For all your
Stampin' Up!®
papercrafting needs,
Australia wide

Hop to it: Stampin’ Up!’s Retiring Celebration Add-on Kits

Published by under cards | Apr 26 2015

Check out the Australian Stampin' Up! Retiring Products (2015) at

Hi friends. Today I’m back blog-hopping again with just a few of my crafting buddies.

You may have come from Jess’s blog over at The Paper Caper. I want to be just like Jess when I grow up… isn’t she amazing?

We thought it would be fun to share what we’ve been doing with the Retiring Products.

Eeek! Retiring? Yep, this is your last chance to grab them before they’re gone. And they are going FAST, let me tell you!

Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit. Retiring this month. Now half price! Visit

So today I’m sharing a few projects made with one of the hidden gems in the catalogue. We found out last week that this product WILL NOT be in the new catalogue.

Not only that, it’s now HALF PRICE.


So what is this product?

Calypso Coral Add-On Kit (#133431). Available in Australia while supplies last, from

It’s the Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit (with a few added bits and pieces).

The kit is marked in the catalogue at AUD$16.95, which I feel was a pretty awesome price anyway.

But while supplies last it is only AUD$8.48. Wow.

The kit is designed to complement the Celebration Basics Kit, to help you make an awesome looking banner kinda like this,

Celebration Basics Kit from Stampin' Up! available while supplies last

but I really love working with it on its own.

Included is a gorgeous stitched garland, heaps of die-cut accents, patterned papers (including some really cool gold foil paper), and self-adhesive streamers. You even get a Stampin’ Spritzer which you can fill with alcohol and ink refill for a cool spritzing effect.

To make these cards I simply added Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock and some of my favourite stamps, along with the die-cut pieces and patterned papers from the kit. I managed to whip these cards up in no time.


Handmade cards created with Stampin' Up!'s Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit (#133431) on available while supplies lastAdd-OnKitCards

Stampin' Up!'s Celebration Add-On Kit (#133431). Retiring this month!

Want to see some more great ideas using retiring Stampin’ Up! products? Check out Carly’s blog.

Thanks for joining us today.

NEXT STOP: Carly’s blog

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

Let’s keep in touch while I’m at CONVENTION next week!
Connect with me on Facebook: StampingWithSimone

11 responses so far

Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop

Published by under cards | Apr 23 2015

Grand Vacation Hawaii Blog Hop




Welcome to our Hawaii Grand Vacation Blog Hop.

You may have joined me from Linda Higgins‘ blog or you may be kicking off your journey here. Either way, thanks for getting into the Hawaiian spirit with us as we celebrate the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation for 2015.

I have a couple of projects to share today, so kick back & relax and enjoy your own virtual Hawaii travels today.

No sunscreen required!


Flower lei: Stampin’ Up! style

The inspiration for my first project comes from the beautiful Hawaiian tradition of welcoming visitors with a flower lei.

Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!


We are spoilt for choice with the current Stampin’ Up! offerings of so many adorable flower stamps, dies and punches.


Featuring the colours of So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay, this one is made from the Pansy punch – one of my all-time favourites – and just a few Fun Flower punch shapes.


How to make 3 dimensional flowers from a punch

You need to make a lot of flowers for this one!

Here is a simple way to make flowers with heaps of dimension…

3D Flowers Tutorial from


We joined the flowers together with Bermuda Bay bakers twine. The easiest way to do this is by threading the twine with a needle (see below) so you have a sharp point to poke through the middle of your flowers.


Threaded bakers twine to join 3D flowers

The leaves are made from punched ovals in Wild Wasabi cardstock, embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder, then folded in half.

Stampin' Up! paper lei. Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!


Grass Skirt Card

And for our card project today we have a bright and sunny card to reeeeeally get us in the mood. Did someone say Hula?

Here in Australia the weather is turning cooler now as we head towards winter. We’ve already started putting the heater on at night so the warmth of Hawaii is definitely calling my name.Grass Skirt Card. Flower lei, Stampin' Up! style. Come and join us on a Hawaiian themed blog hop!

This card has a Pink Pirouette base, with a Wild Wasabi layer cut with the Fringe Scissors.

Do you recognise the grass fringe? It’s the Jute Ribbon from the Occasions catalogue.

Stampin' Up! Grass Skirt Card from


How fun! Thanks for joining us.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know which part of the world you’re from or connect with me via Facebook. I can’t wait to say hi!


Next stop is Dawn Griffith. Check out her amazing work here.


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria






 Blog Hop List

18. Bec Ross

19. Ann Craig

21. Sandi MacIver

 26. Betty Button

48 responses so far

2015 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List

Published by under catalogue,specials | Apr 21 2015

It’s here! The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List has arrived…

Huge savings, a few surprises and some amazing bargains await.


— Download the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Retiring List PDF HERE —

~~~ Sortable Stampin’ Up! Retiring List for Australia (EXCEL file HERE) ~~~


— Download the Retiring List PDF HERE —

~~~ Sortable Retiring List for Australia (EXCEL file HERE) ~~~



We’re saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2014-2015 annual catalogue, but before we do, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favourites with discounts up to 50% off retail. Retiring products will only be available until 2 June, or while supplies last.


Place your orders here.


*Note: Why are these products retiring on 2 June? Since all catalogue launches will now be aligned globally, the current 2014-2015 annual catalogue will end when the new annual catalogue launches on 2 June 2015, rather than its original end date of 30 June 2015. This includes retiring product within the catalogues, as well as the print catalogues themselves. 



Use Hostess Code B6ZBHKQV (Craft@Home club members use your own code)

Everyone who uses the hostess code B6ZBHKQV when placing an online retiring list order through my store will receive a surprise in the mail as a little thank you. Note: Don’t use the code if your order is over $300 – instead you can be the ‘hostess’ and choose at least $50 worth of free goodies! And if you’re a Craft@Home club member, remember to use the code that was emailed to you at the start of the month. You’ll get your awesome Inspiration Pack next week.


Check back on Wednesday morning for some blogging fun. I’m taking part in an international Blog Hop and can’t wait for you to join us in this fun themed hop.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

No responses yet

News and Notes

Published by under cards | Apr 16 2015

You've Got Male - Box Set Class, at Paperific

Join us at Paperific’s ‘Paper Arts Tarts’ Expo for a variety of classes each day. April 17-19, 2015.


A couple of quick announcements:

  • The retiring list will be released on the 21st of April. 
    As we get closer to the end of the catalogue year, we’re getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from the 2014-2015 annual catalogue. Don’t worry, though! You will have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices (up to 50% off retail) before they’re gone.
    Have another review of your wish list so you are ready when it goes live on 21 April.
  • The NEW catalogue is coming.
    I’m getting ready to order catalogues for you, my valued customers! If you have ordered from me in the past year I will send you one for FREE. Just email me to let me know you’re interested. Don’t forget to include your address.
    Come and visit us at Paperific’s Paper Arts Tarts Expo for shopping, classes and inspiration. Check out all the classes we’re offering HERE. Come and say hello – we can’t wait to see you!



Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

No responses yet

Bonus Bundles: April 1 -17

Published by under cards | Apr 01 2015


New special-priced bundles have just been released. Stamp sets and their coordinating punches or dies are available at 15% off the usual price.

One of my faves is the Banner Banter set (shown above). At less than $37 (plus P&H) for the clear mount version of 10 stamps plus the adorable little banner punch, I think it’s fabulous value.

Did you know that you can make the banners LONGER than the punch image suggests?

Simply feed your cardstock or patterned paper from the underside of the punch so the length is hanging out over the top. When you punch, it will flag the ends but won’t cut the other side – so the banner can be as long as your want! Very cool trick.

Let me know if you get stuck and I’ll send some pictures to explain it another way.


How cute is that pin stamp?!! Stamp out a few sentiments in various colours and punch them out, then adhere them so it looks like they’re hanging… so cute! And what a quick and easy card.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.


Check out these new bundles plus all the other existing bundles HERE in my online store.



We are in the middle of school holidays so it’s all action stations here. I took the kidlets to the movies yesterday for the first time in what seemed like forever. It was fun! And a great way to fill in time while the car was being serviced. Wishing you a blessed Easter and special time with your loved ones.

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria






No responses yet

Last Minute Sale-a-bration Bonus: Hostess Code Here

Published by under cards | Mar 30 2015


A quick reminder that Sale-a-bration ends on Tuesday!
Our favourite time of the year is drawing to a close, but you still have time to choose a free gift for every $90 purchase. 
There’s also just enough time for a fun bonus give-a-way. Simply use Hostess Code QJXM2D9S when placing your qualifying order (minimum $90) and I will send you a designer series paper and matching cardstock sampler pack for FREE! 
But be quick. Remember, orders have to be in by 10pm on Tuesday 31st March to qualify.
Happy stamping,
Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

No responses yet

  • This is me! Simone Bartrum, Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2007.
  • Simone Bartrum
    Image result for phone icon  0411 642 038

    Welcome to my online home where I share a love of cardmaking, hand-crafted home decor and rubber stamping. I’m so happy to invite you in, so grab a cuppa and click around!

    Would you like something you see here? 

    If you’re in Australia, just click here and you’ll be magically transported to my online store.

    Questions or comments?


  • Top Overall - Australia
  • 2019
    Australian Top 25
    Sales Award #11
    Leadership Award

    Australian Top 10
    Incentive Trip Achiever
    Top 10 Sales & Recruiting

    Australian Top 10 #6
    Global Top 100 #92
    Incentive Trip Achiever

    Australian Top 10
    Incentive Trip Achiever
    Leadership Award

    Incentive Trip Achiever
    $40K Sales Award
    Recruiting Award

    Leadership Award
    Recruiting Award
    Incentive Trip Achiever

    Leadership Award
    Incentive Trip Achiever
    Achiever’s Award

    #2 Leadership Award
    Incentive Trip Achiever
    #6 Demonstrator of Year

    #1 Leadership Award
    Incentive Trip Achiever
    #7 Demonstrator of Year

    #2 Leadership Award
    Incentive Trip Achiever
    #16 Demonstrator of Year

  • Recent Posts

  • Subscribe to this site

    Would you like to be notified by email when I update this craft blog? Simply enter your email address in the box below, then hit Subscribe. It’s that easy!

    Delivered by FeedBurner

  • Thanks for visiting!

    • 520,549 hits
  • Meta

  • Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter. Free hints & tips straight to your inbox.

  • Click here to order Stampin' Up! products
  • View the NEW Annual Catalogue

  • Join to save money or join to make money!

    Join to save money | Join to make money
  • Join me on Facebook

  • Amazing places we’ve visited thanks to Stampin’ Up!’s Incentive Trip program

  • 2017 Thailand
  • 2016 Mediterranean Cruise - Europe
  • 2015 Hawaii Incentive Trip
  • 2014 Caribbean Cruise Incentive Trip
  • 2013 Grand Vacation: Salt Lake City, USA
  • 2012 Incentive Trip: Broome, Western Australia
  • Popular Posts

  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • The Fine Print

    All content, including designs, concepts, text, and photographs are COPYRIGHT ©2020 Simone Bartrum, unless otherwise stated. I only use Stampin’ Up!® products, so all stamped images are COPYRIGHT 2020 Stampin’ Up!.

    As an independent demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!, the content of this site is my responsibility. The use of and content of the classes, services, or products offered on here is not specifically endorsed by Stampin’ Up!.