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Old 08-14-2006, 03:31 PM   #321
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"For 50 cents you can get great tiny mister bottles in the travel section at Walmart."

Annabelle1974 - Does your spray a fine mist? I got one a while back and was disappointed because there were a lot of big drops rather than the mist I was hoping for.
Be sure you get the clear colored little travel size ones. The big ones don't work. The little ones are so great. I have one filled with stamp cleaner, one that I use for bleach, and the other for water.
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When you say paper do you mean paper or cardstock? I've found it not as neat on single paper as with cardstock.

I just did some faux stitching on a card yesterday and I sure find machine stitching to be much faster and easier so keep working on it!
Cardstock..............just hafta keep playing I guess........thanks for the encouragement!!!
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After my pastels (chalks) spilled a few times I finally got smart and glued them down with rubber cement. Works great!
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After my pastels (chalks) spilled a few times I finally got smart and glued them down with rubber cement. Works great!
LOL! The first time I opened that tin, all my pastels went flying all over my desk and floor! My demo was kind enough to put them back into order. Good tip - I still open that tin very gingerly!
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Two questions:
-What is the purpose of having your SU Catalog Spiral Bound?
-What is "fussy cut"
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Reading the thread about the SLC convention reminded me of the neat thing I learned to do with my catty from my new SU friends in Florida. I saw at the first stamp camp I went to that most of the ladies had their catalogs spiral bound. The first time I went to Staples (with my 2003-2004 catty) I noticed that when it was cut, some of the prices or pictures got cut off. I've made a point to tell them since (2 more catalogs) to cut as close to the edge as possible. So I always get my catty trimmed and the black or white spiral binding done at Staples for around $3. I had to go through the last catty and carefully separate a few pages, but nothing is missing! CTMH does their catties this way for us! When will SU get with the program?

Another hint is when you fussy cut something to layer it, take a matching marker and color the white edges so they don't show.
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I had plexiglass cut the shape of my table, it works great! LM

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I was just reading the tips of what not to do while stamping and I thought of something that might be helpful. Lots of us stamp on our dining room tables or other tables that we would rather not ruin with a variety of inks, paints, etc... I use one of those tablecloths that have a little bit of fabric on the back kind of felt like and have a plastic top. They come in all sorts of patterns and it's super simple to wipe up ink stain etc... That way I don't have to stress out too much about my table getting ruined.
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I got a large sheet of clear vinyl at JoAnns (the thin kind) and use it as a table cloth when I have friends over to stamp.
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I use a self-healing mat that I got at Walmart for $5. It's really big and I can set eyelets, or heat emboss, or roll tissue paper on it. It's awesome!
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So many great tips. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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I store my cardstock as half sheets in Walmart brand quart-sized ziplock bags, using a sharpie to write the color name on them and then store those bags in a shoe box. It fits nicely sideways in a file cabinet. I also keep my scraps in an additonal box with bags labeled the same way.

A corsage pin works nicely for paper piercing.

I place a strip of paper inside my stamp set box so that it is positioned behind the see-through Stampin' Up label. It can be secured with a tiny bit of adhesive. Different colors can be used for current/retired/ hostess sets.

I use scraps of rubber on the underside of my cutter to keep it from sliding around on the desk/table when cutting.

Thanks for all of the tips!
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There are some neat spoons that may work in containers of Miracle Grow. I was trying to think of what I could use the ones that came with mine for...thanks!!!!

I can't believe all the amazing tips on here! I'm learning SO much!
The last time I went to Cold Sone I asked if I could take their sample spoons. They had a whole bucket so my friend and I shared them. Don't think of the calories, in this case it's an absolute neccessity!
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For heat embossing, I cut out the back of a small cereal box (grape nuts) and lined the interior with foil. Now when I have a little piece I need to heat up, I put it into the box and heat it. The sides keep it from flying all over the house, and I don't have to have a spot on my project where something was holding onto it.

What a great idea! Wouldn't you know that the one and only thing that I forgot when I went to the store today was cereal. Dang it.
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I love Un-do. I use it to clean my scissors. The real use for it is to pull off stickers that are stuck in the wrong place. It also works well for taking stickers off shoes. It doesn't stain the shoe or cardstock after it dries.

I use Scotch double-stick tape as my main adhesive. I have tried most others and keep going back to that.
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Darn...no edit feature on this thread.

I get mounting squares at the Dollar Tree. There are 64 squares in a package and I use them whole, cut in half, or 1/4s...what ever size works.
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When mounting my stamps and before I apply the stickers, I copy the sticker sheet and adhere it to the top of the case with a piece of double-stick tape. It helps you to know what stamps go with what set.
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YoYo Yellow is one of the colors in the bold brights color family.

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They are little pads that are rectangular in shape. They have white fuzzy hairs on the top (what the paint sticks to so you can apply it to your walls). They work well to clean the stamps.

I have an SU stamp cleaner, but use this for my background stamps because it is much easier than moving the bg around in the plastic container.

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When mounting my stamps and before I apply the stickers, I copy the sticker sheet and adhere it to the top of the case with a piece of double-stick tape. It helps you to know what stamps go with what set.
I do the same because I don't always mount every stamp in a set at once when I receive them. I'm sometimes anxious to get started on a card but only need to use a couple stamps from that set, but I always copy that sticker sheet so I know which stamps go with which set.
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i'm almost positive it was juliehrr who mentioned that she has strips of cardstock that she punched her square and circle punches on. anytime she wants to see if a stamped image will fit, she just grabs the strip and places it atop of the image. i LOVE this idea.
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I too have a scrap piece of c/s with the tag punched out...us it to go through the catty and see how many images will fit on the tag.
Simply lay the open space over the images...viola.
Simple but very interesting!
One thing I've found is using a small turntable not the record player but the kind you might used to hold spice on in your kitch...helps the ink caddy turn easier especially when it's loaded with ink pads and the extension kit
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i'm almost positive it was juliehrr who mentioned that she has strips of cardstock that she punched her square and circle punches on. anytime she wants to see if a stamped image will fit, she just grabs the strip and places it atop of the image. i LOVE this idea.
I use a similar idea for the card size. Cut a piece of acetate the size of your card and it's great for certian designer papers to know where to make the cut for stripes, plaids, sceneryand etc.

Great idea for the punches too, thanks!
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Take a camera and notebook whenever you go to a convention. Take pictures of things you want to CASE, But ask permission first. Some demos don't like you taking pics unless you buy something.
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Thanks for the answers. There is so much I don't know. I am new to all this but love, love, love it. Judy D
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Haven't read all of the tips yet, so not sure if this has been mentioned but I keep a lint roller (the kind with the peel off tape) in my craft room. When I'm done using EP or glitter I just run it over the table, the floor and my clothes. No more finding glitter in the kids beds 2 days later
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I have been getting my SU catalog spiral bound for 3 years now. I love it. Cuz you can open it and keep it on whatever page you want. I usually keep mine open on pages 202 and 203. Our fabulous colors! I also had the front and back pages laminated before they bound it. Hope that makes sense.

another tip. I use stampin' mist to clean my craft scissors. Not sure if that has been said yet.

Thanks to eveyone for the great tips!

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***if i leave too much rubber on my stamp and it needs an extra trim i use my metal ruler and my hobby blade to trim it up, be very careful!
***I use nail polish remover to clean my scizzors after mounting a bunch of stamps. But i keep my craft and rubber scizzors only for mounting so i don't really care if they are gummy. just make sure you don't use them to cut ribbon ...ooooh what a mess!
***Just tonight i lugged ALL of my stamp sets into my computer room and made nice labels for them all. my eye doctor told me i am on the verge of needing bifocals (WHAT I AM ONLY 31!) so i definitly needed larger labels! I think this will make them easier to find. I also highlighted my retired sets so i know which ones NOT to demo
***I use those 'disposable' glad plastic containers for my EP and glitter, i found the cheap ones don't stay closed as well. i use plastic spoons in them to sprinkle the powder onto my CS. before i put my powder into the container the first time i rub all over with my embossing buddy on the container and spoon to reduce static.


********DOES ANYONE HAVE A TIP ON KEEPING CRYSTAL EFFECTS FROM DRYING IN THE DISPENSING TIP? I keep using a needle to clean it out, but what a pain!********************************************* *
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There is another tip that I have seen posted previously on SCS. Instead of buying colored staples, you can just take regular staples and color them with Sharpies. It works really well.
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What is a Yo Yo Yellow Pad? Where do you get it? I'm Canadian, so maybe its not available up here, but we're in America during the winters, so I'd love to pick a couple up.

Thanks for your help
I'm still trying to plow through all these tips so I hope I'm not repeating something that's been said, but you can also do the same thing with an old Versamark inkpad. Cleans stamps well.
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Forgot to say. I tried refilling my Versamark with Glycerine a while ago and I didn't like the effect at all. I found that the stamped image came out a bit fuzzy so it's not great if you want to do chalk popping or dusting over the Versamark with Pearl-ex.
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At my house we LOVE pringles ... and I LOVE the tops to the cans. They are great for making palettes for watercoloring. Also very useful for putting beads in and selecting the ones you want for your project with your tweezers (I love beads).

Also - I use my temp Hermafix runner when I'm building a card. That way I can see how things are going to look without committing with a permanent adhesive.
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********DOES ANYONE HAVE A TIP ON KEEPING CRYSTAL EFFECTS FROM DRYING IN THE DISPENSING TIP? I keep using a needle to clean it out, but what a pain!********************************************* *[/QUOTE]
I put a pin in mine and leave it there. Seems to work OK for me. (My tip is cut really small, so the pin just fits in there. I also use it quite a bit, so maybe the pin has nothing to do with it!!)
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Thanks for sharing all of your tips - I love reading them all!

Here are some tips I'd like to share:

1. I like keep all of my adhesives in a rubbermaid snap case. So when I'm working on something I have everything I need to put it together in one spot.

2. Recently I saw an adhesive tip that I thought I would try out. Throw a glue stick in with your adhesives and when you need to glue gun something use a small bit of glue stick (cut off from the stick using an exacto or your snips) and use your heat tool to heat it. No messy glue strings and no need to wait for the glue gun to heat up.

3. I store all of my wheels on the 4 rod pant hangers and hang them on the back of my craft room door.

4. I put all of my paper samples, ribbon samples, and tag swaps on single binder rings and use the removeable 3M utensil hooks to hang them up on the back of my craft room door.
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I've posted this before on another thread, but I just use a tinfoil pan to emboss in. I put my item in it then use a fork, spoon, knife or scissors to hold down the item while it embosses. No scorched fingers, no expensive tools.
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Often when I am tying a bow or knot it is hard to keep it tight while "threading" through the loop. I find if I lay down a pair of scissors with the pointed end on top of the first knot, I can hold the scissors against the table with my ring finger. I then proceed to finish the knot or bow, and it will stay fairly tight. (This is much harder to describe than it is to do! LOL)
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********DOES ANYONE HAVE A TIP ON KEEPING CRYSTAL EFFECTS FROM DRYING IN THE DISPENSING TIP? I keep using a needle to clean it out, but what a pain!********************************************* *
I put a pin in mine and leave it there. Seems to work OK for me. (My tip is cut really small, so the pin just fits in there. I also use it quite a bit, so maybe the pin has nothing to do with it!!)[/QUOTE]


I read somewhere here..to keep the bottle upside down, so I store mine in a cup on my desk, never had any trouble with it after that! HTH
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be careful that the pin doesn't begin to rust or it will ruin your CE!
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What a great thread. I don't know how I've missed it.

A couple of things I do that may be useful to others is

Before stamps go down to my stamp room I scan them into the computer and store them under company. I then print out the image and put it in a book under category. This helps me in two ways. One is I have the soft copy on my computer for backup incase I ever need it for insurance. And the book helps when I donít want to dig through all my stamps when Iím working on a project.

Color coding ink pads. I have all the SU ink pads and he holders for them. when I have people over and we use more than one color family at a time I donít want to spend a lot of time putting them away in the correct column. SoÖ I put a dot of color for each family on the end of the pad. This way when I put them away I just match up the dots.

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Originally Posted by raiwoof
WOW! This is what I do!! I thought I was the only one in the world that did it that way! Works like a charm!
I use my tweezers from my took kit. Just do the first part of your bow or knot, hold it with your tweezers (ours are so cool, cuz you don't have to hold them to keep it tight) and then tie away. Nice tight ties! Another great selling point for the tool kit!
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