easy to blend shadows in and I didn’t spend a lot of time getting it right… it looked good already! I added some Crumb cake for the side rest, and a dot of red, for the temperature gauge.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, STampin' Up!, Outdoor Barbeque, Blends, Brick & Mortar EF

By embossing the bottom third, with the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder, added some texture and making it look like it’s sitting on a bricked floor. I lightly sponged some Crumb Cake ink over the top to help define the texture of them.

I finished it off with a simple sentiment. I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bushell ink and punched the circle with the 1” punch. I layered this over a punched shape from the Ornate Frames dies set, which carried over from last year.

Next up in the Hop is the amazing Michelle Stradz.


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 Sunday night, January 19th.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Colour INKspiration – CI55


Wow… just look at that inspiration image…


There is so much to like in this image, from that gorgeous bed head (I’m sure it’s the colour!), that cute “coconut” cushion that just make me what to jump on, or that gorgeous little bunny sitting quietly on the side table.  Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Denita.

For this challenge, we have the following challenge colours to play with – Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Grapefruit Grove, Rich Razzleberry and Smokey Slate. We can choose 3 or more to play with. So I went with Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo and Smokey Slate.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Just Because

Here I created a simple Mothers Day card for this weekend. Using the Just Because stamp set, I stamped my image in Memento Black and coloured it a little with Flirty Flamingo and Smokey Slate Stampin’ Blends. I used the Colour Lifter to push out some of the gray to lighten it. I fussy cut this image out so that I could make it a floating feature.

I layered this over some Whisper White cardstock which I cut at an angle. This sat over a coloured paper doily in Flirty Flamingo and these over the cardbase in Coastal Cabana, which I embossed with the Subtles Embossing folder.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Just Because

I stamped a simple sentiment, this one is from Tea Together stamp set and the hearts from Nine Lives. I finished off with a couple of small rhinestones for a little bling.

Next up in the hop is Rachel Palmieri.


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 6pm Monday, May 20th. Look forward to seeing you over on the group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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The story of the catch up

So last night was my first blog post back (Yay!!) after my amazing incentive trip last month. My blogging break was a little longer than expected as I had a bad case of Vertigo upon arrival back in Australia. It kind of knock me out for a couple of days, then a slow road back to the land of no-spinning and steady feet! Thankfully, I’m almost all good now and my mojo is coming back too!

So I thought I’d do a quick wrap up of projects from the last little while to catch up.

First up – I thought I’d share a sneak peak. But this is a sneak peak of a different kind. You’ve seen these products before, so nothing new there. But this project will feature in another post I am currently writing about my Incentive trip experience. That post is coming soon, but I thought I’d share the swap I made for the trip, which went to 25 demonstrators around the world.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Painted Glass stamp set, Stained Glass thinlits


Next, upon returning home, my pre-order for this months exclusive bundle, Blended Seasons, was waiting for me. While it had to wait longer than expected before I could use it, this is one of the cards I have made.  This is an exclusive limited time bundle (only available during August 2018) as well as those gorgeous set of new shades in Watercolour pencils. View the products here. Here I have coloured the background of my Whisper White cardstock in Balmy Blue pencil, so that my flowers stayed white.

This card does feature a sneak peak – it’s the new Corrugated embossing folder coming in the Holiday Catalogue next month!!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Blended Season stamp set, Stitched Seasons framelits, Corrugated Embossing Folder


Shortly after arriving home, I enjoyed one of the perks of being a demonstrator – Pre order of new catalogue products!! I just love that we get to see, order and play with new products first!

In the Holiday catalogue starting next month, is a new favourite. At least, I know these are going to be a favourite, as they are just an awesome product. It’s the new Foiled Edge cards and envelopes! Hellooo…. instant bling!! They come in packs of 20 in both gold and silver. Here, I have teamed up the gold ones with some of the gorgeous Broadway Bound suite of products.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Broadway Bound, Broadway Birthday, Happy Birthday Thinlit, Gold edged cards & envelopes


With a trip like we have just enjoyed, I have a list as tall as me of all the Memories & More album making and Scrapping to do!! Here is one page I made recently of my gorgeous princess on her “Princess for a Day” experience that she enjoyed at Disneyland. I just love how you can make embellishments from Stampin’ Up!’s stamps and dies, to adorn pages, without adding to much bulk and fuss.

There is more to this Disney story too and a page 2, so stay tuned!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Painted Glass stamp set, Stained Glass thinlits, Delicate Lace edgelits


So this brings us to last week. I’m busy preparing for a papercraft expo for this weekend. One of the displays I have made showcases how you can use Stampin’ Up! papercraft products to make just about anything your mind imagines. I found this cute frame in a store, I liked the shape but frame on the inside was quite plain. Perfect!!

So I covered the photo matte and the sides with some new woodgrain design pattern paper coming in the Holiday catalogue – Festive Farmhouse. Oh my lordy, I’ll be buying more of this gorgeous pack. Because it is sized at 12×12, it was easy to cover the backing matte in one piece too.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Merry Christmas thinlits, Blended Seasons stamp set, Festive Farmhouse

I added a different pattern for the floor from our regular Woodgrain Textures 6×6 pack and some Whisper White for the ceiling. I finished off the frame with a few simple embellishments: the bell is from this months Blended Seasons bundle and is coloured with the new Real Red Stampin’ Blends. I also used Blends to colour some of the larger Rhinestones, and grouped them together so they look like berries in the Boxwood wreath, which I have unravelled and arranged like a garland.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Blended Season stamp set, Stampin' Blends, Boxwood Wreaths, Festive Farmhouse

The star at the top is a new paper clip embellishment coming in the Holiday catalogue too, along with that gorgeous die cut “Christmas”. You’ll be seeing a lot more of that set, I can tell you now.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Merry Christmas thinlits, Festive Farmhouse


Last but not least a simple box of treats. Here I have dressed up a clear mini treat box with some Designer paper and a few various trims. A simple idea like this and few minutes of your time, turns a pack of lollies into a little gift with some care and thought. When you want to say a simple “thank you”, this is a great way to express your appreciation. It says just as much about you as it does the person you are thanking.


So this brings us up to today, where I have a few more thank yous to create and many more Christmas ideas flowing into my imagination. So stay tuned for more on some of these projects here and all the new ones I’ll be bringing you soon.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,


Get the most from your dies

I thought I’d share with you a couple of little projects, I have been working on lately. These are using Stampin’ Up! thinlit dies, but just not to create a die cut element for use on a card or scrap page.

I’ve been playing with the Springtime Impressions thinlit dies set, which has three thinlit dies. It coordinates with the Abstract Impressions stamp set in the Garden Impressions Suite of products.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Garden Impressions Suite, Abstract Impressions bundle

Today, I’m focussing on the dies, and here I have teamed up the Butterfly die with some Shrink Plastic to make some fun charms.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Springtime Impressions thinlits

They were pretty easy to make and lots of fun. Little Miss 3 thought it was just magic, the way that plastic curled, shrunk and flattened back out. If I could have videod her I would have, her amazement was priceless, but I didn’t was to burn the plastic!

I coloured my shrink plastic with Stampin’ Blends, which are Stampin’ Up! alcohol markers. There are a range of colours available now and more new colours coming very soon. I scribbled colour on to my plastic, punched my shape, shrunk them, added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella brush and popped them on a chain. Take a look….

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Springtime Impressions thinlits

In this die set is also an amazing flower arrangement die. It’s just gorgeous and works beautifully to adorn the half a card. You can punch it out and coloured it up to adhere straight on, or you can trim out individual shapes to arrange on a smaller project.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Springtime Impressions thinlits

Here I have teamed it up with the Embossing Mats to create a subtle texture to my card base instead. The embossed pattern create a lovely subtle look without being overpowering, which is really easy to do when dies are really big like this one is.


Using it this way, dresses up a card base that could otherwise be plain, without the detail taking over.

I’m really enjoying creating something a little different with my Stampin’ Up! craft supplies. I think it’s really important to get the most out of each product and these are just a few ideas to keep your crafting fresh and projects fun and different.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Big Shot


Is it Wine O’Clock Yet?

I just love the Half Full stamp set. I was really pleased to see it carry over into the new year too. More wine for us to play with.

I posted this project just recently (see here), but wanted to go over some of the details in depth for you.

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

Here I used the recently launched Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in my feature elements – the wine bottle and glasses.

As these are based on an alcohol solution, you need to use Memento ink to stamp your outline image. This is so as the pigment in that particular ink means the line work wont bleed once you begin colouring over the top. It’s all to do with alcohol vs oil vs water and the combinations that make up these products.


Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends come in 12 different colours. There are two shades (a light and a dark) for each hue. Each marker has two tips – a brush end (for blending larger areas) and a fine tip end (for more precision work). There is also a Bronze and Ivory marker and a Colour Lifter to help lighten areas to create more of a realistic depth to your colouring.

There are number of ways you can colour with these types of markers. My preferred way, I think, goes against the grain a little. Well, for larger areas anyway. But I just find this gives me the result I’m looking for…

After stamping my outline image, I add shade with the darker marker first in a thin line.

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

Next I use my lighter shade to blend that harsh line away, adding the colour to the remaining areas I need it. As you colour over and over the same areas two things happen – 1: the alcohol mixes together to help dissolve that line so that the colour in the image transitions seamlessly, and
– 2: the lighter shade does get a little darker, this makes me think about where I want my highlight to be so I don’t go over that area quite so much.

As the alcohol flood the cardstock, it may make the colour bleed out past the line work. This may make your image look like you need to brush up on your colouring skills again. So to help avoid that and make you look like the colouring pro you are, just stay in from the edges. If you do happen to put on too much colour, or colour goes outside the line, you can lift it away with the Colour Lifter –  you may need to go over the area a couple of times, allowing drying time in between.

For finer work, like the glasses on the inside of this card. I found it easier to colour the whole glass in with the lighter shade first, then add a touch of the darker shade to add depth.

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

I find I hover between these two methods based on the amount of area I am colouring.


I used Vellum for the glass, allowing the woodgrain to show through slightly, giving it an authentic look. I used the Stitched shapes framelit for the sentiment at the top, and layered this with the Layering Oval framelits and some more of that wood textures paper.

Below is a full supply list used on this project.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration – CI24


What a fun combination of colours we have to finish off this years Colour INKspiration challenges. Welcome if you are starting here with me or if you are joining me from Nicole Wilson.

The Design Teams inspiration using these colours are just awesome, be sure to hop through and pick up some ideas. This last colour combo is Pool Party, Tranquil Tide, Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobbler. Loved them the minute I saw them.


Here is inspiration for this week.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Mixed Drinks, Stampin' Blends

It’s kind of drinks seasons, so I decided a cocktail was the order of the day. Whilst mostly, I don’t mind the odd Long Island for my cocktail, today I pulled out my Stampin’ Blends to make this one. Mixed Drinks was the perfect stamp set to use.

I started with Memento Black ink to stamp my glass and umbrella. Next I used Cherry Cobbler and…. Okay so I cheated – I used Pink Pirouette (Bronwyn – your chocies are in the mail!!) Stampin’ Blends to colour my cocktail. Once happy with it, I allowed to dry a little then stamped my ice cubes. Finished it off with a wedge of Lime, stamped in Tranquil Tide.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Mixed Drinks, Stampin' Blends

I used Pool Party for the card base which I embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. I wrapped some Tranquil Tide ribbon around the length of the card, and finished off with some Blushing bride cardstock tied with a simple bakers twine in Whisper White.

I popped on my cocktail image and finished with a simple sentiment to coordinate in Cherry Cobbler.

Next up in the hop is the amazing Julia Quinn. Hop along to see what she has in store using these cool colours.


This challenge is our last for the year, it closed 7pm, Monday 25th. Load up your creation using these colour to our Facebook challenge group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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