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Love You Always: YCCI (You Can Create It)

Published by under cards | Feb 02 2021

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

The January packet featured some of the gorgeous products from the Love You Always suite, from the January-June mini Stampin’ Up! catalogue (edited: now retired).

The packet included:

  • a panel of Love You Always Specialty Designer Series Paper,
  • a panel of Love You Always Foil Sheets,
  • Blushing Bride metallic ribbon and
  • a heart charm.
    (Edited – NOTE: These items are now retired and no longer available, but are listed here for inspiration)

For the challenge, subscribers can also add anything from the ‘extra materials’ packet (I used thick white cardstock) or anything from their own supplies.

I used most of the monthly kit contents to make a square 4×4 card, and the extra ribbon and heart charm on the chocolate treat below.

You may have heard me say it before, but oh my goodness, I love those Foam Adhesive Sheets! I backed one of the sheets on to white cardstock and then cut with dies to create the “Just Want To Say” sentiment.
Instant dimension!


Design Team Projects

Once again the YCCI design team have done an amazing job of converting these items to stunning projects. Enjoy the inspiration and if you’d like more info just click on the artist’s name.

Rose Packer
Alanna Wharf
Karina Chin

Registration for YCCI kits is currently closed, but if you’d like to go on the waiting list for the next quarterly round, please contact me. Spots are limited.

Cost for each quarter is AUD$25. Best of all, you’ll get to see and try brand new products.

Were you inspired by the contents in this month’s pack?

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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IDEAS Tutorial Bundle (Feb 2021): Fun Fold Theme

Published by under cards | Feb 02 2021

The February IDEAS tutorial bundle is now available!

This amazing document has been carefully curated just for you, and is filled with project ideas and inspiration… and all focusing on FUN FOLD CARDS.

It was created by the IDEAS Design Team – a collective of international crafters – who each create unique tutorials to help inspire you and to make your crafting easy and fun.

The collage above is a sneak peek of all the amazing projects that the Design Team have contributed to this month’s tutorial bundle. 

To get your hands on the document, simply place a $50+ order of Stampin’ Up! products with me during the month of January. This can be done through my online store, or by contacting me by email, by Facebook or phone. It’s also available for separate purchase (contact me for details) and is provided to my team members for free in our team forum.

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember they are for your personal use only, so that means you can’t distribute any printed or electronic copies of these bundles.

February Theme: Fun Folds

Our theme this month is “Fun Folds” – one of the most commonly requested topics that I receive! We all love a fancy fold, with an unexpected twist or a pop up or an unusual design. And I know you’ll love all of these.

I chose a simple but effective layout for my card. You can see the outside of my card at the top of this post.

If you slide the belly-band off you’ll see it opens up like this:

And inside the section is a slide out note card.

You can have a look at a sneak peek of each of the designer’s projects by joining us on this blog hop. Click on the button below to visit Sandra’s blog.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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IDEAS Tutorial Bundle (Jan 2021): Sale-a-bration Theme

Published by under cards | Jan 05 2021

The January IDEAS tutorial bundle is now available!

This amazing 70+ page document has been carefully curated just for you, and is filled with project ideas and inspiration. Perfect timing too, because Sale-a-bration officially kicks off TODAY – Tuesday 5th January – here in Australia. The new January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue is live from today… New products… HOORAY.

The tutorial bundle document has been created by the IDEAS Design Team – a collective of international demonstrators – who each create unique tutorials to help inspire you and to make your crafting easy and fun.

The collage above is a sneak peek of all the amazing projects that the Design Team have contributed to this month’s tutorial bundle. 

To get your hands on the document, simply place a $50+ order of Stampin’ Up! products with me during the month of January. This can be done through my online store, or by contacting me by email, by Facebook or phone. It’s also available for separate purchase (contact me for details) and is provided to my team members for free in our team forum.

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember they are for your personal use only, so that means you can’t distribute any printed or electronic copies of these bundles.

January Theme: Loving Sale-a-bration

Our theme this month is “Loving Sale-a-bration” which could be a love theme with wedding, anniversary, Valentine, or simply a focus on a SAB item that we personally love.

The variety of projects here is phenomenal, I know you’re going to love it!

I chose two items to feature in my projects: The Oh So Ombre 6×6 paper pack and the A Touch of Ink stamp set. Both of which I LOVE.

The mini handbag is made from a 6×6 square of patterned paper! All instructions are clearly stepped out in the tutorial.

You can have a look at a sneak peek of each of the designer’s projects by joining us on this blog hop. Visit MaryKates’s post just by clicking on the button below.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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Treat Packaging: YCCI (You Can Create It – Kits)

Published by under cards | Jan 03 2021

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 December packet looked like this…

The packet included:

  • a Mosaic Gusseted Cellophane bag,
  • Snowflake Splendour ribbon,
  • Basic Gray and Balmy Blue cardstock and
  • a panel of Balmy Blue glimmer paper.

Subscribers can also add anything from the ‘extra materials’ packet (I used a small piece of the Flush Poinsettia specialty paper) or anything from their own supplies.

So much fun!

I turned my supplies into this treat holder…

I trimmed the Balmy Blue cardstock to 10cm wide, and scored the 21cm long panel at 3cm, 6cm and 20cm. Then I slid the scored and folded cardstock into the bag to add structure to the base and back of the gusseted bag. I folded the 1cm lip down over the front and stapled it closed before adding the embellishments and sentiments to the front.

Inside is dark chocolate Toblerone mini bars of chocolate. Yum.


Design Team Projects

Yet again I’m in awe of the projects created by our Design Team contributors, especially during such a busy month. Well done team!

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

Heike Fallwickle (photo #1, mini album)
Heike Fallwickle (photo #2, mini album)
Karina Chin (shaker card)
Fanny Minne

I’m busy organising next quarter’s kits and I have to tell you they look ah-mazing. You will not want to miss this one!

Cost for this quarter is AUD$25, and you’ll get the supplies to make a project for January, February and March 2021. Best of all, you’ll get to see and try brand new products. Registration closing in the next few days so please contact me today if you’d like a pack sent out to you. Gotta LOVE happy mail xxxx

Were you inspired by the contents in this month’s pack?

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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Year in Review: 2020 Vision

Published by under cards | Jan 02 2021

The start of a new year is always a great time to look forward and set our vision for the coming year. And let’s face it, most of us went through a bit of a crazy year in 2020.

But it wasn’t all bad.

Papercraft helped many of us get through periods of lockdown, isolation and quarantine. Not to mention job loss and long periods of loneliness as we missed our friends and family who we couldn’t see as often as we’d like. I’ve been moved by many stories from my customers throughout the year.

Thank you for supporting my business and for turning to me for your craft supplies. I hope your year was filled with plenty of positives though, and I wish you a brilliant year ahead in 2021.

Below is a recap of some of the projects I shared throughout 2020. xxx

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Bring on the new year and another 12 months of inspiring projects and creative ideas.

‘YOU CAN CREATE IT’ Kits now available for January – March 2020.
Cost only $25 including postage to anywhere in Australia.
Each pack contains the consumables (paper, cardstock, ribbon and embellishments etc) which you can turn into a card or 3D project. You’re only limited by your imagination. Contact me to reserve your pack.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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The Spot #143: Sketch Challenge

Published by under cards | Dec 29 2020

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

The Spot #143: Sketch Challenge

I still think sketch challenges are so helpful for those times you find yourself stuck for inspiration. A new layout is often all you need to get started on a new project.

This is where I went with the sketch…

The Spot #143: Sketch Challenge featuring Art Gallery stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Here we have a few sneak peeks of products that will be available from January 5 with the new mini catalogue and Sale-a-bration offering.

So exciting!

The stamp set is called Art Gallery and includes 9 handy sentiments and lovely flowers that look as if they’ve been watercoloured. I chose the colours Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay for this 2-step flower.

The paper in the background is one of the new Sale-a-bration giveaways: ‘Oh So Ombre’ Designer Series Paper. You can get a whole pack of these assorted 6×6 designs (48 sheets in total!) for free with any AUD$90 purchase from 5th January until the end of February.

About THE SPOT CREATIVE CHALLENGE: 

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

Each Tuesday at 10pm (Syd/Mel time during daylight saving) 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 heart to a different shape like I did in this card. 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
Join me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithSimone/

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