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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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A little chat… and a card, of course

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Hi friends,

Goodness, it’s been a while since I last updated my blog. I’m still posting regularly over on my Stampin’ with Simone Facebook page – so make sure you follow that page for all the latest news – but my poor site here has been a little neglected.

But today’s the day!

I thought I’d say hello and share a few things that I’ve been up to recently. But first, some creative inspiration for you.

 

Eclectic Layers Thank You Card


This was my customer thank you card that went out recently, and features the Eclectic Layers dies, Hexagons embossing folder and Celebrate You (Sale-a-bration freebie) thinlits – among a few other things. It was inspired by a card that was in our quarterly demonstrator magazine.

I love the assortment of shapes and patterns on this card, and all the texture just feels so decadent. You can’t help but touch it.

 

 

My Happiness Project

How is it that only just now it feels like the year is getting underway? But we’re already halfway through March! Anyone else?

This is my last year with all three kids in school, so time very much feels like it’s slipping though my fingers. I read the book The Happiness Project last year, by Gretchen Rubin, which documents the author’s year in which she focused on a different life category each month with the ultimate goal of becoming an all-round happier and more joyful person. I’d like to think I’m pretty happy most of the time, but hey you can’t have too much happy!

Anyway, the book had a big impact on me, so I’ve gone about creating my own Happiness Project during 2018. It has been amazing so far! Even with some unscheduled hospital visits and surgery, it’s still a wonderful year.

From doing my Happiness Project, I have discovered that I love running (and if you know me well, please try reeeeeally hard not to laugh at that). I know, my family can’t believe it either. The kids are wondering what happened to their mum!

To be fair, it’s more like jogging…

And maybe from a distance it looks more like a shuffle LOL but I’ve discovered I actually LOVE it. We have a lake near our house, so this is the view I have when I’m jogging…

You can see why it might be addictive.

My next focus with the Happiness Project is ‘Decluttering’, so lets hope that becomes a new joyful hobby too!

 

 

Upcoming Classes

On the stamping front, if you are a newsletter subscriber you’ll know that the 2018 Class Schedule is out.

In addition to my regular stamp clubs, team events and in-home workshops and classes, there’s a new event for those who are close to Ballarat, Victoria: Coffee & Cards at Beechworth Bakery.

My good friend Debbie and I are co-hosting this monthly event on a Wednesday morning, and we had our first event there yesterday.

It’s such a gorgeous location: the Reading Room at the back of the cafe, surrounding by Encyclopedia Britannicas, wood-panelled walls and delicious coffee (or tea, or chai latte or hot chocolate – mmm yum).

It’s very casual and relaxed, and is designed to just be a quick creative fix while you enjoy a morning cuppa.

Learn more about the events here and hopefully you can join us next time.

 

 

And if you want to stay on a bit longer and enjoy a bee sting or one of the other yummy treats, well I certainly won’t stop you! xxx

 

Sale-a-bration: THIRD Release

Are you thinking of placing a Stampin’ Up! order before the end of March?

Well get excited, because there are now even MORE free gifts to choose from with a qualifying order.

Fourteen catalogue items were added to the list overnight. See them here.

You can have a good look at ALL of the level 1 Sale-a-bration gifts here (free with $90 order).

And check out all the level 2 gifts here (free with $180 order).

 

So there you go! Thanks for stopping by today, and listening to me waffle on. xxx

Now that life is getting back to some kind of routine, I’m looking forward to checking back in here more often and hopefully bringing some more crafty inspiration to your day.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful Peacock [Sale-a-bration Cover remake]

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Stampin' Up! Beautiful Peacock (2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set)

Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Peacock (2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set)

 

Hi friends, It’s CASE-ing the Catty time. Yes, it’s that time of the week when we look to a Stampin’ Up! catalogue for inspiration, and this week it’s the Sale-a-bration brochure.

We looooove Sale-a-bration. Not just because we can all earn free gifts when we shop for new craft supplies, but also because we get lots of lovely new products to play with. Want to learn more? Click here.

After flicking back and forth a few times, I kept coming back to the same project. Right back… to the front cover, in fact!

 

 

 

Yes. That one.

The one with all that fussy cutting!

 

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Peacock (2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set)

 

It’s adorable, no doubt about it. But oh my all that fussy cutting just wasn’t going to happen in my craft room.

So I decided to challenge myself this week to make one just as sweet but a little easier to replicate.

And this is what I came up with…

 

Stampin’ Up!’s Beautiful Peacock Sale-a-bration stamp set


Stampin' Up! Beautiful Peacock (2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set) from www.simonebartrum.com

 

The stamp is a Sale-a-bration option (free with a AUD$90 purchase) called Beautiful Peacock. Peacock feathers are stamped on a die cut Stitched Shape circle, and only the body is fussy cut (breathe a sigh of relieve over that one).

This turned out to be a great compromise because it added detail without taking hours.

The embossing paste is the new Shimmery Paste. It doesn’t really show up well in the photo, but it is so sparkly! And almost translucent so you could definitely add colour to it and it will keep its sparkle.

 

 

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Peacock (2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set) from www.simonebartrum.com

 

Are you curious about the patterned paper?

It’s actually a card base – one of the free Sale-a-bration Tutti Frutti card and envelope packs. This is another great Sale-a-bration choice. Cut them in half, which is what we did here, they go twice as far!

 

 

One thing that nearly caught me out was the strip of patterned paper across the middle.

Finally I found it, right there in the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper. And you guessed it, this is another of the FREE Sale-a-bration options.

Wow, I just realised that almost entire card is made up of Sale-a-bration freebies. Nice!

 

 

And finally, here’s a hot tip for you:  If you have a big wish list and plan to earn all three gifts, then it’s best to put in a single $270+ order instead of three separate $90+ orders. If you do it at the same time, you’ll qualify for Stampin’ Rewards because the order is over $250. How cool! That will give you at least 10% of the value back in free product of your choice!

 

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Peacock (2018 Sale-a-bration stamp set) from www.simonebartrum.com

Next on the hop is my friend Julia, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy visiting her blog here.

 

Want to join us? Just click on the link below and request to be added to our closed Facebook group. Lots of ideas in there.

Until next time,

Happy stamping!

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CI26: Vertical Greetings meets Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes

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Hi friends,

It’s great to be back crafting again after two weeks at the beach. We had an amazing time together as a family, enjoying the sun and surf. The kids are growing up so quickly so I’m savouring every ‘family time’ moment we get these days. My oldest is starting his final year at school! Wow.

The trip ended a little suddenly with an unscheduled trip to the ER thanks to my dodgy gall bladder, but that seems to be the way we roll at the moment. I’m having it out in a couple of weeks, so there should be plenty of crafting time in my future.

The recuperation time this week meant I could play along with the latest Colour INKspiration Challenge! Yay. The colours are soooo beautiful – some of my favourites.

But I’ll be honest, I’ve never used them together.

Check out our inspiration image:

Vertical Greetings meets Narrow Note Cards

I decided to pair Vertical Greetings with the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes (new in the latest Occasions catalogue). Wow. These two items are a match made in heaven!

[Hot tip: If you already have the Vertical Greetings stamp set, then order these new note cards & envelopes pronto! You’ll fall in love with the stamp set all over again]

 

I trimmed 1 cm off the card front, which created the perfect window for the sentiment which was stamped on the inside of the card.

 

As per the challenge, colours used were Sahara Sand, Emerald Envy, Bermuda Bay and Tranquil Tide.

 

 

‘Lots to Love’ Box

The Narrow Note cards fit inside the new Lots to Love Box framelits (on page 19 of the Occasions catalogue, or you can check it out in my online store here).

I couldn’t resist making a matching box.

 

The front panel is Sahara Sand cardstock and the rear panel is Tranquil Tide. I introduced Bermuda Bay in the ribbon and trim edging, with a touch of Emerald Envy in the stamping.

 

Join the Colour INKspiration Challenge

Will you join in the challenge? You have 3 whole weeks to play along before the next colour challenge is issued. Just join our Facebook group (Colour INKspiration Challenges) for all the details and to share your creation.

 

 

But before you go, continue around the blog hop with the Colour Inkspiration Crew. Up next is Liz from Lillybet’s Papers.

Next blog on the Colour INKspiration blog hop

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 160: Picture Perfect Party

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It’s no secret that my FAVOURITE suite in the whole Occasions catalogue is the Picture Perfect suite.

In fact, I may have made many, many, many cards already with this suite! Yay!

So I was super excited to see the first CASEing The Catty challenge for the year was looking at the gorgeous projects on pages 4 – 9. Well, I just couldn’t go past pages 4 and 5! I was going to CASE the colours, or the fun layouts using different papers and stamps. But in the end, I just couldn’t stop using the actual products from this suite.

 

 

It was the candles card on the bottom of page 4 that was my main inspiration.

I started by copying it almost exactly…

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… and then used that layout and the awesome papers as inspiration for other cards.

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How real (and delicious!) do those donuts look?!

And the paper bows are so fun too.

 

The papers are so striking!

But getting back to the original card, I wanted to share a quick tip.

Unfortunately the paper ribbon advertised in the catalogue is unavailable due to supply issues, but that’s no drama because I made my own fringed paper that creates a very similar effect. All you have to do is make tiny cuts along the edge of your DSP or cardstock, and you’ll have your own version of ‘fringing’.

 

 

Love it!

I’ll be back to share more of these fun Picture Perfect Party cards in more detail in the weeks ahead.

 

But for now, I hope you continue to enjoy hopping around to visit all the CTC crew blogs this week. So many great projects!

Up next is our sweet friend Kathryn – you can check out her creation here.

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

Don’t forget to join our CASEing the Catty Facebook group. You are welcome to join in our regular challenges right there on Facebook. Just share to the group! I hope to see you there.

Until next time,

happy stamping

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

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