Christmas Cards and Projects

Santa's List Christmas Card

Another of our class cards from November and yes - Pinterest again for the inspiration. This time I CASEd this card from Stamps Well With Others. 

Here's Santa's List stamp set playing nicely with the new Circles Flip Card Thinlits.


I wanted our card a little longer with a flap you could open to leave room for writing a longer Christmas message.  So I used a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock 8 1/2 inches long and a shade narrower than 5 1/2 inches wide.  Pop it underneath the Thinlit but tuck the edge that'll be the flap OVER the thinlit so that part doesn't cut.    It'll score a nice line so you can do this .....



Add a bit of festive DSP and some stamping and voila.  All done.  Here's another of the patterns in this DSP pack.    The 2 1/2 inch circle punch is a great one to have if you're getting this Circle Card Thinlit.  It fits so well inside the circle - leaving just a nice border around the edge.  The scallop circle comes in the Thinlit pack along with a few other bits and bobs. 


Now speaking of making a list and checking it twice - I'd best be off to check my lists!!  And make sure my addle brain hasn't forgotten anyone. 

Happy almost Christmas!

Cheers, Sue

Festive Flurry Christmas Card

Was having a browse on Pinterest a month or so ago and came across this card by Felicity.  Loved it so we tried it at class last month. 



Don't forget to stock up on those pretty sparkly Frosted Finishes embellishments before the Holiday Catalogue finishes late Jan. 


It looked good with a Vintage Faceted Button too. 



I hope your Christmas preparations are going well.  I still haven't written on or posted my cards - bit slow this year! 

We're off to mum and dad's Christmas Eve for a seafood dinner with my side of the family - yum yum yum!  All bunking in for the night before the excitement of Christmas morning.  Jack is counting down the days!

Then Christmas Day we're heading to Bunninyong to John's brother's place for the gathering of the clan. 

What are you up to this year? 

Cheers, Sue

Christmas Star Card


This was one of our November class cards - inspired by this one. 

Features the colour Island Indigo, the stunning Christmas Star stamp and a greeting from Delightful Dozen.  Plus a new embossing folder with diagonal stripes. 

To make the star pop out you just score all the lines and fold up and down alternatively.  Easy but a nice snazzy touch.  We attached it using glue dots at the points of the star.


Here's a slight variation using the new embossing folder with the script. 


If you tire of card inspiration and would like to see what I've been wasting a few hours on today - our new guinea pigs now have their own blog. You can find it here:  It's A Guinea Pig Life


Hope your December is going well.

Cheers, Sue

Christmas Card Variation

Have just been unloading my camera and found this variation on one of our Christmas card classes a month or so back.  I like the darker cardstock.  Have you started your Christmas cards?  I'm not even thinking about cards or Christmas shopping until December this year. ;-)


Check my class page for November Christmas Card Class dates and details if you'd like to make 3 snazzy cards.  

Have a great day.

Cheers, Sue

Gatefold Christmas and Birthday Cards


Expressions thinlitsThis was another of the cards we did at last month's Christmas card class. 

A gatefold card, held closed with a belly band of burlap.  (Ooh don't say that too fast, you'll trip over your tongue!)  We stapled the burlap - super easy. 

The Merry is cut with the Expressions thinlits.  The thinlits have tiny holes so you can poke the lettering out with a paper piercer. 

Tombow multipurpose glue is handy for sticking it to your project. 

Must make something with the Love one too.  And have a scrapbooking idea for Thankful.


We also used Christmas Collectibles bundle - the ornament stamps and punch.  Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive for this card.  We used the White Craft Ink on the coloured cardstock, and the coloured ink on the white cardstock.  All works well together with coordinating colours. 

Christmas collectibles

Too early for you to be thinking about Christmas?   Here's a birthday variation instead just for you.


The greeting is the every so sassy Sassy Salutations.  Love the font.  I've added a couple of the cute self adhesive candy dots.  Love these.   And the gorgeous happy DSP is Birthday Basics

Birthday basics DSP
Last few days of the school holidays here.  Is it bad if I'm looking forward to the Christmas holidays already!  Quite enjoyed the nice relaxed pace of this week with not much on the calendar. 

The kids have been enjoying a bit of holiday craft too. They dug out this air pump art thingy from the toy vaults and have been having fun with it.  Creating is fun.  Hope you get some creating time this week.



Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up: Joyful Christmas Card


Another of our Christmas cards from my September classes.   This one features the Joyful Christmas stamp set.  I stamped it on vellum using the Gold Encore ink then flipped it over and coloured in on the reverse side with a Cherry Cobbler marker.  Cut a second smaller flower from Cherry Cobbler cardstock stamped in the gold ink.  A Very Vintage button is a nice finishing touch. The background panel is vellum embossed with the new Stylish Stripes embossing folder and attached to a piece of Naturals White cardstock.  I do love the soft look of embossed vellum.

Very vintage buttons

I'm really liking the Expressions thinlits too.  Didn't the merry come up well in our new gold foil card.  I used Tombow glue to stick it down.

Expressions thinlits


Have a fabulous day!

Cheers, Sue

Special Season Christmas Card

Looking for some Christmas card ideas?   At my September Christmas Card classes we made 3 cards using some of the Christmas things in the new holiday catalogue.  (Browse all the Christmas products here - Online Store Christmas Section.)  I'll be sharing the cards with you over the coming week. 

I quite liked this one with Special Season stamp set.  


The DSP is Winter Frost and that's Pool Party at the top embossed with the Pretty Print embossing folder.  I'm rather addicted to embossing folders - I think I have them all.  Can't resist a new pattern.  This one is handy for lots of occasions. 

Pretty print embossing folder

The card base is Naturals White and the panel with the tree is my favourite - Shimmery White cardstock.

I went a little overboard with sponging the Encore Silver ink around the tree because I had to disguise a fingerprint. Oops   ;-)   Watch out when using the silver ink - it takes a little longer to dry than the regular inks.  It is just lovely though - gives a nice crisp silver.   

Silver encore ink pad

I used StazOn to stamp the greeting over the tree.   (From Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set.)


The touches of sparkle on the tree are done with the Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.   LOVE those Frosted Finishes embellishments


So are you a traditional Christmas colours crafter, or do you like the non traditionals?  I quite love blues and silvers on Christmas cards. 

Pinterest Pinterest - I Do Love Pinterest

After more Christmas card ideas or Stampin' Up inspiration?  Do you love pinning ideas?   I've just set up a Madex Creations board on Pinterest.   I've got boards with Christmas ideas, card sketches, elegant cards, clean and simple, plus one of my favourite thing to browse online and drool over - storage options.   Here's the link if you'd like to follow me on Pinterest.

Madex Creations: Sue Madex

And here's just a few of the things I've pinned recently on my Pinterest board.  Happy Pinning.  (Watch out - it is addictive!)

Can't sign off today without saying a big GO HAWKS.  

Hawks logo

We have meat for the BBQ, snacks for the tummies, a bunch of scarves to decorate the loungeroom and a few extra Madex's coming over to help cheer on our team in the grand final.  Looking forward to a fun, family day - and hopefully a win!  

Cheers, Sue 

Festive Flurry Card

School holidays here so we've been spending lots of time in our jammies, pottering about outside, reading good books and generally relaxing.  Hannah and I had a bit of a play too with the Festive Flurry stamp set and framelits. Here's my card ....


I took my colour scheme (and that piece of patterned paper) from the Winter Frost Specialty DSP. Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  Some silver glimmer paper goes well too for a bit of a sparkle.

And I'm completely in love with those gorgeous Frosted Finishes embellishments. 


The greeting is from Special Season - very elegant I thought.  I used the edge of my scissors to add a bit of texture to the edge of the greeting panel.  (Which nicely disguised that it was cut a little wonkily with my scissors!)


Have you got one of the new Magnetic Platforms for the Big Shot?  They make using framelits so easy peasy. No more post it notes.


Hannah had a play too. We quite enjoyed a nice bit of mum and daughter craft time.


Here's Hannah's card.  She loves to raid my scraps box and see what she can put together.


Have a fabulous Spring day and I hope you get some creative time this week. 

Cheers, Sue

Products Featured: 

Something take your fancy?  Click the link to shop in my online store or phone/email through an order as usual. 

Festive Flurry stamp and framelit bundle.   Find it here in wood mount, or here in clear mount.

Festive flurry bundle

Frosted Finishes Embellishments - oh so pretty and sparkly.   Find there here.


Winter Frost Designer Series Patterned Paper -Find it here

Winter frost DSP

Last Day For Holiday Catalogue Thursday


What -  Christmas cards in January?? 

Just a reminder that Thursday is the last day for the Holiday Catalogue.  There's a list of items carrying over on page 34 and 35 of the new Seasonal Catalogue but there's LOTS that is not there. 

Phone or email your order through before 9pm Thursday if you've got any last bits and pieces you'd like from the Holiday range.  Don't forget your Saleabration freebie if your bits and pieces add to $100. 

Here's a few cards featuring Holiday Catalogue products. 





Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Gift In A Jar

Christmas is well and truly over for another year but I thought I'd share this gift idea anyway as it might be a handy one for some other occasion.  I'd seen lots of  'Gift In A Jar' ideas on Pinterest so when these gorgeous jars popped up on Pack It In  I decided to grab a bunch. 

I filled them with nuts for some and hot chocolate mix for others.  Here's some step by step pics.





Lids on and time to gather up some fabric.  I've used a whole bunch of different Stampin' Up fabrics and coordinating ribbons. (Tip: It helps to secure the fabric with a rubber band, then it is much easier to tie the ribbon around.)




Bit of a milestone moment for me as that's the first thing I've actually MADE after pinning it on Pinterest.  I thought they looked quite cute once we were finished.  And I had a spare to try out at home.  Tasted nice too! 


Speaking of cuppas, some of the girls from my Think Ink team came over late last week to share a cuppa and have a play with some of the new products about to be released.  Just got to take some pics then I'll have some sneak peeks to share.

DROP IN DAY: Thursday Jan 24th

If you'd like to come and see some samples in person and have a cuppa and chat stamping or holidays or weather - I'm holding a very casual, DROP IN DAY on Thursday 24th January.  I'll be here between 10 and 5, and between 7 and 9 if any of my local ladies would like to call in, grab their new catalogues, see some samples and perhaps even make a quick and simple tag. 

No charge of course and I'll have a lucky dip on the day for people placing Saleabration orders. 

RSVP if you can make it or if you need more details.

Cheers, Sue