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Happy Mothers Day

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Happy Mothers Day 2018 - Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! Australia

Happy Mothers Day, with love from Simone


A Message For All the Mums…

Wishing all the wonderful mothers a very happy Mothers Day. I hope you have a great day on Sunday and enjoy some pampering from your loved ones – and hopefully a little crafting time too. xxx

It’s been a big week here so a quiet day at home is planned for us on Sunday.

We had our Coffee & Cards event at Beechworth Bakery on Wednesday, a stamp club on Thursday, a local team event on Friday and another stamp club this morning. I’m so blessed to spend time with talented, friendly and fun crafters.

 

Create with us – An Invitation

If you live around the Ballarat/Creswick area and would like to learn how to make cards, or spend a couple of hours a month with like-minded people, please connect with me so we can find an event that will suit what you’re after.

 

Coffee & Cards at Beechworth Bakery Ballarat

In the ‘Reading Room’ – Coffee & Cards at Beechworth Bakery Ballarat

 

Happy stamping… and Happy Mothers Day!

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Up to 50% off Retiring Products

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News just in: Up to 50% off a dozen retiring items.

Click on the pictures below to take you straight to that item in my online store.

Hurry! At these prices they won’t last long.

 

Sweet Home Photopolymer Stamp Set

[140936] 30% off
Was $37 NOW $25.90!

Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies

[140279] 40% off
Was $63 NOW $37.80

Flurry Of Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set

[139732] 50% off
Was $37.00 NOW $18.50

Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set

[140697] 30% off
Was $47 NOW $32.90

Metal Rimmed Pearls

[138394] 25% off
WAS $8.75 NOW $6.56

Holly Berry Builder Punch

[141843] 40% off
Was $31.00 NOW $18.60

Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies

 Was $45.00 NOW $36

Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies

$50.00 NOW $30

Sweet Soirée Decorative Masks

[145643] 40% off
WAS $8.00 Now $4.80

Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper

[145564] 30% off
Was $21.00 NOW $14.70

Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack

[145657] 30% off
Was $40.00 NOW $28

 

CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE ITEMS

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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New Stampin’ Up! Products during May

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The gorgeous new Share What You Love product suite from Stampin' Up!. Available from May 2018.

An exciting announcement this week with the release of THREE exclusive bundles for the month of May.

The products will be available when the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue comes out next month, but these bundles – and the freebies that come with them – won’t be around. What a great way to get your hands on new products AND get free bonuses too! Love this.

All these products are part of the brand new Share What You Love suite of products which were designed to mark the 30th anniversary of Stampin’ Up!. Most of the products feature pearl accents. Get it? Pearl traditionally marks a 30th anniversary!

 

 

Getting Started Bundle

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$98.75 (total product value: $110)

The Just Getting Started Bundle is perfect for new crafters because it includes a lovely versatile stamp set (called Love What You Do), ink pads, cardstock and a clear acrylic block that will fit every stamp in the set. The bundle will get you off to a GREAT start.

Just Getting Started bundle from Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

A Little More, Please

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$159.75 (value $190.25)

In this bundle the cardstock pack and coordinating accessories offer a variety of colour combinations, and will help you add special touches to your projects. And those 40 FREE envelopes mean you can share your cards right away. The beautiful embellishment box is a treat.

A Little More Bundle from Stampin' Up!

 

For me, the absolute winner is this Make a Difference alphabet set. Let me just say… WOW. The letters go together individually to create any sentiment you want, and they look incredible together (you can see what I did with it on an envelope below)

Make a Difference alphabet stamp set - the perfect way to address an envelope that will be hand-delivered

 

 

Gotta Have It All

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$222.75 (value $274) OR *$169 when you join Stampin’ Up!*

This bundle is designed for the avid crafter. You’ll get the largest selection of items in this stunning suite. The specialty paper is amazing and has a pearlescent coating – I’ve never seen anything quite like it and found myself making many cards with it. With this bundle you’ll continue your creative journey with confidence that you can produce beautifully coordinated projects.

You can buy this large bundle for $222.75, but if you’ve ever thought about joining Stampin’ Up! then consider this option:

For only $169 you can choose up to $235 worth of products, so you could easily choose the ‘Gotta Have It All’ bundle and you’d still have $12.25 left. Dimensionals or adhesives perhaps? This is an incredible bargain, but the best part comes AFTER you join, because you’ll then get 20% off all your future purchases and the potential for much more.

Hmmm, now that’s something to think about! More info about joining here.

If you decide to join, simply add item code 149812 when you’re creating your starter kit and all these amazing products will be yours.

Gotta Have It All bundle - Join Stampin' Up! during May (Australia)

This bundle is extra special because it includes the very exclusive Statement of My Heart stamp. This was available for demonstrators to buy last month for AUD$22, but you get it free in this bundle, along with the other goodies. Amazing!

 

Oh my goodness so much to think about.

Want to see more? Check out this video.

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And if you can’t wait to get the new 2018-2020 In Colors then you can get those a little early too! Yep, you don’t have to wait until June 1st to order.

(Note: Remember that you’ll be getting the Grapefruit Grove ink pad if you choose one of the bundles above, so keep that in mind if you plan to order these ink pads or you may end up with 2 of them.)
In Color ink pad collection

 

So there you go! A lot to love. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Stampin’ Up! Retiring List 2018 – Thirteen Colours Retiring

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BIG news today with the release of the Retiring List and an exciting announcement about upcoming changes to Stampin’ Up!’s colour range. 

 

The Retiring List is Here

Select products from the 2018 occasions catalogue and 2017-2018 annual catalogue are retiring — and this is your last chance to get them! 

 

> CLICK HERE for Retiring List – Sortable Excel spreadsheet <

>CLICK HERE for Retiring List – Printable PDF <

 

What you need to know about the Retiring List: 

  • Retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after 31 May.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • You may see an unusually high number of ink pads and cardstock retiring. We have some wonderfully exciting changes coming your way including the long-awaited Colour Revamp (more info below), although you may just want to make note of the fine print at the bottom of the last page which indicates that some items will be ‘reconfigured’ (ie quantity or packaging may change). A symbol will show which items are being reconfigured.

Handy hints:

  1. Go through your catalogue with a highlighter to mark all the retiring items (that’s what I’ll be doing!). 
  2. Remember that items will sell out, so for up-to-the-minute accuracy your best bet is to use my online store
  3. You can search the online store to see which retiring items are still available – discontinued products will be removed.
  4. Check the RETIRING COLOURS listed below, and make sure you order any ink refills or cardstock that you need to stock up on.

 

Hurry, don’t miss out!

 

Colour Revamp

 

 

The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of colour. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on colour trends across different markets and industries. When they see changes happening, they review the colour spectrum to stay top of the trends. This brings us to the 2018 Colour Revamp!

Yay! Must admit, I thought this change might be happening. Back in 2013 they told us that changes would happen every 3 to 5 years, so it was definitely due.

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The Details

There are still four colour collections, each with ten colours. There is also a new colour group called Basics.

In order to keep our colour collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours, we moved Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White out of the Neutrals collection. We’ve also moved a few colours into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colourful! Some colours are coming back and totally gorgeous NEW colours are coming! More news coming in the days and weeks ahead.

 

Returning Colours

Some of our most-loved In Colors® from earlier years are coming back and will be in the core colour collections! These include:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

I know that many of my customers will be happy to see this!

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Retiring Colours

Don’t forget to stock up on retiring ink refills and cardstock before they sell out!

 

Retiring In-Colours

  • Dapper Denim
  • Emerald Envy
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Sweet Sugarplum

(Note: Flirty Flamingo is joining the Brights range in the new catalogue)

Retiring Regals

  • Always Artichoke
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Perfect Plum
  • Rose Red

Retiring Neutrals

  • Chocolate Chip

Retiring Brights

  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise

Retiring Subtles

  • Marina Mist
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Soft Sky
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

Retiring Also

  • Archival Black
  • Archival Grey

So there you go, a lot of info to take in. But I can’t tell you how excited I am about the new colours. Having seen them at our convention on the weekend, I know that this change was very well planned and will make our crafting even more fun and on trend. Exciting times ahead! Stay tuned for more info about that in coming days.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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What to do with those new Sale-a-bration products you earned this year

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Sale-a-bration Inspiration with Simone Bartrum

 

Are you looking for Sale-a-bration Inspiration?

If you are a fan of high-quality Stampin’ Up! products, there’s a good chance you earned yourself some gorgeous free Sale-a-bration products over the past few months from a qualifying purchase.

[In Australia, we could choose a free Sale-a-bration gift for every $90 of Stampin’ Up! shopping (Edited: This promotion ended on March 31, 2018)]

Are you looking for ideas and inspiration on how to use your new goodies?

Well grab yourself a cuppa and read on, because I just may have what you’re looking for. In today’s post, I take a close look at FOUR of the current Sale-a-bration gifts on offer.

Feel free to scroll on to the item/s you picked, or watch all the videos. They may even give you ideas to help with your next project.

 

Heartfelt Blooms

Did you get the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set for free during Sale-a-bration 2018?

If so, you are in good company.

This popular stamp set was created using a patent-pending process. Watch the video below to learn more about how these distINKtive stamps were made, plus tips on how to get a clear impression, along with clever ways to use the set.

 

 

Here are some of the projects shown in the video.

Heartfelt Blooms - Sale-a-bration exclusive stamp set by Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

Party Pandas

This one has been soooo popular with my customers! Those Party Pandas are cute and incredibly easy to use. Really all you need is black ink, so it’s perfect for beginners as well as those of us with a good collection of supplies.

Party Pandas - Sale-a-bration exclusive stamp set by Stampin' Up!

See the coloured balloons?

This is an adaptation of the Paper Piecing technique, and all you need is black ink and a few different coloured scraps of cardstock to make it work.

Here’s how:

  1. First, stamp the ‘balloon panda’ on white cardstock using black ink.
  2. Then stamp the ballon part of the image on to three pieces of coloured cardstock – small pieces of scrap are ok. On this card (above, middle) the artist has used Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy and Soft Sky.
  3. Next, you’ll need to trim closely around the edge of each of the balloons to cut them out.
  4. And finally, adhere the balloons over the top of the feature image on the white cardstock. Draw lines with a black marker to represent the extra strings, so it looks like they are held by the panda’s hand.

 

Party Pandas

 

 

 

Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper

Well this is a bit of fun. A very cute pack of 12×12 papers – and you get two each of the 6 double-side pages, a total of 12 sheets.

The colours are bright and bubbly (see what I did there?), and there are bottles and toppers that you can fussy cut if you like.

 

Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper - Sale-a-bration exclusive, by Stampin' Up!

Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper - Sale-a-bration exclusive, by Stampin' Up!

 

If fussy cutting is not your thing, you have a much more convenient option: If you have the Bubble Over photopolymer stamp & framelits bundle, the dies don’t just cut out images from the stamp set, but the designs on the paper too!

That’s such a clever concept, and it makes your cutting dies even more versatile.

This is an awesome Sale-a-bration choice if you have the Bubble Over photopolymer stamp & framelits bundle, because the dies cut out images on the paper too! 

 

Here’s the video which shows you this in more detail, along with some fabulous project ideas.

 

 

 

 

Springtime Foils

And saving the best (in my humble opinion) for last. Personally, I absolutely adore this paper and the different looks you can get with it. Twelve sheets of heavyweight card with silver, gold and rose-gold (copper) designs on it. Just wow.

Springtime Foils paper - Sale-a-bration exclusive, by Stampin' Up!

 

This paper looks stunning on its own, but also lends itself to all kinds of colouring and resist techniques. To see this in person is tempting fate – trust me. If you see it, you will absolutely want it!

 

Springtime Foils paper - Sale-a-bration exclusive, by Stampin' Up!

 

 

 

Ballarat CraftAlive Wrap Up

Over the past few days, I’ve been at the Ballarat CraftAlive expo sharing the wonderful hobby of cardmaking and stamping with crafters. It’s one of my favourite events on the craft show calendar – partly because the organisers do a great job but also because the venue is only 16 minutes from my home! I travel all over Victoria doing workshops and classes, and of course meet crafters from one side of Australia to the other via social media and my online store, but it’s still awesome to meet fellow local crafters right here in Ballarat.

Even after 10 years, I never get tired of seeing that look on someone’s face when they try their hand at stamping for the first time. They are always so impressed at the crisp and detailed images that our stamps produce. That kind of quality is so obvious when you see it in person.

So to all those who stopped by our Stampin’ Up! stand, a big Thank You! It was a joy to chat with you and stamp some pretty projects.

And a huge big welcome to those who joined our team after visiting us at the show. If you didn’t get the chance to visit and want to learn more about saving money on your craft supplies – or, even better, making money from your craft! – just visit this page. I’d love to welcome you to our group too.

 

 

Well that’s it from me today. Another chatty one, but hopefully it’s given you some new creative ideas too.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

p.s. Don’t forget, only a few days left of Sale-a-bration!

 

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CTC 170: Stampin’ Up!’s Hanging Garden

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Hanging Garden card from www.simonebartrum.com. Products from Stampin' Up!. Welcome to the CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop! This week I’m using the Hanging Garden stamp set.

CTC 170 Caseing the Catty Blog Hop

The CTC Crew are turning to pages 28-35 of the Occasions Catalogue for inspiration. We can use the layout, the colours, the stamps, or any other element as the basis for making another card.

I was drawn to this card on the bottom left corner of page 28 and chose to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) it this week.

 

I used both the layout and the ‘trio’ theme as inspiration, but instead of 3 containers of fruit I used 3 hanging baskets from the aptly named stamp set Hanging Garden.

 

Hanging Garden card from www.simonebartrum.com. Products from Stampin' Up!.

Both cards use the Sale-a-bration Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes as the base, and coloured hanging baskets.

Some coordinating cardstock and ribbons finish these quick and easy cards. This is a great go-to layout, and is the perfect way to display the hanging baskets.

You can see the full list of products used to create both cards by scrolling down to the bottom of this post. Remember Sale-a-bration is still on, so it’s a great time to add a few extra stamp sets to your collection and get a free gift too.

 

Hanging Garden card from www.simonebartrum.com. Products from Stampin' Up!.

My baskets and flowers were coloured with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, but would also look great using watercolour pencils, markers or ink. Remember, when colouring with alcohol markers you’ll need to stamp the image in Memento ink to keep the stamped lines sharp. If you are interested in gathering the full set of Blends over four months, then check out my popular Blends Club here.

This is such a fun stamp set! I loved colouring in those pretty hanging baskets and will definitely be colouring some more.

 

Our next CTC crew member in this week’s blog hop is Monique Fielder. Just click the Next button below and you can see her lovely creation.

 

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

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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