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Hello December 2016: VIP Invitation

Published by under cards | Nov 24 2016

***Update 25/11/16: The Hello December card collection is sold out in our online store! Contact me via email if you would like to do a Hello December album and didn’t get your order processed in time.** 

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

Oh my goodness, I’m SO excited about this announcement. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes with my Stampin’ Up! team to create a fabulous FREE resource for you!

If you are into memory keeping, December Daily albums, or Project Life, then you will LOVE this!

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

You have probably heard about the amazing Hello December 2016 by Stampin’ Up! album, what it’s all about and all the cool stuff you can buy to create one with ease.
[No? Watch this video]

But I bet your thinking: If I order that I won’t get around to making it.

It will be a waste.

It will still be in the packet in January.

I don’t have time. I don’t know what to do. etc etc.

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

Well you can forget all that. Because I’m here to help.

And I mean, REALLY help…

Order the Hello December 2016 card collection and accessory pack (which is currently 30% off!) and whatever else you need, and I will add you to an exclusive HELLO DECEMBER 2016 FACEBOOK GROUP.

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

Working collaboratively with my awesome team, we will HELP and INSPIRE you to create a beautiful album to record the magical days of December.

You’ll have access to project ideas, inspiration and resources from the moment you order. There are resources sitting there right now, but the best part will happen on December 1st. That’s when we start sharing our own layouts, cool tips, time-saving tricks and more.

And it’s all FREE! Just order your Hello December supplies through my online store, or via email, and ask for an invitation. I’ll add you straight away.

[Sorry, Australian residents only]

[Are you a Eurekastampers team member? Just message me and I’ll add you] 

Hello December 2016 Project Life. In Australia? Get exclusive access to our Hello December 2016 Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and support. Contact me to order your Hello December 2016 by Stampin' Up! supplies.

Best news is that these items are 30% off until Monday.

BUT stocks are already low – yes, we’ve been advised – so get in quick if you’re interested. xxx

NOTE: Until Monday 29/11/16 the Card Collection is $13.48 (not $19.25) and the Accessory Pack is $22.05 (not $31.50)

I can’t wait to get my Hello December album underway this year, and I’d love to share the experience with YOU. Join us!

Order your Hello December products here or email me.

Happy stamping,

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Learn more about the Hello December project in this video.

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Here’s To Cheers

Published by under cards | Nov 20 2016

CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop

What a week it has been in the world of Stampin’ Up!.

We are in the thick of Christmas cardmaking classes and workshops, a 25% off stamp sale and then BAM… we get news of the exciting Online Extravaganza sale that begins at midnight tonight. Well, as exciting as all that is, I couldn’t resist taking time out to join in this week’s CASEing The Catty blog hop.


Fancy Frost

The theme this week is the delicate and delightful Fancy Frost section of the Holiday catalogue, on pages 36-45.

Fancy Frost is described on page 36 as “Delicate medallions paired with elegant dry-embossed designs”.

Oh my. How gorgeous is this?

Fancy Frost - Delicate medallions paired with elegant dry-embossed designs

In particular, I was drawn to those adorable cupcakes with the fringed silver ribbon from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack.

Fringed glitter ribbon cupcake toppers

Is that not the cutest cupcake topper ever?

Just wrap a length of ribbon around a toothpick (make sure it’s secured firmly – I’d even get the hot glue gun out for this one), and snip away the sides of the ribbon. The full length of ribbon will then naturally fray, leaving you with this delightful array of glittery and sparkly thread.

I took part of my inspiration for today’s project from the cupcake topper above, and the rest from the bottle tag as shown here:


It features the Here’s to Cheers stamp set and Cheerful Tags framelits dies.

And this is what I came up with…


Here’s to Cheers

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CTC105: Here's to Cheers


The bottle tag and bottle wrap is all decked out in Emerald Envy and Silver. Just a little festive and a little celebratory.

Summer is just around the corner (we’re in Australia remember) and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas parties and end-of-year barbies (BBQ’s) with friends. We usually bring a bottle for the host, and this is such a fun way to dress up a bottle.

It doesn’t have to be wine or champagne. There are all kinds of bottles (oils, vinegars, cordials, mixers, etc) that can be spruced up with the bottle hanger from the awesome Cheerful Tags Framelits dies.

Hot tip: This is one of the items that will be heavily discounted tomorrow when the Online Extravaganza begins!


Here's to Cheers Bottle Wrap and Tag -

I love the frayed ribbon. It reminds me of tinsel…


Here's to Cheers Bottle Tag -

And the mini Jingle Bell around the neck of the bottle…


Here's to a Sparkling Season - bottle tag.


So there you have it from me this week. A little bit of fun, dressing up a bottle.

There’s more inspiration ahead as we continue on the CASEing The Catty blog hop this week. Carry on and you’ll arrive at the lovely Judy May’s blog. Her Sweet Sugarplum creations are adorable!

If you get lost along the way, just click here and you’ll be back at the CTC Blog.

Click here to go to the previous blog in this week's hop   Click here to go to the next blog in this week's hop

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping,


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Stampin' Up!'s Cheerful Tags Framelits and Here's to Cheers stamp set -

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Coming Soon: Online Extravaganza November 21 – 28

Published by under cards | Nov 18 2016

Online Extravaganza - November 2016. Stampin' Up! Australia, Simone Bartrum

Great news!

Stampin’ Up! just released information about an upcoming Online Extravaganza special.

It’s huge, so set your alarms, set your phone reminders, because you won’t want to miss this. (Some specials are for 24 hours only – so you really will want to set a reminder!)


Please note, it starts on Monday so you’ve got a few days’ notice to work out if anything takes your fancy (ha! who are we kidding?) and be ready and poised to make the most of it. I know that horrible sinking feeling when you miss something that you really want to get in on. Well not this time, says I! Let’s be ready and organised so we don’t miss out!

Many products are 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% off for the whole week of the sale.

In addition, some extra products and bundles are ONLY discounted on the FIRST day of the sale (21st Nov). Others are ONLY discounted on the LAST day of the sale (28th Nov).


Download the Online Extravaganza flyer here


I’ll be back next week with more info, but for today I have some videos for you!

These are items that are on sale next week, but they also show some great projects and interesting techniques, so they are well worth a watch even if the featured product isn’t on your wish list.





Love gift packaging? Need to dress up a boring present?
I’m totally and utterly in love with these gusseted bags. They do the job perfectly.  They are the ideal size for dressing up a bottle of bubbly, and really all sorts of gifts would fit in here… think cordials, oils, homemade sauces, mixers, even a bunch of flowers! During the Online Extravaganza these oversized, humungous gusseted cellophane bags are 30% off, making them only $9.10 for a packet. I’ll be grabbing a few of these.


I really enjoyed making up the Stitched with Cheer cards in this kit. In fact, we taught this class at a couple of Craft Shows over the past few months, and all the classes were fully booked and well-received by all. This is your chance to buy the full kit for 30% off.


The Project Life Hello December card collection AND Accessory Pack are both 30% off during the sale!


This is the first thing I’m going to order during the sale. I was thinking it would be a great project to make with my girls when they are on school holidays, in the days before Christmas. I hesitated, and ended up taking it off my order quite a few times! But at $6 off, I think it will have to ‘fall’ back into my shopping cart 😉


What to do next: 

  1. Download the 4 page sale document.
  2. Go through it with a fine-tooth comb, working out what you want to order.
  3. Check the list of stamp sets which are 25% off this month. Any you want to add to your order?
    Tip: Get them during the Online Extravaganza to save on postage!
  4. Finalise the list and item codes ready so that you can order online as soon as the sale starts OR email me your order by Sunday.


Have a fantastic day, and happy stamping,

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Sunshine Wishes Wedding Card

Published by under cards | Nov 17 2016

Details about next week’s ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA!

Online Extravaganza - Stampin' Up! Australia with Simone Bartrum

Details about next week’s ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA!


Sunshine Wishes framelit dies

Recently my husband’s nephew married his beautiful bride.

The wedding was in England, and unfortunately we couldn’t leave Australia to go back over to celebrate with them because we’d only just returned from the Incentive Trip. But we did get a chance to catch up with them while we were over on that side of the world, which was a lovely bonus.

I wanted to make a special card for them, so pulled out the bling.



Silver foil sheets, Gold foil sheets, Glimmer Paper, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, and Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Yes, there is even a layer of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper underneath the Acetate sheet!

(Shiny and sparkly and shimmery… but really hard to photograph!)



I don’t get the opportunity to make many wedding cards these days, so this was a special one and definitely made with love.


The “Wedding Wishes” sentiment on the front, and the lovely message on the inside, were both from the Floral Phrases stamp set.



I love that the bride and groom made their own gorgeous and unique invitations.

My hubby and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year, hard to believe really but the years do tick away.  I wish I had been into cardmaking a bit more back then, I would definitely have made our invitations.

This year Stampin’ Up! are celebrating 10 years in Australia, so thankfully our Aussie brides have a lot more options than were available to me 20 years ago.


Did you (or will you) make your own wedding invitations? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to reply to your message – as well as sending you a virtual hug. Thank you so much. xxx


Happy stamping,

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Details about next week’s ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA!


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OnStage Wrap Up – Brisbane 2016

Published by under cards | Nov 12 2016

Hi friends, Welcome to the recap of OnStage Brisbane.

If you’ve been following my Facebook page you’ll know that I recently spent a few days in Brisbane, Queensland, for the first ever OnStage Live event in the South Pacific region.

OnStage Live in Brisbane, with Simone Bartrum

This was a fabulous opportunity for all the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in the region to come together, along with corporate and training staff. It was similar to the Conventions that we used to have each year in Australia. But now Stampin’ Up! has gone global, so we hold these events somewhere in the world every 6 months.

Go Aussies! It was our chance to host the world. (The next event is in Amsterdam)


OnStage Live in Brisbane, with Simone Bartrum

It was all about training, entertaining, inspiring, rewarding, plenty of free gifts and unveiling NEW products.

Wall to wall inspiration, with 600+ like-minded people. It’s as good as it gets. xxx



New catalogues unveiled

From the 1st of December demonstrators get the exciting opportunity to order new products from the yet-to-be-released Occasions Catalogue a month before it goes public. It was this catalogue that was unveiled to us in Brisbane.

Sale-a-bration 2017

Not only that, but we got our own copy of the upcoming Sale-a-bration brochure too!

Do you want to get these perks too? You can! More info here!In Australia? Request a copy of the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure from Simone Bartrum

New to Stampin’ Up! and not sure what Sale-a-bration is? 
Sale-a-bration (aka SAB) is the annual event where we all get to choose a FREE gift for every $90 we spend with Stampin’ Up!. And let me tell you, the gifts in the SAB brochure are GORGEOUS!    


EurekaStampers Team, Stampin’ Up! Australia

Best of all, OnStage Brisbane 2016 was a fabulous opportunity for many members of our team to catch up in person.

Lots of hugs, laughs, giggles, gifts and sharing of ideas.

On the Friday night, we even had a team dinner with 40 of us all descending on a restaurant near the Night Market. The night included an ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap. It was so much fun, and I’m totally inspired by all the projects and techniques that were shared so generously by our team.

Thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!?

Contact me so I can help put you in touch with your nearest EurekaStampers team member. We’d love to welcome you to our warm and friendly group.


OnStage Brisbane 2016, Eurekastampers team dinner.


Stampin’ Up! Australia Top 10 Demonstrator Award

I was also thrilled (and more than a little bit shocked) to learn that I am in the Top 10 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in Australia! Number 9, in fact.


Simone Bartrum at OnStage Brisbane 2016, Australian Top 10 Demonstrator

This is a humbling award, because I’m so indebted to my amazing team, awesome customers and my family that help me do what I do.

Being a Top 10 performer, according to Stampin’ Up!, means that I have a balanced, high-performing business with regards to Sales, Leadership, and Building and Mentoring my team. I was honoured to earn awards in each of these categories as well as the Overall Top 10 category.

Simone Bartrum, Top 10 Demonstrator Australia


Craft & Family – A match made in heaven

As a mum of three kids, I know what it’s like to juggle a love of craft, while still keeping the family running, taking care of after-school activities, remembering to sign the school diary and trying to get a decent meal on the table each night. It never stops! But being part of the Stampin’ Up! community has been such a blessing to not only me but my family as well.

I truly know how important it is to have a creative outlet, and strongly encourage EVERYone to have some sort of hobby or outlet. Even if cardmaking is not your thing (shock horror), then find SOMEthing that will both inspire you and relax you. It’s so important!

My hubby is ever so supportive and is happy to turn a blind eye to my creative mess. He can frequently be found setting up for my cardmaking classes, cutting cardstock or ‘manning’ the Big Shot. When I get grumpy, he sends me off to my craft space and tells me to go and ‘make something’ (oh, he knows me well!).

Over the past 9 years he’s been to many Conventions and Stampin’ Up! events, although recently he has been busy at home with the kids and running around after them and their activities. This time, however, he joined me! It was fabulous, and he has come to know many of our team and fellow demonstrators from the Incentive Trips too, so it was fun for him to catch up with old friends. xxx

Jason & Simone Bartrum


Stampin’ Up! teamwork – better together

Other highlights were watching some of my team members do amazing things, like presenting in front of 600+ people, being chosen to create projects for the display boards, earning Top 5 awards, doing stage walks for leadership and business awards. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my team succeed and reach their goals.
EurekaStampers at OnStage Brisbane 2016


Opportunities for you

1. Buy new products in December:

If you live in Victoria, ask me about my monthly team meetings in Melbourne and Ballarat, and other perks of joining the EurekaStampers. We have team members  right across Australia – in Western Australia, New South Wales, quite a few in Queensland, and Tasmania, and we all keep in touch via our team forum. Join now and participate in the exclusive Pre-order Opportunity for brand new, previously unreleased, Stampin’ Up! products from 1st December! 

2. Get a free copy of the upcoming Stampin’ Up! catalogues

Would you like a copy of the upcoming Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure? Just click here to add your mailing address and submit your request. Or message me via my Facebook page.


Now I can’t leave you without a card to share, so here is a little sneak peek for you. It was actually one of the make & takes we did in Brisbane, and uses brand new products! Can you pick them? Hint: it’s not hard! Apart from the Vanilla cardstock, the whole thing is new!


Sneak Peek Occasions Catalogue 2017


We’ll be back to our regular programming next week, so stay tuned for more creative inspiration here and over on my Facebook page.

Happy stamping,

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Stitched Shapes Framelits - now available


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NEW: Stitched Shapes Framelits by Stampin’ Up!

Published by under specials | Nov 01 2016

Stitched Shapes Framelits - now available


Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Hang on a minute. Stampin’ Up! don’t offer these… do they?


Well they do now! 

A brand new set of framelits is available now – yes, as of right now, this very minute… today! This is ahead of its official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalogue. Now that’s a great way to welcome in November.

Order Stitched Shapes Framelits here



Now trust me, you’ve GOT to watch this video.

I didn’t really ‘get it’ until I watched this. In fact, I can tell you the exact moment I said to myself ‘WOW these are brilliant! I want them!”. It was at the 1 minute 25 mark of this video.

Order Stitched Shapes Framelits here

Aren’t they fabulous?

Now to make your day even better, Stampin’ Up! are offering 25% off the price of coordinating stamp sets. So you can buy the new dies, and get a great deal on the stamps that will work beautifully with them. #winning


Here are all the discounted stamps. Just click on the image and you’ll automagically be taken to my shop where you can find further information, price, etc.


With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart.

Not only are stitches a classic trend, they illustrate the quality, precision, and extra care taken when creating a piece.

And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends 30 November, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date. 




Get more information here


Happy stamping,

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