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Merry & Bright Extra Special Christmas

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Extra Merry Christmas - Catalogue Supplement now availableWe’re loving all the festive products in the Christmas/Holiday Catalogue… and you can’t have too much of a good thing, right?

Just as well, because Stampin’ Up! have brought out a cute little ‘Extra Special Christmas’ supplement with more lovely projects to inspire us.

Not only that, we have a couple of new stamp sets, some Project Life goodies and even a fabulous kit for creating 3D star boxes.


Many Merry Stars Kit


The Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit is ideal for those of us who want a fun Christmas décor or DIY Project. There are 26 stars in three sizes in the kit. You can watch a video on how to make up the kit here. Want more ideas? Check out this video too:


Let me know if you’d like one of the Merry & Bright Extra Special Christmas supplements*. Just email me to confirm your address and I’d be happy to pop one in the mail for you.
(*Australia only. If you already have a demonstrator please ask him or her for one.)


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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New Single Christmas Stamps

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So exciting to see the news today: a selection of never-before-seen SINGLE Christmas stamps are NOW available! And they. are. gorgeous!!!

singlestamps2 Click to download flyer

Christmas will be here before we know it, and these Christmas-themed single stamps may be just what you need. They are great value – starting at only $8.95!

Tip: Don’t want to pay full postage for one or two stamps? Contact me directly as I have some ideas on how we can save you $$.  

There are eight different stamps to choose from, six of which coordinate with punches or framelits dies. Keep in mind that the images in the flyer are reduced by 50%. Also, the stamps are only available in CLEAR mount and will arrive packaged in cello bags, not stamp cases, but you can always order extra cases if you want. Don’t forget to check your block sizes. Suggested clear mount block sizes are listed on the flyer for your convenience.  

How to get your hands on those gorgeous stamps:

1. Contact me via email or text/phone (o411 642 038)

2. Order at my Online Store: VISIT ONLINE STORE

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Simple Christmas Card Layout

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Here we are at the 25th of the month – time for our monthly Christmas inspiration.

Click here for last month's project.

This Christmas card layout is super simple and makes fabulous use of all those extra patterned papers you may have lying around in your stash from Christmas. In our samples above we've used Be of Good Cheer designer series paper.

Yes, it's the papercrafter's version of 'Christmas leftovers'!

Snip them in to 5.5cm wide and 10cm long strips, snip the banner ends, and adhere to card. Half centimetre strips are perfect for 'hanging' the ornaments, which are punched using the Ornament punch.

The solid cardstock panels have been embossed for added interest.

Ok, time to go and make a few, but before you go…. I can BARELY contain my excitement today… Stampin' Up! announced A-MAZ-INGLY wonderful news that could change your craft shopping experience forever. Check back tomorrow when ALL WILL BE REVEALED!


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria




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Stampin’ Up! Christmas Tags

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"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"


If you're a cardmaker you'll love making your own sweet tags to add to gifts. It sure adds that personal touch. And because they're generally smaller than a card they're quick and easy to make too.

Tags are a great way of using up all those offcuts of cardstock. You know the ones… those long strips left over from other projects that are just too good to throw away. 😉

I had fun whipping up these tags using lots of yummy Stampin' Up! products.


All Stampin' Up!: Cherry Cobbler cardstock & ink, Champagne Glimmer paper, Patterns Stack DSP, Vanilla cardstock, Always Artichoke ink, Artichoke seam binding ribbon, linen thread, Little Leaves sizzlits die, Champagne Stampin’ Glass Glitter, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, 1 ¼“ scallop circle punch.



Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Budget Christmas Gifts to Make #1

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Sweets for the Sweet Jar




Wouldn’t this make a fun festive gift?   I love how we can dress up a packet of Jaffas and a re-purposed jam jar, and turn it into a cute gift.

All we need is a a little creative ‘elbow grease’, some basic craft supplies and our imagination.


 How To:

1. Find a recycled decorative jar and make sure it’s really clean. Sauce or jam jars work well.

2. Wrap one of the Snow Festival Designer Printed tags (p12 Australian Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue) around the front, and adhere with Sticky Strip or other strong adhesive.

3. Fill contents and replace lid. Tip: Don’t have a lid? Cover with foil or cling wrap and secure with a rubber band.

4. Cover the top with fabric. I used the Scallop Circle Bigz die (p193 Annual Catalogue) to die cut Old Olive fabric from the Essentials Designer Fabric range (p170).

5. Embellish! Hand write your message on the tag (or stamp and punch as I did in the sample above), and dress it up as desired. This is the fun part so let your creativity loose and see what you end up with!

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This project was inspired by a Product Share that I offered last month’s Newsletter Subscribers. I spent some time this week cutting and packaging our shares, which included many of the products you can see in the Sweets Jar project. Soooo fun, and it made this project so easy and budget-friendly to put together!


 Sweets for the Sweet Jar



If you missed out on our shares and want to get some, click HERE for an exciting announcement.


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Snowflake Card

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Snowflake cards

If you've been studying the Christmas holiday catalogue as much as I have, these snowflake cards might look familiar!

Hint: Check out page 14 of the Christmas catalogue.


These were one of the fun projects we made at a Stampin'Up! party on the weekend.

Love that silver Glimmer Paper! Soooo sparkly.


I modified my version a little (as we do!) by using the Confetti stamp set in the background and also adding a touch of Dazzling Details. The Festival of Prints DSP stack is AWESOME if you have a Big Shot… just tear off a sheet and pop it straight onto your die. At 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" inches (11.4cm x 16.5cm) each page, they are the PERFECT size for die-cutting on the run, as a photo mat for scrapbooking, cardfront embellishment and other kinds of papery goodness. Very cool.



Full free downloadable instructions for this Snowflake card are in this month's newsletter.


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Happy stamping,


Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria





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