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Old 07-04-2013, 11:04 AM   #201
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"Normal" crafters don't want to pay more than $2 for a set with 6 or 8 stamps in it.
I just paid $20 for NUM Riot of Petals, one stamp, including postage! The number of stamps hasn't alot to do with the issue, because so many stamps in a set are gratuitous ones many stampers might never use. I buy used stamps often, and when I expect to pay a low price for a set it's because I can live without it and no one else wants it or they would be bidding more. If you don't want to sell that low, it's fun to go to the Play It Forward thread on the General Stamping Forum. You can give the set away there and pick up something you want more. I picked up a VERY old SU fruit set and gave away a relatively new Mark's Finest Papers set because I knew it was worth it to me. But it's not like you trade. Your conscience is your guide and the group that hangs there is fun.

And by the way, in general, I expect to pay 50-70% of the SU stamp sets' original value, and NUM has NO attraction that I can think of. But I've paid way over original value more times than I would like to admit, when I was new and didn't know how to find the original value.

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SU calls theirs Photopolymer stamps. The rest of the world calls them Clear Stamps. SU calls theirs Clear Mount. The rest of the stamping world calls them unmounted.

I love SU for lots of reasons but when they're behind trends and playing catch-up, they seem to try and make their version unique by using different terms. Again, they are WAY behind with the Washi Tape but somehow they are "introducing" it as something new.
I can't really argue with you about the rest but, "photopolymer" is a type of clear stamp, and I am glad they make the distinction. Generally speaking, photopolymer stamps are of higher quality and are usually made in the USA or the UK. Unless a clear stamp is of a more "youthful style" that would be popular with my 15 and 13 year old stepdaughters, I steer away from the made in China "clear stamps" because I would like them to last longer. Some of the smaller stamp makers that sell what they make on Etsy refer to their stamps as photopolymer. I use it as a key word when I search there.
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Interesting thread! Ok, I have one pet peeve that is not crafting related (I also get annoyed with myself and how frequently I drop pieces onto the floor)...my best friend says "Supposably" instead of "Supposedly" and it drives me crazy! I don't want to hurt her feelings mentioning it though....
Irregardless instead of regardless. I know it is a word but it is considered nonstandard. Besides, my high school English teacher said the correct word is regardless so it must be correct!
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SU calls theirs Photopolymer stamps. The rest of the world calls them Clear Stamps. SU calls theirs Clear Mount. The rest of the stamping world calls them unmounted.

I love SU for lots of reasons but when they're behind trends and playing catch-up, they seem to try and make their version unique by using different terms. Again, they are WAY behind with the Washi Tape but somehow they are "introducing" it as something new.
Clear Mount was a bad choice on their part because it was confusing, but grumpygirl is right about "photopolymer" being a specific (and higher quality) type of clear stamp. It's descriptive of the material.
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I can't really argue with you about the rest but, "photopolymer" is a type of clear stamp, and I am glad they make the distinction. Generally speaking, photopolymer stamps are of higher quality and are usually made in the USA or the UK. Unless a clear stamp is of a more "youthful style" that would be popular with my 15 and 13 year old stepdaughters, I steer away from the made in China "clear stamps" because I would like them to last longer. Some of the smaller stamp makers that sell what they make on Etsy refer to their stamps as photopolymer. I use it as a key word when I search there.
Ok. I can see your point. I don't really use clear photopolymer stamps anyway, so I guess I have nothing to complain about.
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Clear Mount was a bad choice on their part because it was confusing, but grumpygirl is right about "photopolymer" being a specific (and higher quality) type of clear stamp. It's descriptive of the material.
Ah yes, that was a very mild pet peeve of mine when SU! came out with cling rubber stamps. I would always have to clarify with SU! stampers that I was talking about clear STAMPS (both the cheap silicone-like stamps AND the photopolymer) NOT clear-MOUNT stamps. But this minor pet peeve was overshadowed by the joy that now SU! WAS offering cling rubber stamps instead of only wood-mounted stamps.
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I so agree with this description problem. To me, unmounted is bare rubber, cling is foam backed. Photopolymer are the best of the 'see-through' stamps, giving a good print, and long lasting. Clear are generally cheaper( though not always!), tend to 'squish' when you stamp with them, so the image is not as crisp, and have a tendency to go yellow & brittle over time. If only all companies thought the same way, lol.
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OK, seriously, please don't assume we all know acronyms like BRAKs.What other acronyms out there make you crazy?
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OK, seriously, please don't assume we all know acronyms like BRAKs.What other acronyms out there make you crazy?
I think it stands for "birthday random act of kindness".

I get super annoyed reading a certain work-related newsletter where no one bothers to write out the entire acronym at the beginning of the article or column. There are work-related acronyms that are "PTI" and "CHF" and of COURSE when I read these, I am thinking "Papertrey!" and "Cornish Heritage Farms!" but I know that is NOT what they are, and then I get distracted and wish that I was reading a stamping-related newsletter instead. And then I get doubly annoyed when I interrupt my reading to go back to the beginning of the article to look for what those acronyms actually stand for, and then I get super annoyed when I realize that the writer never even bothered to clarify the acronym!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
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You are right - it is wrong and yet appropriate. Our family has gotten to saying "retreating" hairline, tongue in cheek, as a funny line.
One of my daughters called it a "reclining" hairline, lol! She also coined words like "yesternight" (which should TOTALLY be a real word, in my opinion).


I have an aunt that says "a-glore", when she means "galore", flips people off by using her thumb (quite the opposite of the intended message, eh?), and alternately calls me "sweetheart" and "s***head" as terms of endearment. That whole side of the family says that they can't "phantom" things that they can't "fathom" - makes for some colorful conversation and interesting family gatherings...
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Sue - I just wanted to say that your aunt sounds awesome.
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One of my daughters called it a "reclining" hairline, lol! She also coined words like "yesternight" (which should TOTALLY be a real word, in my opinion).
I like "yesternight"! That's a bit like the way my son frequently says "noon-thirty" when referring to 12:30 in the afternoon.


I have a couple of peeves relating to online challenges.

From the perspective of a challenge participant: It's very discouraging when a challenge blog sets rules, but seems to ignore them when choosing their weekly winners. (As an example: the challenge rules state to use only the colors pink, yellow and any neutrals, and the winning cards show pink and yellow flowers with lush green leaves and stems.)

From the perspective of a design team member: It's very disheartening when participants don't read and follow the challenge guidelines, which can result in fabulous cards not being eligible for weekly winners voting.
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Sue - I just wanted to say that your aunt sounds awesome.


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I have a couple of peeves relating to online challenges.

From the perspective of a challenge participant: It's very discouraging when a challenge blog sets rules, but seems to ignore them when choosing their weekly winners. (As an example: the challenge rules state to use only the colors pink, yellow and any neutrals, and the winning cards show pink and yellow flowers with lush green leaves and stems.)

From the perspective of a design team member: It's very disheartening when participants don't read and follow the challenge guidelines, which can result in fabulous cards not being eligible for weekly winners voting.
I totally hear you on this! I used to host a challenge blog, and sometimes I was really hard-pressed to figure out how some of the cards entered into the challenge were even remotely connected! I emailed a couple of the participants to ask if they could please add a note that explained the connection, so it would be more apparent to others... Hard to know how to comment on them - on the one hand, I was grateful that they linked up at all; on the other hand, it made me wonder if they bothered to actually read the post that they linked up to!
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I recently paid for a mixed media class online, not the most expensive class, around $50 and every video it was like someone rushed into her kitchen in the middle of dinner and said "come out here we are shooting a video!" she spent so much time searching for her scissors or paint or brushes or whatever. I've never shot a video but I am thinking if you are doing a video class it would be similar to having a real class and you might be somewhat prepared. I probably wont take another one of her classes.
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I totally hear you on this! I used to host a challenge blog, and sometimes I was really hard-pressed to figure out how some of the cards entered into the challenge were even remotely connected! I emailed a couple of the participants to ask if they could please add a note that explained the connection, so it would be more apparent to others... Hard to know how to comment on them - on the one hand, I was grateful that they linked up at all; on the other hand, it made me wonder if they bothered to actually read the post that they linked up to!
I'm convinced they don't read the post they linked. Why? because I have seen quite a few of these and they are crafters playing the odds and entering about 5+ challenges per card. I think there are even some blogs about that list current challenges, so it seems many cardmakers just wing it with a close enough.

TBH I'm just happy if I manage to make a card to fit a single challenge!

My personal pet peeve is that every once in a while a drink a coke and then I'm wide awake all night... wanna guess what I had to drink earlier yesterday now?
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I'm convinced they don't read the post they linked. Why? because I have seen quite a few of these and they are crafters playing the odds and entering about 5+ challenges per card. I think there are even some blogs about that list current challenges, so it seems many cardmakers just wing it with a close enough.
You're really under-estimating it with 5+, LOL, that's very low on the spectrum. Think 10/12 up to 50+ and that's more like it .I must admit that sometimes I speed-read first time round and miss something, but if I make a card and I've missed something out, hey - then it doesn't fit the challenge and I won't submit it.

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Sometimes I do double up - but at least I know I've made them with both challenges in mind at the time of creation!

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In my opinion, there is NO excuse for this! In real life you only get one shot at that particular class, but taping a video allows for "time lapse". If you can't find something, shut off the camera until you locate it - sheesh! Call me crazy, but I'd be nervous enough about making a video that I'd triple-check that I had everything ready to go before the camera rolled. Very unprofessional, if you ask me...
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Ha Ha! I think we all have a friend like that! My friend says: " whit-ness ", instead of witness. Also, He has a "retreating" hairline, instead of receding. And my favorite, She is a "dishwasher blonde", instead of dishwater blonde.

And how many people have you heard say, "prostrate", meaning lying flat, instead of "prostate", meaning the gland men sometimes have trouble with as they get older.
Oh yes, we have a lot of people in Australia mix up prostate/prostrate too. And a lot of people say "vuNerable" instead of "vuLnerable". Even our ex-Prime Minister Julia Gillard used to say it and it made me want to throw my shoe at the TV every time I heard it LOL!
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You're really under-estimating it with 5+, LOL, that's very low on the spectrum. Think 10/12 up to 50+ and that's more like it .I must admit that sometimes I speed-read first time round and miss something, but if I make a card and I've missed something out, hey - then it doesn't fit the challenge and I won't submit it.
I will still submit but I will post the caveat that I participated but messed up... sometimes it is more about playing along.

And it must be very frustrating to part of a challenge blog where people don't read the rules. I know the High Hopes blog does a challenge and they specify using their product (not unreasonable) and people still submit without even the tiniest use of their stamps. The thing is I honestly like High Hopes stamps and wish I could participate more. I think they are struggling from a change of ownership and probably need some power blog players and a better online presence.
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Over the weekend, I came across a blog where the owner was offering blog candy. I have no problem with that. But then below the photo of the giveaway was this note:

"Winner will be responsible for shipping cost and will be billed via PayPal emailed invoice."

I suppose that's the blog owner's prerogative, but IMO it rather takes away from the spirit of generosity...
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"Winner will be responsible for shipping cost and will be billed via PayPal emailed invoice."

I suppose that's the blog owner's prerogative, but IMO it rather takes away from the spirit of generosity...
Any chance the "candy" was something like a Cuttlebug machine? Or a huge assortment that would STILL be a great gift if you won it and had to pay the postage? Please tell me My vision of Bloggers still doesn't have one bad apple in it.
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Any chance the "candy" was something like a Cuttlebug machine? Or a huge assortment that would STILL be a great gift if you won it and had to pay the postage? Please tell me My vision of Bloggers still doesn't have one bad apple in it.
Sadly, no. It was a smallish clear stamp set that likely could be sent in a 5x7 envelope via first class mail for less than a dollar.
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I totally agree Dea. I make a lot of 15 x 15cm cards and would love more embossing folders that were, say, 14 x 14cm. But most suppliers don't make them. Why not? They fit through the Big Shot. I have found a very few but would love more, I would even re-buy designs I already have in a bigger size. It is so limiting.
A 15cm x 15cm swiss dot embossing folder would change my life

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I have a 6" x 6" (15cm) Swiss dot embossing folder by Embossalicious. Don't know if you can get this make in US.
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Amen, sister!! That was the first thing I thought of when I saw this thread. Tell me how large it is or show the product next to a ruler or some other item that would indicate the size of the product. Please.

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YES!! I have purchased more than one stamp the was much larger or smaller than I expected. One so big I could not use it on a card. It was designed for a scrapbook page.
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I have the Embossalicious Petite Dots folder but the dots are not petite enough! Would like the tiny dots like the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.

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Sorry Lesley, I guess I automatically think everyone else on SCS is in the US!
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Three little words that do not exist: Nucular, realator, and jewelery. Why are those so difficult?! Nu-cle-ar, real-tor, jew-el-ry.
Oh--one more thing! "Where are you AT?" Conserve your syllables, people! You don't need the "at!"
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A 15cm x 15cm swiss dot embossing folder would change my life

I am thinking of buying Craft Too's A4 'Dottie' and cutting it down. Oooh! Scary stuff!

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Have you tried putting the card through the folder twice, just moving it along a bit to fill your sheet. I do this, and often all I need to do is just refine a row of dots after with a stylus tool.
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One of my pet peeves is people- Facebook seems to be awash with these offenders- who write messages in text speak. More than once, Beloved Hubby has written under a certain Nieces message- 'Translation Please?', or even- 'You have a whole keyboard full of letters- use the darn things!'
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Three little words that do not exist: Nucular, realator, and jewelery. Why are those so difficult?! Nu-cle-ar, real-tor, jew-el-ry.
Jewellery is a valid word. It's the way the word is spelled (or spelt) in every country outside of North America. (same with spelt vs spelled although both are used in other countries).

aluminium vs aluminum
learnt vs learned
realise vs realize
orientated vs oriented

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Jewellery is a valid word. It's the way the word is spelled (or spelt) in every country outside of North America. (same with spelt vs spelled although both are used in other countries).

aluminium vs aluminum
learnt vs learned
realise vs realize
orientated vs oriented

etc etc
I think her point was mispronunciation, not spelling: "Jewelry" is two syllables, not three. (I am wondering, though, if people who spell it jewellery pronounce it with two or three syllables...)
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I've heard it pronounced both ways by people from other countries. I do know aluminium and aluminum are pronounced differently. Pronunciation is very regional so I can't imagine criticizing that in anyone. You don't know where they're from or what they've heard all of their lives.

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I've heard it pronounced both ways by people from other countries. I do know aluminium and aluminum are pronounced differently. Pronunciation is very regional so I can't imagine criticizing that in anyone. You don't know where they're from or what they've heard all of their lives.

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My Daughter-in Law is from New Zealand and pronounces it as AL-U- MIN-E-UM. Stress accent on the AL
The first time she said it I did not understand what she was saying

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i really dislike those sites where products are organized exclusively according to manufacturer. Im not a loyalist, im looking for affordable, quality stuff with designs I like & I don't really care who made it.
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Three little words that do not exist: Nucular, realator, and jewelery. Why are those so difficult?! Nu-cle-ar, real-tor, jew-el-ry.
Oh--one more thing! "Where are you AT?" Conserve your syllables, people! You don't need the "at!"
On the first one - Merriam-Webster's Collegiate (11th edition) is now citing NUCULAR as a variant "disapproved of by many" but "in widespread use among educated speakers including scientists, lawyers, professors...." and it could well become the dominant version in time. Linguistically speaking it's a rare combination so we're less used to pronouncing it.
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I find variations in pronunciation and "regionalisms", as I call them, amusing, but not annoying. Exposure and repetition are how we learn to speak the way we do and I think it's a bit harsh to judge anyone by their vocabulary and/or pronunciation. My husband is the smartest man I know, but his father was second-generation Italian and his mother was...stupid? (sounds mean, but even her best friends thought so - sweet woman, but dumb as a box of rocks), so his grammar and vocabulary are sometimes lacking. I get MORE annoyed with those who use big words (sometimes inappropriately) and talk down to others. Kindness is far more important...
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