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December 2011

Last of the Christmas Cards

OK last batch to share.  Finally got a pic that shows off the shimmer in the Shimmery White cardstock just a little.  I'm completely out of it now so must remember to reorder in the New Year.


I punched some of the shimmer paper with the triple doily punch, and some Night of Navy embossed with Petals a Plenty and spritzed with Isocol/Shimmer Paint.  Then just add glimmer brads. 



And revisited my squares design too ....


Signing off for a few days now.  Wishing you all a very merry Christmas filled with family, friendship and fun.   Travel safely for those of you on the road. 

I look forward to catching you in this part of blogland after the festive season.

Merry, Merry Christmas,  Love Sue

Cheers,  Sue

Dasher Card

I've shown you one like this before but popped some Dasher panels onto my trusty Shimmery White cardstock for another batch of cards this year.  My mat pack template and paper piercer have been getting a good work out adding a few holes as finishing touches.


Dasher is stamped using Frost White Shimmer Paint dabbed directly onto the rubber.  Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler. 


Kinder finished yesterday and school a couple of weeks ago, so we're officially on holidays now.  We're home for most of the holidays aside from a few days over Christmas so get in touch if you're wanting to place any orders.

Poor Hannah has had a nasty case of tonsilitis so not the best start for her but she is nearly on the mend now.  She's always been rather a shocker for taking medicine so I was most relieved to find she can swallow a capsule with a spoonful of yoghurt (and without assorted fuss and hystrionics!)   Aaaaah sometimes the simplest things have you feeling thankful.  Grateful for capsules this week. 

Two more Christmas posts for you in the coming days then on to some other projects. 

Cheers,  Sue

More Reverse Masking

The later in December it gets, the simpler my card designs are getting!  I'm really loving these reverse masking ones.  Fun to do and I like the end result.   Here's another version. 


Colours for this one are Cherry Cobbler, Concord Crush and Old Olive for the stamping and once again, Sahara Sand for the sponging.  Shimmery White cardstock again for a beautiful shimmery base. 

Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled and Many Merry Messages. 


These ones are easy peasy.  (Waving hello Robyn.)  You just grab a sheet of cardstock (I used a damaged one) and tear it in half.   I use Dotto to position it onto my card leaving a gap.  (I put the Dotto on the base page, not on the actual card.)  Then just do your stamping.  I like to finish with some sponging of a light colour - my favourite is definitely Sahara Sand.  Once you're done you remove the torn cardstock and voila, a lovely panel of stamping on your card.  Here's a pic I took while I was working. 


In this pic I've done the stamping, about to do the sponging, then can lift off those orange bits of card, stamp my greeting and I'm done.   Note - I tore my cardstock across the narrow width of an A5 piece as I was doing portrait orientation cards.  Then I decided to do this landscape orientation card and just kept using the same torn pieces.  Would be better really to have the torn card pieces wider than your card. 

I braved the shopping centre last night to get stuck into some Christmas shopping and was surprised to have no trouble getting a park at 7.30pm.  Might be an advantage to leaving the shopping to almost the last minute! 

Hope your week is going well.  

Cheers,  Sue

Reverse Masking Snow Swirled

What do you think?  In the festive spirit??  Just a few more days of Christmas cards to share then we'll get onto some non Christmas creating.   I think one of my all time favourite Christmas stamp sets is still Snow Swirled.   I tried some reverse masking with it yesterday.  (I think that's what it is called.)


For the sparkle I've used some glimmer paper with the doily punch for some and the self adhesive rhinestones for the others. 


Colours are: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive and some Sahara Sand for the sponging.


I do love that Concord Crush glimmer brad.


Scuse the soft focus there.  I've been fluffing about with a different lens I dug out the back of a cupboard and didn't quite have the settings right for card photography. 

Was very happy with it for kidlet photography though .....



They look rather angelic there don't they.  Of course that's when you don't have any volume on to hear squabbling.  Hee hee.

Wishing you a peaceful day in this busy week.

Cheers, Sue 

Ornament Punch Christmas Tree

Ornament-punch-snippetRather a festive month here at Madex Creations isn't it.  I must say I'm quite looking forward to getting out some floral stamps. 

My brain wants to get straight into January actually - in quite a New Year's Resolution and spring cleaning mood but still some more Decemberish things to do first so will wait for Jan!

Here's an ornament punch Christmas tree.  (Based on a scrapbook layout on page 25 of our previous catalogue plus I think I saw the design when blog surfing too but can't find it now to link - apologies.)


Stamp Set:  Delightful Decorations    Other: Ornament Punch, Circle Punches, Glimmer Paper and a pearl.

Colours:Miixed a bunch of reds for this one - Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, plus Old Olive embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.


Have a lovely weekend.  I've got a few more designs to show you so pop by if you're taking a break in blogland.

Cheers, Sue

Doily Triple Layer Christmas Card

A quick little Christmas card idea for you today using one of our handy note cards and the doily triple layer punch. 


 This card is inspired by one I received from Claire Daly earlier in the year. 

Stamp Set: Delicate Doilies and Many Merry Messages.  (That Noel greeting is getting a good inking this year!) 

Colours: Old Olive ink pad and Cherry Cobbler marker

DSP:  Hmmm not sure - I think it was Real Red or Poppy Parade, from one of the Patterns Stack DSP packs.

Other: Glimmer Brads.

You can find the note cards on page 126.  Great value - you get a pack of 20 cards and envelopes for $9.50. They're about 9cm x 13cm.


Signing off for now but back soon with more ideas to share.

Cheers,  Sue

Navy Torn Snow Swirled Christmas Card

OK I'm cheating a little today as I think I've already shown you this card earlier in the year.  I did make a little adddition though and added a few rhinestones and that touch of sparkle made enough of a difference that I thought I'd snap some pics and share it again.


I masked an area with torn paper then stamped the snowflakes from Snow Swirled (still my favourite Christmas stamp set.)  I sponged Sahara Sand over the top.  Snowflake colours are Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Riding Hood Red.  I originally intended the base of the card to be white but I got an inky fingerprint on it so tore this part off and stuck it onto the navy.  Then decided I liked that better anyway - nice when mistakes turn out well.


Tip: I found it helped to use my Dotto (repositionable adhesive, pg 144) to hold my torn paper masks down.  (I stuck them to the grid paper I was working on.)


Back tomorrow with yet another punch.  (My punches are getting a very good workout with this year's Christmas cards.)  This time it is a super simple note card with the triple layer doily punch.  

I hope you're enjoying a little more action in this part of cyberspace.  (Hmm probably shouldn't put 'little more action' and 'cyberspace' in the same sentence - might end up with some googlers who aren't looking for craft ideas!)

Have a happy day.  Cheers, Sue

Ornament Punch Glimmer Paper Christmas Card

For my next batch of Christmas cards I thought I'd introduce my ornament punch to my sparkly glimmer paper and revisit this design.


I've used the Shimmery White cardstock again as the base.  Wasn't sure how the Night of Navy ink would stamp on it, but it came up fine.   The flourish stamp is from Creative Elements (pg89.)  The Noel is from Many Merry Messages (pg 108) and I've just inked up part of it with my Cherry Cobbler marker.  (The lines extend a little further out each side on the stamp.) 

The paper at the top is Old Olive from the Brights Patterns Stack (pg 130.)  Border Punch:  Scallop Trim.

Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon (aaahhh, love love it!)   And some self adhesive rhinestones.

Here's a closer look.  Which do you prefer - silver ornament or red ornament? 



In the mood for some more Christmas cards?  I'll be back with a couple more designs for you tomorrow.  (I've got a short attention span for card making so tend to change designs after 10 or so.) 

Happy stamping!   Cheers, Sue

Circle Christmas Tree Gift Cards

I quite got on a roll with my circle tree assembling (see this card ) so made some little gift cards as well - aren't they cute.


They're 7cm square (so that you can get 3 across the width of an A4 piece of cardstock.)  I rounded the corners for some added interest - OK and because I just got a new rounder and have been attacking everything with it!  Once again I've used the Shimmery White cardstock as the base.  Wish I could find a way to photograph it to show the lovely lustre but my camera is not cooperating. 



I'll be back with more Christmas card inspiration tomorrow - this time featuring the ornament punch.  (And some more of that glimmer paper.  I ordered a bunch more packs after I opened the first one - its sparkliness makes me smile.)

Cheers,  Sue

Simpler Circle Christmas Tree Card

Yesterday I showed you my Circle Christmas Tree card.  I made a few of these then realised that they were taking rather a long time and perhaps since I was starting my cards in December that might need a rethink.  So here's my slightly simpler version!


This one is on a Night Of Navy base - I've always liked navy on Christmas cards.  I've stamped the circle images over the base - these are also from the stamp set Delightful Decorations. 

You can see them better on this Real Red base.  I've used Night of Navy ink again (since it was out on the table and I was too lazy to go fetch another colour looked good against the red.)




Care for one more day of circles before I put my circle punches away?  I'll be back tomorrow with some coordinating gift cards.   And I've got Christmas card posts scheduled all week for you.  

(I keep having people ask me if I've retired from stamping - probably because I've been a rather absent blogger lately and with the term of no classes!  Thought I'd get the camera out and get snapping and share a bunch of Christmas ideas with you to fire up this patch of blogland again.  Definitely not retired!  Hmmm possibly retired from housework looking around our lovely tornado zone but that's a different story!) 

But better sign off for today - I've got a date with this little elf for a game of Trouble. 


Happy stamping!   Cheers, Sue