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Party Wishes by Stampin’ Up!: It’s Party Time

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This week the CASEing the Catty crew are looking at the It’s My Party suite on pages 3 – 7 of the Occasions Catalogue, and I’ve chosen the fun Party Wishes stamp set and punch pack bundle. Lots of fun stuff going on in these pages, perfect for celebrating birthdays of any age. If you are joining the blog hop this month you may have arrived from Jackie’s blog or you may be starting here. Either way, I hope you enjoy checking out all our projects this week. 

 

Party Wishes

Ok let’s get straight to it. I was inspired by the little gift boxes on page 4 to make this treat holder with the Polka Dot Cone cellophane bags and the Party Wishes stamp set:

Polka Dot Cone Cellophane Bags

Party Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set

 

Treat Holder

 

This could be a cute little party bag, or a ‘little something’ for a child’s birthday. The bags are food safe and you get 25 in a pack so they’re quite good value.

I found more inspiration on page 5, so added a little card to my ensemble.

'It's My Party' projects

We used the teeny balloon punch from the Party Punch pack of 3 punches – those punches are absolutely adorable! You can also save 15% when you get stamps and punches at the same time with the Party Wishes bundle.

 

Here are the projects from the catalogue that were my inspiration, and my two projects underneath:

CTC64 Its My Party

The full list of products are below, but to continue on with the hop you’ll be visiting the talented Judy May. Have fun!

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

 

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CTC 62: Flowering Fields

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CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop

 

Welcome back to another CASE-ing the Catty blog hop, where the CTC Crew take inspiration from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogues. CASE means ‘copy and share everything’ or ‘copy and selectively edit’. Either way, we hope you’ll join in too and share your creations via the CASE-ing The Catty blog. Winners announced at the start of each month.

This week we’re turning to the Sale-a-bration brochure and choosing our favourite card sample to copy/edit.

CTC62: Flowering Fields card

 

 

Flowering Fields: Sale-a-bration stamp set

I chose the Flowering Fields stamp set, and this image below, which immediately caught my eye for its clean and simple lines…

 

Flowering Fields stamp set by Stampin' Up!. Free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-bration (ends March 2016).

 

And here is my interpretation. Yes, it’s pretty close to the original this week! I only changed up the colours to Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder, and swapped the sentiment too.

CTC62 Flowering Fields Cardnew

 

But I couldn’t stop there! I was inspired by the simplicity of this lovely stamp set so went on to make a tag for this gift box.

 

CTC62: Flowering Fields box

 

Nice and simple!

And together they make a lovely little gift and card set.

 

CTC62: Flowering Fields card and box. CASEd from page 13 of the Sale-a-bration catalogue. www.simonebartrum.com

 

That’s it for me this week. We just got home from our two-week camping trip to the beach and I have a huge pile of washing to take care of, but I had to get the important things done first. Know what I mean? 😉

To continue forward on the hop to Judy’s blog, just click on the next button.  If you are going in reverse, click on the Previous button. If you get lost along the way, you can always go back to our home base at the CASE-ing The Catty blog which you can find here.

 

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

 

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TCTC#1: Helping Me Grow

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TCTC 1

 

My friend Bron has a colour challenge going and I thought I would participate. You can read all about it and her Colour Tree challenges here.

 

I hate to admit how long it’s been since I used Perfect Plum and So Saffron together. It’s a lovely colour combination and I enjoyed working with it. I only used a touch of Espresso, but it added a lovely depth to the combination.

 

Here’s my creation, which features the new Helping Me Grow stamp set on page 20 of the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue.

Stampin' Up!'s 'Helping Me Grow' set. Colours: Plum, Saffron, Espresso and Vanilla

 

Behind the stamped Vanilla cardstock panel I added some of the lovely Venetian Crochet Trim, a matt of Early Espresso cardstock behind it, then all layered onto a larger Plum layer.

The whole feature panel was layered onto a top-fold So Saffron base card that is 5 ¼ inches square (13cm x 13cm)

Stampin' Up!'s 'Helping Me Grow' set. Colours: Plum, Saffron, Espresso and Vanilla. From www.simonebartrum.com

 

The Thank You sentiment is stamped on So Saffron card, and cut out with one of the label dies from the new Rose Garden Thinlits. That’s a versatile die right there – I’ll be using it a bit, for sure.

There are quite a few different elements going on in this stamp set, including a row of dots. I needed just 5 dots, but found it was a bit awkward masking the dots I didn’t need, so in the end I just cut 5 dots off the row!

Two stamps now, instead of 1!

No regrets, because I know I’ll use them more this way.
Cut your rubber and photopolymer stamps for even greater versatility

 

Hopefully you can see in the photo above where I have used the short row of dots on either side of ‘You’.

Helping Me Grow is a lovely set for colouring or as outline images. I added a little touch of colour with a blender pen. But a word of warning… These are very large stamps so you will definitely want to stamp on a spongy surface, like a mouse pad or the Stampin’ Pierce Mat. This is a photopolymer stamp set – not rubber – so it just needs that bit of ‘give’ underneath it to get a good clear image.

Thanks for visiting today. Don’t forget to check out the NEW Weekly deals below (click on the image for more info). These new deals were just released on Wednesday and will be available until next Tuesday.

 

If you love flower and leaf stamps it will be hard to go past the two-step Bountiful Border set.

Bountiful Border (Stampin' Up!) http://bit.ly/1QpAnEs

Thanks to Bron for the great colour challenge this week!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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CTC 61: Botanical Builder Dies – Cut & Emboss Technique

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CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop

The CASE-ing the Catty crew are excited to be back in 2016 for of our weekly Blog Hop, with a whole new look and even more projects to inspire you.

Each week members of the CTC Crew create projects using the Stampin’ Up! catalogues as inspiration.

This week the CTC Crew are choosing their fave projects to CASE (Copy And Share) from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue. You may have arrived from Julia’s blog, or you can start your journey here.

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

I loosely took my inspiration from a card on page 26 of the Occasions catalogue and one from our demonstrator magazine, but mainly I’m sharing one of my favourite items which is the Botanical Builder Framelits dies. Plus a pretty cool trick!

Here are the dies…

Botanical Builder framelit dies

See the long vine or leafy die? It cuts an edge and also cuts out some of the leaves.

This is what happens when you put the die on the edge of a card front:

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

What a great look!

Now here’s for the cool trick (well, I thought it was pretty cool when I discovered it by accident). For want of a more imaginative name I’ve called it the ‘Cut & Emboss Technique’.

The die left an indentation on my card front (it happens sometimes, no big deal) so I ran it back through my Big Shot with an extra shim and no dies. Did you know that you can remove most of the marks left from dies by doing this? Give it a try. You may have to play around with shims  (extra layers of cardstock) to get the right pressure, but it works very well. 

This time I wasn’t paying attention and accidentally had my card closed, so both the die-cut front and plain back of the card went through the Big Shot at the same time.

Like this…

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

I was annoyed with myself at first but then discovered that the die cut edge embossed the pattern right onto the back of the card!

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

So when you open the card, there is an exact replica of the die cut, with one part embossed and the other debossed. It is such a cool effect when you open the card.

 

Botanical Builder dies - Cut & Emboss Technique. How-To at www.simonebartrum.com

As I mentioned, the card I made is actually a cross between one of the samples from our inspirational demonstrator magazine (Stampin’ Success) and the sentiment inspiration from this card on page 26 of the new Occasions catalogue.

Botanical Builder dies and Enjoy The Little Things stamp set, all from Stampin' Up!.

I do love that sentiment, as one of my intentions this year is to do exactly that… enjoy the little things. This stamp is from a set called, appropriately, Enjoy The Little Things.

 

CTC61: Cut & Emboss Technique with the Botanical Builder frailest, by SimoneBartrum

 

Also used on this card is the Botanical Gardens paper pack, Bakers Twine, and the Botanical Gardens cardstock pack.

I hope you enjoyed my project this week. Please leave a comment if you stopped by today – and let me know if you’re going to give the Cut & Emboss technique a go!

There’s more fun in store for you over at the next blog on our hop with the fabulous Jackie – just click on the ‘next’ box below. And if you get stuck along the way you can always visit the main CASE-ing The Catty blog here.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

Cut and Emboss Technique. Cut out the leafy vine die on card front, then run the closed card back through the Big Shot with no dies and just a shim. The cut front embosses the back layer! Such a great effect. More details at www.simonebartrum.com.

 

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Stampin’ Up! Mini Calendar Project – And a Giveaway!

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How is this possible?

I’m sure 2015 only just got going, and now it’s over.

It takes me longer each year to get the hang of writing the year. Know what I mean? I’ll be signing 2015 right through until May….  Crazy, huh?

Well, I have a little project to share today before we get the champers ready for some Pop Fizz Clink. And a giveaway!

 

MINI CALENDAR PROJECT

Another great Mini Calendar project. This one uses framelits and dies to create a fridge magnet calendar. Cute! From www.simonebartrum.com

 

We love getting our mini calendar projects made each year. They make such a cute and economical gift.

This one uses the Lots of Labels framelits to cut out a nice sturdy base from Coaster Board. It’s decorated with some lovely patterned paper and the Spiral Flower die.

Um… back up a minute. Coaster Board?

What is that!

You can find it on page 148 of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue or right here in my shop. It’s a fabulous sturdy medium and the perfect thing for this project.

My calendar has a magnet on the back and will be up on my fridge all year so I really need a nice firm base so it doesn’t flop after a few months. Coaster board is thinner than chipboard, but sturdier than cardstock. Perfect!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY

 

Giveaway over at www.simonebartrum.com. Win a mini calendar project kit.

 

Want to make one of these for yourself?

I have three kits here to giveaway! Wooohooo.

To be in the running, just leave a comment below or on my Facebook page and make sure you’ve liked my FB page. I’ll be announcing the winners over there and will contact them (maybe you?) via Facebook. 

 

Spiral Flower Die Mini Calendar Magnet. From www.simonebartrum.com

 


 

 

 

Still looking for ways to use up your leftover calendars? Check out the fun tutorial I shared in 2014. It shows you how to making a standing calendar from a folded card, and uses an envelope to make a 3D pocket on the back! That tutorial is HERE.

Calendar top side

 

Wishing you a very Happy New Year. Stay happy and safe, and I hope all your dreams for the coming year actually come true!

Don’t forget to leave a comment below and make sure you’ve liked my Facebook page to be in the running for the free calendar kits. 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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DIY Project: Wicker Heart Christmas Ornament

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Merry Christmas! I hope you’re calm and relaxed now with big ticks all over your To Do list.

If not, don’t stress. It’s time to focus on the fun times and memories in the making. They are the things that matter most. xxx

There’s just enough time to share a little gift I made recently for my Craft@Home Club members.

Merry Christmas - Wicker ornaments (from a bunting sold at Kmart), embellished with Stampin' Up! products. www.simonebartrum.com

In Kmart I found a garland of white hearts that were joined together with ribbon. Going by the sticker on the box, it is called a Wicker Heart Bunting.

I think there were 8 hearts in each box and they weren’t expensive at all. Only around $6-$10 for the whole box.

I ended up buying a few sets, and when I went back recently to get more they were sold out. But it’s ok! The helpful assistant I spoke to said they regularly get in more stock because this is a very popular item, so keep your eyes out next time you’re near a Kmart.

You could easily adapt this project for Valentines, wedding or even a new baby.

Ah, the possibilities.

 

HOW TO MAKE IT:

SNEAK PEEK ALERT! Hey, where did that ribbon come from? And what about that banner? Surprise! These are both brand new products from the upcoming Occasions catalogue! Check back on the 5th of January to view these products online, or ask me for a catalogue.
Wicker Heart Ornaments, made from a garland of woven wicker hearts from Kmart. See Wicker hearts ornament. For details visit https://simonebartrum.com/cards/diy-project-wicker-ornament/ for more info.

  1. Cut the ribbon to separate all the hearts.
  2. Add 20cm of the lovely new Pool Party glitter ribbon through the loop and tie a knot in the end. Attach a separate bow at the loop with hot glue gun.
  3. Using your Big Shot and the Christmas Greetings thinlits die, cut the word Merry from Silver Foil cardstock.
  4. IMG_0665Stamp the banner outline first (from Number of Years stamp set, available 5th Jan) and then the word Christmas from Holly Joly Greetings. I used Pool Party for both. 
  5. Finally, cut the shape with the banner framelit die from the Large Numbers Framelits dies (also avail from 5th Jan). Attach these to the heart with the hot glue gun. You can also use glue dots or your fave adhesive, but make sure it’s super strong.

Wicker Heart Ornament in half-size wood mount storage box, available from Stampin' Up!. More info at www.simonebartrum.com

 

 

 OPTIONAL

Put your heart ornament in a pretty presentation box.

They fit perfectly in the half-size wood mount stamp cases that are available in my store.

 

Wicker Heart Ornament in half-size wood mount storage box, available from Stampin' Up!. More info at www.simonebartrum.com

 

Wicker Heart Ornament in half-size wood mount storage box, available from Stampin' Up!. More info at www.simonebartrum.com

Wicker Heart Ornament in half-size wood mount storage box, available from Stampin' Up!. More info at www.simonebartrum.com

What is the Craft@Home Club?

I mentioned these were gifts for my Craft@Home Club members, and in case you’re wondering what that’s all about, I have the answers – and some exciting news.

Craft@Home Club is a virtual host club which I’ve been facilitating for 2 years now.

I pool the orders of members so together the orders qualify for Stampin’ Rewards (host benefits) – which is a credit for FREE product! Each month the members take turns for the freebies.

It’s an awesome program, but what makes it EVEN BETTER is that I send all members free happy mail each month…. in their letterbox, not the inbox!

They each get a handmade card and an Inspiration Pack with product samples, tutorials, little kits and more. We have members from all over Australia, and I have truly loved interacting with them and getting to know them online.

Want to join? From January 2016 I will have a small number of spots available so you can join from the comfort of home and start receiving happy mail too. Just email your interest and I’ll get you on to the VIP list.

Merry Christmas - Wicker ornaments (from a bunting sold at Kmart), embellished with Stampin' Up! products. www.simonebartrum.com

 

 

Merry Christmas - Wicker ornaments (from a bunting sold at Kmart), embellished with Stampin' Up! products. www.simonebartrum.com

 

 

Wishing my lovely blog visitors a beautiful festive season, and a fabulous day spent with family and friends or however you like to spend it.

We will have a pretty hot 30+ degree day here, so the air conditioner will be pumping as we enjoy our roast pork and turkey with all the trimmings. Love it. xxxWicker hearts ornament. All the info about this DIY project can be found at: https://simonebartrum.com/cards/diy-project-wicker-ornament/ Product List


PLUS…. The sneak peeks from the upcoming Occasions catalogue.

Stay tuned for more news about the new catalogue when it goes live on 5th January.

Don’t forget to check out the INCREDIBLE BARGAINS which are on NOW over in the store. Find it <HERE>

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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