Buy a compass (like you used in H.S. math)-I've found all kinds of uses for it!
Make your own embossing fluid: 1 part glycerin mixed with 2 parts water
Use markers as paint. Scribble on plastic lid and add water.
Alum foil: 3 layers glued together, stamp, on a mouse pad use emobosser to trace
Key chains from shrinky dinks
Sew vellum onto regular paper. Use as envelope or tag holder.
Create red-rope type fastener by using a brad or eyelet thru a circle of cardstock. Attach to paper and wrap string around.
Make cupcakes for birthday cards: corrugate "paper cups", add icing with cloud punch, glue stick, glitter on icing, add candle.
Make a stencil using punches. Use this or other stencils to paint glue, then apply beads or glitter.
Use clear nail polish on the sides and around the wooden part of the rubber image of my stamp so that ink just wipes right off
Glue stick slices for adhering ribbon and bows
Ink only the edges, or stick a post it to part of the stamp, esp on square one to make a 'frame'. Stamp inside frame.
Use spray bottle to mist stamp after coloring w/Marvy markers
Cleaning: alcohol baby wipes
Spray chalked cards with hair spray
Use water colors to make stripes, then use hair pick to run in opposite way to make fausx marbeling
Clean scissors with wd40, baby oil or goo gone
Nail clipper to remove button shanks
Don't have the colour ink pad you want? Smear some acrylic paint on a pad of paper towel and ink your stamp with this. Immediate clean up is essential
Save the discarded rubber (complete with the foam backing attached, cut them in random geometric shapes and glue them in a random pattern on a jar lid or on the bottom of any surface in a mosaic pattern.
Make a quick and easy rubber stamp for backgrounds and borders by putting rubberbands of different widths around a wooden block.
Cheapskate fibers: Visit the local thrift store and buy sweaters with fantastic yarns! Take them home and rip them apart while you - watch TV?? I've found tons of nubby, boucle and chenille at less than $2 per sweater.
A great way to add glitter to cards is to use the glitter nail polishes that are so popular. You can even get these at the dollar store or Wal-Mart in tiny bottles.
Stamping words with glue/glitter: Use a sponge/brush to brush glue over a word stamp, stamp on your paper and then pour glitter on. Clean brush and stamp immediately!
I have mounted a painting pad (the bristle type) on top of my travel baby wipes container with double stick tape, after I snapped off the curved ends of the pad. When it is time to clean my stamps I open the lid and dab my stamp on the wet wipes then close the lid and scrub it clean.