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CTC 182: Stampin’ Up! Stitched Labels

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Stampin' Up! Stitched Labels dies include 10 versatile dies

 

This week the CASEing the Catty challenge blog hop turns to pages 13 – 25 of the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. So many lovely projects to inspire us, beginning with the oh-so-sweet Tea Room suite through to a number of new and carry-over stamp sets and framelits.

 

Technique: Die Cut Window Tearing  

 

Stitched Labels card CTC 182 Simone Bartrum

 

I was inspired by the layout on page 17 (see below), especially how the middle of the die cut shape was torn open to create a window with a stamped image peeking through. The die is from the Stitched Labels set (more on that below).  

 

Stampin' Up! catalogue project from page 17 - Stitched All Around dies

 

I found it easier to cut the middle of the shape with my scissors first, and then tear. 

A helpful tip: Stamp the peek-through image and keep it close by. Use it to compare the size of the window you need to tear open. 

 

Stitched Labels framelits from www.simonebartrum.com

 

Oh the possibilities! What a fabulous technique to use with all of our larger dies.

Having a look through the latest Stampin’ Up! offerings, I think the following framelits would be great ones to try with this technique: 

 

(Click on the images above to learn more about these dies)

 

 

Stitched Labels framelits

 

All the framelits used on my card were from a newly released set called Stitched Labels. I think it’s a fabulous addition to any die cutting collection.

 

 

One of the hidden gems in the Stitched Labels dies is this circled one above.

You can see how it has been used on the lower half of this card here. 

 

On Your Special Day - Stitched Labels from www.simonebartrum.com

 

It creates a fabulous detailed cut accent without cutting the outline of the die. 

 

Detailed Die Cutting from the Stitched Labels framelits from www.simonebartrum.com

 

Colours used on today’s project were Rich Razzleberry, Petal Pink, and the greens from the gorgeous Tranquil Textures designer series paper pack. I’m loving this paper! It’s quite striking and bold on one side, and much more muted on the other. Something for everyone. 

Tranquil Textures designer series paper from Stampin' Up!

[If you love patterned paper, you’ll be excited to know I’ll soon be offering a PAPER SHARE! Only 9 spots, so if you want to get your hands on 64 sheets of 6″x6″ patterned paper, for around the cost of a SINGLE PACK, then don’t miss out. Registration is opening later this month, ready for ordering on 1st of July. Request early access to register via email.]    

 

 

Stampin' Up! Stitched Labels dies - 10 versatile dies in one pack

 

Next on the hop is the fabulous Monique. Click on the link below to see what she has for us this week. 

Thanks for visiting me this week. 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 181 – CASEing the New Catalogue: Delightfully Detailed Memories & More

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What an exciting week at CASEing the Catty – the first one of the NEW catalogue

This week the theme was pretty broad. We could choose anything at all from the fabulous new 240+ catalogue so I started at the beginning, quite literally, with the inside cover. 

The cute scrapbook pages reflecting on the 30th anniversary of Stampin’ Up! caught my eye, and it was fun to look at the pages closely. What an amazing family! Shelli (co-founder) and Sterling, their amazing children and extended family including daughter Sara who is doing such a wonderful job as the current CEO.

 

 

I can’t even begin to imagine the sacrifices that every member of their family has made for Stampin’ Up!®. Rewarding, I’m sure. But I have no doubt there were many sacrifices too, and I’m very grateful for all they have done and continue to do so that we are spoilt for choice each new catalogue launch. 

In fact, it was the photo of Sara and her family that was the inspiration for my cards this week.

Here it is:

 

Memories & More

 

Memory keeping was on my mind, so I reached for the Delightfully Detailed Memories & More card pack and used the layout as inspiration this week.

This is what I created: 

 

Not a photo in sight! And amazingly not even a single stamp was used on this card. This is a great example of what the ‘and more‘ in ‘Memories & More’ refers to. The cards can be used for scrapbook pages, or card fronts, or gift tags, or lunchbox notes, or anything at all.

This card pack is such good value too at only AUD$17.50 for 50 double-sided cards in different sizes, 6 laser cut specialty cards and 4 sticker sheets.  

 

 

I added some of the Mint Macaron twine from the Nature’s Twine Pack, and unravelled and gathered some of it for extra interest. I love how the strands of the twine can be separated and used one their own, or with another couple of strands for a thicker detail. 

 

This card was a lot of fun to make, so I continued with another. Rotating the layout to the right gave me this one: 

 

Still just featuring the cards from the Memories & More card pack, and some twine from the Nature’s Twine pack. So fun! Really looking forward to trying similar cards with the new Tea Room card pack too. 

Let’s continue along the hop today to visit Jackie from New Zealand and see what she has for us this week. 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Hundreds of New Products – New Stampin’ Up! Catalogue is LIVE

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It’s officially the 1st of June here in Australia and you know what that means…

 

The new 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! catalogue is HERE

 

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The new Stampin' Up! catalogue for Australia is now HERE

 

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Review: The New-Look Stampin’ Up! Colour Collections

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2018 Stampin' Up! colour revamp - www.SimoneBartrum.com

With the launch of the 2018-2019 annual catalogue, we are shaking up the Stampin’ Up! colour collections to make sure all our inks, cardstock and coordinating products tick all the boxes:

Colours that we love and colours that we need to make our projects look complete.

We spent some time saying goodbye to the retiring colours, so now its time to say helllllooooooo new Colour Collections.

 

Brights

 

Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The Brights

These fun colours are sure to catch the eye.

Poppy Parade was a popular In Color® from a couple of years ago that has made a welcome comeback. It’s brighter than Real Red! It almost has an orangey tone to it, if you know what I mean. And of course Flirty Flamingo was an In Color that was due to retire this year. Instead of finishing up, it has secured a coveted spot in the core colour collection!

Out of all the colour changes, the one I’m MOST excited about is the return of Coastal Cabana. Oh my goodness… I LOVED this colour when it was an In Color and like many others was so sad when it retired. Very happy to see it back and here to stay.

One of the most frequent requests I hear about the Stampin’ Up! colour range is the need for more purples. Well, we aim to please. Gorgeous Grape is the brightest of the new purples.. and yes, there are a few!

 

Regals

 

Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The Regals

Bow down and make way for the Regals! These royal colours bring a richness to any project.

Blackberry Bliss is another popular In Color from earlier years. Not many other changes to this collection, although you’ll see that Real Red was displaced from the Brights (thanks to Poppy Parade!) so has found a new home here with the Regals.

It might take a little while to get used to Real Red’s inclusion here (old habits, being what they are) but you know what, looking at all these colours together I have to say it totally fits. Good job Stampin’ Up!.

 

Subtles

 

Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The Subtles

There’s nothing subtle about how gorgeous the Subtles collection is! Sometimes a loud and bright card is just what the occasion calls for, but when you want something understated in its beauty and elegance, the Subtles collection gives you the exact colours you need.

And hold on to your hats because this colour collection is welcoming FOUR brand new colours.

Petal Pink is lovely and sweet, Soft Sea Foam is fast heading towards being a new favourite (and looks stunning with Tranquil Tide), and Balmy Blue is that adorable baby blue we’ve been asking for. Highland Heather is the softer of the new purples, and looks fab with Gorgeous Grape.

And Mint Macaron… well, what can I say. I don’t think I’ve ever used more of a single colour of cardstock than I have of Mint Macaron. An In Color from a few years back, I think I nearly cried when it went away (not kidding). There were quite literally cheers at our recent convention when we learnt that Mint Macaron was coming back.

 

Neutrals

 

Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The Neutrals

If you think the Neutrals will be dull and boring, well think again. The latest Colour Revamp gave us a big surprise with the inclusion of real colours to the neutrals. Not just shades of brown and grey anymore… a few colours have moved into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colourful.

And it makes sense. Many of us use Night of Navy as a neutral these days (think of denim jeans, they go with nearly everything). And Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow means we have Christmas colours in every colour collection. So clever!

 

The Basics

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But hang on – are you wondering where Black, White and Vanilla are?

They have formed their own little posse called The Basics.

And as an FYI: With the reintroduction of Stazon Black ink, plus the return of Memento Black ink, there was no need for the Basic Black ink as well so it won’t be going forward in the 2018-2019 annual Catalogue.

Do you get confused about which black ink to use? Remember, it depends on what you’re going to do with the stamped image.

• If you’re colouring with watercolour supplies (like ink, blender pens, pencils, etc) then use Stazon Black ink.

• If you’re colouring with alcohol markers like the Stampin’ Blends, then you’ll need to use Memento ink so the outline stays nice and crisp.

 

 

In Colors®

 

Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The 2018-2020 In Colors

The next stop on our colour caravan is the 2018–20 In Colors! Including Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch, these colours are a bouquet of hues that lend well to any project. They are very bright!

Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The 2017-2019 In Colors

 

Back for another year is Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist (make the most of this one!), Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. They pair amazingly well with many of our new colours too.

 

Regarding the spelling…

 

Does it annoy you when you see the spelling of color instead of colour? Or worse, a mixture of both?

Fun fact: Here in Australia we use colour with a ‘u’, but because ‘In Color®‘ is the registered brand name we have to spell it without the u.

I know, I know… it looks a bit weird, especially when we are mixing them up, but it makes sense when you understand why.

 

Bring on the new Stampin’ Up! Colour Revamp

 

So there you go! My review of the new Stampin’ Up! colour collections.

If you have any of the retiring colours then LUCKY YOU! You’ll be able to use them as much as you want. But if you are ready to add some new exciting colours to your collection, which will help invigorate your existing collection, then check out the amazing range from 1st June 2018 in my online store.

It’s great that Stampin’ Up! are keeping our product range current and fresh and on trend. Exciting times ahead.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 180: Retiring Favourites – and a sneak peek (Pick a Pennant)

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Pick a Pennant card and gift box set

 

 

 

Welcome back to another CASEing The Catty Sunday blog hop and challenge. With only a few days remaining for the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, we are farewelling our favourite retiring project.

This is a great opportunity to have one last look at all the ideas and gorgeous samples that have inspired us over the past year.

I can’t go past a cute little bag or box, so this little gem on page 52 jumped out at me.

 

Make a splash - pinch box

And this is where it took me:

Mini paper pinch box featuring Pick a Pennant stamp set by Stampin' Up! (available from 1st June 2018)

 

This started off as 5 ½ ” x 8″ panel of Naturally Eclectic designer series paper, scored on the long side at 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″. The short side was scored at 3 1/5″. I have really loved this paper, and will be sad that it’s not available after the end of May. Better stock up now!

 

Pick a Pennant Card and gift box set

The card on page 52 featured the cute Message in a Bottle stamp set, which is also retiring in just a few days (along with hundreds of other products -> check them out here. But in my version today I paired the paper with a brand new stamp set, called Pick a Pennant. I got this set early, but you’ll be able to order yours from 1st June 2018. This set includes lots of letters that can be used to create personalised pennants and banners. I used just three of those letters to spell out the name ZOE. The two piece flowers and other elements make this an incredibly versatile stamp set… not just your average mini alphabet set.

The papers inspired me to finish the set with a little card (Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes, page 19 of the Occasions Catalogue or check them out here).

Pick a Pennant card

The bird is another two-step image from the same Pick a Pennant stamp set. So cute!

I adhered matching paper to the envelope flap, to finish off the ensemble.

Pick a Pennant card and gift box set

 

So there you go! I hope you enjoy our last look at some of the retiring projects in this week’s CASEing the Catty hop. Continue along to the amazing Bron to check out what she has in store for us this week.

 

 

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Interlocking Gate Fold Card Tutorial – Myths & Magic

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Interlocking Gate Fold Card by Simone Bartrum

One of the fun projects we created in clubs and classes this month, was an interlocking gate fold card.

To create the interlocking gate fold front, you will need two layering dies. Circles, ovals, hearts or – as we’ve used in this card – even squares all work brilliantly. As long as you have two dies that nest (a larger and smaller one in the same shape), then it will work perfectly.

 

Myths & Magic

 

I used the Myths and Magic suite of products to decorate the card. There are fabulous goodies in this range, including stamps and dies and paper and more, but I only used the patterned paper with just a little fussy cutting. So quick and easy!

Sadly the whole range of products are retiring in less than a week – eek! Unless of course they sell out earlier. I just checked now and they are still available so don’t delay if you want to get any of it. You can check out the suite of products here.

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Interlocking Gate Fold Card by Simone Bartrum

 

 

Interlocking Gate Fold Instructions

 

  1. Cut Dapper Denim cardstock to 14.8cm x 21cm. Score long side at 5 1/4 cm. Rotate and score the other side at 5 1/4 cm. Note: if you’re using the metric plate in the Stampin Up Simply Scored card scoring board, then you can use the awesome 5 ¼ cm groove that is etched right into the board – also known as the ‘gate fold line’.
  2. Adhere 4.9cm x 14.5cm DSP panels on to the card: Two for the gate panels on the front of the card, and two for the reverse side which will be visible when you open the card.
  3. To create the interlocking front, you will need two layering dies. Cut out a frame by placing both layering dies over the cardstock at the same time and then running them through the Big Shot. You may choose for the two pieces to be contrasting colours, in which case you’ll need to cut a second inner shape. For this card we are using the largest scallop die from the Layering Frames framelits, and a smaller square die. We used the retiring Dapper Denim and thick white cardstock.
  4. Apply adhesive to the LEFT side of the outer frame, then adhere it to the left flap (as shown below). Apply adhesive to the RIGHT side of the white solid square, then adhere it to the right flap. IMPORTANT: Make sure the insert panel nests perfectly within the frame. It should be a tight fit or the card won’t open and close easily.
  5. Embellish as desired with fussy cut images from the Myths and Magic specialty designer series paper, or stamp and die cut images from the Magical Day stamp and die bundle.

Handy Hint: Be careful when adhering embellishments to the frame and solid square, to make sure that you don’t interfere with the interlocking gate fold elements. Always test the opening & closing before permanently adhering anything to the card front.

 

Interlocking Gate Fold Card by Simone Bartrum

 

 

Myths & Magic Inspiration

 

The Myths and Magic specialty paper is amazing. Iridescent glittered designs on one side, colourful all-occasions imagery on the other.

 

Myths and Magic specialty paper

 

 

Here are some other projects featuring the Myths and Magic suite, as seen in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue.

 

 

 

Myths and Magic specialty paper by Stampin' Up! - Only available until May 31 2018

 

So fun! I hope you enjoy trying an interlocking gate fold card of your own.

For more info about the products used and to grab your supplies before they are GONE for good, click here. Remember, you only have until May 31!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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