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Ready for Christmas Staircase Bundle #1

Published by under cards | Jul 28 2017

[See below for the link to measurements for this card]

 

One of the perks of going on the Thailand Incentive Trip with Stampin’ Up! is that we have permission to share some sneak peeks of new catalogue products with you.

We were so spoilt with many, many products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.

 

Do you remember that gorgeous bag I showed you on the trip highlights post? The one we got as a pillow gift?

Stampin' Up! Thailand Incentive Trip - pillow gift Travel Bag

Well, look what I’ve been storing inside it….

Squeeal!!!! Stampin’ Up! are sooooo generous.

The Holiday (Christmas) catalogue goes live on September 1st 2017, so I’m not going to show it all just yet… 

However, I do have a fun project to share with you today.

In fact it’s one from the presentation I did at the Share Fair in Thailand.

This was a card I had on display, and it’s a mix of old and new products.

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

The window frame may look familiar – it’s from the Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. And trust me, if you don’t already have those dies, you’ll definitely want to order them now!

And you may recognise the Brick Wall embossing folder.

 

Can you notice any new products in there?

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

This card is a modified version of the ‘double front card’ layout, with a couple of flip-up layers.

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

 

Here’s the first layer we could see behind the ‘window’…

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

 

And this layer lifts up too, to reveal another layer….

Oh my! That staircase!

 

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

 

I’m loving those pine boughs too. Do you want to know something really cool?

Six of those pine boughs fit perfectly over the stamped image of the Christmas tree. As in, they are an EXACT match!

Three on the bottom, two in the middle row, and one pointing straight up for the point of the tree.

No need to fuss around trying to get the branches into a lovely tree shape. Just stamp the tree image, then stick the boughs over the top.

Coordination at its finest, and oh so clever.

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas bundle meets Hearth & Home bundle, to create an adorable double front card. From www.simonebartrum.com. Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek.

 

This is the fabulous 20 piece Ready For Christmas stamp set and 20 piece Christmas Staircase thinlits, and it was my absolute joy to create with it in the weeks leading up to the Thailand Incentive Trip.

Christmas Staircase framelit dies. Includes 3 leaf dies and 2 branch dies, to reduce your operating time on the Big Shot.

 

Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready For Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase framelit dies. Simone Bartrum's display for the Thailand Incentive Trip - Share Fair presentation.

 

 

I have loads more projects, hints & tips to share with you over the weeks and months ahead, especially to do with the staircase part of this set. So make sure you don’t miss out on any of it! The best way? Follow me on Facebook or subscribe to my blog posts. There’s a spot over in the sidebar of my blog where you can sign up for email notifications of new posts.

[Edited: You can now see more projects with this bundle here and here]

 

 

Need the measurements?

Click HERE to download instructions for this card.

 

 

If you would like to get your hands on Christmas products EARLY then now is the perfect time to get the starter kit and join my beautiful team of crafters.

Are you in Australia?  Join Stampin’ Up! for only AUD$169 and get $350+ worth of products (plus catalogues and other cool stuff) AND you can see the Christmas catalogue online *T*O*D*A*Y* (Gasp! You really can!)More info about joining in Australia -> Click here


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Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase Thinlits dies (available as a bundle in the 2017 Stampin' Up! holiday catalogue), meet Hearth & Home dies.

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Stampin' Up! staircase: Ready for Christmas stamp set and Christmas Staircase framelits dies (more samples at www.simonebartrum.com)

 

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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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Stampin' Up! Thailand Incentive Trip (Simone Bartrum)

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.

You Fill Me With Happiness

 

 

 

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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