A little chat… and a card, of course

Published by under cards | Mar 15 2018

Hi friends,

Goodness, it’s been a while since I last updated my blog. I’m still posting regularly over on my Stampin’ with Simone Facebook page – so make sure you follow that page for all the latest news – but my poor site here has been a little neglected.

But today’s the day!

I thought I’d say hello and share a few things that I’ve been up to recently. But first, some creative inspiration for you.


Eclectic Layers Thank You Card

This was my customer thank you card that went out recently, and features the Eclectic Layers dies, Hexagons embossing folder and Celebrate You (Sale-a-bration freebie) thinlits – among a few other things. It was inspired by a card that was in our quarterly demonstrator magazine.

I love the assortment of shapes and patterns on this card, and all the texture just feels so decadent. You can’t help but touch it.



My Happiness Project

How is it that only just now it feels like the year is getting underway? But we’re already halfway through March! Anyone else?

This is my last year with all three kids in school, so time very much feels like it’s slipping though my fingers. I read the book The Happiness Project last year, by Gretchen Rubin, which documents the author’s year in which she focused on a different life category each month with the ultimate goal of becoming an all-round happier and more joyful person. I’d like to think I’m pretty happy most of the time, but hey you can’t have too much happy!

Anyway, the book had a big impact on me, so I’ve gone about creating my own Happiness Project during 2018. It has been amazing so far! Even with some unscheduled hospital visits and surgery, it’s still a wonderful year.

From doing my Happiness Project, I have discovered that I love running (and if you know me well, please try reeeeeally hard not to laugh at that). I know, my family can’t believe it either. The kids are wondering what happened to their mum!

To be fair, it’s more like jogging…

And maybe from a distance it looks more like a shuffle LOL but I’ve discovered I actually LOVE it. We have a lake near our house, so this is the view I have when I’m jogging…

You can see why it might be addictive.

My next focus with the Happiness Project is ‘Decluttering’, so lets hope that becomes a new joyful hobby too!



Upcoming Classes

On the stamping front, if you are a newsletter subscriber you’ll know that the 2018 Class Schedule is out.

In addition to my regular stamp clubs, team events and in-home workshops and classes, there’s a new event for those who are close to Ballarat, Victoria: Coffee & Cards at Beechworth Bakery.

My good friend Debbie and I are co-hosting this monthly event on a Wednesday morning, and we had our first event there yesterday.

It’s such a gorgeous location: the Reading Room at the back of the cafe, surrounding by Encyclopedia Britannicas, wood-panelled walls and delicious coffee (or tea, or chai latte or hot chocolate – mmm yum).

It’s very casual and relaxed, and is designed to just be a quick creative fix while you enjoy a morning cuppa.

Learn more about the events here and hopefully you can join us next time.



And if you want to stay on a bit longer and enjoy a bee sting or one of the other yummy treats, well I certainly won’t stop you! xxx


Sale-a-bration: THIRD Release

Are you thinking of placing a Stampin’ Up! order before the end of March?

Well get excited, because there are now even MORE free gifts to choose from with a qualifying order.

Fourteen catalogue items were added to the list overnight. See them here.

You can have a good look at ALL of the level 1 Sale-a-bration gifts here (free with $90 order).

And check out all the level 2 gifts here (free with $180 order).


So there you go! Thanks for stopping by today, and listening to me waffle on. xxx

Now that life is getting back to some kind of routine, I’m looking forward to checking back in here more often and hopefully bringing some more crafty inspiration to your day.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria















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2 Responses to “A little chat… and a card, of course”

  1. Erinon 15 Mar 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I got half way through that book a few years ago – i really must pick it up again! Well i think i could get into running with views like that too!

    Beautiful project Simone!

  2. Simoneon 15 Mar 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks Erin! It must have been one of those right time, right place kind of books for me, because it spurred me to action some things I’d been thinking about for a while anyway. And I can relate about having a half read book… I’ve got plenty of those too! One of my other goals this year is to read a book a month. So far so good! This month its a book called “Stretch” by Scott Sonenschein – very interesting.

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