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Posted 11/25/2012 by nikomoon14 in General Scrappin'
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nikomoon14
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Posted: 11/25/2012 10:07:01 PM
I was looking at the new store products a saw the Micro alphas from BG and got exited. Immediately after i got a mental picture of me screaming at them trying to place them in my layout with tweezers. But my idiotic self keeps buying mini alphas cuz let's face it...they are awesome!
So what scrappy products makes you say I'm sorry to your family?


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Posted: 11/25/2012 10:29:56 PM
My letter stamps, because they're all acrylic, all have a few that will not stick to the block worth anything and impossible to get straight!



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Posted: 11/25/2012 11:05:24 PM
I'm with you - those mini alphas! I did the "trick" of lining them up on release paper first to get them straight & I placed them too far down on the paper, so I couldn't get them off!

I am all thumbs & sometimes when I am so frustrated putting them on a LO, trying to get them straight, blood pressure rising, I wonder why...
they do look nice though.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:13:25 AM
More trying to my patience than any product, was that horrid blade runner. I got the original thing before it was sold to EK success. No patience for the learning curve. I had to throw that out. I'm sure there are products I've found frustrating, but that blade runner thing was the worst.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:42:43 AM
My ATG
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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:47:19 AM
Add me to the ATG test your patience club. I stopped using the gun and now just use the tape. I am much happier. That gun has it in for me, I swear. I know how to use it but the ATG has other ideas. Stubborn teenager syndrome. Now, I know what I put my parents through, lol.

Distress Ink- Causes me to be distressed.

Silhouette Cameo- I know, I know, I wrote something bad, lol. I know die cutter's. I just don't like the Cameo. I never had so much trouble with a Graphtec cutter in my life. I have used several over the years. That Cameo is not for me. Anybody reading this that has a Cameo under their tree don't be scared off. I am advanced at die cutting I am over complicating the Cameo and what I expect of it. It's a decent cutter. I am just not personally happy with it.

Paper trimmers test my patience. I like my X-acto knife.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:05:30 AM
Ooh, if they do I usually end up just not using them. Hmm...

Flock. Blurgh.

Chipboard, specifically covering it in pp. I just did this the other day and have put off the rest of the layout because of it.

Metallic (ETA: sorry not metallic, GLITTER emb pwdr) and distress embossing powders. I prefer to heat emboss almost everything I stamp for pure color, and these two never look right to me.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:47:16 AM
The Crop A Dile for setting eyelets. I have not used eyelets in years, but man, that thing was vexing. Now for punching holes, LOVE IT! But oy on the eyelet setting!

Most products that test my patience go in the trash or the giveaway pile, mini alphas among them, lol.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:07:32 AM
I have found a trick to using any small sticker or jewel (with adhesive) that works for me.

I use a corsage pin (about 2in.) to help me move them around and 'see' what the heck I am doing. Just put the pin point somewhere under the thing you are working with. It will hold on but won't use up your 'sticky" and when you are ready to 'stick' it just slide the pin out of the way.

Does that make sense? I know what I am trying to explain but sometimes the words just don't seem to make it clear


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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:08:37 AM
Fun question Nikomoon! For those smaller letter stickers, I use my exacto knife to place them. And I don't worry too much about them being straight. I've sort of adapted to slightly askew or just plain crooked lettering is more interesting.
One thing that I don't use very often is Stickles. They never seem to come out of the bottle the way I want and take forever to dry.
And I agree VexedAngel, covering chipboard with pp is a big ol' pain. I usually just paint it. Maria

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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:10:27 AM
I know this is old but the WishBlade. That thing was $$$ Tried it a couple of times, threw it drawer and there it stays...burned me on that type of diecut machine.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:48:31 AM
I am not a good "mister!" Misting my pages always seems too turn into a mess!






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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:59:24 AM
I have to agree on the ATG. The tape comes off all the time & then 1/2 way through the roll, it starts breaking. Every single time I keep thinking the next time will be perfect & end up using the tape without the gun so that it doesn't go to waste.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:59:24 AM
I have to agree on the ATG. The tape comes off all the time & then 1/2 way through the roll, it starts breaking. Every single time I keep thinking the next time will be perfect & end up using the tape without the gun so that it doesn't go to waste.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:00:57 AM

My ATG


There are no words! This is my favorite tool EVER!

Every single slicer I own. Nothing works exactly right except my giant arm one, which cannot slice like I want.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:06:32 AM
I have one inexpensive (ok cheap) set of clear alpha stamps and they always stick to each other. So I get one lined up but then the next one sticks to it and when i move one the other ends up crooked. Grrrr!
I am also one of those people who can't seem to tie a bow to save my life.
Just a note - if you use Ranger Enamel Accents, don't try to heat set it. Ask me how I know (poor little stamped girl with exploded eyeballs). That was only frustrating once!
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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:06:33 AM
The Sew Easy.

I hate that thing.

When I use it my layout suddenly turns into a preschool art project. Bleh.




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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:14:54 AM

Just a note - if you use Ranger Enamel Accents, don't try to heat set it. Ask me how I know (poor little stamped girl with exploded eyeballs). That was only frustrating once!


LOL!!! Oh no, sounds like the way I find out what you can and can't do with a heat gun.

The Goosebumps texture spray for me. Did not get what the big deal was at all, until I looked it up online and found out that you're supposed to hold it way back for texture, otherwise it just ends up being a big wet glossy area on your page. It still doesn't do much for me, and I usually love texture and techniques.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:17:22 AM
Mini alphas are the 1st thing to come to mind. The exacto sure helps but getting those little devils straight is another story. Next is alpha stamps--I don't like to use them at all.


Metallic (ETA: sorry not metallic, GLITTER emb pwdr) and distress embossing powders. I prefer to heat emboss almost everything I stamp for pure color, and these two never look right to me.


I won't buy distress embossing powder for that same reason. But for glitter EB I use the same color ink as the glitter and it works really well. When using distress inks to emboss, first ink up the stamp with Versamark then ink it with distress ink.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:53:02 AM
mists because no matter what I do, the paper gets curled.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:59:16 AM
Mists for me too. And until I got my ATG, I would have said adhesives too.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:10:56 AM
My old Wishblade, never seemed to work and then I got a Mac and it was useless.

My corner punches (all of them) on thin pp, just bend it, never cut it.

Most of my paper cutters don't cut straight. I buy good ones and they work for awhile and then stop. Grrr.

Letter stickers that don't stick! I have several of thoses.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:51:12 AM
Circle cutters! I used to have one, but I don't think I ever once managed to cut a perfectly round circle with it. I ended up tossing it out a few years ago and don't regret it at all!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 11:40:39 AM
I don't think I have a product...but definitely a technique...i CANNOT for the life of me make a friggin' flower using those big ol "guuber" glue dots. My flower always ends up looking constipated vs. pretty and graceful.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 12:21:09 PM
Paisley'sGarden, thx for the tip--though I don't think I've ever used distress ink to emboss with. I always use perfect medium or versa mark. Good to know about the glitter, I do have some colored pigment inks so I'll try that!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:14:51 PM
Duchess of Stuff...thanks for the idea for the corsage pin for the small letters and jewels! What a great idea! I've got to try that! Thanks!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:22:47 PM
Another vote for the Sew Easy...that thing doesn't poke through anything!! Biggest waste of money there is!

I also get frustrated with my Cricut when the mat is new...it's too sticky and everything tears! I try de-sticking it a bit and then the blade moves the paper around! Ugh! I am HOPING for a Cameo for Xmas and hope it doesn't have the same issue.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:55:33 PM
The Cricut. And now that I have a Cameo, I could walk right out to the trash with that Cricut. Love my Cameo
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Cropodile. I hate that thing.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:56:33 PM
vellum banners. love the look but using them is such a pain...they're always flipping around and adhering them tries my patience.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:17:07 PM
Chipboard Thickers. When you open the package to pull out the sheet and ALL the freaking letters fall off because the adhesive dried up. Grrrr.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:25:34 PM
I hate to say this because I'm probably one of the only ones, but it would be my Cameo. I get it, but I can't seem to get the designs I want to cut very well. When I do, I have a difficult time getting them off the mat and I know my mat is not that sticky anymore because other things come off just fine (larger designs). I think my problem is I like too many intricate things.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:46:08 PM
Rub-ons. It isn't just trying to get them to come off on my project, it is getting them to NOT stick to each other in the package once you have cut a few out.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:03:07 PM

Another vote for the Sew Easy...that thing doesn't poke through anything!! Biggest waste of money there is!


Hear, hear! Even with the special mat I broke all the spokes off that sucker the first time I used it. I love the idea, but it will barely cut print paper in my experience. I'm all about affordable products, but the cutting wheels obviously need to be made of metal.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:24:05 PM
The Sew Easy was junk. So bad that I wouldn't even give it to a friend and subject her to that kind of frustration. Great concept, cheap execution.

For me, it's mists. I love it on other folks' pages. But on mine, it just looks plain wrong.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:28:31 PM
Heat and stick powder.
No matter how I try I just can't get a clear image with this stuff, drives me crazy especially when I see some of the beautiful things people do with it and glitter.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:24:48 PM

My flower always ends up looking constipated

^^^^This made me LOL!

For me, the ATG drives me nuts! I WANT to love it, but

I have the Circle Scissor... boy is THAT thing fun


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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:07:51 PM
My Blue wishblade, used it only a few times...let it set, now it's toast and is a very expensive paper weight. Second: my Gypsy, never should have invested in that either, lol!!! Darn small screen and I can't see what I'm doing.


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I can't tie a pretty bow to save my life. I have tons of ribbon but my bow making skills are nonexistent. One side looks good. The other side, eh, not so much.


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Those stupid Hermafix dispensers. I cannot for the life of me ever get it to load correctly and apparently, it's a common problem.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:58:18 PM
My ATG tape gun used to make me crazy. Then I dropped it. Like "accidentally" from a church balcony. Really, it was an accident, but I had so many refills for it that I bought a new pink one because there was no way I was throwing away a whole box of refill tape. I cannot say a single bad thing about the new pink gun. It is easy to load and it works without me wanting to throw open the windows and shout at people.

Now it's those itty bitty letters. I put together a layout, and lost a letter, and was nearly in tears, then I found it on the dog. yeah. I pulled it off, said I was sorry and took him to bed.



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My gypsy .. Had to have it when it came out, stupidly linked a good portion of my carts to it and have used it like 5 times. Can't get the hang of it and am annoyed with it. Thing has probably gone through 100 updates by now. Maybe I should give it a go again...


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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:50:51 AM
Thickers! The adhesive lasts about 5 minutes. Makes me want to scream.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:00:59 AM
-Misting
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Most recently...AC microbeads. I ordered every color because I like the look (another sign that GG has a far reaching influence, LOL) but they are the most annoying things to work with.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 9:18:48 AM
rub ons test my patiences LOL i hate them


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Posted: 11/27/2012 4:20:52 PM
Wow, I LOVE my Sew Easy! The trick is to use it over a Coluzzle mat.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 4:46:55 PM
Rubons. I think I've purged most of them and still can't bring myself to use the ones that I do have.


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Posted: 11/27/2012 5:46:42 PM
The lilybee letter stickers are a pain, I don't worry about perfectly straight, but I always seem to pull the paper away from the sticky part so that it's in two pieces. Ugh

my ATG when I have to refil it, but I save so much $$ on adhesive I love it still.



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Posted: 11/27/2012 5:54:59 PM

Wow, I LOVE my Sew Easy! The trick is to use it over a Coluzzle mat.


Have you ever gotten it to poke through cardstock (or even double-sided pp)?

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Posted: 11/27/2012 6:46:30 PM
My worst product to use are those daggone mini alpha's. I love them on everyone's layouts, but I can't get them to look cute or line up on mine.

And....I say they're the worst only because I have NEVER been able to work the eyelet part of my Crop A Dile big bite. So, it's just a very expensive hole punch for me.


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