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Think Ink Team Tidbits: Rachel Palmieri

Welcome to the latest instalment of Think Ink Team Tidbits where I introduce you to some of our wonderful team full of creative people.  

RachelToday we're saying hello to Rachel Palmieri.  Rachel blogs over at Stampin Pals. 

Find it here:  Stampin Pals.

She is on the design team for CASEing the catty.  Every Sunday they hold a blog hop with designs CASEd from our beautiful Stampin' Up catalogues.  A great site to visit if you're after some creative inspiration for your week. 

Here's a couple of Rachel's recent cards.  Aren't they beautiful. 

Rachel card pop up

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Rachel card

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Rachel card 2

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Rachel holds classes in South Morang, Melbourne if you're keen to learn some card making skills, or get together with others for some creative fun.  You can find the details here:   Rachel's Classes

Keep an eye out this year as we feature some more of the Think Ink team.

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Think Ink Team Tidbits: June From Sand June Crafts

We're kicking off a new feature here on Madex Creations blog.  I've got a wonderful team full of creative people and thought I'd introduce you to a few of them.  So watch out for Think Ink Team Tidbits where you can meet some of the crew. 

To kick things off today June-1we're featuring the talented June Kempster from Sand June Crafts. 

You can read all about June on her about page over on her blog.  Click here:  Sand June Crafts

June creates from her home on the gorgeous King Island.   

Here are just two of her recent creations.  Aren't they lovely.

June 2

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June 3

Link: Details and step by step tutorial pics on this card

June has some wonderful video tutorials if you would love to see how to do great techniques.  You can find them here:  June's Videos

I hope you enjoyed visiting with June from Sand June Crafts, another of the creative team members from Think Ink.

Happy Stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up: Inked Butterfly Card Step By Step


Over on my brand new team facebook group page we've had a bit of a party weekend with challenges and prizes and lots of fun.


One of the creative challenges was to make a card inspired by this painting (from Hannah's bedroom.) 


I decided to try cutting one of the big butterflies from watercolour paper.  Then I selected some reinkers (inspired by some of the colours in the print.)  So Saffron, Lost Lagoon, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss and a touch of Basic Black.  I sprayed the butterfly with water and dripped reinkers. 



Once I'd dripped lots of colour I sprayed it again with water.  (I have an empty Stampin' Mist bottle that I've filled with water and clearly labelled so I don't mix it up.)


Now leave it to dry. 

In the meantime I quite liked the leftover blobs of watery ink.  I decided to pop a piece of naturals white cardstock under my damp inky base paper and press. 



I added some stamping using the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  I REALLY love the netting stamp from this set and the dashed border too.  I used the greeting from this set as well. 




I really love this card.  Can't wait to try it in some more colours. 

Tip:  Use lots of the lighter colours and only the TINIEST bit of the darker ones - the dark ones really take over. 

I enjoy cards where they turn out differently each time and there's an element of random in how they end up looking. 

Happy creating.

Cheers, Sue

If you're shopping for the products used in this card, here's the links:


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Stampin' Up: Masking And Background Stamps


I've got another couple of congratulations cards to share with you today now that they've arrived in the post to my team members.  (Isn't it lovely to celebrate achievements.) 

For today's card I've used the technique of masking with some of our beautiful big background stamps.  Here are a few tips and step by steps.

I tore a piece of regular paper (grabbed from the printer) and made sure it was just bigger than my 'Congrats' greeting stamp.  Place this over your cardstock then stamp your background stamp firmly.  Now remove the piece of masking scrap paper. 


Our new photopolymer stamps make it easy to line up the greeting to fit into the masked area.


To finish the card I trimmed this panel, added a matting layer and attached to my base card.  Some rhinestones and sequins for some finishing touches. 

Here's another version this time with the stylish Hardwood background stamp.


This technique/card design would be handy for any large greetings. 

Happy card making.

Cheers, Sue

Here are a few of the products featured if you're shopping from home:

Inspire. Create. Share. 2014: Team Gifts

There were 17 Think Inkers having fun at the Stampin' Up Australia/NZ convention this year - our largest group to date.   Here's a look at the team gifts I made.  A little notebook to jot down some convention inspiration - with an added panel made with MDS and printed up on printer paper.  I wrapped it around and attached it with some washi tape.






Here's a few pics of we Think Ink girls and friends enjoying convention.  If you'd like to join the fun - next year we're off to the Gold Coast for the 2015 Inspire Create Share event.  Should be exciting!







Congratulations to Kylie - our superstar team member who was walked the stage many times on awards night.  She was 1st in Australia for both recruiting and leadership, and 3rd for sales.  What a stellar year.  We're all very proud of her. 

I was excited to receive awards for sales, recruiting and leadership and have a few stage walks during convention - always lovely to come home with some pins to show the kids.  Thanks to all my customers, class ladies and fabulous team who help me get these. 


Couple of busy days ahead but I hope to pop back in soon to share a few more bits of convention excitement.

Cheers, Sue

One More Congratulations


Yep we're still congratulating!  It has been an exciting month on the team. Here's another variation on the cards I've shared over the last week.

This card features Smoky Slate and Pool Party embossing powders - yum! Don't you just love coloured embossing powders.  I stamped the lanterns in cherry cobbler and sahara sand.

Silver ribbonI like the narrow silver ribbon too for a touch of shine. 

Occasions catalogue: Page 23

Here it is online: Silver 1/8" Ribbon $8.95 for 9 metres.



Reminder: Two more weeks left of Saleabration where you can choose a freebie for spending $90, 2 free items if you spend $180 and so on.  Get in touch or click the shop online button top left if you'd like to grab yourself some free products. 

One of my team mates and friends Nikki (find her blog here) was telling me that this year whenever she's making a card she's aiming to make an extra one or two the same to build up her collection.  So handy to have some all set to go when you hit a busy patch on the calendar.  I think I might do the same.  That's it for variations on this design but I'll be back with something else soon.  Having a creative patch lately and really enjoying my card making and scrapbooking time.  Nice way to wind down after a busy week.

Happy creating!

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up: More Congratulations Cards


Another variation on the congratulations card I shared the other day.  This one is on a crumb cake base.  The lace ribbon is a nice one to add in with a little feature bundle of ribbons.


While we're talking about congratulating team members - If you're looking for a home based business, perhaps Stampin' Up is for you.  I've loved combining it with being a stay at home mum, and now with being a part time primary school teacher.  I find it very flexible and it has been truly rewarding - in helping to pay the bills and even providing a couple of holidays for John and I, in creative terms as I've built up my craft stash and techniques, but mostly in friendships as I've met some really lovely people through my 6 years as a demonstrator.  Get in touch if you'd like some more info and perhaps we can be congratulating you in a year or two! 

I loved getting reaquainted with my embossing products while I made these congrats cards.  I haven't embossed in ages - I'm sure there were cobwebs on my gear!  Such a lovely addition to a card though so well worth getting the heat gun out.  Here's the rich, gorgeous Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.


Do you love embossing?  I seem to manage to get it everywhere but I do love it. 

Happy stamping!

Cheers, Sue

Congratulations Cards


We've had lots of excitement lately in my Stampin' Up team with some girls who've worked to achieved big promotions.  Perfect time to sit down and make some congratulations cards. 

I loved the Happy Congratulations set in the Occasions catalogue so this was a nice opportunity to give it a run. 

A few years ago at our Stampin' Up convention I learnt a trick from one of the demonstrator presenters (now who was that - I forget, if you know leave a comment and I'll link!)  It was a nice way to use ribbon scraps as a feature on a card.  Just lay some lengths together and tie them with a longer piece. 


Storing and Using Scraps Tip:  Ever since I've been saving my ribbon offcuts in a basket in a drawer and every now and then I grab a bundle that seem to work together and add them to a creation.


Products Featured:

Happy congratulations


Happy Congratulations Stamp Set

Occasions Catalogue: Page 37

Wood $28.95   Clear  $22.95

A set of 4 stamps - very elegant. 

Check it out more closely here



Gold-sequin-trimGold Sequin Trim

Occasions Catalogue: Page 23


Feel like a bit of sparkle, perhaps a touch of disco?

Quite loving this sparkly sequin trim.  Right here


Other products:  Cherry Cobbler base, Crumb Cake panel, Fresh Prints DSP stack for the patterned paper piece, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Gold and Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powders, Heat Gun, Very Vanilla for the tag, and some ribbons.

Got anyone to congratulate this month?  I made 3 cards using the same design but different colours so I've got a couple of other variations to share in the coming weeks - stay tuned. 

And since I do really love a good inspirational quote, maybe I'll finish off with one I saved this week.  Do you have any favourite quotes?  I've always loved collecting ones that speak to me.


Have a great week and 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

Think Ink Team Awards

It is that time of year again - the annual Think Ink Team Awards where my team celebrates another Stampin' Up year of fun and craft and creating.  Thought I'd share some pics.


I've been enjoying making these cards - saw this idea here  for the lovely background.  I've used Shimmery White cardstock and glued 2 strips punched with the lace ribbon border punch.  Creates a nice embossed look.  Some score lines with the Simply Scored.   Apothecary Art for the floral panel on watercolour paper. Regal Rose, So Saffron and Old Olive for my watercolouring.


Here's some of our 2012 Think Ink Team Awards prizes and certificates. 


(The role of Tina's die box is being played by Sue's die box for the pic - ha ha!)

Congratulations to Kylie, Tina and Rachel for their sales awards, and again to Kylie for her recruiting award, and to Judy - this year's Think Ink rising star award recipient.  Well done ladies!   And congrats to everyone in the crew for another fun year of getting inky.

I CASEd this Constantly Stamping card  to make this one using Bordering On Romance stamp set .....




That test tube used to hold jelly beans.  I washed and kept the tubes after we polished off the jelly beans as they looked so cute.  Actually I bought them especially to repurpose.  Have you ever bought something just for the cute container? 

Have a fabulous weekend. 

Cheers, Sue