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Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation 2015: Hawaii

Published by under cards | May 19 2015

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That’s me coming back to reality after an incredible week on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It was a wonderful all expenses paid holiday courtesy of Stampin’ Up!. What an honour to earn another Incentive Trip (aka Grand Vacation) with this amazing company. Great products, great people, and bonuses like overseas trips too. Just… wow.

You may have been following our Hawaiian adventures over on my Facebook page.

But I’m back today for a quick ‘highlights package’ and some photos I didn’t get around to sharing.

 

Before The Trip

Stampin’ Up! sent us this cute lined travel pack with all our documents, tags and a travel guide. Love those bag tags.

From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

 

The Journey Begins

This year Jason couldn’t make it so I asked my two sisters to join me. It turned into a fun girls week and I loved every minute of it.

On the plane this was our first sight of the Hawaiian islands.

From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

 

We spent the first couple of days on the western side of Waikiki. We enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere of Hawaii, the sun and the music. And we did a lot of shopping!

I also discovered the joy of Hawaiian ‘Shave Ice’. My life just may never be the same again.

From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

 

Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip @ Sheraton Waikiki

Right from the moment we arrived, Stampin’ Up! did an amazing job of making this a memorable event. There were Stampin’ Up! signs and banners around the entrance to the hotel, and all of us were given ocean view rooms. The colours of the sky and ocean were something truly amazing. I don’t know how to explain it… except that everything looked more vivid.

From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

Each day we could visit the Hospitality Room which was a gathering place to meet and chat with other demonstrators. We could spin the wheel to win cool prizes, enjoy some yummy treats or just chill out on the balcony and enjoy the view.

Hospitality Room: From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

After a ‘busy’ day of swimming, shopping or hanging out with friends, we would come back to our room to find pillow gifts! Oh my goodness, what a treat. The packaging was cute enough, but the gifts were so sweet! Jewellery, Maui Jim sunglasses, a quilted bag, beach bag, Stampin’ Up! products and more.

From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

 

Group Activities

Most of our time was free to spend at our leisure, but we had a few group activities to which everyone was invited.

On the first night we had a casual BBQ dinner down near the pool area.

Later in the week we enjoyed a private tour of the Polynesian Cultural Centre – it opened early, just for us!

And on the final evening we had a very special visit to the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pearl Harbour. An amazing evening in which we could explore the battleship and enjoy an all-American BBQ on board.  Yes, a very special evening. From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

Of course, one of the best things about these trips is that we get to spend time with friends. This year we had just over 20 Australians attend, with a total combined number of demonstrators (from Australia, NZ, Canada and the US) totalling just under 200. Many brought their partners and some also brought their children, so it was lovely to meet the extended families too!

From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

One of my personal highlights was snorkelling at Hanauma Bay. I posted these photos over on my Facebook page, but they are so beautiful I just had to share them again. I’ve done a lot of snorkelling over the years but this was my first time using a dry snorkel (water can’t get in). Highly recommend it – a fabulous experience.

From the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Grand Vacation Hawaii 2015

We had a creative morning called a Share Fare, where we swapped handmade cards and some of our fellow demo’s taught us new tricks. It was a great morning. I’ll share some of those photos in a separate post.

 

Thank You

IMG_9973Coming home was both a sad and happy occasion. I really had a fabulous time, but couldn’t wait to see my hub and bubs again. Trying to fit all that shopping into our suitcases was fun for the three of us! We had to buy more bags ;)

 

Thanks again for coming along on this journey. It’s been a great ride, and I’m so grateful.

 

We have a new annual catalogue and lots to look forward to… If you are a customer of mine (as in, you’ve bought Stampin’ Up! products through me in the past catalogue year) and you haven’t got your new catalogue yet, please let me know. I’ll get one on its way to you ASAP. And if you’re in Australia and new to Stampin’ Up! feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll help you get started.

Cheers,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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Hop to it: Stampin’ Up!’s Retiring Celebration Add-on Kits

Published by under cards | Apr 26 2015

Check out the Australian Stampin' Up! Retiring Products (2015) at www.simonebartrum.com

Hi friends. Today I’m back blog-hopping again with just a few of my crafting buddies.

You may have come from Jess’s blog over at The Paper Caper. I want to be just like Jess when I grow up… isn’t she amazing?

We thought it would be fun to share what we’ve been doing with the Retiring Products.

Eeek! Retiring? Yep, this is your last chance to grab them before they’re gone. And they are going FAST, let me tell you!

Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit. Retiring this month. Now half price! Visit www.simonebartrum.com

So today I’m sharing a few projects made with one of the hidden gems in the catalogue. We found out last week that this product WILL NOT be in the new catalogue.

Not only that, it’s now HALF PRICE.

Spectacular.

So what is this product?

Calypso Coral Add-On Kit (#133431). Available in Australia while supplies last, from www.simonebartrum.com

It’s the Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit (with a few added bits and pieces).

The kit is marked in the catalogue at AUD$16.95, which I feel was a pretty awesome price anyway.

But while supplies last it is only AUD$8.48. Wow.

The kit is designed to complement the Celebration Basics Kit, to help you make an awesome looking banner kinda like this,

Celebration Basics Kit from Stampin' Up! available while supplies last

but I really love working with it on its own.

Included is a gorgeous stitched garland, heaps of die-cut accents, patterned papers (including some really cool gold foil paper), and self-adhesive streamers. You even get a Stampin’ Spritzer which you can fill with alcohol and ink refill for a cool spritzing effect.

To make these cards I simply added Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock and some of my favourite stamps, along with the die-cut pieces and patterned papers from the kit. I managed to whip these cards up in no time.

 

Handmade cards created with Stampin' Up!'s Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit (#133431) on available while supplies lastAdd-OnKitCards

Stampin' Up!'s Celebration Add-On Kit (#133431). Retiring this month! www.simonebartrum.com

Want to see some more great ideas using retiring Stampin’ Up! products? Check out Carly’s blog.

Thanks for joining us today.

NEXT STOP: Carly’s blog

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

Let’s keep in touch while I’m at CONVENTION next week!
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Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop

Published by under cards | Apr 23 2015

Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop

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Aloha!

Welcome to our Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop.

You may have joined me from Linda Higgins‘ blog or you may be kicking off your journey here. Either way, thanks for getting into the Hawaiian spirit with us as we celebrate the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation for 2015.

I have a couple of projects to share today, so kick back & relax and enjoy your own virtual Hawaii travels today.

No sunscreen required!

 

Flower lei: Stampin’ Up! style

The inspiration for my first project comes from the beautiful Hawaiian tradition of welcoming visitors with a flower lei.

Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!   www.simonebartrum.com

 

We are spoilt for choice with the current Stampin’ Up! offerings of so many adorable flower stamps, dies and punches.

 

Featuring the colours of So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay, this one is made from the Pansy punch – one of my all-time favourites – and just a few Fun Flower punch shapes.

 

How to make 3 dimensional flowers from a punch

You need to make a lot of flowers for this one!

Here is a simple way to make flowers with heaps of dimension…

3D Flowers Tutorial from www.simonebartrum.com

 

We joined the flowers together with Bermuda Bay bakers twine. The easiest way to do this is by threading the twine with a needle (see below) so you have a sharp point to poke through the middle of your flowers.

 

Threaded bakers twine to join 3D flowers

The leaves are made from punched ovals in Wild Wasabi cardstock, embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder, then folded in half.

Stampin' Up! paper lei. Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!   www.simonebartrum.com

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Grass Skirt Card

And for our card project today we have a bright and sunny card to reeeeeally get us in the mood. Did someone say Hula?

Here in Australia the weather is turning cooler now as we head towards winter. We’ve already started putting the heater on at night so the warmth of Hawaii is definitely calling my name.Grass Skirt Card. Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!   www.simonebartrum.com

This card has a Pink Pirouette base, with a Wild Wasabi layer cut with the Fringe Scissors.

Do you recognise the grass fringe? It’s the Jute Ribbon from the Occasions catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Grass Skirt Card from www.simonebartrum.com

 

How fun! Thanks for joining us.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know which part of the world you’re from or connect with me via Facebook. I can’t wait to say hi!

 

Next stop is Dawn Griffith. Check out her amazing work here.

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

             

 Blog Hop List

18. Bec Ross

19. Ann Craig

 26. Betty Button

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2015 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List

Published by under catalogue,specials | Apr 21 2015

It’s here! The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List has arrived…

Huge savings, a few surprises and some amazing bargains await.

 

— Download the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List PDF HERE —

~~~ Sortable Stampin’ Up! Retiring List for Australia (EXCEL file HERE) ~~~

 

— Download the Retiring List PDF HERE —

~~~ Sortable Retiring List for Australia (EXCEL file HERE) ~~~

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We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2014-2015 annual catalogue, but before we do, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favourites with discounts up to 50% off retail. Retiring products will only be available until 2 June, or while supplies last.

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Place your orders here.

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*Note: Why are these products retiring on 2 June? Since all catalogue launches will now be aligned globally, the current 2014-2015 annual catalogue will end when the new annual catalogue launches on 2 June 2015, rather than its original end date of 30 June 2015. This includes retiring product within the catalogues, as well as the print catalogues themselves. 

 

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! ORDERING VIA MY ONLINE STORE? 

Use Hostess Code B6ZBHKQV (Craft@Home club members use your own code)

Everyone who uses the hostess code B6ZBHKQV when placing an online retiring list order through my store will receive a surprise in the mail as a little thank you. Note: Don’t use the code if your order is over $300 – instead you can be the ‘hostess’ and choose at least $50 worth of free goodies! And if you’re a Craft@Home club member, remember to use the code that was emailed to you at the start of the month. You’ll get your awesome Inspiration Pack next week.

 

Check back on Wednesday morning for some blogging fun. I’m taking part in an international Blog Hop and can’t wait for you to join us in this fun themed hop.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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News and Notes

Published by under cards | Apr 16 2015

You've Got Male - Box Set Class, at Paperific

Join us at Paperific’s ‘Paper Arts Tarts’ Expo for a variety of classes each day. April 17-19, 2015.

 

A couple of quick announcements:

  • The retiring list will be released on the 21st of April. 
    As we get closer to the end of the catalogue year, we’re getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from the 2014-2015 annual catalogue. Don’t worry, though! You will have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices (up to 50% off retail) before they’re gone.
    Have another review of your wish list so you are ready when it goes live on 21 April.
  • The NEW catalogue is coming.
    I’m getting ready to order catalogues for you, my valued customers! If you have ordered from me in the past year I will send you one for FREE. Just email me to let me know you’re interested. Don’t forget to include your address.
  • THIS WEEKEND is CRAFT SHOW TIME.
    Come and visit us at Paperific’s Paper Arts Tarts Expo for shopping, classes and inspiration. Check out all the classes we’re offering HERE. Come and say hello – we can’t wait to see you!

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Bonus Bundles: April 1 -17

Published by under cards | Apr 01 2015

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New special-priced bundles have just been released. Stamp sets and their coordinating punches or dies are available at 15% off the usual price.

One of my faves is the Banner Banter set (shown above). At less than $37 (plus P&H) for the clear mount version of 10 stamps plus the adorable little banner punch, I think it’s fabulous value.

Did you know that you can make the banners LONGER than the punch image suggests?

Simply feed your cardstock or patterned paper from the underside of the punch so the length is hanging out over the top. When you punch, it will flag the ends but won’t cut the other side – so the banner can be as long as your want! Very cool trick.

Let me know if you get stuck and I’ll send some pictures to explain it another way.

 

How cute is that pin stamp?!! Stamp out a few sentiments in various colours and punch them out, then adhere them so it looks like they’re hanging… so cute! And what a quick and easy card.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

 

Check out these new bundles plus all the other existing bundles HERE in my online store.

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We are in the middle of school holidays so it’s all action stations here. I took the kidlets to the movies yesterday for the first time in what seemed like forever. It was fun! And a great way to fill in time while the car was being serviced. Wishing you a blessed Easter and special time with your loved ones.

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

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