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Grand Vacation 2014: Cruising with Stampin’ Up!

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It still feels like a dream that only last month we were cruising in the Caribbean, visiting exotic destinations and hanging out with Stampin’ Up! friends from around the world. We’ve been so busy since then that it kinda feels like months ago!

Thank heavens for photos that allow us to relive these incredible experiences.

I invite you to come along for the ride via this snippet of the AMAZING trip to Florida and the Caribbean cruise. A huge and heartfelt thanks to Stampin’ Up! for giving Jason and I this incredible experience and of course my wonderful customers and team who I absolutely adore.

I really did intend to keep this post short, as we’ve got so much going on that I can’t wait to share with you (including an awesome new JOIN FOR $85 special!), but… well… as you can see there are lots of photos… so you might want to grab a cuppa.

Grand Vacation bag tags

It always feels more real when the bag tags arrive in the mail.

MiamiWe added a couple of extra days at the start of the trip to help deal with jetlag.  Miami was awesome and we sure crammed a lot into those two days! Yep, being tourists.

We then spent a couple of days in Fort Lauderdale including a day out at a huge outlet mall where we bumped into a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from Germany – hello Maxie!. We saw Maxie most days on the ship so it was a lot of fun chatting and getting to know her on the bus ride.

Embarkation day arrived. I even managed to be up at 5am to see the amazing Allure of the Seas arrive in port.

Wow. I knew she was the biggest cruise liner in the world – but I was still blown away by her sheer size. You can fit 3 times as many people on this ship as the population of my home town!

Hmmm, that was a little mind-boggling.


One of the fun things on every Incentive Trip (aka Grand Vacation) is the Hospitality Suite provided by Stampin’ Up!. It’s a meeting area where we can catch up with other demonstrators, learn a little about the activities on offer, and try our hand at games to win free products. This year it was a Ring Toss game. And I must say I got pretty good at it by the end of the trip (shhh – yes, I was standing RIGHT OVER the bottles but hey, it counts. Doesn’t it?).


We’ve been very blessed to have earned five Stampin’ Up! incentive trips over the past five years, and I have to say this was one of the most relaxed trips ever. There were just a couple of group functions – social events really – and the rest was purely free time. On the first night we booked out the entire Boardwalk area and had a meet & greet, followed by a private showing of the amazing OceanAria acrobatics-over-water show. We even had a group photo which was an impressive effort as our group was over 700 people in size – that’s demonstrators, their partners and other guests.

Later in the cruise we joined in a Walk-a-thon to raise money to build homes in Haiti. We also had a get-together for South Pacific demonstrators and staff, so it was fun to say g’day to the other Aussies and Kiwis on board.


We also had an inspirational Share Affair afternoon, which I’ll chat about in a separate post.

Our ship docked at 3 ports during the week: Labadee, which is a little portion of private land on Haiti; Falmouth (and we went to Montego Bay) in Jamaica; and Cozumel which is an island off the coast of Mexico. It was fun seeing a different part of the world, a long way from our small country town in Australia.


One of the very special treats on a Stampin’ Up! incentive trip is the pillow gifts. These are fun gifts that ‘magically’ appear in our rooms when we return in the evening.We are always so touched at the thoughtfulness that goes into these treats, and this year was no exception.

Gifts included logo drink bottles, his & hers luxurious lounge covers embroidered with the words ‘Stampin’ Up!’,  snacks and lollies, on board credit, his & hers jackets, a handbag and new Stampin’ Up! products from our yet-to-be-released catalogue.


Alright, hopefully you’re still with me. I’ll finish off this long post with some other random shots that make me smile. Beautiful scenery, new friends, fun and laughter.


Thanks again for all your support over the years.  I look forward to serving you and hopefully inspiring you a little more over the coming years. Due to family commitments in May 2015 it may not be possible for us to attend the next Stampin’ Up! trip, even if we qualify, but you never know what lies ahead. One thing I do know is that we have a beautiful catalogue to look forward to, lots of crafts to make, and memories to make and record.  Bring it on!

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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New-look Website and Grand Vacation Update

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Simone_RockStampin’ Up! Grand Vacation/Incentive Trip to Utah, USA


What a huge month it’s been!

It may look as though we’ve been quiet here on the blog but as you can see we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes.


Welcome to the new look website! What do you think?


We are also back from our amazing trip to the US for the 2013 South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip. We joined forces with the Europe achievers too, so it was double the fun.

We travelled on planes, trams, buses, a funicular, helicopter, and more. We saw the amazing contrast between Utah, California, Nevada and Arizona. We laughed and cried and giggled and shopped (a lot!!) and yes – it really was the ‘trip of a lifetime’.


I know many of you followed my updates over on the Stamping With Simone Facebook page, but here is a summary of our trip in photo form. After this, I promise we’ll be back to our regular programming ;)


First, the US 25th Anniversary Convention.

We were given the option to add a few extra days onto the trip so we could join in this great celebration. They didn’t have to ask me twice!


 The samples, presentations and inspiration boards were a feast for the eyes.



Next came the amazing St Regis resort in Deer Valley, the offfical part of the Grand Vacation. An incredibly beautiful part of the world.

 st regis

We spent a day at the Home Office in Utah. This was a highlight of the trip for many of us. Crafting with friends at Stampin’ Up! headquarters? Priceless.


Next was a full day in Kanab, home of the manufacturing plant where stamps, ink pads and more are created and packaged just for us to enjoy! The trip here was complete with private charter to St George Airport (read about the interest it generated in the media HERE)


On the way back we called into Jacob Hamblin Park, which is a kids’ playground in Kanab. Stampin’ Up! donates waste rubber offcuts as soft fall under the play equipment. I’d heard about this playground over the years, so it was a thrill to be there in person. Looking closely we even recognised some of the images from old stamp sets.


Our final evening was at a genuine ridgy-didge Utah ranch. Country music, dancing and we made S’mores!! (First time ever about the s’mores, so that was a bit exciting!). If I hadn’t already fallen in love with Utah, then I would have that night!



Jason and I added a few extra days in Las Vegas, but I’ll spare you those happy snaps! lol. It was the perfect way to wrap up an amazing trip though.


And for those who asked: Yes. We saw Elvis.

He was playing Candy Crush.



For those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I’ve been so incredibly grateful for every one of the four Incentive Trips Jason and I have been on with Stampin’ Up!. But this one…. well it completely took my breath away.

Stampin’ Up! has been a part of our lives for nearly 6 years now, so it was a dream come true to visit the Home Office in Salt Lake City, and the manufacturing plant in Kanab, meeting face-to-face some of the fabulous people who have inspired me, as well as making some gorgeous new friends.

Thank you so much to those who supported and encouraged me over the years. I still love what I do (I get asked that a lot), love teaching, love being associated with Stampin’ Up! and love the products. But above all that, what I love is the friendships I’ve developed along the way with customers, demonstrators and team members.




** If you have a spare minute, let me know what you think of the new-look website by leaving a comment.  Any thoughts/suggestions appreciated. Thanks! xxx


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



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Broome Incentive Trip Highlights

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Just a quick note to let you know the highlights page from our recent Incentive Trip is ready (finally!). Lots of photos and a pretty long post, so if you are interested and have a little spare time, just click this link

Have a great weekend,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Home from Broome

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Edited: Here's the link to the full highlights page

  Well, the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Broome, Western Australia, is over and I honestly can't believe how quickly that week went! We had a great time, and I'm looking forward to sharing a recap of events on a separate page for those who are interested. I'll post the link soon. (Edited: Here's that link).

But for today I'm excited to share a beautiful card… one I will treasure always.

Shelli's card features the sentiment from Seasonal Sayings (p34 Holiday catalogue) and the Pool Party image is from Affection Collection (p35 Holiday Catalogue).


  This card accompanied our final gift, and inside is a beautiful message by Shelli Gardner, CEO and co-founder of Stampin'Up! [And speaking of gifts…. oh my goodness… we were totally spoilt this trip!!] This is such a gorgeous and sparkly card in real life, and in true Shelli style. Love the stitching, love the layering, love the sanding on the Core-dinations cardstock, love the heat embossed sentiment. Stunning! And the envelope was just as special…

 And now it's back to reality! We have a busy month planned full of workshops, classes and other events in the lead up to Christmas. (Yes, it really is less than 2 months until Christmas!!! Eeeek)

Have a fabulous day and happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria      

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Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip – Fiji

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We're back from our fabulous time away in Fiji on the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip.

As promised, I kept a journal of our adventures. It's on a separate page (link below) so you can skip it if you want, or feel free to grab a cuppa and join me in re-living the amazing experience.


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Today I'm sharing the swap I made to give to all the other achieving demonstrators.

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It's a disc holder, complete with blank DVD to store photos of the Fiji trip. It's a fun idea for workshop make & takes or a class project too.

Textured Early Espresso cardstock, Versamark & clear embossing powder, Word Play stamp set, Posy Punch hostess set, Little Leaves embosslit, Berry Blossoms DSP, Wisteria Wonder/Calypso Coral cardstock and ruffled ribbon, Fancy Flower punch 


I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures in Fiji.

Stay tuned for some exciting announcements about new services I'll be offering in the coming months. I'm excited that I'll have more to offer my valued customers and stamping friends, so stayed tuned!


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