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Old 05-21-2011, 05:27 AM   #481
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Lindsay, love your card and envelope! I also swooned over the new Garden Variety set from PTI! And then I remembered "Hey, I think I already own a seed packet stamp!" I made a card using what I had!

I've been doing that a LOT more lately! When I was jonesin' for the new Button Boutique set, I just made something with my stamps that was a knockoff.

You can see both of my cards at my blog here:

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lindsay where do you buy plain seam binding?
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lindsay where do you buy plain seam binding?
I love this forum! Put creative women's minds together and Voila' and you have what you are looking for! For my contribution I save EVERYTHNG weird because I have lots of males in my family so I have to get really creative to make a card "just right" for them. While at my daughters house and petting her dogs she mentioned to me they were going to the groomers the next day. I was laughing the whole time while I took scissors and cut oodles of blond and black hair from here and there off them. We all had a good laugh but I know exactly who is getting the card with the blond curls come next birthday...that little boy of hers! He will absolutely love it!
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I love this forum! Put creative women's minds together and Voila' and you have what you are looking for! For my contribution I save EVERYTHNG weird because I have lots of males in my family so I have to get really creative to make a card "just right" for them. While at my daughters house and petting her dogs she mentioned to me they were going to the groomers the next day. I was laughing the whole time while I took scissors and cut oodles of blond and black hair from here and there off them. We all had a good laugh but I know exactly who is getting the card with the blond curls come next birthday...that little boy of hers! He will absolutely love it!
I forgot to mention that you can go to Amazon and find the rayon seam binding that is the rage now. I bought 1 roll each of black, red and white. But any other colors I color them with an assorted ways that have been previously mentioned.
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i do have a seller for rayon seam binding from ebay. 100yds for $8. i assume that's a great deal if s/h isn't too bad,right?
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snowcountry- Best place to buy seam binding is Ebay. If you are a New Yorker I know some of my friends have bought seam binding in the Fashion District. Even if you are not in New York you might have your own fashion district that has warehouses where you can buy sewing supplies. I remember my Mom used to shop at one in Kansas City. KC girls I don't know if it's there any more. That was years ago, lol. I was just a child then but I loved that warehouse. It was a treasure trove. Another tip to where to buy seam binding is too look for a fabric outlet store.
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Lindsay, love your card and envelope! I also swooned over the new Garden Variety set from PTI! And then I remembered "Hey, I think I already own a seed packet stamp!" I made a card using what I had!

I've been doing that a LOT more lately! When I was jonesin' for the new Button Boutique set, I just made something with my stamps that was a knockoff.

You can see both of my cards at my blog here:

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gorgeous! l;ove that card and the stamp is stunning! Great way to "make-do" without sacrificing anything! Another good thing is that is does not hurt PTI, somone who dosent have the seed packet stamp can alsways get the pti one since the SU musr be retired by now

I also knocked off the button botuque set with stuff I already have (BB is still on my wish list tho) I have a tutorial on the homemade buttons here: C’mon, Let’s make buttons! « Thefrugalcrafter’s Weblog
The owner of pink persimmon stamps said she sold out of her button set after I made my video...those were the button stams I had, whay not use them!?!

Here is a pic of the finished faux buttons:
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Lots of places have it but I get mine from Sewing Supplies & Alteration Supplies by Sew True.com it is 9.50 a rool (but they have a bunch of colors on clearence for $5) I like white and natural for my projects and I dye it with my homemade spry inks. If you sign up for their newsletter you can get free shipping codes (usually 2 x a month) so it makes it a good deal and I have my order 2 days after placing it and that is nice...they are in NJ and I am in ME so that is probably why The have good customer service too.
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I love this forum! Put creative women's minds together and Voila' and you have what you are looking for! For my contribution I save EVERYTHNG weird because I have lots of males in my family so I have to get really creative to make a card "just right" for them. While at my daughters house and petting her dogs she mentioned to me they were going to the groomers the next day. I was laughing the whole time while I took scissors and cut oodles of blond and black hair from here and there off them. We all had a good laugh but I know exactly who is getting the card with the blond curls come next birthday...that little boy of hers! He will absolutely love it!
OMG love it!
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Here's another great source for vintage seam binding. Lovely colors, and a pretty good price, too!

Vintage Seam Tape RIbbon
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thanks for the links ladies!
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Hi Ladies here is what I made yesterday to store my ribbon! Directions and how-to video on my blog: Let’s Make a Ribbon Shelf! « Thefrugalcrafter’s Weblog

It costs about $7 to make using hot glue, foam board and dowels! Can you believe it!?!
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Love your shelves Lindsay...off to check out your video!!



Thanks so much to everyone here for sharing your awesome ideas!!
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The shelves would be lightweight and easy to mount on the wall too! Great idea Lindsay! Thanks.
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I found a great tutorial on how to make your own Washi tape: sure.maybe.probably.: DIY-Washi Tape

Washi tape is the pretty "fabric" type tape.

I found another tutorial for this tape: http://mairuru.blogspot.com/2009/11/...-stickers.html
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It costs about $7 to make using hot glue, foam board and dowels! Can you believe it!?!
This is AWESOME. Thanks for sharing. This is one project I am doing for sure.
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Lindsay, love your card and envelope! I also swooned over the new Garden Variety set from PTI! And then I remembered "Hey, I think I already own a seed packet stamp!" I made a card using what I had!

I've been doing that a LOT more lately! When I was jonesin' for the new Button Boutique set, I just made something with my stamps that was a knockoff.

You can see both of my cards at my blog here:

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I just checked out your card on your blog. How fantastic is that! And you are so RIGHT ON when you say that classics will always look great, so hold onto them. I was floored when I saw that your stamp was 15 years old!
Love your Memorial Day decorating too, by the way!
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Lots of places have it but I get mine from Sewing Supplies & Alteration Supplies by Sew True.com it is 9.50 a rool (but they have a bunch of colors on clearence for $5) I like white and natural for my projects and I dye it with my homemade spry inks. If you sign up for their newsletter you can get free shipping codes (usually 2 x a month) so it makes it a good deal and I have my order 2 days after placing it and that is nice...they are in NJ and I am in ME so that is probably why The have good customer service too.
Just got my first order from SewTrue...with free shipping (woo-hoo!!!)... took about a week to WA, so it depends on where you live.

But it looks great... I got 2 clearance colors (one was not quite the color I expected, but I can work with it!), white (to dye), and some of the 1/4" twill that looks like fun!
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Love the DIY Washi tape!!

I've wanted to try some for awhile...but being on a fixed income I have to watch my pennies!!

Now I can try to make my own!!

Thanks so much for sharing this idea!!


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I was just about to put two empty eye cream jars in the recycle bin. Instead I'm going to use them for storing homemade shimmer or twinkling H20 paints.
YouTube - ‪How to Make Your Own Twinkling H2O Watercolor Paint‬‏
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YouTube - ‪How to Make Your Own Twinkling H2O Watercolor Paint‬‏
I've been using Oil of Olay eye gel for years. I've never throw an empty container away, as I've found so many uses for them. Now I have one more use, and a good one at that. Thanks!
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Oooh, I never thought about saving our beauty jars for Twinkling H20's. That is absolutely brilliant. I save my jars and then feel like a hoarder, lol. I tend to use them for something. My DH steals more of my jars than I can keep. No more, he can't have them. Thank you for the great idea Lorraine
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Never mind, I missed the post about making your own H2Os. What can I say, it's 1:30 AM. I guess I should go to bed before I miss any more posts.

H2Os and jars? What's the connection? I just use mine in the little containers they come in. What are the jars for?
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I knew there was a reason I wasn't throwing that face cream jar away! I could use more ideas for uses of different containers. I have a bunch and I know how to decorate them but have trouble coming up with uses for them.

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Thanks for the link! I'll give this a try!
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When I was looking at the video on Youtube on how to make your own I watched a video where the gal used regular watercolors and something she bought at Hobby Lobby called Iridescent paint or something like that to be used with watercolors. It came in a jar, bought in art department and she just dipped her paintbrush in that and the softened watercolor. Wish I would have known that before I bought a bunch of Twinks when they came out.
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She used Windsor and Newton Irridescent Medium. It adds shine to watercolor paints but there are a lot of uses for it. I think Michael's has it. If you Google or search You Tube for that product there are a lot of tutorials. I didn't know - you can add it to paint to make a glimmer spray but using the Tim Holtz misters isn't recommended according to a comment left on the product page on DickBlick.Com. The bottle gets clogged. Instead use a larger spray bottle and supposedly, that works.
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I use the Liquitex Iridescent Medium. You can find it at Michael's or any of your art supply stores. I think the Windsor & Newton is slightly cheaper.
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I prefer to use "different" colored 3 ring binders for storage so I can see at a glance which binder I want.

However, the White binders were on sale at Office Depot at a huge discount.
So I bought 3 of them

I had some 12" x 12" DP that I must have been suffering from heat stroke when I thought they were nice prints for cards

So I cut the DP and slid it into the front & back acetate overlay and in the spine overlay. Put a label on the spine DP before I slid it in
They look great !!
They were cheap and I found a use for the not so great DP.
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Because of this wonderful forum I was able to complete the Father's day gift I was making. I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl and I was almost done and realized I hadn't bought the twill tape I needed. I went digging through my basket of scraps and found some white twill tape. I remembered all the conversations about coloring ribbon etc. so I grabbed the tape and my mellow moss ink pad and I turned the white into moss and it worked Perfect for my project! I never would have thought of that if not for all of you, so Thank You ladies, you saved the day!!!
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I would "love" to have a Grand Caliber and a few of the basic shape dies, but unfortunately those are not in my budget

Tonight I really wanted a large circle with the embossed raised edge like the Spellbinder dies

So I figured out how to do it
It is the same principal as using a light box to emboss metal templates

I used my Cutter Bee Curvy Cutter and cut 3 circles from black CS that are 4" in diameter and taped them together
Then I cut 1 circle that is 4 & 1/4" from white CS

I used removable tape to attach the black circle stack to the back of the white circle

I put it on my light box with the black circles down. I carefully traced around the black circle stack with my embossing stylus

It looks just like Spellbinders embossed circles !!

One more idea on how to make do with what I have
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Frugal Sisters Unite! Hello, Lindsay!

Here are some of my tips:

I hate to dig my heavy sewing machine out of my closet, unless I really have to sew clothing or quilt, so I hand-draw faux stitching on my cards instead. I use a piercing tool (large corsage pin, quilling tool, etc.) and a piece of plastic canvas to get even holes (or a ruler or a plastic scrapbook stitching guide template [pkg. of 4] that I bought at a scrapbooking convention by Bazzill Basics @2007) and a foam mouse pad. Then I connect the dots with gel pens or fine line markers.

The Dollar Tree and Big Lot stores carries craft embellishments now, like stickers, rub-ons, wire sentiments, scrapbook paper, rubber stamps, decorative scissors, foam tape in the bathroom aisle, etc. I also have found decorative playing cards die-cut into shapes. However, I don't buy their double -face tape as it ain't worth the money you pay for it, unless it's a major name brand like Scotch. I buy my double-face tape at Walmart in the stationery dept and put it into a pink weighted tape dispenser I purchased there too.

I think forward to postage costs for my cards when adding embellishments. While I love many of those cards with 3-D embellishments, I just can't bring myself to spending more than the cost of one first class stamp to send a card that may get thrown away, so I try to keep my cards as flat and light as I can. To layer, use copyweight paper or a ruler and marker to add a "layer" on the edges of your cardstock.

Used postage stamps are great for embellishing cards too. Tear around them to remove them from the envie, then soak the stamps in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to slip them from the envie paper. Gently peel them and dry face down on a paper towel. They will flatten out when stored in a altoid tin with other stamps.

I called a paper printing company a teacher girlfriend told me about in the city and I made a little visit to his establishment and came away with 10 boxes of leftover copy weight paper and cardstock. He sometimes buys paper in odd lots for small jobs and rather than filling the landfill, he would give paper away free to teachers (I was a homeschooler then and am still a Sunday School teacher). I shared paper with other teacher friends and donated to my church's resource room and still have four large Rubbermaid 30 qt. lidded plastic boxes full of paper (keeps it dust free).

I purchased two more of these Rubbermaid flat-topped stackable boxes to keep my paper scraps filed by color in gallon-sized plastic zip bags. I make all sorts of small embellishments like punchies (kept in transparent used pill bottles), punched lace strips or in a plastic shoebox thefrugalcraftyrushdlady: Diecut & Sticker Storage until I have the smallest scraps and they color my handmade paper thefrugalcraftyrushdlady: Handmade Paper from Used Christmas Wrap.

My husband collects maps. He has found many in old National Geographic magazines at a local teacher's resource room at a children's museum and in thrift shops. Also, in our state, you can get a free map if you order a tourist guide from the state tourist department or visit a tourist information office close to a major highway. I've ordered city maps from Chambers of Commerce, too.

My in-laws save their colored paper tissue boxes for me. Since we're so tight, we use toilet paper for our sniffles.I made a faux coat-of-arms card and scrapbook out of one of the tissue boxes for my husband's Father-Day gift. See my blog for pictures. thefrugalcraftyrushdlady: New & Old

I use text paper from old paper back books as backgrounds -- the ones that are so beat up that pages are falling out of (easier to remove). I also use security envies as background paper and for iris-folded cards. I cut the ends off and open flat to store.

When you buy a fragile item at Hobby Lobby, they wrap your item in really pretty tissue papers. I've saved many of these square sheets of tissue paper and ironed the wrinkles out of it with my ribbon iron. thefrugalcraftyrushdlady: Ribbon Iron & Ironing Board

I make wrapping paper from brown grocery sacks or freezer paper and stamp on it. A friend showed me a tip about ironing pretty tissue paper on the glossy side of freezer paper and cutting it out to make lined envies.

I've used pretty paper napkins on cards too. Painted cardstock with liquid white glue, then attached one layer of the paper napkin to the glue and brayered it to firmly attach it to the cs and remove bubbles.

I've purchased rolls of wallpaper from thrift stores to use on cards. I like to save my scrapbook paper for my scrapbooks as it's acid-free.

I buy little pink make-up bags and zippered pencil bags from the thrift store to hold my supplies. I even found a pink and black scrapbook bag at the thrift shop once for $1.99. One with all the pockets around the outside. I love it!

I keep all my discount coupons in a little pocket notebook in my purse. When I visit the store, I have them right at hand and any I don't want, I share with other ladies at the store. I'm passing forward a kindness I once had from a lady who shared with me.

Use sequins for bling. Or punch your own out of old CD's, aluminum cans, silver papers, etc.

I have a tutorial on my blog for my own glue dots. Click here. thefrugalcraftyrushdlady: Recipe: Homemade Glue Dots

I used to be a moderator on another forum. One of our rules was that we would have to go back into people's posts and shorten their quotes down to the pertinent part. Made for easier reading for the members. Thot to mention that to those of you who like to quote other's long posts when you are posting your thots in addition to theirs. You can highlight and delete all the miscellaneous parts of their quoted post on your posting page to focus on what you want to comment to.

I haven't seen a posting about enlarging or decreasing the size of your saved boxes. My husband found a chewing gum box that he thought would make the perfect holder for business cards if only it were larger. I drew around the outside of the box to outline it, across the cut parts, labeled the scored fold lines with my fine-line black marker, then enlarged it on our photocopy machine to make a template and printed it until a business card fit across the back side of the photocopied template. I made a percentage size note on the copy that fit the business card and made an extra copy for the template. I save stuff like this in document sleeves in a 3 ring binder notebooks, along with the cardstock template.

You can reconstitute pasty acrylic paint by adding a capful of water to your bottle and shake or stir with a disposible picnic knife. My mother was a ceramic teacher for years and I learned this little tip from her.

I've used the Huggies plastic baby wipe "clutch" for diaper bags to hold my baby wipes when crafting at a friend's house. It's shallow enough that it probably would hold the scrubbing paint pads from the hardware/paint stores too.

Someone once told me that cornstarch (corn flour) or talcum powder will mar glossy paper if you use it in anti-static bags. They suggested using fuller's earth, however, I have never been able to find that product. Talcum powder is great to dust your cards with when a bit of glue dot or tape sticks out & makes your card sticky.

Goo-B-Gone works great to get labels off of bottles and sticky stuff on scissors. My husband works for a computer warehouse and he uses a heat gun to get the mailing labels off of cardboard boxes so they can reuse them.

I hit up thrift stores, garage sales, salvage stores, the library and the clearance aisles at craft stores for crafting VHS/DVD videos. Found some great ones on the cheap!

What unusual items have you used to stamp with? I had a friend that used to use shoe/slipper soles. I used a toy tractor once on a "John Deere" card that was published in Just Cards!

I was in an ATC club and we had a embellishment swap once. See my blog for rules. thefrugalcraftyrushdlady: Craft Bits Swap

And before I go, if you get a card published in one of Scott Publication magazines, www.scottpublications.com, you get an advance copy. If you send in a tip to the Inklings column of the Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine, they send you $10.00. I still enjoy getting those checks!
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:33 AM   #514
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Rush'd Lady- I loved your tips. I think I do every single one of those and then more. I am disappointed though. I bought a vase yesterday from Hobby Lobby and I didn't get nice tissue paper, lol. I always get pretty paper from Dollar Tree. I did cut up all the bits and pieces from packages today for pretty embellishments and backgrounds.

I love your blog and I look forward to reading it. Your music scared the dickens out of me, lol. I thought my DH's phone was ringing at four in the morning, lol.

Separate frugal tip, kind of. I collect decorator boxes. My Mom just bought me several new ones. She came over this week and I showed her what I did with my boxes. I opened up one of my boxes and my Mom's eyes bugged out of her head. In this beautiful French decorator box was all the packaging I have collected in the last few months. It's full of beautiful backgrounds from packages, acetate, cereal boxes cut down for chipboard, etc.... My Mom thought that was the greatest box she had ever seen. She kept holding up items screaming "You know how much this costs in the craft store and you got it for free!" It was hysterical.
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To Rush'd lady: Fullers Earth should be available at chemists (pharmacy, drugstore).
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welcome to the group Delores!
Also I wanted to mention that if you get published using stamps (all one brand) you may get free stamps from that companiy, I just "went shopping" yeaterday with a publication incentive from Purple onion designs! Many independant companies are very generous with the incentives. The big companies rarely have incentives but that is no matter because I'd rather support the little guy anyway

Free mags are always good!

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Sorry about the music. I guess I should have warned you. LOL! I put my headphones on and forget that it's on. It's nice to listen to when I'm a busy beaver working on one of my three blogs.

I've gotten several freebies stamps from a few companies, mostly Posh Impressions, Quik Arts, and one from Hobby Lobby's Stampabilities brand. Nice incentative to use their stamps again!
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An idea for those who have unmounted their wood stamps and still have leftover wood blocks. I was browsing Etsy and saw these two posts. You can attach a strong magnet to the back and make them into magnets. Then you can either paint the whole thing, or alter them with patterned paper. You can remove the stamp image sticker and sand them down to remove any glue residue if you need to.

Here are some wood blocks painted with chalkboard paint and used as a calendar:
chalkboard calendar blocks made from upcycled wood by MeMakeStuff

Here are wood blocks with magnets attached.
Wood refrigerator or file cabinet magnets by rabbitsreclaimed

Wood items seem to sell for a lot on Etsy so if you could think of ways to repurpose them, you could reuse what you have and make money doing it. They could also make wonderful gifts too!

Just an idea!
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Just a thought....you could also use a photo, magazine image etc., and decoupage it onto the wood. I unmounted my stamps but still have some on wood. If I unmount those I might just do the photo decoupage thing.
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This is an amazing thread. Thanks for all the tips! Keep them coming...
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