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Published by under cards | Apr 16 2015

You've Got Male - Box Set Class, at Paperific

Join us at Paperific’s ‘Paper Arts Tarts’ Expo for a variety of classes each day. April 17-19, 2015.

 

A couple of quick announcements:

  • The retiring list will be released on the 21st of April. 
    As we get closer to the end of the catalogue year, we’re getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from the 2014-2015 annual catalogue. Don’t worry, though! You will have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices (up to 50% off retail) before they’re gone.
    Have another review of your wish list so you are ready when it goes live on 21 April.
  • The NEW catalogue is coming.
    I’m getting ready to order catalogues for you, my valued customers! If you have ordered from me in the past year I will send you one for FREE. Just email me to let me know you’re interested. Don’t forget to include your address.
  • THIS WEEKEND is CRAFT SHOW TIME.
    Come and visit us at Paperific’s Paper Arts Tarts Expo for shopping, classes and inspiration. Check out all the classes we’re offering HERE. Come and say hello – we can’t wait to see you!

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Bonus Bundles: April 1 -17

Published by under cards | Apr 01 2015

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New special-priced bundles have just been released. Stamp sets and their coordinating punches or dies are available at 15% off the usual price.

One of my faves is the Banner Banter set (shown above). At less than $37 (plus P&H) for the clear mount version of 10 stamps plus the adorable little banner punch, I think it’s fabulous value.

Did you know that you can make the banners LONGER than the punch image suggests?

Simply feed your cardstock or patterned paper from the underside of the punch so the length is hanging out over the top. When you punch, it will flag the ends but won’t cut the other side – so the banner can be as long as your want! Very cool trick.

Let me know if you get stuck and I’ll send some pictures to explain it another way.

 

How cute is that pin stamp?!! Stamp out a few sentiments in various colours and punch them out, then adhere them so it looks like they’re hanging… so cute! And what a quick and easy card.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

 

Check out these new bundles plus all the other existing bundles HERE in my online store.

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We are in the middle of school holidays so it’s all action stations here. I took the kidlets to the movies yesterday for the first time in what seemed like forever. It was fun! And a great way to fill in time while the car was being serviced. Wishing you a blessed Easter and special time with your loved ones.

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Minute Sale-a-bration Bonus: Hostess Code Here

Published by under cards | Mar 30 2015

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A quick reminder that Sale-a-bration ends on Tuesday!
 
Our favourite time of the year is drawing to a close, but you still have time to choose a free gift for every $90 purchase. 
 
There’s also just enough time for a fun bonus give-a-way. Simply use Hostess Code QJXM2D9S when placing your qualifying order (minimum $90) and I will send you a designer series paper and matching cardstock sampler pack for FREE! 
But be quick. Remember, orders have to be in by 10pm on Tuesday 31st March to qualify.
Happy stamping,
Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Easter Blog Hop: Berry Basket & Paper Piecing

Published by under cards | Mar 21 2015

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Thanks for hopping along with us today. We’re so pleased you’re joining us on the EurekaStampers ‘Easter Blog Hop’. You may be starting your journey here or you may have come from Tracy Penn’s page.  Keep hopping around and you’ll see a fabulous range of Easter projects to get you inspired and crafting this weekend. 

 

My project is an Easter basket with a twist. It’s made from clear Window Sheets and the Berry Basket Bigz die. Hmmm, being see-through presented a few photographing challenges, but hopefully you can see it ok here. 

 

Happy Easter Bunny: Berry Basket

Want to see how the Berry Basket Bigz die works? Check out this video.

I used a slightly different method –  glue dots instead of staples. The window sheets are just a little more difficult to work with, but only because it’s hard to see where to line it all up. Such a cool effect though! I’m so glad this is a Bigz die and not framelits. That means we can create our berry baskets out of all kinds of materials.
[Oooh – metal flashing would look amazing too… (brain ticking over)… that will have to be my next project.]

 

The base of the basket is lined with a 7.5cm x 7.5cm square of So Saffron cardstock. I then sliced up Pink Pirouette and So Saffron cardstock into teeny tiny thin strips. These were scrunched up and then used as ‘fill’ in the bottom of the clear berry basket.

Happy Easter gift basket

The cute little paper pieced rabbit is from the Happy Easter Bunny single stamp, which you can find on page 35 of the Occasions catalogue.

He is attached to a skinny treat bag filled with Cadbury mini eggs. Don’t you love it when companies make products to match our cardstock and ink colours? ;)

 

Paper Piecing Technique: Easter Bunny

paper piecing1. Stamp the bunny three times: one on white cardstock, one on Pink Pirouette, and one on So Saffron.

2. Carefully hand cut the entire bunny in white, the tummy and tail in pink and the neck ribbon in yellow (So Saffron). Use sharp tipped scissors like Stampin’ Up! paper snips.

3. Using a tiny bit of liquid multipurpose glue, layer the tummy and tail over the white bunny. Finally, adhere to neck ribbon to the bunny.

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The “Happy” and “Easter” banners are attached as floating sentiments. They were adhered to a thin strip of window sheet, so they bounce slightly and almost look like they are floating. It’s a fun way to attach sentiments!

Window Sheet Berry Basket

Mmmmm, chocolate. Yum.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Now don’t stop hopping! Keep on going and you will land on Lorinda deRegt-Penn’s blog with her gorgeous project. I was lucky enough to see it in person last week and I can tell you it is stunning!

NEXT STOP: Lorinda deRegt-Penn’s blog

If you get lost along the way, here’s a list of all stops on the blog hippity hop

 

Simone Bartrum <—– YOU ARE HERE

Lorinda De Regt-Penn

Jessica Williams

Carly Middleton

Rebecca Scurr

Rose Packer

Emma Palonek

Heather McCarthy

Tracy Penn

 

Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to leave some comment love as you hop around. xxxxx

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Male Card: Shirt and Bow Tie

Published by under cards | Mar 03 2015

Hi friends,

Today I’m sharing one of the fun projects we made at Stamp Club this month. We usually make about 3 different projects, often a couple of cards and a 3D. This card was a cute little extra that we made just using patterned paper, the paper trimmer, the new Bow Builder punch and a few embellishments.  It was based on one I spotted on Pinterest a while back by Karen Day. Always on the lookout for an easy-to-make male card!

 

Male Shirt Cards - Homemade cards by Simone BartrumWe used some pretty funky paper to get some very 1970’s style shirts. Lovin’ those wide lapels. And we each chose our own papers so the cards all turned out so different. Some of our creations are pictured above.

To make this card, we cut a slightly narrower-than-normal card base of 14.5cm x 8.5cm (17cm folded in half).

The patterned paper (Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper in assorted designs) was 14.5cm x 10cm. We cut the paper so we ended up with one piece 14.5cm x 3.5cm (left side of card), and the other 14.5cm x 7cm (right side of card). The turned-down lapels revealed the other side of the double-sided Designer Series Paper.

We decorated our ‘shirts’ with assorted buttons and even punched circles (if we didn’t have the right coloured ‘buttons’). And then we finished it off with a bow from the fabulous new Bow Builder Punch.

Do you want to see how this new punch works? Check out the video below.

 

 

Hey guess what? Some exciting news this week with the announcement of FOUR NEW Sale-a-bration gifts to choose from!

DOWNLOAD THE FLYER HERE

NEW Sale-a-bration items available during March 2015 only

You can choose one of these new items, or any of the original items, for FREE with every $90 purchase.

 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Sale-a-bration Product of the Week: A Happy Thing

Published by under cards | Feb 24 2015

A Happy Thing stamp set is another of the Sale-a-bration gift options for this year.

With every AUD $90 purchase during Sale-a-bration (ends March 31), choose a FREE item such as a stamp set, accessories or colouring tools.

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Here are some of the lovely samples that Stampin’ Up! shared with us recently. So sweet.

A Happy Thing - Sale-a-bration stamp set

A Happy Thing is a cheerful stamp set that uses line art imagery. It’s perfect for colouring so you can explore your favourite colouring methods with this set, and let your inner artist go to work! Try the Blendabilities or your Aqua Painters. The result is gorgeous artwork that is deceptively easy.

Have you tried the Masking Technique? This stamp set is a perfect one to try this handy technique. Learn more about it in the video below:

 (Click to view on the blog)

 

 

Don’t forget to check out the current Weekly Deals and stop by the Clearance Rack for a bargain.

Remember: purchases of $90 or more (includes sale items) will earn you a free Sale-a-bration product of your choice – such as the A Happy Thing stamp set.

A HappyThing stamp set - free Stampin' Up! stamp set during Sale-a-bration

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

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