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Week 17 AWH Colour Creations: Flirty Flamingo

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Flirty flamingo swatchWelcome back to our Tuesday AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop

Working our way through the colours each week, and today we are up to Flirty Flamingo.  Not a colour I use that often but I love this combo with Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam. 

I'm featuring the First Frost stamp set and a simple technique you can try at home - Faux Silk.  All you need is some white tissue paper, white cardstock and a glue stick, plus your favourite stamps and inks.

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First up stamp your images onto your tissue paper.  (Go raid that wrapping paper cupboard or box and I bet you'll find some.)  Collage style stamps work well where you can just plonk on a range of images.  I've used Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam inks here. 

Next the fun bit - scrunch up your tissue paper. 


Now coat a piece of white cardstock in glue - use a glue stick or use Tombow multipurpose glue.  Make sure you coat the whole piece right to the edges. 

Unscrunch your tissue paper but don't smooth out the wrinkles. Gently press it onto your glued cardstock.  Be sure not to do any smoothing as the wrinkles is what gives you the lovely texture of faux silk.  Just tap it down.  Either trim off the excess tissue paper or fold over the edges and adhere on the back.  (I tried both ways this month and think you get a neater edge when you fold the extra over.)  Voila - you're all done. 


And here's the finished card.



Gives a lovely touch of soft texture to a card and is quick and simple to do with minimal equipment.  I love this technique.

To check out some more gorgeous Flirty Flamingo creations from the crew head on over to Catherine's blog (click here) for the links to the other projects. 

We'll be back next week with the next colour - Fresh Fig.  I'm having so much fun taking part in this weekly challenge. 

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

October Card Classes (Melbourne) and Latest Video

Desk tidyGreetings from the craft desk this weekend.  I'm still enjoying being able to actually work on my newly sorta clean desk.  Hoping to get the rest of the room looking a bit less like an episode of hoarders over the school holidays.  Wish me luck!!

New Host Code

We have a new host code for the next few weeks.  It is PMTKWCRV

Pop that on when you're ordering online and I'll pop some samples in the post for you next month.  

October Card Classes (Melbourne)

October class dates are here now if you're keen to catch a class next month.  We'll be doing Faux Linen technique.  (So I need to take a trip to Bunnings for some fine sandpaper.)  Plus we'll be making some other cards including some Christmas cards.

4 dates to choose from this month: 

Wednesday 10th October: 7.30 - 9.30pm   6 spots left

Friday 12th October: 10am - 12   Booked Out

Thurs 18th October: 7.30 - 9.30pm     Booked Out

Friday 19th October: 10am - 12    4 spots left

Class fee is $25.   Everything is supplied and classes are suitable for beginners and enjoyable for experienced card makers.  Classes are held at my place in Avondale Heights.  

Phone/text 0417 377 057 or email  to grab your spot at the table.   Don't forget to pop the date in your diary.  We'd love to make you welcome at card class.  I have the loveliest group of class regulars.  Come and join us. 

New Video Gear

I've added a few extra bells and whistles to my video set up.  Catch my latest video here where I give them all a test run.  (Still figuring out how to drive them all - wink.)  I've got some foil edge cards to share plus we'll have a closer look at the Timeless Tidings Christmas Card Kit.

I'll be back live tomorrow over on facebook at SueMadexPapercrafts.  Hopefully at my usual 11am time but we've got a couple of tradies coming to do some jobs in the kitchen tomorrow so I might need to be a bit flexible with the timing I think. 

Have a great weekend.

Cheers, Sue

AWH September Blog Hop: Holiday Catalogue

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I'm very excited to be joining in our team's monthly blog hop this month. It has been on my list for a while and I finally got organised to join the fun.

Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring the Holiday Catalogue. We hope our blog hop inspires you to get creative and make some fabulous Christmas creations. If you would like a copy of the Holiday Catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.


My card tonight features the Winter Woods bundle.  I've stamped the tree twice in Shaded Spruce ink.  There are two framelits to cut it out with.  One does the outline and another one you can layer over the top.  It has some branch parts that you can lift with a bone folder (or fingernail) to give a little more texture.  I glued the top tree onto the bottom with glue dots after curling the lift up parts. 


The card base is Whisper White thick, the trims are Shaded Spruce and I've used some of the All Is Bright DSP.  Some red rhinestones to finish it off.  The greeting is cut with the Bunch Of Banners framelits.  One of the framelits cuts that banner and also cuts a frame for it.  Nifty.


I quite like this slightly 3D tree and look forward to using it again soon at the craft desk.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, our talented team leader,  Claire Daly


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below. Just click the name to go to their project:
Caroline Manwaring
Sharon Davern
Tina Gillespie
Ros Davidson

Sue Madex  - YOU ARE HERE

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Week 16 AWH Colour Creations: Early Espresso

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Early espressoThis week on our weekly AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop we are featuring the deliciousness that is Early Espresso.  Love this deep, rich brown.

It teams beautifully with so many other colours and I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the hoppers have used it.  Links down below. 

I've used it as my background this week for a Christmas card with our neutral colour family.


All the details:  The base here is Crumb Cake, with the Early Espresso layer embossed using the Tin Tile embossing folder.  (Are you just LOVING this folder?! Gorgeous.)  I trimmed it with a little smidge of the Joyous Noel glimmer paper - the Merry Merlot one.  I've stamped the Cross Stitch stamp set with some help from my Stamparatus. After watching our CEO Sara's FB video the other day I realised I haven't quite lined this up right but who cares - close enough.  Looks OK to me.  (Especially without my glasses - wink!)


Ink Colours: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Merry Merlot.  The greeting is from the same set and is done with Early Espresso and Merry Merlot Stampin' Write Markers.  Some red rhinestones to finish. 

Use one of your little circle punches to cut the notches in the side of the greeting rectangle for an added detail.


Keen to check out some more Early Espresso projects?  Head on over to Catherine's blog (click here) and you can find some more Early Espresso inspiration.  (Always makes me feel like a coffee when I type that colour - ha ha.)

Next Tuesday we'll be back with Flirty Flamingo.  Hmm - thinking cap on again for that one.  I love when we do a colour I don't use that often - an extra challenge. 

Cheers, Sue

Three Panel DSP: All Is Bright


Back with another 3 panel patterned paper Christmas card today.  This time it features the lovely All Is Bright DSP.  I love this one - it has photographic images on one side such as the tree and baubles on my card.  The reverse sides have bright and happy designs in reds and greens. 


Measurements:  I cut my strips 1 1/4 inches wide and 14.5 cm long.  (Scuse the mixed measurements there!)  This is a great size if you want to stick them straight onto your base card with just a thin border showing. 

Tip:  Glue the outer two strips on first then the middle one last. I use Tombow Multipurpose Glue so you get that little teeny bit of wiggle room if you pop it on crooked. 

Have a fabulous weekend.  Blustery here after a gorgeous week of sun.  I'm spending some time in my craft room today.  I've got some snazzy new gear to spiffy up my facebook lives and to start doing some technique and project videos.  SO EXCITED.  I'm in nerd heaven - I just love learning to drive new tech gear and apps.  Stay tuned Monday for my facebook live at 11am and I'll give you a preview of my new set up. (Might still have my L plates on but should be fun!) 

Happy Weekend-ing! 

Cheers, Sue

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Week 15 AWH Colour Creations: Daffodil Delight

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Daffodil delightA lovely bright and happy spring colour for you this week on our AWH Colour Creations Blog Hop. 

We are up to Daffodil Delight and I thoroughly enjoyed making a nice cheerful card with it.

Keen to see some more projects featuring this colour.  There's a link down the bottom of this post. 



I was inspired by a Janet Wakeland video to use some of our new Foil Edge Cards and Envelopes. (Page 11 of the Holiday Catalogue.)  Don't they make a lovely base and an effortless silver trim there.  I cut my Daffodil Delight cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4".  Cut it a little smaller if you'd like more of the silver border to show through.  The embossing folder is Swirls and Curls (pg 5.)  This was the perfect time to grab out my Beautiful Day stamp set and give the butterfly a whirl.  I embossed it with silver embossing powder then coloured it using my Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight and Pool Party pairs.  This stamp set is a great one if you're just getting started with colouring.  Nice big sections to colour - you can't go wrong. 


I coloured some sections with the pale colour of the pair, then added a little bit of the darker shade - just plonked it on along the edge of the section.  Go back over the join with the pale colour and it softens the edge. 

I've given our new Chicken Wire Elements a whirl too.  (Find them on page 43.)  Nice for a little touch of silver.  Just snip off the amount that you want or use the whole piece. 

Got some time and love the colour Daffodil Delight - get a nice dose of yellow with a whiz around my teammates posts.  Here's where you'll find the links:  Catherine Proctor's Blog

We'll be back next week with the next colour on the list. 

Cheers, Sue

Three Panel DSP: Frosted Floral Card


I've been having fun today putting together some quick and easy 3 panel cards using some of my favourite new patterned paper.  (DSP - Designer Series Paper.)   This card features some of the stunning designs in the shimmery Frosted Florals DSP. Isn't it beautiful. 

Tips and Tricks:  For these cards I cut my strips to 1 1/4" in width and 14.5cm in length.  (Scuse the mixed measurements there!)  This size works well if you're sticking them straight onto the base and just want a thin border to show.  I stick the outside two down first then you can wiggle the middle one to be even on both sides.  Our Tombow Multipurpose Glue is super handy for this as you get that little smidge of time to give your panels a nudge if they're not straight. 

The greeting is from First Frost stamp set and I've cut it with the Stitched Labels framelits. 

See some more 3 panel cards on my weekly update today.   (Ooh that's a shocker of a thumbnail.  My weekly entertainment is picking one of the automatically generated thumbnails.  They're all usually of the 'stunned mullet' variety - ha ha.)

I'll have some more close up pics of the 3 panel cards later in the week.  Don't forget to stop by my patch of blog land Tuesday evening at 8pm for our latest colour creation .  This week we're featuring Daffodil Delight.

September classes are just about full - but there's space this week on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.  Come along - we'll be having a fun time trying Faux Silk technique plus we'll be making our own 3 panel card and giving the Stampin' Blends a whirl too.   Get in touch to grab a spot at the table.  Thurs and Fri classes the following week are now full. 

Cheers, Sue

Product List:    The current host code is 9BNXTKTX if you're shopping online with me

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue 2018

Holiday-catalogue-smallYay - the Stampin' Up! Holiday is officially live and running today and all the products are ready to order. 

Browse the catalogue online here: Stampin' Up Holiday Catalogue Holler if you need a copy posted.

Or browse through the Holiday Catalogue section of my online store here:  Holiday Catalogue Shelves

Use the new September host code  9BNXTKTX if you're ordering online and I'll pop a little gift in the post for you next month.  

Here's a little video snippet to introduce a few of this year's new Christmas bits and pieces  ......

Happy stamping (and lets not count how many weeks til Christmas - eek!  We're busy counting down til school holidays at our place.  Looking forward to some nice chill out time.) 

If you have any questions about any of the new products - get in touch.  I'd be happy to help.

Cheers, Sue

Week 14 AWH Colour Creations: Crushed Curry

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Crushed curry bannerTuesday evening so it is time for our AWH Colour Creations blog hop. 

This week we're featuring Crushed Curry.  Not a colour I use often so I was a bit keen to give this one a go. 

I did a simple version and a stepped up version.  Can't quite decide which one I like better.  I'm a pretty simple sort of girl so leaning a bit towards the stripped down version.


I just LOVE the new Frosted Floral Specialty DSP in the Holiday Catalogue (going live tomorrow - yay!)  It has a gorgeous sheen to all the sheets.  I especially love the muted designs like this one in grey.  I thought it would team beautifully with black and crushed curry. 


I've sponged some Crushed Curry ink on the base and stamped some of the lovely textured stamps from Gallery Grunge stamp set too.  The layers for the greeting are done with Stitched Labels and Stitched Shapes framelits. 

I sponged some Crushed Curry ink onto the white polka dot tulle ribbon too for just a little more texture.


Some black rhinestones teamed well with the Classic Label punch.


It was nice to get creating with a colour I don't use frequently.  Might have to get it out more often.

Head on over to Catherine's blog for the full list of participants:  Catherine Proctor

We'll be back next Tuesday with Daffodil Delight - a perfect colour for the start of Spring!

Happy Stamping.

Cheers, Sue

Fathers' Day Cards: Wood Textures DSP


We had a lovely weekend celebrating the dads in our family.  Here's the card I made for my dad.  I love the Wood Textures DSP.  It comes in a handy 6" x 6" size with lots of different wood grains in various shades and textures.  I've cut the letters out using the Large Letters Framelits - quite an investment but such a handy size.  The background is stamped with Gallery Grunge - another nice set for all those texture stamps. 

We had a zip up the freeway to visit mum and dad for afternoon tea with some yummy brownies.


The kids made John cards/messages to go with their gift.  Hannah opted for some computer creating ....


... and Jack got the pen out for some drawing.  He likes to raid my washi tape stash for some quick and easy decorating.


It was nice to take some time to be grateful for the awesome dads in our family.  We are very lucky.


Thinking of all those missing their dads over the weekend.  x

Take care,


A few of the products featured in this card ......

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