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Sunday, January 20, 2013

UGlue is great for Ranger applicator tool

I previously kept my Tim Holtz sponges stacked sideways in the plastic clam-shell they came in, I wrote the name of the color on the side of each sponge.  Every time I wanted to use a new color I would rip the previous color off the Velcro and replace it with the colored pad I needed.  I do realize Tim Holtz says you can use the same 1 pad for every color, but how many of us do that?  When my applicator was brand new I had a problem with the Velcro ripping off every time I removed a pad, the TH site suggested stapling the Velcro to the wood, I could not get a staple to go that far in so I just learned to struggle with it and hold the Velcro while I pulled the pad with the other hand.   Then I found a web site that suggested using this U Glue to hold the Velcro on tight, I bought some and they were right, it worked like a charm.  Now I could take them off and put them back on without struggling with the Velcro, but I always dreamed of having a separate applicator tool for every color, but way too expensive!   A dear friend shared with me some stamps that she was not using, she had not even mounted them on to the wood blocks so that sparked some ideas.  The Stampin Up wood blocks all have that comfortable indentation on the sides that make them so easy to grip and stamp with.  That grip makes them an excellent choice for a blending tool also!  Not only that, but they come with their own handy storage case too!  I just added a piece of U Glue to the block and cut my used sponges in half to fit the wood blocks!  I used my label-er to print the names of the colors on the other side of the block and put them back into their clear case for storage.  How cool is that!  I wish I would have kept the wood blocks when I took my Stampin Up stamps off of the wood to save storage space, but my friends cast off gave me a second chance!  If you don't have any spare Stampin Up blocks I am sure you could make something similar with a Jenga wood block game, they sometimes sell knock offs at the Dollar Treasure stores.  The real secret is the U Glue , whether you are repairing the Velcro on your Tim Holtz tool or making a new set, the U Glue does an excellent job of holding it down.  I bought mine at a local hardware store for 9.99 for the box of 100 and I am almost out, I have found plenty of other uses for them too.  My Tim Holtz blender tool will not go to waste either, it will now be used for Alcohol Inks only.  I hope this helped some of you.
Thanks for looking.  ~Diane
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17 comments:

  1. Good for you, they look great, and will be much easier to use than the TH ones! I used the glue strips you kindly sent me for mine, and they hold really well, even though I change my sponges for each colour and pull them off all the time. Great idea, Diane! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. that is awesome, love that idea! I have kept all of mine mounted but still, great idea!

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  3. Very smart of you to find this solution and to be thrifty. Thank you for sharing. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

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  4. Hi Diane, Isn't it wonderful when you find something that works to make your creating easier. This sounds like an amazing product for many things. Thank you for sharing. Who knew, U Glu. LOL!!
    Have a great week and happy creating.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  5. Thanks for the great tips you shared. I saved them for when I have new ink cartridges. Sure used alot over the holidays. I'm going to look into the UGlue to see how I can get good use out of it also.

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  6. Oh yes my dear, you are brilliant! Thank you for the share and have a great evening! Hugs!

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  7. WOWZER .. why didnt I think of that .......... I love your blog... YOUR awesome.. Thanks

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  8. Hi Diane,

    Amazing way to recycling stuffs.They way no need to buy more ;)
    wishing you a beautiful week

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  9. wow girl you nailed this one, great tips to know, have a fab week, hugs

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  10. Super-brilliant idea :) Great use for those blocks! Kim

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  11. Love the idea - thanks for sharing it!!! I have two right now and would love to do this!

    Leann

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  12. Genius! What an awesome idea Diane!

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  13. Diane,

    This is so cute! I LOVE the camels! How fun!

    blessings,
    karianne

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