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Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop

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Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop




Welcome to our Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop.

You may have joined me from Linda Higgins‘ blog or you may be kicking off your journey here. Either way, thanks for getting into the Hawaiian spirit with us as we celebrate the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation for 2015.

I have a couple of projects to share today, so kick back & relax and enjoy your own virtual Hawaii travels today.

No sunscreen required!


Flower lei: Stampin’ Up! style

The inspiration for my first project comes from the beautiful Hawaiian tradition of welcoming visitors with a flower lei.

Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!


We are spoilt for choice with the current Stampin’ Up! offerings of so many adorable flower stamps, dies and punches.


Featuring the colours of So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay, this one is made from the Pansy punch – one of my all-time favourites – and just a few Fun Flower punch shapes.


How to make 3 dimensional flowers from a punch

You need to make a lot of flowers for this one!

Here is a simple way to make flowers with heaps of dimension…

3D Flowers Tutorial from


We joined the flowers together with Bermuda Bay bakers twine. The easiest way to do this is by threading the twine with a needle (see below) so you have a sharp point to poke through the middle of your flowers.


Threaded bakers twine to join 3D flowers

The leaves are made from punched ovals in Wild Wasabi cardstock, embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder, then folded in half.

Stampin' Up! paper lei. Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!


Grass Skirt Card

And for our card project today we have a bright and sunny card to reeeeeally get us in the mood. Did someone say Hula?

Here in Australia the weather is turning cooler now as we head towards winter. We’ve already started putting the heater on at night so the warmth of Hawaii is definitely calling my name.Grass Skirt Card. Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!

This card has a Pink Pirouette base, with a Wild Wasabi layer cut with the Fringe Scissors.

Do you recognise the grass fringe? It’s the Jute Ribbon from the Occasions catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Grass Skirt Card from


How fun! Thanks for joining us.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know which part of the world you’re from or connect with me via Facebook. I can’t wait to say hi!


Next stop is Dawn Griffith. Check out her amazing work here.


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria






 Blog Hop List

18. Bec Ross

19. Ann Craig

21. Sandi MacIver

 26. Betty Button

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News and Notes

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You've Got Male - Box Set Class, at Paperific

Join us at Paperific’s ‘Paper Arts Tarts’ Expo for a variety of classes each day. April 17-19, 2015.


A couple of quick announcements:

  • The retiring list will be released on the 21st of April. 
    As we get closer to the end of the catalogue year, we’re getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from the 2014-2015 annual catalogue. Don’t worry, though! You will have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices (up to 50% off retail) before they’re gone.
    Have another review of your wish list so you are ready when it goes live on 21 April.
  • The NEW catalogue is coming.
    I’m getting ready to order catalogues for you, my valued customers! If you have ordered from me in the past year I will send you one for FREE. Just email me to let me know you’re interested. Don’t forget to include your address.
    Come and visit us at Paperific’s Paper Arts Tarts Expo for shopping, classes and inspiration. Check out all the classes we’re offering HERE. Come and say hello – we can’t wait to see you!



Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Bonus Bundles: April 1 -17

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New special-priced bundles have just been released. Stamp sets and their coordinating punches or dies are available at 15% off the usual price.

One of my faves is the Banner Banter set (shown above). At less than $37 (plus P&H) for the clear mount version of 10 stamps plus the adorable little banner punch, I think it’s fabulous value.

Did you know that you can make the banners LONGER than the punch image suggests?

Simply feed your cardstock or patterned paper from the underside of the punch so the length is hanging out over the top. When you punch, it will flag the ends but won’t cut the other side – so the banner can be as long as your want! Very cool trick.

Let me know if you get stuck and I’ll send some pictures to explain it another way.


How cute is that pin stamp?!! Stamp out a few sentiments in various colours and punch them out, then adhere them so it looks like they’re hanging… so cute! And what a quick and easy card.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.


Check out these new bundles plus all the other existing bundles HERE in my online store.



We are in the middle of school holidays so it’s all action stations here. I took the kidlets to the movies yesterday for the first time in what seemed like forever. It was fun! And a great way to fill in time while the car was being serviced. Wishing you a blessed Easter and special time with your loved ones.

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria






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Last Minute Sale-a-bration Bonus: Hostess Code Here

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A quick reminder that Sale-a-bration ends on Tuesday!
Our favourite time of the year is drawing to a close, but you still have time to choose a free gift for every $90 purchase. 
There’s also just enough time for a fun bonus give-a-way. Simply use Hostess Code QJXM2D9S when placing your qualifying order (minimum $90) and I will send you a designer series paper and matching cardstock sampler pack for FREE! 
But be quick. Remember, orders have to be in by 10pm on Tuesday 31st March to qualify.
Happy stamping,
Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Easter Blog Hop: Berry Basket & Paper Piecing

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EurekaStampers Easter Blog Hop

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We’re so pleased you’re joining us on the EurekaStampers ‘Easter Blog Hop’. You may be starting your journey here or you may have come from Tracy Penn’s page.  Keep hopping around and you’ll see a fabulous range of Easter projects to get you inspired and crafting this weekend. 


My project is an Easter basket with a twist. It’s made from clear Window Sheets and the Berry Basket Bigz die. Hmmm, being see-through presented a few photographing challenges, but hopefully you can see it ok here. 


Happy Easter Bunny: Berry Basket

Want to see how the Berry Basket Bigz die works? Check out this video.

I used a slightly different method –  glue dots instead of staples. The window sheets are just a little more difficult to work with, but only because it’s hard to see where to line it all up. Such a cool effect though! I’m so glad this is a Bigz die and not framelits. That means we can create our berry baskets out of all kinds of materials.
[Oooh – metal flashing would look amazing too… (brain ticking over)… that will have to be my next project.]


The base of the basket is lined with a 7.5cm x 7.5cm square of So Saffron cardstock. I then sliced up Pink Pirouette and So Saffron cardstock into teeny tiny thin strips. These were scrunched up and then used as ‘fill’ in the bottom of the clear berry basket.

Happy Easter gift basket

The cute little paper pieced rabbit is from the Happy Easter Bunny single stamp, which you can find on page 35 of the Occasions catalogue.

He is attached to a skinny treat bag filled with Cadbury mini eggs. Don’t you love it when companies make products to match our cardstock and ink colours? 😉


Paper Piecing Technique: Easter Bunny

paper piecing1. Stamp the bunny three times: one on white cardstock, one on Pink Pirouette, and one on So Saffron.

2. Carefully hand cut the entire bunny in white, the tummy and tail in pink and the neck ribbon in yellow (So Saffron). Use sharp tipped scissors like Stampin’ Up! paper snips.

3. Using a tiny bit of liquid multipurpose glue, layer the tummy and tail over the white bunny. Finally, adhere to neck ribbon to the bunny.

easter bunny

The “Happy” and “Easter” banners are attached as floating sentiments. They were adhered to a thin strip of window sheet, so they bounce slightly and almost look like they are floating. It’s a fun way to attach sentiments!

Window Sheet Berry Basket

Mmmmm, chocolate. Yum.

I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Now don’t stop hopping! Keep on going and you will land on Lorinda deRegt-Penn’s blog with her gorgeous project. I was lucky enough to see it in person last week and I can tell you it is stunning!

NEXT STOP: Lorinda deRegt-Penn’s blog

If you get lost along the way, here’s a list of all stops on the blog hippity hop


Simone Bartrum <—– YOU ARE HERE

Lorinda De Regt-Penn

Jessica Williams

Carly Middleton

Rebecca Scurr

Rose Packer

Emma Palonek

Heather McCarthy

Tracy Penn


Thanks for joining us, and don’t forget to leave some comment love as you hop around. xxxxx

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Male Card: Shirt and Bow Tie

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Hi friends,

Today I’m sharing one of the fun projects we made at Stamp Club this month. We usually make about 3 different projects, often a couple of cards and a 3D. This card was a cute little extra that we made just using patterned paper, the paper trimmer, the new Bow Builder punch and a few embellishments.  It was based on one I spotted on Pinterest a while back by Karen Day. Always on the lookout for an easy-to-make male card!


Male Shirt Cards - Homemade cards by Simone BartrumWe used some pretty funky paper to get some very 1970’s style shirts. Lovin’ those wide lapels. And we each chose our own papers so the cards all turned out so different. Some of our creations are pictured above.

To make this card, we cut a slightly narrower-than-normal card base of 14.5cm x 8.5cm (17cm folded in half).

The patterned paper (Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper in assorted designs) was 14.5cm x 10cm. We cut the paper so we ended up with one piece 14.5cm x 3.5cm (left side of card), and the other 14.5cm x 7cm (right side of card). The turned-down lapels revealed the other side of the double-sided Designer Series Paper.

We decorated our ‘shirts’ with assorted buttons and even punched circles (if we didn’t have the right coloured ‘buttons’). And then we finished it off with a bow from the fabulous new Bow Builder Punch.

Do you want to see how this new punch works? Check out the video below.



Hey guess what? Some exciting news this week with the announcement of FOUR NEW Sale-a-bration gifts to choose from!


NEW Sale-a-bration items available during March 2015 only

You can choose one of these new items, or any of the original items, for FREE with every $90 purchase.


Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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