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September 2011

Timeless Portrait Fabric and 3D Flowers


Yes I'm still playing around with my Big Shot Top Note Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and Stampin' Up fabric.  This time it is one of the designs from the Timeless Portrait pack.  (Pg 140)  Love the black and vanilla.  SOOO nice with Cherry Cobbler. 

Note: I've stuck my fabric onto cardstock with the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on page 155 before running it through the Big Shot.


I do quite like Cherry Cobbler stamped and sponged with black ink.  I'd really only ever sponged the same colour on to my cardstock and noticed a couple of swaps with the black sponging on red - very nice.  That's the great thing about taking part in swaps - you get lots of new ideas to try. 

Speaking of new things to try - have to say a big thanks to Toby who showed me (and some of the other girls at last Thursday's launch) how to make these groovy flowers from 8 punched scalloped circles.  Works a treat with the nice light weight First Edition Specialty Paper (pg 127.) 


Toby showed us how to punch the scallops, dampen them on a wet sponge, scrunch them up then unscrunch them again (but don't smooth the wrinkles out too much) then layer them all on top of each other (without lining up the scallops) - little brad through the middle to hold them then give them a bit of a foof until you're happy with your flower.  Some sponging of ink too of course.  I love them. Thanks Tobes!

Stamp Set: The swirl in the background is from Creative Elements (pg 89)

Other: Cherry Cobbler Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (pg 139)

Finishing off with a couple of cards from Jack and Hannah.  My sister and I had a nice card making afternoon with the kids last Saturday using some leftover launch bits and pieces. Jack was VERY chuffed with his card. (Can you tell!?)


Here's Hannah's (left) and Jack's (right)


I loved the insides too.  Jack wrote his for Lisa ....

For Aunty Lisa.  Dear Lisa, I love you forever. From Jack

Hannah wrote hers for John and I ....

Dear Mum and Dad, Thanks for my lovely life and school and thanks for taking care of me when I'm sick, hurt and sad.  Love from your daughter Hannah

OK that probably helps the brownie point quota.  :-)

While I'm showing some of their cards, Hannah wanted to have a try with the fabric and with the 3D flowers.  She LOVES all things pink so of course chose the Flirtatious fabric and some retired DSP for the flower.  Purple comes a close second so she picked Wisteria Wonder for the base card. She fossicked about and found an offcut of Pool Party done with the lace border punch so added that on for good measure.  Here's her card.


We had quite a fun afternoon.  Must do it again sometime soon.

Not long til the weekend now!   Have a lovely day.

Cheers, Sue 

Perfectly Penned Thank You Card

I have just a slight embossing folder fetish - just love them.  My latest addition to the collection is the Stripes one - isn't it great.  Nice for masculine cards too I think.  Here it is in Cherry Cobbler.  


Stamp Set:  The new gorgeous greeting set Perfectly Penned.  (I've got a bit of a font fetish too!)

Colours: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler

Other Products:   Cherry Cobbler Striped Ribbon (yum), First Edition Specialty DSP, a big silver brad rather badly embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder (don't look too closely at that bit!)   The new big circle punch (2 1/2") and the Decorative Label punch.  Sponge wedges - I really love that First Edition newsprint looking paper with some black sponging. 


LOVE the Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  Well - botched it up on the brad but how nice does the greeting look.


Launch Ladies Favourite Products Vote

I was looking through the voting slips from my launch nights last week.  We had 24 voting slips to count and the stand out favourite hostess product was Faith In Nature, closely followed by Happy Birthday Wishes.   Favourite stamp set was Four Frames, with Delicate Doilies a very close second, and Summer Solstice and Dinoroar even for third place.  Favourite non stamp set product was the Lace Border Punch.   I hope to show you some cards using these favourites in the coming weeks.  

Thank You

Sending out a big thank you to my sister Lisa for all her help with classes, with my launches last week and she even helped with collating the voting slips over the weekend.  Thanks HEAPS. 

Have a great week guys,

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up 2011/12 Catalogue Launch Wrap Up

I've had a terrific couple of nights celebrating the launch of the Stampin' Up new Idea Book and Catalogue with a bunch of lovely ladies.  Here's some pics from the nights along with something my launch ladies have been waiting to hear - the prize draw winners!


A new catalogue, wish list and goody bag for everyone as they entered.  Congratulations to all our door prize winners.

Everyone was able to check out the new In Colours ....


... and make a little colour chart to take home.


Here's our make and takes ...  (Oops the one on the left had a run in with an ink pad I think - don't mind the little 'extra' black ink there.)


... and people made their way along the kitchen bench stations to try out a few more sets on their sampler card.



And we shared some nibblies while voting for our favourite stamp sets, hostess sets and other products.   The voting slips all went into a container.  My Thursday night ladies drew out one winner from Wed night and one from Thurs night.


Congratulations to .....

Jeanette who has won a Crumb Cake ink pad

and to Tobi who has won a Pool Party ink pad. 

I hope you have lots of fun with your new ink pads ladies.

Now onto the next prizes.



Everyone who ordered got a ticket (or a few) into the prize draw and told me their top 3 hostess set picks.  We have LOTS of winners.  Jack's been very busy drawing out names this afternoon!  

Here goes ....

Julie has won Happy Birthday Wishes

Cecile has won the very popular Faith In Nature

Robyn has won the gorgeous Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper

Kerri has won Faith In Nature

Crysal has won Happy Birthday Wishes

Val has won Faith In Nature

Gail has won Faith In Nature

Terri has won Simply Soft

Anne-Marie has won Faith In Nature

and Sharron has won the Cheerful Treat Designer Series Patterned Paper

Once we'd drawn the hostess set names there were 2 more names to draw.    These two ladies have the opportunity to order one item at 50% off.  I'll be in touch to check what you'd like.

Congratulations to .....

Michele T and Mel on their 50% off chance. 

Our other ladies in the draw will get a little bag of DSP squares so that we all share in the fun. 

Thanks to everyone who came along and helped join in the fun of launch night, and congratulations to all our prize winners. 

Better finish off with a card.  This is a simple one featuring a stamp set that didn't really appeal to me at first (I won it) until I stamped with it.  Once it hit ink it shot straight to the top of my favourites list.   

Stamp Set: Summer Solstice. The greeting is from My Friend.  

Colours:  Night Of Navy, Cajun Craze, More Mustard

Cheers, Sue

Launch News


Seventeen lovely ladies joined me last night to launch the 2011 2012 Idea Book and Catalogue.  We had a terrific night making a couple of projects, a colour chart, a sampler sheet, and collecting a goody bag.  And having a nibble on some Mars Bar Slice - mmm!  Some lucky ladies won door prizes - congrats.   This evening we're doing it all again.  There's a few spare spots if you'd like to be a last minute addition to the list - we'd love to have you join us.  Email or phone to grab a spot.  We kick off at 7.30pm.

I've got lots of photos to share once launch week comes to a close.  Stay tuned!

Cheers, Sue

September Newsletter

If you're one of my newsletter subscribers - keep an eye on those inboxes, your September Madex Creations newsletter should be on its way any moment now.

Here's a little peek at a quick card in this month's newsletter using the Reverse Masking technique we tried at last month's classes.  

Stamp Set: Delicate Doilies.  Colours: Calypso Coral and Basic Gray.


The Stampin' Up warehouse crew have been amazing and my order (placed on Thursday) was on my doorstep this morning - wow!   Time for me to go play with some new things I think.  Hope to be back soon with some new projects to share.  

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up 2011 2012 New Idea Book and Catalogue

New catalogue cover September 1st is here and that means it is time to launch the new Stampin' Up Idea Book and Catalogue for 2011/2012. 

Click here to view the new catalogue online:  Current Catalogue 

If you'd like a copy to pore over in person, drop me a line and I'll organise one. 

$15 includes postage to your door.   $10 to pick up.


Grab a cuppa first - there's lots of yummy new goodies inside. 

Some of my favourites so far ....

Pg 7 - The fabulous new hostess rewards scheme.  Earn hostess dollars on orders/workshops of $300 or more. 

Pg 59 - Dinoroar - A fabulous cute set for those little dinosaur fans.  Perfect for kids cards.

Pg 89 - Creative Elements - love this set!  And flip over a page for Delicate Doilies - another favourite of mine.

Pg 95 - Four Frames - works with our Decorative Label Punch.  Been waiting for this one.

Pg 127 - Can't wait to get my hands on some Mocha Morning Specialty Paper with some gorgeous flocked sheets.

Pg 139 - Cherry Cobbler wide striped ribbon - Yay!

Pg 140 - 5 designs of the new Designer Fabric plus the adhesive roll (iron on.)  Mmmmmm!

Pg 145 - Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  (Can you tell I love Cherry Cobbler?!)

Pg 151 - Can't wait to try the Doily Triple Layer punch and love my new Lace Ribbon Border punch.

Pg 157 - Some new embossing folders - love the stripes.

..... and better not forget Pg 163 since I'm a big storage fan.  Love the clear block caddy and Die Storage. 

So that's a few of my favourites - what has caught your eye?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Here's a card that features a few new products .....

Stamp Sets:  Delicate Doilies and Perfectly Penned

DSP: Timeless Portrait

Colours: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla


New Catalogue Launch

Local Ladies - there's room left for my Catalogue Launches if you'd like to come along on Wed 14th or Thurs 15th September.  Details here.    Avondale Heights, Melbourne.

September Starter Kit Specials:  

Join in sept flyer If that's not enough exciting news for one day, there's a couple of great specials this month too. 

If you've ever thought of becoming a demonstrator yourself - either to pursue as a business, or just to buy for yourself - there are two starter kit specials on during September. 

$169 Mini Starter Kit

If you've been thinking of joining but already have a nice collection of Stampin' Up supplies then this is the kit for you.  With contents valued at $310, you'll get all the benefits of becoming a demonstrator for just $169.    Find out what is in the mini kit here:  Mini Kit Details

20% Off The Full Starter Kit

If you'd prefer the full starter kit, boosted with some new additions now and valued at over $610 - then during September it is 20% off.   That means just $231.20 during September.   Check out the full starter kit here:  Full Starter Kit

If you'd like to join the crew - get in touch and I can answer any questions you've got, tell you about the demonstrator benefits, and get you started.  It is quick and easy to join online.

......  So happy New Catalogue Day!  I look forward to sharing some new catalogue creations with you over the month.  Get in touch if I can help you with any September Stampin' Up questions.

Cheers, Sue