Quick and Simple Cards

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

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AWH Team Creative Showcase: Masculine Cards

AWH Monthly Creative Showcase HeaderEach month the Art With Heart team that I belong to has a creative showcase with a different theme. 

This month it is masculine cards and the team have gotten together to share lots of ideas for cards for the guys in our lives. 

I always seem to run out of those so some extra inspiration will be handy.  Are you looking for some masculine card ideas?  You've come to the right spot.  

I've got the link to the showcase host at the bottom of this post - head on over there to see lots more masculine card ideas from the crew. 


Mine is a quick and simple card and it is easy to whip up a batch of these while you have your supplies out.  Just grab a pack of patterned paper that has designs that work well for masculine cards.  I've chosen In Good Taste - such great textural looking designs.  Select a few coordinating cardstock colours and the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch plus your favourite adhesives and that's about all you need to make these at home. 


Tips for this card: I've cut a layer 13.8cm x 9.5cm.  To add a little extra oomph to this you can pop it through with an embossing folder (see card below.)  Or if you don't have an embossing machine - use the scoring blade on your trimmer and add some scored lines such as I've done in the card above.  You can trim this layer with another colour just a smidge bigger if you like.  I like to punch a stack of the postage stamp rectangles then choose 4 to mix and match.  This bit always seems to take the longest - so many great patterns to choose from.  I start with the outside two and leave about half hanging off the edge.  Then add the inner two and you can even up the spacing.  Trim off the overhanging parts then add to your base card.  A quick greeting with the Classic Label punch to finish off and you're all set. 



The links to the rest of the team's cards can be found over here on Rachel's blog - Rachel is our lovely showcase host each month. Click on that link to have a browse through some other fab projects if you need some ideas for masculine cards.  Our showcase team would love it if you could say hello in the comments.  

Happy creating and stay well.

Cheers, Sue

Gorgeous Brushed Metallic Dandelion Card


This was such a simple card to put together - just a card base and 3 other parts - but I LOVE how it turned out.  Sometimes my simplest cards are my favourites.  

Like to make this one at home? Here's the details.  The 7cm wide panel is cut from one of the brushed metallics pack sheets - you get a mix of gold, copper and bronze - and embossed with the beautiful dandelions embossing folder.  Just stunning.  I popped it on an Early Espresso card base and added some copper ribbon and a greeting on crumb cake.  


I've been test driving the new Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine to make this card.  If you're in the market for a groovy machine to give your cards a bit extra vavoom - I've got a video showing you some of the features of this one.   

Happy creating.  I'm just loving spending time at my craft desk lately. Tomorrow I need to have a post office day and get some into the mail. That's the true magic of cards, writing a message and sending them to someone special.  

Cheers, Sue

Click on the pic if you'd like to shop for any of the supplies used: 

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 ......

Glue Dots

Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper


Everyone who sees this Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper LOVES it.   You get 4 each of two designs - one is a full 12 x 12 design.  Just snip off the section you'd like and adhere to your card as I've done above.  The other design has 6 note card front sized designs plus some border strips.  One side is vanilla and one is white which makes them extra versatile - or sponge them in a colour of your choice.  Coordinates with the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes.

Tip:  To adhere - use our Multipurpose Glue.  Dab on teeny tiny dots - or even better use a sponge and silicone mat.  Leave for just a tic then adhere. 

For this card I've popped it over one of the designs from Garden Impressions DSP with a vellum matting layer on a navy base. 

This paper is so beautiful - a must have addition for those extra special cards.  A little fiddly and delicate to work with but very well worth the extra effort.

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Shopping links below here if you need them.  The host code this month is QHC24T6B

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