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Male Card: Shirt and Bow Tie

Published by under cards | Mar 03 2015

Hi friends,

Today I’m sharing one of the fun projects we made at Stamp Club this month. We usually make about 3 different projects, often a couple of cards and a 3D. This card was a cute little extra that we made just using patterned paper, the paper trimmer, the new Bow Builder punch and a few embellishments.  It was based on one I spotted on Pinterest a while back by Karen Day. Always on the lookout for an easy-to-make male card!

 

Male Shirt Cards - Homemade cards by Simone BartrumWe used some pretty funky paper to get some very 1970’s style shirts. Lovin’ those wide lapels. And we each chose our own papers so the cards all turned out so different. Some of our creations are pictured above.

To make this card, we cut a slightly narrower-than-normal card base of 14.5cm x 8.5cm (17cm folded in half).

The patterned paper (Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper in assorted designs) was 14.5cm x 10cm. We cut the paper so we ended up with one piece 14.5cm x 3.5cm (left side of card), and the other 14.5cm x 7cm (right side of card). The turned-down lapels revealed the other side of the double-sided Designer Series Paper.

We decorated our ‘shirts’ with assorted buttons and even punched circles (if we didn’t have the right coloured ‘buttons’). And then we finished it off with a bow from the fabulous new Bow Builder Punch.

Do you want to see how this new punch works? Check out the video below.

 

 

Hey guess what? Some exciting news this week with the announcement of FOUR NEW Sale-a-bration gifts to choose from!

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE

NEW Sale-a-bration items available during March 2015 only

You can choose one of these new items, or any of the original items, for FREE with every $90 purchase.

 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Sale-a-bration Product of the Week: A Happy Thing

Published by under cards | Feb 24 2015

A Happy Thing stamp set is another of the Sale-a-bration gift options for this year.

With every AUD $90 purchase during Sale-a-bration (ends March 31), choose a FREE item such as a stamp set, accessories or colouring tools.

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Here are some of the lovely samples that Stampin’ Up! shared with us recently. So sweet.

A Happy Thing - Sale-a-bration stamp set

A Happy Thing is a cheerful stamp set that uses line art imagery. It’s perfect for colouring so you can explore your favourite colouring methods with this set, and let your inner artist go to work! Try the Blendabilities or your Aqua Painters. The result is gorgeous artwork that is deceptively easy.

Have you tried the Masking Technique? This stamp set is a perfect one to try this handy technique. Learn more about it in the video below:

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Don’t forget to check out the current Weekly Deals and stop by the Clearance Rack for a bargain.

Remember: purchases of $90 or more (includes sale items) will earn you a free Sale-a-bration product of your choice – such as the A Happy Thing stamp set.

A HappyThing stamp set - free Stampin' Up! stamp set during Sale-a-bration

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

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Sale-a-bration Product of the Week: Lotus Blossom

Published by under cards | Jan 31 2015

So Sale-a-bration has been going for a few weeks now, and I’ve noticed a trend among my customers who have earned a Sale-a-bration freebie: the Lotus Blossom Sale-a-bration stamp set is a very popular choice! This 3-step stamp set is beautiful and cleverly designed.

Check it out in this video:


Stampin’ Up! shared these samples with us this week on our Demonstrator site. I love them all, they are so beautiful.

Coastal Cabana Lotus Blossom

The sponging of Crumb Cake ink around the Naturals Ivory card base is a beautiful touch to this card. The burlap ribbon and tea lace doilies finish it off perfectly.

Cobbler Lotus Blossom

I love the bold red on this lotus blossom, over a layer of Typeset Specialty Paper.

Calypso Lotus Blossom

The soft Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon and Venetian Crochet Trim add a feminine touch to this card.

Blushing Bride Lotus Blossom

And here we have a touch of Blushing Bride in the chevron ribbon and patterned paper from the Subtles designer series Colour Collection.

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Did you choose this as your free Sale-a-bration item or is it still on your wishlist?

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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Stampin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay and NEW Alphanumeric Molds

Published by under cards,techniques | Jan 27 2015

Our long summer holidays are winding down…

Can you hear it? “Nooooooo!”.  In our little home we are totally and utterly in a state of denial.

It is just too hard to get back to reality after chillaxing at the beach for the past few weeks.

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But it’s time to pack away the beach bags and camping gear for another year, as we get back to the school book lists and focusing on all the exciting things ahead.

On the stamping front we have our big annual team gathering in less than 2 weeks, as well as workshops, stamp clubs, virtual “Craft@Home” clubs and more.  Lots of fun to look forward to.

Today’s share is a quick little card that is part of a series. The cards were all created from the “This Day” Project Life Mini Card Collection. Although the 30 double-sided cards in the pack are perfect for Project Life, I thought they were fun to use on cards too!

And even better… the entire Project Life mini card collection is FREE with a $90 purchase of Stampin’ Up! products.

 

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We also used the Stampin’ Up! Simply Pressed® Clay and Alphanumeric Mold for the three dimensional number on the card front. Love that stuff!

Stampin' Up! Alphanumeric Molds, available in Australia from www.simonebartrum.stampinup.net

 

The molds make letters that are 1.9cm high. Even though it’s called Simply Pressed ‘Clay’ it is not what I would normally think of when I hear the word clay. This stuff is kind of soft and smooth. Miss 8 says it feels fluffy like marshmallow. It is kind of like plasticine, but… not. Oh well, you will just have to try it for yourself ;)

 

Stampin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay and Molds – Tips On Use

  • I find the best way to use the clay and molds is to put just enough clay in to fill the shape without it spilling over the sides too much.
  • Pop the mold in the freezer for about half an hour.
  • When it comes out just flex the mold in towards the clay to help it ease away from the sides of the mold.
  • After that it just slips out.

In the card above I coloured the clay by tapping it into the ink pad and working the colour through with my fingers until it was evenly distributed and all the streaks were gone.

Gloves might help, if you’re worried about inky fingers. Which I’m not. ;)

Another option is to paint the white clay with ink after it is set – which is a great idea if you haven’t yet worked out which colour to use!

 

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Stampin’ Up! Australia: Occasions Catalogue & Sale-a-bration Begins!

Published by under cards | Jan 06 2015

Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue 2015 - Make Something that Means Something

Stampin’ Up! Australia: It really is a Happy New Year now!

The new 2015 Occasions catalogue has landed.

 

Click to view products in the Online store

Over 50 pages of new products and ideas. Plus home decor inspiration.  Stamp sets – in wood mount, clear/cling mount and photopolymer – if you please.

Not to mention new tools such as punches.

And new goodies for your die cutting machine, like framelits with matching stamps, embossing folders and new Bigz dies as well.

 

Click HERE TO DOWNLOAD you digital Stampin’ Up! Australia 2015 Occasions catalogue.

Or click HERE TO VIEW NEW PRODUCTS IN THE ONLINE STORE.

Want your own copy to flick through? Just email me and I’ll be happy to send one to you anywhere in Australia.

 

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And as if dozens of exciting new products isn’t enough, we are also launching our favourite annual event on the Stampin’ Up! calendar: Sale-a-bration!

Stampin' Up! Australia: Sale-a-bration is here

Sale-a-bration means bonuses for everyone. Bonus gifts for customers with every $90 purchase. Bonus hostess benefits for qualifying order totals. Bonus kits or products when you join Stampin’ Up!.

Sale-a-bration - Bonuses for everyone

Yes! Purchases of NEW products from the Occasions catalogue can help you earn FREE Sale-a-bration products. You can also order from the annual catalogue. OR a combination of the two.

Yes! You can contact me to process the order. Or you can order online at your convenience.

As soon as the products add up to $90 in a single order, you can choose a free item. Spend $90, get one gift of your choice. Spend $180, choose two.

Sale-A-Bration Products - See them now

 

Got a big wish list? If your order totals over $300 you qualify for 3 Sale-a-bration items AND $50 worth of any products of your choice (thanks to hostess benefits). What a great time to stock up. 

 

Got an even bigger wish list? Spend over $400 to qualify for $100 worth of FREE products of your choice PLUS 4 Sale-a-bration items (thanks to bonus hostess benefits during Sale-a-bration only). The exclusive items alone could easily add up to $100+ in value. Amazing.highlight4

If the budget won’t stretch quite that far, think about gathering orders from friends & family who love to craft, or would like some of the new kits. You still could qualify for the amazing host bonuses.

Just a tad exciting, isn’t it? If you have any questions don’t hesitate to sing out.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

P.S. Victorians: If you live in the Garden state, contact me to book a FREE Make & Take party. January is fully booked  but I have vacancies for March and limited dates available in Feb. This is a great way to TRY out new products, LEARN how to use them, and SHOP all at the same time. Get in quick!

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Bloom For You + Fun Flower Punch = Perfect Match

Published by under cards | Dec 07 2014

Thank You For Caring card

The Bloom For You stamp (page 139 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue) and its matching Fun Flower punch (p219) are a match made in paper craft heaven!

With only two items you can make a range of cut Bloom For You flowers in any colour you want. Great for making 3D flowers and paper bouquets, as an element on a card or scrapbook page, and because these are a fairly decent size they make great gift tags too. Bloom For You stamp & Fun Flower punch

To make these Bloom For You flowers  I used a couple of extra co-ordinating punches that I had on hand, and they really helped to finish the flower nicely withOUT any hand cutting. Yay for that!

The other punches I used were the small (2.2cm) Scallop Circle Punch and the half inch circle punch, all available from my Stampin’ Up! online store. To assemble, it was simply a matter of stamping the flowers a number of times in the different coloured Stampin’ Up! classic inks and then punching out the required pieces. Layer the pieces with a Stampin’ Dimensionals in between or just some adhesive.

 

Stampin' Up! In Colors: 2014-2016

 

Don’t forget the amazing Year End Close-Out sale is on. Check out my online store Clearance Rack for details.

Note: The colours used on the card at the top of this page are from the 2014-2016 In Color range –  Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss – all on a Crumb Cake note card. The panel of patterned paper is from the Park Lane Designer Series Paper pack.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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