If you get your milk in the white plastic jugs don't through the jug away when you're done your milk! Clean it out with some dishsoap and warm water and then cut it into pieces that you can run through your Big Shot.
Looking for some metallic embellishments? Try picking up some metallic poster board from your local craft store - it's cheaper to buy it in this size rather than in the 8 1/2 x 11 size.
Or better yet recylce that metallic packaging inside items you purchase. I got a nice piece from the inside packaging on a pair of earphones I just bought!
This is the new Sizzix Medallions, Frame & Damask A2 embossing folder.
Another option is to make your own metallic paper - take recycled paper bags (the thick ones you get from the grocery store) and paint it with acrylic metallic paint. Let dry and run that through your Big Shot with an embossing folder!
For real metallic embellishments try running a pop/beer can through your Big Shot with a die (cut the tops off and open it flat). Be very careful with this as the edges can be sharp and you may have to sand them before using. Another option is to use your nestabilities to cut the thin metal - the dies curl the edges somewhat so they're not as sharp.
Other items that may be used - meat trays (be sure to wash with dishsoap before using), take out containers, bottlecaps (I haven't tried this one out but apparently it can be done), cork tiles, clothing (yes cut up those old jeans or flannel shirts!), and I'm sure there's more but that's all I can think of for now.
Here's a black velvet plastic packing form that came with a set of cutlery. I'm going to use my Sizzix Key die and make a bunch of keys for Valentine's Day cards.
If you have any other recycled items that you've die cut or embossed please leave a comment!
(the photo doesn't show how velvety it really is!)
I'd love to hear what else you can use or re-use!