Friday, April 24, 2009

Blog Hop Time!!!

Are you ready for one rockin' good time? Well, you've come to the right place. As you may know, Paper Crafts is celebrating the release of the 225 Cards and Projects issue.




My cover project for the issue was made with a strawberry container. Today, I have another repurposed project for you. Not too long ago I received my first set of Papertrey Ink stamps. Aside from loving the stamps, I loved the boxes they came in. I knew I couldn't throw them out. So, I've been decorating them and using them as gift boxes. This one uses PTI cardstock, bitty dot paper, ribbon, stamps and ink.





This particular box was given to my niece for her birthday. I wrapped a necklace set in tissue and tucked it inside the box with a card. She LOVED it. I'm always so happy when people enjoy receiving my handmade goodies. ;)

So, here is where the fun begins. Leave me a comment (by Sunday April 26 at midngiht MST) telling me how you use found objects in other ways. It could be paper crafting or for some other purpose. (See an Earth Day theme tie in here?)Or let me know how you think you'll do this in the future. By doing this you will be entered for a chance to win one of these amazing prizes:

Cricut Expression


Your Story laminator/Binder


Yudu Screen Printing Machine

And here's something even better... you have 11 more chances to do so. Just visit these other ladies to view their fun projects and leave a comment for another chance to win.

Maren Benedict


Kimberly Crawford


Beatriz Jennings

Kim Kesti

Carolyn King

Melissa Phillips

Danni Reid


Roree Rumph


Sherry Wright

So, happy blog hopping. Be sure to check the Moxie Fab World Blog and Paper Crafts Connection on Tuesday the 28th to see if you're one of our winners.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

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jeanie nieva said...

i used a krispy kreme coffee caddy and altered it to be my desktop tool caddy. :)

MoooooN said...

Wow! It's avery difficult question for me... I don't know the answer... I like your box!!!!

Ingrid Aukan said...

Being a student, I reuse the strangest things all the time, both for storage and in my scrapbooking. My favorite are some old glass jars that used to contain jam or other foods, that I keep my ever-growing stash of buttons in.

Kathy Daume' said...

Hey! I love your little box! Such a cooler way to present something than in just a standard (boring) jewelry box!!!

I love to repurpose things. The thing I use the most often is (believe it or not), the cardboard cup sleeves from coffee shops. I love making cardboard buttons and backgrounds out of them...sometimes (around holidays, etc.) they have cool designs on them, and when they don't, the corrugated side is just so cool anyway!

But, yeah. I save too many things. My husband now knows that the only way to avoid getting yelled at is to ask before he throws away any container of any sort ;)

Christine said...

I repurpose my used candle jars from Yankee, using them in my craft room as containers. I love how they look and the fact that they're "free".

Cat said...

absolutely beautiful gift box!

i'm not too creative in the things i repurpose. i recycle lots of things [plastics for clear die cuts, cereal boxes for templates and chipboard us, bits and pieces of ribbons and doo-dads from other cards] but nothing especially exciting :)

Fifi said...

No piece of ribbon is safe from me reusing it, but I've been collecting maple syrup bottles to fill with button. The bottles are glass and a really pretty shape I decorate and reuse.

HCJC said...

I love how I can keep my ribbon stash tidy wrapped around lots of wooden clothes pegs....looks pretty too. HCJC.

Cass said...

I reuse lots of things for storing my crafting items in, especially old jars as I decorate them in pretty papers.

TraceyT said...

I try to repurpose most everything I can. I use peanut butter jars for all my trims. I think I have four different ones now all with different colour schemes.

Your projects are just beautiful. It was nice to visit your blog today.

Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...

I like to look for products around the house to alter and use for gift giving.

1scrappycat said...

I once used an old ball jar and made a snowglobe (w/o the water) and put some snow, a vintage reindeer and a tree in it (also, some ribbon around the lid)for a Christmas decoration.

Angela said...

Yummy!!! I reuse formula canisters all the time as gift containers, once they're 'dressed up with paper'!!!

retiredheather said...

Great use of a box...love the decorations. I use anything I can find from old frames to empty tins. Getting it cheap or free is so much of the fun. Off to hop.
Hugs
Heather

Laurence said...

Actually I don't know what I would do with one of these machine, lol. But let's play ! I like to re-use containers for gifts. I love the box !

Wendy said...

It's not truly about found objects... but once every few months I take the time to rearrange my crop room so that all of the stuff I HAVEN'T used ends up somewhere new. I find I'm more likely to use up what I've got before buying more!

AbcHobby.it said...

Hi, I love your creation, the colours are wonderful!!

hugs from italy
elisabetta

Indigo Wings said...

I find myself more and more holding on to old boxes just in case. I mainly use them to ship items I sell or find some interesting way to use them for storage.

janeb74 said...

I apparently have always been fond of rocks (my mom always tells me I use to collect them as a child) Anyways, when I got married I collected smooth oval shaped rocks, washed and scrubbed them up and wrote the names of our guests and used them for our seating arrangement.....eveyone ended up taking them home! I still have mine and my husbands. We got married in Croatia in the city of Nin which is where my mom is from and it's a beautiful, takes my breath away small city along the mediterranean sea.

Robynccgirl said...

What a great box! Perfect to place something special in! Great giveaway too! Moxie Fab rocks!

~Q~ said...

I love the PTI containers too - I have about 5 or 6 waiting to be altered. Your altered item is gorgeous!! As for me, I've altered the fancy paper storage boxes I've had for quite a few years. The latest one was altered to hold my MS glitters.

FresitaBonita said...

I would like to make flowers out of coffee pads.. I saw it on the Martha Stewart show..!! I really wanna try it out..

Thanks for the chance,

Giselle..

~amy~ said...

I just posted an altered tin on my blog...it was given to me by a co-worker...I altered it and recycled it back to her..lol. I love your project!!

Alison said...

I love to use large Chi Chi's Salsa glass bottles. I clean them out, fill them with candy, etc., use my favorite paper to decorate, then give as a simple but fun gift. The shape of the bottle is really cool!

Debbie said...

I like using small twigs on cards I make. And I like reusing glass jars to store some of my embellishments in.

Lilly said...

I used some old earrings that I have and made a new necklace.

Your box is lovely!! I really like the little flowers and the ribbon.

Anonymous said...

Wow Anabelle, what a prize collection. LOVE the box you made for your niece... I'm sure she was over the moon about it. you are so very thoughtful!
I reuse lots of stuff. I've used milk containers cut into pieces, sometimes shapes, sometimes I leave them in squares, and use alcohol inks on them. They kind of have a stained glass effect. They make fun little embellies for pages.
Have a wonderful day Anabelle!
~Amy Tara~

Gigi Escalante said...

I really like seeing your work in PaperCrafts; it's something that I think I can do because it seems easy enough, but looks beautiful when finished. A favorite container to store markers is a cashew can :-D

Gabriela said...

Your project is sensational and just knocks my socks off! I reuse glass jars that once held jam or preserves and store buttons or crafting supplies in them. I have always re-used Altoid tins to store crayons to carry in my purse for my daughter.

Karen from Ontario said...

Wonderful cards.
I think I reuse items everyday with all my daycare children to make crafts and games. The one thing we use a lot of are old CD's, egg cartons, paper tubes...I tend to look at everything with an eye for, 'wonder what we could make with that?'

Yaritza said...

I think the most things I re-use are my plastic packaging. They are great to make your own ghost letters and shapes using a die cut machine that can handle cutting thick materials like that.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary said...

Love this!!! So springy! I made treat bags for my grandson's class for Christmas with Archer Farms rice crispie treats in them. I then decorated the cannisters they came in and filled them with chex mix for gifts at Christmas.

KM said...

I love the flowers and the yellow polka dot.
I reused a wooden christmas tree from "Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle" by Tilda which I made, to put my cards on.
I love it.
Thanks for the chance to win !

karraruiz said...

I wish I did more but I usually see inspiration after I have discarded the items. I do however, take the clear plastic from my childrens toy packaging and use it. I have used it as a paint pallette and stamped on it to make unique embellishments.

Molly B said...

I have a nice stash of PTI boxes going too. Great way to use them. I use the little cardboard pieces from the back of my DH's sales books for chipboard projects. Nothing quite like free chipboard! Gotta love it! Fantastic project! -Molly B

Kate Long said...

I know what I'm going to do in the future...use my Papertrey boxes! Thanks for such a great source of inspiration. Love your idea!

Nikki Schmaltz said...

I love your recycled idea! I am one for saving the ribbon off of everything. Even bras:) I like to recycle

krista said...

Love that container and now I am sooooo sad that I have thrown all my papertrey stamp boxes out. Here in my small town we have a local shop that carries the most wonderful coffee. I like to buy it by the 1/2 pound or full pound and put it in a kraft coffee bag (from Papertrey Ink) that I have decorated.

Amanda said...

I love re-vamping weird items for storage for my kiddos toys. Last item I altered was a un-used pizza box for some match box cars for my oldest son. Turned out cute! Did it in St. Patty's day stuff!

Susan said...

I paint everything - old wood pieces, metal and tin pieces, doors, windows, the list is never ending. I've been saving my PTI boxes too - I need to get busy.

Candace H said...

Love to use light bulb packaging, the "rippled" side, in my little stacked flowers I use on cards and layouts!

Rebecca said...

this is gorgeous!!! My family knows I like to make stuff from all kinds of things so they save things and bring them over saying "I thought you could use this to craft with"...I have containers from construction sites, hospitals, dentist offices, retail stores...all kinds of things from all kinds of places!!!

StampinCathy said...

Your project is just adorable. I love to alter altoid cans. I use them for gifts with tags, gift cards, and of course money to name a few. Thanks for this inspiring eye candy and another chance at this amazing celebration giveaway.

Danielle said...

Your box is gorgeous!! I have these little clear containers with lids that I bought some sunflower seeds in and soy nuts, plan to use them soon in the future! I added an old paintbrush to one of my layouts recently (a retired one) lol.
Thanks for the giveaway, Anabelle!
Danielle Flanders

Andrea said...

I've altered books before and I love giving them as gifts!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

I love your Earth Day tie in! I love to repurpose an item for a gift. I love jars. I cannot throw them away! I used them for candy items, craft items, and even dog treats! I love altering them! My girls love creating with recycled items too! Your box is gorgeous!! Have a great weekend!

carabecca said...

LOL, I do what you do! I love the Papertrey boxes, especially to package gift sets of cards!

Joan said...

This past summer our electric company sent all of their customers light bulbs. The container they arrived in was perfect for gift boxes. I went around to all the neighbors and talked them out of their boxes. I am using my last one this weekend to make a gift box for a b-day party my daughter is going to.

Lisa said...

I need to be better about re-using items, because the packaging is so great on so many everyday items we use...probably a vegetable or coffee can...I definitely need to get more creative! :) lisa k in tx

Ellie said...

Well for me it always seems to be that I am altering something the kids find! lol.. You would be surprised the things they want me to alter.. sometimes its a challenge but fun.so yes we have acorns,pinecones you name it and then we decorte the backyard.. Yes our backyard is PRETTY Interesting! lol

Juliana said...

I have been using some chinese take containers (not the typical ones) that are plastic with a clear lid to store scrappy stuff.
I am so inspired to re-use some packaging for a gift in the future after seeing your projects!

JeanFB said...

Such a cute box!! Thanks for the chance to win such fab prizes! I'm always saving containers for my stash. I recently used a clear 6-egg carton to give my friend some scrapping embellies. She invited us for Easter, so I stuffed some plastic eggs with buttons, ribbon, brads, etc. and packaged them right back in the egg carton. Love those jelly jars for holding stuff, too!

Thespa said...

I use my clear boxes the same way you do. I also made a cool 3-D Halloween display using old Plexiglas inserts from real estate flier holders. I stamped on both sides of the Plexiglas using swirls and Staz-on ink pads, added paper at different depths and embellishments. It turned out great. I love finding new uses for discards. Thanks for the inspiration and the fun. Have a great day!

Candice said...

Hi! Your box is really beautiful!

I use baby food jars to store my brads, buttons and flowers. They fit perfect in my embellishment center and help the environment just a little :)

Jingle said...

I use found objects a lot! I recently used a Diet Coke can to make a fun bracelet, actually! I also used an old hoodie to create elements for a layout and a mixed media collage that I created!

Diane said...

Love your gorgeous box...so Spring like! I recyle my stuff all the time,not only in paper crafting but in sewing, too. Right now I am working on some little booklets using the bind-it all and the starbucks little cardborad things...saw this project in a magazine!

Primitive Seasons said...

Was not into altering or recycling things for gifts until I became a stamper and papercrafter but my favorite thing is the frappucino bottles gussied up and used for candies, etc. Future plans: keep my eye out for more items to reuse and enjoy.

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

Laurel said...

I love you blog, visit daily! I have altered many things, and the latest 'green' thing I did was use the PTI packaging in my sizzix to make my own acetate die cut.

Mary said...

Now why didn't I think of re-using those great boxes?? I do tend to reuse gift bags - especially any solid colored ones I receive. I can dress them up with a stamped image, some ribbon, etc... and make it look like a whole new bag.

Mrs B said...

I have this crazy problem of collecting jars! Any kind, I just can't throw them away! So, I have begun storing all my buttons, flowers and other small items in the jars. They display beautifully in my craft room and make deciding on just the right embellishment super easy! Thanks for the chance to win!

Amber said...

I uses glass food jars and tins to store my scrapbooking supplies! =)

Ashley C. Newell said...

Hey there Annabelle! I really like to save those extra buttons that come attached to your clothes when you purchase them. Instead of buying lots of buttons, I use that stash!

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

What a cute box you used to send your neice's gift. I bet she was delighted! I like the box itself. That to me would be a gift. ;-) I use lots of different items to recreate a new item. I am a big fan of saving my preserves jars, washing them, then covering with a sleeve to and including little goodies inside. I think the favorite of mine is using the push up pop sticks to make treat holders for numerous events, birthdays, Valentine's, Easter, 4th of July, just because...etc.

DMorgan said...

"Repurposed." I like that word! I wrap gifts in old newspapers and decorate. Brown paper bags are used to wrap around gifts to be sent through the mail. Cardboard sleeves around light bulbs make great white corragated embellishments. Cigar boxes are fun to alter for storage items and for gifts. Glass jars from candles make cute gifts when filled with fun things to eat (or use in crafting). Newspaper, old book pages,overused maps, colorful magazine ads make great card backgrounds. (Years ago I made jewelry from rolled up colorful magazine ads; just saw some for sale at a craft show awhile back. Brought back memories!) I think I'm running out of room! Thanks for giving us a chance to get ideas from what others do, too!

Bernice said...

I love reusing things! In fact, my son's old formula can is sitting on my desk as a pencil cup. It's cute - every time I see it, it reminds me of when he was a tiny baby :)

jennie said...

I have been "stealing" cute packaging for years to use in my paper projects. Toys come with the coolest little chipboard pieces!

Pat S. said...

Hi Anabelle!
What a beautiful card...all of my favorite colors!
Thank you for the great idea using the PTI box...I will have to try that one.

Thanks for a chance to win!

AHadley said...

One of my favorite things to do is to use up old boxes or household items and repurpose them in scrappy ways! I made a sign for my scrap room attached to a ribbon ring recently. It was just made with a sturdy piece of cardboard I received in the mail.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

I love Papertrey Ink stuff! The stamp set you used and the bitty dot paper should be arriving at my door any day now!

I started saving Crystal Light containers and making them into piggy banks. I stash them in different parts of the house because I'm always finding change. I decorate them with patterned paper and make a slit in the top with a craft knife. My kids love it!

Tracy said...

This is just beautiful. i like to use old canning jars to hold my buttons in. I also like to unfold food boxes (tea, cocoa) and either recover them in scrapbook paper or use them as a templet to make gift boxes.

Gretchen said...

I like to take little boxes I found and alter them to put odds and ends in for my kiddos!

MomVasel said...

Your tulip idea is the BEST -- my daughter is just going to love this. She had tulips for her outdoor July wedding. I use the nice clear plastic bags that my newspaper comes in every day to protect cards I make -- perfect size.

Laurie said...

I use my Pampered Chef tool turn about for all my pens, markers, scissors on my craft table!

sandyh50 said...

Great altered projects! I have used an altoid tin and made it into a jewelry container for my granddaughter with a matching card for her birthday!

us -- said...

That is a very good question. I have a lot of those little tins leftover from my peanuts, I use those tins to store brads, buttons, flowers, anything little. I really love your card, you are such a great inspiration. Thanks for a chance at winning

Jaime said...

My son and I just made a birdhouse out of a cardboard box for his earthday project.

Sammie said...

I reuse the PTI stamp boxes too! I also reuse parts of store-bought cards that I have received. Sometimes they have a really pretty pattern on them that inspires me.

asnow said...

Hmmm...as a mom, I guess I am always re-using stuff - recycling old envelopes for my kids to draw on, etc.

Great projects!

Thanks,

Alison

JenMarie said...

Beautiful work!
I take the magnets from junk mail and use them in CD cases to store my nesties.

The McCullough Family said...

I like to reuse plastic packaging to wrap handmade gifts in. Ex: plastic box that stamps came in becomes a cute box for a set of stationery.

Pegg S said...

I'm always using different containers from food packaging or gifts for storage solutions in my home. Particularly storing all my craft goodies!! I love the gift set you made -- love that tulip set!!

naturecoastcrafter said...

So loved looking at your projects today. Great use for the papertrey boxes. I have to remember that! Altoid tins--I have gobs of them I like to redo.

Anonymous said...

Tins, any shape of tin. I love using them.

Lizeth

Rox-Ann said...

I love to make decorative boxes or tins out of peanut cans.They work perfect for putting little goodies in and are so cute.

I love your give box so pretty!

Ade said...

Anytime I have packaging to get rid of I always think twice before throwing it out. I have used clothing tags, cardboard packaging and plastic trays in my creations.

tina said...

I use paperboard for my cards all the time.

Noteable said...

Cute project! I like to use product packaging in creative way whether altering a box like you or using the wrapper/inserts for diecuts

Anonymous said...

Hi Anabelle, I love your decorated box that you decorated for your niece - what a lovely gift. I love to decorate jars and fill them with homemade jams etc, and empty chocolate boxes make a great home for mini cupcakes.
Hugs, Anne. dinkuminkum at yahoo dot co dot nz

Liz said...

I'm planning my daughter's birthday party and am using old Similac cans and wrapping and stamping them to use as utensil holders.

Stephanie Smith said...

First off, your box is super cute. Secondly, I just bought a box of making memories egg decorations on clearance. They came in a really cute clear box. I think when I am through using the items, I am going to decorate the box in some way. Thanks for the chance to win.

Starla said...

Your box is soooo fresh and springy!! It looks like sunshine!
I find myself saving different containers and such now thinking "I'm sure I'll be able to use this for SOMETHING" in my crafting world

JPScraps said...

I have reused candle jars for storage, old jewelry for scrapbooking and cards, tags & labels for altered art....

mitch1066 said...

ooh i'm known for recycling all kinds of containers,everyone has to ask before throwing out things:)Right now i'm collecting buckets from costco detergent:)

Berrett's said...

i use the gerber food plastic containers to hold my eyelets and brads for scrapbooking!

tina

Betty-Ann said...

I often keep packaging to use as a template, even if it's just something small. I like to use gift toppers a lot, so these come in handy!
Thanks for the chance...YUDU, yahoo!
BA

Joyce said...

I've taken store bought Christmas cards, and altered them to fit my need of crafting. After Christmas sales are great on boxed Christmas cards........you can get those envy's cheap!

Fae said...

Since I started paper crafting, I notice the need to hang on to all sorts of containers that things come in. I had bought a set of coffee mugs and saucers that came in circular hat type boxes, that were awesome to cover with paper, and use as a gift box. I have one left yet, and it's going to be hard to part with. lol.

Lynn said...

I am always looking for things to use on my scrapbook pages. One thing I do have a little collection of is fun little tags, safety pins, and clips that come on some of the clothing I purchase. They make great additions to my layouts! Lynn :)

rae said...

GORGEOUS project Anabelle, I just adore the colors... always inspired by your amazing creations and style!!
I am always 'repurposing' stuff, lately it's been plastic frosting containers. I also save {too much} cardboard, since I often make my own templates and faux 'chipboard' shapes.
happy weekend!!
~rae

terriavidreader (USA - IN) said...

My found object use is wallpaper as some of my background papers. Especially those with textures! I've also used wallpaper in my punches!

Nancy said...

I love all your PTI goodies! I plan to use cardboard from boxes and such on my scrapbooking. Thanks for your inspiration!

Brit Swiderski said...

I LOVE that box- it's adorable! I think it would be really cute to make a card like that. I use found objects to create wrapping paper. Just the other day, I wrapped some gifts in newspaper. It's a perfect way to recycle. :)

Ramona West said...

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Laura L said...

Cute box! I have a ton of things sitting in my craft room just waiting to be altered (can't seem to throw anything away!). The biggest thing I like to save are cereal boxes. I cut them apart and use the cardboard as chipboard for album covers.

Brenda Piercy said...

I repurpose plastic coffee containters. I dress the up with my scrapbooking stash and use the to store various things in my scrap space.

Chrissy said...

Oh, ever since I started paper crafting, I look at things in a different way. Everything I see a question runs through my head. Can I use that?? My husband hates it! LOL

hobbydiva said...

Hmmmm...that's a really good question. I would have to say, cans...like coffee cans, peanut cans...anything like that I can alter!!! Absolutely looove the box!

moralia said...

Love your altered stamp container!! I will reuse plenty of boxes, containers, etc.. too! Really anything that can be reused is wonderful! I can't think of anything overly "strange" however.. LOL! Or at least not what i'd consider strange! ;)

Christyne (aka Apple Blossom) said...

Such a pretty box! Great job!

L.A. said...

I love what you did with that PaperTrey Box. I never would have thought of that and I have already thrown mine out. Yikes. Guess I'll have to make another order and try your technique!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Gorgeous creation! Most of the stuff I find I think of saving for cards. I am always throwing a little "junk" out to my craft room and thinking how cute it would be on a card.

Carolyn King said...

what a great use for those boxes!!! Love your cheerful and fun design!

~Lori (loree2000 SCS) said...

I saved some shoe boxes to decorate so I can use them as gift boxes or for scrappy storage containers.

Cute box!!

GabrielaD said...

I use found object in my cards all the time. Like old tags or pressed flowers. I have also used baby jars to store embellishments.

Love your blog!!

Gearhart Gang said...

I love to reuse old glass jars to hold anything and everything! Displaying my buttons or markers, as a vase for flowers, small candle votives, etc.

Michelle said...

What a great presentation - I bet we can re-use Papertrey stamp boxes like this instead of trashing them! Fab idea!

Shanon said...

I love the little gift box.

I reused 2 large formula cans as change holders. I covered them in some October Afternoon paper and Cloud 9 paper and decorated them with money signs. My husband was impressed with my creativity. I also covered a 3rd can with cute paper and decorated it with Hello Kitty stickers to put my daughters crayons in.

Allison said...

What a gorgeous project!
Generally if I can't think of a way to alter something I put it in our recycle bin (sometimes things get pulled back out too). Usually I just keep neat containers to alter.

ashacpatel said...

I've reused glass cookie/biscotti jars to hold buttons in my stamp room! They look so pretty!

Anonymous said...

I save all my jars when my candles are used up. They are cute filled with candy or tiny treats and tied with ribbon and a handmade tag. Perfect for that little-something gift for someone.

I also have to tell you that I've now saved 3 berry containers this week since I saw your project. Love your inspiration.

Rachel S
Spooner, WI

farrahjs said...

I just love that tulip stamp set! i have to get that!

Catherine said...

Well, I just recovered a tea box! It was so much fun! I love PTI stuff too *drool*

Lisa said...

What pretty spring colors!! Well my latest reuse is going to be some kitchen cabinets that are going to be re-purposed to my new stamping room when we move! VERY excited about that! THANKS!

Jan said...

What a beautiful gift box. I love to recycle glass bottles and jars with etching cream and stencils. I think crafters were the original recyclers!

Lillian Child said...

I love altering containers of any type. I papercraft old coffee containers and use them to hold holiday cookies at Christmas and give them to neighbors and friends that stop by. Just my little way of going GREEN!

MrsETaylor said...

Being relatively new to the paper crafting world, I'm finding that repurposing comes part and parcel with this artform. From cardboard boxes to fruit netting and packaging. Everything can be used for altered projects and cards

Christina said...

I just finished a container of strawberries & was going to repurpose it just like you! That will be my upcoming project. Just have to figure out how to do it. :) Thanks for your brilliant ideas on making the earth a better place to live in.

heidi. raisanen @ hotmail com said...

Lovely box! Cute bright colors - beautiful! I love reusing things, I live by "reduce, reuse, recycle" :) and feel sinful when I can't! XD

StampinginKansas said...

I repurposed a container that originally held hot chocolate for a pencil caddy. DD loved it so I had to find another container to make her one as well. I also save all ribbon!

caseyshayne+3 said...

WOW...love your projects. I am just new to the reuseing, but so far, cereal boxes.

Jennifer Moore said...

I use cleaned out Frappuccino bottles to store Primas and strips of ribbon. I paint the lids or alter them and put ribbons or Primas in them, sorted by color. Looks real cute on a shelf in my scrap room! :)

Cindy said...

I save all kinds of containers! When ever I shop for groceries or other things I look at what they come in to see if I can reuse it!!

Tammy said...

I have made differnt things from my empty Yankee Candle jars..they are a great size to put candy or small gifts in for people. Love the project that you did :)

Ashley Harris said...

Ummmm....I like to find stuff at the dollar store like wooden signs and little boxes and alter them for gifts and things.

Bonnie said...

I always recycle craft items. Its fun to see what one can come up with. I have bought items ( tins ) to use to make holders for just about anything you can think of. Thank you ladies for a great week. I love hopping.http://aboutascountryasonecanget.blogspot.com/

katrynka said...

I like to use little jars, containers etc to make little gift holders. Preferably in such a way that the recipient can use them again!

Linda said...

What a cute way you decorated your box. I bring home odd sized jars and clear containers from work and always find some embellishments to store in them.

Gracie Ann Tan said...

Lovely box! I keep emptied toilet paper rolls and flatten them out to create gift card holders or even a mini album with pockets. It's fun and very Earth friendly too.

ArlaMo said...

I'm always re-using dishes and other kitchen stuff in a new way in my scraproom. I love using cups and plates and saucers revamped as containers for all my crafty stuff.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Queen Mary said...

Gorgeous blog! I'm loving this hop; I just got the magazine yesterday as a matter of fact! Truly half the fun is all the new blogs I'm visiting and all the new inspiration I gaining; the other half is reading everyone's fantastic comments to such great questions! And the third half is the chance to win! :) Speaking of which, my favorite found object is art with stuff washed up on the beach; when I was little and we visited the beach there were all these really cool art pieces with driftwood and shells and I fell in love; as I've aged I've grown into the "leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but memories" -- so those are some very fond memories of art from found objects! thanks, mary

carol h said...

I used an International Coffee Tin and made it into a bunny rabbit with treats for my grandkids for Easter this year. I loved the way you used the Papertrey Ink Box for a gift for your niece--how clever.

mitch47 said...

I love to use my empty candle tins with the clear lids. When the candle is done, I clean them out, and then stick on a circle of sheet magnet that I cut out to fit the bottom. They stick to my filing cabinet, and keep little bits and embellishments out of the way, but not out of sight!

Anonymous said...

I'm a big advocate of recycling and reducing. I always try to use my imagination and creativity to find ways to re-create unique items.
Doubledstribe

Shellie Hartsock said...

I always save small glass jars. I spray paint the lids black so they all match. I store buttons and small embelishments in them.

mary h. said...

That box is absolutely adorable. I reuse packaging for mostly storage and organization. I do save old food containers to take to get togethers so I can just leave them behind, but after seeing your project, I will decorate them and give as gift containers. Thanks for the inspiration.

Deanne said...

Love the colors of your card!

I will be turning an plastic ice cream container into a plant pot, hopefully I will have time for it this weekend. I hope it will turn out as nice as the picture is in my mind!

Leslie Rodriguez said...

I like repurposing containers for altered item gifts.

Wendy Sue said...

What a cute box! I save everything just in case I can use it for something else (thus the very crowded craft closet). Most recently, I repurposed an old wall hanging, took out the print, painted the frame, cut some vinyl, and made a fun sign for my laundry room. :o)

Phoebe said...

What a gorgeous box!! Love that!! I like to use 'found' objects on my scrapbooking pages. Anything is fair game...cardboard,porch screen material, bubble wrap, clothing tags, etc. And I've used old CD's to make mini-albums...altered an old candy box to make a giftbox for my DH...I took some old jeans of my DD's and made ribbon capris and ruffled skirts to get more use out of them...things like that. :)

Angela said...

What a gorgeous project! Now I have to check those stamps.

I'm always stealing the boxes our Mac accessories come in and decorating them and using them for storage. Those accessories are expensive so I figure I need to use *everything* that come with them!

Penny said...

Love your box! I like to use the Maya Road boxes for paper doll containers--I make the paper dolls with my Cricut Expression :^) Would love to win the Expression and give it to my daughter! :^)

Tricia said...

I haven't altered anything yet, but I've begun saving things that could be altered!

Robin W. said...

Your box is so cute! We try to recycle everything we can. I think the most creative thing I've used is flower pots for my desk to hold pens and pencils. The are so much cuter than pencil holders sold at the store.

isabel said...

i reus a lot of things... cereal boxes for chipboard, buttons from old clothers... everything
thanks for the chance

cheryln said...

Love your repurposed items!! I love to do this, too. I have taken many containers from scrap supplies and decorated them, filled them with gifts and given as presents. I never thought of using a strawberry container, though! Thanks for the inspiration!

susan opel said...

So very pretty and fresh. I love your project, Anabelle!

Kathy Kelsheimer said...

Cute box - thanks for the inspiration. I "eye" everything for possible uses. The last project was an olive jar used to throw loose change in. I decorated it with rub-on stickers and ribbon.

jackiestamps4fun said...

Beautiful project! The colors are so fresh and colorful! I received a card that had an amazing pattern on it, so I cut out that part and used it to make another card. I like doing that!

Margie said...

I always re-use shoe boxes for all sorts of things! It's so fun to alter them!
Thanks for the chance to win!
:*) margie

The Savvy Scrapbooker said...

I love to repurpose tin cans or CD cases or neat envelopes, anything that attracts my eye, really.

awendybird said...

I took a heavy cardboard AOL "box" and altered it into a father's day present a few years ago. I love altering things that I find around...

Eva said...

This is beautiful!! I guess I reuse cardboard boxes and itching to create with those pretty Prima packages.

Anonymous said...

I hate to throw away pretty bottles, so I paint them with roses and use as vases for flowers
for gifts. Thanks for the chance!
Diane

Jennifer Scull said...

what a gorgeous box!
just the other day I had bought some chipboard pieces. The package was tied with some great twine that I ended up using on the same project I used some of the chipboard on. What is really cool is that I had made some bg paper using old coffee grounds to create a cool effect - so this was quite the eco friendly card!

Lindsay said...

I always save things like boxes, wrapping or embellishments that come off of things for my crafting. I have used a Kleenex box to make a card, candy box to make as a gift and more. I love re-using things!
Thanks for the chance to win!
-Lindsay

icecheeks said...

Ooooh...love the box!! I just did a layout and used only stuff out of my junk drawer as embellishments!! I ended up with twist ties, a key and a safety pin on it! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Debbie Griffin said...

I love using the papertrey boxes too...some of them I have cut up to use as scrap acetate because it's so think...works wonderfully when making shaker cards!

Debbi said...

Love all the ideas for the other posts. I save my scrap papers for my granddaughter to make her cards. She is 5 years old and loves to scrap.

mspiggy7 said...

Beautiful card set! I love to use altoid tins, baby food jars, & other containers to make useful & cute embellie containers & candy containers.

Darlene L said...

I use all my cereal boxes for chipboard. I alter oatmeal boxes to hold supplies on my desk. Thanks for the chance to win one of the fabulous prizes.

marianne-g said...

What fun! Love your little gift box. So cute.
I use my found objects in paper crafting, what else??

Heidi Van Laar said...

Beautiful gift box Anabelle!

I repurpose packaging all the time! I make coin banks out of oatmeal containers for my kids and save everything that will make a decent gift box. I also save tons of clear plastic packaging for making embellishments and windows.

Erika M. said...

My husband thinks I'm crazy because I save all kinds of jars from pickles to mayo to just anything because I can alter it for a giftie!

Jenn said...

I just used an acrylic container and cut it apart for a card yesterday. It had "grass" on it and fit in perfectly. I also save a lot of cardboard to use as chipboard I can make into any shape I want.

love your cards

AxeS DeSignS said...

I love to alter so one of my favorites is the starbucks cup holders jejjee I can transform those in to a beatutiful mini albums :)

Thanks for the chance to win :)

Ally said...

Love how you've reused the box!! I have to admit that I've kept my PTI boxes as well but have yet to make something with them. Now I have one more idea to follow, thanks!!

bck said...

I love your box!! I reuse the aluminum cans...by cleaning and cutting them up with my die cutting machine.

Tonya said...

Beautiful box! I have re-purposed the boxes that SU stamps come in and with the wood tag that use to hang on Unity stamps I would make ornaments.

Pink Heather said...

Love your idea of using the Strawberry container. I have decorated scrapbook product packaging in to gift containers a few times. Hate to throw all that plastic out, even into the recycling container.

Millie said...

Your box is beautiful! I love to remake objects!! I recently took three cans, that at one time had food in them, painted adn covered them with paper adn stamped to make designs. I used them a containers for all my good stuff!

mystyle said...

Being a Crafter I love using anything Vintage. I have boxes of old pictures, documents, door knobs, etc. You get the picture! My DH hates my passion of collecting and taking up the space in the Garage. tee hee! Oh well, I can't give up my Creative Spirit!

Sharon said...

great gift box

Seleise said...

this is adorable! I love the sparkle and chic simplicity and the colors are fab! I've been re-using the mini cereal boxes and altering them into BIA notepads and covering them for little gift boxes. Super fun! Thanks for the opportunity for the drawing!

Shirley said...

I like to reuse glass jars...especially at Christmas. I have way too many nieces and nephews to buy for, so I decorate jars and fill them with goodies. They love them. Thanks for the chance to win. Your box is so gorgeous.

Amber said...

I use beer bottle caps to make picture pendants and embellishments for scrapbooking and cards. I just clean them up and hammer down the edges to make it look like a flower and then fill the inside with little things. I use diamond glaze to glue and seal everything.

Shelley said...

OOOH, I just love those Papertrey colours!! I have lately been cutting up cereal boxes and newspapers to use as pages for my art journal. It has been EXTREMELY satisfying to put that stuff to use!

Lea L. said...

This is so so pretty Annabelle! Those tulips are fabulous! And what a cool project you made with the strawberry container! That is awesome!

~Lea

Cre8tiveTeen said...

I love the colors in your project!

Aeify said...

I use the chipboard from our phone message and prescription refill pads at works to make mini albums and to cut out chipboard shapes from.
Thanks for the beautiful ideas..I'm always trying to think of stuff for those strawberry containers...I go through quite a bit of them myself!!
Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

Mary Ann said...

I reuse paper grocery bags by using them as craft paper. I love the earthy brown color and it's so fun to make stuff from them.

Holly said...

I use the gerber baby food containers to hold all my husband's different sized screws and nails and stuff. His tool box is very organized.

Kathy H said...

Seems like I try to reuse alot of things, like the clear plastic that comes on the kids toy boxes. Kathy Hering

Liz said...

i love altering that is my favorite thing in crafting. i use coffee filters for a little book, i altered a spice rack for my embossing powder and lots more. FUN FUN FUN. thanks for the chance to win!

Kim said...

I love to find and use old glass bell jars for storing things in my scrapbook room. I especially love the blue ones with the old screw on lid.

Daniela said...

Hi Anabelle, I knew I was keeping those boxes for a reason. I have a collection, let me tell you. What an awesome idea. I need to make a little birthday present for a new friend and this would be perfect. I usually reuse little boxes I receive as gifts and ribbon.
I love your creation and PTI stamps.

Paola said...

I love recycling things and making them into new things. I use small and large coffee cans, alter them according to where they are going in the house and then use them as storage containers. Your little box is very pretty as is all your work. Thanks and have a great day.

Megan Birdwell said...

Just like you, i reuse the PTI boxes. They're so great, and free!

Maureen F said...

I love that box - the colors are so spring. I try and resue anything I can. I have used a cardboard coffee holder, the coffe stirrer thingys, tags from other items, ribbon, a cute design from packaging

SusieScrapper said...

I use empty jars, wash them, paint them and make really cute candle jars or embellishment jars. Not that creative, but that's all I can think of right this second! lol

connie said...

I love your box. I have been seeing lots of things I would like to do in the future on all the wonderful blogs I have been visiting.

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