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Good bye May, Hello June

Published by under cards | May 31 2019

I’m not quite sure how we managed to blink and suddenly be facing June. Is time racing along quickly for you this year?

Winter is around the corner too. In fact, it snowed this week where I live (central Victoria) which does happen but certainly not every year. It’s exciting enough for us to stop and take photos.

We also have a fair bit happening in the papercrafting world at the moment. I thought I’d take a moment to summarise all the Stampin’ Up! news and to make sure you’re kept in the loop. Which is not an easy feat at the moment with a big fur ball laying on my keyboard!

As always, if you have any questions about these updates or if you’d like further information about Stampin’ Up! in Australia, please don’t hesitate to email me or connect via Facebook.

1. Just Announced – Discounted retiring products

We’re approaching the end of our Last-Chance Products promotion, and in these final days some items have been discounted by up to 20%.

View the sale in the online store or download the discounted list here.  You know the drill… sales items are strictly limited and may sell out quickly. 

2. Everything is Rosy

This gorgeous ‘product medley’ is available until 11.50pm on Friday 31st May. It comes in a box and includes a stack of products. Read all about it here

3. Hugs from Shelli – Card making kit

An elegant, vintage-themed cardmaking kit is available for a limited time, and it’s only $37! It includes an exclusive stamp set, paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs), 12 coordinating envelopes, and a Classic Stampin’ Spot (ie mini ink pad). A box of happy delivered to your door (and it’s a cute box too!). More info here.  

4. Trimmer Blades & Die Cutting Accessories

If you bought a Stampin’ Up! trimmer from me you would have received an email updating you about some recent announcements. If you haven’t, please reach out to me.

In a nutshell, the current trimmer is being retired and in time the blades will no longer be available. They are in high demand at the moment, but there will be regular deliveries of blades right through until September 2019. If you need a trimmer blade, please contact me so I can keep you in the loop. 

Also, as we announced in a recent update, Stampin’ Up! will no longer be stocking the Big Shot die cutting machine or accessories. This includes the replacement standard cutting pads. The current inventory of cutting pads has run out so the item has been removed from the online store and you will have to source them elsewhere (they are quite readily available so you shouldn’t have trouble finding them). But don’t worry – there will be plenty of dies and embossing folders in the new catalogue. And of course there will be plenty of exciting new crafty stuff to look forward to in the months ahead. 

5. New Catalogue Information – Product updates

The new catalogue officially ‘goes live’ at 9am on the 4th of June.

Have you got a hard copy of the catalogue yet? If you have placed an order with me over the past year you should have received your own copy in the mail, but if not please let me know so I can chase it up. 

The digital version of the catalogue will be available right here on my blog on June 4. 

Have you seen the beautiful new In Colors? This new batch of colours will be available for the next two years, although there is currently a problem with the Purple Posy ink so the ink pad and refill will be unavailable for a little while, until it’s all resolved.

There will also be delay with a couple of other product ranges. The Stampin’ Up! storage won’t be available to order until July 1st, and there is a little manufacturing delay with some of the 3D embossing folders. With 213 pages of ideas and inspiration and gorgeous new products, I’m sure we can be a little patient for these few items.  

6. Cardmaking classes and workshop

Just letting you know that demand has been strong for workshops and in-home cardmaking classes, so dates are now very limited through until late July/early August

Getting together with friends and learning new papercrafting techniques really never goes out of style, and I’m thrilled to see that it’s still such a popular activity. If you’ve been to one of my workshops you’ll know that I do absolutely everything I can to ensure that you and your guests have a relaxing yet engaging experience. I’ve been doing them for 10 years now (yep, there’s that ‘time racing by quickly’ thing again).

I’m excited to be heading off on this year’s Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip in early July (the Greek Isles – woohoo!), so if you would like to book a workshop before then please contact me soon and I’ll do my best to fit you in. 

There we go, I think you’re up-to-date now. 

Don’t forget, if you have a pretty long wish list for the new catalogue, now could be the perfect time for you to join my Stampin’ Up! team so that you can save 20% on all your crafty shopping. Something to think about.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Everything is Rosy – Available Now

Published by under cards | May 01 2019

Everything is Rosy product medley is available for the month of May. AUD$139.

Let your creativity bloom

We hope you’re ready for a ray of sunshine in your life, because the Everything Is Rosy Product Medley is here! This exclusive, limited-time collection of coordinating, petal-packed products has everything you need to let your creativity bloom.

What is a Product Medley?

Product medleys are new to Stampin’ Up!, and they’re a concept based on feedback. In addition to being filled to the brim with cute, coordinating products, they’ve been designed to provide you with endless creative possibilities.

The whole bundle is available on one item code only (150059), for AUD$139. Individual elements of the bundle are not available separately. It’s designed to make it an easy, all-in-one purchase where you got a HUGE amount of product. Done!

Check out what you get in this mega-bundle:

Everything is Rosy product medley is available for the month of May. AUD$139.
  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set, a total of 18 stamps (suggested blocks: a, b, c)
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies (includes 10 dies)
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack (includes 48 sheets! 8 each of 6 double-sided designs)
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper (8 sheets)
  • Printed die cuts (2 sheets)
  • Rose gold die cuts (4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs)
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments (60 6.4mm embellishments!)
  • Melon Mambo Ruched Ribbon (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold Metallic –Edge Ribbon (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint (15 ml)

That’s a lot of product!

Here’s a better photo of the stamp set:

Everything is Rosy product medley is available for the month of May. AUD$139.

Order here

Project Ideas

You’re free to be as creative as you want, because the Everything Is Rosy product medley is not a kit where you have to follow instructions to complete certain projects.

But if you’re looking for some gorgeous ideas, check out these projects created by the Stampin’ Up! artists.

(Just click on the images to see a bigger version)

The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is available for the month of May only – or while supplies last. You can order it on item code 150059. Or click here to get it in my online store.

I’m off to get mine now!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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A new catalogue is coming…

Published by under cards | Apr 25 2019

Hey stamping friends! Thanks for stopping by today. Grab a cuppa and come join me for a chat and a catch-up on all the latest news.

As I write this, we have wrapped up Easter for another year, a new school term has begun, and today we are honouring brave souls on Anzac Day.

With so much happening in all our lives and at such a fast pace, it’s good to remember that a handmade card from the heart still means so much. It’s a blessing in the creating and also in the giving.

Here’s a little recap of what’s been happening, and also some news that I think you’ll be interested in.

A Visit to New Zealand

I had the pleasure of crossing the ‘pond’ a week or so ago for our biannual Stampin’ Up! conference – #AucklandOnStage2019! What a blast.

I’d never been to New Zealand before so was keen to squeeze in a day of sightseeing. We went on a bus trip to Hobbiton and also an eerie boat ride in caves of glow worms. Amazing!

Can you see me in there behind the door of the Hobbit house? It was so much fun!

OnStage Auckland, April 2019

At OnStage we were given a copy of the upcoming 2019-2020 annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. And wow, it’s a beauty!

These events are so much fun, and the experience of hanging out with hundreds of like-minded people is just something else!

I was thrilled to have about 25 team members from Australia join me in New Zealand, plus many more from the extended team. We shared a fun dinner on the final night.

One of the most special perks of these events is the leaders’ dinner. This year it was held at the Auckland War Memorial, and was a spectacular evening of mingling, fine dining and special treats.

New Product Suites

Here are a few sneak peeks of the display boards. We have some *really* exciting new products coming! These are just a tiny sample of all the amazing NEW products that will be launching in the new annual catalogue on June 3 2019.

If you’ve ordered from me in the past year, you’ll receive a copy of the new annual catalogue in late May. Make sure you get your orders in by the end of April to qualify for the free catalogue!

And I course I can’t finish my wrap-up of OnStage without sharing some of the gorgeous Make & Takes. All new products, including a few sneak peeks.

This card was my favourite Make & Take from Auckland. It’s from a brand new suite of products called Bird Ballad. It literally made me squeal with excitement when I first saw it.

I’m thrilled to be in the planning stages of a special class featuring this suite. Stay tuned for more info!

Coming soon: Limited Edition “Hugs From Shelli” Kit

This card was not only one of our gorgeous Make & Takes in New Zealand, but I’m excited to say that it will be available in an exclusive Paper Pumpkin card-making kit called “Hugs from Shelli”. This is a one-off and supplies are strictly limited.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly papercrafting kit offered by Stampin’ Up! that is currently only available in the United States and parts of Canada. 

Because the “Hugs from Shelli” kit is so special, it is being offered as an exclusive, limited release in all markets from May 15. Yay! That includes us right here in Australia!

And in more news…

Well this has turned into an epic post. Here are a few reminders before I sign off.

  • The Last Chance list (also known as the Retiring List) has been published. These are all the products that we know will NOT make it in to the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue. See them all here in a downloadable, sortable spreadsheet.
  • As you may have noticed, the retiring items have not been reduced in price. We believe there may be some price reductions in May, but there are no guarantees. If you want something, get it now while you still can. Otherwise, stay tuned to see what (if any) bargains will be had closer to the launch of the new catalogue.
  • The Clearance Rack has just been updated. See the amazing bargains in my online store here.
  • Stampin’ Storage has been very popular, but unfortunately that means we’ve run out of stock of most of the new storage units. Be patient. They will be back.
  • As you may have heard, Stampin’ Up! are retiring the Stampin’ Trimmer including all replacement blades. If you have purchased a trimmer through me, please reach out to me so I can let you know how I’m supporting my customers during this transition. The replacement blades will continue to be available for some time, but may be temporarily out of stock while we wait for the next delivery. They WILL be back in the online store soon. If you need some, and can’t order them, please contact me and I’ll help you out.
  • On the 1st of May a brand new, limited edition product medley will be released called “Everything Is Rosy”. Melon Mambo, Night of Navy and Rose Gold…. stunning! It’s $139 for an amazing amount of products. (See below). Get ready to order on the 1st of May before it sells out.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to hear about some of the latest happenings. Don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be of any help.

And if you have a spare minute (or haven’t quite finished your cuppa yet), I’d love love love it if you leave me a quick ‘hello’ in the comments below. Just so I know you’ve stopped by.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Retiring List

Published by under cards | Apr 16 2019

It’s that time of year again…

The Annual Catalogue is drawing to a close, and we’re getting excited about all the fabulous new products that are coming our way.

But before the new catalogue is here, we have a last chance to grab some of our favourite retiring products before they’re gone for E V E R!

Click here to


A couple of things to note:

  • Don’t be alarmed when you see that the list of STAMP SETS is very long. It includes some sets that WILL be available in the new catalogue, but in the reconfigured cling-mount style. It’s just the wood-mount or clear mount versions that are retiring. If you love wood-mount stamps – this is your last chance to get them!
  • You can see a full list of these transitioning sets here.
  • Stamp sets are guaranteed to be available until May 24 but everything else is *while supplies last*.
  • Seriously… some of these items will be gone soon.
  • A reminder that the Stampin’ Trimmer and all associated accessories are retiring and won’t be available in the new catalogue. A supply of trimmer blades will still be available for purchase but are now limited to 6 packs (ie 12 blades) per order.
  • Do you want to get your hands on NEW products and see the upcoming annual catalogue now? The best and only way is to join Stampin’ Up!. More info here.
  • Would you like a copy of the new catalogue? Anyone who has ordered through my online store in the past year will get a complimentary copy of the new annual catalogue. Make sure you’ve placed an order to qualify! And don’t forget to let me know if you’ve changed address since you last ordered.

April host code: Z39W4DFC

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Storage by Stampin’ Up! – Available in Australia

Published by under cards | Apr 01 2019

Storage by Stampin' Up! - Available in Australia now

Exciting news today with the release of new storage options, designed to work perfectly with our ink pads, markers, refills and more.

Clean, fresh and bright white plastic storage

Designed to fit the new ink pads

Stackable, modular, customisable and totally flexible

Change the layout as often as you like

Reorganise to your heart’s content

Keep your supplies visible (so you’ll use them!)

If you’re ready to reorganise and tidy up your crafting space, then this handy document will help you plan which storage pieces you’ll need to fit your supplies.

Build your collection gradually over time, or get it all at once and earn Stampin’ Rewards. The choice is yours!

The best thing about this new system, is that it’s totally modular and totally customisable.

If you’re like me, and you like to rearrange your craft space to freshen things up, then this system will definitely work for you.

Here are some options:

Storage by Stampin' Up! - example one

Top your ink pad & marker storage trays with a storage topper to hold your ink refills (see Example 1, above).

Or finish it with a flat Storage Lid so you can use the space to display your cards or some pretty decorations.

Storage by Stampin' Up! - example two

Or even add in some Open Storage Cubes to hold ribbons or embellishments.

Storage by Stampin' Up! - example three

For more info, you can download the flyer (see below) or visit the Storage by Stampin’ Up! section in my online store.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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CTC 220: Painted Seasons Split Panel Card

Published by under cards | Mar 17 2019

What’s CASE-ing The Catty? CASE stands for “Copy And Share Everything”. It means we use the ideas and inspiration from one project and apply them to another to create something altogether new. Each Sunday evening at 7pm AEST/8pm AEDT the CTC Crew kick off a new Challenge using the Stampin’ Up! catalogues as inspiration.

My inspiration for our CASEing the Catalogue challenge this week comes from the fabulous Sale-a-bration patterned papers.

In particular, the gorgeous Painted Seasons designer series paper.

When this paper was first released in February, you could only get it with the co-ordinating Painted Seasons stamp set in a bundle, free with a AUD$180 order. But… exciting news… until the end of March you can now get it on its own with a AUD$90 order!

You get three sheets of each of the four double-sided designs.

The funny thing is, it’s the way these papers are displayed in this photo that got me thinking about an interesting way to showcase them on a card.

With such beautiful hand-painted imagery, I wanted to use quite a few patterns on a card. The answer: a Split Panel Card.

The best thing about these Split Panel cards is that the cardstock panel that’s removed from the middle is the same piece that is attached vertically on the card.

What an economical use of cardstock!

I couldn’t stop at one, so made a second Split Panel Card. Such a different look!

The panels of patterned paper decorate both cards, along with stamps from Hedgehugs and also Hello Cupcake (for the ‘Celebrate Your Day’ sentiment).

And a little stamping on the inside to peek through the opening.

Next on the hop this week is the talented (and very sweet) Kelly Kent. You can find her gorgeous project here.

Would you like to have a go at this week’s challenge? To join in, you can either directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or use a sketch/layout, colour combination or something similar, as inspiration for your own creation. Then simply take a photo of your project and upload it to the latest challenge album in the CASEing The Catty Challenge group on Facebook. Each challenge will end at 7pm (AEST) on Saturday before the next challenge is posted. We pick some winners each week, but most importantly it’s a fun way to get out of your creative comfort zone and try something new. 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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