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Stampin’ Up! Thailand Incentive Trip Highlights

Published by under Incentive Trip | Jul 26 2017

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The annual Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip is an amazing combination of: 

fun, friendship and family;

stamping, product reveals and inspiration;

pampering, ‘insta-worthy’ treats and sightseeing.

 

This year was so special, with 315 demonstrators and their guests plus corporate staff and Board members all meeting in Phuket, Thailand for a week of all that and more.

I updated my Stamping With Simone Facebook page while we were there, but a few blog readers who aren’t on Facebook have asked about the trip, so here it is! Most of the images will enlarge if you click on them.

Enjoy, and if you make it to the end of this long post, I hope you’ll say hello in the comments below. xxxx

 


 

Getting There

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One of the most exciting moments in the lead up to an Incentive Trip, is the moment the courier arrives with our travel documents. But this time I did not open it! Somehow I contained my excitement long enough for hubby to get home and gave it to him to open, yes still in his work clothes. lol. After all, if it wasn’t for his support and encouragement we wouldn’t have gone on any of these trips over the past 8 years.

Earning the incentive trip means you earn flights and accommodation for two people, from wherever you are in the world, to the trip destination. Many meals are also included, and for those that are not included, Stampin’ Up! provides us with an ample ‘per diem’ meal allowance. My goodness, they are so generous.

The day finally arrived and we set off from Melbourne Airport. Can you believe it was raining?

Goodbye rainy Melbourne, hello hot Phuket.

At the airport we met up with team members Nicole and Tracy, and shared some celebratory refreshments. ;)

So proud of these demonstrators for qualifying for the trip – through loving what they do and sharing what they love.

In fact, I just worked out that over the past 10 years my team and I have qualified for a combined total of 22 tickets-for-two to these incentive trips. How blessed are we! It’s so much fun to go on these trips but even more when you can share it with people you’ve worked with and cheered along. I love all the Eurekastampers, regardless of their goals in running a business or enjoying a fun hobby, because our team is such a lovely group and are a joy to work with. But to see such success and reward for effort, well, it’s the icing on the cake.

 

-> Don’t forget the awesome joining special on this month <-

 

Flying from Australia, it was only about a 9 hour flight before we landed in Phuket. A direct flight for the win!

We were greeted at the airport by a representative from Stampin’ Up! and were ushered to an awesome mini van with party lights and blaring music. Ok, we definitely scored big time with our driver. The drive to the resort got us in party mode for sure!

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The Resort

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Our accommodation for the week was the stunning Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Even though it was late when we arrived, we eagerly explored and took a few happy snaps of our gorgeous room.

Our room at the Angsana Laguna Phuket #suthailand2017

They think of everything…

This delicious fruit basket was waiting for us in our room.

It wasn’t until the next morning that we fully appreciated our little patch of paradise and the view we were to enjoy every day.

We had a lovely big lounge area and huge balcony – so spoilt! It was such a delight to sit out there and watch the ferry go by although somehow we never managed to actually go on it!

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Official Welcome Session

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Next morning was the first official function, which was held at a marquee located about 10 minutes offsite. We travelled in style, in fun ‘tuk tuks’.

We heard from Sara (CEO Stampin’ Up!) who welcomed us and gave us lots of gifts, Rich (President) who spoke about the state of Stampin’ Up! in the world and all the good things that are happening, and Paula and Shelli (Co-Founder and Board Member) who shared some great product reveals with us.

Jason and all the other ‘first guests’ received a gorgeous Stampin’ Up! logo shirt.

And of course plenty of yummy treats to enjoy!

I got stacks of stamps and framelits and all kinds of fun craft stuff. Andddddd (drum roll please) the upcoming Holiday Catalogue! Oh my goodness. It’s amazing. 55 pages of stamps, embellishments, new punches, framelits and of course fabulous ideas too.

As if we weren’t excited enough already, we learned that the 2019 Incentive Trip destination is a cruise around the Greek Isles!

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Sightseeing & Official Group Activity

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There was a variety of optional tours we could choose to go on at our own cost, so Jason and I signed up for a couple of them. We’d never been to Thailand before and were keen to see some sights, and it was great that Stampin’ Up! did all the organising for us. Others chose to relax by the pool. These trips are really whatever you want them to be!

We went on a shopping trip to Patong, spent a day on the water and visiting Phi Phi island with a bit of snorkelling thrown in. I LOVE snorkelling,  it’s my favourite thing to do in the water. It was a fabulous way to meet other demonstrators from around the world and make new friends.

As an extra gift, Stampin’ Up! paid for every demonstrator and their first guest to join in the group activity on the Wednesday – a tour of Phang Nga Bay and BBQ lunch. This was such a fabulous day, probably my favourite activity of the whole week.

They took us canoeing in the underground caves, which was very special.

We visited a floating village, where all the shops and houses – and even the school – is built on a floating platform.

And we finished the afternoon with a BBQ and swimming on Rang Yai island.

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Pillow Gifts

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Even after going on 8 Incentive Trips with Stampin’ Up!, the daily pillow gifts never cease to amaze me.

After a fun day of activities we return to our room to find adorably packaged gifts waiting on our pillow or on the end of our bed. This year we were treated to so many fabulous products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue! We calculated it to be $600+ worth of products! I can’t share those with you just yet because the catalogue hasn’t been released yet, but I can share some of the other gifts.

On one evening our gift was a waterproof pouch for our phones and cameras, and a voucher for the full-day tour to Phang Nga bay…

Another was this gorgeous travel bag…

…which did not come empty, of course! Inside we found a couple of packets of 12×12 patterned papers, ready for Christmas crafting.

And how about this detailed Benjarong hand-painted porcelain covered bowl in its own lined box? Gorgeous!

And everything is wrapped and so beautifully presented.

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Swaps & Stamping

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Did we do any stamping in Thailand? Yes! 

Three make & takes were available in the inspiration room. You can read more about them HERE [link coming!].

 

We also participated in a full-card swap with other trip achievers, and participated in a mini themed swap with other achievers from the South Pacific.

We gave a copy of each of these South Pacific swaps as a gift to the Australian head office, and one to the New Zealand office.

On the Thursday afternoon we had a 2 hour Share Fair, which included 6 trip achievers who shared some tips and ideas featuring new products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.

And guess what? I was one of them!

You can see the first of my projects shared HERE.

 

The Hospitality Desk

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One of our fave places to visit each day was the Hospitality Desk. Here we could always find some yummy snacks, a cool drink in the fridge, and always friendly Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and staff to say g’day to. 

There were daily prize give-aways to earn by playing the bean bag toss game. I actually got pretty good at that game by the end of it!

We could also organise some excursions and tours here if we wanted.

 

 

Farewell Party

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We finished the week with a bang at the Final Event – a very special evening at the Blue Elephant which is a former Governor’s mansion turned restaurant and cooking school in Phuket.

 

We enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner, explored the mansion and watched local handicrafts being made including flower garlands and soap carving. Live music was playing too.

 

The huge tent looked absolutely stunning with the mansion as the perfect backdrop.

What a treat to visit such a special place.

 

And when the night was over, we each received a lovely memento of our time in Thailand, a sweet elephant necklace.

 


 

You’re still with me?! Thanks for reading my epic summary of our trip.

Honestly, I tried to make it shorter and there is sooooo much I cut out. Next time you’ll just have to come along too and see how amazing these trips really are!

I’m grateful to so many people, including my customers and team, and of course family. Without you none of this would be possible. I’ll continue to work hard to be your demonstrator and your team leader, and to provide you service beyond your expectation.

Stay tuned for next year’s instalment which will be all about Alaska! I don’t think I’ll be needing the swimmers and sunscreen for this one…

 

Leave a comment to let me know you got to the end – thanks so much xxx

Simone xxx

 

 

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CTC 138: Celebrate with Santa’s Sleigh by Stampin’ Up!

Published by under cards | Jul 23 2017

Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up! (www.simonebartrum.com)

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Oh my goodness, it’s been far too long since I joined in the Case-ing The Catty blog hop. I’m excited to be back!

 

We have just returned from the amazing Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to Thailand. If you’ve been following our adventures over on Facebook you’ll know I was working on a special project for the trip which took up most of my crafting time in the weeks before the trip (I’ll share more about that next week.) It was all fun, but I’m thrilled to get back to CASE-ing the catalogue, along with the inspirational and very talented CTC crew.

Oooh and a big Congrats to the new crew members who have joined in recent weeks. xxx

 


 

Our focus this week is the Christmas section on pages 112 – 125 of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

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Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up!. CASE-ing the Catty project for 23rd July 2017

 

Santa’s Sleigh

Straight away I looked to the card on page 119 (see above), featuring the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and coordinating Santa’s Sleigh thinlit dies.

 

First, an almost exact copy of the original. This is a cute shaker frame card that we’ve made in my recent classes and events.

Santa’s Sleigh in Tranquil Tide & Gold

Then I tried the layout in a different colour-way (Tranquil Tide and gold) and also used different elements of the Santa’s Sleigh framelits.

Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up!, in Tranquil Tide

I’m really loving the new Metallic-Edge Ribbon, which is available in both gold and silver.

Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up! (www.simonebartrum.com)

I have completely fallen in love with this colour combo!

Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up!, in Tranquil Tide

 

Tranquil Tide and Gold = Love! I think I will have to come back to these colours for future Christmas cards, it looks so regal and rich. I might have a go at making this in Elegant Eggplant and gold too. That’s tomorrow’s project!

Next on the hop is the very talented Rebecca Scurr. Check out her fabulous project here, and don’t forget to leave some comment love to let me know you stopped by. xxxx

 Happy stamping,

Simone xxxSaveSave

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Why join Stampin’ Up! in Australia?

Published by under cards | Jul 01 2017

 

 

When you buy your $169 starter kit to join Stampin’ Up!, you’ll get:

  • $235 worth of catalogue items of your choice
  • 8 annual Catalogues and all the paperwork you need to get started
  • at least a 20% discount off all your Stampin’ Up! shopping
  • sneak peeks and opportunities to get new products before everyone else
  • a weekly email of ideas and inspiration from Stampin’ Up!
  • membership access to a 22,000 member (AMAZING) global Facebook group
  • an invitation to our small (120 member) team Facebook group of fellow Aussies
  • access to monthly team stamping events if you are local or are up for a visit
  • and the best part – your OWN business!

 

As a full-time Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for nearly 10 years, I’m excited to share this business with you and will be there to encourage, support and mentor you all the way. Whether you join to make money, or simply to save money, you will not regret becoming part of the Stampin’ Up! community.

Our team consists of business builders and happy shoppers, and everything in between. You will fit right in and will be warmly welcomed.

To learn more about joining, click here.

Are you ready? Click here to get the ball rolling.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 133: Ribbon of Courage

Published by under cards | Jun 18 2017

Welcome to this week’s CASEing the Catty blog hop. Every Sunday night at 7pm AEST, the CTC Crew share great ideas from the latest Stampin’ Up! Catalogues.  We either directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a project in the catalogue, or we use an aspect like a layout or colour combo as inspiration for our own creations. This week, we are sharing our projects inspired by the Love & Sympathy section, pages 86-101 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

Come and join us! Make your own project and share it  in the CASEing the Catty Challenge Facebook Group.  


 

Ribbon of Courage

The inspiration for my card this week came from the very special Ribbon of Courage stamp set and framelit bundle, and in particular the card on the bottom right of page 97.

A few changes were made, of course. I swapped out the ribbon image for the hearts, but that card was certainly a great place to jump-start the creative process.

Ribbon of Courage hearts card. www.simonebartrum.com

 

I ended up making quite a few of these for a team swap recently.

 

Ribbon Of Courage Cards - www.simonebartrum.com

 

The hearts were cut out with the Sweet & Sassy framelits and there’s just a touch of Berry Burst 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon poking out from behind the feature layer.

I really love the thoughtful sentiments in this set…

  • “Live every moment, Laugh every day, Love with all your heart”
  • “Sending love and hugs to you”
  • “With faith all things are possible”
  • and “Courage”.

Now aren’t they just words to live by.

Ribbon of Courage by Simone Bartrum www.simonebartrum.com

 

Next stop on the hop is Monique, and you can find her post here.

Are you going to join the challenge this week? Jump on over to the CTC Facebook group and share your project, and while you’re there you can check out all the great projects our readers have made. See you there!

 

Click here to go to the next blog in this week's hop

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC131: Everyday Occasions

Published by under cards | Jun 04 2017

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Welcome to this week’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.
Every Sunday night at 7pm AEST, the CTC Crew share great ideas from the latest Stampin’ Up! Catalogues.  We either directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a project in the catalogue, or we use an aspect like a layout or colour combo as inspiration for our own creations.
This week, we are sharing our projects inspired by the Everyday Occasions section of the brand new annual catalogue, pages 18-67.


Come and join us! Make your own project and share it  in the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook Group.  


Welcome to the first CTC Challenge of the NEW catalogue.

I’ve missed playing along lately, but it’s been a rather busy few weeks to say the least. We had the Shepparton CraftAlive expo, launch of the new catalogue, and some extra special excitement  (which can read about on my Facebook page).

The Everyday Occasions section is very big, so it wasn’t easy to narrow it down but I really wanted to share with you my take on the Label Me Pretty tags that you can see on the top of page 27.

Label Me Pretty stamp set and punch bundle - from page 27 of the new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! annual catalogue

What a fabulous bundle to make awesome tags for all different occasions.

I loved the cute size so took inspiration from the layered labels, switched out the colours and made mini 3″x3″ note cards.

CTC 131: Everyday Occasions. Label Me Pretty mini 3x3 cards, and Daisy Delight flowers with tag. From http://simonebartrum.com/cards/ctc131

The tag on the daisy vase is a closer match to the tags on page 27. The tag was one of the free make & tags that Erin Zobec (a fabulous Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from the Shepparton region) and I did at CraftAlive recently, so I had to pop that in the photo too. I’ll talk more about the daisies in a future post.

I’m really REALLY loving the new In Colours which will be around from now and for the next TWO years! They look amazing together but also when paired with many of the core Stampin’ Up! colours.

The latest gorgeous new InColours from Stampin' Up! From June 2017-May 2019. www.simonebartrum.com

 

I love how the 3×3 note cards fit in the Wood Crate framelits. These would make a cute little gift.

 

Label Me Pretty stamp set and punch bundle. These cards are 3x3" and fit perfectly in the Wood Crate framelits. http://simonebartrum.com/cards/ctc131

 

Let’s continue around the hop now and see what my fabulous friend Mel has in store for us.

Click here to go to the previous blog in this week's hop    Click here to go to the next blog in this week's hop

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalogue

Published by under cards | Jun 01 2017

NEW Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue is now live (2017-2018) stampin up catalogue australia

It’s here! Stampin’ Up! Catalogue Australia

We’ve been waiting for it and >squeeal< now it’s here!

We have a brand new catalogue full of hundreds of new craft supplies, stamps, die cutting, punches… and even new colours. And as a side note – WOW you will love this year’s new In Colour collection.

Show me the catalogue>>>> CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AUSSIE CATALOGUE

I want to learn more>>>> CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ONLINE SHOP

New to ordering Stampin’ Up! products in Australia? Check out this easy How To Order guide.

 

It’s here! Stampin’ Up! Catalogue Australia

I’m thrilled to bits with the new catalogue, and can’t wait to share some of the amazing new products with you – both in person and online.

But for now…. I’m going shopping!

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

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