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Old 03-03-2009, 09:29 AM   #1  
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I was talking with a friend the other day about the funny little mistakes we made when we first started papercrafting/stamping. I thought it would be fun to hear yours, too.

Mine were:

- My mom had to convince me that I needed a paper trimmer, why couldn't I just cut everything (even cardbases) with cheap scissors?

- I called my mom and asked where I could buy that "puffy" stamp ink. She had to explain that it wasn't puffy ink, it was embossed.

- I saw a sheet of really cute stickers, but I was shocked that they were $17!!! (They were clear stamps.)

One from my friend: She had a 2-step set (Hearfelt thanks, I think) She was stamping both steps with the same ink (no stamping off, even), and couldn't figure out why it didn't look good. hehe!
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one of mine, and a common one my customers still ask me is "how do you get different colors on 1 stamp?" I had no idea you could ink up a stamp with markers!
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I was talking with a friend the other day about the funny little mistakes we made when we first started papercrafting/stamping. I thought it would be fun to hear yours, too.

Mine were:

- My mom had to convince me that I needed a paper trimmer, why couldn't I just cut everything (even cardbases) with cheap scissors?

- I called my mom and asked where I could buy that "puffy" stamp ink. She had to explain that it wasn't puffy ink, it was embossed.

- I saw a sheet of really cute stickers, but I was shocked that they were $17!!! (They were clear stamps.)

One from my friend: She had a 2-step set (Hearfelt thanks, I think) She was stamping both steps with the same ink (no stamping off, even), and couldn't figure out why it didn't look good. hehe!
LOL on the acrylic stamp/sticker thing!!! So true. I take it for granted what they are, but from someone else's eyes, especially someone NOT in the hobby, that could be confusing!
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I was at my demo's house for a stamp-a-stack and was very carefully cutting out flowers thinking it was a big pain!! when she spotted what I was doing and asked if it wouldn't be easier to use the punch designed to work with that stamp!!
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I set an eyelet with a hammer on my friend's table without the mat under it! Another workshop attendee also did it but in a different spot. We have both since become SU! demos. LoL!
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I set an eyelet with a hammer on my friend's table without the mat under it! Another workshop attendee also did it but in a different spot. We have both since become SU! demos. LoL!
Yikes!!!

I almost blew embossing powder off of my granite countertops with the heat gun once, I stopped myself just in time. DH would not have been happy.
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This is a still going on mistake of mine, I stamped my boob with my ink pad!!! Dag on things are constantly getting in the way. LOL!!
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You girls are funny, I will have to think of some, b/c I know I made them lol
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Embossing powder..... ceiling fan on high.... Need I say more?
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I NEVER make mistakes!




But, have LOTS snd LOTS and LOTS of learning experiences! hehehehehe

Number one- don't heat emboss on top of my self healing mat-usually the most expensive one I own(ed)
Number two-I now keep kitty out of my stamping room!
Number three-I no longer run my finger along my new scissor blade to see if it's sharp.
Number four-After stamping on my stamp a ma jig sheet I NOW remember to use the same side of the sheet for placement of my stamp when stamping onto the cs.
Number five-it's ALWAYS best to make sure the cap is on BEFORE shaking up reinkers!
Number six-expect strange looking poop when your dog eats one of your wood mounted stamps that you have inked up with scented ink!
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This is a still going on mistake of mine, I stamped my boob with my ink pad!!! Dag on things are constantly getting in the way. LOL!!
lol! Make sure to use the stamp-a-ma-jig for precise placement.
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I am so new to this that I am making many mistakes...too many LOL
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Believe me when I say an air conditioner set on high does the same thing when you step away for a minute........black EP on everything
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I had a customer try to set an eyelet with my Coluzzle swivel knife. When I had this look of horror on my face (last blade was now broken in a silver eyelet), she said "uh oh.....the tools are the same color".
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This is a story of something happened to my upline, a few years ago while she was hosting a class:

They were doing two projects, one that required the use of a wheel, (and the Green Galore cartridge) and the other one that required the Versamark pad for a background watermark... The stations were set up on seperate tables, so how this actually transpired, no one really knows, but one of the ladies thought that she needed the versa mark for the green background.... She grabbed the (almost brand new...) versamark pad, and proceded to roll the wheel, with the green ink cartridge inside and engaged, through the versamark pad!....... oooooooops...... and it doesn't help that my upline was quite... erm.... well.... shall we say.... picky about her supplies??

Oh well... when they say live and learn, the really do mean it, don't they?!!? Besides, who wouldn't want a versamark/green galore combo ink pad?!

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This isn't a mistake per se, but I distinctly remember telling my demo, "I have 20 stamp sets now. That's enough".

Yeah, right!!
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I remember something similar to that. I told her that I needed to look at the recipe in the back and concentrate on buying just the supplies I needed to complete that one project. Yeah, right.
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At my first SU party, I kept trying to ink up the wheel in the super large stamp pad (later revealed to me as the stampin' scrub!). I didn't realize that there was ink in the wheel already. At least I was just rolling it around on the cleaning pad and not someone's ink pad!
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It was my very FIRST time stamping. DD was a cheerleader and it was my turn to do goodie bags. So I went to the craft store found a cute paw print stamp and an exact match to school colors green pigment ink pad. I bought white glossy bags and stamped away (telling myself how cute these were going to be the entire time) Three days passed and they STILL weren't dry...
The ink must be defective I thought... So back to the craft store I went ready to return my defective ink and buy new bags... A seasoned stamper
happened to be behind me in line, over heard my complaint and took me over to the embossing powder and heat guns. A Hobby was born...Loved watching the embossing powder melt!!!!
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It was my very FIRST time stamping. DD was a cheerleader and it was my turn to do goodie bags. So I went to the craft store found a cute paw print stamp and an exact match to school colors green pigment ink pad. I bought white glossy bags and stamped away (telling myself how cute these were going to be the entire time) Three days passed and they STILL weren't dry...
The ink must be defective I thought... So back to the craft store I went ready to return my defective ink and buy new bags... A seasoned stamper
happened to be behind me in line, over heard my complaint and took me over to the embossing powder and heat guns. A Hobby was born...Loved watching the embossing powder melt!!!!
Great story!!!!
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I noticed a coworker friend of mine working on a card during lunch, and saw that NONE of her stamps (a set she'd bought from me) were trimmed -- she'd just peeled the backing off and assembled them! When I explained that the excess rubber had to be cut away first, she then understood why she had so much trouble with stray ink marks! No biggie, I just told her how to get the rubber off by nuking the stamps in the microwave for a few seconds.

Funny thing is that she's used my stamps at a couple of different workshops. Guess she just never noticed that there wasn't any extra rubber around the image! Her cards are way more creative than mine, though, so I didn't say anything!
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Oh, this is too cute!! Thanks for the chuckle!!
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I was a scrapbooker, and I thought to myself, maybe I'll go to that Stampin' Up party thing and get ONE stamp and AN ink so I can make my own cards. hahahaha
I also, for the first year or so, embossed with my stove top!!! can you say burnt paper much??
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My plan at my first stamping party was to limit myself to 75 stamps maximum (yes I did count them after every order) and only use a quarter of the space in my small dining area for supplies. Everyone would just look at me respectfully when I would announce this at meetings...thinking of myself as the most reasonable balanced one in the room. Well, surfice it to say (only six months later) that my entire dining room is no longer for eating.....and I plan to replace my office with a craft room.
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One more conversation that I remember from a Stampin Up party....we were all sitting around doing our projects, our demonstrator had gone upstairs to get some weird color ink or glitter that someone wanted....and we were down stairs talking about her. What we had decided amongst ourselves is that she was a real GENIE -- because no matter what (honest we tested this over and over again) - no matter what we asked her for, she would go upstairs and in two minutes return with it. We all pictured her upstairs wiggling her nose cause NO ONE could have all that product available - could they!? and if they did, could they be so organized as to be able to lay hands on it instantly!!?? I'm still not sure if she is a genie after all - we have not stumped her yet.
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I went to a stamp a stack about 10 yrs ago and the BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER, was that the hosting demo did not ask me if she could help me with an order. I was excited to try what I had learned, went to ACM and spent some $$ and haven't stopped spending yet. That first demo should see MY stamp room.
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I noticed a coworker friend of mine working on a card during lunch, and saw that NONE of her stamps (a set she'd bought from me) were trimmed -- she'd just peeled the backing off and assembled them! When I explained that the excess rubber had to be cut away first, she then understood why she had so much trouble with stray ink marks! No biggie, I just told her how to get the rubber off by nuking the stamps in the microwave for a few seconds.

Funny thing is that she's used my stamps at a couple of different workshops. Guess she just never noticed that there wasn't any extra rubber around the image! Her cards are way more creative than mine, though, so I didn't say anything!
This newbie is just realizing that she made the very same mistake on a set of stamps I'm looking at right now.
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I had gone to Dresden, Oh (Longaberger heaven) and saw the cutest frame stamped with little gold baskets. I bought the basket stamp, the frame and gold ink and stamped away. Never knew you were supposed to clean the ink off the stamp after you were done. That stamp is still stuck with sticky gold ink!
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haha these are fun stories! I'm new to stamping and am making all kinds of mistakes! Someday I guess I'll look back
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Long ago, before I become a demo I was starting to try stamping.

My niece was over, about 6 at the time, and she was helping me put together some stamps.

As we were sitting on the floor together she asked me where the stickers went. I told her I threw them away as I didn't need them as I was going to stamp the images not use the sticker.

Weeeellllll, if she didn't give me the what for and tell me that the stickers go on the other side of block so you know what and where you are stamping!!!

Oh by the way, her mom was my demo (no wonder my niece was such a smarty pants) and now my upline!

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I had gone to Dresden, Oh (Longaberger heaven) and saw the cutest frame stamped with little gold baskets. I bought the basket stamp, the frame and gold ink and stamped away. Never knew you were supposed to clean the ink off the stamp after you were done. That stamp is still stuck with sticky gold ink!
Maybe try Staz-On cleaner? It's gotten old ink stains off my dirtiest stamps!
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I had gone to Dresden, Oh (Longaberger heaven) and saw the cutest frame stamped with little gold baskets. I bought the basket stamp, the frame and gold ink and stamped away. Never knew you were supposed to clean the ink off the stamp after you were done. That stamp is still stuck with sticky gold ink!
Not a thread-jacking attempt, but might I suggest Staz On cleaner? It has done wonders for many a stamp that I've forgotten to clean. You might need to let it soak for a bit, but it's always done the trick for me.

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I noticed a coworker friend of mine working on a card during lunch, and saw that NONE of her stamps (a set she'd bought from me) were trimmed -- she'd just peeled the backing off and assembled them! When I explained that the excess rubber had to be cut away first, she then understood why she had so much trouble with stray ink marks! No biggie, I just told her how to get the rubber off by nuking the stamps in the microwave for a few seconds.

Funny thing is that she's used my stamps at a couple of different workshops. Guess she just never noticed that there wasn't any extra rubber around the image! Her cards are way more creative than mine, though, so I didn't say anything!

I did just that, too! I still have the sets. I look at them when I use them and think "How could I have been so dumb to think that would turn out with out any ink edges!?!"

Oh and I found out the hard way that Diamond Dust MUST be securely closed or you will be sweeping it up for weeks.

BTW great thread. lol
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Red face sigh...

Now, back to our original thread...

Let's see here.... soooo many choices!

I'll start with this one b/c I was just reminded of it last night when I went to use my iridescent EP with versamark and white CS... Only to be reminded of the time I didn't do a very good job cleaning the black EP out of my Powder Pal before switching to the iridescent... which now looks like it has pepper in it! (and, of course, it had to be the $7 teeny tiny container of "gelly powder", not the $3 everyday variety!!)

I've also done the boob in the inkpad or reaching across the image I just stamped and planting my boob in the middle of it ... or my sleeve, elbow, arm... you fill in the blank here. I'm such a klutz!!

Sneezing into my glitter...

Rolling my computer chair over a card I'd just made that had slid off the stack and onto the floor un-noticed...

Lord help me... Sometimes I wonder how I ever get a decent card made and delivered without destroying it! There are days when Hallmark might actually NOT be a swear word!! LOL!

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I did just that, too! I still have the sets. I look at them when I use them and think "How could I have been so dumb to think that would turn out with out any ink edges!?!"

Oh and I found out the hard way that Diamond Dust MUST be securely closed or you will be sweeping it up for weeks.

BTW great thread. lol
Oh hon... You'll be sweeping it up for weeks ANYWAY!!! (and finding it in places there should just never be glitter! ahem... belly button!) LOL!!!!
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This isn't a mistake per se, but I distinctly remember telling my demo, "I have 20 stamp sets now. That's enough".

Yeah, right!!
ROFL!!!!! I did same thing....Could not understand why Mom would have so many sets
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I didn't realize that you wrapped the ribbon around the paper to make it look nice and finished, quite a few of my first scrap pages have the ribbon that i just cut the length of the page and glued on
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When I first fancied the idea of making cards, I bought a kit at about 20 and thought that it would be great value for money and that I'd definately be saving on the price of store bought cards......
Oh dear... you'll see this year's balance of purchases in my siggy!
(I just tell myself that its cheaper than some hobbies, sell a few cards at work, and then go and order more crafty stuff to play with!!)
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I had gone to Dresden, Oh (Longaberger heaven) and saw the cutest frame stamped with little gold baskets. I bought the basket stamp, the frame and gold ink and stamped away. Never knew you were supposed to clean the ink off the stamp after you were done. That stamp is still stuck with sticky gold ink!
Dianne - I know a couple of the ladies have mentioned trying Staz-On Cleaner; I have something called EZ Duz It cleaner from my lss that is absolutely safe for both rubber and acrylic and will not harm acrylic blocks and I speak from experience when I tell you that it will definitely remove old dried on metallic pigment ink - I used it to clean a set I bought used that apparently had not been cleaned. Ever.
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It was my very FIRST time stamping. DD was a cheerleader and it was my turn to do goodie bags. So I went to the craft store found a cute paw print stamp and an exact match to school colors green pigment ink pad. I bought white glossy bags and stamped away (telling myself how cute these were going to be the entire time) Three days passed and they STILL weren't dry...
The ink must be defective I thought... So back to the craft store I went ready to return my defective ink and buy new bags... A seasoned stamper
happened to be behind me in line, over heard my complaint and took me over to the embossing powder and heat guns. A Hobby was born...Loved watching the embossing powder melt!!!!
we must be related... (first stamp more then an dozen years ago was an snowflake and i bought silver metallic ink pad for it to do the back of my glossy Christmas card envelopes with...) lol

but i bought these at Joann's Fabrics (when it still had fabrics on the name) and all the gals who worked there were quilters and had no idea why i had defective ink...
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