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CTC 62: Flowering Fields

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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.


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? 😉

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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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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


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!)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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!



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


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!




Giveaway over at 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





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.

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.



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 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




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


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

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

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.



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



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: 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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CTC 60 – CASE-ing The Crew

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Each week the CASE-ing the Catty crew examine the Stampin’ Up! catalogue for inspiration. This week we are wrapping up our program for the year so we are doing something a little different – we are looking to each other for inspiration!

I’m thrilled to share two projects that were inspired by two very talented crafters.

The first of those is Alison Barclay from Gothdove Designs. I’ve been a fan of Alison’s work for some time, and love her clean and crisp style. If you have a scroll through her blog, you’ll know what I mean. I’ve been inspired by her work many times over the years, and her creations often pop up in my Pinterest feed.

In November Alison recreated the gorgeous project on page 15 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue and I was thrilled to see it because I loved the card and couldn’t quite work out how to make it. Thanks for the inspiration Alison, and for sharing how you made your card.

Here is Alison’s…


And here is my version…

Embellished Ornaments

I kept it fairly close to Alison’s original, but swapped her blues (Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo) for Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss.

It also gave me the chance to try out the fantastic new Wink of Stella pens which will be available though Stampin’ Up! in only a couple of weeks. Bring on that new Occasions Catalogue. Woohoo!!! The Wink of Stella pens have a brush tip and are perfect for applying a touch of shimmer and glimmer in just the right places. So convenient! I’m predicting this little item will be a huge seller in the new catalogue.

Embellished Ornaments meets Wink of Stella - Stampin' Up! CTC 60


I kept the Embellished Ornaments theme going with my second project, although this time I CASEd the very talented Helen from H2 Designs.

I was so inspired by a project she created back in September (for CTC #49) – the layout and the vellum just jumped right out at me.

Here is Helen’s card:


I used that project as inspiration for this one:


Embellished Ornaments stamp set by Stampin' Up! - Gold and navy. Created by Simone Bartrum for CTC 60.

Night of Navy and Gold is a favourite colour combo of mine this year. I even managed to sneak in some Night of Navy seam binding ribbon on this one.

Embellished Ornaments stamp set by Stampin' Up! - Gold and navy. Created by Simone Bartrum for CTC 60.

So there you have it!

A huge thanks to Alison and Helen for their inspirational projects, to our CTC Crew organiser Rebecca Scurr, and for everyone who shares their projects each week.

I hope you’ll join us as we look to the awesome new Occasions catalogue for inspiration when we return in January 2016.

Please continue on the hop. Next you’re off to Helen at H2 Designs.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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