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February 16, 2010

Shopping Bags With Sass!

TuesdayTreats – Puts A Little Sass In Your Shopping Bag!

These are the lovely bags from TBBM, below are the same bags filled with gifts, I used the tag from page 32 in our booklet.
And for those that would like a little something to carry into the office that has plent of Sass try this Alligator inspired bag. Coupled with matching tags this will make a great gift all by itself.
Hello everyone this is Sheila from ShesASassyLady here with TuesdayTreats featuring TBBM!

Thank you Crystal and Pam (aka MyaMagoo, Design, Create, Inspire and TheBugsBytes) for hosting this wonderful blog, designed to share, teach and guide us into getting all we can out of our Gypsy. Thank you also for this opportunity to contribute just a little to this WONDERFUL blog!

I am honored to do this guest appearance knowing just how creative and talented Pam and Crystal are, but I have to admit my knees are still shaking because when I look at the calendar of guest designers I am humbled by the talent…

I was asked to make the bag on page 114. It is a simple little shopping bag. Yet, after spending days wondering why they wanted this little bag I emailed MyaMagoo saying, ‘These bags are soooo little, why would anyone want such a small bag?’
I made the bag as large as I could on a 12x12 sheet and decided it was still too small. After all, what could you use a little bag like this for? Ladies, it’s a shopping bag and if you’re anything like me you want it BIG to fit all your goodies in it! So I enlarged the shopping bag. When you place this cut on your Gypsy it will measure 11.85wx6.17h when it is enlarged. I took it a step further by enlarging the height only to a 7.33h adding a full inch to the bag! 

Now we have a bag ready for a little SASS, because I won't carry anything that looks like a plain ol' shopping bag!

This big little bag is a great gift by itself, but you can place many things in it. I chose to make gift tags from TBBM, as for many ladies, that in itself is a wonderful gift. I used the leftover space above the bag and placed a tag within the purse and enlarged it until it fit. The dimensions are 3.97wx4.16h. I then duplicated the tag until I had 3 and lined them up accordingly.
I highlighted 1 tag, tapped the plus sign on upper left corner of screen, then moved to page 2 on my Gypsy Woman, and hit the duplicate button. Resize the tag to fit within the 1st tag 3.63wx3.84h, duplicated until I had 3, and lined them up on the screen. I chose the blackout feature as the holes will not line up properly when making 2 separate sizes. I chose artwork to fit within the tag from GW that I like. Because I was making 4 shopping bags, I chose an additional set of artwork. (Note: I did not use the flower cut that I had planned to).

Here is the material for each bag. All I used was 1 -12x12 sheet of colored paper for the purse and 3 matching tag backs, 2 other sheets or scraps to make tags, ribbon, feathers for the edge and red tape to adhere, pop dots, zip dry glue, buttons or whatever you want to use to embellish, 2 charms (the cat was found on the sidewalk), and lots of rhinestones and skittles. 
On the next purse, I used a beaded fiber to Sass up the bag. This is my favorite!
For the faux crocodile/leather bag, again, all I used is 1 - 12x12 sheet or paper, some ribbon, Primas, a brad and red tape to adhere.
Cutting was simple as my first page was all the same color. I did however use a very heavy stock designer paper requiring multiple cuts. I set the blade on 4, pressure med, speed slow and set # of cuts to 3. The cut still didn’t penetrate so I changed blade to 5 and cut 2 more times. Rechecked the paper and then unloaded the mat. Glitter is very hard to cut through so please check before unloading the mat.

On the second page, I used the accent color for the tags and another for the artwork. Again 1 cut. I repeated the cutting steps for 4 purses. After cutting the tags, I decided that I needed to place an actual layer up against the back to cover the back of the decorator paper as it had a peel back look to it. I went back to the 1st page, highlighted the tags, hit the plus and then duplicate button on page 3, allowing for an exact match to the tag. As I made 3 pink purses at the same time, I hit duplicate again, allowing 6 tags to cut at one time.

Below you will see what your score lines look like after cutting. Use these as guides to fold the flaps and adhere your edges on the bag. Because my paper was so thick I scored very lightly on the front and then again on the back of the paper. This allowed for a nice clean fold. 
Putting the bag together was very easy. First score at all score lines as shown except for the bottom flap. This gives you a real close look where you will score. See the lines by the bone folder? That is where you will fold your paper.
This is the first purse I scored, and as you can see it is perfectly lined up with the lines they provided. Here is where I am going to change the directions..... Remember I altered the design, yet I did not adjust the score line guides so at this point you need to take out your ruler and score exactly 1" from the base of the purse, which in the photo below would be the line in the center or from the flap score marks. Notice my final flap is larger than the side flap due to the adjustment. You can adjust the sizing, just remember to measure the side score marks and match to that.
After scoring, adhere red tape to your flaps so that it will attach to the inside of the bag. If you are adding decorations use red tape to secure. Make sure that in cutting, you allow enough to tuck ever so slightly into the fold of the bag, being careful that it does not add bulk. Aren't the feathers beautiful?
Be sure to tuck the flap under while matching the side of the bag. Press firmly without crushing. Voilà, you have a bag with plenty of SASS!
You will need to fold the edges as shown. Note, I didn't pull the red tape off and adhere it until after the photo was taken as you will need both hands to make sure your edges are straight. After my bag was put together, I took a very small scissor and cleaned my edges, as the paper I chose left little fuzz balls on the paper that I didn't like.

After completing all 4 bags, I then turned to the tags. After cutting, leave the matching tag to bag as is. The accent tags I ran through the Cuttlebug using my favorite, the paisley folder. Then I put them together using my Glue Glider Pro. Same size to same, back to back, then with the smaller size I positioned a short strip of ribbon and taped it to the back. I then glued the smaller tag onto the larger tag. 
Then I decorated my cuts with rhinestones and skittles and used dimensionals to adhere. Needing more goodies on the tags, I used a set of old letter buttons to decorate the first set and liked it so much I went to pick up more just like them. Of course I couldn't remember where I bought them and had already thrown out the tag, and could not find anymore. So I used brads. As you know, I had already put them together so I cut the back of the brad off with wire cutters and used the large glue dots to adhere. As I was making 4 sets I kept them separate by using Ziploc bags and kept them with me to work on whenever I had the chance.

A word of caution on adhesives, if you are using designer paper or ribbon you must at least use the red tape. However, in the brown purse even that would not hold the purse or the ribbon. I stopped at our local scrap store for the first time and met, India at Scrapbook Mania, and she told me about Zip Dry glue. It worked wonders and the brown purse is solid now!
Skittles need to be placed on 1 at a time. Notice the excess glue from the glue dot.  I then used my fingernail to push the excess up against the skittle to give the tag a nice clean look.
After deciding how much ribbon you need, measure and cut enough for all the tags you are making.
Adhere the ribbon with tape on the back then use your glue gun to adhere to the tag.
I used left over rhinestones and some that I got on sale (wish) for only 39 cents. I again used the tweezers and applied one at a time. By the time I got to the third set I was using their rows applying 1 strip at a time!
I think the rhinestones add a little Sass! After I embellished the tags, I punched a hole in the top and added matching ribbon.
I hope you enjoyed making this little bag with me.  If you would like the FREE Gypsy file just download it from here: SassyBag and be sure to come by and visit me at ShesASassyLady!
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42 comments:

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

Gorgeous bags. I just love the colors and feathers. The instructions are clear and concise too. What a Awesome job!
You go girl! :-*

jen said...

Left you some love on your blog, but I will say it here too...your shopping bags and tags are absolutely GORGEOUS! Love them so much!

Cher~ said...

Sheila, your bags are all beautiful and your photos came out great. I love all the sassy trim and bling. And I ABSOLUTELY love the faux Alligator bag. Did you emboss that or buy like that? Again, just beautiful. And your directions are clear. Now I'll look at trim a whole new way.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

I purchase the paper at HobbyLobby so the faux alligator is just as it came! I just love that paper too. I have another sheet but haven't decided what to do with it yet.

RaquelB. said...

WOW!!
Your bags are so delightful! What a great way to put them together, your pictures are awesome too! It almost looks like a sewing tutorial but sooo much better! I might just give it a try :)

Mary Scrapbooking Grandma said...

Shelia Your bags are just beautiful! Alot of Heart and Soul went into make these gorgous bags! Excellent work!

nikki said...

Sooooooooo Sassssyyyy! Totally love the bags!! They are so you!

yvette said...

Oh my goodness me!! Those bags are so amazing! I absolutely love the one with the ribbon/feathers! Now I gotta go to our craftshop and see if they sell it overhere. Thank you so much for the ideas!!

cissi said...

Oh Sassy you did an awesome job!!! I love your bags, my fav is the one with the feathers & ribbon but I love them all. Great directions. Can't wait to give this a try. TFS

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! I'm impressed. You are very talented.

Larelyn said...

Oh, Sheila, these are just too wonderful and I love the "sass". You're an inspiration. I need to get out Miss G and get to work. Love, love, love what you've done. Thanks for the wonderful screen shots and directions.

lowfat0001 said...

My jaw dropped a few times while looking at your pics and reading through all the very detailed (thanks! :-* ) instructions! Lots of oohhhs and ahhhs too! You did a wonderful job Sheila! TFS!

MelodyR aka RyandMysMom

HappyHappyJoyJoy said...

WOW!! Those are just phenomenal!! I am absolutely blown away!! I love the feathers, the alligator skin, the tags, the write-up!! It's a winning set of projects the whole way around!! Just GORGEOUS!!!

Hugs, Joy

Jodie R said...

Sheila, These are gorgeous! You did a fabulous job! You were nervous for nothing. These bags are so pretty, they could be purses! Thank you!

amylynn said...

Wow!! Gorgeous! Love those bags......seeing yours just gave me an idea of a different way of using this bag.....thanks for the inspiration!

Meg said...

What gorgeous bags! Thank you for such detailed instructions and all the photos!
~Meg

Deb said...

Sheila, those bags and tags are fabulous.....love them all, but partial to the alligator bag.....great job.

deb said...

Love the bags!!!

KTbirdiegirl said...

Sheila, your bags are exquisite!! I love the colors, feathers, bling and all the detail. You worked so hard on these...they are a work of art! The tags are so elegant, also. Loved how you photographed each step. Your directions are very clear and easy to follow. You and Gypsy Woman really shined on this one!!
Kathryn

Kelly M said...

Wow.
Fanastic bags and tags. I especially loved the animal print one.
Thanks for the inspiration.

Kelly M said...

Fantastic bags.
Loved the step by step pictures.
They are a real help.

Rozette said...

These bags are the cutest! So girly! I work from home but I want to work in an office just so I make some of these and five them away!

JustJules said...

Already posted on your site, but couldn't leave here without praising you again! Great job!

Magoo said...

Sassy......WOWSAS!!!!

You hit a home run....and then some lol!!!

Those fibres are sooooo pretty...I wanted to touch them through my computer screen :) You chose some absolutely BEAUTIFUL paper....I'm so jealous-we don't have anything like that at my M's.

Your tags are PERFECT!! From the bling to the embossing and the beautiful ribbon that matches so well....

Your instructions are very well written and the pictures are just lovely :)

I love it all!!! What wonderful bags....you outdid yourself - you should be really proud of this project - it's outstanding :) :)

Now you can't be nervous next time- you have the first post under your belt now LOL!!! :) :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful bags!!!

Cinnabon said...

this is really cute! My only problem is that I don't know near all the carts, so when they are used with just the initials I don't know which ones you are talking about.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Cinnabon, glad you like it. I kept this simple, I used Tags, Bags, Boxes & More and Gypsy Wanderings, thats all. You can use artwork from any cart for the tags but the shopping bag is from TBBM(tags, bags, boxes, and more). Hope that helps.

The Cricut Lady said...

WOW!!! Simply adorable. You did a fantastic job. Hope they forget about me when my turn comes up in November or december. Yikes. Don't think I am nearly this creative.
You did fab!!
Lori

cfine said...

OMG! These bags are gorgeous!! Thanks for the detailed directions. I will have to try making some!

Anonymous said...

Sassy Lady - Those bags are great! Bet your nices want all of them. Great job!! Keep up the good ideas - Laura D.

imafarmgirl said...

Sassy Lady your creations bring smiles. Way to go girl.

Shirley said...

The bags and tags are marvelous!!! Tammy and myself say hello.

"SNOWMANLOVER" said...

Gosh Sheila congrats!! I just found you over here!! You are awesome!! Gosh you are a busy lady!

flowerdisco said...

I would love to have them all. Superb!!!and everything so well explained. Thanks so much!

Rose said...

LOVE your bags!!!Great job thanks for the details.I enjoyed your blog. just stopped in to say Hi,from Tammy blog(Creative Critter)Oh, by the way Tammy say Hi tooooo!!!

Rosebud

chriswooten57 said...

wow i just found your site, boy am i so glad those bags were beautiful...you are talented..

chriswooten57
mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

chriswooten57 said...

wow those bags are beautiful.

chriswooten57
mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

RaiderSoonerMom said...

OMGosh! I told you that you ladies rock! What great bags and tags! You have pushed it to the limit and I absolutely love it! GORGEOUS!!! Keep it coming! I can't get enough of your inspirations!

Java Jen's Creations said...

Wow!!! I have no idea why you were nervous! Absolutely amazing!!! Love, love, love it all!!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!!

Java Jen

Sharon said...

What fantastic bags!! Love all the bling you put on the bags and tags! Just beautiful and oh so Sassy!!! :)

Jennifer said...

I love these bags and my daughter loves them too. Thank you for a grandma who lives close to my dauhter and can teach her herself how to do this.

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Mar. 17, 2010. Thanks again.