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Stampin’ Up! Australia Christmas Holiday Catalogue

Published by under cards | Sep 01 2015

Stampin' Up! Australia - Christmas Holiday Catalogue. Available from www.simonebartrum.com.

Spring has sprung!

And so has the new 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue.

Fifty pages of festive fun, new products, punches, kits and more.

It’s time to shake off the winter blues… Christmas is on the way.

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I am giddy over this one. It would have to include the best range of products I’ve seen in years.

In fact, many of those new products immediately jumped on to my wish list.

Two thumbs up for this catalogue.

.Top 6 Picks for Christmas. Simone's favourites from the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.

 

MY TOP FIVE, no make that SIX, PICKS from the new HOLIDAY CATALOGUE

Almost impossible to stick to five favourites from this catalogue – or six – but we’ll give it a go…

 

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The 'To You and Yours Shaker Frame Cark Kit' in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue. Each page has silver foil on the card base. # In no particular order!

 

  1. The To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit on page 4. Having made up these cards, I can honestly say I LOVE how they look. Great quality, nice thick card bases, and I love the shiny foil on the cards. You can’t tell from the tiny picture in the catalogue, but each card base has strips of silver running through the design on the front and backs of the cards. Gorgeous. They have been generous with the supplies too, so you’ll have plenty of sequins, chunky glitter and die cut pieces left over at the end. And no you don’t HAVE to get the stamp set on the bottom of page 4 to make up the cards, although it looks great if you do and it’s a handy set to have. Would love to be able to buy those line strips of ‘Dimensionals’ used to line the shaker frames. They make it so easy to put the shaker frames together.
    Make a hearth using the window piece from the Hearth & Home Thinlits dies. Stampin' Up!. .
  2. The Hearth and Home Thinlits dies on page 11 (and images on page 10). Yes, I’m a sucker for a good ‘die’. And how fantastic that you can cut out the window frame cross bars and – voila – it becomes a fireplace.
    Seriously… that is genius right there.
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  3. The Sleigh Ride Edgelits dies on page 12. These are just sooooo cute. Yes, they are a little fiddly to work with, with all those delicate little shapes, so if fiddly is not your thing then these might not appeal. But the delicate shapes is what makes these edgelits so gorgeous.
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  4. The Embellished Ornaments bundle on page 15. Enough said. Love love love. This is the bundle that featured on our recent Fancy Fold card. What’s not to love? The Peaceful Pines bundle could have easily snuck into this spot too.
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  5. Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 39. I love that this is an oversized square folder, so it will work with cards in the landscape or portrait orientation. Thank you Stampin’ Up!. That has been on my wish list for a long time. Such a beautiful design, too.
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  6. Fine-Tip Glue Pen on page 43. This has CHANGED my life! No kidding. One of the smallest items, tucked away on the bottom corner of the page, I didn’t even notice it until someone else pointed it out to me. And yes, I know it’s not the most glamorous item. But wowowowowowow it is the best EFineTipGlueNameVER. You can perfectly position sequins and carefully place die-cut words, without any gooey overflow. You can even write words with it and sprinkle ultra-fine glitter over the top (see pic on the right, I wrote my name with the glue then added gold glitter). No need to squeeze. And the needle in the tip to prevent clogging is just the bees-knees. You can watch a video about this new Fine-Tip Glue Pen here.

My favourites from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue: I just love them all

You can view all the new products in one convenient section of my online store.

Happy browsing.

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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Embellished Ornaments Fancy Fold Card

Published by under cards | Aug 31 2015

Embellished Ornaments Fancy Fold Project, by the Stampin' Up! team at Paperific. Project created by Simone Bartrum

A big hello to all the wonderful people we met and chatted with at the Paperific Expo last weekend. Our team had a great time sharing and crafting with you, and I hope you enjoyed it too.

Stampin' Up! Paperific Craft Show display. www.simonebartrum.comIf you are a new visitor, welcome! Come and make yourself at home. You are welcome to subscribe to my email newsletter (the signup box is in the right sidebar of my blog home page). You will often find me procrastinating over on my Stamping with Simone Facebook page, so come and check out the scenery there too. ;)
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But back to Paperific. We ran a series of classes during the show which were a big hit with our visitors. Every single class was booked out!

In the morning we ran a shaker frame class, which I will be repeating up here for my local friends on September 27th (TBC – will depend on backorder situation). This one is close handy for those of you in or around the Ballarat, Daylesford, Bendigo and Goldfields regions.

And here’s the project I came up with for the afternoon, which also booked out early so we managed to squeeze an extra class in to our daily program.

It’s a fancy fold card in Night of Navy and gold – now that’s a striking colour combination!

Embellished Ornament fancy fold card. www.simonebartrum.com

And when you open it up…

Embellished Ornaments Fancy Fold. www.simonebartrum.com

 

It uses the Floral Frames Collection dies to create the fancy fold, and is decorated with some lovely new products: Embellished Ornaments stamp set and coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlits dies.

You can buy the stamp set and Framelit dies separately from 1st of September, but if you buy them at the same time you’ll save 15%!  Gotta love those bundles.

The shape of this card was inspired by one of Debbie Mageed’s, but we are using the reverse side and instead of hand-cutting the side shapes we use the half-cut technique and some carefully positioned cutting pads with the Big Shot.

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We gave class attendees a 4-page tutorial so they can make the project again when they get home. I’ll be running this class again in Creswick (near Ballarat/Daylesford) on Thursday Sept 17 and we’ll also be making it at stamp club.

Craft@Home Club members: You will be getting the full tutorial and card for FREE as one of the items in your September Inspiration Pack. Australian residents: You can receive tutorials and cards like this in the mail each and every month. Request info by email about the Craft@Home Club.

Some of the other demonstrators in our team will be running this class in other parts of Melbourne and throughout Victoria. So if you are looking to attend a class, let me know and I’ll be happy to put you in touch with someone close to you.

 

Embellished Ornaments Fancy Fold Card - Open. www.simonebartrum.com

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2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue

The catalogue is now LIVE! Click here to read all about it. If you are in Australia and are in need of a consultant, then email me a catalogue request and I’ll happily pop one in the mail for you.

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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Stampin’ Up!’s Wild About Flowers

Published by under cards | Aug 18 2015

Wild About Flowers on a Crumb Cake card base One of the lovely new two-step stamp sets in the 2015-2016 catalogue is Stampin’ Up!’s Wild About Flowers.

The stems are on separate stamps from the flowers, so you can mix and match for all kinds of colourful and different looks. Quite clever really.

There are also some lovely sentiments for special occasions, making this set an asset to any rubber stamp collection.

Wild About Flowers stamp set by Stampin' Up!

You can choose to stamp the stems and flowers heads in contrasting colours (see above) or in the same colour as in the samples below (Crushed Curry ink on Crushed Curry cardstock) and the bottom card (black).

Wiild About Flowers - in Crushed Curry

 

I really love the font in this set. It suits it perfectly and is something a little different.

Wild About Flowers comes as a photopolymer set only, so it’s easy to position the flowers perfectly in line with the stems – every time. .

Wild About Flowers stamp set by Stampin 'Up!: You'll Be Missed card

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UPCOMING EVENT: Just a quick reminder if you are making plans for the last weekend of August, Paperific is back at the Melbourne Showgrounds for the big 15th birthday celebrations. I’ll be there on the Stampin’ Up! stand on Friday and Sunday so make sure you come and say hello. The show team will be offering classes and make & takes throughout the weekend, and there will be a distinctly festive theme!

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~~New Weekly Deals out on Wednesday. Click HERE to view the current weekly deals.~~

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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Inspiration from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Hawaii Incentive Trip

Published by under cards | Aug 11 2015

As promised, I’m back to share some of the swaps displayed during the Stampin’ Up! Hawaii Incentive Trip (aka ‘Grand Vacation).

I don’t know who made all these projects because they were attached to the boards, but I’m sure you’ll agree they all look amazing.

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The Share Affair was a really fun morning and it was nice to talk about ink, stamps and paper again after a week of swimming, shopping and relaxing. Not only was it a great opportunity to mingle and check out everyone’s swaps, but we were also treated to fabulous ‘wow’ demonstrations by some incredibly talented artists.

Share Affair - Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation Incentive Trip Hawaii 2015

Sara Douglass and Pam Morgan from Stampin’ Up! showed us some nifty ‘out of the box’ ways to use the Hamburger die and the Gift Box punch board. See what I did there? Ok sorry, that was not very punny. 

We watched great demonstrations by generous ladies who gave up some of their free time to teach us new things. Big thanks to Candy Michael, Mindy Gray, Judy Prahl, Georgia Giguere, Eldonna Epp, Marelle Taylor, Janice Urke, and Michelle Zindorf.

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I’ve always admired Michelle Zindorf’s work so it was a real buzz to watch her live in action (below). I mean…. Wow! Is there anything Michelle Zindorf can’t do with a brayer and sponge? ShareAffair

Ok well that’s all for me for this trip (finally!). I will try not to leave it so long after next year’s Mediterranean Cruise Incentive Trip. lol.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Awesomely Artistic

Published by under cards | Aug 09 2015

While sorting through photos this weekend it dawned on me that I still haven’t shared pics from the Share Affair event from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to Hawaii.

[You can read about our trip adventures here.]

I know, I know! I’m a bit late… but some pretty amazing sharing went on that I think you’ll enjoy, so I have whittled down my 200 photos into a half dozen collages and have those lined up ready for the next post.

While I’m putting the final edits on that one I thought I’d share this card. My swap.

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This card is made with the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, which is new to this year’s annual catalogue. It is seriously perfect for collage stamping.

(Craft@Home Club members would have seen this already – you guys received this as one of your happy mail cards a few months ago.)

We were invited to participate in an optional swap of cards with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. As you can imagine, I jumped at the chance. I LOVE swapping and hey, who needs an excuse to make cards, right?

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I used a colour combo that I’ve never used before: Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss and a dash of Hello Honey.

They worked well with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper, even though they weren’t officially the matching colours. I love how the coordinating DSP colours are listed in the catalogue, but there tends to be a bit of flexibility often with other colours working just as effectively.

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I forgot to take these photos until we were in the hotel room in Hawaii so I quickly spread them out on the bed. We had to bring 26 cards: 25 to swap out and one went up on the display boards. These were set out for everyone to look at during the Share Affair on the final day in Hawaii. You can find all those photos on Tuesday’s post: Inspiration from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Hawaii Incentive Trip (scheduled for 11th August).

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wishes Card Kit: Inspiration

Published by under cards | Jul 28 2015

Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. Awesome kit that includes everything to make 20 different cards. In Australia available from http://bit.ly/1OMx4DS

The Watercolor Wishes Card Kit garnered plenty of attention as soon as the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue was released in June.

A gorgeous set that includes everything – even the stamps and ink – to create 20 unique cards. It became available for purchase this month, but was so popular that it went on backorder almost straight away. In fact, 13 weeks worth of kits were bought in just two weeks!

Although stocks will be running low for a little while I’m happy to say that at the moment it is available in Australia. [Contact me if you want to check any updates to this.]

This kit is $61 in Australia, and you’ll have the stamps and ink and leftover embellishments to continue using long after the cards in the kit have been made. Excellent value. Makes a great gift too.

I spent a beautiful weekend by the fire making up all these cards… what a perfect way to stay inside on a freezing cold winter here in Ballarat.

Watercolor Wishes card kit.

They were quick to assemble and simple in design, but that’s just what you need sometimes. Especially great if the mojo is lacking, or if you want to make something but don’t want to think too hard about the process. We all have days like that, don’t we?!

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But I have to say, there was an unexpected bonus that came from making these cards. And if you’re an experienced cardmaker, I think you’ll get a kick out of this too.

I found myself using the original cards as inspiration for my next cards, using my own supplies! I was intrigued by the layouts and the different styles. They were not my usual style at all, so it was great to try something different. It not only got me out of my comfort zone (ok, rut!) by trying something new and changing things up a bit, but that in turn gave my mojo a boost and I have made heaps of fun projects since. Very cool.

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Lightbulb moment! I have to say I got double the value from this kit. One, in making the cards. And two, in inspiring me for other projects.

I loved this card (above left) so much that we recreated it at some of my clubs and events this month, as a quick and easy ‘extra project’.

It also became the basis for this month’s customer appreciation cards.

Inspired the Watercolor Wishes Cardmaking kit. These were my customer thank you cards for last month. www.simonebartrum.com

To recreate these cards you just need a pack of the Thick A4 Whisper White cardstock. Use your own background stamps (I used that gorgeous crosshatch image from You’ve Got ThisOh I so adore that stamp – stamped off in Soft Sky ink), or create your own watercolor wash with an aqua painter and ink.

Add embellishments like a few twists of silver metallic thread, 1.5cm strip of cardstock with a flagged end (mine is Calypso Coral) and some washi tape. This washi tape was leftover from the Watercolor Wishes card kit. I was surprised how much I had left after making all the cards. The greenery was Pear Pizzazz cardstock punched out with the good old Builder Bird Punch.

You know, I hope the bird punch and builder owl punch never retire! I just had to get that out. I use bits from those punches all the time.

You're In My Thoughts - Layered inspired by a card in the Watercolor Wishes cardmaking set (Stampin' Up!). www.simonebartrum.com

Back to the card. The labels come from the Chalk Talk framelits, but really you could use any combinations of punches like the wide oval and Designer Label punch, depending on the size of your greeting.

This sentiment stamp came from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set which is included in the price of the kit. No, you can’t buy it separately. Just think of it as buying the stamp set and getting the rest of the kit for free – hehehe.

Awesome sentiments and fonts.

Watercolor Wishes stamp set. Included in the in the Watercolor Wishes card kit. www.simonebartrum.com

 

And here’s a video created by Stampin’ Up! to show you the full kit in more detail.

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So where are you finding inspiration from lately?

I’d love to hear all about it, so go ahead and make my day by leaving a comment.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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