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OK so I’m going to throw in a little humor into the laminator story. I read on FB – it may have been the Stamp Junkies Group -  that someone had bought a Minc at Tuesday Morning for $18.00. I told my husband I was going to Tuesday Morning to look for a Minc. I came back empty handed. A few days later he wanted something from the grocery store, which just happens to be next to another Tuesday Morning. He said, “While I’m in the store, you can go into Tuesday Morning to look for your Minc coat. I again came out empty handed saying, “Well, they had one, but I didn’t want to pay that much for it. I can just go to Walmart and get an inexpensive laminator. The problem is I really don’t have a place to plug it in anyway so it’s no biggie.” My DH had a rather puzzled look on his face and said, “What does a laminator have to do with getting a mink coat?” I was laughing so hard I nearly wrecked the car.

I know this doesn’t help your plight Melissa. I have some foils that were part of our swag bag at the Christmas in the Village event in 2016 and I have the sheets that were part of a couple of the kits. I didn't have a lot of luck during the foiling class, After hearing your story and Lisa’s story, I think I’ll just admire everyone else’s foiling and save my money for a mink coat.

Too funny!!!

Judy Inukai said:

OK so I’m going to throw in a little humor into the laminator story. I read on FB – it may have been the Stamp Junkies Group -  that someone had bought a Minc at Tuesday Morning for $18.00. I told my husband I was going to Tuesday Morning to look for a Minc. I came back empty handed. A few days later he wanted something from the grocery store, which just happens to be next to another Tuesday Morning. He said, “While I’m in the store, you can go into Tuesday Morning to look for your Minc coat. I again came out empty handed saying, “Well, they had one, but I didn’t want to pay that much for it. I can just go to Walmart and get an inexpensive laminator. The problem is I really don’t have a place to plug it in anyway so it’s no biggie.” My DH had a rather puzzled look on his face and said, “What does a laminator have to do with getting a mink coat?” I was laughing so hard I nearly wrecked the car.

I know this doesn’t help your plight Melissa. I have some foils that were part of our swag bag at the Christmas in the Village event in 2016 and I have the sheets that were part of a couple of the kits. I didn't have a lot of luck during the foiling class, After hearing your story and Lisa’s story, I think I’ll just admire everyone else’s foiling and save my money for a mink coat.

I am convinced it is my machine (second one) but like I said I refuse to buy a minc at the prices I keep finding them.  Maybe I will do some digging for online sales.  In Alaska the stores don't honor the contingent USA sales.  Shipping is a pill to AK which I don't understand as I mail a letter for the same price as everyone else in America and get free shipping from some companies and not others.  OK I am done with my rant.  Decisions, decisions; either give away the supplies or invest in a minc....ACK!!!!

I do like the idea of saving for a mink coat though, except I never wear a coat, even in winter here.

Lisa Babitz said:

I, too, had a regular laminator and tried everything with terrible results.  I finally gave in and purchased a mini minc (because I already had purchased so much foil, pre-printed toner sheets, and a laser printer for this technique) and I now have no trouble.  Not sure why the laminators work for some/most, but it did not work for me.  It was quite frustrating for me to have to purchase a second machine, but I had stupidly invested in a ton of foiling product before realizing it didn't work so well with my first machine.   

Melissa Kompkoff said:

Ok I am about to give up on the foiling!  Seriously.  I have gotten it to work once and even then it was that enough foiling happened that I barely approved giving the card away.  I posted success once after getting the laminator that Gina uses and gave the link to.  But since have wasted so much product that I wish I would just give it all away.  I use deco foil and the line here. so it isn't bad product.  I used toner sheets and the pre printed ones here so again I fail to believe it is bad product.  I let my fellowes laminator heat up for over half an hour today with pathetic results by my standards.  I have shimmed and placed the foil the right way and wrong way.  If I am foiling it needs to not have any black spots left.  I hear so very few others having the time of their lives with it either.  I am so frustrated.  If we HAVE to buy the minc laminator then just say so but I have purchased several laminators and watched WAY TOO MANY videos to be doing something wrong.  Plus I am just too cheap to buy the minc, honestly.  I could but won't.  Someone just let me know , If it is a hit and miss success rate I will gift my supplies elsewhere and not do this technique.  I make money with my cards and can't afford to do hit and miss techniques.  I am not angry but I am super frustrated with foiling and just want a straight answer on this method.

It is WAY TO QUIET around here!  Where is everyone?  What are you working on?  Hugs!

Hi Diana,  I am working on emboss resist today.  I watched Gina's video with Unity stamps and have been playing with that a little bit.  Haven't finished anything, but am slowly making progress.  Blessings!

I agree. It is too quiet, but maybe it’s because Gina’s at CHA and the DT is resting up from what I’m sure was an intense release party and blog hop with all the sets that were released. I’m trying to reorganize my craft room – a never ending project. I should be working on sympathy cards. My best friend’s 18 year old grandson was killed in an auto accident a couple of days ago and I’m trying to come up with cards to send to her and to her daughter. This will make the third card this week I’ve sent to parents or grandparents in the loss of a child. This is especially hard since I’ve known this boy since he was born. I’ve looked through the gallery and through past sympathy cards I’ve sent and nothing seems just right for the situation. I’m really open to suggestions.

As for my activity lately I have been trying to use some new ideas and techniques this week. I also had a foot doctor appointment and had an ingrown toenail taken care of and also a check on a small ulcer on my ankle. So that was Friday and I mainly just sat around after that was all done. And, also that same afternoon hubby and I shopped for a head stone for us. Saves the kids having to pick it out later on when the time comes. Hopefully, we won't be using it for awhile. LOL I have too many cards to make. Saturday I caught up on a few tasks and then watched some Hallmark movies in the afternoon. So I was again sort of lazy.

Hey Judy, Would this work? In the case of a teenage young man I think a nice scene card would work as I find that type wonderful for a masculine sympathy card for the upper teens to adult. It could be just something as simple as a tree or a simple tree with a brook. A scene that is serene and peaceful.  

Judy, here are a couple I made for our card group last week.  Very simple.  So sorry for your loss and prayers to the family.  Hugs!

Oh Judy so sorry for your loss.  I would agree with Verna that a scene of maybe something of which he had interests.  I, too, have been a little lazy.  I also need a sympathy card for a friend who loss her husband to colon cancer, one baby shower card and on 90th birthday card for an uncle.  So I'm kind of all over the place with projects and the problem is that my husband is still in a remodel process of our basement where I have a tiny space so now I have to bring everything to my dining room table and I'm sorry but once it's there it stays there until I'm finished.   Maybe I'll bring a bin up so I clean up every evening and put it where my cat won't find my things....He has a taste for plastic....not sure why but he does like to nibble on plastics.

I think I'm out of sorts because I miss the weekly challenge.  I know we can do more than one entry on the monthly but so far I only completed one for the January challenge.  Enjoy your Sunday everyone.  

I am starting to do some Valentines. But now it is playoff time with chocolate chip cookies.

So sad for you Judy. You will get to the perfect place for your card. It doesn't feel right because it just is not right. Simple is where I like to go with these. I know this is a get well but would make a sweet sympathy,

Popped up focal

Just caught this video with Gina at Creativation.  Looks like a fun line of product.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccsPPkLn3y4

Oh, dear! There goes the budget again. I love that you can stamp and foil that way.

lovinpaper said:

Just caught this video with Gina at Creativation.  Looks like a fun line of product.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccsPPkLn3y4

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