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A Catch-Up Post | OnStage Wrap Up

Published by under cards | Nov 17 2018


What an exciting few weeks it has been!

It seems that I’m a bit behind in blogging, so today I’m here to do a catch-up post and then I can get back to sharing projects and ideas here on my blog. Thanks for spending some time here. xxx

We have just returned from the bi-annual Stampin’ Up! conference which we call OnStage (You can watch THIS HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO to see what it was all about).

This event is held in April and November each year. If you’ve been a regular visitor to my blog you might remember that last November I attended the event over in Salt Lake City (and did a stopover in Hawaii too). This year I stayed a little closer to home and attended the one in Melbourne, Australia with dozens of team members and hundreds of demonstrators from all over the country.

With such a big group we thought it would be fun to extend the weekend by holding a team function on the Sunday. This turned the weekend into something *totally amazing*, but I slept well when it was all over – hehehe


CentreStage Leadership Event 

The theme this time was Black & White as we celebrated Stampin’ Up!’s 30th birthday. We did some helpful training and a lot of socialising. Dinner was delicious and so was dessert – an amazing buffet!

I was thrilled to receive a beautiful gift from Stampin’ Up! for being in the Overall Top 10 in Australia. A huge honour to get this lovely leather bag and purse. 


To make it even more exciting, we got a copy of the upcoming Occasions Catalogue which will go live in early January. PLUS we got a copy of the 2019 Sale-a-bration brochure which shows all the items that we can earn for FREE with a qualifying purchase between January and March 2019! 

[Sorry! We can’t share the inside pages of the catalogue yet but if you would like to join Stampin’ Up! you can get your hands on these new products in December.] 



We also heard some VERY exciting news. Stampin’ Up! is introducing CLING STAMPS!



These are actually the same red rubber that we’re used to, but the labels are new and improved. They are super tacky and – as the name suggests – they *reeeeeeally* cling. A lot!

You won’t have any problems keeping them stuck on your block. No need to have clean blocks or add glue to your stamps. They will stick… stick… stick! 

We are also phasing out wood-mounted stamp sets.

Only 4% of stamp sets sold are wood-mount, so the time has come to remove them from our product line so we can all have room for other more popular goodies. Wood mount stamp sets – including background stamps – won’t be in the next annual catalogue in Australia. I used to buy all my background stamps with the wood block, but now that I’m using the Stamparatus it’s clear-mount (or CLING mount) all the way for me!




The official part of our convention kicked off on Saturday morning. The queue was already long at 7.20am but we were all excited to be there so it was a happy wait. When we got inside we were greeted with a gorgeous box and inside was our reversible bag, pens, note pads, a stamp set, lucky number badge (for Prize Patrol gifts) and more. 


We heard heartwarming stories of how Stampin’ Up! has enriched so many lives over the past 30 years, just as it has mine over the past 11+ years.

Each year there is a ‘theme song’ which is catchy, inspiring and uplifting. I LOVE this year’s song! Best of all, you can buy this song as a digital download and all money will go towards Autism organisations, including Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia).  

(link to Love, Live & Share It Today video)


Panorama of the Melbourne OnStage crowd (click to enlarge)

Panorama of the Melbourne OnStage crowd (click to enlarge)


We learnt more about the new products that are coming out, and saw a number of fabulous presentations on the big screen and then could have a closer look over on the displays later. 



And did I mention the giveaways? There were plenty including all-attendee giveaways like this one… 


In fact, this is the huge pile of loot that I brought home at the end of the day. (To be honest, I found a few more bits and pieces like the pens and the Greece Incentive Trip pin after I took this photo – oops). 



Team Day

The fun continued after the doors closed at OnStage. 

With the help of my amazing team leaders and upline, we hosted a Post-OnStage Team Event and invited all our team members to attend! Not all could make it of course, but we did have a brilliant day with nearly 70 people

We created, ate lots of yummy food, swapped projects, admired the displays, did a little training with our visiting guests (including the Regional Sales Director of Stampin’ Up! from Salt Lake City, Utah and our own Demonstrator Development Manager from Sydney), and everyone received a gift! We also created our own Punch Guide to use as a handy tool when trying to find the right punch to fit stamped images.

All of our attendees received a personalised, lined case [ordered from Emma at Acacia Grey Studio]. 



We finished these off with a some Powder Pink Shimmer ribbon as a zipper pull and sealed the ends to prevent fraying. 


We are already looking forward to our next get-together. In April 2019 we’re off to Auckland, New Zealand for the next OnStage event. Woohoo!!!


Customer Appreciation Event  

We have just finished our last official stamp club/class for the year, so we are finishing off next month with a Christmas party and a free Customer Appreciation event. I’m so excited about this event!

We are also making plans for the coming year of classes. If you – or someone you know – would like to join a regular group for creative fun, art therapy and cardmaking, then please get in touch.

Classes are in Creswick, Victoria, which is a pleasant 20 minute drive from Ballarat in central Victoria. We have attendees come from as far as Melbourne and Geelong – so if you don’t mind a drive you are most welcome to join us. This really is a gorgeous part of the world, so if you can find the time to get away from it all once a month, then a day in the ‘country’ with a couple of hours of stamp therapy could be just what the doctor ordered. 

I’m currently building a waitlist of interested people for my 2019 classes and events, so if you would like to be on that list please message me. Existing stamp club members get first option to continue, but I may consider adding an extra class or two if my schedule permits. 


A day in the life…

On the home front, we have had ballet and dance activities galore, plus my big boy turned 18 years old this week AND he finished his last Year 12 exam! Not quite sure where the last decade or so went. It seems like only yesterday he was learning to read and playing with Lego, and now he’s embarking on his own life’s journey. Well I’m proud to say that he’s grown into a lovely young man and I’m excited to see where he’ll go in life. 

Christmas is racing towards us, but it’s definitely not too late to get creative this year.

Would you like to make your own Christmas cards? What about tags, gift packaging, or decorations? Check out all the Christmas products in my online store here> SHOP THE HOLIDAY CATALOGUE.

Handcrafted projects are not only a beautiful way to express our creativity, but they are the perfect way to share a piece of ourselves with those we love. 



COMING SOON: Online Extravaganza


Phew, this has been a big post!

Well, if you’ve stuck with me this long you can be rewarded with a bit of a ‘heads up’.

Stay tuned for an Online Extravaganza from 23-28 November. I’ll share news about that once I know more, so make sure you’ve subscribed to this blog or follow me on Facebook. 



Snowflake Showcase – Available November only

There’s still some time left to get your hands on FIVE new products that are ONLY available in November. Watch THIS VIDEO to learn more. 

  1. Happiness Surrounds stamp set. 14 photopolymer stamps suitable for all-year-round use. 
  2. Snow is Glistening stamp set. 14 photopolymer stamps with unique detail. 
  3. Snowfall Thinlits dies. 20 dies with intricate details. These dies co-ordinate with both the Happiness Surrounds stamp set AND the Snow is Glistening set. 
  4. White Velveteen sheets. 2 sheets per pack. They velveteen sheets can be sponged and coloured, and are the perfect ‘feel’ for snow projects. 
  5. Snowflake Trinkets. 20 per pack, these embellishments have a low profile and feature a rhinestone embedded in each one. 




Thanks for hanging out with me for a while. Please drop me a line in the comments below to say Hello, and to let me know you were here. 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Happy 30th Birthday Stampin’ Up!

Published by under cards | Oct 22 2018

Happy 30th birthday Stampin' Up! - 15% off Select Stamps

What were you doing in 1988?

Can you remember the permed hair and shoulder pads? [I was only 15 years old but they were burned in my memory!]

In Australia in 1988 we were listening to ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ by Kylie Minogue (who also happened to win the Gold Logie that year for Neighbours), and every radio station was belting out John Farnham’s ‘Age of Reason’.

On TV we were watching Sale of the Century, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and The Comedy Company.

Can you believe that was all 30 years ago? 

And back in October 1988, two sisters were creating a new business called Stampin’ Up!. They were sourcing a range of paper crafting products; they were helping others share the art of rubber stamping; and they were bringing people together. They packed orders from their living room with the help of their families.

So much has changed in that time, yet at the heart of things it’s still the same.

Happy 30th birthday Stampin’ Up!

All year long we’ve celebrated Stampin’ Up’s 30th birthday (remember the ’80’s night we had back in April?) but it’s all coming to a head with a 24-hour stamp sale to celebrate the occasion.

Watch the video

(Note: This sale has now expired)

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! demonstrators get a minimum of 20% off all products, even on sale items? Learn more here.

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Flash Sale & New Stamparatus Accessories

Published by under specials | Oct 01 2018

THREE exciting pieces of news today to kick off a brand new month…

#1. Flash Sale on Now – Ends Oct 7

World Card Making Day is on the first Saturday in October, and we’re celebrating by having a Stampin’ Up! sale for ONE WEEK ONLY. Sale items are limited, but include some of our favourite card making essentials, stamps and kits!

Card Making Kits on Sale

This is an excellent time to stock up on gifts, and with some of our popular cardmaking kits on sale this week you will definitely want to check them out!

Do you have a birthday coming up? Will you be in a family Kris Kringle this year?

Send your friends to this page and let them know that you would love one of those kits too!

(Note: This sale has now expired)

I’ve already finished a couple of boxes of the Soft Sayings Card Kit, but I’ve had my eye on the Notes of Kindness kit for a while, so that one is jumping in to my shopping cart right about now. I think it will be great to take away camping.

#2. NEW Stamparatus Accessories

Now there is even more to love about the versatile Stamparatus tool.

Let me introduce…. (drum roll please)…. Stamparatus accessories!

The are Small Grid Paper, Stamparatus Plates, and Stamparatus Foam Mats. And we will continue to offer Stamparatus magnets, if you happen to lose or break the ones that came in your box.

Some things to know:

  • The fits perfectly in the Stamparatus. It has inches on one side, and centimetres on the other.
  • If your starts to wear (or you lose it!), then you’ll probably want to consider getting a replacement. The foam mat is used with the thinner stamps like photopolymer ones.
  • The thing I’m *most* excited about is the . These are absolutely brilliant for backups and for quicker stamping of multiple set ups without having to switch stamps out often.
  • The Stamparatus accessories have their very own section in my online store. You can find it here>
  • These accessories are NOT a limited time offering. They are part of our regular product line now! Hooray.

#3. NEW Starter Kit Option

New Stampin' Up! Starter Kit - Australia

And in more news, we have a BRAND NEW option for those who would like to join Stampin’ Up!. Now you have your choice of TWO Starter Kits. In addition to the regular kit, we are trialling another kit which might be more suited to those who keen to grow their own little (or big!) business. You’ll have everything you need to get your new business off to a great start. Learn more here.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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CTC 197: Joyous Noel Inspiration

Published by under cards | Sep 23 2018


Welcome to the CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop! We are up to CTC 197.

This week the CTC Crew are turning to pages 28-35 of the Holiday Catalogue for inspiration. We can use the layout, the colours, the stamps, or any other element as the basis for making another card.


Caseing The Catty Blog Hop


I was drawn to this card on the bottom left corner of page 28 and chose to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) it this week.

I changed the size a little, to make it our standard 14.5cm x 10.5cm size. And I swapped the circle for an oval, and added a punched ‘sprig’ of green glitter courtesy of the aptly named . 

I LOVE this layout.

In fact, this has been one of our class and workshop make & takes throughout September! 




This layout is such a winner, that I recreated it in a few different colour-ways using the .





Colouring Glimmer Paper


The little 1cm x 14.5cm strips of glitter paper above and below the featured panel (14.5cm x 6cm) were the most fun to make. 

We have a few core colours in the current annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue – including , , and ”. We also have a pack of three gorgeous new colours in the packs: copper, Merry Merlot and Tranquil Tide. 

But what if you want a different colour? 

What if you want, say… Daffodil Delight glimmer paper? 

Or Night of Navy glimmer paper? 

Well, my friends, it turns out that it’s pretty easy to make…



You can just colour the with your Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers! Then just cut off the parts that you need. 


Pretty cool, isn’t it! 

Just make sure you use the side of the wide brush end, so you can keep the tip in pristine condition. 



I trimmed the 1cm coloured portion, and layered it above and below the Garden Impressions paper. 



Ready for more inspiration? 

Check out Sandra’s blog, which is the next ‘hop’ in the blog hop. 




And if you would you like to join us in this week’s CASEing The Catty challenge, just visit the CTC Sunday Challenge closed group on Facebook.

We can’t wait to see what you create.  


Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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The new 2018 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue – Christmas and more

Published by under catalogue | Sep 05 2018


It’s here! The gorgeous 2018 Holiday Catalogue… all 55 glorious pages of ideas, inspiration, innovative new products, Christmas and more. 

Check out this sweet little 1 minute stop-motion video, for a peek at what’s inside. 




Download Catalogue


I know you can’t wait to check it out so, without further ado, here it is:

(Click to download Australian/New Zealand 2018 Holiday catalogue)


Cover of the Holiday Catalogue - Click to download



Shop – Holiday Catalogue


You can also see ALL the products – with extra info like measurements etc – in a special section of my online store: Shop Holiday Catalogue.

To make it easier to find what you’re looking for, the products are broken up into categories: Stamps, Bundles, Kits and ‘Everything Else’. 

‘Everything Else’ includes all those gorgeous new embellishments, papers, Memories & More® products, Washi Tape, Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers in NEW colours and…. [last but definitely not least] four stunning new Shimmer Paints!

There are so many gorgeous new products, but I think my favourite suite (at the moment) is Joyous Noel


Joyous Noel suite by Stampin' Up!



How-To Videos


For dozens of educational videos on how to use the products, check out Stampin’ Up!’s YouTube channel


Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue Video Playlist



Happy stamping!

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 191: Nature’s Poem Fancy Fold – Accordion Fold Insert

Published by under cards | Aug 12 2018

Instructions for this accordion insert fold at


It’s so great to be back again with the CASE-ing the Catty crew for this week’s challenge. This week we are turning to pages 142 – 153 of the annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue for inspiration.  



My card was loosely inspired by the Tranquil Tide card on page 142 of the 2018 annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. You can see it above on the top left.

I moved things around a bit but the general layout was inspired by this card. 

Just to mix things up a bit, I added an unusual insert to make this card a fancy fold.

Well, it’s kind of a fancy fold. You’ll see what I mean…


Firstly, here’s the front: 

Instructions for this accordion insert fold at

And here’s a top view that shows the accordion fold insert:

And opened up, standing: 

Instructions for this accordion insert fold at




How to make an Accordion Insert Card



I had so much fun making this card, and ended up using this design for my 2018 Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip card swap on the recent Alaska Cruise.

Want to have a go at making your own?

Here’s how:

1. Cut your A4 sheet of cardstock at 10cm wide. Leave the cardstock at the full length, which is 29.7cm. 

(I’m from Australia so I’ve started with our A4 standard size cardstock, but the same concept could easily be adapted for US Letter size cardstock). 
2. Score at 14cm, 18cm, 22cm and 26cm. Fold to create an accordion or concertina fold as shown above (ie valley, mountain, valley, mountain)

Optional: stamp to decorate. If you are stamping, it’s best to do that before you’ve stuck anything down. I actually prefer to do the stamping before I’ve even done the scoring, because when you stamp on the score lines the image doesn’t look as good. 

3. Adhere the larger panel to a 14.5cm x 10.5cm panel of cardstock.

Make sure it’s centred so there’s an even 5mm border showing all the way around. 

4. Fold up the panels and adhere another 14.5cm x 10.5cm panel to the top folded panel.

Decorate as desired. I find it easier to embellish the top layer of cardstock before you attach it to the accordion fold insert. 


Nature’s Poem Card front

Instructions for this accordion insert fold at


The front of my card features the Nature’s Poem designer series paper, Velvet Ribbon, Leaves Trinkets, and copper trim. I just love the way the copper trim holds its shape when you stretch it out and pull it. Amazing stuff! It’s a ‘must have’ for your copper embellishment collection. 


(Click image to enlarge)



I hope you like this card and that it inspires you to make one too.  

Next on the blog hop is Judy. You can find her post here

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



Thanks for joining us this week.

For more ideas and inspiration, join me over on Facebook. And to see some of the other Alaska Incentive Trip swaps I made, just scroll back to July 2018 and you’ll see loads of photos from the trip. 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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