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Quick Tip: How to Prevent Curling of Clear Mount Stamps

Published by under techniques | Feb 11 2013

clear mount stamps

New to stamping? Here are some tips to keep your rubber clear mount stamps performing beautifully.

Clear mount stamps are a popular option for many crafters.

  •  Their storage is compact,
  •  they are cost effective,
  •  they are easy to use and
  •  they are versatile!

When your new clear mount Stampin' Up! stamps arrive you'll be keen to get started. Read the instructions on the inside cover of the stamp case. Peel the backing paper off the stamps and apply labels, if desired. One method is outlined in the instructions, so just follow those. 


Tip 1: Adhering Labels

Make sure your rubber stamps are perfectly flat when applying the adhesive labels, especially if you apply the label to the rubber (instead of the rubber-to-label method).

Flat on the table is perfect.

A label pulled too tight across the stamp, or a curved stamp in the hand when the label is applied, will result in curling stamps (where the rubber has a curve in it) that won't stick so well to your block.

Flat stamp + Clean block = Better 'stickability'!


clear mount stamps and case

Tip 2: Storage

Now that your newly mounted stamps are flat, keep them that way!

In my experience, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure they stay uncurled and in great nick.

The first is to keep them away from excessive heat (such as a hot car or near a window on a summer's day).

The second is to store them in the outer rubber (see above) that they came in. With my first few sets of clear mount stamps I threw this outer part away, thinking it was waste. Wish I hadn't done that! I now keep it inside the case for two reasons:

1. It helps to keep my stamps flat, and 

2. It lets me know at a glance if any stamps are missing!

Want more info? Click on the video below for hints and tips about Stampin' Up!'s clear mount stamps.


Wishing you many years of happiness with your new stamps.


To enquire about Stampin' Up! products in Australia or to place an order contact Simone.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Sweet Threads and Lace

Published by under cards | Feb 08 2013

        Sweet Threads Simply Sent card kit

Sweet Threads Simply Sent kit and Delicate Designs Lace Tape, new products in Stampin' Up!'s Seasonal Catalogue


Oh what fun. Today I made some cards with the new Sweet Threads Simply Sent card kit, and took a trip down memory lane in the process.

Amazingly, given my obsession with papercrafts now, I use to be an avid cross stitcher! I guess many of us dabbled in all kinds of crafts over the years. 

I remember visiting Mum's friend, Wendy, who was a huge inspiration. She had a craft collection that I can still picture today, and taught me all about Aida cloth and the artful pursuit of making the back look just like the front.

Thankfully the new Sweet Threads Simply Sent kit by Stampin' Up! is a quick and easy way to got my cross stitch fix. It's one of the great new kits in our Seasonal Catalogue (p22).


Check out what's in the Sweet Threads Simply Sent kit.

Sweet Threads Simply Sent card kit, by Stampin' Up!

Sweet Threads Simply Sent card kit, $22.95 (AUD)



There's enough in there to make 8 completed cards with envelopes – 4 flower and 4 cake cross stitches (paper pattern), dimensionals, embroidery floss and a couple of needles.

I changed my 'cake' slightly, by adding in a few half stitches.

Sweet Threads Simply Sent card kit & Delicate Details Lace Tape

The lace across the background is another new product from the Seasonal Catalogue.

Delicate Details Lace Tape (p3). It's a self-adhesive paper tape! How clever is that!

Delicate Details Lace Tape by Stampin' Up!

And because it peels off a backing sheet you can sponge it or stamp it or do anything you want with it!

Here, this image might help to show you what it's like…

Delicate Details Lace Tape

Delicate Details Lace Tape is $16.95 (AUD) and you get TWO different rolls of paper lace tape. I'm SO GLAD it's got adhesive already on it. It can be so fiddly trying to get adhesive on delicate designs like this.

Don't yet have the new Seasonal Catalogue? You can download and save it so you can view it anywhere and everywhere. When you're ready to order just email your shopping list and I'll arrange to get everything you want delivered to your door. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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New Seasonal Catalogue – Now Available

Published by under catalogue | Feb 01 2013

Seasonal Catalogue (Australia) available

February 1 – June 30, 2013


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Do you love the projects pictured on the pages of the new Seasonal Catalogue? Find out what was used to make them by downloading the Supplies List here.


Sycamore Street - ribbon pool party 1


I'm SO EXCITED to share this new catalogue with you! With many beautiful and on trend products in these pages, there is something to delight everyone!

My favourites are: the Honeycomb Embossing Folder ($13.95, page 6 Seasonal Catalogue)

honeycomb embossing folder

And definitely the oh so soft Flower Trim  ($11.95, p5)


The Artisan Embellishments Kit ($16.95, p10) which is featured in a special class on February 17 (some spots still available)



Can't go past the cute Bitty Butterfly punch either

bitty butterfly punch

And of course all the kits which will be showcased in our upcoming Kit Creations class next month.



My customers who requested a hard copy of the catalogue should already have theirs. If yours hasn't arrived just contact me and I'll pop it in the post.


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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New Class Schedule

Published by under classes | Jan 22 2013

Just a quick note to let my local stampers know that the Term 1 Class Schedule is now available! I'm looking forward to catching up with regulars as well as new stampers for 2013!

Click to download TERM 1 CLASS SCHEDULE

You can also check out all our upcoming events, expos, market nights and more by clicking on  EVENTS over there on the right sidebar (click here if you're reading this via a feed).


I hope to see you at an event soon. Make sure you say hello and let me know you're a blog visitor :)




Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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It’s Time to Sale-a-brate!

Published by under Sale-a-bration | Jan 22 2013

Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up!'s premiere promotional event, is an annual party with loads of free products! This year's party is better than ever because we're celebrating our 25th anniversary! So put on your party hat and let's get this party started…




Sale-A-Bration +  Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = the best time to host a Stampin' Up! party!

  • Get FREE Silver Glimmer Paper when you host a $300 workshop! 
  • Get a FREE hostess bundle when you host a $600 workshop! The bundle includes awesome products from the Sale-a-bration catalogue: Madison Avenue stamp set – in woor or clear-mount!, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper AND the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack. Yep! All free, in addition to all the other fabulous rewards of being a hostess. Wow! Wow! Wow!





Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? Welcome to Sale-A-Bration!

Choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $100* in purchases. This year's offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalogue stamp sets, digital content CDs, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! Now, more than ever, there's something for everyone! 

View the Sale-A-Bration brochure here. See available My Digital Studio products here.

*Excluding shipping




Sale-A-Bration + Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE!

Bonus products in your starter kit and a discount on all your purchases is just the beginning.

The absolute BEST thing about joining Stampin' Up! is sharing the fun with fellow demonstrators, making new friends, accessing the inspiring resources offered by Stampin' Up!, the fun events and of course all the smiles whenever a stamp is in the hand! More info HERE.


But during Sale-a-bration? That's the perfect time to join! You'll get 25% more in your starter kit when you sign up from now until the end of March. That's $294 worth of products for only $169. Oh yeah!


Joining is super-easy. Just go to, click on the Join Now link (top right-hand corner) and follow the prompts. You'll become a valued member of the EurekaStampers team of demonstrators… and I'll be there to help you every step of the way. Have some questions? Let's have a chat. Email me your contact details and a good time to talk, and I'll call you back.


Soooooo excited about this amazing year, and Sale-a-bration starting TODAY. How awesome!!!!


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Hello… Sneak Peek

Published by under cards | Jan 15 2013


Hello Card: Crumb Cake cardstock, Midnight Muse ribbon, Friendship Preserves stamp set, Window Frames Framelits.

Sneak Peek Alert…. the patterned paper is from the fabulous mid-sized (11.4cm x 16.5cm) paper stack, called Print Poetry Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack, from the upcoming Seasonal Catalogue. This tear-off paper stack is the perfect size for cardmaking.Want a copy of the Seasonal Catalogue which goes live here in Australia on February 1st? Email me* with your postal address and phone number, and I'll pop one in the mail for you. *Already have a demonstrator? Please contact her for a catalogue, I'm sure she'd love to help you.




We're in the middle of our annual camping beach holiday. With just a few more weeks before the cherubs go back to school, we're making the most of what's left of the long summer break.

Having a ball, in fact!


I have fabulous memories of going to the same holiday spot as a girl, year after year, and playing with the same kids who'd always camp there too. Riding the waves and the endless feeling of sand between the toes. It makes my heart so happy to see my kids having these experiences too and loving it! The moment we arrive the kids fall out of the car and RUN to the sand. Just like I did! I feel some scrapbooking coming on :)



Thanks to the wonders of modern technology (solar panels, a 12 volt charger and my beloved ipad!) I was still able to process all my lovely customers' Clearance Rack Blitz orders when the final list went live on the 11th.

Although many items sold out almost straight away, there are plenty of good bargains still available. Let me know if there's anything you'd like from the final list.


Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria



Free Card Kit with purchase of the limited edition 'My Little Valentine' stamp set

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