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CTC 76: Have a Cuppa

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Have a Cuppa Suite, by Stampin' Up!


This week we’re looking at the Have a Cuppa suite of products on pages 34 – 37 of the Occasions Catalogue.

The gorgeous A Nice Cuppa stamp set and coordinating Cups & Kettle Framelits are retiring! Nooooooo……

The good news is the bundle is still available in Australia (as of today) although I know in some other markets around the world it is already sold out.

So Aussies, you still have a chance to add these stamps and dies to your collection – buy them together for a 15% saving!


What I love MOST about this bundle:

  • the adorable little spoon, knife and fork framelits… Oh my goodness, they look amazing die cut from silver foil paper
  • The coffee cup die!
  • The little heart-shaped steam – gorgeous cut out in vellum
  • The sweet little tea bag stamps
  • It’s unique! These are the kinds of dies that people search for after they are no longer available. Don’t miss out – you’ll regret it!

Here is my project, based on the cute treat bag on page 34.

Cups & Kettle Framelits - Treat Bag.


And here was the inspiration. I kept it mostly the same. We made this project in a few classes and events recently – a fun and practical project.



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This year we are doing a monthly challenge and I’d love for you to join in. If you’ve been inspired by our blog hop, just add to the linky tool in this post which will run for the whole of the month.


A temporary good bye…

This will be my last CTC post for a few weeks, as we are about to head off to Europe for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip. My hubby, kids and I will join qualified demonstrators from around the world on an amazing Mediterranean Cruise to Spain, Italy and France. Don’t forget to follow my Stamping With Simone Facebook Page for updates on our Stampin’ Up! cruise adventures.


Next stop on the hop is the lovely Monique Fielder, you can check out her work here or click on the Next button below.

Happy stamping,





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Retiring List – Here it is!

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Download the full list – with awesome discounts – HERE

Can't Miss These Deals!


You can also check out the retiring products in my online store HERE.



While you’re in the online store, don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals. On 19th April ONLY you can order from the Weekly Deals, Clearance Rack and Retiring List all at the same time!


You can also contact me anytime today and I will be happy to take care of the ordering for you. Just email or phone/SMS to 0411 642 038.

Have fun!

Simone xxx

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CTC 74: Shine On

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This week the CTC Crew are turning to pages 30 – 33 of the Occasions Catalogue for inspiration. This includes the gorgeous Shine On suite and some of our fabulous kits.

Shine On Suite - Occasions Catalogue 2016 by Stampin' Up!

I have to say the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper is waaaaayyy better in real life. Heavier weight kraft paper and fabulous silver foil designs on one side of the paper. LOVE.

Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper


Inspired by the samples on page 30 of the Occasions Catalogue, I made a little card and gift box ensemble.


Shine On ensemble
The gift box is made using the Curvy Keepsakes die. It’s a great size for holding jewellery or sweet treats.

The specialty paper is heavier than regular designer series paper so it’s perfect for boxes.

Stampin' Up! Curvy Keepsakes die cut in the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper. So shiny in real life!

The matching card has some of the same foil specialty paper with a touch of Cucumber Crush and Real Red.


A Little Something Card - Shine On Specialty Paper by Stampin' Up!

Here are some other cards I made recently with the Shine On paper, this time with Pool Party.
Shine On Pool Party

For more inspiration, continue on to see what Rebecca has in store for us this week. At any time you can also visit the CTC blog HERE.

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Note: Next week there will be no CTC blog hop. We are having a week off because many of the crew will be attending the OnStage Events held simultaneously in various places around the world. There are two a year – one in April and and another in November, and are fun and informative Stampin’ Up! hosted events. We’re excited! The crew will be back on April 24.

Happy stamping,






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Sale-a-bration Items Still Available – Final Days

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Wishing you a beautiful Easter


I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Easter break, perhaps some quiet time at home or away camping? We are spending a few rare quiet days together at home and it’s bliss!


The end of March is just a few days away, and you know what that means? The end of Sale-a-bration is near!

There’s still time to grab a free gift with every $90 order – there’s a great range of full stamp sets and accessories on offer.

When you place your order in my online store you’ll be prompted to add the item code for your choice of gift. It’s that easy!

Here they all are for easy reference, with item codes, all in one place:


Sale-a-bration Gift: Choose 1 for every $90 ordered


If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. We are doing a little Spring cleaning at home this weekend (okay, Autumn cleaning), so I’ll be able to help you straight away.

Happy stamping,



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Perfect Pairings Shaker Frame Card

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CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop


This week the CASE-ing The Catty crew are having some more Sale-a-bration fun. You may have come from Rebecca’s page, or you may be starting here. I hope you enjoy our little bit of weekend inspiration and that you are inspired to get crafty today too.


My inspiration this week came from the fun shaker frame card on page 10 of the SAB brochure. Gotta love a card you can shake AND it’s shiny with gold foil prints!

Project Life cards used in a shaker frame card


I use the same gold printed window sheet from the Project Life ‘Memories in the Making’ card collection, along with the Perfect Pairings stamp set.

But a few minor changes ended up making a very noticeable difference!

Here is what I ended up with:

CTC 70: Perfect Pairings shaker frame card.

I switched out the pastel Mint Macaron patterned paper for a striking black and white sheet from the Everyday Chic designer series paper stack.

I love the bold combination of black, white and gold. Definitely not my usual style… but that’s why I love these sorts of challenges. They really do get you out of your comfort zone and that is so good for soul!

Perfect Pairings shaker frame card


Would you like to play along too? We’d love for you to join our linky challenge here. The CTC crew are tickled pink to visit and comment on entries, so jump on board.

Next stop on the hop is Jackie Noble. Enjoy!

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Sale-A-Bration Halfway Happiness

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Halfway Happiness Blog Hop


What a day! Today marks the halfway point of Sale-a-bration 2016 (SAB) and also the release of 3 NEW free Sale-a-bration products (view them here). To celebrate, I’ve joined up with some of our Stampin’ Up! team members – the EurekaStampers – to share what we’re doing with all the lovely free SAB goodies.

You may have come here from Sarah’s I Heart Stamping page – if so, welcome! – or you may be starting here.  Either way, I hope you enjoy what we’ve got to share with you today. 


For my project, I chose the very popular Flowering Fields stamp set. So many of my customers have chosen this one as their free gift with a $90 purchase, so I thought I’d make up some more simple layouts that work with it and also the matching Wildflower Fields paper.

I only intended to make one card, but these coordinating products are so easy to work with that I got a little carried away and ended up making four!




Apart from a few extra embellishments, you only need two sheets of A4 cardstock and one sheet of patterned paper to make the foundation of these cards.




This stamp set doesn’t include any greetings, so I used the wonderful wooden Expressions Natural Elements. They stick quite well with just a few dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Best of all, you can dress them up by applying ink or even the gorgeous Wink of Stella brush-on glimmer.




Stella is sooooo hard to photograph – have you noticed? You can just kind of see it at the end of the wood where it catches the light.


I stamped on a panel of vellum on this card. The translucent cardstock vellum is from the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum pack – also one of the free SAB offerings.


So there you have it from me! A ‘Flowering Fields’ celebration…

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.  I’m so proud of all of the team members who are participating this week, as well as all the other EurekaStampers from right across Australia.  I love Stampin’ Up! products, there’s no doubt about that, but it is the amazing people I’ve met through my involvement with ‘SU’ that has been quite simply life changing. If you have ever wanted to be part of a community of like-minded people, this may just be what you’re after too.  #blessed





For more inspiration, continue on to visit Janine Rawlin’s here or click on one of the arrows below.  Janine is the person who first introduced me to Stampin’ Up! so I’m sure she’ll inspire you today, just as she inspired me 8 years ago.


That Way      This Way

And if you get lost along the way you can always refer to this list…

1. Rose Packer

 2. Carly Middleton

3. Julie Cocks

4. Linda Whalley

5. Lauren Meiklejohn

6. Heather McCarthy

7. Mel Pagano

8. Sarah McCallion

9. Simone Bartrum <— YOU ARE HERE

10. Janine Rawlins


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



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