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Old 02-19-2009, 09:35 PM   #801
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-- Woo hoo!!!! I need to do that too!!! You go girl!
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I think I got my clipboard at Sam's. Of cource it came as a set of 3 or 4. Hope you can find one. I bet an office supply store would have them too. I like the kind with the big clip that you squeeze above the board to open. I don't like the ones that just have a rectangle wire that you lift to clip.

Can anyone answer my question above about the tip someone posted about rubbing acetone on clear stamps to help them stamp better. Do you use nail polish remover or is it something else? Thanks
acetone is used to remove nail polish, however, not all nail polish removers have it so you have to look at the bottle.
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What do you store your scraps in? you know the ones you just can't throw away.

using quick reply - can't quote. Dont wanna lose my spot. I use photo boxes. They go on sale at michaels often 2/$3!
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What do you store your scraps in? you know the ones you just can't throw away.

using quick reply - can't quote. Dont wanna lose my spot. I use photo boxes. They go on sale at michaels often 2/$3!
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I have just spent 6 hours making lables for all of my stamp sets, making a referance book that has each stamp in it, a reference card to go in each stamp case...I have been so excited about doing this...but i wish i would have started it when i started stamping.
Also...i am nto sure if someone else posted this but the gripper liner stuff for cabinets works great under the stampn scrub and the stamp pad.
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Ronni, What a great idea on putting the gripe liner under the scrub pad...Thanks a bunch, Beckaroni
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Cover them with paper and put in a Z card to fit, or some embellishments and share instead of ATC's.
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The kind that come in Whiskey have a hard top then a cork, Blu-tack to your work surface the hard side, cork up, and then keep your sharp pick up tool in there ready for use. no more stabbed fingers! Collect several and have them for needles, and pokey tools and piercing tools. They will not get blunt and are always ready end up for use.
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oh my gosh, this thread is awesome!
don't have any new tips to add, but have a ton of new ideas to try!
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I have just spent 6 hours making lables for all of my stamp sets, making a referance book that has each stamp in it, a reference card to go in each stamp case...I have been so excited about doing this...but i wish i would have started it when i started stamping.
Also...i am nto sure if someone else posted this but the gripper liner stuff for cabinets works great under the stampn scrub and the stamp pad.
Now do you feel really motivated? Sometimes I am so unorganized that my creative juices dry up. When I'm clean an organized, I can go to town! Love the idea about the stamp n scrub!
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An old fashioned straw holder makes a really neat pencil holder... and when you lift up the top to get the pencil, it fans out making it easier to grab what you want!

Here's where you can get the old fashioned straw holder:
http://www.thefind.com/kitchen/info-...traw-dispenser

Makes a really nice retro look!
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Here's one more...

When stamping on window sheets, put grid paper underneath the window sheet when you need to stamp a line of flowers (or birds or flourishes)... and use the stampa-ma-jig to help you with placement... you'll get a straight line every time!
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My husband uses acetone all the time for various household and garage needs. He says you can buy it at a hardware store (like Lowe's or Home Depot) or at a car parts place (like Autozone or Pep Boys). HTH!!
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When stamping on window sheets, put grid paper underneath the window sheet when you need to stamp a line of flowers (or birds or flourishes)... and use the stampa-ma-jig to help you with placement... you'll get a straight line every time!
Great idea Marie...would work with vellum too?

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I'm not fortunate enough to have all the large stamp pads so when I need to use my blenderpens or anything else that requires ink like when you squeeze the closed pad together I just touch a corner of my spot to my acrylic blocks that I don't use anymore and voila, I have a paint pallet. It's ok if it dries up because the water from your blender pen brings life back to it. Make sense?
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using quick reply - can't quote. Dont wanna lose my spot. I use photo boxes. They go on sale at michaels often 2/$3!
I store my 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in a file cabinet. Each (SU) color has it's own hanging file folder, filed alphabetically by color family. I use page protectors for my scraps & it goes in the front of each file folder so I can check my scraps before I cut into a full sheet of cardstock. I love this system! It works the best of any other way I've used in the past.

ETA: I got the page protectors from OMax a couple years ago. Sorry I
don't remember how many were in the package or what I paid for them,
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I'm not fortunate enough to have all the large stamp pads so when I need to use my blenderpens or anything else that requires ink like when you squeeze the closed pad together I just touch a corner of my spot to my acrylic blocks that I don't use anymore and voila, I have a paint pallet. It's ok if it dries up because the water from your blender pen brings life back to it. Make sense?

You can also stamp your spot or color with your markers on plastic wrap to do this technique.
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I purchased a vinyl fishing tackle box at Wal-Mart to carry my longer bead boxes, they fit perfectly! - inside were clear plastic compartment boxes - they fit the bobbin ribbon perfectly (and hold approx 100 each) plus misc embies for others. Bonus, they have little triangular hangie things on them, so I can hang on wall and see exactly what I want in a hurry - and they are out of the way.

Glass desk/top. I love the glass surface - I glue, paint, stamp, spray, emboss, etc on it. When finished, I scrape with a razor blade (very quick & easy) to remove gunky stuff, or wipe with handy-wipes. HUGE timesaver for me when it comes to cleanup.
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Joan, you have to convince them itís easy so they will buy stamps themselves and you will have someone to borrow from!!!

Happy Heart I wish I'd had your letter idea before I just marked mine with different permanent marker colors.

And here is one I forgot in my earlier post.
If you use the Coluzzle templates, mark each line with a different colored permanent marker so you know which line to move your knife to when you reach that cross over point.
Oh my gosh -fantastic idea!!!! Thank you I do use my Coluzzles frequently and have messed that up more times than I care to admit!!!! Big light bulb going off here.
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I really LOVE this forum! Great ideas! Here are a couple that I use to save money.

1. For cheap and unique embellishments, buy fimo clay when it is on sale. Roll it out and cut out small shapes. For example...use a glue stick cap to cut out big buttons. Then poke holes with a paper compass. Use a thin marker cap to make small buttons. Then bake as directed. When done just paint with clear nail polish. I use the gold fimo and make "faux brad".

2. Use split peas for "faux brad" embellishments. Glue the flat bottom of the pea in the center of a flower. You can even color them with sharpies. The metallic markers works great to give it a metal look. You can also paint with clear nail polish to make them harder.

3. Use a phone book for when you are using a glue stick. Just open the book and start gluing your piece of paper. When you are done just tear out the page and throw out.

4. A large brown paper grocery bag can be used for when you are spraying something with adhesive. Hold the item with a clothespin inside the bag and then spray. This prevents the adhesive from going all over the pace.

5. Use the hardware multi drawer storage units from the hardware store to store your embellishments and other small items. They can be hung on the wall or sit on your desk.

6. Carpet tape is a great substitute for tacky tape. It is very strong double sided tape and very wide . It is also cheap - bought a large roll of it at big lots for $3

7. For flower embellishments, I buy bunches of small silk flowers from the dollars store. I take off all the flowers and store them in small jars (recyled misc. food jars). They look great.


That's it for now....
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GREAT IDEAS "howtuguru"...I love this topic, forum, thread...SO many great ideas...I read them over and over...

I would like to try the fimo clay...I've seen some really neat jewelry made with it, but never gave a thought to making embellishments with it...and the split peas is something I think would be adorable!! VERY CLEVER!!

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Great ideas! subbing....
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Now do you feel really motivated? Sometimes I am so unorganized that my creative juices dry up. When I'm clean an organized, I can go to town! Love the idea about the stamp n scrub!
Organizing is a huge stress relief for me and it really get my creative juices going! I think that is why i like to papercraft so much...it seems like it is organizing one thing after another from supplies to the items you actualy put together on a card or a scrapbook page.
Also I have to be so creative to get all of my stuff it fit in my small place...and to hide some of my "new" treasures that i had to have from my dh
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I really LOVE this forum! Great ideas! Here are a couple that I use to save money.

1. For cheap and unique embellishments, buy fimo clay when it is on sale. Roll it out and cut out small shapes. For example...use a glue stick cap to cut out big buttons. Then poke holes with a paper compass. Use a thin marker cap to make small buttons. Then bake as directed. When done just paint with clear nail polish. I use the gold fimo and make "faux brad".

2. Use split peas for "faux brad" embellishments. Glue the flat bottom of the pea in the center of a flower. You can even color them with sharpies. The metallic markers works great to give it a metal look. You can also paint with clear nail polish to make them harder.

3. Use a phone book for when you are using a glue stick. Just open the book and start gluing your piece of paper. When you are done just tear out the page and throw out.

4. A large brown paper grocery bag can be used for when you are spraying something with adhesive. Hold the item with a clothespin inside the bag and then spray. This prevents the adhesive from going all over the pace.

5. Use the hardware multi drawer storage units from the hardware store to store your embellishments and other small items. They can be hung on the wall or sit on your desk.

6. Carpet tape is a great substitute for tacky tape. It is very strong double sided tape and very wide . It is also cheap - bought a large roll of it at big lots for $3

7. For flower embellishments, I buy bunches of small silk flowers from the dollars store. I take off all the flowers and store them in small jars (recyled misc. food jars). They look great.


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I'm a little slow and frugal--but I finally get there. I figured out some things about paper piercing this week.

Paper Piercing Idea Number 1: As I was searching for piercing templates I saw one website selling plastic needlepoint canvas circles, stars, etc. for piercing. Well, I know how to go to Hobby Lobby and buy that without paying shipping! So I bought a square (which is easier to use than my Mat Pack), a circle, a heart, a triangle, a star, and a cross. However, I couldn't buy just one of each thing--they came in packs of 10. So now I will bless 9 of my stampin' friends with the extras!

Paper Piercing Idea Number 2: I felt really dumb after I figured this out, but here's the story. I've been loving the Ornare piercing templates that I have been seeing at Our Daily Bread. Tonight I realized I could stamp on a piece of scratch paper, secure it in place (temporarily) on the card and use the stamped scratch paper as a piercing template. That's what I did here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=43468
--used Baroque Motifs as a piercing template. It's a frugal thing! Now that I have figured that out I can think of a million things to do with that idea!

I still want some of the Ornare piercing templates, but now I don't *NEED* them as much as I did earlier this week.
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I'm a little slow and frugal--but I finally get there. I figured out some things about paper piercing this week.

Paper Piercing Idea Number 1: As I was searching for piercing templates I saw one website selling plastic needlepoint canvas circles, stars, etc. for piercing. Well, I know how to go to Hobby Lobby and buy that without paying shipping! So I bought a square (which is easier to use than my Mat Pack), a circle, a heart, a triangle, a star, and a cross. However, I couldn't buy just one of each thing--they came in packs of 10. So now I will bless 9 of my stampin' friends with the extras!

Paper Piercing Idea Number 2: I felt really dumb after I figured this out, but here's the story. I've been loving the Ornare piercing templates that I have been seeing at Our Daily Bread. Tonight I realized I could stamp on a piece of scratch paper, secure it in place (temporarily) on the card and use the stamped scratch paper as a piercing template. That's what I did here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=43468
--used Baroque Motifs as a piercing template. It's a frugal thing! Now that I have figured that out I can think of a million things to do with that idea!

I still want some of the Ornare piercing templates, but now I don't *NEED* them as much as I did earlier this week.


I found a blog.... http://fred-she-said.blogspot.com/se...per%20pricking ... she has a couple that you can click on and print
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I'm a little slow and frugal--but I finally get there. I figured out some things about paper piercing this week.

Paper Piercing Idea Number 1: As I was searching for piercing templates I saw one website selling plastic needlepoint canvas circles, stars, etc. for piercing. Well, I know how to go to Hobby Lobby and buy that without paying shipping! So I bought a square (which is easier to use than my Mat Pack), a circle, a heart, a triangle, a star, and a cross. However, I couldn't buy just one of each thing--they came in packs of 10. So now I will bless 9 of my stampin' friends with the extras!

Paper Piercing Idea Number 2: I felt really dumb after I figured this out, but here's the story. I've been loving the Ornare piercing templates that I have been seeing at Our Daily Bread. Tonight I realized I could stamp on a piece of scratch paper, secure it in place (temporarily) on the card and use the stamped scratch paper as a piercing template. That's what I did here: http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...0&ppuser=43468
--used Baroque Motifs as a piercing template. It's a frugal thing! Now that I have figured that out I can think of a million things to do with that idea!

I still want some of the Ornare piercing templates, but now I don't *NEED* them as much as I did earlier this week.
Laminating your favorite patterns then piercing through the laminate, means that your holes don't get bigger and the paper doesn't tear so lasts for many cards. In these hard times Frugal is the new way, so let's share!!!
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Laminating your favorite patterns then piercing through the laminate, means that your holes don't get bigger and the paper doesn't tear so lasts for many cards. In these hard times Frugal is the new way, so let's share!!!


Here's another great one I stumbled upon...Enjoy!!

http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...oidery-ornare/
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Here are mine:

1. Stampin Up Spot colors: When I was first learning the color families (SU), I stamped each spot on a piece of white paper keeping the order from top to bottom and left to right the same as the spots box, and keep the paper taped to the top of the box so I'd know what they look like stamped. Of course I then had to put colors back in the same spaces... Later I realized we work too fast for that, so I wrote the names of the colors underneath the stamps. I still keep those papers on my spot boxes and I've memorized many of the colors.

2. Stazon Plastic Rectangle: I learned this from Dawn5377 on YouTube; a small glue spot inside the top of the Stazon ink will keep that little plastic rectangle attached when you open the ink and it won't get lost.

3. Stamp Mounting: Great tip from my Stampin Up Demonstrator: when mounting stamps sometimes you can lie it down wrong....just a few seconds in the microwave will make it unstickable again so you can reposition it.

4. Shorter Window Punch: Favorite tip for getting the window punch any length you want (smaller than the original); stamp your sentiment, then going as close as you can to the left of the sentiment punch out the words with the window punch. Now use dotto or something to temporarily paste it to a piece of scrap paper and punch again lining up the window punch close as possible to the right side of the sentiment. Pull the result off of the scrap paper and voila - custom size window punch.

5. Techniques: As far as techniques go, my very favorite are masking, and learning to stamp only part of an image by inking it with markers. Those two truly add a great deal of diversity to your work even when you only have a few stamps.

6. Color Depth & Shadows: Use the aqua painter and/or blender pens with the watercolor pencils - wow what a difference. Put a bottle or something at an angle where you are working. It can pretend to be your light source so you will know where to put the shadows while you work.

7. Encouragement With Networking: Networking and learning from other stampers is really going to help you to progress and create those special works of art!......However don't compare yourself to others - it can be discouraging. Instead keep track of your own progress by photographing your artwork and date stamping them. Remember to look backwards at what you did before. You'll be so proud!

8. Risk Taking: Have fun with it and create your own style....don't always copy - try something totallly out of the box - but just for fun. Try setting a theme or a story around your card to make it more interesting.

HAVE FUN! Thanks for sharing your tips - awesome thread!
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:41 AM   #835
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That sounds so kewl....I'm more than interested, and I'd be glad to help others out too!

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My tip: Join wish-rak!
I joined wish-rak, which is a sub forum in the RAK group. It has saved me tons of money. You make "wishes" for the images, ribbon, etc., that you want and someone will send it to you. Then you send someone else their wishes. I was also an impulse buyer. If I saw a cute card, I had to have that stamp. I now own stamp sets that I never use. This way, when you receive an image, you will know if you "love" it enough to purchase it for yourself!

If anyone wants any info on wish-rak, let me know. I'm a mentor for the forum. It's great fun!!
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A big thank you for all the tips! I'm new to SCS and am enjoying learning! Now to organize my stuff!!!
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Here's another great one I stumbled upon...Enjoy!!

http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r...oidery-ornare/
Found these on the net, I would ask first!!! but there are others out there.
printed and laminated any self-made piercing template lasts longer and the holes stay more even.
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I have a couple I haven't seen mentioned:


If you need to move something you have stuck down with snail adhesive, just heat it with your heat gun for a few seconds and it peels right off without leaving a residue. Awesome.

Put the pads from your Stampin' Scrub on the top rack of your dishwasher, TURN OFF THE HEAT DRY, and run it through a cycle. All nice and clean and fluffy again! I wash it with my dishes even, not wanting to waste a whole cycle just for the pads. It really gets them clean, which I can never do in the sink.
I had no idea you could put the scrub pads in the dishwasher. I find they only get sorta clean in the sink. I'm going to try this. I guess the key is no heat dry so they don't melt? Thanks for the tip.
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2. Stazon Plastic Rectangle: I learned this from Dawn5377 on YouTube; a small glue spot inside the top of the Stazon ink will keep that little plastic rectangle attached when you open the ink and it won't get lost.
I did this with one of the two stazon pads that I have because that little plastic thing was a pain to deal with. but, I noticed that the one with the glue dot does not work as well (not as juicy) as the one without so I'm guessing it's because that plastic cover isn't sitting down far enough because the dot is holding it up on the lid. Maybe if it's a thicker dot it would work better but I decided to just deal with the plastic thing instead of having a dried out ink pad.

On another note, I have a tip for the SAMJ users out there. I love my SAMJ and use it for just about every project. Since most of my stamps are SU I don't have a problem but for the other stamps I tend to forget which way I stamped my image onto the plastic card. When using a SU stamp, I use the SU name that appears on the logo as a marker so I remember which way to place the stamp. If you are using a stamp with a distictive top and bottom image then it's not a problem but if you are stamping with a stamp that doesn't matter which end is up or down or if you can't tell, it can cause big problems with your image lining up. So, for those stamps, I put a dot in the top left corner of the wood block so I know each time that I need to place that dot into the corner of the SAMJ. Does that make sense? For example, I was just using a stamp with several rows of dots and the only difference was between the two ends of the block was the distance from the rubber to the wooden block. The first time I placed the stamp on the paper it was fine, but the second time I somehow turned it around so the second stamp didn't line up with the first, causing my dots to be out of line. If I had that dot in the top corner already then I would have put the same corner of the block into the SAMJ each time. Now do you follow me? When I remember to put the dot on the block the first time, it makes a big difference!
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