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July news: $9 Vouchers and a big Thank You

Published by under cards | Jul 02 2020

Hi friends,

Welcome to a brand new month. I heard this referred to as day 147 of March and I couldn’t agree more… what a strange year this has been.

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and staying well.

Here in my part of the world we are dealing with sub-zero temperatures overnight and (mostly) sunny afternoons. It’s a beautiful. time of year, regardless of the weather.

But you’re not here to talk about the weather, you want to know what Stampin’ Up! are offering for the month of July – amIright? lol

It’s BONUS DAYS time again!

From now until the 3rd of August, you’ll earn a $9 voucher for every $90 of shopping. Spend $180 and you’ll get 2 x $9 vouchers.

The vouchers will be emailed to you in the form of a ‘Coupon Code’ – so make sure you hang on to those codes and don’t delete them.

From the 4th of August you can redeem those vouchers. How cool! A free shopping spree sounds good to me.

In the meantime, the next #greataustraliancraftshow is upon us. Sadly we still can’t do in-person craft shows, but these online craft shows have taken on a life of their own and are hugely popular.

It’s all happening over on Facebook from Thursday 2nd July to Sunday 5th July, so pop over and say g’day. I’ll be online for chats, giveaways, inspiration and a healthy dose of fun & games.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank my valued customers for their amazing support. You are truly valued and appreciated each and every year – but especially this year during such an uncertain time. I love helping you to stay creative and am honoured that you choose me as your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

June was an amazing month for me as I reached big sales milestone (400,000) with Stampin’ Up! and also earned my 11th incentive trip. We are off to Hawaii next year (if international travel is allowed). Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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New Catalogue & Product Shares

Published by under catalogue | Jun 03 2020

The new 2020-2021 annual Stampin' Up! catalogue is here
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We’ve waited (not so patiently) and the day has finally arrived.

View the Digital Catalogue online and you can even download it to keep on your device.

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Explore all the available products in our newly-updated ONLINE STORE for Australia!
It’s had an overhaul and a freshen-up – you’re going to love it!

Shop the new catalogue now

Before you place an order . . .

Pick a Free Bundle - Starter Kit Promotion

Every year I hear at least one new team member say “I wish I’d joined Stampin’ Up! earlier, I would have saved so much money!”.
Did you know we save at least 20% off the catalogue price?

If you’ve EVER thought about joining Stampin’ Up!, now is the time because there’s an extra-special offer at the moment. Total cost for the starter kit is $169 and the value is up to $415! FAQ’s here or contact me for more info or reach out via my Facebook page. Ready to join? Sign up here. xxx

Five gorgeous new colours

The NEW 2020-2020 In Colors® are here… and they are utterly divine!

The new 2020-2022 In Colors

What’s your favourite? I think I love Misty Moonlight the most, although Just Jade is coming a close second.

In Color Product Shares

This year I’m offering a limited number of Product Shares featuring the gorgeous new In Colors.

There are 3 different kinds available: ribbon, paper or embellishments. Scroll down for a fabulous deal if you put your name down for all three!

If you are planning to get the ink pads and coordinating cardstock and would love a sampling of the coordinating accessories, then product shares will be right up your alley.

How do product shares work?
I collate orders for items like ribbons, paper and accessories. I split them up evenly and distribute them to the participants. You end with a SHARE of the total order. It’s a great way of getting a wide variety of products – just in smaller quantities!

2020-2022 In Color Ribbon SHARE

2020-2022 In Color Ribbon

This pack is $10 (with free local pick up/delivery or +$1 for postage, Australia only)
You will get 1.7 metres of each ¼” (6.4mm wide) twill ribbon in the colours of Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight. The ribbons will be neatly packaged and beautifully presented. Contact me to secure a spot. LIMITED PLACES

2020-2022 In Color 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper SHARE

2020-2022 In Color 6"x6" Designer Series Paper

This pack is $10 (free local pick up/delivery or +$2 for postage, Australia only)
You will get a total of 20 sheets of paper (6″ x 6″ size) which includes 2 each of 2 double-sided designs. Colours are Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight. The papers will be neatly packaged and beautifully presented in a cello bag. Contact me to secure a spot. LIMITED PLACES

2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots SHARE

2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots

This pack is $7 (free local pick up/delivery or +$1 for postage, Australia only)
You will get a total of 50 enamel adhesive-backed dots, which includes 10 each of the five colours. The sheet of enamel dots will be neatly packaged and beautifully presented. Contact me to secure a spot. LIMITED PLACES

Product Share Saver

In Color product shares from

Get one of each share – ribbon, paper and enamel dots – for only $25 (free local pick up/delivery or +$2 for postage, Australia only)
LIMITED PLACES Get in touch to put your name down.

Die Cutting & Embossing Machine

Did you see?

Not one, but TWO, new STAMPIN’ CUT & EMBOSS machines have landed in the catalogue, but unfortunately, they haven’t landed in our warehouse.

The COVID-19 situation has had an impact on almost every area of our lives, so it’s not surprising that it has caused delays in manufacturing and transport. I promise they are coming, but we just don’t know when. I’ll keep you posted though. xxx

The coordinating plates won’t be available until the machines are ready either.

You can find more info about the new machines on page 170-171 of the new catalogue.

Temporarily Unavailable

There are a few other items that won’t be available just yet.

  • Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack (item 154889)
  • Stampin’ Seal+ (item 149699) and refill (item 152812)
  • Stampin’ Seal (item 152813) and refill (item 152814) 

Reach out to me if you have any questions.
Have a truly fabulous day, my friends.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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$40 FREE PRODUCT bonus for qualifying orders

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YCCI: Watercolour Sunflower

Published by under cards | Jun 02 2020

This month the You Can Create It (YCCI) supplies were simple yet full of potential: a full piece of 5″ x 7″ watercolour paper and a half sheet of Gray Granite cardstock.

Wow! Where to begin?!

I decided to use the watercolour sheet to die cut pieces from the Sunflowers dies.

Hang on… what’s that?

Yes, it’s a sneak peek of a brand new die set from the upcoming annual catalogue which goes live on Wednesday 3rd June. So exciting!!!

The next step in the process was so fun… watercolouring!

I used the Aqua painter filled with water, and ink from a whole lot of different ink pads LOL.

Tip: Use an acrylic block (or something similar) as a ‘palette’. Press the block into the ink pad and then use the Aqua painter to lift the ink off the block for colouring. This helps to keep the ink pad surface free of excess water from the brush.

Design Team Projects

Once again the YCCI Design Team have created amazing and inspiring projects.

Play along with us!

Just gather up these same supplies and see what you can come up with.

Let’s create!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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5 things to LOVE about this week (Big News!)

Published by under cards | Jun 01 2020

What a week! Buckle up, crafters, because I’ve got exciting news for you.

With all the craziness of life at the moment, it’s so important to find joy and immerse yourself in something you love.

And we’ve got it in spades this week.

1. New catalogue launches on Wednesday

One thing we all LOVE is brand new craft products. In this gorgeous new 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! catalogue there are pages and pages of them!

Hopefully by now you’ve received your hard copy in the mail (if you’ve bought from me in the past year) – if not please get in touch. You can download the digital copy when it goes live on Wednesday morning.

We’re making lists, checking them twice and working out what to get now and what to get later. Yep, I’m right there with you.

But don’t forget to check the retiring items in case there’s anything there you want to pick up before they are gone for good.

There’ll be a few hours from midnight Tuesday when the online store closes, but you’ll be ok to order from early Wednesday.

2. Extra Stampin’ Rewards

A brand new Stampin’ Rewards bonus starts on Wednesday – perfectly timed to coincide with the launch of the new catalogue.

For those of us with a big wish list, this is FANTASTIC news!
Extra free product is coming our way with every qualifying order.

As you may already know, Stampin’ Rewards is the free product credits you get when you place an order over AUD$250. It starts off at 10% of the value of your order and goes up from there.  So for example, if your order is $270 then you get $27 in free product.

Well, from WEDNESDAY you’ll get a bonus $40 in Stampin’ Rewards when the order reaches $400! So instead of getting $40 in free product, you’ll get $80! Yay! 

3. Get a bonus bundle

Pick a Bundle Joining Special

If the idea of bonus Stampin’ Rewards sounds good, how about combining it with a 20% discount on your crafty shopping with Stampin’ Up!? One of the most-loved benefits of joining Stampin’ Up! is getting that awesome discount – it means we can buy more (ahem) I mean save more LOL

But seriously, have you been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!? Or rejoining? If you have, GET EXCITED because a new joining bonus has just been announced and it will knock your socks off.

From Wednesday, you can choose a FREE punch bundle or die bundle to any value when you get the Stampin’ Up! starter kit, in addition to all the regular perks! For $169 you could potentially end up with a kit worth $415. It’s really that good!

You can choose from one of the bundles of stamps & punches on pages 168-169 of the new catalogue, OR one of the stamps & dies bundles on pages 174-175. Take your pick! That’s up to $100.75 value extra, for free!

You’ll also be able to choose any additional available products worth up to $235. So get that wish list out and start working out what you’ll get. Stampin’ Up! will even throw in extra catalogues and various business supplies worth $80. The cost is still only $169 and shipping is free! 

Learn more here.

4. New Improved Shopping Experience

My dog Archie, helping me unpack a delivery

Many of my customers enjoy ordering their products directly through me, either by phone, text or email. I love connecting with you and chatting about our shared love of crafting. But increasingly, many of you are enjoying the convenience of ordering online through my online store. Anywhere, anytime.

If you are familiar with my online store, you may notice some changes when you get in there from Wednesday.

We’re excited to be making some fabulous improvements.

  • The new online store will be more intuitive, have powerful search and navigation capabilities, and will have a much cleaner look
  • It will work seamlessly on all devices – desktops, tablets and mobile phones. There’s even a new Feedback feature to help create a better shopping experience for you.
  • You’ll see much larger pictures of the products so you can check out the close-ups before you decide to purchase.
  • You can even sort and use the filter function to find exactly what you’re looking for.
  • You’ll get real-time inventory status information, so you’ll know straight away if a product is on backorder or will be retiring soon, or if stock levels are low (so you can order before they run out).

Just something to note: If you rely on your browser to remember your login info (including password), the browser will probably ask for this information the first time you log in to the new site. If you remember your password you can just add it to the new site, or you can use the “Forgot Password” link and follow the steps to reset.

If you have the store link bookmarked as a ‘Favourite’ in your browser, it should redirect but you may need to update the saved link. You’ll know you’re still shopping with me if you see my name SIMONE BARTRUM in the top corner.

We’re so excited to bring this highly-anticipated and improved shopping experience to you.

5. Four Days of Facebook Fun

The Great Australian Craft Show is back from Thursday to Sunday, so make sure you check out my Stamping with Simone Facebook page for all the action.

Perfect timing with the launch of our new annual catalogue in the same week, so we’ll be bringing you NEW videos, NEW product spotlights, NEW giveaways and all the fun. I’ll be online during the day, ready to chat with you and respond to your comments. Hope you can join me!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my monthly YCCI (You Can Create It) project, which will be another sneak peek from the new catalogue. See you then!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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New Video & Stampin’ Up! news

Published by under cards | May 04 2020

From scraps to tags to cards

A new video went up today – a quick 2 minute tip about using up your scraps.

Here are the projects that were shared in the video:

Having a collection of die cut pieces is so very handy for making tags and even for using the elements on cards with just a simple embossed background.

[Click to Watch the YouTube video]

New Catalogue is coming

My copy of the upcoming 2020-2021 annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue arrived on Friday and it’s gorgeous! As you can imagine, I’ve been reading it from cover to cover ever since.

If you shopped through me or my online store during the past year, you can expect your complimentary new catalogue to arrive later this month. This is just another little way I thank my customers for choosing to shop with me.

Don’t yet have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator? Jump over to my online store and check out the fabulous bargains and Last Chance products. There is still time to get some of these before we switch over to the new catalogue in early June.

Here is this year’s new cover design. Love, love, love the simplicity.

New Catalogue Pre-Order – Join us!

It’s beyond exciting to be part of the Stampin’ Up! community at the moment because TOMORROW our annual pre-order period begins for the NEW annual catalogue.

If you LOVE the products, love a good deal and love to get your hands on NEW products early, then why don’t you join us? It’s only $169 for $235 worth of products (and you get to choose them), you get at least 20% off future purchases, you get to be part of an awesome team of like-minded crafters, and you get me as your committed mentor. If you join from 5th May 2020 you can even add brand new sneak peek products to your joining kit. Curious? Read this and then message me with your questions. xxx

Great Australian Craft Show Thank You

A huge big thank you to everyone who joined me over on my Facebook page over the past 4 days of the Great Australian Craft Show with CraftAlive. I’ve absolutely loved chatting and connecting with so many of you! And thanks to all of you for your encouragement with the new videos. Now that I’ve worked it all out, I’m excited to continue them. I loved all the video topic suggestions that were shared today – you’ve given me lots of material to work on!

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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Video & Free PDF: How to cut & score A4 cardstock to make cards

Published by under cards | May 03 2020

One thing new cardmakers always ask about it, is how to make base cards from an A4 sheet of cardstock.

It’s one thing to know that you can make 2 cards from one A4 sheet – but it’s a whole other issue trying to work out where to cut!

I’ve made a video to answer all your questions.

Although it is designed for beginning cardmakers who are using A4 sized cardstock (metric measurements), it is also great for those wanting to cut their cardstock more economically.  No waste! 

Learn how and where to cut, the benefits of scoring a crease before folding cardstock, and an alternative method that – seriously – could transform your cardmaking for the better. It did for me! 

And as a bonus for my blog readers, here is a handy downloadable one-page summary (in A4 size of course).

I hope it comes in handy for you.

Happy stamping, 

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria
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