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Tasty Trucks - Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration gift (free with AUD$90 order

Images © Stampin’ Up!® – Tasty Trucks stamp set… One of the free Sale-a-bration gifts, free with a AUD$90 order

Hi friends,

Just dropping in today with some exciting Sale-a-bration news, and info about some upcoming events.

Life is busy and we all *hate* missing out on fun events due to a date clash – I know I do – so I thought you might like to know about some important crafty dates coming up.

  1. Upcoming class: Thursday February 23 1-3pm

    Together we’ll create 3 lovely little projects and the cost is only $15. The class is held in Creswick, not far from the beautiful historic city of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. All welcome, but bookings are essential. Contact me to reserve your spot. (EDITED: 1 spot available)

    Pencil in these dates too, but spots are filling so let me know if you’d like come too.
    Thursday 23rd March 1-3pm: Pop-Up Birthday Surprise (featuring Balloon Pop-Ups and Star Blast Edgelits)
    Thursday 6th April 1-3pm: Birthday Card Class (featuring Cake Crazy, Big On Birthdays, Carousel Birthday)
    Thursday 4th May 1-3pm: Cards for the Ladies – Mum, Friend, Daughter

    Can’t wait to make something with you!

  2. Upcoming Craft Shows: Ballarat CraftAlive

    CraftAlive Ballarat: 31st March - 2nd April

    Debbie, Lorinda and I can’t wait to be back again at this event, probably my favourite of the craft shows.

    Aaaaaaaand….. (drum roll please)….. we have a new larger space and will be holding classes throughout the show from within our site!  Oooooh we are so excited about this!
    Stay tuned for more details.

  3. New Sale-a-bration choices are here!

    Sale-a-bration has been going for about 6 weeks now.

    Did you know that over HALF A MILLION free Sale-a-bration items have been redeemed around the world?
    Woah nelly, that’s a lot.

    We know you’re loving the offerings this year, but you’re in for an even bigger treat.

    From TODAY we have 3 NEW Sale-a-bration items for you to choose from. And trust me, you’ll LOVE them.
    Don’t worry, the other ones aren’t going away. You’ll just three more to choose from!

    >View them HERE<

We have a fabulous pack of 6×6 Glimmer Paper that coordinate with Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaroon, a delightful stamp set (soon to be my fave) called Reverse Words, and multi-layering set called Make A Medallion. Download the flyer.

We have just 6 weeks left so don’t miss out on filling the last of your wish list orders, and picking up some awesome free gifts at the same time.

We {heart} Sale-a-bration!


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

Delicate Details - Sale-a-bration stamp set


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CTC116: Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams & Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits

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Welcome to this week’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.
Every Sunday night at 7pm AEST/8pm AEDT, the CTC Crew share ideas from the latest Stampin’ Up! Catalogues. For our chosen project we either directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or we use the layout or colour combo as inspiration for our own creations.
This week, we are sharing our projects inspired by pages 20-31 of the 2017 Occasions Catalogue.

      CTC116: CASEing the Catty

Come and join us! Make your own project and share it  in the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook Group.  


We were given a fairly broad scope this week for the CTC challenge. Eleven whole pages to choose from!

My inspiration came from a little card that was tucked down in the bottom right corner of page 26. It caught my eye, because it was highlighting the fabulous new Dragonfly Dreams bundle and I loved the dimension on the card. It looked as though the wings were flying right off the front.


Dragonfly Dreams

I was inspired by the layout and the use of those delicate little dragonflies. Stampin’ Up!’s Detailed Dragonfly thinlits are gorgeous.

Here is what I came up with…

Detailed Dragonfly card. CTC116 by Simone Bartrum.

I swapped out the colours, taking inspiration from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series patterned paper.



Although in saying that, I did use Wisteria Wonder which isn’t actually listed as a coordinating colour but it sure goes well.

Wisteria Wonder… wow, haven’t used that colour in a loooooong time. I do love how these challenges get us trying different things.


I finished the inside with a little strip of patterned paper and the white card insert.


This card is ready to send off to my hostess from a recent workshop. Even after all these years (nearly 10 of them!) I still really love to hold workshops. It’s so much fun to create a card or 3 together, and learn little handy hints from each other. The banter and fun that goes on around the crafting table is my favourite part, and keeps me smiling all the way home.

Well onto the next project on the hop… and we have our bright and bubbly and very talented Kelly Kent. I’m a big fan of Kelly’s work, so I can’t wait to share it with you. Just click on the button below.


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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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CI03: Colour INKspiration – Stampin’ Up!’s Window Shopping

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Well hello! And welcome to the 3rd Colour INKspiration challenge. It’s great to be creating again with the Colour INKspiration Crew.

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! We have 1000+ members, many of whom share their awesome projects. Seriously – you have to check out the photo albums to see what I mean! 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.  I hope to see you there!


Another gorgeous pic to inspire us, along with their Stampin’ Up! colours. Can you believe that these are actually cakes! Ah-mazing.

This week it’s Marina Mist, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede, White and Soft Sky.


And again, a colour combination I have never used!

CI03: Colour INKspiration project, by Simone Bartrum.


(I have to admit I struggled with this one, but it was fun to try something new).


CI03: Colour INKspiration project, by Simone Bartrum.



I used the Window Shopping stamp set, Stitched Shapes Framelits (yay – now available!), and You’ve Got This stamp set. And a little vellum layer back there too.

There’s a touch of paper piecing of the flowers and leaves around the sentiment (make sure you’ve got super sharp paper snips for the fussy cutting) and a Soft Sky small enamel circle in the middle of the flower.


It is finished off with a little bit of Peekaboo Peach ruched ribbon and washi tape inside. (The washi is from the Playful Palette set).


CI03: Colour INKspiration project, by Simone Bartrum.


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Next we have the very talented Rachel Palmieri. Click the link below to see what she has created with this great colour combination.


I look forward to seeing your creations over in the Challenge group!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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CTC113: Stampin’ Up! – Lift Me Up Valentines Card

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Welcome to this week’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.

Every Sunday night at 7pm AEST/8pm AEDT, the CTC Crew share great ideas from the latest Stampin’ Up! Catalogues.  We either directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a project in the catalogue, or we use an aspect like a layout or colour combo as inspiration for our own creations.

This week, we are sharing our projects inspired by pages 4 – 7 of the Sale-a-bration Catalogue.

Come and join us! Make your own project and share it in the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook Group.  

CTC 113: Sale-a-bration

Life Me Up – Valentines Card

My inspiration came from page 4 of the Sale-a-bration Brochure, and in particular this cute little card:

I followed the layout but altered the size a little, and came up with this using the Lift Me Up bundle of products.

Lift Me Up bundle by Stampin' Up!

The pom pom trim is very cute! Must admit I hadn’t used it much, but I love the idea of layering it under the end of a cardstock panel.

CASEing the catalogues is great for learning new tricks. I hope you’ll give it a go over on our new Facebook Challenge group.

Next on the hop is the lovely Monique. Just click on the link below to see what fabulous creations she is sharing for us today.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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CI02: Colour Inkspiration

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Well hello! And welcome to the second Colour INKspiration challenge. I’m thrilled and excited to be part of the Colour INKspiration Crew!

Each fortnight the crew will inspire you with a blog hop as we unveil the new challenge colours, and then you can join in.

And guess what… Colour INKspiration is on Facebook! We have a huge group of well over 900 members already, and this is only our second hop. Amazing! Come and join us. It’s an awesome way to try new colour combinations and get your mojo happening. 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.  I hope to see you there!


I missed the first hop due to our camping holiday at the beach, so I was itching to get back and join in all the fun.

And what a fabulous colour feast we have this time.

Ooooh what a delight! I was inspired by both the colours and theme this week, so pulled out my brand new Stylish Stems Framelits and Special Reason stamps. (Yay! They came in a bundle so we save 10%).



The Stylish Stems framelits are amazing. If you haven’t seen the cool things these dies do, then you’ll want to check out this video.

Pretty awesome, aren’t they? You can see the cut out flowers better on this photo:


I simply adhered the patterned paper to the Whisper White layer, and ran the whole lot through the Big Shot with those fabulous dies.

Too easy!

You’ll notice the stamps have a ‘mottled’, vintage-y look to them. This is part of the look of the stamp, and are designed to work that way.

You can see the slightly distressed surface of the rubber here:



Hop on over to see what Monique has created with this fabulous colour combo. And by the time you’ve finished the hop I’m sure you’ll be ready to create your own handmade project with these colours. Don’t forget to add a photo of your project to the Colour INKspiration Facebook group!



Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



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CTC 110: Party Animal – Balloon Adventures

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Welcome back to the first CASEing the Catty of 2017.

How exciting! A new year, new products, plenty of new ideas and inspiration, a brand new challenge Facebook group, and even a new CTC crew member (welcome Mel!).

We’re kicking it off for this year with a fun suite – Party Animal – which you can find on pages 4-7 of the new Occasions Catalogue.

Party Animal Suite - pages 4-5 of the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue

I chose the ‘quick & easy’ card on the bottom of page 4 for mine, but stepped it up by adding a few extra layers and elements. The card features the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer bundle (stamps and coordinating framelit dies).

Here’s the original from the catalogue…

Page 4 of the 2017 Occasions Catalogue by Stampin ' Up!


And here is my interpretation:


Colours are Emerald Envy and Crushed Curry, as above, but I’ve also introduced Watermelon Wonder to my version.



Same, but different! 😉

I used some of the thinlits dies from the fabulous Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits to add layers to the balloon, and then topped it with a thick coating of adhesive from the Fine Tip Glue pen.




When it dries it forms a fabulously glossy and hard coating.



How awesome are those little layering bits for the balloon? Wow!

142753 - Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

These lovely bright colours really called for the full impact of a good inking from a Classic Stampin’ pad, rather than Stampin’ Write markers. Can you work out how?

Yes, the tape masking method!


Tape Masking Technique

You can use washi tape or sticky tape, and if there’s enough ‘tack’ you can even use post-it notes.

Simply use the tape to mask off an area of the stamp, tap-tap-tap onto the ink pad, remove the tape (leaving the protected area uninked), then stamp! Too easy.

It’s a great alternative to using Stampin’ Write Markers to apply ink onto the stamp – especially if using photopolymer stamps which are a little trickier to ‘marker’.

Note: This technique lends itself best to photopolymer stamps but if you’re using rubber stamps then you’ll probably need to pull out the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool for perfect placement.

I’ve used different colours in this ‘pictorial tutorial’, but the result is the same.
Step 1.

Ink the entire stamp in the lighter ink colour, and stamp on to the Whisper White cardstock. Clean stamp.

Step 2.

Place tape over the parts of the stamp that you want to mask.

Step 3.

While the tape is still on the stamp, tap it onto the surface of the ink pad.

Step 4.

Peel off and throw away the tape. Do it carefully, there’ll be lots of ink!. The masked area will have no ink on it.

Step 5.

Now stamp this image over the top of the original impression.

Photopolymer stamps are perfect for this, but if you are working with rubber you might need to pull out your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

What an awesome, vivid result, and it really has such an impact. Best of all – quick and easy.

Helpful Hints:

  • Don’t worry too much if your images don’t line up exactly. It’s nice to have a bit of shadowing underneath.
  • If your colours don’t layer nicely like the example above, you’ll just need to add in an extra step where you mask off some of the stamp so there is no overlap of ink. That’s how I achieved the look below, using Emerald Envy and Watermelon Wonder inks.


Well that’s all from me this week, but I hope you enjoy checking out all the fabulous projects shared by the CASEing the Catty crew.

Click on the button below to visit the next stop on the hop which is our brand new crew member, Mel Pagano. Don’t forget to leave her some comment love! And if you get lost along the way, just click here.


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And in case you haven’t heard the news, we now have our very own CASE-ing The Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook group where you can join in and share your own creations. How cool! I hope you’ll join us.  >Join here<

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