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July 23, 2008



Congratulations! I had a look at my latest cards, but came to the conclusion that I haven't used any non-traditional supplies. I'm not really an experimenter. Greetings from Belgium, Annelies


Happy Blog Birthday to you!! I haven't used this in a long time but I used to love using Koosh balls for backgrounds. Remember those? They are like a ball of skinny rubber bands with the ends cut loose. Anyway, I would pounce them onto an ink pad to pick up the color and then pounce them onto paper for a nice random background. I may have to dig those out and give them another try!


Happy Blog Birthday!! My favorite non-traditional supply is a stencil eraser. It was originally intended for erasing stencil paint but I have found its also great for cleaning up dried glue/adhesive and colored pencil or ink marks.

Raechelle Bellus

Happy Blog Birthday to you! What a fun prize!
Gosh, I can't really think of much... I love to use twine and I am starting to branch out with vintage items. Not very original. ;)

mary Bing

Happy Stampy bloggin birthday! Love stamping and embossing over magazine pic for stained glass looking backgrounds,Mary<><

Claudia F.

Happy Anniversary, you have a wonderful, inspiring blog. I like to use emb. floss, lace and beads on cards and layouts. (not all at the same time).

Christine Mills

Hi Stef! I enjoyed your blog this morning! I'm using your header for my IC piece! LOL

Here's my non traditional supply tool in my craftroom. I'm sure it's not an original but it's all I can think of right now: I purchased a small clipboard and covered it with aluminum foil. I use it for embossing - the clip board clip holds the item that is to be embossed in place and the aluminum foil serves as a reflector to aid in shortening the heat time and also helps items not to warp. This tip tool came to me on . . . of course . . . SCS!


christine m.
aka chrisations.ink

Shirley Hendrickson

Happy blog birthday. This is my first look at your blog, but it won't be my last. I use sponges alot. different sizes and textures. Good luck and may there be many moer birthdays. Shirley


Happy Birthday to you!! There are so many July birthdays (myself included) - what a great month :)
My non-traditional item used most often is my sanding block, which is a nail buffer from the dollar store. A great fine sander! Oh, and old baby washcloths and a spray bottle of water for cleaning my stamps...

Thanks for sharing :)

Cindy Coffman

Happy Blog Birthday to you!!!! I work in a cemetery and we sell silk flowers that you place on the gravsites so when an order comes in I have to count them to make sure we received the correct amount and if there are any petals that are lying on the bottom of the box, I take them home and use them on my cards!!!

Cindy C.


Happy Blog Birthday to you, Stef! How awesome! Thanks for all your inspiration! I save every unusual tidbit in case it might be useful for a card someday, but something I use a lot for my cards is make-up sponges and applicators from the grocery store. I don't know if this is non-traditional enough, but I've found they work well for lots of applications!


Some of my non-traditional supplies are herringbone patterned paper clips from an office supply store and some fine sandpaper from the hardware store (for distressing).
I enjoy you site very much.

Julie (justwritedesigns)

Happy Blog Bday! (I'm just trying to put the finishing touches on a new blog for me.)
Non-traditional, hmmm. That covers a lot of ground. I guess one of my faves is paint chips. Love them, they're handy and come in lots of colors. I also use the plastic fronts of pkgs that things come in. Aluminum foil. And sharpies color it just great.


Happy Blog birthday!! :) That's awesome. What a fun blog candy too!! hummm my non traditional supplies would come from packaging...I've been keeping clear plastic cartons to hopefully use as diecuts and I also love to collect coasters from restaurants to cover and use as mini books. Thanks for the chance to win.

teresa kline aka va.sunshine

thanks Stef for a chance to win some goodies. I have just started looking for charms or dodads that can be added for embellies. I have also used the pampered chef stone cleaner as a folding tool. hugs *~*

Cindy Vernon

Congrats on your blogoversary. I would love to win those cupcake stamps! I use my husband's sand paper to expose the white core in the cardstock I use. I also like using office supplies such as binder clips and transparencies.


Happy 1st anniversary to you....Congrats!!!
I like using inked-up plastic wrap....."pounce" it on the cardstock to give it an interesting background.


Midnight what time zone??? It's only 11:05 central time!!!
For my non-traditional supply, I'd have to say the ruler and rotary cutter that I purchased years ago to actually make quilts with. I have since put my sewing on hold but can't seem to find a better way to cut my paper. I even asked for a 24x36 quilters cutting mat last year for my birthday - that is my main work surface. It hides all the scratches and marks from my hobby knife and cutters.
Congrats on your blog milestone!


Stef, your site rocks, and your inspiration challenges are the BEST!!! Congrats on your 1st birthday!

Now, for the non-traditional supplies. I don't have any type of circle cutting system, so whenever I need one that's bigger than my 1 3/8" punch, I use a coaster, ribbon spool, my little bucket of RAK cards...anything within reach that I can trace a circle with.

Stephanie Atterbury

From one Steph to another Stef, you have so much to be proud of on this beautiful blog. I've enjoyed your challenges and posts for such a long time. Thanks for all you do to inspire our stamping.

To answer your fun question- my nubby dares me to say wine is my best non-traditional stamping tool. (Isn't he funny...;) So, my answer is my computer...I surf & get so much inspiration on line. Next to it, I'd say is an erasure because I change my mind, a lot!


How did I miss this? Darn vacation! I just wanted to say Happy blog Birthday!

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