Christmas Cards and Projects

AWH September Blog Hop: Holiday Catalogue

September blog hop banner

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

Colour creations

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

Product List: Click the pics to go straight to my online store if you're shopping today.  Use the host code  9BNXTKTX  when you order and I'll pop a gift in the post for you next month.


AWH Heart Of Christmas: Week 3

Heart of christmas blog hopBack with you again for our AWH Heart Of Christmas Week 3.  

Each Wednesday night we're bringing you a Christmas creation. 

Check the link at the bottom for projects from the rest of the crew.

I thought I'd give Cross Stitched Christmas stamp set a whirl this week.


Now the stamparatus is very handy for this card.  It helped me get the 3 layers of tree lined up nicely and I could try out a few colour variations while it was all set up. For my first attempt my two greens were a bit too alike so I tried again with this one using Pear Pizzazz and Shaded Spruce with Poppy Parade for the highlights.  The beauty of the stamparatus is that once you've gotten the reading glasses out and done the work of getting it lined up nicely, you can do a bunch of cards before you pop it back in its case.

The gorgeous DSP is All Is Bright with some really lovely designs.  The Holiday Catalogue goes live on September 5th if you've got your eye on these or other products. 


I liked the greeting from this set.  Stamped in Poppy Parade and some red rhinestones to finish. 

I've used the Stitched Seasons framelits again to cut out the tree panel.  Don't forget we're on the very last days for this one.  Once Friday is over and August is done - you won't be able to order this anymore. 

Keen for some more festive inspiration.  Head on over to Claire Daly's blog for the full list and links to this week's Heart of Christmas crew.  Claire Daly's Blog Post

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

AWH Heart Of Christmas: Week 2

Heart of christmas blog hopHello and welcome to Week 2 of the Art With Heart team's Heart Of Christmas blog hop.  Each Wednesday evening we'll be bringing you a Christmas creation.  There's a link down the bottom where you can check out the cards from the other hoppers. 

This week I had a few coppery products lying around so thought I'd assemble a card from leftovers.  Love this coppery Christmas addition to my card stash.


Tips and Tricks: The copper foil piece is embossed with 'Oh My Stars' embossing folder.  The leaves from Blended Seasons are embossed in white and coloured using the gorgeous shimmer paint coming up in the Holiday Catalogue.  Remember that stamp set is only until the end of August then it'll be gone for good. 


I used my aquapainter to dip into the shimmer paint in the lids.  LOVE shimmer paint.  I daubed some onto the Merry stamp for the greeting.  If you love copper we've got copper glimmer paper coming up soon in 6" combo packs.  The 'Christmas' is cut using the Merry Christmas To All bundle. 


Keen to get some more Christmas card inspiration.  Head over to Claire Daly's blog post and you can find the rest of the AWH Heart Of Christmas Week 2 links. 

Happy stamping! 

Cheers, Sue

Heart Of Christmas: Joyous Noel DSP

Heart of christmas blog hop Welcome to the first week of our Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop to help get you feeling festive and organised and inspired for some papercrafting.

I'm excited to be taking part in a special Christmas blog event this year for the Art With Heart team that I belong to.  Thanks to our team leader Claire Daly for organising the hop.

 Here's my first Christmas card creation for the year.


I was cutting some of our new Christmas papers and accidentally cut these ones a little short.  Meant to cut 4" x 6" pieces but I ended up with some 3" and 1" offcuts and thought they'd work together on a card - voila.  The paper is Joyous Noel DSP and it has gorgeous metallic touches of copper here and there.  Love the colours - Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot are two of the main colours.  


The ribbon covering the DSP join is a stunner.  Merry Merlot on one side and a beautiful copper sheen on the other.  Isn't it just beautiful. 

I've used the Merry Christmas To All bundle for the greeting.  Mix and match the framelit words, and the script and plain stamped words to make your chosen greeting.  The merry is cut from copper glimmer paper - another favourite from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  These products are available from September 5th when the catalogue officially goes live.


Are you all organised at Christmas? I'm usually a last minute scrambler but perhaps if I get cracking each week with the Heart Of Christmas blog posts I'll have a nice stash of cards all set to go in December.  I know I have a few very organised class regulars who get their cards all made early in the year.  One day Susan!

Click here to see the rest of the cards in this weeks Heart Of Christmas

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up: New Holiday Catalogue Time

September - Spring is here at last and so is our new Holiday Catalogue.  Lots to celebrate. 


If you'd like to check this out online, click here:   Stampin' Up Holiday Catalogue

Or browse my online store for the new products here:   Holiday Catalogue Section

Here's just a little taste of some of the beautiful products inside.  Keen to get started on some Christmas creating?  You can order these products now. 



Get in touch if I can help you with your Holiday Catalogue selections.  You can order online, or phone/email your choices and payment details through. 

Happy SPRING!  Hope there are sunny days ahead for you.

Cheers, Sue 

Happy Days

Aaah - I LOVE this time of year.  Nice and relaxed as the year draws to a close and a new one is about to begin.  So who is still eating Christmas/Boxing Day leftovers?  We're just about at the end of ours I think with ham toasties for breakfast.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. 

I dug out some of my Stampin' Up supplies the day before Christmas for some last minute wrapping and tag making. 

Brown paper packages

Tag kit


Hannah made tags for her presents using MDS. (She bought some presents for us with her pocket money - such a sweetie.) 

Hannah tag

We woke up at our house Christmas morning - quite a rarity as we often stay at my mum and dad's.  Our morning looked a bit like this ....


Jack pretty much thought everything was "awesome."  Pokemon cards - awesome.  Paints - awesome.  A book - awesome. 

We found a reasonably priced phone for Hannah (who has let us know for the last year that she's the only child in the entire universe without one apparently!)  I think it is now surgically attached to her hand. 


Off to mum and dad's for a delicious Christmas lunch and dinner with my side of the family.  I love all the traditions of our Christmas.  The plates that were my grandparent's wedding set, the tablecloth handed down from past generations, the cutlery that was a wedding gift to mum and dad. 


Hannah and my mum decorating the Christmas pav. 



Home again to our place then we did it all again on Boxing Day with John's side of the family.  It was our turn to host this year.  Class ladies - my class table got a Christmas makeover!


A lovely day of family, fun, billiards, basketball, photos and catching up.  And of course - lots of EATING!  I don't think I need to eat for a week now. 

We had family staying for a few extra days so organised an excursion to the Melbourne Star.  Nice way to see the city.



So that was our Christmas.  I hope yours was wonderful.  I do love this post Christmas week too - a bit of relaxing down time.  We're having a bit of a rumpus room makeover with some help from Ikea. 

Before I go, here's a peek at this week's Weekly Deals for anyone wanting to do some specials shopping to add to their craft collection.  Some great framelits this week. 


You can find them here:  Weekly Deals

Have a great week and I hope you've got some creative time happening. 

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue


MDS Christmas Card

Aaah I love this time of year.  Rather relaxed pace.  Kids are having fun playing with their presents and we don't have much on the calendar.  I'm in the middle of book 2 of a 5 novel series - bliss!  We had some friends from overseas staying over the weekend so our house is even tidy for a change.  (Well - tidyish, wink.)

Just popping in to share my Christmas card for 2013 - rather belatedly but I'm a bit slow at unloading the camera.  Now as usual mine was a rather late production line and this year I just posted a few.  I've been loving MDS this year for my cards so thought I'd use it for my Christmas card too. 


Only took me 5 - 10 mins to put it together once I'd picked out a photo, then I saved it as a jpeg file, pasted 4 of them to an A4 word document page and printed it on Whisper White.  A trim, some Cherry Cobbler matting and a Pool Party base and all done.  I used MDS to make up a little insert too with some pics from the year and a little family news. 



I shrank it a little and squeezed 16 to a page for some family Christmas tags too for our gifts.  Very handy. 

You can see one on this gift. 


I think this was one of my favorites.  It was from Hannah and she'd worked so hard at it.  She'd bought something from Spotlight with her pocket money and had taken it to mum and dad's to start work on it.  Then I was banished from the living rooms for an afternoon while she used the sewing machine to finish it off (with some help from Aunty Lisa.)  It turned out to be some Christmas ornaments she'd covered in fabric and decorated, and a festive fabric bag she'd made.  Such a lot of care and love had gone into her surprise.  A gift to treasure. 


We had a lovely Christmas.  A seafood dinner and great night with my side of the family Christmas Eve.   Santa found us all at mum and dad's and we enjoyed opening gifts together and having breakfast.  Then John, the kids and I headed to Bunninyong to celebrate with John's side of the family.  A delicious lunch, time with all the family and yummy leftovers for tea.  A thoroughly enjoyable Christmas 2013. 

Do you have any Christmas traditions?  I love to get a photo of my two in front of the tree each year.  Sometimes it is a challenging task!


My two munchkins did cooperate long enough to snap a nice one this year - perhaps this'll be the shot for next year's card. 


Don't they grow up so quickly.  In a blink it seems some days.  This is a time of year for counting blessings and being thankful isn't it. 

I hope you and yours had a lovely Christmas and that 2014 brings you much joy and happiness. 

Are you doing OLW (One Little Word) for 2014?  I'm mulling words today and seeing if anything pops out to me as a focus or theme for the New Year. 

Cheers, Sue

A Lovely Gift

Sharing a gorgeous gift today that I received from one of my lovely class regulars Denise. 

She made this beautiful box that holds tea bags.  Isn't it lovely.  There's a little gap at the bottom to take out the bag and make your cup of tea.  Hmmm - might be time to put the kettle on I think!   Thanks Denise.  Much appreciated.


Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.  I read a greeting from a friend the other day that I just loved - may Christmas be a joyful ending to your year and a wonderful start to the new one. 

I'll see you soon for some more craft inspiration.  Safe travels to all those on the roads this Christmas.

Cheers, Sue