Card Classes: Melbourne

2019_SAB_P18_B 2019_SAB_P08_BAre you keen to get creative in 2019?  Come along to a card making class.  They're loads of fun and we are a friendly bunch.  My classes are held at my place in Avondale Heights, in Melbourne's west.  

We're all set for the first batch of classes for 2019.  Once again there'll be 4 dates to choose from each month. 

We'll be featuring a different technique each month and making our technique samples to pop in an art journal, plus 3 cards.

Still fine tuning my class projects so I can't give you any more details - but book a spot before they fill up.  My class regulars know we always do something fun.    

February Dates:

Wednesday Feb 13th:  7.30pm – 9.30pm

Friday Feb 15th:  10am – 12

Thursday Feb 21st:  7.30 – 9.30pm

Friday Feb 22nd: 10am – 12


March Dates:

Wednesday Mar 20th :  7.30pm – 9.30pm

Friday March 22nd:  10am – 12

Thursday March 28th:  7.30 – 9.30pm

Friday March 29th:  10am – 12

This year we're also going to have the opportunity to contribute to some great causes by making a simple extra card at class for some charities. For those of you further afield I'll have details in my next newsletter on how you can take part too.

Bookings for classes are essential and spots fill fast.   Text 0417 377 057 or email to reserve your spot. 

Craft Room Clean Up #437

It is January and I've been binge watching some of the decluttering shows on Netflix (Tidying Up and others.)  So I got a bit carried away when clearing the top of my craft desk yesterday and before you know it I'd emptied half the room!  I'm working on thinking carefully about how I want to use the space and only bringing back in the things I really want to be there then 'moving on' the rest.  Anyone else doing a bit of a January declutter? 

Here's a few progress pics.  My desk had actually been relatively tidy til I dumped a whole bunch of things on it while getting ready to host Christmas.  I decided it needed a bigger overhaul though - too much clutter that I don't use often or at all. 

Mess 1 Empty 1







Empty 2

So now the desk and bookshelf are just about empty.

And I have a giant giant mess in our dining room.  Time to get cracking and dive into that today!  Wish me luck or it'll be a while before we can eat dinner there!! 

Mess 2

Have you got any January decluttering projects on the go?  Wishing you all the best with clearing out some of the clutter we seem to accumulate. 

Need a bit of help or guidance to declutter and sort your craft space?  My stamping friend Tina (find her over at Scissors Paper Cards) told me about this 30 day craft room declutter challenge by JenniferMaker - full of great free step by step tips.  Here's the link.  30 Day Challenge

Saleabration is in full swing.  Read all about how to get your freebies here

Stampin' Up Australia is moving warehouses at the moment so orders placed this week may take a couple of extra days to arrive.  Due to be back in full swing next week.  The new warehouse is using an eco air pocket style biodegradable packing material instead of the reams (and reams) of brown paper we've used in the past.  So we are waving farewell to our brown paper.  (I've saved a ton of it to use in the guinea pig cage.)  I'm in two minds really on it as I'm not a fan of anything plastic and would like to know a bit more about the biodegradability but although the paper was recyclable - gosh there was always SO MUCH of it, didn't seem very environmentally friendly.  Complicated issue isn't it.  

Brown paper

I think we need a pretty card pic to finish.  Hoping to achieve stellar results this weekend and to come back soon with an after pic (please, please, please - eek!)  Then I can get back to creating.  I think I'm going to start with butterflies - I'm just LOVING all the new butterfly related products we have. 


Have a fabulous weekend.

OK time to roll the sleeves up Sue Madex!!

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up: Saleabration and Occasions Catalogue 2019


January 3rd means it is officially the launch of the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue and also the start of Saleabration. 

Head on over here and click the Occasions Tab to browse through all the beautiful things in our new catalogue: 

Sue's Online Store

The small Saleabration brochure has orange dot (free with $90 purchase) and green dot (free with $180 purchase) items so once you're done shopping don't forget to select your freebies. 

I love these stunning lilies - free with a $180 purchase.


The butterfly paper is beautiful too and the 5 pack of pretty ribbons is another favourite.  The ribbons work so well with the gingham paper from the Occasions range. 


Saleabration is also a FABULOUS time to join Stampin' Up!  You get a couple of choices of extras this year during Saleabration.

Option One: Pay just $169 and select $315 of your favourite current products as your starter kit!!  (That's $80 more than usual - a great bonus for joining during SAB.)

Option Two: Pay $210 and select $315 of your favourite current products for your starter kit PLUS you'll get this fab craft tote. 


Note: Jump in early for this option as I'm predicting they'll sell out quickly.  Current demos had a chance last month to order this bag and our stash sold out in a flash. 

To join just make your list of your must have favourite products and then head over here:  Join Sue's Team

Of course - get in touch if you've got any questions.  I'd be happy to help.  My team is a friendly bunch with a mix of

  • happy shoppers who like to purchase their craft products for themselves at a discount and
  • people who are gathering little groups for a craft session or class and
  • those building an online work from home business. 

Whatever you'd like to do, you'll be welcome in my Think Ink team.  This is a terrific time to join. 


Happy stamping everyone!

Cheers, Sue

Best of 2018 and wishes for 2019

Best 8 2018

Just ducking in to say a quick hello on the last day of the year.  I think the time between Christmas and New Year's is just about my favourite of the year.  A great time for chilling out with family (and with my new novel) and reflecting on the year just gone and making plans for the year ahead.  It always seems to be a time of year full of resolution and optimism. 

Cheers TablesI hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  We hosted my family this year at our place on Christmas Day then headed to Bunninyong on Boxing Day to spend a relaxed day with John's side of the family.  It was so nice to see all my loved ones over two days, and I think I ate enough to last through to 2019!   Lego, jigsaws and novels have already been put to good use post Christmas. 

I've taken a short break from the craft desk (actually I buried it again in my pre Christmas clean up - ha ha!) but I'll be back very soon with some Occasions/Saleabration creations to share with you.   Catalogues went out just before Christmas to those who've ordered in the last 6 months and next batch are heading out today.  Holler if you haven't ordered in a while but would still like a catalogue so I know to pop one in the post for you.  They kick off on January 3rd (oops not the 4th as this post originally said - I was a day out!) so not long now.

I've got a new host code all set up for January.  It is RXY9V2GF.  Pop that on when you're ordering online and I'll send a little sample pack the following month. 

Wishing you all that you hope for in 2019 and may there be lots of creativity as well.  I'm looking forward to planning some enjoyable classes - beginning in Feb.  This year we're also going to have the opportunity to contribute to some great causes by making a simple extra card at class for some charities.  For those of you further afield I'll have details in my next newsletter on how you can take part too. 

Making some resolutions this year?  I love this list of ideas from Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist. 

Happy New Year everyone!

Cheers, Sue

H and me


Stampin' Up: Clearance Rack New Items Added

How are all the pre Christmas preparations and catch ups going?  I still have lots on my present buying list - eek.  Will have to brave the shopping centre one day soon.  

If you're doing a spot of online shopping - Stampin' Up have updated the clearance rack today and there are some bargains there. Check the full range out here:  Clearance Rack

Here are a few favourites of mine.

The Stitched Season framelits are there if you missed out on those.  Just $34.20.  So versatile.

Stitched seasons dies

This is just about my favourite ever paper I think.  Colour it or leave it plain - just so handy.  And only $7.70.  That won't last long I predict.

Petal passion dsp

Petal passion cards

While we're talking paper - here's another one that was very popular with my class ladies.  Those gold highlights look so good with the pink.   $8.40 on the clearance rack while stocks last. 

Painted with love dsp

Looking to get more organised with your birthday cards.  Here's a great kit to help.  A cute card holding box with monthly tabs to write those dates on.  Plus the bits you need for 16 cards to get you started.   On sale for $18.

Perennial birthday kit 2

Perennial birthday kit

Are you a planner fan?  This one is terrific.  It is undated so you can start it anytime.  Makes a lovely gift too.  Only $25.60 and refills for $18. 

Planner 2


Check out these and other bargains (while stocks last) here:   Clearance Rack

Have a fabulous week and I hope all your festive season fun is going well. 

Take care, Sue

December Stampin' Up! News

Hello Everyone!  I hope your December is off to a great start. 

I've been updating my video page today so head on over there and scroll down for the weekly updates section if you'd like a video version of the latest news and Christmas cards.    Sue's Video Page

Here's today's weekly update.  Just a short one today - perfect for this end of year busy patch.

Year End Close Out Sales: From Dec 5th

December is here and shortly our Year End Close Out Sales will begin.  Keep an eye on my online store from December 5th and you'll find a selection of retiring and surplus products on sale through til Jan 2nd.  Items are while stocks last.

Your Holiday Catalogue officially goes to 'while stocks last' status this month so grab any faves you've got your eye on before they're gone. 

If you're hoping for some Stampin' Up! goodies under the Christmas tree then best to order by 10th December to leave time for the post. 

Happy December!

Cheers, Sue