Super Simple To Just A Little Layered

Simple To Stepped Up: One Design, Three Cards

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For this design I started with a very simple card.  Just one panel and one layer of stamping.  The panel is 7cm x 11.5cm.  Stamp Set is Sending Smiles, and the colours are three of our new in colours - Sweet Sorbet, Orchid Oasis and Parakeet Party. 

For the middle card I added the Sending Dies and cut the greeting panel and one of the flowers just to add a little bit of detail.

For the third card I've matted the feature panel using some of the Sweet Sorbet cardstock, and I've die cut more of the flowers.  I've also stamped some extra blossoms using Daffodil Delight ink.  

Which is your favourite?  I'm a simple fan so I think I quite like the one on the left.  

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I've been quite productive at my craft desk the last week or two so I'll be back soon with some more projects to share.  Or catch me on facebook or instagram.  Find me at SueMadexPapercrafts over there.  

If you love the look of those pretty In Colors - just reminding you we've got a great joining special this month that is rather too good to resist if you have a bit on your new catalogue wish list.  Choose any $235 of products, pay just $169 and you get a bonus In Color pack with all 5 ink pads, a cardstock pack, 6" x 6" DSP and some handy grid paper - all free.    More info and the joining link here:   Grab Some Free In Colors

Have a great week,

Cheers, Sue


Handy Card Measurements for Australia

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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.  

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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


Super Simple To Just A Little Layered

This is a new blog feature I'm doing this year and it is especially for those beginners out there, who are just getting started with stamping or cardmaking.   Or for anyone after really super easy ideas for cards.  Plus a few ideas for if you have JUST a little extra time or supplies and want to add a layer or two. 

Here's our super simple card first with just a strip of the Everyday Enchanted patterned paper (free with $100 purchase), a coordinating cardstock base (this one is Poppy Parade) and a greeting punched with the Modern Label Punch.  The greeting is from Elementary Elegance - one of the SaleABration sets.

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 Now if you want to add just a little more layering  .....

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I've added some Poppy Parade matting plus an extra layer of Vanilla trimmed with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  I also added some of the free SaleABration ribbon.  It is Calypso Coral but looked good on top of the Poppy Parade.  This ribbon is a sheer one and is very narrow.  (1/8" or 3.2mm wide.) 

If you choose this pack free with a $100 purchase you get 2 rolls of the ribbon - this one and Lucky Limeade, plus a container of 30 gorgeous brads.   Click here for details:   SaleABration Info.

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Let's see one more pair of cards today using another of the Everyday Enchantment DSP and Peach Parfait cardstock.   The greeting here is from Short and Sweet - a great set to have in your collection.  And there's one of those brads I was talking about.

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Next up, let's add just a little layering ..... 

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I've used the Postage Stamp punch, another brad, plus I've added layers of Very Vanilla and Soft Suede.  An easy way to add a little texture is to distress (or rough up) the edges of the cardstock.  You can use a distresser (there's one on the cutting kit) or the edge of an old pair of scissors. 

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Tip:  Want to know a secret?  Distressing an edge is a great option if you cut your matting layers and find you've gone a bit crooked when you stick them all together!  Just rough up that edge and you can hide a bit of wonkiness. 

Stop by again during the year for more Super Simple To Just A Little Layered cards.    Hope you like them.

Cheers, Sue