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Cardmaking classes in Ballarat & Creswick, Central Victoria

Published by under cards | Sep 16 2015

It’s finally here! The updated list of Christmas cardmaking classes in Ballarat and Creswick, through until the end of the year. I have been teaching papercraft classes here for 8 years (where has the time gone?) and am excited about the new events we’ve got planned.

Classes are usually held in Creswick, but I may be moving some of these classes into Ballarat so the venue will be confirmed at the time of booking. Email me for booking enquiries.

I hope to see you at a class soon.


[Click image below to download class schedule]

Cardmaking Classes in Ballarat, Creswick 2015 Stamping Class 2015

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[Edited: Sorry, no spots left for class on 17/9/15. And we are now holding a craft sale/garage sale on October 17. Contact me for details.]

Classes are suitable for all experience levels. If you are new to rubber stamping or cardmaking, let me know and I will be sure to provide extra help.

Our class sizes are small and friendly, and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome.

If you prefer one-on-one classes, let me know as I also offer this service. These can be held in my classroom, or I can visit you in your own home and bring the craft projects to you – perfect for those with mobility issues.

I love crafting and enjoy it even more when sharing it with friends, so I’m sure we’ll have a wonderful time together. Best of all: everything is included in these classes. You don’t need to bring anything at all, except a smile.

Booking enquiries.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 47 – Oh What Fun Tag Kit Cards

Published by under cards | Sep 11 2015

Welcome! I’m so excited to be a brand new member of the CASE-ing the Catty Crew. These guys deliver gorgeous creations in the form of a blog hop every Friday, and use the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues for inspiration. CASEing = Copy & Share Everything.

You may have arrived from Elizabeth‘s blog or directly from the CASE-ing the Catty website.

For my regular readers, I have no doubt you will love hopping around the loop each week and seeing all the great ideas. What a perfect way to start the weekend!


Let’s Kit Together

This week’s theme is ‘Let’s Kit Together’, and we’re looking at the ready-to-go kits on pages 4 – 7 of the new Holiday Catalogue for inspiration. This gave me the perfect excuse to get up close with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.


There are enough supplies in this kit to make three each of 10 different tags.

I had an idea that I’d like to convert some of the tags to full cards. And this is what I ended up with.Cards with the Oh What Fun Tag Project kit by Stampin' Up!. The kit + a pack of notecards = lots of quick cards!


I used a variety of different Christmas stamp sets for the greetings.

Isn’t it great how different fonts really change the ‘feel’ of a card? From traditional to casual, formal to relaxed. True confessions: I do have a secret ‘thing’ for fonts.

Here are some of the cards up close (you can always click on the images to enlarge).

Tis The Season card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

I used the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes as the card base. What a quick and easy way to make a stack of cards.

Merry Christmas card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

And the card front is embossed with the new Softly Falling embossing folder.

Christmas card. Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard.

A few extra embellishments like red foil sheets (above) and silver satin ribbon (below) add to the fun.

Merry Christmas card - Made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecard. The note cards and envelopes are perfect for this project, and I love that they are pre-scored and ready to go. A perfect match for these kits.

Crumb Cake note cards & envelopes, by Stampin' Up!

Christmas cards made with the Oh What Fun tag project kit by Stampin' Up! + Crumb Cake notecards.

So what do you think? I’m loving this kit – for tags and cards.


Thanks to the CTC Crew for inviting me to play along.

And now I’m thrilled to bits to hand you on to the next blogger on our hop… the a-maz-ing Jessica Williams. Yes, she really is amazing!

CASE-ing the catty NEXT BLOG


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



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Stampin’ Up! Australia Christmas Holiday Catalogue

Published by under cards | Sep 01 2015

Stampin' Up! Australia - Christmas Holiday Catalogue. Available from

Spring has sprung!

And so has the new 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue.

Fifty pages of festive fun, new products, punches, kits and more.

It’s time to shake off the winter blues… Christmas is on the way.


I am giddy over this one. It would have to include the best range of products I’ve seen in years.

In fact, many of those new products immediately jumped on to my wish list.

Two thumbs up for this catalogue.

.Top 6 Picks for Christmas. Simone's favourites from the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue.


MY TOP FIVE, no make that SIX, PICKS from the new HOLIDAY CATALOGUE

Almost impossible to stick to five favourites from this catalogue – or six – but we’ll give it a go…


The 'To You and Yours Shaker Frame Cark Kit' in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue. Each page has silver foil on the card base. # In no particular order!


  1. The To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit on page 4. Having made up these cards, I can honestly say I LOVE how they look. Great quality, nice thick card bases, and I love the shiny foil on the cards. You can’t tell from the tiny picture in the catalogue, but each card base has strips of silver running through the design on the front and backs of the cards. Gorgeous. They have been generous with the supplies too, so you’ll have plenty of sequins, chunky glitter and die cut pieces left over at the end. And no you don’t HAVE to get the stamp set on the bottom of page 4 to make up the cards, although it looks great if you do and it’s a handy set to have. Would love to be able to buy those line strips of ‘Dimensionals’ used to line the shaker frames. They make it so easy to put the shaker frames together.
    Make a hearth using the window piece from the Hearth & Home Thinlits dies. Stampin' Up!. .
  2. The Hearth and Home Thinlits dies on page 11 (and images on page 10). Yes, I’m a sucker for a good ‘die’. And how fantastic that you can cut out the window frame cross bars and – voila – it becomes a fireplace.
    Seriously… that is genius right there.
  3. The Sleigh Ride Edgelits dies on page 12. These are just sooooo cute. Yes, they are a little fiddly to work with, with all those delicate little shapes, so if fiddly is not your thing then these might not appeal. But the delicate shapes is what makes these edgelits so gorgeous.
  4. The Embellished Ornaments bundle on page 15. Enough said. Love love love. This is the bundle that featured on our recent Fancy Fold card. What’s not to love? The Peaceful Pines bundle could have easily snuck into this spot too.
  5. Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on page 39. I love that this is an oversized square folder, so it will work with cards in the landscape or portrait orientation. Thank you Stampin’ Up!. That has been on my wish list for a long time. Such a beautiful design, too.
  6. Fine-Tip Glue Pen on page 43. This has CHANGED my life! No kidding. One of the smallest items, tucked away on the bottom corner of the page, I didn’t even notice it until someone else pointed it out to me. And yes, I know it’s not the most glamorous item. But wowowowowowow it is the best EFineTipGlueNameVER. You can perfectly position sequins and carefully place die-cut words, without any gooey overflow. You can even write words with it and sprinkle ultra-fine glitter over the top (see pic on the right, I wrote my name with the glue then added gold glitter). No need to squeeze. And the needle in the tip to prevent clogging is just the bees-knees. You can watch a video about this new Fine-Tip Glue Pen here.

My favourites from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue: I just love them all

You can view all the new products in one convenient section of my online store.

Happy browsing.

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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Embellished Ornaments Fancy Fold Card

Published by under cards | Aug 31 2015

Embellished Ornaments Fancy Fold Project, by the Stampin' Up! team at Paperific. Project created by Simone Bartrum

A big hello to all the wonderful people we met and chatted with at the Paperific Expo last weekend. Our team had a great time sharing and crafting with you, and I hope you enjoyed it too.

Stampin' Up! Paperific Craft Show display. www.simonebartrum.comIf you are a new visitor, welcome! Come and make yourself at home. You are welcome to subscribe to my email newsletter (the signup box is in the right sidebar of my blog home page). You will often find me procrastinating over on my Stamping with Simone Facebook page, so come and check out the scenery there too. 😉

But back to Paperific. We ran a series of classes during the show which were a big hit with our visitors. Every single class was booked out!

In the morning we ran a shaker frame class, which I will be repeating up here for my local friends on September 27th (TBC – will depend on backorder situation). This one is close handy for those of you in or around the Ballarat, Daylesford, Bendigo and Goldfields regions.

And here’s the project I came up with for the afternoon, which also booked out early so we managed to squeeze an extra class in to our daily program.

It’s a fancy fold card in Night of Navy and gold – now that’s a striking colour combination!

Embellished Ornament fancy fold card.

And when you open it up…

Embellished Ornaments Fancy Fold.


It uses the Floral Frames Collection dies to create the fancy fold, and is decorated with some lovely new products: Embellished Ornaments stamp set and coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlits dies.

You can buy the stamp set and Framelit dies separately from 1st of September, but if you buy them at the same time you’ll save 15%!  Gotta love those bundles.

The shape of this card was inspired by one of Debbie Mageed’s, but we are using the reverse side and instead of hand-cutting the side shapes we use the half-cut technique and some carefully positioned cutting pads with the Big Shot.


We gave class attendees a 4-page tutorial so they can make the project again when they get home. I’ll be running this class again in Creswick (near Ballarat/Daylesford) on Thursday Sept 17 and we’ll also be making it at stamp club.

Craft@Home Club members: You will be getting the full tutorial and card for FREE as one of the items in your September Inspiration Pack. Australian residents: You can receive tutorials and cards like this in the mail each and every month. Request info by email about the Craft@Home Club.

Some of the other demonstrators in our team will be running this class in other parts of Melbourne and throughout Victoria. So if you are looking to attend a class, let me know and I’ll be happy to put you in touch with someone close to you.


Embellished Ornaments Fancy Fold Card - Open.


2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue

The catalogue is now LIVE! Click here to read all about it. If you are in Australia and are in need of a consultant, then email me a catalogue request and I’ll happily pop one in the mail for you.


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria


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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!


~~New Weekly Deals out on Wednesday. Click HERE to view the current weekly deals.~~


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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