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Stampin’ For Christmas (September)

Published by under Christmas | Sep 05 2020

It was so much fun participating in the inaugural Stampin’ for Christmas blog hop last month, so we’re back again for our 2nd edition.

Gotta love an excuse to make and share Christmas cards. And this time I made quite a few!

I pulled out my new Wonder of the Season Memories & More Card Pack and the coordinating Cards & Envelopes. It was so fun to mix and match the cards and envelopes.

These cards were all made with only those two basic products, plus a little touch of Wink of Stella brush glimmer for some extra sparkle.

A Closer Look

These are the simplest of the cards.

The 4″ x 6″ double-sided printed cards fit perfectly on the card bases, without any need for trimming.

The 3″ x 4″ cards in the pack are also double-sided. The pre-printed foil frame on the card frame makes it soooo easy to line up the card – ensuring a straight panel every time.

It’s a little tricky to see in the photo above, but I took a second card and trimmed out the sentiment to add it as a raised layer on to the card.

This adds dimension to an otherwise flat card.

This same technique was used for the next 2 cards.

A few holly stickers behind the top sentiment add to the dimension.

Extra layering was added to these cards too.

The Memories & More cards plus the coordinating envelopes would be fantastic for those of you who are travelling in the lead-up to Christmas (if that’s possible in your part of the world!). But also for those in hospital or recovering from an operation or illness. You only really need a pack of Stampin’ Dimensionals and a paper trimmer or scissors, and you’re good to go.

More great ideas…

Continue on the hop for more great Christmas ideas. Next up is Dana.

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?
Leave a comment below to share which products you’re using in this year’s cards.

Thanks for visiting today!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Card and Gift Box Set: YCCI

Published by under cards | Sep 02 2020

Each month our You Can Create It (YCCI) subscribers are given a packet of supplies – like cardstock, paper and embellishments. The challenge is to turn those supplies into a completed project.

The August packet looked like this…

The packet included:

  • a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box,
  • some Elegant Faceted Gems and
  • a piece of Peony Garden designer series paper.

They can also add anything from the ‘extra materials’ packet (which is what I did here) or anything from their own supplies.

After a fun afternoon of crafting, this is what I made…

I spotlight-coloured one of the flowers on the paper using Stampin’ Blends, layered with coordinating cardstock and added a banner sentiment.

This gift box was added to card and gift ensemble that I was preparing recently for a very special friend for her birthday.


Design Team Projects

I’m in awe of the projects created by our Design Team contributors this month. Ah-mazing!

Check them out below, and if you’d like further info just click on their name.


Play along with us!

Just gather up these same supplies and see what you can come up with.

Let’s create!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Sketch Challenge [The Spot #125]

Published by under 3D projects | Aug 25 2020

Welcome to this week’s project for The Spot Creative Challenge. This week we have a sketch challenge!

If you ever find yourself stuck for inspiration, sketch challenges are fantastic. I highly recommend collecting a few different sketches and keeping them on hand for when you need that little idea to get you started on a new project.

I decided to mix things up by using the sketch to decorate the top of a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box!

The sides of the box use the brushed metallic gold paper. I wanted to tint it with Misty Moonlight ink, but of course the ink just rubbed off. My solution was to ‘distress’ the metallic paper with sandpaper to rough it up and expose some of the white core. Wiping it over with an inked sponge finished it off.

About THE SPOT CREATIVE CHALLENGE:

Each week our Design Team of international creatives share projects based on a new challenge. It could be a sketch, a technique, a colour challenge or – as it is in this week – a theme challenge.

Each Tuesday at 9pm (Syd/Mel time) you’ll see a new challenge post on the challenge website (click to visit). You can play along, and if you want you can even enter your card in the weekly challenge by uploading your project (and you don’t even need a blog!).
A winner will be chosen each week.


Your Challenge

So now it’s your turn. Use the sketch that you see at the top of this post, and use it as inspiration for a project of your own. You don’t have to follow it exactly – for example, feel free to change the circle to a different shape. When you’re finished, jump over to The Spot and upload a photo of your project. Have fun!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Touched My Heart by Stampin’ Up! [The Spot #124]

Published by under cards | Aug 18 2020

Welcome to this week’s project for The Spot Creative Challenge. And for something a bit different, we have a gorgeous colour challenge!

About THE SPOT CREATIVE CHALLENGE:

Each week our Design Team of international creatives share projects based on a new challenge. It could be a sketch, a technique, a colour challenge or – as it is in this week – a theme challenge.

Each Tuesday at 9pm (Syd/Mel time) you’ll see a new challenge post on the challenge website (click to visit). You can play along, and if you want you can even enter your card in the weekly challenge by uploading your project (and you don’t even need a blog!).
A winner will be chosen each week.

Paper Piecing Technique

I used the Touched My Heart stamp set for this card, and a little paper piecing. This stamp set is a HOST set, so it’s available for anyone who places a qualifying order (in Australia this is $250).

Have you tried the Paper Piecing technique?

Simply stamp the same image on different coloured cardstock pieces, trim out the elements you need, and layer them together to create a single multi-coloured image.

It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle!

The trickiest bit for this card was cutting out those teeny tiny leaves.

The outline was stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink, the heart was trimmed from Cinnamon Cider cardstock, and the leaves were trimmed from Mint Macaron cardstock.

Colour Challenge – accepted!


Your Challenge

So now it’s your turn. Grab these colours – in ink, patterned paper or cardstock – then create a project. When you’ve finished, jump over to The Spot and upload a photo of your project. Have fun!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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CI#83: Forever Flourishing

Published by under cards | Aug 12 2020

Welcome to the latest Colour INKspiration Challenge. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! ® Demonstrators who love to create papercraft projects using Pinterest-inspired colour combinations. Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month our design team showcase projects using the featured colour palette. Our ‘home’ is the Colour INKspiration Facebook Group where we encourage everyone to join in by uploading their projects to highlight the current colour combo.

I have to admit, these colours were a challenge for me this time but I’m so glad I joined in. After all, getting out of the comfort zone is the best part of doing these challenges!

I started with a Mossy Meadow tent-fold card base, then layers of black and Bumble Bee cardstock, with an extra Mossy Meadow patterned paper from the new Heartwarming Hugs designer series paper.

The gorgeous Forever Flourishing dies provided all that lovely foliage, from vellum and Bumblebee cardstock.

The few strands of thread behind the sentiment were actually from the Playful Pets trim combo pack – the black and white thread.

I cut off the length needed and then just separated the black from the white, as shown in the pic above.


And in more bright and sunny news…
the new BOX OF SUNSHINE kits are now available!

This special card-making kit includes supplies to make 8 cards & envelopes – and then you can use the gift box to create a care package for a friend.
TO ORDER CLICK HERE

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Heartwarming Hugs [The Spot #122]

Published by under cards | Aug 04 2020

Hi friends, Well it’s a busy day on the blog today – with the launch of the new Mini Catalogue and also the release of our monthly Tutorial bundle giveaway.

But I couldn’t miss also joining in with this week’s challenge over on The Spot.

With a theme that includes Coffee, Cocktails and Chocolates – seriously, how could I resist?!

For my contribution this week, I created a card and decorated mini coffee cup which doubles as a treat holder.

Both creations were made with some of the gorgeous products from the Heartwarming Hugs Suite. Check it out here.

On this card we used the Warm Hugs stamp set and coordinating Warm Wraps dies (also available as a bundle to save you 10%). Also the fabulous new Wrapped In Texture embossing folders.

The cute coffee cups are only just a little smaller than the regular cups that we have here in Australia, although having been to the US a few times I know they are considered ‘mini’ by their standards.

They would be fun to hold a gift card, some money, some yummy treats or even… coffee!

Here’s the link to this week’s challenge page so you can see what the other Design Team members created this week. Truly fabulous projects there.


About THE SPOT CREATIVE CHALLENGE:

Each week our Design Team of international creatives share projects based on a new challenge. It could be a sketch, a technique, a colour challenge or – as it is in this week – a theme challenge.

Each Tuesday at 9pm (Syd/Mel time) you’ll see a new challenge post on the challenge website (click to visit). You can play along, and if you want you can even enter your card in the weekly challenge by uploading your project (and you don’t even need a blog!).
A winner will be chosen each week.


Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you continue to have an awesome week.

Sending extra big hugs to my crafty friends here in Victoria, Australia, who are doing it tough at the moment with the new tighter Covid lockdowns. We’ll get through this… at least we have our craft!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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