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Jan 09 2012

Stocking Punch Baby Card (and an organisation tip)

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Punches on Ikea towel railsHow do you organise your craft supplies?

I have all my punches hanging on cheap Ikea towel rails above a low book shelf, and the new style punches are stacked neatly underneath.

Easy to reach, I can see them all at a glance and by going up the wall they don't take any of my valuable desk space!


(Mind you, it doesn't seem to matter how big my desk is, I always end up working in an area about the size of a postage stamp because the rest of the desk is covered! Is it just me?)


I was talking to a crafting buddy recently who stores all her supplies by category. She has a box for all Christmas-related products – stamps, embellishments, papers, etc. We were chatting about the stocking punch and she was debating whether to 'put it away for Christmas'. My reply was: Noooooo! The stocking punch isn't just for Christmas!

A quick search on Google will show you heaps of different uses for this punch. I shared some Christmas related projects with it last year, but there's so much more to this one!

A little while back I made this baby card using the Stocking Builder punch and Stitched Stockings stamp set.

Baby card made with Stocking Punch and stamp set

I was inspired by another crafter but can't find her blog now (I'll keep looking and will update here when I find it).


DID YOU KNOW… that the Stocking Punch will NOT be carrying over into the new catalogue when it's released later this year?
When the Summer Mini Catalogue finishes you'll no longer be able to order it through Stampin' Up! We also got notification that "Once the current inventory of this punch has been depleted, it will no longer be available for purchase.".


One of my favourite things to do with my craft supplies is to use them in other ways than they were originally designed for. You get so much more value out of your purchases that way.

How do you use your supplies in interesting and unusual ways? I'd love to hear them.

Happy stamping,


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Jul 27 2010

Our New Baby

Published by under Fabrics & Textiles


Awwwwww… isn't she cute?

This is our new roly-poly bundle of love: a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who we've named LUCY. A big thanks to breeders Karen and Stacey (who co-incidentally both happen to be two of the most creative and talented papercrafters I've met) for bringing this huggable and lovable puppy into our lives.

My 6 year old daughter insisted we make Lucy a special "blanky" (aka blanket) and of course it had to have Lucy's name on it. Yay for the Big Shot (again) and Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlits dies for coming to the rescue. It was actually heaps of fun to make and helped pass the time while we waited for Lucy's arrival.

Happy stamping,

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Jun 19 2009

Baby Cards

Published by under Paperific

A friend asked me to make some baby cards, so I had lots of fun with one of the cutest sets of all time (in my humble opinion!): Wild About You.

Recognise the lion’s mane? Yep, it’s one of the felt flowers from Flower Fusion Too (p144 IBC).

On Saturday I’ll be at Paperific with some other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators doing what we love to do… making cards and talking about stamping! There’ll be Make & Takes all day long, as well as demonstrations. Make sure you come and say hi!

If you’re visiting this blog after meeting me at the show then Welcome! Thanks for dropping by. If you’d like more info about anything we chatted about at Paperific, or just to say hi, then drop me an line and I’ll get back to you in a jiffy.

Happy Stamping,

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Oct 22 2018

Happy 30th Birthday Stampin’ Up!

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Happy 30th birthday Stampin' Up! - 15% off Select Stamps


What were you doing in 1988?


Can you remember the permed hair and shoulder pads? [I was only 15 years old but they were burned in my memory!]

In Australia in 1988 we were listening to ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ by Kylie Minogue (who also happened to win the Gold Logie that year for Neighbours), and every radio station was belting out John Farnham’s ‘Age of Reason’.

On TV we were watching Sale of the Century, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and The Comedy Company. 


Can you believe that was all 30 years ago? 


And back in October 1988, two sisters were creating a new business called Stampin’ Up!. They were sourcing a range of paper crafting products; they were helping others share the art of rubber stamping; and they were bringing people together. They packed orders from their living room with the help of their families.

So much has changed in that time, yet at the heart of things it’s still the same.


Happy 30th birthday Stampin’ Up!


All year long we’ve celebrated Stampin’ Up’s 30th birthday (remember the ’80’s night we had back in April?) but it’s all coming to a head with a 24-hour stamp sale to celebrate the occasion.



24-Hour Birthday Stamp Sale


For ONE DAY ONLY on TUESDAY 23rd OCTOBER you’ll save 15% on select stamp sets!

Download the full list of sale items WITH PRICES here or scroll down to see pictures.

[Note: The pictures below link to the clear-mount version of the sets, but you can also get the wood-mount stamps at 15% off too] 





There are some absolute beauties in this collection, so now is a great time to grow your collection. 

Download flyer with prices

Click to download PDF flyer


Visit Online Store – Remember, the sale is on TUESDAY! 


Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! demonstrators get a minimum of 20% off all products, even on sale items? Learn more here

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May 31 2018

Review: The New-Look Stampin’ Up! Colour Collections

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2018 Stampin' Up! colour revamp -

With the launch of the 2018-2019 annual catalogue, we are shaking up the Stampin’ Up! colour collections to make sure all our inks, cardstock and coordinating products tick all the boxes:

Colours that we love and colours that we need to make our projects look complete.

We spent some time saying goodbye to the retiring colours, so now its time to say helllllooooooo new Colour Collections.




Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The Brights

These fun colours are sure to catch the eye.

Poppy Parade was a popular In Color® from a couple of years ago that has made a welcome comeback. It’s brighter than Real Red! It almost has an orangey tone to it, if you know what I mean. And of course Flirty Flamingo was an In Color that was due to retire this year. Instead of finishing up, it has secured a coveted spot in the core colour collection!

Out of all the colour changes, the one I’m MOST excited about is the return of Coastal Cabana. Oh my goodness… I LOVED this colour when it was an In Color and like many others was so sad when it retired. Very happy to see it back and here to stay.

One of the most frequent requests I hear about the Stampin’ Up! colour range is the need for more purples. Well, we aim to please. Gorgeous Grape is the brightest of the new purples.. and yes, there are a few!




Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The Regals

Bow down and make way for the Regals! These royal colours bring a richness to any project.

Blackberry Bliss is another popular In Color from earlier years. Not many other changes to this collection, although you’ll see that Real Red was displaced from the Brights (thanks to Poppy Parade!) so has found a new home here with the Regals.

It might take a little while to get used to Real Red’s inclusion here (old habits, being what they are) but you know what, looking at all these colours together I have to say it totally fits. Good job Stampin’ Up!.




Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The Subtles

There’s nothing subtle about how gorgeous the Subtles collection is! Sometimes a loud and bright card is just what the occasion calls for, but when you want something understated in its beauty and elegance, the Subtles collection gives you the exact colours you need.

And hold on to your hats because this colour collection is welcoming FOUR brand new colours.

Petal Pink is lovely and sweet, Soft Sea Foam is fast heading towards being a new favourite (and looks stunning with Tranquil Tide), and Balmy Blue is that adorable baby blue we’ve been asking for. Highland Heather is the softer of the new purples, and looks fab with Gorgeous Grape.

And Mint Macaron… well, what can I say. I don’t think I’ve ever used more of a single colour of cardstock than I have of Mint Macaron. An In Color from a few years back, I think I nearly cried when it went away (not kidding). There were quite literally cheers at our recent convention when we learnt that Mint Macaron was coming back.




Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The Neutrals

If you think the Neutrals will be dull and boring, well think again. The latest Colour Revamp gave us a big surprise with the inclusion of real colours to the neutrals. Not just shades of brown and grey anymore… a few colours have moved into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colourful.

And it makes sense. Many of us use Night of Navy as a neutral these days (think of denim jeans, they go with nearly everything). And Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow means we have Christmas colours in every colour collection. So clever!


The Basics


But hang on – are you wondering where Black, White and Vanilla are?

They have formed their own little posse called The Basics.

And as an FYI: With the reintroduction of Stazon Black ink, plus the return of Memento Black ink, there was no need for the Basic Black ink as well so it won’t be going forward in the 2018-2019 annual Catalogue.

Do you get confused about which black ink to use? Remember, it depends on what you’re going to do with the stamped image.

• If you’re colouring with watercolour supplies (like ink, blender pens, pencils, etc) then use Stazon Black ink.

• If you’re colouring with alcohol markers like the Stampin’ Blends, then you’ll need to use Memento ink so the outline stays nice and crisp.



In Colors®


Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The 2018-2020 In Colors

The next stop on our colour caravan is the 2018–20 In Colors! Including Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch, these colours are a bouquet of hues that lend well to any project. They are very bright!

Stampin' Up! Colour Revamp - The 2017-2019 In Colors


Back for another year is Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist (make the most of this one!), Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig. They pair amazingly well with many of our new colours too.


Regarding the spelling…


Does it annoy you when you see the spelling of color instead of colour? Or worse, a mixture of both?

Fun fact: Here in Australia we use colour with a ‘u’, but because ‘In Color®‘ is the registered brand name we have to spell it without the u.

I know, I know… it looks a bit weird, especially when we are mixing them up, but it makes sense when you understand why.


Bring on the new Stampin’ Up! Colour Revamp


So there you go! My review of the new Stampin’ Up! colour collections.

If you have any of the retiring colours then LUCKY YOU! You’ll be able to use them as much as you want. But if you are ready to add some new exciting colours to your collection, which will help invigorate your existing collection, then check out the amazing range from 1st June 2018 in my online store.

It’s great that Stampin’ Up! are keeping our product range current and fresh and on trend. Exciting times ahead.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria











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Mar 08 2017

CI05: Colour INKspiration – Stampin’ Up! Little Cuties

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Stampin' Up! Little Cuties stamp set, with this fortnight's colour combo of Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand

#CI05: Hello Baby Card from



It’s a big call, I know. But I have to say it.

This colour combination is my favourite so far!

The challenge this time was to use Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand.

And how adorable is our inspiration board? Love it! Bronwyn Eastley, the creator of Colour INKspiration challenges, is a genius at coming up with these fantastic colour combos inspired by other images.


I think I must have babies on the brain at the moment, so that’s the theme I went with.

Some friends are having babies, others are becoming grandparents for the very first time (how exciting!), and we had a few requests to do baby cards in stamp club this month too.

The lovely soft pastel colours are ideal for a baby card – although it was a little more challenging to use the colours on a single project.

This is what I ended up with….


#CI05: Hello Baby Card from

This is an oversized card, which is 14.5cm x 14.5cm.

It features the Little Cuties stamp set from the Occasions catalogue, and the ‘hello’ and ‘baby’ stamps from Tin of Cards stamp set.

Also dabbled with a little bit of watercolour wash on the Shimmery White cardstock. Shimmery White gives great results for this kind of colouring, because it is more resistant to all the water that goes on. The rocking part was paper pieced onto the base – stamped and fussy cut from Sahara Sand cardstock.


#CI05: Hello Baby Card from


Really lovely, soft colours that work beautifully together. Sahara Sand is a great neutral colour.



#CI05: Hello Baby Card from


The Blushing Bride ribbon is a handy one for the collection too.

I hope you are enjoying seeing all the other projects using this colour combo – you can continue along the hop to visit Jackie’s blog here.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



I hope you enjoyed this 5th Colour INKspiration challenge. Each fortnight the crew inspires you with a blog hop as we unveil the new challenge colours, and you can join in on our challenge page! Come and join us. For a little bit of extra fun, each week the crew will pick a winner, and there’ll be a people’s choice winner too.  


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