Quick and Simple Cards

Forever Friends Kit: Our Newest Card Kit Addition

Forever friends kit

This is Forever Friends - the newest addition to our card kit range by Stampin' Up.  You get all the things you need to make 8 cards - 4 each of these two designs.  You also get this little stamp set that you can add to your collection and use to make other projects.

Perfect if you feel like doing a little bit of creating, or for a gift for someone who loves to make things.  

Forever friends stamp

Find this and other kits in our range here:  Kit Collection

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Happy creating. 

Cheers, Sue

Create At Home With A Kit: June Stampin' Up Special


If you're keen to create at home but want a helping hand - a kit could be just what you're looking for.  We've got a range of kits in our kit collection and they contain all the things you need to make the projects.  Check the kit description in the online store for a list of the contents.

These two pictured above are two of our newest additions.  I love those funky robots.  

During June we've got a special to help you get started.  Buy one kit and get a second one for half the price.  Discount will be automatically applied in the store once you add the second kit.  As an added bonus the dearest of the two will be the half price one.  

Find all our kits here:  Kit Collection

Kindness cards kit

Happy creating.  

Cheers, Sue

Fussy Cutting: Hues Of Happiness

Hues Of Happiness Card 3 Stampin Up

I was doing a practice stamp with this greeting for another card and it stamped perfectly and in a complete fluke was nicely positioned on my offcut of white cardstock.  So I decided to use it for another simple Hues Of Happiness DSP card.  The larger flowers from this patterned paper are great for cutting out.  There are quite a few colours to choose from with this pack of paper.  These two designs are the ones I love cutting individual flowers from.  (I'm not a huge fussy cutting fan but these ones aren't too fiddly I find.) 

Hues of happiness one sheet

Hues of happiness sheet 2

Stamp Sets: Nature's Greetings and Sending Smiles

Here's the finished card.  I've just stamped some leaves (from the Sending Smiles stamp set) and glued on the flowers to finish.  A nice simple one.

Hues of happiness card 3 sue madex

Have a lovely weekend.  We've got a pretty quiet one this weekend so a bit more time in the craft room in my weekend plans.  

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

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Featuring Hues Of Happiness DSP by Stampin' Up!

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This week I am featuring Hues of Happiness DSP.  This is a gorgeous pack of patterned paper with colourful flowers on one side and some painted canvas look panels on the other.  Plus a few other patterns in vibrant colourful shades.  

When I first open a new pack of paper I like to grab out my favourite Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch and a basic white cardstock base and whip up a quick simple card.  Nice way to get warmed up and I love to see how the various patterns coordinate.  

Hues of happiness card 1

The greeting for this card is from Nature's Prints stamp set.  I do love that combo of fonts.  I've stamped it using one of the new In Colors - Sweet Sorbet.   Just a handful of supplies for this one so it is a great design if you feel like creating but don't want to get EVERYTHING out.  :-) 

I'll share some more cards using this paper this week here and on my social media pages.  If you are on facebook or instagram you can find me at SueMadexPapercrafts.  

Have a terrific week.

Cheers, Sue

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Postage Stamp and Artistry Blooms


Another variation of this simple card design with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch.  This time I've paired it with Artistry Blooms patterned paper (DSP.)  You can stick the rectangles straight onto the white card base, or add another layer from the paper pack like I've done in the card on the left.  (This panel is 8cm wide.)  

Need more details and a look at how I've made this?  I've got a video here if you need it.  It also shows how I made that narrower shape for the Just Thinking Of You greeting with the Timeless Label Punch.

Our patterned papers are on sale for just a few more days.  (How can it be almost the end of October already?!)  

Find the sale papers here:  Sue's Patterned Paper October Sale

Happy creating.

Cheers, Sue

Super Easy Cards With Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch

One from my beginners' series today or for those who want to get creative without getting a great stack of supplies out.  (Find my beginners' page here for more tips: Starting Out With Cardmaking)

The cards in this video use my 8 essential card making items, plus we've added the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch, your favourite patterned paper (on sale for a few more days) and a greeting stamp and punch combo.  

This is such a cool design for using with your favourite patterned paper.  Here it is with Heartwarming Hugs DSP for a Christmas card.


Don't forget lots of our patterned papers are on sale until the end of October.  

Patterned paper sale

Find them all here:  Sue's Patterned Paper Sale

Felt a bit like the first day of school all over again at our place this morning with BOTH kids off to on site school again.  What a year it has been.  I'm so proud of how resilient they've been with all the changes to their year.  Given how much Jack has grown this year (he just officially clicked over 6 foot) I was quite relieved that his pants still fit for the last few weeks of year 9.  Only a few weeks and Hannah will be having her LAST day of school.  Can't quite believe it.  What is that saying - the days are long but the years are short.  So true. 

Have a fab week everyone.  Double zero day in Melbourne today is one to celebrate.  

Take care,  Sue

Handy Card Measurements for Australia


This patterned paper (In Good Taste DSP) is so gorgeous that you can make a lovely card just by popping it on a coordinating cardstock base and adding a greeting.  Or you can step it up a little with a few extra layers. 

In this video I run through some handy measurements I use all the time when I'm making cards featuring patterned paper.  (This is for cardmaking in Australia with A4 cardstock - you can adapt the idea for other countries with different dimension cardstock.)  

Adding just a narrow border and an extra layer on the greeting makes the paper really pop.  



Have a fab weekend and happy creating.  Chilly one coming up here in Melbourne so I'm parking myself in my craft room for a bit of inky fun.  Jack just got a new Nintendo Switch game so he's busy with that and Hannah is knee deep in studying (with a bit of Netflix thrown in I think!)  John's spending a bit of time on the indoor bike.  We are all happy to see those Vic numbers coming down and are looking forward to seeing family and friends (and my hairdresser!) again soon.  Not long to go now.  

Take care, Sue

Masculine Woodgrain Card

Looking for some ideas for cards for the guys in your life.  Here's a quick and easy one using this beautiful woodgrain paper. 


To make this one at home just cut your patterned paper to 10cm x 14.3cm and pop it on to an Early Espresso card base. 

If you'd like to step it up just a little you could add some linen thead.


The simple greeting I've used here is from Happiest Of Birthday stamp set. It fits nicely in one of the stitched rectangles - or would be simple to cut with scissors or your trimmer. 

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

If you'd like to shop for the supplies to make this card at home you'll find them here:  Supplies For This Card

Essential Tag Punch: Simple Masculine Cards


This is a great card design for mix and matching some of your patterned paper and for using up some of the small scraps.  I've used the Essential Tag Punch - one of our newest punches that is terrific for cards.  Just grab out a pack of DSP - I've used In Good Taste patterned paper here - and some coordinating cardstock and you're all set.  For this card I've scored some score lines in the Petal Pink layer for added texture. 

Here's another variation. The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  


I'm looking forward to trying this card layout with some other styles of pattered paper.  I'll pop back to share when I do.

If you love a video step by step I've got one here for you for making this card. 

Happy creating.  

Take care, Sue

Product List: Grab what you need to make these cards at home

Are you new to all this and keen to get started on some cardmaking?  If you're looking for a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Australia I'd be happy to help. 

Sponged Background: Very Versailles Card


Was moving some photos from my phone to my computer and came across a few I made at our last craft retreat and hadn't shared yet.  As soon as I saw the Very Versailles stamp set I knew it would go straight into my collection.  

Very versailles

Tips To Make This At Home:  I've cut a whisper white rectangle with my stitched rectangles dies (or you could cut a plain one with a trimmer if you're just starting out and don't have a die cutting machine in your tool stash.)  Cut an oval window from a scrap piece of cardstock - I've used one of the layering ovals dies.  Lay it over your white piece and secure with post it notes.  Sponge some ink into the oval window.  I've used Old Olive, Mint Macaron and Highland Heather. Lift off the oval window piece to reveal your sponged background.  I've stamped the gorgeous branch from Very Versailles in Memento black ink.  

For a softer look - I've used Basic Gray ink for the branch in this next card and sponged very lightly when making the background. 


Sponging through a shaped window is a great way to make an interesting background for your next card.  Keep an eye out in packaging for some windows you can use as sponging masks for your card making.  Stampin' Up! make it easy to create a coordinated card with our matching inks and cardstock - you can't go wrong.  

Happy creating! 

Take care, Sue

Product List: Shopping links to make this card at home