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Old 04-28-2011, 08:58 AM   #361
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Another way is to have a craft exchange with friends. Then you can get rid of the stuff you don't want or have way too much of and get some "new" supplies.
I've been toying with hosting a "swap meet" with tables for everyone to lay out their "why did I buy that", "I don't use this anymore" and things they may have gotten as gifts and won't use - kinds of stuff. I go to a shoebox swap and I am in an SU stampers group- I'll bet every one of those ladies has STUFF they'd like to get rid of. My best guess is you'd set a reasonable price on your things, and then either trade or sell, depending on who and what is there. With a potluck lunch, and a shoebox swap, it'd make for a fun day.
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How does one get a wine label off without wrecking it?
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Empty the bottle (fun part ), soak the bottle, remove the label, let dry, iron on low heat.

BTW, some jam labels and fancy jarred/canned fruit labels make nice backgrounds and embelishments as well.
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We have a quarterly shoebox swap and have two tables for "extras" at the swap. One is items for sale and the other is for freebies, stuff you don't want or need and just want to get rid of. It's worked very well for our group.
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I put a wet paper towel on it and once its soaked through, most times it peels off with not problem. If it does tear, then make a distressed card.
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We have a quarterly shoebox swap and have two tables for "extras" at the swap. One is items for sale and the other is for freebies, stuff you don't want or need and just want to get rid of. It's worked very well for our group.
I really LIKE the idea! I think I'll bring it up with the other swappers. Thanks!
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Empty the bottle (fun part ), soak the bottle, remove the label, let dry, iron on low heat.
You may be able to save yourself some effort. My dad taught me a trick that works with most bottles/labels: fill your bottle with hot water, keeping the outside dry, and let it stand for a few minutes then simply peel the label off. Sounds too easy but it really does work for an awful lot of labels!
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You may be able to save yourself some effort. My dad taught me a trick that works with most bottles/labels: fill your bottle with hot water, keeping the outside dry, and let it stand for a few minutes then simply peel the label off. Sounds too easy but it really does work for an awful lot of labels!
I will definitely try that. THANKS!
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I keep a "wine record" book and have purchased a product called Label Off. It is still a lot of work, but when the label comes off, it is adhered to a laminate piece that is sticky around the edges and can be stuck to the page in my book. The label has a shiny covering on it which may not be what you want. However, I have found even with this special system, I often have poor success getting off some labels. I will have to try some of the suggestions here to see if they work better. Some labels are extremely beautiful.
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Hello everyone,i am new here, and am loving all your marvelous tips.We don't have Walmart or Michaels, but i am able to get tomato paste tubes.I have often used up the paste,cut off top and bottom,opened up and washed thoroughlymthen to flatten have run it over with my little rubber wallpaper roller.
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This is a great thread. I have so many tutorials to watch and things to make. Thank you for the link, Lindsay! I've just finished dying tissue paper, muslin, gauze, and dryer sheets with leftover easter dye tablets. By chance I found that I could make a tie-dye effect by picking up a half-dissolved tablet with the piece being dyed. Kathy
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You may be able to save yourself some effort. My dad taught me a trick that works with most bottles/labels: fill your bottle with hot water, keeping the outside dry, and let it stand for a few minutes then simply peel the label off. Sounds too easy but it really does work for an awful lot of labels!
That's how I pull off my Starbucks labels! You are so right Joanne, it works like a charm. The key is to keep the outside dry and fill it with really hot water. I've never tried it with wine bottles though. I'll have to give them a try!
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is it too late to join...My name is Amber and I lost my job today....will definitely have to go on a buying diet til I land a new job...blessings.
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I'm so sorry to hear that Amber. Something will turn up. Maybe better than the job you lost. I sure hope so.
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Rosie, welcome aboard!

Amber, so sorry to hear about your job, hope you find a new one soon.

In the mean time I hope both of you will enjoy all the hints and tips!

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Good to meet you:.Amber, hope you get a job soon.
I expect you all know this, but just in case, anyone doesn't
I always clean staz-on ink from my stamps with AVON Skin so soft spray,it works like a dream, and then i just wash in soapy water and leave to dry naturally.It has never harmed my stamps.Hugs to all who need them.rosie.x
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I didn't know it, so thank you Amber.
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I expect you all know this, but just in case, anyone doesn't
I always clean staz-on ink from my stamps with AVON Skin so soft spray,it works like a dream, and then i just wash in soapy water and leave to dry naturally.It has never harmed my stamps.Hugs to all who need them.rosie.x
Skin So Soft also works fabulously well for removing sticky gunk, like from unmounting stamps, or from wood blocks so you can mount onto them. Not to mention getting tape residue off garage sale buys, and store price sticker residue (from clearance items, naturally, lol!). I keep a small spray bottle of Skin So Soft in the kitchen to use for those kinds of situations. And I keep one of those Pampered Chef little brown plastic scrapers right next to it, to scrape the labels off stuff. (I'm sure there are cheaper little plastic scrapers somewhere, I just have tons of the PC ones, from obsessive buying of stoneware!)
I have taken garage sale or ebay hideously stained (but cheap!) rubber stamps, and made the rubber look like new, using SSS. A big bottle will last ages, since you only need a little to clean or destick things. And keep an eye out at garage sales or flea markets for dealers selling it cheap. (My Avon lady has occasional 40% off everything sales- that's when I buy!)
Okay, I am known as Queen of the Cheapettes, lol!
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Oh, yeah, also, before die cut stamps became the norm, I would use Skin So Soft to take the sticky residue off my scissors after cutting and mounting stamps. Then wash with soapy water and dry off. I keep the old individual SSS towelettes in the craft room for scissors, and each towelette lasts well over a year- oil doesn't dry out. When one finally disintegrates, THEN I start a new one. You could use Handiwipes or Swiffer dry dsting cloths the same way with the SSS.
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I've been toying with hosting a "swap meet" with tables for everyone to lay out their "why did I buy that", "I don't use this anymore" and things they may have gotten as gifts and won't use - kinds of stuff. I go to a shoebox swap and I am in an SU stampers group- I'll bet every one of those ladies has STUFF they'd like to get rid of. My best guess is you'd set a reasonable price on your things, and then either trade or sell, depending on who and what is there. With a potluck lunch, and a shoebox swap, it'd make for a fun day.
This does sound like a fun day. My LSS has a used stuff sale a couple times a year. The "profits" are paid in credit at the LSS. I've gotten some nice stuff very inexpensively, and now have a box where I'm putting stuff I know I'll never use to take to the next sale.

Amber, so sorry about your job, been there myself. Best of luck finding a new one that's even better.
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You ladies are all so sweet..thanks so kindly for your comforting words....I know one door closes and another one opens...I have a peace as I have known for about a year now that business was not good. On to bigger and better things.
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I posted once before about getting more use out of your punches instead of buying new ones (making borders and trims). Here is another link which is also a great reference idea to use your punches to make medallions instead of buying medallion dies.

StampOwl's Studio: Tutorial – Medallions using Martha Stewart Corner Punches!

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Amber, good luck to you! Remember to use some of this "spare" time to nurture yourself. This is a tough thing to go through but please remember to take care of you. I'm thinking about you!!
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You can also try using "UNDO" to remove the label.
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Thanks for sharing this.....It is very cool! I have to try this - I love it!



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WOW,....Learning so much!!!

Thanks,...I'll have to read more a little later!!!
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Thanks for the tip on SSS. I'll have to give it a try. And did you know that the little rubber scrapper from PC is very similar to the tool SU uses to put their decor elements vinyl wall are on the walls? So if you want the decor elements and have one of the PC tools you won't need to purchase theirs!
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I'm on a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. Recently, I ripped the end of the long hose that runs from the machine to my face mask. DH reached for it, to throw it out and I wouldn't let him. It's the perfect diameter to hold markers, and I'm going to make a wall hanging marker holder using the tubing. (it gets replaced every three months, imagine how many markers I'll be able to store!!!)
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I'm on a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. Recently, I ripped the end of the long hose that runs from the machine to my face mask. DH reached for it, to throw it out and I wouldn't let him. It's the perfect diameter to hold markers, and I'm going to make a wall hanging marker holder using the tubing. (it gets replaced every three months, imagine how many markers I'll be able to store!!!)
Now that's creative!!!
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My fave is to make homemade embossing folders (or plates) out of cereal boxes or grungeboard: Mel Stampz: Free hand D.I.Y. Cereal box Cuttlebug Embossing Plates

And of course, there are a zillion ways to make homemade flowers: Mel Stampz: 100+ Hot Crafty Flowers templates & tutorials (0ver 100 there)

I like to make DIY digital papers (that use barely any ink): Mel Stampz: Just Missing You! (damask digi paper freebie & tutorial)

and make homemade canvas cardstock from old pillowcases or fabric scraps and make die cut embellishments from it: Mel Stampz: "Hi Sweet Cheeks!" (Meet Emma & Wyatt)

and cut the edges off of nestabilities or other die cuts to get brand new shapes: Mel Stampz: Cheap Nestabilities trick (and a quickie 5 minute card)

and doodle & stitch beads on to make DIY embellishments (like a chandelier): Mel Stampz: A Black Tie Affair? (MFTeaser #2) or pomegranates: Mel Stampz: PGP Winter Walk Hop! (+Pomegranate digi freebie & beading tutorial)

and use stamping/pattern paper catalogues for embellishments or paper: Mel Stampz: Angel's Landing tutorial & a new(?) square punch scallop edge & Mel Stampz: Diorama tutorial (whole lotta glitter goin on!)

Okay, I'd better stop now. Sorry for rambling so much. Making things for free or cheap is an obsession of mine.
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What would we do without MelStampz?????
Don't know if you already know this, but if you buy the very cheapest 'no nails' from the 1 store,you can use it with stencils to make embellishments.Spread over, remove stencil and leave to dry,you can even heat emboss the shapes.
just remember to do it on a non stick surface.For easy removal.
Or you can do it straight onto the front of your greeting card.And then you paint it with acrylic paint.hugs to all who need them.rosie.x
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Here's a wonderful idea from Becca of Amazing Paper Grace to get more from your border Spellbinder dies and make your own paper flower embellishments:

Becca Bit: Lace Petal Flower Becca Bits Spellbinders Stamping Amazing Paper Grace
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Can you explain what is "no nails" ?? This sounds interesting. Can you give more info ?? thanks
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I am very curious about No Nails too. I wonder what the USA's equivalent is.

I have another one to add. Love rub-ons but hate the prices? Buy temporary tattoos. I use a soft damp (not wet) cloth to apply the tattoo to my cardstock. It comes out like perfection. I prefer the tattoos over rubons most of the time because I get better results. I would not recommend this for scrapbooking since I don't know if it's archival safe.
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:25 AM   #399
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Can you explain what is "no nails" ?? This sounds interesting. Can you give more info ?? thanks
It's a type of DIY adhesive. As Rosie said "1 shop" rather than "dollar store" I'm guessing she's in the UK. It's possible you don't have "no nails" in the US although there's almost certainly the same product under a different name. If Rosie can say a bit more about how this works, you might be able to figure out an equivalent.
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No Nails is an adhesive and I do believe is new to US & Canada as I have seen commercials for it recently on TV....should be available at hardware stores ( hubby says home Depot has it)
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