Tuesday, June 14, 2011

sparkle market tote

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You can never have too many tote bags on hand and recently I made a few little stylish market totes that I can take to the grocery store or farmers market.


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To start I used a new product from ilovetocreate called Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets.
It is a like a sheet of glitter (but without the mess) that can cut into shapes and letters and then iron onto fabric. WAY easier than using glitter :)


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I knew that I wanted to created doily inspired shapes from my shimmer sheets so I start by folding my sheet- corner over.

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I trimmed the excess and was left with a triangle.


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Then I folded it over again


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and again.


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Next I cut the outside edge with a curve


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and then I went to town cutting out little shapes...think cutting paper snowflakes.


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The result is a lovely piece of shimmer paper.


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Next I peeled off the protective piece of plastic


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and placed it onto the surface of a blank tote.


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Using a press cloth I ironed town the shimmer sheet.

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and removed the press cloth.


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I decided to use some of the little hearts leftover and ironed them around the outside of the design.


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Of course I couldn't just keep it simple and I decided to add some little embellishments with Beads in a Bottle- another super cool product (a little like 3-d paint but hardens up like beads once dry).


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I added little embellishments to the surface of my design.


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Of course I couldn't just make one so I made one in turquoise


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and one in hot pink.


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And now I have a great little collection of sparkly market bags!


alisa-burke

32 comments:

  1. So cute, I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Anonymous9:07 PM

    Adorable and sparkly - so much fun wrapped into one (or three) bag! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!
    ---Rella

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  3. These are so cheerful and shiny. Love them.

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  4. Love this! I'll have to try this project with my nieces this summer...they love sparkly and a girl could always use more shopping totes!

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  5. I love this! It looks great, I had no idea these glitter sheets existed, and these bags came out great.

    I hope you don't mind- I re-posted one of the pictures of your project with a description and links to your blog.

    http://mariessad.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-easy-custom-glitter-totebag-by.html

    Thanks for the idea!

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  6. These are absolutely adorable! I can't decide if I like the turquoise or the hot pink the most. I'll definately have to try out beads in a bottle, and I'll keep the glitter sheet in mind for future mess-free sparkly projects.

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  7. Great bags, love the colours!!

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  8. Wow these are awesome totes! What a great product...you used it so well!

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  9. Wow very swish market totes. Gorgeous.

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  10. What a great idea! So cool :)

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  11. love it! who knew I needed a sparkley market bag, but I do!

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  12. Oh my goodness - I LOVE that turquoise one. I am so going to have to get some of that. It looks so simple, but the effect is really fabulous. And won't leave you picking glitter off your skin for the next week. I'm sold.

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  13. Oh my goodness - I LOVE that turquoise one. I am so going to have to get some of that. It looks so simple, but the effect is really fabulous. And won't leave you picking glitter off your skin for the next week. I'm sold.

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  14. Wow! thats cool stuff , I really love the tulip beads in a bottle , think Im gonna get me some of that. thanks for inspiring & sharing : )

    P.S. cant wait to get your latest book in august , Im really excited!
    : )

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  15. whyducks9:35 AM

    How lovely!

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  16. Kittyj10:00 AM

    Ha! A SHEET of glitter - I can hardly stand it!!! Woohoo!

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  17. These are fabulous! Love the inspiration - thank you :)

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  18. I'm usually not a glitter girl but this looks fun and a whole lot less messy than the glitter of old. Quick question for you re the Bead-in-a-Bottle product. I haven't used dimensional fabric paint since it came out man years ago. How does it wash and hold up to being bumped around and such? Do the "beads" stay in place and shape?

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  19. What an energy and creativity do you have ! As always I'm loving it.
    Your art inspires me a lot. Thanks Alisa
    Kind regards Henriƫtte ( Dutch but living in France)
    http://pepentenga.blogspot.com/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hcpb/show/

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  20. Any idea where I can get the beads in a bottle? My Michael's & Hobby Lobby don't carry it :(

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  21. I completely agree with you!! Yours are adorable!! Thanks for sharing how you made them. The colors are wonderful!! : )

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  22. I love those!
    You are such a genius!

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  23. Anonymous3:47 AM

    These look great! Thanks for sharing your idea and process. Ambal

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  24. as always, love your work. thank you for your continued inspiration and for sharing your creativity. i have a summer group of gals just waiting to get their hands on this.

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  25. Thanks for the tip and inspiration (as always!) :) Love the pink one <3

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  26. That's so beautiful Alisa! And it looks like it was so much fun to make- I love that about your projects! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  27. hmmmm, If I stick around here I might be inspired to start crafting and sewing again....:)

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  28. What a great tutorial - it combines my loves of shopping, crafting, and being green! I like it so much, I included it on my blog... http://darlingadventures.com/?p=635
    Thanks!

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