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Huge Stampin’ Up! Sale – Up to 60% off

Published by under cards | Dec 10 2015

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It’s the end of the year, so we’re cleaning our inventory and making room for new products – and we’re offering you some great savings while we do it!

We’re adding more products to our clearance rack and discounting select items from the Holiday Catalogue. (Products on the Holiday Retiring List are now discounted up to 40%.)

During the Year-End Sale, you can find ALL discounted products in one location in my online store right here.

 

NOTE: Some items are only available until December 17! You’ll find those items on the bottom half of this list here.

 

VISIT SALE

 

How exciting!!! What a great time to get a Christmas present for yourself or a crafty friend. :) Make sure you let your KK know if they don’t know what to get you. ;)

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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CTC 59 – Merry Christmas Tree

Published by under cards | Dec 06 2015

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Thanks for joining our Case-ing the Catty Blog Hop. If you’re making your way around the hop, you may have joined me from the very talented Jessica Williams. When you get to the bottom of this post, just click on Next and you’ll continue seeing more creations from other CTC Crew members. 

 

CTC 59 - Theme: Trees from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue 2015. Red foil and corrugated paper!

This week on the Case-ing the Catty Blog Hop, the team are inspired by the gorgeous Christmas trees in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue. From the tiny tree stamps in Jingle All The Way, to the awesome Project Life stamp sets, and even to the many delightful designs on the patterned papers… we have such a fabulous selection!

I couldn’t help combining a couple of my favourites: the tree from To You & Yours Too and the Peaceful Pines bundle.

Shhh, I may have even sneaked in Lovely As a Tree, yes that old classic which has been around forever but is still a favourite with many new stampers. Just for old times sake ;) 

 

Here is my creation this week…

CTC 59 - Theme: Trees from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue 2015. Red foil, corrugated paper, and stitched gold cording thread.

It’s sooooo hard to capture on photo, but the red is actually Red Foil paper. So shiny! It’s all set on a 5″x5″ card base made from Kraft card. A layer of Red Foil and a layer of grid patterned paper from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series paper. The top left and bottom right corners are Corrugated Paper in matching Kraft.

CTC 59 - Theme: Trees from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue 2015. Red foil, corrugated paper, and stitched gold cording thread.

No matter how many times I look through the catalogue I always pause on pages 16 and 17. The tags on this tree stop me every time.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue 2015 - Peaceful Pines tags

And this is where much of the inspiration came for this week’s card, including:

  • the colour combination – with the festive Real Red, the neutrals of Crumb Cake/Kraft, the blues of Lost Lagoon/Marina Mist and a touch of yellow in Daffodil Delight
  • the die cut ‘merry’ in Real Red cardstock
  • the Candy Dot tree embellishments

 

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue 2015 - Peaceful Pines tags

A really cool feature of the Perfect Pines framelits is that some of the dies cut decorative inner details, not just the outline. It’s almost like 2-step die cutting!

One of the dies achieves a fringing look to the tree branches, and another cuts out circles to look like ornaments on the tree. A third decorative detail die (see above) cuts out a series of tiny holes within the tree to look like a line of tinsel or lights. And that’s the one I used on on my card!

Along the rows of tiny holes I threaded the lovely Gold Cording Trim.

Gold cording thread
It kind of gets lost in the photo, but in real life it’s lovely and sparkly, especially set against the shiny Red Foil paper. It’s the closest I’ve come to sewing in recent months! Hopefully you can see my ‘sewing’.

Stitched gold cording thread on Christmas Tree. www.simonebartrum.com

 

So there you go. I hope you enjoyed this ‘tree edition’ of Case-ing the Catty, but the fun is not over yet. Next stop on the hop is Stasia.

CASE-ing the catty NEXT BLOG

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

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*NEW* Occasions Catalogue – Request your Free Copy

Published by under cards | Dec 05 2015

New Stampin' Up! Catalogue - Request Your Copy (Australia)

Christmas is fast approaching, but the new year also brings with it a brand new seasonal catalogue. Innovative tools, eye-catching stamps and awe-inspiring embellishments, all to keep us crafting well into 2016.

Would you like a copy?

I’ve ordered a stack and will be sending them out in the coming weeks. If you are in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator I’d be happy to help you out. Just email me your request!

Of course, if you have ordered from me in the past year then you can expect your priority copy very soon.

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A new catalogue means we need to make room on the warehouse shelves, so it will soon be time to say good bye to the Holiday Catalogue (aka Christmas Catalogue). The good news is, this year Stampin’ Up! have kindly given us an easy-peasy list which tells us exactly which items will be GONE for GOOD!
You’ll want to grab them while you still can. Download these lists to help you work out your wish list:

Last Chance to Order from the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue

 

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I’ve listed some of my favourite retiring items. Just click on them to see more info in my shop or to order some for yourself.

Gasp! Lovely for all year round projects, not just Halloween. (Above)
 


Shock! Such a beautiful and popular folder embossing folder. Have you got yours? (Above)


Lighthearted Leaves. Whaaaa?  Make your own colouring pages with this one. (Above)


Wonderland. Noooooo…oooo…oooo. Sob. (Above)

And there are others too. Check out the full list of retiring products from the Holiday catalogue below.

 

The good news (actually, it is EXCELLENT news) is that the red foil paper and the Softly Falling embossing folders are continuing, along with a few other stamps and accessories. Keep an eye out in the new Occasions catalogue for those.

 

Of course, the new year will also bring back one of our favourite events: Sale-a-bration. Free products with purchase, always a winner. I’ll make sure I pop one of those brochures in with your new Occasions Catalogue.

Don’t forget to CONTACT ME to request the new catalogue, and remember to include your current address and contact phone number. 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Australia Stamp Sale

Published by under cards | Nov 16 2015

Stamps on sale! 20% off select Stampin' Up! sets until Nov 20.

Stamp sales are the best sales, and this one is no exception! Save 20% on selected stamp sets ordered before Nov 20, 2015. [This sale has now ended]

This is a fab opportunity to grab some stamps on your wish list (and some you didn’t know you wanted until now!).

Here’s the handy flyer for you to download OR just click on through to the SALE PAGE of my online store to see every lovely set on offer.

 

[This sale has now ended]

There are some great sets on offer at hard-to-say-no prices.

Stake Your Claim is a great one. Lots of possibilities and fun uses (and they don’t necessarily have anything to do with gardening!)…

Stake Your Claim (Stampin' Up!). http://bit.ly/1QpxTWO

 

Bountiful Border is another lovely set. It’s a two-step stamp set, so you can easily add colour to your project without the hassle of masking or using markers to apply the separate colours.

Bountiful Border (Stampin' Up!) http://bit.ly/1QpAnEs

 

Love colouring?

Grab your pencils or markers and create your own tags and cards with the cute Santa’s Gifts set. Includes three messages and 7 images to colour.

Santa's Gifts (Stampin' Up!) http://bit.ly/1SSHqnw

Want to see more of the discounted stamp sets in action?

Check out the Pinterest board full of ideas using these ‘on sale’ sets.

 

20% off select stamps (Australia) Pinterest Board

 

And you can find them all in my online store!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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CTC 54: Stampin’ Up! Christmas Colours (& the whitewash technique)

Published by under cards | Nov 01 2015

It’s colour challenge time!

This week our Case-ing the Catty crew are inspired by a Stampin’ Up! Christmas colour theme that really pops: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party and Real Red.

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Colour Challenge: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Real Red

 

 

I went straight to the Home for Christmas cardstock pack and the Home for Christmas designer series paper for this project, all conveniently in this colour palette.

I wanted to try something a little different, though, and remembered a technique from a past training event.

A bright patterned sheet had been sponged with a layer of white Craft Stampin’ Ink, which resulted in an interesting toned-down look. It looked almost white-washed.

Here are some before & after photos from the big screen:

Whitewash paper technique - to alter the look of bright patterned paper

 

I modified this technique by just lightly sponging the outer edges of a panel of the holly paper with the Craft Stampin’ ink.

CTC54 Colour Challenge: Home of the Holidays DSP patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, and Cozy Christmas stamp set

Can’t find the white Craft Stampin’ ink in your catalogue? Check out page 163 of the annual catalogue. It is described as a:

Rich, permanent pigment Whisper White ink for embossing or creating an opaque look on dark cardstock.

It does take a while longer to dry, compared to our regular classic ink pads. Being a little impatient I waved my heat tool over it with a few seconds to set it quickly. Good time to replace those Jamberry nail wraps (yes those heat tools come in very handy and I’m sure I’ll be embossing more now that I’ve caught the Jamberry bug – hehehe).

I then sponged the edges in a little Mossy Meadow ink to bring back definition to the edges.

CTC54 Colour Challenge: Home of the Holidays DSP patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, and Cozy Christmas stamp set

 

It reminds me of a filter you can apply to photos. It was fun to play with this technique and I’ll have to try it again another time.

 

So how are you going with your Christmas cards? Are you inspired to try this colour theme with your cards?

It’s now November, so you know what that means….. Christmas is NEXT MONTH!

 

 

For more ideas and inspiration using this colour theme, continue hopping along to the lovely and talented Monique Fielder.

CASE-ing the catty NEXT BLOG

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 51 Stampin’ Up! Wonderland

Published by under cards | Oct 11 2015

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Hi friends,

I’m back for this week’s CASE-ing the Catty blog hop (now on Sundays!).  You may have joined me from Alison’s blog or you may be starting here. Either way, continue hopping around the links for inspiration and ideas. The theme this week is the Winter Wonderland section on pages 22-27 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue.

Stampin' Up!'s Wonderland stamp set and sample from the Holiday Catalogue 2015. Gorgeous simplicity.

 

With our Christmas being in the middle of summer here in Australia, we don’t find much in the way of snow. But we do love our trees!  And living in a forestry area like I do, the Wonderland stamp set jumped out at me straight away.

 

My inspiration came from the card sample on page 22 of the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue (image on the right).

That tree stamp is sooooo beautiful, I’m sure I would buy the set just for that stamp! But the other stamps are a great bonus too.

 

Here is my creation which was inspired by the cards in the catalogue.

Wonderland Christmas in Garden Green and Gold

 

The word Merry is a die from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies. Jolly and Peace also come in the set of three festive words.

Wonderland and Gold

 

The Snowflake Elements and Gold Cording Trim was in the original card on page 22, and add just the right touch to this clean and simple card.

Wonderland by Stampin' Up!

In the sample in the catalogue, the area under the trees had been masked so that a clean straight line was created. I was inspired to try my hand at masking too, but tried something a little different. The area under the trees was created by sponging around the top edge of a torn ‘post-it note’ which was my mask. I moved it slightly down and sponged lightly again, repeating this step until I had the look I was after.

I ended up making a few different cards, all inspired by the lovely catalogue sample. In fact, we even made one of them in my recent classes as we talked about masking and stamping-off. This stamp set lends itself to quite a good assortment of fun techniques!

Wonderland creations

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Be sure to hop on over to visit Julia Quinn and her lovely creations. If you lose track at any point, you are welcome to visit the CASE-ing The Catty blog for all the links.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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