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IDEAS Free Tutorial Bundle (Dec 2020)

Published by under cards | Dec 08 2020

The December IDEAS tutorial bundle is now available! This amazing document has been carefully curated just for you, and is filled with project ideas and inspiration.

The document has been created by the IDEAS Design Team – a collective of international demonstrators – who each create unique tutorials to help inspire you and to make your crafting easy and fun.

The collage above is a sneak peek of all the amazing projects that the Design Team have contributed to this month’s tutorial bundle. 

To get your hands on this document, simply place a $50+ order of Stampin’ Up! products with me during the month of December. This can be done through my online store, or by contacting by email, by Facebook or phone. It’s also available for separate purchase (contact me for details) and is provided to my team members for free in our team forum.

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember to not share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles.

December Theme

Our theme this month is “Getting Ready for a New Year”. And WOW isn’t that a good idea, after the crazy year we’ve all had in 2020.

The variety of projects here is phenomenal, and comes to nearly 100 pages!

Letter Writing Compendium

For my project I chose to create a Letter Writing Compendium, which was inspired by one I received by the Stampin’ Up! co-founder, Shelli Gardner, quite a few years ago.

It is made from a Stamp Case storage box, which you can buy in packs of 4. Inside is writing paper, envelopes and space to store postage stamps.

Here is a closer look at the cover.

You can have a look at a sneak peek of each of the designer’s projects by joining us on this blog hop. You can visit the next fabulous post, by Debbi Green, just by clicking on the button below.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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GIANT Year End Sale – On Now

Published by under cards | Dec 08 2020

Don’t look now, but we are only a few weeks away from the end of 2020.

I know, right!?

We are looking forward to 2021 for MANY reasons, but one of them has to be the launch of new products on January 5th. That also means we need to clear out the shelves of retiring August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue products. That begins TODAY – NOW – with deep discounts on some of our favourite products.

Click the Shop Now button below to visit my online store where you can browse the full range. But hurry – stocks are limited.

Shop the new catalogue now
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items are available while supplies last.
  • Items and discounts may vary by market (depending on inventory levels).
  • Exclusions apply: Carryover items will not be discounted.
  • Due to increased shipping times and possible shipping delays during the month of December, we can’t guarantee delivery before Christmas.
  • Purchasing bundle items separately can sometimes result in a cost savings.

Get on it, friends. There are some amazing bargains in the list but some of them are already on the Low Inventory list.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Poinsettia Place Fancy Fold: YCCI

Published by under cards | Dec 03 2020

Each month our You Can Create It (YCCI) subscribers are given a packet of supplies – like cardstock, paper and embellishments. The challenge is to turn those supplies into a completed project.

The November packet looked like this…

The packet included:

  • a panel of Poinsettia Place patterned papers,
  • 5 Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Soft Suede cardstock
  • Old Olive cardstock
  • a panel of Brushed Metallic cardstock

For the challenge, anything from the ‘extra materials’ packet could also be added. This is what that pack looked like:

This month I was keen to replicate a fun fancy fold that a team member sent me recently (thanks Jacqueline!). It folds flat to mail, but when assembled it is a standing 3-dimensional card. This month’s packet was perfect for this card.

The flower was trimmed from the patterned paper, and the word ‘friend’ die cut from the beautiful brushed metallic paper and the foam adhesive sheets.

Design Team Projects

Once again the Design Team have outdone themselves with amazing projects using the same supplies from the November YCCI pack.

The Design Team projects are all below, and if you’d like further info just click on their name.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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24 hr Sale – Tuesday only

Published by under cards | Nov 24 2020

Well this is exciting. TODAY ONLY – Tuesday 24th November – take 10% off almost everything from the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalogue.

Some exclusions apply. See the exclusions list for details.

And yes, bundles ARE included! These are excellent value because the bundled price is already 10% off so this is an EXTRA 10%!

And if you join Stampin’ Up! today you’ll get up to 10% more product in your starter kit. Brilliant!

How to Order

  1. Jump over to my online store and shop any time before 11.50pm AEDT tonight. Shop when and where you want!
  2. Send your shopping list and preferred payment method to 0411642038.
  3. Call me anytime today! 0411642038. Australia only.
  4. Email your list by 10pm (Syd/Mel time) and I’ll be in touch to finalise.

Click here to shop the sale

Remember, the sale is for TODAY ONLY.

Happy stamping, 

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The Spot #136: Curvy Christmas Emboss Resist

Published by under cards | Nov 10 2020

Welcome to this week’s project for The Spot Creative Challenge. This week we have a technique challenge: Emboss Resist.

It’s been a while since I did an emboss resist technique, so it was fun to get the powders and heat tool out again.

For my project I chose the Curvy Christmas stamp set – a limited edition set that coordinates with the Curvy dies. Check out all the options in this fabulous new-release range here.

With this card I started by embossing the line of curvy trees in white embossing powder. Then I sponged different blue inks from the top down, starting with Night of Navy and working down into Balmy Blue.

A simple line of white ribbon tied under the raised panel finished off this clean and simple card.


Each week our Design Team of international creatives share projects based on a new challenge. It could be a theme, a colour challenge, a sketch challenge or – as it is in this week – a technique challenge. 

Each Tuesday at 10pm (Syd/Mel time) you’ll see a new challenge post on the challenge website (click to visit). You can play along, and if you want you can even enter your card in the weekly challenge by uploading your project (and you don’t even need a blog!). 
A winner will be chosen each week.

Your Challenge

So now it’s your turn. Use the sketch that you see at the top of this post, and use it as inspiration for a project of your own. You don’t have to follow it exactly – for example, feel free to change the heart to a different shape like I did in this card. When you’re finished, jump over to The Spot and upload a photo of your project. Have fun! 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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NEW: Limited Edition Christmas Kit

Published by under cards | Nov 03 2020

A brand new Christmas-in-a-box Kit is now available. And it’s gorgeous!
Supplies are strictly limited and at a great price ($37 +p/h)… so if you’d like it make sure you grab a box soon.

With a specially-designed box and enough supplies to create eight elegant Christmas cards, this one-of-a-kind kit will inspire you to spread peace, joy, and love.

To make the most of this kit, you can even join the Joy of Paper Pumpkin Facebook group to meet and connect with crafters in other countries and exchange cards.


COST: AUD$37 plus p/h
ITEM #: 155876

The theme includes the rich and traditional festive colours of:

  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Crumb Cake
  • Early Espresso
  • Just Jade
  • Soft Sea Foam

And to top it all off, the box will include:

  • An exclusive stamp set you won’t find anywhere else
  • One classic ink Stampin’ Spot
  • Paper and crafting materials including card bases, die-cut pieces, embellishments, and adhesive.
Shop the new catalogue now

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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