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Stampin’ Up!’s Wild About Flowers

Published by under cards | Aug 18 2015

Wild About Flowers on a Crumb Cake card base One of the lovely new two-step stamp sets in the 2015-2016 catalogue is Stampin’ Up!’s Wild About Flowers.

The stems are on separate stamps from the flowers, so you can mix and match for all kinds of colourful and different looks. Quite clever really.

There are also some lovely sentiments for special occasions, making this set an asset to any rubber stamp collection.

Wild About Flowers stamp set by Stampin' Up!

You can choose to stamp the stems and flowers heads in contrasting colours (see above) or in the same colour as in the samples below (Crushed Curry ink on Crushed Curry cardstock) and the bottom card (black).

Wiild About Flowers - in Crushed Curry


I really love the font in this set. It suits it perfectly and is something a little different.

Wild About Flowers comes as a photopolymer set only, so it’s easy to position the flowers perfectly in line with the stems – every time. .

Wild About Flowers stamp set by Stampin 'Up!: You'll Be Missed card



UPCOMING EVENT: Just a quick reminder if you are making plans for the last weekend of August, Paperific is back at the Melbourne Showgrounds for the big 15th birthday celebrations. I’ll be there on the Stampin’ Up! stand on Friday and Sunday so make sure you come and say hello. The show team will be offering classes and make & takes throughout the weekend, and there will be a distinctly festive theme!


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Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Inspiration from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Hawaii Incentive Trip

Published by under cards | Aug 11 2015

As promised, I’m back to share some of the swaps displayed during the Stampin’ Up! Hawaii Incentive Trip (aka ‘Grand Vacation).

I don’t know who made all these projects because they were attached to the boards, but I’m sure you’ll agree they all look amazing.

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The Share Affair was a really fun morning and it was nice to talk about ink, stamps and paper again after a week of swimming, shopping and relaxing. Not only was it a great opportunity to mingle and check out everyone’s swaps, but we were also treated to fabulous ‘wow’ demonstrations by some incredibly talented artists.

Share Affair - Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation Incentive Trip Hawaii 2015

Sara Douglass and Pam Morgan from Stampin’ Up! showed us some nifty ‘out of the box’ ways to use the Hamburger die and the Gift Box punch board. See what I did there? Ok sorry, that was not very punny. 

We watched great demonstrations by generous ladies who gave up some of their free time to teach us new things. Big thanks to Candy Michael, Mindy Gray, Judy Prahl, Georgia Giguere, Eldonna Epp, Marelle Taylor, Janice Urke, and Michelle Zindorf.


I’ve always admired Michelle Zindorf’s work so it was a real buzz to watch her live in action (below). I mean…. Wow! Is there anything Michelle Zindorf can’t do with a brayer and sponge? ShareAffair

Ok well that’s all for me for this trip (finally!). I will try not to leave it so long after next year’s Mediterranean Cruise Incentive Trip. lol.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Awesomely Artistic

Published by under cards | Aug 09 2015

While sorting through photos this weekend it dawned on me that I still haven’t shared pics from the Share Affair event from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to Hawaii.

[You can read about our trip adventures here.]

I know, I know! I’m a bit late… but some pretty amazing sharing went on that I think you’ll enjoy, so I have whittled down my 200 photos into a half dozen collages and have those lined up ready for the next post.

While I’m putting the final edits on that one I thought I’d share this card. My swap.


This card is made with the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, which is new to this year’s annual catalogue. It is seriously perfect for collage stamping.

(Craft@Home Club members would have seen this already – you guys received this as one of your happy mail cards a few months ago.)

We were invited to participate in an optional swap of cards with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. As you can imagine, I jumped at the chance. I LOVE swapping and hey, who needs an excuse to make cards, right?


I used a colour combo that I’ve never used before: Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss and a dash of Hello Honey.

They worked well with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper, even though they weren’t officially the matching colours. I love how the coordinating DSP colours are listed in the catalogue, but there tends to be a bit of flexibility often with other colours working just as effectively.


I forgot to take these photos until we were in the hotel room in Hawaii so I quickly spread them out on the bed. We had to bring 26 cards: 25 to swap out and one went up on the display boards. These were set out for everyone to look at during the Share Affair on the final day in Hawaii. You can find all those photos on Tuesday’s post: Inspiration from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Hawaii Incentive Trip (scheduled for 11th August).

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wishes Card Kit: Inspiration

Published by under cards | Jul 28 2015

Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. Awesome kit that includes everything to make 20 different cards. In Australia available from

The Watercolor Wishes Card Kit garnered plenty of attention as soon as the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue was released in June.

A gorgeous set that includes everything – even the stamps and ink – to create 20 unique cards. It became available for purchase this month, but was so popular that it went on backorder almost straight away. In fact, 13 weeks worth of kits were bought in just two weeks!

Although stocks will be running low for a little while I’m happy to say that at the moment it is available in Australia. [Contact me if you want to check any updates to this.]

This kit is $61 in Australia, and you’ll have the stamps and ink and leftover embellishments to continue using long after the cards in the kit have been made. Excellent value. Makes a great gift too.

I spent a beautiful weekend by the fire making up all these cards… what a perfect way to stay inside on a freezing cold winter here in Ballarat.

Watercolor Wishes card kit.

They were quick to assemble and simple in design, but that’s just what you need sometimes. Especially great if the mojo is lacking, or if you want to make something but don’t want to think too hard about the process. We all have days like that, don’t we?!


But I have to say, there was an unexpected bonus that came from making these cards. And if you’re an experienced cardmaker, I think you’ll get a kick out of this too.

I found myself using the original cards as inspiration for my next cards, using my own supplies! I was intrigued by the layouts and the different styles. They were not my usual style at all, so it was great to try something different. It not only got me out of my comfort zone (ok, rut!) by trying something new and changing things up a bit, but that in turn gave my mojo a boost and I have made heaps of fun projects since. Very cool.

Inspired by Watercolor Wishes box set

Lightbulb moment! I have to say I got double the value from this kit. One, in making the cards. And two, in inspiring me for other projects.

I loved this card (above left) so much that we recreated it at some of my clubs and events this month, as a quick and easy ‘extra project’.

It also became the basis for this month’s customer appreciation cards.

Inspired the Watercolor Wishes Cardmaking kit. These were my customer thank you cards for last month.

To recreate these cards you just need a pack of the Thick A4 Whisper White cardstock. Use your own background stamps (I used that gorgeous crosshatch image from You’ve Got ThisOh I so adore that stamp – stamped off in Soft Sky ink), or create your own watercolor wash with an aqua painter and ink.

Add embellishments like a few twists of silver metallic thread, 1.5cm strip of cardstock with a flagged end (mine is Calypso Coral) and some washi tape. This washi tape was leftover from the Watercolor Wishes card kit. I was surprised how much I had left after making all the cards. The greenery was Pear Pizzazz cardstock punched out with the good old Builder Bird Punch.

You know, I hope the bird punch and builder owl punch never retire! I just had to get that out. I use bits from those punches all the time.

You're In My Thoughts - Layered inspired by a card in the Watercolor Wishes cardmaking set (Stampin' Up!).

Back to the card. The labels come from the Chalk Talk framelits, but really you could use any combinations of punches like the wide oval and Designer Label punch, depending on the size of your greeting.

This sentiment stamp came from the Watercolor Wishes stamp set which is included in the price of the kit. No, you can’t buy it separately. Just think of it as buying the stamp set and getting the rest of the kit for free – hehehe.

Awesome sentiments and fonts.

Watercolor Wishes stamp set. Included in the in the Watercolor Wishes card kit.


And here’s a video created by Stampin’ Up! to show you the full kit in more detail.


So where are you finding inspiration from lately?

I’d love to hear all about it, so go ahead and make my day by leaving a comment.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Technique: Bend and Curve Photopolymer Stamps

Published by under cards | Jul 12 2015

Over the years I’ve met many addicted card makers and rubber stampers. And I’ve been fortunate to introduce quite a few newbies to this creative art form as well. During that time I’ve learnt that some love the traditional wood-mounted rubber stamps, others prefer the space-saving and budget-friendly clear mounted rubber stamps, and since the fairly recent introduction of high quality photopolymer stamps to the Stampin’ Up! range, that one has been appealing to many stampers too!

There are definitely advantages to each and some of us even like all three, depending on the images and how we want to use them.

But today I’m sharing one of my favourite benefits of the see-through photopolymer stamps.

They are super bendy!

You can curve them and bend them, and they’ll cling to the acrylic blocks just like that. Great for stems on flowers, the string on balloons and curving long sentiments. Fabulous for background elements too.

Remember this Christmas card from last year? Those bunting images (now retired) were pictured as straight lines in the catalogue but I curved them on the block.

Bendy photopolymer stamps - curve them on the block

Last week I came across a Congrats image in the Bravo stamp set that was already curved, but I wanted to fit it on a long thin tag.

Here is the set it came in, and you can see the lovely curve on the Congrats image at the bottom. Bravo stamp set by Stampin' Up!.

I gently straightened the photopolymer stamp as I pressed it onto a clean acrylic block and look, it worked! A straight image.

Congrats Tag - photopolymer stamps can be curved (or in this case, straightened) on the block for a different look

The two tones are Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe (this year’s new In Color). This parcel went off to a team member who is kicking some exciting goals with her business and I wanted to celebrate along with her.


I hope you enjoyed this little tip about the photopolymer stamps.

Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter (sign up box is on my blog page, top of the right sidebar) – we have a new issue about to go out for your enjoyment.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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New catalogue inspiration: Sketched Dots Gift Bag

Published by under cards | Jun 16 2015

EurekaStampers blog hop

Ready for some inspiration?

You’re in the right place. You’ve joined us for the EurekaStampers New Catalogue blog hop. You may have come from Jessica William’s blog (isn’t she amazing?) or you may be joining the hop from here.  Either way, continue following the links by clicking on the Next Blog arrow at the bottom, and you won’t miss a thing.


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My share today is a treat bag and is made up of lots of things that make me happy. We’re talking sweet treats (yes, that’s chocolate in that bag), cute packaging, pretty lace and shiny sequins.


All we need is a puppy and we’d have the sweetest, happy-making-machine in the world.

Oh, ok, let’s have the cute puppy too….



Stampin' Up! pretty sequin trim -

I’m completely in love with the sequin trim varieties that are in the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalogue. We have Blushing Bride, Gold, Bermuda Bay and also Silver (not shown).

I just want to sit and play with them, they are so pretty!

You can find the glassine bags on page 151 of the new catalogue. Sketched Dots Tag A Bag Gift Bags. They are food safe, come in packs of 10 and are very cute. They are kind of like waxed paper and tissue paper, very delicate. I turned this one into a bagalope by scoring the sides and base at 2cm, adhering the bottom corners underneath with washi tape, then filling it out so it had a rectangular base and can now stand up.

Stampin' Up! Sketched Dots Gift Bag -


Thanks for joining us! Have you got time to leave a quick comment and say hello? You can do so in the Leave A Reply box below, and I’ll be sure to write back.

Next stop on the hop is the delightful Emma Palonek from Vintage Graffiti. I know you’re going to enjoy her project, no bones about it!


next blog   Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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