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YCCI International: From My Heart

Published by under cards | Feb 02 2020

During the month of January our new group of YCCI (You Can Create It – International) subscribers received their quarterly packets of happy mail.

The box included a variety of products to experiment with – one for each month of January to March – plus bonus products to use at any time.

This is the packet they created with during January…

It included two heart doilies in Flirty Flamingo and Real Red colours, a generous length of Real Red Double-Stitched Satin Ribbon, thick Whisper White cardstock and a few Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

What would you create with these items?

It’s fun to let your imagination go wild.

This is what I made…

It was such a fun card our stamp club groups are making this one in February, along with a couple of other cards.

Hearts aren’t just for Valentines Day! So far we have turned this card into a birthday card, ‘my heart is with you’ card and a Thinking of You card just by changing the sentiment.

This card uses some of the gorgeous shimmery paper from the From My Heart Specialty Series Paper pack.

Design Team Projects

Would you like to see what the design team came up with? Once again, a fabulous array of talented creativity.

Subscriber Creations

One of our Aussie YCCI subscribers was super speedy and shared her January creation with me only a day after opening her packet. Many thanks Debbie!

Would you like to play along?

Just gather up these same supplies and see what you can come up with.

Let’s create!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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New Products and Joining Bonuses

Published by under cards | Jan 06 2020

The NEW Mini Catalogue is officially live and Sale-a-bration has begun. Our favourite time of the year, and the BEST time to shop Stampin’ Up! or join our amazing community.  

New Mini Catalogue

Open and flick through the online Mini Catalogue (click image above)

Browse the online store for new products HERE

Gifts With Purchase

Between now and the end of March 2020 you’ll earn free Sale-a-bration gifts with qualifying purchases. Most of these items to choose from are available when your order reaches $90, although some can only be redeemed when you place a $180 order.

There’s no limit to how many gifts you choose!

The more you spend, the more free products you can choose.

I’m loving these adorable meerkats at the moment. So cute! One of the options you can choose as your free stamp set.

And don’t forget you’ll still earn the usual Stampin’ Rewards of at least 10% back in free products when your total order reaches $250.

This really is the perfect time to stock up on your Stampin’ Up! supplies!

View the free gifts to choose from HERE

Joining Bonuses

Interested in joining or re-joining Stampin’ Up!? There’s no better time to join than during Sale-A-Bration, when you get special perks that you won’t see any other time of year. 

Sign up now and you’ll score:

  • a BONUS mini paper cutter (guillotine-style which is absolutely perfect for keeping close at hand when crafting),
  • a FREE 6″ x 6″ paper sampler and
  • your choice of an EXTRA stamp set [Hot tip: This set can be any value so go ahead and choose the most expensive one on your wish list]

You’ll also get the usual benefits of joining:

  • products of your choice to the value of $235
  • handy business supplies valued at $80 which includes catalogues and all the paperwork you need to get started should you choose to kick off your own business
  • Free Delivery on the whole big box! 

That’s potentially over $400 worth of goodies for a total cost of only $169.

This is the gift that keeps on giving too, because after you get this starter kit you’ll be eligible for 20% off your future Stampin’ Up! purchases

I can’t wait to welcome you to my gorgeous team. Email me with any questions, or go ahead and join now at

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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YCCI International: Feels Like Frost

Published by under cards | Jan 02 2020

Happy New Year!

A very warm welcome back for 2020. I still can’t believe we are even saying ‘twenty twenty’! Crazy that’s it’s already 2 decades since the turn of the millennium.

But here we are, and we’re welcoming in the new year with the final YCCI (You Can Create It – International) Challenge from the previous quarter.

Our subscribers had a fun packet to create with during December…

It included a two pieces of the gorgeous Feels Like Frost Specialty paper (with silver on the reverse side), a panel of Vellum and a generous length of Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon.

This is what I created…

It also uses some Whisper White cardstock (for the inside) and a Night of Navy card base – both of which were included in the ‘extra items’ for our YCCI subscribers.

It was a little tricky stamping on the vellum, so I covered the stamped sentiment with clear embossing powder then heat set it. This ensured that the Navy ink wouldn’t run on the vellum.

And here is another idea. This card was actually the monthly kit I sent out to team members in September, but it uses the same supplies.

Design Team Projects

Would you like to see what the design team came up with? They have outdone themselves yet again.

Register Your Interest

  • Registration for the next quarter (January – March kits) IS NOW CLOSED.
  • I am now taking names for the April-June 2020 quarterly kits.
  • Message me via Facebook or email to secure your spot.
  • First-time subscribers: AUD$25 per quarter including delivery.
  • You will get 3 x monthly kits (one each for April, May, June) PLUS an extra full-size item from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogues PLUS extra materials (such as cardstock and embellishments) that you can use to finish off your monthly project.
  • All items are beautifully packaged in a secure box and delivered to your door.
YCCI International Design Team Project: Simone Bartrum

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Clearance Rack: New stock added

Published by under cards | Dec 17 2019

Run, don’t walk. I just heard the news and couldn’t wait to share it with you…

Dozens of new items have been added to the Clearance Rack. But stock is very limited and won’t last long.

Visit the Clearance Rack here

Sometimes the page takes a few seconds to load the new products when you’re scrolling down, but keep scrolling – there are LOADS of new products there as of right now.

> Shop the Clearance Rack here <

Current host code: 4WGYM6D9

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Free Shipping – This Wednesday only

Published by under cards | Dec 09 2019

It’s coming for ONE. DAY. ONLY.

Free Shipping* on
Wednesday 11th December
12.01am – 11.59pm

(Yep, that’s this Wednesday)

Alarm Set? Check
Wish list updated? Check
Ready to save some money? Absolutely check!

But whatever you do… don’t forget. Or you’ll be kicking yourself on Thursday!

Come back on Wednesday and click the blue button below…

Click here to visit our online store

Click here to visit our online store

* Minimum order AUD $45

This is a fabulous time to stock up on those crafty essentials that you might be running low on, like:

  • Adhesives
  • White cardstock
  • Ink refill
  • Christmas presents (for someone else or for you!)

This is especially important if you have time off over Christmas/New Year and plan to get some serious crafting done. Oh that sounds like heaven, doesn’t it! xxxx

Check that you’ve got the essentials and maybe even some fun new stuff to get your creativity going.
Hot tip: The kits are always a great place to start.

If you think you might forget on Wednesday or have a busy day planned, just email your order by Wednesday and I’ll take care of it all.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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An Update from Simone – and plans for 2020

Published by under cards | Dec 06 2019

Hi friends,

It’s been a while since I popped in for a little chit-chat and to let you know what’s happening in my corner of the world. So today’s the day. A blogging version of the ‘Christmas letter’.

How has 2019 been for you? It has been a full-on year for our family, with my youngest starting high school and my oldest going off to university. I even picked up a part-time job at the start of 2019 which has given me the opportunity to develop all kinds of new skills. My 3 kids continue to amaze me with their achievements, but more importantly I’ve loved seeing their independence grow. This of course comes with mixed feelings, as any mother of teens will understand! Change is the only constant in life, as the saying goes. They are definitely growing up.

My Stampin’ Up! business continues to be my main focus work-wise and one that I love even after 12 wonderful years. Monthly stamp clubs are still going strong here in Creswick/Ballarat, with technique clubs and workshops all over the region.

Due to strong interest and increasing numbers, I’m adding a new monthly stamp club session in 2020! So we’ll now offer the following classes:

  • Monday 1pm-2.30pm
  • Thursday 2.30-4pm and
  • Saturday 10am-11.30am

Now is the perfect time for new members to sign up for the coming year, but I’m also opening this to casual class attendees for $15 per class (space permitting) if you need a bit more flexibility.

It warms my heart that people still love to gather and craft together, especially when I see the amazing connections that happen around the crafting table. I truly believe that the need to connect and share experiences is a need that will always be here, just as it has for generations before us.

In October I hosted my first full day retreat at the local RSL hall. All attendees got the fabulous Most Wonderful Time product medley box, a full trestle table to work on for the day, fully catered with yummy food and homemade slices, and also a stack of make & takes.

It was such a brilliant day, and I’ll definitely be holding more classes there again in 2020, with the first one being on Saturday February 15 (you’re hearing it here first!). Message me to express your interest or stay tuned for more info.

A few weeks ago I went to Sydney for a Stampin’ Up! event where we got our hands on the NEW upcoming Mini Catalogue (yes, it’s had a name change and has gone back to what we called it many years ago) and also Sale-a-bration brochure. At well over 50 pages it’s not exactly ‘mini’ but I guess it is compared to the big annual catalogue! There are sooooo many fabulous new products to keep us inspired and creating, I can’t wait for you to see it. If you have purchased through me in the past year, keep an eye on your letterbox for your complimentary catalogues. They are being posted from Sydney on 6th December. Exciting!

Our annual awards and recognitions were also announced in recent weeks and I was thrilled and delighted (and a little shocked!) to again earn a Top 25 Australia Overall spot, in addition to awards in sales, team growth and leadership. Thank you so much to my valued customers and team members.

So, what can you expect from me in 2020?

As your creative coach and Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I hope I have something to offer everyone…

  • ONLINE: Online shop open 24/7 so you can stock up on your craft supplies at a time and place that suits you
  • BY MAIL: Sign up for my quarterly YCCI packs so you can create along with our international team of demonstrators. Packs are delivered to your door on a quarterly basis for $25 including postage.
  • IN PERSON: Monthly stamp clubs for signed-up members, casual classes for $15, workshops to earn host rewards, monthly craft days for team members. All in Central Victoria, Australia.
  • CRAFT SHOWS: Visit me in person at Ballarat CraftAlive 3-5 April 2020, Australia. Save the date!

The Holiday Catalogue Retiring List has been released. As usual, some of the products will be gone for good while others will carry over so you can keep buying them next year.

And for the first time ever, some items will go on a ‘break’ after Christmas and will return for next year’s Christmas mini catalogue. How clever is that!

Holiday-to-Holiday Catalogue Carryover Products

  • Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (item 150705)
  • Christmas Countdown Project Kit (item 150703)
    • Please note: The coordinating Christmas Countdown Stamp Set (item 151833) will not carry over.
  • Jingle Bells Embellishments (item 149598)
  • Snowflake Sequins Embellishments (item 150443)
  • Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 150444)
  • Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper (item 150432)
  • Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 150429)
  • Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set (item 150464)
  • Gleaming Ornament Punch Pack (item 150647)
  • Merry Moose Stamp Set (item 150494)
  • Moose Punch (item 150652)
  • Gather Together Stamp Set (item 150589)
  • Gathered Leaves Dies (item 150662)

These items won’t be available from January but will return later in 2020 as we start thinking about Christmas again.

We even have a small number of retiring items that are on sale at up to 30% off, but only while supplies last.

You can download the full list of everything carrying over HERE. Remember that the asterisk ( * ) means that the items are coming back in the next Christmas catalogue but won’t be available in the meantime. If you have any questions, just ask.

Well that’s all from me today. If you got to the end, well done! Leave me a comment below to say hello and so I can wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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