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CTC 144: Stampin’ Up! Quilted Christmas

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Stampin' Up!'s Quilted Christmas

Welcome back to the CASEing The Catty blog hop. This week we jump in to the brand new Holiday Catalogue – to pages 4-9. This section features the Quilted Christmas suite, the Ready For Christmas bundle (which I’ve already shared a fair bit of in recent weeks), plus three other lovely watercolour-y stamp sets.

 

Quilted Christmas Suite

I loved the featured picture on page 4 (as above) with the lovely Christmas Quilt stamp set, Quilt Builder Framelits dies and all the other delicious embellishments that coordinate so beautifully.

These were the three projects I created:

 

Stampin' Up!'s Quilted Christmas. Projects created by Simone Bartrum.

 

Quilt Builder Framelits dies

 

The Quilt Builder Framelits dies includes 15 dies but I think my favourite is this adorable ribbon spool which is just perfect for wrapping a little twine around it.

 

Stampin' Up!'s Quilted Christmas. Project created by Simone Bartrum.

 

Mini Pizza Boxes

 

The Mini Pizza Boxes in the new holiday catalogue have quickly become a favourite.

My project is very much inspired by the one on page 4.

Mini Pizza Boxes by Stampin' Up!. Decorated with products from the Quilted Christmas suite.

 

Mini Treat Bag

 

The cardstock bag on page 4 was the inspiration for the next project, although at first glance they don’t look like they have much in common.

 

 

Mini Treat Bag by Stampin' Up. Decorated with products from the Quilted Christmas suite.

 

The Mini Treat Bag thinlits dies and Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper proved to be a great combination for a gift bag.

This paper stack comes in a very handy 6″x6″ size, so it’s perfect for die cutting through the Big Shot.

 

 

The Quilt Top embossing folder is lovely addition to the suite.

 

I embossed a panel of Designer Series Paper and also a piece of Vellum cardstock which adds interest to the front panel.

I LOVE embossing vellum!

This is such a cool technique.

 

 

Quilted Christmas suite - projects created by Simone Bartrum.

So there you go. I hope you enjoyed my Quilted Christmas projects this week, but you will find even more of it to inspire you over at Liz’s blog.

 

We’d also love you to join in! Create a project inspired by this same section of the 2017 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalogue, and share it over on our CASEing The Catty Facebook Group. It’s heaps of fun. I’m sure you’ll find plenty there to inspire you because the projects shared in the group are absolutely gorgeous. See you there!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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2017 Stampin’ Up! Australia Holiday Catalogue

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A new month is always exciting with Stampin’ Up!®.

And September 2017 certainly doesn’t disappoint.

We welcome a NEW 55 page catalogue AND a gorgeous new limited edition stamp set giveaway.

 

Creativity Delivered - Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue Cover

 

New Holiday Catalogue

 

Ready for some crafty inspiration? Got Christmas on your mind?

I’m SO excited to present the brand new ‘Creativity Delivered’ Holiday catalogue, from Stampin’ Up!.

With 55 pages of inspirational ideas, cool new products and clever creations, this is a must-read for any paper crafter.

 

Check out this fun video to get you in the mood.

 

 

But there’s no need to wait any longer.

DOWNLOAD your new ‘Creativity Delivered’ Christmas holiday catalogue here

 

Show Stampin' Up! Australia with Simone Bartrum

 

Did you read about the awesome stamp set giveaway during September and October 2017?

Read about it in THIS POST.

 

 

 

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue

Stampin' Up! Australia Holiday Catalogue 2017

Stampin' Up! Australia Holiday Catalogue 2017

Any questions? Just ask.

I’m sure you’ll love the new Holiday Catalogue as much as I do.

Happy stamping

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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Merry Patterns: Limited Edition Stamp Set Giveaway

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As if a new catalogue wasn’t exciting enough, Stampin’ Up! is kicking in with an exclusive, limited edition two-step stamp set called Merry Patterns with ALL orders over AUD$450! It’s a free bonus, in addition to all the regular Stampin’ Rewards and host benefits.

The cute stamp set is aptly called Merry Patterns.

Merry Patterns exclusive stamp set from Stampin' Up!

 

It’s such a clever one, especially the way the two-step stamping works with the candles. Watch THIS VIDEO to see what I mean.

 

And some cute projects made with Merry Patterns…

 

 

Remember, you won’t find this in any catalogue. It’s a gift!

I’ve worked out 4 different ways that YOU can get this set. Read on…

 

Four ways to get the Merry Patterns stamp set

  1. Cross off lots of items from your Wish List, and shop up big with a AUD $450 order, all by yourself! Shop from the new Holiday catalogue, or the Annual catalogue, or even from the Clearance Rack. If it’s available, it can all go towards the total and you’ll automatically earn the stamp set.
  2. OR Host a party! I come to you with everything you need for a mojo morning or a creative crafternoon. At the end of the class, you and your friends shop for their own Stampin’ Up! supplies and the total amount will earn you Stampin’ Rewards once it exceeds $250. And when it exceeds $450 you’ll also get the Merry Patterns set. Bonus! I travel pretty much all over Victoria, Australia, to teach at workshops. It’s something I love doing, and can’t wait to share this experience with you.
  3. OR we can set you up with a host code and you can do it all online. When your friends order and use your code, their orders go towards your total. When the order adds up to $450, you get the stamp set as well as the other host benefits. We work together to get this gorgeous set in your hot little hands.
  4. OR place a $50 order online using my special host code (see below) and enter my stamp set giveaway. You will also get a FREE pack of 6×6 patterned paper (6 sheets from a current range) as a bonus for using the host code. Everyone’s a winner.

 

What happens if you put in an order of $450 dollars?

You’ll get:

  • $450 worth of fabulous new products that you love
  • PLUS $45 in Stampin’ Rewards – plus access to the exclusive Host Only items
  • PLUS The limited edition Merry Patterns stamp set!

 

Can’t quite make it to $450 on your own, but you still want the stamp set?

Order online and add the latest Host Code at the checkout (see below). For every $50 you spend I’ll give you a virtual ‘ticket’, and when 9 tickets are allocated I’ll give away the Merry Patterns stamp set! Spend $100 and get 2 tickets, spend $150 and get 3 tickets, etc.

Remember to check back here just before you place your order, because a new host code is listed every time a stamp set is given away. (You can always message me before you place your order, just to check that you have the latest code).

Available to Australian residents only

 


 

The current Host Code:

JC946FN3

Learn how to add the Host Code to your order

 


 

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Ready for Christmas Staircase #3 – Stair Step Cards

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Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com

 

Recently I’ve been sharing some of my favourite projects featuring Stampin’ Up’s new Ready for Christmas bundle of products which are available NOW to Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and will be available from the 1st of September 2017 to customers. The bundle is made up of the 20 piece Ready for Christmas stamp set, and 20 piece Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Yes, 40 pieces!

Tip: Get yours now by joining Stampin’ Up!. More info HERE.

 

 

Today’s cards revisit the good ol’ stair step card layout (aka side step cards). I’ve had a few questions about how they were made after sharing a picture over on my Facebook page, so I’m back today with all the measurements and everything you need to know to recreate these cards.

 

But first, a closer look at the 3 cards.

 

 

Whisper White Stair Step Card

 

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com

This is the simplest of the 3 cards, and is made with a Thick Whisper White Cardstock base with sentiments stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.

The tree and gifts are stamped, die cut and coloured, then added to the first ‘step’ of the stair step card.

Next we cut the staircase using the detailed staircase framelit, which is adhered to the back ‘step’.

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com

 

The side table and santa’s cookies, plus our cute little dachshund dog, embellish the front.

 

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com

 

Speaking of that cute little dog, here’s a tip for watercolouring him: try using the gorgeous clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to apply the inks.

You can learn more about that technique in this post.

The Wink of Stella mixes with the ink to create an amazing shimmery image and I find the ink blends sooooo beautifully using this method. It’s such an amazing look but it’s definitely not easy to photograph, so you’ll have to give it a go and you’ll see what I mean. It’s stunning in real life.

 

Watercolouring with Wink of Stella and Stampin' Up! ink pads. Daschund dog stamp from Ready for Christmas stamp set - available in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

 

Cherry Cobbler Stair Step Card

 

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com.

This card is similar, but with a Cherry Cobbler cardstock base and the addition of panels of Be Merry Designer Series Paper (and just a little strip of Wood Textures paper for the flooring).

I shuffled around the order of the staircase, tree and table too, just to change things up a bit.

 

 

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com.

 

Garden Green Stair Step Card

 

Our next card uses Garden Green cardstock as the base, and again shuffled around the order of the staircase and tree.

The stamped tree image is filled out with the addition of die-cut branches. Six of the large branches match up perfectly with the stamped image underneath.

 

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com.

I love this little side table. Stay tuned for a project I’m sharing soon which shows how the legs are the perfect base of an ‘artificial’ Christmas tree.

Turn it upside down, and I’m sure it could pass as a candle holder too!

Oh the ideas are endless.

 

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com.

 

The little stockings are a cute addition, and I’m very glad I didn’t have to fussy cut all of these out.

 

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase thinlits dies. Measurements at www.simonebartrum.com.

 

How to make the Stair Step Cards using A4 and Letter size cardstock

 

Using A4 Cardstock (21cm x 29.8cm):

  1. Cut cardstock in half, giving you an A5 sized panel. I trimmed mine down slightly so it was a nice and even 21cm x 14.5cm (i.e. cut 3mm off one side). This will make it easier if you decide to add DSP panels because you won’t have to deal with 2mm or 3mm in your measurements.
  2. Using your paper trimmer, cut a 13.5cm line approx 6cm inside from the left side of the cardstock. Start 2.5cm from the top and cut down until 16cm. You’ll need to lift the ruler of the trimmer at the start and end, to avoid cutting the piece off. Note: I say “approx 6cm” because really this measurement will change depending on how wide you want the flat part of your stair step card to be.
  3. Score the wider side at 2.5cm, 5cm, 8cm, 11cm and 16cm. The first and last score lines should meet the two ends of your cut lines. Score the narrow side of the cut line at 10.5cm.
  4. Fold the sore lines in alternating mountain and valley folds. Fold the other score line as a mountain fold.

Need to see it? I shared these projects recently at the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip in Thailand, and drew THIS rough diagram for a fellow demonstrator. lol Don’t mind the note paper it was written on. Hope it helps!

 

Using US Letter sized cardstock (8 ½” x 11″):

  1. Cut cardstock in half, giving you a 5 ½” x 8 ½”  sized panel. Score the long side at 4 ¼.
  2. Using your paper trimmer, cut a 5  3 / 8″  line approx 2 ½” inside from the left side of the cardstock. Start 1″ in from the edge and cut down until 6 3 / 8 “. You’ll need to lift the ruler of the trimmer at the start and end, to avoid cutting the piece off. Note: I say “approx 2 ½” because really this measurement will change depending on how wide you want the flat part of your stair step card to be.
  3. Score the wider side at 1″, 2″, 3 1 / 8, 4 ¼ and 6 3 / 8″. The first and last score lines should meet the two ends of your cut lines.
  4. Fold the sore lines in alternating mountain and valley folds. Fold the other score line as a mountain fold.

Need to see it? I shared these projects recently at the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip in Thailand, and drew THIS rough diagram for a fellow demonstrator. lol Again, don’t mind the note paper it was written on. Hope it helps!

 

There are some great YouTube videos on this fold type, so if these written instructions don’t make sense then I’m sure you’ll have no trouble following one of the many videos.

 

Stampin' Up!'s Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase framelits. Stair step cards with measurements at www.simonebartrum.com.

 

Would you like to see some more projects using this gorgeous Ready for Christmas bundle?

Check out post #1 here and post #2 here.

So what do you think? Are you ready to give them a try? Let me know by leaving a comment below if that all makes sense. And definitely let me know if you’re planning to make these cute little fancy fold cards for yourself. They are so much fun!

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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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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