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Re: Found some cute letterboxing t-shirts on EBay...
Board: T-shirts! Patches! Paraphernalia!
Reply to: #75267 by pilgrimsinthisland
Mar 1, 2007 6:14am
Thread Board
WHAT CATEGORY DID YOU FIND THEM UNDER. I'D REALLY LIKE TO LOOK.
Re: woohoo!!!
Board: Postals
Mar 1, 2007 6:14am
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It is nice having 2 different poeple postaling in the same house. We receive one almost every day! KWM does pout because i"m in more thatn here but she gets the free prints as does CQ.
I hope these rings keep going all summer...my mailman might start to get bored. LOL
Re: Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) anyone?
Board: Art Corner
Reply to: #74276 by The Gillespie Tribe
Mar 1, 2007 6:17am
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For the ATC's, I think it would be great to stay with the 2.5 x 3.5 size, so they will fit in with anyone who already collects ATC's and they will fit in the baseball card sleeves for easy storage, viewing and protecting.

Another idea is that ATC's made with one's personal stamp might be great to put in boxes for first finders... I know I'd be excited to find those.

Tx dragonfly
Re: Snow day for me!
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #75290 by ona journey
Mar 1, 2007 6:18am
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And it's on its way to Maine for tonight and tomorrow....

Happydaze
Re: Letterpox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75285 by Mama Cache
Mar 1, 2007 6:19am
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Yes there is a cure......

Find 2 letterboxes a day and solve a virtual LB in the morning.....If this does not work, repeat the remedy till cured...

Happydaze
Re: Hey all you Birmingham area boxers
Board: State: Alabama
Reply to: #75072 by Cherokee Rose
Mar 1, 2007 6:31am
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Hey Star Birthday Girl of the Galaxy!
See how the stars sparkle and the planets twinkle? That's because they are all celebrating this most GLORIOUS of days -- the day when you arrived on this particular little orb! Even Pluto has put on her party dress (holding no hard feelings at being kicked out of the Solar System!) Yes, this remarkably non-participatory group will be at any Birmingham event. The One Who Has Gone a Bit Overboard will even make stamps and hide new boxes for your Event -- which is different from the tiny gathering (though how he can possibly hide even MORE sort of makes my head spin to think about, and of course I am saying he will when he is at work and I have not talked to him specifically about THIS. . .)
Let us know what you want us to do, and PLEASE restrain yourself and keep the first thing small. The Event can come in its own good time.
Wild Dreams
Stepping up for a Friend
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Mar 1, 2007 6:43am
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Not sure where to put this, so here it is:

Many of you may know about the multitude of tragedies that have befallen our friend, PurpleintexKim: Her husband's injury, death in the family, multiple illnesses and now losing almost everything to a tornado.
I want to emphasis up front that she has not asked for any help and did not ask me to post this! But I think it would be nice if we could do something as a community to assist and encourage her and her family. They have two small girls, ages 4 and 7.
I have two suggestions:
1) They have a Wal-mart nearby. Gift cards could be used to purchase almost everything they need.
2) Kim lost all of her letterboxing stuff, including all of the stamps from letterboxes that she has found, traditional and otherwise. I think it would be great if we could replace that for her. If you know she found one of your boxes, would you send the stamp image to her? You can check her logbook online to see what she has found.
She gave me permission to give out her address (it's a PO box), so if you would like to help, please AQ mail me and I will send it.
I hope that you will not think that this is in bad taste, or that I am pressuring anyone to participate. If anyone else would like to make other recommendations, they are welcome!
Thank you!
Stacy
Re: Stepping up for a Friend
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #75298 by Nitrocat
Mar 1, 2007 6:49am
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Thank you so much for posting this Stacey. I have a little package of letterboxing stuff on the way to Texas right now.

I cannot even imagine the devistation and loss Kim must be experiencing. My heart goes out to her and her familyl.

Anthrogradjess
Re: Snow day for me!
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #75290 by ona journey
Mar 1, 2007 6:54am
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No fair...
all we got was rain!
Re: Chattanooga TN Gathering May 12th!
Board: Event News and Planning
Reply to: #75210 by Team BearCat
Mar 1, 2007 6:56am
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We have the date on the calendar, and can't wait! Chattanooga is such a great city! And we'll get to box, too!!!

P. Banks
Re: Silent Charlotte 'boxer
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #75256 by The Wolf Family
Mar 1, 2007 6:57am
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Quote the loose rock vertical climb up the Uwharries -- yep, kids had confirmation that Mom lost her mind that day


In twenty years I fully expect the Wolf cubs to be heavily subsidizing some therapist's vacation home. ;-)

Of course, my kids will be too...

Knit Wit
Re: Letterpox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75285 by Mama Cache
Mar 1, 2007 7:04am
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Funny, I've been told it is a cult! ;)

TG
Re: Letterpox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75303 by Trekkie Gal
Mar 1, 2007 7:05am
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But Ryan hasn't asked us all to drink anything green yet, has he???

MC
Re: Letterpox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75304 by Mama Cache
Mar 1, 2007 7:21am
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Quote But Ryan hasn't asked us all to drink anything green yet, has he???


No, but alot of us are wearing silly hats!
Re: Letterpox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75285 by Mama Cache
Mar 1, 2007 7:22am
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I love it! It ranks right up there with Spring Fever!

Symptoms:
1)An urgent need to get outdoors and/or stalk the mail carrier
2)A cold sweat and shaking hands when exposure to camouflaged plastic isn't recent enough
3) Extreme irritablilty when denied access to the internet
4)Salvating over the new line of backpacks in the local sporting goods store
5)Distracted driving when passing parks, cemeteries or any plot of land with more than six trees

Things that soothe Symptoms (since there is no cure!):
1)The smell of rubber
2)Ink stains on skin
3)Purchasing a stack of 6x9 inch mailers
4)The sight of little colored ribbons and stars
5)Getting to ask "Which way is North?"

Gotta go. Must...print...clues....
Stacy
Re: Letterpox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75305 by Mn8X
Mar 1, 2007 7:24am
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<qoute>QuoteBut Ryan hasn't asked us all to drink anything green yet, has he???

No, but alot of us are wearing silly hats!

Wearing silly hats, is a sure sign that you are hopelessly addicted!
Re: Letterpox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75305 by Mn8X
Mar 1, 2007 7:28am
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Quote alot of us are wearing silly hats!


Yes, and the act of aquiring those hats causes great excitement among the masses.

Knit Wit
Re: New Rules on Letterbox Hybrids from Groundspeak
Board: Geocaching and Other Stashing Games
Reply to: #75219 by Team BearCat
Mar 1, 2007 7:30am
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Quote
Quote You cannot make the posted coordinates for parking because you can find that on a map don’t need a GPS’r but the posted coordinates should be on the trail like at the first clue

Max Cacher


That last paragraph (as quoted above) is Max Cacher's interpretation and not outlined in the official guidelines.

I see that the new guidelines still leave room for interpretation by approvers. Fortunately in my location our approver is more lenient and has allowed my letterbox coordinates to take people to a parking area or trailhead (which is right next to the parking area). In my case I suppose I could argue that the parking area/trailhead is the first part of the clue/directions.

Still, I'm really happy to see a clearer set of guidelines for letterboxes. Some approvers were interpreting the old guidelines to mean that the coordinates had to be at the location of the box.

Lone R
Re: Letterpox
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75307 by IrishRef
Mar 1, 2007 7:30am
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The hats are a sure sign of being addicted. It's the accumulation of candles on the cake that proves it to be hopeless.

FG
Re: Size of stamps
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #75211 by Mystic Dreamer
Mar 1, 2007 7:35am
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Quote Does the size of the stamp in the traditional box really matter?

If you're concerned for the finder, just include the size of the stamp in your clue information. That way the finder can bring along a larger piece of paper, if their logbook is too small.

Lone R
Re: Yes, I know it's only February, but...
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #75275 by WhisperWisdom
Mar 1, 2007 7:45am
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Oh, and another great wacky little tool would be to go to www.roadsideamerica.com and put in a town you know you will be going to. I shows some of the "Unknown Attractions".

We should be in Philip S.D. (not that far from Rapid) this June, and will email you when, incase it's about the same time. We have about 10 boxes we want to plant in that state.

The Traveling Dudeks
Re: Size of stamps
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #75211 by Mystic Dreamer
Mar 1, 2007 8:07am
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Personally I like it when stamps are as big as they NEED to be in order to retain their detail. I have found 4 X 6 inch stamps that were not very detailed at all and could have probably been carved much smaller. I have a couple of boxes planted where the stamp could be smaller, so I'm guilty too. Smaller stamps are normally harder to carve of course.

Another thing to keep in mind is the amount of surface area that will be solid. I don't know about others...but no matter how much I "huff" on the ink sometimes I just can't get a big stamp with a lot of solid area to imprint well. Some of the ink always dries up a little. Smaller stamps are easier to ink and get a good impression from.
Re: Stepping up for a Friend
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #75298 by Nitrocat
Mar 1, 2007 8:07am
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Just a question. I was wondering if someone has a paypal account or such. That we could give some $$$ and just get 1 walmart gift card? That way she will not have 5-10 cards to have to keep up with?

I know this can be tricky... Internet, trust, etc But maybe someone has a better idea?

Lisa
DH's geek hood is paying off!
Board: State: South Carolina
Mar 1, 2007 8:12am
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OMGosh ya'll! I know nobody would "get" this like ya'll!
DH just bought a laser printer for work (works out of the home). So I just used it to transfer some images! IM IN HEAVAN!

I'm so much fun just transferring...not sure if I'll get to carving! ROFL!

Loving the rainy day today!
Lisa

PS on the dog saga. I'm thinking she will NOT be at the meeting (greenwood). I swear I"m not going to get this dog until April! :o( I still have a "home visit" and they wanted to come on the 10th... I'll be out of town on the 17th too....so who knows!
Re: Size of stamps
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #75311 by Lone R
Mar 1, 2007 8:15am
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Quote That way the finder can bring along a larger piece of paper


You could also provide paper/cards that the stamp image would fit on in the container just in case. My favorite example of this is the Biltmore-America's Castle box in Asheville, NC. The clues are listed on LbNA, if you want to check them out.

Knit wit
Re: DH's geek hood is paying off!
Board: State: South Carolina
Reply to: #75318 by Traveling Chicklets
Mar 1, 2007 8:19am
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Quote DH just bought a laser printer for work (works out of the home). So I just used it to transfer some images!


I'm suffering some serious printer envy here. All I've got is an inkjet so I get to play pencil transfer all the time.

Knit Wit
Re: Size of stamps
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #75319 by knit wit
Mar 1, 2007 8:30am
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Maybe it's just a regional difference, but for the Rocky Mountain area a 3x3 stamp really isn't all that large. Put me down for "it's your box, do whatever your little heart desires."

I will say that for my super small urban boxes I usually mention in the clues that the logbook is small for folks with larger personal stamps so they know beforehand. (I know, that's not what you asked....)

pre
Re: Stepping up for a Friend
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #75298 by Nitrocat
Mar 1, 2007 8:39am
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BTW... I have a paypal account and don't mind heading out to Walmart to grab a big gift card.

Music Woman
Re: blotchy ink
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #75193 by mstrwndl
Mar 1, 2007 8:40am
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Quote Have you tried seasoning the stamp? Clean it good, even if you have to sand it again, then color the surface area with a Sharpie or some other permanent ink.


I was/am very hesitant to do this since I have read about the sharpie ink coming off in subsequent stamping images and I am using some very light colors on this stamp (ie yellow). But maybe this will be the only solution...

Rhea
Re: blotchy ink
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Reply to: #75323 by The Gillespie Tribe
Mar 1, 2007 8:49am
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I have had to do it a few times when the pink stuff wouldn't take ink. It always seemed to be in a large area too. I have never had any trouble with it ciming off if I let it dry for several hours before I stamp it. I have planted them like that and have always heard positive responses from the plant. I will have to try stamping them when I do maintenance. I have tried turning the stamp over on the table and stamping the stamp with the pad, instead of stamping the pad with the stamp. I seems to allow you to squeeze a little extra ink onto the stamp. Sorry if this doesn't work for you. I hope you figure it out. OH, one thing I have noticed lately, Pink is coming out with a lot of flaws in the surfaces. They have divits and dents that you have to carve around. Maybe you have one of those present. I have heard someone say that you can fill it with wood filler or bondo and then sand it smooth, but I wouldn't trust that for more than a couple of images. You may end up having to recarve.