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New Ways to Use It Challenge - WT06 - Everyone welcome, please join in
Our new challenge for the week is to use your Stampin' Around wheels. You can use them for backgrounds, borders, bottoms, cards, scrapbook pages, giftwrap....you name it. Let's see lots of rollin' this week. A challenge is only as good as the amount of people participate and the amount of projects they make, so let's see lots of stamping this week. If you have any ideas or tips to share with us, this thread is also the place to post them.
Please remember to put WT06 in the keywords section and to post a link back to this thread so that we all can view your work.
One More.... has everyone else lost their wheels this week?
I haven't been able to participate in any of the last week's challenges due to a double elbow injury (twisted it, then severely bruised it a few days later), but have been checking out everyone else's creations. Hopefully I can join in again soon! *Sniff*
When you follow the sheep, you end up in sheep dip.
I've uploaded one of my very first cards. I had bought a few wheels and the Good Times set at a stampin up party but none of their paper/accesories, etc. The texture of the card I stamped on really messed things up, but I still love the basic design and will have to recreate it with all the SU! supplies that I now have sometime soon! I think I may be the only one on SCS who owns the Busy Bees wheel, though! I'm sure it'll retire since it's matching sets are. Oh well, it's still cute!
I've found two things that make spinning my wheels a little easier! The first thing is of course the stampin' around wheel guide. It works like a charm. The other thing is a case I found that stores the wheels so I can see which ones I want to use and get to them with no trouble at all. Here's the link...http://www.craftlocker.com/index.php?main_page=index
This is the first time I've tried to post a link so I hope it worked. (I'm new to all this posting stuff anyway!)
One of these days, I will acutally get the nerve to post some of my cards. Maybe after I get my new room in the basement finished...it should be soon...YEAH!
Linn~ You're not alone! I also have Busy Bees, and love it! I thought I had a card using it in my gallery from LSC05, but must not have uploaded that one. I did, however, spot this one using a different wheel:
I found this and thought some of you might enjoy it.
WONDERFUL WORLD OF WHEELS
Stampin' Up! wheels provide an endless list of creative opportunities. Below are just a few possibilities.
Tip to getting started: For those just beginning to use the wheels you will need to get a “feel for the wheel.” With most of the wheels I like to roll corner to corner starting with the upper left hand side and pull towards myself. Everyone has to develop what "feels best" for them. When using the snowflake wheel I like it much better straight up and down so it looks like the snow is falling but the difference is very subtle and probably only noticed by me.
1. Cut regular copy/printer paper in half.
2. Then place a standard size envelope 3-5/8 X 6-1/2 (not business size, not card size) directly in the center of this paper (longer side to longer side and shorter to shorter but leaving about a 1 inch border all the way around.) Use a small piece of tape rolled over on itself to adhere the envelope to the paper so it will stay in place. Just be sure to use the right envelope (3-5/8 X 6- 1/2) or else it won't work out to be dimensionally correct.
3. Then I cut a sticky note to about 1-1/2 X 3 inches and place this on the envelope where you would write the address for the recipient of a letter . . . you know like we were taught in school. This will leave a white spot after you use the wheels and make it easier for the post office to read.
4. Next just choose a wheel you'd like to use. I like to use two together in an alternating
pattern. Such as the Posies (blue or yellow) and the Vine (green). Then you just roll your wheels across the paper/envelope stack you created.
5. Remove the sticky note and the envelope and you have a very pretty bordered page on which to write a nice letter to a distant family member or even to your child's teacher.
1. I like to do many of these at one time and gather 10 sets (paper & envelope) together with a piece of matching organdy ribbon. Tie a bow around the center of them and place them in a cello bag. You can create a matching topper but it looks just as pretty to fold over the cello bag top and simply seal with mono adhesive.
2. These make great graduation gifts, birthday presents, mother’s day presents, hostess thank you’s, etc.
3. I just saw this idea recently and loved it. There was one more part to this one that I saw. The designer had put a piece of card stock where I have said to put the post it note. She then folded the piece of card stock with the wheeled design on the outside. That piece was used for a tag on the gift. She tied hers together with ribbon only she had used a very large button on the front that the ribbon had been run through. It was so simple and a great new idea.
4. Another idea is to use them to create background "printed" paper. Such as the snowflake done in white on brocade blue paper . . . simply beautiful. You could use the hugs and kisses wheel with pink passion ink and roll on pos. pink paper for a nice
background or for something more striking use the white ink on the real red paper and emboss with white E.P.
5. You can roll them as an "edge" on the bottom of a card or even on the side depending on the design of the wheel. The butterfly is pretty this way with clear embossing ink and then do the popping pastels method to add color.
6. You can roll an image and cut it out and affix to a card such as the Heart Blocks wheel. Cut out the two hearts and the heart flower and butterfly. Mount to matching squares and place on center of a card two on top, two on bottom. You can even roll one extra butterfly and cut it out, place on a pop-dot and attach to the butterfly in the square creating some 3-D dimension to the card.
7. Use them to create a scrap book page.
Roll a wheel (example: Nursery Time) using the same color ink as the card stock such as Ballet Blue on Ballet Blue. Then roll ballet blue on ultra smooth vanilla. Cut this a little shorter than you page and mount it to the top. (This creates a rectangle look.) Then using the alpha blocks and Brilliant Blue ink, stamp a "title" to the page (such as "JUST ARRIVED") directly on top of your rectangle background. Add pictures mounted to ultra smooth vanilla card stock and your done.
8. Add Radiant Pearls to a single cell cartridge and wheel a background or just a header at the top of a paper or newsletter. You can even combine several colors and it will look painted!
9. They are the answer to all your gift packaging problems! Use them to decorate boxes, bags, tags, and even wrapping paper. Roll on standard lunch bags, fold over and punch two holes. Lace raffia through the holes and you have a very simple yet pretty gift bag.
10. Use wheels for creating cute “Survival” kits. (I have a list of these kits for just about every occasion.) Measure card stock to fit dimensions of a cello bag. Use wheel to roll a pattern on the card stock. Fill bag with items on survival list. Attach topper and you have a very clever gift.
11. What about using the wheels for making Candy Bar Wrappers. You could use the hugs and kisses wheel and make an inexpensive gift to give to the children on Valentines day or even to send to your child's teacher. Just remove the wrapper from a candy bar (any size, you decide) and measure a piece of card stock the same size. Just roll the wheel on standard copy paper so it will wrap easily around the candy bar. Seal shut. You could also stamp the child's name and glue it to the top of your newly created wrapper or perhaps create a matching label using card stock and a Valentine set.
12. Wheel on the poly shrink color in, cut, punch hole and shrink. Now you have a great little charm for your card. I did this on Christmas cards using the snowflake wheel as a background on Ballet Blue. Then I wheeled the snowman on white. I cut into sections of three snowmen — this makes a square. I added a splash of color to them. Then I wheeled the snowman on the poly shrink, colored, cut into individual snowmen, punched hole and shrunk. I attached it to the larger white snowman square with silver metallic cording. It was very cute.
To use your new Stampin’ Around Wheel:
1. Take ink cartridge and place into handle, with tab sticking out towards the front. The lid will want to pop off before you get the cartridge in all the way. Go ahead and slide the lid off, and then push down on ink cartridge to snap it into place.
2. Now, you can pop in your Stampin’ Around Wheel. Push up on the tab on front side of ink cartridge to release it so that it goes up against the wheel.
3. Roll out a few times on some scratch paper to ink up the wheel. To roll wheel you can either pull towards yourself or push away from yourself. Try both to see which fells most comfortable for you and provides you with the best results.
Tip: If you put your index and middle fingers along the top side of the handle when you’re rolling, it will be easier to keep it flat and get proper coverage. (Some people find they have better luck if they stand up while wheeling.)
4. Now start rolling on your project. Be sure you have a larger piece of scratch paper underneath your project. Always start off the paper a bit and continuing past the end of your paper. This way you will ensure complete coverage of your project.
5. When you have finished wheeling, push down on the tab on the front side of the ink cartridge to push it away from the wheel. Now slide the lid back into place over the ink cartridge. Get a damp paper towel on a plate and wheel around on the paper towel until all the ink comes clean off the wheel. Now you can dry the wheel by running it across a dry paper towel or napkin.
When you have finished wheeling, push down on the tab on the front side of the ink cartridge to push it away from the wheel. Now slide the lid back into place over the ink cartridge. Now you can clean the wheel by rolling it on your moistened Stampin’ Scrub. If you are using Versamark be sure to spray the Stampin’ Scrub or the rubber on the wheel with Stampin’ Mist to assist you in removing this heavier, stickier ink. Now dry the wheel by running it across the dry side of the Stampin’ Scrub and then a paper towel if it is still damp.
Handles: Anywhere “handy”.
Getting rid of “image gaps.”
If you find that the rubber on your wheel seems to have a slight gap between each revolution, which results in a blank spot as you roll it, this is normal. Usually isn't not very obvious, but with ones that have lines it may be more noticeable. This is the seam at which the manufacturer must seal the rubber onto the wheel. It's never going to be seamless because the rubber has to be put on the wheel and a seam is required somewhere. If it is a real nuisance to you there is something you can do about it. To get the design to connect when you roll it one complete turn around you can carefully remove the rubber from the wheel. Then cut out the gap with an exacto knife or the SU! Scissors. Next, re-glue it to the plastic wheel using rubber cement. Place rubber cement on rubber portion and let dry. Then stretch the rubber a bit as you adhere it around the wheel. The rubber does stretch to make up the missing gap that was cut out. Now you have wheels that have lines that meet!!