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March 2012

Last Day Summer Mini Saleabration

I've had a few calls and emails today checking if it was too late to put in an order for the Summer Mini or Saleabration so thought I'd do a quick post to say you're not too late - I'm putting a local order in this evening and will check messages up til 9pm, so make sure you've made your selections and sent through details before then. 

One more crayon resist card to show you using the Summer Mini stamp set - Fabulous Florets.

This one was for one of Jack's classmates so we added a K for her name and of course some lovely pearls.



I do like the little bit of Top Note at the side, embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder.  The letter is from the Timeless Type alphabet sizzlits - such a handy size for card making and for scrapbooking.  (Pg 158.)

Colours: Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Certainly Celery

One more pic then I'm off to pop some orders through for my lovely ladies.


Have a lovely last day of March, and check back tomorrow for our next batch of exciting craft news.

Cheers,  Sue

More Crayon Resist

Here's a few more colour variations of our card from technique class this month.   I liked this autumn toned one .....


Colours: Pear Pizzazz, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze plus some black for finishing

Punches: Scallop Edge, Decorative Label and Modern Label

Stamps: Fabulous Florets and Teeny Tiny Sentiments



And one more combination for you - Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry.  We had that combo on yesterdays' post but today's one has a little more emphasis on the Melon Mambo.



Happy Friday to you and have a lovely weekend.  I'm placing orders tomorrow evening so get in touch before then if you've got a last minute Summer Mini or Saleabration order to pop through. I'd be happy to help with any product or technique questions.

Cheers, Sue

Crayon Resist Technique

We've been having fun at class this month trying crayon resist technique.  We had a choice of several different colour schemes for our Fabulous Florets card. 

Here it is in lovely soft pastels with the Lace Border Punch for a trim .....


Colours: Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Blushing Bride

And here in a lovely combination of Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry ....

(Inspired by a Claire Daly card)


For the trim this time we've used the Scallop Trim Border Punch and the Top Note die.

I'll be back soon with our other two colour/finishing combinations and our Surf's Up crayon resist card.


I've got space tonight at 7.30pm if you'd like to have a go at this technique.  Drop me a message at 0417 377 057 if you're in the mood for a last minute evening of stamping.  More details here.


These finish on the weekend.  Place your orders by phone or email before Saturday evening if you'd like to grab anything from the Summer Mini before it finishes or take advantage of Saleabration.

Cheers, Sue

Blog Hop: Sketch

Happy Saturday to you.  Blog hop time again with my craft buddies and this month we're working with a Becky Fleck sketch from PageMaps.  6  stops on the hop today - I hope you get a little burst of 'creativity vibe' on your way round the projects.   Hello if you've arrived from the lovely Ros's blog and hello if you're starting from here.

Here's the sketch Ros found for us ....


I've been doing lots of crayon resist this month at classes so combined that with the sketch to put this card together.


Colours:  So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder - a nice pastel combination today. 

Ribbon:  Blushing Bride Stitched Ribbon and Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon with some of our self stick pearls as a finishing touch.   I love these ones - they come as a long string of pearls you apply in one step.  I like to use a pair of tweezers. 


Stamp Set: Fabulous Florets (page 14 of the soon to finish Summer Mini) stamped in Staz On onto glossy cardstock. 

Other: A white crayon and lots of sponge wedges.  The Big Shot and Top Note Die, plus Finial Press embossing folder.  Versamark and white embossing powder for the solid flower.


This is a great technique if you feel like being a bit creative.  You feel quite the artist sponging away adding colours and really can't go wrong.  You get a slightly different result every time depending on where that colour lands and how much you add.  Fun!  Plus it doesn't take too much in the way of fancy tools.  Just Stazon, glossy cardstock, a white crayon, sponges and ink.  And some outline stamps. 

OK enough from me - time to head on off to the next stop in the hop. 

Click here for the talented and ever so lovely Nikki Sadler

Happy Hopping!   If you've got time stop for a while and say hi - helps us keeps those blogging batteries charged up.  Have a lovely weekend.

An energetic weekend for some of our family - John is riding in the Otway Challenge this morning - not sure that the weather is exactly smiling on him!   

Cheers,  Sue

Another Use For Markers

I do love my Stampin' Write markers and use them a lot.  Found a new way to use them last week ......


Emergency shoe repairs!   Left shoe: Before          Right shoe:  After

These rather irritating fairly new sandals haven't been getting along well with the ground and that white lining under the red looked ugly ugly. I grabbed a couple of red markers and dabbed away and voila.....  not quite good as new again but far less obviously damaged. 

If you visited for cards not shoes - you're in luck tomorrow.  My friends and I have another blog hop for you so you'll have 6 gorgeous projects to check out to kick off your Saturday.  All set to go at 6am for any early birds, or later in the morning for sleepy heads like me. 

Have a fabulous weekend.    I'm offline for a couple of days if anyone has any questions or orders- back on deck Sunday.  Local ladies - I'm putting a local order in on Sunday if you need anything and want to share postage with others and pick it up from my place.  Email with details if you need some bits and pieces.

Cheers, Sue

Postage Stamp Punch and Fresh Vintage

Sniffles are all better now so time for another card.  This one is CASEd from Stampin' Impressions - the newsletter demonstrators receive each month with ideas and tips and articles.  I loved it so thought I'd give it a go.  I think I changed the base colour but not much else.


It makes use of quite a few of the Saleabration freebies - the Fresh Vintage stamp set for the postage stamps, the Everyday Enchantment DSP and the narrow ribbon and brad from the embellishment pack.  I love the Postage Stamp Punch too.  The greeting is from an old much used favourite - Short and Sweet.


I loved the idea of layering the narrow ribbon on to the beautiful lace ribbon.  Even managed to tie a bow with the hemp twine. 


Hope you've had a lovely weekend.  The kids and I had a long lazy lunch with a friend today while John was out training for an upcoming 150km or so bike ride.   Hannah and I had fun starting on a bit of a spring clean and redecorate in her bedroom.  She's had teddy bear stick ups on her wardrobe since she was a baby.  Thought it was finally time to retire them and get something a little more '9 year old' ish!   We had an attack of sentimentality when taking them down though so decided to move a few of them to the inside of the wardrobe instead.   Funny those growing up milestones aren't they.

Catch you again soon with some more cards.  Still some room in classes this month if you'd like to get out for a night of stamping.  We'll be having lots of fun with crayon resist.  Details here: Class Page.

Cheers, Sue

Snuffles Alert

Class Ladies:  I seem to have come down with a bug and have had to cancel classes for this week.  Have emailed, and will try to catch you all by phone.  Apologies!

I'll add in two new replacement dates:  Wed 28th March and Thurs 29th March - both at 7.30pm.  Hoping you'll be able to catch a class (and no flu germs) later this month. 

Top Note Spice Cake Card

Camera finally unloaded so time for a card.  Here's one we made last month at class using the Spice Cake range of products from the Summer Mini and the Top Note die. 


We used the Spice Cake DSP and coordinating cardstock - More Mustard, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla for this one.   The background stamping is done with the Spiced Paisley stamp set, and the ribbon is the lovely soft Velvet Designer Ribbon.  You can find all of these on pages 10 and 11 of the Summer Mini.   The greeting is from Happy Greetings on page 22.  I've also used the Lace Ribbon Border punch and the Decorative Label punch plus the Finial Press embossing folder and Top Note die.   We glued all the strips down onto a rectangle base using a glue stick, then popped the whole lot onto the Top Note die and ran it through the Big Shot.


All of our cards turned out a little differently at class depending on what colours we featured.  We had Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede bases, and a range of ribbons to choose from.

Keen to come to a class???  Details here - Class Page

SAB-front-cover-175Summer-mini-130The Summer Mini and SaleABration come to a finish on March 31st.  If you'd like any of the Summer Mini products, or would like to take advantage of SaleABration this year to get a freebie with $100 purchase - get in touch and I'd be happy to help.  

I've had quite a few ladies this month taking advantage of the specials to cross a bunch of things off the wish lists - with a $300 order you get to choose 3 Saleabration items, plus get $50 hostess dollars to spend.  You can use your hostess dollars on the specially priced hostess items at the front of the catalogue, or on anything you like from the current range. 

Back soon with more cards to share.

Have a great week,   Sue

Sponge Storage

Ahem - been a bit of a while between blog posts here at Madex Creations.  I've got some new cards to share but haven't quite gotten to the photographing and unloading the camera bit.  On the list for this week.

In the meantime I found this pic of my new sponge storage system. 


(Having a bit of a sort and reorganise things phase around the house so nothing is safe!!  I did clean out the drawer where we dump spare change and bagged up $50 of 5c, 10c and 20c pieces - the most fun find of the spring cleaning so far.)

I've punched a scrap of cardstock and popped it into a compartment container I had here.  Some sponges I can tell looking at them what colour they are, but others are a bit harder to distinguish.


We'll be sponging up a storm for the next fortnight on Wednesday and Thursday nights while we experiment with Crayon Resist technique at class.  Check my class page (click here)  for all the details - there are some spots left if you'd like to join us.  We'll be making two wow cards and a sample for our technique books.   Warning:  I'm sure we'll all have inky fingers by the end of class so white tops not recommended for March class attendees!!

Sending a 'thinking of you' to my customers in flood affected areas. 

Cheers, Sue