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*NEW* Occasions Catalogue – Request your Free Copy

Published by under cards | Dec 05 2015

New Stampin' Up! Catalogue - Request Your Copy (Australia)

Christmas is fast approaching, but the new year also brings with it a brand new seasonal catalogue. Innovative tools, eye-catching stamps and awe-inspiring embellishments, all to keep us crafting well into 2016.

Would you like a copy?

I’ve ordered a stack and will be sending them out in the coming weeks. If you are in Australia and don’t already have a demonstrator I’d be happy to help you out. Just email me your request!

Of course, if you have ordered from me in the past year then you can expect your priority copy very soon.


A new catalogue means we need to make room on the warehouse shelves, so it will soon be time to say good bye to the Holiday Catalogue (aka Christmas Catalogue). The good news is, this year Stampin’ Up! have kindly given us an easy-peasy list which tells us exactly which items will be GONE for GOOD!
You’ll want to grab them while you still can. Download these lists to help you work out your wish list:

Last Chance to Order from the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue




I’ve listed some of my favourite retiring items. Just click on them to see more info in my shop or to order some for yourself.

Gasp! Lovely for all year round projects, not just Halloween. (Above)

Shock! Such a beautiful and popular folder embossing folder. Have you got yours? (Above)

Lighthearted Leaves. Whaaaa?  Make your own colouring pages with this one. (Above)

Wonderland. Noooooo…oooo…oooo. Sob. (Above)

And there are others too. Check out the full list of retiring products from the Holiday catalogue below.


The good news (actually, it is EXCELLENT news) is that the red foil paper and the Softly Falling embossing folders are continuing, along with a few other stamps and accessories. Keep an eye out in the new Occasions catalogue for those.


Of course, the new year will also bring back one of our favourite events: Sale-a-bration. Free products with purchase, always a winner. I’ll make sure I pop one of those brochures in with your new Occasions Catalogue.

Don’t forget to CONTACT ME to request the new catalogue, and remember to include your current address and contact phone number. 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria




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Stampin’ Up! Australia Stamp Sale

Published by under cards | Nov 16 2015

Stamps on sale! 20% off select Stampin' Up! sets until Nov 20.

Stamp sales are the best sales, and this one is no exception! Save 20% on selected stamp sets ordered before Nov 20, 2015. [This sale has now ended]

This is a fab opportunity to grab some stamps on your wish list (and some you didn’t know you wanted until now!).

Here’s the handy flyer for you to download OR just click on through to the SALE PAGE of my online store to see every lovely set on offer.


[This sale has now ended]

There are some great sets on offer at hard-to-say-no prices.

Stake Your Claim is a great one. Lots of possibilities and fun uses (and they don’t necessarily have anything to do with gardening!)…

Stake Your Claim (Stampin' Up!).


Bountiful Border is another lovely set. It’s a two-step stamp set, so you can easily add colour to your project without the hassle of masking or using markers to apply the separate colours.

Bountiful Border (Stampin' Up!)


Love colouring?

Grab your pencils or markers and create your own tags and cards with the cute Santa’s Gifts set. Includes three messages and 7 images to colour.

Santa's Gifts (Stampin' Up!)

Want to see more of the discounted stamp sets in action?

Check out the Pinterest board full of ideas using these ‘on sale’ sets.


20% off select stamps (Australia) Pinterest Board


And you can find them all in my online store!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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CTC 54: Stampin’ Up! Christmas Colours (& the whitewash technique)

Published by under cards | Nov 01 2015

It’s colour challenge time!

This week our Case-ing the Catty crew are inspired by a Stampin’ Up! Christmas colour theme that really pops: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party and Real Red.


Colour Challenge: Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Real Red



I went straight to the Home for Christmas cardstock pack and the Home for Christmas designer series paper for this project, all conveniently in this colour palette.

I wanted to try something a little different, though, and remembered a technique from a past training event.

A bright patterned sheet had been sponged with a layer of white Craft Stampin’ Ink, which resulted in an interesting toned-down look. It looked almost white-washed.

Here are some before & after photos from the big screen:

Whitewash paper technique - to alter the look of bright patterned paper


I modified this technique by just lightly sponging the outer edges of a panel of the holly paper with the Craft Stampin’ ink.

CTC54 Colour Challenge: Home of the Holidays DSP patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, and Cozy Christmas stamp set

Can’t find the white Craft Stampin’ ink in your catalogue? Check out page 163 of the annual catalogue. It is described as a:

Rich, permanent pigment Whisper White ink for embossing or creating an opaque look on dark cardstock.

It does take a while longer to dry, compared to our regular classic ink pads. Being a little impatient I waved my heat tool over it with a few seconds to set it quickly. Good time to replace those Jamberry nail wraps (yes those heat tools come in very handy and I’m sure I’ll be embossing more now that I’ve caught the Jamberry bug – hehehe).

I then sponged the edges in a little Mossy Meadow ink to bring back definition to the edges.

CTC54 Colour Challenge: Home of the Holidays DSP patterned paper from Stampin' Up!, and Cozy Christmas stamp set


It reminds me of a filter you can apply to photos. It was fun to play with this technique and I’ll have to try it again another time.


So how are you going with your Christmas cards? Are you inspired to try this colour theme with your cards?

It’s now November, so you know what that means….. Christmas is NEXT MONTH!



For more ideas and inspiration using this colour theme, continue hopping along to the lovely and talented Monique Fielder.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 51 Stampin’ Up! Wonderland

Published by under cards | Oct 11 2015



Hi friends,

I’m back for this week’s CASE-ing the Catty blog hop (now on Sundays!).  You may have joined me from Alison’s blog or you may be starting here. Either way, continue hopping around the links for inspiration and ideas. The theme this week is the Winter Wonderland section on pages 22-27 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue.

Stampin' Up!'s Wonderland stamp set and sample from the Holiday Catalogue 2015. Gorgeous simplicity.


With our Christmas being in the middle of summer here in Australia, we don’t find much in the way of snow. But we do love our trees!  And living in a forestry area like I do, the Wonderland stamp set jumped out at me straight away.


My inspiration came from the card sample on page 22 of the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue (image on the right).

That tree stamp is sooooo beautiful, I’m sure I would buy the set just for that stamp! But the other stamps are a great bonus too.


Here is my creation which was inspired by the cards in the catalogue.

Wonderland Christmas in Garden Green and Gold


The word Merry is a die from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies. Jolly and Peace also come in the set of three festive words.

Wonderland and Gold


The Snowflake Elements and Gold Cording Trim was in the original card on page 22, and add just the right touch to this clean and simple card.

Wonderland by Stampin' Up!

In the sample in the catalogue, the area under the trees had been masked so that a clean straight line was created. I was inspired to try my hand at masking too, but tried something a little different. The area under the trees was created by sponging around the top edge of a torn ‘post-it note’ which was my mask. I moved it slightly down and sponged lightly again, repeating this step until I had the look I was after.

I ended up making a few different cards, all inspired by the lovely catalogue sample. In fact, we even made one of them in my recent classes as we talked about masking and stamping-off. This stamp set lends itself to quite a good assortment of fun techniques!

Wonderland creations


I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Be sure to hop on over to visit Julia Quinn and her lovely creations. If you lose track at any point, you are welcome to visit the CASE-ing The Catty blog for all the links.

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Cardmaking classes in Ballarat & Creswick, Central Victoria

Published by under cards | Sep 16 2015

It’s finally here! The updated list of Christmas cardmaking classes in Ballarat and Creswick, through until the end of the year. I have been teaching papercraft classes here for 8 years (where has the time gone?) and am excited about the new events we’ve got planned.

Classes are usually held in Creswick, but I may be moving some of these classes into Ballarat so the venue will be confirmed at the time of booking. Email me for booking enquiries.

I hope to see you at a class soon.


[Click image below to download class schedule]

Cardmaking Classes in Ballarat, Creswick 2015 Stamping Class 2015

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[Edited: Sorry, no spots left for class on 17/9/15. And we are now holding a craft sale/garage sale on October 17. Contact me for details.]

Classes are suitable for all experience levels. If you are new to rubber stamping or cardmaking, let me know and I will be sure to provide extra help.

Our class sizes are small and friendly, and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome.

If you prefer one-on-one classes, let me know as I also offer this service. These can be held in my classroom, or I can visit you in your own home and bring the craft projects to you – perfect for those with mobility issues.

I love crafting and enjoy it even more when sharing it with friends, so I’m sure we’ll have a wonderful time together. Best of all: everything is included in these classes. You don’t need to bring anything at all, except a smile.

Booking enquiries.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 47 – Oh What Fun Tag Kit Cards

Published by under cards | Sep 11 2015

Welcome! I’m so excited to be a brand new member of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew. These guys deliver gorgeous creations in the form of a blog hop every Friday, and use the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues for inspiration. CASEing = Copy & Share Everything.

You may have arrived from Elizabeth‘s blog or directly from the CASE-ing the Catty website.

For my regular readers, I have no doubt you will love hopping around the loop each week and seeing all the great ideas. What a perfect way to start the weekend!


Let’s Kit Together

This week’s theme is ‘Let’s Kit Together’, and we’re looking at the ready-to-go kits on pages 4 – 7 of the new Holiday Catalogue for inspiration. This gave me the perfect excuse to get up close with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.


There are enough supplies in this kit to make three each of 10 different tags.

I had an idea that I’d like to convert some of the tags to full cards. And this is what I ended up with.Cards with the Oh What Fun Tag Project kit by Stampin' Up!. The kit + a pack of notecards = lots of quick cards!


I used a variety of different Christmas stamp sets for the greetings.

Isn’t it great how different fonts really change the ‘feel’ of a card? From traditional to casual, formal to relaxed. True confessions: I do have a secret ‘thing’ for fonts.

Here are some of the cards up close (you can always click on the images to enlarge).

Tis The Season card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

I used the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes as the card base. What a quick and easy way to make a stack of cards.

Merry Christmas card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

And the card front is embossed with the new Softly Falling embossing folder.

Christmas card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

A few extra embellishments like red foil sheets (above) and silver satin ribbon (below) add to the fun.

Merry Christmas card - Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard. The note cards and envelopes are perfect for this project, and I love that they are pre-scored and ready to go. A perfect match for these kits.

Crumb Cake note cards & envelopes, by Stampin' Up!

Christmas cards made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecards.

So what do you think? I’m loving this kit – for tags and cards.


Thanks to the CTC Crew for inviting me to play along.

And now I’m thrilled to bits to hand you on to the next blogger on our hop… the a-maz-ing Jessica Williams. Yes, she really is amazing!

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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



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