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A Little Hello with Butterflies

Published by under cards | Feb 12 2019

Card featuring Stampin' Up!'s butterfly elements and Botanical Butterfly paper

You know, it’s funny. We are halfway through February but it really feels like the year is only just beginning. Do you ever feel that way?

The kids are back at school (well, mostly – we now have a uni student who still has a couple of weeks). The hot days are over and we are ready to knuckle down for an awesome year. And thankfully, the blog issues that have been plaguing me for a few weeks are all fixed.

I hope your 2019 is off to an amazing start. xxx

Today I’m here to share some ideas and inspiration for those of you who recently got your hands on some fabulous new BUTTERFLY products.

A look through the latest Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure reveals an awesome collection of coordinating products featuring butterflies.

There’s patterned paper, stamps, thinlits dies, a punch and even pressed wood elements. All so pretty!

Not sure where to find your favourite butterfly products?

I know, it’s a bit confusing trying to find where they all are, but this table should help:

Butterfly Duet Punch
2019 Occasions Catalogue p35 or here
Butterfly Gala Stamp set2019 Occasions Catalogue p35 or here
Butterfly Gala Bundle (save 10%)2019 Occasions Catalogue p35 or here
Butterfly Elements (wood)2019 Sale-a-bration brochure* or here
Botanical Butterfly DSP paper2019 Sale-a-bration brochure* or here
Beauty Abounds stamp set2019 Occasions catalogue p13 or here
Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies2019 Occasions catalogue p13 or here
Beauty Abounds Bundle (save 10%)2019 Occasions catalogue p13 or here

*If an item is in the Sale-a-bration brochure it can be chosen for FREE with a AUD$90 order – you can’t buy it separately.

Wooden Butterfly Elements

I love how these Butterfly elements coordinate so beautifully in both shape and size with the punch and papers.

Butterfly Gala Bundle: Stamps & Punch

The Butterfly Gala bundle features a stamp set and punch. The stamps are cleverly designed so that when you stamp with the butterfly images you get a large and small butterfly from a single impression. And conveniently, the punch perfectly lines up with both butterflies at the same time!


Ideas & Inspiration

Just a head’s up about the butterflies… although the Butterfly Duet punch *will* be available in the upcoming annual catalogue, stocks are a little low at the moment so they may temporarily become unavailable. If you want to get your hands on this punch but find that you can’t order it, please reach out to me.

Have a fabulous day!

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC 213: Floral Romance Notebook (for Travellers Notebook Journal)

Published by under cards | Jan 27 2019

What’s CASE-ing The Catty? CASE stands for “Copy And Share Everything”. It means we use the ideas and inspiration from one project and apply them to another to create something altogether new. Each Sunday evening at 7pm AEST/8pm AEDT the CTC Crew kick off a new Challenge using the Stampin’ Up! catalogues as inspiration.


This week’s challenge is to CASE a project from pages 10-13 of the lovely new Occasions Catalogue, featuring the Floral Romance suite of products.

This is such a sweet and pretty combination of colours, layouts and products, it was a challenge picking just one element to CASE.

My main inspiration came from the gorgeous Floral Romance Specialty paper, which includes printed vellum. Wow. I literally wanted to use every different pattern in the pack… so I did!

My creative ‘play time’ led me down a very fun path. I ended up creating a 12-page notebook featuring every pattern in the Floral Romance pack.

Travellers Notebook

The notebook is 5″ x 7″ and I made it to fit inside my TN (travellers notebook) journal. The pages of the notebook are all made from the Floral Romance paper.

The outer cover is printed vellum, and is so lovely to touch. It has a bit of sponging, and I will add a label to the front once I finalise what I will use it for. At this stage, I think it will become my Gratitude Journal for 2019.

Here’s a quick flick-through of the pages of the notebook.

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I lined the pages with panels of white cardstock so I’d have a great surface to write on. You can see the final couple of pages in this video were before the white panel was added. If you just wanted to add photos to your notebook, you could mount them straight on to the paper and not worry about adding the writing panel.

I absolutely love how this notebook turned out.

I added a removable bookmark to the front with a hidden paperclip, and highlighted the pages with Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.

Here are a few of the pages:

Next on our blog hop is Siobhan Fitzsimmons. You can see what she has made for us by clicking on the Next button below.

Would you like to have a go at this week’s challenge? To join in, you can either directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or use a sketch/layout, colour combination or something similar, as inspiration for your own creation. Then simply take a photo of your project and upload it to the latest challenge album in the CASEing The Catty Challenge group on Facebook. Each challenge will end at 7pm (AEST) on Saturday before the next challenge is posted. We pick some winners each week, but most importantly it’s a fun way to get out of your creative comfort zone and try something new. 

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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New Catalogue & Sale-a-bration Begins

Published by under cards | Jan 03 2019

Yay! It’s here!

Download the digital version of the brand new 55 Occasions Catalogue HERE.

Earn a free gift from the Sale-a-bration brochure, with every $90 spent with Stampin’ Up!

And the exciting news continues…

Stampin’ Up! have made some changes to the labels that we place on the back of our red rubber stamps. They are now VERY STICKY so you won’t ever again be frustrated by stamps falling off the blocks.

Stampin’ Up! are calling stamps with the new sticky labels “Cling stamps”, and they were first introduced in Japan beginning with their 2018-2019 annual catalogue and have been a smashing success since then.

A few things to note:

  • Beginning with the 2019 occasions catalogue and Sale-A-Bration brochure, all new stamp sets will be available either in cling (for red rubber stamps) or photopolymer. 
  • Stamps in the 2018-2019 annual catalogue will continue to be available in clear-mount, wood-mount or photopolymer.
  • Red rubber stamp sets (clear-mount or wood-mount) in the annual catalogue that will be carrying over will transition to cling with the 2019-2020 annual catalogue.
  • In 2019-2020 annual catalogue, clear-mount and wood-mount stamps* will no longer be available.

Labelling cling stamps is a slightly different process than you may be used to. Once you place the label on the stamp, it is adhered permanently so you have to be careful. There are instructions in the set so just follow those and you’ll be fine. To remove the stamp from the block, grasp securely near the image label and remove slowly. (Cling stamps stick so well that if they are not carefully removed from the block, the foam can tear.)

I’ve been using them for quite a few weeks now, and I can tell you that they are absolutely awesome. Even though the rubber part is exactly the same as it was before, the improved labels which clings to the block will make your stamping experience even more enjoyable.

Are you curious to know which stamp sets in the new Occasions catalogue are CLING STAMPS? Download this document.

Learn how you can get your hands on this gorgeous new Craft & Carry tote HERE.

Lots of exciting news this week. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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2018 Year in Review (July – December)

Published by under cards | Jan 01 2019

Following on from yesterday’s post with highlights from January to June, today we’ve gathered our fave projects from the second half of 2018.

Do you see a few familiar one’s here?


Stamparatus Class project by Simone Bartrum
From July 2018: link


August 2018: link


From September 2018: link


Oct/Nov: link


From November 2018: link


From December 2018: link

Just a reminder that the brand new Occasions catalogue goes live on January 3rd. I’ll post links to the online catalogue here, or you can request a hard copy. If you placed an order with me in the past year, then a lovely big envelope should be on its way to you (if you don’t already have it) with both your Occasions catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure. But of course, if you’re concerned, please contact me.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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2018 Year in Review (January – June)

Published by under cards | Dec 31 2018

It’s time to pop the cork on another new year… 2019, here we come!

With a brand new seasonal catalogue on our desks and another Sale-a-bration event about to kick off, we have some exciting times ahead…

But for now, let’s reflect on the fabulous year we had with some of your favourite projects from the first half of 2018.


From January 2018: link


From Jan/February 2018: link


From March 2018: link


March/April 2018: link


Interlocking Gate Fold Card by Simone Bartrum
May 2018: link


Stitched Labels card CTC 182 Simone Bartrum
From June 2018: link

Check back tomorrow for highlights from the second half of 2018.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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CI48: Colour INKspiration Challenge – Happy Tails

Published by under cards | Dec 26 2018

Welcome to the Colour INKspiration Blog Hop. 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 we have a design team blog hop where we 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.

Merry Christmas! Here we are and it’s Boxing Day already. I hope you’ve had a wonderful few days of merriment and festivity. 

We had a gorgeous Christmas day with family in Melbourne, and this morning kicked off Boxing Day with a big early morning family walk. Life is good. After a pretty crazy lead-up to Christmas my craft room looked like a bomb site, so I’ve spent today cleaning and tidying up. Yay – I can see my desk again! I hope you’ve had a wonderful few days too.

And now, on to the latest Colour INKspiration Challenge…

CI#48 Colour Inkspiration Challenge

The fabulous colour combination in this picture is Tranquil Tide, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride. 

This is where the colour combo took me…

It’s a sneak peak of a brand new stamp set and punch that will be available in the upcoming Occasions Catalogue on January 3.

I’ll show more of this ‘Happy Tails’ set in the coming months, as it will be a firm favourite for many of us I believe.

The colours were sponged onto a panel of Glossy Cardstock, then layered on to Vellum cardstock and Calypso Coral cardstock.

The cute four-legged friend was stamped in Versamark on Vellum cardstock, then embossed with white embossing powder. The image was then punched with the Dog Builder Punch (sneak peek: available 2nd Jan 2019).

Next on the hop is the fabulous Jacque Williams. You can catch her project here.

Next blog on the Colour INKspiration blog hop

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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