C is for Cardboard


C is for  Cardboard
  I tend to use what I have on hand,  to wrap a gift. Sometimes this means you might get    an uniquely wrapped present.  (Sorry my C post ran a bit long).

No, this isn't a commercial, but I do love Mr. Clean's Magic Sponges. I  love their  boxes  :D









I used Gesso to paint the box-it makes  the cardboard studier.  






I love sponge brushes. You can get a whole bag real cheap, at your big box store.






I usually have scrapbook paper on hand. If you don't you could use seed catalogs, magazines, or wrapping paper-lol 
I am joking!

Tear the paper into strips.  Now apply the Gesso on the back, use it like glue and line the cardboard box.  Next you will apply a coat on top, to seal your gift tote.

 See  :D



 I skipped ahead, but I'm suppose to keep this short.
I cut out a felt oval, with pinking sheers and glued it onto the front.  I added some Washi tape. Glued some trip on the top.  I added a bit of  Forsythia(silk type).


 I was in a hurry- I did touch up my gift tote with paint, but I wanted to show you, I punched holes on both sides to add ribbon for the handle.  You could use wire, twine-whatever you like. 
 

Here is the finished gift tote.  I used the vine ribbon for the handle.  I tucked in a piece of felt and a bird.  Your options are endless!   You might remember this box.
I submitted a few of them to GreenCraft magazine-no word yet.  Yes, this is also a Magic Sponge box~

 For each letter I am trying to showcase another blogger.  Most of us know him as Captain.  I think of him lately as Captain Cool-his initials are AC.  Alex Cavanaugh rocks cool, with his Triology. And soon to be released,  CassaStorm will be available in September.  He is known for his Ninja like skills, his kindness in the blogging community, and his music.  



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Poetic Soul said…
You made this, wow
Kerry O'Connor said…
It is a delight to read your creative projects each day, Ella.
SA Larsenッ said…
This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it! Love the images.
Those bags are incredible. You take what most consider junk and garbage and make it beautiful.
And thanks so much, Ella! What a wonderful surprise this morning.
Mary said…
Ella, I think you need to start your OWN magazine; or perhaps teach classes in your area. You are one talented artist. And anyone who gets one of your treasures is a fortunate person indeed. I would never have the patience, I don't think, to do this kind of thing.
Hart Johnson said…
You're amazing! I just love all the stuff you make from all that extra stuff. You have such great ideas!
Lynn Proctor said…
what a creative idea--gorgeous!
Cassie Mae said…
You are like those awesome people on pinterest who make anything out of anything. :) I stick a sock on my hand and call it good for a sock puppet, lol. That's about as creative I get.
You're so clever and creative.
Oh Gesso! I have that and use it to prepare canvases for acrylic painting. So I'm guessing (since this is my first time here) that you also paint. I look forward to seeing the art you create :)
Morgan said…
Honestly, I think you're one of the most creative/original people I know, Ella. Serious. You're amazing!
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Lucy Ravitch said…
Neat creations! I love the Mr. Clean sponges--they clean my refrigerator handle like no other cleaner. You're doing great with your A to Z : )
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Mel Chesley said…
Now that is totally cool! I love it. I'll have to try something one of these days. ;) Great post and good luck with the challenge!
nutschell said…
what awesome pictures! And i love how creative and crafty you are! great project :D
Nutschell
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Dana said…
Wow! Very cool idea!

Love your blog. I'm a new follower. ☺

Dana at The Daily Dose
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Donna Shields said…
What a wonderful idea! And it's so pretty...
Marcie said…
This is beautiful - love to get a present wrapped like that!
Marcie @ Marcie's Postbox
M Pax said…
Ella, I would never think to turn a sponge box into such gorgeous gift wrapping. Wow. Beautiful!
Marta Szemik said…
Wow! I will never throw out a Mr.Clean box again. Beautiful!
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Nick Wilford said…
Your ingenuity with everyday items boggles my mind!
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Karen Tamara said…
Have I mentioned that you are my hero? I LOVE these boxes. So creative and pretty. What, exactly, do you use them for when you are done?

It doesn't even really matter. I'd want to just hang them up as decorations. And sponge brushes are the best, I use them for everything.

And it's very cool that you are showcasing other bloggers! I'm so happy to be back in the blogging world. I hadn't realized how much I missed everyone. :)
Yolanda Renee said…
So creative! So talented! and such fun!
Anonymous said…
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This is such a beautiful tote bag, and I love that you showed us how you made it step by step. You are so talented Ella. Great salute to Alex.

Julie
Anonymous said…
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Very creative! I used to work in a warehouse and I got mashed up hands from dealing with hundreds of cardboard boxes a day. Good memories though!

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Rosalind Adam said…
You have such patience. I could never make anything like that!

Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain
Ella said…
Thank you everyone!
Yes, you can make this...and I do put gifts inside! My mom will be getting one for Mother's Day with a garden mag and some seeds and gloves!
Yes, you can do it...and you could do spray glue n' fabric! Magazine pages...endless idea~ :D

Amanda Trought said…
These are lovely, well done for submitting, looking foward to hearing about your successful results.
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