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CTC 277: Inspired by the colours of Flowers for Every Season

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CTC 277: Simone Bartrum

It’s so wonderful to be back with the CTC Crew as we take inspiration from the Stampin’ Up! catalogues and bring you another CASE-ing The Catty challenge (CASE = Copy and Selectively Edit).

And this week is a very special occasion as we celebrate the 6th Anniversary since the very first ‘CASE-ing the Catty’ challenge!

I joined the team back in September 2015 which was the 47th challenge… can you believe we’re up to #277 now?! How amazing. It just goes to show, the Stampin’ Up! catalogues truly are one of THE best sources of inspiration you can find. If you are ever at a loss as to what to make, just open up the catalogue. There you will find colours palettes, layouts, sketches, themes and more, ready and waiting for you to adapt and make it your own.

This week for our CTC Challenge, we turn to the colours of the Flowers for Every Season paper – Magenta Madness, Cinnamon Cider, Bumble Bee, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight. Poppy Parade is also in that colour theme, although I didn’t use it in my project.

I used those colours with my latest purchase… the So Much Happy bundle of stamps and dies.

CTC 277: Simone Bartrum

This was such a fun card to make.

I started with a top-fold card in Basic Black cardstock, and cut the word Happy with the special die from the Happy dies. In the same pass, I cut out a balloon window to add a bit of extra dimension to the card. When it’s closed, you can’t really tell that the Bumblebee balloon is actually on the inside of the card.

CTC 277: Simone Bartrum

Would you like to have a go at this week’s challenge? To join in, all you have to do is make a project with the colours listed above. Then simply take a photo of your project and upload it to the CASEing The Catty Challenge group on Facebook. Each challenge will end at 7pm (AEST) on Saturday before the next challenge is posted. We pick some winners each week, but most importantly it’s a fun way to get out of your creative comfort zone and try something new. 

https://simonebartrum.com/inspired-by-flowers-for-every-season/

So Much Happy bundle (stamp set and dies by Stampin' Up!). Project created by Simone Bartrum

For more inspiration, click on Monique’s link below and check out her gorgeous project.

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Thanks for visiting!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Colour Combo featuring Poppy Moments cut-out [The Spot #119]

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Colour Combo featuring Poppy Moments cut-out [The Spot #119] Created by Simone Bartrum

Hi friends,

It’s great to be back again with The Spot Creative Challenge and this time it’s a colour challenge.

You can find the link to this week’s challenge page here.

Colour Combo [The Spot #119]

This week we were invited to use the colours Magenta Madness, Black, Gold and Pool Party.

Phew – That was a good challenge for me! Definitely got me out of my comfort zone.

Here is what I came up with:

Colour Combo featuring Poppy Moments cut-out [The Spot #119] created by Simone Bartrum

There’s a fair bit going on with this card, and it morphed into different versions along the way.

In the end, I settled on it being a large square card – 13.5cm x 13.5cm – on a Pool Party base.

Embossing Folders & Dies

One of the layers was dressed up with the Scripty embossing folder, the sentiment cut from the Well Written dies, the black frame from Ornate Layers and a tiny loop of Magenta ribbon.

The main die cut shape across the middle is from the Poppy Moments dies.

Such an unusual die!
It cuts out the negative pieces and leaves the shape intact on the card stock.

I cut a matching piece in gold foil and also Magenta Madness to layer behind it.

I added an Adhesive Sheet to the cardstock before die cutting. Let me tell you… it was a game changer!

Using Adhesive Sheets when die-cutting

That stuff is MAGIC.

You just need to peel off one side of the backing paper and attach it to your cardstock before die cutting. Instant sticker! Too easy.

And the cool thing is, you can’t tell in the picture above but the gold piece also had an adhesive sheet attached so I peeled that one off and layered into a third piece – in Magenta Madness. So fun.

Colour Combo featuring Poppy Moments cut-out [The Spot #119]

The result is something pretty unusual.

On certain angles you can mainly see the pink of the Magenta Madness cardstock as the dominant colour. Then you turn it on a different angle and all you can see is the shiny gold foil.

So cool!

Join the challenge

All you have to do is a make a project in these same colours, then jump over to the The Spot page to Challenge #119, scroll down and you’ll see where you can upload your project.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a blog or Instagram to link to, just click on the ‘add without link’ option and you can still share your photo. Remember that the photo will crop to a square, so keep that in mind when taking your photos.

Until next time…

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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Triple Easel Card

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Triple easel card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies. Project created by Simone Bartrum, Australia.

Welcome friends,

Today’s project is a triple easel card, and features the stamp set Friend Like You and the coordinating Friendly Silhouettes dies.

The easel card is my contribution to the latest ColourINKspiration challenge #81. This week it’s all about Cinnamon Cider, Real Red, Crumb Cake and white.

Colour INKspiration Challenge #181


The 3 panels

It’s a little tricky to photograph, but hopefully this side-view image makes a bit more sense.

Triple easel card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies. Project created by Simone Bartrum, Australia.

Back Panel

Here is a close-up view of the back panel.

Triple easel card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies. Project created by Simone Bartrum, Australia.

One of the dies in the Friendly Silhouettes pack includes this negative cut-out die of the trees. It’s really very clever how It works.

Friendly Silhouette Dies
Friendly Silhouettes dies

Middle Panel

And here is the middle panel, which includes an embossed Crumb Cake layer, and a stitched square of white Cardstock with 2-step stamped images from the Friend Like You stamp set.

Triple easel card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies. Project created by Simone Bartrum, Australia.

Front Panel

And finally, on the front panel we have the die cut reeds, which have been lightly coloured in Cinnamon Cider ink with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add definition to the cattails.

Triple easel card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies. Project created by Simone Bartrum, Australia.

Easel Stopper

A little raised die-cut dragonfly acts as the stopper for the easel card, and keeps all the layers standing up.

Triple easel card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies. Project created by Simone Bartrum, Australia.

Folding the Triple Easel Card

When closed, the three panels collapse down on top of each other so it is a standard size when flat – 10.5cm x 14.5cm.

It fits perfectly into a regular C6 envelope. Nice!

Fold flat! Triple easel card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies. Project created by Simone Bartrum, Australia.

There’s plenty of room to write your message under the folding easel layers too.

Triple easel card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Friend Like You stamp set and Friendly Silhouette dies. Project created by Simone Bartrum, Australia.

Measurements

This card was based on a few different versions but they were all in imperial measurements and started with US letter size paper. I have modified this to be in centimetres and to fit our A4 Cardstock with minimal cardstock wastage.

I’ve jotted the measurements down, but am in the process of putting together a tutorial for this card.

When complete, I’ll email the A4 tutorial to all my customers who place an order with me this month (you’ll need to give permission for me to access your email address when you place your online order). I hope you enjoy this extra little thank you for shopping with me. xxx


If you would like to have a go at creating with these colours, jump over to the Colour INKspiration Facebook Group where we encourage everyone to join in by uploading their projects. You’ll also find all the Design Team members projects in an album, plus see all the projects created by others. Oodles of inspiration for you.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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Make Your Own Patterned Paper [The Spot #118]

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Welcome! Today I’m sharing my first challenge card as a design team member for The Spot Creative Challenge.

About THE SPOT CREATIVE CHALLENGE:

Each week our Design Team of international creatives share projects based on a new challenge. It could be a sketch, a technique, a colour challenge or – as it is in this week – a theme challenge.

Each Tuesday at 9pm (Syd/Mel time) you’ll see a new challenge post on the challenge website (click to visit). You can play along, and if you want you can even enter your card in the weekly challenge by uploading your project (and you don’t even need a blog!).
A winner will be chosen each week.

So this week, it’s all about making your own patterned papers (or DSP, Designer Series Paper, as we call it with Stampin’ Up! lingo).

Building the Design

Step 1

Stamp a full sheet of white cardstock in Seaside Spray ink using the hydrangea stamp from Beautiful Friendship.

Step 2

Add the Misty Moonlight flowers, and then the Gray Granite leaves.

Step 3

Fill any smaller gaps with a smaller stamp from the same set, this time in Crumb Cake ink.

Step 4

Add highlights to the dark blue Misty Moonlight flowers with a white watercolour pencil.

The hand-stamped patterned paper is trimmed to size, adhered to coordinating matt layers and a piece of torn vellum (sponged on the tear line) is wrapped around the panel.

The final step is to wrap linen thread around the matt layer before adhering it all to the Gray Granite card base.

Add a stamped greeting and layer it with punched and die-cut shapes.


Your Challenge

So here’s a challenge for you.

Have a look through your stamp collection and pull out any stamp/s that would make great ‘patterned paper’. Grab some inks and stamp, stamp, stamp. Then (if you want to play along) jump over to The Spot and upload a photo of your project. Have fun!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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July news: $9 Vouchers and a big Thank You

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Hi friends,

Welcome to a brand new month. I heard this referred to as day 147 of March and I couldn’t agree more… what a strange year this has been.

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and staying well.

Here in my part of the world we are dealing with sub-zero temperatures overnight and (mostly) sunny afternoons. It’s a beautiful. time of year, regardless of the weather.

But you’re not here to talk about the weather, you want to know what Stampin’ Up! are offering for the month of July – amIright? lol

It’s BONUS DAYS time again!

From now until the 3rd of August, you’ll earn a $9 voucher for every $90 of shopping. Spend $180 and you’ll get 2 x $9 vouchers.

The vouchers will be emailed to you in the form of a ‘Coupon Code’ – so make sure you hang on to those codes and don’t delete them.

From the 4th of August you can redeem those vouchers. How cool! A free shopping spree sounds good to me.


In the meantime, the next #greataustraliancraftshow is upon us. Sadly we still can’t do in-person craft shows, but these online craft shows have taken on a life of their own and are hugely popular.

It’s all happening over on Facebook from Thursday 2nd July to Sunday 5th July, so pop over and say g’day. I’ll be online for chats, giveaways, inspiration and a healthy dose of fun & games.


I also want to take this opportunity to thank my valued customers for their amazing support. You are truly valued and appreciated each and every year – but especially this year during such an uncertain time. I love helping you to stay creative and am honoured that you choose me as your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

June was an amazing month for me as I reached big sales milestone (400,000) with Stampin’ Up! and also earned my 11th incentive trip. We are off to Hawaii next year (if international travel is allowed). Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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YCCI: Watercolour Sunflower

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This month the You Can Create It (YCCI) supplies were simple yet full of potential: a full piece of 5″ x 7″ watercolour paper and a half sheet of Gray Granite cardstock.

Wow! Where to begin?!

I decided to use the watercolour sheet to die cut pieces from the Sunflowers dies.

Hang on… what’s that?

Yes, it’s a sneak peek of a brand new die set from the upcoming annual catalogue which goes live on Wednesday 3rd June. So exciting!!!

The next step in the process was so fun… watercolouring!

I used the Aqua painter filled with water, and ink from a whole lot of different ink pads LOL.

Tip: Use an acrylic block (or something similar) as a ‘palette’. Press the block into the ink pad and then use the Aqua painter to lift the ink off the block for colouring. This helps to keep the ink pad surface free of excess water from the brush.

Design Team Projects

Once again the YCCI Design Team have created amazing and inspiring projects.


Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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