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2014 Holiday Catalogue NOW AVAILABLE – Christmas is Coming!

Published by under cards | Aug 29 2014

Stampin' Up! Australia Holiday Catalogue 2014Yippeee! It’s coming up to my favourite time of the year.  I LOVE Christmas and (for us in Australia) the wonderful long summer holidays. Oooh I can almost smell the suntan lotion and BBQ’s.

While I’m not quite wishing the year away (still too much fun to be had in 2014 yet), I’m thrilled that the NEW Stampin’ Up! 2014 Seasonal Catalogue is here.

  • Or visit my ONLINE STORE to see all the products. You can easily add them to your shopping bag and you’ll be well on your way with this year’s Christmas preparations.

 

Don’t you love browsing through the catalogues and seeing all those clever and inspirational projects?

If you are in Australia and would like your own copy just send me an email or PM me via Facebook and I’ll be happy to pop one in the mail for you. (If you already have a demonstrator who helps you with your orders, please contact her for a copy.)

For your convenience you can download the supplies list which itemizes all the products used to make those inspirational sample projects. Download the SUPPLIES LIST here.

 

Curvy Keepsakes Box – Thinlits Die

I’ve been playing with the new Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits Die recently. Squeal!!!! I love this die!

You can find it on page 11 of the new Holiday Catalogue, along with some basic instructions. They make the cutest like boxes, and they even come with little tag dies too.

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To make the box you just cut out two shapes using the framelits, and adhere them together at the bottom. They have a great little closure mechanism so you don’t even need ribbons, tape, velcro or magnets to keep the box closed. See? Clever!

Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!. www.simonebartrum.com

I added some stars cut out with the Stars Framelit dies to these boxes. The new sturdy Under The Tree specialty paper is just divine for making boxes, bags and totes.

 

Breaking News

We also have some big BIG news about an exciting hostess promotion available until the end of October. Check back from tomorrow for all the news on that one, but in the meantime you might want to go through your diaries and get a Christmas cardmaking workshop organised so you can earn this free bonus. It’s worth it!

 

And one last thing…

Before I go… if you are free this weekend, come to Paperific and say hello to us on the Stampin’ Up! stand. We’ll have Seasonal Catalogue showbags available, free make & takes and lots of lovely projects to inspire you. I’ll be working on the stand on Saturday and Sunday.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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No Cut Card Technique featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Choose Happiness set

Published by under cards | Aug 15 2014

No Cut Card - Choose Happiness

A little while back I posted this card on my Stamping With Simone Facebook Page and shortly after I received a message from a new stamper asking how it was done.

This is called a No Cut card, although technically there is a little cutting involved but NO LAYERS which makes it super easy.

I was first shown how to do this technique by Janine Rawlins, and it has been a classic go-to card design over the years.

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To make this card you need to tear off most of the front of a card base, leaving just a torn flap. A layer of stamped cardstock is adhered under this flap, completing the card front.

Need a few cards in a hurry? Stamp a whole sheet then cut it into four pieces, giving you enough elements to make four cards in a matter of minutes! Just tear the fronts of four card bases, add the quarter sheet pieces and you’re done.

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My card base used here is Blackberry Bliss, one of this year’s fabulous new ‘In Color’ range. It’s quite a rich, dark base, so I added an extra panel of Very Vanilla cardstock inside so it would be easier to write my message.

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Pop over to my Facebook Page and ‘Like’ it so you can stay up to date with the latest Stampin’ Up! news and crafty happenings as they… happen!

Have a fabulous weekend! And happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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Blendabilities Update: All Colour Packs Now Available

Published by under Blendabilities | Aug 02 2014

blendabilitiesThanks for your patience as we waited on the remaining Blendabilities to come in stock.

 

The good news is they are now all available!

 

These exclusive alcohol-based marker sets, come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same colour), and provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colours.

 

 

The full selection (as seen on p212 of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue) include the following assortments:

*Tip: Click images to view in my online store

We also have a Skin Tone Assortment of six markers, plus a Colour Lifter. And don’t forget to use Memento ink when using alcohol based markers such as Blendabilities.
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ALL Blendabilities Now Available
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Here’s a little introductory video if you haven’t seen these awesome new colouring tools before:
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Want to learn more? Check out THESE NEW VIDEOS here which will offer you more suggestions on how to use Blendabilities

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Big Deal on the Big Shot

Published by under cards | Aug 01 2014

Big Shot Bundle August 2014

If you’re anything like us, you absolutely love when BIG opportunities come your way. And because we all know the Big Shot is a big deal, we thought we’d offer you something you couldn’t miss.

With every purchase of a Big Shot in August, you will receive one of five FREE stamp set/Framelits bundles… and YOU get to choose which one!

The Big Shot is $149.95. And free bundles are worth up to $93.25.

 

Well, we did say this was a BIG opportunity.

 

Not only that, if you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase these designated bundles at an amazing 15% off!

This is one deal you won’t want to miss as these bundles are ONLY available this month.

Contact me today or place your order online.

Big Shot special

 

Want to have a closer look at the bundles?

Check them out in my online store, or download the flyer here:

Download the Big Shot promo document here

 Psssst! Did you notice the sneak peek?

One of the bundles includes an awesome new stamp set that will be available from August 28th when the new Holiday (Christmas!) catalogue goes live.

BUT you can get the stamp set from TODAY as part of the Bright & Beautiful Stars bundle.  Yay… time to get started on those Christmas cards.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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New Catalogue Blog Hop!

Published by under cards | Jul 19 2014

EurekaStampers Blog Hop - New Catalogue 2014-2015

Welcome to our inaugural EurekaStampers blog hop! I’m so proud of all the crafters you’ll visit today, who are not only Stampin’ Up! team members but friends too. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration as you visit them, so don’t forget to leave some comment love and let them know they’ve done a great job. xxx

You may have hopped over from Rebecca Scurr‘s page. Isn’t she amazing? LOVE her work!

For my turn to share I’ve picked a couple of my fave FUN creations since the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue was released.  The first is a Welcome card featuring Life’s Adventure, one of the awesome new hostess sets. Welcome Card - Eurekastampers Blog Hop

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The houses were coloured with the new Blendabilities alcohol markers. You can see more about them here (along with a basic techniques video).

The Blendies we used are Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana and Old Olive. The base case is the yummy Lost Lagoon, with a layer of Calypso Coral and blingy Glimmer paper.

The windows have Crystal Effects on them for a glassy look. Bit hard to see in the pic, so you might have to take my word for it. ;)

Blendabilities Welcome Card - EurekaStampers Blog Hop
My next project is one we made at stamp club this month. We turned the flat Tag-a-Bag Gift Bags into ‘bagalopes’. I guess we know now what the fox says.

Foxy Polk-a-Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags - EurekaStampers Blog HopHave you made these before?

Bagalopes were one of the very first things I learned to make as a brand new papercrafter all those years ago. And they are still so fun to make! And practical too…. gotta love that.

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How to make a Tag-a-Bagalope

1. Grab a Tag-a-Bag Gift Bag, just like these. Or even these if you prefer a chevron design.

2. Score the bottom and both sides of the bag at exactly 1 inch.

3. Carefully fold the score lines back and forth a few times so you have a good crisp crease.

4. Pop your hand inside the bag to push it into shape as you flatten the base. Secure the flaps on the bottom with washi tape (see pic below). So quick and easy! I like to put a 3″x 2″ piece of sturdy cardboard in the base to help it sit flat.

 

And for the fox?

My friend Lorinda (who you’ll meet in a few more ‘hops’ of this blog hop) came over the other week and showed me an adorable punch art fox. I recreated him for the front of this bag, tweaking the design a little so it uses all current punches.

Foxy Punch Art - EurekaStampers Blog Hop

His ears were made from the wings on the Bird Builder punch. And the paws and tip of the tail were from the Modern Label punch. The Large Oval punch was also used for his body and tail.

I added a 10 1/4 ” strip of Mossy Meadow cardstock around the base of the bagalope, after snipping it with the fringe scissors. I went back later and added another layer (which you can see above). He’s a cutey.

 

Alrighty, that’s me done.

Continue your hop hop hopping, as you land over at Carly’s page for more crafty inspiration.

 

NEXT STOP: CARDS BY CARLY

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Work of Art meets Lovely As A Tree

Published by under cards | Jul 16 2014

Lovely As A Tree Hello again stamping friends!

Oh how wonderful is it to be back in the craft room now that school holidays are over. I’ve been having a little crafty fun with the gorgeous new Work Of Art stamp set, along with a golden oldie Lovely As A Tree.

Don’t you love how a new product brings life to a much-loved old fave?

 

Stampin' Up! Work of Art meets Lovely As A Tree

We had a mostly fun time during the holidays, but the kids were happy to get back to their friends this week and I was happy to get back to work.

Winter holidays are generally not our favourite because we’re stuck indoors just a little too much for this mum’s liking (I mean, really, I don’t mind Minecraft but there’s just so much I can handle before I start wanting to dig up my kitchen or something).

Anyway, we made a couple of trips to the city and visited some of my favourite people in the world which was wonderful. We did some geocaching, visited Bounce (AKA trampoline-land) and Costco for the first time which was a an eye-opener (yeah, we don’t get out much – hehe). We also did some family craft, thanks to a lovely big brown box delivery from Stampin’ Up! and the awesome new kits. And of course there was some random dog hugging with our pup.

 

On the Stampin’ Up! front, I launched an exciting new aspect of my business called Craft@Home Clubs.

I’ll be sharing more about that in the weeks to come, but I’m super excited at how quickly it has taken off and I’m thrilled to be meeting the needs of more of my customers now.

 

And just a head’s up: Check back at 9am on Saturday morning as we are launching our FIRST EVER EurkeaStampers Blog Hop. This is more than a little exciting, and I’m so proud of all the wonderful talent in our team so this will be a great opportunity to share it with YOU!

So until then…

Happy stamping!

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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