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Old 04-20-2015, 04:35 AM   #1201
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I have a Recycle-Re-purpose Pinterest Board
Instead of pattern paper I use catalog, and magazine pages, newspaper, and phone book pages.
I also did a set of coffee cards using the coffee "huggie" wrappers for layering, etc.
And also paint chip samples
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Karen--Awesome ideas!! Thanks for sharing!!
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Finally got around to asking DH if he had any PVC tubing in his shop. He came up with a short length, cut it up for me and I made homemade daubers using makeup sponges! I got the sponges at the dollar store, 28 in one pack now I need more tubing!! (Sorry about the fuzzy pic)
What a great idea. I would have never thought of that. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. How do they work? Does the sponge pop out as you are working with them or are they pretty snug in the pvc?
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My favorite trick is to use permanent markers and Copics on my rhinestones. Instead of buying all different colors and sizes, I get the self-adhesive kind in clear that have multiple sizes.

Then I use my Copics to color the rhinestones if I need a colored bit of bling. I can use my Sharpie Markers if I want a more opaque look, with less shine.
I only buy clear gems, white pearls, white ribbon and clear buttons since I dye them with alcohol inks. I place them in a mini zip lock bag and add a few drops of ink. Seal it up and smoosh them around to make sure everything has been colored. I'll let it sit for a couple of minutes before removing from the baggie. I lay them out on a piece of paper so they can dry.
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What a great idea. I would have never thought of that. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. How do they work? Does the sponge pop out as you are working with them or are they pretty snug in the pvc?
They are pretty snug unless I am really "scrubbing' with them What I have found out is if you use the dollar store makeup sponges, be aware they may be on the old side or just cheap. I have had some of them leaves crumbs.
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I normally use baking paper or the ejection paper you buy to use with intricate dies to help get them out of the die without tearing. A friend recently gave me a good tip (it's also recycling) she uses the inner packet of cereal boxes. I thought it felt a little too plastic, but just tried it and found it great! I just opened it up and wiped the cereal crumbs off LOL and cut it into useable pieces.
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They are pretty snug unless I am really "scrubbing' with them What I have found out is if you use the dollar store makeup sponges, be aware they may be on the old side or just cheap. I have had some of them leaves crumbs.
Perfect, can I borrow you idea? I hate those sponges that leave crubs as you try and work with them.
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Has anyone made their own embossing inks?. Looking for a recipe.
The Frugal Crafter has a video on making pigment inks with guache watercolors and glycerin. The guache watercolor is opaque.
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how_to_make_pigment_ink.mpg You can make your own ink for pennies to revivie your dried up pigment and ch...
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See Frugal Crafter she uses Glycerin for embossing ink.
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Anyone on here into the Gelee Plate? Have you tried doing it w/o buying it. I tried something with a brayer like on the I tube tutorial, but it didn't work. I hated to spend that amount of money and use it only once or twice. Any thoughts on how to do this?
Check the Frugal Crafter she has videos on making them.
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I like Jennifer McGuire's idea of using the thin fun foam to back the top layer card front instead of foam tape. It provides an even lift that doesn't get smashed in the mail. She also uses the dies to cut words which she layers behind the cs die cut words.
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Lately I've been saving and cutting down to 4x6 all acetate package materials. I stamp on them with STAZON ink to use on my cards, and run them through my cricut to make stencils (tape them down on the cutting mat to hold in place).
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This lady uses things found around the house for her backgrounds
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I never throw out packaging without thinking about whether it has papercraft potential. Lots of clear packging is great for clear card bases (if it's big enough) or for die cutting "ghost" shapes. Corrugated card packaging can make interesting textural layers and is especially useful on masculine cards.

Buttons get snipped off any clothing that's going in the rag bag and if it's a pretty fabric (hubby has some nice shirts!) then I might well save some of that for use instead of patterned paper. Shirts that are very worn on collar and cuffs tend to have lots of useable fabric in the back and even the fronts. As I often stitch on cards I tend to attach fabric that way.

I'm another one who colours white or ivory ribbon or pearls with a Copic to tone with my project.

Soda cans can be die cut for metallic embellishments and if any of you girls buy tomato paste in tubes rather than cans (I know it's less common in the US but Italian grocery stores apparently carry it in tubes quite often) then the metal from the tube is fantastic stuff. It get a rich gold colour from the acid in the tomato paste and it embosses beautifully (couple of projects made with it attached here).

If you work in an office or know someone who does, be alert when any filing gets sorted in case any old and dog eared file folders get tossed. Rescue them out of the recycling - they make great kraft cardstock, just trim off the ragged edges.

I improvise on tools too - I use a map pin as a paper piercer and have a couple of plastic canvas shapes (square and circle) that I use as piercing templates for lines and circles. My stamp positioner is made of Lego bricks (positioning sheets - another use for that clear packaging plastic!).

I've been meaning to try twisting sewing thread to make a cord to see how close I can get to the baker's twine look. I quite often twist a plain cord so I just need to experiment with the best way to get the stripe.

I may think of more, I'll come back if I do!
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I've seen youtube videos that use waxed paper.
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I normally use baking paper or the ejection paper you buy to use with intricate dies to help get them out of the die without tearing. A friend recently gave me a good tip (it's also recycling) she uses the inner packet of cereal boxes. I thought it felt a little too plastic, but just tried it and found it great! I just opened it up and wiped the cereal crumbs off LOL and cut it into useable pieces.
Will wax paper work?
I have a couple of intricate dies I bought a couple years ago but have not used them yet. Every time I think about it, I get overwhelmed about which sandwich to use in my Big Shot. I do have a magnetic plate and a metal shim plate though. Do you need those to work with the papers too?
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I have a couple of intricate dies I bought a couple years ago but have not used them yet. Every time I think about it, I get overwhelmed about which sandwich to use in my Big Shot. I do have a magnetic plate and a metal shim plate though. Do you need those to work with the papers too?
Use a new dryer sheet on intricate dies after running the die through your big shot. The bits of paper in the die come right out. You can use the dryer sheet over and over. Check it out on YouTube.
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I only have a Cuttlebug and haven't found the dryer sheets of any use. Does anyone else use them with the Bug?
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I used a dryer sheet in my CB last week. I folded the sheet in half and ran this die: Spellbinders D-Lites Die Fairy Cierra -- CreateForLess through. When I cut the cardstock, all the little pieces in the wings fell right out.
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Yes, Jan, like Vic says, you can use the dryer sheets in the Cuttlebug. Dryer sheets really to help with getting the paper out of intricate dies. The kind of die cutting machine doesn't really matter - it's how intricate the dies are, and if the cardstock is hard to remove from the die after cutting.
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Thanks ladies, will give it another try!
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Here's some wonderful paper crafting tips! 31 Days to A Frugal Papercrafter Stamping Amazing Paper Grace
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I like this topic. One thing I did years ago I took a white meat styrofoam tray and ran it through my Cuttlebug. It was interesting. I believe I posted it on the Cuttlebug site. I also took the metal pull tab on a pop can and ran a ribbon through it for a scrapbook page. I have also used earring and jewelry parts not too thick for scrapbook pages and a card now and then. We had a scrapbook challenge on a now definct scrapbook site to use something that might be thrown out and that proved to be interesting too.
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Frugal crafting makes card making even better for me. I naturally look at every day items differently now.

Not much hits my garbage can. It's either burned for heat or re-purposed. Amazing what I can find to make into cards. But it also helps that I have a ton of product that I've purchased through the years also.

I enjoy watching YouTube vids on how to make my own art supplies. I think I've tried to make them all - so much fun.
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Thank you so much for sharing this with me. They are awesome. I cannot wait to try this.

I love this thread and am such a frugal person/stamper. If I don't have it I try to figure it out, but this has helped me out a ton.

There are so many things I can't wait to try.
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Anybody doing pocket letters? I got my first one a month ago and agreed to exchange one in the next month. Any of you have ideas to make unique embellies to go in them that you have made?
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Yes, I am doing pocket letters. There are a lot of great Pocket Letter embellishment tutorials over at Pinterest.
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I love to recycle empty tissue boxes in my paper crafting. SO I though I'd share my latest 3 cards made from one tissue box.
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I like this topic. One thing I did years ago I took a white meat styrofoam tray and ran it through my Cuttlebug. It was interesting. I believe I posted it on the Cuttlebug site. I also took the metal pull tab on a pop can and ran a ribbon through it for a scrapbook page. I have also used earring and jewelry parts not too thick for scrapbook pages and a card now and then. We had a scrapbook challenge on a now definct scrapbook site to use something that might be thrown out and that proved to be interesting too.
I never thought about foam trays, Hm.....
I've run clear flat plastic from packaging through the CB with folders- some of it works, some does not.
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And I'm still waiting for the right idea to use the sheets of translucent plastic out of the cheap Kroger bacon that I've washed and saved. I know something will be perfect for those!
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And I'm still waiting for the right idea to use the sheets of translucent plastic out of the cheap Kroger bacon that I've washed and saved. I know something will be perfect for those!
They make super stencils. You can cut out the design(s) with dies or punch them out. They hold up much better than paper ones. My bacon doesn't come with them anymore, so I treasure the ones I saved.
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And I'm still waiting for the right idea to use the sheets of translucent plastic out of the cheap Kroger bacon that I've washed and saved. I know something will be perfect for those!
not sure how thick this plastic is.
could you make tee light covers with them?
either form a tube or cut 4 pieces approx. 2-3" squares, stamp an image with white stazon on all sides, or use a doily/lacy die cut to cut intricate pattern across the tops etc.
Then bind/glue/tie the edges together to form a square or lantern and place over a tea light?
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They make super stencils. You can cut out the design(s) with dies or punch them out. They hold up much better than paper ones. My bacon doesn't come with them anymore, so I treasure the ones I saved.
The bacon that comes with them is annoying- has rind left on lots of slices, so I only buy it when it's dirt cheap, lol!

These are thin for stencils, but the other poster's idea about tealight holders- I can see that happening. The plastic is just translucent enough, and thin enough to bend if I wanted round. Hm... good ideas, ladies!

DH still thinks I'm nuts to be washing and drying the plastic from the bacon, though!
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Punch-crazy -- I love the pics you posted. So pretty!! : )
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:06 PM   #1239
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Love your cards. Will have to try something like that. Here are some I have done with tissue boxes:
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:14 PM   #1240
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Punch-crazy -- I love the pics you posted. So pretty!! : )


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Love your cards. Will have to try something like that. Here are some I have done with tissue boxes:


Oh, those are very nice! I like the folded/tiered butterfly one a lot!

I have a couple of the empty blue Kleenex box you used for that one but have not used it yet. Actually I think I have that pattern in several colours
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