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Old 06-29-2011, 03:06 PM   #521
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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.
Love the idea for a photo decoupage! That would make such a special and thoughtful gift.

Another idea, it might also be cool to hand paint a letter onto each wood block and spell out a child's name for a kid's room decoration. Or spell words like "love" or "family" and then put it onto the family room mantle.
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Another idea, it might also be cool to hand paint a letter onto each wood block and spell out a child's name for a kid's room decoration. Or spell words like "love" or "family" and then put it onto the family room mantle.
Love this idea! Once again I'm wishing that SCS had a like button like FB!
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The dollar store sells packs of cheap scrubber sponges - I think they're something like ten for a dollar - with a green scrubber side and a soft yellow foam sponge side. You can peel off the scrubber side and use the soft foam sponge side to make sponge daubers.

Cut the side of an empty cereal box into strips about 4" by 10", and roll up into a tube about 3/4" to 1" diameter.

Cut a circle from one of the foam sponges just a bit wider than the diameter of the tube, and place over the opening of the tube.
Take another foam sponge (again, without the scrubber side) and lay that over the sponge circle, bending down the sides of the foam sponge to lay flat along the sides of the tube, and quickly use a ball of yarn or string or dental floss to wrap around and around the overlapped sponge sides to fasten them flat to the sides of the tube. When wrapping the yarn around and around, try to catch all the little corners of the sponge to fasten them down flat to the sides of the tube.
When you have wrapped enough yarn so that it seems to hold down all the edges of the sponge, cut the yarn end and tie it off or wrap some tape around it so it will stay.
It looks a little crude but it works great as a sponge dauber.

Costs about ten cents each, much cheaper than buying ready-made sponge daubers. At that price, I've treated myself to the luxury of one for every color ink, and store each in its own little ziplock bag.
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I have found packs of make-up sponges at my dollar store, 20 for a buck! A friend just told me about a trick she heard to get the cheap leis at the dollar store, take them apart, and use the flowers. I am off to see if they have any!
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Costs about ten cents each, much cheaper than buying ready-made sponge daubers. At that price, I've treated myself to the luxury of one for every color ink, and store each in its own little ziplock bag.
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is really good,i shall try it!
Thought you might like to see an ATC i made with a fish on it.The fish was made from'no-nails', which i mentioned in an earlier post.Hope everyone is well.rosiex
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Wow RosieRosie! That is an amazing ATC. The fish is stunning! I love all the details you put in your creation.
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Dee,ann, thanks so much for the praise! I am a bit new to ATCs, but am enjoying it.The fish was made using a waste piece from some chipboard shapes,i used it like a stecil with the 'no-'nails paste,then when it was dry i painted it gold and added a bead eye.Do you do ATCs? have a nice day.Rosiex
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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.
The inclusions in the Liquitex iridescent medium are smaller than the Windsor & Newton so it might be ok in the mini mister spray bottles. The W&N stuff definitely clogs the nozzle. The W&N also looks more like very fine glitter as opposed to shimmer.
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Dee,ann, thanks so much for the praise! I am a bit new to ATCs, but am enjoying it.The fish was made using a waste piece from some chipboard shapes,i used it like a stecil with the 'no-'nails paste,then when it was dry i painted it gold and added a bead eye.Do you do ATCs? have a nice day.Rosiex
I am impressed you are new to ATC's. That is pro work. I love to do ATC's but I have not done any for awhile. I was on an inchie kick a couple of months ago. I had a lot of fun with that. Now, I am on making my own embellishments kick.
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i am blushing!! thanks ever so much for your lovely comments.
Where abouts do you live? are you from here( U.K.) ? I could send you the ATC if you liked.No worries if you don't want to disclose your addy.Take care Rosie.x
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I went to Costco today and always grab a box or two. One to put the goodies in and one for newspaper recycling. Today I noticed a pretty lilac covered box which was used to display Kirkland Shampoo. The center of it had a divider and when I looked at it I thought, magazine holder. I took it. All I need to do is cover the 2 sides which have printing on them with a nice designer paper and a narrow strip across the bottom front and I have a free magazine holder for my craft room.
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I went to Costco today and always grab a box or two. One to put the goodies in and one for newspaper recycling. Today I noticed a pretty lilac covered box which was used to display Kirkland Shampoo. The center of it had a divider and when I looked at it I thought, magazine holder. I took it. All I need to do is cover the 2 sides which have printing on them with a nice designer paper and a narrow strip across the bottom front and I have a free magazine holder for my craft room.
Lorraine, we are kindred spirits for sure. When I was doing some craft shows I found a wonderful box like that with dividers at Sam's Club. I spray painted it black and used it in my craft table display. It worked great and held up, too.
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LOL. You just can't beat free. I happened to check my Paypal credit card balance and looked at what comprised my almost $400.00 bill. All craft stuff. It's a good thing I pay the bills because my DH would have no choice but to kill me. I have to get a grip. I got an email from Heartfelt Creations and they just came out with new basket dies and stamps. I want a few of those but I'm going to be good and not buy them - now. They're really pretty and different.
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Where abouts do you live? are you from here( U.K.) ? I could send you the ATC if you liked.No worries if you don't want to disclose your addy.Take care Rosie.x
I am in the States. I would love to do an ATC swap with you. Just PM me if your interested. I have been taking a swap break till this Fall. I live in the sister city next to Joplin, MO. I have spent this Summer helping with the devastating tornado clean up. I am a chaser so I took time out to help go through all the storm data that my other chasing friends collected from the Joplin tornado. I am back in swapping mode this Fall. I have a perfect record over at Craftster for swapping.
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I found a woodgrain painting tool at True Value Hardware (Home Depot has them too) for cheap. Ive been wanting a woodgrain stamp for various reasons and when I saw someone using one on a painting video recently, I just had to get one. It takes a little practice to get it to look right, but looks so nifty when you get done. My head has been percolating with ideas for other projects now! Heres the link to my card:
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Here's a nifty hint I saw on a YouTube video if you want to keep ink off of your fingers while using your make-up sponges as daubers. I've tried this and it's great. Use a medium size office binder clip to grip one end of the make-up sponge. I cut each wedged sponge in half...not lengthwise, just literally cut off the top and then use the bottom half. I get two daubers from each sponge. Love those binder clips.
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I just read a great tip. If you use a lot of liquid glue and you pour it into a container while working. Cover the container with a damp sponge. This keeps the glue from drying out. You can also use the sponge to keep your hands clean while working.
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Love this thread! What great ideas!!
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Does anyone have an idea of what I can use in the way of a BIG magnet instead of buying a magnet sheet from a crafting site? I just watched a video where the gal put two different sizes of Nestabilities on the magnet sheet and then she ran it through her Big Shot and out came a frame! It was so cool. So, of course, now I need a big magnet mat to do my own. Except I have spent so much getting my Vintaj Big Kick and other "stuff"...well, you've heard the lament before. Any ideas? Wish I knew some commercial places that were giving away GIANT advertising magnets...Hmmmm...maybe someone has an old magnet sign that they used to have on their car that they don't need anymore.
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You can put both dies where you want them on the CS and tape both dies with Scotch Tape. I don't use a magnetic sheet to cut a frame.

When I need magnetic sheets to put in my CD cases I buy Magnetic Vent Covers at Home Depot and cut them . I think they are 8" x 15" and 3 in a pack
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Try vent covers in the home section at WM or somewhere like Lowe's.
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I don't hold my Nesties down with anything at all to cut a frame - just put them on your clear mat as normal and then be careful when you lay your cardstock on top so you don't shift them and you're done!

If you really want something magnetic to hold them, try magnetic photo paper (designed for going through your inkjet printer). It's floppy enough you need to lay it on the cutting mat first then place your Nesties (the dies will just flop off if you try to pick up the sheet on its own). I have some and it works fine but I can never be bothered to find it! Try the dollar store for packs of a couple of sheets.
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Does anyone have an idea of what I can use in the way of a BIG magnet instead of buying a magnet sheet from a crafting site? I just watched a video where the gal put two different sizes of Nestabilities on the magnet sheet and then she ran it through her Big Shot and out came a frame! It was so cool. So, of course, now I need a big magnet mat to do my own. Except I have spent so much getting my Vintaj Big Kick and other "stuff"...well, you've heard the lament before. Any ideas? Wish I knew some commercial places that were giving away GIANT advertising magnets...Hmmmm...maybe someone has an old magnet sign that they used to have on their car that they don't need anymore.
ohh, ohhh, me, me! I get loads of magnet sheets for free. My local sign/banner shop gives me the scraps (and scrap sticky back vinyl) of magnet sheets. It is the materail they use on car signs. It is quite strong. The sizes I get range from 6"x9"-10-12" and they call them scraps. I wouls call your local shops and ask them if they can save the scraps for you, give them a few weeks to collect some, if you often do projects with kids they are more happy to part with the scraps, I usually end up giving a lot to my kids teachers. Good luck!
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Vents covers, magnetic paper and scraps!!! Got it! Thank you so much. Never heard of the first two before, but I'll scope out the local stores. Scraps...brilliant idea and I'll see if the local "sign shop" is willing to part with any.

Just an FYI...I wrote that posting about 11 p.m. [my time] last night and re-read it along with your kind responses. I was *aghast* because I thought it sounded like I was asking for a handout! I would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ask for anything from anyone on the board EXCEPT for your WONDERFUL IDEAS. Thanks everyone and have a great week.
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OHHHHHH...and the taping idea would indeed be the most economical way to go...thanks for that one too. I'll probably be trying that one FIRST.
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This is an old calender frame my MIL no longer wanted with plywood screwed to the back then nails pounded through from the back to hold my wheels. I can put 3 builder wheels on one peg or a standard and 1 builder on a peg or one jumbo. Full details on this post along with my other wood mount stamp storage:
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LOL...Lidsay, that is NOT a stamping ROOM, that is a stamping STORE! I am so jealous that I'm literally turning green with envy. [It's starting in my hands and working its way up to my brain!] LOVE, love, love the wheel storage idea. I can't tell...is there something on the end of the nails to keep from harming yourself? Thanks so much for passing along this wonderful storage suggestion.
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check out hanging on the door in this picture- I use an old multi-layer hanger meant for pants to store my wheels. Easy, and it was already in my house, not being used!

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fabric storage in my craft room by contrapat - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
that's the way my upline stores hers. mine are in the SU cases-made to hold the wheels. i've been thinking of unmounting my wheels. but i only got that far-thinking.
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I have unmounted my wheels and I use them so much more now as I can use any stamp pad and it is easier to keep everything even when I am stamping.
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I have unmounted all of the wheels that I feel need to be stamped in a straight line. Those that have curly or busy patterns are still on the wheel. I haven't looked back! Now...what to do with all those empty wheels...hmmmm.
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fabric storage in my craft room by contrapat - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
genuis the use of the pants hangers for wheels! I prefer my method ony because you do not need to remove several to get the one wheel tou want!

As for the pointy nails, no there is nothing on the ends but I put the jumbos on the bottom and they cover the points incase my kids reach up for one. If God forbid the rack falls it will land on my cutting bench and not on someone
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I've only read the first two pages, so I don't know if this has been mentioned but I wanted to post before I get distracted, or forget!

Our Dollar Tree store sells "cutting mats" in the kitchen area that are supposed to be used as a cutting mat to protect the countertop when you are cutting foods. There are two in a pack, they are HUGE, and clear/white (like your stamp a majig "mat"). I have used them with my stamp a majig, and to cut my own templates, and letters, etc. VERY durable, and inexpensive!
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You can get the same effect as the Card Candi using a decorated chipboard and a regular hole punch.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:52 AM   #557
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Whenever I see an idea I like, I try to see if I can make something similar with stamps, and supplies that I already have on hand. Sometimes, I may spend just a little bit (maybe a piece of paper or an accent) to achieve the look.

Also, since my budget is rather tight, I give every purchase a lot of thought before I spend money on it. This doesn't mean I never buy anything that is pricey - just that I really think it through first. (Even with all that, I still have made some purchases I regretted, lol!).
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I have spent the last 6 hours (on and off of course) reading this thread and making notes!! I have to say, I have a little list of things I'm going to look for when I go to the store!

Lindsay, you are my hero!!
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I've only read the first two pages, so I don't know if this has been mentioned but I wanted to post before I get distracted, or forget!

Our Dollar Tree store sells "cutting mats" in the kitchen area that are supposed to be used as a cutting mat to protect the countertop when you are cutting foods. There are two in a pack, they are HUGE, and clear/white (like your stamp a majig "mat"). I have used them with my stamp a majig, and to cut my own templates, and letters, etc. VERY durable, and inexpensive!
Those are great, I place them under stuff I am painting to protect my table and it does not stick to my project! Also you can cut down the mats and use them in the smaller cricut maches as is if you want to cut fondant for cakes or mask the edges and spray on quilters basting spray (it is also what I use to refresh my old cutting mats) and you have a cheap new mat! Unfortunatly they are too small for expression...

I love the idea of a replacement stampamajig mats, I love mine and I am afraid I will lose that darn mat!
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I have spent the last 6 hours (on and off of course) reading this thread and making notes!! I have to say, I have a little list of things I'm going to look for when I go to the store!

Lindsay, you are my hero!!
aww thanks, you are too sweet!
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