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Old 07-24-2013, 03:02 PM   #1001
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good idea. . .cant wait to try this
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Shirl, have done this and it is a great way to have lots of colors without having to buy them... Thanks for posting!
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Did the "tips" change locations. all of a sudden it jumped a year or so on thelast page. Please let me know where to go.
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Did the "tips" change locations. all of a sudden it jumped a year or so on thelast page. Please let me know where to go.
Sometimes threads just lose steam and get forgotten. Someone stumbles upon the thread and revives it because they would like to see more added. I tried to search for other threads and didn't find anything similar.

When threads reach 5000 posts, the thread must be continued to a new thread such as Favorite Tips Part 2 or something similar. If a topic is moved to a more appropriate forum there should be a post by a moderator saying so. HTH
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I don't know if this is my favorite tip but I discovered it recently. I needed to remove sticky gunk from my scissors. Couldn't find my Goo Gone and suddenly I thought of Pam!
I sprayed my scissors and wiped them clean with no trouble at all! I don't know if any one else has posted about this but it worked for me!
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I did not read through all 25 pages of this thread so this may have been posted but here goes anyway. When you want to get a super crisp crease without the shiny line on your folded cards, place a sheet of copy paper on top of your card, making sure to feel for the crease, then run your boning tool over the crease while pressing down firmly. Turn the card over, replace the paper and repeat. Now you have a nice sharp crease with no shiny line!
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Sometimes threads just lose steam and get forgotten. Someone stumbles upon the thread and revives it because they would like to see more added. I tried to search for other threads and didn't find anything similar.

When threads reach 5000 posts, the thread must be continued to a new thread such as Favorite Tips Part 2 or something similar. If a topic is moved to a more appropriate forum there should be a post by a moderator saying so. HTH

SCS has done away with the 5000 post rule which is good!
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I sprayed my scissors and wiped them clean with no trouble at all! I don't know if any one else has posted about this but it worked for me!
Martha, what a great tip! Thanks!
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I am looking forward to having the time to read through all the past favorite tips! I hope this board does gain momentum!
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I've spent the last week reading all 26 pages, some great tips. I thought of one but don't have time to compose just now. I'll be back!
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I have a personalized stamp that I didn't trim enough (didn't know about trimming the rubber really close at the time I got it years ago). Can I still do the microwave/retrim/remount trick even though it was mounted at least 5 yrs ago?
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I would say yes. I have bought old sets 2nd hand and have successfully done it. My mike is old and I think is only about 600 watts, so I do 10 seconds and retrim and remount no problem.

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Sure! Just be careful because even 15 seconds in the microwave make those blocks HOT!
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So, I was thinking how great having a silicone mat for crafting might be -- but spendiing a lot of money for a 6x6 piece was not my style -- I want other things from vendors and I need a bigger sheet.

Well -- I have silicone baking sheets for making cookies and candy on -- so I pulled them out and they work GREAT. And, they are much larger, cookie sheet sized and all -- so that's my great tip. Go to Amazon.com and find yourself an inexpensive one and you won't regret it one bit.

And they are great for using when doing duct tape projects with kids, too
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I am going to read all these tips when I have time. Thank you Julie for your silicone sheet tip. I think you can get some cheap ones at the dollar store.
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I just started a 'catalog' of my stamps using 4x6 blank flash cards and dividers. I stamp the image on the card and label the back with the name and maker. I divide my stamps by theme and type…Magnolias, Spring, People, Christmas etc. Sometimes a stamp will be stamped twice for instance one may go in 'Magnolia Props' and also go in 'Nature/Landscape'. Its a long process but so much easier to see everything I need when I need it.
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I just started a 'catalog' of my stamps using 4x6 blank flash cards and dividers. I stamp the image on the card and label the back with the name and maker. I divide my stamps by theme and typeMagnolias, Spring, People, Christmas etc. Sometimes a stamp will be stamped twice for instance one may go in 'Magnolia Props' and also go in 'Nature/Landscape'. Its a long process but so much easier to see everything I need when I need it.

Great tip.... have soooooo many stamps and it would be nice to have an easier way to know what I have.
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I have one for folding super thick cardstock that crack when scored. Lightly score the cardstock. Turn the paper over and score again on the same line on the reverse side. You will find that the weakened fibers fold beautifully in either direction. This works on cheaper designer paper and cardstocks too, the ones that tend to crack and fray when folded. Sorry if this was posted already, but I haven't seen it yet.
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Oh so glad this tread is 'revitalized' - the info in here will be invaluable I'm sure
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I need to set aside some time to read this entire thread. Good stuff.

I have a couple of tips but have no idea if they've already been mentioned.

For starters, here's how I keep track of all of my various ink pads:

I use evenly sized scraps of white paper, and stamp each color with the same Hello! stamp I got at my very first SU party. I group by color (roughly ROYGBIV). Neutrals are in the front. I try to group by undertones within each main color.

This helps tremendously when I'm trying to match something.
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Great idea, Sue! This would show you the difference in Black inks, too!
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When you finish a tube of glue or a bottle of Stickles or anything with a lid/top, keep the lid, keep them all in one place. Then, when you lose one, accidentally throw away, or the dog eats one of your tops/lids you have a spare one handy! (Works in the kitchen also)
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I've learned that when I'm saving something like that, save ONE. Not every single one that ever came into my possession. The likelihood that I will ever need even the one I saved is small (I don't have dogs ) compared to the space needed to store all of those "just in case" items.
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Sue, You are SO right! I recently organized a drawer and saw all the twist ties and bread squares and remembered what you said and thought "now when did I last use a twisted twist tie?" couldn't think of a time!!!!! Pitched about 2/3rds of them- now I ask myself why didn't I pitch ALL of them. You know, just in case I need one!! Jan
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Before I place the clear labels on my wood blocks, I make a copy of it and place it in the box so I know which stamps go where.

You could also use the copied page for an index of stamps by three-hole punching the page and putting in a binder. Saves the time of having to stamp each image on a piece of paper. Of course, you have to have access to a copy machine
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I just started a 'catalog' of my stamps using 4x6 blank flash cards and dividers. I stamp the image on the card and label the back with the name and maker. I divide my stamps by theme and typeMagnolias, Spring, People, Christmas etc. Sometimes a stamp will be stamped twice for instance one may go in 'Magnolia Props' and also go in 'Nature/Landscape'. Its a long process but so much easier to see everything I need when I need it.
Hey, those index cards on the spiral would work great too! I started a catalog with a three-ring binder and page cover years ago. I never finished it. But an index card set that is in spiral form would be so easy, small and handy. I need to pitch my old binder!
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Annecards, can I ask for details? I assume stamp in black, scan, save as svg, import, trace?

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Annecards, can I ask for details? I assume stamp in black, scan, save as svg, import, trace?
First here's an example, one with and one without border. They're stamped after cutting just the shape. I stamped on cheap paper for testing, so there is some bleeding. Stamping on good paper produces clear images. Sorry, the pic is huge!!!
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I use my paint program to close off line breaks, so I can fill in the detailed areas I do not want to cut. For example the bottom of both images are closed off with my line tool. I then fill everything with black with exception of the shapes I want to cut which I fill with white. The area on either side and the middle of the rabbit ears are filled with white, and the remaining image is all black. Then save your file as a JPEG and trace it in Silhouette Studio or Corel (if I want a svg).

To get the border I use the offset tool, in my program. It's just less aggravation and much quicker to prepare the scanned stamped image in my paint program prior to tracing. All three images took me less than 10-minutes.

Hope this is explained well, and it helps.
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First here's an example, one with and one without border. They're stamped after cutting just the shape. I stamped on cheap paper for testing, so there is some bleeding. Stamping on good paper produces clear images. Sorry, the pic is huge!!!


I use my paint program to close off line breaks, so I can fill in the detailed areas I do not want to cut. For example the bottom of both images are closed off with my line tool. I then fill everything with black with exception of the shapes I want to cut which I fill with white. The area on either side and the middle of the rabbit ears are filled with white, and the remaining image is all black. Then save your file as a JPEG and trace it in Silhouette Studio or Corel (if I want a svg).

To get the border I use the offset tool, in my program. It's just less aggravation and much quicker to prepare the scanned stamped image in my paint program prior to tracing. All three images took me less than 10-minutes.

Hope this is explained well, and it helps.
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Sometimes the embossing folders make the design too sharp or heavy looking for a particular card. When I want to give the embossing a softer look, I use a rubber mat below the embossing folder instead of the "b" plate on my Cuttlebug.
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I thought I'd bump this thread up, and mention a great tip I read on another thread here on SCS at the same time. I don't remember exactly who posted about it, (more than one person). For your clear mount SU stamps that won't stick to the acrylic block, just put a piece of clear cling vinyl on your acrylic block. The SU stamps stick like a dream! I was amazed at such a cheap, simple solution. I got my vinyl cling in the fabric section at WalMart for practically pennies. And the thin vinyl works the best. Easy-peasy.
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:53 AM   #1038
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Just dicovered this thread . Have 10 years 0f catching up to do. Thank you for the great print out of august 06. Now back to reading.
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Old 09-20-2015, 04:44 PM   #1039
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I thought I'd bump this thread up, and mention a great tip I read on another thread here on SCS at the same time. I don't remember exactly who posted about it, (more than one person). For your clear mount SU stamps that won't stick to the acrylic block, just put a piece of clear cling vinyl on your acrylic block. The SU stamps stick like a dream! I was amazed at such a cheap, simple solution. I got my vinyl cling in the fabric section at WalMart for practically pennies. And the thin vinyl works the best. Easy-peasy.
Another tip from "Connie" two minute tips on You Tube, for a problem with PP stamps not clinging anymore was to take an alcohol swab and wipe it down and let it dry and it sticks perfectly again! Tried it and it works! Thanks Connie!
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Old 09-21-2015, 03:09 PM   #1040
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When stamping with the stamp not centered on the acrylic block, add a non inked stamp to the opposite side to keep you from rocking. Make sure there is no ink on the added stamp and that it is the same height. By this I mean
it should by the same type of stamp you are using for your image. Love this idea, use it all the time.
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