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Save the Date: Melbourne Planner Market

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Happy new year friends!

What a whirlwind few weeks it has been. I hope you had an awesome Christmas and rang in the new year in a fine way.

I say 2017 is going to be absolutely amazing!

Of course the best thing about a brand new year is setting up my planners for the new year.


Are you a planner girl/guy?

If you haven’t been indoctrinated into the world of planners then the rest of this post may not make much sense. The planner community is huge (check out some of the Facebook groups to see what I mean).

To get 2017 off to a great start I’ve been getting my planner setup ready.

I’ve got my new inserts (trying out the awesome day to a page inserts from Life is Crafted this year), and put my Robin’s Egg Carpe Diem planner aside while I (very carefully) started using my rose gold Kikki-K planner.

Yes, it’s the one with the flakey gold 🙁

But after looking at it fondly for a few months I just had to take it out of the box and use it. I mean, what’s the point otherwise?


So my new set up is ready to go. For now.  If there’s any interest I’d be happy to share how I set up my planners to help me be more productive (hint – leave a comment if you are!).

Anyway, what I want to share TODAY is some awesome news.

Victoria is getting it’s very own planner market!

The Melbourne Planner Market is coming to Kensington for one day only (hopefully more if it’s a big success) so get your … ahem… planners out and lock in this date: February 12th 2017. No need to use the Frixion markers on this one, go for that permanent Very Special Pen to write this baby down.


Tricia (from the Speckled Sparrow) and I will be sharing how we use the awsome Stampin’ Up! products in our planners. Stampin’ Up! is a paper crafting company of course, with plenty to keep us card makers and scrapbookers happy. But did you know just how versatile our products are? Oh my goodness. You are going to be blown away!

So come along and check out what we have to share. There are around 30 stallholders to the event and even better – it’s FREE ENTRY! Yay for that.

Are you coming?

Leave me a comment below, or even better make sure you like & follow my Facebook page. I’ll be sharing some of my favourite planner tips in the coming weeks and you won’t want to miss it.


Happy stamping,


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Stampin’ Up! Australia Year End Closeout Sale

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Stampin' Up! Australia - Year End CloseOut Sale

What a lovely surprise!

Stampin’ Up! are cleaning out the shelves to make room for the great new products coming in January.

So out they go… retiring Christmas products, overstocked items and clearance rack bargains.



There are some great bargains, like the Stitched with Cheer kit. 50% off! Down from AUD$42 to $21. Includes everything to make the 18 cards, including envelopes, liners and even the needles and needle threader!

Stampin' Up! Australia - Stitched with Cheer



Wondering what’s retiring from the Holiday Catalogue?

Click HERE to download the PDF document

Click HERE to download the sortable Excel spreadsheet


A couple of quick notes: 

  1. When you look in the online store you’ll notice the Year End Closeout link has 4 categories: Stamps, Bundles, Paper and ‘Everything Else’. Make sure you select ‘view all’ on the Everything Else page, otherwise you’ll only see the first of 5 pages of products.
  2. Sale-a-bration is around the corner, and so is the release of the new Occasions Catalogue. It all kicks off on January 3.  I’m now taking bookings for cardmaking workshops into February and I’d love to do one for you! If you are in Victoria just get in touch and we’ll see what we can work out. Everything supplied and you’ll learn tips and techniques while we stamp together.


That’s it for me today, but don’t hesitate to jump over to my Facebook page to keep up with all the daily happenings.

Happy stamping,

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Stampin' Up! Australia Flash Sale

Stampin' Up! Australia Flash SaleToday is a special day.

It’s the final day of the Online Extravaganza – with up to 40% off select product. Check them out here.

And to top it off we have four new products on special for 24 hours only.

Don’t miss this, because it ends on Monday 28th November at 11.50pm



My pick of the lot is the amazing Magnetic Platform (click image below for more info):

Stampin' Up! Australia Flash Sale

If you do a lot of die cutting with the Big Shot using stamped images, then you will find this a fantastic time saver. The magnetic platform holds Framelits and Thinlits dies in place over stamped images when you cut them. You use this in place of the Multipurpose Platform, but in all other respects the sandwich is the same. Fabulous invention.


Here are some of the other specials, on today only. Click on the images for more information…

Stampin' Up! Australia Flash Sale

Stampin' Up! Australia Flash Sale


Stampin' Up! Australia Flash Sale


Don’t forget that we also have 25% off THESE STAMP SETS until the end of November. Add them to your Online Extravaganza order to save on shipping.

Happy stamping,

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Hello December 2016: VIP Invitation

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***Update 25/11/16: The Hello December card collection is sold out in our online store! Contact me via email if you would like to do a Hello December album and didn’t get your order processed in time.** 

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

Oh my goodness, I’m SO excited about this announcement. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes with my Stampin’ Up! team to create a fabulous FREE resource for you!

If you are into memory keeping, December Daily albums, or Project Life, then you will LOVE this!

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

You have probably heard about the amazing Hello December 2016 by Stampin’ Up! album, what it’s all about and all the cool stuff you can buy to create one with ease.
[No? Watch this video]

But I bet your thinking: If I order that I won’t get around to making it.

It will be a waste.

It will still be in the packet in January.

I don’t have time. I don’t know what to do. etc etc.

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

Well you can forget all that. Because I’m here to help.

And I mean, REALLY help…

Order the Hello December 2016 card collection and accessory pack (which is currently 30% off!) and whatever else you need, and I will add you to an exclusive HELLO DECEMBER 2016 FACEBOOK GROUP.

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

Working collaboratively with my awesome team, we will HELP and INSPIRE you to create a beautiful album to record the magical days of December.

You’ll have access to project ideas, inspiration and resources from the moment you order. There are resources sitting there right now, but the best part will happen on December 1st. That’s when we start sharing our own layouts, cool tips, time-saving tricks and more.

And it’s all FREE! Just order your Hello December supplies through my online store, or via email, and ask for an invitation. I’ll add you straight away.

[Sorry, Australian residents only]

[Are you a Eurekastampers team member? Just message me and I’ll add you] 

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

Best news is that these items are 30% off until Monday.

BUT stocks are already low – yes, we’ve been advised – so get in quick if you’re interested. xxx

NOTE: Until Monday 29/11/16 the Card Collection is $13.48 (not $19.25) and the Accessory Pack is $22.05 (not $31.50)

I can’t wait to get my Hello December album underway this year, and I’d love to share the experience with YOU. Join us!

Order your Hello December products here or email me.

Happy stamping,

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Learn more about the Hello December project in this video.

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Here’s To Cheers

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CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop

What a week it has been in the world of Stampin’ Up!.

We are in the thick of Christmas cardmaking classes and workshops, a 25% off stamp sale and then BAM… we get news of the exciting Online Extravaganza sale that begins at midnight tonight. Well, as exciting as all that is, I couldn’t resist taking time out to join in this week’s CASEing The Catty blog hop.


Fancy Frost

The theme this week is the delicate and delightful Fancy Frost section of the Holiday catalogue, on pages 36-45.

Fancy Frost is described on page 36 as “Delicate medallions paired with elegant dry-embossed designs”.

Oh my. How gorgeous is this?

Fancy Frost - Delicate medallions paired with elegant dry-embossed designs

In particular, I was drawn to those adorable cupcakes with the fringed silver ribbon from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack.

Fringed glitter ribbon cupcake toppers

Is that not the cutest cupcake topper ever?

Just wrap a length of ribbon around a toothpick (make sure it’s secured firmly – I’d even get the hot glue gun out for this one), and snip away the sides of the ribbon. The full length of ribbon will then naturally fray, leaving you with this delightful array of glittery and sparkly thread.

I took part of my inspiration for today’s project from the cupcake topper above, and the rest from the bottle tag as shown here:


It features the Here’s to Cheers stamp set and Cheerful Tags framelits dies.

And this is what I came up with…


Here’s to Cheers

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CTC105: Here's to Cheers


The bottle tag and bottle wrap is all decked out in Emerald Envy and Silver. Just a little festive and a little celebratory.

Summer is just around the corner (we’re in Australia remember) and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas parties and end-of-year barbies (BBQ’s) with friends. We usually bring a bottle for the host, and this is such a fun way to dress up a bottle.

It doesn’t have to be wine or champagne. There are all kinds of bottles (oils, vinegars, cordials, mixers, etc) that can be spruced up with the bottle hanger from the awesome Cheerful Tags Framelits dies.

Hot tip: This is one of the items that will be heavily discounted tomorrow when the Online Extravaganza begins!


Here's to Cheers Bottle Wrap and Tag -

I love the frayed ribbon. It reminds me of tinsel…


Here's to Cheers Bottle Tag -

And the mini Jingle Bell around the neck of the bottle…


Here's to a Sparkling Season - bottle tag.


So there you have it from me this week. A little bit of fun, dressing up a bottle.

There’s more inspiration ahead as we continue on the CASEing The Catty blog hop this week. Carry on and you’ll arrive at the lovely Judy May’s blog. Her Sweet Sugarplum creations are adorable!

If you get lost along the way, just click here and you’ll be back at the CTC Blog.

Click here to go to the previous blog in this week's hop   Click here to go to the next blog in this week's hop

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping,


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Stampin' Up!'s Cheerful Tags Framelits and Here's to Cheers stamp set -

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Coming Soon: Online Extravaganza November 21 – 28

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Online Extravaganza - November 2016. Stampin' Up! Australia, Simone Bartrum

Great news!

Stampin’ Up! just released information about an upcoming Online Extravaganza special.

It’s huge, so set your alarms, set your phone reminders, because you won’t want to miss this. (Some specials are for 24 hours only – so you really will want to set a reminder!)


Please note, it starts on Monday so you’ve got a few days’ notice to work out if anything takes your fancy (ha! who are we kidding?) and be ready and poised to make the most of it. I know that horrible sinking feeling when you miss something that you really want to get in on. Well not this time, says I! Let’s be ready and organised so we don’t miss out!

Many products are 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% off for the whole week of the sale.

In addition, some extra products and bundles are ONLY discounted on the FIRST day of the sale (21st Nov). Others are ONLY discounted on the LAST day of the sale (28th Nov).


Download the Online Extravaganza flyer here


I’ll be back next week with more info, but for today I have some videos for you!

These are items that are on sale next week, but they also show some great projects and interesting techniques, so they are well worth a watch even if the featured product isn’t on your wish list.





Love gift packaging? Need to dress up a boring present?
I’m totally and utterly in love with these gusseted bags. They do the job perfectly.  They are the ideal size for dressing up a bottle of bubbly, and really all sorts of gifts would fit in here… think cordials, oils, homemade sauces, mixers, even a bunch of flowers! During the Online Extravaganza these oversized, humungous gusseted cellophane bags are 30% off, making them only $9.10 for a packet. I’ll be grabbing a few of these.


I really enjoyed making up the Stitched with Cheer cards in this kit. In fact, we taught this class at a couple of Craft Shows over the past few months, and all the classes were fully booked and well-received by all. This is your chance to buy the full kit for 30% off.


The Project Life Hello December card collection AND Accessory Pack are both 30% off during the sale!


This is the first thing I’m going to order during the sale. I was thinking it would be a great project to make with my girls when they are on school holidays, in the days before Christmas. I hesitated, and ended up taking it off my order quite a few times! But at $6 off, I think it will have to ‘fall’ back into my shopping cart 😉


What to do next: 

  1. Download the 4 page sale document.
  2. Go through it with a fine-tooth comb, working out what you want to order.
  3. Check the list of stamp sets which are 25% off this month. Any you want to add to your order?
    Tip: Get them during the Online Extravaganza to save on postage!
  4. Finalise the list and item codes ready so that you can order online as soon as the sale starts OR email me your order by Sunday.


Have a fantastic day, and happy stamping,

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