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CI 15: Colour Inkspiration meets Celebration Time

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CI15: Colour INKspiration challenge

 

How is this for a powerful colour combination?!

It’s been far too long since I joined in a colour challenge, and there’s no way I could resist this colourful image. Colourful = full of colour!

 

Colour Inkspiration CI15

 

The first thing I did was grab my inks and cardstock and embellishments in the colours of the week: Elegant Eggplant, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party.

The colour nearly exploded off my desk and looked so bright and fun.

 

CI15 Colour challenge

 

It reminded me of parties and celebration, which was all the excuse I needed to crack open my new Celebration Time stamps and Celebration Thinlits dies.
(Tip: These coordinating products are available in a bundle for 10% off!)

 

And this is what I ended up with:

WooHoo Card by Simone Bartrum, part of the CI15 Colour Inkspiration Challenge

 

Celebration Time

There are some very fun thinlits in this bundle, and there is definitely more to it than meets the eye.

 

Celebration Time bundle, by Stampin' Up!

 

The tag thinlits in particular are very clever.

There are different dies that layer together to build a tag. A solid base layer, a striped layer, a cutout upper layer, and a small piece that can go on top.

 

Tag thinlits from the Celebration Thinlits Dies

Here’s a better view of the cut out layout. Above, after die cutting.

And below, after popping the pieces out.

 

Tag thinlits from the Celebration Thinlits Dies

 

Using a combination of stamped images, or even just coloured cardstock, you can layer them to create any combination of different looks.

 

There are also a couple of adorable little flower thinlits.

Little flower thinlits from the Celebration Thinlits Dies

 

The petals are cut apart which makes it soooo easy to create 3 dimensional flowers, as shown below.

 

Little flowers made using die cut cardstock in Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Elegant Eggplant and Bermuda Bay. Part of the Colour Inspiration Colour Challenge.

 

Have these colours inspired you to play along? After you’ve finished our blog hop today, we’d love you to create your own project using this colour palette.

 

WooHoo Card by Simone Bartrum, part of the CI15 Colour Inkspiration Challenge

 

 

Don’t forget to share your creations on our Colour INKspiration Challenges Facebook group.

Next on the hop is Patrice from Spring Blossom Musings. Have fun checking out all the other projects created by the talented Colour Inkspiration Crew.

 

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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Stampin’ Up! A Little Wild stamp set & Little Loves framelits

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Hi friends,

This week the CASEing the Catty crew looks at pages 102-111 of the Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue – the babies and kids section.

Perfect timing for me, because just last week I got a delivery of new stamps, including this fabulous bundle which appears on page 108.

 

Stampin' Up!'s A Little Wild bundle. Available in Australia at http://bit.ly/BuySU

 

And this is what I came up with:

CTC 140: Stampin' Up!'s A Little Wild

 

As you can see, I modelled it pretty closely to the card in the catalogue but just switched out the animals and colours.

 

 

Stampin' Up! 'A Little Wild' bundle. www.simonebartrum.com

These stamps are so adorable! They come with the front and back view of the bear, lion and elephant, so that you can make reversible tags. So clever!

Of course, you can use them like regular stamps by applying ink to the front of the animal as I did here.

 

Stampin' Up!'s 'A Little Wild' stamp set. Card by Simone Bartrum

 

 

 

The mini sequin trim is one of my favourite new additions to the product offering this year.

I thought I’d really miss the larger sequins when they retired, but these mini ones are even better.

 

 

Stampin' Up!'s A Little Wild stamp set. www.simonebartrum.com

 

 

 

Must admit, since I’ve discovered watercolouring with Wink of Stella, outline images like these really interest me. The glimmery fluid in the Stella blends the inks beautifully, and it just goes on as a smooth as silk.

Have you tried this technique?

 


 

3 Steps to Watercolouring with Wink of Stella

  1. Press on the lid of a closed Stampin’ Up! ink pad. Some of the ink will transfer to the lid, to become your ‘palette’.
  2. Dip the Wink of Stella brush in the lid of the ink pad, to pick up some of the ink.
  3. Watercolour by swirling the brush in small circles on your stamped image. Where you first drop the brush will be the darkest, so keep in mind where you want the light and dark spots to be. I find it easiest to imagine a light shining overhead on one side and that tells me where the shadows or lighter spots should go. The more you colour and swirl, the lighter it becomes until it’s time to pick up some more ink.

 

Watercolouring with Wink of Stella glimmer brush. From www.simonebartrum.com

 

 


 

Although I didn’t use the dies to cut out our cutie patootie bear, I did use the leafy vine die for the background.

We cut out 5 vines and adhered them to create an interesting tone-on-tone  background.

 

 

This is a great die that will no doubt come in handy for many other projects.

 

Stampin' Up!s 'A Little Wild' bundle of stamps and framelits.

 

 

So there you have it for me this week. Next stop on the hop is Monica who is sharing a fabulous project for us.

 


Click here to go to the next blog in this week's hop

 

Are you going to play along in this week’s challenge? Check it all out on our challenge site HERE.

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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New Product Release for August: Stampin’ Up! Carols for Christmas

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Carols for Christmas - new Stampin' Up! bundle of stamps and coordinating framelits available from August 2017. Available in Australia from http://bit.ly/CarolsOfChristmas

During the month of August, Stampin’ Up! have given us early access to one of our top-trending bundles from the upcoming holiday catalogue: Carols for Christmas!

And if you earnt Bonus Days coupons in July, then you can use them on Carols of Christmas in August! Nice timing.

 

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Carols for Christmas - new Stampin' Up! bundle of stamps and coordinating framelits available from August 2017. Available in Australia from http://bit.ly/CarolsOfChristmas

 

Begin your Christmas card making early with these gorgeous Christmas ornaments, trees, and cheerful phrases.

 

Carols for Christmas - new Stampin' Up! bundle of stamps and coordinating framelits available from August 2017. Available in Australia from http://bit.ly/CarolsOfChristmas

 

Carols of Christmas stamp set

Large focal sentiments are perfect for quick and easy cards, or step it up by embossing them in gold, silver or copper embossing powder. The dies quickly cut out peaceful scenery images.

The Carols of Christmas stamp set includes 13 rubber stamps (available in wood or clear mount). The suggested clear blocks are a, d, g and h.

 

Carols for Christmas - new Stampin' Up! bundle of stamps and coordinating framelits available from August 2017. Available in Australia from http://bit.ly/CarolsOfChristmas

 

Bundle and save! Get these two coordinating products at the same time and save 10%.

Download the flyer here

 

Carols for Christmas - new Stampin' Up! bundle of stamps and coordinating framelits available from August 2017. Available in Australia from http://bit.ly/CarolsOfChristmas

 

Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies

The Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies are – I think – the best part of all. Not only can you cut out stamped images but they also creates the most fabulous border as you can see in the card above.

Depending on the calibration of your Big Shot, you may need to use the Big Shot Precision Base Plate. See how you go.

There are 11 dies in the set, and the largest image is just roughly 10cm x 5cm.

Check out this video to see it all in action.

 

 

In Australia? Shop for your Carols of Christmas products here.

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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Ready For Christmas Staircase bundle by Stampin’ Up! #2

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Stampin' Up! staircase: Christmas Staircase Thinlits dies (www.simonebartrum.com)

I suppose to some people it would seem strange to be talking about Christmas when it’s only July. But as crafters, we need to get organised early so we are all set for a relaxed December. Am I right?

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready for Christmas Staircase bundle - Available in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue from 1st September. Or if you're a demonstrator you can get from 1st of August 2017!

In just a couple of days, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can order from the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalogue, so Christmas is on our minds (and for some parts of the world, it’s all about Halloween and even Thanksgiving too). Would you like a copy of the new catalogue? I can send them out to anywhere in Australia and would be happy to help you with your stamping and cardmaking needs. Current customers will get theirs in the next few weeks, but if you’d like one just message me and we can get it organised.

 

In my last post I shared our first sneak peek of a brand new product from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue by Stampin’ Up!. A fabulous bundle called Ready for Christmas which features an adorable staircase, a detailed tree with matching branches and lots of extras. Yes, even the cutest little dog that looks a lot like a daschund!

Here’s that project again, but you can see more pictures of it here.

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready for Christmas staircase stamp set and framelit bundle (www.simonebartrum.com)

For a bigger view any of these projects, just click on the photo.

 

Well today’s share focuses on the staircase framelit a bit more, and I’ve got some handy tips to help you with it too.

 

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready for Christmas Staircase bundle - Available in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue from 1st September. Or if you're a demonstrator you can get from 1st of August 2017!

These oversized cards are 14cm square (5 ½”) and they show just versatile the staircase die really is.

It can be made to look like steps outside the building (you know, like leading up to an apartment) as in the card on the left, or an inside staircase leading to an upper floor in a building, as shown on the right.

 

But the best thing about this die…

 

Stampin' Up! staircase: Christmas Staircase Thinlits dies and coordinating Ready for Christmas stamp set

 

It embosses as well as cuts!

 

Stampin' Up! staircase: Christmas Staircase Thinlits dies and coordinating Ready for Christmas stamp set

 

Look at the fabulous panelling under the stairs, which shows up better on this silver foil sheet.

The staircase stamp has a different look and will be awesome for watercolouring. But this die can be used on its own. Just a quick run through the Big Shot for a perfectly detailed staircase. Too easy.

Tip: You can also tell that the staircase stamp and framelit are not designed to work together because in the catalogue there’s no shading around the stamp image. That’s a quick way to know what dies coordinate with the image. It’s fabulous that we end up with different looking staircases from the one bundle.

 

And I have to say, someone really needs to make Harry Potter’s little room under the stairs. How adorable would that look?! Let me know if you make one.

 

Stampin' Up! staircase: Christmas Staircase Thinlits dies and coordinating Ready for Christmas stamp set

 

For this card we’ve paired the Christmas Staircase framelits with the Hearth & Home window dies again. Oh they are a match made in heaven. If you already have Hearth & Home you seriously need to order these staircase dies! If not, and you’re in Australia you can get that set here and I’ll even throw in some tutorials on how to make these projects.

 

The new Ready for Christmas bundle will be available from the 1st of August for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Are you in Australia but not with Stampin’ Up yet!? Join during July to earn an extra AUD$120 in bonus gifts on top of the regular haul.

For everyone else, you can order this bundle from the 1st of September when the new catalogue goes live. Can’t wait!

 

9 tips to make this card:

 

 

Would you like some more sneak peeks? Leave a comment and let me know if you’d like to see more! I have a whole stack of projects here using this adorable bundle. xxx

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Ready for Christmas Staircase Bundle – Sneak Peek

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Thailand Achievers Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

How fun is this?!

One of the perks of going on the Thailand Incentive Trip with Stampin’ Up! is that we have permission to share some sneak peeks of new catalogue products with you.

We were so spoilt with many, many products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.

 

Do you remember that gorgeous bag I showed you on the trip highlights post? The one we got as a pillow gift?

Stampin' Up! Thailand Incentive Trip - pillow gift Travel Bag

Well, look what I’ve been storing inside it….

Squeeal!!!! Stampin’ Up! are sooooo generous.

These are just some of the gifts we received in Thailand, and I can’t wait to create with this lot at workshops and classes from September.

Now, there’s still ONE whole month until the Holiday (Christmas) catalogue goes live, on September 1st 2017, so I’m not going to show it all just yet… 

However, I do have one project to share with you.

In fact it’s one from the presentation I did at the Share Fair in Thailand.

This was a card I had on display, and it’s a mix of old and new.

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

The window frame may look familiar – it’s from the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. And trust me, if you don’t already have those dies, you’ll definitely want to order them now!

And you may recognise the Brick Wall embossing folder. Don’t miss the awesome deal on this month: every AUD$90 order earns you a AUD$9 credit voucher to redeem next month.

 

Can you notice any new products in there?

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

This card is a modified version of the ‘double front card’ layout, with a couple of flip-up layers.

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

 

Here’s the first layer we could see behind the ‘window’…

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

 

And this layer lifts up too, to reveal another layer….

Oh my! That staircase! ?

 

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

 

I’m loving those pine boughs too. Do you want to know something really cool?

Six of those pine boughs fit perfectly over the stamped image of the Christmas tree. As in, they are an EXACT match!

Three on the bottom, two in the middle row, and one pointing straight up for the point of the tree.

No need to fuss around trying to get the branches into a lovely tree shape. Just stamp the tree image, then stick the boughs over the top.

Coordination at its finest, and oh so clever.

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

 

This is the fabulous 20 piece Ready For Christmas stamp set and 20 piece Christmas Staircase thinlits, and it was my absolute joy to create with it in the weeks leading up to the Thailand Incentive Trip.

Christmas Staircase framelit dies. Includes 3 leaf dies and 2 branch dies, to reduce your operating time on the Big Shot.

 

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase framelit dies. Simone Bartrum's display for the Thailand Incentive Trip - Share Fair presentation.

 

I have loads more projects, hints & tips to share with you over the weeks and months ahead, especially to do with the staircase part of this set. So make sure you don’t miss out on any of it! The best way? Follow me on Facebook or subscribe to my blog posts. There’s a spot over in the sidebar of my blog where you can sign up for email notifications of new posts.

 

 

However, this is a good chance for me to remind you that if you would like to get your hands on Christmas products EARLY then now is the perfect time to get the starter kit and join my beautiful team of crafters.

Are you in Australia?  Join Stampin’ Up! for only AUD$169 and get $350+ worth of products (plus catalogues and other cool stuff) AND you can see the Christmas catalogue online *T*O*D*A*Y* (Gasp! You really can!) and you can start ordering from it on TUESDAY! Learn more HERE.  $120 worth of free stuff is ONLY available until Monday, so don’t miss out. 

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Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase Thinlits dies (available as a bundle in the 2017 Stampin' Up! holiday catalogue), meet Hearth & Home dies.

EurekaStampers team members: Keep an eye out for the ‘Ready for Christmas’ Staircase Tutorials which will be loaded to the team forum from today

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Want to check out more sneak peeks? Click on the links below.

As a reminder, you are now with Simone Bartrum so just click the next link after my name and you’ll continue along the blog hop.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase framelits dies (more samples at www.simonebartrum.com)

 

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CTC 138: Celebrate with Santa’s Sleigh by Stampin’ Up!

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Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up! (www.simonebartrum.com)

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Stampin' Up! Thailand Incentive Trip (Simone Bartrum)

Oh my goodness, it’s been far too long since I joined in the Case-ing The Catty blog hop. I’m excited to be back!

 

We have just returned from the amazing Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to Thailand. If you’ve been following our adventures over on Facebook you’ll know I was working on a special project for the trip which took up most of my crafting time in the weeks before the trip (I’ll share more about that next week.) It was all fun, but I’m thrilled to get back to CASE-ing the catalogue, along with the inspirational and very talented CTC crew.

Oooh and a big Congrats to the new crew members who have joined in recent weeks. xxx

 


 

Our focus this week is the Christmas section on pages 112 – 125 of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

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Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up!. CASE-ing the Catty project for 23rd July 2017

 

Santa’s Sleigh

Straight away I looked to the card on page 119 (see above), featuring the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and coordinating Santa’s Sleigh thinlit dies.

 

First, an almost exact copy of the original. This is a cute shaker frame card that we’ve made in my recent classes and events.

Santa’s Sleigh in Tranquil Tide & Gold

Then I tried the layout in a different colour-way (Tranquil Tide and gold) and also used different elements of the Santa’s Sleigh framelits.

Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up!, in Tranquil Tide

I’m really loving the new Metallic-Edge Ribbon, which is available in both gold and silver.

Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up! (www.simonebartrum.com)

I have completely fallen in love with this colour combo!

Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up!, in Tranquil Tide

 

Tranquil Tide and Gold = Love! I think I will have to come back to these colours for future Christmas cards, it looks so regal and rich. I might have a go at making this in Elegant Eggplant and gold too. That’s tomorrow’s project!

Next on the hop is the very talented Rebecca Scurr. Check out her fabulous project here, and don’t forget to leave some comment love to let me know you stopped by. xxxx

 Happy stamping,

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