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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Everything old is new again!

   Hello!  How are you today?!  So, I did it!  I took the plunge and unmounted my Stampin Up! Wheels!  I am thrilled with the results.  I was on the fence for a long time about doing, but I have so many great wheels that never get to see ink because I am wheel challenged and using them just never turns out right for me.  It was such an easy project and I am really excited about how well they are going to work for me now!  Stampin Up! offers ez mount cling foam now, so it was a breeze.  Take a look:
So, first you have to dig out all of your wheels!   

Each piece of rubber is glued onto the plastic wheel and has a seam.  You will need to find the seam and using a sharp exacto knife break the glue seal by running the knife over the seam a few times.  Once you have done that you can very carefully start to pull the rubber from the plastic wheel.

This is what they look like now!  They take up much less room! :)

Here are the leftover wheels!  I gave them to my Science minded kiddo.  I know he will come up with a really cool project for them! ;)

Here are some of them mounted on the ez cling foam.  All you have to do is peel back the protective paper from the foam and lay the rubber on it.  I used my exacto knife to cut along the edge.  Once it is stuck down and cut free you can peel back the other layer of protective paper and it is ready to use!  It will stick to a clear block beautifully just like any of your other clear stamps!

Another very cool advantage to doing this is that they fit nicely inside of the stamp cases.  Each dvd stamp case will hold four large wheels or eight + of the small and builder wheels!  This will be a great space saver!

Here are four in one dvd case.  The case closes fine without any problems! I haven't done it yet, but you could even stamp a cover to show at a glance which wheels are in which cases! Easy peasy!

All of those wheels condensed down so nicely! :)

I wanted to use one right away so I grabbed the cupcake wheel and stamped a border for a scrapbook page! It stamped beautifully!  No missing ink spots!  Nice long, clean stamped image!  Yay!!  Here is the page I made with my 'new' stamp:

It is currently an 8 x 8, but I am going to add it to a 12 x 12 piece of card stock for one of my larger albums.   I used the new stamp as my border and made a birthday banner using the Pennant punch.  It is tied in place to add a little festivity to the page!  The Party This Way sign is from the stamp set Party This Way.  It is one of the free stamp sets you can get during Sale-A-Bration! 

The tag comes out for journaling!  I sponged the edges of everything with Chocolate Chip ink and a sponge dauber to "boy' up the page a little bit since all the cupcakes are kind of frilly looking! These two fellas are my handsome sons!  have I mentioned I am kind of crazy about these guys?!

Up close of the border!  Each cupcake has icing covered in Dazzling Details so they shimmer...yum! Unmounted wheels are going to open all kinds of possibilities!!  My next step of bravery may even include cutting one of them up into pieces to make individual stamps!  Look out I am on a roll now...pardon the pun! 

Hope that you have a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest with more to share! :)


Margaret said...

What a great idea on using the wheels in a completely different manner! Love your scrapbook page!

Melina said...

Very cool idea AnnMarie! This is wonderful. I love the fact they take up less space. I'm gonna have to do this! :)
Great the banner, tag and non wheel stamping :)

Nancy said...

That is a lot of wheels AM! Cute scrap page too!! Why don't you use markers on the portion you want ink on and then just stamp that portion instead of cutting one up?

stampedbyc said...

Great job on unmounting wheels. This makes me see them in a new light...
Did you use a clear block? Do they fit I our clear blocks?

Chaitali Narla said...

Great job with the wheel unmounting and organizing! *clapping* Looks like stamping them when flattened was more fun.

I never bought any of them because I tried them out once at a demo and it was terrible! I might reconsider now after reading this :)

Love your layout! Very CAS and lovely.

Janet Y said...

well I will be doing this as soon as I order some ex cling foam! I never pull my wheels out and I would use them alot more I think if I did this. TFS great idea!