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Clearance Rack: New stock added

Published by under cards | Dec 17 2019

Run, don’t walk. I just heard the news and couldn’t wait to share it with you…

Dozens of new items have been added to the Clearance Rack. But stock is very limited and won’t last long.

Visit the Clearance Rack here

Sometimes the page takes a few seconds to load the new products when you’re scrolling down, but keep scrolling – there are LOADS of new products there as of right now.

> Shop the Clearance Rack here <

Current host code: 4WGYM6D9

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Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Free Shipping – This Wednesday only

Published by under cards | Dec 09 2019

It’s coming for ONE. DAY. ONLY.

Free Shipping* on
Wednesday 11th December
12.01am – 11.59pm

(Yep, that’s this Wednesday)

Alarm Set? Check
Wish list updated? Check
Ready to save some money? Absolutely check!

But whatever you do… don’t forget. Or you’ll be kicking yourself on Thursday!

Come back on Wednesday and click the blue button below…

Click here to visit our online store

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* Minimum order AUD $45

This is a fabulous time to stock up on those crafty essentials that you might be running low on, like:

  • Adhesives
  • White cardstock
  • Ink refill
  • Christmas presents (for someone else or for you!)

This is especially important if you have time off over Christmas/New Year and plan to get some serious crafting done. Oh that sounds like heaven, doesn’t it! xxxx

Check that you’ve got the essentials and maybe even some fun new stuff to get your creativity going.
Hot tip: The kits are always a great place to start.

If you think you might forget on Wednesday or have a busy day planned, just email your order by Wednesday and I’ll take care of it all.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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An Update from Simone – and plans for 2020

Published by under cards | Dec 06 2019

Hi friends,

It’s been a while since I popped in for a little chit-chat and to let you know what’s happening in my corner of the world. So today’s the day. A blogging version of the ‘Christmas letter’.

How has 2019 been for you? It has been a full-on year for our family, with my youngest starting high school and my oldest going off to university. I even picked up a part-time job at the start of 2019 which has given me the opportunity to develop all kinds of new skills. My 3 kids continue to amaze me with their achievements, but more importantly I’ve loved seeing their independence grow. This of course comes with mixed feelings, as any mother of teens will understand! Change is the only constant in life, as the saying goes. They are definitely growing up.

My Stampin’ Up! business continues to be my main focus work-wise and one that I love even after 12 wonderful years. Monthly stamp clubs are still going strong here in Creswick/Ballarat, with technique clubs and workshops all over the region.

Due to strong interest and increasing numbers, I’m adding a new monthly stamp club session in 2020! So we’ll now offer the following classes:

  • Monday 1pm-2.30pm
  • Thursday 2.30-4pm and
  • Saturday 10am-11.30am

Now is the perfect time for new members to sign up for the coming year, but I’m also opening this to casual class attendees for $15 per class (space permitting) if you need a bit more flexibility.

It warms my heart that people still love to gather and craft together, especially when I see the amazing connections that happen around the crafting table. I truly believe that the need to connect and share experiences is a need that will always be here, just as it has for generations before us.

In October I hosted my first full day retreat at the local RSL hall. All attendees got the fabulous Most Wonderful Time product medley box, a full trestle table to work on for the day, fully catered with yummy food and homemade slices, and also a stack of make & takes.

It was such a brilliant day, and I’ll definitely be holding more classes there again in 2020, with the first one being on Saturday February 15 (you’re hearing it here first!). Message me to express your interest or stay tuned for more info.

A few weeks ago I went to Sydney for a Stampin’ Up! event where we got our hands on the NEW upcoming Mini Catalogue (yes, it’s had a name change and has gone back to what we called it many years ago) and also Sale-a-bration brochure. At well over 50 pages it’s not exactly ‘mini’ but I guess it is compared to the big annual catalogue! There are sooooo many fabulous new products to keep us inspired and creating, I can’t wait for you to see it. If you have purchased through me in the past year, keep an eye on your letterbox for your complimentary catalogues. They are being posted from Sydney on 6th December. Exciting!

Our annual awards and recognitions were also announced in recent weeks and I was thrilled and delighted (and a little shocked!) to again earn a Top 25 Australia Overall spot, in addition to awards in sales, team growth and leadership. Thank you so much to my valued customers and team members.

So, what can you expect from me in 2020?

As your creative coach and Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I hope I have something to offer everyone…

  • ONLINE: Online shop open 24/7 so you can stock up on your craft supplies at a time and place that suits you
  • BY MAIL: Sign up for my quarterly YCCI packs so you can create along with our international team of demonstrators. Packs are delivered to your door on a quarterly basis for $25 including postage.
  • IN PERSON: Monthly stamp clubs for signed-up members, casual classes for $15, workshops to earn host rewards, monthly craft days for team members. All in Central Victoria, Australia.
  • CRAFT SHOWS: Visit me in person at Ballarat CraftAlive 3-5 April 2020, Australia. Save the date!

The Holiday Catalogue Retiring List has been released. As usual, some of the products will be gone for good while others will carry over so you can keep buying them next year.

And for the first time ever, some items will go on a ‘break’ after Christmas and will return for next year’s Christmas mini catalogue. How clever is that!

Holiday-to-Holiday Catalogue Carryover Products

  • Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (item 150705)
  • Christmas Countdown Project Kit (item 150703)
    • Please note: The coordinating Christmas Countdown Stamp Set (item 151833) will not carry over.
  • Jingle Bells Embellishments (item 149598)
  • Snowflake Sequins Embellishments (item 150443)
  • Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 150444)
  • Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper (item 150432)
  • Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 150429)
  • Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set (item 150464)
  • Gleaming Ornament Punch Pack (item 150647)
  • Merry Moose Stamp Set (item 150494)
  • Moose Punch (item 150652)
  • Gather Together Stamp Set (item 150589)
  • Gathered Leaves Dies (item 150662)

These items won’t be available from January but will return later in 2020 as we start thinking about Christmas again.

We even have a small number of retiring items that are on sale at up to 30% off, but only while supplies last.

You can download the full list of everything carrying over HERE. Remember that the asterisk ( * ) means that the items are coming back in the next Christmas catalogue but won’t be available in the meantime. If you have any questions, just ask.

Well that’s all from me today. If you got to the end, well done! Leave me a comment below to say hello and so I can wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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YCCI International: Brightly Gleaming

Published by under cards | Dec 02 2019

YCCI International Design Team Project: Simone Bartrum

Can you believe we are in the final month of December already?

I still can’t get over how fast this year has gone. But the good thing about a new month is that we have a brand new YCCI (You Can Create It – International) Challenge to share with you.

Our subscribers had a fun packet to create with during November…

YCCI International Design Team Project: Simone Bartrum

It included a half A4 sheet of thick Vanilla cardstock and a couple of 4×6 inch panels of the gorgeous Brightly Gleaming designer series paper and some Star Designer Elements too.

This is what I created…

YCCI International Design Team Project: Simone Bartrum

This is a simple card, but a fabulous way of using up your favourite Christmas papers.

All you need to do is cut a panel slightly smaller than the base card, then use a die to curve the bottom edge (I used a die from In The Woods). Then add a jumping deer from the Detailed Deer dies set.

Detailed Deer is not new to Stampin’ Up! – it’s been in the annual catalogue for a year or so now – but it’s still one I reach to quite often. Truly gorgeous!

YCCI International Design Team Project: Simone Bartrum

The inside of the card is decorated simply with the cut-off corner from the front. The extra paper decorates the envelope.

YCCI International Design Team Project: Simone Bartrum

Design Team Projects

Would you like to see what the design team came up with?

And here are some entries from subscriber Dianne Simpson. Thanks Dianne!

A big thank you to our fellow Aussie subscribers who shared some of the projects they made with last month’s kit too.

Dianne Simpson

Annette Weisner-Ellix

I love to see what you made!

Register Now for January-March

  • Registration for the next quarter (January – March kits) closes on December 28th.
  • Message me via Facebook or email to secure your spot.
  • First-time subscribers: AUD$25 per quarter including delivery.
  • You will get 3 x monthly kits (one each for January, February and March) PLUS an extra full-size item from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogues PLUS extra materials (such as cardstock and embellishments) that you can use to finish off your monthly project.
  • All items are beautifully packaged in a secure box and delivered to your door.
YCCI International Design Team Project: Simone Bartrum

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Stampin’ Up! Card Inspiration

Published by under cards | Nov 20 2019

Looking for ideas using current Stampin’ Up! bundles? Scroll down for inspiration.

To a Wild Rose
Path of Petals
Parcels and Petals
Dino Days
Free As A Bird
Memorable Mosaic
Bloom and Grow
Band Together

What’s on your wish list?

Happy stamping, 

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You Can Create It – International: Come To Gather

Published by under cards | Nov 02 2019

Every month a little packet of papercraft supplies becomes the basis of our challenge with the You Can Create It – International (YCCI) team. Our mission is to turn those elements into a card, or gift packaging, or some other finished project.

The October kit included:

  • 2 pieces of 4″ x 6″ Come To Gather designer series paper
  • half A4 sheet of Mint Macaron cardstock (21cm x 14.8cm)
  • half A4 sheet of Whisper White cardstock (21cm x 14.8cm)
  • 50cm Braided Linen Trim

Extra supplies were included in the quarterly kit but I only used the Shimmery Crystal Effects on my card. Other items included a A4 sheets of Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy cardstock, white and vanilla envelopes, and a sheet of Thick Whisper White cardstock.

I’m so excited that this was my first quarter of sending out these packs to my lucky YCCI subscribers. I only had a limited number available for this first offering, and they all sold!

If you were one of the lucky ones to get a bundle, I’d love to see what you made! For inspiration, just scroll on down and see what our international design team made with these same supplies.

If you are interested in adding your name to the list for the Jan-March mail out, let me know by email here.

Come to Gather Card

This is the card I made with the supplies in my pack. Just a cute and simple card, with a Mint Macaron base and the pattern pieces from the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper pack.

I also used the stamps and dies from the sweet Friend Like You bundle, which includes the Friend Like You stamp set and the Friendly Silhouettes dies. Inks used were Merry Merlot and versamark.

Design Team Projects

On the 2nd day of each month the design team share what they created with these same supplies. So many gorgeous ideas!

Check out their creations below and to learn more about the project just click on the creator’s name.

Tip: If you would like English translations, open up the links in a Google Chrome browser.

Hélène Den Breejen  
Heike Fallwickl   
Fanny Minne 
Aude Barbara      

What a great collection of projects! I’m always amazed at how similar products can end up looking so different.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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