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Stampin’ Up! Australia Stamp Sale

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Stamps on sale! 20% off select Stampin' Up! sets until Nov 20.

Stamp sales are the best sales, and this one is no exception! Save 20% on selected stamp sets ordered before Nov 20, 2015. [This sale has now ended]

This is a fab opportunity to grab some stamps on your wish list (and some you didn’t know you wanted until now!).

Here’s the handy flyer for you to download OR just click on through to the SALE PAGE of my online store to see every lovely set on offer.


[This sale has now ended]

There are some great sets on offer at hard-to-say-no prices.

Stake Your Claim is a great one. Lots of possibilities and fun uses (and they don’t necessarily have anything to do with gardening!)…

Stake Your Claim (Stampin' Up!).


Bountiful Border is another lovely set. It’s a two-step stamp set, so you can easily add colour to your project without the hassle of masking or using markers to apply the separate colours.

Bountiful Border (Stampin' Up!)


Love colouring?

Grab your pencils or markers and create your own tags and cards with the cute Santa’s Gifts set. Includes three messages and 7 images to colour.

Santa's Gifts (Stampin' Up!)

Want to see more of the discounted stamp sets in action?

Check out the Pinterest board full of ideas using these ‘on sale’ sets.


20% off select stamps (Australia) Pinterest Board


And you can find them all in my online store!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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CTC 54: Stampin’ Up! Christmas Colours (& the whitewash technique)

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It’s colour challenge time!

This week our Case-ing the Catty crew are inspired by a Stampin’ Up! Christmas colour theme that really pops: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party and Real Red.


Colour Challenge: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Real Red



I went straight to the Home for Christmas cardstock pack and the Home for Christmas designer series paper for this project, all conveniently in this colour palette.

I wanted to try something a little different, though, and remembered a technique from a past training event.

A bright patterned sheet had been sponged with a layer of white Craft Stampin’ Ink, which resulted in an interesting toned-down look. It looked almost white-washed.

Here are some before & after photos from the big screen:

Whitewash paper technique - to alter the look of bright patterned paper


I modified this technique by just lightly sponging the outer edges of a panel of the holly paper with the Craft Stampin’ ink.

CTC54 Colour Challenge: Home of the Holidays DSP patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, and Cozy Christmas stamp set

Can’t find the white Craft Stampin’ ink in your catalogue? Check out page 163 of the annual catalogue. It is described as a:

Rich, permanent pigment Whisper White ink for embossing or creating an opaque look on dark cardstock.

It does take a while longer to dry, compared to our regular classic ink pads. Being a little impatient I waved my heat tool over it with a few seconds to set it quickly. Good time to replace those Jamberry nail wraps (yes those heat tools come in very handy and I’m sure I’ll be embossing more now that I’ve caught the Jamberry bug – hehehe).

I then sponged the edges in a little Mossy Meadow ink to bring back definition to the edges.

CTC54 Colour Challenge: Home of the Holidays DSP patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, and Cozy Christmas stamp set


It reminds me of a filter you can apply to photos. It was fun to play with this technique and I’ll have to try it again another time.


So how are you going with your Christmas cards? Are you inspired to try this colour theme with your cards?

It’s now November, so you know what that means….. Christmas is NEXT MONTH!



For more ideas and inspiration using this colour theme, continue hopping along to the lovely and talented Monique Fielder.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 51 Stampin’ Up! Wonderland

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Hi friends,

I’m back for this week’s CASE-ing the Catty blog hop (now on Sundays!).  You may have joined me from Alison’s blog or you may be starting here. Either way, continue hopping around the links for inspiration and ideas. The theme this week is the Winter Wonderland section on pages 22-27 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue.

Stampin' Up!'s Wonderland stamp set and sample from the Holiday Catalogue 2015. Gorgeous simplicity.


With our Christmas being in the middle of summer here in Australia, we don’t find much in the way of snow. But we do love our trees!  And living in a forestry area like I do, the Wonderland stamp set jumped out at me straight away.


My inspiration came from the card sample on page 22 of the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue (image on the right).

That tree stamp is sooooo beautiful, I’m sure I would buy the set just for that stamp! But the other stamps are a great bonus too.


Here is my creation which was inspired by the cards in the catalogue.

Wonderland Christmas in Garden Green and Gold


The word Merry is a die from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies. Jolly and Peace also come in the set of three festive words.

Wonderland and Gold


The Snowflake Elements and Gold Cording Trim was in the original card on page 22, and add just the right touch to this clean and simple card.

Wonderland by Stampin' Up!

In the sample in the catalogue, the area under the trees had been masked so that a clean straight line was created. I was inspired to try my hand at masking too, but tried something a little different. The area under the trees was created by sponging around the top edge of a torn ‘post-it note’ which was my mask. I moved it slightly down and sponged lightly again, repeating this step until I had the look I was after.

I ended up making a few different cards, all inspired by the lovely catalogue sample. In fact, we even made one of them in my recent classes as we talked about masking and stamping-off. This stamp set lends itself to quite a good assortment of fun techniques!

Wonderland creations


I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Be sure to hop on over to visit Julia Quinn and her lovely creations. If you lose track at any point, you are welcome to visit the CASE-ing The Catty blog for all the links.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Cardmaking classes in Ballarat & Creswick, Central Victoria

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It’s finally here! The updated list of Christmas cardmaking classes in Ballarat and Creswick, through until the end of the year. I have been teaching papercraft classes here for 8 years (where has the time gone?) and am excited about the new events we’ve got planned.

Classes are usually held in Creswick, but I may be moving some of these classes into Ballarat so the venue will be confirmed at the time of booking. Email me for booking enquiries.

I hope to see you at a class soon.


[Click image below to download class schedule]

Cardmaking Classes in Ballarat, Creswick 2015 Stamping Class 2015

Download class schedule

[Edited: Sorry, no spots left for class on 17/9/15. And we are now holding a craft sale/garage sale on October 17. Contact me for details.]

Classes are suitable for all experience levels. If you are new to rubber stamping or cardmaking, let me know and I will be sure to provide extra help.

Our class sizes are small and friendly, and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome.

If you prefer one-on-one classes, let me know as I also offer this service. These can be held in my classroom, or I can visit you in your own home and bring the craft projects to you – perfect for those with mobility issues.

I love crafting and enjoy it even more when sharing it with friends, so I’m sure we’ll have a wonderful time together. Best of all: everything is included in these classes. You don’t need to bring anything at all, except a smile.

Booking enquiries.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 47 – Oh What Fun Tag Kit Cards

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Welcome! I’m so excited to be a brand new member of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew. These guys deliver gorgeous creations in the form of a blog hop every Friday, and use the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues for inspiration. CASEing = Copy & Share Everything.

You may have arrived from Elizabeth‘s blog or directly from the CASE-ing the Catty website.

For my regular readers, I have no doubt you will love hopping around the loop each week and seeing all the great ideas. What a perfect way to start the weekend!


Let’s Kit Together

This week’s theme is ‘Let’s Kit Together’, and we’re looking at the ready-to-go kits on pages 4 – 7 of the new Holiday Catalogue for inspiration. This gave me the perfect excuse to get up close with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.


There are enough supplies in this kit to make three each of 10 different tags.

I had an idea that I’d like to convert some of the tags to full cards. And this is what I ended up with.Cards with the Oh What Fun Tag Project kit by Stampin' Up!. The kit + a pack of notecards = lots of quick cards!


I used a variety of different Christmas stamp sets for the greetings.

Isn’t it great how different fonts really change the ‘feel’ of a card? From traditional to casual, formal to relaxed. True confessions: I do have a secret ‘thing’ for fonts.

Here are some of the cards up close (you can always click on the images to enlarge).

Tis The Season card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

I used the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes as the card base. What a quick and easy way to make a stack of cards.

Merry Christmas card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

And the card front is embossed with the new Softly Falling embossing folder.

Christmas card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

A few extra embellishments like red foil sheets (above) and silver satin ribbon (below) add to the fun.

Merry Christmas card - Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard. The note cards and envelopes are perfect for this project, and I love that they are pre-scored and ready to go. A perfect match for these kits.

Crumb Cake note cards & envelopes, by Stampin' Up!

Christmas cards made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecards.

So what do you think? I’m loving this kit – for tags and cards.


Thanks to the CTC Crew for inviting me to play along.

And now I’m thrilled to bits to hand you on to the next blogger on our hop… the a-maz-ing Jessica Williams. Yes, she really is amazing!

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



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Stampin’ Up! Australia Christmas Holiday Catalogue

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Stampin' Up! Australia - Christmas Holiday Catalogue. Available from

Spring has sprung!

And so has the new 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue.

Fifty pages of festive fun, new products, punches, kits and more.

It’s time to shake off the winter blues… Christmas is on the way.


I am giddy over this one. It would have to include the best range of products I’ve seen in years.

In fact, many of those new products immediately jumped on to my wish list.

Two thumbs up for this catalogue.

.Top 6 Picks for Christmas. Simone's favourites from the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.


MY TOP FIVE, no make that SIX, PICKS from the new HOLIDAY CATALOGUE

Almost impossible to stick to five favourites from this catalogue – or six – but we’ll give it a go…


The 'To You and Yours Shaker Frame Cark Kit' in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue. Each page has silver foil on the card base. # In no particular order!


  1. The To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit on page 4. Having made up these cards, I can honestly say I LOVE how they look. Great quality, nice thick card bases, and I love the shiny foil on the cards. You can’t tell from the tiny picture in the catalogue, but each card base has strips of silver running through the design on the front and backs of the cards. Gorgeous. They have been generous with the supplies too, so you’ll have plenty of sequins, chunky glitter and die cut pieces left over at the end. And no you don’t HAVE to get the stamp set on the bottom of page 4 to make up the cards, although it looks great if you do and it’s a handy set to have. Would love to be able to buy those line strips of ‘Dimensionals’ used to line the shaker frames. They make it so easy to put the shaker frames together.
    Make a hearth using the window piece from the Hearth & Home Thinlits dies. Stampin' Up!. .
  2. The Hearth and Home Thinlits dies on page 11 (and images on page 10). Yes, I’m a sucker for a good ‘die’. And how fantastic that you can cut out the window frame cross bars and – voila – it becomes a fireplace.
    Seriously… that is genius right there.
  3. The Sleigh Ride Edgelits dies on page 12. These are just sooooo cute. Yes, they are a little fiddly to work with, with all those delicate little shapes, so if fiddly is not your thing then these might not appeal. But the delicate shapes is what makes these edgelits so gorgeous.
  4. The Embellished Ornaments bundle on page 15. Enough said. Love love love. This is the bundle that featured on our recent Fancy Fold card. What’s not to love? The Peaceful Pines bundle could have easily snuck into this spot too.
  5. Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 39. I love that this is an oversized square folder, so it will work with cards in the landscape or portrait orientation. Thank you Stampin’ Up!. That has been on my wish list for a long time. Such a beautiful design, too.
  6. Fine-Tip Glue Pen on page 43. This has CHANGED my life! No kidding. One of the smallest items, tucked away on the bottom corner of the page, I didn’t even notice it until someone else pointed it out to me. And yes, I know it’s not the most glamorous item. But wowowowowowow it is the best EFineTipGlueNameVER. You can perfectly position sequins and carefully place die-cut words, without any gooey overflow. You can even write words with it and sprinkle ultra-fine glitter over the top (see pic on the right, I wrote my name with the glue then added gold glitter). No need to squeeze. And the needle in the tip to prevent clogging is just the bees-knees. You can watch a video about this new Fine-Tip Glue Pen here.

My favourites from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue: I just love them all

You can view all the new products in one convenient section of my online store.

Happy browsing.

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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