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Easter Blog Hop: Berry Basket & Paper Piecing

Published by under cards | Mar 21 2015

EurekaStampers Easter Blog Hop

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We’re so pleased you’re joining us on the EurekaStampers ‘Easter Blog Hop’. You may be starting your journey here or you may have come from Tracy Penn’s page.  Keep hopping around and you’ll see a fabulous range of Easter projects to get you inspired and crafting this weekend. 

 

My project is an Easter basket with a twist. It’s made from clear Window Sheets and the Berry Basket Bigz die. Hmmm, being see-through presented a few photographing challenges, but hopefully you can see it ok here. 

 

Happy Easter Bunny: Berry Basket

Want to see how the Berry Basket Bigz die works? Check out this video.

I used a slightly different method –  glue dots instead of staples. The window sheets are just a little more difficult to work with, but only because it’s hard to see where to line it all up. Such a cool effect though! I’m so glad this is a Bigz die and not framelits. That means we can create our berry baskets out of all kinds of materials.
[Oooh – metal flashing would look amazing too… (brain ticking over)… that will have to be my next project.]

 

The base of the basket is lined with a 7.5cm x 7.5cm square of So Saffron cardstock. I then sliced up Pink Pirouette and So Saffron cardstock into teeny tiny thin strips. These were scrunched up and then used as ‘fill’ in the bottom of the clear berry basket.

Happy Easter gift basket

The cute little paper pieced rabbit is from the Happy Easter Bunny single stamp, which you can find on page 35 of the Occasions catalogue.

He is attached to a skinny treat bag filled with Cadbury mini eggs. Don’t you love it when companies make products to match our cardstock and ink colours? ;)

 

Paper Piecing Technique: Easter Bunny

paper piecing1. Stamp the bunny three times: one on white cardstock, one on Pink Pirouette, and one on So Saffron.

2. Carefully hand cut the entire bunny in white, the tummy and tail in pink and the neck ribbon in yellow (So Saffron). Use sharp tipped scissors like Stampin’ Up! paper snips.

3. Using a tiny bit of liquid multipurpose glue, layer the tummy and tail over the white bunny. Finally, adhere to neck ribbon to the bunny.

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The “Happy” and “Easter” banners are attached as floating sentiments. They were adhered to a thin strip of window sheet, so they bounce slightly and almost look like they are floating. It’s a fun way to attach sentiments!

Window Sheet Berry Basket

Mmmmm, chocolate. Yum.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Now don’t stop hopping! Keep on going and you will land on Lorinda deRegt-Penn’s blog with her gorgeous project. I was lucky enough to see it in person last week and I can tell you it is stunning!

NEXT STOP: Lorinda deRegt-Penn’s blog

If you get lost along the way, here’s a list of all stops on the blog hippity hop

 

Simone Bartrum <—– YOU ARE HERE

Lorinda De Regt-Penn

Jessica Williams

Carly Middleton

Rebecca Scurr

Rose Packer

Emma Palonek

Heather McCarthy

Tracy Penn

 

Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to leave some comment love as you hop around. xxxxx

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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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:

 (Click to view on the blog)

 

 

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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