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IDEAS Free Tutorial Bundle (Oct 2020)

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The October IDEAS tutorial bundle is now available! This fantastic 70+ page document is jam-packed with ideas and inspiration and it could be yours for free.

It has been created by the IDEAS Design Team – a collective of international demonstrators – who each create unique tutorials to help inspire you and to make your crafting easy and fun.

The collage above is a sneak peek of all the amazing projects that the Design Team have contributed to this month’s tutorial bundle. 

To get your hands on this document, simply place a $50+ order of Stampin’ Up! products with me during October. This can be done through my online store, or by contacting by email, by Facebook or phone. It’s also available for separate purchase (contact me for details) and is provided to my team members for free in our team forum.

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember not to share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles.

October Theme

This month our tutorials all focus on the various Suites in the August-October mini catalogue. Suites are themed product lines, and generally includes stamps with matching punches or dies, plus coordinating accessories. There are 8 different suites in the mini catalogue.

Each tutorial includes both a card and a 3-dimensional project, with full instructions in both imperial and metric measurements.

Trimming The Town

For my projects I chose the delightful TRIMMING THE TOWN suite.

I absolutely adore this suite, and have used it already here in a similar project.

Here is a closer look at the 3D gift boxes I made…

You can have a look at a sneak peek of each of the designer’s projects by joining us on this blog hop. You can visit Debbi Green’s post by clicking on the button below.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Silhouette Scenes: YCCI

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Each month our You Can Create It (YCCI) subscribers are given a packet of supplies – like cardstock, paper and embellishments. The challenge is to turn those supplies into a completed project.

OPEN NOW: Secure one of the limited Oct-Dec ‘You Can Create It’ Packets. Cost is $25 and includes delivery to anywhere in Australia. Register by October 14th (may close earlier if all kits sell out). Contact Simone to reserve yours.

The September packet looked like this…

The packet included:

For the challenge, anything from the ‘extra materials’ packet could also be added.

This month it was a big challenge for me, but eventually I settled for this project…

I’ve been making lots of split-panel cards lately, and this is a modification of the same concept.


Design Team Projects

Once again the Design Team have outdone themselves with amazing projects using the same supplies from the Sept YCCI pack. The designs on the In Good Taste differ of course – it’s such a versatile pack.

Did you know there’s a awesome sale on patterned paper this month? Check it out here.

The Design Team projects are all below, and if you’d like further info just click on their name.


Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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The Spot #130: Sketch Challenge

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Welcome to this week’s project for The Spot Creative Challenge. This week we have another fabulous sketch challenge.

I always think sketch challenges are brilliant for if you ever find yourself stuck for inspiration. Sometimes a new layout is just enough to get you started on a new project.

This is where I went with the sketch…

A nice simple one this week. It features the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set (sentiment stamped in Real Red), the lovely Tis the Season paper pack and the feature die cut is from the Sweetest Borders dies.

About THE SPOT CREATIVE CHALLENGE: 

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


Your Challenge

So now it’s your turn. Use the sketch that you see at the top of this post, and use it as inspiration for a project of your own. You don’t have to follow it exactly – for example, feel free to change the heart to a different shape like I did in this card. When you’re finished, jump over to The Spot and upload a photo of your project. Have fun! 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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CTC 286: Balmy Blue Glimmer Card

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This weekend I’m crafting with the ‘CASE-ing the Catty’ Crew as we take inspiration from the Stampin’ Up! catalogues and bring you another CASE-ing The Catty challenge (CASE = Copy and Selectively Edit).

This time we turn to the mini catalogue and all those fabulous leaf and tree projects.

My inspiration came from this card on page 43…

I mixed up the colour scheme and the theme, but kept the general layout and also the gold hoop. The stamp set used is Butterfly Wishes.

You may notice the gold hoop embellishment is not gold anymore.

I coloured it with the black Stampin’ Blends. Love how these alcohol markers works on metal, plastic and glass as well as ribbon and cardstock.

I absolutely adored playing with the new Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper. What a gorgeous product that definitely needs to be in every craft room! Love love love.

A little piece of glimmer paper goes a long way. Although the panel is 10.5cm x 14.5cm, I cut the centre out to use on another project.

This saves ‘wasting’ the glimmer paper which would otherwise be covered by the feature panel, and it also makes the card a little bit lighter and less ‘front heavy’.

The multicoloured butterfly was created using the Stamparatus stamp positioning tool.

I first inked the stamp up in Balmy Blue ink, and then using a sponge dauber added some black ink to the stamp just around the edges and body, before closing the plate and pressing firmly. You can build a depth of colour using this technique, and the result is a bold and striking image.

The butterfly was then cut it out with sharp Paper Snips.


Would you like to have a go at this week’s challenge? To join in, all you have to do is make a project inspired by one of the LEAF OR TREE PROJECTS in the mini catalogue. 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 the Saturday before the next challenge is posted. We pick some winners but most importantly it’s a fun way to get out of your creative comfort zone and try something new. 


For more inspiration, click on Michelle’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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24 Hour Flash Sale: 15% off Stamps

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One Day Only: WEDNESDAY

Stock up on stamp sets at a stellar price! Pick up selected cling and photopolymer stamp sets at a very nice 15% discount – but only on Wednesday 23rd September.

There are 59 STAMP SETS on the sale list!

This stamp-tacular sale only happens once a year so make the most of it!

Which stamps are on sale?

Here are some of my favourites stamp sets…
Are yours on this list too?

Remember there are 59 sets on sale – here is just a very small selection


Game On Cling Stamp Set (English)
Game On Cling Stamp Set (English)
[152646]
High Tide Photopolymer Stamp Set
High Tide Photopolymer Stamp Set
[143006]
Comfort & Hope Cling Stamp Set (English)
Comfort & Hope Cling Stamp Set (English)
[152509]
Waterfront Photopolymer Stamp Set
Waterfront Photopolymer Stamp Set
[146386]
Beautiful Friendship Photopolymer Stamp Set
Beautiful Friendship Photopolymer Stamp Set
[149252]
Family Party Photopolymer Stamp Set
Family Party Photopolymer Stamp Set
[149379]
Here's A Card Cling Stamp Set
Here's A Card Cling Stamp Set
[149438]
Itty Bitty Christmas Cling Stamp Set (En)
Itty Bitty Christmas Cling Stamp Set (En)
[150513]

This sale is on WEDNESDAY ONLY (23rd September) and is for 24 hours only. Midnight to Midnight. Exciting!

I’ll be getting Whiskey Business and Game On – both sets have been working their way up my wish list for a while now, and I’m excited to get my hands on them.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Everything Masculine: Sept 2020 IDEAS Tutorials

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Hi friends, Welcome to the IDEAS blog hop for September. Our theme this month is “Everything Masculine”, and wow do we have some fantastic ideas to share with you.

We have cards, 3Ds and plenty of fun folds too.

The collage above is a sneak peek of all the amazing projects that the Design Team have contributed to the latest tutorial bundle. The IDEAS group is a collective of international demonstrators who each create unique tutorials to help inspire you and to make your crafting easy and fun. And you could get this bundle for free! (Read on for more info)

My tutorial includes a card and matching decorated gift box.

The instructions include all the measurements in both centimetres and inches, so you can create these projects too. All the designers have created similar detailed tutorials for their projects.

There are plenty of tips & tricks included in the tutorials. My tutorial looks at the awesome foam adhesive sheets and how you can use them with die cutting.

To get your hands on this Tutorial Bundle, all you have to do is place a $50 order with me at any time this month and the bundle is all yours for FREE! My team members will get it for free in our team forum.

You can also purchase this 55 page tutorial. Contact me for more information about this option.

Check out another sneak peek by the fabulous Pia Gerhardt, by clicking the Next button below.

Or if you get lost along the way you can find all the contributors here:

  1. Janey Backer
  2. MaryKate Scott
  3. Caroline Van den Neste
  4. Elizabeth Ames
  5. Sara Rayner
  6. Judy May
  7. Yolanda Pasterkamp-de Jonge
  8. Sigrid Joch
  9. Simone Bartrum <- you are here
  10. Pia Gerhardt
  11. Sandra Roberts
  12. Jacqui Lawrence

If you are in Australia and would like to join my team so you can get these tutorials each and every month, check out this month’s fabulous joining special.

Happy stamping, 

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

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