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Old 09-23-2011, 05:33 AM   #921
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I also bought cheap cardstock and designer paper when I first started paper crafting in 2003. When I was substitute teaching, a program for 18 to 21 year olds with behavior problems ( special ed EBD) was doing card making with very little materials. Yet the district expected the staff and students to make money doing this. I brought a box of stuff in and they were very happy to get it.
Elementary schools and art teachers are a good place for donating paper you don't want.
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My Cricut for sure! I never use it! I wish I had spent the money on other things!
Me too! I could kick myself every time I look at it sitting in my craft space. I have so much money invested in that darn Cricut and now I'm having a hard time selling it. I keep thinking of all the other things I could have spent my money on.
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I regret stickers too and that darn rotary circle cutter. hate tht it punctures a hole in the middle of my circle! Bought a pack of circle dies and I am not using those horrors ever again.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:07 AM   #924
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Ugh! I am cleaning out my craft room and these snap stamps take up too much space. I've only used them a few times. It's time to get rid of all the stuff that is taking up space!
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spectrum noir makers I can't get the tops off
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Most recently the movers and shakers dies from PTI. The DT talked me into it and now here they sit unused and unloved. May have to sell them. LOL
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I'm so glad this thread resurfaced! I have enjoyed reading all 24 pages!
I really don't regret buying anything. I think my purchases through and try not to buy on impluse. I have a minimal amount of supplies. It looks like a lot combined in one room.
But, I didn't have to own every prima flower, every color of embossing powders etc...

The only regret I have is buying the sew easy. It is cheaply made. It doesn't go through card stock and the plastic heads wear down. I have yet to get a good run with out the paper wrinkling or tearing. I like the concept but I think the heads should have been made from metal not plastic. I have the pink pad and several heads of it. But, none of them do me any good because it just doesn't work.
I made my decision to purchase it because some reputable people said it was so awesome and talked it up. Only to find out it really stinks.

Other than that I am happy with my purchases. I haven't used everything yet but I will.
I look at if from a man's perspective. They have to have certain tools to do the job. They don't use all their tools all of the time. They have them when they have a repair to make, or a project that they want to do. So for me it is no different I have the tools I need to get my projects done. Some of my tools and supplies are not necessarily going to be used on a daily,weekly or on monthly basis.
I am happy with the choices I have made so far. Not bad for only one bad purchase. I've been hard at this for about 12yrs now. I have always done projects all of my life but since the kids grew up and moved on their own. I have been really getting more time to do the craft.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:08 PM   #928
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Although I have 'stuff' put away that I never use and items that I have given away, I don't really regret any of my purchases as I loved and used them when I first bought them. Taste and fashion both change, but at the moment I am starting to use items that I have not used in a long time such as eyelets and tea bag folding. Like friends I don't need to neglect my old ones just because someone/something new appears on the scene.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:37 PM   #929
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The only thing I can think of offhand is the SU! wheel guide. I used it once, then it just lay around. Since then I've unmounted all my wheels, so I don't need it at all!
Anyone interested in that, jumbo and regular wheel handles, and a Swirly wheel? They're all for sale! LOL!
What does one do with unmounted wheels?

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I take my stamps off the wheels and put them on Clear-Mount Cling Foam. Then I use them on acrylic blocks.
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I **LOVE** this thread!

I am still glad I didn't buy:
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I have come to the conclusion that Michael's coupons have a lot to do with my regrets. I find myself wandering around looking for something I don't need because I can get 40% off of it! I bought a lot of the big thick Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking books that were originally $20 at Mike's because of the coupons. Never looked at them. They sat in a box for over a year and finally I put them on ebay for about $5 apeice. I mailed them off and never looked back.

I got the SU Watercolor Crayons as part of my hostess benes - never used them. Those went on ebay.

After 3 years I realized that I just don't have the upper body strength to use a Sizzix. That went the way of ebay, along with a load of dies and the carousel thing that was collecting dust on my dining room table.

Most of my unused SU sets are from Sell-a-bration. Great - a free set. Not great - it's ugly and I'll never use it.

I just got a ScorPal as a half price item from TAC and the jury is still out on that one. I've used it a couple of times but I don't hear the angels sing when it use it. It's ok but it seems liek a pain in the neck to drag that big thing out of the drawer when I have a Fiskars paper trimmer with a scoring blade right in front of me.

I will not look at any other die cut machines that they invent, even if it also vacuums the rug, walks the dog and folds the laundry!


What a hoot - I just "re-found" this thread! Four years after I first responded I am still feeling exactly the same way! And then some.......
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:29 PM   #932
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Me too except I go to Joann where I can use as many different coupons as I can find. Mikes' only lets me use 1 coupon per day.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:07 AM   #933
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We are so different from our men . . .

Our husbands don't go in their garages and say, "I bought that sander and used it only once. I should think of a project to use it on or sell it!" They are happy to have the right tools ready on-hand for when their next project calls for them.

Why are we beating ourselves up because we used something once or twice?
I know someone in my family will need a hole through something tough (Crop-a-dile) or a change from one color to another on a paper (brayer) or a book made (BIA) . . . the list goes on and on.

I TOTALLY get the stuff that is awful, broken, useless, and hated. Of course, get rid of that stuff. But cut yourselves a break and consider the other things "tools" in your "garage!"
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just so happens that a couple weeks ago, I punched a hole in DH's belt - with my Crop-a-dial. he as impressed.
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just so happens that a couple weeks ago, I punched a hole in DH's belt - with my Crop-a-dial. he as impressed.
I get called on each new college school year to punch holes in my kids' and their friends' student ID's so they can hang them on key chains, lanyards, etc. Love my Crop-a-dial even if I don't do quite so many eyelets as I used to!
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:20 PM   #936
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Here is how I prevent over-buying:

1. I put my newly purchased SU stamp sets in a stack on the craft table.
2. I print out some ideas for the sets from Splitcoast gallery
3. I mount each set
4. I make 8 cards with each set from the ideas I printed.
5. I put the stamps on the shelf with the others

When the stack is 3 feet high, I know I need to slow down the buying and speed up the crafting!
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I saw a new thread, where a new stamper is trying to whittle down her wish list. Fun thread! I was thinking about all the stuff I bought when I started out stamping; lots of things I didn't need, nor do I use now.

My ATG gun comes to mind....probably great for scrapbookers...but not for me, when it comes to cards. I'll have to sell it. I also regret buying the nesties and half my cuttlebug folders! Yes! It's true. I like the look of them...but I just don't use them enough to warrant the money I spent on them. (maybe it has to do with the fact, I use my cuttlebug on the floor due to a poor work space....oww...my back)

What do you have buyers remorse over??


REALLY????? I use my ATG gun ALL THE TIME! I am mostly a card maker as well and I love my ATG!! I also use my cuttlebug folders all the time. And I feel for you, I usually have my BigShot sitting on my lap to use it!! I have a smallish work space as well. (Well if I cleared it off more often it wouldn't be so bad...but that's besides the point!)
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REALLY????? I use my ATG gun ALL THE TIME! I am mostly a card maker as well and I love my ATG!! I also use my cuttlebug folders all the time. And I feel for you, I usually have my BigShot sitting on my lap to use it!! I have a smallish work space as well. (Well if I cleared it off more often it wouldn't be so bad...but that's besides the point!)
I'm with you GRKIDDO. I have two ATG guns, one for scrapping and one for cards. Cards ATG is loaded with regular tape while Scrap book ATG is loaded with acid free tape.
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non! non regrets NEVER, ever ever. Well ok maybe not "never" but not presently! haha... i love every little thing in my supplies, tools and stash!

WAIT. i did think of two EK Martha Stewart punches that didn't work well at all. bumblebee and large snowflake. oh well. every time i think of tossing them, though, i think... "hey, i could get (dh) to punch it when i need something...?" that is bad, isn't it? -self-proclaimed crafting shopper/hoarder
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yes, i'm there... i have both types of tape for my ATG and just need to buy a second one. i love my atg, and i do both scrapping and cardmaking...

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spectrum noir makers I can't get the tops off
I have the same problem! Grrrr
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?????????????????????????
If they have words I cut out each word and turn them into single stamps

For example the Jolly Jingels wheel makes 16 stamps. Considering the price of wheels it's a great bargin and now I use my wheels a lot more than I did before I cut them up.
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I am still on the fence about the Genesis platform. On the one hand, it has a large area, so I can really do a lot of cutting at one time the Stacks are much easier than using the tabs with the BS platform. But is all that really worth the $50 I spent? Not sure yet.
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If they have words I cut out each word and turn them into single stamps

For example the Jolly Jingels wheel makes 16 stamps. Considering the price of wheels it's a great bargin and now I use my wheels a lot more than I did before I cut them up.
But I love to wheel a whole sheet of 12x12 for a scrapbook page. The jumbo wheels do this quick!

Problems if I unmount:
* I have to stamp a bunch of individual images--that will take FOREVER!
* I have to keep it all in a line when the wheels go in lines naturally
* I have to keep inking it up when the cartridges do that constantly

BLECH! I don't think i'm a fan of unmounting wheels!
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But I love to wheel a whole sheet of 12x12 for a scrapbook page. The jumbo wheels do this quick!

Problems if I unmount:
* I have to stamp a bunch of individual images--that will take FOREVER!
* I have to keep it all in a line when the wheels go in lines naturally
* I have to keep inking it up when the cartridges do that constantly

BLECH! I don't think i'm a fan of unmounting wheels!
Unmounting is not for everyone but for someone like me who never used my wheels it's wonderful. I don't scrapbook and I could never wheel straight even with the wheel guide. I'd rather have a lot of individual stamps I use than a wheel that sits on the shelf unused and unloved. Having so many options is why love to stamp.
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Unmounting is not for everyone but for someone like me who never used my wheels it's wonderful. I don't scrapbook and I could never wheel straight even with the wheel guide. I'd rather have a lot of individual stamps I use than a wheel that sits on the shelf unused and unloved. Having so many options is why love to stamp.
Think I might use wheels more often if I unmount them. Just wondering how do you store them?
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I took the rubber stamp off the wheel. I then mounted the rubber strip on a piece of stamp mounting foam ( it comes in sheets about 8.5 x 11 inches). Gina K sells an acrylic block that is long and narrow enough. Perfect solution ! Now they are great for borders etc and I don't have to use the wheel and guide that never worked well for me.
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I store mine in the Clear-Mount Stamp Cases from Stampin' Up. SU also has the blocks and the Clear-Mount Cling Foam that I use for these. There is a thread on SCS where people post the inserts for the stamp cases so that they look consistent with your other stamp cases.

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My acrylic block from Gina K is 8 inches onlg and 2.5 inches wide. SU has an acrylic block that size ??? My wheel stamps are too long to fit on the SU block
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I use th Univenture binder system and all my unmounted stamps are stored on pages like this
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My new regret is upgrading my original cricut to the cricut expression 2. I've had nothing but problems with this thing! It won't work with my gypsy and Provo Craft just gives me the 'we are working on it' speech. But even using it w/o the computer or gypsy is difficult, my original with the 6" mat was a 'take it out of the box and cut' and this one with the fancy display and 12" mat is 'watch videos and tutorials" till I can't stand it no more!!! I just want it to work like my original.
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I think I have replied to this thread before but I also wanted to add that I regret buying so much 12x12 paper. I started off making cards and and thought it would transition into scrapbooking,but it hasn't so far. I also wish I didn't buy so many embellishments on clearance just because they were $1. I never used them either.
I recently did a huge purge and gave all my unwanted stuff to the wife one of my husband's co-workers and she loved it! It felt good to get rid of all that stuff dragging me down and make room for stuff I'll actually use
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My regret is buying "cheap" paper pads....stacks and stacks and stacks of them. I've donated some, used some as wrapping paper, use them to protect my desk when I stamp...but I have tons of paper like this, all because of those crazy cheap stacks. Those are my biggest regrets.
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Wire.....'nuff said!!
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My regret is buying "cheap" paper pads....stacks and stacks and stacks of them. I've donated some, used some as wrapping paper, use them to protect my desk when I stamp...but I have tons of paper like this, all because of those crazy cheap stacks. Those are my biggest regrets.
I have quite a few stack packs also. I use them to make envelopes with my handy dandy Martha Stewart envelope template. Really quick and easy to make. I put the pattern on the inside and white outside.

You would be surprised how some of those patterns you would never ever use for a card will make a pretty envelope!
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Tough question! Even though I love it, I'd have to say the doily die from SU. It is such a pain to get it cut out and all the little pieces punched out, and there are always a few pieces I have to attack with the xacto knife. I sent the first one back, so I can't do anything else except fight with it.
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Tough question! Even though I love it, I'd have to say the doily die from SU. It is such a pain to get it cut out and all the little pieces punched out, and there are always a few pieces I have to attack with the xacto knife. I sent the first one back, so I can't do anything else except fight with it.
Try using it with a metal plate - it really makes a huge difference with the intricate dies.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:30 PM   #958
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Try using it with a metal plate - it really makes a huge difference with the intricate dies.
a metal plate?

where do you get them?
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Too many stickers and embellies (i.e., Jolee's) when I first started. Got most on sale (thank goodness) and have donated just about all.
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a metal plate?

where do you get them?
As it is just a thin metal shim, I'd expect you could use something from the hardware store, provided you got it thin enough. If you are using a cardboard shim just make sure it is a little thinner.

Otherwise, you could try Cheery Lynne Designs although I''m sure there are others who sell them.
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