Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Blogoversary Part 6


Welcome to part six of my Fourth Blogoversary Celebration.  The boxes are getting pretty full but there is room for a few more things.

Thanks for all of the great organizing tips you have been passing along for the answer to yesterday's question.  It is clear to me that my problem is that I do have a dedicated space for crafting and I can (and do!) leave bits and pieces from my projects wherever they land until I can't find a clear spot to work!  I do put tools away but I tend to leave all of the scraps and rejected bits and pieces piling up on the island.  Sometimes this gives me an idea of a way to use something that I hadn't considered and other times it makes me avoid my craft table - not good for creativity!

Here is how the giveaway works:

Just like last year, I have three boxes that I will be filling with gifts that I'll send to three blog readers.  Each day I'll add more things to the boxes until they are full and ready to ship.  You can comment on every post until the boxes are full to maximize your chance to be chosen by random draw.  You don't have to be a follower or a subscriber to win, however, if you enjoy my blog, subscribing by email will help you make sure that you don't miss anything - just click HERE and fill in your address, then reply to the confirmation email to be added to the list.  If you prefer to "follow" you can do that by clicking "Join this site" at the top of the right side column.

If you are a subscriber or follower, you can leave another comment and have a second chance each day as a way for me to thank you for your support.  If you are a Facebook user you can also "like" the Capadia Designs page HERE and leave another comment telling me that you are a Facebook fan.

You can leave comments everyday so you will have multiple chances to be one of the three winners.  Please don't leave more than 3 on one day (1 comment, 2 follower or subscriber, 3 Facebook fan).  When you leave a comment be sure that you don't have the box checked to be notified of follow up comments so you don't get tons of emails clogging up your in box.  Please be sure to leave some way for me to contact you if you are one of the lucky three - you can leave your email address and use (at) and (dot) to help avoid spam.  The step by step directions for leaving comments can be found in THIS POST.

Remember - you can't just leave a random comment - you have to answer the question in the post (so I know you are paying attention!).


Today I have two more items for each box.  First is this set of geometric stickers in red and pink from Creative Memories.  These are no longer available but I still had some on my shelf.


There are two sheets  of lines and squares, each is shades of red or pink.  Washi tape was very popular at the CreativeWorld show and these stickers can be used to make some interesting graphic designs for cards, tags or pages similar to some of the washi tape designs I have seen lately.


The second item today is a sheet of red flocked contact paper (about 8 x 12 inches).  It is a bright red but photographed even brighter.  This cuts easily in my machines - it is about the same as cutting vinyl.  I hsve used this for cards to get the effect of flocking without the mess.


Here is one of the cards - you can see the details about creating it at THIS POST.


There is some more info at THIS POST - I have also found this material in blue and black and used it for a card I made for Scrappy-go-Lucky last year.

Here is the question for today - be sure to answer it in a comment below.  

What materials have you used in your crafting that are not typical papercrafting items.    I think the fuzzy contact paper is actually intended to be used on the bottom of candlesticks and bookends to keep them from scratching the table.  Where do you look for craft materials aside from typical craft stores?  What was your best "find?"


I am a bit under the weather - it might still be jet lag or it could be a "bug" that I picked up since getting home.   I hope to be able to answer some of the questions I have seen in the comments or on Facebook in the next day or two but it may take me longer than usual to respond.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you have a wonderful day!

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421 comments:

  1. I have used packaging materials in my layouts - mainly from scrapbooking supplies - as well as sewing notions.

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  2. I also like your facebook page - have a great day!

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  3. I have used the pull tabs from pop top cans on my cards before.
    Whenever I get to Home Depot, I look for supplies that I can use and add to my craft supplies. Amazing what you can find and use when it comes to making crafts and what can be used on cards.
    The greatest and latest find that I have found was at Michaels in the bead dept.which was a flat heart shaped cameo to use on my Valentine card for my aunt.
    ColleenB.

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  4. A Follower as well.
    Thank you
    ColleenB.

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  5. My brother-in-law used to work in theater lighting design and had three books of sample colour gel films. They are used to cover lights to cast different glows on the stage. Each piece is only about 1 inch by 3 inches but I have so many different colours. I have used them in parts of my scrapbooks and cards.

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  6. Hope you feel better soon. I have some mesh drywall tape to position vinyl on projects, works well. But my favorite find was actually found by my hubby. He was in Harbor Freight and saw this roll of heavy duty mounting tape and brought it home. I love to pop up things but sometimes not so high. This stuff is about 1/16" and you can cut tiny little strips or cover the back of larger pieces. It's about an inch wide. Love it.

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  7. I am a follower and a subscriber.

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  8. Love your flocking ideas and the fact it can be cut in our machines. Another great giveaway. I am not typically adventurous in my crafting, however, last spring, I was making a mini album for my granddaughter's graduation and needed something silver and shiny. I found the perfect item in a fishing tackle store. It was a strip of silver mylar fringe and worked perfectly. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  9. I am an email subscriber and follow on Facebook. These cards are so cute. Hope I can find this flocked paper! My favorite thing to do is use items in my house for stamping- sponges,packing materials, washers, and screws to stamp.

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  10. I am constantly on the lookout for scrapping ideas. I most often save items from the kitchen. i was cutting the grass one day and found a metal dolphin...flat...maybe an eighth of an inch thick and cleaned it up to use in a vacation LO. About a month later I noticed my next door neighbor had a windchime with dolphins. It was broken from a windstorm I think which would explain why it was about 50 feet away. Oops! Too late by then. Embarrassing and kind of funny though.

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  11. Those boxes are really filling up with some great items.

    I have used tin foil, drywall mesh tape,dryer sheets, various packing materials and whatever else I happen to find. I also love to go to home improvement stores or the flea market and look for items you wouldn't normally use for papercrafting.

    Hope are feel better soon

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  12. Sorry you are not feeling well. I hope you get better soon. I LOVE to go through local hardware stores and see what I can find. My best and most recent find was some silver masking tape. I think that is what it is called. Anyway I cut off a piece and emboss it with my cuttlebug and then use it as a border. It is very pretty and you can also stamp on the embossing to make it even better. Love your blog and look forward to your emails for ideas.

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  13. The weirdest thing I have used is birdseed. I used it for the middle of a sunflower for a card. (I had also made a Home decor item with it). I look everywhere when I am out. However, since I work at a craft store, I tend to use the items there. Thanks. The boxes have some really nice items.
    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  14. I've used a little of everything... my fave is the inside of light bulb boxes. Its usually a lovely white or off-white color and it corrugated.
    Crystal R.

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  15. I am a Facebook friend. Thanks again.
    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  16. I can't think of anything nontraditional that I have used. Guess I don't think outside the box too often! As I type this I do remember cutting a cereal box with my cricut for thin chipboard.
    This box you are filling looks amazing!
    buddy23018 at hotmail dot com

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  17. I am also a follower.
    buddy23018 at hotmail dot com

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  18. I've used sewing material on my projects. I use a stiff interfaceing, and cut out the pattern. Thanks for the Blogoversary Giveaway.

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  19. I am a subscriber! Love your blog. Look for it each day!

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  20. Hmmmmmm! I have used decorative items that I have received on purchased cards from friends. I cut them off, save them, and use them as needed. They make cute decorations on my card. TFS

    Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@Aol.com

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  21. I can't think of anything unusual that I have used. I use the extra buttons and I've also used small envelopes I found at the dollar store.

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  22. I haven't used too many non traditional scrap items while scrapping. I have used some pretty shelf liner paper on an altered project and I really liked how it came out! I have also used jewelry wire on some cards! I like to looks on the internet for new ideas.

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  23. I use everything...I left a comment about the Hardware Store on facebook, but I do look for any type of mesh or packaging that has patterns that I can spritz and use as a template. Have come up with some really unique backgrounds from stuff everyone usually throws away as worthless! Thanks again for the chance & I have never used flocked papers, so I'll have to give that a try!

    Get well soon!!! :)

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  24. I like to find things and the hardware store. I use the mesh tape that you use for drywall, washers and the silver furnace tape. Sandpaper is a great thing too.

    gdobberteen at yahoo.com

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  25. I am a follower

    gdobberteen at yahoo.com

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  26. I am a facebook fan.


    gdobberteen at yahoo.com

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  27. Good morning Diane, I've used a few different materials such as the plastic window taken from boxes of pasta, I use these to create windows on my cards. I've used the ripple paper that seperates cookies in cookie packages you buy. I use these often as backgrounds on my cards, gives them dimensions. But the best finds are in your husbands garage... I sometimes use Aluminium duck tape, I cut a piece the size I need put it on my Cricut mat and cut either letters or an image and then I peel off the backing and it sticks right on your project. Thanks for making me remember to re-use these materials. Have a great day.

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  28. Hope you feel better soon. Nothing too unusual on my end. I like to repurpose containers.

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  29. Hmmm, I haven't really stepped outside of the norm for paper crafting yet, since I am still fairly new to doing things besides scrapbook pages I haven't really thought about it. But I will be looking at things in a new light for sure. mberry at daisyconstruction dot com

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  30. I am a facebook fan mberry at daisyconstruction dot com

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  31. I am an email follower mberry at daisyconstruction dot com

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  32. My fav non-scrapbook I item that I yes is my computer, to check out blogs and scrap lift ideas. And a tool kit from lowes, I've needed a small drill or pliers more than once

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  33. I use tissue paper like it is going out of business. I use it for flowers and 3-d hearts or other designs. I buy it throughout the year after each holiday or season on the cheap so I always have a great stock of it. I buy craft supplies everywhere from craft stores to home depot. Every store seems to offer something to be creative with.

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  34. I save the backs of all my legal pads from work to make chipboard shapes and mini albums. I also save acrylic pieces from packaging to make small embellishments.

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  35. I love to use "odd" items on my projects. Most recently I used an old screen door - I cut the screen into a square and I used it as a background. It looked even more awesome when i added a little white inking to distress it!

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  36. Hello from Alberta! I just want to thank you for all the great ideas and projects you share on your blog. I dont know how you do it but I sure appreciate it.

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  37. Sorry your feeling under the weather...not sure about where you are but I know here we have had some crazy weather....no snow which is so unlike us and temps in the 40's, again so not like here. Everyone is picking up one thing or another .....so feel better soon!!
    To answer todays questions~ I can not think of anything off hand that is not a typical papercrafting item in my craft room. I am beginning to expand my techniques and try new things so I have tried to recycle more packagings and use common office supply items.
    I try to look everywhere for things that I can use in my projects...the thrifty stores...hardware stores....dollar stores.
    So again thanks for adding more goodies!
    jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  38. I use the sticky drywall tape, it looks like mash and you can rub an ink pad over it for any color you need...nellie@fairpoint.net

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  39. I am a follower and subscriber! Thanks for another chance to win
    jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  40. FB fan also! Thanks again and feel better soon
    jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  41. I'm a follower of your blog and I love every post!

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  42. I'm a fan on facebook.

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  43. I look EVERYWHERE for crafting inspiration. Although I would still consinder most of the stuff that I use still to be crafty. I like turning old clothes into new items, using old home decor in a new project (such as taking apart floral arrangements, fake of course, and putting the flowers on a new project).

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  44. Wow, I don't normally use a lot of non papercrafting items in my projects. I think I bought a butterfly neclace charm to add to a card but I still haven't used that. Other than that I have used a toilet paper roll before and some cell phone bling that was on clearance at Target in place of buying actual scrapping rhinestones. I've looked for supplies at SuperCenters and Grocery Stores as well as Book Stores. I hope you feel better soon. Hugs- Glora

    me(at)glorajean(dot)com

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  45. I follow your blog. Hugs- Glora

    me(at)glorajean(dot)com

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  46. I LIKE you on FaceBook. Hugs- Glora

    me(at)glorajean(dot)com

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  47. I use sandpaper to punch with...just made some little starfish with that....and the red velveteen ribbon that is used for those big red xmas boes...I use it topunch with , too...as for shopping out of craft stores, I am a sewer, too, so I pull lots out from that crafty end of my room...but also use garage sales and the Goodwill and antique malls...great sources for old sheet music and old "stuff"...I think my best find was BUTTONS...tons and tons of buttons!!

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  48. I have been a longtime subscriber and follower....

    dianegreghov (at) att (dot) net

    thanks!!

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  49. I have used very thin cardboard from boxes to cut on the cricut.

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  50. Hope that you feel better. The only thing that is a little different than from paper crafting are items from my sewing area in which I sometimes use. Fabric mostly but trims also make it to my paper.

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  51. I have to approve everything before it goes to the recycle bins...acetate, any gold foil cardboard or any great color really! I luv sand paper, so many colors and textures and luv when I find a real hardware store, for nuts, screw and bolt heads to use as brads! Thanks again for a chance to win! Feel better.

    pboskzo at optimum dot net

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  52. email subscriber!

    pboszko at optimum dot net

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  53. I don't use a lot of non crafting items for my projects, however, I do recycle artificial flowers, buttons, packaging, etc. I shop everywhere for crafty supplies sometimes you find things in the least likely place. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    Miranda :)
    miranda at nanasscrapspot dot com
    www.nanasscrapspot.com

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  54. Feel better soon! I look everywhere for inspiration- I've found things in non-crafting stores. But the item I've used most is the plastic packaging (like the one used in new cricut cartridges). I save it and use it in my layouts. I've cuttlebugged it, drawn on it, and cut it into different shapes to use in my scrapbooking. I try to recycle as much as possible!

    rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

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  55. I'm an email follower

    rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

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  56. I'm a friend on FB!

    rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

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  57. I am a follower and a subscriber! I love your blog!
    Miranda :)
    miranda at nanasscrapspot dot com
    www.nanasscrapspot.com

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  58. I've used pull tabs, sand paper, and duck tape. Like looking in the hardware section for craft stuff.

    Hope you get to feeling better.

    Jenny
    stine069@aol.com

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  59. Good morning, I hope you feel better soon. Your cards are lovely, TFS. I try to look everywhere, actualy when something breaks my hubby and I tend to pull it appart and save any "reusable" parts, things that could be either repurposed or reused as spare parts and keep the small ones in a plastic container in the kitchen so we know were to look for odd spare parts, but to tell you the truth I cannot think of any specific project I made with them, I have used one of those metal gift bag embellisments from Hallmark as an embellishment for a card - previously adding some ribbon to make it a bookmark- this way, the tag is kept "insight" and the ribon does not go to waist if the card goes to the reciclyng box :). Once again thank you for the giveaway, the boxes look like they are going to make three very lucky followers extremely happy!!
    Have a lovely day.
    Liz

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  60. I am a follower here, Mary M
    mmontecalvo at verizon dot net

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  61. I LIKE you on FB, Mary M
    mmontecalvo at verizon dot net

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  62. I love to use wire in different shapes, TFS, Mary M
    mmontecalvo at verizon dot net

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  63. I'm sad to say, I haven't used anything weird or cool in my layouts! I do keep goodies from trips, like we stayed at the Ritz's and I kept the candy wrapper!

    bdampers@msn.com

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  64. I have used old photo negitive frames. My dad used to take a lot of photos and always got slides and so I use those. Sometimes I even use them with the negitive in them. Its a neat vintage effect.

    I love this flocked paper. I has a very neat look.

    I follow you blog everyday! Thanks.

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  65. I'm an email follower!

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  66. I'm a FB follower too!

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  67. I loe looking in the hardware store for some of my elements. I've used nuts on my page layout for a little boy that was playing wiuth his tool set. Pretty neat look.

    I follow you on email.

    Thank you!

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  68. I love following your facebook page.

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  69. hope you feel better. As far as something different I have used for crafting I would have to say I have used embellishments from clothing I no longer wear.

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  70. I use a real variety of things for my cards and love when someone asks me for an unusual card. Made a pirate card for a 7 year old and filled the treasure chest with all sorts of miniature toy things collected and stored in my odds and ends box.
    Hope you are feeling better

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  71. Hope you feel better soon. I will confess I find really neat items from the trash! Not just for cards or scrapbooking but to turn someone elses trash into a treasure! I use empty creamer containers to make snowmen and old light bulbs to make snowmen ornaments. I also use blue painters tape to tape down paper to my old cricut mats!

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  72. I am an email subscriber and follow facebook

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  73. I am getting ready to make a pillow box using a toilet paper roll as seen on Valita's Fresh Folds and Designs. Thanks

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  74. I use to love shoppinng the smaller , Joblot , Dollar store. We have 3 dollar stores and 2 job lots with thmiles of each other. Always seem to find somehing crafty
    to use. I found some mirrored coasters at the $ store. Each time I go I buy 4 of them. When I have
    enough I plan to buy etching cream and will do a bunch at one time. My disability lately has me feeling
    like shopping is a chore. when I do get out I like to ride. In and out of the car is hard.
    Dawn RI

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  75. I too have something going on , not a bug, I hope maybe allergies with all of the mild weather?! I use lots of "found" objects. I LOVE Izzis bottle caps, cardstock that is in large enough pieces from junk mail, zippers into flowers,old jewelery, I used to get lots of packaging for CD's and such for computer program demos and I made come cool cards or mini-albums. We don't get those any more ;(
    Thanks, Diane for a great give-away
    Susan

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  76. I am a follower and a subcriber.
    Dawn RI

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  77. Im also a fan of your FB page
    Dawn RI

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  78. I don't use much that is not craft related. I did use sandpaper as sand on a layout.
    rntof10atmchsidotcom

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  79. Sorry to hear that you are "under the weather", hope that you are feeling better soon! Two things that I can think of at the moment are small washers and sandpaper...I scrapbook alot of fishing and hunting pages of my son and husband so the small washers make great rings for small twine to look like rope on a boat and the sandpaper makes great "sand" and "dirt". I look all over for different things to use..kitchen supplies, hardware, flea markets and antique stores. Thanks for the contest!
    LizW in TX

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  80. I guess I play it pretty safe and don't really use non-traditional scrapbooking items. I should really branch out!

    Tonya
    tonya.morgan at gmail .com

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  81. I subscribe to your blog! Love your card, thanks!
    LizW in TX

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  82. I'm a follower.

    Tonya
    tonya.morgan at gmail .com

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  83. I'm a FB follower.

    Tonya
    tonya.morgan at gmail .com

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  84. I have used drywall tape as an inexpensive alternative to the mesh that was popular a few years ago. I have also embossed plastic packing material with my cuttlebug. I have stamped on tissue paper before to use on candles. I would love to win the fuzzy contact paper. I haven't been able to find it. Feel better soon.

    Carrie Ross
    rosscdmr at aol dot com

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  85. I have a stash of packaging parts to use, especially for windows on cards. I've used twine, sawdust, sandpaper from my shop in the basement.
    feel better soon!

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  86. I am a follower. My mother's old sewing basket is also a treasure of special things I use.

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  87. we are facebook friends, too. I also dry flowers from my garden to use in my papercrafting.

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  88. hmmm I've never used any non crafting tool on my projects.I always make sure of what I buy that I can use them. I usually buy my things under scrapbook/crafting category.

    Luanne
    craftersreference at gmail dot com

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  89. I am already your follower on GFC

    Luanne
    craftersreference at gmail dot com

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  90. I am also your fan on facebook.

    Luanne
    craftersreference at gmail dot com
    FB: Crafters Reference

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  91. I guess I'm not very creative as I only use actual papercrafting supplies. I do look for craft materials in second-hand stores. I have found some stamps, inks, and punches. Thanks for the opportunity to win a great giveaway.

    scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

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  92. I am a subscriber.

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  93. I find things in the trash well my trash. Lately I discovered egg cartons are just like TH grunge paper. I can cut MFT dress form, because they are small out of the sides. Egg cartons flatten real easy. I have made birds and flowers from them. I recycle a lot of cardboard boxes as well. I use the felt things that on on the bottom of chairs for alcohol ink. I get that at hardware stores.
    Thanks for the flocked contact paper tip. Great idea!
    Linda
    ljcardering at yahoo dot com

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  94. A Facebook Follower/liker!
    ljcardering at yahoo dot com

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  95. I look for crafting materials everywhere - sometimes the grocery store - macaroni that can be transformed into a butterfly - and of course the home improvement store - love the magnetic vent strips for storing cutting dies, but also garage sales - where you get your best buys!

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  96. I enjoy following (subscribing) to your blog!

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  97. **Jeepers Diana,I'za can't BELIEVE
    all of these places AND THINGS folks ARE USING<(*o^)>.Well as 4 me, Ive gone 2 hardward stores the masking& Plumer's Tape. Dollar tree
    Deals,Family$, Sports Storesi.e.@
    Dick's Fishing Lures, when on sale make4 Great Embelishments on Pins@
    Joanne, Handcock fabric store, esp
    the Notions, interfacing. 2ndHand
    store: 4BAGS of BUTTONS @ 25c,AND
    after holiday they almost give it away, 87 mini wooden ornaments@35c.
    But I've really enjoyed now using SHAVING CREAM w/Glue et Ink. I'd trace a stencil w/aluminFoil, used it v.s the stencil, mixed ingedient
    w/shaving crem NOT to much U want the Foam, the Effects when it dries
    is great, esp adding MS superfine
    glitter.Hope You'll fell Better soon! PLJ2U&Ur's

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  98. I hope you feel better soon! I like to look for items at yard sales, local hardware stores and outdoors when I am hiking or walking. My best finds are bird feathers. They look real cute on cards!!! I also scraplifted one of your ideas. I take pictures of outdoor items and then I make backgound paper for cards.

    Kathy

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  99. I have used paint chips. I also use a fork to help tie tiny bows. I used to use kleenex for making flowers (but I don't any more).

    Marjorie from TX
    m.brundagetx at yahoo dot com

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  100. I have used triangle make up sponges to apply chalks to the paper.Flocked paper looks interesting.

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  101. 2. I am a follower via email.

    Marjorie from TX
    m.brundagetx at yahoo dot com

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  102. I have used a coke can just cut the top and bottom off slit the side of the can run it throught the cuttle bug with a mask to emboss it the use as a back ground

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  103. 3. I am also a FB friend.

    Marjorie from TX
    m.brundagetx at yahoo dot com

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  104. Oh gosh, I use all kinds of things that were meant for scrapbooking! Olive Cans, bottle caps off Sodas, the tabs off cans, the can for flowers, old jewelry, cd's, packaging/cardboard, Ceral boxes for chipboard, Nail filer, old keys, book pages. If you can't tell, I like to alter and use things we already have in our everyday life! :)

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  105. At The Paper Source in Chicago I found glitter wrapping paper. I bought my daughter's high school colors and made swim team locker signs. Since I wanted to make the sign one piece and 24" long with my Cricut the wrapping paper was perfect.

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  106. I am a follower. Looking forward to seeing more pictures of your trip.

    Kathy

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  107. I'm a subscriber! Thanks for another chance at a goodie box!!

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  108. I'm a follower of your blog. The glitter wrapping paper mentioned before was hard to work with and left a mess but the signs got tons of kids wanting me to do their sports.

    jmeyer1 AT woh DOT rr DOT com

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  109. Not only am I a follower here, I also like ya on FB! :)

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  110. I guess I need to take time to read all the comments and get ideas for "out of the box" crafting. I am basically a
    CAS designer so not a lot of extras on my cards and layouts but I do love to explore hardware stores.

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  111. My favorite thing to use is Avery clear full sheet labels--I prinnt journaling on them, clip art, titles. Cut them out and I can put them anywhere on my layouts.

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  112. I really don't make an effort to look elsewhere for supplies -- but somehow they show up on my crafting table! Right now I am using some heavy pink paper that was used as packing material originally. Great for Valentines. llwymandot310atgmaildotcom

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  113. I like to find freebie items to use in scrapbooking. I save the textured metal foil like stuff you find on certain cans of snacks like nuts or pringles. They make great little punchies like flowers, Squares, dots, birds, etc. for pages or cards. I have also raided my husbands hardware drawer for small little metal items like washers or fishing lure hardware(tiny clips, etc.) I have also been know to cut out cute little things from boxes or magazines and coat them with an epoxy to make my own little embellishments.
    Hope you feel better soon.

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  114. I use brads (brass fasteners) from office supply stores... nail files/blocks from beauty supply stores are the best for sanding edges of paper... even just shopping in the non-papercraft section of the craft store can get you better deals than you would find in the scrapbooking section - like kids crafts stickers, punches. etc. and the eyelets in the notions section are better than the little ones in the card section at Js!

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  115. I like to use tissue paper and clear packaging for acrylic die cuts or windows. I love the fuzzy contact paper.

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  116. I use clear packaging the some of my crafting supplies come in.
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  118. I love to use paper cut from paper bags to use as back grounds for my cards. I just made a purchase at the Queen's Ink in Savage, MD and their paper bags are a light green with darker green bouquet's all over it. I will cut this paper to size and use as a background for a birthday card.

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  119. Sorry you are not feeling well. We have been passing around a "bug" since the begining of December...it just keeps mutating and we can't kick it :( Hope you get to feeling better soon!

    I am a re-user of many things. The one that I like the best is ceral boxes! You can cut them in the Cricut to make sturdier shape bases and they make great board books! cut, add paper, punch and there you have it!! Thanks for all the wonderful chances to win :)
    Stacey
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  120. I am an email subscriber.
    Stacey
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  121. I am a facebook fan.
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  122. I have never used flocked paper...but I think it would fit perfectly with heritage pages. I have tried almost every thing. My most favorite is when I used wire and rocks to make a decorated Christmas tree. I still love to paper piece. I like it all and need to use all to stay creative. Thanks jwebbtx1961ataoldotcom

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  123. I mostly use paper and die cuts - very little outside the box for me.

    Barbara
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  124. I receive the blog by email.
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  125. I found a box of transparencies at a resale store for less than $1 and use them in my card making. My favorite thing to do with them is using them for popup cards. The popup part doesn't show. I always look at junk mail to see if there is a portion that can be used for crafting and save those especially if the material is extra heavy and can be used to "stiffen" another object. Yesterday I got the idea to use an old piece of carbon paper (which I just happen to have) to emboss with my Big Kick. It worked just fine. My husband is always bringing me found objects because he knows that I am always looking for unusual things.

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  126. I have learned that just about anything and everything around the house can be used for crafting. My husband fixed some vinyl mini blinds for out house, (they were to long) and I kept the extra slats to use to weave a basket. We changed out the screen on our front door and I cut pieces of the screen out to use for background materials and for parts of flowers.

    I never thought I would be the type of person to save little things, but in the last year I have learned to save little things.

    As always, thank you for the opportunity to win. I enjoy reading your blog everyday.

    Kimberly
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  127. I don't use too many non-tradtional things....usually buttons, ribbon, brads, etc. I do, though, find myself saving odd items when I find them...I just don't think to use them! Need to work on thinking outside to box.

    Cindy
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  128. I hope you feel better soon!
    This is such fun...Before I started
    seeing all of the lovely flowers
    for card making, I made a lot of them out of various fabrics, like,
    muslin and burlap...
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  129. I am a follower of yours...
    Again, thanks very much!
    Cindi
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  130. Also, I "Like" you on Facebook.
    Merci, Cindi
    Cindi Hoppes
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  131. Ok the weirdest or strangest thing I've used in my card making was fresh kitty litter. I made a litterbox card to send to a friend & sprayed the card with adhesive and pressed it into fresh litter then sealed it with a sealant spray. My best find however, was a ton of buttons. A friend was getting ready to move and let me go through and pick out any buttons I wanted. The coolest ones I got are from the 1930s - they are from long underwear. I got a WHOLE HUGE box of buttons from her. By the way, she had an 18 gallon tub FULL of buttons. We couldn't move the tub let alone lift it. Had to pack it into about 12 shoeboxes.

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  132. I've been following your blog for almost forever.

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  133. I guess I'm kind of boring. :) I haven't really experimented much beyond paper or vinyl or acrylic. Sometimes I look for material at hardware stores or second hand shops. I have found things to use for my organization more so than my actual cards. Ex. magnetic sheets that you put over your vents...I use to hold my Spellbinders.

    nanettemt at yahoo dot com

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  135. I haven't used any household items on my cards as of yet. I guess the only thing I have used is dryer sheets for my embossing.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
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  136. I subscribe to and follow your blog.

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  137. I am a follower.
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  138. I liked your facebook page.
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  139. I've used coffee grounds for the centers of marigold flowers and it looks like the real thing. Thanks for the inspiration you always give us.

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  140. I like to use sandpaper and thin corkboard for titles.

    Hope you get better fast.

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  141. Love your card today. I have used tabs from pop cans for ribbon sliders; packaging for chipboard cutouts; bubblewrap for stamping to name a few.

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  142. Thanks so much for the chance to win and I too hope you feel better soon - there's so much of this stuff going around - take care of yourself!

    I think one of the best things I ever used on a LO was the silver tape for air conditioning ducts - I cut shapes and letters out of it with my Cricut and it turned out just beautiful!

    Jackie

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  143. I am also a follower - thanks for the extra chance.

    Jackie

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  144. I save bags with ribbon handles and reuse the ribbon. I save scraps of clear poly stuff that is used to cover paperback books. It has adhesive on the back so you can cut it on your cricut, color it with copics and stick it right on your project.

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  145. Wow, the boxes are really filling up! I have made a mini album by flattening the cardboard toilet paper rolls as the base. Also, have used sandpaper for beach-looking sand. Hope you get to feeling better, soon.
    Kathryn
    kathrynt at totalnet dot us

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  146. Comment #2 -- I'm a follower.
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  147. OOOHH the boxes look so delicious!!! I have learned to use packaging acetate for projects...cereal boxes for chipboard. Broken cheap jewelry for charms. But recently I used that cheap red flock/velvet WIDE ribbon to die cut layered poinsettia's for Christmas projects. It inked edges well, did not fray and was not too thick.
    Blessings,
    Valerie Martin
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  148. I am a follower/subscriber too.
    Valerie
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  149. I am waiting for my craft room to get build. Then I can read all the ideas and put to good use.

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  150. I am a friend on FB too!
    Valerie
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  151. I've used gift wrap to construct a matching bow. And also used it to make a keepsake collage out of a poem that was printed in sections on the paper.

    I look for craft ideas and supplies at dollar stores, outlet stores, department stores, home centers, just about anywhere.

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  152. The only non-typical things I may have used probably came from Lowe's &/or Home Depot and maybe a few packaging materials I've repurposed. I guess I'm not very imaginative since I stick pretty much to "obvious" craft supplies. Hope you feel better. tamiwb1234 ataoldotcom

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  153. i have used candy bar wrappers and the stickers off of fresh fruit. i sometimes check out the hardware department to see if anything looks interesting. i guess the most unusual thing i've ever used is flat washers that i found in my hubby's workshop.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  154. i'm a long time follower.
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  155. i'm a fb fan also.
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  156. I use cereal boxes They are kind of
    fun to use as covers.

    fergie

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  157. Diane
    I love using stuff from around the house and have used pop cans and flattened them for embossing. I think the best find was cereal boxes that I can use to make embossing folders or the equivalent of chip board.
    Myrna

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  158. I am waiting for that craft room to get build so I can use some organization tips.

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  159. I can't remember using anything very unusual for my cards and gifts. I see things and wonder if I could use them but I usually work with the usual paper and tools.

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  160. Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Feel better soon. I save everything from the kitchen, from cards that are sent to me. Those keys that come in the mail which say come see what I open. My husbands shop is a great place to find things. I used sandpaper for a beach theme. I turned out so cool. I loved reading some of the other posts. Using bird seed for the center of a sunflower how cool is that?
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

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  161. I have used cereal boxes, paint chips, laminate chip samples, ribbon from gifts, buttons from old clothing, old pieces or parts from costume jewelry, artificial flowers, things cut from cards we've received, toilet paper rolls to make mini albums. As a retired elementary school teacher finding crafty uses for discarded things is a way of life.

    Jeanie (isewjeanie at aol dot com)

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  162. I love finding things and using them in my craft projects. My latest discovery was using old, clear report covers in my cards. I cut them with my Cricut when I need a clear shape for a shaker card or if I'm making a window box I'll use the report covers.
    Hope you feel better soon!

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  163. I am a follower of your FB page.

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  164. I am a follower/subscriber of your blog!

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  165. I like to use wall paper in some of my layouts, or sometimes cut open popcans and use the light aluminum material with my bigshot dies and alcohol inks to colour.

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  166. I follow on facebook and pinterest.

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