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September 2008

Birthday Invites ...

Hannah is having a party this year at a play centre and they provided the invites.

Hannah's invites before I wanted to jazz them up a little so did a bit of stamping on an A5Hannahs invites after page and stuck these on.  (OK a little bit busy but Hannah loves them!)

After doing 20+ I discovered it is easier to do it procession line style and do all the large flowers, then all the happy birthdays and so on.  Oh and my little orange flower is done with my orange marker on the flower stamp and I wouldn't really recommend doing 60 of this method in one sitting!  Was wishing for a pumpkin pie ink pad!

Hannah was busy with her craft supplies beside me. This is what she came up with.

Hannahs sticker pictures 

Back with your regular program soon!

Cheers, Sue and Hannah!

Last chance ...

... to pick up a free Stampin' Around wheel when you purchase a selected range of stamp sets. (Details here!)  Only a couple of days left until the end of September.  The Priceless bundle has been very popular. 

One of the stamp sets is Carte Postale.  I used it plus my Rich Regals markers to decorate these little noodle boxes - perfect for popping a small gift inside.

Carte postale noodle boxes 

If you've had your eye on this set, you might like to purchase it before the end of September, and pick up a free Leaves A La Carte jumbo wheel as well.

I used my wheel to make this scrapbook page and a quick, easy card - quite handy.

Hannah mitred border    Leaves wheel

Give me a buzz on 0417 377 057 if you are keen to take advantage of  the September 'free stuff' special.

For The Locals

It is market day again for me today so pop on by if you are out and about and in the area.  Milleara Shopping Centre, Cnr Buckley St and Milleara Rd, Avondale Heights.  9 - 3pm. 

Browse our catalogue, check out lots of display cards and also a great chance to ask any Stampin' Up! questions you might have.  Hope to see you there.

Cheers, Sue

Cards For The Guys ...

Now why do I always find these a challenge?  Perhaps its because many of the stamp sets I like most seem to feature flowers or are feminine in design. 

I sat down recently to make a card for my dad's birthday and this is what I came up with.  I quite like the simple layout and use of white space.


The Recipe

Stamp Set:  Best Friend's Alphabet Upper

Ink:  Black Stazon

Paper:  A textured white base card (non SU) and Pumpkin Pie Patterned Paper pack (pg 136)

Other: Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (pg 146) and a slot punch to make a slit to pass it through.  Black Stampin Write marker for the doodled border.

I'd been meaning to try some doodling, use patterned paper and a stapler on a card or layout so this one ticked all those boxes. 

Now shall I make a confession - hmmmm. 

Shhhh - I somehow missed making my dad a Fathers' Day card this year so this card doubles as a belated one of those. 

Hbd letters

Yes - if you lift the B (for Birthday) you will find an F (for Fathers' Day.)  Two for one.  I know, I know - how could I not make my super dad a Fathers' Day card on time!  Sorry dad - but I guess better late than never.

Wasn't finished with my doodling experiment yet.  I decided to make a doodled shape and cut it out for the inside of the card.  What do you think??

Hbd inside card

OK that's it for me for today.  Off for some more school holiday fun!  The kids and I are enjoying the relaxed, 'stay in our jammies half the morning' days.  The weather has been smiling and it has been lovely catching up with friends and family. Speaking of which - Hannah, Jack and I are off to mum and dad's for a few days next week so my newsletter will be a day or so later than usual.  (Once I return to my trusty computer!)  Keep an eye out for it late next week. 

See you all again soon with some more creations.

Cheers, Sue

A Snapshot Of Daily Life ...

If you like the idea of quickly putting together a scrapbook album to record a bit of a snapshot of life in your household this year, you might want to take a peek at my article at Aussie Scrapbooking this week.  You can find it here

If you've been reading my blog for a while you might recognise a few of these 8" x 8" layouts.  (They look better now - I managed to work out how to get a darker border to appear around my white pages which looks much better for posting scans!) 

Here are a few of the layouts from 'The A-Z of Us in 2007!'

A is for art work 

F ish for fish tank 

G is for grandma 

I is for i love 

K is for kids stuff 

S is for scrapbook 

(Note: My desk pre Stampin' Up!  It has gradually been taken over by stamps and inks since then!)

W is for worms 

Z is for zzz 

Phew - did you make it through all those!   I've completed all the journalling and have just a few more pages to put together to complete the album.  Managed to fit lots of odds and ends about daily life into the alphabet.  Some things that I otherwise probably wouldn't have scrapped about too. 

And it was nice to have a project that I could tackle with a spare 10 - 20 minutes here or there, and when I wasn't in the mood for thinking too hard.  Just grabbed a photo, my rough journalling notes and followed the simple plan. 

Perhaps you'd like to try a snapshot in time mini album this year?? 

Cheers, Sue

Doodling ...

I've been reading Penny's posts on Doodling over at Aussie Scrapbooking and have been itching to try some ever since.  It is a bit of a departure from my usual style and its always nice to try something different.  Had a go on a card instead - doodling on a layout is next on the list!

Here is what I came up with.  (My first effort remember ...)

Squares with flower card 

The Recipe

Stamp Sets:  None!  Inks: Basic Black for sponging the edges of the paper squares

Papers: For the base card I used a textured white card I added to my blank card drawer yonks ago plus some Fall Flowers Designer Series Patterned Paper (pg 134 if you are looking for it.)

Other: My black Stampin' Write marker for the doodling, square punch, jumbo eyelet and cropadile.

I took some pics along the way so here is a bit of a step by step ...

First punch all your squares of paper and arrange them onto your card.

Squares arrange 

Then if you are anything like me spend the next ten minutes rearranging them multiple times until you are happy with the balance of colours and designs, or until you just get sick of rearranging and stop!

Squares rearrange 

Doodle a rough border around each square then ink the edges of your squares on an ink pad for more definition.

Square ink edges 

Now it is time for the flower.  Roughly doodle some petals and a flower centre and cut them out of the patterned paper.

Square draw petals 

Assemble the flower - I stapled it to help hold it in place.

Square staple petals 

Add your jumbo eyelet and you are all done! 

Scan squares card   

What new technique or material or tool would you like to try this week??

Happy experimenting!

Cheers, Sue

Emboss Resist and Snowflakes ...

If my inspiration has waned I often pop by Splitcoast Stampers for a dose of ideas from stampers all over the globe. 

Got a great idea for an emboss resist snowflake card on Splitcoast Stampers from this card by DawnL.

Here is my version. 

Browns emboss resist snowflake 

The Recipe

Stamp Set:  The Snowflake Spot

Inks: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip sponged

Papers: Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip

Other:  Embossing (White) gear, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Tag Punch, Brass Brad

Another of the cards we did at this month's technique class.  This class is being repeated on Sept 25th.  Check here for more info.  There are a couple of spots left if you'd like to join us.

Sponging inky backgrounds is quite fun.  Whenever I start the process I think 'ugh that looks revolting' but keep sponging and sponging and it always seems to turn into something I like after a while.  Watch those inky fingers though - you have to be careful not to get fingerprints on your next project!  (Yep - speaking from experience again!)

Happy inking,

Cheers, Sue

Scrapbooking Notes...

This year I've been hit by the card making bug and have had a few months where my scrapbooking supplies have been rather lonely!  I wanted to keep some notes about day to day family life for when the scrapping bug hit again. 

Read about what I came up with in my article today at Aussie Scrapbooking. 

Scrapbooking notes

Here are the layouts from my article (with a close up on the text to save squinting at the screen.)

Hannah jan 1 

Hannah jan brother scan text  

Hannah jan 2

Hannah jan text scan 

If you'd like a copy of my sheets to adapt for your scrapbooking notes, email me at and I'll hit reply and attach the file.

Cheers,  Sue

Scribbling ...

I borrowed the stamp set 'Scribble This (pg 73) from my friend Leanne and we are using it for this month's technique class for some crayon resist.  (Thanks Leanne!)

Crayon resist scribble card

The Recipe

Stamp Sets: Scribble This and Short and Sweet.  (OK I think Short and Sweet officially gets the title of my most used set - what do you think??)

Ink: Perfect Plum and Pale Plum (sponged)

Cardstock: Glossy white, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Basic Black

Other: White wax crayon (courtesy of Crayola), black eyelets and my cropadile, a chopped up sponge for the sponging.

If you're in Melbourne's west and would like to give this one a go, there are a couple of spots left at my Sept 25th technique class.  Details here.

Ever wondered what to do with that brown packing paper that comes with your Stampin' Up order if you get it delivered straight to you??  Jack has a good suggestion!

Jack and packing paper 

Cheers,  Sue

Beautiful Vellum Butterflies ...

I was hopping around blogland a week or so ago and came across one of Teneale Williams' gorgeous creations - this one.

It was one of those cards that just said 'You've got to try this!'  Here is my version.

Sahara sand emboss resist butterfly 

The Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs and Touch Of Nature (for the lovely detailed butterfly), Short and Sweet for the greeting.

Ink: Sahara Sand for the brayering, Versamark for the background swirl and for embossing, Stazon Black for the greeting

Papers: Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Basic Black, and Vellum Cardstock

Other: Embossing gear incl white embossing powder, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

I just love the butterfly.  To make one yourself - just stamp it with Versamark onto vellum cardstock then emboss in white.  Trim with some nice sharp scissors.  Actually if the thought of cutting out butterflies makes you cringe, I should add that I found trimming embossed images with their nice raised bits is easier than trimming a regular stamped image. 

Vellum embossed butterfly 

This was one of the cards we did at my technique class last Thursday - emboss resist and crayon resist.  One of the lovely group of ladies who was there - Lydia- did 2 butterflies.  She stuck one down flat then popped the other one on top with the wings raised a little - it looked lovely.  Something to try on my next go at this design. 

Classes - September and October

I am repeating this class on Thursday 25th September and have a couple of spots left if you are keen to come along and try some different techniques.   Most people got 3 or 4 cards made along with their samples for their technique books.  Class fee is $15 and you can find details  here

Colouring equipment watermark We took a bit of a vote for a topic for October's Technique Class topic and decided on 'Colouring.'  I'll be running this class twice in October - 9th and 30th- at my place in Avondale Heights (in Melbourne's west.)  We'll be trying blender pens, aquapainters, watercolour crayons, Stampin' Pastels, ink pads, markers, watercolour paper and more.  Come along if you'd like to try a range of ways to add colour to your stamping.   

A Family That Colours Together ...

There is something quite therapeutic about doing a spot of colouring isn't there?  My family obviously agrees as lately the dining table has been a colouring centre with everyone joining in!

Family colouring 

Poppy got into the action too recently with his grandkids.

Poppy colouring 

Have you tried some colouring lately?? Very relaxing!  Give it a go.

Happy Stamping,

Cheers, Sue

Using Lots Of Photos ..

If you are a scrapbooker like me - fighting your way through leaning towers of photos to get to your scrapbooking space, you might be interested in my article today at Aussie Scrapbooking.  Its about Using Lots Of Photos.   Here are a couple of layouts from it.

Sue madex granddads garden double 

Sue madex jack on floor leftSue madex jack on floor right   

Sue madex reading together 

Sue madex reading text 

Pop over to Aussie Scrapbooking if you get a chance and tell me how many photos you've managed to squeeze onto one layout!

Cheers, Sue