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Brisbane’s Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Event

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I was lucky enough to visit Brisbane on the weekend for the fun of Stampin' Up!'s 'Heartfelt Event'.

It was a great day of new ideas, fabulous presentations and 'wow' projects. Catching up with team members and other demo friends topped off a perfect day. We saw many different projects to those on show at the Melbourne Heartfelt Event, and it was just as fabulous.

Here are some of my favourite happy snaps from the display boards for your enjoyment. 

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The very lovely Shannean Moncrieff demonstrated how to make gorgeous paper flowers





Clockworks stamp set



Liz Collett's easel card 'gingerbread houses'


I fell in love with Tanya Bell's 'Paris Collection' – see more of it here.


Angie Brown's gorgeous creation



Jacqui Crouch's table setting


Nicki Tidbold's 'male cards' demonstration




Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Layered Labels CASE

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Layered Labels Congratulations card

Each month the demonstrators in our team are invited to participate in swaps. We make cards based on a theme and send them to each other. It’s great fun getting happy mail in the letterbox – not that I need much of an excuse to make cards for my buddies – so this is something I really look forward to each month. 🙂


This month the theme was ‘CASEing the Catalogue‘. I chose the Congratulations card on page 103 of the Annual Catalogue, featuring the Layered Labels stamp set.

Australian Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue 2012-2013

A quick check of the Annual Catalogue Supplies Guide told me what was used in the sample and away I went.

Layered Labels swaps p103 CASE of Annual Catalogue

Layered Labels card p103 Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue: Layered Labels Stamp Set; Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder Card Stock; Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack; Bashful Blue, More Mustard, and Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pads; Rose Red 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon; Mini Silver brads; Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies.Layered Labels CASE p103 2012-2013 Annual Catalogue

As I was making the cards, my eyes kept going towards the other sample on the same page… the little ‘Create’ tag. It’s sooo cute. Well, before I knew it, I’d whipped up 20 of those too! I’ll get the photos sorted and share those soon.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Mixed Bunch Butterfly Card

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A quick little card using Mixed Bunch and the Blossom punch. A snip here and a snip there… and it's a butterfly.

All products Stampin' Up!: Concord Crush cardstock and ink, Square Lattice die, Scallop Square Duo die, Bakers Twine, Rhinestones, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Small Oval punch.


Happy stamping,





P.S.  A quick reminder that we have a couple more spaces free for the class on Tuesday 17th July at 1pm.  (Sorry all other sessions full). Let me know if you'd like to join us to make a card, scrap page and box.

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Still a Reason to Smile

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The limited edition Reason To Smile set has been hugely popular. So much so, that it has been on backorder a couple of times so far this month. (Don't worry if you're waiting for your copy to arrive, it's on its way and will come!)

LAST DAYS – Available until Saturday June 30


This two-step stamp set is easy to use and quite versatile: overlay both the solid and outline images to create a detailed image (as in the mini milk carton box above), OR use them separately as I have below.


Crumb Cake card base


Note card set with matching envelopes


3"x3" gift card in Crumb Cake, watercoloured directly onto the card base


Versmark-stamped background, linen thread bow



TIP: For a multicoloured image, use the wide brush-end of your Stampin' Write markers to apply ink in different colours directly onto the rubber (see Real Red and Old Olive flower above).



Just to recap, the Reason to Smile stamp set is only available until Saturday and there are two ways to get your hands on it:


1. FREE with a $125 purchase from any current catalogue. Just let me know if you'd like clear- or wood-mount.

2. Order it in CLEAR-MOUNT for $28.95* or WOOD-MOUNT for $35.95*. (* plus p/h)


Shoot me an email to place your order and I'll get it all delivered straight to your door, anywhere in Australia.

Happy stamping,

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Convention 2012: Swaps

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One of the best things about our annual Convention for Stampin' Up! demonstrators is swapping finished projects with other 'demos'. This is seriously good fun!

This year I went off to Convention with a box of 3D projects and cards. It was all very good in theory, but I kinda underestimated how much extra room they'd take up in the suitcase (note to self: assemble 3Ds at destination next time or get a bigger suitcase! lol)

The pillow box handbags were created by adhering the lovely Stampin' Up! fabric to cardstock which I talked about back in this post. I loved them so much I thought I'd make a few dozen!


And here are some photos of us swapping on the first day of Convention.



Back at the hotel room we checked out each other's swaps and took photos of those we didn't get. It's all part of sharing ideas. Great stuff.

Here's just a small selection of the lovely swaps and special gifts I received from fellow demonstrators.


Of course there is no way any of us could swap with every demonstrator, but luckily for us Stampin' Up! put together lovely display boards so we could 'ooh' and 'aah' over all the great ideas.

Here are just a couple. Come along to Convention with us next year in Brisvegas as a demonstrator to see even more!


p.s. A quick hello to the lovely ladies I met on Saturday at our fundraiser event. I had such an enjoyable day and LOVE my teacups – hehehe.


Happy stamping,





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Little Princess

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I borrowed my girls' favourite stamp set for this card (Stampin' Up!'s Little Princess)… perfect for the little princesses in our lives.


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This card features:

– Lots of pinks (including Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Rose Red and Blushing Bride – all from Stampin' Up!),

– A generous helping of bling (rhinestone jewels and Dazzling Diamonds glitter) and

– just a touch of scented embossing powder – now available in our Australian Stampin' Up! Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue in 3 fun scents: vanilla, melon and cherry.

Where's the smell-a-vision when you need it?




Things are a bit crazy here at the moment – only a little over a week until I'm heading off to Canberra for our annual Stampin' Up! Convention. Yaaaayyy!! Soooo can't wait to catch up with friends and hear all the news, learn about upcoming products and generally have way too much fun.

Don't forget: still a week to go for free Designer Series Paper! Let me know if you want some and I'll get it sent straight to your door.

Happy stamping,









Reason # 8 Why I Love What I Do: The little conversations I have with the kids while we make cards together.











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