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Stampin’ Up! Australia ‘Retiring List’ is Coming!

Published by under cards,specials | May 30 2013

Well this is it.

It’s nearly time to say goodbye to our current Stampin’ Up! catalogue. And with it, many of our favourite products.


Each year we see crafters who miss out on amazing deals because their favourite item just sold out. Aarrghhh!!

To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, and to help you during the catalogue transition, I’ve outlined 3 simple steps.


1. Visit my Online Store today and Register

Just click CREATE ACCOUNT. It only takes a minute and will set you up for quick access with preferred pricing! The retiring list comes out TOMORROW (Friday 31st May) so you’ll definitely want to do this now. It’s free and there’s no obligation!


2.  On Friday 31st of May (set a reminder on your phone!) come back here or visit my blog to view the Retiring List. Have a highlighter and your catalogue handy as you work out your must-have list.


3. Then login to my Online Store (using the email address you registered with) and grab your bargains before they’re all gone. Use hostess code 9XQGZSKU to go in the running for a free stamp set of your choice. If you’d prefer not to do it online, just call me or email your order and I’ll do it for you.  

Important Note: The Retiring products are available until sold out.


BONUS: The first 20 people who order from my online store after 31st May will receive a hand-stamped card and gift! I’ve been making some fun covered note-pads and I can’t wait to share them with you! Just a little thank you to my valued customers.

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NEW CATALOGUE UPDATE: Plans are already underway to get the brand new 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! catalogue into your hands.
We know how much you want to see it! It goes live in July, and is absolutely gorgeous!!!! We were lucky enough to get a copy at Convention last week, and I know you’ll love it too.
Remember that my existing customers get a FREE copy on request.
Alternatively you can preorder a copy for $10 which includes delivery to your door.


See you tomorrow – woohooo SOOOOO exciting!!!

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Highlights from Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013

Published by under events | May 27 2013

We have just returned from an *~AMAZING~* 5 days in Brisbane for the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013.

My very first convention was in Brisbane about five years ago. I loved it so much that I haven’t missed one since!

So much has changed in the past five years (my toddler back then is now a big school girl!) but one thing hasn’t changed: I still love to create. And our annual Convention really is a celebration of that… along with 700 others who feel the same way!

How do you sum up Convention in just six words?










In fact, I would say this is the best Convention I’ve ever been to! I’ve come home with more ideas than ever and am itching to get back in my craft room.

Here are some highlights. **More pics & deets on my Facebook page.





We are hitting the ground running… at the end of THIS WEEK the Retiring Products List will be out! Wooohoooo!!

This is an exciting time of year. It’s our last chance to get our hands on products that won’t be available for much longer. AND it means a brand new catalogue is just around the corner.




$$ SAVING TIP: Don’t forget this is also your last chance to get 15% off the awesome ‘Epic Day’ This & That bundle. I used mine in Brisbane and I have to say it was the BEST and most enjoyable way of ‘memory keeping’ for a very busy few days! Ends 30th MAYOrder yours here.


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria








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The tale of a card on Pinterest: Cutaway Technique

Published by under cards | May 14 2013

I have a funny story to tell about a simple card that went on to big things.

Three years ago I shared some cards on my blog from a team swap.

One of them was this card by the lovely Debbie Hand.

Over the years I noticed  that a lot – and I mean A LOT – of visitors were coming to my blog to visit this card, mainly from Pinterest.

Many have emailed me about it. Most shared how much they liked the design. Some had CASEd it. Occasionally people asked how to make it. I even had an angry email (“why don’t you ladies give instructions!”). Yep, it’s an interesting life, isn’t it?

I sent many emails explaining how I believe, just by looking at it, that the card was made. But in the past week alone I’ve received another 5 emails about it! So, I’m here today to provide as much info as I can about this card.

Debbie and I have had a big chuckle about it too.


1. Create a standard card base, with the fold on the left side.

2. Using your paper trimmer, cut out a section from the card front.

3. Punch a semi-circle from the card front with a circle punch.

4. Embellish card front and add a flower to the inside so it peeks through the punched semi-circle opening.

Yep, it really is that easy!



– The original card was created using the now-retired stamp sets Bird on a Branch (for the speckled image and also the sentiment) and Cottage Garden for the flower.


I hope this helps. Have fun recreating this cool card!


Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria





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This & That Convention Journal

Published by under 3D projects,This & That | May 09 2013

So excited! My ‘Epic Day’ This & That bundle arrived this week. I couldn’t wait to tear into the box!


The bundle includes the journal, rotary date stamp, designer series paper, three rolls of patterned washi tape and a couple of sheets of coordinating stickers.


I especially love the rotary stamp. You can choose dates up to the year 2023, and a dozen different date-related sentiments.

To line up the sentiment you want, just rotate the dial so the number through the window matches the message printed on the front.


How cool is that!

And here’s what I created with my new journal.



Our annual Stampin’ Up! convention is coming up in a few weeks. I’m going to use my This & That journal to record the whole shebang. Yay!


Want to order the Epic Day This & That bundle for yourself? Remember the 15% off bundle is only valid for May. After that you’ll be able to order products individually at full price only. Contact me or order it online! If ordering online don’t forget to add the hostess code ECBQQ3AA for your chance to win.


ONLINE ORDERING TIP: There’s just 2 weeks left to grab a chance to win free Stampin’ Up! products with my Online Ordering promotion. Simply place an online order from my store and enter the hostess code ECBQQ3AA, click apply and you’re in with a chance! Prizes include vouchers in the amounts of $50, $35 and $25! Remember you have to enter the hostess code ECBQQ3AA to be in it!


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



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This Weekend @ Paperific

Published by under Craft Shows,team | May 03 2013

Just a quick note to let you know I’ll be at Paperific in Melbourne on Saturday.

The Better Homes & Garden Live expo is on at the same venue (Royal Melbourne Showgrounds) – sounds like a great day out!


Here’s the free Make & Take I’ll be sharing with visitors to the Stampin’ Up! stand.


This 10cm x 10cm note card features the For the Birds stamp set


Hope to see you there!


Now, I never did get around to sharing photos from the BIG EVENT that kept me so busy recently…

It was our our whole-group Team Day!

SOOOO much fun.

We did Make & Takes and there was an Inspiration Table with jaw-dropping projects on display. There were great presentations, projected on the big screen above so everyone in the room could see. AND to top it off we videoed it so all the demo’s in our group from around Australia wouldn’t miss out. With hundreds of demonstrators around the country, it’s wonderful how technology brings us all together.



Did you know you can join SU at the moment and get a bonus $60 in your starter kit? We’d love to welcome you to the EurekaStampers!


Have a brilliant weekend.

Hope you can find your own little piece of sunshine where-ever you may be. xxx

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria




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25% off Digital AND a chance to win!

Published by under specials,This & That | May 01 2013

How exciting…A new month, new products and a chance to win!

Here are THREE great reasons why May is so fabulous.



1. During May selected digital products are 25% off.


If you haven’t tried digital designing yet, don’t forget you can try it FREE. Simply download the 30 day FREE My Digital Studio trial and give it a go, or get the full version (with heaps of included content) for $24.95.


This is a great time to stock up on ensembles, calendars, photobooks and swatchbook digital content. They are all 25% off!

Order online and enter code ECBQQ3AA for your chance to WIN  (more info below). Entry is valid with orders of any digital OR traditional products!


2.  THIS & THAT products now in Australia.


Oh my goodness, I’m SOOOOOO excited about this one. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this bundle. Check out the video below to see what it’s all about…


You can get the elements individually but best of all you can save 15% by ordering the BUNDLE (this month only).



Download the flyer with more info HERE.


3. Free Products to be won!


To celebrate all the amazing things happening with Stampin’ Up! at the moment, and to thank you for being a valued customer, I’m hosting an ONLINE ORDERING PARTY!

Simply place any online order at my store (click here for SIMONE’S ONLINE STORE), enter hostess code ECBQQ3AA and you’ll get one ticket for every $20 purchase! The more you spend the more chances you have of winning. Aaaaand you can place online orders for any products – not just digital! It includes the This & That products available from today, the Sent With Love bundle that is still available for just a couple more weeks, anything at all!

  • First prize is $50 in free product of your choice,
  • second price is $30 in free product of your choice and
  • third prize is $25 in free product of your choice.

Fine Print: 1. Online orders must be finalised by 20th May for this drawing. 2. They must be entered at my online store. 3. You MUST enter this hostess code: ECBQQ3AA and click Apply so the code registers.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria





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